Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for Christian Writers Conference + Indie Book Review: Dark Cherub

Christian Writers Conference at Mt. Hermon in the Santa Cruz mountains.

I am very excited to be going for the first time to the Mt. Hermon ChristianWriters Conference, and hope to get many connections with people who understand the growing field of my genre. Christian speculative fiction is horror, sci-fi and fantasy written from a Christian angle. When I went to the San Francisco Writers Conference in 2012, I didn’t know the name of this genre, and it seemed none of the agents and other conference representatives did either. But, as I said, it is a relatively new genre, even though books such as The Exorcist and The Omen fit within it. Famous writers in this field include Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

I’ll be attending the conference from April 11th to the 15th. Conferences can be overwhelming, but I of the two I’ve gone to, I’ve also learned a lot. I hope this will be the best so far!

Shadows lurk in the darkness, preying on hundreds of women--women who have one hidden thing in common. A young woman witnesses the unsettling disappearance of her high school principal and soon finds herself facing a harrowing decision. Two friends find themselves facing a power that threatens not only their lives, but the lives of thousands more. One is fighting her own shadows from past decisions. The other is followed by a lurking adversary who nearly killed her five years before. She begins to connect a series of events, and a frightening realization comes to light: they face a power that cannot be fought with guns or weapons. Will they find the answers, and the strength, to cast away the grip of a hostile presence that only wants them dead?

My Review

Parker J. Cole's Dark Cherub is a story that makes you wonder about the evil of humanity, its morality and self-righteousness, and its hope. Christian speculative fiction, including Christian horror, is my genre as a writer, and Cole did it well. Dark Cherub is an intricate story of friendship, hatred, the evilness of Satan and the love of God. There were times when I started to wonder about her pushing her stance on abortion rights, but then the story took a turn to acceptance and understanding. A very enjoyable read. 

About the Author
Parker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.
Visit her site at
You can purchase Dark Cherub for $3.03 from Amazon.


  1. You are SO LUCKY to be going to a conference!
    Have fun!
    And hope you meet loads of new writers!

  2. Here for the A-Z Challenge. Enjoying it so far, how about you? Never heard of Christian Horror, you got me there!


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