Unplanned by Alana Terry

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Book Review

Unplanned by Alana Terry was another great book by this author.   This is the third book I have read by this author and I have loved them all so far  but with that being said this wasn’t one of my favorite books by her.  Now I really did enjoy this book but I think I like her books that take place in Asia more than this book and I honestly couldn’t tell you why that is.  I know part of it is because I feel in love with the first book so since this book takes place in America it was just different not bad in the least  but different.  I really did enjoy this story and I can’t wait to read other books in this series because it was a nice change but like I said I miss the other setting and the other characters.  I enjoyed seeing Kennedy change throughout this book and see how much she did change from the first chapter until the last chapter.  I also loved that book has some suspense in it because we all know that I love books that make me want to keep reading because I have to know what is going to happen. I still loved this book and can’t to read more books in this series and more books by this author.

Unplanned

About The Book

When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor asks her to volunteer at his new pregnancy center, she carves time out of her rigorous college schedule to promote the cause of the unborn.

After receiving a disturbing call from someone far too young to carry a child in the first place, Kennedy can no longer blindly hide behind the pro-life platitudes she grew up believing. She resolves to locate the unknown girl but winds up entrenched in a mystery that grows more convoluted as it unfolds.

Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.

Alana Terry has won awards from Women of Faith, the Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest.

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About The Author

When Alana isn’t writing, it’s likely that she’s on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she’s probably not cooking or cleaning.

Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.

Alana won the Women of Faith writing contest for “The Beloved Daughter,” her debut inspirational novel. “What, No Sushi?” is Alana’s first book in a chapter-book series for kids published by Do Life Right, Inc.

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Unplanned by Alana Terry

A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.
 
 

 

UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

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A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.
 
 

 

UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

(Be sure to see below to get your own pre-release copy of Unplanned before it hits the bookstores.)

 

Protagonist Kennedy Stern vs. Author Alana Terry
(a video interview)

It’s always fun to learn how much of themselves authors put into their characters. For Alana Terry, it can be a whole lot! In her new Christian suspense series, the main character Kennedy Stern is a lot like Alana was in college. They both were in school in the Boston area, they both were pre-med students, and they both loved Russian literature. Watch the four-minute video to learn about even more similarities.

 



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Unplanned is the newest Christian suspense novel from award-winning author, Alana Terry. PRE-ORDER the ebook today, fill out the form below, and receive:

  • a pre-release copy of Unplanned (no waiting for launch day)
  • the Unplanned Bonus Materials (go behind-the-scenes with deleted scenes, bloopers, character studies, and more!)
  • 30 Days of Prayer to End Abortion devotional
  • an exclusive 20-minute video from the author answering readers’ frequently asked questions (includes  the story of the mysterious phone call Alana received that was the basis for the novel)
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Unplanned by Alana Terry

A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.
 
 

 

UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

(Be sure to see below to get your own pre-release copy of Unplanned before it hits the bookstores.)

 

Meet Kennedy Stern

(guest post from Alana Terry)

Kennedy Stern from Unplanned has been one of my favorite characters to date for a number of reasons.

Everyone around Kennedy knows that she’s driven. She graduated at the top of her class in high school, which landed her a spot in Harvard’s elite program for pre-med students. All Kennedy has to do is keep her grades up as an undergrad, and she’s guaranteed admission into Harvard Medical School once she graduates. Her perfectionism has worked in her favor until now, but it might also prove one of her biggest character flaws.

Something I find very endearing about Kennedy is that she’s not always pining after some boy. She has her goals, she has her life plans, and she’s not going to swoon over the first guy who pays attention to her. I have to admit I admire this about her, since I was admittedly horrible at being single.

Even when she’s trying to solve the mystery of the hotline phone or praying for God to protect her from those who want to keep her from finding that mystery out, Kennedy struggles with feelings of of isolation and homesickness. It’s something many college students experience their first time living away from home, but Kennedy’s case is even more pronounced. Not only is she a dozen time zones away from “home,” she finds herself a cultural outcast. She grew up as a missionary kid in China, where she never felt that she belonged, but when she gets to Harvard, she realizes just how different she is from her peers who grew up exclusively in the US. Hers is a struggle typical of missionary kids, sometimes called third-culture kids because they always seem stuck between their home culture and the host culture of the country they live in.

Some of my favorite scenes to write about Kennedy were the ones in which she’s struggling with her own spirituality. Her parents are missionaries to China, and they train North Korean refugees. When Kennedy compares herself to the underground missionaries she knows (like Simon and Hannah from the novel Torn Asunder), Kennedy believes she won’t measure up to anyone. Her parents were so focused on their ministry in China that Kennedy was left to flounder quite a bit. The scenes that show Kennedy’s struggle with her own spiritual walk make me sad for her as a character, but they also make me excited because she has so much room for growth in books to come (and yes, there will be plenty more books about Kennedy, Lord-willing).



WANT YOUR OWN COPY OF UNPLANNED NOW?

 

A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.
 
 

 

UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

(Be sure to see below to get your own pre-release copy of Unplanned before it hits the bookstores.)

 

Protagonist Kennedy Stern vs. Author Alana Terry

(a video interview)

It’s always fun to learn how much of themselves authors put into their characters. For Alana Terry, it can be a whole lot! In her new Christian suspense series, the main character Kennedy Stern is a lot like Alana was in college. They both were in school in the Boston area, they both were pre-med students, and they both loved Russian literature. Watch the four-minute video to learn about even more similarities.

 



WANT YOUR OWN COPY OF UNPLANNED NOW?

Unplanned is the newest Christian suspense novel from award-winning author, Alana Terry. PRE-ORDER the ebook today, fill out the form below, and receive:

  • a pre-release copy of Unplanned (no waiting for launch day)
  • the Unplanned Bonus Materials (go behind-the-scenes with deleted scenes, bloopers, character studies, and more!)
  • 30 Days of Prayer to End Abortion devotional
  • an exclusive 20-minute video from the author answering readers’ frequently asked questions (includes  the story of the mysterious phone call Alana received that was the basis for the novel)
Sound like a good deal? Pre-order Unplanned from amazon, then fill out this form to receive your free pre-release copy.
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Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

Torn Asunder - Ebook SmallTorn Asunder is the newest suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry. Torn Asunder is the story of Hannah and Simon, two North Korean refugees who sneak back into their country to serve as underground missionaries. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Simon and Hannah learn that staying together won’t just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.
Torn Asunder launches today for just 99 cents, and all book sale proceeds today support the work of Liberty in North Korea, an organization that runs an underground railroad for North Korean refugees. You can get the paperback or the ebook for 99 cents for a limited time only. And remember the best news ~ Your purchase will help save a North Korean refugee!

My Review:

From the first page right up until the last page I couldn’t put this book down. I have been hooked since I read her first book “The Beloved Daughter” and each book she has so much to live up to and I am so glad to say that she does it each time.  I love this series of books and I can’t wait to read more books by her.  If you love reading suspense filled books than I know you will love this one.

Excerpt from Torn Asunder:

Simon gritted his teeth. His head felt like it was sinking. The general kept his voice level and pleasant as he slipped the device over Simon’s pinky. “Now, you just tell me who you delivered your Bibles to, and I’ll let you leave here with everything intact.”Simon tried to swallow. His whole jaw was swollen from his scuffle in the woods. He shut his eyes and hoped the general couldn’t feel him tremble.General Sin chuckled to himself. “Silly me. I forgot.” He slid the device off Simon’s finger. “This kind of tool won’t work on a big, strong man like you.” He strode over to Hannah and yanked her hand before Simon could even cry out. He jammed her ring finger into the opening.

Simon struggled against his iron restraints. “Let her go!”

Hannah sucked in her breath. General Sin still glared at Simon. “This is your last chance. Give me the names, and I’ll release her unharmed.”

Simon’s field of vision blurred over. He wanted to scream. The metal from his handcuffs sliced open his wrists. He pictured himself breaking free and tackling the general to the ground.

“Better talk.” General Sin yawned. “I hate getting my uniform messy.”

Hannah’s hand trembled, but she didn’t make a noise.

“Three …”

Simon clenched his jaw, unable to tear his face away from Hannah’s wide, terrified eyes.

“Two …”





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Unsung Hero’s-My Favorite Author Right Now

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I get emails of daily writing prompts from The Daily Post and this was one of the prompts: We all have our semi-secret, less-known personal favorites — a great B-side, an early work by an artist that later became famous, an obscure (but delicious) family recipe. Share one of your unsung heroes with us — how did you discover it? Why has it stayed off everyone’s radar?  After I read this prompt I knew I had to write about it.

When I read this prompt I had two authors pop into my head so I am going to talk about one of them today..  The first author is one I have posted about several times because I love her books.  Alana Terry writes the most amazing books.  I have had the honor of receiving all of them to review and I am hooked on her writing.  Her third book comes out the 22nd of December and I know everyone will love it.  One thing I love about her is the fact that she actually listens to her reads and answers back when you have a question for her.

If you aren’t a huge  book worm like I am than an author answering back when you ask a question about one of their characters might not seem like a big thing but for me it was huge.  If you haven’t seen my reviews on her books you can click here and here to check them out.  The third book will be released on Monday so I will like the review here once the post goes live.

This is also the first author I have ever read that made me wonder what happened to some of the characters after the book ended.  I fell so in love with the main character in her book “The Beloved Daughter” that to this day I still wonder what happened to her.   I know that because these books take place in modern times that I could connect more with them than other books.

I often wonder how many other great authors are out there that no one knows about because had she not emailed me to review her book I never would have found her.  Finding authors like her is the main reason I got into reviewing books because I wanted to find new authors.  I have found tons of new authors but I have also found some authors that make me wonder how and why they write  books.  Anyway that isn’t the point of this post.  I am so glad she  contacted me because she is an amazing author and I love her writing.  You can click here to pre-order her new book “Torn Asunder” and make sure you check back for my review on Monday.

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Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

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Torn Asunder is the upcoming release from award-winning Christian suspense novelist Alana Terry. You can pre-order Torn Asunder on amazon now for only 99 cents and have it delivered right to you when it’s released in December. As an added bonus, Alana, along with recording artist Cherie Norquay, is offering free downloads of one of the songs featured in Torn Asunder.

Synopsis: After graduating from the Secret Seminary, Hannah and Simon are ready to return to their homeland. Their training has equipped them to carry the gospel to a country ravaged by darkness and despair. If necessary, they’re even prepared to face the North Korean labor camps, but the hardest part of their mission isn’t the hunger, cold, and incessant danger. The hardest part is cutting off contact with one another.

In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, staying together might not just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.

A Christian romantic suspense from the author of The Beloved Daughter, which won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, The Book Club Network, and more.

Pre-order Torn Asunder for only 99 cents or enter the giveaway below! You can also sign up to get a free mp3 song download from Cherie Norquay, whose work is put out by Grammy-award-winning producer, Phil Naish, and whose lyrics helped inspire certain scenes in Torn Asunder. Click below or get her free song downloads here. (Several of her song lyrics also appear in the novel itself.)

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Slave Again by Alana Terry

Book ReviewSlave Again by Alana Terry was an amazing book.  I read her first book and if you haven’t read that review click here to check it out so this book was one I had high hopes for.  It did live up to those hopes and even surpass them.  This book at times was hard for me to read because of what the poor women & children have to go through.  Her books also have opened my eyes to what really goes on over there and it breaks my heart because things like this shouldn’t still be happening in our world.

Anyway let’s get on to the review of this book.   Like I said this book was amazing and it lived up to everything that I thought it would.  There are parts of this book that broke my heart and were hard to read but none of it made me want to stop reading.  This book did have a rough start for me but that isn’t because nothing happened.  A lot happened right at the start but I think the subject made it hard for me to read right in the start but once I was a few chapters in I didn’t want to put the book down.  I have to say that there are twists in the book and some of them I saw coming and others I didn’t which always makes for a good read.  I do wonder what happened to some of the characters in the end but all in all I loved this book and it is one that I am going to keep in my collection.

Slave AgainAbout The Book

After escaping a North Korean prison camp, Mee-Kyong is hustled over the border and sold into the Chinese underworld. She vows to survive, but sheer determination and willpower won’t save her this time. Is she fated to remain a slave forever?

Slave Again is a Christian suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry, whose debut novel, The Beloved Daughter, won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, The Book Club Network, and Readers’ Favorite.

alana-terryAbout The Author

Alana is passionate about human-rights issues in North Korea and has devoted her writing to raise both awareness and funds to help North Korean refugees find freedom and safety. You can find out more about Liberty in North Korea and Alana’s rescue campaign at alanaterry.com/link.

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