Litfuse Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway: The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorella

Renee Ann Smith —  December 28, 2010 — 25 Comments

I’ve always been drawn to a well-written mystery or detective novel. Some of my favorite protagonists have been quirky, angst-ridden men and women detectives who delved into the seedy side of life to save those who couldn’t save themselves. However, these intense characters usually ended up in stories that were too graphic, and often too hopeless, for me to follow to their inevitable outcomes.

After a while, I realized the view of life presented in these stories was oppressing my sense of optimism. And I found myself wishing the detective/protagonist had more to offer the sad folks in the books. Eventually, I began to loath entering those story worlds and reading the “realistic” portrayal of down-and-out folks who were wasting their lives on transitory things. I’d imagine how the story would be transformed if the author presented her characters with the hope of a better life to come and approached her novel from an eternal perspective.

Then I discovered the world of Raleigh Harmon as created by Sibella Giorello. Sibella’s books have all the elements I love in great contemporary detective literature–tight writing, clever dialogue, great plot twists, eccentric characters, intense protagonists wrestling with inner demons. But Sibella’s story world has something to offer that the others don’t: a biblical world view. These suspense novels ring more true for me than any others. Because I truly believe that only through Christ can you view the flawed humans and misery of the world around you exactly as they are and still have hope!

Who is Raleigh Harmon? Here’s the blurb about her from the back of the book: She’s a forensic geologist who returns home for Christmas but discovers that Richmond, Virginia, is running low on goodness and light!

Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother’s mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.

While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.

If you’re a lover of detective novels and police procedurals and the gritty world in which the men and women featured in them thrive, this suspense-filled novel is for you! It’s fast-paced and sure to entertain with its well-drawn characters and clever plot twists. And the subtle spiritual themes give it depth and hope. Follow this link to purchase a copy of the book for yourself.

About the Author: Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at this link to her website.

Sibellaโ€™s celebrating the release of The Clouds Roll Away by giving away a KINDLE prize pack worth over $150.00!

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One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com

To enter simply click on one of the icons below! Then tell your friends! Winner will be announced January 3, 2011 on Sibella’s blog: http://sibellagiorello.blogspot.com/.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

25 responses to Litfuse Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway: The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorella

  1. That novel sounds like one that would be hard to put down!

  2. Thanks for sharing this; I’ve entered!

    I found you via FMBT and am your existing follower Rae T. I’d love if you could follow me back at my blog: There’s a Contest for That

    Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you for the link!

  4. Glad you entered, ladies. The book is well worth the time, and the contest is a great opportunity!

  5. This looks like a great book. I will have to give it a try. I totally agree with you about dectective stories. I love them, but they can be so depressing! Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. Sounds like an engaging read…
    Stopped by to follow your blog from the Meet Me Monday blog hop… do comment/follow me back ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a Happy Holiday Season!
    Best,
    Elizabeth
    Positive Kismet Blog

  7. Thanks for visiting me! I love that this book is from a Christian world view. The lack of hope has always turned me off from those books, too. I think I will have to check this one out. It sounds like good good stuff.

  8. I would love to win this! I just ordered a Kindle, but could send it back! lol. The book sounds great!

    Also, hello! I am your newest follower from a Wednesday Blog Hop. I would love it if you would follow back at one or all four of my blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.singleparentretreat.com
    http://singlemamachallenges.blogspot.com/
    http://motherdaughterconnection.blogspot.com/
    http://jmconsultingservices.blogspot.com/

    Happy Holidays!

  9. The book recommendation looks great and I envy those that can read for pleasure since by the time I can sit down to read anything it’s late at night and then I fall asleep ๐Ÿ™
    Maybe one of my New year’s resolutions will be to force myself to make time to read something for fun and use your book recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • Well, not having kids at home helps some of us find the time. You’re doing important things with your “cupcakes.” I’m sure when they’re older you’ll have some extra time for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sounds like a great book and one that I would love to read. Thanks

  11. I have had the latset Kindle 3G for ages now and I just love it. I means I have hundreds of books to read on me at all times in a lightweight portable devise with many books free. Especially all those classics you always wanted to read – I’m reading Bram Stoke’s Dracula right now and love it. And it was free! ๐Ÿ˜‰ X

  12. BTW, who ever wants to spend that voucher, I have a shop (access it from my blog at wordsinsync.blogspot.com) selling book, music, film affiliated with Amazon (because I love those guys!). Do pop along and see it – there are some marvellous sales on right now. Loving this blog so I’m the latest follower. X

  13. I love the free books Amazon offers for Kindle, and I have a friend who’s great at finding them for me. I visited and followed your blog, Shah. Thanks for hopping over to mine!

  14. Renee,
    Thank you for such a thoughtful explanation of why secular detective stories have become less than enjoyable. You’ve articulated so many of the same feelings and reactions that promted me write the Raleigh Harmon series. For that explanation alone, I am grateful.

    But thank you also for this wonderful review. I’m so very glad that you enjoyed “clouds” and Raleigh Harmon. And yes, she has more adventures to come. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    With gratitude,
    Sibella Giorello

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