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Monday, September 13, 2010

Immanuel's Veins - Giveaway and Review

What is "sacrificial love"?

For some they would say that no matter what the cost, they would do anything for love including if necessary dying for the sake of the one they loved.

Some people fantasize about finding such a love like that in their lives. The kind of love that is unconditional. No rules or standards to follow. Just giving 100% of yourself to loving someone regardless if they ever love you back or even the same as them.

The kind of love that if your life were on the line, the one who loved you would be willing to step up and take your place rather than seeing you die.

This story is for everyone but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and a bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins it courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee.

Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind.

Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction.

And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed.

For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

In his latest book, Immanuel's Veins, Ted Dekker takes us on a new journey into the darkness and evil woven together with twisted love and desire, when Lucine Cantemir and her twin sister Natasha find themselves the center of attention in the latest of parties hosted by their mother at their castle.

Being complete opposites of one another yet both strikingly beautiful beyond words, one is a notorious flirt with all the men who attend, while Lucine believes deep in her heart that true love really does exist somewhere in the world for her. Not to mention that Catherine the Great has requested the service of two of her most admirable and honorable men to watch over the two sisters to protect them at all costs from the war currently taking place in their country.

Alex believes that unless he is out taking the lives of the enemies of this war, than babysitting two sisters in a castle, he is simply wasting his time. Yet Toma, the warrior and servant of Catherine the Great of Russia, believes in those lasting noble traits of honor and loyalty and sees a higher purpose in the protection of these two women.

It isn't until the Duke Vlad van Valerik arrives with his guests to the Summer Ball of Delights that things begin to grow darker than the war gripping the country of Russia. I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This one is completely off the scale for me. Way above the perfect 5 out of 5 stars for those of you looking for a great outstanding Christian Suspense book written by a master of storytelling. You will have to pick this one up for yourselves. It's a permanent in our home and a fan favorite of my oldest teen daughter as well.

For more information of the book, the author and even a first chapter glimpse, please read on, but a word of warning, once you start you won't want to stop til the end.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Immanuel's Veins
Thomas Nelson (September 7, 2010)

Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Early in his career he wrote a number of spiritual thrillers and his novels were lumped in with ‘Christian Fiction’ a surprisingly large category. His later novels are a mix of mainstream novels such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan’s Daughters, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. Best known among these is his Circle Series: Green, Black, Red, White and The Paradise Books: Showdown, Saint, and Sinner.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study philosophy and religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.

In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel, Heaven’s Wager, was published.

Now, Dekker’s novels had sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Immanuel's Veins, go HERE.

I'd like to thank the folks of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and the publishers of the book Thomas Nelson for sponsoring this amazing giveaway of a "Spread the Love" T- Shirt for one lucky person who leaves a comment on this blog. Here are the guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog

2. You must reside in the US and No P.O. Boxes please!

3. I must have a way to reach you, so please include an email address in your comment. You can use (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols if you wish. I will be emailing the winner on September 20th. You will have 5 business days to respond or I will pick another winner.

4. Leave a comment telling me why you'd be interested in this book and what sacrificial love means to you! That's it. I will be emailing you for your mailing information and Adult T - Shirt size from S to 2XL.


  1. Sacrificial love is love with no limits.

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  3. Great review, I loved this book as well and really enjoyed the history he threw in and how he tied Vlad's lineage back to the book of Genesis. I have read several theories on the Nephilim, and his fictionalized twist was great!

  4. I would love to win this book and a t-shirt! I am a follower. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. Sacrificial love, to me, means loving someone or something without confining yourself with rules or limits.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. I'm a follower. Sacrificial love is unconditional love, everpresent and sincere.


  7. Sacrificial love is loving the Lord above all else and following his word.
    Loved the 1st chapter of this book and would like to finish reading it.

  8. Enjoyed your review :)

    Sacrificial love means love that it knows no bounds and sometimes you're willing to put everything on the line for the other person.

    aliciaeflores1 @

  9. I am a follower. I would love to win this book and tshirt. Sacrificial love means there are no limits to what you would do for the person you love. God and Jesus are primary examples of sacrificial love. God sacrificed his only son for us. He allowed his son, Jesus to die for our sins on the cross instead of us. Jesus died knowing he was dying for our sins. Both Jesus and God love us and were willing to do anything for us even if that met sacrificing their life. There was no limit to what they would do for us. Please enter me in contest.


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