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Anvil Review – Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

This week I am excited to present my Anvil Review of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C Maze. Just as last time I will do my review, interview and the lovely giveaway. From now on I will give all of my reviews an anvil rating from 1 to 5 anvils. The best rating is the 5 anvil rating. The difference is today I will include the interview with the review. I’d like to try out the page feature. Let me know what all of you think, please. There will be two signed copies up for grabs, same as last time with Kerry.

The difference is how you may enter to win. The whole point of doing my reviews is to share this wonderful world to those that do not know it exists. To enter one must share this link on their facebook or share it with a friend. The only way I can know this has been done is if you tell me . So, as my friend Cat says, “Speak to me, Baby!” Send me an email, write a comment or write on my wall. If you suggest this to a friend, they must tell me you sent them. The amount of entries are limitless. Also, if you like our page on facebook, you get two entries. Winners will be announced here and on facebook on September 14th. You are required to email me to claim your prize within 24 hours or another name will be drawn from my magic hat by the infamous Peyton.

Now without further ado…


Is there redemptive power in the words we write? If we use the Word of God as our foundation, can we send out a calling to lost souls? Beth Rider is about to find out in Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider.

Beth is a mousy sort of gal. Nothing spectacular about her. Well, except the fact that she has written a book which has shaken the beliefs of an ancient secret people known as the Rakum. What is a Rakum, you ask? You may know them as vampires but I assure you they are not your average Hollywood rendition.

Beth Rider has inadvertently put herself in harms way by writing a book about vampires and salvation. A little too close to home for many of the Rakum. One leader by the name of Jack Dawn sees the potential harm to his people and marks Beth as a Rabbit.

What is a Rabbit? A Rabbit has committed crimes against the Rakum and are marked for the hunt, tortured and then death if insanity does not take them first. The foulest dredges of humanity are marked as Rabbit.

Rakum Michael Stone comes across the smell of Rabbit but something about her is wrong to him. In the process of finding out what that something is, Michael makes a choice to disobey the orders of his elder and save Beth Rider. Down the Rabbit hole we go. Where we end up only God knows.

Ellen C Maze has managed to put God’s Word front and center in a world of vampires and that is not an easy thing to do. Considering what the world view on vampires is, how can God be glorified through lost souls? I ask you this, how can God not be glorified through lost souls? Isn’t that the whole purpose of salvation…bringing lost souls to the foot of the cross?

I have hand selected ten, count them, ten excellent quotes from Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider.

“I’m surrounded by people. Why am I about to wet my pants?”

“All of the other gods and goddesses are fairy tales that man created because he couldn’t control the real God. Get it? Man worked it out so he could be the creator of god.”

“It stunk being least in the kingdom.”

“What if they were not falling–but falling in? What if they were falling into the arms of God?”

“Jesus was a Jew. The mysteries just kept on coming and they made his head spin.”

“But today, I saw some pretty sickening things. I saw myself through someone else’s eyes.”

“If you can wipe from your memory everything man has told you about God, you can begin to know the truth.”

“Michael joined his pal at the window and flipped the latch. ‘Let’s go down the rabbit hole together, Alice. You first.’ “

“The Rabbit’s God would let them be. The Rabbit’s God was never pushy.”

“It was good to be a daughter of the King.”

Anvil rating – 4.5 anvils

My anvil rating is knocked down by 1/2 an anvil for one reason and one reason only. Ellen gets a little preachy in a few spots. Not that that is a bad thing and not to the point of  being one of “those books”. I just feel it took away from her other beautiful words and was not needed. Sorry, Ellen. You get half an anvil dropped on your head, my friend. Would you like to borrow my crazy big hair for protection?

All in all, this is an extraordinary book. The power of redemption sings through the pages. Pages full of tension, adventure and drama. I highly recommend this to all of my friends. There are layers weaved deeply in the beautiful telling. We have onion and I only like onions in my reading.

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About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

22 comments on “Anvil Review – Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

  1. Nicely done, Diane! I love the pre and post interviews with Beth and Michael!

    • Thanks, George! Ellen and I had a blast doing this interview. She is a very talented lady and it was an honor to work with her. 😀

  2. Really, really good read, Lady Di. You did the author proud in giving just enough to intrigue the reader. Very good indeed.

  3. Good review, Diane! (Don’t need to enter me in drawing, just wanted to give you a pat on the back.) Ellen’s book is great. Check it out everyone!

  4. Great review and interview, Diane! I’ll be reading this for sure. 😉

  5. My dearest daughter,
    Very strange but, very cute and funny. I do want to read the book.

  6. Wow– this is the most unique interview I have ever done! What a great idea Diane!! Considering how crass Michael was in the Pre- interview, I’m glad you didn’t interview Jack Dawn or Abroghia!
    Thank you for letting me be on your wonderful blog 🙂
    Hugs in Messiah,
    ellen c maze

    • As I pointed out on Facebook, the idea of doing interviews with the characters of the books we love was Keven Newsome’s idea. I am just fortunate enough to be surrounded by brilliant people. 😀

  7. Good Job, Enjoyable read!

  8. I’ve read the Rabbit book and it is a great read!! I highly reccomend it. Ellen is a great person also. She reminds me of the Christian Stephen King. 🙂

  9. WINNERS! WINNERS!
    Our winners are Victoria Gaines and Vicki Dehann. Congratulations. ;D

  10. Because one of my original winners did not contact me, I had to have Peyton draw another name. The new winner of a signed copy of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is our very own Ren Black. If Ren does not contact me withing 24 hours, I will draw another name.

  11. this was a delightful and fresh interview series. Diane, Ellen, you two crack me up. Brilliant minds. . . You shoudl think about co-writing a book together. Lots of fun, this was. 😀

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