Friday, October 3, 2008

for CFBA - 'It's Not About Me' by Michelle Sutton

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

It's Not About Me

Sheaf House Publishers (September 1, 2008)


Michelle Sutton


Michelle Sutton has lived in Arizona and since 1991 and has two sons and a husband of 18 years. She began writing fiction in August 2003 when God inspired her to write a novel with realistic characters that would glorify Him. In 2004 she joined ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2006 Michelle ran for Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating board and ACFW members elected her to serve a two year term. She sold her first manuscript Then Sings My Soul (now re-titled It's Not About Me) to Sheaf House and her debut novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the Second Glances series - It's Not About Him - will be released the following fall (Sept. 2009.)

Last, Michelle is Editor in Chief of the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is sponsored by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.


Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie's safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.

"...the exquisitely written spiritual content shows the reader that redemption is available, no matter what the circumstances."
- 4 Stars, Romantic Times!

Instead of dealing with timely issues like alcoholism, premarital sex and pornography in a preachy, oh-so-tired fashion, Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Me gets to the heart of the matter with a shocking dose of realism and poignant storytelling. From the first paragraph, Sutton weaves together a thoroughly entertaining story that'll keep readers intrigued for the long haul as they get to know Annie, Dan, Tony and Susie—young adults that probably don't look and sound all that different from themselves. Now that's a seriously refreshing turn for Christian fiction."
~Christa Ann Banister~, author of Around the World in 80 Dates, (NavPress 2007) and Blessed are the Meddlers (NavPress 2008)

It's Not About Me is a wonderfully entertaining and deliciously suspenseful read that will keep you turning the pages. Sutton doesn't back away from the drama and with all of the twists and turns, It's Not About Me is hard to put down. I cannot wait for the sequel! Bravo!"
~Victoria Christopher Murray~, Essence best-selling author of multiple titles including The Ex Files and the upcoming YA series The Divine Divas

“Annie captured my heart on the first page and kept me enthralled to the very end. This edgy, yet surprisingly poignant story travels the inroads of intimate relationships – man to woman, brother to brother, parent to child, friend to friend. But especially satisfying is the author’s delicate handling of the relationship between a searching soul and the loving Savior who alone possesses the power to work all things out for the good. A terrific debut for Michelle Sutton. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!”
~Virginia Smith~, author of Just As I Am and Sincerely, Mayla

"Michelle Sutton's gritty writing style will very likely go straight to the hearts of teens, addressing what they deal with every day in what is all too often grim reality for our youth. Sutton is no doubt a refreshing and much needed voice in today's YA fiction."
~Tina Ann Forkner~, Author of Ruby Among Us
Waterbrook Press/Random House

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of It's Not About Me, go HERE

This book had the potential of being a fantastic book. The story line and plot flowed wonderfully. It could have been a real pager turner. The storyline was ruined for me however through 'too much detail' scenes between male/female characters. My rule of thumb is if I don't want the kids reading over my shoulder for fear of what they may read - then chances are I shouldn't be reading the book myself. Most of the books I read are also read by either Victoria or Jacob, depending on the genre. This book, however, will not be read by either of them. I actually skipped A LOT of the book because of the content. I understand inuendo - but for a Christian fiction this was too close to the edge of the cliff for me - and for some, it probably was right on over that edge. If you read it (and you will enjoy the story, I am sure of that!), just be forewarned little is left to the imagination - and the imagination (especially of the young folk) will be taken on a journey that may not be appropriate.


Michelle Sutton said...

Thanks for posting a review. I have a disclaimer on the book that states due to mature content recommended for older teens and young adults because it's not a light read. I don't know if that information was given to you when you asked for it or how old your kids are, but my son was 13 when he first read it and he is now sixteen and it didn't bother him at all. He still hasn't kissed a girl. At any rate, your honesty is appreciated. My stories will always be edgy, though my next book is not as detailed as this one is because it's not important to the storyline. Peace!

KeepItSimple said...

Mrs. Sutton -

Thank you much for your kind words. I hestitated adding the review when I saw that Camy Tang stopped by on the last review.

I thought - hmmm, I wonder if Michelle Sutton will stop by and read what I wrote???

I decided to go ahead with the review though because my name is on the blog. I like my readers (mainly friends and family) to know if I read the books - and what I thought of them.

I'm more conservative than some - so for me the book had the potential of planting seeds that needn't be planted.

Thanks again for stopping by and being so gracious!

Blessings to you -

Michelle Sutton said...

No problem, Camille. :)