Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE A Trey Fontaine Mystery

When Iread the title of this book: A ROOSTER ONCE CROWED, my first thought was, “I thought the rooster twice crowed.” For those of us who are familiar with the New Testament, we know the answer to this. Of course it did. The question is, what happened after the rooster crowed the first time?

The Master told Peter that before the rooster crowed twice, Peter would deny the Master three times. So, after the rooster crowed that first time, what was Peter thinking? That first crow was a warning. Did Peter even hear it? Was he so afraid that he didn’t hear it? Or was he so afraid that he heard the warning, and still could not manage to do the right thing?

Well, Bryant Cornett has managed to write a great little book discussing those moments in between the crowing–those moments when we can choose to be followers of the Master.

I would recommend this book for everyone. Christians can be reminded of their mission. Unbelievers can begin to understand. It would be great for a Bible Study class, or for tween and teen Sunday School. At 200 pages, it is an easy read, though by no means insignificant. The author has done a great job at being brief but thorough, citing text, and using verses from the Old and New Testaments.

You can find A ROOSTER ONCE CROWED on and other online stores.


About The Author:

I’ve always bought more books than I could read. Kindle may have saved my marriage because with no grounding in reality, I’d leave on a four day vacation with six big books in a hundred pound carry-on that, without fail, my wife would have to tote for some part of the trip-remember those days.

When I was a kid, I thought the greatest superpower-the one I’d most want to have was to “know” a book by touching it. I imagined running up and down the aisles of a library soaking in every book I could touch.

It’s a perfect superpower, because it’s so powerful, yet it’s also so flawed. Imagine a 10 year-old exposed to even one aisle of a library. And as I got older, I realized that not all books are created equal. Some are great in their own context. Others contain greatness and junk. Others were built to sell something-themselves, an idea or an agenda.

In the end, that superpower would have been my undoing. I would have died under the weight of it and been insufferable (ok, more insufferable). The efficiency of information flow isn’t what I really needed, it was discernment to tell the difference.

I’ve written a book. I love it and hope you do, too. I’ve got two more planned. But more than selling these books, my prayer is that folks will read this and hear the truth of the Gospel speak through it.

My dream is that one day, we will all know and curate the Gospel Story as much as we know and love any of these great stories told here. These stories we write are That Story, and I can’t wait to see how and when we all realize that. I’d love to get your thoughts on that and the book.

Check out Bryant’s blog at and his website and blog at

Also, Bryant will be appearing  January 14, 2014 07:15AM — at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church/Hospitality Suite, 3180 PEACHTREE RD NE ROOM C206, ATLANTA, GA, US

BOOK REVIEW: RUBY HEART The Neve and Egan Cases by Cristelle Comby

Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE A Trey Fontaine Mystery

Did someone say cozy? I’m in. I love a good cozy. RUBY HEART is a good cozy. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are fun, well-rounded, likable, and strong. The plot is complex and believable.

RUBY HEART is book two in the series about two private investigators, Alexandra Neve and history professor Ashford Egan. Though I haven’t read book one in the series, yet, it pulls Alexandra into an investigation after her best friend is murdered. Now Alexandra and her friend, Ashford, are enlisted to help a Jewish woman recover a RUBY HEART necklace that belonged to her mother. The necklace had been returned to the family sixty years after it was stolen in war torn Germany. And then it was stolen again.

Are the two thefts connected? Can Alexander and Ashford find the missing necklace before the elderly woman dies? Where to start?

Well, never fear. This dynamic duo of private investigators are good at their job, and fun to be around. I’d recommend this book to all who like a good mystery, especially those who love a good cozy.

Below you’ll find more information about RUBY HEART, as well as about the talented Cristelle Comby, including other blogs where you can find interviews, reviews, and articles about and by this book and the author.


Ruby Heart Book Summary:

When elderly client Doris Hargrave informs private investigator Alexandra Neve that her beloved antique ruby heart necklace has gone missing for the second time in a period of over sixty years, Alexandra knows this is no ordinary jewellery theft. The ruby heart is a family heirloom and the only thing that connects an ailing Mrs Hargrave to her parents, who were murdered during the Holocaust.

To solve the case, Alexandra and her business partner, blind history professor Ashford Egan, must sift through obscure Holocaust documents to find out the truth. It’s that way that they learn of a secret World War II-era love affair which could hold the key to all the answers they are looking for. Meanwhile, Egan is under immense pressure from the university to quit his private investigating business, and Alexandra is afraid that a man she trusts will leave her. Again.

When Alexandra begins to receive anonymous threats and her flat is vandalised, this all becomes personal. Knowing that there is someone out there to hurt her, Alexandra vows to find that elusive ruby heart if it’s the last thing she ever does.

Author Cristelle Comby

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Author Bio:

Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Ruby Heart is her second new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Click here  to go directly to the RUBY HEART Blog Tour site, or see the list below.

December 2013 – Confirmed Dates

December 2
The One True Faith
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December 3
Gina’s Library
click link to read the posted review

December 5
D A Bale Publishing
click link to read the posted review

December 8
The Overnight Bestseller
click link to read the posted review

December 11
Bookworm Babblings
click link to read the posted review

December 13
Word Diaries
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December 16
Bookworm Lisa
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December 18
The Bibliophilic Book Blog
click link to read the posted review

December 19
Lissette E. Manning
click link to read the posted review
Dianne Ascroft
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December 30
Ryder Islington’s Blog
Only God Writes Trees

December 31
Concert Katie
Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Wooo Hooo I’m Through!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been on deadline, trying to get book two of The Trey Fontaine Mystery Series finished and sent to my publisher, which is why there have been no new posts for a while.

But, I’m baaaaack!

I’ve read several books over the last few months and will be posting reviews of those that I enjoyed. In case you don’t know this, I don’t give bad reviews. And I don’t lie. So when I read a book that I feel I can’t give a good review, I send a letter to the author or publisher letting her/him know that I read the book, found it lacking, and what I didn’t like, didn’t approve of, or felt was not interesting, or accurate, etc. I try to be fair and objective.

I’ve found that there are a lot of self-published books by authors who are superior writers with great stories to tell, but some of them don’t bother with an editor, and as a result, end up with a manuscript that is just an inferior product. Of course, there are books that are put out by major publishing houses that I have refused to review because the plot and/or characters were too flat, or there wasn’t enough tension, etc. But usually, they are well edited.

So, for all of you out there who are planning to self publish, please get an editor!

I’m grateful for all of you who have stuck with me through these dry spells, when my blog sits stagnant while I’m stuck in neutral, or off handling other things. There have even been new followers during the last few weeks, though I haven’t posted anything new. I do appreciate all of you.

I hope everyone enjoyed your holidays and that the New Year is going to be happy and prosperous for you!