This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)
Dina L. Sleiman


A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.


Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dauntless, go HERE.



With a similar setting and time frame,  Dauntless aims for the same audience as the legend of Robin Hood. But Dauntless has a twist – the leader of this merry group of “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest” is a young woman.  Lady Merry Ellison, an orphan herself, has dedicated herself to caring for all the other orphaned children of her former village. She has managed that task fairly well until the day Timothy Grey, decides to gain fame and recognition by finding the notorious thieves.

Dauntless is an easy-to-read tale that kept me in suspense as I wondered what would happen to Merry and the children if they were caught. I was totally surprised when I learned the identity of the person who hated Timothy so much – I really thought it was someone else until it was revealed later in the book. I liked the contrast between the four characters of Merry, Allen, Timothy, and John, especially the different ways they responded to the misfortunes and tragedy in their lives. What a lesson for each of us!

Although Dauntless is aimed at a young adult audience, this particular oldie enjoyed it too. Be sure and check it out!