My sister-in-law LOVES Lisa's early books, and I remember enjoying them as well. She has been writing excellent Christian fiction for many years; in fact, she is one of the first authors I remember reading from Multnomah's fiction line (along with Robin Jones Gunn, one of my very faves!).
These two books which are currently on the Bookmarked shelf at your local Target (and mine! I've seen them!) are titled The Begotten and The Betrayed. I am fascinated with The Begotten, which I have started but haven't finished in time for the tour today...so my own reviews will be forthcoming.
I'd also like to point out that each of the books has a reader's guide which makes it an excellent choice for book clubs.
Here is what Lisa has to say about her new series, The Gifted (book 3, The Blessed, is due out next year).
I came up with the series concept after reading The Da Vinci Code, and thinking long and hard about the things I both loved (pacing, mystery, suspense) and hated (heresy that made me want to throw it against a wall). I also was heavily influenced by the Lord of the Rings trilogy on film—the grandeur of an epic story, with a cast of characters, deeper symbolism, adventure. So I started talking to my friends who know Scripture, and I asked them about a good biblical mystery…two mentioned the “previous letters” mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians and I was off and running.
Considering that Paul talks a lot about spiritual gifts in his letters to the Corinthians, I gave my characters all the unique and powerful spiritual gifts he mentioned in the Scriptures—healing, prophecy, wisdom, faith, miraculous powers—and placed them in perilous times, the 14th century, pre-Reformation, pre-Renaissance. My Gifted are hunted both by the Church, who seeks to control them, and forces of evil, who wish to kill them. All in all, I think it makes for a classic Good vs. Evil read—with inspiration and application for us in the 21st century.
Thanks, Lisa! I'm excited to be able to help you promote your books. I think I'll close now and get back to my reading!