The Rising

So honored and humbled to announce The Rising has won the 2013 Grace Award for Excellence in Faith-based Fiction in the mystery/romantic suspense/thriller category!

Here’s what they had to say about it:

A young boy has been beaten to death, the extreme violence troubling homicide detective Ellie Saunders. When he suddenly comes back to life – a seeming miracle which Ellie is unable to accept on a spiritual level – the need to find the “killer” becomes desperate. Because the boy also can’t remember anything about himself. What if his parents did this to him? Ellie is desperate to uncover the boy’s past while making sure the one who assaulted him receives justice. The clues are minimal leading first one direction then another. To complicate matters, Ellie get assigned a new partner – Jesse Alvarez, someone with whom she has a history she’d rather forget. Jesse seems determined to protect Ellie and help figure out who is responsible for the little boy’s “death.” Much to Ellie’s irritation, Jesse accepts that the boy coming back to life is a God-thing. Ms. Willis keeps the pacing in this story flowing at a fast clip. The spiritual matters—ranging from believing in God to believing in miracles—are handled in a realistic, credible way. Though Ellie is the child of a minister, her doubts are authentic. She spends work time dealing strictly in facts but when it comes to dealing with family she’s at a loss in regards to her emotions. GA Winner Badge 2013The reader is hooked on caring both for Ellie’s personal struggles as well as rooting for justice for the little boy. The whole story wraps up with a satisfying and convincing ending that lets the reader choose what to accept as explanation for the boy’s rejuvenation. The author presents relevant, contemporary issues in a non-preachy, non-offensive manner, giving both spiritual and worldly viewpoints and allowing the reader to examine his or her faith to form an opinion. The mystery is well-written, developed at a tempo consistent with romantic suspense. Overall, an enjoyable read! ~~ Judges: Tammy Doherty (Team Leader), Debra Marvin, Peggy Blann Phifer

It has also made the short list for an INSPY Award. Fingers crossed!

A dead child that isn’t dead. A cop out of control. When their worlds collide, God intervenes. Prepare for the unexplained. Order yours from Pelican Book Group. Available now on Amazon and other on-line retailers. Available in print and ebook format.TheRisingcover

The Rising by Lynn Chandler-Willis is a novel that wakes you at night, gets under your skin, and holds you captive until the end.” Pamela King Cable, author of Southern Fried Women, Televenge, and The Sanctum









Unholy Covenant

The true story of a devastating murder in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. Originally released in trade paperback by Addicus Books in 2000, Unholy Covenant was re-released by St. Martin’s in mass market as The Preacher’s Son. Now available in all epub formats.

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From Amazon: Love True Crime, by: J. Davis, Sept. 16, 2013

It never ceases to amaze me how people will go about getting rid of a spouse instead of filing for divorce. Yeah, I know that is more expensive. There are attorney fees, and of course you have to give the spouse 1/2, but isn’t that better than going to prison? This book was well written and well researched. Would recommend to others.

gold-star-horzFrom Amazon, B. Stasiak, April 29, 2013

This is one of my favorites out of hundreds of true crime books I’ve read. Willis really knows how to write an account without adding any irrelevant details, but still spinning a prose like a well-written novel. I couldn’t put it down. Some may find the details of arrest, trial and method of murder tedious in most true crime books, but Willis makes every part of this story fascinating and showcases the sadness of the loss and the pure evil of Ted Kimball. Excellent book, even for non-true crime junkies.


From Amazon, Tisa F., May 29, 2013

I enjoyed this book, from beginning to end! If you’re interested in true crime…This is a book to read!


From Amazon, Christian & Angela Tucker, Dec. 16, 2012

A must read for anyone. Simply stupendous. The author has serious talent. No need for further review. Just buy the book and read it already.


From Amazon, Iris, Sept. 6, 2012

This book was a page turner. I was so engrossed that I read it in one day and I didn’t clean the house that day, let the laundry sit, and ordered fast food for my family so I could finish the book. It was a bonus that a famous evangelist was part of the mystery. Also fascinated by how ostentatious this evangelist lives ($24,000 toilet?)I was glad that there was some court testimony but it didn’t read like a law school journal or court transcript. It was interesting and completely understandable. This author out-did herself and I hope she’s working on a new true crime novel as we speak!


From Amazon, Mark, July 22, 2012

This is a very sad crime that is senseless. The writer, Lynn Chandler Willis keeps you so interested that it’s hard to put the book down, a very gifted writer and a great book.