MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of “The Deliverance” Trilogy will be to readers?


A.K. I know that when I pick up a book I am hoping for a couple of contradictory things to happen – and in the best books I get my needs met – even better yet – I get more than I realized was possible. First, I want an escape from the trials and the routine of my own life.  I want to “go somewhere different and experience something new”.  Secondly, and this is the greater challenge, I want to find out how others deal with life and perhaps, if possible, gain some new insight which will help me approach my life with a refreshed view.  Those two goals are what I strive to meet every time I sit down to write.  Frankly, I write for the same reason I reason I read.  I am looking for a bit of an escape and also for something to stir my soul…something to help me along as a human being to say – yeah, I understand that, and I can relate…even better…I understand better than I did before how humanity struggles and what we are looking for in our  personal quests.


I hope that duel goal will appeal to readers – to have a new experience and gain a new perspective.






MBA&M: Which was your favorite character to write?


A.K. Eoban is not the main character but he is a very central character in a lot of ways – the same way Sam is a central character in The Lord of the Rings.  Eoban is fully human, he loses his temper and even his manners occasionally, yet he has a large heart which will risk everything to protect those he loves – even those he doesn’t love particularly which kind of disgusts him, but he has to deal with his own weakness for doing the right thing even when he’d really rather not.  I have found very few perfect people in this world – we are so complicated! – but at the same time there are those heroic souls who’d really rather not be so heroic, but have to put up with the reality of who they are.  Since I’m a bit of a coward – I love his strength….and I wish I was more like him.




MBA&M: What was the hardest scene for you to write?


A.K. In Ishtar’s Redemption Chai is a very scary guy who wants to conquer so as to please his god and in that association he has assumed that his god will take care of him.  The scene when he comes face to face with Ishtar – a guy who has already had to face the false gods of his father and attempt to break free from them – he discovers that his god has no real power to save him and in that realization he must face death without that hope.  I think a lot of people avoid all thought of death because they have refused to deal with what happens next and it is a very frightening reality if you don’t know what you believe or if your belief is undermined.  Ishtar has come to a new faith and Chai isn’t there and the confrontation is a dramatic one.  I wanted to write something that expressed the truth of both faith and despair without trying to tie up everything into neat comfortable bundles.  I leave a lot to the reader to explore in their own faith even while offering the hope that holds me together on a daily basis.


MBA&M: Which do you feel as an author is the most challenging: to keep readers interested in your stories or to get your stories published?  I realized both can be frustrating and demanding?


A.K. So far I have had wonderful responses from readers, but not much luck from publishers.  I think part of the challenge is being willing to continually improve your craft and become a better writer no matter what happens.  I have just completed my sixth fiction book and I am hoping that I can get a publisher interested…but it is sometimes a matter of timing and luck as well as skill.  I figure that I will keep putting my books out there and let the readers decide if they are worth telling others about and remembering.




MBA&M: What one word best describes your “The Deliverance” trilogy?


A.K. Hope. The Deliverance Trilogy is all about overcoming the past, facing the trials of the present, and not letting worries about the future decide your fate.  Never give up hope.


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                           Book One: ARAMaram


                           Ishtar_book2-1-1-1Book Two:  ISHTAR’S REDEMPTIONTrial by Fire


     Neb_Cover front cover onlyBook Three:  NEB THE GREAT – Shadows of the Past


Cover for ARAM 2013


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aramARAM #1

  • Series: The Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: A K Frailey (August 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989103544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103541


November 3, 2012

Aram is a man who wants to start his life over but he must deal with his haunting past, a lost wife and son and a discontented clan. He must accept the choice he has made in a new wife and face a mysterious beast which pursues him through a dangerous terrain. While keeping his people safe against all odds he encounters a new land beside a beautiful lake and there he finds his first real sense of security and joy. Unexpectedly, he finds that he is in the midst of a battleground where an innocent clan is about to be annihilated and he must decide if he and his people will become involved. In the greatest battle of his life he must face his haunting past, turn a young pagan from his father’s evil ways, and forge a new hope for future generations.



  • Series: Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: A K Frailey; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098910351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103510

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM and is now available on Amazon. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Evil sorcery, dangerous raides, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember.


Neb_Cover front cover onlyNEB THE GREAT: SHADOWS OF THE PAST #3

  • Series: The Deliverance Trilogy
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: A. K. Frailey (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989103536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989103534


August 24, 2013

Neb the Great was raised to conquer and conquer he did until he met a woman who challenged his heart and enslaved him in a way he never thought possible. From their union is born two sons, one who would change the course of history by becoming the father of a new generation which wiould lead to the birth of Aram, while the other would descend into further corruption by embracing his grandfather’s name and his gods.



Ann Frailey of rural Fillmore, Illinois has published her first book entitled “The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings” under the name A. K. Frailey. It is a reflection on the characteristics of the heroes and villains in the Tolkien classic and what influence virtue and vice have in our own modern world. Ann gives us a glimpse into the Christian ethos that was fundamental to Tolkien’s life and work.

ARAM, book one of The Deliverance Trilogy, her first fictional work is an adventure, romance and mystery all rolled into one with characters who struggle to survive in a hostile world while encountering evil from within and without. Three clans meet, clash, and battle out their differences before they come to know that they share a hidden past.

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM and is now available on Amazon. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Evil sorcery, dangerous raides, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember.

Neb the Great – Shadows of the Past, the third book in The Deliverance Trilogy, was published in August 2013 and is now available on Amazon. For the sake of his son, Ishtar retells the compelling histories of the ancestors in the clans of the first and second books and at the same time the story moves into a hope filled future.

Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. Both The Road Goes Ever On and ARAM have won the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval for 2012. ARAM is up for the Catholic Writer’s Guild Arts and Letters Fiction Contest in 2013. All three of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.

Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education and is married to John Frailey who is also an educator. They have eight children and they homeschool while maintaining a mini-farm.

Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She is a devoted wife and mother and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends on their mini-farm in rural Illinios.

Ann’s future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the Middle Ages. Visit her website www.akfrailey.com often for her newest blog, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.

Website: www.akfrailey.com
Twitter: @akfrailey



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  mesu andrewsMBA&M: Please tell our readers who may not know you a little about yourself?

MESU: I lived in Indiana all my life until 2007, when my hubby accepted a teaching position in Portland, OR, at Multnomah Bible College as a professor (after fourteen years of pastoral ministry). I grew up in a Christian home—a spiritual mutt of sorts—Mom, Charismatic; Dad, Quaker; Grandparents, Pilgrim Holiness-turned-Nazarene-turned Weslyan. Eeee-Gad! Talk about confused! I wasn’t sure I’d ever be truly convinced  about anything in God’s Word after all the arguments I endured. By the time I was nineteen, I was an alcoholic, and after a near tragedy, an old high school friend led me to a saving faith in Jesus—a Jesus I’d never known. A Savior that was more than words. This Jesus was alive, real, powerful enough to change a life. And BOY, did my life change! Within six months, I married that friend who led me to Christ. Nine months and two weeks later, we had our first daughter, and I’ve been married to the same man, who has been a student, teacher, coach, tool-n-die maker, seminary student, pastor, and now a professor.

I’ve been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with our two daughters during most of their lives, working part-time as an optometric/ophthalmic technician in several doctors’ offices. But my passion has always been to study and teach God’s Word. Sometimes that’s been through adult Sunday school classes and women’s Bible studies in our local church, and sometimes it’s traveling across the country to share at conferences and retreats. In 2002, my health took a dive and limited my speaking ministry, making writing my primary outlet for sharing God’s Word. Writing biblical fiction isn’t about creating a nice story for me. It’s about getting folks excited about opening their Bibles and digging into the Truth of Scripture.

    MBA&M: What do you think the appeal of Biblical characters are to readers today?Andrews_BrokenVessel

MESU: I think the appeal of biblical characters today is the same as it’s been through the ages—they’re fallible. Flawed humans appreciate knowing that God chooses, loves, and protects flawed humans. The challenge for authors of biblical novels is to make the characters both believable and real. For instance, to be real, the prophet Hosea would need to be outraged when his wife Gomer commits adultery. How, then, can his forgiveness be believable when she commits the same sin repeatedly? Hosea must show REAL anger, REAL doubt, REAL flaws—and experience Yahweh’s REAL work in his life in order to become a biblical character that appeals to readers today. The same is true for Gomer. We must take a REAL look at the heart of the prostitute God chose in order to see the believable work He can do in all of us.

  MBA&M: How do you decide which female Biblical Character to choose from?

MESU: It’s usually the STORY rather than the character that first intrigues me. Then the female character develops as the research unfolds. The single question that drew me into Job’s story was a quest to find out his wife’s name. She wasn’t named in Scripture, but ancient Jewish literature named her Sitis and said she was Arabic. The question that launched me into twelve years of research in Song of Solomon came from a Bible study question, “Who was Solomon’s Shulammite Princess?” As I read Song of Songs each day for a year, I came to know the Beloved as a daughter of a prince from a northern wilderness area near Lebanon. Her identity evolved as my research skills were honed. When I read the introduction to the Book of Hosea, a commentator remarked that some believed Hosea had two wives, Gomer as his first, and a second wife that he purchased after he divorced Gomer. I’d never heard this explanation before, and I didn’t like it one bit! I thought if God had one nation—Israel—then Hosea needed one wife! But the niggling doubt sent me into a frenzy of research, and by the time I finished, I believed Gomer was Hosea’s only wife and had a story rattling around in my head. Questions seldom have simple answers for me; in fact, they often have answers that end up as 400-page novels!

   MBA&M: If you could go to dinner with one  Biblical character, who would it be and why?

MESU: Well, it certainly would NOT be Eve! We saw where she took Adam for dinner! I think I would want a lakeside fish-bake with Jesus like the disciples experienced after His resurrection. Remember when Peter, James, and John had become discouraged and gone back to fishing (Jn. 21), and they looked up from their nets and saw Someone on the beach, waiting for them with a fish breakfast? I’m guessing it was the best fish they’d ever tasted. Even more importantly, it was intimate, quiet fellowship with their Lord. He gave them life-long nourishment and direction with that meal. I love that.

    MBA&M: Which of the Biblical characters do you find the most interesting, most enduring, and the most charismatic(male or female)? Other than Jesus, of course…

MESU: David. It was really a toss-up between him and Moses. Both men were incredibly interesting in their time. Both were once shepherds, both spent time in the wilderness, and both lived a portion of their lives in a palace. God called Moses a friend, but he said of David, “He is a man after my own heart.” That’s an amazing endorsement. To Moses, God gave His Laws, but to David God gave the Psalms. When I need to meditate on the goodness of God or His awesome power, I go to the Psalms–not the Law. So I think Psalms win over Law on endurance, and David gets my vote. J But I do like Moses…

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ISBN 10: 0800721691
ISBN 13: 9780800721695

Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task—marry a prostitute in order to show God’s people the nature and depth of his love for Israel…

When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God’s message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she’s good at—she survives. Can Hosea’s love for God and God’s love for Israel heal Gomer’s broken spirit?

With her potent combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life a complex and fascinating biblical story of the power of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

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Good morning, Mesu and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little yourself?

MESU: I’ve been married to Mr. Wonderful since 1984. I’ve loved him through his coaching days, teaching days, seminary days, pastor days, and now professor-ing days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a daze, but we do life together, and it works. We have two grown daughters, who have recently married their own Mr. Wonderfuls. For now, we all live nestled in the lovely Pacific Northwest—at least until one of the little eaglets decides to fly the coop. My writing companion is a 5-year-old Rotti-pitbull named Bouzer. He’s a big, adorable lump of love. My favorite foods are pizza and lobster—served separately, please. I love football season, not so keen on basketball or baseball. And I’ll eat just about any dessert you put in front of me!


Most people are curious about my name…it’s a nickname. My given name is “Maralasu”—a concoction of my mom’s creative mind. I couldn’t say the big, long name when I was little, so it always came out “Mesu.” It stuck.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write about Biblical Characters?

MESU: I’m a Bible study fanatic. I taught women’s Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes; and I traveled quite a bit, teaching at weekend retreats and seminars. Until health issues made that life impossible.

When I tried to publish some of my Bible studies, I ran into the same roadblock each time: “You have no formal training.” And it makes sense. Who wants to buy a study from someone who has no formal education? So a friend suggested I write novels—using stories to teach the concepts I taught through studies.


Since my health kept me close to home, and my limited education kept me from publishing non-fiction, I began writing about the lessons people learned in Scripture. Their lives, their culture, their settings—fascinating stuff! Made more intriguing when we realize the kernel of God’s Truth is woven into the fabric of the plot. It’s both a joy and a challenge. I love it!

MBA&M: What do you feel is the allure of Biblical characters and especially King Solomon is for readers?

MESU: Our Western Culture is so vastly different than the Ancient Middle Eastern way of life. One of the most amazing things about God’s Word is that—though it never changes—it is living and has the ability to relate to any culture. However, in order to extract the fullest meaning of some passages, we must read them in light of the culture, setting, and geographic location in which they were written. That is what biblical fiction can do. It creates a context in which the biblical story is more easily remembered. Just like Jesus told parables to cement a point in the minds of His listeners, biblical fiction should be used as a way to give life and texture to the biblical truths it conveys. It’s never meant to replace daily Bible reading; in fact, just the opposite. It’s intended to arouse the reader’s curiosity and send them back to God’s Word for answers.

I think King Solomon is a keen example of that curiosity factor. Many folks know bits and pieces about Solomon’s life when he was older and had many wives, but how many took the time to consider his early years? I hope the allure of biblical fiction is to give readers a “snapshot” of a character that they can then take back to Scripture and compare to the mural God has given through His Word.

MBA&M: Which Biblical character is your favorite and why?

MESU: Oh my! Tough question! My heart is securely fastened to the Old Testament because I think Yahweh is so misunderstood by Christians in that Old Covenant, but my favorite biblical character is actually in the New Testament. Jesus’ mother would be my favorite. I love her immediate submission when asked to bear the Christ-child. I’m fascinated by all the “pondering in her heart” when people heap praise on her newborn Son. Her reaction to twelve-year-old Jesus, when he stays at the Temple and is separated from the family—amazing (I would’ve jerked a holy knot in His tail!). The fact that she followed Him to the Cross is beyond my ability to fathom, and that she was with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection speaks volumes about her faith. She’s amazing. I can’t wait to meet her in eternity.

MBA&M: If you could step back in time, where would you go, with whom and why?

MESU: Another great question! I think I would like to go to young Solomon, actually. He had so much promise, so much potential. And he did many great things—but he could have done sooooo much more. If only his heart had been right before the Lord. Of course, we don’t know the motivation of his heart. In the book, I portray him as too caring, too sympathetic to his wives for his own good.

I suppose the motivation doesn’t really matter, does it? The thing that matters is that his sin tore Israel apart. Period. Surely, if someone could reason with the wisest man in all of history, he would have lived differently… But didn’t Jesus address a similar argument when he told the parable of Lazarus (the beggar) and the rich man (Luke 16)? The gist of the story confirms the futility of trying to reason Solomon out of sin: If he didn’t listen then, no amount of “do-over” would change the situation. I think it’s good motivation to do all we can NOW for those we love.

MBA&M: What is the one thing that scares the “heck” out of you and why?

MESU: Snakes and rodents! I don’t know that I have a good reason for it. I grew up in a house surrounded by Indiana cornfields, so we ALWAYS had mice. One day, my mom and I were held captive, standing on top of a stool and coffee table, while a mouse scurried around the kitchen until my dad came home from work. Eeek!


In my third book, Love in a Broken Vessel (scheduled for March 2013 release), Hosea and Gomer live in the southern Judean desert, and snakes are a constant threat. THAT was creepy to research and write! Ick!


Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share a bit with your readers!

If anyone would like to keep in touch, they can visit my website @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/. Or sign up for free weekly e-devotionals @ http://www.mesuandrews.com/deep-o-tionals-2/acts-of-the-apostles/. Also, I’ve added pictures of a potential “Solomon” and “Arielah” to my Pinterest Board for Character Faces…check it out and leave a comment! Or give your own suggestions!

Thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing your  wonderful insights into the Biblical characters of old!!

Book Trailer for “Love’s Sacred Song” http://youtu.be/LYCpTmNVCQo



Publisher:Revell (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0800734084

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.
A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.
But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?
Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.

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