Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Aleteia Thumbs Up for Wine Into Water

NEW THUMBS UP FOR LATEST PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL!

From a December 13 Aleteia.org article offering recommended reads for a snowy day, the reviewer, Russ Saltzman, wrote the following about WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating:

"The first time we meet the intrepid Lutheran Pastor Stephan Grant, a former CIA agent with notches on his gun, he has saved Pope Augustine from a knife-wielding monk. The pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on Long Island (yes, there are Lutheran congregations named for St. Mary), Grant seems to be one of those pastors who ends up everywhere at once, and St. Mary’s seems to be one of those parishes that takes pastoral absences calmly. In this adventure, sixth in the series, wine counterfeiters (no, I haven’t heard of that either) infest the vineyards. When Grant’s around, nobody messes with the communion wine."

Read the complete article here.

Get WINE INTO WATER at Amazon.

Or, order signed copies at www.raykeatingonline.com

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Big Thumbs Up for WINE INTO WATER

Kirkus Reviews gives a big thumbs up for Ray Keating's WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL:

It was declared in the review:

"The recurring protagonist shares the spotlight with many characters who appeared in preceding novels. This narrative approach, however, proves beneficial. To begin with, the story, though boasting the series' now-prerequisite action sequences, shifts most of its attention to the mystery. Keating establishes genuine suspects: seems all winemakers, from the respected to the dubious, are under attack, so those culpable aren't easily detectable. Grant undoubtedly shines in confrontations with baddies as well as lighter subplots: scenes behind the pulpit and his visible awkwardness whenever Caldwell and his wife, Jennifer, are together. But it's the search for killers that makes the biggest impact, and the pastor can't take full credit; it's a team effort, with characters (i.e., Grant's old CIA pals) that are just as essential.
     "A first-rate mystery makes this a series standout, even if the titular protagonist splits his hero status with others."              - Kirkus Reviews

Read the entire review here.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Celebrate Advent with An Advent for Religious Liberty

Celebrate Advent this year by enjoying Ray Keating's timely thriller AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Author Tyrel Bramwell wrote:

Ray Keating’s third Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, An Advent for Religious Liberty, continues to bring to life this heroic pastor. What pastor doesn’t want to be like Pr. Grant? What parishioner doesn’t want him as his shepherd?!... 
I don’t know if it was originally released during Advent, but I wish I would’ve read it during Advent. As a novella it packs an intriguing story into a quick read, perfect for the busy-ness that comes with December! 
Mayor-elect Adam Pritchett’s over the top personality is Trumpian (for lack of a better word), which enabled me to buy into the rapid and overt attack on religious freedom in the story. How it’s stopped, well, that’s on par with how I’ve come to expect Pr. Stephen Grant to handle things – like a boss.

Get the book from Amazon at
https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Religious-Liberty-Pastor-Stephen/dp/1480174491/ref=pd_sim_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1480174491&pd_rd_r=P8NXV98JVNW4J9KSD88Y&pd_rd_w=5otDK&pd_rd_wg=JqxSO&psc=1&refRID=P8NXV98JVNW4J9KSD88Y

Or, get a signed copy on sale at
www.raykeatingonline.com

Indie Authors Are Small Business Owners

Indie authors definitely are small business owners. So, on this Small Business Saturday, order a book written by a creative entrepreneur. It doesn't have to be one of mine - although that would be nice (and I have provided a link below to my latest because I am a small business owner) - but grab a copy of some indie author's work out there. 
Get my new book WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL at
https://www.amazon.com/Wine-Into-Water-Pastor-Stephen/dp/1515274950/ref=pd_sim_14_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1515274950&pd_rd_r=A5CR86MT4P0QP6X9BSPE&pd_rd_w=okZYP&pd_rd_wg=z5BJ1&psc=1&refRID=A5CR86MT4P0QP6X9BSPE

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5 Stars for WINE INTO WATER

The first Amazon review of WINE INTO WATER is in, and its FIVE STARS!

The reviewer writes: "Ray Keating does it again. Ray Keating delivers another great Stephen Grant adventure. We see more of Stephen's non-pastor life in this book than in the previous ones, but we still see his life as a pastor and as a husband, and his relationship with Jennifer. More of what makes Stephen tick is also revealed. And as always, some great Lutheran theology, particularly relating the wine counterfeits of the story and Holy Communion."

Thanks so much!!

https://www.amazon.com/Wine-Into-Water-Pastor-Stephen/dp/1515274950/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477613097&sr=8-1

Monday, October 24, 2016

New Thriller from Award-Winning Novelist Ray Keating Titled “Wine Into Water: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel”

Former CIA Operative and Current Pastor Takes on Wine Counterfeiters, Seeks Justice, and Embraces Forgiveness

Long Island, NY – Who knew the wine business could be sordid and violent? But that’s what happens when infiltrated by counterfeiters. A pastor, once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, is pulled into action to help unravel a mystery involving wine fakes, murder and revenge. WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is Ray Keating’s sixth novel.

Along with his former CIA colleagues and the FBI, Grant is called on to seek justice and take on evil, while embracing forgiveness and staying rooted in his calling as a pastor.

In WINE INTO WATER, Keating not only serves up fine wine accompanied by some excellent food, but also a compelling mystery, interesting characters, action, adventure, fascinating relationships, humor, international intrigue, weakness, strength, doubt, forgiveness and faith.

Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. His previous thriller, MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, won the 2015 Book of the Year award from KFUO radio. Kirkus Reviews heaped praise on the book, noting, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.

Amazon.com reviewers compare his thrillers to the works of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham, Cussler, Griffin and Morrell.

WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at

This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at

Keating’s previous books include MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. In addition to being a novelist, Keating is an economist, entrepreneur, a longtime adjunct professor, and a former, 20-plus-year newspaper columnist with Newsday, Long Island Business News and the New York City Tribune.

Review copies, interviews for the media, and author appearances are available upon request.

Contact: Ray Keating
Phone: 631-909-1122
E-mail: raykeating@keatingreports.com
PastorStephenGrant.com


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pre-Order the Kindle Version of Ray Keating’s New Thriller WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL

Pre-Order the Kindle Version of Ray Keating’s New Thriller WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL.

Order now and the book will be delivered to your Kindle on October 27th! The paperback will be available on October 27th as well!

Blood, wine, sin, justice and forgiveness…

Who knew the wine business could be so sordid and violent? That’s what happens when it's infiltrated by counterfeiters.

A pastor, once a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, is pulled into action to help unravel a mystery involving fake wine, murder and revenge. Stephen Grant is called to take on evil, while staying rooted in his life as a pastor.

WINE INTO WATER is the sixth thriller in the Pastor Stephen Grant series penned by award-winning novelist Ray Keating.





Monday, September 26, 2016

Arnold Palmer, RIP

I feel tremendously sad at the passing of Arnold Palmer. My grandfather instilled the love of golf in me, and watching Arnold Palmer as a youngster only enhanced that love. He not only was a great golfer, but a man of integrity and character. He made golf what it is today. He will be missed. Prayers for his family and friends.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

BIG SALE ON SIGNED COPIES OF RAY KEATING’S PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS!

BIG SALE ON SIGNED COPIES OF RAY KEATING’S PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS!
Up to 47% off award-winning novelist Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK. These exciting, thoughtful novels focus on a onetime Navy SEAL and former CIA operative who is now a pastor. 
Previously each book sold for $12.99-$17.99. Now each is only $9.99 for a limited time, with the author’s message and signature. And all five can be purchased as a set of only $44.99 (previously sets were $75.99).
With Keating’s next thriller coming soon, this is the perfect time to see why these books have received widespread praise…
Not only was MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL named “Book of the Year 2015” by KFUO’s “BookTalk,” but Kirkus Reviews says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.” For good measure, Kirkus Reviews gives a big thumbs up to THE RIVER: “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”
And consider from a Washington Times review written by a pastor and former CIA officer: “What Ian Fleming's 007 series has probably done for ex-MI-6 agents and Tom Clancy has done for retired CIA officers, Mr. Keating has done for the minority of former CIA agents who have served their country by working in the intelligence community, but now wish to serve God.”
Lutheran Book review declares, “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”
A Touchstone magazine review of MURDERER’S ROW says: “This is a fun read, though the embedded theology is real and salutary. There is death and life, adultery and commitment, friendship and betrayal, violence and victory over violence… Perhaps the best part of the book for the reviewer is that the clergy are good at helping people bring Christ into their vocations.”
Finally, Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine, lists Ray Keating among his top 10 Christian novelists.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Kindle Sale: Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers!

Time to Catch Up: BIG KINDLE SALE for Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant Thrillers!

Ray Keating’s new book, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, will be published soon. With a big Kindle sale, it’s the perfect time to get onboard or caught up.

Get the first five thrillers – MURDERER’S ROW, THE RIVER, AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and WARRIOR MONK – on the Kindle for only $3.99 each. That’s all five books for less than $20 for a limited time.

Stellar reviews and recommendations have been coming fast and furious. MURDERER’S ROW was named the BookTalk 2015 Book of the Year. And Kirkus Review says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

THE RIVER not only was a 2014 finalist for BookTalk’s Book of the Year, but Kirkus Reviews declares, “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

David Keene, opinion editor at The Washington Times, proclaims, “The Stephen Grant novels are great reads beginning with WARRIOR MONK, which aptly describes Ray Keating's engaging hero.”

Lutheran Book review declares, “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”

Take advantage of the big Kindle sale, and start enjoying Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels featuring a former Navy SEAL, onetime CIA operative, and current pastor.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Five Stars for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel - “Page-Turner With Intellectual Depth”

Recently, reviewers, who also happen to be pastors and authors, gave 5-star thumbs up reviews for WARRIOR MONK…


1) Book Review: Pistol-packin’ Pastor
by Rev. Frederic W. Baue, Ph.D.

I am writing this review with a Bic 4-color ball point pen, the kind I’ve been using for over 40 years. Its retractable red, green, blue, and black cylinders are ideal for marking my Bible. That, however, is not the way this humble little item is used in this excellent debut novel from economics columnist Ray Keating. In fact, let’s use those four colors to structure this review.
RED is for blood. Warrior Monk is the story of Stephen Grant, 40, a Lutheran pastor in Long Island, New York. He loves his ministerial work. But he is a “second-career” guy, having previously served his country as a Navy SEAL, then as a special-ops CIA secret agent. He has several notches on his 10 mm Glock 20. That weapon serves him well when a crazy woman goes on a shooting rampage in his church. He takes her out. Next thing you know, this “pistol-packing pastor” is on the security detail for Pope Augustine I, who is soon to visit Long Island. As the story develops, there is blood, bullets, and action a-plenty in this well-wrought thriller.
[Spoiler alert: red also stands for the Cincinnati Reds, Grant’s favorite team.]
BLUE, ahem, is for the language employed by the true-to-life characters in Warrior Monk, especially when engaged in action scenes or plotting assassinations. Here we may include scenes of sexual tension between Pastor Grant and a seductive former CIA partner. Let the pious reader be forewarned.
BLACK of course stands for evil. There is plenty of it for Grant to handle. The visit of the pope inspires a host of groups that want to kill him. In addition, there is the quieter but deadlier evil of false doctrine which can kill the soul. Let me here commend Ray Keating for his accuracy in the details of church stuff. He knows his subject, and excels in depicting the nuances of the various Lutheran church bodies.
GREEN means life, and all attendant virtues such as love, truth, order, and so forth. All of these come from God. They are opposed by Satan, working through his villains, femmes fatale, corrupt politicians, heretics, and such. Pastor Stephen Grant is thrown into the conflict, and becomes a Christian-against-crime in the tradition of Chesterton’s Father Brown and Sayers’s Peter Wimsey.
In fact, this is precisely the attraction of detective fiction (and here we may include action-adventure tales) for the Christian writer: the literary conceits of the genre demand that in the end, the crook will be nabbed, the wrong avenged, and order restored. Thus we have an artistic depiction of biblical reality in which no matter how terrible things are, Christ is victor on the Last Day. In the meantime pastors like Stephen Grant must work for biblical truth, and secret agents like Stephen Grant must work for civil order.
Warrior Monk is a page-turner with intellectual depth. Get this book now.


2) Review of Warrior Monk
by Tyrel Bramwell

With powerful endorsements by both a congressman (Pete King) and a well known reporter (Larry Kudow) on the cover, I was aching to get into this book. The first of Ray Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant novels, Warrior Monk, catches your attention from page one. It reads like one of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp adventures, dishing out details and action at a fast pace.  And in the midst of that action Keating manages to brilliantly present the reader with thought provoking truths, seemingly little things that aren’t pondered nearly enough, such as a note about church architecture or a relational reality particular to men who hold the pastoral office. At other times he deals with larger topics such as church doctrine and practice. As the story unfolds Keating presents the Christian faith in a real way that any reader will appreciate, exposing differences and difficulties between varying denominations and between the Church and the world without distraction. This perfect backdrop propels the protagonist, and the reader, into the challenges of the book.
It’s a spectacular ride steeped in theological intrigue! As a fan of G.K. Chesterton I delighted in the similarities between Keating’s Pastor Stephen Grant and Chesterton’s Father Brown. In the 20th century, Chesterton, a journalist (among other things), gave the world a detective priest. In the 21st, another journalist (among other things), Keating, gave the world a spy-turned-pastor. Grant is not without his Flambeau either. Both characters are the perfect mouthpiece for the authors to speak to the ills of the world in their day and age.
The chapters are brief, which makes ingesting the story between the interruptions that are always working to pull this reader out of the adventure a breeze. Chapters four and five deliver the goods. I’ll never sing A Mighty Fortress Is Our God the same way. What a mental picture! The fun never stops. Truly from cover to cover you’re in for a treat. I can’t wait to dive into the next Pastor Stephen Grant novel.



WARRIOR MONK: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list.