Monday, September 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Offers Stellar Review of LIONHEARTS

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL received a big thumbs-up review from Kirkus Reviews:

“In this seventh entry of a series, terrorists attacking Christians in the United States must contend with the proficient recurring protagonist armed with Scripture and a Glock… By now, fans of Keating’s (Wine Into Water, 2016, etc.) thriller series will anticipate skillfully drawn characters. [Stephen] Grant, for one, is a considerate husband and unquestionably capable in action… The narrative’s swift momentum is retained even during profound moments, like a scene in which terrorists debate their cause after murdering two men that’s intercut with clergymen reciting biblical passages. Though sequences of Grant or [Paige] Caldwell and her team engaged in combat are exhilarating, the story’s brimming with everyday heroes. One political figure, for example, is rescued by a neighbor whose courage is measured by the hefty Desert Eagle gun he brandishes. First-rate supporting characters complement the sprightly pastor, who remains impeccable in this thriller.”

Read the entire review at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/ray-keating/lionhearts2/

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL Has Arrived!

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating is here! It’s the seventh thriller featuring the onetime Navy SEAL, former CIA operative, and current Lutheran pastor. 



In LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating, war has arrived on American soil, with Islamic terrorists using new tactics. Few are safe, including Christians, politicians, and the media. Pastor Stephen Grant taps into his past with the Navy SEALS and the CIA to help wage a war of flesh and blood, ideas, history, and beliefs. This is about defending both the U.S. and Christianity.

Lutheran Book Review says: “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.” Keating also has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and MURDERER’S ROW won the 2015 Book of the Year award from KFUO radio. 

LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL is available in trade paperback from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548964182/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504126067&sr=8-2&keywords=lionhearts+by+keating

Signed copies can be ordered at www.raykeatingonline.com


This thriller also can be purchased and downloaded for the Kindle at Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RZN1V6?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Saturday, August 12, 2017

PRE-ORDER Signed Copies of LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL

PRE-ORDER Signed Copies of LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL now at a Sale Price!



War and Terrorism on American Soil in Award-Winning Novelist Ray Keating’s New Thriller LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL

Stephen Grant, Former Navy SEAL, Onetime CIA Operative and Current Lutheran Pastor, is Back in the Fight

Go to www.raykeatingonline.com. LIONHEARTS will be shipped just prior to September 5th publican date!

Sale on All 7 Signed Pastor Stephen Grant Novels.  Order all of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, and you effectively get a signed LIONHEARTS for free! 

In LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating, war has arrived on American soil, with Islamic terrorists using new tactics. Few are safe, including Christians, politicians, and the media. Pastor Stephen Grant taps into his past with the Navy SEALS and the CIA to help wage a war of flesh and blood, ideas, history, and beliefs. This is about defending both the U.S. and Christianity.

With action on the churches, home, media and political fronts, LIONHEARTS: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL ranks as a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Tragedy, justice, faith, love, friendship, violence, death and loss, hatred, courage, commitment and patriotism are brought to life for the reader. As with his earlier novels, Keating also serves up fascinating characters and relationships, humor, and crisp dialogue.

Keating’s previous thrillers/mysteries – WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, 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 – have received widespread praise. For example, Kirkus Reviews has said the following:

On WINE INTO WATER: “A first-rate mystery makes this a series standout…”

On MURDERER’S ROW: “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

On THE RIVER: “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.” 


Keating also has been called “a great novelist” by the host of KFUO’s “BookTalk” radio, and MURDERER’S ROW won the 2015 Book of the Year award from KFUO radio.  And Lutheran Book Review declared, “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: JOIN THE PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT FELLOWSHIP!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: JOIN THE PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT FELLOWSHIP!

We just launched a new venture called the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship, and we would definitely appreciate your support! The hope is that this effort via Patreon.com will allow me to write more Pastor Stephen Grant and related novels, new short stories, guides and more. Supporters will get pretty much everything produced early and FREE, receive special thanks in the books, and other assorted goodies. (How about a character named for you or a loved one?) Please check out the entire effort, the rewards we want to bring to you, and the various levels of support at www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

As always, thank you for your support. If you have enjoyed reading the PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT novels half as much as I love writing them, then I’ve managed to create something worthwhile. The fact that you spend your money and time on my books is both humbling and encouraging.


Thanks!
Ray Keating


Thursday, March 16, 2017

SPRING FEVER SALE ON SIGNED PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS!

We’ve caught spring fever, and come up with our best sale yet on signed copies of all six books - including Ray Keating's new thriller, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL. Yes, spring is the ideal time to read about a Lutheran pastor who once served as a Navy SEAL and a CIA operative. These are exciting and thoughtful thrillers and mysteries.

A complete set, signed by the author, is now on sale for only $56.99. Previously each book sold for $12.99-$17.99. Now each is only $9.99-$13.99 for a limited time, with the author’s message and signature. Go to www.raykeatingonline.com.



According to reviewers, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVELS. Consider just the following 10 points…

1. Reviewers love WINE INTO WATER. Kirkus Reviews says, “A first-rate mystery makes this a series standout.” Self-Publishing Review adds, “Part thriller and part mystery, Wine into Water is full of action, suspense and an electric cast of characters - both villainous and heroic - that will satisfy fans of crime thrillers.” And Aleteia.org declares, “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.”

2. MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating named “Book of the Year 2015” by “BookTalk” on KFUO Christian radio.

3. On MURDERER’S ROW, Kirkus Reviews says, “Action fans will find plenty to love here, from gunfights and murder sprees to moral dilemmas.”

4. Kirkus Reviews also gives a big thumbs up to THE RIVER: “A gritty, action-stuffed, well-considered thriller with a gun-toting clergyman.”

5. THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL was a “Book of the Year” finalist in 2014.

6. From a Washington Times review of THE RIVER 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.”

7. The host of KFUO radio’s “BookTalk,” calls Ray Keating “a great novelist.”

8. 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.”

9. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine, lists Ray Keating among his top 10 Christian novelists.

10. Lutheran Book Review says: “I miss Tom Clancy. Keating fills that void for me.”


Spring is the season for reading. So, order signed copies today – for your own enjoyment and for gifts – at www.raykeatingonline.com.

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