No Safe Haven    -     By: Kimberley Woodhouse, Kayla R. Woodhouse
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Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though Twelve-year old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. Its news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they were flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who wants to kill them.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 1433671166
ISBN-13: 9781433671166
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Publisher's Description

Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.

Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or AndiÑand they both sense Cole is hiding something.

A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.

Endorsements and Reviews:

"I'd only made it to page 8 when I realized I was holding my breath. Shivers are still traveling up my arms from a story that is both dramatic and heart-warming."

Tricia Goyer, award-winning author

"Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse know how to weave powerful, faith-building, can't-put-down stories - in life and now, brilliantly, in fiction."

Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Nightingale

"A novel of high adventure, exhilarating suspense, powerful divine proteection and enough love to bring tears all around."

Christian Retailing (Top Pick review)

"A thrilling adventure of the heart and mind . . . No Safe Haven is a brilliant start to what will be an unmissable series from this mother and daughter team."

Relz Reviewz

"Romance, suspense, intrigue--Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have crafted a book that has it all. You won't be able to put this one down!"

Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series

"A nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I loved the Alaskan setting and characters. The Woodhouse writing duo is dynamite!"

Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper's Ball and the Rock Harbor series

"Non-stop action from an unforgettable mother/daughter team."

Brandilyn and Amberly Collins, co-authors of the award-winning Rayne Tour Series

"An incredible adventure thriller that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. I look forward to more from this incredible mother-daughter team."

Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series

"Based on personal knowledge and experience, the authors create realistic characters. Alternating perspectives, love, loss and mystery hold the reader’s attention. The authors remind us that faith is simple: All one must do is believe."

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"The story is captivating and the action is fast-paced."

Author Bio

Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician approaching life with a positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouses received an amazing gift through the ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.

Kayla Woodhouse is a teenage author whose life-altering medical condition (a nerve disorder that prevents the body from regulating its temperature or sensing pain) has not stopped her love for swimming. She is home schooled and has an adventure blog called Dragon Claws, Dog Paws, Swimming Laws.

Publisher's Weekly

The two authors are a mother and her teenage daughter, and they borrow from reality--Kayla, the teenager, has a rare nerve disorder that prevents her from regulating body temperature or sensing pain--in presenting the action-filled tale of a mother and daughter, Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray (with the same disorder), whose plane is sabotaged and crashes into Sultana, the formidable neighbor of Alaska's Mt. Denali. A seriously injured Jenna and Andie must decide whether to trust the other crash survivor, Cole Maddox, in a plan to survive, and Maddox doesn't seem especially trustworthy. The story has its fascinating bits-- Andie's unusual disorder, survival in the Alaskan wilderness, the native Alaskan background of the two women--as well as not very original plot elements: Maddox's weepy backstory, cartoonish villains, the sage hospital chaplain. The evangelical Christian formula of accepting-Jesus-as-your-savior helps drive the plot, which some will like and others won't. This has page-turning potential, but is too predictable and emotionally manipulative to earn a large audience. (Mar.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    No Safe Haven
    November 16, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Written by a mother and daughter team, No Safe Haven, is a journey into the dangerous and beautiful wilderness of Alaska. Jenna is the mother of a young girl named Andie who has a rare medical disorder that can put her very life in danger in the blink of an eye. What may startle some readers is that Kayla, one of the co-authors, does have the disorder the character Andie has in the tale where they cannot feel pain or regulate their body temperatures.

    The action starts from the first words on the page and only increases until the very end of the book! Jennas husband Marcus is killed. He had been in the Army, but lately his actions were leaving Jenna with an unquiet spirit. Andie just had a major operation when her father was killed. Now, a year later, Jenna and Andie are flying into Alaska ready to start the lives anew. However, the plane has been badly sabotaged which leads to one scary ending by crashing into the side of a mountain. When Andie wakes up first, she begins to check her mom and minimize the effects of the severe cold temperatures and the coming snow storm.

    Those who are after Marcus computer program mean business and arent afraid to remove anyone who attempts to keep them from locating their prize. Not only is the writing exceptional, but so is the input of the disorder from which Kayla Woodhouse suffers. Knowing some of what real people with this rare disorder go through along with their loved ones was an eye opening experience. I loved how Andies faith was bold, open, and unafraid, and her dependence on God amazing. The mother-daughter bond depicted throughout the novel is heart-touching. I loved how the authors show that the love of God shown before others can melt even the hardest of hearts. The one character named Cole really was resistant to hearing about God for a long time in the novel. When you read the book, see what cracks the hard veneer of this Army man. Another book the mother and daughter have collaborated on is Race Against Time and I plan on reading this soon!

    Here is another wonderful novel to wrap and give to your avid reader this coming holiday season!
  2. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intrigue and suspense
    September 24, 2014
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    No Safe Haven is one of those books that grabs you and pulls you into the story from the very first page, which is great and very exciting. There is so much suspense in not only the precarious situations in which the characters land, but also in the dilemma of who can be trusted, which changes throughout the story. These dangers are all compounded by the medical condition of the young character, Andie.

    Most of the story moves along at a fast pace. Each very short chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of the characters, so the reader is privy to the mind and emotions of many characters throughout the novel. I found this aspect of the novel to be very interesting. I think the authors did a good job in connecting the reader to each of the different characters. My favorite character is Andie, who is a preteen. She is feisty and definitely an overcomer. I think she is a great addition to the cast of characters.

    Andie and Jenna are both committed Christians, who rely heavily on God for guidance and protection. This spiritual aspect plays a large part in the story.

    If you enjoy adventure and suspense with a bit of romance thrown in, I think you will like No Safe Haven.
  3. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thoroughly enjoyable
    December 3, 2011
    Jill Williamson
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Andie and her mother, Jenna, are flying home from a doctor's appointment in Anchorage when the pilot sabotages their small plane. They crash on Sultana, a mountain that is part of the Denali National Park. Stranded with a winter storm on its way, only one man can keep them alive, the mysterious last-minute passenger, Cole. With hidden secrets and killers trying to track them down, no one really trusts anyone. Yet they must trust each other if they are going to survive.

    This was an engaging story told from several points of view, including that of Andie, Jenna's teenage daughter. Andie's point of view was written by Kayla Woodhouse, a teenage author and daughter of Kimberly. What a fun thing to write a book with a family member like that. They did an excellent job. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense as Jenna, Andie, and Cole fought to stay alive despite the way the bad guys and nature kept coming at them. And there is an interesting mystery woven into this tale as well. Very well done. Can't wait to read book two!
  4. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting adventure set in Alaska
    November 10, 2011
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This debut novel by a mother-daughter writing team has all the elements of a riveting story: challenging setting, exciting plot, personable characters, suspense, and romance. Jenna Tikaani-Gray, a native Alaskan, and her 12-year-old daughter, Andie, are flying home from Anchorage to North Pole, Alaska, when their plane mysteriously crashes. Why were their pilot and their last-minute passenger fighting? Whom can they trust? Is someone actually trying to kill them?

    Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have pooled their creative writing talents to pen a winning thriller in No Safe Haven, with protagonists similar to them. Kayla lives with the same rare medical disorder as Andie so her insights led credibility. At times Andie sounds quite adultlike, but dealing with such a condition would mature a person. She also steals readers' hearts with her sincere reality, her humor, and her vulnerability. She's so real.

    I couldn't read fast enough, yet I didn't want their story to end. I'm glad it's the first of a series. I look for more engaging tales from this dynamic duo.
  5. Vancouver, B.C.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting and enjoyable.
    July 1, 2011
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Interesting and suspenseful enough to keep you reading. I did figure out where the plot was leading and figured the outcome.

    However, I still enjoyed the book. It gives insight to a rare disease and how difficult coping with something noone understands can be.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse
Located in: Colorado Springs, CO
Submitted: July 28, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  KIM: I grew up in a wonderful Christian home, studied music all my life, and went to Bible College where I met my incredible husband, Jeremy. In 2011, we’ll celebrate 20 years of marriage. (Wow. I’m really not that old.) We’ve served the Lord in full-time ministry ever since Bible College and we have the two coolest kids on earth, Josh and Kayla. KAYLA: My name is Kayla R. Woodhouse, I love Jesus, writing, swimming, reading, and painting. I was twelve years old when Mom and I wrote No Safe Haven. I was born with a rare nerve disorder (there are about 25 confirmed cases in the world) called HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy. Basically, I can’t feel pain unless it is twenty to thirty times what you would feel, I can’t sweat, so, if I were to get too hot I could die or have serious brain damage. (We keep our house at 64 degrees. It used to be even colder than that! My room is always around 60 degrees.)

    What was your motivation behind this project?  KIM: Well, Kayla and I both love to write suspense and because of all the TV shows we’ve been on and all the media attention, people are fascinated with Kayla’s nerve disorder and the rarity of it. So writing about a mother and daughter who deal with it came naturally. And in fiction, you can put your characters through your greatest fears and triumphs. It's a great way for people to understand HSAN, and a lot of fun for us to write together. KAYLA: The idea to write together actually came from our amazing editor, Karen Ball. And as the idea settled in, Mom and I loved planning out the story and the different characters we would write. You see, I write certain characters, and Mom writes others. We love Alaska, so the story being set there was a no-brainer.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  KIM: A deeper understanding of Trust. The characters in No Safe Haven deal with this on many levels. Trust in loved ones who failed them, trust in each other, trust in God. Doubt, betrayal, and fear play into the hands of each of them as they learn about true trust. And no matter what you’ve gone through, no matter what you’ve done, God is always there. With open arms. And even though people may fail us, He won’t. Putting your full trust in Him—letting Him take control of your life—is the most wonderful adventure you’ll ever have. KAYLA: One thing we thought would be cool to have in the book was the daughter having the same disorder as me so people could get a sense of what it’s like to have HSAN. But as I was writing my character I was able to actually describe how it feels when I overheat. That’s something I’ve never been able to do before. We also wanted to get readers to know the dangers of HSAN plus the dangers of being stranded in the wilderness of Alaska. People love reading books set in Alaska and since we lived there we thought it would be cool to have it take place there also. We’d like readers to learn that God is always with us no matter what, and that it’s awesome and important to have a strong relationship with God and your family members.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  KIM: My daughter is amazing, and writing together has been a gift and a joy. She also keeps me on my toes, and challenges me as a writer. It was fascinating to see her put into words things about her disorder that she'd never been able to explain before. Writing about it was educational for both of us. KAYLA: I realized even more how I can be a willing vessel and be used by God. I love writing, but using those talents wholly and completely for Him is so cool!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  KIM: Tracie Peterson, Donita K. Paul, Colleen Coble. They are all not only favorite authors of mine, but mentors and dear friends. Each of them shaped my writing in huge ways. Ronie Kendig and Carrie Kintz. Ronie writes action better than anyone I know, and she and Carrie are the best crit partners I’ve ever had. KAYLA: Donita K. Paul is one of our dearest friends, I think she influenced me not only in person but by her books. I’ve read the DragonKeeper Chronicles all the way through seven times! She really inspired me to let my imagination flow. My favorite scene in all of her books is in DragonSpell where Kale is talking to Paladin and she decides to follow him. Tracie Peterson is another great friend of ours and amazing author. Her Ladies of Liberty series influenced me a lot. And she always makes me laugh and encourages us to keep moving on. Ronie Kendig is one of the best writers in the world, and a challenging critique partner! She and her family are awesome and never quit even when things get crazy. Colleen Coble is a fantastic author and is hilarious! We have so much fun together and I love her smiling face. She encourages me to write, write, write! James L. Rubart is one of our newest writer friends, but even though we haven’t known each other very long his faith is evident and encourages me to live mine more out loud.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  KIM: Kayla and I wrote the book together, but separately. I wrote the POVs (Point of View) scenes of certain characters, and she wrote the others. I wrote the adults, she wrote the kids. What better person to write about a 12-year-old girl with HSAN than a real 12-year-girl with HSAN? And what better person to write about a mom with a child who has a rare disorder, than me? It was fun to bring those characters to life and get on the page the incredible relationship we share as mother/daughter. KAYLA: My first priority is my faith. Nothing is more important than God, He’s the one that gets me through life day to day. I LOVE swimming, my coaches are AMAZING and my team-mates are hilarious. They make me smile and encourage me to go on even though I’m different. I want to encourage you to follow your dreams and use your gifts for God.

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