Nothing But The Blood by Dianna Lanser

Miah Betten, beautiful, talented, forgiven... and chosen by God to suffer the unspeakable, hand-picked to do the unimaginable.

Anger burrows beneath Miah's skin like an evil tick, and she can't seem to overcome it. At least not until the day her dad shares a secret that requires Miah to make a choice -- a costly choice that defines her future and takes Miah and her family from their home in the Australian outback to the other side of the world.

Although Miah's mum is convinced America is the septic tank of humanity and strange phone calls begin to prove her right, that doesn’t stop Miah from embracing the American way of life and pursuing her musical and philanthropic dreams. They're hopeful dreams that are supported by a few close friends and a newcomer to her life, a bold, good-looking Native American man.

Just when life can't get any better, destiny stalks Miah with a tragic plan of its own, and why should she expect anything different? Since the day Miah chose to follow Jesus, she knew there would be a cost. She just didn't think it would be so high...

Nothing But the Blood is a love story like none you’ve ever read: chilling, poignant, and portraying the meaning, the joy, and the high cost of following Christ.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 19, 2011
  • Last updated Sept. 19, 2011
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  • Walt Bridges's avatar
    Walt Bridges wrote 3 days, 7 hours ago

    Hi Dianna,
    Step Into The Light is now available in Print or Digital Editions
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    If your book is in print or you have a date when it will be available I would love to give it free exposure on my website. Thank You for your many kind words and suggestions as part of the Authonomy community. God Bless!
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  • karelkoninkrijk's avatar
    karelkoninkrijk wrote 2 years ago

    I've read till chapter 7 and sorry, it just gives me the creeps. Fortunately God is in control of everything...

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    karelkoninkrijk wrote 2 years ago

    I'm curious but will not comment before I've read right through to the end.

  • Margaret0307's avatar
    Margaret0307 wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    CLF2 Just a few more detailed comments on your book Dianna which I hope might help. Kieran asked me to be more detailed but I said this was difficult when your writing is so good! All I can offer is some very minor observations on some excellent writing - and these are purely my personal view. I actually liked the full description in your previous version about the altercation between Miah and the boys re the journal so missed it ...
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    Oceana wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    CFL 2 + CCRG A solid, interesting look into a young girl’s life. I really liked your description of how a child experiences fear in the nighttime—very relatable. I read 5 chapters, and switching POV from mother to daughter was an interesting choice. I’m not familiar with most Australian terminology, so some of it was confusing, but I liked the authenticity it leant. I knew you’ve already made it to the ED so I guessed you weren’t looking for detailed ...
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  • Lisa Abraham's avatar
    Lisa Abraham wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    CLF review:- Hi - this is my first CLF review and so wonderful to read something strong in faith. This is a very well-written story, with an easy flow and fantastic use of vocabulary. Your phrasing at times is melodic. I find myself instantly warming to Miah, as a character. And I thought chapter 1 a very strong opening. On occasions I was baffled a little by the 'Australian speak/ vocab' but though I wasn't always altogether clear of the ...
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    timschmal [Retired] wrote 2 years, 1 month ago
    CLF2 Review Dianna, I wanted to write something after having read the first 4 chapters. I'm not a professional book editor, but I have made a career out of editing, re-writing, etc. I plan on reading the rest of the book; these are my first impressions. Positive: I do so like your two early main characters, Miah and Claire. The world is a wonder to Miah. I look forward to her future discoveries in life. Claire carries the burdens of ...
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    Labradors and cappuccino wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    CLF2 review Dianna I've read 5 chapters and I find your book very well written and edited to a professional standard. I was truyl gripped for the first three chapters and couldn't wait to see what happened next but I must be honest -I became confused when I got to chapter 4. I didn't think it flowed well from chapter 3 but maybe that's just me. It doesn't change the fact that it's a great story and I will definitely ...
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    Labradors and cappuccino wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    CLF2 review Dianna I've read 5 chapters and I find your book very well written and edited to a professional standard. I was truyl gripped for the first three chapters and couldn't wait to see what happened next but I must be honest -I became confused when I got to chapter 4. I didn't think it flowed well from chapter 3 but maybe that's just me. It doesn't change the fact that it's a great story and I will definitely ...
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  • Margaret0307's avatar
    Margaret0307 wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    CLF2 review - Dianna your work just gets better and better. I like the changes I have seen in your book although I can't remember everything I read before as it was a while ago! I do find that I like Miah better this time around though but can't understand why! It must be something to do with how you have made changes. I still love your book and look forward to hearing when you publish. God bless you Margaret ...
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    Teb Danner wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Dianna- I like the way you develop characters through the initial sibling conflict. That, I feel, added to the anxiety, and perpetuated the action of the pending surprise in the third chapter. The introduction to the story gave light to the decicisivness and sense of justice the Mum possesses and also the compassion and insight to her family. You have quick bursting metaphores the pleasantly stops me and lets pause in my imagination of what that would not only look ...
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    Bart Jahn [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Dianna...this is my CLF 2 review. I read all 12 chapters of this new revision. The first time I read the book, I got as far as the action around chapter 11, then it went to the ED and in my ignorance of how Authonomy worked at the time, I thought the book would disappear off the site when it went to a Harper Collins review. So I go caught up with other books, and unfortunately did not return ...
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  • Keiran Proffer's avatar
    Keiran Proffer wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    CLF Review Dianna, I've read 4 chapters of your boo. Here are my overall comments: 1. Remarkably well-written, no typos and virtually no grammatical errors. 2. I think it takes too long to get into the story. My own belief is that the reader will be patient for about 10 pages or to the end of the first chapter, whichever is shorter. You have 3 chapters which are mainly talk, and the non-event of something moving in the darkness which ...
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    KMac23 [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Dianna, I was interested to see what you would change, as I worried the story might be very different from what I read and I liked it the first time, yet, found the revisions did actually enhance your work, seeming more focused. I’m seeing more vulnerability in Miah. I could sympathize with her more in this version, and although she still had some anger, it was a bit more controlled. Her big dreams to help others less fortunate and her ...
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    AudreyB wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    I'm not sure I want to tell you what I think of this new first chapter. Because I'll reveal that I didn't much like chapter 1 before. It was confusing. I couldn't keep the people straight. But now, from the persepective of Miah's frightened thoughts, this is a dynamite opener. There's the hint of danger that we need in our minds as we work toward the terrifying ending. There's the warm embrace of her family. There's her temper and her ...
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    Bart Jahn [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Dianna...I thought the previous draft was good, but this new version is better. I read 3 chapters and would start the 4th to see what happens next, but my eyelids are getting heavy and I am off for bed. Both the story and your writing have improved, and I thought they were excellent before...so your hard work is paying off. Bart

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    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    Dianna, I have to agree with the comments below. This is a brilliant book that is going to do you proud. It flows so well with a captivation that is simply amasing. You need to push this all the way to the top now and good luck with it. I will be scoring this very high.
    Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider adding me to your wish list or returning a read. Many thanks.

    Sean

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    Torkuda wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    It's probably been a while since I was supposed to do my trade with you. Work and school came up, sorry. I was actually supposed to look at God Pleasers, but it looks like you took that down. Anyway, here's my thoughts on this story instead. This story was decent from the first four chapters that I read (I only do full reads for those who do full reads of my story). The writing itself doesn't have any major flaws, ...
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    flnaturelover wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Dianna, imagine my surprise when I got back to this site and saw you ranked!....NOT! You deserve to be ranked and I hope published too. Wonderful story, impeccable writing! Dianna, you left a lengthy and helpful critique of The Gingrich Curse. I took every point to heart and made many changes. If you have a chance, which I understand you may be too busy to do, please see if you like the improvements. Congratulations on an exceptional story. C.S.Poulsen