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Spring 2007 | Volume 30, Number 1 | Books, Film & Music

Fragrant Acclaim for Scent

Clint Kelly
Clint Kelly finds inspiration in the olfactory.
A beguiling orchid. Angry natives in a New Guinea rainforest. Ruthless maneuvering between competing perfume companies. And that’s just the first 30 pages.

Senior Response writer Clint Kelly recently published the novel Scent (Zondervan, 2006) under the name C.L. Kelly. The adventure melds the pursuit of fame and fortune with the quest for real fulfillment. “The first in the Sensations series is full of high-octane suspense,” says a critic from Romantic Times. “Kelly deftly turns the reader into a fly on the wall as top-secret perfume formulas are created and competitive schemes are concocted.”

Since 1988, Kelly has introduced Response readers to notables such as Jake DeShazer ’48 of the famed World War II Doolittle Raiders, gaslighting expert Dan Mattausch ’85, and country physician Mark “Doc” Raney ’80. A prolific writer, Kelly has also written such book titles as Escape Underground, The Landing Place, and Dare to Raise Exceptional Children.

“Some people think there are no more frontiers to explore,” says the author. “I don’t believe that for a second.” The idea for Scent germinated when Kelly dined at a Chinese restaurant with his wife, Cheryll. He had recently read about companies sending explorers into the wild to find exotic flowers whose scents could become best-selling perfumes. “Then I played the old writer’s game of ‘what if,’” he says.

Years later, he mentioned the idea to his agent — who suggested it become the first in an adventure series, with each book framed by one of the five human senses: smell, hearing, taste, touch, and sight. Zondervan agreed.

Available at Christian bookstores and online outlets such as, Scent already has fans anticipating the series’ next book, Echo, due to be released in June 2007.

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