Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh Boy . . . This just keeps getting better and better . . . or can we say worse and worse. Jake has his hands full. At least last night he did. He finally got rid of psycho Michelle and tease Elizabeth.

Hopefully what Corey did at the comedy club about Vienna will stick with Jake and he will begin to investigate her more. I just couldn't believe that she came home from the one on one and began talking about her private moments with Jake. To me that was just completely disgusting.

And MZ I need you, I need you, Oh Baby, Oh Baby! Give me a break! She's like a little lost puppy dog that was so needy it was giving me claustrophobia! I am so glad he gave her the boot!

Then Mz Kiss me, No don't Kiss me . . . playing the tease game was strange too. I mean seriously . . . where do these girls come from?

Tenley prooved once again that she has no business being on the show or trying to get involved in any relationship. When she was telling Jake about her divorce and broke down that is a clear cut sign that she's still in pain. Her attempt at needing or desiring to be in a relationship with Jake is just her way to mask the pain she's in; because if she's in another relationship she'll be better and it will be better than the last one.

I'm not sure what I think of Ella. I mean . . . I get the feeling she's looking for a "father" for her son not a relationship, and since her son has a "dream" of flying and Jake is a pilot "bingo" here is Daddy #2. Can we say WRONG!

My favorites are Ali, Cory, and Jesse. They stay in the background, don't cause any drama, and are real. I really think Ali has the best potential to be the best match for him by far.


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Judas Ride

Tate Publishing (December 8, 2009)


Peggy Sue Yarber


Peggy Sue Yarber, PhD in psychology, lives in central California with her husband, two daughters, six turtles and two dogs. She works in the field of education.

The Judas Ride was inspired by her current and previous students. She has seen and experienced and seen similarities between the students and Jesus’ traitor, Judas Iscariot. She has always been fascinated with Judas. Yarber went to a catholic school when she was young and Judas was always portrayed like a mysterious rebel.

She ventures to say, “I guess he was my James Dean of the Bible. But in a good way! In the way that…he did something so wrong so that the entire world could be saved. He had to betray Jesus in order for the rest of the story. I have always wondered what it would be like to not do that one bad thing that would lead to that one great thing. So I had the Vader character sort of run through the paces of Judas.”

Redemption and reality are the two distinguishing features about Yarber’s writing. Not all teens find redemption in The Judas Ride. Yarber considered trying to show the negative outcomes as much as the positive. She wasn’t thinking in terms of positive and negative but she did try to balance the two sides. Yarber says she often sees people daily that , “…have even more screwed up lives than these characters.” Yarber admits sometimes there is not an ending to the madness unless someone dies and then even after the death the ripples still linger. She has written another novel TARE and a children’s book Rocketships to Heaven and the SOS Fuel Station. She loves to run, read, shoot guns and watch her daughters play soccer.


An unwed (and unwanted) teen pregnancy with two possible fathers. Abusive relationships. Drug and alcohol addiction. Rape and molestation. The struggle to understand grace, forgiveness, and free will versus predestination. The Judas Ride hits the road running in the opening pages, where Sonia and Xavier argue explosively about whether Sonia should have their unborn child and about who the father is: Xavier, a struggling Christian, or Vader, an abusive and abused drug dealer. As the pages turn, readers continue to meet a hodgepodge of troubled teens and eclectic characters, including Pastor Manny, a quirky immigrant pastor infatuated with John Wayne. Pastor Manny desires to help the tortured souls in his community but finds that it takes more than unconditional love to reach them. Secrets literally kill in The Judas Ride, an edgy, in-your-your face Christian novel that boldly explores the struggles of modern-day young people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Judas Ride, go HERE
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