Thursday, April 28, 2011


September 2011 by Tyndale House

From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a powerfully moving story that tests the limits of love’s forgiveness. Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida’s has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation. Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when—or if—Kyra’s memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving.

I absolutely LOVED Crossing Oceans, and am so looking forward to this sophomore book by Gina! I know it is going to be exceptional!!!!!

September 2011 by Center Street

1200 years ago, during the Age of Chaos, life as people knew it was nearly annihilated by hatred, ambition, zealotry and war. From the aftermath of near destruction rose a message of hope through the establishment of a new order-one which elevated knowledge and control above the volatility of emotion and expression. No more would the world suffer the effects of malice, greed or passion. Strong, mitigating emotion exists only in historical memory...
After happening upon an ancient journal through strange circumstance, Rom's world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to feel any emotion besides pain, that it exists today in a living death. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order's passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love. He is undone, terrified, and alone in the dead world.
I am a huge fan of both Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee so the two of them writing a book together is going to be phenomenal! Can't wait to get my hands on this little gem!

June 2011 by Zondervan
You'll find home one day. Sure as sweet tea on a hot afternoon. Words from Willa Muir's sketchy childhood haunt her dreams and color her days with longing, regret, and fear. What do the words mean? Willa is far from sure.
When Hale Landon places a ring on her finger, Willa panics, feeling she can't possibly say yes when so much in her past is a mystery. Bent on sorting out her history, Willa returns to Rockwall, Texas, to the Muir House Bed and Breakfast, a former funeral home. But the old place holds her empty memory close to itself. Willa's mother utters unintelligible clues from her deathbed, and the caretaker of the house keeps coveted answers carefully protected. Throw in an old flame, and Willa careens farther away from ever knowing the truth. Set in a growing suburb of Texas, The Muir House explores trauma, healing, love new and old, and the life-changing choices people make to keep their reputations intact.

Everything I have read of Mary DeMuth's I have loved, and just reading the book synopsis draws me to it! Take a look at this book trailer and see if you don't get chills!


When did you start reading?
I remember my mom teaching me to read when I was very young. I always loved books, and I really wanted to be able to read them on my own. I'm not sure how old I was, but Green Eggs and Ham was the first book I read independently.

What is your all time favorite book?
I love The Great Gatsby. I own three copies. When it comes to picture books, Corduroy has always been a huge favorite of mine. That bear is just so cute and adventurous.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I think I always knew. I've been writing for as long as I can remember. In elementary and middle school, I wrote poems, short stories, and I even wrote a novel. I'm not sure what happened to that novel, but I know it was bad. I wrote it as all one paragraph and said I'd go back later to break it up--I never did.
After teaching middle school for a few years, I wanted to get serious about writing, so I took courses to fine tune my skills and learn more about the publishing industry. Then I wrote a few more novels, one of which got me signed with my wonderful agent, Lauren Hammond.

Where is your favorite place to read?
When I was growing up, I used to curl up under the window in my bedroom. Now, I like to curl up on the couch or in my bed. But I also read on the treadmill. Bouncing words don't bother me.

Why did you choose writing a children's picture book over a full length novel?
I write for children of all ages. I've written a few novels, and actually that's where I started. But after my daughter was born, I spent a huge portion of my day reading picture books. It made sense to try writing them.

What are your favorite places or place to write?
I don't have an office in my house. I actually write on my couch with my lap desk. I like being in the living room because it's in the middle of my house. I can keep an eye on things and still be comfortable.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with my readers . . .

MAY THE BEST DOG WIN releases April 30. I hope you'll check it out. If you've ever had a dog, you can probably relate to the face-off between Dash and Sweeper. Here's a little about the book: "Dash has the perfect life until the Super Sweeper 5000 shows up. Sweeper runs all over the house sucking up the leftover food scraps, and he even gets his own room! But Dash won't give up his place as the favorite dog without a fight."

Thanks for having me, Andi!

Dash has the perfect life until the Super Sweeper 5000 shows up. Sweeper runs all over the house sucking up the leftover food scraps, and he even gets his own room! But Dash won't give up his place as the favorite dog without a fight.

Kelly is giving away a copy of her new book MAY THE BEST DOG WIN to one of my readers. To enter you must be a follower of my blog, tell me your favorite dog memory, for extra entries tweet about this giveaway leave an additional comment, and blog about it leave an additional comment. This contest will run from today, Thursday, April 28th until Friday, May 13.

Who is My Shelter: Reviewed

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Who is My Shelter
Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2011)
Neta Jackson


Neta Jackson is the author of the popular novel series, *The Yada Yada Prayer Group*, and a spin-off series called *The Yada Yada House of Hope.* These novels were inspired by a real women's Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, "God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up." Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books--a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area, and the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own.


In Jackson's fourth Yada Yada House of Hope Christian evangelical novel, Gabby Fairbanks is now settled in her new apartment at the House of Hope. But she is being pulled in several directions at once and has some hard decisions to make.

Philip, her estranged husband, is in a lot of trouble with a rogue cop from whom he borrowed money and also with his partner at the commercial development firm after he takes company money to cover his gambling losses. Lee Boyer, the Legal Aid lawyer who has become a friend to Gabby, now wants to be more. Gabby must decide whether to give Philip another chance, as their sons, Paul and PJ, hope, and she turns to the folks at Manna House, where she works, and the Yada Yada Prayer Group to help her discern God's plan for her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Who is My Shelter, go HERE

My Thoughts: Talk about having a bad night Phil has had one of those x 10! He has been beaten up by a thug who he owes money to for his gambling debts. He gets released from the hospital and has no way to get home, a young man, Will Nissan is visiting his grandmother and offers to give him a ride home. When Phil gets to his classy penthouse, he is greeted by the men he owes money to. Will this night ever end.

His wife Gabby wants to bring her boys, Paul and PJ to see their father, yet they are estranged and she isn't comfortable with the boys being around him yet. After he kicked her and them out of the penthouse saying he no longer wanted to be married and sent the boys to live with his parents.

Gabby has poured herself into the development and running of the Manna House. A halfway house for women in her position. She is struggling to run the house and keep everything together. Phil realizes that he was a bit hasty in calling it quits on his family.

I was quite taken by surprise by this book. It touched on some areas that I wasn't ready for. I've just recently finished victim advocacy training, Gabby's character while not abused, yet her running of the Manna House really touched me, as I so want to help people who are in like situations. I highly recommend this book! And shine a lighthouse on it!
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