The Judgement Stone

Friday, May 31, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Judgment Stone
Thomas Nelson (May 14, 2013)
by
Robert Liparulo


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Former journalist Robert Liparulo is the best-selling author of the thrillers Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, Deadlock, and The 13th Tribe, as well as The Dreamhouse Kings, an action-adventure series for young adults. He contributed a short story to James Patterson’s Thriller, and an essay about Thomas Perry’s The Butcher’s Boy to Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner. He is currently working on the sequel to The 13th Tribe, as well writing an original screenplay with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive).

When not writing, Liparulo loves to read, watch (and analyze) movies, scuba dive, swim, hike, and travel. He lives in Monument, Colorado, with his wife Jodi and four children: Melanie, Matthew, Anthony, and Isabella.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What if praying became a curse instead of a blessing?

Former Army Ranger Jagger Baird thought he had his hands full with the Tribe—the band of immortal vigilantes fighting to regain God’s grace by killing those opposed to Him. But that was before he encountered the ruthless group of immortals called the Clan. The Clan is after a prize that would give them unimaginable power—a piece of the Ten Commandments known as the Judgment Stone.

Those who touch the Stone can see into the spiritual world: angelic warriors, treacherous demons, and the blue threads of light that signal the presence of believers in communion with God.

By following the blue beam radiating from those closest to God, the Clan plans to locate His most passionate followers and destroy them.

Jagger quickly realizes his high-tech gadgetry and training are no match for these merciless immortals. But how can he defeat an enemy who hunts believers through their prayers . . . and won’t stop until they’ve annihilated all those close to Him?

In this high-action thriller, best-selling author Robert Liparulo examines the raging battle between good and evil on earth . . . and beyond.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Judgment Stone, go HERE.

The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer . . . Enter To Win A Baking Box

About The Promise Box:

With her heart - and her loyalty - on the line, can she let true love in her life?


Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother's death.
She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother's most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational 'tell-all' book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. 
Will the pain of her childhood-and her potential betrayal of her community-keep her from committing her whole heart?

Purchase your copy: http://ow.ly/l6QH1
 
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What I Liked . . . .
 
Lydia's struggle with her faith were so real you could feel them through the pages. She had left the Amish way of life, and moved to Seattle. The story of her adoption and how she was conceived has been a struggle for her. As an adoptee, who also has not a pretty conception, I could empathize. 
When she finds her mother's promise box that turns the tied for her and we see her begin to change. 
I loved the whole promise box idea. It really makes me want to start one for my children to have.
  
What I didn’t . . . .
 
There was nothing I didn't like. 
 
About the Author . . . .                                                       
 
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. 

Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com


Would I Recommend This . . . .
 
I would absolutely recommend this book. This book shows Philippians 2:12, Working out your faith with fear and trembling. Both Lydia and Gideon do this well.
                                                 
 
 Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her lastest novel, The Promise Box (Zondervan), by hosting an Amish Baking Box giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!

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One "promising" winner will receive:



  • Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels

  • Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc...)

  • Sherry Gore's Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

  • The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer 


  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the "The Promise Box" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 12th. Connect with Tricia for an evening of Amish fun - book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tricia will also share an exclusive look at the next book book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.






    So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)




    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

     

    A Heartbeat Away

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    A Heartbeat Away
    Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
    by
    S. Dionne Moore


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    S. Dionne Moore started writing in 2006. Her first book, Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, was contracted for publication by Barbour Publishing in 2008. In 2009 she moved on to writing historical romances as an outlet for her passion for history. In 2010 her second cozy mystery, Polly Dent Loses Grip, was a 2010 Carol Award finalist and she was also named a Barbour Publishing 2010 Favorite New Author. In 2011 her first historical romance, Promise of Tomorrow, was nominated a 2011 Carol Award finalist.

    Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2009. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

    For more information, visit her Website at www.sdionnemoore.com.
    Follow her on Twitter: @sdionnemoore
    Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sdionnemoore
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    ABOUT THE BOOK

    When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of Antietam.

    Her mother's mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt's message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

    Watch the video:
    AHeartbeatAway - Medium from S. Dionne Moore on Vimeo.


    The Bachelorette with Desiree

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013



    It is now Desiree's turn to CHOOSE! After Sean broke her heart. The problem who would you choose out of these guys.






    I don't know where ABC gets these guys, but it is not from a HOT BODY competition at the beach that is for sure. I know from listening to Desiree looks is not her top priority however any woman would like someone nice on the eyes. 

    Okay we have Zak W. who is a drilling engineer from Mico, Texas and the dude is standing on his balcony naked . . . can we say WEIRDO!!!!! He says he has to find creative ways to entertain himself . . . take up painting!

    Brandon from CA . . . sob story. Seriously!

    Brooks from Salt Lake, could pass for my little brother. :)

    Brad, brings a wishbone  . . . which is cute. They pull it and Des wins. He tells her he hopes her wish comes true.

    Johnathon the lawyer . . . brings a card asking her to a fantasy suite can we say STALKER!!!!!

    Naked Zak from Texas, shows up missing a shirt and asks if she'll accept these abs. O EM GEE!!!!!

    ER Doctor Larry comes out of the limo and wants to teach Des a dance move, not realizing that the dress she is in is not going to work well, and she ends up tearing part of her gown. DORK!

    Magician Nick shows up with a paper rose that turns into a real rose. Sweet.

    The knight in shining armor . . .Diogo . . a little strange, but memorable.

    Brandon on the motorcycle . . . cool arrival. 

    Micah's jacket is too weird for words!

    Nick M's poem - so cheesy! UGH!

    Ben bringing his son Brody who has a flower in his hand to give Des is too cute for words. Talk about an AWW moment. Brody says "I gave her the flower." He goes on to say "I wish I could go to the party, it would be so much fun." His gramma is waiting for him in the limo. 
    Des is a puddle.

    Brandon from Costa Mesa, whose mother is a recovering alcoholic gives Des a coin from AA, as a token when he talks to her because his mom gave it to him, she is 7 months sober, and he flipped it to decide whether to go to his birthday party or come to the bachelorette.  He said he wanted her to hang on to it and give it to his mom at the home town dates.  Sweet, cheesy, or presumptuous . . . all of the above for me.

    Ben talks to Des during the cocktail party and they have a lot in common. Hunting, fishing, family activities. And she decides to give him the first rose. Panic arises in the house.

    Zak from Texas strips down to his undies and jumps in the pool. I don't think Des was impressed. I wasn't and he is left in the pool without his clothes and no towel! Works for me. DORK!
    I couldn't believe she gave him a rose. I mean really does she know what a pig he is.

    Army guy Brydon seems to make an impression with his service in Iraq. 
    Des gives him a rose and you'd think the guys were loosing their lifeline LOL

    Juan Pablo is a soccer player and gets Des to play soccer, and it's cute. 
    While their out playing soccer the guys come out, because God forbid Des have any time to herself with a guy. It's completely ridiculous!

    The ER doc is freaking out because the dance move didn't work out the way he planned . . . get over it dude! & he starts to fall asleep while talking to her.  Really?!?!?!? You're here to meet your future wife and your falling asleep. Not a good sign dude!

    Johnathon is a freak! He is determined to get her in a "fantasy" suite and he won't leave her alone about it. He thinks it is funny, but it isn't. He keeps trying to get her alone and she doesn't want to be alone with him, and he just doesn't get it. 
    In a bold move she just tells him to leave. This is after the third time she has told him to knock it off.

    It's quite clear from watching this first episode that Desiree knows what she wants and she is not going to let anyone define this road for her. I was rather impressed with how she handled most of the "little" boys. I say that because in most cases that is how they are behaving. 
    Just watching them eye each other as she hands out the roses is humorous . . . it's like a pissing contest. I can't believe "grown men" behave this way. I expect it of women not of men. It just cracks me up.

    She lets go of the ER DOC . . . the Magician . . .Diogo the knight in shining armor . . .

    The season has only begun . . .




     


    Lincoln - The Movie

    Saturday, May 25, 2013



    My husband and I watched this movie the other night. Lincoln is my daughter, Kassi's favorite President. She memorized The Gettysburg Address when she was eight, and I believe she still knows it today at 23.
    This was a very intense movie and I really enjoyed it.
    It really made me understand what I had a hard time understanding when I lived in Virginia, was the discord in Virginia. I lived in Virginia for six years and it was one of the most difficult places to live when it came to racial tension, at least for me. As a navy kid and navy wife I had lived all over and I had never experienced the racial tension that I saw there, and that my girls experienced. In base housing they had white families on one side and black families on the other. When I went into the housing office and asked about it, because I'd never seen that, they said it was easier. It wasn't and it was cruel.
    I observed a server treat our friends who are a biracial couple like they were squallier.
    One of my bosses where I worked told me about being a little girl when integration happened and how her father wouldn't let her ride the bus because black children were on it. It went deeper than that as an adult when she was married, she and her husband had a Christmas open house and invited her parents, they had people from their work, when her father saw that there were African Americans there, they turned on their heel and left. I couldn't see my parents, or anyone else I knew doing something like that.

    I lived in the Hampton Roads area . . . Virginia Beach, Chesapeake . . . I love the people that I met and have some great memories. However, I wouldn't want to live there again. People are people, regardless of skin color, and I know I couldn't handle all of that again, seeing Rebel flags flying, knowing that some thought them self better than their neighbor.

    In Lincoln you see the struggle to set the slaves free. How President Lincoln fights to get them free, and almost dies doing it. It was amazing to me the way the senators fought Lincoln on the 13th Amendment and then as the vote got closer things began to change. It really changed when the day of the vote and a group of African Americans entered the observing seats and the senators changed their tune.

    If you haven't seen this movie I highly recommend it!
      

    In Honor of Memorial Day I Give You The United States Navy Ceremonial Drill Team

    Friday, May 24, 2013


    New Wings




















    Why is it that when we pray for the supernatural, we are surprised when it shows up?

    Seventeen-year-old Olivia Stanton knows the Bible says guardian angels exist, but assumes they only show up when people are dying or need to be saved from some kind of sudden disaster…until her own guardian angel appears to her in the form of a handsome blonde-haired, blue-eyed guy her own age. As Olivia gets to know Mike, she begins to see angels—both good and evil—on a regular basis, and quickly learns how many misconceptions she had about the spiritual realm.
    Will Mike be able to prepare Olivia for the daunting spiritual battle about to overtake her small town before it destroys her and everyone she cares about?





    What I Liked . . . .

    This is a great spiritual warfare book, along the lines of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. 
    It really reminded me a lot of Frank Peretti's first book This Present Darkness.

    Olivia is a seventeen and one Sunday she prays and asks God to show her if she has a guardian angel and He begins to show her.  
    Little did she know that by praying this prayer she would not only see her guardian angel, she would also see into the spiritual realm. This strengthens her faith in so many ways.


    What I didn’t . . . .

    The author wanted to write a book for her daughter that was a positive paranormal. One that would focus on God. I give her a lot of credit for that. However, if you want to write a book that is different from the paranormal books that feature the vampires . . . ie Twilight, then don't write in things like Twilight. Instead of Olivia being the new person, it was Mike her guardian angel, and he is the "hot" guy with the "cool" car. And he appears in her room, not like Edward did with Bella, yet he comes in. Those things are indicadent of Twilight. So, if you want it to be different make it different.


    About the Author . . . .

     Donna Stanley lives in the beautiful Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, Jonathan, and their teenage daughter, Olivia. She attended Philadelphia Biblical University, Moody Bible Institute, and Mansfield University, where she studied angelology, demonology, and the anthropology of religion. She was a youth leader for ten years and a pastor’s wife for sixteen years. She now serves as a young-adult mentor and leader in her local church.
    Donna has been writing articles for Christian retailing magazines, training manuals for start-up companies, and short stories for twenty years. She’s also an experienced speaker whose favorite subject is marketing and promotion…and, of course, angels!







    Would I Recommend This . . . .

    Yes, I would recommend this book. I would say that there are some parts that for a younger teen could be quite scary.  As a parent I would say that you would have to make a judgement on his/her's discernment in this area.
     

    Undeniably Yours

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Undeniably Yours
    Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
    by
    Becky Wade


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

    Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. Her first contemporary Christian romance, My Stubborn Heart, has been named a finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her newest release, Undeniably Yours, is available now.

    These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted--more interested in art than in oil--she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father's empire.

    The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

    Bo's determined to resent the woman who's decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them--her wealth, his unworthiness, her family's outrage--and earn the right to love her.

    But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their love--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Undeniably Yours, go HERE.

    My Thoughts: When Meg's father dies unexpectedly, he leaves her his oil company to deal with. She is not thrilled about it and the complications that comes with it. The first day she calls Bo Porter the farm manager in, her plan is to fire him. She takes one look at this cowboy and almost becomes a puddle in the office. He asks her for six months to turn the farm around and she agrees. Later that evening she can't believe she agreed to his terms. Meg has horrible panic attacks, yet she finds when she is around Bo, she is very calm and fine. She has also suffered a horrible divorce and while she is feeling very drawn to Bo, and he to her, she wonders is he just interested in my money, does he care for me as me. Great sophomore book by Becky Wade! Grab a copy for your favorite summer spot!

    Follow The Heart

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Follow the Heart
    B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
    by
    Kaye Dacus


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.

    Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

    Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.

    At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

    Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.

    While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

    Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of >Follow the Heart, go HERE

    The Offering - by Angela Hunt

    Monday, May 20, 2013



















    Book Blurb:

    One innocent mistake . . . a lifetime of consequences.

    After growing up an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can’t afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child, she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter. . . .



    Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.



    Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened—could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.


    My Thoughts:

    Roller coaster of emotions! What if you couldn't have a baby? What if you decided that you out of the kindness of your heart you would carry a child for someone else so that they would know the joy of parenthood?  Could you do this for someone? I actually thought about this just because I enjoyed being 
    pregnant, and because I was adopted. However, I am not sure I could.

    In Angela Hunt's new book, The Offering she explores this very idea. Mandy is a military wife who is looking for a way to make some extra money and when she runs into another military wife at her husband, Gideon's family store she thinks she has found a way to bring in some extra money. After much discussion her husband gets on board. 

    The depth of emotion is hard to describe, other than to say a very riveting book!
        

    It Happened At The Fair by Deanne Gist

    Friday, May 17, 2013


















    More about It Happened at the Fair

    A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
    Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.
    The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

    Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/komrd
     
     Deeanne Gist---known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee---has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.
     
     
     
    Deeanne Gist is celebrating the release of It Happened at the Fair with an iPad Mini Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!


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    One "fair" winner will receive:



    • An iPad Mini

    • A $25 iTunes gift card


    Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 21st. Winner will be announced at the "It Happened at the Fair" Live Webcast Event on May 22nd. Connect with Deeanne for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deeanne will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.





    So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)







    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

     
    My Thoughts:
    It's 1893 and the Chicago World's Fair has arrived with all it's pomp and circumstance.  Bringing inventor's from all over the country.  Cullen is a young cotton farmer from North Carolina, who has horrible allergies to cotton, but loves his father and is willing to endure anything for him since the death of his mother. He has God-given talent for mechanics which is how he ends up at the world fair. He has created a sprinkler system that will go off in a fire, saving lives. While at the fair he realizes that with all the loud noise he is unable to hear, so he hires Della, who teaches the impaired children, to help him read lips. 
    In true Deanne style we see the struggle that Cullen is going to have, between Della and his girl, Wanda, back home. It doesn't seem that six months is long enough for this fair or for Cullen.

    When Love Calls

    Thursday, May 16, 2013



















    About

    When romance calls, will she choose to answer?
    Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

    Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule-until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.

    With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of companionship that blossoms into sweet romance.

    Lorna Seilstad

    A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online...
    Continue reading about Lorna Seilstad 




    My Thoughts:

    Hannah is full of spunk and I love her! She is determined to take care of her younger sisters Tessa, and Charlotte, after her parents have died. She sees an ad to be a switchboard operator. When she reads the list of rules, she is sure she can keep all the rules, until her best friend Walt, and the lawyer who evacuated her and her sisters from their home, become fixtures around her and she is not to "consort" with gentlemen while in training. She is beside herself trying to get rid of them.

    This book is full of spunk and fire. Hannah is just too doggone cute, and her antics when she is around Lincoln is hilarious.

    Lorna has done it again, and written a book that will not only entertain, yet also has a great spiritual messsage.
    A definite must read!
     

    Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story
    Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
    by
    Dee Henderson


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. These days, most authors are out there energetically promoting their books in print and broadcast and via social media—wherever they can get attention. But Dee Henderson keeps a low profile. She avoids telephone interviews because of hearing problems, declined to provide a current photo, and will say only that she lives in Illinois.

    ABOUT THE BOOK




    It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

    She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.


    If you would like to read the first chapter of Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story, go to HERE.


    Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade | Kindle Fire Giveaway and 5/29 Facebook Party!

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013



















    About Undeniably Yours:

    When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

    Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

    Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship-and their belief that God can work through every circumstance-survive?

    Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/kGPEI




    Meet Becky:

    Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas.

    Visit her website at www.beckywade.com.







    You can follow the tour schedule here:

    Landing page: 
                                                        http://litfusegroup.com/author/bwade


    Becky Wade is celebrating her latest swoon-worthy novel, Undeniably Yours (Bethany House), with a Kindle Fire giveaway and hosting an Author Chat party on Facebook {5/29}!




    UndeniablyYours


    One winner will receive:




    • A Kindle Fire

    • Undeniably Yours and My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade


    Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 28th. Winner will be announced at the "Undeniably Yours" Facebook Author Chat Party on May 29th. Connect with Becky for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Becky will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.






    So grab your copy of Undeniably Yours and join Becky on the evening of May 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)





    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

     

     



    My Thoughts:
     
    When Meg's father dies unexpectedly, he leaves her his oil company to deal with. She is not thrilled about it and the complications that comes with it. The first day she calls Bo Porter who is the farm manager into her office to fire him. That doesn't happen. >insert wink<  he asks her to give him six months to turn the farm around and she agrees. 
     
    Meg has horrible panic attacks, yet she finds when she is around Bo, she is very calm and fine. She has also suffered a horrible divorce and while she is feeling very drawn to Bo, and he to her, she wonders is he just interested in my money, does he care for me as me.
     
    Great sophomore book by Becky Wade! Grab a copy for your favorite summer spot!

     

    Last Chance For Justice

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Last Chance for Justice
    B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
    by
    Kathi Macias


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

    Kathi is passionate about The Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors. To learn more about the persecuted church, please visit VOM’s website and Open Doors Website.



    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Welcome to Bloomfield, where life is simple, love is real, and stories are shared.

    Lynn Myers is still reeling from losing her husband of thirty-five years when word comes that her only sibling, an older brother, has also died. With no one else to settle the estate, she must return to her small hometown of Bloomfield, however briefly, to settle his affairs.

    Lynn’s daughter, Rachel, has just graduated from Bible college and with no other commitments comes along to sort through her uncle’s huge old home, right next to the local cemetery.

    It isn't long before Rachel has two men -- a handsome CPA and the youth pastor -- seriously vying for her attention. At the same time, Lynn's attention is drawn to a set of journals her brother has left behind detailing a long-standing Bloomfield mystery.

    As they pursue solving this mystery, Rachel must make some personal decisions about her future, while Lynn is forced to face unexpected issues from her own past.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Last Chance for Justice, go HERE.

    Catch A Falling Star

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013



















    Book Blurb:

    Successful career gal Kendall Haynes is tired of wishing on stars for a home and a family. Can God’s dreams for her be even better than her own?

    What does a girl do when life doesn’t go according to her plan? At thirty-six, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?

    Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track…or has there been a divine plan all along?


    My Thoughts:

    I loved Beth's first book Wish You Were Here, and I knew she wasn't going any where, and this book just proved she will continue to write great stories with great characters. 

    Griffin and Kendall are two very strong characters who are not going to bend. They like things their way. Yet as the story continues to develop, which is superb, they begin to bend, and toward one another. I absolutely loved the dialog, it was great! You know those people who can come back with one liners, on a dime, well these two can do it faster than you can say "lickety-split." The quick dialog was great. 

    This book kept me up way past midnight reading, and while that was me. I have to say that this book would be a perfect Beach read. Grab a copy and head to your favorite beach spot and settle in for a great read. Highly recommended!!!!

     
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