Monday, June 30, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Avon Inspire (May 27, 2008)


Shelley Shepard Gray

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.


Hidden is a remarkable story about the unlikely love between a modern girl on the run and an Amish boy from the family who shelters her.

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob is a successful and respected person in her community. He has completely won over her parents with his good looks and prestigious position at a top law firm. Only Anna has seen his dark side. But when Rob hurts Anna yet again, she realizes that she must finally help herself.

Desperate, she runs to the one place she’s always felt completely safe, the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where years ago she and her mother once stayed, and where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. When Anna shows up years later unexpectedly, the family welcomes her in, with few questions asked, and allows her to stay, dressed as the Amish in Plain clothes, and help around the inn.

But Katie’s older brother Henry doesn’t take too kindly to the intrusion. Anna wonders if it’s because he’s already had his heart broken. To Henry’s shame, from the moment he sees Anna, he feels a strong attraction. To cover his infatuation, he tries to ignore her, knowing no good would ever come from keeping an eye on a fancy woman like her. But as he sees that Anna has a good heart and is not the selfish, spoiled woman he imagined her to be, he feels his heart pointing towards her.

Anna comes to realize that she’s found a home and true love in the last place she’d expected. How can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man who can’t seem to let her go?

If you would like to read the Prologue, go HERE


Sunday, June 29, 2008

I ran into this author on Shelfari, and she's passing this book off as a Christian self-help book.
It's nothing close. I feel as a Christian it's our responsibility to pass on this information to each other as a warning for not only ourselves but our children as well. Christ warned us that there would be wolves in sheep's clothing and this is one. I wanted to post most of the info here on my blog, but that didn't work too well. Here is the link to the web site that promotes the book.
The book is titled THE APPLE YOU WERE FED.

Here is what is called THE APPLE CONCEPT



Original sin is pride

Original sin is "I am not enough...and this (which is pride) will make me better."

You will never be good enough for God

Jesus death paid the penalty for humankinds' sins, because God so loved us. You will never be able to have enough, do enough, distract enough to convince yourself through worldly things or people that you have value. Stop struggling in the external belief of the lie and come to God as you are. He loves you. He sent His Son for you. He created you in His image; therefore, you are enough.

You sin because of “sin nature"

Sin nature is the lie of not enough passed on from being born in a world where the lie is believed and predominantly practiced.

Stop sinning

Sins dominate by the power of worthlessness within yourself. Start believing you were worth everything to God, which frees you to live with soul-value. Sin has less of a hold on whole people who know their value. That value comes from God. You are loved and whole through Him who created you.

The world is evil

The people in the world are blinded to their worth; they seek value by using other people, places, and things that can not satisfy. The world needs love. Evidence of the original sin of 'not enough' can be found everywhere including in the lives of Biblical characters. If people understood their worth from God, everything from gossip to prejudice, self apathy to dominance, addiction to depravity could be restored.

Love others

Seeing everyone as infinitely valuable to God frees you to want His intention for them to be manifested. Your value is evidence of the value on all God created things. Love overflows when one believes in their own worth and lives as an expression of that personal value by loving others as they love themselves. We do this because God first loved us.

God turns His back on sinners

God looked for Adam and Eve after they sinned, He made them clothes. He provided Jesus as a sacrifice for all humankind. He never turned His back on us. Sin made us less than He intended and, though we were to blame, He provided a gift of reconciliation. God said He will never leave you or forsake you. He seeks you, calls you, desires to bring you rest and peace.

Show Jesus to the world

Live in freedom, unencumbered by fear, guilt, flattery, and desperation used as a remedy for the lie; turn to the truth about who God created you to be, and others will see Jesus’ Spirit at work in your life. Do not "show" yourself well, become your God-created-self, alive and whole and complete.

The Holy Spirit will tell you what to do

The Holy Spirit will help you understand how the lie plays out in your life. He will guide you, directing your life into the truth.

Use your gifts in serving God

Use your individual abundance of love and grace from God - found in your unique passions, talents, abilities, strengths, and qualifications. This is glorifying to God because He made you; your abundant life blesses others.

Lies, lies and more lies!

Here is the link where you can read more if you wish
Again, I am posting this because I believe as Christians it is our job to inform each other.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Calico Canyon

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008)


Mary Connealy


MARY CONNEALY is an award-winning author and playwright, married to Ivan a farmer, and the mother of four beautiful daughters, Joslyn, Wendy, Shelly and Katy. They live in Decatur, Nebraska. Mary is a GED Instructor by day and an author by night. And there is always a cape involved in her transformation.

Mary has also written Petticoat Ranch, Golden Days, and her latest, Alaska Brides that will debut in August.


Let yourself be swept away by this fast-paced romance, featuring Grace Calhoun, an instructor of reading, writing, and arithmetic, who, in an attempt to escape the clutchs of a relentless pursuer, runs smack dab into even more trouble with the 6R's - widower Daniel Reeves, along with his five rowdy sons. When a marriage is forced upon this hapless pair - two people who couldn't dislike each other more - an avalanche isn't the only potential danger lurking amid the shadows of Calico Canyon. Will they make it out alive? Or end up killing each other in the process?

Running from her Abusive foster-father, a man intent on revenge, the prim and perfectly proper Grace Calhoun takes on the job of schoolmarm in Mosqueros, Texas.

As if being a wanted woman isn't bad enough, Grace has her hands full with the five rowdy and rambunctious Reeves boys─tough Texan tormenters who seem intent on making her life miserable. When, in an attempt to escape from the clutches of her pursuer, Grace is forced to marry widower Daniel Reeves, father of the miniature monsters, she thinks things couldn't get any worse. Or could they?

Daniel Reeves, happy in his all-male world, is doing the best he can, raising his five boys─rascals, each and every one. Since his wife's death in childbirth, Daniel has been determined never to risk marriage again.

When God throws Grace and Danielt together─two people who couldn't detest each other more─the trouble is only beginning.

Will this hapless pair find the courage to face life together in the isolated Calico Canyon? Or are their differences too broad a chasm to bridge?

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE

Monday, June 23, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

(Multnomah Books - June 17, 2008)


Chuck Black


Chuck Black first wrote Kingdom’s Edge to inspire his children to read the Bible with renewed zeal. This captivating expanded parable led him to write the Old Testament allegories, Kingdom’s Dawn and Kingdom’s Hope. Chuck added three more titles to the series, Kingdom’s Call, Kingdom’s Quest, and Kingdom’s Reign which were released in May of 2007.

Chuck is a former F-16 fighter pilot and currently works as an engineer for a firm designing plastic consumer products. He has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering and served eight years in the United States Air Force. Chuck and his wife Andrea have six children and live in North Dakota.

It is Chuck’s desire to serve the Lord through his work and to inspire people of all ages to study the scriptures in order to discover the hope and love of a truly majestic King and His Son.


A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory!

As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized.

Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to discover the identity and origin of a secretive new order known as the Vincero Knights. They travel to the city of Bel Lione where Lord Ra has been enticing young people in the kingdom to join his festivals, after which many choose not to return home. Their families keep quiet for fear of repercussion.

When Sir Duncan disappears while trying to discover the truth of Lord Ra’s castle, Sir Kendrick attempts to find and enlist the help of a mysterious warrior. Time is short for he must save Duncan and call upon the knights of Chessington to join in the battle against the evil Lord Ra.

Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are...the Knights of Arrethtrae!

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

My Interview With Tina Ann Forkner

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tina Ann Forkner - Interview Questions

What authors / titles did you enjoy reading when you were younger?

When I was a kid, I really liked books like Black Beauty, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Tom Sawyer. Those books made me dream of having a huge adventure someday.

What books are on your nightstand now?

Right now I’m trying to find time to read The Gathering by Anne Enright, Deadly Exposure by my friend Cara Putman, Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer and 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphy.

What inspired you to make the leap from aspiring author to published author?

Well, I have always written and while a part of me dreamed of what it would be like to be published, I never really thought I could be. It wasn’t until I finished my first novel that my husband encouraged me to go for publication. Even then, I only made feeble attempts.

I’d already been through many rejections with poetry, essay, and some children’s books, so I could only imagine how many rejections I would get for a full novel. Eventually a family member submitted my manuscript to an agent she personally knew without telling me she was doing so. The agent offered to represent me and it all just took off from there.

Is there someone you turn to for writing advice, encouragement, or ideas?

There are many people I turn to for that kind of advice. I email with some writing friends I have made during this journey to publication and they offer me good encouragement and advice. I try to do the same for them. I also have a small group of published writers that I meet with every few months for coffee. We share experiences about the writing life.

Describe your writing space – and routine.

I have an office devoted to writing, but very often I end up writing with my laptop on the couch or at another desk that I have in my living room. I like how sunny it is in there and that I can hear the birds singing while I write.

As for my schedule, it has changed a lot now that I’m published. In addition to writing, I also have to take time for publicity and other things that fall into the “business” of writing. Most mornings I try to get up by 6:00 am. I do a quick email check, spend some time chatting with my husband before work, get kids situated and try to be writing by 9am. I like to write for a few hours, take a break to work out or eat and then write a little more. This of course is the perfect day. It rarely actually happens exactly that way.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do either positive or negative reviews affect you?

Isn’t that a very loaded question to ask a debut novelist? But it’s a good one, so excuse me while I ramble for a long time…I do read them. I really like it when I can tell from the review that a reader connected with my story. Bloggers are especially honest and their reviews often show how personal the story has been for them.

It’s wonderful to know that someone “gets it” and of course I really enjoy those and I even link to some of them on my blog. This is part of the debut novelist’s journey - to get excited about positive reviews. When Romantic Times Book Reviews gave me 4 ½ stars, I was thrilled. My book isn’t a romance novel, but it does have a love story and it’s an honor that they reviewed my book. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care.

My first negative review was by a major reviewer and I was devastated. It took my publicist and a friend who is a widely published writer to reassure me that it wouldn’t kill my career. My friend sent me her own negative review from the exact same publication and that’s really what it took to talk me off that ledge. I decided not to read the negative ones anymore, at least until I’ve been around a little longer.

Reviewers disagree with each other all the time, just like movie critics do and it’s important for writers not to worry too much about this. It’s not that I have received very many, but negative reviews can really set a debut novelist back when it comes to confidence. I admit that I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to a bad review. It’s every debut novelist’s nightmare that a bad review can somehow kill our career, even though we are told that it can’t.

When I do come across a negative one, I try hard to remember that it’s just one person’s opinion and I can respect that. I know that my first novel is not perfect and I admire when a reviewer can be honest even when negative. It makes for a review that can be very helpful to some readers. I just don’t want to read it myself. Personally, I tend not to review a book if I don’t love it. It takes some guts to publicly bash someone else’s writing. I don’t have the heart for it! I’m just a chicken.

The important thing as a writer is to remember that it’s one reader’s opinion and there are many reasons why this person may or may not like your book. For example, I’ve heard my book is too religious, not religious enough, a very difficult read, a too-easy read. It’s funny how conflicting reviews can be. On occasion someone will even refer to the inconsistencies or mistakes in the Advanced Reader Copy of my book, saying things similar to, in the ARC, this and this happened... While it would dishearten any writer that a reviewer would actually quote mistakes in the uncorrected ARC without first comparing it to the final copy (which all reviewers are supposed to do) those are actually the easiest poor reviews to handle because I know that what the reviewer refers to isn’t in the copy that actual readers will get. And even then, they probably don’t intend to destroy you. It just feels that way when you’re new at receiving reviews. Sometimes reviewers do have the final copy and they still think the book is bad. That’s their opinion and there are too many variables involved for me to second guess my work. That’s why I don’t read the poor ones anymore!!!

It’s an important topic that most of us don’t want to talk about because it’s scary for a debut novelist. Nobody really wants to admit that they actually care about reviews. Writers want to be aloof and above it all, but for first timers, it’s hard to say we don’t care. I’m just being honest. On the flip side, I am blessed to say that I have had more positive reviews than poor, at least that I know about considering I only read the good ones now. Over all I have survived the process so far!

Is there a particular passage, chapter or book etc. of which you are particularly proud of and / or that really captured the essence of what you were trying to convey?

My editor really likes the prologue in Ruby Among Us, so I will go with that one. I hope it captures the scenery well and puts the reader right there in Lucy’s mind.

With benefit of hindsight, if you had the opportunity to rewrite a portion of your book would you? If so, what and why?

I would want to rewrite the entire book over and over. It can never be truly finished in my mind, but it doesn’t work that way. At some point they take it from you, which is probably a good thing or writers like me would want to keep making changes. At some point you have to accept that the manuscript is gone and trust that it’s in God’s hands. It will be what He lets it be.

How long does it take you to go from concept to finished manuscript?

The first book took nine months and the second one took about six, not counting edits that always need to occur once the book is in the publisher’s hands.

What struggles did you encounter during the publishing process, and what suggestions do you have for authors just starting out?

The biggest struggles were related to balancing my time. Once a writer moves into publishing, it’s harder to find time for writing other things.

Has your writing success afforded you the opportunity to concentrate fully on your writing career?

I concentrate fully on my writing career, but it’s not because of any success. I still have not made enough money to sustain a writing career. Publishing just doesn’t work that way. I actually may have to look for part-time work at some point. My advice is to try not to quit your day job if you can help it.

What can we expect from you next?

I have another book coming out in May of 2009. It’s about sisters.

Stop by my website for updates:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Hunted

(Realms - June 3, 2008)


Mike Dellosso


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their three daughters. He writes a monthly column for Writer . . .Interrupted. He was a newspaper correspondent/columnist for over three years and has published several articles for The Candle of Prayer inspirational booklets. Mike also has edited and contributed to numerous Christian-themed Web sites and e-newsletters.

Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer's Network, and International Thriller Writers. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

You can read a great interview with Mike, over here on TitleTrakk


A town's deadly secret will drive one man to the edge of his faith...

After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills to aid in the search effort. When Caleb is found, badly mauled and clinging to life, Joe embarks on a mission to find the beast responsible. But the more Joe delves into the fabric of his old hometown, the more he realizes Dark Hills has a dark secret, shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence.

As Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life into God's hands. Will his young faith be strong ehough to battle the demonic forces of The Hunted.

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

Mike Dellosso could very well be the next Frank Peretti-if you liked The Oath and Monster, you are going to love The Hunted.
--C.J. Darlington, Cofounder and book editor,

A spine-tingling tale of hidden secrets, buried hopes, and second chances. A story best read with all the lights on and an extra flashlight--just in case!
--Amy Wallace, author of Ransomed Dreams

Mike Dellosso's pins-and-needles thriller hurtles the reader down a dark and twisted path. I dare you to take this one home!
--Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of the To Catch a Thief suspense series

With hints of Frank Peretti and Stephen King, The Hunted is a chilling debut."
--Creston Mapes, author of Nobody

A vicious enemy, a family secret, a thirst for revenge, and a need for reconciliation all drive The Hunted from intriguing beginning to thrilling conclusion."
--Kathryn Mackel, author of Vanished

Read this someplace safe as you experience the incredibly descriptive world of The Hunted. And sleep with the lights on.
--Austin Boyd, author of Mars Hill Classified trilogy

My Review Of Ruby Among Us

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This book captured me right from the beginning, and didn’t let me go. Ms. Forkner was able to write about a very deep and emotional subject, yet keep the reader coming back to read more. She does this by keeping the background about Lucy a mystery.

Being an adopted child I could really identify with Lucy and her need to know about her Mother, and her Father. I loved how Forkner expressed feelings that were real. I experienced those feelings as a girl growing up. While I have wonderful parents it was the heritage I was desperate to know and learn about. I located my birth-mother in the early 90’s and while I learned some important facts, the reunion was not at all what I had imagined in my mind over my growing up years.

I have a really wonderful relationship with my father, and reading this book and seeing how Lucy growing up without that Father figure really opened my eyes to how it not only is a detriment in the way of male and female love, but the main love which is between us and our Heavenly Father. The true and perfect love. Without a father, how would a child even begin to understand the love from our Heavenly Father.

At first I thought this was a great book for mothers, daughters, granddaughters, and grandmothers. After reading it, I have changed my mind. This book is also great for fathers and daughters. It reaches the entire realm of the family. Ms. Forkner has swung and hit a home run here, and I can’t wait to see what she coming next.

Monday, June 16, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Deep In The Heart Of Trouble

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Deeanna Gist


Deanne Gist has been a busy lady. She had a career in elementary education. She raised four children. In fifteen years she has: run a home accessory/antique business, member of the press, penned freelance journalism for a few well-known publications, People, Parents, Family Fun and more. She was the CFO for her husband's engineering company, she did all this in her home.

She also founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products which would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she submitted A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers and they picked it up for their new "edgy inspirational" line of historical fiction. After its release in July 2005, Bride hit eight best seller lists and has sold over 100,000 copies and won the Christy Award for BEST ROMANCE 2006. The Measure of a Lady was her 2006 summer release. It hit five best seller lists and won the Christy Award for BEST ROMANCE 2007. Gist is contracted to have a new book come out every summer. Courting Trouble was her 2007 summer release and it hit three best seller lists.

Deeanne lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-four years. They have two kids in high school, two in college.


A Texas-Sized Tale of Unexpected Love

Essie Spreckelmeyer is the last woman anyone in Corsicana, Texas, expected to see with a man on her arm. Independent and outspoken, she’s known more for riding bicycles in outrageous bloomers than for catching a man’s eye.

And the last man who seems willing to give her a second glance is Tony Morgan, newly hired at Spreckelmeyer’s oil company. The disinherited son of an oil baron, Tony wants most to restore his name and regain his lost fortune--not lose his heart to this headstrong blonde. She confounds, contradicts, and confuses him. Sometimes he doesn’t know if she’s driving him toward the aisle or the end of his rope.

That’s how life is ...Deep In The Heart Of Trouble

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

“Christy Award winner Gist’s historical romances have increasingly gained popularity, combining witty dialog, well-balanced plots, and fully developed characters who seem almost real. Recommended for CF and romance collections.”
-- Library Journal

"Gist does it again! Her signature prose is consistent and she delivers a thoroughly delightful and entertaining story that’s worthy of our time and attention. Not only won’t you want to put this book down, you’ll want to enjoy this story again and again."
-- JUNE TOP PICK, 4-1/2 STARS, Romantic Times, Jennifer Reyes

"Gist has once again written a delightfully humorous historical romance. After reading the first book in this series of two, I was anxious to get my hands on this one. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed ... It is a spectacular, feel-good story which I highly recommend. You will definitely be glad you read it."
-– FIVE STAR RATING, The Romance Studio, Brenda Talley

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing a double pair

House of Dark Shadows
Watcher In The Woods
(Books 1 and 2 in the Dreamhouse Kings Series)

Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)


Robert Liparulo


Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.

Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!

And his third book Deadfall. debuted to rave reviews!


House of Dark Shadows
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 1)

Dream house...or bad dream?
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

Watcher In The Woods
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 2)

It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.
Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?

The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?

The Dreamhouse Kings Series has three contests that you will not want to miss...Dream the Scene, a weekly "Thanks For Reading Trivia contest, and the Dreamhouse Kings Street Team contest. There are also free bookplates that you can request, and a chapter of each book that you can download!

You can get all those goodies HERE.


Monday, June 9, 2008




Keep your eyes open for more book give aways!


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

I Heart Bloomberg

David C. Cook (April 1, 2008)


Melody Carlson


Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including three of her latest, These Boots Weren't Made For Walking, A Mile In My Flip-Flops, and Mixed Bags. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." It’s the “whosoever” part that gets me. That’s who I write for – “whosoever” and to me that means everyone and anyone.

Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with I Heart Bloomberg that functions mostly to set up future storylines. Three women rent rooms at 86Bloomberg Place:


Kendall's managed to wrangle her grandmother's house-free and clear-except for the rules. No male roommates. But that's ok, with the right ad she'll pull in some girls, their rent and if she's lucky, she won't have to go to work any time soon.

For their part, Anna, Lelani, and Megan all have their reasons for wanting to move in: Anna has got to get out from under her overprotective parents; Lelani can't take another day in her aunt's tiny crackerbox house overflowing with toddlers and Megan needs a place free of her current roommate from Hades.

Though they come with assorted extra baggage filled with broken hearts and dreams, they will discover they also have a vast array of hidden strengths. And they struggle to become the women they want to be, they'll find new hope and maybe even Kendall will learn a thing or two about life, love and the true meaning of friendship.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

From A Distance

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Tamera Alexander


Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots and poignant prose resonate with readers. Tamera is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Award Remembered, and has been awarded the coveted RITA® from Romance Writers of America Revealed, along with Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006 Rekindled. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in the quaint town of historic Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a precious—and precocious—silky terrier named Jack.

A Note from Tamera:

Stories are journeys, and each story I write is a journey for me.

Rekindled began with a dream—the image of a man returning home on horseback. He came upon a freshly dug grave and when he knelt to read the name carved into the roughhewn wooden cross, he discovered the name was…his own. The inspiration for Revealed grew from two characters in Rekindled whose stories needed to be told. But even more, whose stories I needed to tell. Writing Revealed was a very personal journey for me, and a healing one. For Remembered, I met that story’s heroine (figuratively, of course) while strolling the ancient cobblestoned pathways of a three hundred-year-old cemetery in northern Paris, France. And From A Distance came from a question I was struggling with in my own life at the time, “What happens when the dream you asked God for isn’t what you thought it would be?”

For me, the greatest thrill of these writing journeys is when Christ reveals Himself in some new way, and I take a step closer to Him. And my deepest desire is that readers of my books will do that as well—take steps closer to Him as they read. After all, it’s all about Him.

In the Potter’s Hand,



What happens when dreams aren’t what you imagined,

And secrets you’ve spent a lifetime guarding are finally laid bare?

Determined to become one of the country’s premier newspaper photographers, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to the Colorado Territory to capture the grandeur of the mountains surrounding the remote town of Timber Ridge. She hopes, too, that the cool, dry air of Colorado, and its renowned hot springs, will cure the mysterious illness that threatens her career, and her life.

Daniel Ranslett, a former Confederate sharpshooter, is a man shackled by his past, and he’ll do anything to protect his land and his solitude. When an outspoken Yankee photographer captures an image that appears key to solving a murder, putting herself in danger, Daniel is called upon to repay a debt. He’s a man of his word, but repaying that debt will bring secrets from his past to light.

Forced on a perilous journey together, Daniel and Elizabeth’s lives intertwine in ways neither could have imagined when first they met . . . from a distance.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

“…a rich historical romance by possibly the best new writer in this subgenre.”
--Library Journal

“…a most amazing story. The characters are more than words on the page; they become real people.”
--Romantic Times

Book Give Away

Monday, June 2, 2008

Next week I will give away a signed copy of Ruby Among us by Tina Ann Forkner
Leave a comment with a way to contact you and the book will be sent directly to you from her assistant. I will draw the winner on Monday, June 9th, at 1:30 pm EST.


Tina Ann Forkner writes contemporary fiction that challenges and inspires. Originally from Oklahoma, she graduated with honors in English from CSU Sacramento before ultimately settling in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming where she now resides with her husband and their three children. Tina serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors and enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors with her family, and works as a full-time writer.


Sometimes, the key that unlocks your future lies in someone else’s past...

In Ruby Among Us, Lucy DiCamillo is safely surrounded by her books, music, and art─but none of these reclusive comforts or even the protective efforts of her grandmother, Kitty can shield her from the memory of the mother she can no longer remember. Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key, but Kitty seems as eager to hide from the past as Lucy is eager to find it.

From the streets of San Francisco and Sacramento, to the lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley, Lucy follows the thread of memory in search for a heritage that seems long-buried with her mother, Ruby.

What she finds is enigmatic and stirring in this redemptive tale about the power of faith and mother-daughter love.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Washington's Lady

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.


It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.

Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own.

Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband's absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.

Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington's Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE
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