Month: February 2010

Feb 27
Review of Bittersweet Memories by Cecelia Dowdy

Review of Bittersweet Memories by Cecelia Dowdy

About the Book:Karen Brown is angry at God, and at herself, for falling in love with Lionel Adams, her ex-fiancé. When her beloved suddenly disappears, along with thousands of dollars stolen from their mega-church, she re-locates back to her hometown in Annapolis Maryland to live with her mother. She’s stunned to discover handsome plumber Keith Baxter living next door. Keith is smitten with Karen, but wonders if she’s still in love with Lionel. He wants Karen to accept him into her life, but he doesn’t know if he’d be a good match for her due to his troubled past. Can Karen forgive Lionel, and let the Lord back into her heart? About the Author: Cecelia Dowdy has been an avid reader since she learned to string letters together to form words. While pursuing a business degree in college one of her professors tried to convince her to get an English degree since he felt she was a great writer. Years later, after receiving her BS in Finance, she took her former teacher’s advice, and started pursuing her literary career. She loves to read, write, and bake delicious desserts during her spare time. Traveling is another favorite hobby, and she’s been… Read more »

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Feb 26
Glass Roads Blog Tour Review: Never Far Frome Home by Mary Ellis

Glass Roads Blog Tour Review: Never Far Frome Home by Mary Ellis

About the Book:Mary Ellis follows her captivating Widow’s Hope with a new story from the heart of Holmes County, Ohio. In Never Far From Home, fifteen–year–old Emma Miller finishes school, starts her own wool business, and is longing for someone to court. When the object of her affection is a handsome English sheep farmer, with a fast truck and modern methods, her deacon father, Simon, knows he has more than the farm alliance to worry about. Emma isn’t the only one with longings in Holmes County. Her aunt Hannah wants a baby and her uncle Seth hopes he’ll reap financial rewards when he takes a risk with his harvest. But are these the dreams God has for this Amish family? With engaging interactions and thoughtful characters, Ellis weaves a story about waiting for God’s timing and discovering that the dreams planted close to home can grow a lasting harvest of hope and love. About the Author:Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They… Read more »

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Feb 25
Glass Roads Blog Tour Review: Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge

Glass Roads Blog Tour Review: Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge

About the Book:Jayne Tate loves her life as it is—living in a big city, working as a reporter for a fast-paced newspaper, and dating a guy who knows nothing about her past. When her father passes away though, she’s forced to take another look at what she wants out of life. After losing out on the big career opportunity she was hoping for, she decides to escape to Oregon Amish country, seeking solace and maybe a big story. Even in this land of buggies and bonnets, Jayne finds life more complicated than she expected. Can she persuade herself that her growing friendship with the mysterious and handsome Levi Burkholder is just about research? And what’s a latte-drinking, laptop-using, motorcycle-riding reporter to do when this new life starts to change her? About the Author:Hillary Manton Lodge graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. She works as a freelance photographer while following her passion to write fiction. The author of Plain Jayne, she and her husband, Danny, live in Eugene, Oregon. Please visit www.hillarymantonlodge.com . My Review:I am super happy that I had the chance to read this new Amish novel by Hillary Manton Lodge. This is Hillary’s debut book and… Read more »

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Feb 25
FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Desert Fire by Shannon Van Roekel

FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Desert Fire by Shannon Van Roekel

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Shannon Van Roekel and the book: Desert Fire Kregel Publications (September 22, 2009) ***Special thanks to Cat Hoort of Kregel Publications for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shannon Van Roekel has volunteered on the mission field in both Africa and Mexico and much of this novel is influenced by her experiences. She published works in Guideposts 4 Teens and The Upper Room and now lives with her husband and five children in British Colombia. Visit the author’s website. Product Details: List Price: $15.99Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Kregel Publications (September… Read more »

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Feb 24
Hachette Book Group Blog Tour Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

Hachette Book Group Blog Tour Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

About the Book:FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he’s picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted. It’s there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person’s life when she touches the dead body. In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise’s help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most ‘sane people’ sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls…or inside. As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist,… Read more »

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Feb 23
Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: The Golden Cross by Angela Ewell Hunt

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: The Golden Cross by Angela Ewell Hunt

About the Book:“It is said that as Cahira, daughter of the great Irish king Rory O’Connor, lay dying of a wound from a Norman blade, she lifted her hand toward heaven and beseeched God that others would follow after her, bright stars who would break forth from the courses to which they are bound and restore right in this murderous world…” To Kathleen O’Connor, Cahira’s story is nothing more than a charming legend—until her research divulges that several of Cahira’s heirs did, indeed, leave the traditional roles of womanhood to fight for right. Stunned, Kathleen realizes she herself bears Cahira’s mark. Is Kathleen destined to continue the legacy in the twenty-first century? To discover how the histories of these women relate to her own future, Kathleen must delve deep into the past to learn the truth about The Heirs of Cahira O’Connor… Aidan O’Connor Aidan O’Connor was raised among pickpockets and prostitutes in a Dutch colony on Java, Indonesia. But when a world-famous cartographer discovers her natural artistic talent, she is given a chance to leave her troubled life behind. Disguised as a boy, Aidan joins her benefactor at sea and begins the work of drawing the flora and fauna… Read more »

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Feb 23
I have a LFYI Hershey, PA Winner!!!

I have a LFYI Hershey, PA Winner!!!

After adding the 17 interview entrants with the 5 bonus entrants I had a grand total of 25 contest entrants. And out of those 25 entrants Random.org drew my winner for Cerella D. Sechrist’s Love Finds You in Hershey, Pa and that lucky person is……. Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 12        Rebecca!!! Congrats!! The winner has been notified and will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner! Thank you to all who entered and be on the look out for some upcoming giveaways for some books that you won’t want to miss!!!

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Feb 23
Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour Review: Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

About the Book:Jessica ran from her past…but can she hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her. Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all? This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth. About the Author:Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved award-winning author of the Glenbrooke, Sisterchicks(R), Christy Miller, and Sierra Jensen series, with more than three million books sold worldwide. Robin lives with her family near Portland, Oregon. My Review:I’m amazed. I have found another great author to add to my fast growing list of favorite authors. Robin Jones Gunn’s Secrets is book 1 in her Glennbrooke series, which I am… Read more »

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Feb 22
And the WAYBACK winner is……..

And the WAYBACK winner is……..

Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 3                       Nora!!! Congratulations to the winner! The winner has been notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or I shall draw a new winner! Thank you to all who entered and good luck in my future drawings.

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Feb 22
FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

*See the bottom of this posting for details on The Humdinger-of-a-Contest!*It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Susan May Warren and the book: Double Trouble Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 11, 2010) ***Special thanks to Stephanie Garvey of Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a review copy. Also three cheers for Mavis Sanders of Tyndale House Publishers for getting the FIRST group the chapter needed for the tour!*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also… Read more »

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