Month: May 2010

May 31
[Book Review] Hannah Grace (Daughters of Jacob Kane, bk 1) by Sharlene MacLaren

[Book Review] Hannah Grace (Daughters of Jacob Kane, bk 1) by Sharlene MacLaren

About the Book:Growing up in the west Michigan resort town of Sandy Shores in the early 1900s, Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane’s three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father’s general store and courting the town’s physician, Ralston Van Huff, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Or so she thinks.Hannah’s world turns upside down when the new sheriff comes to town. Gabriel Devlin is strong, outspoken, and a Christian, to boot-but he’s sworn off women, having met ones mostly interested in money and apathetic about God.Determined to ignore the newcomer’s handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a shy, runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, who’s living with Gabriel until other arrangements can be made, God works in her heart. What plans does He have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together? About the Author:Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. She traveled married one of her childhood friends and together they raised two lovely daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years, “Shar” enjoys… Read more »

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May 31
Wishing Everyone a Happy Memorial Day!!!

Wishing Everyone a Happy Memorial Day!!!

I just want to take a moment and remember everyone who is a veteran or who knows a veteran on this special day. I want to shout out a special Happy Memorial Day to the veterans in my life: both my mother and my father, both my grandfathers, three uncles and a cousin. They all served proudly in the Navy and one in the Army. I am super proud of all of them! They are all still in my life today, sans one grandfather, who passed away in 1992. Please say a prayer for those who have loved ones fighting for our freedom today and those who have served and those who lost their lives to save ours. May God Bless our veterans and their families ALWAYS!!!

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May 29
[CFBA Tour,Review&Contest] A Matter of Character(Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3) by Robin Lee Hatcher

[CFBA Tour,Review&Contest] A Matter of Character(Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3) by Robin Lee Hatcher

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Matter Of CharacterZondervan (May 25, 2010)byRobin Lee Hatcher ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd’s Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal. Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon ABOUT THE BOOK It’s 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town… Read more »

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May 29
[CFBA Tour,Review&Contest] A Matter of Character(Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3) by Robin Lee Hatcher

[CFBA Tour,Review&Contest] A Matter of Character(Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3) by Robin Lee Hatcher

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Matter Of CharacterZondervan (May 25, 2010)byRobin Lee Hatcher ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd’s Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal. Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon ABOUT THE BOOK It’s 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town… Read more »

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May 28
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

About the Book:What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie?  In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . .At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be.  An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans.  That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents.  But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple.  And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in… About the Author:MARY CARTER is a freelance writer and novelist.  My Sister’s Voice is her fourth novel with Kensington. Her… Read more »

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May 28
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

About the Book:What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie?  In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . .At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be.  An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans.  That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents.  But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple.  And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in… About the Author:MARY CARTER is a freelance writer and novelist.  My Sister’s Voice is her fourth novel with Kensington. Her… Read more »

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May 27
[Glass Roads Blog Tour Preview] Almost Forever by Deborah Raney

[Glass Roads Blog Tour Preview] Almost Forever by Deborah Raney

About the Book:Deb Raney delivers an emotion-packed, gripping story with the creation of Bryn. A firefighter’s wife, Bryn thinks she knows more than most just how dangerous fire can be. Yet when it takes the life of her husband and four other firefighters, Bryn sees fire for the thief it truly is. From their mutual despair, Bryn and another firefighter’s surviving spouse form a close friendship. As the relationship begins to blossom into more, though, the thief comes again and Bryn must face the question: what caused the fire that stole her husband’s life? About the Author: The award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty novels, Deborah Raney always delivers poignant stories of what it means to wrestle with the realities of a world in chaos…and emerge triumphant. Her books have received the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her novel, A Vow To Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. My Review: Coming soon! You can purchase your copy of this book here. *This book was provided for review by Howard Books and Glass Roads PR*

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May 27
[Waterbrook Blog Tour, Review&Giveaway] The Last Christian by David Gregory

[Waterbrook Blog Tour, Review&Giveaway] The Last Christian by David Gregory

*Stay tuned to the end of this post for your chance to win a copy!* About the book:In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost? A.D. 2088. Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds. But a larger threat looms. The world’s leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense?  As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father’s unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity. In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious… Read more »

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May 27
[Waterbrook Blog Tour, Review&Giveaway] The Last Christian by David Gregory

[Waterbrook Blog Tour, Review&Giveaway] The Last Christian by David Gregory

*Stay tuned to the end of this post for your chance to win a copy!* About the book:In the future, it’s possible to live forever—but at what cost? A.D. 2088. Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her thirty-four years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village. Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds. But a larger threat looms. The world’s leading artificial intelligence industrialist has perfected a technique for downloading the human brain into a silicon form. Brain transplants have begun, and with them comes the potential of eliminating physical death altogether—but at what expense?  As Abby navigates a society grown more addicted to stimulating the body than nurturing the soul, she and Creighton Daniels, a historian troubled by his father’s unexpected death, become unwitting targets of powerful men who will stop at nothing to further their nefarious goals. Hanging in the balance—the spiritual future of all humanity. In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious… Read more »

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May 26
[CFBA Tour&Review] Broken by Travis Trasher

[CFBA Tour&Review] Broken by Travis Trasher

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Broken FaithWords (May 25, 2010) by Travis Thrasher ABOUT THE AUTHOR: It was during third grade after a teacher encouraged him in his writing and as he read through The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis that Travis decided he wanted to be a writer. The dream never left him, and allowed him to fulfill that dream of writing fulltime in 2007. Travis Thrasher is the author of numerous works of fiction, including his most personal and perhaps his deepest work, Sky Blue, that was published in summer of 2007. This year he has to novels published, Out of the Devil’s Mouth, and a supernatural thriller, Isolation. Travis is married to Sharon and they are the proud parents of Kylie, born in November, 2006, and Hailey, a Shih-Tzu that looks like an Ewok. They live in suburban Chicago. Stop by and visit Travis at his Blog where you can sign up to follow him on Facebook and Twitter! ABOUT THE BOOK Laila had it all–love, family, wealth, and faith. But when her faith crumbles, her world falls apart and Laila finds herself living an empty, dangerous life as a call girl in… Read more »

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