Month: September 2010

Sep 30
[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] Jackson Jones, The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jennifer Kelly

[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] Jackson Jones, The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jennifer Kelly

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: Jenn Kelly illustrated by: Ariane Elsammak and the book: Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010) ***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university,… Read more »

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Sep 30
[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] Jackson Jones, The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jennifer Kelly

[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] Jackson Jones, The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jennifer Kelly

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: Jenn Kelly illustrated by: Ariane Elsammak and the book: Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish Zonderkidz (August 6, 2010) ***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university,… Read more »

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Sep 30
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

About the Book:What happens when a woman who’s realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth? A mysterious letter turns Vinita Patil’s contented American life upside down. It tells an impossible story: she has a grown son in India, a child she was told was stillborn 30 years ago. Now his life may depend on her. Revealing her secret past to her arranged-marriage husband could mean losing him forever. Nonetheless Vinita is compelled to return to her battle-scarred town in India to meet her hitherto unknown son—perhaps even save his life—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind. About the Author: Shobhan Bantwal calls her writing “Bollywood in a Book,” romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of Indian culture. Born and raised in India and now an American citizen, Shobhan had an arranged marriage and writes about that topic and other controversial social topics unique to India. THE UNEXPECTED SON is her fourth book. Shobhan’s articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including The Writermagazine, Romantic Times, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, India Currents, and New Woman. Her short stories have won honors and awards in fiction contests sponsored by… Read more »

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Sep 30
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

About the Book:What happens when a woman who’s realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth? A mysterious letter turns Vinita Patil’s contented American life upside down. It tells an impossible story: she has a grown son in India, a child she was told was stillborn 30 years ago. Now his life may depend on her. Revealing her secret past to her arranged-marriage husband could mean losing him forever. Nonetheless Vinita is compelled to return to her battle-scarred town in India to meet her hitherto unknown son—perhaps even save his life—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind. About the Author: Shobhan Bantwal calls her writing “Bollywood in a Book,” romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of Indian culture. Born and raised in India and now an American citizen, Shobhan had an arranged marriage and writes about that topic and other controversial social topics unique to India. THE UNEXPECTED SON is her fourth book. Shobhan’s articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including The Writermagazine, Romantic Times, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, India Currents, and New Woman. Her short stories have won honors and awards in fiction contests sponsored by… Read more »

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Sep 29
[CFBA Tour&Review] The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

[CFBA Tour&Review] The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Mayan Apocalypse Harvest House Publishers(September 1, 2010) by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mark Hitchcock is the author of more than 17 books related to end-time Bible prophecy, including the bestselling 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World.  He earned a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has worked as an adjunct professor at DTS and has served as a contributing editor for the Left Behind Prophecy Club for five years. Alton Gansky is the author of 30 books—24 of them novels, including the Angel Award winner Terminal Justice and Christie Award finalist A Ship Possessed.  A frequent speaker at writing conferences, he holds BA and MA degrees in biblical studies. Alton and his wife reside in Southern California. ABOUT THE BOOK On the heels of Mark Hitchcock’s prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth—December 21, 2012. Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning… Read more »

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Sep 29
[CFBA Tour&Review] The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

[CFBA Tour&Review] The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Mayan Apocalypse Harvest House Publishers(September 1, 2010) by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mark Hitchcock is the author of more than 17 books related to end-time Bible prophecy, including the bestselling 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World.  He earned a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has worked as an adjunct professor at DTS and has served as a contributing editor for the Left Behind Prophecy Club for five years. Alton Gansky is the author of 30 books—24 of them novels, including the Angel Award winner Terminal Justice and Christie Award finalist A Ship Possessed.  A frequent speaker at writing conferences, he holds BA and MA degrees in biblical studies. Alton and his wife reside in Southern California. ABOUT THE BOOK On the heels of Mark Hitchcock’s prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth—December 21, 2012. Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning… Read more »

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Sep 29
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

About the Book:It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book that hold the secrets of unimaginable power. Rich and poor alike speculate abouthe the long buried secred tht might be scrawled in its pages and where the book might be hidden in the labyrinthine city. While those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it. As a storm of intrigue percolates in Her Most Serene Republic, Luciano, a penniless orphan, is plucked off the street by the doge’s chef and taken in as the chef’s apprentice. In the palace kitchen Luciano is initiated into the chef’s rich and mysterious world where recipes are more than they seem. It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. Torn between loyalty to his street friends and his passion for Francesca, a convent girl, Lucianco’s worthiness is tested. Armed with a precicious mind and insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing opent he shutters of his mind, inflalme his deepest esires, and leaven an indelible mark on his soul. About… Read more »

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Sep 29
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

About the Book:It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book that hold the secrets of unimaginable power. Rich and poor alike speculate abouthe the long buried secred tht might be scrawled in its pages and where the book might be hidden in the labyrinthine city. While those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it. As a storm of intrigue percolates in Her Most Serene Republic, Luciano, a penniless orphan, is plucked off the street by the doge’s chef and taken in as the chef’s apprentice. In the palace kitchen Luciano is initiated into the chef’s rich and mysterious world where recipes are more than they seem. It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. Torn between loyalty to his street friends and his passion for Francesca, a convent girl, Lucianco’s worthiness is tested. Armed with a precicious mind and insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing opent he shutters of his mind, inflalme his deepest esires, and leaven an indelible mark on his soul. About… Read more »

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Sep 27
Blog Award!

Blog Award!

This past weekend, a blogger friend of mine, Janet@Janet’sTreasures, awarded me with this: She is truly a sweet heart and I thank her deeply for this!!!! It really made my weekend! Please stop by Janet’s blog and look around….she is a doll of a friend and I highly recommend you follow her reviews! I have 3 blogger friends(check them out too as they are FANTABULOUS bloggers!) whom I am passing this along to, just because they make my day a bit brighter each day!  They are: Michelle@MichelleV’sBlog Tammy@Tammy’sBookParlor Cathy@WordVessel

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Sep 27
[Book Review] Glaen: A Novel Message on Romance,Love and Relationships by Dr. Fred Lybrand

[Book Review] Glaen: A Novel Message on Romance,Love and Relationships by Dr. Fred Lybrand

About the Book: In a world where love is romanticized by vampires and far-off adventures of undying love-at-first-sight, audiences don’t always have the opportunity to read stories that reflect God’s design for love. Author Fred Lybrand takes an in-depth look into relationships and dating, plus a little common sense for the real day-to-day world, in his latest book, Glaen. Lybrand has chosen a unique and effective way to present his knowledge of human relationships and romance by creating a storyline that allows readers to walk alongside believable characters as they discover and explore an exciting and more effective way to relate to those with whom they will share life’s most intimate relationships. Having spent more than twenty-four years as a pastor, Lybrand is deeply involved in caring for people, and he wants others to know the freedom that can be found in relating to others truthfully and without pretense. Glaen introduces the character of Annie Hughes just as she suffers the loss of one of life’s foundational relationships—her parents’ marriage. As a graduate student, Annie suddenly finds herself at a loss to understand how any relationship finds and maintains lifetime staying power, especially a relationship as intimate as marriage. When… Read more »

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