Month: January 2011

Jan 31
[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Stars Collide (Backstage Pass, bk 1) by Janice Thompson

[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Stars Collide (Backstage Pass, bk 1) by Janice Thompson

About the Book: Her future’s so bright, she’s gotta wear shades Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don’t just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom–they are actually head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat’s grandmother, an eccentric star from Hollywood’s golden age, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed family members? From the soundstage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes you on a roller-coaster tour of Hollywood, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion. About the Author: Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas. My Review: This book was fantastic! I… Read more »

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Jan 29
[LitFuse Blog Tour&Review(and giveaway info!)] The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

[LitFuse Blog Tour&Review(and giveaway info!)] The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

**See the bottom of this posting for information on Patti’s giveaway!** About the Book:Since 1955, Sheila Franklin, a talented musician, has perfectly performed the role of devout pastor’s wife, locking away her past as Sheba Alexander and Sylvia Allen. Her carefully constructed façade crumbles with a single phone call from a young Marine named Samuel, the illegitimate son she secretly put up for adoption. Samuel begs Sheila to use her government contacts to get his fiancé, Mali, a Thai prostitute, into America. A dangerous mixture of love and guilt spurs her to help her only child even though it devastates her husband Edward and exposes her questionable past. After a quarrel with Edward, Sheila and Samuel board a C-130 for Thailand and then search Bangkok’s steamy streets for a Madonna-faced prostitute. The two whisk Mali from a brothel but are seized by a warlord who considers Mali his “number one girl.” In a teak “ghost house,” Sheila discovers God’s grace and gains the freedom she needs to find her own identity—Sheila, Sylvia, and Sheba. A framed story, this novel has roots in the bohemian 1940s New Orleans French Quarter and spans three decades, including the turbulent Vietnam era. About the… Read more »

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Jan 29
[Book Review] Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

[Book Review] Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

About the Book:Two friends from different worlds—one Old Order Amish, one Englischer—share the truths that bring them together. Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities—through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God.   With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship.  You’ll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book. Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab your cup and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom. About the Author(s):CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC… Read more »

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Jan 28
COTT has unveiled the new WINNER!

COTT has unveiled the new WINNER!

Hot Off The Presses! A new COTT winner has been revealed! (Drum roll, please)……….. And the winner is……….. Tina Pinson!  Woo Hoo!  Yeah!  Way to go! Tina’s excerpt from her book In the Manor of the Ghost, beat out her competitor (DeAnna Julie Dodson’s In Honor Bound) with a 56% to 44% vote.  Such close results tell us ya can’t go wrong with either title, but Tina’s did indeed “take the cake”.  Congratulations are in order to the newest Conqueror at Clash of the Titles.  Hip-hip, hooray!  Hip-hip, hooray!  Tina competed in the category of Most Gut-Wrenching Scene with a heart-twisting look at a woman watching her husband and baby trapped in a burning building: Jean Marc stood in the upstairs window holding a bundle. Kaitlin knew, with another slice to her soul, the bundle was Simone. Jean Marc, so quiet, protective, so uneasily riled, yelled. Tormented wails for help rose along with tears of anguish and fear as angry flames licked out behind him. For the full excerpt, click here  A few of our reader/voters’ comments: This would be my worst nightmare! Wonderful writing! Both excerpts were really gut wrenching and had me in tears. So what did she think of her visit to COTT?  In her words: “Thanks for letting… Read more »

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Jan 28
[CFBA Tour&Review] The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

[CFBA Tour&Review] The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Rhythm of Secrets  Kregel Publications (December 22, 2010)  by  Patti Lacy   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patti Lacy, Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti’s website at www.pattilacy.com, her blog at www.pattilacy.com/blog, and her Facebook daily Artbites.   ABOUT THE BOOK Sheila Franklin has masqueraded as the precocious daughter of avant-garde parents in colorful 1940s New Orleans, a teen desperate for love and acceptance, and an unwed mother sent North with her shame. After marrying Edward, Sheila artfully masks her secrets, allowing Edward to gain prominence as a conservative pastor. When one phone call from a disillusioned Vietnam veteran destroys her cover, Sheila faces an impossible choice: save her son and his beloved…or imperil Edward’s ambitions. Inspired by a true story, The Rhythm of Secrets intermingles jazz, classical, and sacred music in a… Read more »

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Jan 27
[Crazy Book Tours Blog Tour & Review] She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter

[Crazy Book Tours Blog Tour & Review] She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter

About the Book:Shey Darcy, a 39-year-old former top model forVogue and Sports Illustrated led a charmed life in New York City with a handsome photographer husband until the day he announced he’d fallen in love with someone else. Left to pick up the pieces of her once happy world, Shey decides to move back home to Texas with her three teenage sons. Life on the family ranch, however, brings with it a whole new host of dramas starting with differences of opinion with her staunch Southern Baptist mother, her rugged but overprotective brothers, and daily battles with her three sons who are also struggling to find themselves. Add to the mix Shey’s ex-crush, Dane Kelly, a national bullriding champ and she’s got her hands full. It doesn’t take long before Shey realizes that in order to reinvent herself, she must let go of an uncertain future and a broken past, to find happiness–and maybe love–in the present. About the Author:Award winning novelist, Jane Porter made a smashing debut on the chick lit scene with her single title release, The Frog Prince (Warner, May 2005). With a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from UCLA, and a Master of Arts in Writing from… Read more »

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Jan 27
[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

About the Book: New School = New Chance for That First Kiss Summer is ending, and for once that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She’s hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life. What she wasn’t counting on was all the new pressure–to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she’s on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future? About the Author: Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit… Read more »

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Jan 27
[FIRST WildCard Tour&Preview] Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

[FIRST WildCard Tour&Preview] Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

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: Michael Phillips and the book: Angel Harp FaithWords (January 26, 2011) ***Special thanks to Sarah Reck, Web Publicist, Hachette Book Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland. Visit the author’s website. SHORT BOOK DISCRIPTION: Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie “Angel” Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are… Read more »

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Jan 26
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Girl In The Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Girl In The Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

About the Book:In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor’s orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes . . . like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen. Certain that something is terribly wrong, and incapable of leaving well enough alone, Tess is determined to get to the bottom of the dog walker’s abrupt disappearance, even if she must do so from her own bedroom. But her inquisitiveness is about to fling open a dangerous Pandora’s box of past crimes and troubling deaths . . . and she’s not only putting her own life in jeopardy but also her unborn child’s. Previously serialized in the New York Times, and now published in book form for the very first time, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a masterful Hitchcockian thriller from one of the very best in the business: multiple award-winner Laura Lippman. About the Author: Laura… Read more »

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Jan 25
[CFBA Tour&Preview] Digitalis ( Discarded Heroes,bk 2) by Ronie Kendig

[CFBA Tour&Preview] Digitalis ( Discarded Heroes,bk 2) by Ronie Kendig

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Digitalis  Barbour Publishing, Inc.(January 1, 2011)  by  Ronie Kendig   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Ronie has been married since 1990 to a man who can easily be defined in classic terms as a hero. She has four beautiful children. Her eldest daughter is 16 this year, her second daughter will be 13, and her twin boys are 10. After having four children, she finally finished her degree in December 2006. She now has a B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Getting her degree is a huge triumph for both her and her family–they survived!! This degree has also given her a fabulous perspective on her characters and how to not only make them deeper, stronger, but to make them realistic and know how they’ll respond to each situation. Her debut novel, Dead Reckoning released March 2010 from Abingdon Press. And her Discarded Heroes series began in July 2010 from Barbour with the first book entitled Nightshade. This is the second book in the series. ABOUT THE BOOK Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a… Read more »

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