Month: February 2011

Feb 26
A Victorious COTT Winner is ANNOUNCED!!!

A Victorious COTT Winner is ANNOUNCED!!!

Another COTT Victory! This week Elaine Marie Cooper takes the crown over at Clash of the Titles.  The category was Most Romantic Moment and the excerpt was from her novel The Road to Deer Run.  She beat out her competitor Lorna Seilstadwith a 54% to 46% vote.  Elaine is a wonderful addition to the COTT hall of fame, her warmth and enthusiasm making her Clash one of the most enjoyable yet.  And Elaine is no stranger to the site.  She’s been a participating reader and sponsor for months.  So when she got the news she had been chosen, she responded: I am shouting for joy that my submission has been accepted! Thank you so much!! I am very honored to be a COTT contender! A snippet from Elaine’s excerpt: Mary began to relax. Daniel’s voice was soothing to her spirit. By the time the brush had reached the crown of her head, she was closing her eyes, the tension falling from her face. Daniel smoothed her soft locks with his hand. “There. Your hair is lovely.” If you missed it, you can read the full excerpt here.  What did Elaine think of her Clash? It’s clear she’s enjoyed every minute, even before knowing the verdict: I’m so excited for this opportunity, Michelle and… Read more »

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Feb 25
[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] Sheetrock Angel by Jeanne C. Davis

[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] Sheetrock Angel by Jeanne C. Davis

About the Book:At thirty-five, Audrey James figures she has missed the boat to schizophrenia where her mother now dwells. But questions are surfacing: What happened to the guy who taped her drywall? Was one of her friends involved? Having grown up with a mother who often conversed with people who weren’t actually there, Audrey does her best to deny that it could be happening to her. Is she seeing what everyone else is? Are the current men in her life—the drywall taper, her ex-husband and his best friend—who they represent themselves to be? Audrey ponders all of these notions when she is presented with murder, kidnapping and a situation where any or all of her closest friends and colleagues could be involved. How can you know whom to trust when you can’t trust yourself? When she begins to see that guilt and innocence are not always sharply delineated, she must finally make a conscious decision to trust. That decision allows her to be at peace with the result of both the mystery and her question of her own mental competence. About the Author:Before Jeanne C. Davis seriously entertained writing a novel, she wrote for radio and television including staff jobs… Read more »

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Feb 24
[CFBA Tour&Review] Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart

[CFBA Tour&Review] Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Operation Bonnet   David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)  by  Kimberly Stuart   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:     Kimberly says: I am a writer of comedic fiction, and would like to suggest that you laugh regularly when reading my books. Let’s also try for one to two teary moments. If you are crying more than that, you don’t understand my sense of humor and should move on to another author. I grew up in a book-loving home. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. My mom loves books. My dad loves to read the first chapters of books and then make us all listen as he recites his favorite passages. I, however, enjoy reading books in their entirety and came into writing as a result of book-love. After earning two fancy degrees in education and Spanish, I promptly let the thinking part of my brain take a breather and instead became pregnant. (I’m sure a lot of other things happened between early literacy and pregnancy but I don’t really remember any of that. If you also have shared your uterus with another human, you understand.) In an effort to author a… Read more »

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Feb 24
[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Light At Winter’s End by Julia London

[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Light At Winter’s End by Julia London

About the Book:Holly Fisher opens her door one day and finds her estranged sister Hannah standing there with a glassy look and her nine-month old baby on her hip. Before Holly knows what is happening, Hannah has left her baby with Holly and disappeared. Three months later, fresh out of rehab for addiction to painkillers, Hannah shows up sober, contrite, and wanting her son back. But Holly is in love with the baby and not willing to give him up to the mother who abandoned him. Into the middle of this extraordinary conflict between two sisters walks a lonesome cowboy, Wyatt Clark (Summer of Two Wishes) who knows a thing or two about childcare and fractured families. He’s had his own troubles and has stayed away from women the last couple of years, but he can’t resist Holly and the baby. But when Holly is delivered a devastating blow and returns the baby to his mother, Holly is too distraught to continue her relationship with Wyatt. It will take an extraordinary turn from Hannah to bring Holly and Wyatt together so that they both may find the happiness that has eluded them.  About the Author: JULIA LONDON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author… Read more »

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Feb 24
[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

About the Book:It is 1936 and Kate Merritt is trying hard to keep her family together. Her father has slipped into alcoholism, her mother tries to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what her family needs. In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer. About the Author: Living just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village in Kentucky, Ann H. Gabhart has walked the same paths that her characters might have walked in generations past. Her thorough research provides a convincing and colorful backdrop for her Shaker novels. Gabhart is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Outsider, The Believer,The Seeker, and Angel Sister. My Review: Ann H. Gabhart is still a fairly-new-to-me author. I have only read her book The Seeker. So, when I had the chance to review this book, Angel Sister, I was excited to see… Read more »

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Feb 23
Check this out!!! An AWESOME PARTY!!!

Check this out!!! An AWESOME PARTY!!!

WE’RE HAVING A FACEBOOK PARTY!!!! Pump Up Your Book will be hosting the February 2011 Authors on Tour on Friday February 25, 2011 at 9 – 11 p.m. (eastern time – adjust to your time zone).  Tell your book friends that not only will this give them an opportunity to chat with their favorite authors BUT… WE’RE GIVING AWAY PRIZES!!!! The participating authors and their giveaways include: Rose Valenta is giving away a paperback copy of her humor book, Sitting on Cold Porcelain. Allan Leverone is giving away an e-copy of his thriller, Final Vector, and 6 e-copies of Postcards from the Apocalypse. Frank Edwards is giving away a paperback copy of his medical thriller, Final Mercy and a paperback copy of his poetry and short story book, It’ll Ease the Pain. Pamela Samuels Young will be giving away a paperback copy of her legal thriller, Murder on the Down Low, and a copy of her audio CD, How to Write a Novel Despite Your Day Job. Sheila Hendrix will be giving away both a paperback copy and e-book copy of her YA paranormal,The Betrayal. Cynthia Kocialski will be giving away a paperback copy of her startup business book, Startup from the Ground Up. C.W. Gortner will be giving… Read more »

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Feb 23
[Book Review] Seek Me With All Your Heart(A Land of Canaan Novel, #1) by Beth Wiseman

[Book Review] Seek Me With All Your Heart(A Land of Canaan Novel, #1) by Beth Wiseman

About the Book:A groundbreaking series takes Amish readers where they’ve never gone before . . . Colorado. Emily Detweiler’s family abruptly moved to Colorado after tragedy struck in Ohio. But Emily can’t get far enough to escape what happened there. David Stoltzfus is not happy when his family relocates from Pennsylvania to Colorado. Nevermind that they haven’t told him why. David struggles not only with this unwelcome move, but also with the fear that a health condition could keep him from living his life in full. Emily and David each come to terms with a past that follows them, testing their faith and resolve. Will they overcome adversity and step onto the path God has chosen for them? About the Author:Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is the author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas. Twitter @bethwiseman, facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman/47576397539 My Review:I LOVED this novel! Beth Wiseman’s writing is STUNNING and quickly captures me everytime. While I’ve read her novellas in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering, and An Amish Love, I have been anxiously awaiting a new series… Read more »

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Feb 22
[CSFF Blog Tour and Review] The God Hater by Bill Myers

[CSFF Blog Tour and Review] The God Hater by Bill Myers

About the Book: A cranky, atheist philosophy professor loves to shred incoming freshmen of their faith. He is chosen by a group of scientists to create a philosophy for a computer-generated world exactly like ours. Much to his frustration every model introduced from Darwinism, to Existentialism, to Eastern beliefs fails. The only way to preserve the computer world is to introduce laws from outside their system through a Law Giver. Of course this goes against everything he believes and he hates it. But even this doesn’t completely work because the citizens of that world become legalists and completely miss the spirit behind the Law. The only way to save them is to create a computer character like himself to personally explain it. He does. So now there are two of him—the one in our world and the one in the computer world. (Sound familiar?) Unfortunately, a rival has introduced a virus into the computer world. Things grow worse until the professor in that computer world sees the only way to save his world is to personally absorb the virus and the penalty for breaking the Law. Of course it’s clear to all, including our real world professor, that this act… Read more »

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Feb 21
[Book Review] The Strange Man: The Coming Evil, book 1 by Greg Mitchell

[Book Review] The Strange Man: The Coming Evil, book 1 by Greg Mitchell

About the Book:Dras Weldon is a twenty-two-year-old unemployed washout. He lives in a world populated by horror movies and comic books, content to hide in the shadow of adolescence. Under the scrutinizing eye of his older brother, Jeff, a pastor, Dras lives a life of professed Christianity with very little observable spirituality. He must change. However, when a demon known only as “the Strange Man” comes to his small town of Greensboro and threatens Dras’s best friend, Rosalyn Myers, Dras discovers that only by putting his faith into action can he save his friend from danger. Suddenly he is thrust into a race against the clock and forced to battle demonic forces in an effort to convince Rosalyn to accept Christ and turn away from the coming evil. About the Author:Greg Mitchell likes monsters. So much, in fact, he has written this trilogy about a small town learning to take a stand on faith and challenge the dark forces creeping in. Greg is a Christian who believes that the Bible is 100 percent true, and he does his best to live his life according to its principles and write things that help teach others about Jesus Christ. Back in 2001,… Read more »

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Feb 20
[Book Review] Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller

[Book Review] Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller

About the Book:A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio’s Amish country. Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods. But one thing is clear to Rachel – Joe Matthews is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts’ doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel is suspicious. Will she be able to uncover Joe’s secrets despite her aunts’ – and her own – growing affection for him? About the Author:Serena Miller decided to get serious about writing fiction while she was working as a court reporter in Detroit and found herself developing an overwhelming desire to compose a happy ending for every transcript she typed. She and her minister/carpenter husband live in a southern Ohio farming community in an 1830’s log cabin that has been in her family for five generations. She was delighted when an Amish community formed not far from her home, and has enjoyed getting to know these hard-working people. When she isn’t canning tomatoes, splitting firewood, shooing deer out of the blueberry… Read more »

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