Month: March 2011

Mar 31
[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Murder Takes The Cake by Gayle Trent

[PocketBooks Blog Tour&Review] Murder Takes The Cake by Gayle Trent

About the Book:A routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small-town baker discovers her first client’s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series. It’ll take more than a little sugar to convince folks Daphne Martin’s freshly baked spice cake was not to blame for the mysterious death of town gossip Yodel Watson. Getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes, off the ground is hard enough now that Daphne’s moved back to her southern Virginia hometown, but orders have been even slower since she found Yodel’s body. She soon realizes, however, that just about everybody in town had a reason to poison the cantankerous busybody, from the philandering pet shop owner, to Yodel’s church potluck nemesis, to the Save-A-Buck’s cranky produce manager-turned-bagger. Now, to help prove she’s no confectionary killer, Daphne recruits her old flame, Ben Jacobs, editor of the local newspaper, and quickly stirs up a long-hidden family scandal that just might hold the secret ingredient she needs to solve the case. All she’s got to do is roll up her sleeves and get her hands a little dirty before the real culprit decides that taking sweet revenge on Daphne will be icing on the… Read more »

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Mar 31
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones

About the Book:Lily has squeezed herself into undersized relationships all her life, hoping one might grow as large as those found in the Jane Austen novels she loves. But lately her world is running out of places for her to fit. So when her bookish friend invites her to spend the summer at a Jane Austen literary festival in England, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself. There, among the rich, promising world ofMansfield Park reenactments, Lily finds people whose longing to live in a novel equals her own. But real-life problems have a way of following you wherever you go, and Lily’s accompany her to England. Unless she can change her ways, she could face the fate of so many of Miss Austen’s characters, destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. My Jane Austen Summer explores how we fall in love, how we come to know ourselves better, and how it might be possible to change and be happier in the real world. About the Author:Cindy Jones was born in Ohio and grew up in small midwestern towns, reading for escape. She is a winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and she… Read more »

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Mar 30
[CFBA Tour&Preview] False Pretenses by Kathy Herman

[CFBA Tour&Preview] False Pretenses by Kathy Herman

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  False Pretenses  David C. Cook (March 1, 2011)  by  Kathy Herman   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Suspense novelist Kathy Herman is very much at home in the Christian book industry, having worked five years on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eleven years at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, as product buyer/manager for the children’s department, and eventually as director of human resources. She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market. Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she’s added sixteen more titles to her credit, including four bestsellers: All Things Hidden, The Real Enemy, The Last Word, and The Right Call. Kathy’s husband Paul is her manager and most ardent supporter, and the former manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in Tyler, Texas. They have three grown children, five almost-perfect grandchildren, a cat named Samantha. They enjoy cruising,… Read more »

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Mar 29
[FreePress Blog Tour and Review] The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

[FreePress Blog Tour and Review] The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

About the Book: In this electrifying tale of suspense from an international crime-writing sensation, a grisly death exposes the dark heart of a Scandinavian seaside village. Erica Falck returns to her tiny, remote hometown of FjÄllbacka, Sweden, after her parents’ deaths only to encounter another tragedy: the suicide of her childhood best friend, Alex. It’s Erica herself who finds Alex’s body—suspended in a bathtub of frozen water, her wrists slashed. Erica is bewildered: Why would a beautiful woman who had it all take her own life? Teaming up with police detective Patrik HedstrÖm, Erica begins to uncover shocking events from Alex’s childhood. As one horrifying fact after another comes to light, Erica and Patrik’s curiosity gives way to obsession—and their flirtation grows into uncontrollable attraction. But it’s not long before one thing becomes very clear: a deadly secret is at stake, and there’s someone out there who will do anything—even commit murder—to protect it. Fans of Scandinavian greats Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell will devour Camilla LÄckberg’s penetrating portrait of human nature at its darkest. About the Author: Camilla Lackberg worked as an economist in Stockholm until a course in creative writing triggered a drastic career change. Her novels have… Read more »

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Mar 29
[Author Interview & GIVEAWAY] Tyler’s CH Admirand

[Author Interview & GIVEAWAY] Tyler’s CH Admirand

**Stay tuned for details on the giveaway!** I love author interviews! And today, I’m hosting an interview with Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys)’s CH Admirand.About the Book:When Tyler Garahan said he’d do anything to save his family’s ranch, he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies’ club. But the club’s fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler’s attention, and for her he’ll swallow his pride… Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It’s obvious that he’s the real deal and wouldn’t be caught dead at a ladies’ revue if he wasn’t in big trouble. And when he looks at her like that, she’ll do anything to help. Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies’ club, Tyler would be plumb exhausted if he didn’t suddenly discover that the club is in the same boat as his ranch, and his beautiful boss needs him as much as he needs her… About the Author:C.H. Admirand is an award-winning, multi-published author and has published ten novels in mass-market paperback, hardcover, trade paperback, magazine, e-book, and audio book format. Fate, destiny, and love at first sight will always play a large part in C.H.’s stories… Read more »

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Mar 29
TEASER TUESDAY, 3/29/2011

TEASER TUESDAY, 3/29/2011

So, I USED to do the Tuesday Teaser(hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading)  meme when I first started blogging, but then slacked off….I am going to TRY my best to participate in it again. Here’s the rules: Grab your current read Let the book fall open to a random page Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! BUT BE AWARE: DO NOT GIVEAWAY SPOILERS! CHANGE PAGES IF NEEDED IF THAT PAGE GIVES AWAY SPOILERS!   Currently Reaging: My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones My Teaser: I clutched the copy of Shakespeare’s comedies, as if the gift were a casual afterthought, as if I hadn’t agonized all morning over which edition of the many falling off our shelf he’d like best, nor nursed a mild obsession since our last moment together, waking up in a world that him, looking for him in every room, most thoughts related to resuming our conversation under his sensual gaze.  page 127 How about… Read more »

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Mar 29
[Tribute Books Blog Tour and Review] Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson

[Tribute Books Blog Tour and Review] Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson

About the Book:Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the “stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world.” Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place. About the Author:LARRY PETERSON was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. “Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes” is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years. The Trailer: My Review:First of all, I just gotta say, that I wish I had this in hard copy form because my kids would have ADORED this book, ALMOST as much as I did :-). And, the little boy, Willie Wiggles, bless his heart, I loved his name. It’s just so darn cute! But, the message of the story is what I love the most. ‘Slippery’ Willy had a bit of a problem….he… Read more »

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Mar 28
[Book Review] The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small

[Book Review] The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small

About the Book:A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link the world’s great religious faiths. In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter. Now, graduate student Grant Matthews journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever—if he survives. About the Author: Jeffrey Small, Jr. is the author of the mystical thriller,The Breath of God, the writer of the spirituality blog, OneReality, and a speaker on religious and spirituality topics. Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Yale, he served as Publisher and Senior Editor of… Read more »

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Mar 28
Mailbox Monday (March 21-27th, 2011)

Mailbox Monday (March 21-27th, 2011)

Mailbox Monday is a blog tour meme, hosted by a different blog each month. This month it’s hosted by I’m Bookin’ It. Mailbox Monday is a fun gathering of bloggers who want to spread the word about the books that they received that previous week. Here’s my mailbox full: From the Author: Love Finds You in Sun Valley Idaho by Angela Ruth For Review: People of The Book by Kathi Macias Stories From a Lifetime by Hugh Aaron Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West The Face of God by Bill Myers The Eye of Glory by Karl Bacon In Grandma’s Attic and More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson That’s When I Talk To God by Dan and Ali Morrow The Alarmists by Don Hoesel Tales From The Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker All of these are VERY eclectic and sure to be a joy to read 🙂

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Mar 27
[Book Review] Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig

[Book Review] Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig

About the Book:Abigail Watts has always admired her lovable, kind-hearted father, despite his bumbling ways. When news of a silver strike reached their hometown, she packed up her needles and thread and followed him west, never dreaming the move could cost them ever. Nathan Hawk has one dream—a better life for his family. But when typhoid claims the life of his beloved wife, Nathan questions if he made the right choice bringing her west. Thrust together by circumstance, these two lonely people must somehow find their way back to God, and to each other. The Trailer: About the Author:Elizabeth Ludwig’s first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, was released in spring of 2008 from Heartsong Presents: Mysteries, an imprint of Barbour Publishing. This was followed in 2009 by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing. In 2010, Elizabeth’s first full-length historical novel, Love Finds You in Calico, California will be released from Summerside Press. Books two and three of her mystery series, Died in the Wool, and A Black Die Affair, respectively, are slated for release in 2011 from Barbour Publishing. In 2008, Elizabeth… Read more »

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