Month: April 2011

Apr 30
CFBA Tour&Preview: The Judgement (The Rose Trilogy, #2) by Beverly Lewis

CFBA Tour&Preview: The Judgement (The Rose Trilogy, #2) by Beverly Lewis

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  The Judgment  Bethany House (April 5, 2011)  by  Beverly Lewis   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Not until her own children were well into middle school did Bev seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular CUL-DE-SAC KIDS series of chapter books—see list of Bev’s children’s books). Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, THE HERITAGE OF LANCASTER COUNTY, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.” Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Bev’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have… Read more »

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Apr 30
Book Review: Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs

Book Review: Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs

About the Book:The Bug Man is getting married on Saturday . . . if his fiancee can find him. Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak lives in a world of maggots and blow flies and decomposing bodies. No wonder he’s still single. But Nick has finally found a woman as strange as he is—dog trainer Alena Savard, a woman who is odd, reclusive, and can seemingly talk to animals. It was a match made in heaven. Nick and Alena are scheduled to be married on Saturday—but there’s one small problem. Nick has disappeared. Caught up in a murder case involving an old friend, Nick finds himself on a manhunt that’s drawing him farther and farther from the church where Alena is waiting. But will he make it back in time? Could Nick’s single-minded focus cause him to forget his own wedding? Is he really pursuing a killer, or is he running away from something else? About the Author: Tim Downs is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University. After graduation in 1976 he created a daily comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate (Doonesbury, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side) from 1980 to 1986. His cartooning has appeared… Read more »

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Apr 29
Revell Blog Tour&Review: The Dawn Of A Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove, #3) by Ann Shorey

Revell Blog Tour&Review: The Dawn Of A Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove, #3) by Ann Shorey

About the Book:Her dream is within her grasp–but can she leave her past behind? Luellen O’Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving–and his reason devastates her. Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married. But can she truly hide her past? Or will it destroy her ambitions forever? A moving story of tenacity and perseverance, The Dawn of a Dream will inspire you to discover and follow your own dreams. About the Author:Ann Shorey is the author of The Edge of Lightand The Promise of Morning. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon. My Review:Having only read book two in this series, The Promise of Morning, and enjoying it, I was quite excited to have the chance to return to Beldon Grove and Ms. Shorey’s talented work! I was anxious to start this book and was quite pleased once I did. I was instantly captured, and taken in amongst the characters, and was not disappointed with… Read more »

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Apr 29
CFBA Tour&Preview: Who Is My Shelter by Neta Jackson

CFBA Tour&Preview: Who Is My Shelter by Neta Jackson

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Who is My Shelter  Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2011)  by  Neta Jackson   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Neta Jackson is the author of the popular novel series, *The Yada Yada Prayer Group*, and a spin-off series called *The Yada Yada House of Hope.* These novels were inspired by a real women’s Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, “God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up.” Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books–a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see www.trailblazerbooks.com). The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area, and the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own. ABOUT THE BOOK   In Jackson’s fourth Yada Yada House of Hope Christian evangelical novel, Gabby Fairbanks is now settled in her new apartment at the House of Hope. But she is being pulled in several directions at once and has some hard decisions to make. Philip, her estranged husband, is in a lot of trouble with a rogue… Read more »

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Apr 28
Book Review: Daughter of Silk (The Silk House, #1) by Linda Lee Chaikin

Book Review: Daughter of Silk (The Silk House, #1) by Linda Lee Chaikin

About the Book:Pursuing the family name as the finest silk producer in Lyon, the young Huguenot Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet is thrilled to accompany her famous couturier Grandmere to Paris, there to create a silk trousseau for the Royal Princess Marguerite Valois. The Court is magnificent; its regent, Catherine de Medici, deceptively charming … and the circumstances, darker than Rachelle could possibly imagine. At a time in history when the tortures of the Bastille and the fiery stake are an almost casual consequence in France, a scourge of recrimination is moving fast and furious against the Huguenots—and as the Queen Mother’s political intrigues weave a web of deception around her, Rachelle finds herself in imminent danger. Hope rests in warning the handsome Marquis Fabien de Vendome of the wicked plot against his kin. But to do so, Rachelle must follow a perilous course. About the Author:Linda Lee Chaikin has written over thirty books including the bestselling Daughter of Silk., its sequel Written on Silk, and The Midwife of St. Petersburg. Linda, an award winning author, is a graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband live in Northern California. Author Website:https://www.lindachaikinbooks.com My Review:Linda Lee Chaikin is… Read more »

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Apr 28
PUYB Tour&Review: The Face of God by Bill Myers **DNF**

PUYB Tour&Review: The Face of God by Bill Myers **DNF**

About the Book:THE TERRORIST has learned of supernatural stones used by the Old Testament High Priests to hear the audible voice of God. As the mastermind of a deadly plot that will soon kill millions, he has had a series of dreams instructing him to find the stones. Everything else is in place. The wrath of God is poised and ready to be unleashed. All that is stopping him is . . . THE PASTOR. His wife has been murdered and his faith is crumbling before his very eyes. With his estranged son, he also searches for the stones in hopes they will rekindle his dying faith and love. With the lives of millions hanging in the balance, these two men of opposing faiths collide in an unforgettable showdown. “The Face of God” is another thrilling and thought-provoking novel by a master of the heart and suspense, C.S. Lewis Honor Award winner, Bill Myers. About the Author: Writer/director Bill Myers’s first major success was as co-creator/writer/co-producer of Focus on the Family’s children’s video series, McGee and Me (40 awards, broadcast in 80 countries, 4.5 million books and videos sold). On its heels he wrote the My Life as… series (over… Read more »

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Apr 28
MediaGuests Blog Tour & Review: Journey of Honor by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

MediaGuests Blog Tour & Review: Journey of Honor by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

About the Book:Disowned, she came to America anyway. Attacked and left pregnant by a vicious mob, she still pressed on. Finally, in spite of being accused of theft by the vilest of her attackers, Giselle tries to remain as upbeat and uncomplaining as a prairie wildflower as she travels on to Zion. Thoroughly disillusioned with the ugliness and cruelty of slavery in the South, Trace Grayson leaves his young medical career to go west, hoping to leave bigotry and hatred behind. He begins taking goods by teamster train to sell in the territories. However, this fourth time across, in July of 1848, he’s stuck in St. Joseph, Missouri, waiting for enough wagons to join the train so that they can leave. Knowing that if they don’t start west soon, they’ll be caught by snow in the mountains, Trace is thrilled when the final wagon signs on. Then, when the beautiful, young Dutch girl traveling with the last wagon is falsely accused of stealing and is detained, the whole trip is jeopardized. Thrown together by circumstance, Trace and Giselle team up to begin to figure out just how to make this epic journey across a continent a success. With a deep… Read more »

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Apr 28
TLC Blog Tour & Review: The Rebellion of Jane Clark by Sally Gunning

TLC Blog Tour & Review: The Rebellion of Jane Clark by Sally Gunning

About the Book:Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life in the village of Satucket on Cape Cod—until her refusal to marry the man her father has picked out as his son-in-law causes an irreparable tear in the family fabric. Banished to Boston to make her living as best she can, Jane enters a strange, bustling city awash with redcoats and rebellious fervor. And soon her new life is complicated by her growing attachment to her frail aunt, her friendship with the bookseller Henry Knox, and the unexpected kindness of British soldiers, which pits her against the townspeople and her own brother, Nate, a law clerk working for John Adams. But it is the infamous Boston Massacre—the killing of five colonists by British soldiers on a cold March evening in 1770—that forces Jane to question accepted truths as she confronts the most difficult choice of her life. Sally Gunning’s The Rebellion of Jane Clarke is an unforgettable story of one woman’s struggle to find her own place and leave her mark as a new country is born. About the Author: Sally Gunning is the author of two previous novels, The Widow’s War and Bound. She lives on Cape Cod with… Read more »

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Apr 28
CFBA Tour&Preview: Abigail’s New Hope by Mary Ellis

CFBA Tour&Preview: Abigail’s New Hope by Mary Ellis

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Abigail’s New Hope  Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2011)  by  Mary Ellis   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A word from the author:I grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where my parents often took me to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. My husband and I now live within the largest population of Amish in the country–a four-county area in central Ohio. We love to take weekend getaways to purchase farm produce and other goodies, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfasts, attend country auctions and enjoy the simpler way of life. This is my first series of novels set in the Amish community. I would love to hear from readers of Christian novels. Please leave me a post at my blogsite. ABOUT THE BOOK As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some hard choices. Despite her best efforts, the young mother dies—but the baby is saved. When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail for her mistakes, her sister Catherine comes to care for her children… Read more »

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Apr 27
FIRST WildCard Tour&Preview: Mine Is The Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

FIRST WildCard Tour&Preview: Mine Is The Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

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: Liz Curtis Higgs and the book: Mine Is the Night WaterBrook Press (March 15, 2011) ***Special thanks to Cindy Brovsky of Random House Inc. for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of 28 books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Here Burns My Candle, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist, and Here Burns My Candle, a RT Book Reviews Award finalist; My Heart’s… Read more »

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