Month: August 2011

Aug 31
CFBA Tour&Preview: The Survivor(Families of Honor, #3) by Shelley Shepard Gray

CFBA Tour&Preview: The Survivor(Families of Honor, #3) by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe SurvivorAvon Inspire; Original edition (August 30, 2011)byShelley Shepard Gray ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven.  Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado.  She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children.  When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town’s scenic bike trail.     Check out Shelley’s Facebook Fan page ABOUT THE BOOK One of today’s most beloved authors of inspirational Christian fiction, Shelley Shepard Gray completes her acclaimed Families of Honor series with The Survivor—a poignant and beautiful story of love and faith in a small Amish community. Delving once more into the lives of these devout and fascinating folk, as she did in her popular Sisters of the Heart and Seasons of Sugarcreek novels, Gray tells the story of a young Amish woman who has survived the ravages of cancer, but now longs for the love of the one man who can heal her lonely heart. Like Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, Shelley… Read more »

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Aug 31
CFBA Tour&Preview:Thunder In The Morning Calm by Don Brown

CFBA Tour&Preview:Thunder In The Morning Calm by Don Brown

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Thunder in the Morning Calm Zondervan (August 2, 2011) by Don Brown ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DON BROWN, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. After TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, was published to rave reviews in 2005, drawing comparisons to the writing style of John Grisham, Don Brown was named as co-chairman of national I LOVE TO WRITE DAY, an event recognized by the governors of nine states to promote writing throughout the nation, and especially among the nation’s schools. Paying no homage to political correctness, Don’s writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide-range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early 21st Century. Don graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law…. Read more »

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Aug 29
TLC Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

TLC Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

Title:Becoming Marie AntoinetteAuthor:Juliet GreyRelease Date:August 9, 2011Publisher:Ballantine BooksPages:300Source:from publisher|TLC Book Tours|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And NobleRating:5 Books Synopsis:This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny? Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon. Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen. Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike. Author Bio:Juliet Grey has extensively researched European royal… Read more »

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Aug 27
Book Review: Anessia’s Quest by Karen Arnpriester

Book Review: Anessia’s Quest by Karen Arnpriester

Title:Anessia’s QuestAuthor:Karen ArnpriesterRelease Date:January 18,2011Publisher:CreateSpacePages:300Source:from the author|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And NobleRating:5 Books Synopsis:Anessia’s Quest follows the life of a woman born into dysfunction and neglect. The story takes you on her journey. A journey that begins with abandonment, abuse, and physical injury. Pagne (Pain) believes she is all alone, thrown away, but soon discovers that she is protected and guided by her guardian angel. A powerful relationship develops between this lost child and her loving protector that manifests as a unique method of communication. Pagne encounters other broken people that become her family, friends and community. Her grace and compassion alter their destructive paths. She moves through her life unaware of the impact she creates, her purpose on Earth. Her life is filled with tears, laughter, joy and heartbreak. She faces challenges that include ultimate betrayal, loss and shame. Challenges that are only bearable due to her trust and faith in heaven’s love and value for her. Love that is reinforced by her angel. She discovers the events that led to her mother’s indifference and neglect, and must decide how much grace she can extend to a woman she has hated for most of her life. The ultimate test of… Read more »

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Aug 26
Revell Blog Tour&Review: Amish Values For Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Revell Blog Tour&Review: Amish Values For Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Title:Amish Values For Your FamilyAuthor:Suzanne Woods FisherPublisher:Revell BooksRelease Date:August 2011Pages:192Source:from the publisher|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And Noble|Christianbooks.com|Deepershopping.comRating:5 Books Synopsis:When it comes to strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much we can learn from the Amish. Just how do they establish such strong family bonds, such deeply held values, and such wonderful family traditions? In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shares the secrets of Amish family life. In this inspiring and practical book, you will meet real Amish families that are a lot like yours. Through their stories you’ll discover how to slow downsafeguard family timeraise children who stand strong in their faithprioritize what’s truly important Amish values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy–without selling your car or changing your wardrobe. Author Bio:Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and A Lancaster County Christmas, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict… Read more »

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Aug 26
Revell Blog Tour&Review: Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory, #3) by Sarah Sundin

Revell Blog Tour&Review: Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory, #3) by Sarah Sundin

Title:Blue Skies TomorrowAuthor:Sarah SundinSeries:Wings Of Glory, #3Publisher:Revell BooksRelease Date:August 2011Pages:448Source: publisher for blog tour|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And Noble|ChristianBook.com|Deepershopping.comRating:5 Books Synopsis:In a time of peril, can they find the courage to confront their fears and embrace a love that lasts? When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give. Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life–and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand. But when Ray and Helen are called upon to step out in faith and put their reputations and their lives on the line, can they meet the challenges that face them? And can their young love survive until blue skies return? Filled with drama, daring, and all the romance of the WWII era,Blue Skies Tomorrow is the captivating final book in the popular Wings of… Read more »

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Aug 24
CFBA Tour&Preview: Ransome’s Quest (The Ransome Trilogy, #3) by Kaye Dacus

CFBA Tour&Preview: Ransome’s Quest (The Ransome Trilogy, #3) by Kaye Dacus

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Ransome’s Quest Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2011) by Kaye Dacus ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing and Harvest House Publishers. Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and editor who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. But her greatest joy comes from mentoring new writers through her blog and seeing them experience those “aha” moments when a tricky concept becomes clear. ABOUT THE BOOK The pirate El Salvador has haunted the waters of the Caribbean for almost ten years. When he snatched Charlotte Ransome, it was a case of mistaken identity. Now… Read more »

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Aug 23
PUYB Guest Post: Get Er Done’s Michael Martel

PUYB Guest Post: Get Er Done’s Michael Martel

I’m welcoming another author here on the blog today…let’s give a warm welcome to Michael Martel, author of Get Er Done! Getting Epic Results By Michael Martel Back in my Special Forces days, they trained us to think on our feet. You had to be able to quickly assess the situation and get results. Sometimes it was a matter of life or death. We used to do detailed mission planning. SF teams are isolated away from outside distractions for days in order to devise the detailed plans for their missions. In most cases, things were different when you hit the ground. The intelligence wasn’t quite correct, the map was wrong or the pilot dropped you off in the wrong location. There wasn’t any time for pointing fingers. You had to move forward and get it done. I learned the EPIC solution. Evaluate the Situation Plan Accordingly Initiate Action Consider the Results You might be asking yourself “How can this help me in my business?” EPIC can and should be applied for any case where you need to think on your feet. Let’s take a case where you might be asked to speak to a group of people. You plan your… Read more »

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Aug 23
PUYB Blog Tour&Review: The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady

PUYB Blog Tour&Review: The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady

Title: The Bum MagnetAuthor:K.L.BradyPublisher:Simon and SchusterRelease Date:March 2011Pages:368Source:publisher for PumpUpYourBook Blog Tour|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Walmart Online|Books*a*MillionRating:https://www.reviewsbymolly.com/p/review-policydisclaimer.html Synopsis:Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . . She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous size-14 body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best—like fine dining and hot men—she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame? There was Lamar, the hazel-eyed Adonis who sowed more wild oats than Quaker. . . Sean, an expert at juggling relationships . . . Marcus, whose lips wandered as often as his eyes . . . and others, too. But just as Rissey swears off sex and vows to dump her emotional baggage, she meets house-hunting client Dwayne Gibson. There’s no way she can resist his seductive smile and rock-hard body. . . . Will Dwayne turn out to be the biggest bum of them all? Or will this time be different? Author Bio:K. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years… Read more »

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Aug 23
CrazyBooks Blog Tour&Review: After The Party: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

CrazyBooks Blog Tour&Review: After The Party: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

Title:After The PartyAuthor:Lisa JewellPublisher:Atria BooksRelease Date:August 16,2011Pages:464Source:publisher for Crazy Books Tours|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And NobleRating:4 Books Synopsis:Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple anymore. But through it all, Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Of course they did. Now Jem is back at work part-time as a talent agent. Ralph, a successful painter, is struggling to come up with new, hopefully groundbreaking, work for his upcoming show. But the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart And in the chaos of family life, Jem feels like she’s losing herself, while Ralph, stuck on the sidelines, feels like he’s lost his muse altogether. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted—but maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after… Author… Read more »

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