Month: September 2011

Sep 30
Book Review: In Plain Sight by Marlayne Giron

Book Review: In Plain Sight by Marlayne Giron

Title:In Plain SightAuthor:Marlayne GironPublisher:CreateSpaceRelease Date:August 10,2011Pages:268Source:author|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|From The AuthorRating:https://www.reviewsbymolly.com/p/review-policydisclaimer.html About the Book:It started with the crop circles… followed by the disappearance of cattle. Then he appeared. He was obviously Old Order Amish. He did and said everything right but no one knew what family or farm he belonged to. He worked in the fields and barn raising’s like everyone else and was in every respect just like one of them except for his silver eyes. Despite his quiet and respectful demeanor the community of Bird-in-Hand was leery of him. Every-one avoided him; except for Rebecca Esh…two star-crossed lovers whose romance not only endangers the Amish family who takes him in but puts the world he and his brother come from in great peril. The Trailer: About the Author:Marlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining. At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: “Fairytale” (from her Father’s Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the… Read more »

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Sep 29
Revell Blog Tour&Review: Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan

Revell Blog Tour&Review: Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan

Title:Deeply Devoted Author:Maggie BrendanSeries:Blue Willow Brides, #1Publisher:RevellRelease Date:September 1, 2011Pages:332Source:publisher|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Deepershopping.comRating:4 Books About The Book:She is staking her future on a man she’s never met. Can she learn to love him? When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother’s set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him? Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past–and the future. About the Author:Maggie Brendan is the author of No Place for a Lady, The Jewel of His Heart, and A Love of Her Own. A member of American Christian Writers and the American Fiction Writers Association, Maggie lives in Georgia.My Review:I really enjoy the work of Maggie Brendan. I got started on her… Read more »

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Sep 29
CFBA Tour&Preview: Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman

CFBA Tour&Preview: Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Dangerous Mercy David C. Cook (October 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, deep… Read more »

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Sep 28
Book Review: The One Who Waits For Me by Lori Copeland

Book Review: The One Who Waits For Me by Lori Copeland

Title:The One Who Waits For MeAuthor:Lori CopelandSeries:Carolina Moon, #1Publisher:Harvest HouseRelease Date:August 1, 2011Pages:320Source:publisher|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Deepershopping.com Rating:4 Books About the Book:Sisters Beth and Joanie run from a vindictive uncle toward healing. Trella, a pregnant young slave, leaves a plantation for freedom. Gray Eagle, a Cherokee military scout, finds refuge for the young women. Captain Pierce, a quiet man of faith, heads for a plot of land and a new life. Samuel, a black soldier, longs to follow his father’s preaching legacy About the Author:Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren. My Review:As a fan of previous Lori Copeland works, I was quite anxious to read this new Historical novel by this talented author. I was pleasantly surprised! This… Read more »

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Sep 28
CFBA Tour&Preview: Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis

CFBA Tour&Preview: Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Captive Trail Moody Publishers (September 1, 2011) by Susan Page Davis ABOUT THE AUTHOR: From Susan: I’ve always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah’s Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor’s degree in history. I don’t shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books. Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I’m proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim’s and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters. For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I’ve also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and… Read more »

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Sep 27
PUYB Tour&Review:The Manicurist by Phyllis Schieber

PUYB Tour&Review:The Manicurist by Phyllis Schieber

Title:The ManicuristAuthor:Phyllis SchieberPublisher:Bell Bridge BooksRelease Date:July 25, 2011Pages:258Source:author|PumpUpYourBook|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase: BarnesAndNoble|AmazonRating:5 Books About the Book:The Manicurist is the story of Tessa Emanuel, a young woman who is engulfed by vivid images of the past. When Tessa is a child, both parents allegedly die in a car accident. However, the body of Tessa mother, Ursula, is never found. Tessa is obsessed by memories of her mother, whose battle with mental illness made Tessa’s childhood a secret world of intrigue and betrayal. Now married with a daughter, Tessa must come to terms with her own identity as a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories and a gift of clairvoyance that threatens to dismantle her life. At times she wants to escape this “gift,” but eventually she uses it discreetly in her work as a manicurist—where a peculiar client changes her future forever. Mysterious and compassionate, The Manicurist is a spellbinding novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. About the Author:The first great irony of Phyllis Schieber’s life was that she was born in a Catholic hospital. Her parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the… Read more »

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Sep 25
Book Review AND Giveaway: Pleating For Mercy by Melissa Bourbon

Book Review AND Giveaway: Pleating For Mercy by Melissa Bourbon

Title:Pleating For MercyAuthor:Melissa BourbonSeries:Magical Dressmaking Mystery, #1Publisher:Berkley Crime/Obsidian MysteryRelease Date:August 2, 2011Pages:320Source:publisher|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Books On BoardRating:5 Books About the Book:All the Cassidy women possess special gifts. Harlow Jane Cassidy’s is creating beautiful dresses. But she’s about to discover secrets in her own family, and another gift—one that can reach beyond the grave… When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But soon after she opens Buttons & Bows, a custom dressmaking boutique in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow begins to feel an inexplicable presence… One of her first clients is her old friend Josie, who needs a gown for her upcoming wedding. But when Josie’s boss turns up dead, it starts to look as if the bride-to-be may be wearing handcuffs instead of a veil. Suddenly Josie needs a lot more from Harlow than hemming a dress. Can Harlow find the real killer—with a little help from beyond? About the Author:Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about… Read more »

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Sep 24
Revell Blog Tour&Review: A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

Revell Blog Tour&Review: A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

Title:A Heart Revealed Author:Julie Lessman Series:Winds Of Change, #2 Publisher:Revell Release Date:September 1, 2011 Pages:505 Source:publisher|My FTC Disclaimer Purchase:Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Deepershopping.com Rating:5 Books About The Book: Her heart is tied to a youthful vow . . . but can true love set it free? Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston, running for her life. Her emotional wounds have finally faded, and her life is now full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity’s handsome and charming brother, Sean O’Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she’s ever known? Filled with intense passion and longing, deception and revelation, A Heart Revealed will hold you in its grip until the very last page. About the Author: Julie Lessman is the popular author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, as well as A Hope Undaunted, which was one of 2010’s Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Fiction winners. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America… Read more »

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