Month: February 2012

Feb 29
CFBA Tour Preview: A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

CFBA Tour Preview: A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Sweethaven SummerGuidepost Books (February 7, 2012)byCourtney WalshABOUT THE AUTHOR: Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooker, theater director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She’s also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper. Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum. She works as the PR Manager for Webster’s Pages from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and three kids, who range in age from 4 to 10. Courtney drinks entirely too much coffee. ABOUT THE BOOK Suzanne’s daughter, Campbell, journeys there in search of answers to her questions about her mother’s history.Suzanne’s three friends-Lila, Jane, and Meghan-were torn apart by long-buried secrets and heartbreak. Though they haven’t spoken in years, each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together in Sweethaven. Suzanne’s letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets one by… Read more »

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Feb 29
PUYB Blog Tour Review: Honor Redeemed By Loree Lough

PUYB Blog Tour Review: Honor Redeemed By Loree Lough

Honor Redeemed Loree Lough First Responders Series, #2 Abingdon Press Fiction February 2012 272 pages Amazon|BN|DeeperShopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books During rush hour one cold November night, a jumbo jet crashes on a busy highway…most of it, anyway. Honor Mackenzie and Rowdy, her trusty Search and Rescue dog, join the SAR team to search for the tail section, reported by witnesses to have landed in the dark and rainy woods along Baltimore’s Patapsco River. Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Matt Phillips, forced to leave his SAR work behind to ensure his motherless twins would always have a dad, leaves the boys with a neighbor and heads to the woods, intent on getting another breaking story. It takes weeks to figure out why she’d given him such an icy reception: Another headline-hungry reporter–whose less-than-accurate story–ended her career with the fire department. In his effort to prove that not every reporter sacrifices “truth” for “story,” Matt finds himself attracted to the beautiful sad-eyed redhead. As weeks pass, they discover that SAR missions aren’t the only things they have in common. Haunting attachments to 9/11 and the loss of a spouse have kept them lonely and alone…until they find comfort with one… Read more »

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Feb 29
PICT Guest Post: Joel M. Andre

PICT Guest Post: Joel M. Andre

Brutal Joel M. Andre DarkCountry Publications March 2010 21 pages Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer One dark and warm October night in the heart of Arizona, a group of friends are out for an evening of fun. It was a night for celebration, and to draw them away from the world. As they drink the night away, a dark and handsome stranger watches them in the distance. His observations going unnoticed as the girls focus on their own conversation. Too drunk to make it home on their own, the stranger offers the group a ride home in his taxi. Reluctantly, the girls agree. What follows is a dark and brutal act of revenge decades in the making. Perfection Joel M. Andre February 2010 27 pages Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer Carol and Tammy Long have fought a constant battle with their weight all their lives. When a stranger on the television offers an amazing new diet plan with a weight loss success rate of 100 percent, Tammy feels like it was an answer to their prayers. As the pair ventures off to the Verde Valley Weight Loss Clinic things start to take a darker turn. The owner Kathy Black gives them a new take… Read more »

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Feb 27
PUYB Tour Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

PUYB Tour Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob William Landay Delacorte Press January 31, 2012 432 pages Amazon|BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive. Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying… Read more »

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Feb 27
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Blue Moon Promise By Colleen Coble

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Blue Moon Promise By Colleen Coble

Blue Moon Promise Colleen Coble Under Texas Stars, #1 Thomas Nelson February 14, 2012 320 pages Amazon|BN|DeeperShopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books A love like Lucy and Nate’s only comes along once in a blue moon . . . Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for. Nate Stanton always hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch. About The Author:… Read more »

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Feb 25
Revell Blog Tour Review: Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

Revell Blog Tour Review: Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart

Words Spoken True Ann H. Gabhart Revell Books February 1,2012 368 pages Amazon|BN|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books One woman stands ready to defend her newspaper . . . even if it means losing out on love Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father’s newspaper offices. With ink in her veins, she can’t imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855. When Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over a competing newspaper, the battle for readers gets fierce. After Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune’s future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story–and the girl. Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold you in its grip until the very last page. About The Author:… Read more »

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Feb 23
FIRST Wild Card Tour Preview: Frantic by Mike Dellosso

FIRST Wild Card Tour Preview: Frantic by Mike Dellosso

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:   Mike Dellosso   and the book:   Frantic Realms (February 7, 2012) ***Special thanks to Jon Wooten of Charisma House for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Dellosso is the author of numerous novels of suspense, including Darkness Follows, Darlington Woods, and Scream. He is an adjunct professor of writing at Lancaster Bible College and frequent contributor to Christian websites and newsletters. Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers association, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer’s Network, and FaithWriters, and he plans to… Read more »

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Feb 22
TLC Book Tour Review: The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig + Giveaway!!!

TLC Book Tour Review: The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig + Giveaway!!!

The Garden Intrigue Lauren Willig Pink Carnations, #9 Dutton Adult February 16, 2012 400 pages Amazon|B&N provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Just in time for the post-Valentine’s Day chocolate hangover, THE GARDEN INTRIGUE is the latest novel in the nationally bestselling Pink Carnation series by RITA Award winner Lauren Willig (Dutton, On sale: February 16, 2012). In this ninth installment, long-time readers and newcomers alike will be delighted to meet a character sure to become a fan favorite—a poet whose fervent ardor leads him to declare his feelings for the Pink Carnation in atrociously overwrought verse. Lovable modern day grad student Eloise Kelly is back and on the trail of the Pink Carnation when she discovers a wretched poem among the papers of a code book. Poetry penned by the notorious fop Augustus Whittlesby for Jane Wooliston (aka the Pink Carnation)—Eloise can’t help but wonder; can anyone really be that bad of a poet? Or is something else hiding behind his putridly saccharine words? Back in 1804, New York born Paris socialite Emma Morris Delgardie doesn’t think so. She’s too busy sipping champagne to notice Whittlesby’s strange interest in a top-secret device Napoleon has commissioned. Unfortunately for Emma,… Read more »

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Feb 20
CLP Blog Tour Guest Post: Special Guest, Zoe Tisdale from Erik Atwell’s Thank You For Flying Air Zoe

CLP Blog Tour Guest Post: Special Guest, Zoe Tisdale from Erik Atwell’s Thank You For Flying Air Zoe

Hi there. My name is Zoe Tisdale. Not long ago, I was a normal gal with a steady job and a stable guy. But thanks to a recent harrowing experience at 30,000 feet, my priorities have been jostled, and I’ve found myself at the peak of existential peril. These days, things like normalcy, steadiness, and stability seem incapable of satisfying. So now, I am unemployed, unattached, and why is it that I’ve thrown my cozy old life away? It’s because I have unfinished business. I left a loose end untied and a stone unturned. I have a big regret, and because of this, I’m now unemployed, unattached, and my new mission in life is to reunite the all-girl garage band I was in way back when I was a teenager. Yes, somewhere at 30,000 feet, I think my sanity hopped off the plane and forgot to pop the parachute. Our band was named The Flip-Flops, and we were all the rage in the backyards of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley back in the summer of ’87. And if it weren’t for a few crazy zigs, zags, and potholes along our path to fame, we just might have made it. Sorry, did… Read more »

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Feb 16
Bewitching Book Tours Review: Her Man Flint by Jerri Drennan

Bewitching Book Tours Review: Her Man Flint by Jerri Drennan

Her Man Flint Jerri Drennan Department of National Security,#1 November 26,2011 eBook Amazon|B&N provided by author RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books If James Bond and Cleopatra Jones had a daughter, Adriana Kent would kick her ass. Everything Adriana knows about being a top-notch, undercover agent she’s learned from her partner, Flint Morgan, in and out of the sheets. That is, until he’s caught between those same bed linens with another woman. Heartbroken, Adriana refuses to forgive him. But when ‘the other woman’ is found dead in Flint’s apartment, she steps up to prove his innocence–he might be a womanizer, but he’s no killer. As Adriana closes in on a suspect, she’s kidnapped and sent overseas to a sadistic prince who collects women like priceless pieces of art. Now this tough as nails agent finds herself playing the helpless courtesan to a man hell-bent on breaking her spirit. Flint arrives in the nick of time, dressed as a harem girl, fighting off randy guards and surly camels to rescue Adriana so they can fly back to the states to find a way to exonerate him for murder. About The Author: Jerri Drennen was raised on a farm in a tiny town in… Read more »

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