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: Lena Nelson Dooley and the book: Mary’s Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley Realms (May 15, 2012) ***Special thanks to Althea Thompson | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 650,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers—where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006—DFW Ready Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 45 years. Visit the author’s… Read more »
Month: May 2012
After All Deborah Raney Hanover Falls Series, #3 Howard Books May 1, 2012 368 pages Amazon|BN|Deepershopping RBM’s Disclaimer *My review is coming soon!* Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave-a secret that changes everything she thought about their marriage. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable? Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence-for someone else’s husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he could have somehow prevented the tragedy? And now it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSpring Hope( Realms (May 15, 2012)byMartha RogersABOUT THE AUTHOR: Martha Rogers is a freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and a speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction novella was released in 2007. Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry. Martha is am alumni of CLASS and is available to speak at Women’s Retreats, conferences, and luncheons on topics of interest to women of all ages. As an author, she is available to speak at writing conferences and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to writers. ABOUT THE BOOK Can runaway Libby Cantrell finally get a new start? Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape. When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s… Read more »
Paskagankee Allan Leverone StoneGate Ink January 27, 2012 308 pages Amazon provided by author RBM’s Disclaimer 4/5 Books An isolated village, remote and vulnerable. A series of brutal murders. And a vengeful spirit born of tragedy, reawakened after a centuries-old massacre. Three distinctly different people must come together, racing against time and their own personal demons in a desperate attempt to stop an unstoppable killer and save their town. Welcome to Paskagankee, Maine. You may not survive the visit.
Lucky In Love Jill Shalvis A Lucky Harbor Novel, #4 Forever/Grand Centeral Publishing/Forever May 22, 2012 400 pages Amazon | BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone… For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn?t?including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.
Always There Susan Besze Wallace Revell Books April 12,2012 208 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books God is with you . . . . . . in the excitement of first steps, first words, and the first day of school . . . when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, or alone . . . in the middle of the night and the middle of the unpleasant . . . in your most important relationships God is there in every busy, exhausting, and exhilarating moment of being a mom. It’s one thing to know in your mind that God is everywhere. It’s quite another to feel in your soul that he is by your side, holding you up, sustaining you. In Always There, you’ll find an inspiring combination of real-life mothering stories and Scriptures that assures you of God’s abiding presence, written by popular voices such as Ann Voskamp Alexandra Kuykendall Kathi Lipp Tracey Bianchi Kim Hill Renee Swope and many more No matter where you are in your mothering journey, Always There offers you hope and encouragement along the way. From the humorous to the solemn, these fifty-two short devotions will capture your heart as you reflect upon… Read more »
A Love Forbidden Kathleen Morgan Heart Of The Rockies,#2 Revell Books May 1,2012 320 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books They’re from two different worlds. Can love cross the divide? Moved by a compassionate heart and the desire for adventure, twenty-year-old Shiloh Wainwright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. Eager to use her skills to help improve the lives of Ute Indian children, she looks forward to a fulfilling, independent life on the Colorado frontier. But her new job isn’t what she imagined it would be, and Shiloh soon finds herself caught in the cross fire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian agent, and a demanding US government. Her unexpected encounter with a half-Ute childhood friend, Jesse Blackwater, only complicates matters as they battle their growing feelings for each other amidst spiraling tensions that threaten to explode into a catastrophic uprising. Set amongst the wilds of the Colorado Rockies in 1879, this tale from bestselling and award-winning author Kathleen Morgan explores the transformational power of forgiveness, compassion, and God’s healing love with artistry and authenticity.
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Annie’s Truth Realms (May 15, 2012) by Beth Shriver ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Childhood memories of her grandfather’s ranch came alive as Beth wrote her first Amish story. Her parents grew up in the country, so she understands pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land. She frequents a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home she stops at the community store to get some plum jam! In 2003 Beth began writing her first book. A couple of years later it was published and she has been writing ever since. Beth received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a case worker before starting a family. Beth followed her passion and has written in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction. ABOUT THE BOOK After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home? Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the… Read more »
Katrina And Winter:Partners In Courage Nancy Stewart Guardian Angel Publishing April 25, 2012 24 pages Amazon | BN provided by author RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life.
Perla Carolina De Robertis Knopf March 27,2012 256 pages Amazon|BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a polished yet aloof mother and a straight-laced Naval officer father, whose profession she learned early not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Although Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, her love for her Papá is unconditional. But when she is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has long suppressed, and make a wrenching decision about who she is, and will become.