Month: June 2012

Jun 30
Revell Blog Tour Review: The Director’s Cut by Janice Hanna Thompson

Revell Blog Tour Review: The Director’s Cut by Janice Hanna Thompson

The Director’s Cut Diana Wallis Taylor Backstage Pass, #3 Revell Books June 1,2012 320 pages Amazon|BN|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books The one thing she can’t direct is her heart. Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She’s the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on the set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. Life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get other people to behave as well as her stars do! When she starts to have feelings for handsome cameraman Jason Harris–with whom she’s been butting heads for months–it’s enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life–and love–as it comes?

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Jun 30
Book Review: 7 Hours by Various Authors

Book Review: 7 Hours by Various Authors

7 Hours Various Authors Tyndale House Publishers June 22,2012 617 pages Amazon provided by Tyndale Blog Network RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books In this collection of seven full-length novellas, seven writers come together to tackle the questions of life, death, and time as we know it. Each author has taken the same concept, featuring a mysterious central character, and spun their own story. Stories include: Rearview, Escapement, Teardrop, Recollection, Whole Pieces, All of Our Dreams, and The Last Night of Alton Webber. 7 Stories. 7 Writers. 7 Hours.

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Jun 30
PIC Blog Tour Review: Darkroom by Joshua Graham

PIC Blog Tour Review: Darkroom by Joshua Graham

Darkroom Joshua Graham Howard Books May 1, 2012 384 pages Amazon|BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books A thrilling suspense novel about a man’s dark past, his daughter’s mysterious visions, and a psychopath who wants to kill them both. After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick moves home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil. Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, a Pulitzer Prize winner who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept—one that has devastated their family. Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism, and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States. Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the covers off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned… Read more »

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Jun 30
Charisma Media Network Blog Tour Review: Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

Charisma Media Network Blog Tour Review: Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

Train Station Bride Holly Bush BookBaby March 14, 2012 175 pages Amazon|BN provided by author RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books 1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love. Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the North Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . . till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life. Will fate and chance play a trick on Julia and Jake?

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Jun 29
TLC Book Tour Review: Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD by Kevin Roberts

TLC Book Tour Review: Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD by Kevin Roberts

Movers, Dreamers and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD Kevin Roberts Hazelden June 5, 2012 250 pages Amazon | BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books The negative aspects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are well known–impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, lacking follow through, procrastination, boredom, anxiety, etc. But what many people don’t know is that when these same traits are put to good use, those with ADHD can live highly functional, successful, and exciting lives. When Kevin Roberts realized his potential, he decided to devote his life to helping children and adults with ADHD. Because he shares their condition, he knows that with proper support and coaching, they, like him, can turn their lives around. In his new book MOVERS, DREAMERS, AND RISK-TAKERS: Unlocking the Power of ADHD (Hazelden Publishing; June 2012; $14.95/Original Trade Paperback; $11.95/E-book) Roberts passionately relates his experiences and those of others to explain what ADHD is; how it manifests in kids and adults; and how the advantages of ADHD can be used to better people’s lives. Some of the ideas Roberts presents in MOVERS, DREAMERS, AND RISK-TAKERS are: The educational system is ill-equipped to teach kids with ADHD. The routines, repetition, and institutional discipline oppose… Read more »

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Jun 29
CFBA Tour Preview: Doctor’s Devotion by Cheryl Wyatt

CFBA Tour Preview: Doctor’s Devotion by Cheryl Wyatt

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Doctor’s Devotion Love Inspired (June 19, 2012) by Cheryl Wyatt ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born Valentine’s Day on a Navy base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military romance. Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, lists including NYT Bestsellers. Cheryl loves interacting with her readers and can be found almost daily on Facebook. Word from the Author: I do regular giveaways including a Kindle for every 250 people who join (aka “Like) my Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/CherylWyattAuthor and I’d LOVE for word to spread about that. We have a lot of fun there as I ask for frequent reader input on current books, with helpers being mentioned in the acknowledgements and fun stuff like that. ABOUT THE BOOK A Doctor’s Vow. When he fled Eagle Point years ago, former air force trauma surgeon Mitch Wellington left only broken dreams behind. Now he’s back with a new dream—opening a trauma center in the rural area and saving lives. He hopes to hire the quick-thinking nurse who impressed him during an emergency. But Lauren Bates lost her faith and doesn’t believe she deserves to help anyone…. Read more »

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Jun 25
PUYB Blog Tour Spotlight:John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson & Ben Gilmore + Giveaway!

PUYB Blog Tour Spotlight:John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary-Elaine Swanson & Ben Gilmore + Giveaway!

John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty Mary-Elaine Swanson & Ben Gilmore Nordskog Publishing May 1, 2012 432 pages Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer Mary-Elaine Swanson has done an invaluable service for this and subsequent generations by resurrecting awareness and presenting an accurate knowledge of John Locke and his reasoning through an uncensored view of his life, writings, and incalculable influence on America. This book will help Americans understand the importance of Locke’s thinking for American constitutionalism today. You will learn the real meaning of the “law of nature” as it was embraced in Colonial America and the separation of church and state embraced in the Constitution. The founding fathers looked to Locke as the source of many of their ideas. Thomas Jefferson considered Locke as one of the three greatest men that ever lived. Locke advocated separation of the state from the church and extension of religious toleration. Locke’s political writings were an enormous influence on America’s founders in the preservation of liberty and the establishment of representative government. Locke’s contributions to American Liberty can clearly be seen interwoven in our colonial Declarations of Rights, paraphrased in our Declaration of Independence, and incorporated into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Declaration… Read more »

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Jun 25
CFBA Tour Preview: The Search by Shelley Shepard Gray

CFBA Tour Preview: The Search by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Search Avon Inspire; Original edition (June 19, 2012) by Shelley Shepard Gray ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother… Read more »

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Jun 23
Edelweiss Book Review: The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

Edelweiss Book Review: The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

The Fireman Who Loved Me Jennifer Bernard Bachelor Fireman Novels, #1 Avon Romance April 24, 2012 384 pages Amazon|BN provided by Edelweiss RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Fearless, smoking hot and single: meet the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel. These firemen might be heroes, but it’s their bad luck in love that makes them legendary. News producer Melissa McGuire and Fire Captain Harry Brody couldn’t be more different, though they do have one thing in common: they’re both convinced they’re perfectly wrong for each other. But when Melissa’s matchmaking grandmother wins her a date with Brody at a bachelor auction… Sparks fly. Passion flares. Heat rises. (You get the picture.) Add a curse, a conniving nightly news anchor, a stunningly handsome daredevil fireman, a brave little boy, a couple of exes, and one giant fire to the mix and Melissa and Brody’s love may not be the only thing that burns.

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Jun 23
Revell Blog Tour Review: Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

Revell Blog Tour Review: Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

Mary Magdalene Diana Wallis Taylor Revell Books June 1,2012 384 pages Amazon|BN|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal. A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future. Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing? This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.

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