Month: October 2012

Oct 31
PIC VBT Review: Sweat by Mark Gilleo

PIC VBT Review: Sweat by Mark Gilleo

Sweat Mark Gilleo The Story Plant August 28,2012 364 pages Amazon B&N provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he’d find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s summer has turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to survive it. From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction.

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Oct 29
CFBA Blog Tour Preview: Beyond The Storm by Carolyn Zane

CFBA Blog Tour Preview: Beyond The Storm by Carolyn Zane

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Beyond the Storm Abingdon Press (October 2012) by Carolyn Zane ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author of 35 books, wife, mother and yes…hot (flasher) lives with her fabulous husband, Matt and their 5 children and 3 dogs in the scenic Willamette Valley in Oregon. When asked to describe her family, Carolyn likens her crowd to the Brangelia Bunch saying modestly, “Only we’re better looking.” Right now,Carolyn is back in the saddle with her new title: Beyond The Storm, coming out in October 2012! In the mean time, be sure to catch her on the critically acclaimed TOOHOTMAMAS Blog where Carolyn and Wendy tackle Marriage, motherhood and menopause: How to do all three and stay out of prison! They are hilarious! You’ll wet yourself, guaranteed! Visit them at: www.toohotmamas.wordpress.com. ABOUT THE BOOK After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds – her neighbor’s kitchen curtains, a man’s necktie, a dog’s bed – which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities… Read more »

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Oct 28
Revell Blog Tour Review: Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

Revell Blog Tour Review: Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

Twice Promised Maggie Brendan Revell Books October 1,2012 332 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out. Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she’s not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess. Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess’s affection, the young women can hardly believe it when not Jess but his brother Zach picks them up from the station–and reveals that Jess knows nothing about any mail-order bride, let alone two. Will either bride make the match she hopes for? Filled with surprises, misunderstandings, and tender romance, Twice Promised is the story of how two unlikely women become twice blessed.

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Oct 28
Revell Blog Tour Review: A Farmer’s Daughter: Recipes From A Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus

Revell Blog Tour Review: A Farmer’s Daughter: Recipes From A Mennonite Kitchen by Dawn Stoltzfus

A Farmer’s Daughter:Recipes From A Mennonite Kitchen Dawn Stoltzfus Revell Books October 1,2012 224 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Over 200 mouthwatering recipes–fresh from the farm I’m Dawn Stoltzfus. Welcome to my kitchen! I was raised on a Mennonite farm where simple, wholesome food was a key ingredient of the good life. Now I’m opening up my recipe box, wiping away the crumbs and wrinkles from the well-loved recipe cards, and sharing them with you. From Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and Strawberry Shortcake to Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and Chicken and Herb Dumplings, all the best comfort foods I learned to cook from my mother are here, along with some dishes that may surprise you! In addition to the simple, wholesome recipes for starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts, I share favorite stories from my Mennonite upbringing, tips and tricks for easy meal planning and preparation, and ideas for serving with flair. If you enjoy feeding your family hearty, wholesome meals made with fresh ingredients and lots of love, please join me in the kitchen!

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Oct 24
Tribute Books Blog Tour Q&A: Tabou by Suzanne Stroh + Giveaway!

Tribute Books Blog Tour Q&A: Tabou by Suzanne Stroh + Giveaway!

Tabou Suzanne Stroh Patience, Book 1 Publish Green October 11,2011 463 pages Amazon | BN RBM’s Disclaimer Jocelyn Russet and Patience Herrick. Two powerful, British-born American lesbians, fiery heiresses of different generations. Both coming of age at the same time. Are they destined for one another—or starcrossed? Follow their ten-year Odyssey in a sexy romp through the rollicking 1980s and 1990s. Discover how their fate turns on secret histories that bind the Russet and Herrick dynasties in business, politics and espionage. Meet an international cast of supporting characters who must all choose between love and duty in book one of the TABOU quintet.

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Oct 24
CFBA Blog Tour Preview: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

CFBA Blog Tour Preview: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Accidentally Amish Barbour Books (October 1, 2012) by Olivia Newport ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word From The Author: I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours. We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us. Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead. I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.) Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me…. Read more »

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Oct 22
PUYB Virtual Book Tour Book Trailer Showcase: Mr. Breeze by Morrie Richfield

PUYB Virtual Book Tour Book Trailer Showcase: Mr. Breeze by Morrie Richfield

Mr. Breeze Morrie Richfield May 25, 2011 142 pages Amazon|B&N RBM’s Disclaimer MR. BREEZE (the title is inspired by a song by the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd) follows the increasingly amazing experiences of freelance photojournalist Michael Ryan as he hears of stories about a man named Zack, who can seemingly perform inhuman feats that could be called miraculous. Ryan eventually meets Zack and becomes, at Zack’s insistence, Zack’s messenger. Along the way, a dog named Rover, who also possesses otherworldly powers, joins Zack and Ryan in their adventures, which include a remarkable visit to the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, in search of a cure for AIDS. The secret of who Zack is and why he has chosen Ryan to tell his story to the world forms the surprising and moving climax to the book. And there is a MR. BREEZE sequel in the works, Richfield notes. The working title is REVELATION: THE RETURN OF MR. BREEZE. “The second book is about how we take that message (from the first book) and what we do with it.” In the meantime, Richfield hopes that readers of MR. BREEZE find the storytelling compelling. I also would like them to be entertained… Read more »

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Oct 14
Revell Blog Tour Review: A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman

Revell Blog Tour Review: A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman

A Love Surrendered Julie Lessman Winds Of Change, #3 Revell Books October 1,2012 400 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by NetGalley RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents’ death. But when she falls hard for Steven O’Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is? With heart-pounding romance, intense family drama, and emotional twists and turns, A Love Surrendered is everything Julie Lessman’s many fans have been waiting for.

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Oct 13
Revell Blog Tour Review: When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

Revell Blog Tour Review: When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

When A Heart Stops Lynette Eason Deadly Reunions,#2 Revell Books October 1,2012 336 pages Amazon|B&N|Deepershopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books A killer’s deadly game needs new players . . . but someone’s about to change the rules As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn’t make it any easier when she’s called to the eerie scene of a murder–especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush. As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again. And when Serena’s own life seems at stake, she must decide if the secret she has been keeping has put her next on the killer’s hit list. Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it’s too late?

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Oct 12
TLC Book Tour Review: Love, In Theory by E.J. Levy

TLC Book Tour Review: Love, In Theory by E.J. Levy

Love, In Theory E.J.Levy University of Georgia Press September 15, 2012 224 pages Amazon | B&N provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 4/5 Books In this funny, brainy, and thoroughly engaging debut collection, an award-winning writer considers contemporary romance through the lens of scholarly theories to illuminate love in the Information Age. In ten captivating and tender stories, E.J. Levy takes readers through the surprisingly erotic terrain of the intellect, offering a smart and modern take on the age-old theme of love—whether between a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a child—drawing readers into tales of passion, adultery, and heartbreak. A disheartened English professor’s life changes when she goes rock climbing and falls for an outdoorsman. A gay oncologist attending his sister’s second wedding ponders dark matter in the universe and the ties that bind us. Three psychiatric patients, each convinced that he is Christ, give rise to a love affair in a small Minnesota town. A Brooklyn woman is thrown out of an ashram for choosing earthly love over enlightenment. A lesbian student of film learns theories of dramatic action the hard way—by falling for a married male professor…. Read more »

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