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This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingRise and ShineRiver North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)bySandra D. BrickerABOUT THE AUTHOR: For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver. The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.” Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. “Being allowed… Read more »
My Thoughts Double bonus for me with this novel! First, it’s a WONDERFUL addition to the Love Finds You collection, AND it’s a GREATtastic Amish novel! It’s not your ordinary Amish story….I know,I know. I’ve said that about other Amish novels and that’s true for them, as well, in their own way. This one, though, is a really sweet novel written by an amazing talented lady. Serena B. Miller has a fan for LIFE now! Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Miller takes us on a whirlwind of a ride as we meet Rachel Troyer, a half-Amish woman who is super close with her Amish aunts and protects them, along with their town by being a cop. Things are going good for her and her aunts. That is until Miller introduces us to Joe Matthews and his sweet, adorable, lovable little son, Bobby. I fell in love with that little boy instantly! Not to mention that his dad was a good character for the story, too. The plot line of Joe Matthews having a mysterious past and moving into the cabin and then the daadi house at Rachel’s aunts’ Inn was fantastic. Rachel’s cautious and protective character really came into view when… Read more »
My Thoughts: Unfortunately, this is my first in a long time posted DNF review. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into the novel. Ms. Fenske had a wonderful writing style, yes, but the plot line itself was throwing me off. I just wasn’t captivated enough to stay focused, therefore, leaving me unable to completely finish the book. That said, I will not be thrown away from Ms. Fenske’s work in the future. I will continue to read more of her work, in hopes that this was just an “off” read for me.
Excerpt: “That’s a fantastic idea!” Jackie blurts out. “How come I didn’t think of that?” Sophie says. “That’s not a bad idea, Claire,” Robin says with a nod. “Perrrrrfect,” Claire sings, returning to her position on the floor by the coffee table. “Such a superbly perfect idea.” She claps her hands together several times. “What do you think, Emily? Brilliant idea, right?” There are two words that incite major worry and panic, even in someone like me who’s as open to dating, well, just about anyone. One is “blind” and the other is—you guessed it—“date.” God help me. We’re not just talking a blind date, but several—hear me, plural—blind dates. “Think about it,” Sophie says, abandoning her wine, her eyes going all star-gazey. “You could meet all sorts of guys. You could dispense with the annoying and time-wasting ‘nice to meet you’ stuff.” “Yeah!” Jackie cuts in. “Like you wouldn’t have to waste your time on meeting someone and striking up that first conversation that would lead to a date. It’s just, BAM, a date!” BAM is right. All right, I’m single, and I have been for a while. And, sure, it’d be nice to find someone I could really connect with and, yeah, fall in love… Read more »
My Thoughts: I loved this book. After becoming hooked on Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work recently, I knew I couldn’t wait to dive into this one. I am so excited to have had the chance to do just that. I devoured this book. In like less than 24 hours. Seriously. I was hooked. Hooked, hooked, hooked. I didn’t want to look back on my time before reading this book. Because it’s an amazing novel. From start to finish. Yea. Reflecting…….. Mysterious and witty, this book is awesome. Everything about it is awesome. Everything. I mean, instantly, we get the mysteriousness. Sam’s character is amazing. From the first page, she doesn’t know what happened, where she is, or even who she is. That. Is. Awesome. From then on, Ms. Armentrout added roller coaster ride, after roller coaster ride of ups, downs, twists and turns. I smiled, I yelled, I did it all with this novel. It was just that fabulous! Seriously, if you want a novel that will hook you instantly, characters that will wrap themselves around you so much that you become a part of them and the story, if you want an author who will make you fangirl over her… Read more »
Let’s Meet Greg Linsey RBM: Hiya Greg! Welcome to Reviews By Molly! So glad to have you here today. How are you? GL: Good morning, Molly. It is great to be here today. I am doing great, thank you, but am getting spring fever as you can imagine. 🙂 We will be gearing up for the busy summer season. RBM: Tell us about your job, more specifically? What’s it like? GL: As a planner for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, I go over applications for building projects throughout the Lake Tahoe basin. As you probably know, we have strict guidelines to follow in order to preserve the natural beauty of the region. We approve plans based on their compliance with these guidelines. Sometimes it is tough because people want to build in areas that are environmentally sensitive. But it is important to preserve the beauty that is here. RBM: Were you always into protecting the environment, even growing up? GL: My parents instilled in me a love on nature, so yes, it has always been a goal of mine to work toward preserving the environment. It provides deep satisfaction when projects work toward that goal. RBM:What was it like truly getting to know Monica?… Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Amish GroomHarvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)byMindy Starns Clark and Susan MeissnerABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books! Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite. Susan Meissner is a multi-published author,… Read more »
My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Gena Showalter since I read her Alice In Zombieland book. It was amazing! She really has a talented hand for creating stories that are always lively, never boring. She pulls the reader straight to the heart of the story and keeps them there following the characters every step of the way. Intertwined was an awesome start to a series that I know I will love through out. Ms. Showalter created intense scenes and characters in this novel. I loved Aden so much! He was a strongly created character and I totally crushed on him through the story. (Shhh….let’s not tell that little secret, shall we?) I can’t imagine what life was like for him! Victoria, Riley and Mary Anne are all wonderfully created, as well. They were truly amazing and I loved following them and their quirkiness. With Aden, Victoria, Riley and Mary Anne, Ms. Showalter added a blend of elements here. A vampire, werewolf, human……something you usually don’t hear about in one set book. But, Ms. Showalter did it fabulously and I can’t wait to read book 2 in this amazing series! Fantastically done, Ms. Showalter, on creating a 4 star… Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Promise in PiecesAbingdon Press (April 15, 2014)byEmily T. WierengaABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from the Author: I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend. We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover. I’m mama to two boys, ages two and four, and married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing. We foster two boys in addition to our own two, and before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and has recovered, all glory to God, and my pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks. I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves. My husband and I have battled… Read more »