Category: Book Reviews

Jan 28
Guest Post Q&A by the author of Beautiful, Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Guest Post Q&A by the author of Beautiful, Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

I am so happy to have a guest blogger today! Her name is Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, and she is the author of the newly released Thomas Nelson book, Beautiful. I’m going to turn it over to Cindy now, but be sure and check out my post of my review of her beatiful book (no pun intended!), Beautiful! Thoughts from Cindy:Writing YA fictionQ&AWriting YA books – It Must Be FeltLeonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Why in the world would a teen or young adult take the time to read a book? There are so many great things to do besides reading. I think teens today have more entertainment options for their free time than any generation in the history of mankind. So why has YA fiction seen a huge increase in readership in recent years?  I think it’s a great example of hope. How many older people say, “It’s not like it was when we were kids.” Maybe that’s more of a good thing than we realize. Many teens and young adults today are caring individuals, spiritually seeking, socially conscious, politically wondering, and trying to learn… Read more »

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Jan 28
Guest Post Q&A by the author of Beautiful, Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Guest Post Q&A by the author of Beautiful, Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

I am so happy to have a guest blogger today! Her name is Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, and she is the author of the newly released Thomas Nelson book, Beautiful. I’m going to turn it over to Cindy now, but be sure and check out my post of my review of her beatiful book (no pun intended!), Beautiful! Thoughts from Cindy:Writing YA fictionQ&AWriting YA books – It Must Be FeltLeonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Why in the world would a teen or young adult take the time to read a book? There are so many great things to do besides reading. I think teens today have more entertainment options for their free time than any generation in the history of mankind. So why has YA fiction seen a huge increase in readership in recent years?  I think it’s a great example of hope. How many older people say, “It’s not like it was when we were kids.” Maybe that’s more of a good thing than we realize. Many teens and young adults today are caring individuals, spiritually seeking, socially conscious, politically wondering, and trying to learn… Read more »

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Jan 28
Blog Tour Review of Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

Blog Tour Review of Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

About the Book: Her friends once thought she was perfect. Now she must face the mirror–and herself–to discover what true beauty is. Ellie Summerfield has everything a girl could want–she’s beautiful, she’s Senior Class President, has a calendar full of social engagements, volunteer commitments, and church activities. In short, she’s perfect, according to most of the students at West Redding High School. But something is bothering Ellie, like a loose string on a dress she can feel but can’t see. Does she really love her boyfriend, Ryan? Who are her true friends? And is she really happy in her picture-perfect life? Then in the course of a few minutes, the loose string in Ellie’s life completely unravels. Forever changed, she must face herself as she discovers what it really means to be beautiful. About the Author: Cindy began writing around 1988, working on story ideas and writing plays. Her first book was contracted in 1998. Since that time she’s written 8 novels, 2 nonfiction books (coauthor) and over 100 articles, short stories, and plays. Her critically acclaimed novels have been nominated for the Christy Award and Reader’s Choice Award (Romantic Times), and chosen for the List of Best Books of… Read more »

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Jan 27
FIRST Wild Tour and Review of Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy by Leslie Vernick

FIRST Wild Tour and Review of Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy by Leslie Vernick

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: Leslie Vernick and the book: Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2009) ***Special thanks to David P. Bartlett of Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice, has authored numerous books, including The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong. She completed postgraduate work in biblical counseling and cognitive therapy. Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married more than 30 years and have… Read more »

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Jan 26
Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:Grab your current read Open to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! My Teaser:I knew you wouldn’t read this until now. Didn’t read Zeely’s either, did you? At least I tried. I won’t ask much of you. Dance for me at my funeral. Love, Brian. And stop crying. You’ll get wrinkles. ~pg. 267, Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffith

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Jan 26
Blog Tour Review (and Guest Post) of Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda

Blog Tour Review (and Guest Post) of Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda

I am happy to be hosting a guest today. She is Lone Star Legend author, Gwendolyn Zepeda. Welcome, Gwendolyn! She is going to talk a bit about what goes into her writing and her inspiration for the story. Please take it away, Gwendolyn! For me, the main thing that goes into being a writer is thinking up ways to describe people and situations as accurately as possible, but not in a boring way. In Lone Star Legend, for instance, I had to think hard about how I could describe blogging so that anyone reading would understand it, whether the reader had ever blogged or not. Why would someone want to blog, even if bad things can come from it? I had to think about the real answers to that question, then haveSandy, my main character, show us the answer without me coming out and saying, “Listen, readers! Here’s what’s good and bad about blogging!”My inspiration for this novel was partially the experiences I’ve had as a blogger and online entertainment writer over the years, and partially a few online scandals that were happening while I was writing the book. I used to write articles making fun of TV shows for TelevisionWithoutPity.com… Read more »

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Jan 25
In My Mailbox Today…..

In My Mailbox Today…..

Today Mr. Mailbox brought me….. From the Publisher:Angel’s Den by Jamie Carie Double Trouble by Susan May Warren Thin Places by Mary E. Demuth Out With the In Crowd by Stephanie Morrill Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith From the Author: Breathe by Lisa T. Bergren

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Jan 25
Review of FaithPath Workbook by Mark Mittelberg

Review of FaithPath Workbook by Mark Mittelberg

About the Book:Faith. Everybody lives by it—even skeptics and atheists! That’s right. Everyone you know trusts something they believe in but can’t prove or know absolutely. They take it on faith. And if you want to talk to your friends about your faith, it helps to understand what they believe and how they got there. Because badgering people to change their minds just doesn’t work. Based on Mark Mittelberg’s book Choosing Your Faith, this workbook (and the DVD it supports) builds on Mittelberg’s sensible, evenhanded approach to evangelism. Inside you’ll meet six fascinating people who looked at the world in six different ways before they embraced faith in Christ. Very likely you’ll recognize people you know—and you may even recognize yourself. Work through Faith Path and you will: Understand people who approach life differently from you Recognize the danger of paths that lead away from Christ Deepen your own faith in Christ and reinforce your reasons for believing Gain confidence in talking about Christ with others Relativists, traditionalists, mystics, authoritarians, and others.they’re all here. And after you understand how these folks think about faith, you can help them find a trustworthy pathway to truth. Because no matter what your friends… Read more »

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Jan 25
Blog Tour Review of Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater

Blog Tour Review of Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater

About the Book:Can you ever get a second chance at your first love? Jenna Callahan Colby thought she was content. A partner on her father’s successful ranch, she is surrounded by family and friends. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town–the first guy she ever noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago. And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever. Jenna’s cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him–and become the man Jenna deserves. About the Author: Sharon Gillenwater was born and raised in west Texas, and loves to write about her native state. The author of ten novels, she is a member of ACFW and Romance Writers of America. When she’s not writing, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, daughter-in-law, and adorable grandson. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.   My Review: This was wonderfully written. It is a touching story of friendship, first loves, and second… Read more »

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