Feb 22
FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

FIRST WildCard Tour Review(and contest!): Double Trouble: PJ Sugar #2 by Susan May Warren

*See the bottom of this posting for details on The Humdinger-of-a-Contest!*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: Susan May Warren and the book: Double Trouble Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 11, 2010) ***Special thanks to Stephanie Garvey of Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a review copy. Also three cheers for Mavis Sanders of Tyndale House Publishers for getting the FIRST group the chapter needed for the tour!*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also… Read more »

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Feb 22
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Nothing but Trouble:PJ Sugar #1 by Susan May Warren

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Nothing but Trouble:PJ Sugar #1 by Susan May Warren

About the Book:It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ’s former flame—is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right About the Author:Susan May Warren served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. Susan and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota and is a the author of… Read more »

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Feb 21
Revell Blog Tour Review:Abigail,Wives of King David, book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith

Revell Blog Tour Review:Abigail,Wives of King David, book 2 by Jill Eileen Smith

About the Book:What price must she pay for true love? Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying? Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith’s rich story of David’s wives. About the Author:Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan. My Review:After being included in being able to review this book for a blog tour, I knew I had to go and get my copy of Michal, book 1, in The Wives of King David series. I loved Michal so much… Read more »

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Feb 21
Revell Blog Tour Review: Out with the In Crowd, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, book 2 by Stephanie Morrill

Revell Blog Tour Review: Out with the In Crowd, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, book 2 by Stephanie Morrill

About the Book:She knew changing her life wouldn’t be easy–but she never expected it to be this hard. Skylar Hoyt may have vowed to change her partying ways, but it’s not so easy to change her friends. Even though the old Skylar is gone, she’s still not sure who this new Skylar really is. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can’t win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most? About the Author: Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers’ group. Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.   My Review:Out with the In Crowd is book 2 in Morrill’s The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt, and I, unfortunately, did not get to read book 1, Me Just Different(but I will be making it a book that I will be reading very soon!). In Out with the… Read more »

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Feb 20
Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

About the Book:A bright new voice shares a tender love story set in the rolling green fields of Ohio Amish country. After the death of her husband, Hannah Brown is determined to make a new life with her sister’s family. But when she sells her farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moves with her sheep to Ohio, the wool unexpectedly starts to fly. Her deacon brother–in–law finds just about everything about Hannah vexing. When his widower brother shows interest in the young and beautiful widow, the deacon turns to prayer for guidance. Hannah thought she could never love again, until she meets the strong, gentle farmer. Unfortunately, Seth Miller’s only interest is in Hannah’s sheep. He is content in his bachelor state and slow to recognize his daughter’s need for a new mother. Yet God offers Seth the perfect solution to their problems if he could only open his heart again…and love. About the Author: Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They… Read more »

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Feb 19
Review of Michal:Wives of King David, book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith

Review of Michal:Wives of King David, book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith

About the Book:Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury? The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever? Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David. About the Author:Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan. My… Read more »

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Feb 19
Revell Blog Tour Review: Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson

Revell Blog Tour Review: Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson

About the Book:She thought she’d left the summer behind . . . This year should be the best of Sophie Ramsay’s life. She’s friends with all the right people, she’s a shoo-in for editor of the school newspaper, and she’s managed to turn the head of one of the hottest guys in school. But something’s not quite right. Sophie has a secret–one she won’t be able to keep under wraps for much longer About the Author:Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody’s website at www.melodycarlson.com. My Review:I highly enjoyed reading this book and think that alot of young… Read more »

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Feb 18
Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

I just received this cool new award from Shelly @ The Attic Girl. Thank you, Shelly!!! Here are the rules: -Put the logo on your blog/post.-Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.-Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.-Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award. I am passing this award onto: Michelle @ Michelle V’s Blog(Life in Review) Cathy @ Word Vessel Vicki @ Reading at the Beach Tammy @ Tammy’s Book Parlor Emily/Elyssa @ Daughters of the King Thanks again to Shelly for this cool award!!

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Feb 18
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

About the Book:The past is brought to light… Charlotte is cleaning out the basement of Bedford Community Church when she comes across a tattered and yellowed newspaper article. The clipping, published more than a century ago, implicates her great-great-grandfather in the loss of funds intended to help finish building the church. Charlotte has heard stories about the incident through the years, but now it seems the past has come back to haunt her. Is it just her imagination or are people treating her differently now that they think she’s descended from a crook? Will Charlotte be able to clear her family’s name once and for all? Meanwhile, Sam is spending time with a new girl in town-and is keeping secrets from his grandparents about where they go. Christopher is trying to get an article published in the local paper, and Emily reluctantly partners with a foreign exchange student on a class project and eventually comes to see that they’re not that different after all. As old secrets are brought to light, the whole family is reminded that the truth is often more complicated than it seems. Come home to Heather Creek. Get to know Charlotte Stevenson, who is raising her… Read more »

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Feb 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

About the Book:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. In this book, Lew tells the stories of his work with these horses and the lessons each one has taught him. Sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting, Lew has condensed his lifetime of learning into messages for the Christian life. Today, Lew shares these messages with more than 50,000 people each year through horse training presentations at Miracle Mountain Ranch and nationally through his Sermon on the Mount Ministry. The author’s engaging style and adroit mixture of well-tested anecdotes and thoughtful instruction make this a winning read-and not just for horse lovers. About the Author:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. Dr. Lew Sterrett (Ph. D) had little idea that his boyhood interest in horses would open doors internationally for speaking and training. During his years in 4-H, he savored many opportunities to train and show horses and earn national recognition. As a student leader at Penn State University he… Read more »

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