Feb 05
KCWC Blog Tour Review(and info for a Contest!): Third Times a Charm by Virginia Smith

KCWC Blog Tour Review(and info for a Contest!): Third Times a Charm by Virginia Smith

*See the end of this post for information on a bonus contest*About the Book:(Dual Residency: UT & KY) – There’s not too much in this world that a little retail therapy can’t fix—except maybe the empty hole in your heart from lost and undiscovered love. Tori Sanderson is no exception. Facing abandonment issues with her father, Tori sets out to find the real reason he left her. Along the way she discovers even deeper truths. Add in two matchmaking sisters plus a couple of attractive men vying for Tori’s attention, as well as a tempting job promotion possibility, and you’ve got one confused sister. Through it all, Tori searches for the love she’s been missing all these years. Author Virginia Smith, presents Third Time’s a Charm, the third installment of the Sister-to-Sister Series. Page-turning humor surrounding the lives of three sisters will once again engage readers, while somber self-discovery will unveil Tori’s struggles, and perhaps a few of your own. In a world with more than a few dysfunctional families, this story will ring true for many. About the Author: Virginia Smith recently contracted her twelfth book in four years. Previous books in the Sister-to-Sister series include: Stuck in the… Read more »

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Feb 05
FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer

FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Katy’s New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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: Kim Vogel Sawyer and the book: Katy’s New World (The Katy Lambright Series) Zondervan (February 1, 2010) ***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats besides “writer.” As a wife, mother, grandmother, and active participant in her church, her life is happily full. But Kim’s passion lies in writing stories of hope that encourage her readers to place their lives in God’s capable hands. An active speaking ministry assists her with her desire. Kim and… Read more »

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Feb 04
TLC Blog Tour: Guest Post by Shelley Shepard Gray, author of Winter’s Awakening

TLC Blog Tour: Guest Post by Shelley Shepard Gray, author of Winter’s Awakening

I am so happy to be hosting a great author today! Her name is Shelley Shepard Gray and her newest book is Winter’s Awakening, book 1 in the series, Seasons of Sugarcreek. Welcome, Shelley. Please take it away! Shelley’s Thoughts: Something funny happened to me when I wrote winter’s awakening. I started thinking that all the members of the Graber and Allen families were real! Okay, maybe not exactly ‘real’-I didn’t think they were going to show up at my doorstep or anything-but they truly became a part of my life. When I started this series, Seasons in Sugarcreek, I made a conscious decision to get to know all the characters as well as I possibly could. These books have lots of people in them-lots of kids, relatives, and neighbors. I really didn’t want them to blend in together for either the reader or for me. So, I wrote lists about the characters’ likes and dislikes. Each person had their own page in my spiral notebook. Some of the characters, like Anson Graber, I pictured in my mind right away. I loved Anson! Others were more of a struggle…even my pretty Gretta Hershberger. I remember vividly telling one of my critique… Read more »

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Feb 04
TLC Blog Tour Review: Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray

TLC Blog Tour Review: Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the Book: Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He′s expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He′s expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he′s been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone. Gretta doesn′t know what′s going on with Joshua. When they argue and later stew in silence, it feels a lot like the frosty atmosphere at her home. After promising herself to never have a marriage like her parents, she wonders if perhaps another man might be a better match. A man such as Roland Schrock. He′s steady and kind and somewhat boring. If she marries him, she won′t ever have to worry about loving him and getting hurt. Meanwhile, Lilly is enamored with the Amish way of life, and especially her handsome neighbor Joshua. But despite being drawn to him, she has a secret that will only drive him away. Her family moved to Sugarcreek to hide her pregnancy from their community back home. Once she′s had the baby, they plan to… Read more »

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Feb 03
FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Hero’s Tribute by Graham Garrison

FIRST Wild Card Tour and Review: Hero’s Tribute by Graham Garrison

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: Graham Garrison and the book: Hero’s Tribute Kregel Publications (September 21, 2009) ***Special thanks to Danielle Douglas of Douglas Public Relations for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Graham Garrison is a writer and editor who lives in suburban Atlanta. He has covered high school and college football games as a newspaper reporter, completed an internship with the U.S. Army at its National Training Center in the Mojave Desert and tested WaveRunners and Runabouts as the managing editor of a national boating magazine. He’s written about battlefields for America’s Civil… Read more »

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Feb 03
Blog Tour: Guest Post by Jacqueline Luckett, author of Searching for Tina Turner

Blog Tour: Guest Post by Jacqueline Luckett, author of Searching for Tina Turner

Today’s special guest is Jacqueline Luckett, author of Searching for Tina Turner. Thanks so much for stopping by Book Reviews by Buuklvr81, Jacqueline! She’s going to talk a bit about what all goes into being an author….take it away, Jacqueline! Jacqueline’s Thoughts: Before attending my first workshop in 1999, the extent of my writing consisted of sales proposals and business letters (and a few stories written when I was in grammar school). Revision was part of my process. I don’t know why, but I didn’t think revision would hold true for creative writing. I’d made lots of revisions in the short stories I’d submitted for the workshop, but I thought that was because I didn’t know what I was doing.I walked into my workshop full of expectation. Truthfully, I had no idea of what it took to be a writer. I didn’t know any one who wrote or who even wanted to write. I was a reader, a wannabe writer, and in my mind every book ever written had come out perfectly the first time around. As the workshop leader, Christina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban), led introductions, she talked about her process and her writing group that shared and critiqued… Read more »

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Feb 03
Blog Tour Review: Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline Luckett

Blog Tour Review: Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline Luckett

About the Book:On the surface, Lena Spencer appears to have it all. She and her wealthy husband Randall have two wonderful children, and they live a life of luxury. In reality, however, Lena finds that happiness is elusive. Randall is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother’s “overbearing behavior.” When Randall decides that he’s had enough of marriage counseling, he offers his wife an ultimatum: “Be grateful for all I’ve done for you or leave.” Lena, realizing that money can’t solve her problems and that her husband is no longer the man she married, decides to choose the latter. About the Author:Jacqueline Luckett is a former sales representative for Xerox. After leaving the corporate world, Jacqueline took a creative writing class on a dare (from herself) and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back. Jacqueline loves living in Oakland, but travels frequently to nurture her passion for photography and learning to cook exotic foods. She is currently hard at work on her next novel. My Review:This was an over all good book. It is very entertaining and it delves into the women’s point of view on an… Read more »

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Feb 02
Double Trouble “Double the Sass” Giveaway!

Double Trouble “Double the Sass” Giveaway!

Hi, all! There’s a new giveaway going on RIGHT NOW through February 20th! Be sure to enter the Double Trouble Prize Package Giveaway by clicking on the ‘Double the Sass” button. Susan’s giving away an iPod prize package that is anything but troubling! Check it out! Prize Details Double Trouble, the brand new PJ Sugar novel by Susan May Warren, is in stores now! To celebrate the release, we’re running a HUMDINGER of a contest!! One Grand Prize winner will receive a $150 SUPER SLEUTH prize package that includes: * A brand new iPod Shuffle (perfect for those all-night stakeouts) * A $10 iTunes gift card (we recommend the ALIAS soundtrack) * A $10 Amazon gift card (why yes, they do sell spy pens) * A $10 Starbucks gift card (for fuel, obviously) * A pair of designer sunglasses (be stealthy AND super chic) * A gorgeous scarf from World Market (can also be used as a blindfold, and/or for tying up bad guys) * AND signed copies of both Nothing But Trouble & Double Trouble. (romance! danger! intrigue! sooo much better than Surveillance for Dummies!) LitFuse will announce the super sleuth winner on March 1st. Good Luck!

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Feb 02
Double Trouble "Double the Sass" Giveaway!

Double Trouble "Double the Sass" Giveaway!

Hi, all! There’s a new giveaway going on RIGHT NOW through February 20th! Be sure to enter the Double Trouble Prize Package Giveaway by clicking on the ‘Double the Sass” button. Susan’s giving away an iPod prize package that is anything but troubling! Check it out! Prize Details Double Trouble, the brand new PJ Sugar novel by Susan May Warren, is in stores now! To celebrate the release, we’re running a HUMDINGER of a contest!! One Grand Prize winner will receive a $150 SUPER SLEUTH prize package that includes: * A brand new iPod Shuffle (perfect for those all-night stakeouts) * A $10 iTunes gift card (we recommend the ALIAS soundtrack) * A $10 Amazon gift card (why yes, they do sell spy pens) * A $10 Starbucks gift card (for fuel, obviously) * A pair of designer sunglasses (be stealthy AND super chic) * A gorgeous scarf from World Market (can also be used as a blindfold, and/or for tying up bad guys) * AND signed copies of both Nothing But Trouble & Double Trouble. (romance! danger! intrigue! sooo much better than Surveillance for Dummies!) LitFuse will announce the super sleuth winner on March 1st. Good Luck!

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