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Blog Tour and Review: The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

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The Christmas Dog
by Melody Carlson
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
172 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1881-7
Contemporary Fiction
From the publisher:
Christmas miracles can come from unlikely sources.

Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays. She just can't seem to find Christmas in her heart. Maybe it's because her husband is gone. Maybe it's because she's missing her children. Or maybe it has something to do with her obnoxious new neighbor, who seems to be tearing his house apart and rearranging it on the lawn.

But when a mangy dog appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn what Christmas is really all about.

My Review:
If you're a fan of Christmas fiction you will probably like this book. I'll admit, I chose to review this book because of the cute Yorkie puppy on the cover, however I was not disappointed in this book.

Like most short stories it didn't really include all the details that I would have liked, for example the background to Be…

Book Review: The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw

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The Gladiator
by Carla Capshaw
Copyright 2009
Steeple Hill Books
276 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1
Inspirational Historical Romance Synopsis: The greatest challenge of Caros Viriathos life was not in the pits of Rome's Colosseum but inside the walls of his own home in the form of beautiful Christian slave, Pelonia Valeria. Pelonia, purchased by Caros on a whim from a passing slave trader after being sold into slavery by her cruel uncle Marcus, vows to keep her distance from Caros. During her time serving in Caros's house she learns that he is not a violent, angry, gladiator but a kind man scarred by the tragedies he's experienced in life and in the pits. When it is discovered that she is a Christian Pelonia's life hangs in the balance and Caros must decide between life as a gladiator and slave or the safety of the woman he has come to care for.

My Review: The Love Inspired books have been some of my favorite romances for a long time. This book by new author, Carla Capshaw doe…

A-Z Wednesday

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Vicki @ Reading at the Beach hosts a weekly meme that introduces different books whose titles feature a different letter of the alphabet each week. It's a great way to find new books to read or rediscover some classics.

Here are the rules:

~ Post a photo of the cover and a short synopsis of the book, sites like Amazon.com and bn.com are great places to find cover blurbs!
~ Post a link to where the book is available for purchase.
~ Please swing by and leave a comment along with your A-Z post on Vicki's blog and be sure to visit the blogs of others to see their selection of the week!
~ Add a link to your review of the book if you have one.

This week the letter is "P."

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
First published 1813
Wordsworth Classics
262 pages
ISBN: 978-1-85326-000-2
Fiction
Preview from Barnes and Noble:

In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III's England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters…

NFL's Dirtiest Player, Hines Ward

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Just 'cause he's the best wide receiver in the NFL doesn't mean you have to hate on him! :-)
(Hines Ward is the guy in the back wearing #86...but you know I had to use this photo from Yahoo! Sports cause #83 is in it *wink*)
Check out this video of some of the NFL's best coaches and what they have to say about Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward being voted the leagues "Dirtiest Player."

"Check out this great MSN Video": See it Star: Hines Ward

Book Review: Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin

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Though Waters Roar
by Lynn Austin
Copyright 2009
Bethany House Publishers
430 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0496-8
Historical Fiction
Synopsis: While in jail after having been caught with bootleg liquor in her car during Prohibition, Harriet wonders how she ended up there. There's a lot of time to think when you're sitting in a small jail cell about finding her purpose and how she reached that point in her life. Harriet retraces her past as well as her great grandmother Hannah's, who raised a family during the Civil War to her own mother's life of wealth and privilege in the latter part of the 19th century.

My Review: Lynn Austin's, Depression based book, Hidden Places is one of my favorite Christian fiction books ever. Though Waters Roar very much reminded me of that book. It was very touching and it was told in a similar fashion with flashbacks to the pasts of strong and determined women. The last book I've read by Ms. Austin, A Proper Pursuit, was okay but this book is go…

Mailbox Monday!

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Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday. This is the chance for you to showcase all the great reads that you have received during the past week. Also it gives you an opportunity to check out what great books others received too! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

This week I got 5 books and they all look like winners, what do you think? From Bookmooch:
Vision in White
by Nora Roberts
Copyright 2009
Berkley Books
344 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-22751-0
Fiction
Yellow Rose Bride
by Lori Copeland
Copyright 2006
Steeple Hill Publishers
313 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-78572-8
Historical Romance

From Swaptree:
The Van Alen Legacy (The Bluebloods, Book 4)
by Melissa de la Cruz
Copyright 2009
Hyperion
384 pages
ISBN: 978-
YA Fiction

For review from publishers:
The Sheriff's Surrender
by Susan Page Davis
Copyright 2009
Barbour Books
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-562-6
Fiction/Christian/Romance
Though Waters Roar
by Lynn Austin
Copyright 2009
Bethany House P…

Book Review: The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy

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The Triumph of Deborah
by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
Copyright 2008
Plume
358 pages
ISBN: 978-0-452-28906-2
Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Deborah a highly respected Israelite leader and judge, has convinced military leader, Barak to attack the neighboring Canaanites. With Barak's success comes more trials,including the love triangle between Barak and the two captured Canaanite princesses, beautiful Asherah and loving Nogah. On top of it all, Deborah finds herself increasingly attracted to Barak which leads her husband to divorce her. Deborah exhibits much strength and character and independence that many modern women of today strive to achieve.

My Review: First off let me say that if you are a reader of Christian fiction you may not like this book because there are some love scenes although not romance novel descriptive, they are still there nonetheless. As for the story of Deborah I have to admit that I'm not all that familiar with her story in the Bible however, I thought that Eva did a wond…

Book Giveaway!!!!

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This month I was mistakenly shipped a copy of Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark from Jim @ Bethany's House's Book Review Program. When I let Jim know about this mistake he let me know that I could keep the book...sooooo I decided to offer it to you, my wonderful blog readers!

Things Worth Remembering
by Jackina Stark
Copyright 2009
Bethany House Publishers
316 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0711-2
Contemporary Fiction

Here's a preview from the Bethany House website:

An Emotionally Gripping Story of Broken Relationships Restored

Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when Maisey witnessed something she shouldn't have, and their relationship fractured. Now, Maisey is back home to get married and Kendy realizes this is her last chance to reconnect with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be able to reclaim the bond they once shared?

Maisey asked for a bride doll the Christmas she was five, mesmerized by her aunt's…

Teaser Tuesday!

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday every week at her blog! This gives everyone the opportunity to share a few lines from a new book they're reading or one of their old favorites.

Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers!!!!!

This week I chose to take my teaser from In the Shadow of the Sun King, Book 1 in the A Darkness to Light series. This novel centers around France in the 17th century and the persecution of French Protestants, particularly the Clavell family.

In the Shadow of the Sun King (A Darkness to Light series, Book 1)
by Golden Keyes Parsons
Copyright 2008
Thomas Nelson Publishers
366 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-626-5
Fiction/Christian/Historical
Teaser from page 195:

"Francois watched Louis…

Mailbox Monday!

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Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday. This is the chance for you to showcase all the great reads that you have received during the past week. Also it gives you an opportunity to check out what great books others received too! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

I got 8 books last week! I'll be busy ;-)

From Bookmooch:
Gwyneth and the Thief
by Margaret Moore
Copyright 2002
Avon Books
279 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-447337-6
Teen Fiction/Romance


Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson Series, Book 1)
by Molly Harper
Copyright 2009
Pocket Star Books
384 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8942-6
Paranormal Romance
My REVIEWFrom PBS:
Outlaw's Bride (The Western Sky series, Book 1)
by Lori Copeland
Copyright 1999
Harvest House Publishers
255 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2751-2
Fiction/Romance

From blog giveaways:
A Forever Christmas
by Missy Tippens
Copyright 2009
Steeple Hill Publishers
218 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-87564-1
Inspirational Romance
In the…

Book Review: Her Colorado Man by Cheryl St. John

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Her Colorado Man by Cheryl St. John Copyright 2009 Harlequin 280 pages ISBN: 978-0-373-29571-5 Historical Romance
Synopsis: Mariah left her small Colorado hometown when she realized she was expecting a child. Not wanting to shame her family with the scandal of having a child out of wedlock Mariah and her grandfather make up an absentee husband who is supposed to be in Alaska trying his luck in the gold fields. One day he shows up in the form of ruggedly handsome Wes Burrows.

Not willing to break her sons heart by revealing the truth about Wes, she begrudgingly agrees to let him stay. When Mariah discovers the man underneath the handsome exterior is just as nice, she must decide whether to risk her heart and reveal the secret of her sons true father and risk losing the man she has come to care for very deeply.
My Review: I was expecting another great story by Cheryl St. John and I was not disappointed. Even though the imaginary husband concept and how she and her grandfather went about making h…

Blog Award: Honest Scrap!

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I'm so grateful to Vicki @ Reading at the Beach for choosing me for this award! Thank you Vicki!!!!!

As a part of this award I have to tell you 10 honest things about me and pass the award on to 10 more bloggers!

1. I read too much.
2. I eat way too much pizza!
3. I drink A LOT of Mtn Dew and Dr Pepper (I think I could live on these alone.)
4. Whenever I order iced tea at a resaurant it has to look like a snow globe before I drink it.
5. I don't like talking on the phone...I can never think of anything to say.
6. I'm a pretty good quarterback.
7. I'm addicted to Vampire Diaries (books and tv show)
8. I love chick flicks!
9. I think a good car chase makes a movie!
10. I hate computers.

Now to pass on this great award!
1. Heather @ Gofita's Pages
2. Mimi @ Woven By Words
3. Carman @ A Sequence of Continuos Delights
4. Angie @ Never a Dull Moment
5. Hannah @ Project Journal
6. Sharon @ Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews
7. Jen @ So Many Books...
8. Christy @ Southern Sassy Things
9. Suko…

Winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Woohoo! I am sooooo excited that I get to announce TWO winners this month! You ladies are each getting a great book! Enjoy! Without further ado...here are the lucky winners!!!!






















Ladies I am emailing you at the addresses you gave me in your entires. I look forward to hearing back from you soon!

Remember if I don't get emails back from the winner(s) within 48 hours I will draw a new winner(s)!

Blog Tour and Book Review: Thirsty by Tracey Bateman

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Thirsty by Tracey Bateman Copyright 2009 WaterBrook Press 376 pages ISBN: 978-0-307-45715-8 Fiction/Suspense
Synopsis: Nina Parker, a divorced mother of two is fighting the most challenging problem of her life, not raising a teenage daughter or the love she still has for her ex husband, Hunt, but the demon that is alcoholism. Deciding to move back to her home town of Abbey Hills that she abandoned as a teen, Nina along with her teenage daughter, Meagan, try to become reacquainted with life in a small town. With their arrival, the small Ozark town must deal with strange and ritualistic murders that are taking place and officials must find who or what is responsible before another life is taken. Along with these terrifying murders and events from Nina's past, and the mysterious new neighbor, Markus her tenuous hold on sobriety is severely tested.

My Review: Having read Tracey Bateman's sweet prairie romances I wasn't really sure what to expect with her latest release, Thirsty. It&…

Ohio Amish Country!

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I will be leaving today for a trip to Ohio to visit family and then take a trip to Ohio Amish country. That being said, I won't be back until Sunday November 15th so there won't be any posts!

I will be back in time to announce the winners of each of my book giveaways. There's still time to enter both so be sure to click on the covers on the right sidebar for Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida by Sandra D. Bricker to enter for that one and the cover of Tracey Bateman's book, Thirsty if you would like to enter for that one. Remember you can enter to win both if you wish to! Good luck and see you Sunday!!!

Book Review: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson Series, Book 1) by Molly Harper

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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson Series, Book 1)
by Molly Harper
Copyright 2009
Pocket Star Books
384 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8942-6
Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:
Jane Jameson's life literally sucks, after being fired from her job as a librarian, she visits Shenanigans and has one too many neon colored drinks. On her way home, car trouble leaves her stranded and literally left for dead after being mistaken for a deer. Thanks to the handsome stranger she met at Shenanigans she isn't dead...just undead.
For Jane, adjusting to her knew lifestyle isn't easy even though she gets a gift basket from a perky vampire whose the head of the undead welcoming committee. Someone is trying to frame her for murder, her best friend tries to stake her, and she has to decide how to tell her parents the news. To top it all off someone is out to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a book loving vampire to do?

My Review:
I haven't reviewed a paranormal for a while and fi…

A-Z Wednesday

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Vicki @ Reading at the Beach hosts a weekly meme that introduces different books whose titles feature a different letter of the alphabet each week. It's a great way to find new books to read or rediscover some classics.

Here are the rules:

~ Post a photo of the cover and a short synopsis of the book, sites like Amazon.com and bn.com are great places to find cover blurbs!
~ Post a link to where the book is available for purchase.
~ Please swing by and leave a comment along with your A-Z post on Vicki's blog and be sure to visit the blogs of others to see their selection of the week!
~ Add a link to your review of the book if you have one.

This week the letter is "N."



No Place for A Lady (Heart of the West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
303 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3335-3
Historical Romance
From Revell:

Nothing in her past had prepared her for a Colorado cattle drive--or Luke Weber.

Longing for a new start, Crystal Clark arrives amid the splendor of the high…

Teaser Tuesday!

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MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday every week at her blog! This gives everyone the opportunity to share a few lines from a new book they're reading or one of their old favorites.

Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers!!!!!It's been a while since I featured a paranormal romance on Teaser Tuesday so this week I am sharing a bite (pun intended) from Molly Harper's book, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. I'll be reviewing it later this month so be sure to watch for that.


Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson Series, Book 1) by Molly Harper Copyright 2009 Pocket Star Books 384 pages ISBN: 978-1-4165-8942-6 Paranormal Romance
Teaser from page 133:
"I turned my attention back to my …

Book Review: Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Fields of Grace
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Copyright 2009
Bethany House Publishers
352 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0508-8
Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Lillian Vogt and her husband Reinhardt, along with their three sons and Reindhardts' adopted brother, Eli travel to America to start a new life in 19th century Kansas. When tragedy strikes aboard the ship on the way to America, Lillian and Eli must strike a bargain to keep their family together and their dreams of a successful Mennonite settlement alive. Eli, having never had a family starts to believe that a loving family might not be in his future but in the present.

My Review: I really didn't think that I was going to like this book after I first started it, simply because it was soooo sad! As the story went on however it got better and when finished I thought it was a good read. Mostly this story was about a family coming together in the face of two terrible tragedies to try and make a new start at life. I really felt for Lillian and what she wen…

Interview with Author Sandra D. Bricker and Giveaway!

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I was so excited when Sandra stopped by my blog a few weeks ago and offered to do a blog interview and book giveaway on MY blog! This was my very first "famous author" interview and I was honored to "meet" her and hope you get to know a little bit more about her and her wonderful books too! Be sure to read all the way through to see how you can be entered to win a signed copy of Sandra's newest release from Summerside Press,Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida!

Thank you Ms. Bricker for the wonderful interview and the generous offering of your book to one lucky reader!



Sandra D. Bricker

BIO: Sandra D. Bricker has been publishing in both the Christian and general market for years with novels for women and teens, magazine articles and short stories. With 8 novels in print and 5 more slated for publication through 2010, Sandie has carved out a niche for herself as an author of laugh-out-loud comedy for the inspirational market. Sandie was an entertainment publicist in …

Mailbox Monday!

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Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday. This is the chance for you to showcase all the great reads that you have received during the past week. Also it gives you an opportunity to check out what great books others received too! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

I only got 3 books this week, one from Revell, one was a gift, and one I bought!

Here they are!

From Revell Publishers:


The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson Copyright 2009 Revell Publishers 172 pages ISBN: 978-0-8007-1881-7 Fiction/Contemporary


Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake Copyright 2008 Bethany House Publishers 358 pages ISBN: 978-0-7642-0319-0 Historical Romance

The Returning by Ann Tatlock Copyright 2009 Bethany House Publishers 362 pages ISBN: 978-0-7642-0006-9 Contemporary Fiction