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Christian Fiction Review: Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce

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Amy Inspired
by Bethany Pierce
Copyright 2010
Bethany House Publishers
320 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0850-8
Contemporary Fiction

From the publisher:
With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration...

Amy Gallagher, aspiring writer, has an unabashed obsession with words. She gave up a steady, albeit unexciting, job to pursue a life of writing. However, two years and one master's degree later, she finds herself almost exactly right back where she started. Discouraged by the growing pile of rejections from publishers and afraid that she has settled, Amy knows something has to change.

Then she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. Amy finds herself struggling to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as she tries to cope with the feeling that her friends and family are moving on without her. When the unexpected begins pouring in, Amy doubts the love and fulfillment she seeks will ever come her way. Forced to take a close look at …

Contest Alert for YA/Paranormal Fiction Readers!

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Check out Bitten By Books (follow the links below) today for info on author Lisa Desrochers latest YA paranormal release, Personal Demons! This book has been on my wishlist for a while and I've read nothing but great reviews for it. Hopefully I'll be able to read it soon.



http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=33635

First Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: A Path Less Traveled (Miller's Creek, Book 2) by Cathy Bryant

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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:


Cathy Bryant


and the book:


A Path Less Traveled (Book 2 in the Miller's Creek novels)

WordVessel Press (October 18, 2010)
***Special thanks to Cathy Bryant for sending me a review copy.***


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


A Texas gal since birth, Cathy Bryant continues the Mayberry RFD--only Texas Style!--stories with Book 2 in the Miller's Creek series, A Path Less Traveled. Her debut novel Texas Roads was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist. Cathy lives in a ce…

2010 National Dog Show!

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While lounging around the house after eating Thanksgiving dinner I was channel surfing and came across the National Dog Show! I always love to watch the various breeds prance around the ring (they know they are champions) and really I like them all, but of course I do have a soft spot for a certain breed... ;-)

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.

Who did you cheer for? Although the Collie didn't win another beautiful breed, an Irish Setter named Clooney took the honors for top dog and he deserved it!

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Christian Fiction Review: Pursuit of Justice (Call of Duty, Book 3) by DiAnn Mills

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Pursuit of Justice (Call of Duty, Book 3)
by DiAnn Mills
Copyright 2010
Tyndale House Publishers
376 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2052-6
Fiction/Romance/Suspense

From the publisher:
Special Agent Bella Jordan is assigned to investigate a series of murders in West Texas that are linked to the Spider Rock Treasure. Since she spent the first fifteen years of her life in this area, FBI authorities believe she can get the job done. What they don’t know is that one of their prime suspects—a man who’s been on their wanted list for years—is deeply connected to Bella’s past.

The other prime suspect is Carr Sullivan, the man who owns the ranch where the murders occurred. Carr was once one of the wealthiest businessmen in Dallas and has a shady past a mile long. But it appears he’s turned his life around. Can Bella trust him, or is he just trying to cover his tracks?

As Bella probes deeper into the case, threats on her own life convince her the killer is someone she knows. But it soon becomes clear he’s not wor…

Mailbox Monday!

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This month Knitting and Sundries is hosting 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 the Knitting and Sundries site...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

Unfortunately I've had to cut back on reviewing books and sending out books for various reasons so I haven't been getting a lot of books in return. I only got one book to review and one dvd from SwapADVD (sister site to Paperbackswap)that is based on a book so I'm sharing that too. Here they are...

The Shadowed Mind (Dinah Harris Mystery, Book 2) by Julie Cave


The Magic of Ordinary Days based on the book of the same title by Ann Howard Creel


What books did you get this week?

Christian Fiction Review: A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek Romance, Book 2) by Margaret Brownley

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A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek Romance, Book 2)
by Margaret Brownley
Copyright 2010
Thomas Nelson
315 pages
ISBN:
Fiction/Christian /Romance

From the publisher:
Jenny Higgins is certain falling in love and finding a husband are matters of the mind. Her heart has other plans.

After their parents died, Jenny felt responsible for seeing that her two younger sisters were well taken-care of. Tipped off by an article naming Rocky Creek the town with the highest number of eligible bachelors, Jenny rolled into this Texas town with a clear objective: find suitable husbands for her two sister and then start fresh somewhere far, far away.

Jenny believe that women who fall in love at first sight often wish they'd taken a second look, so she diligently begins to follow all the rules set forth in her handy manual on how to land a husband.

But while Jenny is interviewing the less-than-promising candidates, her sisters are falling in love the old-fashioned way--with men of their choosing. And the longer Je…

Funny, Black 'n Gold Style!

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Even if you're not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan chances are you've seen the Head and Shoulders commercial featuring Troy Polamalu with "thicker looking hair" and laughed out loud. Well today I found the newest commercial and I gotta say it's pretty good! I'm just hoping that nobody decides to look for the "Polamolecules" by putting shampoo in their eye...ouch!





It's a Celebration!!!

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To help Casey @ Writing for Christ celebrate her one year Blog Birthday I along with five other blogger friends were interviewed! Please be sure to stop by and visit and wish Casey a happy blog birthday and enter to win the book giveaways! She is celebrating all week so be sure to visit past posts (Nov. 14-16) and her posts to come all the way through November 21st!

Christian Fiction Review + Author Interview: Nightingale by Susan May Warren

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Nightingale
by Susan May Warren
Copyright 2010
Summerside Press
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60936-025-2
Fiction/General/Romance

About the book:
Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancĂ©—she’s trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion.

Still, she grieves him when he’s lost in battle, the letters sent to her by the medic at his side giving her a strange comfort, so much that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter Hess, an Iowa farmboy. Or is he? Peter Hess is not who he seems. Indeed, he’s hiding a secret, something that could cost them both their lives, especially when the past comes back to life. A bittersweet love song of the home front war between duty and the heart...a battle where only one will survive.


My Review:
The Brothers in Arms collection had me right from the start with Sons of Thunder and this book, although very different has captured me as well. Where the faith message was not as overt in Sons of Thunder, Nightingale does not shy away. As for action there isn't quite…

Waiting on Wednesday: To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

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Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.

I loved Karen Witemeyer's A Tailor-Made Brideand when I saw the cover for her May 2011 release, To Win Her Heart I knew I HAD to have it! It quite possibly has the potential to be my favorite cover AND book of 2011! With so many great books releasing next year I'm not going to be doing anything but reading!


To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
From the publisher:
Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father's knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets....

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her …

2010 Christmas Christian Fiction Reading Challenge!

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Challenge Requirements: (by Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama blog)
1- Challenge will start Monday, November 15 and will end Friday, December 31.

2- You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge or even more!

3- They must be Christmas Christian Fiction related books.

4- The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre. It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. YA is okay. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, and other formats are all allowed. As long as the book can be purchased it counts.

5- To sign up – leave a link back to your challenge post. There will also be a post for review links as well as one for challenge wrap-ups.

6- And…. there will be presents. At the end of every week that the challenge is running Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama and Christian Historical Fiction will choose one winner from the review links. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a “present”.

If you’d like to sign up for the 2010 H…

Winner!!!

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Thank you to everyone for leaving comments on my interview with author Holly Weiss and telling us about your small town lives! I loved reading your responses. I used random.org to chose the winner and that lucky person is...



The winner has been emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

Don't worry if you didn't win you this time I will be offering more giveaways in the future! :-)

YA Fiction Review: Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl + Special Post by Author!

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Prisoners in the Palace
by Michaela MacColl
Copyright 2010
Chronicle Books
368 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8118-7300-0
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen?

Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.

My Review:
Not only are the cover and dust jacket of this book gorgeous but the words on the pages between create a story that is both beautiful and intriguing. Michaela MacColl has spun a tale that is…

Mailbox Monday!

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This month Knitting and Sundries is hosting 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 the Knitting and Sundries site...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

This weekend while I was away visiting Ohio's Amish country I got two books in the mail! One was a new release by debut novelist Jody Hedlund and a paranormal book by Melissa de la Cruz that I'm going to give to my cousin. Check them out!


The Preacher's Bride
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2010
Bethany House
384 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0832-4
Historical Fiction

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4)
by Melissa de la Cruz
Copyright 2009
Disney/Hyperion Books
369 pages
ISBN: 9781423102267
Fiction

What books did you get this week?

First Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: Crestmont by Holly Weiss

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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:


Holly Weiss


and the book:


Crestmont

Star Publish (April 1, 2010)***Special thanks to Holly Weiss for sending me a review copy.***


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Holly Weiss is a vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A polio survivor, she lives in upstate New York with her husband. Crestmont is her first novel.


Visit the author's website.








Product Details:

List Price: $18.95
Paperback: 340 …

Interview with Holly Weiss, Author of Crestmont + Giveaway!

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I recently had the privilege to interview a new author, Holly Weiss! Since she's just released her first novel, Crestmont I thought it would be fun to introduce her to you. If you have any questions for Holly feel free to email her at hollysing43(at)gmail(dot)com and put my name in the subject line so she knows you have a question about this post. Also I'm offering a giveaway of a signed copy of Crestmont. PLEASE read after the interview for the rules.

Without further ado here's Holly Weiss!


R: How did you get started writing?

H: First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to interview on your blog. I’m honored to be here.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but was not serious about it until 2006. I sang professionally for thirty-five years. My main means of creative expression was through song. But five years ago, I contracted Post-Polio Syndrome, a late-life extension of the polio I had as a child. The increased weakness and fatigue put an end to my singing career. God led me …