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Perfect Halloween Read: Fathom by Merrie Destefano

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About the Book:
Everything is changing . . . Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes her drink and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater. 

Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister or her mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.


My Thoughts:
I love Merrie Destefano's adult urban fantasy fiction and when I learned that she was writing a full-len…

Special Halloween Post: The Scarier, The Better by Merrie Destefano

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Renee here, I don't usually post a lot about young adult fiction or paranormal fiction but I love it and probably read just as much in those genres of fiction as I do Christian or historical fiction. Merrie Destefano is one of my favorite writers of adult paranormal/urban fantasy fiction. With her latest release, Fathom, she's written a paranormal tale starring a teen heroine and so far I'm hooked!

For Halloween Merrie has typed up a special post about her love of edge-of-your-seat tales and a bit about Fathom. Grab that Halloween candy, sit back and enjoy! Stay tuned to this blog for my review of Fathom later today! For now, here's Merrie!

~The Scarier, The Better By Merrie Destefano~
There’s something about being scared that’s a little bit fun. It’s almost like being tickled. As long as it doesn’t go too far, it’s a blast. When I was a teenager I loved going to scary movies. The thing is—the movies back then weren’t like they are now. I went to see things like T…

A Flight of Fancy (The Daughters of Bainbridge House, Book 2) by Laurie Alice Eakes

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About the Book:
Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance? 

Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra's heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes so much of her thoughts.

When a terrible accident compels her to end her betrothal, Cassandra heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. With time on her hands and good friends to help her, she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when Lord Whittaker slips back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dream?

My Thoughts:
Almost everyone I know loves a Regency romance every once in a whil…

Paranormal Fantasy Fiction: Kiss of Death (Kiss Trilogy, Book 2) by Debbie Viguie

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About the Book:
In the wake of a failed attempt to defeat the vampire Richelieu, Susan and her friends are weakened and divided. Raphael must set aside his animosity and join with his enigmatic sire Gabriel to discover a powerful weapon before Richelieu claims it. Meanwhile, Susan and her cousin Wendy translate a 12th century diary belonging to their ancestor, Carissa, to learn the origin of their family's connection with the vampires. As Carissa's story of love and betrayal unfolds, they discover the secrets of the present will only be revealed by solving the mysteries of the past.

My Thoughts:
While I'm a huge fan of Christian fiction I'm also a huge fan of paranormal fiction. Debbie Viguie's Kiss trilogy combines my love of both genres in an intriguing and thought-provoking way. You may wonder how a vampire fits into Christian fiction but fantasy is a tool often used in story-telling (think books by C.S. Lewis) to make difficult themes easier to understand. The s…

Clash of the Titles: Living in Harmony, New Amish Fiction!

The Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance is proud to share great August release with its readers. Ink still damp from the presses, Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis, currently sits on a store shelf near you! Want more good news? It’s the first in a series—perfect time to jump on board.

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About the book:
Living in Harmony is the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts and love...and how faith in God and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we desire.

Amy King--young, engaged, and Amish--faces difficult challenges in her life when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé, John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help the women in their time of need.

John's brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily ope…

Winner of Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan + Swag!

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I'm sorry I'm so late in posting this but thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for a copy of Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan. I wish I could give you all a copy! There was only one winner however and that person is...

Marissa E!
Marissa has been notified that she won and has already claimed her prize! Thank you all again for participating and remember if you'd still like to read the book you can order it online at almost any store!

Happy Reading!

Celebrate Christmas Early with A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

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About the Book:
One Woman. Two Men. One stirs her pulse and the other her faith. But who will win her heart? 

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the wind…

Broken Hearts Are Mended in A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller

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About the Book:
Can a marriage of convenience ever become one of true love?

Ingrid Larsen arrives in Michigan in 1871 with little more than the clothes on her back and a determination to find her brother, who has disappeared into the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, the young Swedish immigrant crosses paths with Joshua Hunter, a newly widowed farmer with eyes the color of the ocean she had crossed and five rambunctious children to raise on his own.

Marriage would solve both of their problems, and Ingrid finds herself proposing in broken English to a man she barely knows. Many difficulties lie ahead--but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.

My Thoughts:
~ 4.5 stars ~
I liked The Measure of Katie Calloway (read my review HERE) but this story I loved! First off it's a marriage of convenience story (bonus points for this as it's one of my favorite romance themes) and secondly there's actually a whole lot going o…

Amish Fiction from Tricia Goyer: The Memory Jar (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, Book 1)

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About the Book:
Every year, 30-40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

Meet the Author:
Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of over thirty books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and …

Summerside Press's American Tapestries Series Debuts with Authors Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson

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About the Books:
~Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson~
When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed.



~Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson~
A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart?

For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Cou…

Clash of the Titles Announces Judges

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Clash of the Titles is proud to announce the round three judges for the Olympia Contest!

DEBORAH RANEY,
award-winning author of over 30 books

AMANDA LUEDEKE,
literary Agent of Macgregor Literary

STEVE HUTSON,
literary Agent of WordWise Media

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FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour: River of Mercy (The Riverhaven Years, Book 3) by BJ Hoff

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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:
BJ Hoff
and the book:
River of Mercy Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 BJ Hoff’s bestselling historical novels continue to cross the boundaries of religion, language, and culture to capture a worldwide reading audience. Her books include Song of Erin and American Anthem and such popular series as The Riverhaven Years, The Mountain Song Legacy, and The…

Giveaway: Twice Promised (The Blue Willow Brides, Book 2) by Maggie Brendan

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In case you didn't read it I just posted my review of Maggie Brendan's new book, Twice Promised. If you're a fan of mail-order bride stories you don't want to miss this one and thanks to Revell and Maggie Brendan I have a brand new copy of Twice Promised and some swag from the author for one lucky reader! To be entered fill out the form below. Be sure to READ THE RULES on the form to make sure you're eligible to be entered and for details on how to get extra entries into the giveaway. :-)



About the book:
Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out. 

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she's come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she's not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess's affection, the young women can hardly believe it when n…

Not One But Two Mail-Order Brides: Twice Promised (Blue Willow Brides, Book 2) by Maggie Brendan

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About the Book
Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she's come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she's not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess's affection, the young women can hardly believe it when not Jess but his brother Zach picks them up from the station--and reveals that Jess knows nothing about any mail-order bride, let alone two. Will either bride make the match she hopes for? 

Filled with surprises, misunderstandings, and tender romance, Twice Promised is the story of how two unlikely women become twice blessed.


My Thoughts:
If a mail-order bride (MOB) story comes along chances are I'll read it, that doesn't mean I'm not picky about what I read because I am but MOB stories just so ha…