Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y’Barbo: a review

Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y’Barbo My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAs the way things turned out, I was able to read Beloved Captive, book #2 of the Fairweather Keys Series before I read this book #1. So, in starting the story I knew somewhat of what to expect with the plot and the outcome. However, that did not deny my experience even the tiniest bit. I still am shocked and amazed and the twists and turns the plot took through out. Especially, at the growth in which the characters were able to grow as individuals and persons in Christ. The story is about three women setting out to change a wrong. Each life is extremely different and the path taken is similar but unique. It is also a story about a man and his father learning about how forgiveness is a two-way street. Kathleen Y’Barbo is definite a treat. . .

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CSFF Blog Tour: Lost Genre Guild

This week for the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour, we are spending a little time introducing people to the LGG or the Lost Genre Guild. At first I wavered on whether or not I might participate in this tour, since I’m not a real big part of the LGG and I do not know much about it. But I figure, even though other people in this tour will have tons more relevant and interesting facts to say about it. I can at least introduce some of my other readers to this realm… http://www.lostgenreguild.com/ Basically, to my understanding, the LOST GENRE guild is a great group of authors and readers who decided that too many Christian Bookshelves in store are without speculative fiction, containing possibly sci-fi, horror, or just things that are “other” per say. These people have decided to rescue the lost genre and bring it to where. . .

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The Red Siren by MaryLu Tyndall: a review

The Red Siren: Charles Towne Belle Series, Book 1 by Marylu Tyndall My review rating: 4 of 5 starsUpon starting this novel, I was not completely enthralled with the character of Faith. She is independent, and feminist, and arrogant. After learning her background and coming to understand her plight I was able to allow her into my heart more. My first adventure with MaryLu Tyndall’s The Falcon and the Sparrow was able to show me that MaryLu was a fabulous story teller. This book was able to show me that I want more and more and that the story is not long enough. I have not yet read her original pirate series, but now I must, as well as I cannot wait for the next in the Charles Towne Belle Series to come out. This book brings us three sisters with very different lives, a naval officer with a past. . .

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FIRST: The Winter of Candy Canes by Debbie Viguie

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Debbie Viguié and the book: The Winter of Candy Canes Zondervan (October 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life. She has experimented with poetry and nonfiction, but her true passion lies in writing novels. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from UC Davis. While at Davis she met her husband, Scott, at auditions for a play. It was love at first sight. Debbie and Scott now live on the island. . .

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FIRST: Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Linore Rose Burkard and the book: Before the Season Ends Harvest House Publishers (December 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Linore Rose Burkard lives with her husband, five children, and ninety-year-old grandmother in southeastern Ohio. She homeschooled her children for ten years. Raised in New York, she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York (Queens College) with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. Ms. Burkard wrote Before the Season Ends because she could not find a book like. . .

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FIRST: The Sword and the Flute by Mike Hamel

It’s the 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour! This is the very last Teen FIRST tour as Teen FIRST has merged with FIRST Wild Card Tours. If you wish to learn more about FIRST Wild Card, please go HERE. Mike Hamel and his book: The Sword and the Flute (Matterhorn the Brave Series #1) Amg Publishers (January 22, 2007) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Hamel is a seasoned storyteller who has honed his skill over theyears by telling tall tales to his four children. He is the author of several non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles. Mike and his wife, Susan, live in Colorado Springs, CO. Their four children are now grown and their two grand children will soon be old enough for stories of their own. From His Blog’s About Me: I am a professional writer with sixteen books to my credit, including a trilogy of titles dealing. . .

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FIRST: Marketplace Memos (a devotional)

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card authors are: David Shibley and Jonathan Shibley and the book: Marketplace Memos New Leaf Publishing Group (October 20, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHORs: David Shibley is founder and president of Global Advance, a ministry that trains and resources thousands of church and business leaders every year in many of the world’s most underserved nations. Having ministered in almost 60 nations, David has a passion to strengthen and encourage national leaders to advance God’s kingdom worldwide. David and his wife, Naomi, have two married sons. Jonathan. . .

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CFBA: Where Do I Go? by Neta Jackson

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Where Do I Go?Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)byNeta Jackson ABOUT THE AUTHOR:As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs. Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area. They’re trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood,. . .

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Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas: a review

Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is the cutest Children’s Christmas book that I have ever read! Having family and friends together is important to everyone, especially friends Toot & Puddle. With one visiting a great-great-aunt in Edinburgh and the other home in Boston, only a miracle can bring them together in time for Christmas. This is the perfect snuggle read for anytime. The pictures and story will make you smile and be full of delight. I highly recommend it! View all my reviews.

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Fertility Facts from Conceive Magazine

Fertility Facts My review rating: 5 of 5 starsIt is no secret that for some time now I have had some cyclic and infertility issues. One day, DH and I were in Target and I bought a copy of a really cute journal The Fertility Journal. As I started using it, I started researching the people who made it available Conceive Online Magazine via Chronicle Books. While I was looking around I discovered “Fertility Facts” and immediately started searching for a copy to read for myself, and boy am I glad that I did. “Fertility Facts” has been such a warm and fuzzy blessing during a fairly depressing time. Whether you have known fertility issues or are just considering trying for pregnancy it is a fabulous tool. With over 300 pages of facts and vocabulary and easy to understand information you can pore over this book for hours soaking in. . .

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Holiday Illusion by Lynette Eason: a review

Holiday Illusion by Lynette Eason My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAs a person who has a healthy obsession with Alias (the former TV show) and spy action romance dramas in general, this was a fabulous read for me to add to my shelves. I highly recommend it. I could easily compare it to reading Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s spy action as well. This is book #3 and I have not read the first two, and I did not feel like I was missing anything. I do not know what the first two are about, but you better believe after this one that I plan to go back and read those as well as look for other titles from Lynette Eason to come. Anna and Lucas both have an individual past that they would prefer to leave behind them. The problem is to move further in their relationship they must come. . .

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Quills & Promises by Amber Miller: a review

Quills & Promises by Amber Miller My review rating: 4 of 5 stars*sigh* Is it not fabulous when as a reader, you turn the last page of a book and the first thing you do is sigh in complete contentment. Well that is my reaction and I am certain many others experience with the second Promises book from Amber Miller “Quills & Promises”. It tells the story of the daughter of the characters from the first book, “Promises, Promises” and is complete on it’s own as a stand alone as well. I cannot wait to read more from this author. The story took me into the time of the French & Indiana war, and I was able to meet people and learn personalities and experiences that I have not had before. It was great. One of my favorite movies is “The Patriot” and even though that was the Revolutionary War,. . .

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FIRST: The Jesus Who Never Lived by H. Wayne House

It’s the 15th, time for the Non~FIRST blog tour!(Non~FIRST will be merging with FIRST Wild Card Tours on January 1, 2009…if interested in joining, click HERE!) The feature author is: H. Wayne House and his book: The Jesus Who Never Lived: Exposing False Christs and Finding the Real Jesus Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: H. Wayne House (ThD, JD) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Faith Evangelical Seminary (Tacoma, WA). and Adjunct Professor of Law, Trinity Law School of Trinity International University. He is the New Testament editor of the Nelson Study Bible and Nelson Illustrated Bible Commentary, and the General Editor of Nelson Exegetical Commentary (42 vols), Israel: the Land and the People, and Charts of Bible Prophecy, among the 30 books that he has authored, co-authored, or edited. Dr. House has been a professor of biblical studies, theology or. . .

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FIRST: Desire and Deceit by Albert Mohler

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Albert Mohler and the book: Desire and Deceit Multnomah Books (September 16, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” A theologian and an ordained minister, Dr. Mohler serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one. . .

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Guest Blog (Day 6): Gallimore by Michelle Griep

Questions and Answers ———————Quirky to Serious—————— with Michelle Griep Quirky – Q & A….. Fiction character you would most like to be or most identify with and why?I always wanted to be Lt. Uhura on Star Trek because her uniform is pretty sweet, she gets to wear a funky ear piece, and she never had a bad hair day in her life. If you could ask any person, living or dead, a random question — what question would you ask of whom?I’d ask Mr. Rogers about the whole sweater and sneaker attire…was that really your idea or your mother’s? Some out there in writing land have strange rituals. Share yours.It involves blood letting and small mammals, which I’m pretty sure is illegal in most of the contiguous United States. Good thing I live in the state of confusion (sorry, couldn’t resist). If you could change something in any novel, what. . .

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Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday: Christmas Books!

Welcome to Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday where we get together and talk about our love for Christian fiction. To participate, simply write your answer on your blog, find the permalink of your post and then come (to My Friend Amy’s Blog) enter the permalink into the Mr. Linky. Please also link back to the official post over there. It’s Christmas time and one of my favorite things to do is read Christmas themed books. Do you enjoy reading holiday themed books? Do you have any special book you read every year? Do you have a special devotional you like to use? Have you read any good Christmas books this year? My Thoughts: In the past, outside of one Mandie Mystery that was a Christmas book and then a couple Christmas time Mary Higgins Clark, I am not sure that I read many Christmas books. From childhood I remember some, but. . .

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