A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

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: Francine Rivers and her book: A Voice in the Wind Tyndale House Publishers (March 1, 1998)(Re-released June 2008) My Thoughts: Francine Rivers is incredible. My first exposure to Christian Fiction was Liz Curtis Higgs who says this about A Voice in the Wind, “Francine redefined Christian fiction–honest, unflinching, powerful, life-changing–demonstrating why storytelling is the most effective way to communicate God’s truth. Every Christian novelist writing writing today owes a debt of gratitute to Francine Rivers for lighting the way.” – Liz Curtis. . .

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Ruby Among Us by Tina Ann Forkner

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Ruby Among Us(WaterBrook Press May 20, 2008)byTina Ann Forkner ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tina Ann Forkner writes contemporary fiction that challenges and inspires. Originally from Oklahoma, she graduated with honors in English from CSU Sacramento before ultimately settling in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming where she now resides with her husband and their three children. Tina serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors and enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors with her family, and works as a full-time writer. ABOUT THE BOOK Sometimes, the key that unlocks your future lies in someone else’s past… In Ruby Among Us, Lucy DiCamillo is safely surrounded by her books, music, and art─but none of these reclusive comforts or even the protective efforts of her grandmother, Kitty can shield her from the memory of the mother she can no longer remember. Lucy senses her grandmother holds. . .

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When the Morning comes by Cindy Woodsmall

When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall My review rating: 5 of 5 starsTALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! Dudette, you can not just leave me hanging like this, I don’t know how I’m suppose to make it to September! Ugh! This book was really great, better than the first, and I really enjoyed that one. There is real issues that are tough on life and hard, but there is goodness. There are more characters to fall in love with in this book and the personalities are so real and so great, that you do not know who to love more as a reader and feel just as confused as the character and then realize the things that you know that she/he doesn’t and your heart breaks for them, but you still do not know which would be better! I could not read this book fast enough to find out what. . .

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Bringing Home the Prodigals by Rob Parsons

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: Rob Parsons and his book: Bringing Home the Prodigals Authentic (April 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rob Parsons, a lawyer by profession, has subsequently become a wellknown author and speaker on family issues. Drawing from his own experiences of family life, and often joined by his wife Dianne, he has addressed over 500,000 people in facetoface events. In 1988, Rob launched Care for the Family, a registered charity motivated by Christian compassion. The resources and support offered are available to everyone, of. . .

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Update on Spring Reading Thing 2008

What I have tried to do is put an * for things that I have read and they should be a link to a review on that book. I’m not perfect, so I’m sure there are flaws, if you find one, let me know! So, of course, knowing me, I’ve read lots, but also have gotten side tracked a lot. Some books I finally got my hands on and decided not to read. There is just too little time to read something that doesn’t jump at me! For past updates. – MJ The Restorer by Sharon Hinck*The Restorer’s Son by Sharon HinckThe Restorer’s Journey by Sharon HinckThe Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher*Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck – currently readingFirefish by George Bryan PolivkaPinkerton’s Secret by Eric LernerSushi for One by Camy TangOnly Uni by Camy TangThe Bible by Karen ArmstrongPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenSense and Sensibility by Jane. . .

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The South Beach Diet Supercharged by Arthur Agatston: a review

The South Beach Diet Supercharged by Arthur Agatston, MDpublished by Rodale Books 2008 Back in 2003, when the SBD first came out, I was a freshman in college and terrified of the “freshman 15”. My mom bought me the first The South Beach Diet and my freshman 15 was a negative 15. Through out college, I remember thinking that I was overweight, but looking back at those pictures, I truly miss how skinny I was! Through different doctors and vitamins and pills and such I got to a point where I gained a rapid and un…more Back in 2003, when the SBD first came out, I was a freshman in college and terrified of the “freshman 15”. My mom bought me the first The South Beach Diet and my freshman 15 was a negative 15. Through out college, I remember thinking that I was overweight, but looking back at those. . .

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Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingBroken Angel(WaterBrook Press (May 20, 2008) bySigmund Brouwer ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen best-selling novels for children and adults. His newest book is Fuse of Armageddon and his novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC’s Good Morning America. A champion of literacy, he teaches writing workshops for students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee. ABOUT THE BOOK Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.Her destiny is beyond comprehension.Her pursuers long to see her broken.She fights to soar.A father’s love for his daughter…a decision that would change both their lives forever. But who is she really─and why must she now run. . .

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House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

It’s May 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 21st, we will feature an author and his/her latest Teen fiction book’s FIRST chapter! Robert Liparulo and his book: House of Dark Shadows: Dreamhouse Kings, Book #1 Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Liparulo is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly. He has sold or optioned three screenplays. Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military. . .

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CSFF MindFlights

This month on the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour, we are featuring MindFlights, Monday – Wednesday 19-21st of May. MindFlights is a webzine featuring speculative fiction from various authors of much talent. For the writer, there are many contests and adventures awaiting for the reader. (I personally get lost in webzines, because there is so much information at your fingertips!) Join the other participants in the tour (below) to see their thoughts… MJ *Featured webzine, MindFlights *Participants’ Links: Brandon Barr Justin Boyer Jackie Castle CSFF Blog Tour Gene Curtis D. G. D. Davidson Jeff Draper April Erwin Karina Fabian Kameron M. Franklin Beth Goddard Andrea Graham Todd Michael Greene Katie Hart Michael Heald Christopher Hopper Joleen Howell Jason Joyner Kait Carol Keen Mike Lynch Terri Main Margaret Rebecca LuElla Miller Pamela Morrisson John W. Otte John Ottinger Rachelle Steve Rice Ashley Rutherford Mirtika or Mir’s Here Rachelle Sperling. . .

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Embrace Me by Lisa Samson

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingEmbrace Me(Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008)byLisa Samson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a talented novelist who isn’t afraid to take risks.” In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption. This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past. She lives in. . .

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Disney Film

Last night, my husband and I went on a “date” and went to see Prince Caspian. It’s been about a year or more since I last read the story of Prince Caspian and I must say that I enjoyed the film. I had read many reviews that made it seem the film was not very good, but I disagree. Perhaps, I do not remember everything in the story that I was suppose to, but I enjoyed relating to what I did recognize. For whatever reason, one of my favorite things about movies these days is when there is a sequel and they use the same actors, I just love that. I can still remember as a child, being so upset by the replacement of Collen in the Dr. Quinn TV show… The other thing that we discovered, is that we just do not enjoy going out to the movies anymore.. . .

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