Remember "early" High School???

Do you remember doing/or wearing things in high school that you never thought would come back to haunt you??? Yeah well… I honestly do not remember putting dye streaks in my hair, but I do remember that retreat. I remember the shirt, but I do not remember owning nor ever wearing shorts that were so short!!! Plus, I plead the fifth on the pacifier. Horse, okay normal. Purple blanket on the horse? So not normal! (Same retreat as dyed hair…) My friend Lauren, probably the photographer in all cases, sent me these photos yesterday. I can honestly say that I have never seen these before, and they were probably taken about ten years ago. Wow, ten years?!? What kind of things did you do ten years ago? Any pictures to dispel all denial? I wanna know… – MJ

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Searching for Spice by Megan DiMaria

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! Review to come! – MJ Today’s Wild Card author is: Megan DiMaria and her book: Searching for Spice Tyndale House Publishers (March 5, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Megan DiMaria has fond memories of childhood trips to the public library where, amid the mural of Gulliver’s Travels and stacks of books, she began a lifelong love of the written word. Searching for Spice is her debut novel. It was written as a response to a running joke she had with some girlfriends because despite being happily married, women. . .

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CFBA DragonLight by Donita K. Paul

Also, see here for my previous book tour for DragonLight for a bunch more interesting information of various posts! – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingDragonLight(WaterBrook Press – June 17, 2008)byDonita K. Paul ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.” She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops. “God must have imprinted ‘teacher’ on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.” Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh. Donita is an. . .

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Sushi for One? by Camy Tang

I ordered my book late, review to come once I get it and read it!! – MJ 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: CAMY TANG and her book: Sushi for One? Zondervan (September 1, 2007) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Camy Tang is a member of FIRST and is a loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick-lit. She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious poi-dog. In a previous life she was a biologist researcher, but these days she. . .

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Making It Real by T. Suzanne Eller (Blog tour and CONTEST)

Making It Real: Whose Faith Is It Anyway? by T. Suzanne Eller View all my reviews. Making It Real: Whose Faith Is It Anyway? Publisher: Kregel Retail: $11.99 168 pages – paperback ISBN 978-0825425431 Making It Real: Whose Faith is it Anyway? A recent statistic said that over 80% of Christian teens abandon their faith for a season. Author T. Suzanne Eller says, “As someone who has ministered to teens for a long time, I believe that teens leave a support system only to have to find out what they believe, as opposed to what they’ve heard in a sermon or celebrated as a family.” Making It Real starts that journey now, rather than later so that they are not one of the 80% who aren’t sure what they believe anymore. Whether the reader is a first-time Christ-seeker or a seasoned believer, the book is for teens wanting to know. . .

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CFBA Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall

Go back here to see my review, and go back one more day here to see a trailer for the book. It is just to die for! Click here for a peek at the first chapter (on my blog). – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFalcon And The Sparrow(Barbour Publishing, Inc – August 1, 2008)byM. L. Tyndall ABOUT THE AUTHOR:M. L. (MARYLU) TYNDALL grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul–a longing for something more. After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart. Still searching for purpose, adventure and true. . .

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The Deuteronomy Project by Richard B. Couser

This is a huge book (500+ pages), when I get through it, which I’m very excited about, you’ll get a review! – MJ 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: Richard B. Couser and his book: The Deuteronomy Project Winepress Publishing (April 16, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard B. Couser received the Book of the Year award from Your Church magazine for his earlier book, Ministry and the American Legal System, praised as “the best church and law text in print.” He has also written a number of book. . .

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Coming Unglued by Rebeca Seitz: a review

Coming Unglued by Rebeca Seitz My review rating: 5 of 5 stars“Coming Unglued” is nothing short of fabulous. It is an absolute page turner for me that I could not put down until the very end that left me with tears. As book two of a Sisters, Ink novel it does well and could be read as a stand alone although it does continue where “Sisters, Ink” left off with a focus on Kendra (book one is a focus on Tandy). This story is about forgiveness and seeing sins as what they really are and growing as an individual and as a person leaving the past as what it is. I’m not sure that anyone could read this story without related a little bit or possibly a lot to the pain of what is going on. But it is amazing how things that seem like there is no solution can. . .

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Promises, Promises by Amber Miller: Blog Tour and review

Today, I’m sharing reviews, blurbs, a guest blog, and interview with author Amber Miller. Feel free to join us, and learn a bit… GUEST BLOG Hello! My name is Tiffany Stockton, but I publish under Amber Miller (a combination of my middle and maiden names). Margaret invited me here as a guest to be part of my 3-week blog tour promoting my first 2 books. I have to admit that coming up with topics to discuss without any leads or ideas isn’t easy. But with this blog, the title sparks ideas all their own. Creative madness. There are definite times when my creativity can make me mad, and not in the “angry” sense of the word. Rather, it can take over my life and my focus until the ideas swimming in my head refuse to go away until they’re given a voice. And speaking of voices, as an author, I’ve. . .

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CSFF Blog Tour: DragonLight Day 3

Today, for the third day of the DragonLight Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour (see previous dates), I want to turn back and look at some posts by some fellow members. For one, I found a fan-tabulous interview that was completely fabulous with tons of information that I did not know about our beloved Donita K. Paul over at Back to the Mountains. Secondly, there is even more information (that made me giggle, which is always a good thing) that I found on the Motiv8 website. Speaking of Motiv8, it is the Fantasy Fiction Tour that this year will bring out the dragons in California. West Coast – October 4th-12th 2008 Join Bryan Davis, Christopher Hopper, Jonathan Rogers, Eric Reinhold, L.B. Graham, Sharon Hinck, Wayne Thomas Batson, and of course our dear Donita K. Paul — See if the FFT 2008 is coming to your city by checking out. . .

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Nan’s Journey by Elaine Littau

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: Elaine Littau and her book: Nan’s Journey Tate Publishing & Enterprises (January 2, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Littau is a life-long resident of Perryton, TX. She met husband, Terry at the Apostolic Faith Bible College in Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1974. They married March 1, 1975 and reside on a small acreage near Perryton where they enjoy spending time with their family and friends. They raised three sons and now have three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren added to their family. They also. . .

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CFBA Painted Dresses by Patricia Hickman

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Painted Dresses(WaterBrook Press – July 15, 2008)byPatricia Hickman ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Patricia Hickman is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, whose work has been praised by critics and readers alike. Patricia Hickman began writing many years ago after an invitation to join a writer’s critique group. It was headed up by best-selling author Dr. Gilbert Morris, a pioneer in Christian fiction who has written many best selling titles. The group eventually came to be called the “Nubbing Chits”. All four members of the original “Chits” have gone on to become award-winning and best selling novelists (good fruit, Gil!). Patty signed her first multi-book contract with Bethany House Publishers. After she wrote several novels “for the market”, she assessed her writer’s life and decided she would follow the leanings of her heart. She says, “It had to be God leading me into the next. . .

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CSFF Blog Tour: DragonLight Day 2

Day TWO, of the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour for creative Fantasy Author Donita K. Paul‘s newest book #5 DragonLight. Look at yesterday’s Day 1 post for a start. Today, I want to wet your appetite just a little further with my thoughts on book #2 DragonQuest. I liked this book even more than DragonSpell! The ending of this book is absolutely fabulous! And as for the rest of the book, not too far off either. I was not able to read this book through as fast as I would like, as I was interrupted by a million different things. Yet, I’m so glad I was able to read it. Donita Paul really knows how to tell a story. Some characters you think you know until you don’t, and it is in an amazing way that you didn’t see coming. One of the things that she ha…more The. . .

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The Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall: FIRST chapter

Go back here to see my review, and go back one more day here to see a trailer for the book. It is just to die for! – MJ 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: Marylu Tyndall and her book: The Falcon and the Sparrow Barbour Publishing, Inc (August 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MaryLu spent her early years in South Florida where she fell in love with the ocean and the warm tropical climate. After moving to California with her husband, she graduated from college and worked. . .

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Try Darkness by James Scott Bell: CFBA Blog Tour & Giveaway

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingTry Darkness(Center Street – July 30, 2008)byJames Scott Bell Leave a pertinent comment on this post and be entered to win book #1 Try Dying or book #2 Try Darkness (list your preference). Winner will be contacted at the end of today or tomorrow morning. – MJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JAMES SCOTT BELL is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He has also been the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles. His first Buchanan thriller, TRY DYING, was released to high critical praise, while sis book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. ABOUT THE BOOK Ty Buchanan is living on the peaceful grounds of St. Monica’s,. . .

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CSFF Blog Tour: DragonLight Day 1

This week, Monday through Wednesday—July 21-23, is our June CSFF (Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy) Blog Tour for Donita Paul’s DragonLight, book 5 of the DragonKeeper Chronicles! On all three days (see future posts) you have the opportunity to leave comments to win a handmade beaded dragon bookmark and/or a t-shirt. Pictures of these type items and more just as fabulous if not even more cool DragonKeeper stuff is on the DK Chronicles Website here. This is some pretty neat stuff, and you should really check it out! (I love the mugs, they are just too adorable!) The Featured book, DragonLight, is book #5 in the DragonKeeper Chronicles written by Donita K. Paul, find out more about her and her series on her website here, or her blog here. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while may have seen back in April that I. . .

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