• The Mystery of History

FIRST Chapter: Camp Club Girls and the Mystery at Discovery Lake

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: Renae Brumbaugh and the book: Camp Club Girls & the Mystery at Discovery Lake Barbour Books (January 1, 2010) ***Special thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Books for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Renae Brumbaugh lives in Texas with. . .

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Giveaway: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

This giveaway is closed. Why do you want to read this one? Thanks to Hatchette Book Group I have up to FIVE copies to give away!! This is a general market title and I have not read it. Depending on how many people enter the more I will giveaway. This giveaway is open to US & Canada Only. Deadline for entries is January 18th. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to. . .

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Waiting on Wednesdays – January 6th, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: When novelists Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand first met in a Houston critique group, they never expected where friendship would take them. She wrote romance; he wrote crime novels. But growing respect for each other’s work culminated in the decision to try blending their talents into this wonderfully engaging story merging romance and mystery. Rylee Monroe walks dogs in old-money Charleston, a part of the city recently targeted by a daring thief. Logan Woods works the crime beat for the local paper but dreams of a life as a nonfiction writer. When the string of robberies takes a strange twist, Logan sees the making of a once-in-a-lifetime book that seems to circle around this charming, eye-catching dogwalker. But pursuing the truth. . .

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2010 Christian Historical Fiction Challenge

1. The goal is to read and promote Christian Historical Fiction by reading at least 24 titles. That is two per month, but anyone who wants to commit to more or less is welcome to join in on the fun. Anyone can join. You do not need a blog to participate. I have started a CHF Group to promote discussions as well. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, and other formats are all allowed. As long as the book can by purchased it counts. 3. Feel free to list a proposed lists of TBR (to-be-reads) but you can also list them as you go. 4. Duplicates from other reading challenges can also count. 5. Challenge begins January 3rd through December 31st. Books started before count. *wink* Sign up here! The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish). . .

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100+ Reading Challenge 2010

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. –Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts. What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible. 3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. 4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count. 5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count. McLinky available at J. Kaye’s Book. . .

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Chunkster 2010 Challenge

February 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011 Definition of a Chunkster: A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) … A chunkster should be a challenge. If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more … The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate. The Rules: No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn’t seem right. Words on paper for this one folks. No e-Books allowed – we are reading traditional, fat books for this challenge. Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted. Books may crossover with other challenges Anyone may join. If you don’t have a blog, just leave me a comment on this post with your progress (and to let me know you are playing) You don’t need to list your books ahead. . .

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New Authors 2010 Challenge

The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels.  Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors.  It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop.  Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky.  We all want to know about your new experience. After reading your new author, write your review and. . .

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Historical Fiction Reading 2010 Challenge

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer Rocky Mountain Oasis by Lynnette Bonner An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell Morning’s Refrain by Tracie Peterson Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin Forevermore by CMH Fancy Pants by CMH Whirlwind by CMH Serendipity by CMH Twilight’s Serenade by Tracie Peterson Maid to Match be Deeanne Gist* A Woman Called Sage by DiAnn Mills* Here Burns my Candle by LCH When the Heavens Fall by Gilbert Morris Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn

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Year of the Historical 2010 Reading Challenge

12 total, one a month. Lots a details and sign up here.  Oh do I have to? *grin*  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn  Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James Becoming Lucy by Martha Rogers The Centurions Wife by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn The Hidden Flame by Janette Oke and David Bunn An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer Rocky Mountain Oasis by Lynnette Bonner An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson

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Romance 2010 Reading Challenge(s)

Same details, sign up here. Similar, but different number and different host, sign up here. Romance (5) Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy The Raven Saint by ML Tyndall Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and Mark Bertrand Heatherstone by Letitia Harmon Luxe by Anna Godbersen Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater Tales of the Heart by Loree Lough Copper and Candles by Amber Stockton A Texas Legacy Christmas by DiAnn Mills The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen Along Came a Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley A Kiss for Cade by Lori Copeland A Woman Called Sage by DiAnn Mills* Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll The Sweet By and. . .

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