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Jackson Jones {Preview}

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jenn Kelly illustrated by: Ariane Elsammak Genre: Christian Juvenile Fiction Pages: 272 Trade Paperback Date Published: August 6, 2010 Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan *Thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for providing an ARC for review through FIRST Wild Card Tours.* You never know when I might play a wild card on you! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university, spent many years writing bad poetry, and then decided to write a book. This is it. She is married to her best friend, Danny, and is mom to a. . .

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Free Book – Elvis Takes a Back Seat…

Free Book Download! “First-class entertainment.” ~RomanceReaderatHeart.com Celebrating the release of Leanna Ellis’s new novel, Facelift, her earlier hit Elvis Takes a Back Seat is a FREE download at Amazon through September 30. Acclaim for previous Leanna Ellis novels: “Sharp prose and an appealing love story make this tale a winner.” ~Library Journal (Once in a Blue Moon) “One of my favorite new authors . . . such unique stories.” ~Write by Faith (Ruby’s Slippers) “I was floored by the way this book made me feel . . . first-class entertainment.” ~RomanceReaderAtHeart.com (Elvis Takes a Back Seat)

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The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky {Preview}

On the heels of Mark Hitchcock’s prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth—December 21, 2012.

Andrew Morgan is a wealthy geologist in search of the meaning of life. In his quest for answers he encounters the ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in 2012. That the claims seem supported by math and astronomy drives him to check on them. Then he meets Lisa Campbell, an attractive Christian journalist also researching the Mayan calendar. She shares what the Bible says about the last days, yet is quickly dismissed.

During 2011, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and wars rapidly escalate. Are these the early indicators of a global apocalypse? Will anyone survive? Does Lisa’s Bible have the answers after all? Or has fate destined everyone to a holocaust from which there is no escape?

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No Slippy Hair Clippy — Clipettes!

We love our NSHC collection. Nothing else will do quite the same and I’m just ecstatic about their new collection of Clipettes! Could Clipettes be any cuter? As of July, the latest innovation from No Slippy Hair Clippy introduced five different bows all created from top-quality solid grosgrain ribbon! These modern ribbon prints and bows are a perfect everyday value! Clipettes are fully lined grosgrain hair clips, and feature No Slippy’s trademark “non-slip clip” design, to hold the wispest hair securely without damaging it. And to make them completely irresistible, Clipettes bow range from $4.95-5.95 USD Clipettes – cuter than ever, and hair to stay! www.hairclippy.com My kid is cute. There is absolutely no way that anyone can argue that AppleBlossom is not one cute little girl. Yet, part of that cuteness shines through when she is wearing these adorable baby clothes made for cuteness and then her hair is. . .

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Guest Post from The Aristobrats Author Jennifer Solow

Unexpected Turbulence I had been running an advertising agency in San Francisco. In fact, I had had a successful career in advertising for twenty years – my career was at its highpoint both in terms of income and accomplishment (and stress). So much stress in fact that I was like a rubber band about to pop at any moment. As a result of all that pent up anxiety, I had struggled for many years with a major fear of flying: turbulence, to be specific. I had tried therapy, self-hypnosis, biofeedback training, meditation, anti-anxiety meds,everything – and FINALLY, after years of struggling, I went to the Fear of Flying course at the San Francisco Airport and graduated with flying colors! Where did I take my very first fear-free flight? Why to a new business pitch in New York City, September 10th, 2001! So I had checked out of my hotel and. . .

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The Pursuit of the Holy {Preview}

“Be holy as I am holy,” says the Lord. It’s the most extravagant—and audacious—invitation ever sent: Or in the words of Jesus: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” But can that really happen? Is holiness an achievable goal for sinful human beings? That’s the ultimate focus of this thoughtful, thorough, and engaging study of what it means to be holy. Drawing on the Bible and Christian thinkers through the ages, Simon Ponsonby affirms that because of God’s gracious love and desire for communion with us, he has done what is possible for us not only to pursue holiness, but to achieve it. While we can never count on attaining moral perfection in this life, we need not settle for less than increasing victory over sin. And as more and more Christians choose to partner with God in the ongoing process of sanctification, we set the stage for revival.

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Fall Into Reading 2010

Okay, so I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I wanted to join this. Because I know when I make a list, then there are some I do not end up reading and that frustrates me. However, I decided since there are some nifty new questions involved this fall that I’m in. 🙂 Here’s a brief recap of how to be a part of Fall Into Reading 2010: Make a list of books you want to read (or finish reading) this fall. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like. (Also, feel free to modify your list during the challenge if it’s not working for you.) Write a blog post containing your list and submit it to this post using the Mr. Linky below. Get reading! The challenge goes from today, September 22nd, through December 20th. Check out other participants’ lists and add to. . .

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2010 New-to-Me Christian Author Challenge

Here’s a challenge to read 20 books from Christian authors that you have not read before. Pick any Christian book, fiction or non-fiction, but it MUST be an author that you have not read before. Must be 20 DIFFERENT authors! Any title, Christian genre and length of book will count for this challenge. No reviews are necessary. (But reviews are always nice to read!) Books read for other challenges DO count toward fulfilling the 20 author commitment of this challenge! MUST be a Christian author!!! It will begin January 1, 2010 and will end December 31, 2010. A winner will be chosen at random to receive a prize package of 10 (TEN) Christian books. (Exact books to be determined at a later date.) Only open to U.S. residents. Find more info here. So, I just discovered this challenge today and realize I might have already completely it, so why not. . .

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Teaser Tuesday – For the King’s Favor by Elizabeth Chadwick

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! He was no slave to lust and fornication the way some men were, but bedding his wife–and being bedded–was a delight he had sorely missed. ~ p. 354 For the King’s Favor by Elizabeth Chadwick Though this quote is a bit hot and for an adult audience, I love passion well placed. Thank goodness my husband does not go. . .

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24-Hour Read-a-Thon October 9th, 2010

It’s that time again! Seriously? Already? I was shocked when I realized the other week was already BBAW and then I’m still shocked again that it is already time for the next 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. *sigh* It seems that every year it is one thing or another that gets in the way of my participation in the read-a-thon and that is no different this year it would seem. I’ll spend the day traveling. Saying goodbyes, going to the airport, doing the airport and flying then (with the toddler AppleBlossom!) and then attempting to find my Enginerd off his own plane and heading home… eventually. Alas. I will not participate this year, but you should! Head on over to www.24hourreadathon.com to get the latest details and sign up to read, cheer, and host mini challenges!

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Judgment Day by Wanda Dyson {Preview}

Sensational journalism has never been so deadly. The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her employers, putting her credibility in question and threatening her professional ambitions..

Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating, John Edward Sterling, unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, Sterling is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex-fiancé–the man she betrayed in college.

Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.

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Prayers the Release Heaven on Earth by John Eckhardt {Preview}

Discover how God will establish his kingdom! Examining prophecies in the Old Testament and passages announcing the nearness of Christ’s return, Eckhardt reveals God’s plan for filling the earth with righteousness. You’ll be inspired by powerful prayers and declarations to keep your mind and heart focused on the will of God.

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Valeria's Cross in stores today!

Brand new in stories today from Abingdon Press is Valeria’s Cross by Kathi Macias and Susan Wales In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and. . .

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Mailbox Monday – September 27th

I keep forgetting to let you know what arrived. Well this week I made a pile, and refused to let myself sort the books until I took a picture at the end of the week and this is what you get! Christmas books are starting to arrive! I cannot believe that season has already started weaving it’s way in… *sigh* I hope though that there will still be Christmas themed books to read in December and that the new releases are not all beyond it. We’ll see. Some great ARCs from MIRA thanks to one of my favorite new Publicist firms Nancy Berland PR… and then tour books for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and of course my daily preview into FIRST Chapters as a FIRST Wild Card Tours Assistant Director… and random new authors and titles that have caught my eye as well as some trades from PaperBackSwap and. . .

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