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The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann: Q & A

The Edge of Recallby Kristen HeitzmannISBN:978-0-7642-2831-5Trade Paper; $13.99; 416pp.Release Date:July 2008Available at your local bookstore, bethanyhouse.com or by calling 1-800-877-2665.1.Labyrinths play a key role in your new release,The Edge of Recall. Can you tell us why you chose that element? I found the idea ofa prayer walk intriguing.Labyrinths,unlike mazes,have a singlewinding path that leads to the center and back out the same way.Walked meditatively itsymbolizes a pilgrimage toward God and a return,bringing the peace and insight gainedalong the way.My lead,Tessa Young,creates labyrinths in her desire to make sense ofthenightmares that have terrified her since her dad’s disappearance,and also to access God’swisdom without risking a personal relationship with the Father.2.Monsters are also a key element,especially within the labyrinth. Can you discuss that theme? Many cultures have had a labyrinth myth in which a monster impedes and threatens thelife ofthe sojourner.Satan operates in this way against Christians seeking deeperunderstanding,relationship,and fruitful service to. . .

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Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Edge Of Recall(Bethany House July 1, 2008)byKristen Heitzmann ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Of her three main interests, art, music and writing, she chose to study English at the University of Colorado and thrived on Creative Writing and Literature classes. She married her husband Jim, and turned her energy to building a family. They have four children whom they have home schooled for all or most of their education. Kristen is a music minister with the ecumenical covenant community People of Praise. Once she realized the stories in her head were truly a calling from the Lord, she made writing not just a passion, but a ministry. She has written seven historical fiction novels as part of the The Rocky Mountain Legacy series, the Diamond of the Rockies series, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. Most recently, she has written several contemporary fiction novels, including. . .

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Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Fabulous, that’s the first thing I must say about this book, but I’ll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers of Avon Inspire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though…) Now, about the actual story. Anna’s live is an interesting one. A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection.. . .

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Petticoat Ranch & Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy

Today’s Wild Card is Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy, but before I give you a blurb and first chapter of it, I want to give you my review of Petticoat Ranch. On Wednesday, I’ll bring you a review of Calico Canyon. Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy My review rating: 5 of 5 starsHistorical fiction is my favorite Christian fiction genre I believe. It is how I got started reading Christian fiction, one problem with it, is that some how I seem to have started with the best and often have a hard time finding anything that really meets the par. Things are great and enjoyable, but not quite as exciting as those first Liz Curtis Higgs or Tracie Peterson and even Francine Rivers‘ Redeeming Love. Well, boy is that not the case with Mary Connealy! Welcome to my favorites’ shelf! (Literally I do have a favorites’ shelf, if my mom. . .

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Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deanne Gist

It took me a while to get a copy of this book, so I’ve just started it. Yet I can not tell you how excited I am to be reading this one. I’ve have been looking forward to Deep in the Heart of Trouble ever since I finished reading Courting Trouble last fall. Click the book image to read that review on my goodreads page. One thing that I can tell you is that I do not know how many times I have picked up this book and just stare at the cover. They did a great job with this one. The flowers on the dress look as if they are 3D and seriously I reach out to touch them thinking they’ll be bumpy on the cover, but nope, just an image. Really beautiful at that! – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingDeep In The Heart Of Trouble(Bethany. . .

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A Bride so Fair by Carol Cox

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: Carol Cox and her book: A Bride so Fair Barbour Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2008) A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is absolutely one of the best books that I have ever read in my entire life so far!!! A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox is the first work of Carol Cox’s that I have had the privilege to read, but I’m excited now about finding more from her. First off, of the. . .

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From A Distance by Tamera Alexander

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing From A Distance(Bethany House June 1, 2008)byTamera Alexander Book was detained, I will read this and write a review and I cannot wait. Oh, and btw Tamera is a fellow GACS persona! MJABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots and poignant prose resonate with readers. Tamera is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Award Remembered, and has been awarded the coveted RITA® from Romance Writers of America Revealed, along with Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006 Rekindled. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in the quaint town of historic Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a precious—and precocious—silky terrier named Jack. A Note from Tamera: Stories are journeys, and each story I write is a journey for me. Rekindled. . .

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Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Washington’s Lady(Bethany House June 1, 2008)byNancy MoserI definitely support Nancy Moser, but sadly this book never arrived. I still cannot wait to get my hands on it though! (Also, for many of the upcoming CFBA books did not arrive, some list error! But never fear I will get them and read them eventually and send a review your way…) What I can tell you is that I have read one of Nancy’s historical woman books… none other than Jane Austen! Just Jane was a very fun read. This is what I had to say about it: (Previous blog post) Jane Austen of course is legend to us today. Although I have heard some historical discrepancies from one or two things in this novel of her life, I really see this as a depiction that is the most true to how I see Jane’s. . .

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CSFF The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren, Day 2

Day 2 on the April Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour of Monday – Wednesday, April 21-23rd is Lisa Tawn Bergren‘s book, The Begotten, book #1 in The Gifted Series. (see yesterday for day 1) So, about that email I mentioned yesterday… here for your conversation perusal purposes… my email to Lisa and her response! Dear Lisa, Last summer I worked in an embroidery shop in a historic downtown and there were many more “free” hours than there were customers and it was during that time that I discovered Christian fiction. I have to admit that your book was available from the library as a new book and I started reading it. I did not get very far, I stopped because it was so different and frightened me that it would be so like The Di Vinci Code with the heresy and blasphemy so I put it back. Now,. . .

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Discovering God’s Will by Gordon S. Jackson

It’a April 15th, but this has nothing to do with taxes! It is time for the Non~FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 15th, we will featuring an author and his/her latest non~fiction book’s FIRST chapter! The feature author is: Gordon S. Jackson and his book: A Handbook for Discovering God’s Will NavPress Publishing Group (March 26, 2008) My Thoughts: This book is just utterly fabulous. I wish that I had this book to read back in 2002 or 2003 when my life was really confused, but it is even wonderful to read now. It’s neat actually… on Thursday I was reading a book, Deirdre by Linda Windsor , and the main theme and verse Jeremiah 29:11, that keeps coming back throughout the book is the idea of a “relationship” with God and how he is always there in a complete give and take when you seek him.. . .

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For Pete’s Sake by Linda Windsor

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing For Pete’s SakeBook Two of the Piper Cove Chronicles(Avon Inspire – April 1, 2008)byLinda Windsor ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances. A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire’s launch list. In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst.. . .

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Awaken My Heart by DiAnn Mills

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAwaken My HeartAvon Inspire (February 5, 2008) byDiAnn Mills ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She is the author of numerous titles including novels, novellas, and a nonfiction. In addition, she’s written several short stories, articles, devotions, and has contributed to several nonfiction compilations. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story. Several of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents, and she remains a favorite author by Heartsong Present’s readers. Two of her books have won short historical of the year by American Christian Fiction Writers both in 2003 and 2004.. . .

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Historical Fiction Reviews

Publisher: Author: Title: *Review pending (General Market Historical Fiction at the bottom of the page) Visit Christian Historical Fiction Abingdon Press Rita Gerlach Surrender the Wind Avon Inspire DiAnn Mills – Stand alone novel(s) Awaken My Heart Lori Copeland – Belles of Timber Creek Series Twice Loved Three Times Blessed One True Love Lyn Cote – Texas: Star of Destiny Series The Desires of Her Heart Her Inheritance Forever* Tracey Bateman – Westward Hearts Series Defiant Heart Distant Heart Dangerous Heart B&H T. L. Higley – Seven Wonders Series Shadow of Colossus City of the Dead Guardian of the Flame Barbour Books Amber Miller (Stockton)– Liberty’s Promise Promises Promises Quills and Promises Deceptive Promises Kathleen Y’Barbo – Fairweather Keys Beloved Castaway Beloved Captive Beloved Counterfeit Kelly Eileen Hake – Prairie Promises The Bride Bargain The Bride Backfire The Bride Blunder Mary Connealy – Lassoed in Texas Trilogy Petticoat Ranch Calico. . .

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