CFBA: Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo with REVIEW

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Beloved CaptiveBarbour Publishing, Inc (November 1, 2008) byKathleen Y’Barbo ABOUT THE AUTHOR: There’s never a dull moment in the Y’Barbo household! From hockey and cheer mom to publicist to bestselling author, Kathleen Y’Barbo somehow manages to do it all – and well. While wearing her publicist’s hat, Kathleen has secured interviews with radio, television, and print media for clients at NavPress, Hatchette, Integrity, Barbour Publishing, and Broadman & Holman, to name a few. She also brings her own unique blend of Southern charm and witty prose to the more than 350,000 award-winning novels and novellas currently in print. Her novels have been nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006; and 2007 will see the release of her 25th book. Kathleen is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage. . .

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Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo: a review

Beloved Captive: Fairweather Keys Series #2 by Kathleen Y’Barbo My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAs my first book that I have read by Kathleen Y’Barbo I am quite the fan. From several author buddies, Kathleen’s books have been recommended and she has been called a great friend so I was excited when I was given the chance to review “Beloved Captive,” the second book in the Fairweather Keys series, even though I have not read the first. But after reading this one, I do believe I will go back to find the first as this was quite enjoyable. The title is absolutely perfect and captures the entire story. Characters are individually fabulous and entertaining. At first what I deemed to be a predictable story was actually full of unforeseeable twists and turns. Action and adventure with romance and pirates! What could be better?! A perfect vacation or weekend read. . .

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Mailbox Monday – November 24th

Whew! It is so good to be back online and I’m attempting to get back on my routine of things, especially special posts like this one, Mailbox Monday hosted by the PrintedPage. Of course, I’m missing a few things here and there, with the books that have arrived in the last couple weeks or so… A couple that I know of the top of my head are: From Paperbackswap.com – Stephen Lawhead‘s The Song of Albion Book #1 The Paradise War and Tracie Peterson‘s Kansas, a Barbour novella omnibus. Also, the first book I received at home was Christmas Promises by LeAnn Weiss curtesy of Tracy McCarter of TBBMedia.com. Other than that… let me think… Oh, there was The Jesus Who Never Lived, that one is for a FWC (First Wild Card) tour coming up soon… Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow, for a tour… A Taste of Murder by Virginia. . .

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Gingham Mountain (Lassoed in Texas, Book #3) by Mary Connealy: a raving review

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! This is the best from Mary Connealy yet, and quite possibly the best book I have ever read (under 300 pages). You have to understand… This is one of those books that you read when you have some time by yourself. First off is the matter of time, because once you start I promise it is impossible if not painful to put it down. Then, secondly, by yourself because otherwise you are going to be quite embarrassed by the looks that you will earn. I read it with only my two cats nearby and they still looked at me as if I were crazed. *snicker* Upon starting the story there are a couple little giggles, but shortly there after they turn in to little chuckles, and then every once in a while a snicker. Once, finally it. . .

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Children’s Book: Night’s Nice: a review

Night’s Nice by Barbara Emberley My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat a perfect bedtime book! I absolutely love this little book and I am not giving it up. *grin* “Caldecott Award winners Ed and Barbara Emberley capture the wonder of nighttime in this reissued bedtime classic.” Little many many reasons of why night is a nice thing, the sound and rhythm of this short story is relaxing and is sure to work some wonders on aiding your little one to sleep. I highly recommend it for all homes! View all my reviews. Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316066230 ISBN-13: 978-0316066235 Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.3 inches

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The Beginner’s Guide to Bears: a review

The Beginner’s Guide to Bears by Gillian Shields My review With the squishy cover, it’s already a favorite for my shelf to share with nieces and nephews and one day my own kids. This book is a great tool for bedtime reading or anytime cuddly reading. From discussing what a teddy bear is, to what they can do, to preferences for teddy bear toys to teddy bear doctors and teddy bear sleep, this book is a great educational story that will leave readers child and adult alike wanting to snuggle with their teddy. View all my reviews. Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: L,B Kids (December 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316032735 ISBN-13: 978-0316032735 Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches

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FIRST: Infidel (Graphic Novel, The Lost Books of History, book #2) by Ted Dekker: a review

It’s the 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! Ted Dekker and his book: Infidel–Graphic Novel: The Lost Books Series Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing. After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for. . .

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FIRST: Pure Gold by Pam Davis with thoughts

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: Pam Davis and the book: Pure Gold Authentic (September 15, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PAM DAVIS is an author and motivational speaker who views her charge as bringing the timeworn truths of Scripture to life. Pams candid teaching style not only enlightens but also entertains, leaving her audiences with a refreshed desire for the living Word of God. She lives with her husband, Steven, and three children in Fort Worth, Texas. Visit the author’s website. Product Details: List Price: $14.99 Paperback: 192. . .

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FIRST: 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer

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: Joyce Meyer and the book: 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life FaithWords (2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JOYCE MEYER is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than seventy inspirational books, including The Confident Woman, Look Great, Feel Great, and the entire Battlefield of the Mindfamily of books. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs. . .

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FIRST: Jesus Take the Wheel by Stuart Migdon

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: Stuart Migdon and the book: Jesus Take the Wheel: 7 Keys to a Transformed Life with God WinePress Publishing Group (July 1, 2008) ) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stuart Migdon was raised in Reformed Judaism. He married and became a father at the age of 18. He supported his family, and in four years he graduated college with honors. Through persistence he became a CPA and later a successful insurance agent. With a commitment to hard work and excellence, Stuart continued to achieve. . .

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Christmas Promises

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?Encouragement for the Christmas Season For some, the Christmas season is a marathon—a month of parties, decorating, shuffling through crowded malls, and family gatherings. For the last-minute types among us, Christmas is a sprint—a dizzying, fruitcake-fueled race to the finish line. For others, the season dredges up painful memories of lost loved ones or dreams deferred. Amid both the commotion and the emotion, it’s easy for anyone, even the most devoted Christian, to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. In her inspirational new book, Christmas Promises: Heavenly Gifts for the Holiday Season (Regal, 2008), author and speaker LeAnn Weiss encourages readers to embrace the deepest significance of the Christmas season, a time to celebrate the keeping of God’s greatest promise—His Son, Emmanuel…God with us. In a popular culture in which guarantees are nullified by the fine print and marriage vows have. . .

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CFBA: White Christmas Pie by Wanda Brunstetter

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing White Christmas PieBarbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008)byWanda E. Brunstetter ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fascinated by the Amish people during the years of visiting her husband’s family in Pennsylvania, WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER combined her interest with her writing and now has eleven novels about the Amish in print, along with numerous other stories and ministry booklets. She lives in Washington State, where her husband is a pastor, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the states. This year Wanda also publishedA Sister’s Hope ABOUT THE BOOK Step into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you’ll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall. Abandoned by his. . .

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Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday: Reviewing

As my first jump into Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday, this one is a whopper and important one to me. Here’s the question from Amy: The past couple of days there has been a big flare-up in the broader book blogging community regarding review policies and a blogger’s obligation to an author once they’ve received a review copy. For those of you who belong to the blogging alliance FIRST, we’ve also discussed this issue a little bit. I decided to make today’s question about this, because I think this is an even tougher situation for Christian reviewers who review Christian books. So here goes…do you receive review copies of Christian books? If so, do you review them honestly? How do you handle it when you don’t like a book but are obligated to provide a review? Who do you see your first commitment being to in book reviewing (besides God)? Yourself?. . .

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Quilting Den

One of the absolute best things about my new house is the Quilting Den. Right now it is not much, and things are just piled everywhere, but it’s functional and that’s what counts. Here are a few pictures to show you what I mean… Ok. Here you can see, while I’m standing in the center of the room facing the Quilting/Sewing area. Patches is delighted about carpet being everywhere in the house, and you can constantly see her stretched out enjoyed it. *grin* Hershey apparently has decided that my “work table” is very functional as well as comfortable… On these shelves you see my HP collection, The Inheritance Series, Hobbit, LOTR, Narnia, Maid Marian, The King Raven Series, The Heretic Queen (my sister has Princess Ben and Neftertiti) and the Twilight Saga. On the other shelf my B&N Leatherbound Classics and then part of my Bible collection. On the back. . .

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My Wishlist

I was over at Books for the Holidays… …and I was checking out the latest post about “our own” lists. I had never thought to share that… It is kinda funny actually, next Tuesday is my birthday and I have been trying to figure out what I really want. I just keep thinking about books! I have so many that I’m blessed with through reviews and such, but there are still so many others that I want. Then there are the quilts, I have so many quilt kits that I’m working on that it’s ridiculous and I really should not acquire any more until I have completed some of these, but there are just so many cute and pretty ones out there that just scream cozy at me! Then there are the cross stitch kits… I have been pretty good about not getting any of those lately, but then my. . .

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