The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck

FIRST – The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck It is March FIRST, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature is: Sharon Hinck and her book: The Restorer’s Journey Navpress Publishing Group (February 7, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Sharon Hinck holds a BA in education, and she earned an MA in communication from Regent University in 1986. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a homeschool mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime, she’s pouring her imagination into writing.. . .

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Shattered Justice by Karen Ball: a review

Shattered Justice by Karen BallBook #1 in the Family Honor Series If you’re in the mood to read something that will pull you through the absolute worse grief by introducing you to multiple characters and then brutally killing them off one by one, then by all means read this book immediately. Once again, I have to say that the reason that I read Christian fiction is for the uplifting joy of realizing again and again that God is there. I guess I’m weak and need an escape and that is what I need fiction for, but I can not handle books like this. Shattered Justice is real life in a fictious story. Real things like this happen, life like this happens. This story does have some terrible turn of events and God does get to show his love and it does end on a wonderfully happy note. It’s just not. . .

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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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What I’m Reading…

“Auralia’s Colors” by Jeffrey Overstreet“Abandoned Identity” by Tamara Tilley“Reluctant Smuggler” by Jill Elzabeth Nelson“Jane Austen The Complete Novels”“Illuminated” by Matt Bronleewe“The Redemption of Sarah Cain” by Beverly Lewis“Stuck in the Middle” by Virginia Smith“Sisters, Ink” by Rebeca Seitz“Land of My Heart” by Tracie Peterson“A Passion Most Pure” by Julie Lessman“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson“What Lies Within” by Karen Ball“When Comes the Spring” by Janet Oke“Faina” by Rudy Gaborno“The Book of God” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.“Courting Trouble” by Deeanne Gist“The Amish Quilt” by Eve Wheatcroft Granick

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Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Distant Heart (Avon Inspire January 2, 2008) by Tracey Bateman To find out more about this book immediately, go to the CFBA blog and see what they had to say… Distant Heart is the sequel to Defiant Heart and therefore, I feel that I should tell you about Defiant Heart first. The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but… I have the sequel on my bookshelf, so I’m OK. Fannie’s life has seen rough days, she has lost both of her parents, left to take care of her younger twin siblings and sold by her supposed loving step-father immediately after her mother’s death in childbirth to a stillborn. The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and. . .

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What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingWhat Lies WithinMultnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007)byKaren Ball ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today’s bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather – both pastors who shared God’s truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen’s writing style is a powerful force for revealing God’s truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their “kids,” Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named “Destructo.” ABOUT THE BOOK: Nothing’s going to stop Kyla… until the ground crumbles beneath her feet. Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center. . .

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Tamera Alexander’s Rekindled, Revealed & Remembered

I just finished reading Tamera Alexander’s current Trilogy. It was thoroughly enjoyable, it was better with every new twist and turn. Rekindled/Revealed/Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles 1-3) by Tamera Alexander published 2007 by Bethany House Publishers binding Paperback isbn 0764283464 (isbn13: 9780764283468) pages 1024 description This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled …more [close] This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled within its mountains and sustained by one of its major creeks, three couples find adventure and love on the frontier. Each person will be called upon to stand on nothing more than faith, risk what is most dear, and turn away from the past in order to follow God’s plan for the future. Titles include Rekindled,. . .

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Fall Into Reading 2007

So I’m a little late in joining, but right there with the desire and passion. Fall Into Reading 2007 Here’s my list: Admission by Travis Thrasher*Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons & Porter*Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts by Mary Hickey*Consciously Female by Tracy GaudetThe Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness by Jordan Rubin*The Great Physician’s Rx for Weight Loss by Jordan Rubin*The Great Physician’s Rx for Women’s Health by Jordan & Nicki Rubin*South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, MD*Baptized in Blood by Charles Reagan Wilson*The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch*Generous Orthodoxy by Brian D. McLaren*Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson*Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them by Liz Curtis HiggsThe Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs*Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs*Fair is the Rose by Liz Curtis Higgs*Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs*Grace. . .

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Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

It is November 1st, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature author is: LISA SAMSON and her book: Hollywood Nobody Th1nk Books (August 30, 2007) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird. Apples of Gold was her first novel for teens. Visit Lisa at http://www.lisasamson.com/ These days, she’s working on Quaker Summer, volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, raising children and trying to be supportive of a husband in seminary. (Trying . . . some days she’s downright awful. It’s a good thing he’s such a fabulous cook!) She can tell you one thing, it’s never dull around there. Other Novels by Lisa: Straight Up, , Club Sandwich, Songbird, Tiger Lillie, The Church Ladies, Women’s Intuition:. . .

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Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

Illuminated(Thomas Nelson August 7, 2007)Matt Bronleewe, you remember the Jars of Clay guy? Yup the same one… He has written this new book Illuminated. At first glance I thought I dunno, there are not many “male” Christian Fiction Writers that I have gotten into, guess I’m a hopeless romantic more than I realized… but just within one chapter of his new book I’m hooked and so excited to keep the pages turning!!! I dunno why, but whenever I read something new, especially from an author that I’m not used to, I always compare it to other things that I liked or disliked to see if I might continue… in the first chapter I have already thought of the National Treasure movie, all sorts of archaeological twist movies, as well as the good parts of the scary movie the 9th Gate. For all people who enjoy basic religious fiction, but are. . .

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Contemporary Christian Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending (Amish Novels on the bottom of this post) Abingdon PressAriel Allisoneye of the godAvon InspireKristin BillerbeckThe Trophy Wives Club*Back to Life Linda WindsorWedding Bell Blues For Pete’s Sake* B&H James David JordanForsakenDouble Cross Rebeca Seitz – Sisters, Ink SeriesSisters, InkComing UngluedScrapping Plans Perfect Piece* Barbour BooksKaye Dacus – Brides of BonneterreStand-In GroomMenu for RomanceA Case for Love Bethany HouseDeeanne Gist & J. Mark BertrandBeguiled  Karen HancockThe Enclave* Kristen HeitzmannThe Edge of Recall Stephanie Grace WhitsonA Garden in ParisA Hilltop in Tuscany (sequel) Tom MorriseyPirate Hunter David C. CookChris CoppernollScreen Play  Harvest HouseCraig ParshallThe Rose Conspiracy Howard BooksDavis BunnGold of Kings Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, M. D.Time Scene Investigators: The Gabon Virus Kregel Virginia SmithJust As I Am Sincerely, Mayla (sequel) Moody Travis ThrasherAdmission Multnomah Amy WallaceRansomed Dreams Jill Elizabeth Nelson – To Catch a Thief SeriesReluctant Burglar*Reluctant Runaway*Reluctant Smuggler Karen Ball – Family Honor SeriesShattered. . .

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Suspense and Adventure Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending Abingdon PressAriel Allisoneye of the god B&HJames David JordanForsakenDouble Cross Bethany HouseDeeanne Gist & J. Mark BertrandBeguiled Karen HancockThe Enclave* Kristen HeitzmannThe Edge of Recall Tom MorriseyPirate Hunter Harvest HouseCraig ParshallThe Rose Conspiracy Howard BooksDavis BunnGold of Kings Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, M. D.Time Scene Investigators: The Gabon Virus MultnomahAmy WallaceRansomed Dreams Jill Elizabeth Nelson – To Catch a Thief SeriesReluctant Burglar*Reluctant Runaway*Reluctant Smuggler Karen Ball – Family Honor SeriesShattered JusticeKaleidoscope EyesWhat Lies Within Melanie Wells – Day of Evil SeriesWhen the Day of Evil Comes*The Soul Hunter*My Soul to KeepRevell Melanie JeschkeJillian Dare Steeple Hill – Love Inspired SuspenseCamy TangDeadly Intent Lynnette EasonHoliday Illusion Virginia SmithBluegrass PerilA Taste of Murder* Thomas Nelson Matt Bronleewe – August Adams AdventuresIlluminatedHouse of Wolves Tyndale House C.J. DarlingtonThicker than Blood  DiAnn Mills – Call of Duty SeriesBreach of Trust Sworn to Protect*  Waterbrook PressPeggy Darty – Cozy Mystery SeriesWhen. . .

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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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