CFBA: Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Sixteen Brides Bethany House (April 2010) by Stephanie Grace Whitson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls “playing with imaginary friends” (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four home schooled children Nebraska history. She was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie’s fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and. . .

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Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work by Sonya Haskins Homeschooling parents are under great pressure. Besides trying to balance teaching responsibilities and family life, they often face unrealistic expectations from relatives, churches, other homeschoolers, and society at large. Even parents considering homeschooling sense the need to be perfect. Sonya Haskins doesn’t want any more families to give up on homeschooling. In this book she shares affirming stories and practical ideas from dozens of everyday families who successfully deal with cluttered schedules, academic struggles, sibling squabbles, and other real-life issues. Instead of learning a one-size-fits-all approach, readers will discover how to evaluate their own family’s strengths and weaknesses and set their own goals for success. My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book might be little, but it is a plethora and wealth of interesting information. In the case of. . .

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The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann — Review

The Rose Legacy by Kristen Heitzmann If he wants her, let him come and prove it•. Fleeing her idyllic home in Sonoma, California, Carina Maria DiGratia journeys to the mining town of Crystal, Colorado. Clinging to hopes of a new life, she finds reality has a harsh welcome for her. Overrun with men seeking their fortune and women bound by circumstance, the town hosts both dreams and nightmares, with little surety for tomorrow. But at least here Carina is far from the betrayal that still pierces her heart. Early on, two men vie for her trust, but neither is what he seems. Will Carina discern the truth and confront the turmoil hidden in her own heart in time to prevent tragedy? My rating: 4 of 5 stars My introduction to Kristen Heitzmann was through her most recent contemporary romantic suspense novel The Edge of Recall and I loved it. When. . .

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CFBA: Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Somewhere to Belong Bethany House (March 1, 2010) by Judith Miller ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Most readers want to know how authors ‘got started’ writing. My first novel, Threads of Love, was conceived when I was commuting sixty miles to work each day. I had absolutely no idea how publication of a book occurred and had given no thought to the concept. However, through a co-worker, I was directed to Tracie Peterson who, at that time, worked down the hall from me. With a graciousness that continues to amaze me, Tracie agreed to read my story, directed me to a publisher, and gave me information on a Christian writers conference. Since that first encounter many years ago, I have been blessed with the publication of numerous books, novellas and a juvenile fiction book. Joyously, Tracie and I had the opportunity to develop. . .

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CFBA: Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Hearts Awakening Bethany House (March 1, 2010) by Delia Parr ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. ABOUT THE BOOK Two people in desperate circumstances. Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon’s Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper. Yet Ellie never imagined the widower. . .

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CFBA: Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Never Say Never Bethany House (February 1, 2010) by Lisa Wingate ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa lives in central Texas were she is a popular inspriational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out thirteen printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its fourteenth printing. The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, the Language of Sycamores, Drenched in Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Cafe’, which was awarded a gold metal by RT Bookclub magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series. . .

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CFBA: Beguiled

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Beguiled (Bethany House March 1, 2007) by Deeanne Gist andJ. Mark Bertrand ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called “I Did It!® Productions” and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas. J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. ABOUT THE BOOK In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her… Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston’s wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief. . .

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New Releases for Feby 2010

(Thomas Nelson – A Mercy Falls Novel) (Avon Inspire – Seasons of Sugarcreek, #1) (Bethany House) (Bethany House) (Revell Books – The Wives of King David, #2 – Sequel to Michal) (Barbour Books – The McCord Sisters, #2 – Sequel to The Reluctant Cowgirl) (Barbour Books – Romancing America, Utah – 3-in-1 Reprint?) (Barbour Books – Brides of Bonneterre, #3 – Sequel to Stand-In Groom and Menu for Romance) (B&H) (B&H) (Tyndale House – PJ Sugar, #2 – Sequel to Nothing But Trouble) (Tyndale House)

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Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand– Review

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist 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 means ignoring that he seems to be falling for her. And what is she hiding in her past that could crack the story wide. . .

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New Releases for January 2010

(Revell Books – Weddings by Bella, #2 – Sequel to Fools Rush In) (Revell Books – Sister to Sister, #3 – Trilogy end to Stuck in the Middle and Age Before Beauty) (Revell Books – The Callahans of Texas) (Revell Books – Lancaster County Secrets, #1) (Harvest House – Sequel to Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square) (Whitaker House – First published 1997 – Reprint 3-in-1 Collection of Bridget’s Bargain, Kate Ties the Knot, and Follow the Leader) (Tyndale House – Miss Pickworth) (Tyndale House – Left Behind Series Collectors Edition Volume I, Rapture’s Witness, contains Left Behind, Tribulation Force, and Nicolae) (Tyndale House – Debut Novel) (Barbour Books – Charles Towne Belles, #3 – Sequel to The Red Siren and The Blue Enchantress) (Barbour Books – Montana Marriages, #2 – Sequel to Montana Rose) (Barbour Books – First Published 2008, Reprint – America Loves a. . .

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New Releases for December 2009

(Bethany House – First published 1997 – Ribbons of Steel, #2 – Sequel to Distant Dreams) (Bethany House – Acts of Faith Series, #2 – Sequel to The Centurion’s Wife) (B&H – Sequel to Shade) (Barbour – The Ladies Shooting Club, #1) The first two are on my wishlist, and the second two I have acquired and plan to read soon. Click on the cover to go to Amazon to buy them or find out more.

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Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser

Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser Lissa Randall’s future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother’s life–and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later Lissa is still unable to get back behind the wheel. Ev McAllistair’s driving school looks like Lissa’s best hope for getting her life back on the road again. His patience and fatherly wisdom seem to transcend the driving experience. But Ev’s own complicated past is about to resurface, with consequences for everyone in his orbit…. My rating: 4 of 5 stars When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emotion and relatable experiences. As with another novel “The Swan House”, that I also loved, this story deals with the difficult intricacies of depression. When speaking of. . .

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CFBA: Things Worth Remembering

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Things Worth Remembering Bethany House (October 1, 2009)byJackina Stark ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jackina (pronounced with a long “i” to rhyme with China) Stark recently retired from teaching English at Ozark Christian College to spend more time writing and traveling. Jackina says: “Although I loved my subjects and my students, I retired to do more writing and speaking, to spend more time with my family, and to travel with family and friends (including trips to encourage two missions in Cambodia). I have also spoken nationally and internationally at many retreats and seminars and enjoy running into many readers and former students. I have written frequently for both Christian Standard and Lookout, periodicals of Standard Publishing. Years ago I wrote two non-fiction books, published by College Press, but currently out of print. These days, I’m exploring fiction. My first novel, Tender Grace, was released by. . .

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In Stores Today from Revell Books, Bethany House, and B&H Publishers

Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0800733363 ISBN-13: 978-0800733360 Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0800733509 ISBN-13: 978-0800733506 Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764207113 ISBN-13: 978-0764207112 Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches Repackaged edition, originally published 2005. Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764207121 ISBN-13: 978-0764207129 Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764206095 ISBN-13: 978-0764206092 Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0764204963 ISBN-13: 978-0764204968 Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: B&H Books (October 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0805447547. . .

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