January 2010

Is my AppleBlossom really six months old? Can you believe that? I am having difficulty doing so. Well we have been in Tennessee going on four months now I suppose and I still like it as much as I did when we first moved. However, our house is still on the market in Georgia and if it does not sell soon I am very uncertain as to what will happen as our savings are beyond dwindling fast. Enginerd loves his new job and his coworkers; I have met a few and like them too. We are attending a good church, although we are still uncertain if it is “home”. Every day, AppleBlossom is doing something new. Not quite rolling over, but mostly there. She loves buzzing her lips and blowing bubbles. Squealing is a new love and she babbles in a very high pitch voice – I am quite certain she. . .

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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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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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Waiting on Wednesdays – January 6th, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: 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. . .

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2010 Christian Historical Fiction Challenge

1. The goal is to read and promote Christian Historical Fiction by reading at least 24 titles. That is two per month, but anyone who wants to commit to more or less is welcome to join in on the fun. Anyone can join. You do not need a blog to participate. I have started a CHF Group to promote discussions as well. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, and other formats are all allowed. As long as the book can by purchased it counts. 3. Feel free to list a proposed lists of TBR (to-be-reads) but you can also list them as you go. 4. Duplicates from other reading challenges can also count. 5. Challenge begins January 3rd through December 31st. Books started before count. *wink* Sign up here! The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish). . .

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100+ Reading Challenge 2010

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. –Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts. What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible. 3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. 4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count. 5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count. McLinky available at J. Kaye’s Book. . .

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Historical Fiction Reading 2010 Challenge

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer Rocky Mountain Oasis by Lynnette Bonner An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell Morning’s Refrain by Tracie Peterson Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin Forevermore by CMH Fancy Pants by CMH Whirlwind by CMH Serendipity by CMH Twilight’s Serenade by Tracie Peterson Maid to Match be Deeanne Gist* A Woman Called Sage by DiAnn Mills* Here Burns my Candle by LCH When the Heavens Fall by Gilbert Morris Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn

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Romance 2010 Reading Challenge(s)

Same details, sign up here. Similar, but different number and different host, sign up here. Romance (5) Winter’s Awakening by Shelley Shepard Gray Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser An Unexpected Love by Tracie Peterson Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy The Raven Saint by ML Tyndall Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and Mark Bertrand Heatherstone by Letitia Harmon Luxe by Anna Godbersen Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater Tales of the Heart by Loree Lough Copper and Candles by Amber Stockton A Texas Legacy Christmas by DiAnn Mills The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen Along Came a Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley A Kiss for Cade by Lori Copeland A Woman Called Sage by DiAnn Mills* Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll The Sweet By and. . .

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Top Ten Books of 2009 and more

This year I still did pretty well and read over 103 books even with being pregnant and then having a newborn. It is funny, because at times I was beating myself up for being so far behind in reviews, but with that said, I still accomplished a lot more than I realized. My top ten fiction picks in no particular order: 1. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen 5/5 2. TSI The Gabon Virus by Walt Larrimore 5/5  3. Silent On The Moor by Deanna Raybourn 5/5 4. Breach of Trust (Call of Duty, #1) by DiAnn Mills 5/5 5. Never the Bride by Rene Gutteridge 5/5 6. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran 5/5  7. Leaving Carolina (Southern Discomfort, #1) by Tamera Leigh 5/5 8. Honor in the Dust (A Breed Winslow Series, #1) by Gilbert Morris 5/5 9. Ransome’s Honor (The Ransome Trilogy, #1) by Kaye Dacus 5/5 10. Montana Rose (Montana. . .

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Christy Awards Challenge

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but already I have a picture of the Christy Awards logo and a status bar under it where I have been reading the Historical Fiction nominees of 2009. Well now I have discovered (thanks to Rel) that there is a Christy Awards Challenge that has started. Count me in! (Since I’m already part way there!) Now… to find and read…2000International Historical Out of the Red Shadow by Anne de Graaf – WINNERThe Power and the Glory by Clint KellyTriump of the Soul by Michael R. Joens North American Historical The Meeting Place by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn – WINNERThe Dark Also Rises by Denise WilliamsonFor Whom the Star Shines by Linda Chaikin 2001 International Historical Unashamed by Francine Rivers – WINNERThe Black Road by Stephen LawheadUnveiled by Francine Rivers North American Historical Edge of Honor by Gilbert Morris – WINNERReaping the Whirlwind by Rosey. . .

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August Wrap Up and more

I’m a little behind in my wrap ups… AppleBlossom was due on August 15th, but she decided to arrive early on July 31st. Spending time with her has most definitely affected my reviews and reading time, but that’s ok. She is worth every book-free moment. *grin* In other exciting news, Creative Madness was nominated four times for a BBAW Award. Cloth Diaper Education post Guest Post – Author Lynnette BonnerGuest Review – Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron Old reviews posted:5 starsRekindled Revealed Remembered, The Fountain Creek Chronicles by Tamera Alexander4 starsA Garden in ParisA Hilltop in Tuscany by Stephanie Grace Whitson New Reviews:5 starsA Dream to Call My Own, The Brides of Gallatin County #3 by Tracie PetersonHonor in the Dust, Winslow Breed Series #1 by Gilbert MorrisDiscover God Study Bible TSI: The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walt Larrimore M.D.Your Pregnancy Quick Guide: Labor and DeliveryYour Pregnancy Quick. . .

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2009 ACFW Book of the Year Contest Finalists

2009 ACFW Book of the Year Contest Finalists Debut Author A Passion Most Pure (Julie Lessman)Courting Miss Adelaide (Janet Dean)Every Good and Perfect Gift (Sharon K. Souza)Hero, Second Class (Mitchell Bonds)In the Shadow of the Sun King (Golden Keyes Parsons) Lits Faking Grace (Tamara Leigh)Picket Fence Promises (Kathryn Springer)Single Sashimi (Camy Tang) Sweet Caroline (Rachel Hauck)Truffles by the Sea (Julie Carobini) Long Contemporary Lookin Back Texas (Leanna Ellis)One Holy Night (J.M. Hochstetler)Stuck in the Middle (Virginia Smith)Summer of Joy (Ann H. Gabhart)Symphony of Secrets (Sharon Hinck) Long Contemporary Romance Along Came a Cowboy (Christine Lynxwiler) Controlling Interest (Elizabeth White)The Convenient Groom (Denise Hunter)Finding Stefanie (Susan May Warren)Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black & White (Claudia Mair Burney) Long Historical (6 finalists due to a tie) The Apothecary’s Daughter (Julie Klassen)Calico Canyon (Mary Connealy)Deep In the Heart of Trouble (Deeanne Gist)From A Distance (Tamera Alexander)I Have Seen Him in the. . .

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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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