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Two Christmas Special Reads from Revell Books

One of the things that I love about reading Christmas books is how publishers will have shorter than normal stories, but still a little bit longer than novellas in a jacketed hardcover edition. (Although sometimes, I guess these could be considered novellas… depends on who you ask I suppose.) They are pretty on the shelf, elegant enough for gifts, and just the right length to take along on a trip when traveling. Each year I’m eager to see what will come in the year to come. Interestingly this year provided two different faith stories. One is a historical set in the time of the American Civil War in a Shaker faith village and the other is a contemporary in an Amish town. Both are stories of hope.

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Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is:   Melody Carlson   and the book:   Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel B&H Books (June 1, 2013) ***Special thanks to Laurel Teague for sending me a review copy.***   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Melody Carlson has written around 200 books. . .

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The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson

The small town of Parrish Springs is not quite ready for Matilda Honeycutt.

A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town’s quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn’t fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.

Once again, Melody Carlson delivers a Christmas story that will touch hearts and delight the senses. Sure to be a classic, The Christmas Shoppe is filled with the special magic the best Christmas stories share—that intangible mixture of nostalgia, joy, and a little bit of magic.

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Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

Summer is ending, and for once that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She’s hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.

What she wasn’t counting on was all the new pressure–to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she’s on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?

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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom”! Please follow along through Christmas day as each post shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during this most wonderful time of the year. AND BEST OF ALL … there’s also a giveaway!!!! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET AND EARRINGS!  Pearls – a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all. ~~~ There’s No Place Like…. by Melody Carlson I grew up spending Christmases at my grandparents’ quaint Victorian home, surrounded by lots of relatives, laughter and love and really good food. For a little girl growing up in a single parent home, harried working mother, no church family, and TV dinners, these extended family holidays spent at my grandparents were like a real gift. . .

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Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson

Sometimes the best gift is a second chance

Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?

Reading Christmas at Harrington’s, a story full of redemption and true holiday spirit, will be your newest Christmas tradition.

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Christmas at Harringtons…

Sometimes the best gift is a second chance

Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless, friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store, Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a secret?

Reading Christmas at Harrington’s, a story full of redemption and true holiday spirit, will be your newest Christmas tradition.

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Catwalk by Melody Carlson

Catwalk (On the Runway Book 2) by Melody Carlson Genre: Christian Teen Fiction Pages: 208 Trade Paperback Date Published: May 7, 2010 Publisher: Zondervan Book two in the dynamic fashion-themed On the Runway teen novel series by favorite young adult fiction author Melody Carlson. The Forrester sisters take their hit TV show to New York, learning that success in the big city comes with big challenges. Also check out the preview of the first book in the On the Runway series, Premiere. ***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,” she says. Her wide. . .

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Premiere: On the Runway by Melody Carlson

A recipe for success or a design for disaster?Although they’re sisters, Paige and Erin Forrester are like oil and water, night and day, denim and silk. Paige is an outgoing fashionista who loves to be the center of attention, while Erin is more comfortable sporting vintage garb and recording the action around her. When a near disaster turns into the opportunity of a lifetime, these two very-different sisters are given the chance to star in their own fashion-TV show. A guest spot on a hot teen-reality series and their first big red-carpet assignment give this unlikely partnership plenty of room for success—and even more for failure.

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FIRST Chapter: Spring Breakdown by Melody Carlson

Today’s Wild Card author is: Melody Carlson and the book: Spring Breakdown (Carter House Girls) Zondervan (February 1, 2010) ***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks of ZONDERKIDZ for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best friction,” she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory. Visit the author’s website. Product Details: List Price: $9.99Reading level: Young AdultPaperback: 208 pages Publisher: Zondervan (February 1, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 031071494X ISBN-13: 978-0310714941 AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just press the button! Z Browse Inside Browse Info Add

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FIRST: New York Debut by Melody Carlson

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Melody Carlson and the book: New York Debut (Carter House Girls) Zondervan (May 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all,. . .

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It’s A Green Thing by Melody Carlson (Sneak Peak!)

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Melody Carlson and the book: It’s a Green Thing: Diary of a Teenage Girl Multnomah Books (February 17, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson is an award-winning, best-selling author of nearly 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around. . .

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Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson: a review

Just Another Girl: A Novel by Melody Carlson Aster Flynn wants a life of her own. At seventeen, she’d like to date, hang with friends, maybe even find a summer job. Instead, she’s stuck at home with her younger sister–who seems to get needier by the minute. Her older sister is all about, well . . . herself. And Aster’s parents . . . Don’t even ask. But things are about to change. Or so she hopes. Enter: a cool guy and some new friends, and Aster is ready to get out and grab a slice of normal life. But will her family get in her way? My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAs far as teen fiction goes, even including other books and series from Melody Carlson herself, this is the absolute best book that I have ever had the experience to be exposed to. It is just fabulous. . .

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FIRST: Lost in Las Vegas by Melody Carlson

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Melody Carlson and the book: Lost in Las Vegas (Carter House Girls Series) Zondervan (February 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen. . .

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