FIRST: Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

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: Mark Batterson and his book: Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington, DC’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. NCC meets in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the city, as well as in a church-owned coffee house near Union Station. More than seventy percent of NCC’ers are single twentysomethings who live or work on Capitol Hill. Mark. . .

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CSFF Day 1 Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour is featuringBroken Angel(WaterBrook Press (May 20, 2008) bySigmund Brouwer ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen best-selling novels for children and adults. His newest book is Fuse of Armageddon and his novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC’s Good Morning America. A champion of literacy, he teaches writing workshops for students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee. ABOUT THE BOOK Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.Her destiny is beyond comprehension.Her pursuers long to see her broken.She fights to soar.A father’s love for his daughter…a decision that would change both their lives forever. But who is she really─and. . .

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CFBA Twiced Loved by Lori Copeland

Read my review here. -MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Twice LovedAvon Inspire (July 22, 2008)byLori Copeland ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren. They are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa. Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995 after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has more than 95 books published including Now And Always and Bluebonnet Belle. ABOUT THE BOOK Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode. . .

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FIRST: When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall

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: Dandi Daley Mackall and his/her book: When God Created My Toes WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dandi Daley Mackall has published more than 400 books for children and adults, with more than 3 million combined copies sold. She is the author of WaterBrook’s two other delightful Dandilion Rhymes books, A Gaggle of Geese & A Clutter of Cats and The Blanket Show. A popular keynote speaker at conferences and Young Author events, Mackall lives in rural Ohio with her. . .

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Twice Loved by Lori Copeland: a review

Twice Loved by Lori Copeland My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAs I have said before, I will now say again, I love Avon Inspire, and imprint of HarperCollins. And I absolutely love the covers of their books, not one book has been a disappointment to me yet! The only problem I did have with this cover, (it’s beautiful don’t get me wrong) the character is described with strawberry blonde hair??? How do I envision her with strawberry blonde, when the cover is very clearly toward an ebony? hmmm… Oh well, discrepancy aside, this is a delightful story. In my opinion the tale of Willow Madison is right up there with the likes of Tamera Alexander, Tracey Bateman, and Tracie Peterson. Just wonderful and a great read. There were a few sections that seemed to jump in the characters growing, but it flowed well enough and I loved it. View. . .

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FIRST: The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs

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! D. Barkley Briggs and his book: The Book of Names (Legends of Karac Tor) NavPress Publishing Group (July 15, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dean Barkley Briggs is an author, father of eight, and prone to twisting his ankle playing basketball. He grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursila K. Leguin, Susan Cooper, Madeline L’Engle, Terry Brooks, Andre Norton and Lloyd Alexander (just to name a few)…and generally thinks most fantasy fiction pales in comparison. (Yes, he dabbled in sci-fi, too. Most notably Bradbury, Burroughs and Heinlein). After losing his wife of 16 years, Briggs decided to tell a tale his four sons could relate to in their own journey through loss.. . .

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The Bride Bargain by Kelly Eileen Hake

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: KELLY EILEEN HAKE and her book: The Bride Bargain Barbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008) Look for more information about this book in the weeks to come.. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Life doesn’t wait, and neither does Kelly Eileen Hake. In her short twenty-three years of life, she’s achieved much. Her secret? Embracing opportunities and multitasking. Kelly received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since. . .

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CFBA House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing House Of WolvesThomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)byMatt BronleeweClick the tag House of Wolves or August Adams Adventure to see my review. -MJ (FABULOUS BOOK!) ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere. Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his. . .

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Tuck by Stephen Lawhead COMING 2009!

Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead The story of Rhi Bran y Hud-Robin Hood-concludes as Abbot Hugo and the Norman invaders attempt to wipe out King Raven and his flock once and for all. Their merciless attack, the first of many to come, heralds a dark and desperate day for the realm of Elfael. Bran and his few stalwarts desperately need encouragement and reinforcement if they are to survive. But Friar Tuck, a most unconventional priest, has a daring solution to their dilemma that will radically alter all we’ve known about the legendary figure known as Robin Hood. Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1595540873 ISBN-13: 978-1595540874 I cannot tell you how excited I am that this book finally has a date! I know that it’s due Feby 2009, but if I weren’t moving and had my permanent address already, I’d pre-order it now I. . .

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God Loves Me More Than That by Dandi Daley Mackall

God Loves Me More Than That by Dandi Daley Mackall My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat wonderful rhythm! My favorite children’s books are always the ones with great rhythm that are wonderful riddles full of giggles. This is a great addition of Rhymes to my children’s book collection and what a great message. Such a wonderful way to show a child just how much they are loved. So much bigger, deeper, wider, and just plain more than that. Highly recommended. View all my reviews. 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. . .

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House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis August Adams Adventure is a step up from the first one and I cannot wait for more! This is a book that will do well in all markets, Christian or not. Non-stop action all the way through, with just a hint of romance. The adventurous journey that one takes with the Adams family through this book is one of a kind with the excitement levels of Indiana Jones and think International- National Treasure. I really liked this one, I would get into details, but really I do not want to give anything away, so all I can say is just read it. View all my reviews.

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God Gave Us Heaven by Lisa Tawn Bergren

God Gave Us Heaven by Lisa Tawn Bergren My review rating: 5 of 5 stars God Gave Us Heaven is one of the best children’s book with the most important message that is often hard to explain. I love Lisa Tawn Bergren‘s adult fiction series and now I love her children’s books as well and cannot wait to add others to my shelf. The pictures are wonderful and provide for much exploring and conversation. It is definitely a book I would recommend for my nieces and nephews. View all my reviews. 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. . .

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MOVING

Publicists and Influencer lists, PLEASE TAKE NOTE, we are in the process of buying a house. If all goes as planned in late September, early October I will have a new mailing address. Please e-mail me cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com to make sure you have that correct mailing address! I do not want you to lose money shipping a book to a wrong address and having it returned to you! I also do not want to lose my chance to preview and review any fabulous books meant to come my way! Within the next two weeks I should know the final details. Questions: email me cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com In Christ, Margaret (MJ)

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FIRST: I’m Not Crazy but I Might be a Carrier – comedy

It’s the 15th, time for the Non~FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 15th, we will featuring an author and his/her latest non~fiction book’s FIRST chapter! The feature author is: Charles Marshall and his book: I’m Not Crazy, But I Might be a Carrier Kregel Publications (April 17, 2008) This book was not really my cup of tea, but for those who like comedy, it might be right up your alley! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charles Marshall began his career onstage as a singer/songwriter. When his singing voice gave out, he turned to stand-up comedy and was much more successful. He is now a nationally syndicated Christian humor columnist and has contributed to Focus on the Family magazine. He is the author of Shattering the Glass Slipper: Destroying Fairy Tale Thinking Before It Destroys You and has filmed two stand-up comedy videos, I’m Just Sayin’ and Fully Animated. Product. . .

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CFBA GIVEAWAY: That’s (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing That’s (Not Exactly) AmoreFaithWords (August 14, 2008)byTracey BatemanThis week on my Creative Madness blog I’m giving away the entire DramaQueen series (Catch a Rising Star, You Had Me at Goodbye & That’s NotExactly Amore) by Tracey Bateman. To enter, leave a comment withcontact info on the contest entry. US and Canada addresses only. I’llpick a winner on Saturday and let you know next week! Creative Madness http://cherryblossommj.blogspot.com Best of Luck and have a Blessed day! Click here to see my review of Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Drama Queen Series, Catch A Rising Star (#1) and You Had Me At Goodbye (#2) She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She. . .

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