Q&A with Beth Pattillo, author of The Sweetgum Knit Lit SocietyQ. What was your inspiration behind The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society? The book was inspired by the knitting group at my church. I loved the way a group of diverse women, from their teens to retirement age, bonded over knitting and prayer. I think book clubs experience a similar phenomenon. Something about knitting or reading together really helps to create authentic community. One of the things I enjoyed most about writing this book was looking at the world from such different points of view. Each of the women in the novel is unique. And the variety of ages and life experiences kept things interesting.Q. In the book, troubled teen Hannah Simmons has seen her share of neglect and abuse before meeting the ladies of the Knit Lit Society. Do you see many teens like Hannah in the course of your. . .
The Edge of Recallby Kristen HeitzmannISBN:978-0-7642-2831-5Trade Paper; $13.99; 416pp.Release Date:July 2008Available at your local bookstore, bethanyhouse.com or by calling 1-800-877-2665.1.Labyrinths play a key role in your new release,The Edge of Recall. Can you tell us why you chose that element? I found the idea ofa prayer walk intriguing.Labyrinths,unlike mazes,have a singlewinding path that leads to the center and back out the same way.Walked meditatively itsymbolizes a pilgrimage toward God and a return,bringing the peace and insight gainedalong the way.My lead,Tessa Young,creates labyrinths in her desire to make sense ofthenightmares that have terrified her since her dad’s disappearance,and also to access God’swisdom without risking a personal relationship with the Father.2.Monsters are also a key element,especially within the labyrinth. Can you discuss that theme? Many cultures have had a labyrinth myth in which a monster impedes and threatens thelife ofthe sojourner.Satan operates in this way against Christians seeking deeperunderstanding,relationship,and fruitful service to. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Edge Of Recall(Bethany House July 1, 2008)byKristen Heitzmann ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Of her three main interests, art, music and writing, she chose to study English at the University of Colorado and thrived on Creative Writing and Literature classes. She married her husband Jim, and turned her energy to building a family. They have four children whom they have home schooled for all or most of their education. Kristen is a music minister with the ecumenical covenant community People of Praise. Once she realized the stories in her head were truly a calling from the Lord, she made writing not just a passion, but a ministry. She has written seven historical fiction novels as part of the The Rocky Mountain Legacy series, the Diamond of the Rockies series, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. Most recently, she has written several contemporary fiction novels, including. . .
Review to come! – MJ 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: Beth Pattillo and his/her book: The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society WaterBrook Press (May 20, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beth Pattillo is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. She and her family make their home in Tennessee. Her novel, Heavens to Betsy, won the prestigious RITA award from the Romance Writers of America. The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society is her fourth novel. Visit the author’s. . .
Ransomed Dreams by Amy Wallace My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI have to start this review with my disclaimer as I do for many.. I just do not really like the “real” contemporary fiction books, they are not my “escape”. With that said, when I started this book it was just so real and heart wrenching that I was going to put it back and not even try to read it. But, I couldn’t. No matter how bad I was feeling and the facts of the storyline depressing, I just had to know what happened. I couldn’t put it down and had to find out what would happen to Gracie and her life. So, obviously, Amy’s writing hooked me. I’d say that the type of story is much like that Justice series of Karen Ball. They are similar in that they touch many aspects of life and a very. . .
Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsSweet Caroline is quite the book, and she is quite the person. She is a normal human being, in a normal life. Tough decisions need to be made, and only Christ knows if she is making the right choices. This book grips your heart and doesn’t let it go. I love it from the heart-head-ear conversations to the screaming in my head what I thought she should do. 🙂 This story of a girl in her late twenties growing up is something that anyone could benefit from reading. Caroline’s situations remind me of some of Jane Austen’s tales, where you really want it to end one way, but with more thought you want it how it is, and then you go back to the other. Over all this book was a comfy read and caused more giggles and grins. . .
This morning when I woke up, I had a unrealistic urge to go visit relatives. Isn’t that normal for the fourth of July? Well, I wanted to go visit some that remember why the fourth of July is so important. So, I begged and pleaded until the hubby consented, and we went cemetery hopping! First, we went in search of a cousin or uncle, it’s uncertain, but I guess right now it doesn’t matter much anyway, because we couldn’t find him. Then, we went on and I was able to be introduced for the first time to James Garner and his Glencoe, Scotland born wife Mary Brice. They are buried in a family cemetery right off of Oleander Ln at the intersection of Oleander Dr. in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Mary and James are my great great great great (count them, four) grandparents. There I was also able to see a. . .
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: Chris Plekenpol and his book: Faith in the Fog of War Volume II BookSurge Publishing (March 5, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chris Plekenpol graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1999. He served in the Army for 7 years as an Airborne Ranger qualified officer. He deployed from South Korea to Iraq in 2004 as a tank company team commander responsible for one hundred men and 85 million dollars worth of equipment. The toughest part of his job was. . .
So, for the most part, people who know I quilt have probably been curious about the blog just being books books books and more books, so I finally got some pictures taken, and wanted to share some quilts. Hershey slept “on” it for a while, and then decided that today we must do some quilting… One project that is in progress, is almost half way there, and that would be my BOM (Block of the month, fyi) from Quilts and Fixins for 2008, Batik Stars. I’m really having a difficulty posting with pictures, and putting in text, so here I will go ahead and tell you about what’s below. The first image is the Quilt Shop’s final BOM quilt, after that are the individual blocks for January through June. (I just made June today!) The next two pictures, I just threw all the blocks down so that you could see. . .
Lookie what I had done this week!
When I get my copy, you’ll get a review, but until then read all about it! – MJ 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: Marlo Schalesky and her book: Beyond the Night Multnomah Books (June 17, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marlo Schalesky is the award winning author of six books, including her latest novel, Beyond the Night, which combines a love story with a surprise ending twist to create a new type of novel that she hopes will impact readers at their deepest levels. Marlo’s other books include. . .
Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsI do not know if I shall scream or cry or both. Love Starts with Elle is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It is by far my favorite book of contemporary Christian fiction. I enjoyed Sweet Caroline immensely, but it does not fully compare with the power and wonder of Elle. This is a sequel, but does stand alone on a firm foundation of Christ no less. Elle is an artist, well in her heart. She mets Mr. Wonderful, who I did not like from page one, but he’s so right. Until he’s not, but really who is perfect? Well I did not see how in the world the plot could get her out of one situation or get her into another, but after reading the book in entirety I’m impressed. I cannot. . .
HAPPY CANADA DAY! – things I love: My Quebec honeymoonmy french canadian poutinethe lakeP.E.I. Anne of Green GablesMontreal Huntsville, Ontario my Canadian Godmotherand more!
Melody Carlson’s books are so much fun. I completely fell in love with the Carter House Girls in book one “Mixed Bags”. This book, “A Mile in My Flip-Flops” did not really pull me in, but I think it is because I’m not a thirty something, jilted, woman into reality TV design shows. But I do know there are a plethora of women that fit two of those categories. 🙂 That said, I do plan to read this book in full, when my TBR list is not as outrageous as now. My personality is more of the hermit bookworm, once punk/goth, twenty something, hopeless romantic stuck in the nineteenth century and before. But I do think that this will appeal to women aplenty. If I saw it in stores, I’d buy it. 🙂MJIt is July FIRST, time for the FIRST Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST. . .
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Fabulous, that’s the first thing I must say about this book, but I’ll come back to that. I do not know the correct terminology, yet I will try. There is just something about the covers of Avon Inspire books, I have loved every one that I have seen and this is my favorite so far. There is just something about the flat finish, instead of a glossy print that I just adore. Not to mention the road with the Amish sky ahead and the image of the blonde girl with green eyes. (A little curious as to why she did not have the curly hair of our character though…) Now, about the actual story. Anna’s live is an interesting one. A girl searching to belong and often as most looking in the wrong places for excitement and affection.. . .
For me personally, I’m just not crazy about the contemporary fiction. The plot line of this book is interesting however and I do recommend it as a read to anyone that might be able to relate and is looking for a little bit of God in their life. -MJ 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: Thomas Phillips and his book: The Molech Prophecy Whitaker House (July 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thomas Phillips grew up with a reading disability. He did everything possible not to read. It wasn’t. . .