Back to Life by Kristin Billerbeck: a review

Back to Life: A Trophy Wives Club Novel by Kristin Billerbeck My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAvon Inspire has done it again! One more fabulous book to add to my keep shelf, I have never read something from Avon Inspire that I was not in love with immediately. This is my first experience with Kristin Billerbeck and it was a great one, I’m definitely a new fan. This is book two of a series, and even though I read this one without reading the first one, I was completely drawn in and felt that I really knew the characters and really enjoyed the story-lives of Jane and Lindsey. I cannot wait to go back and get my hands on a copy of the first book. Lindsey and Jane are two very different women and odd points in life, but they really could not have more in common at the. . .

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FIRST: The Summer the Wind Whispered My Name by Don Locke

It is time for the FIRST Blog Tour! On the FIRST day of every month we feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! The feature author is: Don Locke and his book: The Summer the Wind Whispered My NameNavPress Publishing Group (August 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Don Locke is an illustrator and graphic artist for NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than thirty years. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Susan. The Summer the Wind Whispered My Name, prequel to The Reluctant Journey of David Connors, is Don’s second novel. Product Details: List Price: $12.99 Paperback: 355 pagesPublisher: NavPress Publishing Group (August 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1600061532ISBN-13: 978-1600061530 AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: Preface Until recently my early childhood memories weren’t readily available for recollection. Call it a defective hard drive. They remained a mystery and a void—a. . .

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Silence

I’m so sorry my blog has been rather quiet lately. Things are just too bizarre with moving! Once, the house has been closed on (Sept. 12th or sooner) and I’ve gotten slightly settled in… then I’ll be back up and blabbing with tons more books and quilts to see! Thanks for bearing with me! – MJ

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A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman: a review

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAbsolutely incredible writing with a story that keeps you going until the end. A great addition to the plot lines of the O’Connor clan and their attachments. I’d say that so far A Passion Most Pure is still my favorite, but only because I’m stubborn. This is definitely a book that could be enjoyed alone, but for the understanding and purposes behind it’s story I strongly urge any reader to start with the first book. So, with that said, let me tell you that I really struggled with this book. Not with enjoying it, no, I loved it. The characters are so real to me, and I can see and hear their tears as well as their giggles. I see the facial expressions and I get exasperated with their thoughts. The talent of Julie Lessman is clear and. . .

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CFBA A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing A Passion RedeemedRevell (September 1, 2008) byJulie Lessman ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure was her first novel. ABOUT THE BOOK No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought. Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and flirtatious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is. Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants. . .

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CSFF Day 2 Broken Angel

I’m slackin’, I know, but I’m also trying to buy a house. Other tour members are getting some pretty cool stuff out there. Click the links below or in the widget on the right. – MJ *Featured book, Broken Angel http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400070325 .Featured author, Sigmund Brouwer: Web site – http://www.coolreading.com/ . *Participants’ Links: Brandon Barr Justin Boyer Keanan Brand Jackie Castle Valerie Comer Karri Compton CSFF Blog Tour Stacey Dale D. G. D. Davidson Janey DeMeo Jeff Draper April Erwin Karina Fabian Mark Goodyear Andrea Graham Katie Hart Timothy Hicks Christopher Hopper Joleen Howell Jason Joyner Carol Keen Magma Margaret Shannon McNear Melissa Meeks Rebecca LuElla Miller Nissa John W. Otte Steve Rice Ashley Rutherford Hanna Sandvig Chawna Schroeder Mirtika or Mir’s Here Sean Slagle James Somers Donna Swanson Steve Trower Speculative Faith Laura Williams

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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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