Bones to pick

So, I’m trying to understand why when I get excited about writing reviews, that I get on two lists, and then get X-ed off both… not sure it makes sense to me. Either way, hopefully in the next months to come, I’ll actual receive a book for review… Also, completely unrelated… what is with people in a Christian industry holding such grudges and bitterness? Ridiculous! GROW UP and Go read your Bible. I’ll pray for you.. That’s my two cents. -MJ

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The Hunted by Mike Dellosso: CFBA

My book hasn’t arrived yet, but when it does, you’ll get a review! – MJ For now here is this from Mike, himself! Seeing this, how could you not want to read it? Hi Margaret, In the mean time, why is my book a must-read? It’s a page-turner thatpacks a punch in the theme department. I’ve had men who areself-proclaimed non-readers say they couldn’t put it down and finished itin two or three days. For a writer, that’s the greatest compliment I canget, knowing that someone (a someone who isn’t even a reader) set asidehours out of their busy schedule to read my book. Is there any bettertestimonial? The story has a little of everything: a town with a darksecret, a monster with darker intentions, suspense, adventure, andmystery, sprinkled with a pinch of romance. And mixed in with all thatare spiritual themes I hope will stick with the reader long. . .

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The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers: a review

The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers My review rating: 5 of 5 starsFirst off, to be honest, this is a review of the story through watching the film. I had purchased the book, the newest edition that shows that it is now a “feature film” and my husband saw it and rented it for me. His mistake, now he must go buy it! This story is incredible! (And yet, I find myself saying this often when I read something written by Francine Rivers.) Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, much like the story of Christy, the mountain people live fascinating lives, continuing their traditions from their ancestors Welch land. One of the traditions that is continued on is that of the Sin Eater. It is the same sin eater tale that is told through that movie The Order, but so much more real to life. It is so hard,. . .

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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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Trion Rising by Robert Elmer

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: Robert Elmer and his book: Trion Rising Zondervan (May 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meet Robert For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved writing. When I was in grade school, I created a family newspaper, wrote essays for fun. In high school, I took every writing class available. My parents, both from Denmark, passed along to me a love of language and books. Writing naturally came from that kind of environment. I graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in. . .

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Interview with Sue Dent (Wild Card Tour)

Sue, I’ve been doing a little research into your book. Congrats!You’ve gotten some great kudos for the book and I’m even more anxiousto read it. Yes, I’m always surprised when another review rolls in. Especially Iusually never solicit for them! I’d always heard getting thosereviews would be tough and many first time novelists must send outreview copies to get the reviews that people will pay attention to.Good thing God’s in control! J My first publisher didn’t have time tosend out review copies. We were on a deadline to get the books toBook Expo 2006 for my author signing. What readers do you think would most enjoy this book? Based on the reviews—everyone! My mom looks at everything I do witha critical eye and rose above that to tell me she really enjoyed it.Many CBA readers have rushed to embrace it. Horror readers, Fantasyreaders, readers who like good books—you name it.. . .

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Exposing Darwinism’s Weakest Link by Kenneth Poppe

My thoughts: This book is really great. I’d suggest that any student of science read it. I really think that for today’s home school curriculum it would be a fabulous add. I have a bit of background in science, and reading this book made me wish I could take classes from Kenneth Poppe himself. He does a great job of breaking things down into everyday examples and really showing what he is trying to describe. The miracles of the creation are fascinating how the “coincidences” are endless. This would be a good book for you to share with a friend who is a staunch Darwinist. Maybe their eyes will be opened and a seed planted if nothing else.MJ It’s June 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:. . .

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Never Ceese by Sue Dent (2)

Just so you know. I was able to get Sue’s book this week and have just barely started it (work for my dad is taking over my time!). What I can tell you is that I am not able to read this book at night! Oh my goodness, I don’t know how the entire tale will be, but this is a spooky one with vampires and werewolves/feme-werewolves. So far it’s pretty intriguing and I’m really curious as to what will happen next! I’ll let you know how the whole tale fairs! -MJ

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Never Ceese by Sue Dent

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! This Friday the 13th — A vampire . . . a werewolf . . . can two who were wronged make it right? By their Faith! Today’s Wild Card author is: Sue Dent and her book: Never Ceese Journey Stone Creations (February 1, 2006)(Autographed copies can be ordered through www.thewriterscafepress.com/) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sue Dent hails from Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi College in 1983. Since graduating she’s sold computers, taught computer classes and has worked as a Technical Specialist IV for the Mississippi Department of Natural. . .

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A Promise for Tomorrow by Sara DuBose

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: Sara DuBose and her book: A Promise for Tomorrow Randall House Publications (March 25, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sara DuBose is a motivational speaker and author of three other novels: Where Hearts Live, Where Love Grows, and Where Memories Linger. Sara is also author of Conquering Anxiety, published by the Presbyterian Church in America. Her other writing credits include numerous articles and stories for publications such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Today’s Christian Woman, Virtue, Decision, The Christian Reader, and Family Life Today.. . .

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CFBA Robert Liparulo

This is the second time that I would like to mention Robert Liparulo. Also, if on the west coast, check out the Fantasy Fiction Tour. Reviews to come. – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing a double pair House of Dark ShadowsandWatcher In The Woods(Books 1 and 2 in the Dreamhouse Kings Series)Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008) byRobert Liparulo ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly. Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and. . .

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A Bride so Fair by Carol Cox

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: Carol Cox and her book: A Bride so Fair Barbour Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2008) A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is absolutely one of the best books that I have ever read in my entire life so far!!! A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox is the first work of Carol Cox’s that I have had the privilege to read, but I’m excited now about finding more from her. First off, of the. . .

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DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul: a review

DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThe ending of this book is absolutely fabulous! And as for the rest of the book, not too far off either. I was not able to read this book through as fast as I would like, as I was interrupted by a million different things. Yet, I’m so glad I was able to read it. Donita Paul really knows how to tell a story. Some characters you think you know until you don’t, and it is in an amazing way that you didn’t see coming. One of the things that she has put into her good vs. evil I have recently seen in a new book up and coming Beyond the Reflection’s Edge by Bryan Davis. It is amazing how things of the devil can look so much like the wonders of God, until you really look at them. . .

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The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguie

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: Debbie Viguié and her book: The Summer of Cotton Candy Zondervan (May 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Debbie Viguié has been writing for most of her life and holds a degree in creative writing from U. C. Davis. Debbie loves theme parks and has worked at both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland in California. When Debbie is not busy writing, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Scott. Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Hawaii. Other. . .

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I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson CFBA

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingI Heart BloombergDavid C. Cook (April 1, 2008) byMelody Carlson This new series by Melody sounds great, if only that book had come… Still waiting… One day I’ll get you a review I hope… In the mean time later this month, (around the 15th) I’ll get you a review of another of Melody’s books, “Mixed Bags”. See you then!MJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including three of her latest, These Boots Weren’t Made For Walking, A Mile In My Flip-Flops, and Mixed Bags. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker. Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world. . .

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A Sister’s Hope by Wanda Brunstetter

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: WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER and her book: A Sister’s Hope Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008) Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Not quite my cup of tea. I have a review of it on goodreads.com. As well as Shelfari, Amazon, BN.com, and CBD.com. Also, on goodreads I have reviews of the other two books in the series if you need to read those as well. Press the link to see the review. Here’s the Wild Card’s first chapter to see if. . .

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