CFBA & GIVEAWAY: Isolation by Travis Thrasher

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing IsolationFaithWords (September 12, 2008)byTravis ThrasherGIVEAWAY!!!! If you’re interested in winning a copy of Isolation leave a comment on this post telling why, and visit at least two other posts and comment something relevant. 🙂 We’ll have a winner picked on Wednesday night, and announced by Thursday morning (EST). – MJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: It was during third grade after a teacher encouraged him in his writing and as he read through The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis that Travis decided he wanted to be a writer. The dream never left him, and allowed him to fulfill that dream of writing fulltime in 2007. Travis Thrasher is the author of numerous works of fiction, including his most personal and perhaps his deepest work, Sky Blue, that was published in summer of 2007. This year he has to novels published, Out of the Devil’s Mouth,. . .

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FIRST: When Answers Aren’t Enough by Matt Rogers: a review

When Answers Aren’t Enough: Experiencing God As Good When Life Isn’t by Matt Rogers My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhen Answers Aren’t Enough is a work of deep expression and emotions put onto paper for all to see straight from the heart of Matt Rogers. Through this book, Matt was able to retell what it was like to be part of the Virgina Tech family during their extreme loss, but it goes well beyond that as well. He delves into many different examples of tragedy where people have screamed, “There is no God! He would not let this happen, if there was”, and takes the reader past dwelling on the questions. Truly answers are not enough for comprehending heart break, but usually it is not unless we are past the questions that we can truly see that fact in front of us. This book is a painful and pleasant. . .

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Admission by Travis Thrasher

Admission by Travis Thrasher My review rating: 4 of 5 starsEven though the plot in this book is extreme… I can completely seeing it happening with my friends from the small college I went to. I think that this is a definite read for all those kids who just want to party and don’t realize what can happen. If only they could learn from other peoples mistakes before making their own. I definitely recommend this book to any college kid. View all my reviews. The author of Gun Lake and The Second Thief is back with a riveting tale of how buried mistakes can resurface at any time. Adventure Company entrepreneur Jake Rivers gets a call from the parents of a woman who has disappeared and who was last seen with Alec, Jake’s best friend from college. The girl’s parents believe she is hiding out with Alec, but Jake hasn’t. . .

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Friends of the Library Presentation

On Monday (Sept. 15th), I have been asked to come speak to the Friendsof the Library at a local library about what I do (I’m a blogging bookreviewer). It was through telling someone about the book reviews and howChristian Fiction has grown by leaps and bounds and is so fabulous thesedays that they found me. It is my thought to make this a good introduction to why I (and so manyother people) write book reviews and post them all over the internet forpeople to find. I would like to talk about the various publishers ofChristian Fiction (and some non-fiction) and really open the eyes ofthis Friends of the Library to get them to purchase more ChristianFiction for their collections. I’d really like your help! (Plus to get your name out there to them!)Any blurb, or picture, or information you’d like for me to share aboutour organizations/authors out here on the. . .

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FIRST: First Place 4 Health by Carole Lewis

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: Carole Lewis and her book: First Place 4 Health Regal Books (June 15, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carole Lewis is the national director of First Place 4 Health, the Christ centered health and weight loss program. A warm, transparent and humorous communicator, Carole is a popular speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences around the country. She and her husband, Johnny, have three adult children (one deceased), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visit the author’s blog. Product Details: List Price: $19.99 Hardcover: 224. . .

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Goodbye Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson: a review

Yes, that’s right… I have already read it! It read it non stop from when it entered my hands. It’s just that fun!!! Information good to know, Hollywood Nobody (book #1) won the 2008 Christy Award for Young Adult! Absolutely fabulous, no doubt about it. I just loved HN and Finding Hollywood Nobody and Romancing Hollywood Nobody. Read my review of HN, then FHN, and then RHN. I could not wait for Goodbye Hollywood Nobody! Goodbye Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat a way to end the HN saga! So much has happened in the life of our Scotty Fitzgerald Dawn that it’s hard to write a review without spoilers. GHN is the fourth and final installment of the HN series. This is a wonderful series that should be read by tweens, teens, and young adult girls alike. I actually doubt you could put. . .

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CFBA: In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing In The Shadow Of Lions, David C. Cook; 1 edition (September 2008) by Ginger Garrett I’m only on chapter five, and so far, I’m enjoying the book. In the first chapter, I was very confused and bored, but then intrigued in the second chapter. By the third chapter, I did not want to set it down and now will return to it. The book arrived late, so I’m sorry that my review will arrive late as well. But there will be one!! In the meantime, I really enjoyed my friend Deena‘s review. I completely trust her judgement and by what she said, I assume that I will feel the same way once, I am through the book, so please read what Deena had to say about In the Shadow Of Lions over at A Peek at my Bookshelf. – MJABOUT THE. . .

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FIRST: A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

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! Go back to here, to read my personal review of A Passion Redeemed. Keep reading to find out more about her other books in the series as well… I cannot tell you how much I love Julie as a friend and an author. Her writing is incredible and touching and it gets under your skin and into your heart. I cannot highly recommend her books strongly enough. – MJ Today’s Wild Card author is: Julie Lessman and her book: A Passion Redeemed Revell (September 1, 2008) ABOUT. . .

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CFBA Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

Note: I have not received nor read this book, so I do not have a personal opinion about it. I am recommending it off of the trust of quality books that CFBA recommends. As soon as I do received it and read it, I will post a review and my full thoughts. Sorry for the inconvenience! -MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingWounded: A Love StoryDavid C. Cook (September 2008)byClaudia Mair Burney ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Claudia is the author of the popular Ragamuffin Diva blog and the David C. Cook novel Zora and Nicky: A novel in Black And White. She is also the author of Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz, and the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsistah series for teens. Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible, and Justice in the Burbs. She lives in Michigan with. . .

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Wedding Bell Blues by Linda Windsor: a review

Wedding Bell Blues by Linda Windsor My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat a wonderful book. Avon Inspire impresses me once again. So far with all of their books I have read, I have loved, not just liked, but loved every single one! Previously, I have read Linda Windsor’s Scottish historical series and enjoyed it, but this book is way fabulous beyond that series. I cannot wait to read the sequel “For Pete’s Sake”. I’m glad I own it already, but it’s too bad that it’s packed for the move… *sigh* Alexandera, the main character in this story undergoes a lot of stress, and a lot of real life. Through her journey with family, friends, and Christ a reader can really get pulled into looking at where their own life is with listening silently to what we are to hear. I fully enjoyed this story with the ensemble of characters,. . .

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Guest Review: A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin View all my reviews. 4.5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Amy K. (Beaver Dam, WI), September 02, 2008 Well written and an enjoyable work of art by the three-time Christy Award winner! I loved how Violet struggles to find herself between her pushy family members on opposite ends of late 19th century society. When she visited the World’s Fair, the way it was described, it felt like I was there myself. I had to take off 1/2 star for predictability. However, I truly enjoyed this book and I could not put it down! published September 1st 2007 by Bethany House binding Paperback isbn 0764228919 (isbn13: 9780764228919) ebook pages 432 literary awards Christy Award Historical

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

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: Tracey Bateman and her book: That’s Not Exactly Amore FaithWords (August 14, 2008) I just got the entire series today! I cannot wait to read them, and as I do, I’ll give a review to you! – MJ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for the past year. She. . .

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Book Blogs

I’ve discovered some new today. As it is new to me, I’m not recommending it or raving about it yet, but I might because it looks quite promising. It is Book Blogs, and my page is http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/Margaret. The first thing you see on the page is this: Welcome to Book Blogs! Our members read books, blog books, write books, and publicize books. Contact us at bookblogsonning@gmail.com There are individual member pages, events, forums, groups, and photos. It looks really neat! MJ

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