This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingOn the Edge of the Dark Sea of DarknessWaterBrook Press (March 18, 2008) byAndrew Peterson ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson, a 2005 Audie Award finalist for his readings of Ray Blackston’s Flabbergasted trilogy, wrote and produced the popular Christmas play and musical Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of the Christ, and the album by the same name, which received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award. Andrew’s received critical acclaim for his seven albums and is at work on an eighth. He lives with his wife Jamie and their three young children near Nashville, Tennessee, where he reads storybooks aloud to his family each evening. Artist Justin Gerard has illustrated several children’s books, including The Lightlings storybooks for young readers by R.C. Sproul. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and works. . .
Something I felt should be shared from My Daily Sanctuary… Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. May she be blessed above all women who live in tents. — Judges 5:24, page 278 JaelSometimes all it takes is a simple act of courage to bring about a big change. After the Israelites had lived twenty years under the oppression of Jabin and Sisera, God decided it was time to set them free. When Israel’s leader, Barak, attacked Sisera with thousands of Israelite warriors, Sisera escaped and hid among the tents of the Kenite tribe. Though the Kenites had been longtime allies of Israel, the family of Heber had sided with Jabin, the Canaanite king. So Sisera felt safe hiding among them.When Sisera, exhausted from the battle, came looking for a hiding place, Jael invited him into her tent. She lulled him to sleep and then. . .
It is March 15th, but no need to worry about the Ides of March when we have a special blog tour for one of our FIRST members! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) Normally, on the FIRST day of every month we feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! As this is a special tour, we are featuring it on a special day! The special feature author is: CAMY TANG and her book: Only Uni Zondervan (March 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Camy Tang is a member of FIRST and is a loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick-lit. She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious poi-dog. In a previous life she was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker. . .
Hey Rachel, A couple things I was curious about… I’m not through yet, but so far I’m thoroughly enjoying Sweet Caroline. How did you come up with the internal dialogue that she has? (heart speaking to head etc) I absolutely love it!! RH: That is a good question! I can’t really remember, but I think as I was writing, I felt stale and bogged down, so I just jumped to some other form of writing to communicate what Caroline felt, to show the internal struggles we all have with our emotional side and logical side. Also, so far this story is reminding me of Sweet Home Alabama… where does your obvious love of small town life come from? Rh: I’ve lived in small towns or small communities most of my life. While I don’t consider myself a small town girl because my high school years were in Tallahassee, I lived. . .
Spend three minutes and listen to the way the world is seen by most on earth, and then listen to the same words in reverse order that tells the truth a different way. MJ
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSweet Caroline(Thomas Nelson February 12, 2008byRachel Hauck ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college. But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me. After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times. But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days,. . .
The Perfect LifeI hated this book. I also really liked it and realize the reasons that I hated it were the reasons why a story like this is so important to read. If you have read any of my reviews before you have heard me say that this kind of Christian fiction is not my cup of tea. I’ll take it in, but I don’t have to like it. Reading this book, I remembered how I felt when I listened to A Slender Threaduthor”> Tracie Peterson by Tracie Peterson. It’s close to real life and life hurts sometimes, most of the time. First off my problems with this book, then my likes… The first thirty chapters are a complete depression and drag. I started this book last night, read a little during the day, and finished it tonight. The entire day, I was depressed. Nothing was right, everything was wrong.. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Perfect LifeThomas Nelson (February 5, 2008)byRobin Lee Hatcher ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd’s Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal. Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can. . .
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Truffles by the Sea Bethany House (February 1, 2008) by Julie Carobini ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Carobini is an award-winning writer whose stories often spotlight her family, the sea, and God’s timely work in the lives of those around her. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their three children in Ventura Beach, California. She also likes to blog! Go leave her a comment at Waves of Grace. Julie left you all a special message: To celebrate my upcoming CFBA tour March 5-7, I’ll be giving away a copy of Truffles by the Sea AND and a 1/2 lb. box of yummy truffles to three of your readers. All they need to do is drop by my blog http://juliecarobini.blogspot.com/ during the tour and leave a comment and a way to contact them if they win! ABOUT THE BOOK:If you read, Julie’s. . .
Two absolute favorite quotes from this book: Chapter 27 “As far as dramatic entrances go, I thought it was very effective.” and Chapter 33 “Warmth surged through me. He was right. The role of the Restorer wasn’t all that different from the roles I had in my own world. In both worlds I felt discouraged by my weakness and very small against the needs and battles I faced. yet, even weak or small, I wasn’t on the road alone.” When I agreed to read The Restorer for review, I was fairly excited about it. I had seen the book in a bookstore and almost had purchased it then. The cover completely intrigued me with a woman in normal khaki and sweater attire while holding a medieval sword. Upon receiving the task to read and review The Restorer’s Journey, the third book in the series I knew I had to read. . .
Non-fiction in Rather Short Takes About Non~FIRST This is a blogger alliance. (The Non~Fiction component of FIRST Day Blog Alliance.) As members we simultaneously post excerpts of specific non~fiction books (with author permission) on the 15th day of each month on all of our personal blogs. We help newly published authors as well as those who’ve been around awhile to sell their books. This in turn helps avid readers to find some great prose. Please join us! Coming soon! Woohoo! For more information click on the non-first button and read the current information on the post. MJ
FIRST – The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck It is March FIRST, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature is: Sharon Hinck and her book: The Restorer’s Journey Navpress Publishing Group (February 7, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Sharon Hinck holds a BA in education, and she earned an MA in communication from Regent University in 1986. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a homeschool mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime, she’s pouring her imagination into writing.. . .
Shattered Justice by Karen BallBook #1 in the Family Honor Series If you’re in the mood to read something that will pull you through the absolute worse grief by introducing you to multiple characters and then brutally killing them off one by one, then by all means read this book immediately. Once again, I have to say that the reason that I read Christian fiction is for the uplifting joy of realizing again and again that God is there. I guess I’m weak and need an escape and that is what I need fiction for, but I can not handle books like this. Shattered Justice is real life in a fictious story. Real things like this happen, life like this happens. This story does have some terrible turn of events and God does get to show his love and it does end on a wonderfully happy note. It’s just not. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingStuck in the MiddleRevell (February 1, 2008)byVirginia Smith ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker with the release of her first novel Just As I Am. Since then she has contracted eight novels and published numerous articles and short stories. She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including Murder by Mushroom (Steeple Hill, August 2007) and her newest release, Stuck in the Middle(Revell, February 2008), book 1 in the Sister-to-Sister Series. Her short fiction has been anthologized, and her articles have been published in a variety of Christian magazines. An energetic speaker, she loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.” Virginia is a speaker, and an avid Scuba diver. She and her. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingADAM(Thomas Nelson April 1, 2008) byTed Dekker ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing. After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which. . .
I read the first chapter of this book, The Oak Leaves, online several weeks ago, and was finally able to get it from inter-library loan this past week. I started the book last night, and could not put it down. I did sleep, but once I woke up this morning, I did not even get on my computer. I just read, stopped to make a PB&J and read. It is now almost four in the afternoon and I am finished. Maureen Lang has quite the affinity for story telling. I was completely entranced by the family heritage story that she was unrolling and could not stop until there was no more. (I’m glad there is a sequel!) As a genealogist myself, I’m very interested in learning of other peoples adventures into their heritage through newspaper entries, letters, or in this case an old diary. Natalie, or Talie as everyone calls. . .