Flannel Quilt in Progress

This is my blue flannel quilt in progress. It will be named something with “Blue Flannel” in the title, why you ask? Because growing up there were these blue flannel sheets for a twin bed, and I loved them! Loved them so much that they became holy… and then my wonderful mother cut the sheets up and made them into many pillowcases… STILL USE TODAY! Except for a little of the fabric, which is in process to be made into a babbie. (How does one spell babbie? babie? BAAAH-BEEE) Love the blue flannel. In process of making this quilt, I fabulously sewed one side completely backward and then the middle block doesn’t meet up… So now it is need of tweaking, but at least you can see it laid out and get a general idea. – MJ

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What I’m Reading…

“Auralia’s Colors” by Jeffrey Overstreet“Abandoned Identity” by Tamara Tilley“Reluctant Smuggler” by Jill Elzabeth Nelson“Jane Austen The Complete Novels”“Illuminated” by Matt Bronleewe“The Redemption of Sarah Cain” by Beverly Lewis“Stuck in the Middle” by Virginia Smith“Sisters, Ink” by Rebeca Seitz“Land of My Heart” by Tracie Peterson“A Passion Most Pure” by Julie Lessman“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” by Andrew Peterson“What Lies Within” by Karen Ball“When Comes the Spring” by Janet Oke“Faina” by Rudy Gaborno“The Book of God” by Walter Wangerin, Jr.“Courting Trouble” by Deeanne Gist“The Amish Quilt” by Eve Wheatcroft Granick

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Fallen by Matthew Raley

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFallen(Kregel Publications February 29, 2008)byMatthew Raley ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matthew Raley is senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church in northern California, where he lives with his wife and two young children. For fun, he enjoys playing chamber music with friends, giving occasional solo recitals, and playing first violin in the North State Symphony. This is his first book. ABOUT THE BOOK Jim was at work when his eyes drifted to the coffee shop visible from his office window. An attractive woman driving a Mercedes pulled up to the curb . . . and Jim’s married pastor emerged from the car. When Jim delves deeper into his pastor’s world, will he be able to handle what he discovers? Is he right to suspect that Dave is having an affair? In the behind-the-scenes church battle that ensues, Jim is torn between duty to his. . .

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Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (Take TWO)

Back in November, on the 26th I first mentioned Jeffrey Overstreet on my blog and his discussion on the film “The Golden Compass”… Then, on the 28th, he was brought up again specifically with Auralia’s Colors with the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Blog Book Tour… And now, here he is again!! This week (Mon-Wed) is the blog book tour for the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour for Jeffrey Overstreet’s book Auralia’s Colors. Neat places to visit are the book’s website and also, author Jeffrey Overstreet’s blog. *Participants’ Links: Brandon Barr Jim Black Justin Boyer Grace Bridges Jackie Castle Carol Bruce Collett Valerie Comer CSFF Blog Tour D. G. D. Davidson Chris Deanne Jeff Draper April Erwin Marcus Goodyear Andrea Graham Jill Hart Katie Hart Timothy Hicks Heather R. Hunt Becca Johnson Jason Joyner Kait Karen Carol Keen Mike Lynch Margaret Rachel Marks Shannon McNear Melissa Meeks Rebecca LuElla. . .

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Jane Austen’s "Northanger Abbey"

Tonight at 9:00pm on PBS!! • “Northanger Abbey” (1/20, 9-10:30) In Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones (Meadowlands) plays romance-addict Catherine Morland. Invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies, she forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney (JJ Feild, “The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton”), but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short. Adapted by Andrew Davies. Directed by Jon Jones. Executive producers, Andy Harries, Charles Elton. Executive producer for WGBH, Rebecca Eaton. Produced by Keith Thompson. A co-production of Granada and WGBH/Boston. MJ

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Christian Writer’s Marker Guide 2008 by Sally Stuart

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingChristian Writers’ Market Guide 2008WaterBrook Press (January 15, 2008)bySally Stuart ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sally Stuart has been writing for the last 40+ years, and has been putting out the annual “Christian Writers’ Market Guide” for the last 23 years. Her other writing includes several Christian education resources books, a children’s picture book, a basic writing text, writing resources, and a western novel–plus hundreds of articles and marketing columns. She writes marketing columns for the “Christian Communicator,” “Advanced Christian Writer,” and the Oregon Christian Writers’ Newsletter. She speaks and teaches at Christian Writers’ Conferences nationwide. Sally is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 8. She and her husband, Norm, spend their free time vacationing on the Oregon coast. Check out her blog! ABOUT THE BOOK:The essential reference tool for the Christian writer, Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide is now in its 23rd annual. . .

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Happily Ever After by Marilynn Griffith

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingHappily Ever After (#3 – Sassy Sistahood Series)(Steeple Hill January 1, 2008)byMarilynn Griffith ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marilynn Griffith is mom to a tribe, wife to a deacon and proof that God gives second chances. While best known for her colorful novels about friendship, family and faith, Marilynn is also a speaker and nonfiction writer. Her nonfiction has been included in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN’S SOUL and several other devotionals and magazines. Currently, Marilynn is editor of the SISTAHFAITH:BELIEVING BEYOND SHAME anthology. She is also the founder of Faithchick.com, a blog for faith fiction readers. Marilynn is the author of six novels dealing with issues such as teen pregnancy, AIDS, abstinence, stress relief, single parenting and marriage. Her recent fiction titles include TANGERINE and IF THE SHOE FITS. Marilynn has served as Vice President and Publicity Officer of American Christian Fiction Writers. She. . .

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Abandoned Identity by Tamera Tilley

Happy New Year! It is January 1st, 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 author is: TAMARA TILLEY and her book: Abandoned Identity Evergreen Press (AL) (August 1, 2007) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hooray! Tamara is one of our very own FIRST members! She resides with her husband, Walter, and their children, John, Christopher, and Jennifer, at Hume Lake Christian Camps in the Sequoia National Forest. They have served on full-time staff and ministered at Hume for 13 years. Tamara manages one of the retail stores at Hume Lake, which serves thousands of kids visiting the conference center on a daily basis. Not only does she write, she is also an avid reader and enjoys other hobbies such as scrapbooking, designing greeting cards and invitations,. . .

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Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Distant Heart (Avon Inspire January 2, 2008) by Tracey Bateman To find out more about this book immediately, go to the CFBA blog and see what they had to say… Distant Heart is the sequel to Defiant Heart and therefore, I feel that I should tell you about Defiant Heart first. The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but… I have the sequel on my bookshelf, so I’m OK. Fannie’s life has seen rough days, she has lost both of her parents, left to take care of her younger twin siblings and sold by her supposed loving step-father immediately after her mother’s death in childbirth to a stillborn. The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and. . .

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Wayfarer’s Journal: Science Fiction & Fantasy Questions answered by Terri

Dear Terri, If you could tell prospective readers only three things about the new Wayfarer’s Journal, what would they be? Thanks, MJChristian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour Member and Participanthttp://cherryblossommj.blogspot.comcherryblossommj(at)gmail[dot]com —— Interesting question. Here are my answers: 1. For Christian Readers: The stories at Wayfarers Journal challenge the reader to look at questions of spirituality, ethics and morality through a different set of filters than you find in church or in mainstream Christian literature. The stories are intended to challenge the reader to look at ancient truths in futuristic ways. 2. For the Seeker/Unbeliever: Modern technology is never morally neutral. From the atomic bomb to stem cell research the moral and ethical questions which live at the intersection of science and philosophy have been ignored at one’s own peril. These character-driven stories show ordinary men and women struggling with these questions both now and in the distant future. 3.. . .

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Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy December Blog Tour

Featured site: Wayfarer’s JournalParticipants: Brandon Barr Jim Black Justin Boyer Grace Bridges Amy Browning Jackie Castle Carol Bruce Collett Valerie Comer CSFF Blog Tour D. G. D. Davidson Chris Deanne Jeff Draper April Erwin Marcus Goodyear Andrea Graham Jill Hart Katie Hart Michael Heald Jason Joyner Kait Carol Keen Mike Lynch Margaret Rachel Marks Melissa Meeks Rebecca LuElla Miller Mirtika or Mir’s Here John W. Otte John Ottinger Rachelle Steve Rice Cheryl Russel Ashley Rutherford Hanna Sandvig James Somers Steve Trower Speculative Faith Jason Waguespac Laura Williams Timothy Wise

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Wayfarer’s Journal: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Starting with something that you might have already seen, I have to go ahead and repeat this in case you haven’t read this because you should… So see below the Media Release for Wayfarer’s Journal. MJ Media Release Wayfarer’s Journal (http://www.wayfarersjournal.com), a new science fiction e-zine, was launched in February 2007. The publication focuses on publishing science fiction stories with a “spiritual dimension.” “By spiritual we don’t mean preachy,” comments Wayfarers editor Terri Main. “We mean stories which not only project the reader into the future technologically, but see how those changes impact the morality, ethics and spirituality of believable characters.” Main notes that spiritual issues are often not addressed by secular science fiction publications, and that many religious publications are reticent about publishing science fiction or fantasy. “This shying away from the spiritual aspect of humanity in science fiction is foolish. A look at any newscast will show how. . .

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What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingWhat Lies WithinMultnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007)byKaren Ball ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today’s bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather – both pastors who shared God’s truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen’s writing style is a powerful force for revealing God’s truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their “kids,” Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named “Destructo.” ABOUT THE BOOK: Nothing’s going to stop Kyla… until the ground crumbles beneath her feet. Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center. . .

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Bluegrass Peril by Virginia Smith

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Bluegrass Peril(Steeple Hill December 4, 2007)byVirginia Smith To read more about this book immediately click here… but stay tuned I’m over halfway through the book so far (cannot turn the pages fast enough) and will have a review posted as soon as I finish it. **** Update**** I finished the book just moments ago. For once in my life, I have now read a mystery suspense that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next. This was really surprising and a welcome change of events. It has been quite a while since I have read any suspense novels because of that very reason, but this just might have influenced me to try again in that section. Virginia Smith did a very good job of keeping the reader on their toes and guessing. The words really could not become absorbed by my eyes. . .

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The Minor Protection Act by Jodie Cowles

It is December 1st, 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 author is: JODI COWLES and her book: The Minor Protection Act Musterion (December 1, 2005) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jodi Cowles caught the travel bug when her parents took her on her first international flight at six months of age. Since then sheís been in over 30 countries. Along the way sheís gotten locked out of her cabin on an all night train to Kiev, helped deliver a baby in Indonesia, taught English in South Korea, gone spelunking in Guam, hiked the Golan Heights and laid bricks in Zimbabwe. Her interest in politics stems from hunting Easter eggs on the south lawn of the White House as a child. For her 30th birthday she. . .

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