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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Firewall

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Firewall
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
by
DiAnn Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills


ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
DiAnn Mills is a genius story teller!  I have been a huge fan of hers for quite some time and she does not disappoint in Firewall!  With more twists and turns than the most frightful roller coaster and an ending that you do not see coming, Mills hit this one out of the ballpark!  I appreciate how she weaves a strong faith message into her story lines without being preachy.  Mills accomplishes this through characters who are genuine.  Mills kept me turning pages to a story I couldn't help but become totally involved in from the very beginning!  Mills believes her readers should "Expect An Adventure" and she never fails to deliver!  Her books will remain on my "keeper shelf".

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Turning - Review and Giveaway

Davis Bunn is a native of North Carolina, has lived in Europe for thirty-five years.  Davis's academic background includes degrees in psychology and economics from Wake Forest University and a master's degree in finance from the City University of London.  Fluent in three languages, he has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Davis enjoys particularly strong following in the inspiriational market, often ranking on the Christian Booksellers' Association bestseller lists.  He has collaborated with Janette Oke, one of the leading names in Christian publishing, on a series of novels.  Davis is a New York Times bestselling author and has garnered a number of industry honors, including three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction.
Davis teaches in the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Oxford, where he holds an appointment as a Core Lecturer in the subject of fiction.  He splits his time between Oxford and Florida with his wife Isabella.
You can connect with Davis through:



Take the turning and walk the unlikely road.

A voice.

And five dissimilar people knew they were summoned to obey.

Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command - and their unforeseen meeting would result in a challenge to the cultural direction of the nation and wage war against the most powerful and influential industry in North America.

A message.

One that asks for a single personal response - a response that can unveil a new realm of moral responsibility and hope.  The media frenzy places a spotlight on knowing - and doing - the will of God.  How will the group be able to stand against the swelling powers of darkness and greed vying to crush their message of hope?

Can they really hear the voice of God?



Hear Davis share about the concept behind his new book The Turning as well as additional resources available to you, the reader, to go a step further in learning the discipline of listening to God.


Visit HERE for access to the 40 day devotional as well as audio teaching sessions from Davis connected to the message of the book.

My Thoughts:
In his new book The Turning, Davis Bunn has presented to readers in story form one of the most valuable lessons that can be learned:  the discipline of listening to God.  Through the stories of John, Alisha, Jenny, Ruth, and Yussuf, Bunn goes a step further and shows in living color what it looks like to listen to God's voice and obey - to do things only possible by relying on Him.
In few words, Bunn's characters come to life and he draws you into their stories from the very beginning. There are no wasted pages in The Turning.  With each paragraph, the intensity builds and as a reader, I found myself invested in the life of those involved quickly.  This was a hard book to put down and is one that I will re-read most likely more than once.
*Thank you River North (fiction division of Moody Publishers) for sending a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.

Giveaway:
Thanks to the generosity of River North, I have a copy of The Turning to give away to one of my readers!
Just answer this question in the comments section:
What do you think is involved in effectively hearing the voice of God?
Be sure and leave an email address where I can notify you if you win!

Blessings and Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Mother's Secret

About the author: 

Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.


Amy can be found at: website,TwitterFacebook.




About the book: 

Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?
Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother's farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin's father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her.
His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn't convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.
When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn's brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.

After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family-and the unconditional love-she's longed for?

My Thoughts:
This is my first novel by Amy Clipston to read.  The only thing I regret about reading this book is that I have not discovered Clipston before now!  She has written a book with believable characters who find themselves in heartbreaking circumstances.
I appreciated how Clipston isn't preachy, but clearly points to the transforming power of God in lives otherwise hopeless.  God delights in showing mercy and Clipston highlights this side of God's character so eloquently in her book.  I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
*I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and as part of the blog tour hosted by Litfuse Publicity.
*To see what others are saying about the book, you can visit HERE.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hope Deffered

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hope Deferred
HopeSprings Books (July 1, 2014)
by
Elizabeth Maddrey


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who loves a good happily ever after.

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of computers, math, and organization steered her into computer science at Wheaton College, she always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. This continued through a Master’s program in Software Engineering, several years in the computer industry, teaching programming at the college level, and a Ph.D. in Computer Technology in Education. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity.

She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

Elizabeth can be reached through the Contact link on her Website .

ABOUT THE BOOK

Christian fiction for women.
Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?
June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they're desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hope Deferred, go HERE.


*Personal review to follow in a later post.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Place In His Heart

Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.
As the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.
Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips. 
Her debut novel A Place In His Heart is drawn from family lore regarding her great grandfather from generations ago.
You can connect with Rebecca via her website at http://www.rebeccademarino.com/.
Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. 
With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her Papa and her dear sister? 
And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?   
My Thoughts:
A Place In His Heart is Rebecca DeMarino's debut novel and the first book of The Southold Chronicles. Drawing from her rich personal heritage, DeMarino has written a book that tells a story of tender love and loss.  The vivid description draws readers into the lives of the characters from the very beginning.  The way DeMarino weaves a spiritual message into the fabric of the story is fluent and fresh.
DeMarino has earned herself a place of significance in the historical romance genre.  She has hooked us with this book and gained fans for the remainder of the series.  I am honored to have discovered a new "favorite" author!
I was sent a complimentary copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yankee in Atlanta

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
by
Jocelyn Green


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta. Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman's troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
Jocelyn Green truly has a gift and I'm so thankful that she shares it through her books.  Her passion and research of the Civil War Era comes through clearly in Yankee in Atlanta.  Her rich description of the people and places during this time period transports the reader back to a pivotal time in our nation's history. The rich detail both of history and Green's fictional take on events draws readers in easily.  This series by Green is not one to miss.  And if you aren't necessarily a historical fiction reader, Green's writing will turn you into one!

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blind Trust

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several novels, including Deadly Devotion, book 1 in the Port Aster Secrets series.  She is a two-time winner of the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance, winner of the 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.  Her debut novel, Deep Cover, was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine.  She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband.

Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.


Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes -  but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor.  Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations.  Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation - and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.
As family secrets come to light, her world - and her budding romance with Tom - begin to crumble.  To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets.  But then will it be too late for her and Tom?


My Thoughts:
I have to issue the disclaimer that I did not read book one in this series and that fact may be tainting this review a bit.  I felt like I was a bit lost throughout the book.  I think I must have missed a lot of "background" to the characters and previous happenings from Deadly Devotion; therefore, I would not consider this a good stand-alone novel and I certainly recommend reading the first book prior to reading this one.
With that being said, Orchard writes a good "whodunit" suspense novel with a bit of humor and romance. The ending leaves you wanting the "rest of the story" while sitting impatiently on the edge of your seat!  I love Tom and Kate's relationship and can't wait to see what is in store for them next.  I also appreciated being able to hear the story from both Kate and Tom's perspective.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer