Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Product Description

Underwater archeologist Shiloh Blake is consumed with passion for the water and inflamed at the injustices of life. When her first large-scale dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she flees for her life. When she spots a man trailing her, the questions are, Who is he? and How is he always one step ahead? Reece Jaxon is a former Navy SEAL and now serves his country as a spy. His life is entangled by the beguiling Shiloh Blake as he hunts down the sources to a nuclear dead drop in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, India. The only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is to join forces with Reece. Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become a spy?

About the Author

Ronie Kendig holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology and is a wife, mother of four, and an avid writer. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Ronie is the Book of the Year coordinator. She also serves on the ACFW Think-Tank committee for the national conference, and as the assistant to the conference appointment coordinator. Ronie is co-owner of Double Crit Editorial Services and a monthly columnist with the widely recognized blog Novel Journey. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas. This is her debut novel. Find Ronie on the web at roniekendig.com

I just finished "Dead Reckoning" by Ronie Kendig. This was her debut novel and let me tell you it was great! I am not much into spy books, but I couldn't put this one down. From the first page to the end you will be taken on an adventure where you find yourself holding your breath more than once. If you like spy thrillers you will love this one. If you like suspense you will also enjoy reading Dead Reckoning. Be sure and put this on your TBR list. Great job on your first book Ronie!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

The Waterwheel at Berry College. Berry was founded by Martha Berry for the poor
in the area. It has more acreage than any other college in the US.

Some pretty flowers blooming by some of the old houses in the downtown area.

The old water tower which is now known as the "Clock Tower". On the front lawn of the tower is where a school used to be many years ago.

The statue of Romulus and Remus was a gift from Mussolini to our city.

I love Spring and I love Summer even better. The warm days and sunshine make me feel so much better. It is my favorite time of year. I thought I would take some pictures of points of interest in our little town in Northwest Georgia. I hope you enjoy them, too.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Is On Its Way in the North Georgia Mountains

An "Indian Tree". The Indians used them for signs and directions.
A beautiful bird I was lucky to capture. I don't know what kind it is.

A "blind" where you can be hidden and watch the wildlife.

The trail head

Blaines Country Store where you turn to go to Carter's Lake. A rare find!

I live about 60 miles north of Atlanta and this is considered part of the Appalachian Mountains. Saturday the weather was beautiful - almost 70 degrees with a slight breeze blowing. About 50 miles north of us between Jasper, Georgia and Ellijay, Georgia is Carter's Lake Recreations Area.

I've heard of Carter's Lake many times, but have never been. This weekend my fiance and I went on an adventure to find Carter's Lake. That we did! We also found hiking trails and a short birding trail - just right for me and my fibromyalgia. I want to share some of the pictures I took on this birding trail. Hope you enjoy them. I know everyone is looking forward to Spring and I found some sure signs it is on its way!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Review and Giveaway for "Bound by Guilt" by C.J. Darlington


Back Cover:
Roxi Gold is a throwaway, shuttled from one foster on to another for most of her life. She longs for a family and will do anything to fit in -- even if it's against the law. Soon she's traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores, until a first edition of The Great Gatsby catches up with her.

Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society, and not just at work. The job she has loved has become a chore, the world isn't any safer, and there's no joy in her life. One fearful night a man's innocent blood changes both Roxi's and Abby's lives forever. One searches for justice; the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt?

About: C. J. Darlington and is the winner of the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the Thicker Than Blood series before cofounding her own online bookstore. She also cofounded the Christian entertainment Web site Title Trakk.com. A home school graduate she lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her website at cjdarlington.com.

My take: I really enjoyed this book right from the start. I received this book during a time that was really busy for me so I couldn't just sit down and read it. However, I found myself coming back and picking it up every chance I got. I had to find out what was going on. It is not a suspense or a mystery, but I found myself turning the pages as if it were a suspense - just waiting to find out what was going to happen next. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book. I also want to go back and read the first book of the series - the story of one of the characters in this book.

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4. contest will end on March 15th


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just wanted to share that an article I've written on the Goat Man is now out in the Spring issue of the magazine "Georgia Backroads". If anyone grew up in the South during the 50's and 60's you've probably encountered the Goat Man (and his goats) whose real name was Ches McCartney. I was always fascinated by him and was thrilled when I was able to write about his real life and times. Jimmy Hammet of Atlanta is a historian on Ches and helped me tremendously with this article so I want to give him much of the credit on my research. He has a facebook page on the Goat Man and there are nearly 1,500 followers who all have stories to tell about seeing him and his goats as a child. He also has two documentaries out with interview w/Ches and his son Albert Gene. Please pick one up a copy of "Georgia Backorads" at any bookstore and read about this unique character of times gone by. This was during a time when life was so much simpler.