Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Jackie is the winner of "Here Burns My Candle" by Liz Curtis Higgs and

Deborah is the winner of "Double Trouble"

The names were chosen by using and I will contact you to get your snail mail address.

Congratulations to both of these ladies. I really appreciate everyone stopping by and supporting my blog. As you can see I am now up to 50 followers. Yea! I've had so much fun doing these two giveaways and meeting new people I plan on having more in the near future so be on the lookout.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Double Trouble" by Susan May Warren Review and Giveaway


Double Trouble

Back Cover: PJ Sugar has finally found something she's good at. Now he is trying not to mess it up. Her first official case as a private investigator -- well, technically a P. I's assistant -- is house sitting for a witness in protective custody. No danger involved, assures her boss Jeremy Kane, much to PJ's disappointment.

At least PJ can take the next 10 days to figure out the rest of her life... Especially whether or not she would accept Detective Boone Buckam's marriage proposal. But one break in by a late night prowler is enough to put Boone's request on hold send PJ's sleuthing skills into overdrive. Clearly the witness is hiding something... And it may cost PJ her life.

About The Author: Susan May Warren is the RITA Award-winning author of more than 25 novels. She spent eight years as a missionary in Russia with her husband and four children before returning to Minnesota's North Shore to write full-time. She loves vanilla lattes and hang out with friends, and she's always on the lookout for a great story. Visit her website at www.Susan May Warren. com.

My Take: My favorite genre of books is a good cozy mystery. But, my next favorite would definitely be suspense/P. I. Susan May Warren's Double Trouble is a light-- hearted P.I. mystery starring the one and only PJ Sugar. PJ has come home to Kellogg, Minnesota, after a tumultuous young adulthood and is ready to prove to those around her that she can take care of herself. Unfortunately, the harder she tries to faster she falls. PJ finds herself in one predicament after another. The good thing about this is that there are two men in her life who seem to be there whenever she needs them to rescue her. Her high school boyfriend, Daniel "Boone" Buckham has renewed his love for her and has asked for her hand in marriage. PJ is thrilled, but this does not come without conditions. Boone wants PJ to give up her PI job because he thinks it's too dangerous for her. This is definitely a dilemma for PJ.

Then again, there is Jeremy Kane, her boss. If PJ loves Boone, then why does she care so much about what Jeremy thinks? Why is she trying so hard to show him that she will make a great PI? Does she hold a secret torch for Jeremy that she isn't even aware of? He doesn't seem to feel the same about her - or does he? Which one of these men will catch PJ's heart - or will either one? You will have to read Double Trouble to find out for yourself!!!!!! I would say definitely a four-star read.

Happy Reading!

I've had so much fun with the giveaway for Liz's "Here Burns My Candle" that I've decided to do the same with Susan's book, "Double Trouble." Once again I have read this book, but it looks great! What better way to recycle books than to let someone else enjoy them instead of sitting on my shelf unread! I would love for someone to read about PJ Sugar's antics and be able to laugh for just a while.

To Enter:
Be a follower or sign up as a new follower. Be sure and let me know.
Visit Susan's web site.
Let me know if you have read any of Susan's books and also what is your favorite genre.

Ends March 31, 2010

Void where prohibited;Open to US residents only. Odds of winning depends on the number of entrants.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

"Here Burns My Candle" by Liz Curtis Higgs Blog Tour and Book Giveaway!

I met Liz many years ago at a Womans Health Day in our north Georgia community. I will never, never forget her testimony and her story as a young woman struggling to find her way in life. She has a wonderful sense of humor and we all laughed until we cried during her talk. One of her earliest books was about this journey she traveled. Let me tell you that Liz has been an encouragement to many woman (me included) by sharing some painful lessons she learned. If you don't already know Liz I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about her.

Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.
Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.
His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions are maintaining her place in society and coddling her grown sons, Marjory’s many regrets, buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, continue to plague her.
One by one the Kerr family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown.
A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland,
Here Burns My Candleillumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.


LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist; My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland, an armchair travel guide to Galloway; and her contemporary novels, Mixed Signals, a Rita Award finalist, and Bookends, a Christy Award finalist. Visit the author’s extensive website at

My Take on Here Burns My Candle: When I first began reading this book I thought there is no way I will be able to finish - it was just too hard to get used to the difference in the language. Now I can say that I am so, so thankful that I hung in there and read all the way through. It is a wonderful book that will transfer you to a different place and a different time - Edinburgh, 1745. Of course, customs were much different then than they are now, but the human emotions, desires and needs transcends all times which you will discover through getting to know the main character Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her husband Lord Donald and his family. You will have the opportunity to watch a bond grow between Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law Lady Marjory. You might even find some similarities to the story of Ruth. By the time I finished reading this wonderful book I found myself thinking in the Highlander language. You just might, too! Please take this opportunity to visit Liz Curtis Higgs website. Also, take a moment to hop on over to You Tube and check out the trailer for Here Burns My Candle.

Giveaway: This will be my very first giveaway on my blog. WaterBrook Multnomah publishing provided a reviewers copy to me. I did not request an extra copy, but after I finished reading this I wanted to share it with someone else. So I would like to give my slightly used copy of Here Burns My Candle to someone. Here are the requirements to be entered so please let me know:

1. leave an email address

2. visit Liz's website

3. let me know if you are familiar with Liz's writings or have heard her speak

4. sign up as a follower

Good Luck and if you don't win please check out the publishers website where you can find out how to order the book! Contest ends March 31, 2010.

Void where prohibited;Open to US residents only. Odds of winning depends on the number of entrants.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers

I haven't read this book, but my good friend Douglas (Rebecca) Maddox has just finished reading it and I asked her to write a review on it. Douglas is a member of a pro-life group at her church - St. Mary's in Northwest Georgia. She said this was very timely for the cause she has been involved in recently and one that is close to her heart. She told me that Francine did a wonderful job giving different perspectives from all of the players in an unplanned pregnancy. Without further ado here we go:

Back Cover: In one horrific, terrifying moment, Dinah Carey's perfect life is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, her doting family torn apart. Her seemingly rock solid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life -- to embrace or to end the untimely life within her.

Author: Francine Rivers, winner of the EPCA Gold Medallion, has been writing for almost 30 years. Her books have received numerous awards and have endeared her to millions of readers.

Douglas' Take: Atonement Child by Francine Rivers tackles two sensitive issues,abortion and pregnancy as the result of rape.Dynah Carey is a student at a Christian college as is her fiance Ethan The wedding is set for summer after Ethan graduates with a degree that will allow him to pursue a career as a minister.On her way home from her job in a local restaurant one evening Dynah is assaulted and raped.The rape results in a pregnancy and we are taken on an emotional yet faith filled journey with Dynah as the pregnancy progresses and effects not only her life but all of those who love her.
Ms Rivers shows us the many faces of abortion promotion even among the faithful.Dynah's struggle brings forth a number of confessions from family and friends.Women who suffered pregnancy loss by choice through abortion or by miscarriage share the long lasting damage done.She does a beautiful job of telling a compelling story based on faith while revealing that abortion is never the simple procedure it is sold as.
This book should be on every high school required reading list.

Thank you so much Douglas, for being a visiting reviewer. It is great to have a fresh voice reviewing some of the wonderful Christian Fiction books available. Please come again soon and give us your take on another book! To visit Francine's web page and learn more about her books please go to the following link:


Friday, March 12, 2010

March Releases

March New Releases

1. A Distant Melody, Wings of Glory, Book One bySarah Sundlin An historical from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Allie is promised to a man she doesn't love, but a B-17 pilot captures her heart--will she honor her family's wishes or take a chance on love?

2. A Woman Called Sage by Diann Mills An historical from Zondervan. A woman bounty hunter fights bitterness and revenge to find the killers of her husband.

3. Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett Women's fiction from Tyndale. A moving story about women helping women and lives changed across continents, inspired by a non-profit organization of the same name.

4. Beguiled by Deanne Gist and J. Mark Bertranda> A suspense/mystery/thriller from Bethany House. A dog-walker and a journalist pursue a thief (and each other) in atmospheric Charleston.

5. Cowboy Protector by Margaret Daley A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. When Hannah Williams comes to help Austin Taylor with his injured daughter, she draws him into an intrigue that threatens their relationship--and their lives.

6. Dead Reckoning by Ronie KendigSuspense/Mystery/Thriller from Abingdon. Trapped by a terrorist plot in Mumbai!.

7. Disarming Andi by Elizabeth Goddard A Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents. Contractor Andi Nielsen has another chance to discover what ís hidden inside the missile base she was hired to remodel. Is she prepared to detonate her feelings for the new owner?

8. Fatal Burn; Big Sky Secrets, Book 2 by Roxanne Rustand A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. In Montana's wide open spaces, danger and love are waiting....

9. Forget Me Not, Crossroads Crisis Center series, Book 1 by Vicki Hinze A Contemporary Romance from Waterbrook-Multnomah. Someone's robbed her of her identity and goes to great lengths to convince her she's someone else; someone who wants her dead.

10. Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm by Margaret Daley A Romance from Love Inspired. Stories of love and loyalty

11. Groom in Training by Gail Gaymer Martin A Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired. Friends, Four-legged Friends and Love.

12. Kansas Courtship, After The Storm, No. 3 byVictoria Bylin An Historical Romance from Love Inspired. Dr. Nora Mitchell came to heal the town of High Plains. She stayed to heal Zeb Garrison's heart.

13. Katie's Redemption, The Brides of Amish Countryby Patricia Davids A Romance from Love Inspired. A young woman returns to her Amish roots but can she find her way back to her faith.

14. Katy's New World, Katy Lambright Series by Kim Vogel Sawyer General Fiction from Zondervan. An Old Order Mennonite girl holds to her convictions while attending public high school.

15. Liberty's Promise by Amber Stockton An Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents. Feel the heartbeat of a chaotic new country through the lives of three Pennsylvania women who seek to know to whom they can entrust their hearts.

16. Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell A Romance from Summerside Press. A schoolteacher must choose between a man from her past and one who could be her future, while risking her reputation to rescue two runaway orphaned children.

17. Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson A Romance from Summerside Press. A widowed father and his young daughter find healing and hope in the communal Amana Colonies.

18. Morning's Refrain, Book 2 in Song of Alaska seriesby Tracie Peterson An Historical from Bethany House. Adventure and Romance in 1800's Sitka, Alaska.

19. Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis Women's Fiction from B&H Publishing. Faith is the first step to soaring.

20. Romance by the Book by Myra Johnson A Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents. A shy young woman's crush on her favorite romance author leads her to the man who will finally claim her heart.

21. Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot An Historical from Revell. Tragedy broke her spirit -- will love mend her heart?

22. The Captain's Lady by Louise M. Gouge An Historical from Steeple Hill. Torn between love and duty, American Patriot James Templeton must deny his heart to help win his country's freedom.

23. The Easter Edition by Robin Shope A romance from White Rose. Bridal shop owner Carol Horn feels she will never find a love of her own until a new pastor comes to town, turning up by accident at her mother's funeral.

24. The Family Way by Michelle Levigne A romance from Desert Breeze Publishing. Pregnancy brings their shaky marriage to the breaking point, and Lisa and Todd must rediscover their love, their faith, and what true marriage means.

25. The Mockingbird's Call by Diane Ashby and Aaron McCarver A Romance from Barbour. Amelia Montgomery, torn between her family's traditions and her own convictions against slavery, must also choose between her duty and her heart as she works for the Underground Railroad.

26. The Promise of Morning, Book 2, At Home in Beldon Grove series by Ann Shorey An Historical from Revell. When loss drives them apart, can their faith bring them back together?


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two New Love Inspired Reviews!

I wrote the previous post in preparation for writing these two reviews. Both of these reviews are on Love Inspired Suspense books published by Steeple Hill Publishing. These are the two free books that I received from the book club offer. Let me say I was not disappointed with either book. Without further ado, here are the reviews.

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire by Cara Putman
Back Cover: Her mother's house was first. then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path?

Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father's reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he's drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia's safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of fire fighting: don't get burned.

About the Author Cara Putnam: Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. for years she asked God if this dream was from him. Her life was full. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, moved to the Washington DC area, married the man of her dreams, worked in the nonprofit world, went to George Mason Law school at night while working and then started having children. While her life was far from empty, the dream wouldn't die. Then she followed her husband to Indiana. Talk about starting over! In 2005 she attended a book signing where she met Colleen Coble. The rest, as they say, is history. With prompting from her husband, Cara started her writing dream with Colleen. Cara's been writing ever since. To learn more about Cara and her books, please visit her at

My Take: I had not read any of Cara's books before reading this one, but have heard her name many times. I must say I have found a new author to read and look forward to reading more of her books. This is a story of a young woman who appears to those around her to be very strong and confident. But there are things in Tricia Jamison's past that haunt her. The secrets have taken a toll on her life and have affected her work. She also has a strained relationship with her mother because of a secret she has refused to tell her mother.

During the course of several fires that have struck her mother's home, her brothers home, and finally destroyed her home she has come to a point where she knows she must deal with her past so she can move on to her future. Surprisingly Noah Brust, a man who lost his trust in her, will be the one to help her through her difficult past. Will they be able to mend a misunderstanding and build a relationship? Well, did you really think I would tell you the answer to that? You will have read the book to find out for yourself. I will say you won't be disappointed and that Tricia does find her way to a new beginning and freedom from her past secrets.

Double Take

Double Take by Jenness Walker:
Cole Leighton can barely believe his eyes. A woman on his bus has just been abducted -- in an exact reflection of a scene from the best-selling novel he is reading. Someone is bringing the book to life... and isn't above forcing an innocent woman to follow the story to its tragic end. Using the novel as his playbook, Cole catches up with the beautiful victim -- but rescuing Kinsey Jacobs doesn't keep her safe for long. The killer is writing his own ending, and none of the twists and turns lead to a happily ever after.

About the Author: Jenness Walker has always loved a good story. She grew up scouting around her grandparents basement for something good to read. Today she doesn't feel complete if she doesn't have a book nearby. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, playing with her part time dog and planning trips to explore small town America.

My Take: Jenness Walker is another new author to me. I haven't heard her name before, but I know I won't forget it. This is one of those books that keep you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning and doesn't slow down until the very last page. It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia and since I am from North Georgia I was familiar with some of the areas in the book - that was fun. I also thought this was a unique plot - I haven't read anything similar and I've read a lot of books. I'm sure it took a lot of time and effort to come up with the twists and turns this thriller will take you on. If you like this kind of intense suspense then you are going to love this.

You can find either one of these books on the Steeple Hill site! Please go and visit the site or go directly to the authors sites and learn more about them and their writing.


Love Inspired Suspense: Two Free Books!

What is Love Inspired Suspense?

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Love Inspired Suspense books are edge-of-your-seat suspense novels featuring Christian characters facing challenges to their faith...and to their lives! Try 2 for free!
Love Inspired Suspense is published by Steeple Hill Publishing part of eHarlequin.
Their books are available from their book club at a discount price. You can try out two books free at no obligation. A pretty sweet deal! Here is the link:

Craftie Ladies of Suspense
Is a blog site that is dedicated to Love Inspired Suspense authors. If you haven't visited their site please take a minute to do so. It is so much fun as well as up-to-date reports on what is new. Here is a little blurb from their site:

Craftie Ladies of Suspense

Welcome to the blogsite of Pamela Tracy, Terri Reed, Cara Putnam, Debby Giusti, Roxanne Rustand, Margaret Daley, Lynette Eason, Linda Hall, Lenora Worth, Barbara Phinney, LeAnn Harris, Ramona Richards, Carol Steward, Dana Mentink, and Lisa Mondello. We're the ChristianRomance Authors of Fictionalize Tales ofInspirational Edginess (CRAFTIE) Ladies. We're fifteen LIS, Love Inspired Suspense, authors, and we're so excited about putting our Tales ofInspirational Edginess in the hands of readers. Take a look at our site, get to know us, and let us know what you want to know.