Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Questions for 2009

One of my favorite bloggers, Mike Hyatt had these questions to ask yourself for 2009. There were 7 questions.

If the last year were a movie of your life, what would the genre be?
Drama, romance, adventure, comedy, tragedy, or a combination?


Mine would be a combination of all. I had a little of everything hit me this year.

This year my God grandmother passed which was really hard after losing my aunt in September, These two ladies had touched my life in so many ways.

I never dreamed that I’d see a Black President and this year it came true.

The most devastating part of 2009 was losing Michael Jackson. I know for some he was just another celebrity but for me, he was like a cousin. When I think of music that inspired my life, MJ's name popped up. My first concert was the Jackson 5. I still get misty eyed just thinking about him.

Facebook reintroduced me to a lot of old friends and family. I think it was one of the best things I did this year.

What were the two or three major themes that kept recurring? These can be single words or phrases.

Family, living in the now

What did you accomplish this past year that you are the most proud of? These can be in any area of your life—spiritual, relational, vocational physical, etc. Be as specific as possible.

Reconnecting with my younger sister, who I’d been trying to find for years. It has been a blessing being able to talk with her via the internet. I’ve enjoyed our chats and emails. We have a lot in common and I look forward to meeting her in person next year.

Going to a marriage counselor, it really helped me with my marriage and showed me a lot about me as a person, wife, mother and caregiver.

Stepping past fear and letting others read my stories and entering a contest with one.

Reconnecting with God. I was burnt out this year, I’d stop going to church, I resigned from children church. I thought I’d lost myself. However the Lord spoke to me daily and let me know that I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t fellowshipping with a church, but I was growing closer with him. I prayed more and I had deep conversations with him and he let me see that I did need fellowshipping to complete me. Now I’m ready to serve again and I know he will find a place for me.



What was missing from last year as you look back? Again, look at each major area of your life. Don’t focus now on having to do anything about it. For now, just list each item.

*Having more ME time. I’m learning to take time for me. I can’t be superwoman
*Making time to write and write, not just thinking about it
*Reading more for pleasure, I miss reading for me
*Date time with the hubby, I regret letting him say no when he should have said yes to our quality time together.
*Exercising, I’ve let myself go and it’s showing in the tight clothes.
*Quality time with God



What were the major life-lessons you learned this past year?

Life is short, enjoy every moment. Enjoy today.
Live your dream
Stay positive

Never let go of God's hands, even through the burnt out times. That's when you need him the most.



Friday, December 18, 2009

BLOG TOUR: 40 Loaves


Why don’t I have more faith?

Why am I so bored with Jesus?

Why don’t I feel connected at church?

These are the types of questions the religious establishment often makes it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to ask. And by asking them, C. David Baker, author of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day hopes to start a conversation in people’s hearts, then with others, and ultimately with God. Many circles of Christianity have led us to believe that certainty and confidence are the proof of true spirituality; questions are discouraged.

But Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—a relationship built around a free, open-ended discussion. Questions were encouraged. They were often impertinent, sometimes alarming, and the religious establishment was distinctly uncomfortable with them … just as it is today.

“40 Loaves is something of a collection of the kinds of questions I felt finally free to ask of myself and of my relationship with Christ,” says Baker. “It’s my belief that these questions are shared by many others who long for the freedom to simply ask them out loud. I hope this book becomes a platform that frees others to search their hearts more deeply and be fed with the Bread of life.”

Each “loaf” here is a big question that stimulates discussion, investigation, and contemplation; it will take hours—or days—to digest. Conversational, inviting, disarming, and real, 40 Loaves nourishes self-examination and offers validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, or even shamed when the realities of their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment.

C. David Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in Bucks County , Pennsylvania . He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was nominated for a Christy Award. He has contributed articles to the Christian History Institute’s international publication Glimpses, and to Christian Singles magazine. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland .

I'm currently reading this devotion and it is hitting the spot. Asking the hard questions that are on your mind. Mr. Baker answers the question and uses scriptures to show you why. This is a different type of devotional but one I believe would make a perfect gift for the believer or nonbeliever. I'm looking forward to finishing the book and will post an update.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

15 Minutes

When I took up Patricia’s challenge, I just knew I would have time to write. I usually do a lot of my writing when the kids are asleep. However this past week I was so exhausted from the day, that I didn’t get any writing done. I was able to type about 500 words for last week and that was it.

I decided yesterday that I would try writing in chunks, 15 minute chunks. At work I get two 15 minute breaks so I’m using that time to write. I know I won't get a lot done but I’m trying to finish up, not stop writing.

December is a hard time to write because there are so many things happening during this time. Parties, shopping, gift wrapping, visiting with friends. Since I’m not on deadline, I have the luxury of writing when I want, but if I were on deadline, I would have to find time to squeeze in my writing.

I’ll let you know how my 15 minutes is working.

What about you, how do you find time to write during the holiday season?

Friday, December 04, 2009

Hickory Farms Blog Tour

When I think of Hickory Farms at this time of year, I think about cheese and summer sausage. When I was asked to review one of their gift packages, I was happy to do so, because I’ve always enjoyed their treats.

The package arrived and my two year old brought it in to me. He was excited because it was a box and he wanted to know what was inside. I told him we’d have a picnic with what was inside.

I spread a blanket on the floor and together we opened the package.

Beef Hickory Sampler Gift - $15.00

Includes:

- 5 oz. Beef Summer Sausage
- 4 oz. Hickory Cheddar Blend
- 2 oz. Italian Herb & Cheese Spread
- 2.25 oz. Sweet Hot Mustard
- .5 oz. Cracked Wheat Crackers
- Wt. .8 lbs


I covered the crackers with cheese and top them off with a slice of summer sausage and we had a little feast.

I always enjoy Hickory Farm summer sausage and I wasn't disappointed this time. The cheese spreads were good to. My son liked the sausage but didn't care too much for the cheese. I think I will be adding one of these gift packages to my Christmas Wish list.

These gift samplers make wonderful gifts for friends and family. If you like hot and spicy mustard this one is the one to pick up.

Enjoy


Check them out http://www.hickoryfarms.com/

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a Hickory Farms gift basket to facilitate my review." http://www.momcentral.com/

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

BOOK IN A MONTH - Final

I decided to try to do the book in a month for November only I crafted it for me instead of following the rules.

I only wrote during the week and left the weekends off for the family, which cut down on my thirty days. I didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t feel like writing. I decided to just write and let the muse flow.

I set a goal of writing seven pages of day. I had 15 days to work, because I knew nothing was going to get done the week of Thanksgiving. Some days were a breeze, some days I didn’t want to write at all. I think I had a whole week I didn’t do anything. However I didn’t stress about it. I was writing again and that was most important.

I didn’t reach my goal of 105 pages. I ended up writing 60 pages – 10, 704 words.

Which means to me I’m about two months away from finishing this book. WOO HOO!

I learned a lot with this experience. I can reach my daily writing goals when I have to.
I wanted to know how long it would take me to write a book and this page goal helped me to see how to break the book down into a monthly figure. So I could write a book in about 8 mths if I worked hard at it. That’s not too bad. One book a year. My ultimate goal is to write two books a year. I think that’s possible if I wrote two genres, which I’ve been doing for years. (I’m working on a middle grade book too. I’ll tell you about that one later.)

I learned more about my characters and what their motivations are.

The most important lesson, that it’s best to write and edit later. In my writing stage, I just let the words flow, I didn’t try to figure out what I did or why. When I’m in editing mode sometimes I lose my muse because I’m trying to figure things out. You can’t worry about figuring things out when you’re in the writing mode.

Now I’m in editing stage and I’m hoping to take those 60 pages and change them into 120 pages.

How did you do with your book?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Faith and Fangs Blog Tour


Touched by a Vampire
by Beth Felker Jones

EXAMINING TWILIGHT THROUGH A BIBLICAL LENS

People around the world are asking the same question, enraptured with Edward and Bella’s forbidden romance in the Twilight Saga, a four-book serial phenomenon written by Stephenie Meyer. The bestsellers tell the story of a regular girl’s relationship with a vampire who has chosen to follow his “good” side. But the Saga isn’t just another fantasy–it’s teaching girls about love, sex, and purpose. With 48 million copies in print and a succession of upcoming blockbuster films, now is the time to ask the important question: Can vampires teach us about God’s plan for love?

Touched by a Vampire is the first book to investigate the themes of the Twilight Saga from a Biblical perspective. Some Christian readers have praised moral principles illustrated in the story, such as premarital sexual abstinence, which align with Meyer’s Mormon beliefs. But ultimately, Beth Felker Jones examines whether the story’s redemptive qualities outshine its darkness.

Cautionary, thoughtful, and challenging, Touched by a Vampire is written for Twilight fans, parents, teachers, and pop culture enthusiasts. It includes an overview of the series for those unfamiliar with the storyline and a discussion guide for small groups.



Thirsty
by Tracey Bateman



There's no place like home, they say.

"Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."

For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.




Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Listening To God

Last night I had to wake my daughter up because she didn’t do the chores I asked her to do. She was really upset to be awakened from her good sleep. I was really upset because we’ve been bucking heads because she thinks she doesn’t need to do chores. NOT

In bed I’m praying about my children getting on my last nerve and the spirit begins to chastise me. Are you doing your chores? Are you being a good role model to your children?

I’ve been going through a few storms and I’ve been on a sabbatical from church. I keep telling myself that I’m tired, but God knows. Lazy.

It is so easy to stay in bed, than to pick up your cross and walk with Jesus.

He asked - Who am I to complain about my children when I’m not being a good child either?

I hear you father I called out. I’m sorry.

As my daughter crawled back in her bed after completing her chores, I prayed for a better frame of mind; for help to get past the laziness and for help getting past my storms.

Hopefully my children and I will get better at doing our chores and pleasing our parents.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

WIP - Day 1

I wrote my seven pages in two hours last night. The words flowed into my hands. I didn’t do any editing. I’m just writing for now. It was refreshing to find the story again. The best part was my 2 year old let me write. He kept asking am I done yet, but he understood mommy was busy. I’m getting him trained.

I’m looking forward to tonight to see where the story goes. I think for me that’s the exciting part about writing a book, finding out where it will take you. Sometimes you have an outline, but every now and then those characters have a mind of their own and that’s when the fun begins.

I will tell you I’m reading Ideal Wife by Jacquelin Thomas and it is off the chain. I so want to talk with someone who has read this book. If you’ve read this book send me an email or comment here. I want to know what you thought about it.

I’m also reading Permission Slip by Sherri Shepherd. She is too crazy. I like her voice, she has me cracking up as I’m cooking dinner. Yes I read while my food is cooking. Ok I’m a multi tasker I can’t help it. It’s in my blood.

Get your write on.

Monday, November 02, 2009

BOOK IN A MONTH

This month I decided to finish my WIP. I need words 33,944 to complete it (about 135 pages). I decided to tape my fav shows. Yes no t.v. during the week. I will be in writing mode Mon – Friday and off on the weekends. I decided that I wouldn’t write on the weekend, to use those days for the family who probably will disown me after this month is up.

Why am I doing this? I haven’t been in writing mood. Stresses from family issues have taking the motivation out of me. However I want to finish this book before the year ends. It’s one of my goals for this year and I will see it to the end. I also want to prove to myself that I can be discipline when it comes to writing. This is my dream and I need to know that I can handle the job. I like writing on my own terms, but when you get published. You have to step away from writing when you feel like it and write.

I’m also going to do something different and write on the computer. I usually write in a notebook, and then type it later. I want to see how I handle just writing on the computer and I also want to see how much I can produce in a months’ time.

Are you participating in the A book in a month this month? If you are happy writing and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your daily goals. Tomorrow is a new day, just write.

Daily Goal – 7 pages

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Reading List Update

I added the Birth to Five book by Brenda Nixon to my reading list. She is so on the money when it comes to toddlers. Here are seven that are perfect for my 2 year old.

All toddlers are egocentric – it is all about Sean

Toddlers are risk takers – love jumping off the stairs – five stairs up

Are movers – I wish I had his energy

Consummate language learner – I wonder where he get’s his vocabulary

Can’t tell time – He wants to know when we’re leaving a million times

Are scribblers – Every wall and appliance has his signature over them

Seek Independence – loves to do it himself.

Yes I have two other kids, but this third one is like starting all over again. I’m enjoying reading Brenda’s book. I’m learning I’m not that bad of a parent. LOL

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Books That Touch You Part 1

My love of books exploded when I was introduced to the romance genre as a teenager. How exciting it was to fall in love along with the couple I’m reading about. These books transformed my life and opinion about love. I enjoy meeting the couples and watching them fight to stay together and seeing them live happily ever after. I don’t know there is just something about reading a book that touches your emotions.

Today I want to talk about two books that touched me this month. The first was released this month and the next one will be released next month.

I met the first author at a RWA meeting. She wrote historical romances set in Scotland. She announced her blog tour on face book and I started following the tour and becoming intrigued about her new book - Highland Dragon.

Last Saturday I stopped by the RWA meeting so I could get my autograph copy.

I enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud so many times, I’m sure people around me thought I was crazy. The passion in the book gave me goose bumps. I could feel their love oozing off the pages. This is one of those books I call DELICIOUS.

I felt every range of emotions as I read this book. I so do enjoy a book that takes you along for the ride with the characters. I found myself sneaking to the bathroom, so I could read another chapter. I haven't done that with a book in a long time.

It reminded me of why I so love a good romance – they feature passion, falling in love, and a good story that ends with happily ever after.

Sometimes I need to know something is going to end happily ever after. Life is hard some days and that's why I read, to remind me that there is some good in the world.


HIGHLAND DRAGON
by Kimberly Killion
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date: October 2009
6ISBN-10: 1420104411

A desire that defies all limits…
and a love that was meant to be…

Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan’s children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.

Calin MacLeod has kept Akira's secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share—and truths that can no longer remain hidden—could rip all of Scotland apart...

http://www.kimberlykillion.com/

Read part two on Thursday.

Did you read a book this month that was Delicious?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FALL READING LIST

My book pile is growing taller and taller. I decided to pick out a few books to read for the fall. I'm hoping that I'll be able to add 10 more to the list.

Secrets And Lies - Rhonda McKnight


Sizzling Seduction - Gwyneth Bolton

Captured - Beverly Jenkins

Ideal Wife - Jacquelin Thomas

Lady Jasmine - Victoria Christopher Murray

My Son's Wife - Shelia Lipsey

Experiencing the Spirit - Henry & Melvin Blackaby

Making Great Decisions - T. D. Jakes

Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way - Nene Leakes and Denene Millner


On the Line - Serena Williams and Daniel Paisner

Coldest Winter - Sister Souljah

The Bishop's Daughter - Tiffany L. Warner

Sex In The Sanctuary - Lutishia Lovely



What's on your reading list?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

What To Do After You Attend A Conference

I’m getting ready for another online conference. This time I will be in attendance. It’s a good one too, Muse Online Conference. I’ve attended for the past three years. This conference is more hands on than mine and I love it. It’s like attending mini classes. I’m looking forward to participating.

I was reading an article yesterday and the author stated one thing you should do after a conference is write an article. I never thought about this, but she’s right. You can share about what you learned, or what went wrong or what you’d do different.

I have a few lessons to share from the online conference I hosted, so I need to sit down and write. Here’s the first lesson.

Lessons From Attending An Online Conference – Part 1

MAKE TIME

When you attend an online conference, you have to make time. Schedule some time in your schedule because most online conference consist of a lot of reading. You want to be able to read the posts and comments.

You can’t bop into a conference and think you’re going to get the full affect. You’ll miss a lot.

DON’T BE A LURKER

This isn’t the time to lurk. The conference hosts like to see comments, it let’s them know that you are reading. It is also your way to win prizes. You can’t win if no one knows you’re there.

DON’T HOG THE COMMENTS

Let others post. This isn’t your private conference. Share the comments.

Now this rule goes out the window if nobody is commenting. This might be your only chance to talk with your dream agent. If no one is asking questions, step up and ask away.

SHARE YOUR WISDOM

You might not be on the panel, but you might have something worthy to share. Don’t be afraid to speak up. I’ve learn a lot from those in attendance.

HAVE FUN

That what the conference is about, having fun. If it becomes too overwhelming, shut down the computer and come back tomorrow. Enjoy your time online and you’ll participate more.

That’s my first lesson, more to come.

Feel free to share what you do after you attend a conference.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bebe and Cece Are Back


In my early twenties I wasn’t saved but as I look back over my life, I’m always amazed to see how the Holy Spirit was guiding me even though I didn’t know it.

One of my favorite groups back then was Bebe and CeCe. Something about their music soothed my soul. I had all of their CDs and when I wanted to be lifted from my funk, I’d pop one of their CDs in. I could always count on their music to take me to a higher space.

I didn’t know then that Bebe and CeCe’s music was Christian music. I just loved the melodies and they could sing. I’m thankful for their music in my life. I didn’t know it but they were sowing seeds in my spirit, showing me the wonders of God with their music.

It has been 15 years since they sang together. I heard they were making a new CD and it was releasing soon. This morning I had the pleasure of hearing the first single, Close To You.

I’m so looking forward to enjoying Bebe and Cece’s music again. I know their music will inspire and encourage me. I’m so thankful for the Holy Spirit guiding me to their music.

I hope you get a chance to hear their new music.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I AM NOT MY HAIR

I never thought I was my hair until I went natural. There’s nothing like a new do. You come out of the hairdresser feeling like a new woman. The best part is the compliments. That can make your day for weeks until its time for a new appointment.

When I went natural, I noticed the compliments didn’t come as easy as with the perm do. A lot of men aren’t into the natural look. I’ve seen the stares, it’s like they think you didn’t have time to get your hair fixed.

However I have noticed a lot of women approach me more than when I wore a perm. Some are curious about how long I’ve been natural or what made me decide to go natural. Some want to try but just can’t think of parting from their fresh hair styles.

It took me a while to get used to my new hair especially finding the right products to maintain it. I like soft hair, so I’ve been having a hard time finding products that keep my hair soft as cotton candy.

I did find a rinse that covers the gray for a few weeks and makes me feel young again. Now I’m trying different hair bands for different looks and back to finding big cute earrings.

I call myself the African Queen when I think I’m looking really fierce. I also noticed more compliments which I contribute to me liking my hair and wearing it proudly.

Yes some days we are our hair.

Friday, September 25, 2009

BLOG TOUR: If God Is Good


Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us.

In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God--Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?

These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God.

In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.

Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world–now and forever. And he equips you to share your faith more clearly and genuinely in this world of pain and fear.

As he did in his best-selling book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn delves deep into a profound subject, and through compelling stories, provocative questions and answers, and keen biblical understanding, he brings assurance and hope to all.

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspectives Ministries and a bestselling author. His novels include Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and the Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. He has written eighteen nonfiction books as well, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, The Purity Principle, and The Grace and Truth Paradox. Randy and his wife, Nanci, live in Oregon and have two married daughters and four grandsons.

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601421326

Friday, September 18, 2009

BLOG TOUR: Have a New Husband by Friday


Have a New Husband by Friday: How to Change His Attitude, Behavior and Communication in 5 Days
by Kevin Leman


Baker Publishing Group
Pub. Date: October 2009
ISBN-13: 9780800719128


Have a new husband by Friday? Is that even possible? Dr. Kevin Leman says it is. The New York Times bestselling author and self-help guru shows even the most frustrated wife how she can have a new husband by Friday. Leman reminds any wife that if what she's doing to get better behavior out of her husband isn't working now, it never will. So it's time for a change. That means it's time to change her own patterns of behavior. Here's how Leman suggests she handle it day to day:

Monday: Secrets Revealed: Cracking the Male Code
Yes, you're different species, but you can work together in harmony.

Tuesday: Creatures from Another Planet . . . or Creatures of Habit?

To understand men, you have to track 'em to their den.

Wednesday: Think about What You Want to Say, Then Divide It by Ten

How to talk so your guy will really listen . . . and listen so your guy will really talk.

Thursday: Think of Him as a Seal Waiting for a Three-Pound Fish

Why making love to your man is a key to who he is and how satisfied he'll be, and what's in it for you.

Friday: It Takes a Real Woman to Make a Man Feel like a Real Man

How to open your man's heart, revolutionize your love life, and turn him into the knight you've always dreamed of.

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and bestselling author of The Birth Order Book and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on The View, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

You Were Born For This Blog Tour


His New York Times phenomenon The Prayer of Jabez changed how millions pray. Now Bruce Wilkinson wants to change what they do next.

Anyone can do a good deed, but some good works can only happen by a direct intervention from God. Around the world these acts are called miracles—not that even religious people expect to see one any time soon. But what would happen if millions of ordinary people walked out each morning expecting God to deliver a miracle through them to a person in need? You Were Born for This starts with the dramatic premise that everyone at all times is in need of a miracle, and that God is ready to meet those needs supernaturally through ordinary people who are willing to learn how Heaven works.

In the straightforward, story-driven, highly motivating style for which he is known, Wilkinson describes how anyone can help others experience miracles in such universally significant arenas of life as finances, practical help, relationships, purpose, and spiritual growth.

You Were Born for This will change how readers see their world, and what they expect God can do through them to meet real needs. They will master seven simple tools of service, and come to say with confidence, “I want to deliver a supernatural gift from God to someone in need today—and now I know how!”


Author Bios:

One of the world’s foremost Christian teachers, Bruce Wilkinson is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Prayer of Jabez. He is also the author of numerous other bestsellers, including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. Over the past three decades, Wilkinson has founded several global initiatives, including organizations that recruited and trained thousands of Americans to address hunger, AIDS, and poverty in Africa . Bruce and his wife, Darlene, have three children and six grandchildren. They live outside Atlanta .

David Kopp has collaborated with Bruce Wilkinson on over a dozen bestselling books, including The Prayer of Jabez. He is an editor and writer living in Colorado .

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kiss Me Again Blog Tour


Kiss Me Again :Restoring Lost Intimacy in Marriage


Do you ever wonder why marriage can seem like the end of intimacy and sexual desire instead of the beginning?

Ever wonder why it was so hard to resist sex before marriage—and so easy to resist it now? If so, you’re not alone! Many married women genuinely want to feel more desire toward their husbands…and can’t figure out what went wrong. But there’s good news. In Kiss Me Again, Barbara Wilson shows how powerful “invisible bonds” from past relationships can cause heartache, disappointment, and distance for couples in the present. Then—with sensitivity, honesty, and hope—Barbara walks you step by step toward healing…and a rekindling of the closeness and passion with your husband that you really want.

You don’t have to live any longer with confusion, disappointment, resentment, or shame. You can rediscover desire. You can say Wow! again.

With assessment tools, write-in exercises, and gentle guidance, Kiss Me Again offers a biblical plan for rekindling the closeness and passion women long for in marriage. Because no past is beyond the reach of God’s healing touch.

In Kiss Me Again, Wilson:

· Shares her own story of healing and renewed desire
· Helps women forgive themselves and their husbands for past choices
· Shows readers how to break free from “invisible bonds”
· Explains God’s plan for helping a husband and wife to re-bond
· Includes conversation helps for both wives and their husbands
· Helps couples reignite the passion that they thought was lost

Barbara Wilson is the author of The Invisible Bond and former director of sexual health education for the Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center in Sacramento. She speaks nationwide to youth and adults with her message of sexual healing, and she teaches frequently in the women’s ministry at the multi-campus Bayside Church in Northern California. Barbara and her husband, Eric, have been married for twenty-eight years.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In Memory Of Patrick Swayze


I was introduced to Patrick as a teenager, he starred in “The Outsiders”. I had read the book and couldn’t wait to see who Ponyboy’s family was being played by. Patrick was the older brother and a hunk. I remember tearing his picture out of the teen magazine and taping it to my wall. My infatuation started.

I loved all the movies he played in, but my all time favorites are, Dirty Dancing and Ghost. I can watched them over and over again like I never seen them before.



I bought both soundtracks to the Dirty Dancing movie because I loved the music. “Do You Love Me” always reminds me of the time period of my life in San Diego.

I was heartbroken to hear of his death. I knew he had pancreas cancer but it still hurt to know his smiling face will never grace another movie theater. When I think of Movie Stars, Patrick face will always come to mind.

I’ll miss you Patrick. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Swayze family, friends and fans.

If you have a favorite Patrick memory or movie, share it here.


She's Like the Wind

She's like the wind through my tree
She rides the night next to me
She leads me through moonlight
Only to burn me with the sun
She's taken my heart
But she doesn't know what she's done

Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can't look in her eyes
She's out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She's like the wind

[SOLO]

I look in the mirror and all I see
Is a young old man with only a dream
Am I just fooling myself
That she'll stop the pain
Living without her
I'd go insane

Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can't look in her eyes
She's out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She's like the wind

Feel your breath on my face
Your body close to me
Can't look in your eyes
You're out of my league
Just a fool to believe
(Just a fool to believe)
She's like the wind
(Just a fool to believe)
Just a fool to believe
(She's like the wind)
Just a fool to believe
(Just a fool to believe)
She's like the wind
(Just a fool to believe)
Just a fool to believe
She's like the wind

(Just a fool...)
(She's like the wind)
(She's like the wind)
(Just a fool...)
(She's like the wind)
(Just a fool...)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Are You A Big Brother or Sister?

When I was in the Navy stationed in Pensacola, I signed up for the Big Sister program. I had a little sister and it was fun hanging out with her. On Steve Harvey this morning they said there was a need for more Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Have you ever been a Big brother or Big Sister?

Please consider being one and making a difference in a kid's life.

http://www.bbbs.org/

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Interesting Links I've Found

http://edittorrent.blogspot.com

She Said Yes

When my mother and father divorced, he started dating another woman and they later had a child together. I always wondered about this little girl. I knew her name but I didn’t know what she looked like, what type of person she’d grown up to be.

A few years ago I tried to find her online. I was able to find out she graduated from college and where she lived. I called her and left a message, but she didn’t return my call. Her brother called and said she wasn’t ready to meet me and my sister. We were disappointed and a little hurt, but we refuse to give up. She was our sister and we wanted to meet her.

Fast forward to now, I’m on facebook looking up old friends and the Spirit says look up your sister, to my surprise her picture pops up on facebook. She’s beautiful and she looks a little like our family. I’m so excited, I call my sister and send her the picture. She excited too because even if we never meet her in person we know what she looks like.

I send her a message and pray she replies. Two days past and nothing, my sister calls to see if I heard anything. NO

Today she accepted my friendship and sent a message. GOD YOU ARE AMAZING!

She wants to get to know us. YES! YES! YES!

I’m in tears at work, because this a long time prayer answered. I’m telling you prayer works. You just have to STAND and wait on the Lord.

To my sister if you read this, please know I’m excited to get to know you. I’ve waited a long time and I too believe this is God’s intervention. He knew when we all were ready to meet each other.

I look forward to getting to know you and I pray that we get to meet in person, because we owe you years worth of hugs.

For those still waiting on your prayers to be answered, STAND.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Hello September

I’m so happy to see September 1st. August was like going through the pits of hell and I’m so glad it is over. LOL

I survived a mother in a coma, and an online conference.

The mother is now in a nice rehab place, rehabbing. The conference was absolutely wonderful. One of the best I’ve attended.

If you missed the conference here’s the link you can check it out:

http://sormag.blogspot.com/2009/08/2009-online-conference.html

I’m starting September with a bang, I signed up for Dee Stewart’s workshop:

30 Days Book Blog. I’m learning how to improve my blogging.

I’m also working on a book to send to an editor. Yes you read that right, I’m submitting my manuscript to an editor and I’m actually looking forward to hearing what she has to say to help me improve my story.

To the ladies who stop by for the workshop, welcome :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Praying for my mother

Dealing with a sick parent has taught me a lot about the power of prayer. In 2003 my mother was in a coma for a week and I sent out a prayer request and God opened my mother’s eyes and a week later she was talking and ready to go home.

It feels like deju vu this week. I stepped into the hospital room and my mother was hooked up to the ventilator machines and unconscience.

It is so hard to see her like this, but I do believe God is able again. I’m asking for your prayers again. Lift her up today.

I know prayer works and I know God can heal her again.

Please pray for me and my family as we wait patiently for her to open her eyes again. Each day is hard, but with the help of God we get through it.

For those who are praying and continue to pray, thank you. Your prayers on our behalf have truly blessed my soul, knowing other’s have your back, make the hard time so much more bearable.

Keeping busy helps me stay focus.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Friends We Keep/40 Minute Bible Studies Blog Tour


The Friends We Keep



During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.



The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:



• Why do we long so for women friends?

• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?



• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?



• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?



• How do I foster friendship?

• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.

40 Minute Bible Studies



The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.

Titles Include:
•The Essentials of Effective Prayer •Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost
•Building a Marriage That Really Works •Discovering What the Future Holds
•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past •Having a Real Relationship with God
•How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk? •Living a Life of Real Worship
•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret •Living Victoriously in Difficult Times
•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment •Rising to the Call of Leadership
•How Do You Know God’s Your Father? •Key Principles of Biblical Fasting
•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation •What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University , having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles , California.

Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.

He Has Your Back

Last night I was thinking about my time in bootcamp and how my bunk mate got in trouble and they moved us both to different spots. It was the first time I cried in bootcamp. I’d been trying to stay strong the whole time, but this move upset me because I’d made friends with the girl in the next bunk and she helped me get through the tough days. How was I going to make it for the last few weeks?

Back then I wasn’t saved, but I did believe in God and that night I prayed that I survived the next weeks and didn’t get set back.

As I lay in bed last night I realized God always had my back even when I didn’t know it. He moved me next to the woman who would become a lifetime friend. Lenore came in the Navy with her best friends, but the Navy changes you and she and her friends, didn’t hang out as much, so guess who she hung out with?

God knew we were going to be good friends. I can smile now because the person I was so upset about moving away from, I never heard from her again after bootcamp. However Lenore and I kept in touch. We wrote long letters and came to see each other over the years. I blogged about attending her retirement from the Navy.

My point to this blog, God has your back, even when you don’t even know he does.

Here I was upset about losing a friend and God already had a new one in the wings. I know now that he is the only one I can depend on. When I'm down, he listens. When I need a friend he's there and when something exciting happens, he's the first I tell.

Thanks God for having my back when I was scared 18 year old wondering why I’d joined the Navy and now at 42 wondering where my life is going.

Do you know that God has your back?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In a funk

This is my first time being in a funk. For those who have experienced one, my prayers go out to you. It has been hard pulling out of the funk. It started last year and instead of getting better it seemed to get worse.

I tried to write, but why I kept wondering. I’m not going to sale, why waste your time. My mind refused to listen. It continued to create characters in my head. It introduced me to different ideas for future books.

The good thing about this funk is my relationship with God. I think I’ve worn his ear off with our conversations. I’d been questioning my faith and my purpose in life.

The funk had me skipping church and staying home. I just didn’t have the desire to fellowship with others. I know that’s wrong, but at the time that’s how I felt.

Last week we had Vacation Bible school and it was like a revival for me. God whispered in my ear that it was time to step out of the funk and know he is still in control.

I have two weeks before the SORMAG online conference and I’m looking forward to a week of talking about books and writing.

How do you stay clear of the funk?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blue Like Play Dough - Blog Tour


In the everyday stretch and squeeze of motherhood, Tricia Goyer often feels smooshed by the demands of life. In Blue Like Play Dough, she shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own. As her story unfolds, Tricia realizes that God has more in store for her than she has ever imagined possible.

Sure, life is messy and beset by doubts. But God keeps showing up in the most unlikely places–in a bowl of carrot soup, the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon, a woe-is me teen drama, or play dough in the hands of a child.

In Tricia’s transparent account, you’ll find understanding, laughter, and strength for your own story. And in the daily push and pull, you’ll learn to recognizes the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.

Tricia Goyer is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Generation NeXt Parenting and the Gold Medallion finalist Life Interrupted. Goyer writes for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family, speaks to women’s groups nationwide and has been a presenter at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) national convention. She and her husband, John, live with their family in Montana .


Monday, July 20, 2009

Holy Rollers Blog Tour


Julie Lyons was working as a crime reporter when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions. Was there a church in the most violent part of the city that prayed for addicts and got results?At The Body of Christ Assembly, a rundown church on an out-of-the-way street, Lyons found the story she was looking for. The minister welcomed criminals, prostitutes, and street people–anyone who needed God. He prayed for the sick, the addicted, and the demon-possessed, and people were supernaturally healed. Lyons ’s story landed on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. But she got much more than just a great story, she found an unlikely spiritual home. Though the parishioners at The Body of Christ Assembly are black and Pentecostal, and Lyons is white and from a traditional church background, she embraced their spirituality–that of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” It’s all here in Holy Roller–the stories of people desperate for God’s help. And the actions of a God who doesn’t forget the people who need His power.


Author Bio:

Julie Lyons is an award-winning writer, editor and investigative reporter who for more than 11 years served as editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer, an alternative weekly newspaper owned by Village Voice Media. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University . She and her husband, Larry Lyons Jr., live in Dallas with their son.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

'Til Debt Do Us Part Blog Tour


Meet Michelle Larks

PART 3: ABOUT THE BOOK

Tell us about 'Til Debt Do Us Part. How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I have always made an effort to write books about people experiencing real life issues. I know that many people suffer from gambling addiction, so I decided to write about that. Shortly after I began writing the book, I participated in an online bookclub meeting and sure enough the readers mentioned gambling as an issue they'd like to see in a book.

Who are your main character(s)?

My main characters in Til Debt Do Us Part are Nichole and Jeffrey Singleton. They are in near their late twenties and have been married for nearly five years.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

My favorite character in Til Debt Do Us Part was Nikki's best friend Maya. She had major issues with her life but still remained a positive supportive friend to Nikki.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?

Yes, there was research involved while I was writing Til Debt Do Us Part. I actually visted a few casinos, not for gambling purposes but to observe customers. I think I described how I think I gamblers feel about winning and losing at the beginning of the book. I also researched Gambler's Anonymous and gambling addiction statistics.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading 'Til Debt Do Us Part?

I'd like readers to take from the story that no matter how insurmountable an issue or crisis may be, that God is still on your side and he will help you weather the storm.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

Reviewers are important to me and I am sure other writers as well because they help gauge a writer's skills. Reviewers that take a fair approach usually stress the negatives and positives of a book. Reviews influence readers as to whether or not they may purchase a book. I place just as much emphasis on reader feedback which I get a fair amount of. I feel between the reviewer and reader I will get a fair assessment of my writing.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Life was easy for Nichole Singleton, with a voice like an angel, a job she adores, and a church she has called home since her teens. While Jeffrey, Nichole’s loving husband, has control over the life they are living, Nichole still feels blessed . . . until her gambling “hobby” turns into a personal cross to bear that threatens to destroy her marriage.


Through her trials and tribulations, will Nichole remember to put her trust in God and reaffirm her faith in the Lord, or will she see her marriage and gambling habit as bigger than even the God she serves?
Purchase this book at Amazon.com.

Follow the blog tour at http://bitly.com/TilDebtDoUsPart.


Friday, July 10, 2009

The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn Blog Tour


Liz Johnson grew up reading Christian fiction, and always dreamed of being part of the publishing industry. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations, she set out to fulfill her dream. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working as a publicist in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream-becoming an author. Along the way to having her novel published, she completed the Christian Writers Guild apprentice course and wrote articles for several magazines.

Liz lives in Colorado Springs , Colorado , where she enjoys theater, ice skating, volunteering in her church's bookstore and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nephew and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn is her first novel. Keep up with Liz's adventures in writing at www.lizjohnsonbooks.com


The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn

Myles Parsons is just another inmate in Kenzie Thorn’s GED course until he kidnaps her, offering only a feeble explanation–that he’s actually FBI Special Agent Myles Borden. Terrified, Kenzie doesn’t want to believe his story of being undercover to protect her. Moreover, she can’t believe that someone might really want her dead.

But just when Myles thinks he has her out of harm’s way, his plans start to fall apart. He attempts to take Kenzie to a safe house—but the stubborn woman won’t go! So together they must uncover the clues that will reveal a most shocking perpetrator. All the while Myles tries to keep his distance from Kenzie … but finds himself falling in love.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I hope that readers of my book are encouraged to rely on God even when friends and family let them down. I hope that like Kenzie and Myles do in the book, readers will find hope in knowing that God is walking with them in hard times and that His eyes are on those that fear Him.

Why did you choose to write this book?

I’m not so sure that I chose to write this book so much as I suddenly had a story to tell, and this was it. I had been through some major upheaval in my life, moving 1100 miles twice in just 6 months. I had lost a job and was several states away from my family, my support group. And at that time, I realized that I had no one to lean on but God. And in that moment, I knew that I wanted to tell a story about God’s never-ending protection and faithfulness.

What did you learn while writing this book?

Because I could go on for pages about what I learned, I’ll stick to one thing. I learned to let go. I spent months writing my “baby.” Every writer knows that feeling of giving birth to a manuscript. And it’s hard to give it over to someone else and let them chop it apart, even if that person is a professional editor. But with every suggestion I took, I found my grasp loosening just a bit. I discovered that I had done my very best, but it could never get any better if I held it too closely, afraid of taking feedback. Letting go was the best thing that ever happened to my manuscript.

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

I probably have a hundred favorite scenes! But if I have to pick one, I do love the scene with the mountain lion. I joke with my writing buddy that all of my books should have a chase scene through the woods and a mountain lion attack. When Myles and Kenzie have to face a cougar in the Oregon mountains, my heart always pounds. Plus, it’s a really funny moment between Kenzie and Myles. We see her nervous and rambling, and then we see Myles being sarcastic and funny even in the face of danger. I love their dynamic at that moment.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

It’s a commitment that requires sacrifice, especially if you have a day job. Writing means giving up nights out with friends. It means turning down dinner invitations to meet goals and deadlines. It means saying no to things that I really want to do. I wish non-writers understood that I when I decline to spend time with them because I need to write, it’s not personal. It’s about my writing, which really is personal to me.

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

One of my favorite nonfiction authors is Mark Batterson, the pastor of National Community Church in Washington , DC . I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in my day job, and last summer we talked about one of the concepts he discussed in his book Wild Goose Chase. Mark says that it’s really easy to pray and just keep praying, waiting for God to answer. But at some point we need to recognize when He’s given us the means to accomplish what we’re asking for and act on it. That’s really applicable to me and probably many other writers. We sit and pray for God to give us the words, but we end up waiting, failing to act on the talents He’s given us. So I’ve learned to pray for the words, but I know when to stop praying and start typing.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?

It’s the same test I face every day. Discipline. Sitting down and actually writing isn’t easy, and I face the decision every day. Will I write or not? It continues to be struggle, and it’s the true test of if I’m a real writer or just playing at it when I want to. Right now I’m between projects and I tend to lose that battle most days. My goal is to someday win more days than not.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

Hmm … I don’t think I’m that surprising. I suppose some might be surprised that I go to live sporting events every chance I get. I love hooting and hollering at football, hockey, and minor league baseball games. And I follow the NFL pretty closely all through the season.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

I wish I’d known that I could this, that I had the confidence follow my dreams. I wish I’d known that it won’t ever by easy and that dedication is required. Most of all I wish I’d known that my first, second, third and fourth books don’t have to be perfect. Every writer has room for improvement.

How do you reach new readers?

Well, as a new writer, all of my readers are new to me. But I’ve started blogging regularly, offering my take on pop culture and such. Some of my visitors have said they’ll be picking up my book in July. I’ve also entered several short story writing contests that have brought people to my blog when they read my entries. But the best thing I’ve found is word of mouth. I gave early manuscripts to some trusted friends, who gave great feedback and are now my biggest fans. They tell their friends, and the word is spreading.

If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?

Elizabeth George Speare, author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I would love to ask her about her life and the research she did for her books way before the internet. L.M. Montgomery because I want to hear about her brainstorming sessions about Anne. Where did the red-headed orphan come from? Was she always so wonderfully precocious? And definitely, I’d invite J.K. Rowling. Where does an author go after the stunning success of Harry Potter? What were the adult lives of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny really like?

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do write what you’re passionate about. Just because a certain genre or style is popular, doesn’t mean you absolutely have to follow the pack. Your writing will be smoother and more enjoyable to read when it’s from your heart.

Don’t be afraid of rejection. My first rejection letter for The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn was actually the beginning of my journey with this book. I sent a “thank you” note to the editor, and she said if I could fix a few things, she’d be happy to see me resubmit. I did, and received another rejection and another list of suggestions. If I wanted to resubmit, they’d be happy to reconsider. We went back and forth 4 times. Four letters with no promise of a contract. It wasn’t ideal at the time, but rejections don’t have to be scary. You never know what door they’ll open.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Keep up with my writing adventures at www.lizjohnsonbooks.com or e-mail me at liz@lizjohnsonbooks.com.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

I recently finished my second romantic suspense novel, which isn’t under contract yet, but is currently in consideration with my editor. It’s not a follow up to The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn, but it has some overlapping characters and is a rousing romp into fictional Crescent City , Colorado . Since finishing that manuscript, I’ve been working on a proposal for a contemporary romance set in my home state of Arizona . I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens with both of these stories.







Monday, June 29, 2009

CFBA: Love's Pursuit - Siri Mitchell


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love's Pursuit

Bethany House (June 1, 2009)

by

Siri Mitchell



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

A Constant Heart was her sixth novel. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. She has been called one of the clearest, most original voices in the CBA.


ABOUT THE BOOK

In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town's wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.

In trying to discover true love's path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love's Pursuit, go HERE

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Vanishing Sculptor Blog Tour


Donita K. Paul’s 250,000-plus-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles series has attracted a wide spectrum of dedicated fans–and they’re sure to fall in love with the new characters and adventures in her latest superbly-crafted novel for all ages. It’s a mind-boggling fantasy that inhabits the same world as the DragonKeeper Chronicles, but in a different country and an earlier time, where the people know little of Wulder and nothing of Paladin.

In The Vanishing Sculptor, readers will meet Tipper, a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own? The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions–including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon–and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.


Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and author of numerous novellas, short stories, and eight novels, including the best-selling DragonKeeper Chronicles, a series which has sold more than a quarter million books to date. The winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado Springs , Colorado , where she spends time mentoring and encouraging young writers. Visit her online at http://donitakpaul.com.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CFBA: Shepherd's Fall - Wanda Dyson


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Shepherd's Fall

WaterBrook Press (April 14, 2009)

by

Wanda Dyson



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Wanda Dyson lives with her severely autistic teenager on a busy farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, and the occasional fox, deer, groundhog, and snake. She could seriously live without the snakes, but that's life in the country.

After writing three critically acclaimed suspense novels, she was asked to write the true story of Tina Zahn (Why I Jumped), which was featured on Oprah. Readers characterize her books as "riviting" and "Packed with twists and turns."

Wanda serves on the board of several writers conferences across the country including the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

Wanda has finished the second in this series called Shepherd's Run,that will come out in 2010. And she's hard at work on the third and final installment of the Prodigal Recovery Series - Marti's story -- tentatively called Shepherd's Quest.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Bounty hunter Nick Shepherd is fearless when it comes to chasing down criminals. It's his difficult ex-wife, rebellious teenage daughter, and dysfunctional siblings that keep him awake at night. In charge of the family business, the Prodigal Recovery Agency, he thinks of himself as a shepherd of sorts. When his "flock" is out of his control, Nick's well-ordered universe falls into chaos.

Prodigal Recovery's search for Zeena, a prostitute on the run, leads to a faulty arrest, complicating Nick's business. He is thrown together with Zeena's twin, the beautiful Annie, and the two find themselves on a desperate search. The stakes significantly increase when Nick's daughter is kidnapped. Now, to save someone he loves, Nick must risk everything.but will it be enough

If you would like to read a Prologue excerpt from Shepherd's Fall, go HERE

Monday, June 22, 2009

CFBA: The Firstborn - Conlan Brown


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Firstborn

Realms (May 5, 2009)

by

Conlan Brown



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in 1984, Conlan Brown was functionally illiterate until the fifth grade, when he learned how to read and write, as well as a love of story, from his grandmother. Conlan went on to start college at the age of sixteen, and now holds a Master's degree in Communication, which taught him the academic principles needed to write Firstborn.

Conlan lives on Colorado's Front Range where he is working on his next book. He enjoys video editing, film scores, and developing high octane, thought provoking fiction that turns pages and excites the senses.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Three supernatural gifts. Two thousand years of division. One moment of truth.

Hannah's head hung, long brown hair in her eyes. Her face felt pasty with cold and fatigue and pain. Arms behind her back, she sat in a chair, wrists and ankles tied to the wooden frame, chair legs bolted to the floor. A cold car. A gun. Horror. Pain. Grief. Screaming. A windshield blistering with holes. Darkness.

It all came over her like a flood. A pouring out of pictures in her mind. But then there was one more thing. Not an image, but a feeling--that half a continent away someone else had felt it all happening too.

The Firstborn, those gifted with Foresight, Hindsight, and Insight at the time of Christ's death are divided between themselves. And when an Islamic holy man is murdered outside of his mosque it becomes apparent that one of the Firstborn was to blame. Now, with the threat of a terrorist attack on an unspeakable target the Firstborn are spiraling out of control. Leaders are dying, members are being kidnapped, and unity is being forced. Three heroes, differently gifted and divided must work together to thwart those who would go too far.

Their breakneck race against time plunges them into a world of danger and through a gauntlet across the United States. From the Riverwalk of San Antonio, where Devin Bathurst, John Temple, and Hannah Rice must protect one another from assassination, to the gritty streets of Washington DC, a paramilitary compound in Pennsylvania, and ultimately back to our nation's capital, the Firstborn must unite to prevent an impending atrocity from becoming reality.

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If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of The Firstborn, go HERE

Friday, June 19, 2009

Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge


Never the Bride

Jessie Stone has spent thirty-five years fantasizing about marriage proposals, wedding dresses, and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid eleven times, waved dozens of couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember.

But shopping in the love-of-her-life department hasn't been quite as productive. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.

So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that God has a better love story than one of the thousands she’s cooked up in her journals? Will she trust Him with her pen when it appears her dreams of being the bride are forever lost?

A romantic comedy with a spiritual twist, Never the Bride is what it means to lose control—and getting more than any woman could ever imagine.

Author Bios:

Cheryl McKay is the co-author (with Frank Peretti) of the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories series, which has sold nearly 200,000 copies, and the screenwriter of the award-winning film The Ultimate Gift.

Rene Gutteridge has published thirteen novels including Ghost Writer, My Life as a Doormat, the Boo Series, the Occupational Hazards Series, and the Storm Series. Together, McKay and Gutteridge are the authors of The Ultimate Gift, a novelization based on the feature film and popular book by the same title.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

CFBA: A Bride In The Bargain - Deeanne Gist


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Bride In The Bargain

Bethany House (June 1, 2009)

by

Deeanne Gist



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called "I Did It!® Productions" and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.

Since the debut of those novels, her very original, very fun romances have rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere. Add to this two consecutive Christy Awards, two RITA nominations, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you’ve got one recipe for success.



ABOUT THE BOOK

The Wedding Is All Planned...
Someone Just Needs to Tell the Bride

In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure 640 acres of timberland for free.

Joe Denton doesn't have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation, he buys himself a Mercer bride--one of the eastern widows and orphans brought to the Territory by entrepreneur Asa Mercer.

Anna Ivey's journey west with Mercer is an escape from the aftermath of the Civil War. She signed on to become a cook--not a bride. When she's handed over to Denton, her stubborn refusal to wed jeopardizes his land. With only a few months before he loses all he holds dear, can he convince this provoking, but beguiling, easterner to become his lawfully wedded wife?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride In The Bargain, go HERE

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CFBA: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

FaithWords (April 16, 2009)

by

Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

ANNE DAYTON graduated from Princeton University and is earning her master's degree in English literature at New York University. She works for a New York publishing company and lives in Brooklyn.

MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master's degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls



ABOUT THE BOOK

Ana, Christine, Riley, and Zoe have grown closer than ever over the past few months, but summer is over and it's time to put their friendship to the test.
It's been a little over a year since Christine Lee's mom passed away in a tragic car accident. Now her dad is engaged to Candace--"The Bimbo"--and Christine couldn't be less thrilled. When her attitude starts to take a toll on her schoolwork, the administration forces her to attend counseling sessions. At least she gets to skip gym class!
But with her father's wedding inching closer, Christine is growing even more bitter. To make matters worse, the Miracle Girls are beginning to drift apart. Christine's anger and the pressures of high school threaten to break the girls up when they need each other the most. Will they find a way to join together to help Christine come to terms with her mother's death . . . and her father's remarriage?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, go HERE

Thursday, June 11, 2009

CFBA: The Deliverer - Linda Rios Brook


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Deliverer

Realms (May 5, 2009)

by

Linda Rios Brook



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Linda Rios Brook, President of the RiosBrook Foundation, believes the answers to issues of social justice and righteousness lie in the proper alignment between the church, the marketplace and media and entertainment. She is a sought out speaker and teacher on matters relevant to cultural restoration. Linda worked as a media executive for over 20 years in the field of broadcasting serving as President and General Manager of television stations in Texas, Florida, and Minnesota and was President and part owner of KLGT-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Linda has served on several national boards and community organizations and is listed in Who's Who of American Women. She is an ordained minister and has a Doctorate of Practical Ministry from the Wagner Leadership Institute.

Linda is also the author of Lucifer's Flood.

Linda is also a teaching Pastor at Covenant Centre International in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Linda is married to Larry Brook, who is the Executive Director of the RiosBrook Foundation.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ancient language expert Samantha Yale returns to translate a new batch of scrolls written by the fallen angel from Lucifer's Flood.

Samantha Yale has taken on a daunting translation project. A set of scrolls, delivered by a man she knows nothing about, tells a fascinating and frightening tale of what went on behind the scenes of biblical history. What is even more incredible is who is telling the tale--a fallen angel who immediately regretted his decision to side with Lucifer.

With The Deliverer, Linda Rios Brook brings new depth of imagery into the spirit world. It is a story about rebellion and consequences. It is about demonic strategy to disrupt and destroy the people of God. But ultimately, it is a story about the unrelenting love, grace, mercy, and determination of a sovereign God in pursuit of His children.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Deliverer, go HERE