Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills

"Expect an Adventure" is DiAnn Mills' tagline for her novels, and true to form, she launches into a grand one with her new book, Firewall.

National security is at stake when computer wiz Taryn Young's top secret software project becomes the prize in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Her husband of about 24 hours is missing after they became separated during an airport bombing on the way to their honeymoon. With fingers pointing at her from every direction, and reeling from shock, injuries, and betrayal, she must figure out who she can trust.

Mills keeps the reader on a fast paced timeline that encourages rapid page turning. Lovers of fiction involving FBI agents, romance, and faith will really enjoy Firewall!

As a side note, with air line security in the news (sadly) this book feels even more relevant.
Please read on for more about Firewall and author DiAnn Mills.
This week, the
is introducing
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 



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

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

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


ABOUT THE BOOK

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


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


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


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



  

Friday, June 13, 2014

HACKER by Ted Dekker

New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker packs an amazing punch with his novel, Hacker, one of The Outlaw Chronicles.

Hacker Nyah Parks is a seventeen year old with nothing to lose. Her mother is suffering from brain trauma from the car accident that killed her father and little brother. Nyah is banking on an experimental treatment to save her mother's life, but the catch is... it's 250 thousand dollars. She decides to use her skills to gain access to a billion dollar corporation and convince them to hire her to fix the security breach she creates.  Now the corporation wants her dead and will stop at nothing to reach that end.

Austin, Nyah's friend, is a recluse with a brain tumor that has activated his intelligence to the extreme. He is also racing against the clock to discover a cure. Nyah and Austin join forces, but it may be too late... the evil is closing in.

Dekker loves to challenge reader's perceptions of reality and presumptions of such things as: what does it mean to be human? What is thought? Is matter defined by our senses--and can our senses be trusted to interpret phenomena accurately? In other words, I imagine Ted typing away with a mischievous grin on his face, plotting mayhem that is guaranteed to blow your mind... and his characters' if they're not careful!

Though Hacker is the third book in the series (I haven't read the others...where have I been???) it stood alone beautifully. Needless to say, I am completely addicted.

Hacker reminded me a bit of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time--on steroids, and I warn you that you may experience a figure ground shift from the mind to the soul and back again.







Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca Demarino

Rebecca DeMarino recreates the period of religious and social upheaval of 1600's England and the exodus into the New World of the Americas in A Place in His Heart, Book One of the Southold Chronicles.

The title refers to Barnabus Horton's loss of his first love, Ann, and new wife, Mary's desire to have him love her for her, not to replace Ann, but to have her dream of having a home and family of her own.

DeMarino tells a heartfelt story--one of hardship, trials, and faith. The characters were compelling and believable and found a place in my heart. The book was well researched and the story line was a fictional account of DeMarino's ancestors. Facinating!

I have more information about this wonderful book and Rebecca DeMarino! Please read on!!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Place in His Heart

Revell (June 3, 2014)

by

Rebecca DeMarino


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.


As the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.


Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips.


Rebecca grew up listening to her mother’s family lore of a great-grandfather from generations ago. Barnabas Horton sailed from England in the 1600’s, to Long Island, N.Y., on a ship called The Swallow. In 1999, after she found Horton Point, L.I., on a map, Rebecca and her mother made the journey to see the lighthouse named after their ancestor.


The legend goes that Barnabas brought a slab of blue slate with him from England, and had the epitaph he wrote himself engraved on it. The blue slate still exists in the Old Cemetery in Southold, L.I., with the Bible verse, “He being dead, still speaketh.” Much information was found about Barnabas, but none of his wife, save a mention in his will.


Her mother passed away in 2005, but Rebecca returned to Southold many times, drawn by her Puritan roots and English heritage. Each time she wondered about her ninth great-grandmother, a young woman who married a widower with two young boys and then followed them for the wilds of Long Island, leaving behind her home and family. What were her dreams? Her motivations? Her fears?


Rebecca’s historical romance novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, debuts with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House, in June of 2014.


ABOUT THE BOOK



Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.


This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of A Place in His Heart, go HERE.


Rebecca is hosting a Giveaway worth over $300.00 in prizes.  There will be 8 winners! Scroll to the bottom of the post
HERE to enter!!!!!







Friday, May 30, 2014

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

Kate Darby is an advertising up- and- comer who works for a celebrity owned spa on the cusp of going national. When her grandmother, her only family, has a stroke, she knows she must take time off to help.

In spite of her grandmother's example of faith, Kate's loss of parents and grandfather, has left her with a big, empty, space in her heart. Not to mention the boyfriends who have come and gone as their own careers have ebbed and flowed.

Nick Sheridan has about a suitcase and a half of mistakes and regrets resulting from a life lived pleasing himself. With charm to spare, he has made a living writing about his adventures and conquests while  traveling all over the world. Nick was definitely "born to run", or sky dive, rock climb--you get the picture, but he's also a new Christian who is trying to get right with God. Under the tutelage of his brother, a minister, he has a new standard of what it is to be a man of God. Will it include this beautiful but lost woman?

Until I Found You is an example of one direction Christian romance is going. Issues of "waiting for marriage" previous live-in relationships, fertility problems (Kate's friend), and the consequences of irresponsible choices factor into the story line.

This is all part of our world, and one that children of baby boomers must navigate.
My prayer is that books like this will give hope to those who are recovering from broken hearts, that they will know that God has a plan, and that it is good. With or without the hunky guy! (Nothing wrong with hunky guys... who love Jesus.)

Please read on for more information from Bethany House and author Victoria Bylin!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Until I Found You

Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)

by

Victoria Bylin


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A word from the Author:



This may sound crazy, but I was driven to write romance by giant bugs and killer rabbits. I just couldn't take it anymore. My husband and two sons would be camped in front of the television watching a movie about spiders the size of bowling balls, and I'd be wondering when the handsome scientist would get around to kissing the spunky woman with the bug spray. When it didn't happen, I decided to write my own happy endings--without the giant bugs...


Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Her books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards, the Rita Awards and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons.


ABOUT THE BOOK



Finding each other was only the beginning . . .


When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.


It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.


Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Until I Found You, go HERE.







Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

The year 1899 proved challenging for Florence Harms. She was recovering from an illness which affected her joints and tainted her life with worry.  She was newly married to Will, a hard working man, honest and kind, with a heart of gold, but little cash on hand. Now, pregnant with their first child, she wakes up to a note saying that he must leave for Seattle to settle a legal matter. She is blessed to have a loving and capable Aunt Amelia and a doting, fiercely loyal dog named Vaughn.

A Stitch and a Prayer reminded me of the Willa Cather book O! Pioneers, which I think is lovely. As in O! Pioneers, the land plays a big role in the story. The wind, storms, and wild life all vie for their voices to be heard. In a way it is the wild frontier versus the stubborn human need for a place to call home. Florence and her family's reliance on God and trust in His word to see them through warmed my heart, and the fact that this story was inspired by the author's grandparents made the Tree of Life quilt that Florence stitched even more meaningful.

This is another Quilts of Love winner!

Please read on for more from Abingdon Fiction about A Stitch and a Prayer!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Stitch and A Prayer

Abingdon Press (May 20, 2014)


by

Eva Gibson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


(No image available) Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including A Stitch and a Prayer, the latest release in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Fiction. She currently teaches Writing Your Life Story classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for her novel.


ABOUT THE BOOK



After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.
But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?


If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch and A Prayer, go HERE.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker

I have always been a fan of Sandra Bricker, but she really hits her stride with Rise and Shine, A Contemporary Fairy Tale.

Rise and Shine is the retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  Bricker not only captures the spirit of this fairy tale, but a good deal of the letter also-- with a healthy dose of her signature wit, style, and movie and book references that all romance aficionados know and love.

Loved this book, you will too. So without further ado, I am going to turn this review over to the experts at River North fiction from Moody Publishers!!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Rise and Shine

River North; New Edition edition (May 1, 2014)

by

Sandra D. Bricker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."


Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.


"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"


And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."

 

ABOUT THE BOOK



Shannon Malone thought she'd found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking
up to the news that she's thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the
world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon's tour guide into a whole new world of
madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone's life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!
As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart's dog, not hers. Shannon's three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority.
And Edmund's sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel's kiss awaken her once and for all?




If you would like to read the first chapter of Rise and Shine, go HERE.







Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paige Turned by Erynn Mangum

Paige Turned is the third and final book in the Paige Alder series, and I think it's my favorite.

Paige is a cute and quirky character with an amazing sense of humor. She works as a mentor for a large church with an enormous youth group. For the most part things are going well, except for the fact that her boyfriend, Tyler, has been acting a bit weird. Did she do something? Well, other than being caught in an embrace with her ex-boyfriend-- but she explained that. What else can she do?

Her sister, Preslee, and best friend, Layla are both getting married, which lends some fun drama to the story--especially if you love all things Pinterest.

Erynn Mangum writes in a wonderfully humorous style, but manages to shine the light on some of the real problems that young singles face as they navigate the world of dating.

As the mom of two twenty somethings I could relate to Paige's parents hopes and prayers for those special someones their daughters will one day marry.

I feel a Father of the Bride marathon coming on...

For more information about Paige Turned and author Erynn Mangum please continue!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Paige Turned

TH1NK (April 1, 2014)

by

Erynn Mangum


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






A few things about her:


So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


ABOUT THE BOOK



Despite her valiant efforts, Paige Alder seems stuck in chaos. Her new job as youth intern keeps her hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop all summer long, but at least she’s loving the one-on-one time she gets to spend with the girls. The unfortunate side-effect is that now, four weeks of laundry fills her apartment. Plus, she barely has time to help her sister and best friend with their weddings! And even worse? Something is definitely wrong between her and Tyler. She apologized for what he thought he saw happen with Luke. Can’t they move past it? Or could there be something he’s not telling her—something that could change everything?


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Paige Turned, go HERE.