Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Grand Design by Amber Stockton

A Grand Design is a romp of a novel guaranteed to make you smile and swoon--if you are the type of reader that enjoys books or movies such as Austenland or (as mentioned in the book) Somewhere in Time. Or books about two single, career-minded friends, who haven't found their Mr. Rights, and win a trip to the beautiful and amazing Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!

Heroine Allyssa grew up vacationing at her grandmother's cottage on the island but hasn't been back in fifteen years for reasons that she isn't willing to share with anyone. Her friend Libby is a fun and sassy side-kick who draws attention and mischief wherever she goes. Of course there are a couple of very nice young men who are eager to get to know them better.

I liked the squeaky clean tone of A Grand Design, and the story was just the light hearted escape that my news saturated soul needed... As this is a Quilts of Love book, there is, naturally, a quilt involved!

For more about A Grand Design and author Amber Stockton please read on.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Grand Design

Abingdon Press (August 19, 2014)


Amber Stockton


Words from the author:

Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my mid-30's, married to the love of my life since July 2007, have a daughter and a son, and live in Colorado. Here, I am content to do what I love—write, speak, and offer virtual assistance.

Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author -- Tracie Peterson -- in 2002, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and wouldn't be published today without them. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out! My very first book, Promises, Promises, sold in December 2006 and released in February 2008. I've been going steady ever since.


When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design, go HERE.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sky Zone/ the Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes

Sky Zone by Creston Mapes is part political thriller, part family drama, and offers much food for thought on how to deal with the pressure of the times in which we live.

Character Jack Crittendon is an out of work reporter moonlighting for a security firm that oversees large scale events. With baby number three due along with stacks of bills, and a mother-in-law who is both a help and a hindrance, he is at his wit's end.

A terror incident at a venue he is working starts a domino effect touching and connecting his life with others, exposing flaws and highlighting acts of courage and kindness.

You might say that Sky Zone is a novel about grace under fire.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sky Zone

David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)


Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.

Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives--and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

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