Showing posts from September, 2007

Friday means FAITH

I'm on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Lisa T. Bergren: The Betrayed & The Begotten

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the author of 28 books, with over 1.3 million sold. She is a publishing consultant, writer, Bible study leader, mother and wife. Her hobbies include travel (mostly from an armchair), reading, watching movies, cooking and exploring with her family. Lisa's most recent books include The Begotten, The Betrayed, God Gave Us Heaven, What Women Want and The Busy Mom's Devotional. She resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To sign up for her monthly email (which includes a new, unpublished devotional) go to and join her newsletter list.

The Betrayed and The Begotten will be featured in Target stores September 4th on the Breakout Books display.

Back cover blurb:
The year is 1339, and a secret a half millennium old is on the brink of being exposed.

Centuries ago, Paul's letters became part of the foundation of the Christian cannon. Only a few know of another letter, potentially written by Paul. Kept secret for generations, suppressed by the a…

Three books you need to read...

After the numerous reviews that tie up the CFBA review of Tamera Alexander's Remembered, I feel a little small following up with my review of this book. However, it's my blog and I suppose you're here because you found me by accident or you want to know what I think about this book.

I loved it.

I loved all of the books in the Fountain Creek Chronicles Series. You must read these in order, however if you're a rebel and decide not to, you won't be lost. Each novel is a story of its own. However the characters are mentioned in each preceding book.

One reviewer below said that the characters in the books come alive. That is so true. I cared what happened to each heroine and each hero.

I recently took a workshop titled "Dissecting a Novel" given by Tamera at the ACFW Conference. She suggested highlighting parts in the books that moved you, tagging your favorite scenes... Well, if I started dissecting Tamera's series, I suppose the entire book would be highligh…

Remembered by Tamera Alexander

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
(Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 3)
(Bethany House, 2007)
Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Alexander’s books have won multiple awards, including Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006.
Her books have received acclaim from Library Journal, True West Magazine and Historical Novels Review, and Rekindled debuted on the CBA fiction bestseller list. She has a professional background in business management and conference coordination. A leader of women's ministries for over twelve years, she is currently active in music ministry, facilitating small groups, and mentoring other women. A graduate of Harding University, Tamera lives …

ACFW Conference - Dallas!

The American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas, Texas was awesome! From the time I stepped off the plane on Thursday until Sunday when I returned home, I hardly stopped! I can say that honestly, even being the mom of Downey, the busiest two-year old I've ever met.

ACFW conference was kicked off Wednesday by an Early Bird Session with Margie Lawson. Unfortunately, I didn't sign up for that, but spent the rest of the conference hearing how magnificent Margie's class had been. Darn. Why do I always miss the important stuff?

No worries. Thursday I attended a meeting for First-Time Attendees. Brandilyn Collins and Cara Putnam welcomed us and shared some insider information. This was proceeded by a month of emails, just for the first-timers, where we could send Cara and Brandilyn questions. These ladies made sure to answer all our questions on the email loop, included some other ACFW members in the loop who shared their opinions and wisdom. When Thursday arrived, our …

Blessed Assurance by Lyn Cote

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

Avon Inspire (October 1, 2007)
Lyn Cote


Lyn Cote's journey to becoming a published author was a long one - she started her first book when her daughter was 13 months old and her first novel was published when her daughter was about to enter high school. But Lyn was writing for a market that hadn't taken shape yet - the inspirational fiction market. In 1996, Lyn Cote's first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers Of Love, in her BLESSED ASSURANCE series. Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn's "Women of Ivy Manor" historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National Readers Choice Contest. Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She live…

The first day of Autumn

October '06 Pickin' out the perfect pumpkin

The Ex Files by Victoria Christopher Murray

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

The Ex Files

(Touchstone June 19, 2007)


Victoria Christopher Murray


Victoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking quite an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, New York, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton Institute in Virginia where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating from Hampton, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.

Victoria spent ten years in Corporate America before she decided to test her entrepreneurial spirit. She opened a Financial Services Agency for Aegon, USA where she managed the number one division for nine consecutive years. However, Victoria never lost the dream to write and when the “bug” hit her again in 1997, she answered the call.

Victoria originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining and compelling as any of the books on the market, p…

F.A.I.T.H. today

That's where you'll find me. On F.A.I.T.H. today, blogging about the upcoming ACFW conference.

Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Hope Lyda

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
(Harvest House Publishers March 1, 2007)
Hope Lyda

Hope Lyda has always wanted to write. Ever since she was a young tyke with a spiral notebook in hand, she had the urge to fill it. Sadly, Peggy Meets the Midgets did not cause Hope to be deemed a child prodigy, so she continued her path of education. She was grade-obsessed but also truly enjoyed sharing laughs with her circle of creative friends.
Hope attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a double major in Journalism: Advertising and Telecommunications and Film. With aspirations to write screenplays or teleplays, she of course ended up doing public relations for non-profits until she entered the publishing field in which she has worked for 10 years.
Her passions are quiet ones—she loves a good read, an afternoon of free thinking time, writing, journaling, road trips, travel, and pondering life from her b…

Chat with Author Amy Wallace

I'm chatting with Author Amy Wallace on F.A.I.T.H. today!

The Smith's Celebrate the Story of Us

Fifteen years ago, as a Senior and my mind on my last year of high school and an upcoming play I was starring in, I for the first time in my young teenage life, was not thinking of boys.

Billy, a Sophomore in High School, then a wrestler and weight lifter, met me at a party and called me a couple of days later asking for a date.

I accepted.

Here we are in the early days of our dating life, hanging out in Billy's room (I think it was Thanksgiving or Christmas)

A few months later, he took me to my very first Prom.

Ten years ago today, we married. Here we are posing on the front lawn in front of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Here we are, with better hair (even though my eyes are closed) in Las Vegas last year.

Happy Anniversary, Turtle!

Sushi for One? by Camy Tang

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Sushi for One?
(Zondervan, September 1, 2007)

Camy Tang is a member of CFBA and is a loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick-lit. She grew up in Hawaii, but now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious poi-dog. In a previous life she was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service.Sushi for One? (Sushi Series, Book One is her first novel. Her second, Only Uni (Sushi Series, Book Two) comes out in February 2008!
To celebrate the launch of her debut novel, she's got a huge contest going on. Camy is giving away baskets of Christian novels and an iPod Nano! Only her newsletter YahooGroup subscribers are eligible to enter, so join today.
For more information about the contest, visit …

ACFW Conference - Getting My Head On Straight

Yesterday, while finishing off the remaining Cheetos Puffs, I wallowed in self-pity. Doubting everything, I decided I was foolish to return to work in January and was nearly in tears about things I could not change. Convinced I don't have what it takes to be a writer, that I was fooling everyone, especially myself, I was seriously considering canceling my trip to ACFW.

Luckily, being concerned about others is a high priority of mine. First and foremost, I'd disappoint my ACFW roommate, because I told her way back in May that I was going and we'd room together. Two weeks doesn't leave much time to find a decent replacement. Also, a non-refundable airline ticket can be the kick in the pants every poor coward needs.

I realized, as I polished off a piece of the white cake I made my husband (from scratch), that it was simply that Devil Satan paying me another visit. I've had to tell him to get the heck out of my house for the last several weeks now. I can see him working…

A Season of Forgiveness by Brenda Coulter

A Big Story in a Small Package

That's how I describe Brenda Coulter's latest Love Inspired release: A Season of Forgiveness.

Action packed from Chapter One, Victoria Talcott is rescued by the wrong guy at the right time. Daring Sam McGarry has every quality Victoria wants to avoid. Victoria's father is a retired policeman. She watched her mother worry about her father her whole life. At least her father was risking his life to keep the community safe. Sam McGarry jumps out of planes - by choice. He skis with daredevils for the pure excitement of it. How much does he value his life, taking risks like this? Victoria's afraid to fly. There's a number of things she avoids doing to keep safe. Sam McGarry would not fit into her safe world.

Except she can't forget about him - not his good looks and especially not his strong faith that gives her support just when she needs it.

Another thing I'd like to commend Brenda on are her strong secondary characters. Sam's br…

Teach by Example

I'm learning this concept the hard way.

My two year old's stubborn spirit became evident early on. We marveled at how quickly she learned. She loved to watch Barney. Because we liked to keep her happy, we bought every DVD we could find of Barney. Downey got where she could tell us which Barney episode she wanted to watch AND insert that into the DVD player!

But like most toddlers, and children, they aren't receptive when it comes to doing what they're told. Singing the "Clean Up, Clean Up" song that was featured on a Barney episode soon wasn't enough to motivate my little one to clean up her mess. She'd rather leave the mess of toys or paper/crayons and go on to the next adventure.

Though spanking may work sometimes, I feel it should be an absolute last resort.

I realized this when Downey started hitting back.

Then I began to see the temper tantrums she was throwing. Standing there screaming, hands balled in tight fists, she'd let me know she was angry…