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Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hidden
Avon Inspire (May 27, 2008)
by
Shelley Shepard Gray

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Hidden is Shelley’s first foray into inspirational fiction. Previously, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time. Shelley is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and is part of the Telecare ministry, which calls homebound members on a regular basis. Shelley looks forward to the opportunity to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Hidden is a remarkable story about the unlikely love between a modern girl on the run and an Amish boy from the family who shelters her.

When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob is a successful and respected person in her community. He has completely wo…

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

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Christy here:
My husband has been telling me, "You need to slow down."

I work full time, I still co-teach Sunday School. I try to make it to prayer meeting on Wednesday night. I try not to be so tired in the evenings because I want to spend time with my daughter and my husband. I wonder how my parents are doing. I wonder how my friends are doing and I want to talk to them all! I want to have plenty of time to write. But there are only 24 hours in a day. I can't pack everything into one day.

Days go by and turn into a week and I haven't spoken to my mother, even on the telephone. If my husband wasn't so good about going to the grocery store on the days he's off, I guess we'd starve or live off fast food, because I never feel like going to the store when I get off work. The weekends are packed with trying to clean the house, spending quality time with my daughter and husband. Pieces of me are spread so far thin, it's a wonder there is anything left to go a…

Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Calico Canyon

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2008)

by

Mary Connealy

Christy here: Want a book with a lotta heart? Want a book that's action packed with several plots? Want a book driven by characters that you can't help but love? If you want that and more, I suggest picking up this book by Mary Connealy. Book 2 in the Lassoed in Texas Series, Calico Canyon.Mary graciously sent me Petticoat Junction, Book 1 in the series, several months ago. I've started it and like it, but I had to put it down to read this one in preparation for this tour. Don't worry if you haven't read Book 1. You can pick right up with Calico first and love it as a stand alone book. The opening scene with Grace fighting off the Reeves boys in her own classroom was hilarious. This book takes place in the 1800s following the Civil War, but as I read about the boys antics, I pictured the movie "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt R…

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione
(Multnomah Books - June 17, 2008)
by
Chuck Black

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chuck Black first wrote Kingdom’s Edge to inspire his children to read the Bible with renewed zeal. This captivating expanded parable led him to write the Old Testament allegories, Kingdom’s Dawn and Kingdom’s Hope. Chuck added three more titles to the series, Kingdom’s Call, Kingdom’s Quest, and Kingdom’s Reign which were released in May of 2007.

Chuck is a former F-16 fighter pilot and currently works as an engineer for a firm designing plastic consumer products. He has a degree in electrical and electronic engineering and served eight years in the United States Air Force. Chuck and his wife Andrea have six children and live in North Dakota.

It is Chuck’s desire to serve the Lord through his work and to inspire people of all ages to study the scriptures in order to discover the hope and love of a truly majestic King and His S…

The Hunted by Mike Dellosso

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

The Hunted
(Realms - June 3, 2008)
by
Mike Dellosso


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their three daughters. He writes a monthly column for Writer . . .Interrupted. He was a newspaper correspondent/columnist for over three years and has published several articles for The Candle of Prayer inspirational booklets. Mike also has edited and contributed to numerous Christian-themed Web sites and e-newsletters.

Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer's Network, and International Thriller Writers. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

You can read a great interview with Mike, over here on TitleTrakk


ABOUT THE BOOK

A town's deadly secret will drive one man to the edge…

Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Deep In The Heart Of Trouble
(Bethany House June 1, 2008)
by
Deeanne Gist


"When she'd asked the Lord for help, she never imagined He'd send angels disguised as bloomer-girls..."



I wanted to share that line, just one of many of my favorite lines from Deeanne Gist's fourth book, Deep in the Heart of Trouble. This is my first time reading Ms. Gist and I must share I was thoroughly impressed. The book is worn out, dog-eared and may end up having some areas of its prose highlighted, because this is a book I will probably come back to and use to study as I continue in my pursuits to become a published author.



But I'm not here to talk about me. I want to talk about this book. Deep in the Heart of Trouble. What a title! Love it! And look at that cover. I love everything from the girl's smile to her beautiful dress, even down to her boots. The cover is fun, but open up the book and there's so much more.I was…

His First Sermon: Forgiveness

Sunday at church I was inspired and saw things through a different looking glass. Allow me to share...

Sunday I settled in the church pew and eagerly awaited the pastor West Hall Baptist had finally called.

Pastor D'Amico started in Job 3:1. And he was talking about when we're hurt. When someone else hurts us, wrongs us. I think all of us, from time to time, struggle with forgiveness. Perhaps someone has hurt you with their words. A person's actions can sometimes cause grave consequences. It's the right thing to do, to forgive someone. Saying the words, "I forgive you... I forgive him... I forgive her..." are often said, but how heartfelt are the words?

In many cases, it's down right difficult to forgive someone. Truly forgive them. And when I think I have found forgiveness, and felt at peace about the issue, it never fails someone questions or brings up a subject that raises anger and contempt in me and I'm sure I'm not alone.

I always come back to t…

House of Dark Shadows & Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing a double pair

House of Dark Shadows
and
Watcher In The Woods
(Books 1 and 2 in the Dreamhouse Kings Series)
Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)
by
Robert Liparulo


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding…

Writing Retreat!

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My crit partner, Christina graciously opened her Lake Hartwell Cabin to us last weekend. This time last week, I was scrambling to get my daughter to Grandma's and be back by the afternoon to meet my other crit partner Dianna to drive together to our weekend of writing, writing, writing!






Let me also mention, I won a critique for my local ACFW chapter. By Monday I was to turn in the first five pages of my WIP. I knew this weekend I would have ample time to work on those pages and have them ready to go come Monday. I hoped I would have more than the five pages accomplished. As a matter of fact, I was sure of it!




It was beautiful at Christina's cabin made me a little homesick for the house I grew up in on Lake Lanier. The water was clear and like a bath to swim in, which I did later in the afternoon. This picture below was taken shortly after sunrise. Unfortunately I didn't capture the beautiful rose hue the sky held when I first woke up. But you can see a little shadow of that …

I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
I Heart Bloomberg
David C. Cook (April 1, 2008)
by
Melody Carlson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including three of her latest, These Boots Weren't Made For Walking, A Mile In My Flip-Flops, and Mixed Bags. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." It’s the “whosoever” part that gets me. That’s who I write for – “whosoever” and to me that means everyone and anyone.

Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with I Heart Bloomberg that functions mostly to set up future storylines.…

From a Distance by Tamera Alexander

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

From A Distance
(Bethany House June 1, 2008)
by
Tamera Alexander



Christy here:
I'm not sure which quality of Tamera Alexander's writing I love most. Is it the way she knits sentences together? Or is it the way she introduces characters that are interesting, flawed, and have qualities that we as readers can relate to? I haven't figured this out yet, but I can tell you, this book is marvelous!

I started reading it, excited to be starting a new journey. I became even more intrigued when the hero, Daniel Ranslett, is introduced. The man has a past, revealed a little at a time by the author's clever plan. The heroine, Elizabeth Westbrook, is interesting in her own right. Here she is a Christian woman, on her own in the West, not telling anyone the full truth of why she's there.

Christian's aren't perfect? Imagine that!

I love historical novels because they are an escape to another time. In my escape, riding in a…

Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Washington's Lady
(Bethany House June 1, 2008)
by
Nancy Moser


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.

ABOUT THE BOOK


It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Cus…

Update on Tonka

She went through surgery Friday and they found it was an obstruction. We couldn't imagine what it could be. The doctor saved the pieces for us. Later that evening it dawned on my husband that it couldn't be a piece of wood or bark - that's what it looked like - it had to be a corn cob!

Not that we give her corn cobs to chew on, but she is such a little scavenger she is always sitting by the dinner table hoping we'll drop something. Baby girl usually answers that prayer for Tonka. When we realized it was a broken up piece of corn in Tonka's tummy I realized the last time we had that for dinner, at least a month had passed! A month! I am not quick enough to come between the bulldog and food and wasn't able to get it away from her - obviously!

Prayers have been answered! God is so good. Thanks so much for those who were praying with us. Some may think it's silly to worry so much over a dog, but when they are with you every day for eight years, they quickly beco…