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Back to Life by Kristin Billerbeck

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Back To Life
Avon Inspire (September 16, 2008)
by
Kristin Billerbeck


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kristin Billerbeck was born in Redwood City, California. She went to San Jose State University and gained a bachelor's degree in Advertising, then worked at the Fairmont Hotel in PR, a small ad agency as an account exec, and then, she was thrust into the exciting world of shopping mall marketing.

She got married, had four kids, and started writing romance novels until she found her passion: Chick Lit. She is a CBA bestselling author and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year for What A Girl Wants in 2004, and again in 2006 for With this Ring. Featured in the New York Times, USA Today, World Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kristin has appeared on the Today Show. She is credited with jump-starting the inspirational chick-lit phenomenon. Most recently she has been names as a finalist for the Christy Award in the Lits category …

Looking back: Georgia History

On August 28, 1945 Jackie Robinson met with baseball commissioner Branch Rickey to discuss his future and the difficulties he would face as the first black player in major league baseball. Later, Robinson would agree to a salary of $600 per month, plus a $3,500 signing bonus, to break in with Montreal Royals farm club for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson would play with the Royals for the 1946 season before joining the Dodgers in l947.

For more Georgia history, day by day visit The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

A Passion Redeemed
Revell (September 1, 2008)
by
Julie Lessman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure was her first novel.




ABOUT THE BOOK

No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought. Charity O'Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and flirtatious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is.

Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned h…

July 2008, Lake Lanier

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You never know what you'll find along the banks of Lanier...

This is an old boat ramp. The dock is out so far you can't see it in this picture. I remember swimming in this area and the water clearly covered the concrete pad near the tree line.
A cove about dry.
Here, we stopped on an island and started exploring!

It's time...

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Time for what?

(Photo taken by A. McCabe off Flickr.com)


...To get healthy!




Not to lose weight necessarily... I definitely need to... but to simply get healthy.








The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is out from under the cupboard. Saturday, my daughter helped me juice a carrot, apple and a handful of strawberries. It was delicious!





I'm trying to eat more salads and replace veggies (raw is better) reduce my meat and potatoes intake. It isn't easy.





Last night we ordered from the restaurant Chili's. It would've been so easy to order the high fat sandwich and fries. Instead, I ordered the Quesadilla Explosion salad. Yes, it does have "salad" in its title, but from what I understand, it isn't THAT good for you. But I'm trying. I'm taking baby steps. I just have to keep it up.

So in an effort to keep up with my progress, I'm going to try to start making healthy foods. And when I do, I'll post a recipe, just like the one below. There'll be fattening stuff i…

Waldorf Salad

A recipe passed down from my grandmother, Margaret Hinton. Waldorf Salad 2 cups diced apples 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup mayonaise 1/3 cup pecans Directions: Core apples, leaving some of the red peel if desired. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix with celery, add mayonaise and nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Twice Loved by Lori Copeland

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Twice Loved
Avon Inspire (July 22, 2008)
by
Lori Copeland


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren. They are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995 after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has more than 95 books published including Now And Always
and Bluebonnet Belle.

ABOUT THE BOOK



Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode into the area and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what re…

House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
House Of Wolves
Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)
by
Matt Bronleewe
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, h…

Merciless by Robin Parrish

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Merciless
(Bethany House - July 1, 2008)
by
Robin Parrish


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robin Parrish had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract.

More than ten years he spent writing for various websites, including About.com, CMCentral.com, and Infuze Magazine, which is a unique intersection between art and faith which he also conceived of and created.

One of his more "high concept" ideas for Infuze was to return to his love for storytelling and create a serialized tale that would play out every two weeks, telling a complete, compelling story over the course of nine months. That serialized story eventually came to the attention of several publishers, who saw it as a potential debut novel for Robin Parrish.

In 2005, Bethany House Publishers brought Robin full circle by contracting him for the right…

Contest Winner!!!

BOOKWORM HAS WON!!!

Congratulations on winning Tracey Bateman's That's (Not Exactly) Amore!

Book Giveaway - That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman

I really enjoyed this book!

I'm giving away a free copy so please leave me a comment, with a way to contact you, and I'll pick a winner on Sunday August 17th.

That's (Not Exactly) Amore

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
That's (Not Exactly) Amore
FaithWords (August 14, 2008)
by
Tracey Bateman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Drama Queen Series, Catch A Rising Star (#1) and You Had Me At Goodbye (#2)

She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.


Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines.

She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.


ABOUT THE BOOK


When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems: one, Nick's nephe…

Be diligent, Stay focused...

Today I had the opportunity to work from home. I woke up several times in the middle of the night and I know it was because I was worried my computer wouldn't work correctly or I'd have some problem. I worked steadily for the entire day, breaking for lunch, or briefly to grab lunch. I managed to wash/dry two loads of laundry in between phone calls. It was a good opportunity to get up and stretch my legs.

I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped, but what I took away from the day was I diligently worked. Soft music played in the background and the only interruption was a customer calling. For the most part, I concentrated on the task at hand and made the necessary calls out.

I'd love to work from home one day, but specifically, want to be writing full time. Today has proven that I can work from home and stay on task, without getting sidetracked with Internet or blogging. My company computer blocks certain sites, so blogging and general email is not allowed. I honor tha…

The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

The Jewel of Gresham Green
(Bethany House - August 1, 2008)
by
Lawana Blackwell


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A full-time author, Lawana Blackwell's books include her beloved Gresham Chronicles and Tales of London series.

"I had told myself long ago that three books in a series are enough for my attention span, and so after The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, I devoted myself to the trio of books in the Tales of London series, then wrote A Table By the Window, my contemporary novel. All along, I received letters from readers asking me to continue the Gresham series. Many, many wrote that the dairying village of Gresham and its people sent them back to a more peaceful time in the midst of their busy days.

"Prayerfully, I decided to return to Gresham, setting the story fifteen years after Julia Hollis and her children first left London for abandoned coaching inn which became Larkspur Inn. I believe readers would like to see how the childr…

All Through the Night by Davis Bunn

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
All Through The Night
(Bethany House - July 1, 2008)
by
Davis Bunn


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in fifteen languages. His audiences spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include My Soul To Keep, and Full Circle . A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write.



ABOUT THE BOOK


A loner, trying to forget. A community--and a woman--who need for him to remember...
Broken relationships and unfulfilled promises scatter themselves ac…

Dogwood by Chris Fabry

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dogwood
(Tyndale House Publishers - July 9, 2008)
by
Chris Fabry


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Chris Fabry has a variety of titles to his credit including At the Corner of Mundane and Grace, Spiritually Correct Bedtime Stories, Away with the Manger, The H.I.M. Book, and The 77 Habits of Highly Effective Christians. His latest work is a collaboration with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye.

Chris has recently completed the final book in the Left Behind The Kids series, available Fall 2004. Readers of all ages have followed the lives of Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and the others. Now read how their exciting stories culminate in book 40 of this beloved series. Dogwood is his first adult fiction.

Chris and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children and make their home in Colorado. Chris has worked in Christian radio and now enjoys narrating audio books as well as writing. He believes his career as a husband and father is the real evidence of God&#…

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RWA'S FAITH, HOPE & LOVE CHAPTER - TOUCHED BY LOVE WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY MY FRIEND AND FAITH CO-BLOGGER BELINDA PETERSON!!!

Long Contemporary

1st Place--The Crazy Love I Never Expected by Belinda Peterson
2nd Place--Murder for Breakfast by Pamela Meyers
3rd Place--She's Mine by Tammy Doherty

Historical

1st Place-- New Hope by Yvonne Harris
2nd Place-- Beholder by Melanie Dickerson
3rd Place-- Lady Slipper by Susanne Dietze

Short Contemporary

1st Place-- Proverbs Woman, Exodus Man by Roxanne Sherwood
2nd Place-- Running From Trouble by Kit Wilkinson
3rd Place-- Betrayed by Lisa Diaz
Honorable Mention-- Against All Odds by Constance Marquise

Overall Winner--Proverbs Woman, Exodus Man by Roxanne Sherwood