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The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Real Enemy
David C. Cook (March 2009)
by
Kathy Herman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suspense novelist Kathy Herman is very much at home in the Christian book industry, having worked five years on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eleven years at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, as product buyer/manager for the children’s department, and eventually as director of human resources.

She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market.

Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she's added thirteen more titles to her credit, including another bestseller, All Things Hidden.

Kathy's hus…

Writing at work does work!

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This photo is courtesy of Gadgetspedia.com



Are you a writer, but working a full time job elsewhere? Are you down and out because you seem to have NO time to write? Believe me, I'm there.

I was too tired from a heavy work load on my 9-5 to get up early and write. I was too tired once I came home, took care of family business, to stay up late & write. My days became filled with sleeping and working and trying to fit family time somewhere in between. The pages of the calendar kept rolling back while I knew precious time was being wasted where my writing production was concerned.

Something was amiss.

I own a laptop, (here, I thump myself on my head)... Stop whining about wanting an AlphaSmart (who cares that they're only 1 pound and are easier to transport than the Dell ?!) you've got a perfectly good laptop that sits at home all day and doesn't get any use whatsoever!


Of course, write using my laptop - a very nice Dell, a portable CPU that can go anywhere! Yes, this is why…

Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Turning The Paige
Zondervan (March 1, 2009)
by
Laura Jensen Walker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer, popular speaker, and breast-cancer survivor who loves to touch readers and audiences with the healing power of laughter.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin (home of Western Printing and Johnson’s Wax—maker of your favorite floor care products) Laura moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was in high school. But not being a fan of blazing heat and knowing that Uncle Sam was looking for a few good women, she enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after graduation and spent the next five years flying a typewriter through Europe.

By the time she was 23, Laura had climbed the Eiffel Tower, trod the steps of the Parthenon, skied (okay, snowplowed) in the Alps, rode in a gondola in Venice, and wept at the ovens of Dachau. She’d also learned how to fold her underwear into equal thirds, make a proper cup of English…

A Cousin's Promise by Wanda Brunstetter

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Cousin's Promise
Barbour Books (March 1, 2009)
by
Wanda Brunstetter


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wanda enjoys writing about the Amish because they live a peaceful, simple life─something she says we all need in this day and age.

Using the knowledge her Amish friends have shared with her, Wanda has also produced several children’s titles in the Rachel Yoder─Always Trouble Somewhere series, an Amish cookbook, and a devotional collection entitled The Simpler Life, which was released in July 2008 and celebrates the virtues of the Amish lifestyle. Wanda and her husband are members of the fellowship of Christian Magicians.

Wanda is also a member of the North American Association of ventriloquists, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association. She lives in Washington State, where her husband pastors, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements across the country.

Other books by Wanda are A Siste…

Enemies

I thought I would share a scripture that stood out to me today. As always, the word is timely and is always what I need to hear. Our enemies may not be in the form of a person. Our enemies can take many shapes and may be something we are fighting against - be it our finances, addictions, etc...

Deuteronomy 28:7-8
7 The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

(NKJV)

... My bible's commentator explains verse 7 this way, God spoke these words to a people about to learn about the danger of enemies. Yet He assured them--and us today--that no enemy can withstand His passion in standing up for those who belong to Him.
(This is from Charles Stanley's Life Principles Bible.)

What do you want?

From a reader's perspective, there are several things I consider before buying a book.

Who is the author? Have I read any of his/her books before? What have I heard about this book?

I look at the cover. I read the back cover. I'll read the first line. That usually helps me make my decision. If I have time, I'll peruse the first chapter.

What I want in a book or series is to become a part of the world the author has formed. I want to step into the heroine's shoes and feel like I'm her for a moment. For a few minutes, I want to live someone else's life. This can be especially delightful in a romance novel because we know the ending will be good.

One series I think about from time to time, that I think the author did well in forming her own "world" was Nora Robert's Chesapeake Bay Series.

Read more on FAITH.

Michal by Jill Eileen Smith

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Michal
Revell (March 1, 2009)
by
Jill Eileen Smith


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of several articles, poems, and stories, and her unpublished novels have placed in five writing contests in the past five years. A children’s story, which she wrote for her church led her youngest son to faith in Christ several years ago; much like a gospel tract led her to the Lord at a similar age.

That story, “Seeking Treasureland,” is now available. Jill is a member of several online writing groups and helps promote fellow authors’ works through monthly interviews on the "Spotlight" page of her website. She, along with her husband and children, are active members in their local church. A stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled the couple’s three sons for twelve years through high school, seeing them go on to higher education.

In her spare time, Jill teaches piano, reads, does picture scrap-booking, and enjoys trying out ne…

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Breach Of Trust
Tyndale House Publishers (February 5, 2009)

by
DiAnn Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has over forty books in print and has sold more than a million copies.

DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels.

Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2007, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction …

Children's Devotional Bibles

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When my husband and I came to the difficult decision to look for another church home, I knew I needed to take action with our daughter. Searching for a new place to worship has been hard on our four year old and in essence makes the move harder on us as parents. Until we decided to move on, I had depended on what my daughter learned at church and on the Bible songs we sang in the car to be her soul means of learning about God. Wasn't I doing the right thing?

Of course I was, I told myself. I work. I'm gone ten hours a day. When I come home, we need to have time to play, sometimes I cook and for a time I was teaching Sunday School and I needed to prepare for my bible lessons. We had to go here and there. We had to go to Mission Friends and Sunday school and Children's choir. My husband needed my time and I had to have time to write - because that's my personal goal....

Whew.

There was always so much that flew ahead of me, things I was reaching for and thought I needed to a…

Sometimes I feel like a...

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I don't know what your first impression was, having read the title of this post and then seeing the photo of two horses' rear ends. I'd love to know, I need to laugh hard and long to finish out this week, which was a tough one. So if you'd like to know how I feel today, I feel a little like a horses' patoot.

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Doll Face is 4 today!

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Journey To The Well by Diana Wallis Taylor

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Journey To The Well
Revell (March 1, 2009)
by
Diana Wallis Taylor


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Diana Wallis Taylor, San Diego resident, is an award-winning Christian author and speaker who shares her personal testimony to women’s groups. The Lord gave Diana a desire to write a book about the woman of Samaria who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s Well. It was at the edge of the well where the woman of Samaria found the living water of Jesus.

A native Californian, Diana Wallis Taylor graduated from San Diego State University. She has had many occupations; elementary and junior high school teacher, bookshop owner, and conference director for a Christian college. A poet since the age of 12, she published a book of poems, Wings Of The Wind, in 1994, now republished with watercolor illustrations in 2006. She has received awards in songwriting and poetry and her writing contributions appear in various books and magazines. The author speaks on the w…

The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Passion of Mary Margaret
Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2009)
by
Lisa Samson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."

Her novel Embrace Me has been named as one of Library Journal's books of the year.

She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.

She stays busy by writing, volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, raising children and trying to be supportive of a husband in seminary. (Trying...some days she's downright awful. It's a good thing he's such a fabulous cook!) She can tell you one thing, it's never dull around there.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mary-Margaret accepts a calling that surpasses her wildest dreams . . . and challenges her deep faith.

When Mary-Margaret Danaher met Jude Kell…

Double Minds by Terri Blackstock

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Minds
Zondervan (February 1, 2009)

by
Terri Blackstock


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Terri Blackstock hasn’t always written for the Lord. Just over a decade ago she was an award-winning secular novelist writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Silhouette. With thirty-two titles published and 3.5 million books in print, she found that she was miserable. The compromises she had made in her career had taken their toll on her spiritual life, and she yearned to renew her relationship with Christ.

After much soul-searching and wrestling with God, she finally told the Lord that she would never write another thing that didn’t glorify Him. Thinking she might never be published again, she began planning ways to supplement her income, while she worked on her first idea for a Christian novel.

Because she enjoyed reading suspense novels, she tried weaving a faith message into a fast-paced page-turner with ordinary people in jeopar…

Love Finds You In Humble Texas by Anita Higman

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love Finds You In Humble Texas
(Summerside Press February 2009)
by
Anita Higman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anita Higman is the author of 24 books including fiction, nonfiction, childrens books and plays. Among her published romance titles are Larkspur Dreams, The Love Song and Castles in the Air, all coauthored with Janice A. Thompson. Her mysteries include Another Stab at Life and Another Hour to Kill. Anita is a member of ACFW and the Christian Humor Writers Group and she has been recognized for her involvement in literacy programs. A Texan for the past 24 years, Anita has coauthored an awardwinning book about her home state, A Tribute to Early Texas. She lives with her family near Houston.


Other books by Anita are Another Hour To Kill and Another Stab At Life

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Abernathy sisters. One is bright, one is beautiful, but both are in love with the same man. One sister will let go of love, and like a kite string untethering in th…