Friday, December 26, 2008

Forsaken by James David Jordan


I LOVED this book! It was a page turner that had me guessing right up until the end of the book. If you are looking for a book that will capture your attention and has a good message, you will want to pick up this book. It will be a book that you will enjoy and one that will make you think!


Taylor Pasbury, a beautiful former Secret Service agent, has started her own security business. Her first client is Simon Mason, the world’s best know televangelist. Mason has been receiving threats from Muslim extremists and must face the most difficult decision of his life, choose between his love for God and the love of his daughter.


James David Jordan is a business attorney in Texas and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri as well as a law degree and MBA from the University of Illinois and lives with his wife and two teenage children in the Dallas suburbs. Forsaken is his second novel.

To purchase this book for yourself, (you know you want to) click here.

Smiles and Loves!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Where Do I Go? by Neta Jackson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Where Do I Go?

Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)


Neta Jackson

As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. In addition to writing several books about Christian community, the Jacksons have coauthored numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.

They're trying something new! Not just new for them, but something completely new in Christian fiction: “Parallel novels,” two stories taking place in the same time frame, same neighborhood, involving some of the same characters living through their own dramas and crises but interacting with and affecting one another … just the way it happens in real life.

It’s something that only a husband and wife writing team could pull off. While Neta has Where Do I Go?, her husband Dave has written Harry Bentley's Second Chance.


A story of seeking-and finding-God's will in unlikely places.

Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree, spirited young woman she was when she married her husband fifteen years ago. But when the couple moves to Chicago to accommodate Philip's business ambitions, Gabby finds the chance to make herself useful. It's there she meets the women of Manna House Women's Shelter; they need a Program Director-and she has a degree in social work. She's in her element, feeling God's call on her life at last, even though Philip doesn't like the changes he sees in her. But things get rough when Philip gives Gabby an ultimatum: quit her job at the shelter or risk divorce and losing custody of their sons. Gabby must take refuge, as in the song they sing at Sunday night worship: "Where do I go when there's no one else to turn to? . . . I go to the Rock I know that's able, I go to the Rock."

Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “Exquisite characters coupled with God's mercy and love emanate from each page.”

Publisher's Weekly adds, “Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series ... promises the same.... The book's dramatic ending ... leav[es] readers eager for the next installment in the series.”

To read the Prologue and first Chapter of Where Do I Go?, go HERE

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay

In this time, who isn't worry about their finances? This book is a great choice to begin on for the new year and can give you some great tips for your finances. Who doesn't need help with that? Consider it for your reading stack!


You really can be rich in every way, every day.

So you want to own the home you love, make memories on wonderful vacations with family or friends, finance college educations, and help others too?

You can—starting here and now.

With lively humor, proven know-how, and practical principles for financial health, Living Rich for Less helps you stretch your dollars to realize the lifestyle of your dreams. Ellie Kay’s entertaining and enlightening examples show you simple steps to save, spend, and give smart, and her three main principles are undergirded by dozens of effective rules and hundreds of Cha-Ching Factor™ tips that keep or put money in your pocket.

Ellie knows what it’s like to be financially-strapped or struggling, wanting to be the Joneses but feeling as poor in spirit as in pocketbook. She went, within two and a half years, from being a new wife and mom with $40,000 in consumer debt and seven children (and college educations) to support, to being completely debt-free and within fifteen years able to pay cash for eleven different cars, give away three of those cars, buy two five-bedroom houses (moving from one to the other) and nicely furnish each, take wonderful vacations, dress her family in fine fashion; and support more than thirty non-profit organizations in more than a dozen different countries, giving away more than $100,000.

Isn’t that the kind of transformation to a rich life that you want?

Living Rich for Less helps anyone get there in our taxed-out, maxed-out times. Because financial security doesn’t mean just genuine prosperity, but being able to live luxuriously, give generously, and care for yourself as well as the others around you.

Why keep up with the Joneses when you can be them?

Ellie Kay is a best-selling author, the founder of the SHOP, SAVE & SHARE SEMINARS, and is trademarked as America’s Family Financial Expert ™. Her signature seminar was made into a film by the Air Force Aid Society for international distribution, and is currently available at 120 Air Force bases worldwide. She is married to Bob Kay, a corporate test pilot and former F-117 Stealth fighter pilot. They have five school-aged children and two adult children. Visit her web site at

To purchase this book, click here.

Smiles and Loves!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Books for the Kids

I don't know about you, but I often find it difficult to find good books for my kids. Whether they are babies or teenagers, as a parent I want books that have bright and colorful pictures and great meaning. These books are just a few that I have found are great for kids.

BOARD BOOKS (0-3 years old)

This board book is a great choice for small children. It gives the story of Noah in easy to understand language and bright pictures. You can pick this one up for less than $6 at Christian Book Distributors.

Four to Ten Years Old

This is a beautiful story of a guardian angel and their night time adventures. It would make a great bedtime story for your favorite little one. You can purchase it here.
If you and your child are interested in taking care of the planet, this is a great choice. It is written in easy to understand language and is full of great information to take care of our world. To purchase it, click here.
This is another great choice for that bedtime story. It is a story about Emily and her bear, Cinnamon Bear, as well as Hug, her quilt, taking an adventure. It has softly beautiful pictures that are fun to look at and enjoy. To purchase it, click here.

Girls 10-14

I find that this age group is especially hard to find good books for, but the Girl 'n Grace books, like those shown here, have a great meaning and beautiful story. My nine year old daughter has fell in love with these books. Click on the book to purchase. When industrious Sydney Clair Wilcox finds herself lonely in the summer of 1965, she determines to do something about it. With her best friends, Vicky and Ann, Sydney Clair sets off on an enterprise to make money to purchase her hearts desire a funloving golden retriever. Join Sydney Clair as she finds for herself mishaps, merriment and meaning. Similar to the American Girl series model, Girls n Grace follows several characters who are set in modern decades. The unique aspect of this series is not only will girls from other continents be featured but all of the characters in their series of books will come to know fully the grace that only God can provide.

As the jungle rains diminish, a feud breaks out between Mesis Ashanti tribe and their neighbors, the Kienese. As tensions grow high, Mesi finds a friendship she must keep a secret. But she is faced with the decision as to what cost shes willing to pay in order to keep the secretand her new friend. Will she lose her best friend Kwasi? Anger her family? Or even bring destruction to her entire village? About the Girls n Grace Collection Similar to the American Girl series model, Girls n Grace follows several characters who are set in modern decades. The unique aspect of this series is not only will girls from other continents be featured but all of the characters in their series of books will come to know fully the grace that only God can provide.

Smiles and Loves!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dear God, It's Me and It's Urgent by Marion Stroud


I don't know about you, but I enjoy giving my friends gifts that can encourage and uplift them throughout the year. This book is an excellent choice for your girlfriend or any woman in your life. It includes prayer for every season of a woman's life to uplift them and help them to make it through any situation. From A Bride's Prayer on the eve of her wedding to A Prayer for Ironing and more, you will find a prayer that will inspire them.


Take a break from whatever you're doing, sit down for a few moments and focus your thoughts and heart on one or two of the prayers in this book. You'll be thankful that you did, because Marion Stroud's prayerful meditations will take you to the Father's feet with the honest concerns of your own life.


Marion Stroud lives in Bedford, England. She is an established and popular author and sought-after speaker whose books have been translated into 14 languages.

To purchase this book for yourself or for a gift, click here.

Smiles and Loves!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Engaging Father Christmas

FaithWords (October 30, 2008)


Robin Jones Gunn

When Thanksgiving rolls around, I am always looking for a few good Christmas books to read for the holiday season. Some of them are "so-so", but this one is definitely a keeper. It had a good story and great message that captured my interest from the first page to the last.


Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawai’i.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.


Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quills and Promises by Amber Miller

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Quills And Promises

Barbour Publishing, Inc (May 28, 2008)


Amber Miller


This was such a good book! I really enjoy the historical romances and this one was a great read. It found it hard to put down. If you enjoy reading stories with a great story and meaning, look no further than this book!


Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my 30's, married the love of my life in July 2007, and live in beautiful Colorado just east of the Front Range of the Rockies, but I love to travel and visit new places. Ultimately, my dream is to own horses and live in a one-level rancher or log cabin nestled in the foothills of the mountains. For now, I will remain where I am and do what I love—design web sites and write.

Amber's very first book, Promises, Promises, released in February 2008. It's a historical fiction set in Delaware during the Colonial period and the Great Awakening. The other 2 books in the series are this current one, Quills And Promises (July 2008) and Deceptive Promises (December 2008). In 2009, they will be repackaged for a state set entitled Delaware Brides. She has also sold another series set in historical Michigan during the Industrial Revolution. The 3 books in that series will begin releasing in May 2009 and will be repackaged in 2010 as Michigan Brides.


-- Separated from Madison when he leaves to fight the French and Indians, Elanna Hanssen must choose between her heart and her head, especially when Madison's integrity is questioned. --

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not until thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Innocence paired with wisdom beyond her years. With these traits, Elanna Hanssen unwittingly captures the attentions of Major Madison Scott. Her honest desire to understand the war fascinates him, and he resolves to get to know this perspicacious young lady better. When his military duty separates them, they begin a correspondence, cautiously baring their hearts to each other. Elanna has never known emotions like this before, but she is drawn to the integrity she sees in her major. Wh a local news reporter questions the major's credentials and activities, however, will she allow her heart or her head to rule? Can true love grow over such distance and around such obstacles?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Quills And Promises, go HERE.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dark Pursuit

Zondervan (December 1, 2008)


Brandilyn Collins

Two of my favorite authors in one week, be still my heart. Brandilyn has long kept me mesmerized from the first page to the last page with her riveting stories. They keep me guessing until the very end, which is the mark of an excellent writer and an exciting story. If you love suspense and action, but want a Christian story, too, check out Brandilyn's newest release. You will be glad you did!


Brandilyn Collins is known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is currently working on her 20th book. For chances to win free copies of her work, join her Fan Club on Facebook. Here’s what Brandilyn has to say about why she wrote Dark Pursuit:

In John Milton’s Paradise Lost Satan’s followers, kicked out of heaven, boast about storming the gates and reclaiming their territory. Beelzebub scoffs at their boasting as merely “hatching vain empires” and suggests a different revengeful scheme: seduce mankind away from God. So Satan visits the Garden of Eden to teach humans the very thing he and his cohorts have learned to be futile—the dark pursuit of hatching their own vain empires instead of following God. He presented man with this “gift” of death, disguised as life. And man fell for it.

Upon this theme of man’s fall and spiritual blindness, I created the characters and events in Dark Pursuit. The story clips along at a fast pace, with much symbolism running underneath.


Dark Pursuit—A twisting story of murder, betrayal, and eternal choices

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she’s rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan’s town two women have been murdered, and she’s about to discover a third. She’s even more shocked to realize the culprit—her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief’s son.

Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he’ll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig.

But can Darell’s muddled mind do it? And—if he tries—with what motivation? For Kaitlan’s plight may be the stunning answer to the elusive plot he seeks...

Read the first chapter of Dark Pursuit, HERE.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Woman I am Becoming by T. Suzanne Eller


This book came at the perfect time for me. I am really struggling to find my place right now with my last baby starting school. I enjoyed reading about how God sees me and my place in the world. If you are looking to be a better woman of God, this book is for you. (Who isn't?)


T. Suzanne Eller and her husband, Richard, live in Oklahoma and are parents of three twentysomething children. A speaker and a writer, Suzie is active in youth and young adult/career minstry. She authored the ground-breaking book The Mom I Want to Be to helpl moms leave behind the baggage of the past and build a great future for their kids.


Fresh from her ground–breaking book The Mom I Want to Be, speaker and young–adult mentor Suzie Eller offers 18–to–29–year–old women an honest, faith–filled look at the journey to maturity. In The Woman I Am Becoming, she acknowledges the pressure to look and act a certain way, and helps readers explore key questions:

What is a real woman?
Where do I fit?
What should I look like?
Who should I be with?
Where am I going?
What about my faith?

Each short chapter offers words from Suzie’s own story and an application, followed by real–life advice from older women who are still becoming. Concluding questions then help readers make what they’re reading their own.

As readers take their time, work through the emotions, and meet God in a new way, they’ll begin to understand the woman they’re becoming.

To purchase this book for yourself, click here!

Smiles and Loves,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Lion Book of Five-Minute Christmas Stories


Nothing is better than curling up on the couch with my three kids in front of the Christmas tree. Throwing this book of stories in the mix makes it even more fun and memorable. The 10 stories are the perfect size for bedtime reading and they are meaningful and full of wonderful illustrations. If you are looking for a Christmas book for you to read to your kids or to give as a gift, this one is it.


Take a unique look at the birth of Jesus with this collection of 10 fun tales, each of which tells the story from a different point of view. The donkey who carries Mary to Bethlehem takes pride in his job; the caring innkeeper's wife notices that Mary needs a bit of comfort; and the choir of angels have their rehearsal interrupted due to an important and sudden concert they must give! The stories are all faithful to the Gospels and together provide a special perspective on the message of Christmas. Each of the stories can be read in just five minutes.

To purchase this book, click here.

Smiles and Loves!

One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Perfect Day

FaithWords (October 22, 2008)


Lauraine Snelling

I have read Lauraine's books for years and haven't found one that I haven't liked. This one is not any different. I cried all through this book, but still didn't want to put it down. I give it two tissues up!LOL If you are looking for a great book for a gift or for yourself, you do not want to miss Lauraine's newest book.


Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.

Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.


Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, go HERE


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