Leather Home Theater Seating

Posted by Vicki on Aug 28, 2008

Seeing her father sitting in the comfortable leather home theater seating was a comforting sight. Her father was like the sum of her world. All was right with the world, as long as she could come into the livingroom/den area and find her Dad seated, reading the paper or a book, and puffing on his pipe. She needed that rightness in her life, like she needed her next breath.


A Passion Redeemed

Posted by Vicki on Aug 27, 2008

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 him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants–one way or another.

Or does she? Will her best-laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever? Book 2 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Redeemed will captivate your heart and stir your soul with a story of faith and redemption rising from the ashes of temptation, desire, and shame.

Praise for the first book in the series:

“Full of romance, humor, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page.” –Historical Novels Review “Superb! Incredible!

“I loved Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure from the second I picked it up until the very last moment I stopped reading.” –Armchair Interviews

“I devoured this book and loved every single page. . . . This is a thick, juicy read, and one I would pick up again in a heartbeat.” –christianreviewofbooks.com

If you would like to read an excerpt from A Passion Redeemed, go HERE.
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A good book, set in one of my most favorite places in the world!!..Ireland has captured my heart since I was a young, very young, girl. This book is filled with great moments. You are never sure what will happen next!!


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Twice Loved

Posted by Vicki on Aug 25, 2008

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 remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.

Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, Copper and Audrey, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is handsome sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Twice Loved, go HERE
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On a personal note, I LOVED this book!! That’s pretty easy for me to say, since I love so many different kinds of books, but still a book has to entertain me, and this one did!! It was funny, and lifted my spirits when I read it. But it wasn’t all fun and games either, I was also caught by the subtle romance, as well as the worries and fears of Willow. I can’t wait to read Audrey and Copper’s stories!!!!!


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Halloween Invitations

Posted by Vicki on Aug 23, 2008

Do we have to be thinking about Halloween already. Went to the store last week, and they had Halloween candy out. Went to Walmart this past week as well, and they are starting to move out their “back to school” stuff, and putting in Halloween invitations and stuff. Why is it that they make such a big to do about such “holidays”?? I mean, I can understand Christmas, and Easter, and 4th of July (kind of)…but why a 2 month preparation time on Halloween, and other such holidays. You don’t see a big to do about Thanksgiving, and that’s one of my most favorite holidays. I guess it’s because you can’t make much money off of people giving thanks…but you can on selling costumes and candy and decorations. A sad state of the world I think.


Pimple Cream

Posted by Vicki on Aug 23, 2008

The store had everything from pimple cream to antique furniture. A hodge podge of this and that, and it was absolutely charming. Never had she set foot in such a place before, and she was loving it!! There were so many new things that she was experiencing. It was a rather odd thing to say, for a woman of 28 years, but her parents had sheltered her from so much, and than after her parents sheltering, she had sheltered herself within the confines of college, and a serious relationship, that had ended just a few weeks before.


Golf Bags

Posted by Vicki on Aug 23, 2008

The girls, especially Des, are really interested in sports. I don’t mind that, even think that it’s a good thing, because it gets them outside and playing, keeps them active, instead of sitting in front of the tv or playstation. But have you ever noticed how expensive sports are?? To get the girls signed up, and the equipment they need for soccer was way more expensive than I thought it would be. Something as simple as golf is expensive, when you consider the clubs and golf bags. I try my best to let my girls be involved in things that I think are good for them, and won’t undermine my authority with them, but some things are just too expensive.


House of Wolves

Posted by Vicki on Aug 21, 2008

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, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He’s carrying it in his briefcase at his son’s school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it’s a fake. But he’s about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can’t decode the secret in time, the world’s balance of power will forever be altered.

If you would like to read anexcerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE
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On a personal note, this was an interesting book. I am an eclectic reader, reading most anything, though I do have my favorite types of books, I am pretty well open to reading anything that captures my interest. This is not my usual type of book, but it was interesting, and well written.


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Long Overdue

Posted by Vicki on Aug 15, 2008

Can’t say how long this entry will be, but I know that I am long overdue on getting a personal entry in here.

It’s been a really busy week, and on review it seems that it has been a really busy month, but I can’t say exactly what we’ve been doing.

Things with the girls’ father are nothing more than I expected. The girls call him occasionally, when they think of it, but it’s not a driving need to stay in contact, more like a passing thought. He never calls them. He never comes to see them. We do go see him, but not often. We went out a week ago or so, and that was the first time in over a month. In any case, he really shows no interest in what they’ve been doing, or plans that we might have. He’s known for months that the girls wanted to be in soccer this year, and has yet to ask if I have gotten them signed up. And when I mentioned that I was going to sign them up, he sure didn’t offer to help with the signup cost, or the cost of cleats and stuff that they need. I will say this for him, the last time we were out there, he played with the girls for a little while, and they had lots of fun!! I just wish that if he was going to pay attention to them, it would be for more than an hour every couple of months.

It is sad to say, but the girls already know they can’t count on him. Des’s birthday is coming up, but he has made no mention of it….Neither I, nor Desi are looking for expensive gifts, but you would think that since this is the first birthday in 7 years that he’s been around for, that he would be asking me about a party or some such thing.

With soccer coming up, it’s not Father they are wanting to come to the games, it’s Nana…which will please Nana to no end, but I was not expecting that. I truly hope that Nana can make it to acouple of their games, as I know it would make the girls happy. But even if she can’t, because of working, the girls will know, will feel that she wanted to be there. Plus, they always have good old reliable Mom!!

Well enough rambling for now I suppose.


Exercise Equipment

Posted by Vicki on Aug 15, 2008

I have many dreams for the house that I will eventually have. One of those dreams is having some exercise equipment. Not like a complete gym or anything…just a few things so when I’m frustrated, I can work out my frustrations. Or when I’m bored, or just don’t know what I want to do, I can work out a little.

I think I would like one of those bowflex things, or something like that, and than I think I would also like an excercise bike. I like the exercise bikes a whole lot more than I like treadmills.


Dansko

Posted by Vicki on Aug 15, 2008

Dansko was a huge corporation, and she was finally at the top, and yet she wanted more. She wanted more than a big office, because with that big office came big headaches. She wanted someone to come home to, aside from her cat Fluffy. She wanted to go out to dinner with someone, because we all know that eating alone isn’t much fun. So here she was, finally at the top, and turning in her resignation, in pursuit of a different life.


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