Gone To Green

Posted by Vicki on Aug 31, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Gone To Green

Abingdon Press (August 2009)

by

Judy Christie

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judy Pace Christie, after working as a journalist for twenty-five years, left the daily news business to open a consulting firm that works with individuals, businesses, and churches on strategies for meaningful life and work, including goal-setting, living fully, and balancing personal and professional lives. She is the author of Hurry Less, Worry Less; Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmastime; and co-author of Awesome Altars. Judy and her husband live in northwest Louisiana.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. The paper was an unexpected inheritance from a close colleague, and Lois must keep it for at least a year, bringing a host of challenges, lessons, and blessings into her life.

When Lois pulls into Green on New Year’s Day, she expects a charming little town full of smiling people. She quickly realizes her mistake. After settling into a loaned house out on Route 2, she finds herself battling town prejudices and inner doubts and making friends with the most surprising people: troubled teenager Katy, good-looking catfish farmer Chris, wise and feisty Aunt Helen, and a female African-American physician named Kevin.

Whether fighting a greedy, deceitful politician or rescuing a dog she fears, Lois notices the headlines in her life have definitely improved. She learns how to provide small-town news in a big-hearted way and realizes that life is full of newsworthy moments. When she encounters racial prejudice and financial corruption, Lois also discovers more about the goodness of real people and the importance of being part of a community.

While secretly preparing the paper for a sale, Lois begins to realize that God might indeed have a plan for her life and that perhaps the allure of city life and career ambition are not what she wants after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Gone To Green, go HERE


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The Frontiersman’s Daughter

Posted by Vicki on Aug 31, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Frontiersman’s Daughter

Revell (September 1, 2009)

by

Laura Frantz

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was born and raised in Kentucky and my love of history goes deep – way back to the 18th-century when my family first came into the Bluegrass State. It will always be home to me, even though I now live with my husband, Randy, and my sons, Wyatt and Paul, in the misty woods of northwest Washington. I go back as often as I can to visit family and all the old haunts that I love.

I grew up playing on the original site of Fort Boonesborough and swimming in the Kentucky River and climbing the Pinnacle near Berea and watching the great outdoor dramas of the early settlers. Often my cousins and brother and I would play in my Granny’s attic and dress up in the pioneer costumes she made us and pretend to be Daniel Boone, Rebecca, Jemima, or the Shawnee.

As I grew up I began to write stories and they were always historical, filled with the lore I had heard or read about. It’s no accident that my first book (which is actually my fifth book – the others were practice!) is about those first Kentucky pioneers.

I feel blessed beyond measure to write books. My prayer is that you are doubly blessed reading them.

Note: Laura Frantz credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz’s family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County where her family still resides. Frantz is a former schoolteacher and social worker who currently lives in the misty woods of Washington state with her husband and two sons, whom she homeschools.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded.

Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills.

But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself–and the power of grace and redemption. This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman.

Laura Frantz’s debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, go HERE


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Dreams Forever Gone?

Posted by Vicki on Aug 24, 2009

I often look back at the dreams I grew up with. Being a Librarian or a Vet, riding in rodeos, being happily married, being a published author….so many things I dreamed of through the years, and yet I wonder if it wasn’t all foolishness, unrealistic. Oh I’m sure if I had wanted something bad enough I could have done it…Like the rodeos, my Misty Morning would have been a heck of a barrel racer, which is what I had planned, but then I got stupid and lost sight of my priorities, and what I really wanted for myself. I wanted a husband and love, and instead all that I happened (aside from the girls) was heartache, unhappiness, and losing my poor darling Misty. I was a young fool, and I don’t think I will ever forgive myself for leaving her the way I did, as she wasn’t being watched over and cared for the way she would have had I kept her. Her death probably wouldn’t have happened had I kept her. That is the loss of more than one dream, and something that I will regret my entire life.

However it has been my choice not to pursue being a VET or Librarian…I was never that good in school stuff, and never felt confident with the idea of going to college. I was never sure that was really what I wanted to do with my life, and I still can’t say what it is that I want for myself other than being the best mother I can possibly be.

I still hold dreams of my stories some day being published, but it’s not something I feel confident will happen. I guess a lot of my problem is that I don’t think much of what I do, say, or write is good enough for others. A flaw in me I know, but that is me.

Anyway I hope that my girls get more of a chance and confidence to pursue their dreams. That is one of my greatest wishes for them.


RV Warranty

Posted by Vicki on Aug 24, 2009

Just her luck that the rv warranty had already expired. She sighed a sigh of frustration at her father’s absent-mindiness, but she couldn’t really be mad at him. She had never been able to be really mad at him, after all, he was the only constant she had ever had in her life. Her Mother had been in and out of her life off and on through the years, but never a person that she could really count on. Her parents had both come from small families, so there weren’t a bunch of uncles, aunts, or cousins to turn to in times of need. There had only been her Dad.


Weight Loss Pill

Posted by Vicki on Aug 24, 2009

The weight loss pills had been more expensive than she had anticipated, so she desparately hoped that her Mother had the money to pay her back for them immediately, as she had used some of her money that she had set aside to pay for the school pictures. Pictures were very important to her, to capture those moments in time, to look back and remember how young they had been, to see the special outfit they had worn that year. It was one of the few times that they got brand new clothes just for them, instead of hand-me-downs or thrift store stuff.


Weight Loss Pills

Posted by Vicki on Aug 24, 2009

Feeling overwelmed was a pretty constant state with her. She had her job, her kids, her errands, and everything else that life demanded of her. She hadn’t chosen to be a single parent, but she wasn’t sorry that she had her kids, they were her life, her reason for living, her heart and soul, but that didn’t mean that being a single parent was an easy thing, when juggling everything that life brought her way, which included a stop at the pharmacy for her Mom to pick up her weight loss pills.


Kathryn’s Fountain

Posted by Vicki on Aug 20, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Kathryn’s Fountain

Cladach Publishing (November 8, 2008)

by

David Claassen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’m a follower of Jesus Christ and seek to live my life to please Him and for His glory. I’m walking this journey with my life’s partner, Diann. We’ve been married since 1972 and have two grown children. Our daughter Julie serves as a missionary with her husband Victor in Mexico in a ministry they founded called Fishers of Men. Check their ministry out at www.fishersofmenmexico.org. Our son Dan is married to Teri and he’s a detective in a police department in a suburb of Indianapolis.

I have pastored the Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church of Toledo, Ohio since 1975, having just celebrated 33 years at the church. You can check out the church at http://www.mayfairplymouth.org/. You can also visit me at my blog, where I add material about every other day or so.

I enjoy photography, that’s why I’m treating you with a different photo of mine each week on the web site. Over three hundred of my photos are for sale at www.istockphoto.com.

I’m also a ventriloquist, of sorts, and treat the children of my church with a “visit with Ricky” every third Sunday of the month in the morning worship services.

Raising white homing pigeons is another of my hobbies. I enjoy watching them soar overhead.

That’s just a little bit about me. Thanks for visiting. God bless you!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kathryn is resigned to living out her last days at Victorian Manor, a beautiful old home for senior citizens. Then one day a miraculous experience happens to Kathryn at the garden fountain, and she begins living an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Love and sacrifice take on new meaning as she involves a social worker and a police detective in carrying out what she believes to be her calling — to rescue a street child named Jasmine.

Kathryn’s Fountain celebrates the gifts that the generations can bring to each other. The conclusion is a resounding affirmation that it’s never too late to make a difference.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Kathryn’s Fountain, go HERE


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Montana Rose

Posted by Vicki on Aug 19, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Montana Rose

Barbour Publishing, Inc (July 1, 2009)

by

Mary Connealy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary’s writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. She just kept typing away. She thinks the reason she did it was because she was more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when she really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when she ought to sit silently).

So, Mary had all these things, she wanted to say, in her head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. She kept all this wit to herself, much to the relief of all who know her, and then wrote all her great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

Mary’s journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.

Mary has signed an exclusive contract with Barbour that will have her writing eighteen (18) books for them over the next four years! This book is the first in the Montana Marriage Series. The second book will be the Husband Tree, and the third will be Wildflower Bride

ABOUT THE BOOK


Fire up your love of romance with Montana Rose.

When surrounded by a mob of ill-bred, foul-smelling, women-hungry men, the newly widowed and seemingly spoiled Cassie “China Doll” Griffin has no choice. Marrying handyman Red Dawson seems the only alternative to Cassie’s being hitched to a brutal rancher. But can this “China doll” bear exchanging smooth silk for coarse calico? Red was reluctant to be yoked to an unbeliever, but sometimes a man has no choice. Will Red change Cassie’s heart by changing her name? Wade Sawyer is obsessed with saving Cassie from a marriage of convenience. How far will he go make her his own?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Montana Rose, go HERE


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Night Watchman

Posted by Vicki on Aug 14, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Night Watchman

Multnomah Books (May 5, 2009)

by

Mark Mynheir

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark Mynheir was born and raised on the east coast of Central Florida. Like most boys growing up, Mark enjoyed sports, mainly football and martial arts.

In 1983, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. After serving four years in the Marines, Mark changed gears and pursued a career in law enforcement.

During his career as a police officer, Mark has worked as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective.

Over sixteen years ago, during a health crisis involving his oldest son, Mark gave his life to Jesus Christ. Shortly after his conversion, he felt God leading him in a new direction: writing. Now he balances dual careers as a police officer and novelist.

He has authored Rolling Thunder (The Truth Chasers Book One), From the Belly of the Dragon (The Truth Chasers Book Two), and The Void (The Truth Chasers Book Three).

Mark is married to the love of his life and has three fantastic children, and they all currently reside in Central Florida.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When everything is ripped away…

Eleven months ago, Ray Quinn was a tough, quick-witted Orlando homicide detective at the top of his game-until a barrage of bullets ended his career.and his partner’s life.

Now medically retired with a painful handicap, Ray battles the haunting guilt for his partner’s death. Numbing the pain with alcohol and attitude, Ray takes a job as a night watchman at a swanky Orlando condo community.

But when a pastor and an exotic dancer are found dead in one of the condos in an apparent murder-suicide, Ray can no longer linger in the shadows. The victim’s sister is convinced her brother was framed and begs Ray to take on an impossible case?to challenge the evidence and clear her brother’s name.

Ray reluctantly pulls the thread of this supposedly dead-end case only to unravel a murder investigation so deep that it threatens to turn the Orlando political landscape upside down and transform old friends into new enemies. As Ray chases down leads and interrogates suspects, someone is watching his every move, someone determined to keep him from ever finding out the truth?at any cost.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Night Watchman, go HERE


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Busy Life

Posted by Vicki on Aug 4, 2009

I probably should do a general update on life and yet I find myself thinking about books, and reading, or my lack there of lately. Since probably early June I haven’t been reading a lot, and then when I moved it got to be even more sparse. However in the last few days I have read 3 books by one of my most all-time favorite authors.

I have been reading Louis LaMour since I was about 10 years old, and never tire of reading his books. I have never been lucky enough to be able to afford his books, but my Dad used to have a nice collection of them when I was young. Then he gave most of them away, but in the last year or so he’s started getting those books again. I am so happy as I so love reading those books, though I am disappointed that he doesn’t have my favorite book yet.

In any case, life goes on. No job yet, but I continue to look, and hope, and pray. Girls start school the 17th. Need to go supply shopping soon, maybe tomorrow.

We have an outing planned for this weekend, that I am looking forward to, and am dreading at the same time, because it means I have to drive to Kansas City. It should be loads of fun though, I really hope I remember to take my camera and batteries, as it will be one for the scrapbooks.

All in all things are going okay, though I am still alone, still wishing that for once I would find true and honest love.