Friday, July 18, 2008

Promises, Promises by Amber Miller

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Promises, Promises

Barbour - July, 2008


Amber Miller


Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. Writing had always been a hobby, a way for me to express my innermost thoughts and feelings in a way I sometimes find difficult with the spoken word -- although my friends will tell you 'shy' is not in my vocabulary. Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author -- Tracie Peterson -- in 2002, I took the next step in my writing career and joined the American Christian Fiction Writers. I owe all so many there a hearty hug of appreciation for their constant encouragement and unselfish assistance. I feel a lot more confident thanks to their support and love. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out!

I got involved with web design in 1997, when I was asked to take over running the official web site for the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. That eventually led to a series of negotiations where I was offered the job of running world-renowned actress Jane Seymour's official fan site. That has branched into doing web sites for a variety of clients, including: authors J.M. Hochstetler, Trish Perry, Kathy Pride, Louise M. Gouge, Susan Page Davis, and Jill Elizabeth Nelson, actor William Shockley (the voice of AT&T and Sony) and many others. With the help of a handful of other web site "technos," Eagle Designs was born! Feel free to visit and see our other clients.

Books are a definite passion. Why else would I be writing and publishing them? I firmly believe that a good book can take you away from all of your problems, into a world you've never seen. My favorite food is Italian; I sing all the time, and I once worked with my church choir to do a professional recording for a music CD of our performances.

I am in my 30's, married the love of my life in July 2007, and live in beautiful Colorado, but I love to travel and visit new places. Ultimately, my dream is to own horses and live in a one-level rancher nestled in the mountains. For now, I will remain where I am and do what I love—design web sites and write.

My Review of the Book:

Raelene Strattford is a bitter, hardheaded, cold and reserved, haughty in her ways, "down right stubborn," her father says, woman.
Gustaf Hanssen is a handsome, uneducated, common , tongue tied farmer, who is inseparable from God. He can find an analogy to God in everything.

“Nothing is so bad we cannot learn much from it”, says her mother; “You must remain strong,” her father tells her. But what about Raelene Strattford ? What does she think? How can she do the best with what God has given her when she believes in her heart that God has forgotten her and doesn’t care about her. He has left her alone by taking her dad and mom in an accident and He has forsaken her. How can anyone see that Joy Comes in the Morning or say “To God be the glory.”? Trust just doesn’t come easy for Raelene. But then there is Gustaf that poses another problem for her and keeps showing up at all the wrong times (or is it really the right times?). Realene finds herself in need of Gustaf’s help for it is hard to do business in a man’s world. Is she willing to soften up and accept his help? Will she have a change of heart in the end?

Raelene is a puzzle to Gustaf. She tests his patience like no one else. However, they both find that it is hard to keep promises. Gustaf isn’t quite sure if it is worth all the trouble he has to endure. They have both made promises they endeavor to keep so the battle of the wills is on every turn of the page (so it seems).

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the fact that Amber used the KJV Bible when she quoted scriptures. This was a plus for me. I look forward to reading more of Amber Miller’s books. Go ahead pick up her book and see for yourself. Find out what promises it is that Raelene and Gustaf find themselves bond to and journey with them in the struggles of keeping those promises.

Back cover of the Book:
Raelene Strattford knows God has promised never to leave or forsake her. But after the catastrophic deaths of her parents, she doesn t believe it. What kind of God would take a girl's family and leave her alone in a wild land where women have no voice? Gustaf Hanssen has admired Raelene from afar for a while, but his poor attempt at courting her in the past has made him unwelcome in her life. When Gustaf promises Raelene's dying father that he will take care of her, he finds himself bound to her happiness, her success, and her well-being in ways he never imagined. To keep his word must Gustaf really oversee all of Raelene's affairs, find her a husband, and maintain her farm, while she does nothing but scorn him? Can God reach through Raelene's pain and self-centeredness and give her the love that awaits, if only she will accept His will?

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

At this time,
Promises, Promises
can only be purchased through the
Heartsong Book Club


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