Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ruth's Redemption by Marlene Banks

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Ruth's Redemption
Moody Publishers/Lift Every Voice (February 1, 2012)
Marlene Banks


Marlene Banks has worked 30+ years combined in nursing and the business arena. Her goal as a writer is to create inspiring, gripping and realistic stories with an emphasis on African American literature. She believes her gift and desire to write is from God and desires to use it to fulfill His purposes. Marlene lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church.


Set in the 1800s, Ruth's Redemption, is an unusual depiction of the lives of slaves and free blacks in pre-Civil War America. Bo, a main character, was educated while a slave. He was given his freedom and now owns a farm buying slaves for the sole purpose of giving them their freedom.

Bo is also a man of God and widower whose life is destined to change when he meets the proud and hard-hearted slave girl, Ruth. Ruth has known nothing but servitude and brutality since being separated from her mother at age thirteen. Purchased and sold primarily for breeding, Ruth struggles to adjust to life outside of bondage. She wants no part of Bo's Godly devotion. Yet Bo is unlike any man she's known and her experiences with him will leave her forever changed.

A gripping slave era novel, Ruth's Redemption is a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Set against the backdrop of the Nat Turner Rebellion in Tidewater, Virginia, this novel shines the light of God's unconditional love in the darkness of a culture's cruel socially accepted inhumanity.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ruth's Redemption, go HERE.


Teaser Tuesday ~ Casey and Kyle

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today is a little different teaser it comes by way of cartoon clips from the book:

*Note:  if you click on the comic strip the photo will blow up so you can read it. 

~selections taken from Casey and Kyle:  I'm saving up for a Big Brother!!! by Will Robertson


Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann's Amazing Adventure by Jeanetta Brancaccio

Ann's Amazing Adventure is a cute picture book based loosely on a true event that happened in the author's, Jeanetta Brancaccio, life.  It tells of the adventures of Ann, a rag doll, that was lost to the author and many decades later was found in a flea market by the author.  The author writes hypothetically of what the doll must have done those 30+ years that she was lost.  It is cute to see how the much loved doll gets back with her owner after all those years.  The font on each page is just as eye catching as the illustrations themselves.  Every doll lover that reads this book will feel sad with Ann as well as glad by the end of the book.  Such a cute adventure that the doll tells.  Be sure to visit the web site and see what kind of surprises await there, there are fun things to do. Visit Ann's site here.

A copy of this book was provided by the author and Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review.


Mailbox Monday ~ Jan. 30, 2011

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love Blooms in Winter
Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)
Lori Copeland


Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six wonderful grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. Lance and Lori 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 had over 100 books published.


A romantic new book from bestselling author Lori Copeland that portrays God’s miraculous provision even when none seems possible.

1892—Mae Wilkey’s sweet next-door neighbor, Pauline, is suffering from old age and dementia and desperately needs family to come help her. But Pauline can’t recall having kin remaining. Mae searches through her desk and finds a name—Tom Curtis, who may just be the answer to their prayers.

Tom can’t remember an old aunt named Pauline, but if she thinks he’s a long-lost nephew, he very well may be. After two desperate letters from Mae, he decides to pay a visit. An engagement, a runaway train, and a town of quirky, loveable people make for more of an adventure than Tom is expecting. But it is amazing what can bloom in winter when God is in charge of things.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Blooms in Winter, go HERE.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mornings with Jesus in 2012 by various authors

Read to end of post to find out how you can win a copy of this book.

Are you in need of a jump start in the morning? Well, here's your chance to do it right. A book to help you get the day going with Jesus.  The good part is it will take you a whole year to read through the book by then you will be in such a habit starting the day with Jesus that you'll continue it on for the remainder of your life. What a lifestyle change!

7 authors have come together to compile this book of daily encouragement for your SOUL
  • Tricia Goyer
  • Judy K Baer
  • Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
  • Sharon Hinck
  • Keri Wyatt Kent
  • Camy Tang
  • Erin Keeley Marshall

About Mornings with Jesus 2012

"Be still and know that I am God" is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it's not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that "be still" in Jesus' beautiful and powerful presence.

For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life.

With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day.

Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Read an excerpt.

Each day’s selection includes:
  • a Bible verse 
  • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity 
  • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives

Read what others are saying about the book here 
Now for the giveaway:
Tell me in a comment why you would like to win this book.  Maybe it's an author you like or something else about the book.  Be sure to leave a way of contact.  Please US residents only.  I will leave this giveaway open as long as the blog tour runs.  I will draw a winner for this book on Feb. 21st.  Want a bonus entry?  blog, tweet or FB or leave this giveaway on a linky and then tell me in a separate comment. 
 Visit others in the blog tour to enter for more chances to win.  

Blog tour schedule:

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly http://quilldancer.com
Julie at The Surrendered Scribe http://juliearduini.com
Pamela at In His Graces http://inhisgraces.blogspot.com
Sarah at Growing For Christ http://homeschoolblogger.com/ohiosarah

Becky at In the pages Http://inthepages.blogspot.com
Melissa at The High Altitude Tea Duchess http://duchessofcoloradosprings.blogspot.com/
Amy at A Nest in the Rocks http://www.anestintherocks.blogspot.com

Debra at Footprints in the Butter http://debrakb.blogspot.com/
Shondra at Give Me Today http://www.givemetoday.blogspot.com
Abi at 4 the LOVE of BOOKS http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/
Beckie @ By The Book http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com

Denise at Under the Boardwalk http://nisefunpages.blogspot.com
Margaret at Creative Madness Mama http://creativemadnessmama.com
Vida at Sunflower Faith http://sunflowerfaith.com
Amy at the ramblings of miss aimymichelle  http://aimymichelle.blogspot.com

Valerie at let's just give it away http://www.letsjustgiveitawayagain.com
Janelle at Cole clan adventures http://www.usmajcole.blogspot.com
Jeanie at Cup of Joe with Jeanie http://www.cupofjoewithjeanie.com
Julie at More Of Him http://www.moreofhim.net
Megan at Hardcover Feedback http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/

Susan at In This Together http://susandelano.wordpress.com
Mindy at A Room without Books is Empty http://detweilermom.blogspot.com
Julia at Thou Art Jules http://thouartjules.com
Trish at In So Many Words http://trishdoerrler.com
Tracye at A Heart Poured Out http://tracyedukes.com

Theresa at Just One More Paragraph http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com
Judy at Lost and Found http://judy-the-tealady.blogspot.com/
Christine at The IE Mommy http://www.theiemommy.com

Crystal at My Reading Room http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com
Mollie at The Gandy's Home Base http://thegandyshomebase.blogspot.com

Michele at My Blessings From Above http://koreamom.blogspot.com
LETICIA at My Daily Trek http://leticiasworld.blogspot.com
Shari at The Knit Wit by Shair http://www.theknitwitbyshair.com
Caroline at Happy Four http://happyfour.blogspot.com

Christie at Blessed Life Ministries http://blessedlifeministries.com/blog/
Laura at Lighthouse Academy http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com
Janet at Along the Way http://a-long-the-way.blogspot.com
Stephanie at Coupon Clippin' Mommy Http://www.couponclippinmommy.com
Patricia at The Academy of cybertoria http:www.pjtheemt.blogspot.com/

Briana at I can't decide at http://briana-icantdecide.blogspot.com/
Patricia at (Live and) Dream a little dream http://liveanddreamalittledream.blogspot.com/
Theresa at Frugal Experiments http://www.frugalexperiments.com
Jill at I am Believing God http://iambelievinggod.wordpress.com

Christina at Kennedy Reviews http://www.christinajonaskennedy.com/
Jasmine at the bookish mama  http://iam-bookish.blogspot.com
Hayley at Hanging Off The Wire http://hangingoffthewire.blogspot.com/
Christy at A Living Homeschool http://www.alivinghomeschool.com

Charity at Hosanna's Journey http://hosannasjourney.blogspot.com
Krystal at Live To Read ~Krystal http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/
Scott @ LaVigne's Blog http://lavignesblog.com
Sharon A at I dream of writing for God http://www.sharonalavy.com 

Urailak at Living for God http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/
Jamie at Little Blurbs Http://littleblurbs.wordpress.com
Erin at Connected 2 Christ http://connected2christ.com/theblog/
Prerna at The Mom Writes http://www.themomwrites.com

Mel's World w/Melissa Mashburn http://www.MelissaMashburn.com
Jennifer at life happens with kids http://www.lifehappenswithkids.com
Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat http://www.bibliophilesretreat.com
Brooke at i blog 4 books Http://iblog4books.blogspot.com

Doretta at Life on the edge http://lifeontheedge-doretta.blogspot.com
Dani at Elle in Organic Shoes http://organicshoes.tumblr.com/
Jennifer at Crazy for Books http://www.crazy-for-books.com
Kendra at Happily Managing a Household of Boys http://familymgrkendra.blogspot.com/

Joan at Book Reviews from an Avid Reader htt://bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com
Michelle at Beyond The Silver and The Gold http://beyondsilverandgold.blogspot.com/
Jill at Frugal Plus http://www.frugalplus.com/
Sara at Embracing Destiny http://embracingdestiny.blogspot.com
Linda's Lunacy http://lindaslunacy.com

Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com
Paula at The Phantom Paragrapher http://thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com
Stephen at Manifest Blog http://www.manifestblog.com
Tami at This Mom's Delight http://thismomsdelight.com
Heather at Faith, Family and Fun http://faithfamilyandfun.com

Kristinia at Loving Heart Mommy http://www.livingheartmommy.com
Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com
Sheila at Showcase Sisters http://showcasesisters.blogspot.com
Lauralee at Mommy's Memorandum http://mommysmemorandum.com

Donna at Books and such http://bookworm56.blogspot.com/
Mike at Travels with Cars and Books http://travelswithcarsandbooks.blogspot.com/
Melanie @ So Many Books.. So Little Time http://melanieski.blogspot.com
Ponderings by Andrea  at http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com
Shannon at Faith Filled Reading http://faithfilledreading.blogspot.com

Carrie at Farming On Faith http://farmingonfaith.blogspot.com/
Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews http://shoopettesbookreviews.blogspot.com/
Jennifer at For such a time as this Http://www.jennifersikora.com
Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood http://www.thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com

Renee at Doorkeeper http://reneeannsmith.com/
Kat @ Reviews From The Heart http://reviewsfromtheheart.blogspot.com
Jacque at Good Family Reads http://familyreads.blogspot.com
Nora at Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com

Laurel at Let's Go on a Picnic! http://headant.com
Megan at Inspired by Fiction http://inspiredbyfiction.blogspot.com
Robin at Scribbles of the Heart http//www.scribblesoftheheart.com

Andi @ Radiant Light  http://www.frommipov.blogspot.com
Lori at Frog's Lilypad http://lori1971.blogspot.com
Loni at Writing Canvas http://writingcanvas.wordpress.com/
Michelle at Life in Review  http://lifeinreviewblog.com/

Clint at Friar Tuck's Fleeting Thoughts http://friartucksfleetingthoughts.blogspot.com
Tammy at blog...blog…blog http://tammy-thisisme.blogspot.com
Ariel at  The Librarian's Bookshelf http://thelibrariansbookshelf.blogspot.com/
Dawn at Guiding Light Homeschool http://guidinglighths.com
Jodie at Digging For Pearls at http://diggingforpearls.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace. Read an excerpt here: http://www.sueduffybooks.com/#!vstc1=books

If you want a WOW Book with suspense each turn of the page as the plot thickens then this is the book for you.  It is definitely a page turn, can't put it down type of book.  The Sound of Red Returning is a book with espionage, the  US FBI/CIA is looking for moles in the Russian KGB.  America, Russia, Israel they all are involved.  It's a high security operation that innocent citizens get pulled into.  Citizens must make a decision to betray blood or government.

My favorite character was not the main one he was more pulled into the scene because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but her sure makes for a nice fun-filled character.  Pop Ian is light-hearted, quick and witty always ready with an answer; somewhat of a prankster.

Would she ever be free from the guilt, ever find peace and forgiveness?  Would the music ever come back to her heart, life and the stage?  Or would she always be running, looking over her shoulder?  Would there ever be closure for Liesl bower?   I guess I can't give you all the answers or that would spoil the book, but I can say it is a book well worth reading.

I don't recall ever reading any of Sue Duffy's books; however, I will be looking for more of them in the future.  I have told my teen daughter she needs to read this one.  She loves suspense books.  

Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

Find out more at www.sueduffybooks.com.

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Sue Duffy and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are celebrating the release of The Sound of Red Returning by giving away a Kindle Fire prize package worth over $200 to one lucky winner!!!! (1/23-2/11)

Enter the Sue Duffy’s Giveaway today and you could win:

* A brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi

* The Sound of Red Returning (Book One in the Red Returning series) by Sue Duffy

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Teaser Tuesday ~ The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Suddenly he heard a faint scratching at the window.  Looking up, he saw a thin black rod easing through a tiny gap between the sliding glass and the outer window frame.  The sliding glass window could only be opened from the inside, which meant that someone must have been in their cabin and deliberately unlatched it from there.  The faint scrabbling noise continued.  The intruder was trying to work the window open by jiggling the rod inside the gap to make it wider.  Soon the gap was be wide enough for someone's fingers to slide through. 

~taken from p. 99 of The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram