Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011


I hope you and yours have 
a safe and "treat" filled Halloween!

(credits - card created using wonderful doodles by Kate Hadfield
& a font by Amanda @ www.kevinandamanda.com)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blog Tour: The Baker's Wife (Review)

Their ministry has ended. Life has changed dramatically for the Bofinger family.

Then an unexpected accident - and a lot of twists and turns - cause their life to change once again.

In The Baker's Wife, Erin Healy has taken her skill as a suspense writer, and crafted a novel that delves into the darker side of humanity.

Healy explores what happens when someone makes an allegation against a ministry official - and how that can change a life.

The twist in her story is that the person who made the allegation continues to go after the ministry family, because honestly, he sees them as the "problem" in his life.

This book is a bit gritty. But it's good. You can definitely see the influence of Ted Dekker (a past co-author) in her writing style.

The Baker's Wife will make you think, probably make you cringe a bit at the actions of different characters and well, provide you with a great read.

On the scale of one to five, with five being the highest, this is a good, solid three. If you are into Christian suspense, then Healy has provided you with something deserving to check out.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
To save her husband and son, Audrey Bofinger must rescue her enemy.

The Bofinger family has lost their church ministry in a scandal exposed by Officer Jack Mansfield. Hoping to heal and to restore their reputation, Audrey, Geoff, and their son Ed take over a failing bakery in the small community.

Driving to the bakery one morning, blinded by fog, Audrey hits a motor scooter owned by Jack’s wife, Julie. The mangled scooter is crushed and bloody. But Julie is nowhere to be found. Her disappearance coincides with a sudden illness that nearly cripples Audrey.

Jack believes the Bofingers have hurt Julie to take revenge on him, but the evidence dries up and her trail goes cold. At a breaking point, Jack takes the tiny bakery and its patrons hostage, issuing only one demand: Audrey has six hours to return Julie to him, or lose Geoff and Ed forever.

With only an excruciating and intuitive gift, an ex-con, and Julie’s estranged daughter to help search for clues, Audrey starts the search of her life for a woman who has vanished like the fog.

Read an excerpt here.

More About The Author

Well-known to critics and reviewers, Erin Healy has established herself as an award-winning editor and a best-selling co-author with Ted Dekker.

Healy received wide acclaim for her two debut novels Never Let You Go and The Promises She Keeps. Her work focuses on the psychological and spiritual, driven by high moral stakes. She lives and writes in Colorado with her family.

For more information please visit www.erinhealy.com.

Online Resources
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Find it at Barnes & Noble
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Read more about it online

It's A Contest
Let the flour fly! Beginning October 24, Erin's celebrating the release of her latest page turner, The Baker's Wife, with an outstanding KitchenAid baking prize package giveaway that includes a brand new Kitchen Aid Mixer, cook books, and all you need to whip up some fabulous bread or sweets! Then and on November 10th she'll be wrapping up the release of The Baker's Wife with an Author Book Chat Party on Facebook! Don't miss a minute of the fun!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Empire Red 4.5 QT Ultra Power KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Black & White Kitschy Apron
  • Black Silicone Oven Mitt
  • Black OXO Rolling Pin
  • Wilton 9X5 loaf pan
  • At My Grandmother's Knee Cookbook by Faye Porter
  • Second Helpings with Johnnie Gabriel Cookbook
  • The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced at The Baker's Wife Author Book Chat Facebok Party. Erin will be wrapping up the The Baker's Wife celebration with a book club chat and giving away a bunch of "sweet treats"! So grab your copy of The Baker's Wife (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might win one!) and join Erin on the evening of November 10th for a book chat, some "baking" trivia and lots of "sweet" giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates)!

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 10th!

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Tour: Married Mom, Solo Parent (Review)

What do you do when you are married, but your parenting seems to be more of a "solo" effort?

In Married Mom, Solo Parent, Carla Anne Coroy helps "pull back" the curtain to show another side of parenting - parenting solo, while your spouse travels (or focuses) on his career.

Whether it's by choice (career building) or by force (today's economic climate), some moms find themselves parenting not as a married team, but rather as a solo parent.

I'll be honest, this book made me think. A lot.

I've talked with moms who are in this situation, but I never knew what to say or do. As a children's pastor, I would see moms go thru a cycle of being "uber" busy while dad was gone, to almost being a recluse while he was home.

Corory gave me a new perspective on how to minster to moms in this situation - to know what questions to ask, and what things NOT to do.

In the book, Corory gives two very painful illustrations of how her church (I can't believe it's still her church) did NOT minister to her family - one involving a home repair ministry and another, a church dinner.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Both situations left me cringing at the injustice and the well, lack of compassion. At the dinner, she attended alone with her four kids in tow, people avoided sitting with her like the plague - and no one helped as she balanced a baby, plates of food and her other kids. Not very welcoming and definitely not the way to show the love of Christ to a mom who just needed some encouragement.

(The only thing worse about attending a church dinner like this, is attending as a single woman....but I digress...)

I'm glad I picked up this book. I'm recommending it to other children's pastors to read - and making it available to moms in the church who need an extra dose of encouragement. While the overall message of this book is designed for "solo" moms, many of Conroy's lessons can and do provide words of wisdom for anyone, married or single.

This, I believe is a much needed resource for moms everywhere.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
For married women who feel like single parents.

Bookstore shelves are full of parenting resources for moms who are newly divorced or widowed. But where do moms turn if they feel like a single parent--but they’re not? Whether he is away on business, deployed in the military, or obsessing over a computer game, dad may not be available for a variety of reasons.

Moms who parent in this situation still need help and don’t necessarily relate to the advice given in divorce recovery or single parenting resources.

Married Mom, Solo Parent is a common-sense, down-to-earth look at the struggles wives and mothers face when their husband is not actively involved in family life. Writing from her own experience as a married single mom, Carla Anne Coroy will help wives and mothers sort through their questions, such as: Can I do this alone? How do I raise kids to honor their father? How do I give my children a healthy perspective of marriage if they never see one in action?

With practical suggestions, anecdotes, and biblical teaching, this book will encourage moms to see their position as a high calling, to find healing for their worries and frustrations, and to tap into God’s strength for help in facing the daily challenge of being a married mom, solo parent.

More About The Author
Carla Anne Coroy runs the Married Single Mom blog at www.carlaanne.com.

She speaks regularly and serves as a staff writer for an online Christian women’s magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women.

Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children.

For more information, visit http://www.carlaanne.com/blog/

Online Resources
Buy it at Amazon.com
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Follow the blog tour (see what others think)

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Tour: Baby It's Cold Outside (Review)

It's a bit early to think about Christmas, but you'll probably start hearing Christmas carols in your mind if you pick up Susan May Warren's newest book "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Set during the Christmas weekend 1949, this book brings together four different characters all with one thing in common - they are struggling with different pieces of their past, all while trapped in a farmhouse by a horrible snow storm - with a young boy in need.

This novel is an "easy read." It flows off the pages like a cup of hot chocolate. It's not heavy, but does pack a punch in that it will make you stop and think about the choices they made - and the outcomes which take place because of those choices.

I enjoyed reading this novel. I liked the concept of the story - a town healing from the war; a young military chaplain realizing he needs to heal, just like the young men he ministered to; a farmer struggling with the disappointments of life, while remaining positive for a future with his beloved; a young woman struggling with her identity after serving overseas in the war; and a mother, grieving over the choices she made and the loss of her son.

The characters rally when needed, to save a young man who takes shelter at the home in the storm.

In all, on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this book a solid four. Once again, Warren has created a novel that is steeped in history and faith.It will put you in the Christmas spirit.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
Hope finds the hopeless when a storm hits.

It's Christmas weekend 1949, and despite the threat of a storm, the townspeople of Frost are determined to continue their holiday traditions, if only as a means to forget the war that they had all just suffered through. But the suffering hasn't ended for Dottie Morgan who lost her only son in the war. She's preparing to wallow in her isolation for the weekend, when Violet, nearly a spinster at age 29, dares to make a request that will force Dottie to publicly revive the memory of her dead son.

When a storm traps the two women at home with a strange young man who has an unbelievable confession and a neighbor with more to do with Violet's past than she would like, no one can predict how this Christmas will give them all a second chance.

More About The Author
Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists.

After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:www.susanmaywarren.com.  

Online Resources
Read an excerpt of the story, and find out more about its "backstory."
Buy it at Amazon.com
ind it at Barnes & Noble
Follow the blog tour (see what others think) 

Other Reviews of Warren's Books
The Great Christmas Bowl (Review)
PJ Sugar: Nothing But Trouble (Review & Interview)
PJ Sugar: Double Trouble (Review)
PJ Sugar: Licensed For Trouble (Review & Interview
Sons of Thunder (Review)
Nightingale (Review)
My Foolish Heart (Review) 
Heiress (Review)

It's A Contest
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – warm up with a Kindle Fire from Susan May Warren
Warm up to Chrismtas early this year with Susan May Warren's Baby, It's Cold Outside! To celebrate the release of her new Christmas book with Summerside Press, she and the publisher are giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting an early Christmas Party on Facebook!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One festive winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/26!

But, wait there’s more! Join Susan May Warren on 10/27 for merriment and a few early Christmas presents at her Baby, It's Cold Outside Christmas party! Grab your Christmas sweaters, socks and pj’s and join Susan and a few friends for a fireside chat about her recent books (Heiress & Baby, It’s Cold Outside), holiday traditions, favorite Christmas recipes, a trivia contest and more! Invite your friends and don’t miss the fun!

RSVP here and we'll see you on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!

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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Tour: Zombie Church (Review)

Tyler Edwards is a young pastor, working to change the church from the inside.

But unlike others, Edwards doesn't talk about tearing down the church to fix it.

Instead, drawing on the images found in Zombie movies, Edwards shows his readers things that probably do need "new life" breathed into them and offers ways we can have healthy, life-filled churches.

I'll be honest, I picked up this book because Edwards lives in my "home area." (I'm a Joplin-metro gal, growing up just outside of town).

As the education editor of JoplinDaily.com (the now non-existent newspaper in Joplin), I covered lots of stories related to OCC - his college, and various things happening in churches throughout Joplin.

So it was intriguing to find a book written by a young, rising pastor - part of the "younger generation."

I found a well written book (duh right), that made me stop and think. It's interesting - in fact, as I read it I was thinking of who to pass it on to - because I think a friend could develop an intriguing sermon series based upon Edwards' concepts.

While Edwards writes about the church, the same concepts and ideas could also be related to the Christian life in general.

I will tell you this, you might not always agree with Edwards, but this book will cause you to stop and ponder.  

More About The Book
From The Publisher
Believing there is a way to breathe life back into the church, Tyler Edwards highlights and challenges the problematic attitude of today's believers. Written for the discouraged, disenfranchised, and anyone unsatisfied with their same-old church routine, Zombie Church is an accessible, humorous book that challenges readers to turn away from Spirit-draining (or life-draining) habits that stop them from achieving a full, fulfilling life in Christ.

For all of us who have ever attended First Church of the Frigidaire, Edwards' book will be warmly welcomed. It is a fair-minded and tenderhearted critique. . . . This novel lens of zombies allows the reader to see afresh the desperate need for awakening in the church.
-Mark Moore, PhD, Professor of New Testament,
Ozark Christian College

More About The Author
Tyler Edwards is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, where he works to help people learn how to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and look like Jesus—so they carry out the mission of Jesus to the world.

He graduated from Ozark Christian College with bachelor’s degrees in both Biblical Literature and Christian Ministry. He has written articles for Lookout Magazine, spoken at various campus ministry events in Missouri, and served overseas in Mbale, Uganda.

Tyler loves cheesy horror films. He is particularly fond of movies like Dawn of the Dead, The Signal, and 28 Days Later, where zombies run wild and threaten to infect an entire town. Connect with Tyler on Facebook.

Online Resources
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ind it at Barnes & Noble
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It's A Contest
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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blog Tour: A Necessary Deception (Review)

Are you a fan of regency romance (books set during the height of London Society)? Then you might want to check out A Necessary Deception the newest historical novel by Laurie Alice Eakes.

This novel, full of intrigue and deception, is also filled with images of London balls, operas and well, the "cream of society" for that time period.

But woven in the midst of the "fluff" is a story full of angst, betrayal and redemption - for many of the characters.

Eakes has crafted a novel, the first of a new series focusing on the three Bainbridge sisters, that is a fun read - but also packs a punch.

The main character, Lydia Gayle, struggles with control and trust issues - and how decisions she made in the past directly impact her future.

In all, it's a good book - I enjoyed it much more than Eakes last book. It definitely earns at least a three on the scale of one to five. I picked it up with trepidation, but found myself wanting to know what happens to Lydia's sisters - (the next two books, I'm sure!)......so here's to giving an author a second chance - sometimes you find yourself pleasantly surprised by a new series.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
When young widow Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreams she will see him again. But just as the London Season gets under way, the man presents himself in her parlor. While she should be focused on getting her headstrong younger sister prepared for her entrée into Society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting herself and her family in danger?

Discover a world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades as Laurie Alice Eakes whisks you into the drawing rooms of London Society on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past--and let love guide the future.


More About The Author
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, and several other novels.

She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian.

Eakes writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

Online Resources
Learn more about the author, Laurie Alice Eakes, at http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/
Buy it at Amazon.com
Find it at Barnes & Noble

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Hello, Hollywood (Review)

Fun, light and full of humor. Hello, Hollywood, Book 2 in the "Backstage Pass" series by Janice Hanna Thompson is a delight to read.

In this book, Thompson  has created a story around Athena Pappas, the head writer for Stars Collide (the TV series featured in the series). around) The story is a mix of mix of "My Big Fat Greek Life" meets Hollywood as we are introduced to Athena's "loud and crazy" Greek family.

In Hello, Hollywood, Athena struggles with controlling things on the TV show - and even her own life - especially after producers introduce a new writer, straight from the comedy stage of Vegas. Readers are taken for a stroll following Athena's life - and along the way, experience some ups, downs and everything in between.

This was simply a fun book, that was a delightful companion to the first work in the series - Stars Collide.  It's a solid three on a scale of one to five.

Fun plot, fun characters and a fun ending. Honestly, if you are looking for a light, happy read this fall, pick up Hello, Hollywood and consider reading Stars Collide. You won't be disappointed.

More About The Book
From The Publisher
When it comes to love, one thing's for sure--it doesn't follow a script!

Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as Athena and Stephen discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.

More About The Author
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter.

An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter.

She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas.

Online Resources
Learn more about the author, Janice Thompson here!
Buy Hello, Hollywood at Amazon.com
Find Hello, Hollywood at Barnes & Noble
Read an excerpt of Hello, Hollywood here.

Read Other Reviews of Thompson's books!
Swinging On A Star (Review)
It Had To Be You (Review)
Stars Collide (Review) 

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog Tour: The Measure of Katie Calloway (Review)

Katie Calloway has a mission. She not only must escape from her brutal, Confederate-Soldier husband, but also save her young brother, following the deaths of her parents.

The era - post Civil War United States - full of angst and pain as people from both sides of the conflict work to put their lives back together, adds extra layers to this tale.

Serena Miller has crafted a brilliant novel that not only kept my interest from start to finish, but also intrigued me. She left me wanting to know more about life in a northern lumber camp.

Yes, let's face it, the book has it's "storybook" ending. But, how Miller gets there, is at least unexpected.


I'll also admit, writing about how casual people reacted to domestic violence at the end of the 1800s was a bit disturbing.Fortunately, like most things, we have learned from our past and see life differently.


I think this is the moral of Miller's story - Katie (and several other characters) learns from the past hurts and trials and becomes stronger in the end.


On the scale of one to five, with five being the highest, this book is a four - because of strong characters, a well-written plot, and a solid storyline. It's a great novel, by a new writer!

More About The Book
From The Publisher
Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.


More About The Author
Serena Miller is the author of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman's World, Guideposts, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more.

She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

Online Resources
Learn more about the author, Serena Miller, at http://serenabmiller.com/
Buy it at Amazon.com
Find it at Barnes & Noble

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

Blog Tour: Along Wooded Paths (Review)

I just have to say it (and it's not just because I like Tricia Goyer as a person).... but I'm falling in love with her writing style.

There. So now you know, this will be a "positive" review. - End of disclaimer.

In this novel, the second in Goyer's contemporary Amish fiction line, she weaves a story that honestly, could take place "in the real world," but her main characters happen to be Amish.

The story is well crafted. I love how she's building on the characters - yes it helped that I read the first book. However, I think people new to the series could read it with minimal effort (she includes enough back story to catch you up!)

I like this novel because Goyer has included realistic situations. I kept reading, wanting to know more - and because it's book two, was left wanting more - book three comes out in April.

I definitely give this book a solid four on the five point scale. Strong characters, strong plot lines and more make this book a good fall read. (Seriously, even if you aren't a huge fan of Amish fiction, I truly think you'll like this book)

More About This Book
All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

More About The Author
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough.

She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Goyer's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005.

In addition to her novels, Goyer writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. She is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. Goyer and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

For more about Goyer's and her other books visit www.triciagoyer.com

Online Resources
Find out more about book 1, Beside Still Waters, here: http://www.triciagoyer.com/contemporaryfiction.html#BesideStillWaters

Read an excerpt from Along Wooded Paths here!
http://www.triciagoyer.com/cmsdocuments/AlongWoodedPathsSC.pdf

Watch the online video for Along Wooded Paths


Buy Along Wooded Paths at Amazon!

See what other people have to say - follow the blog tour here!

Take part in the Along Wooded Paths Facebook Party & Live Author Chat!
Tricia is celebrating the release of Along Wooded Paths with a Fabulous Facebook party on October 18. She'll be giving away prizes and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series.

Then during the second half of the party she'll host a LIVE AUTHOR CHAT on her website and announcing something BIG! CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party - then go here to sign up for the Live Author Chat.

Along Wooded Paths Party

Do you live in Ohio or Pennsylvania?
Catch Tricia on her In Person Book Tour!

Check These Out
Past Reviews & Interviews with Tricia Goyer!


Tricia Goyer
Songbird Under a German Moon (Review)
All Things Hidden (Review)
Sunflower Serenade (Review)
Blue Like Play Dough (Review)
Beside Still Waters (Review)

Tricia Goyer and Kristen Jane Anderson
Life, In Spite of Me (Review & Interview with Tricia Goyer)

Tricia Goyer and Ocienna Fleiss
Love Finds You In Lonesome Prairie (Review & Interview)
Love Finds You In Victory Heights (Review & Interview)

Tricia Goyer & Robin Gunn
Praying for Your Future Husband (Interview)

Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey 
The Swiss Courier - (Review & Interview)

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog Tour: Heiress (Review)

What would you do if you had all the money in the world? (Or at least seemed to have everything at your finger tips?)

What happens when you find out that money cannot buy happiness - what choices would you make?

In Heiress, Susan May Warren takes the traditional tale of the Prodigal Son, plops it in the Gilded Age in the US, and makes the main characters female.

Wow.

With her solid historical writing style, Warren turns a tale that is familiar to many and gives it new life in an unexpected way. It will hold your attention and make you laugh, cry and even think - about the choices we make - and how they can impact a family for generations.

You'll find yourself looking at this time of glitz and glamor in New York in a new way. Honestly, it's a story that could take place in 2011, reminding us that the lifestyle of the rich and famous isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

Heiress is a strong piece of fiction. You'll be left wondering if Jinx, Esme and the others are really just fictional characters - because their lives seem too real to be creations of Warren's mind.


On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give this book a solid four. It definitely left me wanting more - which is good, since this is the first book in a new series by Warren.

More About Heiress
They can buy anything they want—fame, power, beauty, even loyalty.

But they can’t buy love.

The beautiful and wealthy heiress daughters of August Price can buy everything their hearts desire. But what if their desire is to be loved, without an enormous price tag attached?

When one sister betrays another for the sake of love, will she find happiness? And what happens when the other sets out across the still untamed frontier to find it—will she discover she’s left it behind in the glamorous world of the New York gilded society?

What price will each woman pay for being an heiress?

Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, two women discover that being an heiress just might cost them everything they love.

Read Chapter One of Heiress Online

More About The Author
Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 25 novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists.

After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Warren returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Warren's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike.

A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder ofwww.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Warren makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

 Online Resources
Find out more about Heiress (& read an online excerpt)
Buy it at Amazon.com
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Read more about Susan May Warren on her website
Read more Blog Tour Reviews of Heiress

Past Reviews of Susan May Warren's Books
The Great Christmas Bowl (Review)
PJ Sugar: Nothing But Trouble (Review & Interview)
PJ Sugar: Double Trouble (Review)
PJ Sugar: Licensed For Trouble (Review & Interview
Sons of Thunder (Review)
Nightingale (Review)
My Foolish Heart (Review) 

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Blog Tour: God's Girl Bible (Review)


It's pink, it's customizable and it's designed for high school girls.

Hayley DiMarco has created a study Bible that well, combines the devos from her God Girl resources, in a format that will appeal to older gals.

From the "God girl" stories (the profiles of notable women in the Bible) to the resources (see the list below), this Bible is designed to be an all-encompassing resource.

Written in the God's Word translation (which has been endorsed by people like Billy Graham and Josh McDowell) the Bible is quite readable. (I did check out the translation background - and while I'm not familiar with any of the translation team, knowing that McDowell and Graham endorsed it was well, at least a "plus" for me.)

Since I'm not the "target demographic" I asked Taylor, a high school senior at my church, to take a look at the Bible, and tell me her honest thoughts:

Her response:
I really liked the overall bible, the only thing I didn't like was the purple font. That was just a picky thing from me which shows that it was really good!

I love that this bible not only has devotions that are mixed into the text but also has sections called "Ask Yourself." These sections give questions that relate to teens' everyday lives and has biblical support right around the questions.  

I thought the prayers were nice, I liked that they were not too long because I know tat I start to zone out when the prayers are really long and I am not totally focused.  I LOVED that there is a "Quick Relief" Index that has almost every topic that I could think of that would come into question.  

The "God Girl Glossary" is also extremely helpful.  The beginning of every book had the main focus of the book, the important terms and verses to know, and who the the book was written by/for and an approximate date of when it was written.

I would definitely use this bible, I love bibles like this!!!

I would recommend this bible to any teen girl who was looking for a new study bible. It would also make a great first study bible!!!  I loved it!

More About The Bible 
(From the Publisher)
Now the popular God Girl Bible is available in a fantastic new color! The perfect companion to the #1 CBA bestseller God Girl, the God Girl Bible merges GW with incredible new material that helps a girl become the woman she was meant to be. Jam-packed with special features created just for them, the God Girl Bible offers teen girls

  • Book Intros: including quick facts about author, audience, themes, and more
  • God Girl Stories: 26 full-page profiles of women in the Bible
  • Know This Devotions: 200 half-page devotions on topics related to becoming a God Girl
  • Ask Yourself: sidebars that encourage girls to consider how God's Word applies to their lives on a practical level
  • Prayers: 40 timeless prayers rewritten in language today's teen girl understands
  • Quick Relief: index of helpful verses on topics and issues teens face
  • GodGirl.com: a site where girls can interact with Hayley and other God Girls diving even deeper into their Bible study

About The Author
Hayley DiMarco is chief creative officer and founder of Hungry Planet, where she writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set.

She has written and co-written numerous bestselling books for both teens and adults, including Dateable, Mean Girls, Sexy Girls, and Technical Virgin.

She and her husband, Michael, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter.

Online Resources
More about this Bible's translation
More books & devos by DiMarco
My Review of Devotions for the God Girl
Read more about this Bible @ Amazon
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Read more about Hayley DiMarco
Find out more about her ministry: Hungry Planet

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  
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