Monday, July 26, 2010

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Barbour Books (July 1, 2010)

Ronie Kendig


Ronie has been married since 1990 to a man who can easily be defined in classic terms as a hero. She has four beautiful children. Her eldest daughter is 16 this year, her second daughter will be 13, and her twin boys are 10. After having four children, she finally finished her degree in December 2006. She now has a B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Getting her degree is a huge triumph for both her and her family--they survived!!

This degree has also given her a fabulous perspective on her characters and how to not only make them deeper, stronger, but to make them realistic and know how they'll respond to each situation. Her debut novel, Dead Reckoning released March 2010 from Abingdon Press. And her Discarded Heroes series begins in July from Barbour with the first book entitled Nightshade.


After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he

struggles with war-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated.

Then a mysterious a man appears. He says he's organizing a group that recycles veterans like Max. It's a deep-six group known as Nightshade. With

the chance to find purpose in life once again, Max is unable to resist the call of duty and signs on.

The team handles everything with precision and lethal skill...until they're called upon to rescue a missionary family from a rebel-infested jungle and

avoid a reporter hunting their identities.

Will Max yield his anger and pride to a force greater than

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

Watch the trailer:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I LOVE the premise of this book. The topic of polygamy has always fascinated me, wondering how on earth any woman in her right mind can put up with it. The preface of The Sister Wife reeled me in, then the beginning of the book took a different direction than I was expecting, but made the rest of the story that much more powerful. This can be read as a stand-alone, but I'll definitely read the next books in the series.
This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Sister Wife
Avon Inspire (June 22, 2010)

Diane Noble


Diane Noble is a former double finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for Best Inspirational Fiction, a finalist for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Reviewers' Choice Award, and a three-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award for Media Excellence.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She is currently writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one is The Sister Wife.

Diane’s hometown is Big Creek, California, a tiny village nestled in the rugged Sierra Nevada back country. As a child, Diane’s older brother Dennis fueled her creative streak by entertaining her with his own gift of storytelling. Growing up without TV and iffy radio reception, Diane became an avid reader, inhaling more than one hundred novels—both YA and adult—in a single

year by the time she reached seventh grade. Her passion for reading continues to this day.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.


What if the man you loved told you God wanted him to take another wife? What if that woman was your best friend?

Set in the heart of the earliest days of a new nineteenth-century sect known as the Saints, The Sister Wife is a riveting account of two women forced into a practice they don't understand, bound by their devotion to Prophet Joseph Smith.

When Mary Rose marries Gabriel, neither of them could foresee how quickly the community would turn to the practice of plural marriage. Devastated when Gabe is faced with an order from the Prophet to marry her best friend, Bronwyn, Mary Rose tries to have the faith to carry through with the marriage.

But can she really be married to the same man as her very best friend? Can Mary Rose and Bronwyn face betraying both their husband and their God to do what they feel is right?

If you would like to read the Prologue and first chapter of The Sister Wife, go HERE.

Watch the book video!

Monday, July 12, 2010


No misspelling ((gotcha, didn't I?)) I do mean friction, not fiction.

Life is a beautiful gift--so many things to enjoy and appreciate like God and family, friends, books, and up here in the mountains, cool, clean air. Somehow human nature interferes with the enjoyment process because we (or at least I) tend to zero in on the issues that aren't going so well, and they become like pebbles in my shoes. To be specific, I have 3 pebbles--2 large and 1 little boogery one that rears up every now and then.

The focus needs to not be on the pain (or annoyance), but on the process.

Many, many times I stop to ask, "Why?"

Here's what I feel God has spoken to my heart multiple times over the years:

It's because He wants to polish us up so people can see Jesus reflected in us. Before we can be polished, He has to sand off the rough edges, and during that process we're going to experience some friction.

Friction is not fun. It might be financial troubles, illness, the death of a dream, conflict with loved ones, conflict with people you can't stand, unfulfilled desires, or a habit you need to kick. Many times it's something you have absolutely no control over.

All I can say is, it's something we all go through and we can all relate. The end result is worth it, but man is there some heat along the way!

Anyhoo, you can tell what kind of a looooooong, hot season I'm in? Are you there too? Or are you enjoying a quiet season filled with peace, abundance, and satisfaction? (If so, better check your pulse. LOL, just kidding....mostly.)

Friday, July 09, 2010


I'm always looking for ways to freshen my prayer life and go deeper. Pray Big is a great tool, a book that reminds us that God is big, and He can hand Big Hairy Audacious Prayers (BHAPs). Don't you love that? Written in an easy, highly readable style, Pray Big covers pinpoint praying for big things, little things, other people, and ourselves. There's a lot to digest, and though the topics are familiar to anyone who's been a Christian for long, it's filled with fresh reminders and interesting tidbits from the author's own life and experience.


Why do we settle for weak, vague prayers, couching our requests in words like "just be with Bob" or "bless Janet in her time of need"? God wants us to b bold and direct in our prayers. It's time to pray big to unleash the power of God in the big and the small things.

Will Davis Jr. calls this kind of specific and biblical prayer "pinpoint prayer." He offers straightforward guidance on how you can call on God with focus and confidence when praying for big miracles, small details, other people, and, yes, even yourself. He teaches you how to pray the Bible back to God and includes one hundred pinpoint prayers based directly on Scripture. Each chapter ends with questions to guide small group discussion and help you develop a more focused, passionate prayer life.


Will Davis Jr. is the founding and senior pastor of Austing Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Austin, Texas. He is an avid hiker, mountain climber, and water-skier. He and his wife, Susie, have three children.


Thursday, July 01, 2010


Wow--I just started reading this book, and I'm already on Ch 9. Loving it, and looking forward to the rest. In fact, I probably need to go back and get Melanie Dobson's previous books.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Refuge on Crescent Hill

Kregel Publications (March 11, 2010)


Melanie Dobson


Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and Together for Good.

Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Jon works in the field of computer animation. Since they've been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.

Jon and Melanie have adopted their two daughters —Karly (6) and Kinzel (5). When Melanie isn't writing or entertaining their girls, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, traveling, hiking, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.



Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to visit the grandmother she hasn’t seen in years. But when Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.

When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the mansion’s only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie’s bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill? Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camdem uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion’s walls that could change her life─and the entire town─forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Refuge on Crescent Hill, go HERE.
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