Thursday, July 31, 2008

Gnetle Journey by Elaine Lyons Bach

Eden Barret, daughter of a country vicar, longs to help society’s downtrodden with her talent as an artist. When her initial plans fail, as a last resort, she finds work as a governess in the home of self acclaimed atheist Colin Ashton, Seventh Earl of Edmund. There she plans to continue to pursue painting in her spare time. Her beliefs and her choice to rescue two climbing boys from their abusive master, yet refusal to give testimony against the sweep cause her to cross swords with her handsome employer more than once, putting her employment in jeopardy. Her charge, Lady Diana, is an intelligent, though lonely preteen, confused about what she perceives as her power to cause things to happen – bad things. Though diametrically opposed in beliefs, against her better judgment, Eden is attracted to the intelligent and chivalrous Lord Edmund. All signs point to the fact; however, that Colin is courting his beautiful and sweet-natured neighbor Cassandra Bradley. Diana is doing her best to keep her brother and Eden apart by encouraging him to believe Eden is secretly engaged to the handsome officer who brought her to Chadilane. Cassandra’s brother forms a tender for Eden while his family stays at the manor for a house party. Eden must defend her honor when this suitor attempts to force himself upon her, only to be placed in greater peril when the sweep returns with a secret grudge. Will Colin be in time to rescue her? Will Colin and Eden be able to resolve their differences? Lives are transformed in this adventure of passionate faith and enduring love.

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It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton

Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night when an unexpected visitor appears, Annie's safe world is destroyed. As she tries to recover the pieces of her broken life, a war ensues between two brothers who both claim to have her best interests at heart. But who will Annie choose? Or will she decide to turn her life in a different direction?

Available September 1st.

Interview with Michelle Sutton

What inspired you to write this book?

It was actually a sequel off a women's fiction series I'd written. A pastor in the prior story is a minor character and he counsels a woman in trouble. I decided to take that pastor and write a book about his sons. Then I thought about my premise. I decided to answer the question...What would a young girl do if her life is turned upside down and her futures plans are ruined? If she's a people pleaser by nature, how would it play out in her relationships? Then I added the real life situation that happened to a friend of my where she was attacked and damaged physically, but she was still beautiful inside. So my story in part addresses how she finds true beauty and also the puzzling question of why God allowed it to happen. There is not a dull page in my book. I guarantee it.

What's your favorite part and why?

I have two favorite scenes. One is a scene containing a botched milkshake and a smoking hot first kiss, and the other is a scene where the one brother finds out what the other brother was doing behind his back.

What was hardest to write and why?

The hardest part to write was the attack scene. I scared the bejeebers out of myself when I wrote it. Then the continual tweaking to get it just perfect and sequential was no fun, but it's worth it because the end result is a frighteningly-real situation.

What's next for you?

I've got plenty of irons in the fire. This book has a sequel, which has a sequel, then the series ends. The next two books are called It's Not About Him and It's Not About Her.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Frank Frankie By Ingrid Jonach

The Frank Frankie
By Ingrid Jonach
Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini

My name is Anne Googanstein, which is a positively unfortunate name to have, even without people like Rodney Picton in your class. Rodney imagines he is especially hilarious for having called me Frankenstein since we were in year two. I imagine he is especially a nincompoop. My friends call me Frankie for short, which I actually-in-fact like better than Anne.

It’s the end of year four and the start of the summer holidays. Nine-year-old Anne Googanstein (nicknamed Frankenstein by the horrible Rodney Picton, but Frankie to her friends) just wants to hang out with her best-friend-forever Billy Bloom. But boring Mr Grumble has given them a school project about what they want to be when they grow up.

When Frankie meets a real life journalist, she decides to write and distribute her own newspaper. But a newspaper needs news, so soon Frankie is revealing her family secrets in print to every house in the neighborhood. However, thanks to her nose for news, she also saves the life of a neighbor, salvages the relationship between her mum and Greg Green, and discovers that some nincompoops make really good friends!

The Frank Frankie is suitable for ages seven years and up.

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My First 24 Hours In Hell by V.K. Sansone

This book is based on a dream that I had many years ago. I asked GOD to show me what hell was like and HE gave me a dream. More like a nightmare for me really, and I was begging GOD to let it end! I have embellished it only to make the reader "feel the reality" of hell. I'm praying that all who read it will come to know that hell is as real as the very next breath we take.


The darkness engulfed me. I screamed again but the blood-curdling sound echoed around me as if it had no where to go, no one to hear it.

Then, I had no ears. What time was it? What day is it? What happened to me? Why is my body fading into complete nothingness? Oh, my God. “Help me,” my tortured mind screamed.

Like a bright light that stabbed into my heart, there was the thought: That’s it. Call out to God. Will it work? Will He hear me? Where is He? How do I know He will help me or even listen to me?

All my life I had ignored Him. I had no time to listen to people who told me about a loving God. What did I need with Him? I was self-sufficient and needed no one. Why did I need religion or a righteous God?

Would He help me?

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Adventures of Katie Bear by V.K. Sansone

Katie-Bear is an adorable little 5 year old bear-cub who lives in North Big Woods forest with her Mama and Papa. She goes to Kindergarten and has many friends there. Her best friend is Jenny-Robin. On the way to school, Jenny-Robin flies above her head and sings to her. Jenny-Robin loves to sing, but Katie-Bear loves berries and honey! Come join this sweet cute bear-cub in her many adventures with her friends and grow with them, in all of the future series books of "The Adventures Of Katie-Bear."

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Review: Dragonlight, by Donita K. Paul

I wish I could say, "Donita K Paul has written yet another enchanting fantasy and fun fantasy," but I can't. Dragonlight is the first of her books I've ever read.
I need to remedy that situation!

Donita has crafted an enchanting world full of unique beings, a well-developed geography, detailed philosophy, religion, literature and more. Her books will be examples in my worldbuilding workshops, that's for certain! My only complaint in this area is that she assumes the reader is familiar with her worlds, and there's very little explanation about the different races. (The meech especially confused me. I never knew how much they looked like dragons and how much they had humanoid form.) Unfortunately, a glossary at the end of the book is often too late for the reader. Even a sentence or two would have helped. Even so, the story kept me going despite the fact that I never got a clear mental picture of the characters.

Donita starts with two relatively straightforward plots: finding the secret colony of the dragonlike meech so their meech friend Gilda can lay her egg; and a new cult theoretically based on the teachings of God (known as Wulder) nonetheless takes an insidious turn as it grows. In that framework, she weaves in issues of faith, elf-identity, and racial pride, that are not only common but relevant to the issues of our world today. As an inspirational fantasy, there is a lot of religion in this book as well.

However, Donita does not preach, either about faith or about social issues. Instead, in true story teller fashion, she makes these a natural part of her world and her story. She uses event, conversation, example as well as Scripture, well blended into the story. I particularly enjoyed Kale's reaction to her Scripture-quoting husband: a combination of love, admiration and annoyance, with a dash of self-consciousness. It made his faith all the more meal and them believable as people rather than mere characters acting out a story. It didn't surprise me to learn Donita is a retired teacher. She's used that experience in her writing to make the lessons of her book fun to learn. I definitely recommend this book for readers 12 and up.

Folks who love Donita's work will not be disappointed by Dragonlight. However, if you're new to her work, I'd recommend getting the first book in her series, Dragonspell, and enjoying her world from the very beginning.

Monday, July 21, 2008

CSFF Presents: DragonLight by Donita K. Paul

The fantastic land of Amara is recovering from years of war inflicted on its citizens by outside forces–as well as from the spiritual apathy corroding the Amarans’ hearts. With Kale and her father serving as dragon keepers for Paladin, the dragon populace has exploded. It’s a peaceful, exciting time of rebuilding. And yet, an insidious, unseen evil lurks just beneath the surface of the idyllic countryside.

Truth has never been more important, nor so difficult to discern.

As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons as helpers throughout the kingdom, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon–despite physical limitations resulting from his bout with the stakes disease–has become a leader, serving on the governing board under Paladin. When Kale and Bardon set aside their daily responsibilities to join meech dragons Regidor and Gilda on a quest to find a hidden meech colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy… can they overcome the ominous peril they can’t even see?

Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this dazzling, beautifully-crafted conclusion to Donita K. Paul’s popular DragonKeeper Chronicles fantasy series.

NOTE: Tomorrow I'm giving my review.

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About the Author
Donita K. Paul is a retired teacher and award-winning author of seven novels, including DragonSpell, DragonQuest, DragonKnight, and DragonFire. When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Donita lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she is learning to paint–walls and furniture! Visit her website at

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(Just for fun tour leader Rebecca Miller marked the five who also participated in CSFF’s first book tour, featuring Donita Paul’s DragonKnight back in June 2006.)

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
* Beth Goddard
Mark Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Terri Main
* Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
* Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
* Cheryl Russel
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
* Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams

Thursday, July 17, 2008

His Shadowed Heart by Hazel Statham

Can a shadowed heart be healed? Can love grow where least expected? The Earl of Waverly believes not. How wrong can he be!

After the death of his wife, the Earl of Waverly, believing his heart irreparably damaged, enters into a marriage of convenience. However, he is not prepared for the healing influence his new young bride has on his life.

Despite the couple’s new-found happiness, nefarious deeds abound and strange happenings are attributed to the ghost of his former wife. Will their love stand the test or will the perpetrator emerge the victor?

An Excerpt:

Traversing the long corridor to his bedchamber, he paused momentarily outside his wife’s door, but as no light shone from beneath, he continued on to his own apartment. Closing the door quietly behind him he paused in the centre of the room. All was in darkness except for the pool of light cast by the candles he held and for a moment, their flickering caught the handle to the connecting door. Yielding to an irresistible temptation, he pressed the handle, and finding no resistance there, entered the chamber.

As in his own room, all was in darkness, but turning to where he knew the bed to be he raised the candles higher so that their glow spread across the room, illuminating the sleeping figure there. Crossing to the bed, he knelt at her side and extinguishing all but one of the flames, placed the candelabra on a small table at the side of the bed.

The shadows of the remaining light played across Caroline’s sleeping countenance and he smoothed a lock of hair that had strayed across her forehead. He knew the desire that his lips should follow his finger’s course, but even in his state of inebriation, he knew this would be foolish. For several minutes, he watched his wife sleep, eventually placing his head upon the pillow beside her. His lips curved into a loving smile as his eyes drank in her sleep-softened countenance and he felt her breath caress his cheek. The longing to hold her became an almost physical thing and his arms ached with the suppressed desire. Eventually she stirred, muttering incoherently in her sleep, and he raised himself up. What foolishness is this, he thought. I am acting like a callow youth, and immediately he was on his feet. Snatching up the light, he went quickly out of the room, closing the door quietly behind him.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Passport by Christopher Blunt: A REVIEW

Catholics consider the loving but platonic relationship between Joseph and Mary as something to admire; and indeed, some married saints even followed in their example. But in this modern age, where we believe we can have everything if we just work it right, do we consider the platonic marriage a romantic one? Christopher Blunt's Passport shouts unequivocally, "Yes!"

Stan Eigenbaur, is a thirty-something virgin looking for the perfect Catholic wife. Through a friend, Angie, he meets Trihn, who while not Catholic, is nonetheless cute, fun to talk to and at least accepting of his faith. However, when she confesses that she is legally divorced but has not had her Catholic marriage annulled and doesn't care to, they decide to break up--but end up sleeping together, instead.
He realizes his sin, goes to Confession, and endeavors to put the whole thing behind him. He begins to court Angie. Then, as he's decided to propose, Trihn shows up at his doorstep with news that she's pregnant.

Thrown into a tailspin, he nonetheless manages to convince her not to have the abortion she'd planned. Further, he decides to dedicate his life to being a good father. To him, this means breaking up with Angie, moving into the basement of his apartment complex and giving Trihn his old place, and sharing in the responsibilities of full-time parenthood in a platonic relationship with her. However, she insists on a legal marriage in order to protect their child's interests. So they begin their unusual life as husband and wife, living in separate apartments, but nonetheless dealing with all the issues of marriage--finances, chores, and caring for their son Joseph.

I have to admit, at one point I almost tossed the book away because I was mad at Stan. First, he makes a really stupid mistake, giving into temptation with a woman he barely knew--but knew enough to believe she was wrong for him. Then he throws away his chance at a wonderful marriage to a great girl because he didn't think a part-time father-son relationship was good enough for his kid. Was this guy just too proud, or did he have a martyr complex?

However, Christopher's excellent writing had me sucked in; I had to know how it turned out.

I'm so glad I did.

Christopher writes eloquently and realistically about the issues of parenting--from the typical first-time parent misunderstandings to the ordinary touching moments when love overwhelms you. As we watch Stan struggle to make the "just friends" marriage work, we nonetheless see the issues any marriage faces: the struggle for private time when a baby has 24-7 demands, making sacrifices in one's career to accommodate the needs of the family; even the issues of sex in a relationship and the mixing of cultures as he becomes part of Trihn's Vietnamese family. A cast of friends from varying lifestyles brings depth and new points of view: his friend Jim, who has the big Catholic family Jim had aspired to; Rory, who until near the end of the book was content to just live with his lover; and Xuan, who was struggling with the American Dream life--a doctor married to a doctor, he and his wife worked opposite shifts, which meant he and Stan often "Mr. Mommed" together.

The male point of view dominates the story, making it not only a great read for us ladies, but also for the guys who like well-done literature that doesn’t involve handguns, spaceships, or longswords. (It's got cars, though!) And although in the end, Trihn not only gets her annulment but converts and agrees to marry Stan, it's a fantastic, believable look at how two people can grow in love without physical romance.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Blood Brothers by Rick Acker

Neurostim is a brand new drug that dramatically increases productivity and creativity. Developed from the seeds of a long-extinct Norwegian tree, Neurostim dramatically improves response time by allowing subjects to think and process information more quickly. The implications are staggering. It could help people in all walks of life, but could easily become a lifesaver for policemen, fireman, doctors and other first responders. But initial tests reveal a hiccup—some of the monkeys tested exhibited maniacal, homicidal behaviors. As the lead lab tech was approaching company authorities with the evidence, however, she was killed in a mysterious one-car accident.

Without any reported side-effects, the FDA authorizes human trials of Neurostim and the trials appear to go smoothly. Brothers Karl Bjornsen and Gunnar Bjornsen, however, are deeply embroiled in a bitter legal battle for control of the company—and Neurostim. Gunnar developed Neurostim while working as President of Bjornsen Pharmaceuticals and he’s the only one who knows the secret formula. When Karl ousted Gunnar as President, Gunnar took the formula with him.

What begins as a simple trade secrets case, however, quickly escalates and becomes more complex as Gunnar’s lawyer, Ben Corbin, discovers embezzlement and bribery with Karl as the prime suspect. When Ben and his team travel to Norway to investigate the accounting discrepancies with the company’s Norwegian branch, Bjornsen Norge, their very lives become endangered.

Is Karl Bjornsen behind the Norwegian attacks that endanger Ben and his team? Is Neurostim safe? Can the FDA stop the human trials on Neurostim before its too late?

Kregel Publishing
ISBN 13: 978-0-82542-007-8
Paperback; $14.99; 368 pages

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Organic for Health by Sandy Powers

When Sandy was diagnosed with breast cancer and liver disease, she could not undergo any further cancer treatment after her mastectomy due to her unhealthy liver. She turned to organic foods to heal her liver and fight cancer recurrence. Sandy Powers is living proof that all foods are not created equal. Added hormones, antibiotics, and toxic pesticides and fertilizers are swimming in that chicken soup you think is so healthy.

Sandy shares her research, her amazing results, and her recipes rich in antioxidants and immune boosters in her book, "Organic for Health."

Recipe from “Organic for Health”
by Sandy Powers

Jasmati Rice with Spinach
Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large organic sweet onion, chopped
1 cup organic frozen mixed vegetables, defrosted
1 (10 oz.) box frozen organic spinach, defrosted, drained
1 cup uncooked organic Jasmati rice
2 cups organic chicken broth

Put rice in pan and add chicken broth. Bring to a boil.

Cover with lid that is tightly wrapped in a small towel.

Secure wrapped lid on pan, making sure the towel does not touch any part of the stovetop. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until all broth is absorbed and rice is slightly dry. Shut off heat but keep pan on burner. Sauté onion in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add mixed vegetables and drained spinach. Continue to sauté for 5 more minutes. Put rice in large bowl. Add spinach mixture and mix well.

Organic rice has B complex vitamins that work together to maintain healthy
skin and muscle tone. B complex vitamins help to prevent anemia.

Spinach extracts have slowed cell division in stomach cancer. Organic spinach
is high in kaempferol. The Nurses Health Study revealed women whose
diets were high in kaempferol had a 40 percent less risk of ovarian cancer.

Antioxidant, Immune Boosters, Phytonutrients

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Monday, July 07, 2008

CFRB Presents: Chenoa's Spiritual by Becky Jane Dice

Chenoa Fawn Gray Owl and her four-year-old brother, River, live in Whiteriver, Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation but her parents are about to make a decision that will change all that. She will be giving up family, friends, and the only home she knows though not by choice. The Gray Owls travel to Ohio to visit with their mother's childhood friends Douglas and Barbara Ream for the holidays. While there Chenoa’s father intends to ask Douglas for a position at his clinic. He’s doing all this in the interest of providing a better future for his children but instead Chenoa considers the move a serious inconvenience she’d rather not deal with. During the family visit to Ohio her parents die in a car crash and the Reams become the kids’ legal guardians. These circumstances force Chenoa to adjust to living without her parents as well as off the reservation. Although Chenoa's parents were Christians, she wasn't and thus her spiritual journey commences.

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About the Author:

Becky Jane Dice lives in a small town in northeastern Ohio with her husband. For many years she has been writing the stories God prompts her to create and share with others. This God given gift is being used to show others what He has done for her as well as to provide encouragement. She has three young adult novels in print following the story of Chenoa with more to come. In addition she has published numerous individual poems and five anthologies of her poetry. Drop by her website by clicking on the picture.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

No Shadows Left Behind by Tina-Sue Ducross

There is no escape from the shadows of the past. At least, not for Melissa…

Terrorizing dreams, panic attacks and everyday interactions bring back the past she thought was dead and gone.

Eight-grade teacher Melissa Bates suspects that one of her students, Christy Kade, is coping with an all-too familiar struggle. Christy's father plays "secret, special games" with her. She lives in fear and isolation daily. When she gains a desperately needed friendship, she begins to search for the courage to reach out for help.

Throughout the school year, Christy and Melissa face challenges both mundane and monumental. Through it all, they live their lives, haunted by their shadows. Despite their fears, they make attempts at trust with unexpected results. As our heroines open themselves up, they grow in ways they never thought possible.

Ugly things do happen behind closed doors but help and hope do exist. Broken lives can be mended, joy can be found.

ISBN-10: 0-9816055-0-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-9816055-0-0
Published by Harris Innovations
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