Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Faking Grace (And Book Giveaway!)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Faking Grace

Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008)


Tamara Leigh


After Tamara Leigh earned a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she and her husband decided to start a family, with plans for Tamara to continue in her career once she became a mother.

When the blessing of children proved elusive, Tamara became convicted to find a way to work out of her home in order to raise the children she and her husband longed to have. She turned to writing, at which she had only ever dreamed of being successful, and began attending church. Shortly thereafter, her agent called with news of Bantam Books’ offer of a four-book contract. That same day, Tamara’s pregnancy was confirmed. Within the next year, she gave up her speech pathology career, committed her life to Christ, her first child was born, and her first historical romance novel was released.

As Tamara continued to write for the secular market, publishing three more novels with HarperCollins and Dorchester, she infused her growing Christian beliefs into her writing. But it was not enough, and though her novels earned awards and were national bestsellers, she knew her stories were lacking. After struggling with the certainty that her writing was not honoring God as it should, she made the decision to write books that not only reveal Christianity to non-believers, but serve as an inspiration for those who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Her inspirational romances are peopled with characters in varying stages of Christian faith, from mature believers to new believers to non-believers on the threshold of awakening.

Tamara Leigh enjoys time with her family, volunteer work, faux painting, and reading. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, David, and two sons, Skyler and Maxen.

Two of her latest books are Splitting Harriet and Perfecting Kate.


All she wants is a job. All she needs is religion. How hard can it be?

Maizy Grace Stewart dreams of a career as an investigative journalist, but her last job ended in disaster when her compassion cost her employer a juicy headline. A part-time gig at a Nashville newspaper might be her big break.

A second job at Steeple Side Christian Resources could help pay the bills, but Steeple Side only hires committed Christians. Maizy is sure she can fake it with her Five-Step Program to Authentic Christian Faith–a plan of action that includes changing her first name to Grace, buying Jesus-themed accessories, and learning “Christian Speak.” If only Jack Prentiss, Steeple Side’s managing editor and two-day-stubbled, blue-jean-wearing British hottie wasn’t determined to prove her a fraud.

When Maizy’s boss at the newspaper decides that she should investigate–and expose–any skeletons in Steeple Side’s closet, she must decide whether to deliver the dirt and secure her career or lean on her newfound faith, change the direction of her life, and pray that her Steeple Side colleagues–and Jack–will show her grace.

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

In Review:      We have all seen those "Dummies" books at the book store, right?     They have them for everything:  cooking, speaking spanish, computers, photography, etc...  When Grace gets in a jam and wants to apply for a job at a Christian publishing company, she decides that buying the "Dumb Blonde's Guide to Being a Christian" might give her an extra edge.      

I thought I was disorganized, but this poor girl has so much chaos in her life that she actually starts a list to keep up with the lies she is telling to get and keep the job at Steeple Ridge.     Add into the mix a very verbal Granddmother, a pushy boss, an anorexic new friend, and a really handsome and annoying co-worker.    It is enough to make a girl start to lose -- or maybe find -- her religion!

I loved this book so much I am going to give it away to one of you.     Just leave a comment and tell me the first job you ever interviewed for.       I'll pick a winner on Thursday.


Sharon said...

Good Morning,
My first job was a restaurant "Ranch House" and I had to take a graveyard position, it was a hard job dealing with all the nasty people coming in drunk, it lasted about 1 year, then after that was a little italian restaurant, it was a very famous little rest., but the stories I could tell you about this place is unbelievable for sure. I would love to read this book.
Have a Blessed day!

i'm black betty said...

love the new background! :)

Confessions of A Mississippi Mom said...

Thanks for the great book review.. I will have to check it out for sure...

From the Doghouse said...

My first "real" interview was for a sportswriting position at the paper in Columbus. They kept me there all day, because they felt badly about bringing me all the way up there just for a one-hour interview. So I sat doing nothing for most of the day.

gingela5 said...

Looks like a great book! And your background is so cute!

Sandi said...

Cool ... love the seasonal background!

Cecily R said...

Looks like a great read...

Thanks for your comment on my blog today!

Ruby (Mouth) said...

the first job I ever interciewed for was a patrt time position at a bakery to be a clerk, mostly packaging bread and cleaning up messes. I was all of eighteen. It was very cool and I got hired.

Thnks for this great giveaway!!!

angelleslament @ gmail.com

Alyce said...

The first job I interviewed for was as a clerk in a small marina over the summer in college. I spent most of the summer dusting bait and tackle, and being told not to pump gas for the boats, but to stay in the store "where girls belong." All of the boys got the fun jobs. (The owners were older and old-fashioned.)

Conservative Belle said...

I don't remember my first job interview experience, but it was at Burger King. I quit that job within 30 days, after I burned my arm on the french fry basket right after it was brought out of the hot grease. Yikes!

Anyway, the book sounds really interesting and when I catch up on some of my current reading stack, I'll probably go purchase it. :) Thanks.

Juice said...

First job interview was at Baskin Robbins to be a scooper. I remember thinking how COOL it would be to work at an ice cream parlor.