Sunday, July 31, 2011

Luau

Our worship choir took the summer off.  We decided that we would have a big get together before our first choir rehearsal next Wednesday night.   We had a luau last Saturday night out at Reunion Beach.   It was SO hot, but so much fun.   

You can't have a luau without a lot of delicious food.    We had plenty!



The kids stayed cool playing on the beach while the adults were talking.


After eating, we all gathered around to sing.    It is our favorite thing to do.   Several times this summer we have all gathered together in the choir room just to sing hymns.    We just love being together so much.   We are a very close knit group.     The guys with the guitars are our worship minister and his son.     LOVE them!  (Even if they are LSU fans.)


Speaking of being a close knit group.   Below is a picture of our sweet choir president.   His name is Walter.  This past week he went to the doctor and they discovered that he has pancreatic cancer.   He has surgery on Tuesday morning.     We had prayer with him yesterday and again this morning at church.     We plan to pray at the church all day Tuesday while he is having surgery.   Would love for you to be praying with us.   We believe in the power of prayer.   We serve a GREAT, BIG GOD!



We love you, Walter!

40 Days Without Food

“I had a college degree, and soon a seminary degree to accompany it, yet I didn’t know where to go or what to do.” Russ Masterson had read and heard about purpose, but didn’t have a clue what his own purpose was. And there was emptiness where there should have been value. As he puts it, “I kept hoping a step would arrive when it was time to lift my foot.”

Disillusioned with his life, as well as with God, he heard this advice: fast from food for 40 days. Faithless and frazzled, Russ accepted the challenge, hoping for direction, reflecting on the past, and wrestling with issues like purpose, faith, and love.

In this book, readers will find a fresh literary voice — an insightful thinker who meets people in their humanity while helping them to see they can be rescued from it. The journey of these forty days without food will help you explore what really matters in life.

“Though quite entertaining, and casual in style, 40 Days without Food caused me to confront the motives behind my daily actions. The book is a short, yet profound, look at what it means to truly live–something today’s fast-paced society woefully lacks.”
- Jim Reimann, editor of bestselling books My Utmost for His Highest and Streams in the Desert

Book Review

Every year we hold a discipleship weekend for our middle school students in the month of January.   For 40 days leading up to that weekend, we challenge everyone who will be a part to fast.   Our challenge is to fast something that they feel that they cannot live without in their life.   For teenagers that tends to be things like Facebook, texting, chocolate, or soft drinks.     If you have ever participated in fasting, you quickly realize just giving up one thing in your life does to your prayer life.     Every time you think about doing that one thing you gave up, it reminds you to pray.

When Russ Masterson decided to fast he went on an intense fast.     He decided to go 40 days with only grape juice and V8.      Fasting is Biblical.    Jesus did it.    Following His example you can never go wrong.    However, that is where Russ Masterson went wrong.    He didn't follow Jesus' example.    

First of all, Russ decided to fast as an "act" to draw closer to God.     Russ was frustrated with his circumstances.     He was feeling out of sorts.     He thought that doing this "act" of fasting would get him in God's graces.

Does Russ discover that his heart is in the wrong place?    Yes.   However, fasting when done correctly will not only draw you closer to God, but allow you to see other's with God's eyes.    Russ' relationships with not only his wife, but casual relationships with even the local cashier, were negatively impacted by his fasting.

Jesus said he is the bread of life.    Fasting is a great benefit which will ultimately bring us closer to him, but shouldn't be done as a bribe or as an act of desparation.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.   No other compensation was received.   The fact that I received a complimentary copy does not guarantee a favorable review.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Safe From The Past


A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child. 


Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem? 


Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life.


A truly inspiring, deeply personal tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships, Safe from the Past makes clear the restorative power of an education.

Told in an open, honest voice with the deepest sincerity, the author's life story serves as a rousing inspiration to those with the desire to create a better life than the one they are currently living.


No matter how helpless you feel, everyone has the power to shape their own life.

Buy the Book Here

About the Patricia Miller Mauro:

Patricia worked in New York City's financial district for thirteen years in the field of securities operations. At that time, she went on to obtain an MBA from New York University. She and her husband moved to Dallas, TX in 2001 where they are raising their two children.
 

During her time in NY, Patricia wrote an article entitled "A Tribute To My Mother" which was published in "The Recovery Journal" in 1999. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message to those in similar situations that good news is on its way to children considering a higher education but who are afraid to dream. For more information please visit, www.patriciamaurobooks.com.  

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Book Review

There are children like Patricia all around us.    Growing up in homes that are far from what God intended.    Going to school every day hungry and trying to learn while their stomachs growl intensely.    Hiding in a closet while their parents fight and suffer the effects of too much alcohol.      It is a world that most of us are hidden from.



However, Patricia gives us more than a glimpse.   She gives us a day by day walk through what is like to live like this.     It is heart breaking to know that children are living their lives like this because parents make such bad choices.

However, it is also a good reminder that one person can make a huge difference in the life of another person.    Patricia takes her mother's advice and goes to college so that she can get an education.    Of course, getting an education is not as easy as her mother thinks it is.     It is very expensive.    A school administrator takes her under his wing and helps her with finances to allow her to finish her education.     Along with her persistance, he gives her the chance she needs to make a huge chance in her life.    


Patricia proves that there is a chance to be safe from your past.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse.   No other compensation was received.   The fact that I received a complimentary copy does not guarantee a favorable review.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Courageous

From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God . . . and to their children?

Read the first chapter here.

Book Review


Honor Begins At Home

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

If you watched "Fireproof" you know just how heart hitting a movie that was.     Courageous is the novelization of the screen play by the same name.     Brilliantly written by Randy Alcorn, Courageous explores what life is like for children living without fathers in their homes.   

It is based around four law enforcement officers who start noticing a trend.   Those in their community often have one thing in common... they did not have fathers in their home.   They did not have anyone to teach them or to hold them accountable.    They begin to develop a burden for not only their community, but their own families.     That burden leads them to consult Biblical examples both good and bad for how they can be better fathers.

Reading this book was an emotional journey.   Part of my emotions were thankfulness for my own Dad and husband who are such wonderful fathers.    It also made me excited about going to see the movie in a few weeks.    It really promises to be an amazing movie!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Canary Island Song


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Canary Island Song
Howard Books; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
by
Robin Jones Gunn


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robin Jones Gunn was born in Wisconsin and lived on a dairy farm until her family moved to southern California when she was five years old. She grew up in Orange County and spent her summers at Newport Beach with friends from her church youth group. After attending Biola University and Capernwray Bible School in Austria, Robin and Ross were married and spent the next two decades working together in youth ministry.

It was the young teens at Robin’s church who challenged her to write stories for them. She hadn’t thought much about being a writer, but took their request to heart and set her alarm for 3am, three days a week. With two small children it was the only time she could find to write the first story about Christy Miller. After two years and ten rejections the novel Summer Promise was accepted for publication in 1988. Robin hasn’t stopped writing since. Over 4 million copies of her 75 books have sold and can be found in a dozen translations all over the world.

Robin and her husband now live in Hawai’i where Ross is a counselor and Robin continues to write to the sound of tropical birds chattering in the palm trees outside her window. Their children are grown but manage to come to the islands with their families every chance they get. Robin's awards include: three Christy awards for excellence in fiction, a Gold Medallion finalist, Mt. Hermon Pacesetter and the Mt. Hermon Writer of the Year award. Robin travels extensively and is a frequent key-note speaker at various events around the world. She serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and Jerry Jenkin’s Christian Writer’s Guild.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Carolyn’s grown daughter tells her she needs to “get a life,” Carolyn decides it’s time to step out of her familiar routine as a single woman in San Francisco and escape to her mother’s home in the Canary Islands. Since Carolyn’s mother is celebrating her seventieth birthday, the timing of Carolyn’s visit makes for a perfect surprise.

The surprise, however, is on Carolyn when she sees Bryan Spencer, her high school summer love. It’s been seven years since Carolyn lost her husband, but ever since that tragic day, her life has grown smaller and closed in. The time has come for Carolyn to get her heart back. It takes the gentle affection of her mother and aunts, as well as the ministering beauty and song of the islands to draw Carolyn into the fullness of life. She is nudged along by a Flamenco dance lesson, a defining camel ride and the steady gaze of Bryan’s intense blue-gray eyes.

Is it too late for Carolyn to trust Bryan? Can Carolyn believe that Bryan has turned into something more than the wild beach boy who stole her kisses so many years ago on a balmy Canary night?

Carolyn is reminded that Christopher Columbus set sail from the Canary Islands in 1492 on his voyage to discover the New World. Is she ready to set sail from these same islands to discover her new life?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Canary Island Song, go HERE.

Book Review

Carolyn is someone we can all relate to.    Most days our lives are put on hold to take care of the loved ones around us.     Carolyn has willingly put her life on hold after the death of her husband to stay busy with her daughter and her twin sister's life.     

When her twin sister moves out she decides that maybe it is time to take her daughter's advice and "get a life".      She decides to do something out of her comfort zone and go back to the Canary Islands to surprise her Mom for her 70th birthday.    

She doesn't realize that the biggest surprise will be on her.    When she walks into the party she finds the love she left behind when she was young.    It shakes her perfectly ordered world and forces her to reinspect her priorities.

I would love to read this book again, but next time I would love to be reading on one of the beaches of the Canary Islands to get the full experience!! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from CFBA.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Cash Burn

Billions of dollars flow through Jason Dunn’s banking office each year. When he suffers a series of career setbacks and his marriage begins to crumble, he and his attractive new assistant devise a plan to disappear with a slice of the bank’s cash flow. The unwelcome appearance of his brother on the scene, just released from prison, threatens to sidetrack Jason’s plans. But Jason’s brother “Flip” has his own problems with a parole officer who isn’t fooled by this dangerous parolee. In the race to the jackpot between Jason and Flip, and the unwinding of their troubled history, the question soon becomes, Who will get burned?

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Book Review




I have a brother-in-law in the banking industry and now I want him to read this book to find out is the banking industry is really like this book portrays.   Wow!   What a page turner.   

Jason Dunn is a banker.     He controls millions of dollars.   It should be a responsibility, but it becomes a liability.     His secretary plays on what is every man's achille's heel -- his ego.     She tells him what he wants to hear and he soaks it all in.     Jason turns his back on his wife, his family, his integrity and his relationship with Christ.     It is painful to watch how far down you can fall when you give in to even just one bad choice.

Jason's bad choices spiral out of control.    Despite being a fiction book, I found myself praying that someone would come to their senses and see truth before it was too late. 



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers, as part of the Digital First program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Stealing Jake (FREE for Kindle)

When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

Read the Prologue and Chapter One

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Book Review

I am so excited about today's review because not only is it a great book, but you can download it FREE to read!   

Livy O'Brien is a young woman who survived by pick pocketing on the streets.     She became a Christian and starts working in an orphanage.    She immediately connects with the children and their struggles because she has lived them too.    She wants them to know what she has found -- hope.

Livy is pouring her heart and soul into these kids.    But what they say is so true.    When you aren't looking for love, it finds you.     Jake Russell finds her and there is definitely an attraction.     He is a sheriff's deputy and at first Livy doesn't want to trust him, much less like him.

The growth of their relationship was so well written and not "hokey".     I loved that history was entertwined into the story in such a natural way.

Stealing Jake will steal your heart!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Caveman Homeschooling

Summer is just flying.   I can't believe that it will be time to start school in just a few weeks.     Yesterday I went out to grab some school supplies that are on special this week.   I try to stock up on all the essentials so that I don't have to worry about it for another year.     It absolutely kills me to have to buy a pack of notebook paper for $3.00 when they had it for .25 at the back to school sale.

Anyway, I was grabbing the special items at a store yesterday when this lady walked up and said, "You are buying school supplies?   I didn't think you would need those since your boys are homeschooled."


I don't know what my face was saying, but since I am not good at hiding my emotions or my thoughts it may have very well have said what I was thinking in my mind which was, "Oh no!   The boys just ran out of fresh squeezed berries so I needed to stock up on some pens.   They are such slackers."   (I promise I didn't say that out loud, but I thought it.   Not nice, but it was the first thing that popped in my head.)   

People have the weirdest ideas about homeschooling.

Shadows on the Sand


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shadows on the Sand
Multnomah Books (July 19, 2011)
by
Gayle Roper

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gayle is the award winning author of more than forty books. She has been a Christy finalist three times for her novels Spring Rain, Summer Shadows, and Winter Winds. Her novel Autumn Dreams won the prestigious Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Summer Shadows was voted the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Book of the Year (tied with fellow author Brandilyn Collins).

Gayle has won the Holt Medallion three times for The Decision, Caught in a Bind, and Autumn Dreams. The Decision won the Reviewers Choice Award, and Gayle has also won the Award of Excellence for Spring Rain and the Golden Quill for Summer Shadows and Winter Winds. Romantic Times Book Report gave Gayle the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her Amhearst mystery series, Caught in the Middle, Caught in the Act, and Caught in a Bind, originally published by Zondervan, was reprinted in 2007 by Love Inspired Suspense with a fourth original title added, Caught Redhanded. Another original single title, See No Evil, was also released. Caught in the Middle has been optioned for film.

For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon CWC, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She directed St. Davids for five years and Sandy Cove CWC for six. She has taught with Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Services (CLASS), serving for several years as their writer in residence. She enjoys speaking at women's events across the nation and loves sharing the powerful truths of Scripture with humor and practicality.

Gayle lives in southeastern Pennsylvania where she enjoys her family of two great sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and the world's five most wonderful grandchildren. When she's not writing, or teaching at conferences, Gayle enjoys reading, gardening, and eating out.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Carrie Carter’s small cafĂ© in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin.

When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But Carrie has a painful past, too, and when the reason she once ran away shows up in town, the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg threatens to implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry. Two wounded hearts struggle to find a way to make one romance work. Failure seems guaranteed when Carrie locates her waitress but is taken hostage...

If you would like to read the first chapter of Shadows on the Sand, go HERE.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Falls Like Lightning


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Falls Like Lightning
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
by
Shawn Grady




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. He was named “Most Promising New Writer” at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. He is the author of the novels Through the Fire, Tomorrow We Die & Falls Like Lightning.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

After graduating from James Logan High School in Union City, California, Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego as a Theology undergrad. There he found clarity of direction and proceeded on to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he's achieved what he's always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together.

Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can't imagine her life getting any more complicated.

It doesn't take long for things to go very wrong, very quickly. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency landing. Silas is able to parachute to safety but soon discovers his crew can't be trusted. They're hiding something, and now Silas is on a race to save himself and Elle from the flames--and from a more dangerous threat: his own team.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Falls Like Lightning, go HERE

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pattern of Wounds


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pattern of Wounds
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
by
J. Mark Bertrand




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


J. Mark Bertrand lived in Houston, where the series is set, for fifteen years, earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. But after one hurricane too many he relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of one hung jury and served on another that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.


ABOUT THE BOOK



It's Christmas in Houston, and homicide detective Roland March is on the hunt for a killer. A young woman's brutal stabbing in an affluent neighborhood bears all the hallmarks of a serial murder. The only problem is that March sent the murderer to prison ten years ago. Is it a copycat -- or did March convict the wrong man?

Alienated from his colleagues and with a growing rift in his marriage, March receives messages from the killer. The bodies pile up, the pressure builds, and the violence reaches too close to home. Up against an unfathomable evil, March struggles against the clock to understand the hidden message in the pattern of wounds.

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Congratulations to the Christy Award Winners!

Christy Award 2011 Winners and Finalists

Contemporary Romance:
Sworn to Protect
by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House)
Blood Ransom
by Lisa Harris (Zondervan)
Indivisible
by Kristin Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press)


Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas:
The Reluctant Prophet
by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook)
The Thorn
by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House)
The Waiting
by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Books)


Contemporary Stand-alone:
Almost Heaven
by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House)
Lady in Waiting
by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press)
A Season of Miracles
by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)


First Novel:
Heartless
by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House)
Crossing Oceans
by Gina Holmes (Tyndale House)
A Season of Miracles
by Rusty Whitener (Kregel Publications)


Historical:
While We’re Far Apart
by Lynn Austin (Bethany House)
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther
by Ginger Garrett (David C. Cook)
For Time & Eternity
by Allison Pitman (Tyndale House)



Historical Romance:
The Girl in the Gatehouse
by Julie Klassen (Bethany House)
She Walks in Beauty
by Siri Mitchell (Bethany House)
Within My Heart
by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House)


Suspense:
The Bishop
by Steven James (Revell Books)
The Bride Collector
by Ted Dekker (Center Street)
Predator
by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)


Visionary:
To Darkness Fled
by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
Konig’s Fire
by Marc Schooley (Marcher Lord Press)
The Last Christian
by David Gregory (WaterBrook Press)


Young Adult:
Motorcycles, Sushi, and One Strange Book
by Nancy Rue (Zondervan)
The Charlatan’s Boy
by Jonathan Rogers (WaterBrook Press)
The Healer’s Apprentice
by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)
 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Vigilante


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Vigilante
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
by
Robin Parrish




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Parrish wants to take you on a ride.

A wild ride -- which is exactly what you're in for when you pick up one of his books. And he's adamant that it will never be the same kind of experience twice.

Robin's stories mix, mingle, and meld various genres together to create thoroughly original suspense/thrillers. His Dominion Trilogy, for example, mashed up superhero action, secret societies, ancient myths, and an apocalyptic setting to create an entirely new take on the classic "hero's journey." Offworld mixed science fiction and an end-of-the-world scenario with high-octane action. Nightmare, his 2010 novel, is a spine-tingling examination of the world of the paranormal, paired with can't-put-it-down mystery. His 2011 novel, Vigilante, is an action-packed story about a soldier who sets out to change the world. Later this year, he's releasing his first ever Young Adult novel, titled Corridor.

Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he's an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking "What if…?", and as anyone who's read his work knows, he has a very big imagination.

His influences as a novelist range from television and film storytellers like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, to masters of the modern myth like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Akin to Philip K. Dick's search for the meaning of identity, most of what Robin writes about boils down to his own ponderings and examinations of just what this thing we call "existence" is.

Robin is a full time writer. He and his wife Karen and two children live in High Point, NC.


"Robin Parrish is a keen-eyed, passionate pop cultural savant,  whose writing is as incisive and insightful as it is entertaining."

- Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy


ABOUT THE BOOK


Nolan Gray is an elite soldier, skilled in all forms of combat. After years fighting on foreign battlefields, witnessing unspeakable evils and atrocities firsthand, a world-weary Nolan returns home to find it just as corrupt as the war zones. Everywhere he looks, there's pain and cruelty. Society is being destroyed by wicked men who don't care who they make suffer or destroy.

Nolan decides to do what no one else can, what no one has ever attempted. He will defend the helpless. He will tear down the wicked. He will wage a one-man war on the heart of man, and he won't stop until the world is the way it should be.

The wicked have had their day. Morality's time has come. In a culture starving for a hero, can one extraordinary man make things right?

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

Book Review

I am not good at reading books like this.   I am just going to admit it right now.   Sci-fi is just NOT my thing!   However, to be fair I thought I should sit down and read something out of my normal genre because (1) it was the only way to do the review and (2) that is the only way to stretch yourself in reading.     Who knows when you may happen upon a new type of book or author?

Robin Parrish is an amazing writer.    This book is one that my boys will definitely LOVE to read because it has such a super-hero feel to it.     How else do you explain it when your main character is called "The Hand"?     Only "The Hand" isn't fighting Batman characters like The Joker, but he is fighting drug lords and even the President of the United States.

This book can be very intense and even borders on graphic at moments so I definitely would recommend this book for a mature teen and adult.     However, I am sure compared to a lot of the video games that some teens play the violence portrayed might seem mild.

Vigilante has all the right action for future movie possibilities, and with the above endorsement from the Grey's Anatomy producer, it seems Parrish might have some of the right connections.   If they do make it into a movie, I hope they get Terri Serpico to play the role of "The Hand".    That is who I pictured as I was reading the book so obviously he seems to be the perfect choice to me!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Veiled Rose




This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Veiled Rose
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
by
Anne Elisabeth Stengl




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she enjoys her profession as an art teacher, giving private lessons from her personal studio, and teaching group classes at the Apex Learning Center. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. Heartless is her debut novel.





ABOUT THE BOOK

Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.


Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Leo, a lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.

But the hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Or tell him what dwells at the top of the mountain in the cave only she can find?


Above all, when Leo asks Rose Red to leave the mountain and follow him to the low country, dare she agree and risk the wrath of a Monster that is all too real?

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

Lion of Babylon


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lion of Babylon
Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
by
Davis Bunn



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication. During that time, he continued to work full-time in his business career, travelling to two and sometimes three countries every week. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990 and became a national bestseller.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Warning, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt.

A sought-after speaker in the art of writing, Davis serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.

Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?

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

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Addicted to Sweet Tree


We are addicted to Sweet Tree Yogurt.     Since Big Guy had such severe stomach problems last summer, we had given up ice cream.    Sweet Tree provides frozen probiotic yogurt that Big Guy can enjoy and doesn't bother his stomach.   Big Guy eats, but his stomach doesn't hurt.   AWESOME!

We each have our favorite flavors.     My favorites are the sorbets -- watermelon, pink lemonade, island mango.    Big Guy loves the double chocolate and cookies 'n cream.    Little Guy loves the cheesecake and vanilla bean.     Hubs loves to try anything and everything.    I am telling you that we would go there every day if we could!

Have you tried Sweet Tree yet?    What are your favorite flavors??