Sunday, April 19, 2015

Double Cross

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
by
Diann Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

ABOUT THE BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon. As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

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



Book Review

It doesn't matter what I am reading, when something from Diann Mills arrives I put everything else aside to read it.    I am not a frilly, romance type of girl.  My husband has to read a lot of engineering type books so he likes something that allows him to relax.  I love her books.   So does my husband.   That is a win/win situation for us.    

Double Cross tries to find who is scamming elderly by getting them to sign fake insurance policies and then they die mysterious deaths.   A local Houston police officer has a very vested stake in this case as his grandparents are targets of this scam.    The person that promises to help them find answers has a very criminal past and trust is a wary thing.  

Mills never disappoints and once again we wait for her next book to arrive!

Thank you to CFBA for providing this book for reading and review.

Jaded

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Jaded
David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)
by
Varina Denman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK

As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man ... and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.

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

Book Review

Going to church wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the people.  Judgemental.  Hypocritical. Goody Two Shoes.   Everybody has everything together and no one has any problems.    Have you ever felt that way?  Do you know someone who feels that way?  

I know that I have felt that way at times.   Jaded is the perfect word for that feeling.   Such a setting might not seem like the setting of a romance, but this is the wooing of a young man of a young woman who has no need for church or God.    The storyline is such a wonder juxtaposition of how God woos us.   He meets us where we are and gently and slowly speaks words of love and caring to our hearts.

I LOVED this book.  

Thank you CFBA for complimentary book for reading and review. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Evil Side of Disney


It is no secret to anyone who knows me:  I HATE monkeys!  The only thing I hate more than monkeys is clowns.   (But that is a post for another day.)   ***shiver***  There are lots of reasons for this, but one primary reason is the monkey exhibit at the Jackson Zoo when I was little.   Those crazy things would wait until you walked by, poop in their hands and then throw it at you.  SO disgusting!  If you were on a field trip you could not avoid the monkey exhibit and I dreaded it more than the snakes. 

Disney has come out with a new movie called Monkey Kingdom and everywhere I go there are commercials, billboards and pictures.   Those little evil things are everywhere and it is a nightmare. 

After thinking about it a little while I have decided that Disney must be part evil because they have inserted monkeys in so many of their movies.  Just think about it...

Lion King
Tarzan
Dumbo
Dinosaur
Toy Story 3
Jungle Book
Emperor's New Groove
Aladdin

Do I need to go on?  And I had to look those up because I don't even watch most Disney movies because of the monkeys.

You think I am kidding, don't you?   No.  I hate monkeys that much. 

Which is why I think part of Disney is evil. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mist of Midnight

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Mist of Midnight
Howard Books (March 10, 2015)
by
Sandra Byrd


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. The Tudor series’ end cap, Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, debuts in March, 2015.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens, and is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

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

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday






I have been drawn to my Bible because I can't help but think about Jesus on this day. What those minutes of this day were like. Suffering for something he had not done. Dying for sins he had not committed. An amazing love which had existed before the creation of the earth. Why He was willing to die such a cruel death for someone like me I will never understand. I guess that is why they call it Amazing Grace!

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24