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Friday, November 30, 2007

Winners

Congrats to Ginnae and Camryn's mom for winning the book drawing! Thanks to all who entered, I really appreciate you stopping by.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing


AURALIA'S COLORS

(
WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007)
by

Jeffrey Overstreet
As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.

As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.


When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.

Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia's Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to jeffrey's introduction of the book, plus a lit more!

Monday, November 26, 2007

For Parents Only



For Parents Only

by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Ricea

For every bewildered parent, there’s a kid longing to be understood.


What parent hasn’t occasionally looked at their beloved but bewildering offspring and wondered, What in the world is he thinking? or Why is my sweet little girl acting like that?

In this remarkable book, Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice take you inside the mind of teens and preteens through the same innovative approach that seized national attention in the best-selling books For Women Only, For Men Only, and For Young Women Only. They explore the results of a nationwide survey and personal interviews with more than 1,000 real-life teens and tweens to tackle those things parents often don’t “get” about their kids. You’ll hear first-hand about the longings that drive your kids’ seemingly illogical decisions, the truth behind those exasperating “attitude problems,” and what your children would tell you if they could trust you to truly listen.

Want to win a copy???
To win this book, please add your comment to the blog and let me know if you're a parent by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th. Offer only good in continental US (sorry, it's due to the prepaid mailers!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thankful to be a Branch

Happy Thanksgiving!!

These verses are from the book of Romans, and make me feel especially thankful this holiday week.

13 I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, 14 for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. 15 For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead! 16 And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.

17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. 18 But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root.

19 “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.” 20 Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. 21 For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t[s] spare you either.

22 Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off. 23 And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree. 24 You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into his cultivated tree, he will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

We All Touch Lives

This excerpt from Liveprayer.com's Daily Devotional really calls out to writers who feel they have a tiny audience, or who may be unpublished and concerned about it.

Apart from our universal purpose to serve and glorify the Lord with our
lives, God calls each of us to do that in unique ways. He gives each of us
special gifts and talents in order to be able to serve Him in the specific
area He calls us to serve. Most people understand their universal purpose in
life is to serve God, but are not very clear what God is specifically
calling them to do with their life. This is another area where your daily,
intimate, personal walk with the Lord becomes so important.

In serving God, don't be misled that this means doing something on a grand
scale or what the world would notice because it was something so visible and
affecting so many people. I would guess that 99.9% of the people who have
served the Lord over the ages were people whose name the world never knew.
Most people know who Paul is, and Billy Graham, and many of the world-renown
men and women of God who have made an impact on millions with their lives.
But in the eyes of God, the faithful service of someone carrying groceries
to a poor family, someone using their gift of music in their local church,
someone visiting those in the prisons and nursing homes, someone who holds a
Bible study at their job, someone who passes out tracts, is just as
important as someone whose name is known by the masses.

You don't need to stand in a pulpit and preach to thousands, or write books
read by millions, or reach nations on TV or radio, or operate an
Internet./TV ministry reaching millions of people worldwide daily to serve
the Lord. We are ALL called to serve the Lord, each in our own special and
unique way, and nobody's service is more important than someone else's. What
IS important is that we are faithful and obedient to serve the Lord to the
best of our ability. Never forget, it is our heart that God sees and is
concerned about.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Fiction With Great Title

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

TRY DYING
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
by
James Scott Bell

On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder.

Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired.

His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene.

This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory.

But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.

In Try Dying, this fast-paced thriller, lawyer Ty Buchanan must enter a world of evil to uncover the cause of his fiancee's death--even if hie has to kill for the truth.

"Bell is one of the best writers out there...he creates characters readers care about...a story worth telling."
~Library Review~

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tips for New Writers

Author Mary DeMuth has generously posted tips for our new writing friends. Here's a tip to get you started--link to her post for the rest!

10 Ways to Get Started in Writing

Here are some specific ways you can hone your writing skills this year. This list is by no means exhaustive, but if you incorporate some of these ten tasks into your writing life, improvement awaits you (how's that for passive voice?!):

1. Find a writing mentor and establish a prayer team. I fledged my way through eight years of writing before I met my mentor (who is also one of my closest friends). Although I definitely see those eight years as greatly important in terms of learning to labor in obscurity, I see the last four years as more fruitful because of my friend Sandi. She helped me craft my first sellable query letter. She rejoiced with me when I actually sold an article. She attended Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference with me.

Even more important: consider pulling together a team of praying folks who will lift you up as you write. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without my Writing Prayer Circle. You’ll see them thanked in every acknowledgment section of my books. Stop right now and pray about who God might want to bring into your circle of prayer. Send out an invitational email, then faithfully email your team on a regular basis. Prepare to be blessed.

Monday, November 12, 2007

In Our Prayers

Praying tonight for Kelli, but there's a bit of fun! Online auction fundraiser for Christian writer Kelli Standish. Some nice things here to bid on! We wish Kelli all the best!

Also praying tonight for Christian author Kristy Dykes. Thinking of you and praying!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

DEADFALL
(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)

by
Robert Liparulo

Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.

Armes with only a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field test the ultimate weapon.

With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friend elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized.

An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice. Deadfall is highly-aclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller.

Get Downloads and EXCERPTS at www.LIPARULO.com

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Do Your Best

This is an excerpt from Liveprayer.com's daily devotional today, about how we all fall short sometimes.


There is one simple message that I want you to hear loud and clear today.
GOD LOVES YOU and all He expects is that you do your best each day. None of
us are perfect. The Bible says that we all have sinned and come short of
God's glory. In the course of our day-to-day lives, we all fail God, we all
make choices that we wish we could change. But God knows our heart, and all
He has ever asked you to do, is your best.

Each day I deal with the real life issues that we all face, in the context
of God's Word. I deal with all of the sins that are out there to hurt our
lives. I deal with the tricks that satan uses to try and destroy us. It is
out of my love for you that I share the Absolute Truth of God's Word and how
He has called us to live. I do my best to break down for you why God's way
works.

The fact is, there is right and wrong in our world. Those who oppose God
have always done their best to get people to believe that right and wrong
doesn't exist. Their goal is to get each person to decide for themselves
what is right and wrong. That way, you can never tell a person that they are
wrong no matter what they choose to believe. That sounds wonderful in
theory, but in reality it leads to utter chaos. More important, it is a lie,
since God has clearly told us in His Word what is right and what is wrong.

In the course of applying the truth of God's Word to our personal lives each
day, it can get frustrating when we sin, when we don't follow God's plan.
Again, the word that I want to share with you today is to DO YOUR BEST.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Christmas Music!

My darling husband is learning a Christmas cantata with our church choir, and he is practicing it tonight as I type. He has a lovely voice and the words just bring tears to my eyes! Do any of you know it?


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Thursday, November 01, 2007

A bit of Boo and Christmas

Readers have come to love the eccentric characters from Skary, Indiana, in Rene Gutteridge’s popular Boo! series. Now, in Boo, Humbug! they’re back – and they’re stirring up a large amount of holiday havoc.

It’s Christmastime in Skary, and the town is planning an original production of A Christmas Carol with a horror spin. As showtime approaches, things go very awry for director Lois Stepaphanopolis. She panics when she discovers that her marketing director loathes Christmas and that the audience has been promised not Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but the real Christmas story. Can the actors pull off the improv of all improvs and convince their community to embrace the true meaning of the Christmas season?Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


Boo, Humbug! offers readers a delightful glimpse into small town, community life with heartwarming humor and winsome characters. And in the end, the true meaning of Christmas shines out bright and clear, in a decidedly un-Skary way.Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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New Novel Day!

This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing


SURRENDER BAY

(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)

by
Denise Hunter



When Sam's estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket--not because he kindly bequeathed it to her, but because he neglected to ever create a will. Sam returns to the island she left 11 years ago with her daughter Caden to fix up the house and sell it, but she isn't counting on is the fact that Landon Reed still lives two doors down from her childhood home.

As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she really left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart? Or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?



"I've always thought Denise Hunter was an amazing writer but this wonderful story sets her firmly at the forefront of compelling love stories. How Landon breaks down Samantha's determination that she is unworthy of love kept me glued to the pages. An amazing story!"

--Colleen Coble, author of Fire Dancer (Smoke Jumper Series)