Monday, February 23, 2009

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court

I am so happy to be participating in this blog tour for the book, Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court by Chuck Black!

This book is probably considered to be in the Young Adult genre, but my 10-yr-old and I are reading it together and we both love it. The library here has Chuck Black's first series, the Kingdom series, which is also about the knights of Arrethtrae. Dave Jackson calls it "A Pilgrim's Progress for the Xbox generation!"

I'm giving away a copy of Sir Bentley, so if you'd like to be in the drawing, leave a comment.

One reason I'm so happy to be promoting this book on my blog is because the selection of Christian books for middle graders and teens seems really limited--or sub-par. And I really hate to say that, but my daughter just is usually not at all intrigued by the Christian books I've bought her in the past. She's a voracious reader, so I worry that she's going to run out of decent books in the library. I know as she gets older this will be more and more of a problem.

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court is the second book in the Knights of Arrethtrae series. It's a fantasy/speculative type of book with a definite medieval flair, similar to the Narnia books in that it is sort of a parallel to the Christ story. In the story, Sir Bentley has just been knighted. But he follows his conscience and refuses to kill innocent people just because they follow a man who claims to be the Son of the King. He has to flee his home when he stands up to one of the knights in charge. It's a great adventure as he learns what it means to be a Follower of the Prince. He eventually teams up with a woman who also wants to help the oppressed people of Holbrook.

Every night that I read this to my daughter, after I stop, she always begs me to keep reading--One more page! One more paragraph! One more sentence! She's really enjoying it! I highly recommend it to children and parents. Leave a comment if you'd like to be included in the drawing.

P.S. I was so excited about this book that I forgot to announce a winner of Outlaw Marshall! The winner is ... lisa!!! Congratulations!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Outlaw Marshall by Al and Joanna Lacy

I'm giving away a copy of Outlaw Marshall by Al and Joanna Lacy,

so if you'd like to win a copy, leave a comment.

I have to admit, I have not read this book or anything else by this author team, so I was unable to write a review. Here is the book's summary.

A good deed grants outlaw Whipley Langford early release from prison and a friendship with Chief U.S. Marshal John Brockman. Another good deed gets Whip framed for murder and looking at life through a hangman’s noose. John arrives just in time to reveal the true murderers and lead Whip to Christ.

A new man and a fast draw, Whip becomes Brockman’s deputy. Life is still fast and dangerous, and there’s a pretty lady Whip would like to get to know better too. Before he admits his love, Whip is shot in a bank robbery. Survival looks slim until he awakens to hear his lady confess her love. Weeks later, they are married.

Readers who are familiar with the Journeys of the Stranger and Angel of Mercy series reunite with well-loved characters John and Breanna Brockman. Western history buffs will enjoy a wholesome, fast-paced story where the Gospel is presented clearly. Christian readers will learn how to lean on the Lord in times of trial and non-Christians will have the opportunity to make Christ their Savior.

About The Authors:

Al Lacy is an evangelist and author of more than one hundred historical and western novels, including the Journeys of the Stranger, Angel of Mercy, and Mail Order Bride series, with more than three million books in print. JoAnna Lacy, Al’s wife and longtime collaborator, is a retired nurse. The Lacys have been married over forty years and live in the Colorado Rockies.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The My Book Therapy Love to Write Blog Tour!

Hey you writers out there! If you haven't heard about Susan May Warren's My Book Therapy interactive forum/ning-thingy (Sorry, I don't know the exact technical term! But it's really great) then you should scurry over there right now!

To promote Susan's My Book Therapy blog, the My Book Therapy forum/ning-thingy (sorry, that's what I'm going to call it) and her Book Therapy Session service to writers, she's having a blog tour. To see some of the other blogs and what they're featuring about My Book Therapy, go here:

Susan and Rachel Hauck have also written a book on writing called From the Inside ... Out: Discover, Create and Publish the Novel Inside You!
And to celebrate this, she's holding some contests that you can get in on! To win a copy of this book, go here

The other contest is to win a 10% discount off a Book Therapy Session for your very own Work In Progress. For details on how to win this, go here. You will have to leave a brief synopsis of your story.

Good luck!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Winners! 3 Blessed Winners!

The winner of For Couples Only by Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn is . . . Mary Connealy!

The winner of I Do Again by Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs is . . . Sherrinda!

The winner of The Love as a Way of Life Devotional is . . . Virginia Smith!

Congratulations to all the winners! I hope the rest of you will be able to read this great books. And HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Love as a Way of Life Devotional

In his book, Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.

Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for the holidays or for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment! I'll draw the winners' names on Valentine's Day--TOMORROW!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I Do Again by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs

With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

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Leave a comment to put yourself in the drawing to win a copy.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Love and Romance Week--Big Giveaways

This week I will be giving away a copy of three separate books. The first of the three books is For Couples Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn

which is actually a box set of their two books, For Women Only and For Men Only, which have sold over a million copies. I just read these books and I can definitely say that I think For Women Only is the best book on marriage that I have ever read. And I've read several self-help marriage books. I think all women should have to read it either right before they get married or right after.

If you want to win these books, leave a comment on this blog post.

Later in the week I'll give you an opportunity to win I Do Again by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs

subtitled, "How we found a second chance at our marriage--and you can too." I actually saw the authors of this book on The Today Show a couple of weeks ago. I'll post more about it later in the week.

And the third book you might win is The Love As a Way of Life Devotional by Gary Chapman

which is a couples' devotional and companion book for Gary Chapman's book, Love As a Way of Life.

Come back to put your name in the hat for these other books. But for today, leave your comment for a chance to win For Women Only and For Men Only, by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A Man Most Worthy by Ruth Axtell Morren

I very much enjoyed this book, as I do all this author’s books. A Man Most Worthy is unique in that it’s almost like two romances in one, although it’s the same two people who fall in love both times.

Alice Shepard is the privileged daughter of a wealthy businessman. Nicholas Tennant is her father’s poor but ambitious secretary. Alice is only a teenager when the two of them meet. She becomes infatuated with her father’s clerk and soon falls in love with him, believing that some day they will marry. But when her father discovers their attraction, he callously sends Nicholas away without any recommendation or means of support. He is destitute. What will become of him? And what will become of Alice, who is so desperately in need of the love she’s never known, with her mother dead and her father more dedicated to his work than his daughter?

It’s a poignant love story interrupted, then resumed many years later. I hope I haven’t given too much away, but it is full of twists and turns, and very romantic! I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New Releases, February 2009

Here are the new releases, via Jill Eileen Smith. Thanks, Jill!
February brings thoughts of chocolate and valentines and some of us worry about groundhogs and shadows. Whatever the case, winter can't last forever, and there is always an excuse to read a good book! We've got 11 new releases to choose from this month. Check them out - and don't forget to visit my new Spotlight interview with author Julie Klassen.

1. Evidence of Murder by Jill Elizabeth Nelson from Steeple Hill. When a business owner discovers on her property evidence of a decade-old multiple murder, she and the surviving son of the massacre become targets of a desperate and powerful killer.

2. Framed!, Book 2 of the Without A Trace continuity series by Robin Caroll from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. A modern day Romeo and Juliet story.

3. Gingham Mountain Lassoed in Texas Series by Mary Connealy from Barbour Publishing. A school marm fears cruel intentions when a rancher, with a special heart for unwanted children, adopts too many of them.

4. Illusions by Wanda B. Campbell from Urban Christian. Illusions depicts the struggles of a young pastor and wife.

5. Insight by Deborah Raney from Steeple Hill. Two people brought together by tragedy discover an amazing connection that threatens to tear them apart.

6. Love Finds You In Last Chance, CA by Miralee Ferrell from Summerside Press. A woman trying to make it alone in the old west, a man she isn't sure she can trust, and someone who threatens them both.

7. On a Killer's Trail by Susan Page Davis from Love Inspired Suspense. Can a reformed bad-boy detective and an ambitious reporter overcome their past to solve a string of crimes?

8. The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote from Avon Inspire. The Desires of Her Heart is based on authentic Texas history and portrays the expansion of Angloamericanos into Spanish territory.

9. The Gold Standard by Lisa Lickel from Barbour Publishing - Heartsong Presents: Mysteries. Judy's last relative, Aunt Louise, was poisoned - but how?

10. The Renewal, Book 2 of the Project Restoration Series by Terri Kraus from David C. Cook. For single-mom Leslie Ruskin and master carpenter Jack Kenyon, both starting over in a new town, could working together on restoring the Midlands Building be a blueprint for disaster, or will their lives be transformed by the promise of a new Occupant?

11. Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie from B&H Publishing. Revolutionary period of escaping captivity and finding true salvation.

Happy reading ~