Friday, April 02, 2010

The 3rd Covenant, by David Brollier, now only $5.99


Isn't life funny? When my book was published in 2006 the suggested retail price was set at $24.95. At their site, however, the price was $19,95. Then a couple of weeks ago they lowered all books to $7.99. Now I don't know if this is signalling the end for Publish America, but if you want to purchase THE 3RD COVENANT, now is the best time, because they've dropped it down even lower to $5.99. Read below and use the link to go to the site and purchase the book.

Dear Author:
Email your readers, tell your fans, call your friends! This weekend only.
All books at PublishAmerica are priced down to
$5.99.
No coupons, no minimum purchase volumes. Just $5.99 for any book, in any quantity.
Want some copies of your own book on hand? This is your day!
Check it out at www.publishamerica.net. Hardcovers and fullcolor books excluded.
Happy Easter!
PublishAmerica Author Support Team

Thursday, January 07, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh


There seem to be mixed feelings about this book, although it is almost always seen positive. Some people feel it is too advanced for a children's book, like myself. Others feel that it is too far out or complex. Others, of course, don't feel it is complex enough. All I can tell you that my trip with Corey in THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh was a trip I thoroughly enjoyed.

I feel as if I've almost talked myself out on this book, that is without giving away any of the plot. However I thought you might be interested to learn a little about the author. Nothing about Clifford seems to be what we would call "normal". From mixed parentage he was born in New York. His mother had to get special congressional approval to return to the United States with Cliff's older brother who was born in China. Clifford seems to have seen a good chunk of the world as he was being passed around or moving from job to job. Even early on he showed signs of artistic excellence and began to win awards for his skills. He added to this designing, and eventually entered that field, allowing his artistic abilities to have tangible results other than something hung on a wall. If you check out his homepage you will be surprised at some of the places he has designed. Yet all of this might not have been. Cliff was rebellious as a teenager and young man. If it hadn't been for certain key people, one who was discipled under Watchman Nee, he could have ended up anywhere, perhaps even dead. However, God had a plan for this man's life, one that would incorporate the talents and gifts that He had given Cliff.

It is because of this strange and diverse background that I find THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX even more fascinating. Who else could have written such a book? Being an artist the imagery in this book came natural to him. Having a rebellious past helped him formulate Corey and much of the story surrounding him. Returning to God as a prodigal son gave him further insights to wrap up his story with such a finesse and power few Christian books seem to attain. So if you want to understand the author better, click on the link below. Who knows, you may just find something there that helps you understand his writing as well. I kind of hope Cliff follows this up and tries to get this made into an animated film. It would be super. As one reviewer state, "it's no Lord of the Rings", but then again he didn't set out to be another Tolkien. He just became a very, very good storyteller.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

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info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh


Each new author we at CFRB read has a style all their own. I personally like some better than others, basically because I like mysteries (I include SF, fantasy and even horror in this category). Generally it's hard for me to get into a romance, but that's just a personal thing. Another personal thing is I really want to see Jesus shining through the work, whether His name is mentioned or not. In THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh we have just such a story. It is both mystery and fantasy. It is filled with Scripture, but not in a boring way that many of us have encountered in other works. He weaves the teachings of God smoothly into the story so that you hardly know it's there.

This is an awesome story about a young boy whose attempts at pleasing himself and his own desires lands him in a strange world, via the Electrolux. In that world things aren't always what they seem, and he begins to learn that his way of seeing things needs to change. I've already written 6 posts on the CFRB site and to say more may give the story away, and this is one story I don't want to mess up for you. I urge you to get your hands on it and read it. If you can't buy it see if your local library can get it. Somehow, find it and read it. You'll be happy you did. It's an easy book to read. Don't be surprised to find bits and pieces of yourself in the story. That's the point. None of us is exempt from what our desires do to us. It's not pretty, but take heart, there is Someone who has come to you to change that for you, Someone who loves you very much. His name is Jesus.


Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



This month the Christian Fiction Review Blog is touring a book that is for the young and the young at heart. THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon is a delightful tale, full of both imagination and imagery that is sure to grab that little one's attention. Think of this story as a gift, a Christmas gift if you will. As you unwrap it you find there is more to it than just pretty paper and ribbon. I can't tell you too much about it or it will spoil it for you, but I will give you some of the high points.

The story begins with a cat, a cat without a name, noticing how life has changed since the evil sponges came and took all the water out of the town. At first it doesn't bother him, but the monotony of things finally drives him to take action. He sets out on a bold journey to find these sponges and have the water returned to the town. At least then things wouldn't be so dull and boring. Along the way he meets some individuals that make him take a closer look at himself. In the end the cat is not the same cat that started out, although his mission is still the same.

For those of you who are looking for something spiritual, you won't be passed by. Although much of the spiritual lessons are cleverly woven into the story plot, the lessons are there just the same. For that reason adults can read this book and be satisfied. With name changes, heart changes, castles, kingdoms, evil sponges, talking creatures you and your young ones will be sure to enjoy THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN. There is humor, sadness, friendships, even some odd battles that make up one of the most enjoyable fairytale like stories I've read in a long time. Parents and adults, keep your eyes on the little things in the story. It's not long at all and can probably be read in a single sitting, but you can stretch it out if your young ones get antsy. The pace is nearly perfect. James Maxon has written something that children will treasure for years to come.

Be sure to visit his site HERE

Although James seems to have links all over the place I could only find the following links to online sales sites:

Amazon
Froogle

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Monday, November 16, 2009

TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE, by Beth Felker Jones



This isn't what I expected. To be absolutely truthful I've been on the lookout for a really good novel that is deals with vampires in such a way as to teach the truth of the Gospel. Without going into all of that, however, let me get into this review. As I stated, this isn't what I expected. I expected a novel, not an expose of the works by Stephanie Meyer. Yet, since I had committed myself to writing a review I read the book so I could at least give the author a fair shot. Receiving a book and not doing a review in my opinion is stealing. So here I was with this piece of non-fiction and an obligation to both read and write a review. Not a good place to start. Beth caught me right from the start, however, with her clear, precise and humble take on the Twilight saga. Her writing was crisp, for the most part, and gentle. Not once did she say these works were "of the devil", which would have scored low with me. I went through that with the Christian rock bands of the 70s. People have to stop being religious and start being Christian, and that is exactly the way Beth Felker Jones handled this work, as a Christian. Without a desire to put down another author she felt the need to toss up several red flags and caution people, parents in particular, about the many errors found in Ms. Meyer's saga.

Lessons to be learned. I have never read any of the Twilight saga, but feel that TOUCHED BY A VAMPIRE was fair in its treatment non-the-less. While it is all too familiar for a girl, or any high schooler, to feel ordinary, and therefore less than ordinary, we must see ourselves as God sees us, His creation. Would God have become a man and died for you if you were not special to Him? Of course not, and this is one of the key points in the book. We forget about the way God sees us, especially if we are Christians, and look to others for acceptance. That usually ends up blowing up in our face. For Bella it meant "falling in love" with a vampire to the extent that she gave up everything, including her soul, to become a vampire and live forever with her beloved Edward. Now, aside from the fact that Edward is not going to live forever, but must one day face judgment by the very God who now offers mercy, should give us pause. Although Meyer's vampires, as most vampires in novels, live to be centuries old, this does not mean they live forever. They do have an end. Their life is marked along a time line of past/present/future, just as yours and mine are. God, on the other hand, is eternal. He has no beginning, no end. He is not confined to a timeline, but in fact created the timeline for us. So if we trade God's love for the love of anyone else, even a vampire with extraordinary powers and long life, we are condemning ourselves to a fate that was reserved for the devil and his angels.

That is the overview. Beth Felker Jones goes further to show how such a love actually damages a person's day to day life. Probably my favorite section is where she lists symptoms of an abusive relationship and shows us how both Bella and Edward fit that profile. Moms, Dads, is this what you want for your little girl? Do you want her to grow up making wrong choices and ending up in abusive relationships? Spousal abuse is on the rise and Jones tells us why, we have no understanding of what real love is. We are told what love is supposed to be by movies, music, comercials, TV shows, and so on, but those people acting and writing those things haven't a clue as to what love is either, and yet they go on teaching others about how romantic love is an end in itself. I was reading her book and thought of something comediane Chanda Pierce said. "Here's this pretty young woman, doing all the cooking, cleaning and everything else for these seven dwarves, and she's singing. That's sick." She's right. That is sick. Find me a woman who joyfully picks up her husband's dirty laundry and cleans it, while simultaneously cooking meals, vaccuming the floor and changing diapers, and you've either found an extremely wonderful woman, or she's plain demented. Love is not about feelings. Oh sure we like the feelings that many times come with love, especially those first few years. True love is a commitment to someone other than themselves. Jesus spread out His arms and died on the cross because He loves you and He loves me. Why? There's absolutely no reason for Him to love us. Yet He chose to love us. That's the miracle. That's what true love is. That's what we should be teaching our children.

I give TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, by Beth Felker Jones 4.75 stars, and that's only because it's a work of non-fiction. Had this been a work of fiction I would easily give it 5 stars. I have already given this book to 2 other people, one of them my pastor, because I felt it was just that good. So get your copy today. This is especially true if you have a young person in your home who has been intrigued by the Twilight saga. Use this book and Twilight to get them into the truth of God's Word and find His love. For that romance is never ending. Teach your children to become the bride the King of kings is coming for at the end of the age (which may be sooner than you think).

Although I was unable to find a website for Beth Felker Jones you can find her book on sale at the following websites.

ChristianBook.com
Amazon
Random House

Disclaimer
This site receives books, free from the author, for review and tour. This in no way takes away from the excellence found in these works. There are times when this site will promote a book even though the site owner has not read it. In this case there will be no review, nor will we have received a copy for a review. If we receive a copy from the author/publisher we will write and post our review.

Friday, November 06, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove


This month the Christian Fiction Review Blog tours TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove. I have to say this has been one of the most difficult books to review, but not because it is bad and certainly not because it is poorly written. TALKING TO THE DEAD is both interesting and written well. It's just that, well, how do you write a review about a book that has so much going on, so many changes throughout the book and not give away the story? Here's the blurb she has on her site about TALKING TO THE DEAD:

Twenty-something Kate Davis can’t seem to get this grieving widow thing right. She’s supposed to put on a brave face and get on with her life, right? Instead she’s camped out on her living room floor, unwashed, unkempt, and unable to sleep—because her husband Kevin keeps talking to her.

Is she losing her mind?

Kate’s attempts to find the source of the voice she hears are both humorous and humiliating, as she turns first to an “eclectically spiritual” counselor, then a shrink with a bad toupee, a mean-spirited exorcist, and finally group therapy. There she meets Jack, the warmhearted, unconventional pastor of a ramshackle church, and at last the voice subsides. But when she stumbles upon a secret Kevin was keeping, Kate’s fragile hold on the present threatens to implode under the weight of the past … and Kevin begins to shout.

Will the voice ever stop? Kate must confront her grief to find the grace to go on, in this tender, quirky story about second chances.

That's what Bonnie writes about her book, so I guess if I stay within these parameters I'll be safe.

The book starts out with Kate Davis overseeing a funeral held in her home, wondering why all these people bothered to show up, and bother her like this. Her mom holds her tongue, understanding that newly widowed women don't need or want the chit-chat of others. When everyone leaves she can't bring herself to go up the stairs to where she shared her bed with her late husband, Kevin. To make matters worse Kevin starts prattling on about things that she's doing, when she least expects him to. Well, who would expect a dead person to be speaking in the first place? Yet on top of all her grief now she has to put up with a voice she loves, and yet can't deal with. I mean he's dead. Since when do dead people start talking to others? Weeks pass and she's still living on the sofa in the living room. She rarely goes upstairs for anything anymore. This dead husband of hers is driving her nuts. So she seeks out help. It's really weird where people will look for help when they are hurting. Either it's in a place that doesn't care about her, not really, or in a place that cares about her, at least superficially, and offers the most ridiculous advice. It's like while she can hear Kevin speaking to her, all these people who say they can help her don't really hear her.

The last straw is group therapy, where everyone seems to have their own agenda that has little to do with getting down to the problem. She shrinks into the background as much as possible, actually made more possible by the leader of the group with her seemingly arrogant need to show everyone how well she's been constructed. Kate's sure she'll never go back, that is until she runs into Jack, after the therapy session, in the gym down the hall from where the group meets. He's kind and suggests she join them for some basketball. She promises to do so another time, and realizes that this guy, Jack, is a pastor of a church. This gets her thinking in different directions.

As Kevin's voice becomes more intolerable, and at one point he starts yelling at her, Kate is plunged into a world of depression that goes beyond just the sorrow of losing a loved one. A secret from Kevin's past unravels her life, stripping her of almost every good memory she's had, and practically everyone she's known...except for Jack. He won't go away, and she doesn't have the strength to tell him to, but she's basically spent her time burning bridges. Past friends aren't allowed in her life any more. But Jack won't quit. In him she finds the one answer that has eluded her all this time. It isn't Jack himself, but something that he has, that she wishes to have that pulls her from the abyss.

If you can read this book and truthfully say it isn't well-written and that this plot doesn't make you wonder what's around the next bend then you are one special person. I am not a big fan of romances myself. I'm a mystery writer. As such I know you have to keep the reader on their toes. With mysteries you more or less expect the twists and turns. With romances you more or less expect a guy and a girl to find each other and by the end find "eternal bliss", all of which makes me want to vomit. Bonnie Grove, on the other hand, handles her romance like I would a mystery. You never know what's around the next bend. You're never really sure how things are going to work out (although you get several huge hints). I think of all the people I identified with in this book it would have to be Blair. Keep your eye on him. Although not really central to the story there are things about him that make the grief all that much more real, and radiating from Kate to others.

The Bible teaches us to "Mourn with those who mourn, weep with those who weep, and to rejoice with those who rejoice." Unfortunately I think most of us skip over the first part of that verse and go right to the last part. We want to rejoice with others who rejoice, but we don't want to be around those who are hurting, because it makes us hurt too. This is the challenge, as I see it, of Bonnie's work, to go to those who are hurting, to let yourself be hurt along with them so that together you can help each other heal. In his process lies some wonderful truths that lie about like forgotten gemstones. Unless we are willing to travel that path of mourning with those we love who are hurting, we will never find those gemstones, simply because they can only be found on a path that leads through a dark valley, and they can only be found when that path is walked by others of their own accord to help people who are in that valley already. All in all TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove is more than just another novel, it's a challenge to live life the way God intends us to live it.









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Saturday, October 10, 2009

IF ONLY YOU KNEW, by Mags Storey


It's been a pleasure working with author Mags Storey, and her book IF ONLY YOU KNEW has managed to touch several heartstings in this little man. I know Laura Davis has posted an interview already, but I'd like to close the week out with an interview of my own. Just as Karen Slaughter has a mystery to tell, so also does Mags Storey have a story to tell, so let's begin.

CMW: You have an interesting name. I kept thinking that IF ONLY YOU KNEW was Mag’s Story. Where did you manage to get such an interesting name? People who know me know I love interesting names.

MS: Thanks! It’s my real name! My parent’s named me Margaret, but I’ve had the nick-name Mags since I was a teenager. Storey is my husband’s last name. (Actually, I’d always felt really conflicted about changing my last name – but for a name like Storey I couldn’t resist!)

CMW: Where did you get the idea of IF ONLY YOU KNEW?

MS: A thousand different places – but the initial idea came to me in a dream actually! I dreamed a couple of scenes involving three of the main characters. Then slowly, over time, imagined and invented a story to go with them. Oddly the ‘secret’ of Nate’s accident didn’t click for me until I’d already written three drafts of the book! The characters definitely came first, and then the plot grew up around them.

CMW: Was there a specific goal you had in mind when you wrote this book, or were you just trying to write a different kind of romance novel?

MS: I think the only goal I had at the outset was to write a good story – with characters I could love and identify with. But during the rewriting process, I realized it was also really important to me that my characters remained people the reader could hopefully identify with. I wanted to make sure my characters remained “real” and that their questions, their crushes, their doubts and even their mistakes were things my readers could identify with.

CMW: Tell us something about the characters. How did they evolve and become major players in your story, beginning of course with Jo, and including Kat, Sam, Kevin, Lisa and Nate?

MS: What a huge question! I tend to say all my characters are each inspired by half-a-dozen different people.
There is a lot of me in Jo. Although on the surface we are *very* different people, her insecurities, her fears and her failures are definitely reflections of my own. And all of Jo’s klutzy moments are based on real life embarrassing moments! (Though usually well disguised!)
Kat is inspired by several ‘older sister’ type women I was able to rely on in my life. At times, in real life, we are touched by the kindness, love and generosity of people who do not share the same beliefs. I am sure the man who was attacked by robbers on the road to Jerusalem did not expect his savior to be a Samaritan.
Sam is inspired by several different people – some in big ways, some in tiny ones that I only I would notice. There is a strong Sam-streak in me as well. He is an example of someone who always has a lot to say – but tends to hide what he is really feeling and thinking. (I should also add that Sam’s hellish ex-girlfriend Traci is slightly based on me too. Or at least she is a caricature of my worst faults!)
Kevin, on the surface, is based on the kind of guy I kept finding myself attracted to as a teenager and his name comes from my very first crush. However his struggles with faith were inspired directly from the stories of friends who have touched my life. Often I borrow pieces from a lot of different people, meld them together in my imagination, and out comes a unique character who is as real to me as the people he sprung from.
Lisa, on the surface, is inspired by various female friends. But again – she is me! :) I am definitely as talkative – and have said equally thoughtless things. Although my life story is completely different from her own, I did grow up in the spotlight of being a “missionary’s daughter” and know all too well the pressure to “be perfect”.
Nate… Oh how I love Nate! But he is the hardest character to write! Ironically, a guy I once dated inspired both Kevin and Nate. In some ways, I think of them as two sides of the same coin. There is a fierce strength and honesty to Nate’s relationship with God. To me he is the strongest example of true sacrificial love. Yet God put him through a lot – and Nate is struggling with the reality of that.

CMW: What one lesson would you hope readers would take away with them when they’re done reading this story?

MS: That God loves, and uses, and works through real people! J We, as Christians, behave sometimes like we have to hide the cracks in our own lives for fear that people will reject us if they know our true selves. But God cannot use us if we are busy hiding parts of ourselves from Him. And we can’t build significant relationships when we are busy hiding part of ourselves from each other either.

CMW: As a writer, where do you get ideas for your stories?

MS: I find stories from moments in my own past (especially my own mistakes) and then find a way to retell those through fiction. Although normally by the time I have rehashed the story in fiction no one would recognize it but me. I’m also really inspired by the stories of other people and by honest song lyrics by bands like Jars of Clay. Raw, honest emotion always touches me.

CMW: Have you any more stories like this? Do you follow any of these characters into another book? Or are future books merely similar in genre?

MS: I have recently finished writing an action-packed adult suspense novel. Again, it has romance, violence, plot twists, broken people and the honest search for God in the midst of it all. I’m now currently writing my third book – but of course it is all up to the publisher! There is a sequel to If Only You Knew – but it only exists in my own mind at the moment. Let’s just say I intentionally left some loose ends at the end of the first book. We will see some of the characters struggle with the consequences of their actions in the first book, and am also planning on bringing Traci back in a big way! I just hope enough people enjoy If Only You Knew that I get the chance to delve more into my character’s struggles and relationships. There is a lot of growing certain characters still need to do and hopefully, the readers will be taken by surprise by what happens next.

CMW: Thank you for your time. We've been talking to Mags Storey, author of IF ONLY YOU KNEW. It's been great having you here. Drop by and say "Howdy!" whenever you want.


Don't forget to visit Mags' site. I visited it and although I'm not big fan of the romance genre, she has a really great site and talks about some really interesting things. She doesn't preach at anyone...except maybe herself. You'll find her site HERE

Some of the places you can purchase her book are:

ChristianBook.Com

Amazon.Com

Barnes & Noble

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.
Careful now. You might just find some people posting more than once, also you can visit any CFRB member's site and, hopefully, you will find a standard post. The links below indicate that you will find special posts.



IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might otherwise not hear it, at least in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

IF ONLY YOU KNEW, by Mags Storey


The Christian Mystery Writer's Forum welcomes you to another Christian Fiction Review Blog tour, this month, IF ONLY YOU KNEW, by Mags Storey.

Maybe because I'm old, maybe because I'm a guy and romances aren't really my thing, the book just didn't seem to come together like I wanted it to. It is well-written in every other aspect, but I found the pacing a bit off. Some things seemed a little predictable, although this was twisted a bit so you weren't really sure if your first instincts were correct.

Okay, now that I've gotten the negatives out of the way I can get right to this really great work. Romance writers always fight an uphill battle with me, so the above comments should be taken with about a bag or so of salt. IF ONLY YOU KNEW is about the life of Joanne Mackenzie. It's summer and she's between high school and the rest of her life. As she looks around she feels like everyone else has their lives mapped out, but Jo doesn't have a clue. She's living with her cousin, jobless, and not all that interested in getting a job. (I remember those day). She doesn't think she's ugly, but less than average. If the short end of the stick were given out as a prize she would be sure to win it...every time. Her perception of herself doesn't change after meeting this gorgeous guy who asks her out. Of course his ability to meet her at the appointed place and time may have had something to do with that, as well as her falling off a railing into the lake below, then being escorted out by a guy she saw earlier get dumped by a "psycho".

IF ONLY YOU KNEW is filled with personal insights into the conflicting emotions of a young woman trying find her bearings in life. At times it is humorous, and other times you just want to slap some sense into her. One of the absolute best things about this book is Mags Storey's ability to make you feel your way through. That is to say, she draws you so far into the characters that you experience their emotions, their feelings, their triumphs and failures, that you feel like you know these people. I know I'm probably supposed to say things like, "Jo meets a guy she saw run down a year ago and now has to deal with the fact that he not only survived, something she totally thought impossible at the time, but someone who ends up becoming a key figure in her life." I'm choosing to take another route, because this isn't so much about who did or did not get run over as it is about a young woman so lost she will turn against herself if she happens to have a good day. She's a real person in this sense.

Apart from the pacing problem mentioned at the outset, IF ONLY YOU KNEW is an amazing story that deserves your consideration. You will be delighted in Mags Storey's story telling abilities. You will find yourself wondering why such and such happened, or why she just doesn't get this or that. It's fun to read, exciting and fresh. Check out the links below and get your copy today.

Now don't forget to visit Mags' site. I visited it and although I'm not big fan of the romance genre, she has a really great site and talks about some really interesting things. She doesn't preach at anyone...except maybe herself. You'll find her site HERE

Some of the places you can purchase her book are:

ChristianBook.Com

Amazon.Com

Barnes & Noble

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.
Careful now. You might just find some people posting more than once, also you can visit any CFRB member's site and, hopefully, you will find a standard post. The links below indicate that you will find special posts.



IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might otherwise not hear it, at least in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Tangerine

Tangerine by Marilynn Griffith



This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about Tangerine (Revell, January 2007) by Marilynn Griffith (fellow CFBA member, blogger, writer, and mother of *GULP* seven!)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and If the Shoe Fits (Revell, 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email: marilynngriffith@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tangerine is the third book in the Shades of Style Novels.

Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?



The book link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800730429


Marilynn's website link: http://marilynngriffith.typepad.com/rhythmsofgrace/

THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison

The following table shows where THE 3RD COVENANT stands against 7 top authors and 14 other books.

Title

Author

Times out

times per month

Judge and Jury

Cold Moon

Death Dance

Promise Me

The 3rd Covenant

The Camel Club

Violet Dawn

3rd Degree

The Collectors

Web of Lies

The 12th Card

Words of Silk

Above and Beyond

Entombed

No Second Chance

James Patterson

Jeffery Deaver

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben

David Brollier

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

James Patterson

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

Jeffery Deaver

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben

CHO 9

CHO 17

CHO 17

CHO 16

CHO 11

CHO 21

CHO 4

CHO 34

CHO 2

CHO 2

CHO 17

CHO 29

CHO 30

CHO 19

CHO 31

2.25

2.43

2.43

2.28

1.83

1.71

1.3

1.08

1.00

1.00

.94

.94

.91

.82

.72