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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is reviewing Jerome Teel's latest book, The Election..
Jerome Teel is a graduate of Union University, where he received his JD, cum laude, from the Ole Miss School of Law. He is actively involved in his church, local charities, and youth sports.
He has always loved legal-suspense novels and is a political junkie. Jerome and his wife, Jennifer, have three children-Brittney, Trey, and Matthew-and reside in Tennessee, where he practices law and is at work on a new novel.
The book: THE ELECTION
Nothing can stand in their
Ed Burke has waited a lifetime to become president of the United States. He's not about to let his nemesis, Mac Foster, stop him now...especially when he's sold his soul for the Oval Office.
Claudia Duval has lived a rough life. And finally, things have turned around for her after meeting the wealthy Hudson Kinney. But is all what is seems?
When a prominent citizen is murdered in Jackson, Tennessee, attorney Jake Reed doesn't want to know the truth. He just wants to get his client off. But as he investigates, he uncovers a sinister scheme. A scheme that would undermine the very democracy of America...and the freedom of the entire world.
The Election, by Jerome Teel, is a fast-paced, highly readable mystery filled with suspense, intrigue, and political conspiracy. Teel skillfully weaves together themes of faith, family, suffering, and providence in a way that not only compels, but enlightens."
David S. Dockery-President, Union University
Thursday, October 19, 2006
About the Author:
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist. There are nearly 5 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including more than two million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 30 novels, nine of which have hit #1 on national lists, including award-winning Oceans Apart, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, the Redemption Series and Firstborn Series, and several other bestsellers, one of which was the basis for a CBS Movie-of-the-Week and Gideon's Gift, which is currently in production as a major theatrical release for Christmas 2007.
Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Don, and their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.
About the Book:
Jack and Molly Campbell enjoyed an idyllic life (great house in a fancy neighborhood, high-paying job, and a beautiful little boy) in their small hometown outside Atlanta with their adopted 4-year-old, Joey. Then they receive the phone call that shatters their world: a social worker delivers the news that Joey's biological father has been released from prison and is ready to start lifeover with his son. (It's discovered that Joey's birth mother forged the signature of Joey's birth father, making it a fraudulent adoption.) When a judge rules that Joey must be returned to his father (a man who cannot separatee love and violence), the Campbells, in a silent haze of grief and utter disbelief, watch their son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind.
Struggling with the dilemma of following the law, their hearts, and what they know to be morally right, the Campbells find that desperation leads to dangerous thoughts. What if they can devise a plan? Take Joey and simply disappear....LIKE DANDELION DUST.
Review by Mimi Pearson
Sunday, October 15, 2006
We got to Denny's about a half hour early and should have passed the book store but we didn't see it. So I decided to ask one of the restaurant patrons as he was leaving. He was so nice and said that his wife would know. Yes, his wife did know (she was as sweet and kind as he was), but it seems all the old landmarks had changed and she was having difficulty explaining it to us, even though it was just over a block away. So he said he could drive my wife and I up there to see where it was, then drive us back. We took him up on the offer and it was, just up on the right past the light. (It was on our left when we came to Denny's). After he pointed it out to us they drove us back, we thanked them. It meant so much to be helped out like that. We invited them to the book signing, but didn't see them.
Originally there were supposed to be 9 of us, but one of the woman took sick and had to cancel so I signed up for a table of 8. Then Terri showed up with a friend (hey Cathy) who wasn't on the original list and we were back up to 9. We had a great time. Going by just first names there were Gary, Corey, Terri, Tiff (Amber), Carrie, Cathy, Barb (my wife) and myself. Mindy was at the book signing, but not at the brunch. The only published authors were Carrie, Mindy, Cathy and myself. The others have things in the works and it was great to hear of all the different directions Christian fiction was taking us. They were a great encouragement to me and I hope I was an encouragement to them as well.
I sold ONE book, praise the Lord, but I also traded copies with Carrie, Mindy and Cathy. Here are some highlights.
Kiss the Bride Cook, by Carrie Turansky is a collection of 4 romances about romance after marriage. I got that one for my wife.
William Henry is a Fine Name, by Cathy Gohlke is a story of the underground railroad in 1859 and two boys, friends, who must come to terms with the social problems facing them since one is black and the other white.
A Penny for Your Thoughts, by Mindy Starns Clark is the first of "The Million Dollar Mysteries". A choice to investigate a certain business plunges Callie Webber into a series of event where she must choose to depend on her own wits or the mercy of God.
Okay, I haven't read these yet, but knowing the author I can only guess wonderful things. I'll keep you posted. If I can get my wife to help me I'll try to do a review of each before the end of the new year. In any events these are no longer names at the end of an email, not even fellow writers and authors (and here I include Terri, Tiff, Gary and Corey as well, but friends, dear friends. I'll say right off it may be difficult to do an objective review because I know these wonderful people. Then again I tend to lean hardest on those I believe have greater talent.
And if you are ever in Springfield, PA (just west of Philly on 154 Baltimore Pike) you have to visit The Vine Christian Shoppe. This is truly an amazing place run by amazing people. In all the secular places where I've had book signings I have not been treated as royally as I have here. The love of Jesus shines through these people and the community around them knows it too. Pray that God would support them so that they might remain as His light in that community.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
By Bonnie Calhoun
on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at 6:54 PM.
It's that time of the week! Time to do a blog tour! This week's tour is Violette Between.
Between Here and the PAST, THERE LIES A PLACE...
THERE LIES A PLACE...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alison Strobel graduated with a degree in elementary education, and in the summer of 2000 she moved from Chicago to southern California where she taught elementary school for three years. It was in Orange County that she met her husband, Daniel Morrow, and the story developed for her first novel, Worlds Collide.
Violette Between is a poinant story of a true artist. When the love of Violette's life, Saul suddenly died, she died too. Then she meets Christian, who also is morning the loss of a loved one.
As Violette and Christian begin to feel something that they both thought was impossible. Tragedy strikes again. Christian finds Violette on the floor of his waiting room, that she had been painting to look like a New York rooftop restaurant.
As Christian holds a vigil at her bedside, begging her to come back to him, Violette is in a coma, traveling to a place where she meets her beloved Saul. And she finds that she may not want to come back!
What would it be like to choose a place between the past and the present?
Violette Between is a powerful character study of a woman finally relinquishing the past to move on, only to be thrust into the quandry of reliving that life and needing to make a choice.
For Christians, this will definitely make you think about heaven and the consequences of eternal life.
"Delving into the underside of complicated relationships, Alison Strobel takes readers to unexpected places, but doesn't hesitate to deliver redemptiom when needed."
---Melody Carlson, author of Finding Alice
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
You can find out more about me on my Christian Mystery Writer's blog, a spinoff from my Yahoo group.
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cmwforum for the Yahoo group
If I'm ever doing something I'm not supposed to do PLEASE email me at email@example.com and tell me so I can correct things. You'll find me very teachable, and as far as being critiqued is concerned, thick skinned.
God bless one and all.
author of THE 3RD COVENANT
It is time for another Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Tour! This week's feature author is GINGER GARRETT and her novel, Dark Hour!
Guess what? The publicists for Ginger have agreed to a book contest for each CFBA member's blog post on Dark Hour! It is up to the member on how they judge which commenter wins the free book...so, comment and you might become a winner!
And now, a special Q&A with Ginger Garrett:
1.) First, tell us a bit about Dark Hour.
I was praying about what book to write after Chosen, and accidentally left my open Bible on the kitchen table. (A dangerous thing, since in my house, small children and large dogs routinely scavenge with dirty hands and noses for snacks!) As I walked past it, I saw a caption about someone named Athaliah and a mass murder. I stopped cold. I knew it was my story.
Athaliah was the daughter of Jezebel--a real woman in history--who tried to destroy all the descendents of King David in a massacre. God made a promise that a descendent of King David would always sit on the throne, and one day a Messiah would come from this line. If Athaliah succeeded, she would break the promise between God and the people, and destroy all hope for a Messiah.
One woman, her step-daughter, Jehoshebeth, defied her. She stole a baby during the massacre and hid him. Between them, the two women literally fought for the fate of the world.
2.) What drew you to write biblical fiction?
The similarities between the lives of ancient women and our lives. We get distracted by their "packaging," the way they dressed and lived, but at heart, our stories are parallel.
3.) How much time is spent researching the novel versus writing the novel?
Equal amounts, and I don't stop researching while I write. I have a historical expert, probably the best in the world in his field, review the manuscript and point out errors. The tough part is deciding when to ignore his advice. He pointed out that most everyone rode donkeys if they weren't in the military, but a key scene in the novel involves riding a horse to the rescue. It would have been anti-climatic to charge in on a donkey! :) So I ignored his advice on that one.
4.) Dark Hour takes its reader deep into the heart of palace intrigue and betrayals. Were parts of this book difficult to write?
I left out much of the darkest material I uncovered in research. It was important to show how violent and treacherous these times and this woman (Athaliah) could be, but I tried to be cautious about how to do it. The story was so powerful and hopeful--how one woman's courage in the face of evil saved the world--but the evil was depressing. I tried to move quickly past it. I wanted balance. Our heroine suffers and some wounds are not completely healed in her lifetime. That's true for us, too.
5.) What would modern readers find surprising about ancient women?
They had a powerful sense of the community of women. They also wore make-up: blush, glitter eyeshadow, lipstick, powder, and perfume! They drank beer with straws, and enjoyed "Fritos": ground grains, fried and salted. Many of our foods are the same today, but they loved to serve pate made from dried locusts, finely ground. Ugh!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
times per month
Judge and Jury
The 3rd Covenant
The Camel Club
Web of Lies
The 12th Card
Words of Silk
Above and Beyond
No Second Chance