Monday, May 07, 2007


Day 3 Tuesday

Romance. This is one of my least favorite genres, but every once in a while an author manages to pull it off in a way that even I find myself liking it. This is one of those times. The beauty of this romance is that the people seem realistic. It's not about some Prince Charming riding into the story to save his princess. It's about two people, very much like you and me, who are thrown into a situation where love blossoms all on its own. For these two, Clay and Sophie, it's a true miracle.

Sophie is used to looking out for herself and her girls. She takes the intrusion of Clay into her life as nothing but an unwanted aggravation. Besides, she's not trying to be found. She's trying to hide out from the people who killed her husband. So when Clay informs her they will be going to church she's really riled. And that's just one instance. Time and again they clash always leaving Sophie wondering if she shouldn't have left him in the ravine where she found him.

With Clay it's much the same story. He's used to riding the range and hanging out with other men. Now he's suddenly thrust into a world of women. When he lays down the law the girls cry. And when they cry he wishes he were back on the range. He's as stubborn as Sophie, which not only makes for a good story, but is realistic. Two people becoming one, like the Bible says, doesn't happen overnight. And these two find out just how true that is. So who has to change? Sophie or Clay? Hmmm.

Built into this is the love of God. He understands Sophie's needs, but He also understands the needs that Clay has. Neither admit to having these needs, but as the story moves forward you can see the Lord drawing them closer and closer together. So in that sense it's also a romance about our relationship with God. When we make Him the center of our life, He is able to take us and make us into what pleases us and others as well. This is one of those back stories that comes up when you take a closer look. So take a closer look. Buy the book and discover your own fascinations with it.

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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!)


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:


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?

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THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison

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



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


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 17

CHO 17

CHO 16

CHO 11

CHO 21


CHO 34



CHO 17

CHO 29

CHO 30

CHO 19

CHO 31