Thursday, May 31, 2012

6 Free Fiction Books, including Chasing Sunsets (Cedar Key) by Eva Marie Everson

A bunch of new fiction ebooks have became free for download. Here are links to 6 of them to add to your collection if you don't own them yet:

Download the EPUB from for your
Nook, Kobo, Sony ereader, etc:

Chasing Sunsets, Cedar Key Series #1 Gods & Kings, Chronicles of the King Series #1 Paper Roses, Texas Dreams Series #1 
Making Waves, Lake Manawa Series #1 From A Distance, Timber Ridge Reflections #1 Jenna's Cowboy, The Callahans of Texas Series #1


Go to for your Kindle 
(should be free as of June 1, 2012, for a limited time):


Live a life of adventure!: My review of "Love Does' By Bob Goff


As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren't good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world's best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it's not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob's love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don't want to miss.


Love Does is a book that pulses with promise, a book that reminds us that serving Jesus is not a boring life filled with nothing but rules, but a grand adventure of stepping out to change the world in Christ's name. The stories are absolutely engaging, stories that will leave you inspired and also laughing! I absolutely howled at some of the memories Bob shares, such as his first night serving as a waiter (I won't spoil the story by sharing details, but you simply have to read it!). Bob Goff writes with refreshing honesty, and his words will no doubt serve to make readers uncomfortable at times as they threaten to push us out of our comfort zones. Bob urges us to "leave all of the comparisons and all of the trappings and all of the pretending of religion", stating that "for me, it's Jesus plus nothing". The book can be read all at once, or enjoyed over many sittings as you take time to be entertained by the stories but also to mull over the message. I love the final challenge the author leaves us with, where he reminds us that we are a part of God's plan for the whole world, and to take the next step in following Jesus by putting love into action. Now THAT is a message worth repeating!

I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.


Bob is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Restore International, a non-profit organization which was established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children. With a passion and vision for finding audacious ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor, Restore’s mission is to make a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice.

With a team of dedicated people, Restore International has pursued justice for the needy. They have worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing to trial over 200 cases, including cases involving children who were languishing in jail without trial. In 2007, the Restore Academy was started.  It is a school in the war-torn region of Gulu, with a current enrollment of 220 students.

In India, Restore has investigated and intervened to relieve minor girls from a life of forced prostitution, leading to the identification and arrest of over 50 perpetrators. Bob’s inspiration has been fueled by the friendships he has developed with others around the world who desire to pursue strategic ways to help people in need.

Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and is admitted to practice in California and in Washington, where his firm is located. Additionally, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.  He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California, where he teaches Non-profit Law, as well Point Nazarene University in San Diego, where he teaches Business Law.


From Amazon:


203751: Love Does: You Can Be Secretly Incredible Love Does: You Can Be Secretly Incredible

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

An entertaining, gripping book: My review & GIVEAWAY of "Through Rushing Water" by Catherine Richmond @WriterCatherine

Read on for my review of "Through Rushing Water" by Catherine Richmond.

First, a warning: This book was so good, I kept reading bits of it to my wife, and as a result she kept stealing it from me to try to read it herself, before I was even finished it! Simply scandalous! I recommend hiding somewhere and reading this book in private.....

Don't forget to enter my giveaway at the end!

Determined to live a life of importance, Sophia Makinoff has set her gaze upon marrying congressman Rexford Montgomery, a plan that is well known by the many students she teaches, as well as her friends and colleagues. However, her moment of triumph ends with Montgomery instead announcing his engagement to her roommate. Desperate to get away from the pitying stares and difficult memories, Sophia seizes the first available opportunity to teach in a far off missions field, ending up being posted to the Ponca Indian Agency in the Dakota Territory. In the midst of sending up pleas to God to quickly rescue her from her circumstances, Sophia instead finds herself falling in love with the Ponca people as she teaches their children and becomes immersed in their village life. As she partners with the Agency carpenter, Will, to meet the needs of the children and their families, they forge a common bond of compassion for the people, a determination to fight for their survival, and in so doing find an unexpected chance at love.

Written with splendid prose, and painted in vivid historical detail, Through Rushing Water gripped me from page one. Catherine Richmond perfectly captures the wildness of the frontier during those times, the racism towards the American Indians, the horrific plight of a people stripped of their land and their livelihoods. And yet, in the midst of this sobering historical setting, the author also manages to portray a wonderful character in Safia, a woman of strength, a delightful sense of humor, and a sensitive soul who has surprisingly deep insight into the lives of those society has deemed unlovable. More than once, Safia's interactions with others had me literally laughing out loud, so much so that I had to stop reading several times to explain to my wife why I kept laughing. Sophia Makinoff is, quite simply, one of the most alive characters I've been introduced to recently, and one that I wished existed in real life today to captivate all with her passion and zeal for justice and fairness and compassion. Her relationship with Will progresses naturally, and the romance is portrayed in a manner that will please male and female readers alike. Perhaps most importantly, readers will leave the pages of this book pondering how God wants to use them to impact the world around them, realizing that God's plans for our lives are often so much more exciting and fulfilling than anything we can dream up on our own.

This is the first book I've read that has been written by Catherine Richmond, and I can say that I am adding another author to my "must read" list. I highly recommend this book, and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


Image of Catherine RichmondI was busy raising a family, working as an occupational therapist, and trying to remember where I hid the chocolate, when a song sparked a story within me. The journey to publication has been long, but full of blessings. I couldn't have done it without ACFW, RWA, and FHL, the inspirational chapter of RWA - and lots of chocolate!


I am giving away 1 copy of Through Rushing Water to readers from the U.S. and Canada! 

You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:

1. Become a follower of my blog (through Google Followers or Networked Blogs) then leave a comment confirming you became a follower. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment that you already follow and I'll give you 1 entry for that.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment. (The link is at the top of the webpage). Let me know if you've already liked it, and I'll give you an entry.

3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!

4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "What type of fiction do you most like to read?"

++ Please include your email address in your comment so I can contact you to arrange to get the book in the mail to you.

That's all there is to it. Contest Ends June 8, 2012.

 Good luck!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Free fiction ebook: Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2 by Loree Lough

The fairly newly released ebook "Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2" by Loree Lough is currently free for download!

Honor Redeemed, First Responders Series #2

Grab the Epub from for your Sony ereader, Kobo, Nook, etc.
(currently free there as of this posting)


Download the kindle version from
(should be free there soon, probably by tomorrow morning...)

A taste of heaven...or hints of hell? My review of "To Heaven and Back"

To Heaven and Back

In 1999, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mary C. Neal and her husband, Bill, left their four children at home and travelled to the Fuy River in Chile on a kayaking expedition. While travelling down the river, Mary became trapped in her kayak underwater and drowned. Through what can only be explained as divine intervention, she was rescued from the water and brought back to life. In To Heaven and Back, Mary shares her experience of leaving her body and visiting part of heaven. She also shares her journey of faith and the numerous miracles she has experienced in her life.

It was with great anticipation that I started reading To Heaven and Back. Despite the fact that there are numerous books in print where people recount their experiences going to heaven, I was greatly interested in reading a book written by a respected doctor, a scientist who would be seemingly at odds with the miraculous and yet someone who had experienced the divine. I can confidently state that I found the story to be well-written and moving, and it captured my interest such that I read it in one sitting. Mary writes with a candid honesty about her life, and the very fact that she includes details that cause her embarrassment (such as her perplexing decision not to seek immediate medical help right after her drowning) suggests her authenticity. The miracles themselves, and especially her experience of drowning and how she was saved, can truly only be explained by divine intervention.

However, I must admit that I simply cannot recommend this book. When she shared a couple of the pieces of "wisdom" that had been revealed to her by an angel or Jesus, I found myself pausing and feeling quite uncomfortable. The author suggests that our souls exist prior to our birth and we help pre-plan our life's course, but there is nothing in the Bible to support this! I also questioned the revelation that very young infants and toddlers can "still remember God's world", remember where they come from. Nothing I read in the Bible seems to support this either. Indeed, Psalm 139:13 states "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb". I don't know about you, but that verse clearly implies that we are created, by God, while in the womb, and NOT that we existed in some state in some sort of heaven prior to our birth. Mary's actual visit to "heaven" is also extremely brief, where she does not have any encounter with Jesus or God but instead with spiritual beings as they approach a hall where apparently everyone is given the chance to review their life and choose God or choose to reject him. Again, where in the Bible does it suggest we are given this "last chance" to choose God? Why even live for God then? Why not live for yourself and then once you are dead just choose God when you enter this hall? If these pieces of wisdom were so important to be shared, wouldn't Jesus have stated such things himself in the Bible?

Don't get me wrong. If nothing else, the book makes a fascinating conversation starter, and it will cause you to go back to the Bible to explore these issues. But this is not a book I would feel comfortable telling my friends or family to read. There are too many questionable aspects of the book (and believe me, there are many more I could mention), and I find it difficult to reconcile events that are clearly only possible with God's intervention (i.e. Mary's rescue) with "wisdom" that seems at odds with the Bible. Was she rescued by God but then had an encounter with false angels (demons) that confused her? Or did the message she received get mixed up due to the passage of time, since she wrote her experience down well after she received it? I simply don't know.

It is with much reluctance that I give this book 1 out of 5 stars, because I had truly hoped for more.

An ebook has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.



Mary C. Neal, MDMary C. Neal, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon. She studied at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Southern California and is fellowship trained as a spinal surgeon. She is the former Director of Spine Surgery at the University of Southern California and is a founding partner of Orthopedic Associates of Jackson Hole. Her after-life experience has been featured on national media including WGN, Dr. Oz, and Fox and Friends. She has served as a church elder, on several non-profit organization boards, and created the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund. Dr. Neal lives with her family in Jackson Hole, WY.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on....balloons?

Sometimes it can be hard to stay thankful.

Perhaps it's the astonishing fact that literally 1 minute after I put the vacuum cleaner away, the floor is already covered with bread crumbs that have been strewn for Hansel & Gretel, or there has been an explosion of Lego from wall to wall!

Or, sometimes I get tired of wiping poopy bums where I wonder how that stench could possibly be coming from my adorable child.

And, of course, tantrums are my favourite!

But then I will catch my daughter singing "Raindrops on roses, whiskers on balloons..." as she inserts her own special words into her much loved song from the sound of music.

As she sings through those words, I am reminded of the importance of thinking about the best things in life:

My wonderful wife
My amazing children
A warm house
A job
Ice cream
And best of all, a loving and gracious God who provides all these things.

So today I am determined to spend my day being thankful, and singing about all that I have to be thankful for!

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus"
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Contest & My review of a fabulous book, Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan @andrewklavan @litfuse

Courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group, check out a preview and my review of "Crazy Dangerous"


make sure you check out details of the contest at the end!

Crazy Dangerous


"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and-oh yeah-the weird murder . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies--prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.


Mark my words - if you pick up this book, you'd better plan on ignoring the world around you until it releases its grip on you. Crazy Dangerous is an astonishingly good read, simply impossible to put down. Never mind the fact that it's written primarily for a juvenile audience - and I'm not technically juvenile (well, my wife may argue that point at certain times). I just loved it! The action is intense and non-stop, and the descriptions completely immerse you in Sam's world until you feel the excitement, the danger, the craziness right along with him. I really enjoyed the first-person narrative style that the book is written in, an almost conversational manner that perfectly complemented the adrenaline-laced scenes. I thought the author also wove together the spiritual elements of the book in a brilliant manner, leaving the reader questioning what was supernatural in nature and what was due to chance, but ultimately fostering a sense of wonder at the complexity and mystery of God. Crazy Dangerous is a good, solid story, and one that will entertain teens - and maybe their parents - while not introducing them to questionable morals at the same time.

I highly recommend Crazy Dangerous, and look forward to what the author can come up with next! 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher & Litfuse for the purposes of this unbiased review.


 Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.
His books and screenplays have been turned into films directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Michael Douglas, Ed Burns, Michael Caine among others.

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CaliforniaBooks Sold to Date: over 1.5 million.

Checkout other reviews of Crazy Dangerous as part of the Litfuse Blog tour: 


Celebrate with Andrew Klavan by entering his Crazy Dangerous giveaway and connecting with him during the Author Chat Party on 5/29!

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $100 Visa Cash Card
  • A copy of Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan for YOU and 5 of your Friends!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on May 28th. Winner will be announced at the "Crazy Dangerous" Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/29. Andrew will be hosting an Author Chat, testing your survival trivia skills, giving away books and gift certificates to iTunes and! Don't miss a second of the "danger"!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another winner from Ann Tatlock: My review of Travelers Rest


A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment...

AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living...

A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it's too late to be forgiven...

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She's engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he's returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn't seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.

Seth isn't happy to see her. He'd asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she's determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do....


Ann Tatlock is an author who has never shied away from dealing with difficult issues of grief and loss and pain, and yet she does so in a way that is uplifting and ultimately entertaining as well. Her ninth book to date,  Travelers Rest, is another winner that again satisfies on many levels, a book that is utterly moving and is written with skill and artful prose. The characters are beautifully developed, and they are ones readers will easily connect with. I especially enjoyed the character of Jane Morrow and the struggles that she faces, interwoven with the story of the retired African-American doctor, Truman, and his own difficult past. I loved the vision/dream that Jane experiences near the end of the book, and while I don't want to give away details for fear of providing spoilers, I loved how it pointed so clearly to what Jesus accomplished for each of us, experiencing brokenness in His own body so that we might be healed. The conclusion is poignant, true to life in that everything is not tied up in a neat knot, and yet providing an ending that left me truly satisfied with how things end up even better than the characters could have hoped or dreamed of! That, itself, is a testimony to how God has so many blessings up His sleeve, blessings that may not always be apparent when we are down in the valley experiencing pain and uncertainty.

Travelers Rest is a book that is sure to delight fans of Ann Tatlock's previous novels, and equally sure to inspire new fans to pick up one of her books and savour the delightful words therein. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  


Ann Tatlock Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Enjoy a preview & review of Lisa Troyer's CD "A Place to Belong"

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card artist is:

and the cd:

℗ 2012 LifeWay Worship

***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***


 Radio personality, recording artist, speaker and author Lisa Troyer finds herself heart-deep in ministries that are changing lives forever. Her incredibly successful Circle of Friends women's ministry, formed over a decade ago, is growing in all directions. With ministry and songwriting partner Dawn Yoder, Lisa and her Circle of Friends offer women's conferences, leadership training, counseling services, worship music, life skills classes and marriage/family resources. No matter the outlet or the venue, Lisa uses her gift of encouragement, her influence and her resources to open doors for women everywhere to discover their significance and belonging through Christ.

Visit the author's website.


Every woman needs acceptance, love and a place to belong. That's the underlying theme of the new music CD, A Place to Belong (Lifeway Worship), from singer/songwriter Lisa Troyer, president of Circle of Friends Ministries. Refreshingly authentic and dynamic, the companion worship CD to Troyer's recently released book, A Place to Belong: Out of Our Comfort Zone and into God's Adventure (Barbour Publishing), tenderly draws women into a place of true freedom and belonging in the very heart of God.

To order go HERE.

Product Details:

$7.92 or $0.99 per song
Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music
Released: Mar 23, 2012
℗ 2012 LifeWay Worship



Lisa Troyer's heart for God absolutely shines clearly through her CD, A Place to Belong. The music is easy to listen to, though the songs have a somewhat repetitive feel to them. Not all of the songs are necessarily the type of music that I may normally listen to (though I personally know many who would connect with this style of music), but I absolutely love the lyrics and find that they are so encouraging, offering a message of hope and freedom to listeners. It would be impossible to listen to this CD and not come away newly appreciating the amazing attributes of God and His love for us.

I encourage listeners to sample her music and worship along with the Lisa, who is seeking to glorify God through music and her very life. I give this CD 3 out of 5 stars.

6 free fiction ebooks including "Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers Book 1" by Margaret Daley

Today Abingdon Press is offering 6 fiction ebooks free for download including the newest, "Saving Hope":

From for your Kindle:


Free non-fiction Christian ebook: Becoming Fearless: My Ongoing Journey of Learning to Trust God by Michelle Aguilar

Free for download for this week is the ebook "Becoming Fearless: My Ongoing Journey of Learning to Trust God" by Michelle Aguilar:

Becoming Fearless: My Ongoing Journey of Learning to Trust God  -     
        By: Michelle Aguilar

Download the EPUB from for your Kobo, Nook, Sony ereader.


From for your Kindle:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A satisfying début romance novel: My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

My Stubborn Heart, Becky Wade, 978-0-7642-0974-1


Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks her to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being attracted to him, drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded--hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light... whether he likes it or not. 

When the stilted, uncomfortable interactions between Kate and Matt slowly shift into something more, is God finally answering the longing of her heart? Or will Kate be required to give up more than she ever dreamed?


Darn it! Part way into the book I was determined that I was not going to get too much into the story as it just smacks of romance, with the typical too-good-looking-for-his-own-good guy, a wounded man needing rescuing. And then suddenly I found myself swept up into the story, becoming ever-more curious about the character's lives, and laughing out loud at many parts (as an example, I loved the scene where the elderly man asks Kate for love advice. Take a peek: "And I'm sick of waiting for that woman". He began to gesture, warming to his subject. "My wife's been gone twenty years and a man has needs..." If he finished that thought, Kate was going to hurl herself into the stream"). See what I mean?

So what can I say? Here I am, a male book reviewer, admitting to you that I quite enjoyed this contemporary romance story. The book is nicely plotted, humour is used judiciously, and the characters are wonderfully developed and ones you will easily connect with, feeling their emotions including their pain and their joy. I also appreciated how the characters, and especially Kate, focus on prayer and finding out God's will for their lives, and then obey His will even when it's difficult. They set a fine example, indeed, for our need to consult God on every aspect of our lives, and how His blessings flow to us as a consequence.And did I mention that Becky Wade is a debut author? She definitely deserves extra points for that!

I strongly recommend this book to readers looking for a good contemporary romance, and award this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  


Becky Wade is a graduate of Baylor University. As a newlywed, she lived for three years in a home overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, as well as in Australia, before returning to the States. A mom of three young children, Becky and her family now live in Dallas, Texas. 

Visit her website at

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'm throwin' down the gauntlet: Christian romance authors, try to leave the "hunk" out of "hunky"

Now bear with me here readers. I have a bone to pick.


I certainly understand that the average reader of romance, being of the female persuasion, desires to read about a man with washboard abs, rippling muscles, strong and masculine features, and legs like a gigantic Redwood Tree. They want him to be brawny but brainy, brave but...okay, I'm out of "b" words. 

They want the man on the left, not the man on the right:


But couldn't, once in awhile, the object of the female character's affection just be, you know, normal looking? Perhaps a love handle or two? Plain features? Minuscule muscles? Occasionally have bad breath? Still created by God and therefore is worthy of love and romantic admiration?

So I'm throwing down the gauntlet. 

I hereby challenge the current popular Christian authors of romance to write a book, in the next year, that features plain looking people who fall in love.

Lets see if it doesn't sell just as well as a book featuring the hottest man or woman God has ever created.....