Thursday, April 30, 2015

Levity and love collide in "After a Fashion" by Jen Turano


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about the book....


Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.


my review....


If you are anything like me, sometimes you just need a light-hearted novel that will lift your spirits with laughter. And if that's what you are looking for, then "After a Fashion" is for you! The first couple of chapters had me laughing out loud as Turano's delightful descriptions left me picturing Harriet in her ridiculous hat, bodily throwing a genteel woman into a carriage. Scene after scene found a smile on my face as I became acquainted with not only Harriet, but her quirky friends - and of course the handsome-and-eligible-but-sometimes-surly Oliver Addleshaw. Turano excels at bringing her characters to life in a truly unique fashion, and I have no doubt that readers are going to greatly enjoy getting to know them! Did the ending tie things up a little too neatly? Perhaps. Was some of the plot a tad outlandish? Maybe. But this book is just plain enjoyable from start to finish, with the fun plot balanced by an exploration of some deeper spiritual themes along the way, such as the consequences of living out mistruths or giving in to greed. I admire that Turano can write a romantic comedy that still points to the truth of Jesus - including a very moving and believable scene where one of the characters gives his life to Christ for the first time.

Witty dialogue, likeable characters, and laugh-out-loud moments are going to make "After a Fashion" a new favourite of Jen Turano's fans. And if you've never yet given this author a try, well, what are you waiting for? Perhaps a few hours with Harriet are just what you need!

4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 



 about the author....


Jen Turano

Jen Turano, author of six books, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.










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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win a copy of the wonderful album "Let It Be Jesus" by Christy Nockels



about the album....



Recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, the first ever live album from Christy Nockels releases April 28. LET IT BE JESUS features a blend of old and new worship songs, along with a new recording of 'Let It Be Jesus.' Christy is a featured worship leader at Passion Conferences, which have seen hundreds of thousands of university students proclaim the name of Jesus. Along with her husband, producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Matt Redman), Christy leads worship at Passion City Church.


my review....


Fans of Christy Nockels rejoice! "Let It Be Jesus", her first ever LIVE album, is a beautiful compilation of songs that will set your feet to dancing one moment and have you battling tears the next. The songs are catchy and the lyrics meaningful, with a good mix of faster and slower paced songs. My children broke into dancing with "Freedom Song" and insisted on playing it over and over. After I finally convinced them to move on to listen to more of the album, the whole family enjoyed song after song, with the title track "Let It Be Jesus" probably becoming the overall favourite. As I've been listening to this song this past week, I've come to absolutely love the piano accompaniment, and as the song builds towards the chorus I can't help but break out into the lyrics, "For me, to live is Christ, God I breathe Your name above everything, Let it be, Let it be Jesus". I greatly enjoy the different instruments and interesting melodies featured in these tunes, and marvel that no matter the song, they all truly point me to Jesus. Another favourite of mine is the song "Leaning On You Jesus". So often life can throw curve balls our way, and we can feel like we have nowhere to turn. What a powerful reminder that we can lean on the Lord, as we declare along with Christy, "How sweet it is to trust you Lord, I'm learning how to trust you more, oh I will trust in the name of the Lord my God."

Listeners who long for music that they can sing along to with their family, songs that will move singers into the throne room of God, should plan on getting "Let It Be Jesus". You'll enjoy the beautiful music, you'll love the powerful lyrics, and you'll be able to worship God all at the same time. Now what could be better than that?

I award this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.



"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


 about the musician....

Christy Nockels
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She's seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin. Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Help My Unbelief - Open up my eyes, Lord!





So often, I hear amazing stories of faith, of miracles happening around me, and I realize that my belief is so small in comparison to others. My eyes are fixed on the world, and focused on my own abilities, rather than the power of God. 

"God", I cry, "Open my eyes! Let me see the world as you do!"

And you know the amazing thing? He really does honour that prayer!


Suddenly the smelly homeless person in line next to me becomes a man that God deeply loves, and as I engage in conversation I don't even notice the smell any more! Suddenly I can play a role in nudging that man towards the cross.


The cancer my aunt has becomes small in the eyes of God, and I can trust Him for healing, for peace, for miracles.


My anxiety over the unbelief of my friend becomes replaced by faith that God is going to MOVE, that He's going to unmask their eyes and lead them to belief in Jesus.


Are YOU doubting that God hears your prayers? Then take comfort, because the Bible shows, and history shows, that God can do the impossible. When you pray, the answer may not always be what you were expecting or even hoping for. The answer may take longer than you'd like. But it will be good, because God can do nothing less. 


Ephesians 3:20 states,

"(He) is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,"


When you look at the problems in your life, are you looking at them with that promise in mind? Or are you believing lies that aren't from God?  Lies like these:


My marriage is dead - I might as well walk away

I have no job - I can't provide for my family

I'm addicted to pornography - I'll never get free


Don't believe these lies. Rather remember his promises, that HIS POWER is at work in you! The same power that raised Christ from the dead! He WILL meet all your needs according to His glorious riches. He can do even more than you ask - so ask away.

And if you are just stuck in a place of unbelief, go read Mark 9, where a father comes to Jesus to ask him to heal his son who has an evil spirit. The father certainly doesn't have some perfect faith that would compel Jesus to hear his cry for help. But he says to Jesus:


"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!


And Jesus does!

So Jesus CAN heal your marriage. He CAN help you provide for your family. He can FREE you from pornography. He can do MORE than you can ask or imagine.

Will you pray that prayer, for God to help you overcome your unbelief? 




A New Series from Colleen Coble | ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ Tour, Giveaway, and Party

Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. Colleen Coble's new book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!

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  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!

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Free fiction ebook: "One Lane Bridge" by Don Reid

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Check out "Double Cross" by Diann Mills


Introducing "Double Cross" by DiAnn Mills, courtesy of CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
by
Diann Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

ABOUT THE BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon. As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

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Free ebook for US readers: "So Not Okay" by Nancy Rue

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Loved it! "Finding Me" by Kathryn Cushman


Cover Art


about the book....


What would you do if you learned your life was a lie? 

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction. 


How far would you go to discover the truth?


Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.



my review....


Kathryn Cushman returns in fine form with her latest novel, "Finding Me". All the best things I love about Cushman's writing are again present, as readers will encounter strong characterization, lots of plot twists, and a tale with such emotional depth that you will no doubt be reaching for the Kleenex. I simply couldn't get enough of the character of Kelli, whose entire world is rocked to its core upon the discovery that her father and stepmother were keeping life-changing secrets from her. Watching her journey of discovering the truth about her past and about who she is was fascinating to behold, and had me contemplating how I would respond in similar circumstances. How would I be able to forgive my parents if they acted like Kelli's did? How would that change how I felt about myself? Cushman has done such an admirable job of making her characters come to life that I wanted to step into the pages and give Kelli a hug and a little bit of hope that the ending is coming - and we all know that books have happy endings, right? No book such as this could have a perfectly resolved ending, but its realistic portrayal of Kathryn's life and of blessings in the midst hardship made the ending all the sweeter.

Readers are sure to close the pages of this novel feeling uplifted and encouraged, with the knowledge that God can redeem even those situations that seem hopeless. "Finding Me" is one of those books that will be waiting on my shelf until I can have the chance to again revisit these characters and this intriguing plot that kept me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and award it a high recommendation and 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 



 about the author....


Kathryn Cushman

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author ofAngel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her website at www.kathryncushman.com








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Congrats to Jess, who won the copy of "The Adventures of Pajama Girl". Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon!