Tuesday, November 18, 2008

White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Greetings Readers! 

Here is a nice fast easy going read called White Christmas Pie! I liked the name, so I picked the book! ;) While I haven't been around as many of The Plain people as some other friends I know, I do have a fondness for them in my heart. The way this book was written, and the lives show in it were done very nicely! I enjoyed the book. I loved the puppies, anyone who knows me will know why! Over all this is a story about love, and forgiveness and where God is when you need Him. Check it out if you get a chance!

Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

White Christmas Pie

Barbour Publishing, Inc (September 1, 2008)


Wanda E. Brunstetter


Fascinated by the Amish people during the years of visiting her husband's family in Pennsylvania, WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER combined her interest with her writing and now has eleven novels about the Amish in print, along with numerous other stories and ministry booklets. She lives in Washington State, where her husband is a pastor, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the states.

This year Wanda also published A Sister's Hope


Step into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you'll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall.

Abandoned by his father, Will Henderson was raised by an Amish couple. Now he's about to marry Karen Yoder but is having second thoughts. Can Will overcome the bitterness of his past in order to secure his future? Karen cannot break through the barrier her fiance has suddenly constructed around his heart. When she seeks the advice of an old boyfriend, Will begins to see green. Has he already lost his chance for happiness?

When an accident threatens Will's life, the strength of blood ties is tested. Will a recipe for White Christmas pie contain the ingredients for a happily-ever-after?

If you would like to read the first chapter of White Christmas Pie, go HERE

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1597899372

Watch the book trailer:

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shade By John B. Olsen

Hi Everyone! 

This was one of the neatest reads! I found it fascinating, and I didn't want to put it down. I did have to though, but the neatest thing happened to me. I think Mr. Olsen prayed over this book very heavily when writing it. Why you ask? Because every single night that I was reading this book I had the neatest, most creative dreams! I could be wired differently from everyone else, but for me this was just such a neat experience. Hailey and Melchi are wonderful characters, as well as Athena and of course, Sabazios. 

I found this book to be gripping and creative, and God was not the least bit left out. I felt that this book was quite real, and not that far removed from today's world either. How often we must walk to faith and not by sight, and we often don't know it when it is happening. I felt every second of Hailey's having to walk by faith, and I felt every single second Melchi's single minded purpose to serve The Holy One, and not falter. I found myself in position of understanding far too deeply how both these characters felt in so many ways of how things they were thinking related to my life. It isn't just people who think they are Vampires, it is everyday real evil that we fight in many forms. The obvious forms, the tiny forms, the things we almost miss, the things we see plainly. All this a much more was found and deal with in a super pace in this book. I loved the name "The Standing", and it reminded me even more that as a Child of God, how strong am I standing against the darkness?

A very recommended read! 
Carol :) 

Featured book, Shade http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805447342 .

Monday, November 10, 2008

When The Day Of Evil Comes by Melanie Wells

Hey Everyone! 

A "little bird" told me the third book of her series was the best, but I think she sold her self a bit short because this book was great!!! I read it without stopping to do anything else major! That includes the stew I ate while carefully not dripping on my book! ;) A gripping very real life story of what happens when we encounter real life demons and angels. I enjoyed every second of reading this book, and I am going to be reading and reviewing the 2nd book in this series soon! Then, when I finish it, I will be hunting about to see if I can find any other work by this wonderful Author! 

On a more personal note, this book was so much like some of my own writing that I was encouraged, and the flame that causes me to write was reignited. I am dusting off my far behind novel that I started last year. I simply must finish it, I think people might need it! So, not only did I get to read a wonderful book that left me feeling encouraged and strengthened, but I also feel a renewed urge to work on my own writing!  

Find this book and read it! 
Carol :) 

Bizarre Encounter Initiates Extreme Spiritual Battle 

Dylan Foster’s carefully constructed, orderly world begins to fray, thread by thread, the day the eyes of hell turn upon her. After a chance encounter with a creepy, sickly looking stranger, her days become punctuated with disturbing, inexplicable events. Desperate for answers, Dylan seeks not only to extricate herself from the nightmare, but to separate the spiritual from the earthly, friend from foe, angel from devil, good from evil. She’s smack in the eye of the battle with only God-issued spiritual armor and her own wits to protect her. 

I saw the first fly alight on the edge of my plate during supper. This was no ordinary fly. It was huge. The size of a small Volkswagen. I could have painted daisies on it and sold rides to small children. 

Hotter than the eyes of hell... 

School is back in session, but for psychology professor Dylan Foster, the promise of a new semester is dying in the heat of the late Texas summer. First, there is the bizarre encounter with a ghastly pale stranger. Then her mother’s engagement ring turns up—the same ring that was buried with her mother two years before. 
Soon, Dylan’s carefully ordered world is unraveling, one thread at a time. A former patient accuses her of impropriety, putting her career in jeopardy. A suicide plunges her deeper into shadow. Relationships with colleagues start to crumble. And then there are those flies in her house... 
Dylan Foster is about to get a crash course in spiritual warfare—and a glimpse of her own small but significant role in a vast eternal conflict. But when the dust settles, will anything be left of her life as she knows it? 

Story Behind the Book
The reality of spiritual warfare has long fascinated Melanie Wells. A practicing private counselor, she is energized by pondering the significance of seemingly mundane events, the importance of individual faithfulness, and the connection between the spiritual realm and the empirical world. She emphasizes these themes in her book, where the first scene came to her in a dream. 
A native of the Texas panhandle and the child of musicians, Melanie Wells attended Southern Methodist University on a music scholarship (she's a fiddle player), and later completed graduate degrees in counseling psychology and Biblical studies at Our Lady of the Lake University and Dallas Theological Seminary. She has taught at the graduate level at both OLLU and DTS, and has been in private practice as a counselor since 1992. She is the founder and director of LifeWorks counseling associates in Dallas, Texas, a collaborative community of creative therapists. When the Day of Evil Comes is her first published work of fiction, and the first of a three-book series. The second work, The Soul Hunter was released in May, 2006. Melanie lives and writes in Dallas.
The Book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590524268

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler

Hi All!
Beautiful book! The election has me all messed up, but this is a nice one!
Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Rain Song

Bethany House (October 1, 2008)


Alice J. Wisler


Alice sold her first story to David C. Cook for a take-home Sunday School paper called Sprint. The year was 1988, this was her first submission to a paying market, and the check sent to her was for $125.00.

She was on her way!

Since then, Alice has sold articles and devotions to the Upper Room, Alive Now, Standard Publishing, ByLine magazine and others.

In 2006 she sent her novel Rain Songto Bethany House...and the rest is history! She signed a two -book deal and the second, How Sweet It Is will be out in 2009.


Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, motorcycles, and most of all, Japan, where her parents once were missionaries. Something happened in Japan...something that sent Nicole and her father back to America alone...something of which Nicole knows only bits and pieces. But she is content with life in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, with her quirky relatives, tank of lively fish, and plenty of homemade pineapple chutney. Through her online column for the Pretty Fishy Web site, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, much to her dismay, lives in Japan. She attempts to avoid him, but his emails tug at her heart. Then Harrison reveals that he knew her as a child in Japan. In fact, he knows more about her childhood than she does.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rain Song, go HERE

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764204777