Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Mayan Apocalypse by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

Hi Again!
This book opens with one man headed to meet with Robert Quetzal, the last Mayan priests, or prophet. It also opens with a generational drunk, and a meteor strike. Robert claims the world will end on 12-12-2012. Of course, he "alone" is in the position to save who he wants to from the coming destruction of the world.

Andrew Morgan is extremely wealthy, but he isn't one bit alright. His wife and son are dead, so he has a lot less to loose in some ways. Being one of the few to be saved by Robert Quetzal is an extremely attractive idea. Lisa Campell winds up  meeting Andrew, and sparks fly over their views of Quetzal. Lisa is a Christian, and she is also a journalist. Andrew feels that the math, science and astronomy support the end of the world on 12-12-2012.
However as Lisa digs into this story she puts her life in danger, because there are always those who are willing to kill to keep the truth from being known.

As the depths of Quetzal's greed and willingness to use religion to gain wealth and power for himself start to come to light, the "end of the world" and the Mayan timeframe are throughly discussed. As always, I don't give away the endings, but it wasn't the ending that I think most of us would expect.



This week the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Mayan Apocalypse
Harvest House Publishers(September 1, 2010)

Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

Mark Hitchcock is the author of more than 17 books related to end-time Bible prophecy, including the bestselling 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World. He earned a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has worked as an adjunct professor at DTS and has served as a contributing editor for the Left Behind Prophecy Club for five years.

Alton Gansky is the author of 30 books—24 of them novels, including the Angel Award winner Terminal Justice and Christie Award finalist A Ship Possessed. A frequent speaker at writing conferences, he holds BA and MA degrees in biblical studies. Alton and his wife reside in Southern California.

On the heels of Mark Hitchcock’s prophecy bestseller 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World comes a suspenseful novel (coauthored with bestselling novelist Alton Gansky) about the supposed expiration date of planet earth—December 21, 2012.
Andrew Morgan is a wealthy oil executive in search of the meaning of life. In his quest for answers he encounters the ancient Mayan predictions that the world will end in 2012. That the claims seem supported by math and astronomy drives him to check on them. Then he meets Lisa Campbell, an attractive Christian journalist also researching the Mayan calendar. When he learns that she is a Christian, he quickly dismisses what she has to say.
As the time draws closer to December 21, 2012, a meteorite impact in Arizona, a volcanic eruption, and the threat of an asteroid on a collision-course with earth escalate fears. Are these indicators of a global apocalypse? Will anyone survive? Does Lisa’s Christian faith have the answers after all? Or has fate destined everyone to a holocaust from which there is no escape?
Watch the book trailer:

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Mayan Apocalypse, go HERE.

The book link is:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson & Christopher Hopper (Book 2 The Berinfell Prophecies)

Hello Everyone,

Venom and Song is a  good, strong second book in this series! As with all good series, you have a group of main characters that need to grow together. In this book the seven young Lords do a great deal of learning, including how to be a real team. To survive it is a must to be able to fight together, and they mature a great deal in this book. The seven young lords are learning what it means to be a team, and to fight a common enemy, the Spider King. As soon as they are trained, things really speed up. I'm not going to spoil anything, but it ends with you waiting happily to read the next book. 

God is not left out at all in this book. Readers will find a well fused current of scripture being used as a weapon, which of course, it is.  While you can read this book alone, it is far better to have read The Spider King first. That is as it should be, because this is a series and they are meant to be read in order. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next one! 



Now in the strange realm of Allyra, the Seven young lords confront a traitor in their midst, a creature-infested forest, teenage fears and doubts, inexplicable mysteries . . . and the Spider King himself.

In a rigorous training program that makes boot camp look like Disneyland, the Seven must quickly learn to harness their own powers, work as one, and elude the Spider King's spies. But as the ancient Berinfell Prophecies are revealed, the Seven soon discover their training might not be enough. To stop the Spider King they must also unravel the secrets of the Rainsong, travel to a creepy, trap-infested fortress to find the legendary keystone, and lead the Berinfell Elves in an attack on the Spider King's own turf. An epic adventure with powerful messages about true strength, forgiveness, and working together as one body that will grab the attention of intermediate readers.

Learn more about The Berinfell Prophecies at

   About the Authors

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of five best-selling novels: Isle of SwordsIsle of Fire, and The Door Within Trilogy. A middle school reading teacher in Maryland for eighteen years, Wayne tailors his stories to meet the needs of the young people he cares so deeply about. Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locals because he believes that on a deep level, we all dream of doing something that matters and that we all long for another world.  Christopher Hopper, whose other books include Rise of The Dibor and The Lion Vrie, has often been called a modern day renaissance man, Not only an author, Christopher is a recording artist with nine CDs to his name, a youth pastor, president of a Christian discipleship school, and a motivational speaker for schools across the US and Europe. Christopher has dedicated his life to positively affecting the culture of his generation and longs to see young people inspired to live meaningful and productive lives.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Venom and Song -

Authors’ blogs
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Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
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D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
James Somers
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Jason Waguespac
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Judgement Day by Wanda Dyson

Hi All!

Judgement Day opens with a rush and a mystery that just keeps pages turning. I found out that Wanda Dyson is called "The Queen of High Octane Suspense”, and now I see why. A wonderful write up is below, but I'll go ahead and repeat it just a bit. Suzanne Kidwell is a reporter whos world is based on ratings more more truth. Ticking off the rich, famous, or powerful is all in a day's work, if the ratings are high.
Her show is called Judgement Day, and now someone has decided it is high time for her day of judgement to occur! Her actions have  landed Suzanne in serious trouble! She finds herself framed for murder, with few willing to aid or believe her. Why should they when she has so twisted the truth to her own advantages?

As Suzanne comes to terms with real life issues, such as how to clean up the mess she made of her life and Marcus's. Marcus is the man she was once engaged to, who she then betrayed.  Now he is the man who is her greatest hope of not spending her life behind bars, for a crime she didn't commit. Alex is helping Marcus, and she is Marcus's new love.

Well written, with lots of interaction between the main characters. I would definitely recommend this book, and I hope to read another one of Wanda Dyson's works so that I can see how this one compares to the rest!


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Judgment Day
WaterBrook Press (September 21, 2010)

Wanda Dyson
Wanda Dyson – "a shining example of what Christian fiction is becoming..." (Christian Fiction Review). She's been called a "natural" and a "master of pacing," but her fans know that whether it's police thrillers, suspense, or bringing a true story to life, Wanda knows how to take her readers on a journey they'll never forget.
Wanda is a multipublished suspense author, currently writing for Random House/Waterbrook. Her one attempt at a nonfiction book was picked for an exclusive release on Oprah. In addition to writing full time, she is also the appointment coordinator for the CCWC, Great Philadelphia Christian Writers, and ACFW conferences.
Wanda lives in Western Maryland on a 125 acre farm with a menagerie of animals and when she's not writing critically acclaimed suspense, or away at conferences, you can find her zipping across the fields on a 4-wheeler with Maya, her German Shepherd, or plodding along at a more leisurely pace on her horse, Nanza.

With the release of her newest hit, Judgment Day, Wanda is heading back to the keyboard to start on her next high-octane thriller, The Vigilante.
Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.
The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her employers, putting her credibility in question and threatening her professional ambitions.
Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find her deceased boyfriend, Dr. Guy Mandeville’s nurse, Cecelia Forbes unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, Cecelia is dead, Suzanne has her blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex-fiancĂ©–the man she betrayed in college.
Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.
Watch the book trailer:

If you would like to read the Prologue and first chapter of Judgment Day, go HERE.

The book link is:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Secret of The Shroud by Pamela Ewen

Hello Dear Readers,

A few of you know this book wasn't shipped when we had hoped, so I haven't read it yet! :(
I have, however, always been fascinated by The Shroud of Turin. It just makes you think.
I don't know if it was the actual shroud that Jesus was wrapped up in, but either way it makes
people think of Jesus. That works for me! Even if it isn't "real" it never ceases to cause people to
talk about Him rising from the dead. So I like it either way! I have heard that DNA on it didn't work, or
wasn't found, or something else. It has been a while since I studied it, so I will have to dig about
on the net and see if anything new has been released.

I will try to update this after I read the book. I really do hate that it didn't come in time.
Check out the information below!
Carol :)

Very well written and I do appreciate the work that Pamela Ewen put in to the research of the Shroud of Turin for this book. The story line was good as well. I really enjoyed the second story line, the one that pulled back to Yeshua over and over. I was a bit grieved at there not being a more definite answer of what happened to the Archbishop, but then again, maybe it is there I and didn't catch it like I should. The lives of all the characters were vivid, and moving.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Secret of The Shroud
B&H Books (September 1, 2010)

Pamela Ewen

Pamela’s first novel, Walk Back The Cat (Broadman & Holman. May, 2006) is the story of an embittered and powerful clergyman who learns an ancient secret, confronting him with truth and a choice that may destroy him.

She is also the best-selling author of the acclaimed non-fiction book Faith On Trial, published by Broadman & Holman in 1999, currently in its third printing.

Although it was written for non-lawyers, Faith On Trial was also chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in the Spring of 2000, along with The Case For Christ by Lee Stroble. Continuing the apologetics begun in Faith On Trial, Pamela also appears with Gary Habermas, Josh McDowell, Darrell Bock, Lee Stroble, and others in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, a Campus Crusade for Christ production.

Her most recent novel, The Moon in the Mango Tree (B&H Publishing Group, May 2008) is currently available online and in bookstores everywhere. Set in the 1920’s and based on a true story, it is about a woman faced with making a choice between career and love, and her search for faith over the glittering decade. Pamela’s upcoming book, Dancing On Glass, which was recently short-listed as a finalist for the Faulkner/Wisdom creative writing novel award, will be released in the spring of 2011, and she is currently working on a sequel.

A frightened apostle in AD 33, a tragic child in the 1950s, and a slick, twenty-first century church leader are all linked by the secret of the Shroud of Turin, the purported burial cloth of Jesus-and by something more.

Wesley Bright, a corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who abandoned him in his boyhood. Likable and entertaining, Bright keeps his motives well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way.

Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a fascinating puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he’s forced to confront a terrible choice: keep the secret—and the power, wealth, and fame he’s won over the years—or expose it...and lose everything.   At stake is one thing: absolute truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Secret of The Shroud, go HERE.

The book link is: 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

Hello Readers!

Below is the information for Ted Dekker's newest book, that I can't wait to read! What you said? I haven't read it? Well... there was a glitch and my book isn't in my hands yet. Ahhh, more to look forward too! :D
I am sure that once I get to read this book, that I will be one of the ones that is for this story.

So while you wait for my review, go get a copy and you can jump ahead of me this week! LOL! Oh, and if you are like me and  have a love/hate with waiting to read what you really want to see, check out the trailer and read the first chapter.

Updates will come....oh yes, they will!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Immanuel's Veins
Thomas Nelson (September 7, 2010)

Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.

Early in his career he wrote a number of spiritual thrillers and his novels were lumped in with ‘Christian Fiction’ a surprisingly large category. His later novels are a mix of mainstream novels such as Adam, Thr3e, Skin, Obsessed and BoneMan’s Daughters, and fantasy thrillers that metaphorically explore faith. Best known among these is his Circle Series: Green, Black, Red, White and The Paradise Books: Showdown, Saint, and Sinner.

Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.

After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study philosophy and religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.

In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.

He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel, Heaven’s Wager, was published.

Now, Dekker’s novels had sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.


This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Immanuel's Veins, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

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