Friday, August 29, 2008

A Passion Redeemed By Julie Lessman

Hey Readers,

WOW! This was such a *major* improvement over the last book! I am pleased that I gave it a try. The last one just didn't do well with me. But everything that A Passion Most Pure lacked, was made up for in A Passion Redeemed! I had not realized that A Passion Most Pure was Ms. Julie Lessman's first novel, that does explain things to me. I think the first ones are hardest, but I do think that this book is so much stronger that it made having read the first one worth it! This book was worth reading. Check it out! 

Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Passion Redeemed

Revell (September 1, 2008)


Julie Lessman


Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure was her first novel.


No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought. Charity O'Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and flirtatious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is.

Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won't play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants--one way or another.

Or does she? Will her best-laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever? Book 2 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Redeemed will captivate your heart and stir your soul with a story of faith and redemption rising from the ashes of temptation, desire, and shame.

Praise for the first book in the series:

"Full of romance, humor, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page." --Historical Novels Review "Superb! Incredible!

"I loved Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure from the second I picked it up until the very last moment I stopped reading." --Armchair Interviews

"I devoured this book and loved every single page. . . . This is a thick, juicy read, and one I would pick up again in a heartbeat."

If you would like to read an excerpt from A Passion Redeemed, go HERE.

The book link is:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Broken Angel By Sigmund Brouwer

Greetings Everyone! 

I was privilged to wind up with this book on my review list for a second time. As time has passed, I have grown to like this book more and more. It is very thought captivating. I wasn't sure what to do about having a book in my "Queue" for a second time, so I was thrilled to find out that I could do an e-mail interview with Mr. Brouwer!
Below is that interview, which I must add, was a wonderful experience for me. Thank you Mr. Brouwer!
Carol :)

Q: This is is the first book of yours that I have had the opportunity to read and I was thrilled to find that you are such a well published author with over 90 novels already! When and how did you know that God had called you to write? 

A: Well, first, I love the sound of ’90 novels’, and I’d like to take credit for doing as much work as that sounds, but in terms of full disclosure, I need to reluctantly admit that many of those books are kids books in a few different series, and the kids books are so much shorter than a a ‘real’ novel. It’s been 18 full novels so far, and I also have to admit I’m a reluctant writer. I love being a published author and I love talking about the process and I love seeing books in print, but the actual writing process is difficult for me.

As for knowing when and how, I guess I wasn’t going to quit until I was published. I started writing in my early twenties and plugged away until my first kids book was published in 1990. Then about three years later, my first novel. 

Q: What was your greatest motivation for writing Broken Angel

A: I love your question, because it lets me talk about my little girls. This is really a daddy/daughter story, with the genetics and politics as a backdrop.Although my primary concern was to tell a story, I also wanted to explore the idea that there are some dangers to mixing faith with politics, as I'd like to suggest that Jesus was more concerned with transforming individuals than legislation, and that he declined the chance to become a powerful political figure and instead chose the suffering of the cross.

I'd also like to suggest that when people of faith give authority to a leader, as they did when the Israelites requested a king, or when the early church elected a pope, that this authority can also lead to danger. Because with authority comes power, and to retain power means maintaining control.  We see that the Old Testament kings soon became more concerned about power than serving God, and the disasters that followed. Same with the religious leaders in the temple in the time of Jesus. Same with the Catholic Church and worldly popes, whose abuse of authority led Martin Luther to begin a reformation; as an example, in efforts to maintain control, the church leaders of the early 1500s banned English translations of the Bible, and burned William Tyndale for ignoring the ban, because they did not want laypeople to be able to read the Bible for themselves. 

Given this, I wonder where American politics might be in a generation or two, as evangelicals discover the power of bloc voting and continue to give authority to a select few leaders to represent them. The innocence and good intentions of the last decade may well disintegrate to a control grab by unscrupulous leaders. Broken Angel, of course, is that speculative world. 

Q: I found this web site, with a wonderful song by your wife, Cindy Morgan. You know I have to ask, are the two beautiful little girls in the video your daughters?     

Q: Cloning and DNA manipulation is currently an issue among dog breeders. Do you feel that time is quickly approaching, or that it has already arrived where alterations on the genetic level, like the ones that Caitlin was born with, are a real possibilities in our current world? 

A:Unfortunately, it’s more than a feeling. The science is advanced enough to make it a reality in the near future.

Q: How far into the world that you created in Broken Angel do you feel that America has already reached?

A: Thankfully, I don’t feel it’s close to  Broken Angel’s world, and I believe credit must be given to the First Amendment. For Broken Angel to happen, would take a major world-changing event like global war, that would shake America's political foundation, and the disappearance of the First Amendment. While my political philosophy is much different than many who like the ACLU, and I’m not in agreement with all that it does, I’m in full support of the ACLU’s efforts to separate religion from public institutions. America is a democracy, not a theocracy. Those who wish otherwise need look no farther than the Inquisition to see the importance of the First Amendment. Faith is very important in our family, but my wife and I have the freedom to share that with our daughters at home or church.  The First Amendment ensures me that our children are protected from people of other religions trying to impose those views upon them in a public setting.

Q:If you would have your readers carry one thing from this book what would it be?

A: I think one of God’s greatest gifts to us is that he allows us freedom to choose our beliefs. We see that in the garden, when Adam and Eve were permitted to choose. With this, of course, comes heartache. The father in the parable of the prodigal son respected the son’s freedom, but was always waiting for when the son chose to come home. We are born free creatures; God wants us to fly.

Q: I saw great openings for sequels from this book! Do you think you will write a sequel to Broken Angel?

A: Already started! I’m working on it right now. Broken Angel has too many loose ends; and I couldn’t find a natural place in the novel to answer those questions without disrupting the story. In the sequel, as Caitlyn is Outside learning more about the events that forced Jordan to flee to Appalachia with Caitlyn while she was a baby, Caitlyn as an adult is about to discover there is a far greater secret hidden from her than the one in Broken Angel.


Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen best-selling novels for children and adults. His newest book is Fuse of Armageddon and his novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC’s Good Morning America. A champion of literacy, he teaches writing workshops for students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.


Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.
Her destiny is beyond comprehension.
Her pursuers long to see her broken.
She fights to soar.

A father's love for his daughter…a decision that would change both their lives forever. But who is she really─and why must she now run for her life?

Caitlin's body has made her an outcast, a freak, and the target of vicious bounty hunters. As she begins a perilous journey, she is forced to seek answers for her father's betrayal in the only things she can carry with her─a letter he passes her before forcing her to run, and their shared memories together.

Being hunted forces Caitlyn to partner with two equally lonely companions, one longing to escape the horror of factory life in Appalachia and the others, an unexpected fugitive. Together the three will fight to reach a mysterious group that might be friend or foe, where Caitlyn hopes to uncover the secrets of her past...and the destiny she must fulfill.

In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal.

Prepare yourself to experience a chilling America of the very near future, as you discover the unforgettable secret of the
Broken Angel.

In this engrossing, lightning-paced story with a post-apocalyptic edge, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer weaves a heroic, harrowing journey through the path of a treacherous culture only one or two steps removed from our own.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

House Of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

Me again! 

WOW! This book surprised me! A wonderful job by Matt Bronleewe! I am thrilled to see him writing books as well as what we have heard from his music career.  I was interested to find that this was a second book in a series, but it stood alone so well that I didn't know it for a while! That is an accomplishment all on its own! 

This book is fast paced!  Lots of movement, action, tension and intrigue! This book starts out with a copy of The Gospels of Henry The Lion being given to August and by his Father, under the guise as something that August's son would enjoy. Then all chaos starts to break loose! Secret Organizations and Societies are plotting to rule the world! In the middle of it all is August and one rare book, as the Black Vehm races to find a treasure so rare that Hitler had sought after it. 

Read a copy quickly before it winds up on the "big screen" and you find yourself behind! 

Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

House Of Wolves

Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)


Matt Bronleewe

Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.


A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

If you would like to read anexcerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE

The book link is:

Merciless By Robin Parrish

Hello Readers! 

A good book! Though I came in on the end of this trilogy, this was still a good stand alone book.  It was fast paced, and I liked how love was shown in this book. Though not used in quite these words; Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for another, that theme was shown through out this book. It was fast paced, and action packed. A good read! 

Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Bethany House - July 1, 2008)


Robin Parrish


Robin Parrish had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract.

More than ten years he spent writing for various websites, including,, and Infuze Magazine, which is a unique intersection between art and faith which he also conceived of and created.

One of his more "high concept" ideas for Infuze was to return to his love for storytelling and create a serialized tale that would play out every two weeks, telling a complete, compelling story over the course of nine months. That serialized story eventually came to the attention of several publishers, who saw it as a potential debut novel for Robin Parrish.

In 2005, Bethany House Publishers brought Robin full circle by contracting him for the rights to not only that first book, Relentless -- but two sequels including Fearless and Merciless. A trilogy that unfolded in the consecutive summers of 2006, 2007, and this year, 2008. One massive tale -- of which that first, original story would form only the foundational first volume of the three -- spread across three books.

Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about pop culture for more than a decade. Currently he serves as Senior Editor at, a community portal that fuses social networking with magazine-style features about entertainment and culture. He and his wife, Karen and son live in North Carolina.


The world as we know it has ENDED.
DEATH and CHAOS creep across the globe and only the POWERLESS can RISE UP to stop it.

But can anything stop the onslaught of the DARKWORLD

From the earth's depths crawls a figure with skin like granite, flames for eyes, and the face of Grant Borrows.
Oblivion has arrived.

Every clock around the world has stopped. Time has frozen.

The Secretum have fulfilled the prophecy, unleashing on earth the most powerful being to walk the earth in thousands of years. His name is Oblivion and his touch is death.

He can't be slowed.
He can't be stopped.
And he can't be killed.

But as long as any live who trust in hope and love and freedom, the fight is not over.

They have only one chance before he brings forth the Darkworld.

Oblivion is: Merciless

"Robin Parrish is the kind of writer who understands how to entertain from the word go. His stories are sure to shape fiction for years to come."
~TED DEKKER, author of ADAM

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

The book link is:

Thursday, August 14, 2008

That's (Not Exactly) Amore By Tracey Bateman

Greetings All! 

This was a cute book! I enjoyed it. The characters were vivid and likable. This book was all about choices. Choices like who to marry, who to date, and what career path to take. If you read this book you get to follow Laini as she works through who she should date, or marry, and what to do with her career. Is she in the right one, or the wrong one? And how can she figure out who is Mr. Right, and who is Mr. Wrong? If you are looking for a nice read, this one works out well! 

Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

That's (Not Exactly) Amore

FaithWords (August 14, 2008)


Tracey Bateman

Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Drama Queen Series, Catch A Rising Star (#1) and You Had Me At Goodbye (#2)

She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.

Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines.

She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.

When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems: one, Nick's nephew Joe hates all of her ideas and two, Laini has to admit he's right--she's a disaster at design. Still, she can't risk losing the job. To compromise, Joe brings in help on the project, while Laini continues to bake the goodies that keep his customers lining up.
Their relationship is moving along, so when new guy Officer Mark Hall implies that Joe's family is tied to the mob, Laini doesn't want to believe it. But things spin out of control when she meets the family, including "the uncles," who seem to confirm Mark's suspicions. To make things worse, Nana Pantalone makes it clear Laini isn't the kind of girl she has in mind for her grandson. Laini's not sure if she should give Joe the benefit of the doubt or just set her sites on Mark and fuhgetaboutit.

"Tracey draws us into the world of family and friendship with a few surprising twists along the way Bravo!"
~RACHEL HAUCK, author of Diva NashVegas and Sweet Caroline

If you would like to read the first chapter of That's (Not Exactly) Amore, go HERE

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

All Through The Night by Davis Bunn

Hi There! 

All Through The Night was a unique book to me. The writing style was different, but very moving. It was a bit like a fast paced TV show. Wayne has a sorted past, that is catching up with him as fast as it can. Try as he might to lock it away inside of himself, it has to be dealt with. Things are only excellerated by Wayne's sister moving him into take care of a community of elderly people who have been scammed! Wayne soon finds himself in the middle of caring for this community, his sister, a teen-ager, and a woman as well! All he wants is to keep God and everyone else out of his life so that he will not hurt again, but it looks like he isn't going to be able to do that this time. The lady who has now employed him says her boss has been visited by a real life angel! Wayne will have to find where his Faith lies, and what he is going to do about his colorful past and feelings that he doesn't want to deal with.

Check it out! 
Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

All Through The Night

(Bethany House - July 1, 2008)


Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in fifteen languages. His audiences spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include My Soul To Keep, and Full Circle . A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write.

A loner, trying to forget. A community--and a woman--who need for him to remember...
Broken relationships and unfulfilled promises scatter themselves across Wayne's past like burned-out craters. His background in military special-ops is something he's trying to forget. But when he gets himself sweet-talked into helping a quirky group of seniors who've been scammed, he discovers it will take a lot more than muscle and nerve. Breach a conman's high-security estate to recover stolen money? No problem. Become part of community? Love again? Not on your life.

A lawyer with her own painful past is intrigued by Wayne and asks him to take on another unusual case--Tatanya's wealthy employer believes he's been visited angel? Did a messenger from God in a pinstripe suit truly bring a divine warning, or is this merely another cruel hoax? Tatanya is willing to trust Wayne with her boss's life, but she's not sure she's ready to trust him with her own wounded heart.

With a financial analyst's skills and a warrior's tenacity, Wayne races to unmask dangerous forces hiding behind a corporate veil. But he will need all his resources--and then some--against an unseen enemy bent on destroying his fragile bid for a second chance at life...and love.

All he wanted was to put his past behind him. But now it's the only thing that will save them...

If you would like to read the first chapter of All Through The Night, go HERE

The book link is:

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dragonlight by Donita K. Paul (More thoughts!)

Greetings Again!

What? I reviewed this book twice? Well, yes! LOL! I have this quirk about me, if I like something, I will tend to pick it over and over again! I didn't realize it until later. Opps? No, I don’t think so! I think I got a fantastic change to make sure more and more people check out Mrs. Donita K. Paul's work!!! I did read a bit more of this book, I couldn't resist! And, since Mrs. Paul left me such a wonderful idea in a comment prior to this post, I can say that I tried. We live in this really rural place, and when you ask for books at our library they look at you like you are a Martian asking for a donut! They aren't sure which is more foreign, a Martian, a donut or a book request! Uggg!

Meanwhile, I can’t say enough good things about this book! I did check out some of the other reviews from people who had a heads up long before me and got to read the first 4 books in this series. I am on a QUEST to find them so I can read them! When I found out that Mrs. Paul is going to have A NEW SERIES in this same land, but yet a whole new series, I just tingled with anticipation! Mrs. Donita K. Paul, you have a new fan! ;) My book shelves will soon have a row just for your work! 

This series is fascinating, and I recommend reading them! Whatever I have to do to get a hold of them is going to happen! Buying them, getting them through your library, or even bumming them off friends to read! (But do give them back to your friends!) I really can’t wait to read more of your work Mrs. Paul!!!

Your new fan,
Carol :)  
Carol E. Keen

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(WaterBrook Press - June 17, 2008)


Donita K. Paul

Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”

She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops.

“God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.”

Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.

Donita is an award-winning author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicle series including DragonFire and DragonKnight.

When not writing, she is often engaged in mentoring writers of all ages. Donita lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she is learning to paint–walls and furniture! Visit her website at

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The fantastic land of Amara is recovering from years of war inflicted on its citizens by outside forces–as well as from the spiritual apathy corroding the Amarans’ hearts. With Kale and her father serving as dragon keepers for Paladin, the dragon populace has exploded. It’s a peaceful, exciting time of rebuilding. And yet, an insidious, unseen evil lurks just beneath the surface of the idyllic countryside.

Truth has never been more important, nor so difficult to discern.

As Kale and her father are busy hatching, bonding, and releasing the younger generation of dragons as helpers throughout the kingdom, the light wizard has little time to develop her skills. Her husband, Sir Bardon–despite physical limitations resulting from his bout with the stakes disease–has become a leader, serving on the governing board under Paladin. When Kale and Bardon set aside their daily responsibilities to join meech dragons Regidor and Gilda on a quest to find a hidden meech colony, they encounter sinister forces. Their world is under attack by a secret enemy… can they overcome the ominous peril they can’t even see?

Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this dazzling, beautifully-crafted conclusion to Donita K. Paul’s popular DragonKeeper Chronicles fantasy series.

If you would like to read the first chapter of DragonLight, go HERE
"DragonLight is a delight, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the marvelous Donita K. Paul. I heartily recommend her books to all ages who love inspirational fantasy and wonderful creatures. Ms Paul not only supplies imagination and talent, she provides heart and soul. Another winner!"
~KATHRYN MACKEL, author of Boost
"Donita K. Paul is amazing! DragonLight has the allegorical depth to satisfy the most discerning adult seeking spiritual depth, yet it is fun enough to fascinate a child. This book will enthrall, uplift, and if allowed, change lives--as we are gently drawn to realize that each of us is flawed and must have patience with other flawed believers."
~HANNAH ALEXANDER, author of Double Blind
The book link is: