Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren

Greetings Readers!

For some reason the publisher didn't ship this book on time, so I am going to let you know as much as I can with out having been able to finish reading it! Aggg! Sorry about that!

PJ Sugar is one of the main charactors. From the first chapter I would think most of us can realate to her on some level. Her life is in pieces and she is having to deal with the parts again. All her best laid plans have fallen apart, and her past is back to harrass/confront her. PJ's nickname is NBT, Nothing But Trouble because troublesome issues just seem to gravitate to her. PJ has a lot to face as the always in trouble daughter from the wealthy Sugar family.

I can tell you that this book is super easy to read. It just flows from page to page, and that Susan Warren has created a fun book here! So far I really like Mrs. Warren's writing style for when I want a fast fun "light" book to read.

Carol :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Nothing But Trouble

Tyndale House Publishers (May 1, 2009)


Susan May Warren


Susan grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. Her favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota is where she met her husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living.

The north woods easily became the foundation for her first series, The Deep Haven series, based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. Her first full-length book, Happily Ever After, became a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

As an award winning author, Susan returned home in 2004, to her native Minnesota after serving for eight years with her husband and four children as missionaries with SEND International in Far East Russia. She now writes full time from Minnesota's north woods and the beautiful town that she always dreamed of living in.

You can sample a chapter of each and every one of Susan's novels, on her website, HERE.


PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

1) After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that's become her life, she needs a fresh start.

2) The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister's wedding is Boone-her former flame and the reason she left town.

3) Her best friend's husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn't know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she'll uncover much more than she bargained for-a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she's been longing for.

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nothing But Trouble, go HERE

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel

Hi Readers!

This is a book that will keep your mind moving the entire time! It is like a cross between Magnuim PI and Indian Jones. The main character seemingly wrote the book, so you get to read it all from a first person perspective. While I am still not at all sure what Dr. Jake Hawthorne really looks like, I feel like I have read his autobiography of this adventure he lived through. That is a pretty neat way to write a book if you ask me!

Jake Hawthrone finds himself eye-ball and gun point deep in a mystery that he wonders if God would even allow, while his ex-finace' is by his side making matter both better and worse. This book is definatly worth reading, and I am so glad I was able to read it while on a short trip! That has been a great deal of enjoyment for me.

Check it out when you get time!
Carol :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Elisha's Bones

(Bethany House March 1, 2009)


Don Hoesel


Don Hoesel was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, TN home. He is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal.

He lives in Spring Hill with his wife and two children.

Elisha's Bones is his first novel.


Every year, professor of antiquities Jack Hawthorne looks forward to the winter break as a time to hide away from his responsibilities. Even if just for a week or two. But this year, his plans are derailed when he's offered almost a blank check from a man chasing a rumor.

Billionaire Gordon Reese thinks he knows where the bones of the prophet Elisha are--bones that in the Old Testament brought the dead back to life. The bones of the prophet once raised the dead to life... but they vanished from history in a whisper.

Bankrolled by a dying man of unlimited means, Hawthorne's hunt spans the globe and leads him into a deadly conspiracy older than the church itself. A born skeptic, Jack doesn't think much of the assignment but he could use the money, so he takes the first step on a chase for the legendary bones that will take him to the very ends of the earth.

But he's not alone. Joined with a fiery colleague, Esperanza Habilla, they soon discover clues to a shadowy organization whose long-held secrets have been protected . . . at all costs. And he soon discovers those sworn to keep the secret of the bones will do anything to protect them. As their lives are threatened again and again, the real race is to uncover the truth before those chasing them hunt them down.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Elisha's Bones, go HERE

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka

Ahoy Mates!

This is a book that is written a bit like I would think the scripts of "Pirates of the Caribbean" must have wanted their script to look. Enter a world rich with high seas adventure, mystery, love and death and a carefuly told tale.

Come on now, ye know ye love a good tale! I don't think ye will be a'sleepn during it either! Plenty a fights and swords cross, cannons, guns and underwater "monkeys" that suck the marrow out of ye bones. And if it be love ye seek, then ye will not want to miss this one, for love gone all around and strange is 'tween the pages of this one. After all, what else a pirate waiting to die suppose to do while dangling over certain death suppose to do other than wonder how the tale of his life and end will be told?

Carol :)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker

Hey Readers,

If you like "horror" or anything close to it, you will be well pleased with this book. In some ways some of the contrasts in this book caused my mind to compared this book with the movie "Silence of the Lambs". Why, well because Boneman's Daughters shows one of the most drastic, plain, clearly drawn, tortured evil that has come against truly misled innocence that has been manipulated, and the search for real love.

Unlike Obsessed, which was also very good, this book is on a whole different level to my way of thinking and reading. It really shows that Mr. Dekker "took things up a notch" and laid bare more of the horrible real word truths for all to read. I am not at all sorry that I read it. While in some ways it is one of the scariest things I have ever read, it is also a story of love, second chances and redemption. The myriad of different views points of the cast of characters was not lost on me at all. We each have things we must do in our lives, but how far could you or I really go pushed to the limit? I hope you never have to find out because it is not normally a pleasant journey.

A recommended read if you aren't too squeamish, don't have nightmares easily, and can look death in the face and work to keep thinking.
Carol :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Boneman's Daughters

Center Street (April 14, 2009)


Ted Dekker


Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work encompassing seven mysteries, three thrillers and ten fantasies includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White), Obsessed, Renegade, and Chaos.


Would you kill an innocent man to save your daughter?

They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.

Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.

Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.

But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Deadlock by Robert Liparulo

Hey my Readers!

I had a horrible PC mess up, so here I am at last! Ugg! Good thing I got to read this great book first! :D This was my first "adult" novel by Rober Liparulo. I was *NOT* disapointed at all! I really enjoyed this book. Deadlock hooks you in by the first chapter and you just want to keep reading non-stop. Mr. Liparulo's showed wonderful understanding of software as well as military tatics just made this book real. I am thrilled to know that some of his other books will be movies, because I will want to see them as well.

The thing that most moved me about this book was the base truth of how we train our young men in the military. This book should be a must read for anyone who has a loved one in the military, just from the standpoint that they do not come back home the same as they left. There is so much we have yet to learn!

Anyway, before I digress horribly, I would recomend this book for reading in an instant! In fact, I can't wait to read more of Mr. Liparulo's work!

Carol :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Thomas Nelson (April 2009)


Robert Liparulo


Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. Readers of his action-thrillers were not surprised when his visual storytelling style caught the eye of Hollywood producers. Currently, three of his novels for adults are in various stages of development for the big screen: the film rights to Comes A Horseman were purchased by the producer of Tom Clancy’s movies; and Liparulo is penning the screenplays for GERM and Deadfall for two top producers. He is also working with the director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Holes) on a political thriller. Novelist Michael Palmer calls Deadfall “a brilliantly crafted thriller.” March 31st marked the publication of Deadfall’s follow-up, Deadlock, which novelist Gayle Lynds calls, “best of high-octane suspense.”

Liparulo’s bestselling young adult series, Dreamhouse Kings, debuted last year with House of Dark Shadows and Watcher in the Woods. Book three, Gatekeepers released in January, and number four, Timescape, comes out in July. The series has garnered praise from readers, both young and old, as well as attracting famous fans who themselves know the genre inside and out. Of the series Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine says, “I loved wandering around in these books. With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?”

He is currently working on his next thriller, which for the first time injects a bit of the supernatural into his gun-blazing stories. The story is so compelling, two Hollywood studios are already in talks to acquire it—despite its publication date being more than a year away. After that comes a trilogy of novels, based on the critically acclaimed short story he contributed to James Patterson’s Thriller anthology. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.” He lives with his family in Colorado.


John Hutchinson thinks it's no coincidence that Brendan Page runs this modern Praetorian Guard, and that the billionaire military industrialist must have had something to do with the atrocities his son Declan committed in Canada. The Canadian and U.S. Justice departments disagree, but Hutch has been digging for dirt ever since.

Brendan Page has some dirty not-so-little secrets. he's built an empire on supplying futuristic weapons and highly trained soldiers to the world's most powerful armies. But he's saved his most destructive weapons for himself.

When Hutch discovers the secret of Page's success, Page decides to teach him a lesson. But the operation goes terribly wrong, and Hutch's son is kidnapped. While a lone man stands little chance against the best black op soldiers ever issued M-16s, Hutch manages to survive longer than Page anticipated. As far as Hutch is concerned, high-tech helmets, machine guns, and hand grenades are nothing compared to a man determined to save his son. It's a lesson he sets out to teach Page-and one that he can only hope works as well in the real world as it does in his heart.

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

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Angel Of Wrath by Bill Myers

Hello Readers! 

Grab this one while it is hot! ;) I haven't read the end yet tonight, but I wouldn't tell you the ending if I had! This book is a sequel, but trust me you will not miss things in this book because you haven't read the first one. This book contains a *wonderful* update and flow from Mr. Myers that kept me from worrying about what I didn't know from the first voice. Satan and his workers are alive and well, but God is bigger....ALWAYS! But if you are the one in the middle of the stress, in the middle of the mess, it is harder to work through and keep your faith in God growing. This book came to me in a time that I just needed to read it. I needed this story this week and I am thankful for it! 

YES.. read this one! 
Carol :) 

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Angel Of Wrath

FaithWords (April 8, 2009)


Bill Myers


Well, one thing led to another and even though I got C's in my one writing class in college (and told God I could do anything for him but write) I got my first writing job for a TV series. And then another and then some directing jobs and finally some books. (I think I've written and/or directed a few dozen films and about 60 books). The projects have won about 40 awards, I get to travel all over the world, and I'm having the time of my life. I often think that none of this would have happened if I lived my life my way. I would have never chosen writing and directing for a living. Instead, I might be in somebody's mouth this very minute drilling away as a dentist. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being a dentist, it's just not what I was designed for. So, everywhere I go, I encourage people to say yes to God, no matter how foolish it may feel, because by doing that, they'll be in the center of His will and living a cooler life than they'd ever dreamed possible. It's not always easy and it can be a little scary…but it's anything but boring!

Today I live in California, not too far from Hollyweird (where I'm still trying to make a difference) with two cats, two kids, one dog and one wife.

Another Faithword book by Bill Myers is The Voice.


Thirteen-year-old Jazmin, her ex-Special Ops uncle Charlie, and former FBI agent Lisa are reunited in the second of the Voice of God series to stop a an assassin driven to murder members of a megachurch led by Lisa's brother. This assassin has drawn in a coven of teens toying with satanic practices to support his efforts. The naive youth engage in ceremonies that appear to usher in the death of each of his victims. When their rituals open a portal into the spiritual realm, a terrifying and mysterious entity crosses over to our world.

The battle culminates with the capture of Lisa's father as the next target and a Black Mass requiring both their deaths as a sacrifice. The team will, once again, have to rely on all their wits, strength, and faith to survive in this action-packed, unearthly warfare.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Angel Of Wrath, go HERE

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