Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ashton Park by Murray Pura

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Ashton Park
Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
Murray Pura

I actually didn't end up finishing this book. The idea was pretty cool but the execution was poor. There were too many characters and I had to keep referencing the chart at the beginning-which was handy but I shouldn't have to look at it every time a name was mentioned. I also wasn't connecting to the main characters at all and wasn't the biggest fan of how they carried out their relationship. All in all this just wasn't a book for me though I'm sure there are many out there who will enjoy it.


Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey series, comes this equally enthralling story of the Danforth family of Ashton Park. Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park. The year is 1916.  The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William's and Lady Elizabeth's three sons are all in uniform--and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.

As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ashton Park, go HERE.

Waiting on Wednesday #47: Widow of Gettysburg

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green
River North-May 1, 2013

About the Book
When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart. 
While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.
In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?
Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.

Why I Want It
This author's previous book was one of my favorite debuts of 2012 so I'm really looking forward to this one!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Series/Books I Want to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks top ten was supposed to be most frustrating characters but I couldn't come up with any (not that I don't have them I just couldn't remember) so I decided to switch it up. I used to reread books all the time but I have had so many new ones that I haven't had the time. So I decided to share some of the books that I have been wanting to reread but haven't gotten the chance to. There are several that I have reread many times and want to read again but I'm not including them on this list.

The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren-I have reread Waterfall already but I really want to read the rest a second time.

Mary Connealy's Books-If you hang around here at all you've probably heard me rave about Mary's books. I love them so much and have been just itching to revisit the characters!

Irene Hannon's Books-These books were pure epic but I had to wait between the books so I'd love to reread them together!

Ronie Kendig's Books-Pretty much the exact same comment from Irene Hannon's! Except I would wait to reread Trinity till Talon and Beowulf are out for the above mentioned reason.

Karen Witemeyer's Books-I fell in love with this author from her first book and the rest were just as if not more awesome. I can't wait to experience them again!

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano-I adored every aspect of this book and as soon as it was done I wanted to read it again.

Jody Hedlund's Books-I haven't read her first yet but her other two were amazing and fast-tracked themselves to my favorites!

Jenny B. Jones Books-These books are just plain hysterical and well deserving of a reread!

Susan May Warren's Books-(can't believe I forgot her till this far down the list!) If you haven't figured it out I love SMW's books and would happily reread them all (I already have for one series)

All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt-I read this one awhile ago and have been really wanting to reread it!

Monday, January 28, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #55

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Yeah I only managed to finish this one book out of the six I was in the middle of at the start of this week. But I ended up spending most of the week hanging out with my friend who just got back from a mission trip and her fam, so there wasn't much reading time!

What I am currently reading:
I'm halfway through Too Close to Home and Wonderland Creek and about 1/5 of the way through the rest. So far all of them are really good and I can't wait to finish them!

What I hope to read this week:
Yeah, I'm not going to add anything just in case!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #54
Love Finds You in Glaciar Bay, Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss
Top Ten Settings I Want to See More Of
The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen
Waiting on Wednesday #46: Anomaly
A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr Tour-Review-Giveaway  
Book Beginnings: Wonderland Creek
Know Me Better 1/27

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Know Me Better 1/27

Every week Kathy from I Am A Reader Not A Writer posts five questions from her author interview lists and asks us to answer them.

Top 5 songs on your playlist? (I 'm just going to pick first five I see that I'd considered favorites!)
Should've Been Me by Citizen Way
He Said by Group 1 Crew
City on a Hill by Casting Crowns
Fight by Ronnie Freeman
Outta My Mind by Anthem Lights

How much time do you spend reading each week?
I can usually read at least 2-3 books a week and at a hundred pages an hour I'd say I read about 8-9 hours a week!

What is the last thing you Googled?
Reading memes on Fridays

Favorite places to travel?
I don't really travel much, but I'd love to travel to many of the US's historical sites!

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Reading!Or being with friends!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Beginnings: Wonderland Creek

Hosted by: Rose City Reader
After I discovered that Book Blogger Hop was cancelled I needed something to fill my Friday slot. This fit perfect and looks like a lot of fun!

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin
"If my life were a book, no one would read it. People would say it was too boring, too predictable. A story told a million times. But I was perfectly content with my life-that is, until the pages of my life were ripped out before I had a chance to live happily ever after"

My Thoughts
This was a great opening! It immediately introduced you to the core of  the main character, and how she relates everything to books. It also really made you continue reading to figure out what she meant. Loved it!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr: Tour-Review-Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the
Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones
by Patrick Carr
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected Publication: February 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom. 

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

Available 2/1/13:

The Book Depository

My Thoughts
Sadly I haven't been able to finish this book yet. I have been insanely busy almost non-stop the past two weeks and have barely managed to get any reading done. I did read about 1/5 of it so far and I am really enjoying it! The author writes really well and the story is rather interesting. There has been a decent amount of action so far and by all appearances this won't stop as the book goes on. I can already see that this will be a great book for teenage boys and will probably give it to my brother to read! Based on what I've read so far I will probably be anxiously awaiting the release of book 2!

About the Author:

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

Awards: ACFW Genesis Competition 2010 Finalist for “A Cast of Stones” in Speculative Fiction.

Find & Follow:

The World of A Cast of Stones 

One of the first reviews for “A Cast of Stones” I received described the story as “intimate.” I really liked
that because that was the fell I’d been striving for. When Bethany House offered me a contract on the
series, they stipulated they didn’t want my book length to exceed 135k words for each installment. For a
romance or detective novel, that might seem like plenty of room, but for an epic fantasy, it was going to
be a tight squeeze. Consider that many epic fantasy novels can fill 800 or even 1000 pages.

I wasn’t complaining, but I did have to make some decisions on how to write and tell the story I wanted to
tell. Since I’d chosen to write a character driven story, I elected to be as economical with world-building as
I could manage. This was one of the reasons I elected to go medieval. The setting would be familiar to my
readers and I could count on their imagination to supply what my word count couldn’t.

What I couldn’t skimp on (at least not too much) was the initial scenes. Errol’s trip into the Sprata had to
be described in sufficient depth or I wasn’t going to succeed in pulling the reader (no pun intended) into
the story. I elected to use a setting I knew very well: Rock Island State Park in Tennessee. It’s a beautiful
place with waterfalls and lush hills and rugged terrain. It was perfect. I’d been hiking and rock-hopping
through the park at least a dozen times and had clear memories to go with the photographs we’d taken
over the years.

Tour-Wide Giveaway:

Grand Prize (USA):  Print copy of entire series of three books (#2 & #3 as they are published) + A Cast of Stones Mug + Lend your name to a character in book #3!!

2nd Prize (USA): Print copy of A Cast of Stones

International Entries: eCopy of A Cast of Stones

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and sponsored by Bethany House & the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Only on this Tour... the author shares the Creation, his Goals, some Visuals and Excerpts on each of these mini-themes:

The Herbwomen of secret lore
The World of The Staff & the Sword
The Readers of the cast lots
The Watchmen, elite warriors
The Clergy of power

Catch the entire Tour!!

1/23 - Backing Books - Herbwomen
1/24 – Christian NovelsReviewWorld
1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a WriterReaders

1/27 – Reads to ReelsWatchmen
1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ It - Clergy
1/29 – Proud Book Nerd - World
1/30 – Open the Page - Herbwomen
1/31 – Wonderings of One PersonReview - Readers

2/3 – Simple Wyrdings - Watchmen
2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy
2/5 – Passion & LifeReaders
2/6 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review Herbwomen
2/7 – Coffee, Books & Me - Readers
2/8 – Backing Books – Review – World

2/10 – Letters to the Cosmos - Watchmen
2/11 – Jill WilliamsonReview – Clergy
2/12 – ADD Librarian Herbwomen
2/13 – Worthy 2 ReadReviewWatchmen
2/14 – Hey, Tara!World
2/15 – Pieces of WhimsyReview - Readers

2/17 – CTF DevourerReview – Clergy
2/18 – Pause Time - Readers
2/19 – A Backwards StoryReviewWorld
2/19 - Christy’s Cozy CornerHerbwomen
2/20 – Min Reads & ReviewsReview Watchmen
2/21 – FINALE BLAST, Winner announced

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #46: Anomaly by Krista McGee

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Anomaly by Krista McGee
Thomas Nelson-July 9, 2013

About the Book
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community's assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.
Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?

Why I Want It
Doesn't it just sound so cool?! Also I have read three of this author's other books and they have been really good!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

About the Book
Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor's Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast-a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions-where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementos?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems-and secrets-of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?

Link to buy the book:    

My Thoughts
Another beautiful regency by Julie Klassen! I liked this book from the start, having a character who loves books immediately draws me into any story! There was so much intrigue and things that made you curious that I kept reading more to find out what happened. And I already said that I like the fact that Emma was a bookworm but there were also many other things I liked about her. I was amazed by how she was able to keep her cool and not be ruffled by things that would have made me mad. There is so much else I could say but it would give to much away so I'm just going to end by saying that I loved this book!

About the Author  
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Find out more about Julie at 

Check out the other stops on the tour HERE

Julie is celebrating by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles, Downton Abbey (season 3) and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (January 31st)


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3
  • A Julie Klassen library (The Tutor’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 30th. Winner will be announced at "The Tutor's Daughter Author Chat Party on January 31st. Connect with Julie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways - gift certificates, books and season 3 of Downton Abbey!

So grab your copy of The Tutor's Daughter and join Julie on the evening of the January 31st for a chance to connect with Julie and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Top Ten Settings I Want to See More Of

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's top ten assignment is to pick ten settings that you would like more books to be written in. This will probably just end up being a list of my favorite settings though!

1. Old West-I can't get enough of cowboy stories!
2. WWII-This is one of my all time favorite time periods to read about!
3. WWI-I like this time almost as much as WWII but there aren't as many written during this time!
4. Pennsylvania-Specifically in the Pittsburgh area, I love to read books set near where I live!
5. Ireland-I love stories that are set in Ireland-it's very pretty
6. Germany-I'm mostly German so I love stories set here!
7. Pirates-This is for my friend but I like them too!
8. 50's-I love everything about the 50's!
9. Boston-books set in Boston always seem to be good.
10. Trains&Boats in the Old days-Another from my friend and I totally agree, they make great settings!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska by Tricia Goyer&Ocieanna Fleiss

About the Book

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancĂ©, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.
In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?
Order your copy here

My Thoughts
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! Ginny and Brett's story was cute but my favorite part was Clay and Ellie's story. I honestly wouldn't have minded if the whole book was about them, though reading it through the letters was pretty cool too! I loved the town it was set in and how everyone knew everyone and everything. This book made me laugh so much and I really liked it-definitely one I'll recommend!

About the Authors
TRICIA GOYER is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels. She and her husband have four children and live in Arkansas. OCIEANNA FLEISS is a published author and editor. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. This is the authors’ third book together.

Check out the other stops on the tour HERE

Celebrate with Tricia and Ocieanna by entering their "Glacier Bay" Giveaway and RSVPing for their Facebook Party on Feb. 12th!


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A gorgeous handmade “Glacier Bay” bracelet
  • A handmade cowl in "Glacier Bay" blues and greens
  • A bottle of custom-made "Glacier Bay" sparkle polish in blue
  • Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss and their two other “Love Finds You” titles {Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana, and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington}
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the "Glacier Bay" Author Chat Party on February 12th. Connect with authors Tricia and Ocieanna, get a sneak peek of their new book projects, try your hand at the Alaska trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be great giveaways—gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, and join Tricia and Ocieanna on the evening of February 12th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #54

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
A big fat nothing! Friends and fam were here for the first couple days, then I was sick for the middle ones, and out and about for the last few! I did read just didn't finish any!

What I am currently reading:
Told you I have been reading! Three of these are review books, two are buddy reads, and the last is my non-fiction book. So far so good on all of these!

What I hope to read this week:
I'm really just hoping to be able to finish all of the ones I'm in the middle of!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #53
Bout of Books 6.0 Wrap-Up
Top Ten 2012 Debut Authors
Book Swap at Labor Not in Vain
Waiting on Wednesday #45: Take A Chance on Me
Hurt by Travis Thrasher
Stacking the Shelves #20
Know Me Better 1/20

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Know Me Better 1/20

Every week Kathy from I Am A Reader Not A Writer posts five questions from her author interview lists and asks us to answer them. This is my first time but it looks fun and I thought it would be a nice thing to post on Sundays!

10 words that describe yourself?
Slightly Nerdy/Geeky

Favorite TV Shows?
Warehouse 13
Doctor Who
The Finder
The Voice

If you could take over the world, would you?
NO! I do not need the stress!

Who was the first boy you kissed?
This actually has a story attached. There is this family that my fam has been friends with since before I was born and one of the boys is just a few months younger than me. Growing up we were teased mercilessly. And once when we were about 3 or 4 our old sisters who are a couple years older decided they wanted us to play wedding. We were the bride and groom, my sis was the wedding planner, and his sister was "the pastor". All was well and good until his sister told him to pretend to kiss me and he missed the pretend part of that sentence. I screamed bloody murder and took off down the stairs. His dad took him into his room and we didn't see him the rest of the night. So that was my one and only kiss and I don't intend to do it again until my real wedding!

How do you unwind?
Reading! Or watching a good TV show!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #20

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Books to Review
Wake Up Generation by Paige Omartian
Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Books I Bought
Too Close to Home by Lynnette Eason
Just Jane by Nancy Moser

When A Heart Stops by Lynnette Eason (From Rosie@Writings of Rosie-Thanks again!)

Kindle Books
Red Velvet by Sandra Byrd
A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr (Review)
Protection For Hire by Camy Tang
Noble Pursuits by Chautona Havig
Angry by Laura Smith
Empty by Cherie Hill
Past Forward by Chautona Havig
Ruby by Lauraine Snelling
Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit by Erwin W.
Identity by Ted Dekker
Land of My Heart by Tracie Peterson
Betrayed by Jeanette Windle
Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd (Review)
Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd (Review)
Piece de Resistance by Sandra Byrd (Review)
Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale--In Reverse by Chautona Havig

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2013)
Travis Thrasher

Katie here. I thought I'd lent this book out, so I didn't realize I had it here to read. I loved the previous three books in the series, though they were quite a bit darker than I expected. I wouldn't read Hurt without reading those first.

I interviewed Travis when the previous book in the series came out, so here's a piece of that interview:

Travis says, "I appreciate anybody taking the chance on one of my stories, and taking the time to read them. I'm not the easiest author to categorize or put into a box. But I believe an author can be known for writing good stories, not just writing good thrillers or love stories. I'm still learning and growing. Hopefully I always will be."


After college, he targeted working in the publishing industry and was fortunate to find a job early after graduation. He worked as Author Relations Manager for Tyndale House Publishers, the publisher of his first two novels.

The thirteen years he spent working in author relations taught him the business of publishing as well as the psyche of writers.

Early on, he made a deliberate choice of not wanting to be boxed in by a brand or a genre. Instead, Travis has chosen time and time again to write the stories that mean something to him at that moment. He views his first ten years of being published as training and practice. Those novels in many ways were written for himself.

The four years of writing full time have taught him the discipline and determination necessary to make it as a novelist. They’ve also served to close the chapter on what is hopefully just one era in his writing journey.

The stories continue to fill his head like they did when he was in third grade. The only difference is that Travis now knows what to do with those stories. His goal continues to be to tell stories that move him as well as his readers. He wants to continue to experiment and take risks, but more than anything he wants to provide readers a satisfying experience.

The dream remains the same. To try and write something magnificent. To make up wild worlds full of wonderfully rich characters. To make sense of the world through the stories he tells. And to try and inspire hope with the words he writes.


His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope

When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them.

But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle—and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand.

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

Waiting on Wednesday #45: Take A Chance On Me

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Take A Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Tyndale-April 1, 2013

About the Book
Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near. 
New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case. 
Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

Why I Want It
Well since it is a Susan May Warren novel that immediately puts it on my wishlist! And also it sounds really good! Can't wait!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Swap at Labor Not in Vain

Hey all! Just wanted to let everyone know about an awesome book swap that my friend Faye is holding on her blog Labor Not in Vain! All you do is make a list of books you have for swap and books that you are looking for! The you can look through everyone else's lists, find someone to swap with, and send them an email. It's super easy and a great way to clear off some of your shelves and get books that you have been wanting! Click HERE to join the fun!

Top Ten 2012 Debut Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today's top ten is supposed to be 2013 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To but I couldn't really find any so I instead decided to share my top ten debut authors of 2012. All of them have either already released a second book or will be releasing one this year!

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Interrupted by Rachel Coker
The Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson
Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
First Date by Krista McGee
To See The Sun by Peggy Blann Phifer
Wildflowers From Winter by Katie Ganshert
Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green
Halflings by Heather Burch

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Wrap-Up

My goal was to read 8 books but I was secretly hoping for 10. I fell right in the middle and completed 9 books for a total of  2614 pages! I had a blast and enjoyed my books!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #53

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Well I passed my goal for the read-a-thon by one book so I was pretty happy! The first 7 books made it into my favorites-they were all just so awesome! And I did enjoy the Melody Carlson ones they just weren't as good as the rest.

What I am currently reading:
Not in the middle of anything right now!

What I hope to read this week:
Can't wait to read these three-especially the Jenny B. Jones one!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #52
Bout of Books 6.0 Day 1 Challenge
Bout of Books 6.0 Update Post
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2013
Bout of Books 6.0 Day 2 Challenge
Waiting on Wednesday #44: Into the Whirlwind
Bout of Books 6.0 Day 3 Challenge
Bout of Books 6.0 Day 4 Challenge
Bout of Books 6.0 Day 5 Challenge

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Day 5 Challenge

This challenge is hosted by A Day Dreamer's Thoughts and the goal of it is to pick one of the books you read during the read-a-thon and rewrite the synopsis based solely on the cover. I chose Mixed Bags by Melody Carlson.
Alexa Kyfe was quite happy with her perfect life in Beverly Hills and was outraged when her parents announced that they were sending her to boarding school so that they'd be free to travel. She is even less happy to discover that she has to share a room with four other girls, none of whom seem to have anything in common with Alexa. Alexa is positive she will hate not only the school but everyone in it. But as she gets to know her roommates she discovers that you can find the best of friends in the places you least
expect them!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Day 4 Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Escape Through the Pages and is a book spine poetry challenge! The goal is to make a poem of sorts using only book titles and a few extra words (as many books as you use that's how many extra words you get!

Here's Mine:
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Scattered Petals 
fall on
A Path Toward Love
The Jewel of His Heart 
The Wedding Journey 
to say
I Do