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OLIVIA NEWPORT UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL New Book THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS




ABOUT AUTHOR: Olivia Newport chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her husband and two adult children provide welcome distractions from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books.

The Invention of Sarah Cummings; this book is the third in the Avenue of Dreams series, which explores the yearnings of three different women to determine their own futures in a time when women’s options were limited. The first book, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, features the privileged daughter of a wealthy family. The second, The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, is about a young woman in domestic service to Lucy’s family. And Sarah’s story is about a woman caught in between. She comes from a family we might call middle class, but one moment changed her whole life and she has been trying to re-frame her future ever since.

Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book? How did the process work? It’s beautiful and eye-catching! (All of your covers have been this way.)

I’m so pleased with all the covers in this series! The art department at Revell, my publisher, finds the awesome vintage clothes and accessories readers enjoy. Then they find a model who matches the description of the character. I got to see all of this to make sure I was comfortable with the way everything was coming together. After a photo shoot, they put the character against the historic looking backdrop and send the finished design to me for input. I’m grateful for such an inclusive approach.



When you sit down to relax and read, what genre do you turn to? Do you prefer hardback, paperback or digital when you read? Why?

I read widely and enjoy all kinds of books, so I can’t say I have a favorite fiction genre. I want to care about the characters and be intrigued by the dilemma that propels the story. I enjoy reading about ordinary people trying to make sense of their lives. Hardback, paperback, digital—I read every format, as well—including audio.

What are the challenges of writing historicals?

I don’t have to think long about that: The challenge is getting details right for the time. I think every writer of historical fiction knows that niggling fear that something is not quite right, and a reader is going to know—the train line didn't exist at the time, or the hanger not yet been invented, or a word was not in use. I constantly find myself double-checking and trying to use sources that go back to the time I’m writing about.

What fascinates you about historicals? What do you look forward to when you pick up one to read?

People are people. That’s my biggest take-away from historicals. When I pick up an historical novel, in a way I’m looking for myself or people I know. Love, fears, dreams, joys, losses—everything that happens to us has always happened to people. Historicals remind me of our common humanity and our quest to know and be known.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

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You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians—all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do think you’d play?

I assume Chief Grumbler is not an option! Usually once I get over my shock at finding myself in a difficult or disappointing situation—and I’m finished grumbling—I go into organizing mode. I analyze the gap between where I am and where I want to be. Then I break the problem-solving down into steps. That also helps other people see that while the overarching problem seems huge, they can do one thing at a time to make the situation better. I would hope that I could do this not in a bossy way but in a spirit of encouragement.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for awhile. Where would you go and what would you do?

My father immigrated from Brazil to the United States in his twenties. I've only visited Brazil once and don’t have much grasp on the language or culture. I think I’d like to go to northeastern Brazil in the 1930s and see what his life was like when he was young. And I would like to hang in a hammock and look out at the ocean rather indefinitely.

What was your favorite show on TV when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn't watch TV what were your favorite books?

I remember watching a lot of the Flintstones! I’m not sure why that was. And then when I was in seventh grade, I thought Marcus Welby was the best show around. Technically it came on past my bedtime, so I spent a fair bit of my junior high years trying to stay caught up with that show!

What three things would you rather not live without (besides your family)?

My hammock (those Brazilian genes!). My library card. Dark chocolate.

Out of all the sounds in the world, which are your favorite?

View from my back yard helps me relax too!
Acapella choral music. That may sound old-fashioned to a lot of people, but the complexity of sound that can be created just with the human voice astonishes and inspires me.

Leaves crunching under my feet in the autumn or rustling in the wind.

My kids’ voices saying, “Hi, Mom.”

Nora: Great sounds! I can picture them all and hear them with you! Thanks for sharing these fun! Love the view from your backyard too! Grin!

THANKS for stopping by Olivia! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell Publishers has at TBCN Starting December 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) DECEMBER 20th
Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)


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LAURA FRANTZ UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL New Book LOVE'S AWAKENING


ABOUT AUTHOR: Laura Frantz she is a Christy Award Finalist. Laura was born and raised in Kentucky. She attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of her English degree. She is the author of several novels, including The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning. She lives in the misty woods of Northwest Washington with her husband and two sons.

What was your favorite scene in Love’s Awakening? Which was the most fun to write?

My very favorite scene is the wedding scene. It’s truly like wedding cake after the hero and heroine take some emotional and life-threatening twists and turns. I enjoyed dressing my heroine up in her mother’s heirloom gown and veil and having an amusing moment during the ceremony itself. Weddings are among my favorite things! I've even created a Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/laurafrantz/boards/ called BRIDES and love spending time there.

Here’s who you’ll meet and get to know in my new book Love’s Awakening:


ELLIE, short for the Scottish Elinor, is ladylike and true of her time period (1822). The youngest daughter in the Ballantyne family, she is very different than her older sister, Andra. Ladylike and genteel, she has some funny quirks in that she doesn’t like to get dirty and is especially secretive.

JACK is known as Gentleman Jack around Allegheny County, something of a misnomer as he is anything but! I needed someone rugged and un-genteel, more an outdoorsman, and this photo seemed to fit.

ANSEL is a true gentleman, a musician, and a faithful brother to his sister, Ellie. He is also an abolitionist, helping with the Underground Railroad despite great personal risk. His secret life lands him in a bit of trouble. Well, more than a bit!

CHOLE shuns social custom and makes her own way in the world, often with humorous but calamitous results. I didn’t plan on having Chloe in the book but she came onstage and took over. Her love for Jack changes both her world and his.

Can you tell my of two “Wow” moments you've had in your writing career? What made it wow for you?


The “Wow” moments would be having Love’s Reckoning chosen as a finalist for the Christy Award this year. Since I've always loved Catherine Marshall’s books, especially her novel, Christy, this meant so much. Plus, I received word I was a finalist on my birthday! 

The other “Wow” moment occurs every time I hear from readers, especially when they say a book of mine strikes a chord with them and makes them ponder or walk more closely with Christ.

Nora: Great birthday present Laura! Congrats!

Did you have a say in choosing the cover for this book? How did the process work? What made it a wow for you?

I’m so blessed to have Revell’s inspired art team behind my covers. For the Ballantyne Legacy series Brandon Hill was the photographer and he captured the cover shoot beautifully here – http://brandonhillphotos.com/loves-awakening/ If you click on the link you’ll see the cover that didn't make the cut and then the final one as well as details about the dress and more. I love Ellie’s genteel, ladylike look, so true of her and the time period  in which she lived (1822). Loved, too, how her hair is blowing in the wind and the rural setting.

Nora: Fun! Your book covers have been strikingly beautiful, an eye catcher for sure! Link to this cover shot process http://brandonhillphotos.com/loves-awakening/



What fascinated or inspired you in your research of this book?

This novel is essentially a story about the Underground Railroad and helping fugitive slaves find freedom. I didn't intend for that to emerge as a theme but it fit well with the Ballantyne’s history so I went with it. Lots of historical fireworks occur when you have a secretive and dangerous element like this in a story. I hope readers find it as fascinating to read about as I did researching it.



Can you share your testimony with us?

I was raised in a Christian family and baptized at age 12. But I didn't truly come to know Christ in my heart and not just my head till my 30’s. Interestingly enough, the Lord convicted me through books, biographies of famous historical figures. I view writing as a gift and ministry. It’s a joy to share God’s word through fiction!

Nora: Thanks for sharing your testimony Laura!




FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

 What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!

My first job was at a very busy Baskin Robbins in Lexington, KY. I scooped lots of ice cream and made lots of sundaes and shakes – and gained a few pounds in the process. I also had a very short marketing career at a bank but was so terrible at it I quit before they could fire me!

If money and time weren't an issue where would you like to go and do?

I would buy a Georgian/18th-century townhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, furnish it with antiques, and live there half the year – or more!

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?

My favorite is the sound of the wind. We live in the woods and are surrounded by trees. Often we have storms where the wind rushes through the trees and sounds so mysterious and lovely and powerful. The wind has always reminded me of the Holy Spirit.

There are so many types of weather which is your favorite? Which to you try to avoid?

Since I’m a southern girl I dislike extreme cold. I’ll gladly withstand extreme heat but don’t like to shiver!

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?

I always thought I had a lot of patience – until I had children! I love mine to death but writing and managing a very active household is a challenge. Being the only female in a household of men has some interesting moments. Prayer and a daily quiet time first thing in the morning settles my spirit and helps me deal with whatever comes up. I couldn’t do it without the Lord’s guidance and grace.

 LAURA, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 

Just that I’m very thankful for readers taking time out of their busy schedules to be here today and talk books. I wish each of you a very blessed Christmas! I love to hear from readers here is my website http://laurafrantz.net/

Laura

THANKS for stopping by Laura! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Revell Publishers has at TBCN Starting December 20th. There will be a 5 book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) DECEMBER 20th
Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)

ALL ENTRIES ARE MADE AT TBCN NOT ON THIS BLOG POST!! www.bookfun.org 

TODD JOHNSON UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL about New Book CRITICAL REACTION




ABOUT AUTHOR: Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012. Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, was released in October 2013.

How did you come up with the idea for Critical Reaction?

In 1997, my firm accepted a case involving workers exposed to a smoky plume from an explosion at the Hanford Nuclear Facility.   It was an eye opening experience, as we learned about this six hundred square mile facility that had been in operation for fifty-five years, but of which I’d heard virtually nothing–even after living half a decade in Seattle. While I was careful in the book to avoid any persons or companies or even the true events in our case, that six year litigation was an education about the high cost America paid to defend itself during the Cold War, and the inspiration for Critical Reaction.

What was your favorite scene in Critical Reaction? Which was the must fun to write?

My favorite scene to write in Critical Reaction was a courtroom scene involving “Poppy” Martin, one of the workers injured in the explosion.  Poppy is on the stand as a witness. He has been subjected to severe company harassment intended to break him, and now faces a decision: whether to tell the truth on the stand about the explosion, or to avoid the question and protect his retirement.

Courtrooms lend themselves to considerable drama, and I really enjoyed developing that scene.   

What authors have inspired you?

My favorite modern authors are Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.  Conroy’s ability to develop character and place while growing suspense is wonderful.   To Kill a Mockingbird is simply my favorite novel of all time. 

Nora: So many author say that their favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm going to have to carve out time to read it!
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Can you share your testimony with us?

I became a Christian in college.  I came to Christ while a member of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, a group which was going through a transition on the campus at the time.  The evangelical presence on campus was quite small, but I was connected up with it by a friend at the time.   It was a tumultuous time of change for me (as it is for so many at that age), and my newborn faith lent a stability I sorely needed. 

Nora: Thanks for sharing your testimony with us Todd! Grin!

You write about a pretty intense topic; do you think this could happen to us in the USA? What hope do you want readers to take away from this pretty bleak situation?

Well, an explosion did happen at Hanford in 1997, as I mentioned.  In fact, there have been dozens of explosions or accidents at atomic defense facilities in the United States, including critical reaction events.  Also, the factual backdrop for the novel is entirely accurate: all of the facts about the contamination at Hanford; the irradiated foliage and animals; the lost plutonium; the buried white trains, and the rest, are well documented and entirely accurate.
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As for the underlying actions by the corporate defendant, I’d like to think no person or corporation would be capable of such duplicity.  The hope for the reader, of course, is the same as that in the book: that people of good conscience, and particularly people of faith, will stand up and do the right thing, even in the face of significant personal risk.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most? 

The very first movie I ever saw was “Old Yeller”.  That’s a pretty tough film for a five year old, and it stuck with me!   I think I could recite the plot to this day.

But regardless of how traumatizing that first movie was, it launched a lifelong long of movies.  I would enjoy it very much if one of my books made it to the big screen.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

Catching up with readers
I’m kind of an explorer.  When I was young, I’d go with friends to explore fields, woods, follow creeks: even explore abandoned farmhouses near my hometown.  Later, I loved trips to the boundary waters, knowing I carried my entire world in my pack.  I still love camping and hiking.

I’d do what was needed, but given a choice, I’d volunteer to explore the island and help with keeping food on the collective table.  (The only job I’m sure the group should keep away from me would be cooking.  There’s only so much I could do with cocoanuts).

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

I am a history buff, so there are dozens of places and times I’d love to visit.  But three over all the rest.

We can only imagine, from the Gospel descriptions of the crowds drawn to Jesus Christ, the power of hearing Jesus speak ‘in the flesh’.  I would love to hear him: if possible, in the more intimate settings where he spoke among friends and his closest followers.

The second trip would be to see the figure I most admire in history, Abraham Lincoln.  I would love to hear him telling the jokes for which he was famous.  I’d also like to hear him giving his astonishing second inaugural address during the Civil War.

The third would be to see my father, coaching his small town basketball team in the tiny town of Sioux Center, Iowa, shortly after the war.  I’d like to be in the stands when his team shocked rivals, winning a place in the State Tournament.  

Nora : Hey Todd, your the first author to take the Time Machine to more than one place. Fun!

What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!

Although it appears in my book flap, the first would be my service in the Diplomatic Corps in Hong Kong.  I served as a young officer during the tumultuous period when Great Britain was negotiating the return of Hong Kong to China in the mid-eighties, and during the run up to the Tiananmen Square incident in Beijing.

The second was a high school job where I worked as a “gandy dancer”, changing railroad ties for the Milwaukee Railroad through Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.  It was a job with a foot in the early part of the Twentieth Century, and one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had.

TODD, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
Reading from Critical Reaction
I’ve a dozen books in mind, most legal thrillers, but suspense and historical fiction as well.  Keep reading, let me know your thoughts, and help me keep writing for many years to come! Stop by my website, I'd love to hear from you. http://authortoddmjohnson.com/

Todd


THANKS for stopping by Todd! It's great to know you and your books better. I'm thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity Bethany House Publishers has at TBCN Starting December 20th. There will be a 10  book giveaway and discussion. You've come up with three fun questions to ask readers. I'll be interested in that discussion.

Stop by The Book Club Network (TBCN) DECEMBER 20th
Check out the Front page CLICK the Link that will take you to the entry author page. www.bookfun.org 

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)

ALL ENTRIES ARE MADE AT TBCN NOT ON THIS BLOG POST!! www.bookfun.org 

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE by MAX LUCADO REVIEWED




The Christmas Candle
By Max Lucado
Published by
ASIN# B006IEFT44
78 Pages

About Book: Glowing bright with a timeless message, The Christmas Candle will warm your heart. It’s 1864 in Gladstone, England, a tiny village in the Cotswolds. Nothing out of the ordinary ever happens here. Except at Christmas time. This year, Edward Haddington, a lowly candle maker is visited by a mysterious angel. That angel silently imparts a precious gift. The candle maker and his wife, Bea, have to make a difficult choice—who among them most needs a Christmas miracle?

As hope blossoms in wintertime, soon the entire town glows brightly with Christmas joy.

Review: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that is filled with wonder and Christmas magic. It will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. I’m amazed at how many of this authors books have given me hope, helped healed my hurting soul and forever touch my heart; this novella is no exception.

Reverend Pillington arrives in Gladstone to apply for the position of Pastor. Everyone he meets there asks him the same question; “Have you heard of the Christmas Candle legacy?” H HisHHis answer, “No.” They moved him from person to person so quickly that no one had the time to tell him about the legacy.

When Rev Pillington finally finds out he’s skeptical .Why would God only answer the prayer of one when there were so many that needed help. “This was a superstitious tale he thought”

Someone asks him, “What are you afraid of Reverend?... The mystery of God unsettles us all…But isn't mystery where God works? If he does only what we understand, is He God?”

What I love most about Max Lucado books (and this one included) is how he packs so much in such a short novella with characters I instantly care for. I highly recommend reading this Christmas tale. It’s a story of hope that will inspire your heart and increase your faith.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins

Met Max Lucado last month. It was a Blast!

THE CHURCH BUILDER by A.L. SHIELDS REVIEWED



The Church Builder
By A.L. Shields
ISBN#978-0-310-33214
420 Pages








About Book: One group focused on destroying all religion.
One group struggling to preserve the church.
One woman searching for the truth.

The evidence is against her. The FBI is right behind her. A malevolent killer has her in his sights. And as Bethany digs deeper into a complex web of lies surrounding her ties to the murder of her client's son, she remains unaware of the real battle in front of her. She thinks her friend Annabelle was killed because of what she learned about a rumored first-century Christian artifact. What Bethany doesn't know is that Annabelle died in the crossfire between two shadowy organizations that have been doing battle for centuries.

The Wilderness, wealthy and vast, is dedicated to the destruction of all religious faith. The Garden, a group of seven members led by a man they call the Builder, carries on a grim, secret struggle to protect the church. Only a few in the Garden realize that there's more at stake than the artifact the Wilderness is seeking. But as Bethany discovers that she's a tiny part of a larger war, can she trust the Builder to save her? Or will he sacrifice her for the sake of the cause?

Review: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to A.L. Shields. His new book The Church Builder is one that will make you think, creep you out in parts (at the magnitude of this chess game the main character finds herself in as a pawn – it’s all to real), have you admire Bethany Barclay in how she thinks and have you care for her situation. It’s crazy. This story reminded me of a few movies; One the Fugitive with Harrison Ford. Bethany Barclay (a Harrison Ford type character – who is a small town lawyer in this story) comes home to find someone dead in her kitchen. She immediately calls 911. The police arrive and interrogate her and tell her not to leave town they will have more questions for her.

This tale revolves around two secret societies opposing each other in the middle of a religious battle. Which brings me to the other movie this reminded me of was The Davince Code. Bethany realizes she’s being framed for murder. All the evidence is stacked against her. Her only hope is to find the killer herself. The only real lead she had was to find out who killed her friend Annabelle. Annabelle was trying to find the Pilate Stone for the cult she belonged to; the man found dead in her house had a connection to the cult too. Everyone wanted their hands on this artifact. Her friend was close to the discovery when she was murdered. Finding the artifact would change how everyone viewed the church and Christ! Bethany knew the two were connected but how? There lies the mystery, suspense, drama, intrigue.

I liked Bethany. She was smart, compassionate, vulnerable, committed in doing the right thing. She’s surprised at her situation. She never expected to be fighting for her life and that of so many others. This is a great book for a book club discussion. There is so much in here. It will make you stop and look at life and church differently. The word says we fight not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. This author gives us a peek at this very notion. This is the first book in the series. This is a book you won’t want to miss and an author to watch.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins

CFBA TOUR - MERRY HUMBUG CHRISTMAS by SANDRA BRICKER REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Merry Humbug Christmas
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
by
Sandra D. Bricker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."

Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."


ABOUT THE BOOK
A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

 In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

REVIEW:
MERRY HUMBUG CHRISTMAS
By Sandra B. Bricker
Published by B & H Publishing Group
ISBN# 978-1-4336-8075-5
297 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.
 

REVIEW: Sandra Bricker gives readers two delightful tales that will make you smile inside and out. They are delivered in the same spirit as John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas, whose book is about a couple who decide to get away to enjoy a peaceful time instead of getting caught up in the commercialism and stress of the holidays.

Once Upon a Jingle Bell, is about Joss Snow who's had issues with Christmas since her birth. Joss has made it her mission to skip Christmas every year. She had the help of her friend Reece these past several years but this year her friend is dumping their plans for her fiance. She understood of course but it didn't make it any easier to face their annual Bam Humbug Cruise alone.

Things get crazy and fun for Joss when she finds out at the last minute her cruise has been canceled and she is now on the "12 Days of Christmas Cruise," Really? The very thing she wanted to avoid was highlighted on this cruise. She makes every effort to be beamed out of this situation, but finds her efforts in vain. Then she runs into a rugged Irishman who makes the trip now to hard to handle. He keeps things interesting for her and she stops thinking of ways to abandon this ship.

I enjoyed this story along with Sandra's words to the 12 Days of Christmas song. Here's a peek at some of the song.

12 Cell Phones Swimming
11 Schemes a-forming
10 Sharks a-snapping
9 Scrooges hiding
8 Careers crashing
7 Songs a-shrieking
6 Truth a-breaking
5 Cold sardines
And so it goes!

This is a heart-warming and fun story that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

SECOND PART of this story is called It Came Upon a Midnight Deer. This is Reece facing her Christmas at her Fiance's house without Joss. Reece feels guilty about leaving Joss Snow to face Christmas alone. Her fiance - Damian wanted her to meet his family. She was excited about this time and wanted their first meeting to be perfect. Her dreams of a perfect meeting shatter after their car hits a deer. Things come to an unexpected stop and head to a slippery slop right before the meeting place.

Both Joss and Reese have a very unexpected Christmas. One neither of them will forget!

These girls will make you laugh and have you look at the holidays just a little differently this year! I recommend this book to kick off your holiday reading and fun! I'm thankful for the review copy I received.

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LITFUSE TOUR -THE GOD PUZZLE by VALERIE ACKERMAN REVIEWED





THE GOD PUZZLE
By Valerie Ackerman
Published by Higherlife Publisher
ISBN# 978-1939183-194
217 Pages

ABOUT BOOK:  The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love. The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child's attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn't working. Sunday School isn't doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.

REVIEW:  I look forward to passing on this easy to use workbook to my grandson. I think this is a great resource for parents to help them spend time with their child as they introduce them to God the creator of the universe and Jesus. This book is geared toward ages 7-12.

The pages in this book are colorful, easy to read and have color cartoon illustrations to drive home the point for kids. There are spaces that give kids plenty of room to write their answers to the questions and make notes to look at later. It will be an easy reference for them.

This book helps you and your child work their way through the old and new testament. Some of the topics covered are:

1. Who is God?:
2. What is God like?
3. What do old testament stories teach about God's plan?
4. What is sin?
5. Who is Jesus?
6. Who is Jesus?
7. How does my faith grow after I become a Christian?
8. What is my purpose? Why was I made?
9. Names of God?
10 Where do I read in the Bible when I'm feeling....?

There are 36 lessons in all. This author has created a great way to share deep truths in an easy to understand way. I think this is a great tool for parents and teachers!

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REVELL TOUR CHRISTMAS AT HARMONY HILL by ANN H. BAGHART REVIEWED



CHRISTMAS AT HARMONY HILL
By Ann H. Gabhart
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-1982-1
195 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: It is 1864 and the nation is still torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. She has been working as a laundress with her husband's army unit, but when the army gets orders to march south to Tennessee, Gideon insists Heather go home to have their child under safer conditions. Heather agrees, but returns home to another kind of devastation--deaths in the family and a father who refuses to forgive her for marrying a Yankee. With nowhere else to turn, Heather seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, where her great aunt Sophrena lives. There, after many peaceful years at Harmony Hill, Sophrena is having doubts about her Shaker path. Both women are in need of love and forgiveness--whether given or received. With Christmas coming, can the miracle of new life fill their hearts with unexpected joy?

Ann H. Gabhart's many fans will be thrilled to return to Harmony Hill at Christmastime for this stirring story of healing and hope.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that plants readers in 1864 on the battle field of the Civil War. It was a turbulent time for our nation, as families were torn apart and everyone was on a quest for peace.

Heather Worth left her family to become a washerwoman for the war effort. It was the only way to be part of the war effort and be close to her husband Gideon.

Heather and Gideon are thrilled at the prospect of being parents after the war was over. Both are very surprised when this happens sooner than they’d planned.

It was time to send Heather home to await the arrival of their little one. Both agree they didn't want this innocent one to be born on the battlefield. Heather arrives home to have her baby and finds things not as she had left them. Everything was affected by the war.

Heather finds herself at the door step of her mom’s sister Sophrena. Things got more tense and intriguing as Heather learns the ways of the Shaker community. Heather is anxious as she awaits her baby’s arrival in the Shaker Village.

Aunt Sophrena anticipates something too, the Sacrifice Day. The Shakers have a day they set aside to Forgive and make atonement's for wrongs done. It was a day spent in confession and concentrated prayer. Sophrena had struggles she hadn't expected to have. They became more complicated after the arrival of her niece.

Heather faced her fears and navigated the Shakers strange beliefs with God’s help. She was very thankful they hadn't turned her away in her hour of need. Her thought as she looked at her child, “had Mary held the Christ child close to her heart when the Wiseman came bringing their gifts and thought the same? that her own love and that of Joseph’s were better gifts than the gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then there was the love of God evidenced by a new start in heaven. Surly that was the best gift of all.”

This is a heartfelt Christmas story that is filled with family, hope, faith and love! All the elements that drive home the Christmas message that, “the greatest of these gifts is love.”

Nora St.Laurent
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REVELL TOUR - A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH by MELODY CARLSON REVIEWED

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A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH
By Melody Carlson
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-1965-4
167 Pages

ABOUT BOOK:  Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

REVIEW: This author has a gift of writing Christmas stories that leave you a warm feeling in your heart and bring a big smile to your face. Melody's Christmas books are a treat to read each year. I'm so thankful for this review copy of a book that grabbed my attention with its beautiful cover.

This adventure starts out in Chicago and takes readers through Amish Country in Ohio. Seven year old Holly will capture your heart along with her Aunt Rachel. This is the hardest adventure either of them have been on. It's a bit overwhelming for them both but they lean on God for direction.

This author has a few surprises for readers and re-enforces the fact that family is what you make it. It's also important to keep the main thing the main thing. I recommend Melody's Christmas story to kick off your holiday reading!

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