Thursday, April 30, 2009

New York Debut by Melody Carlson

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:


New York Debut (Carter House Girls)

Zondervan (May 1, 2009)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past ten years, she has published more than a hundred books for children, teens, and adults, with sales totaling more than 2.5 million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List.

Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards including The Gold Medallion, The Christy, and The Rita Award. And most recently she is in the process of optioning some of her books for film rights.
She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Visit the author's website.

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


“Where is Taylor?” asked Grandmother as she drove DJ home from the airport.
”Is she coming on a later flight?”

DJ hadn’t told her the whole story yet. In fact, she hadn’t said much of anything to Grandmother at all during the past week, except to leave a message saying that she’d changed her flight and planned to be home two days earlier than expected. Obviously, Grandmother had assumed that Taylor had changed her plans as well.

“Taylor’s in LA,” DJ said slowly, wishing she could add something to that, something to deflect further questioning.

“Visiting her father?”

“No…”

“Touring with Eva?”

“No…”
“What then?” Grandmother’s voice was getting irritated as she drove away from the terminal. “Where is the girl, Desiree? Speak up.”

“She’s in rehab.”

“Rehab?” Grandmother turned to stare at DJ with widened eyes. “Whatever for?”

“For alcohol treatment.”

Grandmother seemed stunned into speechlessness, which was a relief since DJ didn’t really want to discuss this. She was still trying to grasp the whole strange phenomenon. It was hard to admit, but the past few days of being mostly by herself in Las Vegas had been lonely and depressing and one of the reasons she’d been desperate to change her flight and come home early. She had really missed Taylor. The hardest part was when she discovered that Taylor wasn’t allowed any communication from outside the rehab facility. This concerned DJ. No cell phone calls, email, or anything. It seemed weird. Although DJ was praying for her roommate, she was worried. What if it wasn’t a reputable place? What if Taylor never came back? What if something bad happened to her? Not only would DJ blame herself, she figured everyone else would too.

Finally Grandmother spoke. “Did you girls get into some kind of trouble in Las Vegas, Desiree?”

“No…”

“I want you to be honest with me. Did something happen to precipitate this?”

“The only thing that happened is that Taylor came to grips with the fact that she has a serious drinking problem. If you’ll remember, I tried to let you in on this some time ago.”

“Yes, I remember the vodka bottle. I simply assumed it was a one-time occurrence.”

“I told you otherwise.”

“Well, I know that girls will be girls, Desiree. You can’t have spent as much time as I in the fashion industry and not know this.”

“Were you ever like that?” asked DJ. “I mean that girls will be girls bit?”

Grandmother cleared her throat. “I wasn’t an angel, Desiree, if that’s what you’re hinting at. However, I did understand the need for manners and decorum. I witnessed numerous young women spinning out of control. Beautiful or not, a model won’t last long if she is unable to work.”

“Isn’t that true with everything?”

“Yes…I suppose. How long is Taylor going to be in…this rehabilitation place?”

“I don’t know. You should probably call her mom.”

“Oh, dear…that’s something else I hadn’t considered. Certainly Eva Perez won’t be blaming me for her daughter’s, well, her drinking problem.”
“Eva is fully aware that Taylor had this drinking problem long before she came to Carter House.”

“Good.” Grandmother sighed and shook her head. “I just hope her treatment won’t prevent her from participating in Fashion Week. That would be a disaster.”

“Seems like it would be a worse disaster if Taylor didn’t get the help she needs.”

“Yes, of course, that goes without saying. But I would think that a week or two should be sufficient. Goodness, just how bad can a problem get when you’re only seventeen?”

DJ shrugged, but didn’t say anything. The truth was she thought it could get pretty bad, and in Taylor’s case it was bad. And it could’ve gotten worse. To think that Taylor had been drinking daily and DJ never even knew it.

“It’s just as well you came home early, Desiree,” said Grandmother as she turned onto the parkway. “Already Casey and Rhiannon are back. And Kriti is supposed to return tomorrow. Eliza will be back on New Year’s Eve.”

“I’m surprised she didn’t want to stay in France for New Year’s.”

“As am I. If I were over there, I’d certainly have booked a room in Paris. Nothing is more spectacular than fireworks over the City of Light. But apparently Eliza has plans with her boyfriend. Imagine—giving up Paris for your boyfriend!”

Of course, DJ knew that Eliza’s life of lavish luxury didn’t mean all that much to her. Like a poor little rich girl, Eliza wanted a slice of “normal.” Well, normal with a few little extras like good shoes, designer bags, and her pretty white Porsche.

“It’s good to be home,” DJ proclaimed as her grandmother turned into the driveway.

“It’s good to hear you say that,” said Grandmother.

And it was the truth. After a week in Vegas, DJ was extremely thankful to be back. Maybe for the first time, Carter House did feel like a home. She couldn’t wait to see Casey and Rhiannon.

“Welcome back,” called Casey as she opened the door, dashed out onto the porch, and hugged DJ. “Need some help with those bags?”

“Thanks.” DJ studied Casey for a moment, trying to figure out what had changed. “Your hair!”

Casey picked up one of DJ’s bags then grinned as she gave her strawberry blond hair a shake. “Like it?”

“It’s the old you—only better.”

“My mom talked me into it. The black was a little dramatic, don’t you think?”

“I think you look fantastic. And that choppy layered cut is very cute.”

“Your grandmother approved it too. And I got highlights.”

DJ touched her own hair. “Taylor had been nagging me to get mine redone. But it was so expensive in Vegas. I figured I’d do it here.”

Casey lowered her voice. “So how’d your grandmother take the news about Taylor?”

DJ stopped at the foot of the stairs and stared at Casey. “Did Rhiannon tell you everything?”
“Yeah, is it supposed to be a big secret?” Casey made a hurt face now. “I was wondering why you told Rhiannon and not me. I thought we were friends, DJ.”

“I didn’t mean to, but I sort of spilled the beans with Rhiannon because I was so desperate and didn’t know what to do at the time. But then I felt bad. I mean it was possible that Taylor wanted to keep it private, you know?”

Casey nodded somberly. “Yeah, I guess I do know.”

“You should.” After all, it had only been a few months since they had intervened with Casey in regard to her pain pill snitching.

“So, are you saying mum’s the word?”

“Until Taylor comes back. Don’t you think it’s up to her to say something or not?”

“Yeah. I can just imagine Eliza with that tasty little morsel of gossip. It’d be all over the school in no time.”

“Speaking of Eliza, that means Kriti too.”

“Kriti just got here about an hour ago.” Casey paused, nodding toward the room that Kriti and Eliza shared. The taxi dropped her and she went straight to her room. But something seems wrong.”

“What do you mean?”

“I’m not sure. She just looks different. Kind of unhappy. I mean she didn’t even say hello or anything.”

“Maybe she was missing her family.”

“Maybe, but my guess is it’s something more.”

“We should probably try harder to reach out to her and make her feel at home.”

“You’re here!” Rhiannon burst out of the room and threw her arms around DJ. “Welcome home!”

“Man, it is so good to be back. Vegas—for more than a day or two—is a nightmare.”

“At least you got a tan,” observed Rhiannon. She glanced at Casey. “Both of you, in fact.”

“It’s that California sun.”

“Don’t make me envious,” said Rhiannon.

“Hey, look at you,” said DJ as she noticed that Rhiannon had on a very cool outfit. “Is that new?”

“Old and new. My great aunt gave me some of her old clothes and I’ve been altering them.” She held out her hands and turned around to make the long circular skirt spin out. “Fun, huh?”

“And cool,” said DJ.

“She’s got all kinds of stuff,” said Casey. “Hats and costume jewelry and scarves and things. I told her she should open a retro shop and get rich.”

“Maybe I will someday.”

“Or just sell things here in Carter House,” suggested DJ. “Between Eliza and Taylor’s clothing budget, you could clean up.”

“Oh, yeah, DJ, Conner just called,” said Rhiannon. “They just got back from their ski trip and he said he tried your cell a few times, but it seemed to be turned off.”

“More like dead. My flight was so early this morning, I forgot to charge it.”

“Well, I told him you’d call.”

Casey set DJ’s bag inside her door. “Speaking of boys, I think I’ll check and see how Garrison is doing—find out if he missed me or not.” She touched her hair. “Do you think he’ll like it?”

“How could he not,” said Rhiannon. “It’s so cool.”

“Later,” called Casey as she headed for her room.

“So, how’s Taylor?” asked Rhiannon quietly.

“You didn’t tell Kriti, did you?” whispered DJ, pulling Rhiannon into her room then closing the door.

“No, why would I?”

“I just wanted to be sure. I think we need to respect Taylor’s privacy with this.”

“Absolutely. So, have you talked to her?”

“They won’t let me. They have this no communication policy. No email, cell phones…nothing. It’s like a black hole. Weird.”

Rhiannon nodded. “Yeah, it was like that with my mom at first. I think they wanted to keep her cut off from any bad connections. Then after a while, you earn communication privileges.”

“Oh, that’s a relief. I was really worried.”

“I still can hardly believe Taylor went willingly.”

“Yeah, our strong-willed wild child…putting herself into rehab.” DJ shook her head.

“That remind me, Seth has called a few times too. He wanted to know why Taylor’s cell was off and where she was.”

“What’d you say?”

“That I didn’t know.” She shrugged. “Actually, that was the truth.”

“But nothing else?”
“No.”

“Good. I mean it’s not like we need to keep it top secret, but until we hear from Taylor, let’s not talk about it.”

“Sure.” Rhiannon put a hand on DJ’s shoulder. “And don’t worry about her, DJ. She’ll be fine.”
“I know.” DJ nodded as she put her bags on her bed and started to unzip them. But as soon as Rhiannon left, DJ wasn’t so sure. What if Taylor wasn’t fine? What if something had gone wrong? And what if it was all DJ’s fault?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Book Giveaway and Guest Review: The Man's Book by Thomas Fink

I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winners on Wednesday May 6. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!

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Being modern and manly in today's world isn't always easy.

Do you know how to tie a bow-tie, mix a martini, or make a potato gun?

Do you know when to get married and how to break up, or the difference between a bock beer and a bitter?

Do you know which urinal to choose or how to start a fire with a Coke can?

The answers to every man's burning questions are within these pages, from the morning wet shave to the whiskey night-cap, from hunting deer with a .30-06 to wooing women like 007. At a time when the sexes are muddled and masculinity is marginalized, THE MAN'S BOOK unabashedly celebrates maleness. Organized by subject in a man-logical way, it's the go-to guide for anyone with a Y chromosome.

Guest Review from my fiance:

This book is a guide that all guys in their 20s should have. It has everything you need to know about anything that has to do with pop culture. You will find everything from the rules of drinking games, to how to play poker, to how to properly shave, and the list goes on and on. There are a few items in this book that I would dare to say are more opinion than fact, such as how to quantify a woman's beauty. Most of the items contained in this book are fairly accurate and provide a good basic knowledge-base for males in their 20s. You will find everything you would want to know about anything, and I see it as kind of like a handbook for males who want to stay on the 'in' of things. It most certainly won't hurt to read, and it may help you from making an jerk out of yourself in some situations.

Thomas Fink grew up in New York and Texas. He is a theoretical physicist and writer and lives in London. He designed THE MAN'S BOOK himself. He is a man.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book Review: "Play It Again SAHM" by Meredith Efken

I read this book in 3 hours!

It's time to rejoin the SAHM email group and it looks like Rosalyn is back in charge but as a changed person! Instead of her former condescending self, a new women who is trying to be a better person is back. Joining her are the rest of the SAHM group including Dulcie, Zelia, Jocelyn, Paige, etc. New to the group are Iona and Hannah, both with personalities that take the group by surprise. This time the group faces issues such as grad school advisors that won't help, dealing with adoptive children who have emotional problems, being a working mom and having a stay at home husband and trying to find out what the perfect birthday party is. To top it off, the group decides they are going to meet for the first time at a get together. It's never a dull moment being a SAHM!

If you have been a loyal reader of this blog from the beginning, then you know what a HUGE fan I am of Meredith Efken's SAHM series.
I was so excited when I heard there was going to be a third book in the series. This is probably my absolute favorite set of books to read. I read this book during the 24 Hour Readathon during the 3-5am hour. I knew that this was going to be toughest stretch of the Read-a-thon so I went with something I knew was going to keep me awake due to laughing. Did I make the best choice ever. I nearly died with laughter throughout this book. The women in here are so realistic. It's amazing how we can know their personalities just through their forum post, chats, emails and IMs. This book introduces two new characters to the mix: Hannah, a 19 year conservative mom and Iona, a creative poetry loving mom. They both add their unique personalities to the group. Iona, while initially coming off as a bit eccentric, finds that she fits easily into the group while Hannah, seems to keep putting up walls that drive the other women away from her.

Throughout the book, I found myself totally siding with the women and the decisions they made. There are plenty of serious issues discusses in the book but they are handled in a light hearted way and that email format is just so easy to read. There are no chapter breaks so it's incredibly hard to put the book down. As I said, this is one of the funniest series of books I have ever read. The scene where I just died laughing was the chatroom scene where someone forgets to private chat one of their messages. Just the way it was all handled, I had to literally put the book down, laugh for about 5 minutes before I could resume reading. It was like that throughout the book. This is one of the few series where I have found absolutely nothing wrong with the book.

I'm sad that with this book, the series comes to a close but everything is tied up very nicely. It's great to see how all of the characters have grown and changed since the first book. I really feel like I'm a part of their SAHM group and I would love to find a group of women like this next time. This series is one of my absolute favorites and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Whether you are a mom or not, chick lit fan or reader of emails, you will enjoy this book. VERY HIGHLY recommended.

Play It Again SAHM by Meredith Efken is published by Steeple Hill (2009)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Jane Kirkpatrick Duet

Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother’s photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman’s pursuit of her dreams.

She took exquisite photographs, but her heart was the true image exposed.

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.

With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man’s profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.

This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing—and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.

Wrap yourself in a fantastic journey,a remarkable commitment, and a spare and splendid story

Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters—that our lives are the stories other people read first.

~Featuring~

Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations

More than 100 photographs, many never-before published, from 1850 to today

Cherished stories from Aurora descendants

Rich images of fine crafts from the Aurora Colony and private collections

An introduction by renowned American artist John Houser

Aurora is about the difference every ordinary life can make—and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.

Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Book Review: "Comfort Food" by Kate Jacobs

*Although the books I review on my blog are almost always Christian fiction, there will be a few spotlighted regular titles I will review from time to time.*

Shortly before turning 50, TV cooking show personality Augusta “Gus” Simpson discovers that the network wants to boost her ratings by teaming her with a beautiful, young new co-host. But Gus isn’t going without a fight—whether it’s off-set with her two demanding daughters, on-camera with the ambitious new diva herself, or after-hours with Oliver, the new culinary producer who’s raising Gus’s temperature beyond the comfort zone. Now, in pursuit of higher ratings and culinary delights, Gus might be able to rejuvenate more than just her career.


I am a HUGE fan of the Food Network. It is one of the few channels on TV that I watch regularly. I'm not a gourmet chef or a foodie, but it's just so fun watching the shows on there and even better to learn about new foods and restaurants. I haven't read any of Kate Jacob's other books so I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I just knew that I wanted to eat the cover. Well after finishing this book, all I have to say is "What a yummy satisfying read!" I read this book during the 24 hour readathon and it was one of my favorite books that I read.

Gus is the main character of the book and it is through her that the reader is shown what life as a TV celebrity cook is like. It's quickly learned that life is not all covered dishes and cheery smiles. Due to her age, Gus is afraid that her network will replace her with the young, stylish Carmen who threatens to take over Gus' established stardom. Meanwhile, Gus' daughters are going through crisis of their own and soon find themselves roped into their mother's plans. Gus reminded me of a Paula Deen character while Carmen could be see as Giada De Laurentiis. The relationship between the two resembled oil and water as each keeps trying to outdo the other. I felt since Gus was the protagonist, the reader is supposed to side with her more, but I would have like more character depth with Carmen.

I enjoyed learning what it was like to host a cooking show. The descriptions were so realistic, I could picture the set and the food being prepared. I always enjoy learning what goes on behind the scenes and this book included a lot of that type of information. Now every time I see a show on the Food Network, this book comes to mind.

I felt though that some of the secondary character's stories were a bit out of place in the book. While it was interesting and insightful to see into their lives, the stories weren't really wrapped up. They ended abruptly with no real conclusion and I felt like I just spent time getting to know the characters for nothing.

However, this was a book I really enjoyed reading. It was a fast read and filled with lots of good food and a wonderful insight to the world of television. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing and it kept me turning the pages in delight as I read. I'm looking forward to going back and reading the rest of Kate Jacob's books and all her future ones as well.

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs is published by Penguin (2009)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Book Giveaway: How Not To Look Old by Charla Krupp

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I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll
pick a name and announce the winners on Saturday May 2. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!

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How Not to Look Old the 15-week New York Times bestseller is now in paperback updated with over 150 new Brilliant Buys!

Charla Krupp knows that aging sucks! So she's here to help. It's every woman's dream: looking hip, sexy, fresh, and pretty--whether you're in your 30's, 40's, 50's, or 60's. Now it's every woman's necessity: looking younger will help you hold onto your job and your partner--particularly when everyone around you seems half your age. It's about making the ultimate "to-do" list of LITTLE beauty and fashion changes that pay off BIG TIME.

Charla Krupp, beauty editor and expert, known for her real woman's approach to looking fabulous, offers brutally frank and foolproof advice on how not to look old.

Charla Krupp has done more than 100 style segments on The Today Show and she has appeared on Good Morning America, Oprah, The View, Dateline NBC, and has been a regular on The E! Channel and Home Shopping Network. She was beauty director of Glamour, editor of In Style, beauty editor for People's Style Watch and executive editor of Shop Etc. Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, InStyle, Glamour, Shop Etc., People, Cosmopolitan, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Time.

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday


My Friend Amy, who brought us Book Blogger Appreciation Week has a new carnival in the works, the Faith 'n Fiction Saturday.

Each week she will post a blogging prompt, which participating bloggers will answer on their own blogs. Then they head back to the original post and sign Mister Linky! This way we can all come to know each other more closely.

Today's Question
Have you seen those books, Finding God in Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, or one that is on my shelf (oh yes it is) What Can be Found in LOST? These books often take popular stories that are not about God and find the spiritual elements in them.

Well sometimes this happens to me. I'll be watching a movie or reading a book and it has nothing to do with Jesus, but all of the sudden all I can see is Jesus.

Has this happened to you? Have you ever read a book that was NOT a Christian book but been able to see spiritual truth or analogies in it?

Tell us about a book or if you can't think of a book, a movie that has reminded you about God in some way that didn't intentionally set out to do so. Dig deep..you might be surprised!

I have two quick examples. One is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You can bet I was just as surprised as anyone when reading the book and discovered, not one but TWO scripture references. And it wasn't like they were paraphrased, it was verbatim. Granted there is no mention that it came from the Bible but to people who have been hearing about the evils of Harry Potter for YEARS it was a very welcoming surprise. And there's the whole sacrificing scene at the end, but I don't want to ruin it if you still haven't read it. : )

And then there's the movie A Knight's Tale (starring Heath Ledger). This one was quite a surprise to see but I'm really glad it was included in the movie. I'm going to have to quote Plugged In's review of this movie because they describe it best:
Just before his final showdown against Count Adhemar, William’s true identity comes to light. The jig is up. He receives warning that he has been disqualified from the tournament and will surely be arrested. His friends tell him to hightail it into the woods. Even Jocelyn promises to escape along with him. William refuses. "I will not run!," he shouts, willing to accept responsibility for his actions and endure public disgrace in the name of honor. Wait, it gets better! Placed in a pillory, William is scorned and condemned by angry townspeople. All is hopeless. That is until the heir to the throne of England strides up. The prince, who had been shown mercy earlier in the film by William, does what only a man of his virtue and authority could do. He pardons William. Not only is the young man released, but he is given a title of nobility contestable by no man. It is a fantastic, human illustration of mankind’s redemption by Jesus Christ. Unable to escape sin, we all face judgment and humiliation at the hand of our accuser (Satan). There is absolutely no escape apart from a royal pardon by the only person with the authority to release us and call us holy—Jesus. Despite some disappointing content (below), this film offers mature viewers an outstanding vehicle for discussing the Gospel with unsaved friends.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Book Winners

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Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe by Larry Osborne


Just Because “Everyone Believes It”

Doesn’t Make It True

People don’t set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they’re not. The sad result is often a spiritual disaster—confusion, feelings of betrayal, a distrust of Scripture, loss of faith, anger toward both the church and God.

But it doesn’t have to be so. In this delightfully personal and practical book, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, respected Bible teacher Larry Osborne confronts ten widely held beliefs that are both dumb and dangerous. Beliefs like these:

• Faith can fix anything

• Christians shouldn’t judge

• Forgiving means forgetting

• Everything happens for a reason

• A godly home guarantees good kids

…and more.

Larry Osborne is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California, a fellowship of more than seven thousand people that features multiple campuses and offers more than twenty worship services each weekend. Recognized as one of America’s most innovative pastors, Larry’s previous book with Multnomah is titled Spirituality for the Rest of Us: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Knowing God. He holds two advanced degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary and lives with his wife, Nancy, in Oceanside.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Elisha's Bones

(Bethany House March 1, 2009)

by

Don Hoesel



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.








ABOUT THE BOOK

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gardening Eden by Michael Abbate


Before the snake, the apple, and the Ten Commandments, God created a garden, placed humans in it, and told them to take care of it.

“Spiritual environmentalism” did not start out as an oxymoron—it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God’s original job description for humankind has been replaced by other worthier pursuits. So when did this simple instruction become so controversial? How does one sort through all the mixed messages? Is making the world a healthier place for the next generation really a responsibility—or even possible?

Gardening Eden is a new understanding of how the spiritual dimensions of life can find expression and renewal through caring for our incredible planet. Empowering, simple, and never polemical, Michael Abbaté outlines the Bible’s clear spiritual benefits of caring for creation, exploring new motivations and inspired ideas, and revealing the power of our basic connection to all people and living things through the growing interest in spiritual environmentalism.

Green living is no longer a fad—simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Gardening Eden shows readers how this shift transforms not only our world, but their very souls as they’re drawn into deeper harmony with the Creator. This book invites them to discover the powerful spiritual satisfaction of heeding the call to save our world.

A nationally recognized expert in “green” development strategies, Mike Abbaté is a founder of GreenWorks, an award-winning landscape architecture design firm. He frequently speaks to students and leaders about practical ways to minimize the impact of building and landscape design on natural resources. Abbaté’s work has been featured in national magazines such as Metropolis and Landscape Architecture and in many local newspapers and trade publications. He and his wife, Vicki, have two adult daughters and live near Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Winners

Congrats to the winners of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti! (your emails have been sent, please respond within a week!)

JaniceH

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So Not Happening by Jenny B Jones

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:


So Not Happening (The Charmed Life)

Thomas Nelson (May 5, 2009)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Jenny B. Jones writes adult and YA Christian Fiction with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. When she's not writing, she's living it up as a high school speech teacher in Arkansas.


Visit the author's website.





AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


One year ago my mom got traded in for a newer model.

And that’s when my life fell apart.

“Do you, Jillian Leigh Kirkwood . . .”

Standing by my mother’s side as she marries the man who is so not my dad, I suppress a sigh and try to wiggle my toes in these hideous shoes. The hideous shoes that match my hideous maid-of honor dress. I like to look at things on the bright side, but the only

positive thing about this frock is that I’ll never have to wear it again.

“. . . take Jacob Ralph Finley . . .”

Ralph? My new stepdad’s middle name is Ralph? Okay, do we need one more red flag here? My mom is marrying this guy, and I didn’t even know his middle name. Did she? I check her face for signs of revulsion, signs of doubt. Signs of “Hey, what am I thinking? I don’t want Jacob Ralph Finley to be my daughter’s new stepdad.”

I see none of these things twinkling in my mom’s crystal blue eyes. Only joy. Disgusting, unstoppable joy.

“Does anyone have an objection?” The pastor smiles and scans the small crowd in the Tulsa Fellowship Church. “Let him speak now or forever hold his peace.”

Oh my gosh. I totally object! I look to my right and lock eyes with Logan, the older of my two soon-to-be stepbrothers. In the six hours that I have been in Oklahoma preparing for this “blessed” event, Logan and I have not said five words to one another. Like we’ve mutually agreed to be enemies.

I stare him down.

His eyes laser into mine.

Do we dare?

He gives a slight nod, and my heart triples in beat.

“Then by the powers vested in me before God and the family and friends of—”

“No!”

The church gasps.

I throw my hands over my mouth, wishing the floor would swallow me.

I, Bella Kirkwood, just stopped my own mother’s wedding.

And I have no idea where to go from here. It’s not like I do this every day, okay? Can’t say I’ve stopped a lot of weddings in my sixteen years.

My mom swivels around, her big white dress making crunchy noises. She takes a step closer to me, still flashing her pearly veneers at the small crowd.

“What,” she hisses near my ear, “are you doing?”

I glance at Logan, whose red locks hang like a shade over his eyes. He nods again.

“Um . . . um . . . Mom, I haven’t had a chance to talk to you at all this week . . .” My voice is a tiny whisper. Sweat beads on my forehead.

“Honey, now is not exactly the best time to share our feelings and catch up.”

My eyes dart across the sanctuary, where one hundred and fifty people are perched on the edge of their seats. And it’s not because they’re anxious for the chicken platters coming their way after the ceremony.

“Mom, the dude’s middle name is Ralph.”

She leans in, and we’re nose to nose. “You just stopped my wedding and that’s what you wanted to tell me?”

Faint—that’s what I’ll do next time I need to halt a wedding.

“How well do you know Jake? You only met six months ago.”

Some of the heat leaves her expression. “I’ve known him long enough to know that I love him, Bella. I knew it immediately.”

“But what if you’re wrong?” I rush on, “I mean, I’ve only been around him a few times, and I’m not so sure. He could be a serial killer for all we know.” I can count on one hand the times I’ve been around Jake. My mom usually visited him when I was at my dad’s.

Her voice is low and hurried. “I understand this isn’t easy for you. But our lives have changed. It’s going to be an adventure, Bel.”

Adventure? You call meeting a man on the Internet and forcing me to move across the country to live with his family an adventure? An adventure is swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. An adventure is touring the pyramids in Egypt. Or shopping at the Saks after-Thanksgiving sale with Dad’s credit card. This, I do believe, qualifies as a nightmare!

“You know I’ve prayed about this. Jake and I both have. We know this is God’s will for us. I need you to trust me, because I’ve never been more sure about anything in my life.”

A single tear glides down Mom’s cheek, and I feel my heart constrict. This time last year my life was so normal. So happy. Can I just hit the reverse button and go back?

Slowly I nod. “Okay, Mom.” It’s kind of hard to argue with “God says this is right.” (Though I happen to think He’s wrong.)

The preacher clears his throat and lifts a bushy black brow.

“You can continue,” I say, knowing I’ve lost the battle. “She had something in her teeth.” Yes, that’s the best I've got.

I. Am. An. Idiot.

“And now, by the powers vested in me, I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Finley. You may kiss your bride.”

Nope. Can’t watch.

I turn my head as the “Wedding March” starts. Logan walks to my side, and I link my arm in his. Though we’re both going to be juniors, he’s a head taller than me. It’s like we’re steptwins. He grabs his six-year-old brother, Robbie, with his other hand, and off we go

in time to the music. Robbie throws rose petals all around us, giggling with glee, oblivious to the fact that we just witnessed a ceremony marking the end of life as we know it.

“Good job stopping the wedding.” Logan smirks. “Very successful.”

I jab my elbow into his side. “At least I tried! You did nothing!”

“I just wanted to see if you had it in you. And you don’t.”

I snarl in his direction as the camera flashes, capturing this day for all eternity.

Last week I was living in Manhattan in a two-story apartment between Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Couric. I could hop a train to Macy’s and Bloomie’s. My friends and I could eat dinner at Tao and see who could count the most celebs. I had Broadway in my backyard

and Daddy’s MasterCard in my wallet.

Then my mom got married.

And I got a new life.

I should’ve paid that six-year-old to pull the fire alarm.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I Got to Talk to Ted Dekker!!!

Today Ted Dekker was featured on Center Street's Blog Talk Radio program where he was interviewed. You could call in and ask him questions....and I did!!!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/HachetteBookGroup/centerstreet/2009/04/20/Live-Interview-w-Ted-Dekker-author-of-BoneMans-Daughters

You can hear me here, I'm about 5 minutes in and then I'm the last question, it's about an hour long interview. You can also hear Janna from Cornhusker Academy and Kathy from Bermuda Onion's Weblog as well.

I'm really geeked!!!!!!!!! I sound a little bit overexcited but I was really nervous because I love Ted's books!!! How awesome is that!

Don't forget to enter the contest to win one of three copies of Boneman's Daughters from my blog.

The Reluctant Cowgirl by Christine Lynxwiler


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Reluctant Cowgirl

Barbour Publishing (April 2009)

by

Christine Lynxwiler



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Chrisitine lives with her husband and two precious daughters in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains in her home state of Arkansas. Her greatest earthly joy is her family and, aside from doing God’s will, spending time with them is her top priority.

She recently took a break from writing romance to pen a Christmas story with a twist. Her Mom Lit novella, My True Love Gave to Me, is part of a 2 in 1 anthology from Barbour entitled All Jingled Out. It’s also included in Simply Christmas, a 4 in 1 Barbour anthology. One of my holiday highlights was seeing Simply Christmas at Sam’s Club a few weeks before Christmas.

She has written two other novellas, both romance, which are included in Barbour anthologies, City Dreams, and Prairie County Fair and a serial for the Heartsong Presents book club newsletter – The Carousel Horse. The Carousel Horse can be read in its entirety on the Heartsong website, and you can read excerpts from all of her other books on her website, HERE

In 2003, Christine was honored by being voted #2 Favorite New Author by the Heartsong Presents Book Club members!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Actress Crystal McCord gave up the closeness of her big family in order to make a name for herself on the New York City stage. But when life in the Big Apple turns sour, she follows a country road back to her parents Arkansas ranch.

The last thing she expects to find in cowboy country is a new leading man. Still, she can't help but imagine handsome rancher Jeremy Buchanan in the role.

Unfortunately, Jeremy's been burned by Crystal's type before. Or has he? Every time he thinks he knows her, the multi-faceted woman surprises him. Will the reluctant pair allow their hearts to guide them, or will their common stubborn pride keep them miles apart?

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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Book Winner

One of the original winners of the Miracle Girls set did not respond to my numerous emails so I redrew a new winner.

Please remember you have a week to send me your info to claim your prize. I always send out an email when I announce the winners, if you see you have won and have not received an email, either leave a comment stating this or use the contact form in the Contact Me section to let me know.

Congrats to the new winner of the Miracle Girls series! (your email has been sent, please send a response within a week!)

Sandee61

24 Hour Read-a-Thon Wrap Up!


DONE!!!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 3-4am
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? anything that's funny or scary will keep you awake
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? can't think of any, thought it was great
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? using tweet grid really helped to keep track of everyone
5. How many books did you read? 19
6. What were the names of the books you read? See Below
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Play It Again SAHM
8. Which did you enjoy least? Vendetta
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? YES!!! Reader again, tons of fun.

Title of finished books:

Yuletide Stalker,Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice, Play It Again SAHM, A Silent Terror, From the Ashes, Secrets of My Hollywood Life On Location , Cradle of Secrets

Number of books finished: 19

Final Page Count: 5170 (read 418 pages in last hour!)

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1130 minutes







And now I shall pass out

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 24 - Final Hour!!!

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Well this is it!!!! I have stayed up for 24 hour reading!!!

Title of book(s) reading since last update: From the Ashes, Secrets of My Hollywood Life On Location by Jen Calonita, Cradle of Secrets by Lisa Mondello

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice, Play It Again SAHM, A Silent Terror

Number of books read since you started: 19

Pages read since last update: 279

Cradle of Secrets: 65

A Silent Terror: 46

From the Ashes: 86

Secrets of My Hollywood Life On Set: 82


Running total of pages read since you started: 4752
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1090 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 23

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Yes, I'm still up. Don't ask how.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Silent Terror, From the Ashes

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice, Play It Again SAHM

Number of books read since you started: 17

Pages read since last update: 227

Play It Again SAHM: 169

A Silent Terror: 33

From the Ashes: 25


Running total of pages read since you started: 4473
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 1040 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 22

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Is the sun out yet?

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Silent Terror, Play It Again SAHM, From the Ashes

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice

Number of books read since you started: 17

Pages read since last update: 174

Play It Again SAHM: 174

A Silent Terror: 0

From the Ashes: 0


Running total of pages read since you started: 4246
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 990 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 21

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Took another 40 min break, well worth it. Ate some pizza, drank the last of my diet coke, watched some TV. Still hanging in there!

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Silent Terror, Play It Again SAHM by Meredith Efken, From the Ashes by Sharon Mignerey

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice

Number of books read since you started: 17

Pages read since last update: 88

Play It Again SAHM: 36

A Silent Terror: 21

From the Ashes: 31


Running total of pages read since you started: 4072
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 940 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 20

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Holy crap, I made it to 3am!!!!

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Silent Terror

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice

Number of books read since you started: 15

Pages read since last update: 212

Bayou Justice: 68

A Silent Terror: 30

A Love to Last Forever: 114


Running total of pages read since you started: 3984
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 920 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 19

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Starting to get hard to stay up, I can feel myself getting tired. Will keep reading though!

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice, A Silent Terror by Lynette Eason

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit

Number of books read since you started: 15

Pages read since last update: 190

Bayou Justice: 71

A Silent Terror: 66

A Love to Last Forever: 53


Running total of pages read since you started: 3772
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 870 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 18

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: A Love to Last Forever, Bayou Justice by Robin Caroll

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit

Number of books read since you started: 14

Pages read since last update: 286

Bayou Justice: 99

Murder at Eagle Summit: 90

A Love to Last Forever: 97


Running total of pages read since you started: 3582
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 820 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 17

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: Murder at Eagle Summit, A Love to Last Forever by Tracie Peterson

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in, Take One

Number of books read since you started: 13

Pages read since last update: 177

Take One: 76

Murder at Eagle Summit: 51

A Love to Last Forever: 50


Running total of pages read since you started: 3296
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 770 minutes

Saturday, April 18, 2009

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 16

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: Take One, Murder at Eagle Summit by Virginia Smith

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home, A Promise to Believe in

Number of books read since you started: 12

Pages read since last update: 238

Take One: 63

Murder at Eagle Summit: 60

A Promise to Believe In: 115


Running total of pages read since you started: 3119
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 720 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 15

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

In case anyone has been wondering, I've been reading 3 books at a time, alternating after reading 2-4 chapters in each book. Also favorite books so far: Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Comfort Food. I also took a 40 minute break, to walk around and shower. Feel much better and refreshed!

Title of book(s) reading since last update: Take One, A Promise to Believe in

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta, Stealing Home

Number of books read since you started: 11

Pages read since last update: 114

Take One: 28

Stealing Home: 37

A Promise to Believe In: 49


Running total of pages read since you started: 2881
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 670 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 14

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: Stealing Home, Take One, A Promise to Believe in

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta

Number of books read since you started: 11

Pages read since last update: 233

Take One: 78

Stealing Home: 69

A Promise to Believe In: 86


Running total of pages read since you started: 2767
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 650 minutes

24 Hour Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge

Mid-Event Survey:


1. What are you reading right now? A Promise to Believe in by Tracie Peterson and Take One by Karen Kingsbury

2. How many books have you read so far? Finished 9, currently reading 2

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Honestly, not sure. I'm pretty much just grabbing anything from my TBR Pile

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Not really, well I guess I could be doing homework...

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nope, have no kids and dinner was brought to me :-)

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I can't believe how many books I'm actually reading.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None that I know of, having a great time so far.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Get more sleep the night before!!!

9. Are you getting tired yet? A little, but not too bad.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I've been taking 10 minute breaks, at every :50 of the hour. It really helps b/c I can catch up on the mini challenges or walk around the house and stretch.

24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Hour 13

I think I shall stop every hour at the :50 mark to write up this post and do the mini challenges.

Title of book(s) reading since last update: Stealing Home, Take One by Karen Kingsbury, A Promise to Believe in by Tracie Peterson

Title of finished books: Yuletide Stalker, Comfort Food, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Daniel's Den, Viva Vermont, A Claim of Her Own, The Face, Vendetta

Number of books read since you started: 11

Pages read since last update: 249

Take One: 51

Stealing Home: 96

A Promise to Believe In: 102


Running total of pages read since you started: 2534
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 600 minutes