Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is touring AURALIA'S COLORS, (WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007) by Jeffrey Overstreet and THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT (Thomas Nelson October 2, 2007) by Neta Jackson
This first book is written by a Jeffrey Overstreet...he lives about 2 miles from my house! Wow-- what a small world! I've just begun reading the book, but it sucked me in right from the start!
About the Book: As a baby, she was found in a footprint.
As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.
As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.
When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.
Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets. Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.
Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.
Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia's Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to Jeffrey's introduction of the book, plus a lot more!
About Jeffery: Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at LookingCloser.org and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image. His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly.
By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.
Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.
Praise or Jeffrey's work: "Film critic and author Overstreet (Through a Screen Darkly) offers a powerful myth for his first foray into fiction. Overstreet’s writing is precise and beautiful, and the story is masterfully told. Readers will be hungry for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly
Buy the book here!
And the second CFBA book is a fun read!
Neta Jackson's next in the Yada, Yada Prayer Group series!
About the book: Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.
But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family...it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.
This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out celebrate God. So let's get this party started!
THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT is a festive novella featuring America's favorite prayer group, the Yada Yadas! Sometimes dubbed "chick-lit" for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.
In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season. But yes, eager readers, this novella—which picks up a year and a half after the end of book #6 The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling concludes the series with some twists and turns that will amaze and encourage you. Plus, it sets the stage for Neta’s new series with new characters and new situations but also occasional roles for the beloved Yada Yada sisters in familiar Chicago neighborhoods with all their cultural richness.
About Neta: Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books--a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales--and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).
Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Buy the book here!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here is what historians at History.com think might have been on the menu:
~~Seafood: cod, eel, clams, lobster
~~Wild Fowl: wild turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, partridge, eagles
~~Meat: venison, seal
~~Grain: wheat flour, Indian corn
~~Vegetables: pumpkin, peas, beans, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots
~~Fruit: plums, grapes
And here are some foods that were NOT on the menu (pretty much everything that will grace my table!):
~~Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered their pigs though they had brought such animals with them from England.
~~Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.
~~Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
~~Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar.
~~Pumpkin Pie: Hard to make without sugar, plus the recipe didn't exist at this time. However, the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
~~Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it's unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
~~Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it's possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.
(Hmmm...I didn't see green bean casserole or frozen fruit salad on that list anywhere...weird.)
Well...I have to say that Thanksgiving is by far my favorite meal of the year! I am a comfort food junkie...this meal is the quintessential comfort-y meal!
So in honor of Thanksgiving and thankfulness (so much to be thankful for, Praise-Be-to-God!) I'm going to share my bestest best-friend-in-the-whole-wide-world, Loring's, recipe for Mabel's Ginger Cookies! I'm not sure who Mabel is, but here is Loring! Isn't she beautiful...(I wish I could find the photo of her that I've been saving to mortify her with, but lucky her...I can't find it!)
These yummy cookies make a great and unexpected gift for the holidays (I'm taking some to my mom on Thursday)...they are addictive and delish!
Mabel's Filled Ginger Cookies
3/4 cup butter room temp
1 cup sugar
cream together and add
1/4 cup molasses
Sift together 2 cups flour
1 tsp of baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon
1/2 tsp of salt
3/4 tsp ground cloves
3/4 fresh shredded/grated ginger (or 1/2 tsp dried)
Stir dry ingredients into wet until well mixed.
Roll into balls and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. They will bake into perfectly round circles.
Or you can also add 1/4 -1/2 cup more flour and roll out and cut into shapes.
Let them cool until next day. Store in ziploc overnight. They will be firm, but chewy.
Cream Cheese Filling
50z. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
cream together and add
1/2 tsp vanilla
and then add
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
Spread filling between two similarly shaped cookies.
Yum. Then you can eat them...or package them up all pretty in a box with ribbon. Or roll in parchment or wax paper and tie each end with some cool ribbon.
May your Thanksgiving be warm and filling!
Extend mercy and have patience! :)
Monday, November 19, 2007
And if there is a kindred spirit out there (or two)...here's my gift to you -- Christmas Music on the web!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
"DEADFALL is drop-dead great!"-In The Library Reviews
Thursday, November 08, 2007
1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton
3. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
4. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"
5. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
9. You played the game "MASH"(Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
11. You know the profound meaning of " WAX ON , WAX OFF"
12. You wanted to be a Goonie.
13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)
14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
16. You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard.
17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
18. You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence.
19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
20. You remember Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and My Little Ponies the firsts time around.
21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
22. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
23. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that (and a bag of chips!).
27. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class.
32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
33. You just sang those words to yourself.
34. You still sing "We are the World"
35. You tight rolled your jeans.
36. You owned a banana clip.
37. You remember "Where's the Beef?"
38. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!