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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blog Tour Summary for Skizzer!


Skizzer, AJ Kiesling Blog Tour Summary


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Blog tour Summary for AJ Kiesling's debut fiction release, Skizzer. Revell Books www.revellbooks.com

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Great Beach Reads!

Here are a few books I picked up to read this summer!

What are you reading? Any other suggestions?

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The Hunted by Mike Dellosso


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their three daughters. He writes a monthly column for Writer . . .Interrupted. He was a newspaper correspondent/columnist for over three years and has published several articles for The Candle of Prayer inspirational booklets. Mike also has edited and contributed to numerous Christian-themed Web sites and e-newsletters.

Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer's Network, and International Thriller Writers. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

You can read a great interview with Mike, over here on TitleTrakk


ABOUT THE BOOK

A town's deadly secret will drive one man to the edge of his faith...

After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills to aid in the search effort. When Caleb is found, badly mauled and clinging to life, Joe embarks on a mission to find the beast responsible. But the more Joe delves into the fabric of his old hometown, the more he realizes Dark Hills has a dark secret, shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence.

As Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life into God's hands. Will his young faith be strong ehough to battle the demonic forces of The Hunted.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deeanne Gist has been a busy lady. She had a career in elementary education. She raised four children. In fifteen years she has: run a home accessory/antique business, member of the press, penned freelance journalism for a few well-known publications, People, Parents, Family Fun and more. She was the CFO for her husband's engineering company, she did all this in her home.

She also founded a publishing corporation for the purpose of developing, producing and marketing products which would reinforce family values, teach children responsibility and provide character building activities. In answer to Gist’s fervent prayers, God sent a mainstream publisher to her door who licensed her parenting I Did It!® product line and committed to publish the next generation of her system, thus freeing Gist to return to her writing.

Eight months later, she submitted
A Bride Most Begrudging to Bethany House Publishers and they picked it up for their new "edgy inspirational" line of historical fiction. After its release in July 2005, Bride hit eight best seller lists and has sold over 100,000 copies and won the Christy Award for BEST ROMANCE 2006. The Measure of a Lady was her 2006 summer release. It hit five best seller lists and won the Christy Award for BEST ROMANCE 2007. Gist is contracted to have a new book come out every summer. Courting Trouble was her 2007 summer release and it hit three best seller lists.

Deeanne lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-four years. They have two kids in high school, two in college.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A Texas-Sized Tale of Unexpected Love

Essie Spreckelmeyer is the last woman anyone in Corsicana, Texas, expected to see with a man on her arm. Independent and outspoken, she’s known more for riding bicycles in outrageous bloomers than for catching a man’s eye.

And the last man who seems willing to give her a second glance is Tony Morgan, newly hired at Spreckelmeyer’s oil company. The disinherited son of an oil baron, Tony wants most to restore his name and regain his lost fortune--not lose his heart to this headstrong blonde. She confounds, contradicts, and confuses him. Sometimes he doesn’t know if she’s driving him toward the aisle or the end of his rope.

That’s how life is ...
Deep In The Heart Of Trouble

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


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About the Author:

Like many of the characters I write about, I experience the joys and quirks of small town life. My family and I make our home in rural northern Arizona, where we have an abundance of dirt roads, rolling hills, and wide open spaces. From our back porch, I can watch spectacular sunsets and catch glimpses of antelopeand deer. . .and the occasional javelina.

Living in a somewhat isolated area means we miss out on a few thingsmost people take for granted. The nearest supermarket is seventeen miles away, for instance, and it’s a fifty-mile drive to the nearest Wal-Mart, movie theater,or mall.

But these minor inconveniences are far outweighed by the advantages of life “off the beaten path.” Our wide blue skies bear no trace of smog, a traffic jam consists of drivers stopping on the street to visit with friends traveling in the opposite direction, and mugging is something our kids do in front of a camera.



About the book:

After growing up in an orphanage, Emily Ralston loves being around children and thoroughly enjoys her job at the Children’s Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. As the receptionist she helps check in the children and ensures they are safe and well cared for while their parents view the fair. She could not have known what God had in store for her…

When Columbian Guard, Stephen Bridger, drops off a three-year-old named Adam as a lost child, her life irrevocably changed. While the sparks of attraction are undeniable, Emily tries her best to ignore them as she and her best friend, Lucy, scheme to keep Adam safe and happy, far away from the orphanages they both know too well.

Soon Stephen learns about Adam’s mother while both the mystery and his relationship with Emily deepens. As they learn bits of truth, danger and deception now threaten to undermine their growing relationship. Why is a young woman murdered while surrounded by thousands of fairgoers? What secrets could a sweet, abandoned little boy possibly hold? Can Emily and Stephen solve the deadly mystery before time runs out?

Buy the book here!

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Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas


About the Author:

Debbie is a freelance author published in Lord, I Was Happy Shallow, Coping With Cancer Magazine, Sacramento Sierra Parent Magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul. Her debut novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon, released June 1, 2008, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders, on-line, or at your favorite bookstore.

As a pastor's wife, she has been involved in children's and worship ministries at churches in California for over 30 years. As a breast cancer survivor, she recently celebrated her ten year anniversary. Debbie and her husband have two adult children, and enjoy life in a historic gold rush town in Northern California.


About the book:
When Marty Winslow's daughter dies of a devastating genetic disease, she discovers the truth- her child had been switched at birth. Her actual biological daughter was recently orphaned and is being raised by grandparents in a retirement community. Marty is awarded custody, but Andie refuses to fit into the family, adding one more challenge for this grieving single mom that pushes her toward the edge, and into the arms of a loving God. For Andie, being forced to live with strangers is just one more reason not to trust God. Her soul is as tattered as the rundown Blue Moon movie drive-in the family owns. But Tuesday night is Family Night at the Blue Moon, and as her hopes grow dim, healing comes from an unexpected source- the hurting family and nurturing birth mom she fights so hard to resist.

Buy the book here!


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Be Last by Jeremy Kingsley

About the Book:
Being a Christian is a radical commitment for each of us. It requires us to be different from what culture tells us to be, to understand Christ's revolutionary ministry. This book will help people see that Jesus calls us to a revolutionary way of life--a life that's counter cultural to our "me-centered" culture. We are called to put Jesus first, others second, and ourselves last.

From the Back Cover
In a world where people are driven tirelessly to climb the ladder that leads to power, wealth, fame, and success, Jesus beckons us to boldly descend into greatness.


Be Last!

Revolutionary? Yes! But Jesus, no stranger to humility, has already set the ultimate example for all who are courageous enough to follow.

Humility + Service = Greatness

Jeremy Kingsley appeals to us to live lives of authenticity, filled with devotion and transformed to put others first by being last. In God's equation, a life that honors Him through this type of humility, sacrifice, and service offers far greater blessings and everlasting benefits than we have ever imagined. Through our example, God can teach others to live as servants. We have the opportunity to make an impact on an entire generation and ultimately, on the world. Start the revolution, Be Last!


Buy the book here!


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Once Blind: The life of John Newton by Kay Marshall Strom

About the book:
Kay Strom’s new release exposes atrocities of modern-day slavery
by exploring compelling legacy of John Newton

“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know.” – William Wilberforce

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—Today, over two hundred years after John Newton struggled alongside William Wilberforce to bring an end to the African slave trade, three times as many people around the world are living as slaves. When the first abolition bill passed in 1807, four million people were enslaved; today the number is estimated at twelve million. In the new biography, Once Blind (Authentic Publishers), author Kay Marshall Strom skillfully employs the legacy of John Newton to call attention to 21st-century slavery throughout the world.

After years of research into the former slave ship captain’s letters, treatises, journals, and church archives, Strom has penned a riveting biographical narrative of Newton, a broken and desperate man whose stirring hymn, “Amazing Grace,” has testified to millions of his transformation from the worst of the worst to a ringing voice for God. His personal accounts of the slave trade and piercing cry for abolition, along with the work of his friend William Wilberforce, helped turn the heart of a nation against the African slave trade to bring it to an end. Once Blind draws readers into Newton’s life in an engaging way few biographies can. Readers are introduced to his troubled childhood, his forced service to the Royal Navy, and God’s pursuit of Newton with relentless love and amazing grace. Newton once told Wilberforce, “There are two things I know in my life. I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.”

Strom is convinced her poignant account of John Newton’s fight against slavery two centuries ago is a very relevant call to action for believers today. “Slavers today don’t sail the high seas with chained captives packed into the holds of their ships like in the days of John Newton,” Strom writes. “And they certainly don’t march the slaves out to auction blocks behind the post office and sell them to the highest bidder. Yet when people are owned as property, bought and sold, physically punished for not working hard enough, locked up so they can’t leave, and thrust into deplorable or dehumanizing work conditions, then, whatever they’re called, they are slaves… Never have we needed John Newton’s legacy more than today!”

Unexplainably, most people are completely ignorant of the gruesome details of present-day slavery:
· Forcing a woman or girl into commercial sex, especially one under eighteen, is one of the most common forms of human trafficking today—rampant especially in Eastern Europe, Asia, India, and Nepal.
· Millions of people are enslaved as bonded laborers, especially in India.
· About 218 million children between the ages of five and seventeen are trapped in child labor, according to the International Labor Organization.
· As many as 300,000 child soldiers are presently forced into over thirty areas of conflict/war around the world.
· The U.S. government estimates that between 15,000 and 18,000 domestic and sex workers are trafficked into America each year and then tricked into working for little or no pay.

“Bringing awareness to modern-day slavery is my passion,” states Strom. “I have done extensive traveling and writing and have seen firsthand the individual faces of suffering in India, Sudan, and Nepal. We as Christians have stepped back from ‘doing justice and loving mercy’ like the Bible commands, when we should be in the forefront. As I address audiences across the country about this subject, I am asked again and again why we do not hear about these injustices. I have to answer them honestly. It’s inexcusable.”

Perhaps John Newton’s own explanation is just as applicable today. “The slave trade was always unjustifiable, but inattention and interest prevented for a time the evil from being perceived.” Fortunately, Once Blind deftly lays bare this evil, leaving readers no further defense for apathy and inaction.

Buy the book here!


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Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

About the book:

Scotty Fitzgerald, oft-neglected daughter of well-known Hollywood food stylist Charley, knows the “inside scoop” about the Hollywood stars we can’t get enough of. Having spent her life in an RV driving from set to set while her mom “styled food” for celebrities, Scotty sees what the fans do not. And she reveals it regularly on her Hollywood Nobody blog, though she’d rather be as far away from Hollywood as anyone can get. After all, Scotty has enough drama in her own life!
After learning that her ‘mother’ is really her grandmother, Charley finds out her real parents were probably killed in a mafia-style shooting reminiscent of The Sopranos. Scotty’s now certain a sinister “Biker Guy” who’s continued to track her and her mom must be connected to her parents’ shooting. There’s a pretty good chance, she decides, that he’s looking to finish the job by taking her life.

So Scotty and Charley do what they’ve always done—run and avoid the situation. But a life on the run is exhausting and Scotty’s had just about enough—enough to ignore Charley’s motherly direction and chart her own course. Let’s just hope it isn’t a course that puts her in the crosshairs of her own parents’ murderer.

About the author:

Lisa Samson is the author of twenty books, including the Christy-Award-winning Songbird. Finding Hollywood Nobody is the second book in the Hollywood series. Lisa is the mother of three children. To learn more, visit lisasamson.typepad.com.

Buy the book here!

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A Promise for Tomorrow by Sara Dubose

About the book:

In the mid 1950’s small town, Sugar Hill, Alabama was quiet and sleepy in every way imaginable. Fannie Lea Rockwell has few pressing concerns, save for her dreadful nickname, Flea. Few concerns that is until she crosses paths with Mr. Boyd, Sugar Hill’s resident hermit and mysterious citizen. Mr. Boyd lives across the railroad tracks deep in the woods and his anti-social tendencies only fuel the gossip fire; its rumored that he keeps his daughter, Mavis, locked in the attic all day and that he brews moonshine in the woods behind his house.

One day when Flea and her brother, Rand, trespass on Mr. Boyd’s property to get a better view of Mavis, they encounter more than they bargained for. A grip around her waist, a knife to her throat and a threat on her life are quite enough to convince Flea to never return. His breath which smelled of rotting cabbage only served to fuel her fear.

As she unravels the mystery behind Mavis Boyd, Flea uncovers secrets of other Sugar Hill residents and soon discovers how little she actually knows her neighbors. Soon Flea will find herself in a life-or-death situation where she places herself in danger to save the life of someone more helpless than herself.

About the author:

Sara DuBose is a motivational speaker and author of three other novels: Where Hearts Live, Where Love Grows, and Where Memories Linger. Sara is also author of Conquering Anxiety, published by the Presbyterian Church in America. Her other writing credits include numerous articles and stories for publications such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Today’s Christian Woman, Virtue, Decision, The Christian Reader, and Family Life Today. She also appears in several anthologies published by Multnomah and Barbour. Sara received a first place fiction award from Putting Your Passion into Print and a first place fiction award from the Southeastern Writer’s Association. She currently travels as a speaker for seminars, festivals, civic clubs, schools and churches. Sara and her husband live in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the mother of two daughters.

Buy the book here!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dreamhouse Kings Series

I ordered these books for my 11 year-old...when he's finished with them, I'll give you his 10 cents! If you've read them...let me know what you think!



This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing a double pair


House of Dark Shadows
and
Watcher In The Woods
(Books 1 and 2 in the Dreamhouse Kings Series)

Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)

by

Robert Liparulo



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.

Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!

And his third book Deadfall. debuted to rave reviews!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

House of Dark Shadows
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 1)

Dream house...or bad dream?
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

Watcher In The Woods
(Dreamhouse Kings Book 2)

It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.
Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?

The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?

The Dreamhouse Kings Series has three contests that you will not want to miss...Dream the Scene, a weekly "Thanks For Reading Trivia contest, and the Dreamhouse Kings Street Team contest. There are also free bookplates that you can request, and a chapter of each book that you can download!

You can get all those goodies HERE.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How to fish...

These are taken from our Memorial Day camping trip. We went to Potholes...(outside Moses Lake, WA). See it's sunny (in some parts) of Washington...and it doesn't always (but has been since that weekend) rain in Washington.

How to fish in my family.

1. Find perfect spot on lake shore...make sure spot is far enough away from your vehicle so that you will be hot and sweaty by the time you reach it. Cast in your pole immediately. There is no time to lose.

2. Perfect form is important. You never know who might be watching...

3. After 3 minutes...get bored of waiting for the fish to bite. Eat half your sandwich.

4. Then eat the other half, all your chips, and an Izzy.

5. Three minutes after you eat,decide to reel in your pole and play in the water. Obviously there are no fish biting anyway. Afterall, you tried for at least ten minutes.

6. Or dance, sing and bounce around your papa until he has a fish on the line and then reel in his fish. Call it your own. She caught (reeled in) 17 fish that weekend. What a sport.

7. Or put your pole in the water, sit in your chair, become one with the fish, watch the water, and ignore everything else going on around you.
Aaahhh...family time.

Monday, June 09, 2008

I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

I Heart Bloomberg

David C. Cook (April 1, 2008)

by

Melody Carlson



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for adults, children, and teens, including three of her latest, These Boots Weren't Made For Walking, A Mile In My Flip-Flops, and Mixed Bags. She and her husband, the parents of two grown sons, make their home near the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon. Melody is a full-time writer as well as an avid gardener, biker, skier, and hiker.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." It’s the “whosoever” part that gets me. That’s who I write for – “whosoever” and to me that means everyone and anyone.

Carlson, author of more than 100 books, begins her 86 Bloomberg Place series with I Heart Bloomberg that functions mostly to set up future storylines. Three women rent rooms at 86Bloomberg Place:


ABOUT THE BOOK

Kendall's managed to wrangle her grandmother's house-free and clear-except for the rules. No male roommates. But that's ok, with the right ad she'll pull in some girls, their rent and if she's lucky, she won't have to go to work any time soon.

For their part, Anna, Lelani, and Megan all have their reasons for wanting to move in: Anna has got to get out from under her overprotective parents; Lelani can't take another day in her aunt's tiny crackerbox house overflowing with toddlers and Megan needs a place free of her current roommate from Hades.

Though they come with assorted extra baggage filled with broken hearts and dreams, they will discover they also have a vast array of hidden strengths. And they struggle to become the women they want to be, they'll find new hope and maybe even Kendall will learn a thing or two about life, love and the true meaning of friendship.

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

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oh Martha...

I love this book's attention to detail and accurate history. Fascinating. I just finished the Adams series on HBO in April and this book is truly a gift. A glimpse into another one of our founding fathers' life. A treat! I love history...so much so that I took history classes as my electives in high school. History and poetry. Yes, I write poetry. No...I won't be sharing any. LOL

What strikes me spiritually about Washington's Lady is the sense of joy in home and hearth that Martha exudes. I'm nostalgic. I'll be the first to admit it. I'm nostalgic because to me it seems like we need a going back...back to Biblical societal standards. Yes, life then could be (and still can be now) hard and gut wrenching tough, but there is a joy in fulfilling the role you were created to fulfill. That joy is what I see lacking in society. In myself.

I rarely relish my role as woman, wife, mother, homemaker. In my mind, there is a softness and comfort that only a woman can offer. I forget what a privilege I've been given. We are extraordinary creatures. Yet, I'm too busy, too tired, too... I constantly have to remind myself of what I'm truly supposed to be doing. Bright and sparkly things catch my eye and I'm off...down a path I may not necessarily be made for. There is a simplicity in focusing on being a what I am...nurturing, warm, loving, full, wife, lover, mommy, friend. Woman.

Anyway...Nancy Moser has written a superb book...I highly recommend it. I read Nancy's The Good Nearby last year and enjoyed that as well. But, I have to say that this book is in a whole other caliber!

Nancy gives this encouragement at the end of the book: I hope Martha's story will nudge you toward finding your roots and your purpose, reignite your gratitude to God for all His gifts and blessings, and open your eyes to His work in the world beyond your own front door.

And then...I want you to go out and do something amazing and courageous. Under God.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book today. You can order it by clicking here or on the link below!








This week, the



Christian Fiction Blog Alliance



is introducing




Washington's Lady



(Bethany House June 1, 2008)



by



Nancy Moser



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.




ABOUT THE BOOK
It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.

Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own.

Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband's absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.

Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington's Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

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

Monday, June 02, 2008

Blog tour for A.J. Kiesling's SKIZZER!



Join us May 26 - June 14th for the Skizzer blog tour!

A.J. Kiesling had this to say about her debut novel...

The story centers on two sisters, Claire (the main character) and Becca, her younger sibling. At the outset, Becca has disappeared--up and leaving her husband with just a cursory note offering no real explanation. Claire drives to North Carolina to pursue a hunch that Becca might have fled to the town where they grew up, perhaps taking refuge with their elderly Aunt Jess. She stops at a place where they used to play as children—an old estate the local kids called haunted—and finds a letter addressed to "Skizzer" inside a sister-secret box she and Becca left there more than twenty years earlier. The letter says "something both terrible and wonderful has happened" and that Becca needs time to herself, urging Claire not to look for her. But of course that's exactly what Claire and her distraught brother-in-law do. The story weaves between the present and the past through flashbacks to the girls' growing up years in North Carolina. The search for Becca ultimately takes Claire and her brother-in-law to England, to a town that imprinted the girls heavily in their youth. The theme of the story is that the people we think we know best don't always turn out to be who we thought they were.

Buy the book here

Interest piqued yet?

Find out more about A.J. and her debut novel by visiting the AWESOME blogs listed below.

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Oh, and the contest!

Well of course there's a contest!

To enter the contest, leave a comment answering this question:

What's the Most Important Thing You've Ever Lost and Then Found?

A.J. Kiesling will select the winning response based on originality and sizzle!

The winner will receive a $40 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Yum, yum

The winner will be announced June 18th!

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Blog tour schedule:

5/26
Shannon at Wind Scraps

http://windscraps.blogspot.com/2008/05/book-review-skizzer.html
I liked the author's easy style and her descriptions. She's great at filling in the blanks in such a way that you find yourself right there in the scene, hearing the approach of footsteps or smelling the mustiness of old books in a office long used by scribes.


5/27
Sunny at Life in the Estogen Ocean

http://estrogen-ocean.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-tour-and-giveaway.html
I gladly recommend this book! It is full of suspense and mystery, leaving you with a new set of questions after each revelation.

Patty at Girlfriends in God
http://patty-girlfriendsingod.blogspot.com/
This book has a great message. A.J. knows how to weave a story that truly keeps you thinking and guessing all the way through the book. I hope I have a chance to review another book of hers.


5/28
Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts

http://amychristopher.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer-book-tour-and-review-and.html
Oh my gosh! Another great book! Im thrilled to have been able to read this and recommend it to you!!! I have never read this author but look forward to reading more. SHe really connects with the reader.Love the background ! Anyone who likes a good fiction novel will like this book. I hope hubby will read it next. You know when you have a really clear dream and you can remember details from your dream? This book is that clear. Her details to the story helped paint a wonderful story and it was easy to see the story in your mind.!!!!

Rachelle at Stifled Squeal
http://zyphe.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer-by-j-kiesling.html

Peggy at Sips & Cups Cafeteria
http://www.sipsncupscafe.com/2008/05/special-book-tour-skizzer.html
Recommended reading. A page-turner full of suspense and mystery that will keep you guessing to the end.


5/29
Susan at His Reading List

http://hisreadinglist.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer.html
From the very first page, Skizzer takes you on a whirlwind search for Claire's sister, Becca. Becca has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic note. .This book has a good balance of current time activities and well-remembered adventures that took place many years before. The descriptions place you right at the scene, and the search for the truth pulls together pieces of Claire's life that she didn't even know were missing.

Camy at Camy's Loft
http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/2008/05/book-giveaway-skizzer.html


5/30
Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart

http://philippians4verse8.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer.html
I love a good mystery, don't you? This book was well written and had lots of plot twists that I didn't see coming. Those are the best kind of plot twists, aren't they?!!? AND again, it is written by a Christian author so there is no need to worry about the contents being less than they should. I loved the flashbacks and they left me feeling like I really knew these two sisters and I too, longed for them to find one another again. And lastly, I am a sucker for anything set in North Carolina!

Tricia at It's Real Life
http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/
Another great summer read! I really enjoyed the quick pace and unexpected twists! RECOMMENDED!


5/31
Pam at Without Fear

http://withoutfear08.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer-review-and-book-giveaway.html
She has a style of writing that slowly grabs hold of you then tugs you tightly in order to keep you gripped throughout the rest of the story. I am enjoying it and plan to finish it tonight when I am done here. So, read on, and I'll be racing to the end of this post so I can get back to my book!


6/2
Chris at Come to the Table

http://cometothetable.blogspot.com/2008/06/book-review-skizzer.html
When she finished the book I asked her what she thought. I loved her response, "It is one of those books that won't let you put it down. I felt like I was there, I wanted to know what was next, and you know how I love a good mystery mom?"

Margaret at A Cappuccino Life
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/cappuccinosmom/541412/
Skizzer was another sweet, light read for me, and I enjoyed it. Interesting plot, engaging characters, and easy-to-read language. Every once in a while, in the middle of my pile of heavy-weight, occasionally depressing, non-fiction, I need something that I don't have to slog through with my brain on. Skizzer let me just relax and enjoy a good story.

April at Projecting A
http://projectinga.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-by-aj-angie-kiesling.html


6/3
AnnMarie at More Than Just A Mom

http://afriedrick.blogspot.com/2008/06/book-review-skizzer.html
Skizzer is part mystery and part deep, personal reflection. I liked how well developed the character of Claire was, how she dug within herself to find answers, and the way she dealt with startling news. The author wove this mystery in an engaging way, making it difficult to stop reading, even at midnight!

Dee at Christian Fiction Blog
http://christianfiction.blogspot.com/2008/05/2008-summer-beach-read-nominee-1.html
I like that the story's structure isn't linear. Kiesling weaves from one decade to the next to help her find her missing sister. It is a great novel for sisters to read together. It has intrigue, a transcontinental adventure, Brit/American romance, and a great escape...


6/4
Brittanie at A Book Lover

http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-by-j-kiesling-and-giveaway.html
I liked the mystery in this book with the added bonus of sister relationship development. The plot line is interesting and the flashbacks add to it. The finished product is a very enjoyable mystery that I recommend. I look forward to reading future novels by this author.

Gretchen at Inspire Me Dream
http://dreamwriter07.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-by-aj-kiesling.html
Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes you on a transcontinental hunt for answers, weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present.

Leticia at Leticia's World
http://leticiasworld.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzera-wonderful-read.html
This book is soooooo good I couldn't put it down and wound up reading it in one day! It was that great! The characters are very real and you can actually relate to them. This book just captivated my attention and I never left my comfy couch and enjoyed a nice hot cup of coffee and a biscotti on the side, then later munched on popcorn. Anxiously turn page after page waiting to see what was going to happen next.


6/5
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
http://cwahmjill.blogspot.com/2008/06/whats-most-important-thing-youve-ever.html

Laura at Lighthouse Academy
http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer.html
Suspenseful, and intriquing, SKIZZER is not a book to be missed.


6/6
Lynetta at Open Book
http://lynetta.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer.html
A.J. Kiesling's first novel takes the reader on many twists and turns in both the physical journey and the journey through the lives of two sisters. Her settings are so real the reader feels like they just landed in England. Whether it be English gardens, antique bed and breakfasts, or ancient churches, opening the book is like visiting there for the first time.

Melissa at Breath of Life
http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-blog-tour.html
Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes you on a transcontinental hunt for answers, weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present


6/7
Billie at Hearing the Music Amongst the Noise
http://lifelaughterchaos.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-book-review.html
My favorite...absolute favorite type of book is a good suspense/mystery. Once in awhile I enjoy a cheesy drama or romance, but for the most part I love a good plot. I've been on the reading kick lately (which is why less blogs). The latest book on my list is Skizzer, by A.J. Kiesling.

Christy at Christy's Book Blog
http://christysbookblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer.html
Claire's story is compelling, and her characterization is really the reason to read this book. Becca comes off as a bit of a flake, but her flight helps both sisters to understand each other and the other women in their family. Kiesling describes settings well from North Carolina to England, but it's her characterizations that really shine and carry this wonderful debut novel.


6/9
Joy at Five J's

http://fivejs.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/skizzer-more-great-fiction-plus-a-contest/

Tyora at FaithWebbin
http://faithwebbin.net/share/authors/?p=414
Great Interview...check it out!


6/10
Cindy at Still His Girl

http://stillhisgirl.blogspot.com/2008/06/book-tour-skizzer.html
I started my summer fiction reading with Skizzer by A.J.Kiesling. It's been a few weeks since I read it and I still feel like I could be in an English bed and breakfast watching the main character. The author does a great job of setting the stage and tone, and pulls you in.

Niki at My Journey
http://nikinowell.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/skizzer-by-aj-kiesling/
A. J. Kiesling’s debut novel kept me turning pages as the story of two sisters and the secrets of their family’s past unfolded with heart breaking questions and discoveries mixed with hope in new beginnings, and the stirrings of reawakened love.


6/11
Cara at Life, Law, Books

http://carasmusings.blogspot.com/2008/05/skizzer-review-author-contest.html
I was pulled through the story in quick fashion. I read this in the days after my daughter was born, and kept returning to the story at every moment I could spare.


6/12
Amy at My Friend Amy
http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2008/06/blog-tour-skizzer-by-aj-kiesling.html
I picked up this book thinking I would just get it started and then couldn't put it down. I devoured it in a couple of hours. It's a fascinating look at family history, the bond of sisterhood, and what happens when you start uncovering the secrets of the past.

Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
http://thenearsightedbookworm.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-by-angie-kiesling.html
The power of a sister's love is explored in this wonderful book. As a sister myself, I know how this relationship can ebb and flow over the years, but the love remains strong. This book was fun of twists and turns that left you guessing time and time again. Add it to your summer reading list. You will be glad you did!


6/13
Audra at Penning Prose
http://audrasilva.com/blog

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood
http://thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com/2008/06/review-skizzer.html
I quite like her low-key, mellow style.


6/14
Revka at Our Family Porch
http://ourfamilyporch.blogspot.com/2008/06/skizzer-blog-tour.html
Skizzer is A.J. Keisling's debut novel, and I think she did a great job. The title is what the author, as a little girl, called her sister, being unable to properly say the word sister. Since I love stories with mystery and a touch of romance, I really enjoyed this book.

Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee
http://2nd-cup-of-coffee.blogspot.com/2008/06/blog-tour-for-skizzer-and-chance-to-win.html
Every evening as I picked up Skizzer, I looked forward to the next step in discovering keys to the mystery. I loved that the name of the book recalled Becca's nickname for Claire, her sister, and its significance in the storyline in the end.

Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-review-of-skizzer-novel-by-aj.html

6/29
Trish at Books for Moms
http://www.booksformoms.blogspot.com/


October
Lena at A Christian Writer's World
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/





Sunday, June 01, 2008

So Young, Brave and Handsome


I fell in LOVE with Mr. Enger when I read Peace Like A River. His new book has just releaesed...go get it here!

Here's what he had to say about writing: The themes of violence and redemption will be familiar to fans of Peace Like a River, which has been noted for its understated Christian spirituality as well as its literary excellence. Enger takes pains to explain he's a Christian who writes novels, not a "Christian novelist." He doesn't work with a Christian publisher, and while his faith certainly informs what he writes, he says proselytizing is not one of his aims as a writer."On the other hand," Enger adds, "One reason Peace Like a River was successful is that it appealed to the spiritual side of people. But it didn't try to cram it down your throat. That made the spirituality palatable. You could choose to believe or not believe."

His heroes in this regard are Graham Greene and Walker Percy, both Catholic novelists whose faith is sometimes a complicated and even ambivalent part of their fiction."

Generally, if you write a story that's generous to readers and your characters, and move toward a strong conclusion without holding out or trying to convert people," Enger says, "then your readership can be wide. I don't think about the culture wars. I write stories that appeal to me, and sometimes they turn out to appeal to others, too."

I just ordered it...I can't wait!