Lip Reading

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
by
Harry Kraus


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

ABOUT THE BOOK

She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.


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

Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker Link-along Post # 4

Monday, April 14, 2014







Welcome to the fourth stop on Sandra D. Bricker's Blog Link-Along about her upcoming book Rise & Shine. Her new book is a contemporary re-telling of an old classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty.

I hope you enjoy your visit. Mark your calendars for April 22nd and join us for the launch party for this incredible book. Here is the link to the Facebook event http://tinyurl.com/RiseShineLaunch
















Izzy, is Shannon's best friend. They were roommates in college, and she was Shannon's maid of honor in her wedding. When Shannon wakes up, Izzy is married and has three sons. She married a guy from Ecuador, like her mother told her not to do.
After Shannon wakes up she finds that she loves to cook, Izzy is shocked and amazed. Izzy helps Shannon launch her new business providing healthy food for working professionals. Izzy is a best friend any one would want in their life.

Millicent, is Edmund's sister, therefore Shannon's sister - in - law. The complete opposite of Izzy. Edmund and Millicent grew up in a very well to do family, and all Millicent cares about is the Ridgeway family money, and making sure that Shannon receives none of the "family" money. Millicent reminds me of Cruella De Ville. She doesn't have a kind bone in her body. A perfect villain!





Stop by the Pinterest board for Rise and Shine, there you will find great pictures and quotes from the book.
Rise and Shine Pinterest board  http://www.pinterest.com/andit66/rise-shine-by-sandra-d-bricker/








Interview with Tosca Lee ... One of my Favorite Authors!!!!

 
 
 
 
 
An Interview with Tosca Lee, Author of Iscariot
History has called him many things: Thief. Liar. Traitor. Reviled throughout history and infamous for his suicide, he is the man whose very name is synonymous with betrayal . . .
And the only disciple that Jesus called “friend.”
Judas.
But who would take a journey through the Lenten season with Judas, of all people?
The answer: readers of New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee's Iscariot, in which Lee dares to delve into biblical history’s most maligned character—from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as the man known to the world as the betrayer of Jesus. But more than the story of one man, Iscariot is a view into the life of Jesus that forces readers to reexamine what they thought they knew about two of the most famous—and infamous—religious icons in history.
The study guide, “A Journey with Judas," is available to book clubs and small groups free along with daily devotionals from now until Easter at toscalee.com.
Who is Tosca Lee, and why did she choose to write a book on the Bible’s most controversial character? An interview with the award-winning author of Havah: The Story of Eve and the Books of Mortals trilogy (with Ted Dekker) follows.
Q: How did you start writing biblical fiction?
A: I kind of fell into it, actually. Around 2000, I wrote this story about a fallen angel. I did it in six weeks. And then it took nearly seven years to sell. When we were doing the deal, the editor said, “What else do you have?” I rummaged around and found one page I had done a year before of a very old Eve starting to tell her story. I don’t know why I started writing that, but I pulled it out and said, “I have this!” And they bought it. It eventually became the prologue to Havah: The Story of Eve.
Q: Why Judas? Of all people—why did you choose to write about him?
A: Several years ago, an editor—the same editor who acquired Demon and Havah—suggested a story on Judas. I’d already done a fallen angel and Eve, after all. I flatly refused. Too much research. Too much controversy. Too hard. But the idea started following me around. Finally, about a year later, I was sitting in this New York restaurant eating dinner and found myself scribbling a scene between Judas and his mother on the paper tablecloth. I knew then I was a goner. I realized I wanted to become this disciple Jesus called “friend,” wanted to slip into his skin and sit down next to this enigmatic teacher and healer that people to this day call “Messiah.” I wanted to see and experience him, for myself.
I tore the scene off, shoved it in my purse, and called my agent a few days later, hoping he would talk me out of it. He didn’t. After two years of research, with much fear and trembling, I started writing.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer?
A: Writing was never the plan, even though I’d won some contests growing up in school. Ballet was my first love—I danced with a local ballet company as a teenager and spent my summers studying dance in Kansas City and New York. But within a few years I literally outgrew ballet: I’m nearly six feet tall en pointe. After a torn groin and other injuries, I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. The summer after my freshman year in college, I decided I’d take a stab at writing a novel. I wrote it. It got rejected. It’s still in a crate down in my basement like a skeleton. I’m afraid to look at it. It’s probably got three arms and two heads.
Q:  What’s the coolest thing about writing biblical/historical fiction?
A: We all know the story of Judas, of Adam and Eve—of myriad other two-dimensional characters we first met as flannel board characters in Sunday School with just the barest detail to define the morality tale of their lives. But if these were real people, then they had hopes, aspirations, influences, and motivations. There’s always more to the story. And that makes them much more like us than we might care to admit. That’s scary. Inevitably—and this happened with Iscariot, too—there comes a point about hallway through the story where I realize I’m no longer writing Judas’ story, or Eve’s… but my own.
Q:  Iscariot has been recognized as a Best Christian Fiction title of 2013 by the Library Journal and has been nominated for several other awards. Why do you think Iscariot resonates with readers?
A: I think because like Judas, we are all seeking answers. We are seeking some kind of deliverance—maybe not from Roman occupation, but from a situation, or a fear, or a sickness, anything. We are looking for answers, and expecting God to intervene in certain ways. I think we all identify with trying so hard to do the right things, with having expectations for how God will act, and how, if I do this and that, God will do this and that. But it doesn’t always work out that way, and the question becomes how we will respond. I think we all can identify with that. And I think we all find ourselves completely ruined, in the best and worst of ways, by love we cannot understand.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
A: I love to adventure travel—whether it’s fishing for piranha in the Amazon or trekking through the Balkans, every now and then I just have to get out of town. And I cook. There was a time when I could burn water and ruin cereal, but today I make a pretty mean quiche and haven’t managed to poison anyone in years.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: The Queen of Sheba! I figured it was time to be a girl again.
For more on Tosca and her books, including the free reading guide “A Journey with Judas," go to toscalee.com.

Tosca is offering a special giveaway to her readers this Easter. Enter by April 19th for a chance to win one of three great prizes:
  • A complete signed library of Tosca's work including Demon, Havah, Iscariot and the Mortals Triology
  • A signed copy of the Havok Magazine edition that includes Tosca's Ninja short story
  • A 30-minute video chat with Tosca that could include a critique of up to ten pages of your writing.
See Tosca's website for details and entry information.


Keep an eye on this post . . . I will have a copy of Iscariot to giveaway . . .



What Follows After by Dan Walsh

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

About the book:

In October 1962, Colt Harrison and his little brother, Timmy, hatched a plan. They would run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Savannah, Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents got back together. But things go terribly, terribly wrong. Colt's mother and father must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their broken marriage.
In this emotional story, Dan Walsh takes readers on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family.







About this author

Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, rec'd a 4.5 Stars/Top Pick rating from RT Book Reviews and won 2 Carol Awards. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 4 years later.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken his writing to NY Times bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first bestseller.

Since then, Dan has written 4 more novels. The Discovery and The Reunion were both finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year. The Reunion has also been optioned for a movie by a Hallmark producer.

The other 2 novels, The Dance and The Promise, are co-authored with Gary Smalley, part of a 4-book series. The Dance has already become a CBA and an ECPA Bestseller.

Dan lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 36 years and have 2 grown children and 1 grandson.


You can read more about Dan on his website: 

My Take:

When I pick up a Dan Walsh novel, I know I am in for an emotional roller coaster ride, and What Follows After was that and more.
Imagine you and your spouse are having difficulties, you separate, and force your children to lie about your separation. The kids hate it, and decide to run away in hopes that it will bring them back together. That is exactly what happens in this book. Colt the older brother convinces his younger brother, Timmy to run away. While running away is bad enough, something terrible happens that puts the entire family on pins and needles, it also sets the reader on the edge of their seats, turning pages faster than they can catch all the action. This by far is my favorite Dan Walsh novel, and will make my top list for the year! Don't miss this great book!

Highly recommended!








Sincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick, Laurie Alice Eakes, Amanda Cabot, and Ann Shorey

Thursday, April 3, 2014

About the book:

In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.








In this new collection of novellas written by four great storytellers, four women's life changes by the receiving a letter. I enjoyed each one of these novella's. They were fun and inspirational. I have read books by each of these authors, this was the first book of novellas I have read by them. 
This would be a great weekend book. It reads quickly and you won't be sorry.






 

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

About the book:

A Chapel Springs Romance
Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.
Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.


Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn’t writing, she’s busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.


Don't miss Denise Hunter's latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies "swoon-worthy" and "the perfect love story." 



Join Denise in celebrating the release of her new book by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway and RSVPing for her April 10th Facebook party.




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One winner will receive:



  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX

  • Dancing with Fireflies and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter


Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 10th. Winner will be announced at the Dancing with Fireflies Facebook Party on April 10th. Connect with Denise for an evening of prizes, book chat, and an exclusive look at the next book in the series.







Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!



My take:
Jade goes off to the city leaving the small town of Chapel Springs behind, along with her broken heart. After something terrible happens Jade packs up and goes home to Chapel Springs. She's pregnant, broke, and alone. Daniel is the mayor of Chapel Springs, and an honorary member of the McKinley clan. He has been a big brother to her, yet as they begin to get closer the feelings that he has ignored resurface, will he tell her and will she return them.
In this second book of the Chapel Springs series, Denise gives us a closer look at the McKinley family and the relationship between Daniel and Jade. Daniel makes Jade want to dance again.

Denise is one of my favorite romance authors. I don't need to read the synopsis of the book to know that I am going to love it. While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone, however I recommend that you read book one Barefoot Summer.












Sing for Me

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

About the Book:

When a good church girl starts singing in a jazz club and falls for the music—as well as a handsome African American man—she struggles to reconcile her childhood faith with her newfound passions.

Raised in the Danish Baptist Church, Rose Sorensen knows it’s wrong to sing worldly songs. But Rose still yearns for those she hears on the radio—“Cheek to Cheek,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”—and sings them when no one is around.

One day, Rose’s cousin takes her to Calliope’s, a jazz club, where she dis­covers an exciting world she never knew existed. Here, blacks and whites mingle, brought together by their shared love of music. And though Rose wor­ries it’s wrong—her parents already have a stable husband in mind for her—she can’t stop thinking about the African American pianist of the Chess Men, Theo Chastain. When Rose returns to the jazz club, she is offered the role of singer for the Chess Men. The job would provide money to care for her sister, Sophy, who has cerebral palsy—but at what cost?

As Rose gets to know Theo, their fledgling relationship faces prejudices she never imagined. And as she struggles to balance the dream world of Calliope’s with her cold, hard reality, she also wrestles with God’s call for her life. Can she be a jazz singer? Or will her faith suffer because of her worldly ways?

Set in Depression-era Chicago and rich in historical detail, Sing for Me is a beautiful, evocative story about finding real, unflinching love and embracing—at all costs—your calling.


My Thoughts:

Rose sneaks out with her cousin who takes her to this jazz club to sing. What she sees when she gets to the club is everything her parents have told her to stay away from, yet she is drawn not only to the club, but to the pianist of the Chess Men. 
This is a rich story that just sings. Recommended!




 
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