Friday, 29 August 2008

The winner of Blood Brothers is...

Anna J ~ congratulations!

Please email me your mailing addy within 7 days.

Value priced books from Zondervan

Zondervan is re-releasing some great titles at the fantastic value price of US$6.99 in September/October, 2008!

Check out some of my favourites below. There are other titles available from these authors, as well as Gilbert Morris and Jane Peart ,so grab them while you can.

Fireworks by Elizabeth White

Following a devastating explosion, insurance investigator Susannah Tait, a former ATF Agent, is sent to investigate pyrotechnics expert Quinn Baldwin. Susannah is sure someone deliberately set the deadly charge--and it looks like Quinn is the culprit. Can Quinn and Susannah overcome distrust—and an enemy working behind the scenes—to find the truth?


Susannah is out to prove that pyrotechnics genius Quinn Baldwin is responsible for a million-dollar fireworks catastrophe during a Mardi Gras ball. With her faithful black Lab Monty she moves to the charming backwater city of Mobile, Alabama to uncover the truth. But this world-traveled military brat with a string of letters behind her name finds herself wholly unprepared to navigate the cultural quagmires of the Deep South. Captivated by the warmth and joy of her new circle of friends, Susannah struggles to keep from falling for a subject who refuses to be anything but a man of integrity, compassion, and lethal Southern charm. Fireworks offers a glimpse into heart of the South and a cynical young woman’s first encounter with Christ-like love.

Fair Game by Elizabeth White

Jana Cutrere is determined to start a new life. She returns home to open a wildlife rescue center but Grant Gonzales, her first high school crush and an avid hunter, opposes her at every step. Can Jana trust God with her and Grant’s future or will explosive emotions and diametrically opposing views tear them apart?


“Nothing worth having is easy to get… " Jana Cutrere’s homecoming to Vancleave, Mississippi, is anything but dull. Before she’s even reached town, the beautiful young widow has a run-in with a stray cow, loses her son in the woods, rescues an injured fawn, and comes face-to-face with Grant Gonzales, her high school crush. Grant recently returned to town himself amid hushed controversy. His only plan: leave the corporate world behind and open a hunting reserve. Seeing Jana again ignites old memories . . . and a painful past.Tensions boil over when he learns exactly why she returned. Jana plans to convince her grandfather to develop a wildlife rescue center—dead center on the prime hunting property he promised to sell to Grant! Jana is determined to make a new start for herself and her two children—and willing to fight for it. With deadlines drawing near for the sale of the property and no decision from her grandfather, can Jana trust God with her and Grant’s future, or will explosive emotions and diametrically opposing views tear them apart?

Read my review

Loving Libby by Robin Lee Hatcher

Libby Blue ran from her past--a ruthless father and a privileged life--and never looked back until Remington Walker came into her life. With a wall of lies between them, is the one great Truth they shared enough to unite them forever?


Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Yes, well, Remington Walker was no angel… He posed a more serious danger to Libby than she’d ever faced.Libby Blue had found a refuge from her past in the Idaho wilderness. Leaving her ruthless father and a privileged Eastern girlhood behind, she finally found freedom in the wild West. Libby could run a ranch, make her own choices, and never have to answer to any man. But then Remington Walker rode into her life. Despite herself, Libby found Remington breaking through all her defences. Threatening the fragile safety of her western refuge. But what she doesn’t know is that Remington has a reason for being there. A reason that could well destroy them both.

Vanished by Alton Gansky

J. D. Stanton investigates the mysterious disappearance of the entire population of a secret military research facility in the heart of a barren desert.


What sinister secret lies hidden in the town of Roanoke II? How did the entire population of this desert military instillation simply disappear? High-level Pentagon orders call J. D. Stanton, retired navy captain, back to active duty to investigate. Heading a crack team of military, government, and scientific experts, Stanton faces a bewildering scenario. Food still on dinner plates, gas nozzles still in the fuel ports of cars at the filling station . . . Whatever happened took the people of Roanoke II completely by surprise. But took them where? The answer -- far beyond what Stanton could conceive in his wildest dreams -- carries a steep price. For forces higher than the Pentagon are invested in the top-secret research of Roanoke II. And they'll protect it ruthlessly. Caught with his team between trained paramilitary killers and an unearthly and deadly enigma, Stanton faces a choice that will stretch his Christian faith to the limits. It could supply answers to the mystery of Roanoke II . . . Or unfathomable and irrevocable horrors.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Coming soon and in 2009 from Harvest House

Harvest House has some great books releasing in late 2008-early 2009. I'm especially looking forward to Brandt Dodson's Daniel's Den.

How about you?

Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard

In her debut novel of what she calls “spirited romance for the Jane Austen soul,” author Linore Rose Burkard tells the intriguing story of Miss Ariana Forsythe, a young woman caught between her love for a man who doesn’t share her faith and her resolution to marry only a fellow believer in Christ.

Trouble at home sends the young woman to her aunt’s townhome in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There she finds worse troubles than those that prompted her flight from home. Ariana is soon neck–deep in high society and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London’s current darling rogue. Then a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her heart, her faith, and her future are all at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent’s attention.

Will Ariana’s faith survive this test? And what about her heart? For it’s Ariana’s heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to the wrong young man, how can it ever turn out right?

Jane Austen readers and fans of Regency romances everywhere will love Before the Season Ends.

Releasing December, 2008

Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark

Following up on her extremely popular Gothic thriller, Whispers of the Bayou, Mindy Starns Clark offers another suspenseful stand–alone mystery full of Amish simplicity, dark shadows, and the light of God’s amazing grace.

Anna thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she moved from Pennsylvania to California, but when her brother vanishes from the genetics lab where he works, Anna has no choice but to head back home. Using skills well–honed in Silicon Valley, she follows the high–tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene mapping.

Anna knows she must depend on her instincts, her faith in God, and the help of the Amish community to find her brother. She also must finally face her own shadows—and pray that she’s stronger than the grief that threatens to overwhelm them all.

Releasing January, 2009

On A Someday by Roxanne Henke

In this delightful new novel, popular author Roxanne Henke (the Coming Home to Brewster series, Learning to Fly) strikes a familiar chord with readers as she introduces us to the Westin family and their “someday” plans.

Claire Westin has spent her adult life being a wife, mother, and college professor. The last thing she expects as she nears retirement status is to have a whole new career open before her.

Her husband, Jim, has spent his life growing his chain of grocery stores. He has a grand plan to restore an old Dodge Charger...someday when he retires. Someday soon, he hopes.

If his son Drew would only agree to take over the family business. Drew, however, has plans of his own. And Claire is busy climbing the ladder of her new career. She can’t bear the thought that she might have to say “no” to the exciting new opportunities she’s pursuing and simply sit around and watch her husband tinker on an old car.

What happens when plans collide? When dreams don’t materialize? How do you know when your work is done? Or is it ever?

On a Someday asks the big questions of life...and tries to answer them.

Releasing January, 2009

Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson

In this fast–paced thriller by popular author Brandt Dodson, a young government accountant learns to trust God when his life begins to fall apart and unseen enemies pursue him with rel entless zeal.

Daniel Borden is a thirty–year–old government accountant who lives a quiet life and plays by the rules. But when events transpire that shatter his orderly world and a team of assassins mark him for death, Daniel must flee for his life.

While on the run, Daniel encounters Laura Sky. Carefree and easygoing, Laura is everything that Daniel isn’t. But when the killers assigned to eliminate Daniel find him at Laura’s bed–and–breakfast, gunfire erupts and the two set out on the run once again.

As they try to unravel the mystery that confronts them, they discover how tenuous life can be and how their very existence depends on the God who will never abandon them.

A perfect suspense tale for readers who love Dee Henderson, James Scott Bell, Brandilyn Collins, and James Patterson.

Releasing February, 2009

Chestnut Valley Farm by Lori Wick

Bestselling novelist Lori Wick has sold more than six million copies of her books. This beloved author, known for engaging characters, compelling stories, and rich settings, now shares a standalone novel to delight fans and new readers alike.

This story is set against the landscape of a contemporary American family farm—Chestnut Valley Farm. Here, young and old work together—and in between chores done in the chill of dawn and in the heat of the hazy afternoon, they find times of laughter and fellowship.

Ultimately, Chestnut Valley Farm is a place to grow and a place where the seeds of hope turn into a harvest of dreams. And for one special season, it’s the perfect place to fall in love.

Releasing March, 2009

Sneak peek at Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd

It is worth buying this book just for the cover - LOL!!! Can't wait to read the next instalment in Lexi's journey, Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd.

Pastries, Paris and romance–Lexi’s adventure has just begun!

Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef.

As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.

As Lexi lives her dream, the only thing she has to do is choose from the array in life’s patisserie display window: her familiar home, friends, and family in Seattle or her new life in France. Lexi discovers that as she leans more on God the choices become a little clearer– and making them, well, c’est la vie!

Available next month from Waterbrook Multnomah

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

CFBA Blog Tour of A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Passion Redeemed

Revell (September 1, 2008)


Julie Lessman


Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure was her first novel.


No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought. Charity O'Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and flirtatious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is.

Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won't play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants--one way or another.

Or does she? Will her best-laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever? Book 2 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Redeemed will captivate your heart and stir your soul with a story of faith and redemption rising from the ashes of temptation, desire, and shame.

Praise for the first book in the series:

"Full of romance, humor, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page." --Historical Novels Review "Superb! Incredible!

"I loved Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure from the second I picked it up until the very last moment I stopped reading." --Armchair Interviews

"I devoured this book and loved every single page. . . . This is a thick, juicy read, and one I would pick up again in a heartbeat."

If you would like to read an excerpt from A Passion Redeemed, go HERE.

Rel: My copy only arrived a few days ago so I haven't had the chance to start it but I loved the first book and will be sure to have a review posted soon!

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Beach Dreams by Trish Perry

Tiffany LeBoeuf and Jeremy Beckett from Trish Perry's The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True return in Beach Dreams, the third book in The Beach House Series originally written by Sally John.

Tiff heads to the Beach House after finding herself jobless and dateless for some relaxation and renewal. A confusing mix up results in the Beach House being double booked and to add insult to injury the extra tenant is Eve, the girlfriend of the handsome Englishman, Jeremy Beckett, whom Tiffany has admired from afar.

When Jeremy visits to surprise Eve, the house is thrown into chaos as hearts are broken, an unexpected wedding is revealed and faith is discovered and stretched.

Trish Perry brings her own flavour of humour and tenderness to this story of Tiff, a woman who has found faith and is now learning how to live it out. Jeremy's journey is equally engaging as he faces trials and attraction and contemplates for the first time the truths Ren and Kara have been sharing with him for years. Beach Dreams is an engaging and fun read - perfect for your next lazy afternoon!
Relz Reviewz Extras

Reviews of
The Guy I'm Not Dating, Too Good to Be True and Castles
in the Sand

Visit Trish's

Buy Trish's books at
Amazon or Koorong

House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe & trailer

Career day at his 9 year old's school is almost a little more than August Adams can bear, given the bombshell his former wife dropped on him the night before. Rather than bore the kids with a definition of a archeobibliologist, August shows them a copy of The Gospels of Henry the Lion, a beautifully illuminated manuscript that disappeared years before in mysterious circumstances.

When accosted by a knife wielding assailant as August and Charlie leave the school, August reconsiders the book's authenticity and the reasons his estranged father may have sent it to him.

Deadly assassins, an ancient secret society and an unplanned trip to Antarctica have August in a bind, one even his brilliant mind cannot find a solution for.

Matt Bronleewe picks up the tempo in this non stop sequel to Illuminated, with tighter prose, deeper characterisation and really evil bad guys! Enter August's world of fascinating history, questionable religious practices, ancient relics and the quest for ultimate power at your own risk, if you have other things in life to do but read! House of Wolves is a brilliant page turner and will appeal to all those who love a good thriller. Matt's writing style is reminiscent of best selling Aussie author, Matthew Reilly minus the language and excessive violence. If Matt continues to improve with each novel, The Deadly Hours, releasing in 2009, will be exceptional.

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Illuminated

Visit Matt's website

Join Matt's Unsecret Society

Buy Matt's books at Amazon and Koorong

Enjoy the book trailer, too......

Authors at Abunga ~ Geoffrey Gluckman

TO CRAFT ESPIONAGE THRILLER: Features Author Geoffrey Gluckman to Chat with Fans Aug. 27


Geoffrey Gluckman, author of the gripping spy novel “Deadly Exchange.” Drawing from his training experience as a federal agent and CIA recruit, Gluckman wrote “Deadly Exchange” with a genuine understanding of the criminal mind and a suspense-filled pursuit. Gluckman also used his expertise as an exercise physiologist and international lecturer to weave real life experiences into his fictional story.

Full of wit, mystery and danger, “Deadly Exchange” chronicles a corporate mega-firm out to control the minds of America’s work force using a high-tech product decoy. A deceptive villain and charming, yet fragile, heroine make for a story that leaves readers on the edge of their seats wondering who they can actually trust.

“Authors at Abunga” Online Chat with Geoffrey Gluckman, the fourth author to be featured on the newly-created chat series by, an online bookstore offering family-friendly materials.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
11 a.m. – Noon PDT / 1 – 2 p.m. CDT / 2 – 3 p.m. EDT (LIVE)


In addition to “Deadly Exchange,” Gluckman has authored numerous works of poetry, short stories and fiction. Currently, he pens feature articles for various print publications in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

A fitness and biomechanics expert, Gluckman created the Muscle Balance and Function Development® (MBF®) education system. He is also credited with initiating the postural and functional exercise trend now commonly practiced in North America, which stemmed from a ground-breaking article in Shape Magazine (November 1994) that featured him and one of his fitness regimens designed for women.

In 2000, he appeared on the “Body by Jake Healthy Lifestyles” television show as a featured functional fitness specialist.

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Monday, 25 August 2008

CFBA Blog Tour of Twice Loved by Lori Copeland

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Twice Loved

Avon Inspire (July 22, 2008)


Lori Copeland


Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren. They are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995 after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has more than 95 books published including Now And Always
and Bluebonnet Belle.


Texas, 1865 Willow Madison and her friends, Copper and Audrey taught school in neighboring Texas communities until the Yankees rode into the area and burned them out. In the midst of fear and chaos, survivors banded together to fight for what remained of their homes. Then word reached the people that the terrible war was over.

Now penniless but still hopeful, Willow vows she will take care of her friends, Copper and Audrey, and her ailing uncle, in Thunder Ridge, Texas, even if it means having to marry wealthy Silas Sterling, a man thirty years her senior. But standing in her way is handsome sawmill owner Tucker Gray, with his enticing eyes and infuriating headstrong manner—the man Willow cannot get out of her head . . . or her heart. Even though her friends beg her not to give up her dream of happiness, Willow is determined to do the right thing for those who are dearest to her. But which path does God want Willow to take: a life of duty and commitment . . . or a life of everlasting love?

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

Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh & signed giveaway

Maizy Grace Stewart's dream career as an investigative journalist is in tatters when she comes too close to her subject while conducting an undercover operation. Maizy is determined her soft heart won't betray her again and she plans to prove herself with a new opportunity with a Nashville newspaper.

When the part time position won't pay the bills Maizy looks for another role to bolster her income. Thankful for the first time in her life for her quirky name, Maizy applies for a job with Steeple Side Christian Resources, believing it will give her a shoe in to the position. Steeple Side only employs those born again and with a name reminiscent of the famous hymn surely they will believe she is one of them.....won't they?

With her Dumb Blonde's Guide to Christianity, Maizy sets out to transform herself in to the perfect Christian, bumper stickers, WWJD bracelet and KJV Bible included. Maizy doesn't count on the appealing and penetrating gaze of Steeple Side's managing editor looking beyond her outward appearance straight to her heart. When the newspaper wants Maizy to expose hypocrisy among Steeple Side's employees, she is torn between resurrecting her journalistic career and following the seeds of hope her Steeple Side colleagues and God have planted in her soul.

Faking Grace takes a humourous and entertaining look at the cliches Christians too often engage in when the truth of God's love and the freedom of His forgiveness can transform our lives. Tamara Leigh succeeds again in wrapping appealing characters and a fun storyline around deep truths that will challenge you as you laugh, agonise and love with Maizy Grace. Maizy and Jack steal the limelight with sparkling attraction, witty dialogue and authentic responses to betrayal, manipulation and pain. That being said, Tamara has used her minor characters well, establishing through them a true picture of imperfect and struggling Christians. I always know with a Tamara Leigh novel that I am going to fall in love with her characters, be challenged to be more authentic and to delight in the grace and joy God longs to bestow on us - Faking Grace is no exception!

As seen at

Relz Reviewz Extras

Reviews of Perfecting Kate & Splitting Harriet

Interviews with Tamara in 2007 and 2008

Visit Tamara's website

Buy Tamara's books at Amazon or Koorong

Check back soon for my exclusive "Getting to know Tamara Leigh" interview


Thanks to Tamara's generosity, I have a signed copy of Faking Grace to give away! To enter:~

1. Post a comment before midnight on Sunday 31st August, 2008

2. Share whom or what has encouraged you the most in your faith walk (not including the Trinity!)?

Don't forget to leave contact details!

Sunday, 24 August 2008

The winners of signed copies of ...

Daring Chloe ~ TheresaN

Love Starts with Elle ~ Liviania

Congratulations :) Send me your details within 7 days to claim your book.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Matchpoint by Erynn Mangum

With weddings and babies abounding, Lauren Holbrook is content to sit back and enjoy the success of her matchmaking until her friends try to return the favour! Laurie has been dating Ryan for a while, he is a wonderful friend but she isn't in least she doesn't think so!

Hatching a plan to thwart their friends' efforts at playing cupid, Ryan and Laurie stage a tearful break up which not only fools their families and friends but forces Laurie to face her true feelings.

Erynn Mangum's Matchpoint is as sweet as the sugar in Laurie's favourite Merson's coffee! Laurie is as engaging as a character can get, her pals delightful and her father and his new wife's health conscious behaviour, hilarious. Providing wonderful examples of positive relationships Matchpoint is a must read for teens and the rest of us who love an uplifting story that keeps you smiling long after the last page is closed. Laurie's practical faith and journey to love and happiness provided one of my most joyful reads ever. I can't wait to see where Erynn's talents take her in the years to come ~ I'll be lining up for her next book :)

Relz Reviewz Extras

Reviews of Miss Match and Rematch

Visit Erynn's website and blog

Buy Erynn's books at Amazon or Koorong

Check back for an in depth interview with Erynn in the coming weeks

Long Journey Home by Sharlene MacLaren

Callie May is working hard to create a safe environment for her baby after fleeing her abusive husband. Determined not to make the same poor choices again, Callie is putting her trust in God, not men.

Shattered by the loss of his wife and baby daughter, Dan Mattson is running away as fast as he can from God and his life as a pastor. Moving to Oakdale and taking a job in construction, Dan needs no reminders of all he has lost.

Bitterness, pain and fear collide when Callie and Dan meet for the first time in the hallway between their apartments, but the two hurting souls strike up a tentative friendship which is thrown in to turmoil when Callie's former husband returns to stake his claim.

Long Journey Home is Sharlene MacLaren's latest contemporary novel after the success of her Little Hickman Creek historical series. It is an easy to read romantic tale that took a few chapters to grab me for some unknown reason. As Callie and Dan's friendship progressed, Sharlene's talent beckoned me closer to Dan's pain and Callie's fear and their need to overcome their past in order to move forward. Sharlene imbues her story with more substance by way of back story and character depth which lifts it beyond a simple romance and had me completely engaged by the story's end.

Available now from Whitaker House

Relz Reviewz Extras

Reviews of Loving Liza Jane, Sarah, My Beloved and Courting Emma

Interview with Sharlene

Visit Sharlene's website

Buy Sharlene's books at Amazon or Koorong

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Children's Extravaganza Blog Tour and Aussie Giveaways

With three lovely daughters, I couldn't overlook the opportunity to read these books to them, particularly my four year old.

Wanting to give you specific feedback, I asked my little one what she loved about the stories. Her reply, "I loved it all!" So I tried again, "But what did you especially like?" With eyebrows raised and a big smile she said, "EVERYTHING!"

I don't think I need to add any more!

God Gave Us Heaven

Little Cub awakens one morning with some important questions on her mind: What is heaven like? How do we get there? Will we eat in heaven? Will we be angels?
During a delightful day spent wandering their arctic world, Papa gently answers each question, assuring Little Cub that heaven is a wonderful place, “a million times better” than she can imagine. He explains how God has made a way for those who love him to enter their heavenly home forever after their lives on earth are over. Reuniting the best-selling author-illustrator team from God Gave Us You, this gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about heaven. Parents, grandparents, childcare professionals, librarians, Sunday school teachers, and others will appreciate the gentle approach to a topic that’s on the minds of so many “little cubs.” Through captivating, full-color illustrations and tender, biblically sound storytelling, young readers and those who love them will find reasons to rejoice in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.

Author Bio: Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than one million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Heaven is Lisa’s fourth children’s book, following in the tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Illustrator Bio:
Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the
Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

In two new books from best-selling children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall, clever rhymes and delightful illustrations help young children, ages three and up, understand God’s huge love for them and his joy in creating them. These enchanting picture books from the writer-illustrator team of Dandi Mackall and David Hohn will instill awe in young children as they revel in each page. Parents alike will appreciate the engaging stories that communicate God’s perfect plan and his divine purpose for little hearts.

God Loves Me More Than That

In God Loves Me More Than That, children learn that God loves them deeper than a wishing well, wider than a semi-truck, louder than thunder, and softer than a kitten’s sneeze. Each question, presented with charming child-like faith will help young ones grasp the great love of God through comparisons and descriptions they can easily understand. In short, they’ll discover that His love is bigger, wider, higher, and deeper than anything they could imagine!

When God Made My Toes

In When God Made My Toes, kids are drawn into the wonder of their creation by God. Their masterful artist who fashioned them just right for amazing a
nd delightful adventures, such as roller skating, finger-painting, doing flips, and drinking cocoa. Children will come to an understanding that God shaped each part of their amazing bodies with joy, delight, and humor.

Author Bio: Dandi Daley Mackall has published more than 400 books for children and adults, with more than 3 million combined copies sold. She is the author of WaterBrook’s two other delightful Dandilion Rhymes books, A Gaggle of Geese & A Clutter of Cats and The Blanket Show. A popular keynote speaker at conferences and Young Author events, Mackall lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of horses, dogs, and cats.

Illustrator Bio: David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as both a staff artist and an art director for a children’s software company in Portland, Oregon, a position which led to his art directing an award-winning project for Fisher-Price. Hohn’s recent projects include Lisa Tawn Bergren’s God Gave Us Christmas.

Aussie Giveaway

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah, I have two sets of these books to giveaway! To enter:~

1. You must have an Aussie postal address

2. Post a comment before midnight on Friday 29th August, 2008

3. Tell me your favourite picture book as a child or the one you enjoy most reading to your children now.

CFBA Blog Tour of House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

House Of Wolves

Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)


Matt Bronleewe

Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, international pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.


A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

If you would like to read an excerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE

Rel: I am halfway through this one and I'm hooked! My review will be up next week if not sooner!

Coming in 2009 from Sharlene MacLaren and Whitaker House

Sharlene MacLaren is one of my few must read historical authors. In January, 2009, the first in her Daughters of Jacob Kane series will release from Whitaker House, Hannah Grace.

Check it out!

And drop by tomorrow for my review of her newly released contemporary novel, Long Journey Home

Growing up in the west Michigan resort town of Sandy Shores in the early 1900s, Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane's three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father's general store and courting the town's physician, Ralston Van Huff, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Or so she thinks.

Hannah's world turns upside down when the new sheriff comes to town. Gabriel Devlin is strong, outspoken, and a Christian, to boot-but he's sworn off women, having met ones mostly interested in money and apathetic about God.

Determined to ignore the newcomer's handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a shy, runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, who's living with Gabriel until other arrangements can be made, God works in her heart. What plans does He have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together?

Coming soon from Tyndale....

Rel: I love Mel Odom's NCIS novels and can't wait until Blood Lines releases in January, 2009.

Blood Lines by Mel Odom

A young Marine is seriously wounded in a heinous carjacking.

An NCIS agent is shot taking down a suspect.

Two fathers fight to protect their sons.

And somewhere in the jungles of Vietnam, a U.S. soldier lies in a forty-year-old grave.

Commander Will Coburn’s NCIS team is investigating the carjacking and assault of a young Marine and his wife. All evidence points to Bobby Lee Gant, the son of notorious criminal and suspected international drug smuggler Victor Gant. When NCIS agent Shel McHenry is wounded and Bobby Lee killed during a botched arrest, the team rallies around Shel even as Victor threatens retribution for his son’s death.

Meanwhile, in west Texas, Shel’s father, Tyrel McHenry, struggles with his own demons as the events of his past threaten his son’s life. As the NCIS team works to stay one step ahead of Victor Gant, Tyrel faces the most difficult decision of his life as buried secrets from a war long since fought come to light. The path he chooses will change his—and Shel’s—life forever.

In his most personal book to date, best-selling author Mel Odom concludes his thrilling NCIS series with a story that combines fast-paced action, meticulous research, and true-to-life characters and military situations. It is at once a military saga, a gritty crime thriller, and a heartfelt drama of love, loyalty, and faith.

Rel: Megan's first novel, Searching for Spice was fantastic - this one looks like a good one too! Releasing October, 2008

Out of Her Hands by Megan DiMaria

In this second novel by Megan DiMaria, Linda Revere is back and continuing to struggle with the turmoil of contemporary life. Linda has been praying for her children's future spouses since they were very small. Confident that her prayers will be answered, Linda is not prepared for the young woman her son brings home. But Linda soon learns that while everything she once controlled is out of her hands, God is still in control. Megan uses her trademark humor while dealing with issues to which her readers will relate.

Rel: I have Sunday Night Jihad in my TBR so hope to have a review for you soon. Better get a move on before book 2 releases in January, 2009.

Blown Coverage by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn

Here's a sneak peek at the cover of the new Riley Covington thriller ~ looks great!

I'll add the synopsis when it is available.

Blood Brothers by Rick Acker & Giveaway

Successful businessmen, Karl and Gunnar Bjornsen are on the verge of unimaginable wealth if only they could end their bitter feud. Hard work and their brotherly bond enabled them to start up a small pharmaceutical company in Norway and build it in to a profitable business in the US, with both families enjoying a privileged lifestyle. All that is threatened by their newest and most exciting new drug, one that can make people smarter, quicker and stronger.

Drawn in to the dispute is lawyer Ben Corbin who is retained by Gunnar in a legal wrangle which could destroy the company and any familial ties that remain. As the case evolves, Ben realises there is a lot more at stake than two brothers brawling when an investigative trip to Norway reveals secrets best left hidden about the brothers' activities and the potential side effects of the drug.

Rick Acker's sequel to Dead Man's Rule is excellent! I enjoyed the fast pace, intrigue and courtroom battles in this page turning novel. The premise of a wonder drug is eerily relevant and combining it with sibling rivalry, greed, power and the ever present black market makes this an enthralling and masterful read. Not having read Dead Man's Rule did not detract from the story but I will be seeking it out now given the quality of Rick's writing and the engaging characters of Ben and Noelle Corbin. Rick is an author to watch and one who will gain a strong following among male readers as well.

Blood Brothers is available now from Kregel.

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Thanks to GRPR I have a copy of Rick's book to giveaway. To enter:~

Post a comment by midnight Thursday 28th August, 2008 and be sure to leave your contact details to be included in the draw.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Getting to know T L Higley

Tracy Higley's newest novel, Shadow of Colossus, is the first in her Seven Wonders series. If you love ancient history it is a must read, if you don't then pick up the book and you soon will! It is available now from B&H Publishing.

Tracy is delightful and I'm sure you will all enjoy getting to know a little about her. Enjoy :)

Here's Tracy:~

If you could have chosen your own name , what would it be?

Katherine. Like the Kate the Great, Ms. Hepburn. I love her!

Your first pet’s name?

My childhood dog, Prince Enchanter. (I have creative parents, too.)

Your best friend’s name in primary (elementary) school?

Cheryl Campbell. (Are you out there, Cheryl? Get in touch!)

Did you have a special toy that went everywhere with you when you were young? Please describe.

Not a toy, but usually a book. It’s just a waste of time to go anywhere without a book. I used to get ridiculed for reading outside at recess. But it was all preparation, right? I’ll bet none of those other kids are playing kickball for a living.

If you could meet a famous person, who would it be?

Can I use Kate again?

If you were
stranded on a desert island what one object would you want with you? (Besides your Bible of course)

More books. Or maybe a really big supply of chocolate.

What's your favourite ice cream flavour?

No question, peanut butter & chocolate.
Also my favorite flavor of candy, cereal, and anything else you can make out of those two things.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The earliest thing I can remember wanting to be was a writer. I started my first novel at the age of eight. For awhile I wanted to be a Bible translator in a foreign country somewhere. In college I got a degree in English – Secondary Ed, but I’ve never taught in high school yet.

If you co
uld travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’ve gotten to do some very cool traveling in the past year, as research for the Seven Wonders Series. Greece was fantastic, and Turkey was amazing. I LOVED Egypt, and definitely want to go back there sometime. I’m thinking about a trip to Israel this year.

Besides God, who has influenced you the most?

Many people! My parents, definitely, who encouraged me to read and question and think. Teachers who push
ed me to do my best. Writers who inspired me and showed me the power of words.

What's your favourite book?

As an adult, I’d have to say The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead. As a child, it was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Both of these books transported me so completely to a different world that I returned anxious to create that same experience for someone else someday.

What part of your daily routine do you enjoy most?

Checking my email. Seriously. It’s addictive. I’ve recently set Outlook to only check when I click the button, so I’m not constantly popping over there to see if anyone is getting in touch.

What's your favourite movie?

The Remains of the Day. (Also one of my favorite books)

Where's the most interesting place you have been?

200 meters up in the center of the Great Pyramid of Giza, sitting with my back to the granite sarcophagus of Pharoah Khufu of the 4th Dynasty (2500 BC), typing like a madwoman. That was cool.

What's your most fervent prayer?

From Acts 20:24: I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. M
y most fervent prayer would be that I run the race well and complete the task.

What's the bravest thing you've ever done?

Ok, I’m starting to sound repetitive, but it was climbing up in that pyramid! I’m claustrophobic, and it took months of mental preparation and then quite awhile there on the Giza Plateau to get me up through that tiny shaft. But I was so happy when I got to the top, that I’d conquered that fear and actually done it! I cried like a baby.

What gift have you received that you will always treasure?

Tangible gifts aren’t really my love language. But I will always remember one Valentine’s Day when my husband surprised me by taking me somewhere special that he knew I would love – the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. If I remember correctly, he took a nap on a bench somewhere while I wandered in delight. But it was special to me that he knew me well enough to know I’d love it.

What is your favourite Bible verse (or one of your favourites) and what does it mean to you?

[see my most fervent prayer J]

What was your most embarrassing moment in High School?

Why would I want to share it now?! I think I’ll say a really bad perm in 9th grade that left me looking very much like a poodle and very unhappy.

Shadow of Colossus

What inspired you to write about the Seven Ancient Wonders?

I’ve always loved history, and I thought it would be great fun to take a “tour of the ancient world” by setting a book in each of these fascinating locales.

How did you decide names for your characters? It obviously required more research than for a contemporary novel!

It’s tough, actually. You want to choose names that are pronounceable for your readers, yet still true to the time per
iod. I use those baby-names websites frequently, because you can find them by ethnicity and gender. Then I look for names that aren’t too many syllables. It was much harder for City of the Dead, the second book set in Egypt.

I loved the complexity of Tessa’s character ~ what made you choose an hetaera as your main character?

This is a strange answer. When I first conceived of Shadow of Colossus, I had in mind for it to be a sequel to my third book, Fallen from Babel. In Fallen, a Religious Philosophy professor travels back in time to Bablyon, and switches places with a sorcerer in Nebuchadnezzar’s court. As I was brainstorming Shadow of Colossus, I wanted a fascinating character for my contemporary protagonist to switch places with, and I thought a hetaera would be just that. Later, when the story evolved into a straight historical and not a time travel, I stuck with the character and started to explore what life would have been like for a woman such as her.

Have you taken a research trip to Egypt for the sequel, City of the Dead like you did to Rhodes?

Well, I think I’ve covered that to death, so I’ll just say, YES!

What are you working on at the moment? A sneak peek, please.

Ah, I am having great fun right now, finishing Book 3 of the Seven Wonders Novels (no title yet). It’s set in Alexandria, Egypt in 48 BC and features a cast of characters that includes Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, plus a host of Greeks, Jews, Egyptians and Romans all fighting for control, a Lighthouse Keeper who wants to be left alone, and a Roman soldier who has other plans for her.

Any last words…..

If anyone’s interested in more about the Seven Wonders Novels, I’ve got lots of great stuff on my website – my travel journal, a treasure hunt, free chapters and giveaways. And this was such a fun interview! Thanks for the opportunity, Rel. And thanks so much for all you do to promote Christian fiction. I know your readers appreciate it as much as we authors do.

Rel: Thanks Tracy ~ it has been a lot of fun. I am so looking forward to the rest of this unique series.

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