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Dating, Dining, and Desperation by Melody Carlson

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This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Dating, Dining, and Desperation 

B&H Books (March 1, 2014) 

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Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson

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This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart 

Center Street (January 7, 2014) 

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Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart, go HERE.

Campus Rentals

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So my sister just recently had to buy all her books for this semester and the price was outrageous. Crazy high for books. So when Campus Rentals asked if I’d be interested in giving them a shout-out, I said, “Sure!” I know college is expensive. Here are some of the perks of using Campus Rentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

That last part about Operation Smile is my favorite part. I love what they do for people all over the world. So one other thing, Campus Rentals has a new program, Rentback. RentBack allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students… which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options! (selling their books back at the end of the semester) Sounds good to me.

So hop over and check out campus rentals if you’re a college student! http://www.campusbookrentals.com/

 

 

The Mischief of the Mistletoe

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So, I’m one of those people who loves Christmas-themed novels. This is one I checked out from the library this year. I’m going to be honest and say I haven’t been able to finish it yet. My Christmas season has been a bit full. But it’s really fun to see Jane Austen as a character in this book. So if you’re a Janeite, this one might be for you.

Reading fun Christmas novels makes me want to write one of my own! I have a book I’m about to start writing and with every carol I hear and every wreath I see, I start to wonder how I might incorporate some holiday-ish themes in the novel. Not that I’m borrowing from anyone! Christmas stirs all kinds of inspiration for me when it comes to writing. I just want to tuck away with a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows and some popcorn and  type away. Have I mentioned Grammarly to you guys, before? Well, I use Grammarly’s plagiarism check because I don’t want to be a Grinch and steal anyone’s idea! Ha! It’s a good tool for writers or editors or college students, so you might want to check it out if you fall into one of those categories.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas and that you receive some wrapped books for Christmas (or ebooks of course!).

Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone! So it’s no secret that I adore Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. And now that we’ve crossed the threshold into December, we’re in full Christmas swing! So I’m doing a giveaway on my other blog and I hope you’ll hop over and enter to win! (Being as how this is my giveaway, it’s highly likely a book will be involved! :)

So click on over to http://www.brandybruce.blogspot.com and leave a comment to throw your name in the Christmas hat!

Speaking of Christmas and books, don’t you just love all the holiday novellas out there right now? Every time I’m at the library, I just want to check out all the books on the Christmas display. Then I remember I barely have time to read A Berenstain Bear’s Old-Fashioned Christmas! :) Seriously, I always make time to read a Christmas novella every year. I love stories about the magic of Christmas. What about you?

A Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker

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This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Merry Humbug Christmas 

B&H Books (October 15, 2013) 

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Sandra D. BrickerABOUT THE AUTHOR:

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”

Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects … and still pursue my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”

And one of the author’s pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy — a red-haired collie with “killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. — the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In “It Came Upon a Midnight Deer,” Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

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This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Aloha Rose 

Abingdon Press (November 19, 2013) 

by 

Lisa CarterABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from the author:

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

I am a teacher. With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.

I am a writer. Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.

I am on a journey of faith. My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.

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

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