Monday, January 28, 2008

Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson - Review

Reluctant Smuggler (To Catch a Thief Series #3)
by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
softcover, 2008, Multnomah Publishers
ISBN 1590526880
352 pgs.

Looting of archaeological sites is big business in a thriving art and antiquities black market. When a desperate foreign government hires Desiree Jacobs’s security company to stop the hemorrhage, she runs afoul of a deadly art-for-drugs operation. Tony Lucano risks his rising career in the FBI to dive into the international underworld after her. Before either of them can come up for air, they must navigate through a deepening murk of ruthless looters, hair-trigger DEA agents, crooked government agents, and innocent bystanders caught up in an illegal trade beyond their understanding. Even if a miracle delivers Desi and Tony from evil, will their love survive the test?

Complete with a reader’s guide, this third book in the To Catch a Thief series explores the power of hope in the darkest of circumstances.

Jill Elizabeth Nelson graduated with a degree in literature and creative writing from Southwest State University in Marshall , Minnesota . She served for three years as the senior inspirational reviewer for Romantic Times BOOKclub magazine and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Group, and Christian Authors Network. In 2004, she served as a Christy Award judge in the romance category. Nelson and her husband have four children and live in Madison, Minnesota.

Awaken My Heart by DiAnn Mills - Review

Awaken My Heart (Avon Inspire) by DiAnn Mills
softcover, 2008, Avon Inspire
ISBN: 0061376019
272 pgs.

Awaken My Heart is set in 19th century Texas and tells the story of 18 year old Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, Weston Phillips. Weston is involved in a hostile struggle with Armando Garcia, the infamous rebel leader of the 'mestizos' who claim to own the land that Phillips has settled.Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas.

When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate. Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him. Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy.

When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?

Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She is the author of numerous titles including novels, novellas, and a nonfiction. In addition, she's written several short stories, articles, devotions, and has contributed to several nonfiction compilations.

DiAnn believes her readers should "Expect an Adventure." Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story.

Several of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents, and she remains a favorite author by Heartsong Present's readers. Two of her books have won short historical of the year by American Christian Fiction Writers both in 2003 and 2004. She was named Writer of the Year for 2004 at the 35th Annual Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference and is the recipient of Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards for 2005 in the long contemporary and novella categories.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, ChiLibris, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops. DiAnn also belongs to Cy Fair Women's Networking, an exclusive professional women's networking organization.

She lives in sunny Houston, Texas, the home of heat, humidity, and Harleys. In fact she'd own one, but her legs are too short. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008 by Sally E. Stuart - Review

Christian Writers' Market Guide 2008: The Essential Reference Tool for the Christian Writer (Christian Writers' Market Guide)
by Sally E. Stuart
softcover, 2008, Waterbrook Press
ISBN 9781400074617
628 pgs.

The essential reference tool for the Christian writer, Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide is now in its 23rd annual edition!

Writers’ conference listings, book publishers, magazine publishers, and a bookstore filled with the resources you need to be successful in this business. Get a book contract or manuscript evaluation, and check out the Writer’s Resource links. This book has all you need to connect to all these valuable helps for the beginning, intermediate, or professional writer.

To keep you up to date with the latest marketing news, visit Sally Stuart’s new marketing blog, Christian Writers’ Marketplace, at

A new, updated version of the Christian Writers’ Market Guide is available about January 15 each year.

Sally Stuart has been writing for the last 40+ years, and has been putting out the annual Christian Writers' Market Guide for the last 23 years. Her other writing include several Christian education resources books, a children's picture book, a basic writing text, writing resources, and a western novel--plus hundreds of articles and marketing columns. She writes marketing columns for the Christian Communicator, Advanced Christian Writer, and the Oregon Christian Writers' Newsletter. She speaks and teaches at Christian Writers' Conferences nationwide.

Sally is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 8. She and her husband, Norm, spend their free time vacationing on the Oregon coast.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson - Review

A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, Book 1) by Tracie Peterson
softcover, 2007, Bethany House
336 pages
Although Mia Stanley was born into a family of high social standing, she loves her job as a writer for Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine and matchmaking for her friends. Through her writing assignments, her eyes are opened to the world around her.

Only blocks from home, down at the waterfront, is a world of poverty and danger. Mia’s heart is heavy for the plight of the seaman’s wives, who are left with the burden of rent and providing for their families. Enslaved by a society that would rather ignore their existence, Mia stands as a woman who would be their champion.

Mia’s talent for matchmaking and persuasion influences others for her cause. While trying to find a match for her closest friend Garrett, Mia realizes she cares deeply for him.

As danger from the waterfront looms closer, Mia risks’ not only losing her heart, but her life as well.
Tracie Peterson brings us another wonderful romance, filled with danger and excitement. I look forward to the next in the series; Ladies of Liberty.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Winner of A Shepherd's Prayer!

We have a winner for this month's book contest. Jennanne, you have won A Shepherd's Prayer! Congratulations! The only problem is that I don't have your email so I have no way of contacting you. Please send me an email and let me know where to send your free book. Have a great day!