Monday, April 25, 2011

Kylie's Kiss by Delia Latham

On a dare, Kylie Matthews lands smack in the middle of Solomon’s Gate—Castle Creek’s new Christian dating agency—and she finds herself revealing exactly what she’s waiting for in a relationship: “The kiss that steals my breath away.”

What she doesn’t reveal is her lack of self-esteem or her irrational reaction to facial disfigurement. Neither is applicable to her quest to find the perfect match. But that seemingly superficial malady becomes all-important when her first agency-arranged date is Rick Dale—a man who is everything Kylie is searching for. He’s handsome, smart, fun. Rick has it all…including an angelic six-year-old daughter with severe scarring on one side of her face.

Hard at work founding a therapy camp for young female victims of deformity or disfigurement, Rick wants Kylie to be a part of those plans. She’d love to say yes…but how can she, when every contact with the facility’s guests—and Rick’s own daughter—will make her violently ill?

Kylie is ready to admit their relationship doesn’t stand a chance, but she’s forgotten that God makes a way where there seems no way.


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Kylie's Kiss is a book that will touch your heart. In today's world vanity is becoming more and more an issue for our young daughters. So many things point to outward beauty and perfection as being the most important thing regardless of what is on the inside. We are sending these young girls the wrong message. Beauty is more than skin deep. It goes all the way to our core. If a person is ugly on the inside it doesn't matter what is on the outside. The same is true with inner beauty. It radiates to the surface and over shadows whats on the outside. We need to understand that God made us the way we are. And in His eyes we are beautiful and He wants us to be beautiful on the inside.

This book didn't just focus on beauty. It was an example of how one person caring and doing their part could make a huge difference in someones life. Or even a great number of people. One person taking the time to care for another can have a huge impact. We also need to realize that the world's standards of a "good life" aren't always God's standards. If you are going through life and it feels like it has no meaning then you need to examine it according to God's ruler. How can you make God number one in your life instead of you?

This is such a sweet book that touches some deep hurts. I think this is a great book to give young preteens to young adult women. I am much older than that and loved it but I do feel it would be a great book for girls that age to read. It could dispel some untruths that they have already started believing about themselves. It is a book with humor and joy. A book of redemption and mended relationships. A book of healing. A must read.


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Solomon's Gate Series:

Book One: Destiny's Dream: Available now

Book Three: Gypsy's Game: Coming soon

Her Other Books:

Mine (A new children's book)

Yesterday's Promise

Goldeneyes

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West

Yesterday's Tomorrow

It's 1967 and Kristin Taylor wants to go to Vietnam to report on the war, and honor her father's memory by becoming an award-winning journalist like he was. but no editor will send her. So she strikes out on her own and steps into a world more terrifying than she'd Imagined.

As she encounters the horrors of war, Kristin struggles to report the truth while desperately trying to keep tabs on her only brother who enlisted some time ago, but both tasks seem impossible.

When she meets photographer Luke Maddox, Kristin knows she's found a story. They mystery beneath his brooding eyes triggers her curiosity. She's convinced he's hiding something and determines to discover his secrets. The only trouble is, he won't let her within three feet of him.

In an unexpected twist, Kristin and Luke are forced to work together. With war raging all around them, they engage in their own tumultuous battle of emotions. Headstrong and willing to risk it all for what they believe in, they'll do whatever it takes to fulfill their own private agendas. Kristin is after a story that might get her the Pulitzer. Luke wants retribution from the enemy that took away his family. In the face of death, Kristin and Luke must decide if they're willing to set aside selfish ambition for the love that seems to have ambushed them and captured their hearts.

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Yesterday's Tomorrow was captivating. I was just a child when these things took place and the only knowledge that I had of that war was hearsay and of course the famous TV show that ran for 11 seasons. It took me back to that time and showed me some realities that are often over looked, in any war, not just that one. It was personal and devastating to everyone who was there. The characters in the book took on a life of their own as I turned page after page. I had to find out how their story unfolded and what lives they would touch.

There is a very real love story throughout this book but there was a sense of realism to it that isn't always in some books. Sometimes people don't want to read things that are too real. Real can be painful. There were times in this book that I cried. Of course, I cried. It was a book in the middle of a war and the aftermaths of that war. It affected their lives for many years after they left the war zone. And it had an impact on the lives of those who were waiting back in America. It touched on the ugliness of war, the innocent who are in the middle of war, the aftermath of the war, and the healing that must take place after experiencing things that no one should ever have to witness.

I loved this book for the excellent way it was written and for the realism that came through the pages of the story. It reminded me that even in hard situations that there will be a place for God to use you to shine His light in the darkness. He gives us moments to cherish even in the midst of such pain. It is not a dark book by any means. She writes it in such a way that you can picture things but she doesn't go into huge details that would keep you up at night. But it does make you think AND feel.

It is an excellent debut novel by Catherine West and I look forward to reading more. It isn't for the faint of heart. It will touch you to the very core!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle

An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

Claire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own. When she's fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister's home, she sees it as an opportunity to start over. But even before moving, a thirty-five-year-old love letter written to her mother keeps Claire stuck in the past. Michael Thompson, a middle-aged real estate agent, wants to keep the past where it belongs - at least until his grown daughter is married. But, then a young woman comes to town . . .


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Delivered With Love is a book that shows how God can place others in ours lives at just the right time to make a difference in how we see Him and ourselves. It also shows how a life can go from a terrible situation to something better if we will put forth the effort and make the move to do it. I loved the characters in the book. Claire was strong in many ways even though she had her doubts and fears about loving others. She didn't back down or run away from situations that were less than pleasant. Along the way she met many special people that became a part of her new life. One of my favorite characters was Geraldine. She reminded me somewhat of my own grandmother, spunky and fun loving. The book dealt with some hard situations but it all came back to forgiveness and second chances. We need to mend those bridges in our lives with our loved ones and move forward in God's love.

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The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style: Girls will have fun exploring and creating their own personal style while strengthening their character on the inside. Fun fashion facts, quizzes, and inspiration will guide girls as they discover their unique blend of creativity and confidence that lets their personality shine! Received a Mom's Choice Award!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes

By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets: the names of fathers of illegitimate children, the level of love and harmony within many a marriage, and now the identity of a man who may have caused his wife's death.

Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British nobleman, is doing on American soil working as a bondsman in the home of Mayor Kendall, a Southern gentleman with his eye on a higher office.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and...love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.

With stirring writing that draws you directly into the story, Lady in the Mist takes you on the thrilling ride of love's discovery.

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Lady in the Mist was captivating. There was so much going on in the book that it kept my attention from start to finish. It was filled with mystery and a "who done it". I had a hard time being certain of who did do it until the end of the book.

Tabitha is a caring young woman who desires to be loved by a husband and have children of her own. She is a strong woman who is confident in her abilities. Yet, she has turned away from God because she believes He has done the same to her. Dominick is a young man who shows his youth while other times he is the man who knows what needs to be done and does it. He hides any fear or uncertainty behind a mask of humor.


Several of the characters thought their sins were too great for the Lord to forgive. Some thought they had to do great deeds in order to be forgiven. There are so many people in this world that believe just that. They think they have done too many really bad things that there is no way back, no way of redemption. And there are those that think if they can do enough big things it will somehow be good enough. But the Bible tells us that there is no way we can do enough to make up for our sins. And we don't have to. All we have to do is trust in Jesus and ask for forgiveness. That His love covers our sins.

This is a book I recommend because of the characters, storyline and the redemption it teaches us. I am looking forward to reading many more from this wonderful author.
 

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A Heart Held Captive February 2012

Over a Barrel in Colonial Courtships May 2012

Friday, April 8, 2011

At The Captian's Command by Louise M. Gouge

At the Captain's Command (Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical) was awarded a 4-star RT rating. In this story, a heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret. 

Duty and career—Captain Thomas Moberly of His Majesty's Navy prizes them above all. So why is he tempted to relinquish both for Dinah Templeton? Though Dinah seems sweet and charming, the difference in station between an East Florida belle and the son of an earl is too marked to ignore. And all other obstacles pale with the discovery that Dinah's brother James is not what he seems….A war is brewing on the colonies' horizon, and James has chosen his side—in opposition to the country Thomas has sworn to defend. But what of Dinah? Where does her heart truly lie—with her family, or with the man she claims to love?

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This book gives you a glimpses of history and what people went through during the time of America's fight for independence. Like in any war, families can be torn apart or brought together. We can fall in love with those on the other side of an issue and have to choose which is more important, the issue or the person we love.

The characters came alive to me as I read. They are easy love and care about. There are a few that are just as easy to dislike. It takes place in Florida, a place I never thought of when it came to the Revolutionary War. I didn't know Florida was under British rule then. That is one of the things I love about Historicals, I get a history lesson intertwined in a great story.

It also gave you a look at how families need healing and forgiveness for things in the past that have driven a wedge between them.  It showed even though you may not have an earthly father as an example of love you could still learn to understand and accept God in that roll.

I recommend you get this book, as well as the two before it (they are listed below). You will enjoy this time reading about the Moberly family as they sort out their lives and loyalties in the midst of the Revolutionary War.

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This is the third book in her Revolutionary War series, which follows the Moberly siblings, two English brothers and their sister who find themselves inconveniently falling in love with Americans during a time when their two countries are at war. Look for the first two stories: Love Thine Enemy and The Captain's Lady.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Called Him Dancer by G. Edward Snipes

For a moment, Michael danced on top of the world, but one bad choice turns his life upside down. The once promising Broadway star now washes windows for tips and lives among the homeless. When his former dance partner recognizes him behind the fray of whiskers, shame drives him away from her. Angry at God and the world, the Dancer refuses to allow anyone into his life. When everything is stripped away, three things remain: faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love.

I  Called Him Dancer is a story about how one woman’s enduring faith and unconditional love drives her to reach out to a homeless man who has given up on life.



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I Called Him Dancer was a wonderful book. I wasn't sure what to expect. I normally read Christian romance but have recently started reading other fiction genres and enjoying them. While this isn't a romance you normally think of it is a love story at its very core. One between God and man. Michael grabbed my heart and attention from the beginning. I was eager to follow his story and find out where it lead. I felt drawn to this sweet little boy who was left with no one, or so he thought. He failed to see the many people who did care for him because he had withdrawn so far within himself. But all through his life there were people in his path that did care for him and helped him with his dreams.

Raquel is a young girl who found Jesus and saw how it changed her life. When she met Michael she just knew there was a connection. Through years of distance she never let that go because it was something God put in her heart. She demonstrated that unconditional love towards Michael.

The preacher was an amazing character, one of my favorites. I loved his conversations with the Lord and how even when he didn't want to do what he was told he was faithful. God blessed his willing and loving spirit for others.

This is a book about Gods forgiveness and love for even those who feel they cannot be forgiven. For those who have reached the bottom and feel there is no way up. It's a book about listening to what God is leading you to do even when it sounds like nothing good will come from it. We may never see what comes from the seeds we plant but God is faithful to bring them to fruition. I believe it should encourage us to see the world and people through the eyes of Jesus. We don't know their story, but He does. And He can use us to reach them with His love.

It also gives you something to think about when it comes to your Christian walk. Remember that those who don't know Jesus will expect something different from you. If someone who says they are a Christian and acts in a way that isn't godly we could be leading them to believe that God doesn't care about them either. There are many people out there that say they are Christians but their actions don't show it. We need to make sure we are showing others Jesus' love through our actions and words.

If you love to read inspirational stories filled with characters that seem to come alive on the pages of the book and draw you into the story, this book is for you. It's a book that even young teens would benefit from and enjoy.


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Eddie Snipes balances writing between a full-time job, five children, and participating in professional organizations. In 2011 began serving as president of the Christian Authors Guild. He has been actively writing since 1998. Eddie contributes to OnePlace.com / Sermon Search, is a speaker, and has served as a Pastor and interim pastor. He actively participates in three writing organizations – The Christian Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Atlanta Writers Club, and has won several writing awards.  He has had three award winning short stories, and regularly has articles published on several online ministries. He is the founder of Exchanged Life Ministries.


His Ministry Site: http://www.exchangedlife.com 

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Unforgivable by Tessa Stockton

The Unforgivable

Accused of the worst war crimes in the history of Argentina, Carlos Cornella is despised by a wounded nation…

“I’m in love with a monster. That’s what people call him anyway: monster, murderer, kidnapper, torturer, sociopath, even the devil. His crimes are so terrible that he may be unforgivable. But I have come to know him as something else. I know him as God’s Treasure. And I’m not sure what to do about that. So, here’s my story.”

Wounds of South America is a political intrigue series focusing on some of the political conflicts that have plagued the continent. Each book is set on a different country, portraying stories of redemption and love in the midst of desperate circumstances. The Unforgivable is set in Argentina, against the backdrop of the Dirty War–the military dictatorship of the 1970s that saw thousands of people disappear by the government.

“I invite you to enter into the complexities of a devoted Christian woman, Genevieve, who falls in love with a man, Carlos, who is accused of war crimes,” Tessa Stockton says. “Many years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart while involved with human rights groups. He compelled me to dig farther into that shady realm, but pull from it, the deeper, more spiritual significance of the people and events affected by war and its atrocities. I found a remarkable truth about forgiveness and unconditional love that many deny.”


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The Unforgivable is a challenging book. It forces you to address what you believe and how you feel about other peoples sins. The Bible tells us all sin is equal and that none is greater or lesser than the other. Sin is sin. But I believe as human beings we have an invisible scale that we JUDGE sin on. "This sin is worse than this one. This one can never be forgiven. This one is for when you are really evil and should be damned to hell without a chance of forgiveness."  We aren't the judge and shouldn't try to be. The Unforgivable touches on these very things. It makes you look at others and yourself differently. Yes, some sins are terrible and hard to forgive. But God loves us ALL. And HE wants us ALL to love one another and to forgive.

This is a book about faith and trust in what God is leading you to do and how He wants you to love those that are unforgivable in the worlds eyes. We live in a world of sin and pain. War and violence are everywhere. I recommend you read this book and allow it to open your heart to the love only God can show you. 


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A choreographer, dancer and musician, Tessa worked in the Christian performing arts for over twenty years, including directing the International Christian Dance Theater under the auspices of missionary organization, Global Ministries.

Her Blog: http://www.tessastockton.blogspot.com/

Her Website: http://www.tessastockton.com/

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpYVOR9gEJo