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Help Kids in Need Get Books!

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1. Download Storia®, Scholastic’s teacher-recommended children’s ereading app, and help pass on the reading to kids in need. Upon downloading Storia, families will receive five free children’s ebooks to start a home digital library. For every additional ebook purchased on Storia now through Dec. 31, 2012, Scholastic will donate a children’s book to a child in need through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program (with a minimum of 50,000 books committed).

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A Story Set in the Fast Lane: At Every Turn by Anne Mateer

About the book:
Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money. Her passion for automobiles leads her to train secretly for a race with the help of Webster, her father’s mechanic. If she wins, the prize money will enable her to fulfill her pledge—and more! But when her plan spirals out of control, will she have to choose between keeping her promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

My thoughts:
It's not everyday that you read a book set in the early 20th century in which the heroine is a racecar driver -- at least I know I don't read them! At Every Turn immediately caught my attention because even today it's a bit of a rare thing for ladies to race so to read about a "proper young miss" in 1916 doing it even though she's completely fictional sounded fun. I am so glad I wasn't wrong in picking this book to read and review…

ARC Giveaway: The Husband List (Jan. 2013) by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of the upcoming historical romance The Husband List by NYT Bestselling duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly from Goodreads. Luckily for you I was sent two ARCs and even though I enjoyed this book I don't need two copies so one of you lucky people gets my extra copy! To enter to win just fill out the form. Be sure to READ THE RULES at the top of the form to make sure you are eligible to enter.

Read my short review on Goodreads!

Keep in mind that this is a general market romance so there is some mild language and mild sexual content.

The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly Available January 8, 2013
Based on the family from the bestselling Love In A Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all.

From The New York Times bestselling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman’s search for true love. Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brot…

Clash of the Titles: Restored Heart, a novel--Christmas Shopping Made Easy!

To all our fans of historical fiction, Clash of the Titles introduces Jennifer A. David’s latest novel, Restored Hearts. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer. 
Pre-order your copy today at!
About the book:

Peter McCord Can't Believe His Ears. Young, handsome, and heir to one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest fortunes, Peter McCord couldn’t imagine a life without privilege and a long line of eligible ladies vying for his attention. Until his grandfather’s will is read and his life changes unexpectedly. Now disinherited, Peter leaves his controlling family, certain he can make something of himself, by himself…and hoping he can find the anonymity and fresh start he desires.

Anne Kirby’s heart is broken. . .by a terrible secret. While her job as a university librarian takes her away from her pain, she’s determined to keep the truth guarded, even if that means remaining a spinster. When love brings Anne and Peter face-to-face, revelations regarding both their pasts emerge. But do…

Another Romance to Celebrate the Season: Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

About the book:
Celia Anderson doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a traveling carpenter finds lodging at her boardinghouse, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle, though, to find roses during a harsh Wyoming winter.

But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

My Thoughts:
I am a reluctant reader of novellas just because I feel that the characters never have enough time to develop and as such I don't really feel a connection to the story. By the time I start to care what might happen the story is over. Christmas Roses is a novella but I decided to give it a try since I have so enjoyed the holiday books I've read so far this season. Amanda Cabot is a talented writer whose past books I've liked however this story didn't quite keep my attention.

Let's start with the good, I loved the small-town 1880s setting. There's noth…

Clash of the Titles: A Sense of Mission--Fiction that Honors America's Heroes

Clash of the Titles is proud to endorse a novel from an author so accomplished, her work has made the cut on several of on our contests--the most recent being our September New Releases Clash.
Her latest work:
About A Sense of Mission:
Kaitlin is driven to succeed in the mission denied her mother. Can she redeem that mission if she discovers another calling? Kaitlin Sadler is nine when her diplomat parents are killed in a U.S. embassy bombing. She must leave the overseas world she knows to live with her guardian, Matilda, on Simon Island in Puget Sound. Determined to redeem the tragedy of her parents' deaths, Kaitlin makes a binding decision to become a diplomat in the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service and pursues it relentlessly as she grows up. But is that really what her heart wants? And why does a niggling memory vanish every time she fights to remember it?

Ethan Coverwood, Matilda's nephew and a friend of Kai…

Clash of the Titles Winner: The Road to Mercy by Kathy Harris

The winner of the September New Releases Clash is...

The Road To Mercy by Kathy Harris

Congratulations, Kathy!!
And thank you to all our participating authors:

Catherine West, author of Hidden in the HeartDonn Taylor, author of Deadly AdditiveJennifer A. Davids, author of Restored HeartStephanie Grace Whitson, author of The Shadow on the Quilt

It was a tight race and everyone did great. Many, many of our readers commented they would like to read all of them!

About The Road To Mercy:

Tragedy, love, & secrets meet on a journey of faith.

Josh Harrison, a contemporary Christian singer, and his wife Bethany face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Ben Abrams urges her to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and decide to carry the baby to full term.

During the next few months, Josh struggles with his faith,…

Celebrate the Season with A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman

It isn't Christmas yet but it is the time of the year when the Christmas books start popping up in stores and online. A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman was the first holiday story I've read this year from a big name publisher and I have to say it shined like the star on top of the tree. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist a little Christmas cliche. It had everything I love the happily ever after, the sigh-worthy moments, and a little bit of fun -- those things that usually pop up in romances and Christmas stories. What made this one unique and interesting was the fact that the author didn't make this a sugary sweet "fluff" piece but something of a "heavy hitter" that dealt with racism, segregation and also emotional abuse in families. It definitely wasn't something I was expecting from a Christmas story! It's not that often you find romances set in the 1960s and this one was pretty authentic to the time. A Merry Little Christmas was one…

Review of The Way of Grace (Miller's Creek, Book 3) by Cathy Bryant + Guest Post!

My Review:
The Way of Grace is book three in the Miller's Creek series and while it has a different feel than the first two books it is still a good story in it's own right. Fans of Christian suspense will really enjoy the mystery and the plot that keeps one guessing as to what will happen next. This book ranks up there with many Christian suspense novels that I've read from Revell and other big name publishers which is always nice when reading a self-published novel.

Grace's story really surprised me because the ending was completely unexpected. It was the best part of the story. I don't want to give too much away but the perfect happily ever after doesn't come for Grace BUT a realistic happily ever after does. She struggled with her faith and a moral dilemma at work and in the end she ended up making a huge sacrifice for someone who never treated her well. This is a book with a character who faces a lot of issues that Christian's deal with daily. The Way o…

E-Book Freebie Alert!

I don't post often about free e-books because there are so many of them out there and they change all of the time. Today I'm posting because one of my favorite Christian romances is free and I want all of you to have the chance to get it will you can. It's free today only (November 2, 2012). As always, double check before you order to make sure the book is still available for free so you don't get an unexpected charge on your account.


Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

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Happy Reading!