Friday, November 30, 2007

For Parents Only by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A. Rice


This book was so insightful and well done! This is a great book for those who are blessed to have a preteen or teenager at home. It is full of helpful information about what is really going on in their mind, so that you can better understand them. I really enjoyed reading more about what my child is thinking and going through, because it is definitely a different world for them than it was for me. If you would like one of these books for yourself, leave a comment. I will draw a winner on Friday, November 7th to celebrate the end of my first semester back at college!


About the Book:


For every bewildered parent, there’s a kid longing to be understood.What parent hasn’t occasionally looked at their beloved but bewildering offspring and wondered, "What in the world is he thinking?" or "Why is my sweet little girl acting like that?"


In this remarkable book, Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice take you inside the mind of teens and preteens through the same innovative approach that seized national attention in the best-selling books For Women Only, For Men Only, and For Young Women Only. They explore the results of a nationwide survey and personal interviews with more than 1,000 real-life teens and tweens to tackle those things parents often don’t “get” about their kids. You’ll hear first-hand about the longings that drive your kids’ seemingly illogical decisions, the truth behind those exasperating “attitude problems,” and what your children would tell you if they could trust you to truly listen.


About the Authors:

Shaunti Feldhahn is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, public speaker, and a best-selling author whose books include For Women Only. After working on Wall Street and Capitol Hill, this mother of two now applies her analytical skills to illuminating surprising truths about relationships.


Lisa A. Rice is the associate editor of Christian Living magazine, the mother/foster mom of three teenager girls, and one teenage boy, and an experienced screenwriter and producer. She’s also the coauthor, with Shaunti, of For Young Women Only.


This book would make an excellent choice for a Bible study group of women with preteens or teenagers and as a gift for Christmas. Leave a comment to win one of two copies that I am giving away or you can purchase one here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet




If your reading tastes run more toward the fantasy world, then you will love this book. It is full of action and excitement that will keep you turning the pages until the end.

About this Book:
As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.

When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.

Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia's Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to jeffrey's introduction of the book, plus a lit more!

About the Author:
Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at LookingCloser.org and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image.

His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.

Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.

To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

Kingdom Wars Hideous Beauty by Jack Cavanaugh


I so loved this book! It really made me think of things in a different way, regarding the "behind the scenes" stuff that goes on in the political world and the things that are happening in the supernatural world that may be affecting our lives. The book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I couldn't put it down. If you are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled, supernatural thriller, then the first book in the Kingdom Wars series is the right one for you!


About the Book:

On a day that should have been the highlight of his literary career, Grant Austin discovers that his success has been no accident, but a carefully orchestrated plot by rebel angels who have been inserted into history as sleeper agents to alter human history. Now, Grant must battle forces of evil to stop them from assassinating the subject of his prize winning biography, the President of the United States.


About the Author:

Jack Cavanaugh is an award-winning, full-time freelance author with twenty-five published novels to his credit. His nine-volume American Family Portrait series spans the history of a nation from 1630 to the present and is still in print nearly fifteen years following its release.

A student of the novel for more than a quarter of a century, Jack takes his craft seriously, continuing to study and teach at Christian writers conferences. He is the former pastor of three churches in San Diego County and draws upon his theological background for the spiritual elements of his plots and characters.


His novels have been translated into a dozen foreign languages, largely because of the universal scope of his topics. Jack has not only written about American history, but about South Africa, banned English Bibles, German Christians in the days of Hitler and Communism, revivals in America, and angelic warfare.


Jack’s current writing schedule includes motion picture screenplays and e-book serial fiction with Internet distribution. His novel Death Watch has been optioned to be made into a motion picture by Out Cold Entertainment, Inc.


Jack has three grown children and lives with his wife in Southern California.


To purchase this book for your own library or for a gift (it would make a great one for a Christian fiction lover), click here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

When the Morning Comes Winners Are....

The wonderful winners for When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall are...


(As Chosen by the Random Number Generator)
#2-Lev53211
and
#8 Barb J. at Finding Contentment
Congratulations to both of these winners!
Be back later with a post! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Meeting of Anni Adams-The Butterfly of Luxembourg by Lonnie D. Story


This book is the story of Anni Adams, a teenager living through World War II in Luxembourg. Although it is not a book about the details of the holocaust itself, it does describe the life of a teenager living through the time of the holocaust watching her friend being taken away and the treatment of the Jews. It shows you how much the people were affected that lived in the countries that Hitler conquered and gives you an entirely new look on the war. The value of hope and perseverance is seen in Anni and her family as they live through their experiences and keep their faith in God and in man. It was a really great read that I enjoyed and will share with friends and family.

About the Book:

Born November 11, 1926 Anni Adams grew up traveling throughout central Europe with her professional gymnast father. By the age of fourteen, she had been throughout Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and France. Then came the Nazi invasion. Everything Anni had known came unraveling at the seams. Evacuated from Luxembourg, she survived the poverty, humiliation, and uncertainty of refugee camps following the German occupation of her homeland. She eventually returned to her home and the submissive lifestyle of the Nazi rule, which she quietly resisted for more than four years.

About the Author:


Lonnie D. Story, was born in Macon, Ga in June, 1963. He attended grade school at Heard Elementary school and graduated to Cochran Field Christian Academy for 3 years where his writing skills were first recognized and honored. He won first place in the State finals for Short Stories written among private school students and attended the literary fair in Atlanta, Ga.

At the age of 22 years, He became a father to his only son, Shane. He was shortly thereafter divorced and left alone to raise him. He moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1989 with Shane, then three years of age. He worked full-time at night as a bouncer and other odd jobs, attended school full-time during the day and continued to raise his son for the following 15 years. He achieved 3 AS degrees, attended Warner Southern College for his Bachelor's Degree, and 6 months from graduation, was accepted into law school. He remarried in September,1997, continued law school, worked full-time and continued with his new family. He became divorced in February, 2002. He worked an overall 14 years as a paralegal performing both management, legal research & writing, investigations and all manner of other attachments to the profession.

He set out on his own as an independent, freelance writer, in February, 2003 and is presently working on on his second book, "Without A Shot Fired: The Dustin Brim Story."

To check out this book for yourself, you can visit Christianbook.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesandNoble.com. It would make an excellent gift!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson and My Thanksgiving


I have read some of the other Yada Yada books and this one was just as fun as the others. This book makes a fun read for any of your female friends who understand how important friendship is. If you have been looking for a fun read for you or for a gift, then consider this one. You will be glad you did!

About the Book:
Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.

But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family...it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.

This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out celebrate God. So let's get this party started!

THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT is a festive novella featuring America's favorite prayer group, the Yada Yadas!

Sometimes dubbed "chick-lit" for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.

In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season.

About the Author:
Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books--a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales--and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.

To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

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How was your Thanksgiving? My day was spent on the couch, due to my back going out. It was very lonely here when my family went off to my MIL's, but it was also very quiet, which was somewhat nice (or would have been if I had not been in pain). Anyways, today I am much better, so the time on the couch must have done the trick. I am still taking it somewhat easy, but at least I can get off the couch without crying now. Anyways, I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Memories


Thanksgiving stirs up all different sorts of memories for me. From the Thanksgiving that my previous aunt cooked spaghetti (I was shocked!) to the many Thanksgiving's spent in my great-grandmothers house to those spent with my in-laws, I have found that Thanksgiving is one holiday that causes me to think. Why? Because I have to psyche myself up for this day each and every year. It has become somewhat more difficult since I married, simply because I have to cook each year, but this year it is especially more difficult due to the fact that my back has went out and when walking, I look like an 100-year old woman. I will persevere over cooking the dressing, however, and I will have the proper attitude when sitting down for lunch tomorrow. (see, I am already working on it!LOL)


Thanksgiving traditions have fell by the wayside with marriage, too. My MIL has her dinner at the same time as the one at my great-grandmothers house (although she passed several years ago and it is my great-aunt's home now) and this has made it somewhat bittersweet for me. I love my MIL, but not spending Thanksgiving with your own family is difficult for me. Instead, due to work commitments, my family will be eating together on Sunday. Change is not something that I am particularly good with and this change is sucking some of the joy out of the holidays for me. I am trying to overcome it, but in combination with being in pain, it is not an easy thing to master.


What Thanksgiving traditions do you feel that you cannot live without? Whether it is a specific food, tradition, or location, let me know. I just want to see that I am not alone in my ramblings today!


If you have made it this far, please leave me a comment. Any comment on posts between now and Monday, November 26th, will be put into a drawing for a wonderful book, When the Morning Comes, by Cindy Woodsmall. To read more about this book, scroll down.


Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall


Those of you who enjoy the Amish-themed books will love this new book by Cindy Woodsmall. This is the second of the series, Sister of the Quilt, and is a great book to read by itself or in conjunction with the first book, When the Heart Cries. Randomhouse was kind enough to send me both books to read, so that I could get the complete feel for the series, and I just have to say that I loved them! If you are looking for a new series, then try this one out by Cindy Woodsmall.


About the Book:

Her relationship with former fiancé Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her home in hopes of finding refuge with another Amish outcast, her shunned Aunt Zabeth in Ohio. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to understand the confusing world of the Englischers and embrace unfamiliar freedoms, but a deepening friendship with the handsome Martin Palmer renews her courage to face the future.


Meanwhile, Hannah’s absence and the distressing events that led to her disappearance create turmoil among her loved ones in Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania. Her father stubbornly refuses to search for her or to acknowledge increasing signs of instability in daughter Sarah, who suffers secret guilt over her sister’s ruined reputation. Fiancé Paul Waddell is wracked with regret over his betrayal of Hannah’s trust and is concerned with her whereabouts. He befriends Hannah’s remaining allies—brother Luke, best friend Mary, and loyal Matthew Esh—trying to convince them to help search for his love.


Rich with authentic details of Amish community and powerful in its theme of hope beyond measure, When the Morning Comes succeeds as a compelling follow-up to Cindy Woodsmall’s best-selling debut novel, When the Heart Cries.


About Cindy:

Cindy Woodsmall is an author, wife, and mother of three sons. Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim, including a Reviewer’s Choice Award from the Road to Romance website, and became a CBA bestseller. Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband and the youngest of their three sons.


The great news is that I have two copies of the newest book by Cindy available for you! Leave me a comment to get into the giveaway and I will draw on Monday, November 26th. If you don't win, you can still get this book for yourself by visiting here.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, November 16, 2007

Try Dying by James Scott Bell

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE James Scott Bell books and I was so excited to get notification that I was going to get to review his newest book. This book did not disappoint. If you haven't read books by this author before, this is a wonderful one to begin your obsession with. His books revolved around the law with just the right touch of Christian values-kind of like a Christian John Grisham. Try Dying is sure to keep you interested from the first page to the last.

About the Book:
On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder.Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired.

His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene.

This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory.

But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.

About James:
James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University.

His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.

To check this book out for yourself, click here. You will not regret it!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Winner Of Boo Humbug Is...


The Winner of Boo Humbug Is...


PAM!


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Smiles and Loves! Janis

Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh


Who among us has not made mistakes in our past that we desperately do not want to repeat? In Splitting Harriet this theme is seen in the heroine, Harriet, who made mistakes in her past that she hasn't quite forgiven herself for. In not forgiving herself, she finds herself trying to live a "safe" life that she has created for herself. She finds during the book that living a safe life is not what God has in mind for her. He wants her to live a victorious, full life, just like He wants us to. This book is a marvelous example of learning more about forgiveness from God, those who love us, and ourselves.


About the Book:

Preacher’s kid and prodigal Harriet Bisset returned to her church and her family in Franklin, Tennessee, seven years ago. Once the proud owner of two tattoos and a nose ring, Harri is now addicted to Jelly Bellys in lieu of hangovers and Bible verses in lieu of foul language.

The good news is that she has everything under control: a part-time position as director of women’s ministry, a church family that adores her, a rent-free home in a senior mobile home park, and the possibility of owning the café where she waitresses. Nothing could tempt Harri to return to her old ways. Nothing but a 1298 cc, liquid-cooled, sixteen-valve, in-line four-cylinder motorcycle—and the church consultant riding it.

Reformed rebel Maddox McCray’s arrival at First Grace spells C-H-A-N-G-E for the dying church. And it just might mean change for Harri when Maddox sets out to convince her that even Christians are allowed to have fun.

The story of a prodigal daughter’s transformation, Splitting Harriet reminds readers of God’s delight in forgiving, loving, and enjoying the ride.

About Tamara:

Tamara Leigh’s first novel, Warrior Bride, was published in 1994 and was followed by six more bestselling, award-winning historical romances for Bantam, HarperCollins, and Dorchester. Leigh’s inspirational chick lit debut, Stealing Adda, was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. Leigh has also written for Romantic Times magazine and been a guest speaker for WaldenBooks’s corporate conference. Leigh lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two sons and enjoys time with her family, volunteer work, faux painting, and reading.


This is an excellent book that you will definitely want to read. To purchase one for yourself, click here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, November 9, 2007

Deadfall by Robert Liparulo


This was such an exciting book! From beginning to end, it kept my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat. If you enjoy your Christian fiction action and excitement filled, then Deadfall will definitely fit that mold.


About the Book:

Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.


Armed with only a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field test the ultimate weapon.


With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friend elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized.


An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice. Deadfall is highly-aclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller.


About the Author:

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.


Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.


Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.


Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!


He is currently working on his fourth novel.


To purchase this book for yourself, click here.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Vase of Many Colors by Rachel Thoene and Catching Up


I was sent Rachel Thoene's The Vase of Many Colors to review here on my blog and was surprised to find that it was a children's book. Since I happen to have three of those little critters of my own, I was also very excited to review a book that I could share with them. This book ranks right up there with Love You Forever, which has a special place on my bookshelf that is now shared by The Vase of Many Colors. Sometimes children's books need to have a meaning and this one is so full of the meaning of life and motherhood that I will most likely be buying it for shower gifts. It is a children's book, but it is also for moms, which is why it is such a great book to read with your children.


About this Book:


In the very small house, on the very grand hill, in the very small town author Rachel Thoene – daughter of veteran bestsellers Bodie and Brock Thoene - masterfully explores the captivating notions of forgiveness and grace in The Vase of Many Colors. This beautifully written and colorfully illustrated family tale peeks into the world of the very bouncy girl and her old, crooked grandmother. A world where rainbows appear on the walls and simple flower-gathering is a nightly ritual.


And where broken things are mended with the gentle breath of love to become a masterpiece for all generations to enjoy.


In a world where broken things are tossed aside with ease, Rachel Thoene’s story is a captivating reminder of the power of forgiveness and grace to mend life’s cracks and create a Vase of Many Colors in you.


About Rachel:


Rachel knows what it’s like to pick up broken pieces. As a site administrator at two alternative schools for at-risk students in an urban school district in Sacramento, California, she helps students put the pieces of their broken lives back together and discover success where there was only self doubt. As a mother, she finds new beauty in the hearts of her two children, Ian and Jessie. “Every person we come into contact with has the potential to be a beautiful and valuable work of art,” Rachel says. The inspiration for the story began as an email to a friend who was struggling with how to relate to her teenage son. When the story further developed, Rachel realized that the underlying message appealed to the experiences of adults and children alike.

To purchase this book for yourself or for a gift for a special mother that you know, click here.


Don't forget to comment on the Boo, Humbug! post to win a copy of the book. Scroll down for that post!

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What is going on with my world? WOW, has it ever been busy lately in our household! From moving our church across town to school to working to taking care of house and children to being me, it has been a busy last six weeks or so. The good news is that we have two Sundays under our belt at the new building and that is a huge relief to me. School (for me) is out for the holidays in five more weeks, which will be nice. Work has settled some. I am just not taking as many clients or jobs on right now, so that has made it easier and less stressful.


I am finding that I cannot do it all, even though I would like to. By categorizing things and placing a priority on what I need to get done, I am feeling better about myself and my workload. It has been two months of adjustment, but I am happy to say that I am finally starting to get into the rhythm-until something else jumps in, of course.


My weight is weighing on me right now. I am not healthy and that is scary to me. In fact, my weight is keeping me from the doctor, simply because I don't want to get on the scale and see how much I have let myself go. That is one area that I MUST work on next, but sometimes I just don't feel that I know where to start. I will do good for a while and then I fall off the wagon. I want to be healthy and feel better physically and mentally.


Anyways, that is all that is running through my head this morning. What is going on with you? I have missed visiting blogs, but hopefully that will get better as well.


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, November 2, 2007

Boo Humbug! by Rene Gutteridge and GIVEAWAY!


It may be a little too early to think about Christmas much, but this book is definitely one you will want to check out! It is so funny! It is a short read, which is ideal for those busy holiday weeks and it is an excellent companion to a cup of hot chocolate and some sugar cookies. If you enjoy reading Christmas themed books during the holidays, this is one you will definitely want to add to your list!

About this Book:

Readers have come to love the eccentric characters from Skary, Indiana, in Rene Gutteridge’s popular Boo! series. Now, in Boo, Humbug! they’re back – and they’re stirring up a large amount of holiday havoc.

It’s Christmastime in Skary, and the town is planning an original production of A Christmas Carol with a horror spin. As showtime approaches, things go very awry for director Lois Stepaphanopolis. She panics when she discovers that her marketing director loathes Christmas and that the audience has been promised not Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but the real Christmas story. Can the actors pull off the improv of all improvs and convince their community to embrace the true meaning of the Christmas season?

Boo, Humbug! offers readers a delightful glimpse into small town, community life with heartwarming humor and winsome characters. And in the end, the true meaning of Christmas shines out bright and clear, in a decidedly un-Skary way.


About Rene:

Rene Gutteridge is the author of 10 novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, The Occupational Hazards series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has been published over 30 times as a playwright, and holds a degree in screenwriting, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and they have two young children. They make their home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


To purchase this book for your holiday reading list, click here.


What are you reading this week? As you can tell, I have been busy reading fiction, but I have also been throwing in a few non-fiction books as well. Do you have any holiday books that you especially love? Leave me a comment to tell me about the books that you love and you could win my copy of Boo, Humbug! for yourself! I will draw next Friday, November 9th, so that you will have it in plenty of time for the holidays!


Smiles and Loves! Janis

Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

Who among us have not felt unworthy of love at some time or another? That is what this book is all about-learning that you are worthy of being loved by someone and by God. It was a wonderful story that kept me interested from beginning to end. I finished it in one night, simply because I didn't want to put it down.

About this Book:
When Sam's estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket--not because he kindly bequeathed it to her, but because he neglected to ever create a will.

Sam returns to the island she left 11 years ago with her daughter Caden to fix up the house and sell it, but she isn't counting on is the fact that Landon Reed still lives two doors down from her childhood home.

As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she really left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart? Or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?

About the Author:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped.

Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

In addition to Surrender Bay, the second Nantucket book releases in April 2008. The title is The Convenient Groom and features Kate Lawrence, a relationship advice columnist, whose groom dumps her on her wedding day. Denise is currently at work on the third Nantucket book (Oct 2008) which is untitled so far.

To buy this book for yourself, click here.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

 

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