Friday, October 31, 2008

Caw! Caw!

It is time for the FIRST Blog Tour! On the FIRST day of every month we feature an author and his/her latest book's FIRST chapter!

The feature author is:

and his book:

B&H Fiction (October 1, 2008)


James David Jordan is a business litigation attorney with the prominent Texas law firm of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. From 1998 through 2005, he served as the firm's Chairman and CEO. The Dallas Business Journal has named him one of the most influential leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth legal community and one of the top fifteen business defense attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. His peers have voted him one of the Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation.

A minister's son who grew up in the Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois, Jim has a law degree and MBA from the University of Illinois, and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. He lives with his wife and two teenage children in the Dallas suburbs.

Jim grew up playing sports and loves athletics of all kinds. But he especially loves baseball, the sport that is a little bit closer to God than all the others.

His first novel was Something that Lasts . Forsaken is his second novel.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: B&H Fiction (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805447490
ISBN-13: 978-0805447491

Friday, October 24, 2008

CAW! CAW! Chapter a Week

The Blessed

In The Begotten and The Betrayed, Lisa T. Bergren waged "a classic battle of good and evil" (Publishers Weekly). Now, the war culminates in the most provocative chapter yet in the blessed and powerful mission of the Gifted.The Blessed, book 3 in The Gifted Series.

The fellowship of the Gifted is thirteen in number-each in possession of a divine purpose, each forging ahead as catalysts in a war between light and dark. Among them are Sir Gianni de Capezzana and Daria d'Angelo, a couple in pursuit of new goals-to face the Church and avoid being burned as heretics. Trailed by the enemy, and on the run in an unpredictable land, they're offered tenuous sanctuary.

Behind the walls of the wondrous Castle Les Baux, Gianni and Daria find respite and, at long last, love. Yet the enemy draws nearer-promising that the Gifted will know sorrow, fear, and ultimately, defeat-and hunting them every step of the way. But God's Gifted shall not be thwarted.

Praise for the Novels of the Gifted

"Rich and carefully crafted.a fascinating world." -Randy Alcorn
"Thrilling historical drama.a heart-stopping page-turner."-Liz Curtis Higgs
"A full-bodied, absorbing tale.universally appealing and gripping." -Library Journal
"Masterfully [woven] intrigue, action, and romance.captivating."--Christopher Hopper
"An amazing story-one that proposes a fantastic `what if?'."-Angela Hunt

Book One: THE BEGOTTEN (A Christy Award finalist, now in paperback!)
Book Two: THE BETRAYED (now in paperback!)
Book Three: THE BLESSED (hardcover)

Available at your local bookstore,, and other fine booksellers.

Lookin' Back, Texas
By Leanna Ellis

A devoted wife and mother must return to her hometown of Luckenbach, Texas to help her mother plan her father's funeral. Trouble is - he isn't dead! And neither are the secrets she buried there years ago.
Published by B&H Publishing
Available at and bookstores everywhere
Do not reproduce without permission.

Friday, October 17, 2008

CAW! CAW! Chapter a Week

In The Shadow of Lions
By Ginger Garrett
You may think you know the story,now read it again with new eyes

"I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world. The stories are forgotten here, and the Day draws close. I will tell you one of my stories. You will record it."

So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England's Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book . a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation.
The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible-Scriptures the common people could read for themselves. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she witnesses Thomas More's public displays of Christian charity, ignorant of his secret life spent eradicating the same book, persecuting anyone who dares read it.
Historic figures come alive in this thrilling story of heroes and villains, saints and sinners, angels and mortals . and the sacred book that will inspire you anew.

By Ginger Garrett
©Ginger Garrett 2007 No portion may be reproduced.

"In The Shadow of Lions is truly a masterpiece!"
Kathy Herman, author of the Phantom Hollow series and the upcoming Sophie Trace Trilogy

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An Interview With Ginger Garrett

In the Dead of Winter: An Ivy Towers Mystery
by Nancy Mehl

Winter Break, Kansas - a small town where life is slow and no one locks their doors - until murder makes a visit.

College student Ivy Towers reluctantly returns to Winter Break, Kansas to settle the estate of her late, great-aunt Bitty Flanagan, owner of Miss Bitty's Bygone Bookstore. Bitty's fall from a library ladder seems suspicious to Ivy, and items are missing from the store. An anonymous note confirms Ivy's worst fears. Someone in Winter Break murdered Aunt Bitty. But why? Ivy and her former boyfriend, Deputy Sheriff Amos Parker, search for the truth about Bitty's death and discover dark secrets that are worth killing for. As harsh winter weather rages all around Winter Break, another storm brews deep in Ivy's heart. Everything she believes will be tested, and in the end, she will discover that love lurks in the most unexpected places.

Nancy Mehl weaves her cozy spell so skillfully that I was enthralled from page one. Ivy Towers is an appealing heroine, Winter Break, Kansas the ideal location, and supporting characters lend depth to the delicious plot. Laurel Johnson - Midwest Book Review

This small book is a big, bright gem, and Ivy makes a welcome addition to the sleuth-with-a-message genre. Betty Webb - Mystery Scene Magazine

Nancy Mehl

IN THE DEAD OF WINTER is available at:

Barbour Books:



Also - Get three Ivy Towers Mysteries in one! "Cozy in Kansas" is now available for preorder on Amazon:

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

CAW! CAW! Chapter a Week

A collection of three novels
By Yvonne Lehman

SARA HONEYCUTT needs a life goal now that she has a college degree, so she takes a summer housekeeping job. She quickly attracts the attention of the family's three sons, but which one can she really trust?

ELLEN JONSEN is jobless and feuding with her father. Desperate for a job that will keep her close to her little sister, Ellen starts working at a Christian conference center for a boss who harbors a mysterious pain in his past. Can she find relief for an increasingly stressful life?

TYLER CORBIN, jut released from two years in prison, finds a woman he could love-if only his past were different. Can he trust her enough not to expose the fact that he is innocent?

Through joy and sorrow, each person finds a trail leading them to renewed faith, as well as romance.

Barbour Publishers - ISBN 978-1-60260-111-6
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Orchid House

by Cindy Martinusen

"Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words"

Cindy Martinusen reveals the exotic beauty, generous hospitality and heartbreaking history of the Philippines in this stunning tale that enthralled me from start to finish." Rel Mollet "RelzReviewz" (Australia)From back cover:A funeral and some family business--that's what Julia Bentley expects when she travels to the Philippines to bury her grandfather. Instead, she discovers a place were the past and present, Spanish and Asian, primitive and civilized mingle in a melange as spicy and20colorful as the paella her relatives dish up for special occasions. A place where children hitch rides on cattle and others wield loaded guns. Where guerrillas lurk in the jungle and volcanoes and governments are threatened to blow. Where stories haunt her ancestral home - the grand but decaying Hacienda Esperanza, Plantation of Hope - and danger lurks behind every tree. How ca n a land so foreign, and so troubled, fill her with a strange peace? And would staying mean risking her life...or finding it at last?

Buy Orchid House at local bookstores or
Visit Cindy's website at or not reproduce without permission.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

A Tale for Christmas

I pre-ordered this  book and read it in two days.

Amazon link:

by Robin Lee Hatcher
October, Steeple Hill mass market romance

Alicia Harris says she's happily married and expecting a baby—but only the last part is true. She can't bear to disappoint her grandfather by telling him she's two months away from single motherhood. Then Grandpa Roger, still recovering from a heart attack, drops in unexpectedly to spend the holidays with Alicia and her husband, and to protect her beloved grandfather from unnecessary stress, Alicia needs to find a fill-in—fast. Childhood friend Joe Palmero fits the bill and is willing to play along. Still, the longer they spend playing their parts, the closer Alicia and Joe come to discovering what love, faith and marriage truly mean.


About Robin:

Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 55 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

For more information about Robin and her books, visit her web site at and her Write Thinking Blog at You can find her on Facebook at

Friday, October 03, 2008

Single Sashimi

Whenever I pick up a Camy Tang book, I'm always ready to do two things, laugh and order Asian food. Camy's Sushi Series is loaded with memorable characters, rich culture, and reminders of God's grace.
Her newest release Single Sashimi takes up the story of Venus, a successful video game designer with painful shoes and a festering grudge. Venus has plans to take her career to the next level, but when things start falling apart, Venus finds herself working at Bananaville with co-workers who sometimes act like unruly monkeys. And then there's Drake, the top banana who'd like to peel off Venus' armor and turn her defenses to mush.
This is the third book of the Sushi Series, and I've grown to love the four larger-than-life cousins as they bumble their way through hard lessons we all have to learn like Who's really in control and Who will pick us up when we've made a mess of things.
If you're in the mood for romance, comedy, and a kick of wasabi, order up the Sushi series and get ready for God to poke you here and there as you devour these tantalizing books.