Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Christy Awards Nominees



ECPA Announces the Finalists for the 18th Annual CHRISTY AWARDS™
 
Winners to be Announced at Christian Fiction Gala at Lipscomb University in Nashville on November 8.
 
Awards and Gala Celebrate Excellence in Christian Fiction and Storytelling.
 
Tempe, AZ – Today, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced the finalists for the 18th annual CHRISTY AWARDS™. Winners will be announced at the awards gala, taking place on November 8 at Lipscomb University in Nashville TN, which will be hosted by Best-Selling Christian Authors  Andrew Peterson and Chris Fabry. The Christy Award™ exists to celebrate excellence in the art of Christian Fiction and honor the power of story.
 
“As the new caretakers and curators for The Christy Award™, we are thrilled with the list of 27 finalists in the nine Christian fiction categories,” said Stan Jantz, Executive Director of ECPA. 
 
The Christy Awards™ will be presented in these categories: General, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Historical, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Visionary, First Novel, Young Adult and Short Form. 

The nominees are:
 
Contemporary Romance:
Her One and Only, Becky Wade (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
The Red Door Inn, Liz Johnson (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
Rescue Me, Susan May Warren (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
 
First Novel:
Counted with the Stars, Connilyn Cossette (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
Like a River from Its Course, Kelli Stuart (Kregel Publications)
Stars in the Grass, Ann Marie Stewart (Barbour Publishing)
 
General Fiction:
Long Way Gone, Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)
The Promise of Jesse Woods, Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, Beth Moore (Tyndale House Publishers)
 
Historical:
Like a River from Its Course, Kelli Stuart (Kregel Publications)
The Mark of the King, Jocelyn Green (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
Miriam, Mesu Andrews (WaterBrook)
 
Historical Romance:
A Note Yet Unsung, Tamera Alexander (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
From This Moment, Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
The Lady and the Lionheart, Joanne Bischof (Mason Jar Books)
 
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:
If I Run, Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
When Death Draws Near, Carrie Stuart Parks (Thomas Nelson)
Without Warning, Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House)
 
Short Form:
Looking into You, Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
Mirror Image, Laura Scott (Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense)
Restoring Christmas: A Novella, Cynthia Ruchti (Worthy Inspired, an imprint of Worthy Publishing Group)
 
Visionary:
The Alliance, Jolina Petersheim (Tyndale House Publishers)
King’s Folly, Jill Williamson, (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, James Rubart (Thomas Nelson)
 
Young Adult:
If You’re Gone, Brittany Goodwin (Edge of 22 Publishing)
The Silent Songbird, Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson)
Unblemished, Sara Ella (Thomas Nelson)
 
 
 
 Share with me your picks from these nominees. There are some good ones that's for sure.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Pretender By Ta'mara Hanscom



Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs until Rosa Caselli finds out that the same hopeless blackguard she prayed for over the last fifteen years has won the heart of her own daughter. Rosa recounts his enormous record of wrongs and brings the matter to her husband. They decide that their daughter needs never to know of Rosa's prayers--an omission that results in troubled spirits and heavy hearts.
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I was born and raised in South Dakota, and I love her people and rich history. For many years I’ve also had a deep love for Italy and her colorful chronology. I was fortunate enough to visit Italy on my 25th wedding anniversary, and I added some of the details of my travels to my fictional series The Caselli Family Series. 

My favorite sport is baseball – Detroit Tigers – and I can’t wait until the next time I get to see them play in Comerica Park. 

I live for the next family barbeque. 

My husband and I own a national pizza franchise in Iowa, where we currently reside. We have three grown children and one grandson. We’ve rescued two cats and one Pomeranian. 

I teach AWANA Cubbies and speak at women’s events.
 
My Thoughts...
 
I hate to write reviews like this one. But here goes. I had the hardest time reading this book. I could not read it, it reads like a very bad self published book. No editing at all. There was no story no reason to what I was reading.
I had a very hard time saying this but I gave it 1 star. It is the first book in the series, I hope and pray that book number two gets edited and the book has a story in it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Many Sparrows By Lori Benton




In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son...especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
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Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace. 

Lori's debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

My Thoughts....

Lori Benton has wrote a well rounded and dynamic novel. The book flows so well that you won't get to much historical information and get lost. She introduces the characters with such grace that you feel you know them. You can tell she did her research of history because she goes into such detail of historical events. The story has love, heartache, faith, hope and grace. I enjoyed reading it and I am sure you will also.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend this book to Historical book lovers.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Proving By Beverly Lewis




Amish Fiction's #1 Author Presents a Touching Story of Perseverance and Second Chances
Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.

Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!

The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters. 

Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

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I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.


When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

My Thoughts...
 
I would love to get away and stay at the Butterfly Meadows B and B for a few weeks. Enjoy the plain life and slow down some. This was a very good story and I enjoyed all of the characters so much.
Lewis writes Amish fiction like no other Amish fiction writer. Her writing style is all her own and never a dull moment in the stories. I hope that you enjoy the twins story and the happy every after ending.
I do wish that the book had been a little bit longer I would love to know how Mandy and  Karl's story ends.
I gave The Proving 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend it. Fresh Amish Fiction!
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.