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August Crunchy Chicken Challenge

I hadn't heard of Crunchy Chicken's blog, but some gal-pals on WAH clued me in. She's got a challenge titled "Buy Nothing in August."

The idea on the blog is this: Don't buy stuff!

Here are the rules (plus a new one), in case you forgot 'em...
No new clothes
No new gadgets
No new furniture or housewares
No salon services (except haircuts)
No new makeup
No new tools
No whatever the hell else people buy
No eating out (yes, this one is new!)

So, my commitment is this: I will not purchase any new or used books during the month of August. I've done a book buying moratorium before, and it's tough--but doable.

Paperback Swap and Book Mooch books are exempt, as I will be using credits for them and not actually money.

The thing is, I have not purchased any brand-new books in a long time, but dang it if I haven't dropped fifty cents or a dollar here and there at the Friends of the Library book sale!

I'm not promising anything with the rest. I don't have plan…


I'm not going to take a picture, but here are the books in Mt. TBR (because my nightstand does not hold my Mt. TBR):

Mr. Monk in Outer Space by Lee GoldbergReclaiming Nick and Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (book 1 from the library, book 3 is a blog tour book; book 2 is checked out from the library!)Staying Home is a Killer by Sara Rosett (Air Force wife mystery!!!)Catch a Rising Star and That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman (books 1 and 3 in a series; book 2 is on the PBS wish list; book 3 is a blog tour book) **amended to add: Tracey emailed me! She is so nice!**The Healing Choice (see previous post for info. as it is a blog tour book)Burnt Toast by Teri HatcherThat's just a few. Sad, but true.

Healing Choice Blog Tour

Welcome to the Healing Choice blog tour!

With a busy summer schedule piling up on me, I have to say I haven't had a chance to finish the book yet. So, a review is forthcoming! I also have one copy of the book to give away (I am keeping one, and I'm giving one to my sister and brother-in-law; he is working toward his counseling license). Please comment for a chance to win this book.

With the increasing commonality of pornography addiction as well as non-gentlemanly "gentlemen's clubs" cropping up everywhere, it's no wonder our husbands have trouble with purity. Women can feel betrayed and violated, and rightly so, but then what do we do? This book offers help and hope.

More about the book:


In the wake of betrayed intimacy, you may feel nauseated, angry, humiliated, desperate. Why am I not enough for him? Can our marriage be saved—and do I even want to try? Will this unbearable ache ever go away?

Amid the devastation that follows a spouse’s sexual disloyalt…

Miss Match by Erynn Mangum

I don't remember where I first heard about Erynn Mangum's debut novel Miss Match. I literally skim hundreds of blog entries by Christian authors, and hundreds of emails through ACFW in any given month. Suffice it to say, at some point I put it on my Paperback Swap wish list, and that wish was granted earlier in the summer.

I took Miss Match with me on a road trip, and I found myself laughing out loud to myself throughout the book, garnering some weird looks from my hubby who was driving the van.

I have to say, I love the narrator, Laurie Holbrook. She is me, but more confident. Me with the love of the brown food group (you know, the brown food group: chocolate and coffee!). Me with the desire to follow God but not sure if I'm doing it right.

Laurie and her friends both old and new, and her family, were heartwarming, humorous, and FUN (hey, I may be a Baptist minister's wife, but I just can't come up with a third "h" word - sorry!).

If you're a fan of chic…

One Step

One Step Over the Border by Stephen Bly
from Hachette's website:

Award-winning author Stephen Bly weaves the tale of a pair of contemporary cowboys on a quest across the West. As a boy in Wyoming, Hap Bowman fell in love with a girl named Juanita. Ever since, he's experienced nothing but failure and misfortune. Laramie Majors--quiet,reserved, and patient to a fault--hasn't left Hap's side since they became rodeo partners right out of college. Now, after spending most of his adult life looking for Juanita, Hap wants to do one last big search that will take them all over the Southwest before he admits defeat. Together these two cowpokes find themselves reluctant heroes in a series of misadventures as they travel the West, all the while thinking that Hap's--or Laramie's--true love may be in the next town.

To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this book. The "misadventures" mentioned in the above synopsis doesn't even begin to cover what these two cowb…


I just found a book I was supposed to review, a year ago.

How embarrassing!

To find out more about the book, visit:

and if Mr. or Mrs. Bly find this post, please allow me to beg forgiveness for my tardiness. Last summer my husband was in Iraq...and I think the book got mislaid.


This is the next installment in one of my very favorite series by one of the best Christian authors around: Robin Jones Gunn! One of my friends is sending me the book (Thanks, Stephanie!) soon, as I joined CFBA too late to request this title. I cannot wait to read it!!!

Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to Robin, thanking her for the first books in what turned out to be her Glenbrooke series. She wrote back, encouraging me to continue writing. Well, Robin, I haven't written a novel yet, but I have never given up hope!

OK, gushing aside...

Off we go!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sisterchick Go Brit

Multnomah Publishers (May 20, 2008)


Robin Jones Gunn


Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawaii.

Robin’s first novel was published in 1988, and she has continued to write between two to five books a year. Her 63 published books include 47 novels, all of which are still …

Splitting Harriet

I read this as a part of my Summer Reading Challenge. This is my third chick lit of Tamera Leigh's that I've read, and it's my favorite of all of them.

Harriet is Everypastorsdaughter: felt the weight of the ministry mantle at a young age; rebelled; fell into the pit; rescued by Jesus; and now feels regret every day for the pain she caused those she loves. (In her case, she has a crown-of-thorns tattoo to remind her of those wild days.)

Enter Church Consultant, complete with motorcycle and long curly hair. He proceeds to shake things up at the church Harriet's father used to pastor and where she now works in ministry. He also shakes her little safe world almost off its precarious axis.

I really liked this book. I really did. I finally got it in the mail the other day (love Paperback Swap!) and read it fairly quickly.

Because I read it during a break I'm taking from reading Stephen King's Lisey's Story (an excellent book but in a much different way), I see all s…

Winner Galore

Carole won BOTH my by virtue of being the only entrant, and the other by luck o'the draw, as it were. So as soon as she sends her address, she'll be the happy recipient of Calico Canyon (ARC) by Mary Conneally and Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo.

Congrats, Carole!

aaaaand, she's back

I'm back, and starting next week will be posting more book reviews and blog tours.

I read two and a half books on my vacation, and let's just say, one of the books wasn't that great! oh well.

CFBA Love Starts with Elle

I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read this book, but I'm on a book-buying restriction. Drat.
Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite Christian authors, and her chick lit is really top-notch.

OK, on to the "real" post!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love Starts With Elle

(Thomas Nelson - July 8, 2008)


Rachel Hauck


Rachel Hauck is a forty-something, a child of the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's, who roller skated through the '70's into the '80's with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camero. She graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism.

After graduation, she hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, destermined to see the world. But, she's traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine.

Rachel met Tony, her husband, in '87, at church, of all places. They marr…

Looking for military fiction

I have begun contributing over at Wives of Faith, and I'm looking for military-themed fiction. So far what I know is Christian fiction, but I'm sure there are other non-raunchy and non-overly-violent books out there as well.

If you know of any titles, or are the author of some of those titles, feel free to contact me through this blog and let me know. I'd give you credit, and I'd love to do interviews as well. (Hint: it's good publicity!)

Suspicious Minds Book Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Christy Barritt's latest book, Suspicious Minds, which is the second in the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series.

Forget "A day late and a dollar short." I am a month late! I was scheduled on June 1st for this tour, and here it is, July 1st! Better late than never, to continue the whole cliche' motif.

And speaking of motifs, is there anything--or anyone--more motif-y than Elvis? *grin*
On with the tour!

Here is an interview with author Christy Barritt.

Q & A with Mystery Author Christy Barritt:
Mysteries that play havoc on the nerves and the funny bone!

Q: Tell us about your featured book.

A: In Suspicious Minds, crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire takes a mold remediation job to make ends meet. While in the crawlspace of a dilapidated old house, she finds Elvis—dead and still wearing his blue suede shoes! Gabby can’t resist sticking her nose into another investigation. Along the way, she tries to figure out her love life, her spiritual life and the…