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Dangerous Heart by Tracey Bateman

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dangerous Heart

Avon Inspire (October 14, 2008)


Tracey Bateman

Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Westward Hearts Series, Defiant Heart (#1) and Distant Heart (#2)

She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.

Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines.

She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.


For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless…


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LOVE STARTS WITH ELLE: Michelle! (Michelle was one of "my girls" when I was an RA in Leslie Hall!)

I'll be emailing you to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks for all of you who entered! I (and I'm sure the authors too) appreciate you!

home sick

I don't often take sick days. As most moms can attest, it just doesn't happen.

That said, today I am home sick. My dear and loving Chaplain Hubby, who is a generous guy, unwittingly shared his sinus infection with me. It took me a few days to break out with it full-force (he said that's because I am slow; I glared at him before I sneezed), but here I sit, in my flannel jammies, enjoying my wireless internet connection from the comfort of my book- and notebook-strewn unmade bed, with a travel mug of coffee handy and kleenexes and lip balm at the ready.

My lovely boss at Curves told me last night I needed to stay home and get better. I was only supposed to work a 2-hour shift anyway, because school is out today and tomorrow for the statewide teachers' convention.

Maybe now I'll have time to catch up on all the book reviews I have yet to write.

Maybe after my nap.

Bon Appetit!

Welcome to the book blog tour for Sandra Byrd's latest novel, Bon Appetit!

Publisher's Summary: In this second book in the French Twist series, readers join Lexi Stuart in a crème de la crème adventure!

Deciding to leave her familiar home in Seattle and her could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi moves to a quaint village in France to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef. Life among the French initially proves to be less than easy as Lexi is challenged by her coworkers, missing her friends, and failing to master the perfect baguette.

Determined to find her place, Lexi settles into the culture and life becomes la perfection. She finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine—as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.

Fast, fun, and packed with French culture, foodie appeal, and unique recipes readers will love accompanying Lexi on her…

Love Starts With Elle

Rachel Hauck has done it again: written a book that could be just another Christian chick lit novel, but is so much more.

Elle is Caroline (of Sweet Caroline)'s friend, and the book opens with her engagement. She seems so happy, but there are warning bells pealing loudly all over the place, that Elle cannot (or chooses not to) hear.

In the meantime, Elle's house is being rented by Heath, who is a lonely single dad. When Elle finds herself unexpectedly homeless, she decides to stay in her loft while Heath lives in the house. This arrangement serves as a great chance for our gal Elle to do some soul-searching and praying. (From Amazon:
Elle's living the dream-but is it her dream or his?

Elle loves life in Beaufort, South Carolina-lazy summer days on the sand bar, coastal bonfires, and dinners with friends sharing a lifetime of memories. And she's found her niche as the owner of a successful art gallery too. Life is good.

Then the dynamic pastor of her small town church sweep…

Can I say that?

In this case, it's a very good thing.

My new Hoover steam vacuum really sucks!

It truly does. It has not gotten everything out of my downstairs carpet, but it did a darn good job getting most everything up! My husband was not entirely unhappy that I spent the money on the steamer, when he saw what a great job it did.

I am no longer embarrassed at how hideous our carpet is downstairs.

I'll get the clutter under control now too, soon. I really will.

Too bad the Hoover won't take care of that, too.

The Shape of Mercy blog tour and interview

Welcome to the blog tour for Susan Meissner's latest and greatest novel: The Shape of Mercy. I am so thrilled to be here! Susan is a particular favorite author of mine.

I first heard about Susan and her novels from her husband, an Air Force Reserve chaplain. He was serving his annual tour duty at the base where we moved two years ago (playing in the praise band on our first Sunday here), and he mentioned his wife wrote books that were "different from all the others" in Christian fiction. This intrigued me, of course, and over the course of the past two years I've read all but one! I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog tour to help promote an amazing book.

Publisher's Book Summary:
Women of all ages will appreciate this highly-readable, layered, and fast-paced story about self-discovery at all stages of life. With rich undertones of intrigue and romance, this contemporary novel with a historical twist explores personal blinders and how upbringing and conditioni…

Moon Over Tokyo by Siri Mitchell

I don't know what it is about me and these books about women in foreign countries, but I've been reading a LOT of them this year. I read one for an upcoming blog tour about an American woman in France; I read Eat Pray Love (nonfiction), and then this one about an American woman in Japan.

This book turned out to be more of a romance than I originally expected, and yet, it wasn't too romancey. It was also more "real" than some inspirational Christian fiction, in that the heroine is honest about how things strike her (for example, she describes something as "sexy," and yet she is always modest in her dress).

The main conflict, however, is between Allie and her self. Her perceived self, her actual self, and the self she wishes to become. It's a struggle I can completely identify with.

I like Siri Mitchell's fiction a lot, as I've mentioned previously. The tone of this book was sort of like The Cubicle Next Door, which I also enjoyed.

I am sending th…


Last night I finished my 100th book of 2008.

I love reading. It's like breathing to me. It's how I unwind, how I while away time, how I survive travel, how I learn. It's such a part of me and my life.

I rarely go anywhere without a book. I tell people all the time what I'm reading. I ask them what they read.

If I hadn't met so many people like me, I'd think I was weird. But there are a plethora of bookish people in this world, and I'm so proud to be a book lovin' girl.

I'll leave you with one of my very favorite quotations.

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."
~Harper Lee~
PS: To meet my personal reading goal for the year, I only need to read 20 more books. It's still the beginning of October. There's plenty of time.


Joy is the winner of Nancy Moser's John 3:16! (It's in the mail...)

Mrschkfricasee is the winner of Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Me! (Hey, your email bounced back...please email me at freshbrewedwriter at with your address!) Michelle gave me your dad's address so it's in the mail to you!

Congratulations and thanks to for the number generator.

A Constant Heart

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Constant Heart

(Bethany House October 1, 2008)


Siri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a pub…

It's Not About Me

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
It's Not About Me
Sheaf House Publishers (September 1, 2008)
Michelle Sutton


Michelle Sutton has lived in Arizona and since 1991 and has two sons and a husband of 18 years. She began writing fiction in August 2003 when God inspired her to write a novel with realistic characters that would glorify Him. In 2004 she joined ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2006 Michelle ran for Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating board and ACFW members elected her to serve a two year term. She sold her first manuscript Then Sings My Soul (now re-titled It's Not About Me) to Sheaf House and her debut novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the Second Glances series - It's Not About Him - will be released the following fall (Sept. 2009.)

Last, Michelle is Editor in Chief of the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is sponsored by the Chris…