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The Swiss Courier Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for THE SWISS COURIER!
This wonderful story is the first collaborative effort by veteran novelists Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, both of whom have many books to their credit as individuals. I certainly hope this is not their last collaboration.
About the book:
It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can…

Trial by Fire Review and Interview

Trial by Fire is the latest Love Inspired Suspense by Cara Putman.
About the Novel:
Her mother's house was first. Then her brother's. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she's next on the arsonist's list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust's path?
Noah can't forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father's reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he's drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia's safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of firefighting: don't get burned.

Pattie's Review: Trial by Fire captured me from the first page--and it didn't let go of my imagination until the very end. Cara does a super job of fleshing out her characters and making the situations seem real without being too graphic or gritty. There …

Friday Felicities

Friday Felicities for October 23:a luscious day off to lounge in my pj'sand cleanand go see Larry the Cable Guy - thank you Larry for the tickets!bookseven though I have too girls, and I have just the right amount of those!tote bagscoffee, of coursecell phone texts with encouragement and scripture verses

Random Wednesday Thoughts

Good morning to my few but faithful readers!
I haven't been blogging a whole lot lately. I struggle with the desire to write in a public forum, and yet for many reasons I must keep a lot of my life private. The ghosts of past fears and wrongs done to me online also continue to haunt me years later, cautioning me to think and rethink posts in my head.
Another reason? The insecurity of knowing I am not the writer I want to be, or that others are, often silences my fingers and my voice. That is a type of fear, I think. Not at all in keeping with my theme of being brave.
So, as my thumb has continued to heal, typing has gotten easier for me. I am grateful to the Lord for that, and a good doctor who reassured me I was taking good care of it (as he also took pictures of the poor prodded thing with his BlackBerry!).
It's been a cool and wet fall here in the northern plains, not the warm-cool combo I grew to love in the Missouri I consider my home state. The leaves fell while still gre…


O2: Breathing Fresh Life into Faith

Welcome to the blog tour for Richard Dahlstrom's latest book O2: Breathing Fresh Life into Faith.
About the book:

Your physical body needs oxygen in order to survive. Inhale, exhale ... one leads naturally to the other. Inhale too long and you feel as if your lungs will burst. Exhale too long and you get light-headed.
The same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you won't last very long.This fresh perspective on the classic disciplines of the faith will empower you to process the oxygen of the Spirit. Discover how you can develop a balanced spirituality that reflects the life of Jesus and keeps your faith growing stronger.
About Richard:Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young profes…

A Slow Burn Review

A Slow Burn is the second in the Defiance Texas trilogy, written by Mary DeMuth.
This is a belated book review, and I feel I should tell you why. This is, again, another tough book to read. It was difficult emotionally to get through this book, and while I allowed myself ample time, I found myself avoiding it. Why? Well, let me give you the premise:
She touched Daisy's shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.

Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.

Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy's murderer-a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy's death continue to mount, Emory's safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can't shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisy's disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for?

The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, th…

In the Interest of Full Disclosure

Here is my disclosure statement regarding books and reviews.
I receive a free copy of each book I review for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for posting the blog tour post and a review.

In other cases, occasionally I receive books from the authors themselves, or from another independent marketing agent hired by the author or publisher. Each post will disclose that information.
Sometimes, though, I have purchased the book with my own money not earned at this non-earning, independent, composed-by-me-unless-stated-otherwise blog, and I choose to review it here.
I strive to write honest reviews of the books I read. I will be kind in my critique, and I will be honest. I feel that's in the best interest of all.
Henceforth, from this date forward, I will do my best to acknowledge which reviews were compensated with a copy of the book, and which were not, per new FTC guidelines.

My blog is not monetized or commercialized through Amazon, and the only money I have earned wa…

A Slow Burn

Book Two in the Defiance Trilogy, A Slow Burn, releases today. I'll be reviewing this on my blog very stay tuned! I'm about halfway through, and WOW. (I'd be done, but I had to stop and read Susie Warren's The Great Christmas Bowl this week too. I'm over-booked--ha.)
Read the first two chapters of A Slow Burnhere.
You might remember I had a strong emotional reaction to book one, Daisy Chain. That review is found here. So far, A Slow Burn is just as emotion-packed, but in a different way. Gritty as a Texas summer, painful as a mother's heart can ever be...but so well-written I'm in awe.