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Love's Pursuit

Review at the end!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love's Pursuit

Bethany House (June 1, 2009)


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 s…


Friday Felicities for June 26
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. They send me books, for free, to read and review! So many, in fact, that I have had to limit my choices based on my schedule . . .My girls' ballet studio. They held a class with just my girls last night instead of cancelling.Our new laminate floor that is going in right now! Working wireless internet.

Spring Reading Thing Wrap-Up

Wrapping up Year Three of Participating in Callapidder Days' SRT:


[X] Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker (review)
- it was a good book, very enjoyable. Click on link above to read my review.

Nothing but Trouble by Susan May Warren (review) **Began, but then misplaced. I think I packed it when we moved stuff out of the downstairs. I'll find it and read it this summer! **

[X] Waiting by Ha Jin (book club) - It's a good one. We had a spirited book club discussion about this one!

[X] Channeling Mark Twain by Carol Muskie Dukes (book club) - Good, not great. Sort of hard to describe and review, which is why I didn't :)

[X]Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn (Jewish lit challenge) - I have read two of Sharon Kahn's Ruby mysteries, and I enjoyed both. I'll be checking them out at the library again soon!

[X] Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot (review) - Good. My review was for another site and hasn't been posted yet, so that's why no link.

[X] Friday Night Knitting Cl…
Friday FelicitiesSo here we are, Friday again! Time for things that make you happy. Pop on over to Becky's blog and post on the linky!Strong dark coffee in the mornings.Paperback Swap and Book Mooch, both of which have helped me recycle books I no longer want and get books I do.All the military wives I've met on several websites and on Twitter. What a great way to support each other in this crazy life!UP. If you get the chance, please go see this movie. Take kleenex. Snack bar napkins just don't cut it.Remembering Nattie. This meme was her original idea.

Never the Bride

Welcome to the Never the Bride blog tour, sponsored by Waterbrook Multnomah Press. This is a novel adaptation of Cheryl McKay's play of the same name.Book Summary and Review:Jessie Stone dreams of the perfect marriage proposal, the perfect wedding dress, and the perfect groom. Eleven bridesmaid dresses hang in her closet. Journals full of her hopes and dreams--lovingly recorded with her purple plumed pen--grace her bookshelf.The only thing Jessie needs to make her dreams come true is, well, a groom.Enter God.In the flesh.As God becomes more and more real to Jessie, He asks her to give her plans and dreams to Him. He asks her to give Him her precious purple pen. Can she do it? More importantly, can she place her full trust in a God Who promises her the best love story, the Author of the greatest love story of all time?This novel contains an amazing story. It's more than "just a Christian romance." It's a story of trust, of faith, and yes, of love--but not just the…

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
FaithWords (April 16, 2009)
Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt


ANNE DAYTON graduated from Princeton University and is earning her master's degree in English literature at New York University. She works for a New York publishing company and lives in Brooklyn.

MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master's degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls


Ana, Christine, Riley, and Zoe have grown closer than ever over the past few months, but summer is over and it's time to put their friendship to the test.
It's been a little over a year since Christine Lee's mom passed away in a tragic car accident. Now her dad is engaged to Candace--"The Bimbo"--and Christine couldn…

Reading Challenge Status Check

Spring Reading Thing: Hm. Not sure if I can finish in the next six days.

Chunkster: Haven't even begun.

TBR Challenge: I have completed 6 books and 2 alternates from this list, and my current read is from this challenge list. However, since the SRT is "due" first, I will probably put this slow-read Maguire book down in favor of Kate Jacobs' Knit books.

That's all! I have declined entering any other reading challenges for 2009, apparently, which is probably just as well. Between the book review books I have, plus the boxes of books to read that are stashed in my closet and on my bookshelf, I'm really set. For a good long while. Maybe years.

Friday Felicities

Friday FelicitiesI've gotten out of the habit of doing these, so here we go with a new Friday Felicities at Fresh-Brewed Writer. I never get tired of seeing my work in print.Starbucks iced coffeeWatching my girls perform, whether it be dance recitals, Summer Performing Arts shows, or just dancing around the house.Making new friends.Knowing my Heavenly Father knows what's on my heart before I can even articulate it.

What should I wear???

I'm sure I'm not the only person who wonders, "What should I wear," but in this case, I had to begin to ask some questions of some friends.

You see, I only have three fancy dresses. Three. One of those is long enough to be formal, one is short, and one is tea-length. The latter two are velvet. I also have a couple of not-so-fancy, nicer-than-church-but-too-short-for-formal dresses.

And we have another formal banquet next week.

And the last formal banquet was earlier this year, and I wore my one long dress.

Not that everyone is watching what the Chaplain's Wife is wearing, but still. I want to make my hubby proud AND look worthy of his mess dress (which for my non-military readers is a funny name for the tuxedo uniform).

So, the other day I hit the Salvation Army, and yesterday I checked every clearance rack I could find at the mall. Nothing. My budget was $50.

Did I mention I'm also uber-modest and am nervous about any cleavage? Yeah.

So, today while my girls were a…

checking in

I thought I'd check in on my summer goals thus far...

I finished Season 1 of Grey's Anatomy. It turns out that doesn't take much; it was a midseason replacement so it's only 9 episodes long. Now I'm in Season 2. I didn't begin watching the show until February sweeps of that season, so most of this is new to me. It's been fun watching the characters and their relationships evolve from the beginning (and thanks to I am not out a whole lot of money on rentals!).

I read four books last week. Not bad, especially since I worked several shifts.

Doing better on the Bible and journaling. Not great, but better.

Walking the dog ended up being stymied by weather and my own allergies/cold/loss of voice time at the end of the week. Today it's raining.

I had to clear out the downstairs coat closet in preparation for having the carpet ripped up. So it's pretty much empty at this point. Looking forward to organizing it better!

So far, that's the state of …

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes

Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes is the latest release from the always-delightful Robin Jones Gunn.
Publisher's Summary:
When a mammogram result comes back abnormal, midlife mama Summer Finley makes a snap decision to relegate fear to the back burner and fulfill a lifelong dream. Summer heads for Holland where she meets up with tulips, wooden shoes, and her best friend, Noelle.

Pen pals since fourth grade, Summer and Noelle have never met face-to-face. Through decades of heart-level correspondence, they have sustained a deep friendship. A week of adventure helps both women trade anxiety for a renewed and deeper trust in God. When Summer confides in Noelle about the abnormal medical report, Noelle finds the freedom to share a long-held heartache, and both women discover they needed each other more than they realized.

Women ages 35 and up, readers of Christian Boomer Lit, and fans of books such as The Yada Yada Prayer Group will enjoy Robin Jones Gunn’s humorous and uplifting style. True-to…

2009 Reading Challenges

My list of books I really need to or want to read and/or finish:

1. The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper (OSC Book Club) 2. Waiting by Ha Jin (OSC Book Club)
3. Channeling Mark Twain by Carol Muske Dukes (OSC Book Club)
4. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
5. Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle
6. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (also a Jewish Lit Challenge choice)
7. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (holdover from 2008)
---8. Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire (holdover from 2008) **I give up. I will not finish this one, ever. I just can't get into it.** 9. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 10. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
11. Beach Dreams by Trish Perry
12. Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter

ALTERNATES: Suite française by Irène Némirovsky
The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee }
Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg
Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
Big Girls Don't Whine by Jan Silvious

4 books abou…

The Summer List

Once again, I'm inspired by my friend Dana. She made a "Summer 30" list. Like her, I love a good list. Also like her, I don't always finish the lists, but that never stops me from making one!

So in no particular order, here are some things I'd like to do during the summer months. For my purposes, "summer" is June 1-August 25. Periodically I'll go back and update this post, so the original posting date here is June 1, 2009.

1. Read the Bible - no particular time frame or amount, just more than I'm doing now.
2. Journal every day.
3. Read 25 books.
4. Organize books.
5. Walk Princess Buttercup (the overweight cocker spaniel) at least five times a week. Ideally this will be daily, but hey, it does rain sometimes.
6. Get my Curves jeans hemmed.
7. Organize my photographs into boxes.
8. Burn digital photographs from old computer onto CDs.
9. Finish moving teaching floppy disk data to old computer, then burn to CD.
10. Save all digital photos to the external har…