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PCS=stress!

PCS, for my civilian readers, means Permanent Change of Station. In other words, moving. We are moving about 1,500 miles away from where we are now.
That's a long way.
I never intended to accumulate, but I am afraid I did accumulate books while we have been here. Occupational hazard, I guess (that occupation being voracious reader and book reviewer!).
The girls (ages 13 and 10) have done a great job of downsizing their toys and belongings, I think. We've outgrown a lot of their books and games since we've been here. Last summer we had a huge sale; this year, I'm planning another.
I am stressed out, mainly because we are going to be listing our house for sale in the next week or so. That means, nice neat house. I joke my house is decorated in 21st century clutter. That's not conducive to showcasing a house :)
So, that's what's going on here at the chaplain's house. I hope to write more in the future about how we got here, and how God has worked in my life.
Fo…

Progress, maybe

I realized I have only posted book reviews for awhile, and I'm sorry about that. But everything else sounds whiny. Do you ever feel that way?
I've been so scattered. I've been eBaying my mom's collections of Precious Moments and rubber stamp sets. I've been falling behind in the Bible in 90 Days challenge, so much so that I'm about ready to quit...yet the Holy Spirit prods me onward. I read about half a day's assignment each time. We're also getting ready for a PCS (move), and because we have to sell our house I've been sorting our belongings and parting with a lot of things. That is hard for me, as I'm emotional about my stuff. I've also been reading like a fiend; hence, the book review posts. I overcommitted on book reviewing, as usual. I decided it's not always my fault. I say yes and write them on my calendar; then the publicity team assigns me a date that doesn't always match. Therefore, I've declined a lot of books lately wi…

A Soldier's Devotion

The latest novel in the Wings of Refuge series by Cheryl Wyatt is A Soldier's Devotion.
I posted about this book when it was released in January. Here's my review.
Synopsis:from the back cover:U.S. Air Force pararescue jumper Vince Reardon was headed to a lifesaving mission. Until a too-pretty lawyer crashed her fancy car into his motorcycle--sidelining him for two weeks. Vince can barely accept Valentina Russo's heartfelt apologies. Ever since his brother was wrongly convicted--and killed in prison--Vince has lost respect for lawyers. But wait--is that Val volunteering at his refuge for underprivileged kids? If Vince isn't careful, this lady of the law might just earn his respect and his heart.

Pattie's Review:Once again Cheryl Wyatt has delighted readers with a lovely military romance between two absolutely likeable people. From the opening accident to the closing happy ending, she gives us a Christian romance with our favorite Air Force PJ team in Refuge, Illinois…

Plain Jayne

Welcome to the blog tour for Plain Jayne, the debut novel of author Hillary Manton Lodge.
ABOUT THE STORY:
Jayne Tate is an investigative reporter for a major daily newspaper. When her editor demands she take time off to grieve the death of her father and get her writing back up to par, Jayne instead follows her instincts. She's certain there's a story to uncover about the Amish, but where to start?

An initial interview with the intriguing owner of an Amish furniture store opens the door for Jayne to live with the Amish family he left behind. What she doesn't yet know is that her journalistic observations of this sincere, yet conflicted family are destined to cause reflections of her own childhood.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:From her blog:I write Generation-Next Contemporary fiction. My books are usually center on normal people learning to live, laugh, heal, and try to understand the concept of God in a crazy world. My first released novel, Plain Jayne, is now available nationwide. The …

Double Trouble by Susan May Warren

Welcome to the blog tour for the second in the PJ Sugar Series, Double Trouble. You can read my review of book one, Nothing but Trouble,here.
What's the story?PJ Sugar is training to be a PI--private investigator, that is! Her boss, Jeremy, has her doing jobs she feels are not the best use of her talents. However, their new case has her playing a new and challenging role. Can she do it? Will she succeed? And how in the world does she figure out who she is and where she's going?What did Pattie think?Once again, I enjoyed this latest from Susan May Warren, who is a wonderful writer. PJ Sugar is a heroine with spunk, overcommitment, and a little self-doubt. Every time she said "I promise" to someone else, I knew it would backfire on her eventually. The mystery in this book is wonderfully multi-layered. Through it all, PJ searches for her true self, and learns that even when those you love want you to go back to the way things used to be, sometimes you just can't go b…

Nothing but Trouble

I joined the book blog tour for this book last spring, but didn't get the book in time to review it for CFBA. So, when it did wend its way to my mailbox, I set it on the TBR pile, and gradually it worked its way down further toward the bottom.
Until now.
Because I'm slated to review the second book in the PJ Sugar series next week (yay!), I figured I'd read the first one.
I'm so glad I did!
First of all, Susan May Warren rocks. She just does. I love her stories. I love her style, her subject, her way of throwing real life into her books. Like Susan Meissner, she puts the Twin Cities in her novels, and I love that (I don't live there, but I have family there, and we're a half-day's drive away from where we live now).
PJ Sugar is a wonderfully flawed, yet grace-filled character. She's got sass, she has a past, and she loves Jesus and desires to follow Him always. But like the rest of us, she misses the mark more than she hits it.
I truly enjoyed this book. Tru…

Testing the waters

As you can see by the title, I'm Pattie and my husband is an Air Force chaplain.

I've been reading a lot of mil-wife blogs over the past few months, and while I already blog elsewhere, I thought I might try a new blog here specifically for the military part of my life.

Sometimes it feels like translating another language when I'm talking military life. Other times I learn so much from others who have walked the path ahead of me.

Come alongside this journey with me! It's only been eight years total, and not quite four on the active duty side.

CFBA Presents The Pastor's Wife

See my review at the end :)

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Pastor's Wife Abingdon Press (February 2010)by

Jennifer AlLee





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California and for the first 10 years of her life lived over a mortuary one block from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never again to see the light of day. Her first inspirational romance, The Love of His Brother, was released in November 2007 by Five Star Publisher.



Besides being a writer, she is a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, her husband and teenage son have learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets there without severely impacting their waistlines. God is good!



ABOUT THE BOOK



Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husba…

Important message from LitFuse Group and Kitchen Chat

"A mile a minute - that is how fast your child can disappear." Haunting and truthful words posted on the website for Klaas Kids.

On Friday, February 19th, Margaret McSweeney will interview Marc Klaas, father of Polly Klaas who was kidnapped and murdered in 1993. As a legacy to his daughter, Marc founded KlaasKids Foundation to help stop crimes against children. Please tune in to Kitchen Chat with Margaret McSweeney Friday at 11:00 am CST!




Here is an excerpt from Marc's journal that is posted online:

"There is nothing that can prepare one for a murder trial. My family sits as the last few hours in Polly's life are dissected, analyzed, de-constructed, reconstructed, cross-referenced and compartmentalized. The constant assault on our sensibilities by horrible revelations that defy the principles of civilization seem overwhelming much of the time. It is impossible to withstand or rise above the continual dehumanizing facts that are revealed in a constant, monotonous…

Chaim Potok

I read in the Writers Almanac today that it's author Chaim Potok's birthday.
For the longest time, he was my favorite author. Still ranks up there. The Chosen is a masterpiece, I think. I am not fond of his Korea writings as much as his Jewish ones, but they're still absolutely poetic in their style. My all-time favorite is still Davita's Harp.
From Garrison Keillor's email:

It's the birthday of Chaim Potok, (books by this author) born in the Bronx (1929). His parents were immigrants from Poland, and he grew up in a strict Orthodox Jewish culture. When he was about 14 years old, he happened to pick up a copy of Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, and it changed his life. He said, "I lived more deeply inside the world in that book than I lived inside my own world." And over the years, he read as much as he could, and he moved away from his parents' strict beliefs. But when he started to write fiction, he went back to his childhood, and he wrote The …

a Kiss for Cade Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Lori Copeland's A Kiss for Cade, sponsored by Glass Road PR.

About the story:
When Cade Kolby rode his horse out of town hot on the trail of a wanted man, he didn't wonder how he would leave the bounty hunter lifestyle behind.

Now the deaths of his sister and brother-in-law prompt a return visit and Cade once again sees Zoe, the fiery redhead he left so many years ago. He promised Zoe he'd come back. Seeing the beauty that has grown both inside and out, watching her love the children his sister left behind, Cade wonders anew why he never did return. Yet a bounty hunter cannot form the kind of ties he now desires. Wanted men will only see his loved ones as pawns to hurt Cade.

So Cade must walk away again, this time from both the woman he loves and his sister's children. There's no other way. Or is there?

Pattie's Review:
This is a sweet Western romance. Spunky heroine, handsome hero, and a passel of cute irresistible kids. Just when I th…

The Ultimate Artistic Struggle

Here it is, in a nutshell: Do you wait for inspiration, or do you just get busy?I came across my friend Victoria's blog again today on Facebook. We became friends because our husbands are lifelong friends, and a more fascinating woman you'd be hard-pressed to find. She is a person I greatly admire because she's fearless in her work, and encouraging of everyone she meets!Here is a quote from a recent blog entry:For those of you who are waiting for something MORE before you start the thing you want to work on (MORE research, MORE preparation, MORE thinking or reading about it…) just. get. started.I can’t stress enough that TIME is of the essence. The time to begin is now. You can’t do the work if you don’t have SOMEthing to work ON — that means marks on the page, strokes on the canvas, words on the page, SOMEthing to edit and revise. One of my favorite authors, David Foster Wallace, once wrote a great essay about how, as a writer, all of his IDEAS for writing were these perf…

Walking on Broken Glass Blog Tour

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Walking on Broken Glass

Abingdon Press (February 2010)

by

Christa Allan





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





Christa Allan, a true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, weaves stories of unscripted grace with threads of hope, humor, and heart.



The mother of five and grandmother of three, Christa teaches high school English. She and her husband, Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana where they play golf, dodge hurricanes, and anticipate retirement.







ABOUT THE BOOK



Leah Thornton's life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks—Kahlua and a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice shatters the facade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears.



When her best friend Molly gets in Leah's …

Never Say Never Blog Tour

Welcome to the KCW Communications Blog Tour for Lisa Wingate's novel Never Say Never!
About the Book:
Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots in any one place--and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily--until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store--especially when Aunt Donetta has cooked up a scheme.
Interview with Lisa Wingate:
1. How did you develop the initial story idea/plot line for this book?

Some book ideas you search for, and some just blow in on the wind. For the past several years, dating back to Hurricane Katrina, we …

Thin Places, a Memoir

Thin Places: A Memoir by Mary DeMuth
Beautiful, haunting, joyful, agonizing, stinging, loving, truthful. These are just a few of the adjectives I could use to describe this achingly wonderful memoir.
Reading this book, I feel like I understand Mary. She's honest and forthright, yet gentle at the same time. Using the "thin places" - events in her life that bring her closer to God - she shows a life redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.
I think it's amazing for Mary to have written a memoir in this place in her life. It's like a column of Old Testament stones: a remembering. A monument that says, This is where I've been. Praise God for where He has brought me. Let my life be a remembering, an offering to Him.
As a woman who is close to Mary's age, I can strongly identify with the desire to make a difference in this world. Often I feel as if I am continually being led into ministry against my selfish will. I wonder how many women I have encountered, and will still …

Thoughts on a Sunday

I'm taking a few moments to blog tonight, before things get crazy around here with football and sorting paperwork and organizing my week.
Last week my husband was TDY (for my civilian readers, TDY stands for Temporary DutY, or a short trip away; in contrast, a deployment is a long trip away). So it was all I could do to work, go to school, finish my poetry projects for creative writing class (which are DONE! Hallelujah!), and even more daunting: sorting my books. Not all of them, just the ones double-stacked on one shelf (not the whole bookshelf, which I share with Chaplain Hubby--just the top shelf!) and hidden in a closet. I think about thirty books have left the house this week!
(I have this love affair with books....)
I'm still reading the Bible, but I'm quite behind in the Bible in 90 Days challenge. I'm not giving up, even though I'm tempted to do so. I will likely finish in 180! But God is an awesome, wonderful God and I've come further than ever before i…

CFBA presents Never Say Never

My review at the end :) This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Never Say Never

Bethany House (February 1, 2010)

by

Lisa Wingate





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Lisa lives in central Texas were she is a popular inspriational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out thirteen printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its fourteenth printing.



The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, the Language of Sycamores, Drenched in Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa's Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star Cafe', which was awarded a gold metal by RT Bookclub magazine and was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "A charmingly nostalgic treat." The series concluded with Ove…

Double Trouble Contest

Be sure to enter the Double Trouble Prize Package Giveaway by clicking on the ‘Double the Sass” button! Susan’s giving away an iPod prize package that is anything but troubling! Check it out!

Prize Details

Double Trouble, the brand new PJ Sugar novel by Susan May Warren, is in stores now! To celebrate the release, we’re running a HUMDINGER of a contest!!

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $150 SUPER SLEUTH prize package that includes:

* A brand new iPod Shuffle (perfect for those all-night stakeouts)
* A $10 iTunes gift card (we recommend the ALIAS soundtrack)
* A $10 Amazon gift card (why yes, they do sell spy pens)
* A $10 Starbucks gift card (for fuel, obviously)
* A pair of designer sunglasses (be stealthy AND super chic)
* A gorgeous scarf from World Market (can also be used as a blindfold, and/or for tying up bad guys)
* AND signed copies of both Nothing But Trouble & Double Trouble. (romance! danger! intrigue! sooo much better…

February already?

Is it really the first of February already? Where did January go?
Well, the same struggles each day: how do I spend my time as wisely as I can, completing as many things as I can? I can't say I'm succeeding, but it's fair to say I've begun to make some changes. Good ones.
In terms of the goals for this year, a bullet list:
I am about two weeks behind on Bible in 90 Days. I may not make it by the end of March, but by golly, I'm doing better than I ever have in previous attempts at reading the Bible through!

I am finding the writing of poetry to be extraordinarily difficult. Bring on the nonfiction unit, quickly!

I am absolutely succeeding in writing something every day. Having a writing class helps that, and I have also been journaling in my personal journal nearly daily. Plus emails help too!

I am still trying to figure out how to fit in my regular writing and editing gig at Wives of Faith; some days I have it all together, but other days I get those emails that make me …