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Fade to Blue

My review is at the end. Thanks so much for visiting and reading! This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFade to BlueB&H Books (May 15, 2011)byJulie Carobini


A word from the author:

I grew up as Julie Navarro, in a family of truly right-brained individuals. Among us you’ll find writers, artists, and musicians, all of us willing to talk about the arts at a moment’s notice.

Over the years, I’ve published several hundred articles and stories in magazines and books, including Aspire, Decision, Expecting, Focus on the Family, Key Magazine and God’s Abundance: 365 Days to a Simpler Life. As I wrote, I found a common theme cropping up: my family, the sea, and God’s timely work in the lives of those around me.

Maybe it was time to incorporate those interests into novels, I thought.

And so I did. Not once, but twice. Both times, God shut both doors and windows. So I continued to write and dream and raise my kids with Dan. Eventually I decided to write romanti…

Dining With Joy

Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck
What do you do with a cooking show host that can't cook?
You cover it up, apparently. Because Joy's the host of her own show and she can not seem to make any edible food. Her father's legacy and cooking show empire is at stake, so she and her crew continue the charade.
Enter Luke, the cook at the Frogmore Cafe (which readers of Rachel Hauck will recognize from previous novels), who is keeping Joy's secret while creating the dishes that will make her famous.
As always Rachel Hauck puts likeable heroines in impossible situations and lets the story and the romance play out. She does a great job of letting Joy's cover-up unravel with the help of one gleeful nemesis Wenda Devine, a rival cooking show chef.
The love story is well played and the spiritual lesson about truth and truth-telling is clear without being preachy. I enjoyed this novel.

Originally written for Christian Bookworm

Yes, I skipped it

I don't know how many people noticed that I skipped the third day of the blog tour for Wives of Faith. Why?
It's hard to think of 11 things that are amazing about myself.
I was raised not to brag, or call attention to myself by my clothing or makeup or hair. I guess that tendency to try and fade into the background, at the same time wanting to make a difference in this world, has led to me quietly doing my work without much fanfare. And when someone wants to give me a little fanfare, I brush it away like unwanted eraser dust.
But I can brag on my husband and girls all the livelong day. :)

CFBA Presents an Unlikely Suitor

My review is at the end :) This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingAn Unlikely SuitorBethany House (May 1, 2011)byNancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty inspirational novels. Her genres include contemporary stories including John 3:16 and Time Lottery a Christy Award winner, and historical novels of real women-of-history including Just Jane (Jane Austen) and Washington's Lady (Martha Washington). Her newest historical novels are Masquerade and An Unlikely Suitor. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Sister Circle Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Find out more at and and her historical blog: http://footnotesfromh…

11 Things To Do in Alaska

List 11 fun things to see or do in your current or upcoming duty station.
I have found that this is something common with military families--making a list of things to do while you're living where you are. One of the first good pieces of advice I was given when my husband went active duty, is to be a tourist where you are: visit the historical sites and learn as much as you can while you're there.
So, we made a list for North Dakota when we moved there...and two things I didn't get to see were the Northern Lights and moose. But we saw the western North Dakota Badlands of Teddy Roosevelt fame; the Medora Musical; Grand Forks and Fargo; Winnipeg, Manitoba--including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; the Red River of the North that flows north (yeah, it's weird to stand next to a body of water flowing the wrong direction!). You get the idea.
We made a list for San Antonio as well: The Alamo (and yes, we remember it); the Riverwalk; art museums (the girls & I have visited all of…

11 Things I Love About Being an AF Chaplain's Wife

List 11 things in 2011 that you love about being the wife of a soldier/sailor/airman/marine/coast guardsman/national guardsman/reservist!
My husband's home more often as a chaplain than he was as a pastor (deployment is different, but TDYs are about the same for him as when he went to conferences or conventions.). It's awesome.

He gets to rotate his on-call times with his coworkers. When he was a pastor, it was just him, 24/7, year in and year out.

Having professional movers pack us up and move us out! It's just one less thing to deal with when moving.

My husband looks REALLY good in his dress uniforms. Mmmmmm!

I can choose my level of involvement in the chapel. I don't know if it's just my experiences or that I've matured into myself more now, but if I don't want to be involved, I just say no. I don't feel nearly the level of obligation that I did when my husband was single-staff pastor of a small rural church. Of course I support my husband's chapel mi…

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