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Are Today’s Novels Too Vanilla?

In Tuesday’s post (The Breath of Dawn – Novel Recommendation), I talked about one of my favorite series published in the CBA, the A Rush of Wings series (though not technically a series as all books stand alone) by Kristen Heitzmann. One thing stood out to me as I was reading those books again, a Read More

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The Breath of Dawn – Novel Recommendation

I recently read through Kristen Heitzmann‘s A Rush of Wings series, re-reading the first two books A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night. Back when these novels were first published, they set the standard for me that few authors have matched or even come close to. These are stories that yank at the Read More

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2013 Movie Anticipation

I’ve mentioned before how I love going to movies with my family. There’s nothing like having two hours to sit and relax with no phones ringing, no one asking for Mom. I can just sit and enjoy. And this year offers several movies I can’t wait to see. Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8, 2013) Read More

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The Reader’s Menu

***Read below to find out if you’re the winner of Dani Pettrey’s SUBMERGED*** What kind of books are on your novel menu? Do you enjoy stories with plenty of meat? Books you can sink your teeth into, that aren’t afraid to dig into gritty issues. Stories that might make you uncomfortable at times, ones that Read More

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Suffering in Silence

Just over seven years ago, when I was writing my first novel, I kept hearing this whisper in my head that my male protagonist needed to have a child. Knowing that was absolutely not something I wanted in this story, I repeatedly ignored that whisper, until … One day I was sitting in my recliner, Read More

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Novel Anticipation – January 2013

*I’m giving away one copy of Dani Pettrey’s Submerged. Read below for contest rules*   For those of us who prefer contemporary works, January’s offerings are very slim. I’ve only one new release on my to-read list, but I’m certain that one novel is a winner. SHATTERED (Alaskan Courage Series, #2) by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House, Read More

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Just Another Statistic …

Come January 22, 2013, 40 years will have passed since the Roe v. Wade decision. I’m not typically an outspoken person, but it’s very difficult to remain silent when so many innocent lives are still being taken. For those of you who aren’t aware of the scope of this decision, here’s a peek into the Read More

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Favorite Novels from 2012

My Goodreads bookshelf shows that I read 126 books in 2012. That’s up 19 from the previous year, which surprised me since I’d assumed, at the beginning of 2012, that I’d read less. But, with all those books, only (7) were marked FAVORITE. To receive *Favorite* status, they must combine captivating story, rich prose, complex-authentic-believable characters, and Read More