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Notre Dame vs Temple

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Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (A Christmas Novella)

Title:  Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (A Christmas Novella) Author:  Lori Copeland Pages:  192 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Shiloh My rating is 5+ stars. What an exceptionally touching tale so relevant to the current issues of loving and caring for people with memory issues.  The main female character named Arlene has been married for years and is now on the way to meet her first grandchild with her husband.  Suddenly life takes a jolting, heart-ripping twist and life for Arlene and her family is forever altered. Throughout the novella, Arlene has moments where she remembers events, people and her faith though sometimes the thoughts fade as quickly as they come.  Now, her sons and their families are under tremendous stress from grief and long term care for their mom.  Through the fuzzy moments come words of wisdom, love and care of a mother, friend and grandmother when crisis come to her attention. Depending on your life experiences, the hope of this novella might really touch your heart d…

Voice in the Wilderness (Against All Enemies #1)

Title:  Voice in the Wilderness (Against All Enemies #1) Author:  H. L. Wegley Pages:  394 Year:  2015 Publisher:  H. L. Wegley My rating is 5+ stars. Reminiscent of events both here in America and abroad, Voice in the Wilderness seeks to awaken our nation through the medium of fiction.  Like John the Baptist who was a voice crying out in the wilderness or Queen Esther who was reminded by her uncle about being born for such a time as this, both are examples that challenge us to look beyond ourselves.  The novel is so enthralling I simply had to finish the story before crawling between the sheets. In the tale, two bright young people are thrust into a world of espionage, tyranny, treason and more shortly after the opening of the book.  From that point forward there is also danger lurking though not always identified by the two young people, Daniel and KC.  Daniel authored a blog that sought to encourage and educate his audience by sharing the truth of what he saw happening in America.…

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Title:  Deadlock (FBI Houston #3) Author:  DiAnn Mills Pages:  385 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Bethany Sanchez is new to the violent crimes division of the FBI.  She feels she has much to prove.  She is a by-the-book, rules lover agent.  Her new partner, Thatcher Graves, likes to work on instinct or hunches.  So right off the bat their investigation styles clash.  Bethany thinks the partnership will never work out, but Thatcher thinks they can play off each other’s strengths and weaknesses to be an unbeatable team. As they begin to investigate a possible serial killer’s victim, their differing styles cause conflict initially, but as more killings happen they begin to see the value of the other’s style.  They spend hours together going over the case, conducting interviews and reading reports.  Bethany also must deal with an escalating family issue that threatens her family, her partner and even herself.  Does she have what it takes to survive in the violent …

Characters in DEADLOCK by DiAnn Mills - FBI: Houston Book 3

Q & A with Author DiAnn Mills

1. How did you become interested in writing?     
I can’t remember when I wasn’t in fiction mode.
Before I could hold a pencil, I created stories. After I could hold a pencil, I wrote stories. The power of the written word intrigued me then as now—the sound of words, the look of them on the written page, the ways words are used to entertain, inspire, and encourage others. 2.What can you tell us about the setting of this novel? Deadlock,a romantic suspense, is set in Houston, Texas. My city. My home. Familiar

landscapes add more authenticity.
3.Who are the main characters? Special Agent Bethany Sanchez steps into the violent crime division of Houston’s FBI. She’s a bit of a perfectionist, and her own worst critic. However, she has reservations about

her new partner, the same man who put her brother in jail. To make matters worse, he has a reputation of getting the job done, no nonsense, and a womani

The Dog that Saved Stewart Coolidge

Title:  The Dog that Saved Stewart Coolidge Author:  Jim Kraus Pages:  336 Year:  2015 Publisher:  FaithWords My rating is 5 stars. One never knows what a story is like until reading begins and the end is reached.  I chose this book partly because I am a dog lover and also because Jim Kraus is a new author to me.  As I completed the novel, I was amazed at how subtle some of life’s toughest issues were handled by a young man, woman and a dog they named Hubert. Of course readers will acknowledge the use of anthropomorphism throughout the story, but it really aids us in understanding the message of hope.  Stewart is a college grad who could only find a job bagging at a grocery store.  Lisa’s college training was in communications, but currently she is working in a coffee shop.  Hubert is a beautiful black and white dog who loves to frustrate the grocery store manager when he sneaks in, grabs a chew bone and escapes without being caught! The scene is in a small town where all sorts of ec…

When Love Returns (The Zimmerman Restoration Series #3)

Title:  When Love Returns (The Zimmerman Restoration Series #3) Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer Pages:  352 Year:  2015 Publisher:  WaterBrook Press My rating is 5 stars. Readers are introduced to a new set of characters and a heart-thumping plot in the Zimmerman Restoration series that begins with When Mercy Rains, followed by When Grace Sings.  The conclusion to the multitude of themes in this trilogy is in the final book, When Love Returns, which has a very powerful message.  For me, it took awhile to remember where the story left off as well as where the situations with characters were when book two ended in When Grace Sings. I believe the overall theme the author took pains to bring out in the books wasn’t just restoration, but repentance as well as redemption.  These themes are reflected to us in a plethora of ways through the lives of the various Zimmerman family members and a few close friends.  There are also the issues of unwed mothers, adoption, forgiveness, meeting the birth mo…

Colts vs Saints

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Streams of Mercy (Song of Blessing #3)

Title:  Streams of Mercy (Song of Blessing #3) Author:  Lauraine Snelling Pages:  384 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Bethany House My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Readers are introduced to the town named Blessing along with various characters in the first book titled To Everything a Season followed by the sequel A Harvest of Hope.  Now we have the third installment which continues to take us back to Blessing and the characters we so love.  Like real life there are changes in people’s lives and the town along with joys and sorrows. In this novel, the town is wrought with trouble when a circus train stops due to illness of the performers.  The doctors learn that it is diphtheria and now must quarantine the town and train.  I was really touched when a character I had come to enjoy in the story succumbed to this disease.  I think the author does a wonderful job of showing how Christians mourn and take one day at a time when tragedy strikes. People in the community are from various countries so t…

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Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3)

Title:  Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3) Author:  Lynne Gentry Pages:  367 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Howard Wow!  What a great trilogy of books that Lynne Gentry has written!  I would advise reading the books in order, beginning with The Healer of Carthage, then Return to Exile and finally ending with Valley of Decision.  The story continues throughout each book, so if readers don’t begin with book one they will be lost as to the history of the cast of characters. Book three begins with only a day passing in Carthage, but thirteen years have passed in the present time.  Maggie feels extreme guilt and shame for forcing her mother to leave her father when she got so sick with typhoid in book two.  She misses her father and wants to reunite her father and mother.  She takes off for the past without telling anyone with the intention of bringing her father back to the present.  However, once she arrives in third century Carthage, she discovers life in this time has not change…

The Hardest Thing To Do

Title:  The Hardest Thing to Do (The Hawk & The Dove Volume 4) Author:  Penelope Wilcock Pages:  256 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Lion Fiction The brothers of St. Alcuin’s are back in this fourth book, preparing for the new abbot’s return.  Brother John is now the Abbot and has returned after a year’s training in Cambridge to take up the position of leader of St. Alcuin’s.  He doesn’t feel up to the task of filling Father Peregrine’s shoes.  As he begins his service, he is overwhelmed with the details and never-ending duties of his office.  He still has the heart of a healer and sometimes wonders if he has made the right decision is becoming abbot. In addition to all his new responsibilities, an enemy of Father Peregrine’s shows up at the doorstep of the monastery seeking admittance.  This throws the brotherhood into division as to how to proceed with this newcomer in their midst.  Some want to refuse him admittance while others plead to show mercy and the love of Christ to him.  Can …

Promises to Keep

Title:  Promise to Keep (The Promise of Sunrise #3) Author:  Elizabeth Byler Younts Pages:  346 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Howard Books Esther Detweiler has had to take care of herself for a long time as her Amish community will attest to.  She has become as proficient with pots and pans as with a hammer and nails.  Her father died when she was young, her mother soon after, and her best friend died four years ago and now the grandmother who raised her has died.  Esther is now 34 years old, a spinster.  She has been raising her cousin’s daughter, Daisy, for the last four years while Daisy’s father has been fighting in WWII.  Daisy is very special to Esther.  In fact, Esther loves her like her own daughter.  Daisy is deaf, but Esther has worked hard to learn to communicate with her and to teach Daisy how to communicate in return.  Now, the only person left whom she loves will soon be leaving as her father, Joe, will be returning home as the war has ended. Joe Garrison left to fight the wa…
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingPromise to Keep Howard Books (October 13, 2015) byElizabeth Younts


A Word from the Author:

I’m Elizabeth, a blessed child of The King. I’m a middle-born daughter, military officer’s wife, homeschooling mama, writer, closet DIYer, and, dare I say it, Downton Abbey addict. May I also mention that I love both my history and my coffee rich.

I am formerly Amish and my heritage is very dear to me and thankful to be so accepted among my still Amish family. I can still speak PA Dutch, too! You can learn more about my Amish family in my first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl.

My three book series with Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a dream come true. The series is titled The Promise of Sunrise. In this series you will live through World War 2 from an Amish perspective and experience their unique struggles as conscientious objectors during wartime. What happened if one of their members …

The Imposter by Susan Fisher Woods

Title:  The Imposter (The Bishop’s Family #1) Author:  Suzanne Woods Fisher Pages:  320 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell My rating is 5 stars out of 5. How I so enjoy a good story, don’t you?  The Imposter weaves a wonderful tale about loss, love, redemption, and so much more.  In the story, we read of two men who really couldn’t face the truth in their lives while having no problems pointing out the faults of others.  However, they didn’t stop there and the pain caused repercussions in many lives.  The various characters are created with strengths and weaknesses along with living life well and making mistakes. Seeing the pastor honestly not know how to deal with a couple of issues, but praying with uplifted hands under the stars was for me the best.  I could just imagine seeing a person lifting both hands and giving the burden to Jesus, then walking away a whole lot lighter than when they began praying.  More than a few people in the community had things to repent of and then had hope…

A. D. 33 by Ted Dekker

Title:  A. D. 33 (Book #2) Author:  Ted Dekker Pages:  384 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Center Street My rating is 5 out of 5. Ted Dekker is an author who never ceases to amaze me with the stories he shares with all of us!  A. D. 33 is the sequel to A. D. 30 where we meet again with Maviah and Saba who are learning what it really means to follow Yeshua.  They are also learning what His teachings mean and how He means for them to live out the truths compared to what they thought they meant.  We enjoy the action, battles, intrigue and how the disciples possibly acted or spoke around the Messiah. I felt as I read how sand would feel when different characters were racing on camels to battle or to another city.  The scene of the arena really stole my breath as a person was chained to a pole, bathed in blood and the lion enters.  Whew!  It was like being a spectator and wanting to yell for a savior or to the king or queen to spare the life.  How Ted Dekker brings the various aspects of the Lord…

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: Murder at the Courthouse (A Hidden Springs Mystery #1)

Title:  Murder at the Courthouse (A Hidden Springs Mystery #1) Author:  A.H. Gabhart Pages:  321 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell Michael Keane has returned to Hidden Springs, Kentucky after serving in Columbus on the police force.  Upon his return, he begins work as a deputy for the county sheriff.  He likes being back home in his own small town that was founded by his ancestors.  He hopes one day to raise his children here.  His Aunt Lindy still lives in the family home, but has assured him once he marries she will move out and into an apartment.  She strongly hints that she hopes that will be soon, with the right girl of course. Then the town gossip stomps into the sheriff’s office, which is located in the courthouse, complaining of a drunken man sitting on the courthouse steps.  When Michael goes to investigate, he finds much more than he bargained for.  With an unidentified body found dead on the courthouse steps, rumors begin flying.  However, one person is hesitant to say much a…

A Lesson in Hope (Hope #2)

Title:  A Lesson in Hope (Hope #2) Author:  Philip Gulley Pages:  272 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Center Street My rating is 4 stars. I’ve never read any Philip Gulley books so I did look at some of his previous books as well as what other readers thought.  Some of the reviews weren’t clear enough for me to know whether the reader enjoyed it or not, plus it would have been advantageous for me to have read the Harmony Series to understand the main male character, which I haven’t done. As a Quaker Pastor, Sam definitely is in many situations that are hard and challenging as are many pastors.  Sam is supported by his wife Barbara.  His parents drop in for a visit and his brother then decides to introduce the woman he is dating.  The background characters are various, intriguing and can be found in any church.  Sam doesn’t seem to me to be held by convictions of a pastor as he is of what others think he should or shouldn’t do.  The story really places a heavy concentration in what or where S…

Lightning by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Title:  Lightning Author:  Bonnie S. Calhoun                                                                       Pages:  416 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Bonnie S. Calhoun’s Lightning picks up where Thunder left off.  Selah Rishon has transformed into a novarium or enhanced human.  She grows in power and skill as she continues to find out more about her biological father and his people.  In the meantime, Selah discovers that her mother, little brother, and step-father have disappeared, and she embarks on a journey back to the mountain to find her family and to find out all she can about what she is becoming.  The evil that is in the mountain threatens to destroy Selah and her family, but she must do all that she can to rescue them before it may be too late.  At great personal cost, she survives to begin a new journey to the west where she must find the Third Protocol that will complete her transformation. With action and peril throughout, B…
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingLightning Revell (October 6, 2015) byBonnie S. Calhoun


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”

She loves to write with body count, blood, or blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!

Her latest series is a YA dystopian with Revell titled Stone Braide Chronicles. The first book Thunder published in 2014. The second book Lightning published Oct 2015. There are also two FREE e-book short stories. Tremors is the prequel to Thunder, and Aftershock (short st…