Monday, August 22, 2011

Redeeming Waters

Redeeming Waters

Vanessa Davis Griggs
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., c2011.
viii, 327 p. ; 21 cm.
"Dafina books."
Includes discussion questions and excerpt from 'No ordinary noel'.

  • Paperback: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 075825962X

  • ISBN-13: 978-0758259622

  • Must a young woman choose between her commitment to her marriage…and to God?Brianna was ten years old when she first met twenty-five year old David R. Shepherd, a devout and gifted gospel recording artist who would ultimately become world renowned megastar, King d.Avid. He left an impression on Brianna she would never forget. And they were destined to meet again…
    Brianna's best friend, Alana Norwood, hasn't had the best encounters with men, but she's always been a good friend to Brianna, no matter what situation the two may find themselves in. But despite their bond, the next time Brianna encounters King, she's a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies. While Alana's quest for fame has her living a life that seems to be going nowhere fast, King's companionship offers Brianna the deep emotional connection she longs for. But when both a tragedy and a blessing enters Brianna's life, she finds herself wrestling with questions of faith, fidelity, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God…like never before.
    "Griggs address[es] the challenges of living by Biblical rules with homespun humor. Fans will be pleased.” -Publishers Weekly on The Truth Is the Light
    "A smart novel that addresses an issue that many in the church shy away from-divorce-with frank realism.”-Library Journal on Practicing What You Preach
    When her husband gets a job with David, a gospel megastar, Brianna, a lonely young wife seeking solace in religious studies, finds a connection with David that causes her to question her faith, fidelity, and the sovereignty of God.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    CFBA: Bridge to a Distant Star

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Bridge to a Distant Star
    David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2011)
    Carolyn Williford


    Carolyn Williford has authored seven books, including Jordan's Bend, Devotions for Families That Can't Sit Still, and Faith Tango, as well as numerous articles. She and her husband, Craig, live in Deerfield, Illinois, where he serves as president of Trinity International University. They have two children and four grandchildren.


    It All Comes Tumbling Down

    As a storm rages in the night, unwary drivers venture onto Tampa Bay’s most renowned bridge. No one sees the danger ahead. No one notices the jagged gap hidden by the darkness and rain. Yet when the bridge collapses vehicles careen into the churning waters of the bay below.

    In that one catastrophic moment, three powerful stories converge: a family ravaged by their child’s heartbreaking news, a marriage threatened by its own facade, and a college student burdened by self doubt. As each story unfolds, the characters move steadily closer to that fateful moment on the bridge. And while each character searches for grace, the storms in their lives loom as large as the storm that awaits them above the bay.

    When these characters intersect in Carolyn Williford’s gripping and moving volume of three novellas, they also collide with the transforming truth of Christ: Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Bridge to a Distant Star, go HERE.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    I ain't gonna gossip in church no more : a novel

    I ain't gonna gossip in church no more : a novel
    Korey Deon Davis
    Dallas, Tex. : Black Top Pub., c2008.
    225 p. ; 23 cm.

    Paperback: 244 pages
    Publisher: Black Top Publishing; First edition (February 2, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0982019203
    ISBN-13: 978-0982019207

    I Ain't Gonna Gossip in Church No More is a highly entertaining and cleverly suspenseful tale that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Janice West is a single mother, living life as a successful real estate agent. However, she has one small problem-she loves to know every detail about everybody. And who better to tell her than her best friend, Sheila Jenkins, the number one telephone-using, question-asking gossiper on the planet. If gossiping was an Olympic sport, Sheila would win the gold, silver, and the bronze just so the judges can show an enormous margin of victory against other gossipers. But, when they impulsively decide to discuss members in the church, everything spins out of control. Will this be the last gossip session or will they be exposed by a hilarious, no-nonsense pastor? One thing is for certain-church services won't be the same.

    About the Author
    Korey Deon Davis was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Grambling State University and was a member of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. He continued his graduate studies at California State University, San Bernardino, and earned a master's degree in education. He has taught special education in the public schools of Louisiana, California, and Texas. As a writer, he has the ability to captivate the reader with his descriptive yet funny narratives. He has also performed stand-up comedy with some of the most respected comedians in the industry. He is the president and CEO of Black Top Publishing and is a member of Silver Dogs, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    CFBA: Dancing on Glass

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Dancing on Glass
    B&H Books (August 1, 2011)
    Pamela Ewen


    Until recently retiring to write full time, Pamela Binnings Ewen was a partner in the Houston office of the international law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P., specializing in corporate finance. She now lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, James Lott.

    She has served on the Board of Directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, Texas, as well as the Advisory Board for The New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; Pamela is a co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society in the Greater New Orleans area. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

    Pamela’s first novel, Walk Back The Cat (Broadman & Holman. May, 2006) is the story of an embittered and powerful clergyman who learns an ancient secret, confronting him with truth and a choice that may destroy him.

    She is also the best-selling author of the acclaimed non-fiction book Faith On Trial, published by Broadman & Holman in 1999, currently in its third printing.

    Although it was written for non-lawyers, Faith On Trial was also chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in the Spring of 2000, along with The Case For Christ by Lee Stroble. Continuing the apologetics begun in Faith On Trial, Pamela also appears with Gary Habermas, Josh McDowell, Darrell Bock, Lee Stroble, and others in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, a Campus Crusade for Christ production.

    Pamela is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about the common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning.

    Among other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom; his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, a Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick; Elizabeth Nell Dubus (the Cajun trilogy); and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.  


    In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

    In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Dancing on Glass, go HERE.

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    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Been There, Prayed That

    Paperback: 288 pages

    Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 160162882X

    ISBN-13: 978-1601628824

    Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

    Product Description

    Mother Doreen has left New Day Temple of Faith in Malvonia, Ohio and moved to Kentucky to help her diabetic sister. Her sister's husband, a truck driver, pretty much lives on the road. Mother Doreen feels in her spirit that she's needed to intervene on her sister's behalf, especially when the assistant pastor of her sister's church seems to be there just a little bit too much. Her suspicions really grow when her sister's belly does too. Is it Mother Doreen's spirit of discernment warning her that things in her sister's home and church aren't what they seem, or is Mother Doreen just a busybody church mother sticking her nose where it doesn't belong?

    Back in Malvonia, Tamarra and Maeyl's relationship is moving along nicely. She even has a feeling that the man she knows God placed in her life is going to propose to her. But suspicions arise when someone from Maeyl's past shows up at New Day Temple of Faith, unexpected and unwelcome. Will their relationship be able to withstand the strain?

    Follow the New Day Divas series by E.N. Joy as this soap opera in print brings back these and all of your other favorite blessed and highly favored characters whose antics will keep you entertained until the last page.

    About the Author

    BLESSEDselling author E. N. Joy, is the writer behind the five book series "New Day Divas," coined the "Soap Opera In Print."  Formerly writing secular works under Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels across the country.

    In 2000, Joy formed the publishing company, END OF THE RAINBOW projects, where she published her own works until landing a book deal with a major publisher.  In 2004, Joy branched off into literary consulting.

    Not forsaking her love of poetry in which she published two works of poetry, Joy plans to revisit the genre one day.  "But my spirit has moved in another direction," Joy says.  Needless to say, she no longer pens street lit (in which two of her titles, If I Ruled the World and Dollar Bill, made the Essence Magazine bestsellers list.  Dollar Bill appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese).  She no longer pens erotica/adult contemporary either, in which one of her titles won the Borders bestselling African American romance award.  Instead, under the name E.N. Joy, she pens Christian fiction, and under the name N. Joy she pens children's and young adult titles.  Joy's children's story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor.  Book club rights have also been acquired by Scholastic and the book is on tour at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools across the country.  Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops Joy performs in schools nationwide.

     Currently, Joy is the acquisition editor for Urban Christian.  When she's not adding her two cents to other authors' works, she's diligently working on her own.  Joy's project, the "New Day Divas" series, includes She Who Finds A Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved and I Can Do Better All By Myself.

    Product Details

    Thursday, August 04, 2011

    Thomas Nelson Survey - Chance to Win $10,000

    From Thomas Nelson:

    One of the highlights of our days in the Fiction department at Thomas Nelson? Receiving reader letters—either directly addressed to us or passed along from our talented authors. It’s critical to be reminded that at the end of our long days acquiring, editing, designing, selling, marketing, and publicizing books, those stories are reaching readers, striking nerves, changing lives.  We want readers’ feedback.  How stories have given you hope.  Which authors’ series you can’t help from sharing with everyone you meet. We want to know what makes you stay up late in the night to finish a story, and conversely what turns you away.

    We’re conducting a series of surveys—seeking answers from readers who love Christian fiction.  Up for grabs is a free ebook for every respondent who completes the survery, as well as a $10,000 prize for one entrant.  The responses we gather will help shape the future of the books we publish for years to come.  As well as the data we’re collecting here, we’ll also seek more in-depth feedback from a panel we’ll develop over the next year.  More details to come. The note below from one of authors gives a specific picture of how reader feedback shapes her work.  In short, your opinion matters! We thank you for your time and appreciate your responding.

    --Thomas Nelson Fiction

    Dear Friends—

    Publishing books is a team effort, and there are a lot of players—authors, editors, cover designers, marketing staff, and a host of other behind-the-scene folks who help get the books on the shelves.  And readers are also a large part of the process.  Your input matters, probably more than you know.

    When I hear from readers, I really listen to what they want.  This is particularly true with my series books.  For example, Seek Me With All Your Heart (book #1 in the Land of Canaan series) wraps up nicely at the end, but one of my minor characters (Katie Ann) was left pregnant after her husband left her.  I received lots of emails about Katie Ann from readers, so book #2 in the series—The Wonder of Your Love—is Katie Ann’s story.

    With the popularity of social media resources such as Facebook, it has allowed me to keep in close contact with readers and to seek opinions and advice.  Several times, the publisher and I couldn’t decide on a cover, so we posted the cover options on Facebook and let readers decide.  And if you’re posting anywhere on my Facebook Fans Page, your name could end up in a book.  I often scan the names there, so you are unknowingly helping me just by being on the site.
    Readers also made it clear that they wanted books in digital format, large print, and audio versions.  Authors and publishers listened, and most (if not all) of my books are available in multiple formats.

    As an author, I hope to write entertaining stories that will be enjoyed for many years.  As a reader, I have favorite authors, and I’m not afraid to let them know what I want in future books.  We listen to the likes and the dislikes in our effort to bring you the best stories we can, so don’t be shy.  Tell us what you think!

    Beth Wiseman

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