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Celebrating the Lenten Season

I am very much looking forward to the arrival of spring; it cannot come soon enough. These past few days in New York have been glorious! This winter has been rough, not only for those in the Northeast, but nationwide. I remember reading not too long ago that 49 states had snow on the ground at the same time just a week or two ago. Hawaii, obviously, was the exception, though I have been told since then that there ARE mountains in Hawaii that could see snow. Who knew?

With the upcoming arrival of spring also comes the anticipation of Easter Sunday on April 4th. To celebrate the most holy season of Lent, we are pleased to bring you our 2010 Easter roundup, which spotlights a variety of titles perfect for this very special time of year. I especially enjoy seeing the selections for younger readers because they bring back so many memories of my boys on Easter morning celebrating and reading together. I know there will be more than a title or two to pique your interest.

This month we will see the release of Francine Rivers's eagerly anticipated new novel, HER MOTHER'S HOPE, which is releasing on March 16th as the first in a two-book saga. Readers are in for quite a treat with this one. We're spotlighting HER MOTHER'S HOPE on right now, and you can see our feature here. We'll have more to come on HER MOTHER'S HOPE here on soon, but we wanted to mention to those in Texas that Francine will be speaking and signing at events in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston along with author Beth Moore on March 19th and 20th. You can check out specifics about these events here.

This month we're excited to be hosting a giveaway for Liz Curtis Higgs's latest book, HERE BURNS MY CANDLE, a historical novel set in feudal Scotland. Enter here for your chance to be one of the 20 winners who will be awarded a copy.

In other news, we've posted an interview with Don Hoesel, whose new novel, HUNTER’S MOON, is now available in stores. Although presently living in the Nashville area, he chose his native upstate New York as the setting for his latest effort and reveals his still-strong connections to the area.

Seven new study guides have been added to the site: LISTEN by Rene Gutteridge, ANGEL’S DEN by Jamie Carie, DELIVER US FROM EVIL by Robin Caroll, SCATTERED PETALS by Amanda Cabot, A DISTANT MELODY by Sarah Sundin, THE PROMISE OF MORNING by Ann Shorey and ONCE IN A BLUE MOON by Leanna Ellis. It’s one of the more diverse lineups we’ve featured recently, and there are more than enough suggestions here to keep you busy.

We are also pleased to share nine new reviews with you. In our Faithful Fiction section, we review ABIGAIL by Jill Eileen Smith, the second book in her Wives of King David series. Other fiction reviews include MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART by Beth Pattillo, NEVER SAY NEVER by Lisa Wingate and BLACKOUT by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn. Jason Elam is a name that may be familiar to some of you as he is an NFL placekicker, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Atlanta Falcons. This is his third Riley Covington thriller that he wrote with Steve Yohn, his pastor.

Our Christian Living reviews include SO LONG INSECURITY: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore, A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith by Brian D. McLaren, LIVING ON THE EDGE: Dare to Experience True Spirituality by Chip Ingram and 66 LOVE LETTERS: A Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story by Dr. Larry Crabb. Our Marriage and Family Life review is the latest from John and Stasi Eldredge, LOVE & WAR: Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of.

Here’s to clear skies and warmer temperatures for all of you. And if the weather in the New York City area this week is any indication, the worst is behind us. At least I hope so!

Carol Fitzgerald (

Click here to enter the giveaway for HERE BURNS MY CANDLE.'s Easter Roundup
Spring is a time of rejoicing and rebirth, both in nature and in faith. In celebration of the Easter season and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we at have selected a wide range of literature that will connect with you on a spiritual and emotional level. These works will remind you of the trials and tribulations that Jesus faced --- all in the name of love for His people.

Click here to see our roundup of Easter titles.

Author Talk: Don Hoesel, Author of HUNTER'S MOON
Don Hoesel is the author of two works of fiction --- the suspense thrillers ELISHA'S BONES and the newly released HUNTER'S MOON. In this interview, Hoesel compares his two novels in terms of style and genre and expounds on his latest book's symbolic title. He also discusses the novel's overall theme of forgiveness and how the finished product differs from the original book he'd intended to write, and reflects on how a Sherwood Anderson novel impacted his writing style.

HUNTER’S MOON by Don Hoesel (Suspense)
Bestselling novelist CJ Baxter has made a career out of writing hard-hitting stories ripped from his own life. Still there's one story from his past he's never told. One secret that's remained buried for decades. Now, 17 years after swearing he'd never return, CJ is headed back to Adelia, NY. His life in Tennessee has fallen to pieces, his grandfather is dying, and CJ can no longer run from the past.

-Click here to read more about HUNTER’S MOON.
-Click here to read an excerpt from HUNTER’S MOON.
-Click here to read Don Hoesel’s bio.

Click here to read an interview with Don Hoesel.

THE NEGOTIATOR by Dee Henderson
THE NEGOTIATOR: The O’Malley Series, Book 1 by Dee Henderson (Romantic Suspense)
The first book in the bestselling series by Dee Henderson introduces the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven former orphans who made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. Their stories are told in inspirational romantic suspense novels that will rock your heart and restore strength to your spirit.
Click here to read more about THE NEGOTIATOR.

Study Guide Now Available: LISTEN by Rene Gutteridge
LISTEN by Rene Gutteridge (Suspense)
Nothing ever happens in the small town of Marlo…until the residents begin seeing their private conversations posted online for everyone to read. Then it’s neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, as paranoia and violence escalate.

-Click here to read more about LISTEN.
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-Click here to read Rene Gutteridge’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for LISTEN.

Study Guide Now Available: ANGEL'S DEN by Jamie Carie

ANGEL’S DEN by Jamie Carie (Historical Fiction)
In 1808, Emma, the daughter of a prominent St. Louis family, believes she has met and married her dream man. But she soon discovers that Eric Montclaire is not who she thought he was. Controlling and merciless, Eric insists that Emma join him in a westward expedition following the trail that Lewis and Clark had broken a few years earlier. When Emma meets cartographer Luke Bowen along the way, her life is already in turmoil.

-Click here to read more about ANGEL’S DEN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ANGEL’S DEN.
-Click here to read Jamie Carie’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for ANGEL'S DEN.

Study Guide Now Available: DELIVER US FROM EVIL by Robin Caroll

DELIVER US FROM EVIL by Robin Caroll (Suspense)
A beautiful yet tough woman working in a beautiful yet tough setting, Brannon Callahan is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Strong faith and a decorated history of service have kept her one step ahead of on-the-job dangers, but there’s no precedent for what’s about to happen.

Click here to read more about DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
-Click here to read Robin Caroll’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

Study Guide Now Available: SCATTERED PETALS by Amanda Cabot
SCATTERED PETALS: Texas Dreams, Book 2 by Amanda Cabot (Historical Romance)
Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston and heads for Texas, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks will leave her badly injured and her parents dead. Priscilla is determined to rebuild her life and make a home for herself in the beautiful Hill Country. But the bandits who took her parents’ lives also destroyed her hope for the future, until a mysterious cowboy arrives to help rebuild her life.

-Click here to read more about SCATTERED PETALS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SCATTERED PETALS.
-Click here to read Amanda Cabot’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for SCATTERED PETALS.

Study Guide Now Available: A DISTANT MELODY by Sarah Sundin

A DISTANT MELODY: Wings of Glory, Book One by Sarah Sundin (Romance)
Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments and expectations that keep them apart?

-Click here to read more about A DISTANT MELODY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from A DISTANT MELODY.
-Click here to read Sarah Sundin’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for A DISTANT MELODY.

Study Guide Now Available: THE PROMISE OF MORNING by Ann Shorey
THE PROMISE OF MORNING: At Home in Beldon Grove, Book 2 by Ann Shorey (Historical Fiction)
Life in Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s isn’t easy. For Ellie Craig, the graves of her three infant children make it unbearably lonely, despite the love of her husband Matthew. When she uncovers a family secret that suggests she may not be as alone as she thought, Ellie is determined to find the truth.

Click here to read more about THE PROMISE OF MORNING.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE PROMISE OF MORNING.
-Click here to read Ann Shorey’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for THE PROMISE OF MORNING.

Study Guide Now Available: ONCE IN A BLUE MOON by Leanna Ellis
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON by Leanna Ellis (Fiction)
Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later --- divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical --- she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise.

Click here to read more about ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.
-Click here to read Leanna Ellis’s bio.

Click here to see the study guide for ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.

Faithful Fiction Reviews
ABIGAIL: The Wives of King David, Book Two by Jill Eileen Smith (Historical Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Abigail accepts her position as her father’s payment of debt to King Saul, knowing her family’s hearts break over the arrangement. Now she is betrothed to the king’s infamous son, Nabal, rumored to be cruel, brash and deceitful. When Nabal comes to claim her, she quickly learns the rumors are true. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

MR. DARCY BROKE MY HEART by Beth Pattillo (Romance)
Is it even possible, in the eyes of a Jane Austen fan, to think that Mr. Darcy is capable of breaking the heroine's heart? Obviously the answer is yes, but in that case, how could the story possibly end well? Rest assured that it does. Author Beth Pattillo has found a way to ruffle the feathers of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE fans and then restore their confidence in love --- and in gentlemen. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

BLACKOUT: A Riley Covington Thriller by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn (Thriller)
When terrorists from all over the world begin targeting major American cities for attack, Colorado Mustangs linebacker and former Special Ops hero Riley Covington is called back to Washington. His knowledge of the extremely destructive weapon that one of the terrorist groups possesses thrusts him into the midst of the country’s top security leaders, including the President himself. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

NEVER SAY NEVER by Lisa Wingate (Romance)
Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots --- 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, especially when a stranger comes calling.

Click here to read our Faithful Fiction reviews.

Christian Living Reviews
SO LONG, INSECURITY: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore (Christian Life)
Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore wants women to be free from the insecurity trap. SO LONG, INSECURITY will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective --- a stronger sense of self. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith by Brian D. McLaren (Religion & Spirituality)
We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range from evangelicals to mainline Protestants to Catholics, and the person who best represents them is author and pastor Brian McLaren. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

LIVING ON THE EDGE: Dare to Experience True Spirituality by Chip Ingram (Religion & Spirituality)
Romans 12 is the START HERE for the Christian life. What most Christians sadly misunderstand is that God isn't into religious activities or performance-based Christianity. Instead, Romans 12 reveals to us a relational profile of what it means to be a disciple, as well as a proven pathway to becoming more like Jesus each day.
Reviewed by Michele Howe.

66 LOVE LETTERS: A Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story by Dr. Larry Crabb (Christian Living/Spiritual Growth)
Dr. Larry Crabb knows that if we could see the larger story of God and humanity, our world would never be the same. That story is found in large part in the 66 letters of the Bible. 66 LOVE LETTERS is a personal approach to helping readers know God and his great love for them, his message for all mankind, and how their lives fit into His larger story. Reviewed by Margaret Oines.

Click here to read our Christian Living reviews.

Marriage and Family Life Review
LOVE & WAR: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of by John and Stasi Eldredge (Love & Marriage)
What the Eldredge bestsellers WILD AT HEART did for men and CAPTIVATING did for women, LOVE & WAR will do for married couples everywhere. John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women, and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces.
Reviewed by Michele Howe.
Click here to read our Marriage and Family Life review.

Word of Mouth: What You're Reading
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't. This contest period, one winner will receive RACHEL'S GARDEN: Pleasant Valley Series, Book 2 by Marta Perry and THE NEGOTIATOR: The O'Malley Series, Book 1 by Dee Henderson. To put your name in the hat, submit your current reading list and ratings by completing the form here.
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