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This Month on FaithfulReader.com August 2011

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Enjoying the Rest of Summer All August Long!

How did it get to be August? Suddenly I feel the rush to get all those things I wanted to accomplish this summer crossed off the list! With my heavy conference schedule behind me, these next few weeks are going to be spent doing a lot of gardening, swimming and visiting with friends, as well as enjoying time with the family at the beach before the boys head back to school.

I've been busy with not just meetings and conferences, but also the redesign of Bookreporter.com. This was the first site in TheBookReportNetwork family to be redesigned, but not the last! We will be redesigning all the sites in the network over the next 6-9 months.

Focusing on THIS month, we have two very special contests for you. THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME by Lori Copeland is a Civil War story featuring a large cast of characters, including freed slaves, soldiers, a Cherokee scout and struggling farmers, all of whom are trying to piece together their lives after the war's end. We have 75 copies to give away to readers who enter here by Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET.

We're also giving away OUT OF CONTROL, the first book in Mary Connealy's Kincaid Brides series. It's about a stern rancher who falls for the adventuresome woman he saves from a local cave. As their relationship blossoms, his bond with his brothers wilts. We have 15 copies to award to readers who enter here by Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET. You can read a special interview with Mary as she discusses her inspiration for the new series and some hints about its future.

Along with these giveaways, one lucky reader will win a copy of THE SURVIVOR: Families of Honor, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray in our Monthly Contest. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET.

Melody Carlson, a popular author on FaithfulReader.com, is interviewed this month about RIVER'S SONG, the first book in her Inn at Shining Waters series. Melody has a personal connection to the story and the protagonist's heritage that readers will find quite interesting. Read the interview here and the study guide here.

Four additional guides are being featured: CHASING SUNSETS: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie Everson, WINGS OF PROMISE: Alaskan Skies, Book Two by Bonnie Leon, THE COLONEL'S LADY by Laura Frantz and BLUE SKIES TOMORROW: Wings of Glory, Book Three by Sarah Sundin.

As always, we have a great roundup of titles in our Faithful Fiction and Christian Living review sections, including PERFECTLY INVISIBLE: A Universally Misunderstood Novel by Kristin Billerbeck and 10 THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them by Will Davis Jr.

Please enjoy the rest of your summer with family, friends...and books. We look forward to sharing more books with you next month.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


Special Contest and Feature: THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME by Lori Copeland
We are celebrating the release of THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME --- a romance set in North Carolina just months after the end of the Civil War --- with a special contest. Seventy-five readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the first book in bestselling author Lori Copeland’s Carolina Moon series. To enter, fill out the form below by Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET.

THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME: Carolina Moon Series, Book 1 by Lori Copeland (Historical Romance)
Bestselling author Lori Copeland sets her brand new story in North Carolina the months after the Civil War. In the midst of chaos, there is also a sense of possibility and the hope of love when sisters Beth and Joanie run from a vindictive uncle toward healing; Trella, a pregnant young slave, leaves a plantation for freedom; Gray Eagle, a Cherokee military scout, finds refuge for the young women; Captain Pierce, a quiet man of faith, heads for a plot of land and a new life; and Samuel, a black soldier, longs to follow his father’s preaching legacy.

The intersecting lives and tales of these engaging characters and those they meet along the way create an uplifting story of tested faith, growing seeds of love, and the challenge and gift of believing God’s promise of a future.

-Click here to read more about THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ONE WHO WAITS FOR ME.
-Click here to read Lori Copeland’s bio.

Click here to read all the contest details.


Special Contest and Feature: OUT OF CONTROL by Mary Connealy

We are celebrating the release of OUT OF CONTROL --- the story of a rancher torn between family allegiances and a free-spirited woman who catches his eye --- with a special contest. Fifteen readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the first book in Mary Connealy’s The Kincaid Brides series. To enter, fill out the form below by Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET.

OUT OF CONTROL: The Kincaid Brides, Book 1 by Mary Connealy (Romance)
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe --- until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out. Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control --- of himself, his brothers, and his family's ranch. The last thing he expects is to find a woman trapped in the cavern on his land --- or to be forced to kiss her! Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known. But when their developing relationship threatens a reconciliation with his brothers, will Rafe have to choose between his family and this new love that could heal his troubled heart and secure his happiness?

-Click here to read an excerpt from OUT OF CONTROL.
-Click here to read an interview with Mary Connealy.
-Click here to read Mary Connealy’s bio.

Click here to read all the contest details.


Study Guide Now Available: RIVER'S SONG by Melody Carlson

RIVER’S SONG: The Inn at Shining Waters, Book 1 by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents’ belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage, despite the disdain of her vicious mother-in-law. By transforming her old family home on the banks of the Siuslaw River into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing --- a place where guests experience peace, grace and new beginnings. Starting with her own family…

-Click here to read more about RIVER’S SONG.
-Click here to read an excerpt from RIVER’S SONG.
-Click here to read Melody Carlson’s bio.

Click here to read the study guide for RIVER'S SONG.


Now in Stores: CHASING SUNSETS by Eva Marie Everson

CHASING SUNSETS: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie Everson (Romance)
After sending her two sons off with their father for the summer, Kimberly Tucker heads to her childhood vacation home in Cedar Key. There, she is reunited with the boy who broke her heart. Now the question is whether or not she’s ready to open it enough to trust again. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

-Click here to read the study guide for CHASING SUNSETS.

Click here to read a review of CHASING SUNSETS.


Now in Stores: NICK OF TIME by Tim Downs

NICK OF TIME: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs (Mystery)
Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. But a fiancee and an upcoming wedding? A mere four days before the nuptials, Nick finds himself driving to the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. While there, he discovers that a close friend has been murdered. In classic Nick style, he begins to follow the trail of evidence rather than returning to his fiancée. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

Click here to read a review of NICK OF TIME.


Now in Stores: GOD'S SHELTER FOR YOUR STORM by Sheila Walsh

GOD’S SHELTER FOR YOUR STORM by Sheila Walsh (Christian Life/Inspirational)
Gifted Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on 10 bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily living with confidence, hope and joy. She unveils principles that provide unshakable security during even the most difficult times by weaving her hallmark storytelling, personal experiences, and applicable Scripture to help readers gain a trust in God that will sustain them for a lifetime. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read a review of GOD'S SHELTER FOR YOUR STORM.


Study Guide Now Available: WINGS OF PROMISE by Bonnie Leon

WINGS OF PROMISE: Alaskan Skies, Book Two by Bonnie Leon (Historical Romance)
Kate Evans may be a woman in a man's profession, but as Alaskan bush pilots go, she's one of the best. If only her personal life wasn't so complicated. Torn between her affection for fellow pilot Mike Conlin and doctor Paul Anderson, Kate longs for clarity in her heart. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, her mind may be made up for her.

-Click here to read more about WINGS OF PROMISE.
-Click here to read Bonnie Leon’s bio.

Click here to read the study guide for WINGS OF PROMISE.


Now in Stores: THE FIRST GARDENER by Denise Hildreth Jones

THE FIRST GARDENER by Denise Hildreth Jones (Romance)
Jeremiah Williams has been tending the gardens of the Tennessee governor’s mansion for over 25 years. And like most first families who have come and gone, this one has stolen his heart. Mackenzie and her husband, Governor Gray London, have struggled for 10 years to have a child and are now enjoying a sweet season of life --- anticipating the coming reelection and sending their precious daughter, Maddie, off to kindergarten --- when a tragedy tears their world apart. As the entire state mourns, Mackenzie falls into a grief that threatens to swallow her whole.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE FIRST GARDENER.
-Click here to read Denise Hildreth Jones’s bio.

Click here to read more about THE FIRST GARDENER.


Study Guide Now Available: BLUE SKIES TOMORROW by Sarah Sundin

BLUE SKIES TOMORROW: Wings of Glory, Book Three by Sarah Sundin (Historical Romance)
When her husband becomes a casualty of the war in the Pacific, Helen Carlisle throws herself into volunteering for the war effort to conceal her feelings. But keeping up appearances as the grieving widow of a hometown hero is taking its toll. Soon something is going to give. Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit. His stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life --- and a convenient excuse to ignore his deepest fear. When the beautiful Helen catches his eye and captures his heart, he is determined to win her hand.

-Click here to read more about BLUE SKIES TOMORROW.
-Click here to read Sarah Sundin’s bio.

Click here to read the study guide for BLUE SKIES TOMORROW.


Study Guide Now Available: THE COLONEL'S LADY by Laura Frantz

THE COLONEL’S LADY by Laura Frantz (Historical Romance)
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own --- some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?

-Click here to read more about THE COLONEL’S LADY.
-Click here to read Laura Frantz’s bio.

Click here to read the study guide for THE COLONEL'S LADY.


Now in Stores: A RIVER TO CROSS by Yvonne Harris

A RIVER TO CROSS by Yvonne Harris (Historical Romance)
Elizabeth Madison's brother paid the ultimate price as editor of a newspaper exposing the dangers along the U.S.-Mexican border. Determined to take up his cause, she is targeted and kidnapped by a rogue general --- Manuel Diego. It's the job of Texas Ranger Jake Nelson to protect the border against rustlers and marauders. With Elizabeth's photograph in hand --- a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes --- Jake and his men ride across the great river to rescue her, to apprehend Diego and bring him to justice. Amid the turmoil, Jake finds himself taken by Elizabeth. And she by him. Yet his life as a Ranger doesn't fit with marriage and settling down. Not at all.

-Click here to read an excerpt from A RIVER TO CROSS.
-Click here to read Yvonne Harris’s bio.

Click here to read more about A RIVER TO CROSS.


Faithful Fiction Reviews
PERFECTLY INVISIBLE: A Universally Misunderstood Novel by Kristin Billerbeck (Fiction)
Daisy Crispin is back in this second installment of Kristin Billerbeck’s Universally Misunderstood series. This time, Daisy is searching for her purpose among dysfunctional friends, a boyfriend who’s ignoring her and a college dream that’s dying, thanks to well-meaning but controlling parents. Will Daisy find the significance she seeks? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

SHE MAKES IT LOOK EASY by Marybeth Whalen (Fiction)
Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence? That’s the question this exceptional novel by Marybeth Whalen explores. Ariel Baxter thinks she has found the perfect friend in Justine Miller. But soon Ariel needs to reconsider her definition of “perfect.” Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

SHADOWS ON THE SAND: A Seaside Mystery by Gayle Roper (Mystery)
When her dish washer turns up dead, Carrie’s Café owner, Carrie Carter, is drawn into the investigation along with Greg Barnes, a regular café patron who Carrie secretly admires. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they find themselves falling deeper for each other. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

THE SWEETEST THING by Elizabeth Musser (Historical Fiction)
The Singleton family's fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

Click here to read our Faithful Fiction reviews.


Christian Living Reviews
10 THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them by Will Davis Jr. (Christian Living)
What do you think Jesus would say to you if you were face-to-face with him right now? Many of us imagine he would say something like, "I can't believe you call yourself a Christian.” 10 THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID unmasks commonly believed myths about our relationship with God and shows how to replace them with the truth of how Jesus really feels about us. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

THE PROMISE OF HOPE: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours by Edward Grinnan (Christian Living)
For the first time, Edward Grinnan, editor of Guideposts magazine, tells his inspiring story of grief, guilt and addiction that brought him to the brink of death --- and recovery made possible by family, friends, mysterious strangers, and, most of all, a God intent on opening him to change and redemption. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

RUMORS OF GOD: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Today, many Christians live with tension. What the Scriptures promise seems like a far cry from what we experience in our lives. As a result, God seems distant. RUMORS OF GOD is a rally cry for the church. Authors Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson share compelling stories about the work and activity of God today to ignite a passion in your heart. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

Click here to read our Christian Living reviews.


FaithfulReader.com's Monthly Contest: THE SURVIVOR by Shelley Shepard Gray
In our latest monthly contest, one reader will receive a copy of THE SURVIVOR, the third book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Families of Honor series. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 14th at noon ET.

THE SURVIVOR: Families of Honor, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray (Romance)
Mattie has faced more in her 23 years than she ever imagined possible. Having successfully battled cancer, she’s ready to reenter the world with hopes for her future. But while she was in and out of hospitals, other Amish girls her age were courting and finding the men they would marry. The only man who’s ever made her heart beat faster is Graham Weaver, her best friend, who has always been there to comfort her, in good times and bad. Is it finally time for their friendship to become something more? But cruel gossip is spreading, claiming that Graham is the father of the baby Jenna Yoder is carrying. Will Mattie’s dreams of a happily-ever-after be crushed before they’ve left the ground?

Click here to enter FaithfulReader.com's monthly contest.



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