Paula Vince – Imogen’s Chance

5th – 9th May 2014

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

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Imogen’s Chance

(Even Before Publishing April 2014)By

Paula Vince

About the Book

She has given herself a chance to fix her personal history. But will old mistakes bring up new emotions?

Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter.

A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets concealed with the best intentions bear the light of day?

About the Author

Paula Vince’s youth was brightened by great fiction and she’s on a mission to pay it forward. A wife and homeschooling mother, she loves to highlight the beauty of her own country in her stories. Most of them are set in the lovely Adelaide Hills, where she lives. Paula’s books are a skillful blend of drama and romance. Together with elements of mystery and suspense, you will keep turning pages.

Amanda’s Review:

I’m a fan of Paula Vince’s books and Imogen’s Chance didn’t disappoint. I love that Paula delves into interesting topics while keeping me turning the pages with a bit of intrigue and romance as well. It was great to watch the growing relationship between Imogen and Asher even as they dealt with difficult issues in their lives — issues that threatened that very relationship.

I took away a great idea from this book. That sometimes the journey of faith might not work out the way we were believing, but that doesn’t make us a failure — just like an athlete who doesn’t achieve the number one ranking is not a failure either. We still applaud them for their efforts and hard work. Faith is a journey and it is what we learn in the process that is important, not necessarily the final result.

I heartily recommend this novel to anyone who loves contemporary romance with a bit more substance than most.

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Rose Dee – A New Resolution

 
2 – 6 December 2013

 
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( Even Before Publishers Oct 2012)

By Rose Dee

About the Book:
Resolution Island is a safe haven for Anika Demeur – a chance to fulfil dreams, find her place in the world, and a new life for her and young son, Kye. But her dreams of a future are shattered when her son’s security is challenged, and the rich and privileged Texan, Nate Hollingsworth sails into the bay. Now Ani must not only fight for her son, but also a growing attraction she has to the one type of man she loathes.

Nate is on a mission – to fulfill his mother’s last wish, and change his life. Dropping anchor in the idyllic Resolution harbor, he didn’t anticipate becoming involved in illegal fishing, a murder, or an unexpected attraction to the most exasperating woman he has ever met.

The Australian tropical Island, Resolution, sets the scene again for adventures, dreams, and new beginnings. A New Resolution is the final book in the ‘Resolution’ trilogy, following Back to Resolution and Beyond Resolution.

About the Author:
Rose Dee was born in Ingham, North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel. Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, decided to try her hand at writing two years ago. The result of that attempt is her first novel, Back to Resolution. Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women. Rose’s other releases include Beyond Resolution – the second book in the ‘Resolution’ series. And A New Resolution the final book in the series. Rose has also co-written a novel in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian Authors: The Greenfield Legacy. Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.
 

Amanda’s Review:

As with the previous novels in the Resolution Series, I greately enjoyed this final episode. It was great to see the characters from previous novels make their appearances without detracting from Nate, Anika and Kye’s story. I always love a great romance with a bit of mystery thrown in to keep me turning the pages, and A New Resolution didn’t let me down.

Rose doesn’t hide the realities of life, including its tempations, fromher writing, and I love that raw honesty that comes through. Especially the pull of the physical versus the choice to do what is right. This came through even in Anika’s dealing with Kye’s reaction to the wrong around him. And of course, there is the tropical setting of North Queensland, which makes you feel like you are on a warm summer holiday.

I congratulate Rose on winning the CAELB Award for Fiction for this novel. It is well worth it. I recommend A New Resolution to all those who love a strong romance with something extra.

 
Giveaway:
For all ACRBA members who post the will get an entry into this giveaway. All who leave a comment on any blogs will get an entry into the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on the more entries. This giveaway is open to Australian readers. To enter you need to answer a question about what part of North Queensland you would like to see or leave a comment with a question for Rose. Comments saying sounds interesting enter me will not be equate to an entry. Also leave a way to contact you if you win for example myemail at mymail dot com. entries open til Thursday 12 Dec.

FIRST PRIZE:
E-Reader (Details below) AND: an e-reader version of each one of my 4 novels – the 3 ‘Resolution’ series novels, and The Greenfield Legacy (gifted via email).
 
 
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E-Reader:
Reader™ with 6.0″ paper-like touch screen (Red)
Model:
PRST2RC
This slim and light Reader with touch screen puts thousands of your favourite stories at your fingertips. Effortlessly turn the page with a swipe of your finger and the glare-free screen reads just like a real book, even under direct sunlight.
6″ E-Ink® Pearl is designed to feel like a real book with a glare-free paper-like screen for reading
Battery life of up to 2 months with wireless off and up to 1.5 months with wireless on. Up to 30,000 continuous page turns when reading only
Let your friends and family know what you are reading and share excerpts up to 140 characters with Facebook® built into the Reader™
Store posts, articles, and text-based webpages all in your Reader™ with Evernote’s integrated services
Access public library eBooks and PDF files through the integrated OverDrive® service
eBook purchases will need to be completed via computer
 
SECOND PRIZE:
A copy of ‘The Greenfield Legacy’, and a Silver and Amber Grapevine inspired pendant. Really pretty, and ties in nicely with TGL as it is set on a vineyard in the McLaren Vale region. Also the cover is pendant inspired.
 
 
 
 
THIRD PRIZE:
A personalised sign copy of each books in my ‘Resolution’ Series. 3 hard copy books in total.

Susan Diane Johnson – No Substitute

1 – 5 July
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(Pelican Book Group November 30, 2012)

By Susan Diane Johnson 

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About the Author

Susan Diane Johnson aka Suzie Johnson

I live on an island in Northwest Washington. A writer of Christian Fiction, my debut novel, No Substitute, is now available from Pelican Book Groups. During the day I work at my local hospital as a cancer registrar. During the evenings and on weekends, I write novels that I hope will bring joy and uplift the hearts of readers. I am married and have one grown son. I love to travel and see new places – especially by train. My favorite destinations are Victoria, B.C.; Williamsburg, Virginia; Disneyland; and Avila Beach in California. I love to read, write, go to baseball games, and ride roller coasters with my son. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers;Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope and Love; National Cancer Registrars Association; and Washington State Tumor Registrars Association.You can find me on Inkwell Inspirations, a daily Christian Women’s blog where I am a regular contributor. You can also find me on my personal blog, Suzie’s Writing Place where I share my faith, my writing, and my love for books. I’m also onFacebook and Pinterest where I can explore my love of beautiful historical clothing, the South of France, beaches, and certain television shows.

About the Book:

Amy Welsh knew when she came back to the small Washington town of Goose Bay she’d eventually run into her high school sweetheart—the one who broke her heart seventeen years ago. Only Quentin Macmillan isn’t the boy she remembered. He could potentially be everything she’s ever dreamed of. But remembering the past reminds Amy that she and Quentin aren’t a pair of teenagers in the bloom of first love. Letting him into her life resurfaces all the hurt she’s tried to ignore. Forgiveness isn’t as simple—or easy—as it sounds, especially after Quentin and Amy discover his teenage daughter has been manipulating their feelings. If Amy can open her heart to healing, she’ll find the future God prepared for her.

Amanda’s Review:

I enjoyed No Substitute. At times it reminded me of my first love as a teenager and the kinds of emotions that went with that. I found the characterisation very realistic, particularly with teenagers as well as adults. The plot also was very believable. Over all No Substitute was a sweet, heart-warming read, and I recommend it to those who enjoy a romance.

Thanks to the author for a free review copy.

Dana Pratola – Descended – Jett

From the Back Cover:

descended_cover_final_smallWhen a reclusive businessman takes an interest in Haven’s artwork, she knows it’s an answer to prayer. But Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met.

Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But she’s too naïve and pure to learn what goes on in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.

Amanda’s Review:

All I can say is WOW! Although I didn’t read this novel in one sitting, I easily could have. It had me in a tight grip from the first pages and I did end up reading most of a night away. I just wanted to know more about this Jett character — who was he? Even when I finished the book, it stayed with me for over a week. I loved it to bits.

I don’t want to give anything away from the plot, so it will suffice to say that Dana Pratola did a fantastic job at portraying real characters with real struggles, and the chemistry between the Haven and Jett kept me turning pages. And the ideas behind this story were just that little bit different from the norm that it held my interest all the way.

I can’t wait to read more of this authors work. Recommended for those who love contemporary romance with a twist.

About the Author:

Author2Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He is merciful and gracious and loves me beyond all human reason. He loves you the same way. He gave me a passion to write, and I believe if the words I write turn a reader’s heart toward Christ, I am fulfilling my destiny. A lofty goal? Sure. That’s one of many reasons I need God in my life all day, every day. Another is my family. I’ve been married to my sweetheart for 26 years. We live in New Jersey with our three spectacular children, all of whom are destined to make wide and colorful splashes on this planet.

I write Christian Romance. Not the kind with the women buttoned to the neck and the men daring no more than to hold her hand after a long courtship, but the contemporary kind. I don’t write explicit sex scenes but my characters have real desires, struggles and choices to make. A lot of the time they make the wrong ones. No subject is prohibited but good always triumphs.

For more information, go to http://www.danapratola.webs.com

Skye Wieland – Insight

Rather than offer Skye Wieland a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner, her testimony of faith, or a story of heritage from her family’s past.  Skye offered to share the story about how she came to know the Lord. Be blessed as you read.

My Testimony

My journey from with God has so many facets and layers, but today, I’d like to share my very initial encounter and the journey that led to that.

I grew up in a home that knew nothing of God. We were agnostic. My parents reasoned that there could be a God out there, but it didn’t concern them. My dad kept books in mysteries of the world like UFO’s and as a teenager; I would often drink all these books in, and began to wonder myself what was the meaning of it all. Why did we exist? What was the meaning of life, really? (Not just the tongue-in-cheek things were read and seen in entertainment such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

One day however, my mum began search more seriously. She started to go to church, looking for answers. My father was especially in tune with the spiritual world at this time (though not Christian) and while mum was in a place of sitting on the fence, we had some eerie things happen in our home. I used to wake frightened hearing someone in high heels walking our hallway in the dark hours of the night. Dad would awaken to see one of my mum’s passed away relatives, sitting on the edge of the bed, weeping over my mum. Dad got a little worried at this point and wanted mum to stop digging because he thought the apparition was a real relative trying to stop mum from making a decision for Christ. We know now that the enemy is just as real as God and he will stop at nothing to stop us turning to Christ. I was frightened by the things I felt in the house, so without knowing the reason, I kept a bible by my bed to keep me safe, though I never read it.

Finally, mum came to a point where she made a decision to follow Jesus. Dad soon followed in his own way and began a great spiritual head for our household, being quite in tune with the ways of spiritual warfare. As kids, we were dragged to church every week, but I still didn’t own my parents new belief. I had an inquisitive mind that enjoyed sciences of the natural world. To me, theories such as evolution were gospel…and the story of creation and a real God, just clashed with that mentality way too much. I dismissed it as a nice fairy tale.  Being a teenager, I also figured that mum was just going through another one of her phases and that it would soon blow over.

It was only after it seemed to get stronger over the months, rather than fizzle out, that I began to wonder. I also saw changes in mum’s personality. Her short temper was disappearing, she had grace, she was relaxed. I’d never seen her like this. So, finally, I asked her if it was all real. (Now, my mum always had an answer for everything, was always happy to be the authority.) When I asked, instead of preaching at me, she told me to ask God myself. This in itself was so out of character that I was blown away. I said, “But, how? I don’t know how to pray even.”

Again, mum said to go ask God.

This made me quite upset and I turned to my room in a huff. Once there, I prepared for bed and said a clipped upset little prayer. “God, I don’t know if you’re real, or how to even pray to you. Show me what to say…” then it fizzled off. I went to sleep expecting nothing.

In the middle of the night, I woke with a start. I had a scripture reference in my head. I looked at the bible on my bedside table. It had never been opened. I didn’t know any references, but something drew me to look up the index and just see if the book of Luke perhaps was actually there. I sat up, a little excited. I actually felt my spirit quicken and I knew somehow that God was trying to communicate with me. The numbers from Luke were so clear in my head, but when I found them, I was blown away to tears. It was Luke 11:2 where Jesus was teaching the disciples how to pray.

For me, this was a tangible answer from God.

Wow! That gave me goosebumps and tears, Skye. Thanks for sharing. Last week I reviewed Skye’s book, Sarah’s Gift. You can read it here along with more information about Skye. In the back of Sarah’s Gift is a blurb about the second book coming in Skye’s Dare To Follow series. I thought I would share it here. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future, Skye. 🙂

Mark’s Strength

Mark and Sarah van der Merwe think they may have escaped the attention of the ivory smugglers they faced in the past while saving the elephants in Kruger National Park. However, now fighting depression and isolation, the backslidden couple venture back to the place which caused their greatest grief, in order to find closure for their current pain. Little do they know that evil raises its head once more and uses a lost little Zulu boy as bait. Will they show him the way to God, or will they end up in more trouble than they can possibly handle on their own?

Skye Wieland – Sarah’s Gift

From the Back Cover:

Sarah White, an Aussie horse trainer running away from her past, tries to start a new life at a safari business in South Africa. Elephant culling, strange recurring dreams, and a supernatural encounter lead her to discovering an amazing gift she has. Will she use this gift or remain paralyzed by her traumatizing memories?

Sarah’s Gift is the first book of Skye Wieland’s Dare to Follow trilogy about a group of friends who find God and themselves in the midst of adventure, danger, and amazing vista.

Amanda’s Review:

Sarah’s Gift is a great debut novel from Australian author, Skye Wieland. Her descriptions of the African savannah and the different wildlife which exists there brought them to life as I read. Skye is obviously very familiar with horses as well, as the relationship between horse and rider throughout the novel is a highlight.

The development of Sarah and Mark in their character as well as their relationship together progressed to a wonderful ending, with a hint of more to come in the following books in the series. This novel struck me as being delightfully different from many other romances, and the difference lies in ‘Sarah’s gift’ — a unique idea that made me think ‘what if’, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, and you will have to read it to find out more.

The best thing I took away from this Sarah’s Gift was the reminder that God doesn’t revoke His calling, even when we make huge mistakes. One warning for sensitive readers: there was a moment in the story which I felt was quite gory, but it was relatively brief and didn’t detract from the story as a whole. If that doesn’t bother you, if you love romance and animals, and enjoy a bit of adventure thrown in, this book is for you.

About the Author:

Skye Wieland lives in Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two children where they share a love of horses. She is a secondary high school teacher with a passion to help students discover their potential in life and to strive for it.

Rose Dee – Beyond Resolution

From the Back Cover:

Samara lives a life filled with fear. After being discarded and beaten by her drug dealing boyfriend, she takes one easy out after another. Her choices led her down the road of self-destruction, into the degrading world of stripping and a life spent looking over her shoulder. Until an encounter with a stranger on a Kings Cross Street provides the catalyst for a life changing event that leads her back home.

Resolution is the last place in the world Jed wants to be. One drastic decision has led him to the Island resort and back into strained contact with his brother, Flynn. When the one person he despises with a passion appears in the flesh, Jed must search his heart for a way to conquer the feelings he still harbours.

From the bright lights of Sydney to the blue waters of Resolution Island, Beyond Resolution is a story that provides a window into the joy of forgiveness, trust and peace.

Amanda’s Review:

Sometimes, it is our mistakes that drive us toward the loving embrace of God. That is what I took away from the second instalment of the Resolution Series. Once again Rose Dee kept me enthralled throughout as I turned the pages, always wondering what would happen next. More than just a romance, this story had a little mystery and suspense added to give it that something special that I really enjoy.

And again Rose brings the environment to life, from the streets of Sydney to the North Queensland coast, you feel like you’re right there with the characters. I recommend this novel to all lovers of contemporary romance. I look forward to the third novel in this series.

About the Author:

Rose Dee was born in Ingham, North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel. Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, decided to try her hand at writing two years ago. The result of that attempt is her first published novel, Back to Resolution. The novel is a culmination of years spent living and loving the tropical paradise in which she lives.

Rose is currently finalising work on her latest release, which is the third in the Resolution series. A New Resolution is scheduled for release in October 2012. Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.

Debbie Roome – Insight

Rather than offer Debbie Roome a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner, a story about how she became a Christian, or a story of heritage from her family’s past. Debbie offered to share the story about how she and her husband got together. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

What’s in a Name?

“So which name should we pick?”Mom asked.

“I don’t know. You choose.” I replied.

Our church in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, was hosting a team of workers travelling through Africa with Reinhard Bonnke and Christ for all Nations. Mom had volunteered to take in one person who would be with us for a week. I was 19 at the time and still living at home.

“Okay, let’s go for Kevin Roome,” she said.

“Sounds fine to me.” I had no idea that less than two years later I would be married to this man.

Kevin duly arrived and we discovered that he was 22 and worked full-time for Christ for all Nations, maintaining and driving their trucks. With me being on the quiet side, we had a couple of superficial conversations and that was it … as far as I was concerned anyway. Kevin was of the same opinion but it appeared God had other plans.

Kevin later told me that after leaving Bulawayo, the crusade team travelled up to Harare. He was on stage security for one of the first outreaches up there and while he was on the platform, God impressed something on him very clearly. He told him that I was going to be his wife and that he was going to attend Bible school the following year. His initial reaction was “What! I don’t even know her!”

To cut a long story short, he decided if that was what God wanted, He would make it happen. It appeared his impression was a heavenly one and we married on the 1st February 1986. Since then we have lived in three countries and produced five wonderful children. We love each other more now than ever before.

Wow, what a wonderful story. Thanks Debbie, for sharing it with us. I reviewed Debbie’s novel Embracing Change last week. You can read it here, along with more information about Debbie Roome. What can we look forward to next from you Debbie?

I am currently working on a novel entitled Contagious Hope.

Contagious Hope is a romantic adventure set in three diverse areas of South Africa. New Zealander, Savannah, meets Blake and Pumzile at Mercy House where she is volunteering as part of a six week mission trip. She has to dig deep when confronted with AIDS, prostitution, crime and a midnight escape to a safe house. God continues to work but after dramatic events unfold in a Zulu village, one final adventure could cost her everything.

Sounds intriguing! I’m looking forward to reading it. (I noticed you released the cover for this recently, so I popped it on here too.) Thanks for sharing your time and stories with us, Debbie.
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Debbie Roome – Embracing Change

From the Back Cover:

Embracing Change is an inspirational story of personal challenge. When Sarah Johnson’s fiancé is killed by a hijacker in South Africa, Sarah carries out his wish to continue with their plan and moves to New Zealand, taking his ashes to scatter there. In her grief she hasn’t counted on her gradual healing coming from two unexpected sources: Jesus Christ, and His new plan for her: Joel Baxter.

But will Joel’s old flame, Mandy, succeed in destroying Sarah’s fragile progress in both her spiritual and earthly paths? And will she ever break free of the oppressive power still held over her by the hijacker who murdered her fiancé and attacked her, too? It takes a journey halfway back across the world for Sarah to face her demons, and finally forgive.

Amanda’s Review:

I found this novel intriguing, primarily because I’ve recently made some new South African friends and they way they describe South Africa is exactly how Debbie Roome portrays it. Of course, the journey of Sarah, not only to a new country, but to a new man and a whole new life was captivating as well. This novel gave me some insight into what it’s like to shift not only from one country to another, but to another culture as well.

I especially loved the way Sarah confronted her past in the end, but you’ll have to read it to find out for yourself. It brought many a tear to my eye. And Joel, was a wonderful example of Christianity, as well as being the kind of guy every woman dreams about. If you love a good romance, read Embracing Change.

About the Author:

Debbie Roome was born and raised in Zimbabwe and later spent fifteen years in South Africa. In 2006 she moved to New Zealand with her husband and five children. Writing has been her passion since the age of six and she loves to write stories that touch people’s lives and turn them towards God.

Over the years she has won many awards and trophies for her work, including placing first in the Rose & Crown Novel Writing Competition in 2009. Debbie’s writing has opened doors for public speaking and she is often asked to share her life story and her experiences as a writer.

Andrea Grigg – A Simple Mistake

From the Back Cover:

When teenage sweethearts Nick and Lainey meet again after more than a decade, so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career, Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back.

Despite Nick’s promise to keep in touch when he left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey never heard from him. Now that so much time has passed, she has moved on from what she felt. Or has she?

After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick’s lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey’s secret?

Amanda’s Review:

I really enjoyed this book. The cover has a fresh summery appeal to it for starters. This novel showed how one simple error can change the course of a person’s life. But is it for better, or is it for worse? You will have to read it to find out.

The thing that stood out to me most about A Simple Mistake, was Andrea’s portrayal of the Christian walk. It gives an honest view of our daily struggles, temptations and decisions we make based on faith, that aren’t always easy or painless. Andrea showed how God wants to be part of our everyday life, without sounding preachy or pushy.

Aside from this, the storyline was great and kept me up reading past my bedtime for a number of nights. I loved the chemistry between Nick and Lainey, that kept drawing them back together. The romantic side of me was very satisfied. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great contemporary romance.

About the Author:

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

 Andrea Grigg lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

You can also find Andrea Grigg at: http://www.andreagrigg.com/

Come back next week when Andrea will share a story from her own life with us! Looking forward to it. 🙂