Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CFBA presents SAVE THE DATE by Jenny B. Jones

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Save The Date
(Thomas Nelson - February 1, 2011)
Jenny B. Jones


I write Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. My novels include the Katie Parker Production series and So Not Happening. I would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere I think I read you’re not supposed to lie.

When I’m not typing my heart out (or checking email), I teach at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.

My students are constantly telling me how my teaching changes their lives and turned them away from drugs, gangs, and C-SPAN.

Okay, that’s not exactly true.

Some facts that are true include:

I've always been refined!

A. I got my camera confiscated by big boys with guns at the American Embassy in Europe this past summer. O la la!

B. I once worked in a seed mill office and cleaned out mice on a regular basis. Ew.

C. I’m a former drama teacher.

D. I didn’t pass my drivers test the first time. Or the second…

E. I attract stray animals like a magnet.

F. I used to assemble and test paint ball guns for a local factory...

Since my current job leaves me with very little free time, I believe in spending my spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits such as:

-watching E!
-updating my status on Facebook
-catching Will Ferrell on YouTube and
-writing my name in the dust on my furniture

I’d love to hear about you, so drop me a note. Or check me out on Facebook.


You’re invited to the engagement of the most unlikely couple of the year.

When the funding for Lucy’s non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir of Sinclair Enterprises—the primary donor to Lucy’s Saving Grace organization. Alex Sinclair has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Both Lucy and Alex have something the other wants. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancĂ©e in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn’t quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart – and her future – on the line.

Save the Date is a spunky romance that will have readers laughing out loud as this dubious pair try to save their careers, their dreams . . . and maybe even a date.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Save The Date, go HERE


Jenny B. Jones has made a permanent place in the hearts of young girls (and the young at heart) with her YA novels. But with Save the Date, her second foray into fiction aimed at a slightly older audience, she is now firmly ensconced in the hearts of anyone with an XX chromosome set. With her signature sass, Jones has written a book that will not only make you laugh, but give your emotions a good old-fashioned tug. Mark it down on your calendar... you don't want to miss Save the Date!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bad Blogger Blues

I have been a very, very bad blogger. I have not been posting regularly... but I have a good excuse. Several, in fact...
  • I have a book deadline coming up, and it's kicking my you-know-what. Actually, the deadline isn't the problem, it's all the other bits and pieces of daily life that are jumping up to distract me. And I'm easily distracted. In fact - OOO, look... something shiny!
  • My blogging loyalties are divided. Not only do I contribute to Inkwell Inspirations (along with several other amazing ladies), I also run another blog of my own. The Pastor's Wife Speaks is a safe haven for women living on the front lines of ministry. Even though I have a great team of contributors, I still have to oversee the whole thing, which takes a lot of my time.
  • Did I mention that I'm easily distracted?
So there you go... my excuses for being such a bad, bad blogger. I hope to get better, I truly do. My manuscript needs to be turned in by April 1st, so after that, I'll have one less distraction. Unless I can land a new contract, which I really hope I do. If that happens, I may still be a bad blogger, but I'll be a super-happy writer :+}

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CFBA presents ANOTHER DAWN by Kathryn Cushman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Another Dawn
(Bethany House - February 1, 2011)
Kathryn Cushman


Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing.

Other books by Kathryn, A Promise to Remember was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in the Women’s Fiction category, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

Leaving Yesterday, her third novel, was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award.

Now her fifth book, Another Dawn, has arrived in stores, and I’m very excited about it!

On the homefront, Kathryn has been married to Lee for over twenty years now, and their two daughters are currently braving the worlds of junior high and high school. They’ve lived in Santa Barbara for the last nineteen years. It’s a beautiful place and Kathryn feels blessed to be there (although a seventy degree Christmas still leaves her dreaming of a white one—or at least a colder one!)


Grace Graham is back in Tennessee with her four-year-old son on a short unpaid leave from work, helping her father recover from surgery and spending time with her sister.
Shoal Creek seems more backward than ever after her years in California, and it's hard to find organic food anywhere. When the unthinkable happens and her son is diagnosed with measles, Grace's fears over modern medicine take a dangerous turn.
Worse, the town has fallen into quarantine and its residents focus their anger and blame on Grace. She is alone and scared, until one brave woman chooses to reach out a hand of forgiveness and mercy. But when the outbreak takes a life-threatening turn, will Grace be able to forgive herself?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Another Dawn, go HERE.


In Another Dawn, Kathryn Cushman takes on the controversial topic of childhood vaccines and whether they can bring on Autism in once healthy children. But this isn't really and "issue" book. In fact, the deeper, core question is: Are you ready to accept the consequences for the choices you make?

Grace has long blamed her father for the death of her mother. He chose to smoke, yet her mother is the one who died of cancer. But now, Grace sees how her choice not to vaccinate her son has exposed innocent babies to a disease which could be deadly. Suddenly, everything that Grace used to see as black and white has become clouded in murky shades of gray.

Cushman does a great job at giving you something to think about. It's not hard to see both sides of the argument here, and it's almost impossible not to ponder what you'd do if you were in this woman's shoes. Another Dawn is a touching book about how one family deals with the consequences of some questionable choices.