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Monday, January 31, 2011

Lisa Bergren, Dandelion Dust, free fiction and more (Jan 28)

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Spotlight: WATERFALL by Lisa T. Bergren
"Waterfall will whisk you away to the world of medieval Italy and have you wishing for a dashing young prince of your own. A captivating love story, this adventure of seventeen-year-old Gabi will have you eagerly flipping pages and longing for more."--Shannon Primicerio, author of the TrueLife Bible Study Series
New to DVD: LIKE DANDELION DUST
Based on the novel by Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust is a drama about a little boy and the two families who want to raise him. Now a judge's decision could tear him away from the only home he has ever known. DVD includes interviews, deleted scenes and more.
Supernatural thriller drawn from real life
James L. Rubart's Book of Days was born from his father's struggle with Alzheimer's. "I was watching my dad lose his memories," Rubart says. "And I wondered, what happens to those memories?" He drew peace from Psalm 139:16 -- which led to the idea for the novel.
HERE COMES THE RIDE
Lorena McCourtney's senior citizen limo driver (and amateur sleuth) Andi McConnell is back for another cozy mystery--and it's an e-book exclusive. Andi finds trouble while transporting a wedding party in her limousine. Will Andi wind up with more bullet holes in her limo--or in her?
Q&A: Max Elliot Anderson
Read our interview with children's writer Max Elliot Anderson, author of Barney and the Runaway. "I'd like readers to come away with a better understanding of character, honor, right and wrong, peer pressure, and the power that God has to help them with all of these trials."
Make Your Voice Heard!
Who were your favorite Christian storytellers of 2010? Your favorite book, your favorite book trailer or favorite DVDs? Tell us your picks in any one or more of several categories -- including Amish, romance, suspense, SF, comics and more. Vote today -- deadline February 6!

Trailer of the Week: THE STRANGE MAN
Supernatural suspense from Greg Mitchell: When a nameless demon threatens his friend, a 22-year-old washout races against time to turn a whole town toward God and away from unspeakable evil. Watch the trailer here!
More book trailers here!
Author of the Week: Patti Lacy
Author Patti Lacy taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels. Her latest, The Rhythm of Secrets, spans three decades--from 1940s Louisiana to the Vietnam era.
More authors here!
Book of the Week: FOUND IN TRANSLATION
YA fiction from Roger Bruner with Kristi Rae Bruner: A spoiled 18-year-old on a mission trip discovers she'll be doing construction in a remote village without plumbing and electricity, rather than evangelism in a town with fast food.
More books here!
Movie of the Week: RUST
Rocked by a crisis of faith, a minister leaves his pastorate and returns to the home he left a lifetime ago. Very little has changed in the small farming town -- except everything he's ever known. A mystery that will leave you seeking the power of grace. More movies here!
Free: GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREEN
For a limited time: Download the second volume in Judy Christie's "Green" series free! Will Lois Barker put down roots in Green--or will small-town life be too tough? The book can be downloaded free for Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device and also for Barnes & Noble's Nook.
Free Fiction: THE CENTURION'S WIFE
For a limited time: Download the first book in Davis Bunn's and Janette Oke's Acts of Faith series free! A sweeping saga of the events surrounding the birth of Christianity. Free for Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, at Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook.
Free Fiction: JUST AS I AM
For a limited time, download Virginia Smith's novel Just As I Am free! Once Mayla visited that little country church, life would never be the same. The book can be downloaded for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. Click here for more Kindle Bestsellers: Religious Fiction.
FamilyFiction Jan/Feb 2011
The latest issue is online, it's free and it includes: Francine Rivers * Robert Whitlow * Jerry Jenkins * Jill Williamson * Andrew Klavan * Wanda Brunstetter * Andy Andrews * DiAnn Mills * Julie Klassen * Jenny B. Jones * Chuck Swindoll * Nicole O'Dell * and more! Read it today!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Who was your favorite Christian author of 2010?

Cast YOUR Vote!
Who was your favorite Christian storyteller of 2010? How about your favorite book, your favorite book trailer or favorite DVD? Tell us your picks in any one or more of several categories -- including romance, suspense, SF and more. Take this survey and make your voice heard!
Janice Thompson: Hollywood Romance
Author Janice Thompson's romantic comedy Stars Collide is inspired by a summer spent in Los Angeles and a love of sitcoms. "Another huge inspiration was 42nd Street with Ruby Keeler," she says. "I wanted Grandma Lenore to have that 'old Hollywood' feel about her."
Donita Paul: Dragon On Tour
Donita K. Paul's fantasy Dragons of the Valley storms the blogosphere next week with the Christian SF & Fantasy blog tour. Bloggers all over the Internet will feature her book. The CSFF promotes a speculative novel or website every month to raise awareness for this genre.
New children's book from Francis Chan
This March, noted minister and author Francis Chan releases his third children's book, Ronnie Wilson's Gift. Via beautiful four-color illustrations and an insightful storyline, the book invites young readers to experience the power of loving generosity.
FamilyFiction Plus: Jenny B. Jones
Our Romance correspondent, Rel Mollet, interviewed Jenny B. Jones for the Jan/Feb issue of FamilyFiction Digital Magazine. After you read it in the magazine, then you can read what didn't make it into the story on Relz Reviewz.
Trailer of the Week: DIGITALIS
Romantic suspense from Ronie Kendig: When their hearts collide, more than their lives are at stake. Is there any way their love, founded on lies, can survive? Watch the trailer here!
More book trailers here!
Author of the Week: MARY CONNEALY
Author Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys." She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband and has four grown daughters. Her latest novel is Sharpshooter In Petticoats.
More authors here!
Book of the Week: POSSESSION
New from Rene Gutteridge: a little boy's innocent faith brings a group of desperate people to their knees. What is at stake counts for everything, but nothing can prepare Vance for the truth.
More books here!
Movie of the Week
Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure, based on the book by Lois Gladys Leppard: Mandie and her friends embark on a harrowing journey to protect her uncle. As they struggle to solve riddles and face hidden secrets, are they headed for adventure -- or danger? More movies here!
Free Fiction: THE CENTURION'S WIFE
For a limited time: The first volume in Davis Bunn's and Janette Oke's Acts of Faith series can be downloaded free! The book can be downloaded for Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. Also available at Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes& Noble's Nook.
Free Fiction: JUST AS I AM
For a limited time, download Virginia Smith's novel Just As I Am free! The book can be downloaded for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. Click here for more Kindle Bestsellers: Religious Fiction.
FamilyFiction Jan/Feb 2011
The latest issue is online, it's free and it includes: Francine Rivers * Robert Whitlow * Jerry Jenkins * Jill Williamson * Andrew Klavan * Wanda Brunstetter * Andy Andrews * DiAnn Mills * Julie Klassen * Jenny B. Jones * Chuck Swindoll * Nicole O'Dell * and more! Read it today!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New VeggieTales for Easter, a widower finds love, and more!

IS LOVE ALWAYS THIS IMPOSSIBLE?
Longtime widower Earl Walker is surprised to find love again after so many years--but plans to propose to the lady are put on hold when the pastor at their church is inexplicably framed for murder. Can Earl solve the mystery ... or it time for Earl and Gloria to start looking for a new church?
New VeggieTales Easter coming Mar 5
VeggieTales' first new Easter DVD in seven years, 'Twas The Night Before Easter hits Christian retail Mar 5 and general market stores Mar 8. The DVD, starring American Idol's Melinda Doolittle, includes silly songs, interviews and a backstage pass feature with Larry the Cucumber.
Writing a Novel--One Tweet at a Time
Author Adam Palmer is conducting a "bold new experiment in novel-writing" -- his novel Space Available is being written and broadcast completely through Twitter. Every week, Marcher Lord Press collects the segments and posts the project-to-date in flip book form.
Kathy Herman: Tasty Thriller
Kathy Herman adds a hearty shake of Cajun flavoring to False Pretenses (David C. Cook), the first book in her new suspense series. "I craved gumbo the entire time I wrote this story," she says. "And I have 10 extra pounds to show for it."

Trailer of the Week: THE FIRE IN EMBER
Historical romance from DiAnn Mills: A rancher saves a young woman from hanging--and now her past may destroy his family, his ranch and his future. Watch the trailer here!
More book trailers here!
Author of the Week: FRANK CREED
Science fiction author Frank Creed is head critiquer at TheFinishers.biz, a premier manuscript evaluation service, as well as novelist, speaker and workshop presenter. His latest novel is War of Attrition. More authors here!
Book of the Week: POINT OF NO RETURN
Romantic suspense from Susan May Warren: An American boy and a warlord's daughter disappear -- and the only man who can find them them must work alongside an old flame. Can he protect her from the enemy on their trail without losing his heart again? More books here!
Movie of the Week: THE TRIAL
From the book by Robert Whitlow: After the death of his wife and sons, suicide seems the only escape for small town attorney Mac McClain--until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him. More movies here!
Free Fiction: RELENTLESS
For a limited time, download Robin Parrish's speculative thriller Relentless free! The book can be downloaded at Amazon (for Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device) and at Barnes & Noble. Click here for more Kindle Bestsellers: Religious Fiction.
Free Fiction: LOVE ON A DIME
For a limited time, download Cara Lynn James' historical romance Love on a Dime free! The book can be downloaded for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. It is also available from Christian Book Distributors, Barnes & Noble and Sony.
FamilyFiction Jan/Feb 2011
The latest issue is online, it's free and it includes: Francine Rivers * Robert Whitlow * Jerry Jenkins * Jill Williamson * Andrew Klavan * Wanda Brunstetter * Andy Andrews * DiAnn Mills * Julie Klassen * Jenny B. Jones * Chuck Swindoll * Nicole O'Dell * and more! Read it today!

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