Tuesday, June 29, 2010

4 Summer Reading Programs for Kids


Scholastic Summer Reading Program

This week’s Trailer Park Tuesday spotlight’s 4 summer reading programs this year for kids.

Scholastics ihas a summer reading challenge.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. Kids get free book after reading 8 books.

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni: Book CoverTheir 2010 program features Scholastic's best-selling multi-media adventure series 'The 39 Clues®'. Authors Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, Patrick Carman, Linda Sue Park, and Margaret Peterson Haddix will make appearances at select stores across the country, and will also participate in a Summer Reading blog at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/summerreading), where they will post about summer reading memories and children's literacy. The free program kicks off in Barnes & Noble stores across the country May 25 and continues through September 6. Teachers, parents and children can download the Summer Reading materials for free at www.bn.com/summerreading.


Borders Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Program

Borders Summer Reading program double-dog dares you to read 10 books, record the names, and bring the printed form to any Borders store for a FREE book!

Lifeway Stores have a Summer Reading Challenge that will last through July 31, 2010.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

2010 Christy Awards & Athol Dickson


2010 Nominations
On April 29th, 2010, the Christy Advisory Board announced the nominees for this year’s Christy Awards, which honor the best of Christian Fiction published the previous year.  The winners were honored at a ceremony yesterday, June 26, 2010 in St. Louis, MO during which two-time Christy Award winner and seven-time nominee Lisa Samson will deliver the keynote address.
I highlighted the titles in purple that we spotlighted on the blog this year. Congratulations!!
Contemporary Romance
Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)
Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas
Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)
Contemporary Standalone
The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
First Novel
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House Publishers)
Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Historical Romance
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Lost Mission by Athol Dickson (Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster)
By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
Young Adult
North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

The 2010 Christy Award nominees are:
BREACH OF TRUST by DiAnn Mills  (Tyndale House )
HOW SWEET IT IS by Alice J. Wisler  (Bethany House / Baker )
STAND-IN GROOM by Kaye Dacus  (Barbour Publishing)

WHO DO I TALK TO? by Neta Jackson  (Thomas Nelson)
THE HOPE OF REFUGE by Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook Multnomah)
DAISY CHAIN by Mary DeMuth (Zondervan)

JUNE BUG by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House)
THE PASSION OF MARY-MARGARET by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
VEILED FREEDOM by Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House)

THE FAMILIAR STRANGER by Christina Berry (Moody)
FIREFLIES IN DECEMBER by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House)
SCARED by Tom Davis (David C. Cook)

A FLICKERING LIGHT by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah)
THOUGH WATERS ROAR by Lynn Austin (Bethany House / Baker)
THE SWISS COURIER by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey  (Revell / Baker)

BEYOND THIS MOMENT by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House / Baker)
A BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House / Baker)
THE INHERITANCE by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson)
THE SILENT GOVERNESS by Julie Klassen (Bethany House / Baker)

INTERVENTION by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
LOST MISSION by Athol Dickson (Howard / Simon & Schuster)
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Mark Mynheir (WaterBrook Multnomah)

BY DARKNESS HID by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
THE ENCLAVE by Karen Hancock (Bethany House / Baker)
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale)

BEAUTIFUL by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)
THE BLUE UMBRELLA by Mike Mason (David C. Cook)
NORTH! OR BE EATEN by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah)

Christian Fiction Blog's 2009 Top Ten Reads Announced

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Take Dee’s Summer Reading Challenge

Want to be a part of something big this summer? Take my

Summer Reading Challege.

Join the group on Facebook here. You may win a prize. Yes, Really!!

You can also add books to the challenge to up the ante.

Summer Read Friday

Destined book cover  Chosen started the war. In Destined, brother battles brother for ultimate control of their father’s multimillion-dollar ministry in the captivating second novel from Patricia Haley’s provocative new series inspired by the biblical kings David and Solomon.

Don Mitchell thought he’d left DMI headquarters behind forever when he fled to South Africa after his dying father chose his younger, inexperienced half brother Joel to run the thriving family business. But he could not ignore Abigail’s dire request to return to Detroit. After three years of exile, torn between self-preservation and undying devotion to the woman who was once his father’s trusted assistant, he’s considering a plan to secretly assume control of the ministry that Joel, plagued by a slew of illicit affairs and poor business judgment, is plunging into ruin. When his estranged sister refuses to help him, Don must decide whether to stand up and fight a war he never wished to ignite. Should he face down his power-hungry brother to save the ministry his father worked so hard to build – and take a chance on an unrequited love he never dreamed Abigail would reciprocate – or should he return to the tranquility he’s found in South Africa along with the budding drama-free relationship he left behind? Patricia Haley’s evocative modern-day interpretation of these popular biblical tales will keep readers riveted until the stunning conclusion, when the entire fate of a family rests on their ability and willingness to forgive. Purchase the book via the button below and you can get your book from your local bookstore. Isn’t that cool!

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walterMaster storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. pens the historically accurate biblical tale of Naomi and Ruth in this riveting novel. Contemporary echoes of love, deceit, war, and political instability will resonate with readers today, while rich descriptions and gritty realism cast new light on the ancient narrative. A powerful story that you won’t soon forget!

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Faith, family, and friendship have always been top priority to lifelong friends flawsLawson, Reginell, Sullivan, Angel, and Kina, but each one is about to be put to the test during one turbulent year.

Lawson Kerry is a struggling single mother who has finally gotten her life together. Now, a fierce custody battle with her ex threatens to the tear apart everything she's built.

Reginell Kerry is a starry-eyed singer determined to make it to the top of the charts, but will she change her tune when a chance at fame means shedding her clothes and her self-respect?

Sullivan Webb is the pampered wife of a charismatic pastor with political aspirations, but she just might destroy her husband's campaign and their marriage if she can't control her wandering eye.

Angel King has dedicated her life to nursing following the destruction of her marriage. Can she maintain her professionalism when she discovers that her newest patient is the woman who stole her husband?

Kina Battle has had enough of her husband's verbal and physical abuse. When she's pushed to the edge, the situation heads in a deadly direction, and there's no turning back.

Nothing is sacred, all bets are off, and the lives of these ladies will never be the same. Will they have the strength to hold on to their friendships and put their trust in God?

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If you live in Georgia, Florida or Alabama, Shana would love to meet you personally, as well. Email me.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Do you think the absence of a father distorts a women’s view of God?

Daddy’s Delight Blog Tour


This past Sunday was Father’s Day. Dr. Karia, do you think the presence or absence of an earthly father distorts a woman’s view of her Heavenly Father? How might she work through her daddy issues so that she can see herself as Daddy’s Delight.

Absolutely. There are a number of books out on what has not been termed “The Father Wound”. Healing for the Father Wound by Norman Wright is a good resource for that. Elizabeth Cannings, who is completing her doctorate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a good resource for discussing the father wound in children. The name of her ministry is Emagine ministries. If people will e-mail me at Dr.Karia @FocusedForwardMinistries.org, I will put them in contact with her.

But with regard to your question, your Heavenly Father knows what happened to you, and wants to replace what was lost. God loves you unconditionally. Frequently when a woman has an abusive or demanding father, she sees God as abusive or demanding. When he is a perfectionist, she is drawn to legalism in religion, and then finds herself unable to please the God that exists in her mind, and sometimes even herself. When she has grown up with an absent father, she feels abandoned by God. But there is hope. She will just need to address that issue directly. When you do, you can solve it.

The issue is that the God that exists in her mind is not the real God. The real God is reflected in His Son, Jesus.

So a couple of things need to happen. In order to focus forward, there are times when we have to look backward and heal. Don’t expect too much of yourself too fast in this area. Whether the father was in the home and not the man he should have been, or completely absent, there will probably be some anger. Give yourself permission to be angry. Then give yourself permission to work through the process and heal. At some point in that process you will be able to separate your heavenly father from your earthly father. But if you do not go through the healing process, it will be difficult to do that.

As you begin to separate the two “Fathers”, then you are open to see what God is like. The scripture says that Jesus is an exact reflection of His Father. Jesus is the third person of the Trinity – he is as much God as God the Father. So, in the Bible, we have a record of Jesus’ personality and character.

To work through this, there is an exercise you can do.

Get a pad, and write the words: “Jesus Did“. Skip a few lines. Then write: “That means Jesus Is”. Skip a few lines, then write “That means My Heavenly Daddy Is”. Then skip a few lines and write “What that means to me is”. Under that, write, “What I thought was…”, and then “The truth Is…”

Going through the books of Luke or John (you may want to do this with a few friends)..As you read and come upon something that Jesus did write that incident down. Then fill out the rest of your form. What does that say about Jesus’ character? (If you are with friends, brainstorm on it.) If Jesus is God’s exact reflection, what does that say about your Heavenly Father? And then, finally, how does that relate to you?

For the next week, when you look in the mirror, confess over yourself the most relevant characteristic. For example, “My heavenly Father is (cite the characteristic you discovered), and He loves me and accepts me unconditionally. I am His daughter. He will take care of me.“

Let’s do a passage now, as an example:

Jesus Did

Luke 4:1-13. He responded to Satan. He resisted Satan.

That means Jesus is….

Smart. Bold. Not afraid of anyone or anything. Determined. Can be by Himself. Perfect.

(Discuss these attributes with your friends if you are doing a group study).

That means my Heavenly Father is…..

Smart. Bold. Not afraid of anyone or anything. Determined. Can be by Himself. Perfect. (Discuss these attributes with your friends).

What that means to me is

I used to think,.. - When I am in a crisis, God will abandon me. I am on my own, because my dad always disappeared when the going got rough.

The truth is - My heavenly father is smart enough and bold enough to stick with me when things get tough. I choose to believe the truth.

Confession I will say in the mirror daily for the next week:

I am not alone. My heavenly father is smart enough and bold enough to stand with me when the world is attacking me. He loves me and accepts me unconditionally. I am His daughter. He will take care of me.

If you would like, you may go to my website: www.focusedforward.org, and I will post this question under the question and answer section, and provide a Bible study outline there for you to do a biblical study of who God is to you.

The key to the question, though, is separating your view of God from the truth about who God is. Then you will be able to believe what He says to you about you. You are His divine design.

About the Book

In Daddy’s Delight, Dr. Karia Bunting reminds women that they are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, His “poema”. That God has intricately woven together every fiber of their being and created each one special and unique. That God, having completed His work of art, gave her to mankind as a gift.


Evident in this great care God took in fashioning woman is the importance and value of each one. So why do so many women struggle with God’s design, wishing they could change just this or that one thing about themselves?

Dr. Bunting challenges each reader to accept and embrace the truth that, regardless of what season of life she’s in, she is God’s masterpiece-not her own work of art. When God sees her, He sees His beautiful creation. A creation that yes, has some wrinkles needing to be smoothed out and yet, is one in whom is His delight to love to perfection.

About the Author

KARIA BUNTING is an expository Bible teacher whose mission is to communicate the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that people are saved, and disciples are developed. She is the founder of Focused Forward Ministries, a communication and media ministry, and a member of several community and ministry organizations. She also partners with her husband, George, in his management & financial consulting company.

Karia received her master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. She’s currently receiving a second doctorate from the University of Texas. She serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and enjoys ministering the Word and its’ principles through her lecture series and power lunches held throughout the year.

Karia and George, her husband of 26 years, live in Dallas, Texas where she teaches the Word weekly in the women’s Bible study at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Mother of three children, Karia is also a mentor to many young women. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Visit her Dr. Karia online at focusedforwardministries.org.

View the blog tour schedule and read an excerpt at


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TPT: Michelle Sutton’s Never Without Hope

Happy Tuesday! This week’s Trailer Park Tuesday Spotlight is Sutton’s Never Without Hope(Sword of the Spirit.)

Hope believes she is above sexual temptation; that she would never break that commandment like her husband's previous wives had done. After all, she is a good Christian and a loving mother. She has no reason to stray . . . until her husband starts neglecting her needs and things begin to look hopeless. Though she clearly communicates her pain to her husband, he refuses to get help. She starts to wonder…Will she never have sex with her husband again? She soon learns that she, too, is capable of such betrayal when she succumbs to the unthinkable.

But things that first seemed sweet and reasonable given her painful situation soon produce a bitter taste when combined with the overwhelming guilt. No substitute will ever replace her love and desire for her husband. If only he would touch her like he used to. If only they could make love again. She misses him so much and wants to tell him the truth hoping it will propel him to do something to fix their problem, but she fears his rejection. Yet, she can't continue living such a hypocritical life. She knows it's wrong even though she continues to crave physical intimacy. Steeped in the quagmire of adultery, Hope must find her way back to solid ground to save her marriage. But will she lose everyone she loves in the process?

Click here to learn more about Michelle’s book. IMO Michelle writes stories that get deep into the heart of our challenges and our faith. Get the book here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

3 Gifts to Faith & Fiction Retreat Attendants

 IMAGE_495This weekend I fellowshipped with my Write-or-Die Chicks and added some more to the mix, along with the most posh bookclubs I’ve met this year. Honey, these ladies were dressed to kill at the gala banquet.

For those of you who attended the Book Marketing Boot Camp Session, in which I was a part of.  We had to cut our session short, because of a time crunch, so I offered three freebies to you:

    10 Book Marketing Tips Every Author Should Consider Before the Book Hits the Shelf

    Book Marketing Dee-Mystified Series Planning Workbook: 7 Components to Book Marketing and Social Media Design

    The #1 Reason Why your Book Marketing Efforts Fail on Facebook? (expanded version that is not online)


You can email me via Facebook and I will send you all three. The first respondent gets a free one hour consulation from me. (A $100 value.)

Once again. Thanks so much for hanging out with me this weekend!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sins of the Mother & Daddy’s Delight

I giggled when these two books arrived on my doorstep. The two titles sitting next to each other reads like a gospel stage play. However, there is nothing comical or fantastical about either book.

Victoria Christopher Murray’s Sins of the Mother(Touchstone)( was chosen as a top summer read for my Christian Fiction Online Magazine, because it novelized a common question we ask God. Why do bad things happen to good people? During this time in our country—BP Oil Spill, layoffs, authors losing contracts—Murray’s novel may give us another perspective on the subject. Hopefully we can encourage others once we’ve been enlightened.

Dr. Karia Bunting’s Daddy’s Delight(Moody) is a great summer Sunday school breather for women ministries. Chapter 2’s Three Times a Lady: How to Enjoy Being a Woman illuminated me. I’ve been struggling for the past three years, since I lost my second child, with restlessness. This chapter spoke to me of what I’ve been trying to become again(1 Peter 3:3-4.) It has helped me with the decision to some things go and reluctantly, but assuredly step away from some caustic friendships.

Check these books out this weekend. I’ll be seeing Victoria in Atlanta this weekend, as we attend the 2010 Faith and Fiction Retreat. Hit me up.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TPT: Melody Carlson As Young As We Feel

Happy Tuesday. Today are Trailer Park Tuesday feature is Melody Carlson’ s As Young As We Feel.

Before I talk about the book let me say I love this trailer. It is succinct, the graphics and the music fit the tone of this novel. And the length is short enough to get you interested in the book. More importantly the size of this video is small enough to email and share across your networks (something book trailer developers often forget about it.) Kudos David C. Cook Publishers again.

Now the story…

At a crossroads in their lives, four old friends—a New York lawyer, an empty nester, a frustrated artist, and an aging starlet—come together again in their old hometown. Read the first chapter at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/25445313/As..


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Using Microsoft Note to Outline my Novel In a Snap


Today I began brainstorming Book 2 of my series* tonight.  Unlike my first book, whereby I had all the time in the world to build a book, I have a deadline July 15 to turn in an outline. So how do a newbie published author transition from hobbyist to professional writer? er um… how do you write under a deadline?

For me, all I need is One Note. Microsoft’s One Note.

Here I can house all the jots and doodles about my novel in one place. It’s like a corkboard without the cork and board just the white space. I love it.

If you squint you’ll see that i have my book sectioned by tabs, a synopsis section and marketing plan. i’ve dropped in some pics of the scene and the muse, Jason Momoa for my main character.  i can even drop in my soundtrack for the book in there. (yeah I use music to help me write these stories.) I can even drop in videos. I have a hilarious youtube of a wedding gown grab down that has helped me write the opening scene.

I plotted Part 1(the first 75 pages in a few hours.) Tomorrow I’ll roughly write the opening scene. Guess what you can pop in a Todo that syncs to Outlook inside this. Isn’t that cool.


I can even drop my whole scene in this section as a Microsoft Doc. Kewler!!

Now I have a question for you. How do you keep up with all your story building tools?

Sunday, June 13, 2010


using Microsoft One Note to StoryBoard Book 2. Anyone else use One Note and like it?

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Weekend Read: Heading Home

Beautiful Beginnings and Happy Endings!

Renee Riva’s latest release, Heading Home, draws her readers into the heart of the Digulio family as A.J. discovers that one of the key elements of a lifelong relationship is a love that will anchor your heart and draw you toward home.

Angelina Digulio’s heart has been tenderly tied to Indian Island through a series of letters that Danny has written on behalf of her dog, Sailor, throughout her eight years in Italy. Although the initial reunion with Danny is sweet, at the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, it isn’t long before Danny and A.J. realize that the future of their hearts and the reality of their plans could very possibly take them in very different directions. While Danny explores the possibility of creating a series of summer camps for church groups and introducing a new Indian princess to the island, A.J. begins spending time with the nuns at Our Lady of the Lake in an attempt to fulfill a promise she made to God several years ago. What neither of them realize is that their dreams for the future are more entwined than they could ever believe possible.

Fans of Renee Riva’s Indian Island trilogy will be delighted to be reunited with the colorful cast of characters from the two previous books, Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. As Heading Home progresses, all three branches of the extended families collide—Southern, Italian and Greek!—to create a story that will linger tenderly in your heart for a very long time! There are many tense moments as Danny and A.J. sort through their feelings, and there are many holy moments as each of them come before God with their burdens and trust Him with their future. Hilarity also abounds in this story, especially when the Italian and Greek grandmothers come together!

Heading Home is a story about the very best of what it means to be family. This is a story about beautiful beginnings and happy endings! Fans of Renee Riva will add special memories to their reading collection with the final volume of the Indian Island Trilogy.

Click here to view the video trailer.

What people are saying about…..Heading Home

“Riva’s warm, often humorous, and delightful story of first love, loyalties, and complicated promises offers readers a mix of faith and fun wrapped in fiction.”

Gail Welborn, review in Seattle Christian Book Review Examiner

“Heading Home wins a place on my bookshelves that house only titles I plan to read again and again. The humor, the pathos, and the believability of the characters and the plot make Heading Home an absolute delight-enjoyable and unforgettable. Renee deserves high praise for a book that will touch lives and teach tolerance while adhering to strong Christian beliefs.”

Colleen L. Reece, author of 140+ “Books You Can Trust,” six million copies sold

“Quirky characters and infectious humor!”

                                                                                                                                                                RT Book Reviews

“Heading Home is the delicious unfolding of A.J.’s tale. Our favorite firecracker of a girl with the fake Southern accent is coming into her own as an adult. Whether A.J. is seeking after God on starlit night, arguing with her Italian American family on the phone, or drifting out on the lake with the cowboy of her drams, Riva takes us on a journey of hilarity, holiness, family fun, and true love. Heading Home made me feel like I came home.”

Susanna Foth Aughtmon, author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans

“Renee Riva’s Heading Home is a touching, satisfying episode in the life of the irrepressible A.J. Degulio. Reader beware! Beginning this book near bedtime may result in daytime drowsiness!”

Sylvia Dorham, author and voice-over artist whose credits include Riva’s Saving Sailor

“A sweet tale of true love, quirky characters, and a girl named A.J. you can’t help but adore. Renee Riva is a gem of an author in Christian fiction. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy her wonderful stories, and Heading Home is a great addition. Viva la famiglia!

C.J. Darlington, author of Thicker than Blood and cofounder of Title Trakk.com

Friday, June 11, 2010

P.S. I Hate It Here! #funread

Daisy Selah

Image by deestewart via Flickr

Today’s Friday Fun Read is Diana Falanga  P. S. I Hate It Here!

For every parent who’s ever received a letter from a homesick child or anybody who’s ever written their parents with crazy requests from their bunk, P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids’ Letters From Camp will delight with hilarious and heartwarming real-life letters.

This collection of real letters written by children ages eight to sixteen to their parents about their adventures at summer camp are laugh-out-loud funny and will have readers reminiscing about their own camp days.

More than 150 letters cover all the imaginable scenarios of sleep away camp, from acing the cabin lice inspection, to rowing in the “ricotta” race, to breaking the bad news about a retainer lost in the wilderness. These letters reveal that kids are wittier and more sophisticated than we might assume, and that the experience of being away from home for the first time creates hilarious and lasting memories.

I remember my summer camp letters home. I never felt open enough to tell what I really felt. I got this book, to encourage my daughter to believe she can tell me anything. She leaves for Girl Scout Camp in July.

Click here to learn more and purchase the book.


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why We Won’t Settle

by Dee Stewart

L-R: Sherri Shepherd, Jacque Reid, Vicki Mabrey, Steve Harvey, Jimi Izrael and Hill Harper face off. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

I recently attended ABC’s Nightline News Face-Off Debate “Why Can’t Successful Black Women Find a Man?” It was the second installment of a two-part debate and hosted in Atlanta, GA. In this session Sherri Shepherd, Emmy award-winning co-host of ABC’s The View, and Jacque Reid, star of VH1’s Let’s Talk About Pep, debated Hill Harper, CSI-NY star and author of The Conversation, and Jimi Izrael, author of The Denzel Principle. Psychologist and relationships expert Dr. Alduan Tartt and author/journalist Helena Andrews facilitated the town hall meeting aspect of the debate. Radio talk show host Steve Harvey andNightline’s Vicki Mabrey co-moderated.

With such a great roster of debaters I was excited to attend and meet the debaters. The fact that I am a single, successful, professional black woman who have felt the sting of this issue at some point in my life, I was curious about three things:

1. What would these men tell me that I don’t already know?

2. Was this issue less trivial than I had imagined?

3. Were we really living in an epidemic state of black male and female relationships, whereby black men didn’t want black women anymore?


Read what I learned at Hope For Women Magazine…

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

TPT: Rhonda McKnight’s An Inconvenient Friend

Today’s Trailer Park Tuesday spotlight is my write-or-die chick Rhonda McKnight’s An Inconvenient Friend(Urban Christian)


Samaria Jacobs has her sights set on Gregory Preston. A successful surgeon, he has just the bankroll she needs to keep her in the lifestyle that her credit card debt has helped her grow accustomed to. Samaria joins New Mercies Christian Church to get close to Gregory’s wife. If she gets to know Angelina Preston, she can become like her in more than just looks, and really work her way into Greg’s heart.

Angelina Preston’s life is filled with a successful career and busy ministry work, but something’s just not right with her marriage. Late nights, early meetings, lipstick- and perfume-stained shirts have her suspicious that Greg is doing a little more operating than she’d like. But does she have the strength to confront the only man she’s ever loved and risk losing him to the other woman?

Just when Samaria thinks she’s got it all figured out, she finds herself drawn to Angelina’s kindness. Will she be able to carry out her plan after she finds herself yearning for the one thing she’s never had . . . the friendship of a woman?

You can purchase this novel and similar titles in our bookstore here.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

2010 CFOM Summer Read Picks Announced

Flaws And AllAwkward GraceThe Poet PrinceSins OF The MotherThe MailboxThe Falling AwayDestinedNursing A GrudgeHoly RollersBack On MurderSamson

My Top 10 Summer Book Picks for Christian Fiction Online Magazine Click here to learn more about them. Then don’t forget to nominate your best reads for Christian Fiction Blog. Many categories. Will begin sharing 6/20.


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TPT:Terri Blackstock’s Predator

This week’s Trailer Park Tuesday is Terri Blackstock’s Predator(Zondervan, May 25, 2010.)

The murder of Krista Carmichaels fourteen-year-old sister by an online predator has shaken her faith and made her question Gods justice and protection. Desperate to find the killer, she creates an online persona to bait the predator. But when the stalker turns his sights on her, will Krista be able to control the outcome?

Ryan Adkins started the social network GrapeVyne in his college dorm and has grown it into a billion-dollar corporation. But he never expected it to become a stalking ground for online predators. One of them lives in his town and has killed two girls and attacked a third.

When Ryan meets Krista, the murders become more than a news story to him, and everything is on the line. Joining forces, he and Krista set out to stop the killer. But when hunters pursue a hunter, the tables can easily turn. Only God can protect them now.

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Just Reviewed: More Church Folk

Twenty years after the Gospel United Church’s Triennial General Conference debacle a new trouble looms. This time not in the states, but in West Africa and regarding more church folk, gospel grifters and… watermelon dust? Are the sons of the former dethroned pastors behind this as well? And can the church be saved before more lives are lost? 

Read my full review in RT Book Reviews Magazine this summer.

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