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Faith and Honor by Robin Maderich

About the Author:
 
Although published in various genres of romance, both in print and electronic format, Robin Maderich’s first novel was historical, released by Warner Books (before the big merger with Time) in 1989. Faith and Honor hs since been reprinted and the second in the trilogy released. Most recently Robin is enjoying an association with New Concepts Publishing and had a brief but satisfying association with Inara Press. She has also illustrated a children’s e-book which was released last year.
 
The rural village in Pennsylvania where Robin resides with her husband and multiple pets has provided much of her recent inspiration. The fact her three sons are all grown has allowed her more time to pursue writing. As one might expect, Robin’s feelings regarding that circumstance are mixed.
 
Robin’s love of history, research, the intricacies of detail and stretching her imagination have aided her immensely through the ever-expanding process of learning her craft.
 
For more information please visit http://www.robinmaderich.com/

About the Book:

 
Rescued from the harrassment of British officers in Colonial Boston by handsome, secretive Fletcher Irons, Faith Ashley’s slumbering passions are ignited, until the discovery that Fletcher himself is an officer of the army she has come to despise, a man who is the enemy. Yet with persistence, Fletcher wins the fiery Faith’s love. When the colonies erupt in Revolution, Faith refuses to choose between her loyalty to the cause and her love for the man who is far more than the color of his uniform. Will her honor be her undoing?

 

Review:
 
I haven’t read a book like this in quite awhile, so I was thrilled to have the chance as part of Robin’s virtual book tour.  Faith Ashley has returned home to Boston, even though her father has reprimanded her and told her she should be staying with her new family.  She feels drawn to the home that she shared with her late husband.  Boston is as busy as ever, and after having a slight run in with a British officer she meets Fletcher Irons.   
 
Even though they had just met she feels feelings that she hasn’t felt since William.  She is unlike most women of her era, and can be rebellious by nature.  But even though she is rebellious, when she finds out that Fletcher is a British Officer she isn’t sure if her heart can win over her loyalty to her country.
She is not alone in her feelings.  Fletcher is drawn to Faith on their first encounter and has a hard time getting her out of his head.  Even though Faith is resistent to his advances, he is determined to get her to see beyond the uniform to the man that is inside of it.  As much as they fight their feelings, love is blossoming when things get heated between the States and England.  Can love really conquer all, or will their loyalty to their countries destroy a romance that is only seen once in a lifetime? 
 
I really LOVED this book!  I have not read anything that was set during the Revolution but it is obvious that this writer has done her homework.  It was easy to picture yourself standing there among the characters, each drips with such realism.  I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this trilogy!  Great job:) 

 

WIN PRIZES!!!
 
FAITH AND HONOR VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Robin’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in March to find out more about this great book and talented author!
 
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available.

 

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The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano

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When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever.  The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully.  But the program took Melody’s name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately her family.  She’s been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others–everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself.  So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in  another town, she’s stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name.  Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it’s a dangerous thrill that Melody can’t resist.  He’s insistent that she’s just a pawn in the government’s war against the Bovaro faimly.  But can trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?

“All farewells should be sudden, when forever.”  This quote by Lord Byron is an appropriate lead into a very exciting, dramatic, and at times heartfelt journey of a young woman trying to become herself…literally.

Melody Grace McCartney has been anything but herself since the day, at the age of sic, she and her family were witness to a brutal mob hit and became part of the Federal Witness Protection Program.  What follows is a brief and at time heartbreaking account of what it is like to lose oneself.  And when Melody, a.k.a. Sandra Clarke, places the fateful call to the Feds saying she feels threatened, mostly out of boredom, she has no idea how truely threatened she really is.

I found this book hard to put down.  I thought that the characters were very believable and well written.  I also thought the premise for the story was intriguing and thanks to the great writing by the author, made the story jump off the pages.

And finally, the twist at the end lets the story end the way it needed to.  Suddenly.  As the reason for Lord Byron’s quote in the beginning of the book become very apparent. 

This was a great debut for the author and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Bravo!

David Cristofano has earned degrees in Government and Politics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked for different branches of the Federal Government for over a decade.  His short works have been published by Like Water Burning and McSweeneysHe currently works in the Washington D.C. area where he lives with his wife, son and daughter.  THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE  is his first novel.

 

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany L. Warren

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Darrin Bainbridge is your typical playboy in need of love, but not yet ready. He is a freelance journalist trying to break his big story. After a visit from his mother, Darrin gets an idea. He has heard all kinds of stories about “Hollywood” ministers who hold their church services on television, live in nice houses, drive nice cars, and have lots of money and women. Darrin is disgusted by it all especially when his mother Priscilla starts shouting praises for Atlanta Bishop Kumal Prentiss. Darrin decides to go to Atlanta, become a member of the bishop’s church, and expose him for the hustling fraud that he believes he is. He just never planned on falling in love with the Bishop’s daughter.

Darrin suddenly finds himself torn between his new found friend and his possible big break. 

Darrin Bainbridge is a writer, and has been looking for his big break for quite some time.  Even though he is living off of  a trust fund, he feels he really needs to prove something to himself, and everyone else who doubts him.  He knows he’s got it in him, and when he sees Bishop Prentiss on the television a lightbulb goes off.  What preacher out there doesn’t have a few skeletons in their closet and how big would he be if he could expose them?

In order to get the details for his “expose”, Darrin moves to Atlanta and actually joins the church the Bishop is in charge of – Freedom of Life.  He never expects to be so enthralled by the Bishop’s delivery, and becomes and active member of the church.  He begins to wonder if this is one holy man that doesn’t have any secrets.  Is it possible, or will he find out some information that could make his career soar but take down the career of someone he has come to admire?

Tiffany L. Warren is a technology manager who lives in suburban Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and four children. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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Run For Your Life by James Patterson

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A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes BE AFRAID, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

This is the first James Patterson book that I have read in awhile and I am glad that I waited.  This book was a non-stop thrill from start to finish, and I can’t wait to read the rest of his books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf for too long.

Mike Bennett has had a rough time lately.  His wife has recently passed away from cancer, leaving him a single parent of 10 children – thankfully he has Mary Catherine, an Irish nanny and confidant – someone who he can really count on in good times and bad.  He comes home after an exhausting day at work – a day in which he has negotiated a hostage situation, only to have the thug shot by someone in the crowd.  He knows there will be stacks of forms and the media will be out in full force, but he just wants a little sleep before then.  Unfortunately, his house is ravaged by the flu so there won’t be much sleep with so many sick kids.

He receives a call from his boss the following morning, and he expects it…after all, there was a man shot last night and he was the one in charge.  But this call is different, he is being asked to head a special team of officers to try and stop a killer.  And he’s the only man that might be able to do it.

The Teacher is a killer with a mission – he is going to teach the citizens of New York some manners if it kills him…or them.  And he knows how to do it without getting caught.  No one is safe, are you talking on your cellphone in a restaurant?  You could be next.  Condescending to someone in a high profile restaurant or store?  Better watch yourself, it could just be The Teacher, and he’s just waiting for you to make the wrong move so he can make his.

This book is extremely fast paces and a true nail biter – I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, and the way it did there is surely the possibility that we haven’t seen the end of The Teacher – I for one would love to have him back to wreak some more havoc!

James Patterson published his first thriller in 1976 and since then has become one of the best-known and bestselling writers of all time, with more than 140 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club, and he has written numerous other #1 bestsellers. He has won an Edgar Award–the mystery world’s highest honor–and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came aSpider were made into feature films starring Morgan Freeman. His charity, the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to individuals and groups that promote the excitement of books and reading. He lives in Florida.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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Be Strong & Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

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After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can’t wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she’s ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly’s worst nightmare. “Mac” not only swoops in and steals Carly’s privacy, she’s also dating Brett Loyola–Carly’s biggest crush!
But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who’s behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other’s hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?

I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series…it is actually the third book in Shelley Adina’s It’s All About Us series.  It is perfectly easy to follow as a stand alone, although I certainly want to read the other two books that prelude this one. 

Although these books are considered young adult, I feel that there are lessons that can be learned by anyone while reading them.  This book is centered around the students at Spencer Academy, and elite high school in California that really does cater to the rich and famous.  Carly is there on a scholarship and is embarrassed by this fact.  She will do anything to keep this a secret from her fellow classmates and the few friends she’s made.  But Carly’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Carly finds out that she is getting a new roomate named Mac.  But, this just isn’t any roomate.  She is actually Lady Lindsay MacPhail, the daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn and is Carly’s nightmare come to life.  She is arrogant, and feels as if the whole world should bow to her will.  And if they won’t?  Well, she’s willing to make it happen no matter what it takes or who stands in her way.  And Carly becomes the prime target.

When Mac starts getting emails from someone who appears to be a stalker, she isn’t sure what to do or who to turn to.  Will Carly use her faith in God to help her see past the struggles between the two and reach out to someone in need?

I thought this was really a great book, and an easy read for anyone. 

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she’s inviting today’s teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen–with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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Eat, Drink, and Be from Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid

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Truely Noonan is the quintessential Southern boy made good. Like his older sister, Courtney, Truely left behind the slow, sweet life of Mississippi for jet-set San Francisco, where he earned a fortune as an Internet entrepreneur. Courtney and Truely each find happy marriages–until, as if cursed by success, those marriages start to crumble. Then their lives are interrupted by an unexpected stranger–a troubled teenager named Arnold, garrulous, charming, thuggishly dressed, and determined to move in to their world. Arnold turns their lives upside down–and in the process this unlikely trio becomes the family that each had been searching for. In the best Southern fiction tradition, Kincaid has brought us an inspiring story about finding the way home.

I have been truly (no pun intended) fortunate this year as I don’t believe that I have read a bad book.  I know that it is early in the year yet, and am sure that this will change but I am going to keep thinking positive.

I was sent this book by Miriam Parker.  After reading the description I thought that it sounded wonderful, and was I right.  I had never read a book by Nancy Kincaid before, but suffice it to say my TBR pile has now grown even larger, if that’s possible.

Truely and his sister Courtney have both left the slow paced life of Mississippi to break out into the “real” world and explore life in a happening city…a city like San Francisco.  Truely is wealthy, having made his fortune as an Internet entrepreneur.  He and his sister both have a charmed life with money, a happy marriage, and success.  Until it all starts to fall apart, beginning with their marriages.

It’s hard to feel sorry for them because they still have so much going for them, but I did.  And then their lives are turned upside down by Arnold, a troubled youth who is exactly what they have both been looking for to make their lives complete.

Not only did I think that this story was extremely well written, I fell in love with the characters.  She has a wonderful gift in being able to bring them to life and you can really relate to them. 

Nanci Kincaid is the author of Crossing Blood, Balls, Pretending the Bed Is a Raft (made into the feature film My Life Without Me), Verbena, and As Hot as it Was You Ought to ThankMe. She divides her time between San Jose and Honolulu.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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Little Pink House by Jeff Benedict Audio Giveaway

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Thanks to Anna Balasi of Hachette Book Group I will be giving away 3 copies of this book (it will be an audiobook).  To enter, please leave a comment but remember it will only be open to residents of the US and Canada and we will not be able to ship to P.O. Boxes.  This contest will end January 24th.  Good Luck!

About the Book:

Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a falling down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn’t particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence.

Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors flat out refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching one of the most extraordinary legal cases of our time, a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court.

In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case — indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.

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