Friday, March 28, 2008

Betrayed - Jeanette Windle

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Tyndale House Publishers (February 6, 2008)


Jeanette Windle


As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty. She has more than a dozen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and the Parker Twins series.


Fires smolder endlessly below the dangerous surface of Guatemala City’s municipal dump.

Deadlier fires seethe beneath the tenuous calm of a nation recovering from brutal civil war. Anthropologist Vicki Andrews is researching Guatemala’s “garbage people” when she stumbles across a human body. Curiosity turns to horror as she uncovers no stranger, but an American environmentalist—Vicki’s only sister, Holly.

With authorities dismissing the death as another street crime, Vicki begins tracing Holly’s last steps, a pilgrimage leading from slum squalor to the breathtaking and endangered cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere. But every unraveled thread raises more questions. What betrayal connects Holly’s murder, the recent massacre of a Mayan village, and the long-ago deaths of Vicki’s own parents?

Nor is Vicki the only one demanding answers. Before her search reaches its startling end, the conflagration has spilled across international borders to threaten an American administration and the current war on terror. With no one turning out to be who they’d seemed, who can Vicki trust and who should she fear?

A politically relevant tale of international intrigue and God’s redemptive beauty and hope.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Life, the Universe, and Some Other Stuff.

OK. Enough with the being sick thing. I was sick for a solid week in January. Sick for another week in February. And sick again this weekend. I stayed home from work Monday and slept all day. What happened to my immune system?

My puppy is wonderful. I love her... although she is very rapidly becoming not so little. She was one of the biggest of the litter, 23 pounds when we got her. A week later, I took her to the vet and she was 28 pounds. We got to the vet again tomorrow to get shots and I'm really curious to see how much she weighs then, because she's noticeably bigger now than she was two weeks ago when we last went... And she likes to eat sticks. Dogs are weird.

I love KU. The Big 12 basketball championship was this weekend, held in Kansas City this year. The Jayhawks won, because they are awesome. I'm not a big sports fan, but for KU basketball, I make an exception.

I'm still job hunting. My current job is about to make me lose my mind. But, I suppose it could be worse.

And this whole winter thing? Enough already! We got a few gorgeous days, but this morning I went out to find ice on my car windows again. And there's a chance of snow again this weekend. Seriously, I'm pretty sure we've used up our allotment of winter.

Boy... isn't this just a thrilling post?

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Perfect Life - Robin Lee Hatcher

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Perfect Life

Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2008)


Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.

She also likes to blog. Go leave her a comment at Write Thinking!


Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.

She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.

Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?
April here. I guess I'm turning into a girl. This is the third romance I've read in recent months and actually enjoyed.... :-)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The big announcement


The time has finally come. I guess I'll tell you all the secret now.

My family of two has now become three.

Meet Elyana (El-yah-nah), Ely for short (like Kelly without the K).

She's three months old and we just brought her home on Friday. She was born November 29th, which is the day after my birthday, not to mention the fact that it's CS Lewis' birthday, so that gives her huge bonus points.

So, there you go. Now you know the secret.

Oh, and if you're wondering, "Elyana" is Hebrew (minor obsession of mine) and means "God has answered."