Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blog Post for Hugh Aaron's "Stories from a Lifetime"

I received this book from:
PUMP UP YOUR BOOK ONLINE BOOK PUBLICITY
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This book by Hugh Aaron really gives any reader with any amount of time to read just about the perfect selection of stories to choose from! From the moment I peeked into the cover of this book until the last time I looked into it I was amazed at how quickly I could get through a story but not be left wondering. Sometimes you get a book of short stories and you read them and you get the feeling constantly that the author has left something out. This is not the case at all with "Stories from a Lifetime". The snip-its of life that are shared in this tome are ones that leave you with thoughts of what the writer might say next. You can read as much or as little and come away feeling that you read a good story. Take example the story in book entitled, "Betrayed" it is the story of only a couple of pages that shares a moment in time that we all share- quick infatuation and awe. It is the time in a single persons' life when you see someone that touches your soul-- that is until you see the person they are with and the two walk away together happily... at least if they seem unhappy it is not a total let down! Hahaa!
I really enjoyed this collection of memories from Hugh Aaron. A job well done! I give this book a 9.50 out of 10. I really encourage you to pick up this book.

You can see this and other reviews of mine on Amazon.com here: Reviews by me



About Hugh Aaron Hugh AaronHugh Aaron, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, received a Liberal Arts degree in the Humanities at The University of Chicago. For three years as a Seabee he served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was CEO of his own plastics manufacturing business for 20 years before selling it to write full time. Several of his short stories have been published in national magazines and 18 of his essays on business management have appeared in The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Business Not as Usual: How to Win Managing a Company through Hard and Easy Times. Currently he’s writing and producing plays.
His latest book is a short story collection, Stories From a Lifetime.

You can visit his website at www.stonespointbooks.com or his blog at www.businesswisdom.blogspot.com.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spring for Susannah late post for the 15th of June.

The review below is one by @southernfiberreads Thank you so much to my beautiful wife for taking time to read this book. I have had so little time lately!

I was given this book free in exchange for the review below.

In Catherine Richmond's debut novel Spring for Susannah, we meet a young woman on her way to the Dakota Territory to meet her husband.  Yes, meet her husband.  You see, Susannah has faced immeasurable tragedy, and she sees offering herself as a mail order bride her only means of survival.  Susannah agrees to marry Jesse, the brother of her pastor.  When she steps off the train, she finds Jesse to be kind, gentle, and accommodating.  Everything she could want in a husband - but why can't she learn to be herself around him? Jesse wants Susannah to be the wife she has prayed for, and Susannah yearns to understand her role in her new life. Spring for Susannah follows Susannah and Jesse as they strive to make the most of their marriage.  Could God possibly work good out of a seemingly impossible situation?

I must be honest and admit that one of my favorite subgenres of inspirational romance is that of arranged marriages.  This book filled my heart with joy, and contains everything I love about arranged marriage romance novels - an unsure woman, a caring man, both willing and praying that they will be guided by God.  This book is well written, and I found the characters to be very believable.  The message in this book is one that shouldn't be lost to both men and women - that by trusting God, you truly can overcome any tragedy, and that people can honestly better themselves if they allow God to change their hearts.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, Godly romance, and anyone else who just enjoys a good read.  Happy Reading!



To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!


One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine's Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party - she'll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don't miss the fun and tell your friends!

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter



About the book: Spring for Susannah



Booklist says, "Inspired by [folk] lyrics, Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel. Readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand."



Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.



When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.



Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in her-and his faith in God's perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.



When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.



She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.



About Catherine:  Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.


For more about Catherine, please visit www.catherinerichmond.com. And you can follow Catherine on Twitter : @WriterCatherine

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"A Reluctant Queen" Blog Tour Stop!!!

I have not included a review of this book because I have not received it yet. I have included all the other material about the book because I am on the blog tour. I hope to get this soon and if I do get it I will post a follow up review post! 


To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!



One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!


Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Join the fun on June 21st! 

Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!



Q & A with Author Joan Wolf
A Reluctant Queen, Thomas Nelson, June 2011


What draws you to historical/biblical fiction?
           
I have always adored history, a love I inherited from my father.  He used to discuss people from history as if they were people in the current newspapers.  I think almost 90% of my books must have an historical setting.

You’ve had a successful career writing for the ABA, why start writing for the CBA now?
           
A few years ago I had an extraordinary experience where God touched my life.  This encounter stirred my interest in writing about other people who had experienced the presence of God in their lives and the CBA seemed to be the best place for me to do that.

What is it about the historical account of Esther that led you to write a romance story about her?
           
When I was a girl Esther fascinated me.  It seemed wonderful that God had chosen a woman to be the person who would save His people.  And, since I am a romantic soul, I also thought that there must have been a great love between her and the king for him to have done as she asked.

Why did you move away from the traditional interpretation of King Ahasuerus’ conduct?
           
I always thought that Ahasuerus must have loved Esther deeply because he listened to her and revoked the edict that Haman had sent out.  A king who not only allows his wife to break into his religious feast without punishment, but also comes to have dinner with her the following day, must care for her very much indeed.  And such a man must be a much nicer person than the king traditionally portrayed by Xerses/ Ahasuerus.

You love animals.  Do you ever incorporate them into your books?
           
Do I not ever incorporate animals into my books?  I am famous for my horses, but dogs play their part as well.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t put Esther on a horse, but I did make Ahasuerus a fanatical horseman.

What is your favorite historical era to write about?
           
I love to go way back in time, to periods where the records are mostly archeological.  I actually did three books set in the Upper Paleolithic, the period of the last ice age.  My next book is about Rahab, and I’m having such fun reading about pottery and stone remains from the late Bronze Age.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"A Reluctant Queen" Blog Tour - Review on the 11th of June

An inspiring re-imagining of the tale of Esther, a young Jewish woman thrust from a life of obscurity into a life of power, wealth, intrigue . . . and tender love.



See the story of Esther in an entirely new way-with all the political intrigue and tension you remember, but told as a passionate and tender love story between a young man and woman. Misunderstood by many, King Xerxes was a powerful but lonely man. Esther's beauty caught the eye of the young king, but it was her spirit that captured his heart.



Imagine anew the story of Esther, one of our faith's great heroines, destined to play a key role in the history of Christianity.


Press Release about the book here.




To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut
Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away
A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!


One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June
20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club
Party on Facebook
 (details below)
! Hope to see you there – bring your
friends!


Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Join the fun on June 21st! 

Joan will be wrapping up the
blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen
FACEBOOK party on her FB author page.
During the party she'll announce the
winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story
in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet
the author and make some new friends!