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Dear Readers,

I hope you enjoyed your time between the testaments.  I love learning about something or a time I don’t know much about.

For the new book for November/December I have chosen Rule of Law by Randy Singer.  It is what if there is a criminal case and the President of the United Stated is one of the defendants?  How do you prosecute the case without giving away state secrets?  Who holds the government accountable for things they do?

I thought with what is going on in our country this one might raise some questions and discussion about things that have and are happening in our country and the world. I have read Randy’s books in the past and they are always a fun read.  I love a good lawyer book.

Happy Reading,

Susie Finkbeiner

Dear Readers,

9780825444821A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner is the last installment of the Pearl trilogy.  (The series title is mine not an official title) It is the exact ending Pearl’s story needed,  I just didn’t know that until I read the book.

I was able to read the book in one sitting.  My flight was delayed in Detroit and I passed the time with the one person who made the time go quickly, Pearl.  The story flows perfectly, it moves along this coming of age story that we have all so enjoyed.  I did not want Pearl’s story to end, but I also can’t imagine it ending any other way.

Pearl is still struggling with her mother’s leaving.  She is not sure if she wants her back or not, especially when Mama shows up again.  Why did she leave and when is she going to leave again?

I have done Susie a great disservice by saying these books are just getting better and better.  (They are all very good for very different reasons) I just didn’t understand completely what Susie was doing.  If you have not read all three or any of them, make sure you read them all in order and it becomes very clear what is happening.

 

 

Cup of Dust is the walking in the desert.  Trail of Crumbs is finding the promise land and Song of Home is just that – Home.  Finding what that really means.

Thank you Susie for reminding us what and who home is.

Happy Reading,

 

Christy Awards 2017

Dear Readers,

First let me congratulate all the winners of the 2017 Christy awards.   It was an honor to attend the ceremony and watch you all accept your awards.  You were all so gracious in thanking many people for help in what is a very solitary way of working.  But it shows your heart (s) when you make sure you not only thank your mothers, but everyone that worked and sweated along side of you.

Thank you for your hard work and thank you for sharing your talents with the world.

I also want to thank the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) who was the sponsor of the Gala, but also several other events that happened that day.  Thank you for putting on an event that was worthy of the Christy Award.

As much fun as the Christy Gala was the event that impacted me the most was the writers workshops that happened Wednesday the 8th.  That afternoon the ECPA also sponsored the Art of Writing Workshops.  This is what each one of us that has anything to do with Christian fiction should attend.

I often forget how many people are working hard to present us readers with the best possible books and stories to enjoy.  The workshops that were offered is why I went.  Not only was it about writing, but it was a reminder to the writers that they were not really alone and other understood what they were going through.  Cynthia Rutchi and Carrie Schmidt reminded us all, not just the writers, that everything we do (write) is for God’s glory.  Even if we may not feel like it at sometimes.

In the second workshop a panel of publishers wanted us to know that they want to work together to present the best the writer has to offer.  But they also made sure that we all understood that they do listen to us and that they are in the trenches with us trying to reach readers and doing their best in everything.

Theon Hill talked about diversity and I personally think it was the most powerful of all the workshops.  Theon did not shy away from anything or any question.  He did not condemn anyone but encouraged us to try and learn more about those things we don’t understand or know.  He wanted to make sure to continue to challenge us after we went our separate ways with this thought “We should always push ourselves to read something new as it pushes us to know something new.”

The last workshop was presented by Andrew Peterson and his fellow occupants of the Rabbit Room.  They touched on how important community was to us all.  Those that are writers, songwriters or artist, but also those that do not consider ourselves “creative.” (BTW Andrew believes we are all creative and capable of wonderful things)  Laughter, fun stories and even tears reminded me that time with fellow Christians is something that we all need.

It was a whirlwind trip and so good for my soul.  I came back refreshed, ready for more.  Thank you all that made this time away for everyday life to rejuvenate and fill an empty tank.

Happy Reading,

New Release – November 6 – 11

Dear Readers,

We hit a bit of a dry spot with titles, but as you will see from the list below what is coming in are huge titles and one that most of us with want to read as soon as possible.  I am a bit torn on which one I want to read first.  How about you?  Any suggestions on which one I should start with?

Happy Reading,

Deeds of Darkness – Mel Starr – #10 The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton Surgeon – To bring justice, Master Hugh must foil the corrupt power of great men.  Many medieval scholars discontinued their university studies before completing their degree. Some lacked funds; others became bored with a scholar’s life. Occasionally these young men formed lawless bands, robbing and raping and creating chaos. They were called goliards.
In Deeds of Darkness Master Hugh learns that the Bampton coroner, an old friend, has been slain while traveling to Oxford. As he seeks the killer (or killers) he discovers a band of goliards in the area between Oxford and Bampton. But how to apprehend these youths? They have protectors far above Hugh’s station. He must deal with the claims of justice on the one hand and the power of great men to protect their henchmen on the other.

In This Moment – Karen Kingsbury – Hamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a Christian and a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him.  A year later, violence and gang activity are down, test scores are up, and drug use and teen pregnancy have plummeted. The program is clearly working–until one parent calls the press. Now Quinn faces a lawsuit that could ruin everything.  With a storm of national attention and criticism, Quinn is at a crossroads–he must choose whether to cave in and shut down the program or stand up for himself and his students. The battle comes with a high cost, and Quinn wants just one attorney on his side for this fight: Luke Baxter.

Death at Thorburn Hall – Julianna Deering – #6 A Drew Farthering Mystery – Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield, hoping for a relaxing holiday with his wife, Madeline, and friend Nick. But death meets him once again when Lord Rainsby, their host at Thorburn Hall, is killed in a suspicious riding accident–only days after confiding in Drew his fears that his business partner was embezzling funds.  Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each appears to have dark motives for wanting Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

The Crooked Path – Irma Joubert – As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation.  Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend’s older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie’s dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine.  Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them.  Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another’s company again, and they are given another chance at a life together.

Book Club

Dear Readers,

What do you think of Chava?  Do you think you could do what she does?  What about her relationship with Urbi/Queen Cleopatra?

Have you ever had a relationship change because someone was advanced at work?  What did that make you feel like?  Were you able to continue that relationship?  Who changed most you or the other person?

I have to say I only have had this a couple of times once when the person was promoted and it changed how they treated everyone and once when I was promoted and one of my friends was angry that it wasn’t her and she never wanted to hang out again.  She also thought I should give her special treatment and I didn’t do that for her.  She ended up quitting soon after and moving on to another job.

It is frustrating but I can’t imagine if the person I was friends with was thrust into absolute power and then turns on me.  How scary it must have been.

Happy Reading,