Weekend Book Buzz – 12/13 August 2017

Weekend Book Buzz

Welcome to the Weekend Book Buzz! I hope your week has been a good one. I know it has been for many of my reader friends who have enjoyed the Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat in Cincinnati this weekend. But don’t worry if you missed out. There’s plenty of bookish news here to satisfy!

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Fly Away (Lynn Austin) – Review

4 stars

~ About the Book ~

Wilhelmina Brewster has been a college music professor for 41 years, devoting her life to her career and never marrying. Now, after her forced retirement at age 65, she is mourning her loss and searching for something to fill the empty hours. Widower Mike Dolan is a pilot and World War II veteran who has always lived life to the fullest. When medical tests confirm that his cancer has returned, he makes plans to take a final flight in his airplane rather than become a burden to his family. Wilhelmina accidentally learns of Mike’s final plans, and when she discovers that he isn’t a believer, she knows it’s her Christian duty to talk with him about her faith. But although she has been a lifelong Christian, she feels totally inadequate for the task of witnessing to an unbeliever. Continue reading

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First Line Friday – 11 August 2017 – Fault Lines (Thomas Locke)

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It’s Friday again! Many of my reader friends are heading off to the Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat this weekend, so I wish them all a very happy time in Cincinnati and look forward to seeing lots of pictures!

This week I have a first line from a book that’s a little out of my usual genre, but I’m a fan of Thomas Locke’s/Davis Bunn’s writing so I’ve managed to get sucked in to this series and I’m looking forward to reading this conclusion to it very soon!

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Sweetbriar Cottage (Denise Hunter) – Review

Posted as part of TLC Book Tours.

5 stars

~ About the Book ~

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married. Continue reading

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Word Nerd Wednesday – Green With Envy

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Hello fellow Word Nerds. Sorry about missing a few Word Nerd posts, but things have been going off script around here, first with extended illness making its rounds in the family (mostly flu), and now with my husband’s back putting him completely out of commission. God is sustaining us through it all, but blogging hasn’t exactly been my top priority of late!

I haven’t forgotten that I still need to reveal the definition of flummadiddle—that will be at the end of this postbut with CFRR (Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat) starting in Cincinnati on 12th August, and me stuck way over here in Australia, I thought it might be an appropriate time to ponder the origins of the phrase ‘green with envy’. 😉

The vast majority of explanations I found credit Shakespeare and quote Iago’s lines from Act 3 of Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” However, I happen to know that in Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice describes Claudio as being “civil as an orange, and something of that jealous complexion.” Why green in one, but orange in the other? And why did green stick? I had enough questions to dig a little deeper.

As it happens, there is a distinction between envy and jealousy that explains why Shakespeare associated them with two different colours, but I’ll save that for another post sometime. However, I did come across this explanation by Christian speaker and teacher Mary Kassian on her website Girls Gone Wise:

Why do we turn ‘green’ with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word ‘green’ to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy.

Green was actually the colour the Greeks associated with illness in general (I’m sure there’s a sermon in that somewhere!) and we still say that someone looks ‘green’ when they’re ill, but it was Shakespeare who popularized the association between ‘green’ and envy—and not just in Othello. In Antony and Cleopatra he refers to it as ‘the green sickness’, and in The Merchant of Venice he describes ‘green-eyed jealousy.

With all that said, I do wish all my friends who are heading to Cincinnati a wonderful CFRR. I know you will have an absolutely AMAZING time and I look forward to seeing lots of photos!

And for those of you who have been waiting patiently during this whole post to find out the definition of flummadiddle, the answer was A) – Something foolish or worthless. Personally, I will be getting a lot of use out of this word in sentences such as: “Will you two stop fighting over such flummadiddles!” 🙂

Congratulations to those who guessed the correct definition. And happy word-nerding!

 

 

 

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Book Spotlight: Road Trip of Delusion (Jean Ann Williams)

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~ About the Book ~

Fifteen-year-old Kari Rose discovers how much trouble she and her two sisters can get into when they stay at their ancient granny’s for spring break. Granny gets a wild-haired notion at three in the morning, and she’s leaving with or without them. Kari makes the decision to take her sisters and ride with Granny in her old Cadillac on a five-hundred-mile-long trip north to visit family. Miles down the road, this harmless act finds Granny no longer able to drive, and Kari must take the wheel. Soon after, the four travelers are caught in a freeway-closing-down snowstorm which brings everyone and everything to a standstill.

A second blizzard with catastrophic impact is about to descend upon them, and Kari must determine the best way to find shelter and beat the storm. Will Kari trust her gut instincts and rely upon a complete stranger to lead them to safety?

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date:  22 June 2017
Pages:  189
Publisher:  Love Truth

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~ Excerpt ~

My heart sank to my navel as I grip-hugged my cookbook.
Granny slammed on the gas pedal of her Cadillac Fleetwood, and the vehicle chugged onto Highway 101. Her eagle eyes never wandered from the beams of the headlights.
I shook my head for I had a huge regret. I wasn’t able to talk Granny out of taking this trip.
In the backseat, my middle sister thirteen-year-old Leah Be-de-ah jumped on the freeway of reason. “And, Granny, don’t you think we should tell someone?”
Granny’s head barely crested the top of the seat. “Your Grand, James, is gone, so it’s just me now.” She lifted her chin.
Little sister Mia Babe sat next to Leah. “Kari?”
Twisting in my seat, I faced them. “What?”
“Mom says Grand’s in paradise, but where’s that?”
Ah, Mia, an old soul at the age of seven. “Well, from what Mom taught me, it’s a spiritual place where people go when they die.”
“Oh.” Mia rubbed her eye.
A scary notion surfaced, and I slapped my forehead. “Granny, do you even know how to get to Oregon?”
“Of course.” She flicked her blinker and passed a small car. “James and I visited Oregon when your mama was a slip of a teenager.”
“But Granny—” Leah counted. “This was twenty-five years ago. Right, Kari?”
“Right.” I rolled my eyes to the car roof and refocused on the headlight-brightened pavement. “I don’t think, Leah, they moved the state.” But, does Granny remember the route?

~ Author Interview ~

1. Who are some of your favorite authors?  Do these authors influence your own writing?
My favorite authors write inspirational/historical, which includes, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Tessa Emily Hall, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Laura Frantz, Jane Kirkpatrick. Last but not least for the deeper Point of View, Virginia Smith, and for my most favorite time period with captivating stories, Sydney Tooman Betts. Each of these authors have taught me differing things; how to write better, go deeper into story, and deeper Point of View so the reader is allowed to live in the characters’ heads.

2. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about this project?
Season of the Fawns is written with the new adult audience in mind, but it’s for all ages. Synopsis: Born on the same day, Vale acts older than her cousin Caleb and is protective over him because of the loss of his family at age ten. Days before they turn twenty, the two cousins yearly hunting trip approaches. Caleb no longer cares about participating, as he suffers from migraines caused by an injury while mountain climbing.

Before leaving for the hunting cabin, Vale discovers how severe Caleb’s depression has become. Though worried she will lose Caleb by his own hand, she insists the trip will be good for him. As the cousins enter a new season of change, will Vale’s grit be enough to save Caleb’s life?

3. What advice would you give potential authors/writers?
Never, ever give up on your dream of writing and publishing, and when you think you’ve hit a writer’s block wall keep writing even if it’s junk.

4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me and editing my work exhausts me.

5. What inspired the idea for Road Trip to Delusion?
Now, a bit about how this story came about. I told my California resident mother-in-law we would pick her up when she was ready to stay in our home. She commented she just might get in her car and drive her own self to Oregon. To this, I stared at my granddaughters and said to Mom, “Well, you better bring my granddaughters with you.” Because of this conversation, Road Trip of Delusion took root and I watered it and God gave the increase.

6. What do you want readers to take away from reading Road Trip to Delusion?
I hope readers will get a strong sense of the value of family, especially when not everyone gets along. Also, I’d like readers to consider the importance of prayer to a Lord Who loves us.

~ Giveaway ~

Enter the giveaway HERE.

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~ About the Author ~

Jean Ann WilliamsJean Ann Williams is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She writes regularly for Putting on the New blog and Book Fun Magazine on the topic of child suicide loss. Her book “God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart” started out as a blogged book on her Love Truth blog. Jean Ann and her husband of forty-six years have thirteen grandchildren from their two remaining children. They reside on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, fruit orchard, goats, and chickens. Jean Ann’s favorite hobbies are practicing archery, hiking through the woods, and big game hunting with her bow.

Connect with Jean Ann:  ​​Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon // Blog

~ Tour Schedule ~

August 7–Paulette’s Papers
August 8–Fiction Aficionado
August 9–Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations Mel’s Shelves
August 10–Singing Librarian Books
August 11–Smiling Book Reviews
August 12–Radiant Light
August 14–Remembrancy
August 15–Faery Tales Are Real
August 16–Christy’s Cozy Corners
August 17–cherylbbookblog
August 18–Bookworm Lisa
August 19–Red Headed Book Lady

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Weekend Book Buzz – 5/6 August 2017

Weekend Book Buzz

Many apologies for the late edition of this week’s Book Buzz. Life has definitely been throwing me some curve balls lately, but there is such a lot of great news to buzz about that I figured it was a case of ‘better late than never’. It’s a new month, with new ebook bargains, some great pre-order deals, some exciting new releases, and a whole lot more besides, so let’s get buzzing!

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