Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Unconditionally Single

Unconditionally Single
by Mary B Morrison

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758215177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758215178

Here's the blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison thrills readers with another riveting tale featuring beloved heroine Honey Thomas. This time, Honey goes into hiding to save her life--and fights to keep past enemies from destroying the future she so desperately wants. . .

Honey Thomas once made her living as a tough-talking prostitute and madam, but those days are long gone. Now, Honey runs a counseling center she founded in Atlanta that helps women like her get off the streets. The best part is Honey's new life is being bankrolled by money stolen from her ex-pimp, Valentino James.
But no matter how fast Honey runs, she never seems to break free from her demons. Valentino knows Honey has his money--fifty million dollars to be exact--and he's willing to kill her to get it back. Honey escapes from Valentino by the skin of her teeth, but she knows the time has come to disappear for a while and figure out where her life is headed. In her heart, Honey still aches for Grant Hill, the love she lost when he learned about her dark past. How much more must she lose before she finally finds some peace?
Like a cat, Honey Thomas seems to have nine lives, and she's used up just about every last one of them. But life still has a few surprises left for Honey--and if she's willing to risk everything, she may just get that happy ending her heart and soul desire. . .

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tender to his touch

Tender to his touch

Byrd, Adrianne.
Washington, D.C. : Kimani, c2009.
217 p. ; 18 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 0373861419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373861415

Here's the blurb:

Beverly and Lucius are looking for a hot hookup at their 10-year college reunion. The workaholic single dad has been burned by love, but his feelings for fashion designer Beverly have him wondering: Is this a no-strings fling, or the real thing? Original.

Hollington Homecoming Queen Beverly Turner is pulling out all the stops for her ten-year reunion. The trendy designer's first order of business is to let loose and have some fun. And her wish just might come true when she meets Lucius Gray. The hunky, high-powered Atlanta attorney is looking for the same thing she is: a sexy fling with no strings.Lucius needs a time-out from his workaholic life, and the chic, sensual designer more than fits the bill. Like Beverly, the single father has been burned by love. But Beverly is arousing feelings that are making him long to turn their sizzling affair into a lifetime of passion. If she'll let him, he'll give her the happy ending she deserves and prove to this unforgettable woman that there is life—and love—after college….

Here's the trailer:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Man of Fate

Man of Fate
Rochelle Alers.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
355 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

  • ISBN-10: 0373831609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373831609

Here's the blurb:

This first entry in a new series introduces close friends Kyle, Duncan, and Ivan, who have become the rich, successful co-owners of a beautiful Harlem brownstone. But they lack the perfect women to share their lives with--until true love transforms them into grooms-to-be. A fender bender seems like a stroke of lousy luck, until attorney Kyle Chatham glimpses the woman who just put a dent in his vintage Jag. The fact that gorgeous social worker Ava Warrick wants little to do with him only piques his interest. What starts out as simple friendship gives way to cozy dinners and blissful, breathless nights…until Ava brings their relationship to a screeching halt. Kyle's sure she's his soul mate. But now that the confirmed bachelor is ready to commit, can he convince a woman who's learned never to trust in love that a connection this real, this passionate, is anything but an accident?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (Paperback) ~ Soong-Chan Rah

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (Paperback)

by Soong-Chan Rah

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830833609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833603

Here's the blurb:

In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing.

This prophetic report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Spiritual renewal is happening within the North American church, from corners and margins not always noticed by those in the center. Come, discover the vitality of the next evangelicalism.

Here are some reviews:

"In this manifesto for change, Soong-Chan Rah calls for the church to break free from limiting and exclusive paradigms and fully embrace the dramatic cultural diversity that is rapidly defining the twenty-first century in the United States. His powerfully persuasive pen engages and challenges the reader in ways that radically transform how church life is to be understood, shaped and lived. Everyone who cares about the Christian church in the United States needs to read The Next Evangelicalism. This book ignites hope for reconciliation in the world through the church." --Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies, Bethel University
"Soong-Chan Rah explores the impact of ethnic and geographic shifts on the present and future state of evangelicalism. He gives us fair warning that parts of his heartfelt book are 'intended to provoke,' and they will. But that doesn't stop his book from being timely, thoughtful and very rewarding." --Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities, Pennsylvania State University, and author of The Next Christendom
"The Next Evangelicalism reminds me of July 4: there's plenty to celebrate and there are fireworks going off in all directions! But I kept asking myself: What will this next evangelicalism celebration do to us? Will we stay the same or will we follow the leading of God's Spirit into the next era of evangelicalism, one that will surely be unlike what we have now? Sit down, open this book, and get ready to duck!" --Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University, blogger, JesusCreed, author, The Blue Parakeet
"In this manifesto for change, Soong-Chan Rah calls for the church to break free from limiting and exclusive paradigms and fully embrace the dramatic cultural diversity that is rapidly defining the twenty-first century in the United States. His powerfully persuasive pen engages and challenges the reader in ways that radically transform how church life is to be understood, shaped and lived. Everyone who cares about the Christian church in the United States needs to read The Next Evangelicalism. This book ignites hope for reconciliation in the world through the church."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Diamonds

Christmas Diamonds
by Devon Vaughn Archer

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kimani (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373861397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373861392

Here's the blurb:

Ever since she was a little girl, Paula Devine has dreamed of a romantic Christmas Day proposal like the one her grandmother received back in the day. Instead, her list of disappointing exes gets longer each year. But just as she's ready to give up, Paula begins remodeling the home of an irresistibly sexy client—a man who inspires the kind of sinful thoughts that could land her on Santa's "naughty" list permanently.If there's one thing rarer than a flawless diamond, it's true love fused with passion. Jeweler Chase McCord had it once, and wondered if that shimmering heat was gone forever. But the beautiful woman who's renovating his home is also overhauling Chase's outlook, tempting him to submit to her honeyed seduction—even if it means losing his heart all over again.

About the Author

Devon Vaughn Archer is a contemporary romance and mainstream novelist with more than twenty-five books to his credit. He has also had over a dozen romance short stories and many romantic poems published. The author is married and resides in Oregon. He enjoys traveling around the country to attend conferences, sign books, meet fans, and do research for his novels.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tour of Duty

Tour of Duty
by Kennedy Shaw

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Soul; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599831031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599831039

Here's the blurb:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hostage of Lies

Hostage of Lies
by Maxine Thompson

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Soul; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599830957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599830957

Here's the blurb:

Product Description

A labyrinth of devastating family secrets and taboos, No Pockets in a Shroud unfolds like a Chinese box, a story within a story. In the first generation, the mother, Miss Magg, loved the younger brother, Tiger Godbolt. However, an insecure orphan, Miss Magg wound up marrying the older staid brother, Reverend Godbolt, for security. Ironically, years later, the daugther, Nefertiti, also marires the brother who was her parents' pick, as the original love triangle is mirrored in the next generation. 

From the Author

The story is a vivid portrait of Reverend Godbolt's family and his forebears. The family's secrets set the stage for a profound and provocative debate about black identity and destiny in America's past and present. We see the saga of Reverend Godbolt, who has always ruled his family with a steel glove, and who is questioning his faith, near the end of his life. A secret has kept him from truly trusting his wife and even loving one of his children. We see his spirited daughter, Nefertiti, who harbors a secret of her own, which keeps her from being able to actualize as a woman. We have the love triangle of the two men who loved Nefertiti, Pharaoh Curry, her first lover, and Isaac Thorne, her first husband, who both are trying to win her back. This situation is compounded by Nefertiti's current interracial marriage. It was this last act of insurrection against the family's mores which has ex-communicated Nefertiti from her insular family for the seven years preceding her father's seventy-fifth birthday celebration. At the opening of the novel, Nefertiti has returned from Santa Monica, California to Shallow's Corner, Michigan. In her return as the prodigal minister's daughter, the scene is set, as past and present ghosts of hidden sins come home to roost.
Although the kernel of the story takes place from a Wednesday through a Sunday, the story is told out of sequence, in order to reflect the way that the memories of past regrets haunt the characters.

As the formerly owned chattel of white America, there seems to be a propensity among the characters in the novel to own people, places, things, (lucre). In one instance, this is exemplified where the character goes so far as to steal heir property from his brother. Throughout the Godbolt family's struggle for upward mobility, there co-exists the denial of their violent ancestral history, fraught with lynchings, murder and fratricide. The family's violence can be seen as a microcosm of the larger society, yet at the same time there is a kind of self-hatred turned inward, a social implosion of sorts, going on with the Godbolt family. The denial of their ancestral past reflects the denial of an entire nature of its historical past. That is, this country's refusal, one hundred years later, to deal with the lingering effects of the cancer of slavery.

The title and the theme are intertwined. The characters, in their search for wholeness, whether through materialism, classism or religion, lose sight of the main issue. Just as they will carry nothing out of the world with them when they die, they can not own one another's soul. They can only love one another freely. It is the ability to connect, therefore redeem, one another, which determines the success, or lack thereof, of the characters in the book.

In addition, through out the novel, there is an adoption search which operates on two levels as an allegory. The search of the Diaspora of Blacks for wholeness in America (in that they were torn from Mother Africa) is mirrored by the search of one of the characters for her family tree. The novel deals with the issue of adoption which often runs counter to African American culture due to the history of children being sold away from their mothers. At the same time, the struggles a mother faces who has given a child up for adoption faces, is universal.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Running From Mercy

Running From Mercy
by Terra Little

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Q-Boro Books (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933967374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933967370

This is the blurb:

African-American Adult Fiction: Pamela Mayes was eighteen when she fled the small town of Mercy, Georgia and never came back. She left to escape the gossips and the stifling small town mentality. At least, those are the reasons she gave for leaving. When her twin sister is killed in a car accident, she has to return to Mercy and face everything she left behind. Finally the truth behind her disappearance comes to light and the secrets she's kept all those years are no longer secrets.

About the Author

Terra Little holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminology and Sociology, respectively, and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. She works in law enforcement and is the mother of a teenage daughter. Running from Mercy is her first title. She is currently preparing a second title for release in 2007.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Reading the Bible with the Damned
by Bob Ekblad

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664229174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664229177

Here's the Blurb:

Both long-time church members and those outside the traditional church can find it difficult to read the Bible. Bob Ekblad encourages the church and the unchurched to read the Bible together, for what scripture has to teach us all. In this compelling book, he reflects on how Christians have often found it difficult to proclaim God’s good news to every realm of society, while those who have needed it most have frequently deemed themselves unworthy due to social circumstances or sinfulness. In Reading the Bible with the Damned, Ekblad demonstrates how to bridge this gap by showing us specific ways to engage people from all walks of life, from the poorest parts of town to inside the prison walls. This book is full of examples of how Scripture changes lives, offering practical suggestions on how to lead discussions on passages from the Old and New Testaments.

From the Back Cover

"This book by Ekblad …moves the Bible away from safe, conventional church venues and reads afresh among the alienated and marginalized. The effect of such a new interpretive context is that the text takes on a poignancy and sharpness that bespeaks the stirring of God’s spirit. We may be led by Ekblad to read the Bible yet again, as if for the first time." --Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary, and author of several Westminster John Knox Press books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

"Bob Ekblad is more like Jesus than most people I know…How different the world will be when more of us share Christ’s life and heart in the same way. I say when, not if, because this book will hasten the transformation." --Marva J. Dawn, Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Societyand Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God.

"Bob Ekblad has raised an ominously serious question…what does the Bible say to the suffering down our street - across our town and city - and out in the fields where our supermarkets get our produce? The responses are both enlightening and challenging, and Ekblad has written a book to teach all of us about the Bible, faith and liberation, and the realities of our own social system." --Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Professor of Old Testament, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and author of A Biblical Theology of Exile.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Decision Time

Decision Time
by Earl Sewell
New York : Kimani tru, c2009.
Young Adult novel

  • ISBN-10: 0373831722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373831722

Here's the Blurb
After a chaotic few months, Keysha's life is looking up—and so is her love life. She's scored the lead in the school play, and her tried-and-true boyfriend, Wesley, has moved back home. Perfect, right? Except that a backstabbing rival is scheming to get her role, and rehearsals leave zero time for Wesley in Keysha's already overbooked schedule.

But while Keysha is busy with the play, Lori—the girl Wesley risked his life to save from a jealous ex—is busy trying to show Wesley just how grateful she can be. And with junior prom on the horizon and Keysha's hot leading man making his interest known, the one relationship that Keysha thought she could count on is looking shakier by the day….

"A Keysha novel"--Cover.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dream Keeper

  • Dream Keeper
  • by Gail McFarland
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Genesis Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158571366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585713660

Here's the blurb:
This compelling sequel to "Dream Runner" follows a young couple desperately trying to start a family, facing countless setbacks and struggling to keep their marriage together. Original.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another Memory
Pamela Ridley
Columbus, MS : Genesis Press, Inc.,
c2009. 342 p.

  • ISBN-10: 1585713678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585713677

Here's the blurb:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Teaching what really happened: How to avoid the tyranny of textbooks and get students excited about doing history

Teaching what really happened: How to avoid the tyranny of textbooks and get students excited about doing history.
J. Loewen
New York: Teachers College Press.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0807749915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807749913

Here's the blurb:

In this follow-up to his landmark bestseller, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James Loewen continues to break silences and change our perspectives on U.S. history. Loewen takes history textbooks to task for their perpetuations of myth and their lack of awareness of today's multicultural student audience (not to mention the astonishing number of facts they just got plain wrong).

How did people get here? Why did Europe win? Why Did the South Secede? In Teaching What Really Happened, Loewen goes beyond the usual textbook-dominated viewpoints to illuminate a wealth of intriguing, often hidden facts about America's past. Calling for a new way to teach history, this book will help teachers move beyond traditional textbooks to tackle difficult but important topics like conflicts with Native Americans, slavery, and race relations. Throughout, Loewen shows time and again how teaching what really happened connects better with all kinds of students to get them excited about history.
About the Author
James W. Loewen is the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont and gives workshops for teacher groups around the United States. He has been an expert witness in more than 50 civil rights, voting rights, and employment cases.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire

Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire
by Mark G. Brett

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press (31 Jul 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1906055378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906055370

Here's the blurb:

For centuries, the Bible has been used by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic situation when so much of the Bible was conceived by way of resistance to empires. In this thoughtful book, Mark Brett draws upon his experience of the colonial heritage in Australia to identify a remarkable range of areas where God needs to be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context where landmark legal cases have ruled that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights have been 'washed away by the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights in the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal imagination, and other key topics in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament where the effects of colonialism can be traced. Drawing out the implications for theology and ethics, this book provides a comprehensive new proposal for addressing the legacies of colonialism. A ground-breaking work of scholarship that makes a major intervention into post-colonial studies. This book confirms the relevance of post-colonial theory to biblical scholarship and provides an exciting and original approach to biblical interpretation. Bill Ashcroft, University of Hong Kong and University of New South Wales; author of The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (2002). Acutely sensitive to the historical as well as theological complexity of the Bible, Mark Brett's Decolonizing God brilliantly demonstrates the value of a critical assessment of the Bible as a tool for rethinking contemporary possibilities. The contribution of this book to ethical and theological discourse in a global perspective and to a politics of hope is immense. Tamara C. Eskenazi, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles; editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (2007).

Friday, December 11, 2009

Interpreting national history: Race, identity, and pedagogy in classrooms and communities

Interpreting national history: Race, identity, and pedagogy in classrooms and communities 
Terrie Epstein
New York: Routledge.

  • 192 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0415960843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415960847

Here's the blurb:

Narrating National History examines the differences in white and African American children’s, adolescents’, and adults’ interpretations of US history in classroom and community settings. Based on ethnographic interviews with children, teens, and adults in a working class US city, the manuscript focuses on the difference in different grade levels’ interpretations of national history at the beginning of the school year. Also included are teachers’ views and instruction, vignettes from classroom discussions, as well as parents’ views of US history, contemporary society and citizenship.

The book sets this work firmly in social studies methods, and teaching and learning more generally, by noting how contemporary learning standards, textbooks, and some pedagogies can be disconnected from students’ cultural identities. The next three chapters shows that while teachers' historical interpretations were largely congruent with those of the White students, students of all backgrounds tended to ignore teacher or text interpretations that conflicted with their pre-instructional views. Also included are discussions of what methods teachers might have instead used done to create better, more just understandings of history. Finally, the concluding chapters provide research based examples of challenges and possibilities facing teachers who want to examine their own views toward teaching national history and society and engage in more culturally responsive pedagogy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Water and Kidnaped wives in China

A Land Without Water - China

There's also this on the growth of kidnapped wives in China

And Chinese successful efforts against Malaria.

One Night With You

One Night With You
Francis Ray
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks

  • ISBN-10: 0312365063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365066

Here's the blurb:

"The thrill of the chase...Cougars, brush fires, snowstorms--rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archaeologist who's come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he's sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman...and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done..."--p.[4] of cover.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


If you ever get a chance to see this little Japanese film on PBS, please check it out.

BTW: Doki means people who are at the same place, same job, same situation, at the same time. Don't know if there's an english word which quite conveys that meaning.

Here's the synopsis:
In suburban Tokyo, commuters find themselves waiting every day with the same group of strangers for the same seats on the same train...until one day, things change.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

When Your Hands Are Tied

When Your Hands Are Tied (56 minutes)
This DVD shows young American Indians finding ways to express themselves and maintain ties to their Native roots. You will see rappers, punk rockers, dancers, and skateboard artists and performers. One of my students commented, “For one day, I felt good to be an Indian.”
Boccella Productions. Produced by Mia Boccella Hartle and Marley Shebala. (

Monday, December 7, 2009

Soldier to soldier

Soldier to Soldier
by Edd McNair
West Babylon, N.Y. : Urban, c2009.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1601621736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601621733

Here's the blurb:
McNair offers a compelling tale of the hardships soldiers face--whether they're going to war to fight for their country or going to war on the inner-city streets.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Burning Desire by Relentless Aaron

Burning Desire
by Relentless Aaron.
New York :
St. Martin's Griffin

  • 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0312359381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312359386

Here's the blurb:

Dante Garrett learned the handyman trade from watching his late grandfather and his father hard at work. Painting, carpentry, and plumbing were among his talents, to the point that he became one of the most wanted men in Park Chester—but not without ducking and dodging some of the horny housewives who were his clients. In fact, Dante goes to great lengths to keep from crossing the line that separates him from clients such as the wispy Ms. Thomas and the regal Mrs. Singletary. It’s when he falls head over heels for a client’s niece, Stacy, that Dante’s life begins to change.
Stacy is single and recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia, in search of opportunities that the big city has to offer. But there are skeletons in her closet that she dare not reveal. And while Dante stands by Stacy through thick and thin, he soon discovers that not all secrets can remain hidden.

Psalm 121 -- Korean Youth Choir

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blessed Trinity

Blessed Trinity
Vanessa Davis Griggs

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina; Reprint edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758217331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758217332

Here's the blurb:

Three devastating secret.
Faith Alexandria Morrell, the oldest of a mysterious trio of sisters, lives a troubled life and guards a horrifying secret. Yet few, least of all her new church family, would believe this always-impeccably-dressed woman is so utterly lost. But what lies beneath the surface of Faith's carefully constructed veneer could completely destroy her.
Needing help, Faith and her sisters, Hope and Charity, join Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center. This new mega church, led by the dreadlock-wearing, Holy Ghost-filled Pastor George Landris, just may offer the solace she needs. But Faith soon discovers that all is not well in her new church home: Pastor Landris's marriage may not be as solid as everyone thinks and he's struggling to finance the church building; Thomas, the pastor's deadbeat brother, is diagnosed as bipolar; and Johnnie Mae, the pastor's wife, is facing some tough choices regarding her ailing mother's care. How can Faith and her sisters find comfort here when so many are wrestling with their own issues? And when one sister suffers a crushing collapse, prayer may be the only way to unravel the mystery shadowing Faith and her sisters--the blessed trinity.

The Twelve Days of Native Christmas

The Twelve Days of Native Christmas is an animated short film written and directed by Gary Robinson with illustrations by Jesse T. Hummingbird.  The whole family will enjoy this whimsical adaptation of the timeless classic yuletide song The Twelve Days of Christmas adapted to a Native American perspective and illustrated by one of America's great Indian artists Twelve different Native American groups are represented in the lyrics and images of this fanciful animated short film.

Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell

Well, Folks, it's my birthday so decided to repost about Wind Follower. I feel so blessed to have had a book published. It just makes my heart leap with joy. mucho.

It can be bought directly from the publishers here:

Anyways, check out the interview at Shades of Romance . There'll be a review sometime during the month on Shades of Romance Blog

The folks involved in the Christian Fiction Review Blog will be posting stuff from Dec 2 - Dec 8. So if something isn't up on their respective sites yet, it will be up later.

Christian Fiction Review Blog
Disturbing The Universe: Reviews And Rants
Queen of Convolution
The Lost Genre Guild
The land of my sojourn

The Writers of Color Blog Tour participants are:
Rachel Lindley
Moondancer Drake's blog
East of Mars
Greg Banks

Other interviews and reviews --from folks not in the tour-- can be found here:

Friday, December 4, 2009

CFBA: Eternity Falls

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Eternity Falls

Marcher Lord Press (October 1, 2009)


Kirk Outerbridge


Kirk Outerbridge developed a passion for storytelling at an early age. Through years of reading Fantasy and Science Fiction novels, comics, table top gaming and watching endless hours Japanese anime, he developed a keen sense for what made stories enjoyable and more importantly—what didn’t.

While pursuing an engineering degree in college, Kirk endeavored to tell his own stories, choosing writing as the easiest and cheapest medium to master—or so he thought. Several years and several hundred thousand words later, he produced a Sci-fi trilogy that shall never (God willing) see the light of day, but that did teach him much needed lessons about the craft of writing fiction.

After college Kirk returned to his homeland of Bermuda where he reunited with his childhood friend and future wife, Ria. But before marrying his lovely wife, Kirk entered an even greater marriage and devoted his life to Christ in 2002.

With a new found direction in life, writing fell by the wayside but the urge to tell futuristic stories never left. After much prayer and contemplation, Kirk purposed his writing for God’s Will, seeking to draw to Christ those who shared his passions for all things futuristic and Sci-fi.

Kirk currently lives with his wife Ria and 18 month old son Miles in beautiful Bermuda. He is a faithful member of the Church of Christ and is a professional engineer employed by the government.


In the future, death is only a problem if you can’t afford the price. Such is the promise of Gentec Corporation’s “Miracle Treatment”, a genetic anti-aging elixir that grants eternal life—or does it?

When a Gentec client suddenly dies of natural causes, the powers that be will stop at nothing to ensure their version of eternity remains unchallenged; even if it means concocting a religious sabotage conspiracy to cover a lie.

With the media about to blow the story wide open, the credibility of Gentec and the lives of millions of clients rest on one man’s ability to uncover the truth.
Enter detective Rick Macey, religious counterterrorist expert and Gentec executive Sheila Dunn’s last hope for salvation.

Now with the clock ticking and the corporate brass seeking their own solution at any cost, Macey must track down a religious zealot out to destroy the Miracle Treatment for good.

But when Macey finds himself not only falling for his client, but confronted with the possibility that the culprit could hold a connection to his shaded past, the truth suddenly becomes a dangerous thing.

Only through a test of faith can he stop the crisis before it’s all too late and eternity falls.

If you would like to read an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Eternity Falls, go HERE

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Carbon copy : a novel by Azarel

Carbon copy : a novel


  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Life Changing Books (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934230677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934230671

Here's the blurb:

"What happens when swagger jackin becomes deadly? Dominique Lewis spent most of her days as a high maintenance wanna-be. Although she had the perfect physique and facial features, she studied the charming behaviors of women who successfully landed pro-athletes, and mimicked the money-hungry ladies who were able to get into the pockets of hustlers. Her life-long dream was to become wealthy, and a house-hold name. By any means necessary, she vowed to get what she wanted. As Dominique s mission unfolds, she manages to only rub elbows with the elite, and those who could get her to the top. Soon, after the tragic murder of her sister, all hell breaks loose, and Dominique s cover is blown. Armed with revenge on the brain, and a status goal in mind, she lands a position as Rapheal s woman, the most sought after millionaire Atlanta has to offer. Raphael s lavish status in town puts her on a new level, right where she always dreamed. It was all about money, sex, and power. There was only one problem; Rapheal had always been faithful to his former girlfriend, and had especially been off limits to Dominique. Unfortunately for, Dominique all rules remained the same. In an effort, to hold on to Rapheal, and all the elaborate material possessions, Dominique sets out on a deadly mission to remove anything that stands in her way."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

W ai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai'i:Her Epic Journey

W ai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai'i:Her Epic Journey
Author, Linda Ballou
Publisher: StarPublishLLC
ISBN: 10:1-932993-88-6
ISBN: 13:978-1-932993-88-2

Here's the blurb:

From the cauldron of controversy that is Hawaiian history emerges Wai-nani, a reflection of the personage of the great chiefess Ka'ahumanu. Like all Islanders, she is a water baby finding pleasure, sustenance, solace, wisdom and courage in the grand and vibrant sea. She is born fifteen years prior to the landing of Captain Cook in Kealakekua in 1779 and is the favorite wife of Makaha, a fierce warrior modeled after Kamehameha the Great. Hawaiian women enjoyed sports, were trained in the martial arts, played active roles in decision-making, and participated in wars. They communed with the gods through hula and ritualistic ceremonies. Ka'ahumanu swam miles each day and it is reasonable to believe she would make friends in the ocean. Wai-nani's bond with Eku-a playful and communicative dolphin-propels her on a mythological journey couched in magical realism. Wai-nani is a celebration of the Hawaiian people of old, especially the powerful Ka'ahumanu-forerunner to the modern woman.

A white author, but hey, it's Hawaiian historical magical realism. I couldn't resist

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