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Book Giveaway - from now until March 31st 2012

From time to time I review books, and I decided it would be nice to giveaway a review copy (hard copy, paperback) to followers.

So what I ask is that between now and March 31st, that you'd

(1) Become a follower of my blog.
(2) Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite book genre is.

Once you do that, you'll be automatically entered in a random drawing to win a review copy of Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn.

It's a great book. You can read my review of it here.

If you post anonymously, please post your e-mail address so I contact you in case you're the winner. Winner to be announced in a separate post on April 1, 2012. Giveaway open to U.S. residents ONLY. It's not that I don't like readers outside the U.S., but I have to pay to ship the book, and well, I'm a blogger not a billionaire!  :) 

And if you want to enter a second giveaway, please visit this site and follow the instructions there.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Second Chance by Eileen Rife

Today, I wanted to feature author Eileen Rife. Eileen is the author of Second Chance. I've read parts of her story, and I must say that it is EXCELLENT! 

Second Chance: A poignant story of middle age, surprising friendships, and unexpected places. Inspired by Eileen’s own journey through the empty nest and her daughter’s and son-in-law’s work with inner city teens.  

Eileen Hinkle Rife

photo of author eileen rife

An alumna of Christian Writers Guild and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Eileen has published several non-fiction books, written newsletters, a marriage column, and over ten church dramas. Her byline has appeared in magazines, such as Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Mature Living, Christian Home & School, Drama Ministry, and ParentLife, as well as other print and online publications. Her fiction works include Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones in the Born for India trilogy, and a stand-alone novel, Second Chance.  She and husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars in the States and overseas. Her favorite pastime in this season of life is dancing with hubby, spending time with her daughters and sons-in-law, and playing with her six grandchildren. 

an elderly caucasian woman and a young African american man are shown on the cover.

Second Chance Back Cover Blurb

Mave Robertson, a recent empty nester, wants the fire back in her marriage, but her husband, Jerry, remains aloof. Is he having an affair? A midlife crisis? When a neighbor suggests she “get a life,” Mave accepts the challenge and volunteers at an inner-city teen ministry where she is thrown into a culture of drugs, gangs, and unwed teen moms. She soon discovers someone she can help, but might he also be the cure for both her stale marriage and her crumbling relationship with her father?


Dareece Jackson, a teen from the projects, wants something in Mave’s purse…and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.


 “Gently unfolds the truth that sometimes, the best is yet to come, from unexpected people, and places, and hearts.”
—Sandra Byrd, author of To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

“Transcends race and reaches the extremes—from suburbia to the ghetto, from guilt over a loved one’s murder to a marriage gone dull. With a dash of humor for balance, Second Chance will speak to your heart, no matter your station in life.”
—April W. Gardner, author of the Creek Country Saga; Sr. Editor of the literary site, Clash of the Titles

“Refreshing and thought-provoking.”
—Jennifer Slattery of Novel Reviews and Clash of the Titles

“Transports readers into the worlds of two very diverse characters. With laughter, tears, and sighs, you’ll enjoy every turn of the page.”
—Fay Lamb, author of Because of Me, Treble Heart Books

“Lovingly crafted imagery and dialog will carry you into the lives of two very different families and show you what forgiveness really looks like.”
—Lisa Lickel, author of Meander Scar

To view the book trailer, click here.

Review of The Narrow Path

Recently, I read The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler.

This is story about Miranda Klassen, a girl from a more modern Mennonite church (who happens to like the color red--so do I), who is hired to help out with the music for a program at Ted Wiebe's church, a more conservative Mennonite congregation. Miranda and Ted have differing opinions on the program. But as we all know, though they have their differences, there is a fine line between love and hate! ;)

I am not Mennonite but happen to have ancestors that were Mennonite. I can't comment on the realism of the book, that is, did it stay true to Mennonite culture. However, I enjoyed the book. It's not your average romance, but I think that's what I liked about it. The characters were likeable, and the story kept my interest. I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy inspirational romance.
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