Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Rock Harbor Search and Rescue" by Colleen Coble & Robin Caroll


About this book:

“Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.

Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!”



 Series: First book in the new series "Rock Harbor Search and Rescue".



Spiritual Content-
Matthew 5:23-25 plus a few other scriptures; Talks about God.

Negative Content-
Windigo (An Indian legend) is a common name/thing in this book, many people are scared of it, and sometimes Emily as well; She has dreams that the Windigo will get her; Emily’s mom is out of jail and Emily’s scared, as her mom tired to kill her little brother.

Sexual Content-
N/A

-Emily O’Reilly

                                         P.O.V. of Emily
                                                                                           242 pages

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I thought this would be a corny story, you know... a missing necklace? Really? But as soon as I got into it, Emily didn't seem like a character, she was like a real girl, whose life I was looking into.





 
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Monday, June 24, 2013

"A Simple Song" by Melody Carlson



 About this book:

“Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?
Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?“



 Series: As of now, no.
:(


Spiritual Content-
(It’s an Amish book.) Katrina puts her life in God’s hands.


Negative Content-
Breezy comes into the hotel room drunk.

Sexual Content-
Tyler asks Katrina if she loves him; A kiss; Breezy says a pair of shoes makes her look sexy.

-Katrina Yoder

                                         P.O.V. of Katrina
                                                                                           280 pages

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I want a sequel! I waited for months for ‘A Simple Song’ to come out, and I was not disappointed. First book I’ve bought new in a long time.




 




*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.


Friday, June 14, 2013

"Savannah from Savannah" by Denise Hildreth




About this book:

I'm coming home to prove something..to my city, my mother, and myself.

It is a place known to most as Savannah. It is a place known to me as home. I wish I could tell you it was my love for this city that precipitated my return. But I did not return out of a mere longing for home. I returned because I have something to prove to home. I am Savannah...from Savannah.



 Series: ‘Savannah’, book 1. Does have to be read in order.


Spiritual Content-
Savannah prays; Savannah’s from the south:

church goin’ is mandatory.

Negative Content-
Pageant jokes, along with “Where did she get those?”.

Sexual Content-
N/A

-Savannah Phillips

                                         P.O.V. of Savannah
                                                                                           324 pages

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A funny Christian chick-lit, that I think would be a good read for teens.







*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Interview with Mrs. Jillian Hart




 "Jillian grew up on her family's homestead on Washington state, near Carnation, Washington, where she raised cattle to pay for her college tuition, rode horses through the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and scribbled stories in her spare time.

After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.
When she's not hard at work on her next story, Jillian can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a café mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family."
{Link}





Hello! Welcome to Books For Christian Girls!

How are you today Ms. Jillian Hart?

I'm great, thanks for having me, Lindsey.  I'm so excited to be on your blog.


Where do you get your ideas?

They just pop in my head.  It's scary, I'll be out shopping, or taking out the garbage or chopping a salad, my mind will wander and I'll just stand there staring into space while I think the new idea through…and not realize how many people are staring at me and thinking, there is something wrong with that girl :).


What inspires you to write?

Writing for me is like breathing.  I just have to do it.  It's the same way praying or spending time with my Bible.  Something enormous is simply missing if it isn't part of my day.


What’s something not most people would know about you?

I worked as a life guard and swim instructor through my high school years.  My favorite part was blowing my whistle at the kids who misbehaved during public swim. 


{And a few fun questions:}

Favorite Scripture?

What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
  --Galatians 5:6


Favorite kind of candy? Or try to stay away?

M&Ms, hands down.  Love the holiday M&Ms, especially Easter, with all those pretty pastels!


Favorite color the good Lord made?

I love pink.


Favorite food?

A cheeseburger and fries


Do you own any pets?

Not currently, although I'm hoping to get a dog some day soon.  Just looking for the right one!


That’s all! Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?

Thank you.  I'm so grateful for this chance to talk with you, Lindsey.  Thanks for inviting me to hang out with you.  God bless!



'For the Twins' sake', July 1st, 2005














'A Soldier for Christmas', November 15th, 2010

'Reunited for the Holidays', December 1st, 2012




Don't forget to check out Mrs. Hart's Website, and Facebook.

Click HERE for a review of 'For the Twins' Sake'.

Thank you Mrs. Hart for letting BFCG interview you!



"For the Twins' Sake" by Jillian Hart



About this book:

“To: Pilar, Anne, Rachel
From: Meg
Re: I'm getting MARRIED!

You all know that I didn't ever plan to get married again, but I just found out that my son has a twin brother who was accidentally adopted separately. So Jared Kierney and I are getting married for their sake. You remember Jared, my high school nemesis? He's a reporter now, gorgeous as ever. I didn't expect to be breathless when he proposed this marriage of convenience, but I was! Yet part of me wonders, are we being united by a Higher Power...for love's sake?
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 Series: ‘Love Inspired’ mini series ‘Tiny Blessings’, book 1. Does have to be read in order.


Spiritual Content-
Psalm 121:3-4 in the front of the book; Meg is mad at God for her divorce & not being able to have kids; Meg has 3 cats named Shirley, Goodness & Mercy; Jared has a faith.


Negative Content-
Meg does want to trust any man since her divorce.

Sexual Content-
Once they’re married, Jared wants him & Meg to sleep in the same room together, she does not; kisses.

-Jared Kierney
-Meg Talbot

                                         P.O.V. of Jared & Meg
                                                                                           233 pages

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(Three and a half)
Adoption, Twins & Mystery (Of what’s going on at the Tiny Blessing adoption agency): Oh my!





 


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Interview with Mrs. Amy Clipston

"Amy Clipston is a first-time author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time as a public information specialist for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons."














Hello! Welcome to Books For Christian Girls!
How are you today Mrs. Clipston?
I’m doing great, and I’m excited to be here!

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself? Like your life was the back of a book?
Amy Clipston is the bestselling and award winning author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series with Zondervan Publishing (part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing). She also has written young adult novels, including Roadside Assistance and Reckless Heart. Her novel A Promise of Hope was the 2011 Selah Award Winner for Fiction. Amy has been interviewed by numerous radio stations and newspapers, and she has spoken at churches, schools, writers’ organizations, and libraries.

Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College and a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.

Where do you get your ideas?
I find ideas in different places. Sometimes I’m inspired by a book, movie, or song. Other times, my editor and I will toss ideas around and then flesh out a story together.

What inspires you to write?
To be completely honest, I write for deadlines. I recently just finished an edit for Destination Unknown, which is the sequel to my young adult book Roadside Assistance that will be out in February 2014. I’m awaiting edits on my memoir, A Gift of Love, and then I have two manuscripts due October 1. Aside from those two projects, I am expecting edits for my next Amish book, A Mother’s Secret. So, my inspiration is getting my books done on-time for my editors. J

When did you know you wanted to write?
As a child and young adult, I wrote for fun. I remember penning my first story in elementary school. Writing was something I did as a way to cope with stress and also escape into my own little world. However, I didn’t consider becoming an author or pursuing a writing career until I accidentally found Chesapeake Romance Writers, a Romance Writers of America chapter, in 2001. After going to a meeting, I realized that writing was a passion I wanted to pursue as a possible career.  Thanks to my friends at CRW, I learned how to polish my work and find an agent.

What’s something not most people would know about you?
Aside from writing, I am passionate about organ transplantation and blood donation. I serve on the blood drive committee at my work and I run blood drives at church. My husband, Joe, has received two kidney transplants. Most recently, he received a kidney through a "swap" at Johns Hopkins Hospital on June 14, 2011. During the swap, I gave a kidney to a woman, and in exchange, the woman's husband gave a kidney to Joe. Both Joe and my recipient are doing well; their kidney function is perfect. I have written a memoir called A Gift of Life, which outlines my husband's struggle with kidney disease, and the book will be available in February 2014.


What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
I love to read, and we’re also movie buffs in my house. Every weekend we’re either downloading movies from iTunes or going to the theater. Right now my boys are anxious to see Iron Man 3. I’m hoping we can go this weekend. I also want to see Star Trek since I keep hearing it’s fantastic.

{And a few fun questions:}

Favorite Scripture?
Elizabeth Kauffman, the matriarch in my Kauffman Amish Bakery series, often quotes Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It’s a verse that rings true in my life, and I would imagine in rings true for others as well.

Favorite kind of candy? Or try to stay away?
Oh, I can’t eat candy! I’m a Weight Watchers follower, so I have to be strict about what I eat.

Favorite color the good Lord made?
I’ve always loved the color pink. I wear pink often.

Favorite food?
Diet Coke and popcorn!

Do you own any pets?
My family and I have four spoiled-rotten cats who rule our house. My husband often jokes that the cats own the house and allow us to live there.
The oldest feline is Jet, an 8-year-old, fluffy, tuxedo cat who can be found upstairs either under or on top of our bed. He’s afraid of everything from strangers to plastic grocery bags.
Next is Molly, a 6-year-old, short-haired tuxedo who is all attitude and lives on the kitchen table. She “reads” the paper every morning with my mother by swatting the pages. Molly likes to sleep with our eight-year-old son.
Rico, a plump, all black short-haired cat, is approximately four years old. We’ve decided his mother never taught him how to meow and never weaned him. Therefore, his meow consists of a wimpy squeak, and every afternoon he likes to get on my mom’s lap and suckle on her hand. He also loves to eat and greets all of our visitors. I think he’d go home with friends if we allowed him.
Lastly, there’s Lily. She’s a tiny, mouthy tabby, who is approximately three years old. She’s in love with Rico, and they often snuggle and clean each other. She’s small but mighty and harasses Jet mercilessly. (One of these days, we’re hoping Jet will realize he can knock her over with one swift swat.) If you’re bored or lonely, you can have a conversation with Lily. Just ask a question, and she’ll give you a long, loud “meow” in response.
We adore our cats, and I can often be found talking to them and trying to snuggle with them. I can’t imagine the house without them, but I also can’t imagine adding any more to the herd. As I like to say, the box is always full and the bowls are always empty.

That’s all! Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
Thank you for including me on your blog!  Readers can find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks) and also Twitter (@AmyClipston). Also, my website is AmyClipston.com.


'Roadside Assistance', April 19th 2011










'A Gift of Grace', April 21st 2009










'A Hopeful Heart', June 11th 2013







































Don't forget to visit Mrs. Clipston's Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Click HERE for a review of 'A Gift of Grace' by Amy Clipston.

Thank you Mrs. Clipston for letting BFCG interview you!