Friday, December 28, 2012


Bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering Betrayal, the second in the Where the Heart Lives series, published by Zondervan, is the story of two individuals in a quest to find healing and peace in their respective lives.

Julia Grace is a widow who runs a ranch on her own in Wyoming. Though it is not always easy, she feels liberated in a sense as her husband, Angus, was abusive and temperamental. Many a times she had wanted to run away from him and escape. But she had nowhere to go. And now, Angus' half-brother wanted to take away the ranch.

A drifter Hugh Brennan walks into her ranch one day, looking for a place to rest his tired body and injured horse. Hugh is no ordinary drifter. He's a man with a past - a past that still hurts. He's a man well acquainted with betrayal and injustice. Hugh is also on a mission to find his sisters who were separated from him when they were kids.

Both of them had a disappointing past. They had parents who disappointed them. Life was supposedly harsh on them, or so it seemed. Will things now hold better promises for them?

Hugh finds himself attracted to Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he could see the same pain and suffering that he went through. For Julia, marriage could be the only option available to save the ranch from the clutches of others.

Hatcher weaves a tale that is both endearing and compelling. Her incredible style of storytelling keeps one guessing to the very end. And the characters almost jump out of the pages of the book.

Will Julia and Hugh let go of the past and learn to forgive? Will they rediscover the joy and happiness of life? Or will they discover that though life is not always good, God is? Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Betrayal will take you to the high desert of western Wyoming, through the crags of the Rocky Mountains, and into the hearts of two seekers learning to trust God's love no matter the circumstances.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 60 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.

To know more about Robin, visit her website here

After All

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Raney returns for the third and final book of the Hanover Falls series in After All, published by Howard Books, with characters and plots to draw you into the story from the beginning.

After a tragic fire at her homeless shelter in Hanover Falls claimed the life of her husband, David, and four firefighters, Susan Marlowe was left with no choice but to start all over again. Undeterred by the grim reality of the situation, she slowly started rebuilding. Eighteen painstaking months later, the new shelter is ready and Susan thinks the worst is over.

She couldn't have been more wrong...

A dark secret that David carried to the grave tumbled out of the closet, a secret that devastated her even more than his death. And for the sake of Davy and Danny, her two sons, she knew it must be dealt with sagaciously. But how will she deal with it?

Three months after the blaze, Bryn Hennesey Edmonds, the widow of one of the fallen firefighters, took responsibility admitting that she left a candle burning in the shelter's second-floor office. But is she really responsible for the fire that claimed five lives?

Things start going from bad to worse when her son Davy not only drops out of college but also starts coming home drunk. She realizes he is carrying a painful secret too, that he knew about his father.

Andrea Morley is a very complicated character. Sometimes she wants to convince herself that deceit is truth. And she too lost her closest friend in the fire. But she cannot mourn for him as he was someone else's husband. Fire chief Peter Brennan resents it when Susan calls for help. He blames the homeless shelter for the death of his crew. But he and Susan grow closer as friends...

A rural property owned by Susan Marlowe is again set on fire leaving many unanswered questions. Is someone bent on destroying her life? To add to the mystery, a past resident of the shelter starts looking for Susan. Fire chief Peter Brennan resents it when Susan calls for help. He blames the homeless shelter for the death of his crew. But he and Susan grow closer as friends...

After All provides ample dose of suspense and intriguing romance interspersed with its secret twists and turns that will keep a reader going to the end. It is a well thought-out story-line that will hook many readers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Raney is bestselling novelist whose books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Carol Award, Silver Angel from Excellence in Media, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. The novel inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title and continues to be a tool for Alzheimer's families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers' conferences and serves on the advisory board of the 2500-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She has written more than 20 novels, and her recent Hanover Falls Novels series is published by Howard/Simon & Schuster. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas.

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Policing is a challenging job that can test your endurance and patience to the limits. It is a continual battle between law-enforcers and law-breakers. Professional duties apart, myriad personal problems too need to be attended to.

Janice Cantore's Abducted, the second in the Pacific Coast Justice series, published by Tyndale, deals with the personal and professional duties of the Las Playas police officer Carly Edwards, who must always strive to be one step ahead.

Carly Edwards is also in a complicated relationship with her ex-husband, Nick. But her new found faith enabled her to try mending things with him. When it appears that the relationship was slowly improving, Nick started to drift apart again, hurting Carly.

Carly's partner in the police force is Joe King who adores his four-month-old baby. Joe's wife Christy suffers from a mysterious illness and is admitted into the hospital where their baby goes missing. Carly has to act, and act fast. Will she be able to save the baby? As she pursued every possible lead, her strength and faith is pushed to the limits.

Abducted is offers lots of twists, turns and surprises to delight and satisfy action and intrigue fans. It keeps one guessing. Who kidnapped the baby? Why? It is a well-written book with an intriguing and swift-flowing plot and engaging characters.

Though the book tends to be preachy at times, it is understandable as the enthusiasm and joy of Carly in her new-found faith flows all throughout the book. Author Janice Cantore masterfully takes us on a ride that lovers of Christian fiction will truly cherish.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called “Cop and Christ”, and another for the monthly magazine “Today’s Christian Woman”.

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. She has a two book suspense series in print she calls Brinna’s Heart Series, The Kevlar Heart and A Heart of Justice (Oaktara Publishing). Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

Janice has bachelor’s degrees in Biology (University of California at Irvine) and Physical Education (California State University at Long Beach).  She also completed graduate coursework in Criminal Justice (University of Southern California) and is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writer’s and Sisters in Crime.  She attends Crescenta Valley Community Church in La Crescenta California and while a few years ago she retired to a house in the mountains of Southern California, she currently resides in Glendale California in order to help care for her aging parents. Janice is single and has three Labrador Retrievers, Jake, Maggie and Abbie. Janice’s hobbies are reading, cross-stitching, kayaking, hiking, walking the dogs and trying to stay fit.

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Power Points For Success

Bestselling author and noted speaker Bob Harrison, popularly known worldwide as "Dr. Increase", comes up with an astounding book, Power Points for Success - Empower Your Dreams and Brighten Your Days. In this motivational book published by Whitaker House, he draws lessons from 101 stories of success secrets of real-life achievers like Lee Iacocca, Dr. Phil McGraw, Robert Schuller, Zig Ziglar and many more.

The book is full of wit, wisdom and anecdotes that makes reading fun. It is thought-provoking and has the power to transform your vision and life to a higher level of success.

This book is a must read for successful people. And more so for mediocre and upstarts. The book has something for everyone irrespective of their achievements in life. It has insights that will work as it inspires and teaches one to be a performer.

Mark Victor Hansen, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has this to say about the book: "If you are ready to increase your love, thinking, happiness, friendships, and money, read this book now."

Wherever you are in life, read the book, and you will be a changed person!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bob Harrison is America’s leading “Increase Activist.” He is a Best-selling author and noted seminar/conference speaker who has sold over one million audio programs on “Increase Thinking”

A miraculous turnaround of a California automobile dealership launched him into the speaking arena. Dr. Harrison’s life-changing teachings have been shared with thousands of seminar groups, conferences, companies, churches and television audiences worldwide. He has spoken for the largest success seminars in America, sharing his valuable strategies with audiences of up to 15,000 to 30,000 people and more.

Mr. Harrison is also well-known for his “Increase Events” that are held in Florida, California and Hawaii each year that attract leaders and achievers from across the globe.

He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a second residence in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. He has five children and fifteen grandchildren. After being a widower for ten years, he remarried in the summer of 2010 to longtime friend, ministry advisor and musical producer Sharon Cook. Combined they have eight children and nineteen grandchildren.

Continually training himself so that he can better help others, he attended and graduated with a Business Management degree from California State University. This was later followed with masters and doctors degrees from Life Christian University in Florida.

Countless numbers of homes and businesses have been transformed by applying the increase strategies that Dr. Harrison espouses.

He is known worldwide as Dr. Increase™.

Unveiling Ancient Biblical Secrets

Unveiling Ancient Biblical Secrets is a book that teaches us to rediscover the destiny and blessings that God intends for His people.

Written by Larry Huch, the founder and senior pastor of DFW New Beginnings in Iriving, Texas, the book is published by Whitaker House. In it Larry, basing on 2 Chronicles 16:9, contends that the God of the Bible is constantly searching for someone to heal, bless, prosper and favor. He rubbishes the notion that God is mean and angry.

In the book Huch reveals God's ancient blessings can be claimed by understanding and tapping into these timeless truths as written in the Torah. While the book borders on the prosperity teachings of many prosperity preachers/teachers and televangelists, it is not though the underlying focus is a how-to on tapping into God's rich resources.

It is a well-researched book, deftly handled, and succinctly written. The book is divided into three parts: Unveiling the children of miracles, Unveiling the pathway to prosperity and Unveiling the ancient mysteries. Each part is a study and a journey into the heart of God - for favor, healing and blessing.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Larry Huch is the founder and senior pastor of DFW New Beginnings in Irving, Texas. Founded in November 2004, this nondenominational church has quickly developed into a diverse, multiethnic congregation of several thousand people. Pastor Larry and his wife, Tiz, are driven by a passionate commitment to see people succeed in every area of life. That passion, along with their enthusiasm, genuine love for people, and effective teaching, has fueled a ministry that spans over thirty years and two continents.

That same energy and commitment to sharing a positive, life–changing, and biblically based message with the world is the hallmark of Pastor Larry's international television program, New Beginnings. This program is broadcast weekly to millions of homes around the globe and has served to touch and change the lives of countless people.

Pastor Larry's signature combination of humor, a dynamic teaching style, and a deep understanding of the Bible have made him a much–sought–after guest on television programs, at conferences, and on various other forms of media. Pastor Larry is a pioneer in the area of breaking family curses and has been recognized the world over for his teachings on the subject, along with his best–selling book, Free at Last. His follow–up books, 10 Curses That Block the Blessing and The Torah Blessing, are also best sellers. His most recent book, Unveiling Ancient Biblical Secrets was released in July 2011. As a successful author, Pastor Larry has been honored by the testimonies of thousands upon thousands of people whose lives have been impacted and forever altered by his testimony and teachings.

Pastor Larry is wholeheartedly committed to bridging the gap between Christians and Jews and restoring the church to its Judeo–Christian roots. He firmly believes in studying, understanding, and teaching the Word from a Jewish perspective. Larry was honored to have spoken at the Israeli Knesset and has received awards from the Knesset Social Welfare Lobby for his ministry's generosity toward the needs of the Jewish people in Israel.

Pastors Larry and Tiz are the proud parents of three wonderful children (and a son–in–law and daughter–in–law), all who are active in ministry. Their three grandchildren, the "sugars," are the loves of their lives!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story

On the surface, Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified: from a troubled childhood and unfinished high school education she overcame immeasurable odds to create a cosmetics empire valued at more than half a billion dollars. Married to Bill Guthy -- self- made principal of infomercial marketing giant Guthy-Renker -- Victoria's most treasured role was mother to three beautiful, beloved children, Evan, Ali, and Jackson.

Suddenly, Victoria's dream life is broken as she begins to battle a mother's greatest fear.

In 2008, her daughter, Ali, began experiencing unusual symptoms of blurred vision and an ache in her eye. Her test results led to the diagnosis of a disease so rare, the chance that she had it was only 2%. Neuromyeltis Optica (NMO) is a little understood, incurable, and often fatal autoimmune disease that can cause blindness, paralysis, and life-threatening seizures, and afflicts as few as 20,000 people in the world. At the age of 14, Ali was given a terrifying prognosis of between four to six years to live.

Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali's disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save Ali, their only daughter, including bringing together a team of more than fifty of the world's leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Told in alternating viewpoints, Victoria and Ali narrate their very different journeys of coming to terms with the lack of control that neither mother nor daughter have over NMO, and their pioneering efforts and courage to take their fight to a global level.

Bringing their story to light with raw emotion, humor, warmth, and refreshing candor, Saving Each Other is the extraordinary journey of a mother and daughter who demonstrate how the power of love can transcend our greatest fears, while at the same time battling to find a cure for the incurable.

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Original post at FSB Media Book Feature