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Excerpt - Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley

Today's Wild Card author is: T.L. Higley and the book: Shadow of Colossus Broadman & Holman Publishers (August 1, 2008) In a world enslaved by money and power, one woman dares to be free. Will an explosive secret enslave her again? The place is the island of Rhodes; the time, 227 BC. In the ten years that Tessa of Delos has been in bondage as a hetaeira, a high-priced Greek courtesan to a wealthy politician, she has learned to abandon all desire for freedom and love. But when her owner meets a violent death, Tessa is given the chance to be free—if she can hide the truth of his death and maintain a masquerade until escape is possible. Now Tessa must battle for her own freedom and for those she is beginning to love, as forces collide that will shatter the island’s peace and bring even its mighty Colossus to its knees. Here is a powerful story showing how the love of God can transform even the most hardened person and bring back to life a soul jaded by sin and grief.

Excerpt - IN THE SHADOW OF LIONS by Ginger Garrett

Today's Wild Card author is: Ginger Garrett and the book: IN THE SHADOW OF LIONS David C. Cook; 1st edition (September 2008) "I am the first writer, The Scribe. My books lie open before the Throne, and someday will be the only witness of your people and their time in this world. The stories are forgotten here, and the Day draws close. I will tell you one of my stories. You will record it." So begins the narration of one such angel in this sweeping historical tale set during the reign of England's Henry VIII. It is the story of two women, their guardian angels, and a mysterious, subversive book . a book that outrages some, inspires others, and launches the Protestant Reformation. The devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of a powerful king and uses her influence to champion an English translation of the Bible—Scriptures the common people could read for themselves. Meanwhile, Rose, a broken, suicidal woman of the streets, is moved to seek God when she wi

Girls, God, and the Good Life

Captain's Log, Supplemental Yesterday, I waxed poetic on one of the few foods I dislike, TURKEY . But don't get me wrong, I still love Thanksgiving. Camy here, probably the only person on the entire planet who hates turkey. I don’t hate Thanksgiving, but let’s just say I’m not salivating over the gigantic roast Butterball on the table. Click here to read the rest of the post.

Recessionista and interview

Captain's Log, Supplemental I’m over at Faithchick talking about my new word, “recessionista”: A recessionista is a “style maven on a budget.”(1) Isn’t that just cool? I think I am a recessionista, but I was one before the current economic status. Click here to read the rest of the post. I also have an interview with Missy Frye on her blog here . What is your writing routine? I start off doing emails and marketing in the morning, and move to writing in the later part of the day, with a few email breaks in between. I try to be disciplined but that doesn't always happen. :) Click here to read the rest of the interview.

Excerpt - Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.27.2008 Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo In this sequel to Beloved Castaway, Emilie Gayarre is learning to accept her mixed race heritage while finding fulfillment in teaching children of the key. There is no denying the attraction between Emilie and the handsome young naval commander, Caleb Spencer, who is shadowed by his own flock of secrets. But if her heritage is found out, even greater things than his career are at risk. Enjoy this historical romance full of risk and redemption. Excerpt of chapter one: Beloved Captive Barbour Publishing, Inc (November 1, 2008) Chapter 1 May 2, 1836 New Orleans It was a terrible thing to wish. With every roll of the carriage wheels, Emilie Gayarre fought the urge to pray that her arrival would come too late. The request she'd traveled so far to make stood a greater chance of being granted were she begging the funds from her father's estate rather than making the request to him per

NASCAR in August

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.26.2008 I realized I hadn’t posted about my photos from when I went to the Michigan NASCAR races with my friend Cheryl Wyatt back in August. I’ve posted them here on my Camy’s Scrapbook blog since there are a lot of pics . I've never been to NASCAR. Let me tell you, it was a complete culture shock for me. But in a good way. No, I didn’t get to see a race. Yes, I’m lame. Well, what really happened was that when the race started, I had a really bad sinus headache from the dust in the infield (that’s where we were camping) so I didn’t really feel like going anywhere. But we got to drive on the track! How cool is that? It was the only way in and out of the infield.

Knit Two reading guide

Captain's Log, Supplemental Knit Two (a sequel to The Friday Night Knitting Club ) by Kate Jacobs is on sale today. The Sequel to the Beloved #1 New York Times Bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club The sequel to the number-one New York Times bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, KNIT TWO returns to Walker and Daughter, the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker and her young daughter, Dakota. Dakota is now an eighteen-year-old freshman at NYU, running the little yarn shop part-time with help from the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club. Drawn together by the sense of family the club has created, the knitters rely on one another as they struggle with new challenges: for Catherine, finding love after divorce; for Darwin, the hope for a family; for Lucie, being both a single mom and a caregiver for her elderly mother; and for seventysomething Anita, a proposal of marriage from her sweetheart, Marty, that provokes the objections of her grown children

Video and pics - Snickers and the stuffed squirrel

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.25.2008 The squirrel is really a chipmunk with a really long tail, but since she's never seen a chipmunk and only seen squirrels, it's a squirrel to her. "Want the squirrel, Snickers?" "Leave me alone, you stupid humans." "If it will make you go away, I will smile for the camera with this stupid squirrel." "You annoying humans are really trying my patience." "Maybe if I look sad, they'll take the stupid squirrel off my back." "Foiled again! I tossed the stupid squirrel off, but they put it back on!" "Leave me alone so I can eat my squirrel in peace." Lastly, here's a video we took of Snickers.

7 random facts ... again

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.24.2008 Debby Giusti tagged me on this meme, so here goes again! 1. I can only knit one thing at a time, right? So why do I have TEN knitting projects on the needles at once? 2. I like reading knitting and yarn catalogs while I’m on the can. 3. My friend Ronda Wells sent me a pink feather boa and a pink tiara, which I wear while writing. It fires my creativity. Really. 4. I like wearing hats solely for the purpose of hiding a Bad Hair Day. Which is why I’m currently working on a Chevron stripe beret, La Parisenne , using KnitPicks.com Essential yarn in Flint Tweed and Tuscany Multi . 5. I am watching the end of the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I have to say, I’m getting bored. (So this proves I’m not a slave to the hype around this series.) The beginning of season three was rather dull, and while it has picked up now, it’s still not exciting enough to make me need to see more. I will probably continue to watch it until it lose

Excerpt - Enoch by Alton Gansky

Today's Wild Card author is: Alton Gansky and the book: Enoch Realms (October 2, 2008) An unusual message is popping up in unexpected places around the world — in radio commercials, movies, TV shows, even within the pages of the New York Times. Believing that someone is playing an elaborate prank, FCC agent Gene Manford and FBI agent Katherine Rooney begin an investigation. But nothing in their training has prepared them for what they are about to encounter. A contemporary novel dealing with real spiritual warfare issues, Enoch will take you on a mind-bending, fast-paced journey through a story of good versus evil. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alton Gansky is the author of twenty-one published novels and six nonfiction works. He has been a Christie Award finalist (A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice). He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and has served as senior pastor for three Baptist churches in California, with a total of over twenty

Excerpt - The First Escape by G.P. Taylor

Today's Wild Card author is: G.P. Taylor and the book: The First Escape SaltRiver (August 20, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as "hotter than Potter" and "the new C. S. Lewis" in the United Kingdom. His first novel, Shadowmancer, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His other novels include Wormwood (another New York Times bestseller which was nominated for a Quill book award), The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street, Tersias the Oracle, and Mariah Mundi. Taylor currently resides in North Yorkshire with his wife and three children. Visit the author's website . Product Details: List Price: $ 19.99 Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: SaltRiver (August 20, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1414319479 ISBN-13: 978-1414319476 AND NOW..

A Harvest of Blessings

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.21.2008 As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s be thankful. God made us to give thanks. Top five things I’m thankful for: 1. Captain Caffeine, because he let me pursue my dream of writing, he talks me down from the rafters, and, when needed, he gives me a good kick in the rear to get my work done. 2. My critique partners. God put them each in my life through divine appointments, and the best part is, we met when we were all still unpublished. We’ve grown with each other and support each other, and, when needed, they give me a good kick in the rear to get my work done. 3. My prayer partners. Some of these are my critique partners, some are my church family who love me and are proud of me. I wouldn’t be anything without prayer cover. 4. My parents for never discouraging me from writing when I was young, never telling me horror stories about how most writers never get published, never telling me that my aspirations weren’t valid. 5. My dog, because even

Discussion questions contest

Captain's Log, Supplemental Hey guys, don't forget my special Discussion Question contest . Come up with discussion questions for Only Uni or Single Sashimi and if I use your question(s), you'll get your pick of Christian fiction books! Click on the link for more info!

Wyn's Sunday Meme

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.20.2008 Ladystorm tagged me for this meme: I would like to know what people keep close by their computer for books. So I was thinking that I would start a Sunday feature of my own that includes tagging 4 other bloggers, not necessarily book bloggers. My meme is: 1. What book is on the left hand side of your computer or closest to the left hand side? 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt 2. Are you reviewing it, is it your favourite, or is it there for some other reason and specify. It’s the book I most often use when I’m in the plotting phase of writing a new book. I like using the archetypes as a jumping off point for creating my characters, and I use the Hero and Heroine’s Journeys for solidifying my story structure. I’m using it to write my next contracted novel, The Year of the Dog (working title). 3. Go to page 38 and write down from the 2nd paragraph, the first 4 sentences. (in the chapter about the Amazon character archetype)

Excerpt - The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips by Stephen Baldwin/Mark Tabb

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.20.2008 The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips by Stephen Baldwin/Mark Tabb Even years of experience haven't prepared Officer Andy Myers for this case--- When Officer Andy Myers met Loraine Phillips, he had no interest in her son. And he certainly never dreamed he'd respond to a call, finding that same boy in a pool of blood. Even more alarming was the father standing watch over his son's body. Myers had never seen a man respond to death-particularly the death of a child-in such a way. When the father is charged with murder and sentenced to death, he chooses not to fight but embrace it as God's will. Myers becomes consumed with curiosity for these strange beliefs. What follows is the story of the bond these two men share as they come to terms with the tragedy and the difficult choices each one must make. Q&A with Stephen Baldwin: There are, as you know, some usages of profanity and descriptions of sexual activity that would