ACRBA Tour A Simple Mistake by Andrea Grigg



7 – 11 January

is introducing

(Wombat books 1 April 2012)

by

Andrea Grigg


About the Author:

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived most of her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.
Short Book Description:

When Nick and Lainey meet again after 10 years so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back.
They had been so close when growing up, but after Nick left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey had never heard from him again. Now she has moved on from what she felt for Nick as a teenager. Or has she?
After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick’s lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey’s secret?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Narelle: My book recommendations for A Simple Mistake can be found using the following link.
Book Recommendation: A Simple Mistake by Andrea Grigg

Winner of Web of Lies by Laura O’Connell

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Congratulations to Jenny who is the winner of Laura O’Connell’s Aussie women’s fiction book Web of Lies.

Starting next week, we are taking a break from blogging over Christmas and New Year. We’ll be back on Tuesday, January 8 when we’ll be posting the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance book tour: A Simple Mistake by Andrea Grigg.

We wish you a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year.

The Agony of Lies (plus book giveaway)

by Laura O’Connell

I’m delighted to be here as your guest blogger today, Narelle. Thanks for having me.

‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive.’

This quote from Marmion, the poem of Scottish author and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)  reminds us humans have lied ever since Adam and Eve walked upon the earth.

Lies lurk at the core of human dysfunction. The spidery trails of a lie start out as well-intentioned comments meant to spare the recipient’s feelings. We hide behind the whispers, ‘No one will know.’; ‘We’ll keep it quiet.’; ‘We’re doing this to keep everyone safe’. The lies continue, weaving and crossing over, getting bigger and gaining momentum until they impact innocent lives.

The lies we tell are flimsier than the spider web which, for their makeup and design, can tolerate an enormous amount of pressure, but lies aren’t so resilient. So, what’s the point of lying? We tell harmless lies every day to make people feel good. ‘You look good in that dress’. We’re trying to lift their self-esteem. When a woman feels she’s having a bad hair day, her husband may tell her she ‘looks beautiful’ to give her a confidence boost.

But the darker lies go deep into our minds, controlling our thoughts and actions, manipulating every part of our lives. They sit just below the surface of our consciousness waiting to be triggered and released by a thoughtless choice of words. When we’re tripped by lies that affect us in a negative way, we act irrationally and our lives begin to unravel sometimes with dire consequences.

In my latest novel, Web Of Lies, before they were believers, Aunt Sonia, and Ellen and David Hunt, manipulated their children’s lives believing they were protecting them and their innocent grandchild. But eight years later, they are Christians, and their family is about to be torn apart as the lies are exposed. The Holy Spirit works in their hearts: ‘Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.’ Colossians 3:9. David and Ellen have no option but to reveal the truth knowing their family could be destroyed if they continued with the deceit.

Are you living a truth-filled spiritual life, or are you living in the flesh where sometimes lying can seem to be an easier option than the truth? Share a time you wished you’d been truthful, and be eligible to go in the draw to win a copy of Web Of Lies.

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LAURA O’CONNELL enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and inspire her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and travelled.

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Back cover blurb:

High school sweethearts, Stephanie and Lachlan are torn apart by circumstance, bad decisions and a web of lies, leaving an unknown future for their son, Ryan.

Eight years later they reconnect, but the time apart has changed them. The family had made decisions based on lies and deceit and now must find a way to either reveal the truth or find another option. On the surface, their arrangements seemed flawless, but dig deeper, and the people they thought they knew aren’t as they appear.

Lachlan and Stephanie are forced to confront the consequences of their actions and the entire family is compelled to reveal the truth, find forgiveness, and renew loving one another. But the hardest decision is still to come … where does Ryan live?

Narelle: Laura, thanks for visiting with us today. We are giving away a copy of Web Of Lies to a reader who comments on this post and answers Laura’s question (Share a time you wished you’d been truthful) before midnight on Monday, December 16 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Print copy available for Aussie mailing addresses and electronic copy for international.

Please include your name with your comment and leave an email address [ ] at [ ] dot [ ] where you can be reached or remember to check our blog post on Wednesday, December 19 when we will announce the winner. You can follow our blog by email, Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page to receive notifications of new blog posts.

“Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.”

ACRBA Tour Back to Resolution by Rose Dee

 

 

3 – 7 December

 

 

is introducing 

 

Back to Resolution

(Even Before Publishing November 2012)

by Rose Dee

 

About the Author:

Rose Dee

 

Rose Dee was born in Ingham, North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel.

Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, decided to try her hand at writing two years ago. The result of that attempt is her first novel, ‘Back to Resolution’.

Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women.

Rose’s other releases include, ‘Beyond Resolution’ – the second book in the ‘Resolution’ series. And ‘A New Resolution’ – the final book in the series.

Rose has also co-written a novel in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian Authors; ‘The Greenfield Legacy’.

Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.

 

Book Description

Back to Resolution

Bay Anders is lost. She enjoys every privilege a wealthy upbringing affords, but the void in her soul refuses to be filled.Her mother’s dying revelation drives Bay to the brink of self destruction, before a move to Australia changes everything. She embarks upon a search for her father that leads her to his island home, into a hazardous melting pot of hostile locals and a mystery – her father’s disappearance.The only person who can help her is a strong, selfassured and intensely magnetic man. Bay must fight an overwhelming attraction to stay focused on her goal.

Flynn McKenna is hiding from the world. A past filled with mistakes drove him to withdraw from society and live in seclusion. But the arrival of a woman he cannot avoidshatters his solitary existence. As the search for Bay’s father unites them, can he resist his desire for her?It becomes a race against time as developers try to take over the island.

From the glittering streets of LA, to the beautiful Daintree forest in North Queensland, to the idyllic island `Resolution’, Back to Resolution is a romantic mystery that shows how far a little faith can go.

Website – http://rosedee.com/

Narelle: I posted a book recommendation for Back to Resolution on July 19. It can be viewed at the link below.

https://30minutebiblestudies.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/book-recommendation-back-to-resolution-by-rose-dee

Aussie Christian Fiction: The Greenfield Legacy

by Paula Vince

Early this year, I had a sudden idea. I thought it would be great for four Australian Christian fiction authors to collaborate together on a novel. I asked three friends, Meredith Resce, Amanda Deed and Rose Dee, if they would like to join me in the adventure. I call it that because it was unexplored territory for all of us and we had no idea how we would make it work. We learned as we went, and now have a brand new novel, “The Greenfield Legacy” which we’re all proud of. I’d love to share some of my favourite surprises about collaborating that I discovered during the process.

Firstly, when four people set to work brainstorming a plot and cast of characters, the result is a lovely blend of signature strengths, nothing like anybody expects. We had two historical fiction and two contemporary fiction authors. Our tale spans four generations, complete with plot twists, family secrets, romance and drama. We were each assigned one of four key characters, from whose point of view we would write. Some of the storyline developed organically as we went along, so we each found our own characters having to react to unexpected events from the minds of the other authors. We are sure this helps give the story extra credibility and depth.

Secondly, it’s good to challenge readers to try to tell our voices apart. This is already making us smile, as we know several readers have not got it right at all. We loved the opportunity to be able to explore significant issues from the perspectives of our separate characters. These include the repercussions of adoption within a family, the effects of withholding forgiveness and the possibility of snatching chances to undo former mistakes. We attempted to make readers understand the totally opposite feelings of different characters, providing a thought-provoking as well as enjoyable read.

Back Cover Blurb:

How can one decision cause so much pain? Can it also bring hope?

Mattie was in love with Billy, but she was too young to wed. When Billy was conscripted to fight in Vietnam, they made a decision that impacted their lives and their future. But so much pain resulted that Mattie never really healed. Every turn Mattie made affected her daughter and her granddaughter in ways she didn’t even realise. But forty-six years later, is it time for things to be set right?

Navy is a young woman who has never known her family. But what could be a wonderful opportunity is met with jealousy and apprehension from her cousin, Brooke, and her aunt Connie, especially with handsome Aidan around. Each must look past their struggles and find forgiveness and trust, and perhaps even love.

Left to Right: Rose Dee, Meredith Resce, Paula Vince, Amanda Deed.

Award-winning author, PAULA VINCE loves to evoke tears and laughter through writing fiction. She stirs her stories with mystery, romance, drama and suspense to create something delectably special. A wife and homeschooling mother of three children, she resides in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, a beautiful spot for inspiration with its breath-taking scenery and four distinct seasons.

For over ten years, Paula’s aim has been to provide quality faith-inspired fiction set in Australia. Her quest started way back when, as a Uni student, she discovered the writing of American Christian fiction authors. Her passion is to provide the same enjoyable reads highlighting her own country.

“I’ve come to see that a story has its own awesome power to touch readers’ hearts in ways other genres do not. A story in which we grow to care for the hero has the potential to remain in our hearts for a long time. I love the challenge of making people laugh, cry and cheer.”

After years of plodding on with minimal return, as Australian-based Christian fiction was regarded as something of an oddity, Paula’s efforts are beginning to bear fruit, at last.

Her novel, “Picking up the Pieces” won the religious fiction section of the 2011 International Book Awards.

Her novel, “Best Forgotten” was the winner of the 2011 CALEB Award in the fiction category, and also recognized as the best overall entry for the year, chosen over memoirs, devotionals and general fiction.

She is delighted that her books are now available for international readers too.

www.paulavince.com

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2012 CALEB Prize winners

Omega Writers Inc. have announced the winners of the 2012 Caleb Prize:

Non-Fiction

Cameron Semmens (ed.), for The Zoo in You

Children’s

Shan Joseph for The Easter Story

Poetry

Andrew Lansdown for Allsorts

Reviewer’s Choice

Henry McElligott for The Broken Restored

Bookseller’s Choice

Rose Dee for Back to Resolution

CALEB Unpublished Manuscript Winner

Song of the Outback by Susan Timpani

Fiction

No award was made

Fiction finalists:

Ellenvale Gold by Amanda Deed

A Simple Mistake by Andrea Grigg

Against the Unknown by Graham Carter

Broken Pottery by Jennifer Ann

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Congratulations to all the winners!

You can learn more about Omega Writers Inc. and the CALEB Prize here.

A first sale announcement

by Narelle Atkins

When I checked the blog schedule, I realised I had planned to announce today the release of the first Gospel of Mark Bible Study Leaders Guide eBook. Instead, I’ll be announcing a different sale that I have dreamed about for many years.

Some of you may know that I write Christian fiction. I’m delighted to let you know that I have sold my first contemporary inspirational romance book to Harlequin’s new Heartsong line in the US. My story has Australian characters and is set in Sydney, Australia. I’m very excited about this wonderful opportunity and the Mark eBooks will be coming soon.

Book Recommendation: Back to Resolution by Rose Dee

Back Cover blurb: 

Bay Anders is lost. She enjoys every privilege a wealthy upbringing affords, but the void in her soul refuses to be filled. Her mother’s dying revelation drives Bay to the brink of self destruction, before a move to Australia changes everything. She embarks upon a search for her father that leads her to his island home, into a hazardous melting pot of hostile locals and a mystery – her father’s disappearance. The only person who can help her is a strong, self-assured and intensely magnetic man. Bay must fight an overwhelming attraction to stay focused on her goal. Flynn McKenna is hiding from the world. A past filled with mistakes drove him to withdraw from society and live in seclusion. But the arrival of a woman he cannot avoid shatters his solitary existence. As the search for Bay’s father unites them, can he resist his desire for her?

Narelle: I really enjoyed reading this book. Bay and Flynn are fascinating characters who you’ll want to get to know as their relationship develops throughout the story. There are a number of humourous moments as city girl Bay adapts to life on a remote North Queensland island. There was also an honesty in the way the author portrayed the growing attraction between Bay and Flynn and this book could be considered ‘edgy’ by more conservative readers.

The setting is gorgeous and I became absorbed in an idyllic tropical island setting that I didn’t want to leave when the book ended. Back to Resolution is Book 1 in Rose Dee’s series and I’m looking forward to reading Book 2, Beyond Resolution. I recommend this book to those looking for a fun and romantic contemporary story set in Australia.

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Book Recommendation: A Simple Mistake by Andrea Grigg

Back cover blurb:

When teenage sweethearts Nick and Lainey meet again after more than a decade, so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career, Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back. Despite Nick’s promise to keep in touch when he left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey never heard from him. Now that time has passed, she has moved on from what she felt. Or has she? After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick’s lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey’s secret? An Australian romance about faith and trust by debut author Andrea Grigg.

Narelle: I really enjoyed reading this fun romance set in Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia. Lainey is an ordinary girl thrown into an extraordinary situation when she reconnects with Nick at a wedding. Nick is a hero to die for and, despite having his pick of gorgeous women, he wants Lainey.

Lainey struggles with her strong feelings for Nick and the knowledge that they would be unequally yoked if they married. We journey with Lainey and Nick as they face a number of obstacles and a big secret from the past. I recommend this book to those looking for a contemporary romance that deals with real issues facing young Christian women today.

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Book Recommendation: Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins

Back cover blurb:

Over the years Emily Parker’s actions as a teenager have impacted not only her own life, but the lives of many different people.

Now, six years later, she returns reluctantly to her home town of Baragula only to discover the man at the heart of those actions, Matthew Davidson, is the community’s respected doctor.

While Emily’s faith is now severely weakened by all that has happened, Matthew’s life has completely turned around since he committed his life to Christ. His personal relationship with God is tested when he discovers how his behaviour when a non-believer hurt so many, especially Emily, and feels responsible for her hardness of heart towards the Lord.

Disease attacks the community while danger from another source threatens Emily and her family. Through it all, will Matthew and Emily’s faith be strong enough to forgive each other and put the past behind them?

Narelle: I really enjoyed all three books in Mary’s Baragula series. Return to Baragula by Mary Hawkins (Ark House Press, 2008) is the first book in the series.  Set in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia, I highly recommend this book to those looking for an engaging contemporary romance with an underlying spiritual theme of forgiveness.

To learn more about Mary Hawkins and her books, please visit her website http://www.mary-hawkins.com