Please Stay Tuned

I’m still going through all the new GFC friends I’ve gained. Many have websites I’ve yet to visit, and I want to be sure I get around to them soon. Many thanks to Good Choice Reading for hosting this great event and putting us in touch. Also, thanks to all who’ve taken a chance on me.

I hate to say it, but it’ll take me a little longer than usual to tally the entries. Normally, I use a form which requires me to simply download into excel and run some formulas. This time, I used comments and need to go through them to make sure there are no duplicates. Plus some got caught in my spam filter. 🙂 I have to admit, I do like the simple GFC follow and tweet entries. Next time, it’ll just be through a form. It’s a learning experience.

While I tabulate the entries, I hope to appease you with an Author Interview. Stop in tomorrow and Kitty Thomas, author of Comfort Food, will pay us a visit. Her novel landed in three of the Fall Giveaway prize groups (Giveaway #2 – The Reviews, Giveaway #3 – love, Love, LOVED IT!, and Giveaway #4 – My Buddies’ Fab Faves!) Yes, it was that good! So if you haven’t read it, definitely give it a try. And please stop by and say hello to Ms. Thomas. The Fall Giveaway is over, but I have a feeling the giveaways haven’t ended. <wink> <wink>

Novella Review: The Warrior by Francine Rivers

In the past, I’ve been a huge fan of Francine Rivers. My favorite of her series is The Mark of the Lion. Fabulous! After finding a couple of her books from the Sons of Encouragement at the library, I decided to give this series a try. First up is “The Warrior” which is book two. Did I mention each one of these novellas are stand alone? So the blurb from Ms. Rivers’ website.

His words stirred mens’ hearts; his passion drove him to God. The Warrior illuminates the life of Caleb, a man whose faith and zeal for God helped lead God’s people into the Promised Land. Discover a man full of passion, humility, and faith; a man who encouraged Joshua and stood strong in the face of sin.

I’m not sure if it’s because I have a little writing under my belt or what, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as my other Francine River reads. The novella had a lot of information chunks thrown at me. This is alright for the bible, but not okay for a fictional story, even if it is based upon the bible. At least in my mind.

I also wasn’t very fond of Caleb. He had an air of superiority. No one could satisfy him, while he acted as if he was above it all. He just seemed a little to perfect in his mind for my liking. What happened to struggling with right and wrong? For Caleb, the struggle seemed to be lacking. His biggest concern was trying to sway everyone to his way of thinking. Honestly, with Caleb so sure of himself and his way of thought, the overall story lacked conflict. I had nothing to look forward to.

Although Caleb was above many of the struggles, the other characters were not. Even though I knew the story, it still broke my heart to see the children of Israel learn and accept after the consequences were in place. For example, one of Caleb’s brothers said, “I thought, perhaps, the Lord had forgotten about me, and I might sneak into the  Promised Land among my sons and grandsons…” Even thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.

Other lines made me reflect on life in general. For example: “And like this morning, they prayed the same prayers they prayed every day, and then went off to live life on their own terms.” I don’t know how many Christian readers visit my blog, but isn’t that so true sometimes. It’s like the Natalie and Phillip Larue song where they sing, it’s not right to be a Christian “One Day of the Week.”

So in my opinion, the overall message was wonderful, but the presentation was lacking.

Before I leave you with this review, I’ll share a couple more favorites I had from the novel.

  • Brave men do what the Lord commands despite their fear.
  • Don’t think my arm isn’t long enough to deal with you.
  • We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that’s what we looked like to them!

Tomorrow I hope to get out my review of “The Prophet” which is also by Francine Rivers. So, stay tuned!

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“The Warrior” by Francine Rivers is available at the Book Depository.

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Special Post: The Plunge

So, I finally decided to do it. What you ask? Publish one of my works, that’s what! So it’s a short story, nothing big. But it does give me a chance to test the waters and all. So, without further ado, Control Freak: Brandon’s Story.

Brandon is an overworked husband with a wife who wants a little too much. Sex, that is. When his wife starts throwing him hints about bondage and masochism, he’s sure she’s flipped. In the end, Brandon must decide which lines he’s willing to cross for the women he loves. Short Story: 3260 Words

A word of warning, it’s quite graphic, at least on the sexual front. But that’s okay. It’s short enough you can probably hide in a closet or something without getting caught why you get uhm…”involved in the read. So for those interested in finding out what kind of things run through my head, check it out! It’s available on Smashwords. I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to write a review, rate it, send me an email, whatever.

For those who give me a shot, thanks a million! For those who forgo my work…uhm. Thanks for stopping by? 🙂

Beyond the Mailbox

Okay, I’m a little late on the ball here. A couple of weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago? Yeah, that’s right, I’m bad. A couple of weeks ago, I received one of my winnings. I was lucky to win a iTunes gift card at The Book Butterfly during her Christy Trujillo (author of Emily’s Song) post. I have to admit, this GC came right on time. You see, I have this story I’m writing and already have the playlist picked out. Only thing, I don’t have copies of the songs. 🙁 No matter now. I can get them with the iTunes GC! 🙂 Woot! Thank you Kim and Christy!

I also stopped by the library a couple of weeks ago. Haven’t done that in a while. While there, I picked up a couple of books my an old favorite, Francine Rivers. I absolutely love her Mark of the Lions series and also the Lineage of Grace books. I’ve read just about every book she’s ever written, except for the Sons of Encouragement line and Martha’s Legacy. Great news for me! I found two of the Sons of Encouragement books: “The Warrior” and “The Prophet.”

Well, I read “The Warrior” and will post my review of it tomorrow. I’m working on “The Prophet” and hope to have my review of it on Tuesday. That being the case, the winner of giveaway #2 – Reviews may choose “The Prophet” if they wish.

Both “The Warrior” and “The Prophet” by Francine Rivers are available at the Book Depository.

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