Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fade to Blue - GIVEAWAY!

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Congrats to karenk! Email me your address and I'll send the book your way.

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fade to Blue
B&H Books (May 15, 2011)
by
Julie Carobini




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



A word from the author:

I grew up as Julie Navarro, in a family of truly right-brained individuals. Among us you’ll find writers, artists, and musicians, all of us willing to talk about the arts at a moment’s notice.



Over the years, I’ve published several hundred articles and stories in magazines and books, including Aspire, Decision, Expecting, Focus on the Family, Key Magazine and God’s Abundance: 365 Days to a Simpler Life. As I wrote, I found a common theme cropping up: my family, the sea, and God’s timely work in the lives of those around me.



Maybe it was time to incorporate those interests into novels, I thought.



And so I did. Not once, but twice. Both times, God shut both doors and windows. So I continued to write and dream and raise my kids with Dan. Eventually I decided to write romantic seaside novels, and that’s where I found my voice.



When I’m not writing, marketing, or editing for others, I’m driving my kids around town, imagining that my mid-sized SUV is actually a sleek sailing yacht.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Suz Mitchell is the determined dreamer we should all be and won't allow her ex-husband Len's jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah's life. An accomplished artist, she moves with her child across the country to California's central coast and lands a sweet job restoring priceless paintings at the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the ocean.



To her utter surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, is also now working at Hearst and jumbles the dreams inside Suz's heart. While sorting out the awkwardness of their past split and current spiritual differences, a repentent Len shows up eager to restore his family.



Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Fade to Blue, go HERE.


MY THOUGHTS:
Julie Carobini has captured the angst and turmoil of second chances, new beginnings, and the "what ifs" that often hold us suspended between the past and the future. At what point is a chapter of our lives truly closed? How often are we supposed to forgive? And does forgiveness mean opening our lives to the possibility of a new wound in a spot that is finally healed? Although I sometimes got a little weary of Suz's indecision and dilemma as she looked at the men from her past and determined which one, if either of them, might have a role in her future, I also empathized with her desperate desire to do the right thing and forgive as Christ forgives.

GIVEAWAY!
I have an additional copy of this book to give away to one of you. Leave a comment on this post by 8:00 pm Sunday (5/22/11) and I will randomly choose a winner. US Residents only please. Be sure to include an email address if you don't have a blog so I can contact you if you win.


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9 comments:

skoots1mom said...

what ifs will eat you up if you linger with them, for sure.

Diana Ferguson said...

This will be a great one! Please count me in on the giveaway.

auburnchick said...

I'd love a free book! Count me in, Linda!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I am in. I love free books. Our Animal Rescue people had a book sale (prices so cheap) a couple of weeks ago....there were so many books....ahhh decisions! Decisions!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read julie's latest novel...it sounds fabulous!!!

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Beth'sFavoriteRecipes said...

Just showing my mom your blog since she is a reader too! Love your reviews on ALL the books!

Wayne Myers said...

I am Beth's mom. I like what I see on your blog. myerswb57@gmail.com Brenda

windycindy said...

I enjoy the writing of Julie
Carobini very much...
Her book sounds like a great one
to read in our backyard hammock!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Merry said...

I've love Julie's books and this one set at Hearst Castle sound really great. Please include me in the drawing!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com