Monday, April 20, 2009

Book Review & Double Giveaway!

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Congrats to Carole, winner of the books! Email me your address, and I'll send them your way!

Thanks to everyone for your comments. More giveaways to come (including the one today for Susan Meissner's The Shape of Mercy)!

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Reluctant Cowgirl

Barbour Publishing (April 2009)


Christine Lynxwiler

Christine lives with her husband and two precious daughters in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains in her home state of Arkansas. Her greatest earthly joy is her family and, aside from doing God’s will, spending time with them is her top priority.

She recently took a break from writing romance to pen a Christmas story with a twist. Her Mom Lit novella, My True Love Gave to Me, is part of a 2 in 1 anthology from Barbour entitled All Jingled Out. It’s also included in Simply Christmas, a 4 in 1 Barbour anthology.

She has written two other novellas, both romance, which are included in Barbour anthologies, City Dreams, and Prairie County Fair and a serial for the Heartsong Presents book club newsletter – The Carousel Horse. The Carousel Horse can be read in its entirety on the Heartsong website, and you can read excerpts from all of her other books on her website, HERE

In 2003, Christine was honored by being voted #2 Favorite New Author by the Heartsong Presents Book Club members!

Actress Crytal McCord gave up the closeness of her big family in order to make a name for herself on the New York City stage. But when life in the Big Apple turns sour, she follows a country road back to her parents Arkansas ranch.

The last thing she expects to find in cowboy country is a new leading man. Still, she can't help but imagine handsome rancher Jeremy Buchanan in the role.

Unfortunately, Jeremy's been burned by Crystal's type before. Or has he? Every time he thinks he knows her, the multi-faceted woman surprises him. Will the reluctant pair allow their hearts to guide them, or will their common stubborn pride keep them miles apart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Reluctant Cowgirl, go HERE

Although I'm a city girl through and through, living on a ranch near a small town was very appealing in this book. Life can change in the blink of an eye, and guilt can drive us away from God regardless of our environment. And sometimes coming home involves more than packing our belongings.

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Christine Lynxwiler at the Christian Book Expo. What a sweetheart! Although there wasn't an opportunity to do more than "meet & greet" her (and take the picture above), it was evident that this is a lady who cares about others and has a heart for sharing God's love through her books.

I have a copy of The Reluctant Cowgirl and Christine's previous book, Along Came a Cowboy (another delightful read!), to give to one of you! Leave a comment on this post by noon CDT tomorrow (Tuesday 4/21) and I'll draw a winner. Continental US residents only, please.

Happy Reading!


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Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you, Linda, for doing this! :)

Patrice and Higgins said...

Yay, I'm your give-a-ways!!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Boy! You are BURNING through all the books you got at the convention! Not that I'm complaining...we appreciate all of these giveaways and reviews!


Mary said...

Both of these books sound great, add me please. Thanks!


Vern ~ Inspired said...

I was just on Lysa's blog and saw you are the winner of the giveaway...congratulations girl!

How have you been?
I would love to plan a day to meet up...Do you need to go to the Outlet mall anytime soon? Lol!
OR - Maybe we can schedule sometime if I come to Vicki's event at the end of the month...not for sure yet. Will you be there?

I enjoy reading about all your are so awesome at this!

Beverlydru said...

You know I want my name in the hat! Thank you so much!

Alichia said...

I love reading Christian fiction!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Valerie said...

sounds wonderful
Kawaiineko2008 at aol dot com

samf36 said...

I would love to read this book.

sara said...

ooooh, these sound good. count me in!

LittleEagle said...

Great giveaway. I am always looking for new authors and reads. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Skoots1moM said...

love christian fiction...put me in, too.
thanks for coming by...
no twittering here either!!
go bloggers :)

A Reader said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

This looks like a really good book. I would love to read it.


wendy wallach said...

Its great that you are giving away two books so you can really get a good feel or the author.

madamerkf at aol dot com

D Q said...

The books sound like great reads.

live42day said...

It would be awesome to win these two books. I would thoroughly enjoy reading these two titles! Thanks for the chance!


prplrush said...

Thank you, I would love a chance at reading either of these two books!

windycindy said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win all of the fantastic book giveaway drawings that you sponsor. Please enter my name in your contest.
Thanks very much.....Cindi

Sharon said...

Sounds like some great books, I love the heartsong collection. Thanks for the giveaway

Carole said...

I'm a city girl too; maybe that's why I enjoy books with a western setting so much. I haven't had the pleasure of reading Christine's books yet, so thank you for the chance to win them, Linda.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Nickolay said...

I know someone who would love these books. Thanks for the chance