UNDER THE SUMMER SKIES BY MELODY CARLSON

UNDER THE SUMMER SKIES                                BY MELODY CARLSON

About this Book 

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.

With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

School teacher Nicole Anderson is hoping for something different from her time teaching school, for her summer vacation. Her mom just happens to have a friend in Savannah that needs a house and Art Gallery sitter for three months while her husband takes her in a three month cruise. The house reeks of money, and Nicole has free run of the house and vehicle, as well as the Gallery. But was Nicole ready for the not so accommodating Gallery helper and the two sons that belong to her mom’s friend?

I enjoyed this sweet summer romance from Melody Carlson. The characters were artfully suited for a nice little romance, and they fit their parts well. Nicole did well in her summer job, though it did feel a bit over the top sometimes because the idea of a job like this is highly unlikely. At first the two guys seemed to good to be true, but then as you get to know them more as the story unfolds, you see what they are really made of. And I can’t leave out the vivid descriptions of Savannah so beautifully described by the author. After finishing the book I felt like I’d had a tour of the beautiful historical city of Savannah!  This book was given to me by the Publisher, ReI was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

 

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson from Revell

All Summer Long

All Summer Long 
by Melody Carlson

She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame.

Tia D’Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What’s not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions–the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco–especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht’s captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

Praise for Once Upon a Summertime

“Carlson kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. . . . A pleasant summer escape.”–Library Journal

“Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining.”–Christian Manifesto

“[The] perfect summer read for a day at the beach.”–CBA Retailers + Resources

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Tia D’Amico is more than excited when her aunt calls her to help transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant, but when she arrives in San Francisco she finds out her uncle had a heart attach, and she is pretty much on her own with the inside renovations. Taking care of the outside changes is the new Captain of the Yacht, Leo Parker. Leo and Tia had met ten years ago while she was visiting her aunt and went to a sailing camp. Tia was thrilled to be working with Leo, that is until she finds out he is engaged to a gorgeous young lady.

All Summer Long is an adorable romance from one of my favorite authors, Melody Carlson. The characters are sweet, hardworking and loves their families very much. As I was reading, I thought about this being an awesome read for teenagers, the would be able to relate with the characters better than us older folks. But don’t get me wrong, I loved Tia and Leo’s story. Even though they faced ups and downs, it was fun keeping up with the two and what was going on in their lives. I didn’t put this book down but a few times as I read it. If you are looking for an enjoyable, light summer read, this is an awesome book for you. I encourage you to check it out.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

d32cf-melodycarlsonABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Joy Ride
by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Joy Ride
by Melody Carlson

Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that’s exactly what she’s getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in Phoenix–in the dead of winter, no less–the much younger Miranda insists that Joy cannot make such a trip by herself. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off with Joy toward Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride–one that could derail the whole venture.

No one captures the heartwarming fun of the Christmas season quite like Melody Carlson. Fasten your seat belt, because it’s going to be an exciting ride!

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS

This is one of the sweetest reads, and not only for Christmas, this can be read any time. And I love the cover, it makes a beautiful conversation book for your coffee table. I can just imagine Joy and Miranda riding in that old RV, all decorated for Christmas, across the country! I would have loved being with these two. The two had a fun time playing Santa and dropping off gifts to people on the way. And the bitter sweet ending is just wonderful. Joy was such a special person and neighbor, one we all want to be like, and live close too. This book sure made me want to be a better neighbor and help those in need more. I highly recommend this Melody Carlson special story.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington’s, and The Christmas Cat. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime

by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises–not the least of which is discovering that Sean O’Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City–and into the depths of the human heart.

“A hard-working girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson’s heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna’s journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love.”–Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Revell Presents Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson
Blog Tour: June 8th – 15th

She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises–not the least of which is discovering that Sean O’Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City–and into the depths of the human heart.

“A hard-working girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson’s heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna’s journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love.”–Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Anna Gordon just wasn’t happy managing the little hotel in her hometown, but she really didn’t want to leave her grandmother, so that’s why she stayed. But when a long time friend appears and has information about a manager’s job at a big hotel in New York, Anna decides to spread her wings and go for it. But it didn’t turn out quite like she thought it would.

It took me a while to get into this book. It just didn’t seem that realistic, Anna going to NY, making it on her own, in the big city without any problems. And she was almost too trusty with everyone, which I have heard can’t happen in the big city of NY. I guess the switch from a small town to the big city didn’t seem like that much of a difference. But as I kept reading, it got interesting. The main thing was the tension between Anna and her high school friend that landed the job of hotel manager, when Anna’s job was managing the housekeeping department. All in all, this is a very nice light and interesting read, and good entertainment for a few hours. So if you need a nice summer read, I suggest this one for you.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Revell presents Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

Trading Secrets (Nov 15th – 22nd) 

The truth may set you free–but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters–and many secrets–with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah’s kept quiet on the biggest secret of all–the fact that despite her name, she’s a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach’s Amish farm, but she’s more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Another really fun and entertaining read for the younger generation from Melody Carlson. Zach and Micah have been writing to each other since the 5th grade, but had never met. The two penpals had the chance to meet when Zach invited Micah to come stay with his family. There was only one problem. Micah has been deceiving Zach all these years, because Zach thinks Micah is a he, but it turns out, his friend is a she. What will his Amish family say when they find out?

You can’t put this book down because you want to see what happens with these two young people. Micah sure had an interesting time in Zach’s home, being they thought all these years she was a he! But that is what makes this story so different and so enjoyable and exciting. You will grow to love the characters as you continue reading Zach and Micah’s story. And it is interesting to see how Micah adjusts to the Amish lifestyle, and what Zach thinks of the way Micah’s family lives. Would either of them be willing to completely change their way of living? For me, I think it would be interesting to get to know an Amish family, though I don’t know if I could change from the way I have lived my life. But it would be a good experience. I think you should give this book a try, and you will enjoy it very much. And if you have a teenager in your household, or you life, this would be a wonderful book for them to read.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Dating Games series, the Life at Kingston High series, Double Take, A Simple Song, and My Amish Boyfriend. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Revell Presents The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Cat (Nov 15th – 22nd) 

He felt his face flushing as Cara opened the door. Wearing a garnet-colored knit dress and with her dark hair pinned up, she looked even prettier than he remembered. Suddenly he wished he’d thought to bring a hostess gift. Like a cat.

After years abroad, Garrison Brown finds himself at the home of his beloved grandmother who has just passed away. He must sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While he hopes to dispense with the task quickly–especially since he is severely allergic to cats–his grandmother’s instructions don’t allow for speed. She has left some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends.

Can he match the cats with the perfect new owners? And is it possible that he might meet his own match along the way?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I usually don’t like books about cats, but I figured it would be good because Melody Carlson wrote it, and I was right, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m  not sure what I would have done had I been Garrison Brown and had all those cats to give away. And not to just anyone, his grandmother had left pacific instructions as to where the cats were to go. It was really fun and enjoyable reading as Garrison sought out each person and tried to figure out who would take what cat, and who would really take care of them. And then there was the special gift that his grandmother had left for each person who took the cat, AND took care of it properly. This is a story like no other, a Christmas story that will warm your heart for sure.

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than six million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, as well as The Christmas Pony and A Simple Christmas Wish. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

CFBA Presents Dating, Dining and Desperation by Melody Carlson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dating, Dining, and Desperation

B&H Books (March 1, 2014)

by

Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’ve been waiting for Dating, Dining and Desperation since I read the first book in the Dear Daphne series. This is a really wonderful series as we are following Daphne’s journey as she tries to follow her late Aunt Dee’s Will and which man she will date next! Its also a lot of fun trying to figure out who will finally win Daphne’s heart. I know who I want that to be, but I’m not telling, cause I just might be wrong. This is a fun and funny series that I highly recommend. And if you are looking for good, clean books for your teenager to read, this one would be wonderful!

I received this book from the publisher , and CFBA to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND BY MELODY CARLSON

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND

BY MELODY CARLSON

my amish boyfriend

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?

Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer–getting her driver’s license, a job, and more–and she can’t wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.

Turns out a “simple” life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon’s ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds–and families–colliding.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a really sweet book to read. Shannon wasn’t expecting to like it when visiting her mom’s Amish family, but she finds out that there are good looking Amish boys! Even though this is a teen fiction I enjoyed the interaction between Shannon and the Amish family they were staying with. The characters here were realistic and believable, and the Amish household was it’s useful peaceful and quiet place. Melody Carlson is a gifted storyteller and tells an awesome story here in this book. And with the many twists and turns throughout the story, its difficult to put this sweet book down after you start reading. Mix and English and Amish family together, and you have and interesting story to follow!

And if you have teenagers, this is a wonderful book, and a wonderful series to have them read!  I received this book from Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

CFBA presents Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart

Center Street (January 7, 2014)

by

Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Sweet romance from Melody Carlson. Likeable and believable characters and heartwarming. One thing for me though is that it is not up to par with other novels by Ms. Carlson. Maybe it is because the story is short and not really room for digging deep in the characters lives. Over all though, if you enjoy a sweet romance and want a quick read, you will love this one.

I received this book from the publisher and CFBA  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

A Simple Christmas Wish…..by Melody Carlson…from Revell

 

 A Simple Christmas Wish

By Melody Carlson

NEW from Revell!

One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.

It felt strange to be out here in the middle of the night, still wearing the Amish dress–a dress that had belonged to Miri. Rachel’s footsteps crunched in the snow, and halfway between the barn and the house, she paused to look up at the night sky, wondering if more snow was in store, but all she saw was velvety black and stars. Millions of twinkling stars. She had never seen stars like that before, so bright and so close, almost as if she could touch them with her hand.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn’t have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio’s Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Rachel Milligan’s life is about to get very interesting. Spending Christmas with an Amish family with her seven-year-old niece was not what Rachel expected her Christmas to be like. The Amish community was a beautiful place to be, but Rachel wasn’t exactly welcome in her niece’s aunt Lydia’s home. But as usual with a Melody Carlson story, this wonderful author weaves together a story that will warm your heart during the Christmas holiday.

I really loved this heartwarming Christmas story! Weaving the Amish and Englisch lifestyles together to make everyone happy is not an easy task, and Rachel was forced into a difficult situation with this Amish family. Lydia didn’t give Rachel the warm welcome most Amish families give, she really acted like a jerk. My heart went out to Rachel and Holly both because the loved each other, and Lydia didn’t want them to have anything to do with each other. But then Lydia’s brother comes into the situation, and gives the story a different twist. This is a short story that takes only a couple of hours to read. If you enjoy Amish and Melody Carlson, this book is a MUST for you! Don’t let this book slip by you this Christmas.

“Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

First Date by Melody Carlson….from Revell

When it comes to catching the eye of that cute boy at school, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends.

 

Devon, Emma, Cassidy, Bryn, and Abby have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a “real” date. With homecoming looming, the girls make a pact and start a secret club they call the DG (Dating Games) that has just one objective–dates for the dance.

They’re sworn to secrecy, but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the DG. They’ll have to navigate expectations and rules from their parents, figure out how to act on a date, and endear themselves to the guys they like.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was by far not my favorite book my Melody Carlson. I usually love her books, but the attitude of these girls from the beginning just got under my skin. Girls should be encouraged to be more serious about dating, not just act like it is a game. I did like that Ms. Carlson encouraged the girls to be careful of who they dated. And it is a good clean book for girls to read, and we sure need more of that. Overall, young girls probably love this book, and will read it. And that is the most important thing. So go out and grab this book for the young girl in your life,

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of aRomantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series andFinding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

FIRST Wild Card Tours presents….Melody Carlson and Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:
Melody Carlson
and the book:
Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel
B&H Books (June 1, 2013)
***Special thanks to Laurel Teague for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

With high hopes, Daphne Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it’s not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dee passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Daphne, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Daphne only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt’s very specific posthumous terms — personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dee’s cats.

And if Daphne thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dee’s life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God’s perfect timing.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: B&H Books (June 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1433679302

ISBN-13: 978-1433679308

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

When Daphne Ballinger graduated top of her class with her degree in journalism, in the memorable year of 2000, she had promptly moved to the city to launch her illustrious career writing for The New York Times. And why not dream big? Because really, how many grads landed such an impressive job straight out of college?Her plan had been to work hard and quickly scale the ladder to success. By thirty she would have a corner office with a window overlooking the river as well as an apartment on the west side. By her midthirties, she would have published her first book. But similar to the plans of mice and men, Daphne’s best-laid schemes had gone awry.

She stuffed a worn pair of brown Prada pumps into her Hermès bag (splurges she’d indulged in back when she still believed you should dress for the job/life you wanted). Then she sat down to put on her comfy-yet-unfashionable white sneakers. After tying the first shoe, she sat up straight and looked around the messy apartment.

Daphne knew it was cliché but, on gloomy days like today, it truly did feel like the walls were closing in on her. Most of the time, she could overlook the crowded space. She could walk right past piles of papers and miscellaneous pieces of clothing and empty take-out boxes . . . and not even notice. But this morning, the apartment actually seemed to stink. When was the last time they’d really cleaned this place?

She shared this three-bedroom apartment with Greta and Shelby. And in previous years Greta, the lease owner, had always proclaimed April as spring-cleaning month. But it was already mid-May and no one had lifted a finger. And Greta, obsessed with a new job promotion, hadn’t complained once. Daphne’s gaze skimmed over gritty windows, dingy curtains, dust-covered surfaces, piles of clutter, sun-faded carpet. . . . How had she stayed here so long?

“I can’t promise to be here more than a year,” Daphne had informed Greta Phillips when she first moved to the city right after graduation.

A coworker at The Times had tipped off Daphne about a friend looking for a third roommate for an apartment in Brooklyn. And although the location was lackluster, it was near the subway and the rent was affordable. Besides, it would just be a temporary stop—the bottom rung on her ladder to success—or so she had naively believed.

“And after a year?” Greta had asked Daphne with a single arched brow.

Daphne simply smiled . . . perhaps a bit smugly upon reflection. “Oh, I plan to move into my own place by then.”

“Your own place?” Greta seemed humored by this declaration. “Really?”

“Oh yes. This is just the first step for me.”

“Well, I still need you to sign a one-year lease. After that, we’ll see.”

Daphne had hesitantly signed that “confining” lease, wondering how Greta would react if she was forced to break the contract before the year was up. Although numerous other roommates had come and gone during the next thirteen years, climbing their own ladders to success, Daphne had stayed . . . and stayed . . . and stayed. Remembering the arrogant assumptions of her youth was embarrassing.

“Hey, Daphne,” Shelby called out cheerfully. Shelby was the most recent roommate, less than six months ago she’d moved here straight from her family’s Connecticut home. “I’m heading out early this morning. So you’ll have to put Oliver in the bathroom. Okay?”

Daphne looked over to see Shelby looking sparkly and stylish as she opened a golden shoe box. After tossing the lid, tissue paper, and red shoe bags aside, Shelby extracted a dark-colored shoe with a sole that flashed like a stoplight. Shelby slipped on the first high-heeled pump, pointing her toe to admire the sleek black patent leather. “Classy, huh?”

“Another pair of Louboutins?” Daphne frowned, knowing she probably sounded like somebody’s mother. But really, Shelby couldn’t afford such extravagances.

“Yes. Can you believe it?” Shelby giggled. “I think I’m going to need a twelve-step program before long.”

“Or a raise.”

Shelby waved a hand, hopping on one foot as she tugged on the other shoe. “I’d rather settle for a nice, big diamond.” Shelby was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe, and sometimes Daphne worried that the pretty young woman had seen How to Marry a Millionaire one time too many.

“So how is that working for you?” Daphne knew Shelby had been flirting with her boss’s son for the past several weeks. She also knew the boss’s son had recently divorced his second wife.

Shelby stood up straight, pushing her short, sassy blond hair back into place with a confident-looking grin. “As it turns out, John Junior is taking me to Club 21.”

“21?” Daphne was impressed. The whole time she’d been in New York, she’d only been there once. And here Shelby was going after just a few months. This girl worked fast.

“Yes. I told John Junior that I’d been dying to go there ever since I moved to the city. And we’re going there tonight. Can you believe it?”

“Can you believe it” was Shelby’s favorite expression and sometimes, after hearing it a few dozen times in the course of an evening, Daphne sometimes wanted to gag the girl. “That’s wonderful, Shelby.” She stood and smiled. “I hope you and John Junior have a lovely time.” Did Shelby really call him John Junior—to his face?

“Oh, we will.” Shelby reached for her hot pink umbrella, holding it in front of her like a scepter. “The weatherman predicted showers this morning. So don’t forget your umbrella.”

“I hope the rain doesn’t ruin your pretty new shoes.”

“No worries.” Shelby shrugged. “John Junior is picking me up in his car this morning.”

“He’s driving you into Manhattan at this time of day?”

“No, silly, that would be insane. He’s giving me a ride out to his parents’ home in the Hamptons. John Senior is working at home today, so I’ll be working there too.”

“Oh . . .” Daphne nodded. That explained the new shoes, stylish suit, perfect hair. Shelby was out to impress Mrs. John Senior. “Well, have a good day.”

“Oh, I’m sure I will.” Shelby opened the door to peek out. “There he is now—right on time. You should see his car, Daphne.” She stepped outside, then looked back in. “Don’t forget to put Oliver in the bathroom.”

Daphne went over to the front window, watching as Shelby skipped down the cement stairs in her new shoes, swinging her bright umbrella in time with each step. Sometimes it was as if Shelby were starring in her own movie. She paused midway down the steps, waving to the man who was just getting out of the silver Jaguar in front of their building. From her vantage point, Daphne could see the balding patch on the top of the man’s dark hair, and for some pathetic reason this comforted her.

Still, as she stepped away from her voyeurism, she didn’t wish ill for young Shelby. If John Junior was truly a nice guy, she hoped he would produce a diamond . . . in due time. Daphne hadn’t known Shelby long, but she knew the old-fashioned girl dreamed of a big white wedding and a houseful of kids. It was sweet, really.

“Oliver,” Daphne called out as she grabbed a yogurt carton from the fridge. “Here, kitty-kitty.” She reached into Greta’s bag of kitty treats, singing out enticingly. “Here’s a treat for you, Oliver. Here, kitty-kitty.”

She was not fond of Greta’s fat gray cat and, unfortunately, Oliver seemed to sense this. Still, she kept her voice sugary as she walked around calling for him, “Come on, Oliver, come get your yummy-yummy kitty treat.”

She eventually found him hunkered down in Greta’s bedroom with a guilty expression, but if he was doing something he shouldn’t, Daphne did not want to know. She had learned the hard way to keep her own bedroom door closed. For some twisted reason Oliver sometimes preferred a nice soft bed to his smelly litter box in the bathroom.

“There you are, you darling little scoundrel,” she said in a saccharine tone. As he looked up, she curled her arm around his hefty midsection. “Got you.” Then she quickly packed him off to the bathroom, tossing in the treat with him behind it. “Have a good day, you spoiled fat cat.” Daphne closed the door firmly. It wasn’t that she disliked cats in general. She just didn’t care much for Oliver.

By the time Daphne locked up the apartment and was on her way to the subway, it was already starting to rain. And despite Shelby’s reminder, Daphne had set off without her umbrella and there wasn’t time to run back and get it now. Consequently, as the clouds opened up and let loose, she got thoroughly drenched in the short distance to the subway. Waiting with the other dampened commuters, she tried to shake off some of the moisture before the train arrived, then she hurried in with the crowd, finding a spot in the back of the car where the air was smelly and muggy and close.

Firmly planting her feet, Daphne held tightly to a pole and, shutting her eyes, attempted to imagine herself in a happier, cleaner, dryer place. Like the Grand Canyon where her dad had taken her as child one summer. She breathed deeply as she recalled the beautiful painted mountains changing hues of golds, reds, and russets at sunset.

This was a trick she’d taught herself years ago, her way to combat the claustrophobia that she sometimes suffered in the city. One would think she’d be over her dislike of tight spaces by now, but on days like today the anxiety seemed to lurk just below the surface. She remembered when she had been in love with New York. Some called it the Big Apple Honeymoon Phase, but it had lasted several years for her. However, like so many other things in her life, it had gotten a little tarnished and dull over the years. And as she emerged from the subway, back into the drizzling rain and noisy traffic, she didn’t much like the city.

By the time Daphne reached her cubicle at The Times and peeled off her soggy jacket and slushy sneakers and stashed them in a sodden pile in the corner, her long auburn hair, which she’d spent thirty minutes straightening this morning, now resembled Bozo the Clown. Not that anyone would particularly notice or care since most of her day was spent on her own.

Daphne was a wedding writer—one of several—and she had been doing the same thing for more than ten years. She could write one of these pieces in her sleep. In fact, sometimes she did. Oh, not for the paper, but she would lie in bed writing another piece. They ran about 250 words, five or six paragraphs, all meant to impress the bride and the groom and their family and friends.

She turned on her computer and perused her e-mail, sifting through junk and flagging some, and then on to read today’s assignments. This time of year was usually fairly busy, but to her surprise there was only one happy couple waiting for the spotlight, and she managed to spend two whole hours on making them seem larger than life. Hopefully they would appreciate her efforts.

Then with still an hour until lunch, she imagined what she’d write for Shelby’s wedding announcement, and because she was bored and didn’t like to appear idle or get caught playing Spider Solitaire, she decided to hack a phony baloney announcement for her romantic roommate.

Miss Shelby M. Monroe and John Junior Millionaire were married on Friday night in May at Club 21 in downtown Manhattan. Family friend and celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump, who became an ordained minister for this monumental occasion, officiated the extravagant

event where no expenses were spared.

The beautiful bride, twenty-three, and the prematurely balding bridegroom, of undetermined age, met at the bride’s place of employment, which is also the bridegroom’s father’s multimillion-dollar investment corporation.

Miss Monroe, who will not be keeping her name since it’s not really her name, will give up her career, which wasn’t really a career, in order to raise a houseful of boisterous children. She is the daughter of a once-prestigious family who resided in Westport, Connecticut, until her father’s investment corporation was dissolved in a scandal involving insider trading. Now, despite some diminished wealth, the bride’s parents are enjoying an early retirement abroad.

Mr. Millionaire, who goes by John Junior, holds some mysterious position in his father’s corporation, where not much actual work is required of him. John Junior graduated from some Ivy League school,

where his family probably had some really good connections.

Following an over-the-top honeymoon, which probably involved

a beach in an exotic locale, the happy newlyweds will reside

in a penthouse apartment on the upper west side.

The bridegroom’s first two marriages ended in divorce.

Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

Feeling a bit juvenile, not to mention catty, Daphne hit the select all and delete buttons. Best not to leave something like that lying around for too long. She was about to shut down and go to lunch when her cell phone rang. She got up and grabbed her bag. After digging for her elusive phone and expecting it to be Beverly since they were meeting for lunch today, she was surprised to discover it was actually her father. He rarely called her in the middle of the day. Not unless something was wrong.

“Dad?” she said with concern. “What’s up?”

“Hello, Daphne. I’m afraid it’s bad news.”

“What?” Her throat tightened. He’d had some health issues last winter. Hopefully it wasn’t worse. She’d lost her mother as a small child. Dad was all she had left of her immediate family.

“It’s Aunt Dee . . . she passed away this morning. Her lawyer just called to inform me, and I thought you’d want to know.”

“Aunt Dee.” Daphne sank back down in her chair. “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that, Dad. I know how much you loved her. I loved her too. And I’d been hoping to get out there to visit you and her this summer. I can’t believe she’s gone.”

Tears filled her eyes as she suddenly recalled the summers she’d spent at Aunt Dee’s house as a child when Dad was busy with work. Aunt Dee had tried to make up for Daphne losing her mother. Daphne and Aunt Dee had always enjoyed a special connection and a shared name.

“If it’s any consolation, she died peacefully. In her sleep.”

“How old was she?” For some reason, Daphne couldn’t recall her aunt’s age. She knew she was older than Dad, but in a way Aunt Dee had seemed timeless. Maybe it was her youthful spirit.

“She would’ve been ninety-one in July.”

“Ninety-one? Wow, I had no idea she was that old.”

“Yes. She never really told anyone her real age. But she enjoyed a good, full life.” He sighed. “Even though she never married or had children, she seemed to have a good time in whatever she did. She traveled. Had lots of friends. Dee lived life on her own terms. And she always seemed happy.”

“She did—didn’t she?” Daphne let out a choked sob as she reached for a Kleenex, wiping the tears now streaming down her cheeks.

“I’m sorry, honey. I hate to be the bearer of sad news. But I knew you’d want to know.”

“Yes. I appreciate that. I don’t know why I’m taking this so hard.” She blew her nose.

“Will you be able to make it out here for her memorial service?”

“Yes, of course, Dad.” She reached for another tissue.

“Oh, good. I’m in charge of everything. And I could really use your help with the arrangements. I mean, if you can come out here soon enough . . . I’ll understand if you can’t drop everything.” His voice sounded tired and weak, but maybe it was just sadness.

“How are you feeling? I mean, with your heart and cholesterol and everything. Are you okay?”

“Oh, sure, honey. I’m fine. Don’t worry about me.” He sighed. “When do you think you can get away?”

“I’ll find out as soon as we hang up. And I’ll get right back to you,” she promised.

“Thanks, Daph. I can’t wait to see you.”

They said good-bye, then she grabbed her purse and hurried up to her boss’s office, feeling she’d get better results if she asked in person. Hopefully Amelia wouldn’t have left for lunch yet. However, when she got up there, Daphne could tell by the darkened office that Amelia was already gone.

“Amelia left early for a lunch meeting,” her assistant told Daphne. “Want me to leave her a message for you?”

“No. I’ll come after lunch. When do you expect her back?”

Fiona shrugged. “Well, you know how those working lunches can drag on forever. I wouldn’t expect her until three or maybe even four.”

“Thanks. I’ll stop by later.” Daphne headed out to meet Beverly, calling her as she walked toward their favorite dining spot. She left a message saying she was running late. Then she called Dad and explained that her boss was out. “As soon as I know, I’ll call,” she assured him.

Fortunately, the rain had stopped and the clouds had cleared and the city, now scrubbed fresh and clean, should be shimmering in the sunshine. And yet, as Daphne hurried down the street, everything around her still felt dull and gray and dismal.

CFBA Presents….Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carson

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel 

B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013) 

by 

Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

ABOUT THE BOOK

With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it’s not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt’s very specific posthumous terms — personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot’s life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God’s perfect timing.

If you would liketo read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson from Revell

Simple Song

By Melody Carlson

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In her newest young adult novel, bestselling author Melody Carlson takes Katrina Yoder somewhere few Amish teens have been: reality TV.

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?

Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

An Amish young lady on Americal Idol? Well, in this book its called American Star and Melody Carlson writes a sweet heartwarming story that will touch your heart in many ways. Katrina loves singing, and she has been secretly watching American Star and wanting a chance to be on the program, but is she good enough? Katrina’s friend is positive she is, and encourages her to try out. But what will Katrina’s parents say? And what will this Amish community think? When Katrina’s dad falls ill and in need of surgery, Katrina has a new reason to join American Star, to provide money for her dad’s much needed surgery.

Being an American Idol fan, I really enjoyed A Simple Song, and Katrina’s journey through this talent contest. Since the Amish do not like their children singing English songs, it was interesting to see how the author pulled this off. Katrina was a sweet teenager who spent her rrumspringa doing what she could to help her dad and her family financially. With characters that were believable and encouraging, and a plot that was interesting, enjoyable, sweet, and heartwarming,  you will enjoy this new book from one of my favorite authors, Melody Carlson! I think this would be a wonderful book for your teen or tween daughter to read! Why not pick up a copy today! You will not be disappointed!

I received this book from the publisher Revell
to read and review.  I was not required
to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am
disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at

www.melodycarlson.com.

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson…for Revell

The Christmas Pony   by Melody Carlson…for Revell

I always look forward to reading Melody Carlson’s Christmas books. They always leave me with that warm, homey feeling that we all want to experience at Christmas. The Christmas Pony is a short, easy read, I read it in one setting. But I didn’t want it to end. The Christmas spirit of God’s love and forgiveness is shown throughout this book, and I love the way the author shows that real love comes from the inside, not what someone looks like on the outside! And the story of Lucy wanting her pony is so very touching and heartwarming. Lucy is a special young lady and is very wise in the situations around her. I love all of the snow scenes. They just make it Christmas!

 The Christmas Pony…

by Melody Carlson….

for Revell Publishers

Book Blurb

With Christmas around the corner, the Turnbull family is in need of a few small miracles.

It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy’s world changes forever.

My Thoughts on this Book

Lucy Turnbull wants the neighbor’s pony, Smoky so bad, but she knows her family cannot afford to purchase it, nor could they afford food. So Lucy gives up her wishes but she still visits Smoky as much as she can, until the day she finds he is gone, and the for sale sign is gone. In the mean time, Lucy meets some interesting strangers in town that need a place to stay, so she recommends her mom’s boarding house. This opens up a whole can on interest and tension for Lucy’s family. Will the situation work out with those staying at their house?

If you are looking for a sweet, heartwarming Christmas story, then you need to read The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson. The characters are real-like and as the story unfolds the characters develop well in their role in the story. I love, loved this story and I know you will too. So pick up your copy to enjoy. But you better hurry so you can read it before Christmas!

“Available Sept 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.

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PUYB Presents River’s End by Melody Carlson

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Join Melody Carlson, author of the Christian fiction, River’s End, as she tours the blogosphere September 4 – 28 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

 

Melody CarlsonABOUT MELODY CARLSON

 

Melody Carlson is one of the most prolific novelists of our time. With around 200 books published and sales topping 5 million, Melody writes primarily for women and teens. She’s won numerous honors and awards, including The Rita, The Gold Medallion and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Some of her books are being considered for TV movies and film. Melody has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. When not writing, Melody likes to travel, bike, camp, garden, and walk her dog Audrey in the great outdoors.

Her latest book is a Christian Fiction titled River’s End.

Visit her website at www.melodycarson.com.

Pick up your copy of River’s End at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Rivers-End-Shining-Water-Series/dp/142671274X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1346430774&sr=8-4&keywords=melody+carlson

Pick up your copy directly from the publisher:  http://www.abingdonpress.com/forms/DynamicContent.aspx?id=155&pageid=694

 

River's EndABOUT RIVER’S END

In the final story of the Inn at Shining Waters, Anna’s granddaughter Sarah is struggling to find herself. And in an attempt to escape her parents’ dysfunctional lives, Sarah travels away from all that is familiar. But her grandmother’s love and the pull of the river draw Sarah back. Still it’s not an easy journey to find the healing and forgiveness that’s needed to reunite and strengthen this broken family together again.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

First of all, I hate to see this wonderful series end. I have thoroughly enjoyed Melody Carlson’s series, The Inn at Shinning Waters. While Anna’s grandaughter is struggling to find out who she is, and her daughter Laura is grieving the way she’s treated her daughter, causing Sarah to hate her, Anna is struggling with the changes that keep taking place at the Inn and in her life. People Anna loves keep coming and going, the only stable one is Clark.

Melody Carlson deals with things we all go through in our everyday lives in this book. And she shows that difficult situations attack all ages, just as it does in Rivers End, and the first two books in this series as well. And I appreciate how she shows God’s love, mercy and grace in those situations. Sometimes all we can do is pray, and Anna had to do that often. I love the Shinning River setting, it is so calm and relaxing and would be a wonderful place to live. I’m like Anna, I think I could live some place like that, away from the fast pace world today. My only downfall with the book is the time frame between the end of the book and the Epilogue, about 30 years? I would have liked another book and especially a little more about the house Clark built for Anna. It just didn’t pull it together like I would have liked. It left too much inbetween. But over all, I loved this series and will be looking for more like this from Melody Carlson!

This book was provided by PUYB and the publisher, Abingdon Press for me to read and review. I was not requried to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are mine only.

 

“In this series it shows the lasting consequences that can happen when we  let bitterness poison our hearts and keep us from the opportunity to  say our final good-byes to those we love the most. It shows how  forgiveness isn’t about letting someone off the hook for the pain they  have caused, but more about the healing that happens within our own  hearts when we can let the burden go and finally move forward in freedom  spiritually.”

– Pirate 2240, Amazon reviewer

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The Best Friend by Melody Carlson

The Best Friend

By Melody Carlson

$12.99

Paperback

224 pages

Pub Date: June 2012

For Publicity Contact:

Donna Hausler

dhausler@bakerpublishinggroup.com

The Best Friend

By Melody Carlson

With her signature insight into the lives of teen girls, bestselling author Melody Carlson explores the treacherous world of friendship, loyalty and choices girls face in high school in The Best Friend, a

Life at Kingston High novel.

Lishia Vance is flummoxed. One day she has friends. The next day everyone has turned against her. No explanation. Just complete social isolation. Even her best friend Janelle isn’t giving her the time of day. When she makes a connection with Riley Atkins, a popular cheerleader, things start looking up. But is Riley really as good a friend as she seems? Or is Lishia better off without her?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lishia Vance has no friends, they have totally written her off. She’s now looking for someone to hang out with, since that’s what teens do, they stick together, well that’s the usual thing anyway, isn’t it? Did Lishia’s friends abandon her for no reason, or did she run them away? And just how far with Lishia go in order to have the friendship she wants? Well, you will have to read Melody Carlson’s new book “The Best Friend” to find out just what happens with Lishia Vance.

Well, Melody Carlson does it again, she writes another YA book that will appeal to the teenagers in your life and they will sure want to read this one. Melody creates characters and situations that are so real-like that I felt like I was talking to a friend about life with their teenager.

Lishia finds the friend she is looking for, but Riley leads Lishia astray from the life she was living. This book is not always easy to read, because Melody writes about actual issues our teens face today, and sometimes it’s not pretty! The issues in the book get a bit edgy, especially as the characters starts lying, drinking, doing whatever she had to do to ruin the reputation of others in order to make themselves look good. And there were a few things I thought the author went a bit to far with, but then as I thought about it, these things are what our teens face daily. That makes me appreciate Melody Carlson for being bold enough to write about the ‘edgy’ issues, showing our teens what happens if they make the wrong choices, and then through her writing, leading them to choose life in Christ. And if this book helps one teenager turn their life around for Christ, it’s worth it all!

“Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

This book was provided by Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Melody Carlson

is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, The Jerk Magnet, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. Melody was selected for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books in 2010 and 2011. She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information about Melody visit her website at

www.melodycarlson.com.

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series…Melody Carlson

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series

By: Melody Carlson

Publisher Abingdon Press Fiction
Publication Date: 02/2012
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426712678
Retail Price: $14.99
                                                                Author: Melody Carlson

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Anna Larson’s daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It’s the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman’s manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
There, Lauren begins to appreciate the person her mother is becoming–and she loves the river. However, romantic interests throw a wrench into the works and Lauren, jealous and angry, returns to her grandmother yet again.
But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis–one that puts the entire family at risk.
“Colorful characters, entrancing setting, and a twisting yet natural plot carried me along. A lovely read. ” Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy
“Having read the first book of The Inn at Shining Waters Series, I was instantly pulled into this ongoing saga of three generations of women, struggling to make sense of life and the Native American heritage that belongs to them. Raw with emotion and rich with hope, River’s Call is not to be missed!”  Kathy Herman, author of the bestselling series, Secrets of Roux River Bayou

Be sure to read River’s Song -Book one in The Inn at Shining Waters Series

 

MY THOUGHTS ON RIVER’s CALL

River Song by Melody Carlson…Book 2 in The Inn at Shining Waters

5 stars all the way!

This book starts with Anna and Clark beginning their new life together. Then Anna receives a call from her daughter that she is sick. This brings Lauren to live with Anna and Clark, starting an all-new set of interesting situations for Anna and Clark. Then there is Anna’s once mother-in-law that shows her self in every way possible. This woman just irks me to my bones with her rudeness and the way she treats Anna.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series at this beautiful and relaxing setting on the Siuslaw River. How I would love to live at a wonderful place like this! Melody Carlson pens another awesome book with characters we grew to love in the first book, and enjoyed visiting again in this second book. And as in so many of her books, Melody deals with issues such as teen pregnancy, rebellion, family difficulties and disagreements, and dealing with family heritage. But also shows the love of God through love and forgiveness.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, River’s Song, and watch for the awesome conclusion to this series coming out in August 2012, River’s End.

I highly recommend this book for anyone to read and enjoy. This series is just a good, clean, relaxing series. Yes it does deal with problems, but you will laugh and cry along with these characters and they journey through life.

A big Thank You to the publisher Abingdon Press and to Glass Road Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

 

About the Author 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.

The Jerk Magnet Melody Carlson…A Revell Tour

The Jerk Magnet  Melody Carlson

Life at Kingston High

What if beauty is more than just skin deep?

When Chelsea Martin’s future stepmother helps her transform from

gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is

pretty sure it’s the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot

new look has a downside. She’s attracting lots of guys who all have

one thing in common: they’re jerks. Oh, and stealing the attention of

all the guys in school doesn’t exactly make her BFF material for the

girls.

Finally a great guy catches her eye. But he’s the only one around who

doesn’t give her a second glance. Can Chelsea come up with a plan to

get his attention? Or will her new image ruin everything?

Price: $12.99

ISBN: 978-0-8007-1962-3

ISBN-10: 0-8007-1962-X

Dimensions: 5.5 x 8

Number of pages: 224

Publication Date: Jan. 12

Formats: Paperback

 

About the Author….Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author

of over two hundred books with sales of more

than five million. She is the author of several

Christmas books from Revell, including the

bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas

Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is

being considered for a TV movie. She is also

the author of many teen books, including Just

Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double

Take, The Jerk Magnet, and the Diary of a

Teenage Girl series. Melody was nominated

for a Romantic Times Career Achievement

Award in the inspirational market for her

books in 2010 and 2011. She and her husband

live in central Oregon. For more information

about Melody visit her website at

http://www.melodycarlson.com.

 

 

 

 

The Jerk Magnet  by Melody Carlson…Life at Kingston High

My Thoughts on this Book!

Melody Carlson writes some of the best books I’ve read for teenage girls. Her books deal with everyday modern day issues young girls face each day. If you have young ladies this age, then I highly recommend you purchase Melody’s books for them to read!

The Jerk Magnet deals with Chelsea Martin and her self image. Chelsea doesn’t think she is pretty at all, and since losing her mom, she has no one to really talk to about it. That is until her soon-to-be step mom comes along. Chelsea’s future step mom of course wants to be there for Chelsea since she has lost her real mom, so she does a super-duper special make over on Chelsea, changing her looks, making her a most beautiful young lady, thus changing her entire life.

This is a most interesting journey as we follow Chelsea and her new do/new self image, the move to California and the new friends she meets. After Chelsea gives her life to Jesus, she is confused about how some of the so called Christians are living their lives, and seems to have problems finding out just who she really is herself.

I highly recommend that you join Chelsea and her family and friends in this wonderful book dealing with self image that not only you will love, but will capture the interest of your young daughter/daughters as well. You will not be disappointed!

“Available January 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

This book was provided by Revell Publishing for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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