Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Roped ~ Diane N. Gates

DiAne N. Gates - Roped

Thirteen-year-old Crissy Crosby chases a dream to live up to her parents’ rodeo legacy. But the rodeo championship is two months away and problems beyond her ability to solve stack and teeter like a game of Tumbling-Towers. Meanwhile rival Jodie Lea and her father, Ed Fairgate, contrive to swipe the silver buckles from Crissy’s grasp any way they can.

Prejudice, anger, and dark secrets simmer in a pot of family feuds destined to boil over in a tragic nightmare at the rodeo. Will Crissy develop courage and faith to overcome the consequences of her temper? Will her dreams of buckles and titles become reality? Or will the character-building adversities of her life quash her dreams forever?

 My Review:  If you love cowboys, rodeos, and heroes this is the book for you. Actually it’s about a heroine, and little Crissy Crosby is quite the girl. She’s out to win the silver buckle, and it seems like the world is against her led by the Fairgate family and Crissy’s long time competitor and pain in the neck, Jodie Lea.

Try as she might it seems everything goes wrong for Crissy and her family including the weather, but her biggest enemy is her temper. At school, she befriends a Chinese immigrant, Chun, and Jodie is out for him, too.

Jodie Lea and her father try everything to keep Crissy and Chun out of the rodeo and when their attempts fail things get even more dangerous. As they deal with temperamental horses and Brahma bulls with minds of their own, a more menacing plot unfolds. Everyone is in danger including Jodie Lea herself. When the rodeo is over, Crissy learns from her grandfather her most important goal is forgiveness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting YA. I was fighting for Crissy all the way and cheered her on while she competed. The excitement and thrill of the rodeo develops beautifully in this story. The well-formed and thought out characters made them believable. Well done, Ms. Gates.

Meet the author:  Texas writer, DiAne Gates, illustrates and writes fiction for children, YA, and serious non-fiction for the folks. Her passion is calling the Church’s attention to how far we’ve catapulted from God’s order as evidenced by her blogMoving the Ancient Boundaries, 

Under contract with Prism Book Group for her YA novel Roped, DiAne reported and worked as a photographer for the East Texas Youth Rodeo Association. She had the opportunity to be in the rodeo arena, feel the sting of Texasturf in her face and across her camera lens, which gave birth to this western rodeo adventure and it’s sequel Twisted.

DiAne leads two edit groups for North Texas Christian Writers, LifeSavers for adults, and PageMasters for teens. She is a GriefShare facilitator, an international support ministry for those who’ve lost loved ones. 

Wife, mother, and grandmother, her passion to share those hard life lessons God has taught her will hopefully leap from the page into your heart.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Firefly Life ~ Linda Shew Wolf

A Firefly Life 

It’s 1968 and Melanie is turning thirteen. It seems like everyone is growing up faster than she is, but that doesn’t stop her from being an incurable romantic. When a gorgeous new boy shows up in her boring, small town, she’ll do anything to be noticed by him.
When an unexpected sequence of events lands her the job of trusted babysitter for his unusual little sister, Melanie is thrilled to be admitted to his inner circle. But then she has to figure out what really matters—a chance to be around him or staying true to her family and her best friend.
Read this dramatic coming-of-age story and be immersed in a time of turmoil and change in the heart of one memorable young girl.

My Review:  Passing from childhood into her teenaged years wasn’t easy for Melanie Bell, In 1968 everyone around her was growing up, while she seemed to remain a child. Unfortunately with both parents working and her mom attending school, she was saddled with the responsibility of her younger siblings.
On one of the last days before school, she meets Jonathan at the community pool. He’s new and has an autistic sister. He’s also adorable and Melanie falls hard for him. Unfortunately, Jonathan has his own problems. Melanie accepts a babysitting position for his sister so she can be closer to Jonathan, but then he asks her to lie for him.
The lying becomes easier and easier until they both find themselves in a great deal of trouble. She falls from his esteem and that of The Gang into a miserable life alone. With the help of her Grandmother and other confident adults in her life, Melanie realizes to grow up responsibly she must make changes. She forgives Jonathan, but wants to remain his friend and she isn’t sure both can happen.

Ms. Shew gives the reader an excellent glimpse of what happens to a young woman putting her trust in the wrong place and how easily all can go wrong. I think this would be an excellent book for a Bible Study or YA Book Group that young teen girls might attend. 

About the Author:  Linda Shew Wolf grew up in Ithaca, New York. She graduated from Cornell University and went on to play saxophone in an R&B band in Chicago, where she met her husband, Bobby, a fellow musician. After raising two children, they both returned to performing, and she also rekindled her lifelong passion for writing fiction. She now works as a curriculum consultant for elementary and middle school students in Chicago, sharing her love of writing and music with young people of all ages.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

YOUNG ADVENTURERS: Heroes, Explorers & Swashbucklers - Cover Reveal and Table of Contents

YOUNG ADVENTURERS: Heroes, Explorers & Swashbucklers


                    Piney Power                                                    F. Paul Wilson
                    Sidetracked                                                     Jeffrey Westhoff
                    Air and Space after Dark                                Jeff Ayers & Kevin Lauderdale
                    The Mystery of Raven’s Hollow                    Victoria Pitts Caine
                    The Girl Who Slipped Through the Mirror    Kevin Singer
                    Puppy Love and Zombies                               C. A. Verstraete
                    Fangirl, Rip and the Alien                              David Perlmutter
                    Coming of Age                                               M. M. Rumberg
                    Wolf Dawn                                                     A. L. Kaplan
                    Sister Grass                                                     Deborah Walker
                    Toori’s Constellation                                      Anne E. Johnson
                    The Hack-Jack Prospect                                 Chantal Boudreau
                    The Wreck of the Blue Plover                        David Turnbull
                    Return of the Knave                                       Milo James Fowler
                    First Mission                                                  Jack Mulcahy
                    The Power                                                      Nathan Hystd
                    The Blue Orb                                                  H.L. Pauff

Coming December 1, 2015