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Every Bride Has Her Day – Guest Post

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(Brides With Style #3)

by Janice Thompson

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Publisher: Revell

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016 # of pages: 352

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Another Delightful Romance from the Queen of Romantic Comedy

Katie Fisher is ecstatic. Pro basketball star Brady James has proposed, and she can’t wait to start planning their life together. She’s confident she’ll make it down the aisle this time–but it still may be easier said than done. A high-society Houston bride has Katie and the Cosmopolitan Bridal team scrambling to get the perfect dress done in time for her spectacular wedding. Meanwhile, Katie finds herself bombarded with everyone’s competing visions regarding her own special day–and she’s beginning to worry that her own ideas will get lost in the crossfire. Will she ever manage to settle all of the details for her perfect day? Or will bridal shop chaos and overzealous friends and family make a mess of everything? Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers what they’ve been clamoring for: another funny, romantic romp with a Texas twang.

PRAISE FOR THE BRIDES WITH STYLE SERIES: “Readers will fall in love with Katie.”–Library Journal

“A feel-good romantic comedy of subverted expectations. . . . Readers will laugh and sigh along with Katie as she comes into her own, discovering a life and love beyond her dreams.”–Booklist

“Romantic comedy at its best. I highly recommend it!”–Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

“A delightful mix of romance, inspiration, and humor.”–Judy Christie, author of Wreath, A Girl in the Wreath Willis series





Guest Post from Janice Thompson

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A Topsy-Turvy Wedding Story

Things don’t always go as planned, especially in the wedding biz.

Several years ago I baked a gorgeous four-tiered wedding cake for a friend’s big day. I assembled it at the reception hall, stood back and smiled, and then headed to the wedding, several miles away. When I returned to the reception hall after the ceremony, I found the cake table empty.

Empty. As in, completely devoid of cake.

I stood there, rubbing my eyes, hoping I’d somehow stumbled into an alternate reality. I hadn’t. Turns out, the cake had stumbled. Or, rather, tumbled.

Yep, it’s true. In my absence, my four-tiered masterpiece had taken a tumble, one lovely tier at a time. The wait staff at the country club did their best to salvage the cake, slicing up large pieces and putting them into the refrigerator on individual plates. I managed to work on the only remaining layers (the bottom two tiers) and make them (almost) look wedding-ish. I still have memories of an elderly wedding male guest staring at the resulting messy cake and asking, “Is that the weddin’ cake?”

Ugh. What a fiasco! I wanted to run and hide, to say the very least. But slipping out of the back door was impossible. My family insisted I stay and face the music.

Then something rather miraculous happened! The (very gracious) bride not only forgave me for this catastrophe, the guests ended up falling in love with the yummy chilled cake, which was covered in cream cheese frosting and filled with strawberry preserves. It was truly one of the tastiest cakes I’d ever made, and being in the fridge made the flavors more pronounced.

What does this story have to do with my latest book, Every Bride Has Her Day? Everything! In my story, Katie is about to celebrate her big day in her hometown of Fairfield, Texas. She’s marrying the love of her life, Mavericks player, Brady. But in the 11th hour everything goes wrong.

Everything. Goes. Wrong.

Katie’s not sure there will be much to salvage. But, like that tasty wedding cake, things turn around in a hurry. Her big day ends up being a huge success and she’s thrilled with the outcome.

That’s how life is, not just here in Texas, but all across the globe. Stuff happens. Unexpected stuff. Crazy stuff. Icky stuff. But sometimes, in the very midst of the not-so-great stuff we find unexpected moments of wonder and awe. The goal? We’ve got to keep our eye on the prize!


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Janice Thompson is an expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into and offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series, as well as Every Bride Needs a Groom and Every Girl Gets Confused. She lives in Texas.

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Prize 1: Box of Texas Treats & Signed Book

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May 17 – May 31, 2016

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East Jesus – Book Review

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Chris Manno

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction

Publisher: White Bird Publications

Date of Publication: March 8, 2016

Number of Pages: 314

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In the summer of 1969, a small town in west Texas prepares to send one of their finest young men off to fight a faraway, controversial war. A parallel battle of domestic violence erupts at home as a younger generation struggles to reconcile older notions of right and wrong and even fractured family ties with the inevitable price that the fighting demands.

Much like today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Vietnam war is little understood by those left behind, but the lessons of strength, commitment and duty are timeless, then and now. East Jesus, the story of that national struggle today as well as back in 1969, is a plangent, soulful journey lived through the eyes of a wide-ranging, colorful array of characters, with a conclusion readers will never forget.

There’s more.  “East Jesus,” said one editor, “is a message of hope for our children.” Too often, teenagers who’ve survived a young lifetime of domestic violence believe “this is the hell I was born into, this is the hell I must accept for life.” East Jesus turns that notion on its ear: though there’s a price to pay, there’s a better way that rises above the violence.

The novel is peopled by strong characters, particularly women, in a salt-of-the-earth, small town, west Texas community. The price of a far away, unpopular war always comes due in small town America, then (set in 1969) as well as now (Iraq and Afghanistan). But the lesson of hope, sacrifice and redemption is timeless.

To read East Jesus is to live that story, to transcend the fighting at home and abroad, and to embrace the hope and faith in what’s right above all else.

Experience East Jesus, live the story–you’ll never forget it.





The first few sentences captured my attention and hooked me with the dialogue exchange dealing with the aftermath of a funeral.

The writing is honest and true to heart with various dead on descriptions on small town Texas life, especially on Texas weather patterns. Not all small Texas towns are pretty or idealistic, but Manno depicts this town genuinely and authentically. I should know, because I’ve lived in small Texas towns in regions from the east to the west and to the south.

The best line of the book, “Sunset tells the story.” It is with this one line that says a lot about Manno nailing it when it comes to witnessing the West Texas weather patterns and how they often make you feel about the landscape at that moment in time.

The language might offend some readers, but it only adds to the authenticity of the story being told.

Loved the touch of Bean’s character that, reminds me of Wednesday from “The Addams Family.” Readers will have to discover why.

From the loss of a dad to the effects of the Vietnam War on the small rural community, this fast-paced story weaving the lives of its characters in such way that you begin to care about them during this small segment of time.

It’s one of those books you don’t’ want to put down because you really want to know what happens and evolves to the main character as he goes through this small passage of life.

Lastly, the story reminds the reader that hope is not only for the characters, but for all of us.


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Chris Manno matriculated from Springfield, Virginia and graduated from VMI in 1977 with a degree in English. He was commissioned in the Air Force and after completing flight training, spent seven years as a squadron pilot in the Pacific at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was hired by American Airlines as a pilot in 1985 and was promoted to captain in 1991. He flies today as a Boeing 737 captain on routes all over North America and the Caribbean. He earned a doctorate in residence at Texas Christian University and currently teaches writing at Texas Wesleyan University in addition to flying a full schedule at American Airlines. He lives in Fort Worth.

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5/11   Missus Gonzo  – Review

5/12   Country Girl Bookaholic  – Promo

5/13   Forgotten Winds  – Review

5/14   StoreyBook Reviews  – Excerpt      

5/15   A Novel Reality   – Author Interview #1     

5/16   Book Chase  – Review      

5/17   All for the Love of the Word   – Guest Post #2     

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5/19   Hall Ways Blog – Review





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