The Show Must Go On

  The Show Must Go On Going out to the Empire in 1926 wasn’t just a one-movie event. The films were part of an evening’s entertainment, which also included live music from the theater’s orchestra and Mighty Wurlitzer – the best theater organ in America. There was even more – various kinds of entertainment including a vaudeville troupe – musicians, dancers, comedians, actors, illusionists, and more. These troupes traveled from one theater to another by train. They did it all the time. It should have been routine.  Then there was the Great Train Derailment. It didn’t just go off the tracks, like an ordinary train derailment. This one flung its passengers through time and space. The famous New York talent agency, Tobler and Jones, had promised to send some of their best acts to accompany the Empire’s debut of Charlie Chaplin’s new film, The Gold Rush, but when they hadn’t arrived in time for rehearsal the previous day, I began to worry. An expensive long-distance telephone call assured me they were on their way. Then we heard about the Great Train Derailment. All over the country, according to the newsies, train passengers were showing up in the wrong places – Read More

ACFW New Christian Fiction Books ~ October 2021

Preorders and New Releases in Christian Fiction Books Do you enjoy Christian Fiction?  Check out these new Christian Fiction books from American Christian Fiction Writers  (ACFW) members!  More in-depth descriptions of these new Christian books can be found at fictionfinder.com –   a searchable website for the best in Christian books of every genre. Contemporary: Perfectly Arranged by Liana George — Can Nicki risk letting go of her well-ordered life plans and embrace what God has perfectly arranged? (General Contemporary from Scrivenings Press LLC) Contemporary Romance: Tacos for Two by Bestsy St. Amant — Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site. Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month. Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of Read More

ACFW New Christian Fiction Books ~ September 2021

Preorders and New Releases in Christian Fiction Do you enjoy Christian Fiction?  Check out these new Christian books from American Christian Fiction Writers  (ACFW) members!  More in-depth descriptions of these new Christian books can be found at fictionfinder.com –   a searchable website for the best in Christian books of every genre. Contemporary/Women’s Fiction: The Gathering Table by Kathryn Springer — Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, is postcard pretty, but for personal chef Jessica Keaton it’s also a last resort. Fired from her dream job, Jess is starting over as a live-in cook and housekeeper. When she arrives, she finds her new employer is in rehab after having a stroke, and Jess expects she’ll be all alone in Elaine Haviland’s quaint house. A chef with no one to cook for. Instead, she encounters a constant stream of colorful visitors who draw her back into the world. (Contemporary/Women’s Fiction from Love Inspired (Harlequin)) Contemporary Romance: The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston — When Brianna Porter’s father unexpectedly dies, Brianna is steeped in grief and guilt—then left alone to clean up the mess. To make matters worse, a constant stream of real estate brokers begins marching through her property, offering to buy the Read More

Where’s the Hero?

Are you ready for another Ever After Mystery? The Last Gasp and A Giant Murder were great reads, and Celebrate Lit has just released the third Ever After book: When the Pilot Falls by April Hayman. In celebration, the authors in the Ever After Mysteries series are doing another blog hop, complete with prizes. This time, we’re helping April track down her missing hero. If you haven’t yet read any of the stories, start HERE with Rebekah Jones, and after you’ve read my installment, hop on over to Marji Laine’s website to read hers! Prizes! When the Pilot Falls or… Where’s Hugh? I was minding my own business, enjoying a little vacation with my oldest grandson, Ben. This was a special event for us. Ever since he was just a little tyke, we’ve read the adventures of Paul Bunyan together, and we finally had the opportunity to take a trip to Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd. I wanted to watch him experience that magical moment when Paul Bunyan greets him by name – a treasured memory for generations of Minnesotans. ⁠ Instead, when we got to Brainerd, we found the entire town in an uproar and the amusement park locked Read More

Who Spilled the Beans?

It’s day three of the launch festivities for A Giant Murder by Marji Laine. A Giant Murder is Book Two in the Ever After Mystery series from Celebrate Publishing, and the series authors are sharing a fun mini blog hop this week, asking the question: Who Spilled the Beans? There will be prizes, too, of course! If you missed the first two posts, click HERE to start with Liz Tolsma.   Who Spilled the Beans? Some people say I can’t keep a secret, but they are wrong. I keep plenty of secrets. This particular secret wasn’t mine to share, so I didn’t. Something is going on. Something bookish. I admit that much, but Celebrate Lit is keeping everything tightly under wraps. Frankly, I’m not a part of it at all. It’s not my business. So, when a mob of mad librarians cornered me outside the theater, I refused to answer their questions. I wasn’t about to spill the beans to a bunch of bitter book pushers. I explained to them, in all the multi-syllabic words at my command, that they needed to talk to someone with more authority – specifically, that Sandy Barela person.  Or any of the usual suspects: Read More

ACFW New Christian Fiction ~ August 2021

Preorders and New Releases in Christian Fiction Do you enjoy Christian Fiction?  Check out these new Christian books from American Christian Fiction Writers  (ACFW) members!  More in-depth descriptions of these new Christian books can be found at fictionfinder.com –   a searchable website for the best in Christian books of every genre. Amish Romance:   The Cowboy’s Amish Haven by Pamela Desmond Wright — Her home and her heart are on the line…On the same day Gail Schroder’s faced with losing her Amish family ranch, her old crush Levi Wyse shows up on her doorstep. He doesn’t know that when he left ten years ago he’d taken Gail’s heart with him. Now Levi’s her only hope of keeping a roof over her head. But can this cowboy teach Gail the ropes in time to save her home? (Amish Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin)) An Amish Schoolroom by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Shelley Shepard Gray — From three bestselling authors of Amish fiction come three charming stories of new school years and new romance. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan)) Contemporary Romance: To Bring You Back by Emily Conrad — He’s determined to confront the past she’s Read More