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#BookGiveaway: Francine Rivers Bridge to Haven

Good news, Francine Rivers fans! With the softcover of Bridge to Haven available at your favorite store, we have decided to celebrate with a fun GIVEAWAY (US only).

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Winners will be transported to 1950s Hollywood with Abra Matthews, as the grand prize includes:

  • Softcover copy of Bridge to Haven
  • Abra-inspired polka-dot neck scarf
  • 1950s-inspired bejeweled sunglasses
  • Paris-themed travel bag
  • Journal
  • Signed frameable cover of Bridge to Haven

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Other winners will receive:

  • Abra-inspired polka-dot neck scarf
  • Signed frameable cover of Bridge to Haven

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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth have etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

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Click here to learn more about Bridge to Haven.

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What’s Happening Wednesday: Which Heroine are You? Quiz + Giveaway

Hey there, readers! Today on the blog, in celebration of What’s Happening Wednesday?, we wanted to take you to a different time and place. As winter holds on this year, we are all looking out the windows wishing to escape to greener pastures.

The women in the books displayed below are the perfect companions for a quick trip through time!

TAKE THE QUIZ to see which heroine you would be! Leave a comment below about which of these heroines best suits your travels, and the winner (chosen at random) will win a free copy of their heroine’s novel!

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Softcover available now!

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

 

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On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman

“Grace seeks us when we have nothing to give. This book will come to life in the hearts of sinners like you and me, saved only by grace. As a woman who has been radically loved through my own season of infidelity, I find hope and the heartbeat of truth in this book. I highly recommend this breathtaking read!”
Kasey Van Norman, bestselling author of Named by God and Raw Faith

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The Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta

Where will she turn when the truth becomes more dangerous than the lie? The deeper you wander into some stories, the more complex the riddle grows. Don’t miss the gripping conclusion to the Price of Privilege series.

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Honor by Lyn Cote

Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of three brave heroines, fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.

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Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge when Mazy’s cosseted past collides with her clouded future and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment below for the chance to win a free copy of your heroine’s novel!  Giveaway open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 03/30.

#Crazy4Fiction Updates: On Your Bookshelf this April

Hey there, readers! We wanted to alert you to a few fun promotions that will be on the blog this month and give you a peek at some great books hitting shelves in a matter of weeks.

Candace Calvert, known for her medical “hope operas” and eye-catching covers, has a brand-new series in the works—beginning with By Your Side, which is in stores NOW. The Crisis Team series focuses on medical professionals who are often overlooked, such as crisis care chaplains.

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ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

 

Candace is very excited to offer a fun giveaway here on the Crazy4Fiction blog this March. Check back on the blog and follow our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page so you don’t miss out.

 

This April, we’re excited to have Francine Rivers’s New York Times bestseller Bridge to Haven come out in softcover.

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Avid fans may have already read this story, but be sure to visit Francine’s Facebook page in April  for some behind-the-scenes info on her writing, what she has planned next, and her upcoming appearances.

Other great reads to mark on your calendars include the second novel from Carre Armstrong Gardner, Better All the Time.

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Some of you may have read All Right Here, the first Darling Family book. Better All the Time centers around two of the Darling sisters. If you haven’t already, be sure to find out which Darling sister you’re most like. Take the quiz now.

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Seraphina Darling has always struggled to stand out. With her weight issues at the forefront of her mind, Sephy prefers to place herself comfortably in the background. But when Sephy’s best friend and older brother announce their engagement, she vows to make a permanent change in her appearance and her life.

Meanwhile her younger sister, Amy, lands her dream job: coordinating the restoration of the community theater’s arts programs. As the deadline for the project’s completion approaches, Amy continues to run herself ragged, struggling to delegate and trust anyone but herself.

As the Darling sisters move through tragedy and triumph, between shadows and the limelight, each must find a path into the freedom of who God intended her to be.

If you love romantic suspense, you can’t miss DiAnn Mills’s latest FBI: Houston novel, Double Cross.

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DiAnn writes authentic stories, as she’s part of the FBI Houston Citizens Academy. Like her on Facebook and subscribe to her newsletter  for fun behind the scenes.

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FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

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Lastly, we’re so excited for Allison Pittman’s gripping historical On Shifting Sands. Her beautiful writing, paired with the gritty landscape of the Dust Bowl, make for a riveting read.

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Long before anyone would christen it “The Dust Bowl,” Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She’s been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her to be raised by a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn’t bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

When Jim, a mysterious drifter and long-lost friend from her husband’s past, takes refuge in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until a single, reckless encounter brings her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the sin she so desperately tries to bury. Guilt and shame consume her physically and spiritually, until an opportunity arises that will bring the family far from the drought and dust of Oklahoma. Or so she thinks. As the storms follow, she is consumed with the burden of her sin and confesses all, hoping to find Russ’s love strong enough to stand the test.

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Crazy4Fiction Sneak Peak: Francine Rivers on False Idols

Morning, fiction readers! In our daily lives, we all have struggles. Today on the blog, christian fiction author Francine Rivers shares with us some of her struggles and how God can help keep us centered on what’s important. Scroll down below to see sneak peek photos from Francine’s current trip to South Africa and find out how you can win her latest release, Bridge to Haven.

“They (the people) replied, ‘You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us? After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, “Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Jesus said, ‘I assure you, Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now He offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘give us that bread every day of our lives.’ Jesus replied, ‘I am the Bread of Heaven. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in Me will never thirst . . .’” (John 6:30-35).

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One idol that periodically troubles me is food. Or maybe it’s weight. My mother got on the scale every day of her life and adjusted what she ate according to the numbers. It sounds obsessive, but she was health conscious because she had been very ill with tuberculosis in her twenties. I saw a picture of her in a bathing suit and said, “Wow, Mom. You were so slim.” Her response:  “I wasn’t slim. I was sick and skinny.” She wanted to maintain a healthy weight.

What is a healthy weight? The new fad is for a woman to have gaps between her thighs. Really? All through grade school and high school, I didn’t want gaps. I wanted my thighs to meet and be toned and tanned. I’m laughing as I write this. I finally got the meeting part. Forget toned and tanned. And now that I’m in my late sixties, I don’t give a hoot. Well, I do, but I’m not willing to diet and exercise or lie in the sunshine all slathered with oil. It’s hot out there! I want shade or air-conditioning. And who cares anyway? My legs still get me from point A to point B. That’s good news.

Idols have a tendency to destroy. I think of the young and old women suffering with bulimia and anorexia and now, the newly added diagnosis of orthorexia. What’s that? “Ortho” is the Greek word for “straight, correct, or true.” Those suffering with this eating disorder reject everything that is “impure,” cutting out all sugar, processed foods, or anything that hints of unwholesomeness. The disorder is sometimes called the “Whole Foods Syndrome.” One man, a vegan, said in a newspaper interview that he wouldn’t eat anything that might have lost its “life force” by being separated too long from its source (i.e. vine, plant, tree). This is taking vegan to another level, a dangerous one that nearly took his life.

God made food to nourish our bodies. Food is one of the many blessings He gave us to enjoy. How easily the mind can turn something wonderful into something that we put on an altar.

I’ve tried just about every diet that any women’s magazine has touted over the years. I realize that for me the word diet is problematic. Mention the word diet and I get hungry! Food becomes my focus. I would think about when and what I could eat. I would grieve over what I had to give up. (Chocolate and barbecue kettle chips.) I would count calories and measure portion sizes. I would get on the scale each morning and check my weight to see if whatever diet-of-choice was working . . .

I don’t diet anymore. I learned that all too often the hunger I’m feeling has nothing to do with what I need to put in my stomach and everything to do with what I need to fill my mind and heart. Sometimes food is just a way to stuff the real issues down deep or deny them altogether. Sometimes the craving has nothing at all to do with food and everything to do with yearning for God to satisfy the hunger for a deep, abiding, indwelling relationship with our Creator, our Father, the Lover of our Soul.

Food is needful and wonderful, but don’t make it an idol.

This October, Francine Rivers is visiting South Africa and would love to meet YOU.  Click here for full details on her public appearances and book signings.

Below is a sneak peek at her trip thus far.

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She had a book signing and listened to a presentation from the staff at Christian Art that celebrated over 1 million copies of her books sold in English and Afrikaans in South Africa.

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Francine entered the warehouse at Christian Arts to the singing and rejoicing of an African choir of employees.

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There was a wonderful traditional African dinner to close out our evening. The waitress sang a blessing to us in Swahili as we washed.

Don’t forget to enter our Facebook giveaway for a chance to win a prize bag full of books, including Francine’s latest release Bridge to Haven.

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Click here to enter our Crazy4Fiction Facebook giveaway!

Happy reading!

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