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Road Trip Reading — Oregon

28 Aug

This week I am again on the west coast with a Reading Road Trip to Oregon. I really, really want to go to Oregon, and soon. My two must-sees? Sea stacks and Powell’s Books. 😉 I’m afraid that this bucket list destination is on hold, so in the meantime I content myself with reading books set in our 33rd state, and following author Lori Benton on Instagram. Oregon’s geographic diversity — coast line and rivers, dense forest and high deserts — provides ample opportunities for photo shoots. Lori posts absolutely beautiful photographs. If you don’t follow her, definitely check her out.

Here are a few books that I have read with an Oregon setting. Not only did they capture the beautiful setting, they were great stories! Hope you find one to love.



Harbor Secrets by Melody Carlson (Legacy of Sunset Cove, book 1)

A Peaceful Coastal Town . . . Threatened by a Storm of Secrets

It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.

Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven’t. Anna finds the staff of her father’s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets.

With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen — and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.



River’s Song (The Inn at Shining Waters, book 1)

Sometimes when we look back, we are able to see ahead 
Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents’ belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. 

For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage, despite the disdain of her vicious mother-in-law. 
By transforming her old family home on the banks of the Siuslaw River into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing — a place where guests experience peace, grace, and new beginnings. Starting with her own family . . . 



Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon (Hope Harbor series, book 1)

Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life–and love–altered her plans. When tragedy strikes and changes her plans yet again, she finds herself back in her hometown with a floundering farm to run and a heartbreaking secret. Romance is not on her agenda. Nor is it on Michael Hunter’s. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help save a struggling charitable organization, the winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives–including their own.

Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites readers to come home to Hope Harbor, where love and hope bloom — and hearts heal.



Shattered Justice by Karen Ball (Family Honor series, book 1)

There’s no way sheriff’s deputy Dan Justice could have prepared for this. He spent a lifetime ensuring his actions and faith live up to the meaning of his name — Avidan: “God is just.” Then injustice invades his world, ripping away what matters most, forever robbing him of the life he once knew. Can his sisters and small-town community — especially one woman who loves Dan—help him overcome the horrors he’s facing? Or will bitterness and anger shatter him forever?

What happens when justice fails the lawman?

Sanctuary, Oregon . A town where the local diner owner makes you drink your milk—no matter how old you are. Where juvenile delinquency means blowing up outhouses. Where folks not only know their neighbors, but care about them. For widowed sheriff’s deputy Dan Justice, it’s a place where he and his kids can heal and grow.

Shelby Wilson loves Sanctuary and her work with troubled teens. Like Jayce Dalton. Sure, he’s as troubled as they come, but Shelby knows Dan is exactly what Jayce needs. She just didn’t expect that Dan might be what she’s always needed, too.

But sleepy little Sanctuary has a dark side, steeped in pain and secrets. Secrets that could destroy everything Dan holds dear. Secrets that will one day have Dan groping through the fog toward a lifeless body—and faith-shattering grief.

Can Dan find sanctuary in the light of God’s justice?

Rooms by James Rubart

On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.

When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.





Congratulations to The 2018 Christy Award Finalists!

19 Sep

Congratulations to all the talented authors who are now 2018 Christy Award Finalists. If you are on the hunt for some great books, here is an excellent place to start.


Contemporary Romance

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

True to You by Becky Wade


First Novel

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Turtles in The Road by Kaley Rhea and Rhonda Rhea


General Fiction 

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix



Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton


Historical Romance

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander



Coldwater by Goldwater by Samuel Parker

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Rule of Law by Randy Singer


Short Form

Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep



Awakened by Morgan Busse

The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

The Man He Never Was by James Rubart


Young Adult 

The Delusion by Laura Gallier

Last Summer at Eden by Christina Hergenrader

Unraveling by Sara Ella

Congratulations 2017 Christy Award Winners!

8 Nov

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Christy Awards. If you are looking for a great book to read, look no further than these talented authors and their books.


The Christy Award™ is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and showcase the diversity of genres.

The Award is named for Catherine Marshall’s enduring bestselling novel, Christy, published in 1967.

And The Winners Are . . . 

Contemporary Romance — Her One And Only by Becky Wade


First Novel — Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart


General Fiction — The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry


Historical — The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green


Historical Romance (tie) — The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof and A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander


Mystery/Suspense/Thriller — When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks


Short Form — Looking into You by Chris Fabry


Visionary — The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart


Young Adult — The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson


Book of The Year — Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

2017 Carol Award Winners

24 Sep

Congratulations to the 2017 Carol Award winners. Presented by The American Christian Fiction Writers, the Carol Awards are given in recognition of outstanding fiction in 10 genres.



The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editor Amanda Bostic



Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart, Kregel Publications, editors Dawn Jackson and Janyre Tromp


Historical Romance

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published), editors Denise Harmer and Kara Swanson



When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Natalie Hanneman



The Doctor’s Woman (The Courageous Brides Collection) by Michelle Griep, Barbour Publishing, editor Becky Germany



A Season to Love by Nicole Deese, Waterfall Press, editors Amy Hosford and Kristin Mehus-Roe


Romantic Suspense

Always Watching (Elite Guardians) by Lynette Eason, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing, editor Andrea Doering


Short Novel

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti, Worthy Inspired, editors Pamela Clements and Jamie Chavez



The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy



You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editor Kathryn Davis


2017 Christy Award Finalists

21 Sep

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2017 Christy Awards. The winners will be announced November 8, 2017.



Her One And Only by Becky Wade

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren


Counted with The Stars by Connilyn Cossette

Like A River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart


Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore


Like A River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

Miriam by Mesu Andrews


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof


If I Run by Terri Blackstock

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg


Looking Into You by Chris Fabry

Mirror Image by Laura Scott

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti


The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

King’s Folly by Jill Williamson

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James Rubart


If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Unblemished by Sara Ella




2016 Carol Award Winners!

28 Aug

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Carol Awards — excellence in Christian fiction.


The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

The Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan

A Bride for Bear from The Convenient Bride Collection by Erica Vetsch

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

Short Novel:
Covert Justice by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis




Book Review: Memory’s Door

4 Sep

686079_w185The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins.

The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.

But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.

And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.

JRubart-170James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of five novels, including the best-seller “Rooms” and award-winning “Soul’s Gate,” the book that precedes “Memory’s Door” in the Well Spring series. Rubart and his wife have two sons and live in the Pacific Northwest.

Find out more about James at http://jameslrubart.com.

My Impressions:

I read Soul’s Gate, book 1 in the Well Spring series by James L. Rubart, a few months ago and loved it (review HERE). Well, Memory’s Door, book 2 in the series, is even better. Rubart brings us a speculative novel that exposes the lies and obstacles that keep us from a deeper relationship with God. This series will make you think and keep you thinking long after the last page is turned.

Memory’s Door takes up the action a year after all that transpired in the first book. Reece is still awaiting healing. But he and the other members of Warriors Riding have made great strides in their training and in the teaching and training of others wanting to experience freedom in Christ. The time has come to confront the Wolf, but the enemy employs all the weapons at his disposal to defeat the group.

The things that the four characters face may be fantastical but have their roots in reality. Marcus, Dana, Brandon, and Reece are attacked by things common to all believers — past regrets, guilt, pride, self-pity, legalism. And while their fight takes place in realms far apart from the world we live in, it is a wonderful metaphor for what is really going on in the heavenly realms. I especially like that Rubart emphasizes the power of God’s word as an ultimate weapon against Satan’s attack. There is significant victory in Memory’s Door, but the war is certainly not over. I look forward to book 3.

Fantastic imagery, deep spiritual truths, well-structured writing and well-developed characters — all elements of Memory’s Door. If you like speculative writing and a great story, check out this book.

Highly Recommended.

To read other reviews, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and the publisher for a copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase Memory’s Door, click on the image below.


James is celebrating the Memory’s Door release with a fantastic Kindle Fire HD giveaway.

One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Soul’s Gate and Memory’s Door by James L. Rubart

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 7th. All winners will be announced September 9th at James’ blog.


Book Review: Soul’s Gate

15 Jul

686051_w185“Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory.”

What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.

Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.

Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.

They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity—and how to step into the supernatural.

Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn’t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he’ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.



James L._Rubart_medJames L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.

My Impressions:

James L. Rubart won the 2013 Christy Award for Visionary Fiction and the 2013 Inspy Award for Speculative Fiction with his novel, Soul’s Gate. After reading this book, I heartily concur with the judges’ ruling — Soul’s Gate will take you on a challenging journey into what a deeper life in the Spirit can be.

It is time for the prophecy spoken years ago to come true in the life of Reece Roth. It is time to train the men and women of the prophecy to live a life in the Spirit, to war for others’ souls. Dana, Marcus, and Brandon are the ready and slightly willing participants, but their training involves stepping way out of the box and their comfort zones. It has also gotten the notice of the other side, and demons will not hesitate to use everything they are allowed to thwart Reece’s efforts and his students’ training.

Speculative fiction (according to Wikipedia) is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, kind of a what-if type of writing that stretches and challenges the thinking of the reader. I think Christian fiction is very suitable to the speculative genre because of its grounding in the supernatural. God acts in ways we often don’t understand forcing us to live a life of faith, not of sight. Rubart employs the truths of Scripture to create a what-if world of journeying into the soul’s of  others to wage a battle to tear down the strongholds created from the lies of the deceiver. In Soul’s Gate, Rubart shows a new way to pray, to worship, to fight the spiritual wars that are all around us, but unseen to most Christians. Dana, Marcus, Brandon and Reece have lies that must be demolished, lies that they cling to, that define who they are. The freedom that they achieve once the bonds are broken is beyond any they could have imagined.

Two things that I took away from reading Soul’s Gate are:  1) prayer involves more listening than talking and involves a big involvement in people’s lives and 2) that spiritual warfare is something very real that Christians should be on the look out for and embrace in their walk with Christ. This book got me thinking and thinking some more. There were parts that encouraged me and convicted me and some that moved me to tears. This book requires time to savor the truths expressed and as such is not a quick read. It also is not a pure entertainment read, although it did keep me turning the pages to see what would happen next in the adventure. So, I definitely recommend Soul’s Gate, but encourage you to make sure you have plenty of time to read it — do not rush this book!

Highly Recommended.

(I picked up a signed copy of an ARC of Soul’s Gate last year at the ICRS in Orlando. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres

Book Giveaway — The Chair

19 Sep

I received an ARC and a completed copy of James L. Rubart’s newest novel, The Chair.  My good fortune is now yours too.  I am giving away the completed novel!  Just leave a comment including an email address.  The contest will run through September 29th.  (Please note:  no email address in body of comment = no chance to win.) 

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store claiming to have a chair made by Jesus Christ, he laughs her off. But after she delivers an ancient looking chair made of olive wood three days later—with a cryptic message attached to it—he begins to wonder.

Corin’s world shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact, and the unexplained phenomena that seems to come from it. And he’s not the only one who will do almost anything to possess the power that appears to surround the chair.

For my review, click HERE.

Book Review: The Chair

19 Sep

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store claiming to have a chair made by Jesus Christ, he laughs her off. But after she delivers an ancient looking chair made of olive wood three days later—with a cryptic message attached to it—he begins to wonder.

Corin’s world shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact, and the unexplained phenomena that seems to come from it. And he’s not the only one who will do almost anything to possess the power that appears to surround the chair.



From The Author’s Website:

James L. Rubart — I love God, my wife, my sons, writing, speaking, playing guitar, and golf, in that order. And I dabble in photography. 


Movie: The Matrix & It’s a Wonderful Life

Book: The Chronicles of Narnia

Place: Wapato Lake, WA

TV show: LOST

CD: Darrell Evans- Freedom

Food: Artichokes & crab

Person: My incredible wife


Grew up: Pacific Northwest, Seattle and Spokane.

College: University of Washington (Go Dawgs!)

Day job: Since ’94 I’ve been an ad agency/marketing company owner. Check it out here: Barefoot Marketing

Favorite memories: they come from jumping off cliffs with my boys, long walks & talks with my wife, and going deep with friends. Enough about me. Shoot me an e-mail and tell me about you.  jim@jimrubart.com

My Impressions:

In James L. Rubart’s third book, The Chair, the reader is again asked to stretch his thinking and imagination to engage in a story that is mysterious, suspenseful and full of questions about faith and healing.  Corin, the owner of a struggling antiques store, is brought an older than old chair by a mysterious woman who states only that he has been chosen to own it.  Immediately, strange things happen and stranger people enter his life.  Corin is faced with the possibility that an artifact that may have been crafted by Christ has the ability to heal.

As Corin struggles with his own demons — guilt and fear — he is compelled to protect the chair from others that want to possess it.  As he discovers the powers it has, Corin faces greater dangers from people who are very serious about gaining control of the potential power of the chair.

James Rubart has crafted a suspense-filled novel for the thinking man.  There are plenty of twists and turns, betrayals and danger, but the underlying themes of who needs healing and who or what heals give the reader much more to contemplate. Not all who call for healing get it.  Or do they?  If you want to think about what you’ve read long after you’ve turned the last page, then pick up a copy of The Chair.



(I received a copy of The Chair from B&H Publishing in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)