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Bibliophile's Retreat Officially Moved

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Bibliophile's Retreat has officially been transferred lock, stock and barrel to its new and improving home at on a Wordpress self-hosted platform. Existing readers please join us there for continued bookish musings and such. There are still some things that need work at the new location but all new posts will be at that location going forward.

Yes I'm A Bad Girl & New Location Coming Soon

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

I still haven't gotten back into the routine of posting however I have started a new self-hosted Wordpress Blog to which I will eventually move the existing content here. Once I get it designed and ready, I will shut down this blog as the software allows me more flexibility in design as well as the functionality to give Bibliophile's Retreat it's own domain. Soon you won't have to remember or use the blogspot address. Once the set up and initial move is completed my blog will simply be Please remember that until further notice the new location is under construction so it won't be as pretty as this one yet.

Recent and Coming Attractions

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

To all my readers - publicist, publisher, author and reader friends this blog has been inactive far too long for my tastes but I am working on getting it back up and running as well as catching up on reading and posting about all the wonderful books in my TBR and recently completed piles.

The Believer by Ann Gabhart
Revell (August 1, 2009)
Elizabeth and her younger siblings are left to their own devices when their parents are tragically lost to this world. When she learns of a nearby village that takes in needy children she travels with her brother and sister to Harmony Hill hoping for a fresh start and safety for the family she has become responsible for. The Shaker lifestyle is a huge adjustment for all of them but the hoped for refuge seems to materialize despite the new hardships the children face. However Elizabeth soon meets Ethan and must face the choice of once again leaving the life she has grown accustomed to and which protects her only family to avoid the temptation they both encounter when faced with their not so sibling-like feelings for one another. This story encapsulates many heart rending decisions Elizabeth must make for the best interests of those she cares about. The emotional turmoil she faces in sacrificing her own desires for the greater good threaten her newfound security and stability. (ISBN#9780800733629, 394pp, $13.99)

Coming Soon:
The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Revell (October 1, 2009)
(ISBN#9780800733360, 336pp, $13.99)

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey from Tricia Goyer on Vimeo

Coming in 2010:
Angel's Den by Jamie Carie
B&H Books (February 1, 2010)
In 1808, when Emma meets and marries Eric Montclaire (the famed “most handsome man west of the Appalachians”), this young daughter of prominent St. Louis citizens believes a fairy tale has just begun. Instead, her husband’s angelic looks quickly prove only to mask a monstrous soul all too capable of possessive emotions and physical abuse. Praying for mercy, she is devastated when Eric insists on her joining his yearlong group expedition to the Pacific Ocean, following the trail Lewis and Clark blazed just a few years earlier. By the time cartographer Luke Bowen realizes Emma’s plight, it’s too late to easily untangle what has become an epic web of lies, theft, murder, courtroom drama, and a deep longing for love. Only God can show them the way out. (ISBN#9780805448146, 320pp, $14.99)

Deliver Us from Evil by Robin Caroll
B&H Books (February 1, 2010)
A beautiful yet tough woman working in a beautiful yet tough setting, Brannon Callahan is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Strong faith and a decorated history of service have kept her one step ahead of on-the-job dangers, but there’s no precedent for what’s about to happen. After a blizzard takes down a small plane carrying U.S. Marshal Roark Holland (already haunted by a recent tragedy), Brannon must save him in more ways than one and safeguard the donor heart he’s transporting to a government witness on the edge of death. Otherwise the largest child trafficking ring in history—with shocking links from Thailand to Tennessee—will slip further away into darkness along the Appalachian Trail. (ISBN#9780805449808, 320pp, $14.99)

Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis
B&H Books (March 1, 2010)
Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later—divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical—she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard’s son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can’t decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.
The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon. (ISBN#9780805449884, 320pp, $14.99)

Rooms by James Rubart
B&H Books (April 1, 2010)
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. (ISBN#9780805448887, 400pp, $14.99)

End of Summer Giveaways If...

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Unfortunately hits to the site didn't make it to the 7000 mark by the first. However I will still be doing a few giveaways as well as offering a special thank you to those who posted my button during July.

I've also been fighting very frequent headaches and wasn't able to get new reviews up in the last several weeks but am hoping to do some catching up very soon.

I have a box of books stacked up for giveaways. If readers bring my hits up to or over 7000 that's about 1500 hits, by Aug 1st. I will run giveaways to share all of those books with lucky readers during the month of August. That will be 4-5 books given away each week to start your fall TBR piles. Send your friends and drop by often. I will also be catching up on new reviews in the next few weeks so there will be lots to read.

Don't forget to post this logo in your sidebars to tell people about the giveaways as well. If the counter passes 7000 by August 1st and the logo is posted on your blog in July you'll get an automatic entry to all drawings in August. Be sure to leave me a comment with your blog link when you post the logo. The code for the logo linking to this post is in my sidebar. There will also be instructions to enter each week in the contest posts in addition to your automatic entry for posting the logo and linking to me helping reach the goal.

Chance to Win Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Him at Light of Truth

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Drop by Lynn's Blog for a chance to win Michelle Sutton's book, It's Not About Him. Don't forget to say I - ForstRose (Melissa) - sent you. Also tell your friends. Contest ends at Midnight Sunday.

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At 12:26am on August 27, 2011, Kate Evangelista said…
Please help my blog Reads, Reviews, Recommends win the Whirlwind Blog Tour by voting at
At 4:59am on August 26, 2011,
Felix Timothy

Hi Frost Rose,

 I'm seeking reviews for Ionshaker. Here's the link to the synopsis Ionshaker

At 11:54pm on April 9, 2011,
Komal Mansoor

Just wanted to say Hi,

I m new here n a new blogger as well..drop by my blog sometime:

Would love some visitors on my blog:


At 8:28pm on December 3, 2009, Bernice McFadden said…
Dear Book Lover:

I am the national bestselling, award winning author of six critically acclaimed novels. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.

“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. Yes, KINDLE purchases count!

And if you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
At 10:02am on July 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi , I want to introduce you to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. I was wondering if you would like to review my book for your blog or sites such as Amazon. Do visit to read more about the book. If you would like to read it I can mail an advance readers copy to you. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:43pm on March 3, 2009, Chris Tusa said…

My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans. My debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available, and I was hoping you might be willing to mention it on your blog (or consider it for review). If you'd like to review the book, I'd be glad to send you a copy (in e-book format). Let me know. I've included a summary of the novel below:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter before you commit, feel free to visit my web site:

Thanks so much,

Christopher Tusa
Department of English
Louisiana State University
Editor, Poetry Southeast
At 7:06pm on January 4, 2009, B.J. Gupta said…
May I request you to respond to message I have posted yesterday
for review of booklet titled ‘Philosophy of life and other essays’
located at following URL,


(B.J. Gupta)

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