Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thicker Than Blood by C.J. Darlington GIVEAWAY ~ Blog Tours Presents: Thicker than Blood by C.J. Darlington Published by Tyndale House Winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!

Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late? My Review

This was an extremely powerful book. I was hooked from the start. Christy starts off this story on a pretty negative note and it doesn't get much better from there. Sure, she wants to do better for herself, but she has such a hard time moving from where she is.

May, Christy's sister, is living at a ranch that is about to be taken away from her by the bank. She hasn't heard from her sister since her parents died and lives with a cloud of doubt hanging over her wondering what she did to make her sister leave.

Both of these sisters need each other but in different ways. Christy needs May to forgive her but is scared that won't happen, and May needs Christy to feel like she's part of a family. So close, yet so far. Will they ever find what they truly need?

I loved that Christy worked at an antique bookstore! I learned about antique books and auctions things I never knew! I loved to frequent these kinds of stores when I lived in WA and even have a few of my own, although I don't know what, if any, their worth is. work at a bookstore like that, what a dream!

Of course, on the opposite side of that is May living my dream of being on a working cattle ranch! Lucky girl. Not easy work by any stretch of the imagination, but hard work never killed anyone.

C.J. outdid herself in this debut novel. She covers a couple of topics that are rarely seen in Christian fiction. She goes out on a limb and finds success! Her writing is as strong as her characters and very penetrating! C.J. doesn't beat the heck out of you with scripture, but it flows neatly through the story. Thicker Than Blood doesn't leave loose ends and for that I am thankful.

With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss. --Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best selling author If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace. --Rebecca St. James, Grammy award winning Christian singer and bestselling author With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she's a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it. --Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away

About the Author: C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novel before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel. C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website for more info. QUICK LINKS:

Win Thicker Than Blood! Leave me a comment letting me know if you're a city slicker or more of the ranch hand type. Me, you can stick me in a barn and leave me there! I enjoy visiting the city, but I'm waaaay happier out in the country. Wish I had some cattle and horses though.

Must be at least 18 yrs old to enter and a US resident. Make sure there's a way to contact you via your email or contact page. No email/contact = No entry! Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends 2/4/10, 10pm CST.

Two other opportunities to win this book:

Cathy Bryant at Word Vessel:

Nora St. Laurent at Finding Hope Through Fiction: Review and Giveaway


Anonymous said...

would enjoy reading this book....thanks for the opportunity :)


The Litrenta Family said...

I'm a country girl all the way!

holli dot dague at cuw dot edu

Carole said...

I'm not a real city slicker, but I do live in the suburbs. My grandparents had a farm in the mountains of north GA and I always enjoyed visiting them, especially after they put in a bathroom. Country living has always been a draw for me.

C.J.'s book has been on my wishlist since I read the first review several weeks ago. Thank you for your review, Mimi, and also the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Giveaway Lady said...

Please enter me:) I am more the ranch hand type. I enjoy a farm and animals!! Thanks!!


Marilyn T said...

Although I have lived in the country in the past, I must admit to being rather a city slicker, nowadays. I really enjoy the convenience of being able to shop at closer stores, and not having to drive so far.
marilyn t

ossmcalc said...

I am a city slicker with the heart of a ranch hand.

Thank you,


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

I enjoyed your review, Mimi...thanks for sharing! :)

Please don't enter me in your giveaway. My review copy arrived yesterday, so I hope to be reading it sometime next week.

Diane said...

I am definately a Ranch hand type person. Love the Country with all the critters. Currently live in a small town, missin' the farm life though. The book sounds like a Great read! Thanks for the opportunity to win!


Merry said...

I'm happy in both but country life is more laid back, so it's probably my first choice. Thanks for a chance at a great book!


diane said...

country all the way sounds like you have led a wonderful life.

C.J. Darlington said...

Thank you so much for posting about my book!

Lori said...

I have always been a country girl, was raised on a farm and love the peace and quiet country living offers, as well as the wide open spaces. I would not be at home in a city - would feel fenced in. I enjoy visiting them, but love to go home to the country.

Casey said...

I REALLY want to read this book, thank you for the chance to win it! I am totatly country. I can hardly stand even staying overnight in the city- okay that's stretching it a bit, but there is NO way I could live in the city :)


Amanda said...

I am a country girl. I like going into cities for shopping and entertainment, but I always feel happy to come back home.

Anita Yancey said...

I'm a country girl. I can't even imagine living in the city. Give me fresh air and wide open spaces. Please enter me. Thanks!


momtoem said...

I am a Ranch hand type person. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Winning Readings said...

Hmmm - I'm not exactly sophisticated urban, but I'm not all that comfy with horses and farming devices, either... Just a suburbanite?

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

Anonymous said...

I grew up in the country and would love to move back someday.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Annette W. said...

Thanks for a great opportunity! I'd love to win this book. It really sounds good!

derekannette at gmail dot com

Julie said...

I am a country gal all the way :)

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