Tuesday, May 05, 2009


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


David C. Cook (May 2009)


Greg Garrett


Greg Garrett has published newspaper and magazine features, short stories, personal and critical essays, reviews, encyclopedia articles, novels, a memoir, and books of nonfiction during his thirty-year writing career.

Author of the critically acclaimed novels Free Bird (chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Rocky Mountain News [Denver] as one of the best first novels of 2002) and Cycling, as well as the nonfiction books The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), Holy Superheroes!, the spiritual autobiography Crossing Myself, The Gospel According to Hollywood, and the forthcoming Stories from the Edge, Dr. Garrett is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and a regional CASE gold medalist for nonfiction.

He was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2005 for his lifetime literary achievements. Professor of English at Baylor University, Dr. Garrett was named the Outstanding Baylor Faculty Member for 1994 by the Baylor Student Congress, and received the university administration's outstanding professor award in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University, and recently completed the M.Div. at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, where he lives, writes, and serves as a lay preacher at St. David's Episcopal Church.


It's hard to appreciate the life you have when you're wondering about the one you might have had.

John Tilden's glory days are far behind him, and now it seems like all he has is the monotony of everyday living. He certainly thought there'd be more to it than his ramshackle Oklahoma farm and a mundane job coaching basketball at his old high school. He questions his fatherhood skills too: His oldest son won't speak to him, his younger son wants to quit the basketball team, and now his daughter wants to go out on dates. He loves his wife, but the marriage has settled into complacency.

With John's twentieth high school reunion approaching, he has agreed to play in an exhibition game with the old championship team. And his ex-girlfriend's back in town, newly single. What might have been now seems closer than ever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Shame, go HERE

As soon as I get a chance to read this book, I'll post my review!

I have a couple of nifty offers I wanted to share today. First of all, Hallmark Cards is giving away free personalized paper cards. They are doing it in honor of Mother's Day, but cards purchased after Monday probably won't arrive in time for Sunday. So you can make a card for any occasion, like Jesse and my anniversary is on May 11th. Just go to http://xr.com/pjbw and create your card. Then enter CARD4MOM as the promo code. Hallmark will send the card to your selected recipient, and they will even pay for the stamp! You get a beautiful card for the cost of signing up as a member of Hallmark.com. Not a bad deal!

Here's another great freebie. KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken is giving away a free 2-piece meal of their new grilled chicken. It includes two sides and a biscuit. Go here to print your coupon. It's only good until 5/19/09 and can't be used on Mother's Day, although it would be a nice Mom's Day gift. So there you go, free card and gift for Mom; you are officially set!

And if you want to give your mom another free gift, or are a mom who wants a gift, sign up to win a copy of Mary M. Byers' Making Work at Home Work. Drop me an email before 10 pm on May 7th and you're in.


Becky said...

"Shame" looks like a great book. I just finished a great novel myself titled, "Cornfield Heiress" it is a memoir of a fabulous woman who lived a fabulous life and then went through a brave battle with cancer. It was such a great book that now I am craving a new book to read, and since memoirs are my favorite, I think I will try to look for "Shame." Thanks for the great tip!