Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tomorrow on Kitchen Chat: Nancy Woodruff

Join me on Friday as I chat with my friend and fabulous author, Nancy Woodruff. Nancy's book, My Wife's Affair, has just been released by Amy Einhorn, a division of Penguin Group, USA.

About My Wife's Affair:
A smart, sexy novel about a woman's search for her former self on the London stage Georgie and Peter, very much in love, move to London with their three children. Once there, Georgie's dormant acting career takes off and she wins the role of Dora Jordan in a one-woman show. Dora Jordan was the most famous comic actress of the eighteenth century (she had thirteen illegitimate children, including ten by the future king of England). As Georgie rehearses for her part, she becomes increasingly drawn to Dora Jordan, who she sees as a working mother with struggles exactly like her own. And when Georgie can no longer fight her attraction to the playwright, she begins an affair with tragic results. Narrated by Peter, a failed-writer-turned-businessman, My Wife's Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more.

About Nancy:

Nancy Woodruff received her MFA from Columbia University where she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award. She taught writing at Columbia and SUNY Purchase before moving in 1997 to London, where she taught for eight years at Richmond, the American International University. In addition to My Wife's Affair, she is also the author of Someone Else's Child. She currently teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, sons, and daughter. For more info, please visit Nancy's website:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tomorrow on Kitchen Chat: Tricia Goyer

Join us tomorrow on Kitchen Chat to hear from my friend and amazing do-it-all girl, Tricia Goyer! Tricia has written over 24 books (both fiction and non-fiction), mentors writers and teen girls (she helped start a crisis pregnancy center in her community!), is a homeschool mom, and just adopted a baby girl! Wow. We should have plenty to talk about Thursday!

About Tricia Goyer:Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Songbird Under a German t.goyerMoon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. For more information, please visit!

About her most recent release:

Life, In Spite of Me
Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice
Written by Kristen Jane Anderson
As told to Tricia Goyer

She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What’s wrong with me?
It’s not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

Life, In Spite of MeOne January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn’t end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.Read an excerpt and watch the video trailer here!

“Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy.”
Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement

“Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristen Jane Anderson’s riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face.”
Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries

“When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she’d ended up at Moody. But it was her smile—and it is still her smile—that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you’ll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives.”
Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute

Tricia also shared a wonderful Taco Soup Recipe on Kitchen Chat, so click HERE to get it!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tomorrow on Kitchen Chat: Allison Bottke

Join us on Friday as we chat with the amazing Allison Bottke on everything from setting boudaries with the people in your life to weightloss. Allsion lost over a 120 pounds and has KEPT it off. Wow.

Have a questions for Allison? Leave it here or call into the show: 1-877-864-4869

About Allison: Allison Bottke is a bestselling inspirational author aband speaker. Her international outreach includes over 24 published non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed God Allows U-Turns compilation book series. Allison’s story is one of triumph over tragedy on many levels, and she unashamedly shares her testimony of a changed life…a life highlighted over the years by Guideposts Magazine, The 700 Club, Praise the Lord, and Her non-fiction book, Setting Boundaries with your Adult Children, is being heralded as a landmark resource for parents and grandparents. Since releasing, it has hit the #1 spot several times on in the Parenting category. Setting Boundaries with Your Aging Parents just released last week on April 5. You can visit her on or

About Allison's latest release: Setting Boundaries with Your Aging Parents

SBThis important book from the author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children (more than 40,000 sold) will help adult children who long for a better relationship with their parents but feel trapped in a never-ending cycle of chaos, crisis, or drama.

With keen insight and a passion to empower adult children, Allison charts a trustworthy roadmap through the often unfamiliar territory of setting boundaries with parents while maintaining personal balance and avoiding burnout. Through the use of professional advice, true stories, and scriptural truth, readers learn how to apply the “6 Steps to SANITY”:

S-STOP your own negative behavior
A-ASSEMBLE a support group
N-NIP excuses in the bud
I-IMPLEMENT rules and boundaries
T-TRUST your instincts
Y-YIELD everything to God

Win a copy of Allison's Setting Boundaries with your Aging Parents! Leave a comment here along with your email.

Want a yummy Sugar-Free Cheesecake recipe? Find Allison's HERE!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tomorrow on Kitchen Chat: Mary DeMuth

Join me tomorrow as I interview author and fellow Pearl Girl, Mary DeMuth! She'll be answering your questions on Kitchen Chat. Call in 1-877-864-4869 or send your questions via twitter!

Mary is a GREAT writer with a passion for helping others both heal from their past hurts and achieve their dreams. Mary will be sharing with us about her latest release, Thin Places. She is giving a copy away so go HERE and leave a comment/question for Mary to be entered to win it.

Her past books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture and the first two books in the Defiance Texas Trilogy: Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn.

Mary lives with her husband Patrick and their three children in Texas. Find out more at

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tomorrow on Kitchen Chat: Agent Jenny Bent

Don't miss this week's Kitchen Chat guest, Jenny Bent. Jenny has some fascinating insight into the publishing JBindustry as well as some great stories of her own. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and join us for a chat!
About Jenny: In a career spanning 15 years, I have made a practice of making bestsellers - either by spotting new talent or developing careers for multi-published authors. My list is varied and includes commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and memoir. All the books I represent speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story-telling.

I was born in New York City but grew up in Harrisonburg Virginia in a house full of books where I spent many lazy afternoons reading in a sunny window seat. I went on to England to get a BA/MA with first class honors from Cambridge University. After graduation I worked in magazines, bookselling and agenting, most recently at Trident Media Group, before founding THE BENT AGENCY in 2009. I now live in Brooklyn in an apartment full of books and while there are not quite so many lazy reading afternoons, I manage to fit one in now and then.
One of Jenny's clients, Beth Patillo was on the show a few weeks ago. Check out her podcast here!

I'm so thrilled to have Beth on the show this week! I was fortunate to attend the launch party for her latest novel, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart in New York this week! It was fabulous! Wow - Beth is lovely and a talented writer!

Have a question for Jenny? Leave it here on the segment post or call in 1-877-864-4869!


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