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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Title Trakk Blog Tour - C.J. Darlington and Thicker Than Blood 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?


From the back cover copy, this book had me hooked. As an author, who could resist a premise dealing in classic and antique books, especially first edition collectibles? Throw in the transition to the cattle ranch, and I couldn't stay away. :) I was impressed with the characterization, depth and emotion in C.J.'s first novel. It read more like a seasoned author in both flow and pacing. She tackled the difficult issues of alcoholism, domestic violence and shame with skill and extreme care, her attention to detail amazing. I felt like I was right there in the book shop, smelling the pages of the old volumes, or right there on the ranch smelling the musty hay, and deeply involved in the sisters' lives. The suspense only heightened the enjoyment. But most of all, I appreciated the fact that Christy's path toward healing didn't become predictable or superficial. Super kudos to C.J. on her debut novel! This is one author you should put on your watch list!


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

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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.


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Casey said...

I would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the chance. :)

Just curious...are the winners now being annouced by private email?


Anne Patrick said...

This sounds like an awesome read. Please enter me.


Thank you!

Merry said...

I'd love to read this story of two sisters; Thicker Than Blood sounds great. Add me, please. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book.
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Michelle said...

Thank you for entering me, Tiff!!!

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Carole said...

C. J.'s book was already on my wish list and I appreciated your review, Tiff. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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C.J. Darlington said...

Wow, coming from a fellow author, these are kind thoughts indeed, Tiffany. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have been anxious to read this one!! Please enter me. Thanks!!!

Martha A. said...

This sounds really interesting! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Anonymous said...

would LOVE to read this book...