Monday, May 19, 2008

Embrace Me by Lisa Samson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Embrace Me

(Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008)


Lisa Samson


Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."

In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past.

She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.


Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful...a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.

When a "lizard woman," a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster...and improbably close to grace.

Valentine, due to her own drastic self-disfigurement, ahs very few friends in this world and, it appears as if she may be destined to spend the rest of her life practically alone. But life gives her one good friend, Lella, whose own handicap puts her in the same freakish category as Valentine. As part of Roland's Wayfaring Marvel and Oddities Show, a traveling band of misfits, they seem to have found their niches in an often curiously cruel world.

Residing in a world where masks are mandatory, Valentine has a hard time removing hers, because of her disfigured face but more so because of her damaged soul. It is much easier for her to listen endlessly to different versions of a favorite song, Embraceable You, and escape reality. Yet, life has more in store for her when she meets Augustine, replete with the tattoos, dreadlocks, and his own secrets. With his arrival, Valentine's soul takes a turn.

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

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Here's the list of bloggers for this tour. Go visit them!

Adam at Northwoods Blumer
Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at sprightly
Amy at My Life
Andie at frommipov
Angela at One Baby, Seven Dogs, and a Mommy
April at Projecting A
Becky at Savvy Mom
Beth at The Write Message
Brandilyn at Forensics and Faith
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Camy at Camy Tang
Carla at Carla's Writing Café
Carol at Blogging With Carol
Carolyn at Serenity
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Cheri at Kudzu and Koolaid
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Dave at Dave Rhoades
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Dawn at Book Junkie Confessions
Dea at Been Farmin' Long?
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Elaina at A New Adventure
Erica at On The Write Path
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Inspire Me
Heidi at Reviews by Heidi
Jackie at Journey Into Grace
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jason at Spoiled For The Ordinary
Jenn at Blessed is She…
Jennifer at Musings on This, That, & The Other Thing
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Jenny at Come Meet AusJenny
Jessica at Praise, Prayers and Observations
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jo at Life Sparks - Jo's Journal
Joleen at timetotalk
Karen at Mommy of Three
Karla at Ramblin' Roads To Everywhere
Katie at Christian Novels
Kelly at Scrambled Dregs
Kim at Window To My World
Kim at Rainy Day Diamonds
Kimberly at QuiddamChickee To Save The Day
Krista at Welcome To Married Life
Lacy at Novel Inspirations
LaShaunda at See Ya On The Net
Laura at Laura William's Musings
Leah at Ponderings From My Heart
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Faith In Love
Lynnae at Lynnae's Bookshelf
Marcia at Writer-lee
Margaret at Creative Madness
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
Michelle at Just A Minute
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Mike at wide-eyed fiction
Mimi at Mimi's Pixie Corner
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Peg at Sips 'n Cups Cafeteria
Rachelle at Stifled Squeal
Becky at Becky's Christian Reviews
Rel at Relz Reviewz
Ruth at Booktalk & more...
Sean at Bookmark Cafe
Sonya at My Thousand Loves
Stacy at Vader's Mom
Susan at His Reading List
Tabitha at 123pizza's Weblog
Tamera at Tamera Alexander's Blog
Tami at Tree Swing Reading
Tara at Tara's View Of The World
Tracy at Pix-N-Pens
Tricia at It's Real Life
Virginia at CeCe Lane
Virginia at Book Reviews - Virginia "Ginny" Smith


Ausjenny said...

up and pinged in south australia

Rel said...

Up down under with review and Aussie giveaway!

David Meigs said...

Cut, pasted, scheduled & pinged.

Jenny said...

It's up!

Anonymous said...

Mine's up!

Book Splurge said...



Michelle said...

I've posted. NO review yet. :) But I hope to do one soon.

Gretchen said...


Page McManus said...

I'm up!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

post up, review to come.

storyline said...


carla stewart said...

Posted at Carla's Writing Cafe.

Janna said...

Mine is scheduled to go up in an hour with review and giveaway!


Carolyn said...

Mine's up

Deena said...

Done, but still no review...

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up!

Jim Thompson said...

Figgered I'd weigh-in for the early-week tour. Five minutes, no sweat.

Adam Blumer said...

Mine's up. Better late than never.

Tabitha said...


Cara Putman said...

Mine will post early in the manana

Brittanie said...


Mocha with Linda said...

Posted with my comments/review and pinged.

Susan Stitch said...

Posted at

Kelly Klepfer said...

posted at the dregs and novel review. I love the first chapter link!

Jackie Castle said...

Mine's up as well at my new blog:

Cheri said...

Mine is up. GREAT book!

lynnae said...

Up at Lynnae's Bookshelf!

Amy said...

Posted with a review!

Christy LaShea said...


Deborah said...

mine's up with a review

Georgiana said...

Hey, what do you know, I'm not last!

Jason said...

Nope, that would be me...

Up with a personal review here..

Karla said...

Mine is up!

Kim said...

Up with a review and an interview! Also want to let you guys know that the scheduling feature is awesome! I posted on time yesterday even though I was out of town!!

Thanks Bonnie and Blogger!


Marci said...

my post is up - a bit late, sorry! I'm at a writing workshop and access to internet is limited.

Tami said...

My post is up with a short review. Tami from Tree Swing Reading

Jasmine said...

I have posted!

April Erwin said...

Mine's up.

Ruth said...


Jennifer AlLee said...

Posted with review & pinged

Janis said...

Post is up! Thank you!

Jim Black said...

Mine is posted. I only had the chance to read the first chapter but it was great. Good job.