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Monday, May 29, 2006


Amazon.com #1 Reviewer LOVES A Stitch in Time, my debut novel!

Dear Blog Friends:

I'm back from speaking and teaching at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. It was a spirit-filled conference and I am looking forward to reading true short story submissions (for future books in the God Allows U-Turns anthology series) from many attendees!

I plan to post an update on the conference in a few days...as soon as I get my photos back from Wal-Mart (that's correct, I do not have a digital camera.)

I took time out from writing this morning to check Amazon.com for reviews of my debut novel that just released from Bethany House. A Stitch in Time currently has two book reveiws posted, and I'm hoping by the end of this month to see more reviews posted. (hint-hint?)

Readers, if you enjoy a book and wish to share it with others, please consider writing a review and posting it on Amazon.com. Book reviews really can make a difference.

I was thrilled to see that Harriet Klausner, a #1 Reviewer with Amazon.com loved A Stitch in Time!

Harriet Klausner was an acquisitions librarian in Pennsylvania and wrote a monthly review column of recommended reads. She found she liked reviewing and went on to freelance after her son was born. A speed reader, she reads two books a day. As of today, Harriet Klausner has reviewed over 11,400 books for Amazon.com, and is ranked as a #1 Reviewer. (Bless you, Mrs. Klausner!)

Here is Harriet Klausner’s Review of A Stitch in Time, by Allison Bottke

In Los Angeles, Dee Harris Decker rediscovered religion and her toes at about the same time she learned her spouse was cheating on her. At the age of fifty, Dee left her philandering mate Lyle and underwent gastric bypass surgery to drop well over a hundred pounds in order to start over. Though she started her new vocation just after her surgery, she has become one of the best at raising funds, which ironically also brings out the best in her as she enjoys doing this especially for a good cause.

Dee has reached another crossroad, but this time she is filled with confidence that the Lord will help her choose correctly. Her project might make her a Nevada rancher's wife, but Lyle, assisted by their adult daughter Kelsey, has other plans for his now size-ten svelte almost ex-wife.

The key to this delightful inspirational chick lit charmer is Dee. The physical make over helps, but it is her spiritual, mental and emotional changes that turn her into a success, and the novel into a fine inspiring read. Allison Bottke emphasizes Dee's trials and tribulations as she becomes all that she can be with for the most part the bypass is bypassed as helpful but minor if one fails to heal the soul and the mind.

Harriet Klausner, #1 Reviewer with Amazon.com
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