Friday, March 18, 2011

The Bound by Guilt blog tour participants!

The Bound by Guilt Blog Tour is going on NOW!

Here's the latest from our wonderful bloggers:

Julie Johnson at My5Monkeys says: "I loved that books were involved in some form. There was a couple times I teared up while reading the story. I loved that this book was full of hope." Read More

says: "Deeply engaging, Bound by Guilt is crafted with a wealth of emotional tension. I found myself reaching for the tissues several times as I read through its pages." Read More

says: "It’s a tale of love, forgiveness, and so much more. I found it the perfect redemption story with a gripping storyline and vivid plot." Read More

Becca's World
says: "Roxi was my favourite character in the story, but I have to admit the used books and the various settings also seemed like characters as well." Read More

Misc Mayzee
says: "Overall, I'm very impressed with C.J. Darlington's writing in this book, and I look forward to her next release as I'm sure she will only become a better author." Read More

Julie J at My Own Little Corner of the World
says: "This is the most inspiring book I've read this year!" Read More

Carpe Libris
says: "I stayed up late to finish and kept thinking about how I wish I had another Darlington book to read next!" Read More

Butterfly Journey
says: "It is not a suspense or a mystery, but I found myself turning the pages as if it were a suspense - just waiting to find out what was going to happen next. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book." Read more

Heidi Main
says: "Bound by Guilt mesmerized me from page one. The characters were deep and three dimensional. The plot was well thought out and integrated with a strong subplot. What kept me turning each page were the surprises." Read More

Caitlin Muir
says: "C.J.’s tale is thoroughly enjoyable. One thing I appreciated that the book wasn’t “preachy.” Many of the characters are Christians but they live their faith out instead of trying to smother each other with Bible verses and guilt." Read More

Blogging by Liza
says: "Bound by Guilt is filled with characters that inspire strong feelings in the reader. I really liked many of the characters in the story, but Roxi was my favorite." Read More

Clicking Her Heels
says: "This is one author that you've got to read." Read More

Ramblin' Roads
says: "I am especially intrigued by the antique book theme of the stories, but I find the characters to be believable and the plot is strong. Just what I look for in a good book!" Read More

Word Up!
says: "“Bound by Guilt” by C.J. Darlington is loaded with strong characters, imaginative writing and a solid plot!" Read More

Heather Hunt at The View From Stonewater
says: "Other than some misfires in dealing with Christy's character this time around, Darlington shows magnificent improvement over an impressive first novel. She again ramps up the story to a dramatic, tense, and page-turning conclusion that is satisfying even as we are not left with all the answers as to what will happen next. Perhaps we'll find out in Darlington's next novel ..." Read More

A Peek at My Bookshelf
says: "Have the tissues handy, and block out a lot of time to read, because you won't want to put this one down until the final page is turned." Read More

Mom 2 Mom Connection
says: "Go CJ! We’re anxiously awaiting another book in the Dawson’s Book Barn saga!" Read More

says: "I like Roxi. She’s got spunk. She’s led a very difficult life, one that would have shattered most of us. She longs to be loved, just like all of us, and it’s no wonder that she goes to the lengths that she does to find that love and approval." Read More

The Koala Bear Writer
says: "Every page in the novel kept me turning to the next one, thinking Bravo!, C.J. I can't wait to see what she writes next." Read More

The Mommy Rambles
says: "It's one of those books where you're willing to stay up through the night to finish it!" Read More

Window to My World
says: "C.J Darlington really knows how to "bind" the human condition with a unique and suspenseful mystery!" Read More

Daysong Reflections
says: "Bound by Guilt is more than just a good mystery/suspense novel. Darlington delves deep into the thoughts and emotions of her characters and portrays each one in all their strengths and weaknesses." Read More

Pondering's by Andrea
says: "Miss Darlington writes with the skills of a veteran author. Her characters are fully fleshed out, and she interweaves multiple storylines with flourish! I had a great deal of empathy for many of the characters (although not all; the character of Irene requires a lot of grace…)." Read More

Writing Remnants
says: "No doubt about it, C.J. Darlington is a rising star in today's Christian fiction. C.J.'s new book- Bound by Guilt made me want to read more by this very talented young author." Read More

Creative Madness
says: "I’m pleased to have discovered the stories from C.J. and look forward to more in the future." Read More

Patty LeBlanc at Reading Pal
says: "Roxi’s story made me cry at some points and rejoice in others. I felt the depth of her character with the raw emotions displayed in every choice she made and the thought process she went through." Read More

Stamped with Grace
says: "There are real life situations, both good and bad, as well as a wonderful story of redemption. I have read several Christian fiction books lately that leave God out almost all together, so I love reading a book that isn't afraid to talk about the Lord." Read More

Read, Write, Revamp
says: "Bound by Guilt was written with great emotion and care." Read More

Andrea's Take
says: "The characters came alive for me. That may sound like a cliché, but I just don’t know any better way to say it." Read More

Cara Putnam
says: "CJ has crafted a book with compelling characters and a situation that is almost unimaginable. Roxi finds herself in an impossible dilemma, and my heart broke for all involved. A great read!" Read More

Christy's Book Blog
says: "Darlington's writing is full of surprising depth. Each character is fully-fleshed and very real; at the end of the book, I was sad to be through with them. The plot is very pulled from the headlines with a message of faith for readers." Read More

Cornhusker Academy
says: "I really enjoyed C.J.'s first book and was so glad to see that she was finding a niche in Christian fiction that was unique from so many of the books that I usually review." Read More

Wyn is Reading
says: "The story is totally believable, compassionate, and with a twist at the end." Read More

Books & Needlepoint
says: "It is a great story about forgiveness - both for the people DOING the forgiving and those NEEDING it." Read More

Michelle Sutton of Healing Hearts
says: "The thing that intrigued me about this book the most was the foster care situation. I've worked with foster children for years as a child protective services worker and this author did a great job showing the inner turmoil that foster children go through." Read More

Relz Reviewz
says: "Mixing the intriguing world of rare books, a solid suspense thread, complex characters dealing with deep seated emotions and strong faith themes, CJ has proven she is an author with a very bright future." Read More

The Musings of a Book Addict
says: "This is an author we need to watch closely. Her writing is fresh and touching. Her characters are so real you can't help but identify with them." Read More

My Book Addiction
says: "Bound by Guilt is an amazing, positive story of not only God’s love but of love, forgiveness, guilt, healing and inspiration with powerful characters and a powerful plot." Read More

Marti Pieper
says: "In her new book, C.J.’s strength in creating believable characters shines as does her plotting ability. But the true power of Bound by Guilt lies not in the plot or characters but in its warm portrayal of God’s redemptive love." Read more

Write About Now
says: "The Biblical principles of love and forgiveness are prevalent throughout the pages of this book. From its beautiful cover to the final page, this book will draw you in and keep you captivated." Read More. Plus she features a new interview with C.J. Read more

Mocha With Linda
says: "Drama and suspense pulsate throughout this tale as Roxi's desperate search for unconditional love leads her down paths she never expected to travel." Read More

Reading to Know
says: "I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish reading Bound by Guilt!" Read More

Peeking Between the Pages
includes C.J.'s inspiration behind Bound by Guilt with another chance to win it! Read More

Books, Movies & Chinese Food
says: "Since I read a lot of YA books, I enjoy seeing teenage characters in adult books that include perspectives from a teenage viewpoint." Read More

Lena Nelson Dooley
features an interview with C.J. plus a giveaway! Read More

Reviews by Molly
says: "She takes emotional plot lines, and mixes them with complex characters creating a gripping, vivid story that every reader is bound to fall in love with." Read More

says: "I rarely read anything that isn’t chick-lit or fantasy, but I loved Bound by Guilt." Read more

Divine Detours
has just posted an exclusive interview here.

Terri's Writing Adventures
says: "This is not a book you want to miss." Read More (she also includes an interview!)

Readin' N Writin'
with Patricia says: "There are so many unexpected things, from the shocking opening to the very end, that it would be unfair to say anything more. I will say, however, that Darlington's got me hooked." Read More

Camy Tang has
posted an excerpt of Bound by Guilt. Read it here.

Michelle V
says: "I love that the characters aren’t perfect. They are flawed people like you and me, which makes it easy to relate to them. It’s a beautiful story of redemption." Read More

posted the book trailer on her Trailer Park Tuesday feature here.

Delores Liesner
says: "Darlington’s multi-layered story delivered time and again leaving me not just refreshed – but enriched." Read More

Rocky Mountain Writer
says: "This book is a great story. As with her first book, CJ has brought to life believable, likable characters. She has a knack for drawing the reader into her world and making them feel at home." Read More

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer says: "Bound by Guilt is an intriguing mystery involving a runaway and an out-of-control police officer." Read More

Heatheraine at All Things Supernatural says: "This story kept me captivated till the very end. There are many layers to the story and it’s very well paced." Read More

Mark at Thoughts of A Sojourner says: "There is more suspense in this book, and it also explores broken relationships and redemption, showing that God can redeem anyone, and turn bad into good." Read More

Nora at Find Hope Through Fiction interviews C.J. and says: "C.J. Darlington takes the reader on an amazing book journey not only about rare and expensive books that turn up missing but of this young girl trapped in a situation she wants to get out of but doesn't quite know how." Read More She's also posted her full review!

The Character Therapist says: "Roxi, the young 16-year-old heroine, captured my heart because I work with teens just like her in a group home type situation." Read More

Lisa at Living Our Faith Out loud says: "CJ Darlington's sophomore novel avoids the slump. Completely. In fact, I liked Bound by Guilt much better than Thicker than Blood." Read More

Julie Arduini says: "I read it in one sitting. I didn’t take a break, go somewhere else, use the bathroom, none of it." Read More

Pink Sapphire says: "What amazed me the most was how much I felt for the main character, Roxi." Read More

Amy at Back Seat Writer says: "Bound by Guilt is an action-packed page turner that will keep you riveted to the end when you will feel satisfied by a story well-told." Read More

Angie at Never A Dull Moment says: "I recently saw where C.J. Darlington described her books as Lifetime Channel meets the Hallmark Channel. I think that is the perfect way to describe her books which is why it surprised me that I enjoy them so much." Read More

Cindy's Book Reviews says: "Truly this book was a book I could not put down, I was totally into Roxi's story, wanting things to turn out for her, I cried as she found herself rejected once again by the mother, she just wanted love from. I cried as she slept by the dumpster." Read More

Onedesertrose says: "C.J. does an excellent job of mixing the different personalities of the characters and the power some have over the others. Their lives are very real-to-life, ranging from pain-filled and lonely, to fearful and anxious, to sharp and legalistic, to uncaring and greedy, and finally to love and acceptance." Read More

Plus check out posts by:

Bly Books
Jane Austen, Chai Tea, and Me
Illuminating Fiction

Pat at Dwellings
Heather at The View From Stonewater
Ronie Kendig: Craving the Supernatural

Thanks to the following lovely bloggers who will be participating in the Bound by Guilt blog tour March 21-27th!

In no particular order:

1. My Friend Amy
2. Books, Movies & Chinese Food
3. Backseat Writer
4. All Things Supernatural
5. Andrea Schultz
6. Finding Hope Through Fiction
7. A Fair Substitute for Heaven
8. Daysong Reflections
9. Mocha With Linda
10. All Are Welcome Here
11. Window to My World
12. Life in Review
13. The Surrendered Scribe
14. One Desert Rose
15. Loving Heart Mommy
16. Mom 2 Mom Connection
17. The View From Stone Water
18. A Peak At My Bookshelf
19. Book Lover
20. Thoughts of a Sojourner
21. Never A Dull Moment
22. The Character Therapist
23. Healing Hearts Book Review Blog
24. Reading to Know
25. Word Up!
26. Rocky Mountain Writer
27. Books & Needlepoint
28. Thrifty In Arkansas
29. Reflections In Hindsight
30. Connected2Christ
31. Tea Time with Valerie
32. Ramblin' Roads
33. Craving the Supernatural
34. Stamped with Grace
35. Jane Austen, Chai Tea, and Me
36. Creative Madness Mama
37. Cornhusker Academy
38. Reading Pal
39. My Book Addiction and More
40. Readin N Writin with Patricia
41. Blogging by Liza
42. The Musings of a Book Addict
43. A Christian Writer's World
44. Clicking Her Heels
45. Caitlin Muir
46. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Pencildancer
47. Read Write Revamp
48. Terri's Writing Adventures
49. Cindy's Book Reviews
50. Character Counts
51. Divine Detour
52. Pink Sapphire
53. Delores Liesner
54. Dwellings
55. Heidi Main, Writer
56. BarbJan10Blogs
57. Butterfly Journey
58. Write About Now
59. On A Western Trail
60. Deborah M. Piccurelli
61. The Mommy Rambles
62. Christy's Book Blog
63. Carpe Libris
64. Writing Remnants
65. WordVixen
66. My Own Little Corner of the World
67. Andrea's Take
68. Misc Mayzee
69. Book Reviews by Molly
70. Carol's Blog
71. Becca's World
72. Relz Reviewz
73. Quiverfull Family
74. The Koala Bear Writer
75. Wyn is Reading Books
76. Illuminating Fiction
77. Peeking Between the Pages
78. My 5 Monkeys
79. The Barn Door
80. Marti Pieper


WordVixen said...

79 bloggers on the book tour! That's incredible, CJ! Too bad mom hasn't figured out how to use her blog yet or you could have had an even 80. :-D

Marti Pieper said...

So by posting a pre-release review I missed the fun? Hmmph. But at least I got the bonus of an early read! said...

Marti! We're adding a link to your post right now! We can't let you miss out on the fun. :)

Wyn said...

Sorry it took me until today March 24th to post to my blog. I was in an accident and everything has been delayed.


Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

How did I miss out on this blog tour invite? :-( I'm still looking forward to reading the book (when I get it).

ArtsyBookishGal said...

Yay! Good job, guys! We love you and your writing, CJ!

Amy @ Backseat Writer