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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Skizzer Blog Tour

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Skizzer is A.J. Keisling's debut novel, and I think she did a great job. The title is what the author, as a little girl, called her sister, being unable to properly say the word sister.

Since I love stories with mystery and a touch of romance, I really enjoyed this book. When Claire's sister, Becca, disappears, Claire is determined to find her. Each step that brings her closer to Becca also reveals more about a long-hidden family secret. The author uses flashbacks to reveal history and information pertaining to both the secret and to Becca's whereabouts.

If you are looking for an easy-to-read novel that grabs your attention and keeps you guessing, try reading Skizzer. You can purchase it at

To see what other bloggers have to say about this book, visit the blog tour schedule. While you are there, leave a comment answering the question, "What's the most important thing you ever lost and then found?" Your comment enters you in the contest for a $40 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. A.J. Kiesling will select the winning response based on originality and sizzle.

A.J.'s bio: A.J. (Angie) Kiesling grew up loving trees and words--trees because they formed the natural backdrop and playground for her childhood years in rural North Carolina, and words because they captivated her from as far back as she can remember. When she wasn't romping through the woods with her siblings, she might be found with her nose in a book--or lost among the shelves at the local library.

She has worked in the Christian publishing industry since 1985 as an author and editor. A former religion writer for Publishers Weekly and Religion BookLine e-newsletter, she frequently reported on spirituality trends and religion book publishing. Angie is the author of numerous books, including Skizzer (a novel, Revell), Where Have All the Good Men Gone? (Harvest House), Jaded: Hope for Believers Who Have Given Up on Church but Not on God (Revell), and Soul Deep: Prayers and Promises for Cultivating Inner Beauty (Barbour). She also ghostwrote Live Like a Jesus Freak (Albury), the popular follow-up to D.C. Talk's bestseller Jesus Freaks.

Beginning her career as a staff editor for Charisma magazine, she went on to cover industry news and book trends for the award-winning trade periodical Christian Retailing, followed by an editorial position on the startup website Over the years she has worked as an independent book editor and writer for some of the leading names in book publishing: Baker Publishing Group, Jossey-Bass, Thomas Nelson, Honor Books, Harvest House, Creation House, Barbour Publishing, and Xulon Press, among others. Today she heads up the editorial department at Xulon Press, a print-on-demand publisher based in Orlando.

About Skizzer: After receiving news of her sister Becca's abrupt disappearance, Claire Trowling must piece together the shadowy remnants of a past she's long forgotten in order to find her. A cryptic note scrawled in Becca's handwriting leaves more questions than it answers. When a stack of mysterious letters bound by a rare necklace is found, Claire races to discover the secrets that hold her family captive. Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes you on a transcontinental hunt for answers, weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present.


Anonymous said...

When I pondered the question: What's the most important thing you ever lost, then found, I had two simultaneous thoughts:

I once was so horribly addicted to nicotine that, while driving two nuns, one priest, and my favorite church musician, to a Christian Concert, I realized that I had left my cigarettes behind at the rectory. (smoking was more "accepted" twenty years ago)

Well, I went bonkers. I was digging in the car's ashtray, poking my fingers between the seats and driving very irratically in the bargain.

The sister sitting next to me knew, SOMEHOW, to look under the seats and she proudly came up for air with an old, stale pack of forgotten cigarettes...

Before I thought, I said "Praise you JESUS!" To wit, everyone in the car said "And thanks be to the Blessed Virgin Mary!"

Anonymous said...

The second of my simultaneous thoughts was that I totally lost my dignity........... and found it on the first puff.

Revka said...

Good answer, Dana. :) I'll put it on the blog tour post for you so you can be entered for the prize. :)