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Coming Soon-"A Walk with Heavenly Spirits"

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on October 14, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Finished my edits for A Walk with Heavenly Spirits and its in the capable hands of the Beta Readers.  Then its revision time and plans to publish the first week in November.


Description:

Allison Stevens has been a child of God since she was a young child. One wrong decision takes her on a course of disappointment and heartache. God loves her and wants her back, but Satan wants to keep her in a life of despair and lies.


A family she didn’t know she had, a man grieving his loss, and a felon who wants her dead makes her life more complicated than ever. Can she find happiness outside of the chaos?


On the road back to God, she discovers that it doesn’t come without trouble. There are still struggles, but now she realizes she isn’t alone. God is with her. Can she stay strong and ward off the lies of the devil?


Heavenly Spirits are sent by God to instruct and remind Allison of God’s promises. Can she walk the path God intended for her and find the joy she lost?


This is an inspirational story of forgiveness, trust, enduring faith, and love.


Have a wonderful weekend. God bless.

Julie







Review of God Bless the Broken Road by Jennifer Dornbush

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on October 7, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)


God Bless the Broken Road is one of the best novels I've read this year. The story is well written with lots of emotional scenes that kept me engaged. The main characters are well fleshed out and I found myself connecting to Amber and Bree immediately. Amber, a war widow, with a young daughter tries desperately to find some kind of normality after the loss of her husband.


Amber feels that when she needed God most, that he wasn't there for her. It seems like nothing in her life will ever be right again. Then on the scene comes Cody, an almost washed up race car driver. Exactly what Amber is sure she doesn't need. She pushes all her friends away, including her mother-in-law who only want to be there for her.


How can she find her way back and live life again? This is a story of failure, a feeling of abandonment, and struggle. But in the end, is one of great victory. A very uplifting story of renewed faith, trust, and love. It shows how when we are at our lowest point in life, we can still find our way back to God.


https://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-Broken-Road-Novel-ebook/dp/B01HMXRU8C


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Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on September 15, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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12 Mysteries from Best-Selling Authors ONLY 99c

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on September 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

12 Mysteries from Best-Selling Authors for Only .99c!

Featuring Abby L. Vandiver, Judith Lucci, Amy Vansant, Colleen Mooney, Amy Reade, Nell Goddin, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Larissa Reinhart, Cindy Bell, Summer Prescott, Kathryn Dionne.

Twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve, bestselling cozy authors - All for 99c!

And what's a cozy without a pet? To help spread some of the Christmas spirit, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, along with sharing our Christmas whodunit stories, are donating all of the profits from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter to help cats and dogs in need - and you can be a part of it all!

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Review of Our Good Father by Pierre M. Eade

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on September 4, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In Our Good Father, Pierre Eade, writes from his experiences in order to connect with his readers. His down to earth writing style makes for an easy read and easy to understand lessons about our Heavenly Father.

 

In Our Good Father, he disproves through scripture, why Satan's lies are false about who our Heavenly Father is. God's love for us truly makes us whole.

 

We learn that our Heavenly Father's will for humanity is healing and restoration and that we have been chosen and commissioned to share the blessing and message of God with others.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's humor and life experiences weaved throughout the book. I walked away from this read with a reminder of who God truly is and I highly recommend Our Good Father. I look forward to reading more from this author.


Review of A Father's Love by Lorana Hoopes

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on September 4, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Maxwell's loose lifestyle of being a playboy comes back to haunt him. How can a man go from playboy to father overnight? His daughter's mother, Sara, is dying from cancer. How can he change and put his old lifestyle in the past and put his daughter's needs before his? Then there is Alyssa, Sara's best friend, a Christian who is carrying hurt from a past relationship. Can she stick it out and keep the promise to help look after Payton.

 

The story line shows how someone so far gone from God's path can be led back with the help from a couple of Christian women. Through their insight, love of God, faith, and God's intervention anything can happen.

 

The characters are well fleshed out and I felt myself immersed in their world almost immediately. The character of four year old Payton, was precious. Her innocent childlike qualities were spot on. Alyssa, was continually struggling with trust issues, but with God's help, she began to see the change she wanted to see in Maxwell.

 

The story is about great love, deep faith, and possibilities. It's an inspiring and emotional read. Keep the tissues handy.


https://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Love-Inspirational-Christian-Romance-ebook/dp/B073K1ZJ8W

Review of Will Not See by Chautona Havig

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on August 30, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


I was provided with a copy of Will Not See by the author and chose to review it.

Will Not See was a very interesting story.  
What if you woke up one day and didn't know who you were, whether or not you had a family or friends. It would be absolutely terrifying.  

You start to rebuild your life, but you don't know what you like or don't like. Your best friend is supportive, but it's un-nerving because they know more about you than you do!  

Toss some thugs into the mix who want to kill you and you're in a run for your life situation.  You don't know who they are or why they are after you.  Then you discover you have a lot of money, but don't know where it came from. You wonder if that is why they are chasing you. Did you do something illegal?

Will Not See is an action packed, on the edge of your seat ride,  that keeps you turning the pages.  My only disappointment was that there was a cliff hanger ending, that for me, didn't wrap up some of the questions I still had.  I understand though, that it was probably a set up for another novel in the series.

Out of Darkness Blog Tour and Giveaway

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on August 26, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)


 

To purchase your copy, click here

About the Book

  

Book title: Out of Darkness  
Author: Erynn Newman  
Release date: May 18, 2017  
Genre: Romantic suspense

Elisabeth Allen gave her heart to Jesus as a little girl and to Drew Marek as a teenager. When their wedding day finally arrives, it’s the happiest day of her life–until a car bomb transforms her dream come true into a living nightmare. As Best Man at the wedding, Gabriel Di Salvo promises Drew–his best friend and CIA partner–he’ll look after Elisabeth, but he never dreams it will become necessary so soon. As Elisabeth struggles to put the pieces of her life back together without Drew, Gabe becomes her rock, and as they share their grief and begin to heal, their friendship gradually deepens into something more. Three years later, Gabe and Elisabeth are planning a future together when he receives a shocking call from the one man who can upend his happiness: Drew. Suspecting someone at the CIA is behind his abduction, Drew refuses to come home. Instead, he asks Gabe to bring Elisabeth to him. Now Gabe just has to figure out how to let her go. Drew and Elisabeth race across Europe, dodging international arms dealers and attempting to reclaim what was stolen from them. But years of captivity and torture have left their mark on Drew. He is no longer the same boy Elisabeth fell in love with, but he is still her husband, and she’s determined to build something new and leave her relationship with Gabe in the past, if her heart will get the memo. When their enemies close in and the threat of a terrorist attack escalates, Gabe may be the only person they can trust. Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe are thrown into a fight for their lives–one that will test their loyalties to God, country . . . and each other.  



About the Author

 

Erynn Newman is a pastor’s kid, raised in churches all over the Eastern Seaboard. Since earning her degree in Christian Studies, she has traveled the world and served as a missionary, a counselor, an ESL teacher, and a nanny. Though she has never worked with the CIA, her DVR contains a veritable Who’s Who of international spies. She is a Carolina girl, a wife, and Mama to a very busy little boy, two cats, and a gaggle of characters that live inside her head.

20 Facts About Out of Darkness

  1. I write novels while the rest of the house sleeps. That’s also when I do most of my editing work and social media stalking. During the day, I get to hang out with an awesome 4-year-old who is the reason I get up in the morning (both because he’s my heart and because he’s staring into my soul asking me to make pancakes).
  2. I don’t like wine or coffee. My writer fuel is partially frozen Cherry Pepsi.
  3. It took me a long time to realize I was a writer. I thought that everyone made up imaginary people and back stories for them and imagined the lives they lived and sometimes talked to them in traffic. Turns out no. Fortunately other writers found me and helped me figure it out.
  4. My greatest nemeses are also my greatest inspirations. Facebook and Netflix. Finding the balance of hanging out with other writers and readers and being inspired by great story telling and actually doing the work is the hardest thing for me.
  5. I am obsessed with casting characters. Finding the perfect actor/actress or model who embodies my characters is one of my favorite parts of the process. I also do this for every single book I read.
  6. So, of course now you want to know who I chose for Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe. I’m glad you asked.
    • Drew is based on Matt Bomer’s portrayal of Bryce Larkin in the show Chuck (there are quite a few nods to this show hidden throughout Out of Darkness).
    • is partially based on a character from a show I watched when I was in college (also a waitress and artist), but she looks like Gabe is based not that loosely on (young) Anthony DiNozzo from NCIS.
  7. Our house has a really great office with a nice desk and comfortable chair that looks out on our wooded back yard. But I work almost exclusively while sitting on the couch with my laptop propped up on the back of it. My uniform is yoga pants and an old t-shirt. The author life is G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S.
  8. I got my start writing fan fiction. Most of it has been obliterated from the interwebs, but there may still be a few Star Wars stories floating around out there (I owe this to my love for Ewan MacGregor and my hatred of Annakin Skywalker). Fan fiction is also the way I found my very first critique group. And our leader, Susan Kaye Quinn, best-selling author and real life rocket scientist, helped me realize I could be a real author. And later she taught me how to publish. I want to be her when I grow up.
  9. Speaking of fan fiction, the original idea for Out of Darkness was a fan fiction based on that character from that show I talked about above. The waitress/artist who lost her first love and then fell for someone else. And then when her love returned, he was… recast. And terrible. And she forgot who she was and made every wrong decision. And everyone was miserable ever after. And I was like, what even IS this show?!?! So I started writing my version of how it should have gone. But then a surprising thing happened. My characters took on lives of their own, and I fell in love with ALL of them, and I knew I had to tell their story. So I started creating a different back story for them (and I introduced them to Jesus), and then they became their own characters and started telling me what to do. And I’m a little insane now, but I’m not even mad because I love what this story has turned into (and turned ME into).
  10. I started writing Out of Darkness in its earliest form in 2006. I stopped and restarted several times. I wrote other things that may or may not ever see the light of day. I learned that I was writing all wrong, and I ripped it apart, started over and stitched it back together piece by piece. In fact, my original chapter one is now chapter FOURTEEN. And all of that is after the first fifty pages that now comprise First Light, the prequel novelette that tells the story of how Drew and Elisabeth met and fell in love.
  11. Of all the exotic locations mentioned in Out of Darkness: Venice, Italy; Paris, France; Cordoba, Spain; Trim, Ireland; and even Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, I have been to two—Baltimore and Paris. Google Maps Street View and Wikipedia are an author’s best friends.
  12. Music inspires me to write, but I can’t write to music. I often hear a song that makes me think of a scene or helps me get the emotion right. And I add those to my play list, but when I write, I prefer quiet (or instrumental music).
  13. I want the Gospel to be front and center in every story I write (including my own), but there were two scenes in particular that I really felt like the Holy Spirit guided me in writing. One is when Drew finds his Bible in the backpack Gabe packed for them, and the other is Gabe’s argument with God when he decides to let Elisabeth go. In both instances, I feel like God really led me to the right Scriptures and gave me the words in a way I didn’t experience with any other scenes.
  14. The hardest scenes were all of the ones with Drew and the gas. Both because I don’t like to torture my characters (contrary to what you may believe) and because the science behind the weapon is way above my head. I worked with a couple of microbiologists to get it at least to plausible/possible, but I’m sure there are still some issues with my science there.
  15. I cried several times while writing this book. Elisabeth and I grieve much the same way, so I saw a lot of myself in her moments crying out to God—especially in the ones where she just wanted to feel Him and couldn’t. I cried when Drew fell apart reading his Bible, and I cried at the end when I wasn’t sure who would live or die.
  16. Gabe was the biggest surprise of the writing process. He was supposed to be out of the picture after chapter sixteen. He was just supposed to be a supporting character in the first half of the book, but at every turn he was tapping me on the shoulder and telling me, “there’s so much more to my story.”
  17. A few scenes didn’t make it into the final book. Two of them are in the outtakes section of my website, but don’t read those until after you’ve read the book. Seriously.
  18. After being told by one agent that Out of Darkness would never sell because it didn’t fit neatly into a genre category, I signed with my current agent in 2012, and we submitted it to several publishers. I received lots of compliments on my writing, but ultimately, people didn’t seem to like the fact that both of my leading men were good guys, and there was no one to root against. One even suggested that I make Gabe complicit in Drew’s abduction. And one suggested I kill Drew (again!) so Elisabeth and Gabe could end up together. Both interesting ideas, but neither were the story I wanted to tell. In the end, I decided to indie publish, which has been really challenging, but I’m so happy with the way everything turned out. We all got the ending we were supposed to have.
  19. Speaking of endings, the one in the final version is very different from the original. I’ll try not to be too spoilery, but let’s just say that the original ending was far less happy, but I felt like it was the only way out. One of my characters made a choice that I couldn’t see any way around. And I thought that a happy ending would be too fake. I didn’t want to tie everything up with a pretty pink bow and say “they all lived happily ever after,” because after everything they’d been through, that wouldn’t be real life. But a very good friend of mine convinced me that I could instead tie everything up with a frayed knot. It’s still messy and difficult and a little raw, but I think it’s real… and full of hope and possibility.
  20. So what’s next, you ask? There’s more to explore here perhaps, but I honestly don’t know what comes next for these characters. That’s something I’m still thinking about. The story I’m working on right now also begins in D.C. but takes place mostly in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the story of an ex Army Ranger who has to protect his three little brothers when the youngest witnesses their parents’ murder. And there may also be a girl involved.

Blog Stops


August 17: A Bakers Perspective

 

August17: Genesis 5020


August18: Book Reviews from an Avid Reader


August 18: Reading is MySuperpower


August 19: Fiction Aficionado


August 19: Inklings and Notions 


August 20: Reflections from My Bookshelves


August 20: Blossoms and Blessings


August 21: History, Mystery & Faith


August 21: Blogging With Carol


August 22: Faithfully Bookish


August 23: Just the Write Escape


August 23: Moments Dipped in Ink


August 24: Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting


August 24: 100 pages per hour


August 25: Carpe Diem


August 25: Christian Bookaholic


August 26: J.E. Grace Blog


August 26: Karen Sue Hadley


August 27: God's Little Bookworm

 

August 27: Back Porch Reads

 

August 27: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations


August 28: Margaret Kazmierczak

 

August 28: Daysong Reflections


August 29: The Fizzy Pop Collection


August 29: The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate

 

August 29: Remembrancy


August 30: Avid Reader Book Reviews

 

August 30: Henry Happens



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Erynn is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of Out of Darkness, a signed copy of First Light, The Joy Eternal~A Sweet and Bitter Providence CD, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Creme Cookies.!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/beac


My Review:

Out of Darkness was an amazing read. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I found myself immersed in Elizabeth's world and early on, was drawn to her. The other main characters, Drew and Gabe, made me feel like I really knew them. 

This story will take you on a wild ride of deep love, loss, and a struggle to find the will to go on. The story is well grounded in faith, and at times, the lack of faith by the characters. They face real life spiritual issues, and found myself sympathetic and understanding to their plight..

The authors plot was very well thought out and came with a few unexpected surprises. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy true Christian romance with a twist of suspense thrown in. I found myself reflecting on the book long after the last page was turned. For me, it was a real heart wrencher, but with an uplifting ending. Non-stop action from beginning to end.






Review of Silencing the Critic by Rosemary Hines

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on August 18, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In Silencing the Critic, Rosemary Hines, sets aside the lie of Not Being Good Enough. She backs up all her truths with Biblical scriptures and affirmations, that we can use daily to remind ourselves.

 

Satan uses the three C's of comparisons, complaints, and criticisms to make us feel not good enough. By applying perspective, prayer and praise, we can counter them.Rosemary teaches us the many names used for God and their Hebrew meanings.

 

If we keep the truths learned in this bible study before us and refer to them often, we can finally silence the critic. I would highly recommend Silencing the Critic as part of your growth in Christ. 

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Review of Second Life by D.F. Bailey

Posted by elainegrace65536@yahoo.com on August 11, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Second Life is built around the premise, What if two young children survived the Jonestown suicide of 1978? If so, what would their lives be like.

 

D.F.Bailey, weaves a daunting tale laced with fast paced action, intrigue, murder and an intense hunt for the killers. People on the list are dying at what appears to be accidental deaths, but Will Finch isn't buying it. After all, his name is on the list so he has a reason to be concerned.

 

The Second Life is a thrilling, fast paced read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Topped by a ending with a twist, I highly recommend it.


Get the Book 

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Life-Finch-Mystery-Thriller-ebook/dp/B072K6VNLT



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