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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


 Title: The Captured Bride


Author: Michelle Griep


Release Date: June 1, 2018


Genre: Historical Romance


A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady—but Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause . . . to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.


Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he’s offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he’s the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.


Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?


Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

The Captured Bride takes place in New York during a time of war. The author did an amazing job capturing the

historical details, which brought the story to life for me.

 

I enjoyed her coupling of Mercy, a scout raised among the Mohawk Indians and Elias, a condemned traitor working

both sides of the conflict. This match created wonderful tension and entertaining banter between the two.


The faith aspect of each character was also nicely woven in. The book was an action-packed adventure with lots of suspense.

I was engrossed in the story and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It was definitely a page-turner.


The ending wrapped up nicely but not without a lot of surprises. The Captured Bride was a very entertaining

and enjoyable read which I would highly recommend.

 

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily choose to review it.


About the Author



Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Guest Post from Michelle


Whether you’re a history buff or don’t have a clue what the French and Indian War was about, there’s a destination in upstate New York that’s fun to visit for the whole family . . .


My husband and I made the trek to this living history site last summer. I had no idea what to expect, other than what was advertised as a “reenactment camp.” For those who don’t know, this is when volunteers who adore history come together to present a particular event, such as a battle. These people usually choose a real person from the era upon whom they fashion their modern day persona. They dress, speak, eat and live as that person might have. 


Generally around the 4th of July, the 1759 Battle of Fort Niagara is recreated in a 3-day extravaganza of soldiers, muskets, canons and an entire market place to peruse selling period-related items.


Some of the things that surprised me about stepping back into the mid-eighteenth century were:

  • How much smoke muskets kick out
  • Once the battle begins, it’s hard to see who is your enemy or ally
  • Canons are really loud
  • Everything wasn’t as black and white as it seems in pictures—gowns and uniforms were very colorful

What makes this event so spectacular is that they take the entire 20 day siege and condense it into 3 days. If you visit every day, you’ll see and experience exactly what happened. You’ll be there to see the British, Colonial regulars and Iroquois allies sneak out of the tree line to shoot at some French soldiers who were pigeon hunting just outside the fort. You’ll hear the war whoops and barrage of angry French epithets roaring on the air. You’ll even get a chance to taste some of their food as you wander around inside the French Encampment set up inside the fort walls.


To experience a bit of the danger, sights and sounds of what Mercy and Elias lived through in The Captured Bride, Fort Niagara really is a fantastic place to visit.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, June 9


Fiction Aficionado, June 9


Blossoms and Blessings, June 9


A Baker’s Perspective, June 9


History, Mystery & Faith, June 10


Inklings and notions, June 10

 

Just the Write Escape, June 10

 

Faithfully Bookish, June 11

 

The Power of Words, June 11

 

Genesis 5020, June 11

 

Bakerkella, June 11

 

My Writer’s Life, June 12


Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 12

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, June 12

 

Among the Reads, June 13

 

Book by Book, June 13

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 13

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, June 14


Splashes of Joy, June 14

 

Artistic Nobody, June 14 (Spotlight)

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 14

 

Pause for Tales, June 15

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 15

 

Mary Hake, June 15

 

Bigreadersite, June 15


Connie’s History Classroom, June 16

 

Simple Harvest Reads, June 16 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

Two Points of Interest, June 16

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 17

 

Daysong Reflections, June 17

 

Novels corner, June 17

 

Kathleen Denly, June 18

 

A Reader’s Brain, June 18

 

Remembrancy, June 18

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 19

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 19

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 19

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 20

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 20

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 20

 

Mommynificent, June 20

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 21

 

Janices book reviews, June 21

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 21


With a Joyful Noise, June 22

 

Pink Granny’s Journey, June 22

 

Carpe Diem, June 22

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of

a signed copy of The Captured Bride and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!

Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d06e/the-captured-bride-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


Title: The Wilderness Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Christian Historical Romance


He’s been sent to retrieve the new missionary… But she’s not at all who he expects to find. Joseph Malcom has spent his life protecting those in need, but now that his sister is safely settled with her new family in the Canadian Rockies, his help is no longer required. That is, until he’s asked to safely retrieve the priest’s cousin to help minister to the local Indian tribe. But his passenger is not at all who he expects.


After the death of her mother, Monti Bergeron has nothing to keep her in Montreal. While the prospect of ministering to the Indians out West is daunting, she looks forward to assisting her beloved cousin in his mission work. The life of a nun may be just what she needs to heal her grief, serving her Heavenly Father and fellow mankind, especially if no more pesky suitors are around to ask for her hand in marriage. But the man who’s been sent to guide her through the mountains might make her second-guess her plans before she even begins.


As Monti settles into her ministry, Joseph finds his wandering feet drawn back to the Indian camp. Monti’s focus on God is more unsettling than he’d like to admit. Add to that her beauty which tests his willpower at every turn, and she’s made it crystal clear she doesn’t want a husband. But when his determination to keep distance between them puts Monti in danger, protecting her might require something Joseph might not be able to give.


Click here to purchase your copy.


My Review


This Wilderness Journey is Joseph's story. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the mountainside and Indian life. The characters were well-developed and the addition of Monti and Priest Antione made for an interesting story. Monti's relocation from Montreal to the wilderness and her willingness to adapt was inspiring.

 

I loved the spiritual references and the story was laced with hope, trust in God, and the fact that God's plan is always better than anything we can dream of. I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic story set in the Colorado Mountains in the 1800's. Can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommended.

5 Stars


About the Author



Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.


She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.


God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.


Guest Post from Misty Beller


The Frontier Cook


I love to write frontier romance, where the challenges were tough and the people had to be even tougher. And one of the things I love to imagine is how my characters cooked during those days.


Can you imagine how hard it would be to cook over an open fire? Every. Single. Meal. Of course, it’s not like they had a lot of variety to work with. Once you learned how to make a decent stew or corn mush, you didn’t have much to worry about, right?


Yet, many of the frontier women became quite adept at cooking over their cabin’s hearth, or even over an open campfire. In my new book, This Wilderness Journey, Monti (the heroine) came from a middle-class home with a paid chef and never had to learn to cook at all, much less without the use of a wood stove (which is still so much harder than heating a hot-pocket in the microwave). After she burned the corn mush their first night on the trail through the Canadian wilderness, Joseph (the hero) taught her a few basic meals.


As I was researching some creative ways frontier women cooked in an open hearth, I discovered the wide use of puddings, mostly because of how easy they were to make. By wrapping the ingredients in a cloth or pudding bag, they could be dropped in a pot of boiling water and left until the ingredients had softened and expanded. An entire meal could be made with a few ingredients, a pudding cloth, and a pot of boiling water.


One of my favorite cooking scenes in This Wilderness Journey is the making of the Oatmeal Pudding. What do you think? Sound like something you’d like to try?


Blog Stops

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 7


Among the Reads, June 7

 

Two Points of Interest, June 8

 

The Power of Words, June 8

 

Blossoms and Blessings, June 9

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 9


Mary Hake, June 10

 

Splashes of Joy, June 10

 

Kathleen Denly, June 11

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 11

 

Maureen’s Musings, June 12


Kat’s Corner Books, June 12

 

Mommynificent, June 13


Reading Is My SuperPower, June 13

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, June 13


Bibliophile Reviews, June 14

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, June 14

 

Pause for Tales, June 15


proud to be an autism mom, June 15

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 16


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16

 

Janices book reviews, June 17

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 17

 

Carpe Diem, June 18

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 18


Connie’s History Classroom, June 19

 

Bigreadersite, June 20


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 20


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

https://promosimple.com/ps/cd16/this-wilderness-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Corandria Station by Carol E. Keen Review Blast Promo

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2018 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)




About the Book


First Place Winner from CWW and CIAN in the 5000 words Contest; Speculative Fiction Division.**

First Officer Mimsy B'Groves never expected her life to be anything but ordinary. In the wake of a major disaster aboard The Corandria Station, Mimsy must solve the mystery surrounding the place she once called home. The planet below her now holds her only chance for answers - if she can survive without revealing her deepest secret. Can a lone, witty, sentient feline overcome the obstacles placed before her?

Link to Purchase


My Review

The Corandria Station's main character, Mimsey, told her story of trying to locate her missing crew. The storyline was interesting and fresh but from a readers viewpoint, would benefit from some additional editing.

 

MImsey was deformed and felt ugly. She learned through her search for the crew, that her deformity was a blessing to some. The theme was uplifting. I did feel, however, that the story could be enjoyed by YA, as well as, adults. I was a little disappointed in the cliffhanger ending, but have a feeling that a series is evolving.


I was given a copy of the book by Celebrate Lit and willingly chose to review it.


About the Author




Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses. She now resides in Alabama with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.



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Plunge Into Darkness by Kristen Spencer Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (3)

About the Book


Title: Plunge into Darkness  

Author: Kristen N. Spencer  

Release Date: February 27, 2018  

Genre: Fantasy


Two girls.
A village with a dark secret.
Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.

Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.
Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.
Never before has redemption been so costly.

Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.
Click here to purchase your copy!

Review

Plunge Into Darkness took me by surprise. I expected a fantasy and ended up with

much more. Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I have to warn

you that some of the subject matter was of a sensitive nature and I was surprised

that harsh language was used. I know it was done for impact but was hard for me to

read.

The underlying message of forgiveness and God's gift of redemption came through

as I read the story. I don't want to go into too much detail as it will create

spoilers. Even with the hard dialogue in a couple of spots, I'm glad I read it.

My heart broke for Dawn, but I admired Ever for her courage.


About the Author



Kristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.

Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer

Life is messy because people are messy. While I was missionary in Athens, Greece I spent a lot of time around profoundly broken people who were making brave choices to change their lives and the lives of their children. Human trafficking creates a unique kind of broken, and the people that minister to people who have survived this difficult journey also have to reach an understanding of what the people they’re ministering to have been through. After a while serving in a ministry that works with women who have been rescued out of prostitution, the founder and director sent me a message. She said she wanted to have a sit down talk so we could get to know each other. As I nervously tapped my foot on the plastic metro floor on my way to the meeting, a picture came into my head. I saw a young woman sitting next to a dark pond filled with sledge, and knew instantly that something that could help her was inside there, and the only way to help her was to jump into the sledge and find it… to experience the darkness as a witness as a way to understand it. When I got to my meeting with the director, I told her about the picture I had seen on the metro. She said it was a perfect illustration for the work we do as advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. It was then that I thought, “This is more than a picture… this could be a story to illustrate how sometimes the only way to help hurting and broken people is to go through the darkness—though to a lesser degree of course—ourselves.”

When you have a friend or acquaintance that is healing from a difficult ordeal, one of the best ways for them to heal is to be able to talk about it. The simple truth is, hearing about someone being raped is horrific and uncomfortable. But imagine how much more horrible it is to actually be raped, and then never feel like anyone wants to let you talk about it. Not only are you reeling from the sexual assault, but also from the society imposed silence everyone expects you to keep.

Enter Ever, Dawn, and the Man of Sorrows. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you read the story, you will see the clear implications of how what I’ve just described came to be crafted into a fantasy story that deals directly with the character of man versus the character of an all loving, creative being. I hope you love this book and it leaves you wanting more even though the topic is a difficult one.

Blog Stops


A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

 

Rebekah’s Quill, June 6

 

Blogging With Carol, June 7

 

Multifarious, June 8

 

Bigreadersite, June 8

 

Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 9

 

Two Points of Interest, June 10

 

Reading is my Super Power, June 10 (Interview)

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, June 11

 

Janices book reviews, June 11

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 12

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 12


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13


Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 13


Carpe Diem, June 14

 

Pause for Tales, June 15

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 16

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 17

 

For The Love of Books, June 18


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Kristin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card, ‘Plunge Into Darkness’ Paperback, Minimalism Art Classic Notebook Journal, and Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set (10 Pack)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Review of I Am My Beloved by Caryl McAdoo Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 14, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book

 

Title: I Am My Beloved  


Author: Caryl McAdoo

 
Genre: Biblical Fiction


Release Date: April, 2018

The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. How could the wisest man ever to live turn away from following God? The key is in Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs that King Solomon wrote after his return to the Lord. Who was the Shulamite? And why did he call her his sister spouse? Only God knows all the answers, but the King Solomon left clues. You will never forget reading this anointed story of love and may find yourself setting it down to wipe tears away or simply worship the great I AM.

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review


I Am My Beloved is a wonderful biblical story of the life of Abishag. A young girl who becomes a wife to King David and then to King Solomon, Her amazing strength and love of God came through in the story. Even though she was to live her life as a virgin and childless, her love for her King never faltered even though he committed sins. She forgave him.

 

I found myself running the gamut of emotions, not able to understand how she endured everything she did. The author wove an inspirational and emotional story with characters that came to life for me. Through her descriptions of everyday life in biblical days, I got a feel for what it might have been like.


I have read a few of Caryl McAdoo's books and they never disappoint. I would highly recommend this book for those who love bible stories.


About the Author



Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

I AM My Beloved is a story unlike any I’ve ever written in that it moved me so. Not saying all my stories don’t move me, they do—to tears and laughter. Just today I got all teary writing a scene in my WIP for next September. But I AM My Beloved moved me to worship. I literally would stop typing, bask in God’s presence, and worship.


I believe that it is anointed and of course, as always, pray it will give God glory. I pray that His children will be blessed and drawn closer to the Father reading it. It’s a romance, yes, but nothing like any proverbial historical romances you’ve ever read.


It’s the story of Abishag. Have you ever heard of her? Her name is mentioned only five times in the Bible, all in 1Kings. “So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.” Kings 1:3 They brought her to King David. To keep him warm during his dying days.


Scripture tells us the she cherished David, and also that he never knew her—his virgin queen. You’ll love her heart, creativity, attitudes, intelligence, and spirit of submission. It’s like all God’s beloved daughters can identify with her. Writing her story was akin to writing a love letter to Jesus. So often, it was Him and me, not these characters of olden days brought to life in I AM My Beloved. This love story of what happens to Abishag after David’s death when Solomon, heir to the Throne becomes King of Israel. And perhaps, you’ll get a whole new take on the wisest man ever to live, as he takes on building the Temple of God, foreign wives, follows after their gods, then returns to serve the One True God and write Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.


At its end, is a section I call “Search the Scriptures” that point out and explain the clues that led to its writing. I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 2

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 2

 

Splashes of Joy, June 3


Novels Corner, June 3

 

Captive Dreams Window, June 4

 

Mary Hake, June 4


proud to be an autism mom, June 5

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 6

 

Janices book reviews, June 7

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 8

 

cherylbbookblog, June 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 10

 

Carpe Diem, June 11

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 12


The Christian Fiction Girl, June 13

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 14

 

Bigreadersite, June 14

 

Godly Book Reviews, June 15

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 15

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card 1st Prize: TWO novels–Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print or ebook) 2nd-4th: (three winners) ebook of I AM My Beloved 5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ceba/i-am-my-beloved-celebration-tour-giveaway

Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 6, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (2)

About the Book



Title: Joey  
Author: Jennifer Marshall Bleakley  
Genre: Inspirational, Memoir  
Release Date: May 8, 2018  


The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.

At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation—and blind.


Then he came to Hope Reins—a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.


But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen—to Joey, the kids, and Hope Reins—if they failed?


A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness.

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review

Joey was a very enjoyable read, although I found it hard to keep a dry eye.

The story shows the vulnerability of horses at Hope Reins, but also that of the volunteers and young

children helped to heal by them. I loved the powerful message entwined throughout the story of strong faith, trust,

and God's ability to use the broken to help others that are also broken.


Hope Reins Ranch was a wonderful ministry using abused and broken horses to help heal children who were abused or had

medical issues. The characters were so well-fleshed out that I felt as though I knew them and their strengths and

weaknesses. The descriptions of the horses and the author's ability to get me deep into how they react to different situations were amazing.

I'm walking away with a better understanding of these beautiful animals. I highly recommend Joey to animal lovers and people in general

who enjoy a deeply profound book that touches your heart long after the last page is turned. A book of healing, prayer, commitment, and love.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BOOK
  • When a blind horse named Joey meets a struggling ranch owner dedicated to helping troubled kids, the result is a story of friendship, faith, and overcoming–and ultimately, a tale of how God always cares for the cast aside and uses them for His glory.
  • Joey is an inspirational memoir-like read that delights readers with a story about finding healing and restoration in the unlikeliest of places.
  • What a blind horse can teach you about overcoming your past and living fully in the life God has called you to have.
  • An unlikely story of God using a blind horse to bring healing and restoration to hurting children.
  • A percentage of the author’s proceeds from her book, Joey, will go to supporting Hope Reins which pairs hurting kids with rescued horses.
  • God said “you’re worthy” when the world said “you’re worthless.” Joey, an inspiriting story of finding healing and restoration in the unlikeliest of places.
  • The Hope Reins ranch set out to save these horses, but in the end, the horses saved them.
  • How the story of Joey saved the ranch… and taught the most valuable lesson.
  • Joey… your family’s next read
  • Let God wake you up to life lessons learned in unexpected places!

About the Author



Jennifer Bleakley graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in biology and was planning to apply for medical school when her best friend’s father died of pancreatic cancer. Walking through that experience with a family she had loved for so long left a permanent mark on her heart, and she soon realized that God was calling her to stand alongside other families facing similar heartbreak and loss. Jennifer earned a master’s degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University and began working at the local hospice in St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child and family grief counselor. It was a job she loved deeply and one she continued doing until she and her husband started a family.


When her husband’s job required the family to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina, God began awakening in Jennifer a long-forgotten passion for writing. She began journaling—recording evidences of God’s hand at work in her new season of motherhood. Her journal morphed into a blog, and she still writes regularly about glimpsing God’s grace in her daily life at jenniferbleakley.com.


Jennifer now writes curriculum and devotionals for her local church, is a contributing author for Treasuring Christ curriculum and She Believes online Bible studies, and leads a community women’s Bible study. She loves introducing children at her church and in the community to Jesus, helping them discover his goodness. Even though she once asserted she was much too introverted to be a public speaker, Jennifer has found that God’s grace is big enough even for lifelong introverts, and she now delights in speaking to audiences about his extraordinary grace at work in ourordinary lives. 


Guest Post from Jennifer Bleakley


One October evening I stared into the eyes of the most unusual looking horse I had ever seen—his black and white spotted coat resembled that of a Dalmatian; his soft pink lips were chewing at some invisible morsel; and his charcoal eyes seemed to peer into my very soul.


And although I’m not what anyone would describe as a horse person, I was completely captivated by this horse.


I inched closer to him, compelled forward by some unseen force, until only a thin rail separated us. He stared at me. I smiled. Can a horse register a human smile? I had no idea, but I smiled anyway. The founder of the horse ranch was telling our small group about the ministry she had started—a ministry that pairs rescued horses with hurting children to help them find true hope and real healing. I listened to her words, but my eyes never moved from the horse. He looked at me as if he could read my every thought. As if he knew exactly why I was at the ranch that night. That I had been feeling a bit lost, struggling to find myself—my calling—in the midst of a new season of life. That I was on this tour in the hopes that I might find answers here—maybe even a purpose.


He bent his head toward the railing just inches from my resting hand. His eyes now level with my own, the setting sun reflecting brilliant hues in the depths of his eyes.


How beautiful, I whispered as my fingers reached toward him.


“And our Joey here is completely blind…” I heard the woman say. “He was a former champion…injured…sold…abused…abandoned….


The fragmented sentence floated around the picturesque scene, but the words just didn’t make sense. Surely the woman wasn’t talking about this horse? Not the one who could see into my soul. Not the black and white beauty who knew all my secrets with just one look?


The woman handed Joey a carrot. His greedy lips taking the treat from her hand, leaving it free to scratch him behind the ear.


“But Joey was rescued and now he lives here,” she continued, “Where every day his determination and blind faith, point hurting kids to hope. Kids who have also known abuse and abandonment. Kids who see Joey choosing to live, choosing to learn, choosing to trust, and realize that maybe, just maybe they can too.”


Tears flowed down my face as I watched the horse nuzzle the woman’s hand. A blind horse leading people to see hope. The phrase swirled around my mind, before settling in my heart.


I had gone to the ranch that day looking for a purpose. Thinking that I could volunteer—use my long forgotten counseling degree in some way. Thinking that time spent here would ease the transition from full-time mommy to mother of school-age children. However, days after meeting the horse his eyes still haunted me. His story still captivated me. And so in spite of knowing very little about horses, and having never attempted anything like writing a book before, I sat down to write about a horse named Joey. A blind horse who was helping me find my way home….


Blog Stop

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 31

 

ansel book blog, June 1


D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 1

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 2

 

Janices book reviews, June 3

 

Carpe Diem, June 4

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

 

Girls in White Dresses, June 6

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 6


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 7

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 8

 

Lots of Helpers, June 9

 

Mary Hake, June 9

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 10


margaret kazmierczak, June 10 (Interview)

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 11

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 11

 

Bigreadersite, June 12

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13


Artistic Nobody, June 13 ( Spotlight)


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a beautiful hope necklace!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cca4

HIghlands Celebration Tour & Giveaway by Chautona Havig

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

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About the Book

 

Title: Highlands
Author: Chautona Havig  
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy  
Release Date: October, 2015  

Introspection–this place invites it. I’ve never allowed myself the time to pause and get to know myself. My father taught me it was weak. Focus on the prize–eyes off yourself. The goal matters. You are just the instrument to get you there. \


Here… Is this what that goal was and I never knew it? The peaks above, the trees that stand tall beside me as if my own personal bodyguards.


I am alive–maybe for the first time in my life–and I think it’s because I’m dead.  



A Journey of Dreams


Welcome to a new world: the world of Highlands.


When Tony Frazier arrives in Highlands, he must come to grips with a world that embraces birth defects as beautiful and to be celebrated–even those easily corrected. Balancing the beauty of utter acceptance and the wisdom of when to alter the “workmanship of God” creates tension between Tony and the Highlanders.


The Journey of Dreams series explores themes in the Christian life from a different perspective–from a world that can’t exist anywhere but in the dreams of the people who live there.

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review


Highlands was an interesting book with the main character disappearing from the world he lives in and finding himself waking up in an

alternate universe. The people he meets in Highlands are caring and put aside the differences of others and embrace it as a gift from God.  I loved the descriptions of the countryside and the characters became very real.  

Highlands was a very enjoyable read with a profund message of love and spiritual insight.


About the Author



The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.



Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, May 26

 

Blogging With Carol , May 27

 

Mary Hake, May 27

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 28

 

Texas Book-aholic, May 29

 

Among the Reads, May 30

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, May 31

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

 

Janices book reviews, June 2

 

Carpe Diem, June 3

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 4

 

Bigreadersite , June 4

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 5

 

Simple Harvest Reads, June 5 (Spotlight)

 

Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Spotlight)

 

Quiet Quilter, June 7

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 8

 


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Chautona has put together a fun giveaway!

Grand Prize: I picture cool mornings in the mountains of Highlands. So, I’ve put together an early morning reading package for our grand prize winner. Even if it’s July, just crank up the AC, grab a lightweight throw (a scarf would even work!), brew up a cup of this delicious tea, and see what happened to Jessa (Prairie) and Tony (Highlands) when they woke up having received the desires of their hearts directly from the Lord in these contemporary fantasy novels.

Happy reading!
Over a $50 value including: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Mug from Etsy Tin of Tea Paperbacks of the first 2 books in the Journey of Dreams Series!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Red Sky Over America Celebration Tour & Giveaway by Tamara Lynn Kraft

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book


Title: Red Sky over America

Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: February 11, 2018

In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.

America’s classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review

Red Sky over America painted a picture of slavery in Kentucky and of the first men and women who desperately fought against it. It is an action-packed story laced with lies, deception, and slavery.

 

The storyline brought up vivid images of the injustice of that period in history in the U.S. It speaks of hero's for the cause to end slavery who went at great lengths to help the slaves, even resulting in their imprisonment or death. This was a very gut-wrenching read for me. It was one whose message stayed with me even after the last page was turned.


Great characters, some I automatically disliked, others I admired for their bravery. America was a strong woman caught between the desire to fight against slavery all the while having been raised by a slave owner. Very intense book.

 

I loved the ending but gave the impression that there is more to come.


About the Author


Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren.


Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

Guest posts from Tamera Lynn Kraft

100 Steps to Freedom

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Before the Civil War, Ohio had the largest Underground Railroad of any state in the Union. It is believed that every county in Ohio had a route. Many slaves would escape over the Ohio River and through Ohio on their way to Canada. This was a dangerous undertaking because, even though Ohio was a free state, the Fugitive Slave Law made it so anyone helping escaped slaves could be fined and jailed.


One small town, Ripley, Ohio, is believed to have helped more slaves escape than any town in Ohio. Ripley is located on the banks of the Ohio River across from Mason County, Kentucky.


One man who helped slaves escape was a freed black man named John Parker. Parker was educated by his master in Virginia and eventually bought his freedom. He traveled to Ohio and opened a foundry on Front Street facing the Ohio River. He was the first black man to earn a patent for one of the inventions he used in his foundry. At night, he would search the Ohio River looking for escaped slaves and helping them find their way to an Underground Railroad Station.


Rev. John Rankin, a Presbyterian minister, owned a house on top of a hill in Ripley. He built one hundred steps to the house that could be seen on the other side of the river. At night, he would light a lantern and hang it from the porch to signal slaves that it was safe to cross. It is estimated that over 2,000 slaves escaped through the Rankin House. None of them were ever recaptured. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, about the escape of the slave, Eliza, after hearing the story from Rev. Rankin.


Rev. John Rankin’s house is in my novel, Red Sky Over America. John Parker also is introduced as a minor character. The story takes place on the Ohio River in Kentucky across from Ripley where all these exciting events happened.


Oberlin College: A School Ahead of Its Time


My current novel series, Ladies of Oberlin, is about 3 women roommates who graduated from one of the most amazing colleges in American history, Oberlin College. Book 1, Red Sky Over America focuses on America, a woman attending Oberlin who is an abolitionist studying to become a missionary. The problem is her father is a slave owner. Here’s a little bit about this amazing college.


Oberlin College, founded in 1833 in Northern Ohio, was a college ahead of its time in many ways. In 1835, it became the first college in the United States to regularly admit African Americans. It’s also the oldest co-educational college in the US. In 1837, it admitted four women, three of whom graduated and earned a college degree. Mary Jane Patterson, another Obeberlin graduate, became the first African American woman in 1862 to earn a Bachelor of Arts college degree.


One of Oberlin’s founders once bragged that “Oberlin is peculiar in that which is good”. Oberlin was peculiar in many ways in advancing the causes of the time. Charles Finney, the second president of the college, helped it earn its controversial reputation. He was the fiery evangelist of the Second Great Awakening, a Christian revivalist movement in the early and mid 1800s.


Oberlin College was the hotbed of abolitionist activity and a stop for the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. It was once called “the town that started the Civil War” because of its participation in the Oberlin Wellington Rescue in 1858. Slave catchers came to Oberlin to capture an escaped slave and return him to Kentucky. Most of the town came to the slave’s aid and rescued him. For their trouble, over twenty were arrested and put on trial for violating the Fugitive Slave Act. During the raid on Harper’s Ferry by John Brown, three men from Oberlin participated.


Oberlin College was also well known for the women who graduated from the college and participated in the suffrage and prohibition movements. Lucy Stone, considered a pioneer for the women’s movement, graduated from Oberlin College in 1847.


Oberlin was also very well known in the missionary movement of the late 1800s. Between 1860 and 1900, 90% of missionaries sent overseas by the American Missionary Society were graduates of Oberlin College. Between 1899 and 1901, thirteen missionaries from Oberlin were martyred during the Boxer Rebellion of China. An arch in Tappan Square at the center of Oberlin pays honor to their sacrifices.

Blog Stops


Carpe Diem, May 29


Books, Books, and More Books., May 30

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 30


Genesis 5020, May 31

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 31

 

Janices book reviews, June 1

 

Mary Hake, June 1


proud to be an autism mom, June 2


Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 2


History, Mystery & Faith, June 3

 

ansel book blog, June 3


Artistic Nobody, June 4 (Spotlight)


Bigreadersite, June 4


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 5

 

Simple Harvest Reads, June 6 (Spotlight)


Reading is my Super Power, June 6 (Interview)


Two Points of interest, June 7


margaret kazmierczak, June 7 (Interview)

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 8


Pause for Tales, June 9


Red Headed Book Lady, June 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 10


Texas Book-aholic, June 11

 

Have A Wonderful Day, June 11


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away a themed basket with autographed books of Resurrection of Hope, Alice’s Notions, Red Sky Over America, a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (the book is mentioned in the novel) and a copy of Then Sings My Soul (stories about the hymns), plus a $10 Amazon Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

https://promosimple.com/ps/cebb/red-sky-over-america-celebration-tour-giveaway

John David's Calling Blog Tour & Giveaway by Caryl McAdoo

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book



Title: John David’s Calling  
Author: Caryl McAdoo  
Genre: Historical Romance  
Release Date: May, 2018

When much is given, much is required.

Everything comes easy to David Nightingale. The favored son of Cypress Springs comes of age in the Texas Hill Country with one foot in PawPaw’s Church of Christ and the other in Gramp’s Holiness Church. He loves tilling the soil, traipsing the back woods varmint hunting, and most of all Hannah Claire. But the Lord calls him to leave everything. Will he choose to follow or succumb to his love for Hannah? If he stays, can he have it all?

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

This is the beginning of a new Revivalist series which interested me very much. I have read other books by Caryl McAdoo and this one was as enjoyable as the others.
I could relate to the Holy Spirit references in the story due to growin up in a Penecostal church.

I really loved the down-home country feel of John David's Calling. The characters were believable and well-developed.  I found myself admiring John David's love of
God and strong desire to adhere to biblical principles, even though he was born in sin.  The descriptions of the countryside and rural church life made the story 
seem very real.

Caryl McAdoo is an excellent storyteller and I would highly recommend this faith-filled inspirational book.
I give it a 5 star rating.

I was provided with a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.


About the Author



Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo


At just one-year-old, David John Prescott sat on the hip of his mother,Sandra Louise Harris Prescott in the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, book 10 (and last) of my Texas Romance Family Saga series. His biological father, Buddy Nightingale walked away from them both, choosing obedience to God over the love of his life and his son.

Staunch Church of Christ believers, his mother’s parents took in the baby while her guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of her mentally deranged husband Harry Prescott. So David grew up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for, with his mother visiting as often as she can.


David’s paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale (from Texas Romance’s book eight and nine COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE)—once a famous tent preacher with a healing ministry—has been close, quitting the road to pastor a nearby Holiness Church. As David grows, he sees him occasionally when his father Buddy visits from Alabama and Gramps always came to watch him play sports.


From a long line of people who love the Lord, I thought to write a trilogy titled THE REVIVALIST. JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is book one.


At fourteen years of age, David stepped in to rescue a little third grader being bullied and instantly became her hero. As Hannah Claire grew, doting on him, making him gifts and cards, swooning, she won him over, and PawPaw allowed him to visit her church one Sunday a month.


The second book in the Trilogy will be HANNAH’S WILDERNESS, and then I’ll wrap up their stories with book three, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE. I’ve so enjoyed these characters—the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—I find it hard put them on the shelf. They’re like family. I’ve even got one story started that’s a contemporary called THE KING OF TEXAS, with Patrick Henry the III as hero.


As all are written to stand alone, it’s never necessary for readers to know all the ancestors to enjoy JOHN DAVID’S CALLING or any of the series really—though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order would be the best! So if you love David’s book, you might want to go back to VOW UNBROKEN, book one and read all ten. I think you’re sure to love them all! One thing I love about this JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is that it takes place in my days. I graduated high school in 1968, same as David, so he lives through the same times as me! That’s really been fun. But I must say I do resent it being called a historical a little J LOL.


As always, I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough! Thank you for reading my stories! 


Blog Stops


A Baker’s Perspective, May 24


cherylbbookblog, May 24

 

Quiet Quilter, May 25

 

Bibliophile Reviews, May 26

 

Texas Book-aholic, May 27


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 28

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Spotlight)


Janices book reviews, May 29


Margaret Kazmierczak, May 30

 

Maureen’s Musings, May 30

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 31

 

Bigreadersite, May 31

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 1

 

Connie’s History Classroom, June 2

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, June 3

 

Splashes of Joy, June 4

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 4

 

ansel book blog, June 5

 

Artistic Nobody, June 5 (Spotlight)

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 6

 

Carpe Diem, June 6

 


GIVEAWAY



To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card 1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or ebook) 2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING 5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN 8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee1/john-david-s-calling-celebration-tour-giveaway

Together Forever Blog Tour & Giveaway by Jody Hedlund

Posted by [email protected] on May 30, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Title: Together Forever, Orphan Train Book 2

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Inspirational historical romance

Release Date: May, 2018

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she’ll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.

As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review
Together Forever was an enlightening story for me.  I really wasn't aware of the hardship families with children
faced during the late 1800's onward due to lack of work causing inability to care for their children. 
The author's descriptions of the countryside and characters, engaged me in the story from the beginning. Her writing
style was easy to follow and her main characters brought the story to life. My heart broke for the children and I
can't imagine how terrifying the whole experience must have been for them.

The story had lots of moments of sadness but also some humorous banter between Marianne, Drew, and the children
which made me laugh.  There were also plenty of surprises and moments where I could see God's timing at work and his
intervention was evident.  Overall, I'm really glad I had the opportunity to read Together Forever and highly
recommend it. I haven't read Book 1 in the series yet, but it's next on my list.  The fact I hadn't read it first
didn't take away anything from this one. It could be read as a stand-alone. I give it 5 stars!

About the Author


Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher’s Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

30,000 Abandoned Children

By Jody Hedlund

Imagine a city where 30,000 abandoned and homeless children live on the streets.

Sounds like something from a futuristic dystopian novel, doesn’t it? Or something that might happen after a war or apocalypse or major disaster, right?

This exact thing actually happened in the 1850’s. And the city was New York City. It’s hard to believe, but an estimated 30,000 homeless children roamed the dirty city streets and alleys of New York City.

30,000. Children. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s the size of a town.

Historians look back on that time and try to make sense what led to such horrific conditions for children. Of course, the influx of immigrants was at an all time high. Jobs and housing were scarce. Diseases were rampant. Hunger and poverty became a norm. (Orphan Train Depot)

 

As more and more people became aware of the enormous problem within the crowded slums, courageous heroes rose up and attempted to do their part to make a difference.

While we may not always agree with the methods that were used to save the thousands of homeless children, we can admire the men and women who could no longer sit idly by.

The Children’s Aid Society was started by Charles Loring Brace as one such attempt to help the hordes of homeless children. His “Emigration Plan” is better known today by the term “Orphan Trains.”

                  

My latest series tackles various elements of the orphan train movement. Together Forever, releasing in May, highlights the placing agents, those devoted people who rode the trains with the orphans. The agents spent weeks and months on the road caring for the children, all the while trying to place them in loving homes.

(If you’d like to try out the series, start with my FREE novella, An Awakened Heart.)

Like the brave men and women who came before us, may we always strive to do our part to make a difference!

Blog Stops

By The Book, May 22


Pink Granny’s Journey, May 22

 

Blogging With Carol, May 22

 

ansel book blog, May 22


Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 23

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, May 23

 

Genesis 5020, May 23

 

Blossoms and Blessings, May 23

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, May 24


Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, May 24

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 24

 

Christian Bookaholic, May 24

 

Just the Write Escape, May 25

 

Among the Reads, May 25

 

The Power of Words, May 25

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 25

 

Radiant Light, May 26

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 26

 

The Avid Reader, May 26

 

Janices book reviews, May 26

 

Daysong Reflections, May 27

 

Mary Hake, May 27

 

Carpe Diem, May 27

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 27

 

Kathleen Denly, May 28

 

History, Mystery & Faith, May 28

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 28

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

 

Faithfully Bookish, May 29

 

God’s Little Bookworm, May 29

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, May 29

 

Cover to Cover and Everything in Between, May 30

 

Neverending Stories, May 30

 

Maureen’s Musing, May 30

 

Bigreadersite, May 30

 

Inklings and notions, May 31

 

To Everything A Season, May 31

 

Two Points of Interest, May 31

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 31

 

Have A Wonderful Day, June 1

 

Lighthouse Academy, June 1

 

Godly Book Reviews, June 1

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 2

 

For the Love of Books, June 2

 

Vicky Sluiter, June 2

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 3

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 3

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 3

 

Connie’s History Classroom, June 4


Pause for Tales, June 4

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 4


Reader’s cozy corner, June 4

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/cee5/together-forever-celebration-tour-giveaway

Blog Tour & Giveaway Journible by Roberty Wynalda, Joel Beeke

Posted by [email protected] on May 29, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (2)


About these Books



Title: Journible: The 17:18 Series  
Author: Robert Wynalda (a local businessman) and Dr. Joel R. Beeke (President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary)  
Genre: Non-fiction, Bible study tool  
Release Date: Series released in 2009

Why the 17:18 series? In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the scroll publishing house, but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are discovering that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.

How to Use These Books Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.
Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review
I am new to journaling and this series was easy to understand for a beginner l
ike me.  With writing down the Bible verses on the right-hand side of the journal,
it made me concentrate more on the verses. On the left-hand side of the journal there
was plenty of room for thoughts of my own. The helpful questions there also helped 
fuel the thought processes further. I received the John journal via the publisher and
I'm enjoying studying John with a new perspective on Bible study. I highly recommend
Journible's to anyone who is looking for a fresh new way to study God's word.
  

About the Author



Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Living Zealously, Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Getting Back Into the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed 2,000 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

The 17:18 Series


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 17

 

Vicky Sluiter, May 17


Seasons of Opportunities, May 18


Lighthouse Academy, May 18


Bibliophile Reviews, May 19


Purposeful Learning, May 19

 

Eat, Read, Teach, Blog, May 20

 

Just the Write Escape, May 20

 

Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting, May 21

 

Book by Book, May 21

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 21

 

God’s Little Bookworm, May 22

 

Artistic Nobody, May 22

 

Genesis 5020, May 23

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 23

 

Have A Wonderful Day, May 24


amandainpa, May 24

 

Bigreadersite, May 24

 

With a Joyful Noise, May 25

 

Pause for Tales, May 25

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 25

 

Among the Reads, May 26

 

Live. Love. Read., May 26

 

Multifarious, May 27

 

Rebekah’s Quill, May 27

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 28

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 28

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 29

 

Janices book reviews, May 29

 

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 30

 

Texas Book-aholic, May 30

Giveaway



To celebrate the tour, Reformation Heritage Books is giving away a grand prize of the entire set of New Testament Journibles!!

Blog Tour & Giveaway for Don't Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God's Power by Susan B. Mead

Posted by [email protected] on May 23, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book




Why do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m following God faithfully?


The Bible tells you the war has already been won, yet some days you simply feel undone.

The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull, but destroy the power of God in your life.

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others.

With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers:

– Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him. – Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence. – Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome.

In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day.

A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review


Don't Go Through Life Naked is a powerful book presented with love and honesty. It is filled with insightful and inspirational truths every believer should be reminded of.


The book teaches us to put on God's armor and to renew our faith daily with the word of God. In these times, we need to be immersed in the word more than ever. We are all in a Spiritual battle and need to be reminded that God has equipped us to be victorious. We need to know the truth so we can replace the lies with truth. We need to learn to stand on God's promises and his love for us in good times, as well as, bad. and learn to walk God's path he has chosen for us and be ready for his coming.


About the Author



With over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA hanging on the wall, and a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

Guest Post from Susan B. Mead

Seriously Susan? You’re taking the Word of God and making it laughable?

Yes, I am. The subject we address is serious – it is arming ourselves with the Full Armor of God. Do you realize that makes this topic Spiritual Warfare? Yes! Warfare. Why was I compelled to write about this?

We address being 1) aware of the adversary, 2) mindful of his methods and 3) positioned for combat with a powerful promise.

God gave me His sense of humor to lighten the mood and open our minds to His message. Now that is a blessing, in my humble opinion.

Why would God let me poke lightly at this problem? So we can look forward to digging in to discover every tidbit, tool, and treasure He has for us. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)

Do you see the nuggets here? I consider them valuable like pure gold and solid silver. When we forge the Word of God into our hearts, He equips us with a tool – the sword of the Spirit. That allows us to clear the ground of every obstruction.

God also covers us with His Word when we come to Him as Lord of our lives. His Word is His Son, Jesus; the Jesus who lived, bled, died, and rose to Heaven for you and for me. We are covered and protected by that amazing gift, for the Word Jesus carries power to prevail against all powers of evil when Jesus is Lord of our lives.

All power.

All powerful.

Not the enemy and not us – Jesus.

Are you ready to venture into the vault of God’s vast truth?

Expect adventure, excitement and breathtaking breakthrough IF you choose to forge ahead.

But beware…

There are twists and turns ahead.

(Spoiler alert! You may already know the end of this story.)

Oh by the way, on April 19, Susan received an email from the Jenkins Group. You know, Jerry Jenkins of the Left Behind Series – and so many other books. She was humbled – and incredibly honored – to read the 2018 eLit Book Awards Medalist list and find this line…

Religion Don’t Go Through Life Naked by Susan B. Mead GOLD Medal Winner

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 15


proud to be an autism mom, May 16

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 16 (Spotlight)

 

Texas Book-aholic, May 17

 

Janices book reviews, May 18

 

Bibliophile Reviews, May 19

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 20

 

Carpe Diem, May 21

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 22

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 23

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 24

 

Artistic Nobody,May 25 (Spotlight)

 

Bigreadersite, May 26

 

margaret kazmierczak, May 26 (Interview)

 

Reading is my Super Power, May 27 (Interview)

 

Among the Reads, May 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Oasis preloaded with her ebooks along with an autographed copy of her book Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power.
Click below to enter:

The Simple Soul of Susan Blog Tour & Giveaway by Noel Branham

Posted by [email protected] on May 23, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (2)


About the Book



Title: The Simple Soul of Susan

Author: Noel Branham

Genre: Romance, YA, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary

Release Date: October 11, 2017

Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found. Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.


But one autumn day she overhears Calder and another boy having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.


Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.


Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review

I found The Simple Soul of Susan to be a sweet romance and very enjoyable read.

This coming of age story was engaging and made me feel as though the characters

were people I really got to know. I liked the strength of Susan and admired her

for her ability to cope during the worst of times. Calder, on the other hand,

took me awhile to warm up to.

 

Susan had found love in spite of all the heartache she had endured during her life.

She had loved Calder from childhood but he wasn't aware they were more than best

friends. Her path includes betrayal.


The author's writing style was easy to follow and the characters had many layers

to them which kept me interested. There were times of humorous antics between

Susan & Calder which made them more real.


This was my first book by this author and I look forward to her next one.


About the Author


Born and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An award-winning communicator, she now writes from her residence in Florida about things closest to the heart: home, family, and love.

Guest Post from Noel Branham

Fictional Romance: A Real Relationship Killer? You’ve heard it before… All romance novels give readers unrealistic expectations of relationships. Yep. They totally do. But I think most of the time, with life in general, we have unrealistic expectations not only of others but of ourselves. We live in a world where there is always something else to try, buy or satisfy our ever-evolving aspirations of happiness and fulfillment. So here are three things to remember while reading romance novels that will lead to having deep, meaningful, romantic, relationships in real life:

  1. Happiness isn’t fulfilled expectations. When you expect yoursignificant other (SO) to see you and romantically sweep you off your feet while pulling flowers from behind your back and force feeding you chocolates… you may have some unrealistic expectations. Would it be nice? Sure! But there is always something more they could do to make you happy, feeling loved, satisfied, etc. It’s a bottomless pit of desire and implied anticipated actions. We have to realize that no matter how many things we want out of a relationship, we can never receive them all… because realistically, we could never live up to the things expected of us either. Romance is a two-way street
  2. Happiness is the unexpected, fulfilled. Wait… how can you fulfill something that isn’t expected? You can’t. And that’s what makes it so great. Your SO fills your car up with gas, takes you out for a date for no particular reason, watches that Victorian-era PBS drama with you even though they can’t understand the accents… When we get rid of expectations for ourselves and others we are able to really enjoy the things and people we already have and anything else is simply adding to lovely life that we already possess.
  3. Happiness in relationships is what you make of it. Just not feeling the love anymore after five years together? Was it that you chose the wrong person? Was it something they did? Something you did? Love can be a feeling and an action. Your relationship doesn’t have to be defined by feelings. Feelings fade. They aren’t realistic. They change with time as people change with time because all people change. But actions… actions are what you choose to do on a regular basis. They are a daily intentional choice (made by you) to care for another person. You can control your actions, but not so much your feelings. Funny thing is often times your actions create feelings you never thought you could have.

If you are looking for a romance novel with a bit more realism to test out these principals, check out The Simple Soul of Susan. You can have the realistic expectation that you won’t be disappointed ��

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, May 10


The Christian Fiction Girl, May 10

 

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 10

 

Multifarious, May 11

 

Remembrancy, May 11

 

Two Points of interest, May 12


Blogging With Carol, May 12


Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 13

 

Inklings and notions, May 13

 

Kristin’s Book Reviews, May 14

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 14

 

Artistic Nobody, May 15 (Spotlight)


Texas Book-aholic, May 15

 

Mommynificent, May 16

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 16

 

The Fizzy Pop Collection, May 17

 

Janices book reviews, May 17

 

Pause for Tales, May 18


Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 18

 

Bibliophile Reviews, May 19

 

Carpe Diem, May 19

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 20

 

margaret kazmierczak, May 20 (Interview)

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 21 (Guest post, Mindy Houng)


Reading is my Super Power, May 21 (Interview)


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 22

 

Bigreadersite, May 22

 

Reader’s cozy corner, May 23


Josephine’s Thoughts, May 23


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Noel giving away

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card First & Second Place Prize: eBook copy of the Simple Soul of Susan!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee4/the-simple-soul-of-susan-celebration-tour-giveaway

Blog Tour of The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J Good

Posted by [email protected] on May 22, 2018 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


Title: The Amish Teacher’s Gift, Book 1 of the Love & Promises Series

Author: Rachel J Good

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: April 24, 2018


Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.


With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?


Click here to purchased your copy!

About the Author


Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.


Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.


She’d love to have you visit her website, or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Bookbub. Rachel also enjoys meeting readers and will be doing talks and booksignings around the country this year. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q


Guest Post from Rachel J. Good


Heart-Tugging Research


Sometimes as an author, stories call to you and beg you to write them. This story first tugged at my heart after I spent time with an Amish friend’s special needs child. I thought about writing a book to show how the Amish treat each child as a gift from God. After meeting a hearing-impaired teen girl with Down’s syndrome and seeing how she was encouraged to live up to her potential, the idea grew stronger. This girl later became Martha in the book.


Then at an auction, I watched a young Down’s syndrome boy help the auctioneer by delivering the goods to the bidders. His straw hat tilted a little crookedly, but with a broad smile on his face, he carefully matched items with the correct bidder. He looked so proud of himself and proud to be able to do such an important job. I sat there at the auction and jotted notes for the novel.


Once I knew the topic of the novel, I began my research by visiting Amish schools for special needs, attending auctions to support them, and touring the Community Care Center, where Amish and Mennonite children and adults with special needs get amazing help. The young man in the wheelchair who showed us around was an awesome guide. We peeked into an exercise room, a therapy room, a craft room, several classrooms, a cafeteria, and my favorite—a multi-sensory environment. This room with dark walls lit only by a small row of twinkling Christmas lights had a ball pit (with the plastic balls like some fast food restaurants have in their play areas), a plush recliner, blankets, headphones, and a hammock. Autistic children at the center found this room a great calming atmosphere. I knew this room had to have a place in the book.


I visited a teacher who taught autistic children and learned a lot about programs, therapies, and teaching techniques. After learning the cutting edge techniques she used, I was surprised to realize that the Amish had adopted quite a few of them for their classrooms. I chose a hearing-impaired boy for the hero’s son because I had a nephew with hearing problems, so I could incorporate some of the struggles he had into the story.


I wanted this series to be about the healing power of love, so each book will deal with a different type of healing. When something touches my heart like this, I always pray it will touch the readers’ hearts too.



My Review


The Amish Teachers Gift is a wonderful heartwarming Amish story about Ada, a young special needs teacher, who not only teaches school but has the burden of taking care of her seven siblings after her mother dies. She also makes a difficult decision regarding her father's health condition and is looked down on by most of the Amish community for doing so.


Ada wants a husband, children, and to find happiness, but her situation seems hopeless. Things are complicated when Josiah brings his deaf son, Nathan, to her school for her to teach. Josiah is going through a difficult time also learning to take care of a young son alone.


The story is one of hardship, struggles, relationships and a willingness to help others in spite of what the main characters were going through. I love how the author communicates the relationship between Ada and Josiah throughout the story. You get glimpses of both Ada and Josiah's insecurities, their hunger to find true love, and a want to put to rest the guilt they both feel.


The children in the story were inspiring in spite of the struggles they faced every day. My heart went out to Nathan.


The ending wrapped up the story nicely. 


Blog Stops


Carpe Diem, May 8


Texas Book-aholic, May 8


The Avid Reader, May 9


Among the Reads, May 9


Reading Is My SuperPower, May 10

 

The Fizzy Pop Collection, May 10

 

Lighthouse Academy, May 10

 

Ansel book blog, May 11


Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting. , May 12

 

Bibliophile Reviews, May 12

 

Splashes of Joy, May 12

 

books n baubles, May 13

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 13


cherylbbookblog, May 14

 

Maureen’s Musings, May 14

 

Captive Dreams Window, May 14


Blossoms and Blessings, May 15

 

Mary Hake, May 15

 

Janices book reviews, May 15

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 16


SusanLovesBooks, May 16


A Simply Enchanted Life, May 17

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 17

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 17


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 18

 

Artistic Nobody, May 18 (Spotlight)

 

margaret kazmierczak, May 18 (Interview)

 

Quiet Quilter, May 19

 

Red Headed Book Lady, May 19


Bigreadersite, May 20


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 20

 

Simple Harvest Reads, May 20 (Spotlight)

 

Pink Granny’s Journey, May 21


Vicky Sluiter, May 21



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of a tote, an autographed copy of The Amish Teacher’s Gift, and an autographed copy of Hearts Reunited!!


Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee3/the-amish-teacher-s-gift-celebration-tour-giveaway

Loving Brock by Joan Deneve

Posted by [email protected] on May 2, 2018 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (3)


About the Book


Title: Loving Brock

Author: Joan Deneve

Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance

Release Date: April, 2018

For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.


When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equaled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.


A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.


Purchase on Amazon


About the Author


Joan Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.


Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.


Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.


My Review

Loving Brock was one of the most inspirational faith-based novels I've ever read. It touched my heart in a way that no other had. 


As the story of Brock and Joy unfolds, God asks the unimagineable of Brock. Can Brock make the sacrifices God asks of him with a willing and submissive heart?


The novel is set in Africa and the author did an amazing job depicting life at the compound where Brock runs a medical hospital.  Brock's love of God is tested when his ex-wife suffers from a stroke. There are years of distrust, memories of a horrible marriage and a lack of forgiveness between them.God moves beyond anything Brock could imagine, answering years of prayer, but can he do what God asks of him or is the sacrifice too great.


The story has a sweet romance, but is laced with heartache and trust in the knowledge that God works for good in the lives of that are involved. The ending wrapped up nicely, but with a twist that I didn't see coming.  Get out the tissues before reading, as you'll definitely need them.


I was provided with a copy by Celebrate Lit and willingly chose to review it.


Blog Stops


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 3

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 4


Mary Hake,May 4

 

Among the Reads,May 5

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 5

 

Bibliophile Reviews, May 6

 

Remembrancy, May 7

 

Janices book reviews, May 8

 

Mommynificent, May 9

 

A Greater Yes, May 9


Carpe Diem, May 10

 

A Baker’s Perspective, May 11


Bigreadersite, May 12

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 12

 

Pursuing Stacie, May 13

 

Reading is my SuperPower, May 13 (Interview)


Texas Book-aholic, May 14

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 15


margaret kazmierczak, May 15 (Interview)

 

Henry Happens, May 16

 

Quiet Quilter, May 16


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Joan is giving away a grand prize of the entire The Redeemed Side of Broken Series, African blend coffee, coffee mug, a magnet from Angola, and a personalized message from the author on a special card from Angola!!


Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cc63



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