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This Homeward Journey Blog Tour & Giveaway by Misty Beller

Posted by [email protected] on January 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)



About the Book


Title: This Homeward Journey


Author: Misty M. Beller


Genre: Christian historical romance


Release date: January 1, 2019


After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.


Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.


Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to the Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.


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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

Why Christian Historical Romance?


I don’t know about you, but my life can get crazy…busy…chaotic. Historical fiction gives me a haven, allowing me to immerse in a simpler time and place. Add in remote mountain settings—log cabins and horses and snow…what could be better? Sometimes I wish God had let me live a couple centuries ago, but then I remind myself He knew exactly what He was doing. I don’t do well without a shower every day. �� And He even lets me go back to that simpler time through stories!


If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy immersing yourself in a good book, too. Story can be such a powerful thing! Becoming an intimate part of the characters’ lives, feeling their struggles—the desperation, the elation, the emotions, the love.


I enjoy reading and writing Christian fiction because it provides a place where I don’t always have to be concerned about inappropriate language or too-graphic love scenes. It’s a “safe zone” where my imagination can escape, living out exciting times and experiencing God-orchestrated happily-ever-afters—without having to clean-up at the end of the day. Can you relate?


I’m excited to share my latest Christian Historical Romance story with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!


MY REVIEW


Rachel, along with her son travels from Missouri headed to Canada to find her brother. She doesn't trust strangers and wants to be left alone. Her horrible past experiences, haunt her every day and control all her decisions.


Along the way, she runs across Seth & Samuel, two brothers, also headed to Canada to reunite with their family. Can she put aside her fear of men long enough to trust traveling with them.


This Homeward Journey is an exciting wilderness story of how the hurt from your past can cripple you making you hesitant to trust again. Can God heal Rachel? Can she find renewed trust, love, and hope. You'll have to read this wonderful tale and find out!


The story is one filled with descriptions of rugged wilderness, tough decisions, and building new relationships.

I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.

 


Blog Stops

The Power of Words, December 29

 

Through the Fire Blogs, December 29


Carpe Diem, December 30

 

Splashes of Joy, December 30

 

A Baker’s Perspective, December 31


Mary Hake, December 31

 

Pause for Tales, January 1

 

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 1

 

Simple Harvest Reads, January 2 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

Connie’s History Classroom, January 2

 

Among the Reads, January 3

 

For The Love of Books, January 3

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 4

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 4

 

Connect in Fiction, January 5


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 5

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace. January 6

 

Bibliophile Reviews, January 6

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, January 7

 

Inspiration Clothesline, January 7

 

Creating Romance, January 8

 

Texas Book-aholic, January 8

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 9


Janices book reviews, January 9

 

Wishful Endings, January 10


Cafinated Reads, January 10


Bigreadersite, January 11

 

Blossoms and Blessings, January 11


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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d9bc/this-homeward-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

Catching Christmas Blog Tour & Giveaway by Terri Blackstock

Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2018 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Book: Catching Christmas

Author: Terri Blackstock

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Christmas

Release Date: October 9, 2018


This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time


As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.


Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author


Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Catching Christmas is her first Christmas romance. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com

Facebook: tblackstock

Twitter: @terriblackstock


From Terri Blackstock


Enjoy this premium excerpt fromCatching Christmas

https://aerbook.com/books/-128993.html?utm_source=pubpage


To get you in the Christmas mood, here’s an early holiday playlist:

“White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby

“I Heard the Bells” sung by MercyMe

“Light of the World” sung by Lauren Daigle

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sung by Amy Grant

“Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day” sung by Avalon

“Till the Season Comes ‘Round Again” sung by the Katinas


MY REVIEW


Well, I just couldn't stop turning the pages on this one. Imagine, a male cab driver, a female first year law associate and a female senior with health issues. This was quite a unique set of characters. I can honestly say that I was amused from the first couple of chapters.


Finn Parish, the cab driver, is dealing with some guilt issues of his own when he is paired up with Carrie, who is going through health issues, but doesn't quite understand that she has any. You will just have to read the book and be prepared to be entertained. There are a lot of funny moments and surprises you won't see coming.

 

I can honestly say that I warmed up to all the characters fairly soon. Sydney, the granddaughter, not so much at first. I was happy to see a change in Sydney by the end of the book.


I loved the ending which wrapped everything up nicely and gave me a feeling of satisfaction and inspiration. I can't wait to read more by this author.

 

If you are looking for an extraordinary and unique Christmas story that will make you feel good long after you are done reading, this one is for you. Highly recommended.



Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 15

 

Daysong Reflections, December 15

 

Genesis 5020, December 15

 

Back Porch Reads, December 15

 

The Power of Words, December 16

 

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 16


Quiet Quilter, December 16

 

Among the Reads, December 17

 

Kathleen Denly, December 17

 

By The Book, December 17

 

Lighthouse Academy, December 17

 

Cultivating Us, December 18


Simple Harvest Reads, December 18 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

 

Remembrancy, December 18

 

Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews, December 19

 

Jennifer Sienes: Where Crisis and Christ Collide, December 19

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, December 19


All-of-a-kind Mom, December 20

 

amandainpa, December 20

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, December 20

 

Multifarious, December 21

 

Cathe Swanson, December 21

 

Stories By Gina, December 21

 

Connect in Fiction, December 22

 

Have A Wonderful Day, December 22

 

Splashes of Joy, December 22

 

Bibliophile Reviews, December 22

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 23

 

Lis Loves Reading, December 23

 

Mary Hake, December 23

 

Bigreadersite, December 23

 

Book by Book, December 24

 

Pause for Tales, December 24

 

To Everything A Season, December 24

 

Southern Gal Loves to Read, December 25

 

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 25

 

Vicky Sluiter, December 25

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 26

 

Inklings and notions, December 26

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 26

 

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, December 27


Captive Dreams Window, December 27

 

Texas Book-aholic, December 27

 

A Baker’s Perspective, December 27


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 28

 

Older & Smarter?, December 28

 

Janices book reviews, December 28

 

Carpe Diem, December 28


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Terri is giving away a grand prize of a finished copy of Catching Christmas and a Christmas Tree Ornament!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d776/catching-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway

I Know the Plans Blog Tour & Giveaway by Melissa Wardwell

Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book


Book: I Know the Plans

Author: Melissa Wardwell

Genre: Romance

Release Date: October, 2018

All the plans Tiffany and Brad made for their lives as individuals were thrown to the wind the moment they met. Now, after almost a decade of marriage, they spend more time apart than together. Though plans remain unfulfilled, their hearts seek to remain steadfast and connected.

After Brad returns from his latest tour in Afghanistan, it is evident that the man Tiffany married is no longer the same. As Brad struggles with reacquainting himself with his life, Tiffany questions how it could be part of God’s plan. Have the sins of their past finally come back to haunt them? No matter how much support they have in their family and friends, the choice is still theirs. Will they continue to trust God with their lives or will they choose their own course?


Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


Melissa Wardwell resides in the quant town of Owosso, Michigan with her husband and their three teen aged children. She began her writing journey in August of 2014 with her debut novel “What God Brings Together”. She decided to give writing a try after she shared a story that nagged at her with a friend. Unsure in her own abilities to craft a story she plunged ahead anyway. After reading the first draft of that first book, she then understood that God had a much bigger plan. “God does not give his children a desire just so that it can go to waste.” Since then, she has added three more novels and taken part in two anthologies. Melissa also has a review blog and is a contributing blogger for Heart”wings” Blog.

Being a mother and wife herself, Melissa understands the importance of taking care of yourself from time to time. So, all her stories revolve around women who are mothers: single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of their own. To see the full list of her work, visit www.melissawardwell.com

Guest Post from Melissa

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

This verse has been my “Go To” verse since the day I married. It is a constant reminder that no matter what struggles I endure, God has a plan. I may not be able to see through the fog, I may not like or understand the journey, but it is all part of a plan. All I can do is trust God’s design for my life and be willing to move when He tells me to.

God used the writing process of “I Know the Plans” to remind me that He has a plan for me and book and I need to just trust the process. This book has taken me over a year to complete. If it wasn’t one thing to keep me from committing to it, then it was another. I don’t begrudge the events that kept me away, but as soon as I would begin to grumble to God about not having the energy or the brain power to write, I would get this preverbal reminder that I was not the one in control. If I am going to write faith lessons in fiction, I need to trust the Master Author.

In “I Know the Plans”, Sergeant Bradley Jones and his wife, Tiffany, are hit with one whopper of a plot twist that leaves them wondering if they can get through some major medical issues, PTSD, and infertility in one piece. Their family and friends do their best to support the couple but sometimes, trusting God’s plan is all they can do. Something we all try to learn to do in our own lives.

Due to the military thread in this book, I asked my veteran friends what charity they hold in high esteem. Almost every single one of them suggested “Wounded Warrior Project” and offered rave reviews of their humanitarian efforts in the military community. So, a portion of my royalties from this book will be going to “Wounded Warrior Project” in honor of their service and the service of thousands of others.

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

There is another group of people I wanted to honor. Those who fight with infertility. I know many who have fought the battle to have children of their own. Some eventually find success, while other have not. Some have even taken the route of adoption and have saved the lives of young ones who needed all the love in the world. Then there are some that just choose to embrace the fact that children of their own was not going to happen and have given all their love to others. All of these groups of people fight a battle that is riddled with pain, confusion, endless medical procedures, and thousands of dollars. There isn’t one group or anther that could support these people as much as our love, prayers, and thoughtful kindness can. So, I encourage you to embrace those around you and shower them with love. Sometimes what they need is just a friend that will listen and not try to mix the problem. Just as you have received the Father’s love, now you can give it away.

Finally, I want to thank the CelebrateLit blog team for signing up for this tour. I am honored that they choose to read this story and offer their honest opinions on this book. As always, I pray it ministers to the readers as much as it ministered to the author. “You all are amazing!”

Blessings,

Melissa Wardwell


MY REVIEW

I Know the Plans was a very emotional and inspirational read. The characters had lots of depth and before the story ended, I felt as though I actually knew them.


I Know the Plans is a book of struggle, immense faith, forgiveness and healing. Brad, missing in the war finally returns home injured and with loss of his memory. His wife, Tiffany, afraid she had lost him, has a new anxiety. How to be a wife again to someone who doesn't even remember her?


The Christian aspects of the story gave me inspiration and a sense of peace. I loved the story and the ending wrapped up everything, but gave me a sense that more is coming. Highly recommended.


Blog Stops

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, December 13


Real World Bible Study, December 13

 

Connect in Fiction, December 14

 

Inklings and notions, December 14

 

Godly Book Reviews, December 15

 

Blogging With Carol, December 15

 

Blossoms and Blessings, December 16

 

Mary Hake, December 16

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 17

 

Carpe Diem, December 17

 

Maureen’s Musings, December 18

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 18

 

Texas Book-aholic, December 19

 

Christian Bookaholic, December 20

 

cultivating us, December 20

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 21

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 21

 

Bibliophile Reviews, December 22

 

A Baker’s Perspective, December 23

 

Simple Harvest Reads, December 24 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)


Janices book reviews, December 25


The Becca Files, December 26

 

Bigreadersite, December 26

 



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away a grand prize that includes an “I know the plans” coffee mug and print copies of books 1, 2, & 3 from the Promises From Above Series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d76f/i-know-the-plans-celebration-tour-giveaway

Shadows of Deception Blog Tour & Giveaway by Ashley Dawn

Posted by [email protected] on December 5, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (4)


About the Book



Book: Shadows of Deception

Author: Ashley Dawn

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: May 1, 2018


“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.”


A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts. “


…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.”


Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job.


Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into.


As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?


Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author




Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.


Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has four published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She an­­d her family make their home in Texas.


MY REVIEW


Tiffany, a P.I. living in Los Angeles takes on a new case. Colorado, a ranch owner, from Texas needs help to figure out who is trying to sabotage his ranch. She exchanges the city life for that of the ranch disguised as a cook.


The story has lots of surprises and twists. Some of Tiffany's family come to her aid when things get out of hand. The suspense filled scenes are intense, the action is real, and the characters have a lot of depth to them. By the end of the book, I felt I knew them really well.


The author's writing style flows well and is easy to read and I enjoyed the playful banter between Tiffany and her family. The Christian aspect of the main characters and their inner strength was admirable. I really enjoyed this action packed suspense with a touch of mystery and romance. Highly recommended.

 

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



Guest Post from Ashley

Shadows of Deception was a fun book to write.


I love writing my Shadows books because the characters have become so ‘real’ for me. The Reiley family is a large, close family. Each of the siblings is their own person with their own life, but they will always be there for each other.


Deception focuses on Tiffany Reiley. Tiffany loves her family completely, but in such a big family, feels like she has to prove herself. She isn’t looking for a man, and certainly not a man like Colorado. Her story honestly didn’t unfold as I had planned, I wrote it one way but it felt forced and like I was making my characters do things that didn’t fit their personalities. Letting the story just ‘flow’ and the characters be themselves was scary and thrilling at the same time.


There is a touch of difficult subject matter, but for me the story is more about how God is in our lives no matter what. God is always there and His love for us, even when we don’t feel loveable or deserving is ours for the taking. When we don’t understand why things are happening, He does. My hope is no matter what someone gets from the book, they see God’s love through it.


Blog Stops


Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 4


Bukwurmzzz, December 4

 

Blogging With Carol, December 5


A Baker’s Perspective, December 5

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, December 6

 

Real World Bible Study, December 7

 

Godly Book Reviews, December 8

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 9

 

Janices book reviews, December 10

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 11

 

Pause for Tales, December 12

 

Carpe Diem, December 12

 

A Good Book and Cup of tea, December 13

 

The Mimosa Blossom, December 14

 

Bibliophile Reviews, December 15


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 15

 

Texas Book-aholic, December 16

 

Bigreadersite, December 16


All-of-a-kind Mom, December 17


Giveaway


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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d8a3/shadows-of-deception-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Amish Midwife's Secret Blog Tour & Giveaway by Rachel L. Good

Posted by [email protected] on December 4, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


Book: The Amish Midwife’s Secret


Author: Rachel J. Good


Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance


Release Date: November 27, 2018


”A beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.” -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author

They won’t see eye-to-eye until they meet heart-to-heart…

Kyle Miller never planned on becoming a country doctor. But when he’s offered a medical practice in his sleepy hometown, Kyle knows he must return… and face the painful past he left behind. Except the Amish community isn’t quite ready for Kyle. Especially the pretty midwife who refuses to compromise her herbal cures and Amish traditions with his modern medicine…


The more Leah Stoltzfus works with the handsome Englisch doctor, the more she finds herself caught between the expectations of her family and her own hopes for the future. It will take one surprising revelation and one helpless baby in need of love to show Leah and Kyle that their bond may be greater than their differences… if Leah can find the courage to follow her heart


Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author




Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.


Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House/Harlequin), Love & Promises (Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and Surprised by Love as well as several anthologies—Springs of Love, Love’s Thankful Heart, Plain Everyday Heroes—and the Amish Quilts Coloring Books.


MY REVIEW

 

Kyle Miller, is led back to his Amish community when he is offered to take over a retiring doctors medical practice. Leah, learning to be a midwife, finds herself working together with Kyle, but a secret from their past haunts them both.

 

The story has intrigue, lots of surprises, and a romance that seems impossible. I loved the main characters and Leah's strong Faith. Kyle's faith on the other hand is a constant struggle for him.


The ending wrapped up everything nicely. I enjoyed reading The Amish Midwife's Secret and would highly recommend it.

 

I received an copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.


Guest Post from Rachel

The Amish and Herbal Remedies


As many of you know, my Amish novels are based on real life. I get ideas from hanging around Amish friends, hearing their stories and observing their lives. I’d never invade their privacy by telling their stories exactly as they happen, but the things I learn trigger plot ideas.


I’ve always been fascinated by the way the Amish approach healing. Once thing I’ve learned is that, although they’re usually willing to visit doctors, they don’t always take the medicines that are prescribed. Instead, they often substitute herbal remedies. That, and several visits to one of my favorite Amish natural products stores, gave me an idea for one of the conflicts in The Amish Midwife’s Secret.


Leah, an Amish midwife, prefers herbal remedies. Of course, that puts her in direct conflict with Kyle, the new Englisch doctor in town, who only believes in science and traditional medicine. Put the two together and lots of sparks fly. Of course, some of those sparks are also of a romantic nature.


Leah is not only a midwife, but her family owns a natural products store. She knows the best herbs for healing. Rather than sending a small boy to the hospital for pneumonia, Leah covers the baby’s chest with a warm mixture of onions and other herbs and spices (some Amish friends prefer raw onion for congestion), and she feds the baby fresh pineapple juice for his cough.


As a doctor, Kyle is horrified. He wants to admit the baby to a hospital at once. And he expects the old country doctor he’s replacing to back him up. Instead, Dr. Hess informs Kyle that many of the Amish go to doctors for a diagnosis, but then rely on herbal treatments rather than prescriptions.


Kyle, who’s been debating about whether to stay in Amish country or move to a big-city hospital, decides to remain in Lancaster and make it his mission to prevent the Amish midwife from harming newborns and their mothers. He certainly doesn’t expect to have his eyes opened to other ways to handle illnesses. But he has to admit, Leah’s methods do seem to work. When a crisis comes, they soon discover that it takes both of them to save a baby.

***


A extra little secret: Those of you who get my newsletter already know this, but Kyle in The Amish Midwife’s Secret appeared in two earlier books. The Midwife story stands alone, but if you want to know more about Kyle and Emma’s past, you can find it in the Sisters & Friends series, Book 1, Change of Heart, and Book 2, Buried Secrets.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, November 27

 

Christian Bookaholic, November 27


KarenSueHadley, November 27

 

The Avid Reader, November 28

 

A Baker’s Perspective, November 28

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 28

 

Genesis 5020, November 29

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 29

 

cherylbbookblog, November 29

 

Because I said so- adventures in parenting, November 30

 

Bigreadersite, November 30

 

Quiet Quilter, December 1

 

Blossoms and Blessings, December 1

 

Bibliophile Reviews, December 2

 

Britt Reads Fiction, December 2

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 3

 

Captive Dreams Window, December 3

 

Cafinated Reads, December 4

 

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, December 4

 

Carpe Diem, December 4

 

Maureen’s Musings, December 5

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, December 5

 

Janices book reviews, December 6

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 7

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 7

 

For the Love of Literature, December 7

 

Inklings and notions, December 8

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 8


Moments, December 9

 

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, December 9

 

Texas Book-aholic, December 9

 

Miss Tinas Amish Book Review, December 10

 

The Becca Files, December 10

 

Vicky Sluiter, December 10


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of two faceless Amish dolls and an autographed copy of The Amish Midwife’s Secret and Plain Everyday Heroes!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d66f/the-amish-midwife-s-secret-celebration-tour-giveaway

Shelter of the Most High Blog Tour by Connilyn Cossette

Posted by [email protected] on November 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book



Book: Shelter of the Most High

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Genre: Christian Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October, 2018


The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.


Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.


As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love?


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MY REVIEW


Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village.

 

Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful.


The book had many moments of intense sorrow but had an ample amount of times of great joy and inspired actions. The characters were well-developed and I connected to them right away. The author's descriptions of the surrounding countryside brought the Biblical cities and people alive for me. It was a very inspiring read that showed God's mercy and how much we mean to him.

 

I was provided with a copy by the author and willingly chose to review it.


About the Author 


Connilyn Cossette is the CBA bestselling author of the Out From Egypt series. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, was a finalist for the Christy Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christian Retailing’s Best Award. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of twenty years and a son and a daughter who fill her days with joy, inspiration, and laughter.

Connect with her at www.ConnilynCossette.com.


Guest Post from Connilyn


Shelter of the Most High, the second book in my Cities of Refuge Series, will be the first I’ve written to have been influenced by my trip to Israel last year. When I started writing Biblical fiction almost nine years ago, I was limited to exploring the Land of Promise via Google Earth, books, and through a plethora of photos on the good ol’ world wide web, but of course nothing can compare to actually experiencing the atmosphere and scenery for yourself.


So although I’d already written Shelter of the Most High by the time I hopped on a plane to join fellow author Cliff Graham’s GoodBattle Tour, once I returned my editing was filtered through the sights and sounds I’d witnessed for myself. It had been a life-long dream to go to Israel and it did not disappoint, in fact it just went way too fast!


One of my greatest fears was that I would see the places I’d written about in my books and realize I totally messed up my descriptions, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that for the most part I’d been fairly accurate (although I did tweak a few things here and there).


Standing on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee I was able to envision Eitan, our hero in Shelter of the Most High, sitting on one of the black boulders there, defeated and weary as he searched for his love. I was able to look toward the snowy peaks of Mount Hermon in the north and over the fertile Hula Valley just below the ancient ruins of Kedesh, the city of refuge, and consider how Sofea must have felt as she experienced the landscape of her new home for the first time, both the fear and the awe.


One of my favorite sites was Tel Dan and although it does not feature in Shelter of the Most High it’s lush greenness and dense forest gave me a better sense of what Israel must have been in the past before deforestation, war, and shifts in climate have done to the fertile land God himself called a land of milk and honey. Since I was so affected by Tel Dan (or Laish in ancient times) that city will be one of the settings in my upcoming third installment of the Cities of Refuge Series, Until the Mountains Fall.


Being a super visual person who is highly sensitive to sensory input, I took great pleasure in absorbing with all my senses as we walked paths, climbed mountains (yes, mountains), slogged through a long, cold, and wet tunnel deep beneath Jerusalem, hiked up to the secret oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul, and rocked along on a boat over the glassy surface of the Galilee. I felt like a sponge just soaking up every little detail and every grand vista.


Smelling the salty breeze off the Mediterranean and hearing the waves crash against the sandy beach in Tel Aviv and Caesarea Phillipi made me imagine our heroine Sofea looking over that enormous, blue expanse and wondering what sort of god had control of such a powerful thing.


Feeling the timeworn cobblestones beneath my feet gave me a sense of what it must have been like for Eitan and Sofea to walk through the streets of Kedesh, their own sandals scuffing against the rough-hewn stone as they went about their daily activities.


Running my fingers along the pitted surfaces of ancient buildings and tracing the chisel marks from craftsmen of the Bronze Age wrapped me in a whirl of imagination about who the people were that hefted those same rocks into place and the ingenuity it took to create structures that have lasted so long. Tasting the unique spices and flavors of the Middle East gave me a sense of the passion Moryiah (our hero’s mother) has for creating delicious new dishes to feed her growing family and the guests at her inn.


Although I write fiction, my stories are woven into Biblical accounts so going to Israel was a perfect reminder for me that the people that lived between the pages of Genesis to Revelations were real. They breathed, they cried, they loved, they mourned, they suffered, and they celebrated with their families. I am so grateful to have gleaned some great new insight into the Land and its resilient, vibrant people and hope that through Shelter of the Most High readers get a small sense of the beauty and wonder I experienced there. I cannot wait to go back!


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Bibliophile Reviews, November 25

 

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Reading Is My SuperPower, November 26

 

Aryn The Libraryan, November 27

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, November 27

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 27

 

Abbas Prayer Warrior Princess, November 28

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, November 28

 

Simple Harvest Reads, November 29 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

For the Love of Literature, November 29


Janices book reviews, November 29

 

The Lit Addict, November 30

 

Texas Book-aholic, November 30

 

Just the Write Escape, December 1

 

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 1

 

Connect in Fiction, December 2

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, December 2

 

Bigreadersite, December 2

 

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 3

 

Purposeful Learning, December 3

 

Carpe Diem, December 3


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Connilyn is giving away

Grand Prize: All five of Conni’s novels, including Shelter of the Most High, plus AHAVA Dead Sea Bath Salts

Three other winners will receive a copy of Shelter of the Most High!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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The Unannounced Christmas Visitor by Patrick Higgins Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 12, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Book: The Unannounced Christmas Visitor

Author: Patrick Higgins Genre: Christian fiction/Christmas

Release Date: November 18, 2014

What if angels really did come from the most unlikely of places? That’s exactly what happens in this heartwarming story, set in a homeless community in Anywhere USA. Sent to Planet Earth by his Maker, disguised as a homeless person, Enoch was on a mission: to rescue a man whose life was slowly but steadily spiraling out of control.


Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed! 2016 IPA (INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHER AWARDS) GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER.


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MY REVIEW

The Unannounced Christmas Visitor is a book that will tug at your heart, make you weep, but still fill you with hope and inspiration like no other. I simply couldn't put the book down and as I turned the pages, found passages that brought tears to my eyes and choked me up, being reminded of the awesome love that God, our Father, has for each one of us.


The story humbled me and made me feel grateful for Jesus' gift of redemption and being named a child of God. This book may be a reminder of God's love for some and a wake-up call to other's, knowing our days may be shorter than we think.


Even though The Unannounced Christmas Visitor is a work of fiction, the characters became very real to me. There is something inside the pagest that can relate to everyone. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Patrick Higgins.

About the Author


Patrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, the award-winning “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.”

Guest Post from Patrick

Why I wrote the book: Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 10

 

Lighthouse Academy, November 10

 

The Power of Words, November 11

 

Christian Centered book Reviews, November 11

 

Genesis 5020, November 12


Blogging With Carol, November 12

 

God’s Little Bookworm, November 13

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, November 13

 

Girls in White Dresses, November 14

 

Moments, November 14

 

Mary Hake, November 15

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 15

 

For the Love of Literature, November 15

 

Inklings and notions, November 16

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 16

 

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 17

 

Bibliophile Reviews, November 17

 

Vicky Sluiter, November 18

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 18

 

Godly Book Reviews, November 19


Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 19

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, November 20

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

 

Texas Book-aholic, November 21

 

Janices book reviews, November 21

 

Carpe Diem, November 22

 

Bigreadersite, November 22

 

amandainpa, November 23

 

A Baker’s Perspective, November 23


Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Patrick is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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An Hour Unspent by Rosanna M. White Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 7, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.


Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.


As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.


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My Review

 

An Hour Unspent took me on an adventure through England and France. Evelina Manning, daughter of a watchmaker leads and interesting life with her involvement in the suffragette movement to her broken engagement to a man enlisted in the Army. Then she meets Barclay Pierce, a reformed thief, working for the war effort. Her life becomes very confusing.


The story is plagued with intrigue, lots of suspense, and romantic relationships. It speaks of loyalty, family, and faith.


I loved the historical aspects of the novel and enjoyed reading about the beginnings of the Rolex Company. It was truly a fascinating read.


 I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.


About the Author


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.


That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.


The founder. The caregiver. The leader.


I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.


It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.


There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those. It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

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Reading Is My SuperPower, October 31

 

Faithfully Bookish, October 31

 

Genesis 5020, October 31

 

Fiction Aficionado, November 1

 

Among the Reads, November 1

 

The Lit Addict, November 1

 

Just the Write Escape, November 1

 

Multifarious, November 2

 

Godly Book Reviews, November 2

 

Real World Bible Study, November 2

 

Madeline Clark, November 2

 

Reflections From My Bookshelves, November 3

 

Christian Bookaholic, November 3


Inspirationally Ever After, November 3

 

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Bigreadersite, November 3

 

Blogging With Carol , November 4

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 4

 

Life with the Tribe, November 4


The Becca Files, November 4

 

Kathleen Denly, November 5

 

Cordially Barbara, November 5


Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 5

 

Simple Harvest Reads, November 5 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

 

God’s Little Bookworm, November 6

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, November 6

 

Faery Tales Are Real, November 6

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, November 6

 

Carpe Diem, November 6

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, November 7

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 7

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, November 7

 

Blossoms and Blessings , November 7

 

Maureen’s Musings , November 8

 

Connie’s History Classroom , November 8


Book by Book, November 8

 

Just Commonly, November 8

 

cherylbbookblog, November 9

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, November 9

 

Have A Wonderful Day , November 9

 

With a Joyful Noise, November 9

 

KarenSueHadley , November 10

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 10

 

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 10

 

Baker kella, November 10

 

Bibliophile Reviews, November 10

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 11

 

Inklings and Notions , November 11

 

Two Points of Interest, November 11

 

Inspiration Clothesline, November 11

 

A Baker’s Perspective, November 11

 

Henry Happens, November 12

 

Texas Book-aholic, November 12

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

 


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Christmas Love Year Round by Elaine Stock Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Book: Christmas Love Year Round

Author: Elaine Stock

Genre: Christian romance, sweet romance

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Cami Richardson is good at chasing away the men in her life: first Gavin Kinkaid, a former classmate she’d helped to bully, and later, her husband who left her widowed and a single mom. Now all she wants is to bring a smile back to her eight-year-old son. What she doesn’t expect is for Gavin to become her new neighbor.

Gavin wants to settle down after serving in the Air Force and mend the separation between him and his dad. What he didn’t count on is his changing feelings when he sees Cami as a kind woman instead of his former adversary.

When Cami’s son blindsides them both during the Christmas season, is their reunion at risk or will it grow stronger?

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My Review

Cami and Gavin re-unite after a lot of years apart. Cami, a recent widow and Gavin, recovering from a bad relationship end up being neighbors. However, can they forgive and forget the terrible incidents from their childhood?

 

Christmas Love Year Round is a wonderful Christmas story of inspiration. The main characters were likeable from the beginning and I grew to like who they became throughout the story. Danny, Cami's son, was warm, witty, and wise beyond his years and a joy to get to know.

 

This is a book about second chances, building new relationships, leaning on God's promises of love and forgiveness.I can't wait to read more of the series. Highly recommend.

 

I was provided with a copy of the book through Celebrate Lit


About the Author


Elaine Stock is the author of the novels Her Good Girl, winner of the 2018 American Fiction Awards in the Christian Inspirational category, and Always With You, which won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

Guest Post from Elaine

To love someone with all of your heart is the only thing that matters in this world.


Readers often ask the origin of a story idea. When I wrote my first published novel, Always With You, I was asked if my husband was a white supremacist. No! When Her Good Girl released, the questions of whether my mother practiced Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy popped up as well. Although my mother unfortunately did suffer another mental illness, it wasn’t MSP. And now Christmas Love Year Round, Book 1 of the Kindred Lake romance series, is on sale. What does fuel my writing? What is a connecting theme between the stories I write?


Love.


Love is the most essential relationship we must share between all…between family members, friends, neighbors…between strangers, enemies, those who live differently than us, and foreign countries.


A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.


John 13:34-35 (NIV)


Yet, isn’t honest love the hardest thing to do? Perhaps it is also the most difficult virtue to teach and the most vexing passion to express.


Imagine this scenario: You’re a widowed mom with an impressionable eight-year-old son. Your conscience is riddled with the worry that you might have pushed your husband toward his death, and that’s on top of the weight bearing down on you from your childhood days of participating with others to bully a particular family in town.


Then, the one boy who was part of that picked-upon family, now a grown man and stirringly handsome purchases the house across the street from you. You’ll likely see him every day.


And, with a gulp, you realize…that you want to see him. That actually, despite all that transpired between the two of you back in high school, you’re Attracted to him with a Capital A.


Might that magnetism between the two of you be mutual?


This is the set-up between Cami and Gavin in Christmas Love Year Round. Will these two former adversaries forgive not only each other but themselves as well and take loving one’s neighbor to the next step of falling in love and making amends into amens?


May each of you be blessed with love and joy year round!

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, November 3

 

Inklings and notions, November 4

 

Christian Centered Book Reviews, November 4

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, November 5

 

Cultivating Us, November 6

 

Quiet Quilter, November 6

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 7


Singing Librarian Books, November 7

 

Moments, November 8

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 9

 

Robin is Bookish, November 9

 

Remembrancy, November 10

 

Vicky Sluiter, November 10

 

Bibliophile Reviews, November 11

 

A Baker’s Perspective, November 12

 

Texas Book-aholic, November 13

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 14

 

Carpe Diem, November 14

 

Janices book reviews, November 15

 

godly Book Reviews, November 16

 

Bigreadersite, November 16

 

 


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away

Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between print (US only) or Kindle of Christmas Love Year Round, Kindle of And You Came Along (companion novel to Christmas Love Year Round), and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card

1st and 2nd Prizes: a Kindle edition of Christmas Love Year Round!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway-This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (3)


About the Book



Book Title: This Courageous Journey

Author: Misty Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: October 9, 2018


As the fifth daughter in a family of nine children, Noelle Grant has spent her life working to be unique. Her love of stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational stories than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit the brother she hasn’t seen in years? The trip comes together perfectly as she plans to journey with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as planned comes in the form of the mountain man they hire as their guide for the final leg of the journey.


When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual journey northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making the wrong decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The man in charge refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.


As the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle is faced with the choice to delay her journey northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never imagines her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.


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MY REVIEW


Noelle Grant, trying to make a name for herself as a journalist, decides to travel to see her brother in the Canadian wilderness. Her guide, Daniel Abrams part Indian, doesn't seem to think she will survive the trip. When the rest of the family friends decide not to make the full trip, Noelle and David head out across the mountains alone.

 

This is a beautiful story of two people from very different backgrounds that discover that God's plan for their lives just might include a future together.

 

The descriptions of the Canadian wilderness are amazing. The story is filled with worry, courage, strength, trust, and lots of struggle. This Courageous Journey is a beautiful love story. The Christian element comes through which makes it inspiring and a story filled with hope.

 

I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.


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


Ever Been Struck by Lightning?



One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen!


Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him.


People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative!


As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”


Blog Stops

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 11

 

Among the Reads, October 11

 

Singing Librarian Books, October 11

 

The Power of Words, October 12

 

Multifarious, October 12

 

Maureen’s Musings, October 12

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 13

 

Real World Bible Study, October 13

 

Splashes of Joy, October 14

 

Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Spotlight)

 

Joy of Reading, October 15


Mary Hake, October 15

 

Janices book reviews, October 15

 

Kat’s Corner Books, October 16

 

Livin Lit, October 16

 

KarenSueHadley, October 17


Truth and Grace Homeschool aacademy, October 17

 

Remembrancy, October 18

 

Carpe Diem, October 18

 

Pause for Tales, October 19

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 19

 

Bigreadersite, October 19

 

A Baker’s Perspective, October 20

 

Blossoms and Blessings, October 20

 

Bibliophile Reviews, October 20

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, October 21


Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 21


Wishful Endings, October 22

 

Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest post Mindy Houng)


Inspiration Clothesline, October 23

 

proud to be an autism mom, October 23

 

Texas Book-aholic, October 24

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 24

 

 

Giveaway


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

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d4cf/this-courageous-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

Blog Review of A Tale of Two Hearts and Giveaway by Michelle Griep

Posted by [email protected] on October 4, 2018 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book




Book Title: A Tale of two Cities  
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release date: September 1, 2018

Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life. She saves every penny to attend a finishing school, dreaming of the day she’ll become a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn. William is a gentleman’s son, a charming rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his puritanical cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit. William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t as she comes to love the old man. And when the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost. Can two hearts survive such a deception?

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My Review


A Tale of Two Hearts is the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series.  A Tale of Two Hearts is a wonderful tale set in 1853 London.  The story is one filled with struggles, deception, and forgiveness.  Mina Scott & William start a relationship based on lies that pair off one Barlow family member against another. Lies told by Mina and William to his uncle, come back to haunt them both.


I loved the references to Dickens and the underlying Christian aspects to the book. All in all,  it was a very enjoyable read written in the English of that period which brought the story to life for me.  It was inspiring and very inspirational.  As good as the first book in the series.



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 Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan.


Guest Post from Michelle


Victorian Christmas Foods


So, it’s September, and you know what that means? It’s back to school. Pumpkin spiced everything is just around the corner. And it’s nearly time for cardigans and colored leaves. But besides all these autumn staples, it’s also time to start thinking about Christmas, because it will be here before you know it. How about this year you plan ahead to serve some traditional Victorian food? In my newest release, A Tale of Two Hearts, the heroine’s father is known for his annual oyster stew that he serves on Christmas Eve. Here’s a bit of the background on that tasty soup.


Victorian Oyster Stew


Oysters have been savored in Britain since the days of the Romans. By Victorian times, industrialization cheapened oysters to the point of them becoming a staple of the poor man’s diet and were a frequent fare served in public houses. This, however, depleted their abundance, and by the mid 1800’s, the natural oyster beds became exhausted, making it harder to find good oysters. While other foods were served as well on Christmas Eve, oyster stew was as common as goose or turkey. Another Victorian favorite that goes great on a crisp evening is good ol’ hot chocolate, though in Dickens’ England, it would’ve been called something else.


Drinking Chocolate


What we now call cocoa or hot chocolate was called drinking chocolate in the mid 1800s. This beverage was a favorite among Victorian ladies. You can find recipes for it even from the Regency era (early 1800s) and here is one for you to make at home. And last, but not least, who hasn’t heard of Christmas pudding? To our American ears, that sounds like a tasty dish that you’d eat with a spoon and slap a little whipped cream on top. Actually, it’s more like a fruit cake.


Christmas Pudding


Christmas pudding is quite a production, one that begins well before Christmas Day. In fact, it begins on Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent (which is five weeks before Christmas). This is why when Mina, the heroine in A Tale of Two Hearts, returns home from dinner at Uncle Barlow’s, and though it’s not yet Christmas, she sees the pudding moulds on the kitchen table. If these tastes and the accompanying smells still aren’t quite enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, then snatch yourself up a copy of the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. A Tale of Two Hearts is sure to get you in the mood.


Blog Stops


Kat’s Corner Books, October 2


Creating Romance, October 2


Just the Write Escape, October 2


The Avid Reader, October 2


Genesis 5020, October 3


The Power of Words, October 3


Just Commonly, October 3


Baker Kella, October 3


Among the Reads, October 4


Fiction Aficionado, October 4


Godly Book Reviews, October 4


Inklings and Notions , October 4

 

Captive Dreams Window, October 5


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, October 5


Proud to Be an Autism Mom, October 5

 

Multifarious, October 6

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 6

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, October 6


Texas Book-aholic, October 6


Remembrancy, October 7

 

Splashes of Joy , October 7


Blossoms and Blessings, October 7

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 7

 

Back Porch Reads, October 8

 

A Reader’s Brain, October 8


Christian Chick’s Thoughts, October 8


Janice’s Book Reviews, October 8

 

Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

 

Mary Hake, October 9

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 9

 

Carpe Diem, October 9


Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 10


Britt Reads Fiction, October 10


Luv’N Lambert Life, October 10

 

A Baker’s Perspective, October 10

 

By The Book, October 11


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 11

 

Book by Book, October 11

 

Bigreadersite, October 11

 

More Of Him, October 12

 

Pause for Tales, October 12

 

With a Joyful Noise, October 12

 

Have A Wonderful Day , October 12


Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 13

 

Bibliophile Reviews, October 13


Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 13


Vicky Sluiter, October 14


Daysong Reflections , October 14


To Everything A Season, October 14

 

Henry Happens, October 15

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 15

 

Reader’s Cozy Corner, October 15

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 15



Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click the link below to enter.

Blog Tour & Giveaway-Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book



Book Title: Hidden Among The Stars

Author: Melanie Dobson

Genre: Historical Fiction (However, this is a time-slip novel, so there is also a contemporary component to the story)

Release date: September 4, 2018


From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.


The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone.


Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.


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My Review

Hidden Among the Stars is a beautifully woven story between a historical past and

a present-day filled with mystery. I loved the vivid descriptions of life in Austria

during Hitler's regime. The flavor of those perilous times came through as emotions

flowed through me. My heart ached for Annika, Max, and Luzia as they endured a life

filled with pain and turmoil.

 

Callie, though content with her life running a bookstore with her sister, finds the

courage to go to Austria and try to find Charlotte's relatives to unlock the mystery

of her past. There were lots of surprises and twists that kept me turning the pages

wanting to know what would happen next.

 

The story was full of intense mystery and suspense but was also a story of hope,

faith, and deep love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading

more from the author. I highly recommend it.


About the Author



Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind and Chateau of Secrets . Three of her novels have won Carol Awards; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year.


Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University.


Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls.


Visit Melanie online at www.melaniedobson.com.


Guest Post from Melanie


Hallstatt’s Hiding Places


Backpacking across Europe—that’s how my husband Jon and I decided to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We savored the old world culture and charm as we hiked along Italy’s coast, toured medieval castles in Germany, and cruised the canals in Belgium; we both left a bit of our hearts in an ancient lakeside town called Hallstatt.


The moment we stepped off the ferryboat and into this storybook village, we crossed through a portal of sorts, traveling back several centuries in time. The rugged, snow-capped mountains around us and alpine lake, the quaint village with its church steeples and cobblestone lanes and waterfall that spilled into town—all of it captivated us.


Along the shore, hidden partially by trees, we could see spires of an abandoned castle, and I wanted to know its story. No one in Hallstatt could tell us who’d lived in the castle—at least, not in English—so my husband agreed to a new adventure. With a swan as our escort, we glided across the lake in an electric boat so I could study the rusty turrets, boarded windows, and wooden boathouse resting in the water like a felled log.


Instead of quelling my curiosity, the match of inspiration ignited my mind. Who had lived in this castle, and what happened there? I began writing in my journal that night, trying to capture my rogue thoughts on paper, hoping that one day a novel would emerge from the ashes of this castle’s story.


When we returned home, I began researching more of Hallstatt’s history and discovered that this region, in all of its beauty and mystique, had been infiltrated by an enemy in 1938. This town and the surrounding Salzkammergut became a mountain retreat for Nazi officials who built mansions on the shores of its many lakes and used salt mines to hide “ownerless treasure”—the gold bullion and artwork they’d stolen from the Jewish people.


The Nazis intended to build a Fourth Reich in this alpine fortress, but the Allies had other plans. Near the end of the war, these lakes became a dustbin of sorts, collecting whatever the enemy dumped into its waters—weapons, counterfeit banknotes, concentration camp lists—as they fled south from the Allied troops. The Devil’s Dustbin, locals call it.


Lake Hallstatt plunges more than four hundred feet between the fortress of mountains. Because of its depth and the many hiding places in the underwater forests, caves, and shifting sands, divers continue finding World War II artifacts today. Some still believe there’s a treasure trove buried on the bottom, but no one has reported finding any gold.


After our trip, a story about this castle and what happened to the heirlooms of the Austrian Jewish people continued to burn inside me until I finally put it on paper. So I built Schloss Schwansee—Castle of Swan Lake—in my mind, inspired by the castle along Lake Hallstatt, and created a cast of historical and contemporary characters who are searching for lost treasure.


Hidden Among the Stars is a time-slip novel about a castle and treasure and fairytales, but most of all, it’s a story about God using ordinary people across Austria to resist evil in their own extraordinary way.


Blog Stops

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, September 6

 

Fiction Aficionado, September 6

 

Back Porch Reads, September 6

 

Among the Reads, September 6


The Power of Words, September 7

 

Multifarious, September 7

 

lady ansel book vibes, September 7

 

The Becca Files, September 7

 

God’s Little Bookworm, September 8

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 8

 

Painting with Words, September 8

 

Lis Loves Reading, September 8

 

cherylbbookblog, September 9


Living LIfe Free in Christ, September 9

 

Madeline Clark, September 9

 

Mary Hake, September 9

 

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 10


Genesis 5020, September 10

 

Faithfully Bookish, September 10

 

Simple Harvest Reads, September 10 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, September 11

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 11


Daysong Reflections, September 11

 

Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews, September 11

 

Seasons of Opportunities, September 12

 

Remembrancy, September 12

 

Inklings and notions, September 12

 

amandainpa, September 12

 

Maureen’s Musing, September 13

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

 

Just Commonly, September 13

 

Book by Book, September 13

 

Connect in Fiction, September 14

 

Pause for Tales, September 14


Have A Wonderful Day, September 14


Splashes of Joy, September 14


The Christian Fiction Girl, September 15

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 15

 

To Everything A Season, September 15

 

A Baker’s Perspective, September 15

 

proud to be an autism mom, September 16

 

Bibliophile Reviews, September 16

 

Bigreadersite, September 16

 

Aryn The Libraryan, September 16

 

By The Book, September 17

 

Christian author, J.E. Grace, September 17

 

Janices book reviews, September 17

 

Texas Book-aholic, September 18

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 18

 

Carpe Diem, September 18

 

Godly Book Reviews, September 19

 

For The Love of Books, September 19

 

Live. Love. Read., September 19

 

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 19


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Melanie is giving away a grand prize package that includes a $25 Amazon gift card, Catching the Wind paperback, and Hidden Among the Stars paperback!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d2ad/hidden-among-the-stars-celebration-tour-giveaway

Chasing Embers Blog Tour & Giveaway by Rachel Skatvold

Posted by [email protected] on August 24, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

About the Book


 

Book Title: Chasing Embers (Heart Ranch, Book 2)  
Author: Rachel Skatvold  
Genre: Christian Romance / Contemporary Western  
Release date: August 20, 2018


ANNABELLE HART thought owning the family ranch would be everything she ever dreamed of and more. The Montana wilderness has always flowed like blood through her veins, but she can’t understand why her heart feels so empty inside.

Three years after leaving Montana to become a wild land firefighter, COLTON BROOKS still dreams about the girl he left behind at Hart Ranch. He prays for her happiness, believing she deserves someone better than him, but doubts he will ever love again.

When their paths intersect again, will the embers of their past romance be rekindled, or will an unexpected disaster change life as they know it forever?

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About the Author



Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the second book in her new Hart Ranch Series. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.

Guest Post from Rachel

Chasing Embers is a sequel I have been excited to write since the release of Escaping Reality over two years ago. To be honest, while writing book one, I thought it would just be a standalone story and not part of a series. However, Logan’s strong-willed little sister, Belle, was determined to have her own story and I’m thrilled that she is finally getting one!


One of the theme verses from Chasing Embers is Ephesians 3:20, which says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” In the story, the characters go through some trials that seem impossible to overcome. In order to keep their loved ones and the ranch safe, the Hart family must cling tightly to their faith and trust that God always keeps his promises. The events of the story also serve as a reminder that God can do mighty things through us if we allow him to.


Chasing Embers is a heartwarming tale of lost love, second chances and choosing to love even when it is difficult. Be prepared to laugh, cry and rejoice with Belle and Colton as you read their love story. To find out more about Chasing Embers by Rachel Skatvold, read the summary above.



My Review


Annabelle and Colton grew up together, lived on the same ranch, but never told each other how they felt. Colton decides to leave the ranch to become a firefighter and her world falls apart.  Add a second, charming, good-looking man to the mix and confusion sets in.


Chasing Embers is a very intense and exciting read.  I loved how developed the characters were and I found myself feeling like I knew them both.  The storyline is about complicated love, the strength of family and God's ability to come through beyond all reason.


I loved the Faith aspect that the Hart family demonstrated during times of struggle.  Chasing Embers is a very heartwarming, romantic, inspirational read that leaves you feeling good.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series.


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


Blog Stops


Reading Is My SuperPower, August 23

 

Among the Reads, August 23

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, August 24

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, August 25


Blossoms and Blessings, August 25

 

Bibliophile Reviews, August 26

 

Janices book reviews, August 27

 

Kat’s Corner Books, August 28

 

Daysong Reflections, August 28

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, August 29

 

Remembrancy, August 29

 

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 30

 

proud to be an autism mom, August 31


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 31

 

Texas Book-aholic, September 1

 

Carpe Diem, September 2

 

A Baker’s Perspective, September 3

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 4

 

Bigreadersite, September 4


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click the link below to enter.

Author Interview with Sharon K. Connell

Posted by [email protected] on July 16, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

  

About the Book

Teacher Shannon Collins has her life all figured out—but after the attack of September 11, her world turns upside down. Her boyfriend enlists in the Marines and proposes before heading to Afghanistan. As Shannon waits and prays for his safe return, she meets another Marine. Her engagement makes her off-limits. The Marine departs with a simple kiss on her hand and no contact information exchanged. But can she forget him?



Life takes a strange turn for Shannon when a rich, unscrupulous businessman sets his sights on her, and her fiancé falls in love with someone else. Can Shannon trust God to weave her shattered emotions into a beautiful tapestry? Fear and betrayal will cause Shannon to cling to “…A Very Present Help in time of trouble.”


Having rejected God in her college days, Patricia believes He would not listen to her now. All she wants is to change and have a normal life. Will she put her trust in God? Can she survive long enough to find peace…and perfect love?


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Today I would like to introduce author, Sharon K. Connell. I'm so pleased to have you with us. Tell us a little about yourself.


Sharon, how long have you been writing?


I started writing in the end of 2004.

What inspires you to write?


My inspiration come from the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Each day He encourages me.


Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?


Oh yes. LOL They sometimes drive me crazy with their demands. So much so, that my last published book in its 1st edition (not my rewrites) was a story I couldn’t let go. The heroine was in two of my first published books. She was an accomplice to the villain in the first, and a problem for the hero in the second. She wouldn’t leave me alone until I did something with her to set things right. But they all tell me when they don’t like something I’m doing with the story. And no, I am not schizophrenic. LOL


When you’re not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?


I’m a homemaker, gardener, artist, crafter, cook, baker, and best friend to an Australian cattle dog named Susie.


What has been your favorite release so far? Why?


My favorite release is actually the book I’m rewriting at the moment. Paths of Righteousness. I took it off the market because I knew I could write the story better. When I first published the book, I didn’t know anything about writing. Everyone loved the story, and that’s why I’m rewriting it the way it should have been.


What author’s in your genre inspire you the most?

I’d have to say Jackie Zack for the modern author. But Grace Livingston Hill and Jane Austen certainly inspired me with their stories, even if they didn’t label them Romance Suspense.


What’s your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?


My favorite part is bringing a good story to the enjoyment of others. My least favorite part is the amount of time it takes to get it done.


What are you saying in your book (s) that will encourage Christians today?


My books are all about God’s grace and love. Of course they cover His forgiveness, longsuffering, and the fact that He will never leave you, nor forsake you if you are one of His children. And He will be there for you the moment you finally stop trying to do everything for yourself, and simply trust Him.


How do you come up with your book ideas?


All I can say is that they just pop into my mind. I have dozens of them that I haven’t even started writing about yet.

 

What projects are you working on right now?


As I mentioned before, I’m in the process of rewriting my second published book, Paths of Righteousness. At the moment, I’m past the half way mark in the rewrite, heading for the climax.


Bio 


Sharon K. Connell was born in Wisconsin and lived there for five short days. From that time through college, she lived in Illinois. For over twenty years, she made her home in Florida where she graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute. California, Ohio, and Missouri were also home during her childhood. Now retired from the business world, she resides in Houston, Texas, enjoying every minute of her writing career.


Except for six, Sharon has visited every state in the United States. She has also traveled to Canada and Mexico. The stories in her four published novels reflect some of the experiences she has had in her travels.

 

Sharon writes stories about people who discover God will allow things to happen in your life that will help you grow and/or increase your faith. She has learned through the years that there is nothing too big for God to handle. And He will. If you take your hands off it, and leave Him in control.

 

Christian Romance Suspense is the genre of Sharon’s novels, with a little mystery and humor added for good measure.


Ways to Connect with Sharon


Website: http://sharonkconnell.com/


Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/sharonkconnell


Author’s book page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averypresenthelpbook1


Author’s Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianRomanceSuspense/


Group Forum on Facebook: h/ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristianWritersAndReadersGroupForum (Not accepting new members at this time)


Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKConnell


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SharonKConnell


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonkconnell


Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rosecastle1/


Purchase Sharon's Books


His Perfect Love http://amzn.to/2iCMALI


A Very Present Help http://amzn.to/2yuF4eE




Book Trailers


His Perfect Love https://youtu.be/e3tRr6mLzZk


A Very Present Help https://youtu.be/wYyoOE5IzS0


Just Let Go Blog Tour & Giveaway by Courtney Walsh

Posted by [email protected] on July 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (5)





About the Book 



Title: Just Let Go  


Author: Courtney Walsh  


Release Date: June 5, 2018  


Genre: Contemporary Romance



For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.


Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.


Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author



Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.


My Review

Just Let Go is a wonderful story about two people, Quinn & Grady, who were opposites but were fighting an apparent attraction. Grady was still carrying around a lot of guilt, while Quinn, was harboring feelings of abandonment. Through a struggling relationship and unexpected circumstances, each character learns to let go of their issues from the past.


The main characters were well-developed and I felt an almost instant connection to both of them. My heart ached for each one as their past hurts were revealed. I loved the Christian aspect of the storyline. A story of inspiration, love, and forgiveness.

 

This was the first book that I have read from this author and was thoroughly entertained.


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


Blog Stops


By The Book, June 26


Faithfully Bookish, June 26


Luv’N Lambert Life, June 26

 

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 27

 

Among the Reads, June 27

 

Splashes of Joy, June 27

 

God is Love, June 28

 

Fiction Aficionado, June 28


Genesis 5020, June 28

 

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 28

 

Carpe Diem, June 29

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 29

 

100 Pages per Hour, June 29

 

The Power of Words, June 30


Lighthouse Academy, June 30

 

Radiant Light, June 30

 

Just the Write Escape, June 30

 

Quiet Quilter, July 1


C Jane Read, July 1

 

A Baker’s Perspective, July 1

 

Cordially Barbara, July 2

 

Baker kella, July 2

 

The Christian Fiction Girl, July 3

 

Remembrancy, July 3

 

amandainpa, July 3

 

Two Points of Interest, July 4


Daysong Reflections, July 4

 

SusanLovesBooks, July 4

 

Vicky Sluiter, July 5

 

proud to be an autism mom, July 5

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, July 6

 

Pause for Tales, July 6

 

Bibliophile Reviews, July 7

 

Texas Book-aholic, July 7

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 7

 

Janices book reviews, July 8

 

Bigreadersite, July 8

 

Blossoms and Blessings, July 8

 

Godly Book Reviews, July 9


Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 9

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, July 9


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Courtney Walsh is giving away a grand prize of a library of Courtney Walsh’s books and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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