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The Son of God Virtual Book Tour- Author, Sharon Lindsay

Posted by [email protected] on July 25, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Genre: Biblical Fiction

The Son of God Series is five books of historical fiction that shine a compelling light on Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. In his heavenly role, he is called Yeshua and as a man he is called Jesus. In each book you will meet Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah. He is personal and approachable.


Meet Sharon

  Sharon Lindsay is a woman who reads the Bible and sees the drama of the ancient stories like vivid movies rolling across her mind. She is the author of the 5-book Son of God Series, a writer who grounds her fast-paced fictionalized account of the life of Jesus in Biblical studies, historical research, and personal experience. Her own experiences, the times when heaven has supernaturally stepped into her life, allow her to write this Biblical story with the authority of someone who has come face to face with the spiritual forces of Good and Evil.


Sharon is a graduate of Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College). She is a retired teacher with 37 years of classroom experience, elementary through middle school. As a retiree, she continues to teach in the church setting and has found that both adults and teenagers who read The Son of God Series are captivated by her fresh and relatable retelling of the Gospel account. She is an active member of a Messianic Jewish Congregation.  


Title of Book: The Son of God Series, Book 1: Unto Us

   

About The Book

Unto Us Sets up the power-struggle between God and Satan. The sweet Christmas story? No, this is the story of a young Jewish couple unexpectedly thrust into the cosmic war between Good and Evil. They have been entrusted with the life of heaven’s king and Earth’s savior. Howwill they survive?  

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Title of Book: The Son of God Series, Book 2: This is My Son


About The Book

In Book 2, This is My Son the supernatural conflict between Good and Evil continues to focus on the boy Jesus. Satan manipulates people and events but is not allowed to directly attack during Jesus’ developmental years. Throughout this period, the Kingdom of the Evil One continually engineers the circumstances of life hoping to bring confusion, fear and rejection into the life of God’s son, the one chosen to bring salvation to humanity.


When the men of Nazareth become involved with the Galilean, Jesus watches the father of his best friend die on a cross. Through the confusion of those years, Father God and Joseph guide Jesus into his true identity, Son of Heaven and Son of Earth destinedto die for humanity.

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Title of Book: The Son of God Series, Book 3: Prepare the Way

About The Book

 

In Book 3, Prepare the Way the major characters in the Biblical narrative are called on stage: John the Baptist, the disciples, Pilate, Herod Antipas and others. The intrigue of Rome clashes with life in a land governed by the Law of Moses. John the Baptist runs afoul of the ruler of Galilee and Pilate must back down after taking a tough stance with the Sanhedrin. In the Judean wilderness Satan tries to end the mission of Jesus before his ministry begins.

 

In this book, Jesus moves from small-town carpenter to well-known rabbi, scandalously infamous in Jerusalem and faithfully followed in the countryside. 


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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/


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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.

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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.


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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!

Breath of Heaven Blog Tour & Giveaway by Alana Terry

Posted by [email protected] on July 6, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Title: Breath of Heaven


Author: Alana Terry


Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction


Release Date: December 9, 2017



She hasn’t fallen out of love with her husband. She just can’t stand his church.


Nobody told Katrina being a pastor’s wife would be easy. But she never imagined that the stress she and her husband would face from his new job could so easily destroy their marriage.


In spite of her mother’s disapproval, Katrina marries a pastor whose job immediately plucks her away from her music, her symphony, and the city life she loves and plants her in the small town of Orchard Grove, Washington.


If she knew going into her new life that she’d be sacrificing her music career for a congregation full of gossips and backbiters and that the pressure of her husband’s new job would turn him into someone she hardly recognizes anymore, she might have reconsidered marrying him in the first place.


Unfortunately, it’s too late to do anything about that now. Or is it?



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About the Author


Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.


Guest Post from Alana Terry


I used to think being a pastor’s wife would be glamorous. Now I know better!

Although I’ve loved the different churches where my husband has been called to serve, being a couple in full-time ministry can definitely take its toll on a marriage.

Breath of Heaven is a novel in my Orchard Grove Christian women’s fiction series, which deals with real-life couples facing real-life issues. In Breath of Heaven, two newlyweds are thrown into the world of church politics, and the honeymoon period is quickly over.

I wrote this novel to give an inside peek at what it’s like if you’ve never been a pastor’s wife as well as to offer some hope and encouragement to women who know the stress of being married to someone in full-time ministry.

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My Review

 

The main characters in Breath of Heaven, a young pastor, Greg and his wife, Katrina move from California to the small town of Orchard Grove, Washington to take over the church. Katrina struggles with the boredom of small-town life and her love for music,

 

I like how the author used everyday issues that we all face to show that a pastor and his wife endure a lot of those same issues. The characters were very well-developed and even though I had some issues with Katrina, I found myself having compassion for her in the end. I was engrossed in the story from the beginning and couldn't wait to see what developed next. There was a lot of constant tension.

 

This is a story of the relationship between a husband and wife, honesty, and forgiveness. It was down-to-earth and a very well-written story with real-life situations that were believable.

 

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


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of books 1-3 in the Orchard Grove Christian women’s series (paperback or ebook)!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/d06f/breath-of-heaven-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on July 3, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (3)

About the Book


 

Title: The Love Letter  

Author: Rachel Hauck  

Release Date: June 12, 2018
 
Genre: Contemporary
 
Tour Dates: June 21 – July 4


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.

Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.

Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.
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My Review

Rachael Hauck's The Love Letter is actually two love stories in one. One is set

during the Revolutionary War, the other in modern times. The two stories are

intertwined throughout the book but the transition was easy to follow.


The plot was well thought out and immersed with history, which made for an

interesting read. The characters of Hamilton & Ester and Chloe & Jesse came to life

for me. I really enjoyed following their journey.

 

The ending wrapped everything up nicely with a surprising twist. I loved the

references to Chloe's trust in God and her strength in believing in true love.

She was determined to find it and to also quit playing the "dying actress."

I also felt compassion for Jesse while he was trying to come to terms with the

feelings of guilt and struggle to find forgiveness.

 

The Love Letter was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher and willingly chose to review it.


About the Author



Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.


Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.


Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

Guest Post from Rachel Hauck


I’m always looking for story ideas. My husband does a standard disclaimer when I start drilling into a conversation with questions like:


”Really? So why did you do that?”


”Have you sought help?”


”Was it love at first sight?”


Hubster says, “Warning, anything you say can end up in a book.”


Of course, stories abound! Interesting people abound!


Then again, sometimes ideas just hit out of the blue. A few years ago I had the idea of a young, contemporary couple meeting by “accident” only to learn that their great grandparents were in love but time, life, family, war, or society made their love impossible.


I suppose there are a hundred ways to tell such a story but when it came time to write The Love Letter, I was slightly infatuated with the Poldark series on PBS.


Set in 18th century Cornwall, the story and the characters were so dynamic I had to write my own version of Poldark.


But could I write a split time with a 240 year difference? I mean, they didn’t have electricity or phones in 1780! They didn’t even have a postal system. Letters were carried by traveling friends or family.


What possible conflicts could my historical characters face? What event could be so dark and tragic to keep them apart?


The Revolutionary War created a perfect backdrop for my young lovers.


I set the story in upcountry South Carolina not realizing the battle I chose for the back drop, the Battle of Cowpens, was the inspiration for the movie The Patriot. (A fav movie of mine!)


For the contemporary story, I started with shoes.


I mean, doesn’t every thing start with shoes?


”Nice outfit but what shoes are you wearing?”


”You’re going on a date? You need new shoes.”


What we “walk in” can either empower or defeat us. There’s a spiritual metaphor I’ll mediate on for awhile.


However the shoe angle didn’t quite work so the contemporary story ended up in Hollywood with an actor/screenwriter and an actress. Both worlds—1780 upcountry South Carolina and contemporary Hollywood—were a bit out of my southern bailiwick.


I did a lot of research on the war and the colonial south. Where I couldn’t find details, I filled in with my imagination.


As for Hollywood, I talked with a screenwriter friend, read books, watched interviews, and then, you know, made the rest up. Don’t you know I eventually ended up on a movie set—Once Upon A Prince—four days after I finished reading the galley proofs for The Love Letter!


One of the hardest parts of the story was the actual love letter. What did it say? Who wrote it and why? Was there more than one? No, only one.


But why only one? I must have written and rewritten the letter five different ways to Sunday before I settled on the magical one.


During the course of the book, I realized I’d never written a love letter. Have you?


I’ve written sentiments to my husband on an anniversary or birthday card. I speak my love and affection out loud all the time. But a bonafide love letter?


A love letter is it’s own art form. They range from sickly sweet with a lot of “darlings” and “sweethearts” to Shakespearean sonnets.


There’s a vulnerability that comes with writing a love letter. Putting one’s heart on the page creates a new level of commitment with your affections.


Will the reader receive your words? Will the reader respond in kind?


It’s fascinating to consider the purpose of a love letter. Have we lost something intrinsic to the human heart with our instant texting and email society.


Can you imagine Romeo texting to Juliet in 2018?


Saw you at your window. You looked hot.


Doesn’t quite have the same ring as: “But soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.”


Scripture is a continuous love letter. “For God so loved the world—”


Whether you write love letters or poems, or quick texts, or put XO’s on cards to loved ones, write a love letter this month.


Write one to yourself, to Jesus, a spouse, child, parent, friend, foe—


See how it will bless your heart! Off to write my love letter…



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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away
Grand prize of a Kindle Fire 7 Semi-Grand prize of a book basket 2nd – 4th place prize of a copy of The Love Letter!!
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To Claim Her Heart Blog Tour & Giveaway by Jodie Wolfe

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2018 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

About the Book

 

Title: To Claim Her Heart

 
Author: Jodie Wolfe

 
Release Date: May 14, 2018  


Genre: Historical Romance

In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks.


Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way.


Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has not intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.

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My Review

To claim her heart was a novel full of heartfelt compassion, forgiveness, and

suspense. The main characters, Elsie & Benjamin were opposite personalities

which created a lot of tension throughout the story. I found myself chuckling

at the banter between them. Elsie and Benjamin both took part in a land grab

on the Cherokee Strip and ended up with a dead to the same property.


The story was full of surprises and I never knew what would happen next. I

enjoyed the other characters in the story and how the adjoining neighbors all

came together which helps Elsie blossom in her relationships. I definitely look

forward to reading more of Jodie's books.


I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review

it.


About the Author



Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.


Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe


The Heart of a Book

I think there’s always a little bit of the author in each book they write, but sometimes something deeper and very close to the author is wrapped up in the pages of a story. That’s the case for To Claim Her Heart. This is the tale that my mother-in-law always wanted me to write. She was so proud of her family heritage and almost twenty years ago, she was anxious to share it with me. We visited Oklahoma where several of her relatives had staked claims in the last great race for land in our country – the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. This September will mark the 125th anniversary of the land race.


While it saddens me that my dear mother-in-law never lived long enough to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. In To Claim Her Heart I was able to mention a recipe passed down through her family for prune cake. I also made sure the heroine had a Rose of Sharon quilt that was given to her. My mother-in-law gave me this quilt dating back as early as 1834 when it was stitched by my husband’s great, great, great, great grandmother. It’s been passed down to the oldest daughter for generations. But, I think one of my favorite memories is the one that concerns outlaws and how my husband’s great, great, great grandmother dealt with them. To find out more about this actual encounter, you’ll have to read To Claim Her Heart. I hope your heart will be as touched by these stories as mine was when my mother-in-law shared them.


Enjoy!


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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jodie is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
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A Place Called Home by Merrillee Whren Review Promo Blast

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

STARTING OVER

After serving six years in prison for the false charge of manslaughter in the death of his wife, Kurt Jansen must overcome a world of bitterness if he wants to start a new life. But his first priority is securing a restoration job to pay a private investigator to find the real killer and a lawyer to get his kids back.


Hiring a convicted wife-killer isn't what kind-hearted Molly Finnerty bargains for as part of the prison ministry she supports. However, she begins to believe Kurt's claim of innocence and gradually finds a great deal to like about him—perhaps more to like than she should.


Can they overcome the past and find forgiveness and love?

 

BOOKS IN THE FRONT PORCH PROMISES SERIES 

1. A Place to Call Home

2. A Love to Call Mine

3. A Family to Call Ours 

Each book stands alone, but the stories are connected through setting or characters.

Amazon Link


My Review

 

A Place to Call Home was a book that tugged at my heart at every turn. I loved the God element in this book and it reminded me that through trust in God anything is possible, even take the broken and impossible situations and turn them into joy.

 

The characters were well-developed and it was easy to get involved in their journey. I felt compassion for Kurt right away and loved the character of Molly. She was trying to face the ghosts from her past and struggled but still put herself out to help others in need. She was full of generosity which I admired. I loved how the author showed how their relationship grew into one of love, in spite of numerous obstacles.

 

A Place to Call Home was a very well-written story of love, compassion, faith, and forgiveness. A story of second chances. I can't wait to read more from Merrilee Whren.

 

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.  5 stars.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.




Points Worth by D.C. Marino Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


Title: Points Worth


Author: D.C. Marino


Genre: Fantasy


Release Date: March 30


For centuries the small port town of Points Worth has been able to communicate with the ocean in its own language. But the water has just gone silent and its last word has shaken those able to translate it. A knowledge of sea-script won’t be enough to mend the broken relationship between man and the deep. Gil, a young nautical linguist, will have to break rules and search the past to discover why the ocean ceased its tides—or had them stolen.


Points Worth is a novelette set in the world of Kingdom of Ruins, and is a prequel to the first book in the series.


Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

Points Worth grabbed my attention right away. The plot of the story is intriguing and the characters are very

well-developed. I felt myself being drawn in from the beginning. The fantasy world that D.C. Marino describes

made me feel like I was there with the main character, Gil.

 

It was a short novelette introducing the "Kingdom of Ruins" series. It's an exciting adventure where the inhabitants

depend on the sea to sustain and bless them. Gil, a junior linguist, isn't willing to accept the seas last message.

He feels that there is more to the message.

 

I can't wait to see how his adventure continues. I loved Gil's bravery to attempt to do what no one else would.

I look forward to reading more about him.


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


About the Author


D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.


Guest post from D.C. Marino

Hi Everyone!


I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Points Worth with you! To start, I’ll share a funny secret: this little novelette was never in the plan. The idea came at the last moment, at the suggestion of my publisher. I had never intended to write a prequel to the Kingdom of Ruins series, but when I began fleshing out this small story, it took on a personality I couldn’t ignore. Not only did I fall in love with the sea-salt setting and gutsy characters, but Points Worth is now planned to continue as a mini-series of novellas, each one to be released between the full-length novels!


Gil, the main character and hero, is who I blame for the speed of my commitment to this storyline. He inspires me. Calamity has befallen his small port town and fear is driving even the wisest of the townsfolk to make dangerous decisions. Instead of swallowing the easiest explanation for the disaster, Gil goes in search of the truth against one of the most powerful men in the town. He’s scrappy, inventive and knows his history. Though born in the hills, he’s a natural seafarer. I wanted to keep following him right off the page. And so, his story has only just begun to sail the unknown ocean.


On the flip side, the Kingdom of Ruins series takes place on land. But this isn’t a default setting. The land is a character in itself and interacts with those that live upon its soil. It even takes sides in war. This same concept was extended to the sea in Points Worth. Which is appropriate, as they are part of the same world. In fact, the town of Points Worth is only a few days’ ride away from where the main novel takes place. Which leads me to the last thing I wanted to share with you. Gil will show up as a supporting character in one of the main novels. I love this because, though the reader will know Gil very well, the main characters in Kingdom of Ruins will not. You’ll suddenly see Gil from another’s perspective, which should be interesting and sometimes comical.


I will say no more. Land and sea must tell the rest of the story. Thank you for coming! I hope you enjoy the ocean-air and the adventure it inspires!


D.C. Marino


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Carpe Diem, June 27


Giveaway


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit is giving away a grand prize of 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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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep Blog Tour & Giveaway

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


About the Book


 Title: The Captured Bride


Author: Michelle Griep


Release Date: June 1, 2018


Genre: Historical Romance


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


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


Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?


Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

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

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

 

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

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


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

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


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

and enjoyable read which I would highly recommend.

 

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


About the Author



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

Guest Post from Michelle


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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Giveaway


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

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

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

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

Posted by [email protected] on June 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (3)


About the Book


Title: The Wilderness Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Christian Historical Romance


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


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


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


Click here to purchase your copy.


My Review


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

 

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

5 Stars


About the Author



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


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


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


Guest Post from Misty Beller


The Frontier Cook


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


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


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


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


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


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Luv’N Lambert Life, June 14

 

Pause for Tales, June 15


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Texas Book-aholic, June 16


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16

 

Janices book reviews, June 17

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 17

 

Carpe Diem, June 18

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 18


Connie’s History Classroom, June 19

 

Bigreadersite, June 20


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 20


Giveaway


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

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

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

The Corandria Station by Carol E. Keen Review Blast Promo

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




About the Book


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

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

Link to Purchase


My Review

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

 

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


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


About the Author




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



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Plunge Into Darkness by Kristen Spencer Blog Tour & Giveaway

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

About the Book


Title: Plunge into Darkness  

Author: Kristen N. Spencer  

Release Date: February 27, 2018  

Genre: Fantasy


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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

read.

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

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

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

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


About the Author



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

Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer

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

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

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

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Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 9

 

Two Points of Interest, June 10

 

Reading is my Super Power, June 10 (Interview)

 

Luv’N Lambert Life, June 11

 

Janices book reviews, June 11

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 12

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 12


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13


Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 13


Carpe Diem, June 14

 

Pause for Tales, June 15

 

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 16

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 17

 

For The Love of Books, June 18


Giveaway



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

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

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

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


About the Book

 

Title: I Am My Beloved  


Author: Caryl McAdoo

 
Genre: Biblical Fiction


Release Date: April, 2018

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

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review


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

 

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


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


About the Author



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

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

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


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


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


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


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


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 2

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 2

 

Splashes of Joy, June 3


Novels Corner, June 3

 

Captive Dreams Window, June 4

 

Mary Hake, June 4


proud to be an autism mom, June 5

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 6

 

Janices book reviews, June 7

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 8

 

cherylbbookblog, June 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 10

 

Carpe Diem, June 11

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 12


The Christian Fiction Girl, June 13

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 14

 

Bigreadersite, June 14

 

Godly Book Reviews, June 15

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 15

Giveaway



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

Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley Blog Tour & Giveaway

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

About the Book



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


The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.

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


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


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


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

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

About the Author



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


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


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


Guest Post from Jennifer Bleakley


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Blog Stop

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 31

 

ansel book blog, June 1


D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 1

 

Bibliophile Reviews, June 2

 

Janices book reviews, June 3

 

Carpe Diem, June 4

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

 

Girls in White Dresses, June 6

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 6


Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 7

 

Texas Book-aholic, June 8

 

Lots of Helpers, June 9

 

Mary Hake, June 9

 

proud to be an autism mom, June 10


margaret kazmierczak, June 10 (Interview)

 

Red Headed Book Lady, June 11

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 11

 

Bigreadersite, June 12

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13


Artistic Nobody, June 13 ( Spotlight)


Giveaway



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

HIghlands Celebration Tour & Giveaway by Chautona Havig

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

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About the Book

 

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

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


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


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



A Journey of Dreams


Welcome to a new world: the world of Highlands.


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


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

Click here to purchase your copy!


My Review


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

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

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


About the Author



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



Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, May 26

 

Blogging With Carol , May 27

 

Mary Hake, May 27

 

proud to be an autism mom, May 28

 

Texas Book-aholic, May 29

 

Among the Reads, May 30

 

Moments Dipped in Ink, May 31

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

 

Janices book reviews, June 2

 

Carpe Diem, June 3

 

A Baker’s Perspective, June 4

 

Bigreadersite , June 4

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 5

 

Simple Harvest Reads, June 5 (Spotlight)

 

Artistic Nobody, June 6 (Spotlight)

 

Quiet Quilter, June 7

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 8

 


Giveaway



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

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

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

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

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