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This Daring Journey Blog Tour & Giveaway by Misty M. Beller

Posted by [email protected] on April 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)



About the Book



This Daring Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2019

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?


Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.


Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.


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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 children 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.


More from Misty


How did I get started writing?

I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!


I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!


From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.


MY REVIEW

 

The next installment in the series and as good as the rest. In this book. Samuel meets Moriah, Henry's wife, when he goes to their cabin to get him to attend his sister's upcoming wedding. Circumstances, aren't what he expects, and he ends up taking Morah and her infant daughter into the winter wilderness to find her Indian tribe.


Along the way, they encounter unforeseen hardship and their paths cross with a young boy who becomes a traveling companion. Fighting the elements, an accident, sickness and the strain of relationships, they each manage to finally trust each other. Both, relying on God's help and strength.

 

A wonderful addition to the series filled with new acceptance, trust, and love. Highly recommended.


Blog Stops


Among the Reads, April 4

 

Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

 

The Power of Words, April 5

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 5

 

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 5


Real World Bible Study, April 6

 

Pause for Tales, April 6

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, April 7

 

Splashes of Joy, April 7

 

Blossoms and Blessings, April 8


D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 8

 

Mary Hake, April 8

 

Godly Book Reviews, April 9

 

Connie’s History Classroom , April 9

 

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, April 10

 

Carla Loves To Read, April 10

 

A Reader’s Brain, April 10

 

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, April 11

 

Wishful Endings, April 11

 

janicesbookreviews, April 11

 

Through the Fire Blogs, April 12

 

Vicky Sluiter, April 12

 

The Becca Files, April 12

 

Carpe Diem, April 13


For Him and My Family, April 13


Bigreadersite, April 14

 

Daysong Reflections, April 14


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14

 

Connect in Fiction, April 15

 

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

 

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 15

 

Inspired by fiction, April 16

 

For the Love of Books, April 16

 

Inspiration Clothesline, April 16

 

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 17

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

 

Inklings and notions, April 17

 

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/de81/this-daring-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Baggage Handler Blog Tour & Giveaway by David Rawlings

Posted by [email protected] on March 31, 2019 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)


About the Book


In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?


Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever.


Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient.


Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive.


Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.”


After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed.


A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around. Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author



David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

More from David

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/250255594

Check out David’s Padlet page to follow The Baggage Handler: https://padlet.com/david_rawlings/TheBaggageHandler


MY REVIEW

The Baggage Handler is a fictional tale that is very thought provoking which will make you assess your own baggage. It makes you think and reflect on your own life situations.


The story presents three different people, all through different sets of circumstances, insisting on carrying around past baggage they refuse to deal with that stifles the person they were intended to be.

 

I loved David's writing style which reminded me of James Rubart. The Baggage Handler is a modern day tale that anyone can relate to and I highly recommend reading it.

 

The book was so interesting that I couldn't put it down. The characters are down-to-earth, everyday ordinary people damaged by life's situations. You simply must put this one on your must read list. You don't want to miss it!


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 30


Fiction Aficionado, March 30

 

Carpe Diem, March 31

 

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, March 31


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, April 1

 

Christian Bookaholic, April 1

 

Godly Book Reviews, April 2


Remembrancy, April 2

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 3


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 3


Spoken from the Heart, April 4

 

Connect in Fiction, April 4

 

2014 and Beyond!, April 5

 

The Becca Files, April 5

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 6

 

Inklings and notions, April 6

 

Texas Book-aholic, April 7

 

janicesbookreviews, April 7

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 8

 

All 4 and About Books, April 8

 

Creating Romance, April 9

 

Josephine’s Bookshelf, April 9

 

Aryn The Libraryan, April 10

 

Reader’s Cozy Corner, April 10

 

Bigreadersite, April 11

 

Just the Write Escape, April 11

 

Artistic Nobody, April 12

 

A Reader’s Brain, April 12


Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, David is giving away a finished copy of the book to three winners!!

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/dd7a/the-baggage-handler-celebration-tour-giveaway

When You Are Near Blog Tour & Giveaway by Tracie Peterson

Posted by [email protected] on March 25, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

About the Book 

 
Book: When You Are Near

 
Author: Tracie Peterson

 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  


Release Date: March 5, 2018



After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, a trick rider in the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, wants nothing more than to quit her role as the star of the show and live a quiet life on her family’s ranch. But returning home would bring Wesley DeShazer, the ranch’s foreman and the man who broke her heart, back into her life. In addition, the Brookstones’ new manager fears that Lizzy’s departure could doom the already cash-strapped show.


Hope grows in Lizzy during a stopover at Fleming Farm. Ella Fleming not only has a natural talent for trick riding and could easily replace Lizzy, but she’s eager to join the show to flee a forced betrothal. However, while there, one of the show’s wranglers is killed in a manner Lizzy finds suspicious. And during her escape from the farm, Ella stumbles across a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.



Click here to purchase your copy.


About the Author




Tracie Peterson (www.traciepeterson.com) is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Guest Post from Tracie


Introducing…When You Are Near!


I’m excited about the new Brookstone Brides series and had so much fun researching for the various characters and locations. This is a story about a fictional Wild West show with all female performers. Prior to the rodeos we see today, the Wild West shows traveled throughout America and Europe to entertain people and give city dwellers a taste of what the American frontier was like. At least their version.


Buffalo Bill Cody was famous for his shows, which brought Native Americans and their culture into the world of people who might otherwise never have even seen an “Indian.” Pawnee Bill was another entertainer who sought to keep these shows alive.  



For the fictional show in my novels, I wanted to focus on three female characters who became a part of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza for varying reasons. Lizzy Brookstone is the heroine in book one, When You Are Near, and as the daughter of one of the show’s owners, she has enjoyed a starring role as a trick rider.


For research I went to Pueblo, Colorado to the ranch of Karen Vold, a famous trick rider and rodeo star. Linda Scholtz, a famed trick rider, was teaching a clinic there along with Karen at the Red Top Ranch Trickriding School.


These are two remarkable Christian trick riders who have long worked to keep the sport alive. I spent three days getting to know them and what they do and learned so much. And just to prove that we weren’t all work and no play, I thought I’d share my attempt at trick riding. What I won’t do for research!


The series will have three books, as usual, and each book will focus on a different lady and her skills. Mary is a trick shooter like Annie Oakley, and Ella is a Roman rider who stands on the backs of two horses for her part in the act. It was so interesting learning about each of these types of performers, and I hope you’ll get a chance to read all three and enjoy the stories of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza.


MY REVIEW


I thoroughly enjoyed When You Are Near. The Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza was a very interesting topic to read about. The mystery and suspense leading up to the ending is fast-paced and exciting.


The main character, Lizzy, a trick rider in the family show, is spunky, independent, and is very dedicated to her art. After the death of her father, she has literally shut down except for her trick riding. She guards her heart and refuses to get into a serious relationship, even though she already loves Wesley. Wesley, the ranch foreman, is dealing with guilt and pain of his own.

 

The story is about forgiveness, healing, and learning to trust God for strength. God is the only one who can truly heal us and make us whole again and the story reflects that fact.


I would highly recommend this book and look forward to the rest in the series.


Blog Stops

Among the Reads, March 26

 

The Power of Words, March 26


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, March 26

 

Inklings and notions, March 26


The Meanderings of a bookworm, March 27


Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, March 27 


Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 27


Vicky Sluiter, March 27

 

Carpe Diem, March 28

 

The Avid Reader, March 28

 

Genesis 5020, March 28


The Lit Addict, March 29

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 29

 

Back Porch Reads, March 29


Just the Write Escape, March 30


Splashes of Joy, March 30

 

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 30

 

Emily Yager, March 31

 

Daysong Reflections, March 31

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 31

 

Life of Literature, April 1


EmpowerMoms, April 1

 

For the Love of Literature, April 1

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 2

 

Through the Fire Blogs, April 2

 

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 2

 

For Him and My Family, April 3

 

Remembrancy, April 3

 

Inspiration Clothesline, April 3


Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 4

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 4

 

Pause for Tales, April 4

 

Older & Smarter?, April 5

 

Stories By Gina, April 5


Book by Book, April 5


Bigreadersite, April 6

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 6

 

Connect in Fiction, April 6

 

Godly Book Reviews, April 7

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 7


Texas Book-aholic, April 7

 

Blossoms and Blessings, April 8

 

janicesbookreviews, April 8


A Reader’s Brain, April 8

 

The Becca Files, April 8


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Tracie is giving away a grand prize of When You Are Near, Tracie’s A $25 Barnes and Noble Gift card, and the three books in The Heart of Alaska series and three other winners will receive a copy of When You Are Near!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
Click the link below to enter.

Ladies of Intrigue Blog Tour & Giveaway by Michelle Griep

Posted by [email protected] on March 8, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)



About the Book



Title: Ladies of Intrigue


Author: Michelle Griep


Genre: Christian Historical


Release date: February 2019


Publisher: Barbour


3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!  Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?


The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady

Cornish Coast, 1815

When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret? 


The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)

Dakota Territory, 1862

Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.


A House of Secrets

St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890

Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.


Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author



Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit michellegriep.com.


Guest post from Michelle


3 Reasons to Read Historical Fiction

Guest post by Michelle Griep

Believe it or not, some readers snub historical fiction, preferring instead to stick to contemporary reads. Several have good reason to, simply preferring one genre over another. But others have never given historical fiction a try. If you fall into that camp, here are some reasons you should consider reading a tale from the past.


  1. Historical fiction books are not as boring as your high school history class.

Does the thought of endless names and dates make you break out into hives? Good news! Historical fiction is a painless way to glean some historic facts without mindless memorization. You can experience a different era and culture vicariously through heroes and heroines that live on the pages of yesteryear.


  1. Makes for great conversation.

In a world that prides itself on keeping up with the Kardashians, dare to add a little cultural zest to your next dinner conversation. Reading historical fiction arms you with interesting tidbits of things that’ve happened in years gone by.


  1. Because truth is timeless.

Some people yearn to go back to a simpler time. The truth is, though, that the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the historic side of the fence. People have had tough issues to deal with no matter the era. . .but therein lies a great reason to read historical fiction: truth is timeless. Be it ancient, biblical, medieval, Victorian, or anything in between, truth never changes.


In my new release, Ladies of Intrigue, you’ll experience all these things and more. Find out about the smuggling trade in Cornwall in The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady. Learn about the rough and dangerous life on a military fort during the 1860’s in The Doctor’s Woman. Find out why the gilded age wasn’t as glittery as we often think in A House of Secrets.


Don’t be doomed to repeat history. Grab a cup of tea and master it with a great read!


MY REVIEW 

The Ladies of Intrigue is composed of three wonderful and entertaining stories by the same author. Each one is set in the 1800s and gives the reader a look into a historical time period that is well researched.


All three stories tell of women whose lives are filled with mystery and intrigue. The women in each story are strong, somewhat headstrong, and had loads of compassion.


I admire the authors writing style and her ability to connect her readers to the characters. I laughed at some of their antics and got teary eyed when I connected to the characters sorrow.

 

You can't go wrong with anything the author writes. She never fails to entertain and produces stories with vivid descriptions, wonderful characters, and Christian values. Highly recommend this one.


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



Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 23


The Power of Words, February 23


D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 23

 

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 23


Blogging With Carol, February 24

 

Reflections From My Bookshelves, February 24

 

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 24

 

Mary Hake, February 24

 

Kathleen Denly, February 25


Genesis 5020, February 25

 

Splashes of Joy, February 25

 

For the Love of Literature, February 25


Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 26

 

Faery Tales Are Real, February 26

 

Through the Fire Blogs, February 26

 

Blossoms and Blessings, February 26

 

Inspired by fiction, February 27


All-of-a-kind Mom, February 27

 

Back Porch Reads, February 27

 

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 27

 

A Baker’s Perspective, February 28

 

Andy Carmichael, February 28


Stories By Gina, February 28

 

Emily Yager, March 1

 

Multifarious, March 1

 

A Reader’s Brain , March 1


Baker kella, March 1

 

Bibliophile Reviews, March 2

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 2

 

Remembrancy, March 2


Just the Write Escape, March 3

 

Bigreadersite, March 3

 

Inspiration Clothesline, March 3

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 4


Vicky Sluiter, March 4

 

Ashley’s Bookshelf, March 4

 

Book by Book, March 4

 

Kat’s Corner Books, March 5

 

Inklings and notions, March 5

 

Living Life Free in Christ, March 5

 

The Morning Chapter, March 5

 

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 6


Pause for Tales, March 6

 

Simple Harvest Reads, March 6 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

 

Daysong Reflections, March 6

 

Texas Book-aholic, March 7

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 7

 

Janices book reviews, March 7

 

A Humble Cup of Lukewarm Tea, March 8

 

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, March 8


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, March 8

 

Carpe Diem, March 8


Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of Ladies of Intrigue!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/da8c/ladies-of-intrigue-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Watch on The Fencepost Review and Giveaway by Kay DiBianca

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)


About the Book


Book: The Watch on the Fencepost


Author: Kay DiBianca


Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance


A WATCH THAT REVEALS MORE THAN JUST THE TIME


. . . A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?


Click here to purchase your copy.


MY REVIEW


The Watch on the Fencepost is filled with mystery, intrigue, suspense and a nice romance.


The characters are interesting and easy to relate to. The storyline is fast-paced and left me captivated, wondering what would happen next. The main character, Kathryn, is out to prove her parent's death wasn't accidental and the author found an intriguing way to enter clues into the mystery.


The suspenseful parts had me on the edge of my seat wondering about the outcome, but everything wrapped up nicely at the end. Highly recommended.


About the Author



Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit kaydibianca.com.

Guest post from Kay

WHY I WROTE THE WATCH ON THE FENCEPOST


I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied.


Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye.


On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down.


In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance!


As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor.


I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world.


I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.


Blog Stops


Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 2

 

Through the Fire Blogs, March 2

 

Blogging With Carol, March 3

 

Godly Book Reviews, March 3

 

Josephine’s Bookshelf, March 4

 

Mary Hake, March 4

 

Girls Living For God’s Glory, March 5

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, March 5


For Him and My Family, March 6

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 6

 

Maureen’s Musings, March 7


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 7

 

Emily Yager, March 8

 

Andrea Christenson, March 8


Pause for Tales, March 9

 

Ashley’s Bookshelf, March 9

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 10

 

Texas Book-aholic, March 10

 

janicesbookreviews, March 11

 

A Reader’s Brain, March 11

 

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 12

 

Inklings and notions, March 12


Real World Bible Study, March 13

 

Older & Smarter?, March 14

 

By The Book, March 14

 

Bigreadersite, March 15

 

The Becca Files, March 15


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Kay 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/dcb1/the-watch-on-the-fencepost-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection & Giveaway by Kathleen Rouser

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2019 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (3)


About the Book



Title: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides


Author: Kathy Rouser


Genre: Christian Historical Romance


Release date: November 1, 2018


Publisher: Barbour


Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.



Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.



The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser 1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.'



 Click here to purchase your copy.


MY REVIEW

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is an interesting and entertaining read. The historical information used in each of the stories brought them to life for me.



I admired the strength and will power of each of the woman who played a role in each of the lighthouse stories. They had to overcome obstacles that society of that time made harder for them. All of them didn't start out looking for romance but somehow it seemed to find them. I also loved the mystery aspect to the stories that kept me wondering what would happen next.



Kudos to all the authors, they have put together a wonderful and intriguing set of stories. Highly recommend.



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


About the Author



[Insert Author Picture Here] Kathleen Rouser is the multi-published author of the 2017 Bookvana Award winner, Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and its sequel, Secrets and Wishes. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. She longs to create characters who resonate with readers who realize their need for the touch God’s grace and hope in their everyday lives. A former homeschool instructor, mild-mannered dental assistant, and current Community Bible Study kids’ teacher, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of thirty-some years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at kathleenrouser.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathleenerouser, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.

Guest Post from Kathy

When author Pegg Thomas approached me about writing a novella for The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides book proposal I couldn’t refuse the chance. After all, I am a lifelong resident of Michigan, which is the Great Lakes State! Plus, I had a favorite lighthouse in mind, though I briefly considered others.




For over 20 years we have ventured “up north” for a week-long summer vacation on Lake Michigan, most of them spent in the same cottage. Since the cottage is almost 20 miles west of Mackinaw City, I’ve made the annual pilgrimage to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse since they reopened with exhibits in 2004. Part of the first floor has since been restored to the middle-class furnishings of 1910 when George Marshall and his family resided there. Two generations of Marshalls manned the lighthouse and George Marshall’s brother, Charles, was at one time the assistant lighthouse keeper.



There is also an area of the lighthouse where they display maps, photographs and other information, chronicling the history of the lighthouse built on the Straits of Mackinac in 1892. Fresnel lenses, like those used in the tower, and interactive displays are also included. Did you know for several years, the fourth-order Fresnel lens flashed a red light? I’d always pictured a yellow light! A tour guide, dressed in period clothing, such as a U.S. Lighthouse Service uniform, will take you up the tall, winding metal staircase to enjoy the view.



My many visits, whether they’ve included the long climb to the tower or not, have intrigued me. I’d often thought that someday I would like to write a fictional story about this lighthouse. Built with Cream City brick, in a Norman architectural style, the building reminds me of a castle. Perhaps that’s why I chose to have the lighthouse keeper hero, Cal Waterson, rescue Natalie Brooks, a lone shipwreck survivor. She is the proverbial damsel in distress. Yet, despite her amnesia she finds a new strength in her faith to face an unknown future and in a sense rescues Cal and his daughter.



Returning to the lighthouse last year, I did climb to the tower to examine the view my characters might have had. Of course, I had to imagine what it would have been like without the Mackinac Bridge, which has joined our upper and lower peninsulas since 1957. It’s a spectacular view, where you can also see Mackinac Island, home of the famous Grand Hotel, which was already there in 1899, when my story takes place.



Not only do lighthouses spark so many ideas of history and romance, they are so symbolic— as guiding lights—and beacons of hope to lead through treacherous waters, much like our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the true Light who leads us to the Father. Indeed, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse played a strategic part in guiding ships through the dangers of the straits. I look forward to visiting this beautiful historic landmark again and hope my readers will be drawn into an intriguing visit to the lighthouse through my story, The Last Memory.


Blog Stops

Among the Reads, February 21


The Power of Words, February 21

 

Godly Book Reviews, February 22

 

Simple Harvest Reads, February 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

 

Bibliophile Reviews, February 23

 

For the Love of Literature, February 23

 

Just the Write Escape, February 24

 

Carla Loves To Read, February 24

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 25

 

Book by Book, February 25

 

Jennifer Sienes: Where Crisis and Christ Collide, February 26

 

EmpowerMoms, February 26

 

Back Porch Reads, February 27

 

Through the Fire Blogs, February 27

 

Blossoms and Blessings, February 28

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 28


Mary Hake, February 28

 

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, March 1

 

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 1

 

Connie’s History Classroom, March 2

 

Blogging With Carol, March 2

 

Texas Book-aholic, March 3

 

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, March 3

 

KarenSueHadley, March 4

 

Janices book reviews, March 4

 

Carpe Diem, March 5

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 5

 

A Baker’s Perspective, March 6

 

Bigreadersite, March 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, a sterling silver charm of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and a souvenir pictorial book of some of the Great Lakes lighthouse!!


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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Ellie's Redemption Blog Tour & Giveaway by Molly Jebber

Posted by [email protected] on February 7, 2019 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (2)


About the Book


Title: Ellie’s Redemption

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Christian fiction, Amish

Release date: January 29, 2019


1912, Charm, Ohio


Ellie Graber is determined to restore her bad reputation in Charm, Ohio. She regrets leaving Amish life and the danger and heartache she caused her family and friends. Ellie loves working with Liza, and her best friend and cousin, Hannah, at Liza’s Amish Charm Bakery, attends church, and obeys Amish law, but the gossip about her past life won’t stop. Joel Wenger’s deep blue eyes tell her he cares for her, but she suspects his parents have warned him to stay away from her. Joel wants to trust Ellie’s changed but his sister, Maryann, who left Amish life broke their hearts. Will Joel ignore his parents and friends, face their anger and ridicule, and give her a chance?

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author



Molly Jebber writes Amish Historical Romance. Her latest release, ELLIE’S REDEMPTION, is the second book in her Amish Charm Bakery Series. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and Romantic Times. Her books have received widespread media attention throughout the US. Her books are sold in print and Ebook throughout the US and United Kingdom. She’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, other women’s organizations, and she offers presentations on writing and the Amish. She says the most rewarding part about writing stories is meeting wonderful readers who become friends through social media and at her speaking events.


Please visit her website: http://www.mollyjebber.com for a full list of her books (and options stores to buy them), speaking events and recipes.


She loves God, her family, and friends. She says yes to swimming, the beach, golf, and time with her family and friends, and no to coconut, onions, and skydiving!


MY REVIEW


Another wonderful book by Molly Jebber. This book continues with the wonderful characters of the Charm Bakery. Ellie has grown in her faith and love of the Amish life and is looking forward and not dwelling on her past mistakes. But, can her mistakes rob her of her future happiness with Joel? Ellie's family approves of their relationship but a dark cloud hangs over Joel's mom and she doesn't take to Ellie.

 

The characters are very well developed and feel as if I know them. There are some surprises in Ellie's Redemption that I never saw coming and lots of suspense that keeps the story moving along well. I had a hard time putting it down.

 

Everything is wrapped up nicely in the end and I look forward to the next book in the series.

 

I received an ARC from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it.


Guest Post from Molly

Hi Friends!

Ellie likes newcomer Joel, and he’s the first Amish man to show interest since her return to Charm. She’s afraid when he learns of her rebellious past and the danger she brought to her family before turning her life around, he’ll end their courtship. Joel is frustrated his sister left Amish life before his family moved to Charm. He chooses not to tell Ellie about her, until he has no choice. What does the future hold for Ellie and Joel when their secrets are revealed?

Along with the story of Ellie’s Redemption are recipes!

Here’s one just for you!

Ellie’s Surprise Cookies

1 cup shortening 2 cups rolled oats (quick cook

) 1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon soda

1 ¼ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ cups chocolate chips

2 eggs

2 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Sift dry ingredients. Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients. Add oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate chips. Dough will be crumbly. Spoon a teaspoon of dough at a time on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, January 29

 

Carpe Diem, January 29

 

Lighthouse Academy, January 30

 

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, January 30


Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 31

 

Splashes of Joy, January 31


Janices book reviews, January 31


A Baker’s Perspective, February 1

 

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 1

 

Bigreadersite, February 2

 

Mary Hake, February 2

 

Maureen’s Musings, February 2

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3

 

EmpowerMoms, February 3

 

Inklings and Notions, February 4

 

Captive Dreams Window, February 4

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 5

 

Robin is Bookish, February 5

 

Texas Book-aholic, February 6

 

My Devotional Thoughts, February 6

 

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, February 7

 

SusanLovesBooks, February 7

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 8

 

For the Love of Books, February 8

 

Henry Happens, February 9

 

Blossoms and Blessings, February 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, February 10

 

Connie’s History Classroom, February 10

 

Vicky Sluiter, February 11

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 11


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a grand prize that includes an Amish doll, a handmade lap quilt (can be used as wall hanging), an Apple Pie recipe tea towel, a Blessings journal, a handmade quilted potholder, a $10 Amazon Card, Ellie’s Redemption Print Book, a mug, a 2019 Planner, pad and pen set, and a bookmark!!

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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The Amish Candy Maker Blog Tour & Giveaway by Laura Helton

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (4)


About the Book



Title: The Amish Candy Maker

Author: Laura V. Hilton


Genre: Amish Christian Fiction


Release date: February 5, 2019


Publisher: WhitakerHouse


Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she’s not courted by young men in the area.


Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend.


Agnes may be the answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith…and each other?


Click here to purchase your copy.

MY REVIEW

Agnes Zook and Isaac Mast meet under unusual circumstances when he comes to her aide during a robbery.

Agnes, conflicted by her past, feels she will never find her true love and marry. Isaac, is carrying guilt of his own

and has no intention of becoming serious about any woman or settling down.


With Isaac's brother injured in a fire at the hospital with his wife by his side, Isaac needs to care for their

children. He is reluctant, being a bachelor, with no knowledge of how to take care of children. He's worried about being

able to continue his job as an auctioneer and enlists the help of Agnes who lives with Bishop Miah and his wife.

Agnes has been helping them care from his brother's children until he arrives.


There are lots of surprises in this story and some suspenseful moments I didn't see coming. I had a hard time

putting this one down. The main characters were well-fleshed out and humorous. I found myself grinning or laughing

at their playful banter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.


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


About the Author



Laura Hilton is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the web. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash), and Promised to Another; and her second was The Amish of Webster County, comprising Healing Love, Awakened Love, and Surrendered Love. Her next series was The Amish of Jamesport, featuring The Post Card, Snow Globe, and The Birdhouse. Her latest books include The Amish Firefighter, The Amish Wanderer, and Love By the Numbers. Laura and her husband, Steve, live in Arkansas with their five children, whom Laura homeschools.

Guest Post from Laura

RECIPE FOR FUDGE À LA AGNES ZOOK

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Courtesy of Laura V. Hilton

1 bag (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips


1 bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips


2 cans sweetened condensed milk, divided


6 tablespoons butter, divided


20 to 30 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or six regular-size ones broken into four or five pieces each

For the chocolate layer: Line a greased 8-by-11.5-inch baking dish with parchment paper


In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine milk chocolate chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 4 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.


Pour into prepared baking dish and allow to cool to room temperature, then move to the refrigerator while preparing next layer.


For the peanut butter layer: In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine peanut butter chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.


Pour on to the milk chocolate fudge layer and press pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into the surface. If desired, group candy pieces in a grid-like fashion for easier cutting later.


Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight or until set. Remove from refrigerator, lift out of the pan by the edges of the parchment paper, and cut into squares, with roughly one miniature peanut butter cup or piece of a cup per square.


Store in the refrigerator.

Blog Stops

Christian Author, J. E. Grace, February 5


My Devotional Thoughts, February 5


Carla Loves To Read, February 5

 

Among the Reads, February 6

 

Girl’s In White Dresses, February 6

 

Britt Reads Fiction, February 6

 

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 7

 

The Avid Reader, February 7

 

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, February 7

 

Emily Yager, February 8


Quiet quilter, February 8

 

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 8

 

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 9


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 9

 

Maureen’s Musings, February 9

 

Bibliophile Reviews, February 10

 

Vicky Sluiter, February 10

 

Through the Fire Blogs, February 11

 

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 11


Daysong Reflections, February 11


Texas Book-aholic, February 12


Janices book reviews, February 12

 

Carpe Diem, February 13

 

A Baker’s Perspective, February 13

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

 

SusanLovesBooks, February 14

 

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 14

 

Blossoms and Blessings, February 15

 

Stephanie’s Life of Perseverance, February 15

 

Inspiration Clothesline, February 15

 

Inklings and Notions, February 16

 

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 16

 

Pause for Tales, February 16


Have A Wonderful Day, February 17

 

For the Love of Books, February 17

 

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 17

 

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, February 18

 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 18

 

Bigreadersite, February 18


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away a grand prize of a large and small spatula set and a $10 Starbucks 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/d9a6/the-amish-candy-maker-celebration-tour-giveaway

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.


Click here to purchase your copy.


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

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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 (2)


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?


Click here to purchase your copy!


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!


Blog Stops


A Baker’s Perspective, November 20

 

The Power of Words, November 20

 

Among the Reads, November 21


Gensis 5020, November 21

 

God’s Little Bookworm, November 22

 

Book by Book, November 22

 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 22

 

Remembrancy, November 23

 

Real World Bible Study, November 23

 

Inklings and notions, November 23

 

The Becca Files, November 24

 

Baker Kella, November 24

 

Bibliophile Reviews, November 25

 

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 25

 

By The Book, November 26

 

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!

Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d66d/shelter-of-the-most-high-celebration-tour-giveaway

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.


Click here to purchase your copy!


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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c7/the-unannounced-christmas-visitor-tour-giveaway


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