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Daughters of Northern Shores Blog Tour by Joanne Bischof

Posted by [email protected] on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

About the Book

Book: Daughters of Northern Shores

Author: Joanne Bischof

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the Norgaard orchard after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade, where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s—which is already imperiled due to a grave illness brought to him at the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.

Click here to grab your copy!

About the Author

Joanne Bischof is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com; Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof; Instagram: @JoanneBischof.

More from Joanne

One of the questions I receive most often is “How do you get it all done?” As a single, homeschooling mom, I’ve long-since learned that there would be easier ways to have a day job than being an author, but God has been gracious in providing abundantly in so many areas. Here are four that I am most thankful for as I look back over the last few years, including this season of writing Sons of Blackbird Mountain and Daughters of Northern Shores.


Now, most authors would agree that “togetherness” isn’t exactly conducive to quality writing time – especially when kids are involved! And while I do need quiet focus to be able to work through a scene or chapter, what I’ve been thankful for is the chance to share story and research discoveries with my children. It’s created more unity around the stories. Instead of needing to usher the kids away, isolating them from the novels I’m writing, I’m able to invite them into them. For the Blackbird Mountain series, I walked them through the Pinterest boards, showing them the different characters. Then we did a history unit on Vikings since that’s the Norgaard Family’s background. We had a blast and it helped make “the story that Mom was working on”, something that they were more aware of and interested in. For my current work-in-progress, we just recently finished an all new history unit including visits to a few local museums and stories that the kids wrote on their own!


I used to want to write, write, write all the time. And often, that’s what I did! Well, I still would love to write as often as I can, but God has been teaching me something oh-so-important: patience. As part of this, I set aside certain parts of the week for writing office hours. These slots of writing time typically occur on Tuesday evenings, and include a few additional 1 ½ hours slots during the week, once homeschooling is done. In this manner, I am able to carve out some quiet writing time while still making sure the kids are having a great and productive day. But for any writer or working mom, we can agree . . . that’s not a lot of time when added up! In God’s wonderful provision, though, He seems to extend much richness to those little snatches of time. They might not be many, but they are mighty! It’s been a prayer of mine for several years now, that by keeping my writing below these other priorities, that God would help me fill in the cracks of time and energy—and He has been so faithful to supply. I still have my moments when I feel frazzled, especially when deadlines are near, and that’s why I am thankful for this next lesson that God has been teaching me . . .


The thing about living with a writer, is that you often find them staring at a computer screen. That doesn’t look all that productive, does it? But what we’re doing on the other side of that screen is weaving a story-world of plot, characters, purpose, and heart. Typing words onto the page that we hope will touch lives, digging through old articles for research, or jotting down messy plotting notes that we pray will somehow amount to a story one day. By communicating with my kids (like sharing with them about the story and characters) I’m able to help them see what I’m doing and why. And since kids can be rambunctious and full of life (and questions, and needs for snacking, and ideas, and messes . . . *wink*) and since this writer works well with quiet, I have a little chalkboard that I hang on my doorknob when it’s one of my “office hour” slots. I jot down my start time and end time for that 1 ½ hour block, add a heart or smiley face, and often make note of what our next task will be like preparing a meal or doing an activity together. Then I shut my door and the little sign dangling from the knob outside helps the kids remember what I’m up to. It reminds them that I won’t be tucked away for long, but that I do need to focus for a little while. They’re always allowed to come knocking if a need arises, but for the most part, they’re happy on these afternoons with their own projects. When the hour or so is up, we reconvene and go back about our day, usually slipping into something fun that we do together. By having these slots of time in the week, and by communicating carefully with them in a way they can understand, it helps to bring us all what we need.


There are days when I blow it, and days when I need a lot of grace. Maybe I’ve spilled iced tea on one of the research books (don’t worry, this is a hypothetical example �� ) or maybe I didn’t save a scene properly, or just feel stuck and exhausted with a plot thread. These days can certainly tamper with the harmony, which begins with my heart and the need to remember the reason for why I write these stories: for God’s glory. When I begin to lose my calm, or grow frustrated or weary with the challenges afoot, I know it’s time to circle back to what it’s all for. It’s for the readers, it’s for my children, it’s for my joy, and most of all, it’s for God’s glory. By me being harried or stressed, very little of this is being accomplished! God has used the writing process to speak to my heart in ways that have reminded me of what I can surrender, and more and more of the ways that I can look to HIM for guidance. The lessons aren’t always easy, but through each season, and through each book, I have come to see more and more all the ways to be thankful.


Daughters of Northern Shores was a joy to read. It is well written, capturing the time period of the 1800s of Northern Virginia and exposed me to the speech and dialect of that time. Well researched historical novel that made me feel as though I was right there with the main characters.

The characters were well-developed and had me drawn to them within the first few pages because of the conflict and backstory. The storyline is filled with conflict, intrigue, faith and forgiveness.

A very heartfelt and inspirational story that stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Joanne Bischof is a master storyteller who never disappoints. Look forward to more of the Blackbird Mountain series and highly recommend it.

I was given a copy by Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.

Blog Stop

Retrospective Spines, August 6

Just the Write Escape, August 6


KarenSueHadley , August 7


Batya’s Bits, August 7


Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 8

By The Book, August 8

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 9


Adventures of a travelers wife, August 9

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, August 10

Betti Mace, August 10


Connie’s History Classroom, August 11


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, August 11


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 12


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 12


Moments, August 12


Simple Harvest Reads, August 13

Connect in Fiction , August 13


For the Love of Literature, August 13


Aryn The Libraryan �� , August 14


Through the Fire Blogs, August 14


Bigreadersite , August 15


Stephanie’s Life of Determination, August 15


Daysong Reflections, August 16


Living Life Free In christ, August 16


A Reader’s Brain, August 17


Texas Book-aholic, August 17


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 17


Inklings and notions , August 18


janicesbookreviews, August 18


Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 19


LifeofLiterature, August 19

As He Leads is Joy, August 19

Andrew Blog Tour & Giveaway by Jennifer Beckstrand

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2019 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (2)

About the Book

Book: Andrew

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim’s family business has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers. But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all three may soon bear another title: husband . . .

Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He’ll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn’t that girl. Two years after “jumping the fence” for the Englischer world, she’s returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she’s working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips—and winning over Andrew’s eight-year-old twin brothers . . .

For all Andrew’s certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary’s courage, grace, and resilience. She’s changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay—with him?  

Click here to grab your copy!

My Review

Andrew (The Petersheim Brothers # 1 ) was a very enjoyable read that brought tears to my eyes due to laughter

and an uplifting, inspirational ending.


Andrew's two young brothers, Benje & Alfie are humorous and mischievous youngsters who are continuously keeping

Andrew on his toes. Andrew is 100% Amish and stays true to his beliefs. His family is in the business of making peanut butter

to sell and are referred to as "The Peanut Butter Brothers."

I admired, Mary's determination to fit back in even the Amish though all the odds are stacked against her.

Andrew and his family become friends with her even though the rest of the community shuns her because she left with

an Englisher and then came back pregnant.


Mary struggles with wanting to have her freedom to choose her own life. She is ashamed of her past and

isn't sure she can trust another man again or give him her heart. Will she learn to take a second chance on love?


Mary's interaction with Benje and Alfie warmed my heart. It was genuine and loving.

Aunt Bitzy, with her outspoken and crazy antics kept me smiling.


I really enjoyed the various characters in the book and each one brought their own special

uplifting contribution to the story. This is my first book I've read by this author, but

really look forward to book two in this new series.

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sistersseries, and The Petersheim Brothersseries for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, Jessie and James, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.  

More from Jennifer

If you enjoyed The Honeybee Sisters, you’re going to love The Petersheim Brothers, or the Peanut Butter Brothers as they’re known in their small Amish community of Bienenstock, Wisconsin. The Petersheim brothers work their small farm and make peanut butter. The idea for The Petersheim Brothers series came when two of my friends and I were creating The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook. My friend Alicia suggested I write a book about Peanut Butter Brothers, and the idea stuck.

One of my favorite characters in my Amish romances is Aunt Bitsy, the irrepressible, unconventional woman who raised the Honeybee Sisters, tried to chase off all their suitors, and then lit fireworks at their triple wedding. In Andrew, the first book in the Petersheim Brothers series, Aunt Bitsy takes in a girl who has jumped the fence and wants to come back to the Amish community to have her baby. Aunt Bitsy is still protecting her dandelions and her bees, still dyeing her hair all sorts of bright colors, and still praying to Gotte right out loud.

Andrew is about forgiveness, second chances, and learning to love. It will have you laughing and crying, and you might just fall in love with two of the most mischievous little boys in Wisconsin.

Enjoy. In honor of the Peanut Butter Brothers, I want to share one of our favorite family recipes. These bars are perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks. They’re easy and delicious!  

Peanut Butter Bars

Cream together:

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

Blend In:

2 unbeaten eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

2/3 cup peanut butter

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Stir In:

2 cups flour

2 cups quick oats  

Spread mixture in greased jelly-roll pan or large cookie sheet.

Bake: 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Do not overbake. Remove from oven.  

Sprinkle on:

1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Let stand five minutes.  

For peanut butter mixture on top,

combine: ½ cup sifted powdered suga

r ¼ cup peanut butter

2 to 4 Tbs. evaporated milk

Mix well.  

The chocolate chips will melt on the bars. Spread melted chocolate evenly.

Drizzle peanut butter mixture on top.

Cool completely.

Cut into bars.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, June 26


The Avid Reader, June 26


Moments, June 26


Lighthouse Academy, June 27




Blossoms and Blessings, June 28


Christian Author, J.E. Grace, June 28

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 29


Bigreadersite, June 29


Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 30


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30


Genesis 5020, July 1


Stephanie’s Life of Determination, July 1


Inklings and notions , July 1


Maureen’s Musings, July 2


Locks, Hooks and Books, July 2


Christian Bookaholic, July 3

Pause for Tales, July 3


Southern Gal Loves to Read, July 4


For Him and my family, July 4


A Reader’s Brain, July 4

Mary Hake, July 5


Splashesofjoy, July 5


Vicky Sluiter, July 5


Texas Book-aholic, July 6


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 6


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 7


janicesbookreviews, July 7


Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 8


Older & Smarter?, July 8


Quiet Quilter, July 9


Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 9


To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card!!

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


The Pages of Her Life Blog Tour & Giveaway by James Rubart

Posted by [email protected] on June 3, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

About the Book

The Pages of Her Life

Author: James L. Rubart

Genre: Christian fiction – suspense

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Award-winning and bestselling author James L. Rubart explores the way our memories shape us . . . and how they affect our beliefs.

Allison Moore has no idea why she got out of her car on that rainy March afternoon and picked up the soaked journal laying on the side of the road. Brought it home. But she did. It was empty. Except for two lines scrawled in the front, too washed out to read. And a Jesus emblem inside the back cover. Something about the journal compels her to start writing in it, capturing thoughts about her newly acquired job that she thought would be heaven, but has turned into hell. Then one day, she finds words in the center of the journal. Words she didn’t write: Mene mene tekel upharsin. After her heart stops hammering, Allison Googles the phrase, and reads the story of Belshazzar’s Feast, where a hand from God writes on the wall, and the king is slain. Fear grips her, certain God is coming after her for what she did twelve years back. What she’s done wrong her whole life. She vows to make things right. Then she discovers more phrases appearing underneath each of her journal entries. Those phrases take her on an emotional roller coaster that forces her to look at everything she believes about her past in a new light, and opens her eyes to a supernatural realm of staggering consequence. 

Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

About the Author

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: www.jameslrubart.com Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart  

My Review

Another thought provoking and mysterious read by James Rubart. His writing style is like non other and I've been a fan of his for quite some time.  He never disappoints his readers.


 In this book, Allison is struggling with coming to grips with her father's secret life. Her brother, Parker, is trying to figure out who he is. Add a journal that keeps changing, and an angel and you have an interesting storyline. I loved how the characters change who they believed themselves to be and end up strong victors for Christ.

The Pages of Her Life is an inspirational and enlightening story I feel we can all relate to. The story will make the reader test their thoughts about the person they really are; their fears, weaknesses, and strengths.

Another page turner that wraps up nicely in the end. Can't wait for his next book.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 21

Spoken from the Heart, May 22

Godly Book Reviews, May 23


Genesis 5020, May 23

Bigreadersite, May 24

Simple Harvest Reads, May 24

Through the Fire Blogs, May 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 25

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 26


Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 27


amandainpa, May 27


All-of-a-kind Mom, May 28

Hallie Reads, May 28

Reader’s Cozy Corner, May 29


Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 30

Ashley’s Bookshelf, May 30

Inspired by fiction, May 31

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 31


Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 1

For Him and My Family, June 2

janicesbookreviews, June 2

Maureen’s Musings, June 3

Inklings and notions , June 3


Mary Hake, June 4


Texas Book-aholic, June 4


Retrospective Spines, June 5


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 5

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, June 6


Blogging With Carol, June 7


Just the Write Escape, June 7

For the Love of Books, June 8

Remembrancy, June 8


All 4 and About Books, June 9


Livin’ Lit, June 9

A Reader’s Brain, June 10


To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a finished copy of The Pages of Her Life!!

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


Remi Blog Tour & Giveaway by Caryl McAdoo

Posted by [email protected] on May 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (3)

About the Book


Book: Remi  

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance  

Release Date: May 3, 2019

It isn’t within man to guide his own steps—or a woman. Caught between a wagon train and the deep blue sea, Agnes Remington Dalrumple, Remi for short, chooses the overland journey west over crossing the Atlantic with her mother and step-father. She decides to go to California and try to fine the father she’s never known though she’s never been on her own. Thwarted at every turn, almost every effort is dashed until a widower’s thirteen-year-old daughter intervenes on her behalf. How can the headstrong woman place herself under the responsibility of the young girl’s father, a perfect stranger? But if she doesn’t, her journey ends right there in Saint Joseph, Missouri. On the Oregon/California trail, will her pride and independence deter her from the destiny God has prepared for her?

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

For research in December, Caryl McAdoo hit the trail—literally, the Oregon / California Trail—beginning in St. Jo, Missouri with the Napa Valley being her destiny. No wonder readers enjoy her novels so well! She prays her story brings God glory, and He blesses the award-winning, best-selling novels with a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings! With forty-three titles (thirty-three in the last four-and-a-half years), it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her. (Listen to a few at YouTube.) Celebrating fifty years being married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, she counts their four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s best blessings. The McAdoos 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.

More from Caryl

Remi, my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story, picks up where Uniquely Common, my April ‘Lockets and Lace Collection’ story ends! Well, actually it backs up a bit to Remi’s decision to go west! In Uniquely Common, you meet her after she’s already in Saint Jo, trying to join the wagon train.

I fell in love with this semi-introvert, lover of literature, highly intelligent young lady, and felt the cover captured her exactly! (Thank you, Chautona Having, my new amazing cover designer! I am so blessed!)

Remi, short for Remington—her middle name as she hates her first name Agnus—is an only child reared by a single mother. Her father left years ago; she’s never met him and decides to go to California where his last letter was postmarked to do just that. It’s a long way from New York City, but better than sailing across the Atlantic.

And she can’t stay there with nowhere to live since her newest stepfather is whisking her mother overseas to his villa in Southern France. They invite her of course, but she hates boats and gets frightfully seasick! It seems the perfect time to go west and meet her Daddy. Riding in a prairie schooner would be a lark!

Researching for the covered wagons heading west led my dear husband to ask if I wanted to drive the Oregon / California Trail. Yes, yes, yes, I assured him! What could be better than seeing the rivers my wagon train had to cross, the amazing sights my characters would experience, and the terrain they navigated for ourselves?

What an opportunity God put before me!

Two weeks and forty-three hundred-plus miles later, we got back home to Clarksville, enthralled with our journey. That trip has made this story so much better for me! I hope it will make it all the better for you, too! I praise and give glory to the Lord for His many blessings and high favor.

I’m so grateful for the stories He gives us, His divine appointments—like with Sandy Barela, the founder of Celebrate Lit, all her amazing bloggers and reviewers—the doors He opens, my new cover designer Chautona Havig and all the fictional characters He introduces me to and allows me to share with you!

♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited.•*♪¨*about what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I’m just so excited Lord!! ♪♫•*¨♪ for what I know♪♫¸¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited!!•.¸.• ✿And He is delighted ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿♫♪*with my anticipation ♪♫•* ♫♪ of what I know He will do. •*♪♫•!♪♫¸•*♪ And I get to be a part ♫♪*`of what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I get to be a part! ♫•*♪¨♥ •♪♫ of what I know♪♫¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.♫♪ I get to be a part ♫♪*♫•*♥ and He has a good plan!♪*•.✿♫♪*`•. He’s called me for His purpose!.•*♪¨ ✿♫♪*`• I have a role to play! ♪♫•*¨♪ (hear this new song on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKnU8JWXRlU 


Remi's character was refreshing. A young woman with conviction, a loving heart, and an unsure future. One of the things I loved about this book is the in-depth relatable characters whch I came to love.

Among a wagon train of pioneers heading west, Remi encounters a world of harshness and struggles, but also one of hope. Can she learn to trust her heart and believe in the love she feels for a widower with two young daughters?

The descriptions of the Oregon Trail west and the forts along the way made me feel like I was with the characters as their journey unfolded. I could sense God's love within the pages of the story.

This book has all the elements that make up a great story. It's inspiring and uplifting and brings historical flavor to the tale as well.

The ending wrapped everything up nicely. The author never disappoints and I can't wait to read the next installment in the series.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 20

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 20


Blessed & Bookish, May 21


Quiet Workings, May 21

Retrospective Spines, May 22

For HIm and My Family, May 22

Maureen’s Musiings, May 23


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 24


Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 25


KarenSueHadley , May 26



Christian Author, J.E. Grace, May 27


Through the Fire Blogs, May 28


Emily Yager, May 29

Inklings and notions, May 29


Bigreadersite, May 30


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 30


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 31


janicesbookreviews, May 31


Texas Book-aholic, June 1


A Reader’s Brain, June 2


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
Grand Prize – $50 Gift Amazon Card

1st Prize – Signed, Paperback copy of CHOICE of all my books

2nd Prize – Signed copy of Remi

3rd Prize – eBook copy of Remi

4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books!!

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

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

Posted by [email protected] on April 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (2)

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.

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 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.



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



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



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!

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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


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


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

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When You Are Near Blog Tour & Giveaway by Tracie Peterson

Posted by [email protected] on March 25, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (2)

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.


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


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!
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Ladies of Intrigue Blog Tour & Giveaway by Michelle Griep

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

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!


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


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!!

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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 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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.

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Maureen’s Musings, February 2


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3


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Locks, Hooks and Books, February 5


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Christian Author, J.E.Grace, February 7


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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


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.


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.


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


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.

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Janices book reviews, February 12


Carpe Diem, February 13


A Baker’s Perspective, February 13


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14


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Stephanie’s Life of Perseverance, February 15


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Inklings and Notions, February 16


Locks, Hooks and Books, February 16


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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


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 (11)

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!


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.


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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!

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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


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


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.

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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


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!

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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.


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!”


Melissa Wardwell


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.

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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



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.