Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Promo Blast for The Story Peddler

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Back cover copy:

Selling stories is a deadly business

Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too.

Awards:

***2019 Carol Award winner, Debut***

***2019 Realm Award Book of the Year***

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Author bio:

Lindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman.

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Social media:

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Perhaps because I am a homeschooling mother myself, I was drawn to this book.  The concept is well-executed.  At first, I was not sure what I thought about Tanwen.  But this fantasy novel pulled me into the story.  But the idea of being able to tell stories that weave together objects that can be sold for a higher price is interesting.

The colors and objects that result from the story caught my attention.  I think one of my favorite interactions with Tanwen comes when she tells a story for a young girl.  But you will have to read the book for yourself to find out how it turns out.

I think my favorite character was Braith, daughter to the king.  She shows genuine compassion and concern for those around her.  She illustrates and exemplifies what a ruler should be.

This story contains a mystery character as well.  As the first of three books in this series, I now want to read more to find out what happens because the ending did not tie up everything neatly for me.

So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Promo Blast for The Change of Heart

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Back Cover Copy

A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love’s true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. . .

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Molly Jebber Bio

Molly Jebber is an award-winning author of Amish Historical Romance. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, featured in video on Naples News and Romantic Times. She’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and she offers presentations on writing, marketing, agent or no agent, publishing, and the Amish lifestyles and traditions. She’s been a guest lecturer for conferences, author events, and at Ohio State University for an event in 2020.

CHANGE OF HEART, GRACE’S FORGIVENESS, & TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA – these books are her Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series.  SECOND CHANCE, ELLIE’S REDEMPTION, & HANNAH’S COURAGE are her Amish Charm Bakery Series books. Check her website www.mollyjebber.com for more of her books and where she’ll be next! 

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! 

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Set in 1899, this Amish story captures some of the best and the worst sides of Amish life.  The worst part can be the shunning that results from members walking away from their Amish beliefs.  The best part is the way the families love and support each other and the members of their community.  In this story, Becca Yost was the dutiful Amish daughter and church member.  But when her fiance jilts her publically, she decides to visit her sister who left the Amish way of life to pursue an “English” life.

As a midwife, Becca desires to learn more.  So she is thrilled when Dr. Matthew Carrington asks her to help out as his nurse.  The dynamics between these two is incredible.  I loved getting to know them both.  I also enjoyed getting to know Becca’s sister.

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The one dark spot in this story is Matthew’s mother who is high-society.  She does not approve of the two being together.  But Matthew refuses to let that stop him from pursuing her.  But by the end of the story, I will say my opinion of his mother changed.

You can find Molly Jebber on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and BookBub

 

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You can purchase the book on Amazon here.

So if you enjoy Amish fiction check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review for “The Joy of Falling”

About the Book

Book:  The Joy of Falling

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.

But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.

Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

 

Click here to get your copy!

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As I started reading this book about two women who became widows, when their husbands who were brothers died in a tragic accident, I quickly found myself caught up in the story.  These two women approached their grief with very different outlooks.  But when Eva received a call about an ultra marathon their husbands were supposed to have participated in with Brent’s best friend, life changes for both.

Eva seems to have it all in Angela’s mind.  She does not have three children depending on her.  At the same time, Eva sometimes envies Angela having the three children she has to come home to at the end of a day.

Marc, Brent’s partner, and his best friend set out to train with the two women for the marathon.  The ups and downs of grief and attempting to move on are captured in a way that resonated with me.  I loved how Sherry, Eva, and Angela’s mother-in-law comes alongside the two women and shares her own experience of becoming a widow.

Having never experienced a spouse dying myself, I can not begin to fathom the depths of grief these women were dealing with at all.  But I love how Sherry encourages the women to seek to find joy rather than happiness.  She states that joy comes from having a true relationship with God.

These three women, Marc, and Simon create an incredible look at what facing grief while also moving on with life looks like.  I found myself laughing, crying, and rooting for the three to finish the marathon, but also found myself wanting them to step out in faith and take a chance on loving again.

So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.

Read an Excerpt

Click here to read the first four chapters.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, April 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 17

My Devotional Thoughts, April 17

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

Through the Fire Blogs, April 19

Remembrancy, April 19

Genesis 5020, April 20

Splashes of Joy, April 20

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Read Review Rejoice, April 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, April 21

Older & Smarter?, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Texas Book-aholic, April 23

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Inklings and notions, April 24

Hookmeinabook, April 24

For Him and My Family, April 25

Just a Your Average reviews, April 25

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 26

Hallie Reads, April 26

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 27

CarpeDiem, April 27

Stories By Gina, April 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

The Becca Files, April 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 30

Bookishly Beverly, April 30

Spoken from the Heart, April 30

Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Book Reviews, history, Uncategorized

The Hidden Message of the Great Seal – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 

We have been supplementing our history studies with The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC.  As a member of the Home School Review Crew, I am always excited for our family to receive curriculum products from companies that are new to us.  I am really glad we had the chance to review this one that examines the national seal of our country.  I am the one who read this book for this review, and I am glad to be able to share my experience.

Michael Kanis is on a mission that goes beyond the message of the seal.  The fact is every American has a mission and a calling to be a keeper of our republic.  God provides us with the opportunity to help spread His message and allow the world to experience His Blessings.  This book will allow families to discover the rich history behind the great seal of our country.  In this book, he covers the ideas of freedom, liberty, unity, providence, virtue, and truth

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Our family loves discovering and sharing interesting facts and knowledge we discover.  So I wanted to see what I could discover on the pages of this book.  Some of the topics in this book include: 

  • The Significance of the Seal
  • A Tale of Two Systems
  • Frances Hopkinson
  • The Pyramid
  • Annuit Coeptis
  • The Eye
  • The Early Designs
  • The Covenant
  • The Front of the Seal
  • The Four Pillars
  • Virtue
  • Freedom 
  • Providence

Our family loves discovering and sharing interesting facts and knowledge we find. So I was sure our family would appreciate having the opportunity to read this book and I was correct.  From the introduction, the book captured my attention with its layout, facts, and beautiful images.  History seemed to come to life as I read through the pages.

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 As I read through this book, I have one major issue and that is the font and the size of it that is used.  As someone with less than perfect vision, I sometimes found it difficult to consistently read through this book.  I wish it offered a larger font that was easier to read.   Also, the fact that this book is softback and wider than it is tall, I sometimes found myself getting tired of holding it.

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I found quite a few interesting facts in this book.  The first one is who was actually tasked with creating the seal.  Those individuals were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

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The words and images come together in a way that leads the reader on a voyage of his or her own discovery.  I found myself interacting with the book, especially when I read points that reiterated what I already knew from my own studies.  But I have to admit prior to the book, I had not really studied our national seal.  But I definitely plan on going back through this book again for a more in-depth study. 

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This book is very timely given what is going on in our country today.  I appreciated reading the author’s thoughts on whether or not the founders of our great nation were Christians or not.

I plan to leave this book where members of the family may access it at their leisure.  Our children like history to come to life rather than having boring facts and statistics spewed at them for them to simply reproduce on a test.  I also desire for history, and especially the history of the United States to have personal meaning for them.  This book helps fill that criterion.  I feel this is a book to be savored and studied and experienced rather than read quickly through and then put on a shelf.

The amount of research and time spent on this book makes it one that is truly worth reading and shared with others.  Michael  Kanis has done an incredible job with this book.

The book can be found on Amazon for $29.95, but here is a coupon code for 50% off the cover price if you wish to purchase the book from the web site, with free shipping.  To receive the discount, you only need to apply the coupon code:  HOMESCHOOL at checkout.  The discount is good until 30 May 2020.”

So if you are looking for a book that delves deep into the history, meaning, and symbols of the seal of our great nation, I recommend checking this book out for yourself.  The Hidden Message of the Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC. provides incredible insights and information into the seal of the United States and the meanings behind it.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this book this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews about this book.

 

 

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Review and Giveaway for The Multicultural Church

About the Book

Book:  The Multicultural Church

Author: Dan Willis

Genre:  RELIGION / Christian Church/Growth

Release Date: February 21, 2020

Despite the progress our country has made in Civil Rights over the past century, Sunday morning is still one of the most segregated times in America. It seems like the only people striving to lead in the area of racial reconciliation are politicians, activists, and celebrities. Pastor Dan Willis wants to know… Where is the church? What can the people of God do to become leaders again and not just be Johnny-come-lately followers? The art of bringing harmony to the masses lies in the love all should see in the church of God. If the church is to make a difference and return to relevance in this world, the only option is multicultural ministry. If leaders are not prepared to minister to this growing culture, then American Christianity is in danger of becoming nonessential to the body of believers. For years, Dan Willis has led a growing, multicultural Christian community in the suburbs of Chicago. In The Multicultural Church, Dan shares what he has learned, the mistakes he has made, and what can be done to successfully minister to a diverse culture.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

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As I began reading this book I found one point throughout this book that I could agree with wholeheartedly.  I can agree that music results in one way to potentially cross all cultural and generational divides.  However, this divide can only be crossed with the right type of music.  The music needs to give all the glory and praise to God.

A number of years ago, I went to an event held by the Salvation Army held in Pennsylvania.  At this event one of the most meaningful and Spiritual events involved music.  A woman was dancing in a way that brought glory to God.

I have to say there were many points in this book that I do not agree with at all.  First, I feel that many politicians and celebrities are the last people anyone should be looking at for an example of how a Christian should behave.  Too many of those individuals going against everything that is stated in the Bible.  The Bible and Jesus Christ should be the only place and person we look to for how true Christians should behave.

I agree that Christians need to be like Jesus Christ and not look at the outside of someone.  But instead, we should look to the inside to see how his or her heart is in regard to God.  So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

As a boy, Dan Willis’s dreamed of becoming neurosurgeon until the fateful day when, at age sixteen, he was called to “temporarily” take over as pastor of a local church. Dan took that small ministry of sixteen people and nurtured it into the largest multicultural church on the south side of Chicago, consisting of over five thousand members. Today, Dan still serves as senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations, in Alsip, Illinois. The driving force of Dan’s ministry has always been one of uniting the races. To look out over the congregation during a typical worship celebration, you will see men, women, and children from over seventy-two different nations. Dan is also a gifted singer, musician, and producer. He founded a community choir called The Pentecostals of Chicago, bringing together black, white, Hispanic, and Asian singers from over twenty Chicago area churches. This group, now known as The All Nations Choir, has six albums to its credit and has performed with artists from Celine Dion to Kirk Franklin, and has served on missionary trips to the orphanages of Kingston, Jamaica.
A celebrated television host, he created and hosted the Emmy-nominated shows Inspiration Sensation and I’m Just Sayin’. Dan has traveled the country ministering and teaching men and women through the Starting Line Prison Fellowship organization and has also been a national and international speaker on the topics of music, ministry, racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development. Dan is the author of Freedom to Forget and most recently, Praise Is My Weapon. Dan continues to live in Alsip with his wife, Linda, and is father to four grown children and eight grandchildren.

 

More from Dan

I have led a successful and growing multicultural congregation in the Chicago suburbs for over twenty years. I wanted to write a short book packed with practical information sharing my personal stories of successes and failures in cross-cultural ministry.

 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 17

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray, April 18

Artistic Nobody, April 19 (Spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 20

Texas Book-aholic, April 21

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions, April 23

For Him and My Family, April 24

A Reader’s Brain, April 25

A Baker’s Perspective, April 26 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, April 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 28

For the Love of Literature, April 29 (Spotlight)

CarpeDiem, April 30

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Dan is giving away the grand prize of a $20 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/f97b/the-multi-cultural-church-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “Oh, Gracious!”

 

 

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About the Book

Book: Oh, Gracious!

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary Romance, woman’s fiction

Release Date: March 31, 2020

Life is too short to settle for just anyone.
Grace gave her whole heart to Jesus, but now he wants a part of it.

All she ever wanted was to be a homemaker.

Sure, she has a degree in physics. Yes, she could have a lucrative job in Rockland, but Grace Buscher enjoys her life as a single homemaker. As they say, it’s her choice.

As a successful business owner, a handsome guy, and heir to a small fortune, it’s no wonder Nolan Burke is one of Rockland’s most eligible bachelors. The problem is, he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t looking for a “trophy husband.”

Don’t family-centered women exist anymore?

Grace isn’t exactly eye candy. Nolan is a bit blind. So when an “accidental meeting” forges an unlikely friendship, it becomes obvious to everyone that it’s likely to become more.

But is Grace ready to give up the life she loves for the man she loves?

Find out in this completely updated, revised, and improved version of Chautona Havig’s first novel, Noble Pursuits.

 

Click here to get your copy!

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Let me perfectly blunt, there is only one thing I dislike about reading a novel by Chautona Havig. The one thing I dislike is that once I begin reading I have a terrible time putting her books down until I finish them. Then I realize I also dislike a second thing about her books – and that is that inevitably they have to end. You see I am someone who loves reading. I read this novel in its original form, Noble Pursuits, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I have to say I was interested in seeing how the updated book would turn out. And I have to say I loved it.

Nolan Burke portrays all the characteristics of a Godly man who wants to find a Godly woman. I think one of my favorite parts of this story is when he is going through his list of what he is looking for in a woman. At the beginning of the book, I appreciated reading his observations about the women he came in contact with through various situations. More importantly, I appreciated when his friend Traci enters the ladies’ room and heard the primarily “catty” comments the women were making. Suddenly she understood what Nolan was experiencing.

Grace is a character I fell in love with immediately. She exudes everything a woman should be. The two make a perfect match. So if you want to read a wonderfully captivating story, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Havig_Chautona (1)Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

More from Chautona

Wow, My Beloved First Book Was a Hot Mess

On my blog, I sometimes answer readers’ questions, and one of the earliest ones was, “Since you zip out your books so fast, do you ever later wish you had done something differently with them?”

My answer today is the same as back then—usually. No. Yes, I sometimes regret not being able to tell a supporting character’s story because the book has given away that person’s past and/or future. Still, most of the time, I tell the story as I want it.

But in that post about “regrets,” I said that as I learn, I definitely wish to improve sentences here, and others there. I did this already with Argosy Junction, the second book that I published. The first two or three books were experiments where I made many serious mistakes. Took bad advice. Didn’t know the right things to research. All the mistake-ness.

Total transparency here. I chose Argosy Junction to revise first because I made fewer mistakes on it. Still lots, but not as many as my first book, Noble Pursuits.

Bad editing advice, horrible cover design (twice), and just basic writing craft stuff that I didn’t know when I started this whole journey all culminated in a book I both loved (the story) and hated (the final result). Many reviewers said the same thing, too. That poor book has the worst reviews of all of my books combined.

And for good reason.

But it’s a good story—one I love, as I said—and it has some strong fans. Some readers were able to look past the problems and see the heart of what I tried to do with it. And that was a beautiful thing. Those readers, actually, are the ones I’ve rewritten this book for.

Yes, I rewrote Noble Pursuits. While every sentence isn’t completely rewritten, enough are that I considered it a new book, not just a revised one.

A few readers have panicked to see the title changed, the story rewritten. They’ve asked if I took out this or even that. I took out and added nothing that 99.9% of readers would ever notice. And it’s a better book for it.

I am updating the original Noble Pursuits file with the new text. I’m doing this in hopes that those who already own that book can go into their digital content on Amazon and get the updated version. I don’t know if it will work, but I pray it does.

Meanwhile, for those who’ve asked why they can’t buy the first book on my Suggested Reading Order list, well… now you can!

Oh, Gracious! has been a long time coming, but she’s here with a new title, rewritten content, and even a lovely new cover by the brilliantly talented Perry Elizabeth. It took what seems like forever to settle on a title, but we finally did. Why we chose Oh, Gracious! however, is a story for another day.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 24

Wishful Endings, April 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool, April 25

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 26

deb’s Book Review, April 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Texas Book-aholic, April 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 28

Kat’s Corner Books, April 28

Aryn The Libraryan 📚, April 29

Cultivating us, April 29

Through the Fire Blogs, April 30

For Him and My Family, April 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 1

The Collaborative Press, May 1

Connect in Fiction, May 2

Spoken from the Heart, May 2

Read Review Rejoice, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

Books I’ve Read, May 3

Emily Yager, May 4

Captive Dreams Window, May 4

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 5

Back Porch Reads, May 5

Lots of Helpers, May 6

As He Leads is Joy, May 6

Artistic Nobody, May 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pause for Tales, May 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of one paperback copy of each of the 3 fully revised novels: Oh, Gracious, Argosy Junction, and Thirty Days Hath…!!

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/f8f7/oh-gracious-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review and Giveaway for Dove Strong

About the Book

Book:  Dove Strong

Author: Erin Lorence

Genre:  Christian YA

Dove Strong loves God. She loves standing chin up and fists clenched when facing Satan’s attacks. But there’s one thing she doesn’t love—other people. So when this spiritually-gifted, antisocial teenager is chosen to join other believers in a trek across Satan’s territory, rattlesnakes and evil-intentioned Heathen aren’t her biggest challenges.

But failure isn’t an option. In a month, the Christian Councils will decide the Reclaim, a vote on whether there’ll be a war between Christ’s followers and Satan’s to take back America. It is up to Dove, God’s messenger for peace, to reach her Council in time. Because if she doesn’t, things could get bloody.

 

Click here to get your copy!

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As a homeschooling mother, I enjoy finding new books for our children to read.  So when I had the chance to be part of the Celebration tour, I was glad for the opportunity.  Dove Strong has a strong faith in God and a willingness to stand up against Satan.  But she does not necessarily love being around other people.  This is the first book in the Dove Strong Trilogy.

It is a book that should make Christian young people stop and think.  I appreciated the variety of beliefs displayed in the different characters.  From non-believers to believers, the range of opinions and ideas varies.  Given the current climate in the world today towards Christians, I feel it is an excellent book for Christian young people to read in order to hopefully make them think about waht they believe and how they should approach others.  So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Erin Lorence grew up in rainy Western Washington, an avid reader and the daughter of a published nonfiction author. She attended Washington State University (WSU) where she met and married her husband, Brian. Together, they recently moved to Apex, North Carolina with their two amazing daughters (who also love to read) and their beagle Charlie (who doesn’t read). Her lifelong love of literature, her gratitude to God, and her enjoyment of hiking in Central Oregon all inspired her to write the Dove Strong Trilogy. Visit her at:  www.erinlorence.com.

 

More from Erin

I politely smile and keep what I really think inside. But my main character, Dove Strong, doesn’t. She blasts people with the full force of her words. Sometimes Dove’s words sting…but she’s never merely polite or hum-drum boring.

I secretly hug the random and ridiculous moments of life to myself, preserving my appearance of normalcy. But when I write, the true ‘uncool’ me escapes. It is responsible for the caterpillar dangling from a character’s nostril as well as for the little sister who won’t stop harping on about her precious bag of chips.

I write to escape and to help others escape. I write to laugh and make readers smile. I write so ‘the lost’ will wake to find that they crave an intimate relationship with The One who loves them most.

This is why I write. And that is why I wrote Dove Strong.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 12

Genesis 5020, April 13

Artistic Nobody, April 14 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, April 15

Wishful Endings, April 16 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, April 16

Inklings and notions, April 17

Simple Harvest Reads, April 18 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, April 18

Emily Yager, April 19

For the Love of Literature, April 20

Rebecca Tews, April 21

Vicky Sluiter, April 22 (Author Interview)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away the grand prize package of paperback copies of Dove Strong and its sequel Fanatic Surviving!!

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Review and Giveaway for Amish Country Murder

About the Book

Book:  Amish Country Murder

Author: Mary Alford

Genre:  Amish Suspense

Release Date: March 1, 2020

An Amish woman targeted by a serial killer

Is the only living witness…

As the sole woman to escape the Dead of Night Killer, Catherine Fisher’s the key to catching him—if he doesn’t kill her first. Now it’s up to FBI agent Sutter Brenneman to protect her. But with her memory missing and all clues indicating the serial killer took her for very personal reasons, it’ll take everything Sutter has to keep her safe.

 

 

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Amish Country Murder had me on the edge of my seat from the moment I began reading.  With a young woman kidnapped who managed to escape from her tormentor, the FBI becomes involved because she is the only one to escape from a serial killer.  Catherine shows amazing courage and fortitude in dealing with the unknown.  As she gradually regains her memory, she realizes another intended victim is her twin sister.

Sutter grew up Amish, but suffered his own tragedy when his brother was killed while walking on the highway. He left the Amish faith and wound up pursuing a career with the FBI. He is determined to keep Catherine safe.  Along the way, it is possible the two may fall in love without knowing it.  Catherine’s niece Lily also helps bring the story to life.

The danger and attempts on the lives of these two made me continue reading to make sure how everything turned out.  The twists and turns this story took are spine-chilling.  If you like novels of intrigue, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly bestselling list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.

As a writer, Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog.

Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter or any social platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.

 

 

More from Mary

 

Thank you for coming with me on this journey to the mountains of Montana, where the Amish Community of West Kootenai is nestled in the wide-open spaces of Big Sky Country, and a simple Amish way of life can be anything but. Especially when a serial killer is lurking nearby, waiting to take his next victim, and the clock is ticking.

Amish Country Murder is my second book set in the Amish Community of West Kootenai, Montana. My first book, Amish Country Kidnapping is available now at most book retailers.

As a reader, one of my favorite genres is Amish Suspense. There’s just something about a story that pits the simple and innocent Amish lifestyle with the dark and sometimes deadly world of a suspense. Good versus evil, so to speak.

When Catherine Fisher escapes the clutches of a serial killer, she can’t remember as single thing about her past before the monster took her.

FBI agent Sutter Brenneman has been working the Dead of Night Serial Killer case for a while. Catherine is his first living victim. Protecting Catherine and finding the killer before he strikes again is critical. Hiding out in Amish Country, Sutter is surrounded my memories of his own Amish past, rekindling old longings for the life lost to him. Is it possible to have it back? In the middle of a killer stalking their every move, Catherine and Sutter share many tender moments as their feelings for each other grow into love.

One of the things I love most about the Amish is their amazingly simple recipes that remind me of my childhood and the meals my mother used to prepare.

During one meal shared with an Amish couple, Catherine and Sutter enjoy sweet potato croquettes with meat loaf. Sweet potato croquettes are a simple side dish that is delicious and easy to prepare. I thought I’d share this recipe with you here.

AMISH SWEET POTATO CROQUETTES

  • 1 pt. of mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tblsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tblsp. sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • breadcrumbs
  • marshmallows (optional)

Mash sweet potatoes very fine.  Add salt, sugar and melted butter to mashed sweet potatoes. Shape sweet potatoes into croquette rolls or patties.  Cool them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and roll in breadcrumbs.  Dip them in the slightly beaten egg white, and then into the crumbs again. Bake in a shallow, greased baking dish for 20 minutes, at a temperature of 400 degrees F.  For an even sweeter version of this dish, you can place a marshmallow in the center of each (make sure it is covered completely by the potato mixture).

I so hope you enjoy this recipe and Amish Country Murder. And stay tuned for my next Amish Suspense set in West Kootenai, coming in November of this year.

 

Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, April 14

Genesis 5020, April 14

The Avid Reader, April 15

Maureen’s Musings, April 15

Betti Mace, April 16

janicesbookreviews, April 16

She Lives To Read, April 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

Texas Book-aholic, April 18

deb’s Book Review, April 18

Inklings and notions, April 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 20

For Him and My Family, April 21

Older & Smarter?, April 21

My Devotional Thoughts, April 22

For the Love of Literature, April 22

Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pause for Tales, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Hallie Reads, April 24

Because I said so and other as adventures in parenting, April 25

Emily Yager, April 25

SPLASHES of Joy, April 26

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 26

Blossoms and Blessings, April 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize package of a Lavender Spa 10-piece Gift Basket with Tote, and a print copy of Amish Country Murder!!

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Review and Giveaway for The House at the End of the Moor

About the Book

Book:  House at the End of the Moor

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre:  Christian Historical

Release Date: April 2020

An Opulent London Opera Star Escapes to the Rugged Landscape of the English Moors

Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

 

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At the beginning of this historical novel set in England,  we meet Oliver who is imprisoned but manages to escape while on a work detail.  We meet Maggie in her home.  Oliver has been wrongly accused of stealing jewels, and Maggie is trying to live in anonymity.  But the two try to come up with a plan to return the jewels while keeping Maggie’s identity a secret.

The descriptive language and characters in this book drew me into the story.  I wanted both Maggie and Oliver to find the lives they deserved.  The storyline kept my attention.  The characters kept my interest.  Being someone who loves to read historical fiction, I found this book worth reading.

 

About the Author

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

 

 

 More from Michelle

What comes to mind when you hear the word moor? For some, images of Jane Eyre spring to life. For others, The Hound of the Baskervilles starts barking. But for most, it’s a big fat goose egg. The fact is that most Americans don’t have a clue what a moor is, but never fear, my friend…after you read the next few paragraphs, you’ll never again go blank-minded when you hear the word moor.

 

Last summer I skipped across the pond and tromped around Dartmoor with my daughter and husband. What an awesome experience. I learned first-hand just how windy this vast stretch of land can be, for that’s really what a moor is at heart: a vast stretch of land. Webster’s defines it as an expanse of open rolling infertile land. Sounds rather desolate, eh? Yeah. Kind of. But it’s oh so much more.

 

In spring and summer, green does abound. Gorse bushes. Scrubby grasses. Lambs and sheep and goats. All these animals roam free so there are trails worn into the dirt that you can hike along. But I hear you…where could you possibly go if there’s nothing besides some farm animals roaming around the place?

 

You could hike to a tor, which is a “high, craggy hill.” Some of them can be a little treacherous to climb, but sweet mercy, what a view! The earth stretches out like a green and brown quilt. As I hiked that day last spring, whispers in the wind inspired me to wonder a lot of what-ifs, and those what-ifs came together in a story of intrigue and betrayal.

 

What would you do if you found a half-dead man bleeding in the middle of nowhere? Find out what heroine Maggie Lee does in The House at the End of the Moor.

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Batya’s Bits, April 18

The Avid Reader, April 18

Life of Literature, April 18

The Power of Words, April 18

For Him and My Family, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 19

Among the Reads, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

As He Leads is Joy, April 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20

Just the Write Escape, April 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 21

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 21

Where Faith and Books Meet, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22

Inklings and notions, April 22

Remembrancy, April 23

Hookmeinabook, April 23

Christian Bookaholic, April 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Britt Reads Fiction, April 24

Emily Yager, April 24

Betti Mace, April 25

Stories By Gina, April 25

Adventures of a Traveling Wife, April 25

Blossoms and Blessings, April 25

Splashes of Joy, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

Blessed & Bookish, April 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Pause for Tales, April 27

Through the Fire Blogs, April 28

Hallie Reads, April 28

Faery Tales Are Real, April 28

To Everything There Is A Season, April 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Bigreadersite, April 29

Older & Smarter?, April 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 29

Genesis 5020, April 30

Read Review Rejoice, April 30

By The Book, April 30

For the Love of Literature, April 30

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 1

Bookishly Beverly, May 1

Daysong Reflections, May 1

Artistic Nobody, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

 Giveaway

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

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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Review and Giveaway for The Sequence to Success

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About the Book

Book:  The Sequence to Success

Author: Samuel R. Chand

Genre:  Christian non-fiction, self help

Release Date: February, 2020

The Sequence to SuccessEvery one of us gets anywhere in life due to three things: someone observes us, forms an opinion about us, and decides to give us an opportunity…or not. Likewise, we do the same thing with others. People have played this essential role in our lives, and we play it in the lives of those around us—and no matter how skilled we’ve become, we can play it even better.

The sequence applies in business, the church, marriages, parenting, and friendships. We often assess others in the blink of an eye. We instinctively notice the look on someone’s face, the tone of voice, or the body language that’s consistent or different from the words being spoken. We react to our observation, but we seldom stop to analyze before we respond—it just happens, and it happens immediately: we observe and have an opinion, and based on what we’ve determined in that second, we either give the person an opportunity to engage with us or we close the door and remain guarded.

The Sequence to Success: Three O’s That Will Take You Anywhere in Life is a leadership book, but it’s not limited to corporate presidents, CEOs, or lead pastors; it’s for everyone who has a position of influence in another person’s life—and that includes all of us. In this book, Sam Chand brings our subconscious assumptions into the light. With more insight and confidence, you’ll make better decisions to advance the people around you…or perhaps show them the door. These principles also help you become more conscious that people are observing you and forming opinions about you that will open or close doors of opportunity.

 

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The Sequence To Success had me frequently agreeing with what the author was writing. Full of Biblical Truths, personal experiences, and more this book has a lot to offer.  In a day and time where many people have an excuse for anything and everything, it is refreshing to read a book that emphasizes working hard and be patient.

I loved reading about how the author had to be patient in order to win his future father-in-law over to blessing their marriage.  I also loved reading how he became the president of the college he once went to school while also serving on the janitorial staff in order to afford tuition

Truly this book is one every Christian should read.  So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Chand, Sam1Sam Chand’s singular vision for his life is to help others succeed. A prolific author and renowned international leadership consultant, he speaks regularly at conferences, corporations, business roundtables, seminars, and other leadership development opportunities.
Being raised in a pastor’s home in India has uniquely equipped Sam to share his passion to mentor, develop, and inspire leaders to break all limits. He has been called a dream releaser, leadership architect, and change strategist.

In the 1970s, as a student at Beulah Heights College, Sam served as a janitor, cook, and dishwasher to finance his education. He returned in 1989 as president—and under his leadership, Beulah Heights University became the country’s largest predominantly African-American Christian college.

Sam holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Beulah Heights University, an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Heritage Bible College, a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education from Beulah Heights. He has mentored leaders in churches and ministries as well as international corporations and business start-ups. He was named one of the top thirty global leadership gurus by www.leadershipgurus.net.
Sam has authored more than a dozen books on leadership, including New Thinking, New FutureCulture CatalystBigger Faster LeadershipLeadership PainWho’s Holding Your Ladder?What’s Shakin’ Your Ladder?; and 12 Success Factors of an Organization.
For more information or to connect with Sam, please visit www.samchand.com.

 

More from Sam

Success in life comes when we understand how observations lead to opinions that can open doors of opportunity or slam them shut.

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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 10

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Inklings and notions, April 14

Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Spotlight)

For Him and My Family, April 16

Emily Yager, April 17

Through the Fire Blogs, April 18 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, April 19

Mary Hake, April 20

Andrea Christenson, April 21 (Spotlight)

Create! Teach! Inspire!, April 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 23

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Sam is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and finished copy of the book!!

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