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Promo Blast for When Valleys Bloom Again

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About This Book:

When Valleys Bloom Again

A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents

by Pat Jeanne Davis

After fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.

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Book Blurb:

 

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

My Thoughts

Abby Stapleton, daughter of an English diplomat, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle because of the impending danger of World War II.  Once in the United States, she begins going to college and forging a new life.  She finds herself involved with Jim, who works as a gardener on her uncle’s estate.  At first the relationship between Abby and her aunt oozes with tension and discord, especially when Jim and Abby become involved with each other.  But through the pages of the book, her aunt comes to recognize how good Jim is for her niece.

I loved getting to know Abby and her family throughout the pages of the story.  But even in the United States, Abby finds herself caught up in the war.  Jim is drafted, and a German spy attempts to take everything that is dear to the two.  He essentially uses his daughter as a pawn in his “game”.

Truly this book takes twist turns and covers two continents as well as the war, but in the end I basically was satisfied with how the book ended.  But I have to say, I think there is a  lot more that can and possibly needs to be written about these characters.

So if you like historical fiction, check out this book

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

 

BIO:

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PAT JEANNE DAVIS  has a keen interest in 20th Century United States and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Her longtime interest in that era goes back to the real-life stories she heard about family members who served during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is a debut inspirational romance set in WWII. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her British-born husband.  She writes from her home n Philadelphia, Pa. Pat has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.  She loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at https://www.patjeannedavis.com

 

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Leaf Me Alone Promo Blast

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Leaf Me Alone – Relatively Seeking Mysteries by Julie B. Cosgrove

Book Synopsis

A long lost child . . . and secrets that insist the lost remain lost! Word spreads through town about the genealogy researches of Shannon, Bailey, and Jessica. So far, it’s been a fun hobby and an eye-opening experience as they helped to solve two murders. But when old Mrs. Perkins, their Bible study leader, wants to hire Shannon and her husband Jayden to find her long-lost nephew, the couple soon learns that moving forward along the Perkins family tree may leave them dangling out on a limb . . . and someone is holding a saw!

My Thoughts

At least to my recollection, I have not read the other books in this series, but having rading this one I feel I definitely be readng the others.  These books can be read alone, but I think you will get more out of them by reading them in order.

This story is told from the viewpoint of Sharon and her husband Jayden.  The two along with their friends Bailey and Jessica set out to find Mrs’ Perkins’, their Bible Study leader, nephew.

The story moved along at a pace that kept my interest and had me wanting to read more.  While Shannon and Jayden are in Florida looking for the nephew, Jessica stays back and keeps an eye on Mrs. Perkins.  Jessica comes to recognize something unusual is going on at the facility where Mrs. Perkins is staying.

This book took many twists and turns that kept me trying to figure out where the story was going.  So if you like Christain cozy mysteries, check out this book for yourself.

Author bio:

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Freelance writer, award-winning author, and professional speaker, Julie B. Cosgrove leads religious retreats, workshops for churches and writer groups, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several devotional publications and is on staff with Campus Crusades of Canada’s Power to Change digital ministry as editor and writer for The Life Project. Their websites help to lead thousands of people worldwide to know Christ, one mouse click at a time. Her own blog, Where Did You Find God Today? has readership in 52 countries.

Julie has published three Bible studies, a devotional, two inspirational guides, and has fifteen faith-based fiction novels published or contracted, including two cozy mysteries series, The Bunco Biddies Mysteries and the Relatively Seeking Mysteries. All can be viewed on her website: www.juliebcosgrove.com.

Awarded one of the 50 Writers You Should Be Reading by the Author’s Show in 2015 and 2016, and Best Religious Fiction 2016, Best Cozy Mystery 2017 by Texas Association of Authors, Julie was also an INSPY semi-finalist and a Grace Awards Finalist in 2016. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and the Christian Authors’ Network. She achieved the highest public speaking level in Toastmasters International, the Advanced Communication Gold, in 2015.

Julie is widowed and lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she is involved in mission and women’s ministries. She is a murder mystery aficionado—especially British ones—and loves word games.

 

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Review and Giveaway for Heart of the AJs

About the Book

Book:  Heart of the Ajs

Author: T.E. Bradford

Genre:  Fantasy / Sci-Fi blend

Release Date: September 16, 2019

She has magic she cannot use…

He has a secret she must uncover.

THE SIX WORLDS OF BAQA

ASFAR, first planet from the sun is a desert planet steeped in superstition and tradition. Nafisa el Faruz is the princess, defender of the sun and champion of her people. Hers is the most powerful magic—zaman, holder of time.

TRINITOS, third planet, is home to the sky gate and the wicked man who controls its use, the Ajs An’hlj. He is yunfah—a wind walker, one who can control the air itself. The only thing he covets more than control is power, and he has his sights set on Nafisa.

 

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My Thoughts

This story captured my attention from the moment I began to start reading this first book in the Six World saga.  Powers she can not use and does not completely understand at the beginning of the book came to life as I started reading.  The dynamics and world-building kept my attention.  I wanted to see how the story would turn out.  Although this story is relatively short, it has a lot to say and a lot of lessons to teach.

I feel like I will read the next books in the series to find out more about this saga.  Delving into the idea of good versus evil, this book does an excellent job of portraying the difference between the two.

So check out this book for yourself.  I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Tracy is the author of the Divide Series, Six World Sagas, and International Bestseller: Kindled Legends – Written in the Stars.

When she’s not busy writing, she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, snapping photos, or giving voices to her son’s stuffed animals. She reclines her feet in Upstate New York with her very own grumpy kitty, the husband God made just for her, and the son who is her forever best story.

 

More from Tracy

A large part of the plot for Heart of the Ajs stemmed from a conversation I had with my son. He’d asked me why he still had bad dreams, even after praying for God to take them away.

I searched for the words to explain why God doesn’t always say yes. Sometimes he says no. Or maybe. Or wait–which for me is the hardest answer of all. I thought of an example from when we’d been looking for a new house and didn’t get the one we’d been hoping for. We were so disappointed. But God had a better house in mind for us. We just didn’t know it yet. And at one point my job became very toxic, when after seven years of work I got pregnant and suddenly managers who’d promoted me several times were telling me I wasn’t cutting it. God had a better job in mind for me. I just didn’t know it yet.

I started to wonder if I could weave this truth into a story I’d been working on about a girl who didn’t feel her father or God were listening. She couldn’t see a way out, or understand how anything good could come from where she was.

Yet our precious Heavenly Father always has a plan. A perfect, incredible plan far beyond our wildest imaginings. One He is faithful to reveal with perfect timing.

Even if we may not know it yet.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 21

Artistic Nobody, May 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 23

Blossoms and Blessings, May 24 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, May 25

By The Book, May 26 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, May 27

For the Love of Literature, May 28 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, May 29

Wishful Endings, May 30 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 31

deb’s Book Review, June 1

A Baker’s Perspective, June 2 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, June 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of my book Child of Prophecy, a piece of raw onyx, and a genuine Jasper stone heart necklace!!

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 I’ll Take the Lie

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About the Book

Book:  I’ll Take the Lie

Author: Nancy E. Wood

Genre:  Christian YA

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Does the truth really set you free?

Paige Hall doubts it, after her boyfriend Justin tells her he’s over it, leaving her with a broken heart and crushed dreams. When Justin disappears, she can’t help but try to find out what happened to him. But when the more she searches, the more problems arise, she can’t help but wonder if it would be better to just accept the lie…

 

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My Thoughts

With a family that seems to be experiencing a lot of dysfunctional circumstances and having difficulty communicating with each other, this story caught my attention.  Paige, a high school senior, refuses to take the disappearance of her former boyfriend at face value.  She decides to investigate on her on to try to find out what actually happened to him.

Told from Paige’s point of view, the author does a great job of building Paige’s backstory.  I loved reading about family dynamics, even though tension and more were evident.  Reading how Paige planned on investigating the disappearance of Justin, I had a feeling bad things might happen as a result.

I definintely wanted to keep reading to discover how the story was going to turn out.  So check this book out for yourself and see what you think.

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

 

About the Author

Nancy E Wood was born into a missionary family and lived in Hungary until she turned twenty. Her whole childhood, she loved reading and stories, writing some of her own, but never believing she actually had the talent to be an author. Speaking multiple languages, she never thought she would be good enough in any to become a wordsmith.

Her senior year of high school, she was encouraged to write short stories, one of which turned into Perfect, a novel that couldn’t stay short. After sharing it with a few people, she decided to get it published a couple years later. She went to college in Florida, where she studied English and Music. After graduating, she married and moved to California. She published her second standalone book, I’ll Take the Lie, in the summer of 2019 and is currently working on a sequel to Perfect. She also runs a blog for young women, where she writes relatable and motivational posts that point to God. She has also done some speaking in different Christian schools and youth groups, encouraging teens to pursue Christ through some of the most difficult years of their lives.

 

More from Nancy

What’s truth? Why is it important? Does everyone have their own kind of truth or is there only one?

Those were questions I was dealing with in my college Apologetics class while I wrote I’ll Take the Lie, and I thought that theme would fit so well into the story.

The idea came to me a long time ago. I was really into The Great Gatsby at the time and wanted to write a story from a bystander’s point of view. Originally titled What’s Wrong with Alex?, Paige, the worried sister of Alex, who drastically changed over his first semester of college, wants to find out what happened to him. But the deeper I went into the story, the more Paige’s character shone through, and she soon became the protagonist with her ex boyfriend’s mysterious disappearance. The whole theme tied into what I was studying about apologetics and truth, so the messy pieces all came together into a solid plot.

Paige isn’t a believer, and she doesn’t really care about the idea of truth and spirituality until she gets dragged into it. It’s my hope that this book story helps young adults like me think deeper and question their beliefs. We get so caught up with our own happiness, we don’t always want to accept the hard truth. But, like Paige, we need to think about whether we can keep living pretend lives or if the truth really does set us free.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 20

Wishful Endings, May 21 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, May 21

For the Love of Literature, May 22

Texas Book-aholic, May 23

Through the Fire Blogs, May 24 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 24

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 25

Older & Smarter?, May 26

Inklings and notions, May 27

For Him and My Family, May 28

Quiet Quilter, May 29

Vicky Sluiter, May 30 (Author Interview)

CarpeDiem, May 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 1

Pause for Tales, June 2

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fa02/i-ll-take-the-lie-celebration-tour-giveaway