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Review and Giveaway for Daughters of the Northern Shore

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About the Book

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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!

MY THOUGHTS (1)

I have to say this book captured my interest and attention at times, but other times, I found it difficult to focus.  This book has many characters, several settings, but Joanne Bischof does a good job of integrating those strands into one cohesive storyline.

Aven demonstrates incredible strength and character.  Thor, though deaf, personifies the protector.  But when a mysterious illness takes his health, others have to step up and help protect their family.  One of these individuals is his prodigal brother Haakon, who has returned to the family.

I think out of all the characters Aven was my favorite.  She has overcome incredible heartbreak in her past – including being orphaned and widowed prior to meeting and marrying Thor.  She overcomes Haakon attempting to take advantage of her.

While set in the present, I appreciated the explanations about the family’s past that help set the stage for the story.  So if you like historical fiction, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Author

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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.

 

Togetherness

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!

 

Patience

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 . . .

 

Communication

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.

 

Grace

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.

Blog Stops

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

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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 19

LifeofLiterature, August 19

As He Leads is Joy, August 19

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Memoria Press’ Tenth Grade Literature Guide Set

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If you prefer classical Christian education then you need to check out Memoria Press and their Tenth Grade Literature Guide Set which includes the To Kill a Mockingbird Literature Guide.  As someone who loves to read, and more importantly loves to read quality literature.  I was thrilled for our family to have the opportunity to review this Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press.  Through our years of homeschooling, our family has always found Memoria Press offers quality Christian based materials that meet our family’s needs.  This package includes The Scarlet Letter, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Romeo & Juliet. This tenth-grade set is suitable for students in Grades 8 – 12.

All of the guides begin with preliminary information to help the students get started including how to mark a book, how to set up the notebook, and other helpful suggestions.  Then each guide moves into the actual work of literature being studied. The Student Guides are designed for the students, while the Teacher Guides are designed for the Teacher/Parent.  The Teacher Guide includes the Student Pages along with answers to the questions for those pages in the margins, tests, quizzes, writing assignments along with other features designed to help the teacher.

The Student Guide includes directions for the student, questions to answer, and other information necessary to help the student complete their work.  For our daughter, who is 16-years-old, little assistance or instruction was needed from me in order for her to complete the actual assignments.  However, if you were using this with an 8th or 9th grader, they may require additional assistance.  I think these guides would work exceptionally well for students close in ages/grades to each other.  If I was using these with our oldest two sons who are two years apart, I would definitely use one level for both sons.  However, they have graduated already, so that is not an option.

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We elected to start with the guide for To Kill a Mockingbird.  The set includes a Teacher Guide and Student Book.  Rather than writing in the Student Book, students are required to set up a literary notebook.  In addition to the guides, families will need a copy of the book (I recommend a physical copy since students may want or need to mark in it). Also, the student will need a notebook or other means of keeping up with the written assignments.  We elected to use an online word processing program to make it easier for us to pick up the work and go.  Plus it made it frees us from worrying about papers getting damaged or lost.

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The guides include Vocabulary assignments, comprehension questions, basic features and backgrounds, useful literary terms, setting, and more.  Our daughter appreciated the reading notes at the beginning of each chapter in the Student Guide.  She stated some questions were very straight-forward and simple to answer, such as when the author was born or when her parents were married.  However, other questions required more thought and effort to answer.

In addition to the vocabulary work and comprehension questions, essay assignments and Tests and Quizzes can be found in the guides as well.  We felt these items helped keep students on track and allowed parents to see how much their student was retaining.  Since we are on a summer schedule, I am allowing our daughter to work at a slower pace than I would if it was our normal school year.   The first test for To Kill a Mockingbird does not come until after chapter 11, we did not complete that quiz yet.

All of the guides contain the same features of completing vocabulary, comprehension questions, reading, and either quizzes and tests or just tests.  Our second son is looking forward to his sister completing the two works by Shakespeare.  So we will see if he provides his sister with assistance when we begin those two guides.

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Here are sample pages from the other guides.

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Other members of the Home Schoool Review are blogging about their experiences with Memoria Press and their Tenth Grade Literature Guide Se along with other levels of their literature guides.  So click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews.

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Review and Giveaway for Full Circle

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About the Book

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Book: Full Circle

Author: Athena Dean Holtz

Genre: Memoir

Release Date: February 11, 2017

Athena’s driving desire for affirmation and attention pulled her away from her family, husband, and children into what she thought would bring happiness. Deceived by Scientology, forays into mysticism, and twelve years in a restrictive and legalistic cult, she lost everything—her marriage, relationships, home, business, money, and reputation.

This is the candid and inspirational story of how her eyes were opened, how God restored what had been lost, and gave her the desires of her heart, including a new love.

 

Click here to get your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

Full Circle is a powerful and compelling book about what happens when someone tries to make their own path by allowing work to take over his or her life.  From the moment I picked the book up to read, I was captivated.  From a broken childhood, a dysfunctional start to adulthood and more, this book has a lot of examples of what not to do.

Athena Holtz experienced numerous lows and highs in both her personal life and her professional life.  She went from having it all to losing everything.  She illustrates the danger of cults and the damage they can do in all aspects of someone’s life.

At the same time in the second part of the book she does an incredible job of illustrating God’ love and mercy. Through God’s Grace she escapes two cults, restoration with her family, and a second chance in publishing.

So check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Authors

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Athena Dean Holtz has been at the forefront of Christian custom publishing for the last 30 years. The co-founder of WinePress Publishing, she now leads Redemption Press. Author of three previous books, and a highly-rated personal blog, she serves as president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association, is a president’s club member of the Christian Women in Media Association, and a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association. She recently retired as host and interviewer on “Always Faithful Radio,” KCIS, Seattle. Married to Ross Holtz, pastor of The Summit, Athena enjoys her grandchildren and time spent sailing. The couple makes their home in Enumclaw, Wash.

Inger J. Logelin is a freelance writer, author, and senior editor of Redemption Press. Ministry experience includes pioneer church planting among the Inuit, and a wilderness camp for First Nations youth of Canada, as well as short-term missions around the world. She and her husband make their home on Whidbey Island, Wash.

 

More from Athena

When people hear about my Job-like experience with the modern-day Cinderella story ending, I often hear remarks like “WOW, that should be a movie!” It has been six and a half years of full-on redemption and restoration and, honestly, I still pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming this!

After 12 years of spiritual abuse that left me a shell of a person, devastated and distraught, I began a breathtaking journey of healing for all the loss I’d endured. The loss of my 18 year marriage, destroyed relationships with my adult children, the death of my well known publishing company and destruction of my career, along with the fatality of my credit score as I lost my home, my income, and all material things that meant anything to me. Those 12 years of deception cost me big time, but we serve a Romans 8:28 God who uses all things, even that, for good.

I’m on the other side now, healed and restored, proclaiming the faithfulness of a God who used what the enemy meant for evil … for good! I love the creativity He uses in the redemption process … to think He would allow me to be a pastor’s wife now … hand-picked by my pastor-hubby’s late wife of 49 years … with restored relationships with my adult children and grandchildren … to be a radio show host interviewing authors whose stories ring of the faithfulness of God … to steward well another publishing endeavor called Redemption Press … so many full circles where God’s sovereignly connects the dots and brings insight that mends my soul.

I’m excited to share my story with you, to be authentic and transparent, and to reflect the glory of God. I pray that you’re encouraged by all that God has done, and that you’re left with a healthy dose of hope in His faithfulness and His ability to bring good out of bad, every time.

And now, I’ll leave you with an inviting peek into some trivia about my life…

My Uncle Skeeter is a famous actor, James B. Sikking. Known for his part as Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues and Doogie Howser’s Dad.

When I was 14 years old, I owned 7 horses and showed most of them in horse shows across the country, with my last official show being Madison Square Gardens.

I absolutely LOVE Vizslas…also known as Hungarian Pointers…I’ve had 2 of them over the last 14 years and am addicted. They are THE COOLEST dogs!

I used to work for Helen Reddy, as an administrative assistant to her manager/husband, and before that, for the manager of Rufus & Chaka Khan when they recorded their first hit, Tell Me Somethin’ Good.

My Grandma’s house overlooked the Santa Monica beach and originally belonged to the silent movie star, Mary Pickford.

When I was five years old, my grandma, Dr. Sue Sikking, was the honored guest on the popular TV show “This is Your Life” with host Ralph Edwards. I was part of the cast when our family surprised her with our attendance, and fervently tugged on Mr. Edwards suit jacket to try to get his attention!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 8

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 10

CarpeDiem, August 10

Artistic Nobody, August 11 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 12

Texas Book-aholic, August 13

Girls in White Dresses, August 14

Power of Words, August 15 (Spotlight)

A Reader’s Brain, August 16

Inklings and notions , August 17

Just the Write Escape, August 18

janicesbookreviews, August 19

Simple Harvest Reads, August 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Athena is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and  signed copy of her 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 of Library and Educational Services LLC

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One of our goals, when we started homeschooling, was to build a library and with Library and Educational Services LLC we can add beautiful Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books. They also carry paperbacks like the Who Was . . . series with titles like Who Was Leonarado da Vinci?  In addition to books Library and Educational Services, LLC also carries CDs such as the Lifehouse Theater Pride & Prejudice CD.  If your family is in the market for wholesale books, you should definitely check out this company for yourself.

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In the past when our children were younger, we owned several of the “Who Was…” books.  So I basically knew what to expect.  I was interested in receiving the book on Leonardo da Vinci since I found myself desiring to explore art, artists, and artistic pursuits this year.  One of my favorite parts of these books is the illustrations that can be found throughout the book.  I appreciated how this book addressed how Leonardo was an artist, but also a scientist, an athlete, and a musician.  This series is recommended for ages 8 to 12, and my children have found the books in this collection interesting to read. The books talk about the individual when they were a child to when they died.

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I love having audio dramas to listen to either at home or for when we are traveling.  Because our local homeschool dram group performed a version of Jane Eyre two years ago, I thought Pride and Prejudice would be a great audio drama to add to our collection.  I have to say this drama did not disappoint our family.  The sound quality, voice actors and actresses along with the background music made it worth listening to for our family.  The entire audio took about 70 minutes to listen to and I found it kept true to the story.  It was entirely appropriate for younger listeners as well as older listeners.  I can say our family will definitely be investing in more audio dramas from Library and Educational Services LLC in the future.

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I freely admit I am a bookaholic, So any company that I get incredible books from pleases me.  More importantly, for my husband to enjoy and actually read the books brings me joy.  For our selection of Reinforced Hardcover Library Binding Nonfiction books, I elected for our family to receive, the Signature Lives Set 2.  This collection includes 13 individuals including Booker T. Washington, Clara Barton, Benedict Arnold, Abigail Adams, Thomas Edison, Thurgood Marshall, William Penn and more. Recommended for ages 9 to 16, these stories help students discover the significance of these individuals.  The books feature illustrations, maps, sidebars, actual first-person accounts, quotes, historical photographs and more.

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I love how these books look on our bookshelf.  More importantly, I love how my husband could not put these books down. I was excited when my husband began reading the books the first night.  Normally, I talk about my children’s interactions with the products we review, but for these books, I desire to concentrate on my husband.  My husband is not necessarily what I would call an avid reader.  However, he actually read at least 2 or 3 books a night and enjoyed them.  So while these books may be recommended for ages 9 to 16, adults will definitely enjoy them as well. He found the books to be interesting and worth reading.

Here is a picture of him reading and then some collages of pages from the books he read.

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You can find Library and Educational Services LLC on Social Media on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.

In addition to selling books, they also offer a Book Fair/Fundraising opportunity, which could be extremely beneficial if you are part of a homeschool group or co-op.  You get to choose the books you want to offer, knowing the books will uphold Biblical and family values while encouraging your children to read and encouraging parental involvement while raising money.

The company also offers Christian Fiction, Bibles, gifts, crafts and more.  So check out Library and Educational Services LLC for yourself.

So if your family is in the market for books and you want to buy wholesale books, check out Library and Educational Services LLC for yourself.  From the Who Was . . . series with titles like Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?  to CDs such as the Lifehouse Theater Pride & Prejudice, there is bound to be something your family wants.

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Review and Giveaway for The David Years

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About the Book

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Book: The David Years

Author: Lillian Duncan

Genre: Woman’s Lit

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?”

“Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible?”

“I guess.”

“There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. It’s a time for you to grow in your relationship with God.”

“And then later I get to be king?” Nia giggled.

“I meant that figuratively not literally but these are your learning years–your David Years.”’

“My David Years. I like that.”

Nia Johnson has spent the past four years developing a closer relationship to God. She wants to believe she’s still anointed to become a healer at Puzzle House but as each year passes, she has more and more doubts.

Now that she’s graduated from high school and is an adult she is sure it’s time to take the mantle of healing Rachel passed to her so many years before. But the harder she tries, the more it eludes her.

 

Click here to grab your copy!

 

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What if like King David you were told as a young person you were anointed by God for a special purpose.  What if that anointing came after you had been healed by God from leukemia?  What path would you take?  This is exactly what happened to Nia. At Puzzle House, she was healed and then told she was anointed to be a healer in her future.

I think one of my favorite characters in this entire story is Nia’s aunt.  She loves her niece and does anything she can for her.  Her aunt took her in when her own mother did not want her.

Another person I really appreciated in this story was Bart.  After his mother dies unexpectedly he questions God’s purpose and plans for his life.  I can not imagine losing my mother when I was a senior in college.  He demonstrated how even the strongest supporter of Jesus can have doubts but then brought back into the fold.  Nia’s college advisor showed love, mercy, and compassion for both Bart and Nia.

Sunny is the only person I really did not like in this story.  I had a feeling she was not the person she claimed to be.  When I read about her giving Nia a crystal, I was sure there was something more to her story.  I was glad when Nia elected not to move in with her.

The idea of having “David Years” where you know you have a purpose, but you still are living your normal life until God’s time for you to act comes kept me interested in this story.  I have to say this story ended perfectly for Nia and Bart.  Now I would just like to see what happens with Keisha and Tanya (especially Tanya after she came to a relationship with God).

So if you want to read an inspiring story, check out this book for yourself.  I highly recommend it.

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

About the Author

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Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read. Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action. OK—that’s two things.

She was a school speech pathologist for over 30 years but retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic disease.

Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.com.

 

 

More from Lillian

The David Years is the second novel in the Puzzle House series. In Puzzle House, Nia was anointed to become a healer. The David Years starts out where Puzzle House stopped.

Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?”

“Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible? There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. David was tested many times during those years. Those years were very important to David’s growth as a man so that he would be the king God wanted him to be when the time was right.”

“So what are you saying, Auntie?”

“I’m saying these are your David years.”

And so the story begins. Most of the book takes place after Nia’s high school graduation during her first year in college. She’s impatient to begin her time as healer and tries to make that happen in her timing—not God’s.

But God will not be rushed and whether Nia likes it or not, she’s still in her David Years—her learning years. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘we learn from our mistakes.’ Well, Nia learns a lot that year. In other words, she makes a lot of mistakes.

My college years are long, long past so I thought it might be hard to get into the mindset of a college student, but it really wasn’t. I thought back to all the mistakes I made during my college years and the story took off from there!

Even though Nia is a college student, her story will resonate for anybody who’s facing changes in their life, no matter the age. We all have learning years throughout our lifetime—our very own David Years.

Life changes whether we want it to or not. A new marriage. A baby. A divorce. A new job. Retirement. No matter what age we are, we all struggle with finding our place in the world, especially when life changes. The good news is that as Christians, we may not have all the answers, but we know where to find them.

Blog Stops

CarpeDIem, August 3

Book Love, August 4 (guest post from Donna Cline)

Artistic Nobody, August 5 (Spotlight)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 6

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, August 7

Power of Words, August 8 (Spotlight)

Just the Write Escape, August 9

Simple Harvest Reads, August 10 (Spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 11

Texas Book-aholic, August 12

Bigreadersite , August 13

janicesbookreviews, August 14

A Reader’s Brain, August 15

Inklings and notions, August 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and the choice of one of her eBooks!!

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/e57c/the-david-years-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Jessie and James

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About the Book

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Book: Jessie and James

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Western Historical Inspirational Romance

Release Date: July 24, 2019

Jessie Madsen has her hands full helping her parents run their small farm and boarding house while every fortune-seeker in the country seems to be flocking to her small town in search of gold. It’s bad enough that claim jumpers won’t quit trespassing on her property, but geologist James Kelsey, mildly intriguing and surprisingly handsome for an Easterner, seems more interested in her than the mining business. Jessie is certain she doesn’t have the time or the need for a man, and after getting her heartbroken, she has resolved never to fall for an outsider again. Add stolen cash, a fast-talking con man, and a pair of bandits, and Jessie is indeed up to her eyeballs in trouble. Will she soften her rock-hard exterior and let the geologist discover the hidden treasure in her heart?

 

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Having been hurt by the man she thought she was going to marry, Jessie Madsen is understandably hesitant to give her heart away.  While also dealing with her father losing both of his legs in a mining accident years ago, Jessie wants nothing to do with miners or mining.  So when mining geologist James Kelsey comes to town, Jessie wants nothing to do with him.

James quietly and determinedly sets out to do everything he can to help Jessie and her family.  Between money going missing, Jessie’s kidnapping, and Jessie’s stubbornness, the two have a lot to overcome.  But overcoming these obstacles the two do.  I think my favorite part of this book is when the two young men kidnap Jessie believing they are doing the right thing for the right reasons.  Jessie’s ability to forgive them and restore her relationship with God makes this a book worth reading.

So if you like reading historical books or books about forgiveness, check out this book for yourself.  I definitely recommend reading it.

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

About the Author

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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 always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’ aendiBitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, 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

Jessie and James is my first published Western historical novel, and I couldn’t be more excited. The first book I ever wrote was a historical Western, and I’ve been wanting to write another one for ten years. (That first Western is still hanging around my house somewhere. I might decide to publish it next. J) For my research, I traveled to a real mining town about two hours from my house. Yes, it really is named Eureka, and it was a boomtown in the 1880s, the period in which my book is set. I met an old-timer in Eureka who told me some fascinating stories about mining then and now.

Did you know that you may own the ground your house sits on, but you only own it to sixty feet deep? So a mining company can come in and dig a mine right under your house, and it’s perfectly legal. Many mines were dug straight down or in any direction that would get them to ore faster. In the 1880s in Eureka, often they’d dig straight down using only picks, shovels, and dynamite. A plumb bob was utilized to make sure their tunnels were straight up and down. They usually dug down 600 feet then drifted horizontally a couple hundred feet, then dug down again. Some mines went deeper than 1800 feet. Nowadays, there aren’t many mines that deep. They’re more dangerous, so they’re too expensive to insure.

In Jessie and James, James is an ex-cowboy turned geologist looking for gold. Jessie is a feisty, independent woman who runs a boarding house with her parents and thinks Eureka needs a little more fire-and-brimstone preaching to keep the incorrigible miners in line. Jessie doesn’t want anything to do with a gold digger, and she’s willing to use her shotgun to run James off. But James doesn’t scare that easy, especially when the woman on the other end of that shotgun might turn out to be the love of his life.

Jessie and James is full of shotguns, bandits, and heart-stopping romance. Don’t miss it!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to two winners!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e57b/jessie-and-james-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “Love and Other Mistakes”

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About the Book

Book: Love and Other Mistakes

Author: Jessica Kate

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release date: July 31, 2019

Love and Other MistakesThere’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.

Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.

Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.

When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?

 

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Sometimes you get a second chance to get things right with the one that got away.  However, taking that second chance often comes with a lot of turmoil and distrust.  So is the case with Love and Other Mistakes.  When someone abandons a fiancee weeks before their wedding, trust is going to be hard to earn back.  But Jeremy and Natalie find themselves forced into that situation.

Jeremy has an infant son born out of wedlock that he adores and is raising on his own.  He needs childcare for the baby boy, and Natalie can provide that care.  At the same time, God closed the door on Natalie’s existing job, so he could open the door to an internship for her dream job.  In the midst of their own turmoil, they have the opportunity to provide help, guidance, and direction to Jeremy’s niece Lilli.

This book pulled me into the story and made me recognize sometimes we need to step out in faith and go where God is leading us.  We will receive abundant blessings that way.  So check out this story for yourself.

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

About the Author

Jessica KateAustralian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.

 

Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full wit, sass, and grit.

 

More from Jessica

A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it.

 

Read an excerpt at https://jessicakatewriting.com/books/love-and-other-mistakes/

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To celebrate her tour, Jessica is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of Love and Other Mistakes!!

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