CelebrationLit Tours presents… White by Denise Weimer

WHITE
by Denise Weimer

WHITE

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 Guest Post from Denise Weimer

When I speak to book clubs or people ask me why I started writing historical fiction, I tell them that as I grew up, my parents took me to numerous historical sites. I wondered who lived in an old house or town and what their lives were like. What treasures, what secrets, might I find if I could dig down to the bones of an old mansion? My active imagination kicked in, and I started scribbling stories in spiral bound notebooks. I knew from age eleven I wanted to be a writer, though for a time I considered historical preservation as a career. I found the perfect marriage of those desires in The Restoration Trilogy, my new series with Canterbury House Publishing.

The restoration my parents did on their own historic house and apothecary shop inspired White, Widow and Witch. While looking for a residence in a country community, Mom and Dad purchased a property they later learned belonged to a line of regionally famous doctors tracing back to Revolutionary War days. Watching them piece together stories from the past with the help of local historians nudged me to depart from the historical settings of my past novels (Redeeming Grace and The Georgia Gold Series) in favor of modern romantic suspense. Readers follow Jennifer Rushmore, a recent historic preservation graduate, and Michael Johnson, a brooding bachelor who has inherited property from ancestors he knows little about, as they restore a doctor’s house, apothecary shop and log cabin. During the restoration of each, they uncover a story from a different century (1920, 1870 and 1790) containing a lesson of “heart healing” they need to apply in the present.

Most of us have been through hardships in our lives that God would use to refine our characters or expose and heal pain from our pasts. Sometimes we’re tempted to just slap another coat of paint over a crack or build a cheap façade over a weakness. God knows that full restoration takes effort, time and expense, so He never goes to work without our permission. However, He is the only one who can bring us to wholeness.

Jennifer accepts the assignment in the eclectic community of Hermon while waiting for her dream job in Savannah, never imagining God might have other plans. Country neighbors determined to become friends, a handsome but secretive employer with conflicting ideas about how to conduct the restoration, and strange accidents hinting that someone doesn’t want them working on the property strip away Jennifer’s personal defenses. She comes to learn that when a person is open to the work of the Master Renovator, one can find blessings in the unlikeliest of places.

About the Book

WHITEWhen Jennifer Rushmore accepts a brooding bachelor’s job offer to act as coordinator for the restoration of his family’s historic doctor’s house (White), apothecary (Widow) and log cabin (Witch) in a rural Georgia community, little does she know it’s her own heart that will undergo the greatest renovation. Three stories. Three centuries. Three lessons on the healing of the heart. And one buried mystery that threatens their redemption.

White: As historic preservationist Jennifer and brooding bachelor Michael restore his ancestors’ historic doctor’s residence in a rural Georgia community, they uncover the 1920s-era prejudice and secrets that caused Michael’s branch to fall off the family tree. Recent graduate Jennifer is determined to fulfill her first professional position with integrity even if her employer lacks a proper appreciation of history. Far more challenging—and sinister—than the social landscape of Hermon are the strange accidents hinting that someone doesn’t want them on the Dunham property. Yet Michael’s and Jennifer’s own pasts pose the biggest obstacles to laying a fresh foundation of family and community.

About the Author

Denise WeimerIn addition to The Restoration Trilogy, native Georgian Denise Weimer is the author of numerous magazine articles about her home state, romantic novella Redeeming Grace, The Georgia Gold Series (Sautee Shadows, The Gray Divide, The Crimson Bloom, and Bright as Gold). Bright as Gold won the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for authentic Southern literature. She holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University, is a wife and swim mom of two daughters, and always pauses for coffee, chocolate and old houses.

Giveway

In honor of the White Celebration Tour, Denise is giving away a print copy of WHITE: Book One of The Restoration Trilogy, a $15 Starbucks card to representing the coffee-loving modern heroine, and a vintage hat to represent the historical heroine. Click to enter:

https://promosimple.com/ps/96a4

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Litfuse Presents..Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part
by Jen Turano

Playing the PartPlaying the Part (Bethany House, March 2016)

About the Book

Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love reading a Jen Turano book because it always has me laughing and wondering what will happen next! I have loved this series and can not wait until her next book comes out!  Lucetta Plum is a well known actress, but a threatening fan causes her to run! and her friend Abigail has just the right place for her to go. Right to the home, or castle as we should say, of Abigail’s grandson, Bram Haverstein. Brian is a really wonderful but suspicious young man. Everyone feels that he is living off his dad’s money. Bram’s staff didn’t easily accept his grandmother and her friend, you will sure to be laughing and crying as well at the series of events that happens.

This book is so loveable and enjoyable. It is well written, the characters are the best and very well developed. When I finished this book, I felt like I knew Bram, Lucetta and the cast of characters for real. I love books like this because these are the ones that I keep to read a second and third time. Playing the Part is a sure keeper for me. And the title is so fitting, because Actress Lucetta Plum played her part so very well. There are surprises and many mysterious things going on at this house. But you need to read the book to find out. You will find youself for hours of entertainment and enjoyment reading Playing the Part.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About Jen Turano

 

Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White

The Reluctant Duchess
by Roseanna M. White

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Book Information

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Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger?

Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.

Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

About the Author

RoseannaWhite2014-274x300Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. The Reluctant Duchess is Roseanna’s eleventh published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com

Guest Post from Roseanna White

Though I’ve written nearly thirty books, thirteen of which will be out by the end of 2016, there’s something very special about the Ladies of the Manor Series. The first book, The Lost Heiress, is a rewrite of the first novel I ever wrote—at the age of 12-13. Once I finished that first novel, I made it my goal to keep adding more manuscripts to my “finished” file. I started in immediately on the sequel . . . and soon ran into a problem. You see, I knew who I wanted these characters to be. Brice Myerston, a duke, whom readers would have met in the first book. And a young lady from Scotland who had suffered abuse.

That’s it. That’s all I knew. And it stymied 13-year-old me, who hadn’t a clue what it felt like to suffer such things, and whose imagination, while rich, just lacked a certain basis in the realities of human nature. Probably a good thing that I gave up on the story back then, and didn’t dust it off again until my mid-20s, when I was reworking the series. And better still that Rowena had many more drafts to go through before she finally took to the printed page in The Reluctant Duchess.

I narrowed my setting down, during those years, to the Highlands, and I chose Loch Morar because of how perfectly the region of Lochaber suited the story I wanted to tell. Isolated. Stark. Rugged. Beautiful. Sometimes cruel. This was a land utterly perfect for my heroine’s family, for her back story. Then came the challenge of picking a clan for her to belong to—because lemme just tell you, one could quite easily offend with such choices, if not portrayed properly, LOL. And because I wanted her father to be chief of her clan, I ran the risk of people mistaking him for the actual chief, if I chose an actual clan.

A writing friend came to rescue and offered her last name for my heroine: Kinnaird (pronounced “kin-AIRD”), which is a sept (branch) of another clan in reality, so had no chief of its own, but was still a well-established Scottish name. Perfect!

So Rowena Kinnaird was born after many years of her character floating in and around my head and computer screen. And I got to pair this backward, sometimes shy, sometimes stubborn Scottish lass with the charming, suave, polished English duke I’d had planned out since I was 13.

I went to great pains in The Lost Heiress to make Brice Myerston a favorite character, so that readers HAD to read his story. Mwa ha ha ha. 😉 So far, so good on that score! Brice is a hero who has his faults, but he also has character. He has faith. He has a good heart, he’s considerate, he’s understanding. And he’s also so accustomed to charming everything female that he doesn’t quite know what to do when Rowena doesn’t seem inclined to be charmed.

There are clashes. There is tension. There’s much healing on Rowena’s part. Many trials for them both. But I hope that through this story of The Reluctant Duchess readers see what it means to triumph over past hurts. And how brightly God shines against the darkness.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Loch Morar may be Lady Rowena Kinnaird’s home, but it the last place she wants to be. Her father’s abuse and her stepmother’s disapproval of her was enough to make her want to leave, but when a surprise and shocking attack happen to her, Rowena had no other choice.

Duke of Nottingham Brice Myerston is still mourning the death of his father, he is trying to hide a set of rare diamonds that others are trying their best to get their hands on. And he sure doesn’t need to distract himself with trying to help out Lay Rowena, even though that seems to be what God has in mind for him. But the circumstances bringing them together was a bit suspicious.

The Reluctant Duchess is the second  book in this series, and I love, love it! Rowena captured my heart in the beginning, and in no way did she deserve the treatment she was getting from her father. My heart went out to her when the attack happened, because she thought that was it for her, all was lost, and her life was doomed forever. But God had other plans for her life! And Duke Brice Myerston was the main person in that plan. A quick marriage made their life a rocky start, and difficult decisions had to be made, but they were both determined to make it work. But then there are those who are after the diamonds plotting ways to make Brice hand them over, someone is watching the couple’s every move, and one of the staff must be leaking information to make life miserable for the new couple.

This is such a good read! I love the setting, the Scottish Highlands in the Edwardian era has always been one of my favorite settings for stories. Roseanna White does a fantastic job weaving together so many emotions, difficult situations, and deception, ending in a story of love, forgiveness, and peace, with characters that are true to trusting the Lord with their lives, and following him! I loved reading Rowena and Brice’s story. Brice was a sweetheart and his faith in following what God wanted of him was so touching, you had to fall in love with him! If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one you need to check out. And also check out the first book in The Ladies of the Manor series, The Lost Heiress.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of her book, Roseanna is giving away a few of Roseanna’s favorite things. Click the link to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e146afbf20/?

A Season to Wed by Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck and Cheryl Wyatt

A Season to Wed by
Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck
&
Cheryl Wyatt

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Cindy KirkClick here to purchase your copy.

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.

Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

About the Authors

Rachel Hauck Bio:

Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck.

Cindy Kirk Bio:

Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win which garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. She’s been writing—and selling—ever since. Cindy has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Publishers Weekly best seller. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2007. In November 2014, she began serving as President of the 10,000+ member organization. She’s a frequent speaker at not only the national RWA conferences, but large regional writing conferences. She has also presented at smaller retreats and conferences across the country. She lives on an acreage in Nebraska with her high school sweetheart husband of too-many-years-to-count and their three “boys” (a shih tzu, a blue heeler and a dorkie). Their daughter lives close by with her wonderful husband and their two little girls. Cindy invites you to check out her websitewww.cindykirk.com. Twitter: @CindyKirkAuthor

Cheryl Wyatt Bio:

Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s a USA Today bestselling author and has earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at http://www.CherylWyatt.com. Facebook: CherylWyattAuthor Twitter: @cherylwyatt

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Season to Wed is a collection of three short stories by authors Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck and Cheryl Wyatt.

“Love at Mistletoe Inn” by Cindy Kirk.  Hope Prentiss and John Burke decide to have a quick wedding when they were 18, but when Hope her mind, they both go their separate ways and forget about the wedding, like it never happened. The years later, Hope finds out they are still married.

“A Brush with Love” by Rachel Hauck   Ginger Winters’s specialty is making ladies beautiful, but she will never be beautiful because of the scars she received from a fire. But when high school crush Tom Wells shows up in their little town again, he sees Ginger differently. But can Ginger accept her scars and come out of her shell?

“Serving Up a Sweetheart” by Cheryl Wyatt    Meadow Larson is frantic when her roof caves in during a blizzard because she is suppose to cater the biggest wedding of her career. Her new neighbor across the street Colin McGrath just happens to be a contractor and offers to do the job for her. But the two knew each other from high school, though they were anything but friends back then. Can Meadow trust the new Colin to treat her fairly in doing the work in her house?

I loved all three of these stories, so I can tell you one is better than the other. All three of these author did an amazing job in capturing the lives of these three couples, and weaving together stories that will warm your heart. I love reading short stories once in a while, because I can read one story in one setting! This is a great book for those who don’t have time to rad a full size book! Check out Season to Wed, and enjoy several hours of entertainment.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the A Season To Wed Celebration Tour, Rachel Hauck is giving away a Kindle Fire! Click to enter https://promosimple.com/ps/953c

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Litfuse presents Max Lucado’s 6 Books of Pocket Prayers

Max Lucado’s 
SixBooks of Pocket Prayers

Pocket PrayersPocket Prayers (with various authors; Thomas Nelson, March 2016)

Bestselling author Max Lucado has teamed up with six authors to write the Pocket Prayers series for those in need of peace, renewal, rest, faith, hope, joy, direction, serenity, and courage.

Short, simple prayers are very effective, which is why each book in the series contains forty guided prayers and complementary scriptures for any situation, including for:

—Moms (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
—Grads (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
—Dads (written with Mark Mynheir)
—Military Life (written with Mark Mynheir)
—Teachers (written with blogger Jennifer Hale)
—Friends (written with Betsy St. Amant)

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MY THOUGHTS ON THESE LITTLE PRAYER BOOKS

This is a collection of 6 little pocket prayer books. Each is full of prayers for the different people in your life. Though I am not a fan of reading prayers as a way of talking to God, I think these prayers can help you in your prayer life by giving you ideas of how to pray for different things, different areas of your life. Since prayer is talking to God, read these prayers and then pray them to the Lord just as you are talking to Him.

Pocket Prayers for Dads has 40 prayers that bring strength and faith. Each prayer has a verse to go with it. For example, the first verse and prayer is about Psalms 18:10 and the prayer follows praying these words to the Lord. The cover of this book is just what a dad would love. Max Lucado wrote this book with Mark Mynheir. I have a dad to be in mind to give this book to!

Pocket Prayers for Moms has 40 prayers that bring peace and rest. This is a beautiful little book inside and out. The beige colors throughtout gives you a peaceful feeling. Each of these 40 prayers start with a verse to go with the prayer. Pocket Prayers for Moms with written by Max Lucado with Andrea Lucado. And I have a mom to be in mind to give this one too.

Pocket Prayers for Graduates follows the same as the other Pocket prayer books, with 40 prayers that bring hope and direction. I think this is especially awesome for someone you know who will be graduating this year. The prayers are really well written and will remind the grads to follow the Lord’s leading in their lives. And I have several graduates that will be getting a copy of this one.

Pocket Prayers for Teachers will be going to my daughter in law, who teaches Spanish at a Christian school. The prayers in this book are written by Max Lucado with Jennifer K. Hale and the 40 prayers are to help bring peace and renewal. This is a special little book and the cover just looks like a teacher!

Pocket Prayers for Friends is a great little prayer book to give your friends to help bring them joy and serenity. Proverbs 15:22 is the verse that starts these prayers off, followed by 39 other prayers and verses to go with them. I have many friends that would enjoy one of these books, and the two coffee cups on the front cover speaks of friendship! Beautifully written prayers by Max Lucado and Betsy St.Amant.

Pocket Prayers for Military Life is an amazing little prayer book. I wish I could afford to send them to the many people I know in the military. This one will go to someone special. If you have someone in the Military, any branch, this would be an awesome gift for them. The 40 prayers here in this book with help bring them faith and courage. Another beautifully written prayer book by Max Lucado and Mark Mynheir.

I highly recommend all of these little pocket prayer books! I love gift books, they are so sweet and beautiful, and books that can easily be carried around with you. I encourage you to check out each one of these books.

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration Lit Tours presents The Imposter by Suzzanne Woods Fisher

The Imposter
by Suzzanne Woods Fisher

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Guest Post from Suzzanne Woods Fisher

If you think you have a pretty clear idea of what an Amish bishop is like—stern, authoritative, patriarchal?—have another think. David Stoltzfus in The Imposter is warm, kindhearted, a reluctant farmer, and quite attractive!

Sound like an unlikely character for an Amish novel? Maybe so, but David Stoltzfus is modeled after a bishop I met, years ago. This real-life bishop might be the most intelligent, thoughtful, spiritually sensitive, and well-read man I’ve ever met. We spent a morning talking Bonhoeffer in his Spartan living room, warmed by his woodstove.

I wanted to present the character of a bishop that best represented this man I’d grown to admire. So when it was time to create a proposal for a new series, I suggested ‘The Bishop’s Family,’ staring David Stoltzfus who was loosely based on this particular bishop.

Very loosely.

David Stoltzfus is a handsome, widowed father of six who runs a local bulk food store. His children are surprisingly nonconforming, outspoken, and fiercely protective of their clan. The real-life bishop is a farmer, happily married with four independently minded children, and looks…well, to be candid, he looks a little like Benjamin Franklin.

But here’s what they have in common: they both love to read, they love their families, and they love the work God has given them of tending a flock.

The Imposter begins as David Stoltzfus moves his family to Stoney Ridge for a fresh start, a new beginning. Things don’t start off well: his eldest daughter, Katrina, faces a crushing disappointment, his prodigal son Jesse has a bent for troublemaking, and then David realizes something fishy is going on in the little church.

A new life awaits the Stoltzfus family, but not the one they expected. Or wanted. But they are needed in Stoney Ridge, each one of them. Even Jesse. J

I hope you’ll feel as though you’ve made some new friends as you get to know David and his children. One thing I can promise: this bishop’s family will surprise you.

Happy Reading!

Warmly, Suzanne

http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Book Information

the imposterA heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.

What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She’s been deceived once before, and she isn’t planning on experiencing it again.

Author Information

Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

 

 MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

As Katrina Stoltzfus deals with the accident that takes the life of her mother, she is pretty much stuck in life with taking care of the rest of her family. When Katrina’s dad made a decision to send her to a neighbor lady to help her, she feels she begins living again. Especially when Andy Miller shows up helping the same neighbor.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a special talent of writing the most awesome Amish fiction. She is truly one of my favorite authors. And I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book from Ms. Fisher! Not only was there tension and heartbreak from the buggy accident, there are so many secrets lurking around in this book that you will sure having you wondering what was going one.

Find out more about this new book from author Suzanne Woods Fisher HERE

I received this book from Celebration Lit Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Giveaway

Suzanne is graciously giving away a Kindle Fire 7! Click below to enter!

https://promosimple.com/ps/941f

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Celebration Lit Tours presents…Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part
by Jen Turano

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Playing the Part by Jen Turano is a 352 page book in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Bethany House Publishers and was released on March 1, 2016. To purchase your own copy, click here,

About the Book

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I start reading a Jen Turano book, I know I am in for a fun, entertaining read that will have me laughing throughout the book. Lucetta Plum and Bram Haverstein were two people coming from different backgrounds, and they came together through unusual circumstances. Bram’s grandmother had taken Lucetta in and let her live at her house while working as an actress. When Lucetta found herself in trouble because of a demanding fan, the grandmother decided to take Lucetta to her grandson’s home to hide out. But the reception wasn’t what they were hoping for.

Everything about this book was so very lovable. Jen Turano weaves together a story that is full of love and  heartaches, secrets and disappointments between family members, mysterious and full of twists and turns, and ends with forgiveness and friendship. I loved the characters, they each played their parts so well in the story. If you have never read a Jen Turano book this would be a great one to start with.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

About the Author

Jen TuranoJen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author ofThe Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work.

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Jen is graciously giving away an entire set of this series! Click on the link to enter!

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Blog Stops

Visit all the blogs on the tour!

March 16: cherylbbookblog

March 16: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 17: Singing Librarian Books

March 17: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

March 18: Bookworm Mama

March 19: Reading Is My SuperPower

March 19: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 20: Faith * Love * Books

March 21: A Greater Yes

March 21: Southern Chelle

March 22: Splashes of Joy

March 22: Daysong Reflections

March 23: Bigreadersite

March 23: Texas Book-aholic

March 24: 100 pages per hour

March 25: simpleharvestreads

March 25: Karen Krayons

March 26: Buwurmzzz

March 26: Cassandra M’s Place

March 27: Jeanette’s Thoughts

March 27: The Power of Words

March 28: Two Girls and a Book

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible from BookLook Boggers

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

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Book Description

Grow deeper in your spiritual life with the NIV LifeConnect Study Bible. Dr. Wayne Cordeiro includes articles bringing the truths of the Scriptures to your life today, as well as Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer (SOAP) articles that offer an interactive framework to apply the Word of God to your life. Free digital resources included.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a really neat study Bible, because of the online access to so many digital study resources about Bible discipleship and more studies that will help you grow in learning God’s Word. There are also a lot of study tools, articles written, and notes throughout this Bible that are unique and great study tools.

One really good study tool is the SOAP Study throughout the Bible, which is Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Other things include, at the beginning of each chapter there are sections detailing what it in each chapter, like these, outlines, plus there is a timeline for each chapter. Throughout the book there are pages that you can write notes, as well as a space on the side of each page to write any notes you want to write.

This copy of the NIV Life Connect Study Bible is the hard copy with dust jacket. It is very attractive looking, and the inside format is neatly laid out to make it simple and easier to study. The red letter addition with Jesus’ words and the maps in the back of the Bible completes this wonderful study Bible.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family, and Faith

My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love,
Legacy, Family, and Faith

by Ramona Richards

my mothers quilts

Inspired by thirty family heirloom quilts, each devotion in My Mother’s Quilts shares the enduring legacy of faith, family, and tradition in our lives. Rich, personal, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, readers will find their own lives reflected in the author’s memories and the lessons and encouragements drawn from the quilters whose legacy lives on in their work. Woven through it all is the message of God’s grace and faithfulness, as strong as the bonds of the generations and as comforting as the oldest and softest quilt that your grandmother ever sewed. Beautiful, four-color photos of each quilt are included.

Read all about the author here…. http://www.ramonarichards.com/about/

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I signed up to review this book, but I am so glad I had the honor to read and write a review. First of all, this devotional is absolutely beautiful, inside and out. It is hardcover, very high quality paper, and the devotions are wonderful, each one reflecting on a special quilt and its meaning in author, Ramona Richard’s life.

I love all of the pictures of the quilts. My grandmother was an avid quilter, not having all of the matching quilting materials and supplies that are available today. She matched what ever fabric she had on hand, making beautiful quilts, some of which I still have today. As I read some of these devotions, I could relate with the author. I highly recommend this beautiful devotional, and I pray that you will enjoy it as much as I did!

I received this book from Worthy Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

MARCH 2016 CHRISTIAN FICTION

MARCH 2016 CHRISTIAN FICTION

March 2016 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

The Nanny’s Secret Child by Lorraine Beatty — She had a chance to be a nanny for the child she gave up at birth, and couldn’t say no. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter — Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan, moving to Portland, Maine, or getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself. Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she’s back–vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams? Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life–but if Lucy’s memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Cover ArtThe Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson — Marie Carrington is hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season. Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just three months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman — Lacey Carmichael is a wounded girl serving up trouble. Jack O’Bryen is a pastor’s kid bent on serving God. But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together? (Contemporary Romance from Julie Lessman LLC)

General:

Grace in the Flames by Michelle Massaro — Three people. One God of Grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him–raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he’d been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she’s not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she’ll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if… (General from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Mystery:

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering — Drew and Madeline Farthering attend a Regency-era house party but end up with a murder mystery to solve when one of the guests dies from a drug overdose. Then the dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder. Drew is shocked when the police arrest someone he’s trusted and admired since his childhood–someone who’s been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn’t know who to trust, and he’s not ready for the secrets he’s about to uncover–or the danger he’ll bring down on everyone he holds dear. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Historical Romance:

The Cowboy's Bride Collection (Paperback)The Cowboy’s Bride Collection by Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrell, Darlene Franklin, Davalynn Spencer, Becca Whitham, and Jaime Jo Wright — Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Marriage Bargain by Angel Moore — Lily Warren’s new hat shop is her ticket to self-reliance…until a fire threatens to destroy her dreams. And when Edward Stone–her landlord and the town blacksmith–bursts into her private rooms to rescue her, Lily’s reputation is tarnished. So Edward proposes a solution that could save her good name–even as it puts her independence at risk. With an orphaned niece who needs a mother, Edward believes a marriage of convenience is the answer to his and Lily’s problems. But he didn’t plan on developing feelings for his new wife. Perhaps it’s time for the wary blacksmith to try forging something truly precious–a real family… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Mystery:

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard — Despite her mother’s pleas to do something safer–like get married–Serena Jones has joined the FBI Art Crime Team and is learning how to go undercover in hopes of catching the art thief who murdered her grandfather. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather’s murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger. (Mystery from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Romantic Suspense:

The Stronghold by Lisa Carter — Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico. Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to rescue the child, including facing the unresolved issues of the past, and venture into the no-man’s land of the drug cartels. Can Pilar and Alex work together to stop a sadistic killer before he strikes again? On a quest to rescue those they love, who will rescue them? (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Protecting Her Daughter by Lynette Eason — After someone attempts to abduct her daughter, single mom Zoe Collier flees to a remote ranch for safety. But when the would-be kidnappers follow them to Wrangler’s Corner, Zoe must figure out why somebody wants Sophia. Local vet Aaron Starke is determined to help Zoe investigate–and to keep his intriguing new neighbors safe. Zoe’s used to relying on her own wits to survive. But quick-witted, caring Aaron is just the type of man she needs in her corner. And he might be her partner for keeps…if they can find the truth without losing their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Women’s Fiction:

Breaking Free by Jennifer Slattery — Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage? (Women’s Fiction from New Hope Publishers)

 Or GO HERE 

http://www.familyfiction.com/books/

Celebration Lit presents….Charity’s Cross by MaryLu Tyndall plus Giveaway!

Charity’s Cross by MaryLu Tyndall is a 328 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre. It was published by Ransom Press and released on January 16, 2016. To purchase your own copy, click here.

About the book

charity's CrossSuspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship ends up in Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.

Elias Dutton, preacher and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book had my attention from the first sentence, that started off with a BANG! Literally. Charity Westcott has had enough of her marriage and abusive husband. Taking care of the matter sends Charity on a ship bound for Barbados, with a lot of action in between! Elias Dutton is on his way to Barbados to make sure his sister stays safe, but now he has his little mermaid to take care of as well. The meeting of these two was unusual, to say the least. MaryLu Tyndale writes another amazing story that will have you in awe for quite a while after you finish reading.

I love Charity’s spunky, determined and humorous character, though she really wasn’t trying to be funny. My heart breaks for her as the dreams continue to ruin her sleep at night, dreams of the man who treated her so horribly. Her journey wasn’t the most pleasant, being the only woman on the ship, and posing as Elias’ husband in order to get a free passage as well as keep her from the other men they were sailing with. I don’t like to give away a lot of the plot, so I won’t, I will just say Charity’ Cross is a read gem to read. I love MaryLu Tyndale’s books, and each one gets better and better!

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About the Author

marylu tyndaleAward-winning author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida’s Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.

Giveaway

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New Beginnings
By Pamela Jo

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From the Author~

Guest Post from Pamela Jo

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I wake, I am still with you.”

Psalm 139:16-18

Sometimes our lives are like grains of sand on the beaches draped along our shores.  One minute we are out basking in the sun, surrounded by other grains just like us and then within the blink of an eye, a wave wipes out what we believed to be our forever existence, taking us out into the deep blue unknown.  It’s at that moment when we close our eyes, hold our breath and reach out for the hand that saves us.  God’s hand.

That is my definition of life.  It comes in waves.  I’ve always felt a draw to the Gulf shores.  This made it the perfect place for my season of rest.  Through that rest I have discovered many things about life and myself.  We tend to love drama and focus on things that really aren’t important.

Writing was not something that as a young girl that I dreamed of. Through my battle with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma came the opportunity for me to meet new people.  Through meeting those people, I have been given many opportunities.  One of those opportunities was writing.  I’ll confess… I’m more of a reader.   I don’t consider myself an author and I am extremely thankful for great editors.  Writing has been a fun experience.  I find myself thinking – at some of the craziest times- about putting different experiences into a storyline.  If only my fingers could keep up with my mind as it reels out of control.

The Sands Of Times Series came about on one of my beach therapy mornings.  My times on the beach bring me closer to God.  I feel his presence there more than I do anywhere.  I love to people watch.  It amazes me that God has created some fascinating people.  They come in many forms, colors, personalities and weirdness – yet all come together to co-habitat on earth.  All following God’s plan (whether they know it or not).   If you put the people that I have met on the beach and my life experiences together, you get… The Sands of Time Series.   I hope each and every person that reads it gets at least one grain of sand from them to enrich their lives.

About the Book

Upon her return from her best friend Charlie’s wedding, Victoria found that the beautiful city of Chicago had never seemed emptier and neither had her soul. She realized she was surrounded by all the people in the world and she still felt lonely. Deciding to take her friend Charlie’s advice and make a change in her life, she packed her bags and moved to the west coast of Florida. Little did she know that the young Amish girl that she met on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico would begin a spiral of emotional changes for both of them.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The title of this book, New Beginnings, describe this book very well. Victoria was happy living in Chicago until best friend Charlie was married. It was then she started feeling lonely and ready for a change, so she makes the decision to move to Florida to be near her best friend. New place, newly married friend expecting a new baby, well things just didn’t sit well with Victoria, so when an Amish girl mentioned a room available in the Amish house she was staying, Victoria jumped at the chance. But little did she know how her life would change with her new Amish friend.

New Beginnings is a very nice and refreshing story of Victoria and the new changes happening in her life. Victoria, Charlie and Rebecca were lovable characters, ones that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know. I loved the Amish house and the calmness of the Amish life. And I appreciate that faith was woven into the life of the characters. Victoria’s journey was very heartwarming, and I can’t wait for book two in this series. Maybe there will be romance in the picture for Victoria?

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

Author Pamela Jo, best known as “Whoopie Pie Pam”, is the author of several wonderful story/cookbooks, and the best-selling co-author of the #1 Best Selling series, The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie Sisters.  She is also the founder and creator of the Whoopie Pie Book Club, a well know social media site.

While battling Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, Pam created the Whoopie Pie Book Club.  For years, she called a group of ladies in her family by that same name.  Every year, they travelled to Amish Country for a retreat of reading Amish fiction, seeing the Amish sights and eating plenty of Whoopie Pies.

Inspired by the Amish for their simplicity in facing life, love of God, and honor for family, Pamela found a connection with the Amish.  As a result of her many years of traveling and conducting business with the Amish, she has established close friendships with many Amish families, friendships that she cherishes.  She refers to them as her extended family.

Contact the author at:

Email:   pamelajo@BHGPublishing.com

http://whoopiepieplace.com

www.facebook.com/whoopiepiepam

Link to purchase book: http://amzn.com/1522821198

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Giveaway

Pamela Jo is giving away a special beach bag, including a Kindle fire tailored for your special day of relaxing at the beach.
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If I Run By Terri Blackstock from the Fiction GUild

If I Run 
By Terri Blackstock 

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CASEY KNOWS THE TRUTH. BUT IT WON’T SET HER FREE.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

MY THOUGTHS ON THIS BOOK

Casey Cox is coming close to finding her fathers killer when she finds her good friend murdered. And she is afraid the same person who murdered her father has struck again. If I Run is  fast pace thriller from author Terri Blackstock. Casey has no choice but to run after she finds her friends, because her DNA is all over everything, and she knows she will  be at hit for the murder. PI Dylan Roberts was hired to find Casey but it all just doesn’t make sense to him. There is no way evidence proves that Casey murdered her friend.

At times this seemed like a wild goose chase because Casey was always a step ahead of anyone trying to catch up with her. She was hiding out goodtime. And not like most of Terri Blackstock’s books, this one ended living me hanging. I hope there will be a book two to follow because it doesn’t set well with me the way it ended!

 

I received this book from The Fiction Guild to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson

Every Girl Gets Confused
by Janice Thompson

Every Girl Gets Confused

by Janice Thompson

How can she choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath?

Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn’t seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. Katie’s almost-fiancé Casey is back in Fairfield, ready to rekindle their relationship. And there’s nothing Katie’s parents want more than for their small-town girl to leave Dallas and come home for good.

But can she really leave Brady behind? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won?

Every Girl Gets Confused is romantic comedy at its best. A sweet romance. A wonderful band of supporting family and friends. And enough humor to keep me smiling on each page. I highly recommend it!”–Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten

“A delightful mix of romance, inspiration, and humor, woven together with Thompson’s trademark Texas storytelling and a happily-ever-after ending that will make you want to swoon.”–Judy Christie, author of Wreath, A Girl in the Wreath Willis series

“Janice Thompson tosses her readers into a humorous whirl of romantic possibilities with characters I swear I’ve met in small-town Texas. Fun!”–Julianna Deering, author of the Drew Farthering Mystery series.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Anytime I see a Janice Thompson book, I know I am in store for a wonderful, fun, romantic and humorous read. And Every Girl Get’s Confused was no disappointment. I loved the delightful and  charming characters, the small town family feel, with the big city lurking around as well. Ms. Thompson does a fantastic job of moving back and forth between the big city life and the small town family life. Most of this story involves around the romance of Katie Fisher, with a lot of pleasant surprises in between. Katie has a choice to make, will she choose her now boyfriend, NBA player Brady or will she go back home to her one time almost fiancée Casey?

Join Janice Thompson as you read her latest, Every Girl Gets Confused. You may even get confused with Katie as she tried her best to make this important choice that will sure change her life. This is one book that will not disappoint, and if you enjoy a good, clean, romance, this is the book for you!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series, as well as

Lightning by Bonnie Calhoun from Revell

Lightning
by Bonnie Calhoun

Lightning

by  Bonnie S. Calhoun

Selah’s past and her future are about to collide . . . and time is running out.

Selah Rishon thought that finding her real father would solve her problems. Instead it has created a host of new ones. She is feeling strange, destructive flashes of power within her body. The family she left behind is being sequestered in the Mountain. And if her father and his team cannot find the key to the West and make contact with the Third Protocol of Landers, Selah will fracture.

Selah is trying to accept this new world, but none of the facts she’s learned about novarium or Landers are adding up. Determined to find answers, she launches a new rescue effort to the Mountain. But will the prison that holds her family become Selah’s grave?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Bonnie S. Calhoun loves to write, but it doesn’t make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She is the author of Thunder, Tremors, and Aftershock, all part of the Stone Braide Chronicles. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods on fifteen acres and shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats–all of whom think she is waitstaff. Learn more at http://www.bonniescalhoun.com.

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

A Worthy Pursuit
by Karen Witemeyer

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Named one of the best western romances of 2015 by True West Magazine

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her.

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.

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About Karen

karen witemeyerAfter growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.

A life-long bookworm, Karen is living her dream by writing novels. Her books have consistently hit bestseller lists and have garnered awards such as the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. In addition, she is a multiple RITA and National Reader’s Choice finalist. Karen is also a sought-after speaker for national writing conferences and regional workshops.

Karen’s favorite aspect of her writing life is hearing from readers. Nothing encourages her heart more. She’d love to hear from you. You can contact her here.

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna White

The Lost Heiress
by Roseanna White

the los heiress

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

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About the Author

roseanna whiteRoseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them.

After graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the same mountains they equate with home.

Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, and the historical, romantic suspense Culper Ring Series (Ring of Secrets, Whispers from the Shadows, and Circle of Spies). She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.

By Your Side by Candace Calvert

By Your Side
by Candace Calvert

by your side

 

About this book

ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her―even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome―and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

 

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CFBA Presents….Robin by Julane Hiebert

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Robin 

Wings of Hope Publishing Group (November 15, 2015) 

by 

Julane HiebertABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julane is first of all a child of God. She is also a wife to Bob, mother to two living sons,Kip and Rob, two daughters in heaven, two wonderful daughters-in-law, Becky and Tami, and grandmother to six perfectly wonderful grands, as well as an additional three ‘other grands’. She lives with her husband in a wee cottage by a small lake nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.

Though encouraged by many to pen the story of raising two daughters with an incurable disease, she has chosen to incorporate the lessons learned into the lives of her not-too-perfect characters. Her passion is to present the promises and hope found in God’s Word in down-to-earth, everyday experiences through her stories.

Julane loves reading, decorating, junking, antiques, and chocolate! No particular order, but one would be safe to insert chocolate between all other interests.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1877 the Wenghold sisters inherited an overwhelming debt with their father’s passing. An uncle they’ve never met offers a solution—come help on his Kansas cattle ranch. The oldest sister, Robin, agrees to go.

Ty Morgan has suffered through a year of misery after being jilted by the town beauty a few months before their wedding. But a tornado whirls an unexpected breath of hope into his heart when he rescues Robin, his neighbor’s newly arrived niece, and a small boy who was orphaned by the storm.

Robin’s crippled leg prevents her from being a real help to Uncle John, but she seems to be exactly who Ty needs to heal his broken heart. Until his former fiancée returns and a mysterious, elusive stranger casts worry over the entire community.

A woman determined to honor her obligations, a man entangled in a long ago-made commitment, an orphaned child in need of security . . . Can God guide these three souls to peace and fulfillment together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Robin, go HERE.

Litfuse Presents Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Kissed by a Cowboy
by  Debra Clopton

Kissed by a CowboyAbout this book

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Jarrod Monahan was the last Monahan without a wife, so this was an enjoyable and sweet romance to read. But Jarrod wasn’t interested in a woman and married life, that is until old flame Cassidy Starr moved into the house near Jarrod. But Cassidy was finished with men, she wanted to make a life for herself, without a man in her life. But for whatever reason, the two seemed to always run into each other, and that’s when the attraction began.

I love the characters in this series, and it was nice taking a trip back Wishing Springs and the Four of Hearts Ranch. Jarrod was a quiet person, while Cassidy was a little spitfire. Their developing attraction and romance was fun to follow, even though the story was quite predictable. There are some twists and turns throughout the story that made the story interesting, and some quite funny. Over all, this is a really good read, and I highly recommend Kissed By a Cowboy, as well as the other books in this series. I am sad to see this series end, but I am excited to read more from Debra Clopton!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About the author

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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