The Journey: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament by Debbie Johnson

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Book Title:  The Journey: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament by Debbie Johnson
Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  293 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Religious, Inspirational
Publisher:  Convenant Books
Release date:   2019
Format available for review:  print (USA & Canada) mobi (for Kindle)
Tour dates: August 10 to August 28, 2020
Content Rating:  G. No obscenity, violence, sexual content

“With the New Testament in one hand and Debbie’s guidebook in the other, you will experience the Christian journey to be an exciting venture–though not one for the fainthearted.”    
Dr. William W. Klein, Ph.D. Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary              

Book Description:

At a time of unprecedented crisis in our lives comes an inspirational book, THE JOURNEY: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament by Debbie Johnson, who has spent decades as a mission worker, and is the founder DenverWorks, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the unemployed find work. Whether you are a Christian, religious, or irreligious, Johnson’s contemporary interpretation of The New Testament will inspire all who read her book.Years ago, Debbie took a glorious six-week backpacking trip to Europe. Now she takes readers on a metaphorical trek through the New Testament, filling her backpack with a year’s worth of inspirational items. For Debbie, her destination is love, plus the sense of “mission accomplished” in her life’s work.“Maybe this is a time for homebound people (all of us) to read through the NT,” says Debbie who begins her journey as Christ began his, when he met two sets of brothers and said, “Follow me” and eventually there were 12 friends, the 12 apostles. Jesus was no longer by himself,” says Johnson and got to experience the strength of friends. “My best friends and I remind each other that we are never alone, even though some of us live hundreds of miles apart.” Here are some of her many useful and inspiring key insights:

  • Love of God versus Love of Money. In Matthew 6:19-34, she quotes Jesus: “you cannot serve both God and money.” Johnson explains that Jesus did not say you can’t be materially wealthy, as some interpret that quote. He just said you can’t serve two masters, so you have to choose which one wins your heart. Johnson explains further that you should be responsible with money. “I never saw a passage that says, “though shalt not make money,” “she says. “It’s all about what we love the most.”
  • Neighborliness Matters. Romans 13:8-14 tells us that how we treat our neighbors is essential to living fulfilling Christian lives. Half of the Ten Commandments address being a good neighbor. No killing, committing adultery, stealing, slandering, or coveting. We’re to love our neighbors as ourselves, meaning we need to love ourselves sufficiently enough to love them. If we can love our neighbors, even the unlovable ones, then we’ve fulfilled The Law as Christ commanded.
  • What to Wear Today. We’re to put on, says Debbie, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We’re to bear with one another and forgive each other. We’re to put on love. We’re to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
  • We Are People of the Day. We’re people of the day, so we need to act like it, even in this long in-between time. We’re to be sober and faithful and loving and hopeful, encouraging one anther and building each other up. We’re to appreciate our coworkers and leaders. We’re to live in peace.
  • The Journey with Our Partners. “My best friends and I remind each other that we’re never alone, even though some of us live hundreds of miles apart. And for all of us who believe God is real and in a relationship with us, we’re never apart from him either. Our beautiful challenge is to understand that fact more and more, experiential. Life takes an enormous amount of personal strength. Jesus spent a lot of time in conversation with God to gain strength. And if Jesus needed that, how much more do we need it! But we can also draw strength, counsel, wisdom, and emotional safety from each other.” (Matthew 4)
  • Solid Foundations. Luke 5:12-6:49 is full of rock-solid teaching about building life on a firm foundation. Building a rock-solid life isn’t about sharing his words and then going about our business. It’s about acting on those words. Not intending to act on them, but literally acting on them. The words are powerful and life-altering, but not easy. Nobody ever said building a life on a solid foundation would be easy, just worth it.
  • The Gift. Romans 3:23-24 just might be the best gift in the whole wide world, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” In other words, we can lay our burdens down—our guilt, regrets, little sins, big sins. The reason? The gift. The gift of unmerited favor. Some people spend their whole lives striving for approval trying to be good enough, when all along, God has said all we have to do is have faith. All we have to do is ask God for the gift.
  • Practical Matters (1 Corinthians 16). Christianity is hard. G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” But we can do this. There is a way to follow Christ in good times and bad times, in heavenly matters and practical matters.

In trying times such as these, Debbie Johnson’s THE JOURNEY will brings readers daily inspiration and comfort for themselves and their families.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Journey is just want it says, A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament. It is a unique Devotional for me because author Debbie Johnson uses a backpack to to put the major points of each section into the backpack. Things such as meaning, righteousness, Charity, and so many more important description words go into the backpack as you read your way through this book. And the best way to read this is reading the scripture first and then reading the devotion.
If you want to read through the New Testament, this is a really good book to have by your side while reading it. You can read the devotions that go with each chapter or selection of verses Ms. Johnson suggests to get a better insight of the Bible verses you are reading. I found some interesting analysis throughout this book, The Journey.
This book is for everyone. If you want another companion to your Bible Study tools, this is a really nice book for you. Or if you want a Devotional through the New Testament, you will enjoy this book.
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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GUEST POST

By Debbie Johnson

MY LIFE AS A LATE BLOOMER

I really like the flowers of late summer/early fall, like mums. They bloom in colors I don’t see anywhere else. Have you ever noticed that? Well, anyway, I also like them because I relate to them. I’m also a late bloomer. 

I was slow to figure out my passion, career-wise. I was slow to get a boyfriend. (Of course, ALL the other girls had a boyfriend, said my teenage brain.) But truly, I was slow to wake up to a lot of things.  

Writing is one of those things. While my peers were becoming published authors and getting agents and selling a gazillion books, I was changing diapers and working full time, trying to survive. So I’m late to the garden party, but that’s okay. 

I find such joy in sitting at my laptop and thinking through my fingers. When I’m musing about something, especially if it’s heavy or painful or confusing, I just start typing and when I’m finished I say, “Yeah, THAT’S what I was thinking!”

My first book, A Pocketful of Seeds, is a collection of ideas for impacting one’s world. That career I was passionate about was in non-profit work, both locally and globally, so I came across a lot of cool ideas over the decades.

And man, after writing that book, I succumbed to the writing bug! A friend of mine has cerebral palsy but nevertheless, a fun and fascinating life, so I “ghost wrote” his story, now called Lessons Learned from the Bottom of the Stairs: A Story of Faith and Resilience.

After helping my friend, I became involved in telling another man’s story. His name is Raj and he’s a Dalit (formerly called an “Untouchable”) from India. My work took me to India seven times, but never long enough to do justice to Raj’s remarkable story. Providentially, a young woman from California spent a year there and became his scribe. I just got to help! That book will come out soon.

Most recently, I wrote The Journey: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament, which treks the biblical narrative with a daily “item for the backpack” such as compassion or forgiveness or community. I had it reviewed by a well-respected New Testament professor at Denver Seminary who also gave it a hearty endorsement. Another endorser called the book “deep, messy, humorous, fun, enlightening, and refreshing.” Those words capture my desire as a writer. I want to dig into tough subjects as a fellow pilgrim, not a judge or self-proclaimed expert.

Which brings me back around to being a late bloomer. Maybe writing this kind of material requires one to have been around the block a time or two. I’m quieter now. I ask more questions. I have fewer pat answers. I enjoy the journey rather than rushing to the conclusion. And…I take time to stop and smell the mums, which I highly recommend.

It’s never too late to become a late bloomer. 

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Author Debbie Johnson

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About the Author
Debbie Johnson is the author of two previous books, A Pocketful of Seeds and Lessons Learned from the Bottom of the Stairs: A Story of Faith and Resilience with Randy Milliken. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University (BME, MME) and has done graduate work in social work at the University of Denver. In 1995, she founded DenverWorks to equip the unemployed in her community. She led the organization for ten years before engaging in international ministry, first as the vice president of Programs at the Dalit Freedom Network and then as executive director of India Transformed. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Today she and her husband live on a farm in Colorado with two dogs and a bunch of chickens.

 

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Aug 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
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Aug 20 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
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Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

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As owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, Mollie Knox’s future looks bright until the night the legendary Great Chicago Fire destroys her beloved city. With her world crumbling around her, Mollie will do whatever it takes to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek, an influential attorney for one of Chicago’s finest department stores, is a force to be reckoned with among the city’s most powerful citizens. Bold and shrewd, he’s accustomed to getting exactly what he wants–until he meets Mollie Knox, the beguiling businesswoman just beyond his reach.

In the tumult as the people of Chicago race to rebuild a bigger and better city, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack’s character and influence. Zack believes this may finally be his chance to win her, but can Mollie ever accept this man and his whirlwind effect on her life, especially with her treasured company on the line?


Endorsements

Into the Whirlwind is a delight. Elizabeth Camden shows remarkable ability to breathe life into nineteenth-century Chicago and its people. If you are a fan of historical romantic suspense, I cannot recommend this book or this author too highly.

Davis Bunn, bestselling author of Rare Earth

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 


THE AUTHOR

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Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden (www.elizabethcamden.com) is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest…

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Reviews

“A sweet, emotion-filled romance to warm the heart and touch the soul… The cast of characters is varied and lovingly detailed, colorful and bursting with life.”

Publishers Weekly

“Camden takes readers on a breathless ride with smart, serious Mollie in the midst of tragedy and ruin.”

RT Book Reviews

This is a story rife with history, hope and faith that will keep you reading raptly until the final page.

CBA Retailers+Resources

With her great cast of diverse and interesting characters and thrilling plot, you will definitely want to read this heartwarming and inspiring story.

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 A Nurse for Jacob Author: Caryl McAdoo

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About the Book

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Book:  A Nurse for Jacob

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: July 2, 2020

Physician heal thyself
While physical wounds heal with time, a special balm is needed to heal those sick of soul. In the Civil War aftermath, two such people’s paths cross. Recent graduate of the Harrow School of Nursing first class in May 1868, Lydia Andrews arrives at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, hired on Clara Barton’s endorsement. There she meets Doctor Jacob Johnston, and both soon learn that love is the salve to soothe wounded souls.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I usually don’t read reviews of books before I read them because of too many spoilers, so I had no idea what this book would be like. But since I’ve enjoyed all of Caryl McAdoo’s book that I have read, I knew it would be a great read. And it was.

The year is 1968 and Lydia Andrews arrives in New Orleans at the Touro Infirmary where she is to work as a nurse. But when Dr. Jacob Johnston walks in on an emergency situation Lydia takes care of without being ask, he realizes her worth and immediately promotes her to aid the Drs. there at the Infirmary. As they spend time together, their attraction grows. And I have to say, for some reason, I just didn’t like the Dr. Don’t know what it was, and his character just never grew on me. But I did like Lydia. She was vibrant, determined, and always did her job with perfection. She was determined that her life would glorify God no matter what others thought, even Jacob. And this is why the ending surprised me. Which was a good thing because it means that I didn’t have the book all figured out. But that’s enough to say about this book.

If you enjoy a good clean enjoyable read, this would be that book. It is only a little over 100 pages so it can be read in a few hours at the most. It’s nice to read a short one once in a while. And it’s an awesome read for those who don’t have time for a long read! So give this one a try. You will be glad you did!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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About the  Author

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Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and nineteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

From the get-go, the idea about writing a story with a nurse heroine intrigued me; I haven’t had one before. My niece is a nurse and I have several friends and readers who serve. I believe nursing is a divine calling and admire the many who choose to be a medical servant.

The connection in the multi-author Nursing the Heart Collection is that the first class of nurses recently graduated from the Harrows’s School of Nursing are placed across the country through the friends and acquaintances of Clara Barton, who teaches at the school.

So I joined the project and started my research of medical practices in the post-Civil War years. It was a time where many medical breakthroughs occurred, and older instruments were greatly improved. I so enjoyed learning how healthcare practices have changed.

I think you’ll enjoy all that to as an integral part of this historical romance. This Texas author hopes readers will love my two medical servants, Lydia Andrews and the older Doctor Jacob Johnston, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 11

Splashes of Joy, August 11

Texas Book-aholic, August 12

Inklings and notions, August 13

For Him and My Family, August 14

Captive Dreams Window, August 14

Betti Mace, August 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 16

Older & Smarter?, August 17

deb’s Book Review, August 18

Artistic Nobody, August 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 20

Pause for Tales, August 20

Connie’s History Classroom, August 21

KarenSueHadley, August 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 23

Simple Harvest Reads, August 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

 

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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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Alexa’s a Spy by Dorothy Rosby

 

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Join us for this tour from August 10 to August 21, 2020!

Don’t forget to read the awesome abd interesting  Author Interview as well as the Guest Post Dorothy Rosby has so generously provided for us!!

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Book Title:  Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time by Dorothy Rosby

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  355 pages

Genre: Humorous Essay

Publisher:  Unhinged Press

Release date:   April, 2020

Content Rating:  G – appropriate for general audience as defined above

 

Book Description:

“Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time” is a low-brow look at high-minded living, a good-natured (mostly) rant about some of the challenges we face and some of the annoyances we deal with just because we’re alive and trying to thrive at this moment in history. Part comedic call to arms and part tongue-in-cheek tirade, “Alexa’s a Spy” goes after, among other things, spammers and scammers, clutter and litter, intrusive technology and uncivil discourse. Too much stuff, too much noise, too much to worry about. Not enough patience, not enough kindness, not enough…chocolate?

As a syndicated humor columnist, Dorothy Rosby has been ranting for more than 20 years in publications across the West and Midwest. If her latest book doesn’t change the world, and most likely it won’t, we’ll at least go down the tubes together, knowing how really foolish we’re all being.

Interview with Dorothy Rosby, Author Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About

What’s the book about?

Alexa’s a Spy is part comedic call to arms and part tongue-in-cheek tirade about some of the annoyances of modern life. It’s a collection of humorous essays that go after, among other things, spammers and scammers, clutter and litter, intrusive technology and uncivil discourse. Too much stuff, too much noise, too much to worry about, not enough patience, not enough kindness. In other words, it’s about all those things we used to be anxious about back when we could still buy toilet paper and leave the house without a mask.

How would you describe your style?  

I write observational humor. That is I look for the absurd in aspects of everyday life. I’m your basic stereotypical, mild-mannered Midwesterner—chronically nice, unfailingly polite and just a wee bit passive aggressive. So I seldom pick on an actual person, but if I do, he or she really has it coming. I’ve written about the CEOs of Equifax and big pharma, but I don’t think they read what I’ve written anyway. And normally, I don’t do that. I tend to go more for self-deprecating humor which is about observing myself and my own foolishness and making light of it.

When you write self-deprecating humor about everyday life, you make the assumption that other people are like you in some ways. There are lots of reasons that self-deprecating humor is my chosen method for writing humor and not just because that way no one ever comes after me with a crowbar—at least not for writing about them. For one thing, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. When you decide to spend your life examining your faults and foibles, you’ll never run out of ideas. At least I haven’t.

But the best part is, it makes what you write relatable to your audience. I often have readers tell me they’ve made the same mistake I admitted to making. It’s definitely a window into my life. But it’s also a mirror for my readers. I tell my stories and they’re reminded of theirs.

Why is humor particularly important now?  

Anytime you can bring joy to someone, that’s a good thing. And I do hear from readers who tell me that a good laugh is just what they needed at that moment in their life, or that my admitting my goof ups so publicly reminded them they’re not the only one who has done this or that.

I’ve read that laughter is good for health, that it boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones and decreases pain. Laughter is so physical. It releases tension, helps us relax. But even if that weren’t true, it just makes life more fun. And I think particularly during these difficult times, it has some added benefits. It gets our mind off things. And it can give us all some perspective. For example, the world is falling down around us and I’m worrying about how I look in my mask. Actually I’m learning to like it. It hides my nose and nobody knows when I’m talking to myself. I might keep wearing it when this is all over.

What were your influences? I grew up reading Erma Bombeck and I’m sure she was an influence. But a bigger one would be growing up in a large family. I’m number 9 of 10 children. We had 12 people in a house with three bedrooms and one bathroom. You need tools to survive that and wit is a weapon in a large family. Also my father had a great sense of humor, though I didn’t always think so when I was a teenager. Humor was important to him and making him laugh was a way of standing out in the crowd.

Where do you get your ideas? Everywhere. Every conversation, every experience, bad and good, everything that gets under my skin or makes me smile. But the annoying experiences—the dying appliances, technology fails, and embarrassing moments—make the best stories. I remember being stopped for speeding once—okay more than once. But one of those times, I took my notebook out and made notes about speeding tickets while the officer went back to his car to check my outstanding warrants or whatever they do back there. I didn’t have any. But it’s those kinds of things that make the best stories because people can relate. Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About and my other books are made up of those kinds of st

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Has life got you down and you just need a good laugh?  “Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About: Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time” may just be the medicine you need! This book is hilarious! I think I laughed on just about every page in this laugh until you cry book. Syndicated humor columnist Dorothy Rosby hits on just about every subject imaginable as she tells story after story in this oh so funny book about our favorite voice, Alexa! Anywhere you go, this is an amazing book to take with you. I’m sure going to take it on my next Dr. visit to read while I’m waiting for hours. One thing about it, this book will take the frustrations of waiting. And in today’s world where everything has been so unsettling and unpredictable lately, everyone needs a bit of humor in their life, and this is the best book out there I have read on hilarious humor!!

When this book came up for review on iREAD Book Tours I almost didn’t join the tour but I am so very glad I did. And I am thrilled to be introduced to this book and this author. This one is for sure a Keeper for me. And I’ll be telling everyone I know about Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About. And if you find yourself needed a good pick me up, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Today. Don’t wait! 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 

 

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Guest post by Dorothy Rosby

Leave Me Alone, Elizabeth

I get more phony phone calls than real ones these days—and by a wide margin. I’m afraid one of these days, I’ll hear a voice that reminds me of Elizabeth from the Resort Rewards Center and I’ll march up to some poor stranger in the grocery store, grab her by the collar and scream “Leave me alone, Elizabeth!” She’ll say, “My name is Joan,” and have me arrested.

It’s not bad enough that I spend half my work day deleting spam emails. Now Phone Scam Sam and Fraud Call Franny are taking up the other half. Phony phoners and spam are just two aspects of modern life I discuss in Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About, Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time. How could I leave them out? They’ve brought out the worst in me.

One day I lost my temper, picked up my vibrating phone and screamed into it, “Get a real job!” It was my husband. But I’ve never been the same.

A few days later I asked a caller if his mother knew what he did for a living. I told another that I’d give her my credit card number if she’d give me hers first. I held the phone away from my ear during one call and, as loud as I could whisper, said to the empty room, “I’ll keep him on the line while you trace the call.”

One day I even called a scam number back. When a real person answered, I stayed quiet while he said, “Hello, hello.” Then I did it again—six times. To his credit, each time he answered in that polite way you do when you want to bilk someone out of their life savings.

The experts say that you should hang up quickly when you realize it’s a scammer calling. Do not engage. But I’m no expert.

They advise you to put your name on the Do Not Call Registry, which does stop calls from legitimate organizations you don’t want to hear from. But I figure anyone who makes a career of grand theft won’t be deterred by a little law forbidding calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

Still, you should listen to the experts. Don’t behave like I have. I feel bad that I’ve let robo robbers and cuckoo callers bring out the worst in me—and confirm that my number works. But I can’t stop myself.

One day I answered a call from a scammer, held my phone next to the wall and started knocking and saying in a mournful voice, “Let me out. Let me out.” I could hear the scammer saying, “Hello? Ma’am? Hello.” I was enjoying myself immensely until a coworker walked into my office and asked if I was okay.

No, probably not.

 

 

Meet the Author:

Dorothy Rosby is a  syndicated humor columnist and author of two other books of humorous essays “I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better” and “I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.” She’s working on her fourth and hoping to give it a shorter title—something like “Wow” or “Best Seller.” She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of even though she’s not on it. Yet.

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Aug 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 11 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway

Aug 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Books for Books – book review

Aug 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

Aug 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

Aug 19 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

Aug 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 21 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway

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Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

 

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When four maidels join forces to turn an abandoned barn into an Amish marketplace, the unmarried women have community in mind. But their fledgling enterprise promises to reap surprising rewards for each in turn, including the gift of unexpected love . . .

For Regina Miller, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a chance to share her secret work with the world—without revealing herself. Old Order Amish forbid the creation of art without purpose, but without a husband, Regina has been free to explore the joy of painting in her attic. Yet when Gabe Flaud’s curiosity leads him to speculate that Regina herself is the painter, the full weight of their community’s judgement falls on her shoulders.  When Gabe stands up to defend Regina, questioning the Order’s restrictions, he reveals his own guilty secret and is shunned along with her. Forced to turn to each other for companionship, the young couple must learn to balance their own needs with their deep faith … and a love that will show them all things are possible.

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Regina entered her bedroom, stepped onto her large wooden trunk, and then opened the short, narrow door in the wall so she could climb the wooden stairs to the attic.

What if nobody wants my paintings, or worse yet, ridicules them? And what if folks figure out that I’m the artist—and that I’ve been living a lie for years? Best to nip this in the bud before I have to tell any more whoppers and get caught in them.

And yet, as Regina stood in the center of her secret studio, something deep inside her longed to display the work that so satisfied her soul. Nearly every evening, after a day of staining furniture, she spent a few hours in her hideaway, painting nature scenes.

Regina needed to paint the way most folks needed to eat and breathe. Her schoolteacher had complimented her artwork when she’d been young—and her parents had allowed her to take a short watercolor class at Koenig’s Krafts when she’d entered rumspringa. Dat’s brother Clarence was a preacher, however, so he’d been adamant about Regina joining the church at an early age. She’d secured her salvation at seventeen by being baptized, but she’d forfeited her innermost soul: in the Morning Star district, members were forbidden to create art for art’s sake because it was considered worldly and it called attention to the artist.

Regina had obediently tucked her paints and brushes into her wooden trunk, but she’d felt the loss of her art acutely. After her parents had died when a train collided with the bus they were all riding home from a wedding, Regina had kept herself sane by taking up her paints again, setting up her easel in the attic—out of sight when anyone came to visit. At twenty-two, she’d been rather young to live alone on her family’s small acreage but moving in with Uncle Clarence, Aunt Clara, and their young daughters would’ve killed her spirit forever.

Bishop Jeremiah had taken her side and had dropped in on her often until she’d gotten a little older. Martin Flaud had hired her because her father had been one of his finest craftsmen—and because Regina had proven herself to be more meticulous at staining and finishing than any of his male employees. She’d survived the rough, lonely times by working hard at the factory, and by surrounding herself with the quilts and curtains Mamm had made and the furniture Dat had built for their cozy home.

And so the last ten years had passed . . .

Regina had willingly given up any chance for marriage—because she couldn’t reveal her sinful pastime to a husband.

Gazing at the nature paintings that surrounded her on that Sunday afternoon, Regina felt torn. Why had God given her a keen eye and the talent to render woodland scenes, flowers, and wild creatures on paper if He wouldn’t allow her to paint pictures of His creation openly and without guilt?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In this first book of the Maidels of Morning Star series is a fun and entertaining  ook to read, just like all of Charlotte Hubbard’s books. This one is Regina’s story. 5 Maidels of Morning Star decides to sell their crafts out of an old barn that needed repairs, of course. So after permission from the powers that be in their Amish community the work started. And was finished.

Regina has be secretly painting pictures for a long time and wanted to sell them, do her booth was an anonymous one, thinking no one would know, but the Amish always find out.

Author Charlotte Hubbard writes an extra nice heartwarming story for her readers. I like the idea of selling all of their crafts in one big space. And these five ladies have plenty of energy to get the work done. I just wish I could have seen some of the beautiful crafts!! What I would give to stop at an Amish roadside store! First me, the characters seemes so realistic, they felt like family as I was reading. There was one of the ladies that was more outspoken, and sometimes she did get on my nerves, but we need these people in stories!! I like how Ms. Hubbard weaves all of the different issues and people together to make this great story. And a smooth ending. I think you should try this wonderful Amish read. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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Ready to Trust by Tina Radcliffe

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Ready to Trust (Hearts of Oklahoma #2) By Tina Radcliffe

Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages

July 21, 2020

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Proving he’s a changed man could be his biggest challenge yet.

Rancher Reece Rainbolt’s shocked to learn he’s inherited half of Claire Ballard’s family farm—and that he’s a father. Now Claire’s determined to break ties with the man who once left her behind. But Reece will buy her half only on one condition: she must stay in town to help with the harvest…and let him get to know his little girl.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

In Ready to Trust, Reece and Claire had been together six years before, and Reece walked out on her. And didn’t see here again until her dad passed away. Forcing Claire to stay in Rebel long enough for Reece to figure out he had a daughter. And the journey after this is an interesting one. Claire got on my nerves sometimes because if her list, and having to figure thinks out on her own, with no ones help, but then I could see where she was coming from. Reece, on the other hand had siblings that cared for each other and was willing to help each other. But Reece was a little pushy at times too. They just couldnt come together to talk about things. Couldn’t trust each other.

And trust is the main thing in this story. Learning to trust, and that wasn’t easy, especially for Claire, and for this I felt bad for her. Author Tina Radcliffe does a very nice job of weaving these two families together, hashing out the differences and coming to an ending that will please everyone, or at least it did me. This story is pretty predictable, but getting to the final ending is what is so much for to read. And this sweet Romance is sure one that is so much fun to read. I encourage you to check out Ready to Trust for your next fun read.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 

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Some paths need courage to follow…

Can they find their fresh startwith roadblocks around every corner?

To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?

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THE HERO WITHIN: NEDE LAND 1 by Yeral E. Ogando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HERO WITHIN: NEDE LAND 1

Yeral E. Ogando

Christian Fiction

Supernatural beings have deprived humanity of its most precious gifts, and our heroes must retrieve them, before it’s too late.

Return to the vivid and exciting landscape of The Hero Within saga, and experience all new adventures with beloved characters!

Join Warrior and Mender as they venture into this forbidden and long forgotten kingdom, where they will face powerful foes the likes of which have never been seen on earth, in order to find the hidden treasure that will help them conquer evil, and restore the human race…

Dr. Ogando’s exciting style once again propels us into a world of good vs. evil, where ordinary people unlock their true potential and fight for the Kingdom of God.

“I found myself not only lost within its pages, but the battles became real and alive for me! If you are a Christian you have to read this phenomenal series!!” -Cheri Roan

“The story has a way of drawing you in right from the beginning and keeps your interest until the end.” – Melinda Taylor

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There was something that lurked in the dark; whenever the team members moved around, performing miracles, healing and assisting other brothers in preaching, they could sense a sidelong, fading look mingled in the shadows of the crowds.

The team seemed not to think about it, since it was so subtle, they didn’t even bother paying attention to it, not after defeating gigantic evil leaders, impressive commanders, and conquering the Five Cities.

Pastor Good knew it was a big call to set up a church in each town, as he was instructed. “But Lord, how am I supposed to set up five churches when the people don’t even understand your Word?” The Pastor thought. Somehow, he knew he just needed to complete the tasks assigned to him and the Lord would see the rest through. After all, he was not alone. The Team Warriors and The Missioners were with him. But above all, his greatest ally was God Almighty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeral E. Ogando was born on May 18th, 1977 in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic. Yeral is polyglot or a multilingual person.

He has been able to learn Spanish, English, French, Italian, Haitian Creole, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Modern & Biblical

Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

Yeral E. Ogando has earned several degrees:

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Master of Arts in Languages and Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

He has been a Bible professor for many years and teacher for several languages locally and internationally, such as Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.

He has also been able to write the following books:

* The Hero Within – Power (Volume Two)

* The Hero Within – Nede Land (Volume Three)

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* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole Conversation by Yeral E. Ogando.

* Teach Yourself Haitian Creole by Yeral E. Ogando.

* And many other books for language learning (English, Spanish, Creole and Italian)

* Coming Soon From The Hero Within Series (Volume Four – Volume Five – Volume Six)

His hobbies are reading and listening to music. He is passionate for teaching, learning and starting new ministries and businesses.

He is the founder and owner of the successful internet business www.christian-translation.com, thus reaching the world in more than 200 languages since 2004.

 

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Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

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Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he’s worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry any of them. He’s drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb’s business–and budding romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 


Endorsements

For a fast-paced story full of fun, action, mystery, and love, I highly recommend you treat yourself to Trouble in Store by Carol Cox. Her delightful characters and historical accuracy provide a delightful read!

Judith Miller, bestselling author of the HOME TO AMANA series

Carol Cox has done it again! From their first meeting in the mercantile, Melanie and Caleb jumped off the page and into my heart. Their story made me laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again. Trouble in Store is a do-not-miss read!

Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of Flora’s Wish and the ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEIRESS series

A sweet romance with a suspenseful touch of murder mystery makes Carol Cox’s Trouble in Store a great read!

Julianna Deering, author of Rules of Murder, A Drew Farthering Mystery

One of my favorite writers has produced another winner. Complete with romance and intrigue, this book is bound to keep you turning the pages to the happily ever after.

Hannah Alexander, author of Keeping Faith

Trouble in store? You’d better believe it. The action in Carol Cox’s novel, set in Cedar Ridge, Arizona, in the wild days of the Tombstone gunfights, delivers more punch than a cowpuncher’s spurs, while romantic tensions grow between Melanie and Caleb to build up to a satisfying conclusion.

Eric Wiggin, author of The Hills of God and The Recluse

A spunky, determined heroine, a stubborn, clueless hero, and an intriguing mystery that pulls you in and makes your mind swirl, blend together to create a charming historical romance you’ll add to your keeper shelf.

Vickie McDonough, award-winning author of 26 books and novellas

Start with the nostalgic allure of the Arizona Territory in 1885, stir in the suspense of a murder mystery, and season it with the thrill of romance. The result is the piece de resistance Trouble in Store, which you won’t soon forget.

Sandra Robbins, Christian romance author

Trouble in Store grabbed me from the very beginning…a page-turner of a tale that encompasses suspense, a murder mystery, romance, and a wonderful journey of faith. The secondary characters are so richly drawn, the twists and turns of the plot so intriguing, that I just couldn’t put the book down. I look forward to reading everything else by this author!

Roxanne Rustand, author of When He Came Home


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Carol Cox

Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and…

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“Cox deftly balances historical and humorous details with heartfelt spirituality in this pleasant inspirational set in 1885 Arizona Territory.”

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It’s definitely going to please a lot of fans of western romance, especially those who enjoy a good mystery.

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Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee plus GIVEAWAY

 

 

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Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

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Book Description:

She never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love KariBovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When I saw this book about Annie Oakley I was intrigued because this is a person I have always heard about but didn’t really know that much about her. But now th name Annie Oakley has a whole new meaning. Folly at the Fair gives a new twist to this historical name. Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, Annie Oakley, better known as “Little Sure Shot” performs endlessly with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and she is totally exhausted. And then things started to happen. Bodies started popping up, the daughter of Annie’s good friend shows up on her doorstep. And since Annie loves a good mystery, she is on to these stories with her friend Emma.

This was a fun and interesting story. I enjoyed following Annie and her friend Emma as they finally started finding some clues that just might help the case. I thought I had the case solved early on but I will mistaken, but the second person I suspected was right on so that wasnt so bad! There are several other storylines going on in this book that were certainly intriguing as well. This was not a boring book, that is for sure. It will keep you quite entertained. And in the end, author Kari Bovee weaves together all of the loose ends for an enjoyable and entertaining read. If you are a history buff, this is one you will enjoy!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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1. With your books are you looking to entertain or illuminate?

Both, of course! Entertainment is the main goal for me, but I also want people, especially young girls and women, to be inspired by the women I write. I’m passionate about empowered women in history and what we can learn from them. Women have come so far—although we still have a way to go—but some of the women of the past who had much fewer rights, privileges and opportunities than we do today, didn’t let society dictate who they wanted to be or what they wanted to do. They fought the good fight and lived their dream whether it was saving others, being true to themselves, or thriving in a man’s profession, like Annie Oakley did.

2. What were your favorite books as a child?

My dad always read to my brother and I—something I really cherish. He loved the Winnie-the-Pooh books and we did, too. My dad traveled a lot for business but would always bring something back for us from his trips. For me it was books. He discovered this really cute series about young orphans in France that I really liked. I can’t remember the author’s name. He also brought home Eloise by Kay Thompson. I still like to read that one! When I was older I really got into the Nancy Drew Mysteries, and I also read some of the Hardy Boys Mysteries as well. And, being a horse girl, I read all of the Marguerite Henry books like King of the Wind and Misty of Chincoteague. When I was about twelve years old I read Gone with the Wind, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

3. How do you come up with character names?

This can be fun and challenging at the same time. In many of my novels I write about real historical figures so that’s a no-brainer, but for supporting characters who are fictitious I look up names that were popular in the era and try to match a name with the personality of a character. I have one manuscript where I have changed the protagonist’s name three times. The names just weren’t jiving with my vision of her personality. But, I finally settled on one that is perfect!  

4. Talk about when you realized you wanted to be an author. Life-long dream or happened late on?

I think I’ve known I wanted to be an author before I really knew what that meant. When I was about eight years old I asked for a typewriter for Christmas. I got one of those plastic Smith-Coronas—it was turquoise with white keys—and I banged on that thing for years writing stories, poetry, rants, etc. I also had a diary from when I was about the same age and would spend hours writing in it. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old I read Gone with the Wind and was so blown away by it, it was then I decided how wonderful it would be to be an author. In college I majored in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and started writing more in depth stories and even a novel when I got out of school, but it was terrible! When my daughter was just 9 months old, my husband—good soul that he is, encouraged me to go to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (we were living in Ventura, CA at the time) and that’s when I really got serious about becoming a novelist.

5. Discuss why writers should also be marketers.

In today’s world it’s essential if you want to be successful, or even been seen and heard. There are so many writers out there publishing, discoverability is more challenging than ever. Writers really need to advocate for themselves to rise above the noise. Long gone are the days where the writer is holed up in their office or writing space, away from the world, and the publishing house does all the marketing. With many publishing houses they only give the author about three months of marketing assistance and then that’s it. If you publish independently you are on your own—which isn’t a bad thing. There are so many marketing tools and programs out there to help authors. Authors can also hire publicists and marketing firms, but it can be very costly. There are ways to do it without breaking the bank!

6. Plotter or panster? Share what works best for you.

I like to call myself a puzzler. I need to work with an outline—sometimes rather detailed, but once I start writing I let myself go. I try to stay within the confines of the outline but I never get stressed if something changes when I am in the flow. I am often surprised when something changes—like when a character does or says something I hadn’t planned, and then I evaluate if I like what came up and if I need to adjust the story. Sometimes if I like the change that has occurred I may have to do more research before continuing, so I allow myself to do that. It’s like putting together a great big puzzle. And, because I write mystery, it requires creating a puzzle as well, one that needs to be solved. If you couldn’t tell, I love puzzles!

7. Are any of your books in audio?

Girl with a Gun is in the process of being produced as an audiobook right now. I’ve found a wonderful narrator/producer who is very excited about the project. It should be released late Summer or early Fall of 2020. It’s my plan to roll out the entire series in audio over the next two years.

 

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Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.

The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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Bridge Home By Virginia McCullough #BHPrism

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A Bridge Home (Back to Bluestone River #3) By Virginia McCullough Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages August 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will a new beginning…

Lead to forever?

What good is a home without a family? School principal Eric Wells finally has the house he’s always wanted, but a painful childhood makes him question his ability to be a father. So when his high school crush Amy Morgan returns to Bluestone River with her troubled daughter, he’s surprised to find he wants to be there for both of them. Will Amy finally give him a chance?

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Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

High School Principal, Eric Wells couldn’t believe it when his high school crush Amy Morgan moved back to Bluestone River, with her daughter. And having their first meeting to be one that her daughter was in trouble at school was not the way he wanted them to met, but here she was.

I liked this story from the sstart. But sometimes Amy was annoying because she couldn’t make up her mind when it came to Eric. She kept leading him on. And because he was crazy about her, he just let her. They both needed some adjustments. I like Eric. He was a good principle because of his life growing up. He had a mentor to help him so he passed this on to the school kids, and to Cassie. And he also passed this on to Amy’s grandparents, always seeming to think of their feelings.

This small town was special in the way they pulled together to save their heritage. A town I would love to live in. There were many disagreements, and they seemed to come to decisions to please most. There is so much more going on in this story and author Virginia McCullough does an amazing job of weaving it all together to make A Bridge Home the Heartwarming story it is. If you enjoy a good clean Romance, I am sure you will love this one. And check out the other books in this series by Virginia McCullough. They are the same Heartwarming romance as this one is.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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Takeover Tour for…Falling for the Innkeeper my Meghann Whistler

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Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Meghann Whistler

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…

But what happens when romance checks in?

Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s beachfront inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And although he came to Cape Cod to close an important business deal—not fall in love—he can’t get her out of his mind.

Laura and Jonathan each try to fight their attraction and focus on business, but it’s not long before Jonathan finds himself confiding in her his other reason for coming to The Sea Glass Inn—he’s trying to find his mentally ill father, who’s recently been spotted at a nearby homeless shelter.

Working together to find Jonathan’s father only brings Laura and Jonathan closer. But with his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

Falling for the Innkeeper is her first inspirational romance, but definitely not her last! She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at www.meghannwhistler.com.

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Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

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A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.

That’s all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She’s tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can’t deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she’s not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It’s simple: avoid Griff’s attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call…with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale of love and discovering one’s true desires!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Endorsements

Quirky and fun, Love Comes Calling is fresh fiction that sparkles and shines with humor and heart, a delightfully dizzy romance brimming with smiles and chuckles from beginning to end.

Julie Lessman,
award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and
Winds of Change series

Love Comes Calling is fast-paced, funny, and sweet–with enough action and wisdom to be irresistible. I loved it.

Mary Connealy,
bestselling author of Fired Up and The Kincaid Brides series

Sweet, fun, and thought-provoking, Love Comes Calling brings the Roaring Twenties to life.  Step onto Siri Mitchell’s stage and watch the story of an impetuous, aspiring actress unfold. You’ll be swept away by the skillful blend of description, humor, and emotion.

Lorna Seilstad,
author of When Love Calls


THE AUTHOR

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Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family…

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Reviews

In Love Comes Calling, Mitchell pens a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud historical romance with love, misunderstandings, and an unforgettable cast of witty characters.

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FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald

Join us for this tour from August 3 to August 21, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald

Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  130 pages

Genre: General Fiction

Publisher:  Loose Cayuse Productions

Release date:   June 2019

Content Rating:  G. There are no expletives, sex scenes or bad language anywhere.

 

“Born in the flatlands of Rock Springs, Wyoming, newborn mustang Pahaska tells the heart-wrenching story of her separation from her mother and the wild horse herd she was born into. Captured by strangers, her entire world has disintegrated. Penned in the filthy, manure-filled confines of a horse hauler’s trailer, her life is changed forever. Finding Home, a 2020 Spur Finalist for Juvenile Fiction, is a brilliantly written story about the adoption of the mustang “Curly Girl” by a teen who has always dreamed of having her own horse. Ginny McDonald’s illustrations convey fine detail and emotion in the images of the horses, bringing each one to life. This heart-warming tale will appeal to those with a love for animals.” – Joni Franks, RoundUp Magazine, Western Writers of America

“This beautifully written and illustrated book will appeal to any animal loving young reader. Differences (equine and otherwise) are applauded, working through complicated human relationships, a philosophical, well balanced approach to difficult issues (wild horse roundups), and positive animal training techniques are included in this educational, riveting new book!” – Nancy Sachs, Director Platte Valley Pony Club

“To see the world through the eyes of a newborn filly as she grows into adulthood, or an excited young girl in search of her first horse, is a treasure found in Corinne Joy Brown’s novel Finding Home, a story of loss and recovery told in a brilliant way. The illustrations by Ginny McDonald help to refine the wonderful writing which places the reader squarely in the experience of Curly Girl and Jesse, her adopter. Finding Home is a wonderful story for our time, in consideration of the wild horses whose freedom is threatened across the West and the people who adopt the captured ones into loving homes.” – James A. Holmes CEO and Executive Director, Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation

 

Book Description:

For every girl or boy who owns a horse, or wished they did, Finding Home brings all the drama and beauty of America’s wild horses to the middle-grade reader. A coming-of-age story and a tale about friendship, trust and understanding, both horse and owner have powerful lessons to learn.

Together, young Jesse Nolan from Colorado and her wild mustang, Curly Girl, rounded up in Wyoming, discover what it means to rely on oneself, as well as those who love you most.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Finding Home follows the life and young Jesse Nolan and her wild mustang, Curly Girl. Jesse is living her lifelong dream of owning a wild mustang, and her story if taking care of her new horse is Heartwarming.

Though this is mosty a story for children ages 9-12, I enjoyed reading it myself. Much of the story is told from Curly Girl’s prospective, which was fun and interesting. I knew nothing about the wild mustang horses so I enjoyed getting to know this breed of horses and their struggles to make it in the wild. The author does a wonderful job of giving details throughout her book. You can clearly tell she is a horse lover herself.

Jesse and Curly Girl learned has learned a lot on their journey, and as we follow them, they teach us how to be friends as well as how to love and trust them. And in addition to all we learn of these two characters, there are beautiful illustrations throughout the book by Ginny McDonald that beautifully go right along with the story. You dont want to miss this precious book for the child in your life. Mine is going to my niece, who loves to read and loves stories about horses.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Author Interview from Corinne Joy Brown

Q: Where do I get inspiration for my stories?

A: Usually my stories are written in response to something I care deeply about, or am curious about. Like most writers, I’m intrigued by the question “what if?” I have no dearth of ideas. I hope I live long enough to develop them all. Writing is my way of making sense out of the world.

Q: There are many books out there about wild horses. What makes mine different?

A: I haven’t read all the books out there on this subject, but I’ve certainly read a few. Ours is different primarily because this story is written from the horse’s point of view, with the hopes that the reader can make that shift and understand what it might be like to be rounded up, captured, and sold into an unfamiliar life. Further, it’s the relationship of these family members and how everyone is changed by the arrival of this horse that makes all the difference. Caring for our wild creatures, for any animal, makes us better people.

Q: Do I have another profession besides writing?

A: Indeed, I do.  My undergraduate degree was in art education. After teaching for a while and running a community center art department, I went back to school to study interior design. It seemed necessary  when my husband and I went into the home furnishing business in 1974. I had my own design practice for 30 years. In some ways, design is a lot like writing fiction; you need the big picture, but it’s how you put all the smaller details together that makes it work. Creating beautiful, individualized interiors for happy clients helped with my ability to visualize and communicate clearly.  However, I am actually teaching art again to a local pony club!

Q: What genre do I write and why?

A:  Here’s the good news: I write in many genres. I suppose my favorite is historical fiction. I like going back in time and seeing how the intersection of real historical events impacts my character’s lives.  I discovered I really like non-fiction as well. My first coffee table book on the history of Western dinnerware was as fun and exciting to write as any novel. And now, I’ve discovered middle grade fiction. As a former junior high art teacher, I loved this age group. They’re full of curiosity and struggling to deal with their emotions. Books still make a difference at this age.

Q:How long have you been writing?

A: Since I was a kid. I still have my first short story, written when I was ten, in 1958. In high school, I got my first guitar and started writing folksongs. Ballads really. In college I wrote poetry and years later, when our son graduated from high school, in 1996, I wrote my first novel. It was published in 1999. I’ve come out with a new work every few years since then. (8 books so far.)

 

Very interesting Guest Post from

Corinne Joy Brown

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“Come & Get It!” – A Coffee Table Book About Western Dinnerware

What I noticed was that one of the most collectible offerings, made by Coors Ceramics of Arizona and distributed by True West Home, was a reproduction of a pattern created in the late Forties and popular for some 25 years. That inspired me to think that if there was one great vintage pattern, there had to be others. After all, I grew up in the 1950s and 60s, a time referred to by some as “The Golden Era of the Western,” when the big screen and that new phenomenon, the television, showcased dozens of films and TV series with the Frontier West in mind spawning a huge array of Western-themed miscellany.

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I began to search on Ebay under names like “Western dinnerware” or “cowboy pottery”, and discovered a wide variety of plates, cups, bowls and serving ware that bore an enticing array of scenes from the Old West. These included the roundup, the chuck wagon, the home ranch, the cowboy, the mustang, the covered wagon and many more. Some were museum-quality, the original artwork so detailed. Once created for restaurants, diners and hotels, it took the invention of the backyard mobile barbecue grill to allow every suburban homeowner the privilege of cooking anywhere outside, a pastime once limited to the built-in brick barbecue built into many patios. What followed were Western-inspired grilling utensils, aprons and charming dinnerware sets romanticizing the idea of eating out under the stars, much like the cowboys of the Old West.

I turned my interest into building a significant collection of place settings spanning 75 years, an amazing display of brilliantly designed pieces. Along the way, I interviewed many producers, searching their archives, and even helped some of them respectfully say goodbye. They were thrilled to be included in my effort. I was lucky. I couldn’t have written the remarkable book that followed today, those voices sadly are gone. “Come and Get It-The Saga of Western Dinnerware” came out in 2012, a gorgeous, fully-illustrated coffee table book with over 300 images.

I didn’t realize it then, but that non-fiction work was one more step in the life of a writer committed to defining our national identity, in this case, as manifested through popular culture. It also helped pave the way for “Finding Home,” my first middle grade book where I focused on an important aspect of the West I love freedom, symbolized by our endangered wild horse herds that must be saved. Indeed, it appears everything I write is connected to the heritage of my home. The West is in my blood.

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Ginny McDonald is an award-winning, professional Colorado illustrator and a longtime advocate for wild horses. She is the adopter of an American Curly mare, and more recently, a second mustang named “Lil Bit”. Ginny’s skill in the use of Prismacolor pencils brings this story to life with rich detail and heartfelt emotion.

 

 

 

 

Denver native Corinne Joy Brown is a multi-published,

award-winning Colorado author, magazine editor and freelance writer

focused on the West .” Recent publications include “Young Rider”,

“Cowboys & Indians,” and “Working Ranch.” She’s also been a horse owner most of her life. Corinne is committed to teaching the next generation about the power of horses to teach and heal. “Finding Home” is her eighth book.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

 

Tour Schedule:

Aug 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 3 – Corinne Rodrigues | Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 4 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 4 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway

Aug 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 5 – My Journey Back – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 6 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review

Aug 7 –T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 7 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Aug 10 – Reading Authors Nework – book review / giveaway

Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 11 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review / giveaway

Aug 12 – Older & Smarter? – book review

Aug 12 – Read and Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 13 – A Mama’s Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 14 – Rosepoint Publishing – book review / giveaway

Aug 14 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 17 – authors.ace – book review

Aug 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Aug 19 – Krisha’s Cozy Corner – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 19 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Aug 20 – My Reading Journey – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 20 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway

Aug 21 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

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Six Years and a Quarter Way Through by Cassandre Brissot

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About the Book

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Book:  Six Years and a Quarter Way Through

Author: Cassandre Brissot

Genre:  Christian Romance, Coming of Age

Release Date: April 19, 2019

Book Blurb:

Six Years and a Quarter Way Through is a story about a young woman who’s lost her way. Like many of us, Leah believed that the vision supersedes the process until, at age twenty-six, she stops believing in the vision and the one who gave it to her. Leah has lost her faith, her job, her confidence, and maybe her mind. Utterly defeated and without hope that her dreams to become a star would come true, she meets Trenton Shaw, a rich, powerful, handsome, hot-shot producer who has spent the last six years of his life trying to find her. Leah is weary of Trenton initially, particularly since he is adamant about enlisting her for a new reality show that he is putting together called “Star Quality.” However, after reasoning that she has nothing left to lose, she consents. If she wins the show, she will receive a cash prize, an agent, and most importantly a part in a brand-new feature film; even if she loses, people would still know her name.

Trent and Leah quickly fall for each other, forming an intense and sometimes volatile relationship, which only gets more complicated after she moves into the house she’ll be sharing with her costars and meets Brice. Frightened awake from a nightmare, Leah stumbles into the living room, where she finds Brice looking as haunted as she feels; he confides in her about his dead fiancée, and she in him about her nightmares and anxiety attacks. Her nightmares recur, worsening with each night as the competition intensifies and her relationship with Trent deepens. Gradually it becomes apparent that Leah’s way of getting everything she’s ever wanted may have taken her on a road she should not have traveled.

At its core, this is a story about the journey we all must take: What do we believe? How strongly do we believe it? Will that belief be steadfast in the face of temptation? Although everyone’s story is different, you only either chose to do it God’s way or your own.

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About the  Author

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Cassandre Brissot is the author of debut novel, Six Years And A Quarter Way Through. She completed her bachelor of fine arts in Television and Radio production at the City University of New York Brooklyn College. She then went on to work as a TV production assistant until becoming a flight attendant in 2014, which is the same year she was crowned Miss Black New York USA. Nowadays, she can still be found on set but in front of the cameras, though mostly as an extra, thus far. When she’s not on a set, she’s writing for her blog. She also enjoys dance parties with her young nieces and karaoke, very much.

 

More from Cassandre

The best part of being young is the possibilities. In your minds eye you’re the next president, or celebrated surgeon, maybe a coveted fashion designer, you might even be Superman. As a child I dreamed fanciful dreams of stardom, celebrity, vast fortune, and a handsome prince to boot. I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could start living the fabulous life I knew would be mine. In spite of the hardships of my early years, I never doubted that my life would go according to plan, when it didn’t, it just about killed me.

I received my college diploma with a dangerous amount of pride. I was certain that after one of the best years of my life, which included interning at a prominent television network, success on the pageant circuit, and getting cast in and shooting a great pilot, that the world was my oyster. I had the talent, ambition, drive, and connections. Not to mention, I knew God. Why wouldn’t things work out for me?

Nearly two years passed before I was able to gain employment-as a sales associate, in a small boutique. No one would hire me let alone cast me in a project. The pilot I’d banked all my hopes on was never picked up. Each day that went by brought me to new lows. The successes of my friends and former classmates made the pain all the more acute. I was depressed, making terrible decisions in every area of my life, and loosing it. Thinking about my shattered hopes gave me an anxious feeling in the pit of my gut. Often that feeling turned into a full-blown anxiety attack. I was fledgling and inconsolable until The Holy Spirit spoke to me. What’s more important, He asked, the fame and the money or a relationship with Him?

It’s ironic, I called myself a Christian but I never consulted Christ about my life. I prayed for better but never did I ask God what His will was for me. I wanted what I wanted. I didn’t stop there. I wanted God to bless my endeavors regardless of whether it was His will for me or not because it was mine. Everything I’d done to that point answered the question loudly and clearly. I’d lived in yearning for things not Christ. It was heartbreaking coming to terms with that, however it was also the wake up call I needed. I finally understood I couldn’t serve two masters at the same time. I decided to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and the rest of the things would come in His divine time.

The Holy Spirit taught me a lot of things during that season of my life: who you are-your character-is more important to The Lord than where you’re trying to go. Sometimes God will allow you to falter for the sake of truly finding Him, and perhaps most prominently, that nothing matters more than a true relationship with Christ. Six Years And A Quarter Way Through, was born of those lessons and the desire to honor Christ as a witness to His redemptive power and love.

Leah Albanese is a young woman who chooses the things-including the boy who is offering them-over God, but she soon learns that even when you give up on God He doesn’t give up on you.

Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 1

Rebecca Tews, August 2

Splashes of Joy, August 3 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 4

Inklings and notions, August 5

Simple Harvest Reads, August 6 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, August 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Texas Book-aholic, August 8

A Baker’s Perspective, August 9 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 10

For Him and My Family, August 11

For the Love of Literature, August 12 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 13

Pause for Tales, August 14

 

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To celebrate her tour, Cassandre is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Six Years And A Quarter Way Through, 1 journal (My Story His Way: Journaling your journey to a closer walk with Him), and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

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Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy by Ruthy Ballard

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy by Ruthy Ballard
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 260 pages
Genre:  Fantasy and Magic
Publisher:  WhipSmart Books
Release date:   June 16, 2020 (ebook); October 1, 2020 (print)
Tour datesAugust 3 to August 14, 2020
Content Rating:  G.

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Book Description:

Frankie Russo doesn’t brood about the past or worry about the future. He lives in the present moment, frolicking in a world of make-believe that drives his high-achieving parents crazy. They have lofty ambitions for him, but Frankie has no interest. He prefers to flip helium burgers on Jupiter or rule a kingdom of mermen in the Caspian Sea, up inside his head, where all the fun is. Frankie’s parents nag him endlessly, worried he’ll come to nothing. But all that changes when he disappears through a mysterious crack in his bedroom ceiling and finds himself on a distant, two-mooned planet called Urth. Why was he drawn there? He doesn’t know, but as he embarks on a delightful, mind-blowing adventure, Frankie’s desperate parents think he’s been abducted, and an innocent man is arrested and charged with the crime! On the surface, Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy is a lighthearted science-rich adventure story that takes its middle grade readers on an entertaining romp to the other side of the galaxy. But the undercurrent is one of discovery and redemption, where a ten-year-old boy, through an unexpected journey, finds a way to escape his parent’s stifling shadow and emerge into a future of his own choosing.

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Author Ruthy Ballard

Meet the Author:

Ruthy Ballard is a children’s book author, artist, and scientist who lives in Sacramento, California. By day, she’s “Dr. Ruth Ballard,” a professor and forensic DNA expert. By night, she romps in an imaginative playground of colors and words. Ruthy is the author of Frankie and the Gift of Fantasy and Tales by Moons-Light: Stories from Before the Great Melt. She is currently working on the third book in her Tales by Moons-light series: Elvia and the Gift of Passion. Her entertaining stories lure middle grade readers into science, but her creative ventures don’t stop there. She’s also a folk artist whose colorful “cartoons” delight and inspire both children and adults. Ruthy is married to a musician and is the mother of two sons, three cats, and a Samoyed dog named Mush, all of whom appear in her work, in various guises, from time to time.

connect with author:  website  ~  facebook  ~  goodreads

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 3 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 – Book Paradise – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 5 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 7 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 7 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 7 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 10 – The Book View – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
Aug 12 – Sarah Says – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 13 – Haddie’s Haven – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 13 – Reading Authors Network – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 13 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 – Adventurous Bookworm – book spotlight / giveaway
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Inspired Artistry by Pamela Poole

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Book:  Inspired Artistry

Author: Pamela Poole

Genre:  Non-fiction,Devotional

Release Date: March 30, 2020

Spirit-filled creative expression is an outreach for Christians to be ambassadors of the Kingdom.

This insightful devotional explores how the imprint of our Creator on all mankind makes it natural for Christians to embrace their unique gifts. Through Scripture, true stories, prayer, and study questions, readers will explore how every person born has a meaningful gift to contribute joy and beauty in the world. Led by the Holy Spirit, believers can live higher than the corrupting influences that distort Christ’s intent for our personal Inspired Artistry.

The pages of Inspired Artistry contain delightful illustrations and pages for readers who journal to write their own “Inspired Musings.”

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This is a short Devotional, but it is packed with a lot of really good information. The author uses the world of art a lot in this book, but she makes it clear that it is any gift God gives you that you can find help and encouragement here in this book. To me, the main theme in this book is to find the gift that God has given me (us) and use it to his glory. We all have unique gift, and whether we know what our give it, or we are still trying to figure it out, God wants us all to use what He has given us.

The author has given us as readers lots if help in this area, as well as backed it up with a lot of scripture. I enjoyed each devotion and will be reading them again in the near future. Though they are speaking about the same things, they are also uniquely different. I encourage each of you reading this to check your own hearts and find your gift that our Lord has given you.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About the Author

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Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She and her husband Mark currently live in Raleigh, NC, but she’s hoping to get back home to the Lowcountry of SC someday.

If making her fictional stories public was a step of faith, writing her first devotional was a leap! Believing all Christians have a sphere of influence, she wanted to be certain that sharing her views was a process grounded in Scripture. Pamela believes nothing is wasted for a child of God. Using examples learned through challenging experiences, she reveals accounts of true events that only her family knew about before. Years of teaching art, teaching Bible Studies, leadership roles, membership in guilds and associations, mentoring, painting, exhibiting, and writing books has provided her with a wealth of hard-won lessons to share.

Pamela lives life loving Jesus and her family as a wife, mother, and Gigi, and she is blessed with true friends. She is a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and PaintNC. Readers and art enthusiasts alike can enjoy her Youtube channel for painting demos, art history lessons and projects, and peeks into an author’s life. Her blog can be found on her art and publishing websites. Her illustrations for FREE coloring pages are her contribution to a cause she cares about, the healing that happens through art, and they can be downloaded on her websites. To enjoy the latest content, sign up for her newsletters and follow Pamela Poole, Artist and Author and Southern Sky Publishing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

More from Pamela

“I don’t have a talented bone in my body.”
“I can’t even make stick people.”

“I’ve never taken art classes.”
As an artist, teacher, author, and craft lover, I’ve heard statements like these all my life. My favorite is when my art students came to the first class saying, “I can’t even draw a straight line!” Flashing them my most engaging smile, I would respond brightly, “Me, either! I always use a ruler.”
Every person on the planet has a special gift of creativity. It is the stamp of our Maker, in whose image we are made. From the opening verses of the Bible, creativity is the first attribute that God reveals about Himself to mankind.

Christians have talents, but they do not think of them as creativity or as having any value in their faith or outreach to the world. Inspired Creativity—Embracing the Creative Calling is my first devotional, written to encourage my sisters and brothers in Christ to discover and develop their unique gifts. I base the book on the authority of Scripture, and I use personal stories to apply the biblical principles to real situations.

Many people shy away from their talents because of the rejection and ridicule they could face from those whose tastes run differently. I understand this well and have the scars to prove it after decades of participating in professional organizations, art exhibitions, classes, art galleries, and the online book market. Readers can look at any author’s reviews and see they will range from mean and scathing to helpful and glowing. By publishing this devotional, I have set myself up for criticism by sharing what I’ve learned and how it all fits into a biblical Christian worldview. Knowing how vulnerable creative Christians feel, I point out in this book that if we are abiding in Christ and following His lead, our work is inspired as both a healing, spiritual growth activity for our souls and something He may call us to share. We must get past our dread and remember we work to please Jesus, not mankind. Since when did Christ’s enemy not attack those who talk about Him or reach out in His name?

When writing Inspired Artistry, I faced a few scary moments when relating experiences in my creative life that only my husband and son knew had happened. But nothing is wasted when believers walk with Christ, and I obeyed the tug on my heart and the spiritual certainty that I traveled those roads for such a time as this. It is my prayer that readers will discover and embrace their creative gifts for their role as ambassadors of the Kingdom to come!

Note to readers who color and journal: the print version of this devotional has coloring and journaling pages.

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Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 23

For Him and My Family, July 24

Texas Book-aholic, July 25

Bizwings Blog, July 26

Holly Jo Morris, July 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 27

Inklings and notions, July 28

Emily Yager, July 29

Godly Book Reviews, July 30

deb’s Book Review, July 31

Splashes of Joy, August 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 2

Captive Dreams Window, August 3

Mary Hake, August 3

Artistic Nobody, August 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

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Grand Finale for Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler


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you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope this book reminds readers that our pasts don’t have to define us. No matter how badly we’ve been hurt, no matter how long we’ve clung to false beliefs, we can choose to move forward and embrace love and light from this moment forward.

Among the Reads – Review

“While it would have been easy for the author to fall into the trap of giving easy answers and wiping away all the problems perfectly as they rode off into the sunset at the end, she didn’t. The resolution required compromise and while the conclusion was satisfactory, it did not end with everything perfect – making it more realistic and in my opinion, more enjoyable.

This sweet romance was just the right length and moved at just the right pace. . . . If you enjoy sweet romance, be sure to read Falling for the Innkeeper.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“I love this story. It has situations good and bad that we all have to deal with in this life. I love the Inn and their little town on the cape. . . . I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good love story.”

Labor Not in Vain – Review

“This is a heartwarming read, Jonathan and Laura are characters to cheer for throughout. I enjoyed the beautiful setting, and how well they worked together as their friendship grew. There’s a lot to love about this book, with strong themes of faith and family, great character growth and interaction, as well as an absolutely adorable little girl. You won’t want to miss it!”

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

Falling for the Innkeeper is an adorable story about finding love when you least expect it. It’s also about learning to compromise and give up what you thought you wanted for something even better. . . . I definitely think readers who enjoy inspirational love stories will be fans of Falling for the Innkeeper!”

I’m All About Books – Excerpt

Jonathan adjusted his tie and cuff links, the expensive ones he wore when he wanted to impress. Not that he expected a single mother to even notice his wardrobe. But it was like his battle armor. Look the part, play the part. Get. It. Done.

There were lights on inside the inn, which was a good sign. He left his suitcase in the car, took a deep breath, walked up the brick-lined path to the front door and knocked.

reviewingbooksplusmore – Review

“This book my first book by the Author. It will not be my last. The Author has such great descriptions, and I could visualize the scenes well. I love reading Love Inspired books. I recommend reading this book.”

JoJo’s Corner – Review

“This is such a sweet story! I am a big fan of inspy romance and this book has all the ingredients for a perfectly heartwarming story that will be at the top of your own favorite list.”

Britt Reads Fiction – Review

Falling for the Innkeeper was such a good story! Laura and Jonathan felt like real people making their way through life, carrying burdens from their childhood that colored the way they viewed themselves and others. . . their journey was a joy to read about.

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Jonathan had always had this idea that if he could just reach that brass ring, if he could just grab it and hold on, that would be the thing that would make everything in his life work the way it was supposed to, the thing that would make everything okay.

But would it? Would it really?

Making partner at the law firm wouldn’t magically fix his father’s illness. Making partner wouldn’t change the fact that he’d been a scared, bullied kid. Making partner wouldn’t mean that his father, who’d gone missing when Jonathan was just seventeen, would ever come home.

@wildflowerbookshelf – Review

“I really enjoyed this book! It honestly was like reading a Hallmark movie! 🥰 I enjoyed the sweetness of it all. I loved the charming town and characters. And the inspiring message throughout.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“As the pair does so, it is easy to fall in love with their story—and them as characters. I enjoyed getting to know Laura and Jonathan, their personalities and backstories, through Falling for the Innkeeper and seeing how they could move from enemies to something else. It is a delightful, fun story, and I now look forward to reading more from Meghann Whistler in the future.”

Tell Tale Book Reviews – Review

Falling For The Innkeeper is a sweet Love Inspired romance. It has a charming setting, great characters, especially the adorable Yankee Doodle singing Emma, and a storyline that manages to be both convicting and entertaining. Meghann Whistler skillfully gets her readers thinking introspectively while delivering a sweetly romantic escape. . .”

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

Jonathan tried to go back to his own work, but he couldn’t focus. “Your ex. He’s not very involved?”

“More like he’s not involved at all. He hasn’t even met Emma in person, you know.”

“What?” He felt something hot and fierce tear through him, outraged on her behalf. “How is that even possible?”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“As the story unfolds, so do these characters, and Ms. Whistler weaves together a beautiful story with a wonderful ending. I enjoy this.book for what it is, very sweet romance! And if you like a good clean Romance, this is one you need on your to read list! You won’t put it down until you finish the last page!”

Reading Excursions – Excerpt

She was fleet-footed, practically skipping from rock to rock. Jonathan followed, a little less certain of the path but determined not to fall behind. The boulders were damp and sandy, dried barnacles peppering the sides. She stopped and looked at him over her shoulder. “And Carberry Hotels is one of your clients?”

She was beautiful. She was so beautiful. And underneath the teasing, sometimes tough-girl demeanor, she was sweet, too. Everyone they’d run into during their excursion into town last night had loved her. He couldn’t understand why men weren’t lining up around the block to sweep her off her feet. If he had time for a girlfriend, he’d absolutely be the first person in line.

“Connor Carberry is my friend,” he said. “This deal is like a test case. If it goes through, the whole hotel chain could become a client.”

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – Review

“This book took my heart on so many twists and turns – but it was a wonderful ending. I am super excited to see more from this author. She has written amazing characters, a beautiful setting, and has crafted a flowing storyline.”

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Falling for the Innkeeper
By Meghann Whistler
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired

She’s the home he never expected to find.

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…
But what happens when romance checks in?

Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And working together as he helps with repairs only brings them closer. With his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

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Meghann Whistler writes sweet, clean contemporary Christian romance novels that WON’T make your grandmother blush. A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace. Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, she earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at http://www.meghannwhistler.com.

Photo by Sophie Jacobson

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Grand Finale for Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree by Simik Rao

Grand Finale for Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree

by Simik Rao


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Author Interview

What inspired you to write Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree?

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is a compilation of poems and short stories. The poems were written over several years. A friend recommended I publish them. Subsequently, I was advised that a book of poems is not necessarily palatable to a lot of people. Hence the idea of adding the short stories to reach more readers.

Britt Reads Fiction – Excerpt

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree

Gods recline and meditate
Yogis attain nirvana
Banias conduct business
Councils assemble and confer……

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Excerpt

Loneliness

Introducing Loneliness,
your constant companion
You lie if you say you don’t know me…

Beauty in the Binding – Excerpt

The Witching Hour
(Short Story)

I watched the dense thicket of clouds slide over the giant luminous cookie in the sky. A pitch-black darkness descended over the neighborhood, and there was not a single streetlamp to mar it. It appeared that All Saints Eve was going to live up to its reputation after all. I glanced at my companion. I could tell she was thinking the same…

Jorie Loves A Story – Excerpt

A Cup of Tea

A cup of tea
is a fuzzy, warm morning
flicking aside the blanket of night…

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

A Cup of Chai
(A Short Story)

Roma admired the okra. Long, slender green pods neatly arranged in parallel rows in the opened crate. They were fresh, therefore presumably good, yet she went through the process of selecting them individually. She bent their tips, applying slight pressure with her fingers and chose the ones that broke with a sharp snap…

Splashes of Joy – Excerpt

Mundane

We run around everyday
busying ourselves in a mundane routine
Getting the kids off to school
soccer practice, summer camp…

Remembrancy – Excerpt

Unbelievable

I am
Abnormal
Unconventional
Abominable
Unafraid…

Reading Is My SuperPower – Excerpt

The Witching Hour
(A Short Story)

Suddenly, the wind came rushing by our feet. It gathered up the leaves and they danced and twirled in the middle of the street…

Hallie Reads – Excerpt

Jaded

Being me
Happy in my own skin
No hang ups,
or stress of fitting in…

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Windows

Clean, plain, open, closed, bright,
light, shaded, paned, shuttered, blinded, boarded,
rusty, dirty, smoky windows.
broken, shattered, run down windows…

An Indie Adventure – Excerpt

The Ritual
(A Short Story)

It happened at one of the five-star hotels, Marriott I think, the fancy one in Juhu. Thank heavens it wasn’t at his home…

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Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree:
Poems, Rants, and Short Stories
By Simi K. Rao
Poetry, Short Stories
Paperback & ebook, 144 Pages
November 22, 2019

Life is not about achieving perfection, it’s about reconciling with your imperfections.

Poems are fragments of life. In Simi K. Rao’s unique poetry collection for women, there are blissful moments; deep, invisible wounds; cries for help; declarations of defiance and philosophical observations. The poems and prose pieces compiling the collection are fragments of life elucidating the different phases of the human condition. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree will leave readers wanting for more and have a deep impact on women of all ages.

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About the Author

Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her work and experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles, and familial relationships. Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian American women face in real life. She is a practicing physician, and much of her down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction and poetry, and photography. She is also an avid reader and traveler and has visited many locations around the world. She has written four novels. Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is her first collection of poems and short stories. She is currently working on a new novel. She lives in Denver with her family. To learn more about Simi or her books, visit SimiKRao.com or find her on Facebook.

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The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch

The Gentleman Spy

by Erica Vetsch

He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for lifeWhen his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I was excited to read and review The Gentleman Spy! I love the first book in the Serendipity & Secrets series. I do feel that book one, The Lost Lieutenant should be read before you read this one. Even though the main characters are different and the plot is different, you will get the full impact of the story so much more reading them in order. That said, let’s get on with the review! 

I haven’t read anything from the author before reading this series, and I will say, I will surely be looking for more books from Erica Vetsch in the future. I love stories with a Regency setting, and this one is Fabulous! I enjoyed getting to know Marcus in the first book, and Charlotte was a delight getting to know. I love her spunk! And I even like her attitude toward her Father, despite how a high society lady is suppose to act! As Charlotte’s character developed throughout the story, my respect for her grew even more. Marcus is a nice guy but her really gets on my nerves about how he treats Charlotte. It seemed she was getting the treatment every way she turned. Ms. Vetsch has her work cut out for her trying to tackle these men, and a spunky young lady with a mind of her own. And this is not all that’s going on in this story. Many twists and turns take this story in several directions. And I love the way this author weaves all of these issues together and creates an amazing ending. And I have to mention the way she shows the faith of these characters in such a subtle way, that everyone will find it more enjoyable and entertaining to read. If you are a Regency type person as I am, you will love this story. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it for yourself.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her

books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook

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(@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Love’s Mountain Quest by: Misty M Beller

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About the Book

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Book:  Love’s Mountain Quest

Author: Misty M Beller

Genre:  Historical romance

Release Date: June 30, 2020

After losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing–and the sheriff dead–she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping and murder, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow just when I think author Misty M Beller has written her best book, she comes up with one even better. Joanna Watson lost her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness this book is set in. The wilderness is a very hard life, especially for a widow and her small son. And when her son and babysitter went missing, Joanna will do anything in her power to get them back.

As I read this book, I thought of how people in today’s world would go crazy because of the time it take to do anything in this wilderness. It doesn’t take minutes or hours, or takes days and weeks. You would really need to trust the Lord and put all of your faith in Him. This is the only way I would have made it through what Joanna went through. And I am so glad she had Issac to help her because he knows these mountains. Issac and Joanna together is so sweet. They just have to get together after all of this. I thoroughly enjoyed another journey through this wilderness country. Different characters and different settings, but the same country land, rocks and mountains. I’m not going to keep going on this because I won’t spoil it for anyone.

If you enjoy the Rocky Mountain territory back in the 1800’s you might want to try some books like this or more from Misty M Beller. They are well worth your time. I love them and I am so thankful to Celebrate Lit for introducing me to Misty several years ago.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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About the Author

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After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.

More from Misty

The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!

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Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.

Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.

Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

Blog Stops

Splashes of Joy, July 30

deb’s Book Review, July 30

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, July 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 31

Connect in Fiction, July 31

lakesidelivingsite, July 31

Emily Yager, August 1

Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 1

Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Inklings and notions, August 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 2

She Lives To Read, August 3

Genesis 5020, August 3

For Him and My Family, August 3

Texas Book-aholic, August 4

Read Review Rejoice, August 4

April Hayman, Author, August 4

Betti Mace, August 5

Blossoms and Blessings, August 5

Life of Literature, August 5

For the Love of Literature, August 6

Adventures of A Travelers Wife, August 6

Daysong Reflections, August 7

Labor Not in Vain, August 7

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 7

Older & Smarter?, August 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 8

Mary Hake, August 8

Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Pause for Tales, August 9

Just Your Average reviews, August 9

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 10

Blessed & Bookish, August 10

Hallie Reads, August 10

Wishful Endings, August 11

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 11

Lighthouse Academy, August 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Artistic Nobody, August 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Bizwings Blog, August 12

To Everything There Is A Season, August 12

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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!

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