Giveaway & Tour Blind the Eyes by K.A. Wiggins

 

Join Us for This Tour from  November 26 to December 17!

 

 

Book Details:

  1. Book Title Blind the Eyes: A Dystopian-Gothic YA Urban Fantasy by K.A. Wiggins

Category YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages

GenreUrban fantasy, crossover to dystopian, paranormal, contemporary fantasy, gothic and post-apocalyptic.

Publisher:  K.A. Wiggins (Imprint: Snowmelt & Stumps)

Release Date: June, 2018

Tour dates: November 26 to December 17

Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. No

 on-page sex, low romance, minimal bad language, underage drinking, 

significant fantasy violence, scenes containing emotional manipulation, 

depression, and (light/brief) physical abuse.

 

Book Description:

​A haunted teen outcast and her snarky ghostly best-frenemy outwit enforcers, monsters, and the scars of the past in a race to take expose a deadly conspiracy and escape a bloody end. A lush, award-winning debut to a captivatingly eerie YA Urban Fantasy trilogy. Discover a labyrinthine, post-climate-collapse dystopian Vancouver overrun by monsters and magic in this intricate and startlingly original journey of discovery, restoration, and revenge.

It’s hard not to be a little obsessed with survival when your only “friend” is an unruly ghost and the wrong thought could get your soul devoured by eldritch horrors. Haunted 17-year-old outcast Cole wants nothing more than to hide her forbidden fascination with the monster-taken and blend in with the (dreary) scenery. Her plans for a peaceful life take a turn for the deadly when a mesmerizing stranger and his dangerously tempting offer drive her into the middle of a grisly conspiracy.

But Cole hasn’t yet uncovered the biggest secret of all, and it might just have something to do with the mysterious threads tugging her into horrifying visions—not to mention the shimmering boy at their dark heart. Uncovering the truth will cost her dearly as she fends off scheming enforcers, dreamjacking ghosts & soul-sucking nightmares in a desperate quest for survival and retribution. Can she escape the scars of her past and expose the lies before she’s the next to die?

Blind the Eyes is the first book in a lush and labyrinthine trilogy of paranormal-meets-gothic-dystopian YA Urban Fantasy filled with glittering underworlds, delicious-and-deceptive strangers, and facing down the voices in your head. This slow-burn fantasy with an edge leads readers on a captivatingly unexpected journey of self-discovery, reclaimed identity, and conflicted sisterhood for those who like a little sparkle with their monsters (it glistens so nicely on all the blood.) Fans of post-climate-collapse dystopias, monsters-and-magic, and genre-bending dark fantasy will love this award-winning series starter in a complete and 100% binge-ready trilogy.

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I know Lauren is doing a great job coordinating everything you need, but should you need/want additional graphics, feel free to draw from this collection on Google Drive.

 

And here’s a pretty comprehensive list of links if you need them!

Website: https://kawiggins.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/K-A-Wiggins/e/B072N62MXK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kaiespace

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/k-a-wiggins

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiespace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kaiespace

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/kaiespace 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kaie.space

Author Newsletter (free short reads!): https://mailchi.mp/7852e61cb116/ka-wiggins-ya-dystopian-dark-fantasy-newsletter

 

I’ll do my best to keep an eye out and boost signal, but feel free to tag me on any of those platforms or email me directly (kaiewrites@gmail.com) if you prefer. I’ll add a permanent link to your blog post in the Interviews & Features section of my about page, and may also feature it in my newsletters, blogs, and/or social, as well as sharing, retweeting, or story-reposting your posts on social.

 

Thanks again! 🙂

 

 

Horror and Faith-Guest Post from the Author

 

I grew up reading a LOT of Christian fiction (thank church libraries and a fairly religious community), including some fantastic works of dark fiction—Ted Dekker and James Byron Huggins come to mind. So perhaps it’s not that surprising that when I started telling my own stories, some of those early influences seeped through.

 

That said, I grew up in a family where we didn’t celebrate Halloween (isn’t that basically a Satanic holiday??) and there was much concern over Harry Potter’s rise in popularity (won’t that get kids into witchcraft??) Like many imaginative children (and adults), I had a low tolerance for horror or scary content in stories. I couldn’t shrug off the spooky or nightmarish imagery and ideas easily, and the Christian faith doesn’t necessarily preclude the existence of dark forces, some of which might be hiding under my bed . . .

 

All of that to say, it came as something of a shock to me that my stories are full of monsters and magic, and I’ve been doing some work as a creator, a reader, and a teacher to try to unpack that. What’s the point of horror (as a genre or as an element in a different genre)? Does it have value? Why do people even like scary stories? And, as a Christian, is it even okay to write horror—especially if it’s not religious horror?

 

Here are a few things I’ve come up with:

 

  • Scary stories give readers (/viewers) a space to ask questions and explore fear. While there’s definitely a place for “comfort reads,” reality is rarely quite so cozy, and people need to try out and test ideas, and more importantly, face down fears. Sometimes it’s very healthy to be a little uncomfortable.

     

  • Horror is great for creators. Seriously, the next time you’re afraid of something, anxious, or sad, try creating a story around it. When you create the story, nothing can hurt you. You’re in charge. You can make it stop or take it in a different direction at any time.

     

  • Horror doesn’t (need to) hurt anyone. There’s a place for just purely enjoying something without needing to feel bad about it, and if you’re a fan of spooky media (or fantasy, or romance, for that matter), that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Go forth and enjoy!

In some genres it might take a little more digging and filtering to find stories that suit you, and I’ll be the first to admit that there can be very horrifying content in horror (as with fantasy, romance, thrillers, really pretty much any genre). But while I’m comfortable with fairly high levels of fantasy violence, I don’t use much (if any) bad language or include sex on the page as a matter of personal preference, comfort, and belief.

 

While I don’t write specifically for the Christian market, nor do I explicitly discuss or craft plot points around matters of faith in my work, I think it’s impossible to entirely separate my experiences, beliefs, worldview, and creativity. They show up in the topics and themes I’m interested in, the questions that my characters ask, the things they struggle with—that might be a little different than the way other authors would conceive of them—the monsters they face down, and the way they resolve their problems. And I’m excited to see more writers and artists of faith share their creativity outside of the boundaries and limitations of parable or faith-journey stories, transforming their genres from within.

 

If you’re interested in how an author of faith brings a gothic sensibility to fantasy fiction and explores death, identity, and responsibility on the page, join me at kawiggins.com (and join the newsletter for free short fiction!) or on social @kaiespace.

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

K.A. Wiggins (Kaie) writes award-winning speculative fiction for young people and adults that explores the tangled webs of society, environment, and identity through intricate, dreamlike tales of monsters and magic.

Her debut novel was a Page Turner Awards 2020 Book Spotlight Prize winner and a Barnes & Noble Press “20 Favorite Indie Books of 2018,” kicking off a celebrated and recently completed YA Urban Fantasy trilogy set in a gothic-dystopian post-climate-collapse Vancouver. Her short fiction has appeared in small press anthologies, genre magazines, and in translation for international audiences.

She’s also the President of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia society, co-founder of marketing and business services consultancy The Creative Collective, and a creative writing coach with the Creative Writing for Children society, and was recognized in the 2021 Arty Awards, taking first place in Literary Arts category.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – GivernyReads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – booking.with.janelle – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 2 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 3 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Dec 6 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 8 – The Bookshelf Scout – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 10 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 13 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Dec 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 14 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Dec 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Dec 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Dec 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 17 – Girl with Pen – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

BLIND THE EYE by KA Wiggins Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Christmas Comes to Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

CHECK OUT CHARLOTTE HUBBARD’S NEW CHRISTMAS BOOK FOR A FABULOUS READ FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

BLURB:

Founded by five unmarried and enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace in small-town Missouri is preparing for a joyous Christmas season. But will the holiday also bring unexpected tidings of love?

Twin sisters Molly and Marietta Helfing are eagerly anticipating Christmas, with Marietta fully recovered from cancer and their noodle making business thriving. But Molly clearly misses having former tenant Pete Shetler and his rambunctious dog, Riley, around. Marietta can’t ignore Molly’s feelings for Pete—or the anxiety it stirs within her. Convinced her illness has made her unmarriageable, Marietta wonders what kind of life she’ll have if her sister marries—despite Molly’s promise never to leave her behind. . .

Then a fire destroys the home of Amish neighbors and Molly and Marietta graciously make room for widower Glenn Detweiler, his dat, and his two young boys. When Pete returns to help the family rebuild, Molly relishes her reunion with the handsome carpenter, while Marietta delights in mothering Glenn’s boys—and is surprised by her poignant bond with their quiet, brooding father. Soon everyone is wondering if this season will bring the blessing of a merry double wedding to Morning Star . . .

Excerpt One:

When she glanced at her sister, who was placing a strip of noodle dough into the roller, Marietta noticed a rare frown on Molly’s face. “Penny for your thoughts, sister.”     Molly shrugged. “Sure is quiet without Riley and Pete around.” Marietta’s eyes widened at her sister’s wistful remark. For several months, Pete Shetler and his golden retriever, Riley, had rented one of their two dawdi hauses. Pete had done some much-needed maintenance around their farm—while his active young dog had mostly dug up Mamm’s flower beds, chewed the belts on their noodle making equipment, and found other trouble to get into. Pete had moved into his uncle’s house, however. Although Mar0ietta appreciated the return to a quieter routine without their renter, she sensed Molly had secretly adored the muscular blond carpenter and his rambunctious dog. “Maybe you should pay Pete a visit,” she suggested. “I bet he’d be tickled if you took over a pan of noodle pudding—” “Why would I do that?” Molly blurted. “It’s not as though anything would come of a relationship—even if Pete took the hint and asked me out.” “Why not?” Marietta paused, hoping to express her concerns carefully. “Just because I’ll never marry doesn’t mean you should forfeit a potential romance. Sure, Pete’s clueless most of the time but he seems trainable. And he’s awfully cute.” “Let’s not forget that Pete refuses to join the Amish church, so a romance would be pointless—even if he knew the meaning of the word,” Molly shot back. “Truth be told, I like Riley better than Pete, anyway. I intend to remain here on the farm with you, sister, like we’ve always agreed upon. We’re turning thirty-five next month, so why would I want to change my life—and my attitude—to accommodate a husband?”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I am so excited to visit Morning Star and all of my favorite characters. There is romance in the air for some of the residents of Morning Star this time making this a fun and enjoyable book to read during the Christmas holiday season. The Morning Star marketplace is getting ready for Christmas with all of the booths filled with Christmas products everyone has made. But when a fire takes the home of one of their own. Their attitudes change and the community comes together to help. Widower Glenn Detweiler, having his share if hard times with loosing his wife and his mom, the Helfing sisters opened their home to Glen, his dad and two young boys and Marietta graciously takes over the care of Glenn’s two children. In the meantime, Pete is back with Riley as Pete helps build Glenn’s new house and Molly is more than happy to see them both again.

I love this series set in Morning Star, a small-town in Missouri. Author Charlotte Hubbard creates the most loveable and realistic characters for this series, I now think of them as my friends. I love that this book is chucked full of happenings in this small town. With the fire, and the community working to build Glenn’s new home, and the Marketplace going strong, there is so much happening, I couldn’t put the book down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Can’t wait to read it. Christmas Comes to Morning Star is Five Stars for me. If you enjoy a good Christmas read, or a sweet Amish read, or both, you are in for a treat with 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.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

www.charlottehubbard.com

Facebook — www.Facebook.com/Charlotte.Hubbard1

Zebra Books •• ISBN-13: 9781420151831 •• ISBN-10: 1420151835

Print: •• Amazon •• Amazon UK •• Amazon Canada •• Barnes & Noble •• Books-A-Million •• Chapters Indigo •• IndieBound ••Kensington •• Target •• The Book Depository ••Walmart ••

Ebook: • Kindle •• Kobo •• Google Play

Epic Book Launch for Silencing the Siren by Denise L. Barela

Silencing the Siren Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: Silencing the Siren

Author: Denise L. Barela

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale

Release date: January 4, 2022

Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.

The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?

Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!

Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.

Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.

BOOK EXCERPT

Silencing the Siren Excerpt SixBut Andrew loved being around people. While the lingering superiority existed within him, he couldn’t find it within himself to be rude to the lower classes like his parents could. His friends as acted the same as well. Trying to fit in at those moments were painful for Andrew. He’d wanted nothing more than to help up the man his friends knocked over and ensure he wasn’t injured. But that would mean immediate ridicule, and the information would no doubt be passed along to his parents. That was the last thing he needed right now. A small smile overtook his features as he watched a mother fixing her daughter’s dress and telling her how much fun they were going to have. Andrew hoped he could say the same for himself. His mother would never have brought him on something like this as a child; unless the price point meant the lower classes couldn’t afford to ride. Then she’d be fine to ride. He resisted the desire to roll his eyes. Mother missed out on so much with her prejudices. Even at a young age, her presence in his life was as minimal as she could get away with.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Barela’s passion for fiction, her faith, and general creativity define her life. In all things, she strives to glorify God, though especially in and through her writing. She has spent the past six years working for a publicity company and five years working as the head editor for a publishing company. With an MFA in Creative Writing and a Professional Writing certificate, Denise enjoys using her education and work experiences to help authors achieve their own writing dreams. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…

Giveaway & Tour Hooper Safe Haven by Rachel Skatvold

Hooper Safe Haven

About the Book

Book: Hooper Safe Haven

Author: Rachel Skatvold

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 26, 2021

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Harbors should be safe havens, but what if you’re harboring secrets?

When Alicia Roberts accepts a job with mobile veterinarian, Kendall Mulligan, she hopes the Independence Islands will give her a safe place to start over. And as much as she appreciates the Mulligan girls’ offer to stay with them while she gets settled, Alicia knows she needs her own place. ASAP.

Hooper Ear Cove Apartments on Hooper Island offers a beautiful ocean view as well as one of the landlord’s hunky son—all at an affordable price. Just what she needs to start a new life. Isn’t it?

When life knocked Jace Young in the head with a literal curveball that ruined his major league chances, he was forced to return to Hooper Island and a job as the maintenance guy at his father’s apartment complex. On the side, he leads the contemporary song service at church as his heart heals.

When Alicia moves to Hooper Island, Jace is drawn in by her sweet personality. However, something hides deep beneath the surface, and Alicia resists any discussion of God. What will it take to convince her to anchor her heart to God and to confide the secrets she harbors?

Hooper Safe Haven continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Hooper Safe Haven is another story in the The Independence Islands Series. I have so much enjoyed each book in this series. Alicia Roberts is on Hooper Island to work with Kendall Mulligan in her mobile veterinarian clinic. Jace Young is back on the island, not really having a choice, and is working for his dad at the apartments he owns. Where Alicia finds an apartment for rent.

I love this story. I love following Jace and Alicia and enjoyed them being together, but they wasn’t exactly sure about a relationship. The characters in this story are all so well created and following each of them to the end of the story is a lot if fun. There are a few twists that kept me reading. I enjoyed the trip back to the mobile animal clinic as well. Being on the island near the beach all of the time, What’s not to like about this story. I encourage you to check this one out, as well as the other books in this series, I’m sure you will fall in love with them all, just as I did. I’m giving this one Five Stars.

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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Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming, Brides of Pelican Rapids and Independence Island Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.

Read an Excerpt

Alicia Roberts leaned against the railing, watching the seagulls hovering above the ferry as it prepared to dock at the Merriweather slip. They were always waiting for something—tiny fish in the surf or tiny scraps the passengers left behind. In a way, she knew how they felt. Until now, she’d been waiting, too—although it was for something entirely different. She closed her eyes, enjoying the feeling of the wind whipping through her long brown hair. In deciding to work on the Independence Islands, had she finally found what she was waiting for? A new purpose? There was no turning back now. After graduating and moving out of her college dorm she had nowhere else to go.

The sound of the apron dropping to allow the cars and people off the ferry drew Alicia out of her ponderings. She approached her blue compact car, packed to the gills with all the belongings she owned and slipped into the driver’s seat as quickly as possible to avoid holding up the other passengers parked behind her. Within a few minutes, she drove up Captains Walk, spying a large RV parked in one of the lots. Kendall Mulligan greeted her the moment she parked and stepped out.

“Welcome back!” her auburn-haired friend exclaimed, pulling her into a tight embrace. “I’m so glad you decided to take the job.”

Alicia pulled back and offered a shy smile. “Me too. How could I turn down such a great opportunity right out of vet school?”

Kendall took her hand, pulling her along. “Here, come inside. There are breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee from Granny’s inside. If we hurry, we’ll have a few minutes to enjoy them before patients start arriving.”

Her stomach rumbled as she followed Kendall up the steps to the mobile clinic. “That sounds wonderful. I forgot to eat this morning.”

“Now you sound like Carly. I always have to remind her to eat breakfast. She calls me a nag, but she’s hypoglycemic, so if I don’t keep on her, she can’t function very well in the morning.”

Alicia chuckled. “No one usually has to remind me. I can’t function without a bowl of oatmeal or some kind of protein first thing in the morning. I think my routine is just off with this new job and all, but I’ll adjust soon enough.” She paused, remembering something. “Speaking of Carly, I heard about her engagement to that billionaire. When’s the big day?”

Kendall shook her head with a slight roll of her blue eyes. “Next month, believe it or not.”

“Well, that was quick!”

“Yeah, tell me about it.” Her redheaded friend shrugged with a sigh. “I suppose when money is no object, a wedding can be whipped up pretty quickly, though. I never thought my little sister would get married before me. She’s always been so opposed to that kind of thing, but I guess when you meet the right one, why wait? I’m happy for them.”

“Me too. So, is that why she’s gone today? Wedding planning stuff?”

“Yeah, it’s going to be pretty crazy around here for the next month. She’ll be in and out of here a lot, but after the wedding she’s going to launch her new mobile art business with Luc. That’s why I’m so glad you could come and work with us.”

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 12

Texas Book-aholic, November 12

Inklings and notions, November 13

lakesidelivingsite, November 14

She Lives To Read, November 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 15

Connect in Fiction, November 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 16

Blossoms and Blessings, November 16

Aryn the Libraryan, November 17

Daysong Reflections, November 17

For Him and My Family, November 18

Blogging With Carol, November 18

deb’s Book Review, November 19

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 19 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, November 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 23

Kayem Reads, November 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 24

Splashes of Joy, November 24

Simple Harvest Reads, November 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/133ba/hooper-safe-haven-celebration-tour-giveaway

Giveaway & Tour Bruce the Spruce by A. A. Cristi

SPRUCE THE BRUCE by A.A. Cristi
SPRUCE THE BRUCE: A New York City Fairytale about the true meaning of Christmas Trees by A.A. Cristi

Join Us for This Tour from November 22 to December 10


Book Details:

Book Title:  Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 56 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   November 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.

Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn’t just wear a star at Christmas, he IS the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, it sends Bruce on a holiday adventure through New York City.

From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a revelatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love Christmas books for children and Bruce the Spruce is such a sweet adorable book about a Christmas tree who has served his family for many years. Until this year when the family bought a brand new tree and threw Bruce to the curb. Sad and lonely, someone picked him up for their party but it wasn’t what Bruce expected. Would he ever find a happy family again?

Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi is a book your children will love to read during the. Christmas holidays. It is festive, the story will brighten up their day. And the illustrations by Pablo Andreeta are so very adorable. I love the Christmas tree and the different faces. The entire book inside and out is so bright and vivid with its blues along with the colors of Christmas. I have read this story several times just to see the illustrations and how the words and pictures fit so perfectly together. I think this book would be a very good addition to your child’s library along with elementary school libraries and all daycare’s.

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.

Pre-Order the Book:
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Amazon ~  Barnes and Noble

Author A.A. Cristi

Meet the Author:

A.A. Cristi was born and raised in the world capital of Christmas trees and musicals – New York City. By no small miracle, she has managed to make a living writing about both topics. When she is not dreaming up fantastic adventures for inanimate objects, she is covering the Broadway industry as a journalist and editor at BroadwayWorld.com. Though writing is her calling, her true passion is playing mother to a neurotic wiener dog named Jack and Aunt Rah Rah to two truly remarkable kids.

Connect with the Author: 

 Author’s Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram


Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 24 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 –A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Kam’s Place – book review
Dec 1 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 6 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 –
 Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 8 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review
Dec 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Giveaway & Tour Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman

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Join Us for This Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th

Book Details:

Book Title:  Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre:  Chldren’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Publishing
Release date:   October 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for all ages.

Book Description:
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Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What a special book to read to your children. Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman. This author does a fantastic job of teaching children valuable lessons in this book. Michael is at a new school, and while this is difficult enough, he also wants to play football. The only thing with playing football he would need to be a bully just like the other players are. And soon this get to be a problem because Michael notices changes in himself he doesn’t like.

Bullying has had is ugly effect on our extended family. One of my cousins 12 year old granddaughters took her life several years ago mainly because of bullying. I love to promote any book such as this that let’s kids know what happens when you treat others badly.

I think Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman should be in every school classroom and in libraries so kids of all ages have an opportunity to check it out. And I love the illustrations Amelina Jones so beautiful created to fit the pages of this book so beautifully. The colors, characters are so adorable. The book cover is sure to draw children to the bookshelves. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book for your child’s library.

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 from author. Get to know Arlene Freeman a little bit better.

How It All Began

I always wanted to write a children’s book about a character my father created called Ruffy Butchbang. It was such a catchy name for a bully and what an important topic to write about today! I also wanted to incorporate my family into my story by using their names. Michael, Max, and Quinn are my grandchildren. Ted and Eric are my sons, and Todd is like my stepson.  Nicole and Axi are my daughters-in-law. Cooper was my beloved beagle and Jerry, the bully, is my significant other.  It worked out well.

Once my story was complete, I needed a publisher and illustrator. At first. I wanted my friend’s teenage granddaughter to be the illustrator because she was such an artist. I thought it would be a wonderful start toward a possible career, but it didn’t work out. I still needed a publisher.  As fate would have it, one of my friends told me that her daughter wrote children’s books. I contacted her publisher, and so my journey began.

I had no idea what was to come, but I was ready for it. I chose an illustrator from the samples that were went to me.   worked with the editor to fine-tune my story and create a layout. I felt like I was back in high school doing a term paper.  When I was ready to put my seal of approval on it, I stopped short. My story had football in it, but I didn’t see a football anywhere.  I only saw soccer balls. What I didn’t know was that my illustrator was from the United Kingdom and her football was soccer. I wanted American football and so it was changed. Finally, it was ready to print.

I never told my family what I had done until I presented them with the book. They were so excited that they were all part of it too.  Who knows where this will go?  It depends on my readers.  It is a hot topic and it does send a message.  It was truly an adventure for me and I loved it.  

Meet the Author:

Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement. Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker. She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren. Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.

Connect with the Author: 

 Twitter Facebook ~ Instagram


Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 –Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 23 –
Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 –Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 –A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 –Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 –Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1– icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 –She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 –
Kam’s Place – book review
Dec 3 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Dec 6 –I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 –Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 –Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 –@twilight_reader – book review
Dec 9 –The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 10 –The Page Ladies – book review

Giveaway & Tour Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats by Derek Fisher


Join Us for This Tour:  
November 22nd to December 10th


Book Details:

Book Title:  Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats by Derek Fisher
Category:  Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 86 pages
Genre:  Middle School Fiction
Publisher:  Securely Built
Release date:   July 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback USA, e-book PDF format
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.


Book Description:

Halloween is here, and it is Alicia’s favorite time of year. What’s not to like about dressing up in a costume and getting free candy? But there is something even more exciting happening this year. For the first time, Alicia and her friends are throwing a virtual party in TullyTown!

Putting together a party in TullyTown isn’t easy, and Alicia and her friends want to do the best they can to make sure it is enjoyed by plenty of avatars in TullyTown. For one of Alicia’s friends, getting ready to throw a TullyTown party leads to looking for easy treats. But what if it’s a trick?

Alicia has been using her tablet for a while and is getting more used to how to use the technology. However, there is always something new for her and her friends to learn.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

We hear from Alicia again in this sweet book, Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats by Derek Fisher. This time Alicia and friends are talking about the party they will have in TullyTown, after all Alicia is getting use to her tablet. But what happens if trouble shows up. The internet can be risky. Alicia and her friends, Megan, Ben and Cathy enjoy a game TullyTown and try to earn TullyBux to buy things with. But their game was stolen because they forgot to me careful and secure their site, they lost everything. I love that this chapter book teaches children the dangers of the internet. There is so much good stuff on the internet we sometimes forget the bad people out there. I love books such as this one telling of valuable lessons, and this one is about being safe and careful when using the internet. If you have children, this book is a must for you. I would also love to see this one in every elementary school and every daycare.

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.


Buy the Book:
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Barnes & Noble ~ Indie Bound






Meet the Author:

Fisher is an award-winning author who has spent decades in the computer engineering field, with the last 10 years in cybersecurity as a leader, speaker, and instructor. His passion has been to take complex security topics and make them simple and easy to understand. He holds several security certifications and teaches cybersecurity at Temple University, where he is also an external advisory board member to the cybersecurity program. Alicia Connected: Tricked With Treats is the first book in the Alicia Connected series. The first book, Alicia Connected: The Big Gift, was a second-place recipient of the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Award in the STEM category.


Connect with the Author:  Author’s Website ~ Facebook ~ InstagramTour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 –@twilight_reader – book review
Dec 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 2 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Kam’s Place – book review
Dec 6 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway & Tour Yukon Justice by Dana Mentink

Yukon Justice

About the Book

Book: Yukon Justice

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 26, 2021

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Sabotage on a family ranch…

Newfoundland Ella and her Alaska State Trooper partner is on the case.

When her estranged uncle attempts to sabotage her family’s reindeer ranch, K-9 team assistant Katie Kapowski heads home to help save it—and becomes his target. With their rocky past, Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford and his furry partner are the last team Katie wants assigned to protect her. But with the ranch under siege, they must work together…or risk falling victim to a killer.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I always enjoy a good romantic suspense and I can always expect a great read when thr book is written by Dana Mentink. Yukon Justice is set in beautiful Alaska on a reindeer farm, no doubt with the disappearance of two of their reindeer. Katie and her aunt are in danger and need to act fast in order to survive. Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford is on this case along with his K-9 partner Ella. Oh, how much I love Ella! She is my favorite character by far.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I always love books set in Alaska, I think because I love snow and there’s more than an abundance of it in Alaska books. Dana Mentink does another wonderful job writing Yukon Justice. With amazing characters who play their parts well throughout the story, this fast pace read with have you on the edge of your seat through the entire book. This Love Inspired book may be little, but it is chunked full of action that you don’t want to miss. There is a lot going on in this story that will keep your attention and entertain you for several hours. I highly recommend Yukon Justice to anyone loving a good suspense with romance woven through.

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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly  and Amazon bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

Up on the housetop, click, click, click, down through the chimney with good St. Nick. Does anyone know that line from the famous Christmas song? I’ve been singing it for years but only recently did I learn that the clicking is a real reindeer phenomenon. Those reindeer ankle joints make a clicking sound so they can find the rest of their herd if they are separated in a blizzard. It’s just one of the many things I learned about reindeer while researching to write Yukon Justice. In the novel, Katy has to take over running her aunt’s reindeer ranch and protect it from threats by a dangerous intruder. I had the pleasure of “Zoom” interviewing the owner of the Running Reindeer Ranch in Fairbanks, Alaska! Jane helped me learn all kinds of interesting things about reindeer. How much do you know about these critters? Take my quick three question trivia quiz to test your knowledge!

  1. What’s the difference between caribou and reindeer? They are the same animal but caribou are the wild variety and the domesticated version are called reindeer.
  1. Do males or females grow antlers? Both! Reindeer are a type of deer and the only species where the female grows antlers as well as the males.
  1. How come kids put out carrots for Santa’s reindeer? Good question! Carrots are not, in fact, part of a natural healthy reindeer diet. The animals don’t even have front teeth! A much better treat would be willow or birch leaves, or their favorite food…lichen, which they find by scraping the snow away from the ground with their hooves.

So how did you do? If you want to know more about these amazing creatures, snag yourself a copy of Yukon Justice!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 6

lakesidelivingsite, November 6

Texas Book-aholic, November 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 7

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 7

Gina Holder, November 7 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, November 8

Daysong Reflections, November 8

Genesis 5020, November 8

For Him and My Family, November 9

Lighthouse-Academy, November 9

Bigreadersite, November 9

For the Love of Literature, November 10

Remembrancy, November 10

Betti Mace, November 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 11

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 11

deb’s Book Review, November 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 12

Blogging With Carol, November 13

To Everything There Is A Season, November 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 14

Simple Harvest Reads, November 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 15

Vicarious Living, November 15

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 16

Blossoms and Blessings, November 16

Bizwings Blog, November 16

She Lives To Read, November 17

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 17

Splashes of Joy, November 18

Through the Fire blogs, November 18

Kayem Reads, November 18

Labor Not in Vain, November 19

Pause for Tales, November 19

Raining Butterfly Kisses, November 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of the book OR signed copy of the book (U.S. Only)!!

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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Giveaway & Spotlight MIA AND THE HUMMING BIRD by Nancy Carlisle

Join Us for This Tour from November 17 to November 30, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-9),  34 pages

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds

Publisher:  Sage Green Press

Release date:   March, 2021

Tour dates: November 17 to November 30, 2021

Content Rating:  G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.

Book Description:

“An inspirational story! The juxtaposition of the hummingbird’s struggle with Mia’s struggles is unique and I feel that kids will be able to relate to it.” – Reader in a 5-Star Review

Mia and the Hummingbird is the story of a young girl who immigrates to a new country and learns to accept a new life.She sees the hummingbird building her nest for her babies and thinks that she and the bird are similar as they learn to adapt to their new homes. Mia and the Hummingbird includes information about environmental and social reasons for immigration, the struggle to adapt to a new home and information about hummingbirds.

Included is a glossary about these issues, a bibliography, and references.

 

Buy the Book:

 

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Carlisle is an author, illustrator and retired architect and manager. She writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility.

During her 38 year career, as an architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and as part of a team to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of laboratories in the U.S.

connect with the author: website

 

Tour Schedule:

 

Nov 17 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 17 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 – Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 19 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 22 –Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 23 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight

Nov 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Nov 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

Nov 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

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Spotlight & Giveaway Dumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw

 

Join Us for This Tour from November 15 to November 30

Book Details:

Book TitleDumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw 

Category Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  This Side Up LLC

Release Date: May 2021

Tour dates: November 15 to November 30

Content Rating:  G.

 

 

Book Description:

​Telly Award -winning artist Jennifer Shaw’s new children’s book, “Dumplings Mean Family,” is told from her son Ethan’s perspective as he shares what it was like to join their family after his adoption.

“When Ethan and his siblings are adopted from China to the United States, everything seems so strange and different. Their new American family doesn’t even know how to make Chinese food! The children are worried. Will they ever get to eat their favorite meals again? For Ethan’s family, embracing two cultures means learning to fold and pinch their way to dumplings that taste like home.”

Truly a family project, Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Rinnah, served as illustrator for this heartwarming book celebrating the truth that families can be strong and united when they commit to loving each other for who they truly are. As Ethan says, “We may be different in some ways, but we are one family!”

BUY THE BOOK:

Dumplings Mean Family

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I encourage you to read this beautiful Guest Post from the Author about their Adoption Journey 

God has taught our family a lot of valuable lessons during our adoption journey. We were in China with Noah, and he was having a really, really hard day. He was losing everything he knew. He began realizing that we didn’t speak Chinese and he was going to have to leave with us. He didn’t know us or trust us yet, and he was homesick. And so he was really acting out, and it honestly got very difficult. At the same time, I was realizing that my family was changing permanently, and I had no idea how any of it was going to work out. I was panicking. It’s pretty terrifying to go halfway across the world and have people hand you a nine-year-old, sassy boy you can’t communicate with who has a life-threatening health condition and say, “well, there you go! Take him home, good luck!” 

 

I had a moment where I was looking at Noah walking away from me while yelling things at me in Chinese (I’m probably glad I didn’t understand him then!) and had the thought, “Hey, I didn’t have to do any of this! My life was pretty good, and I didn’t need to work so hard for a year and come all this way and spend all this money and then have this child be so mean to us! I didn’t have to do it!”  I was instantly struck by Philippians 2. It was like God spoke right into my brain and said, “Oh, so you’ve never been a sassy jerk in your life?  I didn’t have to come either, you know. But I came for you. And I came for him too.” It was just an instant reset. Because I realized that I really am nothing, and yet somehow God loved me that much and came anyway. It felt like a great covering of God’s love over me, even though He was actually telling me to get over myself.  Our lives are not our own. When we follow Christ, we are to be His people in the world, and that means giving up control. Saying yes to something means saying no to something else. There are many things I would like to do that I can’t right now because we have so many kids at home, but I know this is where God has me now. I want to be where He wants me because that is

where both true adventure and true contentment lie.

 

This has been the hardest thing we’ve ever done, and there were days I honestly didn’t know if we would get through.  But we did because of God’s strength. So many people think if something is hard, it means they’ve made a mistake or gone the wrong way, but that’s just not true. Sometimes God calls you to hard things. Hard doesn’t equal bad. Sometimes hard just means hard. But He is also reliable and will give you what you need to do what He’s called you to do.

 

Meet the Author:

Jennifer Shaw is a Telly Award-winning singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and five-time Top 40 Billboard artist. Her work has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Family Life Today, Compassion International, Autism Speaks, and many more. Her book, “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song,” has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, six busy kids, and two crazy dogs.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram

 

 

Tour Schedule:

 

Nov 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / spotlight

Nov 17 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 19 – Triquetra Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 22 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 23 – Captive Dreams Window – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 24 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 26 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 29 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

 

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Cover Reveal Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After By Various Authors

 

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
 

 

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Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After

 

Coming May 2022 . . .

 

 
Horses, Hounds & Happily Ever After
By Various Authors
Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy
May 3, 2022 by Carpe Vitam Press

Escape with over 20 Historical Romance stories with all the feels!

✔ Horses, animals and love, oh my!
✔ Happily ever afters

This sweet rom-com collection contains over 20 original historical romance novellas from best-selling authors.

All proceeds benefit animal rescue All Seated In A Barn

Don’t miss this limited edition box set, featuring some of your favorite authors, is both heartwarming and inspiring.

 
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The Contributing Authors
 
Clarissa Kae
Jo Perry
Josi S. Kilpack
Jennifer Moore
Nancy Campbell Allen
Martha Keyes
Jess Heileman
Jen Geigle Johnson
Rebecca Connolly
Charlie N. Holmberg
Penny Fairbanks
Chalon Linton
Julie Daines
Julia Ridgmont
Anneka R. Walker
Samantha Hastings
Tiffany Odekirk
Julie Wright
Ashtyn Newbold
Brittany Larsen
Rosalyn Eves
Kaylee Baldwin
Sally Britton
Mindy Burbidge Strunk
Jo Noelle
 

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Four winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card

 

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Giveaway & Tour Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by ​Rachel B. Wellner

Join Us for this Tour:  November 15 to December 6

 

Book Details:

​Book Title Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by

​Rachel B. Wellner

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages

Genre: Educational Fiction

Publisher: Richter Publishing

Release Date: May 2021

Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB)

Tour dates: November 15 to December 6

Content Rating:  G – (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)

 

Book Description:

Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health 

problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.

Buy the Book

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner is an adorable book for children, teaching them the importance of eating healthy food. Wellner uses a variety of animals to tell her story. Join the fun with Dr. Marsha the Kangaroo, Terence the Toad, Bobby the Billy Goat, Biff the Beaver and many more as they try to solve the mystery of the missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows that were to be used at the Forth of July celebration in the United States. 

What an amazing idea to use this cast of animal characters to teach the valuable lesson of making healthy choices and eating the right foods. Your children will love hearing this wonderful story over and over and enjoy looking at the fabulous illustrations on each page. Irina Dringova creates the most adorable animal characters for this amazing book. I enjoyed spending time looking through this book several times after reading it just to see the animals, they expressions and adorable faces throughout the book. With the vivid colors and sweet characters, Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner will quickly become one of any child’s favorite book. This will be a fantastic addition to any child’s library as well as in elementary classrooms and daycare’s everywhere. I encourage you to check out this adorable book for any children you may know. 

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.

 

GUEST POST FROM RACHEL WELLNER

Teaching kids about basic health

By Rachel Wellner, MD

 

Doctoroo and Friends is a series dedicated to teaching kids from pre-school to grade school about basic health issues and maintenance.  I use the format of a mystery followed by a global trip Doctoroo and friends take to solve that mystery to enhance the excitement of “catching the culprit” and teaching kids the basic health lesson.  My first two books are about good nutrition and hand hygiene respectively and a third book which I’m working on now, is about sun protection.  

 

What is the hardest part for you about the book industry? I’m finding that just getting the book out there and sharing Doctoroo and friends with the world is challenging, but the books are starting to gain traction, which warms my heart.  I believe in these adorable, noble characters and hope that everyone can reap the benefits of reading about them.  

 

I just want you to love Doctoroo as much as I do, and I think you will once you read the books.  She’s an international, emblematic female, and a soldier for health.  I’m excited to be on your blog! 

 

 

 

Meet the Author:

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the 

University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John 

Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook 

 

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post /giveaway

Nov 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review /guest post /giveaway

Nov 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Nov 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 17 – The Page Ladies – book review

Nov 18 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway

Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Nov 19 – Kam’s Place – book review

Nov 19 – Fantastic feathers – book review / giveaway

Nov 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Nov 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 26 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

Nov 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review

Nov 29 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway

Nov 30 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Dec 1 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Dec 2 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / author interview / giveaway

Dec 2 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway

Dec 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Dec 6 – Books for Books – book review

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Giveaway & Tour Finding My Sunshine by Shannon Leith McGuire

FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire
FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire

Join us for this tour from Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Finding My Sunshine (A Memoir)
Author:  Shannon Leith McGuire.
​Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 198 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Sunshine Street Press
Release date:  March 2021
Tour dates:  Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021
Content Rating:  PG+M for bad language, anger, and suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, and assault

Book Description:

“What if that someone was you?” Shannon had been so quick to blame others for her anger. She knew she was drowning in darkness and pain; being born with a learning disability made her feel defeated by life. She tried drinking heavily in order to quiet the demons. After being kicked out of college, Shannon took a leap of faith and started working in a nursing home. That’s when her angels appeared and the miracle began. The insight and wisdom she gained from those elderly new friends led her on an inspiring journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Each of us has our own path. Some of us just need angels to help us find it. This is her story.​

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Now stay tuned for an Author Interview with

Shannon Leith McGuire, author of FINDING MY SUNSHINE

In your book you wrote how disappointed you were when you found out you had Poly Cystic Ovary disease and that you had always wanted to have 4 boys. Did you ever think of adopting?

Yes, I did. However, I knew for some time I could not take care of myself. How was I going to be able to take care of children?  I was not put together yet, and it took many years for me to feel like I was able to care for myself. I did not have the money to work with a fertility specialist. It was something I had to come to terms with and accept. It was not in God’s plans for me to become an actual mom.  So, I am a mom to my rescue dog, Darby.  

What is your pet peeve?

One thing I learned from my time in counseling with Tom is to be truthful.  I found that if you are honest in the beginning, everything really will turn out okay. There is no reason to lie.  Lies start a domino effect and people get hurt. Sometimes you cannot take back what was lied about. Saying “I am sorry” after a lie is owning up to the action, and it changes everything. I learned you only are as strong as your word.  

There are many memoirs out there about people’s lives. What makes yours so special? 

 Like so many other memoirs, mine is about finding myself and finding a balance. I write about how I was trying to survive; I had darkness all around me. Counseling helped me shine the light on the darkness, and really helped me own up to my insecurities, anger, and hatred of myself. I realized I never was a victim of life.  I just needed help; I denied myself for many years. My hope is my book will help others get help earlier and live their best life and not wait so long to get it like I did. I hope others learn that mistakes are not a life sentence, and you can get better. But first you must admit you need help. That is the first step. I hope I make it easier for people who are struggling to find their way and let them know it is okay. And, let them know their lives can be SO much better. 

Tell us more about your rescue dog, Darby.

Pit bulls have such a bad rap. I have learned a lot about the breed from watching Pitbull’s and Paroles and reading up on them on my own. We wanted to help.  We were on a web site, Pet Finder, and we saw her.  She looked like she had road rash on her right shoulder, and scars all over her face, but she was still smiling. We made an appointment to go meet her, and she was lovely.  She had healed stab wounds all over her body and her tongue needed to be surgically put back together. She was found when police did a raid on where she was living.  Jimmy’s Angels rescue center took her in, cared for her, and brought her back to life. We fell in love with her. They came out and did a home check. She has been with us for a little over a year now. She is living proof what a little bit of love can do to change someone’s world.  She goes everywhere with me.  (And she snores louder then my husband.)

Tell us more about your favorite resident. What drew you to her or him? 

I have so many favorite people I have taken care of over the years. But I guess the 2 that I truly bonded with were Betty Ann and Phyllis. I talk about them in my book. I guess because they were once broken also, and both shared it with me.  They shared with me their stories and how they got through the tough times and struggled with addiction (alcohol) as well.  I guess what drew me to them was the rawness of how they were.  They too had one-night stands, got drunk at parties, lived by the seat of their pants, did what they needed to do to get by.  They helped me realize mistakes are not life sentences. It is just life.  They helped me stop taking things so seriously and being so hard on myself. 

Shannon Leith McGuire

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Meet the Author:

Shannon was raised in a small town in Eastern Montana, where you leave your car keys in the ignition and your front door unlocked all the time. The kind of place where sunsets and sunrises can be seen for miles on the horizon. Where the spring crickets and frogs resting in the irrigation ditches helped transition the days into a calm resting night. Where the winters can get so cold, air can freeze.

It was only after she was academically suspended by the college she was attending, that she became a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). She did her training in Billings, Montana and it was there she learned how to take care of others and bonded with the geriatric population.

​For over five years, Shannon worked in the same nursing home where she received her training. The work was hard, but it grounded her and helped her find balance in what had become a deeply unbalanced life. It was not until she was a CNA, at one of the hospitals that she had a dream-three nights in a row-that she was going to become a nurse.

She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where you may hear her laughing with her husband of over 10 years,  scuba diving in the ocean, taking walks with their rescued pit-bull dog- Darby, or dancing together to life’s music.

connect with the author: websiteTour Schedule:
Nov 15 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview 
Nov 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 16 – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 – @books_and_bagels – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – @soph_life.pages – book spotlight
Dec 1 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Giveaway & Tour A New Hope for Christmas by Erin Stevenson

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About the Book

Book: A New Hope for Christmas

Author: Erin Stevenson

Genre: Christian Christmas Fiction

Release date: December, 2021

Tour Dates: November 4 – November 17

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This Christmas, Two Lost and Broken Families Need Restoration.

Sam Jarrett was just starting to explore spiritual things when his world was shattered. Now, he’s completely turned his back on God. Laura Preston is a devoted believer, leaning heavily on her faith to get her through each tortured day.

Two Chance Meetings Spark a Friendship and a Glimmer of Hope.

Sam battles God’s prodding through Laura’s gentle, caring spirit. When another tragedy strikes on Christmas Eve, Sam is sure that God has completely deserted him. Laura tries to show Sam that God loves him and has been there all the time, but how can Sam trust when he has no faith?

A New Hope for Christmas is a story of restored faith in a God who never leaves us, even when we can’t see or feel Him near.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love a good clean Christmas story and A New Hope for Christmas was just that. Erin Stevenson is a new author for me and enjoyed this novella very much. Sam and Laura find themselves in simular situations with both having a traumatic loss but must go on because of their child. What a blessing it is that they meet and form a friendship during the mist happy time of year. Such sweet characters in the both of them as well as their supporting characters.

This is a sweet Christmas romance that can be read quickly so if you can not handle a full book now, A New Hope for Christmas is just the read for 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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Erin Stevenson has been writing fiction since 2014. She has published independently with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Writing is like breathing to Erin. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist.

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.

More from Erin

Dealing with loss is a universal, shared experience. One of the most difficult things about losing someone is enduring the special days and holidays with a gaping hole in your life and memory.

In November, 2019, I saw a post on social media seeking prayers for a family in Texas who had been in a car accident. The father and one child died, the mother and the other child survived. That inspired me to write a short story about how the grieving family got through their first holidays, and when I discovered the Christmas Extravaganza opportunity, I expanded and modified it to fit. I love when real-life gives me inspiration to write.

One of the sub-themes I wanted to include in the book was the importance of having a support network, no matter what your circumstances. The book’s main female character, Laura, had a network comprised of family, church family, and co-workers. They made the difference in her ability to cope during her time of loss.

Sometimes, I’ve made better use of a support network than others. In one of the darkest times of my life, I withdrew into my shell and wonder now if I would have weathered that storm in a better way had I reached out to the many people who wanted to help.

Are you part of a support network? If not, can you think of a way to become involved with one?

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 4

Texas Book-aholic, November 5

Cats in the Cradle Blog, November 5

deb’s Book Review, November 6

Inklings and notions, November 7

For Him and My Family, November 8

By the Book, November 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 11

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 12 (Spotlight)

Britt Reads Fiction, November 12

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

Splashes of Joy, November 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 15

Sodbuster Living, November 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 17

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/137e4/a-new-hope-for-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway

Giveaway & Tour Texas Timbers by Caryl McAdoo

Texas Timbers

About the Book

Book: Texas Timbers

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: September 3, 2021

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He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains the Lord’s favor  . . . is the reverse true?

Can a romance born of prophesy thrive? Autumn Hope knows for a fact that the man she’s to marry cuts timber in the Sulphur River bottoms. She’s seen him in her dreams—exactly where he’s working and goes so far as to buy that block. Of course, she convinces her father she must travel the hundred and fifty miles to meet the man of her dreams. If he isn’t to be her husband, why would she kiss him in her night vision?

The lady’s sudden appearance baffles Sean. Craziness needs a keeper, but how did she ever find him or know his crosscut saw would break? Wounded by a lost love, he cannot believe the tall tale the pretty lady is spinning. It has to be a scam, right? God doesn’t work that way. Or Does He?

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

You just can’t go wrong reading a Caryl McAdoo book. I always know I am in for a good Historical Christian Romance read whenever I pick up a book of Miss Caryl’s. In Texas Timbers, we find Autumn and her dreams, and she just knows Sean is the man for her because of the times he has been in her dreams, but Sean is not so sure about that. I love that McAdoo gives us solid characters that develop so well throughout the story. The story flows well and I had fun reading from start to finish. The historic Texas setting gives a feel of what the this historical place in Texas is all about. Of course there is so much more to this story that you don’t want to miss. I encourage you to check out this story my Caryl McAdoo and while you are at it, check out all of her other amazing reads.

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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Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over sixty 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 (three greats), Caryl and Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-three years, live 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

In 1870, my TEXAS TIMBERS heroine Autumn Hope found herself practically an old maid. She’d spent those years when most would be courting taking care of her mother, who was ill and dying. It hadn’t been long since Liberty’s death when the story opens, but Autumn had one of her prophetic dreams—God had shown her a man and assured her He would answer her prayers for a husband.

Readers first met Autumn at her birth in book two, TEXAS MY TEXAS. She had her first prophetic dream in book four, LEAVING TEXAS, at the age of nine. Distraught over her older sister Charity leaving to live in California, the Lord gave her reassurance that her sister would be back to live in Texas, and that she and her new husband would build a hotel in Dallas!

All my readers love Morgan and Charity Lowell and all the adventures they have at the Lowell House Hotel! This is the first time though that God has given her a dream about herself. She knows what the man looks like and exactly where he’s working, but not his name. Still, she is determined to go and find him!

Can you imagine this man . . . a lady hunting him down in the woods while he’s working then telling him he’s going to be her husband? That she’s going to be his wife? Because God said so!

Poor Sean O’Farrell! He was so perplexed by the crazy lady! Oh, his mother prayed plenty and spouted God’s Word at him all the time, but he and the Big Guy . . . they hadn’t been tight in years.

TEXAS TIMBERS is a fun story and not like any I’ve written before! Readers will enjoy reuniting with Morgan and Charity, Henry and May Buckmeyer (from my first family saga), Corbin—Autumn’s father, and so many more of these great characters who so easily worm their way right into your heart . . . at least they did mine! I hope you’ll enjoy it! As always, I pray my story gives God glory!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 1

Simple Harvest Reads, November 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Texas Book-aholic, November 2

Inklings and notions, November 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 4

For Him and My Family, November 4

deb’s Book Review, November 5

lakesidelivingsite, November 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 7

Connie’s History Classroom, November 8

Pause for Tales, November 8

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 10

Girls in White Dresses, November 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 11

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 13

Splashes of Joy, November 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/12b88/texas-timbers-celebration-tour-giveawa

Giveaway & Tour The Amish Outcast’s Holiday Return by Lacy Williams

Amish Outcast

About the Book

Book: The Amish Outcast’s Holiday Return

Author: Lacy Williams

Genre: Contemporary Christian romance / Amish romance

Release date: November 1, 2021

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Torn between family loyalty

and her dreams for the future…

Grace Beiler’s shocked when Zach Miller arrives at her family’s farmhouse seeking forgiveness for his teenage mistake that cost her sister’s fiancé his life. But when her father gives Zach a job, Grace gets to know the man he’s become…and starts to want more than friendship. Can love bloom amid hidden secrets and family grief, and give them a fresh start at Christmas?

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Author Lacy Williams writes a heartwarming Holiday read in The Amish Outcast’s Holiday Return. I admire Zach for coming back to Lacy’s family farm to seek forgiveness in a wrong he had done. I think this shows his true character and I really like and appreciate him a lot. Being the sweet caring person she is, Grace wouldn’t hold anything against Zach and would offer her forgiveness, just as her dad did.

I enjoyed this cast of characters and the way the author writes them to be so realistic, growing them as the story unfolds. I feel this is such a great story for this time of year, going into the Holiday season because it shows love, grace and forgiveness as people often do, more so than any other time of year. After all Jesus is the real reason for the season of Christmas and we should strive to show more of His love for everyone. This is a fabulous book to read in the mist of all of the Christmas rush!

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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Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at http://www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

More from Lacy

The Best Part of a Barn Raising

Have you ever had your community rally around you? Maybe some of your friends threw you a baby shower. Maybe your church helped with a meal train when you were ill for a time. Maybe you played sports and raised money together as a team.

Has your community ever built you a house?

I’ve written lots of historical books. I’ve written a barn-raising or two into my books. Until I started researching for THE AMISH OUTCAST’S HOLIDAY RETURN, I didn’t realize that community “raising” events still happened in 2021. They do!

In some Amish communities, builders will gather all the materials for the house or barn and on (usually) a Saturday, the entire community will gather to build the whole structure. There’s a really cool timelapse of a barn raising on YouTube that you can check out.

I’ve always loved writing about these events because of the community aspect. We need human connection and there’s something special about having your community surround you and show their love in a tangible way. Imagine walking into your home that your friends built for you. Every time you walked over the threshold you could remember the friend who built the door frame. When it storms, you could appreciate the roof over your head that many friends helped stretch the frame for. What an amazing feeling of belonging.

Of course, barn raisings and house raisings wouldn’t be complete without the food. Typically, the women and girls put together a giant potluck for the men and boys who are doing the physical work of building the structure. Brainstorming for this always makes me remember church potlucks when I was a child. Our church met at the local 4-H building. We would stretch out folding tables and chairs in long rows. And the food. Pasta salad. Fried chicken. Chocolate cake!

(I also remember roller skating in the back of the massive building with my friends, but that is a whole other story…).

Memories and friendships are forged at church potlucks and barn raisings. And when you are on the inside, it creates a lovely sense of belonging. But the hero in THE AMISH OUTCAST’S HOLIDAY RETURN, Zach, is not on the inside. He’s an outsider who has come home and is searching for a place to belong. The barn raising/potluck is the moment when heroine Grace sees a hint of vulnerability in Zach—because he wants to belong. It changes everything in their new acquaintanceship.

Want to know more about this book? Check out the “read inside” feature and try Chapter One on your favorite retailer.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 3

The Avid Reader, November 3

Texas Book-aholic, November 4

Maureen’s Musings, November 4

Lighthouse Academy Blog , November 5 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Inklings and notions, November 5

lakesidelivingsite, November 6

Bigreadersite, November 6

For Him and My Family, November 7

Mary Hake, November 7

deb’s Book Review, November 8

SusanLovesBooks, November 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 10

Simple Harvest Reads, November 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

She Lives To Read, November 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 12

Labor Not in Vain, November 12

Older & Smarter?, November 13

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 13

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 14

Splashes of Joy, November 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 15

Pause for Tales, November 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 16

Vicky Sluiter, November 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lacy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card & paperback copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/12f81/the-amish-outcast-s-holiday-return-celebration-tour-giveaway

Giveaway & Tour Honor in the Mountain Refuge by Misty M. Beller

Honor in the Mountain

About the Book

Book: Honor in the Mountain Refuge

Author: Misty Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 9, 2021

Honor in the Mountain Refuge

This epic journey is his last chance to start a new life.

After being cast out of his Blackfoot village for his kindness to the Nez Perce captives, Chogan travels west in search of meaning for his life. Meaning that doesn’t require killing or torturing innocent people. Though the lovely face of Telípe, a Nez Perce woman, is imprinted on his heart, he avoids her village.  She deserves a happy life with her husband and coming child.

With her husband dead and the birth of her babe imminent, Telípe’s reality looks nothing like she planned. She’s been forced to return to the village where she grew up and the chaos of her family’s lodge—with all her boisterous younger brothers. She desperately desires to start a new life for herself and the babe growing within her, but she can’t seem to climb above the mire of her past. When she stumbles into the brave who’d shown her kindness during her captivity, something ignites within her—a new hope.

Chogan’s determination to stay and help Telípe is thwarted by her people’s fear and hatred for his tribe—especially since he was among last winter’s kidnappers. It doesn’t matter that he did everything he could to keep her and her unborn child safe and comfortable during that awful event. But as a new predator threatens the safety of the village, Chogan determines to take down the massive wildcat that’s already injured several children—including one of Telípe’s younger brothers. When the danger escalates, Chogan is faced with an impossible choice. No matter which option he chooses, his life will never be the same—nor that of the woman he’s come to love.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love anything Misty Beller writes. I was introduced to Misty soon after I started reviewing for Celebrate Lit and have read all of her books since. Honor in the Mountain Refuge is the sixth book in the Call of the Rockies series. I am so glad Telípe is finally getting her own story. She is such a brave character and I love the attraction between she and Chogan. In the scene of the wildcat, Chogan wants so bad to prove himself capable of Telípe and how much he loves her.

Misty Beller does a fantastic job writing this book, her characters are so realistic, and by this sixth book, I feel they are now part of my family. I also love and appreciate the way Beller weaves the gospel within the story in the life’s of her characters. And with Honor in the Mountain Refuge especially that we saw some of the sweet character come to know our Lord and Savior. But no worries, this is done in such a subtle smooth way it doesn’t offend. As with all of Beller’s books, this one is so chunked full of action it is really hard for me to put it down after I started reading. The scenes are do detailed it makes me feel like I’m there in the mist of everything. I find myself wondering how Misty Beller does this but it’s because of her expert writing skills, attention to details and love of these Rocky Mountains. If you love a good historical story where Indians are much involved, you will love Honor in the Mountain Refuge by Misty Beller. I encourage to to check out this book as well as the other books in this series.

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.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

About the Author

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Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

More from Misty

When minor characters get their own story!

One of the things I love about writing in series is the chance for minor characters to become major characters, with fascinating lives and personalities of their own! The heroine in Honor in the Mountain Refuge, Telipe, first appeared in Light in the Mountain Sky as Meksem’s little sister who was kidnapped by a band of Blackfoot warriors. Even when I’m the writer, characters often surprise me by doing things very differently than what I expected!

Telipe did exactly that in one of the final scenes of that previous book. When Meksem and her friends showed up to rescue Telipe and the other captives, Telipe actually braced herself in front of one of one of her Blackfoot captors, stopping anyone from injuring him. Why would she do that?

In that book, Telipe only says that the man had been kind to her when the other warriors were not. I knew there HAD to be more though.

I pray you enjoy learning Telipe’s story as much as I did, including how that Blackfoot brave she protected shows up again in the most unexpected of places!

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A Secret Christmas Wish by Cathy McDavid

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A Secret Christmas Wish
(Wishing Well Springs #3)
By Cathy McDavid
Contemporary Romance, Clean Romance
Paperback & ebook,  384 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming
 
ABOUT THIS BOOK 

The magic of Christmas
Could make her wish come true!

A small-town Christmas wedding. What could be more romantic? Unless you’re a plus-one for hire like single mom Maia MacKenzie. Too bad handsome cowboy Brent Hayes is her new coworker—and completely off-limits! Neither of them can afford to lose their job…or invest in a relationship. But when she sees Brent’s adorable connection with her young son, Maia can’t help wishing for a Christmas miracle.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet clean romance by Cathy McDavid. I have to admit I’ve never heard of a business like Your Perfect Plus One,
where you can hire dates for weddings. But it seems to be the thing in A Secret Christmas Wish. Apparently the pay is not bad either. This is how Maia and Brent met. At a wedding where each were hired to go as someone’s date. Little did Maia know that her dad has hired Brent to work at her family’s Mountainside Stables. There was sure enough attraction there but they were off limits because they both signed a contract with Maia’s sister Darla that they would not date anyone employed at Your Perfect Plus One.
 
Having left the rodeo circuit and roaming around for two years, Brent didn’t feel he would every be good enough for Maia, despite their attraction. Especially with his deep depression episodes he was having. But Maia thought different. Especially after the way Brent was with her son TJ. This story was fun and interesting to read because of the insecurities of Brent and the doubts Maia’s dad and sister have about Brent. I seem to have the tendicity to go for the guys like Brent, so I liked him from the start, and I admired him throughout the story for his progress at helping himself. I loves his interaction with TJ and the way TJ loved Brent. There was a lot going on in this story, yet at the same time there is a lot of reputation, especially with all of the wedding scenes. The characters are well create and I enjoyed their growth in the story, especially TJ, he was precious.  The storyline was well written and developed well as the story unfolds. This is a sweet story you can read during the Christmas season, or like me you can get a head start on Christmas and read it now! You will love it. I am giving The Secret Christmas Wish four stars. 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Other Books in the Series
 

About the Author

 
 

In the third grade, NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western, owning a stagecoach pulled by six mules, and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With over 50 titles in print and 1.3 million-plus books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world six years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking cowboys riding the range, busting broncs, and sweeping gals off their feet — oops, no. Make that winning the hearts of feisty, independent women who give the cowboys a run for their money. It’s a tough job, but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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Unpacking Christmas

About the Book

Book: Unpacking Christmas

Author: Beth K. Vogt

Genre: Contemporary/Women’s Fiction

Release date: November, 2021

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Johanna, Jillian, and Payton’s excitement about the Christmas holidays is upset when their parents announce they’re selling their long-time family home. Soon the sisters find themselves facing a variety of unexpected changes, including a serious health scare for their dad. Instead of putting up holiday lights and decorating the family Christmas tree, the Thatcher sisters are helping pack up their childhood home. Along the way, they share treasured memories as they try to hold onto valued traditions, discovering the struggles they’ve endured pale in comparison to the love they share with each other.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I haven’t read any of the Thatcher Sisters books but I had no problems reading Unpacking Christmas as a stand alone. Beth K. Vogt does such a fantastic job with the characters, I easily fell right into their lives in this book. There are a lot of secrets, surprises, emotions with the sisters, and their parents, but the plot flows so well that it makes this a pretty easy read. And it is such a wonderful and fun story. The sisters were so upset at their parents for selling their family home, without asking them, I might add.

I adore this family and the deep love they have for one another. I enjoyed the fun and fond memories they have as the help pack their parents household things as well as the attic. Author Beth Vogt connects all of the loose ends together and creates a wonderful ending to this sweet story. If you enjoy a good clean contemporary Christian fiction, and especially a Christmas one, this is one you want to read. Unpacking Christmas gets Five Stars from me.

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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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Having authored ten contemporary romance novels and novellas, The Best We’ve Been, the final book in Beth’s Thatcher Sisters Series with Tyndale House Publishers, released May 2020. Other books in the women’s fiction series include Things I Never Told You, which won the 2019 AWSA Award for Contemporary Novel of the Year, and Moments We Forget. Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Learn How to Write a Novel and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers group and mentoring other writers. Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.

More from Beth

What’s going on with the Thatcher sisters?

Readers have asked me this question so often since The Best We’ve Been, the third and what I considered final book in the Thatcher Sisters Series, which released in May 2020. In the series, Payton, Jillian, and Johanna each had their moment center stage. Some readers told me they’d come to understand and, yes, even like older sister Johanna. Quite a feat, considering how she annoyed readers in book one, Things I Never Told You.

I ended the series with the trio of sisters in a good place – the best they’d ever been.        The circumstances of their lives weren’t all tied off in nice, neat bows, but then real life isn’t like that, is it? And as the author, I was content to leave the sisters there and let readers imagine what happened next.

And then 2020 disrupted life for all of us. For me? Writing didn’t happen. I promised myself I would dive back into story in 2021. What better way than with a Christmas novella? So many readers love Christmas stories. And what better time to revisit Payton, Jillian, and Johanna and answer readers’ question: What’s going on with the Thatcher sisters?

I wasn’t sure myself. Part of the fun of writing is rediscovering well-known characters as you discover a new story. Set against the backdrop of Christmas? That was just an added blessing.

It’s been Christmas time for me throughout 2021 – a time to enjoy family traditions and face some unexpected changes. Welcome back to the Thatcher family!

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Giveaway & Tour Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard

Synopsis:

Criminal psychologist Erin Larson’s dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her own life in a boating accident on Puget Sound and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job as a criminal psychologist to care for her mother in Montana. At least she is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell’s father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin’s help to solve the case. She’s good at what she does. The only problem? She’s his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted–and that the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

The race is on for the truth in this gripping and complex tale of suspense, intrigue, and murder from USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Published by: Revell

Publication Date: November 2nd 2021

Number of Pages: 336

ISBN: 0800737997 (ISBN13: 9780800737993)

Series: Rocky Mountain Courage #2 || This is a Stand-Alone Novel

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | ChristianBook.com | IndieBound.Org

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love anything Elizabeth Goddard writes, and with Deadly Target she has written maybe my favorite of hers so far. It’d hard to choose since they are all so awesome. I love the characters so expertly created and enjoyed watching them grow as the story unfolds. Well the mean guys not so much, but what would the story be without them. You can very well tell the time that went into the research of this story by all of the detailed scenes throughout the story. Both Erin and Nathan had plenty of baggage, some they knew nothing about. They were kind of thrown together to figure out who is behind all of the killing and attempts on both their lives. The attraction is fun to watch in the mist of their problems. 

There is much to love about this story with the strong suspense running throughout and the many twists and turns that kept me guessing. The faith in the loves of some of the characters is very nice and I enjoyed the way Goddard weaves everything together in the end to a wonderful ending. If you love a good clean suspense, Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard is a must! And don’t forget to check out her other books as well. 

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.

Read an excerpt:

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Puget Sound

For a few hours every Saturday morning, Erin Larson could forget that evil existed.

And usually, only on the water.

She dipped the double-bladed paddle into the sea, then again on the other side—left, right, left, right, left, right—alternating strokes in a fluid motion to propel her kayak across the blue depths. Her friend Carissa Edwards paddled close behind.

Left, right. Left, right. Left, right.

On the water she was close to nature and far from the chaos and noise of the city even though she and Carissa paddled along the shoreline and could see the cityscape in the distance. The quiet calmed her mind and heart. The rhythmic paddling mesmerized her. The exertion exhilarated her. Cleansed her of the stress and anxiety acquired after a week of forced labor.

Okay, that wasn’t fair. Her suffering certainly wasn’t physical in nature.

Water. Mountains. Sky. She took in the sights and once again . . . forgot.

Beautiful snowcapped Mount Baker—the Great White Watcher—loomed large in the distance to the east.

Left, right. Left, right. Left, right.

The slosh of paddles along with the small waves lapping against her boat soothed her and were the only sounds except for seagulls laughing above her—ha, ha, ha.

To the west, the impressive Olympic Mountains begged for attention. Erin couldn’t wait for Mom to join her out here, when she finally convinced her to move.

A salty ocean breeze wafted over her as peace and beauty surrounded her.

She couldn’t ask for more.

She shouldn’t ask for more.

But God . . . I need answers.

Carissa caught up with Erin and paddled next to her kayak. “Thanks for coming with me today. I needed this.”

“The exercise or the scenery?” Erin had just broken a sweat despite the early morning cool.

“How about a little of both. And the company makes all the difference, I’m not going to lie.”

“Yeah,” Erin answered with reluctance. She and Carissa had an understanding between them. On their kayaking excursions, peace and quiet were supposed to reign.

“By the way, I listened to your podcast last night,” Carissa said.

Maybe she’d forgotten their unspoken pact.

“Oh?”

Erin wanted to know Carissa’s thoughts, but at the same time, she didn’t want to hear the criticism. Nor would she trust any praise.

“Why keep it anonymous?”

“It could get complicated.”

Carissa’s laugh echoed across the water. “In my case, I’d probably want the dean of the college and my students to know. But then again, I wouldn’t be talking about crime or missing people. I’d be talking about history. So, what took you so long to tell me?”

Erin lifted a shoulder, opting for silence. Maybe it would be contagious.

Now she wished she hadn’t told Carissa, but letting her friend in on her secret was a step toward opening up. She kept too much hidden inside. Erin had never been good at letting others in. Although as a psychologist, she was all about learning what made people tick on the inside.

Erin breathed in the fresh air, listened to the mesmerizing ripple of the water, felt the warm sun against her cheeks, and chased away thoughts of crime and work.

“Cold cases. Do they ever get solved?” Carissa asked.

Left, right. Left, right. Left, right.

“Some do.” Few.

“Why do you do it?”

“I need a hobby, I guess.” Erin couldn’t begin to explain the complex events that drove her to talk about missing person cold cases in hopes that answers could still be found.

“I’ve been thinking.” Carissa’s kayak inched ahead.

Erin remained silent.

“We do this every Saturday,” Carissa continued.

Left, right. Left, right. Left, right.

“It’s been a lifesaver,” Erin said. “Thanks for inviting me along.”

After a week working for the State of Washington, the endless hours spent researching and writing reports for forensic evaluations, she needed the break. The job wasn’t what she had dreamed about when she’d become a criminal psychologist. Still, she hoped it was a means to an end. In the meantime, she’d started the cold case crime podcast.

“How about we switch it up? Go hiking. Mountain trails and lush forests all around us.”

“This is close. We don’t have to drive far. Plus, I really love the water.” And have an aversion to dense forests. Carissa didn’t need to know that, as a psychologist, Erin was a walking oxymoron.

“I thought you might enjoy a change.”

“No, I’m good with this.” Erin’s shoulders and biceps started burning. She was relieved they would soon turn around and head back.

“I hope you’ll think about it. I’d love for you to join me next weekend. I’m hiking in Mount Baker National Forest, and I’m inviting you to join the group.”

“What? You’re ditching me to go hiking?”

“Um . . . Is it just me, or is that boat heading directly for us?” Panic edged Carissa’s voice.

Erin glanced over her shoulder in the direction of Carissa’s wide-eyed stare. A thirty-foot cruiser sped toward them. She and Carissa had strayed a bit from the shoreline. Regardless, that boat shouldn’t be approaching them in this area or at that speed.

“Hurry.” Erin quickened her pace. “We can get out of its path.”

“We won’t make it.” Carissa stopped and raised her paddle, waving to get the boater’s attention. “Hey, watch where you’re going! Kayakers on the water!”

Arms straining, Erin paddled faster and propelled the kayak forward. Her friend hadn’t kept up. “Carissa, let’s go! Just angle out of the path.”

Carissa renewed her efforts and joined Erin. Together they paddled toward the shoreline that had seemed so much closer moments before.

Carissa screamed. Heart pounding, Erin glanced over her shoulder. The boat had changed course and was once again headed straight for them.

Fear stole her breath. “Jump! Get out of the boat and dive!”

It was all she could think to do.

“Now, now, now!” She sucked in a breath and leaned forward to flip the kayak until she was upside down in the water for a wet exit. Holding her breath, she found the grab loop and peeled off the skirt. Then she gripped the sides and pushed the kayak away from her body as she slid out. Instead of heading for the surface, she kicked and dove deeper. She was grateful she was wearing a manually inflatable life vest over her wetsuit or it would drag her back to the surface, which was normally a good thing.

But today that could get her killed.

She pushed deeper, deeper, deeper . . . away from the surface.

We’re going to make it.

Erin twisted around to glance upward. The water was murky and visibility was only about ten feet, but she could still see her friend struggling to get free of her kayak. Terror stabbed through her. Erin swam back to Carissa to help her, even as the boat raced toward the kayaks and was almost on them.

Her eyes wide, Carissa pushed forward, freeing herself.

The hull of the speeding boat sped right over the top of the kayaks, breaking Carissa’s in half—the stern of her broken kayak propelled toward Carissa. Her head jerked forward.

All the bubbles of air burst from her lungs, then her form floated—unmoving. Unconscious? Or was she lifeless?

Her pulse thundering in her ears, Erin swam toward Carissa, grabbed her, and inflated their life vests. They rose quickly to the surface. Erin broke the water and gasped for breath as she held Carissa. The water remained disturbed from the speeding boat’s wake and crashed over them.

Erin confirmed what she already feared. Carissa wasn’t breathing. Adrenaline surged through her. She had to keep moving. Holding on to Carissa, Erin started swimming them back to shore.

She spotted the errant boat making a big circle.

Coming back? Had someone lost control? She had to make it to shore to give Carissa CPR. And maybe even to save them both.

Stay calm. Panic wouldn’t help either of them. The water was cold, but not so cold that she needed to worry about hypothermia. At least not yet. The whir of a boat from her left drew her attention, kicking up her already rapid heartbeat. As she took in the slowly approaching trawler—a far different boat from the speeding cruiser—relief eased the tension in her shoulders. Three men and a couple of women waved.

A silver-haired man in a Seahawks cap shouted, “Do you need help?”

“Yes! Hurry!”

The boat edged slowly toward her, and she swam to meet it. The men reached down and pulled Carissa up into the boat.

Erin used the ladder on the side. “She needs CPR. She’s not breathing!”

When she hopped onto the deck, she saw that one of the men had started administering CPR.

A redheaded woman wrapped a blanket around Erin. “Oh, honey, are you okay?”

Hot tears burned down her cold, wet cheeks. “No . . . no, I’m not okay.” She dropped to her knees next to her friend.

Carissa coughed up water and rolled onto her side. When she’d finished expelling seawater, she sat up and looked around.

Erin hugged her and spoke against her short, wet hair. “I thought you were done for.”

Carissa held on to Erin tightly, then released her to cough more. Erin took in the group standing around them, their watchful eyes filled with concern.

“I’m Vince. And this is my wife, Jessie.” The man with the Seahawks cap gestured to the redhead, then made introductions. John, his son, and Terry, John’s friend, and Mavis, John’s girlfriend. A family affair.

“I’m Erin, and this is Carissa.”

Jessie placed a blanket around Carissa. “Why don’t you have a seat? I’ll get you something warm to drink.”

“Thank you.” Erin sat with Carissa on the cushioned bench and took in her friend. She looked shell-shocked, and why shouldn’t she? Was she going to be okay?

Carissa closed her eyes. Was she in pain or thinking back to what happened? Jessie had disappeared below deck to grab warm drinks. Mavis, Terry, and John were trying to recover the kayaks and bring them onto the trawler.

Vince remained standing, his arms crossed as if he were a sentinel sent to protect them. And at this moment, Erin needed that reassurance.

“If you hadn’t come when you did,” she said, “I don’t know what would have happened. I can’t thank you enough.” She searched the waters around them. “Is that boat . . . Is it gone?”

“What boat?” Mavis approached and glanced at Vince.

“You didn’t see that?” Erin got to her feet and pulled Carissa with her. She searched the waters. “A boat came right for us. Ran over our kayaks and almost killed us. They must have lost control. Maybe they were drunk or something.”

“I saw a boat heading west,” Vince said, “but I didn’t connect that to seeing you in the water swimming to shore. Kayaks and canoes are hard to spot sometimes. I’m sorry that happened. But I’ll contact the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol and let them know. In the meantime, is there somewhere we can take you?”

“Back to the marina at Port of Edmonds. We could talk to the police there and tell them what happened,” Erin said.

Vince eyed Carissa. “I’ll let SPHP know we’re on the way and to meet us there. Should we get you to the hospital?”

Erin shared a look with her friend. “She sustained a hit to the head. Maybe an ambulance could be waiting for us when we get to the harbor.”

Carissa nodded but said nothing. Erin ached inside. She’d almost lost Carissa. She was grateful that her friend had survived. They had both survived.

Erin replayed the events in her mind. Had the boat deliberately veered toward them or had she imagined it? These boaters who’d helped them had simply been out enjoying the day when they spotted Erin and Carissa in the water, their kayaks floating, Carissa’s in two pieces.

I can’t believe this happened.

The water had been her place of peace and tranquility.

But no more.

Erin pulled her ringing cell from the plastic bag tucked in a pocket on her suit. She didn’t recognize the number, but it was a Montana prefix. Her heart jackhammered as she answered, “Erin.”

“Dr. Larson . . . Erin.” The familiar male voice hesitated. “This is Detective Nathan Campbell.”

Dread crawled up her spine. Nathan would never call her without a good reason. “Nathan . . . what’s going on?”

“It’s . . . your mom. She’s okay. But she tried to commit suicide. I’m so sorry.”

A few heartbeats passed before she could answer. “Wha . . . What?”

Nathan apologized again and repeated the words.

The air rushed from Erin. She couldn’t breathe and stood. She headed for the rail and hung her head over the water, gasping for breath.

“Erin! Erin, are you there?” Nathan’s concerned voice shouted over the cell loud enough she could hear him despite the boat’s rumbling engine and rushing water.

Carissa joined her at the rail. “Erin, what’s happened?”

The darkness closed in on her all over again, but this was different from before. Why hadn’t she seen the warning signs? She had to fix this.

Squeezing her eyes shut, she lifted the cell to her ear again. “I need details.”

Nathan relayed that her mother was in the hospital and in stable condition.

Ending the call, she stared at the cell. Mom was in trouble. The fact that the awful news had come from the man she’d left behind compounded the pain in her chest. This, after she and Carissa had barely survived a boating accident.

Evil wouldn’t let her forget that it existed, even for a few hours.

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Excerpt from Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard.  Copyright 2021 by Elizabeth Goddard. Reproduced with permission from Baker Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Present Danger and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over one million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry.

For more information about Elizabeth Goddard, visit her website at:

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Now the first book in the Rocky Mountain Courage Series, Present Danger

About Present Danger, Book One in the Rocky Mountain Courage Series.  Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.

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