What If Jesus Had Never Been Born by Dr. D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe

#whatifjesuswasneverborn #jesus #jesusisthereason #djameskennedy

Jesus is the greatest person who ever lived …

But what if He had never been born? In our cynical age of unbridled slanders and attacks against the Christian faith, one powerful truth is undeniable. If Christ had never been born, this world would be far more miserable than it is. But most people don’t know it.

That’s why D. James Kennedy Ministries invites you to partner with us to share Christ and His impact on our world this Christmas! Together, we will make Jesus known by passionately proclaiming the transforming truth of the gospel on our nationwide broadcast platform by airing a powerful new special, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

Based on Dr. D. James Kennedy’s best-selling book by the same name, it features scholars and experts who investigate the positive impact Jesus Christ has made upon every area of life, including

  • the arts
  • modern science
  • education
  • charity
  • the sanctity of human life
  • the elevation of women
  • and many more

About the film:

Based on Dr. D. James Kennedy’s best-selling book by the same name, it features scholars and experts who investigate the positive impact Jesus Christ has made upon every area of life, including:

  • §  the arts
  • §  modern science
  • §  education
  • §  charity
  • §  the sanctity of human life
  • §  the elevation of women
  • §  and many more

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As I read through What If Jesus Had Never Been Born, I was in awe of the profound truths all throughout this book. This book proves that Christianity has an affect on everything happening. Jesus, the son of God, and everything happened around him.

In What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?, discover:

  • Christianity’s impact on the value of human life, helping the poor, and education
  • Christianity’s impact on world history and the founding of America
  • Christianity’s contribution to civil liberties, science, medicine, and economics
  • Lives changed by Jesus Christ

Discover what life would really be like if Jesus had never been born. If you want to strengthen what you already believe about Jesus and the Gospel, and why Jesus came to earth for the sins of everyone, this is a great book for you to read. If this is something you have always questioned, or always wanted to know more about. You can find answers you need if this awesome book. I highly recommend What If Jesus Had Never Been Born. In fact, I recommend this book to everyone living today. I pray there will be a day we can get this book in the hands of everyone, no matter where they live.

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.

Skip to contentSearch for:

Jesus is the greatest person who ever lived

Description of the Movie

Based on the book by the same title authored by Dr. D. James Kennedy and Dr. Jerry Newcombe, this compelling one hour documentary is a detailed apologetic on how the birth of the Lord Jesus has positively impacted nearly every aspect of our society. Filmed on location in North America, Europe, South America, and India, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? is host by the Late Dr. D. James Kennedy and features interviews and commentary from scientist, historians, philosophers theologians, broadcasters, and others like Dr. Paul Maier, Dr. Os Guinness, Dr. E.V. Hill, Dr. Jerry Newcombe, Dr. Charles Howe Wolfe, Dr. John Brooke, Rabbi Daniel Lappin, Robin Lane Fox, Janet Parshall, Sir Alan Cooke, Stephen McDowell, David Barton, and others.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS MOVIE

This documentary is based on the book What If Jesus Had Never Been Born Dr. D. James Kennedy and Dr. Jerry Newcombe. You will discover how Christianity has been the single greatest force for good that the world has ever know. This movie is about o,(jne hour long, and it filmed all around England and the United States. This move is eye opening on the impact Jesus Christ and His Church has on our world.

It is good to read this book and then watch the movie. I didn’t take notes but I should have. Watching this movie I will take notes to use when. I read parts of the book again. I was in awe of the profound truths, many I already knew and there was plenty I was hearing for the first time.

This is a movie and book you do not want to miss out on. Whether you are a Christian or not, everyone can and will benefit from this amazing movie. I will keep both the book and the movie in my library. It’s to important not to keep.

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.

To order a copy of the book and/or movie, click on the link below.

You and order the film and/or a copy of the book for a donation of their choice.  Their donation supports the screening of this film on a digital platform to reach a larger audience.

https://offers.djameskennedy.org/wijhnbb-fg/?utm_campaign=wijhnbb-fg&utm_source=CW&utm_medium=Influencer20221118&utm_content=L2828&PN=41201523

#whatifjesuswasneverborn #jesus #jesusisthereason #djameskennedy

To win a copy of the Book and Movie, click on the link below!

https://www.blessedfreebies.com/what-if-jesus-had-never-been-born.html

Twice Sold Tales by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Twice Sold Tales

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian / Romantic Women’s Fiction

Release date: November 2, 2022

MY RATING: FIVE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If only owning a bookstore didn’t mean dealing with people.

No one was more surprised than Harper Brevig when Great Aunt Lorene (not “Lori,” thank-you-very-much) died and left her least favorite niece her bookstore–including a prime piece of real estate in downtown Red Wing, Minnesota.

Making a go of the place shouldn’t be too hard. With her library science degree, she should be set. Then again, the website describing library degrees had said it would teach her excellent communication skills. It had not. Could she get a partial refund?

Still, owning the building should mean crazy-low overhead to offset her less than optimal “book-side” manner.  Ahem. So when yet another huge bill arrives, and she starts getting twitchy about the low bank balance, Harper does the only thing she can think of.

Enter Milton Coleridge. He’d been excited about the possibilities of the store last year, but Harper had sent him packing before he could talk to her about them. Now he has a chance to make a difference. But she’s right. She’s bleeding money, and it doesn’t make sense!

Milton’s job is to figure out what’s going on, plug the financial leak, and maybe… do a little matchmaking. That dad with the adorable little boy would be good for her… and she’d be good for him. Probably.

Twice Sold Tales: the first full-length novel in the Bookstrings series releasing with The Mosaic Collection

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When Harper Brevig’s Aunt Lorene passed away, she left her bookstore to Harper, which surprised Harper very much because she was her least favorite niece. But she did have a degree that should help her in running the store. But as Harper continues each month to make ends meet, that profit is just not adding up. What is she to do.

Twice Sold Tales is such a fun book to read. And I love, love the title. What a great name for a bookstore! I love the little town of Red Wing, Minnesota. It has the most fascinating and interesting people. But the main thing is the love they have for others. Harper is a wonderful character, and my heart melted at her love for Bennie. Noah is adorable and is too hard on himself. But maybe Harper can help with that? Both Bennie and Noah stole my heart from the beginning. Author Chautona Havig created the best of the best characters for this story. I could relate to the small town and its people because I grew up in one, and the people were very much like those in Red Wing. The romance between Noah and Harper, well it was so slow you wonder if there is one. But keep reading. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. I has to be good! I’m giving Twice Sold Tales 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.

More from Chautona

“What kind of research does a contemporary book need? I mean, she’s a bookstore owner in a town you’ve been to several times. What’s there to research?”

I can’t be the only author to get questions like this. And I certainly can’t be the only one who has to fight the urge to laugh. Folks, authors research everything. In Twice Sold Tales, I think I looked up almost as much as I did in my Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries!

Because here’s the deal. What I didn’t know about Red Wing, Minnesota wouldn’t have hurt the story most of the time. Who cares that Bev’s Café has amazing creamy cucumbers? It doesn’t technically matter. Well, except to my character who hates veggies but will eat those. They make her feel virtuous. And you get to know about it.

But… what you discover about a place or a time or an occupation or whatever can totally change the course of your story. Case in point? I went to a website about River City Days because my niece suggested it might be a good thing for Noah to do with his son. That led me to the Farmer’s Markets and to other things. How I got to the first Ghost Walk in Red Wing taking place this year? I don’t even know. What I do know is that the moment I read about it, I knew Harper had to go. And if she did, and if Milton were the instigator, Noah had to go. #BecauseMatchmaker.

And this is where it got really cool. To make the walk as authentic as I could, I read everything I could find about it. And I discovered something super cool. Like… blow you out of the water cool.

Red Wing, Minnesota sits near the shore of Lake Pepin. Little House on the Prairie lovers will remember this as the lake that Laura Ingalls crossed in the wagon as they left the Big Woods of Wisconsin (you know, right across the river/lake from Red Wing???) Well… Lake Pepin has a monster—the Nessie of the Mississippi. Yes, you read that right… a monster! I went looking and guess what? The “monster” has a name. Pepie! Needless to say, Pepie became a an important part of my story. Because how could he not?

And… I happened to find a stuffed Pepie at Treats & Treasures in Lake City, just south of Red Wing, so I ordered a couple for giveaways—including the one with this blog tour. Happy reading, and what do you think? Shouldn’t someone write Pepie’s story?

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 21

Vicky Sluiter, January 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 22

Mary Hake, January 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, January 23

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 24

deb’s Book Review, January 24

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 25

Lots of Helpers, January 25

Cover Lover Book Review, January 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 26

Splashes of Joy, January 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 27

She Lives To Read, January 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 30

For Him and My Family, January 30

Divine Perspective, January 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Aryn the Libraryan, February 1

Books I’ve Read, February 1

Blogging With Carol, February 2

Back Porch Reads, February 2

Pause for Tales, February 3

Spoken from the Heart, February 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback of the book, a stuffed “Pepie” and a few other bookish goodies!!

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/23bc5/twice-sold-tales-celebration-tour-giveaway

BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland

Join us for this tour from Jan 10 to Jan 30, 2023!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 10, 2023
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Jan 30, 2023
Content Rating:  G for all kids.

Book Description:

Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!

Blooming Rose Blasts Off – Virtual Book Tour 2023

Kelly @ Lady Hawkeye Guest Post

Finding The Right Fit 

As a first time children’s book author, I knew I wanted to get it right. The right words. The right illustrations. The right publishing route. The right marketing plan. But as a newbie, I knew that would be a tall order. 

From the beginning, I needed to check my eagerness and excitability at the door if I was to truly create a quality story worthy of such investments. From writing, rewriting, editing, beta testing, more beta testing, and critique grouping before I even signed my publishing deal and passed my book baby along to a professional editing desk, I was feeling pretty confident by the time we stamped the FINAL approval for the manuscript.

I not only felt confident in the story and characters, but also in the overall concept, and my goal to create a meaningful series and book materials to support parents, teachers, and ultimately, our kids. 

But what came next was equally as daunting – finding an illustrator. For a picture book I know it comes as no surprise to imagine the illustrations being as important, if not more, than the words themselves. And having a somewhat picky and particular style in mind, I imagined finding “the one” would be like finding your wedding dress. When you know, you know. 

And know, I did. Not only was she one of countless portfolios that I’d flipped through that immediately caught my attention, but I also quickly found myself falling in love with each of her pieces and her overall style. It was kind of like the cherry (or veil) on top when I realized she was also right down the road. Out of amazing illustrators from around the world, I happened upon one that was also here in Texas. One that I felt could perfectly capture the rolling hills of our setting’s farm house, and the peculiar personalities of our slew of animals that I dreamed being depicted throughout the series. 

And just as imagined, with some patience and pickiness, my crazy story idea came out to be a perfectly published book. Which just so happens to be written, illustrated, and printed here in Texas. My little piece of home is now ready to travel the world. 

Blooming Rose Blasts Off is illustrated by the amazing Kristen Humphrey. 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love this adorable book inside and out. Your child will learn many valuable lessons as you read this book to them. They are sure to have fun looking at the beautiful pictures throughout.

Rose does perfectly well when it comes to writing, drawing and playing, but when she is given a completely different project, what is she to do? With help from her friends and dad, along with encouragement from her classmates, Rose is comfortable with her project, even though it isn’t perfect. I like that this author chose to have Rose’s project less than perfect. This teaches children they only need to do their best, even though it is not perfect, and that sometimes it takes a few times to do something to achieve your goal.

Kristen Humphrey does a splendid job with the illustrations, inside and on the cover. Children will love the sweet characters and the beautiful purple colors throughout the book. The author includes many things for those wanting to home school, or to use as lesson plans for school or home learning.

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
Amazon ~ B&N Target  ~ Bookshop.org
Mascot Books
Blooming Rose Kids

BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland

Meet the Author:

As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”

Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ pinterest ~ youtube

Tour and Giveaway for Dark of Night by Colleen Coble

Dark of Night

by Colleen Coble

January 9-February 3, 2023 Virtual Book Tour

Synopsis:

Dark of Night by Colleen Coble cover

The law is about justice—not grace. But perhaps ranger Annie Pederson can find a way to have both.

As if the last few months haven’t been hard enough—complete with threats on her life and the return of her first love, Jon—Annie has to figure out whether or not to believe a woman who claims to be her sister, Sarah, who was abducted twenty-four years ago at age five. Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, has plenty of questions about what’s going on in her mother’s life—but there are some stones Annie doesn’t want uncovered.

As Annie grapples with how to heal the gulf between her and her would-be sister and make room in her daughter’s life for Jon, she’s professionally distracted by the case of yet another missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman named Michelle Fraser has now been abducted, and though the woman’s estranged husband is at the top of their suspect list, Annie and her colleagues will need to dig deeper and determine whether these recent mysteries are truly as unrelated as they seem.

In this second novel of bestselling author Colleen Coble’s latest romantic-suspense series, Annie and Jon must fight for the future—and the family—that could once more be theirs.

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: January 2023

Number of Pages: 352

ISBN: 0785253742 (ISBN13: 9780785253747)

Series: Annie Pederson #2

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

Should she even be out here alone? Michigan’s U.P. was a whole lotta wilderness. Michelle Fraser’s shoulder blades gave a tingle and made her glance back to see if anyone was following her. No one there. But in spite of seeing no movement in the trees and bushes, she couldn’t discount her gut instinct. She’d been spooked ever since she left the safety of the women’s shelter.

Maybe it was just knowing she was out here with no backup that had her on edge.

The heavy scent of rain hung in the twilight air as she set the last of her wildlife cameras in the crook of a large sugar maple tree. A northern flying squirrel chattered a warning from its nest. The glaucomys sabrinus’s agitation made Michelle pull away in time to avoid being nipped.

Thunder rumbled in the distance, and a spooky mist blew through the forest. The sooner she was out of here, the better. Her last set of cameras hadn’t turned up the elusive mountain lions she’d been searching for, but a hunter in neighboring Ontonagon County had snapped a picture of a large male reclining on a rock. If she could acquire more data, it would aid her research for the magazine article proving mountain lions inhabited the area. And she had to have pictures.

She’d been obsessed with big cats for as long as she could remember. Even the various names held a fascinating mystique: catamount, puma, cougar, mountain lion, panther.

A mosquito landed on her arm, and she swatted it. Her hands came away with a drop of blood on her fingers. Yuck. She wiped the residue on her khaki shorts and turned to go back to her ATV. A sound erupted to her right, and it sounded like either a puma or a woman’s scream. The hair on her neck prickled, and she moved that way.

The scream pealed again, and she removed the lens cap on the camera slung around her neck. Her palms dampened, and her breath came fast. Walking toward danger might not be the smartest thing, but Michelle couldn’t help herself. She yearned to see a puma in the wild in all its power and beauty. Her knees shook as she pulled out a bullhorn from her backpack to frighten away the cat if it sensed her as prey.

Queen pumas would be protecting their litters in June, so she needed to be careful. Her lungs labored as she rushed in that direction. Her black belt in jujitsu wouldn’t do much against the speed and power of a puma. She seized a large branch to make herself seem bigger as she advanced through the forest. Evergreen needles clawed at her arms as she forced her way through a thick stand of white pine.

She paused on the other side and caught the glimmer of water. Lake Superior’s waves lapped at the rocky shore, and she spotted a yellow kayak riding the swells in the shallow surf. A discarded backpack bobbed beside it.

Her sense of unease grew as she observed the scene. Glancing around, she approached the water and snagged the backpack from the lake, then pulled the kayak onto the rocks. Her gut told her someone was in trouble.

Should she call out? If it was wildlife threatening the woman she thought she’d heard, Michelle could scare it off with a flare. But if the attacker was human, she didn’t want to give away her presence and put the woman in greater danger. She scanned the area for bear or cougar scat but found nothing.

The sound of oars slapping the water came from her left, and she ducked back into the shadow of the pines until she could tell the intent of the boaters. Two figures partially shrouded in mist paddled a large canoe around a rocky finger of the shore. The glimpse of broad shoulders through the fog indicated they were probably men. She strained to listen through the sound of the wind and water but couldn’t hear much.

She couldn’t put her finger on why she didn’t want them to see her. Maybe because they were men, and Brandon might have sent them after her.

“I know she ran this way. Trying to get to her kayak, eh.” The man’s heavy Yooper accent carried well over the water.

“Can’t see her through this mist,” the other man said. “I don’t know why I let you talk me into this. Your love life isn’t my business.”

“You owe me. Let’s try on down the shore. There’s a deer trail toward the road she might have tried to take.”

Their voices faded as their canoe moved past. She didn’t get a good look at their faces. Was a woman out there trying to escape an abusive ex? Michelle had seen plenty of that kind of trauma this past year and had experienced abuse personally.

Once they were out of sight, she stepped back into the clearing. “Hello,” she called softly. “Is anyone here? I can help you.”

She walked across the green mossy clearing, searching for a sign of an injured woman. The bushes to her left shivered and rustled, and she stepped closer. “Hello? Do you need help?”

The leaves parted as the mist swirled along the ground, and the pale oval of a woman’s face emerged. Long blonde hair hung in strings along her cheeks, and her eyelids fluttered as though she might faint. Michelle rushed forward and helped the young woman to her feet. She was in her early twenties with a slight build. Mud smeared her khaki shorts and red top, and she was barefoot.

She seemed familiar, and Michelle reached down to touch her forehead. She nearly recoiled at the heat radiating from the young woman. “Wait, aren’t you Grace Mitchell?”

They’d met when Grace first arrived at the shelter, but Michelle hadn’t immediately recognized her with the mud and dirt on her face and hair. The woman’s fever alarmed Michelle. “You’re burning up. We need to get you to a doctor.”

“I-I’ll be fine. Do you have some way out of here?”

“My ATV is this way.” Michelle put her right arm around the woman’s waist and helped her stumble toward the trail. “What are you doing out here?”

Grace paused and wiped the beads of perspiration from her forehead. “I spotted my ex driving past the shelter, and I knew he’d found me. That day we met, you mentioned a remote area you liked with a great camping spot, and I decided to try to find it. You know, hide out until I figured out where to go to get away from Roy. But I stopped by to get camping gear from my parents, and he must have followed me here. He’s out there somewhere. He and a buddy.” Her blue eyes flashed with fear. “I can’t let him find me.”

They reached the ATV, and Michelle got Grace situated, but it was a tight squeeze on the vehicle meant for one person. Michelle got water out of her backpack and helped Grace drink some. She grabbed her phone, too, and took a quick photo of the traumatized girl before she dropped it back into the pack.

Michelle started the machine and pulled out onto the trail back to the cabin where she’d been hiding out. She should have gotten out of here earlier since the weather had caused darkness to fall sooner than expected. It would be slow going on the rough trail with only the headlamps pushing the darkness back a short distance.

After only a few minutes, Michelle realized she’d gotten off the trail. She stopped the machine and looked around. Which way should she go? She consulted her compass and decided to push due west. They’d only gone a few feet when the ground gave out under the machine, and they went flying into the air. When Michelle hit the ground, something in her right leg snapped, and the excruciating pain was instantaneous.

She bit back a scream but couldn’t stop the moan as she pulled her knee to her chest. The swelling was already starting four inches above her ankle, but at least it didn’t appear to be a compound fracture. “I-I’ve broken my leg. Are you all right, Grace?”

When Grace didn’t answer, Michelle felt along the ground until she touched her thigh. “Grace?” She felt up the young woman’s body to her face.

Grace wasn’t breathing. “Oh no,” Michelle whispered. She checked her out in the dark as best as she could. No pulse.

Michelle dragged herself to the machine but it was on its side, and she couldn’t right it with her broken leg. No one would be searching for her out here, so she had to find shelter. But how?

The pain made it hard to think. She froze at the sound of movement in the vegetation. Something big was crashing toward her. A deer? A mountain lion or bear?

A man’s shoulders moved into sight, and his expression sent shivers up her spine. When he reached down to lift her up, the pain intensified in her leg, and her vision went black.

///

Law enforcement ranger Annie Pederson sat at a table by herself in the small interrogation room at the Rock Harbor jail and waited for Taylor Moore to be brought in for questioning. Maybe it was Annie’s imagination, but it seemed as if the beige paint on the walls reeked with the guilt and despair of countless years of interrogations. Even the clean scent of the disinfectant used in the area didn’t dissipate the unpleasantness. She didn’t like this space and wished she could have talked to Taylor at the coffee shop or somewhere more pleasant.

But this meeting might be the end of her lifelong search, so she would have faced even tigers in this place.

The door opened and Taylor entered. Several weeks ago Annie had hired her to help out around the Tremolo Marina and Cabin Resort and with Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, but the woman had been picked up for questioning about the necklace found belonging to a murdered girl. Her claim to be Annie’s sister, Sarah—kidnapped from Tremolo Island twenty-four years ago—had turned Annie’s every thought on its head. According to Taylor’s ID, she was twenty-nine, three years younger than Annie, so that detail matched Sarah.

Annie’s heart squeezed at Taylor’s ducked head and stringy locks. The bright-red hair dye was fading, and glints of her natural blonde color showed through. Her jeans and tee looked like she’d slept in them for days, and the scent of stale perspiration wafted from her.

Taylor glanced up, and Annie bit back a gasp at the defiance gleaming in those vivid blue eyes that matched Annie’s eye color instead of the muddy brown Annie was used to. Jon Dunstan had claimed Taylor was wearing contacts to change her eye color, and it seemed he was right.

Annie had prided herself on her ability to read people in her line of work. She’d always thought she could detect a liar with no problem. Taylor had completely snowed her. After Taylor’s impeccable references, Annie had trusted the woman with her child.

Sheriff Mason Kaleva ambled in behind Taylor. He gestured to the chair across the table from Annie. “Have a seat, Ms. Moore.”

In his forties, his husky form brought solace to Annie. He’d always been there for her and his town, and his kind brown eyes swept over her in a questioning gaze. She gave him a little nod to let him know she was okay.

Taylor’s eyes narrowed. “It’s Ms. Vitanen. Sarah Vitanen.”

A wave of dizziness washed over Annie, and she bit her lip and eyed Taylor closely. “You claim to be my sister, but do you have any proof?”

The chair screeched on the tile floor as Taylor pulled it out before she plopped onto it. “I should have expected you wouldn’t welcome me with open arms. After all, you did nothing to stop my abduction.”

Heat swept up Annie’s neck and lodged in her cheeks. “What could an eight-year-old do to stop an adult? If you’re really Sarah, what was the name of your favorite stuffed animal?”

“Cocoa,” Taylor said without hesitation. “It was a brown kitten. I couldn’t have a real one because Mom was allergic.”

Annie’s eyes widened. She caught her breath as she studied the other woman across the table. “Let me see your left knee.”

Rebellion flashed in Taylor’s blue eyes, and she leaned down to yank up her baggy jeans, then stood with her tanned knee exposed. A faded two-inch scar just below her kneecap matched the one in Annie’s memory. Sarah had gotten snagged on a large metal hook under the dock at the marina. It had taken fifteen stitches to close the wound, and Annie had helped her sister hobble around for several weeks.

But was that proof? Kids had scars from all sorts of things. She wanted to believe her sister was still alive, but was Taylor really Sarah?

Her breath eased from her lips, and Annie couldn’t speak for a long moment. “You really believe you’re Sarah? Did you research all that and make sure the details matched?”

Taylor just stared back at her with that same defiance. In Annie’s dreams, finding Sarah meant a tight embrace and happy tears, but Taylor’s stance with her arms folded across her chest and her jutting chin warned Annie off any displays of affection. Not that she was feeling any warmth toward the other woman in this moment.

When the other woman plopped back in her chair and didn’t answer, Annie licked her lips. “Why didn’t you tell me when you first showed up looking for work? Why the fake name? I’ve been searching for my sister for years.”

“Have you? Have you really?”

Annie glanced at Mason. “Ask him if you don’t believe me.”

Mason shifted his bulky form and nodded. “I’ve been helping Annie search. We’ve sent DNA samples numerous times over the past ten years. Her parents searched for Sarah, and even hired investigators, until their deaths.”

Annie hadn’t known that. Her parents’ business, the Tremolo Marina and Cabin Resort, operated on a shoestring, so they must have taken much needed money to try to find Sarah.

Annie shifted her gaze back to the woman across the table. Taylor twisted a strand of hair around her finger in a coil. Sarah used to do that too. If this was a scam, it was an elaborate one. With all her heart Annie wanted to believe it, but she couldn’t quite accept it. It was so sudden, and the circumstances were bizarre.

Mason cleared his throat. “We’ll need a little more proof. We can get the DNA back in a week or so.”

“I have nothing to hide,” the other woman said.

Annie had spent twenty-four years agonizing over her failure to save Sarah. The guilt had nearly swallowed her alive, though everyone told her she couldn’t have done anything. Until a few days ago, she hadn’t been able to recall much about that awful night. Maybe she hadn’t wanted to remember how she froze in fear when the kidnapper grabbed Sarah.

Annie fingered the scar on her neck where the attacker had wounded her with a knife. She’d been left for dead in the cold waters of Lake Superior, and while logically she knew she was no match for the gruff woman who’d snatched her sister, Annie had struggled to believe it.

“Were any of the things you told me about your life true? Those things you said about your m-mother?”

“I had a rotten life, if that’s what you’re asking. All those things I said about my mother were true. And it was all your fault.”

There was nothing Annie could say to counter that when her own conscience condemned her too. She was only too glad when her boss, Kade Matthews, texted her with a new case. Mason could continue the questioning about the necklace.

***

Excerpt from Dark of Night by Colleen Coble. Copyright 2022 by Colleen Coble. Reproduced with permission from HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Colleen Coble has done it again! It this second book in the Annie Peterson Series, is another heart-stopping, nail biting, edge of seat suspense that you simply cannot put down once you start reading. There is so much going on in this book it’s hard to catch your breath at times. I will say with this series, it’s better to read the books in order because each book starts right after the other one ends. Again, there is a missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The ladies husband is a top suspect, but some things uncovered just don’t add up. Annie has to deal with the lady claiming to be her long ago abducted sister, Sarah, but things just don’t pan out there either. And who is the weird person following Annie, and why? And there’s more, but this is enough to spike your interest.

Wow! When I finished reading this book Wow is  all I could say for a while. I had to sit there for a while and run everything through my mind again! This is definitely a series I am going to read again, as soon as book three releases.
It was interesting to get the take from several different characters, some searching for those who are lost, and the ones who are lost waiting and hoping they would soon be found. A little confusing? Yeah I know but that’s part of the good stuff! And all throughout this amazing read I had to stop and go back a few pages and re-read them again, sometimes I had to go way back to make sure I was getting all of the good stuff correct, but that’s what I love about reading a book that is so good. The authors spend their time with research, going on trips to find the best information to make the the book just right, and I want to make sure I get all of the nitty-gritty stuff they have for us. And it’s so much fun. To be honest, my head was spinning so much by the time I finished the story, I just sat there in awe, thinking about the story. Oh and the romance! There is sweet romance flowing through the story that brings you down off your high for a moment at times. Such sweet romance.

If you love suspense, especially with a thread of romance flowing through, Colleen Coble is the author to go to. Check out Dark of Night now! You will not be disappointed. I encourage you to check out Cobles other books as well. You will love them all!

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:

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

Connect with Colleen online at:

colleencoble.com

Goodreads

BookBub: @colleencoble

Instagram: @colleencoble

Twitter: @colleencoble

Facebook: colleencoblebooks

Tour Participants:

Visit these other great hosts on this tour for more great reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaway entries! https://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=308901

 

GIVEAWAY:

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Tours for Harper Collins and Colleen Coble. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.
 

https://kingsumo.com/js/embed.js

 

Get More Great Reads at Partners In Crime Tours

 

What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson

Publisher‎Bethany House Publishers (January 17, 2023)
Language‎English
Paperback‎352 pages
ISBN-10‎0764240404
ISBN-13‎978-0764240409

MY RATING: FIVE-PLUS STARS

Description

Product Description

“An uplifting story of faith, hope, and healing.”–Booklist

“Everyone has a story, and maybe everyone needs a little help toward healing.”

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy–but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband and his new wife, she must manage life on her own. All of that changes when she’s asked to spotlight her childhood best friend’s missing person case on her podcast.

Dora Crane has never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead, keeping her home looking the same as when her daughter disappeared. But when her husband leaves her and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling and to pack up her missing daughter’s belongings under one condition: Faith Byrne comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case.

As the long-abandoned investigation moves forward, old wounds and long-buried secrets are exposed. Will these two women, whose lives have never been the same, finally get the answers they need to reconcile the past and the future?

“This heartbreaking story will keep you guessing–and hoping–with the turn of every redemptive page.”–ERIN BARTELS, award-winning author of The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I saw the beautiful and intriguing cover of What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson, I knew I had to have it. I love choosing books by their beautiful cover, and I picked a winner with this one.

What Happen Next is told through the eyes of Dora: Heather’s mom, Heather: Dora’s daughter and Faith: Heather’s best friend. Faith and Heather were pretty much inseparable in the summer of 1987, and after Faith’s family moves in with her grandma. When the summer was about over, Faith’s family moved, she and Heather did not communicate anymore.

Being a Podcaster in her adult life brought a familiar person into Faith’s life one day, Heather’s sister, asking Faith to shed light about her sisters disappearance decades ago. No one told Faith, so of course she was very shocked. She struggled much with the decision, but decided to do her part and help find her best friend.

Wow! What a story! Probably halfway through the book, Nelson drops a hint that gave me the jitters, and I couldn’t put the book down after that. Dora and her family have been grieving Heather’s disappearance all this time. Dora was turning her family away because she couldn’t stop grieving the loss of her daughter. Could she still be alive? So many questions. And not one answer. I don’t go to the end of books to get answers, so I had to speed read the last half of the book, I was having a fit to know what happened. So I’ll read this book again, here very soon, much slower so I don’t miss anything. It is too good not to give it another try. This was my first book by Christina Suzann Nelson, and boy, am I glad I chose it to review. Nelson’s writing is phenomenal. She is able to capture true feelings of the wonderful characters she created. The story has such a realistic feeling, and the characters are spot on. Nelson does a fantastic job of going from the excitement of the 1987 summer to the excruciating grief in Dora, to the sadness, to the disappointments, and to the acceptance and peace in the characters. Emotions were running every which way in this wonderful story. I felt like this was real family and friends I was reading about. I enjoyed the subtle touch of romance between Nate and Faith, which gave a warm, loving feeling. This is a book you dont want to miss. It’s Christian fiction, so it’s clean. Check out What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson, you will be very glad you did! What Happen Next is getting Five plus stars from me. I’d love to give it more.

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

Christina Suzann Nelson in an inspirational speaker and the award-winning author. Her first novel, If We Make It Home, was honored as one of Library Journal’s top five inspirational novels of 2017.

In 2017, Christina was named the OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise and received a Cascade award for her novel, Swimming in the Deep End.

Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better World, Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications.

Christina is over the top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, Christina serves on the board of the non-profit, Every Child Linn-Benton, where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system.

On a typical day, she chases escaped farm animals, reads, hikes with her dog, and enjoys her husband and six kids.

The River of God’s Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard

Book Details:

​Book Title:  The River of God’s Presence by Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  316 pages
GenreChristian Spiritual Life
Publisher:  Images of Light Publishing, LLC
Release date:  October  2022
Content Rating:  This Christian book is rated G.

Book Description:One night, Jesus caught Jeannine up in the most vivid dream of her life. In this dream, He flew her around the world and revealed how His presence is like the river of God. By contemplating the rivers in Scripture with Him, Jeannine began to understand what happens when we encounter His presence. From Genesis through Revelation, Jesus revealed to her how the rivers in Scripture can metaphorically depict what happens in God’s presence and how Jesus invites us to commune with Him.

Regardless of your experience with God, this book will take you deeper and further in your spiritual life, and you will be more aware of His presence and all that is available to you within it. Studying the river of God will compel you to spend time with Him, where you will find the answers to all the “whats?” and the “whys?” and the “hows?” and the “what-ifs?” you’ve been asking. You will discover in His presence the best inspiration for life.

As you read The River of God’s Presence, you will become more aware of His presence, and you will learn to live from the place of His presence. As this occurs, the beauty of His presence will flow out from your relationship with Him in such a way that it affects every aspect of your life!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In The River of God’s Presence, Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard tell the story of how God came to her in a dream, flying her around to  revealed to her how His presence is like the river of God. They flew over all of the rivers in the world. On all of the Bible Jesus revealed to her how the rivers in Scripture can metaphorically depict what happens in God’s presence and how Jesus invites us to commune with Him.

This is a beautiful book and a nicely written book. I enjoyed reading Jeannine’s book and her encounters with God. Talking about the rivers and how they are connected to God. I have never heard this before and found it interesting. I will have to say, I’m not sure I am on the same page as Jeannine about all of this information but I did enjoy reading this book. I encourage you to check the book out. And while reading it, and if you are interested in the rivers, no matter your relationship with Him, ask God to enlighten you about the topic, and I believe he will show you the truth about His creation.

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:
Amazon ~ B&N ~ BAM
Indiebound ~ Bookshop.org
 
Meet the Author:

Jeannine Rodriguez-Everard is an author, teacher, and international speaker. She is gifted in understanding the supernatural and how God speaks to His children. Jeannine seeks to help people know God and how He uniquely created them to reflect His Light and love to the world. Through her understanding of the ways of God and the importance of communion with Him, Jeannine helps people encounter God personally, while understanding their ability to bring Heaven to Earth through friendship with Jesus. Jeannine and her husband, Ian, live in Idaho with their two beloved dogs, Jimmy & Johnny. Jeannine also enjoys connecting with God and others through art, singing, and storytelling.

connect with the author: website facebook instagram 

 
Enter the Giveaway:

 

RIVER OF GOD’S PRESENCE Book Tour Giveaway
https://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js

For the Love of Faith by Tricia McGill

For the Love of Faith
by Tricia McGill

~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE:  Historical Romance

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

At almost seventeen Faith Boswell knows little about the world beyond the lodging house in Ballarat owned by her widowed mother. The mining town of Ballarat in 1860 is populated by those seeking to get rich by finding gold, so their residents are mostly miners on their way to the diggings with high hopes of finding this highly treasured substance. Sadly, Faith’s Ma is not the easiest person to get along with and Faith often wonders just why her mother is so bitter.

Things start to change unexpectedly one day when a stranger appears at the door of their home—a gentleman who mysteriously seems to know a lot about Faith’s Ma, her past life, plus Faith herself. Faith fears that her mother has been lying to her all her life. From that day Faith’s life takes a turn, perhaps for the better. One long-term lodger is a widow who unexpectedly presents Faith with an unusual birthday gift. This gift causes uproar which plays a large part in Faith’s life from them onwards.

Because Faith knows little about life outside of her sheltered existence, she is unable to fathom if handsome Walter Finch, son of the nearby store owners, has real feelings for her or is simply being kind. Faith is soon to find out just how willing he is to help her as she sets out on a new and scary phase in her life.

Excerpt Three:

Walt was in the process of working on one of Matilda’s hooves. He was stripped to the waist and in the moment before he looked up and saw Faith, she admired his strong body. Seldom had she seen a half-naked man except for the natives who chose to go around part clothed. In fact, the only time was when one of the miners ran through town waving his discarded shirt in his glee at finding a nugget of gold.

“You have a nice voice,” she said, knowing her voice came out huskily. With a small cough she quickly added, “I hope I have not caught you when you are very busy.”

Reaching for his shirt which he pulled on slowly, he laughed. “Never too busy for you, Faith. I am about ready for a rest.” Stroking the mare’s neck, he told her to continue with whatever was in her manger, and beckoned Faith to a bench. “Come sit here. No one will bother us, and it is cooler here inside. It is warming up as we near Yuletide.”

Feeling ridiculously shy, she sat and straightened her skirt over her knees. “As I told you, I have a decision to make, and I hoped you could help me to sort out my jumbled thoughts.”

“I will do my best—but I am just a simple bloke so don’t expect me to solve any difficult dilemmas you might have.” This was followed by a chuckle.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For the Love of Faith is the first book I have read by author Tricia McGill, and I am glad I could enjoy this romance read. Faith and her mother live in a lodging house in the mining town of Ballarat. The year is 1860, and most people staying in their lodging house are those digging for gold, hoping to get rich, so the ladies were able to make ends meet. Faith didn’t know a lot about what was happening outside of the lodge. Her grouchy and bitter mom had her working too much and didn’t let her go out, but this all changed when a stranger came to town. The interesting thing is that he and Faith’s mom knew each other from the past. And from then on, Faith’s life was turned upside down.

For the Love of Faith is very well written, and the characters were well created, and I found that they developed well in the story. I felt bad for Faith because her mom had kept her hidden from their little part of the world. There are a lot of secrets that changed Faith and her mom’s life. I like Walter Finch. He really liked Faith, and he found an intriguing and exciting way to let her know.

If you enjoy mining towns and the enjoyment of finding out what the guys found on their mining trips, you will love this book. And since there is a hefty dose of romance floating through the story, it makes it even more exciting. I encourage you to run out and grab a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed!

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:

Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart. 

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. 

For reviews and excerpts from my books plus a little more about me go to my web page: http://www.triciamcgill.com 

Or my Books We Love Author page:  https://bookswelove.net/mcgill-tricia/

Where you will find links to all the places where my books can be purchased.

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorTriciaMcGill

My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/authortriciamcg/

Which is mostly taken over by animals big and small.

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/triciamcgill

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Tricia McGill will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4450“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

For the Love of Faithby Tricia McGill

Excerpt:

Walt was in the process of working on one of Matilda’s hooves. He was stripped to the waist and in the moment before he looked up and saw Faith, she admired his strong body. Seldom had she seen a half-naked man except for the natives who chose to go around part clothed. In fact, the only time was when one of the miners ran through town waving his discarded shirt in his glee at finding a nugget of gold.

“You have a nice voice,” she said, knowing her voice came out huskily. With a small cough she quickly added, “I hope I have not caught you when you are very busy.”

Reaching for his shirt which he pulled on slowly, he laughed. “Never too busy for you, Faith. I am about ready for a rest.” Stroking the mare’s neck, he told her to continue with whatever was in her manger, and beckoned Faith to a bench. “Come sit here. No one will bother us, and it is cooler here inside. It is warming up as we near Yuletide.”

Feeling ridiculously shy, she sat and straightened her skirt over her knees. “As I told you, I have a decision to make, and I hoped you could help me to sort out my jumbled thoughts.”

“I will do my best—but I am just a simple bloke so don’t expect me to solve any difficult dilemmas you might have.” This was followed by a chuckle.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart. 

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. 

For reviews and excerpts from my books plus a little more about me go to my web page: http://www.triciamcgill.com&nbsp;

Or my Books We Love Author page:  https://bookswelove.net/mcgill-tricia/

Where you will find links to all the places where my books can be purchased.

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorTriciaMcGill

My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/authortriciamcg/

Which is mostly taken over by animals big and small.

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/triciamcgill

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Tricia McGill will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4450“>Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>


Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea! by June Foster and Rob Scheer

Join Us for This Tour from Jan 9 to Jan 27, 2023

Book Details:

Book Title:  Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea! by June Foster and Rob Scheer
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Hubble & Hattie
Release date:   August 23, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA)
Tour dates: Jan 9 to Jan 27, 2023
Content Rating:  G.  The book is designed for children between 3-7 years of age.

Book Description:

Adventurous friends Lulu and Malek make fantastic discoveries, take care of our planet, and meet new friends as they explore the wonders of the world under the sea. With vibrant illustrations and endearing characters, this fun-to-read rhyming book is sure to be a children’s favorite that they will want to read over and over again! Add this fun-filled and inspiring book to your home or class library! It will be enjoyed by children who love adventure, a good laugh, and want to learn more about the sea and conservation.

Buy the Book:
Amazon B&N ~ BAM
Indigo ~ AbeBooks ~ IndieBound
add to Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea! by June Foster and Rob Scheer. When Lulu and Malek make their way to the ocean to meet whale, I thought they would play in the ocean, but they spent time making the beach look beautiful by cleaning it up first. This is an excellent way to teach children to clean up wherever they are first, before playing. The three animals had fun the rest of the day playing in the ocean.

Gill Guile does a fantastic job with the illustrations. I love the beautiful vibrant colors inside and on the cover of the book. This beautiful book is great for reading to a classroom or to your children. With the words of the story on each page fitting thebeautiful illustrations so well, the children will love following along with the pictures. I love that kids that are not old enough to read can read the story by the pictures. I encourage you to check out this sweet book for your child’s library. It is also perfect for any elementary school library as well as daycare classrooms.

Meet the Authors:

Just a bit about me. I live in Arizona, but for most of the year, I travel across our beautiful earth as a deckhand and yoga instructor in the yachting industry. I love the serenity of the sea, exploring treasured caves, hiking through lush green forests, immersing myself in different cultures, and meeting new friends. I recently launched an online retail store (www.yachtieinspired.com) that offers conservation and yachtie inspired designs through my Sea Our Love and Silent Whispers Collections. You can also purchase a Personalized Signed Copy of my books on my online store, or please visit junenfoster.com to learn more!

​My co-author, Rob Scheer and I have completed two beautifully illustrated, heartfelt children’s books. Rob is the Founder and CEO of Comfort Cases. Since 2013, Comfort Cases set out on a mission to eliminate the use of trash bags and provide children entering the foster system with brand new essential and comfort items. To date, Comfort Cases has positively impacted over 110,000 children, and has recently opened a chapter in the United Kingdom. For each book purchased Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea, we will donate one book to Comfort Cases.

connect with the authors: website ~ twitter ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Interview and giveaway Steping Stones Dr. Joelle Suel

About the Book

Book: Stepping Stones

Author: Dr. Joelle Suel

Genre: Christian Personal Growth

Release date: November 30, 2018

Do you deeply desire to answer the call of God on your life? Are you seeking divine wisdom for the steps and stops to take in your pursuit? Are you willing to count the cost and do whatever it takes? Join author Dr. Joelle Suel in Stepping Stones: 7 Steps to Achieving Your Divine Destiny as she equips all believers to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives while sharing some of her inspirational journey.

Click here to get your copy

About the Author

Dr. Joelle Suel is founder and Senior Pastor of Glory to Glory Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado; founder and Dean of Glory to Glory Institute of the Holy Spirit; and author of the Institute curriculum and a daily devotion, Today with Dr. J. Her 2018 book, Stepping Stones, equips readers to answer the call of God in their lives. She is in the process of making all of the Institute curriculum available in book format. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Phoenix University of Theology in 2006. A native of Puteaux, France, she became an American citizen in 2003.

Interview with the author, Dr. Joelle Suel – Stepping Stones



1. What tactics do you have when writing? Do you just sit down and start writing? Or have an outline plan before?

I enjoy free writing to find inspiration for a book, or anytime I feel stuck. An outline plan follows, which helps me stay on track. It guides the scheduled writing sessions I set using the free pomodoro app. It allows me to set up 45 minutes of uninterrupted sessions to focus on one section at a time. My goal is to set up an average of 7 of these a week.

2. What do you hope readers will take away from this story?

The one take-away from this book I hope readers will gain is that they can accomplish whatever they set their heart on, from faith to faith.

3. If I review one of your books, what do you want to read from me? 

If you review one of my books, I would enjoy reading whatever you have written. I love reading.

4. Do you read your book reviews? And how do they influence your writing? 

Yes. I read and appreciate book reviews. They help and encourage me in my writing journey.

5. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

As a child, I wanted to be a teacher.

More from Dr. Joelle

Dear reader,

God loves us and counts us precious in His sight. We are full-time ministers wherever we are, and through whatever we do. Where our feet stand is where our pulpit stands. We shine the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and glorify Him, often without realizing it. God desires to use all of us in and through our daily activities.

My prayer is that this book will encourage and empower you to answer His call, from faith to faith. I trust the Spirit of God will strengthen you to continue what you are currently doing and lead you into additional steps in your divine purpose.

Below, please find a few quotes from the book to bless you today.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.–1Thessalonians 5:24 NKJV

Abundant blessings upon you and your family,

Dr. Joelle

  • What we do portrays a greater message than what we say.
  • We cannot seek God’s approval and man’s approval at the same time.
  • The trust in ourselves decreases as our trust in God increases.
  • When Christ becomes our motive for ministry, doors open for Him, not for us.
  • Never stop starting.
  • We cannot expect from others what only God can give.
  • Humility is the gateway to knowing Him.
  • What is on the inside comes out under pressure.
  • We do not complete with others, but we complete one another.
  • If I criticize who I am, I criticize God Himself.
  • What we dwell on, we eventually dwell in.
  • We cannot respect what we don’t value.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 6

Texas Book-aholic, January 7

Beauty in the Binding, January 8 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, January 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 9

deb’s Book Review, January 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 13

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 14 (Author Interview)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, January 15 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, January 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 16

Cover Lover Book Review, January 17

Splashes of Joy, January 18 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Joelle is giving away the grand prize package 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/23681/stepping-stones-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tour and Giveaway On My Honor by Patty Smith Hall

About the Book

Book: On My Honor

Author:Patty Smith Hall

Genre: Christian / Historical Fiction / Romance / Intrigue

Release date: January, 2023

Ginny Mathis was finished with nursing school and had no intention of staying rooted in the Outer Banks—then war broke out. With her father away, she feels duty-bound to stay and help her mother and younger sister. While working as a clerk for the Oregon Inlet ferry, naval officers ask Ginny and others to be watchful for German U-boats reportedly spotted in the area. So to help occupy her teenage sister, Ginny enlists the Girl Scout troop she leads to help watch for suspicious activity along the coast.

Timothy Elliott is no stranger to death. As a British reporter working with the M-6, he’s numb to the losses of war after two years of fighting the Germans. Maybe that’s why he volunteered for this mission—to connect with an ex-German naval officer who stole the Furor’s battle plan for the Atlantic war. When the boat giving him passage to New York is bombed near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Tim is thrown from the boat and wakes up in the care of a group of young girls.

Ginny follows her sneaky sister on a clandestine mission and discovers the shipwreck victim. Ginny knows she must take charge, but is this man the enemy, or does he hold secrets that could turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic in the allies’ favor?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Upon finishing nursing school, Ginny Mathis decides to stay in the Outer Banks. Her mother and sister need help after the war breaks out, and she will be there for them. Timothy Elliott is a British reporter working with the M-6, and has seen more death and war than he wants to see. On the way to is new mission, there is a bombing, and Tim is injured. Will he survive another horrific time in this horrible war?

I love Patty Hall Smith’s books, and this one was very exciting, but not always in a good way. I’ve added this to my favorite Patty Hall Smith’s books. I was glad when Ginny and her girls found Tim after he was stranded. I found it interesting following the sisters and their interactions with Tim. And I can’t leave out the girl scout group Ginny formed with her sister and friends. This group was beyond interesting and humorous and just the right fit for this story. You will love this WWII story, especially if you have followed along with the series from Barbour books. I learned a lot about WWII and the effects it had on North Carolina and the Outer Banks area. There were also interesting and intriguing facts about the girl scouts, and the was as well that I had no idea about. I’m glad I read this book for several reasons, but mainly to learn a little more about our country. Give this book a try. You will be glad you did.

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Multi-published author Patty Smith Hall lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Danny. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or working in her vegetable garden.

More from Patty

Did you know that the Girl Scouts (or Girl Guides) serviced as spies on HIs Majesty’s Secret Service during World War One? I didn’t either until I picked up a book on female spies at my local Barnes and Noble. There were only two paragraphs about how the girls worked with the MI5 for the duration of the war. It was enough to get my heart pumping!

Being a former Girl Scout myself, I was amazed at what these young girls did to help our country during the war. What activities did the Girl Scouts/Girl Guides do in World War II? Anything asked of them. They organized drives for anything from fat (to make bullets) to paper, stepped into positions left vacant by men serving on the front and worked Victory gardens to provide food for their community. They did so many things, I can’t begin to name them all here. By March 1944, the Girl Scouts had provided over 15 million volunteer hours toward the war effort.

Isn’t that amazing? No wonder I had to write a book about them!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 5

The Write Escape, January 5

lakesidelivingsite, January 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7

Texas Book-aholic, January 8

Christina’s Corner, January 8

Inklings and notions, January 9

Cover Lover Book Review, January 10

Lily’s Book Reviews, January 10

Betti Mace, January 11

Where Faith and Books Meet, January 11

deb’s Book Review, January 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 13

For Him and My Family, January 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 14

Mary Hake, January 14

Connie’s History Classroom, January 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 16

Blossoms and Blessings, January 16

Splashes of Joy, January 17

Pause for Tales, January 17

Labor Not in Vain, January 18

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, January 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Patty is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print 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/23640/on-my-honor-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Empowered Woman by Marta Spirk

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Empowered Woman: The Ultimate Roadmap to Business Success  by Marta Spirk
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  104 pages
Genre:  Self-help, Women in Business, Success Self-help
Publisher:  Mom Does It All LLC
Release date:   December 30, 2021
Format available for review:  print (US), ebook (Gifted Kindle), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates: Jan 9 to Jan 20, 2023
Content Rating:  G. no profanity or violent language

Book Description:

Is There a Path to Empowerment? Yes!Any woman can find the path to empowerment. Marta Spirk provides a five-step roadmap for success in life and business on the Empowered Woman Path. By taking the time to notice, listen, and forgive, those on the path find that empowering themselves really means embracing all that they are and reaching new levels of self-acceptance to become the most authentic versions of themselves. This is the path to happiness and fulfillment, and it is nothing short of transformation!​Are you ready to step on the path to empowerment?Become The Empowered Woman

BUY THE BOOK:
MARTA SPIRK

(author signed)
AMAZON ~ AUDIBLE
add to goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Empowered Woman: The Ultimate Roadmap to Business Success by Marta Spirk is a nicely written book to help women have a better look and understanding of herself. It’s great for the lady that lacks self-confidence and self-worth. Spirk uses a Five step roadmap to help others succeed in anything they want to do.

Has life through you for a loop and shattered your world? Has living with pain got you down, or maybe your home life or your job has you at a standstill. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this little book. Its a very short book which is good because it gives you plenty of time to stop and think about what you have read. If you are at a place that you need help to change what you are doing, I don’t hesitate to encourage you to pick up this book and read through it. I’m sure you will be a different person for reading it.

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.

An exciting Interview with the author

What is your next project?

As I was wrapping up the editing for The Empowered Woman, I realized why authors write several books: I had so much more to say that didn’t fit the scope and focus of that book. One thing that my editor was adamant about cutting off was getting into detail about marketing and messaging. This has become such a passion of mine, but I needed to lay the foundation of inner work first. I believe my next project will focus more on finding your angle and voice through your life’s story and purpose to grow your influence, impact and brand as an entrepreneur. For now, though, I see myself publishing The Empowered Woman in a couple other languages before that. First, in Portuguese, of course, and then maybe in French and Spanish.

What genre do you write and why?

I write non-fiction with a focus on self-improvement. After discovering the world of personal development, I started having glimpses of doing something similar, but with my own principles and framework. Although there are many books in this genre, I realized I could add one more, with MY voice, MY story and MY lens. You may find a similar message elsewhere, but you will never find the same.

If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?

I started writing The Empowered Woman during the pandemic when my triplets had to come home from preschool. Needless to say I felt overwhelmed and decided to hire a ghostwriter to help me. I ended up recording voice clips on each of my chapters and had her write them out. Nowadays, when it comes to writing content for my business and clients, I pace myself while the kids are in school or self-entertained. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

The Bible because it could keep me entertained for a while besides being a timeless reference guide for anything in life.

Napoleon Hill’s Outwitting the Devil because I see it as a beautiful merge of biblical principles and self-improvement work.

Either a Human Design gates guide or Gene Keys guide. I’ve become obsessed with the overlap of Human Design and my life’s purpose found in faith as well as the overlap between Human Design and Gene Keys.

In your book you state that you didn’t feel the luxury to learn to be a mom as you went, you had to learn fast because it was triplets….why is that?

I believe the impossibility of my situation presented me with two options: remain in overwhelm or decide to take control of myself. I have been making every effort to choose the latter. Being outnumbered as a first-time-mom invited me to be resourceful in so many ways and one of them was to focus on the very source that would be caring for those babies: myself. I also had the opportunity to expand on this in my TEDx talk titled: The Transformational Power of Defeat.

Meet the Author:

​Born and raised in Brazil to an entrepreneur dad and a pastor mom, Marta Spirk demonstrated an interest for the English language and American culture very early on and began teaching English at fourteen.

She went on to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, became a certified court interpreter, and married an American she met at a church conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After the surprise and blessing of triplets in 2016, Marta found a passion for encouraging and empowering women as she learned to encourage and empower herself through the challenges of adult (and triplet) life.

In 2020, her dream of becoming a US Citizen finally came true, and her coaching business grew exponentially. She now serves thousands of entrepreneurs, helping them to stop spinning their wheels by trying random personal development resources and finally learn to boost confidence and grow their business by looking at their most valuable resource: themselves!

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


Tour Schedule:

Jan 9 –Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review 
Jan 10 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 –Novels Alive – audiobook review / giveaway
Jan 11 – Novels Alive – spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 –My WorldReads – audiobook review / giveaway
Jan 13 –Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – audiobook review / guest pots / giveaway
Jan 17 – Splashes of Joy –book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 17 – @enjoyingbooksagain – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Books for Books – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

NEW MOVIE: The Confession Musical

NEW MOVIE:
The Confession Musical
OFFICIAL TRAILER OUT NOW
Watch Below

Short Synopsis: 

#TheConfessionMIN

THE CONFESSION MUSICAL was adapted for the stage by Emmy-Nominated screenwriter Martha Bolton. The musical follows the story of Katie Lapp, a young Amish girl who discovers that her parents have been keeping a deep secret…that she is adopted. Katie decides to find her birth mother, defying the rules of her Amish village and risking a shunning. Meanwhile, Laura Mayfield, her wealthy birth mother who is battling an illness that might take her life, began searching for her long-lost daughter. Secretly plotting against Laura is her gold-digging husband Dylan (John Schneider). Dylan knows that if Katie is found, he will no longer inherit Laura’s fortune. With the help and prayers of her Christian housekeeper (Chonda Pierce), Laura hopes to foil Dylan’s plan and be reunited with her daughter.

MY THOUGHTS

Hi Friends, I have a real treat for you! Beverly Lewis’ Amish Book, The Confession is coming to a theater near you February 20, 2023. The professionally filmed stage production releases in theaters on February 20th only. Mark your calendars and check back here next week for a review of this movie. With Chonda Pierce and John Schneider in the lineup, you know it’s going to be a fun hilarious time for you and your family.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE CCONFESSION

Based on the multi-million selling book series written by Beverly Lewis and written for the stage by Emmy-Nominated screenwriter Martha Bolton, The Confession tells the story of Amish Family in turmoil when their daughter, Katie Lapp, discovers she was adopted by an Englisher (not Amish) woman. Meanwhile, the woman, Laura Mayfield, heir to a vast fortune and on her death bed, is searching for her lost daughter to bequest her the estate. Standing between her is her gold-digging husband Dylan (played by John Schneider), who is plotting to claim the fortune for himself with the help of a hired imposter pretending to be the long-lost daughter.

While the story is dramatic, writer Martha Bolton sprinkles in humor, mostly from award-winning comedian Chonda Pierce as the maid and internationally renowned British comedian Colin Hearn as the English Butler. The music is powerful under the direction of multiple Grammy nominated Dan Posthuma and songwriter Wally Nason. . And the screen is filled with spectacular visuals using twenty actors and dancers and one of the largest LED screens in the country.

Uncover the message between God, humanity, and you.

#TEXTBibleMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

  • TEXT the Text: use the four-step TEXT study method— Talk to God; Encounter God and humanity; eXamine your heart; Talk to others—to engage with Scrip­ture
  • Big Q of the Text: big life questions with short answers
  • “Who is God?”: nearly 100 short devotions on the person and character of God
  • Praying the Text: Learn how to start praying God’s Word right back to him!
  • Get to Know the Text: brief explanations of people and events found in Scrip­ture
  • Follow the Thread: navigate the Bible across topics
  • Anatomy of the Text: concise descriptions of literary devices and categories of Scripture found within the Bible, such as parables and apocalyptic books
  • Terms of the Text: brief definitions of important words to help us better un­derstand and discuss Scripture
  • Clear and readable 9-point NET Comfort Print® typeface

Main Call-to-Action/Release Date

  • Get 50% off your copy of The NET TEXT Bible if you order before Valentine’s Day!

Links

Website: LINK

Buy Link: LINK

📜MY REVIEW OF The Text Bible📜
#TEXTBibleMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

I am reviewing a different kind of Bible today. I first I thought it was like in texting people, but it has four main points that are:

TEXT the Text: use the four-step TEXT study method:
Talk to God;
Encounter God and humanity;
eXamine your heart;
Talk to others—to engage with Scrip­ture

I find this a wonderful way for Tweens and Teens to study their Bibles. The questions and answers are short. So that makes it easy enough. Also off to the sides in the outside margins you will find lots of interesting stuff that you may or may not know. This is there to help you in your Bible Study. If you are using a Journal or paper, you may want to write these down in case this question is ask at some point. You will have it already if you jot it down.

I encourage you to read through this review, as well as the other things on the page to see if this is something that will be fun for you. And if you already have a Bible or study Bible, it’s perfectly ok to have several Bibles when you study, especially if it is different translations. This one is the New English Translation.

Also there is a giveaway for this Bible as well. Scroll down to the bottom of my page and leave a message. But do it before January 20,2023.

Many thanks to Harper Collins Christian Publishing for providing a sample of the prod­uct for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary com­pensation.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

General editors:

  • Michael and Hayley DiMarco are the bestselling and award-winning authors of more than 40 books including Own It, God Guy, God Girl, and A Woman Over­whelmed. Michael and Hayley have now served as general editors on three Bible projects. Together, they work side-by-side at Hungry Planet, a company they founded that creates winsome and spiritually based content for teens and adults. They live in Eugene, Oregon, where Michael serves as a pastor.

Key points:

  • A Bible for students that doesn’t talk down to them and teaches who God is, how to engage with Scripture, and how to have a personal relationship with him.
  • Ideal for teens, young adults, new believers, and anyone who doesn’t feel con­fident engaging Scripture on their own.
  • Accessible new Scripture Engagement Method (TEXT) that connects Scripture to all of life.

Giveaway: 1 (one) copy of the TEXT Bible (Hardcover)

Note: This is limited to US winners only.

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Harper Collins Christian Publishing for providing a sample of the prod­uct for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary com­pensation.

The TEXT Bible: Uncover the message between God, humanity, and you.

#TEXTBibleMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

Made with students, young adults, and new believers in mind, The TEXT introduces the new and memorable TEXT study method—

Talk to God;

Encounter God and humanity in Scripture;

eXamine your heart;

Talk to others—to help readers of every experience level interact with God’s message. Along with this easy-to-use Bible engagement technique, answers to com­mon questions, prayer prompts, and easy-to-understand study tips, The TEXT is a Bible readers of any experience level will want to use every day.

Created by bestselling authors Michael & Hayley DiMarco, The TEXT helps students, young adults, new believers—and anyone who doesn’t feel confident studying the Bible on their own—uncover God’s message to humanity in the Bible. His message for them:

To know God’s character and his plans for the world.

To see the truth about humanity.

To understand the hope they have in Jesus, and to share what they discover in God’s Word with others.

To begin a life-changing conversation with the God of the universe.

Features Include:

  • TEXT the Text: use the four-step TEXT study method— Talk to God; Encounter God and humanity; eXamine your heart; Talk to others—to engage with Scrip­ture
  • Big Q of the Text: big life questions with short answers
  • “Who is God?”: nearly 100 short devotions on the person and character of God
  • Praying the Text: Learn how to start praying God’s Word right back to him!
  • Get to Know the Text: brief explanations of people and events found in Scrip­ture
  • Follow the Thread: navigate the Bible across topics
  • Anatomy of the Text: concise descriptions of literary devices and categories of Scripture found within the Bible, such as parables and apocalyptic books
  • Terms of the Text: brief definitions of important words to help us better un­derstand and discuss Scripture
  • Clear and readable 9-point NET Comfort Print® typeface.

MY REVIEW OF The Text Bible

I am reviewing a different kind of Bible today. I first I thought it was like in texting people, but it has four main points that are:

TEXT the Text: use the four-step TEXT study method:
Talk to God;
Encounter God and humanity;
eXamine your heart;
Talk to others—to engage with Scrip­ture

I find this a wonderful way for Tweens and Teens to study their Bibles. The questions and answers are short. So that makes it easy enough. Also off to the sides in the outside margins you will find lots of interesting stuff that you may or may not know. This is there to help you in your Bible Study. If you are using a Journal or paper, you may want to write these down in case this question is ask at some point. You will have it already if you jot it down.

I encourage you to read through this review, as well as the other things on the page to see if this is something that will be fun for you. And if you already have a Bible or study Bible, it’s perfectly ok to have several Bibles when you study, especially if it is different translations. This one is the New English Translation.

Also there is a giveaway for this Bible as well. Scroll down to the bottom of my page and leave a message. But do it before January 20,2023.

Many thanks to Harper Collins Christian Publishing for providing a sample of the prod­uct for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary com­pensation.

Main Call-to-Action/Release Date Purchase!

  • Get 50% off your copy of The NET TEXT Bible if you order before Valentine’s Day!

Momentum is giving away a Hardback copy of this Bible. If you are interested please leave a comment by Jan 20, 2023 and let me know you are interested.

She Seems So Normal by Leigh Mackenzie

About the Book

Book: She Seems So Normal

Author: Leigh Mackenzie

Genre: Nonfiction, documentary narrative on biblical trauma healing

Release date: November 15, 2022

In She Seems So Normal: Shatter the Plastic Princess, Embrace Authentic Faith (Brookstone Creative Group, 2022), author Leigh Mackenzie draws from scriptural expertise as a former Bible research assistant for megachurch preachers and personal experiences as a childhood sexual abuse (CSA) trauma and military rape assault survivor to speak openly and courageously about biblical trauma healing.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

As a sermon research assistant at a multisite midwestern megachurch, Leigh Mackenzie shared her love and talent to delve deeply in Scripture and extract original perspectives on teaching and personal application for her preaching team.

Known as “The Church Girl Writes” (one of 2017’s Pureflix’s Top Christian Mommy Bloggers), her professional work regularly appeared in Christian Standard magazine on subjects ranging from child trafficking and church core values to thrift store ministry and the attributes of Hannah. Her Bible study questions for The Lookout magazine, one of the nation’s oldest Bible study guides for adults, and online communion meditations for Christian Standard equipped leaders for ministry. She also has written devotional material for The Upper Room.

Catch Leigh (rhymes with “bee”) narrating “She Seems So Normal”  on her podcast, reflecting on her own trauma healing journey, shattering the plastic princess, and embracing authentic faith. Follow her on IG xoxo_leighmackenzie and FB @LeighMackenzie.

Loving audiobooks and sunshine, Leigh and husband Christopher passionately explore the world, eating ethnic food, and enjoying good wine together. With a son in computer sciences at UIC and an Ethiopian daughter attending high school, the Mackenzies delight to reside in Chicago, IL with rescue dogs, Scout Charles and Louie Vuitton.

Leigh’s Superpowers: Vulnerable Honesty, Biblical Knowledge, Trustworthiness

Ministry Goals: Embrace, Encourage, and Empower trauma survivors to heal biblically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

~~~~~~~~~~

And now an interview with author Leigh Mackenzie. Thank you Leigh for your willingness to answer my questions.

~~~~~~~~~~

1. What do you hope readers will take away from this story?

#1: It’s not about me. It’s about Jesus and a message of HOPE: 

Believe: Jesus heals our emotional, spiritual, physical, and relational brokenness.

Embrace: Messy stories of Church people to point them to the Savior.

Encourage: Survivors, their families, and trauma supporters to use every resource available to move forward in healing.

Empower: One another with a practical coping mechanisms toolbox for PTSD, anxiety, and depression along with de-escalation techniques through books or online resources.

Challenge: Existing views on mental health and healing as Christians.


2. What book you have read has most influenced your life?

Other than the Bible, Andy Stanley’s “How Good is Good Enough?” was a foundational work along with “Case for Christ” by Less Strobel and the “Beloved Disciple” Bible study by Beth Moore, who was my very first Bible teacher.  I recently listened to Andy Stanley’s “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World” on the recommendation of the co-author of my next book, “Stories Not Shared on Sundays: Why We Feel Like Imposters In Church.” Stanley’s ideas floored me and made me think differently about the New and Old Testaments. 


3. Who is your favorite author?

My former spiritual mentor, Francine Rivers, though we write in completely different genres, is a a role model with the utmost integrity and incredible insight on relevant modern issues. Everything you think you know about Frani, you’re right. She’s absolutely amazing and above reproach, a Christian woman whose faith and life I hope to emulate one day. 

I also adore Amor Towles for his incredible historical fiction novels, Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time series), and the incomparable Corrie ten Boom. #micdrops

4. Do you prefer writing in silence or to music?

Because of my PTSD and abuse, I am hypersensitive and hypervigilant, so I prefer silence. Living in Chicago, I sometimes have to use noise-cancelling headphones. 🙂 However, I also have been working and writing with ambient Christian music a lot lately. William Augusto’s “Soaking in His Presence” is one of my recent favorites.



5. If I review one of your books, what do you want to read from me?

Joy, if you reviewed one of my books, I pray you would tell people it made a monumental difference in your life to read what I’ve written, that it pointed you (or others!) to JESUS in the compassion you felt for yourself or others who struggle, seeing Jesus as the answer to every believer’s  problems and questions, and, that WE AS THE CHURCH–the emissaries of Christ in a broken and deperate world–are the plan to help rescue others from the enemy and triumph by the Blood of the Lamb and the WORD of our testimony, to share the goodness of God in the land of the living. (Revelation 12:11, Psalm 23:13)

Sorry, just a little passionate! It’s not about me; it’s always about Jesus. I am simply a servant of the Most High God.



6. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ohhhhh, I always wanted to be a singer. That dream started and ended when I was five (you’ll hae to read the book to understand why!), though I’ve gone on in later years to lead worship onstage.

7. Give us 6 things your readers may not know about you?

–I’m horrifically introverted, but became a “high-functioning introvert” to survive early abusers.

–My happiest spaces are harmonizing with my favorite singers (onstage with my BFF, Worship Leader Amanda Wollbrink or at home with my son Julian), snuggling with my husband’s arms around me, or when deeply connecting with my teen daughter, Bella.

–My favorite coffee drink is a Venti Blonde Latte with 2% milk, sugar-free vanilla, and whipped cream. *wink, wink*

–Jesus called to me as a little girl, but I wasn’t baptized until my early 30s after our biological son, Julian, was born in 2002. His birth, innocence, and perfection 100% brought me to Christ, as I asked  how such a lovely baby could ever be born to such a wretched woman as me…

–When I look at myself, I often hate what I see, hearing the words of abusers long dead spewing lies from the pits of hell instead of believing what Jesus sees in me. Trauma healing is a lifelong process. We get closer as we fall upon the mercy of the Cross, Resurrection, Ascension, and Glorification of our Messiah.

–I’ve taught all over the world leading missionary trips to Ethiopia, India, Brazil, and Ecuador. My passion is for people of the world to know Jesus, no matter what our history is (every nation, tribe and tongue… Revelation 7:9).


8. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Many times while writing “She Seems So Normal,” I wanted to scrap the entire manuscript and simply delete it all. At times, I begged the Lord to release me to just be a stay-at-home mom, a wife, a regular “Plastic Princess Church Girl” and not put this book out into the world. Couldn’t I just go through trauma therapy, act “normal”,  and no one had to know the dirty little secrets of my past, my struggles with faith, marriage, and parenting, or as a survivor of repeated childhood sexual abuse? Yet, I was never released… 

These aren’t  “popular” Christian issues (predatory grooming, abuse, neglect, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, dysfunctional relationships, PTSD) and long ago they would labeled it a “brown bag book”–if you purchased it in Christian bookstores, the clerk would give you a bag to hide the fact that you bought it. 

However, in December 2021, I knew God was pressing it upon my heart to publish. Though other publishers were interested a few years back, long before Epstein/Weinstein/Cosby/Nasser/Lauer, it was probably “too heavy” in pre-pandemic 2019. With the Lord’s leading and many confirmations, my husband and I decided to independently publish this work NOW. 

Readers, YOU are the reason for my writing, for sharing the “hard things” I’ve endured. I’ve done my absolute best to protect you from getting triggered or having shame, trying to provide you or your loved ones resources so you won’t struggle like I did for so long. 

My “fans” (?I don’t know about that word!) and readers push me to become better because I love them and the authentic Leigh Mackenzie is what they deserve… but even more than that, Friends, CHRIST loves you.

Readers, I hope you read these wonderful questions and answers from Leigh. What wonderful, profound answers she gives us. I am reading these answers over again, and will read this book. Leigh truly has a heart for our Lord, and is excited about reaching others for Him!

More from Leigh

What inspired you to start a podcast and publish a book on biblical trauma healing? Why now?

I held my breath watching the Olympic gymnasts’ abuse testimony before Congress, bracing myself against a PTSD episode of my own in response.

Epstein, Cosby, McCarrick, R. Kelley… names representing mankind’s disturbing sin reverberated within me. Many survivor stories remain deeply hidden, scarring the souls of the abused and their abusers. Questions arise: How could this happen? Where was God? Is Jesus enough?

At the time, I felt like there weren’t a lot of hopeful, non-triggering stories containing solid answers from a biblical, medical, or community standpoint of healing. It was frustrating, so in December 2021, I began my indie-publishing odyssey.

She Seems So Normal: Shatter the Plastic Princess, Embrace Authentic Faith is a documentary narrative of a journey to unearth long-hidden, heinous childhood sexual abuse. As a megachurch biblical researcher for preachers, I was the picture of “put together, Plastic Princess” on the outside, but inside I was dying, believing the enemy’s lies, and wondering what’s wrong with my faith. When I stepped away from the grave of fearful rule-following legalism and into the gardens to embrace authentic faith, I found avenues of recovery and restoration for anxiety, trauma, and shame with Jesus, mentors, prayer warriors, therapists, and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Can we start a church movement of welcoming messy stories and accepting transparent instead of perfect so you can feel free to #ShowYourCrown, too? I think we can.

Who supported you through your valley of trauma therapy?

There were so many who prayed and supported me in this process, giving me courage and hope and, at times, a swift kick in the fanny to keep me going. I can’t name them all, but you’ll see how Dr. Michele Novotni, my family, and Allison Harris rallied around me through the horrors of the cemetery to bring me into the gardens of God’s delight and rest.

Friend and mentor Dr. Michele Novotni was my “old ox” leading, encouraging, and energizing me throughout EMDR therapy, helping me process post-session, developing coping strategies, and grounding me in faith with prayerful intercession.

Then there was my unbelievable little family… my faithful husband, Christopher, and our incredible kids, who unreservedly offered pickle jars, lullaby songs, and cooking lessons on clarifying butter for baklava… but you’ll have to read the book to understand.

Another friend in church leadership, my magazine publisher’s wife, Allison Harris, told me to write through this season (this is all her fault!) and supported me through prayer as I courageously marched into the trauma therapy that helped resolve my underlying issues for long-term PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares, suicidal ideations, and eating disorders (all of which are common symptoms as a result of sexual abuse).

Wait, do you have a legit recipe for Baklava?

Yes, but you’d have to torture me to give up our friend’s family recipe! It’s SOOOO good. And I’ve suffered enough trying to make it… ha-ha.

No, seriously.

Tell us about some cool extra features you included in She Seems So Normal.

Writing a sensitive book about sensitive subject matter, I passionately wanted to provide more multimedia resources for getting the help, support, or knowledge survivors, family, friends, or pastoral staff might need while reading. So I’ve sprinkled QR Codes throughout the book instantaneously linking people to online sites. You’ll also see little crowns with numbers corresponding to 60 podcast episodes where I’ve narrated and commentated my post-writing thoughts. BONUS: I included interviews with a couple key players you’ll not get inside the book because I wanted you to hear other voices of my champions, not just mine.

Isn’t it enough to just pray and have faith that Jesus will heal you? What role did the medical community play in your journey?

When I accepted Jesus Christ, I tried my best to clean up my act. Heck, I even stopped cussing and getting drunk! From Bible study and praying to leading small groups and serving funeral dinners, everything I saw other respectable Christians doing I began copying to act normal, becoming like a “Plastic Princess.” I served till the cows came home; I was just so thankful Jesus saved my soul from hell.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t make her a lady. For years I wondered what was wrong with me, why I didn’t always have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I begged Jesus to forgive me, to heal me, to rescue me from myself, wondering secretly, Was I even saved?

Severely traumatized and needing professional medical help, my therapist and other doctors helped me find peace with my past abuse by unravelling abusive grooming cycles to reveal my true identity in Jesus Christ. Along with the glorious work of the Holy Spirit, they played a valuable part in sweeping up the shattered pieces of Little Me, Middle Me, and Teen Me to make me whole and serve the Lord once again.

Who should listen to the podcast or read “She Seems So Normal”?

Many women silently endure the after-effects of trauma, so I am writing

for the 1 in 3 women in the U. S. who have experienced “sexual violence.”

(https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/sexual-violence/index.html) This book is

for the suffering Christian who may question her salvation or be losing

hope that Jesus is big enough to heal her, who has limited outlets to begin exploring

these topics (mental health wellness, predatory grooming, suicidal ideation, sexual abuse) except between the covers of a book. She may look the picture of “put together”

on the outside but on the inside, she is dying, believing the enemy’s lies, and

wondering what’s wrong with her faith.

The podcast and book are also for FAMILY, FRIENDS, and CHURCH STAFF looking for ways to support and understand those in their lives who have been traumatized.

Are you working on other projects?

Yeah, I’m jazzed and honored to be co-authoring with the amazing Randy Petersen on two projects. The first, Stories Not Shared on Sundays (and Why We Feel Like Imposters In Church), will combine modern stories of Church people with many lesser-known, uncomfortable Bible stories (and their messy characters!) not normally preached in a 52-week sermon schedule to help churches create more authentic, transparent environments with a broader acceptance and understanding of those who aren’t “perfect” for them to encounter a Savior who is.

As an extension of his work for the American Bible Society’s State of the Bible in America, we are also in the beginning planning stages for The Five Major Cultural Shifts the Church Has To Make To Be Relevant based on research and statistics over the last ten years by ABS about the state of faith, the church, and Christian culture in America.

There are a few other books in the works, too, about parenting across two generations written with my Gen Z son; a few evangelistic death stories; and “The Rest of the 23rd” as well.

Stay tuned.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 11

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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 13

Inklings and notions, December 14

An Author’s Take, December 15

Cover Lover Book Review, December 16

Splashes of Joy , December 17 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 17

deb’s Book Review, December 18

Guild Master, December 19 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 20

Spoken from the Heart, December 21 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, December 21

Rebecca Tews, December 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card along with a “She Seems So Normal” #showyourcrown pin and sticker along with a signed 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/23057/she-seems-so-normal-celebration-tour-giveaway

THE FIRST STATE by Tshekedi Wallace

Book Details:

Book Title:  THE FIRST STATE  (The Judgment series Book 1) by Tshekedi Wallace
CategoryAdult Fiction (18+), 237 pages
GenreThriller
Publisher: Review Tales Publishing & Editing Services
Publication Date: August 18, 2022.
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

England is run by the dictator and tyrant Gregory Christopher in the year 2079 from London Metropolitan state. He is crushing the citizens will by enforcing unfair laws using his statesmen, and he has used the police and his alpha hunters to put fear in the people’s hearts. Kofi Achebe and the urban fist revolution factions are fighting the evil head statesman and the men he uses to inflict pain on those who go against him as he continues to rule over the masses. The battle between the state police, unified security services, and the urban fist militia starts to become brutal and gruesome as the mad leader slowly begins to tighten his grip. He knows that he must keep the citizens in line so he can continue to rule. Slowly the despot leader begins to feel that his power is being challenged to the point where he must make the people suffer. Kofi and the urban fist militia leader Trevor Brown know that they must fight to break free of the statesmen’s evil regime and destroy the system they created once and for all. The final war in London Metropolitan becomes a fight to the death that will decide the fate of many citizens.

Buy the Book:
Amazon
Meet the Author:

Tshekedi Wallace is named after Tshekedi the Great, the King of the Bamangwato of Botswana. In keeping with his namesake, Tshekedi Wallace, who was born in Leeds, is a committed advocate for freedom due to his upbringing. He was born into a well-known family of struggle heroes who fought for the liberation of their people. He grew up listening to vigorous debates about politics, history, and issues of the day mostly discussed at the dinner table. This has given him an enduring love for history, literature, art, and politics. Although he likes to read books across all kinds of genres, he has a special love for science fiction, thrillers, poetry, and non-fiction. In his spare time, he avidly follows what’s happening in movies. He loves music from all cultures and is steeped in African culture in all its manifestations, particularly in the Caribbean and the Americas. In his spare time, he writes poetry.

connect with the author: twitter ~ instagram

 

FIRST STATE SPOTLIGHT Book Tour Giveaway
https://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js

A Daughter’s Courage by Misty M. Beller

About the Book

Book: A Daughter’s Courage

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2022

My Rating: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Her quest to repair what’s been broken leads to imminent danger–and soon it’s more than her own life on the line.

After accidentally destroying the intricate chalice her people have treasured for over a hundred years, Charlotte Durand sets out on an expedition in search of a skilled artisan who can repair the damage. What she expected to be a two-day hike becomes much more daunting when a treacherous snowstorm sets in.

The last thing Damien Levette needs in the middle of a mountain blizzard is to tend to another person, but he can’t leave behind the mysterious woman he found half-frozen at the edge of a mountain lake.

As they battle both the elements and each other, Charlotte and Damien must work together to survive the peril of the mountains—or it could be the downfall of them both.

Click here to get your copy!





MY THOUGHTS ON A Daughter’s Courage

Charlotte Durand and Damien Levette had no idea anyone else was on the Mountain. Charlotte was on a quick trip and didn’t expect the snow storm and Damien didn’t expect to run upon a half frozen person, and a woman of all things. But it happened, and what a journey it was. And all because Charlotte drops an old treasure into a fire causing so much damage, but she has to fix it. Someway. It’s too important to she and her village. So she heads off to the one place that just maybe someone can fix it. And so the journey begins.

And what a journey it is. When I see a Misty Beller book up for review, I grab it. I know that with her books, there will be heartstopping adventure, with characters that go through so much that I’m actually scared for them. I have stayed up many nights finishing a Beller book, just as I did with this one. A Daughter’s Courage is book three in Brides of Laurent series and I sure hope this is another long series like some of her others. I don’t want to say anything about the story that will give anything away, so if you enjoy a fantastic historical in treacherous mountain conditions, you have to try this book, and really the entire series. If you read one Misty Beller book, you are hooked for life. This one gets Five Stars from me and I wishbi could give it more.

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

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.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

More from Misty

Behind the Scenes of A Daughter’s Courage

I always love stories where the characters are on a journey, and I knew that’s exactly what the characters in this book would be doing. Our heroine, Charlotte, is the younger sister of the heroine in book 1 of this series, and we’ve gotten to know her a little better with each book. Her mother died when she was young, and she’s been the homemaker for their little family for over a decade now, never straying farther from the village than the berry patches in the next valley over. So I knew it would take something big to get her away from Laurent for the journey I had in mind for this story. Something lifechanging.

Our hero is a trapper who left the larger group he’d been traveling with to strike out on his own. I knew it would take a considerable amount of tragedy to make a man seek such complete aloneness. Damien has his trusty mule Gulliver with him, so I guess he’s not completely alone, but he’s definitely hoping to stay far away from people. As I uncovered the pain that brought him to this point, my heart broke for him and all the loss he experienced.

I love the way Charlotte’s need and the fierce mountain snowstorm drew Damien from his grief and gave him new purpose. Watching him come back to life and grasp onto God’s love for him was so inspiring!

Blessings!

Misty

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, December 2

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

For Him and My Family, December 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 5

Holly’s Book Corner, December 5

Book Looks by Lisa, December 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 6

deb’s Book Review, December 7

Mary Hake, December 7

Betti Mace, December 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 8

Connie’s History Classroom, December 9

Remembrancy, December 10

Cover Lover Book Review, December 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 11

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 12

Bizwings Blog, December 13

Lily’s Book Reviews, December 13

Splashes of Joy, December 14

Blossoms and Blessings, December 14

Through the Fire Blogs, December 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 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/22ec7/a-daughter-s-courage-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Doc’s Holiday Homecoming Virginia McCullough

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Virginia McCullough will be awarding a $50 Etsy Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Could her closed heart…

Still have room for him?

Olivia Donoghue’s life has turned a corner. The radiologist’s eleven-year-old daughter is finally healthy, and she just moved to her best friend’s dreamy hometown of Adelaide Creek, Wyoming. If only her friend’s prodigal brother, Jeff Stanhope, wasn’t complicating matters. It’s clear Jeff’s kindness knows no bounds, having taken in his late roommate’s teenage son and also offering her a cabin to stay in, but Olivia’s heart is already full…and safe. Is the former rancher worth the risk?

 
Read an Excerpt

TALK ABOUT A first impression gone wrong. Please, give her the previous five minutes back and Olivia would start over and do much, much better. As she watched Jeff walk away, she resolved that from now on she’d watch her tongue when it came to his relationship with Heather. As was only right, she’d leave that to the two of them. At the same time, she might have known Jillian would plunge right into a conversation with Jeff about horses. In her daughter’s mind, Heather’s legendary horse-loving brother was a kindred spirit. Maybe it was inevitable that Jillian end up a girl devoted to horses and riding, but not when her body was still recovering from the effects of chemotherapy. Even if the assault to her body wasn’t obvious to the untrained eye, Olivia had absorbed almost too much information about what chemo could do to a child.

Then there was Jeff himself. Olivia had seen photos and even his mother’s paintings of him done over a period of years. No way had those images prepared Olivia for the real guy. They hadn’t done him justice, not even close. He had a presence about him that went beyond his thick dark hair and deep-set eyes that brought to mind luscious dark chocolate. With his wide shoulders and muscular arms, he had a body sculpted by the physical work of ranching or more recently, crewing on trawlers and freighters.

Olivia had expected him to be more as Heather described him, still hardened and bitter about losing his family’s legacy, this very ranch. If those old feelings were still a part of Jeff, he wasn’t showing them at the moment. At least not today, and not with Carson nearby. Whatever. It wasn’t her job to analyze any of this. His feelings about this ranch and his former home were completely irrelevant. She had formed an opinion that would guide all her dealings with the man. No matter how friendly, even charming Jeff Stanhope might be, he was a runner. A man who ran away from anything that smacked of responsibility. Like her dad. And Jillian’s father. She didn’t need a third runner messing up her life.

About the Author:

Virginia McCullough is thrilled to share her eighth Harlequin Heartwarming release with readers. The Doc’s Holiday Homecoming, available November 29th, is the second book in her Back to Adelaide Creek series. Like all of Virginia’s romances, this holiday story comes straight from the heart and features characters who could be your neighbors and friends struggling with everyday life issues.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia spent years as a ghostwriter, producing more than one hundred books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell. She’s moved around a lot, and a few years ago she landed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she enjoys hanging out with other romance writers, walking on trails, and downing mugs of dark roast at local coffeehouses. Her other award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, and The Chapels on the Hill. Virginia is always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

Website
Newsletter
Facebook
Goodreads
BookBub Author Page

Amazon
Amazon UK
Amazon AU
Amazon CA
Apple Books
Kobo
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
BookBub

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma

Join us for this tour from Dec 6 to Dec 19, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  280 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Novel
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  December, 2022
Tour dates: Dec 6 to Dec 19, 2022
Content Rating:  PG -13 

Book Description:

After trying her hand at acting, Rose decides to change career paths and enter law school.

She enrolls in law school in a sleepy New England town, only to find that the practice of law is not all she will study. This quirky thirty-something Italian girl falls in love when she lays eyes on Anil, a handsome intellectual from India. The two discover a deep connection and quickly begin a romantic relationship. What could go wrong as their romance blossoms? Their future looks bright. They have each other. They have great friends. They also have Anil’s mother. Inspired by true events, Mother Knows Worst is a humorous and heartfelt novel. Rose is on a path to finding herself, love, and relationships, taking the reader on a delightful and often comedic journey as she explores two cultural worlds colliding.

BUY THE BOOK:
​Mascot Books
Amazon B&N
add to goodreads

Author Sofia Bella Roma

Meet the Author:

Sofia Bella Roma is a lawyer in North Carolina. She has been practicing law since 2009. She was first licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and then went on to become licensed attorney in North Carolina. Sofia has spent most of her career telling stories. She regularly performs to judges when litigating her cases. Mother Knows Worst is Sofia’s debut novel. This book tackles common problems in relationships and takes on mother-in-law drama with a quirky point of view. Sofia knows firsthand about difficult relationships since she has been practicing law as a divorce attorney. She currently lives with her son and their pet lizard. She has a love for the arts and enjoys making people laugh.

Tour Schedule:

Dec 6 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 7 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight
Dec 8 – @sarahs.bookstack – book spotlight
Dec 8 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Dec 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Dec 12 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Dec 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 14 – Lynchburg Reads – book spotlight
Dec 15 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight
Dec 16 – Cover Lover Book Review –  book spotlight
Dec 19 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight

Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: