Lady and the Tribe by Brenda Billings Ridgley

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Wives, mothers, and career women—we have all fallen victim to the silent epidemic that is, literally . . . letting ourselves go. Not the makeup free, yoga pants, weight gain routine. Little by little, we have allowed our preferences, interests, and individuality to slip away until we no longer recognize ourselves outside of our role as wives, mothers, or professionals. Who we are has become what we do.

In the process, our friendships have become the casualty of a “busy life” and lack consistency and depth. We have a gaping hole inside us that longs to be filled. How do we reclaim who we really are and fill this empty space that seemed to appear from nowhere? The answer lies in our Tribe. Our best friends see us more clearly than we see ourselves and are representations and extensions of our individuality. They are our companions, cheerleaders, and counselors—always in our corner. They are the branches of our tree of life that lift and support us, so we can flourish. Our Tribe is the family with whom we choose to live our life . . . with no strings attached.

Lady and the Tribe is a blueprint for building deep connections. As you read, you’ll be swept away on a journey of friendship as the author shares her own personal stories and those of other women. In the process, you’ll discover how to find, nurture, and deepen friendships and create a Tribe culture that is unique to you.

We can become whole again through the power of connection.

When three or more gather, we are Tribe.

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Loneliness Can Be Lethal

Since we live in this global, socially connected world, how is it possible for anyone to be lonely? Psychologically speaking, loneliness does not necessitate social isolation. Being lonely means feeling detached from others yet having the desire for a connection or a relationship.

Why is loneliness so lethal? As human beings, one of our greatest needs is to be seen, acknowledged, and cared for. We want to belong and be a part of something larger than ourselves. More so than men, women need to maintain close connections. Relationships increase serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone. In times of stress, women don’t just experience the drive toward fight or flight—they also release oxytocin. This hormone surge can compel women to “tend and befriend.”

Research is clear. Close friendships are necessary for optimal health and well-being. A longitudinal study of aging found that strong social networks lengthen survival among older people. Dr. Amir Leving suggests that social connections are the most powerful way for us to regulate our emotional distress and that proximity to someone you are securely attached to is the most effective way to calm yourself.

An article in the New York Times reported that close relationships create positive mental and physical reactions in our body, mind, and heart.  We are less likely to experience high levels of loneliness when we feel supported by intimate and close relationships. Strong relationships with close friends or family benefit us greatly and fulfil our social needs.

About the Author:

BRENDA RIDGLEY is an author, speaker, and girlfriend guru who loves helping women connect, find success, and discover joy through friendship.  Her mission is to start a movement: women coming together to build thousands of new Lady Tribes around the globe.  Through her workshops, vlogs, blogs, and book clubs, Brenda helps women connect and communicate with respect, love, and trust. She holds an MA in human resources and has spent decades cultivating her own Tribe.  A Colorado girl at heart, Brenda lives in the Carbon Valley area with her husband, Parker, two kids, Parker Jr. and Gillian, and pooch, Perry.  She enjoys hiking and has conquered Longs Peak and several other 14’ers.

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Giveaway/Tour for Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautona Havig

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Book:  Penelope’s Pursuit

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 29, 2021

Are mail-order-brides changing their minds or is something sinister going on in Kansas?

Ten years ago, Penelope’s sister ran away as a mail-order bride, and it was the last their family ever heard from her.  Now, with their parents dead and Penelope all alone, the young woman has one goal. Find her sister.

It took enough grit for Henry to write to Miss Mildred Crenshaw about finding him a wife in the first place, but when the stage arrives and no bride steps off, the whole thing feels like a confidence scheme. Investigation, however, sends chills down his spine as he realizes women are leaving the east for the west but many never arrive at their destinations.

Is it any wonder that Penelope doesn’t trust the man who abducts her from the clutches of her new friends and rides off into the sunset? Is his explanation reasonable?  Can she convince him to help her find her sister?

And is she about to fall in love with a homesteader on the untamed prairies of Kansas?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’ve always loved mail order bride stories so I was excited about reading Penelope’s Pursuit. But this story has a different take on any mail order bride story I’ve ever read. There are some difficult issues to deal with here in this book, and it is sad to know that a lot of this is actual real life facts. I had no idea this was happening with mail order brides.

Thanks to Chautona Havig for a well written story and I appreciate the way she handles the tough issues in such a sensitive way. There are twists and turns in the story that keep you guessing, and I had a difficult time putting the book down. I wanted to find out what finally happens in the end. Of course a lot of the story is fiction, but a lot if it is real issues that happened. I like that faith was written in the lives of some of the characters. And I found that all of the characters developed well as the story unfolds. Penelope’s Pursuit is an awesome read, and it’s a Five Star for me. I encourage you to check this one out, especially if you enjoy mail order bride stories.

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

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About the Author

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.

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Mail Order Brides: Do We Romanticize the Past?

Although I recall reading about mail-order brides in school… somewhere… Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall was my first introduction to the idea of advertising for or requesting the services of a matchmaker to find a wife. The book and the subsequent movie showed the difficulties of such a marriage and left us all with a satisfactory ending.

Some years later, while doing a bit of research, I discovered another side of the coin—a horrifying picture of what happened to some gullible young women and the unscrupulous people who used such matchmaking schemes as a means for human trafficking. It sickened me, as it should anyone.

All my ideas for mail order bride novels ended up as wadded up balls of mental paper and in the wastepaper basket of my mind. A few years passed, and I came up with a twist on mail order brides, one that will see the light of day if I ever have time to write it. A few more years passed, and a series of books featuring a matchmaking service for mail-order brides and the Homestead Act resurrected those ideas. I smoothed a couple out, reconsidered, and decided against writing them.

I’d have to miss the opportunity to join the series.

My mind never does follow orders well. Within minutes of that decision, I had a story. What would happen if there was some funny business going on with girls going west? How could I combine a satisfactory ending where two people came to a meeting of the minds and hearts in the midst of fighting something that ugly?

Penelope’s Pursuit was born.

Is my story idealized? Probably. I’ll be frank with you. I’m okay with that, too. See, sometimes all we need is a reminder that mankind is sinful and in need of a Savior before the story turns into how things should have been. After all, fiction mirrors reality, but it is also an escape.

I hope Penelope’s escape to the west and her pursuit of her sister encourages you to turn to the Lord for every decision, in every trouble, and with every praise possible in between.

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Inklings and notions, October 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 12

Lots of Helpers, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 13

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 14

deb’s Book Review, October 15

Joanne Markey, October 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 17

Mary Hake, October 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 18 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 18

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 19

Vicky Sluiter, October 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Connie’s History Classroom, October 21

Blossoms and Blessings, October 21

Splashes of Joy, October 22

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The Company of Stonemasons by Graham Williams

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The summer of 1545 and there’s murder in the Cathedral of Chichester. An honest family of stonemasons heads to the city to repair the building only to find the massive spire is in danger of collapse and they’re walking into a plot to steal taxes from King Henry VIII.

Stonemason’s teenage sons, Edward and the artistic prodigy, Adam hear stories of the Chichester diamond, buried somewhere in the cathedral and start their own search, not knowing the powerful evil that surrounds them.

A true thriller, filled with danger and humour, stonemasons working at terrifying heights and amongst all the friars and priests, who can they really trust?

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About the Author:

Being retired, I have the time now to write and tell stories. I am registered as blind, and I am profoundly dyslexic, and I rely on the wonders of technology to bring out my stories, and to live. I spend many hours walking around London, as this is where I find most of my inspiration from. The places; sounds and smells of the city, I have a love for. To know one’s history is to know one’s self. I hope you enjoy them.

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Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter

She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until local sheriff’s deputy, Cooper Robinson, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the precipice of another ledge—and forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Katelyn and Cooper met when her car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road and Cooper came by just in time. Immediately they were both attracted to each other, but little did he know that Katelyn is the one his brother has been dating. So that made her off limits, despite the fact that his brother kept pushing them together. And the chemistry between the two keeps growing. Which makes for an interesting and entertaining read from author Denise Hunter.

Riverbend Gap is such an amazing story. It is so emotional and a heartbreaking but yet heartwarming read. The Robinson’s are such a fabulous family, full of love for each other. I really felt bad for Copper and Katelyn because they truly cared for each other, but Copper would never hurt his brother. I love the family setting and the quaint village with the Appalachian Mountain nearby. The characters are so very realistic, they felt like family to me. With the excellent writing skills of the author, the plot runs smoothly, the emotions of the family drama would not let me put this book down. There is so much more to this story but I’ll not give it away, so you need to read it for yourself. I’m giving Riverbend Gap Five Stars and its worth every one. If you love a good clean romance with faith weaved into the lives of the characters, I encourage you to checkout this new read from Denise Hunter. You will love it as much as I do.

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

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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Giveaway/Tour Perfectly Arranged by Linda George

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Perfectly Arranged
(Hopeful Hearts #1)
By Liana George
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Paperback & ebook: 286 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Scrivenings Press

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Can Nicki risk letting go of her well-ordered life plans and embrace what God has perfectly arranged?

Short on clients and money, professional organizer Nicki Mayfield is hanging up her label maker. That is, until the eccentric socialite Katherine O’Connor offers Nicki one last job.

Working together, the pair discovers an unusual business card among Ms. O’Connor’s family belongings that leads them on a journey to China. There, the women embark on an adventure of faith and self-discovery as they uncovers secrets, truths, and ultimately, God’s perfectly arranged plan.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I really like this story. Nicki Mayfield’s  professional organizer business is going under and she is in desperate need for a job the Keep her from moving in with her very unorganized, maybe hoarder mom. But when she get a callback from someone she has reached out to, she finds herself helping to organize a room for a most obnoxious woman. Which leads Nicki on an interesting journey she never saw coming.

Liana George does an outstanding job writing her first debut novel. With characters worming their way into our hearts, some quickly, some take a while, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Nicki and Ms. O’Connor, taking in all of the detailed descriptions of each scene. And I learned a thing or two in the process. I loved the trip to China with twists and turns and secrets unfolding, and the relationship between these two as it grew. There’s so much more to this lovely delightful read that you really need to read it for yourself to get the full impact of the story. The sweet element of faith throughout in the lives of the characters makes Perfectly Arranged even more enjoyable.

When I saw this book cover and the title, I was puzzled at what the book could be about, and I rarely read the back cover to a book so I wasn’t sure what to expect. After reading the story, I find that the title and cover fit perfectly with the story. I hope you will check out Perfectly Arranged by Laina George for a few hours of sweet entertainment!

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

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About the Author


“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

As a child, whenever anyone asked me that question, I always had 2 answers ready to offer: an author or a Wimbledon champion (that’s a tennis tournament, in case you didn’t know).

Although I never made it to a professional level of tennis stardom (or an amateur level for that matter; the best I could do was local tennis club play once or twice a week), I was able to realize my dream of becoming an author.

But it was a long time coming.

There were detours along the way – teaching elementary school, running children’s ministries, parenting and starting my own organizing business – as well as a few unexpected overseas adventures, but I finally put pencil to paper (yes, I’m old school) and used all my life experiences to write a story that I hoped would make a difference.

With the publication of my first book, Perfectly Arranged (Scrivenings Press, October 2021), I guess I’m finally grown up now and my dreams have come true.

However, now that I’ve reached adulthood I don’t plan on retiring. No, I think I’ll keep going … I have plenty of imaginary people and places to share with the world.

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The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm

ABOUT THE  BOOK

Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing


Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.
But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.
Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.
Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Early Pines has just been suspended from his detective job at the police station for punching someone in his small southwestern town of Paradise. Spending time alone was getting old, until and old friend invites him to a rodeo down in Old Mex. Early was more than ready to go, but he was not expecting the sidetrack they would have to take on their journey.

This is my first book by Buck Storm and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get use to his writing style, but I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. There are many twists and turns in this story, so when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist would happen and I was back to guessing. The characters were believable and likeable for the most part. I had trouble liking some of them but the gave the story a lot of flavor. If you haven’t read a Buck Storm story this would be a good place to start. This one is Four Stars for me.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed, award winning author and musician. His novels have made friends around the world.

Cover Reveal for The Sherwood Proof By Kristee Ravan

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The Sherwood Proof
By Kristee Ravan
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The Sherwood Proof
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #3)
By Kristee Ravan
Middle-grade, Fairytale, Fantasy

Lily Sparrow has finally created an equation for being a good princess.  Things are adding up and making sense, and she’s even growing a measurable amount more excited about her future. But unexpected variables keep being tossed into her equation:

1. Carole Claus is facing her first hurdle as Santa. She needs Lily’s help.
2. Lily’s Half-Birthday–an important Smythian tradition–is coming up, requiring her to find time to prepare for it.
3. Her algebra teacher has an unusual (and stressful plan) for Lily.
4. Lily remains convinced that her mom is hiding something from her.
5. The investigation into the traitor is an on-going source of stress and tension at work for Lily and Calo.
6. Oh, and Calo’s still betrothed to Su’Sauna, making life difficult and confusing all around.

Will Lily be able to place these variables securely in her equation? Will the Sparrow family find a way to convince their critics they are good for the Kingdom? Or will everything fall apart–subtracting all the good will Lily has already earned from her citizens?

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About the Author


Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

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Giveaway Tour The Billionaire’s Secret by Meghann Whistler

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The Billionaire’s Secret
By Meghann Whistler
Christian Romance
Paperback & ebook,  195 Pages
October 11, 2021 by Meghann Whistler

He’s a billionaire hiding a devastating diagnosis. She’ll do whatever it takes to help her sick, matchmaking mom. A freak accident throws them together, but will his big secret tear them apart?

When Ryan Lawson’s business partners force him to go on a wilderness retreat to come to terms with a shocking diagnosis, the last thing on Ryan’s mind is romance. But when he’s stranded in the woods with a sweet young event planner, all thoughts of business take a back seat to her girl-next-door appeal.

Fresh off a bad breakup, Zara Georgopoulos comes to Vermont to help her terminally ill mom work through her bucket list—not fall in love with a man who’s the exact opposite of her usual type. But when Ryan starts working his way into her heart with his kindness and generosity, she needs to make a decision: Trust the biotech billionaire not to walk all over her, or go back to guarding her heart.

Stuck in the wilds of Vermont, they forge a tenuous connection. When Ryan finally shares the truth about his illness, will it bring them closer together . . . or shatter Zara’s trust in him for good?

Inspired by 2 Corinthians 12:9, The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet inspirational romance with a swoony hero, LOTS of entertaining banter, and a strong Christian message. Download your copy today!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I usually don’t go for Billionaire stories, but I am glad I choose this one. I enjoyed Zara and Ryan’s story so much. Author Meghann Whistler does an Amazing job creating characters that are so loveable, realistic and friendly. It was so entertaining to watch them develop as the story unfolds. Zara is in Vermont with her mom to help her work off her bucket list before cancer finally takes its toll on her. Ryan is there to rest and learn to deal with his illness. The two wasn’t looking for love, especially not with each other but as circumstances keep throwing them together, they started having feelings for each other, against both their wills, I should say. I found it fun watching them interact with each other, sometimes laughing at their ways.  All of the characters were homey and so nice and friendly. Zara’s mom was a sweetheart and I love the attention she gets from Ryan. The Billionaire’s Secret is a sweet contemporary story that you will love if you enjoy a good clean Christian romance.

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


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

Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was a #1 bestseller in the Clean & Wholesome Romance category on Amazon.ca. It was also named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and is currently a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best award.

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

She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

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Giveaway/Tour The Heart of Christmas by The Mosaic Collection

About the Book

Book: The Heart of Christmas

Author: The Mosaic Collection

Genre: Faith-Based Christmas Fiction

Release date: October 6, 2021

“At Christmas, we always…” And thus a tradition is born. The rituals stay the same, but if betrayal, illness, unfaithfulness, or tragedy strike, can cherished traditions survive?

When unexpected twists throw life out of kilter for the people in these stories, will beloved, time-honored customs lead them back to the heart of Christmas?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Heart of Christmas is from the Mosaic Collection, a collection of books by many author writing faith base stories. The stories are all different and cover a wide range of characters that will warm your hearts. Not all are happy stories, some are sad and make you shed a few tears, where others will have you smiling, and even laughing a bit. The stories in the book are as follows:

Broken Noel by Brenda S. Anderson

No More Night by Eleanor Bertin

Star Light by Sara Davison

Hart of Noel by Chautona Havig

Caught in the Act by Lisa Renée

Claus-trophobic by Lorna Seilstad

it is difficult for me to pick a favorite one because they all have a different meaning for me and I love each of them. They were enough to get me in a festive mood and wanting to go Christmas shopping!

I enjoyed hearing from different authors, allowing of them I knew or have heard of already but it’s nice to be reminded of the awesome writing skills of these ladies. The Heart of Christmas would be a wonderful addition to your family library. The stories are short and can pretty much be read in one setting, and each will keep your attention. I encourage you to check out this sweet book and enjoy during the Christmas holidays. This one is getting Five Stars from me.

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

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About the Authors

The Mosaic Collection launched in 2018 as an international community of independently published authors who approach life, faith, and writing together. Some have vast writing experience, others are somewhat new to the journey. Under The Mosaic Collection’s banner, they’ve published more than 20 novels and four anthologies.

With over 150 years of collective writing experience, Mosaic’s award-winning and best-selling authors are active leaders and members in prominent writing organizations. The goal of The Mosaic Collection is to encourage and uplift readers worldwide, offer hope in story form, and share the unconditional love and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

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The Mosaic Collection authors welcome you into our hearts, homes, and lives and offer you tiny glimpses into our families and our favorite traditions.

Janice L. Dick

Christmas is always a special time of year. I love the festive reds and greens, strings of colored lights and gift-giving, but there is much that distracts us from the real meaning of the season. How do we hang onto the genuine, historical truths of the Savior’s birth? One of the traditions in our family is to read the Christmas story before we open gifts, thus realigning our focus to the most precious gift God gave us in Jesus. Visualize a fire in the grate, family lounging on every available couch, chair, and floor space; and one of the youngest grandchildren reading from the Bible, his eyes following his finger across the page. Once again, the age-old story comes to life as we hear of angels, shepherds, and a young couple keeping watch over the Christ-child in the manger. Maybe this year we will come up with a new way to direct our thoughts to the greatest gift ever given. To the nativity.

Sara Davison

The word Christmas immediately conjures up warm memories of church services, family, gifts, and food for me. The traditions my family engages in every year infuse this celebration of Christ’s birth with nostalgia and meaning. For me, one of the most meaningful traditions is setting out the nativity scene. Although the location has changed from mantel to coffee table to windowsill as we have moved from house to house, the little figures—the wise men, kneeling shepherds, Mary and Joseph gazing down at the manger with adoring looks on their painted faces, the cows and sheep curled in the corner of the straw-strewn wooden stable, the angel hovering above, the tiny baby in the manger—have never changed. I take my time setting up the display, slowly unwrapping pieces that have become a little worn and chipped over the years of being lovingly handled or played with by tiny toddler fingers. Each piece calls to mind another aspect of the beloved story in Luke 2. The nativity scene is the focal point of my decorations. In the midst of all the crazy busyness that can be the Christmas season, it grounds me and reminds me what this time of year is truly about.

Stacy Monson

Christmas is all about family for me – my nuclear family, grandkids, and in-laws, my family of dear friends, and the family of believers who rejoice at the birth of Christ. We’ve hung onto some traditions and welcomed new ones. As life situations change, we try to adapt and make the best of it, because regardless of what the holiday ends up looking like, it’s being with family that counts. So for me, Christmas is about celebrating the Christ Child with love, laughter, food and fun. It is indeed a time for celebration.

Milla Holt

Our four children are still young, so my love for Christmas is quadrupled because of their enthusiasm. We begin the buildup with an Advent calendar starting on December 1st. Every morning until the 24th, they open the day’s box, read the little lesson, and do a treasure hunt.

More than any other holiday, Christmas lends itself so beautifully to teaching them about the loving all-powerful God who knows exactly what it means to be human. They understand and marvel at how Jesus, the creator and Lord of the universe, once needed a diaper and had to be

potty trained. He had to learn to read, write, and spell just like they do. I love the reminder that one of his names is Immanuel: God with us.

Deb Elkink

Mom (a visual artist and farm-girl cook) and Dad (an imaginative storyteller of deep enthusiasm) made Christmas a celebratory holiday every year! Thanks to Mom, the food not only tasted fantastic, but the table and tree and household decorations were gorgeous. Thanks to Dad, our days were full of the magic of wonder (he actually climbed onto the roof carrying bells on Christmas Eve to herald Santa’s arrival) and the mystery of the Incarnation (reading the Luke story about the Ultimate Gift before a single package was opened). We were diligent church-goers except on holidays—including Christmas—when we would focus on family time and not attend the special services. Instead, following an afternoon of snowmobiling, and then mugs of rich cocoa around the fireplace, we five kids would wear our hand-sewn PJs, sing carols, and snack on expensive delicacies: Halva and roasted nuts and cheeses from around the world.

Candace West

My favorite thing about Christmas is fellowship with family and friends. At the end of the year, we gather at our homes or church to celebrate the birth and life of Christ. Because He is at the heart of our love for one another, He is the One Who strengthens the bond of our fellowship. Whether we’re opening gifts, gathering around the table, sharing laughter over cups of cocoa, or playing board games, I feel His love abiding through and within my loved ones. And I feel the whisper of His promise that one day all Believers will be gathered around His table of fellowship for eternity. Christmas is only a foretaste of our glorious future with Him.

Lisa Renee

What I love about Christmas is seeing extended family come together in one place, sharing memories of the year over delicious food. Most of all, I love how the world stops to celebrate a significant event in history, our Savior’s birth.

Brenda S. Anderson

There’s so much to love about Christmas! Music, gifts, twinkling lights, snow, decorations, chocolate, family time. It’s all so bright and cheery, and the world is focused on Jesus. The world may not understand who Jesus is and what He did for us, but there’s no better opportunity to show Him to the world. The opportunities to serve are vast, and being God’s hands and feet is a beautiful way to shine His light. Really, showing other who Jesus is, apart from the trappings, is what I love most about Christmas.

Eleanor Bertin

When I was six years old and just learning to read, I unwrapped a package I’d received for Christmas but didn’t know what it was. Puzzling over it, my dad came alongside me. Slowly, painstakingly, I sounded out the word Slippers on the label. Patiently, so unlike his usual brusque way, my father helped me. I cherished the nearness of him, always fearful he would give up on me. But he didn’t. That is one of my most treasured memories of him. There are others, too, like the one eleven years later when after my rebellious stint, my heavenly Father patiently and painstakingly began a transformation in my heart. My dad responded with what I now realize was his best effort at encouragement. “I’m glad to see you’ve made some changes.”

Christmas is always precious to me because of the memories it holds of how the Word made flesh worked His Word in me. He has never given up on me despite my slowness of heart to trust and obey. In painful and pleasant ways, for over six decades, He has assured me of His bountiful forgiveness and lavish love.

Chautona Havig

Tree night in the Havig house is most definitely our family’s favorite tradition. Even our older children tend to come home for the annual trek to the lot, the annual argument over which tree, and the annual popcorn and cranberry stringing party. It all ends with the final decorating. You’ll hear, “Oh, here’s your train!” or “Where’s my baby’s first Christmas?” as everyone jostles to get their ornaments in just the right place.  It’s chaos with popcorn all over the floor, Christmas songs belting out in our tiny house, and laughter. Tons of laughter. My personal favorite moment is when everyone has gone to bed and it’s just me in my dimly lit living room. That beauty, the memories, that laughter… it’s what I consider the Lord’s gift to me. I just get it early and it lasts a whole month!

Lorna Seilstad

Whether your family celebrates the Christmas season with special foods, a colorful light display, or a tree handpicked from a farm, I’m sure you have your own treasured traditions. Christmas traditions are one of the things I like best about the season. Our traditions make our families unique, and in a world where everything constantly changes, they remind us some things remain the same. There’s comfort in honoring Christmas traditions. They keep us connected to our past, help us rediscover our families, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Johnnie Alexander

My children’s Christmases were very different than the ones from my own childhood. Sleds and ice skates could be found under our Christmas tree, a baked ham on the dining table, and snow-covered hills outside our door. My kids, raised in Florida, never received “winter toys.” A roasted turkey usually graced our dining table but grilling out was also an option. Yet our Christmases were also similar. I passed along to my children the tradition of opening our stockings first—and everyone in the family has one. As adults, it seems they anticipate the goodies hiding inside their stockings even more than the gaily wrapped presents under their trees. Most important, though, is that my children are now sharing with their children the truth that my parents shared with my siblings and me—that the baby in the manger is our Lord Incarnate and Savior of the World.

Thank you for celebrating the release of The Heart of Christmas. We pray the stories within this anthology will fill you with love and joy and prepare your heart for the greatest celebration this season—remembering the birth of our Savior. What a sacrifice! What a gift!  What love.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 8

CarpeDiem, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

deb’s Book Review, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Joanne Markey, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 14

Splashes of Joy, October 14

By the Book, October 15

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

Older & Smarter?, October 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 20

Mary Hake, October 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 21

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, The Mosaic Collection is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card, two copies of The Heart of Christmas in paperback, and a $10 coupon to Mosaic’s Etsy shop!!

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Giveaway/Tour BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos

BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen Bobos
BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEED by Karen Bobos

 Join us for this tour from Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), ebook (gifted kindle, pdf)
Tour dates: Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is the second book I’ve read by Karen M. Bobos, and both books have been a delight to read. A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN is about three Bobo’s friends and their new Halloween costumes for this year. But when they finally opened the box where the mask were in, they were sad that all three had a clear mask. Now everyone would see then, but then as they put their mask on, something magical happens. And you need to read the book to find out what it is.

A Magical Halloween is a perfect addition to the Bobo’s Babes collection. This is a must read for children everywhere as Halloween approaches in 2021. The rhyming story is exciting and fun and the illustrations are so very adorable. I love how each page perfectly fits the story. This book with illustrations bringing the story to life is five Stars for me. I know your children will love this as much as the children in my life do.

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.

NOW JOIN ME IN THIS SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

A Magical Halloween is your 4th published Bobos Babes Adventure. How long does it take you to write a Bobos Babes Adventure?

It depends. During the summer of 2020, my wellness business was at a standstill, so-to-speak, and I was writing to entertain my children. I wrote a book a week. Now that I am full speed ahead with book tours, YouTube videos, marketing campaigns, and launching a book every three to four months . . . and being a mom of three little girls, wife, running my wellness business and managing our home, I write when I can. Did I mention my husband is now working out of town during the week? Thank you, Covid. So, I’ll re-phrase that, “I am a single mom during the week.” I have been working on the same book for a couple of months. I desperately try to write once a week to feel like me.  Writing is my therapy to feel normal.

Where do you write?

Everywhere. Right now, I am on my laptop watching my kids’ ice-skating lesson. I am a busy mom of three little girls under eight. I write while they are in school, gymnastics, eating

dinner… I get a lot done when I let them play on their tablets, but it’s a catch 22 as I try to manage their screen time. My dream, when I am retired, is to have a beautiful office overlooking a quiet lake or even overlooking a private beach on the ocean where I can write and do nothing else.

Do you have any pet peeves when reading a book?

Grammar. I’m obsessed with proper grammar. My bachelor’s degree is in English. I have a hard time reading stories to my children without noticing missing commas or lack of quotations when someone is speaking. I try hard to just “let it go.” I’m probably jinxing myself by writing this. Hopefully, my interview isn’t filled with grammatical errors. LOL

Do you wish you started writing sooner?

I’ve been writing forever. I started writing in fourth grade and had an amazing teacher who was sending in my work to the newspaper and magazines. However, my first book was published in December 2020. I am a firm believer that we are on a journey and things happen when they are supposed to happen. I wouldn’t have been able to write about my children until I had them. Their characters and personalities are based on who they are. Cora is swift because I

cannot keep up with her. Scarlett has angel skin because of her rare skin disease. Daphne is so silly and comforting. It all just fits and makes sense.

What advice would you give other authors?

The same advice that I give myself, “Don’t give up!” Just start writing, and try to stay focused. I always think, “At least my daughters will have these stories to remember how much mom loved them.”

AUTHOR KAREN BOBOS

Meet the Author:

Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.

The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – Kam’s Place – book review / guest post
Oct 12 – @twilight_reader – book review / guest post
Oct 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Oct 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 14 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – The Momma Spot – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Giveaway/Tour The Society of the Watchers By Scott Keen

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Society of the Watchers
(Kilhaven #1)
By Scott Keen
Mystery, Middle Grade Fiction
Paperback & ebook,  227 Pages
July 24, 2021 by Scott Keen Books

The beasts came and destroyed our world. Kilhaven’s founders defended themselves, and for the past 150 years, the walls of this small village, where Jarvis Graye lives, have kept them out. This fall, though, something feels different. 13 year-old Jarvis is living his usual life, dreading school, cleaning up after pigeons at his courier apprenticeship, and trying not to humiliate himself in archery class. At least he’s got his best friend, and there’s even an interesting new girl around. But… the strange noises, the dead deer, now the missing boy – the clues are there that something sinister is afoot. Jarvis suspects his weird neighbor is to blame. But first, he must find proof. With Jarvis’s life and the safety of the village on the line, he and his friends race to uncover the truth and stop the one who is behind it all.

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EXCERPT FROM BOOK

“Exactly!” said Mrs. Bagley, quite excitedly. “It was named Black River after the river that cuts through our village. You see, when the beasts appeared, they brought down the country. Not just this one, either. Most, if not all of them in the world, fell. But there were a few people who lived here that had the foresight to do what others did not, and that is what saved them and this village. What was it they did? Does anyone know? I know you know, Ms. Townsley. Give someone else a chance. How about you, Mr. Graye? What saved this village from the same fate others experienced?”

Jarvis, caught unaware, stared back at Mrs. Bagley with widened eyes. He hemmed and hawed for a moment before guessing, “Was it the wall?” 

“Perfect!” exclaimed Mrs. Bagley. “The wall. You see while the automobiles and machines still worked, Harvey Gorge used them to begin constructing the wall that now surrounds Kilhaven. And that made all the difference. Yes, Ms. Alcott, do you have a question?”

“Do you know where the beasts came from?” asked Nan. “I asked my history teacher in Lockwood, but he said he had no idea. So, I was wondering if you knew anything about it.”

“There are a few theories out there,” said Mrs. Bagley. “In fact, in your later years, there is a class on this very topic. It discusses the theories of the beasts’ arrival. Not sure if they teach something like that in Lockwood or not. Of course, none of it is based on fact, for we simply don’t know. It is purely a philosophical class. But we will not be discussing that here, for this is a class based on things we can prove.”

Excerpted from The Society of the Watchers by Scott Keen, Copyright © 2021 by Scott Keen. Published by Scott Keen Books.


About the Author


Scott Keen is married and has five daughters. He graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Arts in Script & Screenwriting. He is also the author of three young adult novels: Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King. He currently lives in New York.

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Giveaway/Spotlight Awake with the Songbirds by Kyrian Lyndon

AWAKE WITH THE SONGBIRDS by Kyrian Lyndon
AWAKE WITH THE SONGBIRDS by Kyrian Lyndon

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021


Book Details:

Book Title:  Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic by Kyrian Lyndon
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  172 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Independently Published
Release date:   July 18, 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021


“She has the ability to convey to the reader some of the most complex thoughts into words that truly reach our hearts.” — Love Books

“Her lyric voice speaks with careful observation and passion. In the narrative mode, she is masterful in reading life around her. Kyrian possesses the sensitivity, insight, and soul of the true poet. Her writing provides a primer on how to compose meaningful poetry. — Lou Jones


Book Description:

This collection consists primarily of poems written during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of loneliness and rumination.

Lyndon’s poetry stems from intense emotions that swing from one end of the pendulum to the other as she captures the agony of love and loss, along with innocent joy and lighthearted fun.

Each poem is an earnest response to life, love, and everything in between.


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Meet the Author:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published three poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, Remnants of Severed Chains, and Awake with the Songbirds – Poems from the Pandemic. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

She is forthcoming about being a person with many years of recovery, as well as a trauma survivor. Throughout her journeys, she expressed her thoughts through poetry, embracing every challenge to triumph over adversity. In her conviction that learning, growing, healing, and evolving is a never-ending process, she remains as grateful for the dark days as she is for every flicker of hope and light. She considers herself a cheerleader for those trudging on against all odds in the hopes of living their dreams.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants –her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies.

Kyrian loves nineteenth-century British literature, parallel universe fiction, and dark romanticism. She also enjoys music, art, history, fitness, and cooking.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight /giveaway
Oct 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 25 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway


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Giveaway/Tour The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard

THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard
THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard

Join Us for This Tour from October 12 to October 25, 2021


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  379 pages
Genre:  A Family Saga crisscrossing Mystery, Romance and Suspense genres. (Upmarket fiction)
Publisher:  Joy Lynn Goddard
Release date:   June 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Author’s Note: Children’s mental health is a growing concern in today’s schools. Often kids suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to their mental health needs. Mental health organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association work hard to change this mindset. It can’t come soon enough. As a teacher, I worked with troubled teens and saw firsthand the devastating effects of their silence. With this in mind, I began writing The Keepers, for if I could help just one “Alexandre” find his voice, my efforts would be well worth it. There are a couple of mature scenes and a few sentences here and there of bad language reflective of the events in a life of a character coming-of-age.

Book Description:

Despite struggling to raise a troubled teenage son on her own, Beth Marshall has no intention of selling her beloved vineyard and moving to the city where her ex-boyfriend awaits with open arms. She has strong ties to the land, where she is happy living with her granddad and aunt in the old farmhouse, so when she gets an offer to sell her property, she turns it down. Meanwhile, a writer recovering from a shattering past moves into the guest house, tugging at her heart. She’s not going anywhere.

But after her granddad discovers a dead body in their shed, Beth fights jail time. She can’t imagine a worse nightmare until she gets a call in the middle of the night with shocking news about her son!


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AUTHOR JOY LYNN GODDARD

Meet the Authors:

Joy Lynn Goddard teamed up with husband Daniel Pike to write contemporary adult fiction. Their first and second novels, Moonshadow and The Keepers, have global appeal and won Canada Book Awards. Besides novels, they wrote Buyers, Liars, Sellers and Yellers, a collection of humorous short stories about the real estate industry. Although she is well known for her young adult and junior fiction—starting with the award-winning Daredevils and including Hello, my name is Emily, Charlie’s Song, Jazz, When Pigs Fly, and Mrs. Maloney’s Garden—her adult novels are quickly attracting attention. Each book involves romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

Joy and Dan divide their time between Guelph and Belleville, Ontario, where they spend time with family when not working on their next book.

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 13 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 14 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 18 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 19 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 20 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway


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Giveaway Tour The Sand Pounder by M. J. Evans

 

Join Us For This Tour:  October 4 to October 22, 2021
 
Book Details:

 

Book TitleThe Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press, 284 pages
Release date:  September 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G – Completely clean

 

“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” – Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite 

 

“M.J.

 Evans does an excellent job of winding the era’s history and the 

lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature

 teen’s determination to make a difference in her world.” – Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review

“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” – The Wishing Shelf Book Review (UK)


Check out this awesome World War II read.

Book Description:

Fearing
an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called “The Sand Pounders” and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.

In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one 

problem…they were only accepting men. That didn’t slow her down.

“The Sand Pounder” is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II. 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans is a different take on WWII stories I am use to reading. I have to admit, I didn’t know what a Sand Pounder did before I read this book. I appreciate the attention to detail Evans shows readers in this book. I found myself learning several new things as I read this book. I enjoyed the carefully crafted characters and their development throughout the plot. John, aka Jane was fabulous! She played her part in the story so very well, and didn’t mind having to dwell with the other men. She was more concerned about doing the job she came to do. Will she be found out? Well, this is a reason you need to read this book. You will love the easy reading of author M. J. Evans as she tells this story through the eye of young Jane. If you want a good clean read or know a young person that loves to read, this would be a wonderful choice. And those of you who are WWII bugging, you will enjoy this different take on the war. I encourage you to pick up your copy today. 

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

 

Guest Post for 

The Sand Pounder by M.J. Evans 

 

Why I Love to Write!

I am so honored to be asked to write a post for “Splashes of Joy.” The title of this blog fits my book, “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII,” perfectly. Jane, the protagonist in this historical fiction expresses how much joy galloping down the beach on the back of her horse brings to her. I could change that to “M.J. Evans finds joy splashing through the waves while galloping down the beach on the back of her horse!”

Writing is the older sister of reading for me. The joy I received getting lost is a book is the same joy multiplied several times by writing. When writing fantasy, I get to let my imagination go wild. When writing historical fiction, I get to add twists and turns to the factual information I dig up doing research. All of it is a very creative and satisfying experience.

As a mother of five fabulous children, (one girl and four boys,) I never allowed them to say: “I’m bored.” I responded by reminding them that smart people never get bored. I told them, “We Evans’ can always use our imagination to create an adventure in our heads.”

Writing is like that. As an author, I create an adventure in my head. Then I spend hours and hours writing it down to share with the world. Creating beautiful prose is part of the artistry involved. I always say: “I am an artist with words.”

Writing takes practice so don’t expect to get it perfect the first time. I can’t tell you how many revisions I make on each book. But don’t give up. You’ll get there and your masterpiece will be something you can be proud of!

I hope you enjoy reading “The Sand Pounder – Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII.” Please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads and tell your friends about it!

 

 

Meet the Author:

 

Award-Winning,

 Best-Selling author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and 

graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching 

junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five 

children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage

 and riding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Oct 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 4 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Oct 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – The Lost Review Of Odd Books – book review
Oct 13 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 14 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 15 – wottaread – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Books for Books – book review
Oct 18 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 20 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Oct 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

 

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THE SAND POUNDER Book Tour Giveaway

 

 

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Giveaway Tour Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland

 

Join Us for This Tour from September 27 to October 15!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland
Category: Adult Fiction 18+,  286 pages
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Solomon’ s Books Press
Release date:  April 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. 

 
Book Description:

 

Grace, a newlywed in her 30’s, discovers that her new life isn’t exactly what she expected. Her husband Narcissus is a handsome, former special agent whose puzzling behavior follows a mysterious pattern. Despite Grace’s best efforts, she finds it incredibly difficult to build a happy life with him. The ultimate revelation leads to a showdown with Narcissus. Grace believes the well-being of others depend on what she must reveal.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When I read the title of this book, Grace Under Siege, Not A Love Story,  I wondered what it meant. Now I know that this is definitely not a Love story. It is a story of domestic abuse. I like the way René Voland tackles this devastating issue that is so intense and very emotional. The faith running through the story gives hope that with God, you are not alone at any time, and you can call on Him. Voland creates characters that develop well and are realistic enough that readers can relate. Sadly domestic abuse is not only in a fiction book, it’s in real life, and I like the tips in the book that can help other get through their issues. Grace Under Siege is well written and the details show how much research went into this story. If you are going through an abuse relationship, this would be a good book to read. Or if you know someone in this situation, gift them a copy. This one is getting Four Stars from me. 

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

 

Meet the Author:

 

René is an author, playwright, poet and publisher/editor. She is a seasoned business owner, private coach and ministerial leader. Grace Under Siege is her debut novel. She and her spouse live in Georgia. She is a graduate of Georgia State University.

connect with the author: websiteinstagram

Tour Schedule:

Sep 27 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 27 – Rockin’ Book Tours – book review / guest pot / giveaway
Sep 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 28 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 29 –Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Oct 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4 – Kam’s Place – book review
Oct 4 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 6 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 7 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 12 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Oct 13 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
​Oct 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 15 – Sadie’s Spotlight – spotlight / giveaway
 

  Enter the Giveaway:

GRACE UNDER SIEGE: NOT A LOVE STORY Book Tour Giveaway

 

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Spotlight and Giveaway for ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
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Join Us for This Tour from  September 27 to October 15

Book Details:
Book Title:  ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre: Mystery, Humor
Publisher:  Zither Studios
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Tour dates: September 27 to October 15
Content Rating:  G.https://www.youtube.com/embed/DcwS9mUFbrk?wmode=opaque


“A zany rollicking mystery adventure as compelling as it is hilarious.” Independent Book Review

“Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021


Book Description:
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​A nutty religious cult rustles a herd of prime gazebos (huh??) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Wannabe author Mars chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon’s rom-com mystery Zither.

Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means.

As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy – and get frisky with each other.

Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. Teevees around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”.

And amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamt of. Marian says his books are “slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable”. (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real, or just another illusion in Zither World?

And in Mars’ klutzy (yet endearing) courtship of the enchanting Marian will he ever muster the nerve to ask her for a date???​

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MEET THE AUTHOR:

I was born in a Southern California beach town.

My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8.

Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road.

That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town.

Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets.

And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us.

My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again.

So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers.

The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures!
It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others.

As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’.

It was illustrated.

Jeffrey currently lives at an undisclosed location on the shores of the Caribbean where he spends his days is shorts and sandals making up stories.

He has a pet goat.


connect with the author: website 


TOUR SCHEDULE:

Sep 27 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Sep 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight
Sep 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Sep 29 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 1 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
Oct 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Oct 4 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 5 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview
Oct 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight
Oct 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Oct 8 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Oct 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 13 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight
Oct 13 – Sefina Hawke Books – book spotlight
Oct 14 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight
Oct 14 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories by Marco Di Noia

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories

by Marco Di Noia

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GENRE: Short stories (HUMOR/General)

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BLURB:

Funny short stories, ironic stories, amazing stories, animal stories, incredible stories, unusual stories, comical stories, humorous stories. Happy and feel good stories to create funny conversation, humorous conversation, a great conversation starter.

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EXCERPT:

The Zebra, The Lion and The Crocodile 

In the woods, in Africa, there was a log. 

The zebra came and sat on the log because he was tired. 

Then the lion came and sat on the log. 

Then a crocodile came and sat on the log under the tree. 

They all began to talk about how hot it was, and it was good to rest in the shade on the log. When the night came, and the cool arrived. 

The zebra fell asleep. 

The lion and the crocodile stayed awake with hunger, realizing it was days since they had eaten. 

They did not want to fight each other. 

But they argued about who deserved to eat the zebra.

They could not come to an agreement, so they both savaged the zebra in his sleep.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hi, my name’s Marco! I live in Sydney, Australia. I began writing stories to relieve boredom. After I wrote a few stories, I realized that they made me laugh. I kept writing and my depression went away. I am happy with the way the stories make me laugh and I hope you enjoy them too.

CONNECT WITH AUTHOR MARCO

K: @FunnyandIronicStories 

INSTAGRAM: @tigerhorse777 

PURCHASE LINKS    

AMAZON

BOOKSHOP

https://bookshop.org/books/funny-and-ironic-amazing-happy-and-feel-good-stories/9780228854067

BARNES & NOBLE

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/funny-and-ironic-amazing-happy-and-feel-good-stories-marco-dinoia/1139364503

BOOK DEPOSITORY

https://www.bookdepository.com/Funny-and-Ironic-Marco-Di-Noia/9780228854067

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Marco Di Noia will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Giveaway & Review The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady by Sharon J. Mondragon’s

ABOUT THE BOOK

A knitting group’s change of scenery changes lives in unexpected ways
 
Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a good thing going: meet every week in the quiet of their peaceful chapel and knit prayer shawls. No muss, just ministry. That is, until their pastor boots them out of the church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation.
 
Uptight Margaret isn’t having it. Knitting prayer shawls where people can watch is the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard of, and she’s heard plenty. Prayer belongs in the church, not out among the heathen masses. How are they supposed to knit holiness into these shawls if they’re constantly distracted by the public? But with no choice, the others embrace the challenge. They pack their knitting bags and drag Margaret—grumbling the whole way—to the mall with them. She can’t wait to prove them all wrong when it fails miserably, and show the pastor that she always knows best.
 
Without the familiar mold the group has been stuck in, their own losses, pain, and struggles rise to the surface. And the people and situations they encounter every time they try to sit quietly and knit are taking them a lot further out of their comfort zone than they ever imagined. Can they find the courage to tackle the increasing number of knotty issues they learn about in the community–or will the tangle be too much to unravel?
 
Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut is warm and delightful, full of real laughter, grief, and personality. It beautifullly illustrates the power of women across generations to reach people for Christ.
 
To read an excerpt of The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady click here.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut novel was a delightful and fun read. I enjoyed the different flavor of characters involved. The knitting group itself was interesting, and I was with them, why would the pastor kick them out of the church? But the group found more than they ever imagined knitting in an open space where there was people everywhere. When I read this I couldn’t help but think of our own prayer shawls ministry at church. I don’t knit but I crochet, and it is a fun and satisfying feeling to make the prayer shawls and blankets to give to those in need.

The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady had me laughing with the ladies and share a tear or two with them. Margaret was a character that has issues but the reader doesn’t know what that is for a while. All in all, this is a entertaining read that I had a lot of fun reading. If you enjoy a good clean contemporary read with a good dose of faith running through, you will delight in this story. I’m giving this Four Stars and I look forward to more from Sharon J. Mondragon in the near future.

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

Sharon J. Mondragón writes about the place where kindness and courage meet. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (originally titled The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry) was the 2017 winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the Short Novel Category, and she has also been recognized by The Saturday Evening Post where her short story, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” was an Honorable Mention Awardee in the 2014 their Great American Fiction Contest.
 
Mondragón has been active in prayer shawl ministry since 2008 and currently serves as facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at her church, St. Paul Episcopal in Waxahachie, TX. She also knits with the Circle of Healing at Red Oak United Methodist Church. She is a Level 2 Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches beginning knitting at a local yarn store.
 
Mondragón is the mother of five grown children and has four grandchildren. After 26 years as an Army wife, she has settled in Midlothian, TX with her hero/husband, her laptop, and her yarn stash.
 
Visit Sharon Mondragón’s website and blog at www.sharonjmondragon.com and follow her on Facebook (Sherry Mondragón) and Twitter (@SJ_Mondragón).

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Giveaway Tour for More Than A Heartthrob by Kari Trumbo

Heartthrob

About the Book

Book: More Thank A Heartthrob

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: September 28, 2021

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Whoever said beauty is only skin deep lied. Beauty begins from within.

Jazzy is comfortable in her own skin, but the world cringes at it. Her personal armor since her teen years, makeup hides the scars that make anyone who sees them wince. The true test of any friend is: will they accept her without it?

Chris races to Hooper Island to escape a life-altering situation. The only person he knows and can trust there is a woman he met once. It wasn’t a good meeting. Lost and lonely after being the center of attention in Hollywood, he won’t risk losing the one friend he has.

Befriending Chris poses a risk Jazzy is loath to take. If anyone will reject her for her scars, it’ll be a guy whose life is focused on beauty. But as she helps him work through his own problems and his struggles with faith, will she gather the courage to pluck the plank from her own eye?

Once alone and vulnerable, will Jazzy and Chris rely on one another? Or will the force of their polar opposite lives push them apart—for good.

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

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

More Than a Heartthrob is another book in the Hooper Island series, and the extended Independence Island series. I really enjoyed Chris and Jazzy’s story. Chris came across as a snob at first, I thought. I guess it was his Hollywood personality coming out. I liked Jazzy and wasn’t so sure Chris was the guy for her at first. Kari Trumbo does a very nice job writing this story a the characters are so believable and realistic. The Island setting was wonderful and I love being back there with the island people again. There are twists and turns and take the story in several different directions, but makes the story much more fun and interesting. I encourage you to check out these Island reads published by Celebrate Lit publishing. You are missing out on some fabulous reads if you have not read any of them. More Than Heartthrob is Five Stars for me!

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

kari

Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the blog tour for More than a Heartthrob. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about the book a little. Thank you to today’s blog host and to Celebrate Lit for the tour and for publishing this great set.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring at you for whatever reason? For me, it’s my weight. I’ve been overweight since my second year of marriage when I made a personal (and poor) decision to take a medication that made me gain a lot of weight quickly. And because of back pain, I’ve never been successful in shedding it.

For Jasmine (Jazzy), it’s her scars and lack of hair that she hides under makeup and wigs. She’s carefully kept them a secret her entire life. Only her friends and family know. She even has a beauty vlog (video blog) where she talks about faith and gives beauty tips.

But she isn’t happy. She’s lonely because it’s all fake. The skin she shows the world isn’t hers. I know I feel like that sometimes when I hide behind baggy clothes or sit behind a table so no one can really see me.

But, do people really think in their heads what we think they are? All that worry is spent, but it is fruitful? The answer to that, is no. Do some people judge us on our looks, behavior, or faith? Absolutely, but this book challenges the view that people “always” do.

Jazzy is challenged to forgo what she thinks makes her beautiful, it’s a twist on the old beauty and the beast story and I think you’re going to enjoy it. Especially because the guy who believes in her most, is the one society says should be the most critical, a Hollywood actor.

I hope, if you’re one of those people who wishes for a tall plant to hide behind when you’re in a crowded room, that you’ll find a kindred spirit in Jazzy.

Kari

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 2

Blossoms and Blessings, October 2

lakesidelivingsite, October 3

Texas Book-aholic, October 3

She Lives To Read, October 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 5

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 5 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, October 6

CarpeDiem, October 6

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, October 7

SusanLovesBooks, October 7

For Him and My Family, October 7

Connect in Fiction, October 8

deb’s Book Review, October 8

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

Splashes of Joy, October 9

Batya’s Bits, October 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 11

Blogging With Carol, October 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 12

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 13

Simple Harvest Reads, October 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 14

Kayem Reads, October 14

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 15

Daysong Reflections, October 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kari 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.

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Tour and Giveaway for Carmen’s Journey of Courage by Susan K. Beatty

Carmen's Journey

About the Book

Book: Carmen’s Journey of Courage

Author: Susan K Beatty

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: September 14, 2021

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Truly the odd woman out, Army weapons expert Carmen belongs to a family where PhDs are almost a second surname.

Oh, and she’s also persona non grata since that one little incident back in her teens.  The one that her Tia Graviella still hasn’t forgiven her for. The one her parents and siblings will never let her forget.

A trip to Mexico City, complete with a bit of groveling at Tia Graviella’s feet, might just be what it takes to gain forgiveness and a fresh start with her family. Not only that, her tia is ailing, and someone needs to check up on her.  Carmen can solve two problems with one would-do-anything-to-avoid-it trip.

Something is off, however, and as Carmen investigates, she begins to wonder if there’s more to her aunt’s troubles than ill health.

When Carmen sets her course on making things right, will it repair more than the wreckage from a youthful miscalculation?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I found Carmen’s Journey of Courage a really nice read, and being short it can be read in a for hours. Carmen comes from a family of educated people so she is not the favorite because she decides to join the military. When her aunt needs help in Mexico, Carmen is the one that takes the time to go to her, not knowing how her aunt would feel because of an incident that happened years ago when Carmen was a teen. What she found there was very interesting.

I enjoyed Carmen’s story and I felt for her because of the way her family treated her, and also for the guilt she has had for so very long. Susan K Beatty does a wonderful job writing the story, with characters that play their parts well. I love the Mexico setting and enjoyed the detailed scenes and the wonderful food details. Carmen’s interaction with her aunt was unforgettable and I like the way Beatty weaves the story details with this twists and turns together to come up with a wonderful ending. Though readers were left with a cliffhanger, so I’m looking forward to the next book. If you enjoy a really good contemporary story with a little mystery, I encourage you to check this one out.

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

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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“Courage: The intersection of faith and Grit”

Susan K. Beatty is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan retired from a full-time job in 2017 and is now pursuing a novel-writing career. Her first novel, “Faces of Courage,” is in revision. Susan is the author of “An Introduction to Home Education” (AKA “California Homeschool Manual”), was the assistant director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and is the president of her local ACFW-OC Chapter. She is a professional writer/journalist. Susan is proof you can begin a fiction writing career after age seventy.

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Have you ever known in your heart you needed to ask someone to forgive you, but the thought scared you so much you were convinced they would reject you? So scared you couldn’t bring yourself to ask?

Sometimes we are more fearful of man than God, conveniently ignoring the responsibility to be right with others and to live in peace. It’s hard to live in peace when that thing, that whatever it was we need to apologize for, is lying like a lump of toxic waste in our hearts.

In Carmen’s Journey of Courage, Carmen ignored her need to ask for forgiveness for years. Well, she didn’t really ignore it, she just kept burying it every time she thought of it. Which was often.

It took an outside force to get her positioned in such a way that she had to face the situation.

Carmen is the odd woman out in her family. Every one of her siblings possesses enough educational degrees to wallpaper a room. But not Carmen. Her two older sisters’ treatment of her pushed Carmen in the opposite direction and toward a desire to find her own way on her own terms. Instead of college, Carmen enlisted and excelled in the army.

As God sometimes does, He uses the exact person Carmen would prefer to avoid—her oldest sister—to get her to Mexico City and their great aunt. Circumstances are not what she expects. She needs to face more than her tía and solve a mystery with the aid of her army training.

It’s a journey of courage.

We all face tough decisions. I wrote Carmen’s Journey of Courage to inspire bravery when life is hard.

Find your courage at the intersection of faith and grit.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 2

lakesidelivingsite, October 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 3

Inklings and notions, October 4

For Him and My Family, October 5

deb’s Book Review, October 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 7

Betti Mace, October 8

Splashes of Joy, October 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 12

An Author’s Take, October 12

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and 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/11dcb/carmen-s-journey-of-courage-celebration-tour-giveaway

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