The Thief by Stephanie Landsem from Litfuse and Kindle Fire Giveaway

The Thief

by Stephanie Landsem

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A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Stephanie’s website.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is an awesome and interesting book to read. It takes us to the hill called Golgotha, and the thieves crucified with Jesus. It tells of the life of Jesus just before He was beaten and nailed to the cross, and through the resurrection. It almost impossible to read this book and not wonder what you would have done, had you been there. And this story, even though it is fiction, does a really good job of describing how it could have been for those who were there. I always enjoy and appreciate reading a good Biblical fiction because it causes me to start wondering what it would have been like during the era, and gives me a better understand of the Scriptures. And in The Thief, it is the Scriptures talking about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Redeemer.

This is an awesome book for anyone to read, and what better time to read it than during the Easter holiday and the time we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection from the grave.  I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publishing Group to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

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Stephanie Landsem

Stephanie Landsem loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats.  When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

 

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

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Best-selling author Tosca Lee had this to say of the book: Filled with memorable characters, The Thief is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of The Thief. I couldn’t stop reading.

Stephanie is hosting a Kindle Fire HDX and book giveaway at her website.

CLICK THE BUTTON to find out more and enter to win.



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CFBA Presents Dating, Dining and Desperation by Melody Carlson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dating, Dining, and Desperation

B&H Books (March 1, 2014)

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Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column.

But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child — whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’ve been waiting for Dating, Dining and Desperation since I read the first book in the Dear Daphne series. This is a really wonderful series as we are following Daphne’s journey as she tries to follow her late Aunt Dee’s Will and which man she will date next! Its also a lot of fun trying to figure out who will finally win Daphne’s heart. I know who I want that to be, but I’m not telling, cause I just might be wrong. This is a fun and funny series that I highly recommend. And if you are looking for good, clean books for your teenager to read, this one would be wonderful!

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

Litfuse presents……The A – Z of C. S. Lewis by Colin Duriez

The A – Z of C. S. Lewis

by Colin Duriez

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A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia

C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work—his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man—written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”—to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow what an amazing tribute on the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis. This is a really interesting and entertaining book. If you are a C. S. Lewis fan, you need to get a copy of The A-Z of C. S. Lewis by Colin Duriez. Duriez does a fantastic job of complying together everything about the life of this legendary author. I really don’t know how Duriez packed so much information in the pages of one book, but he does it, and does a fantastic job of it. Overall, this book is jammed packed with C. S. Lewis inside and out! I highly recommend this book to everyone, because this is a book that anyone who reads will surely enjoy!

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

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colin Duriez

Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of “The Inklings Handbook” (with the late David Porter), “J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship,” and “Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings,” and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as “The Tolkien Encyclopedia” (Routledge).

THe Jesus Bible, for ages 9-12….NIV: Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

The Jesus Bible

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Book Description

Discover Jesus In Every Book of the Bible

Jesus isn’t just found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. His presence can be felt throughout the whole Bible, even in Genesis. The Jesus Bible contains the complete New International Version (NIV) with daily study helps that point to Jesus and show how he fulfilled the prophecies for the Messiah found in the Old Testament. A perfect way to see the overarching narrative of the Bible, The Jesus Bible includes these features:

  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving
  • Book introductions explain where Jesus appears in each book of the Bible
  • 365 devotions revolve around the “sightings” of Jesus in the Old Testament and his life and teachings in the New Testament
  • Application notes to help apply Jesus’ teachings to real life today
  • Hundreds of clues highlight the promises/prophesies made about Jesus in the Old Testament and the fulfillments in the New Testament
  • Index of the Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ
  • List of Jesus’ miracles and parables
  • Timeline of Jesus’ life
  • Lineage of Jesus
  • Concordance to help find key topics, people, and events in the Bible
  • Words of Christ in red

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I always enjoy reviewing new Bibles, and I really like this one that focuses on tweens and teens. The Jesus Bible is more like a study Bible with all of its references, devotions and many other ways of showing tips and information. In this Bible you will find 365 devotions focusing on Jesus throughout the entire Bible, valuable Bible Applications to apply teachings from the Bible to real life, Jesus’s miracles, parables, promises, prophesies. The timeline of the life of Jesus, the lineage of Jesus, easy ways to find topics you are looking for and the Words of Christ is in red!

What more could you want in a Bible for your teenager? The outside cover and the pages throughout are appealing to the younger generations, and those younger people will be proud to carry a Bible such as this. I am always for ways to help our young people want to read and study God’s Word, so I am always in favor of a great Bible such as this. I encourage you to check The Jesus Bible out and let your tween or teenager give is a try!

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

Litfuse presents….Princes Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princes Ever After

by Rachel Hauck

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A Royal Wedding Book

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.

But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Rachel’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a delightful story, one that I enjoyed very much! I love the characters, Regina and Tanner faces a lot of difficult situations, and watching them overcome their difficulties what encouraging. Their characters were solid and believable, and I grew to love them. Everyone loves a princes story, and though this one is somewhat different, I think you will love it as much as I did. And I love the book cover! It is so inviting, and the beautiful cover and the author Rachel Hauck, that is reason enough to read this book, because you know its going to be a great one. I encourage you to read a copy today! You will be delighted!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Hauck
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Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated “The Wedding Dress” and RITA nominated “Love Starts with Elle,” part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel “Softly and Tenderly,’ was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

And Now For The Giveaway!!!

Rachel Hauck is celebrating the release of her latest “swoon”-worthy romance,  Princess Ever After, with a fun $200 “Princess” prize package giveaway and a Facebook “Princess” party on March 6th. Grab your tiaras and RSVP today!

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One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa cash card (buy your very own “princess ever after” gown or tanks of gas for your “royal” ride)
  • Princess Ever After, Once Upon a Prince, and The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 6th. Winner will be announced at Rachel’s “Princess” Facebook Party on March 6th. Connect with Rachel for an evening of “royal” book chat, princess-themed trivia, laughter, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next book in the Royal Wedding series!



So grab your copy of Princess Ever After and join Rachel and friends on the evening of March 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

When Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan and Win an iPad Mini

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Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected…

Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.

But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she’d feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals don’t even speak English. There isn’t even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth’s heart is torn between two young men–both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once.

Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she’s had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?

Purchase a copy and read an excerpt here.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow, what a blessing to read another book from one of the most well know authors I know, Janette Oke, along with Janette’s daughter Laurel Oke Logan. I have read and re-read all of Janette Oke’s books and I love, love, love them all! And When Courage Calls is another awesome book from this mother/daughter team.

I love that the story is about a young lady from a wealthy family moving to a poor mining town without electricity, and that tells what else it is without. Beth is such a sweet lady, and even though it was so difficult for her, and even more after losing everything she had. The reception she rec’d in Coal Valley was heartwarming, and I loved the acceptance from the mothers who were so eager for Beth to teach their children. As I went through the struggles and difficulties together with Beth, I fell in love with her, as well as these Coal Valley people. So much so that I was wishing to be there, helping in any way I could!

There is so much I could say about this book, but words just can’t describe how much I enjoyed this story, so I encourage you to pick up a copy for your own enjoyment. You will be thrilled to read another from legendary author Janette Oke, and if you haven’t read any of her books, When Courage Calls is an awesome book to start with!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Janette Oke

**Janette Oke** Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of numerous awards. Her novels have sold more than 30 million copies and are beloved by readers around the world. Janette lives with her husband, Edward, in Alberta, Canada.

**Laurel Oke Logan**, is the daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of “Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie,” as well as the novel “Dana’s Valley,” which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Janette Oke’s newest book, Where Courage Calls (co-written with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan), is receiving rave reviews. It is the companion story to Hallmark Channel’s TV series When Calls the Heart, set in the Canadian west.

Janette and Laurel are celebrating with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.

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One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the Where Courage Calls Facebook Party on March 4th. Connect with Janette and Laurel for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more!

 
So grab your copy of Where Courage Calls and join Janette and Laurel on the evening of March 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea, a devotional by Rose Chandler Johnson

God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea

by Rose Chandler Johnson

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Back Cover Blurb
In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced
tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday
moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection
of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies
each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional
points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether
purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me,
and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to

God in those quiet moments of reflection.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Have you ever read devotionals and could feel the heart of the author? This is how it was for me reading Rose Johnson’s devotional God, Me and Sweet Ice Tea. Rose has written a sweet book of devotions that reflect on scripture from God’s Word. Each devotion is about a different scripture, they are very short, it only takes a few minutes to read each one. After each devotion you will find a collection of scripture if you want to read more on the topic for that day. There are lines for journaling and answering questions, there is a prayer, a prayer focus, and Today’s Sweet Tea Moments. Each devotion is three to four pages long.

First of all, I love this little book, and it is small enough to slip in your purse and take with you. The devotions deal with issues such as, Resolutions, what the Lord requires from us, complaining, obedience, taming the tongue, perfect peace, a life of service, and this is just a small insight at what is in this special devotional. This is a devotional you can use in several ways. If you only have time for a quick read, you can read just the devotion, or you can take more time to look up the scripture, answer the questions and meditate on what God has for you for that specific day. Either way, you will find this to be a very important book to keep around. And I especially appreciate the way Ms. Rose puts her heart into each thing she writes. As I read this book, I could feel Rose’s love for the Lord and her willingness to serve Him. To me, this is what makes God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea such a special devotion for you to have. I love my copy, and appreciate Rose Chandler Johnson providing it for me to read and review this book, and the opinions I have expressed her are mine only.

I really want to encourage you to check out God, Me, and Sweet Ice Tea and purchase a copy for your library. You will be more than pleased with this wonderful heartwarming devotional.

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 Connect with Rose:

Blog: http://www.writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rechanjo

Pinterest:   http://pinterest.com/rosecjohnson/boards/

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

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18188725-rose-chandler-johnson

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart.com, and through your local independent book stores.

 

Author Bio:  

Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013.  Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers.  Rose is from Burke County, Georgia and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years.  She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years.  Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Litfust presents The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls and win iPad Mini!!

The Sinners’ Garden

by William Sirls

Book Info
About the book: In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden . . .
Andy Kemp’s young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.
As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy’s pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.
Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store. As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.
Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/s9RuK

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book caught my attention with the really weird break-ins that were happening in the community. I mean, someone breaking in and leaving money and gifts? This alone kept my head in this book until it was finished. Andy Kemp had reason to be upset because of his face being deformed because of a fire, and his mother had reason to be upset because Andy blamed her for his medical condition. The blessing came when Uncle Rip return from prison now a Christian, and strikes out to help Andy and is willing to do anything he can to help.  And then the music started appearing on Andy’s iPod. Could this be a voice from God?
This is a very intriguing story with characters that are solid and ones I grew to love as the story unfolded. The Sinners Garden tells of real life struggles and how a person is made whole through the love of Jesus. I appreciate the author having the characters live through the disappointments and struggles before our eyes are we read the pages. I felt pulled into this story in a special way, making it so realistic. I love books like this, and I loved this story!
If you enjoy Christian fiction, you will really enjoy The Sinners’ Garden so I encourage you to pick up your copy asap!
I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publishing Group to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

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Meet the author: Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows—some born of chance, some born of choice. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel. His first novel, The Reason, was published in 2012. William makes his home in southern Michigan.
Learn more about William at: http://WilliamSirls.com

Meet William Sirls: Once a senior vice president in a large investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. Life lessons involving faith, grace, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. The Sinners’ Garden is his second novel.

William is celebrating the book’s release with an iPad giveaway.

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One winner will receive:

  • A brand new iPad Mini
  • The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 1st. Winner will be announced March 3rd on William Sirls’ blog.

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by William’s blog on the 3rd to see if you won.

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND BY MELODY CARLSON

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND

BY MELODY CARLSON

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?

Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer–getting her driver’s license, a job, and more–and she can’t wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.

Turns out a “simple” life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon’s ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds–and families–colliding.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a really sweet book to read. Shannon wasn’t expecting to like it when visiting her mom’s Amish family, but she finds out that there are good looking Amish boys! Even though this is a teen fiction I enjoyed the interaction between Shannon and the Amish family they were staying with. The characters here were realistic and believable, and the Amish household was it’s useful peaceful and quiet place. Melody Carlson is a gifted storyteller and tells an awesome story here in this book. And with the many twists and turns throughout the story, its difficult to put this sweet book down after you start reading. Mix and English and Amish family together, and you have and interesting story to follow!

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell….From David C. Cook and Win a Copy of this Book

Wishing on Buttercups

by Miralee Ferrell

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Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?
She’d  kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the  present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share,  even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one  ever has.
Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young  writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into  Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by  the whiff of mystery surrounding her.
Beth knows  that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two  men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future  and her heart.
As shadowy memories surface, Beth  sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her  illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Beth Roberts has know idea who her mom and dad is, the aunt who raised her is not really her aunt, and she doesn’t even know what her real name is. Beth has a lot of secrets, and doesn’t intend for them to surface. Beth enjoys sketching and sells some of her sketches to a magazine, much to her aunt’s opposition., but Beth is determined to keep drawing.  Jeffrey Tucker loves being a writer, even though his parents pretty much writes him off because they expected Jeffrey to follow his dad and be an lawyer. But would the money be more important than doing what he really wants to do in life?
Miralee Ferrell is such an awesome storyteller. This story is heartwarming and beautiful inside and out! I love those how live in the boarding house, though they have their ups and downs, they are still a sweet bunch of people and they care for one another. Beth isn’t very stable and confident because of her past, but as she spends time with Jeffrey, she opens up a little. But then her past comes to play and uproars her life, causing a lot of tension.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story, and I especially enjoyed time with the interesting and wonderful characters we meet in Blowing on Dandelions. Ms. Ferrell weaves together a story that will warm your heart and stay with you for along time!
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

MiralleFerrell-2011[1]ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Bio(s) Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.  Book Purchase LinChoose your favorite retailer from the list provided at the following link: http://www.dccebooks.com/products/wishing-on-buttercups

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Rich in Love by Irene Garcia from David C. Cook And Win a copy of this book!

Rich in Love

By Irene Garcia

With Lissa Halls Johnson

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Summary

Irene and Domingo Garcia began their married lives at sixteen, already expecting a
baby. Their first ten years together included Domingo’s alcoholism and abuse, and
Irene’s desperate prayers for answers. Then a miracle happened: Domingo pleaded
for forgiveness. As God healed their marriage, Irene and Domingo adopted a little
girl. And a new season began for an imperfect couple who were willing to say
yes
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each other and to God.
Over the past forty-five years, the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-
two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings.
Above all, their story reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to
God’s call.  Rich in Love

is about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan.
And about a God who never, ever gives up.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Irene  and Domingo Garcia’s life didn’t get off to a really good start, when at sixteen they married, expecting their first. That in itself is difficult for a couple so young. And to add Domingo’s drinking and abuse, didn’t make for a happy marriage at all. This book shows the changes that happens in a person life when they give God control.
Rich in Love tells the stories of real people, and how God can change lives. Lives that are so messed up that there is no way out, except turning to the Lord. I appreciate this couple and these individuals for the willingness to tell about the darker sides of their lives. This is truly a book of love, patience, forgiveness and God’s Amazing Grace! I encourage any couple, whether you are having a tough time or not, to read and study this book. There is something for everyone here.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
Author_PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

whom have special needs. They worked in Special Ministries at Grace Community
Church in Sun Valley, California and started the special needs ministry at Cornerstone
Church in Simi Valley, California.
Lissa Halls Johnson is a best-selling author of nineteen books, including Still
Growing with Kirk Cameron. She is the creator of the Brio Girls book series for teen
girls.
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Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of

Choose your favorite retailer from the list provided at the following link:
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway runs from Feb 15, 2014 til  March 1, 2014
David C. Cook was generous enough to give several copies of this book to giveaway to blogger who will leave a comment. And be sure and leave your email so I can get in touch with you if you win!
And if you rate my review of Echoes of Mercy HERE I will add an extra entry in your name.

Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorney from Revell

Love Sweet Beginning

by Ann Shorney

ABOUT THIS BOOK
What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?

It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry–and Cassie must find work to support them.
Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what his business needs.
With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from different backgrounds finding common ground and the hope of a bright future together.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have been looking forward to reading Love’s Sweet Beginning, the third book in Ann Shorney’s Sisters at Heart Series, and I loved it, loved it loved it! I really like Cassie, and as she struggled to find her way in real life after being pampered all of her life was heartwarming. At least she was willing to work as a dishwasher in order to provide for she and her mother. I got annoyed at Cassie’s mother though, the way she expected to move in on someone and have them take care of her hand and foot. This mother and daughter pair had a lot to learn about living, thanks to the war that took everything from them. This is a wonderfully written historical fiction, and I know you will enjoy it just as much as I did! This is a delightful read that everyone will enjoy. Though it is better to read the three books in order, it is just as interesting reading Love’s Sweet Beginning as a stand alone!

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

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Ann Shorey

Ann Shorey

Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, Where Wildflowers Bloom, and When the Heart Heals. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Learn more at http://www.annshorey.com.

Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith from Revell

Rachel

by Jill Eileen Smith

ABOUT THIS BOOK
Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?

Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.
But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?
Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith not only tells one of the most famous love stories of all time but will manage to surprise even those who think they know the story inside and out.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have always thought Rachel to be a interesting woman of the Bible, so I was excited to read about her in Jill Eileen Smith’s new book, Rachel.  And as usual, Ms. Smith delivers a story that will stick with you for a long time!

Already familiar with the story of Leah, Rachel and Jacob, this book brought the story to life as I read each page, and I loved imagining being there as these years passed by. And as I always am, I was really not happy that Laban deceived Jacob on his first seven years of working with him and gave him Leah, instead of Rachel as was promised, but that’s the way it was. I wanted to feel that way towards Leah, but she was deceived as well really because she knew she would always be second best to Jacob. And I could go on and on because I love this story, but I won’t. Ms. Smith did her homework well in researching the Biblical account of this story very well. The characters were amazing in their rolls throughout this story. This is fiction, so this is the author’s account of what Rachel’s life may have been like, but to me she does an awesome job of taking us back to that time in history.

If you enjoy historical fiction, and Biblical fiction, this is a must read for you and you will not be disappointed!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill Eileen Smith

Photo Credit:  © Amanda Matilla Photography

Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai and Rebekah in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at http://www.jilleileensmith.com.

Bounce Back by Julie Clinton, from Worthy Publishing

 

Bounce Back

by Julie Clinton

From David C. Cook

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Book Title & Author: Bounce Back by Julie Clinton http://worthypublishing.com/books/Bounce-Back/
Short Bio & Author Website: Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A., president of Extraordinary Women,  has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women as host of E-Women  conferences all across America, and is author of Extraordinary Women: Discovering the Dream God Created for You, the devotional Living God’s Dream for You, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom. A woman of deep faith, she cares passionately about seeing women live  out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. http://www.ewomen.net/
Short Book Description:

When Your Heart is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost

Brokenhearted, disappointed, and wanting more from life—if we are honest, most of us  have endured a season or two or incredible difficulty. Julie Clinton  sees and hears the needs and concerns of women all over America on a  regular basis. She shows the way forward when all seems lost. In this  transparent and encouraging book she walks beside her readers, revealing three steps to a more fulfilled life: breathe, believe, and bounce  back. Clinton provides wisdom and encouragement to help women rediscover their joy and strength.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Bounce Back, Julie Clinton deals with life, when you think you can’t go on. As the statement on the front of the book states so well, “When your heart is empty and your dreams are lost.” This is a heartwarming book to use as a Bible study, whether it be individual or small groups study, or a Sunday school class, ladies who go through this book will better understand how they can have the life God has for you, even after you think its all over for you. You can heal and grow in your Christian life, and Ms. Clinton gives us a wonderful book to help us do that. A couple of the chapters are, Decide to Breathe, Believe and Bounce Back, and Reclaim Your Lost Time and Opportunity, and there are several more chapters dealing with stress, limitations, loneliness and becoming stronger. If you are looking for a new Bible study, I strongly encourage you to give Bounce Back a try. Your life just might change forever.

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

David C. Cook presents Poison Town by Creston Mapes plus Book Giveaway!

Poison Town

by Creston Mapes

Poison Town

Book Summary
In this breathtaking follow-up to
Fear Has a Name
, investigative reporter Jack Crittendon learns his long-time friend and mechanic has fallen suspiciously ill. The man’s likeable sons and neighbors blame a mega-manufacturing plant on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio, for the sickness and death ravaging their loved ones.  When Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, without his editor’s permission, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As Jack meets the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable—he knows too much.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow, this book will make your head spin! Creston Mapes is one awesome author! There is so much going through my mind right now about this book I don’t know where to start. Jack Crittendon is a top notch investigative newspaper reporter and he will dig for the truth, and report it, no matter what. That is until his boss starts backing away from Crittendon’s stories he is on to. There has to be a reason so many people are getting sick in the small community of hard working people, but it seems no one wants to talk. But Crittendon is determined to find out the truth. But this puts his family and those around him in danger. The big question is, who will win? Crittendon or this huge manufacturing company that is clearly causing chemicals to leak out among this low income community?
If you enjoy a really good suspense/thriller, you Need to read this book! You will not be disappointed in Poison Town, this second book from Creston Mapes in The Crittendon Files series. This can be read as a stand alone book because it is about a different story Jack is investigating, but it is nice to read the first book, Fear Has a Name to get to know the people a little better. Both books are awesome and I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for your reading enjoyment.
I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Author Bio(s) Creston Mapes is the author of
Fear Has a Name
Nobody
Dark Star
Full Tilt
. A journalist, copywriter, and editor, he works from his home-office in Atlanta for some of the nation’s top media companies, Christian ministries, and nationally-recognized corporations. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels. Book Purchase Link
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Book Endorsements “A wild roller coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Francine Rivers, bestselling author of
Redeeming Love
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Poison Town grips you from the start and hints at Grisham-greatness. This David versus Goliath tale is certain to challenge and entertain.” Harry Kraus, bestselling author of An Open Heart.
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“Every time you think the tension can’t be more intense, Creston Mapes ramps it up a notch. Be prepared to stay up late (and make sure the doors are locked) when you start reading Poison Town  Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of The Choice
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Poison Town is another winner from Creston Mapes. I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one gulp. Highly recommended!” Colleen Coble, author of
Rosemary Cottage and the Lonestar series!”
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“Grab an oxygen tank and a tall glass of water—you’re going to need it when you read Poison Town

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Once again, Creston Mapes delivers a powerful tale of suspense that does not disappoint! The poison infecting this town isn’t relegated simply to chemicals, but infects the hearts and minds of Mapes’s multi-dimensional characters.
Poison Town is intriguing and compelling—an absolute must read!” Ronie Kendig, best-selling author of Trinity: Military War Dog and the
Discarded Heroes.
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 “In Poison Town,  Creston MapesAthol Dickson, author of River Rising
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“With Poison Town, Creston Mapes has crafted quite the thrill ride. He explores the evils of corporate greed and exposes an even more menacing enemy lurking inside all of us. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down.” Mark Lee, guitarist and founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Third Day
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Erin Brockovich on steroids. A suspense-filled journey into the world of a corrupt corporation, the blue-collar workers who are being ‘poisoned’ and a reporter’s determination to tell the truth. Mapes keeps the tension high as he realistically portrays Christians wrestling with fear, forgiveness, and the need to stand up for what’s right.” Elizabeth Musser, author of Two Crosses, Two Testaments, Two Destinies
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“Jack is back! Another great read from Creston Mapes—stand prepared to bite your nails!” Tom Morrisey, award-winning author of In High Places

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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
David C. Cook has been generous enough to give a copy of this book to giveaway to one winner who leaves a comment on my blog. Please remember to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. And for additional entires, please go HERE and rate my review of Echoes of Mercy.
Please tell me if you rate and I will give you an extra entry. This helps me a lot, and I appreciate it!

Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Echoes of Mercy

by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Echoes of Mercy ABOUT THIS BOOKSometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.

When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them? – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=221540#sthash.u5LxZlRY.dpuf

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Caroline Lang and Oliver Dinsmore are both working undercover at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, but for different reasons. Oliver for family reasons, and Caroline for the Labor Commission to find out all information she can about the company hiring underage children as their employees.

This was a really interesting book dealing with the difficult situation of child labor. Of course it was different in the 1800’s but still an enlightening book and one I enjoyed very much! Of course anything from Kim Vogel Sawyer is just plain fantastic in my book! I love, love all of her books! And am happy to add this one to my collection. I thought the characters in Echoes of Mercy were solid and I really like Caroline! I like her determination and spunk, and the tensions were flying high as this story unfolds. Ms. Sawyer does an extremely awesome job of giving her readers a compelling suspenseful story with enough interesting excitement, sweet romance, and a determined passion to accurately do the job these wonderful characters are placed in the chocolate factory to do!

I promise you, this is one you want to put on your reading list! You will not be disappointed with this choice!  I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah through their Blogging for Books probram to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Litfuse presents…..A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron plus $200.00 gift card

A Road Unknown

by Barbara Cameron

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Book 1 in the new Amish Roads seriesElizabeth is at a crossroad. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Gosen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?

Purchase a copy here.

Find out more at Barbara’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is another awesome story by Barbara Cameron! And I was surprised and pleased to hear from my friends from a previous series by Barbara, Matthew and Jenny Bontrager! In A Road Unknown, Elizabeth leaves her Amish home and community in Indiana and moves into an apartment in Paradise, Pennsylvania, with her Englisch friend, Paula. I felt so sorry for Elizabeth because she was shy, getting on a big bus taking her miles away from home, where she only knew one person. It was a difficult trip for her, but Elizabeth was so determined. And as it ended up, multiple time, God clearly shows Elizabeth that He has a plan for her, and she trusted Him. I really liked the two carved birds she brought as a reminder of God’s love and grace. Elizabeth meets many new friends and some family that she grows to love, but you will need to read the book to find out if the pressures from home calls her back to her old Amish community and a large family that think they need her.

Barbara Cameron is one of the best Amish fiction writers in my book! If you enjoy a good Amish story, this is one you don’t want to miss. Now I can’t wait for the next book in this series to read.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Cameron
Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron is a best-selling author who has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara is a former newspaper reporter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the “Everything Weddings on a Budget Book” and “Her Restless Heart: A Woman’s Longing for Love and Acceptance.” Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

Barbara Cameron is celebrating the release of A Road Unknown with a $200 Visa cash card giveaway and a fun “Amish Roads” Facebook party.

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One winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 27th. Winner will be announced at Barbara’s “Amish Roads” Facebook Party on February 27th. Connect with Barbara for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!



So grab your copy of A Road Unknown and join Barbara and friends on the evening of February 27th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Litfuse Presents….Friend Me, by John Faubion Win a Kindle HDX

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Friend Me

by  John Faubion

ABOUT THIS BOOK

When a lonely wife and her frustrated husband each secretly pursue companionship online, neither dreams that a real woman is behind their virtual creations, threatening their marriage—and their lives.

Scott and Rachel’s marriage is on the brink of disaster. Scott, a businessman with a high-pressure job, just wants Rachel to understand him and accept his flaws. Rachel is a lonely housewife, desperate for attention and friendship. So she decides to create a virtual friend online, unaware that Scott is doing the exact same thing. As Rachel desperately tries to re-create a friendship with a friend who has passed, Scott becomes unfaithful and is torn between the love for his wife and the perfection of his cyber-girlfriend. But neither realizes that there’s a much larger problem looming…

Behind both of their online creations is Melissa, a woman who is brilliant—and totally insane. Masquerading as both friend and lover, Melissa programmed a search parameter into the virtual friend software to find her perfect man, but along the way she forgot to specify his marriage status. And Scott is her ideal match. Now Melissa is determined to have it all—Scott, his family, and Rachel’s life.

As Melissa grows bolder and her online manipulations transition into the real world, Scott and Rachel figure out they are being played. Now it’s a race against time as Scott and Rachel fight to save their marriage, and their lives, before it’s too late.

In today’s digital age, the Internet presents all kinds of opportunities to test our personal boundaries, and this exciting and suspenseful story raises important questions about the ethics of virtual relationships. Friend Me will open your eyes to a new—and terrifying—moral dimensions and how they play out in the real world.

Purchase copy and learn more at John’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book started of with a bang, or you can call it a murder! I was kind of surprised, because I wasn’t expecting it, but it sure captured my attention!  Though this is a fictional book, the story is really scary because it enlightens readers to just what can happen when you seek the internet for the companionship. And this is just what the characters did in this story. I thought Rachel acted sort of childish and selfish, just thinking of herself. Scott’s character was much more solid, but even at that, we can see how the internet pulled him in to its forces. Reading this made me realize even more that there is loads of good stuff, and a wealth of information with internet access, but there are a lot of bad to go right along with it. The fake friend thing, it sounded a bit far-fetched, but then it is something that people would definitely be drawn into that kind of fantasy.

This was a really good first book by author John Faubion and I look forward to more from this author in the future. I received this book from the publisher Litfuse Publicity Group to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Faubion

John Faubion has spent many years in Asia as a missionary with his family. Since returning to the United States, John has worked as a senior software developer for a large appliance chain. He teaches an adult Sunday school class and enjoys writing and driving his 1949 Packard automobile. John lives near Indianapolis with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.

And Now for the Giveaway!!

John Faubion is celebrating his debut novel, Friend Me, with a Kindle HDX giveaway!

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One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Friend Me by John Faubion

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 22nd. Winner will be announced February 24th on John Faubion’s blog.

 

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by John’s blog on the 24th to see if you won.

CFBA presents Once Upon a Winter’s Heart by Melody Carlson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart

Center Street (January 7, 2014)

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Melody CarlsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine’s Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Sweet romance from Melody Carlson. Likeable and believable characters and heartwarming. One thing for me though is that it is not up to par with other novels by Ms. Carlson. Maybe it is because the story is short and not really room for digging deep in the characters lives. Over all though, if you enjoy a sweet romance and want a quick read, you will love this one.

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

Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray…Plus FB Party and giveaway!

Hopeful

by Shelley Shepard Gray

HopefulABOUT THIS BOOK…..Return to Sugarcreek, Book One In the Amish town of Sugarcreek, love comes in many forms. But will it come at all for Miriam? Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. The restaurant is a favorite of town residents as well as the many tourists who come to taste the famous Amish fare. Though she always tries to have a smile for every customer, deep down Miriam knows something’s missing: a family of her own. Miriam has never felt particularly beautiful, especially because she’s always been a bit heavier than other girls her age. When Junior, the man she’s pined for all her life, suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed . . . until she realizes he’s only asking her to help get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, her pretty friend. If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him, but she might lose him in the process. Are these few stolen moments worth a lifetime of sacrifice? Is Miriam right to even hope for the life she dreams of? Purchase a copy and learn more at Shelley’s website .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Miriam Zehr is such a sweet young Amish lady, and she will do anything she can for anyone. And that is just what she did when Junior ask for her help in getting to know the new school teacher. This beautiful new school teacher is just the woman Junior is looking for, or so he things. The problem is, Miriam has had her heart set on Junior since they were young, but Junior never gave Mariam a thought, so it just might be time for her to forget about Junior and look elsewhere.

I really liked Miriam from the beginning, but I really got irritated at Junior to put her in such an awkward position. But being the Miriam she was, she started trying to make sure the paths crossed of Junior and Mary Kate. Mary Kate brings into the community issues of her past that pips up the tension a bit. Weaved together so beautifully, Shelly Shepard Gray gives us readers a wonderful heartwarming story full of ups and downs, tensions, and oh so romantic! If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will love this new book by one of my favorite authors!

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

Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

And now for the giveaway!

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read.” (Library Journal) Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book. 

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Five winners will receive:

  • Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley’s blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley’s blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!

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