Though Mountain’s Fall by Dale Cramer

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“I want you to promise you will always be my sister.”

There were tears in Miriam’s eyes as their foreheads touched and Rachel whispered, “No matter what. Always.”

Now in its fourth year, the Amish settlement in Mexico is thriving. But as new settlers arrive, sons and daughters marry, babies are born, and crops grow thick, a storm looms on the horizon. And Caleb Bender knows–perhaps better than anyone–that the worst of storms don’t come from the western skies.

They come on horseback.

When their very existence is threatened, the Amish turn to the Mexican government for help, only to discover that the rulers of men are fickle and security is an illusion. Tried by fire and riven by war, Caleb and Domingo come to understand that the kingdom of God is not to be found in land or buildings or gold or armies, but in the hearts of peaceful men trying to feed their families.

Watching helplessly as daughters Rachel, Miriam, and Emma are drawn inexorably toward their separate destinies, Caleb is forced to confront the most important decision of his life.

“Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise Valley; The Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris.” –Library Journal

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

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


THE AUTHOR

Dale Cramer
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Dale Cramer

Dale Cramer is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Levi’s Will, based on the story of Dale’s father, a runaway Amishman. Dale’s latest series, THE DAUGHTERS OF CALEB BENDER, is based on an Amish colony in the mountains of Mexico…

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“Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise Valley; The Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris.” -Library Journal

Library Journal

Caleb Bender and his Amish neighbors have fled from Ohio to Mexico to avoid being legally required to send their children to “English” schools. The community is tested when it is attacked by bandits, then saved by Mexican troops who turn out to be just as vicious as the bandits. Meanwhile, a bishop arrives, allowing Caleb’s daughters to marry. Things are not so simple for Miriam though, when her beloved, Domingo, decides to fight in Mexico’s civil war.

VERDICT The Benders and their neighbors continue to struggle with fractured peace in 1920s Mexico. Authentic characters and attention to detail recommend this third entry in a strong series (Paradise ValleyThe Captive Heart), to readers of T. Davis Bunn and Gilbert Morris.

Library Journal, Nov 15, 2012

Giveaway and Review for Airborne by DiAnn Mills

 

 

Airborne

by DiAnn Mills

on Tour September 1-30, 2020

Synopsis:

Airborne by DiAnn Mills

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: September 8th 2020
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 1496427173 (ISBN13: 9781496427175)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 


FBI Agent Heather Lawrence’s husband moved out on her, so she decides to take a vacation alone. Aboard the plane several people started getting sick all of a sudden. It is decided a Deadly virus is released, being the cause of the problem. Heather’s husband Chad is the main suspect because of his job as a scientist, and he certainly has the knowledge and supplies it takes to create something like this.

Wow! This was kind of weird to read because it is so real with what the world has been going through. The characters were realistic as well and I enjoyed how well they developed throughout the story. I really like Heather. The insight into her hope’s and dreams and how crushed she is because of her husband’s actions is so heartbreaking. As she threw herself into helping with the victims on the plane, and the interactions with the FBI, I had to wonder if this is somewhat like what happened earlier this year with the virus outbreak.

Chad, on the other hand was a real jerk! Did he really release the virus because of Heather? For that you will need to read the book! But his character was more than I could take sometimes. And at times I found the story dwelling a little too much on Chad, but it was so good otherwise I just read through those times quickly.

It has been a while since I read a DiAnn Mills book but why, I don’t know, because I am looking forward to her next release. And I will go back and read some of her other books as well. After reading Airborne, I see how much her books need to be read! If you enjoy a good, clean suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is one for you!! Check it out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Airborne gets a 5 plus 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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Chapter One

Houston
Early July
Monday, 6 p.m.

Vacations offered a distraction for those who longed to relax and rejuvenate, but FBI Special Agent Heather Lawrence wrestled with the decision to take an overseas trip alone. Normally she arrived for a flight at IAH eager to embark upon a new adventure. Not this time. Her vacation expectations had bottomed out over four weeks ago after Chad had slammed the door on reconciliation. Was she working through her grief or avoiding the reality of a husband who no longer wanted her?

She waited to board the flight in a designated line at the gate. The hum of voices blended with airport beeps, and announcements swirled around her as though enticing her to join the enthusiasm. In the line beside her, passengers shifted their carry-ons and positioned their mobile devices or paper boarding passes. Ready. Alert. People eager to be on their way.

Heather offered a smile to those nearest her. An adorable little blond boy with an older woman found it hard to stand still. A middle-aged couple held hands. The bald head and pasty skin of the man indicated a medical condition. He stumbled, and the woman reached for him. A robust man held a violin case next to his heart. A twentysomething woman with pink hair and a man behind her with a scruffy beard exchanged a kiss.

Chad used to steal kisses.

If she pinpointed the exact moment when he chose to separate himself from her, she’d say when he returned from a third trip for Doctors Without Borders late last fall. He’d witnessed suffering and cruel deaths that had scarred him. She’d encouraged his desire to help others, not realizing their future would take a backseat. While he drove toward success, their marriage drifted across the lanes and stalled in a rut.

The boarding line moved toward the Jetway. Each step shook her to the core as though she should turn and try to reverse the past seven months. She’d ignored her and Chad’s deteriorating relationship in an effort to make him happy. A huge mistake. But she didn’t intend to add the labels beaten or weak to her dossier.

A cell phone sounded, and a man boarding in front of her stopped to answer it. His shoulders stiffened under a tan sports coat, and he talked in hushed tones. Heather dug her fingers into her palms and forced one foot in front of the other while the man pocketed his cell phone and proceeded into business class.

A flight attendant greeted her, a dark-haired young man wearing a wide smile, relaxed and genuine, an obvious sign he enjoyed his job. She returned the gesture. His black jacket with two rows of silver braid on the sleeves and black trousers were magazine perfect.

Heather walked to a rear aisle seat in business class and hoisted her tote bag into the overhead compartment. Although it held essentials for every emergency in case her luggage was delayed, the bulging piece weighed less than the burden on her heart.

Easing onto her seat, Heather pulled the brochure from her shoulder bag describing Salzburg’s music festival, a celebration of musicians past and present. First a layover in Frankfurt and then on to her destination. She’d rented an apartment for ten days within walking distance of the historical center. The flexibility allowed her to choose her itinerary and cook or dine out. From the online photos, the centuries-old building had just enough updates to be comfortable without damaging its historic charm. She’d have hours to explore Mozart’s roots, museums, the many churches, immerse herself in the culture, and think.

A female passenger, sporting red spiked hair and chin-length hooped earrings, stopped beside her. The woman carried a Venti Starbucks. “Excuse me.” Her German accent a reminder of the destination. “Would you mind holding my coffee while I store my carry-on?”

“Of course.” Heather held the cup while the woman shoved her small suitcase into the overhead bin.

“Sorry for the inconvenience. I wasn’t thinking when I bought the coffee.”

“It smells heavenly.” Heather stood to let the woman pass and then handed her the cup.

“Thank you.” The woman blew on the lid and took a sip. “I’m Mia.”

“I’m Heather.”

“Long flight ahead but soon I’ll be home.” She pointed to Heather’s brochure. “Salzburg?”

“Yes. For a much-needed vacation.”

“I’m from Frankfurt. Really missing my daughter and husband.”

“You’ll see them soon.”

Mia broke into a wide smile. “We’ve done FaceTime and texted, but I want to touch their faces and hug them.”

Heather continued to read the Salzburg brochure to avoid any personal comments from Mia, like whether she was taking a vacation solo. An elderly man wearing a straw fedora and a white mustache sat in the aisle seat across from Heather. He pulled his phone from his pant pocket and used his thumbs on the keyboard like a kid.

Mia placed her coffee on the tray and made a phone call. “Wie geht es meinem kleinen Mädchen?”

Heather translated the German. How is my little girl? The woman’s excitement resonated through every word. Love. Laughter. Priceless commodities that Heather didn’t possess. Yet this trip offered an opportunity to rekindle her faith in God and chart a course for the future.

While the attendants made their way through business class with drink orders, Heather longed to have confirmation she’d made the right decision to take this trip. No one knew of her vacation plans except her parents and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Wade Mitchell in Houston. No one needed to know the why of her trip until she made a few decisions.

Stuffing the Salzburg brochure into her bag, she snatched the aircraft’s information and confirmed the layout for 267 passengers, restrooms, exit doors, in-seat power, on-demand entertainment, and three galleys. She always noted the details of her surroundings, another habit of working so many FBI cases. Always be prepared for the unexpected.

If the trip had been FBI sanctioned, her present circumstances might not hurt so much. How ironic she worked the critical incident response group as a behavior analyst, and she wrestled to understand her own life.

Right on time, the flight attendants took their assigned posts while miniature screens throughout the plane shared the aircraft’s amenities and explained the passenger safety instructions. The captain welcomed them moments before the plane lifted into the clouds.

On her way. No turning back. She prayed for a safe journey and much-needed answers.

Food smells from business class caught her attention, a mix of roasted chicken and beef. Too often of late, she forgot to eat or nothing appealed to her. To shake off the growing negativity, she paid for Wi-Fi and grabbed her phone from her bag. Time to concentrate on something other than herself.

She glanced at the incoming notifications. No texts. Her emails were an anticipated list of senders when she longed for a change of heart from Chad. Sighing, she closed her eyes. Between her job, Chad, and stress, too often she fought for enough pillow time.

Two hours later, she woke from a deep sleep to the sound of a woman’s scream.

Chapter 2

Heather whirled toward the ear-piercing cry behind her. She released her seat belt and rushed back to the economy section. The overhead lights snapped on to reveal the middle-aged couple whom she’d seen at the gate. The panic-stricken woman beside him held a tissue to his nose. Blood dripped beneath her fingers and down her wrist.

Not a muscle moved on the man’s face, and his eyes rolled back into their sockets. Heather approached him in the aisle seat. Before she could speak, the woman gasped, a mix of sobs and a struggle for composure. “Help me. I can’t stop the bleeding.”

Heather used tissues from the woman’s lap to help block the blood flow. “Try to stay calm.”

The woman nodded. “I shouldn’t have let him talk me into this trip. He’s been so weak.”

From the front of the plane, the male flight attendant who’d greeted passengers earlier rushed their way. He carried two kits, one labeled first aid and the other biohazard. A female attendant trailed after him.

“Help is here,” Heather said to the woman. She moved aside for the attendant to administer aid. She prayed the ill man was undergoing a minor problem—an easily resolved issue—and for the woman’s comfort. But his lifeless face showed a grim reality.

“Sir, how do you feel?” Not a sound or movement came from the man. Blood flowed from Heather’s mass of tissues.

The male attendant twisted off the seal of the biohazard kit and searched inside. He drew out a pair of nitrile gloves and wiggled them on. The female attendant opened the first aid kit, ripped into a gauze package, and handed it to the male attendant, who applied it to the man’s nose. She opened the biohazard waste bag to dispose of the soiled materials.

The male attendant captured the woman’s attention. “Ma’am, I’m Nathan. Is this your husband?”

“Yes. He’s very hot.”

Nathan touched the man’s forehead. “How long has he been feverish?”

“He was fine when we boarded. Perhaps over an hour into the flight?” Her sobs subsided to soft cries. “Do something. Blood’s coming from his mouth.”

Heather touched her shoulder with a clean hand. “Take a deep breath.”

“How can I? Roy’s not breathing.”

“That’s his name?” His gentle voice ushered in compassion.

“Yes. I’m Catherine.”

He bent to speak to Roy. “I’m Nathan. Give me a few minutes to administer first aid.” He replaced the gauze on Roy’s nose for the second time and turned to the female flight attendant, who’d paled but didn’t tremble. “Leave the kits. Call the flight deck and tell them what’s happening.”

She rushed to the front of the cabin.

“This is my fault.” Catherine held Roy’s hand. “He finished chemo and radiation for lung cancer, but his doctor hadn’t cleared him for the trip.”

“Catherine,” Nathan said, “I know you’re worried, but try to stay calm. Has he experienced these symptoms before?”

“No.”

A voice spoke over the interphone. “If a licensed medical professional is on board, we have a medical issue. All other passengers, please remain in your seats.”

Within moments, a lean man arrived from the right side of business class carrying a leather case. “I’m a doctor.” Heather stepped back while he examined Roy and spoke to Nathan.

While the doctor stood over Roy with his back to Heather, Nathan turned to her. “We’ve got this handled. Please return—”

“No, please. Let her stay,” Catherine said. “If she doesn’t mind.”

Nathan frowned. “Okay, for the moment. Our manual states we have to keep the aisle clear around the patient.”

“I understand,” Heather said. “I’d be happy to sit with her, and I’m Heather.”

“Miss, if the pilots call our med service on the ground, I’ll need you out of way so we can relay instructions.”

The doctor and Nathan lowered Roy to the aisle and treated him. They blocked Heather’s view of the procedure, but the doctor rummaged for something inside the leather case. For the next ten minutes, she waited for the doctor to reassure passengers of the man’s recovery.

Catherine’s hysteria spun in a cloud of uncertainty that left unchecked often spread panic. She unfastened her seat belt and rose on unstable legs. “Please, tell me my husband is all right.” The female attendant gently urged her back onto the seat.

The doctor eased up from Roy and spoke reassuring words to Catherine. He peeled off his blood-covered gloves and tossed them into the bag. Had Roy succumbed to the lung cancer or a complication?

Nathan walked to a galley area. “Ladies and gentlemen, I am Nathan Howard, your lead flight attendant on board your flight today. We appreciate your concern for the man receiving medical attention. We will transport him to the rear of the cabin, where he’ll be comfortable. A doctor is tending to him, and the medical concern is under control. Thank you.”

Heather supported the airline’s protocol designed to keep everyone from alarm and terror while the crew addressed issues. Yet a few people craned their necks to watch the scene as though it was a morbid form of entertainment more interesting than the recycled movies on the screens in front of them.

Nathan returned to Catherine. “I know you’d like for the young woman to sit with you, but it would be easier for the flight crew and safer for her if we placed an attendant here. Can we do that?”

“I guess.” Catherine’s lips quivered.

Heather bent to speak. “I’m not far.” She understood how Catherine had latched on to her, a stranger, for moral support.

Nathan and the doctor picked Roy up and carried him to the rear. Roy was either unconscious or dead.

The female flight attendant sat in Roy’s seat and held Catherine’s hand. “I’ll stay with you for as long as you like.”

“Can I join my husband?”

“When the doctor is finished, I’ll escort you back.”

Heather returned to her seat—her mind weighed with concern.

“Gott hab Erbarmen,” Mia said.

“Yes, God have mercy.”

“You speak German?”

“A little. Spent a year in Frankfurt when I was in college.”

“The sound of it makes me long for home.” She hesitated. “What’s wrong with the man?”

“His wife said he’d recently completed chemo treatments for lung cancer. I’m sure the doctor is doing all he can. The airline has doctors on the ground, and they’ll consult with the doctor on board. Between them, they’ll figure out what’s best.”

“Do you work for the airlines?”

“No.” Heather smiled. “I’m with the Department of Justice.”

Mia rubbed her palms together. She’d already stated her desire to see her family. “Will the flight be diverted?”

“It depends on lots of factors. The man may just require rest.” Heather wasn’t going to state the excessive blood from Roy’s mouth and nose pointed to his death. By now the doctors at Medi-Pro-Aire, an advisory service for airlines, had been contacted and put in communication with the pilot.

“I read the airline’s cost to emergency divert range from $10,000 to upwards of $200,000,” Mia said.

“I don’t doubt the cost, but with this airline, the safety and welfare of the passengers always come first. They don’t blink at the cost of diversion. It’s on management’s mind post-action.”

“Can the pilots be called to the carpet for making a safety decision?”

“I’m sure their procedure is in place to protect the passengers.” Heather forced comfort into her voice. “We’ll be okay.”

Muffled voices around her prompted alarm.

A man shouted for help. “My wife has a terrible headache.”

A man in business class vomited.

“My son has a fever,” a woman said.

“Please, the man beside me has a nosebleed, and he can’t stop it.”

“What is going on?” Mia whispered. “All these people are suddenly sick. Frighteningly sick.”

Heather wished she had answers while horror played out around her.

“I’m afraid.” Mia’s face turned ashen.

“We have to stay calm.” Heather craved to heed her own advice.

Throughout the plane, people complained of flu-like symptoms. Another person vomited. Heather touched her stomach. A twinge of apprehension crept through her.

Nathan spoke over the interphone. “If you are experiencing physical distress, press your call button. Flight attendants will be in your area soon with damp paper towels. Use these to cover your mouth and the tops of beverages. As always, remain in your seats.”

Heather messaged ASAC Mitchell in Houston with the medical emergency report, including the symptoms.

He responded. The FBI, TSA, CDC, and Medi-Pro-Aire are on it. Are you okay?

Yes. People’s symptoms indicate a serious virus.

The doctor on board has given a similar conclusion.

She trembled as she typed. Looks similar to what Chad described in Africa.

The doctor said the same. Is the man dead?

I think so.

How many others are sick?

Heather surveyed the passengers within her sight and typed. From my seat, I see around ten in business class, and I hear the sick in economy. Will the plane divert?

No decision yet. Keep me posted. You are our eyes.

Beyond what the doctor on board relayed to those on the ground, ASAC Mitchell must believe she held the voice of reason and objectivity. The irony of their interpretation. The viruses were usually zoonotic or caused by insects, and the symptoms created intense suffering. She blinked to clear her head and not ponder the worst.

With panic gripping her in a stranglehold, she imagined what others were feeling. A man questioned why the plane hadn’t landed. A woman bolted to the galley and held her mouth. The man who held the violin marched to the business class restroom but fell face-first and vomited.

The elderly man across the aisle from her coughed. His nose trickled blood.

Heather grabbed tissues from her bag and handed them to him. “Will this help?”

“Tell me this is a nightmare.” He gripped her arm—fiery hot.

***

Excerpt from Airborne by DiAnn Mills.  Copyright 2020 by DiAnn Mills. Reproduced with permission from DiAnn Mills. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.


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Giveaway and Tour for Plant Your Money Tree by Michele Schneider

PLANT YOUR MONEY TREE by Michele Schneider
GROW YOUR MONEY TREE by Michele Schneider

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth by Michele Schneider
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  272 pages
Genre: Personal Finance, Stock Investing, Retirement
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release date:   May 8, 2019
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for kindle), epub, and PDF
Will send print books out:  USA only
Tour dates: Sep 28 to Oct 9, 2020
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G.

Book Description:

Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth was named ‘Best New Wealth Books’ by BookAuthority. On Amazon, it enjoyed the #1 New Release spot in three Amazon categories: Introduction to Investing, Business & Finance, and Retirement Planning.
Plant Your Money Tree offers readers a strategic and actionable way to look at their financial life with a completely new attitude of confidence, empowering them to make smart decisions regarding:

  • What to do with their money
  • How to grow their money
  • When to make smart personal choices such as changing careers, guiding their kid’s education, expanding their business, buying a house, putting money in a savings account, capitalizing on social trends and investing in the future
  • How to manage their existing portfolios and 401Ks

In clear and accessible language, Mish Schneider walks the reader through the six most essential sectors of the U.S. economy as seen through six market phases —bullish, caution, distribution, bearish, recuperation, and accumulation. She illustrates how to easily recognize these phases, understand their interrelationships and explains to readers why they should care. Using a personal and conversational tone, Mish’s goal is to help anyone who believes the topic of the economy and growing wealth is beyond their comprehension by giving them the tools to make independent, informed decisions about their money. With that knowledge, readers will gain insight plus have practical, smart options for what to do with their finances.

Mish holds the readers’ hands every step of the way with her welcoming and easy to understand language. Schneider does not endorse passive or buy-and-hold type investing. Rather, she teaches readers an evergreen methodology that adapts to every market scenario.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For the most part, investing money is over my head. I guess I always feel I will invest in the wrong thing. So this book looked interesting and I wanted to see what it is all about. I wish I’d had this many years ago. Author Michele Schneider does an excellent job of explaining the six most essential sectors of the U.S. economy as seen through six market phases —bullish, caution, distribution, bearish, recuperation, and accumulation. This was kinda Greek to me until I actually slowly broke it down and very slowly went over it many times. I still don’t understand it fully, but I know much more than I did. Figure I will give it to my son, he’s wanting to better understand the market. There is a wealth of information in this book. There is no way you can grasp it all just by reading through the book one time. This takes studying the book good time. I would suggest picking the information you want to learn first, depending on your knowledge, and going from there.

I am really glad to get my hands on a book such as this. It is a resource book that will stay in our family. The book cover is attractive enough to be on a coffee table for a discussion opener! If investing of any kind is something you have wanted to know more about, pick up a copy of Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth. I think you will find it most helpful! This book is a 5 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 including this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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Guess Post from Michelle Schneider

Why Saving Money is Not Necessarily the Best Way to Make Money  

I come from a family that did not religiously put money in a savings bank. In his book Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom, Simon & Schuster 2014, Tony Robbins writes that, “the key to success: you have to make your savings automatic.” Sounds so simple yet, it is not the easiest goal to accomplish. Mr. Robbins goes on to write about “Theodore Johnson, whose first job was with the newly formed United Parcel Service in 1924.”

He writes that Johnson worked hard never making more than $14,000 per year. Considering I was making less that that 30 years later, I imagine $14k was a handsome sum of money back in the 1920’s. Mr. Robbins goes on to say that; Johnson “set aside 20% of every paycheck he received and every Christmas bonus and put it into the company stock.” (Robbins, 2014)

Now, we are getting somewhere. Johnson first off, knew to put his money in the company’s stock. Either UPS had a stock plan for employees or he simply had the good common sense to realize that UPS could grow and was a smart “supply side” investment. By the time Johnson was 90 years old, the UPS stock soared yielding him over $70 million.

Suzi Orman– “Try Harder to Save”

Her rule of thumb is simple; money you know you need or want to spend in the next few years is savings. Money you keep handy for an emergency belongs in savings. Money you hope to use soon for a down payment on a house belongs in savings. And, all savings belong in a low-risk bank savings account or money market account. The goal is to keep your money safe so that when you go to use it, it will be there.

Money you won’t need to use for at least seven years is money for investing. The goal here is to have your account grow over time to help you finance a distant goal, such as building a retirement fund. Since your goal is in the future, money for investing belongs in stocks. Suze Orman’s 10 Tips for a Fresh Financial Start, O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2009

She’s right of course-on paper. But, what happens if folks do not want to put their money in the bank because they do not collect interest? What happens when they charge you to put your money in the bank as is happening in many places in Europe with negative interest rates?

In a zero to negative interest rate environment, I suggest you learn more about the different types of bank deposit accounts offered in a FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) bank.

And, an offshoot of these historical low interest rates is that the stock market has prospered. Corporations pay nothing to borrow money. And flushed with cash, many corporations have maintained high dividends and profits for their shareholders.

Therefore, now is a good time to consider changing your mindset from saving money to investing money.

After all, with zero interest rates and a market that recently ran to new all-time highs, I still would not think “buy and hold” as we consider why the rates are so low (sputtering economies, global pandemic, huge job losses). However, I would consider taking the time to read about how to take advantage of the stock market (like my book for example!)

Author Michele Schneider

Meet the Author:

A former special education teacher, Michele “Mish” Schneider was one of the first female floor traders on Wall Street. Today she serves as Director of Trading Research and Education at MarketGauge.com, a 20 year industry-leading financial publishing company.

With Plant Your Money Tree, Mish combines her love of teaching with her world-class expertise in finance and investing. When she’s not changing lives through education, Mish spends her time exploring Sante Fe, New Mexico with her husband (and fellow trader) Keith.

Author Interview

Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

Plant Your Money Tree: A Guide to Growing Your Wealth took me four years to write, six days to find an agent and 30 days to find a publisher once my agent sent it out. That made the journey all so sweet.  I wanted to write a book that could appeal to lay people in a way that had not been done before. That it found its way to a publisher so quickly was exhilarating and encouraging that I am on the right path

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

The key theme is that all people have more sense about investments, whether it be on Wall Street, in their own career futures, what major their kids should focus on, buying a house or borrowing money, then they give themselves credit for. With a simple navigation system, now folks have a compass to guide them on those decisions.

I wanted to hit the middle of two genres-wealth books that tend to be condescending-“Save your money, diversify your assets, live beneath your means,” and technical guide books that are intimidating to general audiences. This is what I hoped I achieved with this book.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

Yes. In the theme of making Wall Street and money decisions more accessible to a mainstream audience, I am writing a book on what I call the Economic Modern Family (which I briefly cover in Plant.) This is a compilation of six humanized characters with visual depictions, that represent the most important aspects of the economy. Having faces and characters that represent sectors like Retail or Biotechnology, offers readers a completely unique way to grasp what drives the economy and the markets.

What inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid. In grade school I wrote about the contrast between horror and beauty. Later, I wrote poetry and short stories. As a professional education consultant, I wrote up long observations and suggestions that were circulated in school districts for including kids with disabilities in general education. I finance I write Daily blogs and articles for several magazines. So, it seemed to me a next step to write a full book-and with a great editor to keep me inspired, it happened.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I am always writing something. I spend a lot of my day tweeting to the financial community. I end my day by writing a blog. I believe the more you write the easier it is to write. For the book and the next one though, I do have a specific schedule. I write for 2-3 hours a day just for the book. I wish I could devote more time to it, but I have a full-time job in finance so allocation and discipline is key.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 30 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Oct 1 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 5 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
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Giveaway and Review of Pretending to Wed by Melissa Jagears

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About the Book

Book: Pretending to Wed

Author: Melissa Jagears

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: May 28, 2020

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It’s a match made in heaven…as long as they don’t fall in love!

The ranch Nolan Key has spent decades working for, even lost a leg for, is now his—or at least it should be. But an absurd clause in his father’s will means he’s in danger of losing the place to his lazy, undeserving cousin. Nolan finds himself scrambling to save his home—by proposing marriage to the town laundress.

Corinne Stillwater’s hands have betrayed her. Numb from hours of doing the same work over and over, her hands will only heal, according to the town doctor, if she gives up the laundry and marries. But she’s been stung repeatedly by love before, so that is one remedy she can’t swallow.

When Nolan offers Corinne a marriage in name only, how can she refuse? Such a partnership could give them the security they seek, but what if the ranch isn’t as secure as they believe, and their lives—and dreams—aren’t quite as compatible as they thought?

Pretending to Wed is the second book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like marriage-of-convenience stories that deal with the nitty-gritty of making a relationship work, you’ll love this authentic romance set in a time gone by that tackles issues still relevant for today.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A marriage offer in name only? This is what Nolan offers Corinne so he can keep his fathers ranch. And they can both be happy can’t they?

I love love this story. Melissa Jagears creates a cast of characters that will grip your heart. Especially Nolan and Corinne. These two were the main characters and my favorite by far. I felt bad for them both, life was just not being good to them. Nolan had no choice but to marry and Corinne thought she was unworthy of a man, so marriage in name was all she deserved. Nolan was so sweet, wanting to make sure Corinne has what she wants.

I so much enjoyed watching the two of them grow throughout the story. There were many emotions flying around at times, some tensed and some pretty comical. I found myself laughing quite a bit during the story. And I appreciate the elements of faith running in the story as well. Overall, this is a very sweet story. I didn’t read the first book in this series but I had no problem keeping up in this one. I do want to go and read it though. And I simply can’t wait for the next book!! This is a really good story for those who love a good clean and fun historical read. This one is a 5 plus 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

Melissa jagears

Award winning author, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. Her ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com

More from Melissa

The Elusive Electrical Spark to Awaken Frankenstein’s Monster

The plot of Pretending to Wed just wasn’t coming together for me. I had the romantic dilemma, but I didn’t love the characters. They were boring. And if I’m going to write a book, a.k.a. read it a bazillion times, I have to really want to read the book myself. I decided to take a break from the weeks of struggle and read. I was recommended a book because of the author’s great voice (I can’t recommend it because it’s not a clean novel), but I loved the fact that the heroine was a scientific illustrator. I wondered if I could give my heroine a scientific hobby and came up with inventing. That single character tidbit was the jolt that awakened Frankenstein’s Monster. She came alive! The research into what she could have patented at the time led my imagination to the egg hatching romance scene in the middle of the story and I was hooked! I couldn’t wait to read my book that didn’t yet exist.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 17

Writing from the Heart Land, September 17

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 17

Texas Book-aholic, September 18

Inklings and notions, September 18

For Him and My Family, September 19

Connie’s History Classroom, September 19

deb’s Book Review, September 19

Batya’s Bits, September 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 20

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Genesis 5020, September 21

The Book Chic Blog, September 21

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 22

The Collaborative Press, September 22

Betti Mace, September 22

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 23

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 23

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 24

Remembrancy, September 24

Wishful Endings, September 24

Life of Literature, September 25

Book Love, September 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Bizwings Blog, September 25

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 26

Bigreadersite, September 26

Labor Not in Vain, September 26

CarpeDiem, September 27

Hookmeinabook, September 27

Splashes of Joy , September 27

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, September 28

Artistic Nobody, September 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 29

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife, September 29

Blessed & Bookish, September 29

Simple Harvest Reads, September 30 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Maureen’s Musings, September 30

NovelsCorner, September 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a Gift Certificate for the winner’s Choice of Book (up to 16.99 plus S&H) from Melissa’s Local Christian Bookstore, Faith & Life Bookstore, and a signed copy of Pretending to Wed!!

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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A Match Made in Texas

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There’s a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!

In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I just love this book. Each story is so sweet and special and there is no way I would pick a favorite? I mean, Karen Witemeyer, Connealy, Regina Jennings and Carol Cox are for of my top rated authors so I knew every story had to be top rated! And I love having a book with four novella’s because sometimes you just don’t have time for a full book.

Each of these stories turn out to be a beautiful love story. Though the couples don’t know it for a while. I enjoyed the matchmaking and the journey of each of these four couples. The all make for a Heartwarming read. If you don’t have time to read a big book at this time, check this one out. Or if you are like me and just need a shorter story for a while, this us an amazing one to check 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.

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.


THE AUTHORS

Karen Witemeyer
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Karen Witemeyer

Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer (www.karenwitemeyer.com) offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas…

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Mary Connealy
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Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy (www.maryconnealy.com) writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She’s the author of the High Sierra Sweethearts, Kincaid Brides,…

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Regina Jennings
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Regina Jennings

Regina Jennings (www.reginajennings.com) is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book…

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Carol Cox

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

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A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler

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A Ranger for the Twins By Tanya Agler Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages October 6, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She fell from grace…

Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lucie is trying to regain her life after her divorce. With her husband in jail for cheating so many people out of money, it was somewhat embarrassing and very difficult. But with her headstrong determination, she will make it work. With Caleb Spindler’s help.

I so much enjoyed this sweet Heartwarming romance. Lucie and Caleb works so well together and their budding relationship is fun and interesting to watch. I was interested in Lucie’s new business, it was fascinating to journey with her from the beginning of remodeling to the new clients and the different aspects of the business. There were a lot of characters, different yet interesting and the story was quite realistic because I felt I was among friends while I was reading and for that reason I didn’t want the book to end. My favorite characters were the adorable twins. Their sweetness adds an element to the story that just makes it shine. And I love love the interaction between the twins and Caleb and the love they have for him just melts my heart.

If you are ready for a sweet Heartwarming romance, Hallmark style, this is a great book for you to check out. This is sure a book for you Romance readers out there. And it is a nice clean one too!!

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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The Sheriff’s Second Chance By Tanya Agler Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages January 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Broken things can’t be fixed…

Or can they?

Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. Ever. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.

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About the Author

An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release. The sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, will be released in Oct. 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea.

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Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

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Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition

When Eve Marryat’s father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve’s uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.

Eve can’t wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, she considers her family to be “good people,” not lawbreakers like so many in her neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a “safe haven,” Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle’s lodge is anything but what it seems.

When the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. Does she dare risk everything by exposing the man whose love and generosity is keeping her family from ruin? And when things turn dangerous, can she trust Link in spite of appearances?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

 


THE AUTHOR

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Ann Tatlock

Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association “Book of the Year” in fiction for both All the Way Home and I’ll Watch the Moon. Her…

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“In this coming-of-age novel, Christy winner Tatlock manages to offer readers an eclectic mixture of suspense and romance combined with deeply rooted historical elements… [She] presents endearing but flawed characters who prompt readers to explore their own bases for judgment and ethical criticism.”

Publishers Weekly

“Lush physical descriptions offer a pleasing backdrop to this tale of mystery and romance that focuses on the necessity of love and forgiveness as well as the magnitude of God’s mercy.”

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$50 Giveaway and Blog for Dead in That Beach House by M. Glenda Rosen



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. M. Glenda Rosen aka Marcia Rosen will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

August 21, 2020, A Senior Sleuths Mystery, “Dead In THAT Beach House,” Published by Level Best Books is the third in the series and available at your local book store, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. This series of murder and mayhem is written in a modern noir style with charming, witty, deliciously clever soft-boiled sleuths.

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Once we had arrived in the Hamptons, settled in and I felt comfortable, I began to add small amounts of poison to the evening cocktails. It was from the oleander flowers. I had planted them carefully behind the barn in Ames. After only weeks, they were falling ill, listless, crying to go back to Ames. They felt too sick at the beach house. It was simple.

I know you must think I’m a monster. But, really, they felt very little when I strangled them to death thanks to the poison in their system. When they were dead, I filled my library with books about murder and witchcraft. The note I leave for whomever might find them might explain what happened…

The Senior Sleuths, Dick and Dora Zimmerman, much like Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man series, and their cozy group of interesting, quirky friends take on crooks and murderers while dealing with an outrageous case of elder abuse.

Later: “Shall we say invitations are mandatory?”

“Absolutely, dear. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss the fun”

“They’re either belligerent, arrogant, or simply annoyed,” Zero whispered to Cloud as the so-called guests arrived. They were all murderers and those who had committed crimes against the elderly.

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There were one hundred years between the murders of Lily’s aunt and uncle and those decaying bodies locked in the house thanks to the restriction imposed by the trust.

Police Chief Arthur Sanders allowed Lily, Jake and his parent to visit the beach house, in hopes they might be able to shed some light on what had happened.

Before the visit Dick and Dora read through the papers Lily had requested from the law firm handling the trust.

Lily, Jake and his parents moved, shocked, slowly through the house, the reality of death heavy as they walked from room to room. The cobwebs, thick layers of dust and mice droppings would be cleaned and cleared later when the yellow crime scene tape was removed.

“Why would anyone want to kill them? They’ve never even been to the Hamptons.” Lily obviously and understandably having difficulty processing what was happening.

     She stayed downstairs with Dick while Dora and Jake went upstairs. They wandered in n and out of the bedrooms and several bathrooms. The police had already left their footprints in the dirt and dust smothering the floors.

      Dora opened closets and dresser drawers, moved around old fashion clothes and surprised, she felt something hard under a long black and white striped petticoat.

“Shh, come with me.” Jake knew that shh meant :”Don’t tell dad.” They had that secret code since he was a young boy.

About the Author:
For over 25 years, owner and founder of a business/marketing and public relations agency and consulting firm in New York City, The Hampton’s and Albuquerque, New Mexico where the company served as advisors to a wide range of national, regional and local clientele including major pharmaceutical companies. The agency provided a special expertise to the healthcare industry including: hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, medical facilities, non-profit healthcare organizations and literally dozens of healthcare providers.  It was the second largest public relations firm in New Mexico when sold. The agency was built on Marcia’s business experience as owner of two-day care centers for ten years in upstate New York.

Parallel to founding and running her agency, Marcia was also an active advocate and advisor for women’s economic development and success. Along with Betty Friedan, she was honored by the City of New York in celebration of Women’s Empowerment Day for “helping thousands of women advance their careers and succeed in starting their own companies.”  She was also honored as the East End Women’s Network’s 20th annual “Woman of the Year,” and nominated for New York State“ Women of Distinction Award. In New Mexico her agency received awards and accolades for the many volunteer services it provided.

She has served on numerous organization boards including, The New York Women’s Agenda, Columbia Hospital Breast Cancer Initiative, American Cancer Society, Venture Fund for Women, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, PULSE (helping to prevent medical errors), Boardroom Bound Alliance and others over the past twenty years.

Marcia presently lives in Carmel, California and is planning on moving back to Albuquerque early 2021 or end of 2020.   She has author clients in New York City, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Long Island, the Hamptons and Vancouver.

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Giveaway and Blog for Nasty Gets Us Nowhere by Drenda Keesee

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About the Book

Book:  Nasty Gets Us Nowhere

Author: Drenda Keesee

Genre:  Family & Relationships

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Two women who forever changed the world followed a plan to better their lives. One chose God’s design for her. The other listened to a different voice that questioned God and rebelled against Him.

Women and men today face the same decisions that confronted Mary and Eve. We can either seek the Tree of Life with God…or keep biting into the bitter fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Statistically, women today are less happy than at any time in measured history. This extolled knowledge of good and evil has had consequences. It’s not about equality in work, pay, or choices. It’s about women wanting to become “like men” instead of being women. It’s about women who aspire to be “nasty” and men who are confused about what it means to be a real man.

Nasty Gets Us Nowhere reveals the powerful truth behind learning to do relationships like Christ, particularly relationships between men and women. Our culture often incites rebellion, but God calls us to work together. As Galatians 5:15 says, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (niv).

In an age saturated with feminism and gender wars, ex-feminist Drenda Keesee combines her wit, humor, and life experience to unpack a powerful, timely message that sets the record straight. She reveals why men and women have conflict, what God’s plan for unity is, and how men and women can unite to create an unstoppable force. Drenda believes the pendulum is swinging and there are many conservative women and men who want to make amends and discover how to have relationships that work. There’s also a younger generation searching for keys to live a different life than what they’ve seen modeled.

Drenda says we can see eye to eye when we first see heart to heart and spirit to spirit, coming from a place of cooperation instead of conflict. God’s Spirit coupled with His plan is the only answer to the separation and relationally destructive forces at work in the gender wars. It’s time for restoration and healing, to bring men and women side by side, hand in hand. There’s much at stake. We must understand our uniqueness, our vulnerabilities, and Christ’s unalterable principles for successful working and loving relationships to experience fulfillment and lasting peace.

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About the Author

Drenda Keesee is a speaker, pastor, daytime television show host, entrepreneur, and author of several books. She has ministered on television and radio and at churches, seminars, and conferences for more than twenty years. Drenda is passionate about bringing women into spiritual, emotional, and relational wholeness so they can live “The Happy Life,” and has founded several programs to that end.

She and Gary Keesee, her husband of thirty-five years, met while attending Oral Roberts University and pastor the 4,500-member Faith Life Church, with campuses in New Albany and Powell, Ohio.
The Keesees have created several successful businesses in the financial arena and are the founders of Faith Life Now, which produces two television programs: Drenda, seen daily on several networks and weekly on Daystar; and Fixing the Money Thing, airing daily on Daystar, GEB, BET, Victory, CTN, VTN, and NRB. Drenda serves as host on these programs, which reach 750 million households worldwide.

Drenda has appeared on numerous other television programs, including Joyce Meyer’s broadcast Enjoying Everyday LifeTable Talk with Joni with Joni Lamb, Marcus & Joni with the Lambs, VictoryThon, and more. She has been featured on CharismaNews.com, Hannah Keeley’s Crazy Blessed podcast, thelaundrymoms.com, and on the cover of Daystar News. Drenda also speaks at conferences worldwide and is known for her ability to inspire, empower, and encourage others to improve their marriages, raise strong children, get out of debt, and embrace God’s best for their life.
In addition to her graduate studies at Oral Roberts University, Drenda received a master’s degree in Christian counseling from Logos University and an honorary doctorate of divinity from CICA International University and Seminary.

The Keesees have five children and several grandchildren. They reside in New Albany, Ohio.

More from Drenda

Nasty Gets Us Nowhere reveals why men and women have conflict and God’s plan to unite them for His kingdom. Coming from a feminist background, I realized that wasn’t the way God intended for me to live.

Blog Stops

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

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 10

A Baker’s Perspective, September 11 (Spotlight)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 12 (Spotlight)

Godly Book Reviews, September 13

Blossoms and Blessings, September 14 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 15

21st Century Keeper at Home, September 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 16

Texas Book-aholic, September 17

Artistic Nobody, September 18 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Inklings and notions, September 19

For Him and My Family, September 20

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 21

Splashes of Joy , September 22 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Drenda is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks 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.

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Giveaway and Spotlight for Beyond What Separates Us by R. A. Morris

Be sure to SCROLL down and read the author’s very interesting Guest Post and Interview before you leave my website!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Beyond What Separates Us by R.A. Morris
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  277 pages
Genre:  Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   September, 2020
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: July 14 to Aug 10, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 Some swearing and violent scenes.

Book Description:

Four strangers from distant parts of the world struggle to survive on a planet torn apart by war, greed and disease. Living under drastically different circumstances, they are each presented with an opportunity to choose what type of world they want to live in. Beyond What Separates Us follows these four strangers as they attempt to overcome hardships and reach their full potential. This is a story about the best and worst aspects of humanity clashing to determine not only the fate of our species but all other life on Earth.

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Guest Post:

Writing my First Novel

Now that I have published my first work of fiction, I have had time to reflect on what really inspired me to write it. Up until this point, my writing consisted of academic papers and government reports and plans. I had never written poetry or short stories outside of the requirements in elementary and secondary school. So, why, and when did I decide to write a speculative fiction novel?

I was living in Yellowknife, the territorial capital of the Northwest Territories, when I had an idea for a story set in the future. Winters in Yellowknife are not for the faint of heart. From the cozy comfort of my apartment on particularly cold or grey days I sat down and began typing, without the expectation of anything to come of it. The process started with one of the character’s story lines and eventually expanded to built new settings and characters in different parts of the world. I went through the usual periods of writers’ block where I would not draft anything for months at a time. Out of nowhere I would feel inspired again and draft entire chapters in one night. The process became an escape for me to express anxiety about the future of the world and our collective unwillingness to recognize the finite nature of this beautiful planet we call home.

Going into this journey I knew very little about the publishing industry or how authors get their work out to the world. I learned the differences between traditional, independent, and self-publishing in an industry that has evolved drastically. The traditional publishers are consolidated giants that rarely consider unsolicited manuscripts, increasing the challenge for a first-time author. I had to grapple with the possibility of if I needed a literary agent. In my case, I found a local independent publisher that did not require me to have an agent. Working with small independent publishers has advantages including close contact, quicker production process and clear royalty arrangements. By choosing an independent publisher I covered the publication costs and am responsible for most of the promotion and marketing.  This gives an author the advantage of having more control of the publication process. For me, the entire writing process took a little over three years, another year to find a publisher, and half a year to get the novel ready for publishing.  

As a first-time author, I have a greater appreciation for writers and the amount of effort that goes into producing a novel. Beyond What Separates Us, is a passion project that I hope resonates with a wide range of readers trying to make sense of uncertain and tumultuous times that we live in.  

Author Interview

  1. Why did you include four main characters in different parts of the world?

I wanted to show different perspectives and realities based on entirely realistic futures that are possible in different parts of the world. I say they are entirely realistic possible futures based on current geopolitical realities and economic statuses in the parts of the world represented in the novel. More importantly I wanted to show that no matter what part of the world a person is born to, we all share similar fears, dreams and hopes. Those similarities outweigh any differences.

2. What is your next project?

I think there is the potential for this novel to have both a prequel and a sequel. I have ideas for profiling some of the secondary characters before the events of this novel and even revisiting some of the main characters later in their lives. If there is positive reception to this novel, it would ignite my motivation and passion to expand these stories.

3. Do you have another profession besides writing?

4. I have worked in the environmental sector for years within government departments and agencies. Currently, I work as a Project Manager for one of Ontario’s Conservation Authorities. In this role, I work with municipal governments and stakeholders to develop watershed plans that are designed to guide management actions to protect, restore and enhance the health of our waterways and natural systems.

5. What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

When I was traveling in New Zealand, I jumped out of a plane on the northern tip of the South Island over a beautiful spot called Abel Tasman. This is one of the most nerve-wracking things you can do as the plane slowly climbs to the required elevation and then they open the door. As soon as you step over the edge of that doorway and begin plummeting back to the ground the adrenaline kicks in and it is one of the most incredible experiences.

6. Can you share with us something about the book that is not in the blurb?

One of the main characters learns something completely new about their origins and unknowingly holds the key to helping the people they are with.



Meet the Author:

R.A Morris was raised in Ancaster, Ontario and holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. After graduate school he spent a year teaching science in Honduras before heading back to Canada to work in the environmental sector. He has lived in the small remote community of Fort Good Hope and the territorial capital of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. He currently lives in Toronto. His first novel, Beyond What Separates Us, is a timely work of speculative fiction that offers a glimpse of what societies may look like if we continue on our path of ecological degradation.

Connect with the Author:  twitter  ~ facebook  ~ instagram  ~  goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Sep 9 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 10 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 14 –Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 15 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 -Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Momfluenster – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 16 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 16 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 22 – My Fictional Oasis – book review  
TBD – Pen Possessed – book review

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Giveaway and Review for To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck

About the Book

Book:  To Love a Prince

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Royal Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2020

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I am a huge fan of Rachel Hauck books and I was delighted to be able to read and review this one. I love these characters that so quickly won my heart. Gus and Daffy has to be my favorite. I love the relationship they have and love all of the interactions between the two. That the two had their difficult issues and moments just made the story more enjoyable and I thoroughly enjoyed going along for the ride as they worked through their issues. Ms. Hauck does such an amazing job with all of the characters, and well, she just does an amazing job with the entire story. The writing is phenomenal! I love that she weaves faith throughout this fairy tale, with sweet romance that will make your knees go weak!

I so much enjoyed this fun and engaging story and I look forward to reading more in thos series. If you are a fan of modern day fairy tales you will love this new release from author Rachel Hauck.

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

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Worthy2Read, September 10

Captive Dreams Windows, September 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 10

Genesis 5020, September 10

Novels Corner, September 10

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

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

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

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Giveaway and Review for Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon

About the Book

Book: Different Like Me

Author: Xochitl Dixon

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Celebrate our differences and uncover what we have in common on this whimsical journey that reminds everyone that no matter how different, all of us are a part of God’s wonderful creation.

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Whether in looks, cultural background, physical prowess, or academic excellence, there are no two children exactly alike. Different Like Me helps them know that being unique is good and that God has made them as they are for a purpose.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Different Like Me is a different kind of kids book because it teaches children that no matter how different they may be, it’s ok. That we are all unique to God, and He still loves us just as we are. Sadly, there is so much division in the world today, it’s easy for kids and adults alike to struggle with this issue. This book is for our world today, and I think it should be in every household, school, daycare, church and anywhere else children may be.

Author Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon Dixon opens her heart and speaks to each of us through the wonderful and adorable characters in this book. I love each of them and their differences. She includes scripture in the book as well as discussion questions to help kids open up and share their feelings if they want to. Especially anyone who has disabilities or anything different than others.

And I can’t forget Bonnie Lui’s amazing illustrations. They are absolutely adorable and fit with the story so perfectly. I love that she includes about every way a child may be different. And how special is this, when a child can actually see a picture of their different self! Everything in this book is just wonderful in every way! This book is a 5 plus stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way!

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.

**And a note to the author, away from my review. Thank you for your guest post! Reading this helped me get a better feel of why you wrote this book. I’m sorry for the rude people you and your family have faced. But I am so happy you took these situations and wrote a book to help others deal with the same issues you have. I appreciate you writing Different Like Me!**



About the Author

Xochitl Dixon, author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace and the children’s picture book, Different Like Me, serves as a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread and Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures. She equips and encourages others to grow closer to God and others, nurturing spiritual growth through prayerful study and application of Scripture. Sharing God’s truth and love to the ends of the earth, she enjoys serving Jesus with her service dog, Callie. She likes singing, art, photography, hanging out with her husband, Alan, and sons, AJ and Xavier, and connecting with readers at http://www.xedixon.com.

More from Xochitl

Why I Wrote Different Like Me

What are you?

That question used to trigger anger, frustration, and sadness, especially when people responded in disbelief because my answer didn’t fit the stereotypes they’d accepted as truth. My insecurities deepened, causing me to hate my own light-but-not-white reflection. Years later, when I became a mom of two black sons, I didn’t want them to suffer similar insecurities. I didn’t want them to think their worth as people could be determined by the opinions, expectations, or biases of others. I wanted my sons to love God, to love the way God created them, and to love all the people God created. But my desires and best-intentions couldn’t protect them the ignorance and hate so prevalent in our fallen world.

One day, during a trip to an ice cream shop, an adult male glared at my five-year-old son and said, “What are you?” The sting of his words ripped the scar off the wound on my heart that I thought had healed.

Asking God to help me forgive, I sought ways to help my sons rejoice in their uniqueness and God’s creativity in designing all of His people. While studying my Bible, I began learning how to embrace my identity in Christ. The more I learned about God’s love for me, the more I began to accept I worth loving and the more I began to love others.

I wrote Different Like Me in 2001, shortly after receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Originally, I had planned to use the poem to teach my sons how to celebrate our differences and our sameness as God’s beautifully diverse and purposefully connected people. But the Lord kept nudging me to share the story with others.

In 2016, my agent and an editor read Different Like Me, loved it, but couldn’t move forward with publication. The following year, I signed a contract for my first full-length devotional, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace. I set Different Like Me aside as I worked on the other projects the Lord had entrusted to me.

In 2018, shortly after submitting Waiting for God to my editor at Our Daily Bread Publishing, my agent and the editor who had loved Different Like Me in 2016 surprised me with two contract offers.

I scrambled to prepare my first children’s picture book proposal with the help of my friend and prolific children’s book author, Crystal Bowman. I submitted the proposal to several editors before prayerfully deciding to accept a contract from Our Daily Bread Publishing.

Then, I began praying for an illustrator who would avoid stereotypes and include children with special needs as heroes, not sideline characters. Bonnie Lui did a fabulous job. She weaved her own beautiful story into the gorgeous illustrations that breathe life into the whimsical rhyming text I’d written almost two decades earlier. Bonnie even created a character inspired by my service dog, Callie, a Border Collie/Hound mix we’d rescued in 2018 from a kill-shelter after God moved us from California to Wisconsin.

Earlier this year, as I prepared for the August 2020 release of Different Like Me, tragedy divided our world. I truly believe God delayed my path to publication so that He could prepare hearts to receive the message of love, unity, peace, and hope that He has brought to life through each page of Different Like Me.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, September 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 15

Texas Book-aholic, September 16

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 17

Splashes of Joy, September 18

deb’s Book Review, September 18

For Him and My Family, September 19

A Reader’s Brain, September 20

Simple Harvest Reads, September 21 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Mary Hake, September 21

Book Love, September 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 24

Artistic Nobody, September 25

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Xochitl is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of Different Like Me with a bookmark, sticker, coloring page with a 4-pack of crayons, a key chain, a fish-out-of-water finger puppet, lollipop, and book bag, as well as a $25.00 Amazon gift card to encourage readers to build up their collection children’s picture books that celebrate diversity!!

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

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Giveaway and Takeover Tour for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Two Reasons to RunTitle: Two Reasons to Run Series: The Pelican Harbor Series book 2 Author: Colleen Coble Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: August 4, 2020 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. A lie changed her world. Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol. A crisis looms.  When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.  A killer targets her son.  Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good.  She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleBook Depository | Christianbook

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. CONNECT WITH COLLEEN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of One Little Lie plus Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble!

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Giveaway and Guest Post for A Genesis of Seven

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The Genesis of Seven (The Empyrean Trilogy, #1) By Sara M. Schaller YA Fantasy, Paranormal Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 348 Pages July 7, 2020 by Designs by Seraphim

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…

When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.

Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.

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Guest Post for this book!

Jordan’s Tips in Working with an Archangel

Listen when they tell you to do something
The angels have far more experience dealing with the fallen then I do, so I would advise to listen to them. I notice whenever I don’t listen to them, or whenever I am left to decide the outcome of a situation on my own, it usually ends up badly. Mainly with me getting hurt.

Expect the unexpected…at all times
Seriously. When I think I know everything there is to know about angels, they always surprise me with a new detail. Usually that’s really important, like how you’re not supposed to touch celestial objects.

Get used to their constant vigilance and protection
Angels don’t sleep. And they don’t eat. So, they constantly nurture me to make sure I’m taking care of myself. They also never leave my side. I typically have at least one angel with me wherever I go for protection. It’s better to get used to it than fight it. The angels are set in their ways.

Never forget they have a divine duty
Even though they’ve been on Earth for centuries, the angels are here for a reason. They have a divine purpose to defeat evil. It’s easy to forget because they are fun to be around, but when Satan shows up ready for a fight, the reality of who they are becomes all the more serious. Remembering this at all times helps to never underestimate the enemy.

Take the time to get to know them
Each of the angels are unique, and they all have different interests. Trying to understand them goes a long way in actually helping them save the world. It also just makes for good times since I’ve been able to learn so many new things from them.

About the Author

SARA M SCHALLER is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. You can visit her online at http://www.saramschaller.com.

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One winner will receive the following: a backpack to match the main character’s, a necklace to match the main character’s, a signed hardcover, a bookmark, a set of pins with a pen, and a passport with a sticker sheet featuring locations in the book.

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Giveaway and Review One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald

One Boy's War by Nancy McDonald
ONE BOY'S WAR by Nancy McDonald

I Want to Participate in This TourJoin us for this tour from Sep 14 to Oct 2, 2020!
Book Details:

Book Title:  One Boy’s War by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  134 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   April, 2020
Format available for review:  print, PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.
Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.
Book Description:

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death in the Irish Sea, 10-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot that targets hundreds of people in Britain—including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Germans threatening to invade England at any moment, Käfer musters all his courage and ingenuity in a valiant effort to thwart the Nazis. But will he succeed in time to save the day? One Boy’s War, the sequel to Boy from Berlin, is inspired by real people and historical events.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

One Boy’s War is the exciting sequel to Boy from Berlin. We get to know more of Käfer’s story in this book. He gets more involved than before in his family, as well as England. And being a middle grade book this is great for the young reader and adults alike.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in this series. Author Nancy McDonald does a fantastic job of describing each scene in this book to make readers, and made me feel like I was in England back in the early 1940’s. The characters were engaging, and they all played their parts well throughout the story. I couldn’t put this book down. It is a short story and can be read in one sitting, as I did. Or it can be read by chapter, whatever you have time for works!

Nancy McDonald did a very good job writing this book as well as the first book. Her writing skills were amazing, and she was able to pack a lot of intriguing information into one short book. If you enjoy war stories, this is a must read! I highly encourage you to check out One Boy’s War as well as Boy from Berlin! You can’t go wrong with either book!! This book gets 5 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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Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.
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Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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

Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
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Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
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Enter the Giveaway:

Giveaway and Review Up From Adams Street by Larry Crane


 

Join us for this tour from Sep 14 to Oct 2, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleUp from Adams Street (a memoir) by Larry Crane
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  229 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherMaine Authors Publishing
Release date:   July 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13. Mild mature content. No bad language.


Book Description:

Larry Crane brings the sensibility of the post-World War II generation and a family of modest means to his fresh new novelesque memoir, Up From Adams Street. Born at home, surrounded by a neighborhood of immigrant families that burst out of the confines of Chicago to buy a lot carved out of the corn fields astride the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy rail line. As the confessed family favorite, he had a lot of expectations heaped on his shoulders, along with a sense that he was destined to fulfill that destiny. He realizes that participating in sports is a potential entrée into worlds that seem beyond his little world. Plus, he loves the games. He plays baseball, football and basketball. He caddies at golf courses. As he grows physically, he senses the need to expand mentally and philosophically too. A scholarship helps, then a surprise appointment to West Point follows. At the military academy, he bends to discipline, survives mandatory boxing, battles mighty Notre Dame in basketball, pitches against the legendary Yankees, conquers Mechanics of Fluids, and Calculus, discovers F. Scott Fitzgerald, befriends Red Reeder, falls in and out of love, turns 23, and becomes a man.

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Author Interview

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about writing a novel or a memoir?

I would advise that being too young or being too old is no excuse for not pursuing a desire to write. You need to prepare yourself for the task of writing a longer work though, and that involves cutting your teeth on shorter works first. Read short story collections like Nine Stories by J. D Salinger. Start out by conjuring something in your life that seems like a story to you. Put it down on paper or on a computer screen, stir and serve to a friend. Do it again and again. Study books on writing a novel or a memoir such as Writing a Novel by John Braine, Story Writing by Edith Ronald Mirrielees, The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray. Get yourself to a point where you think you understand what constitutes a story of any length.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Typing in the first several words is easily the hardest part! Having spent months conceptualizing a project, especially deciding on the voice that I want to use, putting the first words down on the computer screen takes me out of the theoretical realm and into the actual world where I can tell if it’s going to work or not. And am I going to be able to keep it up?

Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

Yes. For my coming of age memoir Up from Adams Street, I spent a lot of time reading memoirs that are considered really good. Studying how the author avoided any temptation to simply record the what, where, and how of it all, without falling into a deadly dull, I did this, and that, and then I did this and that. I discovered that I needed to really work at developing scenes in which major cause and effect events are presented in a lively, novel-like way, showing instead of telling, with lots of dialogue.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing Up From Adams Street?

Before I started writing it, I was set in my belief that my relationship with my father was such that I would decide on paths that I would follow in my life doing the opposite of what my father thought I should do. But I discovered in the development of the memoir that he was steps ahead of me, mostly on the right track, and that in setting goals, his aim was better and much higher than mine.

Is it easier to write thrillers or memoir?

I’ve published two thrillers, A Bridge to Treachery, and Missing Girls: In Truth is Justice, and one memoir, Up From Adams Street. Each genre has its challenges, of course. Readers of thrillers expect the story to leap off the page from word one, sending them on a mesmerizing journey, starring dynamic characters with interesting quirks, and a plot that twists, turns and never stops surprising. A memoir is different. Since I am not a celebrity, nor have I endured some heart wrenching cataclysm in my life, my memoir doesn’t recount scandalous behavior, tragedy, or near-death events. Rather, it touches readers with lively vignettes from my rather mundane life that bring similar experiences from the reader’s own life to mind, that resonate with them and ring true. It must be true, but that said, it is my truth, not the absolute truth. It’s much harder to write.

Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?

I was a complete novice. A subsidy publisher accepted my manuscript of A Bridge to Treachery, requiring a $3500 fee to handle all the standard pre-publication functions to deliver a real, live published novel in 6 months to a year. I gulped and accepted the deal. There was no sense of validation, something I desperately longed for. There was no marketing support. There were very few sales. Feedback from readers emphasized that the story was slow getting off the ground. At the end of three years I felt as though I should leave the publisher. I re-worked the novel by cutting out a lot of back story and energizing it by carving it into short chapters. I developed a better cover. I worked hard on two female characters to give them captivating personalities and new important roles in the story. I worked hard on marketing the Kindle version exclusively through Amazon and produced an audiobook version as well. Readers seem to like it.

Up From Adams Street Excerpt -”Uniform”

“Gentlemen, your classmate, Mr. Coughlin, is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt improperly. What do you suppose is improper about the way he is wearing his short-sleeved white shirt? Mr. Needs, what do you think?” Bullock asked.

“I don’t have the slightest…” Needs said, blinking.

“Say again, Mr. Needs.”

“Sir, I don’t know the answer, sir.”

“We don’t slap-in an extra ‘sir’ whenever we feel like it, Needs. Say it again.”

“Sir, I don’t know what’s wrong with the way he’s wearing

the shirt.”

“What shirt?”

“His short-sleeved white shirt, sir.”

“Good. The short-sleeved white shirt doesn’t fit snugly to Mr. Coughlin’s body. And it slops over his belt all the way around. That’s not the way we wear a shirt. Mr. Needs, step forward and stand in back of Coughlin. The rest of you move so you can see what’s going on.

“Now, Mr. Needs, grasp the fabric on both sides of your classmate. That’s it. Stab your thumbs in and pull the fabric back so that the shirt fits tightly both in front and back. Good. That, gentlemen, is what we mean by ‘dressing off ’ the shirt.

“Does anyone see a problem that can arise with this system of dressing off your roommate’s shirt for him? Buckley?”

“Sir, I don’t see the problem.”

“What if Coughlin didn’t have Needs or anyone else around to help him dress off his shirt? The answer is that we need to be able to do it without assistance. So, let’s try it. Everyone unbuckle your belt, pull your shirttails down, reach back and grasp the fabric on both sides, stabbing your thumbs in and pulling tight so the shirt fits snugly in front and back. Tuck it in and buckle your belt. Voilà! Any questions?

“Yes, Mr. Engler.”

“Sir, does this apply to all the shirts we wear, or just the white one?”

“Are you sure you want to ask such a ridiculous question, Engler?”

“No, sir.”

“Any other ridiculous questions about dressing off your shirt? Anyone? All right. From now on, you’ll be expected to wear all of your shirts properly. And—listen up carefully—no question is a ridiculous question. Asking means you’re thinking. Good work, Engler.”

Bullock led us outside to a huge grassy area called The Plain. In an hour or two, he taught us the rudiments of close-order drill, how to march, with the same precision he used with shirts, just in time to move in formation, en masse to Trophy Point overlook-ing the Hudson River to be sworn in. We learned how to wear the rest of the clothes issued to us, how to clean and care for our M1 rifles, how to perform the manual of arms, and how to properly perform push ups, squat thrusts, and all the other exercises we would run through every morning at the crack of dawn.

We trooped into the truly massive mess hall, trying to keep our eyes straight to the front instead of letting them wander up to the paneled ceiling fifty feet overhead or to the gigantic arched windows, or to the brooding mural occupying the back wall of the “mural wing” depicting scenes of military service through the ages. Bullock instructed us on how to eat.

I lowered my eyes to my plate. A silent ever-present question insisted: Will I ever find myself in this swirl of sensory immersion?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I don’t read many memoir’s so this book was a bit different for me. Street was a different take for me. I found this book intriguing. The story starts with a young boy on through his youth and to an adult. He seemed to be different than others and had many struggles as he strived to do the things other his age were conquering. Larry has a unique and special relationship with his dad, and there were many scenes throughout thos book that captures the love between the two. Which I found very heartwarming.

I like how author Larry Crane weaves this memoir together, as he let’s the readers inside his heart and life, revealing a lot about himself. I believe this story can be for everyone. There is so much here. Everyone can find something that will be a delight! And the ma UK n thing I enjoyed about the story is it encourages everyone to follow their dreams. Though sometimes you may struggle along the way, don’t give up. Keep moving! This book gets a full 4 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:

Larry Crane spent the 1960s in a military setting, first at school at West Point, and as a lieutenant in Germany. He was an advisor to a Vietnamese ranger battalion in the Central Highlands. He took on a civilian career in brokerage and banking, retiring early to concentrate on writing, producing several full length plays most notable of which is Baghdad on the Wabash. Published fiction includes a thriller,A Bridge to Treachery, a mystery novel Missing Girls: In Truth Is Justice, and an anthology of short plays and stories, Baghdad on the Wabash and Other Plays and Stories. He lives with his wife Jan in splendid isolation on Southport Island, Maine.

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Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – Bookish Paradise – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review
Sep 16 – Jea Reads – book review
Sep 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 21 – Books for Books – book review
Sep 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Sep 28 –Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Sep 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 1 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 2 – My Fictional Oasis – book review

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Giveaway and Review for The Other 3:16s by Malinda Fugate

About the Book

Book:  The Other 3:16s

Author: Malinda Fugate

Genre: Christian Living

Release Date: May 12, 2020

“For God so loved the world . . . “

Many of us could finish that sentence in our sleep. John 3:16 is a beautiful Scripture that neatly and simply sums up the message of the Gospel. But what do all the other 3:16s in the Bible have to tell us?

The words of the Bible weave a tapestry of love, particularly the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children. But a love so deep and so wide cannot be contained in one memorized phrase. It takes multiple authors of sixty-six individual books to begin to explore the mystery of God’s care for us.

The Other Three Sixteens by Malinda Fugate examines each third chapter and sixteenth verse in the Bible and invites a fresh, new perspective to help readers uncover surprises or remind them of forgotten truths of a faith that has become routine.

Through Genesis to Revelation, we can soak in its depth, wonder at its intricacies, and be moved at how much the Lord truly does lavish upon us. Together, we discover God’s love under the weight of Eve’s sin in the garden. It’s there in front of Moses, burning in a bush that is somehow not consumed. God’s love sits in the dark with Job, rebuilds a wall with Nehemiah, and encourages a young pastor named Timothy. Together we will find a deeper understanding of the way our Heavenly Father cares for each of us today.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I think my parents were teaching me John 3:16 before I could hardly talk, so I have been quoting this verse from a very early age. But I have never thought of the other 3:16’s in the Bible until I saw this book. And I was intrigued by the title so I had to read and review it. This is not a book you can sit and read in one setting. This is more like a Bible study, because author Malinda Fugate not only gives us the verse, she gives her take on what she believes it means. Which is excellent! It takes a while to take it all in, to digest it. I was in awe as I read the other 3:16’s throughout the Bible. What a clever book! And I thank Malinda Fugate for thinking about this, and creating this wonderful Bible study.

I will sure be going through the Bible more and reading all of the 3:16’s and what God is saying in these verses. I think this book can be for anyone. It is especially great for a Sunday or Wednesday night Bible study. Or for a Sunday school class. Or any small group study. I highly recommend you check this one out. And for me, this one gets 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way!

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

Malinda Fugate grew up in children’s ministry. Now, after two decades of dedicated volunteer service, she now serves full-time as the Children’s Education Director at a church in Southern California. Malinda studied communications and theatre at Azusa Pacific University, then worked behind the scenes at the Los Angeles Salem radio stations, including The Fish and KKLA. Her writing includes The Other Three Sixteens, Bible Time for Active Kids, commercial copywriting, various faith-based stage and screen plays, as well as co-producing A Single Girl’s Guide To, a lifestyle blog and web series. Her lifelong study of God’s Word continues to reveal more about the Lord every day. She lives by the beach with her pup, Yoshi. 

More from Malinda

It’s the first verse many of us memorized in Sunday School and perhaps the most familiar to any Christian: “For God so loved the world….”

In one sentence, we celebrate the incredible love of God and the amazing gift of salvation that Jesus gave through the cross. John 3:16 is a beautiful Scripture to keep in our hearts and minds.

Of course, John did not assign chapters and verses when he penned his gospel. Those were added later to help us reference as we study. Yet, years of reciting John 3:16 have etched these lines into our brains, making it an easy combo to remember. What if we looked at the other 3:16 verses in each book of the Bible? What treasures would we unearth hidden in our well-worn pages?

We find Adam and Eve in their last days in a garden paradise, dealing with the consequences of a terrible decision.

There is a young boy training to be a priest who suddenly hears the audible voice of God.

A king’s cup-bearer journeys to his homeland to lead a massive construction project despite adversity.

We sit next to Job in his darkest days, crying out to God for answers.

We meet a young pastor named Timothy, experience miraculous healings, and witness the baptism of Jesus Himself.

Most of all, in every verse, we discover the immense love of God. We learn that it cannot be contained simply in one phrase; such a great love is too full of rich detail. Most of all, we find that His love is alive and active in our very own lives, right this minute.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Texas Book-aholic, September 5

Inklings and notions, September 6

deb’s Book Review, September 6

For Him and My Family, September 7

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 9

Artistic Nobody, September 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 11

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 12

For the Love of Literature, September 13

Mary Hake, September 13

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

Lights in a Dark World, September 15

Splashes of Joy, September 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Malinda is giving away the grand prize package of A John 3:16 glass water bottle and a signed copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fffc/the-other-3-16s-celebration-tour-giveaway

Amaryllis Journey by Konnie Viner

About the Book

Book:  Amaryllis Journey

Author: Konnie Viner

Genre:  Christian Fiction/Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2020

You’re worthless, Shannon. This marriage is worthless. I deserve to be happy. We’re done!

Andrew’s cruel words have haunted Shannon for months . . . through the divorce, a move to a new town, a new job, new friends. And then she meets Max, who just might be the antidote she needs to recover completely. Until Andrew shows up again, ready to reconcile. And Shannon feels obligated to give him another chance.

As Andrew’s attention becomes more demanding and more deceptive, Shannon’s new friend, Rose, speaks truth and peace into her broken life. But Rose has her own secrets, and they’re about to catch up with her.

When it all comes crashing down, can either of them trust God enough to let Him showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Andrew is just a jerk! That’s all it is to it. And Shannon is doing so much better after her move to her new little community and her new job. She still has her difficult struggles, no thanks to the ex, but her new friends were quick to help and support her.

I am happy to be able to read this debut by Konnie K. Viner and I enjoyed it very much. It is a pretty light read, and just what I needed at the time. This story deals with difficult relationships and secrets in some of the characters, but it also shows how God works in these situations as well. And I like how the author would keep my attention, with the little twists and turns that were sure to pop up throughout the story. This was a sweet story, with an element of faith throughout. If you need a sweet, nice light story to read, this one is a great one to check out. I think this one would be 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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Konnie Viner writes with the goal of helping others find hope in the midst of brokenness and disappointment. She is also the author of Rested Soul, Resilient Heart (2017). Konnie holds a BS in Education from the University of Kansas and an MS in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. She is a former secondary education teacher and is currently self-employed.

 More from Konnie

Amaryllis Journey is my second book, but first novel. It was written to bring to life one woman’s struggle to move out of the pain and insecurity of marital betrayal and divorce, into the light of God’s grace. Shannon Enright’s  new life is facilitated by a wise friend, Rose Daniels, who has been where she is and knows that what is broken is not useless and what is bare can bloom again.

Reeling from the pain and rejection of a nasty divorce, Shannon decides to start life over—in a new town, with a new job, new home, new friends. It isn’t easy, but things are finally starting to come together for her. Secrets from her marriage are still unfolding, but she grits her teeth and moves on. Looking for diversion, Shannon volunteers at a local florist shop and tearoom. There she finds more than she ever imagined.

Rose owns and operates the Amaryllis, a unique gift shop in Shannon’s new town. She repurposes broken household items, turning them into beautifully useful works of art. But Rose’s real purpose is to help others find beauty in the brokenness of life. She counsels young women like Shannon, showing them the quiet love of a faithful God and teaching them to trust His plan.

When Shannon’s ex returns, at first to sweet-talk and then to demand, it’s Rose’s counsel that keeps Shannon safe and sane. But Rose has been hiding her own dark and dangerous secrets, and her past is about to catch up with her.

When things come crashing down around them, will either woman find the strength to let God showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?

——

I went through my own divorce ten years ago. I’ve experienced many of the same emotions and insecurities that Shannon does. I wrote her story so others can know that the disappointments and failures of your past don’t have to dictate what’s to come. When I chose to have Rose rescue cracked and broken pots and make them into something beautiful, it was with deliberate intent.

I love Rose’s passion for bringing beauty from the broken. Her repurposed containers carry the beauty of God’s creation (flowers) into the world. Our lives are like her art. We are vehicles for God’s grace. Our chips and cracks do not diminish His glory. They showcase His power and His redeeming love.

Publication of Amaryllis Journey was bittersweet for me because the character Rose was modeled after my mother who was my mentor. I did not tell Mom I was writing this book because “my” plan was to dedicate it to her. But God had other plans, and He called her home to Heaven suddenly before the book was completed. It is now dedicated to her memory.

Konnie

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3

Moments, September 4

Inklings and notions, September 5

For Him and My Family, September 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 9

deb’s Book Review, September 9

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11

Artistic Nobody, September 12 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 14

Splashes of Joy, September 15

Pause for Tales, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Konnie is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fffb/amaryllis-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson

About The Book

Penelope Hunter loves her job as the event manager at one of Savannah’s premier historic venues–until her ex-fiancé walks into her office with his new bride-to-be. Surely she cannot be expected to plan their wedding. To make matters worse, a scheming social matriarch is threatening to take her big-ticket event elsewhere, especially if Penelope insists on being seen with her best friend, Tucker Westbrook.

Since returning from serving two tours in the Middle East, Tucker has built a thriving security company. His work is nearly as stabilizing as his lifelong friendship with Penelope. But when the lone candidate for county sheriff goads him, Tucker loses his cool and ends up on the ballot–and on the receiving end of a smear campaign claiming the Westbrooks were traitors to the South.

To clear his name, Tucker and Penelope must join forces to find the truth behind a lost Civil War treasure. But the more time they spend together, the closer she comes to losing her job–and falling helplessly in love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I Love, Love, Love this story! Liz Johnson writes such sweet stories that tug at your heartstrings and this one is sure one of those! I felt so sorry for PJ when her ex shows up where she works with his new bride to be. And they want her to plan their wedding at the venue she works at? It was quite funny though when Tucker kept showing up, just at the right time. Take that, ex-boyfriend!!

I love Penelope and Tucker. Their characters are so down to earth, loveable and realistic. And well, I guess the ex was realistic too because there are people like him in the world. The story was an absolute delight to read. It was fun, enjoyable, and surely a lot of entertainment along the way. I found myself not wanting to put the book down! And for me it ended to quick! I enjoyed and appreciate the weaving of the Christian life into the characters, but it in not way takes away from the story. It is actually just like living your everyday life reading this story. And Ms. Johnson pulls everything together into a wonderful and delightful ending. If you enjoy sweet, fun stories, you are in for a real treat with this one! A Dazzle of Diamonds gets 5 plus stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all the way from me!

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

About The Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of SilverA Glitter of GoldThe Red Door InnWhere Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She works in marketing and makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Giveaway and Review for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald

In this post I am reviewing BOY FROM BERLIN by Nancy McDonald. Stay tuned for my review on SEPTEMBER 18,2020 for ONE.BOY’S WAR, the sequel to BOY FROM BERLIN. You don’t want to miss this review!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Boy from Berlin by Nancy McDonald
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  142 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher:  Iguana Books
Release date:   May 7, 2018
Format available for review:  PDF
Tour dates: September 14 to October 2, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There is no violence, bad language etc. in this book.


Book Description:

Berlin, April 1938. One night, eight-year-old Käfer Avigdor uses his specialty toilet-paper roll binoculars to spy on his Mama and Aunt Charlotte. The whispered conversation he overhears alerts him to a danger he didn’t know existed and starts him rethinking who he really is and where he belongs. Within hours, Käfer and his family flee their comfortable life. In a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the Nazis, Käfer is called on to be braver and more resourceful than he ever imagined possible. But will it be enough? Boy from Berlin is based on real people and actual events.

Guest Blog

There’s no better place to write than…  by Nancy McDonald, author of Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War

Every author has a favourite writing spot. Joseph Kanon’s is a cubicle in one of the research rooms at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman often rents a little cabin with no cellphone signal or Internet. And, J.K. Rowling famously penned the first Harry Potter sitting in a café in Edinburgh.

I walk the river.

I’m blessed to live in Stratford, Ontario, which like its more famous English namesake, has an Avon River. On the mornings that I write, I’m up early and off around the river by 7:00 am. I wake up with an idea for the scene I’m planning to write that day—it’s been perking in my mind as I sleep—and as I go around the river, I compose it in my head, complete with dialogue. The scene is pretty well fleshed out by the time I get home, so I pour a cup of coffee, sit down at the computer and write it. In silence. I find music far too distracting. I spend the rest of the day editing it. Sometimes, when I’m having trouble with a scene– something’s missing or just “off” – I’ll put on my walking shoes and go for another walk, usually on a nearby nature trail. The problem is nearly always solved by the time I arrive back.

The only drawback to this method that I’ve found so far is that I’m sometimes so immersed in the scene that I turn a corner on a path and walk into someone – literally! Fortunately, Stratfordites are a pleasant bunch and nearly always laugh it off.

And an interview with the Author

Q: What is your favourite setting for a novel you’re written?

A: I’d have to say Claridge’s. It’s a historic hotel right in the heart of London. It makes a cameo appearance in Boy from Berlin, but takes centre stage in the sequel, One Boy’s War. During WWII it was a favourite of politicians, exiled heads of state, journalists – and spies, which is why I chose it. To ensure authenticity, I spent several days in London, one of my favourite cities in the world! I was given an upstairs/downstairs tour of Claridge’s by the manager of guest services. That’s one of the things I love about being a writer. You have an entrée into places you’d normally never get to go.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

A: My first two novels, Boy from Berlin and One Boy’s War, are inspired by my husband’s family’s real-life flight from the Nazis, running from Berlin first to The Hague and then to London. Shortly after my husband died, I came across some letters I’d never seen before written by his father to the British Home Office and the Air Ministry. My father-in-law, who was Jewish, was a very talented aeronautical engineer who invented a game-changing fuel pump that could help the  Nazis win the war. The letters provided a skeleton for the stories; actual historical events—and my own imagination—provided the flesh.

Q: How much of your personality goes into your stories?

A: Probably more than I think! The voice in these two novels is my late husband’s – as a young child – but I’m sure some of me crept in there.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Nancy McDonald’s Boy from Berlin, the Avigdor family meet their very difficult struggles as they are forced to leave their home and most of their possessions as the flee Germany and the Nazi war. And though this story is fiction, it is based on the lives of real people, and real life historical events. Which was very intriguing for me, to know these things really happened, and what it could have been like for young Kafer and his family.

Ms. McDonald does a great job of researching the historical events to write this compelling story. I grew attached to the Avigdor family as I read their story and at times was on the edge of my seat as they had to flee their home. This had to be difficult for the entire family, especially the young children. My heart went out to the children, and also I couldn’t help but think about the back in their day and what the real life people had to deal with.

Another thing I found intriguing is that this story is told through the eyes of the young Kafer Avigdor. I though it very nice getting to know the story we have read so much about through the eyes of someone with an Altogether different view. If you love those WWII stories, this is one to add to your stash! And check back for the review of Book two, One Boy’s War, coming to this blog Sept. 18th! Boy from Belin gets a solid 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!

A special thanks to the author/publisher and iRead Book tours 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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Raves for Boy From Berlin by Nancy McDonald:

“Inspired by a true story, Boy from Berlin shares a unique voice in the Holocaust. Highly recommended!”
 Jennifer Roy, author of Yellow Star, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

“A compelling introduction to themes of war, courage and identity, certain to engage young readers.” –Trilby Kent, author of Stones for my Father, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literary Award.

YOU MAY WANT TO READ BOOK TWO



Meet the Author:

Nancy McDonald began her career as a journalist on television programs that include W5, Canada AM, and Marketplace before going on to become a sought-after freelance writer, penning everything from documentaries to live-action scripts to comic books. One Boy’s War is the highly anticipated sequel to Boy from Berlin. Nancy lives in Stratford, Ontario, where she revels in Shakespeare, takes theatergoers on tours of the Costume Warehouse, and treads the boards with the Perth County Players. She also works part-time at Fanfare Books, Stratford’s only independent bookseller.

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

Tour Schedule:

Sep 14 –Splashes of Joy – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Sep 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 14 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 15 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Adventurous Bookworm – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Boy from Berlin / guest post / giveaway
Sep 22 – Pen Possessed – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Sep 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 24 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of One Boy’s War
Sep 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of Boy from Berlin / giveaway
Sep 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 29 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Sylv.net – book spotlight
Sep 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 1 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of Boy from Berlin
Oct 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of One Boy’s War / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review of One Boy’s War
Oct 2 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of One Boy’s War / giveaway
Oct 2 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

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