The Texas SEAL’s Surprise by Cari Lynn Webb

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The Texas SEAL’s Surprise
(Three Springs, Texas #1)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216 Pages
August 24, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

New town…

New set of problems

Suddenly single—and pregnant—Abby James hopes Three Springs, Texas, will give her the fresh start she craves. But five minutes in and she’s already clashed with a former Navy SEAL on horseback. Wes Tanner might be devastatingly handsome, but Abby has no time for romance. Especially with a man intent on leaving town. Abby wants to plant some roots…and falling for the tempting Texan could upend all her plans!

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Trusting the Rancher with Christmas
(Three Springs, Texas #2)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A visit for the holidays

Brings love for a lifetime

Cattle rancher Evan Bishop is desperate for Paige Palmer’s help. The veterinarian is in Three Springs for the holidays, but the single dad hopes she has time to save his ailing livestock. Paige is up for the challenge, though not quite up to resisting the cowboy’s rugged charm and his darling devotion to his little girl. Can Paige learn to trust the rancher before the countdown to Christmas ends?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Abby James is headed to small town Three Springs, Texas after she finds herself pregnant with a cheating boyfriend. Texas is where her cousin openes the store their grandparents owned, and seems the right place to be. But driving in a big rut on an off road and a flat tire wasn’t what she wanted. Neither was the handsome NAVY SEAL who came to her rescue on horseback. But Abby is happy to see her cousin and loves helping to get the old store up and running. If the NAVY SEAL didn’t show up everywhere she is.
I love Cari Lynn Webb’s books. I always know I am in for an amazing sweet clean read, and this one is no different. I love these characters and this small town, even if gossip does run rapid. I love the way people help each other whenever they need help. Webb does an excellent job of introducing new characters for this book and the beginning of a new season. I love her writing style and how she always keeps us readers turning the pages with her fabulous writing skills. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. If you love romance reads that are clean and enjoyable, this is a perfect book for you. I love that I can give this book Five Stars.
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Christmas Comes to Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

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

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

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

Excerpt One:

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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

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

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

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

www.charlottehubbard.com

Facebook — www.Facebook.com/Charlotte.Hubbard1

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Tour and Giveaway for Finding Common Ground: by Robynne Elizabeth Miller & Marilyn Siden

Finding Common Ground

About the Book

Book:  Finding Common Ground: One Octogenarian’s Quest to Help Our Nation Heal

Author: Robynne Elizabeth Miller & Marilyn Siden

Genre: Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir

Release date: April 2, 2021

Ebook version for CL

Because she’d had enough. Enough anger. Enough hatred. Enough division.

Marilyn Siden has lived through much: the aftermath of World War II, Korea, and the horror of Vietnam. She’s navigated good political administrations and struggling ones, a thriving economy and want. Her eight decades of experience living in the US have shown her the best America has to offer and, unfortunately, the worst. But she never thought America would become a place of vitriol and despair.

So, she decided to do something about it.

Through a series of epic journeys across America, Marilyn discovered what she was after: practical advice on how to help our nation heal.

But she found something she wasn’t expecting . . . something far more powerful.

Marilyn found our common ground.

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Interview Questions 
Finding Common Ground
Robynne Elizabeth Miller 

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

Francine Rivers once told me how she writes her fiction … she wrestles with a question that is pressing on her in a fictional setting. That resonated with me, and I now use it whether I am writing fiction or nonfiction. Every time I start to develop a book idea, I form a central question and then compile a list of arguments for and against, or questions I would want answered in a book on the subject, or mysteries surrounding the topic … or all of the above. I want readers to be satisfied with both the question and the answer, as well as the thorough research supporting the exploration. 

Once I have those questions, I do a mighty lot of research, which often uncovers new questions and discoveries. From that material, I work out a rough outline that logically moves through the body of research. From that rough outline, I begin to write. 

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

That we all can, and should, be making a difference in our own corner of the world. Changing the atmosphere of America doesn’t require a large platform, lots of money, or some big plan. It can be as simple as meeting your neighbors, picking up some garbage at a nearby park, or teaching your children to respect others, no matter how similar or different they are. 

And if an 80-year-old can do it … you surely can! 

What marketing strategies have borne the most fruit for you? 

If you think of marketing at establishing a relationship with and serving your audience, you will go a long way. Marketing shouldn’t be able clever advertising or endless hours on social media. Simply respect and serve your audience and the “marketing” will take care of itself. It’s all about relationship. 

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through years of writing?

That words have power. To heal … to hurt … to inform. And it’s a writer’s responsibility to use them well. 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

The books I’ve written about the real-life people who Laura Ingalls Wilder included in her Little House books have reaped some wonderful comments, the best of which is “I feel closer to that time and those people via the research and work you have done and artfully crafted into a book for true fans.” 

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

The obvious answer for me is the bible. Life-changing for this girl who grew up with zero faith background. But from a literary perspective, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens have informed many of my thoughts about life as well as about writing. 

What do you know now that you wish you'd known at the beginning of your writing/publishing journey?

If someone had told me, ten books ago, that the world is a wide place and you can’t write for and please everyone, I would never have tried to do so. And everyone would have been happier. 😊 

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

That I cared deeply about the subject, did my research thoroughly, and presented the story/information in a warm and interesting way. 

Your favorite pastime or hobby?

Not unsurprisingly, I love many things from the pioneer period, especially related to food. I smoke meats, can fruits and vegetables, make breads from scratch (no recipe or measurements), use pioneer techniques in culturing butter and milk and cheese, and even make my own vinegar. Pioneer methods of food preservation mesmerize me. And food from scratch just tastes so much better. 

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

I’ve lived in England for about ten years of my life.
I have a lovely brood of biological and adopted-from-the-foster-care-system children
I’ve led worship teams at churches in both the UK and the US
I have traveled to about 30 countries, including Russia, Malta, and Hungary
I was hit head-on by a drunk driver in Scotland and was never supposed to speak or communicate well again due to a head injury that erased much of my memory, including about a year and a half just after the crash.
That I am an extroverted introvert. I love people, and am very comfortable speaking and teaching. But I am actually pretty shy. People who don’t know me well never suspect, but it’s very, very true.








About the Authors

Version 2

Robynne Elizabeth Miller is wife to an amazing Brit and mother to a glorious brood of adopted and biological kids. Her adventures have led her to over twenty-five countries, from Malta to Russia, and she’s lived about a quarter of her life in the English countryside. She currently makes her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, spending much of her time telling locals they don’t need to apologize for the rain.

With dozens of articles, essays, and blog posts to her credit, as well as eight books and collaborations on several more, she’s put her B.A. from Westmont College and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction & Fiction from Ashland University to good use She’s an experienced speaker, editor, and writing coach, and teaches regularly at conferences and writer’s workshops. She currently serves as President and Director of Leadership of Inspire Christian Writers and hosts The Art of Semi-Fiction podcast, where she explores every corner of the written word.

On quieter days, Robynne can be found meandering back roads with her family, cooking up some grand adventure with her friends, singing at the top of her lungs, or making bacon from scratch.

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Marilyn Siden is blessed with a wonderful family—four grown children, twelve beautiful, talented, Godly grandchildren, and an amazing husband.

More from Robynne and Marilyn

Hello Dear Readers!

Feeling a little discouraged about the state of our nation today? Convinced you have no hope of being part of the solution?

Good news!

Not only are you ABLE to be a part of helping to heal our nation, but you are both called AND equipped to do so, right where you are. No matter your skillset or resources, you can start being a light for Jesus right now. And that light, however small you perceive it to be, WILL shine in these dark times.

Taking this journey at nearly 80 and crossing the country in search of practical solutions to start reversing the hatred and hurt blanketing our nation was challenging.

But it was worth it, too.

Not only is the book filled with stories of hope and encouragement, it’s filled with practical steps we can all take to start healing hurts, restoring our communities, building a safer future for our children, and bringing light back to our nation.

Are you ready?

We are standing on common ground!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 16

By The Book, August 17 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, August 18

Inklings and notions, August 19

For Him and My Family, August 20

Blossoms and Blessings, August 21 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 21

deb’s Book Review, August 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 23

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

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 27

Splashes of Joy, August 28 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 29

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Marilyn and Robynne are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card 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.

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Spotlight for Whats Not Said by Valerie Taylor

Join us for this tour from August 9 to August 27:
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+,
Genre Womens Fiction, Chick Lit 
Publisher:  She Writes Press
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction
2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction
Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection
Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021

 

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”
Kirkus Reviews


 

 
Book Description:
 
What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.
 

 

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Beginning the afternoon of August 9 and ending September 7,
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BUY THE BOOK:
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AND NOW ENJOY THIS GUEST POST WITH THE AUTHOR

Sense-ible Benefits to Being an Author

By Valerie Taylor

Author of What’s Not Said (She Writes Press, 2020) and What’s Not True (She Writes Press, August 2021)

Everyone has a unique innate talent. Since I can’t sing, dance, or even grow a potted plant, I guess mine is writing. Since childhood, I’ve been mesmerized by the written word; and just like Thomas Jefferson, I can’t imagine living without books surrounding me.

That it took six decades for me to write my first novel and then to follow it with a sequel amazes me when I hold both books in my hands. What was I waiting for?

Since publishing What’s Not Said in the fall of 2020 during the pandemic, I have learned that I actually traded the financial services marketing career I retired from to a 24/7 author marketing career that has no retirement plan in sight!

While being a published author can be exhausting, especially when trying to balance the inner drive to write the next best seller with the demands of promoting the current titles, there are a number of benefits I could have never imagined during my years in corporate America.

Let me tap into our five senses to describe what I mean.

There is nothing better than holding in your hands the book it took years to create. Touching the front and back covers, as if they were cashmere; rubbing your fingers across the dedication in the front and the acknowledgments page in the back, all the while fearing the moisture from your fingers might smudge the ink. 

And the paper and ink of an off-the-press book has a distinct smell that you love like you love the scent of a newborn baby.

Moreover, it’s mind boggling seeing your name sprawled across the cover, on the spine, inside the book, online, on your website, in guest blogs, on the shelf of your local library or bookstore. Your fifteen minutes of fame expands for some infinite amount of time because books don’t have an expiration date! (I know my novels will still be around even when I’m not!)

Attending book club discussion groups, in-person or on Zoom, lets you hear the good, the bad, and the ugly impressions of real honest-to-goodness readers, not just the biased opinions of your relatives and friends. And through that feedback, you become better at your craft, if you accept it honestly.

Finally, no matter how many or how few books you sell, being a published author gives you a taste of satisfaction. Using your own unique talent, you’ve achieved some level of success that motivates you to sit your rear back in the chair and do it all over again—whether or not it makes any sense to you or anyone else.

You are an author. Soak in all the five senses to your heart’s content.

Please contact me at: www.valerietaylorauthor.com

Follow me: Facebook.com/valerietaylorauthor

Twitter: @ValerieEMTaylor

Instagram: ValerieETaylor

 
 
 
 
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Book Details:

Book Title:  What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+,
Genre Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit 
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages
Release date:  August 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:  What’s Not True has several sex scenes and some bad language.

What’s Not True…is

 an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to

 fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not 

waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that 

offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

 

 

Book Description:

 

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger 

man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to 

reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she 

unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance 

meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie 

receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be 

ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There,

 she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not

 just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the

 ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie 

discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).

 
 

Meet the Author:

Valerie

 Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. 

Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a 

graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons 

University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in 

the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a 

published book reviewer with BookTrib.com; and a member of Westport 

Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s 

Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an 

expert sports spectator.

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

Tour Schedule: 
 
Aug 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 – Nikki’s Bookstagram – books spotlight
Aug 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – books spotlight
Aug 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 12 – @twilight_reader – books spotlight
Aug 13 – Westveil Publishing – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – books spotlight
Aug 16 – ajbookreads – books spotlight / author interview
Aug 17 – Kam’s Place – books spotlight
Aug 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – books spotlight / giveaway
Aug 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 20 – Books for Books – books spotlight
Aug 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – books spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Sadie’s Spotlight – books spotlight
Aug 26 – Stephanie Jane – books spotlight
Aug 27 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway

 

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Book Blast for Seventeen Butterflies by Anna Katmore

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Anna Katmore will be awarding her entire GROVER BEACH PLAYERS series as ebooks, or alternatively any of her own novels in ebook format the winner likes, to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The embarrassment of being the only “un-kissed” girl in senior high is something Sandy Cardington refuses to accept. The first kiss project is her foolproof plan to finally get rid of the status at her birthday party while her parents are out of town.

With several kissable boys on her guest list, this should be a walk in the park. But she didn’t reckon on her older brother returning from college days before her 17th birthday, putting a spoke in her plans. To make matters even more complicated, he has a friend in tow, and the cute hockey player stirs unexpected butterflies in her stomach every time their paths cross.

While Sandy moves heaven and earth to make her party and project come true, she doesn’t know that Thane Griffyn is making his own plans to teach her the real meaning of a first kiss.

Read an Excerpt

With my treacly smile still in place, Thane’s dark eyebrows tilt down to a somewhat assessing gaze. He has enough time to read exactly nothing in my face before I spin away, dismissing him without another word.

Furtively, Adrian angles his head to me and arches one probing eyebrow in question. Lips pressed together, I shrug. “PMS,” I mutter and shoot him a look that says: let it go.

While the sauce is cooking and Adrian discusses sports with my brother, the stupid part of me dares a brief glance to the table. Thane has his phone in his hand, but it’s like he feels my gaze the moment it touches him, and his eyes slowly lift to mine. Caught by their impact, I freeze for a second and swallow. The way his lips move, I’m dead sure he’s going to say something but I refuse to give him the chance and quickly return to the other side of the kitchen, keeping my back to him.

I think I hear him sigh.

“Found one in Oceanside. Let’s go!” his stone-cold voice fills every empty space in this room a moment later. All three of us automatically spin around to him. In a swift move, he rises from the chair and shoves his smart phone back into his pocket as he crosses to the door, this time not sparing me a single glance.

“But what’s with lunch?” Cam protests like a petulant toddler who was robbed of his baby bottle as he tags after his friend. “I’m starving!”

“We’ll get you something on the way.” Thane’s tone leaves no room for discussion. The next thing we hear is the front door falling shut after he and Cameron have left the house.

“Seems as if your and Thane’s periods run in sync,” Adrian mutters dryly.

About the Author:

I’ve been a storyteller all my life, building bridges into different worlds. Already in kindergarten, I’ve seen the most fantastical things and wanted to share them with everyone. My teacher called me a liar back then. Today, I call it the first real flash of my spiritual gift and the cornerstone of my writing career.

When I got older, I’ve had many visions of a perfect career, while writing has always been more of a hobby and kind of a therapy for me when the longing for more magic in this world once again caught up with me in a crushing way. When my first book was finished, I couldn’t even imagine sharing one of my stories with others, ever. In fact, I only got used to the idea while I wrote my second book and learned in a very miraculous way where the many stories in this world really come from.

It’s funny how, at that point, everyone told me I can’t possibly make a living with writing. They even warned me not to quit my job. But after my debut novella PLAY WITH ME came out and sales skyrocketed within the first week, I knew I could do anything I wanted if only I never stopped dreaming.

That’s also part of what I teach my students in writing and spiritual workshops today. Always dream big! If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

Some personal stuff:

“I’m writing stories because I can’t breathe without.”

Disney is my attitude to life, and if I could I’d save the world from itself. My Patronus is a wolf, my wand the broken twig of an apple tree, 13 ¾ inches with a unicorn hair core. I can’t deny that on some days, I prefer my book characters over real people, but there’s not a single day going by where I wouldn’t try to find magic in reality. And when I’m alone, I love to listen to the many stories of the wind in a mystic mid-summer night.

So you see, I’m lucky enough to live in an enchanting world of my own. It’s peaceful there and full of magical things, fairies and wonders. You’re welcome to follow me there – if you’re ready to open up your mind and leave everything you learned about reality behind. But beware, if you dare to step through this door, you may never want to leave again…

Website: http://www.annakatmore.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/annakatmorebooks

Buy link for Amazon and Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BD3XDZQ

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Tour and Giveaway for Walking in Prophecy, Signs & Wonders by Glenda Jackson

About the Book

9781641237840

Book:  Walking in Prophecy, Signs & Wonders

(Please note: This title has been from Call of the Watchmen to Walking in Prophecy, Signs & Wonders.)

Author: Glenda Jackson

Genre: RELIGION / Christianity/Pentecostal & Charismatic

Release date: August 10, 2021

God is prophetically speaking to us today while performing signs and wonders in the last days. These movements of the Spirit are a continuation of the signs, wonders, and other supernatural works God has done in the past to demonstrate His power and glory. Through miracle testimonies, faith-building teachings, and remarkable accounts from her personal family heritage—including  miracles in the life of noted healing evangelist Maria Woodworth-Etter—Glenda Jackson shows how God can work powerfully in your life, bringing to pass what He has ordained for us and His purposes in the world. Discover what it means to be a prophetic watchman and a vessel for God’s glory in these momentous days before Christ’s return.

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About the Author

Glenda Underwood Jackson is a powerful prophetess and healing evangelist. She moves in signs, wonders, and miracles to glorify Jesus. Since 1974, Glenda has been a missionary evangelist. Her primary ministry focus for over thirty years was Native Americans, ministering to many tribes throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Glenda comes from a Church of God background. Her father, C. L. Underwood, was a healing evangelist who saw many great miracles in his services. Her great-aunt was Maria Woodworth-Etter (1844–1924), whom some considered to have had one of the most powerful evangelistic ministries of modern times.

On December 29, 2007, on her birthday, Glenda had a powerful angelic visitation from the Lord in which she was told that doors would open to her to major ministries throughout the United States. Since then, doors have swung wide open to her ministry. Glenda has ministered at several Fire conferences for evangelist Benny Hinn, at King Jesus International Ministry with Apostle Guillermo Maldonado, and at the World Convention of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. She has also appeared on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural! Glenda has ministered in numerous churches, conferences, and camp meetings in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her ministry is marked by her accurate prophetic words. Glenda often says in her response to her ministry, “I’m nothing; it’s all God.”

More from Glenda

God is prophetically speaking to us as He works signs and wonders in these end times. Discover what it means to be a prophetic watchman and a vessel for God’s glory in these momentous days before Christ’s return.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 20

Texas Book-aholic, August 21

Beauty in the Binding, August 22 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions, August 23

For Him and My Family, August 24

Splashes of Joy, August 25 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, August 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 27

Artistic Nobody , August 28 (Spotlight)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 29

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 30

Simple Harvest Reads, August 31 (Spotlight)

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 1

Fiction Book Lover, September 2 (Spotlight)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Glenda 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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Tour and Giveaway for The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey

 
 
 
 
Join Us for This Tour: August 2 to August 27
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 396 pages
Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction
Publisher:  Sojounrer Books
Release date:  November 2, 2020
Content Rating:  PG13 & M:There’s a suicide, reference to a past genocide, and reference to sex about to happen but no description of the sexual act.
 
 
Book Description:
Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction,  2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)

 

Finalist, Multicultural Fiction,  2021 International Book Awards

After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference.

Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger’s journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don’t stop him. His decision changes his life forever.

Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?

An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

First of all, I love the cover of this book. It’s bright vibrant colors would make me pick this book before other. The Shade Under the Mango Tree is a different read than other books I have read, but it was intriguing and interesting. The story was about Luna and Lucien and we get to know them and their life and feelings through the Moleskine journal. I enjoyed getting to know these two characters and the others we meet throughout the story. The author does a fantastic job describing the details in such a way they seem so real. I love the vivid descriptions of the different cultures.

My favorite was Hawaii and Luna visiting her grandmother in the house she grew up in. I love grandma and her sweet personality and wise wisdom. There is so much going on in this book. A lots of twists and turns keeling the story entertaining. I was intrigued to see how the author would weave everything in this story together and come up with an ending that wasn’t really expected. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy multi cultural stories, stories featuring journal entries, this is one you will enjoy. This one is four stars for me.

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

 
 
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Buy the Book:

 

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And now an interesting interview with author Evy Journey

You didn’t start out as a writer. Do you see it as a job as opposed to a hobby?

I didn’t start out as a fiction writer. I did write stories or the beginnings of a few ages ago. Some were published in the high school paper. Others were stashed away, lost in the many moves I’ve made. But writing has never been just a hobby, but an essential part of my professional jobs. They required a great deal of writing—research and program proposals, research reports and reviews, and rehashing studies for the consumption of “lay people.” 

Do I consider fiction writing a job? It’s certainly different. But fictional or factual, writing is work. Work I get totally absorbed in.

Do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you finish one book and start the next?

My characters are worked out well in my mind when I start writing. The plot, not so much. My first draft is usually pretty fluid. 

Characterization can dictate or at least help shape scenes that move plot along. Scenes advance the story and can present new facets of a character that can compel me to make changes in my original conception of the character.

Who are your greatest writing influences? Favorite books?

I can’t tell who influences my writing but I can tell you who I admire and whose capabilities I’d aspire to. First, I like Jane Austen’s novel of manners approach since I find human quirks fascinating. But she has a gift for subtlety that would be hard to emulate. Also, writers with a gift for prose that sings, but is clear and concise. To me, Anthony Doerr, Gilbert K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, and Chitra Divakaruni fill that bill.

I love the classics but my favorite is Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Great story, engaging characters, lyrical prose. Chitra Divakaruni’s Palace of Illusions based on the Indian epic Mahabharata, has a smart, intelligent heroine married to four (5?) brothers. And, of course, Ms. Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I made good money in my earlier jobs that required writing skills though no one called me a “writer”.

Now that I write fiction, I seem to have finally earned that label. Do I feel more fulfilled now writing fiction? 

Psychologically, yes. Financially? Frankly no. But it doesn’t matter. Fiction is different from the kind of writing I used to do which was grounded on facts, analysis, drawing of conclusions and recommendations. It followed a more rigid structure and its own special lingo. Fiction requires much more imagination, gives you much more leeway. In some ways, it’s scarier because there are no must-follow rules. But it’s freeing. That’s the best thing about it for me. When you create characters and a fictional story, you have a lot more control, as opposed to facts and method having control of you. 

In writing fiction, you have to be open to circumstance, to have the courage or imagination to veer away from your original story because of how characters or scenes develop. That’s what makes fiction writing more of an adventure. You take chances and don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. You wonder if it will resonate with your target audience. So, it can be surprising and exciting. And quite challenging. I love that aspect of it. 

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

  1. This one from Francine Prose’s book Reading Like A Writer is among the best. Read a lot of good fiction and pay attention to how great writers do it.
  2. Good writing hinges on the apt word choice—the word that expresses what you want to say better than any other. It translates into clear and concise prose.
  3. Self-edit a lot before your work even goes to an editor. And use beta readers drawn from your target audience.

 

 

 

 
 

Meet the Author:

 

Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (Ph.D. University of Illinois) so she spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with the problems and 

 

issues of contemporary life. She believes in love and its many faces. Though she has traveled to many places, she has one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She visits and stays a few months.

Connect with the Author: websitefacebook ~ pinterest ~ twitter

Tour Schedule:

Aug 2 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 3 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway

Aug 3 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review

Aug 4 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Aug 5 – Talk of Tales – book review / giveaway

Aug 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Aug 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight

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

Aug 10 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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

Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway

Aug 12 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 13 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 16 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Aug 17 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review

Aug 19 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Aug 19 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 19 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 23 – Read with Me – book review

Aug 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight

Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Aug 25 –Falling Into A Good Book – book review / giveaway

Aug 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 27 – Books for Books – book review

Aug 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

THE SHADE UNDER THE MANGO TREE Book Tour Giveaway

 

Awaken by Grace by Darlene West

AWAKEN BY GRACE

BOOK DETAILS

Title: AWAKENED BY GRACE
Author: Darlene West
Publisher: Resource Publications
Pages: 252
Genre: Christian Fiction

BOOK BLURB:

After the tragic death of his wife, Katie, Professor Franklin Franklyn blames himself. Filled with anguish, he walks away from his family and removes himself from all social interactions, which augments his suffering. But soon after the second anniversary of his wife’s death, his self-imposed reclusive lifestyle is interrupted by an unplanned visit from his eight-year-old granddaughter, Maggie. From that point on, Maggie’s faith-filled answered prayers manifest before Franklin’s eyes. As the two experience God-led divine appointments, Maggie encourages new people to become part of Franklin’s life. In spite of all Franklin witnesses, he finds it difficult to let go of his guilt and move on without his wife.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Professor Franklin Franklyn couldn’t deal with losing his wife so he distanced himself from everything and everyone. But when his eight year old granddaughter Maggie shows up unexpectedly, just two years after his wife’s death, his world was changed.

This is such a sweet story, to see a child change the life of her grandfather. I love the faith of this young child, and loved watching her faith teach her grandfather new and lasting things in his life. It’s so special to see God work through children, and author Darlene West writes a wonderful engaging story to show God’s love, grace, forgiveness and restoration. West writes lots of details throughout this book that are valuable lessons to us all. It was sweet to see Franklin interact with his sweet grandaughter. Maggie is adorable, and lots of fun. If you have given up on life, or know someone who has, this is an excellent book to read. You will find the joy you once had through Jesus. I appreciate the faith displayed all through this book. This one is a Five star 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.

Read an Excerpt

Professor Franklin Franklyn would have never been in church that night if it hadn’t been for his granddaughter’s Christmas play. He enjoyed spoiling his six-year-old princess, Maggie. When he and his wife, Katie, had arrived, the play had just begun.

At the entrance of the foyer, an older gentleman greeted them. Un­buckling her tan coat’s belt with one hand, Katie took the program from the greeter, and thanked him. Franklin proceeded to unbutton his winter coat as they dashed toward the coat rack.

Franklin helped his wife with her coat. “I hope we didn’t miss her dance.”

“I don’t think so.” She glanced at her gold watch, “We’re only seven minutes late. We didn’t miss it.”

As he shoved their coats into the packed cubby-space, Franklin felt someone bump his hip. He swiveled around. Looking around at his six-foot-four eye level, he didn’t see anyone. That is, until he felt another bump against his hip.

Next to him was a thin woman hunched over with her body wob­bling. Teetering, her red scarf swayed from her neck. Her red-furry hat covered most of her salt and pepper hair. Franklin leaned over a bit.

The woman was having difficulty. Her crooked fingers struggled to hang her coat on the hanger.

Franklin extended a hand toward her. “Young lady, may I help you with your coat?”

When she stood straight, she appeared shorter than he had per­ceived, but a bit taller than his petite wife.

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“Young lady?” her broad smile exposed her large yellowish, crooked teeth. “I don’t have to guess that you’re a charmer. I am proud to say that I have eleven grand-children and five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild in the oven. I’m ninety-two years young.”

Other than a few aging lines under her eyes and around her full lips, the smoothness of her light beige skin presented a much younger woman. “Ninety-two! Impossible! You look like you’re in your fifties.”

“Your charm won’t get you anywhere with me, young man. But since you’re a kind gentleman, I’ll take you up on your offer.”

“I’d be honored.”

Katie assisted the woman with her scarf. “Mrs. McKinney, did you come alone?”

She must know the woman.

“Yes I did! I can drive myself though my family doesn’t think so.” She handed Katie her hat. “Timmy is narrating the play tonight.”

“Yes I know. I saw him during dress rehearsal last night. He’s very talented.”

Katie touched her arm. “Mrs. McKinney, I’m sorry, I forgot to introduce you to my husband, Frank. Honey, I’d like you to meet Mrs. McKinney.”

“This is Frank?” She appeared as ecstatic as a child who had caught Santa Claus with his bag of toys.

Franklin shook her cold and frail hand. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“I’m so happy to meet you. I’ve been praying for you.”

Though he perceived prayer as a ridiculous ritual used to comfort religious people in times of need, he took no offense by her comment. Besides, he knew from experience that prayer neither helped nor hurt anyone.

“Katie, he’s tall like my darling Grant was. I can’t believe that it’s been three months since he went home to be with the Lord.”

A shiver jolted Franklin’s body. “Mrs. McKinney, I’m so very sorry.” He grabbed Katie’s hand. Just the thought of losing her disturbed him.

The corners of Mrs. McKinney’s lips turned upward. “Thank you. I know he’s with Jesus and I’ll see him soon, but I do miss him.” Her droop­ing eyelids contrasted the divine contentment written in her face.

“Granny!” a young-bubbly blond screeched, “There you are!” the long-legged teen wrapped her arm around Mrs. McKinney’s shoulders. “You should’ve let Daddy pick you up. We were worried about you.”

“I’m not completely helpless.”

PRAISE

“Awakened by Grace is a touching story of a man whose wife was killed. . . . His granddaughter, Maggie, opens the heart of her grandfather and teaches him to look outward instead of inward. . . . It is a wonderful story of overcoming adversity.”

–Susan Osborn, author of over thirty books

“You will love Awakened by Grace and never want it to end. If you’re looking for a book that portrays love, hope, forgiveness, and redemption, this is it. You can’t help but root for Maggie. Her faith is unending and her tenacity is infectious. I highly recommend you grab a cup of coffee and snuggle in for a good read. It will be hard to put down.”

–Veronica Dixon, Christian, wife, mom, legal assistant

“In my opinion, Darlene West’s book Awakened by Grace is very well-written and engaging. Through the trials of the characters in her book, I love how Darlene has used her faith in the Lord to illustrate how she believes that God can bring light to situations that are very dark.”

–Ron Wells, music aficionado, Seattle, Washington

ORDER YOUR COPY

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Meet The Author

Darlene West

Darlene West has a bachelor’s degree in English with a writing minor in the concentration of fiction, as well as a master’s in adult education. Darlene is a retired corporate developer, program designer, evaluator, training needs assessor, and curriculum specialist. Though she grew up in and loved the restaurant business, her favorite regular job was being a Christian radio disc jockey in Champlain, New York. She loves being a wife, mother, and especially a granny.

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The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD

Join us for this tour from Aug 23 to Sep 10, 2021!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12),  38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
Publisher:  Mascot 
Release date:  Aug, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

 

This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ B&N 
Mascot Books
 
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

 
 
Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD writes the cutest story about her English  Bulldog Punk and her life’s journey. Punk had a rough time in her early life. She was neglected by her first family, they were good to Punk at first and then she became too much trouble for them. When a rescue person found punk she began a new life, first at the dog rescue and then she was adopted my another family who loves her. But it wasn’t easy to trust again. To trust that this new family would really take care of her. It too her a while to trust again as well as heal from what she had been through. 
 
I love this book about Punk. Walter does a fabulous job of letting Punk tell her own story so children will listen and learn how to deal with neglect. Children will love the adorable Punk and will want to listen to this story and hear the valuable lessons she is telling them. The author does a great job of detailing everything her dog went through to heal, trust and belong to his new family. 
 
This book wouldn’t be complete without the adorable illustrations by Susi B. Davis. Punk is adorable, and the watercolors on each page bring the story to life. I can see children wanting to read this book over and over again. Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight is not only good for libraries and School rooms, it is also a great book for counselors, social workers and any others that would with children who suffer from neglect. I highly recommend The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD to everyone. It is such a sweet read. This book is Five Stars for me. 
 
A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
 
 
 
 
 
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Meet the Author:

 

Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.

Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.

connect with the author: website ~facebook ~ instragram

Tour Schedule:

 

​Aug 23 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / author interview 
Aug 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – Kam’s Place – book review 
Aug 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 31 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 2 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Sep 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 6 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Sep 6 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review 
Sep 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 7 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway
Sep 8 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 10 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:
 

TRIUMPHANT TAILS OF RESCUE DOGS: Punk’s Plight Book Tour Giveaway

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Praying on the Church by Kimberley B. Jones Cover Reveal

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. Click on the tour banner to see the rest of the tour.

Preying On The Church, is an inspiring novel about an African American middle-age woman Margie, who is well-known in her community through her job as a Realtor, serving as a representative on the Rockford Town Council, and giving her portion of life at Rockford Baptist Church.

A tragic accident happens that no one could ever believe. After a church shooting, Margie loses faith as her life is shattered into pieces losing someone close to her that causes her to journey through the five stages of grief.

It takes her to the lowest possible point of survival: isolating herself from friends and family, losing faith, drinking alcohol, almost getting arrested, and losing her job to realize she is on a path of destruction.

Read an Excerpt

“Where would you like to have the funeral?” asked Mr. Stephens. “There is an option
to have it at the convention center.”

“That would be great,” said Barry. “Then we can have all his teachers and friends
from school attend.”

“Okay, this is a book for flower arrangements and this one is for caskets and grave
markers. Browse through to see which ones you would like,” Mr. Stephens said as he
spread the books on the table.

Margie and Barry went through the books and picked the things that would best fit
for Jason.

They came across the perfect casket. The casket had a storm blue exterior with a
spruce blue interior and a football symbol inside, quoting a Bible verse.

After they came up with a decision, Margie wanted to go back upstairs.

“Barry, can you help me back upstairs?”

“You sure you don’t want to hang out with your mom and Burnie?” Barry posed as
they walked up the stairs.

“No, I’m not up to it,” Margie said as they continued to the bedroom. “Let Mom and
Burnie figure out the program for the homegoing service.”

Barry laid Margie down on the bed and sat beside her.

“Are you sure you want your mom and Burnie to do the program?” asked Barry.

“Yes, just make sure they leave room for Coach Mackey, Principal Jenkins, and his
teammates to say a few words.”

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberley is a professional early childhood educator and entrepreneur. She was born in the small town of Saint George, South Carolina, on September 12, 1982. Graduated from Woodland High School in 2000, Benedict College in 2004 with B.S., Child & Family Development, and from Ashford University in 2013 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education.

After receiving her education and being a military spouse, she held several jobs as a preschool teacher and a preschool director, but she wanted to her education to use by writing children’s books. She wrote her first book in college for her children’s literature course. She has self-published several children books on Amazon.

Currently, she is branching off into writing fiction YA, NA, and A novels on issues in society. She loves writing and would not change it for nothing in this world She is now published by Rhetoric Askew. Kimberley is the author of Our Friendship Matters and Preying on the Church.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimberley.jones.3762584/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KimberleyBJones
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberleybjones/
Website: https://www.kimberleybjones.com/

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Tour and Giveaway for Coming Home to Mercy by Michelle De Bruin

 

 

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
 

 

Coming Home to Mercy

 

(Coming Home Series #1)

 

By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 251 Pages
August 17, 2021 by Scrivenings Press LLC

A society woman leaves her comfortable lifestyle so that she can help her daughter adjust to the arrival of twin sons in a small town where the courageous doctor teaches her about taking risks.
 

Wealthy and sociable Margaret Millerson has always thought of her brother’s Chicago mansion as her home. But when she receives the telephone call that her daughter has given birth to twins three weeks ahead of the expected due date, Margaret must leave her comfortable home, her family, and her friends to travel out of state. While she is helping her daughter care for the infants, Margaret becomes reacquainted with the town’s doctor, Matthew Kaldenberg.
 
Dr. Matthew Kaldenberg stays busy caring for the health of the citizens of his small town. His profession offers him daily practice in defeating death, his greatest enemy. During the twenty years since losing his own wife and baby in childbirth, Matthew has saved his money for the purchase of a flying machine. But when Matthew takes Margaret for flights on his biplane, he learns that his dreams of rising above the griefs and losses of his past come with a cost. He doesn’t want to lose the trust of the people he cares about most, or the chance at a relationship with Margaret.
 
Both Matthew and Margaret must make difficult decisions to hold on to the love they have discovered. Will Matthew’s heart recover from sorrow? Will Margaret find her true home?
 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Upon finding out her daughter and son in law just had twin boys, Margaret Millerson leaves the wealthy mansion of her brothers and goes to help take care of her grandsons. Surprisingly Margaret likes this small town, even thought there are no servants to do things for her. Instead, it is Margaret who gets up early to fix breakfast for everyone. She is also found cleaning house, doing laundry, taking care of two babies and she even helped Logan plant a garden. But when her time to go home rolls around, Margaret wants to stay and help. And even when another deadline to be there comes up, the good and handsome Dr. Matthew Kaldenberg finds put she’s leaving and instead, helps her find a place to stay. It seems this little quaint town of Oswell City is rubbing off on Margaret. Or could it be the handsome Dr and his love of flying planes? 

Michelle De Bruin creates a wonderful cast of characters, both living at Margaret’s brothers mansion and in the little town of Oswell City. As a reader you will grow to love this family and these characters. It was fun having the set of twin baby boys in the story and the interaction with those sweet babies. Logan was a sweetheart and especially special to Margaret. I’m mean would she plant a garden in one of her gowns for anyone else? 

And if you enjoy the early 1900’s era with the introduction to the automobile and the flying machines, you will especially be interested in this book. With the Shinny new Model T Ford and the Wright Biplane and, the good and handsome Dr  Matthew Kaldenberg flying the Biplane. It’s all very interesting and a must read if you are a fan. And if you are not so much, you are sure to find enjoy to keep your mind occupied otherwise. I encourage you to try this one out. I give Coming Home to Mercy Four Stars.

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Michelle De Bruin grew up in Southern Iowa and graduated from Eddyville High School. These beautiful memories of childhood spent on her family’s farm are the inspiration to the setting in the books of the Tomorrow series.

 

After high school, Michelle received an Associate’s Degree in Office Management from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She returned to the family farm and later married Tom De Bruin.

Tom and Michelle and their two teenage sons, Mark and John, live in Pella where Michelle works as the Spiritual Services Facilitator for Christian Opportunity Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and in Religion with a Christian Ministries emphasis from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

In 2015, Michelle began writing and joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) where she discovered that the stories she wrote for fun might actually amount to something. She finished her manuscript for Hope for Tomorrow and eventually found a home for it with a small publisher of Christian fiction.

Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct.

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Art of Time by Martine Therese & Martina Franca

Join Us for This Tour from  August 16 to September 3

 

Book Details:
 
Book Title:  The Art of Time: A Mother-Daughter Sprezzatura on the Spirit of Time by Martine Therese & Martina Franca

Category:  Adult Fiction 18+

GenreArt, Poetry

Publisher:  The Twenty-Sixth Residence, 76 pages

Release Date: July 2021

Tour dates: August 16 to September 3

Content Rating:  G.

 

Book Description:

 

 

In The Art of Time: A Mother-Daughter Sprezzatura on the Spirit of Time, Martine Therese and her daughter, Martina Franca, invite you into a lush world where time has no limits. Consisting of paintings, meditations and poetry, The Art of Time merges maternal & youthful wisdom into a one-of-a-kind artistic showcase with a powerful message: humanity’s experience can be enhanced by developing our minds into sensual thought.

 

A gorgeous book to be treasured by everyone from art connoisseurs to children, The Art of Time offers concepts and images that introduce readers to a new—and wonderful—realm of being.

 

 

 

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Meet the Authors: 

 

Martine Therese was a practicing Certified Public Accountant when she became pregnant with her daughter, Martina Franca. She decided to leave her accounting job and focus on her daughter instead. The transition, while “brutal,” completely transformed Martine’s life, and opened up a whole new world of possibility.

For Martine, who has been writing poetry all her life, motherhood expanded her creativity, and she finally felt the courage to bring her work to the world. Martine and her daughter discovered a love for painting, and their artwork, combined with Martine’s poetry, form the basis of The Art of Time; A Mother-Daughter Sprezzatura on the Spirit of Time. The book is a token of their shared loves and talents.

Martine and Martina Franca are putting together a follow-up collection on the topic of what it means to be human, exploring the theme of building the potential of humanity. Martina Franca embraces her maternal side on a daily basis, be it with caring for her baby dolls or her puppy, Marcello. She gets a kick out of tailgating with Mom and watching people’s reactions, and playing practical jokes like hiding Daddy’s shampoo bottle, and she loves having conversations. She regularly chills out with Mom during yoga in their special “rainbow room,” a room just for the two of them to recharge. On sunny days, gorgeous rainbows fill the wall of the Rainbow Room, and Martina and Mom bask in those colors—which is why Martina loves infusing her art with rainbows.

Connect with the Authors:  Facebook ~Instagram

 

Tour Schedule:  

 


Aug 16 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 17 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

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

Aug 18 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 19 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 19 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 20 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight

Aug 23 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 25 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Book – book spotlight

Aug 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 27 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Aug 30 – Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 31 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 1 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 2 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 2 – A Mamas Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for Dual Power of Convenience by Chautona Havig

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About the Book

Book:  Dual Power of Convenience

Author: Chautona Havig

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: ChristianContemporary Romance

Release date: March 4, 2021

All they wanted was a happily-never-after.

When Richard Danforth inherits the family estate on Merriweather Island, he doesn’t have time to deal with it – especially not from halfway across the globe. He’s too busy working to become the world’s newest billionaire and avoiding the women who would detract him from his goals.

Enter Lyla Santana. Fresh out of Oxford University with a degree in antiques and a relationship that nearly killed her to leave, she’s eager for the isolation and treasure trove that is Danforth Hall. Lyla also is determined to avoid men at all costs. Forever.

It was supposed to be a match made on paper. With him halfway across the globe, they’d never have to see each other again.

So, what’s Richard doing on Merriweather just weeks after the wedding? And how will his arrival test Lyla’s faith, not to mention stretch their so-called relationship?

In a twist on billionaire romance and marriage of convenience, this Merriweather book kicks off a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have grown to love Chautona Havig’s books more and more, and Dual Power of Convenience is another amazing read. I’ve also enjoyed reading the books in the Independence Islands series. This is the very first book in the Independence Island series: Merriweather Island. And I love reading stories about a marriage of convenience and Havig didn’t disappoint on this one. I enjoyed getting to know Richard and Lyla and what fun it was to watch their relationship grow. I love the Danforth estate and how being there together has a lasting affect on their relationship. That marriage on paper only starts to rip apart a little. But it is a journey you will have fun listening to when you check out this audio book.

The Narrator, Christa DelSorbo does a very nice job reading the book. It took me a while to get use to the different voices she used, some seemed a little weird, but it just took some getting use to. DelSorbo was able to bring the story to life through her narration. I am not a big fan of audio books but I enjoy an occasional one. And if you enjoy audio books or are just getting started with them, this would be a fantastic choice for you. Dual Power of Convenience by Chautona Havig, narrated by Christa DelSorbo is a Five Stars for me.

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

The Independence Island Series: Beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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About the Author & Narrator

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Chautona Havig

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

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Christa DelSorbo

“The voice of a friend.”

Christa has a great sense of humor and extensive experience with accents, particularly those of the Southern United States and Great Britain. Her most recent credits include: local live musical theatre actress and choreographer, regional radio commercial voice actress, and speaker for national business

More from Christa

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 5

Blogging With Carol, August 5

Remembrancy, August 6

Inklings and notions, August 7

For Him and My Family, August 8

Batya’s Bits, August 8

deb’s Book Review, August 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 10

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 11

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

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 13

Pick a good book, August 13

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 15

Splashes of Joy, August 16

Britt Reads Fiction, August 17

Mary Hake, August 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book in reader’s choice of format!!

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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Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hope Creek Publishers (April 22, 2021)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 22, 2021

‎EnabledPrint length ‏ : ‎ 308 pages

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BOOK DESCRIPTION Book One

A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear. Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those closest to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father’s death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve a lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie’s great-aunt’s Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie’s unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feelings blooming between them are threatened. As summer gives way to fall, Josie struggles with decisions regarding her family’s future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth? 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Where Grace Appears is the first book I have read with a twist on the Classic Little Women. I grew up reading Little Women so I was excited to see what this book would be. It’s also my first book by Heidi Chiavaroli, and I have no idea why, this book is Amazing. Now I’ll have to go buy all of Heidi’s books so I can read then all!

The characters here were wonderfully crafted by Chiavaroli are so realistic and believable. Sometimes I felt I was talking to a family of old friends. I quickly fell in love with the Martin family and especially Josie. My heart felt so bad for her because of everything she has been through. I’m sure glad she has Tripp for support, and man, what support this sweet guy is. I kept thinking is this guy for real, and then I would remember I was reading a novel. I don’t like giving anything away, even if it’s in the description so I’ll just say, if you love Little Women, Where Grace Appears is a MUST for you. And if you enjoy a good clean historical fiction with faith woven throughout the story, you MUST read this as well. I know you will enjoy this read as much as I did. Be sure to check out all three books in the series. For me, Where Grace Appears is a solid Five Stars. Wish I could give it more. I can’t wait to read books two and three in the series.

A special thanks to the author Heidi Chiavaroli 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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ALSO CHECK OUT BOOK TWO IN THE SERIES: WHERE HOPE BEGINS

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hope Creek Publishers (June 24, 2021)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 24, 2021

Language ‏ : ‎ English

BOOK DESCRIPTION Book Two

All Maggie Acker ever wanted was to have a family of her own. Now, with her handsome, hardworking husband, Josh, and two adorable twin boys from his previous marriage, she is determined to be the wife and mother Josh’s ex-wife failed to be.But when one of the twins has a near-fatal health scare and is later diagnosed with diabetes, Maggie blames herself for not seeing the signs sooner. As the rest of the family slowly learns to live with the diagnosis, Maggie fights to gain control of her son’s health. Coupled with a major career change for Josh, their marriage teeters on the brink of destruction.When Maggie’s family sends the couple away for a much-needed vacation, a life-rocking argument is followed by terrifying news regarding their son. Will Maggie’s childhood dreams of love and family disappear before she realizes the treasure she’d had right in front of her?This is Book 2 in The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series, a contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women. Readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.

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AND CHECK OUT BOOK THREE IN THE SERIES: WHERE LOVE GROWS

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hope Creek Publishers (October 26, 2021)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 26, 2021

Language ‏ : ‎ English

BOOK DESCRIPTION Book Three

They have nothing in common except love for music and a donut-shop drive thru.Shy Lizzie Martin lives a quiet life. She has a part-time job teaching music and helps her family run their bed and breakfast but longs to record the songs of her heart. Sometimes she dreams about meeting the handsome man who pays for her coffee in the donut-shop drive thru. Yet when a mischievous sister connects Lizzie with her drive-thru dreamboat over the airwaves, she learns he is nothing as she expected. Former triathlon extraordinaire and owner of a multi million-dollar extreme sports company, Asher Hill is wheelchair bound after a freak accident that had nothing to do with the sports he loved. Now, his most enjoyable moments are spent in his truck, pretending he’s the man he used to be.Lizzie has trouble reconciling drive-thru Asher with the man she meets in person. Asher is brusque and off-putting, certain that Lizzie feels more pity than attraction for him. But beneath his brooding nature, Lizzie senses a tenderness that calls her out of her shell. Surprised by his efforts to help her achieve a life-long dream, Lizzie must decide if she has the courage to show Asher that a life worth living can include love—with or without a wheelchair.This is Book 3 in The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast Series, a contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women. Readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.

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About Author Heidi Chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.Connect with Heidi online at her website (heidichiavaroli.com) or on either of these social media platforms:Facebook.com/HeidiChiavaroliAuthorhttps://www.instagram.com/heidichiavaroli/

A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson

A Christmas Novella

by Melody Carlson

Description

After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson turned out to be quite the delightful read. At first I thought the book was slow going and kind of boring, but after several chapters it begin coming more to life. Especially after Simone arrived in France, there was much more interest there. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as well as Paris and France. And especially during the Christmas season. I could just imagine the beautiful decorations and lights, and especially during the night time Christmas lights Tour Simone was on. What fun that would be.

I was especially glad for Simone in the end, and Kyle as well. The ending was nicely woven together to make the story more enjoyable and pleasant. This is a nice novella to be read during the Christmas Holiday season. It is pretty short and a quick read so it won’t take much of your time. Unless you are more like me and like to savor each page instead of zooming through it. Check it out. I think you will enjoy it. This one deserves a Four Star from me. Simply because it was so slow during the beginning.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and netgalley 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 Secret Santa Project By Carol Ross

(Seasons of Alaska #8)

By Carol Ross

A gift he wasn’t expecting…

A special Christmas wish

Working with his best friend’s sister isn’t how Cricket Blackburn had planned to spend his holidays. He’d tried to forget about sweet, beautiful Hazel James for ten whole years and now she’s back, closer to him than ever. They have a Christmas charity to run—certainly that will keep Cricket’s mind off what might have been. Perhaps if he tells Santa his secrets, his ultimate wish might come true.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The James family is a large family and Cricket added to them makes it even bigger. Living in Alaska, life is different with the big snows and the tours, ski resorts and all things cold and snow. And being close the Christmas, add in the Operation Christmas Project and it makes for a fun Christmas read.

This is such a fun book to read. I love all of the snow and Christmas stuff. And I really like Cricket. He’s had such a difficult life and struggling to fit in, even though the James family treats him like their own. It’s Hazel he wants, and he’s waited ten years for her, and still life is not so sure with her. Carol Ross does another fantastic job in writing this one. It is so much going on here in the book, I kept wondering how Ross thought of so much to tell, so much to add to the story. It’s beautifully written and with a Family of characters with a few extras added in, you are sure to want to grab this one and read it during the Christmas Holiday season. This is one you don’t want to let slip by you. This one is Five Stars for me!

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



Seasons of Alaska
Book 1: Mountains Apart
Book 2: A Case for Forgiveness
Book 3: If Not for a Bee
Book 4: A Family Like Hannah’s
Book 5: Bachelor Remedy
Book 6: In the Doctor’s Arms
Book 7: Catching Mr. Right
Book 8: The Secret Santa Project

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Tour and Giveaway for The Last Gasp by Chautona Havig

The Last Gasp

About the Book

Book:  The Last Gasp

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: ChristianHistorical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release date: July 6, 2021

1-The Last Gasp

At the pinnacle of his Hollywood career, Garrison Prince’s reign ends tonight.

As plain old Gary Prinz, he can pursue his Bible education, buy a bungalow in Pasadena, acquire a few chickens, and marry the girl of his dreams. He just never imagined trading the silver screen for a pulpit would wreak such havoc.

A cigarillo girl, Lucinda Ashton spends her days with her boyfriend, Gary, and her evenings selling candy and “gaspers” to the Hollywood elite at the Taj Mahal Theater.

However, when gunshots ring out just as intermission begins, Lucinda finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a brouhaha that leaves three dead, and no one has a clue why.

All the police know is that the evidence points to Lucinda as the killer and Gary as the intended target.

Four new friends, one young orphan, and a potluck of clues that don’t seem to fit anywhere leave the police baffled, Lucinda in fear for her freedom, and Gary ready to trade in his acting shoes for gumshoes if it’ll save his “Cinda.”

The first book in the Ever After Mysteries combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries, The Last Gasp. This Cinderella retelling blends a murder with enough crime and story clues to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Last Gasp by Chaurona Havig is the first in Ever After Mysteries series from Celebration Lit Publishing. This starts a series of fairy tale retelling and this one is a mystery retelling of Cinderella, and told in a unique way. I wasn’t sure how this story would play out but it did and very well. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, Gary and Lucinda. It was fun for me to try and figure out the mystery going on here. I really liked Lucinda, and the way she seemed different from most girls who have, she had it more together than most. And the ending was one that readers could live with as everything woven together showed the mystery play put.

I give this one a 4 Stars. If you enjoy a good clean mystery with a little bit of faith mixed in it all, you will enjoy this one.

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

More from Chautona

What Beautiful, Unexpected Parallel Did I Find Writing this Mystery?

I bought it at Pic-n-Save when I was eleven—an 8.5×11 paperback book of traditional fairy tales. I learned another side of the age-old stories that you don’t see from Disney. Rapunzel? Yeah. That was the story about the queen who was craving rampion (a salad vegetable) so much that she promised to give up her child for it. Rampion—Rapunzel. It’s a thing.

It’s also where I learned Cinderella’s name as “Aschenputtel.” Look, those Brothers Grimm were… well, they were German and that should explain everything. “Puttel” just sings of German, doesn’t it? That tale was also a bit gruesome. The one sister cut off her big toe to make the shoe fit because her mother said, “You won’t have to walk anywhere if you’re a queen. Who needs it!” So the idiotic girl did. Same for the other sister and her heel. Seriously, didn’t she learn from her older sister?

Oh, and it’s the one where mother and stepsisters get their eyes picked out by birds. It reminded me of Proverbs 30:17. “The eye that mocks a father and scorns a mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it.”

Talk about bringing Scripture to life for kids there. *Gulp*

True confession, our kids used to sing that verse to the tune of “All Hail the Pow’r of Jesus’ Name.” You should have heard the lusty voices of our children in our Grand Marquis station wagon (may the wonderful beast rest in peace) singing, “The ravens shall pick out his eyes and eeee-agles eeee-eeaat the saaaammmme!”

I digress.

Cinderella—I mean, Aschenputtel—really wasn’t my favorite story, though. I liked other stories from other books. Like the Ten Brothers—a Chinese folk tale. You know. Fairy tale.

Know which fairy tale I liked even less than Cinderella?

The Little Mermaid. Seriously, I didn’t like the original (Sorry Mr. Andersen… I just didn’t), and I can’t stand Disney’s. But when we first began planning the Ever After Mysteries, I knew which one I wanted to do. The Little Mermaid had everything going for it. Houdini and a water tank. Can’t you just see it? It would have been great. But a friend asked who was writing about the “cigarillo girl” (as I mention in THIS post), and well… the rest is history. Or at least, it’s set back in history.

But there’s one truth I discovered as I wrote this mystery.

Mystery… that’s a good word for this truth, actually. Cinderella is a beautiful picture of Jesus as our prince. We can be His bride and put on the shoe He has fashioned only to fit us, or we can try to snatch it up and make it suit our wills and hold our overgrown egos (work with me here). He takes us out of our ragged, dirty lives and brings us home… to Him. To His Father.

Is there anything more beautiful? I don’t think so.

In The Last Gasp, Gary knows Cinda long before she knows him—truly knows him. He loves her just as she is. Is it a perfect retelling of the beauty of Christ’s love for his church? Not hardly. It wasn’t intended to demonstrate that relationship at all. But there are tiny nuances that do. And that’s pretty cool.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, August 2

For Him and My Family, August 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 3

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 3 (Author Interview)

Lots of Helpers, August 4

Inklings and notions, August 4

deb’s Book Review, August 5

CarpeDiem, August 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 6

Connect in Fiction, August 6

Texas Book-aholic, August 7

Blogging With Carol, August 7

She Lives To Read, August 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 8

Connie’s History Classroom, August 9

Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 11

The Meanderings of a Bookworm , August 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 12

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 12

Splashes of Joy, August 13

Mary Hake, August 13

For the Love of Literature, August 14

Back Porch Reads, August 14

Through the Fire Blogs, August 15

Mamma loves books, August 15

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/11420/the-last-gasp-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Warrior’s Heart Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: A Warrior’s Heart

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 31, 2021

Brielle Durand still feels haunted by the massacre that killed her mother a dozen years before. Vowing to never let it happen again, she’s risen to be the key defender for her people’s peace-loving French settlement living in hidden caves in the Canadian Rockies. When a foreigner wanders too near to their secret homes, she has no choice but to disarm and capture him. But now, what to do with this man who looks at her in a strange way and insists he can be trusted?

Hoping to escape past regrets, Evan MacManus ventured into the unknown, assigned to discover if the northern mountains contain an explosive mineral that might help America win the War of 1812. Despite being taken prisoner, Evan is determined to complete his mission. But when that assignment becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of the villagers and Brielle, does he follow through on the promise he’s made to his government or take a risk on the path his heart is leading him down? Either choice will cause harm to someone.

Brielle and Evan must reconcile the warring in their hearts, if they’ve any hope to find the peace the seek.

BOOK EXCERPT

A Warrior’s Heart Excerpt Six

Evan released the saddle horn, lowered his arm, and sank to his knees on the frozen ground. Snow hadn’t yet fallen in this part of the territory, but if the cold stinging his exposed skin was any indicator, an icy torrent would be upon them soon. The Indian—or whoever was cloaked in the animal skins— circled around him, never dropping the aim of his arrow. The faint crackle of leaves bespoke an approach from behind. Would the man bind his wrists or pierce him with a knife and end his life? Evan would have to turn and topple the stranger if he were to have any chance of getting the upper hand. He could do it, even with the arrow wound, certainly. He’d fought tougher opponents in battle after having received more than one slice from a saber. A Frenchman would be an easy match—if only he could keep his swirling wits about him. Footsteps padded behind him, and Evan tensed to spin and strike. “Lower your—” He whirled and shot his fist forward, praying his aim would be true, even though his target blurred into three shapes.

MISSED ANY EXCERPTS, GO HERE:

Excerpt One:

https://carolkeen.blogspot.com/2021/08/a-warriors-heart-by-misty-m-beller-epic.html

Excerpt Two:  

https://www.amoderndayfairytale.net/2021/08/a-warriors-heart-epic-book-launch.html

Excerpt Three: 

https://storiesbygina.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/a-warriors-heart-epic-book-launch/

Excerpt Four: 

https://insidethewongmind.com/2021/08/12/a-warriors-heart-by-misty-m-beller/

Excerpt Five: 

https://catsinthecradle.blog/2021/08/12/a-warriors-heart-epic-book-launch/

Excerpt Six: 

https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/a-warriors-heart-epic-book-launch/

Excerpt Seven: 

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2021/07/22/a-warriors-heart-by-misty-m-beller-epic-book-launch/

Purchase Link: 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

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

The Weather Girls: Sunny Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: The Weather Girls: Sunny

Author: Jennifer Lynn Cary

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: September 6, 2021

She got stood up on Valentine’s Day…

…Then she lost her job

Could the legend of the cardinal change her luck?

With a disposition as bright as her name, Sunny shakes it off the worst day of her life and makes a new start. She’s got the brains that it takes, but she’s more than a little scared. It’s not just her reputation on the line.

Would this cockeyed adventure be the thing her siblings need too?

Pat only wants peace in the family and never dreamed doing a favor for his sister could drop him into so much hot water. Torn between what he’s always wanted and what is staring him in the face, someone is bound to get hurt.

Odds are it will be him.

But then, only the cardinal knows for sure.

Return to 1970 Indiana with Sunny, the first book in The Weather Girls series—get into the miniskirts, bell-bottoms, and Christian family values.

You’ll love Sunny for the music, the fashions, and the hilarious antics, because who can resist a romantic trip down memory lane?

BOOK EXCERPT

***INSERT EXCERPT HERE***

The Weather Girls Sunny Excerpt ThreeAfter all, she’d given him Saturday and Sunday to contact her. But this? Flowers and only a“love, Brock” scrawled on the card? Did he imagine that’s all it took? She shook her head. “Notnow. I’ve too much work,anyway. Maybe when I cool off, okay, Teresa?”“Okay, Sunny. Let’s meet at lunch.” She pushed away from the desk, but after a step she bentto whisper in Sunny’s ear. “Looks like someone’s about to get blindsided.”Sunny laid aside her pencil and glanced where her friend indicated.Brock.A big grin on his too handsome face while he waved at her coworkers as if he were acampaign hopeful, working the crowd.Where did he mislay his brain?He arrived at her desk and planted one on her cheek. Clueless. “Hey beautiful. Did you…”Brock caught sight of the wastepaper basket. “Um, I guess you did. What’s the matter? Didn’tyou like them?”Sunny stood, fists clenched at her side. Her temper would take charge if she didn’t gain control.She held her breath, startingher silent count while she rubbed her earlobe.

MISSED ANY EXCERPTS, GO HERE:

Excerpt One:  https://storiesbygina.wordpress.com/2021/08/18/the-weather-girls-sunny-epic-book-launch/

Excerpt Two:  http://www.simpleharvestreads.com/posts/the-weather-girls-sunny-book-excerpt/

Excerpt Three:  https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2021/08/10/the-weather-girls-sunny-epic-book-launch/

Excerpt Four: https://www.sarajanejacobs.com/post/the-weather-girls-sunny-by-jennifer-lynn-cary

Excerpt Five: https://debbieloseanything.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-weather-girls-sunny-epic-book-launch.html

Excerpt Six:  https://guildmaster97.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/the-weather-girls-sunny-epic-book-launch-read-an-excerpt/

Excerpt Seven:  https:/www.artistwriterandstudentohmy.com/posts/the-weather-girls-sunny-book-excerpt/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Lynn Cary likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty years enjoy time with family where she shares tales of her small town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. She is the author of The Crockett Chronicles series and The Relentless series as well as the stand-alone novella Tales of the Hob Nob Annex Café and her recent split-time novel The Traveling Prayer Shawl.

Tour and Giveaway for Missing in the Desert by Dana Mentink

About the Book

Book:  Missing in the Desert

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy suspense

Release date: July 27, 2021

Five years ago, her sister disappeared…
Now someone is coming for her.

Who would believe that Mara Castillo’s sister—missing and presumed dead—suddenly sent a one-word text? Now Mara wants answers, even if it means stepping into a killer’s sights with her brother’s best friend, rancher Levi Duke, as her only protection. But with someone who has everything to lose after her, uncovering a long-buried secret could save her life…or claim it.

Click here to get your copy!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

My Goodness! This book comes in with a bang and never let’s up. Mara wants answers after she receives a one word text from a phone that has to know something about her sister who has been missing for five years. But she is headed head on into a danger she has no idea what or who it is. Or what they want with her.

Dana Mentink writes a story that is sure to have your head spinning by the time you finish reading this book. When I started reading Missing in the Dessert, I didn’t put the book down until it was finished. And I’m telling you I had to find out what this wild mess was that was chasing Mara and trying to kill her. With characters that are believable and realistic, I felt as though I was living the story with Mara and Levi. I felt bad for Levi because Mara’s family blamed him for everything, when it came to their son, and he wasn’t at fault. The story is so twisted that it’s impossible to know who is doing what. It seemed as though this person was everywhere. And the almost ending, I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say I actually had parts of it figured out but not the worst parts. Then for the final ending, it is something that will make the whole story worthwhile. Wow! What a story! This gets a Five Stars from me and I wish I could give it more!

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

About the Author

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

More from Dana

Hello, readers! Boy am I excited! Since the virus-that-not-shall-be-named is being brought under control, I am cautiously venturing out again and our first vacation spot will be a return to Death Valley. Papa Bear and I love the amazing diversity of Death Valley, from the salt flats, to the sand dunes, mountains, and everything in between. Writing this book allowed me to relive the incredible topography, as well as let my mind run loose imagining a cold case that warms up to fiery levels in this ferocious climate. Part of this story revolves around “Camp Town Days” which was inspired by the Encampment Days, an event held in November by a volunteer group called the Death Valley 49ers that aims to capture the pioneer spirit with their wagon rides, parade, poetry readings, a vendor show, and historical talks. I hope you can feel the desert wind in your face and hear the distant howl of the coyote as you dive into the second book in the Death Valley Justice series.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 28

Remembrancy, July 29

Inklings and notions, July 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 30

For the Love of Literature, July 30

deb’s Book Review, July 31

Through the Fire Blogs, July 31

She Lives To Read, August 1

Batya’s Bits, August 1

For Him and My Family, August 1

Pause for Tales, August 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 3

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 4

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Blossoms and Blessings, August 5

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 6

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 7

Labor Not in Vain , August 7

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 8 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, August 8

Life, Love, Writing, August 8

Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Betti Mace, August 9

Daysong Reflections, August 10

Splashes of Joy , August 10

Blogging With Carol, August 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card 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/110df/missing-in-the-desert-celebration-tour-giveaway

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