Revell Publishers presents…..To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

To Capture Her Heart  by Rebecca DeMarino

Blog Tour July 15th – 22nd

In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die–until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice–stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.

“A masterful weaver of history and heritage, Rebecca DeMarino laces tender love stories with vibrant threads of history and hope, wooing the heart and waking the soul in this rich New World saga.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and The Heart of San Francisco series

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart, book one of The Southold Chronicles, a series inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad; and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Rebecca lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at http://www.rebeccademarino.com.

Revell Publishers presents Gone Without a Trace by by Patricia Bradley

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Gone Without a Trace
by Patricia Bradley

Blog Tour July 8th – 15th

The past is repeating itself–and time is running out

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex–before it’s too late.

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case–and a relationship–that is anything but certain.

“Patricia Bradley has hit a home run. The suspense is high, the romance is sweet, and the villain is one you want to see caught and brought to justice. Gone without a Trace, a novel of forgiveness and finding one’s place in the world, brings home the point that while not everything in life may go the way you want, God is still in control. Can’t wait for the next book!”–Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series

Patricia Bradley is the winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award and a 2012 Touched by Love Award and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award. The author of Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at http://www.ptbradley.com.

Revell Presents Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard
Blog Tour: June 15th – 22nd

Kate won’t be safe until all of Port Aster’s secrets are revealed

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed “miracle plant” that tore apart her family years ago. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. She’s willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

What people are saying about the Port Aster Secrets series

“Romantic suspense maven Orchard plunges readers into the fray immediately. The writing is über-dramatic and the action hectic.”–Publishers Weekly

“I couldn’t put it down.”–Margaret Daley, author of the Men of the Texas Rangers series

“A fun, sometimes quirky whodunit, full of everything a mystery lover is looking for, including a dash of romance.”–Lisa Harris, Christy Award-winning author of Dangerous Passage

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books including Deadly Devotion, winner of the 2014 The Word Award for suspense, and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.

CFBA Presents No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

No Safe Harbor

Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)

by

Elizabeth LudwigABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Rocket, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies (co-authored with Janelle Mowery), earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year Award. This book was followed in 2009 by I’ll be Home for Christmas, part of the Christmas anthology collection, Christmas Homecoming.

In 2011, her second mystery, Died in the Wool (co-authored with Janelle Mowery) was nominated for a Carol Award. In 2012, the popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series released from Bethany House Publishers. Books one and two, No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, respectively, earned 4 Stars from the RT Book Reviews. Book three, Tide and Tempest, received top honors with 4 1/2 Stars.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America

Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she’d thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother’s warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara’s desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke’s true intentions come to light.

If you would like to read the first chapter of No Safe Harbor, go HERE.

Litfuse presents…..Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

Beyond the Ashes

by Karen Barnett

Beyond the AshesBeyond the Ashes (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

Where better to rebuild and face one’s fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes?

Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she’ll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn’t anticipate finding new love.

Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he’d always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert’s widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed.

Ruby and Gerald’s fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. Together they must ask—is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Dr. Gerald Larkspur and Ruby Marshall are two different people, with two different needs. They meet when Ruby decides to leave home and go help her brother with his research of cancer, but things changed at bit when she met her brother’s partner, Dr Larkspur. Even though they hit it off, so to say, could they have a relationship? with his house full of people left homeless from an earthquake, and the lurking illness he hasn’t found a name for, it seems to risky to let his feeling for Ruby go anywhere.

This was such a good book. Karen Barnett does an amazing job with creating characters that I grew to love, and a plot that leaves you guessing after every page. There are a lot emotions throughout the book, some good, but a lot that are difficult to deal with. The scenes were so very detailed, and sometimes tensions soar, but this is what makes the book seem more real. You will find yourself glued to the pages as you read Beyond the Ashes, to see if Dr. Larkspur and Ruby will be able to have that house full of kids that Larkspur dreams of.

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

About the author

Karen Barnett is the author of “Beyond the Ashes,” “Out of the Ruins,” and “Mistaken.” Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing novels, she loves speaking at women’s events, libraries, and book clubs.

CFBA Presents The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Midwife’s Tale

Bethany House Publishers (June 2, 2015)

by

Delia ParrABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Delia Parr is the author of sixteen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love’s First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she’s hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha’s world is shattered.

Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can’t remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it’s trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Midwife’s Tale, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS

Love this heartwarming book. This is my first book of Ms. Parr, and I am excited to look forward to book two in this series. Love the characters in The Midwife’s Tale, and the historical setting was so interesting. If you enjoy historical fiction, try this one! You will be happy you did!

Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor

Twenty Dinners

by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor

twenty dinners

Twenty Dinners is a different kind of cookbook than any I have seen. Each group of recipes are centered around an entire meal, even the drinks. Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor  take their cooking skills and their loads of experience and put them between the pages of this beautiful hardcover book. They make it easy because there is virtually no meal planning. Its all there for you. I don’t know that I would do the exact meal, but then I might. But it would be easy to substitute things that you don’t have or things your family doesn’t care for. The book is beautiful inside and out. This would be perfect to display in your kitchen, even when you are not using the recipes. But I will say, the recipes in here sound delicious! And I am excited about trying some of the different things here. And oh, if you are a cookbook collector, or if you just like to sit and look at cookbooks, then you need to add this to your collection, because it is different and unique!

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

Litfuse Presents…..Summer’s List by Anita Higman

About the Book

Summer’s ListSummer’s List (River North, June 2015)

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Anita’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a beautiful story of a grandmother who is dying, and her wish is for her grand daughter to do what is on a list she has made for me. Granny knows that life has not been easy for Summer Snow, so on this list are things that Summer hasn’t been able to do, because of taking care of her parents, then helping Granny in her bookstore. The main thing Summer had to do was to find long time lost friend, Martin Langtree, and have Martin to help her with her list. When Summer met Martin, he was the same Martin she had known from before, yet he was different. And as the two started on granny’s list, they found out more than they bargained for!

I love this sweet story, and especially granny and her personality. There is one thing I will warn you about, if you have lost a mom or grandma to congestive heart failure, this book may be difficult for you to read. I say this because I lost my mom to this disease, and there were places in the book that I could hardly read. But this doesn’t take anything from the story, because Ms. Higman does an awesome job of connecting the reader to the story, the characters and keeps the story interesting enough that you want to see what happens to this family. I really liked Martin, and the attitude he had toward his brothers was special and heartwarming. I don’t know if I could have been like him or not. This book was really different from a lot of books I have read, with the special list, and the expectations of Summer from her granny. But it was a good different, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! And this is a story that would fit into everyone’s book needs! Especially if you are looking for a good sweet, light and enjoyable read, a read that will take a few afternoons to finish.

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

Litfuse Presents Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

Litfuse Presents Two Roads Home

by Deborah Raney

Two Roads HomeTwo Roads Home (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

What if it’s too late for dreams to come true?

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman’s initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans’ son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington’s friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless—and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was another really good read from Deborah Raney. After reading book 1 in this series, I was anxious to read this one, and it sure didn’t disappoint! This story focused on Jesse and Corinne and their ups and downs with life. Jesse seems to be feeling trapped into his job in order to afford the huge house and expensive lifestyle that his wife Corinne so wants. It is when Jesse’s overly friendly personality lands him into a scam at the office with a fellow female worker that everything comes to surface.

For some reason, I just didn’t like Corinne. Her high and mighty attitude and expensive lifestyle just didn’t sit well with me. Some of the remarks she made were really selfish, one being that living in a 1600 or 1800 or so square feet house, she thinks that is like living in poverty. I guess living in a house small than that all of my life just hit the wrong bell with me. She finally gets better, but I wonder what she will be like in the next book. Don’t take me wrong, I loved the story, the details of the close family life, just the one character that irked me! It was fun to continue the story of the Whitman family. I really love and associate with the older Whitmans, as the family is now grown and on their own. And I am look forward to book three in this series! Wonder what Ms. Raney will have for us next

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

Revell Publishers presents….The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart
She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won’t want to miss!”Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

After hearing that her husband was missing in action, Carlyn Kearney had no where to turn but to the Shaker community for help. Her house was being taken away because of non payment, she had no idea when here husband would be home, or if he would. But in the shaker community, Carlyn finds out that things are not just as they seem in this community of people who are bound to their belief’s.

Every time I read about the Shaker’s, I find it hard to believe that people would actually believe as they do. But in Carlyn’s case in this story, I can understand why she would turn to this group of people. She had no choice. She had no one, no money, and no way to make any money to pay for her land, and upkeep her house. Or for that matter, to feed herself. She did go in with the right attitude though, only going through the motions of their belief’s. Sounds just like something I would do in that situation.

This is a really wonderful read. Ann Gabhart is a master storyteller and her books are full of interesting characters, storylines and detailed information. Just as it is in The Innocent. As I was reading this story, I felt like the characters were so real, I would get aggravated at some, cry at times, feel the tensions as the scenes unfolded, and laughed at times as the details were so vivid and real. And no one writes about the Shakers like Ann Gabhart. She knows their ways and knows how to write them in a story that makes it happen! I don’t want to say a lot more about the storyline, because it will give too much info, and ruin it for you. Just know that this is a book that you don’t want to miss!

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

Her Brother’s Keeper by By Beth Wiseman from Thomas Nelson

Her Brother’s Keeper

by By Beth Wiseman

An Amish Secrets Novel (Book 1)

Her Brothers Keeper

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Charlotte came to Amish country to find answers. What she never expected to find was peace.

Charlotte Dolinsky is not above playing dress-up and telling a few lies to find out what happened to her only brother. In fact, that is exactly what she’s come to Lancaster County to do. Now, calling herself Mary and slipping on a kapp, Charlotte will lie her way into the confidence of anyone who knows why Ethan had to die. Unless she gets found out first.

But when Charlotte befriends a quiet Amish man named Isaac Miller, she begins to rethink her motives. And with a little help from a friend back home, Charlotte might find out that love comes packaged in ways she couldn’t have foreseen.

Isaac’s been caring for his cancer-stricken father and sympathizing with his frustrated mother for three difficult years. And that means he hasn’t been dating. He believes Hannah King is the woman for him, but Hannah is still grieving the loss of her fiancé, and Isaac has all he can handle on the farm. When Hannah’s family plays host to a woman named Mary, their new cousin shakes things up for all of them.

As Charlotte digs deeper into the mystery of Ethan’s death, she finds more than she’d bargained for in the community he once called home. But will she ever learn the truth? And what will the community—and her new family—do if they learn the truth about her?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ethan Dolinsky’s roofing job in Lancaster County, Pa ended up changing his life, and lifestyle when he fell in love and converted to the Amish faith. But when Ethan ended up hanging himself, his sister Charlotte decides to fake being an Amish to try to find out what happened to him. But as one lie leads to another, Charlotte finds herself in some compromising situations as time goes on. Will she find the answers she is looking for? And what will happen when secrets about Charlotte come to surface? Find out in this amazing new book by author Beth Wiseman.

If the book is written by Beth Wiseman, then I know its going to be a keeper! I love anything this wonderful author writes! This story is different than most of your typical Amish stories. With Ethan converting to Amish, then the hanging, and Charlotte deceiving the Amish community by posing as one of their own, this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! I grew to love the characters early in the book, and really felt for them because they were all grieving the loss of their loved one. There is a lot of tensions floating around in this story, and I like the way Ms. Wiseman handles the touchy situations. And I also love the way she keeps the plot exciting and interesting, keeping me interesting enough to read most of the book before putting it down! I love this story, and look forward to book two in this series!

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

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth’s The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: http://www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

The Curiosity Keeper by By Sarah E. Ladd

The Curiosity Keeper by By Sarah E. Ladd

Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel

The Curiosity Keeper

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Born into two different classes, James and Camille shouldn’t even know each other. But when the pursuit of a missing ruby brings them together, much more than a mere acquaintance is ignited.

The daughter of a curiosity shop owner, Camille would never be considered a lady. Nor does she want to be. With a fiery personality, she dreams of adventures far beyond the walls of her family’s modest business. But when her father thrusts a mysterious box into her hands and disappears, her whole world-dreams and all-shifts.

James is an apothecary, tending to the health needs of the town of Bentworth. His father, a well-known explorer and collector, is quite wealthy from the spoils of his adventures until one risky gamble and a stolen gem leave him on the edge of ruin. Seeking his father’s approval, James picks up the hunt for the stolen ruby, leading him to the door of Camille’s curiosity shop.

With both of their lives in danger as the ruby remains at large, James squires Camille away to the Bentworth School, believing that would be the last place her pursuers would look for her. They both find their hearts and dreams heading in a new direction, but before they are free to embrace their future they must solve the mystery looming around them. The more they uncover, however, the harder it becomes to know whom to trust. And they begin to realize that recovering the ruby may require a great sacrifice: their newfound love and maybe even their lives.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Two very different people, and a dangerous ruby? That’s what this story is about. Daughter of a shop keeper,  Camille is searching for her own lot in life. And the son of a very wealthy,  well-known explorer and collector, Jonathan is settle in his fathers wealth, even though he is the second son.  But his life changes when the hunt for a special ruby leads him to Camille’s family shop. Who will finally uncover this expensive, dangerous jewel?

Author Sarah Ladd takes us on an exciting and dangerous journey through the streets of historical London in her new book, The Curiosity Keeper. And Curiosity it is as I read this really good book! The characters will weave their way into your hearts, and the sights and sounds of London are so expertly detailed that you will find yourselves wondering if you are there! I love the tension in the scenes, because it made me keep turning the pages. The intensity and suspense that takes place makes for a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend The Curiosity Keeper!

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

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever. Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor

Revell Presents Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys; Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls 2 Books

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Laugh-Out-Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys
by Rob Elliott

Rob Elliott’s Laugh-Out-Loud joke books have brought laughter to more than half a million households. His last book invited kids into the action as he teamed up with cartoonist Jonny Hawkins to create Laugh-Out-Loud Doodles for Kids. Now the dynamic duo is back with two brand-new books for boys and girls who love to draw and love to laugh! Packed with jokes that will keep boys and girls giggling for hours, and unfinished doodles for them to complete any way they want, these books keep little hands and minds busy. Perfect for road trips, lazy summer days, or anytime the kids say, “I’m bored!”

For this blog tour we’re asking you to get your children involved! They can write the review (with some help from mom or dad if needed), share some great doodles (which we will post on social media) or even upload a video of them having fun telling jokes from the book or creating artwork!

This title is not available as an e-book.

Laugh-Out-Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls
by Rob Elliott

Rob Elliott’s Laugh-Out-Loud joke books have brought laughter to more than half a million households. His last book invited kids into the action as he teamed up with cartoonist Jonny Hawkins to create Laugh-Out-Loud Doodles for Kids. Now the dynamic duo is back with two brand-new books for boys and girls who love to draw and love to laugh! Packed with jokes that will keep boys and girls giggling for hours, and unfinished doodles for them to complete any way they want, these books keep little hands and minds busy. Perfect for road trips, lazy summer days, or anytime the kids say, “I’m bored!”

For this blog tour we’re asking you to get your children involved! They can write the review (with some help from mom or dad if needed), share some great doodles (which we will post on social media) or even upload a video of them having fun telling jokes from the book or creating artwork!

This title is not available as an e-book.

MY THOUGHTS ON THESE LITTLE BOOKS

These Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys and the Laugh Out Loud Pocket Doodles for Girls are book such adorable books! The books are small, about 4×5 so they are a perfect size for your kids to carry around with them, in their purse, pocket or bookbag! Kids will have tons of fun as they doodle in their books, as well as learn lots of cute and funny ideas, jokes to play on their friends, and many other interesting things as they doodle!! They will sure be the laugh of the party as they entertain with what they learn in this book. And are you going on a vacation? This would be an awesome way to keep the kids busy while you are on the way to and from! These books for both girls and boys will be a timesaver and a lifesaver as your child spends time drawing and learning jokes!

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

CFBA Presents The Ticket by Debra Jeter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Ticket

Firefly Southern Fiction (May 20, 2015)

by

Debra JeterABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Vanderbilt University professor, Debra Coleman Jeter has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, “Recovery,” won first prize in a Christian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several international awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband. She is currently working on a novel based on the life of her grandmother, Effie Shultz McClain (1900 to 1985).

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school but, she’s growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray’s need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram’s hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance. Tray’s luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father’s, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father’s ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds, but Tray’s dad refuses. What seems like a stroke of good fortune suddenly becomes a disturbing turn of events as Johnson threatens to cause problems for the family and Tray.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of The Ticket, go HERE.

When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Blogging for Books

When Grace Sings
by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Blogging for Books
When Grace SingsWhen trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the best series! I just love Kim Vogel Sawyer, she is by far one of my favorite authors of all time!  Alexa is now running her B&B, Grace Notes at her grandmothers house. when Anna-Grace needed someplace to stay while visiting family, Alexa agreed to let her stay at the B&B, despite how difficult it would be. Even though Anna Grace didn’t know the truth about her real mom, Alexa and her grandmother knew. And the there is  hotshot Chicago reporter Briley Forrester nosing around trying to find out all he could about the Amish, things would get very testy at the B&B.

My heart went out to Alexia because of her insecurity, but I don’t think she had a reason to be, because her grandmother was truly crazy about her. And Alexia had been a joy to the older woman’s life. The entire story is full of tension because of the close quarters in the house with the two young ladies and the grandma there. And Briley added more tension as well as fun to the story. You had to like Briley, even though he was annoying at times. You just have to read the this book to get the full effect. And I agree with other reviewers that several issues was left hanging, but I hope the third book in this series will take care of this.

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

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Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime

by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises–not the least of which is discovering that Sean O’Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City–and into the depths of the human heart.

“A hard-working girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson’s heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna’s journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love.”–Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Revell Presents Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson
Blog Tour: June 8th – 15th

She’s looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it’s a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises–not the least of which is discovering that Sean O’Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City–and into the depths of the human heart.

“A hard-working girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson’s heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna’s journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love.”–Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Anna Gordon just wasn’t happy managing the little hotel in her hometown, but she really didn’t want to leave her grandmother, so that’s why she stayed. But when a long time friend appears and has information about a manager’s job at a big hotel in New York, Anna decides to spread her wings and go for it. But it didn’t turn out quite like she thought it would.

It took me a while to get into this book. It just didn’t seem that realistic, Anna going to NY, making it on her own, in the big city without any problems. And she was almost too trusty with everyone, which I have heard can’t happen in the big city of NY. I guess the switch from a small town to the big city didn’t seem like that much of a difference. But as I kept reading, it got interesting. The main thing was the tension between Anna and her high school friend that landed the job of hotel manager, when Anna’s job was managing the housekeeping department. All in all, this is a very nice light and interesting read, and good entertainment for a few hours. So if you need a nice summer read, I suggest this one for you.

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

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at http://www.melodycarlson.com.

Litfuse Presents Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

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About the book:
Hearts Made Whole (Bethany House, June 2015)

Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper—even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation—the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

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About the author:

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Find Jody online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Both Caroline Taylor and Ryan Chambers were broken people because of the horrible things that has happened in each of their past. So broken they didn’t want to be around people, never thought life would be any better for them, and just wanted to go on with life as it was, to keep from remembering the hurt. But Jody Hedlund has a way of telling about the horrific broken lives of characters, so horrific that readers can’t see how she can turn their lives around in the story, but it happens. I love how Ms. Hedlund so expertly shows love, redemption, grace and restoration, and shows that well, Hearts can be made whole through Jesus. It’s hard for me to get into the story, telling a lot about it because I don’t want to spoil any part of it for anyone. Its just that good. And this is one of those books that, the closer I came to the end, the more I wanted to slow down on turning the pages because I just didn’t want it to end. This is a beautiful, beautiful story, a story that is well worth your read!

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

Married ’til Monday By Denise Hunter

Married ’til Monday

By Denise Hunter 

married til monday

Book Description

With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby’s husband for just one last weekend.

Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Seabrook, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college-her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

About the Author

Bestselling novelist Denise Hunter has received the Holt Medallion Award, Reader’s Choice Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their three sons. Twitter: @deniseahunter Facebook: authordenisehunter

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is really a sweet and special story from author Denise Hunter! Ryan has made no secret in the prior books in this series of his love for Abbi. And the one thing he wants is to win her back, but Abbi definitely doesn’t want anything to do with this guy who broke her heart. So when she agreed to go to her family for a week with Ryan, she knew nothing could happen. Even though her parents thought they were married, and they were going to act like a married couple for the sake of her parents.

I don’t cry a lot when I read books, but with this one, I just couldn’t help it. The tensions, the attraction, the romance, and the tenderness and forgiveness. It all pulls you into the story at the very beginning, and it doesn’t let go until way long after you finish the book. I hated for Married ’til Monday to end and I will be keeping this entire series by Ms. Hunter to read in the future!

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

Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Freshly Baked

by Vannetta Chapman

murder freshly brewed

Book Description

When delicious baked goods become lethal, it’s time to find a killer.

Kindness is a virtue Meanness is a sin Better watch your bakery pies For poison I’ve slipped in

The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, has been decorated with every color of balloon and flower for the Race for a Cure. As manager of the Village, Amber Bowman is thrilled to see the turnout-and relieved to have something to distract her from the “Poison Poet”-an individual who has been sending notes containing bad poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods.

Then Ryan Duvall crosses the finish line of the race-and falls down dead, murdered in broad daylight. But who did it? And why? The police suspect Preston Johnston, but Amber refuses to believe her employee could do such a thing.

Amber once again looks to her young Amish friend Hannah Troyer to help her find the killer-and to determine if it’s the same person leaving the cryptic poems and pies. Can they help the police before the Poison Poet strikes again? Both Amber and Hannah will need to draw on their faith as they fight to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built at the Amish Artisan Village.

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Visit Vannetta’s webiste: http://www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @VannettaChapman Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Another murder in the Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, and the Poison Poet strikes again and again leaving pies with notes attached saying the pies are poisoned. And then the emails Amber is getting, that is clearly from the Poison Poet?  Ms. Chapman does it again with a murder, mystery/suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seats. And in an Amish community at that!

I felt so bad for Amber, the harassing emails were causing problems with her work and marriage, because the Poison Poet was determined that she wouldn’t tell anyone what was going on. But she had too many friends and family that loved her, and I was touched at the way the pulled together to help her. And another person that was helped was Preston. I really like Preston and the sweet relationship forming between Preston and Mocha, which you will need to read the book to find out about these two! And who in the world could have gunned Ryan Duvall down in broad daylight, just as he finished his race?
A lot of questions, and a lot going on in Murder Freshly Baked, and I just know you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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

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