Celebration Lit Tours presents….Mary, Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor plus Giveaway!


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About the Book

“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.”
Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates the stars.
But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.
Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of prophecy in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.


This is such an amazing story, I was in awe the entire time I was reading this book. Both Mary and Joseph were the sweetest young couple. Her parents loved her very much to make sure the man she would marry was the man she loved. I know this is fiction, but as I read the account of the angel coming to Mary in a dream, her trip to see her cousin Elizabeth, Mary telling her parents and Joseph she was pregnant with the Messiah, each and every scene was so fully detailed, I felt like I was living this story along with the characters. It is so neat to see this Bible account through the eyes of Diana W. Taylor.

It was so sweet to follow along with Mary as she realized she was carrying a special baby, that God has actually trusted her an favored her among all of the women of that time, and chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Despite what she had to go through, the outrage of her family and Joseph when she first told them she was pregnant with God’s son, all of the talk and whispers among everyone she came in contact with, Mary still had a peace and calmness, and an excitement that God had favored her among women. Can you just imaging what that would feel like?

Ms. Taylor not only writes an wonderful story of Mary, the historical events and all of the details was amazing. It is so much in this story that I love, I could go on and on, but you have an idea what this book is about. And I agree with others that this book needs to be read before Christmas and before Easter. It is a great way to ready your heart for the Celebration of each of these holidays. If you have friends and family that love reading, and don’t know the Lord, this would be the most amazing book for them to read. The Gospel is told throughout this book in a wonderful way. This is a must read for every Christian!

“I received this book from the author for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed in this review are my own.”


About the Author

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Diana Wallis Taylor has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

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To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a gift basket that includes Mary, Ruth, Whitaker House’s study Bible, and The Lord is my Shepherd candle from Abba Anointing Oil! Click here to
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PTSD Road to Recovery: One Soldiers Story by Bob Bray

PTSD Road to Recovery: One Soldiers Story
by Bob Bray


Most books on PTSD are dry, clinical, and impersonal – no matter how sympathetic they are to the sufferers. Not so with this challenging book!

Author Bob Bray has walked an exhausting pathway, dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in his own life. Obviously, PTSD has been around for a long while. It has existed under names such as battle fatigue, shell shock, or the soldier’s disease. Today, that notion has expanded beyond the battlefields where weapons are used to destroy enemies. Now it refers to the emotional trauma experienced when people are exposed to horrific situations beyond their ability to understand or explain to themselves. It comes with hurricanes, forest fires, floods, and terrorist attacks like the Boston bombing. This book is unique in that it describes more than the outward observations of physicians and researchers. It is a view from the inside of someone who has been overwhelmed, survived, and now has begun to thrive after PTSD. The author is a compelling writer pouring out the inner struggles and outward consequences that come from those who have lived through the horrors of warfare. To them, all too frequently, they come home but the battle isn’t over.


I have never been around anyone with PTSD, but after reading Bob Bray’s book, PTSD Road to Recovery: One Soldier’s Story, I now have a clear insight of what someone goes through when having this disease. Mr. Bray’s story started when he was abused as a small child, and continued on through his school years, into the military and again back at home. He gives a clear insight of what soldiers face every day, and what they face after their time of service at home. I had never really thought about it like he explained it, that while in military service, there is always someone to tell you what to do, and when you get home, its just you, and no one to tell you how to live your life. This is just a little taste of what it is this book.

My heart ached as I read Bob Bray’s story. From the very beginning, reading about the beating from his father, Mr. Bray was never given a chance to know how to deal with this abuse, except though anger and fighting as he got older. One thing about this book is, readers are getting everything firsthand. I better understand the life of a soldier and the life of a police officer now that I’ve read this book on the road to recovery from PTSD. After everything this author went through for so many years, the part of his story that he tells about his recovery is amazing. There are so many things in this book that can be of help to others going though the same situations. If you are suffering PTSD. anxiety, depression, or any other unhealthy feelings after coming home from military service, or maybe from having a difficult life like Bob Bray, this is definitely the book you need to read. I can’t emphasize enough how important this book is. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, or for someone you know. I may change your life or the life of your friend.

The Courtship Basket By Amy Clipston

The Courtship Basket
By Amy Clipston


Book Description

Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?


I love, love Amy Clipston’s books and this is another amazing one from her. She writes the most amazing Amish fiction, and you don’t want to miss this one. Mike Lantz has his hands full taking care of his dad and his disabled son. He moves to the area because he wants his son to go to this special school, hoping he can learn like a regular. And that’s where he meets Rachel. Rachel feels sorry for the Lantz family and wants to help them, so she starts fixing them mills each week and sending them home by Mike’s son John. The special thing about these meals is that she sends them in an antique basket that belonged to her mom, a basket that brought her mom and dad together. Can history repeat itself and bring another couple together?

Find out when you read the third book in The Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston. 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.

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender 
by Melanie Dickerson

Book Description

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.


Avelina is only a maidservant sent to Thornbeck Castle on behalf of someone else. The very last thing she could do was to be chosen to be the bride of The Margrave of Thornbeck.  But that was sure easier said than done. Avelina seem to have all of the characteristics of the woman he planned to marry, and to marry soon was a must for him. And he wants Avelina as his bride, but with others involved, that just may be impossible.

Melanie Dickerson gives her readers such an amazing story in The Beautiful Pretender, and a beautiful story it is. The characters are were oh so wonderful, and each one played their supporting roll just great. I loved the medieval era in which this story was set. The vivid detail of each event, and the description of each scene took me back to an earlier time in history. I really enjoy books like this, stories that you can place yourself in and go back a little while for a fun time to enjoy. For you fairytale readers out there, this is a book you must read! I highly recommend it.

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.




Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

Fraying at the Edge
by Cindy Woodsmall


About This Book

Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.


This first book in this series, Ties That Bind ended with Ariana Brenneman and Skylar Nash going to live with their biological parents. Skylar’s parents were not together, so she had two families to get to know. As well as doing everything on the lists that her parents had for her to complete. One the other hand, Ariana Brenneman did not care for her biological parents and their lifestyle. She didn’t want to live without electricity and everything that goes with that, including cell phones and internet.

This series deals with the harsh situation of babies switched at birth. These two young ladies were from completely different lifestyles, so it makes for an amazing read. My heart went out to both ladies, because neither of them wanted to change their way of living. But as I followed their story in Fraying at the Edge, it was interesting to see the changes in Ariana and Skylar, the longer they stayed with their biological parents. Cindy Woodsmall does an amazing job of weaving together each family and the interaction between the two. I read this book in one setting, because I had to find out what happened to these young ladies I have grown to love. I simply can’t wait for book three to hit the shelves. This is such an amazing series I plan to keep this series on my shelves and read it again. Ms. Woodsmall puts a different twist to her Amish stories that makes them different from all other.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, Fraying at the Edge is one you need to check out. And don’t forget the first book in the series as well, Ties That Binds. I just can’t say enough about this wonderful book and series!   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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Celebration Lit Presents…The Wedding Shop by Rachael Hauck plus Giveaway

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About the Book


Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled.

It’s the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet.

More than eighty years later, former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend after finishing her commitment to military service. After the devastating death of her best friend, Tammy, and discovering the truth about the man she loved, Haley is searching for her place in life.

When Haley decides to reopen the romantic but abandoned wedding shop where she and Tammy played and dreamed as children, she begins a journey of courage, mystery, and love.

As Cora’s and Haley’s stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love.


Wow, this is an amazing story! I fell in love with the characters early in the story. I loved the way Ms. Hauck interweaves Cora and Haley’s stories, and though one was historical and one modern, the story was beautiful written in a way that made me crave more of each character. I couldn’t put this book down because I wanted to find out what was happening with each lady.

Cora was the sweetest young lady with a lot of disappointments and heartaches. Rufus, well I just wanted to give him a piece of my mind. And Birch was a sweetheart, a man every women dreams of. Haley was independent like Cora, and wanted to open the Wedding Shop, despite what her parents thought. She was determined to try and forget her ex forever.  And I really liked Cole as well. He has his share of disappointments and heartaches too. And I love the way Rachel Hauck interweaves the stories of these four characters in an amazing way, weaving together their dysfunctional lives with their faith in the Lord. And she shows that even though our lives don’t turn out the way we want, and despite the heartaches and disappointments we may go through, Jesus will always be there in us and with us. And He can take all of our baggage and make something beautiful from it all.

The Wedding Shop is another beautiful story from author Rach Hauck. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good clean heartwarming read. And if you haven’t read The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, I encourage you to check out these two books as well.

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


About the Author

Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck



Guest Post from Rachel Hauck

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share The Wedding Shop with you. This book is one of my favorites.

While all books are my “babies,” this one found a special place in my heart.

This standalone novel is part of the Wedding Collection – The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel – and it came to life when I discovered the story of Cora Scott, a 1930s wedding shop owner.

At 30, she’s an old maid, but the best “bride’s maid” in fictional Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. But she’s in love with a charismatic, charming river boat captain.

The contemporary heroine, Haley Morgan, is a retired Air Force captain returning to Heart’s Bend to restart her life. She’s recovering from a broken heart. The handsome, dynamic, charming man she loved was nothing but trouble.

Returning home, Haley is set on keeping a childhood promise she made with her best friend—to open the old wedding shop.

The shop is legend in Heart’s Bend. Haley grew up with stories of Miss Cora and the shop, hearing the town’s mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers reminiscing about their “day in the shop,” walking down the grand staircase in their wedding gown.

But in 2016, the shop is dilapidated, neglected and in need of more money than Haley possesses.

While writing this story, I had to ask a lot of questions. Why reopen the old shop? Why not just open a new one?

Haley was a combat veteran, deployed to Afghanistan twice, why would she want to open a wedding shop?

I also investigate the meaning of the shop to the town? To Cora? To Haley?

As I developed the backstory for the characters, the shop and the town, Cora’s came to life. She fascinated me. I admired this fictional woman. She exuded ingenuity, courage, and deep, deep devotion.

On the other hand, Haley was a bit of a mystery but from the start, she saw value in something no one else did.

What if we all saw value in people or places others wanted to reject?

Isn’t that what Jesus does for us?

The heroes of the book, Birch and Cole, are just stellar guys. Princes among men. I love writing about slightly wounded but strong and tender men.

The theme of family and community populates the story. Also, how misconceptions and preconceived ideas often ruin relationships.

Booklist gave The Wedding Shop a Starred Review and called it, “Spellbinding.”

There’s a lot of fun drama in this book! I hope you enjoy spending time with Cora and Haley, the men they love and the shop they bring to life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Connect with me at www.rachelhauck.com.

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The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials

The Flower Workshop: Lessons in Arranging Blooms,
Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials

by Ariella Chezar and  Julie Michaels


About this book

Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for 50 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips readers with the skills to customize arrangements at home.

Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend’s wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, The Flower Workshop allows you to create dazzling arrangements that go beyond merely pretty and into realms of the dramatic, the unexpected, and sometimes even the magical. Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for more than forty-five stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips you with the skills to customize arrangements at home.

Known for her hands-on flower workshops at FlowerSchool New York, Ariella Chezar walks you through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreathes, garlands, grand gestures, and more—all accompanied by detailed photography. Chezar offers advice and philosophy on everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design. For every occasion, from relaxed and simple to lavish and monumental, The Flower Workshop celebrates the special moments in your life with glorious, fragrant floral arrangements and enhances your surroundings with abundant beauty.


This is a beautiful book inside and out. I love the beautiful flowers on the cover. This book would sure stand out on any bookshelf or bookstand in a store. If you are into flower arrangements, or decorating with flowers, this book would be an awesome choice for you to pick. It is hardbound, so it is more durable while you are working with it.

The fifty flower arrangements taught in this book are amazing, and I might could do a decent job of doing an arrangement after going through this book. No only does she show you how to do these 50 beautiful arrangements, Ms. Chezar gives you enough tips and ideas that you will be able to make your own arrangements. It may take a little time, and going back to the book for help at first, but the more you work with the flowers, the easier it becomes. This author leaves nothing out, she gives you full instructions, the kinds of flowers, what is in season when, and tells you the tools you need to make your flower arranging successful.

And I can’t leave out all of the full color pictures. They are simply gorgeous. This is a book you can have fun just looking through over and over again, just to see the beautiful pictures of the flowers.

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.

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Really Bad Girls of the Bible
by Liz Curtis Higgs


Discover the Truth About
God’s Sovereignty
from the Bible’s Really Bad Girls.

Eight of the Bible’s most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Bible with troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first century.

The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. The Adulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow’s weeds for a harlot’s garb. And the Bleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a great physician could handle.

“Higgs does such a remarkable job telling their stories that many of the Good Book’s ‘bad girls’ become downright sympathetic.… Higgs is a refreshingly astute biblical commentator…(and) ably points readers to ‘good girl’ tips they can apply from the Bible’s cautionary tales.”
—Publishers Weekly

Really Bad Girls of the Bible
shines a spotlight on God’s sovereignty, demonstrating one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope.

Includes Discussion Questions and a Study Guide


Liz Curtis Higgs has written the most wonderful Bible Studies for women. After enjoying the study Bad Girls of the Bible, I wanted to see which Bible ladies made it to the Really Bad list. One thing I love about this study is that Ms. Higgs shows us that women have been facing a lot of the same issues since the beginning of time. And even though the ladies in this study lived long ago, the story of their lives can help us today in our daily lives. The situations and principles are the same. To  be honest, some of these ladies I either had never heard of or just barely remember hearing about in the Bible, so a lot of it was all new to me.

I appreciate the way Ms. Higgs tells the stories of each lady in her study, and then guides everything back to the real reason we have for doing this study, and that is Jesus. She always makes a point of putting Jesus first, in everything. And explaining that life is nothing without Him. This is a wonderful study for your church group or Sunday school group. It has study questions you can answer as a group, and this is always more helpful to me. I love hearing everyone else’s thoughts on what we have read and studied. I encourage you to check out this really neat study.

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.


About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs



Liz Curtis Higgs admits, “My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!”

Her latest release, It’s Good to Be Queen, encourages readers to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba, who journeyed across the desert to test the mind and heart of King Solomon.

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous–and intriguing–women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew.

Liz also offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth in The Girl’s Still Got It, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

And you’ll find a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book with The Women of Christmas. Verse by verse, Liz unwraps the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz’s award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity.” To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

“I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I’m not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research–the more books, the merrier. I’m a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land.”

Visit Liz’s Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com


A Memory Worth Dying For by Joanie Bruce, Plus Kindle Fire Giveaway


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About the Book

a memory worth dying for

“Do Not Return To Texas!” Marti Rushing gets the message, loud and clear. If she returns to Texas, her life is in danger. If she stays in Tennessee, she’s safe. But when she receives a letter telling her that Daniel, her ex-husband and the love of her life, is dying, she knows she has to defy the stalker and return to Texas to see him. Three years ago, Daniel accused her of things she couldn’t remember doing. Without waiting for an explanation and after four wonderful years of marriage, Daniel kicks her off of his family’s Quarter Horse ranch. Now, three years after their separation, he walks into her art reception in Tennessee and acts like he doesn’t remember her. Does the memory loss have anything to do with the letter she received, or is Daniel pretending? Is he the one stalking her, or is it someone with a deadly, sinister motive? Ignoring the deadly warnings, she leaves for Texas, but on the way there, the attempts on her life begin. Will she be able to evade her pursuer’s attacks? Or will Daniel’s face be the last one she sees?



When Marti gets the message not to return to Texas, she realizes that if she does return, her life will be in danger. But when she gets the call that her ex-husband is dying, she has to go see him once more, no matter the danger. Daniel and Martha had such a wonderful marriage, but when an accident happened that was Martha’s fault, their world, as well as their marriage was torn appart, and their lives were changed forever.

This is my first book by author Joanie Bruce, and I didn’t realize what an awesome read I was in for! I love Daniel and Marti’s story. And I really liked that Ms. Bruce uses the verse,  Joel 2:25a. “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten­­­” in this story because it is so fitting for Marti and what she goes through.

Daniel and Marti were loveable characters that I fell in love with immediately. Marti did such as awesome job of being around Daniel, even though he couldn’t remember who she was. That would have to be a difficult situation to be around the love of your life, and they don’t remember you. And to make matters worse, the nasty little villain that was so sure Daniel was going to marry her kept popping into the picture.   Joanie Bruce gives readers an amazing story of love, grace, forgiveness,  redemption and second chances in this heartwarming suspense thriller. I want to say so many thing about this book, but I don’t want to give it away and ruin the read for anyone. So I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of A Memory Worth Dying For and enjoy this wonderful read.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours 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

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Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

Guest Post from Joanie Bruce

Hello everyone. My name is Joanie Bruce, and I’m happy to visit with you today and tell you a little about myself and my book, “A Memory Worth Dying For.”

The idea for this book actually started from a simple memory. Years ago, I watched a movie about a woman whose father-in-law ruined her marriage. That thought raised a question in my mind: What would happen if a married woman was kicked out of her home by her father-in-law, and her husband never stood up for her against his father?

Many questions and solutions emerged from that one idea, and the brainstorming began… One answer lead to another problem, and the answer to that problem produced another question. When all was done, the plot for this book emerged.

After adding suspense, mystery, love, and a growing spiritual aspect to that one idea, I was able to combine them to form an interesting plot. Finally, after several months of work, “A Memory Worth Dying For” was born.

I love this story because it shows forgiveness at its highest peak. Marti and Daniel have a wonderful marriage, but because of greed, selfishness, and a colossal misunderstanding, that marriage is dissolved. Even though they are separated, the love they feel for each other never wanes. Marti’s love for Daniel throws her into a dangerous situation, but that same love also gives her the perseverance and determination to stay in Texas and fight for the happiness of the man she loves even though her life is threatened if she does. I’m sure you’ve all read the Bible verse Joel 2:25a. “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.­­­” That verse is the one Marti clings to throughout the story.

As I do my writing each day, I pray that God will teach me something. Writing this book taught me so many lessons. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but with the idea of practicing forgiveness in my own life. It also reinforced the knowledge that I should never jump to conclusions and get the facts before I make decisions. In this book, Daniel jumped to a conclusion and listened to gossip which caused the break-up of his marriage and unnecessary stress in his life.

Years ago, one of my Sunday School students gave me a book for Christmas called “In His Steps.” If you remember, that book started the campaign that encouraged you to ask “what would Jesus do?” before every action. I was convicted while reading that book because I knew I wasn’t doing things in my life for the Lord’s glory. So the next Sunday in church, I dedicated my life back to the Lord, and I began praying He would use me in whatever way He chose.

After those sincere prayers, the Lord began showing me how I could use my life and the talents He gave me for Him. It was shortly after that prayer I found out I had the ability to paint portraits, and not long after starting my art career, my first attempt at writing was accepted for a publishing contract. I realized then that following the Lord’s leading in my life and an attitude of gratefulness and obedience all worked together so the Lord would bless my efforts.

If you take anything away from this post, I hope it will be that the Lord can use anyone who is willing to be used. If you surrender your talents to him, no matter what your age or limitations, God can still use you for His glory.

Thank you for listening to my ramblings. I hope and pray that God blesses each of you in all of your accomplishments.

Blog Stops

August 30: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

August 30: Cassandra M’s Place

August 31: Petra’s Hope

September 1: A Reader’s Brain

September 2: Quiet Quilter

September 2: Splashes of Joy

September 3: History, Mystery & Faith

September 4: Ashley’s Bookshelf

September 5: Carpe Diem

September 6: Pause for Tales

September 7: Blogging with Carol

September 8: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

September 9: A Baker’s Perspective

September 10: bigreadersite

September 11: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

September 11: Daysong Reflections

September 12: just the write escape

September 12: Mary Hake




To celebrate her tour, Joanie is giving away a Kindle Fire and her books! Click here to enter:https://promosimple.com/ps/a29f

The Blueberry Cupcake Mystery

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About the Book

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In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

About the Author

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

Guest Post from Naomi Miller

Hello! I’m Naomi Miller — and I’m honored to be featured on Celebrate Lit!

I want to share with you how the title and cover for my debut book, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, was chosen. This is a story I haven’t shared with anyone else — yet. The story behind the blueberry cupcake…

I was actually writing an Amish suspense novel last winter, when God placed it on my heart to write a shorter story — a cozy mystery, with no suspense, no danger, but plenty of faith, family, compassion and community.

While thinking of the best way to begin the story, my daughter made a batch of blueberry cupcakes, which happen to be one of my favorite treats. Of course, the idea to use a favorite treat was too good to resist. Then, during the early days of writing, I began experimenting with the idea of baking cupcakes — but adding blueberries before baking. Two favorite treats in one!

And there you have it . . . once we had a picture of a blueberry cupcake, the designer quickly sent back a cover I fell in love with (although there were a few more tweaks before the final cover was approved).

I actually began writing many years ago — 1990 to be exact. But I had just become a single mom and I didn’t have time to pursue it. I wrote notes, letters, articles, short stories, and I occasionally thought about a career as a novelist, but not once did I consider that dream to ever become a reality.

Several years ago, after my children were grown, my daughter challenged me to write a novel. I began a sweet, Amish fiction story about a young girl—but about halfway into the story, someone was almost murdered! Needless to say, I was surprised, but kept going. Once done, I went back to the beginning to do a major re-write on what was now an Amish suspense novel.

And that’s . . . the rest of the story.

I’m also excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

1 white or yellow cake mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water

Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. milk
additional milk as needed

Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Blog Stops

August 23: A Baker’s Perspective

August 23: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

August 23: Blogging With Carol

August 24: cherylbbookblog

August 24: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

August 24: Running Through The Storms

August 25: A Greater Yes

August 25: A Holland Reads

August 25: Mary Hake

August 26: Gypsy Road

August 26: D’s Quilts & Books

August 26: Cassandra M’s Place

August 27: Bigreadersite

August 27: Bibliophile Reviews

August 27: Christian Bookaholic

August 28: Lighthouse Academy

August 28: Book Babble

August 29: Karilyn Putt

August 30: Karen’s Krayons

August 30: Daysong Reflections

August 31: Quiet Quilter

August 31: Blossoms and Blessings

September 1: Lights in a Dark World

September 1: Just Commonly

September 2: Singing Librarian Books

September 2: His Grace is Sufficient

September 3: Bukwurmzzz

September 4: Ashley’s Bookshelf

September 4: just the write escape

September 5: Reading Is My SuperPower

September 5: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses


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To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery! Click here to enter: https:

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

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by Julie Cantrell

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

 In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.


Looking at the cover of this book, I wasn’t sure what it would be about. I don’t read the back cover or reviews until I’m into reading the book, so I had no idea what it was about. But being a Julie Cantrell book, I knew it had to be good. The story starts off with Amanda chaperoning her daughters class on a field trip, but things turn bad when her daughter’s friend Sarah disappears and couldn’t be found. This throws Amanda and her daughter into a state of depression.

This is not an easy book to read. It is so full of emotions and tension that I had to put it down for a while, but then I couldn’t wait to pick it back up because I wanted to find out what would happen to the characters. The Feathered Bone deals with some pretty tough issues, mainly human trafficking. This is an issue I would love to be able to help with in some way because it is so horrifying and downright scary! I appreciate authors such as Ms. Cantrell writing on such issues. My heart ached with  each character as they grieved for their classmate. The scenes are so vivid, its like they are real life actions, and I felt drawn into the story as if I was a part of it.

There is a lot going on in this story, it goes deep, a story that you can’t just read in a day like some books. I felt like I was digging deeper and deeper as I read this one. If you like stories that deal with horrific issues that happen in today’s world, then I highly encourage you to read this one! I received this book from The Fiction Guild 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

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffee

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By Billy Coffey


No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—There will be stars.

Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped with him.

Bobby soon discovers that this supposed place of peace is actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.


Bobby Barnes seems to be what is known as the town drunk who takes his twin sons Matthew and Mark to the mountains one Saturday night. There was an accident that turned Bobby’s world around.

It took me a while to get into this book, I’m really not a fan of this type of book, but after reading for a while, it did get interesting. There are a number of characters that make up this story, and they develop well as the story unfolds. This story seems to be one that either you like it or you don’t, so I encourage you to pick up a copy of There Will Be Stars and see what you think. If you enjoy fantasy type books, I think this one would be for you.

I received this book from The Fiction Guild 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.

Celebration Lit Tours presents She Who Knows by Barbara Bras plus Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Purchase your copy of She Who Knows here.

About the Book

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One girl’s journey from loneliness to love.

Isolated on a Maui mountaintop, Cassandra has only her imagination to keep her company. Shut in due to her heart condition and shut out emotionally by her father, she meets the Menehune in a dream. Their “Gift” enables her to take the first step away from her loneliness. Along the way she finds an amazing woman in the grandmother she never knew and experiences true friendship with a new classmate. Eventually she learns that to love another she must open her heart, even if it means it may break.



Cassandra lived a very lonely life because of her illness, not being able to attend school, or even go out an play with other children her age. When she meets little people called Menehune in a dream, her life changed because these little people gave her the ability to read other people’s minds.

I felt so bad for Cassandra because she didn’t have the life of a normal child. And then she looses her grandmother, which was even more heartbreaking. The story gets interesting when the Menehune arrives, though at first I wasn’t sure where the story was going. But then as I kept reading, and the story gets into an older Cassandra, it gets more meaningful for me, and I really enjoyed reading it. This is my first book by Barbara Bras, and it was a delight to read. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to read. You will not be disappointed.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours 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

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In 2015, Barbara Bras left her career to pursue her dream of serving God. She believed that her first step would be to share the amazing ways God had blessed her. As she wrote of her son’s miraculous adoption and the challenging years that followed, it led to the rediscovery of her entire life, including the history of her grandparents’ remarkable survival in Armenia and her search for purpose and love. Her memoir led to her first novel, which she hopes readers will find engaging and memorable.

Guest Post from Barbara Bras

An interviewer asked what inspired me to write and publish two books within a year. It’s a long story. Unlike many authors, I didn’t always write, nor did I yearn to write. In fact, the opposite was true for me; fear of judgement discouraged me from writing. Judgement from my mother, an English teacher and a strict perfectionist who demanded excellence in everything, especially writing.

In spite of the circumstances, my love of reading led to my first profession, teaching English at the high school level. Teaching laid the foundation for my career, which ultimately resulted in twenty-five plus years in various corporate environments as an Human Resources leader. Naturally, during my career I wrote a great deal, including proposals, papers, and communications of all kinds. But never anything creative, I never even journaled.

Almost two years ago, our Pastor handed out little pieces of paper during his sermon that said, “ENOUGH”. He questioned our inane desire to accumulate things when we already have the one thing that is needful. Just as Mary choose to worship at the feet of Jesus rather than be distracted by the world, so must we choose what is most important. (Luke 10:42) It struck a nerve.

Shortly thereafter, I made the decision to leave my position of ten years. Unsure of my next move, I focused my energy on a burning desire. Ever since the Lord provided a son for us through a miraculous adoption, I believed He wanted me to share it as an encouragement to others. I had tried to write the story many times without success. I signed up for retreat that promised, “Write your book in a weekend!”

The three-day retreat required nonstop writing, first in long hand, then on the pc. Amazingly, at the end of the third day I had not only finally written the story of the miraculous adoption, I had shared the incredible disappointment and heartache of the years that followed, all captured within the context of my life and the life of my ancestors. Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered had materialized. I felt a great release and I thought that would be the end of my writing.

Over the next few months as I edited the book, I followed the system of editing for 45 minutes, and writing new material for 15. What emerged during those 15 minute segments became Cassandra’s story, or She Who Knows, a Tale of the Heart. The story unfolded in front of me, inspired by the woman who supervised my student teaching in Honolulu back in 1977.

Barbara Robinson was an inspiration to me both as a teacher and as a person. As we worked together that semester, she shared many stories and took me under her wing. She told me the story of how her grandmother, a musician, had come to islands and married her seafaring grandfather. She spent a great deal of her childhood isolated in the mountains on Maui, presumably to recover from an illness. When finally allowed to return to school years later, her years of isolation and her archaic English made for a lonely life. She also believed she that she had an usual gift, which she decided was better left unused.

So what began as an effort to share my story and encourage others has developed into a love of writing and a desire to serve the Lord through my new passion.

Soli Deo Gloria. To God Alone Be the Glory!

Blog Stops

July 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

July 22: A Reader’s Brain

July 23: Mary Hake

July 24: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

July 25: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog

July 26: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

July 27: A Greater Yes

July 27: Reading Is My SuperPower (Spotlight)

July 28: A Bakers Perspective

July 29: Splashes of Joy

July 29: Artistic Nobody (Spotlight)

July 30: Cassandra M’s Place

July 31: Bukwurmzzz

August 1: Simple Harvest Reads

August 2: Carpe Diem

August 3: Pause for Tales



To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card, copies of She Who Knows, and Wrapped In God’s Grace. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9f1e

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson from Revell

All Summer Long

All Summer Long 
by Melody Carlson

She’s ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn’t expect is an old flame.

Tia D’Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What’s not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions–the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco–especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht’s captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

Praise for Once Upon a Summertime

“Carlson kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. . . . A pleasant summer escape.”–Library Journal

“Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining.”–Christian Manifesto

“[The] perfect summer read for a day at the beach.”–CBA Retailers + Resources



Tia D’Amico is more than excited when her aunt calls her to help transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant, but when she arrives in San Francisco she finds out her uncle had a heart attach, and she is pretty much on her own with the inside renovations. Taking care of the outside changes is the new Captain of the Yacht, Leo Parker. Leo and Tia had met ten years ago while she was visiting her aunt and went to a sailing camp. Tia was thrilled to be working with Leo, that is until she finds out he is engaged to a gorgeous young lady.

All Summer Long is an adorable romance from one of my favorite authors, Melody Carlson. The characters are sweet, hardworking and loves their families very much. As I was reading, I thought about this being an awesome read for teenagers, the would be able to relate with the characters better than us older folks. But don’t get me wrong, I loved Tia and Leo’s story. Even though they faced ups and downs, it was fun keeping up with the two and what was going on in their lives. I didn’t put this book down but a few times as I read it. If you are looking for an enjoyable, light summer read, this is an awesome book for you. I encourage you to check it out.

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.



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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.

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson from Revell

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by Christine Johnson


Her future–and her heart–hang in the balance.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.




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Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God’s majestic creation. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert


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by Kellie Coates Gilbert
Texas Gold Collection

Just when she can’t take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are.

Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization–and that the research she’s been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she’s swiftly falling in love with.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He’s already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician’s wife, but he’s never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart–and his future?

With emotional depth and keen insight into what drives us, Kellie Coates Gilbert offers a salient story that calls us to consider what we value most in this life.


This was an interesting read, being this is election year! Leta Breckenridge lands a excellent paying job at a public relations firm. What Leta didn’t know is that she would be used in ways that were very uncomfortable for her. Nathan Emerson may be in the next running race for governor of Texas, and he has just the right woman by his side to make his running complete. But then he meets Leta, and she is so different from anyone he’s ever met before. But two very different lifestyles at this point in Nathan’s life?

I have grown to love books written by Kellie Coates Gilbert, and each book keeps getting better.  Ms. Gilbert develops characters that are so very realistic and believable. As I read everything going on in this book, I had to ask myself; Does this really happen in real life? And I’m afraid my answer leans more toward yes that anything else. This story shows that lying, cheating, deceitfulness, always comes back to bite you.

I also loved the relationship Leta had with her mom. Even though her mom didn’t know how she was most of the time, Leta still needed her mom and they were so sweet together. I hope I have said enough to want you to read this book. I don’t want to give away any of the story, for me it ruins it when someone does that. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it. You will not be disappointed in this one. Or anything this author writes!

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.



Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at http://www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.

Missing by Lisa Harris, by Revell

by Lisa Harris



The Nikki Boyd Files

“A thrill ride from start to finish.”
RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick on Vendetta

Nikki Boyd isn’t usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant–and another dead body–Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business–including Nikki.

Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts you right into the action in this fast-paced thriller.


I am so much enjoying this series by Lisa Harris! The first book, Vendetta was a fast pace thriller that kept me on my toes the entire time I was reading it. And this second book, Missing is just as good, if not better. Missing Persons Special Task Force Agent Nikki Boyd is again tangled into a web of dangerous people that will do anything, including taking the lives of people that might disclose their secrets. And of course millions and millions of dollars is at stake. Nikki’s friend Tyler is pulled into the tangle as well. Tyler is the husband of Nikki’s friend who lost her life in the first book. Nikki and Tyler seem to spend a lot of time together with Tyler and Katie’s son Liam, and even though Nikki would love to have more than a friendly relationship with Tyler, he has no interest in dating anyone until he can make peace with losing his wife Katie.

When I see a new Lisa Harris book, I know it is going to be an awesome read, because she is such an amazing suspense writer. Missing is another fast pace action packed thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in a day, only putting it down when I absolutely had to. I feel in love with the well developed characters early on, I felt like I was living the story with them as I read the book. Each scene was so realistic, it was like reading about something in the newspaper. I love books that draw me in like that, and Ms. Harris does an amazing job of doing just that. If you enjoy suspense thrillers, you don’t want to miss this new book my Lisa Harris! And don’t forget to check out the first book, Vendetta, Go here for my review: https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/vendetta-by-lisa-harris-from-revell/

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.


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Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has sold over thirty novels and novella collections. Along with her husband, she and her three children have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice” (Proverbs 31:8).

When she’s not working, she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa, visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com. For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit http://www.theECHOproject.org.

Litfuse Presents A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson plus Precious Gems Giveaway

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A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

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Phoebe Von Bergen was so excited that she was going on her first trip to America with her father, but little did she know that this trip would change her life forever. As the story unfolds, so does the tension and dangers surrounding Phoebe’s life. And digging into family secrets enhances the dangers even further. Phoebe soon finds out that her father’s trip to America is more than just purchasing Sapphires for someone.

This is a story full of emotions and tension. Add to that the lies and secrets, deception and suspense and you have a wonderful and intriguing story written by author Tracie Peterson. The characters were believable and realistic and full of life. As the story develops the more intense it gets, and the more I couldn’t put it down. This is one of those books that I pick up and read until its finished. Even though we know who is doing what in the story, I kept wondering how it would end, and I didn’t figure this one out. The ending was pretty amazing. And that’s really all I want to say about this book. I hate giving away the plot, and if please watch when reading the review if you don’t want to know what happens.

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.

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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About the Book

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If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same…

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin.

Tossed into the role of rescuer, + must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread…once again.

She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she’s ever loved.

Can two people find each other through raging waters?



Through Raging Waters is the second book in the Snowy Range Chronicles Series by  Renee Blare. Though I read this book for the book tour, I also read Ms. Blare’s first book, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. Please scroll down to the end of this post for the review of this first book.

Melting snow caused by heavy rains is causing very dangerous flooding conditions in the small town of Timber Springs. While local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald is there to rescue the people of Timber Springs, he is also battling with a trouble past that he needs to come to terms with. Meanwhile, Melissa Hampton discovers disturbing information about her past but must put her mind to rescuing their small town first. Will two troubled people be able to save themselves and their small town?

I enjoyed reading Through Raging Waters, and though it can be read as a stand alone, it will benefit you to read the first book too. Through Raging Waters has so many characters, I found it easier to keep up with them because I had read book one. A lot happens in this book, the people of Timber Springs face a number of tragedies. It is sure a fast pace, action packed story. I encourage you to check out this sweet romance, and don’t forget to look for book one in the series as well.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours 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

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Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

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Guest Post from Renee Blare

I Wrote a Book

Five years ago, I wrote a book…and then I wrote another and another and another. Many said that the words flowed like a river onto the page. Or I painted a picture with letters. As for me? I simply write what I see so you can see it too. What about you? Do you want to write a book?

If so, there’s one thing I’d like you to know. A book’s like a child. It starts out small or simple with garbled language…often repetitive and indistinguishable. Kind of like when a baby babbles “dada” over and over. And then that moment comes when you rejoice because you hear him say “mama.” That’s the growth every book…writer…reader…yearns for.

Different stories float around inside an author’s mind, flowing in a way much like labor. Some authors plot, others don’t. And still others combine the process in a convoluted method. But like birth, no matter how the words eventually find their way to the page, the development of a book doesn’t stop with its first dawn. It takes time, energy, and growth.

Take my first release, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. Five years ago, I wrote it, my very first book, in three months. And it was awesome! I couldn’t believe it. God brought the plot together in a phenomenal way. But publication wasn’t the next step. I had a lot to learn before that could happen.

My latest release, Through Raging Waters is the example of a writer’s growth, but also her soul. I learned that I had to leave more than my knowledge and my heart on the page. I needed to leave a piece of my soul. When you read Paul’s struggles, you read mine. Melissa’s fear and confusion? Yes, they’re mine. The anger, the pain . . . the trials, the lessons learned are scriptural but also first-hand, taught by my Father.

Writing is more than a job. It’s more than a hobby. It’s sharing your knowledge, your hope with the world. So if you want to write a book. Do it. Then take that next step, and the next. You’ll get there. Oh, and I can’t wait to read it!

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July 19: Pause for Tales

July 20: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

July 21: Captive Dreams Window

July 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

July 22: Singing Librarian Books

July 23: A Reader’s Brain

July 24: A Greater Yes

July 24: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog

July 25: bigreadersite

July 25: Cassandra M’s Place


July 26: Splashes of Joy

July 27: Blossoms and Blessings

July 27: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

July 28: Daysong Reflections

July 29: Quiet Quilter

July 30: Texas Book-aholic

July 30: Lights in a Dark World

July 31: Bukwurmzzz

July 31: Through the Open Window

August 1: Carpe Diem


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To celebrate her tour, Renee is giving away a wonderful package that includes a $20 Cabelas gift card, a set of her series paperbacks (books 1 and 2), and fleece blanket. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9f08



To Soar on Eagle's Wings

About This Book

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season but the trouble follows him—straight to town.  Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.  He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before…


In ‘To Soar on Eagle’s Wings’ Rachel meets up with her brothers old roommate, Steve, and she is reminded of the crush she still has for him. Steve is the new game warden in the area and Rachel loves the outdoors and nature, so their paths are sure to cross in this small town.

Steve and Rachel are delightful characters, and I enjoyed their story. Though life wasn’t always easy for them, there were a lot of ups and downs, Ms. Blare does a nice job of keeping the story fast pace and interesting, keeping me interested in what was going to happen next. Rachel’s life is so much like that of the younger ladies in my family, liking the wildlife and the outdoors, I felt I could relate to her in a lot of ways. This is a fun and enjoyable story, one that I encourage you to read. And don’t forget the check out the second book in this series, Through Raging Waters.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my review. The opinions in this review are mine only.



Dance and be Glad by Melissa Wardwell plus Nice Giveaway


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About the Book

Jillian Matthews is a widowed mom and owner of a dance studio in a small farming community. When her husband died nine years ago in the desert of the Middle East, a piece of her died as well and she lost all joy in the day to day blessings. Tiny dancers and her daughter, Katie, are her main focus until an old flame, Michael Emerson, waltzes back into her life, awakening things she thought dead and gone.
Dr. Michael Emerson told himself he was happy with his bachelorhood after a messy divorce. He thought his life as an ER doctor and yearly missions work left no room for a wife and family. When tragedy strikes and he is left with an unforeseen situation, he must evaluate his life and make some major changes.



Dance and Be Glad follows two other books, of which I understand reading those two first would help understand this book better. But for me it was a really nice read as a stand alone. Jillian Matthews doesn’t have life very easy. The stress and emotions of being a widowed mom, taking care of her dance studio and her daughter doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else or anyone else. Dr. Michael Emerson was happy with his life as an ER doctor and mission work, leaving him no room for anyone else in his life. But then the two meet up again.

Melissa Wardwell writes a sweet romance that deals with issues people face every day. The death of a spouse, a messy divorce, throwing all of your time and energy into starting life over after your former life is ripped out from under you. Facing stressful situations and emotions that you don’t want to deal with. But then life can change, just as it does for these two characters. I enjoyed the way Ms. Wardwell develops interesting and intriguing characters that make the story fun and entertaining, and also shows that God can change out circumstances. This is truly a story of love, forgiveness and second chances. If you are looking for a nice, clean and fun summer read, I recommend Dance and Be Glad for you.

I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours 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

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I am an independently published author of Christian romance.
I wear many hats from one day to the next. I am a devoted wife, basketball and dance mother, teacher, taxi service, friend, caregiver, daughter, sister, and now, published author. Seeing all that is enough to make my head spin. But more importantly, I am the Daughter of the Most High King.

I was raised in and still reside in a little farm town in Mid- Michigan called Corunna. It’s quiet and simple, just the way I like it. If I can’t live out in the country among the corn fields and trees then living in this small town works for me. My husband and I have been together since high school and have 3 children, all of whom we homeschool. It has been quite the journey, but I couldn’t ask for a better life.

I decided to give writing a try because I needed something to occupy my down time, but after reading my first draft of my first book, What God Brings Together, I then understood that God had a much bigger plan. God does not give His children a desire just so that it can go to waste. I never anticipated the journey God would put me on through writing, but I am excited to see what He has in mind for the future.

I have always felt a call to reach out to women and mothers, to encourage them in their lives. So naturally, all my stories revolve around women who are mothers: single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of her own.

My greatest hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life. Lord, knows we have earned it.

Guest Post from Melissa Wardwell

When I wrote the first book in this series, “What God Brings Together”, it wasn’t supposed to become a series. It has seemed to have a mind of its own and is spiraling into other books.

You met Dr. Michael Emerson in the first book as the third wheel to Emma and Ryan’s crazy triangle. As soon as I finished it and read through it one last time, Mike’s character begged to have his own story. I felt bad giving such a nice guy a sad ending. So an idea formed for a story focused on him but it took me a while to decide on who his other half would be. I was sitting in front of the dance studio two of my kids attend, and it hit me. A Dance teacher and studio owner. From there the story went out of control- in a good way. The dance studio is the actual studio my kids dance at, and much of the descriptions of the location are the same as the space. The town is even the real town this studio is in. It is such a quiet place and I love it.

I live in the area this series takes place. The county has a funny name as it is a Native American name – Shiawassee. It is nothing but small towns and farm land. New Lothrop, the main location for this story, has a population of approx. 600. I spend many hours there because of dance and I have grown to love the quiet little farm town.

I like to bring light to actual business in some of my work, so when I chose to write in Infinity Dance Company I had to include the location. There is also a neat little coffee shop that I talk about in this book that is also an actual coffee shop.

I am all about promoting local business, so if I can plug a cool business in my books, I will.

You will see a bit more of another character from the first book, Tiffany, and you’ll get some insight into her story as well but you won’t get the full picture until the release of “I Know the Plans” which is set to come out no later than next spring – hopefully. I also introduce a new character in “Dance and Be Glad” whose story is heartbreaking but you won’t know much more until book four “Redeemed Through Grace” comes out in 2018.

“Dance and Be Glad” is about finding joy in the middle of uncertainty and the scary moments in life. We can let the sudden changes bring us down or we can look at them as an opportunity to learn something new. I have witnessed a lot of tragedy and sudden losses in my personal life to learn that God still has me in His hands even when I feel like my world is crumbling. My prayer is that each reader can have a similar revelation.

Blog Stops

July 12: Blossoms and Blessings

July 12: Debbie Dusty’s Deliberations

July 13: Carpe Diem

July 13: Cassandra M’s Place (Spotlight)

July 14: History, Mystery and Faith

July 14: Sue Stinnett

July 15: KarensKrayons

July 16: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

July 17: Petra’s Hope

July 17: Splashes of Joy

July 18: Blogging with Carol

July 19: Reviewing Novels Online

July 20: Faithfully Bookish

July 21: Jeanette’s Thoughts

July 22: Smiling Book Reviews

July 23: His Grace is Sufficient

July 24: Quiet Quilter

July 25: A Baker’s Perspective



To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away a wonderful package that includes a hand-crafted necklace. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9ec0

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