The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm


Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing

Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.
But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.
Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.
Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.


Early Pines has just been suspended from his detective job at the police station for punching someone in his small southwestern town of Paradise. Spending time alone was getting old, until and old friend invites him to a rodeo down in Old Mex. Early was more than ready to go, but he was not expecting the sidetrack they would have to take on their journey.

This is my first book by Buck Storm and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get use to his writing style, but I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. There are many twists and turns in this story, so when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist would happen and I was back to guessing. The characters were believable and likeable for the most part. I had trouble liking some of them but the gave the story a lot of flavor. If you haven’t read a Buck Storm story this would be a good place to start. This one is Four Stars for me.

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


Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed, award winning author and musician. His novels have made friends around the world.

The Gentleman Spy & The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch

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by Erica Vetsch

He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for lifeWhen his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?


I was excited to read and review The Gentleman Spy! I love the first book in the Serendipity & Secrets series. I do feel that book one, The Lost Lieutenant should be read before you read this one. Even though the main characters are different and the plot is different, you will get the full impact of the story so much more reading them in order. That said, let’s get on with the review! 

I haven’t read anything from the author before reading this series, and I will say, I will surely be looking for more books from Erica Vetsch in the future. I love stories with a Regency setting, and this one is Fabulous! I enjoyed getting to know Marcus in the first book, and Charlotte was a delight getting to know. I love her spunk! And I even like her attitude toward her Father, despite how a high society lady is suppose to act! As Charlotte’s character developed throughout the story, my respect for her grew even more. Marcus is a nice guy but her really gets on my nerves about how he treats Charlotte. It seemed she was getting the treatment every way she turned. Ms. Vetsch has her work cut out for her trying to tackle these men, and a spunky young lady with a mind of her own. And this is not all that’s going on in this story. Many twists and turns take this story in several directions. And I love the way this author weaves all of these issues together and creates an amazing ending. And I have to mention the way she shows the faith of these characters in such a subtle way, that everyone will find it more enjoyable and entertaining to read. If you are a Regency type person as I am, you will love this story. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it for yourself.

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





He’s doing what he can to save the Prince Regent’s life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well?

Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.


The Lost Lieutenant is the first book in the Serendipity & Secrets series. I love this book. Evan never dreamed or wanted to be in the situation he is in, owning a mansion, having the title of an Earl, and especially being married to a stranger. 

As difficult as this relationship is between Evan and his new wife, the story is so interesting to read. Diana stole my heart from the beginning! Her dad and brother has just been evil to her, and now they had no day over her. And I was never so glad. Both Diana and Evan we in a situation they didn’t ask for, but I was cheering them on all along. And hoping they would be as good for each other as it seemed. This book and book 2, you can read my review above this, is the only books I have read from author Erica Vetsch, and I am wanting more from this author and will surely be looking for other books by her. If you enjoy books written about the famous Regency era, you will love this one!

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




Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

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A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff plus GIVEAWAY

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  • Series: A Shepherd Suspense Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 15, 2019)
  • Language: English
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John Cross is a small-town pastor, bent on leading his flock to follow God’s calling. He’s not the sort of man one would expect to have a checkered past.

But the truth is that the man behind the pulpit preaching to his sheep was once a wolf–an assassin for the CIA. When John decided to follow Christ, he put that work behind him, determined to pay penance for all the lives he took. He vowed never to kill again.

Now someone wants the peaceful pastor to pay for his sins with his own life. And when a terrorist out for revenge walks into the church, John’s secrets are laid bare. Confronted with his past, he must face his demons and discover whether a man can truly change. Can he keep his vow–even when the people he loves are in mortal danger? Will his congregation and the brave woman he’s learning to care for be caught in the cross fire? In the end, his death may be the only sacrifice he has left to offer . . .

Andrew Huff’s thrilling debut is not only a riveting story of suspense, it’s also a deep exploration of the moral quandaries that face those who choose to follow the Prince of Peace in a violent world.


As this book begin, Christine is in the hot seat, ready and waiting to be executed, but John comes to the rescue, a rescue that doesn’t go as  planned, but he is still determined to save her. And so the journey begins.

And Wow, what a debut novel for author Andrew Huff. I was on the edge of my seat after the first page, and stayed there until this book ended. Scene after scene there is so much going on here in this book. And the details are amazing. The characters were so well developed from the beginning. With John’s character,  being an undercover agent for the CIA, being on the run wasn’t new to him, he knew exactly what to do. For me it was so much fun reading this story. I love suspense, and if this is a genre you enjoy, I highly recommend A Cross to Kill. And the title is very clever as well!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Click here to read an excerpt.



Andrew Huff-1Andrew Huff spent 10 years in local church ministry before pursuing God’s calling into creative storytelling and media production as the Product Director at Igniter Media, a church media company ( He is a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014 & 2017) and also won the Best Screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Religion degree from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He resides in North Texas with his beautiful wife Jae and their two boys.
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An Interview with Andrew Huff,

Author of A Cross to Kill

Q: A Cross to Kill is your first book release. Tell us about your journey to become an author.

A: Storytelling is something that’s been a part of my life since an early age, though I wasn’t convinced I could actually be an author until much later in life. I would write stories every day using toys, sometimes turning those stories into drawings, and on occasion, writing ideas down. I spent my high school years telling stories through video, even helping develop narrative projects with my home church. Yet I still wasn’t motivated to sit down and attempt to write something longer than a five-minute screenplay. That changed right around the time I finished college.

I was an avid reader growing up, and after finishing my undergraduate degree, I started consuming full length mystery/suspense novels. The problem I ran into was that many of the authors I enjoyed did not hold to the same worldview or values that I did. And whenever I found a thriller that did, I was often left wanting. So, I decided if I couldn’t find the type of book I wanted to read, then I should try to write it. It took many years of learning the craft and discovering the right story before I was able to sit down and not only start, but successfully finish, a full length, action-packed, suspense story that I was ready to share with readers.

Q: Introduce us to your new series, and specifically A Cross to Kill. What inspired the story?

A: I love letting real-life events inspire fiction, and my new series is no exception. When I first started developing the storyline, there were a handful of high-profile executions of journalists at the hands of terrorists overseas. What made these executions unique to this era was the fact that videos of the killings were spread across the internet. As these tragic events were taking place, I found myself wishing someone had intervened. Thus, the rescue attempt at the beginning of A Cross to Kill was born.

The other aspect of real-life that inspired the story was my own experience in ministry and the reality of how unique that calling is in the life of a person. I not only spent time in local church ministry myself, but my father was also a small country church pastor during my early elementary years. I loved the idea of capturing the fish-out-of- water experience of someone who did a very different job finding themselves learning what it means to spiritually care for a group of people. I also have to admit, I’m greatly inspired by the thrills of such action franchises as Mission: Impossible, Jason Bourne, and James Bond. I want my series to take the Bible and the Church seriously while offering the same kind of jaw-dropping action those novels and films excel at.

Q: The main character, John Cross, is a small-town pastor with a top secret past the members of his church would find hard to believe. What are some of things John left behind in his former life?

A: John didn’t just leave behind a past filled with poor choices and immoral behavior. Almost immediately, we get a sense that he performed actions in his role with the CIA and on behalf of his country that he is unable to forgive himself for. At a key moment in the story, we discover that John’s marksmanship was put to use by his superiors in unpleasant ways. You’ll have to read the book for all the details, but what I can say is John can’t help but evaluate his actions through a rigid view of Scripture, and as a result he’s struggling to believe God could truly forgive him.

What I find interesting is the theological question surrounding his previous life that he’s finding himself at odds with. Is the taking of a human life ever justifiable? There’s much to unpack with that question, but when we first meet John, he’s not yet taken the deep plunge into his theological training, and therefore, has very black and white opinions on complicated issues. This creates a conflict within him as he struggles to cope with the memories of his time with CIA and strive to live under the forgiveness of God in Christ.

Q: What events led up to John finding and following Christ?

A: John’s conversion has already happened when A Cross to Kill begins, but later in the book we get to hear his version of it. It’s a rather unconventional story, but that’s what I like about it. The fact that his conversion happens while he’s on assignment is such a great picture of the two competing forces in his life, that of his ingrained training and his newfound commitment to Christianity.

The short version is that after performing operations of a lethal nature with the CIA for so long, John lost his sense of humanity. While tracking a target in Spain, he ends up in a cathedral during a Catholic service. Unable to understand the liturgy, he still found himself drawn to the religious symbols. Compelled to know more about the man hanging from the cross, he forgot about his target, found an English Bible at a local shop, and devoted himself to knowing more. While everyone’s story is different, John’s story is one of God reaching down with an irresistible draw to set aside an undeserving man for His great purpose.

Q: What are some of the faith struggles that John faces along the way that readers can identify with?

A: I know there are faith struggles John faces that readers can identify with because they are ones I struggle with even to this day! For one, John can’t seem to shake loose from past habits and hang-ups. Sometimes those habits can be used for good, but more often than not, John finds himself fighting to walk in faith and love and not let his flesh take control when things go awry. Much of the Christian life is about this same battle. I am at constant odds with the desires of my flesh, and at times, I have sympathized with the ancient monks who punished themselves to try and defeat their own impulses (a practice called flagellation, and one which John has adapted in his own way).

Another faith struggle that I know many readers can identify with is the difficulty of accepting God’s forgiveness for not only the sins we’ve committed in the past, but the sins we will commit in the future. John struggles to believe God could forgive him for what he did while in the employ of the CIA, and that affects his ability to pass forgiveness on to others. This is something I, myself, have also found difficult. It’s not hard to believe God might forgive a single mistake here and there, but after failing again and again and again, it’s easy to expect a limit to God’s forgiveness. That’s when we can become trapped in the erroneous belief that faith is not enough, and we must work to retain God’s favor.

Q: Writers usually write what they know. Is there any of you in John Cross?

A: If there was, I wouldn’t be allowed to tell you. Just kidding! The more exciting aspects of John’s story are nothing like mine, and I only wish I had half of his intuition and skill. It is true, however, that writers usually write what they know, and I’m no exception. The part of me in John Cross is less the man and more the day-to-day experience in local church ministry.

When I wrote A Cross to Kill, I was on staff with a Southern Baptist church in Central Virginia, though a much larger church than Rural Grove. So much of what John experiences with the church and its members is based on real experiences that I drew from during my time on a church staff as well as from growing up as a preacher’s kid in rural Tennessee churches. The congregants we get to know are not based on individuals as much as an amalgamation of wonderful people I had the opportunity to get to know through the years.

Q: The book description states that A Cross to Kill is not only a riveting story of suspense, it’s also a deep exploration of the moral quandaries that face those who choose to follow the Prince of Peace in a violent world. Can we talk more about the moral quandaries?

A: A big moral quandary John faces, and I believe many of us wrestle with, is whether there is any legitimate justification for the taking of the life of another person. Is it ever right to kill another person? The Scripture could not be clearer that we are not to murder, and Jesus goes further by condemning any hateful thought toward a fellow human. There is much more Scripture to consider on the issue, but the answer to the question is not cut and dry.

The debate always seems to yield the same “yes,” “no,” and “sometimes,” answers. I didn’t want to try and provide a rigid response one way or the other in the novel, but I did wanted the characters to wrestle with the question and answers. Naturally, they probably wouldn’t ultimately agree. But for John in particular, what the characters decide, would drive the decisions they make when faced with danger. This is what we have to understand about the issue ourselves: If we believe Scripture gives a clear answer, whatever answer that might be, we must be prepared to let that answer influence how we respond to particular situations and issues regardless of how unconventional and perhaps even countercultural that may be.

Q: Is it possible to truly put our pasts behind us? How should we respond when our previous mistakes and decisions don’t stay in the past?

A: I don’t believe it’s possible to truly put our pasts behind us, and I don’t think that’s ever been God’s intention. We see many times in the Scriptures how God seeks to remind His people not only of the good they’ve experienced, but also the bad. The past is not meant to be forgotten, but to shape our response today. And that can be both the pleasant memories as well as the painful regrets we carry from before.

When we remember God’s goodness in our past, it is cause for celebration and worship. In much the same way, when our previous mistakes and decisions come back into our present, it is a moment for us to acknowledge how God continues to be good in the midst of a broken world. We see His goodness in the fact that those mistakes are still covered by the blood of Jesus Christ and there’s nothing we did then or could even do now to change that. When our past mistakes return and remind others of pain we may have caused, it’s important to not only acknowledge God’s grace and mercy but also seek reconciliation and restoration to the best of our ability. Ultimately, when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He is faithful to do a work in us and in others so that even in our shortcomings, He can be glorified.

Q: Without giving away too much, what can readers expect as the Shepherd Suspense series continues?

A: I’m so excited to continue the story with these characters, and I can’t wait for readers to pick up the next books in the series. One thing that is true about the Christian life is that it is a life-long pursuit of Christlikeness includes many ups and downs. We won’t find our sanctification complete this side of heaven, and so neither will my characters!

For John, he may have crossed a hurdle with accepting God’s forgiveness for his past, but that doesn’t mean he’s dealt with every decision he’s made leading up to becoming the pastor of Rural Grove Baptist Church. And John’s not the only one with a complicated past. The thing I’m most excited about sharing is the action-packed twists and turns that promise to keep the characters on their heels and the readers up past their bedtimes.

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A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh By Carolyn Miller

A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh 


Carolyn Miller




Can a very proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?

As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society—and she’s always followed them precisely. It’s simply the way things are done in her world. When she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. She is suddenly confronted by questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith—and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance.

Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged by both his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness is becoming more desperate and her care grows more demanding. Adding a proper Viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected—especially since he has a secret that demands he stays far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret is set to be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have managed to build be strong enough to overcome their differences—or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other end up tearing three lives apart?


Caroline Hatherleigh knows her way around in the realm of society, after all she a viscounts daughter, and her actions shows that of someone who has been raised around a wealthy atmosphere. She thinks of no one but herself, she’s rude, doesn’t care how she acts. She reminds me of a big annoying brat! Thinking she needs a husband and not liking the guy she’s been hanging around, her mother sends her to south Devonshire, which is the best move her mom could have made! 

Gideon Kirby is a scientist who loves hunting down fossils and trying to figure out the past. But Gideon’s main thing is taking care of his loving sister who has a chronic illness. 

This is such an amazing story! I love the characters, and how each one develops so well as they play out the parts in the story. I love how Gideon takes such special care of his sister, doing whatever he need to do to take care of her. And then when Ms. Hatherleigh comes into the picture, she has such a sweet friendship with Emma. And her reaction to Gideon was awesome! Carolyn Hatherleigh changes from the brat she was to someone very different. I love the way Ms. Miller so expertly makes the changes in Carolyn’s life, and even showing times of her going back to her old self, but she turns out to be a likable person as she continues to change. I feel this is a very well researched and well written story, and I love how this author weaves the Christian life into the lives of her characters. When I finished reading this book, I had a warm feeling for these characters because of the Christian living so evenly written within the pages.  I love, love Carolyn Miller’s books and this one did not disappoint! I highly recommend this sweet Regency read to those loving this genre! 

I received this book from Kregel 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.




I’m an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with my husband and four children. I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. I really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love. I am represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency.

Winning Miss Winthrop


“A touching, charming tale of love won and lost and won again. . . . Brings the Regency period to vivid life.”
—Julianna Deering, author of the Drew Farthering Mysteries

Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop’s heart rejected her–and she’s never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn’t her heart he’s taking, it’s her home and her family’s good name.

Jonathan Carlew’s serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago–and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England’s royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters–or appearances by their old favorites.

“Fans of Christian Regency romances by Sarah Ladd, Sarah Eden, and Michelle Griep will adore Carolyn Miller’s books!”
–Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Everstone Chronicles.



This is the first book I’ve read of Carolyn Millers, and it definitely won’t be the last. This first story in the Regency Brides Series centers around Carherine Winthrop and someone who broke her heart many years ago. Jonathan Carlew is back in the picture, only this time it is to take the home of Catherine and her family after the loss of their dad. Tension flies around the house as the new Lord Winthrop takes over, bringing his snooty mother with him. I can’t say that I like the new Lord Winthrop’s mother, but what’s a book without a snooty, know it all character!

This is an amazing and fun story to read. I did feel bad for Catherine and her sister, but their mom is just too needy! She needs to get over living off every else’s money and accept life as it is for her. But sadly that won’t happen. She has lived her lifestyle too long to change.  I did enjoy Catherine and Jon and their tension and their relationship, so as it was, throughout the story. Jonathan is a good man, one that everyone it after because of his money. But though he is generous, he is also very businesslike and level headed with money. I enjoyed all of the characters, and how well they developed throughout the story. Ms. Miller does an amazing job of weaving everything together in the end.

All in all, I loved this Regency story of love and restoration! And I can’t wait for the next story in this series, Miss Serena’s story. I received this book from Kregel Publishers 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 255.



Hi, I’m Carolyn Miller, author of ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’.

I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

I’m married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre – funny, that!).

My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.

I hope you enjoy reading my novels. Thanks for stopping by!

Litfuse Presents A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel by..Andrea Boeshaar

Litfuse Presents A Thousand Shall Fall:
A Civil War Novel 
by..Andrea Boeshaar


A Thousand Shall FallA Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel (Kregel, November 2015)

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

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Strong willed Carrie Ann Bell decides to change her appearance and take off looking for her sister that ran away. With the war going on, this was not a smart move for Carrie, and when she was arrested by Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, well she realizes her fears of the Yankee’s is quite real. As the story develops, Carrie faces difficult situations that rips her world apart. When her childhood friend Joshua shows up as a spy, what will Carrie do? Can she trust the Colonel, a man she has become attracted to, or will she be loyal to her longtime friend? For me, the story starts out slow and it takes me a while to really get into it. This is unusual for a Andrea Boeshaar book because I love her books! I loved the setting being in the Shenandoah Valley, a place I have been to many time. The book seemed more real for me, knowing the setting. I grew to love the realistic characters, and the history in this book is amazing. A history buff would sure love reading this historical fiction! A story that I recommend, especially to those who enjoy historical fiction!

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

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

Kregel presents….Deeper Than Red: A Novel by Sue Duffy

Deeper Than Red:

A Novel by Sue Duffy

deeper than red

Twenty-year-old Tally Greyson isn’t consumed with her own education, social life, or career goals like most young women her age. Instead, she’s trying to save her mother from the grasp of a seductive cult. What Tally doesn’t realize is that in this community, there’s a far greater danger than any she can imagine–and she and her mother aren’t the only ones in its sights. There are plots brewing here that will threaten the fate of the world.

Concert pianist Liesl Bower has put her own dangerous past behind her, and in her Charleston family home, surrounded by those who love her, she’s preparing for a world concert tour with her dear friend, violinist Max Morozov. She thinks she’s safe; the man who tried to kill her is dead, his coconspirators have been rounded up, and no one knows she had anything to do with saving the world from a new revolution.

That is, until a world leader is assassinated on the other side of the globe, setting events into motion that could kill the U.S. president, destroy Washington–and take everything and everyone Liesl loves with it. A madman is at the controls now. Even with the backup of the CIA and the dubious protection of a former KGB agent, this time they may all be too late. The heart-pounding final book in the Red Returning trilogy, Deeper Than Red goes further into the world of espionage and action than ever before, delving into the very worst powers of darkness, and pitting them against the light of faith, love, and forgiveness.



Deeper Than Red deals with a lot of different situations, and when you start reading, it is very difficult to put down. I found the terrorism against the US, and all of the difficulties that came with it to be a very interesting and different story to read. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout Deeper Than Red, which I loved! By the time I thought I had one thing figured out there was another twist to the story that triggered by imagination! I have to admit that the scenes that took place at an occult spiritualist camp were a little different for me, because I just don’t like reading about stuff like that, but all in all, the author did a good job of describing it in a way that I could better understand! But truly the thing that I appreciated about the story was the way the author weaves together the need to trust God in the mist of our difficulties and struggles. If you enjoy a good suspenseful book to read, you will enjoy this one by Sue Duffy.

I received this book from Kregel Publishers 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 Miting by Dee Yoder from Kregel Publishing

The Miting

by Dee Yoder

the miting



Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and . . . most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home.

In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined.

The miting—shunning—that will now be Leah’s unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?




This is an amazing story! Leah grew up Amish, but she had so many questions about the Amish faith, and the ordnung, and the strict rules the Bishop made their community abide by. Should she stay Amish, or should she see what the Englisch world was all about? Then Leah finds out about a couple who actually helps Amish leave the Amish faith, and she was very interested in a Bible Study they have in their home. She slips and goes to one of the meetings, and when her father finds out, he demands she stay away from this couple. And as the story unfolds, it is heartbreaking at what happens, and how her family reacts.

I have to say this is the first book I’ve ever read about a ministry for those leaving the Old Order Amish Faith! I really felt for Leah because she wanted to follow the Bible and what it says, but her father, the Bishop and the other pastors of the Old Amish community demanded that the devil was taking over her life and demanded she repent of reading her Bible and the life she was living.

I have read many Amish fiction, and it seems the men of the Old Order Amish are so rude and hateful. And to be people who lived so strickly, these men sure do show a lot of true anger. It is evident that there is an anger control problem. I know they act this way to try to scare or force their members to follow their orders. And these leaders and this father went even beyond this anger, something else I had never read about. Thankfully in this story Leah had an Amish boyfriend that was willing to stay by her side, no matter what. But in real life, what would happen to a person that didn’t have additional help? It give me chills, and not in a good way!

I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to read. This is Old Order Amish in reality. I appreciate Dee Yoder for writing this book, and I look forward to more from her in the future. I have listed several site in this review that I hope you visit, and I will add this one again so you can check out this ministry for yourself.

Mission to Amish People

I received this book from Kregel Publishers and the author Dee Yoder  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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Dee Yoder’s fiction is based on the lives of her former-Amish friends. She is actively involved in the Mission to Amish People ministry as a mentor, volunteer, and author. In addition to writing over eighty short stories, her coming-of-age novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity, won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011. Dee lives in central Ohio.

And to find out more about The Miting, and the ministry for those leaving the Amish faith, here is some awesome information you will want to read!



Candle Bible Handbook from Kregel

Candle Bible Handbook

from Kregel

candle BIble handbook

Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.



This is a really neat Bible handbook from Kregel Publishers. The Candle Bible Handbook is for 8 to 12 year olds and would be an awesome addition to their library, because it can be a wonderful study tool for your child to use while reading the Bible or reading Bible stories. There are many things to help with Bible study including study questions, tips to watch for when reading, an outline an description of the book, along with a little box with important information. And you will also find a section with Big ideas in the Bible, Bible Promises, Fifty very important passages in the Bible and Who’s Who in the Bible. And of course this is just a touch of what you will find in this neat handbook.

I really like this book that will be an additional study tool when studying the Bible. I found it interesting myself as I read through it and went over the different things added to help study. If you have kids in this age group, or I think even teenagers would like this, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Candle Bible Handbook. You will find it very informative and interesting.

I rec’d a copy of this book from Kregel to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. I was not required or expected to write a positive review.



Kregel Publishers presetns The Vicar’s Wife by Katharine Swartz


The Vicar’s Wife

By Katharine Swartz




About the book:

A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women’s rights, but her fourteen-year-old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.
The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew’s new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?
Putting on a brave face for the family, Jane tackles renovating the rambling, drafty old house. When she finds a scrap of a very old shopping list, she grows curious about Alice, the vicar’s wife who lived there years before.
As the twin narratives unfold–of Jane in the present and Alice in the 1930s–we discover that both are on a journey to discover their true selves, and to address their deepest fears.
The Vicar’s Wife is a story between two women, very different, yet alike in some ways. Jane was lonely after her family’s move to an old vicarage in a small village on the coast of the Cumbrian in England. She missed her friends back in New York, but her husband was thrilled to be back home in England. When Jane found an old shopping list in the house, she is curious about the lady who wrote the list, and what happened with her.
This was an interesting and intriguing story about a Jane, and the lady from the past, Alice, who lived in this old house years ago. As the story unfolds, the journey of both ladies showed that both were looking for the same things in life, to find out about themselves. The author did a wonderful job going back and forth between the lives of both Jane and Alice. She weaves the stories together in a unique way so readers could understand where the plot was going. The setting was beautiful, and I really enjoyed the detailed way Ms Swartz described every scene. There are more books in this series, which I plan to  read as well. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of The Vicar’s Wife for your reading enjoyment. You will be delighted with this read! And I encourage you to check out the other books by Katharine Swartz.
I received this book from Kregel Publishers. 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

Peril by Jordon Redwood from Kregel Publishers


by Jordon Redwood

from Kregel Publishers



Dr. Thomas Reeves is at the pinnacle of his career. The Department of Defense has awarded him a lucrative contract for his new research into superior autobiographical memory, which promises the ability to create combat troops able to quickly learn complex battle plans and enact them perfectly under the most demanding battlefield scenarios.

An elite unit has received neural grafts from fetal cadavers of genetically altered brain cells with enhanced NMDA receptors. The results are remarkable . . . until the recipients begin suffering hallucinations, nightmares, paralysis, . . . and death. Dr. Reeves searches for answers, but DOD insiders want him to stop the search.

The situation becomes public when pediatric ICU nurse Morgan Adams, Dr. Reeves’s daughter, is taken hostage by three research subjects in an attempt to force Dr. Reeves into disclosing why they are sick. If answers aren’t revealed within twenty-four hours, patients in the pediatric ICU will be killed.

This spine-tingling conclusion to the Bloodline Trilogy raises spiritual and ethical dilemmas torn directly out of today’s headlines. When does life begin? How far does commitment to family go? And can the sins of the father ever be forgiven?



Jordon Redwood is one awesome suspense author! I love this series and what an awesome series in this Bloodline Trilogy! I love the creative characters, and even though I’ve never had a job dealing with anything medical, I love medical suspense. And Jordon Redwood did an fantastic job of so vividly describing the medical scenes and issues throughout this book. And the suspense! Wow! There are so many twists and turns you will not put this book down until you finish the last page, because you will just have to find out who did what!!! I loved it!

If you enjoy fast pace suspense thrillers, this is a must for you!  I received this book from the publisher Kregel 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.




Jordyn Redwood

Short Biography: Jordyn Redwood has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for seventeen years. A member of both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Christian Fiction Writers association, Jordyn lives in Colorado.

Litfuse Presents….The Bargin by Stephanie Reed…PLUS Kindle Fire Giveaway

Litfuse Presents….

The Bargin

by Stephanie Reed




The Bargain


Book one in the Plain City Peace series.

It’s 1971, and Betsie Troyer’s peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but.

When their parents flee the Amish, nineteen-year-old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sadie are distraught. Under the dubious guidance of a doting aunt, the girls struggle to keep the secret, praying their parents will return before anyone learns the truth—a truth that may end all hopes of Betsie’s marriage to Charley Yoder.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Stephanie’s website.



The Bargin is not just another Amish Fiction! It is an Amish fiction with a twist like I haven’t read before, the setting being in the Vietnam War. I loved the history weaved into the book about this era, and especially since I was old enough during that time to remember a lot about the war and the friends I had who fought in it. Betsy’s story was interesting, with her family living as Englisch. This story brought back a lot of memories of when I was growing up, and that I did enjoy very much! It was so interesting because back then, we did really live plain, or so it seems like that now. I really did love the setting, and the story.

Stephanie Reed is a fairly new author for me, so I was excited to review an Amish fiction from a different author. Ms. Reed created characters that were enjoyable and believable, giving readers a real feel of life in the early 1970’s. If you enjoy Amish, you will love this one. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is for you too! So why not put the two together and check out this new book from Stephanie Reed. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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.






Stephanie Reed

Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio, as she did for her previous books, “Across the Wide River” and “The Light Across the River.”




Stephanie L. Reed is celebrating the release of The Bargain, the first book in her new series, Plain City Peace, with a Kindle Fire ‘Bargain Bundle’ giveaway!



One winner will receive a ‘Bargain Bundle’:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

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Wounded Women of the Bible…Finding Hope When Life Hurts…By Dena Dyer and Tina Samples

Wounded Women of the Bible

Finding Hope When Life Hurts
By Dena Dyer and Tina Samples


About the book: 

Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes, or spiritual failures-whatever the issue, the wounds are the same.

Whether it’s a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of the women’s ministry leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your church’s care circle chairwoman; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group-the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating.

Dena Dyer and Tina Samples get it. They have their own stories of pain before healing-along with similar experiences of their families and friends. Offering more than pat affirmations or vicarious shoulders to cry on, Dena and Tina delve deep into the shared emotions and injuries that women of all ages have in common-and move readers toward the recovery and healing that only God can provide.

No matter what hurts you’ve experienced, Wounded Women of the Bible proves that God understands and that healing is not only His intention but His delight!


Reading this book clearly shows that women have always experienced hurt in some way. Authors Dena Dyer and Tina Samples’ Wounded Women of the Bible gives ladies an inside look at more than a dozen women throughout Bible time and the hurts and difficulties they faced. We read the stories  of Dinah, Ruth, Hagar, Ichabod’s Mother, Mary and Martha, and others, getting to know they ladies in a really interesting and unique way.

Finding Hope When Life Hurts is truly what we learned from this book through the lives of each of these ladies. Dena Dyer and Tina Samples leave nothing out as they study and explore what the Bible says. I also appreciate the authors opening their own lives and showing the hurts and struggles they have faced in their lives. To me, this makes the book even more special because we are not only getting truths from the Bible, we are getting truths from real people’s lives.

I received this book from the publisher Kregel 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.

Rainbows for Rainy Days by Catherine Campbell from Kregel

Rainbows for Rainy Days

  by Catherine Campbell



40 short devotions on the different aspects of God’s love in hard times

Catherine Campbell’s experience as a nurse and as the mother of two girls who both inherited a rare genetic condition that required constant care until their deaths at ages 10 and 13 has given her a unique insight into suffering. As an inspirational speaker, she frequently encounters people with tragic stories. And yet she believes that God is Lord and that in both good times and bad, He is always good.

Isaiah 40:31 says, that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” Campbell comments:

How often have you wakened in the morning knowing that the problem, or the pain, or the unpaid bill has not disappeared? We worry and fret ourselves into exhaustion. Yet God has promised us endurance.

The great eagle cannot reach the heights merely by its own strength. As it spreads its impressive wings the bird allows the wind to carry it to places no other bird can go. This kind of flying appears effortless because the eagle trusts in a power bigger than itself . . . the wind!

In this unique devotional, Catherine examines different aspects of God’s love for those times when life gets hard. Perfect for anyone needing encouragement in difficult times, Rainbows for Rainy Days gently shows readers how to turn pain over to Him.



Rainbows for Rainy Days is an awesome little devotional written for you when you find yourself going through those difficult times that get us down. Each of the forty devotions in this book deal with all kinds of situations, with one that is sure do help you at one time or another. I found the devotions simple and easy to read, yet powerfully encouraging and helpful. Each one is short, with beautiful peaceful and calming pictures throughout the book.

We all have rainy days in our lives, some more difficult than others, therefore every one of us can benefit from Catherine Campbell’s book Rainbows for Rainy Day. For me, each devotion had a special message for me because of the difficult situations our family has been facing. I found encouragement in verses like Proverbs 3:5 & 6 that says to “Trust in the Lord with all our hearts;” Exodus 33:14 that says, “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest;” and Luke 1:37 which says “For nothing is impossible with God.” And this is just a taste of what this book is about.

I love everything about this book! The book is full of truths and promises from God’s Word that I can always go to for encouragement. And the beauty of the book is breathtaking. The cover is strikingly beautiful, the colors are calming and peaceful, and the pictures inside will have you sitting and taking them in for a long time. I really want to encourage you to purchase a copy of this wonderful devotional for yourself. You will not be disappointed, I assure you. And it makes a beautiful book for your coffee table, which is just where mine is!

I received this book from the publisher Kregel 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

Catherine Campbell’s experience as a nurse and as the mother of two girls who both inherited a rare genetic condition that required constant care until their deaths at ages 10 and 13 has given her a unique insight into suffering. As an inspirational speaker, she frequently encounters people with tragic stories. And yet she believes that God is Lord and that in both good times and bad, He is always good.

Red Dawn Rising

(Red Returning Trilogy #2)

By author: Sue Duffy  Binding: Paperback   ISBN: 978-0-8254-4266-7  Price: $14.99  Availability: In stock

Twenty-seven-year-old Cass Rodino is a hardworking, dedicated set designer on Broadway. But, like the actors who take the stage every night, she is masking a different reality.

Evgeny Kozlov has secrets of his own. As Cass and Evgeny separately set out to save Liesl from an impending doom, both are hurled into a fierce CIA/FBI dragnet, not knowing that their formidable opponent—a most unlikely predator—is already closing in on them.

Book 2 of the Red Returning Trilogy, Red Dawn Rising mixes suspense, action, and romance in a tale of personal tragedy and triumph that will keep readers pivoting between the evil desires of world powers and the redeeming powers of personal faith, life, and love.


Red Dawn Rising continues the story of Ms. Duffy’s first book in this series, The Sound of Red Returning. I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense/spy story, and was hooked after a few chapters. There’s so much going on in this story it is impossible to touch on it all, so I will just say, this book is an awesome fast pace, action packed thriller that you will not want to miss out on. Sue Duffy is a wonderful and unique story teller and I look forward to the next book in this series.

If you are a fast pace thriller person, this book is a must for you, so ran out an grab your copy today! You will not be disappointed!

I received this book from the publisher Kregel
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


Unholy Hunger by Heather James



About this book

Evelyn Barrett wants to die. As long as her daughter’s murderer dies with her, she is ready to go. Why did this man–this stranger–destroy her family? Why has he not been brought to justice? Why is she forced to live a life of anger and grief? Amid a million questions she cannot answer, Evelyn knows one thing for sure: this murderer must be punished for his crime.Before it all, she was a successful attorney who won all the hard cases. Now that the case is personal, Evelyn will stop at nothing to seek her own version of justice. When another girl goes missing, Evelyn plows forward, ignoring the warnings from police detectives, the pleas of her grief-stricken husband, and the strange, almost supernatural tingles that tug at her. But as she follows the stench of evil, Evelyn learns that the hardest thing she will have to face may not be the death of her child after all. Perhaps the harder lesson is this: the ultimate truth–of crime and verdict, of life and death–cannot be swayed by a mother’s revenge.

In this first book of a new, page-turning series, a woman will be brought to her limits before she finally recognizes the movement of the Holy Spirit and reconnects with the source of true peace.



Unholy Hunger is not an easy book to read, nor is it a light read because it deals with difficult situations. Situations such as abduction, murder, child molesting and abuse, makes this one of the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve ever read. But it is a book I couldn’t put down after I started reading it. In her debut novel, Heather James clearly shows her expert writing skills by choosing a story with a difficult situation, abuse and murder of innocent children. My heart was breaking as I read Evelyn Barrett’s story of loosing her daughter.


This book is for those who love thrillers, with a little horror at times because of what happens. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Unholy Hunger to read for yourself.


A copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.



Heather James is a practicing attorney and contributing columnist for the Bakersfield Californian newspaper, where she writes on marriage, family, and parenting matters. This is her first novel.

When A Woman You Love Was Abused



About the Book:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of childhood abuse victims later suffer from at least one abuse-induced psychological disorder. It’s proven that the effects of childhood abuse follow women into adulthood. Yet few men are prepared to deal with those effects, even when their own wife is the one who is suffering. And their wife’s suffering becomes their own suffering as their needs aren’t being met by a wife who is powerless to control her inner turmoil.

Author, pastor, and survivor Dawn Scott Jones candidly shares her own abuse experience to help husbands understand the varied emotions, fears, distorted thoughts, and triggers that hold their wives captive. In practical and accessible language, Jones explains the stages of the healing journey (processing denial, asking for help, grieving, expressing anger, learning to forgive, and finding resolution). Building on that knowledge, Jones then moves to an honest discussion of what husbands can do to help. Whether it’s creating a healing environment, understanding the need for control, building trust, or even just praying for healing, a husband plays an active role in helping his wife survive and thrive despite her past abuse.
Offering hope for a healthy marriage relationship, When a Woman You Love Was Abused answers the questions men have and offers the advice they need to help their wives finally find peace.
This is a book written by someone who knows. And Dawn Scott Jones writes this book to husbands of women who have been sexually abused, teaching them how to cope, deal with situations, and learn what an abusive woman is like. With the help of this book, husband and wives can work through the difficult situations dealing wtih abusive behavior at early ages in womens lives. I am blessed that I never had to deal with such as this, but I do appreciate people like this author that is willing to tell her story in order to help others. What a blessing that God is using Ms. Jones in mighty ways to help women of all ages and their husbands.
What a wonderful book for husband who have wives dealing with these issues. This book is a must for you to read and keep. I strongly encourage anyone that has dealt with sexually abuse to grab a copy of this book.

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher Kregel through LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Link to buy the book:

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Meet Dawn:
For over twenty years God has graciously used Dawn to touch the lives of people through her affecting personal testimony, her humor, and her writing. Dawn’s past challenges have deepened and enriched her ministry; enabling her to truly understand and relate to what others are going through.
Dawn is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She has served in various capacities including Executive Team Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, and Woman’s Ministry Director. Dawn travels Nation-wide speaking, training and consulting.
Find out more about Dawn Scott at

CFBA Presents “Proof” by Jordyn Redwood

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingProofKregel Publications (June 1, 2012)byJordyn Redwood


Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly twenty years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self-professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

Her discovery that she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge at This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting, and cross-stitching.

About the book!

Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it’s the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find–and punish–her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?



I really enjoy medical fiction, and I was amazed that this was the author’s debut novel. With the mystery and suspense, twists and turns in this book, readers will keep their eyes glued to the pages until the end. I certainly didn’t want to put this book down after I started reading it. I really like Dr. Lilly, and felt so bad for her as she tries to clear her name and reputation on her own…but Lilly has spunk and she’s not about to let the rapist go free.

I strongly encourage readers to grab a copy of this wonderful book for your enjoyment. And if you like medical, suspense, mystery, thrillers….well this is a must read for you! I an sure looking forward to more from this new author.

This book was provided by CFBA for me to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only!



“Jordyn Redwood makes quite a splash with her debut novel. PROOF is a hard-edged mix of medical thriller and crime chiller that grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go until the end. This one will keep you up way past your bedtime.”

—Rick Acker, best-selling author of When the Devil Whistles

“From the very first chapter, the first page even, Jordyn Redwood pulls the reader into a story that won’t let go. PROOF is proof enough for me that Jordyn is the real deal: an author who knows how to weave a tight story, write descriptive, authentic prose, and deal with some pretty hefty issues. I’m a fan!”

—Mike Dellosso, author of Frantic and Rearview (a 7 Hours story)

“Debut novelist Jordyn Redwood has used her experience as an ER and ICU nurse to craft a blend of medical thriller and police procedural with twists and turns to keep fans of either genre turning pages.”

—Richard L. Mabry, MD, author of Lethal Remedy and the Prescription for Trouble series

“A rollercoaster of a story. Jordyn Redwood’s PROOF has everything you could want in a thriller—believable characters, a villain who makes your skin crawl, a touch of humor, and a twisting plot—all bound by fascinating medical and scientific details. What a fabulous debut!”

—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series

“Jordyn Redwood may be new on the scene, but she writes like a seasoned pro. PROOF is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time with well-drawn characters including a villain I despised and a hero and heroine I rooted for. I thought I would just take a peek at the first chapter and finish the story later. I thought wrong. I read late into the night, lost sleep, and put off my own writing to finish this book. I’m eagerly awaiting Jordyn’s second book and will be first in line to purchase it the day it releases.”

—Lynnette Eason, best-selling author of The Women of Justice series

“I love a great medical thriller and I’m glad to add another author to my list. Jordyn Redwood writes like the medical insider she is. A gripping tale laced with realism, sleep-robbing excitement, and something every reader loves: hope.”

—Harry Kraus, MD, best-selling author of The Six-Liter Club

PROOF by Jordyn Redwood is a gripping medical thriller written with vivid detail from an author who knows her subject firsthand. A serial rapist is at large in the town—in the hospital, even? Can Lilly trust anyone? Even her closest friend? And just when you think you can relax, the stakes get even higher.”

—Donna Fletcher Crow, author of The Monastery Murders

“Jordyn Redwood’s debut novel is a page-turner with an ingenious premise and solid Christian values. A satisfying read.”

—Frank J. Edwards, Medical Director, Delphi Emergency Physicians,

author of the medical thriller Final Mercy

If you would like to read the first chapter of Proof, go HERE.


God Knows Your Name Cover  KREGEL BOOK TOUR

By….Catherine Campbell


About the Book

For many people the idea that God likes us as individuals, just as we  are, is often an unfamiliar concept, while rejection–by a partner,  one’s parents, an employer, or friends–is a fact of life.

This book encourages readers to embrace the truth of a personal God with whom we do not need to struggle to gain recognition, a God who intervenes and acts on our behalf, a God who knows our names!

Each of the six chapters contains two stories dealing with situations of  rejection. The first story concerns an individual from the Bible,  explaining how God stepped in to change his or her situation, thus  revealing how important the individual was to him.


The second, connecting story tells of a present day individual in  similar circumstances and how God again positively intervened. These are  true stories, using carefully researched material for authenticity and  accuracy, and told with remarkable power and conviction.
Are you feeling lost and lonely, thinking no one care about you? In Catherine Campbell’s book “God Knows Your Name,” you will find out that you are never alone, that God is always with you, no matter what. Even in those times that it feels like no one is anywhere around, God is there with you, helping you though the difficult times.


This is one of those books that give you a boost after you read it. It is uplifting, interesting, encouraging, giving you hope where there is none. In the six chapters, Nameless, Hopeless, Worthless, Helpless, Powerless and Loveless, the author gives the reader stories that will keep you reading, because you want to here how they ended, and the encouragement these stories give.


Catherine Campbell is a wonderful author and storyteller, giving her readers encouragement that we can have the hope that God Knows Our Name, and He is with us, no matter the difficulty we go through. He never leaves us or forsakes us. I highly encourage you to read this book for yourself. And if you are living a lonely, discouraged and hopeless life, this book is a great book for you to read to realize that God loves you and wants to help you.



About the Author: Catherine Campbell is a nurse and midwife, based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, who writes for the Nursing Times as well as Women Alive, Parentwise and others. She is a popular speaker with an increasing following.

Hot Button Series by Nicole O’Dell

Hot Button Series

By: Nicole O’Dell



Hot Buttons books 300x300 Nicole ODell: On Hot ButtonsFrom drugs to bullying, from internet activity to dating, Hot Button issues have saturated youth culture . . . and may have challenged your teen. This accessible, quick-reference series is a practical guide for discussing these Hot Buttons with your child, before the issues becomes a problem.

HOT BUTTONS is group of uniquely packaged parenting resources that discuss the “hot button issues” teens face today. These accessible, quick reference books come in a 6×6 square trim and offer parents a practical way to discuss the hot buttons with their tweens and teens, before the issues become a problem. In addition to the scenarios, the books each offer warning signs and recommendations for each issue discussed.

Why did you start this series? I was searching for ways to lead my children to make good decisions and decided it would be far better to talk to them proactively about issues they would one day face, than it would be to wait until they were buried under poor choices. I believed it would be easier to control the way they perceived the information and easier to help them see and understand the consequences of poor decisions if they could look at it objectively, without the added stress of peer pressure and other outside influences. This relaxed and safe way of approaching the issues has been invaluable in preparing my own kids for the pressure they’d soon face, and the added benefit of honest discussion, a quality too often missing in parent-teen relationships has brought us closer together.

When and where can I get the Hot Buttons books? The first four editions of the Hot Button series release in 2012, with Kregel Publications, and cover issues like dating, internet activity, addictions, and sexuality. Future editions will tackle addiction, friendship, identity issues, and more.

I had the privilege of reading and reviewing two of the Hot Button Series books, The Dating Edition and The Internet Edition. I was amazed at the wealth of information I found in both of these little books. Nicole O’Dell gives teens and tweens a series of books that will help in making difficult decisions on each of the subjects in these books.






In the Internet Edition, Nicole talks about Internet activity, social networking, sharing files with others, internet porn and predators. And she also gives help to parents on how to protect your child, and know what your child is looking at on the web. And she goes to the scripture and shares what that Bible teaches, and how young people should act as the use the Internet.




In the Dating Edition, the author uses the same outline, only talks about dating starting with the early boy-girl relationship. She hits on whether or not to date, missionary dating, physical attraction and violence and abuse in dating. And again, talks about protective procedures, uses scripture and the Armor of God and Strategic Scenarios for both parents and teens.


I have to say I was very impressed with the two books I read in this Series. One really special thing about the series is that is gives parents and teens a chance to talk about these difficult subjects. With a study guide at the end of each book, the questions are already there for discussion, making it much easier on both the young person and their parents.


I highly recommend this series to anyone who has children. They are written for tween/teens, depending on the subject, but if you have younger children, they will be this age before you know it, so grab a copy of these books for your home library. You may be surprised the impact these books will have on your family.


I received these books free from Kregel Publishing. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here are my own.

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