PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD

Join us for this tour from Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  258 pages

Genre: Medical Thriller 

Publisher:  Erupen Titles 

Release date:  August 2022

Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA), and ebook (GIFTED KINDLE, MOBI FILE (FOR KINDLE), EPUB ).

Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022

Content Rating: ​PG. Gary Birken’s books can be read by his kids. He says it’s between a PG.

Book Description:

WHERE DEADLY SECRETS ARE THE NORM. . .

Three weeks after completing her residency in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves from the Pacific Northwest to Manhattan to begin her career at the prestigious Children’s Heart Hospital. But after an unpleasant encounter with an arrogant heart surgeon on her first day, Jacey begins to realize that the medical profession is not what she expected. She learns that enigmatic physician behavior and questionable cardiac surgical practices are cloaked in secrecy—and she is expected to follow suit. . . .EVEN FOR THOSE WHO’VE SWORN TO HELP. Jacey soon finds herself facing the difficult moral dilemma: turn a blind eye to malpractice and protect her fledgling career, or dig deeper into suspicious activity and face the consequences?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a really awesome read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I always love a good medical thriller and this one did not disappoint. After her residency, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves to Manhattan to begin her career at the Children’s Heart Hospital. But it was nothing as she expected. But what was she to do? Her choices wasn’t that good.

Oh my goodness. My head my spinning all over the place after I finished this one. There were Mysteries that just didn’t pan out. Something was wrong, but what was it? There are so many things happening. What was Dr. Jacey’s involvment. So many twists and turns that it’s difficult to keep up with what is going on. If I did have to put this book down, all I could think about was picking it back up again and finding out the next mystery.

Author Gary Birken MD’s writing is phenomenal! I like how the plot flows so well and the character development played well with everything going on in the story. I really liked the characters and I could connect with some of them, which I like. It’s not easy to find out information, such as who is doing what with all of these mysteries. But it all pans out in the end. If you enjoy medical fiction, and especially ially the thriller types, this is your book! Check it out. I can’t wait for another Gary Birken MD book to come up for review.

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

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Meet the Author:

Dr. Gary Birken is a pediatric surgeon living in South Florida. He is the author of seven novels of medical suspense, five of which were originally published by Penguin Random House. They include: FINAL DIAGNOSIS, EMBOLUS, PLAGUE, and CODE 15. He is also the author of ERROR IN DIAGNOSIS, which was published under the name of Mason Lucas. His two passions in life are medicine and story writing. He spends whatever leisure time remains playing tennis, golf, and spending as much time as possible with his ten grandchildren. He also holds a black belt in martial arts, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a certified private pilot.

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


Tour Schedule:

Nov 21 –My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 Paws.Read.Repeat  book review / giveaway
Nov 25 –Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 –Leanne Bookstagram – book review
Nov 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Mystery Review Crew – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Dec 2 – Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 – The Obsessed Reader – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 6 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 –Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books – book review
Dec 8 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Dec 12 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 14 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review/ giveaway
Dec 15 – @onecreativeartist – book review
Dec 16 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Dec 16 – Reading Excursions – book review / giveaway

On The Edge of Shattered by Kimberly Kearns







Book Details:

Book Title:  On The Edge of Shattered: A Mother’s Experience of Discovering Freedom Through Sobriety by Kimberly Kearns
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  252 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Self-Help
Publisher:  Glass Spider Publishing
Release date:  November  2022
Rating:  PG-13 + M: Intended for adults only, contains information on alcoholism   


Book Description:​Before she stopped drinking for good, Kim was lying to herself and everyone she knew about her daily habit—sneaking morning sips of vodka behind her husband’s back, emptying bottles of wine and hiding the evidence from her family, and convincing herself that nothing was wrong and everything was under control. Until she realized that it wasn’t, and that her dishonesty could cost her everything she loved. What would happen to her marriage if things continued in this way? And how could she be a mother to her young children if she remained trapped in this cycle of abuse? Deciding she had to make a change, Kim threw herself into a new life of sobriety seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic. But only after severing the chains of bondage did she realize how much work there was still to do. Opening the doors to buried memories and past traumas was only the beginning. Throughout her journey to sobriety, Kim would come to terms with the secrets and lies told by her parents and loved ones, allowing her a clarity and freedom she never before thought possible.


MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

On the Edge of Shattered is Kimberly Kearns’ story of her own alcohol addiction. Kearns doesn’t sugarcoat anything, you will get the raw truth of what her life was like as an alcoholic. And it sure wasn’t the pretty picture Hollywood gives us. They make it look as though everyone is doing it, why not me. I’m thankful that Kearns was willing to put her story out there for all to see, not for people to bash her about it, but for those in the same place she was to be able to find help as well. It’s not easy to read parts of the book, but they are important so readers can see the whole picture.

Thank you goes to this author. I pray that everyone seeing or reading her story will find the hope Kearns found. If this is something you need help with, please follow her advice.

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



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Meet the Author:Kimberly Kearns is a wife to an incredible husband and a mother to three beautiful children. She currently lives in Need-ham, Massachusetts. She continues to tell her story of sobriety and inspire others every day on her blog at kimberlykearns.com, and through her Instagram account @asoberandstrongmom. Kimberly co-hosts the podcast The Weekend Sober and is a writer for the Webby Award-winning narrative podcast F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days. Writing has always been an escape for Kimberly, even as a little girl. Being able to express herself in words and getting lost in her imagination has served as a source of comfort to her as far back as she can remember. 

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


Tour Schedule:​

Nov 1 – Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 1 Books are a Blessing– book review / giveaway
Nov 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 2 – Leanne bookstagram – book review
Nov 3 – Stephanie Jane – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 4  Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 7 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review
Nov 8 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 9 – Novels Alive– book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Novels Alive – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 10 – Books for Books– book spotlight
Nov 10 
Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews – book review 
Nov 14  Jazzy Book Reviews book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Nov 18  Faith and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 21  Gina Rae Mitchell book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 21 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / guest post  giveaway
Nov 22 – Paws.Read.Repeat– book review / giveaway
Nov 22 – @allbookedupwithcyn – book review

Nov 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – fundinmental– book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 – @twilight_reader   book review / giveaway
Nov 25- Women Connect Online – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 28 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 28 – Olio by Marilyn– book review / giveaway
Nov 28  Authors on iTours Book Reviews – book review

Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Women Connect Online – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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The Park Street Secrets by Yvonne Van Lankveld

The Park Street Secrets

by Yvonne Van Lankveld

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GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

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BLURB:

A historic government office and police station in Niagara Falls, Ontario is redeveloped into seven condominiums. Some new residents have ties to its cultural heritage, while others bring secrets to keep there.

Siblings Lily and Rose must cohabit for one year or lose their inheritance, despite their animosity toward each other. Gracie Sheehan is determined to make a fresh start after many unexpected events force her to question her values and life goals. Young lovers move down the hall from a self-serving customs broker who always gets whom and what he wants.

Mix these unique characters with a medley of others, add a building manager with secrets of his own, and discover how Park Street becomes a chaotic blend of love, betrayal and the need for human connection.

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EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt)

September 12th 

Weather forecast: unseasonably warm 

Suite 1B: Marcello Portobello 

“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” 

Anonymous 

Marcello’s dinner for one consisted of pasta al dente with marinara sauce that simmered all afternoon on the stove, followed by a tossed salad with a fresh herb vinaigrette. The sun faded peacefully, as did Marcello in his favourite chair, listening to an Italian symphony with a second glass of red wine in his hand and Mona Lisa on his lap. A warm breeze circulated through the open windows as he heard a fading siren responding to someone’s emergency. Michelangelo, soaking up the remaining warmth on the window ledge, popped his head up suddenly, then sat up. Mona Lisa shifted her position in Marcello’s lap. Marcello checked his feline family with heavy eyelids, murmuring comforting Italian words. A faint wail came from somewhere, possibly down the street.    

He leaned back lazily in his chair. It came again, with the same level of intensity. He finished the last sip of wine, gently moved Mona Lisa to the warm spot where his bottom had been and walked to the window. The wail returned, followed by a retching sound. No one was visible on the street below. He waited, and hearing it again, linked the noise to the condo next door. It must be the old woman. She might be sick or crying. Not one to meddle in another’s business, he returned to his chair, but the next cry overshadowed any desire for sleep or privacy. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Yvonne Van Lankveld’s love of words began in childhood. As a nurse, her writing skills earned her acclaim in many clinical settings, however she never lost her desire to become an author.

The Park Street Secrets is her second novel, which she wrote during the pandemic. Her first book, The Road to Alright was originally published in 2019. She is working on her third fiction novel, Follow Polly’s Lane. Yvonne lives in Ridgeville, Ontario with her husband.

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19368849.Yvonne_Van_Lankveld

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-park-street-secrets

Amazon (USA) https://www.amazon.com/Park-Street-Secrets-Yvonne-Lankveld-ebook/dp/B0BGR7YWVW/ref=sr_1_2

Amazon (CA) https://www.amazon.ca/Park-Street-Secrets-Yvonne-Lankveld-ebook/dp/B0BGR7YWVW

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1167875

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Yvonne Van Lankveld will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

<a href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f4441“>Enter to win a $15 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>

A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek Book Tour

A MEASURE OF SERENITY by Bryan Prosek
A MEASURE OF SERENITY by Bryan Prosek

Join us for this tour from Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022


Book Details:

Book Title:  A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  368 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2022
Formats Available for Review: print – softback (USA only), audiobook (Book Funnel download), and ebook (EPUB, PDF, Book Funnel download)
Tour dates: Nov 21 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: PG. There aren’t any graphic scenes, and no strong language.

Book Description:

A million thoughts, but only one right thing to do.

Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, all the time. Awkward. When her father suddenly disappears, Serenity follows his trail to a parallel dimension. The feds on the other side claim to want to help her go home, if she helps them reconstruct the right codes for the portal between worlds. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying.

​When Serenity learns that her alter-ego was killed in battle, she assumes “the other Serenity’s” identity and uses her unique abilities to lead the resistance in a mortal fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not have a home to return to.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A really good YA sci-fi read, A Measure of Serenity will sure keep your attention throughout the book. Serenity is a character that’s hard not to like. A senior at Harvard at 18, her numerical genius is astounding. It was her genius ways with numbers, in every way and everything connected to her numerical genius mind is the reason she was given the opportunity to work in the same place as her dad. But being with him is not to be.

In a world simular to Serenity but yet different, I felt that the author realy does a great job creating this different world the story is about. The characters developed well and Serenity exceeds that development as she uses her brilliant mind and work with numbers to find the answers she seeks. It was fun following Serenity until the end. If you enjoy Sci fi and fantasy type books you will enjoy this one. I’m giving A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek Four Stars.

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

Meet the Author:

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

connect with the author: website twitter facebook instagram goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Nov 21 –Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 22 – Book Reviews by Linda Moore – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 –Living in a Bookworld – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 25 –Books for Books – book spotlight
​Nov 25– JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – audiobook review / giveaway
Nov 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Lady Hawkeye – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Bootsie’s Book Nook – book spotlight 
Dec 2 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 5 – My Reading Getaway – book review 
Dec 6 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 12 – JennaReadStuff – book review 
Dec 12 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Authors on iTours: Let’s Talk Books! – book review
Dec 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 16 – @enjoyingbooksagain – book review 

Enter the Giveaway:

https://gleam.io/mMaYU/the-measure-of-serenity-book-tour-giveaway

5000 Blankets Movie in theaters December 12th and 13th only

A powerful new film called 5,000 BLANKETS, a film inspired by a true story about a boy and his mom who, through challenging life circumstances, are inspired to care for the homeless people in their community. It releases in theaters on December 12th & 13th only.

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Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.

After watching this Movie Trailer several time. My heart went out to this young boy and his mom. It inspires me to try and help people in our community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people in communities around our USA are inspired to do the same? I would love to see this movie to be what will speak to thousands of people to start something in their towns and communities, and even cities across this great nation to help those in need. I can’t wait to watch this wonderful movie.

Dont forget to check out show times in theaters near you. It will be in theaters December 12th & 13th only

Check out the Trailer for 5000 Blankets

5000 BLANKETS

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A powerful new film called 5,000 BLANKETS, a film inspired by a true story about a boy and his mom who, through challenging life circumstances, are inspired to care for the homeless people in their community. It releases in theaters on December 12th & 13th only.


Inspired by a remarkable true story, 5000 BLANKETS is filled with hope and highlights the power of family and faith. When her husband has a mental breakdown and goes missing, a woman and her young son set out to find him on the streets, sparking a movement of compassion towards those in need and inspiring a city.
 

THE ABIDE BIBLE, NET Published by Thomas Nelson

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MY RATING: Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About THE ABIDE BIBLE, NET

The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that come from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John is a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.

The pictures throughout this Bible are absolutely beautiful. This one is by one of my favorite artist Vincent Van Gogh


A Little more about this wonderful Bible!

1. Talking Points

  • Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.
  • The Abide Experience is FREE and includes 21 Video devotions delivered by email and a full download of the book of John from The Abide Bible!
  • Transform your personal Bible devotions into intimate, ongoing conversations with God with various Scripture engagement approaches that keep Bible reading fresh and new. “Abide in Me.” John 15:4 
 Do you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God? The Abide Bible is de­signed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from en­countering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is de­signed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.
  • Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement, The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introduc­tions, and practical Scripture engagement prompts based on five ways of engaging deeply with the Bible:
    • Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to ex­press.
    • Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in important events.
    • Journaling: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, open­ing yourself to God’s voice as you ponder.
    • Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture, painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths.
    • Contemplate: Follow the church’s longstanding practice of reading, meditating on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience God’s presence through the words of the Bible.
    • Features include:
      • Bible book introductions provide a concise overview of the background and historical context of the book about to be read
      • 365 Day Bible Reading Plan guiding you through the entire Bible in a year
      • Line-matched, single-column Scripture text for improved readability
      • Smyth-sewn binding lays flat in your hand or on your desk
      • Two satin ribbon markers allows you to easily navigate and keep track of where you were reading
      • Easy-to-read 9-point NET Comfort Print

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I had never heard of the Abide Bible until I received this one from Momentum. To say I love it so much is really not adequate to describe it. It is absolutely beautiful, inside and out. I have been using this one for a while, and will continue to use it. It is the New English Translation from Thomas Nelson Publishers. This is the first Bible I have of the NET.

There are so many features in this study Bible to make studying the Bible so much easier because the plan is laid out one the pages throughout this Bible. I just love all of the features. This Bible has it all organized so beautifully that it will be easy to study a lot of different things.

A feature I found was amazing is the introduction to each Book of the Bible. I know all study Bibles have these, but this Bible went an extra mile and added more detail and of course it’s all different from other Bibles. I love that I have several pages to read before I read each Book, and these pages tell me so much about the Book and its history.

If you are looking for a new Bible, or maybe you want to try a new translation, Give this Abide Bible a try. This one is The New English Translation. I find this translation to be a little different, and I spent much time comparing verses. I enjoyed doing that because a gew words are changed, or maybe a new phrase, so it’s nice to have another translation to help understand what the Bible is saying. I’m giving The Abide Bible Five Stars, but it deserves so much more.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Bibles for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

I was just reading on the back of the box that said:

If you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God…

The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

If you head to the back of the Bible, you will find valuable information there as well. I love love this Bible. I have had so much fun with it and I want to soon get into a Bible study here since I can watch my relationship with the Lord grow.

Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE Video Devotion fea­turing Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a Bible designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the way you read Scrip­ture.


And here is the website for Thomas Nelson and you can find lots of info on this Bible there.

Website: https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com/abide-bible/experience/

Giveaway: 1 copy of the Abide Bible (NET)

(Note: This is limited to US winners only.)

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Delaware Before the Railroads: A Diamond Among the States by Dave Tabler

DELAWARE BEFORE THE RAILROADS by Dave Tabler
DELAWARE BEFORE THE RAILROADS by Dave Tabler

Join Us For This Tour From Nov 25 to Dec 16

Book Details:

Book Title:  Delaware Before the Railroads: A Diamond Among the States by Dave Tabler

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages

Genre: American History, Colonial

Publisher: Dave Tabler

Publication Date:Nov 2022

Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16

Content Rating: G. None needed. Works for all audiences.


“Tabler debuts with a visual feast introducing readers to the First State before the golden age of the railroad. Drawing on photographs of locations, reconstructions, and historical objects, together with brief captions and rigorous notes, Tabler weaves a rich tapestry of industry, politics, and faith. He organizes the photographs roughly chronologically, tracking Delaware’s development from Swedish settlers to American independence, and dedicates space to images that reflect Delaware’s Native American history, as well as tracing the impact that enslaved people had on the state’s historical development.” – Booklife

“If you think you know Delaware, think again. Pirates? Quakers fighting with Pennsylvania? Towns so ugly no one would settle there? With stunning pictures and straightforward storytelling, Dave Tabler opens hidden passages and describes defining moments in this founding American colony. Telling this small state’s story gives you a sense of the big picture in American history. Enjoy this fresh look at Delaware through Dave Tabler’s eyes.”— Wendy Welch, author The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
 
“Whether discussing the colored spear tips that showed the community if a person had been found guilty or not, to the stones that identified the Mason-Dixon Line, Dave Tabler’s book on colonial Delaware offers the reader a smorgasbord of interesting stories and photos of its early years. This is another book to add to collections about the beginnings of our country.” –– Sheila Ingle, winner, South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Preservation Award for four of her young reader novels about South Carolina heroines during the Revolutionary War
 
“Thoroughly researched and well-written, Delaware before the Railroads offers a glimpse into the past through a present lens. Respected historian Dave Tabler utilizes colorful and intriguing photographs to tell Delaware’s foundational stories.” — Jan Loveday Dickens, Tennessee author and educator.

“Dave Tabler’s impeccable research and clearly written descriptives tell a truthful and provocative story for anyone interested in the subject or doing research for other works covering the same period. The colorful and informative photographs tell the story of not only Colonial Delaware residents from 1638-1832 but our American forefathers in general. We learn about every aspect of their way of life during the most critical time of our country’s history.” — Lisa Soland, author, and senior editor of Climbing Angel Publishing

“Dave Tabler has crafted a concise and fascinating photographic account of early Delaware. “Delaware Before The Railroads” is definitely a book that should be in the collection of anyone interested not only in the history of Delaware but also in the history of colonial America.”— Steve Gilly, “Stories, A History of Appalachia” podcast

“Beautifully illustrated and presented in a unique format, ‘Delaware Before the Railroads’ is an easy and informative read-sure to appeal to Early American and Delaware history buffs.”–Amelia E. Miller, Tennessee author and historian.

“Tabler’s purpose, indeed, his mission, is to create a tribute to the culture and history of Delaware before the coming of the railroad. Consequently, he not only rediscovers the past, he also preserves and celebrates it with a montage of vivid images and an insightful narrative.” — Gary Carden, author, storyteller, playwright.

Book Description:

Delaware before the railroads arrived in 1832 was hotly contested real estate. Circle back to 1610 for a ride that takes you through culture clashes, colonization, revolution and beyond.

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Meet the Author:

Ten year old Dave Tabler decided he was going to read the ‘R’ volume from the family’s World Book Encyclopedia set over summer vacation. He never made it from beginning to end. He did, however, become interested in Norman Rockwell, rare-earth elements, and Run for the Roses.

Tabler’s father encouraged him to try his hand at taking pictures with the family camera. With visions of Rockwell dancing in his head, Tabler press-ganged his younger brother into wearing a straw hat and sitting next to a stream barefoot with a homemade fishing pole in his hand. The resulting image was terrible.

Dave Tabler went on to earn degrees in art history and photojournalism despite being told he needed a ‘Plan B.’

Fresh out of college, Tabler contributed the photography for “The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics,” which taught him how to work with museum curators, collectors, and white cotton gloves. He met a man in the Shenandoah Valley who played the musical saw, a Knoxville fellow who specialized in collecting barbed wire, and Tom Dickey, brother of the man who wrote ‘Deliverance.’

In 2006 Tabler circled back to these earlier encounters with Appalachian culture as an idea for a blog. AppalachianHistory.net today reaches 375,000 readers a year.

Dave Tabler moved to Delaware in 2010 and became smitten with its rich past. He no longer copies Norman Rockwell, but his experience working with curators and collectors came in handy when he got the urge to photograph a love letter to Delaware’s early heritage.

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City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weber

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Book Details:

 

​Book Title:  Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  186 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2016
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.

Book Description:

 

Is your dog afraid of noises, objects, or you? Whether you have taken a fearful dog into your home, or you work professionally to save lives, Beyond Flight or Fight is an indispensable tool. Discover how to help dogs that have been neglected, abused, or are genetically timid.

Fearful, timid, and/or reactive dogs are the most commonly rejected and euthanized dog personality type. Shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries often do not have the financial resources, time, or qualified staff to help these dogs adapt to life with humans. By providing a concise, easy-to-understand guide for anyone who has chosen a fearful dog to adopt, foster, or rehabilitate for other potential owners, Beyond Flight or Fight will help many people save many innocent, confused, and overwhelmed dogs’ lives.

Unique points covered include:

  • How fear works: primary vs. secondary responses.
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  • Why rescue programs may not work
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  • Safe places, escape, and helping dogs think
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  • Flooding, aggression, learned helplessness: what happens/fixing it
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  • Importance of: a familiar handler, time, and leadership
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  • Specialized training techniques
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  • Developing dog self-confidence
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  • How to use: voice, hands, body, correction cues, and dog psychology
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  • Why some dogs do not respond
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  • Maintenance, proofing, accepting optimal levels Learn to teach “special needs” pets how to fit into the human world.
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Conquer brain-flooding stress hormones and help your dog move from knee-jerk, Amygdala-based fear responses to reasoned, calm, rational evaluation based in the prefrontal cortex of the dog mind. Fearful dogs can be saved and have quality lives free of anxiety.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS

Living in the country, I never think how it would be walking in the city and having to walk your dog, but it is completely different. Sunny Weberin does a fantastic job outlining different things you need to be aware of, for the safety of you dog and for yourself. Weberin gives detailed instructions of how you should walk your dog, telling how to watch out for yourself, watch your dog and always have him on a leash.

What happens when you encounter dangerous animals? Weberin give some tip to help keep the animals safe from each other. She really trains you to keep away from dangerous situations. This book is excellent for training you and you can use it as a guide for you and your dog. I  like that she hits the busy city and also the smaller town around. I truly think this is a book for all dog lovers, and anyone having a dog. Even though most of this book is for the city people, I am going to keep this book for when we get another dog at our house. I need this guide, and so do you. Why not check ot out this book today.

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

 
 
 
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Book Details:

 

​Book Title:  City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weberin
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  110 pages
GenreAnimals/Dogs/Training/Self-Help
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  September 2018
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.


Book Description:

 

Think you need just a leash & a dog? So you think dog walking is a no-brainer, right?

Just snap on the old leash and head out the door, until. . .
• Your dog pulls you off your feet or jerks your arm out of its socket
• An off-leash dog races straight at you and your dog, in attack or play
• A speeding bicyclist barely misses hitting you
• Your dog jumps on a passer-by while you are distracted
• A panting, passing runner causes your dog to go ballistic from the aggressive, fast invasion of her space
• You encounter a coyote or snake

City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette will cover all scenarios you and your dog can expect in urban and suburban environments. You will learn simple commands to help you understand each other, find the best fit of equipment, be aware of local hazards, and appreciate basic manners so you and your pup are welcome wherever you go. Sunny Weber will help you enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend—safely!

 
Meet the Author:

Sunny Weber has over 30 years in animal welfare advocacy. She has experience in rescue, fostering, medical care, service and therapy dog evaluation and training, shelter and sanctuary work and specializes in the rehabilitation of fearful animals. Sunny has rehabilitated then re-homed hundreds of dogs, cats and horses.

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Flame of Mercy Tour By Eleanor Bertin

About the Book

Book: Flame of Mercy

Author: Eleanor Bertin

Genre: Contemporary Christian

Release date: November, 2021

Two families, worlds apart. Can they each find hope in the crucible of suffering?

All Lynnie Min ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. But when tragedy strikes her family, she’s left with nothing but her faith to begin life again. While pursuing a career she never wanted, can the precious faith she was raised on withstand betrayal by a hostile former friend, now a professor whose ideologies conflict with her own? And why do her puzzling dreams feature only one of her daughters, not both?

Out of a smoking ruin in northern Nigeria, Ihsan bin Ibrahim stumbles upon the solution to his wife’s barrenness and longing. But family ties have a long reach. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to follow his conscience, even if it means losing the child he loves?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! Flame of Mercy takes readers on a rollercoaster ride that last from beginning to end! Lynnie Min is happy with being a wife and mother, until tragedy strikes and her life is totally changed. Lynnie struggles with many emotions, including that of a former friend who decides to betray her. Lonnie moved back to Canada to start life over, but these weird but realistic dreams she is having about Nigeria just won’t leave her.

This is a wonderful story, but sometimes it was very difficult to read. The excruciating hurtful pain was so real I could feel it through the pages. The emotions were everywhere. What Lynnie Min endured was more than any human could handle, but she had the hand of God on her. And her very strong faith brought here through when it seemed there was no way to keep going. This is a book everyone should read. Even thought it is full of heartwrenching tragedy, it is also full of hope in the God Lynnie knew. The God she trusted was faithful. Readers will see the love and faithfulness of God. They will see God’s hand on this character as she puts her total faith in the God she loves and trust. There are so many twists and turns in this book, making it seem so realistic. I highly recommend this book. For me, this is a Five Star read.

About the Author

From her home in central Alberta, Canada, Eleanor Bertin writes fiction that ponders the depths of God’s love and mercy to humanity.

She is the author of The Ties That Bind series, LifelinesUnbound, and Tethered, as well as the memoir, Pall of Silence, about her late son, Paul. She lives with her husband of more than 40 years and their youngest son, in what will someday be a beautiful century home. www.eleanorbertinauthor.com

More from Eleanor

If you’ve read any amount of secular fiction these days, you must be shuddering at the landscape of the family in the world today. Strife and resentment, rivalry and spite–seems there’s nothing but dysfunction as far as the eye can see. And while conflict is necessary to any novel’s plot, I wanted to write about a stable family, a loving family, one that, while imperfect, still nurtured and protected its members with acceptance and harmony.

On top of that, I wanted to depart from my previous novels where the main characters were not believers. In Flame of Mercy, Lynnie is the main character whose trust in Jesus stands firm despite going through the fires of adversity. Her family is one of the reasons for that strength.

But of course, even the best, most faithful families have their quirks. Enter the grandmothers. Grandma Hardy is stiff, stilted, and staunch in her Christian beliefs. Nanny Roundell is sugar-loving, jolly, and lets mentions of faith slide off her chubby body with a smile. Their beliefs do not align with their personae. This paradox was suggested to me by a friend as I described the contrast between two elderly relatives, sweet Christian and sour unbeliever.

“Aren’t you glad it’s not the other way around?” she asked.

Because we all know it can be. Sometimes Christians look nothing like their Lord. And non-Christians can live blissfully inconsistent with their evil master’s agenda.

And so, I had fun writing these two ladies! “The grandmothers sat next to each other, one short and round, one tall and skinny. The Ball and Bat, we used to call them when we were kids, and I’d never been able to see them differently ever since. Come to think of it, Nanny, the Ball, was like a baseball in other ways besides physical. She had always been reactionary, flung here and there with every wind of doctrine but without any viewpoint of her own. By contrast, Grandma Hardy was the Bat. She stood alone, stiff and sturdy, unwavering, and if necessary, could give you a good whack to get you moving in the right direction.

“My sister was what Grandma frowningly called ‘frivolous.’ And Lissa was mischievous enough to purposely do things that would get Grandma’s goat. I mean, deliberately cavorting through the sprinkler in a bikini directly in front of Grandma’s kitchen window was outright asking for a lecture. You couldn’t call it a scolding since Grandma never raised her voice, but it was always a one-way communication generously salted with Bible verses. Lissa told me Grandma even referred to hand-written notes a couple of times while talking to her. And Grandma’s tone carried the expectation that we would change our ways accordingly. We had been taught to respect our elders so there was no answering back. We only meekly listened.” With Grandma, there was no statute of limitations and past sins could receive present censure.

Nanny’s eyes twinkled. “I’m feeling better every day. It’s given me my life back. Why, with my dentures and glasses, a new knee, and a titanium hip, I’m eighty percent fake.” She cackled her infectious laugh and we joined in, exchanging glances. Being in Nanny’s presence infallibly lifted my spirits.

“This cheesecake is delicious, Sue,” Nanny chimed in. “I could keep on eating and eating if I weren’t already so full after an excellent meal.”

Grandma frowned at what she doubtless saw as gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins. Thankfully she restrained herself this time…She set her fork down beside her plate that still held half her slice of cheesecake and taking her napkin, dabbed at her lips. “This is certainly a rich dessert.”

I hope you enjoy reading about the Hardy family’s faith and foibles as much as I have in writing them. Look for a bit of Grandma’s back story in my story in this year’s Mosaic Christmas anthology.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 11

Rebecca Tews, November 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

Texas Book-aholic, November 13

Inklings and notions, November 14

For Him and My Family, November 14

deb’s Book Review, November 15

lakesidelivingsite, November 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 18

Mary Hake, November 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 21

Blogging With Carol, November 22

Cover Lover Book Review, November 22

Splashes of Joy, November 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 24 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, November 25

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

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PUPS & PURRS SERIES by Sunny Weber

Book Series Details:


Book Series Title:  PUPS & PURRS SERIES by Sunny Weber
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Genre:  animals/pets
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  Oct 6, 2017, Aug 8, 2019, August 23, 2019,
Content Rating: G
Book Series Description:Mission: Humane education through storytelling.

Each book in the Pups & Purrs series features Classic Coming of Age stories with multi-layered themes and messages for a wide variety of readers.

Ages 7-10 will enjoy the surface of the stories; ages 10-13 will begin to see the messages; ages 13 and up will begin to identify with the deeper themes.

Each book reflects issues children experience and the animal characters give voice to emotions that children often cannot.]

The main goals of the series are:
​To Help children
 who have difficulty verbalizing their life stresses but who can identify with animals. The animal characters experience the same issues: e.g.:  social isolation; personal identity conflicts; bullying; rejection; lack of power; decision-making; growing up challenges.
To Provide humane education for childrenteaching what animals need; to develop empathy; seeking to see the world through animal eyes; assisting in the early development of altruism.
A major goal is to turn potential animal abusers around–avoiding the inevitable escalation to violence against people. Children begin abusing animals when they are abused, or see abuse modeled in the adults around them. The P&P series seeks to give children more constructive options through humane awareness of animals as sentient beings.
To Teach through storytelling and entertainment: by encouraging reading by featuring colorful characters and engrossing stories.
To Develop early problem-solving abilities/analytical thinking:  the animal characters show how to set goals and develop step-by-step accomplishments to attain those goals. They face the consequences of their decisions and grow in personal responsibility.
To Promote the humane treatment of all creatures and the environment by furnishing tools for parents, teachers, counselors, and humane educators at home, school, in therapeutic settings, and at animal rescue environments.
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Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger

Book Details:

Book Title:  Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-8), 40 pages
Genre Picture Book/Early Reader
Publisher Elk Lake Publishing
Release date:   November 3, 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA & Canada), PDF
Tour datesNov 7 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: G. My book is rated G because it has a Biblical world view. 
Book Description:

Have you ever had great big tingly goosebumps? Or tossed and turned too long on a sleepless night? Have you ever seen tall shadows dance in your doorway? Or found a RELAX-let-go peace deep inside? In Night of Mysterious Blessings, you’ll share in the adventures of a boy and his beloved dog. Enter this curious, oh-so-mysterious night, and be amazed at what you see in the morning’s light. Best of all, uncover the priceless key to worrying less and smiling more.

​So many books stress God is always with us. How fantastic for a book to proclaim the Scriptural truth that God is also within. It’s a lifelong gift for children to discover God makes his home inside them while their hearts are open to receive the mystery.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Night of Mysterious Blessings is a really nice story to read at bedtime to your children. The story is comforting, and really can be read any time your child needs a little encouragement. As a believer in the Lord, I would add what I believe that would make my grandchild comfortable. The way the book is written, anyone can do the same as I did, they can insert their beliefs into the story.

Night of Mysterious Blessings is a beautiful book inside and out. Courtney Smith does an exceptional  job with the Illustrations. I love the watercolors, and the colors fit the story so well. I think the illustrations are a bit different that most I’ve seen, but Smith does such a fantastic job, I found myself loving each page. This would make an excellent book for your child’s library, as well as any elementary library or classroom. If you love unique children’s books, 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.

 
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Meet the Author:

As a teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Sally Metzger has helped young people discover God’s boundless love for them for over 20 years. She developed and taught a course in faith formation for university students, religion teachers, youth ministers, and parents, and she is the author of two children’s books, Night of Mysterious Blessings and Jesus, Were You Little?

​Sally has a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on pastoral care, and is active in chaplain ministry. Her message: It’s Raining Grace! And through God’s power, we can find and joyfully fulfill our purpose in life. Sally is married to her high school sweetheart, cherishes her children and grandchildren, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travel.

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NIGHT OF MYSTERIOUS BLESSINGS Book Tour Giveaway

Enjoy Four Cozy Mysteries by Lauren Carr & C.S. McDonald

AUTHOR

C.S. McDonald

In

Merry Murder

and

The Christmas Cameo

Book Details:Book Title:  Merry Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #2
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 219 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 51 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 16, 2016
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Enjoy an early Christmas gift!
MERRY MURDER
will beFREEon Amazon November 21-23
It will be offered at a reduced price of .99 cents
until January 1st
Book Description:

The cookies are baked. The tree is trimmed. The shopping? Well, it’s almost done, and Fiona’s parents have finally returned home for a holiday visit – along with some unexpected unruly friends. Yep, Fiona’s perfectly planned Christmas is coming together, but how could’ve she planned for her favorite uncle’s murder? Who could possibly kill a sweet old man who’s played Santa at the local mall every year without fail? Fiona’s boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry, is determined to find out – before Christmas day arrives. There’s only one problem: Nancy Quinn. Fiona’s mom is just as determined as the detective to catch the murderer, and she isn’t shy about getting the job done – even if it includes breaking a few pesky laws! Will Fiona and her mother find the killer first or will the killer find them?
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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Christmas Cameo:  A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 32 pages
Length: 1 hr, 16 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  November 13, 2019
Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


Book Description:​A lovely cameo brooch is discovered in Fiona’s late Uncle Wilbur’s house two days before Christmas. The pin bears a romantic Christmas message from Wilbur for his new wife with the initials, D.A.S.
How very strange! To the family’s knowledge, Uncle Wilbur had never been married. So, who is this mysterious woman? Now, Fiona is on a holiday mission to locate D.A.S. and deliver the belated gift.
Question is, what happened to the marriage? Is D.A.S. still alive after all these years? And if so, can Fiona find her before Christmas?

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Meet the Author:

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries includes nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg.

Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh and the female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Nest Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy!

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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Ask Yourself: Inspiring by Mike Parker

ASK YOURSELF: INSPIRING QUESTIONS FOR HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND SELF DISCOVERY by Mike Parker
ASK YOURSELF: INSPIRING QUESTIONS FOR HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND SELF-DISCOVERY by Mike Parker

Join us for this tour from Nov 1 to Nov 14, 2022

Book Details:

​Book Title:  Ask Yourself: Inspiring Questions for Health, Happiness, and Self-Discovery by Mike Parker
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  228 pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  Nov 1, 2022
Tour dates: Nov 1 to Nov 14, 2022
Content Rating:  PG  

Book Description:

Join author, speaker, and coach Mike Parker in an inspiring journey of self-discovery as he reveals the keys to finding, keeping, and savoring your most gratifying, heartwarming, and rewarding memories. It all starts with his delightfully unique and uplifting questions for you to Ask Yourself in a guided journal format. These questions are specifically designed to help you focus on the best times and people from your past, present, and even future.

Ask Yourself is your guide to a happier, healthier life, full of inspiring self-discovery. With the turn of each page, you will rediscover the memories and people you never want to forget. This thoughtfully crafted guided journal will bring all of those memories to the forefront of your mind and help you store them in the perfect place to keep forever.

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Meet the Author:

Mike Parker has been delivering motivational presentations for over twenty years. He is driven by his passion to help others achieve more than they ever thought was possible by igniting their full potential. Mike has a clear and inspiring message about the qualities found in overachieving people, teams, and organizations. Mike has been able to inspire thousands of individuals through his motivational presentations and his work as a Success Coach.

As a former track and field athlete at the University of Kansas, and now as a coach who built one of the country’s most successful programs, he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to get to the top and enjoy the journey along the way. His girls cross country and track and field teams at Iowa City West High School have won eleven Class 4A team state titles.

Mike’s firsthand knowledge of how to ignite individual and team peak performances has helped thousands of individuals and many teams, organizations, and corporations reach amazing success. Due to the success of his teams, Mike has been selected as the Iowa High School State Coach of the Year or the At-Large Coach of the Year thirty-two times. Mike has been a finalist for National Coach of the Year awards three different times. In 2018, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Mike as the Girls Track and Field National Coach of the Year, and in 2022 they inducted Mike into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Tour Schedule:
Nov 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Nov 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Nov 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Nov 8 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Nov 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Nov 9 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Nov 9 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Nov 10 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book spotlight
Nov 11 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Nov 14 – fundinmental – book spotlight
Nov 14 – just_another_mother_with_books – book spotlight 

Momma Llama’s ABC Book of Latin America by Momma Llama & Friends

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Momma Llama & Friends will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Momma Llama’s ABC Book of Latin America is both fun and educational. This multicultural adventure includes people, places, and things from Central and South America – from Mexico to Argentina. The charming illustrations will make you and your child smile. Additionally, each page names the country or region of the subject; parents might learn something too.

About the Author:

Momma Llama envisions a world in which Mom becomes the star and the hero of each fun-filled adventure, giving a new perspective to the way children learn and play.

Each story showcases Momma Llama, a hard-working independent, and adventurous mother, promoting ideas such as teamwork, determination, respect, and the idea that Moms give more than we realize.

Momma Llama aspires to unify the diverse cultures of the Americas by promoting multiculturalism in a fresh new way.

There’s always something new in Momma Llama’s magical world, so join us for more adventures.

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Concrete Evidence by DiAnn Mills

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: October 2022
Number of Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781496451897 (ISBN10: 1496451899)
MY RATING:

Five out of Five Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Goodreads | Tyndale

About This Book

On the family’s Brazos River Ranch in Texas, Avery Elliott helps run her grandfather’s commercial construction business. Raised by Senator Elliott, Avery has never doubted her grandfather is the man of integrity and faith she’s always believed him to be . . . until the day she finds him standing with a gun over the body of a dead man. To make matters worse, Avery’s just discovered a billing discrepancy for materials supposedly purchased for construction of the Lago de Cobre Dam.

Desperate for answers, Avery contacts FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins for help. As Marc works to identify the dead man Avery saw, threats toward Avery create a fresh sense of urgency to pinpoint why someone wants to silence her. With a hurricane approaching the Texas coast and the structural integrity of the Lago de Cobre Dam called into question, time is running out to get to the bottom of a sinister plot that could be endangering the lives of not only Avery and her loved ones but the entire community.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

DiAnn Mills likes for her readers to have an adventure reading her books, and boy was Concrete Evidence a Super special Adventure!! Avery Elliott helps run her grandfather’s commercial construction business, as well as their Brazos River Ranch. Avery’s parents had thrown her out and she was raised by her grandfather, Senator Elliott that she loved very much, and loved his integrity. A good honest man that she thought could do no wrong, that is until she saw him standing over a body, with a Gun. Could the Senator kill someone? Had she been wrong about him all along?

I Love love this book. As FBI Special Agent Marc Wilkins and his partner started investigating the shooting, and digging more to find the person responsible for the crime, they started finding more than they ever believed would happen. And the problem was, it looked as if several of the trusted ranch workers may be involved. In fact, it looked as if there were many that were responsible. As what about Avery Elliott, was she a target for someone to kill off? Was her grandfather? Or what about her parents who hated he grandfather? So may people to watch.

And DiAnn Mills does a phenomenal job writing this story, with her exceptional creating of the characters. I enjoyed the characters and how readers could look into the deep dark crevices of their lives and see just what they are up to. Each character played their parts well, both the ones I love and the ones I didn’t care for. It took me a while to understand the Senator and his grandaughter. And The Senator’s son, aka Avery’s parents, sorry but I just couldn’t find my love for them! And Marc, he was my hero from the beginning. Mills was able to take all of these characters and the rest and weave together a wonderful ending that would work for everyone. If you love an amazing suspense to read. You have to read Concrete Evidence by DiAnn Mills.

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Texas Hill Country

AVERY ELLIOTT SPURRED HER HER HORSE across one of the thirty-five thousand rolling acres of the Brazos River Ranch in the blazing heat. The sultry August wind blew through her hair, bathing her damp face and shoving aside her pensive mood. Granddad had told her once that if he could lasso the wind, he’d ride that bronc to eternity. She’d framed the saying and placed it in the reception area of their office.

Granddad had left at dawn to ride fence and enjoy some solitude and think time. His work habits overruled his stomach, which meant he wouldn’t stop to eat until he’d inspected a recently repaired stretch. Then the Internet had gone down ending her morning’s work. A good excuse for her to get away from the office and spend special time with him.

She lightly grasped the reins of the most wonderful quarter horse on the planet and the perfect cure-all for the morning’s frustration. Closing her eyes, Avery allowed Darcy’s rhythmic gallop to soothe her.

Avery slowed the mare to a walk and twisted her phone from her jeans pocket. Pressing on Granddad’s name in Favorites, she breathed in the sweltering heat and envisioned him fumbling for his phone.

“Mornin’, sweet girl.”

“Can I treat you to a five-star restaurant for lunch?” He chuckled. “You’ll have to fly in the prime rib.”

“I’ve packed us a picnic, and I’m on my way to meet you. Just say where.”

“Drivin’ or ridin’?”

“You’ve hurt Darcy’s feelings.”

“Give her my apologies. I’m west of the river about a mile from the family cemetery. Should be a nice breeze there this morning. We could talk and have lunch with your grandma.”

“Good. I’d planned to stop at her grave while I was out.” The oaks bordering the family plots would offer relief from the hundred-degree temps. With the abundance of summer rain, the area brimmed with green and vibrant wildflowers. “I’ll make sure she has flowers on her grave.”

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. Guess I’m a sentimental old man who never got over his first love.”

Someday Avery wanted the same kind of love. She remembered the woman with warm brown eyes and a loving touch who fell prey to a stroke nearly fifteen years ago and never recovered. “You’re not a sentimental old man but one who misses his wife and best friend.”

“I see her in you.” He sighed. “You have a spirit of strength deep in your heart. Others think you’re quiet—until you’re riled. Then you’d give the devil a run for his money.”

“I hope I can always live up to that strength.”

“You already have. One day you’ll make the right man proud.” “Haven’t found him yet.”

“Time’s just not right. So when will you get here?”

Avery studied the familiar landmarks—thoroughbred horses grazing to the south and cattle taking advantage of the Brazos River. Why anyone would choose to live away from nature’s beauty made little sense to her. “About thirty minutes.”

“You didn’t bring tofu and carrot sticks? Mia’s new diet is killing me. The doctor doesn’t need to worry about my cholesterol or weight because she’s starving me.”

Avery laughed. “No. I packed ham and cheese, jalapeño-bacon potato salad, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and apple pie. You can eat light this evening.”

“I have a political dinner at six o’clock and a deacon meeting at seven thirty. Hey, how did you get the forbidden food past Mia?”

“She was upstairs while I hurried in the kitchen.” Their housekeeper and cook had entered the back side of her sixties and refused to slow down, but Granddad and Avery kept trying. Both knew better than to tell Mia to cut back on her pace unless they were looking to be chased down the road with buckshot in their rears. Granddad had no room to talk. He faced the big seven-oh in October, and he’d made no plans to ease back.

She slipped the phone back into her jeans pocket and hurried Darcy on. Avery wanted to arrive at the picnic site well before Granddad and have lunch set out for him.

Her thoughts crept back to the accounting issue from this morning. A work problem had made another moment at the ranch office torture, and getting away from the computer served as the perfect antidote. In examining Elliott Commercial Construction’s records before the auditors arrived next week, she’d found a discrepancy. A paid bill for materials was much lower than it should have been. Why hadn’t she seen this weeks ago at the completion of the Lago de Cobre Dam? The original bid for the project included the cost to supply additional rock and expand the footprint, footers, and other foundational elements to compensate for the soft ground. Those materials were ordered, canceled, and still the specs showed the work had been completed per the contract.

She’d contacted the material’s supply company, and the accounting manager confirmed they’d invoiced what they supplied. Yet Avery’s files didn’t reflect a different supplier for the required foundation, as though Granddad had substituted inferior materials or hadn’t followed the specs. He’d never sacrifice safety. Even the idea scraped raw against her conscience.

A call had gone to Craig, the foreman, but only voice mail greeted her. The accounting mess would drive her nuts until she resolved it, but she’d have to wait. Granddad would laugh at her fears about the dam’s potentially faulty construction and explain the discrepancy. Accurate details ruled her thoughts, and perfectionism had a way of eating at her logic. A lot of good her Ivy League education accomplished when the numbers didn’t add up.

Granddad said Avery shared his insight and discernment. The ability took practice, prayer, and purpose—his favorite three p’s as though he’d outlined a sermon. But Granddad was wrong. She must have made a mistake, and the error warred within her.

Avery rode the path to the family cemetery. Elliotts had owned this property and been buried there before Texas became a state. Irish, English, and Scottish heritage—hard workers and fighters for faith, family, and freedom. Which had a lot to do with Granddad’s name, Dad’s, and hers—Avery Quinn Elliott, respectively Senior, Junior, and whatever that made her. Fortunately, Granddad went by Quinn or Senator, Dad went by Buddy, and she was simply Avery. Proud family and heritage, although Dad and Mom slipped in applying all three traits of being an Elliott.

Not going there today. After spending time with Granddad and finding out the source of her accounting problem, she—

A shot rang out from the direction of the cemetery.

She dug her heels into Darcy’s side and bolted ahead. Had Granddad met up with a wild pig, a rattler, or even a two-legged varmint? The latter caused her to slow the mare and circle a grove of trees. If she needed her Sig, the firearm rested in a saddlebag beside the packed lunch. Granddad wasn’t in sight. Only his stallion.

She dismounted and grabbed her gun. Tying Darcy to a slender oak, Avery moved closer to the iron gate of the cemetery entrance and prayed he hadn’t been hurt. How had he been a mile west of here when she called him?

Hesitant to call out for him and draw the shooter’s attention to her, she hid behind an oak. A riderless motorcycle—a shiny, blue Yamaha Tracer 9 GT—had parked in the shadow of more trees outside the far edge of the iron fence, a few yards from a worn path leading to the main road.

On the opposite side of the cemetery, Granddad bent over a man, whose blood stained his chest and pooled on the ground. He felt for a pulse and lifted his head to the cloudless sky. In Granddad’s gloved right hand rested a gun. He shoved the weapon into his front belt and lifted his phone to his ear.

“He’s dead. This has to end.” Granddad scanned the area, no doubt searching for someone. “I want Avery kept out of this, but I’m expecting her in the next twenty minutes.” He kicked the dirt with the toe of his boot. “He parked on the road and walked back. She isn’t to know about any of it. I’ll handle the situation on my end. . . . Yes, I’ll be careful and not let the authorities know what happened. Look, I need to move his body out of sight. He was a friend, one of the best. I despise where this has gone.” Granddad waved his hand. “I told you Avery won’t be a problem.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure? Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards, the Golden Scroll, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, an active member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. DiAnn continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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FOR LOVE AND MERCY: A Novel by C. Ingrid Deringer

Join us for this tour from Oct 24 to Nov 11, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  FOR LOVE AND MERCY: A Novel by C. Ingrid Deringer
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  195 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction 
Publisher:  FRIESEN PRESS
Release date:  August 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA and Canada), ebook (EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: Oct 24 to Nov 11, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13. There is a death, near-death experience, some swearing, no explicit sex scenes.  

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Book Description:

“Suddenly angelic beings of light appeared. They said I was at a crossroad, and it was here where I had to make a choice . . .”

In 2022, forty-two-year-old Dr. Stormy Hera, a music professor at the University of Victoria, is serving a manslaughter sentence at Sunnydale Forensic Hospital in British Columbia.

Although she can’t recall committing the crime, she feels strongly that she did the right thing. In the hopes of jogging her memory and healing her soul, Stormy is tasked with writing her autobiography as part of her rehabilitation.

​Spanning the 1940s to 2026, and set in the Saskatchewan prairies, Olympia, Greece, and Canada’s West Coast, For Love and Mercy follows the lives of free-spirited Evangeline, and Stormy herself—including a near-death experience that changes everything. 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This interesting and descriptive story takes place in the early 1940’s through to 2026, and is set in several different areas, the Saskatchewan prairies, Olympia, Greece, and Canada’s West Coast. I really enjoyed traveling with the characters to each of these beautiful places. For Love and Mercy is a powerful story that will tug at my heart for a very long time.

I don’t know why but when I saw this book cover, I didn’t think so much about this being a family book. Don’t get me wrong the cover is stunning, a cover that I would go for first in a bookstore. For Love and Mercy is such a beautifully written story, a story that is so realistic it seems almost impossible that it’s fiction. With all of the twists and turns, it is surprising where the story takes us at times. Writing about all of the ups and downs, the issues of the human life isn’t always an easy task. Through her unique and realistic characters, Ms. Deringer takes readers through lots of different emotions, sometimes it was difficult for me to keep reading, other times I couldn’t put the book down. There was some hide humor sprinkled through that was enjoyable. All in all this is a really good read. I give For Love and Mercy Five Stars. This is a book that everyone should read. It is really that good!!

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

Meet the Author:

Charlotte Ingrid Deringer was born into a large family in Saskatchewan, Canada and has lived all across the country, on the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between. 

Her family’s love of music, dance and practical jokes left a tremendous impression on her, but it was her voracious appetite for adventure that has driven her to experience life to the fullest. She was in her 50s when her creative passions ignited, fueling her desire to write fiction. 

Ingrid holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Women’s Studies and is also an Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Therapist, a Life Cycle Celebrant and a Meditation Teacher.  She has worked in the health and wellness field, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and chronic illness for over 25 years. 

Now semi-retired, Ingrid loves to hang out with her grandchildren and spend winters in warm climates with her feet in the sand where she can write to her heart’s content. 

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Tour Schedule:

Oct 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 25 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight
Oct 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 27 – Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Oct 28 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 31 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 31 – Splashes of Joy  – book review / giveaway
Nov 1 – The Page Ladies – book review
Nov 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Nov 4 – @shangread_la – book review / author interview / giveaway
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I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 8 – Book Reviews by Taylor – book review
Nov 9 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 11  Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
TBD – She Just Loves Books – book review  giveaway

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After Our Castle by Kellyn Roth

About the Book

Book: After Our Castle

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction

Release date: October, 2022

MY RATING: FIVE STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A year into a blissfully happy marriage, Violet Angel admits to a dose of skepticism. She’s not married, granted—but as the closest friend of the bride and groom, she feels she has a perspective no one but the people directly involved could have. There’s no such thing as a happy ending, and it’s only a matter of time before the castle in the sky plummets to earth.

If only Violet were always wrong instead of just mostly wrong. Ivy McAllen doesn’t believe she and her new husband are out of the honeymoon period—if they are, she isn’t going to admit it to herself—but there are certainly areas of adjustment that she hadn’t expected.

Changes at the village of Keefmore and in Ivy’s life lead to complications, and Violet spirals further and further from reality. When a castle in the sky turns to be more cloud than stronghold, finding a foothold proves to be more than a little difficult.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

After our Castle it a little different from the first five books in the series. Which, by the way is book 6 of an at least the 10 book Alice and Ivy series from Kellyn Roth. I did enjoy this series very much. Roth covers some pretty touchy subjects that some people may not appreciate but I understand why as I continued to read this book. I think these edgy issues is important to the book. Roth does a marvelous job writing this book, and creating characters that were so realistic. I enjoyed
Ivy and Jordy’s story. Roth takes their marriage and shows the ups and downs, but also their faith running throughout the book. The ending leaves you a little bit lost, but is Kellyn’s extras, it seems there will be a book to make this ending work for everyone. I encourage you to check out this book by Kellyn Roth. And while you are checking, checkout the other books in this series. This is a wonderful series to read and I highly recommend them.

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

About the Author

After our Castle it a little different from the first five books in the series. Which, by the way is book 6 of an at least the 10 book Alice and Ivy series from Kellyn Roth. I did enjoy this series very much. Roth covers some pretty touchy subjects that some people may not appreciate but I understand why as I continued to read this book. I think these edgy issues is important to the book. Roth does a marvelous job writing this book, and creating characters that were so realistic. I enjoyed Ivy and Jordy’s story. Roth takes their marriage and shows the ups and downs, but also their faith running throughout the book. The ending leaves you a little bit lost, but is Kellyn’s extras, it seems there will be a book to make this ending work for everyone. I encourage you to check out this book by Kellyn Roth. And while you are checking, checkout the other books in this series. This is a wonderful series to read and I highly recommend them. This book is getting Five Stars from me. 

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

Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.

More from Kellyn

After Our Castle was a book I didn’t think I would ever write. Oh, I considered writing a short story or two about the early years of Ivy and Jordy’s marriage, yes, but it wasn’t until last year that I decided that I would write a full-length novel.

Why did I hesitate? I’m writing a family saga, after all, and I plan on covering every stage of my characters’ lives in the 10+ books I’m planning (this being book 6). Well, I didn’t think there was anything to be discussed about Ivy and Jordy’s early married days, as there was with my other book couple, Alice and Peter. Nothing interesting, I thought, happens until 1890, eight years into their union. So why write about anything before then?

Then I realized just how much backstory I was packing into that book. And I realized that, for my writing style, there are so many little things that can add up into a book. And that became the story that is After Our Castle.

The novel wasn’t an easy one to write. It required a lot of subtlety and doesn’t precisely have the most perfect ending. But I knew, if I wanted to set up book 8, I would have to write the novel this way.

So here we go. Another book I wasn’t sure about–but that careful writing and even more careful editing, along with a lot of prayer, have turned into a story I’m actually rather proud of.

I hope you enjoy After Our Castle!

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 18

lakesidelivingsite, October 19

Losing the Busyness, October 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 20

Texas Book-aholic, October 21

Inklings and notions, October 22

For Him and My Family, October 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 24

deb’s Book Review, October 25

Cover Lover Book Review, October 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 26

Connie’s History Classroom, October 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 28

Holly’s Book Corner, October 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 29

Splashes of Joy, October 30

Pause for Tales, October 31

Spoken from the Heart, October 31

Giveaway

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

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

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Reunion in Saltwater Beach by Julie Carobini

About the Book

Book: Reunion in Saltwater Beach

Author: Julie Carobini

Genre: Christian Romance

Release date: June 22, 2022

From the author of Walking on Sea Glass … He’s a big city lawyer. She’s the small town beach girl who broke his heart. Any hope for a second chance expired twelve years earlier …

Jax Cooper returns to Saltwater Beach but has no plans to stay any longer than necessary. Once his mother’s estate is wrapped up, he’ll be on a plane back to Chicago—and hopefully to a future as the youngest law partner in his firm.

Addi Barrett never left the small beach town of Saltwater. She chose instead to dote on her ailing mother, help her father’s business, and find new friendships in old places. That didn’t mean she never had dreams of her own …

When a Cooper family member goes missing, a foster dog needs some lovin’, and a long-hidden secret bubbles to the surface, Jax and Addi find themselves thrown together over and over again.

Can they find their way to a second chance at love? Or will past hurts rise up to make happily-ever-after impossible?

MY THOUGHTS THIS BOOK

I thoroughly enjoyed Reunion in Saltwater Beach by Julie Carobini. This book focuses on Jax and the Cooper Family. The family were all together for their mothers funeral. A lot of decisions had to be made among the family, and as they discussed these things, Jax was a little homesick because he realizes how much he has missed his family.

This fabulous addition to the beach series is comforting and interesting. I really like these wonderful characters Julie Carobini creates, and each has a special part in their family as well as this book. I felt like I was a part of the family as I read this book. I like Jax and especially after his times with his old flame Addi were spending more time together. Addi was a sweetheart as well. The author does an amazing job writing this book and I enjoyed the multitude of details that definitely came from a lot of research. I also love and appreciate the faith in the lives of the characters, especially showing that the characters should always put the Lord first in everything the do and depend on Him.

If you enjoy a good beach read that can really be read anytime and anywhere, this would be the perfect book for you to check out! This book is getting Five Stars from me.

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

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About the Author


JULIE CAROBINI
 writes inspirational beach writes inspirational beach romances. She is the author of 22+ books across two names and is known for spunky heroines, charming heroes, quirky friends, and the secrets they keep. Her bestselling titles include Walking on Sea Glass, Runaway Tide, Finding Stardust, The Christmas Thief, and more. Julie has received awards for writing and editing from The National League of American Pen Women and American Christian Fiction Writers and she is a double finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. She lives on the California coast with her husband, Dan and their rescue pup, Dancer—not far from their young adult children. Grab a free short story here: https://BookHip.com/LWQFHGJ

More from Julie

Do you love a good secret? Me too. Some of my favorite books contain secrets just begging to be revealed. Add in a feel-good romance, some family drama, and a heaping dose of faith, and now we’re talking.

In Reunion in Saltwater Beach, Jax Cooper jetted away to college a dozen years earlier and rarely looked back. His best friend, Addi Barrett, stayed in the town of Saltwater, often wondering what might have been between the two of them. She also carried a secret she hoped never to revisit.

But that was before Jax returned home for his mother’s memorial. And his sister had a meltdown. And one of his brothers disappeared …

On a personal note, while writing this novel, I was unaware that my precious father would pass away just weeks before it released. Honestly, those months leading up to this story’s debut were … hard. But God!

I mention this because, during those last few weeks, my own brothers and I found ourselves talking on the phone or texting daily. Hourly at times. It was an intense time that brought us closer together as siblings—and showed our differences too.

Now I have an extra special place in my heart for the wild and wacky Cooper siblings. (Is it possible to feel a personal connection to a fictional family? Answer = yes )

Of course, I also found myself both fretting and rooting for Jax and Addi to, somehow, find their way to a second chance at love—despite the past that got in their way. And that’s no secret.

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you!

Julie

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 24

Blogging With Carol, October 24

Texas Book-aholic, October 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 27

For Him and My Family, October 27

Inklings and notions, October 28

She Lives to Read, October 29

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

Splashes of Joy, October 30

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 1

Holly’s Book Corner, November 1

lakesidelivingsite, November 2

deb’s Book Review, November 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 4

Mary Hake, November 4

Through the Fire Blogs, November 5

Pause for Tales, November 6

Cover Lover Book Review, November 6

her tour, Julie is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 and a copy of Reunion in Saltwater Beach!!
(eBook will be sent for an international winner)

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

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The Matchmakers of Holly Circle by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: The Matchmakers of Holly Circle

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian / Romance / Christmas

Release date: November 21, 2014

My Rating: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

They’ve been in love for ten years, but it takes an interfering neighbor with a penchant for poker to unravel the mystery of their persistent platonic relationship.

Flirtation can be an art, or so they say. Well, if so, Ruth and Richard are “the old masters” of the flirting game. Despite their strictly platonic relationship, there’s “something there,” as so many of their friends and families say. Neighbors and friends for ten years, neither seems willing to change the course of their relationship.

Three doors down, at the end of the cul-de-sac, Mason Dickenson has watched his favorite neighbors with an interested eye, but he’s finally had it with the dance. So, with a pack of cards and a few tricks up his sleeve, he’s determined to get them out of the “friend rut” and into romance.

Thanks to Mason’s unique matchmaking scheme, Ruth and Richard concoct one of their own—a deeper, stronger, eternal love and relationship that nothing on earth can match.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Matchmakers of Holly Circle is about Ruth and Richard, two people who have been in a platonic relationship for ten years. It seems that everyone on their street knows they are in love except this duo. Finally, a gentleman a few doors down decides to beef up his matchmaking skills to show them their real feelings for each other. But does it work.

I love this beautiful and fun story, and it gets better the more you read. Chautona Havig does a fabulous job writing this sweet romance with a bit of underlying mystery. Mason’s matchmaking skills he uses are exceptional, and very intriguing. The entire story was so well written, the characters, some I really love and some I really didn’t, but we need them all to came the story more colorful and enjoyable. It’s truly a sweet Christmas story you are sure to want to read during the Christmas season. I am happy to give The Matchmakers of Holly Circle by Chautona Havig Five out of Five Stars.

**And as a special note. You can find The Matchmakers of Holly Circle by Chautona Havig on Kindle Unlimited, along with many other Christmas stories from this author.

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

About the Author

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

More from Chautona

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Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, October 14

She Lives To Read, October 15

Holly’s Book Corner, October 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 16

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

deb’s Book Review, October 18

Pause for Tales, October 18

Lots of Helpers, October 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 23

Cover Lover Book Review, October 23

Blogging With Carol, October 24

Simple Harvest Reads, October 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, October 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 26

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/2200a/the-matchmakers-of-holly-circle-celebration-tour-giveaway

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