Tour and Giveaway for What You Said to Me by Olivia Newport

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About the Book

Book: What You Said to Me

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: November 2020

Book 4 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees

When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.

What You Said to Me is the fourth book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

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What you said to me is Book 4 in the Tree of Life Series. I haven’t read all of the books in this series but I didn’t have any problems reading this one as a stand alone. Nolan is a lawyer who lives with his daughter Jillian, a genealogist. I love Jillian’s job and has so much fun following her on her research throughout this story. Things got somewhat tense when her dad, Nolan decides to help a teenager, Tisha Crowder after she gets in trouble for shoplifting.

I enjoyed this story so much, and I love that it is split-time, going back and forth from 1893 to the present. I always find it so interesting that two different stories can be so much alike, as it us here. I really felt bad for Tisha, even with her attitude. I hurt for her because of the troubled live life she was in. There is so much going on in this story. I wanted the story to keep going so I could experience more of Jullian’s interesting job.

Olivia Newport does an amazing job with her characters, and I enjoyed watching them as they grew throughout the story. I will sure go back and read the previous books just in case she writes another one in this series. As you can see I throughly enjoyed this book. If you enjoy historical stories, stories that are split-time, generations from current to back in time, have an interest in genealogy, I highly recommend this book to you. You won’t be able to put it down until the end!

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

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

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Careful Words

“You didn’t just say that.” Or, “I can’t believe you said that.”

Have you ever said that in retort to someone whose comment offended or wounded? I know I have. But what cuts me even more deeply is when I say to myself, “I can’t believe I just said that.”

The words of a parent at wit’s end, a spouse harboring hurt, a friend saddened by misunderstanding, an employee feeling undercut—they have all been my words. And they came out too fast to swallow back before they did their damage.

I hope I have also had the words of a parent who set aside busyness to listen, a spouse offering loving encouragement, a friend checking in with someone going through a tough patch, a coworker curious to see how I could help rather than compete. Those are the kinds of words I’ve never regretted, never had to repent of, never had to do rebuild from.

I certainly didn’t write What You Said to Me because I think I get it right all the time or even most of the time. Far from it! In our culture of rushing and achieving and—let’s face it, sometimes just getting through the demands of the day—sometimes our words are the last thing we are careful with. Yet they have the longest lasting consequence in our relationships and families—sometimes for generations. The dual-timeline story traces how words that injure became a pattern in one family line until one girl finally fought back to find healing for her future.

My challenge for myself, and all who read What You Said to Me, is to be the person who speaks healing words of hope so that “I can’t believe you said that” becomes “Thank you for saying that.”

If you have a particularly poignant experience of how another’s words impacted you, I’d love to hear from you.

Olivia Newport

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, November 21

deb’s Book Review, November 21

Remembrancy, November 22

Connect in Fiction, November 22

lakesidelivingsite, November 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 23

Splashes of Joy, November 24

Robin’s Nest, November 24

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 24

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 25

Mamma Loves Books, November 25

Pause for Tales, November 25

Godly Book Reviews, November 26

Lis Loves Reading, November 26

Hallie Reads, November 26

Older & Smarter?, November 27

Texas Book-aholic, November 27

Inklings and notions, November 28

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 28

The Write Escape, November 28

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

Blogging With Carol, November 29

Mary Hake, November 29

For Him and My Family, November 30

Artistic Nobody, November 30 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Betti Mace, December 1

Worthy2Read, December 1

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 1

Lots of Helpers, December 2

Bigreadersite, December 2

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 2

Amanda Tero, blog, December 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 3

For the Love of Literature, December 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 4

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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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Spotlight and giveaway for Mages Unbound: Book 2 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt

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Join us for this tour from Nov 18 to Dec 22, 2018!

Book Details:

Book Title: Mages Unbound: Book 2 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series

Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 480 pages
Genre Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  Nov 2020
Content Rating:

Book Description:

It’s ironic to find out your whole life has been a lie when you’re married to a truth-teller.
If only Mary could find some humor in it. She’s drowning her sorrow in vodka and song when a surprise visit from her youngest sister jolts her into accepting the magical reality hidden from her for fifty years.  
Mary’s epiphany can’t come soon enough because her fresh start may be the only thing that can save her siblings and the world from an utter melt-down.
As the two Bant sisters grapple with sirens, faeries and the FBI in America, their brother is trapped in a high-stakes game of mage politics in Australia. Meanwhile, middle-sister Amy’s malfunctioning mage-sight forces her to seek help from the very same mages who tricked her once before.

Can Mary pull herself together in time to rescue her family from the coming war?
Mages Unbound is a paranormal women’s fiction novel, told from the perspective of the Bant family members. This is Book 2 in the Fifth Mage War Series, a magical epic about sirens, fae, and family ties.

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Book Title: Sirens Unbound: Book 1 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series

Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 548 pages
Genre Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  July 29, 2019
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“Loved it! Members of the Bant family become entwined in an upcoming mage war in this epic urban fantasy novel about sirens, fae, and family ties.” — Michelle Hogmire, Reedsy Discovery

“a unique take and meshing of different established ideas… Sirens that feed and aid? Fae trapped in England as a prisoner camp? Mage’s getting optical surgery for magick sight? I really loved the combination of ideas and I thought they all worked together surprisingly well … I found myself immersed in watching the fae emerge and interested in Amy’s work. I appreciated not being talked down to on either side, as a reader. Some writers over-explain or use too much jargon. This was just the right mix for me. And the descriptions placed me in each scene. I’d definitely buy this.” — Mel Candea, Ink & Insights

 

 


Book Description:

Amy’s day starts with three things: Coffee, breakfast, then brains. In that order.
Relax, it’s not what you think. She’s just your everyday neurosurgeon who can fix everyone’s brain but her own. It doesn’t matter if she has fifty years of life experience and regularly works with mages—she’s still a mundane.

She’s turning fifty, and her last achievement was what, ten years ago? She’s not sure if anyone even remembers it.

Determined not to be a one-hit-wonder, Amy jumps head-first into a new opportunity. Literally.
Some people have affairs to deal with a midlife crisis—Amy has brain surgery.

The results are even bigger than her career ambitions, and Dr. Amy Bant will need the help of her siblings to survive what comes next. Cordelia, an agoraphobic underwater photographer, Thomas, a playboy with a Brazilian tourism business, and Mary, a choir director with a truth-teller husband are all keys to unlocking secrets a whole lot closer to home than any of them could have realized. 

Turning fifty doesn’t have to be mundane—not when you’re in the Bant family!
Sirens Unbound is a paranormal women’s fiction novel told from each member of the Bant family. This is Book 1 in the Fifth Mage War  Series, a magical epic about sirens, fae, and family ties.
 
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BEFORE WE READ ABOUT THE AUTHOR, LET’S READ THIS VERY INTERESTING INTERVIEW

Q: How do you balance your time between your writing and your family?

A: I have four school-age children. When I was working full-time, I barely had time to read, let alone write! But after I stopped working, I discovered that there were a few glorious hours during the school day when I could actually focus on what I wanted to accomplish. Of course with everyone at home now, it’s been harder to find my own time. But writing keeps me sane, so I try to find a half hour here and there to sneak off.

Q: How does your faith inform your writing?

A: I like to think my faith informs everything I do, most especially my writing. Christian fantasy writers have a long history – from C.S. Lewis and his Narnia books to L.E. Modesitt and his Imager series (which includes actual sermons). I’m not writing a classic fantasy series where the villains are utterly irredeemable forces of darkness. Instead, my villains start out as heroes. I think their transformation is just as interesting as the rise of heroes. All my main characters have a chance to be great — it comes down to their decisions. Some will make the right choices, but they often falter (just like us regular people ☺). When my characters fall down the slippery slope of justifying wrong-doing (for extremely worthwhile causes), they begin their fall from grace. The question is whether they can turn it around or not.

Q: You’ve traveled outside the country? Where would you like to go next?

A: I’ve never been to Australia. Since so much of Mages Unbound takes place there, I would really like to actually visit the country. Of course, Australian culture in my world is SO different from the real Australia, I don’t think my work on the book will actually help me acclimate 😉

Q: You say the Australia in your world is quite different from the real Australia — in what way?

A: I had fun making the Australians super-formal, with fussy and tight clothing styles. Since Aussies are known for being laid-back, I thought this would help readers distinguish the Australians of my world to actual Australians. In my world, a mage cabal rules Australia as an apartheid state, where mages have a lot more legal rights than their mundane citizens. All Australians are devoted to their cause of freeing the mages of Europe and America from their self-imposed “enclave bonds,” but have little sympathy or understanding for non-mages. I really love writing about my Australians, and can’t wait to explore their world view further as I continue writing this series.

Q: Why do you write fantasy fiction?

A: I write the kind of books I like to read. While I read a ton of romance novels, historical fiction and mysteries, most of my library is filled with sci-fi and fantasy. While fantastic worlds draw me in, it’s the characters that keep me reading. I love magic and science so advanced it’s like magic, but more than that, it’s the people fantasy authors write about that make me love the genre so much.

Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

A: It was such a learning experience — from start to finish! I think I cut and re-wrote 70% of the first book. And like most authors, if I were going to write it again now, the story would be very different. There’s so much to learn from the process of doing. Our culture places such emphasis on training & book-learning. But honestly, I think we learn so much more by doing & by the feedback we receive from others who experience our work product.

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“Can’t there be just one thing, one pure source of truth, that doesn’t have to be questioned? I’ve changed so much — I don’t want to change religions!”

Poor Mira! Can you imagine how hard it must be to be caught between a world of magick and the mundane world? It’s especially difficult for her because she doesn’t discover she’s a siren until she’s thirty years old. She spends the next forty years clinging to her human life.

Her unwillingness to abandon her human children is a large part of what keeps her in the mundane world. Unlike most sirens who transition from human to siren, Mira isn’t willing to break with her family when she changes. But even after her children are grown, Mira still can’t bring herself to embrace a new life. She’s held back by her fear that if she acknowledges the truth — that she’s a siren — she will be accepting the fact that she may no longer be welcome in the church.

For some readers, this may not be such a big challenge. But for people with strong ties to a faith community, the prospect of being outcast can be even more of a horror than the thought of being divorced by your spouse. 

In my books, sirens are a hybrid creation developed by a great mage years ago, artificially constructed by magick. Mira worries that because sirens were created by a mage, not God, that the Pope will declare that have no souls. So ever since Mira discovered that she was a siren, she’s been tortured by the fear that she’ll be excommunicated if the church becomes aware that sirens exist. I don’t delve into this sub-theme beyond one rather poignant scene in Mages Unbound, but am laying the groundwork for Mira to eventually address her crisis of faith in later books. 

Most fiction stories only explore the heartache of a broken relationship in the context of a failed romance. But such devastating heartbreak can happen when you’re fired from your job, when a friend ghosts you, or when your church no longer accepts you. In Mages Unbound, Mira worries that she isn’t really God’s beloved daughter. But her journey of faith will continue in the next book!


Meet the Author:

An avid sf/fantasy reader, Laura Engelhardt writes the kind of book she likes to read: fantasy with intricate worlds and complex characters facing moral dilemmas. She started writing plays in college, then moved to Germany, where she continued to write while teaching ESL to executives. After moving back to the U.S., she supported her playwriting by teaching ballroom dance and working retail. Deciding that living in her parents’ attic wasn’t for her, Laura went to law school and then spent the next seventeen years as a lawyer and compliance officer in New York City. In 2017, she quit Wall Street and began helping people resolve disputes as a mediator and arbitrator. She now lives in New Jersey with her family.

connect with author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Nov 18 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 19 Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Nov 19 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Nov 20 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 20 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 –Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Nov 24 – Instagram.com/asreadbydanielle – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / author interview / giveaway
Nov 25 – The Momma Spot – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND
Nov 26 –The Review Crew – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Instagram.com/asreadbydanielle – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 3 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 4 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Dec 4 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 8 –Amy’s Booket List – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 9 – The Momma Spot – book review of MAGES UNBOUND
Dec 10 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 10 – Gwendalyn’s Books  – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – The Review Crew – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 15 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 15 – Gwendalyn’s Books  – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 16 – Westveil Publishing – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND
Dec 17 – Westveil Publishing – book review of MAGES UNBOUND
Dec 21 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 22 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway

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BOOK Tour and Giveaway for Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone #CCPrism

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Cupcakes & Crumbs
(Berry Lake Cupcake Posse #1)
By Melissa McClone
Women’s Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 237 Pages
November 17, 2020 by Cardinal Press, LLC

After life takes five women on different paths, a death brings them home. But friendship might not be enough to keep them together.

When Bria Landon and her estranged father each inherit fifty percent of a small-town cupcake shop, her dad hires her worst enemy, and first love, to turn the place into a soulless franchise…or sell it.

To save her aunt’s legacy, Bria needs the help of people who love the bakery as much as she does—her old friends who worked there fifteen years ago. Except each woman is dealing with her own problem:

Juliet, who’s trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife; Missy, a widow who fears losing the job she loves; Nell, who’s meddling mother won’t stop playing matchmaker; and Selena, a life coach who excels at fixing everyone else’s lives…but hasn’t a clue what’s missing in her own.

Each woman wants to believe their friendship can overcome anything. But as the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse reunite to save their beloved cupcake shop, they soon discover the undertaking will bring more trouble than they expected.

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Melissa McClone’s Cupcakes & Crumbs doesn’t exactly start out sweet and crumbly as the cover looks. It’s death that starts the story here with Bria and her dad, who don’t get along I may add, inherits her aunts bakery. And her dad ends up hiring her worst enemy. But Bria knows she has to do something so she calls on a group of friends that have previously worked at the bakery to save it.

This is a complicated book because each of these friends have issues of their own that could sure cause conflict. But the sweetness of Berry Lake Cupcake Posse flows through. I did love the friendship coming back to life as the ladies worked together to save this special bakery Bria’s aunt loved so well. The characters were well created, and interesting to say the least. As the story unfolds, the characters develop well, and I could feel a definite change in their attitude. I give this story a Four Stars and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I am eager to find out what happens to this group of friends, as well as Bria and the difficult person her dad hires to get the Bakery back in order.

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


USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa McClone writes heartwarming women’s fiction and sweet contemporary romance novels for Cardinal Press, Tule Publishing Group, and Harlequin Books. When she’s not writing relatable characters and sigh-worthy happy endings, she spends rainy Pacific Northwest reading from her Kindle’s ever-growing TBR, napping, and decorating her Happy Planner. Melissa lives in Washington state with her husband, three children, a Norwegian Elkhound, and three cats who think they rule the house. They do!
  
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A Cupcakes & Crumbs Prize Pack, which includes:
A $10 Amazon gift card, cupcake makeup bag set, cupcake charm, cupcake socks, set of magnetic clips, lip gloss, key chain, sticker, swag pack, and bookmark (US only)

Ends November 25, 2020

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Tour and Giveaway for I Will Always Love You by Ashley Lee London

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Join us for this tour from Nov 16 to Dec 11, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  I Will Always Love You by Ashley Lee London
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 yrs +),  287 pages
Genre: Romance
PublisherAshley Lee London
Release date:   June 2020
Content Rating:  PG. No F Words, I can think of several swear words and one very mild sex scene after its conclusion.

Book Description:

Grace Parrish made two mistakes when she fell in love. She forgot her mother’s stories of segregation. “Don’t love a white man, Grace. It’s too hard and he’ll break your heart.” Even worse, she fell in love with her best friend’s husband, Peter. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is a poignant story about the foundation of marriage: love, honor, and fidelity—and the heartache of unrequited love. The must-read story shows how the power of love can overcome adversity, the pain of loss, and rejection because of racial heritage. Grace honors her best friend Lori’s marriage and refuses to pursue an affair, yet her heart will not allow her to love another. The bond of Peter’s love continues after Lori’s passing. During a chance meeting between Peter and Grace, much to their surprise,  a spark ignites that causes them each to wonder, “Could it be that we’ve been given a second chance to fall in love?” 

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EIFFEL TOWER by Ashley Lee London

There are people who argue Paris is nothing more than a mirror of other large metropolitan cities in the world. Nightlights that slip past the horizon and the shuffle of tens of thousands of shoes. Such a foolish declaration. Their hearts are cold and cloistered.

I have loved in Paris. My lover’s arms embraced me as I drank my morning coffee on the hotel terrace. The mist rising, revealing the Cathédrale Notre Dame, 

Let me tell you a short story. 

Deidre dismissed those who devalued love’s grasp on Paris. She knew better after listening to her parents describe their visit. Soon, photographs of Paris from every angle hung in her room. She longed to stand at the Eiffel Tower and drink wine at a sidewalk café on the Champs-Élysées. Watch the men of the world stroll past her table. Fall in love.

Her friends thought the impossible of Deidre’s dream. They dismissed the miniature iconic Eiffel Tower on her desk. She was one of dozens of secretaries in the Wall Street brokerage office. Travel to Paris was expensive. Very expensive.

Deidre refused to surrender to opinion. She quit her job and moved closer to home. Her savings grew with a premium position at another brokerage office. Sleep became difficult two years later when her lifetime dream was days away. Paris. The city of love was hers to conquer.

She cruised the Seine and roared her approval of the can-can dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Stood silent in awe at the five-hundred-year plus Mona Lisa. Studied French history in the Arc de Triomphe muséum.

Men were plentiful with their broad false smiles and lecherous eyes. They fixated on her full figure, blonde hair cascading freely onto her shoulders, and blue eyes that searched for honesty and integrity. Her heart sank. Had Paris been a mistake? 

The last day. The Eiffel Tower. She considered canceling the visit and catching an early flight home. Why suffer another heartache? No. She had traveled 3,800 miles. She may never return. A taxi delivered her to the iconic site.

Why he approached her, she did not know. He was a passerby wearing a dark blue Italian-cut business suit and a designer leather briefcase. The tower was obviously not on his agenda. Perhaps he became distressed to see her sad face. Perhaps he believed no one should approach the tower without awe in their eyes. Her step was mechanical and lacked enthusiasm. 

For whatever reason, he changed his course and approached her. Experience taught her how to read peoples intent. Unlike other men she had met, she sensed his concern for her was genuine. They were honorable.

She reached into her tote bag to pay for the elevator ride to the top when her bag slipped off her shoulder. A hand reached out and retrieved her bag.

“Je vous en prie, mademoiselle. May I join you in the elevator and allow me to show you my city?”

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This book was like a generation whirlwind. Which to be honest, was very confusing. But first, the back of the book Blurb is very misleading, it happens way after, like a generation after what we already gave read. Perhaps you can see Amazon for a more accurate book Blurb. This is a very difficult review for me to write. There are multiple characters throughout the generations, it is hard to keep up with who is who. There is so much that just don’t add up. Like, and I won’t use names to spoil it, but one of the characters asking a friend of her moms to be her Godfather, then loving he and his wife so much, she pushes her mom she loves so much to the wayside. And there are so many thing like this happening in the book. I think maybe the author is trying to cram too much plot into one story. And it just didn’t work for me.

I did enjoy parts of the story. The beginning is heartbreaking, and parents should have paid for the way they treated their daughter. And I love the way the daughter was determined to find a way to take care of herself, and it wasn’t easy for her. (None of this in the back page blurb). And then the jumping back and forth began. And one thing I missed, the language is far worse than Indicated. I’m giving this book a Three Stars, which I hate doing, because I think this story has potential, it just needs a lot of fixing and editing.

I still encourage you to read the book. I would love to see what others think. Readers need to see more than my opinion.

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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What made you write a book about romance?

My life has centered on romance and falling in love since my first crush in the fifth grade. Love embraces me and comforts me. These experiences have given me a sensitivity on writing the dialogue and constructing the story. Love never travels in a straight line. It is a mountain road with curves of omissions and misunderstandings.

What advice would you give budding writers?

First, the new writer must learn the grammar rules. Failure to achieve this goal will doom any hope for success. Second and equally important is to meet and associate with other writers, including critique partners and local and state writer’s association meetings. 

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

My inspiration comes from personal experiences and observing couples in a variety of different circumstances. I have also developed stories lying in bed at night and unable to fall asleep.

If you could put yourself as a character in your novel, who would you be?

I would be Pamela who suffered the pain of loss and endured an impossible love. Despite the obstacles, love clasped her hand and led her on a lifetime of fulfillment. 

Where do you write?  Do you write every day?  What is your writing schedule?

I write five days a week for approximately six hours each day. I am fortunate to have a private library to shut the door and step into my story. The world slips away, and I am blessed. 

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Meet the Author:

America’s new romance author.

connect with the author: twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:

Nov 16 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 – I’m Into Books – books spotlight / giveaway
Nov 19 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 27 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Instagram.com/asreadbydanielle  – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – The Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 –Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 4 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 – Novels N Latte Review – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Dec 11 –  Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

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Grand Finale for HER INCONVENIENT CHRISTMAS REUNION by Nina Singh

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We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Author Interview

What inspired you to write HER INCONVENIENT CHRISTMAS REUNION?

I was first inspired to write Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion after a once in a lifetime trip to California for a wine tour in Napa Valley. The scenery was so inspiring and breathtakingly lovely, I knew I had to plot my next book in such a setting.

Splashes of Joy – Review

“I love romance stories like this. Where the two main characters have a past, and things are touchy when they are thrown together, usually because of work. And this [is] just what happens here with Zayn and Izzy. . . . This is a sweet story that is wonderful to read during the Christmas season! Oh and that kiss under the lights, that’s a Wow! You just have to read it! . . . I encourage you to check out this sweet Christmas romance. It doesn’t take long to read so this is a wonderful one for those who don’t have the time for a full book!”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

“I’m afraid we’re all out of toys,” she told whoever the newcomer was, not bothering to look. “And you probably won’t want a picture.”

“On the contrary,” replied a deep, masculine and all-too-familiar voice. “I would love a photo. You have got to be the most adorable elf I’ve ever seen.”

Izzy stood frozen in place, at a complete loss for words. She had no question who that voice belonged to. She’d know it anywhere despite all the years that had passed since she’d heard it. Zayn Joffman. As if this day hadn’t been bad enough already.

Hallie Reads – Review

“What a fun Christmas romance! . . . I am so in the mood for Christmas romances already, so I enjoyed Nina Singh’s Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion. As Zayn and Izzy get a second chance at love, Singh sets the scene interestingly and beautifully with their shared vineyard. It is all a delight to experience, so I easily recommend this quick read to other readers in need of a holiday romance.”

Wishful Endings – Guest Post

Holiday Traditions

Writing a holiday story is always so much fun for me. Though it can be a bit disorienting because often I find myself working on a Christmas book in the middle of July! But it serves as a great reminder of all the wonderful holiday traditions I have to look forward to in a few short months. This year in particular has been one in which I (and I’m sure many others) yearn for the familiar and comforting. . .

Becky on Books – Review

“From the first scene they’re in together (a too-small elf costume plays a part!) to the last, Zayn and Izzy light up the page. They have a lot of work to get through to find their HEA—each has family issues in addition to their own relationship problems to resolve—and it’s by no means a smooth ride from start to finish. But a little Parisian magic and a dash of Christmas spirit (plus, I did mention that there’s only one bed, yes? 😉 ) ease the way to a sweet ending that may have you looking for your own slightly snug holiday outfit…or maybe just a second chance?”

Red Headed Book Lady – Review

“Such a fun and delightful read and right before Christmas too!

This book is full of love, redemption, forgiveness, friendships and mending past hurts.

I very much enjoyed this novel.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“I enjoyed this sweet romance. . . The characters are well-developed. It’s easy to feel their emotions. . . . I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy a good true romance. This story is a great read.”

E-Romance News – Excerpt

Steady, girl. She’d best be sure to remember this was nothing more than a business meeting.

Izzy slowed her gait and forced away the smile that had crept onto her face when she hadn’t been paying attention.

“You’re here,” he announced, flashing her a grin. He hadn’t changed his clothes, unlike her. She’d swapped out the stifling business suit for a comfortable pair of jeans and a thick, velour sweater. But Zayn remained in khakis and the same shirt. Only he’d undone the top two buttons, exposing just enough of the golden skin beneath that she wished she hadn’t noticed.

Harlie’s Books – Excerpt

“Now you’ve gone and done it,” he told her, his voice loaded and serious.

What on earth was he referring to? “Done what?”

He pointed to a spot above her head. “You’re standing under mistletoe.”

She looked up to confirm he was indeed right. One of the beams along the ceiling of the tent had a dangling mistletoe plant right above where she stood. She had no idea who might have put it there. If she’d known, she might have taken care not to get caught under the darn thing. But here she was, right in the line of fire.

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review & Guest Post

“Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion will certain get you in the mood for Christmas! Its wonderful characters, beautifully detailed settings, and meaningful themes make this a book I definitely recommend.”

BAKED ZITI RECIPE, A MEAL THAT WORKS WITH ANY KIND OF WINE

Thanks to Nina Singh for this yummy baked ziti recipe!!

Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion, my latest release for Harlequin Romance, is set mostly in a California winery. Not surprisingly, the two main characters are wine experts. So they might not agree with me about the following as I know there a lot of people who are sticklers about exactly what kind of food goes with a particular wine. But I happen to have a baked ziti recipe that I personally feel is delicious whether you’re a red or white drinker. Bonus: It’s extra cheesy. . .

Currant7 Recommends – Review

“. . . I would recommend this book for readers who love enemies-to-friends, second chances, and redemption/healing stories. It is a story about a series of misunderstandings, unresolved issues (until the end), rehashed mistakes, and later, healing as the truth comes outs on why things turned simpler (if they did it right, the first time) in the end. . . . It is an easy read for readers and captivating enough not to put down the book until the end. I enjoyed it a lot.”

Kimber Li – Excerpt

“Come with me when I leave for Paris, Izzy.”

Her eyes grew wide with astonishment. “What? Zayn, no.”

“Why not? We could attend the expo together, make it to your ceremony, and maybe get up to speed on the latest trade developments.”

“I don’t…”

“Think about it,” he urged at her pause. “You can hop onto my itinerary. We could do some sightseeing. At the least, we may even have a little fun.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Guest Post

Mistletoe Moments

One of my favorite parts of Holiday movies or books is that iconic romantic mistletoe moment. When the main characters find themselves under the festive plant, they have the perfect excuse to finally indulge in that kiss they’ve been yearning for. My ultimate favorite one in a movie is the scene in the Sandra Bullock blockbuster, While You Were Sleeping. The longing between Lucy and Jack is downright palpable. I strive for that level of angst and longing with my mistletoe scenes, where the characters are trying their hardest to deny their growing feelings for each other. . .

Books & Benches – Guest Post

Q&A with Zayn and Izzy Character Interview

Izzy:

Q: How did it feel when you realized you’d been bequeathed the vineyard where you’d worked for so many years.

A: It was most definitely a shock. I never expected the previous owner, my boss and mentor, to leave the vineyard and business to me in her will. Of course there was a catch. And that came as an even bigger shock – I’d have to share the winery with none other than my ex. It was all part of Myrna’s bigger plan. She knew I’d never gotten over her nephew when he left for bigger pastures years ago. Her last act was to bring us back together. She always was a wise woman.

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

I’m a sucker for second chance romances, especially around the holidays. And the bonus to this one is that it also takes place in a winery. It’s a very formulaic plot that I have read many times. But the nuances of the journey make reading it quite a lovely adventure. . . it’s an enjoyable second chance romance that kept me occupied on a rainy weekend. I don’t think I have read any of Nina’s books before, but she is an author I will keep an eye out for in the future!”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Excerpt

SHE PRETENDED TO SLEEP in the car on the ride back to the hotel. She was in no mood to talk. The day felt like it had gone on hours too long. Had it really been just this afternoon when they’d attempted to tour the Eiffel Tower?

If Zayn knew she was faking, to his credit, he wasn’t calling her on it. Probably thought she was crushed by her defeat. Little did he know, that was only part of her disappointment this evening.

She fully intended to continue the charade until she heard him say something in French to the driver. “Arrêtez, si’l vous plait.” He was asking him to stop the car.

What Irin Reads – Review

Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion was such a charming novel, with a cozy, Christmas setting. Holiday-themed novels with a second chance romance are really winning my heart nowadays! . . . I loved this book from the beginning to end! It was a great escape, and a joyful read. I can’t wait to read more books from Nina Singh!”

Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters – Interview

What do you think it is about Christmas that makes us long to read so many romance novels?

Christmas is such an enchanting time. The lights, the festive atmosphere in the air, all the decorations. Then there’s the prospect of a new beginning and new year right around the corner. What better way to celebrate all that than by reading an entertaining story about people falling in love?

Adventures of a Travelers Wife – Guest Post

FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE STORIES AND WHY THEY ARE SO COMPELLING.

My latest release for Harlequin Romance is a second chance at love story. Something about reuniting old flames is so compelling to me as a romance author. I’m always so intrigued about the ‘one that got away’. The questions that linger about why the relationship didn’t work out and if there’s a chance things may turn out differently if only the couple had another chance. Maybe the story involves one of the characters swallowing their pride this time around. Something they found much too difficult to do the first time. But now they know how much was lost for the sake of ego. And just how little it was worth it. . .

EmpowerMoms – Review

“I love a good holiday story! . . . I enjoyed reading this sweet, romantic holiday story about love, forgiveness and starting over.”

QuirkyBookReads – Review

Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion tells the story of Izzy and Zayn. It is well written with a charming plot where old flames reunited with a charming holiday twist.

The characters were were easy to fall in love with sizzling chemistry between the main characters. . . . I would recommend Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion to anyone who loves a second chance romance with steamy makeout scenes. The story provides you with the opportunity to set the mood for the Christmas Holiday.”

@onemused – Review

“The Christmas setting here was woven beautifully with the story from baking cookies to Santa to more. I also loved the pace, which keeps interest throughout, and I found this to be a book I could enjoy in a single afternoon. . . . This book is such a fantastic second chance romance with a charming holiday setting that deserves to be read cozied up with some cocoa. Izzy and Zayn’s story is a great one with all the Christmas feels.”

Bookish Jottings – Review

Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion is a poignant and irresistible romantic read that sparkles with warmth, emotion, intensity and heart. Nina Singh has written a second chance romance about letting go of the past, moving on and the magic of falling in love that will hold readers spellbound from beginning to end. . . . A terrific contemporary romance that makes for perfect holiday reading, Nina Singh’s Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion is a stellar read that is absolutely impossible to put down.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

She sat slowly, the note still cradled in her hand. Her eyes fell to the other two objects on the surface of the table. She’d been so focused on the note, she hadn’t noticed them until now. Folded in a neat square was the scarf he’d let her borrow so often to ward off the chill over the past few days. He’d left it for her. On top of the scarf there was a small cardboard box with a satin ribbon tied around the center. Her hand trembling, she reached for it and loosened the bow.

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

“There’s something about Christmas that makes second chance romances that much more enjoyable, and that’s certainly the case in Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion. Zayn & Izzy have sizzling chemistry . . . the author does have a limit to the steam and keeps it pretty well within those boundaries (which I appreciated.) From the romantic settings (a Napa Valley vineyard & Paris at Christmas) to the great characters and the sweet message of forgiveness, this is a well-written romance with all the holiday feels!”

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Her Inconvenient Christmas Reunion By Nina Singh Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages November 1, 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Can a mistletoe kiss…

…heal the past?

When Zayn walks back into Izzy’s life, years after he was forced to walk out of it, she’s faced with the undeniable attraction that’s never faded. Finding themselves co-owners of the vineyard that means so much to Izzy makes tensions run high! But then she’s seduced into a kiss under the Parisian Christmas lights… Can Izzy find it in her heart to forgive the man who once broke it?

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Nina Singh lives outside of Boston with her husband, children, and a very rambunctious Yorkie. When not at her keyboard, she likes to spend time on the tennis court or immersed in a good read.

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Tour and Giveaway for Time to Shine by Jo Elliott

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History Village: Time to Shine (History Village #3) By Jo Elliott Christian Middle Grade/Lower YA Sci-Fi, Time Travel Paperback & ebook, 171 Pages September 10, 2020

Ally, Josh and Brendan are half siblings living in Australia who have a difficult situation to face at School and at home.  They have a special interest in the past as they have previously embarked on two time-travelling adventures with God’s divine help.

Once again they embark on their latest time-travelling adventure into first century, ancient Syria.  On the road to Damascus the children meet the frightening Commander who is on a mission to find and punish anyone who disagrees with his religious views.  The children must quickly learn who can be trusted in this dystopian Village as they push back against the darkness and look for the truth.  In time, the children learn that ordinary people with extraordinary faith in God can have a monumental impact throughout the generations.

With the help of biblical heroes of old, this coming of age story will help young people discover their own unique purpose and mission in life.  If you enjoy action-packed, suspenseful drama enveloped in cultural history, you are going to love “Time to Shine”.

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Time to shine is very different than most time travel books I have read. I have never read a book where the children are the ones that figured out how to travel back in time. This time it is three siblings, one I thought was quite young for the task. The three traveled back in time to the Biblical era and were quite knowledgeable of the era and Biblical details. I was kind of confused a bit about the traveling part, there should have been more details, and maybe it is in the first two books. I would highly recommend you read the series on order.

A few other things concerned me a bit. First, if a book is labeled Christian fiction, I don’t expect or appreciate the author using God and Christ in inappropriate ways. Nor do I expect the mom to act so inappropriately toward her children and, again using words that shouldn’t be in a Christian fiction. There is even modern slang when talking about the Bible characters.

I wanted to read Time to Shine to make sure it was appropriate for my nieces to read, and I am glad I did. Parents, teachers, don’t let middle grade or YA read this book. Adults, if you want to read it, ok. It is a pretty interesting book. But I wouldn’t subject to any child the behavior and language in this book. I will give this a a 3 star for the story, a one for the behavior and language. I’m sorry but I have to speak up for my middle grade and YA family.

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

Jo Elliott was born in Melbourne Australia, to Greek parents and has resided in the world’s greatest city all her life. She left a career in industrial relations to pursue her greatest love which is introducing children to God’s word. Joanna is married to Phillip Elliott, a devoted writer of fiction, and together they have traveled the world, opening their minds and their hearts to new peoples and languages. When she’s not plotting her next teen book, Jo is trying to learn Italian, and is tinkering with an old family piano (which requires urgent tuning!)

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Giveaway and Tour for The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

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About the Book

Book: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian historical/suspense

Release Date: October, 2020

Red Ribbon

An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Book 8 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

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I love Pepper Basham’s books and was thrilled she wrote a book for Barbour Publishing series True Colors. All if these books are based on true stories. The Red Ribbon was written in the Carroll County, Fancy Gap area. I guess it is just what happened there, but when I am in the area, I still feel like it’s sort of a rough county to live in. And as always, it is so much fun reading a book set in places I know well.

Ms. Basham does an outstanding job creating the cast of characters that tell their story so well. I like Ava, and felt bad for her because I understand what was driving her, but if she would have listen to Jeremiah, well things would have been different. And maybe the Courthouse Massacre of 1912 would never have happened? But no one will ever know. I did enjoy reading this, and the historical events that the author so vividly describes here are the way I have always heard the story told. I vaguely remember my grandparents talking about this, but not much. I guess it was so horrific, no one wanted to be reminded. And Jeremiah, he was a sweetheart. I wanted to scream at Ava to pay attention to this sweet man!! Couldn’t she see how he felt about her??

If you read this and you are from this area in Virginia, I highly recommend you read it. And if you are a historical fiction buff, you will love one too. Thanks to author Pepper Basham for writing such an amazing book!

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

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About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family have lived for generations. She’s the mom of five kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at the award winning Writer’s Alley blog. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015, and the second in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuted in April 2016.

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Feuds, Moonshine, and Family Loyalties by Pepper Basham

My upcoming release for Barbour’s True Colors series is really close to my heart…and pretty close to my house.

The Red Ribbon, my first foray into a historical suspense novel, takes place in the county where I grew up. Carroll County, Virginia, is a county on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, not too far from Mt. Airy (Mayberry).  Nestled in the foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge, it is a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and with that comes similar histories as other backwoods Appalachian communities: feuds, moonshine, and family loyalties.

One thing I love most about my Appalachian upbringing is the intense closeness of family – and when I say ‘family’ I mean, of course, my mom, dad, and brother, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…the whole “gang”, as my granny used to say.

The closeness of family, and the protection of the family name, is a big deal in Appalachia. There’s a lot of pride in the way your ‘name’ is thought of throughout the community, so when someone insults your name, there’s a good chance the repercussions aren’t going to be pleasant. Especially back in the early 1900s, when The Red Ribbon takes place. In fact, insulting someone by “stealing a kiss” is one of the events that leads to The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre/Tragedy.

A long-time feud between the Allen family and the “Courthouse Clan” came to a head inside the Hillsville Courthouse in March 1912 and this event resulted in the largest shootout within a courthouse in Virginia history. The story followed with a nationwide manhunt and made national news until the sinking of the Titanic the following month.

Growing up in Carroll County, I knew a few things about this story. Rumors and whispers, really. Most folks didn’t talk about it because it still caused a stir among those who were descendants (because another thing about Appalachia is that families tend to stay on or around family land for generations). People still took “sides”. So, when I decided to write this book, I knew I was stepping into precarious territory. Not that anyone would start up a shootout nowadays because of a book, but because people still have some deep feelings about how their ancestors are portrayed in history, and since many of my family members still live in Carroll County, I wanted to tread carefully into the events of “The Allen Tragedy”.

What I discovered was a story that still held a whole lot of mystery even one hundred years later. Bullet holes still mark the courthouse steps from that fateful day, rumors still circulate about who was to blame, and no one knows who fired the first gunshot that began the tragic shooting.

I’m not a “scary” book writer or reader, but I love a good adventure, so this book takes the reader on an adventure into Appalachia to my neck of the woods, and follows the journey of Ava Burcham and Jeremiah Sutphin as they live among the illegal moonshiners, dirty cops, and mountain gunslingers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(To learn more about the true events of the Courthouse Tragedy, you can read about it here: https://roanoke.com/news/virginia/the-courthouse-tragedy-gunfight-in-hillsville-in-1912/article_45d0d7f3-6e1f-57c4-83be-fceb3d98dafd.html)

Have you ever read a book set in Appalachia? If so, what was the title and what did you learn about the Appalachian culture? Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Let’s chat mountain people, mountain ways, and mountain books 😊

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29

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deb’s Book Review, October 29

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Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 30

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Inklings and notions, October 31

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For Him and My Family, November 1

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Betti Mace, November 2

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For the Love of Literature, November 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , November 2

Rebecca Tews, November 3

Robin’s Nest, November 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 3

Connect in Fiction, November 4

Older & Smarter?, November 4

To Everything There Is A Season, November 4

Artistic Nobody, November 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 5

By The Book, November 5

Remembrancy, November 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 6

Britt Reads Fiction, November 6

Life of Literature, November 6

Connie’s History Classroom, November 7

Splashes of Joy, November 7

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 7

A Reader’s Brain, November 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 8

Through the Fire Blogs, November 8

Godly Book Reviews, November 8

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, November 9

Bigreadersite, November 9

Where Faith and books Meet, November 9

Books I’ve Read, November 10

Just the Write Escape, November 10

Adventures of a Travelers Life, November 10

Amanda Tero, blog, November 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 11

Pause for Tales, November 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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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Tour and Giveaway for Secret Beach Boyfriend by Kari Trumbo

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About the Book

Book: Secret Beach Boyfriend

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 29 , 2020

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She met Rafe on the beach when she was just five and it seemed like fate tied them together. When a chance encounter returns him to the islands twenty years later, Annie finds her beach friend has grown up and now needs her help.

Damaged and scarred from a past that still hasn’t healed, Annie needs help of her own. True to character, Rafe comes up with a perfect solution, but a temporary island romance does not fit into his agenda at all.

Will an offer to be her secret boyfriend give her heart a second chance? How can it turn into something more and prove there’s power in prayer and that love can triumph over a painful past?

He was Annie’s hero long ago, but can the man he has become save her now?

Secret Beach Boyfriend is the third “Merriweather book” in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

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

I am really enjoying the Independence Island series published by CelebrateLit. Secret Beach Boyfriend is the third book in this series. Ralph and Annie are such a cute couple and I very much enjoyed getting to know them and reading their story. But the neat thing about their story is, it started way back when Annie was five years old when they met on the island. They were two different people now and both a but scarred from their past. And they seemed to need each other.

These type stories, where couple have met in the past and now years later wondering if they have a future, are stories I love. And this one was sure one I fell in love with. These loveable and realistic characters scored their way into my heart quickly. And especially Annie and Ralph. I found myself trying to breathe life into them as they struggled trying to deal with their past, and trying to find love again. I did find this book pretty predictable, but that’s ok, I still loved watching their story unfold, and get to the wonderful ending. And as always, I appreciate faith incorporated into the lives of these characters, and their belief in the power of prayer.

Even though were are coming upon winter season, its still nice to pull out a beach story to remind us if the summer ahead. If you enjoy a really nice clean beach romance, look no further. This is your book! And this one gets a five star from me. I really enjoy this!

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

Kari Trumbo

Kari Trumbo is a bestselling author of Christian historical and contemporary romance novels. Her books are known for characters who feel real, settings you could move to, and faith woven between the pages. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, and never enough time.

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Have you ever hunted for seashells on the beach?

This sweet story actually starts twenty years before the moment you open the front cover. Years before, on a solitary beach, a little boy comforts a girl he finds crying by offering to help her find seashells. He doesn’t know why she’s crying, just that he can help. Even though he knows his mother will be angry with him.

You see, Rafe (that’s the little boy) has a mother who has minor OCD and doesn’t let him go on the beach. But when Annie (that’s the little girl) is obviously heartbroken, he can’t leave her sitting there and not do anything. At that moment, a hero is born.

It’s the little things that make a hero. That moment in time when he made a choice to put Annie above his own discomfort created a past for them both, an anchor they could both look back on. It was pivotal enough for them both that they remembered it years later. Rafe, because he hid the shells and cherished the one time he got to collect them. Annie, because she was going through something no child of five should have to. His kindness was a glimmer of hope.

Fast forward twenty years and these two meet again, but don’t realize right away they are the people they’ve been thinking about on-and-off for most of their lives. Interestingly enough, that part of my story is true. I had a friend I met at a local beach when I was too young to recall names or anything else of great significance other than the feeling that it was the best day ever. She made me her best buddy for the day, and that stuck with me.

When I think of this story beyond the printed page, where Annie and Rafe live on in my mind, I have to wonder if shells will continue to be a theme in their lives.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 22

Texas Book-aholic, October 23

Stories By Gina, October 23

Captive Dreams Window, October 23

Inklings and notions, October 24

CarpeDiem, October 24

For Him and My Family, October 25

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, October 25

Older & Smarter?, October 26

21st Century Keeper at Home, October 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 27

deb’s Book Review, October 27

Connect in Fiction, October 28

lakesidelivingsite, October 28

Artistic Nobody, October 29 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Godly Book Reviews, October 29

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 30

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 30

Livin’ Lit, October 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 31

Life, love, writing, October 31

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 1

Batya’s Bits, November 1

Daysong Reflections, November 2

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 2

Blossoms and Blessings, November 3

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 3

Simple Harvest Reads, November 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Splashes of Joy, November 4

Giveaway

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

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Tour and Giveaway for The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley

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I encourage you to SCROLL down to the Author Guest Post and the Question and Answer session with Amanda and Josiah to get to know them better!

Join us for this tour from Nov 2 to Nov 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Boy Between – A Mother and Son’s Journey from a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre Author Memoir, Family
Publisher Little A
Release dateNovember 2020
Content Rating:  R: 1. Infrequent use of F word in context (estimated 10 times in book),  2. Mildly questions religious faith during a testing time, 3.  References to thoughts about suicide (not graphic)

“A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away.” 
Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and author
of The Stranger on the Bridge
 
Book Description:
 
Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child. For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.
 


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Q&A Session with Amanda Prowse & Josiah Hartley – “The Boy Between”

  1. I’d like to know what you think about the connection between reading and writing. Do you think it’s possible to be a great writer if you are not a big reader?

    Amanda – I have met plenty of avid readers who do not have a desire to write, but I’ve never met a writer who is not also an avid reader. I think the love of books, of words and of storytelling is a common thread and can’t imagine a writer not reading at all. That said, I think it’s very different for fiction and non-fiction and when you are immersed in research or are writing academically. I would say that the key to get children and the younger generation interested in writing, indeed interested in the world! Is to immerse them in great books.

  1. Many people want to write a book what’s the best piece of advice you can give them?

Amanda – Do it! Begin! Start anywhere – just pick up that notebook or laptop and get going. Don’t listen to that inner voice of self-sabotage that gives you a million reasons as to why you should not write. And remember you don’t have to start at the beginning; you might start with an image, a scene, a conversation, a smell, a feeling… get it down and let it grow in every direction. And before you know it you will have words on the page and you have begun. Write as often as you can. Practice your craft. Learn from feedback and find your authentic author voice, don’t worry about being the next… whoever – be the first YOU! (I think this is actually 7 pieces of advice, but that’s okay, right?) 

  1. What book would you take to a desert island? 

Amanda – Only One? I’d better read slowly… That would have to be Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of The D’Urbervilles.” I read and re- read this book and I love it more each time. Someone once asked me, ‘Don’t you find it boring reading a book over and over?’ I explained that it’s no different to travelling to a familiar place, you might end up in the same spot every time, but there’s always something different to see en route! 

  1. Was it painful or cathartic to recount some of the darkest moments of Josiah’s depression in your book The Boy Between?

Josiah – Both. There were certain aspects of my depression and descent in mental illness to the point where I planned and prepared to take my own life that I had not thought about in the longest time. It was painful to go back to those places, but actually looking back with the benefit of time, helped me see them from a new perspective and with greater understanding. And I am grateful for that. Writing the book felt a lot like therapy and I certainly felt lighter at the end of it.

  1. What is your hope for this book?

    Josiah – my hope is that it might help just one person suffering with depression to know that they are not alone. One of its sneakiest tricks is that it can make you feel that no one else has ever suffered this way, but that’s simply not true. The sad reality is that multiple people in your street or your building will be going through the exact same thing. I hope that by reaching out, others might do the same and I hope that by speaking out, I can help move the narrative on depression forward and help smash the stigma.

  1. What is next for Josh? Another collaboration?

Josiah – I’ve certainly got the writing bug. I am currently working on my next non-fiction book, continuing my mental health journey and am also writing fiction, which is really exciting. I’m not sure about another collaboration with my mum – spending 8-10 hours a day with her was hard work

I really don’t read many memoir’s, but I did want to read this one. In The Boy Between, mother Amanda Prowse and her son Josiah Hartley share their story. And what a story it is. Josh’s battle with depression took him down a deep dark path, with him almost taking his own life. But praise God he has a family who love and support him. A family who was there for him from the time he was found until now. As I was back and forth reading Mandy then Josh’s story, my heart was breaking for them both. I have been suffering with depression for years but never at this level. I admire this mother and son for being willing to tell their story to the world through this book. Josh will never know the impact The Boy Between will have on those dealing with depression. And I want to thank him for being so brave that he wanted to write this book and what he faced during the darkest time of his life. I can only imagine the pain it was for them to bring back all of these horrific memories to write the book, it was all behind him when the book was written. And I know there will be many who will benefit from reading this. I will keep Amanda and Josh in my prayers, as well as those who read this book and go for help.

This book has made me more aware of the depression I face. And I plan to be more open with it. If you are going through depression or know someone who deals with this, I encourage you to to pick up a copy of The Boy Between, read Josh’s story, and be brave enough to get help. You have to know there are people who love you and want to help you. Josh found this love from family and friends and so can you!

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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A GUEST POST FOR

‘The Boy Between’ by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley

A Mother’s Eye View of a Universal Problem

‘The Boy Between’ is the book I am proudest of, my first work of non-fiction, but also the book I hoped I would never have to write. I wish my son Josiah, did not, like so many young men, suffer with a debilitating depression that lead to him to try and take his own life while a student at university.

Even writing those words feels alien and jarring. That said, I know it’s the book I wanted to reach for when I struggled not only to find ways to help him, but also to understand what had turned my outgoing son with the whole world at his feet into a sleeping shell of himself. I didn’t know how to help him. I didn’t know what to say to him or where to find help. And even if I had known where to find help, I wouldn’t have known what to say: “My son is unraveling in front of me, help us! I fear I might lose him, help us!” And as Josh says, he might be a British boy, but sadly young male depression and suicide is a universal problem and for each young man like him suffering, there is a family like ours trying to make sense of it all. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.

We hope this book brings comfort to the millions of people all over the world suffering from depression and those who care for them. Ours has been a tough, lonely and devastating journey, but we can finally, finally see small glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. And for that, I am eternally grateful.



 

Meet the Author:
 
Amanda Prowse is an award winning international bestselling author best known for her contemporary fiction novels. A radio broadcaster and TV presenter renowned for her empathetic and emotional books, she is known in the UK as the ‘Queen of family drama’. Her books have sold over 8 million copies in dozens of languages around the world.

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Meet the Author:
 
Josiah  (Josh) Hartley is the son of Amanda Prowse who has co-authored with his mother to tell the story of his journey through life so far. Born in the England, Josh was fortunate enough to attend one of the country’s elite public schools from an early age and was awarded a place at one of the UK’s top Universities where he planned to work towards a medical doctorate. But just at the moment when he should have been having the time of his life, he started feeling nagging tugs of self-doubt which spiralled into a depression during which time he planned his suicide. Luckily, his family intervened and after a roller coaster couple of years, he is alive and well and sharing his story to help other families who find themselves in the same position navigate their way through those difficult times.
 
Tour Schedule:
 
Nov 2 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 3 – Asreadbydanielle  – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 – meandmybooks – book review / guest post
Nov 6 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review
Nov 10 – Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 10 – The Momma Spot – book review
Nov 11 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Fur Everywhere – book review
Nov 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 17 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review
Nov 18 – My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / author interview
Nov 27 – Books for Books – book spotlight
 
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Back Lash by Rachel Dylan

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With a target on her back, she’s determined to find answers.
But can she escape the deadly backlash?

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel, and after one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover that a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She needs to clear her name with the Agency in order to protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive.

For those who are content sensitive: this book contains non-graphic scenes and descriptions of physical and sexual assault.



Oh Wow! I love this nail biting thriller! And I didn’t get to read book one, and though I am going to read it later, I had no problems keeping up with the characters. The author does a fantastic job of giving enough details to fill readers in. I love these close knit characters and enjoyed getting to know them as the story unfolds. Layla, Vivian and Bailey are longtime friends after meeting in college and now all three work in some form of law enforcement. Which is exciting!! But someone is out to get Layla, and it seems they will go to any length to succeed.

Back Lash is one of those stay up all night and read books, and it’s exactly what I did. I couldn’t put this book down. There was too much going on and things were happening too fast to stop reading! After ending up in the hospital, a private investigator was brought in to help keep Layla safe. But because they had a past, Layla was not happy to have Hunter around. But she really has no choice.

Being a lawyer, author Rachel Dylan is full of knowledge about writing a legal thriller. This is why I love her books so much! She is spot on with the info. And the cast of characters she creates for Back Lash are so realistic I feel like I’m reading the news. And yet I also feel like I’m living the story with them. They seem like good friends to me now, and I love feeling this with characters. There were so many twists and turns, just when you think you have the bad man, another twist pops up and you are back where you started. Keeping us guessing. But in the end, Ms. Dylan weaves everything together into a wonderful ending. I also love that this author weaves faith and the Christian life into the lives of her characters. And it’s done in a subtle way not to offend anyone.

And oh, I can’t forget. I read the authors note and find it very interesting that the author writes a bit if herself in one of the characters, which I thought interesting and intriguing. Theres a lot to love about this book! If you enjoy a good clean thriller, this is your book!! This one deserves more than Five Stars, but that’s all I can give.

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

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.

Giveaway and Tour for The Way to Remember by Martha Rogers


Join us for this tour from Oct 26 to Nov 13, 2020!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Way to Remember by Martha Reynolds
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  341 pages
GenreWomen’s fiction, general fiction
PublisherIndependent
Release date:   June, 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. There are a few swear words, and sex is more suggested than explicit, but there are one or two moments that are provocative.
 

  Book Description:

Set  in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, The Way to Remember is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family. “Everything can be fixed by writing a check.” Words to live by for Robin Fortune’s wealthy father, until he can’t buy her way back into college after she’s expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that’s just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin’s facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night – all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there’s nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she’ll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.

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I didn’t read this book when it was published under a different name, but I am so glad for the opportunity to read this one, The Way We Remember. Arthur Martha Roger’s creates characters that are realistic and believable, and each scene in the book was told so smoothly and expertly it seems like a real life story. The author deals with real life issues, things happening in colleges at that time in history. And even though Robin’s family had money, her dad didn’t cut her any slack for her getting in trouble in college. Which taught her valuable lessons. Another lesson here is having money doesn’t keep a family from problems, in fact they have more problems here because of it. Writing a check doesn’t solve all of your problems. I appreciate the way the author weaves this throughout the story in several different ways. This is a story well worth your time.

I really enjoyed this story. The author was good at keeping my attention, I could hardly put it down until I found out the ending. This is the first book I have read of Ms. Roger’s and I am looking forward to more from her in the future. I give this one Five Stars. Anyone wanting a good historical read will love this one. Check it out 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.

And now here is a fascinating GUEST POST from author Martha Rogers!!

Stuck on an Island with Only Five Books!

What a dilemma! If you can imagine, there was actually a time before cellphones and the internet. I’m old enough to remember, because I lived through it! But even for me, it’s difficult sometimes to realize how dependent we’ve all become on technology.

So, this topic had me thinking. I’m on a deserted island with only five books to keep me company. Naturally, I have food, water, and plenty of shade (haha!), but for entertainment, all I have are five books. So, what do I choose?

  1. How often do I reread a novel, even a great one? Not often. Hardly ever. But I’m stuck on this island, and I can use a book to escape to another place, so I’m going to bring A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. It’s a novel from 1908 set in England and Italy, about a young woman who fights the constraints of the time in which she’s living.
  2. I’m so accustomed to looking everything up online that I can hardly remember how I used to learn things. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but you know how easy it is to just Google what you need to know that instant? I can’t do that on the island, so I’ll bring along Britannica’s 250th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Growing up, we had a 25-volume set of encyclopedias in our house. This one volume will cover 1768-2018, so it’ll keep me busy!
  3. I know I’ll need help on the island – I don’t even know how to catch a fish. So How to Survive on a Tropical Deserted Island needs to go in my bag. Yes, this is actually a book.
  4. Another must-have book is 300 Days of Grilled Fish. Yes, I’ll become a pescatarian by necessity.
  5. Finally, for introspection, I will choose The Essential Rumi. Rumi was a 13th-century poet and mystic whose writings are timeless. Here’s just one: “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.” Well, I imagine I’ll be living in silence all the time, so perhaps Rumi will help me embrace it.

This is a great exercise! I encourage others to think about it. And you’ll notice I didn’t bring along any of the nine novels I’ve written – not that I don’t think they’re good, but I know all of them so well, I think they live inside my head!

Martha Reynolds



MEET THE AUTHOR:
Martha Reynolds was raised in Rhode Island, spent a year of college in Switzerland, and is always planning a return visit. She completed an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and decided it was time to do something she really liked.

She now writes full-time and has set a personal goal of releasing a book a year until she dies. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge.

Her novel VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England.

Connect with the author:   Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule:
 Oct 26 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Oct 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 27 – meandmybooks – book review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 29 – Instagram – All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Oct 30 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review
Nov 2 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 5 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 6 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Nov 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Nov 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 11 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review / giveaway

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Giveaway and Tour for Legacy of Honor by Renae Brumbaugh Green

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About the Book

Book: Legacy of Honor

Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: Nov, 2020

Legacy of Honor

He’s been raised to carry on the legacy.

After her mother’s untimely death, Emma Monroe’s dreams to become a teacher are dashed. She takes a job as maid and cook at the local Stratton Ranch, where she endures humiliation and hardship in order to provide for her ailing father and younger brother. Only Riley Stratton, her childhood friend and heir to the Stratton fortune, sees her heart. When she’s asked to care for Skye, the young half-Indian girl most family members refuse to claim, Emma finally finds the purpose she craves.

Riley Stratton has it all, or so it seems. Growing up as the youngest son of the rich and powerful John Stratton, Riley stands to inherit a legacy of greatness in the Stratton Ranch. On the surface, his family looks like they have it all, but manipulation, deceit, and an ever-present quest for power leave him desperate for change. Yet his father has made it clear: do things the Stratton way, or face alienation and disinheritance.
As Riley and Emma choose between honor, dreams, and expectations—not to mention the love they can no longer deny—their first steps prove how quickly the situation can spin into danger. When their best efforts threaten the lives and hopes of those closest to them, it becomes clear the decisions they make will change the course of their lives forever.

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Legacy of Honor is a really good historical read that I enjoyed very much. I love Emma and my heart went out to her for the things that she had to endure. But her longtime friend Riley makes it possible. I love this young man! But Skye is my favorite character by far. She was such a sweet soul and watching the emotions with she and Emma is worth the read. There,s a lot to learn here. Money and power is not all there is. It’s not so hard to figure out the ending, or so it wasn’t for me, but I so much enjoyed the journey through the book. This is a five star read for me for sure. I can’t wait for more in this wonderful series.

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

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Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.

More from Renae

I’ve been writing this book for more than a decade!

In 2008, my dear friend and writing mentor, Chip Ricks, shared a book idea with me. Loosely based on her own family history, she wanted to write a story about two brothers—one who chose to live for Christ, the other who didn’t. She wanted to follow that family through the generations, to show the impact of that one choice, on the people who came behind.

She just had one problem. Chip was a brilliant writer, but she wasn’t a fiction writer. “Will you help me write this book?”

Now, Chip was in her 80s at the time. She was a mother, a grandmother, to me in the faith. If she’d asked me to paint the moon pink, I’d have given it my best shot. For several years, Chip and I worked together on several versions of the book. We only ever got through the first few chapters, and we’d change our minds about the characters or the situations. Finally, one day she smiled at me. She said, “You know, Renae. This is your book. I know I whispered the idea to you, but I always wanted you to be the one to write it. I’m getting too old to work on this . . . please take it. It’s your story.”

Soon after, she moved across the country to live with her daughter. We stayed connected via phone calls and Facebook, until eventually, she stopped responding. We lost touch. I continued to write the book—Chip’s book. Now my book. I’d work on it a while, then put it away for several months, even a few years at one point. In 2017, I finished what would become the first final draft. I fiddled with it more, here and there, but I hung onto it until I met Misty Beller, my publisher at Wild Heart.

I submitted the book to her, and she accepted it, right away! Then the editor got hold of it. God bless Erin Taylor Young! She was brutal, in the best possible way. I spent weeks (months?) making the suggested changes, and each one made the book so much better. The day I turned in those final edits to my publisher, I opened up Facebook. There, on Chip’s FB page, was a note to all her friends.

From one of her children.

She’d gone to see her Heavenly Father.

I sat there, frozen, looking at my screen, big fat tears tracking my cheeks. How was it possible that on the day the book was complete, I learned of her death? She was so instrumental in my walk of faith, and in my path as a writer. It was almost like the Holy Spirit wanted me to know . . . this particular journey was now complete.

I hope you enjoy this book, book one in a trilogy, for it is very close to my heart. And I hope you learn from the actions of two brothers, so many years ago, that our choices have an impact on our own lives, and on the lives of those who follow us.

—Renae Brumbaugh Green

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Among the Reads, October 16

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 16

The Christian Fiction Girl, October 17

deb’s Book Review, October 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 18

Labor Not in Vain, October 18

Texas Book-aholic, October 19

Genesis 5020, October 19

Vicky Sluiter, October 20

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Betti Mace, October 21

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 21

ABBA’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 22

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Older & Smarter?, October 23

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 23

For Him and My Family, October 24

Lighthouse Academy, October 24 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Inklings and notions, October 25

Daysong Reflections, October 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 26

Simple Harvest Reads, October 26 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Artistic Nobody, October 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 28

Adventures Of a Travelers Wife, October 28

Connie’s History Classroom, October 29

Pause for Tales, October 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Renae is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

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New from the Winner of ECPA’s Fiction Book of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She’s ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything.

Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl–a silent girl who’ll only talk to Claire–does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The only inner action Molly Fisk has with the outside world is through the tiny museum window she and her mother call their home. This seems so strange and many dark moments in the story.  Things changes for Molly when Claire Rodriguez, a lady she knew years ago came to town. And things changed for Molly. And Claire was happy to finally find Molly and her mom as well.

There were a host of characters that were difficult for me to keep up with. A lot of things going on in the story. Where I like the story line, it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t seem to stay focused enough to keep reading. But this is not to say someone else may like the story. So as always, I encourage you to check this book out. At the time of this review, it is free to read if you have a Kindle unlimited account.

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


THE AUTHOR

Christa Parrish

A winner of Associated Press awards for her journalism, Christa Parrish now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives near Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the author of Home Another Way, finalist for the…

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Spotlight for Glass Bottom Boat by Laura Thomas

THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT: A Christian romantic suspense novel.



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Surrounded by the romantic paradise of her sister’s destination wedding in Jamaica, Madison Grey realizes she must overcome her paralyzing fear of the ocean—and her broken heart— to start living again. Luke Alexander, the groom’s brother, is a missionary who has come to terms with a life of singleness—until he meets Madison. 
During the wedding, their personal connection intensifies when a stalker stirs up haunting memories of her gold-digging ex-fiancé.  After Madison mysteriously disappears and the newlyweds receive a ransom note, Luke dives into action to find her. Will he save Madison in time or will she be forced to suffer her worst nightmare… in the depths of a glass bottom boat?

THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT:

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AUTHOR LAURA THOMAS


THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT


I’m delighted to share a little background on The Glass Bottom Boat, the first book in my Christian romantic suspense “Flight to Freedom” series.

Many writers concur that it is indeed a long and winding road to publication. But when a message is on a writer’s heart—be it fact or fiction—it simply cannot be ignored! Thus begins the dance of determination…

The initial idea for The Glass Bottom Boat was sparked on a family vacation to Jamaica. Even though I have a thoroughly irrational fear of drowning, I looked forward to going out on the resort glass bottom boat—which we planned for our very last day. Unfortunately, the last day dawned along with a huge windstorm which prevented any boats to go out on the ocean. I was bitterly disappointed! And then my imagination was set alight as I considered what could happen on such a boat, and exactly how petrifying it would be for someone afraid of drowning.  

The story began. And so did the dance. 

I waited SIX LONG YEARS for this particular novel to be published. It was a waltz between agent, publishing houses, and me. Sometimes I was twirled around the dance floor clothed in a gown of optimism, and other times I could be found slumped on the sidelines, waiting to be picked like the proverbial wallflower. 

This stretched my paper-thin patience to the limit. Rejected too many times to mention, it certainly wasn’t the literary journey I would have chosen—but it was God’s journey for me and my book. I happen to believe His timing is always perfect. Sometimes we see that in hindsight and sometimes we simply have to trust.

But like Madison—the protagonist in this story—I’ve learned much in the process. Perseverance, patience, and always holding on to hope. For Madison, the timing for love had to be right, and for me, the timing for my books has to be right, too.

And now there are 3 books in the Flight to Freedom series to enjoy:

The Glass Bottom Boat, The Lighthouse Baby, and The Orphan Beach. 

All 3 novels were published by Anaiah Press within the space of one crazy, busy year. It seems God is teaching me His timing is always best in the slow, slow, quick-quick, slow.

And I’m more than happy to let Him lead me in the dance! 




Purchase Links for Flight to Freedom Series
Book One: Glass Bottom Boat
Amazon.com (just 99 cents!): https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Bottom-Boat-Laura-Thomas-ebook/dp/B07PGKCJQW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1602182941&sr=1-1-f6b8d51f-2c55-4dc3-89ad-0c3639671b2d

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A published Christian author, Laura writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul. She has three Christian romantic suspense novels published as well as a Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, and middle-grade novel. She is published in several anthology books and writes devotionals, articles, and stories in magazines and online. She also shares musings on her blog and is represented by literary agent, Cyle Young.
Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, British Columbia as audacious empty-nesters.
Find her books, blog, and bio at www.laurathomasauthor.com

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Tour and giveaway for Jordon’s Deliverance by Allen Steadham

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Jordan’s Deliverance (Jordan of Algoran #3) By Allen Steadham Christian Science Fiction, Fantasy Paperback & ebook, 330 Pages October 13, 2020 by Ambassador International

The Onchei are back. And trouble looms…

The Onchei want to learn what happened to their brethren on Algoran from the only survivor, Zeetra. Yet they learn instead she has broken the Onchei’s highest law: never intermarry or have children with another race. For this, she now faces execution.

Jordan SnowFire fears the Onchei will blame the Mokta and seek retribution soon. Only an ancient heirloom, which contains the ultimate Onchei knowledge, can save the Mokta…except it’s on Earth, a world she hasn’t seen in decades.

Jordan sends her son, Arrow, and her friend’s daughter, Maska, to rescue Zeetra while she travels back to Earth to seek the Onchei artifact. What tie is there between a thousand-year-old object and Jordan’s ancestors? Could this explain why she and her mother were originally abducted and brought to Algoran?

In the skies of Algoran, a final confrontation looms between the Onchei and the Mokta. And on Earth, Jordan finds more than she could have possibly imagined…

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Read this interesting Excerpt of the story!

“Everyone, gather and listen! I have something to tell you,” she boomed.

It took a few minutes, but the tribe did as she commanded. There was a silent dread among the villagers, a fear that Jasta might be about to announce her gemta’s demise. The unspoken question of why she was dressed as Chieftess loomed in the air. She stood by silently as her people approached.

“You all know me. I am Jasta SnowFire, daughter of Jorr-Don SnowFire. Since the Qui Tol have returned, taking our dear Zeetra with them, my gemta devised a plan. First, she sent my brother, Arrow, and Maska to bring Zeetra back to us!”

She saw more than a few smiles and could sense the hope growing among the people as well as some relief from this news. She could also detect concern for Arrow and Maska’s safety on such a mission. Fear of the Qui Tol had resurged with their recent return.

“My gemta has also used the Qui Tol machine to go to Errrth. I cannot say why but it is vitally important. And she will return within fourteen moonturns,” Jasta continued. Then she took off her necklace and held up its SnowFire gem pendant for all to see. “As you can see, she has made me Chieftess in her absence!”

Jasta could tell that no one would speak against her, but she saw apprehension in their eyes. Her gemta, Jordan SnowFire, had been their leader for over forty cycles and done many wondrous feats on behalf of the Mountain Mokta. She knew that some feared her gemta might not return from Earth and resume her leadership.

Her torkomm started to speak but she lifted a hand to stop him. As she attempted to find the right words to address the villagers’ concerns, she felt a growing tenseness within her chest. That feeling expanded, taking over her and suddenly she could sense not only the SnowFire gem within her necklace but all the nearby gems as well. She felt a connection to them, like they were hers to command. Instinctively, she stretched out her fingers. From the mountain itself, dozens of small SnowFire gems flew towards her from above. Before reaching her palm, the jewels converged into a javelin and began to glow. She tried not to show her own astonishment.

Instead, she took in a deep breath and was grateful something had actually happened. She grabbed the sapphire-hued javelin with both hands, pulling it close to her chest. A new fire burned in her gaze.

“I am the granddaughter of Snow and Fire! I will protect you and look after your needs,” she declared. “Give me your trust and I shall not disappoint you. I will also consult with my torkomm and the village elders. All will be well.”

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About the Author

Allen Steadham created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. He has been married to his wife, Angel, since 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. When not writing stories, Allen and his wife are singers, songwriters, and musicians. They have been in a Christian band together since 1997. They live in Central Texas.

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Tour and Giveaway for ALL BAGS GO TO CLEVELAND by CS Hale

ALL BAGS GO TO CLEVELAND

C. S. Hale

GENRE:  paranormal romantic comedy

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Angela Grimalke appears more blonde bombshell than the gremlin she is. But there is no denying her supernatural truth after her clumsiness gets her fired from her modeling career. Forced to work for her family’s upscale airline, she spends her days slinging luggage and wishing her parents would get off her back about finding a nice gremlin guy to settle down with.  

Relationships were the last thing on her mind, not that her family would accept that.  

For Dave Ford his frequent business travel made it next to impossible for him to find a woman who could tolerate his chaotic schedule. Which is why he appreciates Angela. Neither of them are looking for love, but Dave feeds Angela’s addiction for chocolate while she provides him with the chaos to keep him on his toes.

However, as Angela’s parents bombard her with a parade of “eligible” gremlin men at their weekly family dinners, she finds herself torn between who she longs to be and her family’s expectations. Will she give in and live the life of magic they want for her? Or risk it all by to confessing to Dave that she isn’t human?

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Excerpt:

Focusing on the sparks of energy skittering along her fingers, she sent her magic into the printer. Angela might look like the cover model she’d once been but no one would guess that Windsor’s check-in counter was currently staffed by a pair of gremlins. Dave’s day—or rather night and morning—were about to become a little more exciting than he’d imagined. Dave would have a nice, relaxing flight to London while his garment bag went to Cleveland.

She tamped down the tendrils of guilt rising in her gut. It needed to be done. It was this bag or some mishap not of her choosing. Besides, who in their right mind would check a Louis Vuitton garment bag? First class contained specially built closets in which to hang them. She searched Dave’s thoughts again. 

Where have I seen her before?

Angela snapped right back out and jerked her head down. She attached the claim sticker to his boarding pass and handed it to Dave, keeping her focus on the counter. Hopefully, her smile hid the panic now whirring in her chest like the engines that would take Dave across the Atlantic. “Enjoy your flight, Mr. Ford.”

“Always do.” With a small salute, Dave headed toward the security queue. What were the chances he’d be so cheerful in the morning?

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I liked the cute grimlins in this story, it was different in the fact that it is about a family of grimlins and their business that has made them very rich. Dave is a nice kind of guy, but Angela, she got on my nerves because she was so annoying.

This was just an ok kind of story for me. I had problems at times following the plot, there is a lot going on. A lot to keep up with. There is a lot of humor in the book so lots of laughs. If you are into the fantasy genre, you will enjoy this read. So why not check this one out. And if you like those little grimlins running around, you will love reading about these characters. This one is a 3 stars for me.

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

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine “C.S.” Hale has been writing fantasy since she could hold a pencil. When not holed up in a comfortable corner writing all her books out by longhand, she can be found somewhere by the sea, enjoying tea and pastries.

Website: cshalebooks.com

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

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FVDJL54

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Tour and Giveaway for Texas Holiday Hideout by Virginia Vaughan

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About the Book

Book:  Texas Holiday Hideout

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 1, 2020

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When her identity’s exposed,

hiding on a lawman’s family ranch is her last hope.

After her mother is killed, Melissa Morgan’s shocked to learn she’s spent her life in witness protection. Now it’s US Marshal Miles Avery’s job to keep her and her little boy safe. And with a mole in his agency, the only way to evade the killer is to hide Melissa on Miles’s family ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

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Melissa Morgan wants to survive and protect her child. But that’s turning out to be more than she bargained for. But with the help of US Marshal Miles Avery in her case to protector she and her son, she just might be able to see the end of this horrific time in her life.

I couldn’t put this little books down. It may be a small Love Inspired book but it sure has a lot going on. Miles was sure he had found a safe place for Melissa and her son, but not for long. There has to be a mole inside the department. How else were they found so quickly. But while is it. I enjoyed Melissa and Miles, and the ranch is a nice peaceful place anyone would love to spend their life. I was intrigued by the plot and how quickly it seemed to zoom by as the story unfolded. And I had an idea who the mole was, but not definitely!

Full of action packed drama, you don’t want to miss the second book in A Cowboy Lawman Romances Series. Everything you want in a fast paced thriller you will not be disappointed.

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

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Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

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What if one day you discovered you were in the Witness Protection Program and didn’t know it?

This is the premise for my October book, TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT, which releases this month. My heroine, Melissa Morgan, learns she and her mother entered the program when Melissa was a child. Her mother never told her and, when Melissa witnesses her mother being murdered, she becomes the assassin’s next target. US Marshal Miles Avery steps in to protect the single mom and her son from a killer, but a leak in WITSEC leaves him with little options except to take his witnesses to his family’s ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

So, in celebration of TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT releasing this month, here are 10 things about the Witness Protection Security Program (or WITSEC) I learned during my research for this book.

  1. The program is voluntary. No one can be forced to enter.
  2. You can leave the program at any time—although it is not recommended.
  3. No person in the program, who follows the rules, has ever been killed.
  4. People entering WITSEC sometimes keep their same first name and/or initials so that if they mess up and start to sign their name, they have time to correct.
  5. Since WITSEC is a federal program, many states have their own programs to protect witnesses of gang or street-level crimes.
  6. If you get married while in WITSEC, you must lie to your new spouse to protect your true identity in the event the relationship doesn’t last.
  7. Protected witnesses are mostly criminals. Only about 5% are innocents despite the popular trope in movies and fiction.
  8. Local law enforcement may or may not be notified when a protected witness is relocated to their jurisdiction.
  9. Divorced, non-custodial parents have had their children hidden from them and now must agree to allow their children to enter the program.
  10. WITSEC protected witnesses are expected to eventually become self-sufficient. They do not get to live off the government for the rest of their lives.

Did any of these facts about WITSEC surprise you? I’d love to hear which ones. I had a lot of fun researching WITSEC for TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT. I hope you enjoy Miles and Melissa’s story! Look out for the next book in the series—middle brother Navy SEAL Paul Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF in March of 2021.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

Hallie Reads, October 8

Artistic Nobody, October 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 9

Texas Book-aholic, October 9

reviewingbooksplusmore, October 9

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 10

The Cafe Scholar, October 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 11

KarenSueHadley, October 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 11

Older & Smarter?, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 12

Simple Harvest Reads, October 12 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

She Lives To Read, October 13

Hebrews 12 Endurance, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 13

Betti Mace, October 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

Lighthouse Academy, October 15

To Everything There Is A Season, October 15

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 16

Blogging With Carol, October 16

Book Love, October 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 17

Batya’s Bits, October 17

Emily Yager, October 18

Labor Not in Vain, October 18

HookMeInABook, October 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 19

Mary Hake, October 19

Daysong Reflections, October 19

For the Love of Literature, October 20

Bigreadersite, October 20

EmpowerMoms, October 20

Blossoms and Blessings, October 21

Splashes of Joy, October 21

Pause for Tales, October 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Texas Holiday Hideout!!

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

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Tour and Giveaway for This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings

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If you scroll down you can read the interesting interview by the author of “This Is the Earth” by Deedee Cummings.

 
Book Details:

Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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This is the Earth is another really good book from author Deedee Cummings. I love this children’s book because of the lessons it teaches children. It her unique way, this author uses simple words to show kids everywhere that we are all different, be it color, race, physical disabilities, it doesn’t matter because we can all live together in this world peacefully. In these times, I feel it important to teach children of all ages the words of this book.

And again Charlene Mosley has so uniquely created the most wonderful illustrations to capture each word of this book. This is a beautiful book inside and out that would make a great addition to your child’s library!

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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Author Interview with Deedee Cummings

How difficult was it to write In the Nick of Time?

In the Nick of Time was not a tough story to write because the overall message was on my heart. There is one twist in the story I did not think of initially- it came to me later. I was watching a TV show and the character’s last name was Saint. I thought of naming the character Nick Saint just because of that TV show. Sometimes I feel as though I am meant to see things and that was definitely one of those moments. That one idea alone made the book so much better. The overall story just came to me as a great idea and as a story that was missing and needed.

Why do you like to write children’s books?

I love writing for children because they still believe in the power of anything. Kids believe that you can fly on the wings of a butterfly or that you can tunnel your way to Australia straight from your backyard. That kind of thinking alone is kind of magical. Children’s books lift me up and remind me of the beauty and simplicity of the world. And a lot of times they leave me with the feeling that I can do anything I want too.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

I get writer’s block all the time. It mostly comes when I am being forced to write something or if I am asked to write something specific. I have no problem just freely writing whatever message is floating on my mind. I can write all day like that. But one of the most important things I have learned over the past few years is that for people to find you, you really need to have a consistent blog. It is this type of writing I find the hardest because it feels forced. I know I have good stories to tell, but does anyone really care what I think about what it takes to be an author? To remove the block I just step away from it. I take a walk or finish some other project. The content comes to me, but it feels like I have to plant it like a seed in the ground in my mind first. It sprouts later.

Where do you write?

My absolutely favorite place to write is the beach, but I live in Kentucky so…. If I go to the beach I can write pages of work. It helps me generate ideas that I can more fully explore at home. I love the beach because my problems feel so small there. I get a sense of clarity at the beach that I cannot get anywhere else. I love the beach so much one of my earliest books is called My Trip to the Beach and it is all about how you can visualize a trip to the beach to help calm and focus you, even when you cannot actually get to the beach.


 
Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
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Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
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Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
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Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
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Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
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Giveaway and Review Spiritual Seeds Daily Planner

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR GIVEAWAY-ENDS OCT 25, 2020

ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL SEEDS PLANNER

Spiritual Seeds Planner is a planning tool designed to help Christians prioritize living a fruit filled life, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The planner uses a gardening theme concentrating on four garden plots – Friends/Family, Self, Community, Vocation/Work. Each month focuses on one Fruit, detailing actions to plant + cultivate + grow.  Actions are planned daily for highest yield. Cute garden themed stickers provide visuals for tracking growth. Unlike any other planner, Spiritual Seeds Planner prioritizes and plans Spiritual growth over daily “to do” lists and activities focusing on growth rather than achievement. 

What makes it different:

  • Puts God in charge
  • Inspired, led and powered by the Holy Spirit
  • Based on Scripture
  • Impacts all areas of life
  • Improves relationships
  • Fills life with an abundance of Spiritual Fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

Features:

  • Easy to follow instructions with visuals
  • Vision Board 
  • Monthly Fruit Focus & Planning Pages
  • Monthly Inspirational Prayers 
  • Weekly Planning
  • Beautiful faux leather cover
  • Fruit of the Spirit Bookmark with definitions and scriptures
  • Fun Garden Themed Stickers 
  • Back pocket 
  • Blank pages for notes
  • Brown Ribbon Bookmark
  • Monthly Tabs

This Spiritual Needs Planner is so very nice. The one pictured is the Gray one you can get. For the review, I was given the tan one and I love it. It’s beautiful inside and out. And there is plenty if room inside to write what you want. Below are the pictures I took of mine bundle.

Included in my Bundle:
The Spirutual Seeds Daily Planner
4 ultra thin markers
A pouch for the markers
A pack of stickers
A note pad
And
A really nice Fruit of the Spirit Bag

Here are a few pictures of my Planner

J


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https://spiritualseedsplanner.com/

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