Grand Finale for Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer

It’s the Grand Finale for SILVER MOON by Jenny Knipfer! #SMBkTour


 On Tour with Prism Book Tours
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stopsyou’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:


Launch – Author Interview

What inspired you to write SILVER MOON?

Silver Moon is the third book in a four-part series and follows the story of the children of some of the characters in Blue Moon, about twenty years after Blue Moon leaves off. When I had finished Blue Moon, I knew I was going to write about Luis and Oshki, but I didn’t know how to start until one day I went fishing with my husband to our favorite backwater slough on a cool autumn day and inspiration struck. As I watched the cool water swirl in front of me, I wondered what it would be like to be submerged in that tempestuous liquid, fighting for my life. I set down my fishing pole and wrote the opening prologue to Silver Moon.

Bookstagram Tour(With its own giveaway.)

Splashes of Joy – Review“I enjoyed the way this author weaves together everything in this story, the characters, history, plot, and gives an ending that we were waiting for. I also enjoyed how faith had a vital part in this story. Patients and forgiveness is sure a big part of this story. . . . This is a very well written book. Jenny Knipfer is a new author for me, one I will definitely keep contact with. And I can’t wait for the fourth book in this series, Harvest Moon! If you enjoy historical stories, war stories or both, you are covered here. Ms. Knipfer does her research well and it shows on every page of this book.”
Rincón de Joss – ExcerptWill they find me and the intelligence stowed away in my shoe before I die? Will I die before I can make a break for freedom? Death resembles a sort of freedom, I suppose, one I find almost welcoming. My mind tells me it would be easy to surrender to the pull of the mud and the slimy, icy water, but my body won’t let me. It struggles to survive. My lungs suck in quick gasps of air through a copper tube as I stay covered in my watery grave, but I need more. Soon, I will need to breathe, really breathe, for I am starving for oxygen. Unless I die of hypothermia first. Perhaps the mud acts as an insulating layer.reviewingbooksplusmore – ReviewSilver Moon is an excellent wartime book. There is a lot of characters in the book. My favorite characters are Rose and Mauve. Rose is a nurse in the war. Nurses can be in danger at times, like the soldiers. It takes a special person to be a nurse, especially during the war.”
Bookriot – ReviewSilver Moon by is just mindblowing. A historical novel revolved around warfare is very emotional and heartbreaking. . . a compelling story and an author I would read again in future.”Uplifting Reads – Excerpt
Rose Greenwood turned and looked at the café the outspoken, blonde woman had entered. She steadied herself and took courage from the other ladies in arms. At heart, Rose was no outspoken leader like Mrs. Taylor, but she had determination. She did her duty, calling men to fight. Rose thought of the man she loved. She wanted to make sure he had plenty of help so he would come home to her.

She had heard about the white feather campaign one day from a friend and found an article in the paper about it. She had gained more information and got up the courage to ask matron for several weeks off from the hospital to take part in the campaign and travel around the ports to encourage Canadian men to rally to the cause. Matron had been grim and stern, but she’d conceded . . .

Books and Zebras – Spotlight
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Excerpt
I lie back and think of the first life I took and the last. Well, the ones I know about. The ones who looked me in the eye before I did my job. Deep down, I wonder what it was all really for. The killing.

Revenge? Greed? World domination?

I wish I had asked myself these questions a couple of years ago when I signed up for a life of lies. Well, I never volunteered, exactly. I was recruited.
Book Lover in Florida – ExcerptI write at night. It is when my thoughts churn themselves around so much, if they don’t have a way to escape, I fear I will explode. The silver moon hangs over my head. It feels close enough to touch.
Lenny sleeps peacefully in his foxhole. We have a scrubby fire going to try to keep away frostbite. Samuel lost a toe. He made it back from the medical unit yesterday. Thank God an infection or gangrene hadn’t set it. Burns and Tommy huddle back to back for warmth.

Older & Smarter? – Review
Silver Moon reminds us of the tragedy of war but Knipfer also shows the beauty that can occur when hope, faith, and forgiveness are present. This is the third book in the By the Light of the Moon series but my enjoyment wasn’t affected because I haven’t read the first two. If you are looking for historical Christian fiction that leaves you wanting to learn more, you will want to read Silver Moon.”
Hallie Reads – Excerpt
“Light. Shapes. I can see a nurse walking around, but I can’t tell who. Nothing is clear,” I tell Dr. Hansen.

“What about close up? Look at me.”

I feel his hands on either side of my head, turning me towards him. My eyes take a few seconds to focus.

“Better. I can see your face, but it is . . . smudged.”

“Ah.”

I can hear the disappointment in Dr. Hansen’s voice.

Remembrancy – Excerpt
Oshki took up his pencil and wrote before the sun no longer lit his trench sufficiently. He had eaten well tonight, for once. The men had picked off a couple of stray squirrels who weren’t smart enough to take cover. Along with the meat and some half-rotten potatoes, they had made a kind of stew. One fella had had some hard-tack biscuits left, which he’d passed around.

His heart had just about given out with the news of Mauve’s last letter. Before he nestled in his foxhole for the night, Oshki set his thoughts down on a wrinkled scrap of stationery.
Wishful Endings – Excerpt“I am happy you are back with us, Lt. Von Wolff,” Hahn the man they called Rooster commented to Luis as he stood in the dugout region of German HQ, well back from the front lines.

“Ja. I am happy to be back.” Luis tried to be believable. “I took my chance when I saw it. Those British . . .” Luis seasoned his speech with a few German curses to make it sound real to Rooster.

“Ja. It is amazing how you escaped.” Rooster eyed Luis shrewdly.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – ReviewSilver Moon is a very informative, as well as entertaining tale of several people in a Canadian community’s experiences and interactions during WWI. It is a bittersweet tale of loyalty, service, love, fear, hope, forgiveness, acceptance and many more topics. The characters are very diverse and well-portrayed. They are individuals the reader can connect with. The scenes are very easy to visualize.”Red Headed Book Lady – Review“I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Jenny Knipfer this being the best book yet in the series.
I feel that she really has out done herself on this novel. I love that her research has brought us a wonderful read.
This book will make you hold your breath waiting to see what will happen to our beloved characters as Knipfer puts them through their paces. You’ll want to cry, support, and rejoice in their triumphs as they experience WW1 and it’s many dangers. . . . I highly recommend this book for historical fiction lovers or anyone who just wants to read.”
Two Points of Interest – Review“This book is the third novel in the series. . . if you are a fan of cozy romances with a hint of espionage than this might be the perfect book for you.”
Kelly Goshorn author/Romancing History – Excerpt
Oshki tucked his last letter from home in his rucksack, threw it on his shoulder, grabbed his rifle, and followed the soldier in front of him towards another web of trenches. Part of his company, or what was left of it, were on their way north to beef up the line where an Allied attack was being planned. He and Lenny were the only ones left walking from their small squadron. The rest had been sent home, shipped to a field hospital to recover, or they had died. His mother was right when she told him he had to greet death often.

Like an unwanted guest come calling, he thought.

Bizwings Blog – Review
“This was my first read by this author. I was very impressed with her writing style and the descriptive way she related the war and times in Webaashi Bay. . . . Silver Moon, was an emotional read and one that ran the gamut of forgiveness, heartbreak, redemption, loss, and second chances. Everything wrapped up nicely and I enjoyed the story very much. Even as this was Book 3 in the series, it still worked well as a standalone.”
Beauty in the Binding – ExcerptThis is my last day at the rest camp. The weather is cold but not bitterly so. I like to spend as much time out of doors as I can. The open space frees me. There is so little in the trenches. I must enjoy it while I can.

I’ve made a friend while I’m here, not the human kind. He is a bird. A meadow pipit. He has olive-brown coloring with darker, barred wings edged in white and a creamy white breast. I saw him on top of a thistle digging for seeds. I roam the outskirts of the camp every day. One spot in the northern corner hosts a few dried, wild plants spreading from the grassy meadow beyond.
Reading Excursions – Review“Using a fictional story set during the real war; Knipfer weaves a tale of war time atrocities, tragedy, realistic warfare and its consequences, along with the uncertainty at home. She also shows the lengths of support that the women go to so that their men come home. And, she also shows the post-war impact – not everyone returns whole whether physically or mentally. . . a novel so engaging that even the discussion questions are must read with their thought-provoking nature.”Teatime and Books – Excerpt
“Ja. If the British concentrate on breaking through at this point,” Rooster whispered, pointing to an area on the tunnel map he’d pilfered from the general’s HQ, “that would be best. It’s the least watched and the closest to their own.”

Hahn had proven himself invaluable. Luis prayed they wouldn’t get caught. Rooster would be labeled a traitor, while he would just be caught as a spy.

Being a traitor is ten times worse, Luis determined.

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Silver Moon(By the Light of the Moon #3)By Jenny KnipferChristian Historical FictionPaperback & ebook, 411 PagesJune 30, 2020
A tale of courage and hope in the darkest of times…
Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.
Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?
Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts.
Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy.
Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.Fans of WWI historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, and literary fiction will find Silver Moon a moving, powerful read!
Praise for the Book
Taking an original angle on a tumultuous time in history, Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer is a sparkling slice of historical fiction. Ambitiously detailing a diverse collection of characters, this World War I story bounces across space and time, delicately filled with vivid descriptions, nuanced moral dilemmas, and authentic relationships…” —Self-publishing Review

Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.” —Readers’ Favorite

“I am stunned by the amount of detail the author gave in this single story. On one hand, we have powerful characters… and on the other, we have a plot that demands all our attention. Jenny Knipfer pulls no punches and holds nothing back.” —Readers’ Favorite
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About the Author


Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Jenny’s education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions. She spent many years as a librarian in a local public library but recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability.

She authored and performed a self-published musical CD entitled, Scrapbook of a Closet Poet.

Jenny’s books, Ruby MoonBlue Moon, and Silver Moon earned five-star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: “Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches… Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Historical Novel Society, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. She has self-published the first three books, Ruby MoonBlue Moon, and Silver Moon, in her four-part series. One more novel to complete the series is planned for 2020. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series called, Sheltering Trees.
Photo Credit: Craig Jentink

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The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog by Trisha Watson

Trisha Watson

THE SPIRITUAL ADVENTURES OF RUSSELL THE DOG by Trisha Watson
THE SPIRITUAL ADVENTURES OF RUSSELL THE DOG by Trisha Watson

Book Title:  The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction and Inspiration from the Other Side by Trisha Watson
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  284 pages
Genre:  Dog Story, Inspirational
Publisher:  Stone & Light Publishing
Release date:   January 20, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), Gifted Kindle, PDF
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: August 24 to September 4, 2020
Content Rating:  G for General Audiences
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Book Description:

By reading this newly released book for the dog lover’s soul, you are about to take a remarkable journey through the eyes of Russell the dog. At times you will find that reading about his spiritual adventures takes an open mind, and a willingness to laugh and cry. By choice, Russell has come into this life with a unique dual purpose: to experience his present lifetime as a dog and to review his previous lifetime as a man. His journey is multidimensional; taking him through numerous challenges triggering a spectrum of emotions which he resists. One of his special abilities is to telepathically hear and communicate with other animals, his Spirit Guides, and even people when necessary for his growth. In the process, Russell learns about reincarnation, karma, grace, unlimited thinking, and forgiveness – all from a dog’s point of view and that of a soul who has had many previous human lifetimes.

Guest Post especially for this blog!

Writing from A Dog’s Point of View

Who knew that I would ever write a book…Or to make it more interesting, a book written from a dog’s point of view?

Russell tells his story in The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side.

One of the first basic decisions a writer establishes is if the main character is going to be telling the story or if someone else is. I decided it would be my dog Russell telling his own story mixed with fiction and the inspiration I was receiving. Russell is now in the world of spirit, but the memories of his vivid, mischievous personality are very much alive in my mind bridged to my heart.

The reason I decided to write the book from Russell’s perspective involved his thoughtful investigation of everything ranging from a tiny bug to trees, to watching television. I loved his curiosity. However, his hatred of little boys, I could have done without.

His spikey red hair gave his face the look of a really cute teddy bear. Finding fun he found easy because he was easily entertained. Pouncing on spots made from any type of light refraction. Or jumping on bugs. Tearing into an empty box as if it were a mortal enemy.

I wanted to give him a voice so the reader might have a glimpse of a world foreign to us people. Researching dog behavior became a priority, even though to date, eight dogs have blessed my life. Having two dogs is my mode of operation. However, once a two-dog pet parent, you always need to have two dogs.

So back to writing from a dog’s viewpoint. I enjoyed contemplating what motivated Russell’s performances. What was going on in his mind? What did he think about all day? What did he dream about? I imagined when his feet moved along with a few whimpers during an afternoon nap, he was slaying a box or chasing a dog out of his territory.

.MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

What a unique visit with the life of Russell the dog! In this book is the story of this dog’s journey through life. Sadly Russell’s journey didn’t start off so well, but his struggles were to only make him stronger in life. I was both laughing and crying at time as Russel took me on his the different parts of his journey, and as he met his struggles and the fun he had head on. I was especially intrigued reading this story through the eyes of Russell and getting to see and understand the lessons he’s learned through his life journey. I wasn’t sure about this book when I first saw it but I am so glad I read it. It is not only an amazing book to read, it left me loving my little doggie even more. And I’ve many times wondered what she’s thinking, which this will have me wondering even more. This is a fun book to read, getting inside Russells head, and one I think any animal lover will love and appreciate.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and to iREAD Book Tours 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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And now Trisha Watson so graciously gives us more insights into this special book. Be sure to read these questions and answers about the writing of Russell!

Q. Your book is The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog. The second part of the title is A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side. Tell me more about the second part of your book’s title?

Well, it is a blend of truth and fiction. Of the three, the most important element proved to be the inspiration from the other side. Almost every moment I spent engaged in writing or thinking about this book came from a guided part of myself that was inspired by intuitive influences.

Have you ever been moved to do something that comes from a hunch or gut feeling? So far, everyone I’ve met has experienced this type of intuition.

Q. So it was a hunch that motivated you to write The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog?

As it turned out, it was much more than a hunch. I would describe it as a constant nagging, with relentless inner urgings that would not leave me alone. I believe our spirit guides communicate with us through our inner voice, which we believe to be our own thoughts. Often, we disregard our intuitive ideas as the ramblings of our mind. And if the intention is not positive, or of a helpful nature then those thoughts should be disregarded. But very often it’s our spirit guides encouraging us to reach for higher levels of our potential in this incarnation. Spurring us to move beyond mediocrity or being stuck to a state of forward motion with our highest and greatest good as the goal.

A key factor here is that I didn’t want to write a book! And I resisted doing so for close to two years. Maybe it was laziness, but I had a good idea of the huge project writing a book would be and I didn’t want to take it on. Partly because I didn’t consider myself a writer or have the confidence that I could become an author. Still my inner voice wasn’t interested in my fears. I learned over the years, if I didn’t follow the urgings my guides were pushing me to do, I’d likely regret it.

So, for the first two years, I reluctantly began writing things down, telling my husband and friends I was writing a story. By using my own life experiences and family memories, I blended fiction and the inspiration I received from the other side. Over time, the combination poured through my mind slowly developing the plot, characters, dialog, and spiritual principals shared in the book.

Q. With unlimited choices for a lead character, why write a story from the point of view of a dog, named Russell?

Russell was one of my most beloved dogs. His precocious, stubborn, peculiar, personality traits frequently caused me a great deal of stress. Even so, I often found myself laughing about his antics. I grew to understand how his complexities that tested my patience also brought me immense joy, which is perhaps why the story started to form around him. At the time my inner stirrings began, Russell had been in spirit for almost three years. Because he was such a strong personality, from the start, I liked the idea of Russell telling this amazing story from his point of view.

Q. Your path with this story has been interesting. Was there a defining moment that made you decide to make the commitment to move from writing a story to writing a book?

Yes, I have always felt my purpose, in this lifetime, centers around being helpful to others. If I can be of service to all beings; human, animal, and the beingness of the planet, then I am living my purpose.
As the story unfolded, I realized it was a spiritual guidebook. It could be beneficial to those who read it. My reluctance gave way to trusting my guidance with the faith to follow it through to completion. I knew this is what I had to do and then I was able to embrace it.

Q. There are many books out there about spiritual growth. What makes yours different?

The plot is unique, which I suspected at the time it fully formed. However, with so many books written every year I wasn’t sure it already hadn’t been done. The story is about a dog (Russell) who finds he has come into his current incarnation with an unusual dual purpose. The first reason is to experience his lifetime as a dog. His second is to review his previous incarnation as a man named Pete, whose life ended tragically. As Pete, he refused to let the review of his lifetime take place.

After he discovers his twofold purpose for coming into his lifetime as Russell the dog, his spiritual adventure rapidly unfolds.

Various spirit guides, two in particular, teach him about the many aspects of being a soul in a body encouraging him towards his main purpose of finally reviewing his previous lifetime as Pete. He also explores other previous lifetimes relevant to his current repeating traits. Another essential key to Russell’s growth is the love of the woman who adopts him. Her role turns out to be multi layered with a surprise twist. We all have many life lessons encased in our personal spiritual adventure. The discoveries Russell finds along the way can inspire an expansiveness for those who read the book.

One message is resistance causes pain. Currently, everyone on the planet is challenged by the unexpected pandemic. The more we resist this unchangeable reality the more pain we will suffer. Accepting the reality of the pandemic removes the pain of resistance, so we may focus our energies on solutions to grow beyond it, collectively, and as individuals.

I hope all who share in Russell’s journey will be inspired to experience life on a larger canvas of possibilities.

Q. Your book reviews are glowing. What is your next project?

Now that I realized I can write a book, my next inspiration is The Spiritual Adventures of Maggie the Dog – A Blend of Truth, Fiction, and Inspiration from the Other Side. Sadly, Maggie, who was going on fifteen, recently made her transition to spirit. My husband and I, along with our other dog, Cooper deeply miss her as we adjust to being without her. The theme of reincarnation will also flow into Maggie’s book, told in her voice, sharing her spiritual adventures.

I honestly believe, we are all each other’s students and teachers, including animals and especially our pets.

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Author Trisha Watson

About the Author

Trisha Watson has a reverence for life, nature, and compassion for those in need, including, and especially animals. Of course, that encompasses pets too, and thus all her dogs and cats over the years were rescues or strays. Because of her passion, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is donated to different animal rescue organizations. Twenty years of self-employment helped her develop a can-do attitude. When asked about the process of writing a book she said, “This story wouldn’t leave me alone, much of it flowed easily. Some of it I don’t remember writing, which at first was spooky, but later made complete sense as the story revealed itself. My intention with this book is to perhaps provide a source of inspiration and healing for those who read it.” At sixteen, Trisha began her spiritual journey. Over the years she has delved into many facets always with an open mind and a dash of healthy skepticism. Never looking back, she keeps moving forward in her own spiritual adventure, seeking to learn and share her experiences with others. Trisha was born in Rhode Island. A few years later her family moved to the “Mile High City” Denver, Colorado where she grew up. As an adult she was drawn to the mountains eventually settling in Evergreen, a small mountain town outside of Denver. It is there she’s built a life with her husband Mark and their two dogs, Maggie and Cooper.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~ twitter  ~ facebook  ~  instagram  ~ goodreads 

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Tour Schedule:
Aug 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Rosepoint Publishing – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 –Books for Books – book review
Aug 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 28 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Aug 30 – Book World Reviews – book review
Aug 31 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 –Reading Authors Network – book spotlight/ giveaway
Sep 3 –Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review
Sep 4 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

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Book Blast and Giveaway How Old Is Grandma? By Antoinette Simmonds


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Antoinette Simmonds will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A humorous family mystery about a Grandma’s big secret! Kendall and Kayson love going to visit their grandparents and their Grandma’s birthday means CAKE, but how many candles to put on it? As the story unfolds, and misunderstandings abound, inquisitive Kendall is surprised to find out more than he bargained for. “How Old is Grandma?” joyfully illustrates the interactions amongst a loving African American family; children, parents, and grandparents and the learning experiences they share. Warm story-telling with a humor and charm that illustrates an understanding of the funniness and peace of mind that is so commonly found in children. The first in a series of books written for children ages 4 and up.




About the Author:
Antoinette Simmonds has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher. She is an Adjunct Professor at two community colleges and has worked in the past as a teacher of software and a high school business teacher. She holds a BA in Business Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

As an African American woman, mother of 3, and grandmother of 3, over the years she has found fun, joy and shared experiences sharing books with children. Now as a grandmother and an emerging voice in writing, her goal is to produce a memorable series of humorous family-oriented stories featuring people of color to share, “Teaching is my passion and I am thankful that I am sharing my joy and passing it forward.”

Website: http://nanasbookshelf.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AntoinetteSimmondsAuthor/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/antoinettesimmondsauthor

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Old-Grandma-Antoinette-Simmonds/dp/1735029521/ref=sr_1_2
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FOR THE LOVE OF FIBER SERIES by Kate Bowman! #LFPrism


Author Interview

What inspired you to write For the Love of Fiber Series?
After seventeen years in the Chicago suburbs, we moved back to my native Wisconsin. On the verge of being empty-nesters, we decided to move to the country and a more relaxed life-style. Answering an ad in the local paper I joined a ‘learn to spin group’. I’d always been a knitter and the thought of spinning my very own yarn added a whole new dimension. I soon found myself the owner of several Jacob sheep. I joined a group of local fiber artists who taught me so many things, among them being that crafting and women’s friendships are such an integral part of many women’s lives.
I was inspired to weave craft and art into my stories because to me, each craft I learned was a personal growth issue. I had to practice patience with learning to spin a good yarn, use math and dexterity with weaving and to use wool as an artist uses paint in felting. Along with learning these crafts I realized the importance of them and friendships down through generations. I’m hoping to pass this love on to my grandchildren.
If you could sum up each of the two books in one sentence, what would you say?
The Spin I’m In – When newly widowed Martha discovers her husband had been leading a double life, she determines to find the person she put aside to become the perfect wife and mother and finds friendship and help within a group of local fiber artists.
It Never Felt So Good – Struggling artist Cara Olson moves home to Wisconsin to care for her ailing grandmother and while there learns that the definition of success is totally individual to each person.
What challenged you about writing this series?
I’ve always been intrigued with stories of women starting over and finding their own place in life. I wanted my characters to be ordinary women with real, everyday problems—things we can all relate to—be it family, friends or career.
I’ve worked for years studying the craft of writing and like other crafts, it was a personal growth experience. Along the way I’ve met so many wonderful and sharing writers and I wouldn’t be here today without them. Writing can be a lonely life without friends to share the joys and frustrations.
Which character do you relate to the most to and why?
I guess it would be Carol. As the mother of five, the grandmother of seventeen, and a nurse, I can relate to most everyday problems in family life. Also, as a cancer survivor I will never forget hearing those fear-inducing words, “You have cancer.”
What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read the series?
I hope readers will realize the strength we women can gather from each other and always from family. Plus, a little humor goes a long way to putting joy in life.
What is something about me that is unique or we may not know?
I guess the most unique thing about me is my family background. I consider my family the original Brady Bunch, only on a gigantic scale. My father was a widower with six children and my mother a widow with four. They married and had five children—myself  having the dubious honor of being number fourteen. I learned a lot about characters in that wonderful, loving family and draw on them often in my stories.
Another unique detail related to the books is that both covers are original artwork painted by my daughter, Molly Bowman Johnson, and photographed by my son. David Bowman. I’m so proud of these covers!

The Spin I’m In(For the Love of Fiber #1)By Kate Bowman

Women’s Fiction, Romance

Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages

August 26, 2019
A determined widow faces the challenge of a new life to regain the confidence and independence of her youth, but finds that life, unlike knitting, doesn’t always follow a pattern.

After twenty-five years of being the perfect wife and mother, Martha LeBeau finds herself unexpectedly widowed and shocked to discover her husband had been living a double life, leaving her penniless and in debt. Determined to regain her lost confidence and independence, she sells her suburban Chicago home and moves to the Wisconsin countryside to forge a new life away from cheating men and smothering children. There she meets the Wool Gatherers, a group of fiber artists who teach her the art of spinning wool and raising sheep. Along with one determined Border Collie, she begins on the path to self-growth and healing.

Riley O’Connor is the single father of a child with Asperger Syndrome. The child’s mother walked out on them because she found that life too difficult to handle. Since then, he has dedicated himself to protecting his son from any further emotional damage.

Meeting Riley and his son through her new job brings love and challenges to Martha’s newly found independence. Romance blooms like a finely knit cable, entwining their lives.

Can either of them learn to trust again?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Martha LeBeau has had her share of difficulties, and it is good to see her in a new place, making it on her own and happy. And I it was fun getting to know the art of raising sheep and weaving fibers. And being able to sell them. She has a sweet relationship with Riley and his son. But can she really trust a man after what her first husband did to her?

This is a new author for me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The characters are loveable and realistic. I love Martha and Riley his son. This is a small community so everyone knows everyone else. And thus the reason Martha was given so much advice about Riley. There is a little more than I wanted to read a few time in the story, this is Womens fiction. Overall it is a pretty good story to keep you entertained for a few hours.

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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It Never Felt So Good(For the Love of Fiber #2)By Kate BowmanWomen’s Fiction, RomancePaperback & ebook, 268 PagesMay 9, 2020
Cara Olson is forced to put aside her struggling art career in Chicago to care for her ailing grandmother in Wisconsin. While journeying with her beloved Gram through the diagnosis of possible Alzheimer’s disease, she loses and then rediscovers her passion for art and experiences the resurrection of a past love.

Struggling artist Cara Olson is called home to Wisconsin to care for her ailing grandmother who is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Leaving behind her mentor//boyfriend, Stefan, she begins to look at her unsuccessful career and relationship in a new light.

Surprised to find her Gram’s doctor is her high-school crush, Peter Andreson, she fights her reignited feelings. When Chicago critics dismiss her artwork as a poor imitation of Stefan’s, she is devastated and vows to give up art.

While caring for Gram and running her small Scandinavian gift shop, the Wool Gatherers, a local group of fiber artists, help her find new outlets for her creativity, designing works of art with hand-made felt and her re-emerging love of landscape and portrait painting.

Along the way, her feelings for Peter grow, and she realizes she has once again fallen for a man only dedicated to his career. When the opportunity arises for her to return to Chicago with the promise of a new career, she seizes it. But even her success can’t fill the void she experiences without Gram, her new friends, and Peter.

Can she return to Shoreview, the place that inspires her art, and be satisfied with a life that doesn’t include him?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS 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

Born in Wisconsin to an original Brady Bunch, I had the dubious honor of being #14 in the family. As a result, I’ll never run out of characters. The early years of my marriage were spent moving around the country with my engineer husband, collecting interesting stories and characters along the way. I picked up my first romance after a particularly stressful shift at a suburban Chicago hospital where I worked as an RN. Hours later, bleary-eyed and exhausted, but able to sleep because the story affirmed that good things can happen to good people, I was hooked.
After seventeen years in the Chicago suburbs we returned to Wisconsin and a new life of country living. After a local class in spinning, I decided it would be fun to have my own source of wool. Several years and many animals later, I found a new source of humor for my stories. I’ve always loved animals and you’ll find many of them populate my books. My stories are about real people trying to make it in this crazy, sometimes funny, sometimes sad world—but always with an ending that will renew your faith in love and life.
When I’m not writing, you’ll find me with my family or out walking in my fields, spinning wool, knitting or weaving, but always listening to the interesting stories of those characters living in my head.
For more information about me and my books, visit http://www.KateBowmanAuthor.com.

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Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

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What would you do if you learned your life was a lie?

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire–a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father’s death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Reading the blurb about this story had me wanting to read this book to find out what happened to Kelli. I can’t imagine finding something like this when she is all alone. Author Kathryn Cushman does an amazing job  writing this story. There was a lot to tension going on. My heart was hurting for Kelli for just about the entire story. I enjoyed taking the journey with her as she went hunting to find answers about her family. There were lots of characters to meet. All were interesting and for the most part did what they could to help Kelli. This will be a story that will hang with me for a long time. And I will be watching for Kathryn’s books in the future. I also appreciate that Ms. Cushman clearly sends the message that God loves us not matter what, and that he went to the cross and died for our sins. And it wasn’t told in a preachy way, it was more subtle. This book is one anyone would enjoy. And I highly recommend it!

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

Kathryn Cushman
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Kathryn Cushman

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the acclaimed author of over a half-dozen novels, including  Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in…

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Reviews

Cushman tells a deeply moving story of painful revelation and hard-won redemption steeped in small-town, southern charm, a tale full of heart and hope for all who have ever wished to feel that they truly belong.

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Cushman has created a delightful cast….This is storytelling at its finest as Kelli uncovers missing pieces, heals broken places, and finds redemption in true discovery. This story will have broad appeal to a female audience of nearly any age.

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The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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Book: The Black Midnight

Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo

Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Release Date: August, 2020

The Black Midnight

Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend

Book 7 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter.

The prospect of a second chance to work with Annie just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the feisty female left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago.

Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Black Midnigh is Book Seven in the True Crimes Series from Barbour Publishers. And Kathleen Y’ Barbo does a fantastic job with this one. With the two murders going on, and the vivid descriptions it is clear to see the extensive research that has been done in writing this book.

I really enjoyed following Ike and Annie on their mission to find who is involved in the murders of all of the people. I have read lots of books with Pinkerton agents as characters and always love them!! And this one is no different. There are a lot of characters involved and each one does a fantastic job in playing their part in the story. And I love Miss Hattie! She brings the warm cozy family feeling to the story. And I’ll not go into the story any deeper. I don’t like ruining stories for anyone. I will say I would love to read more about Annie and Ike and their detective adventures as Pinkerton agents. Annie’s spunky personality along with Ike’s dry sense of humor makes for a fun and interesting pair and another story would be awesome!! The Black Midnight gets 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ in my book!!

If you enjoy a good clean crime mystery, this would be the one you want to read. And check out the other books in this series as well for some really great reads.

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

KathleenYbarbo

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.

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I am a tenth generation Texan, but London has held a place in my heart for over ten years. You see, I have a son who has lived there for more than a decade. Thanks to him and his family of three—my granddaughter was born there on New Year’s Eve 2019—the city will always be special to me. There is absolutely nothing like walking those streets with a thousand years of history close enough to touch.

It was on a walk with my son through this great city that the stories of nineteenth century London came alive. With fog shrouding the rooftops of buildings that were hundreds of years old and our footsteps echoing on the cobblestones, I could imagine a time when lack of electricity and CCTV would make this place less than charming on a dark night. What reminded me of my favorite childhood movie, Mary Poppins, quickly became more reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. And then a story was born.

Only I just had half the story.

The other half came to me several years later when I stumbled across an article in Texas Monthly magazine about a serial killer who rampaged through Austin, Texas in 1884 and 1885 and was never caught. Some surmised this madman, called “The Midnight Assassin” by some, might have been Jack the Ripper honing his skills before he crossed the Atlantic to begin his famous crime spree in Great Britain.

But Austin? Ironically, my other two sons lived in Austin. So while part of my heart was in London, two more parts of that same heart resided in the Texas capital. I thought I knew Austin inside out. Between one of my sons getting not one but two degrees from the University of Texas (this Aggie grad is still proud of him in spite of what I jokingly call his burnt orange rebellion) and my other son living there and managing a restaurant at the time (and who just graduated from Texas A&M Galveston last month!), I had spent many years in the city. And yet I had never heard of the Midnight Assassin.

Research turned up a tale that sounds so close to fiction I had to write about it. Discovering the theory that the Austin killer might also be the Ripper just added to my interest—neither had been caught. And I like to write about Pinkerton detectives.

From there the story unfolded. If you’ve read any of my historical romances, you know that I love incorporating actual history into my stories. As you’ll see when you read The Black Midnight, this book is no exception. While I will continue writing the historical romances I love to bring to you, I will confess that writing this book has me itching to research another one like it.

What’s next in my foray into true crime novels? Maybe Houston. You see, I have a daughter who lives there…

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy reading The Black Midnight as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Texas Book-aholic, August 29

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

For the Love of Literature, August 30

Connie’s History Classroom, August 30

For Him and My Family, August 31

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 31

Betti Mace, September 1

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Just Your Average reviews, September 2

Rebecca Tews, September 3

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Emily Yager, September 3

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Remembrancy, September 5

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21st Century Keeper at Home, September 6

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Godly Book Reviews, September 8

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Daysong Reflections, September 8

Pause for Tales, September 9

Blossoms and Blessings, September 9

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The Crownless King By Kara Linaburg #CKPrism

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The Crownless King (The Broken Prince #2) By Kara Linaburg YA Fantasy Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages September 1, 2020

She won’t meet her worst enemy on the battlefield…

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich’s deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel’s plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she’s believed to be true for so long.

Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she’s not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country’s freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she’s become.

Voices warning Sabriel she’ll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich’s power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

Interview for Splashes of Joy

1. A day in the life of Kara Linaburg?

It depends on the day haha. When I’m not working at my job at Panera Bread, I get up around six, drink my coffee and write for a few hours. Afterwards I try and do some kind of workout, which normally means walking or running for a couple miles. I hang out with my family, read random books, write some more (by this time, outside and barefoot if the weather is nice). I lead a pretty boring life honestly, but it’s mine and I love it.


2. Where is your favorite place to write?

On my back porch. I am a nature child at heart, and I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t happiest outside. We have this glider and I sit there with my laptop until it gets too hot. In the winter though, you can normally find me hanging out at the kitchen table super early before my fam is all up.


3. Do you write with or without music playing?

Both. When a scene is really intense, I’ll turn off the music or if I’m plotting I need lots of quiet. But with editing or just scenes I already have plotted out, I’ll be jamming to lots of music (preferably a nice mixture of alternative rock, indie, and hard rock).


4. What book from your childhood has shaped you most as a writer?

Ohh good question! The Chronicles of Narnia, because that was when I knew I wanted to write the kind of books that showed people the light in themselves as well as the darkness. C.S Lewis did an amazing job at reaching all ages with his in depth yet simple storyworld, and I wanted to create my own.


5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I am a mess. 😉 Honestly though, it’s the truth. I didn’t realize how terrible at getting a schedule I was. I’m a very schedule oriented person in other things but NOT writing. I realized how I needed to get myself together and figure out a system instead of just running with it.   


6. If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear?

That even if you hated my book to death and threw it across the room, that I displayed broken characters in a broken world who showed readers how to rise. That’s the goal of any of my books or characters. It’s why I began writing and it inspires me to keep going when I hear that people got that message from what I wrote.

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The Broken Prince (The Broken Prince #1) By Kara Linaburg YA Fantasy Paperback & ebook, 217 Pages June 3, 2019

In all the fairy tales the maiden falls in love with the prince…but she has to remember that this isn’t a fairy tale…

Born into a kingdom where those of magical Gifts are rejected, feared, and even killed, Serena has spent her life striving to hide her ability and keep her younger brother safe.

The bastard son of the hated king and father he hardly knows, Prince Milosh is considered an outcast. He never expects to feel anything but contempt for the peasant girl who unexpectedly shows up in his life, forcing him to answer questions he never wished to ask.

When two very different worlds are thrown together under less than desirable circumstances, both hold deep judgement towards the other. But will they learn to see beyond their stations and birth so that they may defeat the coming darkness, or will labels given to them at birth continue to define them?

A heart-stopping tale about the power of human love, and how each of us are never truly alone.

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About the Author

Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she’s not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on http://www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.

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Interview for Joy at Splashes of Joy

1. A day in the life of Kara Linaburg?

It depends on the day haha. When I’m not working at my job at Panera Bread, I get up around six, drink my coffee and write for a few hours. Afterwards I try and do some kind of workout, which normally means walking or running for a couple miles. I hang out with my family, read random books, write some more (by this time, outside and barefoot if the weather is nice). I lead a pretty boring life honestly, but it’s mine and I love it.


2. Where is your favorite place to write?

On my back porch. I am a nature child at heart, and I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t happiest outside. We have this glider and I sit there with my laptop until it gets too hot. In the winter though, you can normally find me hanging out at the kitchen table super early before my fam is all up.


3. Do you write with or without music playing?

Both. When a scene is really intense, I’ll turn off the music or if I’m plotting I need lots of quiet. But with editing or just scenes I already have plotted out, I’ll be jamming to lots of music (preferably a nice mixture of alternative rock, indie, and hard rock).


4. What book from your childhood has shaped you most as a writer?

Ohh good question! The Chronicles of Narnia, because that was when I knew I wanted to write the kind of books that showed people the light in themselves as well as the darkness. C.S Lewis did an amazing job at reaching all ages with his in depth yet simple storyworld, and I wanted to create my own.


5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I am a mess. 😉 Honestly though, it’s the truth. I didn’t realize how terrible at getting a schedule I was. I’m a very schedule oriented person in other things but NOT writing. I realized how I needed to get myself together and figure out a system instead of just running with it.   


6. If I write a review of your book, what do you want to hear?

That even if you hated my book to death and threw it across the room, that I displayed broken characters in a broken world who showed readers how to rise. That’s the goal of any of my books or characters. It’s why I began writing and it inspires me to keep going when I hear that people got that message from what I wrote.


The Crownless King(The Broken Prince #2)By Kara LinaburgYA FantasyPaperback & ebook, 275 PagesSeptember 1, 2020
She won’t meet her worst enemy on the battlefield…

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich’s deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel’s plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she’s believed to be true for so long.
Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she’s not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country’s freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she’s become.
Voices warning Sabriel she’ll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich’s power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

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August 31st:LaunchHearts & ScribblesChristy’s Cozy CornersMy Life, Loves and PassionSeptember 1st:Rockin’ Book ReviewsSplashes of JoyAndi’s Young Adult BooksSeptember 2nd:Library Lady’s Kid LitAdventurous BookwormLosing the BusynessSeptember 3rd:Bookworm LisaWishful EndingsBeauty in the BindingSeptember 4th:Rincón de JossLocks, Hooks and BooksHallie Reads
Other Books in the Series
The Broken Prince(The Broken Prince #1)By Kara LinaburgYA FantasyPaperback & ebook, 217 PagesJune 3, 2019
In all the fairy tales the maiden falls in love with the prince…but she has to remember that this isn’t a fairy tale…

Born into a kingdom where those of magical Gifts are rejected, feared, and even killed, Serena has spent her life striving to hide her ability and keep her younger brother safe.
The bastard son of the hated king and father he hardly knows, Prince Milosh is considered an outcast. He never expects to feel anything but contempt for the peasant girl who unexpectedly shows up in his life, forcing him to answer questions he never wished to ask.
When two very different worlds are thrown together under less than desirable circumstances, both hold deep judgement towards the other. But will they learn to see beyond their stations and birth so that they may defeat the coming darkness, or will labels given to them at birth continue to define them?
A heart-stopping tale about the power of human love, and how each of us are never truly alone.

(Affiliate link included.)Goodreads | AmazonAbout the Author


Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she’s not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on http://www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.
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A Love Redeemed by Lisa Jordon

A Love Redeemed Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Love Redeemed by Lisa Jordan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK A Love Redeemed by Lisa JordanTitle

: A Love Redeemed

Author: Lisa Jordan

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Just-for-now could become forever… They agreed to help each other out. No one mentioned falling in love. Back home after losing her job, Isabella Bradley plans to stay only long enough to save her father’s diner, but she can’t do it alone. Her childhood friend Tucker Holland has the perfect solution—he will renovate the diner if she’ll be a nanny for his twins. But as Isabella and Tucker reconnect, their arrangement begins to feel a lot less temporary…


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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK


A Love Redeemed is a sweet story of second chances on love. After being fired from her job as a chef, because of something she didn’t do that is, she returns home until she can put her life back together. Tucker is struggling with being a single dad after loosing his wife several years before. So let’s compromise, you help me, I’ll help you, right? Not! Things can get complicated!

I loved this story from the beginning. The characters were quick to fall in love with. There are several things going on in this story and fully kept my attention. I really like Bella and Tucker but things seemed so complicated between them, when it shouldn’t have been. Tucker’s twins are adorable and kept me laughing throughout the story. The supporting characters were amazing. I felt I met a new family as friends. And yes being a love story the ending is pretty predictable, but the fun is writing everything leading up to the great ending. This is a very well written story and I hope there is more from Lisa Jordan and Bella and Tucker’s 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.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Jordan

Heart, home and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories with those elements come naturally. She is an award-winning author for Love Inspired, writing novels that promise hope & happily ever after. Happily married for nearly thirty years, she and her husband have two grown sons. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys family time, good books, crafting with friends and kayaking. Visit her at www.lisajordanbooks.com. CONNECT WITH LISA: Website Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller

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In the closed communities of the Amana Colonies, hidden truths are about to change everything for two young women….
East Amana, Iowa
1892

When Karlina Richter discovers that a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she’ll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep. She’ll be relegated back to kitchen work, stuck inside all day. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock–or in divulging why he’s suddenly been sent to East. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina’s family?

Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother’s past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Will the answers she finds spell disaster for her future plans and the longings of her heart?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
This book was different than any I’ve read because it is about about the Amana Colonies, and I’ve never read anything about this group of people. The information on the  culture of the Amana Colonies was interesting, and I enjoyed this historical setting and reading about the way they lived in the late 1800’s. The characters were are interesting and realistic and entertaining. The calm and simple living of the Amana people was refreshing and heartwarming. I have read many of Judith Miller’s books, and have enjoyed each one I’ve read, and I look forward to more books from this author!
I received this book from the publisher Bethany House to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

THE AUTHOR

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Judith Miller

Judith Miller (www.judithmccoymiller.com) is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judith and her family make their home in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling

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She’s Come This Far…. Must She Turn Back Now?
After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.

 

Cassie’s arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she’s kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But younger son Lucas decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.

Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father’s dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 


THE AUTHOR

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Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling (www.laurainesnelling.com) is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than five million copies. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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Reviews

Ms. Snelling knows her craft…A must read book!!!

Fresh Fiction

Of the Engstrom family only Mavis, the matriarch, knew of Cassie Lockwood’s part ownership of the Bar E Ranch valley she and her sons own and cultivate. Her sons, Ransom and Lucas, aren’t handling the news well. Ransom’s resorted to bad manners and anger in his dealings with Cassie, while Lucas has decided he’s in love with the blond beauty and is set on marrying her. Cassie’s trying to find a home; having spent her whole life traveling with a Wild West show, she has never had one before. But she’s also intent on providing for her ‘family’: the two men, Indian woman, dogs, and livestock that made the trip to South Dakota with her. It’s only through Mavis’ gentle reminding to turn to God that Cassie finally accepts and trusts in Him to provide for her needs. This second book in the ‘Wild West Wind’ series is a good look at turning to God even in the most difficult situations.

Kelsey Shade

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Submerged by Dani Pettrey

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ABOUT

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a town that doesn’t forget. She’s returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart…but doesn’t seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he’s not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS 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.


Endorsements

Submerged is romantic suspense that will keep you up at night!

Dee Henderson, bestselling author of Full Disclosure

An amazing story of faith, suspense, the power of forgiveness and second chances! Dani Pettrey has a gift for developing characters to fall in love with…

Lynette Eason, bestselling author of THE WOMEN OF JUSTICE series


THE AUTHOR

  1. Dani Pettrey
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    Dani Pettrey

    Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning…

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Reviews

[A] steadily paced thriller. . .Pettrey’s debut novel is a thoughtful attempt to capture both love and suspense in this intricately plotted mystery.

Publishers Weekly

Combining romance, danger, and a dose of Russian history, the novel proves a rapid and entertaining read.

Booklist

Pettrey is a new author to watch. Recommended for fans of Dee Henderson.

Library Journal

The story was easy to read, the suspense was excellent, and the plot was intricate. The suspense part of this novel was good, as was the overall message of grace and forgiveness.

Christian Manifesto

The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer

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About

The Epic Story of an Amish Community in Peril

Ravaged by disease, preyed upon by ruthless bandits, the Bender family’s second year in Mexico has taken a grievous turn. Faced with impossible choices, the expatriate Amish discover, more than ever before, what it means to live by faith and not by sight

But it’s Miriam who must make the hardest choice as her heart takes her on a new and dangerous course. Domingo. “He is gentle,” his sister said, “until someone he loves is threatened.” Is Miriam that someone?

“Cualnezqui,” he often calls her–the Nahuatl word for Beautiful one. The chiseled native has proven himself a man of principle, grace and power, yet is he the pearl of great price for whom Miriam would sacrifice everything, or is he merely a friend? Tormented by conflicting emotions, she’s haunted by vivid dreams: Dressed in the coarse cotton pants and shirt of a peasant, she stands on the precipice of a sun-washed ridge searching desperately for Domingo. Domingo the fierce. Domingo the protector.

Domingo the forbidden.

Inspired by Actual Events!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS 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.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Dale Cramer
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    Dale Cramer

    Dale Cramer is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Levi’s Will, based on the story of Dale’s father, a runaway Amishman. Dale’s latest series, THE DAUGHTERS OF CALEB BENDER, is based on an Amish colony in the mountains of Mexico…

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You are Loved & Free by Micah Ruth

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About the Book

Book:  You are Loved & Free

Author: Micah Ruth

Genre:  Nonfiction, Christian Purpose

Release Date: July 29, 2020

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How do you gain your sense of worth and significance? Career? Kids? Marriage? Finances? Living in a culture where your achievements define you makes you prey to attacks on your very identity. But God values you regardless of your wins and losses and provides the tools in His Word to help you win the battle and rebuild your identity on His truth as you walk with Him into your purpose.

Born achiever Micah Ruth found herself questioning her value during a career demotion and personal crisis. Feeling like a failure and questioning her every move, Micah began listening to God as He led her to make major life changes and reassess the source of her worth. Through exploring the book of Ephesians, Micah uncovered the lies that held her captive and broke the self-inflicted chains of shame to ultimately experience deep soul transformation.

Micah weaves her story as inspiration for you to embark on your own journey of freedom and discovery. Devotionals, journal questions, and practical application prompts provide opportunities for you to remove your armor of self-reliance, grow in your faith, and reflect on your story. You Are Loved & Free also includes resources to help you discover your gifts and purpose while you cling to your newfound identity as a beloved and free child of God.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

You are loves and free is a book where author Micah Ruth shares parts of her life, and her faith the God. She shares this so readers will find the Inspiration we need to live our lives in a way that pleases God. It helped my to read about the difficulties in the authors life because I could relate to her more, and I feel others who read her book will feel the same. She is not afraid to show her failures, because she can show what God has done in her life. How He changed her.

The book is in sections, then divided into chapters that help explain what is happening. There are questions at the end of each chapter. Places to write your thoughts? Write your prayers to the Lord. All of this is to help you dig deeper into God’s Word. You can use You Are Loved and Free as a Devotional or a Bible Study, however you feel it works best for you. I think this would be good for someone new in the faith. It is short, easy to read and understand. And there is plenty of scripture to read in this book too. This one get 4 stars from me! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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About the Author

micah

After focusing solely on her career in the corporate world for eighteen years, Micah Ruth discovered and leaned in to her calling from Christ to share her journey and inspire others through her writing. Through her blog, Created Significant: Living Loved & Free, and first published book, she is committed to helping others see themselves as Christ sees them. Micah is a wife and mother to three kids, a lifelong Colorado resident, avid mountain biker, and a lover of the outdoors, where she does most of her writing.

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Just after a devastating demotion, Micah Ruth sees the revelation God wants to speak to her in this season. You are not what you do, you are not what they think of you, or have said of you. You are a loved and free child of God. With this new revelation, Micah goes on a journey to break down what she had allowed to identify her and rebuilds her identity in Christ.

You are Loved and Free is a devotional journey through the Bible, focusing on the book of Ephesians which holds the Truth about who we are in Christ. Through testimonials and heartfelt stories, Micah shares her journey, inviting others to go on the journey for themselves. She also shares the Biblical wisdom and practical application to rebuild your identity in Christ God revealed to her. Both by uncovering the lies about who you are and revealing the Truth in God’s word, you can find and start walking in your identity as a loved and free child of God.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 20

Inklings and notions, August 21

My Devotional Thoughts, August 22 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 22

Texas Book-aholic, August 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 24

Wishful Endings, August 25 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, August 26

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

Mary Hake, August 28

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 29

Through the Fire Blogs, August 30 (Author Interview)

Splashes of Joy, August 31

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Micah is giving away the grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card & a signed 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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A Dream for Harper by Teresa Slack

About the Book

Book: A Dream for Harper

Author: Teresa Slack

Genre: Christian Historical Western Fiction

Release Date: June 2

With no prospects for a better life at home in Kentucky, Harper Dixon’s
mother sends her to Willow Wood, Idaho to become a companion to her
cousin Ellie Lundy. Ellie was jilted by a man who everyone believes was
only interested in her for her money. Harper doesn’t know how she can
help Ellie without having been in love herself, and with no prospects.

Harper believes the only way to help Ellie recover from her melancholy
is to find out what happened to Matthew Dunleavy, the man who broke her
heart. She enlists the help of Logan Kinski, the family’s hired man who
knew more about Matthew and his secrets than anyone.

Logan doesn’t trust the cousin from Kentucky. He believes Harper is here
to take advantage of Ellie and worm her way into the family’s immense
fortune. Harper doesn’t have time or patience to deal with a hard-headed
man who keeps getting between her and the truth.

Danger and suspicions mount as Harper and Logan uncover secrets about
Matthew Dunleavy and his dangerous past. Did he leave town on his own,
or did someone from his past with a score to settle catch up to him?

Can Harper and Logan put their mutual distrust aside in order to protect
Ellie? Will their suspicions prevent their growing attraction from
blossoming into love before the search for the truth destroys them?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the first book I have read by Teresa Slack and I really did enjoy it very much. Harper leaves her small Kentucky community to help with her cousin in the bigger town of Willow Wood, Idaho. I can’t imagine what that would be like, leaving your family behind, knowing you will probably never see them again! I liked Harper from the start. Her determination to dig out the mystery of her cousin’s problems shows her spunky personality.

There is a lot going on here in this story. There is a bit of mystery/suspense that takes a huge twist in the end. The characters developed well throughout the story. Author Teresa Slack does a great job of weaving everything together in the end. And there was an element of faith intertwined in the lives of the characters that was nice as well. If you enjoy a good clean western type mystery, this is a good one for you! I’m giving this book 4 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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About the Author

Teresa Slack loves reading, writing, and falling in love. Creating clean
and wholesome western romances where fearless cowboys still sweep
independent heroines off their feet was an easy choice for her.

Her first book, Streams of Mercy, won the Bay Area Independent
Publishers Association Award for Best First Fiction. The Willow Wood
Brides Series is her first series of western historicals, and her third
series of Christian fiction novels. She also has two stand-alone
contemporary romances and a contemporary suspense, Joy Redefined.

She writes from her home in the beautiful southern Ohio hills, which she
shares with her husband and rescue dog and rescue cat. Any errors and
typos she blames on the cat randomly running across her keyboard.

Learn more about Teresa Slack and her books by visiting her website at
www.teresaslack.com Readers who sign up for her newsletter will receive
a free download of A Promise for Josie: A Willow Wood Prequel.

More from Teresa Slack

When people say nothing ever happens in a small town, they’re just not paying attention. I’ve always been intrigued by the real stories behind small town scandals and gossip. That’s why I write the stories I write and create the towns I create.

A Dream for Harper is based on a short story I started about twenty years ago. I never finished it and pretty much forgot it. When I started researching the Old West for the Willow Wood Brides Series and devouring Louis L’Amour and Elmore Leonard stories as research, I remembered that unfinished short story.

I knew it would make a great addition to the series. In the story, Harper leaves the loving arms of her large family in Kentucky to travel to Willow Wood, Idaho to help a cousin she never met. She is thrust into a world completely foreign to her, but she’s determined to help Ellie overcome her crippling depression. I think most of us can relate to Harper’s story. Feeling like a fish out of water and unqualified to fix the mess we’re handed. A little mystery, a lot of romance, and some unexpected twists and turns show Harper that God hasn’t put more on her plate than she can eat. Just like us.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, August 18

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Blossoms and Blessings, August 19

Inklings and notions, August 20

deb’s Book Review, August 20

For Him and My Family, August 21

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 22

The Book Chic Blog, August 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 23

Older & Smarter, August 24

reviewingbookplusemore, August 24

Texas Book-aholic, August 25

Artistic Nobody, August 26 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Bizwings Blog, August 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 28

Connie’s History Classroom, August 29

Connect in Fiction, August 29

Splashes of Joy, August 30

Pause for Tales, August 30

Simple Harvest Reads, August 31 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen’s Musings, August 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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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Match of Wits by Jen Turano

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After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she’ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home… until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha’s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they’ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth–until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS 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.


THE AUTHOR

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Jen Turano

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by BooklistJen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and…

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Reviews

This laugh-out-loud historical romance shows that even well-plotted plans can have unexpected endings . . . Turano has written a believable story that flows evenly throughout.

RT Book Reviews

Full of lively banter, fun adventure, and loveable characters, A Match of Wits is a pleasure. This outstanding getaway read will remind readers why they love Turano’s books.

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Christmas Carol Society by Rebekah Jones

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About the Book

Book: Christmas Carol Society

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction

Release Date: October 30, 2019

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Christmas Carol Society – How Do You Impersonate a Christmas Ghost?

The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first meeting odd enough, but when the assignments start, he has to wonder why he allowed himself to get roped into attending. Miss Dartmoor tells her members to impersonate the Ghost of Christmas Past for their own personal Scrooge.

Just how does a mere human accomplish such an absurd task? Charlie tries to figure it out, but begins to see the Lord might plan for the assignments to have a deeper impact on him than he expected.

An impact that Charlie isn’t sure he wants to face.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Charlie is not sure why he is at the Christmas Carol class, well except for his sister, that is. The first class is just what he thought, boring and weird. But as he kept going, the assignments began to soften his heart.

This was an interesting book in that it goes back to a Classic Christmas book. I really don’t know what I would do if I had the assignment they had. But I did enjoy reading about Charlie and how his life changed as he worked on completing this project. Even one has a scrooge in their life, and the fun assignment turned into something very special. I like that the author weaves scripture and faith in the life of her characters. Those who read this story will have a new insight watching this christmas movie. And if you enjoy this movie, you need to grab this book so you can read it a couple of times during the Christmas season. I am giving this story 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

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

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About the Author

Rebekah Jones, Author

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

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Christmas Carol Society is a book very near and dear to my heart. Partly because of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which is among my favorites, and partly due to my characters. Especially, Charlie Baker.

Charlie is very special to me. He wants to hide in his tiny corner of the world, and give up. He wants to give up on a world that has hurt him tremendously or taken people he loved. He wants to push away any possibility of repeating the past; he doesn’t want to be hurt again.

Charlie doesn’t want to join the Christmas Carol Society. He doesn’t want to find a “Scrooge.” He doesn’t want to make new friends. He doesn’t want to do any of it.

He joins because he loves his cousin. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.

His father encourages him to do it right, if he’s going to do it at all. His cousin calls him out, when his Christianity is at odds with his behavior. And Albert, his would-be friend, just doesn’t give up on him.

In a sense, Charlie is a Scrooge – and yet, he’s not. He has to find a Scrooge of his own. And through it, he finds himself doing all the things that he really doesn’t want to do at all – and it’s a good thing. Painful sometimes, but good. Scary at times, but good.

The characters that the LORD uses to teach me the most, end up being particularly special to me. Charlie is one of them. In some ways, I relate to Charlie rather a lot, and writing this story drove me to prayer often, so I would know what to do next. I frequently wasn’t sure where the story would go. But I learned along with Charlie.

I hope that my readers will love Charlie Baker as much as I do, and that his story, along with the others in this book, will in some way bless and encourage my readers for the LORD’s glory.

To the KING be all the glory!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 26

deb’s Book Review, August 26

Inklings and notions, August 27

Splashes of Joy, August 28

Mary Hake, August 28

For Him and My Family, August 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 30

Captive Dreams Window, August 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 31

Blogging With Carol, August 31

Just the Write Escape, September 1

Get Cozy Book Nook, September 1

She Lives To Read, September 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 3

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

Batya’s Bits, September 4

For the Love of Literature, September 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 7

Emily Yager, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Christmas Carol Society, a copy of A Christmas Carol, and an ornament!!

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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Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole By Auralee Arkinsly


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write DARLING HEDGEHOG GOES DOWN A FOXHOLE? 
My author friend, Kathy Joy, had been visiting, and for a thank you when she went home, she gave me a card with a little stuffed hedgehog in a pink tutu. Well, I put it on my window ledge and that meant that I saw it there every time I opened my eyes in the morning. It really made me smile. One morning as I was slowly coming awake, the beginning of the story just came to me. I’d never written a children’s book, but I thought I’d like to try. Also, it is just in my nature to be a little quirky. I’ve also been known to give people out-of-the-box advice. All of these elements come to life in this story. 

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say? 
Be careful out there! (And that is basically how I autograph the front page.) 

What challenged you about writing this story?
Things that I thought were written clearly, but when we talked about the images, I realized that a couple of different things I had written could be imagined in a way that I hadn’t expected. So, I had to make sure the story and images were complementary. When I imagined writing this ending, I lay in bed and rolled in laughter until the tears fell down. I knew in my heart that this story wasn’t a feel-good look-into-the-sky-and-see-rainbows kind of children’s book, but I also felt deeply that it was a valuable teaching tool. Playing a trick in the storyline made me feel naughty and I had to accept the risk that some parents wouldn’t appreciate it if I went in that direction. Still, I couldn’t help but giggle uncontrollably. My young artist was not as amused as me. She wants to be a vet and became irritated at having to draw caged animals in the fox’s pantry. 

What was the illustration process like?
My artist, Julia Swezy, is such a talented gal. She was in ninth grade. Julia’s mother agreed to do the layout of the book for us as she is a graphic artist. So, after her mother passed along the general proposal, I went over to Julia’s house and offered her a contract without seeing a single image. I’d been her babysitter, and I’d followed her artwork for years, so I felt confident. However, when she sent over the first image, I just fell in love with Darling Hedgehog in a very big way like I’d fallen down the foxhole myself. If I asked her to do an aerial perspective, she did it. If I asked her to make cut-outs of certain images, she did it. Nearly every single picture Julia sent to me was excellent, but she had projects and finals to finish at school, so I had to wait for the finished product. Waiting gave me time to tweak the story and clarify some things. Also, when I changed up the ending, there was a bit of a disagreement, but we made it through. Her mother actually did one of the final proofreads as we were compiling the final layout, and added the chapter headings for me. 

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?
Kids seem to take to the story right away. It is a story about opposites with opposite appetites. In our world, we are encouraged to love everybody, and then, we are lectured about being naive. But let’s be honest, some people do not have our best interests at heart, so it is better to learn personal boundaries earlier than later in life. In this case, the fox is naturally looking for small rodents to eat, but the little hedgehog’s winsome ways catch the fox off guard. They do try to be friends, but folks, this is never really going to work, especially as dinner time approaches. It is the adults who tend to overthink the story and worry about it. I believe children can learn subtle things quite well, and this story is all about using your natural strengths and learning about your limitations by using your own intuition even if you don’t know the full extent why. It does have a crazy race to the end and a happy ending is found at that. 

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
If alone, I love taking pictures as I take walks. It is especially fun to explore the State of Colorado with my husband. I also love my friends and family and I love to read. I’m involved in a book club, and when my family comes to visit, we cook, eat, and play board games for hours. 

Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole By Auralee Arkinsly

Children’s Chapter Book: Paperback & ebook, 44 Pages

August 8, 2019 by Capture Books


Darling Hedgehog goes on an adventure to look for her parents who dropped out of sight. 
Darling Hedgehog learns about the animal nature of things in high humor and carefree, cute, and winning episodes. Learn about opposites, homophones, and similes as two animals in nature roll into fantasy land. For children 4-8 or preschool and kindergarten, as a read-to-me picture book, and first grade and second grade as a chapter book.
Darling and Miss Fox come to life as Darling introduces herself to the strange animal who is Miss Fox. Miss Fox gives her gifts so that Darling is distracted from her mission. The two animals look for things to do together in fantastical attempts to be friendly. When Darling enters Miss Fox’s kitchen, she realizes that by nature, not all strangers are good for you. Will Darling save the day when it’s already dinner time?
Pictures similar to Charlotte’s Web and the Mercy Watson series are characterized and painted in full-color, though the pages are set up like a chapter book.
This book helps to train children in natural wisdom, analysis, and discernment. It helps to balance the teachings of acceptance of everyone and friendliness to all. There may be good purposes for everyone to exist under heaven, yet all purposes may not be good for a child. So, beware, and flee from crafty foxes especially when they are holding your parents in the pantry.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole is about Darling falling into a foxhole and meeting Miss Fox while looking for her parents. But she forgets her parents when she meets this stranger. I think the meaning if this story is to teach kids about talking to strangers, but it looses readers in the beginning by having Darling forget his parents because if a stranger. It is explained better over in the pages of the book. But there are still some things that are a bit strange. The pictures were cute, and they did fit the story. And the book cover is adorable with Darling in her tutu.

Hopefully the author can rework some of the story that readers are having problems with. It is a really cute story with great potential. I am giving this one 3 stars. ⭐⭐⭐

A special thanks to the author/publisher and Prism Book Tours 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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Auralee Arkinsly writes in good humor about serious subjects because kids of all ages can learn a lot from laughing. Since opposites exist, she believes children can learn to identify the nature of things and get out of a risky situation. “Good Laughter sparks the mind.” She reckons if she can save some from the bumps and bruises, then she has done a good day’s work.

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Life in the Camel Lane by Doreen M. Cumberford



Book Details:

Book Title:  Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure by Doreen M. Cumberford
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  288 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  White Heather Press
Release date:   April, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi (for Kindle), Gifted Kindle, PDF
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Content Rating:  G. There are no offensive scenes or language.

I highly recommend reading the really wonderful Guest Post and Interview with Doreen Cumberford. Especially if you want to know more about this book!


Book Description:

Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure
 is what Doreen Cumberford, a Scottish author, calls her learnoire! It is a combination of her story and the stories of other expats learned while living in Saudi Arabia for 15 years as expat employees or spouses. The book takes the reader through the four stages of culture shock: arrival, honeymoon, frustration and adjustment stages to final acceptance followed by the return journey back to their home country – mostly the USA. From Saudi weddings, to falconry, to the inability of women to drive at that time, the book seeks to familiarize us with the Saudi culture, lifestyle, and deep traditions of hospitality, generosity and tolerance from an insider’s perspective. There are also chapters on the experiences of 9/11 in the terrorists’ home country and the “Terror Years” of internal terror tactics from inside Saudi Arabia designed to drive the expats out of the country and destroy the Saudi government. Full of examples, stories and compelling honesty the author describes their most challenging journey and many of the lessons learned in the process together. Designed to provide useful insights and inspiration to anyone considering living abroad, Life in the Camel Lane shines the light on the subject of building a new identity and home while abroad, and the difficulties of the journey home.

GUEST POST FROM DOREEN CUMBERFORD

Empty Nesting – Phooey!

In Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure, I described some of the feelings of loss and grief that I experienced when I returned from the US having placed my fifteen year-old daughter in boarding school.

One of the most courageous things I have ever done was send my only child to boarding school on the other side of the world.

Now this boarding school had been examined under the microscope, compared to about thirty others and we had visited schools in four countries before supporting Lynsey in making her choice – and it was clearly her choice.

Even though we had gone to these lengths to know that she was in the best possible place, the sensation of loss some days was staggering.   I carried it around inside my DNA the very cells of my body cried out for my only child.  

Today I have friends who are becoming empty nesters as their children have been dropped off at boarding schools or colleges around the country during this very unsettling time.   The protocols and procedures are striking with Covid-19 tests, isolation in tiny groups, social distancing rearing it’s head in the form of chairs placed six feet apart on a football field for opening ceremonies.  

Yes, it’s a very different time.   But the thing about empty nesters is that these nests are far from empty.  My friends will be returning to homes that are feel large and are missing the sounds and laughter of their kids today.   But when we are empty nesters we are still living in the same nest.   I think it’s a time to think contrarian, to do the opposite of what’s expected of us, to rebel a bit if that’s your thing.  

I remember it seemed to take me weeks to turn the page, but time turns the page slowly for us, on our behalf.   But when I did turn that page, I discovered all sorts of new activities and became busier than ever.    I tackled the house first.  I maintained two small part-time commitments to bring structure to my life.   I was a bus monitor, basically there to provide security to the kids on the bus and also I was the school photographer and yearbook editor.

My water aerobics, tai chi and spinning were all plugged into this structure.  

A few ideas for stabilizing yourself in your nest:

Make future plans for future reunions with the kids;

Take up a hobby that consumes your time and energy – something that expresses your longings and uses your talent – writing, painting, dancing, yoga!!

Reach out, build connections, develop a social life – even if it’s online.   Build courses, take Zoom trainings – whatever it takes – even in the age of Covid it can still be done.

Finally putting your focus on yourself, make YOU count, reconfigure and rebuild your nest around you and your preferences.  Yes, you are capable of processing these feelings while taking action.  May your nest become a sanctuary for you and a welcome rest-stop for your kids.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure, Doreen Cumberford tell about her family living in Saudia Arabia for fifteen years. As I read this book, and even though there were so many struggles, I was still in awe of how they adapted so well with this culture. It is interesting how she describes the women of this culture and how she found unique ways to interact with them, especially since the freedom of woman is far from what it is in the US. I can’t even imagine how different it was to be in this situation, the culture shock from living in the US and starting a life in a country such as Saudia Arabia. But yet for me I think it would be fun to live among these people, learning their way of life, and meeting these ladies that will teach so much about their culture. But since I can’t so that, I loved reading about it in this special book. And I am so grateful to this author for writing this book. Her vivid descriptions of Saudia Arabia and it’s people are so well crafted, it made me feel like I was there, living the life with them. This is a book I plan to keep for a good while, just to pick up and read through some of the parts that are special to me.

And oh, I can’t forget about awesome cover. I love the camel, the sand, the sunset, it is all so beautiful. Camels always fascinate me, and I love this cute little fellow on the cover. If you want to read a book that’s a bit different, for me anyway, and gives you perfect insight into another part of our world, I recommend this book for you! You can read it all at once, or just a little at a time. But most of all you will enjoy your trip to Saudia Arabia!

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.

.INTERVIEW WITH DOREEN CUMBERFORD

What is your next project?

My next project is “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedy Jig….A Guidebook to

Returning Home Well After Living Overseas”

For people who have never moved overseas and then returned home, this book might seem redundant.  After all what is there to be done other than packing, putting your body on an airplane and disembarking at the destination – right? – sorry wrong answer!

In this case reality is so far from the truth that we might as well start by speaking another planetary language.  The subject of Repatriation is wide and deep.  A variety of people are affected by international moves, including, but not limited to, the military, State Department employees, Non-Government Organizations, Charities, Corporations, Peace Corps, Global Nomads and location-independent populations.

Home Again, Home Again will be a combination of stories of people who have moved home and suffered through the challenges of Re-entry, and is designed to give people a coping system by which to manage the process and recreate a new adventure back home.   

This book will contain exercises, questions and processes by which Returnees can process

their overseas experience and ultimately build happier transitions.  The longing to reverse course and move back overseas to what had become familiar and natural is common.

My purpose in creating this work is to document my stories and the stories of others who have walked this path and unveiled the hidden gems along the way.  It’s also my heart’s strongest desire to support this community during these transitions with love and grace.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forbids the sale and use of alcoholic beverages.  How did you get along without it?

We did not do without.  We just adapted, like all good expats do.  This short article explains how we coped with the alcohol prohibition.  As a preface to this story, you must be aware that corporations employing western expats have dispensations from the government allowing them the freedom to make alcoholic beverages, but not to sell or transport it, even within the western compounds.

Memories of the Blue Flame

Back in the 1970’s some creative soul, a chemical engineer probably, wrote a document that was to become part of the holy grail of Aramco history.   The Blue Flame has become legendary in many circles.   Because Saudi Arabia has very strict laws regarding the production, drinking and possession of alcohol, the Blue Flame is an instructive manual on how to produce booze effectively at home.  

Most of our homes had garages with an extra space, like a storeroom, except it was built with cinder blocks and was reinforced with a drain in the floor.   Air conditioning and water hook ups were piped into this room.  

The natural ingredients for booze, or siddiqi (meaning friend in Arabic) were easily available at all grocery stores and even at the Commissary on the compound.   Many people had their own stills and a built-in sales business.    

While we didn’t own a still, we were able to buy the raw siddiqi.  We also purchased and imported flavored wood chips which we would toast in the oven then soak in the raw liquor for weeks or months, or until at least the next party or occasion.  This created a kind of flavor liquor similar to American whiskey.   Many of these beverages were delicious and to this day many Aramcons prefer their “brown” to commercially made liquor back home.   

In our household we tried our hand at winemaking.  This was in my opinion a grand failure.   About one out of every three bottles was reasonably drinkable, our reds were barley palatable, it was always a delightfully serendipitous moment when we managed to achieve a good wine.

Champagne, now that’s another story.   My husband applied himself more to brewing champagne than any other beverage and he was reasonably accomplished with it.  The recipe was simple, basically sugar, yeast, grape juice and water.  Each bottle was encased in a plastic grocery store bag in case of an explosion.

Yes, explosions were frequent.  The bottling factory was under the sink in our daughter’s bathroom, we occasionally heard pow – pow in the middle of the night.   We all learned to quickly go back to sleep.

There are layers of folklore, expat culture and history involved in the manufacturing and consumption of alcohol within the Kingdom.  Over time the original people who wrote the Blue Flame have assumed almost mythical proportions, the recipes, methods and advice has been handed down across the Aramco generations.

We frequently had fund raisers for one of the “morale groups,” another name for faith or religious groups who gathered on campus – another occupation which was banned out in the communities but tolerated and indeed facilitated by Aramco.   Someone had offered up a huge glass paperweight in the form of a blue flame, along with an original copy of the Blue Flame booklet.  It was approximately seven inches tall on a five inch wide base.   I was flabbergasted that it was auctioned off for the princely sum of five thousand dollars….here was someone who really put a great deal of stock in company traditions.  

The closest I ever got to using the Blue Flame was copying a few recipes from probably twenty something year old copies; I might even have them somewhere in my memorabilia.  I tried a few liqueurs which were relatively tasty.  Homemade amaretto was made with almond essence, kalua used melted mars bars with coffee, Baileys was made by melting chocolate bars and adding condensed milk, vanilla and chocolate.

Many of us look back fondly on these deprivations and laugh about the amount of time and energy we spent circumventing the rules and the joy of rebelliousness.  Without those hardships the entire lifestyle might have been dull, with them it was anything but!

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

Oh yes baby!  I have three remedies for writer’s block.

I am a huge believer in movement, both physically and emotionally.   One of the best ways for me to jump-start my thinking and there my writing is to physically go somewhere.   I can be bicycling, walking, hiking, paddle-boarding or playing pickleball and I think much more clearly during and after the activity.   

I am obviously a big believer in travel.   Be it by ship, airplane, car or my personal favorite – train.   

Growing up in Scotland I started traveling by train as a little girl.  My Mum would take me on a real steam engine (1960’s) to see my grandma every Monday down in Dumbarton.   I remember the pulsing pure excitement as I held her hand and walked down the Queen Street Station in Glasgow.  The great iron horse of a train would be belching, blasting and erupting steam.   I would be terrified, until we boarded the train and set off.

A change of environment, an external stimulant or a piece of music, all of these can work to jog our memories and our brains which helps with writing.  

On a Friday morning I am to be found in a speed writing group with women from all over Europe.   I love this group.   The different voices, vocabulary and turns of phrase really help me get in touch with the English language on a differing frequency.  Keeping our vocabulary tuned up and growing really helps us as writers to capture the ideas and concepts we would love to convey.

Finally, running water.   Sitting by a river, lake or stream – in fact any body of water, instantly helps me get into a better gear in life.  I do believe in the concept of flow.   Here’s a recipe, if you are at home, feeling jaded just run some water over some misshapen objects in the sink.  Next, close your eyes and let your mind drift….I bet something will happen, if nothing else you will get to laugh at yourself and laughter is also a terrific energy booster.

Here’s to your success in overcoming writer’s or any other block you might have.

If you could ask one successful author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

One of my dreams is to sit down and have an afternoon tea party with J. K. Rowling.

Growing up in Scotland I can clearly see the threads of culture, language and imagination that tied together J. K. Rowling’s books.  I have ridden real steam engine trains, spent time in Victorian railway stations, and so many time walked the streets of Edinburgh as she did.  But I have never sat down with a very famous live author to have a conversation, and I believe that Rowling and I would have much to chat about.  

I have drunk tea in The Elephant House in Edinburgh, now famous because Rowling wrote there frequently.  The café itself is a bit nondescript from the outside, but inside it’s like being on a scavenger hunt for Rowling and her thought process.  

Like thousands of cafes in Scotland, The Elephant House serves the usual fare of sturdy breakfasts, amazing cakes and several authors like Alexander McCall Smith all found solace in this place.   I am a big believer in how place affects writing and, naturally, like the thousands of other authors who have sat in that atmosphere, I wondered if I could possibly channel such brilliance.   

Edinburgh can be a “dreich”, meaning dull or dreadfully gloomy and usually associated with rain tipping down.  I imagine that Rowling sat there for many a day tenaciously writing, building images, concepts and even yes, magic into her books for hours.

I would ask her how she held onto her vision for all those years.   She shopped her book around to twelve publishers and suffered dissuasion, discouragement and I am betting some distraction along the way.   Yet, she is the very epitome of a real author who held onto her dream, lived fully into her vision and ultimately triumphed.  

Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.

The Joys of Pet and Housesitting

My husband and I love to pet and housesit!   My husband retired in 2015 and shortly afterwards we decided to take a few trips.   At the time we had a dog and we explored and found housesitters, which led to us asking the question “could we do this” and “where would we love to go”?  Voila, a new revived passion for travel combined with a mission to serve became our next perfect adventure.  

Four years later we have traveled to ten countries to pet and housesit for people for more than 500 days.   We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting individuals we would never normally come across in our daily lives.  The fabulous pets we have encountered have brought us so much joy not to mention health and entertainment.  

Last year, 2019, we spent six weeks in Mexico, then one month in Hawaii.  When we arrived back home we started to pare down our belongings and after a crazy six week purge, we rented our home and off we went for a five month trip to Europe.

We spent over a month in Spain, Belgium, France and almost two months back to my home in Scotland and England.  In total we completed six long housesits in these countries taking care of dogs, cats, fish, gardens and one Fred, a robotic lawn mower.  

After returning home, with our house still rented, we took off for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where we housesat for three months before Covid set in.  

Misplaced on the Mexican side of the border, while it closed, and airlines stopped flying left us with no alternative but to be patient.   We rented a house and a car and enjoyed an unexpected four extra months in Mexico for a total of seven months.  

Housesitting has the potential to take us around the globe in the future, however for the moment we are parked safely at home in Denver, Colorado for the next four or five months due to Covid-19 restrictions, quarantine and no-fly policies, and then back to places unknown.  

The pet sitting homes have varied from 15th Century manors in the south of England, to straw-bale houses in Durango, Colorado and everything in between.   We have cared for a wide variety of historical properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and across the south of England.

Last year alone we took care of a historical bungalow in Mexico, a modern condominium in Hawaii, an Edwardian maisonette in London and Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian homes across the UK.   We enjoy the variety and the stimulation that this lifestyle provides.

Stay tuned for the next book which will be a documentation of our adventures of Life in the Housesitting Lane!

How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ? 

I meet with a group of other writers twice a week, at 6:00 a.m. in the morning on Mondays and Thursdays.   Believe me, it’s sometimes a chore and I have been known to skip on cold Colorado winter mornings, but generally for the last five years you will find me on a Zoom call with fellow authors twice a week.

Currently, my most favorite writing time is on a Friday morning with I meet with my speed writing group.  This group is a very disparate group of women.  We are differing nationalities:  one gal is Singaporean but lives in DC, one gal is English and lives in the Netherlands, one gal lives on the Isle of Man, another gal is French living in Germany and I am Scottish living in Colorado.   

We choose really simple prompts, write for ten minutes then listen and offer praise.  The turn of phrase, together with the wild and visceral writing complete with a vocabulary that could fill several dictionaries emerges through these women’s voices.   I hear language and content in an

environment that I could never recreate here in Colorado.  

This is my most favorite and fun writing every single week.

As an author – what do you enjoy most about writing process? What feels like a chore?

I enjoy the moments of inspiration. When that idea lands and seems to explode with energy and delight – that’s my favorite moment in the writing process.  I do also enjoy the excuse to sit by a stream, a river, a lake – or pretty much any body of water, with a purpose.  Flowing water helps my words flow onto a page.

My least favorite is the tedious part of editing, then re-editing and the process of moving large pieces of text around.  I find that I lose my place when moving pieces of text and large swaths of writing and I need the help of a terrific editor to partner with me on those tasks.


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Doreen Cumberford is a Scottish expat author who has been global traveler for more than four decades. In her 20s Doreen left her home in Scotland and drove down to London to become a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her first posting was as the youngest and most junior British Embassy staffer in Cameroon, West Africa. Later she moved back to London and took a position with an American oil-field construction company based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. After moving to America, living in Louisiana then California, two extremely different cultures in the USofA, Doreen and family moved overseas to Japan then spent the following 15 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With 13 major moves under her belt, she understands the value of moving, building a new life and handling inter-cultural hurdles. One constant has been her ability to explore through the lens of adventure. Her stories are full of multi-cultural intelligence, messy multilingual communications and multi-global perspectives. Doreen is currently based on Denver, Colorado although spends most of the year living adventurously in the Housesitting Lane, which takes her around the globe. Currently she is doing her best to install Spanish in her brain which previously had French and smatterings of Japanese and Arabic. She is passionate about cultural intelligence, global heartedness and life on the road. Featured in the Anthology: Empowering Women, and a co-author in 2018 of Arriving Well: Stories About Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering Home After Living Abroad. 2020 sees the publication of Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure. Honest, compassionate, full of wisdom and inspiration, Life in the Camel Lane comprises stories mostly from women and men who lived in Saudi Arabia from 1950s onward. This memoir contains expert advice sage wisdom and stories that all globally mobile families can use to navigate their international journey. The principles in this book will also encourage anyone who is embracing a more adventurous life, or considering taking the leap to move overseas.

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Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate

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With love and loss tangled together, how was she to know where her life would lead?

Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father’s unfinished destiny. When she’s offered a production assistant’s job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father’s footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region’s folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.

When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood–including Blake Fulton, Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set–seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn’t know whom she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself…with the most unthinkable results.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I have read a number of Lisa Wingate’s books and I have enjoyed then a lot. And this one is just as enjoyable. It is a little different in that even though the stories take place in the same setting, it is about Allie who is current and Bonnie who lives back in the 1800s. This was fun to read about, with the stories parallel to each other, yet much the same. The historical part was interesting because we get to see the historical Moses Lake. The story was also about many secrets that have been a part of this town. How will the people react? What will happen to the town when the secrets surface. This is the reason you need to read this book. You will enjoy each unique character and journey with them as they develop throughout the story. If you love a sweet little quaint town story, this one is for 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.

 


THE AUTHOR

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate (www.lisawingate.com) is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol…

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