Friday, April 20, 2018

Caryl McAdoo's Daughters of the Heart

Historical family sagas, Caryl’s most popular SERIES,
undoubtedly’ll offer readers copious giggling and tearies!

Ms. McAdoo always delivers and I was quite entertained reading Daughters of the Heart.  I loved reading about this close family and the love they have for each other.  The father does everything he can to protect his family from harm and poor decisions.  He knows that at times his hands are tied and there is little he can do when his daughters have made up their minds.

This reminds me of Jesus and his love for us.  He wants to be close to us and protect us from harm.   But we are not always ready or willing to let him in.  Jesus is patient and ready when we are.

I haven't read any of her other books in this SERIES but I am eager to venture further as I enjoyed every minute.  I bet the youngest daughter, Bonnie, will give her parents an adventure!!!

Blog Stops

A Greater Yes, April 16
Carpe Diem, April 21
Simple Harvest Reads, April 23 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing Stacie, April 24
Bigreadersite, April 25
Quiet Quilter, April 26


BIO:
Award winning author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific, bestselling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

LINKS:
All Books - http://www.amazon.com/Caryl-McAdoo/e/B00E963CFG
Daughters - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012EBN35G
Website - http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Prayer Map for Women

I just started to fill out the journal and I can see where this will help me on my journey.  It makes you pause and really think of what you are praying for- your concerns- your worries and what you are thankful for.

I believe it will be important to read later and reflect.  I'll be able to see God's work in my life and the answers to my prayers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Revolutionary by Kristen Hogrefe


Very intense and nail biting story.  I was a little lost in the beginning but quickly became immersed in Cotton/Sage/Portia's quest for freedom.  I enjoyed the suspense and the struggle she was going through.

  It took awhile for me to see the connection as an Christian story but it did come together.  We all are lost until we accept Jesus as our Savior.  When we do, we know that with his strength and guidance we can get through anything.  I am not a science fiction lover but I came to enjoy this tale.

I received this free to review.


About the Author


KHogrefeKristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.

Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues.

Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers.

A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.



Guest Post from Kristen Hogrefe


Identity, Coffee, and a Sprinkle of History in The Revolutionary

The primary purpose of fiction is to entertain, but I think good fiction goes deeper by teaching us something about human nature, something about ourselves.

The Revolutionary begins three months after Portia arrived at a satellite prison camp. She feels forgotten by her brother and friends who promised to rescue her. Deeper than the physical pain of starvation, she battles the emotional rawness from the dehumanization of her identity. A number replaces her name, and the Wasps who mistreat prisoners mockingly call them “rabbits.”

When a two-faced smuggler helps her escape, her identity struggles continue. She dons multiple aliases to survive and help the Brotherhood launch a daring plan to destroy the satellite camps and oust the ruling Friend and Dome.

The theme of identity is one I hope will resonate with teens and adult readers alike. At some point, we all ask ourselves, “What defines me?” Is it our friends, an academic program, a relationship, or a job? While those things describe our day-to-day lives, they themselves shouldn’t define us. The source of our true identity must come from somewhere deeper. That’s the question Portia has to wrestle with, and one I hope readers will consider.

A Cup of Joe

Confession: One aspect of characterization I enjoy is giving my characters a small piece of myself. One of my early readers for book one, The Revisionary, remarked, “Let me guess. You like coffee.”

I laughed and replied, “How could you tell?”

Maybe lines like this one gave the fact away: “I start a pot of coffee. At least the aroma makes life smell better” (Portia, The Revisionary).

In book two, I incorporate the memory-association of coffee for Portia as she thinks back to simpler times (like dorm life with Lydia). Coffee also serves as a catalyst for an important scene where Portia, in disguise, serves her enemies and in turn learns of their disturbing plans for the satellites.

What about you? Are you a coffee drinker? If you are, I hope you’ll enjoy a giveaway opportunity for a Starbucks gift card. After all, coffee does make life smell better.

A Sprinkle of History

Two summers ago, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. It’s the historical site for the “shot heard round the world” that ignited the American Revolution.

In book two, Portia and the Brotherhood launch their own threadbare revolution. Though the odds are against them, they’re determined to stop the abuses by those in power.

My own visit to this famous site helped inspire Portia’s journey of discovery and the Brotherhood’s fictional parallels to the American Revolutionary War. Writing the scene where she rediscovers this birthplace of liberty was one of my favorites, because I walked the North Bridge and poured over books researching what happened that fateful day. I hope the scene comes alive for my readers and quickens their interest in history and its relevance for us today.

Giveaway


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To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca44



Friday, April 13, 2018

Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink



Ella wakes up in a fog accused of murder.  She knows that she is innocent but all the evidence points to her.  Owen Thorne, a childhood friend, sets out to prove she had nothing to do with Luke's murder.  In the meantime, Ella and Luke are fighting the attractions they have for each other. 

It's funny that many of the main characters in the book felt that they were responsible for someone else's safety and security.  Why?

Mystery. Intrigue. Romance.  This book has it all. I don't usually read inspirational mysteries on a regular basis.  I enjoyed the book and the location.  Ella had an interesting occupation.  She was a farrier.  I look forward to reading future stories from Ms. Mentink.

Ella and Owen both were sure they knew their destiny.  They both had  plans for their lives.  But GOD had different plans for both of them.



I received this book for free to review.


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca46


About the Author


author pixDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Walk with Heavenly Spirits by J.E. Grace


I loved the story and was touched by Allison's journey. 

I didn't know what to expect after I read the first page.  Do I want to continue?  It was a little slow at the beginning but aOh boy, I'm so glad I did.  It was touching.  It was inspirational.   

Allison felt discouraged and lost.    Her Heavenly spirits visit and left her with valuable lessons and  wisdom that guided her on the right path back to God.  She learned to  listen to GOD and follow him.


As we follow Allison's faith journey, we see Allison becoming a stronger Christian.  She doesn't just do the talk.  Allison does the walk even when it is extremely difficult.  My life changed when I decided to follow Jesus.  I was baptized. I started to read the Bible on a more regular basis.  I became a much stronger Christian.  I knew that God was with me guiding my steps.  It's not always easy to do the "right" thing.  But the rewards are plentiful.....


I enjoyed the book and felt equally blessed to be able to read this.

I received this for free to review.  

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca38


About the Author

Julie profileJ.E. Grace was born and raised in Northern California. At a young age, she was an avid reader which led to her interest in fiction writing and poetry. She writes mainly in the Christian Fiction genre and continues to educate herself in the craft. All of her work has underlying Christian overtones which are a reflection of her faith in God.
In 2000 she moved to the Midwest with her husband and now calls it home. She loves the Missouri countryside and is amazed by the variety of subjects that serve as inspiration for her artwork. She is an oil/pastel painter and digital artist. Her work can be seen at Fine Art America, Society 6 and Zazzle.
She retired from a career in real estate in 2012, to finally concentrate on her writing. She published her first novel, a science fiction titled, “The Zarion-Saving Mankind in 2016 and her Pacific Cove Series of Short Reads: Haunted Visions & Testament of Faith. She is currently working on several new projects: Book 3 in her Pacific Cove Series and a mystery novel.

Guest Post from J.E. Grace

My inspiration for writing A Walk with Heavenly Spirits:
I was thinking about a Christmas Carol and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future one day. I’m a Christian author, so I thought, why not use Heavenly Spirits to enlighten a person who has lost their way. It just evolved from there. I did a lot of praying for direction during my writing process and consulting God’s word along the way.
I feel God was giving me the inspiration to write it. I found myself getting very emotional while writing certain parts of the book which is something I had never experienced before with any of my other novels. I was feeling the characters pain and /or joy at times.
My purpose for the story was to get the message across, that we are all broken, but God uses the broken for great things. Within the story, Allison’s one decision to finally follow the path God intended for her, not only changes her life but the lives of the all the people who come to know her.

Friday, April 6, 2018

A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

What can I say?  Great story.  Great characters.  I loved Owen and Hannah's love story.  I even loved their names.  This book takes you to the 1880s.  There is a distinction between classes.  The upper class is not to mingle with the lower class.  So what happens when a stable boy finds out he is really the Earl's son?

I quickly devoured this book as Owen attempts to figure out who he is and what path he is to take.  Hannah has her own path of discovery.

Sometimes we assume what someone means by their actions but we can be wrong and misinterpret the situation.  Communication and being honest can clarify what someone is thinking and why.  Each character in this book are taught valuable lessons about themselves and family members.

I received this free from Bethany House Publishers to review.

I loved this story as well as the previous books Ms. Mason has written.  After reading one of her books, you will read all of her future books.  I promise.

Susan lives in a suburb near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she works part-time as a church secretary. She is a wife and the mother of two amazing kids, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In addition to writing, she likes to scrapbook and to research her family history on-line. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her website www.susanannemason.net.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Let Love Spring

About the Scavenger Hunt

Spring is here and we are celebrating with a Spring Scavenger Hunt featuring Celebrate Lit Publishing’s Spring Collection. Stop by each of the blog stops to learn about a specific author from one of our collections, enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon card, and collect their secret word. At the end of the week, create the sentence from all the secret words and enter it in the giveaway for NINE bonus entries.
Have fun!


MY BOOK to review is Let Love Spring

Hope, prayer and renewal are the themes of this collection of stories called Let Love Spring. Each story demonstrates that prayer and faith in GOD can create miracles in your life.

A Bible verse came to me while reading this collection.

John: 4:13-14
Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
 Spring IS a time of new life.  Renewal.  


I loved the collection by the three authors I have never heard before.  Great job and a wonderful start to my Spring reading.  I have included the following information on Author, Linda Matchett and her GUEST POST.


The three stories that are included in this book are the following:

AN ANGEL FOR THE COWBOY BY JODIE WOLFE

Essie lost hope and was desparate.  Little did she know that GOD sent her a cowboy.  Was he The answer to her advertisement?

Judah was hurt and injured.  Was Essie his Angel?

SPRING RECAPTURED
 BY SANDY FAYE MAUCK

Andi had secrets.  She was afraid that they would be revealed.  She needed to come home to her Aunt but it put her at risk.  Ren lost hope and became bitter when Andi left town with no explanation.

GOD had a plan for Andi and Ren.

A LOVE NOT FORGOTTEN
BY LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT

Chaz had no memories of his life before.  Allison had faith and believed that their love could be renewed.



Giveaway

To celebrate our Spring Scavenger Hunt, Celebrate Lit is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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Grand prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card.







Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, April 8
Simple Harvest Reads, April 11 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Artistic Nobody, April 13
Janices book reviews, April 14



GUEST POST;

A Love Not Forgotten
Linda Shenton Matchett Guest Post
April 6, 2018
Do you love happily ever after stories? I do. I can binge-watch Hallmark movies until the proverbial cows come home. My favorite plot line is one that involves second chances. As someone who has made her share of mistakes, I appreciate others who are graciously willing to afford someone another shot at getting it right.
When Sandy Barela of CelebrateLit Publishing approached me about writing a novella for her “Let Love Spring” collection, I knew the story had to be set during WWII (my favorite era) and have some element of “second chance.” Then I saw a magazine article about a woman who experienced amnesia as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, and an idea started to germinate.
Intrigued, I set about researching the condition (there are a dozen types) and causes (three). I also had to determine how much the medical community knew about amnesia in the 1940s – not as much as they would have liked!
Armed with lots of information, I began to write. The story took shape, and I continued to write. Then I finally reached the crossroads where I had to choose whether or not to cure Chaz. I hope once you’re read A Love Not Forgotten, you agree that I made the correct decision.
Book blurb:
Allison White should be thrilled about her upcoming wedding. The problem? She’s still in love with her fiancĂ©, Chaz, who was declared dead after being shot down over Germany in 1944. Can she put the past behind her and settle down to married life with the kindhearted man who loves her?

It’s been two years since Charles “Chaz” Powell was shot down over enemy territory. The war is officially over, but not for him. He has amnesia as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, and the only clue to his identity is a love letter with no return address. Will he ever regain his memories and discover who he is, or will he have to forge a new life with no connections to the past?
Bio:


Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, blogger, journalist, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. She has lived in historic places most of her life and currently resides in the Lakes Region of NH. A member of ACFW, RWA, and SinC, Linda writes historical romance and mystery stories. For more information about Linda and her books visit www.LindaShentonMatchett.com.

 Author: Linda Shenton Matchett


linda-e (2)Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda Shenton Matchett has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed light bulb inventor) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. She lives in NH with her husband, Wes and her fur-baby, Ben. Visit her at http://www.lindashentonmatchett.com./



Linda Shenton Matchett
2013 and 2015 Genesis Semi Finalist


Love's Harvest: Now available in paperback and Ebook at www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMB3ZX2

Love Found in Sherwood Forest available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU3JDR3

On the Rails available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUYAGU3  

"A Love Not Forgotten," part of the Let Love Spring Collection available athttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XVZB38Y 


"A Doctor in the House," part of The Hope of Christmas Collection, available at www.amazon.com/dp/B077656725/

WWII Word Find available at www.amazon.com/dp/0998526525