Nov 11
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Title: Rescued Hearts Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing Publish Date: September 2, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945094231 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 320 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies. Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind. When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well. My Thoughts First, I have to say, I totally love reviewing books from local authors. Hope Toler Dougherty lives very local to me, so I’m very excited about being able to be a part of this tour for her. I was very pleased with this book! The characters within these pages are beautifully chiseled and… Read more »

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Nov 09
Are you ready for this Hallmark movie coming?

Are you ready for this Hallmark movie coming?

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS BLOG   Can you feel it? That little edge of crispness in the air and the undercurrent of excitement in the stores? The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means. Decorations, baking and family? Uh…no. It’s time to tuck into snuggly pajamas, grab a steaming cup of cocoa and curl up on the couch with your favorite holiday movies! Every year, Hallmark Channel outdoes itself on the family movie front and this year is no different. With TWENTY-ONE new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” this season, there is plenty of sweet, family friendly goodness to go around. One of these movies in particular has piqued my interest. It’s called Enchanted Christmas*. Here’s the description of the movie: Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with… Read more »

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Nov 07
Blogging For Books Review: Noelle by Greg Kincaid

Blogging For Books Review: Noelle by Greg Kincaid

Title: Noelle Publisher: Convergent Books Publish Date: October 24, 2017 ISBN:978-1524761196 Source: Blogging For Books Pages: 288 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets. In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves. My Thoughts As a lover of Christmas, I became a fan of Greg Kincaid’s work way back when I read A Dog Named Christmas. There is just something about the beautiful Holiday and a lovable pup to cheer you up on any day. So, when I saw that Noelle was releasing, I got super excited, and it was with a great reason! Noelle stole my heart in every way. This… Read more »

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Nov 05
Sunday Funday: Giving Thanks

Sunday Funday: Giving Thanks

Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is about what I am most thankful for as we are starting November. This post will be an emotional one for me, so please, if I sound like I’m rambling/blubbering in this post, it’s because I am probably ugly crying.  The first thing that I am most thankful for is my mother. She is no longer with us, having passed away completely unexpectedly in 2014, but I am thankful every day for the 32 years I was blessed to be her daughter. During those 32 years, she taught me about unconditional love, what it’s like to love Jesus and that books can be the most wonderful escape from the stress of the world. She taught me that a mother’s love is the best thing in the world, and that a mother can be more than a mother, she can be a best friend. She taught me that sometimes life is full of heartache, but with a little prayer and a lot of love it can be overcome. I’m thankful that God chose me to be her daughter and loved me enough to give me 32 of the best years of… Read more »

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Nov 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

Title: Descriptions And Prescriptions Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: September 4, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270116 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 112 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications (New Growth Press, October 2017) OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture. As Christians, we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering. As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages… Read more »

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Nov 02
Providence Book Promotions Blog Tour Review: 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner + Giveaway

Providence Book Promotions Blog Tour Review: 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner + Giveaway

**Be sure and leave a comment on the post! One commenter will be selected to win a copy of this great book!** 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner on Tour October 23 – November 27, 2017 WHEN UNEARTHING A NATIONAL TREASURE BECOMES A NATIONAL INCIDENT. Inspired by True Events Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from. Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the “cool” kids who think she’s weird. 7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students’ bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance. The students’ mission is clear—discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff. To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an… Read more »

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Nov 02
BookLookBlogger Review: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

BookLookBlogger Review: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

Title: Home All Along Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Publish Date: September 26, 2017 ISBN:978-0529118707 Source: BookLook Bloggers Pages: 335 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices. Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together? My Thoughts A story of heartache and hope,… Read more »

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Oct 31
Meet The Author: Amy Lillard + GIVEAWAY

Meet The Author: Amy Lillard + GIVEAWAY

Today, I’m hosting an author interview. I would like to welcome Amy Lillard to the blog today. She’s also graciously offered a copy of her book, The Quilting Circle to one person who comments on the post. So, be sure and leave her a comment right here on this post to be qualified! Hi, Amy! I’m happy you’re here and glad you could join us for this quirky little interview. Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Christmas (That’s my favorite time too!) If you were stranded on an island and only had three books with you to read, what would they be? The Bible–it’s full of wisdom and great stories To Kill a Mockingbird–I have to read this book every couple of years or so Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein– that man is genius (Great choices! I would definitely have the Bible with me, along with Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure, and Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption) Favorite TV Show? Of all time? Gilligan’s Island. I guess that explains a lot. LOL  (LoL, I love Gilligan’s Island. Mine would most likely be Murder She Wrote, Big Bang Theory or Chicago Fire) If you could pick only one author to have dinner with and… Read more »

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Oct 31
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

About the Book   Name of book: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah Author: Angie Dicken Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: November 1, 2017 Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life. Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble. Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind. Amazon My Thoughts I enjoyed Ms. Dicken’s work with this newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series. She is a superbly talented author and really swept me away with her coal mining setting and her beautifully chiseled characters. As a granddaughter of a miner, I really loved reading this time period.  Alex and Leanna’s… Read more »

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Oct 30
Street Team Review: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

Street Team Review: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

Title: The Beloved Christmas Quilt Author: Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Publish Date: September 1,2017 ISBN:978-1683222255 Pages: 400 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3 The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime. Luella’s Promise By Wanda E. Brunstetter Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook. Karen’s Gift By Jean Brunstetter Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges… Read more »

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