CRYSTAL WITNESS / by Kathy Tyers (Celebrate Lit) Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book: Crystal Witness
Author: Kathy Tyers
Genre:  Christian fiction, science fiction, futuristic
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Tour Dates: June 30 – July 13
Book Format:  Paperback and eBook

Her memories are blocked. Her freedom is gone. Her crime is a mystery.

When Ming Dalamani awakens from twenty years of suspended animation, she recalls only fragments of her former life: the life she led before she was arrested by the governing interplanetary corporation, Renasco, for a now unremembered crime.

Relocated to an alien world far from the only home she has ever known, Ming serves a powerful Renasco representative to repay her debt. But daily she lives with deadly threats from two men—the hideous mutant Zardir Huekk and the handsome, secretive musician Tieg Innig—who both want the same thing: information. Renasco-trained as a calligrapher in three dimensions, Ming begins to remember more: a clan, a mission, and interstellar piracy.

Ming must decide where her loyalties lie: with her powerful new employer, with a budding resistance movement… or elsewhere.

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About the Author

Kathy Tyers is widely published in speculative fiction, including her award-winning Firebird series and two licensed Star Wars “Legends” novels, as well as a travel book, a writing reference book, and a memoir co-written for classical guitarist Christopher Parkening.

Her messiah-in-space novel Daystar, fifth in the Firebird series, won a 2013 Carol Award, and her terraforming/genetic engineering science fiction novel Shivering World won the 2019 Christy Award for Visionary Fiction.

At home in southwest Montana with her husband William Gillin, Kathy focuses on writing, teaching music, and freelance editing.

More from Kathy

In 1988, after the initial release of Firebird and Fusion Fire by Bantam Books of New York, my then-editor asked for a stand-alone novel, and my then-agent presented me with a contract to write that book in just over half the time that I actually needed. So my third novel, Crystal Witness, appeared in 1989—and while the plot had strong bones, I wished I’d had several more months to polish it. Much to my delight, Enclave Publishing is re-issuing Crystal Witness in June 2020 with the layers of polishing added. While I was adding those layers, I found myself wondering what would happen next. Maybe … oh, yes … hmmm … Aha!
Now that Crystal Witness is ready to stand up and sing, I am delighted to be working on a multi-book sequel series, The Sunstone Saga, also to be released by Enclave Publishing. Book 1 of the saga, The Long Silence, is well underway. It introduces a new cast of characters and asks a powerful question: Where has God been, while humankind went to the stars?
Crystal Witness is the story of young Ming Dalamani, who wakens from twenty years of suspended animation to find herself “company property” on a distant world, with no memory of the crime she must have committed. She only knows that a powerful corporate monopoly rules interstellar space, and she has been assigned to serve a company representative. Immediately, powerful (and opposing) individuals offer threats and bribes, trying to enlist her to spy for both sides of a deadly intrigue. How long can Ming play both sides of the plot against her urgent wish to find out who she is … and what was her crime?
My background in music and the arts always manages to show up in my books. I made Ming a calligrapher in three dimensions, wielding a set of injection pens to create elegant designs in clear slabs. Another character is a court musician with futuristic technology at his fingertips. My entire family was musical; my mother played in 20thCentury Fox’s prestigious sound stage orchestra in the 1950s, and my father grew up in a family band that toured the U.S. every summer.
When I was widowed in 2004 and needed to make a fresh start, I discovered that Regent College in Vancouver BC had a program in which I could study toward a Master’s degree in Christianity and the Arts—and write a science fiction novel as part of my thesis project. That book, Wind and Shadow, picked up the Firebird series at Book 4 and led to its completion in Daystar, Book 5. That series is conclusively finished—as you know, if you have read Daystar!


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a still-in-box set of miniature toys that was released in 1996 to go with her novel, Star Wars: The Truce At Bakura, a signed copy of Firebird and One Mind’s Eye!!

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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My Review

What if you woke up after 20 years and found yourself serving for a crime you can’t remember on a planet you don’t know? That is the premise of Crystal Witness, a science fiction novel by Kathy Tyers, award-winning author of the Firebird series.

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On a smuggling expedition with members of her clan, Ming Dalamani   punished for their actions. Ming’s memories are wiped and she spends 20 years in suspended animation. She awakens and is sent to be a 3-D calligrapher on an alien planet, working for an interplanetary corporate executive. Two men – representing different factions – offer her freedom but at a price. They want information from her on the opposing faction, but who can she trust?

Tyers excels at world building and descriptive narratives. The first chapters introduce the reader to Tieg Innig and his family, as well as Ming and the others aboard the ship. 

In this futuristic world, things from our current society taken to extreme: the chasing after ways to slow down the again process, native plants with unique abilities, cloning, etc. The faith element is very light, and violence is appropriate to the story.  Science fiction fans will enjoy reading this re-release and look forward to her new series, coming in 2021.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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DEAD SILENCE / by Robin Carroll (Celebrate Lit) Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book: Dead Silence

Author: Robin Carroll

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release Date: June 2020

Political games can be deadly…

Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassin.

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About the Author

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com.

More from Robin

Hi, there. . .Robin here. I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. I have to say, I love this book. The heroine is strong, yet flawed. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. The love of a mother for her child is so ingrained in me that I wanted to share that in a story.

I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. Many years ago, I became friends with someone who is deaf. She shared with me some of her frustrations, but also how her way of life is in comparison to mine. It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. I hope that I portrayed my characters in this positive light.

While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capitol city for Arkansas. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story.

I hope that you enjoy reading DEAD SILENCE as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 19

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Texas Book-aholic, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Emily Yager, June 20

For the Love of Literature, June 21

Rebecca Tews, June 21

By The Book, June 22

Spoken from the Heart, June 22

Genesis 5020, June 22

KarenSueHadley, June 23

Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 23

Betti Mace, June 24

Remembrancy, June 24

Older & Smarter?, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

Read Review Rejoice, June 25

Through the Fire Blogs, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

HookMeInABook, June 26

For Him and My Family, June 27

Mary Hake, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 28

amandainpa, June 28

Worthy2Read, June 29

Pause for Tales, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Hallie Reads, June 30

Daysong Reflections, July 1

Lights in a Dark World, July 1

Quiet Quilter, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 2

Maureen’s Musings, July 2


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin 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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My Review

Carroll presents a well-written realistic suspense novel. While the character development is slow for the first part of the book, the story is filled with non-stop action. Single mother Elise Carmichael “overhears” (lip-reads) a conversation about a murder attempt on a senator, who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what to do, she rushes to the ER to be with her deaf son. The next day she hears about her mother-in-law’s death.

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When Elise shares what she knows, she puts herself and her son at risk, and the killer comes after them. Elise’s faith helps her get through a challenging situation where it is unclear who to trust with their safety. She, like most mothers, will do anything to protect her son. When faced with journalists, politicians, and even FBI agents who are anything but helpful, Elise takes matters into her own hands. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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NEVER SAY GOODBYE, / by Sarah Grace Grzy (JustRead Tour)

 


Never Say Goodbye, / by Sarah Grace Grzy
Indy Pub     ISBN     9781087873053
Adult     Rating:     4

Sarah Grace Grzy pens her first full-length contemporary novel, following the publication of her novella last year.

In Never Say Goodby, paramedic Tyler Collens grieves the loss of his beloved wife eighteen months ago, leaving him a single father to his infant daughter. He struggles with caring for his daughter who was born prematurely.

Meanwhile Alyvia Emmerson tries to get a new business — a bookstore — off the ground and meets with obstacles that threaten to overwhelm her. She also struggles with a childhood past where her father abandoned her family when she was a young teen. Both have a past that affects their future. When they meet, a friendship slowly develops, but whether it will develop into more depends on whether they can work through the issues of the past. 

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Recommended for adult collections in public and church libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: BRIDGE TO BELLE ISLAND / by Julie Klassen

The Bridge to Belle Isand, / by Julie Klassen
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764218194
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Julie Klassen pens a historical mystery/romance set on Belle Island, a remote island on the Thames.

 In The Bridge to Belle Island, lawyer Benjamin Booker investigates the murder of an old friend in London. The evidence leads him to Belle Island where the beautiful Isabella Wilder lives. But severe anxiety keeps her trapped on the island for the past ten years. How can Isabella be her trustee’s killer when she has not left the island? What about her recurring dream or is it a memory? Can Benjamin discover the truth?

Klassens writes characters who feel real and engaging: Benjamin struggles with vertigo while Isabelle struggles with severe anxiety. The main theme of the book is forgiveness and learning to trust again. Both of them have suffered disappointments and family tragedies that affect their present circumstances. The faith elements are light-handed, as the characters give and accept forgiveness, while learning to trust God in all situations. 

Recommended for public and high school libraries. Her novels appeal to adults and high school readers alike. Fans of other historical fiction writers will be delighted to read this new book.

Carol R. Gehringer

Note: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews.

 

 

 

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Klassen is known for her excellent plot and character development.

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THE STORY HUNTER, / by LINDSAY FRANKLIN (JustRead Tour)

MY REVIEW

Lindsay Franklin concludes her young adult fantasy series where creating a story can be a weapon used by those in authority.

The story weavers are on a mission to find out the identity of the Master who is behind the evil happening in their world. Tanwen, Mor, and the others on this journey face circumstances that are formidable, and some will be lost.

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The Story Hunter is an epic young adult Christian fantasy filled with action, magic (especially the magic of a well-told story), adventure, political intrigue, suspense, and sweet romance.

Also reviewed in this series: The Story Peddler, and The Story Raider.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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THE KILLING TIDE / by Dani Pettrey (Celebrate Lit Blog Tour)

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About the Book

Book:  The Killing Tide

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 2019

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

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About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling 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 adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information visit www.danipettrey.com


More from Dani

Pettrey kicks off her new Coastal Guardians series with an intense blend of suspense, love, and faith. The Killing Tide features romance that’s as thrilling as the action, and faithful characters integrated seamlessly into a complex web of crime.      — Kate Campos BookList

The Killing Tide is the first book in my Coastal Guardian series. My husband was Navy, so why am I writing about the Coast Guard? Because I think their mission to keep our waters and our country safe should be highlighted more. Before I started writing The Killing Tide, I’ll admit I knew little about the Coast Guard. I had a friend in high school who joined the Guard right after graduation, but that’s about the depth of my experience with them. Then, my husband and I watched a movie called The Finest Hour.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly urge you to. It’s the true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber takes a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful testament to courage in adversity. After watching it, I knew I had to write a series about the Coast Guard. I began researching and came across the Coast Guard Investigative Service and my interest was highly peaked. After talking with Coast Guardsmen, both newly in the service and those long retired, I began to see the story weaving together like a movie in my mind. I hope you enjoy reading the CGIS Wilmington teams’ adventures, cases and…of course, romances.


Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, June 17

Back Porch Reads, June 17

Losing the Busyness, June 17

Older & Smarter?, June 18

Genesis 5020, June 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 19

Worthy2Read, June 19

For Him and My Family, June 20

deb’s Book Review, June 20

Inklings and notions, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 21

Texas Book-aholic, June 21

Pause for Tales, June 21

Betti Mace, June 22

Read Review Rejoice, June 22

Spoken from the Heart, June 22

KarenSueHadley, June 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 24

Life of Literature, June 24

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 24

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 25

Blossoms and Blessings, June 25

A Good Book and cup of Tea, June 25

Emily Yager, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Just the Write Escape, June 27

Blogging With Carol, June 27

Moments, June 27

Stories By Gina, June 28

Cathe Swanson, June 28

Daysong Reflections, June 28

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

Mary Hake, June 29

Lights in a Dark World, June 29

With a Joyful Noise, June 30

Inside the Wong Mind, June 30


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle, $20 Amazon gift card and
a signed copy of The Crushing Depths!!

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

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The Killing Tide / by Dani Pettrey. (Coastal Guardians, 1)

Bethany House     ISBN 9780764230844

Adult     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey kicks off her latest romantic suspense series set on the North Carolina coast.

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Pettrey creates an ensemble of characters whom readers enjoy getting to know – they are realistic, strong but flawed, facing challenges in their life that help the reader to connect with them. The story is filled with end-of-your-seat suspense. Don’t miss out on the next book, The Crushing Depths, coming in late June 2020!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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EXTREME BLINDSIDE, / by Leslea Wahl (JustRead Tour)

eXtreme Blindside Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl,
hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: eXtreme BlindsideeXtreme Blindside
Author: Leslea Wahl
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Mystery

After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he’s offered a gig he can’t refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one. Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslea Wahl

Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea is the author of three other Catholic teen novels, The Perfect Blindside, An Unexpected Role, and Where You Lead, and strives to write Young Adult novels that will encourage teens to grow in their faith through fun, adventurous mysteries.

In addition to writing her own books, Leslea has begun reviewing Catholic and Christian teen novels on her website to help families find faith-based novels. She is also one of the founding members of the joint-website CatholicTeenBooks.com.

For more information on her award-winning Young Adult mysteries please visit www.LesleaWahl.com.

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below.

Giveaway will begin at midnight June 15, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 22, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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MY REVIEW

In eXtreme Blindside, snowboarder Jake Silver faces unexpected fame after his silver medal win. He tries to balance living his faith, helping to raise new funds for a state-of-art athletic facility, and a relationship with Sophie, his girlfriend and aspiring journalist. 

Jake competes in an extreme winter sports competition. When the games are plagued by equipment tampering, and athletic injuries, Jake and Sophie become amateur sleuths. Someone seems to be interfering with the events and putting people at risk.To reach the truth, they will risk being blindsided by those they trust. 

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Wahl’s book keeps the reader engaged with her fast-moving plot, and authenticity in her sports narrative. One feels the crispness of the snow and the thrill of the sporting competition. Their investigation ends up putting both of them into grave danger. The danger is not only from those trying to wreck the games, but from their own struggles with life in the media spotlight.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: THE GILDED LADY / Elizabeth Camden

A Gilded Lady, / by Elizabeth Camden (Hope & Glory, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN     9
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Elizabeth Camden continues her series about the Deleacroix siblings, set during America’s Gilded Age (President McKinley era).

In A Gilded Lady, strong-willed but charming Caroline Delacroix has the challenge of being confidante, social secretary, and assistant in her role to the First Lady. Attracted to one another but also wary of one another, Caroline and Secret Service Agent Nathaniel Trask face political intrigue, adventure, and danger in their positions to President McKinley and his wife, who has a reputation of being a handful. 

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Camden is a master at taking a period of time that is not as well-known to readers, and crafting a story that teaches the reader about the time, such as the presidency of William McKinley, and making it a fascinating read. Although it can be read as a standalone, reading The Spice King, the first book in the series, will give the reader the full backstory of the characters.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews.

 

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Review: CROSS SHADOW, / by Andrew Huff


ABOUT THE BOOK

Cross Shadow, / by Andrew Huff (Shepherd Suspense, 2)
Kregel     ISBN    9780825446450
Adult     Rating: 4

All journalist Christine Lewis wants is the truth.
All pastor John Cross wants is to avoid it. 

Former CIA agent turned evangelical pastor John Cross is busy caring for the small community of believers he ministers to in Virginia. Journalist Christine Lewis is busy with the demand for her talents from top news agencies in New York City. Neither has any time left for their relationship, which began eight months before when they paired up to prevent the detonation of a chemical bomb in the nation’s capital.

But when Christine hears that her stepbrother has been arrested for murder in Texas, they team up again to discover the truth about the crime. Untangling a web of conspiracy, the couple finds themselves in the center of another dangerous situation-and in trouble far deeper than they expected.

With an assassin on the loose, a trusted colleague acting as a double agent, and unreliable artificial intelligence connected to mercenaries who have Cross on their hit list, these two may not get out of the Lone Star State alive.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Huff spent ten years in local church ministry as a youth pastor and creative arts pastor before pursuing God’s calling into creative storytelling and media production as the product director at Igniter Media, a church media company (ignitermedia.com).

He is a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest for unpublished authors (2014, 2017) and also won the best screenplay award at the 2015 48 Hour Film Festival in Richmond, VA. A Cross to Kill and Cross Shadow in the Shepherd Suspense series are his first releases.

Huff  holds a bachelor of science in religion degree from Liberty University and a master of arts in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He resides in Plano, TX, with his beautiful wife, Jae, and their two boys.

Learn more Andrew Huff and the Shepherd Suspense novels at www.andrewhuffbooks.com. He can also be found on Facebook (@huffwrites)Twitter (@andrewjohnhuff) and Instagram (@andyhuff).


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MY REVIEW

Andrew Huff returns with another installment in his suspense series featuring a former CIA operative turned small-town pastor.

Huff ’s second novel is as engaging as his first: filled with action, mystery, and political intrigue. As expected, there is violence, but it is necessary to the story. Both John and Christine continue their faith journey, trying to reconcile their past. Their relationship is complicated but clean. They work together to prove the innocence of Christine’s stepbrother, Philip, who works for a Texas high-tech company and has been accused of murder. Will they solve it in time?

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The author does an excellent job of setting the stage and making characters the reader cares about, and adds in plot twists as the mystery unfolds. the novel reads like an adrenaline-infused action movie, flying from scene to scene, with an assassin, possible double agent, mercenaries, and military technology playing starring roles.

Missed reading A CROSS TO KILL? Here’s my review of it!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it.

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THE STORY HUNTER / Lindsay Franklin (Celebrate Lit Blog Tour)

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About the Book

Book: The Story Hunter

Author: Lindsay A. Franklin 

Genre: Christian Fantasy, Action & Adventure

Release Date: May 19, 2020

Redeeming the past is a fatal quest.

In the wake of a deadly coup, the capital city of Urian has descended into chaos. Heartbreak and bloodshed await Tanwen and her friends as they discover the unlikeliest leader now rules Tir.

If they want to save the realm, Tannie and the Corsyth weavers must rescue Queen Braith and unmask the Master, ending the strife once and for all. But the success of their hunt depends upon an ally no one trusts.

The Master has a new target in sight: fragile, trauma-scarred Digwyn, whose unique weaving ability could turn the tide of any war. When the desire for vengeance proves too powerful for Digwyn to resist, Tanwen must face a terrifying truth: the fate of Tir rests in the hands of a volatile, shattered girl.

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About the Author

Lindsay A. Franklin  is a Carol Award–winning author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman.


More from Lindsay

Someone asked me recently where my story ideas come from. In fact, that’s one of the author questions I get asked most often. Honestly, the answer is different for every single project I’ve worked on, every single thing I’ve written. I’ve gotten ideas from news headlines, from dreams, from random musings while washing dishes. I even got an idea for a novel from a throwaway remark made by an editor teaching a workshop (that’s how The Story Peddler started).

The idea for The Story Hunter started with a title that turned into a girl.

After The Weaver Trilogy was acquired, my publisher and I brainstormed a list of titles for books two and three in the series. My editor loved the title The Story Peddler and wanted to keep that format for subsequent books. On his brainstorming list was the title The Story Thief. Obviously, this title did not make it all the way to publication. The middle-grade best-selling series Story Thieves wasn’t on our radar at the time, and once it was, I knew we would have to work with a different title (and I absolutely love the title The Story Hunter, so there’s no lingering sadness over here). But the moment I saw that phrase, The Story Thief, a new character popped into my head. It was one of those rare instances when a complete person arrives in my imagination all at once. I knew who she was, what she wanted, and what her unique gift would be. She was Diggy, my story thief, and I knew book three would belong to her.

There were many things I loved about writing this final installment of The Weaver Trilogy but none more than getting to write my story thief’s journey. That’s her hand on the cover of the book, stealing lightning and battling her inner monsters. Though I knew who Diggy was the moment I imagined her, I wasn’t sure how her story was going to end until I wrote it. I can recall saying to my best friend during Hunter’s writing process, “I don’t know if Diggy is going to be okay.” Her backstory is very difficult and deeply personal to me. When we’re facing the kind of odds Diggy is facing, sometimes we don’t win. And even if we do, rarely do we come out unscathed. So I built the book around that question: is Diggy going to be okay? And I didn’t know the answer until I scribbled it down on my outline.

When readers reach The End for the final time in this series, I hope they will feel I’ve done Diggy’s story—and the stories of all my beloved Weaver characters— justice.


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away the grand prize package of a signed set of The Weaver Trilogy paperbacks, set of four character cards with art by Laura Hollingsworth, set of three Weaver-themed Novelly Yours candles (The Corsyth, The Cethorelle, and The Craigyl), an “I Ship It Mor” enamel pin designed by Dust & Pages, Custom tea tins from Adagio Tea (Braith’s Blend and Diggy’s Spikefruit), and an assortment of bookmarks, stickers, and art prints!!

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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MY REVIEW

Lindsay Franklin concludes her young adult fantasy series where creating a story can be a weapon used by those in authority.

The story weavers are on a mission to find out the identity of the Master who is behind the evil happening in their world. Tanwen, Mor, and the others on this journey face circumstances that are formidable, and some will be lost.

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The Story Hunter is an epic young adult Christian fantasy filled with action, magic (especially the magic of a well-told story), adventure, political intrigue, suspense, and sweet romance.

Also reviewed in this series: The Story Peddler, and The Story Raider.

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THE LOST LIEUTENANT, / by Erica Vetsch (JustRead Tour)


The Lost Lieutenant, / by Erica Vetsch (Serendipity & Secrets, 1)
Kregel Publications
Adult.    Rating:     4

 

In The Lost Lieutenant, Lieutenant Evan Eldridge is a soldier who unexpectedly saves the life of the Prince Regent’s godson. It earns him a title, an arranged marriage to the Duke of Seaton’s daughter, Diana, and an estate in disrepair – on top of his war injuries. While his body recovers, he still suffers from memory loss and flashbacks.

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Vetsch pens an engaging novel filled with realistic characters, faith elements that are overpowering, historical narrative, and unexpected twists. Both Evan and Diana are on a faith journey as they learn to trust one another and accept God’s healing. The Lost Lieutenant is a clean historical romance, with some suspense thrown in. Readers will be eager for ther remaining novels, The Gentleman Spy, coming in July 2020, followed by The Indebted Earl in January 2021.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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WHEN I MEET YOU / Olivia Newport (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book:  When I Meet You

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre:  Christian fiction

Release Date: May, 2020

Book 3 in the Tree of Life Series:

A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link
Faith Journeys on Family Trees

A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

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


About the Author

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


More from Olivia

Stolen Identity or Stolen Secrets?

Years ago I made a business trip to a country in Asia. Somehow I managed to pack for two weeks in carry-on luggage. This was before everyone started carrying electronic devices that required a bag of their own, and the impoverished area I visited had only intermittent electricity anyway.

When it was time to come home, my luggage met the requirements to keep it with me as I traveled halfway around the world through several airports. But at the boarding gate, a woman pushed a cart stacked with six oversized and overstuffed suitcases, insisting she had to take all of them on the plane. Her argument was that she couldn’t risk losing her personal belongings. She was moving back to the States, this was everything she owned, and she just wasn’t having this nonsense about abiding by the same limitations as the other 300 people in line or that none of those bags would fit in an overhead compartment anyway. The airline staff began waving people around her to get the large aircraft boarded on time for an international flight. She was one of the last people to take her seat—without her bags.

I admit I prefer keeping my bags with me and getting in and out of airports quickly. And once my bags didn’t come off the same plane I did, and it took a few hours for them to be delivered to me.

But what happens to truly unclaimed baggage? One-half to one percent of baggage that goes through American airports is never claimed. Airlines will try for ninety days to find the owners. If they can’t, they have to do something with it. Generally it’s sold, sight unseen, to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. There it is opened and sorted into what can be cleaned and sold in their store, what might be donated, and what has no value and is disposed of as trash. They find some pretty interesting things!

But my brain goes back to the curious question of why the baggage is unclaimed in the first place.

It’s not just because the airline lost it. We’ve all seen the lines of suitcases that baggage handlers remove from the circling conveyer belt because they’ve been around enough times that it’s obvious no one is there to pick them up after the flight. People got off the plane and left the airport without their bags. Why?

My new book, When I Meet Youraises the same question about travel in the railroad era. A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago surfaces, leading genealogist Jillian and her lawyer father, Nolan, to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series. Return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

Visit www.olivianewport.com or find me at www.facebook.com/OliviaNewport.


Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 28

Texas Book-aholic, May 29

deb’s Book Review, May 29

For the Love of Literature, May 30

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 30 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

A Reader’s Brain, May 31

Blogging With Carol, May 31

Older & Smarter?, June 1

CarpeDiem, June 1

Inklings and notions, June 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 2

Hallie Reads, June 2

Betti Mace, June 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 3

For Him and My Family, June 4

Bigreadersite, June 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 5

Worthy2Read, June 5

Pause for Tales, June 5

Just the Write Escape, June 6

Inside the Wong Mind, June 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 7

Connect in Fiction, June 7

Daysong Reflections, June 7

She Lives To Read, June 8

Read Review Rejoice, June 8

A Baker’s Perspective, June 9

Mary Hake, June 9

Remembrancy, June 9

Moments, June 10

With a Joyful Noise, June 10


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the book!!

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

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MY REVIEW

In When I Meet You, Nolan Duffy, a lawyer, and Jillian Parisi-Duffy, a genealogist,  trace an abandoned trunk’s history through examining its contents, which includes correspondence with the Pinkerton detective agency.They search for the trunk’s descendants when it appears that foul play might be involved. Are the descendants of the trunk’s owner the true owners of a nearby ranch land or is a stolen identity involved?

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Newport writes a dual timeline (1909 and the present) with alternating points of view. As the mystery unfolds, the reader sees what may have happened to the trunk’s owner in 1909 and how it may affect the present. As Jillian unpacks the clues about the abandoned trunk, it gives her the courage to face her own family secrets and unpack the truths behind what was left in her care.

Readers will be delighted to know the fourth book in this series, What You Said To Me, is coming in November 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

 

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THE HEART OF A HERO, / by Susan May Warren (JustRead Tour)

The Heart of a Hero Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May WarrenTitle: The Heart of a Hero
Series: Global Search and Rescue #2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Jake Silver may not be able to put the memories of his time as a sniper and Navy SEAL behind him, but at least he can put his skills to use as a part of the Jones Inc. rescue team. Saving the life of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair on Denali helped too. But now he can’t get her out of his head.

Aria has dedicated her life to helping children born with defective hearts. After all, she was one of those children. Driven to succeed, she lives a lonely, stressful life. One she would have lost on Denali if it hadn’t been for Jake. Jake is exciting and handsome, but he’s also dangerous, and she’s already lost one person she loves. She can’t bear it again.

It’s not until she finds herself trapped in the middle of a Category 4 hurricane that she can admit she needs Jake desperately. With their very survival in the balance, can they hope for a second chance at life . . . and love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card and a heart-shaped hematite necklace!

The Heart of a Hero JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 1, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 8, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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MY REVIEW

The Heart of a Hero, / by Susan May Warren (Global Search and Rescue, 2)
Revell     ISBN     9780800735852
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren continues her action-packed romantic suspense series with this second book in her new series.

Ruggedly handsome and equally dangerous Jake Silver uses his miltary skills as a part of Jones Inc. Rescue Team. He can’t forget He also can’t forget his memories as a Navy SEAL, or pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair, whose life he saved on Denali. What happens when they are stranded on the Keys with no way off, and a Cat-4 hurricane is headed for them?

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Reading The Heart of a Hero is like riding a roller coaster – one can barely catch one’s breath when the next sharp turn or big drop happens! Like Warren’s other books, this one has faith journeys, adventure, suspense, romance, AND realistic & flawed characters whose stories captivate the reader from the first page. Readers will be engaged until the very end, which includes a tease for the next book in this series, The Price of Valor, coming later this year.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: A CROSS TO KILL, / by Andrew Huff

A Cross to Kill / by Andrew Huff (Shepherd Suspense, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825422744
Adult     Rating:     4

Andrew Huff kicks off a new suspense series featuring a former CIA operative turned small-town pastor.

In A Cross to Kill, Pastor John Cross leads a small congregation, unaware that his past is about to catch up with him. John is a former CIA operative, an assassin responsible for the deaths of many. Of course, the members of the Rural Grove Baptist Church have no idea their peaceful man of God hides a violent past, one he deeply regrets.

A Cross to Kill is an action-packed, suspense-filled novel with scenes taken from today’s headlines. Many find it hard to believe – like John – the God can forgive their past mistakes and feel they must do some type of penance.

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Suspense fans will be delighted to discover this new author and will be look forward to his next books, Cross Shadow, coming in Summer 2020, and Right Cross, coming later.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it..

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VOLITION / Chautona Havig (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: Volition
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, futuristic
Release Date: December 31, 2019

“I should have made that left turn at Tucumcari.”

It’s Doctor Who meets mail-order brides when “rescuers” from the future arrive to save Andi Flanders from a happy life with her loving family and fiancé.

Okay, so they meant to get her suicidal roommate, but hey. Mistakes happen, right?

And as far as Andi’s concerned, they can fix them—by sending her home.

However, when she learns what happens when she disappears from home, Andi has an impossible choice. Stay in the government-controlled futuristic world she despises and never see her family again or return to the twenty-first century and doom an innocent person to death.

Volition— Life and death decisions are so overrated.

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About the Author

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


More from Chautona

What Happens When You Explore Logical Progressions?

She used chopsticks. Me? I’m a fork kind of gal. But over plates of sesame chicken and fried rice, we hashed out what our NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) books would be. Every year, I challenged myself. Once by writing drippy romance (Discovering Hope). Once by turning a sermon into a story that wasn’t preachy (Argosy Junction). (psst… links are affiliate links—they provide a small commission at no extra expense to you!)

This time, I’d decided the challenge would include writing in the first person. Anyone who knows me knows how much I don’t like the first-person perspective. As we tried to figure out what our plots would be, my friend added another challenge. “Do science fiction.”

I’ll be honest. I almost laughed her out of the restaurant. But then an idea hit me. Why shouldn’t I? I could kill two dislikes in one book. Bam! Done!

That kicked off a book I probably never would have written otherwise.

I knew doing major techno-science stuff wouldn’t be conducive to trying to write 50,000 words in thirty days, so I immediately chose futuristic over space travel. The decision to go with a form of time travel was probably inspired by Doctor Who, now that I think of it. I didn’t back then. I just went with what I thought I might be able to make interesting—to write, if not to read.

That kicked off an idea that sent my brain spinning.

What would happen if you got kidnapped and taken to the future, but returning to your former life means someone’s soul will never be redeemed?

Of course, it would take a really strong, amazing character to pull off that kind of thing. Not everyone could do it. But who… who give up her life for someone else?

That’s when I knew. That soul saved would have to belong to someone my character didn’t even like. Gotta raise the stakes, you know?

That’s also when I discovered that I wouldn’t like her—not at first.

Andi Flanders jumped onto the page with hands on hips and eyes flashing. She was livid that people in the future had interfered with her life. Then she’s broken when she realizes she can’t go back.

Fiercely independent, Andi enters futuristic Rockland with a critical eye and condemning spirit. Since most sci-fi stuff I’ve seen focuses on sleek, pristine futures full of glass and steel, I wanted to go a different direction. But how?

That’s when my solution came to me.

I’d take today’s world and push everything to logical exaggerated conclusions.

  • Environmentalism? We’ll have a world that tries not to encroach on nature any more than necessary
  • Population? I took China’s “one child” policy and made it worldwide… and then let the future deal with the fallout.
  • Globalism? I let them have their one-world government that protects everyone from themselves.
  • Apathetic faith? I didn’t persecute Christians. I just let their faith die a slow, natural death.

And then I threw in a character with a love for Jesus and a minor obsession with Ayn Rand’s objectivism. Yes, I’m aware that those two things can be mutually exclusive. That was the fun of it.

This Rand-spouting, Jesus loving, freckle-faced, fiery redhead had to deal with all if this stuff in a world as opposite from her freedom-loving self as can stand.

Ninety-thousand words later, I was done. And then I shelved the book.

For ten years.

On December 27, 2019, I got a message from my son.

He’d found a book cover design contest and wondered if he should enter. And if so, with what book? We hashed out ideas when I remembered Volition. It wasn’t edited. Done, but not edited. Could I possibly get the whole thing cleaned up before December 31 rolled over into January 1?

I decided to try.

Nolan got to work on a cover while I began editing like nobody’s business.

With the help of my amazing launch team, an incredible editor, and no sleep, the book was live on New Year’s Eve with three hours to spare.

Then my son decided not to worry about entering this year.

He lives. This is a testimony to God’s grace and control over my life. And my hands.

Or maybe it’s because he lives three hours south of me, and I’ve only seen him once since then. You don’t kill your son at your daughter’s wedding reception. Just sayin’.

But let’s go with the first reason. It makes me sound more spiritual or something. 😉


Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 12

Wishful Endings, May 12

Lots of Helpers, May 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 14

Pause for Tales, May 14

Emily Yager, May 15

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 16

Robin’s Nest, May 16

Texas Book-aholic, May 17

Inklings and notions, May 18

Worthy2Read, May 18

For Him and My Family, May 19

Read Review Rejoice, May 19

deb’s Book Review, May 20

Rebecca Tews, May 20

Book of Ruth Ann, May 21

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 22

Blogging With Carol, May 23

Quiet Workings, May 24

Better than Rubies, May 24

Artistic Nobody, May 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of

a paperback copy and 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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MY REVIEW

Author Chautona Havig steps out of her usual genre to pen this science fiction fantasy novel.

In Volition, Andi Flanders has it all: caring family, friends, a fiancée, and a job she likes. The night her roommate is hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt, her life takes a turn for the unusual – she is abducted by people from the future. She find herself 175 years in the future, part of a futuristic mail order bride program.

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Havig does well with her world-building details and her character development. Told in alternating first-person viewpoints, the reader sees how the two work out the daily life.  Andi’s faith is tested in a world where religion is absent for the most part, but it is her faith that it the motivating force behind her decision whether or not to stay.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

 

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ESME’S WISH, / by Elizabeth Foster (JustReads Tour)

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Esme’s Wish, / by Elizabeth Foster (Esme Trilogy, 1)
Odyssey Books     ISBN     9781925652246
YA (ages 12+)     Rating:    4

Australian author Elizabeth Foster pens a middle grade fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy. Winner of best science fiction/fantasy book in the 2018  Purple Dragonfly Book Awards (recognizes excellence in children’s literature), Esme’s Wish is geared towards teens (ages twelve and up).

In Esme’s Wish, fifteen year old Esme Silver objects to her father’s wedding, even though her mother has been missing for more than seven years. Esme believes her mother Ariane didn’t just disappear; her loyalty to her mother leads her to seek the truth. In her attempt to do so, she is swept into the world of Aeolia where she starts to retrace her mother’s footsteps. Untangling the truth reveals a different mother than the one she thought she knew. Can she uncover the truth and get the answers to her questions?

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Foster creates a breathtaking world in Aeolia, with memorable characters and descriptive narrative. Aeolia is filled with blue water, orange dragons, sirens, folklore, and magical gifts, as well as an engaging storyline.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: THE LOST LIEUTENANT, / by Erica Vetsch

The Lost Lieutenant, / by Erica Vetsch
Kregel Publications
Adult.    Rating:     4

Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero — he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous — and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

Read an excerpt from Kregel by clicking here!


About the Author

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Twitter (@EricaVetsch)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


 

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MY REVIEW

In The Lost Lieutenant, Lieutenant Evan Eldridge is a soldier who unexpectedly saves the life of the Prince Regent’s godson. It earns him a title, an arranged marriage to the Duke of Seaton’s daughter, Diana, and an estate in disrepair – on top of his war injuries. While his body recovers, he still suffers from memory loss and flashbacks.

<SEE FULL REVIEW>

Vetsch pens an engaging novel filled with realistic characters, faith elements that are overpowering, historical narrative, and unexpected twists. Both Evan and Diana are on a faith journey as they learn to trust one another and accept God’s healing. The Lost Lieutenant is a clean historical romance, with some suspense thrown in.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it.

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ONE HUNDRED VALLEYS / Bonnie Leon (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: One Hundred Valleys
Author: Bonnie Leon
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2020

After the death of her mother, Emmalin Hammond discovers she is not the heiress she’d always assumed she’d be. The revelation exposes her fiancé true intentions when he withdraws his marriage proposal, leaving Emmalin heartbroken and humiliated. When she discovers the father she believed to be dead is still alive and living in the Oregon Territory she decides it is time to meet the man who has been hidden from her all of her life.

Accompanied by her Uncle Jonathon she sets out for the Oregon Territory in search of answers and hoping for a renewed relationship with her father. When tragedy strikes, she confronts the terrifying challenge of completing her quest alone. Faced with few options, she entrusts her life to a mountain man named Jacob Landon who agrees to transport her to a small settlement in Southern Oregon called Deer Creek, a place also known as the Land of One Hundred Valleys.

Emmalin is not prepared for the hardships of life in the Oregon wilderness. Each day presents a new challenge. Newfound friends, including the reserved Jacob Landon, come alongside to help her adapt and she gradually finds her way. Yet, she feels out of place. Should she brave the arduous journey back to Philadelphia and the life she once knew or remain and hope for something better in the Oregon wilderness?

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About the Author

Bonnie Leon is the author of twenty-two novels, including the recently released Return to the Misty Shore, the popular Alaskan Skies and bestselling The Journey of Eleven Moons. Bonnie’s books are being read internationally and she hears from readers in Australia, Europe, Poland, and even Africa. She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and mentoring up and coming authors.

Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.


More from Bonnie

Why this story?

In the spring of 1980 my husband and I, our two-year-old son, and our infant daughter left city life in Washington state and moved to Southern Oregon. We gave up our community of friends and family along with my husband’s reliable and well-paying job. Our friends thought we were crazy, but we were determined that Oregon was where we belonged. We were scared but not deterred.

I think the change in my own life as a young woman had a lot to do with why I wrote this story of Emmalin Hammond. To be sure, Emmalin’s level of difficulty and danger is distinctly different than mine, but there are similarities. We both experienced adventures, joy, and, yes, even danger.

Oregon has been my home for forty years now, and I am glad my husband and I made the decision to move here. We’ve had a good life in this wild and beautiful country. Sometimes I wonder about the women who made that choice during the nineteenth century. Emmalin set out on her harrowing journey to Oregon in the spring of 1855. Many who began that journey did not make it across the plains and desserts of America.

When I put down roots in Douglas County, Oregon I was thrilled to be here, but the changes weren’t all easy. The old farmhouse we lived in had more broken windows than intact ones. It was mouse infested. The plumbing needed major repair. And yet I loved it. The countryside was lush and green, and the rolling hillsides were dotted with farm animals, wildlife, and broad-limbed oak trees. There were wild blackberries sprawling along the farm’s fences and fresh fruit in our orchard. It looked much the same as the Oregon Emmalin discovered in my story, One Hundred Valleys.

I loved hard work and spent a lot of time splitting logs for our only heat source—a wood burning stove—felling trees on our new property, and working alongside my husband in our vegetable garden.

I had run-ins with things like poison oak and skunks, but that did not dampen my enthusiasm as a new Oregonian. I loved picking wild blackberries, fishing the high mountain lakes, hiking mountain trails, and fishing the North Umpqua river. I cherished those days as a farm wife and mother. Those were the best years of my life. I have never regretted our move to the beautiful land of one hundred valleys in Southern Oregon.

I am thankful for the early explorers who challenged the wilderness in the Oregon Territory more than a century ago. It is their courage and determination that made it possible for me and my family to live and thrive in this beautiful place.


Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, April 15

Through the Lens of Scripture, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 16

Reading Is My SuperPower, April 16

For Him and My Family, April 17

Read Review Rejoice, April 17

Inklings and notions, April 18

Bigreadersite, April 18

Emily Yager, April 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 19

Lis Loves Reading, April 19

Stories By Gina, April 19

Betti Mace, April 20

Pause for Tales, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 21

Splashes of Joy, April 21

deb’s Book Review, April 21

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

To Everything There Is A Season, April 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 23

Worthy2Read, April 23

Daysong Reflections, April 23

Older & Smarter?, April 24

Through the Fire Blogs, April 24

Blossoms and Blessings, April 25

janicesbookreviews, April 25

For the Love of Literature, April 26

Vicky Sluiter, April 26

Mary Hake, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 27

Genesis 5020, April 27

Artistic Nobody, April 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

With a Joyful Noise, April 28


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Bonnie is giving away the grand prize package of a $15 Amazon Gift Card and Vintage Oregon myrtle wood porringer bowl!!

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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MY REVIEW

In One Hundred Valleys, Emmalin leaves her sheltered life behind to travel to the Oregon wilderness in search of her long-lost father. She travels in the company of her Uncle Jonathan, and leaving behind a man who promised to marry her, at least until he discovered she was penniless after the death of her mother.

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When her uncle dies shortly after their arrival in Oregon but before she finds her father, she is left with only their trail guide – Jacob Landon, a white male who grew up among the Indians and doesn’t feel that he belongs to either group. Will they find her father? Wll they find what they both long for?

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

 

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IF FOR ANY REASON / Courtney Walsh (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: If For Any Reason
Author: Courtney Walsh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2020

Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door–turned–baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

Click here for your copy!


About the Author

Courtney Walsh is the author of ten inspirational novels. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.


More from Courtney

3 Bits of Wisdom Every Mother Hopes Her Daughter Cherishes
By Courtney Walsh

There are so many types of mother-daughter relationships, and I’ve discovered that in most of my novels, these relationships are explored in one way or another. My most recent book, If For Any Reason, delves a little deeper into this universal relationship, as the main character’s only connection to her late mother is a book of letters she left behind for daughter when she died.

It was interesting to think through the advice and wisdom I would want to be sure to share with my own daughter, if for any reason I wasn’t here to share it in person. There’s so much I would want to say, so many lessons I would want to share, but if I had to boil it down to three bits of wisdom, I think it would be these:

Ask for help when you need it.

I’m not sure why it’s so difficult to admit we need help sometimes, but in the past year and a half, my family has faced some pretty significant medical challenges, and I learned that it’s necessary to let other people help you. One of the quickest ways to burn out and get overwhelmed is to try to do everything on your own. Now, I’m not talking about laziness. I’m not talking about figuring out ways to get other people to do things for you that you don’t want to do, but genuine help in this journey of life—spiritually, mentally, physically—all the ways that you need to be strong and healthy. You were never meant to figure everything out on your own. And it’s less lonely when you let people in.

Mistakes are good . . . as long as you learn from them.

Okay, it’s inevitable. You’re going to mess up. You’re going to make a million mistakes and sometimes you’re going to really, really regret them. It’s okay. It’s okay to make the wrong choice now and then . . . but only if you learn from it. Because even though there’s a lot of grace for your mistakes, there are still consequences, and if you’re not willing to learn what you did wrong, you’re just going to keep making a mess of things. Don’t do that. Don’t be stubborn and unmoving. There are opportunities to learn something new every single day, and there are people all around you who can help teach you—but only if you humble yourself, realize you don’t know everything, and are willing to learn. Remaining teachable is one of the greatest things you can do. Learn this lesson early, and you’ll go far.

Be yourself.

This is one of the most important and most challenging lessons any of us could learn. It’s a platitude, isn’t it? Advice you’d find on the outside of a coffee mug or embroidered on a throw pillow. But it’s more than that, this whole idea of being who you are, who God created you to be. Here’s the tricky part—how do you know who that is? The only way I can tell is to spend time with yourself. And to not be afraid to sit in the quiet with your thoughts. Learn what God says about you so that if those ideas are challenged or someone else tries to put a label on you that you don’t want, you’re armed with the truth. This will serve you well as you work to discover who you are.

The truth is, as a mother, I’m constantly learning. As a person, I’m constantly learning. And while these are just three bits of wisdom I hope my daughter carries with her, there are so many other lessons I hope she learns, lessons I hope I can teach her so she doesn’t need to learn the hard way.

What about you? What’s one bit of wisdom you want to be sure to pass along to the next generation?


Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 7

Remembrancy, April 7

Through the Fire Blogs, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Robin’s Nest, April 8

Texas Book-aholic, April 8

Wishful Endings, April 9

deb’s Book Review, April 9

Read Review Rejoice, April 9

Batya’s Bits, April 10

Just the Write Escape, April 10

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 11

Just Your Average reviews, April 11

Inklings and notions, April 12

Life Love Writing, April 12

Worthy2Read, April 12

Lighthouse Academy, April 13

Hallie Reads, April 13

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 13

A Baker’s Perspective, April 14

Splashes of Joy, April 14

Older & Smarter?, April 15

Cultivating Us, April 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 15

Simple Harvest Reads, April 16 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Inside the Wong Mind, April 16

Blessed & Bookish, April 17

Back Porch Reads, April 17

Writing from the Heart Land, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Vicky Sluiter, April 18

For Him and My Family, April 19

Mia Reads, April 19

My Devotional Thoughts, April 19

Artistic Nobody, April 20 (Guest Post from Donna Cline)

Bookishly Beverly, April 20


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Courtney is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Nobles gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f92f/if-for-any-reason-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

If For Any Reason / by Courtney Walsh
Tyndale House    ISBN    978-1496434395
Adult     Rating:     4

In If For Any Reason, Emily Ackerson traveled the world, never settling in one place or relationship very long. When she returns to Nantucket, a place she hasn’t visited since her mother’s death, things are about to change for Emily. Meanwhile she meets Hollis McGuire, former childhood friend and neighbor. His estranged teenage daughter – JoJo – is spending the month with him. Will Hollis, Emily, and JoJo learn to trust one another and trust in God’s plan, despite their hurts from the past?

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Walsh pens a second-chance romance with main characters who share a broken past, both searching for a place to belong.  Faith is clearly evident in the story (both Hollis and Emily are seekers in their faith journey), and theirs is a clean romance.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Review: WHERE YOU LEAD / by Leslea Wahl

Where You Lead. / by Leslea Wahl
Vinspire      ISBN     9781732711228
YA     Rating:     4

Author Leslea Wahl’s latest book — Where You Lead – continues her collection of inspirational teen fiction.

In Where You Lead, Eve Donahue (a professor’s daughter) and her new friend Nick Hammond (a senator’s son) follow clues all over the Washington, D. C. area. They are solving a mystery surrounding Civil War treasure. But not everyone wants the mystery revealed — and as they uncover a conspiracy, will they solve the mystery before that someone stops them?

Their relationship is a clean romance, and the story is filled with believe-able characters, a light touch with faith elements, and an adventurous mystery. Eve reminds the reader of Nancy Drew, the teenager who is known for solving mysteries.

Although there are references to Catholicism, the book can be read by anyone, regardless of religious background. Eve starts on this mystery when she sees a vision featuring Nick, who lives thousands of miles away. She feels called to a mission of solving the mystery surrounding the lost Confederate gold. Meanwhile, Nick has his own experience which leads him to convince his dad to run for the Senate. When they meet, both feel called to work together to solve the century-old mystery. As clues become entangled in deception and leaving them unclear whom to trust, they believe that God calls people every day to big and small tasks.

Recommended for high school libraries and young adult collections in public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Review: SOLID GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY / Carla Laureano

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, / by Carla Laureano (A Supper Club Novel, 3)
Tyndale     ISBN 9781496420329
Adult     Rating: 4

In The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, publicist Analyn Sanchez handles clients in crisis, and she does her job well. But when she is asked to cover up a client’s choices that cross the line and go against her own values, she refuses and Ana loses her job.

Professional rock climber Byran Shaw has lost his sponsorships after a climbing accident and some bad decisions. Impulsively he buys a coffee farm in South America, even though he has no business background. Bryan returns to Denver and offers Ana a role in his company, doing the things he is ill-equipped to do. What happens next surprises them both.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

Previously reviewed: The Saturday Night Supper Club,and Brunch at Bitterwseet Cafe.

 

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THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY / Rachel Hauck (Celebrate Lit) Blog Tour


About the Book

Book: The Fifth Avenue Story Society

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

Get your copy of the book here.


About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at Rachel Hauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @Rachel Hauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.


Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt here


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 10

The Avid Reader, February 10

Livin’ Lit, February 10

Genesis 5020, February 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 10

The Power of Words, February 11

A Baker’s Perspective, February 11

Rebecca Tews, February 11

All-of-a-kind Mom, February 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 11

Older & Smarter?, February 12

Seasons of Opportunities, February 12

Texas Book-aholic, February 12

Inklings and notions, February 12

deb’s Book Review, February 12

My Devotional Thoughts, February 13

Just the Write Escape, February 13

For Him and My Family, February 13

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, February 13

CarpeDiem, February 13

Remembrancy, February 14

Christian Bookaholic, February 14

Connect in Fiction, February 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

April Hayman, Author, February 14

Robin’s Nest, February 15

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, February 15

Britt Reads Fiction, February 15

Just Your Average reviews, February 15

Blogging With Carol, February 15

Batya’s Bits, February 16

Bigreadersite, February 16

A Reader’s Brain, February 16

Worthy2Read, February 16

Stories By Gina, February 16

Back Porch Reads, February 17

janicesbookreviews, February 17

Literary Reflections Book Blog, February 17

Inside the Wong Mind, February 17

Mary Hake, February 17

Through the fire blogs, February 18

Mia Reads, February 18

Baker Kella, February 18

EmpowerMoms, February 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 18

Maureen’s Musings, February 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 19

Coast and Anchor, February 19

Spoken from the Heart, February 19

SPLASHES of Joy, February 19

She Lives to Read, February 20

By The Book, February 20

Wishful Endings, February 20

Moments, February 20

Simple Harvest Reads, February 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Andrea Christenson, February 21

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 21

Pause for Tales, February 21

For The Love of Books, February 21

Lis Loves Reading, February 21

Reader’s Cozy Corner, February 22

Hallie Reads, February 22

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 22

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, February 22

To Everything There Is A Season, February 22

Godly Book Reviews, February 23

Daysong Reflections, February 23

SusanLovesBooks, February 23

Lights in a Dark World, February 23


MY REVIEW

Best-selling author Rachel Hauck pens a contemporary novel where five people are invited to a mysterious meeting and their lives are changed.

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Hauck creates believe-able characters with flaws and struggles. The storyline traces their relationship with one another as their stories are shared. The faith element is present, especially in Coral’s story, but the others are not Christians. Each longs to be accepted by others. Each is facing a crisis of some kind. As their story unfolds and secrets are revealed, they learn to be vulnerable with one another and build trust in one another.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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HIDDEN CURRENT / Sharon Hinck (Celebrate Lit) Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book: Hidden Current

Author:Sharon Hinck

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Hidden_CurrentThe dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction ?

Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell.   Pursued by soldiers of the Order, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world—and through her soul.

Calara’s seeks clues to her forgotten family, discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, and awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.

She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?

Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

CRW_2024 copyAward-winning author of the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck is a wife, mom, and recent grandma, has an M.A. in communication, and has served as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, a church youth worker, and a professional choreographer, and an adjunct writing professor. To learn more about her writing, visit her at www.sharonhinck.com.

More from Sharon

Have you ever felt that nothing you do is ever enough? Not good enough? Meaningful enough? Do you ever think that if you could be more perfect, all your problems would be solved? In my new novel, I explore a character whose entire culture tells her that she must achieve perfection – and that answers to her world’s problems rest solely on human effort. Set in an imaginative fantasy world, I hope her journey will ring true for readers in our world.

I’m so excited to finally be able to share my new novel, Hidden Current, with readers. Can you see me Snoopy dancing?

And speaking of dancing …

What inspired this new series?

 Years before I wrote my first novel, I worked as a dance teacher, choreographer, and artistic director of a Christian dance company. So, when my agent and I were discussing ideas for my next book, he said, “In all your other novels, you’ve never drawn from your experience in dance. I’d love to see you create a brand-new fantasy world and utilize dance in some way.”

I began mulling the idea, and within days, a character had come to life.

In my new novel, Hidden Current, the dancers of the Order direct their floating world with their movements but are steering it toward destruction. One lone dancer fights to overcome opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order and bring a forgotten truth to her people.

Is this part of a series?

Yes, but this is a stand-alone story. That means that although I’ve written more books with these characters, you don’t have to wait for the series to release, fearing an unresolved ending to book one. The story is complete of itself, with just a hint of the next adventure to follow. I’ve already done my revisions on the second book and have finished writing book three.

Why should I order soon?

This is being released in limited edition hardcover. That means when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Is this similar to the Sword of Lyric books?

Yes and no. It’s not a “portal fantasy” – no modern-day character visits this world. However, like my other fantasy series, the book was inspired by spiritual themes, delves deeply into the heart of a character that many of us can relate to, and paints a unique story world full of both beauty and dangers. I’m so excited for its release!


Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, January 25

Texas Book-aholic, January 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 27

Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 28

Fiction Aficionado, January 29

janicesbookreviews, January 30

Emily Yager, January 31

For the Love of Literature, February 1

Wishful Endings, February 2 (Author Interview)

Mia Reads, February 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3

Blogging With Carol, February 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 5

Worthy2Read, February 6

Pause for Tales, February 7


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away to two winners each the grand prize of a gift box full of goodies including: a Hidden Current book bag, a selection of other books by Sharon Hinck, Tsalla tea from Adagio (the tea they drink in the novel), chocolates, a packet of “star rain” (also from the book), an artistic book mark, and autographed book plate!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f52f/hidden-current-celebration-tour-giveaway


MY REVIEW

Hinck pens a fantasy filled with memorable characters, a believable world, and a unique message in its storyline. Despite dance being a central motif in this novel, the terminology doesn’t overwhelm the reader, as there is a glossary is included if the reader is interested.

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The faith element is strong, as Calara grows in her faith in the Maker, and discovers the true purpose of dancing. The relationship between Brantley and Calara grows at a steady pace, and is a clean romance. Adults and young adults and older teens will eagerly look forward to the next book in this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

 

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REVIEW: Catherine’s Pascha, / by Charlotte Riggle

Catherine’s Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church, / by Charlotte Riggle.
Phoenix Flair Press, 2015.    ISBN     9780984612444
Children     Rating:     4

In Catherine’s Pascha, Riggle tells a touching story celebrating Easter through the eyes of a young girl. Each page tells the story in a 2-page spread with framed text surrounded by colorful illustrations of Orthodox churches around the world (Russia, Japan, Brazil, Alaska, Syria, and more). The dark print on some of the backgrounds can be hard to read, but the story is absolutely delightful! Riggle is an excellent writer and illustrator R. J. Hughes enhances the story with her detailed work.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. The author gifted me with a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review on it..

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THE WAY OF THE BRAVE / Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave, / by Susan May Warren (Global Search and Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800735845
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren kicks off a new action-packed romantic suspense series.

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Susan May Warren is known for writing stories filled with action-adventure, memorable and often broken characters, and faith elements. As expected, there is some physical and spiritual challenges, and past wounds to be faced before embracing future possibilities.

The Way of the Brave is no different – it has spine-tingling suspense, hold-your-breath adventure, and realistic faith journeys. Readers will be engaged from the first chapter until the very end, and looking forward to the next book in this series, The Heart of a Hero, coming in June 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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BRAND OF LIGHT / Ronie Kendig (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: Brand of Light

Author: Ronie Kendig

Genre: Christian Fiction, futuristic, space opera

Release Date: December 3, 2019

There’s a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm.

Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they’re not alone.

After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she’s borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders.

Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order—not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted—or cursed—with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted.

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About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a shot train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.


More from Ronnie

In November 2005, I lurched into a story that started with one small element—what if a hero could literally smell fear? And so I delved into the story with the characters, and felt like I’d fallen into the vortex. I wrote over 90,000 words in one month, this story just gushing out of me.

But I was a very new writer. And if you saw the first draft that gushed out of me, you’d snicker. I sure have. It’s appallingly bad writing, yet the story’s bones are healthy and intact. So, I teased the story into shape over the last fourteen years. In 2012, I took a hard look at it and tried to shape up the writing. I’d even gotten to know Kathy Tyers, who wrote for the Star Wars franchise as well as the much-beloved Firebird series (*insert reverent pause here*), and I bravely asked if she would take a peek at the first fifty pages or so. Being gracious as Kathy is, she agreed to take a look.

Um, yikes. Haha. Make no mistake—Kathy is a brilliant writer, and I will never write like her, but I learned so much from her feedback and took it to heart. Clearly, I still had a long way to go before that story was ready for the world, so I delved into honing my craft and deepening this story. Honestly, I was afraid show Brand of Light to anyone again, because I love this story so much and did not want to see “her” fail. More correctly—I did not want to fail this story.

About three years ago, I sensed a deep conviction that it was time to stop hiding and, as an act of faith and obedience to what God had given me, to send Brand of Light out into the world. As I write this, she is still 1.5 months out from the release, and I’m scared. I want this beauty to be loved, but even if it’s not, *I love this story and know I honored God with my writing and sending her out. I can rest here for a long while, reveling in the gift God gave me with this storyworld and its characters. I’m excited to see her launch out into the deep now. As Marco and the hunters always say, For Honor.


Blog Stops

Hallie Reads, December 14
amandainpa , December 15
Wishful Endings, December 16
Pause for Tales, December 16
A Reader’s Brain, December 17
Simple Harvest Reads, December 18 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholic, December 19
Mia Reads Blog, December 19
Betti Mace, December 20
Britt Reads Fiction, December 21
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 23
Emily Yager, December 24
Bakerkella, December 25
Worthy2Read, December 25 *
janicesbookreviews, December 26
Splashes of Joy, December 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of a Tinted Prose edition of Brand of Light, Galaxy Tumbler, “Kersei” Dio Adorable Candle, 3 Character Cards (to include Marco, Kersei, Tigo), and 2 Maps (to include Drosero and the planetary map)!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f2e2/brand-of-light-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Brand of Light / by Ronie Kendig (The Droseran Saga, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621840930
Adult     Rating:     4

I have never read any books by Ronie Kendig before reading Brand of Light. I’m familiar with her books — I just haven’t read them yet. After reading this one, however, I will add them to my TBR list!

Having been a fan of Kathy Tyers, for years, I was intrigued when I read about her influence on Kendig’s new series, and with Enclave as the publsher, I knew it would be an interesting read.

To my delight, Brand of Light was everything I hoped for — excellent world-building, intriguing well-developed characters, and a storyline that grabs the reader from the first page.

Although there are multiple points of view, it is easy to follow and enhances the tension of the story. If you have never tried space opera or science fiction, don’t let that deter you from reading this excellent novel. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

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Blog Tour – MISLEADING MISS VERITY / Carolyn Miller

Misleading Miss Verity, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley, 3)
Kregel     ISBN   9780825445910
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller concludes her inspirational Regency series, featuring the Hatherleigh sisters in this inspirational Regency novel.

In Misleading Miss Verity, Miss Verity Hatherleigh is a headstrong young lady – she is an impulsive, feisty, and independent thinker. When she visits a friend in Scotland,  she meets Anthony Jardine, a local minister.

Anthony takes on his new duties as laird of Dungally, finding himself facing the poor reputation of past lairds who neglected the land and its tenants. Anthony and Verity are attracted to one another, but each hides their true identity from the other.

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Miller’s readers have come to expect a clean romance suitable for older teens and adults, with historical detail and superior characterization. Her characters are realistic, facing financial, spiritual, physical, and societal challenges, allowing the reader to more easily relate to them.

Recommended for high school and public libraries. Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Previously reviewed: A Hero for Miss Haveleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia.

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Prism Book Tour: THE END OF THE MAGI / Patrick W. Carr #EndMagiPrism

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The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers


Centuries before the magi arrived in Bethlehem, a prophecy sets a young magus on his path . . .

Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel calls forth a select group of men who will count down the calendar until the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day draws near, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are slain by a ruthless Parthian queen.

Equipped with very little, in haste Myrad escapes the city and, searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is keeping secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable asset, an epic journey filled with peril, near captures, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget, and the promise that the world will never be the same.


MY REVIEW

Although different from Carr’s fantasy novels, The End of the Magi is well-written and interesting to read. Characters are well-developed and historical details appear to be authentic.

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Carr writes a biblical fiction story based on the magi, chosen risen to track the days on the calendar, to witness God’s fulfillment of the prophecy, and more. It’s more than a Christmas story, for it traces the journey of one young man, born with a club foot, not of the Hebrew nation, who is used by God in ways he never expected. Myrad’s journey illustrated how God can use anyone to further His plan, whether or not they are capable in the eyes of the world.

Carol R. Gehringer

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Kristi Ann Hunter – PURSUIT OF HOME (A Review)

A Pursuit of Home, / by Kristi Ann Hunter (Haven Manor, 3)
Bethany House      ISBN    9780764230776
Adult.    Rating:    4

Kristi Ann Hunter returns with the conclusion to her inspirational historical series, set in 19th century English countryside.

In A Pursuit of Home, Jess Beauchene spent her life hiding and on the run in England, believing she is the sole survivor from her family after an uprising in her former country, Verbonne. When she unexpectedly learns that her family might be alive and in danger, Jess seeks help from an unexpected source, an art historian she doesn’t like.

Derek Thornbury is an expert in historical artifacts. Even though Jess doesn’t like him, she needs his help in deciphering a family journal with clues to an art treasure being sought by her family’s enemies. Will they be able to work together and solve the mystery before her family is harmed? Can they decipher the mystery from the past and find a future together?

Hunter pens another well-written historical novel filled with love and faith that her fans will enjoy reading. Intrigue,  treasure hunting, mystery, and clean romance abound in the latest novel from Ms. Hunter. Themes of love, family, and sacrifice run throughout this story. Her characters are delightful, and well-developed in this series. The relationship between Jess and Derek, two unlikely candidates for romance, is a slow-growing, sweet one, appropriate for teen readers.

Readers of her earlier books “met” Jess and have been eagerly awaiting her story. A Pursuit of Home is much like Jess, full of spunk, heartache, loyalty, adventure, and plenty of plot twists. Characters from previous books in this series make an appearance, much to the delight of the reader.

Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier books in this series: A Return of Devotion, and A Defense of Honor.

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RUBY JANE / Susan May Warren releases today!

Ruby Jane, / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 5)
SDG Publishing     November 26, 2019 .    ISBN .    9781943935390
Adult     Rating:  4

Ruby Jane opens with a car crash in which ex-CIA Agent York Newgate is killed . . . or is he? CIA analyst RJ doesn’t believe he is dead, despite the evidence. York rescued her from a tricky situation in Russia, and they fell in love while trying to escape a Russian assassin. Can she untangle the threads that created this situation without further harm to her family? Can she find out the truth about York?

Warren’s novels are filled with action-adventure, family drama, and faith elements. Themes of redemption, grace, and truth permeate this novel. Her characters include often  broken individuals who face emotional and spiritual challenges.

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Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: HEREAFTER / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 3)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN  9781733753432
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the third lost princess, Emmeline, who unlike her sisters grew up with the knowledge that she was one of the lost princesses.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 3 BOOKS?

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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Carol R. Gehringer

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THE PAINTED CASTLE / Kristy Cambron (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Book: The Painted Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.

Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.

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My Review

Cambron interweaves the three timelines with the skill of an experienced story weaver. Each could stand alone as a novella, yet they are interconnected. Set in Victorian England, modern day, and on the homefront at the end of World War II, the three stories are skillfully written to keep the readers engaged. Cambron creates engaging characters and pens descriptive narratives about artwork and castles, as well as historical detail for the 1840s and 1940s. Although The Painted Castle can be read as a standalone, the characters from the earlier books: Lost Castle and Castle on the Rise, make an appearance.

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Carol R. Gehringer

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WYATT / Susan May Warren

Wyatt / by Susan May Warren (Montana Marshalls, 4)
SDG Publishing     ISBN     9781943935369
Adult     Rating:  4

Best-selling author Susan May Warren  continues her new contemporary series featuring the Marshall family.

In Wyatt, NHL hockey player Wyatt grew up comparing himself to his brothers – an Army Ranger, a Navy SEAL, and a professional bull rider. He believes he disappointed his father, largely because of his career choice and faithless life.

He is hides a broken heart and a career-threatening injury from those around him. Wyatt has always loved Coco, but felt he didn’t deserve her. But when she is in trouble in Russia, Wyatt runs to her aid, despite his lack of experience in handling international relations. Will he be able to save Coco, even though he can’t speak Russian? Can he bring her home, but at what cost?

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Carol R. Gehringer

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THE SPICE KING / Elizabeth Camden (A Review)

The Spice King, / by Elizabeth Camden (Hope & Glory, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764232114
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Elizabeth Camden starts a new series, set during America’s Gilded Age (President McKinley era), exploring the safety in the food industry.

In The Spice King, Annabelle Larkin and her blind sister Elaine move from the family’s farm in Kansas to Washington, D.C. Annabelle is working temporarily at the Smithsonian as a junior botanist. She has been tasked with gaining access to the private Delacroix plant collection, unaware that she is stepping into a situation filled with political intrigue that will test her loyalties. Despite her growing attraction to the wealthy Gray Delacroix, which will Annabelle choose: to follow her heart or her loyalty to her country?

Like  Camden’s other books, Annabelle works in a male-dominated field – she is persistent, intelligent, and likeable, at the same time occasionally exhibiting a meekness from growing up in the heartlands. Gray struggles to keep his family together and to do the right thing even when it is hard. Theirs is a clean romance, though Gray’s somewhat social awkwardness in this relationship was distracting. It takes a major event for Gray to recognize his younger brother and sister (who are now adults) don’t need him as a parent figure anymore, as well as the cost in his sibling relationships by his focus solely on building his business empire in recent years.

As always, Camden pens a well-documented historical novel, filled with plenty of facts woven throughout the story. The faith element is minimal but evident, and the storytelling is excellent with strong, flawed characters and descriptive narratives. The second book in the series is expected in 2020, titled A Gilded Lady,  and will focus on Caroline Delacroix, Gray’s sister, who works as the social secretary to the First Lady.

Recommended for school libraries and public libraries. Fans of  Camden’s earlier books will not be disappointed in this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviews of other books by Elizabeth Camden: A Dangerous Legacy, A Daring Venture, and A Desperate Hope

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Review: FOREMOST / Jody Hedlund

Foremost, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 2)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418
Young Adult     Rating: 5

Best-selling author Jody Hedlund continues her young adult medieval series of three lost princesses.

Hedlund continues her series with the story of the second lost princess, Maribel who longs to practice her God-given healing skills, but society frowns on women healers unless they are nuns. Discovering she is a long-lost princess and threatened with capture, she leaves everything she knows behind to flee to her sister, the future Queen. Her journey is filled with peril and persecution, but she is accompanied by her faithful friend, Edmund, who would give his life to protect her. Theirs is a clean romance. He has loved her for years, not just for her beauty but also for her kind soul.

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The story is filled with twists to keep the reader engaged from start to finish, with a conclusion that will satisfy the reader and make them eager for the final book. As always, Hedlund sets the stage with descriptive historical details and relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 


MISSED THE FIRST 2 BOOKS?

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: ONE FINAL BREATH / Lynn Blackburn (A Revell Reads Review)

One Final Breath, / by Lynn Blackburn (Dive Team Investigations, 3)
Revell    ISBN    9780800729301
Adult    Rating:     5

Lynn Blackburn returns with the final book of her Dive Team Investigations romantic suspense series.

In One Final Breath, undercover investigator Gabriel Chaves returns to the dive team after his cover is blown, giving him the chance to work with former missionary kid Anissa Bell who  is now the team captain. Annisa often struggles with not being in the mission field like the rest of her family, yet she wants justice for the murder of her friend and the missing three-year-old her friend was watching when the murder occurred. When Gabe investigates a teenage boy’s homicid, Anissa discovers a link to her past and unexpectedly become the killer’s next target. How are the cases related? How far will the killer go to cover his tracks?

Of the three Dive Team novels, this one is by far the best one! It is about forgiveness, grace, friendship, and true love. Favorite characters from the earlier books return for a cameo visit, and one sees the close friendships among them. Faith elements are clearly evident, but not overpowering. Mr. Cook, first introduced in an earlier book, models what a close relationship with God looks like as he speaks truth to Gabe and prayers conversationally to God. The book shows  the importance of recognizing God’s call – sometimes staying behind and not going to the mission field is God’s call – and the importance of how what we see as ordinary can be extra-ordinary in God’s plans.

This books starts off with the dive team relaxing on the dock, when an explosion rocks the deck and cries for help are heard. That kicks off the roller-coaster ride that grips the reader’s attention until the final page. Descriptions of death and violence are mentioned with only the needed details. The only disappointment for readers will be the end of this series. Hopefully readers will see a new series from Blackburn in the near future.

Recommended for fans of Romantic suspense especially fans of Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Lynette Eason.

Carol R. Gehringer

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THE WORDS BETWEEN US / Erin Bartels (A Revell Reads Review)

The Words Between Us: A Novel / Erin Bartels
Revell     ISBN    9780800734923
Adult     Rating:     4

Erin Bartels writes a new novel with dual timelines, a story illustrating the power of words whether they are spoken, written, and read.

The Words Between Us tells of Peter and Robin, and their shared love for the written word in both prose and poetry, and how that built their relationship, at least until Robin walked away from Peter.

Now Peter is back, family secrets are revealed, and a new relationship is being built. Bartels’ book is rich in its prose, causing the reader to read it slowly to catch every nuance of the words in the story. Both have family secrets revealed, as the past unravels in the present. The Words Between Us built a bridge between Peter and Robin, between their past and future, between truth and perception.

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Carol R. Gehringer

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YOU BELONG WITH ME / Tari Farris (A Revell Reads Review)

You Belong with me / Tari Farris (Restoring Heritage, 1)
Revell    ISBN    9780800736477
Adult.    Rating:     4

 

Tari Farris debuts her contemporary romance series, about a group of friends and family members living in the small town of Heritage, Michigan.

In You Belong With Me, Hannah Thornton is determined to stop a local developer from purchasing the historic homes just to demolish in order to make room for his planned strip mall. Hannah wants to help her town win a restoration grant, but a series of mishaps complicate things. Is there a future for Heritage – and for Luke and Hannah?

Farris writes with a touch of faith and humor, creating characters readers with flaws readers can relate to, laugh at, even as they cheer them on. Heritage is the small town every reader will want to move to – and fortunately they can return to Heritage in the other books in this series!

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Carol R. Gehringer

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FOREVER, LATELY / Linore Rose Burkard (Celebrate Lit Tour)



About the Book


Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.
Maine, present day
Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!
Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?
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More from Linore

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present.

On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.


My Review

Claire writes a Regency novel about Julian St. John, a handsome bachelor in need of a wife, being pursued by the beautiful Clarissa Andrews. Of course, he has no interest in Clarissa. But things aren’t going the way Claire thinks they should in her story. When she wraps herself in her grandmother’s prayer shawl, she finds herself transported back to Regency times. Is it a dream or is she really in St. John’s story? Can she finish the novel, and find the missing deed to the cottage before the deadline?

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Burkhard writes with exquisite historical details blending the contemporary and Regency storylines. Julian and Claire are interesting characters – Claire is a contemporary Regency novelist thrust back into Regency times, while Julian is a reformed rake and swoon-worthy heartthrob thrust into contemporary time. While not specifically Christian fiction, Forever, Lately is filled with humor, and all the elements of a rom-com. Burkard creates a clean romance between Julian and Claire. Will they find their happily-ever-after – and in what time period?

Carol R. Gehringer

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Cover Reveal: Lost Princesses Series, Book 3 & 4 / Jody Hedlund

Hereafter / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses Book 3)
Northern Lights Press    (September 24, 2019)

SUMMARY:
The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne. (from publisher)


Foremost / Jody Hedlund (The Lost Princesses, Book 4)
Northern Lights Press     (October 29, 2019)

SUMMARY:
A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion. (from publisher)

 

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Evermore, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN    978-1733753418

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace (from publisher)


Always, /  by Jody Hedlund (Lost Princesses, 0.5)
Northern Lights Press     ISBN     978-1733753401

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death. (from publisher)


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My Dearest Dietrich – Review

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, / by Amanda Barratt
Kregel     ISBN     9780825475795
Adult     Rating:     4dearest dietrich

Award-winning author Amanda Barratt pens a historical novel based on the true love story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer.

In My Dearest Dietrich, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime, comforts a family friend, Maria von Wedemeyer, upon the death of her father and brother. Maria finds herself drawn to thirty-six year old Dietrich, despite their age difference and that he is constantly being watched by the Gestapo.

Dietrich tries to keep himself detached from the young woman, knowing he might also lose his life or be imprisoned for his work in the conspiracy against the government. Maria’s conviction and intelligence deeply attract him, and despite their age differences, they form a romantic attachment and face serious risks. Will they have a happily-ever-after ending?

Based on detailed historical research, the ending is not a surprise. Bonhoeffer is imprisoned until the end of his life. Yet, their relationship inspires the reader, as they become more familiar with him through the letters he writes. One finds a man who is faithful to the Gospel yet longs for a happy future with a family, a man who risked his future to stand against evil. My Dearest Dietrich tells the story of love, courage, family, and faith.

Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: BLOOD MOON REDEMPTION / Judy Ducharme

Blood Moon Redemption, / by Judy DuCharme
Ambassador International    ISBN     9781620208229
Adult     Rating:     3Blood Moon Redemption by [DuCharme, Judy]

Judy DuCharme pens a suspense thriller that blends family history and biblical prophecy, using multiple points of view and timelines.

Blood Moon Redemption weaves the significances of blood moons appearing during Jewish holy days in one family’s history. Lydia Liebermann and her family flee Spain to avoid persecution, settling in the New World. Rabbi Liebermann’s prayer shawl is ripped off him, leaving a prayer tassel behind, which is fiercely guarded and treasured by Lydia’s family.

Centuries later, the tassel plays a role in Lydia’s family through her descendants. The appearance of blood moons during Jewish holidays coincide with significant happenings in Jewish history. Fast forward to present day, lawyer Tassel Lydia Steven (“Tassie”) heard the stories over the years, but doesn’t believe in the significance behind them. Then she gets caught up in a terrorist plot involving her Muslim boyfriend, Omar, who has secrets of his own. Will she find her role in the events forecast by the upcoming blood moons?

DuCharme presents an interesting story filled with historical detail and interpretation of these significant events in Jewish history. The multiple point of view and timelines make the story move slowly as it lays the foundation for the present-day story. The book’s cover was not appealing. In fact, it made me delay in reading it.

Once Omar and Tassie’s relationship is over, the romance with Benjamin happens quickly. Faith elements are confusing. Several of the main characters in the contemporary timeline — who are Jewish — convert to Christianity, some affected by supernatural visions (and this seemed too convenient); even the villain converts, making it too pat an ending. Blood Moon Redemption becomes more intense in the second half of the book with some plot twists.

Carol R. Gehringer

**I received this book from Just Read Tours and Ambassador International as part of their Blind Date with a Book program

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.


MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Super Platinum

Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,

Platinum

Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,

Gold

Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,

Silver

Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,

Bronze

Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books,  TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture GrooveLauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series  Green Kids Club, Inc.

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

 

A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

 


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In honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I was gifted with a book to review, Catherine’s Pascha, by Charlotte Riggle. See my review here!

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