Monday, December 11, 2017

Rondi Bauer Olson's 'All Things Now Living' Blog Tour and Giveaway


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All Things Now Living Rondi Bauer Olson
While on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle in Rondi Bauer Olson's All Things Now Living. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are. Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer. Time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.

Stay up all night reading this thrilling new book from Rondi and enter to win a Kindle Fire!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of All Things Now Living
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 14. The winner will be announced December 15 on the Litfuse blog.




Book info

About the book:

Her whole life Amy has been taught the people of New Lithisle deserve to die, but when she falls for Daniel, she determines to save him.
Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn't like anything to die, she won't even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can't let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it's God's will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God's curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.
Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.
Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.
Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.
About the author:
Rondi Bauer Olson is a reader and writer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she lives on a hobby farm with her husband, Kurt. She has four grown children, works as a nurse, and also owns a gift shop within view of beautiful Lake Superior.
Find out more about Rondi at http://rondibauerolson.weebly.com.
 
 
My Review:
"All Things Now Living" is an interesting read that veers from the usual genre I typically read as it fits in the young adult dystopian genre.  However, I really liked the storyline and the characters.  Amy has grown up believing what she has been taught, that is just how life was and she thought was true. When she meets some of the New LIthisle community and learns her father's believes, she is faced with choices to make.  Does Amy stick with what she has been taught or does she side with her heart and is what she has learned change her worldview and to what extent?  This is a pretty quick read, and the storyline moves right although, although it is pretty deep at points and will have you thinking about beliefs and why we believe what we do.  This will appeal to young adults and older adults both and is a nice change of pace and a great start to a new series!
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary  copy of this book.*
 

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Out of the Ordinary"

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Jen Turano has become one of my favorite and must-read authors!  "Out of the Ordinary" is book #2 in Jen's Apart from the Crowd series and it is another great book by her! Each of her books are so sweet and entertaining and filled with quirky characters!  I know you don't judge a book by the cover, but Jen's books always have amazing covers as well as an added perk!  Gertrude thinks that her job is just ordinary, as she is a paid companion.  However, she is not prepared as her employer is quite eccentric and makes life interesting to say the least.  Gertrude finds herself doing tasks that she never would have guessed and finds herself in peculiar and uncomfortable situations at times, one leading her being wrongly accused. 
I absolutely loved this story and found myself laughing out loud at times!  Gertrude and Harrison are both great main characters and I loved their interactions as well as with Harrison's mother.  The storyline is great and fast moving, and I did not want the book to end!  I am looking forward to book #3 coming out  mid-next year! 

*Thanks to the Bethany House Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*




Trust

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Trust is such a vital part of relationships whether it be personal or work-related, it is needed to have strong, healthy relationships.  Mac Richard dives into this concept in his new book, "The Trust Protocol: the key to building stronger families, teams, and businesses."  Mac does a thorough job of discussing trust and what happens when trust is broken or why trust needs to be made stronger or how to know when it is best to move on after trust is broken.  This is really a great read for everyone as it pertains to so many areas in our lives and can provide guidance and clarity into the murkiness that sometimes takes over making it difficult to see and know clearly how to best move forward.  I highly recommend this book to read through and think about various relationships and how  you are being affected by them. 

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*












Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Awaken"


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Priscilla Shirer's devotional book, "Awaken: 90 days with the God who speaks," is a great choice for anyone whom wanted a guided devotional to work through and help to find and focus on tidbits of truth each day.
This is a nice hardcover edition with a beautiful cover and design to the pages.  Each reading for each of the 90 days is only 1-2 pages long and focuses on a couple of verses.  Following the devotional reading, there is a "He speaks to me" section with a question or two to read, think about and answer and there is ample space to really journal your thoughts and responses down.  I love this feature as it helps to really apply the reading to your life.  I love the variety of devotional readings in this book and the layout of the book.  A great choice to personally use and a great choice to give as a gift as well!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"No One Ever Asked"


I was so excited to see this book available to read and review since it is not being released until April, which is so long to wait for a book! Katie Ganshert has become one of my must-read authors and this book did not disappoint in the least. Three different women, living three very different lives, yet their lives become intertwined and they have a common interest.  Jen, Anaya and Camillle are all affiliated with Crystal Ridge and they each have a varying role they play and a different investment with the school. Jen is new to the community and is adjusting to her new normal as a new mom and finding her place and what is perceived of her and what role is expected.   Anaya is a brand-new teacher although she doesn't really quite fit in she has a reason for wanting this to work and the school has a reason for hiring her.  Camille is content with her life and her affluent position in the school community and has worked hard for her position and has a certain fa├žade to maintain. 
I really enjoyed this book and how the story was told.  It starts out with a bang literally and then jumps back to a year earlier leading up to the event and the chapters vary with who's point of view the story is being told.  I love this layout and it was very easy to follow and become completely engrossed in the story and these women's lives and have me questioning what I would do in their positions.  This will be one of the top books of 2018 guaranteed!

To read more about this book, go here!

To learn more about the author, go here!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.*

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

This Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation the guests of Grey Sage Inn expected.


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Book info

About the book:

This Christmas, there's plenty of room at the inn.

Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There's plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn's owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year's guests from across the country.

But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues-and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.

In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends-proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.

About the author:
Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you've visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.

Find out more about Phyllis at http://www.phyllisclarknichols.com.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, it is the perfect mix of so many feelings and emotions that the characters and reader alike will experience.  Maude and Silas have escaped Christmas at home for so many years and have made it their personal quest to experience as many different tropical locations as possible during the Christmas holiday, but it is also an escape for them.  This year their vacation is planned and set, but first they are hosting a group at the inn.  While reading over the RSVP list, Maude notes it is quite a group of varying interests and careers; however they are all sharing a common thing, Christmas at this inn.  The weather interferes and things do not quite go according to plans, but maybe this is helping each person get exactly what their soul needs.  
This story was well-written and the characters were all well-developed.  I could completely picture the setting and this group of people at the inn, being snowed in and the coziness, yet also the tension as plans are changed and so many personalities.  I highly recommend this book and it is one that I will read again each year at this time.

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

**Thanks to the LItfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Friday, December 1, 2017

Take a break from the holiday busyness and settle in for a story of young love lost and second chances


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Book info

About the book:

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 


Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book. 


Find out more about Cindy and Erin at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.
My Review:
This was such a great read, short, sweet and relatable.  I was curious about this book when I saw that Cindy Woodsmall was one of the authors as she writes so many Amish novels and this is such a change and also her co-writing this.  I love how we get the history on Hadley and Monroe and the situation and then how things are for each of them 10 years later when they once again come into contact through a mutual contact for work.  This story is a quick read, but it is so full of heart and depth as far as the characters.  Some heavier topics are addressed and the characters are easy to relate to.  This is a great read and a sweet story as an escape during the busyness of the Christmas season.
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*
 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Dangerous Illusions"

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Irene Hannon is back again with another great start to a brand-new series!  "Dangerous Illusions" jumps right into the action with introducing characters, but leaving the reader with so many unanswered questions and trying to fill in the gaps and figure out the relationships between the characters.  Trish is overwhelmed with balancing everything in her life; however she knows that she did not screw up on her mother's medication causing her death even though Matt is suggesting that.  As Colin immerses himself into this case as the detective assigned he feels like there is so much more than what meets the eye, but it is still out of reach.  However, this is not something that he can really spend a lot of time on to uncover the truth as the stakes are deadly.
This is fast-paced story filled with twists and turns and characters' lives that are intertwined.  I found myself thinking I had some answers to be proven wrong in the next few pages, and feeling like I was no where closer to the truth than I was at the beginning.  Irene's writing is also so great as she writes with such detail that the story and characters are brought to life and the story is a nice mix of romance and heart-pounding suspense.  I am looking forward to book #2 in the Code of Honor series!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Lady Jayne Disappears"

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I loved this debut from Joanna Davidson Politano!  Aurelie has grown up a very different life from what she finds herself living after the passing of her father.  Her father has written books under a pen name and Aurelie decides to complete the writing of his last book; however she must rely on the help of a houseguest.  Aurelie wants to find out the truth about her mother and also what took place at the estate around that time and the time of her birth. 
Aurelie is a great main character, I loved how she is portrayed and her character overall.  This is a great story that really brings to life the time period and society at this time in England and the way of life.  This is such a nice blend of historical details as far as the setting, the suspenseful story, the characters and the romance.  I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*


Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary (AND a $50 #giveaway)!


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Christy Catherine Marshall
Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school-as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!


TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who've been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

 
Book info

About the book:

New edition of Catherine Marshall's inspirational classic! 
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her - and her one-room school - as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.
Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?
About the author:
Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), The New York Times best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel Christy. Based on the life of her mother, Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in A Man Called Peter. A decade after Dr. Marshall's untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts, forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine's enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.
Find out more about Catherine at http://gileadpublishing.com/christy/.
 
My Review:
It was so  nice to reread "Christy" once again!  I read this as a teenager and absolutely loved the story and this led me to start reading Janette Oke books and now I still think about the book while watching the series, "When Calls the Heart."  This new edition is a nice hardcover edition with Catherine's mother pictured on the front, which I absolutely love, as the book "Christy" is based on the life of her mother and the stories that Catherine would hear growing up of her mother's experiences.  "Christy" is such a refreshing and inspiring story about leaving your comfort zone and following your heart and following your passion and facing challenges while relying on God.  This is a wonderful classic and one can be enjoyed year after year and by generation after generation; I am looking forward to my daughter reading this book in a few years!
 
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, here!
 *Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*
 
 
 

Monday, November 27, 2017

"Vanishing Point"


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"Vanishing Point" by Lisa Harris is a must-read for those whom have read her Nikki Boyd novels as this ties up some loose ends and provides some closure as well as giving some more background information in regards to the disappearance of Nikki's sister.  Of course, there is so much more to the story than this and I loved reading about Garrett and Jordan, whom were previously a couple and now find themselves working together.  There is already tension between them and now so much more as another girl is found dead and they find themselves racing to find the killer before more are killed.  The novel is fast-paced and the writing style is so easy to get lost in the story and the twists and turn and romance sprinkled in as well.  I highly recommend this book for romantic suspense fans!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck"


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I absolutely loved this book!  This is my first book by Bethany, but it will for sure not be the last!  Sarah has been content with her life and her occupation of writing novels, novels that are quite steamy.  However, since becoming a Christian and really trying to live a God-pleasing life and she is struggling with how she can fulfil her work obligation and live her life how she should.  This is such a fun and well-written book that all readers will be able to relate to as it is so real-life and the characters are all so real and relatable and their struggles.  The story flows nicely and is a sweet romance and really is written from the heart.  I highly recommend this book as it is an enjoyable read that will have you laughing and not wanting the story to end.  

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, November 24, 2017

Carve out some devotional time with your kids as the weather gets colder


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Book Info

How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?
Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy's focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible highlights God's perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God's perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God's tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God's grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God's love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child's attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children-or letting them read it to you!-even the youngest kids will come to know that God's promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.

Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls-Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church-Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children's ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at gospelcenteredfamily.com and is also the coauthor of "Leadership Mosaic" and two VBS programs, "Proof Pirates" and "Clap Your Hands," "Stomp Your Feet."
Find out more about Jared at http://www.gospelcenteredfamily.com.

My Review:
This is such a wonderful Bible for children!  There are 52 stories or promises that God has made shared in this book.  Each one is illustrated and shared through simple text as well as questions to ask and the scripture reference as to where each is found.  This book is seriously the cutest and the best for young children.  The illustrations are so bright and just cheerful, filled with detail and so cute that children will love to look at and point out details.  My favorite feature is the questions as this makes it so interactive for the children and to really teach the truths at even a very young age.  My older children even enjoyed paging through this book and exclaiming over the pictures and making comments about various stories they have learned and how this reminded them of certain details.  I highly recommend this for young children; it would make an excellent gift for the little ones on your Christmas gift list this year!
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*