Thursday, January 28, 2021

"Stronger Every Day" Tour!


Stronger Every Day JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Stronger Every Day by Janell Rardon, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Stronger Every Day Title: Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You 
Author: Janell Rardon 
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: January 19, 2021 
Genre: Christian Living 

Fortify your emotional health 

As a trauma-informed professional life coach, Janell Rardon spends a good deal of her day-to-day work with brokenness--broken families, broken relationships, broken hearts and souls. In response to the pleas of her clients, she developed a set of emotional-health tools to help them repair the broken parts of their lives. In Stronger Every Day, she shares these powerful tools with you, showing you how to 

· transform pain into meaning 
· experience secure attachment with God 
· shape healthy thoughts 
· shift from shame to self-compassion 
· practice healthy assertiveness 
· set mental and emotional boundaries 
· understand triggers and defense mechanisms 
· regulate emotional highs and lows 
· cultivate healthy human connection 

 With inspiring Scriptures, quotes, prayers, personal stories, and case studies, Rardon sets you on the path of emotional health so that you can be stronger than ever—every day. 

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Janell Rardon

Janell Rardon, MA, is a Board-Certified Life Coach (AACC), adjunct professor, and an award-winning author who loves nothing more than helping family systems become emotionally healthy, happy, and whole. In her private practice, The Heartlift Practice, she specializes in trauma-informed, attachment-based, faith-infused modalities. She and her husband of more than 35 years have three grown children and live in Virginia.

CONNECT WITH JANELL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card plus a Revell Book Bundle including the following books: Godmothers by Lisa Bevere, Managing Your Emotions for a Healthier Life by Mark W. Baker, PhD, Believe You Can by John Mason, She Walked Before Us by Jill Eileen Smith, One Woman Can Change the World by Ronne Rock, Choose Joy by Kay Warren

Stronger Every Day JustRead giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 28, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on February 4, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

"Still The One" - a sweet return to Deep Haven


"Still the One" is book #1 in the Deep Haven Collection and it is such a sweet return to the town of Deep Haven.  Reading this book felt like coming home and it was so easy to get caught right back up with the locals.  

Cole left town years ago, not on good terms, and he is not thrilled about having to return.  However, he is the one who has to deal with his grandfather's house, and he wants to get it on the market and sold as quickly as possible.  However, he was not prepared to have to evict a tenant out of the garage apartment and was definitely not prepared to have it be Megan, a friend from his past.  Growing up Cole spent some summers in Deep Haven, and they were happy times and much of that time was spent with Megan.  However, things had changed when he had to move in with his grandfather and the scars from when he was fourteen are still very much there.  Megan is trying to provide for herself and her son and is so close to reaching a few goals in her life with her business and for herself and son; getting evicted will not be a help at all.  

Immediately, and much to his surprise, Cole is welcomed back to town. (I was not surprised knowing the Christensen family!)  However much Cole resists, he cannot help it and gets drawn into the town and especially into Megan's life as he bonds with her son and also helps her with a wedding she is planning.  Forgiveness is such a big piece to this story as is grace and family.  While Cole and Megan are the main characters, the other characters play such big roles, especially Ivy and Casper to just name a few.  Their friendships, their stories with their spouses and how they got to where they are now with their family, the heart of the town and the support they all give to each other is so important to this story.  

If you have read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen family stories, this book and the upcoming ones in this series are a must-read.  In all honesty, I was not sure how this was going to be given that the book is not actually written by Susan May Warren, but no worries, it seamlessly fits and it is a wonderful return to Deep Haven.  

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.*

Monday, January 4, 2021

Welcome to Walker Beach!


Lindsay Harrel has quickly become a must-read author for me and this latest book from her did not disappoint in the least!  Family, such a big part of who we are, and we can find ourselves placing so much pressure on ourselves to prove something or to feel accepted by our families.  Lindsay tackles this in this latest book and I think that is part of what drew me in, as the characters are so relatable!  

"All of You, Always" is the first Walker Beach Romance in the series and it was such a great start!  Bella is on a mission to convince Ben to sell his inn as her mom has made a deal with her and she really wants this deal to work out.  Bella does not know who her father is as her mother has never shared this information with her and now she is willing to on this one condition.  However, Ben is determined to make the inn successful, he cannot fail, and be the first in so many generations to fail.  

Both of these characters are searching for things in their lives and yet their lives are intersecting and they both cannot win and get what they believe they need to feel accepted and be happy.  This is a heartfelt story that will draw you into the characters' lives and leave you wanting more time with them. The writing is excellent and the characters and setting come alive in the pages.  

*Thanks to the author for a complementary copy of this book.  My thoughts and opinions were in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

"To Steal A Heart"


I am always excited to hear that Jen Turano has a new book coming out!  Part of this excitement is the cover reveal; Jen's novels have the best covers, always full of detail and so fun!  Also, the covers are a little look as to what is to come in the story.  "To Steal a Heart" is the start of a brand-new series and as soon as I finished this book I was looking forward to the next book to come out!  Right away on the first page I was completely hooked on the story as Gabriella is finding herself in quite the situation, a situation that could go very badly very quickly.  Gabriella grew up on the streets and then lived in an orphanage and her determination and grit shines through as well as her heart.  Nicholas is in a very different position in society than Gabriella; however they once were living very similar lives.  Thinking that they have forever lost each other, this is a surprise and as their lives continue to intersect, they both must make some decisions.  

I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book and other times that I was smiling and just feeling happy for the characters.  This is such a fun read; however there are many touching moments as well and a good reminder of God's protection and His provision in our lives.  I highly recommend this book, it will be a great one to start the year off with!

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a spot on the book's launch team.* 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

"The Escape"


Book Description from the publisher:
How do you catch a fugitive who has nothing to lose?

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn have orders to transport two high-profile prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

With both pilots and one prisoner dead--and one fugitive on the run--Madison and Jonas must negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry as they track a murderer who is desperate to disappear . . . and will do anything to stop them.

My Review:
Lisa Harris has become one of my favorite authors as she writes stories that are non-stop action from start to finish with twists and turns along the way, with some romance sprinkled in with the suspense.  
Madison and Jonas are on a mission, a typical work mission, that can be typical in their line of work.  However, when the plane they are on with the two prisoners crashes, their work takes an even more challenging and deadly twist.  Finding themselves alone with one of the prisoners as the other one is deceased as are the pilots, they find themselves trying to still complete their job.  Trying to stay alive becomes the main focus as they find themselves trying to stay one step ahead of their prisoner and yet manage to fulfill their duties.  I am eager to see what comes next in this series for Madison and Jonas both work related and in their personal lives.

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

Monday, November 30, 2020

"Stories and Songs of Faith"


"Stories and Songs of Faith: My Journey with God" is a wonderful devotional book that I am eager to read again and work through it throughout the year of 2021.  I love how the book and readings are set up as the focus is around a verse.  Then there is a personal story shared by the author along with questions for the reader to reflect on.  Also, a song is tied in with each reading as well.  I love hymns and inspiration songs as they are a way to really help me to keep my focus on God and on having a grateful attitude.  Music can be such a powerful tool and I loved reading the various songs that were connected to each reading. 

I found this book overall to be very inspiring and a perfect way to start out my day or to read and focus on a verse in the middle of the day if I felt like I needed a boost at that time with mentally getting in a better mindset.  This would be perfect for anyone who really enjoys music and knows the powerful impact that the lyrics can have on you.

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

"Softly Blows the Bugle"


Book blurb from the publisher:

Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver's Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband's death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant not having a family of her own. Then along came Aaron Zook . . .

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron has resolved to move west and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can't get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win--the one for the heart of the woman he loves.

My Review:

This is a great continuation of the series and a story that I felt immediately drawn into.  I highly recommend that you read the first two books before reading this one as the characters, the area, the story all becomes so real and you want the whole story in order!  Elizabeth has a fresh start to life, by herself, on her own, not being controlled or tied to a man, a husband.  However, not every man is the same and Aaron is determined to prove that.  I loved the historical details throughout this book and this time period has always been a favorite of mine to read.  I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next, but at the same time didn't want the book to end.  

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