Monday, December 30, 2019

a Bible study focusing on Ruth

Image result for the gospel-centered life in the bible ruthRuth is one of my favorite books and characters in the Bible.  This is also a book of the Bible that I feel like I learn something new every time I heard a sermon focusing on it.  I felt the same way while working through the Bible study: "Ruth: redemption for the broken," part of the gospel-centered life in the Bible study series.  This Bible study works through the story beginning with life falling apart for Ruth and Naomi as their husbands are dead, but then blessings occur, plans are made and the ending with a wedding. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of the story and I love the readings that are included and the discussion prompts.  I enjoyed working through this on my own, but I am really hoping to be able to work through this as part of a group as there is so much that can come from group discussion and learning.  My favorite chapter is the third focusing on grace.  The lists and comparisons of a lifestyle of receiving grace and a lifestyle of giving grace really stood out to me while reading.  I highly recommend this study!

*Thanks to the New Growth Press for the complimentary copy of this book.*

a Jonah Bible study

Image result for the gospel-centered life in the bible jonah"Jonah: grace for sinners and saints" Bible study which is part of the gospel-centered life in the Bible study series is a great Bible study for those wanting to delve deep into the book and character of Jonah. 
Jonah is someone that we grow up learning about, how he disobeyed God and was swallowed by a fish.  However, there is so much more to that story and during college and even in more recent years I have heard sermons focusing on Jonah and have heard things that I had never thought about or realized.  Working through study book had me saying that over and over again.  There are aspects of Jonah's life and story that I have not really though about much.  Also, the application of his story is eye-opening and it is a good reminder of God being in charge and the importance of us repenting when we have sinned and done wrong.  I love how this study is set up as the chapters/lessons are relatively short and very specific so that it is really delved into and addressed thoroughly.  Each lesson consists of a reading, reflection section, a discussion section and so much to think about and apply personally.  This study can be used individually or in a group setting.  Upon completing this study I felt like I learned so much thought about what other books of the Bible I may want to work through next to see what I can learn that may have not stood out to me earlier. 

*Thanks to New Growth Press for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"don't blame the mud"

Don't Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean
"Don't Blame the Mud: only Jesus makes us clean" is such a fun book that has a wonderful message!  My kids loved this book and I love the lesson that they were learning while reading it.
Max, like most boys and honestly girls as well, knows that he is supposed to keep his school clothes clean; however he cannot help himself when he is walking home from school and sees the mud.  The mud that he decided to walk through in a kind of maze.  Thinking he can sneak in and have his parents from finding out does not work as the mud leaves tracks and while Max is able to clean off some of the mud, not all of it will come out as it leaves a mark or stain.  This illustrated how the sin inside of us leaves a stain and cannot be completely cleaned by us alone, but only through Jesus cleansing our hearts after we believe on Him.
The author, Marty Machowski, does an incredible job with presenting this story and presenting the message in a way that is easily understood by children and enjoyable to read so that children want to read this book.  I love the illustrations as they are very well done and go along well with the text.  I highly recommend this book!

*Thanks to New Growth Press via Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, December 16, 2019

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls

The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is such a wonderful edition for the girl in your life.  As soon as this Bible arrived in the mail, my 11 year-old began paging through it and exclaiming over the verses that were printed in the margins and all ready to be colored.  I love that this edition has extra wide margins that provide great space for girls to color and write in.  Also, the paper is thick so that it does not leak through, that is my most favorite feature!  Being that this Bible is the NIV edition, it is easier for kids and teens to read and understand than some other editions and the pretty cover draws them to it.  I love seeing my daughter spending time coloring and learning the verses that have been made into art.  I highly recommend this Bible! 

No two verses are styled the same as you can see here!: 

 “I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review. This post is sponsored by Zondervan.”

Saturday, December 7, 2019

"Heart of a Royal" blog tour~

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About the Book

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Book: Heart Of A Royal
Author: Hannah Currie
Genre:  Young Adult/Royalty

Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?  

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this book and love that is a start of a series as I cannot wait to read more by this author and hopefully some of these characters!  Life a Royal fascinates me as it is so fairy tale like, it makes me feel like a little girl again and loving the princess movies and way of life.  
"Heart of a Royal" did not disappoint in any way.  Mackenna has lived a life of royalty, but without the title as she has lived as a companion to the princess.  However, this chapter of her life is over.  Prince Thoraben and Kenna are both amazing main characters and I loved their journeys of personal growth, and their journeys and growth in faith and trust.  This story flowed so nicely with a few twists and turns that kept me anxiously turning the pages all the way to the end.  I am looking forward to book #2 in this series!  

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About the Author

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Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at  

More from Hannah

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia. I’m one of those people who blocks out an entire day to watch a royal wedding, sighs like a hopeless romantic through cheesy princess movies, reads just about any novel I find with a crown on the front and loves a full-spread photo souvenir magazine. I may have even written a short story starring a princess for an English assignment at school. More than once. [Side note, if you’re going to write a story about a princess who is totally adorable but can’t spell, don’t use a misspelled word as the title. It takes a lot of explaining to make sure the teacher knows you did it on purpose and doesn’t mark you down for it… sorry Ninth Grade English teacher!]. The glamor draws me in, the beautiful clothes, the history and romance of it all, but it’s the expectations they have on them which hold me there. Every title comes with a million expectations, whether or not they’re realistic. We expect royals, both real and fictional, to behave in a certain way. To be honourable (assuming they’re the good guys). To care for their people and put them first. To always be there. Yes, even to be beautiful. But what happens when they’re not? When they’re shy? Fight anxiety? Hate the spotlight? Are blemished in some way? What happens when what’s best for the people isn’t what’s best for them? Or when they make a mistake? Something which, for anyone else, would be easily fixed or glossed over but for a royal, gets written into the history books forever. Purely because of their title. Kenna, the main character in Heart of a Royal, never meant to be a princess. She wasn’t born into royalty, neither did she choose it. And yet, due to circumstances far beyond her control, there she is. Living in a palace. Part of that life. Very few of us are royalty but I think we all know how heavy expectations can be and the pain of being thrust into situations beyond our control. And yet, even in those moments and seasons, just like Kenna, we have choices. They might seem small, maybe even insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they’re there. Who we put our trust in. What we do with the circumstances we’ve been given. Where we go from there. Heart of a Royal is as much my story as it is Kenna’s. No, I’m not a princess (thankfully!) but I have struggled through finding hope and purpose when life flies out of control and the expectations prove too much. And here’s what I’ve found – God is good. There is hope and God is good. I hope, through Kenna’s story, you are reminded of that too.

Blog Stops

CarpeDiem, November 28
Hebrews 12 Endurance, November 28
Hallie Reads, November 28
Emily Yager, November 29
Back Porch Reads, November 30
Mia Reads Blog, December 1
Bigreadersite , December 1
Kathleen Denly, December 2
Genesis 5020, December 2
She Lives To Read, December 2
Texas Book-aholic, December 2
Livin’ Lit, December 3
The Becca Files, December 4
Becka Jiménez , December 4
HookMeInABook, December 4
janicesbookreviews, December 4
Avid Reader Nurse, December 6
A Reader’s Brain, December 6
Moments, December 7
Remembrancy, December 8
Pause for Tales , December 8
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 10
Batya’s Bits, December 11


To celebrate her tour Hannah 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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

"Searching for Spring"

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"Searching for Spring: how God makes all things beautiful in time" is really a beautiful, eye-opening book to read and become lost in.  Christine does an incredible job with really capturing the beauty in the world, all around us, in the unexpected areas and the expected ones both.  There is a season for everything and as the seasons change, our eyes are open to the beauty in our physical environments.  However, it can be difficult to see the beauty in the midst of hard times and times that we feel beaten and defeated and overwhelmed by daily life.  This book is a nice mixture of personal stories, scripture and imagery to portray these thoughts and really help awaken a person to seeing the beauty and remembering that God has a plan and purpose in His time.  My absolute favorite chapter is the one titled God is a joy whisperer.  This really resonated with me because it is so easy to go through each day completing the daily tasks, going through life just living and not enjoying life, not seeking and finding joy. 
I think that this is a book that anyone, no matter where they are on their walk with Jesus, a new believer, one struggling to place faith and trust in God, or one whom has been a part of God's family for years, would appreciate this and find some peace and beauty within the pages.  

*Thanks to the author and JustRead Tours for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Sunday, November 17, 2019

"Marisol Spanish Rose" blog tour!

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About the Book

Book: Marisol Spanish Rose
Author: Elva Cobb Martin
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: November 8, 2019

Escaping to the New World is her only option…Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.

Marisol Valentin flees Spain after murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?

Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.

My Review:
This book is such a great start to this series and I am anxious to read book #2!  Marisol is alone, pregnant and wanted for murder; this leads her to seeking an escape and solace which leads her to a pirate.  However, he is on his own quest and yet they both may be able to help each other.  I felt like the author did a good job with setting the scene and building up the story, as it was intriguing and I wanted to keep read to find out what would happen next.  I really liked both Marisol and Ethan and found them easy to empathize with as they both have pasts they are trying to move forward from and need to heal from.  This is a great historical romance novel!   

Click here to get your copy!  

About the AuthorElva Cobb Martin

Elva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at  

More from Elva

A couple of things inspired me to write Marisol ~ Spanish Rose, in addition to my love of historical romance fiction set in the colonial/pirate era of Charles Town and the Spanish Main. I ran across a teaching of how people often let the one terrible moment of their lives define them and their future. Know anyone like this?

I envisioned a heroine in the 1700’s who let her “terrible moment”—being molested and accidentally killing the Spanish nobleman who attacks her—define her and her future destiny. My premise for this idea and novel is: Love, forgiveness, and determination can overcome the most horrifying experiences and poor choices when we invite God into the equation. Loving horses, particularly the white Lipizzaners, I named my heroine Marisol and set the attack on her father’s Andalusian Stud Farm in Cadiz, Spain in 1740. Andalusians are the Spanish horses in the ancestry of the Lipizzaners. And they can be trained to do dancing steps with a dancing maiden called the Flamenco, which my heroine can do well. Click here for a video of a flamenco dancer. Marisol’s exciting Flamenco plays a pivotal part in the novel. All this story idea needed now was an exciting, handsome Charles Town privateer—sometimes pirate—who will cross paths with my heroine when she flees Spain after killing the Spanish nobleman who molested her. Captain Ethan Becket, backslidden former Charles Town minister, has returned to the sea, grieving the loss of his wife and child.

By the time these two get together at the indentured block in Charles Town, Marisol has discovered she is with child. Thanks for stopping by! May you have an exciting, romantic adventure on the high seas with Captain Ethan and Marisol.

Blog Stops

Bigreadersite , November 15
Emily Yager, November 15
Connect in Fiction, November 16
Rebecca Tews , November 16
Moments, November 17
For Him and My Family, November 17
Genesis 5020, November 18
Betti Mace, November 20
mpbooks, November 20
Back Porch Reads, November 21
Maureen’s Musings, November 21
Pause for Tales , November 23
Batya’s Bits, November 23
Godly Book Reviews, November 25
janicesbookreviews, November 26
Texas Book-aholic, November 27
A Reader’s Brain, November 28


To celebrate her tour, Elva is giving away a vintage nautical writing journal and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

"Significant" blog tour!

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About the Book

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Book: Significant
Author: Carol McLeod
Genre:  Christian Living, Women’s Interest
Release Date: November 5, 2019

In the midst of our busy, stressful lives and the increasingly chaotic state of our world, we can lose sight of—or never really discover—our personal significance. We desire meaning and fulfillment but battle the stress and loneliness that often push their way into the forefront of life.
What makes you significant as an individual? As a woman? As a wife, mother, daughter, or friend? No matter what your age or current course in life, you can come to know your remarkable significance and eternal value. As you thirst for relief from stress and loneliness, you can build a foundation on what is divine and eternal, while also immensely practical for this life on earth. The truths God says about you as a woman are powerful and glorious!
In Significant, you will discover that you are the steward of your own self and will be challenged to embrace every season of your life. What is God calling you to do through the power of His Holy Spirit?  The days of cowering in fear, hiding behind insignificance, and wallowing in lack of opportunities are over. God is blowing doors wide open for women as never before. It is time for women to march forward in grand anticipation of all that God can do through even one woman submitted to the call of God and filled with His Spirit. So often we look for identity, purpose, and comfort in all the wrong places. We have sought lasting meaning from temporary fixes, immature voices, and cultural Band-Aids. This book is a call to women who possess a relentless desire to discover their unique purpose, to embrace their true identity, and to be comforted by irrepressible hope. Significant reminds women from every generation that identity, confidence, and purpose come from who God is—not from how we feel at any given time. How wonderful to know that we are allowed to be both God’s masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time!
You never know your true self until you know yourself in God.  

My Review:
 This is one of the best non-fiction books of the year, for so many reasons!  Not only is this book so relatable for me, and I think for so many others who may read it, but it is a strong foundation in the Bible.  Also, the chapters are short making it easy to read and work through both individually or with a small group.  Overall, this book is a beautiful reminder of the significance that I have, that each of us has, how important we are to God and that there is more than just rushing through life one stressful minute to the next.  I highly recommend this book for each and every woman to read.  

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Carol McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through Carol McLeod Ministries. She is the author of ten books, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue (Whitaker House, 2018), Joy for All Seasons (Bridge-Logos, 2016), Holy Estrogen (Harrison House, 2012), and Defiant Joy(Thomas Nelson, 2006). Carol hosts a daily podcast, A Jolt of Joy! on the Charisma Podcast Network, and a weekly podcast, The Joy of Motherhood, which is listened to by thousands of moms around the world. Her blog, Joy for the Journey (formerly A Cup of Tea with Carol), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. After her 2013 devotional 21 Days to Beat Depression had nearly 100,000 downloads in the first month, YouVersion picked it up, where it has been read over 500,000 times in five years. She also has ten other devotionals on YouVersion, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue. Carol writes a weekly column for Ministry Today and often writes for Charisma magazine. She is also a frequent guest on and has cohosted 100 Huntley Street. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heartwon a Telly Award in 2005 for excellence in religious programming. The first Women’s Chaplain at Oral Roberts University, she currently serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors. Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for over forty years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Carol and Craig are now enjoying their new titles as “Marmee and Pa” to seven captivating grandchildren! She and her husband recently moved to Oklahoma, where Craig serves as the North American Director for Global Partners, a missions organization that plants churches in remote areas of the world.  

More from Carol

Significant is the book that I have yearned to write ever since I was a young woman in college and was deeply impacted by Elisabeth Elliot’s classic work Let Me Be a Woman. That book, which Elisabeth wrote in the form of advice to her daughter, Valerie, on the brink of her marriage, taught me, in every way that mattered, how to be a woman of value and purpose. Elisabeth knew that the only way a woman could exert any lasting influence on her culture was to embrace the truths found in the Word of God.
I remember longing to have a profound influence on a generation of women the way Elisabeth did on the young women of my own generation. I aspired, even at the naive age of twenty-two, to be a voice of wisdom and purpose for the women who would come after me.
The years flew by, and soon I was a young mother who was homeschooling her brood of five creative, active children. Every school-day morning at ten, I sent the children off to read alone or to go outside to play so that I could turn on my little transistor radio and listen to Gateway to Joy, the thirty-minute program that Elisabeth Elliot hosted for many years. In that season of my life, I was smitten by her knack for calling me out of the daily routine of dishes, laundry, and little sleep to a sacred place of loving and serving the Savior. Elisabeth reminded me time after time that even the mundane can be transformed into a place of beautiful worship. Even today, I can still hear her voice saying, “Anything, if offered to God, can and will become your gateway to joy.”
Isn’t it interesting to realize that a person you have never met has the ability to change your life? As I have learned from so many people whom I have never met in person, I hope that my voice will not just be static in your world, but that you will clearly hear and take to heart the life-changing truths I present in this book. You can be assured that these truths have been gleaned by a real woman who has embraced the fulfillment and joy that comes from submitting her life to God’s abundant calling.

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To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away a copy of Significant and a $20 Starbucks gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

"The Freedom Challenge" book tour

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About the Book

Book: The Freedom Challenge
Author: Dawn Scott Damon
Genre:  Christian Living, Women’s Interest, Personal Growth, Devtional
Release Date: March 22, 2019

Be free from toxic mindsets, destructive patterns of behavior, and lies that keep you bound.  

The truth behind seven little words changed Dawn Scott Damon’s life when she heard a man from a small country church sing “I am who He says I am!” Her life was transformed as she began to believe what God’s Word says about who she is in Christ, and she started her journey out of betrayal, abandonment, and deception. 

She shares compelling truths in a sixty-day interactive Bible study that identifies and confronts eight cords that keep many believers bound. These practical and powerful biblical tools are designed to give you a new mindset, a fresh beginning, and a clear direction for a positive future. 

Take the Freedom Challenge and become an active participant in your own emotional and spiritual transformation. Through a guided, intentional, and interactive daily process of putting God’s Word into practice, the strongholds of destructive and bondage-making behavior in your life can be broken. Choose to take that first step to live free from deceptive self-talk, fear, depression, toxic mindsets, and debilitating lies, among others. 

Thought-provoking questions, journaling space, confessions, and affirmations are included to help guide you toward freedom. 

My Review:
 This is such a fantastic book!  I love the layout of the book, how the chapters are divided, that there is ample space to answer questions and journal and so much good "stuff" in here that we all need to hear.  The book is divided into three sections and the majority of the book is a part of section 2 which is tackling all the cords that bind us.  A few of these are negative emotions and deceptive self-talk.  This main section of the book is set up to be worked through over the course of 60 days with specific pages for each day.  This may seem like a long time, but it is perfect for this, as each day consists of readings, questions and a blank section to journal and this should not be rushed through and reading so much at a time as smaller, specific information can be read and really pondered upon for the day before moving onto to more or something else.  I really felt like this book resonated with me and I cam going to go back through it and really take my time reading and praying and working through the readings and questions as there are cords that bind me and need untangling in order to live a life for me how God intends.  I highly recommend this book!

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About the Author

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Dawn Scott Damon is an award-winning author, speaker, singer/songwriter, and “freedom coach.” An ordained minister with the Wesleyan Church, Dawn is the lead pastor of Tribes, a multicultural church in Rockford, MI, ministering to every generation. The founder of FreedomGirl Sisterhood conference and radio broadcast, she blogs at Dawn and her husband, Paul, have five children between them and eleven grandchildren. They live in the Rockford area. 

More from Dawn

As a little girl, I can remember singing in church with all my heart “Blessed Be the Ties That Bind.” Those ties that bind our hearts to one-another in love and to Jesus himself, are indeed blessed. But what about ties that aren’t blessed? Hi I’m Dawn and I’m super glad you stopped by today! I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. At 19 years old, I became a wife and very soon after, a mother. After years of abuse, I was also a victim of rage and bitterness. The childhood sexual trauma was over, but the abuse aftermath—anger, pain, and depression—continued to destroy me. The cords of unwanted bondage choked joy and life out of me.  Today, I live fierce and free and serve as a freedom-coach to help others do the same. I’ve been on a journey for over 25 years, seeking God’s freedom through his truth and learning how to empower others to do the same. The Freedom Challenge: 60-Days to Untie the Cords that Bind You, is the map God gave me to find my way out of bondage, and now I’m sharing it with you! I pray you will also experience God’s glorious deliverance. And now some fun facts about me: I have a wonderful husband named Paul. Together we pastor a church called Tribes—but here’s the deal, he’s the “Pastor’s Spouse,” not me. I am a grandma of 11! It’s the awesomest—a word I use to describe it! I especially like what my grandson Colton calls me…Jam’ma. I love animals—all kinds—and I’ve determined there are absolutely no germs in dog kisses. I also have to admit, I adore anything that glitters or sparkles and someday hope to have a bling store. Lastly, I love Jesus and I still sing my heart out in church!

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, November 6
Godly Book Reviews, November 7
CarpeDiem, November 8
Moments, November 9
For Him and My Family, November 10
Older & Smarter?, November 11
Empowermoms, November 12
Texas Book-aholic,  November 14
Mary Hake,  November 14
janicesbookreviews, November 15
A Reader’s Brain, November 16
Inklings and notions, November 17


To celebrate her tour, Dawn is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.