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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Returning to Breakers by Rachel Skatvold

 




Book:  Returning to Breakers

Author: Rachel Skatvold

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 25, 2022

Sometimes God’s “why” comes too late… and just in time.

Tiffany Hill is a master at concealing her emotions. She can’t admit she has her own questions about God—like why He allowed her Marine husband to die in action. A single mom with three children to care for and the general store on Merriweather to run leaves little time for philosophizing. She has more pressing issues to deal with. Like how her dream of running the family business has become a burden.

Is keeping the business afloat even worth the effort anymore?

After high school and an unfortunate falling out with his father, Liam Hadler left Breakers Head, determined never to look back. He failed on that one, and one of many regrets was leaving his high school sweetheart behind to chase an impossible dream.

When his mother calls after his father suffers a stroke, Liam has a tough decision to make. Will he return to a place he’s avoided for sixteen years, and is making amends with his father even possible?

A chance encounter with Tiffany after so many years never occurred to him, but memories of their time together rekindles something he thought he’d lost. What’ll it take to persuade her to give him a second chance?

This Breakers Head novel is Rachel Skatvold’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

 

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I have been enjoying the Independence Island series. Returning to Breakers by Rachel Skatvold is book 28 in the Independence Island series and Book 4 in the Breakers Head series.  The great thing about this series is that each book really reads great as a Standalone. A variety of Authors write the books and each book flows great.

Tiffany Hill is a Widowed Mom of 3 children. Her Husband, a Marine, died in action. She is trying to raise her children and run the Family Business General Store on Merriweather. She is wondering if she can continue running the business. Liam Hadler left Breakers Head right after High School and he was determined to never return. He receives a call from his mom that his Dad had a Stroke and she is requesting he return home.  Liam left Breakers Head on bad terms with his Dad. The only regret he has about leaving is that he left his High School Sweetheart behind. He decides to return home for a bit and he just happens to run into Tiffany Hill, his High School Sweetheart. He feels a connection with her still. Will Liam be able to reconcile with his father? Will there be a Second Chance Romance between Liam and Tiffany? 

I was totally engrossed in this book from the very first chapter. I really like that Tiffany is a strong woman who has the love and support of friends and family. They help take care of the kids while she works. Liam struggles with decisions and his past. I really saw growth in him as the book progresses. Tifanny had some struggles with her faith after her husband died. They both rely on God to help them through the changes in life, especially about the present and future. This is a book about Forgiveness, Second Chances, and Faith. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance books. FANTASTIC BOOK! 





Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing Christian romance and devotionals. Rachel has published over a dozen novels, including books in the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming and Brides of Pelican Rapids Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.

 

More from Rachel

Thank you for following the Returning to Breakers Celebration Tour with Celebrate Lit. Writing in the Independence Islands Series has been an incredible journey and since this is my last book in the series, it’s bitter sweet to say goodbye to these wonderful characters. Although some of them may show up in the sister series, Suamalie Islands…hint, hint, hint!

 

It has also been a joy to work with Sandra Barela, Chautona Havig, Denise Barela, and everyone else on the Celebrate Lit team. Thank you to them and the wonderful authors I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with. You all have been amazing.

 

Returning to Breakers features two sets of characters. First, Tiffany and Liam, but also, Kendall and Tyler. Along with Tiff’s story, I do hope you also enjoy the conclusion of the love story between the two main characters from my first book in the series.



In this book, we find Tiffany overwhelmed and ready for a fresh start. As a single mom of three kids and a business owner, she has to wear about every hat imaginable. She has always been an advice giver to everyone else, but now she desperately needs advice herself. Should she sell the family store? It’s one of many questions plaguing her soul. When her friends realize Tiff is floundering, they know she needs a lifeline in the form of some R&R. They arrange for her and the kids to stay at a local resort on Mimosa. Tiffany is reluctant at first but ultimately gives in, quickly realizing how much she needed to rest and reconnect with her kids. However, when an old love from the past returns to the islands, will Tiff’s relaxing vacation be swept away in the tide?

 

This book is close to my heart because it is dedicated to my oldest sister, Becky. Growing up, she was a great person to go to for spiritual advice, similar to Tiff in this book. She always has wisdom to impart and quotes Bible verses of encouragement even to this day when I need advice.

 

This book was also inspired by a verse from Philippians 4:6-7, which says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” When we go through something difficult in life, sometimes it is easy to forget to pray. However, if we leave our worries and anxieties with God, He will take them from us and in return, give us peace. This is one of the lessons Tiff learns during this story and it is also a wonderful reminder for me during trials I have been facing recently.

 

Blessings.


Texas Book-aholic, November 17

lakesidelivingsite, November 18

By the Book, November 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

Sylvan Musings, November 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 22

Blossoms and Blessings, November 22

Aryn the Libraryan, November 23

Blogging With Carol, November 24

Holly’s Book Corner, November 24

deb’s Book Review, November 25

She Lives To Read, November 26

Inklings and notions, November 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 28 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 28

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 30

Simple Harvest Reads, November 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)



To celebrate her tour, Rachel 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22acf/returning-to-breakers-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour and Giveaway: It's Christmas Again Movie





Jake Young (Lawson Touliatos) wants nothing more than to spend his Christmas vacation with his girlfriend, Abbey Walker (Leela Owen). So when Abbey volunteers for her church’s Christmas play, Jake is ready to skip Christmas this year until an unexpected turn of events lands him in a field outside Bethlehem on the
night Jesus was born. While on his journey with the shepherds to find the promised.

Messiah, Jake discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Coming this Christmas season, IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN is a modern-day musical the whole family will love!




I truly enjoyed this movie!! I have always been a mom who wanted my Boys to know the True Meaning of Christmas. Jake is a GREAT Character who learned that putting others, like his girlfriend, before Jesus can lead to a life unfulfilled.  I LOVE how Jake discovers the TRUE Meaning of Christmas is not about spending time having fun on Vacations, but Jesus is the center of Christmas. The creators of this Movie took an important message and geared it toward the kids in a fun way. Kids are very much into Musicials and Movies nowadays and this Movie really gets the message across. GREAT MOVIE and I HIGHLY recommend it to Families!! 










• Go see IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN, in theaters for one day only on November 29th!
• Moms, do you want to focus on Jesus this Christmas? Take your family to see IT’S
CHRISTMAS AGAIN on November 29th!
• IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN is a modern-day musical the whole family will love!
• One teenager’s journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas
• A film with a beautiful reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season
• A Magical Musical Adventure Through Time coming to theaters November 29 FOR ONE
NIGHT ONLY!















Many thanks to Mapelle Films for providing a sample of the product for this review.
My opinions are 100% my own.








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Friday, November 25, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Unbreakable by K.J. Rowe





Book: Unbreakable

Author: K.J. Rowe

Genre: Teen/YA

Release date: June, 2021

It is early summer in the beachside town of The Valley.

Lexi Slaydon flips her long auburn hair in an attempted display of confidence before she steps into her local church for the weekly Friday night social.

No matter how many times she attended youth nights, the butterflies always took flight within her stomach in the hours leading up to youth night.

So, when a normal day at work sees a handsome stranger move into Lexi’s path and an opportunity at church presents itself that could set her up to finally conquer her fears, Lexi feels a spark; a spark of that thing she sees so often in her best friend Hope: Confidence!

Just as Lexi begins to get a grasp of how her new reality feels, another new reality hits. She discovers too late that she is a naïve pawn in a game of conquests her new beau is playing. Rocked to the core, Lexi tries to break it off, only to find his determination intensify. A night that should have been a night to remember for one of her best friends, quickly becomes a night to remember for Lexi as she and her beau face off with potentially devastation results.

 

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I have to say I don't normally read Young Adult Fiction books, but this one looked interesting. Unbreakable by K J Rowe is the latest book that I have read. 

I will admit that it took me a couple of Chapters to really get into the book. Lexi Slaydon is the main character in the book and she takes on the duty of being a Leader for the Youth Group. She gets caught up with a new "Beau", even after being warned he might not be a good fit for her. I really like how Lexi felt the calling to be a Youth Leader, but she also was part of the bar scene with her friends. The new "beau" reveals his true character throughout the book and Lexi at first doesn't see the red flags. Brad is controlling and aggressive and doesn't like Lexi being a part of the Church. Lexi is a Strong Christian and doesn't allow Brad to deter her instead she relies on her faith to help her through this tough situation with Brad. 

Once I got about 4 chapters in I finally began to enjoy the Book. I think my Teenage Boys would enjoy this book fully. I would recommend this for the age group it is geared towards, Teenagers and Young Adults. Good Book!





Since I could hold a pencil, I’ve be writing.

In primary school, I wrote stories about my pets, my own version of princess stories, a classroom crush…

In high school, I wrote stories about horses, adventures, my sister…

However, as strong as the writing hobby was, I still pursued a career in Veterinary Nursing.

It wasn’t until God intervened and moved me out of the city and into a small country town to be a farmer’s wife, that he resurfaced the writing desire – and gave me the stories. So was born my debut series, each book holding a part of my own testimony, Casts of Silver.

It is my prayer that you enjoy the journey these stories take you on, and that they challenge, encourage and inspire you.

 

More from Karen

Hello! Im Karen, or Kazzy Wazzy to my husband. 😃

Since I could hold a pencil, I’ve been writing.

In primary school, I wrote stories about my pets, my own version of princess stories, a classroom crush… *grin*

In high-school, I wrote stories about horses, adventures, my Sister…remember that story sis? *smile*

However, as strong as the writing hobby was, I still pursued a career in Veterinary Nursing by day, and a professional Ballroom Dance teacher of an evening.

It wasn’t until God intervened, moved me out of the city at into a small country town to be a farmers wife, that He resurfaced the writing desire – and gave me the stories. So was born my debut series, each book holding a part of my own testimony, Casts of Silver.

Centred around five youth group leaders, the stories look at very real circumstances young people face without sugar coating consequences of individual actions. However, where is God when problems arise?

Well, He’s always closer than you think, and He’s always working for your good.

It is my prayer you enjoy the journey these stories take you on and that they challenge, encourage and inspire you.


An Author’s Take, November 15

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 15

Texas Book-aholic, November 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 17

Cover Lover Book Review, November 18

deb’s Book Review, November 19

Inklings and notions, November 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 25

Rebecca Tews, November 26

Blogging With Carol, November 27

Pause for Tales, November 28

For Him and My Family, November 28



To celebrate her tour, K.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/228af/unbreakable-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour: ABIDE Bible (NET)






• Check out The Abide Experience: 21 Days in John, a FREE
Video Devotion featuring Dr. Phil Collins, general editor of the Abide Bible, a
Bible is designed around five methods of Scripture Engagement that will change the
the way you read Scripture. The 21 Days in John FREE Video Devotion also provides a
free download of the book of John from the Abide Bible.

• The Abide Experience is FREE and includes 21 Video devotions delivered by email
and a full download of the book of John from The Abide Bible!

• Transform your personal Bible devotions into intimate, ongoing conversations with
God with various Scripture engagement approaches that keep Bible reading fresh
and new. “Abide in Me.” John 15:4
Do you yearn for life-giving, intimate communion with God? The Abide Bible is designed to help you experience the peace, hope, and growth that comes from encountering the voice and presence of God in Scripture. Every feature in Abide is designed to teach and develop Scripture-engagement habits that help you know the power and spiritual nourishment of abiding in Christ.

• Created in partnership with Bible Gateway and the Taylor University Center for
Scripture Engagement, The Abide Bible’s features include articles, book introductions, and practical Scripture engagement prompts based on five ways of engaging
deeply with the Bible:
• Praying Scripture: Pattern your prayers after biblical texts, personalizing the
prayer and gaining language for the thoughts and emotions you want to express.
• Picture It: Place yourself in a biblical narrative as a bystander or participant in
important events.
• Journaling: Focus and reflect on Scripture and its meaning for your life, opening yourself to God’s voice as you ponder.
• Engage Through Art: Consider a classic piece of art—photograph, sculpture,
painting—and let it deepen your meditations on scriptural truths.
• Contemplate: Follow the church’s longstanding practice of reading, meditating
on, praying, and contemplating a passage of Scripture in order to experience
God’s presence through the words of the Bible.

• Features include:
• Bible book introductions provide a concise overview of the background
and historical context of the book about to be read
• 365 Day Bible Reading Plan guiding you through the entire Bible in a year
• Line-matched, single-column Scripture text for improved readability
• Smyth-sewn binding lays flat in your hand or on your desk
• Two satin ribbon markers allows you to easily navigate and keep track of
where you were reading
• Easy-to-read 9-point NET Comfort Print 



I enjoy reading the Bible, but many times I have trouble fully studying the Scriptures. I signed up for the 21-Day Abide Experience and have been studying the Book of John via the Videos and participating in the daily comments. I have also been using the NET Abide Bible to correlate the Study. I can honestly say that I am truly grasping the Scripture in the Book of John and I am enjoying the Study. I feel the way that the Study is laid out, going through 21 Days, allows me to really dive into the study a little at a time and it helps me understand the Book of John!  I  also really like the NET Abide Bible. This was my first experience with a NET Bible, but the translation is easy to read and understand. I really LOVE that it is Leather Bound. The Layout and graphics in the Bible are beautiful. 

I HIGHLY encourage everyone to Download and Participate in the 21-Day Abide Study. See the Link Below! You will be encouraged and I am sure enjoy it as much as I am!


DOWNLOAD IS AVAILABLE HERE: Abide 21 Day Experience

































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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Why They Call it Falling by Christina Sinisi




Book: Why They Call It Falling

Author: Christina Sinisi

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: June 7, 2022

Formerly the wild child of three sisters, Emma Marano grew up to be a single mom working two jobs, estranged from her mother, and lying to her friends. She’d told everyone that her daughter’s father wanted nothing to do with his child, but in reality, her own inability to deal with her mistakes and shame led to the biggest lie of her life. But her daughter, Haley, is all Emma has in the world, so how can she regret keeping Haley to herself? Emma’s struggling, though, and her life is slowly imploding.

Right after high school, Justin Lee broke up with Emma Marano and joined the Army, leaving her and all her drama behind. Years later, he stumbles upon her and what turns out to be a daughter he never knew he had. Angry and confused, he insists on having a relationship with his daughter, but to do so, he’ll need to rebuild some sort of relationship with Emma, too. As he gets to know his daughter—and Emma again—he soon realizes that his biggest mistake was leaving her all those years ago. What he dismissed as drama turns out to be a serious mental health issue, and Emma needs help. Now, Justin has to decide if he can see past her flaws and forgive her lies, and together, they’ll have to work to reclaim their love and a faith in each other and in God, or they risk losing something precious in the process.

 

Click here to get your copy!


I am a big fan of the Contemporary Christian Romance Genre. Why They Call It Falling by Christina Sinisi is the latest book in this genre that I have read. I have enjoyed a couple of other books by Christina Sinisi so I was interested in reading her new book. 

Emma Marano is a single mom, working 2 jobs and her life is in shambles. She has always told her friends that her Daughter's father didn't want anything to do with her. Her daughter, Haley, is now older and Emma feels that maybe it is time for her to know her Dad. Justin Lee is Emma's old High School boyfriend and Haley's Dad. He enrolled in the Army right after high school and lost touch with Emma. He recently found Emma and he discovers he has a daughter he never knew about. Justin tells Emma he wants a relationship with Haley, but he also realizes that he has to repair his relationship with Emma. Justin soon realizes that he made a mistake by leaving Emma so many years ago as he sees how much LOVE he still has for her. Justin also realizes that Emma wasn't creating Drama, but instead has mental health issues. Will Justin be able to help Emma with her Mental Health Issues? Will Emma, Haley, and Justin become one happy family? 

WOW, this book captivated me from the very first chapter. Emma is a wonderful Mom to her daughter, but also knows she is missing out on having a father in life. I really appreciate how the Author tackles Mental Health Issues in this book. Justin Lee is an outstanding character in this book. I truly love how he immediately wants to step up and be a father to Haley and knows he missed out on so many years. I enjoyed reading how Justin and Emma started to put Faith in their life and relied on God to get them through some struggles as they rebuild their relationship. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Second Chance Romance books! GREAT BOOK!






A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include Christmas Confusion, Sweet Summer, and Christmas on Ocracoke. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.

 

More from Christina

In Why They Call It Falling, the hero discovers he has a daughter he didn’t know existed when he sees his ex-girlfriend in a strawberry patch at Boone Hall Plantation (here in Charleston, South Carolina). In the book, the name of the plantation had to be changed to protect the innocent, but the recipe below doesn’t.

This recipe comes from a cookbook titled, Charleston Receipts Repeats. This book has modern recipes, as well as old-fashioned ones dating back through generations. It’s a perfect accompaniment to my Charleston-based romance.

Strawberry Pie I

1 9-inch pie shell, baked and cooled

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup water

Dash salt

1 3-ounce strawberry jello (delete 1 tablespoon)

1 pint strawberries

Whipped cream

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water, and salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear.

Add strawberry jello.

Pour half of mixture into pie shell.

Arrange strawberries in jello mixture.

Pour remaining mixture over strawberries.

Refrigerate until congealed.

Serve with whipping cream.

Serves 6 to 8. Chill 3 to 4 hours.

 

Enjoy, and think of the sweet taste of summer and the enduring love of fall. Second chances are often the most delicious!


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 14

Texas Book-aholic, November 15

Inklings and notions, November 16

deb’s Book Review, November 17

By the Book, November 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 23

Stories By Gina, November 24 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, November 25

Splashes of Joy, November 26 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, November 26

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 27 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 27



To celebrate her tour, Christina is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/228ae/why-they-call-it-falling-celebration-tour-giveaway





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