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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Georgia Ann, English Rose by Elva Cobb Martin





Book: Georgia Ann, English Rose

Author: Elva Cobb Martin

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 17, 2020

Two Charles Town men love Georgia Ann Cooper—Samuel Vargas and his step-brother, Joshua Becket—but only one both attracts and infuriates her. Even though he’s a dangerous budding patriot and a privateer—or more likely pirate—Samuel fills her dreams and waking moments. When he leaves Charles Town for high sea adventure on the legendary Spice Trail, she determines to push him out of her thoughts and her graces. A task made slightly easier when she sets out on her own journey to accompany her father on one of his merchant trips to the Mediterranean.

Samuel Vargas is determined to make his own way in the world, not live in the glow of his parents’ escapades throughout Charles Town and the seas surrounding the Spanish Main. There’s no better place to earn his fortune than the Spice Trail. But the adventure becomes more than he bargained for when he stumbles across a familiar face from Charles Town in Tripoli, and he’s forced to use all his abilities to save the life of the woman he’s been trying to forget.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with Barbary pirates, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Georgia Ann and Samuel.

 

Click here to get your copy!


I really enjoy a good Romance book. Although, this book got off to a slow start
once I got a couple chapters in, I couldn't put it down. 

Georgia Ann has 2 men vying for her, Samuel Vargas and his step-brother, 
Joshua Becket. Georgia Ann knows her heart is more for Samuel Vargas, 
even though he gets on her nerves. Samuel is a Pirate and Georgia Ann
daydreams and dreams about him all the time. Samuel is determined to 
set voyage into his own world and sets out on the Spice Trail. Georgia Ann 
feels this is a good time to set him out of her mind. She sets forth on a trip 
of her own with her father. During her trip, she crosses paths with Samuel. 
Samuel saves Georgia Ann's life and the 2 realize they may have deeper
feelings that they are unable to avoid. Is God trying to bring the 2 together?
Will they trust God and follow his lead and their hearts? 

Georgia Ann, English Rose is Book 2 in the Charleston Bride series. It does read
well as a Stand Alone book. I really LOVE the Twists and Turns in this book. The 
faith and Christian aspect of this book is a encouraging read.  I have  not read the 
first book in the series, but I really want to now. Elva Cobb Martin,a new to me Author, \
really brings a story together and has a great writing style. I am a excited to read 
future books in this series! Great Romance Book! 




 





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 http://www.elvamartin.com.

 

More from Elva

Georgia Ann (& the Spice Trade) – Book 2 in my Charleston Brides Series

 

I enjoy researching material to make my novels richer and help readers learn something new while enjoying my Christian historical romances. In Georgia Ann, my hero, Samuel Vargas, sails off to make his fortune in spices we take for granted in our kitchens today. I loved doing the research about this flavorful commodity.

The Spice Islands are actually called the Maluku Islands and they lie in the Indonesian Pacific archipelago, north of Australia and south of Thailand and China.

 

The history of spices reveals a hazardous, exciting tale spread over centuries of daring, courage and greed and many countries and oceans.

 

The spice trade actually drove the world’s economy from the end of the Middle Ages well into modern times. But the economical importance of spices, recorded in the history of Kerala, referred to as “The Spice Garden of India,” goes back as far as 3000 BC which marks the beginning of the spice trade.

Wars have been fought on land and sea and nations have been made wealthy (and at least one annihilated) in the battle for control of the spice trade.

 

Nutmeg and New York

The spice trade brought great riches to Arab, Indian, Venetian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Spanish traders. It once brought death to residents of the Banda Spice Islands over a nutmeg monopoly. In 1603 the Dutch East India Company (known as VOC) ousted the Portuguese control of nutmeg on these islands.

Here’s an interesting tidbit in the history of nutmeg. The English fought the Dutch over control of this spice. England finally handed their island of Rhun over to the Dutch in exchange for a swampy island trading post in North America, an unattractive property known then as New Amsterdam; today as Manhattan Island!

 



The search for cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, cassia, in the ancient world gave rise to unbelievable tales. To satisfy the curious, to protect their market, and to discourage competitors the spice-source countries like India and Asia spread fantasy tales of danger, magic, strange animals, and snake-infested glens. Sinbad the Sailor stories grew out of this mindset.

For us in the USA, another most important fact stands out about the Spice Trade, besides it being involved in the trade for Manhattan Island. The Americas were discovered (1492) due to Spain sending Columbus to find a western route to India (from the Atlantic to the Pacific) to reap in the rewards for these valuable spices desired by all Europe.

The danger-fraught routes at that time (1400’s) from Europe were through the Mediterranean and Egypt (Alexandria) overland to the Red Sea and down the Persian Gulf, then sailing over the Indian Ocean to India, and to the Spice Islands.

 

Cloves



A native tradition of the Spice Islands was to plant a clove tree at a child’s birth, symbolically linking the child to the tree’s life.



The clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to twelve feet tall with large glossy leaves and crimson flowers in clusters that when ripe and dried become the cloves like we use in cooking.

 

Today, spices are grown in many countries other than the Spice Islands that have temperate climates.

 

The World’s Three Most Traded Spices Today

Pepper, vanilla, and ginger are spicing up lives and economies. Millions of dollars are earned in sales. Pepper is exported by Viet Nam, India, and China. Vanilla comes from mainly Madagascar, Indonesia, and Mauritius. Main exporters of ginger are China and the Netherlands.

 

And one last spicy tidbit: The United States leads the world in spice consumption and imports.

 

Hope I haven’t bored you, but I love discovering history like this and sowing bits into my novels.

Thanks for stopping by.  And remember when you use cloves again to stick in that ham, or use the powdered form in an apple pie—a lot of “stuff” happened over centuries to get this spice so readily available in your kitchen.

 

Elva Cobb Martin


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Betti Mace, November 25

Labor Not in Vain , November 25

Daysong Reflections, November 26

Artistic Nobody, November 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Connie’s History Classroom, November 28

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 29

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 2

Connect in Fiction , December 2






To celebrate her tour, Elva 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/103eb/georgia-ann-english-rose-celebration-tour-giveaway





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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: The Anne of Green Gables Devotional

The Anne of Green Gables Devotional JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Anne of Green Gables Devotional by Rachel Dodge, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



The Anne of Green Gables Devotional

Title: The Anne of Green Gables Devotional
Author: Rachel Dodge
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date:
November 1, 2020
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Devotional

Devotional Inspiration Especially for Kindred Spirits 

The Anne of Green Gables Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the theme of God’s love and faithfulness through the pages of the classic L. M. Montgomery novel, cherished by generations of readers. Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s redemptive plans for your life as His very own adopted daughter in Christ. 

This beautiful 40-day devotional includes original artwork throughout, and each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, prayers, and discussion questions perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection. It’s perfect as a personal read or gift for a bosom friend!

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I am a HUGE Fan of Anne of Green Gables, both the books and TV Series. I 
was super excited to have the chance to read this devotional. 

Rachel Dodge has taken the Anne of Green Gables book and created a
wonderful Devotional Book. The 40 Day Devotional takes a Chapter by 
Chapter look at the Anne of Green Gables book and is very encouraging. 
Each day includes an illustration, a quote from the book, the authors thoughts 
from the chapter, a personal application, a prayer and Bible verses.

I am an avid fan of devotional books, using them daily and switching up
when I finish one. I have to say the format and style of this devotional 
is one of my favorite of all time. This devotional make a WONDERFUL 
gift for Anne of Green Gables fans, especially the Tweens and Teens
in your life. I HIGHLY recommend this Devotional. 









Rachel Dodge 
Rachel Dodge is the author of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits and Praying with Jane: 31 Days through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel teaches college English; speaks at libraries, literary groups, and teas; and writes for Jane Austen’s World. A true kindred spirit at heart, she loves books, bonnets, and ballgowns. You can visit her at RachelDodge.com or on Instagram at @kindredspiritbooks. 

CONNECT WITH RACHEL:  Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram




(1) winner will receive a copy of The Anne of Green Gables Devotional with a pretty bookmark and a sticker!

The Anne of Green Gables Devotional JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 30, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2020. 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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen





Book: An Ivy Hill Christmas

Author: Julie Klassen

Genre: Christmas Historical Romance

Release Date: September, 2020

Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill’s most prominent family, hasn’t been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life–unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.

But Christmas in the country presents many surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled–and determined to have nothing to do with him.

Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, and joyous songs, change his heart . . . and hers as well?

 

Click here to get your copy!


Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors for the Historical Romance genre. 
I have been enjoying her books for over a decade. Historical Romance and 
Christmas really make a good setting for a book, so I was very excited to
read this book. 

An Ivy Hill Christmas takes us back to 1822 in a fictional town of Ivy Hill. 
Richard Brockwell is heading home for Christmas, as he doesn't want to
be "cut off" from funding from his Mom. He loves being away from family 
and living the "bachelor" life, but needs the funding from his mom. He arrives
back in town and runs into an old friend, Arabella Awdry. He realizes she has 
grown into a beautiful woman. They are both determined to only remain 
friends, as they both have things from the past that is heavy. Can they move
past friendship and into a relationship? Is that what they both really want after
they both committed to themselves to never marry?

An Ivy Hill Christmas is a GREAT read. It is a book about Second Chances, 
Forgiveness, and Family. I was in awe of the book from the very first page 
and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It is a COZY READ! 



 





Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full-time. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies, and three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and a Christian Retailing’s Best Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

More from Julie

My fascination with England began as a girl when I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre, and watched A Christmas Carol. I have now been to Great Britain several times, and my affection for the place has only grown. I love the country villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs, the narrow, winding roads (though not driving on them), the ancient churches, friendly people, plummy accents, and history. Writing fifteen novels set there has been a real pleasure.

An Ivy Hill Christmas includes all the elements of an idyllic Olde English yuletide: A charming village setting, snowfall, mistletoe, caroling, gifts for less fortunate neighbors, and festive gatherings of friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed researching 19th century Christmas traditions and weaving them into this novella.

In the story, a confirmed bachelor is determined to remain aloof from the celebrations going on around him—and from his mother’s matchmaking schemes. But divine hope, friendship, and unexpected romance change his heart…and his mind.  I love a transformation story; don’t you?

If you’ve read the TALES FROM IVY HILL series, you will enjoy returning to the village and spending time with favorite characters. But rest assured, the novella is a standalone, meaning you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other books, as these reviews attest:

“[A] standalone novella that not only beautifully captures the kindness, hope, love, and faith of Christmas but also skillfully evokes the period holiday atmosphere of Regency England.”  —Booklist

“This feel-good tale of love and redemption will delight Klassen’s fans and new readers alike.” Publishers Weekly

And if you like the novella, I think you will like the other books as well. An Ivy Hill Christmas would also make a lovely gift for a reading friend.

Finally, if you want to add a British flair to your own modern-day celebrations, buy (or make) mince tarts or Christmas pudding, place Christmas “crackers” (pull-apart gift tubes) on your table and wear the included paper crowns. Refer to Father Christmas instead of Santa; and instead of “Merry,” wish everyone a hearty, “Happy Christmas.”

Happy Christmas!

 

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 1

Blessed & Bookish, December 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 2

Mia Reads, December 2

Wishful Endings, December 3

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Through the Fire Blogs, December 3

For Him and My Family, December 3

Just Your Average reviews, December 3

She Lives To Read, December 4

Remembrancy, December 4

deb’s Book Review, December 4

Writing from the Heart Land, December 4

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 5

Quiet Workings, December 5

Blogging With Carol, December 5

Spoken from the Heart, December 5

The Christian Fiction Girl, December 6

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Connect in Fiction, December 6

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Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 9

Betti Mace, December 9

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 10

Faery Tales Are Real, December 10

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

Daysong Reflections, December 11

Bigreadersite, December 11

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 11

Splashes of Joy, December 11

Vicky Sluiter, December 12

To Everything There Is A Season, December 12

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, December 12

Blossoms and Blessings, December 12

The Write Escape, December 12

A Baker’s Perspective, December 13

Bizwings Blog, December 13

Simple Harvest Reads, December 13 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Pause for Tales, December 13




To celebrate her tour, Julie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of An Ivy Hill Christmas and the other three books in the Ivy Hill series, plus the winner’s choice of Bingley’s Tea!!

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/103f5/an-ivy-hill-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Read with Audra BlogTour: Ottoman Dominion by Terry Brennan





Diplomatic Security Service agent Brian Mullaney wants out. He's been drawn 
against his will into a dangerous international mission with world-ending implications
--and his final assignment is going to pit him directly against the terrifying, evil entity 
known only as the Turk.

But when the Turk's minions breach the US embassy in Israel and the American 
ambassador disappears, Mullaney has no choice. He must accept his role as the final 
guardian of a mysterious box, his only weapon against the powers of darkness bent on 
preventing the second coming of the Messiah, no matter who or what they annihilate to 
accomplish their goal. Can this man who's already lost so much find the strength and faith 
to save the world--and fulfill the prophecy of peace?

The final volume of the Empires of Armageddon trilogy will have fans of Joel Rosenberg, 
Ronie Kendig, and Frank Peretti on the edge of their seats up to the final page.





I am not one who normally reads Suspense Genre, but Terry Brennan is such a 
FANTASTIC writer, that I do enjoy his books. 

Brian Mullaney, a Security Service Agent, is about to embark on his final assignment.
His final assignment matches him against and evil person, Turk. Things get suspenseful
when Turk's "people" breach the US Embassy in Israel, and Mullaney must step up 
his role. He becomes guardian of a "Mysterious Box." Will Mullaney succeed at his final
assignment? 

I have been "not so patiently" awaiting this book, the 3rd in the Trilogy and I was 
not disappointed! I really enjoyed the many twists and turns in this book. Ottoman
Dominion is a good Stand Alone book, but I highly suggest reading the first 2 in 
the Trilogy. The Entire Trilogy is AMAZING! 









Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher, The Brotherhood 
Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code, the three books in The Jerusalem Prophecies series. 
His latest series is Empires of Armageddon, which includes Ishmael Covenant, Persian 
Betrayal, and Ottoman Dominion.

A Pulitzer Prize is one of the many awards Brennan accumulated during his 22-year 
newspaper career. The Pottstown (PA) Mercury won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing 
for a two-year series published while he led the team as the newspaper’s Editor.

Starting out as a sportswriter in Philadelphia, Brennan became an editor and publisher for 
newspapers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York and later moved to the corporate staff 
of Ingersoll Publications (400 newspapers in the U.S., Ireland and England) as Executive 
Editor of all U.S. newspaper titles.

In 1996, Brennan transitioned into the nonprofit sector, spending 12 years as VP Operations 
for The Bowery Mission and six years as Chief Administrative Officer for Care for the 
Homeless,  both in New York City.

Terry and his wife, Andrea, now live in Danbury, CT.










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