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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Sprinkle in Time by Dana Mentink





 

Book: A Sprinkle in Time

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Cozy mystery (general market)

Release date: May 24, 2022

It’s Alpenfest in Upper Sprocket! Yodelers are congregating in the square, tourists flocking to the town, and Trinidad Jones is scooping up some fall flavors at her Shimmy and Shake Shop.

The cherry on the sundae is her upcoming feature in Go West magazine. She’s determined to serve up the perfect interview, but it won’t be easy, thanks in part to her meddling Cuban grandfather Papa Luis who has decided to make Sprocket his home for the foreseeable future. Papa Luis has set himself up as a taxi driver in his classic 1951 Buick.

But things take a turn when Papa Luis tells her he’s found a corpse in his trunk. Upon closer investigation, they realize the body has disappeared. With the assistance of Juliette and Bonnie (her sisterhood of exes) and the way too handsome nut farmer Quinn Logan, Trinidad must solve the mystery of the disappearing corpse, before her father is up to his neck in a murderous mess.

 

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Dana Mentink has become one of my favorite authors. I have read quite a few of her books. Sprinkle in Time is Book 2 in her newest series, Ice Cream Shop Mystery.

This book takes us back to the town of Sprocket and Trinidad Jones Ice Cream Shop. Alpenfest is happening in the Upper Sprocket and the Ice Cream Shop, Shimmy, and Shake Shop, is busy serving Ice Cream to all those in attendance at the Fest. Trinidad is very excited about an upcoming interview with a Journalist from Go West magazine. The Magazine wants to do a Feature story about Trinidad. She is worried that her Grandfather, Papa Luis, will interrupt the interview and it won't go smoothly. Papa Luis had decided to stay in Sprocket until further notice and started a Taxi Service with his Classic 1951 Vehicle. Trinidad gets worried for Papa Luis when he tells her he found a corpse in the trunk of his vehicle. They check the Trunk again, only to find the corpse is no longer there. Trinidad calls upon her friends Juliette and Bonnie and also Quinn Logan to help her solve the Mystery of the Missing Corpse. Will the team solve the Mystery? Will the Interview with the Magazine go well? 

I was hooked from the very first page. The Characters of this book are "family" more then friends. Papa Luis is a GREAT addition to the Character lineup in this series.  The "Small Town" neighborly theme of the book is so wonderful.  Trinidad is so curious as to the corpse and making sure Papa isn't going to be in trouble for anything. The fact that Juliette and Bonnie, the exes of Trinidad's ex-husband are there to help her solve this, along with Quinn, is so amazing.  I thought I knew the outcome of the book, but I was quite surprised at how the book ended(a good surprise). The author does a GREAT job at keeping the plot "thick" until the Mystery is solved. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more in this series! COZY book and GREAT BOOK!




Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

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Who wouldn’t want to visit Upper Sprocket? Sure there’s the odd corpse that turns up, but it’s a charming place, complete with a rail riders excursion business and the Shimmy and Shake Shop, run by the determined Trinidad Jones. It’s fall in Sprocket and the locals are hosting a series of Alpenfest events with everything from yodeling performances to sausage cook offs. Papa Luis, Trinidad’s grandfather is happy to shuttle people around in his classic Chevy Bel Air until a body turns up in his truck. But other than that, Sprocket is an idyllic place with a newly opened train car inn operated by Bonnie, one of three women who were married at various times to the same rapscallion of a man. Oh, and then there’s Noodles, Trinidad’s senior Labrador retriever who has learned how to operate the windshield wipers which comes in handy as stormy weather approaches. Trinidad, Papa, Bonnie and Noodles along with other Sprocket residents are going to have their hands full as Alpenfest kicks off and gruesome items begin to pop up around town. Come along on the adventure as Trinidad wades knee deep into the sticky mess.

Railriding research with my sister!


Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 21

The Write Escape, May 21

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 22

She Lives To Read, May 22

Daysong Reflections, May 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 23

Texas Book-aholic, May 24

Pause for Tales, May 24

Inklings and notions, May 25

Blossoms and Blessings, May 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 26

For Him and My Family, May 26

deb’s Book Review, May 27

Blogging With Carol, May 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 28

Christina’s Corner, May 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 29

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 30

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

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 31

Labor Not in Vain, May 31

Bigreadersite, June 1

Vicky Sluiter, June 1

Genesis 5020, June 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 2

Lighthouse-Academy, June 3

A Good Book and cup of Tea, June 3



To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed book!!

(If the winner is outside the U.S., then he or she will receive an eBook.)

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/1df1a/a-sprinkle-in-time-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Presence – The Story of Adel by Lana Wetzel





 

Book: Presence-The Story of Adel

Author: Lana Wetzel

Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Religious Romance

Release date: April 27, 2021

Adel Davis knows something has to change. Living with her parents after her husband left isn’t working out, especially where her son Noah is concerned. Ever since he arrived eight months earlier, Adel has been longing for space and independence. She longs for the family that God has written on her heart.

When Adel learns that she has inherited her grandparents’ old apple orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, she knows exactly what she wants to do. She and Noah leave her parents’ home in San Francisco to discover a new life at Sweet Valley Farms.

What will she find when she gets there? Will living alone on a rural apple farm be more than Adel can bear? What about the attention she begins to receive from a few local men? As Adel learns what it means to run the orchard, she also discovers what it means to have a people, a place, and a home. A girl can start a new life; she just can’t do it alone.

 

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I really enjoy a good Christian Romance book. I also enjoy reading books by Debut Authors. Presence: The Story of Adel by Lana Wetzel fits both of those categories. I was honored to read this book recently. 

Adel Davis is a single mom to her 8-month-old son Noah. They have been living with her parents since her husband left them. She is longing for her own space and independence. Her ultimate desire is to find someone who will love both her and Noah. She is very excited to learn that she has inherited her Grandparents Apple Orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. She immediately packs up to leave San Francisco and she and Noah head to Sweet Valley Farms in Georgia to begin a new chapter in life. Adel begins to settle into Farm Life and she discovers that she really enjoys it. She is also loving being a part of a small community. The only thing she still longs for is for someone to share life with and that will LOVE her and Noah. Will Adel find the man that she has been longing for? Will he be a farmer or a local from town? 

I truly enjoyed this story. It did start out a bit slow and I didn't really get the storyline until Chapter 2, but once I did, I didn't stop reading. Adel is a strong woman who wants nothing more then to be independent and to find someone to live life with. I really enjoyed how she really focused on her own Growth, both for life and Spiritually, to be able to take care of her and Noah. The "city girl" really enjoyed the Farm. Her memories of growing up on the Farm with her Grandparents were very precious. The book focused on Adel becoming a mature young woman and I think the lessons learned from this storyline are important for today's young women. GREAT BOOK! 







As a writer of inspirational fiction and singer/songwriter, Lana offers a unique gift in service to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Characterized by her experiences growing up in rural Northeast Georgia and now as a wife and homeschool mother of four, her works reflect an honesty and a gentle natural beauty that is often missed and sorely needed in a culture saturated with transient entertainment and consumerism. Whether making meals, lesson plans, story arcs, or song lyrics, Lana is listening for the still quiet Voice to draw her nearer to where even messiness and failure can become a redeemed work of art.

 

More from Lana

When the pace of life is set at break-neck speed and the pressure is on to sacrifice self and family for the sake of achievement, I find joy in writing stories that show a hint of something else: something simpler, something slower. A world where people stop and get to know one another (and themselves). A world where people literally “stop to smell the roses”. Where they hear the birds sing and notice the flowers bloom in the springtime. A world where family and friends and place matter. Where traditions yield comfort and joy. Where home means more than just a house you return to at the end of a long day. Where delight and wonder can be found in the commonplace of everyday life. Where friendships flourish and love blossoms. A place where life happens, and it’s never boring!

 

In “Presence – The Story of Adel”, Doris Jones takes Adel under her wing and teaches her about life. One of the special memories they share is making blueberry muffins together. Here’s the recipe:

 

Doris’ Blueberry Muffins:

 

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup milk

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 Tbsp. sugar (for sprinkling on top)

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gently blend in the milk. In a separate bowl: mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add blueberries and stir only until well dusted. Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture with a spoon and place into muffin cups or a well-greased muffin tin. Bake 10 minutes then sprinkle extra sugar over the tops. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 15

Texas Book-aholic, May 16

Inklings and notions, May 17

lakesidelivingsite, May 18

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 19

Pause for Tales, May 20

For Him and My Family, May 20

deb’s Book Review, May 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 26

Guild Master, May 27 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, May 27


To celebrate her tour, Lana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 amazon gift card with a hard 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/1db4e/presence-the-story-of-adel-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Knowing and Following by Jeannine Bennett





Book: Knowing and Following

Author: Jeannine Bennett

Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Women’s Bible Study Format

Release date: December 12, 2021

What do you do when you realize God is love? Do you remain stuck in a life of bondage, or do you follow His ways to live a life of freedom?

Imagine how easy life would be if everything happened by chance simply to give each of us our heart’s desires. It sounds pretty amazing until you realize not all individuals have the same innocent aspirations as we might. Some individuals would inevitably rise to the top while others would fall to the bottom forever, stuck in the rut of life. Chaos would flourish. It actually sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?

In Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom, the third and final book in the God’s Way series, Jeannine Bennett shares a better option: recognizing that we have a mighty God who does not do anything by chance. There is freedom in knowing that we do not have to wait around, hoping good things will happen for us. In this book, Jeannine shares more about our Creator to help you grow in your knowledge of Him and what He does. God is love, and freedom comes from knowing Him and following His ways.

 

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Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom by Dr. Jeannie Bennett is the 3rd and Final book in this Devotional Series. I have been blessed to be able to read the Entire Series. 


As one dedicates themselves to living a Christian Life, and many times new Christians and those who have been a Christian for a while, struggle with Following God completely.  It isn't always easy to leave our past life behind and "Run to God" and follow him. Jeannine Bennett has written a wonderful Devotional Book that shows us how to get to know God Better and Fully and to be able to Trust and Follow Him fully.  Knowing and Living is a Short book with 15 Chapters. The book is also in 2 sections. The first part of the book is about Getting to Know God Better and the Second Part of the Book is about Following Him. Jeannie begins each chapter with a personal experience or testimony. After reading the Personal Experience, there are Scriptures references and a few questions to ponder. The End of the book has a listing of the Scriptures mentioned throughout. 

I truly enjoyed this Devotional Book. The layout and writing style makes it very easy to read and understand.  The one thing that really stuck with me is when Jeannie talks about having FREEDOM when we give our Whole Heart to God and FOLLOW Him fully. My personal Christian Walk took a lot for me to follow God and follow him with my Whole Heart. The "burdens lifted" when one does this is a GREAT Feeling, one that Jeannine describes as FREEDOM. Ohhh, she is soo right! There is truly FREEDOM when one follows God Fully! I think this would make a GREAT Bible Study book to study with a group of Women. I HIGHLY Recommended this book and the series! ENCOURAGING Devotional! 








Jeannine Bennett is wife to Hayden, mom to four children, and grandmother to eight grandchildren. Her children are Sandra, Brittany, Camryn, and Zachary. Her grandchildren are Colin, Lilyana, Cooper, Willow, Savannah, Winter, Hope, and Everest. She is the founder and CEO of Vision to Purpose, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for Liberty University Online, and an executive coach for The Honor Foundation.

To those who know Jeannine, she is simply a woman who loves Jesus, is devoted to her family, and struggles with life’s challenges like the rest of us. She is not immune to bad hair days, weight gain, or sleepless nights. She loves learning and sharing her acquired knowledge to help others learn, too. Her favorite ice cream is a toss-up between butter pecan and mint chocolate chip. And although she has lived in Virginia for more than thirty years, she still calls a water fountain a bubbler – a term she grew up saying in her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin.

 

More from Jeannine

I wrote Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom to close out the God’s Way Series. My intent was to share more about God our Creator, to help people grow in their knowledge of Him and what He does for them so that they can live a fulfilled life of freedom in following Him.

A pattern unfolded in the first two books in the series, Broken to Beautiful: Brokenness is Not the End of Your Story and Blessed and Transformed: Living the Life God Intended. In Broken to Beautiful, I shared my testimony of brokenness—lots of brokenness. I then purposefully conveyed the blessings that resulted when I finally embraced God.

The second book, Blessed and Transformed, further detailed those blessings in my life. It was exciting to realize that God does not have a one-and-done mindset regarding blessings. Instead, He continues to bless us beyond what we could ever imagine. I felt it was essential to testify that a relationship with God transforms us. Through our transformation we begin to appreciate just how loved we are by Him, and we start to live the life He intended for us.

Finally, in Knowing and Following, I focus on the freedom God gives us. We solidify our knowledge that the God of the universe is love. There is no one more intelligent, powerful, or present. His ways are beyond our ways. Yet, despite His greatness, He loves us and gives us the power to overcome the obstacles of this world that keep us stuck in a life of bondage. With spiritual perseverance, He helps us finish the race of our earthly life well. In knowing Him, we are drawn to our calling to live a meaningful life of service.

In following His ways, we begin to understand why it is better to embrace His will over ours, use good judgment, lift others up, and not concern ourselves with the fears of this world. Instead, we can choose to lead with humble hearts, connect with and care for others, and embrace the importance and power of forgiveness.

It is my absolute honor to share God’s Word with you in this final book of the series. I pray that you will be blessed by what you find.

In Christ,

Jeannine


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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 12

Inklings and notions, May 13

Texas Book-aholic, May 14

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, May 15 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, May 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 17

deb’s Book Review, May 18

Through the Fire Blogs, May 19 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 20

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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 22

Simple Harvest Reads, May 23 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 24

Lights in a Dark World, May 25



To celebrate her tour, Jeannine 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/1db4c/knowing-and-following-celebration-tour-giveaway





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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer

Second Chance at Happiness JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Second Chance at Happiness

Title: Second Chance at Happiness 
Author: Greta Picklesimer
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

After Catherine Reed’s husband dies in a tragic logging accident, Catherine and her four-year-old daughter, Clair, move home with Clair’s mother and brother in order to accept a new position as the teacher for the town’s one-room schoolhouse. But Catherine carries a dark secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother. Will she ever find forgiveness? 

Samuel Harris has suffered his own loss, losing his wife and unborn child over a year prior. Although he is the town’s preacher, he struggles to trust God, blaming God for allowing him to be absent when his wife died. The guilt has burdened him ever since. But when his old flame Catherine Reed comes back to town, he wonders if they can find healing together. 

Catherine believes that anyone who wants to learn should be allowed to learn, but she is quick to find a town divided on that issue. As she and Samuel set out to change people’s minds in a post-Civil War era, they find themselves drawn to each other over and over again. As they join together for the same cause, could they also find a second chance at happiness?


I enjoy reading Christian Historical Fiction and books by new authors. Second Chance at Happiness by Greta Picklesimer fits into both of the categories. I was excited to read this book based on the Synopsis.

Catherine Reed moves back to her hometown with her 4yr old daughter, Clair, after the tragic death of her husband. They will live with her Mother and Brother in the house she grew up in. Catherine is applying for the Teacher position at the One Room Schoolhouse. She has an encounter with Samuel Harris as soon as she and her daughter disembark the Train as they reach town. Samuel Harris lost his wife and unborn child a year earlier and he is also a grieving widow. Samuel is the Preacher for the Town and has been in a faith struggle since his wife's death. Catherine and Samuel had a relationship in the past and seeing Catherine gives Samuel hope that they can rekindle that and help each other through their grief. Both Catherine and Samuel have secrets that they are hiding and could be a hinder to the rekindling of a relationship. Catherine discovers that the townspeople have a very different view on Education then Samuel and Catherine do. They embark on a journey to help the townspeople understand Education values and philosophy in this post-Civil War era. Samuel and Catherine find themselves falling in love again as they spend more and more time together on their mission of Education. Will Catherine and Samuel be able to reveal their secrets to one another and their family? Will there be forgiveness for these "Sinful" secrets? Will Catherine and Samuel have a Second Chance Romance?

WOW, this story was a whirlwind book with a lot going on. I enjoyed this book from the very beginning and could not stop until I was finished. The Setting of being Post-Cival War Era is a time in History that I LOVE and appreciate so that setting intrigued me! Catherine and Samuel both had healing to do and secrets to reveal, but they seemed to be able to pick up where they left off. I appreciate that the author didn't rush them into a relationship, but allowed them to go slow and learn to trust one another. Truly a great book about "Second Chance Romance". I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian Historical Fiction! FANTASTIC BOOK!



 

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Greta Picklesimer 

Greta Picklesimer is Michigan-born and raised by Kentucky-transplanted parents. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of five—a happy day in her memory. Besides writing, Greta spends time working on her art journal, painting with watercolors and oil pastels. She is owned by one rescue cat by the name of Pearlie Blue who was named after her father's favorite Bluegrass song. By day Greta works as an office assistant. By night, she writes.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Second Chance at Happiness and a spiral-bound notebook with a picture of the cover of the book on it!

Second Chance at Happiness JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 24, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022. 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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