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Friday, August 7, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Back to God by Tim Witte





Book:  Back to God
Author: Tim Witte
Genre:  Nonfiction
Release Date: January 27, 2020

Back to God: The Journey of Hope through a Broken World is a timeless, grace-filled message from the Bible to bring us back to God.

Sometimes we long not for escape but to find our way in the midst of the questions burning in our minds. Who can I trust? Do I have meaning? What hope do I have?

In a society where nothing is permanent, technological advances increase our sense of vulnerability, and relationships come and go, we long for one unchanging element in which we can trust and rest in wholeheartedly without fear. We long for hope. Author Tim Witte conveys just that with Back to God, offering foundational principles from the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
  • the message of unfailing hope that meets us in our broken world
  • a promise from the only one who cannot lie and who will not fail
  • a powerful word from God to bring us back to God
Back to God is neither academic nor profoundly apologetic but is a truthful, down-to-earth dialogue filled with illustrations that will resonate with readers who long for true answers from the Bible for life’s biggest problems.

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The world we live in has always been Chaotic and trying. During "trying times" is when people tend to "turn to God", but the rest of the time they seem to live in Sinful World. "Back to God" by Tim Witte is a GREAT book for those who want a enduring relationship  with God. 

Back to God is a book that helps answers the questions we have to walk a faithful walk with God. Many question the fact that who can we trust when the World we live in is so messed up and so many different answers. Tim Witte shows us that the Bible gives the answer to the Gospel and the truth is found in the Gospel. We have to turn our hearts and our minds to the Gospel for the truth. 2020 has really proven how much the World needs God. 

I really like that this book is an easy read, it isn't too "Theological". The author really is encouraging to those who are trying to find the truth and come "Back to God". I was very encouraged when reading this book, especially at a time when many are not able to meet in Church Buildings and faith is being tested. Stand Strong and come "Back to God". GREAT BOOK for all Christians and those looking for "trust" in this world. 









Writer and veteran Bible teacher Tim Witte holds a bachelor’s in Bible and Greek from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, and studied computer science at Austin Peay State University. He lives in northern Indiana with his wife of thirty years. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons. Tim enjoys teaching Bible classes at his church, woodworking, barbecuing, and spending time with family.




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If I Should Die Before I Wake

Next to a chainsaw, the most dangerous tool you could find in my hand is a rhyming dictionary. The good news is I have not touched a chainsaw for months. The bad news is I recently dusted off New Rhyming Dictionary and Poetry Handbook. My subject is prayer so maybe, with much prayer, I can do more good than harm.

A Child’s Prayer

Writing Back To God made me reflect on the people and events God used in preserving my life and leading me to faith in Christ. Though I did not have a clear understanding of the gospel as a child, my parents laid a good foundation with biblical truths about God and myself. One of my earliest memories is of my Mom stooping beside my bed and having me repeat this prayer:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
That nightly routine and the words of that little prayer helped establish a Godward orientation to my life. Not every child receives that. I learned some vital truths at a very young age:
  • I learned I could pray to God. What a concept! Many PhDs have not figured that out.
  • I learned I was not ready to go to sleep until I had said my prayers. I don’t speak of praying in that way now; it sounds more ritualistic than personal. Yet, it conveyed the priority of praying to God.
  • I learned that God could protect me, but I should not presume upon that protection. I should ask for it.
  • The third line presents the possibility of death. It would have been bizarre and borderline cruel if, night after night, my mother had said, “Now remember Timmy, you might die in your sleep. Good night!” However, prayer is serious business, and I can talk to God about the scariest stuff.
  • Additionally, I learned my eternal destiny was not to be taken for granted; it was to be a matter of prayer. Ultimately, God would decide where I ended up.
As one would expect, my prayers became more varied and improvised as I matured. For most of my adolescence, I continued a somewhat sporadic pattern of prayer at night.

Gospel-ignited Prayer

However, the time came while in the Army when I ceased to pray. I recount some of this in Back to God. My life was a sinful mess. The last thing I wanted to think about was what happens “if I should die before I wake.” For prayer to be possible one has to have hope, but I was hopeless. Prayer would only be reawakened in me when another soldier brought me God’s message of hope.
Interestingly, my evangelist started the conversation by asking, “Tim, do you know where you would go if you died tonight?” From there, he proceeded to share the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That prompted me to read the Bible, and particularly the book of Romans. I was overwhelmed by the astonishing message of God’s grace. Then the flame of prayer was reignited when I read, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Rom. 10:13). God heard my cry that day, and now I have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me and teaching me to cry, “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8:15).
So recited prayers can be powerful tools for instructing small children about themselves and God. Such prayers may help them form a daily habit of praying. However, only the gospel has power to kindle the eternal flame of prayer in our hearts.

A Responsive Prayer

You may want to take cover now as I am about to wax poetic. Understanding the role that prayers can have in teaching important theological truths and the necessity of the gospel to ignite prayer in the heart, I recently composed a responsive bedtime prayer for my daughter and son-in-law to use with their young sons. I patterned it after the prayer my mother taught me, but I filled it with gospel hope.
Child:
As I lay me down, I pray,
Thank you Jesus for this day.
By your grace forgive my sin,
Make me true and clean within.
Parent:
Holy Jesus guard your sheep,
For you died our souls to keep.
Keep us trusting in your grace,
Till we see you face to face.




Artistic Nobody, July 29 (Author Interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Author Interview)
My Devotional Thoughts, August 3 (Author Interview)
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 6 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, August 8
Blossoms and Blessings, August 9 (Author Interview)
God is Love, August 9




To celebrate his tour, Tim 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.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Irish Encounter by Hope Toler Dougherty







Book:  Irish Encounter
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Genre:  Sweet, inspirational romance
Release Date: May 7, 2015

After almost three years of living under a fog of grief, Ellen Shepherd is ready for the next chapter in her life, perhaps an adventure during a visit to Galway. Her idea of excitement consists of exploring Ireland for yarn to feature in her shop back home, but the adventure awaiting her includes an edgy stranger who disrupts her tea time, challenges her belief system, and stirs up feelings she thought she’d buried with her husband.

After years of ignoring God, nursing anger, and stifling his grief, Payne Anderson isn’t ready for the feelings a chance encounter with an enchanting stranger evokes. Though avoiding women and small talk has been his pattern, something about Ellen makes him want to seek her—and God again.

Can Ellen accept a new life different than the one she planned? Can Payne release his guilt and accept the peace he’s longed for? Can they surrender their past pain and embrace healing together or will fear and doubt ruin this second chance at happiness?

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I really enjoy Christian Romance books and this book, Irish Encounters by Hope Toler Dougherty, really fits that genre. 

Ellen Shepard is a widow and has been grieving for 3yrs. She decides she needs a change of scenery and decides to go to Ireland and shop for Yarn. She wasn't ready for the chance encounter with Payne Anderson, as she is sipping tea and enjoying the afternoon. Payne and Ellen strike up a conversation, although Payne is really rough talking to Ellen. His "rough talk" brings up feelings in Ellen that she isn't sure she was ready to unravel. Both Payne has withdrawn from God over the years, but it seems their chance encounter and what turns into a possible relationship, has them both seeking God. Payne starts to turn to God after Ellen stands firm in her beliefs. Will their encounter turn into something more? Will there be healing of past issues for both? This is a definite must read and you will see the outcome!! 

Irish Encounter is a book about Second Chances, healing and forgiveness. I really enjoy the Irish setting and the calmness of the book! 

I really enjoyed this book fully, it is a total page turner, from beginning to end!! ENJOYABLE BOOK!






Hope holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Forever Music is her fourth novel. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.

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Inspiration Behind Irish Encounter
A few years ago, I was staring at the first day of the rest of my life. My oldest daughter was set to graduate high school in less than a month. Two years later, her sister would march right behind her, followed in two years by their twin brothers.
Life as I’d known it for the preceding eighteen years was about to change enormously.
Throughout my tenure as a stay-with-my-children mom, I’d written for publications—sporadically—but I had a portfolio of articles with my byline in print.
That May afternoon, I decided to write something for Guideposts, a magazine filled with inspirational, faith-filled stories. I’d just completed “The Life of Moses” with Bible Study Fellowship, and I envisioned sharing wisdom and insight gleaned from thirty two weeks of study.
I penned What I learned from Moses on the top line of a yellow legal pad. As soon as I wrote this fascinating title, I immediately began daydreaming—about Ireland, not Moses.
In my daydream, a woman in an Irish cafĂ© scribbled in a journal. A little old man in a tweed vest approached her, introduced himself, and began talking about his late wife.  I saw the wooden buttons on his vest and the Irish cap clutched in his hands.  Suddenly another man, dressed in dusty safari clothes, appeared to the woman’s left, lounging at his table and eavesdropping on their conversation.
This scene interested me infinitely more than the Moses idea. I turned the page to a fresh sheet and wrote everything I saw and heard in that Irish coffee shop.
Irish Encounter began that day. I didn’t know it yet, but God did. I just hurried back every morning to my desk to see what happened next. Before writing, I’d recite Bible verses from the Moses study, like Exodus 3:12 “And God said, ‘I will be with you’” and Exodus 4:12 “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV)
I’d pray for guidance and help, and then I’d travel to Galway.
God led me onto this writing journey with a lot of prodding and pulling and nudges toward those interesting characters. I’m thankful every day He did, and I hope readers will enjoy the trip to Ireland with Ellen and Payne, too!


Batya’s Bits, July 28
Genesis 5020, July 30
Older & Smarter?, August 3
Betti Mace, August 6
Pause for Tales, August 8
Emily Yager, August 10




To celebrate her tour Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & 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.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Second Helpings by Linda Wood Rondeau




Book:  Second Helpings
Author: Linda Wood Rondeau
Genre:  Short, humorous contemporary women’s fiction
Release Date: April 19, 2020

Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s 45th birthday. Unhappy with her marriage of 22 years, the parenting talk show host has planned a noonday tryst with her cohost. A phone call from her college daughter, a peek into her teenaged son’s journal, a sick preschooler, a Goth daughter’s identity crisis, a middle-school son’s prank, and her husband’s inflamed suspicions, not only interfere with her hopeful birthday plans but throw her family into more chaos than a circus on steroids.

In desperate need of counsel, Jocelyn invites a Christian to dinner, her guest from her morning talk show segment. However, the evening holds little promise of calm. In the midst of bedlam, a forgotten faith rekindles causing Jocelyn to rethink her life and her marriage.

You will laugh and you will cry from the first page to the last as you journey through the day’s events and Jocelyn’s search for Second Helpings.

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Linda Wood Rondeau is a new to me author and I wasn't sure what to expect from this book from reading the synopsis. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that this book kept my interest focused throughout. 

Second Helpings is a Christian Fiction with some Humor book. Jocelyn is a Talk Show Host and her 45th Birthday is today. She is unhappy in her marriage and her household is in a state of Chaos. Even through all the Chaos and her husband suspicions that she is unhappy, she is determined to have a good Birthday. Jocelyn goes to dinner with a guest from her Talk Show who is a Christian. The conversation over dinner turns out to be one that helps Jocelyn rethink some of her feelings and brings her heart to calm over the "Chaos". 

Second Helpings tackles some real life "Family Chaos" issues including Teen Pregnancy, Possible Martial Affairs, and many more. I really like the Christian aspect, even though some parts of the book might seem to be where faith was loss. The book has a theme of Forgiveness and that even when things seem too much, God is right there with you. GREAT BOOK! 







A veteran social worker, Linda Wood Rondeau is also a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is no stranger to family bedlam. Her stories of encouragement and hope come from the heart. She resides in Hagerstown, Maryland with her husband of over forty-years. When not writing, the author enjoys the occasional round of golf. She also enjoys theater and is actively involved with her local church. Find more encouraging words in her blog, Snark and Sensibility, found on her website, www.lindarondeau.com. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.



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When I first set out to write Second Helpings, I envisioned writing a story about a harried housewife with a passel of kids. I thought of my mother who went around the house with her hands outstretched toward heaven saying, “Lord, give me strength.” Words she uttered each time we kids did something wrong, which was quite often.
And so I envisioned my own version of, Please Don’t Eat the Daises.
The movie came out in 1960 and starred Doris Day and David Niven, a comedy about a university professor who leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends. There’s an iconic scene where the harried housewife rescues her toddler who tries to climb out of the barred NYC windows. One wonders, can this marriage be saved?
As the story developed in my own addled brain, I saw a larger picture than a  madcap comedy. I asked myself, what would happen if a woman who ran a radio show about parenting found herself in a marriage about to fall apart and anticipates an affair? Since the woman, at the outset of the story is not a Christian, what might cause the affair not to happen? What driving force might be greater than her unhappiness? And why was she so unhappy in her marriage in the first place?
The answer came. However unhappy she might be, she was first and foremost a mother. Though married to a psychiatrist, she was the fixer in the family. What problems might her children face to make Jocelyn think twice about an affair? Which of  her children’s crises would be the first signal to abort her affair? The answer came.
When Jocelyn receives a phone call from her college-aged daughter, plans for a tryst suddenly change. Lisette announces she is coming home tonight. Jocelyn’s worst fears for her daughter are confirmed. Not only is Lisette pregnant, she wants to get married next month. History seems to be repeating itself. And Jocelyn does not want her daughter to make the same mistake she thought she made by marrying her baby’s father. Jocelyn sets out on an immediate campaign to convince her daughter she has other options than a hurried marriage. Jocelyn’s tryst will have to wait.
Lisette’s pregnancy revelation has set the stage for twelve hours of bedlam … all on Jocelyn’s 45th birthday. These serious situations create a comedy of misunderstanding against the backdrop of a failing marriage and begs the question, “Can her marriage be saved?”


CarpeDiem, July 21
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, July 27 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, July 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 31 (Author Interview)





To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire 7!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Piece by Piece by Laura Bradford

Piece by Piece JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Piece by Piece by Laura Bradford, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Piece by Piece Title: Piece by Piece
Author: Laura Bradford
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Christian Contemporary Amish Romance

A grieving mother learns to heal in Amish country, in this heartfelt, beautifully told novel from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Danielle Parker is a gold-medal mom—the kind who volunteers in her children’s classrooms, shuttles them between activities, throws legendary birthday parties, and has a remedy on hand for any emergency. Whatever her husband, Jeff, and their children need, Dani is there, always.

Except for one day.

On that day—the day that Dani reluctantly takes some “me time” while her mom and Jeff drive the children to the park—the unthinkable happens. The car crash leaves no survivors. Somehow, Dani gets through the funerals and visits, accepting neighbors’ sympathy and dropped-off meals. All the while, guilt and grief make her wish the accident had claimed her life too. Then a call comes from Lydia Schlabach, an Amish woman Dani befriended in childhood. In addition to condolences, Lydia offers Dani something more: a place to escape to.

In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Dani’s days take on a new rhythm, marked by the clip-clop of buggies and the bustle of chores. Lydia gives Dani space to mourn, to think, and to realize how long it’s been since she felt like a person in her own right. And with the help of friendships old and new, Dani learns about the ways life continues to surprise us—even after the deepest loss—with joy, love, and second chances. . . .

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I LOVE Amish Fiction and read it often. Piece by Piece by Laura Bradford is not the "typical" Amish Fiction book and I completely fell in love with the book right away. I was only one chapter into the book when I realized I wasn't going to put the book down until I was done reading. 

Dani Parker has a wonderful husband and 3 young kids. She is always with her family and enjoying activities together. The one day she stays home to relax and her husband and mom take the kids to the park, the unthinkable happens. Her entire family dies in a car accident. She relies on the love and support of the community to get her through the funerals. Dani life is forever changed. She is trying to get through the grief when a childhood friend, who is Amish, offers Dani the chance to come to her home for as long as she needs. Dani accepts the offer and she finds herself amidst the Amish Community where she is experiencing such love and help that she can feel the healing begin. 

I really enjoyed how the author, Laura Bradford, takes a normal everyday person and shows them another world after their world crashed before their eyes. The Amish Community was a source of comfort for a grieving mom. Laura Bradford is a new to me author, but I intend on reading more of her books. GREAT BOOK and Author! 




Laura Bradford

Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of more than 35 books and stories, including her latest novel, Piece by Piece. Her first women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, was a July 2018 Book Club Pick for Delilah of Delilah Radio and a Summer Book Club pick for Southern Lady Magazine.

Laura also pens several mystery series including; An Amish Mystery series, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. Laura enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and being an advocate for those living with multiple sclerosis. Learn more at: https://www.laurabradford.com/

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(1) winner will receive an "Escape Into a Laura Bradford book" tote & winner's choice of Portrait of a Sister or A Daughter's Truth!

Piece by Piece JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 28, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 4, 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.
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Friday, July 31, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Love's Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller





Book:  Love’s Mountain Quest
Author: Misty M Beller
Genre:  Historical romance
Release Date: June 30, 2020

After losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing–and the sheriff dead–she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping and murder, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

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Misty M. Beller has become one of my favorite authors. I have read a few of her books in the past. Love's Mountain Quest is book 2 in the Heart of Montana series. I have read the first book in the series, Hope's Highest Mountain. I must say even if you start with Book 2, you will understand the book as it is a great Stand Alone book. 

Love's Mountain Quest, brings back Joanna Watson, who was a small part of Book one and also Isaac Bowen. Isaac becomes an intergeral part in helping to find Joanna's 5yr old son when he and his babysitter are kidnapped. They face many obstacles in their search and at some points it is dangerous. Isaac wants to keep the focus on finding the Babysitter and JoAnna's 5yrs old son, but also finds himself seeing their friendship turn into something more. Isaac has some issues from his past that has him believing that he is not good enough for JoAnna. Will he be able to overcome his past and seek forgiveness for his past? Will they find JoAnna's son and Babysitter? Will the friendship turn romantic? I would say READ the book and you will not be disappointed! 

I really enjoyed the book and was very focused on reading it from the minute I picked up the book. The twists and turn kept me reading and wondering. GREAT BOOK! 




After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.



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The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!



Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.
Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.
Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

Splashes of Joy, July 30
Emily Yager, August 1
Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Genesis 5020, August 3
Betti Mace, August 5
Older & Smarter?, August 8
Mary Hake, August 8
Pause for Tales, August 9
Blessed & Bookish, August 10
Hallie Reads, August 10
Wishful Endings, August 11
Lighthouse Academy, August 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Artistic Nobody, August 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Bizwings Blog, August 12


                      


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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