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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Hollywood is Not Home by AnnMarie M. Roberts





Book: Hollywood is Not Home

Author: Annmarie M. Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction – Romance

Release date: July 13, 2021

Would you trade fame for privacy?

Movie star Maggie Malone has a glamorous lifestyle with everything money can buy—except privacy. Hounded by the paparazzi and ridiculed for her faith, Maggie secretly struggles with severe anxiety and loneliness. All she desires is to be herself—southern girl by birth, ranch lover by heart.

When an anonymous benefactor invites Maggie to participate in a secret project, will her hopelessness find a new direction? Or will she become another celebrity travesty? What if she discovers Hollywood is not Home? Her faith, family, love, and future hang in the balance.

 

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I always enjoy reading books from "new to me Authors". Hollywood is Not Home by Annmarie M. Roberts is the most recent book that I have read. I have never read any of her books and was intrigued by the Synopsis of this book. 

Maggie Malone is a Movie Star and enjoys all the "perks" of being a Movie Star. The one thing she doesn't enjoy about the Movie Star status is lack of Privacy. She is constantly being followed by Paparazzi and those in the business are not fond of her Strong Faith in God. Maggie secretly desires to go back to her Southern Girl Roots and leave the Anxiety and Loneliness behind. Maggie is approached by an anonymous benefactor to work on a project that could take her away from all this. Will Maggie find contentment in life through this project? Will Maggie return to her Southern Roots and Leave Hollywood behind? 

WOW, this book really grabs the reader in from the very first chapter. I LOVE how Maggie is honest with herself about her life struggles. Maggie LOVES being an Actress, but really desires more privacy. The Author does a GREAT job at connecting the characters throughout the book and the storyline flows very nicely. All the characters of this book are great, but I of course like Maggie most of all. She is fun loving and really brings life to the book. I truly admire how she isn't afraid to speak about her Faith in an interview and in front of cameras. I really LOVE the theme of the book which is "not to conform to the world, be strong in your faith". I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean Christian romance book! FANTASTIC BOOK!   










Annmarie M. Roberts is an author, copywriter, and scriptwriter. She is a wife and mother of two. Her soul grew to love writing at a young age. In grade school, she could hardly wait to receive her first writing assignment, “What I did over summer break.” She just loved to impress her teacher with a detailed descriptive read of a summer filled with wonder and fascinating adventures, some of which were true. Writing has been her passion in one form or another ever since. “There is nothing like the power of expression through words to create a moment in time or an imaginative place to magically transport your reader,” Annmarie mused when asked about why she loves to write. When she is not working on commercial script writing, she spends time with her family and volunteers with her church in the community.

 

More from Annmarie

Fall in love with a faithfully blessed story and characters that grew from my heart and surely bound to find a place in yours!

This has been a long-time coming friend. It all started about fifteen years ago from a very old desktop computer and a rickety put-together desk that you buy in a box. In the beginning, it had highlights of Hollywood but no traces of the southern influence yet. We hadn’t moved to the south when I started my novel, so the blessings that were about to bestow upon me were still in store. Maybe it came from the handwritten letter from my new pastor in my mailbox the first day I arrived, or the first time I heard a shopping cart called “a buggy”, either way, I knew I was home when I landed in South Carolina. So much of my story is influenced by good Christian women I met in church, delicious southern food that will knock your socks off, and the abundance of faith that runs here like the rivers.

 

If you are reading this, know I appreciate you. If you read my book, I know you will feel the love, friendship, family, laughs, and tears that I belted out as I wrote it.

Find a special place like I have on the covered deck near my kitchen whereas I write now I hear the inviting sound of wind chimes tickling in the soft Southern hot-humid breeze accompanied by a greyed over cloud pending the usual afternoon downpour. Southern afternoon rains are fast and furious, but they kiss the grass and the trees and delight our eyes with forever green tapestry.

Sit in this place soon with a cool glass of fresh-made lemonade and some homemade lemon butter cookies, just like Maggie Malone would.

Alternate cookie and lemonade in one hand and my new novel, Hollywood is Not Home, in the other.

Fall in love with my characters and get to know me as a writer through them.  Share your thoughts with me about my book but never share those homemade lemon butter cookies…those are for you. You deserve them! Enjoy!


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7

Susan K. Beatty, Author, January 8 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 8

Texas Book-aholic, January 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 10

deb’s Book Review, January 11

Inklings and notions, January 12

An Author’s Take, January 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 13

Vicky Sluiter, January 14 (Author Interview)

By the Book, January 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 16 (Spotlight)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Artistic Nobody, January 20 (Author Interview)




To celebrate her tour, Annmarie is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket with various items that have inspirational sayings on them like a mug, bookmark, an autographed copy of the book, and a copy of The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall!!

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/17193/hollywood-is-not-my-home-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Live the Impossible by Jenny Smith





Book: Live the Impossible

Author: Jenny Smith

Genre: Memoir

Release date: July, 2021

Jenny Smith was a typical teenager—a gymnast and athlete who loved hair and makeup, played in a band, and was active in her church youth group.

Then one bright summer morning, a spinal cord injury left her paralyzed from the chest down and dependent on others for her most basic needs. Privacy and independence seemed like things of the past.

But Jenny refused to give up or give in to her disability, and over time she discovered that a wheelchair could take her places she’d never dared to imagine. She’s traveled multiple times to Afghanistan and Mexico for wheelchair distributions and sports camps, and even rolled the New York City runway as a model during Fashion Week.

Today, Jenny Smith is a spokesperson for independent and vibrant living with a disability. Her speeches, articles, and social media presence have touched thousands of lives.

In Live the Impossible, Smith shares what it looks like to live with paralysis, from the everyday details most people never think about, to the countless people who have impacted her life along the way. With honesty and humor, faith and fortitude, Jenny shows us how we can all live the impossible, even when life doesn’t go as planned.

 

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I really enjoy reading Memoirs, as they are really eye opening to a persons life. I recently had the opportunity to read Live the Impossible: How a Wheelchair has Taken Me Places I Never Dared to Imagine by Jenny Smith. 

Jenny Smith was a 16yr old Gymnast and a fun loving Teenager. Her life changed in a instant when on a Summer Morning a Spinal Cord injury left her paralyzed from the neck down. Jenny was now a Quadriplegic. Jenny knew that should would have to lean on others to help her with basic everyday tasks. She didn't want to lose her independence in life, even when her life now included a wheelchair for getting around. Jenny quickly discovered how her Wheelchair was her "ride" to Independence. 

WOW, this book is a tear jerker from the very first chapter. I REALLY LOVE how determined Jenny was from the very start of her accident to make sure that her life didn't stop at this point. She understood there were things like Gymnastics and Band that she wouldn't be able to participate in again, but she was determined to live a LIFE!  I LOVE how she really leans on her faith in God to help her get through the tasks of life. She has used her wheelchair to be able to "Go Places" and enjoy life. I cried a good cry while reading this book as Jenny is such an inspiration to many. I feel like I have nothing to "whine" about being an able bodied person. Jenny does so much more then many able bodied people. I LOVE how Jenny has taken her accident and become a Spokesperson for those with Disabilities and to speak out on how Independent Living is not out of reach! GREAT BOOK! 






Jenny Smith is an advocate, peer mentor, and encourager for those living with spinal cord injuries, and anyone who has faced unexpected or seemingly impossible challenges. Her popular blog and YouTube channel, Jenny Smith Rolls On, explore the practical aspects of life as a quadriplegic. She also speaks to associations and businesses, schools and universities, and faith-based groups. Jenny works full-time supporting and encouraging cross-cultural workers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she rows on the Ohio River with the Louisville Adaptive Rowing program.

You can find out more at www.jennysmithrollson.com.

 

More from Jenny

“I will never write a book.”

I can’t tell you how many times I said those words. How and why did I publish a book after saying I will never so many times?

For several years, I was writing as a side job for a medical supply company. To learn more about the craft of writing, I signed up for an online class. The instructor invited me to take her next class on writing your life story.

That’s when it happened. I felt a little tap on my shoulder and heard—or felt—the words, “It’s time.”

I groaned.

Since my spinal cord injury at the age of 16, I said never and that’s impossible innumerable times. I had said the words before traveling to Mexico and Afghanistan. As I dreamed of living independently as a quadriplegic. I’d said never to playing wheelchair tennis, rugby, and para-rowing. My words that’s impossible and never were proved wrong time and again.

So I started writing.

It turns out I’ve lived what I believed was impossible.

In July 2021, on the 32nd anniversary of my spinal cord injury, my family, friends, and community celebrated with me at the launch party for my memoir Live the Impossible.

Although the book centers on my story of becoming a quadriplegic at 16 and the trials and adventures that followed, the lessons I learned in the years to come are universal:

  • How I found my identity
  • The importance of taking a risk
  • How I became comfortable in my own body
  • Acknowledging I have little to offer and yet seeing God do things I could never imagine

We all have unexpected circumstances in life. But I believe we can all live the impossible, even when life doesn’t go as planned.


Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 18

Texas Book-aholic, January 19

An Author’s Take, January 20

Inklings and notions, January 21

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 21

deb’s Book Review, January 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 23

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

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 25 (Spotlight)

For Him and My Family, January 26

Lots of Helpers, January 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 27

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 28

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 30

Spoken from the Heart, January 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31






To celebrate her tour, Jenny 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/17c5c/live-the-impossible-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Monday, January 17, 2022

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: A Path to Forgiveness by Lisa M. James

A Path to Forgiveness JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Path to Forgiveness by Lisa M. James, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



A Path to Forgiveness
Title: A Path to Forgiveness 
Series: The Prodigal Woman #1 
Author: Lisa M. James 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: January 21, 2022 
Genre: Christian Fantasy 

Reckless. Extravagant. Wasteful. These were all words that could describe Esther. Thirteen years of careless living had left Esther and her young son destitute. When her husband disappears at night, leaving Esther with the full burden of their debt, Esther has no choice but to claim her husband is dead and enslave herself and her child to stay alive. So severely had she broken the relationships in her life, she never expected a man from her childhood to speak on her behalf and carry the weight of her debt. Yet Esther soon realizes that escaping the demons of her past would not be so easy. 

Levi had little interest in seeing Esther again. When a promise to her father leaves him honor-bound to take her as his wife, he struggles with the bitterness he holds toward her for allowing her addictions and selfishness to derail her life. Yet, he could not hide the deep desire within him to be a husband and a father, even to a woman he did not love and a child that was not his by blood. 

Discover the story of a reckless woman in A Path to Forgiveness. 


Christian Fantasy is not a genre I normally read, but I have been trying to expand my reading genres. A Path to Forgiveness by Lisa M. James is a Christian Fantasy book and I was intrigued by the "Prodigal Woman" theme of the book. 

Esther has spent the last 13 years living a "careless lifestyle". She was extravagant, wasteful and reckless. Her husband disappears  in the middle of the night, Esther and her son are left with a pile of debt. She decides she has to claim him as dead for her and son to be able to survive. Esther knows that  she has damaged so many relationships from her past due to her reckless behavior and other life situations. Esther is amazed when Levi, a childhood friend, steps up to help her and her son and pay off her debt. Levi was hurt by Esther in the past, but due to a promise made to her Father, Levi is "Honor Bound" to take Esther as his wife and to treat her son as his own. Levi Struggles with the bitterness toward Esther for her lack of caring for herself and her son and the path of destruction she was on for over 13yrs. Levi is excited about the fact of becoming a Husband and a Father to a child who is not biologically his. Will Esther be able to change her life around? Will there be a "Happily Ever After" for Levi and Esther and her son? 

I will start off saying that it took me a couple of chapters to really understand the storyline. As I began to understand the storyline, I was able to enjoy the book a little more. The 2 main characters, Esther and Levi, are a good pair. I really like Levi, he is a very commendable man and a man who Honors his word to people. He is caring and loving to all around him. Esther, she seemed like a Diva, who wanted things that were out of her reach. I like the writing style of the Author, I am just still not a fan of Christian Fantasy. A Path to Forgivness is a good story for those who enjoy Christian Fantasy and for them, I do recommend it. For me, I did enjoy it even though the genre was a bit difficult for me to follow. Good Book!  






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Lisa James

Lisa M. James is an independent author, marketer, and former Sunday School teacher. She loves writing romantic fantasy novels featuring women of color for both young adult and adult audiences to enjoy. Her fictional writing is inspired by historical fiction, fairy tales, and Christian romances. When not writing, Lisa loves chatting about her faith, Disney movies, and football while drinking chai lattes. To keep up with her latest releases, subscribe to www.lisamjames.com.

CONNECT WITH LISA: Website | Instagram | Twitter

(1) winner will receive a Peacock embroidered shoulder bag, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of A Path to Forgiveness!

A Path to Forgiveness JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 17, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on January 24, 2021. 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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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams







Book: Buried Cold Case Secrets

Author: Sami A. Abrams

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: December 28, 2021

Recovering her missing memories…

Could be the key to solving a murder…

Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?

 

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I am not normally who truly enjoys Suspense or mystery novels. Although when it is a LOVE Inspired Suspense book, I LOVE this series and will read Suspense novels by any author on this series. Buried Cold Case Secrets is by Debut author Sami A. Abrams. I LOVE reading books by debut authors, so I grabbed the chance to read this book. 

Melanie Hutton is a forensic anthropologist who wants to find her best friends remains. Melanie has had memory loss due to the traumatic kidnapping of herself and her best friend and ultimately the death of her best friend. Melanie must escape the Killer herself, as she was recently targeted. Detective Jason Cooper is assigned to protect Melanie. Jason Cooper is reluctant to help Melanie, as Jason is Melanie's Best Friends brother. He blames her for his sister's death, 15yrs after the event. There is hurt and anger amongst the 2. Can they put aside the hurt and anger to find out the secrets about what happened the Melanie's Best Friend? Will they discover that they actually don't hate one another and will there be a chance for a romance in this story? 

WOW, this book is action packed and a total page turner from page 1! I made the "mistake" of starting the book as my "Before Bed" reading and could not put it down. I was up until the wee hours of the morning and finished it before I went to sleep.  I think this is the most Fast Paced storyline I have ever read, but I truly enjoyed the Fast Pace of this book. I really like that this book is not predictable as to what happens next. I was always on the edge of my seat guessing what could happen, but the author does a great job at the twists and turns that a reader isn't able to easily predict the storyline. I must say I am very excited to read more books by Sami A. Abrams. She is off to a GREAT start as an author! FANTASTIC BOOK! 





 



Two-time Genesis winner Sami A. Abrams and her husband live in Northern California, but she’ll always be a Kansas girl at heart. She enjoys visiting her two grown children and spoiling their sweet fur babies. Most evenings, if Sami’s not watching sports, you’ll find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. She thinks a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story.
 

More from Sami

What writer doesn’t grow up reading every chance they get? That would be me.

Until my thirties, I hated to read. Then someone told me about Terri Blackstock, and I decided to give her books a try. I was hooked. I guess there’s something to finding the right genre. Romantic Suspense is it for me. Of course, that makes sense. I love CSI, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. Over the years, I have expanded my taste, but there’s just something about suspense that keeps me coming back.

A little over five years ago, I decided to start checking off some of the items on my bucket list. I learned how to rock climb and got my scuba certification, among other things. When I got to the item, writing a novel, I sat down and pounded it out. Check the box; I was done. Wrong. God had other plans and placed some amazing people in my life.

One of those plans was attending MurderCon, a conference for writers where they learn from experts about, you guessed it…murder. Actually, it’s about police procedures, crime scene analysis…the list goes on and on. One of the workshops I attended was with a forensic anthropologist, and the idea for Melanie Hutton and Buried Cold Case Secrets was born.

I loved writing Melanie’s story. She’s a fighter and refuses to let anything stand in her way, including the man, Jason Cooper, who blames her for her best friend’s death. Jason holds on to the past and his hatred toward Melanie, but he soon learns that if he puts aside his assumptions and listens, he’ll discover the truth about the day his sister died. Letting go of his anger and blame is tough for Jason, but when he does, he finds the life he’s always wanted.

I hope you enjoy reading Melanie and Jason’s story as much as I did writing it.

I’d love to hear from you. Please visit my website at samiaabrams.com and sign up for my newsletter.


Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 8

The Avid Reader, January 8

Bigreadersite, January 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 9

Bizwings Blog, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

The Sacred Line, January 10

Inklings and notions, January 11

Labor Not in Vain, January 11

Betti Mace, January 11

For Him and My Family, January 12

For the Love of Literature, January 12

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 13 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, January 13

Lights in a Dark World, January 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 14

Elly Gilbert, January 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 15

Mary Hake, January 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 16

Kayem Reads, January 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 17 (Spotlight)

Through the Fire Blogs, January 17

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 18

Britt Reads Fiction, January 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 19

Blogging With Carol, January 19

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 20

Simple Harvest Reads, January 20 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, January 21

Pause for Tales, January 21

Blossoms and Blessings, January 21




To celebrate her tour, Sami is giving away the grand prize package of a book, a coffee mug, a notebook, a pen!!

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/17198/buried-cold-case-secrets-celebration-tour-giveaway





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