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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Season on the Wind by Suzanne Woods Fisher





Book: A Season on the Wind

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Amish Fiction

Release date: October 5, 2021

Ben Zook had only two loves in his life: books and birds. In a stroke of good fortune, he’d stumbled onto a way to cobble together those two loves into a career, writing books about rare birds. He was as free as a bird–until a chase for a rare White-winged Tern takes him to the one place on earth he planned to never return: his Amish home in Stoney Ridge.

Desperate for photographs of the elusive tern, Ben hires a local field guide, Micah Weaver, and boards at Micah’s farm, planning to “bag the bird” and leave Stoney Ridge before anyone recognizes him. But he neglected to plan for Micah’s sister, Penny. One long-ago summer, Penny had introduced Ben to birding, even sharing with him a hidden eagle aerie. That eagle became his spark bird–the one that inspired his lifelong love.

Ben. He was Penny’s spark bird. That was when she knew true love. She’d always hoped Ben would come back to Stoney Ridge. Back to his Amish roots. Back to her. The only problem? Ben has absolutely no memory of Penny.

 

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Amish Fiction is my ultimate Favorite Genre to read. I have been an AVID fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher for many years. I was excited to read her latest book, A Season on the Wind. 

Ben Zook is an AVID Bird Watcher and learner of all things Birds. He is also an author. Ben Zook left the Amish life many years ago and became an Englisher. He really wants to catch a glimpse of a Rare White-winged Tern. He does something he thought he would never do, which is return to his former Amish Community of Stoney Ridge. He wants to grab some photos of the very rare bird in Stoney Ridge and leave town before the Amish Community recognizes him. Micah Weaver is a local field guide so Ben Zook hires him to help him and Ben also stays at Micah's farm while Bird Watching. Penny is Micah's sister and she recounts helping Ben find his love for birds when he was still a part of the Amish Community. Penny showed Ben an Eagle Aerie and that is what sparked his LOVE for birds. Penny believes Ben is her "spark". Penny has always had a "Crush" on Ben and had been hoping for many years that he would return to the Amish Community. Why does Ben have no memory of Penny? Will Ben and Penny have a friendship or relationship? Will Ben return to the Amish Community for good? 

Ohhhh, this book was exciting from the start! I am not one who is into Birds, but the storyline was just so intriguing. I really feel for Ben as he returns home and the memories of why he left come flooding back. I do LOVE his determination for Bird Watching and Writing about Birds. Penny is a sweet girl who really is insistent that she and Ben were meant to be together, having had a "crush" on him since she was about 10yrs old. Suzanne Woods Fisher does an AMAZING job at bringing the characters together and telling an AMAZING story. The book is one about Faith, Romance, Forgiveness, God's timing and so much more! I sensed a good Spiritual Message within the context of the book! I absolutely LOVED this book and recommend it to anyone who loves Amish Fiction and Romance! WONDERFUL BOOK! 







With over one million copies sold, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award winning author of over 30 books, ranging from novels to children’s books to non-fiction. She is a Christy Award finalist, a Carol and Selah award winner, and a two-time finalist for ECPA Book of the Year. She writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. Suzanne lives with her very big family in northern California.

 

More from Suzanne

Did You Know? 8 Facts about the Christmas Bird Count

1) The year 2021 marks the 122nd National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) which, ironically, wasn’t always about counting live birds.

2) In 1900, the first CBC was launched as an alternative to the traditional Christmas “side hunt.” This holiday tradition encouraged people to go out into the woods on Christmas Day, choose “sides” to team up with and then, in the words of Frank Chapman, “kill everything in fur or feathers that crossed their path – if they could.” The winner was the “side” with the largest pile of dead birds. (Ugh!)

3) Frank Chapman was a prominent ornithologist, conservationist, and writer/editor who published Bird Lore magazine. He led the charge to end to this senseless slaughter and invited his readers to begin a new holiday tradition of counting, rather than shooting, birds.

4) Twenty-seven people participated in 25 counts that first year (in 1900). They counted 90 species of birds.

5) The idea caught on. Big time.

6) During December and January of each year, thousands of Christmas Bird Counts take place across the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. The purpose of the CBC is a scientific census—to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action.

7) Each CBC has an established 15-mile diameter circular count area. On a pre-arranged date, registered teams go out (with an assigned volunteer observer) and count the number of birds of each species they can identify within their assigned area. Each count has a volunteer compiler who sums up all of the lists and inputs the total numbers for each species into Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count database.

8) The CBC is the longest-running citizen science project and wildlife survey in the world. In fact, the CBC is considered the gold standard in citizen science.

And you don’t have to be an experienced birdwatcher to participate in the CBC! Bird lovers of all skills are welcomed. Even me! I’m a very enthusiastic amateur.


To learn more about the Christmas Bird Count, or to find a survey near you, go to https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

 

To learn more about Suzanne and the story about the Christmas Bird Count featured in A Season on the Wind, go to www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

 



The Avid Reader, October 23

Lighthouse-Academy, October 23

She Lives To Read, October 24

lakesidelivingsite, October 24

Southern Gal Loves to Read, October 24

Artistic Nobody, October 25 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

For Him and My Family, October 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 26

CarpeDiem, October 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 26

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 27

Inklings and notions, October 27

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 28

Blogging With Carol, October 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 29

Texas Book-aholic, October 29

deb’s Book Review, October 30

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

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 1

SusanLovesBooks, November 1

Mary Hake, November 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 2

Blossoms and Blessings, November 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 3

Splashes of Joy, November 3

Pause for Tales, November 3

By The Book, November 4

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 4

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 5

Spoken from the Heart, November 5

Vicky Sluiter, November 5



To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Glimpses of the Savior by Shirley Crowder & Harriet E. Michael





 Book: Glimpses of the Savior

Author: Shirley Crowder & Harriet E. Michael

Genre: Christian Living, Devotional

Release date: September 2, 2018

Finding Jesus Among the Celebrations and Decorations 50 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. In early November, our minds turn to the upcoming holiday season and the new year. We get busy preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and all too often, we forget the real meanings of these celebrations. As Christ-followers, we can guard against this by focusing our hearts on God’s Word. Thanksgiving is a time to give God thanks; Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Savior; the New Year brings new beginnings. This devotional book contains fifty meditations to help you find Jesus among the celebrations and decorations. Begin using the book the week before Thanksgiving and it will carry you into the New Year.

 

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I LOVE this time of year, as we head into the Holiday Season. I always try to focus on the reason for the Holiday season, but I am not always successful. Glimpses of the Savior: 50 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year by Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael is a book that was written for keeping the focus on the Holidays. 

The Holidays "zoom" by quickly and many get soo busy doing "Family Fun" activities, that the meanings for the Celebrations are lost in the "busy". As the authors say "Thanksgiving is a time to give God thanks; Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Savior; the New Year brings new beginnings."  It is so easy to forget this during the Holiday season. 

I am one who is big on "Devotional Books". I never really thought of reading one like that to keep the focus on the holidays. I really like how the authors focus on the Holidays beginning in November through the New Year. The mediations are short and really directs the Reader to the fact that God is a part of our life, even during the Busy Holiday season. I was really encouraged by the book and I look forward to reading it again during the Holiday Season. I HIGHLY recommend this for anyone looking to stay focused on the Reason for the Season! 









Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She and co-author Harriet E. Michael grew up together on the mission field and have been life-long friends. Shirley is passionate about disciple-making, which is manifested in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities: biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music.

She is a biblical counselor and is commissioned by and serves on the national Advisory Team for The Addiction Connection. Several of her articles have appeared in “Paper Pulpit” in the Faith section of The Gadsden Times, and in a David C. Cook publication. She also writes articles for Life Bible Study, Woman’s Missionary Union, and TheAddictionConnection.org. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to ten books.

Shirley has spiritual children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren serving the Lord in various ministry and secular positions throughout the world.


Harriet E. Michael was born in Joinkrama, Nigeria, deep in the African jungle in the Niger River Delta, where her father served as the only missionary doctor at that station. A few years later, the mission moved the family to a larger hospital in Ogbomoso. Co-author Shirley Crowder and her family lived right across the dirt road. The two children became constant playmates. Today they continue to enjoy their lifelong friendship.

Harriet is a multi-published, award-winning writer, and speaker. She has authored or co-authored eight books (seven nonfiction and one novel), with more under contract for future release. She is also a prolific freelance writer, having penned over 200 articles, devotions, and stories. Her work has appeared in publications by Focus on the Family, David C. Cook, Lifeway, Standard Publishing, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Upper Room, Judson Press, Bethany House, and more. When not writing, she loves speaking to women’s groups and teaching writing workshops on freelance, devotional, and memoir writing.

She and her husband of over 40 years have four children and three grandchildren. When not writing, she enjoys substituting at a Christian school near her home, gardening, cooking, and traveling.

 

More from Shirley and Harriet

From Africa to America, Lifelong Friends

 March 14, many years ago …

 

Deep in the heart of the African jungle in the Niger River delta of eastern Nigeria, the first cry of a newborn baby echoed from a small jungle hospital. The baby was a gir, the third child of medical missionaries, Alice and Keith Edwards. They named their daughter Harriet after Keith’s mother.

Joinkrama is located across the Niger River in the far eastern part of Nigeria. There were no bridges when Alice and Keith set out for their new home so long ago. They crossed the river in a large passenger thatched-roof, canoe-type boat. Joinkrama lies in the small section of Nigeria that is within the tropical rain forest. And it fit the role, with monkeys swinging in the trees, parrots, canaries, and other colorful birds sitting on branches and thatched roofs of the houses, and elephants in the nearby jungle sometimes getting a little too close for comfort. And of course, there were poisonous snakes to watch out for and crocodiles in the river. Children never played on the riverbanks, and swimming was absolutely prohibited! It was in this almost magical setting that Harriet was born.

Though the little jungle hospital was equipped for surgery, and the preferred place to give birth, it was not where Alice wanted to convalesce after giving birth, so she was transported home on a stretcher carried by four men, as it was much too far to walk just after giving birth. As Alice lay on the stretcher with newborn Harriet sleeping in her arms, the villagers they passed thought she and the baby had died in childbirth, people began to weep and mourn.

Alice quickly sat up and waved and held baby Harriet up for them to see. The villagers’ weeping turned to dancing and cheering as they followed her home, dancing, and praising God.

Harriet and her family stayed in this remote part of Nigeria for a year until the other family returned from furlough. At that time, they went for another year to Oyo, Nigeria, to language school and then on to Ogbomoso in central Nigeria, where they stayed the next ten years. Keith practiced medicine at the hospital in Ogbomoso, and Alice worked with him as a nurse.

 

October 24 of the same year Harriet was born …

 

Deep in the Yoruba country of southwestern Nigeria, some 260 miles away from Joinkrama, piercing through the tropical night sounds, was heard the first cry of another baby born in a guesthouse in Ogbomoso, under the shade of a mango tree. This baby was also a girl, the fourth child of missionaries Jeannie and Ray Crowder.

Early in the morning, missionary doctors Bill Williams and Ruth Berry, the second woman to ever graduate from the Medical College of Alabama, delivered this baby girl. Single missionary nurse, Lolete Dotson, an MK from South Africa who served a total of 25 years in Nigeria, stood beside the baby’s mom, holding her hand, wiping her face with a wet cloth, and whispering encouraging words.

The family thought the fourth baby would be a second Timothy, yet Shirley Jeanne arrived instead. The Nigerians gave her the name Bamidele, which means “come home with me.” It is a name given to a child born in a place that is not his or her parent’s home. The name was given by the Nigerians to missionary babies, both male and female, who were born there. This is Harriet’s Nigerian name as well.

Several years later, the Crowders moved to Ogbomoso. Ray served as administrator of the 96-bed hospital, and Jeannie taught kindergarten and ministered to the Nigerian women with home visits and Bible studies. Harriet’s parents worked at the Ogbomoso hospital with Ray.

Harriet ended up living just up the dirt road from Shirley. They played together nearly every day and formed a friendship that remained, even after years and distance separated them.

 

Fast forward to today…

 

Who knew that these little babies would grow up and write books together? The Edwards and the Crowders stayed in contact throughout the decades. At the annual Nigeria Mission Reunion, Harriet and Shirley reconnected and discovered they both liked to write and they shared similar theological beliefs. A series of social media posts sparked the idea of writing a devotional book together. Glimpses of the Savior is the result of that idea. And here we are today still writing books together.


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 25

Inklings and notions, October 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 26

Texas Book-aholic, October 27

For Him and My Family, October 28

By the Book, October 29

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 30

Mary Hake, October 30

deb’s Book Review, October 31

She Lives To Read, November 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 1

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 3

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 5

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 7



To celebrate their tour, Shirley and Harriet are giving away the grand prize package of an eBook copy of the book and 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/126b8/glimpses-of-the-savior-celebration-tour-giveaway





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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: First Kiss at Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

First Kiss at Christmas JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for  by Lee Tobin McClain, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



first kiss at christmas

Title: First Kiss at Christmas 
Series: The Off Season #5
Author: Lee Tobin McClain
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: October 26, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

At 25 years old, preschool teacher Kayla Harris is embarrassed to admit she's never been kissed. When Tony DiNunzio and his grieving nephew show up in her classroom, she can't help being drawn to both of them. If only her insecurities-and his guilt over his sister's death-would stop standing in their way. 

As Christmas approaches, can these three come together to form a family... not just for the holidays, but forever?



A Christmas themed book is always a good read. First Kiss at Christmas: A Novel by Lee Tobin McClain is Book 5 in The Off Season series. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but they all look as interesting as this one. 

Kayla Harris is a 25yr old Early Childhood Teacher. She made herself a resolution at the beginning of the year: To be Kissed for the first time in her life by the end of the year. Tony DiNunzio has taken his nephew, Jax,  in to raise him after the Tragic murder of his Sister, the mother to his nephew. Tony and his nephew move away from the town where the tragedy happened and head to Pleasant Shores for a 3 month stay at Victory Cottage. They arrive for the "first day" of Preschool and Kayla Harris is the teacher. Tony becomes an active Volunteer in his Nephew's classroom. Kayla finds herself smitten by Tony and Jax's story really touches Kayla's heart. Both Kayla and Tony has "baggage" that is holding them back from relationships.  Will Kayla get her First Kiss before Christmas?  Can Tony and Kayla become a FOREVER couple? 

WOW, what a wonderful and heartwarming Christmas Romance! The reader is drawn into the story from the very first chapter. I really like the idea behind Victory Cottage. Victory Cottage is a place where one can stay for a time to get some help and a break from the things that are troubling them. The book is set in Pleasant Shores, which is a small town. I really felt the Small Town warmth and community throughout the book. Kayla is a sweet young woman with a "Small" goal. Tony is a very caring person and one who wants the best for his nephew. The characters have all been through a lot, but together, they are strong and loving! I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a  Christmas Romance theme! GREAT BOOK! 




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Lee Tobin McClain 

Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble. Learn more about her books at www.leetobinmcclain.com.

CONNECT WITH LEE: Website | Facebook | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a copy of the first four books in The Off Season series, a Christmas ornament, and a $10 Amazon gift card!

First Kiss at Christmas JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 26, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 2, 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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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Worthy of Redemption by Krystina Ranae Rankin

Worthy of Redemption JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Worthy of Redemption by Krystina Renae Rankin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Worthy of Redemption
Title: Worthy of Redemption 
Series: White Lake Romance #1 
Author: Krystina Renae Rankin 
Publisher: Quirky Bullpen Press 
Release Date: October 5, 2021 
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance 

Ashlynn Wilson left the small town of White Lake, Texas after tragedy struck on graduation night, taking the life of her best friend Victoria. Now, ten years later, she returns to help her parents after her father is diagnosed with cancer. When she arrives she finds herself having to face more than just memories after she discovers that the doctor treating her father is Victoria’s former boyfriend Heath Lancaster, the man Ashlynn holds responsible for her death. Even more surprising is that she is beginning to see him as a compassionate man of faith caring for her ill father; not the teenage boy who made poor decisions. 

Heath Lancaster has never really forgiven himself for his girlfriend’s death so he isn’t surprised that his former classmate hasn’t either. Now that Ashlynn is back in town, he hopes their interactions can be minimal. However, when a situation arises that she is uniquely qualified for, he realizes they are going to be spending far more time together than either one of them had planned. What’s more, he realizes he enjoys her company. As old hurts turn into friendship, and maybe even love, can Heath prove to them both that he’s a man worthy of redemption? 


I will admit the reason I was interested in reading this book is because the Book cover is absolutely beautiful. The cover in itself creates a story. Worthy of Redemption by Krystina Renae Rankin is book 1 in the White Lake Romance series. 

Ashlynn Wilson moved away from her Hometown of White Lake, Texas right after graduation 10yrs ago. She recently moved back as her Dad is going to through Cancer Treatments. She is flooded with memories of her best friend Victoria, who died 10yrs ago on Graduation Night. Ashlyn escorts her Dad to the Dr. and discovers the Dr. is Dr. Heath Lancaster, the former boyfriend of her friend Victoria. Ashlyn blames Heath for her friends death. The one thing that Ashlyn is noticing is that Heath seems to be more caring and has grown in faith since his days of teenage mistakes. Heath Lancaster loves his job as a Dr., but he still has Victoria on his mind all the time. He wants to keep contact with Ashlyn at a minimal, although that doesn't last very long. Heath and Ashlyn begin spending quite a bit time together when she a situation arises and Ashlyn takes on. The pair realize that they actually have feelings for one another. Will they be able to leave the past in the past and look to the future? 

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I really thought that is was going to be a "predictable love story", but it was far from that. I really like how Heath and Ashlyn were able to communicate to one another and there was forgiveness and love. Ashlyn could have harbored her resentment toward Heath, but instead she saw his sincere Faith and hard work. Heath is such a strong character and I REALLY like his character in this book. I am very excited for new releases in this series, I want to read them all! FANTASTIC BOOK! 






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Krystina Rankin

Krystina Renae Rankin is an author who writes about love, friendship, and what it looks like to walk with God daily. She is also passionate about Christian friendship, spiritual family, and the special needs community. She is an optician by trade and honestly couldn’t tell you how many pairs of glasses she owns. When she is not writing or working her day job, you can probably find her reading, watching baseball, or hanging out with family and friends.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Worthy of Redemption, White Lake candle by From the Page, and Heath candy bar!

Worthy of Redemption 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 October 28, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 25, 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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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