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Monday, March 18, 2019

JustRead Tours: Beauty in Flight series by Robin Patchen Blog Blitz and Giveaway

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for the Beauty In Flight series by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: Beauty in Flight (book #1)
Author: Robin Patchen
Publisher: JDO Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 22, 2019

Her beauty once opened doors, but the felony conviction now slams them shut. 

Harper Cloud used to love the gilded glamour of Las Vegas, but on the far side of prison, she sees the cracks in the veneer. These days, she keeps her head down and focuses on the elderly patients in her care. Even her new wealthy east-coast boyfriend, Derrick, can't entice her away. She's trusted men before, and look where that got her.

She tries to brush off the feeling that she's being watched. She won't allow a baseless paranoia to derail her life. But when she's followed home one night, her pursuer gets within a hair's breadth of grabbing her. She knows it's time to get away from Las Vegas.

Maybe Derrick can be trusted. Maybe his job offer—to care for his aging grandfather in Maryland—will be the second chance she needs.
But Derrick has secrets of his own, secrets that could take him down--and take Harper with him.

Can there be a second chance for someone like her?
PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


Two men were closing in. One behind, one in front. 

Her hands were trembling by the time she reached the door. She tried to slide the key into the lock. Fumbled it, and the keys clattered to the concrete. She passed the pepper spray from her left hand to her right and started to turn. A hand clamped on her upper arm, kept the pepper spray aimed at his knees.

She gasped, desperate to scream but unable to force the sound past her terror. 

“Hey!” A deep voice. A familiar voice. It came from the man on the far end of the alley. He was running their direction.

The man with his hand on her arm turned and bolted.

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

 CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website | Facebook | Twitter


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win
  • a set of all 3 books in the Beauty series (print for US winner; ebook for Int. winner)
  • $25 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 11, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 24, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

JustRead Tours Blog Tour and Giveaway: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan with JustRead Publicity Tours! We continue the Becoming Mrs. Lewis celebration on social media starting March 14.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Becoming Mrs. LewisTitle: Becoming Mrs. Lewis 
Author: Patti Callahan  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Genre: Historical Fiction  
Release Date: October 2, 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.”

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.


I have been a fan of C.S. Lewis for a long while, since my Teen years. I was really excited to be able to read this book.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis is a fictional novel but it really seems like it could be a true to life story. I was immediately drawn into the story of "Joy and Jack" and their PenPal friendship. Joy's writings to Jack would lead to a deeper story and eventually to LOVE for each. The 2 had a common interest in that they were both accomplished writers and their letters really showed that deep interest of writing. I really enjoyed reading about how their meeting each other for the first time was not by accident, but very intentional through Joy's determination. LOVE will sure make you do amazing things!

I really enjoy Historical Fiction as it takes me back in time and I also feel that I am learning something as I read. Becoming Mrs. Lewis really taught me a LOT. Patti Callahan is an AMAZING writer and really knows how to keep the readers interest at all times! GREAT BOOK!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband.  

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: website | facebook | twitter | instagram

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(2) winners will each win a hardcover release copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis. 

Be sure to check out each stop on the Blog and Takeover tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway began at midnight March 12, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 19, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca


About the Book



Book: The Watch on the Fencepost  
Author: Kay DiBianca  
Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance  

A WATCH THAT REVEALS MORE THAN JUST THE TIME . . . A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?



Mystery and Romance in one book?? YES, Please! I enjoy the Romance genre, but mix that with a bit of Mystery and Suspense and I have found a new genre of books that I enjoy.

 I really enjoyed the readers hunt for clues as I was reading this book. The characters, CeCe and Kathryn, really made the Mystery of the book even more mysterious and fun! I found this book very difficult to put down!
Kay DiBianca really has a GREAT writing style and as a Debut Author, she has a GREAT book here!!




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About the Author



Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit kaydibianca.com.

Guest post from Kay

WHY I WROTE THE WATCH ON THE FENCEPOST I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied. Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye. On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down. In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance! As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor. I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world. I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, March 4
Emily Yager, March 8
Pause for Tales, March 9
Older & Smarter?, March 14
By The Book, March 14
BigreadersiteMarch 15
The Becca Files, March 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kay is giving away a 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. https://promosimple.com/ps/dcb1/the-watch-on-the-fencepost-celebration-tour-giveaway




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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

JustRead Tours Blog Tour and Giveaway: Grace and Lavender, a Novel by Heather Norman Smith

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Grace & Lavender by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

grace and lavender Title: Grace & Lavender  
Author: Heather Norman Smith  
Publisher: Ambassador International  
Genre: Contemporary Fiction  
Release Date: March 1, 2019

Recently retired Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting.

When the ladies’ group at her church partners with the local children’s home, Colleen jumps in as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out.

Colleen’s daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn’t even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name.  

Grace & Lavender is a book for all audiences—a heart-warming story that reminds us to seek God’s purpose for our lives.  


I really enjoy Christian Fiction books and this book seemed interesting just from the description. I was so right. The book is not only interesting but packs a strong inspirational message.

 The 3 main characters: Colleen, Melody and Grace are 3 women at different stages of life, yet all seeking the same thing: Big dreams to accomplish. Colleen is retired, but wants to keep busy. Grace and Melody are trying to achieve success in soap making and being a Game Show Contestant.

 The overlaying message is that God's purpose for our lives will always overrule our desires and dreams. He may guide us down a path that we have dreamed of, but he may also detour us to a grander path!

 I was very intrigued from the beginning and found it hard to put down! EXCELLENT BOOK!!



PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Heather Norman Smith aims to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God through her writing. Along with Christian Fiction, she writes devotions and children’s books. She also enjoys writing songs and singing about Jesus.

Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and hopes to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with one husband, two daughters, one son, two cats, and two dogs. Heather loves words and does not enjoy math, except when it comes to counting blessings.  

CONNECT WITH HEATHER : website | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a print copy of Grace & Lavender (US only)

(4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Grace & Lavender (open internationally)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 11, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides by Kathy Rouser


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Title: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides  
Author: Kathy Rouser  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release date: November 1, 2018  
Publisher: Barbour  

Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters. Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser 1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.

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I jumped at the chance to read and review this book as I LOVE Lighthouses and the Michigan setting. Michigan has lots of beautiful lighthouses.

The Historical times of the book, 1883 to 1911, make the setting of the book really interesting. There are 7 Novelas in the book written by various authors.

I really enjoyed reading many different stories in one book. Each Novela was an easy read, making it easy to put down and come back to the book. Each story has the theme of women trying to find their "happily ever after". Each bride does find their happily ever after in each story, but also is strong and independent.

I would highly recommend this book for those who love Historical Fiction and for those who LOVE Lighthouses and Happily Ever Afters! GREAT BOOK!


About the Author



Kathleen Rouser is the multi-published author of the 2017 Bookvana Award winner, Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and its sequel, Secrets and Wishes. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. She longs to create characters who resonate with readers who realize their need for the touch God’s grace and hope in their everyday lives. A former homeschool instructor, mild-mannered dental assistant, and current Community Bible Study kids’ teacher, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of thirty-some years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at kathleenrouser.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathleenerouser/, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.

Guest Post from Kathy

When author Pegg Thomas approached me about writing a novella for The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides book proposal I couldn’t refuse the chance. After all, I am a lifelong resident of Michigan, which is the Great Lakes State! Plus, I had a favorite lighthouse in mind, though I briefly considered others.

 For over 20 years we have ventured “up north” for a week-long summer vacation on Lake Michigan, most of them spent in the same cottage. Since the cottage is almost 20 miles west of Mackinaw City, I’ve made the annual pilgrimage to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse since they reopened with exhibits in 2004. Part of the first floor has since been restored to the middle-class furnishings of 1910 when George Marshall and his family resided there. Two generations of Marshalls manned the lighthouse and George Marshall’s brother, Charles, was at one time the assistant lighthouse keeper.

 There is also an area of the lighthouse where they display maps, photographs and other information, chronicling the history of the lighthouse built on the Straits of Mackinac in 1892. Fresnel lenses, like those used in the tower, and interactive displays are also included. Did you know for several years, the fourth-order Fresnel lens flashed a red light? I’d always pictured a yellow light! A tour guide, dressed in period clothing, such as a U.S. Lighthouse Service uniform, will take you up the tall, winding metal staircase to enjoy the view.

 My many visits, whether they’ve included the long climb to the tower or not, have intrigued me. I’d often thought that someday I would like to write a fictional story about this lighthouse. Built with Cream City brick, in a Norman architectural style, the building reminds me of a castle. Perhaps that’s why I chose to have the lighthouse keeper hero, Cal Waterson, rescue Natalie Brooks, a lone shipwreck survivor. She is the proverbial damsel in distress. Yet, despite her amnesia she finds a new strength in her faith to face an unknown future and in a sense rescues Cal and his daughter.

 Returning to the lighthouse last year, I did climb to the tower to examine the view my characters might have had. Of course, I had to imagine what it would have been like without the Mackinac Bridge, which has joined our upper and lower peninsulas since 1957. It’s a spectacular view, where you can also see Mackinac Island, home of the famous Grand Hotel, which was already there in 1899, when my story takes place.

 Not only do lighthouses spark so many ideas of history and romance, they are so symbolic— as guiding lights—and beacons of hope to lead through treacherous waters, much like our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the true Light who leads us to the Father. Indeed, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse played a strategic part in guiding ships through the dangers of the straits. I look forward to visiting this beautiful historic landmark again and hope my readers will be drawn into an intriguing visit to the lighthouse through my story, The Last Memory.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, February 21
The Power of Words, February 21
Simple Harvest Reads, February 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Bibliophile Reviews, February 23
Just the Write Escape, February 24
Carla Loves To Read, February 24
Book by Book, February 25
EmpowerMoms, February 26
Back Porch Reads, February 27
Mary Hake, February 28
KarenSueHadleyMarch 4
Carpe Diem, March 5
BigreadersiteMarch 6

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, a sterling silver charm of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and a souvenir pictorial book of some of the Great Lakes lighthouse!!
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/db9a/the-great-lakes-lighthouse-brides-collection-celebration-tour-giveaway




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JustRead Tours Blog Blitz and Giveaway: A Most Inconvenient Love by Ruth Logan Herne

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for A Most Inconvenient Love by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Most Inconvenient Love - Front Cover Title: A Most Inconvenient Love  
Series: Prairie Brides #1  
Author: Ruth Logan Herne  
Genre: Historical/Western Romance  
Release Date: February 26, 2019

Sober businessman Seb Ward may have come from a wealthy lumber-baron family in Minnesota, but he knows that appearances can be deceiving, and that his illustrious family is pretty dysfunctional. Being in another state has provided the buffer he sought from his father’s misdeeds, but when a little boy shows up on a train… a little boy who looks enough like Seb to be his own child… Seb’s faced with a dilemma. Raise the boy as his own, or let his mother suffer the embarrassment of “a brother by another mother.” And when the boy takes a shine to the Rachel Eichas, the newly contracted school teacher, Seb can’t help but do the same.

But Rachel was raised by an unloving, business-first father and there’s no way she’s looking for those same qualities in a husband. Can she see through Seb’s focus and drive to find the loving man within?  

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

Excerpt: 
He turned to let the door swing shut softly.

Rachel was watching the boy with a look so tender and sweet that Seb’s heart stirred once more. His mother had looked at him like that, long ago. Funny, what a man remembered and what he chose to forget.

Rachel lifted her gaze again. When she met his, time paused. She didn’t drop her eyes the way proper young women did back in the city, and he’d met his share before coming west to set up shop. She studied him as if reading his features meant something.

It didn’t because no matter what she surmised, Seb Ward let few people see the tired soul within the ambitious businessman’s body. That’s the way it had always been. That’s the way it would stay.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.

She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!  

CONNECT WITH RUTHY: website | Facebook | Twitter

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 TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win
  • (1) copy of A Most Inconvenient Love
plus choice of
  • a treasure box of FUN (or)
  • $25 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 28, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 7, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law. Shipping is for US residents only though; international winner will receive digital copy of the book + egift card. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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