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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Texas Tears by Caryl McAdoo








Book: Texas Tears
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2019

Just like Mexico and the U.S. wanted the Republic of Texas; best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man. Who will Texas choose? Who will the man? Will Eberhart de Priest, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Can a Christian find happiness with a non-believer? Only the Lord knows the future, but He does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in Him.


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Caryl McAdoo has become one of my favorite authors EVER! I have read several of her books and each one has it's own set of surprises and twists and Texas Tears did not disappoint.

I have to say right away, that I had to reread the First Chapter a couple of times before I really got it. I then dove right into the book and it was full speed ahead with reading it. I really enjoyed the characters of this book. Charity and Arlene are 2 friends who are vying to win the heart of the same man, Eberhart, "Hart" for short. Continue reading as the story gets really interesting when Landry enters the picture and now there are 2 girls and 2 guys. Some of the characters are a little immature and may not be ready for relationships. With Wisdom from parents, the characters grow! Who will get who? Will there be friendships or Romance? Grab a copy of this book to find out what happens!

I LOVE how Caryl McAdoo incorporates Biblical faith in her stories. She is a GREAT writer and all her books show just how great she is! I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end! Texas Tears is Book 3 in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga and Collection 2 in the Thanksgiving Books and Blessings. FANTASTIC BOOK!! A must read!


Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory—what she lives to do. Her award-winning, best-selling novels enjoy a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings from Christian readers around the world. With forty-five titles, it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. ‘Golden husband Ron shares four children and eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.  

More from Caryl

TEXAS TEARS includes the vote to enter the Union or remain a Republic in 1845. Though it ended in an overwhelming approval to become a state, believe you me, tears fell all over Texas and have been falling since for some. As a semi-closet secessionist, it wouldn’t bother me if the Texas Legislature voted tomorrow to become the Second Republic of Texas! There are plenty of true radicals living today in the Lone Star State who work diligently daily toward that end!   Anyway, tears also fell in the new Texas community where the four families first met in GONE TO TEXAS—the O’Neals, Van Zandts, Worleys, and Harrells—have been settling in five years. One of their own, Thomas Baldwin (introduced in book two, TEXAS MY TEXAS) represented them in the Texas Congress, going to Washington on the Brazos to vote! Not all the tears that fell in that growing community were over the vote, but rather a man who came riding in on a magnificent black stallion. Eberhart de Vecchi was tall, handsome, and a perfect Prince Charming who swept the two young coming-of-age women there right off their high-topped shoes! Friends their whole lives, the older, Charity O’Neal, claimed him right off, but Arlene Van Zandt the younger—only by six months and three days—who’s always given in before isn’t ready to acquiesce so quickly in this instance, smitten as she is.   And so, thar’s trouble in them thar hills! To thicken the sludge, enters the hard-working Landry Humble, Monroe’s (also introduced in book two TEXAS MY TEXAS) nephew. This young man, able to pick more than twice his weight in cotton in a day, knows immediately which lovely he wants. My, my, my . . . the tears do fall in Texas, and not everyone can have a happy ending. Or can they?


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D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 17
Moments With Mercy, September 18
KarenSueHadley, September 22
Texas Book-aholic, September 25
janicesbookreviews, September 26
Emily Yager, September 27
A Reader’s Brain, September 28
Inklings and notions, September 29





To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hagar by SHADIA HRICHI



Book: Hagar
Author: Shadia Hrichi
Genre: Religion / Bible Study
Release Date: October 10, 2017

You are ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God Who Sees Me.

”Deep and packed with surprising insights!” Francine Rivers   Click here to grab your copy. 

I was intrigued when I was invited to participate in a Book Review of a Bible Study of Hagar. Hagar was a servant in the Bible. Hagar is a 7 week study that is VERY in depth.

I really like the layout of the Bible Study. Each week has daily lessons. The daily lessons have a scripture to study and questions to answer for the day. I also really appreciate that writing in the book is encouraged, although I tend not to write in Bible Study books. I also was really encouraged that the author encourages those doing the 7 week study, to use the version of the Bible that they normally use and feel most comfortable using. I feel this helps the reader.

Shadia really takes an in depth look into Hagar. Those doing the 7 week Study will really be challenged as they go through the daily lessons and the Study. Hagar has always been an interesting person of the Bible and I feel I really learned a lot by reading through the Study.

The Bible Study of Hagar can be done individually or with a group. A Group study would really make for some GREAT discussions! I highly recommend this Bible Study book.






 SHADIA HRICHI holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as an MA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Psychology. In addition to numerous articles, Shadia is the author of Worthy of Love and Nameless No More. Shadia is often invited onto radio programs and regularly speaks at churches and women’s events. Currently residing in northern California, Shadia serves at Venture Christian Church and loves to visit the ocean each week for ”a date with Jesus.” Visit shadiahrichi.com.  

More from Shadia

Am I known? Am I loved? Am I home? Every human heart is searching for the answers to these questions. Yet when pain and heartache enter our lives, we feel betrayed and cry out one question: God, do You see me? The answer is yes. He is Behind the Seen. Because we live in a fallen world, each of us will inevitably face hard times, even painful ones. Who among us has never seen or felt the fallout of broken homes, broken lives, or broken dreams? Hagar is a great example of someone who discovered God during a difficult time. Maybe you have never heard of her. Or perhaps you came across her name in a study of the book of Genesis. But how much do you really know about this young slave girl? We often relegate her to the backstage as a minor character in God’s redemptive story. But was she? As I explored Hagar’s story for another book I wanted to write, God continually amazed me as we journeyed together from the affluence of Egypt, into a life of slavery, to a desert of despair. It seemed the more I studied her life, the more I discovered about God. What began as a chapter evolved into a study all its own. Two years and several thousand hours of study and prayer later, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me came to be. Consider this book as your backstage pass to the life of Hagar. I have never actually gone backstage during a live event, but I know that much more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye. I invite you to come backstage with me and explore how God was involved in every detail of Hagar’s life. Her story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood tragedy: betrayal, loss, abuse, crisis pregnancy, abandonment . . . any of that sound painfully familiar? Thankfully, Hagar’s story does not end in despair. God was working Behind the Seen—just as He has in your life and mine—all along. As a matter of fact, Hagar emerges victorious! Hagar: an unsung hero if there ever was one. Beloved, is the enemy using anything in your past to try to derail you from God’s plan, or hold you back from experiencing God’s joy to the fullest? Be assured, that is not how your story will end. Just as God did for Hagar, when He enters your story, victory is already assured. So strap on your sandals and a grab a bottle of water. We’re heading into the desert. A place where we will rediscover the God Who Sees Me. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” —Isaiah 9:2

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Emily Yager, September 9
A Reader’s Brain, September 10
Lights in a Dark World, September 10
Inspired by fiction, September 11
Genesis 5020, September 11
Robin’s Nest, September 11
Quiet Workings, September 12
Mary Hake, September 13
Godly Book Reviews, September 14
Moments, September 15
Retrospective Spines, September 16
Batya’s Bits, September 16
Pause for Tales, September 17
CarpeDiem, September 17
Aryn the Libraryan ?, September 18
For The Love of Books, September 19
Texas Book-aholic, September 20
janicesbookreviews, September 20




To celebrate her tour, Shadia is giving away to TWO winners 1 book of Hagar, 1 book of Legion and a $50 gift certificate for leafwoodpublishers.com!!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Beautiful in His Sight by APRIL W GARDNER





Book: Beautiful In His Sight
Author: April W. Gardner
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2019

It’s 1917, and Halifax is at war. Silas Quinn, street sweeper and army reject, remains on the home front, shunning God and society as religiously as they shun him. But the night he stumbles across a half-frozen prostitute, his eyes blink open, and his greater purpose is born: preserve and protect.

There’d been a day when shop girl Helen Fraser was desperate enough to believe a few nights in a brothel would cure her troubles. By some miracle, Major Jack Gordon deemed her worth saving, but Helen knows her meticulously recreated identity cannot last. What she doesn’t expect is for its destruction to come about, not by an old john or one of the madam’s goons, but by a force great enough to flatten a city and bury her alive.

Set against the backdrop of the Halifax Explosion, Beautiful in His Sight is a Christian historical romance that explores unequivocal grace and identity in Christ.  




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I really enjoy reading Historical Fiction, as I feel I am learning something each time I read through a book. Beautiful in His Sight certainly taught me about a time in History that I didn't know about. I am very familiar with WWI, but I was not aware of the explosion at Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

The author did a GREAT job at taking a real life event and creating a Fictional Romance story based in those times. Silas and Helen, the 2 main characters, both have deep, wounded pasts. Silas has been given the task of being caregiver to Helen as she experiences temporary blindness. Helen has a past of being a prostitute. Silas has become discouraged in life. The 2 become connected through the caregiver situation, but that develops into something more. They both find encouragement through one another and they both work at bringing their lives back to God. Silas and Helen has both become so lost in the world, that their relationship with God had not been what it should be. The bond between Silas and Helen leads them to redemption and forgiveness and a wonderful relationship with God and each other. 

April W. Gardner is a "new to me" author, but I can guarantee, this won't be the only book of hers I read. April W. Gardner has a really great writing style that brings the reader in and captures their attention. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading many more by April W. Gardner! FANTASTIC BOOK! 



APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copy editor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks. April loves to hear from her readers at: aprilgardnerwrites@gmail.com   

More from April

The Story Behind the Story My novels are never purely fiction. They are stories constructed around truth, around some segment of the past that’s both stunning and stunningly forgotten. My latest novel, Beautiful in His Sight, is set during the Halifax Explosion, a WW1 event little known in most of the world. For those in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in December of 1917, it literally shattered their world. That’s the setting we find my characters Silas and Helen struggling to survive, but—as in every good romance—love (and God’s grace!) brings them through.   The Story Behind the Setting By December 1917, Halifax had passed tens of thousands of soldiers and sailors through its railyard and onto the naval vessels in its harbor. With the military came the prostitutes who migrated in droves to the slums. It’s reported that some days, the only passengers disembarking from the trains were women in short skirts. Slumdom’s seams overflowed with carnality, public drunkenness, and solicitations. Prostitution wasn’t the only job to be had for women. With so many men wearing army green, ladies of the proper class and training stepped behind registers and bookkeeping desks and kept Halifax running. This is the world in which we find our female lead, Helen Fraser, a reformed prostitute desperately trying to start over as a salesclerk.   The Story Behind the Explosion As Silas, the story’s male lead, puts it, the explosion was “a tragic accident, a miscommunication between passing ships.” In short, it was a dozen small decisions that accumulated to one very horrific event. The collision and blast released the equivalent energy of 2.9 kilotons of TNT and instantly obliterated everything within a half-mile radius. The munitions vessel that exploded, the Mont Blanc, rained iron shrapnel all over Halifax. Its 1,160-ton anchor landed 2.5 miles away where it can still be found today. The numbers: Over 2,000 deaths. Over 1,000 injuries. Almost 300 blinded.   The Story Behind the Name The name Helen Fraser (female lead) is an honoring nod to Helen Clark, a courageous young woman who survived the explosion. This is her story. Helen Clark, age eight, was beginning her school day at St. Joseph’s when she felt something disturbing. “Like thunder was taking place alongside of you,” she later said, “instead of up in the sky.” She looked to the window and gaped at the glass bowing inward. She flung her arms over her face and ducked an instant before it blew in. Then, in her words, “The ceiling above gave way at one corner and down two sides of the room, hanging like the flap of a great envelope and spilling out children from the room above.” A nun grabbed her arm and said, “My heavenly God, the Germans have arrived! Get down on your knees girls.” In lieu of prayer, Helen wrenched away and jumped out the second-story window, narrowly missing the debris that, in the next moment, struck and killed the nun. A snow mound broke Helen’s fall. Suddenly very tired, she laid down right there, feeling no cold or pain, and went to sleep. Eventually, two men approached to see if she was dead. Though she couldn’t speak, she managed to get to her feet. They straightened the bow on the top of her head and told her to go home if she had one to go to. The blood crusted over her eyes limited her vision, but she shambled along best she could, recognizing nothing. She knew her street only by the change to cobblestones under her feet, and her grandmother recognized her only by the bow in her hair. Quick-thinking and bold, little Helen avoided both death and blindness, and I’m honored to name my heroine after her.


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To celebrate her tour, April is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Starbucks gift card and a signed copy of her 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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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Samson and Amish Deliah by Thomas Nye




Book: Samson & Amish Delilah

Author: Thomas Nye
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: August 19, 2019

Everyone in America has fallen in love with Delilah, leading lady in a bestselling Amish novel. When media giants discover that Delilah is a real person, the pursuit is on. Dave joins the search not realizing that by finding her, he would fall into the story and become Samson. 


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Amish Fiction is my Favorite Genre to read and I was super excited to read this book. The synopsis of the book drew me in right away and I knew I NEEDED to read this book. 

I will get right to the point: I LOVED this book! The storyline is quite interesting and the author has a writing style that is so easy to follow, yet very intriguing. I LOVE how the book is kind of a "Scavenger Hunt" to find Deliah, who has been talked about on the media due to her popularity of an Amish Novel. Once it is determined she is a real person, the hunt begins to find her. Dave, the other leading character in this book, finds her and realizes he is falling in love with Deliah. Will the relationship between Dave(now Samson) flourish and become a Amish "Samson and Deliah" romance? How will the world perceive the relationship of a leading character in a book coming into a real life romance. 

I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. I also like how the main character, Deliah, is a character from a book. It is book within a book. The characters are telling their own story in this book! I truly LOVE this book and cannot wait to read more from Thomas Nye! FANTASTIC BOOK! 


     


Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing.  

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Most authors agree that during the course of writing a novel, the characters seem to come alive and emerge with personality traits we ourselves didn’t originally plan to give them. Not only did the lead characters of Samson and Delilah take on a life of their own, they also pulled the story in a direction I never planned to go. Samson and Amish Delilah is a book about a book. You will soon discover that the characters are reading along with you. They even try to guess the ending and have discussions about it. As I worked on the final few chapters, I could almost feel Samson and Delilah urging me forward, as though they needed me to write out solutions to the issues they were facing. I could almost hear them calling to me, “Please—finish this book—we want the world to hear our story.” Maybe all of this is just me projecting my feelings on them. LOL. Either way, I’ve gotten to know Samson and Delilah pretty well and I’m sure they would want you to smile, laugh, cry, and learn about the power of forgiveness along with them. Thomas Nye P.S. It so happens that I feel Samson and Delilah nudging me forward with a follow-up novel. Wink, wink.


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To celebrate his tour, Thomas is giving away a Thomas Nye Gift Box, which includes four books by Thomas Nye: Samson and Amish Delilah, Under the Heavens, Amish Park, and Plain Everyday Heroes!! Along with bookmarkers and an Amish designed coloring book!!
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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rose's Redemption by Donna L.H. Smith




Book: Rose’s Redemption
Author: Donna L. H. Smith
Genre: Christian Western
Release Date: November, 2018

A Former Dance Hall Girl. A Handsome Young Doctor. Can Rose overcome her past? That’s Rose’s Redemption

Rose Rhodes changed not only her name after the tornado; she changed her outward appearance. No more was she Rosalie O’Roarke, former dance hall girl. She loves her new work as a nurse-in-training to handsome Doctor Scott Allison. As Scott and Rose’s relationship begins to change from professional to personal, they must deal with figures from Rose’s past who make life anything but easy. Rose is concerned that the town will discover her dance hall girl past, especially when Jake Thomas, the man who viciously beat her, asks all over town where Rosalie O’Roarke went. But both Rose and Scott are in for surprise encounters with Christ that will change their lives forever and help them see His plan for them. In fact, they will see God at work all over New Boston.

Rose’s Redemption won second place in the 2017 Golden Leaf Award at the Advance Novelist Retreat and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Phoenix Rattler Contest.


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I will admit the first couple of chapters of this book were slow going and it took me some time to get into the book. Once I got to the 3rd chapter, the story picked up for me and I was able to relax and enjoy the book. 

The main character, Rose, is a former Dance Hall dancer, who feels it is time to leave her past behind. She moves to a different town and changes not only her name, but her outward appearance and her job. She becomes interested in the Dr., Dr. Scott, at her new job and has to carefully navigate changing from a Professional to both Professional and Romantic relationship. Can Rose and Dr. Scott navigate the new level of their relationship? Will her past be discovered by the Dr. or the Town? They begin to rely on God and allow God to change their hearts and minds. 

Once I truly got into the book, I saw how the message was strong. The book is about allowing God to direct our paths and to allow him to change the inside. We can do all we want to our outside appearance, but we need God to change our inward appearance. I began to appreciate the book more after the message became clear! GREAT BOOK! 

Rose's Redemption is Book 2 in the Known by Heart Series. It reads good as a Stand Alone novel. Donna L.H. Smith has a wonderful writing style and I look forward to reading other books by her. 



Donna L.H. Smith is a Kansas prairie girl transplanted to Lancaster County, PA. She is a graduate of Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman program and holds two college degrees, both B.S. and M.A. in Mass Communication. She’s been married to a wonderful man named Kirby for thirty years. Her debut novel, Meghan’s Choice, made the finals of both the Selah and Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Rose’s Redemption, the sequel, also made the Selah Award finals in 2019. She blogs, speaks at workshops and holds inner healing retreats. Although she is at an age where many begin slowing down, she wouldn’t think of it. She served as Managing Editor of www.almostanauthor.com, an award-winning website for writers. She continues to serve as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Mid-Atlantic Zone Director. She is also a member of AWSA’s Protégé program (Advanced Writers & Speaker’s Association).   

More from Donna

Rose’s Redemption is the second book in the Known by Heart series. There were interesting challenges to this book.
First, how to change a rascal of an antagonist from Meghan’s Choice, to the romantic hero of Rose’s Redemption.
Second, I serve a supernatural God, so I wanted to include a little something different. It’s not spec-fic, but I hope people will enjoy Rafe. Answer the question for yourself whether or not he is an angel.
Third, I included in Rose’s history a bombshell from her mother. That was personal to me, only I didn’t discover it until two years ago.
The point of Rose’s Redemption is that our faith or our change cannot just be external, as Rose tried to do by changing her name, her appearance, and her profession—but an internal change of heart, too.
God is in the business of change.



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CarpeDiem, September 6
For Him and My Family, September 9
Texas Book-aholic, September 13
janicesbookreviews, September 14
A Reader’s Brain, September 15
Inklings and notions , September 16
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 17 (Author Interview)
Blossoms and Blessings, September 18 (Author Interview)



To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of her 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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