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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Pearl's Promise by Edwina Kiernan

Pearl's Promise JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Pearl's Promise by Edwina Kiernan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Pearl's Promise
Title: Pearl's Promise 
Series: Gems of Grace #2 
Author: Edwina Kiernan 
Publisher: Moliant Publishing 
Release Date: May 1, 2021 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance 

A duty-bound heir. A dejected spinster. An encounter that could ruin both their families' demands for their futures... 

Horrified to see the man she had always dreamed of marrying saying his vows to someone else, Pearl Acton’s devastation only seems to confirm one of her deepest fears - that she’ll remain unseen and alone, never mattering to anyone. 

And when her family falls on hard times and seeks to marry her off to a wealthy suitor as soon as possible, her other deepest fear seems inevitable - being trapped in a loveless marriage, just like her parents. 

Until an encounter with a quiet and soulful heir, Nicholas Dalton, sparks a fragile hope that perhaps Pearl might save her family’s fortune and marry for love. 

But when circumstances on both sides of their families take drastic turns, the promise of happiness seems irrevocably shattered. 

As Pearl and Nicholas each strive to uphold their family duties, they soon discover that things aren’t quite what they seem. But is it too late to escape their crushing obligations and forge a new path - together? 


Pearl's Promise by Edwina Kiernan is a Christian Historical Romance from the Regency Time Period. I truly love the Regency time period. The book cover and the time period is what drew my interest in this book. Also, Edwina Kiernan is a new to me author. 

Children are to honor their parents and their wishes for them. Pearl Acton is struggling with the fact that her father wants an arranged marriage for her. She doesn't want to be in a loveless marriage, she would rather marry someone she chooses for LOVE and the wealthy Mr. Clarence is not her choice. Nicholas Dalton is visiting London as he is trying to find "his place in this world" and he has a chance encounter with Pearl. Nicholas is immediately smitten by Pearl, but then finds out she is promised to another man. Nicholas has never gotten along with his father, and he lacks confidence. Will Nicholas gain the courage to find his place and seek a relationship with Pearl? Will Pearl feel the same for him as he feels for her? Will the pair feel they have to follow the plans their families have for them or follow God's plans? 

I truly enjoyed this novel from beginning to end. Pearl wants to honor her family, but she is also determined to be her own person. Nicholas is such a caring gentleman and only wants what is best for Pearl. The pair are both aware of their family obligations, but they feel by following family obligations it wouldn't lead to happiness. Pearls Promise is Book 2 in the Gems of Grace series, but it reads GREAT as a Standalone novel. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series! 






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Edwina Kiernan

Edwina Kiernan is a Christian writer, and author of the well-received Inspirational Regency romance novel, Ruby’s Redemption.

An enthusiast of classic novels and history, Edwina combines her faith, imagination, and research in hope-infused tales set in times past. Her latest novel is the second in the Inspirational Regency romance series, Gems of Grace. 

A lifelong word admirer, with Welsh and Irish heritage, she started writing stories early in childhood. She still loves to learn, taking courses from places like Oxford University and the Beau Monde, for both fun and further education. 

When she’s not writing, Edwina loves spending time with her dashing husband and lively little son, reading and studying the Bible, getting lost in a captivating novel, and drinking more types of tea than most people realize even exist. 

 For free gifts, updates, and lots of classic and historical fiction goodness, join her mailing list at EdwinaKiernan.com

CONNECT WITH EDWINA:
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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Pearl's Promise and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Pearl's Promise

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 22, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 29, 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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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Every Window Filled with Light by Sheila Stovall





Book:  Every Window Filled with Light

Author: Shelia Stovall

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Christian Fiction

Release date: April 2, 2021

Welcome to Weldon, Kentucky, where the only things the locals love more than fried pies are gossip and match-making.

Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way.

Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope.

If Emma can yield and offer forgiveness to her husband’s killer, perhaps she’ll be able to piece together the broken parts of her heart…and the broken people who enter her life…to form a new family and maybe even have a second chance at love.

 

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 I really enjoy reading books from new Authors. Sheila Stovall is a new author and one I hadn't heard of until recently. Every Window Filled with Light by Sheila Stovall is the first book of The Weldon Novels. It is a Contemporary Christian Fiction novel. 

Librarian Emma Baker of Weldon, Kentucky, is still grieving the loss of her husband. She had dreams with her husband of raising a family, but a few years ago her husband was accidentally stabbed and killed. Emma isn't sure she will ever love again and then she meets Pastor Luke Davis. Emma is interested in Pastor Luke, and then she discovers he is counseling her Husband's killer, who was recently released from prison. Emma's life takes another interesting turn when she finds an abandoned 12yr old girl hiding in the library. Emma takes Harley into her home as a foster child as Harley's mom is a drug addict and left her daughter. Emma's home is opened once again when a young single mom is left homeless due to an apartment fire. With the recent turn of events for Emma and all the people who have come into her life, Emma is feeling refreshed and renewed as of current. She is praying and thinking about forgiveness. She knows her husband's killer has been released from Prison and if she were able to forgive the killer, could she find true happiness again. Will Emma be able to forgive the killer? Does Pastor Luke have an opportunity to help her through the forgiveness and maybe a chance at love with Emma? Will Emma ever have a Family? Ohhh, so many stories!! 

I really enjoyed this novel! The author has a GREAT writing style that keeps the readers interest in the story. Emma has such a kind heart, even through her grief. All the characters of the book have some "baggage" that they are trying to work through. Every Window Filled with Light is a book about forgiveness, family, moving forward with Life. GREAT BOOK!








Shelia Stovall is the director of a small-town library in southern Kentucky, where only strangers mention her last name, and the children call her Miss Shelia.

Shelia and her husband Michael live on a farm, and she enjoys taking daily rambles with their three dogs to the creek. Spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, is her all-time favorite thing. The only hobby Shelia loves more than reading uplifting stories of hope is writing them.

 

More from Shelia

When I was younger, I daydreamed about becoming an author, but it wasn’t something I pursued. I wrote a few short stories for fun, but I poured my time and energy into my children and career.

In the summer of 2011, I participated in a Bible study called Jonah by Priscilla Shirer. One evening, our facilitator asked us to meditate on the question, What does God want you to do that you don’t want to do.  I sat feeling smug as the others prayed. I’d already signed up for a short-term mission trip to Africa, which I hadn’t wanted to do. But as I sat in the quiet, God spoke to me. Write a book for me. My heartbeat quickened as God gave me the opening and the ending of the story. I envisioned a large two-story yellow Victorian home with every Window filled with light.

God’s request filled me with panic, and the workbook page remained blank. The thought of someone reading God’s request made my face hot. Who was I to think I could be an author? Finally, I made a feeble attempt, but it was too hard.

My Ninevah was Africa. I turned my thoughts and efforts to preparing to go to Niger in December 2011. After the trip, all I could think about was returning to Africa. Our translators were visiting the US. It thrilled me when they accepted my invitation to stay overnight in my home. While preparing for their visit, I discovered my laptop under the bed covered in dust. I gulped as I remembered God asking me to write a book. With trepidation, I opened the computer and read the first few pages of the story I’d started. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I whined to God. I don’t have the skills or the talent. I don’t know how to write a book.

Then, I received an email in my work email account promoting a Christian writers’ conference. To this day, it is still the only email I’ve received at work advertising a writers’ conference. I could hardly breathe as I read the email promoting the writers’ workshop to be held at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX—a long way from Kentucky. I shared everything with my husband, and he encouraged me to go even though we didn’t have the money. He reminded me we had a travel credit in our airline account because of connection problems during our first trip to Africa, and so, I packed my bags.

When I attended the conference, two instructors, New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie, changed my life when they encouraged me to finish the story. Judy asked me to commit to writing one hour a day, and she predicted I’d finish the first draft by Thanksgiving if I’d stick with it. The conference was held in October, and I thought her expectations impossible. I didn’t meet her goal, but I finished the first draft on 12/12/12. I’ll never forget that morning. It’s a good thing I had no idea of the work ahead of me.

Judy was kind enough to give me the email address of her award-winning editor Jamie Clarke Chavez. I sent the first three chapters to Jamie, and my mouth dropped open when she agreed to work with me. Today, she is someone I consider a dear friend. Writers have asked me, How did you get Jamie Chavez to work with you. She must have taken pity on me. I cringe as I remember those first chapters. I consider Jame a gift from God.

Through the years of hard work, God has been faithful to provide me with encouragement and help along the road to publication. If there is anything good in Every Window Filled with Light, it is from Him and the people he sent to aid me. The best blessings of the writing journey are the friendships I’ve made along the way.

I hope you’ll read Every Window Filled with Light or give it to someone who needs an uplifting story of hope. If there’s a person you know who doesn’t know Christ and doesn’t want to listen to a witness, this is a book you can share. I hope the reader will be so drawn into the story they won’t realize they are being exposed to God’s salvation plan until it’s too late.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about why I wrote Every Window Filled with Light. Has God ever asked you to do something you didn’t want to do?  I’d love to hear your story.

Warm regards,

Shelia


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Cats in the Cradle Blog, June 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

For Him and My Family, June 14

CarpeDiem, June 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 15

Inklings and notions, June 16

Just Writing, June 16

Older & Smarter?, June 17

Rebecca Tews, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 21

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 22

Mary Hake, June 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 23



To celebrate her tour, Shelia is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket from Habegger’s Amish Market!!

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/10d52/every-window-filled-with-light-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Friday, June 18, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Stealing the First Mate by Tabitha Bouldin

 




Book: Stealing the First Mate

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

 

Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate’s treasure.

Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time.

Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether.

Single and happy is not an oxymoron. Right?

Nigel Jones has loved Darcy for ages, but her father (his boss, of course) ordered him to keep his feelings to himself, thanks to a stupid mistake that Darcy (thankfully) doesn’t know about.  Too bad her dad does.

Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome.

In this “forbidden-love-meets-friends-to-more” novel, Stealing the First Mate continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

 

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I am so excited to be heading back to Elnora Island with the 5th book written about Elnora Island. Stealing the First Mate by Tabitha Bouldin is the 11th Book in the Independence Island Series. I have read quite a few of the books and always enjoy this series. 

Darcy Riggins has dreams of becoming a Wife and Mother, but it seems her dreams get further away as each year passes. She feels is telling her NO! to this dream and decides that she is meant to be single for life. Nigel Jones is employed by Darcy's father and has LONG had feelings for Darcy. Her Dad has told Nigel that he cannot date his daughter. Nigel made a HUGE mistake that Darcy doesn't know about, and that is what is keeping him from her. Darcy is settling in and trying to be happy being single. Nigel however, feels it is time to confess his feelings to Darcy and come clean about his mistakes. Nigel is trusting God helps him through this. Will Darcy and Nigel become a couple in a "Forbidden Love" relationship? Will Darcy have her dreams of a wife and mother come true?

I was hooked into the story from the first few pages. Darcy and Nigel are great characters. Their friendship is so sweet. They both have strong personalities. I really enjoyed how Nigel was willing to confess his mistakes in order to pursue a relationship. Stealing the First Mate is a book about Forgiveness and Second Chances. It reads well as a STANDALONE, although a part of a series. I HIGHLY recommend this to be added to Summer Reading Lists! 





Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.
 

More from Tabitha

I love the friends-to-something-more trope. There’s something invigorating about the challenges of stepping into a different kind of relationship with someone you already know and trust. The risk of losing the friendship if things go badly comes to the forefront and each character has to decide if they’ll take the risk or keep things as they are.

For Nigel and Darcy, there’s the added difficulty of Nigel’s unrequited love. They’ve been best friends forever, and he’s loved Darcy all that time. And she’s clueless! How does that happen?

I wish I could say this story came from my own experience, but that isn’t the case. While my husband and I knew each other for several years before we started dating, we were hardly friends. High school social circles are brutal things. Plus, he had a crush on my cousin, and I was dating someone else.

But it all worked out.

And we’re best friends now.

When it came time to write Stealing the First Mate, I knew Nigel and Darcy were friends. It wasn’t until I worked my way through the first chapter that the depth of their relationship started to emerge, and I realized they were best friends. Darcy runs to Nigel for advise (even dating advise, which became really awkward for Nigel).

Darcy has been looking for Mr. Right so long she can’t see the truth staring back at her in Nigel’s eyes.

Writing their story is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in writing.

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Life, Love, Writing, June 14

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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 15

The Sacred Line, June 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 16

Blossoms and Blessings, June 16

Texas Book-aholic, June 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 17 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, June 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 18

Cultivating Us, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Connect in Fiction, June 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 20

Blogging With Carol, June 20

Sodbuster Living, June 20

Remembrancy, June 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 22

Aryn The Libraryan 📚, June 23

Lots of Helpers, June 23

Labor Not in Vain , June 23

She Lives To Read, June 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 25

Joanne Markey, June 25

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Kayem Reads, June 26

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)




To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10d56/stealing-the-first-mate-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Where He Leads by Lynne Lanning

Where He Leads JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Where He Leads by Lynn Lanning, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Where He Leads
Title: Where He Leads
Series: Desires of the Heart #1
Author: Lynne Lanning
Release Date: January 24, 2021
Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance 

By the age of 11, Lilly had suffered more horrific circumstances, than any adult should have to bear. She lost both of her parents and the only home she ever knew, then was forced to move away from her brothers and sisters. 

Why had God allowed all of this tragedy? 

Pa had found the perfect home for her before his death. Through her new family’s loving care and instruction, Lilly grew into a beautiful young lady, filled with compassion, intelligence, and having a strong faith in God. 

When she met Tommy, her heart flipped! How could she make all of the life lessons she had learned, her faith in God, and Tommy fit into God’s plan for her life? Was Tommy truly part of God’s plan for her? 

Tommy and his mother’s past brought possible danger to anyone close to them. Could Lilly put her family through that? Should she abandon Tommy and the feelings she had for him? Could prayer be the answer? 

With more circumstances beyond their control fighting against them, it seemed their troubles would never end. Would God allow her the Desires of her Heart? 


A Christian Historical Romance with a Western flair is a MUST Read book for me! I really enjoy Historical Romance and add in Western and Horses, and I am intrigued. Where He Leads by Lynne Lanning is Book 1 in the Desires of the Heart Series and I was very excited to read it. 

The time is the 1800's. Lilly has had a difficult life. Both of her parents has passed away by the time she was 11. Her Dad had made living arrangements for Lilly and her 6 siblings before he passed. Lilly was sent to live with cousins Daisy and Sam, but she was separated from her siblings. Lilly feels blessed to have been in the care of Daisy and Sam, she is now a young woman who has a strong faith in God. She meets a young man named Tommy and she instantly falls in love. She knows she needs to follow God's plan for her life and is wanting to do so. Her Heart is really falling for Tommy, but Tommy and his mother have a dangerous past. Lilly is questioning if she should let herself fall deeper in love with Tommy or is it too dangerous for her family, who she dearly loves. Do Tommy and Lilly have a future together? Will Lilly follow God or follow her heart? 

WOW, this is such a heart tugging book, but also a Page turner. I was hooked into the story from the very beginning. The LOVE of Family, Faith in God, and all that Lilly endured in her life, even by age 11, really made this book a GREAT read. I LOVE how the author pulls the story together and the book has a strong Christian theme. The book wasn't predictable and really had me on the edge of my seat at some points. FANTASTIC BOOK! 






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Lynne Lanning

Lynne and her husband, Roger, live in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. Enjoying the life of an artist/crafter, she nurtures three generations of creativity, encouraging the natural talents of her children and grandchildren. Her stories are full of romance and action mixed with humor and sass, encouraging her readers to identify with the characters while evoking emotion. Lynne enjoys canning and preserving fresh veggies that Roger grows in his amazing garden. She also has a passion for cooking, singing, reading and volunteer work at her church.

CONNECT WITH LYNNE: Website | Facebook


(1) winner will receive a print copy of the Desires of the Heart series!

Where He Leads 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 June 14, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 21, 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.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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