Sunday, February 18, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Labor of Love AudioBook by Marguerite Martin Gray

Book: Labor of Love

Author: Marguerite Martin Gray

Narrated: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 21, 2023

Something sinister lurks in Pitti Palace.

Despite having spent eight years as companion to her cousins, Ana Geovani still questions her role and place in the Medici household. This uncertainty compounds and alarms as her cousin’s marriage approaches and a marriage is arranged for Ana.

With no say in her own future, fear and despair dulls even the splendor of the gardens she holds so dear.

As the newest under-gardener at the palace, Marco Rossi should have everything he’s dreamed of—beautiful gardens to tend and master architects and gardeners to learn from. Yet a secret mission threatens his peace of mind, his position, and even the love of Ana. Although God is always with him, reminding him of a bigger plan, Marco feels the weight of the consequences he will face if he challenges a Medici member.

The desires of men and women, both royal and common, create costly dilemmas and potential disasters of hearts and souls. What will it take for Marco and Ana to prevail against everything driving them apart?


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Labor of Love by Marguerite Martin Gray is a Christian Historical Fiction. It is book 1 in the Gardens in Time series. 

We are taken back to Florence, Italy in the 16th Century. Ana Geovani has been living with her cousins for 8 years and she still doesn't have a place of belonging. Her worries intensify as the day for her Cousins Wedding nears and Ana's Dad has arranged a marriage for her. She finds herself retreating to the Gardens on the grounds of the Palace, but even the Gardens are not so pretty anymore under the despair she feels about her future. Marco Rossi is the newest Gardener on the Grounds and he is enjoying learning from the other Gardeners. He and Ana grow closer as they both spend time in the Garden. Marco is worried about his future also as he has a Secret Mission that could ruin his job, his mind and his relationship with Ana. Will Marco and Ana have a relationship and a future together? Will Ana be able to get out of the arranged Marriage situation that she isn't glad about? 

The Storyline of this book really captivated from the very chapter. Arranged marriage storylines are always intriguing as many times the "bride" in the story doesn't want to marry the one selected for her. Ana had those fears as the suitor chosen for her was mean and not good for Ana. Marco is a GREAT character for the book. He has some mysterious aspects about him but it is all part of the story. The storyline had many twists and turns. Ana's faith was revealed during the story and she is very strong in her faith and knows that God will give her wisdom. The book is one of Trust, Faith, and LOVE. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction! FANTASIC BOOK!

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of the Revolutionary Faith series, Gardens in Time series, and Room for Love in the Suamalie Islands series. She enjoys researching and studying history. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and Spanish. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and rescue pets. Her two adult children and two grandsons keep her up to date and young.


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My audio book experience.

Do you enjoy audio books? They have become special companions since I now work at home. My first experience with audio books involved cassettes on long road trips which morphed into CDs. I would purchase the ones I knew I could listen to again or pass on to someone else. The library became a source to fulfill my burgeoning habit.

It took me a while to consider audible books as a “reading” endeavor. But when I really thought about it, I changed my mind. As I listen, I am challenged with new and old vocabulary words where I must deduce the meaning from the context. My concentration is zeroed in on the story unless I miss some strategic details similar to straying on a page and not knowing what is going on. I have the same euphoric reaction as the plot unfolds.

Now, I’m never without an audio book. When I was offered the opportunity to have Labor of Love presented in audio format, my heart quivered knowing what joy it could bring to readers while doing housework, caring for loved ones, or relaxing in a comfy chair. I hope you enjoy this format as much as I do.

Happy reading!

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Texas Book-aholic, February 8

By the Book, February 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, February 10 (Author Interview)

Devoted To Hope, February 10

Exploring the Written Word, February 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 13

For the Love of Literature, February 14 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, February 15

Holly’s Book Corner, February 16

By The Book, February 17 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 18

Back Porch Reads, February 19

Artistic Nobody, February 20 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 20

To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and an audiobook or eBook 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.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour: The Action Bible: Faith in Action Edition & Giveaway

This reimagining of the mega-selling Action Bible combines 230 epic stories of biblical heroes with vibrant comic-book-style illustrations and an immersive online experience. Readers will explore seven dynamic attributes of God’s story, earn Faith in Action Badges representing those qualities, and discover even more through a discoverable QR code in each story that takes them to a safe online adventure of games, playlists, Bible studies, activities, and a complete devotional designed to increase their time with God.

• Parents, order your copy of the The Action Bible: Faith in Action Edition today!
• The Action Bible has helped millions of kids engage in God’s Word throughout the world.
• The Faith in Action Edition is an enhanced version of the bestselling Expanded Edition.
• Vivid illustrations and short impactful stories help connect Gen Zs and Gen Alphas to God’s Word.
• Stories are in chronological order to better help kids understand God’s redemptive story.
• The Faith in Action Edition is about helping kids Engage in God’s Word, Grow in God’s Word, and Live God’s Word.
• Spiritual Growth Resources include over 200 devotionals, prayers, character stories, teaching videos, timelines, maps, and Bible facts.
• Kids and parents can access digital resources by scanning QR codes throughout the Bible.
• Major themes of the Bible are highlighted throughout with icons that help kids personalize their faith and live God’s Word. Themes of the Bible are based on David C Cook’s tested Bible study curriculum for kids and include: Courage, Faith, Hope, Love, Service, Trust, and Wisdom.
• The Faith In Action Edition is the most complete interactive Bible for kids and teens.

Sergio Cariello was Born in Brazil. At the age of 5 I already knew I wanted to draw comics. At 11 I had my first comic strip published in Local newspapers-Frederico, the Detective. At Caliber Press penciled, inked and lettered the HP Lovecraft's Dagon, with writer Steven Jones.At Marvel I drew Daredevil,Conan,Thor, Captain America, Disney's Quasimodo,Spider-man, the Avengers and others.Drew Batman, Superman, New Gods, Young Heroes in Love, Superboy, Steel, Guy Gardner, Hawkman, Man called X, The Flash, Deathstroke,Wonderwoman, Green Arrow, Azrael and others for DC.Taught 7 yrs at the Joe Kubert School.Member of the National Cartoonists Society since 1995.Worked with Chuck Dixon and Beau Smith in the Wildcat mini-series.Dark Horse(Beau's and mine Badlander), Image(Spawn),Sojourn, Lady Death, Scion, Crux, and other Crossgen titles,Iron Ghost with Chuck and ATP) and many others. Currently working on the Lone Ranger(Dynamic Forces), Son of Samson with writer Gary Martin for Zondervan, the New Picture Bible for David C Cook ( Now called "The Action Bible".

The Action Bible has been around for many years. My Boys had the early version of the Action Bible when they were younger. The new and updated version is AMAZING. My boys are now Young Adults and they checked out the new version with me and they said "This version has so much more then the one we had. The graphics are superb."  The Action Bible is a Graphic Novel Bible and the Illustor, Sergio Cariello, has made it vibrant, interesting and colorful. The Addition of QR Codes and making it Interactive is a FANTASTIC aspect of this Bible. I feel the Kids are already digging into the Bible, but when they Scan a QR Code it really takes them to another level of Learning! 

I also LOVE the addition of the  7 Themes throughout the Bible which include: Service, Love, Trust, Courage, Faith, Hope, Wisdom. 

I HIGHLY Recommend this Bible for Kids and Parents to Enjoy together. I feel it would make a GREAT Gift for Easter or anytime! 



The Action Bible: Faith in Action Edition

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Rescuing You by Robin Patchen


Book: Rescuing You

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 9, 2024

A heart-pounding tale of danger and devotion, the riveting second installment of the Wright Heroes of Maine series by a USA Today bestselling author.

CIA agent Michael Wright’s world crumbles when his girlfriend, Leila, is snatched off the street and later seen in the grasp of a terrorist he’s been tracking, Michael blames himself. Keeping his identity secret from her clearly didn’t protect her. Now he must defy the Agency and fly to Iraq to rescue her.

Leila Amato escaped Iraq a decade earlier, only returning in her worst nightmares. But those nightmares have come true when she finds herself captive and all alone, or so she thinks until she sees her identical twin sister.

Michael tracks Leila to a desert compound, but his rescue mission goes awry when he discovers her sister needs to escape as well. His detailed strategy can only ensure one woman’s safety. Now they’re on the run, trying to get out of the country before their enemies track them down.

But Leila’s kidnapping is only one small part of a larger plot—one that endangers thousands of lives—and now he can’t trust anyone. Not even the woman who’s stolen his heart. A woman who’s been keeping secrets of her own…

A high-stakes international chase full of romantic suspense, spies, and a ticking time bomb that will keep you reading all night long.


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I really enjoy Christian Romantic Suspense. rescuing  You by Robin Patchen is Book 2 in The Wright Heroes of Maine. I had the honor of reading Book 1 in this series and have been awaiting the release of Book 2. 

Michael Wright is a CIA Agent and he has been keeping his true identity secret from his girlfriend Leila to protect her. He is quite worried when Leila is kidnapped, quite possibly by the Terrorist he has been trying to hunt down. He decides to go against CIA Agency policy and he goes to Iraq to try to rescue her. Leila Amato has just returned to Iraq after being gone for 10 years. She feels alone when she is kidnapped and then she finds her identical Twin Sister. Michael arrives in Iraq to discover that Leila's sister is also being held captive and needs help escaping also. Michael can only rescue one woman and now he and Leila are trying to get out of Iraq to safe ground. Michael discovers that there may be secrets that Leila is keeping. Will Michael and Leila make it out of Iraq safely? Are there secrets that might endanger their relationship or others?  

I know it sounds cliché, but I really could not put this book down once I started reading it. The adventure and suspense started immediately I LOVE Michael's determination to put his girlfriend first, even going against policy for the CIA. Leila's kidnapping turns out to be much more then just a kidnapping and the suspense of the kidnapping and rescue was very intriguing. Michael and Leila's relationship was tested throughout all this, but their faith in God really helped them through. The twists and turns in this book truly made this book suspenseful!   I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANYONE who loves Christian Romance Suspense Novels. GREAT BOOK!

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

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I spent a week this year serving refugee women on the Greek island of Lesvos. Along with helping to distribute food and clothing, I gave hand massages. It seems like such a little thing, but it was powerful.

Many didn’t speak English, and I found it difficult to connect even with those who did. What do I have in common with women escaping war or oppression?

But I could perch on a tiny stool at their feet and rub lotion on their hands. I didn’t know their stories, but God did. So while they chatted with friends in languages I couldn’t understand, I prayed silently. As I did, God stirred in me a deep love for each one.

Imagine the courage it must take to leave everything you know—your home, your community, in some cases, even your family—to seek freedom. Imagine how desperate or afraid or, frankly, hopeful a person must be to attempt it.

The heroine in Rescuing You did just that. An Iraqi who came to Christ as a teenager, Leila feared her family would discover her secret and felt she had no choice but to run away. Resettled in Germany, away from her mother, father, and twin sister, she built a life for herself and fell in love.

And then someone snatched her back to Iraq.

Rescuing You is about a man determined to save the woman he loves. It’s about a woman willing to risk everything for the freedom to…

…Love the man she chooses

…Live a life of purpose, and mostly…

…Worship the One True God

It’s easy to take our freedom for granted—and to forget that true and lasting freedom isn’t political or social but spiritual. Christians are free in Christ no matter what their society looks like.

But what an incredible blessing to live in a free country.

Rescuing You barely scratches the surface of the refugee crisis. It’s mostly about a man and a woman and whole bunch of terrifying villains. Even so, I pray it’ll stir in you a deep love for refugees seeking freedom worldwide. Pray for them and for the nations they’ve escaped. Our world needs Jesus.

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 4

The Lofty Pages, February 4

Betti Mace, February 5

Blossoms and Blessings, February 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 7

An Author’s Take, February 8

Pause for Tales, February 8

Texas Book-aholic, February 9

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 10 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 10

For Him and My Family, February 11

Book Looks by Lisa, February 12

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 13

Life on Chickadee Lane, February 13

Blogging With Carol, February 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 15

Holly’s Book Corner, February 15

Lakesidelivingsite, February 16

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of Running to You and a $75 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, February 14, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Lacey's Star by Kay DiBianca

Book: Lacey’s Star: A Lady Pilot-in-Command Novel

Author: Kay DiBianca

Genre: Christian Mystery and Romance

Release Date: October 23, 2023

Private pilot Cassie Deakin lands in the middle of an unwanted adventure when she discovers her beloved Uncle Charlie has been attacked and seriously injured by thieves.

But Cassie has a problem. She doesn’t know who she can trust. Still, she’s determined to solve the mystery behind the assault on her uncle, so she reluctantly agrees to team up with Deputy Frank White, a man she definitely does not trust, to find the culprits.

But as Cassie and Frank peel back the layers of one mystery, they uncover a deeper and more sinister crime: the murder of an eight-year-old girl decades earlier. Armed with only a single, cryptic clue to the death of young Lacey Alderson, Cassie makes a crucial discovery that lands her in the crosshairs of a murderer.


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I really like Christian Romance books and add in a bit of Mystery and it creates a genre that I LOVE . Lacey's Star by Kay DiBianca is Book 1 in the A Lady Pilot in Command Series. I am excited to start a new series by Kay DiBianca

Cassie Deakin is a Private Pilot and she is flying to visit her Uncle in Nevada. She arrives to find her Uncle had been severely attacked by thieves and left for dead. She gets her Uncle treatment and is very determined to figure out who did this to her Uncle. Deputy Frank White will help her track down the thieves, even though Cassie reluctantly agrees to his help. The pair are working together and things take a turn when they uncover a 40yr old mystery involving an 8yr old girl. Lacey Alderson was found dead in the River and Cassie wants to help solve her Mystery death also. Frank and Cassie are working both cases and Cassie finds herself trusting Frank more and having feelings for him. Is there a connection between Cassie's Uncle and Lacey's murder? Will there be a romance between Frank and Cassie? 

WOW, this book really grabbed my attention from the very beginning. Cassie shows obvious LOVE for her uncle and is determined to find out who injured him. I LOVE that she puts her Uncle before herself when she is reluctant to have Frank White help with the case. Frank White is an AMAZING detective and the way they uncover the Mystery of Lacey was mind blowing! I LOVE that Cassie and Frank start feeling comfortable with one another! All the twists and turns in this book kept me amazed and trying to solve the mystery. I was engrossed in the book and the author really writes to engage the reader! INTRIGUING  BOOK!

Kay DiBianca is a former software developer and IT manager who retired to a life of mystery. She loves to create webs of intrigue for her characters to untangle as they search for the truth while dealing with the ongoing challenges of faith and family.

In addition to her latest book, Lacey’s Star, Kay has three published novels in The Watch Mystery Series: The Watch on the Fencepost, Dead Man’s Watch, and Time After Tyme. Her published short stories include Lady Pilot-in-Command, The Clutter Busters, and The Money Tree.

Kay is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Collierville Christian Writers Group. She is an instrument-rated pilot and a regular contributor to the Kill Zone Blog. An avid runner, she can often be found at a nearby track, on the treadmill, or at a large park near her home

Kay and her husband, Frank, live, run, and write in Memphis, Tennessee.

Enjoy an Excerpt!

I do not like handsome men. Not that I have much experience with them, but in my opinion, they’re self-absorbed and untrustworthy. Like the one sitting in the passenger seat of my Cessna 172 while I did the run-up prior to takeoff. Frank White.

Frank and I have shared only two experiences in the short time we’ve known each other. In the first one, I saved his life. In the second, he invited me to dinner and stood me up.

Now I’m not generally a person to hold a grudge, but being stood up is on my short list of unforgivable sins. So, when the company I worked for informed me I had to fly Frank to a meeting at my uncle’s farm a couple of hundred miles away, I turned my face into stone and took the assignment.

If Frank noticed my icy silence as I did the pre-flight check, he didn’t let on. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the little smirk on his face while he scrolled on his phone, his dark hair hanging down on his forehead. He needed a haircut.

The Newton Airport tower called down. “Cessna Three One Four Bravo Charlie, you’re cleared for takeoff on runway three-six.” After a brief pause, he added, “Have a nice flight, Cassie.”

Frank adjusted his headset when he heard the call from the tower and winked at me. I gave him a look I reserve only for the lowest forms of human life and focused my attention back on the flight panel.

“Roger that,” I said and repeated the instructions back to the air traffic controller. Then I added power and maneuvered Scout onto the end of the runway. Scout is the name I use for the little blue and white Cessna that was my father’s pride and joy. He taught me how to fly when I was a young girl, and he left the plane to me when he died.

My frustration evaporated as my aircraft responded to full power and accelerated down the runway. When we reached sixty knots, I gently pulled back the yoke, the nose lifted, and in one breathless moment, we were free from the earth.

This was a feeling I could never get enough of—the thrill of release as I watched the ground drop away. We climbed over the end of the runway, and meadows of goldenrod waved goodbye as we soared into blue heaven.

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 8 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 8

Betti Mace, February 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 11

Texas Book-aholic, February 12

An Author’s Take, February 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 14

Life on Chickadee Lane, February 15

Blogging With Carol, February 16

For Him and My Family, February 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 18 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 18

Lily’s Corner, February 19

To celebrate her tour, Kay is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and an eBook 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.

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