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Monday, August 2, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Rocky Mountain Restoration by Lisa J. Flickinger





Book:  Rocky Mountain Restoration

Author: Lisa J. Flickinger

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

 

Josephine Thorebourne doesn’t deserve happiness. Not after the mess she’s made.

Mid-voyage, on the steamship Jameson, she learns of the tragic loss of her family’s money. Money she stole with the hopes of turning a profit. What should be a delightful voyage up the Canadian coast turns into a journey of regret. Josephine seeks the solace of the man she loves, only to find out he’s an imposter. Left with no other choice, she must return to her home town of Stony Creek and face the anger of those she’s betrayed.

Owen Kelly was given the opportunity of a lifetime to steward on the SS Jameson. The work meant he could escape his difficult upbringing along the wharves of Chicago. When his heart falls for the woman in cabin eight, Owen must decide if he will continue his work on the ship or follow the love of his life to her Rocky Mountain home.

As Josephine faces the repercussions of her decisions, the future becomes uncertain. Owen is the one person who knows everything and yet still sees the good in her. Will their love survive the challenges the Rocky Mountain town throws in their path?

 

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I really enjoy reading books that are a part of a series. Rocky Mountain Restoration is the third book in the Rocky Mountain Revival series by Lisa J. Flickinger. I have read the first 2 books in the series and was excited to read this newest book. 

Josephine Thorebourne is on a Voyage up the Canadian East Coast when she learns of a HUGE loss of Family Money. Josephine had taken the family's money in hopes of making a profit from it, but it turns into a LOSS. She seeks comfort from someone who she feels she can trust fully, only to find out he is an impostor. She realizes she must return home and face the consequences of her actions. Owen Kelly is a Steward on the SS Jameson, the same Steamship that Josephine is on for her voyage. Owen finds himself attracted to Josephine and they begin a friendship. Owen has dreamed of working on a Steamship since his childhood on the streets of Chicago. Josephine and Owen have a growing relationship. Will Josephine return home to "face the music and will her family forgive her?" Will Owen give up his lifelong dream and go with her? 

I must admit, it took me a bit to really get into the storyline. Once the story "clicked" with me I REALLY enjoyed reading about Josephine and Owen and all the mystery of their voyage and Josephine's Troubles. Josephine is filled with regret for her betrayal to her family. Owen is a great comforter and he really enjoys being in the company of Josephine. GREAT BOOK! 





Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com.

 

More from Lisa

Have you ever smelled a whale’s breath? I have. The experience sparked the idea of taking the characters in Rocky Mountain Restoration on a pleasure cruise up the Canadian coast.

My husband and I vacationed in Ucluelet one summer, a quaint fishing village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. While there, we boarded a cabin cruiser with other adventure seekers to go whale watching.

Not long after leaving the rocky shore, our experienced captain spotted the flick of a tale in the rolling waves, and guided the boat to a position hundreds of yards away.  Within moments, to our delight and awe, a massive humpback breached mere feet from the boat. Its knobbed head rose before us, mouth wide open, hundreds of baleen plates dripping a murky red. The smell was one of the worst in my memory, a vulgar mixture of rotten fish, old road kill, and something indescribable. But what a privilege to encounter one of God’s magnificent creatures up close!

A logging camp, high in the Rockies, is a long way from the pacific coast. That’s the very reason our nefarious antagonists from book one of the Rocky Mountain Revival Series, Josephine and Snoop, have chosen to board the SS Jameson under assumed names.

While I can’t promise you whale’s breath in the novel, I can promise you gorgeous scenery and other wildlife encounters as a backdrop for betrayal, thievery, and—of course—romance. Hop aboard!

Inklings and notions, July 20

Artistic Nobody, July 21 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 21

For Him and My Family, July 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 23

By The Book, July 24 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 24

deb’s Book Review, July 25

Connie’s History Classroom, July 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 27

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 30 (Author Interview)

Blossoms and Blessings, July 31

Life of Literature, August 1

Texas Book-aholic, August 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 2



To celebrate her tour, Lisa 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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JustRead Tours Blog Blitz: A Future to Fight For by Mindy Obenhaus

A Future to Fight For JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for A Future to Fight For by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



A Future to Fight For

Title: A Future To Fight For
Series: Bliss, Texas
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: August 1, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

All their dreams will come true… 
 if they can work together. 

Widow Paisley Wainwright’s so close to taking her Texas event-planning business to the next level by turning Renwick Castle into a wedding venue. Only one thing stands in the way: her longtime rival, Crockett Devereaux, who wants the building to become a museum. When the building’s owners insist they collaborate to implement both plans, can Paisley and Crockett put their differences aside…and fight for their dreams together?



He studied the remarkable woman across from him. “Paisley, I believe I owe you an apology.”
“For what?”
Still holding her hand, he stood, rounded the table and pulled her to her feet. “For underestimating you. You are a strong woman, stronger than most men. Myself included.”
“I highly doubt that.”
“I don’t. The fact that you were able to move past your pain and start a new life here in Bliss, all the while holding tight to your faith, is something to be admired. It makes me ashamed of how I treated you in the past.”
“Now who’s pitying me?”
“Paisley, the only pitiful one here is me.” It really bugged him, the way his hackles used to go up whenever he was around her.
“That’s not true. You’re a good man.” She released his hand and moved toward the window. “This rain isn’t going to let up anytime soon. What do we do about the castle?”
“We wait. It may be a few days before we can get back in there.”
Yawning, she nodded. “I think I need a nap.”
At least her mood seemed to have improved, so he wouldn’t have to worry about leaving her while she was down. Problem was, he didn’t want to go. Like someone who’d just uncovered a rare treasure, he wanted to stay and admire it.

And that was a problem he’d never anticipated.


 

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Mindy Obenhaus 

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, and countless cattle. She’s passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen, spending time with her grandchildren or roaming the ranch in search of inspiration. She’d love to connect with you via her website or on Facebook.

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of A Future to Fight For and a $25 Amazon gift card!

A Future to Fight For JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight August 2, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 9, 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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Friday, July 23, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Ice Swan by J’Nell Ciesielski




Book:  The Ice Swan

Author: J’Nell Ciesielski

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: July 6, 2021

Amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian court, a Russian princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it.

1917, Petrograd. Fleeing the murderous flames of the Russian Revolution, princess Svetlana Dalsky hopes to find safety in Paris with her mother and sister. But the city is buckling under the weight of the Great War, and the Bolsheviks will not rest until they have erased every Russian aristocrat from memory.

Born the second son of a duke, the only title Wynn MacCallan cares for is that of surgeon. Putting his talents with a scalpel to good use in the hospitals in Paris, Wynn pushes the boundaries of medical science to give his patients the best care possible. While treating Svetlana for a minor injury, he is pulled into a world of decaying imperial glitter and underground Russian clubs where drink, culture, and questionable dealings collide on bubbles of vodka.

Out of money and options, Svetlana is forced into a marriage of convenience with Wynn, who will protect her and pay off her debts. It’s the right thing for a good man to do, but Wynn can’t help hoping the marriage will turn into one of true affection. As the Bolsheviks chase them to different corners of the earth, Wynn and Svetlana begin to see they will never be able to outrun the love they have for one another.

 

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Historical Romance books are a favorite genre of mine. I also really enjoy books by Author J'Nell Ciesielski, I have read several and they are always enjoyable. I was excited to read her newest novel, The Ice Swan, recently.

The time is 1917 in Russia. Princess Svetlana Dalsky is fleeing from Russia and going to Paris in hopes of finding safety. Her mother and sister are fleeing with her due to the Russian Revolution. They are living in the Basement of a Church and don't have many belongings with them. They are struggling with the different lifestyle they are having to live, coming from a family that had everything due to their status. One day when Svenlata is out on the streets, she is hit with a glass bottle. Dr. Wynn MacCallan is the town Surgeon and he comes to help Svenlata with her minor injury. The 2 are smitten by each other. Svenlata and Wynn eventually have a "marriage of convenience and Wynn is determined to help Svenlata pay off her debts. Wynn is also hoping that the marriage will turn into one of True Love. They continue to flee and eventually make it to Scotland in hopes they are safe from the Aristocrats that Princess Svenlata and her family are trying to get far away from. Will they finally find safety in Scotland? Will Svenlata and Wynn find TRUE LOVE? 

I must admit that the Book Cover is one of the most beautiful covers I have EVER seen! The cover really was part of my excitement in reading this book. The storyline was a little slow to start, but once I really got into it, I really enjoyed the book. Marriage of Convenience books are always really interesting and this one was no different. I also felt that I really learned some History that I didn't remember learning before. The characters, especially Svenlata and Wynn, are very interesting. I highly recommend this book for those who like Historical Romance and Princess stories! GREAT BOOK! 





With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle. Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com.

 

More from J’nell

When we think of the Great War we often only think about events happening right on the battlefield of France, Belgium, and Germany. It was a time of great upheaval for so many people and countries, none more so than Russia. It was during the Great War that the Bolsheviks rose up against the monarchy, assassinated the tsar and his family, and plunged Russia into civil war. The country was in such chaos that they pulled out of the war to deal with their own revolution. The Russian Revolution was the result of centuries of oppression and imperialism that finally boiled over. As the Bolsheviks seized power, nobles and anyone associated or favorable to the monarchy were stripped of their privileges and homes, many killed, and still thousands of others fled in fear of their lives where they became the great wave of White emigres.

 

The stories of the ill-fated Anastasia and the evil Rasputin are legendary, but it wasn’t until recently when I watched a Russian miniseries called Road to Calvary that I became fascinated with the nobles and their struggle and from all that an idea sparked that would become my upcoming release, The Ice Swan. It’s about a Russian princess fleeing the Revolution to Paris in 1917 where she meets a handsome surgeon who is breaking new grounds in cardiology. We see the plight of the White emigres who have taken refuge in Paris and founded their own little Russia in the heart of the city, the exhausted City of Light after four years of war, the overflowing hospitals, and highly controversial advancements in surgery. Plus, a romance to prove that true love can overcome any difference and who doesn’t need a little more love these days?


Rebecca Tews, July 19

Where Faith and Books Meet, July 19

Books and Everyday Life, July 19

Texas Book-aholic, July 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 20

Reflections From My Bookshelves, July 20

All-of-a-kind Mom, July 20

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 21

She Lives To Read, July 21

The Write Escape, July 21

Lakesdielivingsite, July 22

Remembrancy, July 22

Inklings and notions, July 22

For Him and My Family, July 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, July 23

deb’s Book Review, July 24

Rachael’s Inkwell, July 24

To Everything There Is A Season, July 24

Life, love, writing, July 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 25

Life of Literature, July 25

Inside the Wong Mind, July 25

Betti Mace, July 26

Bliss, Books & Jewels, July 26

Older & Smarter?, July 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 27

Connect in Fiction, July 27

Mary Hake, July 27

Connie’s History Classroom, July 28

Back porch reads, July 28

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, July 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 29

Blossoms and Blessings, July 29

Genesis 5020, July 29

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 30

Splashes of Joy, July 30

Simple Harvest Reads, July 30 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Through the fire blogs, July 31

Just Your Average reviews, July 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 1

Labor Not in Vain, August 1

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 1



To celebrate her tour, J’nell is giving away the grand prize of a paperback 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/10fa9/the-ice-swan-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham

Lavender Tears JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Lavender Tears

Title: Lavender Tears
Author: Sondra Cunningham
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women's Fiction

The strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart.

Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany's journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life's unexpected tragedies. 

When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary's life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn't see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father's love and destined for a unique purpose. 

Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother's garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.


I am always willing to read books from new Authors. Lavender Tears is the first novel by Sondra Cunningham. It is a Christian Historical Biblical Women's Fiction novel. I find this genre really interesting and have read books from other authors from this genre. I was excited to read this book by Sondra Cunningham. 

Mary of Bethany life has been quite a journey and she is trying to rely on her faithto get her through her days.  Mary's dreams and hopes haven't become a reality and Mary is feeling lost and like she has no control. Will Mary trust God to direct her path or continue down the spiral of things out of control? 

WOW, my heart was touched by this novel. The novel is a fiction retelling of the story of Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Jesus beginning when they were children. The novel really touches on Women and the struggles they have through life. Women tend to get overwhelmed and always feel lost in this world. Sondra Cunningham really shows how having faith in God's LOVE for us and allowing him to control our path, will bring us a newness of life. Our strength comes from the Lord and this novel really focuses on that. I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels lost or like their life is spiraling out of control.  FANTASTIC BOOK! 




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Sondra Cunningham

Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.

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(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!

Lavender Tears JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher

Make You Feel My Love JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Make You Feel My Love

Title: Make You Feel My Love
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance

One broken woman. One lost man. And the long-buried secrets tying them together. 

After escaping an abusive relationship, Chelsea Spencer flees to Chickadee Creek—the town where her great aunt Rosemary owns a quaint little antique shop. There, Chelsea plans to help with the shop as her aunt heals from an accident—and perhaps find some healing of her own. 

Liam Chandler was one film away from a leading role when his brother Jacob was stricken with cancer. After spending the last months of Jacob’s life with him in Boise, Liam heads to the vacation home he built outside of Chickadee Creek to get his life and his faith back on track. 

While working to clean out a storage room in the antique shop, Chelsea finds an old violin. Aunt Rosemary says she may have the instrument, but they soon learn it is very valuable and once belonged to Cora Chandler, Liam’s great-great-grandmother. 

Drawn together by the old violin and stories from the past, Chelsea and Liam begin to find answers for their present and the future God has in store for them.


Robin Lee Hatcher is a wonderful author and I have enjoyed many of her books. Make You Feel My Love is her newest novel and I was able to read it recently. 

Chelsea Spencer is leaving her life behind and escaping an abusive relationship. She is heading to Chickadee Creek, where her aunt Rosemary lives. Her Aunt owns an Antique shop and Chelsea will be helping her aunt recover from an accident and taking care of the shop. Chelsea also hopes she can move forward with life and find peace with her move. Liam Chandler is back in Chickadee Creek, after being with his brother in Boise, Idaho. Jacob recently passed from Cancer and Liam wants to get his life in order and get back to his Faith, so he is at his vacation home. Chelsea has recently uncovered a Violin while cleaning out a storage room at the Antique Shop. Aunt Rosemary tells Chelsea she can have the Violin. It is soon discovered that this Violin belonged to Liam's Great-Great-Grandmother Cora. Liam and Chelsea begin to learn more about the history of the Violin and are enjoying their time together. Will Liam and Chelsea discover their fondness for one another? Will they allow God to set their paths for the present and Future? 

WOW, what a wonderful and unique storyline. The story is a Dual Timeline story. The Story takes place in the present day and also in the 1890's. The similarities between Chelsea and Cora are uncanning. Liam is a great character for the story. I really like how he and Chelsea really connect over the Violin. The Dual timeline story really are woven together nicely. GREAT BOOK! 



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Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram




(3) winners will receive a print copy of Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher!

Make You Feel My Love JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 13, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy 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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