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Monday, May 16, 2022

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Dawn Ford

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Dawn Ford, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

Title: The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes
Series: Firebird Series #1
Author: Dawn Ford
Publisher: Expanse Books
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Genre: YA Christian Fantasy

Eighteen-year-old servant girl Tambrynn is haunted by more than her unusual silver hair and the star-shaped pupils in her eyes. Her uncontrollable ability to call objects leads the wolves who savagely murdered her mother right to her door. 

When she’s fired and outcast during a snowstorm, her carriage wrecks and she’s forced to find refuge in an abandoned cottage. There, her life is upended when the magpie who’s stalked her for ten years transforms into a man, Lucas. He’s her Watcher and they’re from a different kingdom. His job is to keep her safe from her father, an evil mage, who wants to steal her abilities, turn her into one of his undead beasts, and become immortal himself. 

Can they make it to the magical passageway and get to their home kingdom in time for Tambrynn to thwart her father’s malicious plans? Or will Tambrynn’s unique magic doom them all?



Young Adult Christian Fantasy is not a genre that truly interests me. I have been expanding my interest a bit, and recently read The Girl with Stars in her Eyes by Dawn Ford, which is YA Christian Fantasy. 

Tambrynn is an 18yr old who is very unique with unusual silver hair and the star-shaped pupils in her eyes. She also has Magic abilities and can call the wolves to her door. She has to take refuge in an abandoned cottage when she is fired and then her Carriage gets into a wreck during a Snowstorm. There in the Cottage, her life takes on some changes. She is shocked when the magpie turns into a man named Lucas. Lucas is there to protect her from her Father. Tambrynn's Father wants to take her Magically Abilities and become immortal himself. Lucas wants to do everything he can to get Tambrynn away from her Father. Will they succeed in getting to safety? Will Tambrynn's ablities prevent them from getting to safety? 

I will admit that it took me a couple chapters to really understand the storyline. I think that is because I don't normally read this genre. I LOVE how Strong Tambrynn is and even though she has had trust issues with so many over the years, she has always trusted the Magpie. Lucas(former Magpie) knows Tambrynn has been wanting freedom and to discover who she is and he is very intent on leading her to freedom from her Father. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who LOVES Christian Fantasy will enjoy it also. This is Book 1 in the FireBird Series and I am interested in reading the series now. GOOD BOOK! 





 

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Dawn Ford 

Winner of the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award and finalist in the 2018 Grace Award and the 2020 Great Expectations Contest, Dawn Ford has been recognized for her published and non-published works. Her flash fiction stories have been published in Havok magazine under both her real name and pen name, Jo Wonderly. Her debut novel, Knee-high Lies, was published in 2017.

As a child, Dawn often had her head in the clouds creating scenes and stories for anything and everything she came across. She believed there was magic everywhere, a sentiment she has never outgrown. Nature inspires her, and her love for the underdog and the unlikely hero colors much of what she writes. 

Dawn adores anything Steampunk, is often distracted by shiny, pretty things, and her obsession with purses and shoes borders on hoarding. Dawn lives in Iowa and helps her husband run their foodservice and catering business out of Omaha, Nebraska. When not reading, writing, or catering, Dawn loves babysitting her grandchildren, is parent to Snickers the Wonder Beagle, and can usually be caught daydreaming. 

You can learn more about Dawn Ford at her website: https://dawnfordauthor.com 

CONNECT WITH DAWN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



(3) winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback copy of The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes, and book swag!

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 23, 2022. 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.

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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Persuade Me by Joanne Markey

 





Book: Persuade Me

Author: Joanne Markey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: April 5, 2022

One horrible misunderstanding. Two heartbroken people.

For seven long years, Anne Elliot of Kellynch Station quietly mourned the loss of her first love. Now that she’s finally over Fred for good, her sister offers the perfect escape: Uppercross.

This move, from one cattle station to another, offers new friends, new responsibilities, and now that she’s out from under her father’s domineering thumb, a whole new world of possibilities.

The sky is the limit.

Or maybe the sky is the perfect place for helicopter mustering pilot Fred Wentworth to spend his days. It took a while for him to regroup after their breakup, but now he’s back, he’s successful, and he’s put the past so far behind him he doesn’t even think about Anne more than a couple dozen times a day.

Life is good.

Or it was until he quite literally runs into the one person he hoped to never see again. After that, what’s a bloke to do other than rethink every lie he’d convinced himself was the truth?

Although they both seem willing to admit they were wrong all those years ago, when things take a bad turn, Anne is left to wonder… Is it too late for a reconciliation?

Persuade Me: Austen’s Persuasion meets the rugged Australian bush—plus dingoes.

 

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I really enjoy a good Romance book and Presuade Me by Joanna Markey intrigued me. I was honored to be able to read this book. 

It has been a LONG Seven Years for Anne Elliot. She had her first love but the LOVE ended 7yrs ago. Anne has been extremely sad about the events that led to the end of the relationship. Her sister finally convinces her to move to a different Cattle Location and Anne agrees to do so. She finally feels free from her Father demands and finally looking forward to a new chapter in her life. She feels now is the time for new friends and new adventures.  Fred Wentworth is a Helicopter Pilot and enjoys flying the skies. It took him a long time to get over the breakup with Anne Elliott. He is at a happy point in his life and has come back strong and successful. Life is going great for both Fred and Anne, until the one fateful day they run into each other. Fred had hoped that their paths would never cross again, but it happens. Anne and Fred get to talking and they both agree they were wrong all those years ago and admit to one another. Could this admission lead to forgiveness? Could there be a chance at reconcilation? 

I always enjoy stories about "Second Chance Romance", and this is one of favorite books for Second Chance Romance. The author has a wonderful writing style that keeps the reader intrigued. Anne has been at the helm of her father talking down to her and it has really affected her self esteem throughout life. Fred knew he LOVED Anne, but her Dad did not think highly of him. Anne and Fred realize that they allowed their LOVE to be broken due to the Past. I REALLY LOVE how Anne and Fred realize that they only need to trust God's plan for their lives and not others opinions of them. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Romance books. GREAT BOOK! 



 


Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.

 

More from Joanne

Can a book be partially autobiographical without actually being an autobiography?

Probably not. Persuade Me comes close though. Not in it’s entirety, but I did draw heavily on my own life when I wrote this book. Many of the situations that occur in the book were things that happened to me back in the late ‘90s when I worked on a cattle station as station cook. I also set the book in places where we lived—stations we lived or worked on. The autobiographical part ends there though.

As a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the family situation in Persuade Me is patterned on the Elliot family, not my own. I was easily able to imagine a family like this living in Australia though. The family pride, boasting of being descended from free settlers, knowing how long the family has been in the country to the exact generation—were all things I ran into as a kid.

Not every Australian knows how many generations of the family have lived over there (or cares to know), but in high school there was this one girl… She knew exactly how long her family had been there, and anyone who couldn’t count as many generations of Australians as she could wasn’t as Australian as her. Other people have quite plainly offered the information that their family descended from free settlers, without a single convict in the lineage. Still others can tell the exact year their first ancestor moved to Australia. All I needed was to package all of those things into one prideful being—Mr. Elliot. He doesn’t play a huge role in the story, but his influence can be felt throughout the pages.

From there it was easy to imagine him as a grazier—a station owner—who’d run into hard times. His daughter, Anne, is the heroine who has a hidden past, a broken relationship she’d rather not remember. The hero of the story can’t exactly be a ship’s captain, but there is one occupation in the bush that does bring in a lot of money—helicopter mustering—and having gotten into that line of work his personal finances have taken a drastic change for the better. I won’t spoil the story, but the rest followed in like manner.

And then came the writing… To craft a uniquely Australian book one has to use Australian terms, phrases, and spellings. And when the author has been living outside the country for 21 years, sometimes it’s hard to remember what words go with what country! We worked it all out in the end though, and if you come across a word that looks like it’s been spelled wrong—it’s the Aussie spelling, which is correct for the setting.

I hope you enjoy this contemporary retelling of Persuasion set in the Australian bush. Happy reading!


To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour: Family Camp Movie Review and Giveaway




FAMILY CAMP is a faith-based family comedy from The Skit Guys, opening in theaters May 13. 

When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she’s found the perfect cure for her imperfect
clan—even if they’d all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-outloud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.

The cast includes The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—along with Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”), Gigi Orsillo, Robert Amaya (“Courageous”), Cece Kelly, Mark Christopher Lawrence, and social media sensation / comedian Heather Land.


Watch the Trailer for the Movie HERE


Family Camp is a Fun Loving Comedy. 

WOW, the plot of this movie is so much fun! I haven't laughed so much during a Movie in a LONG while. Summer is coming and many families enjoy Camping during the summer. I think if Families saw this movie before Camping Season begins, they would have a GREAT appreciation for Camping. I can see families wanting to have as much Laughter and Fun as the 2 Families in this film! 

I really enjoyed the film and I know my Teenage Boys would enjoy it also. Many of the Cast are recognizable from other films or TV Shows. I HIGHLY Recommend this for a Family Fun Day at the Movies. You will be laughing the entire movie! 





FAMILY CAMP is releasing in theaters on May 13th! Buy your tickets now! 






You have a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Comment on this Blog what is your Favorite Summertime Activity. Giveaway ends 5/20/2022. 








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Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Giant Murder Audiobook by Marji Lane Narrotor Christa DelSarbo





Book: A Giant Murder

Author: Marji Laine

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: January, 2022

Would you like a shot of… death with that, sir?

Josephine Jacobs was just doing her job, serving at an exclusive party, so why is she now being accused of shooting TG Taggert?

At a party full of suspects in the murder of Taggert, Josie served the food giant everything but an eternally “parting shot.” Who really killed TG Taggert? His wife? His son, Jack? What about Harper Davis? Rumor has it, she was having an affair with him—motive for her or Taggert’s wife! The list of those who seemed to hate him keeps growing, including a chemist and a chef!

With her long-time friend, Office Porter O’Brien, Josie sets out to clear her name and find out who really killed “the giant”.

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. A Giant Murder offers a retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with enough clues and suspects to keep you looking over your shoulder. We’d recommend Kevlar… but it hasn’t been invented yet!

 

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Christian Historical Fiction books are a favorite Genre of mine. I also like reading Mystery books. I was very intrigued to listen to the Audiobook of , A Giant Murder by Marji Lane, because it combines the 2 genres into one book. Marji Lane is a "new to me" author.

Josephine Jacobs is a hard working young woman. She has a hotel job and works with her mom at a Boarding House. She is the server at an exclusive party. The event takes a turn when Wealthy Entrepreneur TG Taggert is shot and killed. Suddenly, Josie finds herself being accused of murder. She is determined to prove her innocence. Josie had served TG Taggert several drinks throughout the night as he requested, but she wouldn't kill him. There is a whole long list of those who would have motive, so why is she being targeted. Josie enlists the help of her friend, Office Porter O’Brien, to help her solve the Mystery of "Who Did It". Will the real murderer be discovered? Will Josie's reputation stay in tact?


I LOVE a book that has lots of twists and turns, and A Giant Murder is definitely a book with lots of twists and turns. I was loving how throughout the story, just as I thought I knew "whodunit", the plot changed and blew my prediction wrong. I couldn't stop listening until I was finished. The Narrator also had a GREAT Voice that kept me intrigued while listening. Josie is such a wonderful character. She is strong and determined. I also appreciate that the author had a strong Faith based message in the book. Josie was very kind and Christ like during her sleuthing to find the Murderer. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes Christian Historical Fiction and a Mystery! GREAT BOOK! 




Marji Laine is a graduated home-schooling mom of four with two college students staying in the nest for a little longer. She and her hubby of 34 years also share their North Texas home with a rescue pup named Rosie. When Marji isn’t editing or publishing the books for her authors at Write Integrity Press, she indulges in penning her own mystery, suspense, and romance novels. She loves acting in musical comedy, has directed many stage productions, leads a high school Bible study and sings in her church choir. She prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, NASCAR to football, Magnolia pie, white roses, green, and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. You can find her at her website: MarjiLaine.com

 

About the Narrator



Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *

 

More from Christa




For Him and My Family, May 3

Texas Book-aholic, May 4

SodbusterLiving, May 5

By the Book, May 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 8

deb’s Book Review, May 9 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions, May 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

Connie’s History Classroom, May 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 14

Lights in a Dark World, May 15

Books I’ve Read, May 16



To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free code for the audiobook!!

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/1db48/a-giant-murder-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Your Finances God's Way by Scott LaPierre

Your Finances God's Way JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Your Finances God's Way book and workbook by Scott LaPierre, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Your Finances God's Way

Title: Your Finances God's Way 
Author: Scott LaPierre
Publisher: Harvest House
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Genre: Christian living – nonfiction

Experience the Peace that Comes with Wise Stewardship 

Financial insecurity can be one of the greatest threats to your well-being—but the good news is that even if you’re on a tight income, you can eliminate many of your monetary worries when you create and abide by a biblical plan for your spending. 

In Your Finance’s God’s Way, you’ll identify the negative money management habits you need to break and the positive habits that should take their place. Implementing the teaching laid out in the Bible, this book gives you advice and practical steps backed by proven principles, helping you 
 • get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings 
 • make wise spending decisions that enable you to avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict 
 • find a healthy balance between being financially frivolous and frugal to a fault 

Even when you have less to spend, you can use what God has provided to thrive. Whether you’re young or old, married or single, working or staying at home, Your Finances God’s Way will give you everything you need to be a careful steward of the resources you’ve received from the Lord.



Your Finances God's Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money by Scott LaPierre is a Self-Help Christian Book. 

Scott LaPierre is a Pastor and Conference Speaker. He prides himself in living a Debt Free Life for a Single Income Family of 11. He written this book to share his knowledge of achieving a Debt-Free Life with others. The Book is Biblically based and encourages the reader to be a good Steward of the Blessings we are given. He says many have Negative Spending Habits and are not wise with money. The main points he covers in the book are: 
• get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings 
 • make wise spending decisions that enable you to avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict 
 • find a healthy balance between being financially frivolous and frugal to a fault 

The timing of this book publication is EXCELLENT. The Economy nowadays is in trouble and many are struggling so much with Finances. The Advice and Principles in this book are very helpful and Biblically based. I believe in being a Good Steward of our Blessings and I strive towards that, but sometimes the Budget doesn't always work that way. I want to apply some of these principles to our household finances. The Workbook is a GREAT addition to help keep the reader accountable. The Workbook also is a great asset for those using the Book in a Group or Bible Study setting. I HIGHLY Recommend both the Book and Workbook to anyone who is struggling to be a Good Steward with Finances. ENCOURAGING BOOK! 



 

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Scott LaPierre 

Scott LaPierre is a senior pastor, author, and popular conference speaker. He holds an MA in biblical studies from Liberty University. Scott and his wife, Katie, live in Washington State, and God has blessed them with nine children. Learn more about Pastor Scott at his website, www.scottlapierre.org, and connect with him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

CONNECT WITH SCOTT: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



(1) winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the Your Finances God's Way book and workbook!

Your Finances God's Way JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 9, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 16, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Books US only, Amazon gift card where available. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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