Friday, October 23, 2020

First Line Fridays: Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund.

"Hello, beautiful. Will you marry me?"

Have you read Almost a Bride? Book blurb below.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:


Always close, but never a bride.
Longing to find true love, Kate Millington arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship. With countless men waiting to snag a bride, Kate has no trouble getting engaged. It’s staying engaged that’s the problem. After traveling to the remote mining town of Williamsville to marry her newest fiancรฉ, she finds herself single again.
As the prosperous owner of a gold mine, Zeke Hart has everything he’s ever wanted except for a wife. At Kate’s arrival, he takes it upon himself to protect his childhood friend from the men clamoring to court her. The more he renews her friendship, the more he wants to win her for himself. But as much as Kate admires Zeke, she’s resolved not to marry someone who doesn’t share her faith.
When Zeke begins receiving anonymous threats, he unwittingly puts them both in grave danger. In the midst of peril, the past rises up to haunt them both, and Zeke realizes the fight for Kate’s affection may be his biggest challenge yet.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Book Review: The Gospel in Dickens

About the Book:

Wish you had time to re-read and enjoy that daunting stack of Charles Dickens novels?

Take heart: Dickens enthusiast Gina Dalfonzo has done the heavy lifting for you. In short, readable excerpts she presents the essence of the great novelist’s prodigious output, teasing out dozens of the most memorable scenes to reveal the Christian vision and values that suffuse all his work.

Dickens can certainly entertain, but his legacy endures because of his power to stir consciences with the humanity of his characters and their predicaments. While he could be ruthless in his characterization of greed, injustice, and religious hypocrisy, again and again the hope of redemption shines through.

In spite of – or perhaps because of – his own failings, Dickens never stopped exploring the themes of sin, guilt, repentance, redemption, and restoration found in the gospel. In some passages the Christian elements are explicit, in others implicit, but, as Dickens himself said, they all reflect his understanding of and reverence for the gospel.

The Gospel in Dickens includes selections from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sketches by Boz – with a cast of unforgettable characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Sydney Carton, Jenny Wren, Fagin, Pip, Joe Gargery, Mr. Bumble, Miss Havisham, Betsey Trotwood, and Madame Defarge.

Read an excerpt from The Gospel in Dickens on the publisher's website.

My Thoughts:

The Gospel in Dickens commences with a foreword by Karen Swallow Prior (whose works I love). Next, editor Gina Dalfonzo introduces the compilation as well as some of Dickens’ history. The selections immediately follow and are sorted into three categories: (1) Sin and Its Victims, (2) Repentance and Grace, (3) The Righteous Life.  More entries are devoted to Sin and Its Victims than the other categories and it sometimes felt heavy. When needed, I skipped around to the other sections for something more hopeful.

The Gospel in Dickens inspired me to check out a Charles Dickens biography and some of his works from my local library. While each reading selection is prefaced by a paragraph or two that explains the background of the selection, I sometimes felt a bit lost because I have not read his works recently. The book is best suited for Christian readers who have already enjoyed the works of Charles Dickens.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Blog Blitz: Dance With Me by Tope Omotosho

Dance With Me Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Dance with Me by Tope Omotosho, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Dance with Me

Title: Dance with Me 
Author: Tope Omotosho
Publisher: Beautiful Feet Publishing
Release Date: January 19, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Fiction

The past is a tricky place. For some, it's a place to be desperately held on to, for others a place never to be revisited. 

For Micah Oramah, the pain of a profound loss has caused his faith to be shaken. Blinded by grief, he questions if serving God is actually worth it. 

Tomboy and makeup artist, Zainab Baruwa-Phillips is head over heels in love with God. The only cloud is her past which she is desperate to erase. However, she'll learn that her past is a strength God is looking to use for his glory. 

In Dance With Me, you'll experience the beauty of our individuality to God.

PURCHASE LINKS*: GoodreadsAmazon

 

EXCERPT

 
            “Apparently, my parents like a big family. They also thought it best to give me an African name as a first name to make up for their sins of abandoning their Igbo heritage with the first four.” She turned her gaze to him. “So my grandmother said.” She looked back at the tall hotel and shop buildings that stood afar. “I’m not bothered by it though. I like to believe I’m the unique one.”

            “So, no English name?” His teeth chattered. His hands balled into a fist in his leather jacket.

            “I have one. Rayna,” she said, her long coat, trimmed with fur across the collar and sleeves inducing slight envy in him.

            “Nkiruka Rayna Nnadi. You have a beautiful name.”

            She smiled. “I think so too. Tell me more about yourself. What university do you go to and what course do you study?”

            Inwardly, he was doing somersaults that she was interested in learning more about him. Pleased when she had noticed the small scar on his forehead; a trophy from younger years of playing football.

            “London Met. Public health.”

            “So, you’re a science geek?”

            He chuckled. “I guess you could say that. But I sense God calling me to a different direction.”

            She arched a brow. “Really? Like what?”

            “Probably to become a pastor.”

            “Interesting,” she said, the expression on her face unreadable so he decided to switch the direction of the conversation.

            “I couldn’t help but notice your dance moves in church.”

            There was a gleam in her eyes. “I love to dance. I took ballet classes in school, but didn’t go far with it. Something about standing on your toes and trying to find balance unbalanced me.”

            They spoke, laughed and got to know each other better as the hours hurried by. Daylight fast running out and the temperature dropped even further. Micah noted two important things as he headed back to London later that evening -he wanted to see her again and he was going to take her dancing no matter how silly it made him look. All he wanted was to see her smile and make her happy.

            Two months and seven dates later, Micah officially asked her to be his girlfriend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tope Omotosho 

Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge found in her thought-provoking stories. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationship, and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life. 

She is a devoted Christian passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love. You can read more about her stories and articles on www.lifegodandlove.com

CONNECT WITH TOPE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Dance with Me!

Dance with Me JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 21, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on October 28, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Book Review: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

About the Book:

Can a Canaanite harlot who made her living enticing men be a fitting wife for a leader of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new features that will invite you into the untold story of Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God. Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the City of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too, walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness… Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart—she doubts whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true…

A woman with a wrecked past—a man of success, of faith... of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

Purchase Link: Amazon.


My Thoughts:

Ten years ago, Pearl in the Sand made it into my top five books of the year. It is going to land there again this year. The 10th Anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes a striking new cover, additional scenes, and book-wide edits, but the heart of this amazing story remains the same.

Pearl in the Sand immediately captivated my attention with Rehab’s character. She is intelligent, beautiful, witty, and loyal. Yet, she is so broken – spiritually, emotionally, sexually. Her character growth flows through the story and culminates with a deep healing. The spiritual truths embedded in the narrative touched my heart as I watched Rehab absorb them. Opposite Rehab is Salmone, a classic male lead, who proves to be heroic, romantic, and flawed. As Salmone learns to be who Rehab needs him to be, he creates a safe place for her to heal and flourish. A top-notch love story!

With its combination of powerful themes, dynamic characters, sparking romance, and spiritual truths, I can wholeheartedly recommend Pearl in the Sand to Christian fiction readers. I marked many passages to reread and savor after finishing the story. Five stars!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the Author:

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical and historical fiction. Her books have won the Christy and INSPY Awards and been voted by the Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year. Her first Bible study and companion video teaching, The Way Home, based on the book of Ruth, was released from Moody Publishers in June 2020. 

Born in the Middle East, Tessa moved to England in her teens where she attended boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. 

Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship for one year. She worked in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.

Connect with Tessa: Author Website 




Friday, October 16, 2020

First Line Fridays: Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Happy Friday!  

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar.

"Rehab tumbled into consciousness courtesy of an impatient nudge."

Have you read Pearl in the Sand? Book blurb below.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

Can a Canaanite harlot who made her living enticing men be a fitting wife for a leader of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new features that will invite you into the untold story of Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God. Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the City of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too, walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness… Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart—she doubts whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true…

A woman with a wrecked past—a man of success, of faith... of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.



First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Love Your Selfie by Tessa Emily Hall

Love Your Selfie Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Love Your Selfie by Tessa Emily Hall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Love Your Selfie
Title: Love Your Selfie 
Author: Tessa Emily Hall 
Publisher: Ellie Claire Gifts 
Release Date: October 13, 2020 
Genre: Teen/Young Adult Devotional 

God loves the real you-without filters, followers, or fabulous backdrops! This glittery devotional journal helps teens find their inner sparkle so they can love themselves. 

The truth is: the Creator of the Universe stamped His approval on you far before anyone ever had the chance to disapprove. In this 52-week devotional journal, you will be guided through a journey of embracing the unique way you were created. Author Tessa Emily Hall shares her personal struggles of dealing with insecurity and self-shame as a teen, then she invites you to reflect on the weekly message through journal prompts and social media challenges. You will be taken on a journey to understand what Scripture says about your identity, discover how you can tap into your God-given potential, and learn to love who you are inside. 

Ellie Claire's LeatherLuxe® material is given new glittery life in this stunning journal with full-color interior design. The rich feel of leather is finished with round corners to make this journal an extraordinary gift for any time of year. 

FEATURES: 
Premium, thick, acid-free, non-bleed paper 
Guided journal from a teen for teens 
Lightly-ruled space for notes and reflections 
Full-color interior 
Presentation page for personalization 
LeatherLuxe® binding with NEW glitter finish that doesn't rub off 
Ribbon marker 
Smythe-sewn binding 



EXCERPT

It might sound silly to think about waterfalls attempting to pull off the beauty of a garden, but that’s how we must appear to God sometimes. If He wanted us to have a different type of beauty, don’t you think He would have created us that way? But one glimpse at nature proves that His creativity far exceeds just one type of beauty. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tessa Emily Hall

Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who wrote her debut novel when she was sixteen. She is now a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction inspirational yet authentic books for teens, including her upcoming release, LOVE YOUR SELFIE (October 2020, Ellie Claire). Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as a Literary Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net

Tessa is guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 128 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, teaching at writing conferences, coaching young writers, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to connect with readers is on her mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com.

CONNECT WITH TESSA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a book-inspired prize package including an autographed copy of Love Your Selfie, InnerSparkle coffee blend sample from the book, book swag, prayer journal, pink glitter nail polish, lip gloss, facial mask, etc.!

Love Your Selfie JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 13, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 20, 2020. Winners 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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Author Interview & Giveaway: At Heaven's Edge by Andrea Jo Rodgers


About the Book


Book: At Heaven’s Edge
Author: Andrea Jo Rodgers
Genre: Christian Nonfiction
Release Date: October 1, 2015

Veteran EMT Andrea Rodgers has helped hundreds of people in their most vulnerable moments.
Some of the victims faced their mortality head-on and cried out to God for help. Many experienced fleeting but life-changing connections with their first responders. Often these crises became unexpected sources of inspiration.
Now Rodgers shares brief, real-life stories of heroic courage in the face of fear. In times of intense suffering, she has repeatedly witnessed signs of God’s quiet intervention and healing presence.
  • A man is resuscitated after Rodgers was able to repair a defibrillator–with her teeth!
  • Several bystanders help rescue a young girl who is accidentally buried alive in sand.
  • Rodgers also experienced some lighthearted moments, including the time she arrived at the scene of a crime only to find herself in the middle of a mystery dinner theater.
Experience the miracles, the life-and-death drama as you look at life from heaven’s edge.
Featured on the Catholic Corner Television Show, Telecare TV, Domestic Church Media, and Shalom World.

Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Andrea Jo Rodgers is the author of award-winning Christian middle grade fiction as well as inspirational adult nonfiction novels. She holds a clinical doctorate in physical therapy and specializes in women’s health, orthopedics, and lymphedema. She has served her community as a volunteer emergency medical technician for over thirty years, responding to more than 8,200 first aid and fire calls. She lives on the east coast with her husband, two children, and their two fur babies.


More from Andrea

I’ve always loved writing.  In fact, I wrote my first “book” when I was in the first grade.  It was about how my mother and brother rescued an injured baby duckling from our town’s lake, so I suppose writing about rescues has been in my blood from a young age.

Several years back, my son and I were in a terrifying elevator accident that event made me step back and take a close look at my life.  I thought about my relationships with God, my family, and my friends.  I also thought about my goals and my dreams. The accident inspired me to start writing.
I decided  to write about my experiences as a volunteer with my town’s first aid squad.  I hoped that people might be inspired or comforted by my stories.  When I was finished the first draft, I thought that it needed something to pull it all together.  That’s when I decided to explain the source of my inspiration for writing the book by including my own 911 call.

 When I first joined the first aid squad, I was seventeen and was just starting my senior year of high school. I’ve been a volunteer EMT ever since. Over the years, I have served in many offices, including Captain and President. Currently, I’m the Lieutenant, a trustee, and treasurer of our foundation.

During my time with the squad, I have been fortunate to witness some utterly amazing things. At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue describes inspirational and memorable first aid calls from my early years with the rescue squad, from my school years when I spent summers working as a beach cop through my first years as a physical therapist. Some of the stories in the book are what I would consider to be miracles, some are sad, but faith-filled, and a few humorous. I invite you to join me in experiencing what it is like to serve as a first responder.


Author Interview with Andrea


Please give us a little introduction to your book. 

Andrea: At Heaven’s Edge describes inspirational and memorable first aid and emergency calls from my experiences as a volunteer with my local rescue squad, from my school years when I spent summers working as a beach cop through my first years as a physical therapist. 

How long did it take you to write this book? 

Andrea: It took about two years to write At Heaven’s Edge. After writing for five months, I had to take a break for nine months while I focused on becoming a certified lymphedema therapist. Once I completed the national certification test, I gleefully dove back into writing. 

In what setting do you enjoy writing the most? 

Andrea: Since I’m a busy working mom who spends a lot of time volunteering with my rescue squad, I can’t afford to be picky about where I write. I’ve written on scrap paper in between innings or during time outs at my children’s sporting events and in the waiting rooms of doctors and dentists. Many times, I’ll write for a few minutes before I fall into bed. In an ideal world, I’d be able to type in peace and quiet at my computer in our home office, but I grab whatever minutes I can get wherever I can.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing? 

Andrea: When I’m not writing, I love working part-time as a physical therapist. I specialize in women’s health, urinary incontinence, lymphedema, osteoporosis, ALS, and orthopedics. I volunteer as an emergency medical technician with my local first aid and rescue squad. I’m currently the Lieutenant and answer about 300 first aid calls per year. I enjoy watching my children participate in sports and extracurricular activities. I like walking along the ocean shoreline and taking daytrips. When I’m actually sitting down, our 14-year-old Shih Tzu (who we rescued when he was 12) is almost always in my lap. 

Where can readers find out more about you and your book? 

Andrea: Readers can find out more about me at my website, www.andreajorodgers.com. It also includes information about my books and links to interviews.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 4
Stories By Gina, October 6 (Author Interview)
Sodbusterliving, October 8
Simple Harvest Reads, October 10 (Author Interview)
Beauty in the Binding, October 13 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, October 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Sara Jane Jacobs, October 15

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize package of signed copies of At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue and On Heaven’s Doorstep: God’s Help in Times of Crisis-True Stories from a First Responder as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Book Review: Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson

About The Book:

Sally, what is your secret?

For years, parents worldwide have asked beloved author Sally Clarkson how she and her husband have ignited a love for learning and a deep faith in their children. They want to know how the Clarksons launched their children to live such vibrant, flourishing lives as adults.

Awaking Wonder is Sally's answer to those questions. This book is thirty-six years in the making and provides a deep dive into Sally's most profound legacy: nurturing and guiding her four children into a wonder-filled life. Her story will inspire and encourage you toward what is possible in raising your own children.

Children are one of the greatest treasures of every generation. Parents long to provide a life in which they can flourish in body, soul, and mind. Yet in today's culture, many feel they are floundering as they nurture their children.

If you are idealistic and hopeful about the process of raising your children to be healthy and vibrant, you will find encouragement through the Clarksons' story. If you feel exhausted, ill-equipped, confused, or unsupported in your journey as a parent, you will find relief through the countless ideas and practical applications in this book.

Awaking Wonder will inspire you, delight you, provide laughter, and bring tears through the heartfelt stories of four lively children and the wondrous life they grew up in together.

Journey with Sally toward:
• cultivating wonder all around you, alongside your children
• understanding how to invigorate and open your children's hearts and minds to the grand design, beauty, and goodness scattered throughout the universe
• laying a foundation for spiritual formation and a robust faith in God
• nurturing your children to live into their capacity in intellect, faith, and relationships

If you long for a holistic, creative, spiritually foundational approach to parenting and education, this is the book you've been waiting for.

The companion guide, The Awaking Wonder Experience, will help you apply Sally's principles in practical, life-changing ways.

Read an excerpt on the publisher's website.


My Thoughts:

Awaking Wonder stands as the best nonfiction book I have read in 2020. Sally Clarkson’s heart for encouraging parents to embrace wonder resonates on every page of the book. She offers fascinating insights into her personal journey as she presents her case for the importance of cultivating wonder. She challenges parents to strive for ideals and model attributes they want their children to emulate. Yet, she balances ideals with real life realities such as household chores and family conflicts. Near the end, she discusses openly what she would have done differently.

Reading Awaking Wonder felt like sitting down with a wise, beloved mentor. I felt affirmed in my choice to homeschool. Certain suggestions and ideals inspired me to strive for excellence. Most importantly, the author’s encouragement infused me with excitement and joy to continue our homeschooling journey.

I recommend Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson to all homeschooling parents. Though the concepts of the book can be applied by all parents, the heart of this book is centered on homeschool-style education.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, October 9, 2020

First Line Fridays: The Sowing Season by Katie Powner

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from The Sowing Season by Katie Powner.

"Cow manure spewed from the burst pipe and rained down on him like retribution."

Sounds terrible, doesn't it? ๐Ÿ˜‚ The Sowing Season releases next week, but my copy arrived a few days ago and I'm looking forward to reading this novel. 

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

Can an unlikely friendship give them the courage to start again?

Forced to sell the dairy farm he's worked his entire life to make successful, Gerrit Laninga, now sixty-three, doesn't know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for his cows--his time, his health, his family--with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.

Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters is stricken with panic every time she climbs behind the wheel. But any failure, including not passing her driver's test, jeopardizes The Plan--the detailed blueprint for high school and beyond that has her following in her lawyer father's footsteps. Though she's always been committed to The Plan, now that the pressure to succeed is building, doubts about whether she has what it takes begin to haunt her. What was supposed to unite her family in purpose could end up tearing it apart.

As their paths cross and a friendship begins to form, Gerrit's and Rae's lives change in unexpected ways. Will they discover what really matters in life and together learn it's never too late for a second chance?


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler

A Ranger for the Twins JustRead Blog Tour
 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK


A Ranger for the Twins

Title: A Ranger for the Twins 
Author: Tanya Agler 
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming 
Release Date: October 13, 2020 
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance 


She fell from grace… 
Before falling for him 

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love… 





EXCERPT


A yellow Victorian caught his eye and he slowed his pace. Then he squinted at what used to be the most impressive house in town. Paint peeled off the second-story shutters, one of which was slightly askew, while the white picket fence bordering the front yard needed pressure washing. He read the sign on the fence: Don’t Let the Pigs Out. He rubbed his eyes and reread the words. He hadn’t made any mistakes.

Low-pitched grunts piqued his curiosity, so he stepped onto the soft green grass and peeked over the fence. Rubbing his eyes, he stopped and focused on one miniature pig rooting in the ground while the other scratched its back on a wooden post in the garden. A border collie completed the picture, running in circles around the other two animals.

Lucie Appleby, debutante and homecoming queen, now owned pigs? The surprises kept coming.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tanya Agler

An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release with the sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, coming in October 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea. 

CONNECT WITH TANYA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a reader tote bag, a signed print copy of The Sheriff's Second Chance, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

A Ranger for the Twins JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 6, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on October 13, 2020. 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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Monday, October 5, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Deadly Pearls by Miranda Atchley

About the Book:

She knew coming to America would be an adventure. But she didn’t know it would involve murder.

Intelligent and inquisitive Irish immigrant Fiona Clery has always longed for a life of excitement away from her family’s farm. Yet living in New York City isn’t as glamorous as she’d always dreamed. When her neighbor is murdered, she wonders how wise her decision to come to the United States is. While the police turn a blind eye to Gabriel Morelli’s murder, Fiona knows she must do all that she can to find the killer. Under the tutelage of her favorite fictional sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, she just might crack the case–if a certain man will ever stop infringing on her investigation.
 
Max Gillespie is good at putting on an act. A Great War veteran, he struggles with regret from his past, though refuses to let it show. Perfectly content to spend his days working as an accountant and evenings tucked in his apartment away from the excitement of the city, he shuns anything that could lead to unwanted surprises. Yet when his cousin Rose’s beau is murdered, he finds himself pulled into the investigation alongside a smart and pretty amateur sleuth who he can’t help but clash with. Exposed to the underbelly of the city he loves, Max wonders if he was mistaken to involve himself in a murder investigation. Yet when Rose’s invaluable pearl necklace is stolen and its place is left a threatening note, he vows to do all that he can to keep those he loves safe.
 
In Jazz Age New York, Fiona and Max will have to navigate this roaring new decade while learning the truth about those around them–as well as themselves.
 





Endorsements:

Deadly Pearls was tailor-made for me: an intelligent, sparkling heroine, a resplendent sense of history and an immersive New York setting (not to mention a beguiling hero and top-notch banter) matched with whiffs of danger and intrigue are hallmarks of everything I look for in my next read. And yet Atchley takes these a step further, underscoring her well-paced mystery with themes of war and immigration, of faith and of hope. An atmospheric, whip-smart and delightful ‘20s romp, Atchley’s narrative bubbles over with personality and romance. I confess to wanting to roam around New York with Max and Fiona long after I turned the last page and cannot wait for their next adventure! Highly recommended.”

–RACHEL MCMILLAN, author of The London Restoration

 
“Miranda Atchley hits the mark with this lively historical mystery set in 1920s New York. Stories of an Irish immigrant making her way in a new world, a Great War veteran haunted by the past, and an heiress struggling to live life on her own terms are woven into a suspenseful mystery with the kind of sparkling details that immerse the reader in that high-spirited era. A delightful, fast-paced read.”

–JENNIFER LAMONT LEO, award-winning author of Moondrop Miracle and You’re the Cream in My Coffee


About the Author:

Miranda Atchley is a history enthusiast and complete bookworm whose passion for books and times gone by have compelled her to write several novels, one of which was a finalist for an indie writing award. When not writing at her home in Arkansas’s Ouachita Mountains, Miranda loves getting lost in a good book, spending time with her spoiled Chihuahua, watching period dramas, and learning about her favorite period in time, the 1920s. Visit her blog at: mirandaatchley.blogspot.com
 

Find Miranda on social media at: Goodreads | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest


Giveaway:

Three winners will each receive a Kindle copy of Deadly Pearls. Must be 18 or older to enter and able to receive Kindle books via email.


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Sunday, October 4, 2020

September Reading Recap & October TBR

My September 2020 Reads: 

In September, I finished:
  1. Rules are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Review to come.

  2. Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Review to come.

  3. A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  4. 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  5. The Italian's Unexpected Heir by Jennifer Faye - ⭐⭐ 



Expected October 2020 Reads:

In October, I hope to read:
  1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster - Still reading this one... ๐Ÿ˜…

  2. Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child's Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson. - Currently reading and loving! It's like sitting down with a wise, beloved mentor. ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Afraid of the Light by Cynthia Ruchti - My local book club's selection for October.

  4. Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer. - I came so close to finishing this one!!! 

  5. Harvest Moon by Jenny Knipfer.

  6. The Gospel in Dickens edited by Gina Dalfonzo.

  7. Pearl in the Sand (10th anniversary edition) by Tessa Afshar.




What will you read this month?

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Book Review & Giveaway: She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith






About the Book

Book:  She Writes for Him
Author: Cynthia Cavanaugh
Genre: Women’s Issues
Release Date: May 12, 2020

It’s not often we speak about abortion, shame, betrayal, depression, anxiety, and loss in our circles of faith. It can be uncomfortable as we try to reconcile why a good God allows suffering and pain. Life is messy, and yet we need not silence these stories.

She Writes For Him: Stories of Resilient Faith is written by brave women who have boldly ventured out to tell their hard stories. These resilient women have found that God can be trusted in the midst of difficult and tragic circumstances. They have found God’s redemption in their pain and their willingness to look doubts in the face and claim God’s steadfast love over their trials.

This book is Redemption Press’s debut in a series meant to infuse hope and courage to others who have experienced a similar journey, that they might know they are not alone and can find healing.

Click here to get your copy!


My Thoughts

In She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith, the contributing authors have traversed valleys of trial and deep rivers of pain as they thirsted for healing. Due to their life experiences, their stories felt authentic and credible. The truths they communicated surpassed popular platitudes. Every single story held my attention.

She Writes for Him divides into five parts: Shame, Loss, Abortion, Depression and Anxiety, Betrayal. The sections can be read in any order, but the stories within each section are best read in order. Read on for my thoughts on each topic.

  • Shame: This section contains several stories from authors who have experienced sexual assault. As a fellow survivor, I can say that I was not “triggered” by the stories. Rather, I found the stories and the spiritual truths very encouraging.

  •  Loss: Every one of us experiences loss. None are exempt. I could relate to many of the authors although their situations were different than mine. I finished with the feeling that I am not alone; I am not the only one who struggles.

  • Abortion: I have never had an abortion, but I imagine this section would be hard to read for someone who has. Some concepts within these stories are applicable to all, regardless of past experience or lack thereof.

  • Depression & Anxiety: I felt like most of the stories in this section focus on depression, but many truths presented also apply to anxiety. Like the section on loss, I felt comforted that I am not alone in my struggles.

  • Betrayal: The very first entry focused on forgiveness and that bothered me. I believe before victims are told to forgive, they need acceptance, affirmation, assurance of God’s concern and nearness, and boundaries that create physical and mental safe spaces. That is where healing (and forgiveness) can grow. That being said, I recognize there are different levels of betrayal and not all betrayal is deeply traumatic. The stories in this section were authentic and encouraging, but I still think this section could have been better.

Final Thoughts: I am glad I took the time to read She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith. It is a good devotional infused with encouragement and hard-won truths. I will keep this book and read it again. Five stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the Managing Editor


Managing Editor Cynthia Cavanaugh is a speaker, life coach, and award-winning author of Anchored: Leading through the Storms and Live Bold: A Devotional Journal to Strengthen Your Soul.

She is the strategic marketing coach for Redemption Press, and you can find her at www.cynthiacavanaugh.com, Facebook, and Instagram, and her new podcast, Soul Anchor.


More from Athena

In May 2019, while driving home from the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal with the sun out and the mountain in view, God gave me a vision of a movement. He gave me the name “She Writes for Him,” and I knew it would start as a book compilation, then a podcast, and finally a conference.

Here we are a year later, and She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith launched on May 12, 2020. Featuring Carol Kent, Tammy Trent, and Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith, 27 brave women share their hard stories of abortion, depression and anxiety, betrayal, loss, and shame.

The second edition is already taking submissions, and best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs leads the lineup of contributors sharing on suffering, cancer, mental health, addictions, and abuse for She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope.

My hope in this book series is to address topics that have long been a struggle for the church to be the safe place it needs to be for those still hurting from wounds of the past. Those of us who love the Lord but have trauma in our pasts and are still on our healing journey need to be encouraged by others who have walked in our shoes. Perhaps we haven’t even started our healing journey yet, convinced we are the only one struggling the way we do or are too ashamed to admit our failures of the past. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, this compilation of brave women will encourage you to process your pain and experience the redemption in your areas of struggle.

Athena Dean Holtz, publisher and creator of the She Writes for Him compilation series.

Blog Stops

For Him and My Family, September 25
deb’s Book Review, September 26
Texas Book-aholic, September 27
Inklings and notions, September 28
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 29
CarpeDiem, September 29
Artistic Nobody, October 1 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
A Reader’s Brain, October 4
Sara Jane Jacobs, October 5
Splashes of Joy, October 7

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book signed by herself as the managing editor!!

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