Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Heart's Disguise: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.
The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.
After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.
But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife.
But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?
About The Author:
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. "Seagrass Pier," the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense.
My Review:
Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine for several years now, and when I was given the opportunity to review the re-release of her very first series, I knew I had to jump at it. Over the next few months you will find my thoughts about the series here on the blog. The first book, A Heart's Disguise, was a fantastic book. For only 96 pages, there are a number of great twists and turns, and a great cliff hanger, perfect to become excited about the next book in the series. It is the perfect book to read while waiting for appointments or when your child is at an after-school activity!
The characters are all fantastic, and the story line will have you excited as well. It is obviously a quick read, with wonderful descriptions of the setting, and it is a fantastic re-introduction for current fans of Coble's work, and a fantastic introduction to her work for new readers.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase a copy of A Heart's Disguise online through Amazon. You can also purchase it at your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?
“I remember the day you were born.”
“Turn down the music!”
“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
“Hold my hand.”
Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
About The Author:
Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.
My Review:
This is a very different parenting book than I have read in a while, but that is a good thing. It is an encouraging read that meets the reader right where they are. In the midst of the sometimes messy journey we call parenthood. The book is organized so nicely and that makes it perfect for reading from cover to cover or reading only the chapters that you need for the place you may be in as a parent.
The whole book is awesome, but I especially loved being reminded to pray, especially in the tough times, to remember that God's timing is what it is all about, that we are here for a reason, that we need to put God first so that we can be the best parent He wants us to me, and that we are never alone on this journey, even if we sometimes feel like it.
Each chapter has "moments of introspection" for the reader to take a moment and think about how to apply to life what was just read. It's perfect for a quick devotional and so incredibly encouraging. This would be a perfect new parent gift and especially a great gift for a parent you know that may be experiencing a difficult time.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Promise of Palm Grove: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.
Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.
About The Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
My Review:
Shelley Shepard Gray has done it again with her new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft. Book one, The Promise of Palm Grove, released in January and recently I had an opportunity to read and review it. I am so glad I did. I have read many of Gray's works, and this was just as good (and even better) than other books I have read by this author. 
Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres, so I am always happy to read a book of that genre. 
As four friends head out on a road trip to Florida, you just know there will be adventures of all kinds, even with Amish girls. The characters were very well developed, fun and I found myself relating to a number of the emotions the girls experienced. The relationships within the book were fantastic. 
 It was a delightful love story and I look forward to seeing how various characters are developed, and stories as well, in book two, The Proposal at Siesta Key, which releases in May 2015.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase The Promise of Palm Grove online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Declutter Now: A Book and Study Guide Review

About The Book:

We all have too much STUFF! Not just tangible things, but also the harmful clutter we allow to take up residence in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.

EVERY area of your life must be decluttered for you to live with the joy and freedom God desires!


  • We'll clean out closets, relationships, and finances.
  • We'll share ideas on decluttering your children's lives from the get-go, and how to instill tools they'll need to keep them that way.
  • We'll navigate through challenges at work and critical  career decisions.
  • Are you burdened by emotional ties that bind or physical problems which keep you in bondage? We'll tackle those too!
  • Does your spiritual life feel empty or stalled? We desire to help!
Declutter what you don't need to make room for what really matters. Less can truly be more!

  • Do you long for more peace and harmony in your life?
  • Do you desire more quality time with family?
  • Are you seeking relief from financial burdens?
  • Are you ready to release the grip of guilt and obligation?
  • Do you yearn for an increased ability to serve God?
Declutter Now! is for REAL people dealing with REAL life! Discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ.

About The Study Guide:

Do you desire more TIME, SPACE, MONEY, FREEDOM, JOY, ENERGY and PEACE?

The Declutter Now! Study Guide is an 8-week comprehensive, practical, step-by-step guide, designed to coach and motivate you to TAKE ACTION and declutter your:

  • Physical space
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Mental Health
  • Children
  • Spiritual life
  • Body and Physical Health
Declutter Now! helps you not only recognize the clutter in your life, but also help you get rid of it forever! What can you expect?

  • Release from the bondage of clutter
  • Live the abundant life God desires for you
  • Thought and conversation provoking questions
  • Inspirational and relevant scripture
  • A guide to ACTION with helpful resources and practical applications
  • FOR LEADERS - Complete meeting format guide which includes useful tools, tips, and creative ideas to make your group a success
Designed to be used in conjunction with the Declutter Now! book.

DON'T DELAY - START TODAY!


About The Authors:

Lindon and Sherry Gareis, founders of Action Plan Ministries, debut their writing career with Declutter Now! They are small group leaders and certified Christian Life Coaches from Glendale, AZ, with hearts that desire to serve God in a mighty way. Lindon and Sherry combine all their life experience to positively impact everyday living with practical and purposeful advice.

The Gareises have a blended family of three sons and one daughter - Trent, 25, Ryan, 24, Devin, 22, and Sarah, 22. In their spare time you will find them writing, boating, hiking, gardening, or hosting a family barbeque. They love being outdoors, love being together, and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon.

My Review:

Decluttering - the word can often stress me out because often, I have often no idea where to start. Whether it is organizing photos, decluttering clothes or books, and even my time, I will sometimes feel overwhelmed. Until this year.

This year I decided to declutter my entire life, not just the stuff in my home. I knew I needed a total overhaul on much of the areas in my life. And within a few months span I received several books, and internet tools to help me. Declutter Now! and it's study guide were one of these books.

It has been fantastic to read and apply many of the tips I have been learning through Declutter Now! The book is very well organized and goes beyond decluttering stuff more than any other book I have read. The areas that the authors deal with are: Physical Space, Relationships, Careers, Finances, Mental Health, Spiritual Life, Body & Physical Health and Children. With well organized writing, tips, questions and an awesome study guide perfect for a small group study. While you could do this as an individual study, its far more suited to a group study. This book has allowed me to learn new ways to declutter in my life, and I am so glad I could have read it.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.


BUY IT: You can purchase both Declutter Now! and the Declutter Now! Study Guide at Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of these books, courtesy of the authors and Ambassador International, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***



Monday, March 23, 2015

While He Lay Dying: A Book Review

About The Book:

On a windy Saturday in March, just before his four-year-old daughter's birthday party, Bruce finally went to the E.R. to get some strong painkillers.

He was sure he had the flu and pulled hamstring, while his wife thought it was another "man cold".

They were both wrong.

The next morning, Lara stood in the Intensive Care Unit wondering what she was supposed to do. Her soul mate and father of their three little children lay in critical condition, in an induced coma and on life support - he was dying.

Lara's social media posts, meant to save time and keep friends informed, spread further than she ever expected. Eventually tens of thousands of people around the world united in prayer and support for one man's life.

While He Lay Dying is the extraordinary true story of one ordinary little family in an ordinary small city. Many fine books by many fine authors teach about thanksgiving, prayer, healing, community, faith and love. This is more than a fine teaching. This is a demonstration.

About The Authors:

Bruce and Laura Merz are an ordinary couple who drive a mini van, bandage knees, and go on and off diets from time to time. Bruce, formally a pastor, spends much of his time presently as an educator and mathematics curriculum developer, yet still enjoys ministering and speaking here and there. He has a passion for seeing people exercise their God-given gifts and abilities in their everyday spheres of influence. Lara is a teacher and professional photographer who enjoys helping people see how beautiful  they truly are, inside and out. She is gifted communicator and loves to testify of the goodness of God. Together they are raising three small children and are active participants in their local church community in Lethbridge, Alberta.

My Review:

While He Lay Dying was a heart-wrenching, yet hope-filled book to read. The story of Bruce's illness and subsequent time in the ICU fighting for his life, was written in a remarkable manner. I also loved that he and his wife, Laura, took turns recounting the event. It was very obvious in reading this book that faith in God is of the utmost priority for both Bruce and Laura, and their influence is felt, literally, around the world. While I live in the same area as the authors, and have heard of their church I have never attended there. However, many of my good friends have and I know that the Merz' support system locally was outstanding! You will laugh and cry as you read the book, and follow the journey through a life changing moment in a young couple's life. I was absolutely impacted by this book, and it allowed me to recall serious moments in my life when all I had was God and amazing support. It was a very good reminder that the power of healing that comes only from The Great Physician, Christ Jesus. 

If you would like to read a true life miracle story, this is the book for you.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase While He Lay Dying online through Amazon Canada, Amazon US, . and Indigo/Chapters

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the authors, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

How To Catch A Prince: A Blog Tour and Review


About The Book:

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?
American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.
But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?
Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as "The Wedding Dress," "Love Starts with Elle," and "Once Upon A Prince." She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, "Softly and Tenderly," one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.
My Review:
How To Catch A Prince is book three in The Royal Wedding Series and it was stellar! Once again, author Rachel Hauck has hit the nail on the head with a well-written book with phenomonal characters and story lines that will have you reading until late into the night.
This is the final chapter in The Royal Wedding series, which saddens me but yet that means there is more amazing books coming from Ms. Hauck. I can't wait to see what is next for her.
This book is sweet, romantic and has just enough emotional rawness to capture your attention from the get-go. And seriously, that cover will make your heart swoon! It is absolutely stunning. It is a story of love, loss and tackles a serious subject in PTSD, in a very respectable manner. As I read the book, and felt that I was involved in each scenario within the novel. A delightful romance, and quick read, perfect for a weekend!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase How To Catch A Prince online through Amazon.com. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:


What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

About The Author:

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

My Review: 

Max Lucado is a prolific author and while I have read most of his non-fiction books, I am fairly new to the fiction (aside from the children's books). Understandably, when I found out I could have an opportunity to review his new fiction title, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, I jumped at it. I am so glad that I did.

Written with humor and a delightful cast of characters, Miracle at the HIgher Ground Cafe is built solidly around themes like forgiveness and the power of prayer in our lives.It was also a wonderful reminder that as hard as we often try we cannot do things alone, but need God each step of the way.  It is classic Lucado in that the spiritual themes are so simple yet profound, and yet I also enjoyed reading Max Lucado's fictional take on these oft times difficult themes. I found the book flowed nicely, was a very quick read and is perfect for a new believer or even those who may be questioning the Christian faith.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe online through Amazon


***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Book from Rachel Hauck | ‘How to Catch a Prince’ and Royal Giveaway

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck's new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a "royal" prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel's blog.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Five-Book Giveaway from Shelley Shepard Gray

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, "Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal." Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley's blog!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Worry Less So You Can Live More: A Book Review

About The Book:


Exchange Your Worries for Delight in God . . . and God's Delight in You
Weary of worry and its tagalongs: anxiety, discouragement, and exhaustion? Jane Rubietta invites you to leave behind your heavy heart and learn to truly live again. To experience joy and rest in the moment-by-moment pleasure of a God who delights in you--and has all your tomorrows under his control. Jane's picturesque prose offers enduring encouragement and practical tools for change. Discussion questions and journaling prompts make this the perfect book to read on your own or share with your small group and discover how to worry less and live more.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Jane Rubietta is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen books, including the award-winningGrace Points and Quiet Places. She travels internationally, speaking hundreds of times a year at women's events, churches, and parenting groups. Jane brings a voice of vulnerability and honesty as she writes and speaks on issues close to--indeed, about--people's hearts. ("You've been reading my journal," women tell her after she speaks. "You've been living my life," when they read her books.) She also writes regularly for indeed, MOMSense, Fullfill, Significant Living, and other magazines and websites.

After obtaining a B.S. in business from Indiana University, Jane completed postgraduate studies in Germany while also forming and directing an international drama team that took the Gospel throughout Europe. She attended seminary at Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. She is assistant coordinator and faculty member of Write-To-Publish Writer's Conference. Jane and her husband, Rich, live near Chicago, Illinois. 
 
Jane would be delighted to discuss keynoting a conference, leading a retreat, or speaking at your church. To learn more about Jane's speaking ministry, itinerary, and contact information, please visit her at www.JaneRubietta.com

My Review:

Worry Less So You Can Live More is a wonderful book that anyone who finds that worry is something that you deal with in your life. With personal stories making up the main parts of the book, the author reminds us that worry does not help us grow but in fact does just the opposite. I loved that she includes questions at the end of each chapter, perfect for individual and small group study. Each chapter will encourage you, and the entire book is very well-written, and thought provoking. It is a delightful read.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase a copy of Worry Less So You Can Live More at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Program and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Kindle Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Author Chat Party with Colleen Coble

In the midst of end-of-war celebrations, Sarah discovers her betrothed was keeping a devastating secret in Colleen Coble's A Heart's Disguise. Will Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the only man she’s ever loved? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?




Celebrate book one in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!





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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A Kindle Fire

  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise

  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession (blog tour coming in April)

  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge (blog tour coming in April)


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!





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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Tez Brooks’ ‘The Single Dad Detour’ $150 Giveaway


The divorced father is often portrayed in movies and television as an object of humor, ridicule, or pity. Where does that leave real single dads trying to do their best? It can easily make them susceptible to overcompensation or apathy, which is why Tez Brooks has written The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce


Tez is celebrating the release of The Single Dad Detour with a "Day with Dad" $150 cash card giveaway!




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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A $150 cash card (perfect for taking your kids for a "day with dad" at a baseball game, at the movies, or at home video gaming with pizza)

  • A copy of The Single Dad Detour


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 31st. Winner will be announced April 1st on Tez's blog.




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Sunday, March 15, 2015

New from Max Lucado | ‘Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe’ and iPad Giveaway

In Max Lucado's new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, he asks, If you could ask God anything, what would you ask—and how would he answer? When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.




Join Max in celebrating the release of his new fiction book by entering his iPad giveaway and RSVPing to his Coffee with Max webcast!





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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • An iPad Mini

  • A copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on the Litfuse blog. Then tune in later on the 24th for his Coffee with Max webcast. RSVP here!





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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Twisted Innocence: A Book Review

About The Book:

Holly Cramer's past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family---she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller-the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he's innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can't trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.


About The Author:

Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of "Intervention," "Vicious Cycle," and "Downfall," as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

My Review:

Terri Blackstock has been a favorite author of mine for several years. In fact, I have read all the books that she has written and am always so excited when a new book by her releases. Twisted Innocence was no exception.

The book starts with a bang and draws you into the mystery of Holly's past and into her present. The book is written in such a way that you will be up late into the night reading and on the edge of your seat the entire time. There were plenty of twists and turns, and the ending certainly surprised me. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say, you will want to read this gem of a book. If you have never had the opportunity to read her books, this is a great once to start with.

The journey that Holly takes in life, physically, spiritually and emotionally, was covered very nicely throughout the book. You can follow her as she moves from rebelling from her Christian faith to embracing it. You can see her wounds as she recalls her parents death and present crisis. It was a very emotional read to be sure. The theme of God using our messes to His Glory resonates throughout the book and it was a wonderful reminder that He is there through it all. Whatever "it" is. The same is true for our lives, if we let Him.  It is absolutely a fast moving story that all who read it will be sure to enjoy.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Twisted Innocence online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Betting on Hope: A Book Review

About The Book:


A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give .

 . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

About The Author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

My Review:

Maggie and Tru were a delightful set of characters that allowed the book to start with a bang, drawing you in from the very start. This is the first book of the new series, A Four of Hearts Ranch and after reading this I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series plays out. Book 2, Counting on a Cowboy, will release in Summer 2015. 

Betting on Hope was a cute romance with a well-developed plot line, humor, faith, and is a clean book for all over the age of 18. 

I thought the characters were very relatable, and I loved how vulnerable they were. I loved how slow, yet steady, Tru and Maggie's relationship developed and that letting God guide our lives was a key theme throughout the book. A really fun book to read through a weekend. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Betting on Hope online at Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***