Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Deborah Raney's 'Home at Last' Facebook Party and Blog Tour


Home at Last (Abingdon, February 2017)
Why did their differences matter so much?
Link Whitman has settled into the role of bachelor without ever intending to. Now he’s stuck in a dead-end job and, as the next Whitman wedding fast approaches, he is the last one standing. The pressure from his sisters’ efforts to play matchmaker is getting hard to bear as Link pulls extra shifts at work, and helps his parents at the Chicory Inn.
All her life, Shayla Michaels has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother’s white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn’t repeat in polite–well, in any company. Her father’s family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry’s incarceration, life has left Shayla’s father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn’t people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?
Everything changes one icy morning when a child runs into the street and Link nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with the little girl’s aunt, Shayla, the beautiful woman who runs Coffee’s On, the bakery in Langhorne. Can Shayla and Link overcome society’s view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?




About the author:

Deborah Raney's novels have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken Raney have traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deb's novels-for life in the city of Wichita.

Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahraney.com.



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is the fifth in the Chicory Inn Series.  Deborah draws you into the stories where you feel like you really know the family and the issues that they face.  Sometimes, we can all relate to a good story.   

In the final installment of this series, Deborah has taken a very tough issue that is so prevalent in our society today.   She has taken a look at the prejudices that still exist today.  Whether it is against a particular race or even a biracial person too.  She also addresses the issue of where a parent is absent and the grandparent(s) have to step in and raise a grandchild.

This follows the journey of Link Whitman and Shayla Michaels as they navigate a relationship that a lot of times society frowns upon and is prejudice against. Will the prejudices bring them together or will it tear them apart?  Come follow Deborah Raney in the final installment of the Chicory Inn Series and the Whitman family to see how the story ends.




Conclude Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn novels with the final book, Home at Last, a story of acceptance, trying to overcome differences, and love. Everything changes for bachelor Link Whitman one icy morning when a child runs into the street and he nearly hits her with his pickup-and then the girl's aunt Shayla enters Link's life. Can Shayla and Link overcome society's view of their differences and find true love? Is there hope of changing the sometimes-ugly world around them into something better for them all?

Join Deborah on Thursday, March 23, for a live author chat party in her Facebook group with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there-bring a friend or two who loves to read!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

THE DOG WHO WAS THERE BY RON MARASCO

THE DOG WHO WAS THERE BY RON MARASCO

See the story of a teacher from Galilee through a homeless, hungry, and struggling-to-survive dog’s eyes in Ron Marasco’s new book, The Dog Who Was ThereOn the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

The Dog Who Was There (Thomas Nelson, January 2017)
No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah.
He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley’s eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we’ve never experienced before.
Barley’s story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver’s home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.
On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.



{MORE ABOUT RON MARASCO}


Ron Marasco is a professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, “Notes to an Actor,” was named by the American Library Association an Outstanding Book of 2008. His second book, “About Grief,” has been translated into multiple languages, and he is currently completing a book on Shakespeare’s sonnets. He has acted extensively on TV—from “Lost” to “West Wing” to “Entourage” to originating the role of Mr. Casper on “Freaks and Geeks”—and appeared opposite screen legend Kirk Douglas in the movie “Illusion,” for which he also wrote the screenplay. Most recently, he has played the recurring role of Judge Grove on “Major Crimes.” He has a BA from Fordham at Lincoln Center and an MA and Ph. D. from UCLA.


MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  WOW!  What a thought provoking and really great read.  This is a really great read especially at the Lent Season.

This is a great story for the tween/teen that is looking for a great new read by a new author and with a powerful message.   It follows the story of Jesus through the eyes of a dog named Barley from being thrown away to finding a home and only finding himself homeless again.   

Barley finds a home among the people who are the lowest of the citizens in Jerusalem.  How far would you go to just survive in a city where there are no programs, no soup kitchens and nothing for a people who are the lowest of the low of society.  People who are virtually hopeless.   Ron has done an excellent job in this Biblical Historical Fiction in showing who and why Jesus came for in this world.

So come follow Barley on his journey through the streets of Jerusalem to the path that leads to Golgotha and to the burial site of Jesus.




THE THINGS WE KNEW BY CATHERINE WEST

When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things sthe can’t?

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.


REVIEW AND THOUGHTS ON THIS READ:  I am going to start by saying Catherine West is a new to me author.  I received this read free from Thomas Nelson as part of their Fiction Guild.  I have noticed a trend in Christian Fiction where the authors take real life issues that families face and write a book about it and yes they don't always end with happily ever after just like real life.

This was an excellent read in that Catherine West has addressed so many issues and how each family member deals with them.   I like how she has really taken the characters and developed them that you feel like that you are not left hanging, but you walk away knowing them and what they are facing.  This book deals with: (1) Dementia, (2) Addictions, and (3) Repressed Memories.  

Catherine's writing style draws you into each character to the point that by the end of the book that you know each one of the family members even the neighbor Nicholas Cooper. This teaches you that each family member can grow up in the same household and each one does not have the same memories.





Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ace Collins’ ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Giveaway

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)
Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.
For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.
From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.
With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.



{MORE ABOUT ACE COLLINS}

Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including “The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas,” “Darkness Before Dawn,” and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life.” Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Fox and Friends,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Early Show” and more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Find out more about Ace at http://acecollins.com.



MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  Are you looking for a new tradition for your family?  Are you stuck in the hustle and bustle of Christmas?  Are you losing your spirit of Christmas?  If so, this book is just what you are looking for to put you and your family back on track for the true meaning of Christmas then this book is for you.   It brings back to focus on the true meaning of Christmas with the focus being on Christ with Scriptures, your favorite movies and even making homemade gift ideas for your friends and family.   

So, if you are finding yourself stuck in the same old routine of Christmas and losing sight of what it is all about then maybe you would want to check this out.   The devotional takes you through the entire month of December.   If you are looking for new traditions in your family and to change your focus this season, then check out Ace Collins' new book The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins' new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.


Join Ace's Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Cold-Case Christianity for Kids(David C. Cook, October 2016)
Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true.
In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children’s companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.






{MORE ABOUT J. WARNER AND SUSIE WALLACE}


J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.
Find out more about J. Warner and at http://www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.


PRESTON F (AGE 10) REVIEW:  I give the book five (5) stars.    I really liked the book and if kids like detective stuff then they would love this book!



MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is a great tool for parents, Sunday School Teachers and Children Pastors alike.   If you want to get your kids involved in witnessing, studying scripture and reading the Bible, then this book is for you!   This starts out with a group of students who join a Junior Detective School.  It is not just telling your kids what the Bible says, but it gets them involved in actually discovering for themselves.   It also includes the kids getting involved and solving an actual mystery of a skateboard. 

This would make a great Wednesday night or Sunday night study for your Middle Schoolers.  It will get them involved in knowing why we believe instead of just that is what we have been taught.  Most kids want to know why and not just be told that is what they believe.  

Mr. Warner really digs into the truth and there are excellent videos and activity sheets included on the website for no extra charge.   There are different side bar notes included in the book that really makes you think.   So, it is not being told what to think, but really what does the Bible say about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.   I just like how Mr. Warner presents his case and comes to the 
truth.



At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace's Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie's new book.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AN AMISH MARKET: FOUR NOVELLAS BOOK



An Amish Market: Four Novellas Book Description

Love Birds by Amy Clipston While Ellie Lapp (from The Forgotten Recipe) and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS READ:   I have always enjoyed Amish genre of books.   This one is no exception.   I really enjoy the Novellas and how it introduced me to "new" and "new to me" authors.  It has left me wanting to explore more of the authors writings.  I really enjoyed how each story was not only a love story (boy meets girl, date, fall in love and marry), but a story interwoven into the love stories.   I especially enjoyed the last story that included a mystery.   Yes, there were some tears shed over the stories and just relationships in general and how we can do mean things and have regrets over them.   But it is a reminder, God is there to pick us up, forgive us and put us on a new path.  So, join the authors as they take you deep into the heart of Amish Country for stories of faith, forgiveness, love and mysteries are solved.

Barbara Cameron’s ‘Seasons in Paradise’ Facebook Party

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Sam Stoltzfus left the Amish community and followed his older brother into the Englisch world, walking away from a chance for love. Is there more to Sam's leaving the Amish community than what he says? Find out in Barbara Cameron's new book, Seasons in Paradise.

Join Barbara and other readers on Facebook on August 16th for a fun author chat party at 8:00 PM EDT (that's 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)! Barbara will be chatting about Seasons in Paradise, answering your questions about the book and all things Amish fiction, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways and prizes too!

Get your copy of Seasons in Paradise so you're ready for a fun book discussion. You can order your copy and find out more about the book here.

We hope you can join the fun. Bring your friends who love to read and who love Amish fiction!

Hope to see you on August 16 for Barbara's Seasons in Paradise Facebook Party!