Saturday, May 30, 2015

Colleen Coble’s Perfect Pairing Giveaway and Blog Tour

A Heart’s Danger (Thomas Nelson, May 2015)
On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.
Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?


USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including "Tidewater Inn," "Rosemary Cottage," and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.


MY VIEW OF THIS BOOK:

Okay, this is book three in the Journey of the Heart Series.  I really am enjoying the novella series and the story that Colleen Coble has woven in the pages of this book.   It flows perfectly and does not stop and pick up somewhere else.

The story picks back up with Sarah still loving Rand from a distance.  There are two people that stand between them are Ben Croftner and Rand's new fiancee' Jessica.  Will Sarah and Rand ever be together?  Or will Ben and Jessica separate the two for good?  

Sarah overhears Jessica and Ben whispering, but she does not make the connection until some things happen to her and Rand.   Will Ben get Rand out of the picture for good so that he can have Sarah for himself?   Or will Rand and Sarah be reunited and together?

Continue reading this series to find out.


Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves—but will the risk be worth it? Find out in book three, A Heart's Danger, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Rand’s new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns. Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

New from Becky Wade | ‘A Love Like Ours’ $100 Cash Card and Prize Pack Giveaway

A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?



Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.


MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS BOOK:   This is the third in the Porter Family Series by Becky Wade.    I must say this was an excellent read.   It went places where most authors never seem to want to go.   They have their War Heroes and they come home to fan fare and everything is okay.  

There are very few authors that tackle the "what ifs" of war.  What if the person that comes back suffers from PTSD?   How do they pick up the pieces?   What if some of the issues go back to childhood?  How do you work through this difficult time?

These are some of the issues that Becky address in A Love Like Ours.   Join the journey of Lyndie and Jake as they rekindle their friendship when Lyndie and her family moves back to Texas.  Can Jake and Lyndie pick up their friendship and move forward or will Jake hold so fast to the past and his war experiences that they can't find love and healing.  Come join Becky on this journey of hope, healing and love.  


Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

When Grace Sings (WaterBrook Press, March 2015)
When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.
But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.
Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-nine novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers.  Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the  Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.


THOUGHTS AND VIEWS:  This is an excellent read.  I love Amish reads.  How would you feel if you were hiding things from your family and friends?   How would you feel if a reporter comes to your community and tries to dig up secrets on those that you love?

It is hard enough to trust people outside your close-nit community.   Anna-Grace finds out how just quickly things can change.   When you think you really know someone and find out how secrets can hurt people.  How does a family deal with secrets and hurts brought to the surface.   Can you really trust God to heal and restore relationships?   Read this book and find out.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

SIDE BY SIDE BY JANA KELLEY

Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)
In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia’s life collides with that of another young woman.
A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family’s business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of a young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.
Part of New Hope® Publishers’ contemporary missional fiction line, Side by Side opens the reader’s eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.


Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

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MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS BOOK:  How would you react if someone you loved and cared about told you they were selling all they owned and moving to Sudan?   Jana Kelley takes you on a journey of Mia and her husband Michael as they take this big step in their ministry.

This book centers on Mia and how she tries to find her place in ministry.  Her struggles as a stay-at-home mom and no friends in a new country where there is a language barrier. Her feelings of inadequacies are soon put the test when a young Sudanese woman named Halimah who seeks out the help of her husband.

This is the story of a journey of a young Sudanese woman who defies her family and Muslim heritage and accepts Jesus Christ.   It is her story of escape and finding help through Mia and her family.

This is a perfect read for families who are headed to the mission field, already on the mission field and who are ministering to the unreached people or hard to reach people of this world.

WORLD MISSION EMPHASIS READ!!!


Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

To Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.


Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.


MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:  WOW is all I have to say about the book To Win Her Favor.   Once again Tamera Alexander draws you into the lives of people who live and work at Belle Meade Plantation.   The setting for this book takes place at Linden Downs.   The story picks up after the Civil War and the south is attempting to rebuild after losing the war.   Emotions are running high and racial tensions are at an all time high.   Tamera did an excellent job at putting these issues at the forefront of this book.

Join Tamera as she takes a journey to the past where the South is rebuilding after the Civil War and where racial tensions are running high even toward immigrants especially the Irish.   Go on a journey where families are losing their farms, homes and livelihood. How do you pick up the pieces of shattered dreams?   How do you leave all that you have known and move?   How do you deal with the thoughts of losing your home, land and everything that you own?   How do you deal alone with the possibility of losing your father?   These are the things that Maggie Linden is facing unless she can come up with a plan to save her farm.

Her father sees a different plan and arranges a marriage so that they can keep Linden Downs and stay in the only home Maggie has known.    There is one thing that she has only found out that the man that she is marrying is Cullen McGrath an Irishman.   Will Maggie be able to put aside her prejudices and learn to love Cullen?   Will she be forced to sell Bourbon Belle?   Will she be able to realize her dream of racing Bourbon Belle and winning?   What is Maggie and Cullen hiding from each other?  Will they learn to love each other and put prejudices aside and grow together?   Come open up the pages of this book and find the answers in this read.


MORE THOUGHTS OF THIS READ:  Has a read ever grabbed your attention and drawn you into a book so much that you cannot put it down?   Has a read ever made you so desperate to see the place or places mentioned in the book?   Tamera Alexander did just that with the first book in the Belle Meade Plantation Series:  To Whisper Her Name.   My parents and I usually go to Nashville every Christmas and do exactly the same thing every year. So, this year we went to Nashville for Thanksgiving.  So instead of doing the same thing every year we decided to take two Historical Tours and one was visiting Belle Meade Plantation.  The other was to visit Belmont Mansion.  Once we walked into Belle Meade Plantation it was if the words from the Belle Meade Plantation book just spoke to you.   The second in the series was even more special, because I could picture everything.  This is another great read.

Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

INSPY AWARDS SHORTLIST RELEASED!



THE SHORTLIST HAS BEEN RELEASED CHECK IT OUT!!!

SEE IF YOUR FAVORITES MADE THE LIST!