Sunday, November 11, 2018

CHOSEN PEOPLE BY ROBERT WHITLOW REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!







Book: Chosen People  
Author: Robert Whitlow  
Genre: Legal Drama  
Release Date: November 6, 2018  
Publisher: HarperCollins


About the Book:

Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds. When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap. But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team. As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?

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About the Author:



Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks


Guest Post from Robert:

Inside the Story

Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child. Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta. “This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”




Blog Stops:

Genesis 5020, November 8
Multifarious, November 9
The Power of Words, November 9
The Becca Files, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 10
C Jane Read, November 11
Book by Book, November 11
Margaret Kazmierczak, November 12
By The Book, November 12
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 13
Painting with Words, November 13
Simple Harvest Reads, November 14 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Robin is Bookish, November 14
Texas Book-aholic, November 15
Moments, November 15
Mary Hake, November 16
Janices book reviews, November 17
Christian Bookaholic, November 18
Carpe Diem, November 19
Inklings and notions, November 20
Bigreadersite, November 21
For The Love of Books, November 21

Giveaway:

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To celebrate his tour, HarperCollins is giving away a grand prize of three finished Robert Whitlow books (to be chosen by the publisher)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d73a/chosen-people-celebration-tour-giveaway




MY THOUGHTS & VIEWS OF 

CHOSEN PEOPLE BY ROBERT WHITLOW:  

I have been a avid fan of Robert Whitlow's for a long time.  I like John Grisham's works, but am always looking for an author with similarities, but has a Christian themes running through it.  You will find this in Robert's works.

This is the latest legal thriller than can be ripped from the headlines.  It is international intrigue with ties to religious facets that include terrorist attacks both abroad and on U.S. soil.   Join me and other readers as Robert Whitlow takes you from Atlanta to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and follow attorney's Hanna Abboud and Jacob Brodsky as they investigate and uncover the truth behind what happened in a Marketplace terrorist attack against an American family while vacationing in Israel.

The twist and turns in this latest legal thriller will keep you on your toes and make you really see who you can and cannot trust.  Robert puts a whole new spin on the characters in the book and Hanna Abboud being an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer adds an extra spin on the characters in the book.   You will have to read this exciting new book from Robert Whitlow to find out how this book ends.  No spoilers from me on this one.  Enjoy!








Wednesday, October 17, 2018




Blog Stops


Connect in Fiction, December 14
Inklings and notions, December 14
Godly Book Reviews, December 15
Blogging With Carol, December 15
Mary Hake, December 16
Carpe Diem, December 17
Maureen’s Musings, December 18
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 18
Texas Book-aholic, December 19
Christian Bookaholic, December 20
cultivating us, December 20
Bibliophile Reviews, December 22
Simple Harvest Reads, December 24 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Janices book reviews, December 25
The Becca Files, December 26
Bigreadersite, December 26

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

HIDDEN AMONG THE STARS BY MELANIE DOBSON TOUR & GIVEAWAY


About the Book




Book Title: Hidden Among The Stars  
Author: Melanie Dobson  
Genre: Historical Fiction (However, this is a time-slip novel, so there is also a contemporary component to the story)
Release date: September 4, 2018  

From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable” and a “must-read,” comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way. The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.

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About the Author



Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of nearly twenty historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind and Chateau of Secrets . Three of her novels have won Carol Awards; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010; and The Black Cloister won the Foreword Magazine Religious Fiction Book of the Year. Melanie is the former corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and owner of the publicity firm Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys teaching both writing and public relations classes at George Fox University. Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with work, the Dobson family has settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to hike and camp in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific Coast. Melanie also enjoys exploring ghost towns and abandoned homes, helping care for kids in her community, and reading stories with her girls. Visit Melanie online at www.melaniedobson.com.


Guest Post from Melanie

Hallstatt’s Hiding Places
Backpacking across Europe—that’s how my husband Jon and I decided to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We savored the old world culture and charm as we hiked along Italy’s coast, toured medieval castles in Germany, and cruised the canals in Belgium; we both left a bit of our hearts in an ancient lakeside town called Hallstatt. The moment we stepped off the ferryboat and into this storybook village, we crossed through a portal of sorts, traveling back several centuries in time. The rugged, snow-capped mountains around us and alpine lake, the quaint village with its church steeples and cobblestone lanes and waterfall that spilled into town—all of it captivated us. Along the shore, hidden partially by trees, we could see spires of an abandoned castle, and I wanted to know its story. No one in Hallstatt could tell us who’d lived in the castle—at least, not in English—so my husband agreed to a new adventure. With a swan as our escort, we glided across the lake in an electric boat so I could study the rusty turrets, boarded windows, and wooden boathouse resting in the water like a felled log. Instead of quelling my curiosity, the match of inspiration ignited my mind. Who had lived in this castle, and what happened there? I began writing in my journal that night, trying to capture my rogue thoughts on paper, hoping that one day a novel would emerge from the ashes of this castle’s story. When we returned home, I began researching more of Hallstatt’s history and discovered that this region, in all of its beauty and mystique, had been infiltrated by an enemy in 1938. This town and the surrounding Salzkammergut became a mountain retreat for Nazi officials who built mansions on the shores of its many lakes and used salt mines to hide “ownerless treasure”—the gold bullion and artwork they’d stolen from the Jewish people. The Nazis intended to build a Fourth Reich in this alpine fortress, but the Allies had other plans. Near the end of the war, these lakes became a dustbin of sorts, collecting whatever the enemy dumped into its waters—weapons, counterfeit banknotes, concentration camp lists—as they fled south from the Allied troops. The Devil’s Dustbin, locals call it. Lake Hallstatt plunges more than four hundred feet between the fortress of mountains. Because of its depth and the many hiding places in the underwater forests, caves, and shifting sands, divers continue finding World War II artifacts today. Some still believe there’s a treasure trove buried on the bottom, but no one has reported finding any gold. After our trip, a story about this castle and what happened to the heirlooms of the Austrian Jewish people continued to burn inside me until I finally put it on paper. So I built Schloss Schwansee—Castle of Swan Lake—in my mind, inspired by the castle along Lake Hallstatt, and created a cast of historical and contemporary characters who are searching for lost treasure. Hidden Among the Stars is a time-slip novel about a castle and treasure and fairytales, but most of all, it’s a story about God using ordinary people across Austria to resist evil in their own extraordinary way.

MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS READ:  I really have come to enjoy Historical Fiction and especially in cases where the past and the present come togetherCome on a journey to Austria and the village of Hallstatt where the adventure begins.  Joining the journey is Annika Knopf and her friend Max Dornbach as they see the changing times of Hitler's Regime and how it is putting a strain on their friendship.

The story goes from Austria to the USA with Callie Randall, a bookstore and an old rare book.  Inside the pages of a book is a cryptic message that Callie is intent on solving with the help of some friends. What happens when the past collides with the present day?  What mysteries are hidden and just waiting to be unearthed?

Will Annika Knopf and Max Dornbach find love or will the war that is raging around them tear them apart?  What secrets are between them that will remain hidden or be unearthed?

What secrets are found within the pages of the old book?   Will Callie be content just sitting by and not solving a mystery?  Or will she move out of her comfort zone?  Or will she be content in staying where she is at?

Melaine Dobson takes you on this journey where the past has laid hidden for so long and is just waiting to be discovered.   Come on this journey that links the past with the present and the mysteries that are just waiting to be solved.  Are they found within the pages of an old book?   

What happened to Annika, Max, Luiza?  What happens to Callie?   To discover the answers to these and many more questions you will have to step between the pages of this book Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson.  


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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Melanie is giving away a grand prize package that includes a $25 Amazon gift card, Catching the Wind paperback, and Hidden Among the Stars paperback!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d2ad/hidden-among-the-stars-celebration-tour-giveaway

HAPPY 50TH BOOK RELEASE DAY!!!!! KIM VOGEL SAWYER

An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.
Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschlers nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most?











About

Kim Vogel Sawyer


Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats. As a wife, mother, grandmother, song-singer, cat-petter, and active participant in her church’s music and women’s ministries, her life is happily full. But her passion lies in penning stories that share the hope we can all possess when we place our lives in God’s capable hands. She and her retired military hubby live on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s books. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, traveling with “The Hubs,” and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.
Author Hometown: Kansas


MY THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS READ:  Step into the pages of Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest read Ours for a Season.  Life can be hard and even harder when you struggle with being childless and trying to find your way.  Everyone deals with grief in their own way.  It can bring you together or rip you apart.  Read Anthony and Marty's story of how God uses them in the midst of a friend's diagnosis with cancer and how God's amazing grace comes in a gives them all a purpose for their lives.  When faced with a reality that none of them were expecting, how will it change them and how will it change those around them. 

Can Marty find healing and Anthony find his true purpose in life along side his wife?  Will the rift tear them apart forever?  Will Brooke continue to turn her back on God?  Will she find healing from the Cancer with treatments?  Will Brooke, Anthony and Marty together find God's purpose in their lives?  Will their stories be written to help those in need and are hurting?

All of these questions and many more can be answered in the pages of Kim Vogel Sawyer's read Ours for a Season!

This is a journey you will not want to miss and it is a super fantastic story that deals with issues of today.