Saturday, May 31, 2014

Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio – THE MOVIE!

Guideposts Books is excited to announce the premiere of a new film based on the book Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio (Summerside Press) by Serena Miller. 
A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio’s Amish country. Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods. But one thing is clear to Rachel – Joe Matthews is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts’ doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel is suspicious.
Will she be able to uncover Joe’s secrets despite her aunts’ – and her own – growing affection for him?
The movie, produced by Mission Pictures International and filmed last fall in the actual town of Sugarcreek, will premiere on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM EDT on Up TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel). Visit the movie website for more information.

Serena and Guideposts will be celebrating with a Facebook viewing party

Join Serena and readers on Facebook while you tune in to watch Love Finds You in Sugarcreek to share your thoughts about the movie, chat with other viewers, and win fun prizes. Just use hashtag #LFYSugarcreek to join the discussion on June 1st.

Check your local listing for UpTV ( to find out when it airs in your timezone.

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"This is so exciting for Serena Miller and Guideposts! We are thrilled that Up TV has chosen Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio to make into a movie,” said Lenore Lelah Person, vice president and editorial director of Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media. “With Serena’s wonderful story and a beautiful backdrop in Ohio Amish country, fans of the story and the series will enjoy seeing it on screen. For more information read the media release.

For those who are not familiar with the Love Finds You™ series, this will be a great opportunity to introduce them to these uplifting and engaging romances." Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio is one of more than 50 releases in the popular Love Finds You™ series uniquely titled after actual American towns with unusual but intriguing names and combines travel, romance and faith in one package. The series includes both historical and contemporary releases, and each fictional story draws on compelling history or the unique character of a real place. Stories center on romances kindled in small towns, old loves lost and found again on the high plains, and new loves discovered at exciting vacation getaways. Mission Pictures has purchased the movie rights to the entire series and plans to produce additional films based on the series in the future.

My thoughts and review:

Rachel Troyer was looking after her three aunts.  They took in a stranger and his young son.  The mystery of who the gentleman and young boy only deepends.  Who are they and where are they from?  What secrets are they hiding?  Will Rachel uncover the mystery before her and her aunts become too attached?   It was a mystery and love story all wrapped in one within this book.  It was unpredictable at times and at other times it was predictable, but there was never a dull moment.  I loved this book and once I picked it up I could not put it down!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Quilts of Love | A STITCH AND A PRAYER – Kindle HDX Giveaway & “Quilting Bee” Facebook Party!

New from Quilts of Love | A Stitch and a Prayer
A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.
After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.
But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love-and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?

Eva Gibson is the author of twenty books, including "The Gift of Forgiveness" and "The Three Marys." She currently teaches "writing your life story" classes for Portland Community College and is an active member of Oregon Christian Writers. She has lived most of her life on the family farm in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is the setting for "A Stitch and a Prayer."

My Review and Comments on this book:

Florence and Will are newlyweds and have had a long distance relationship before they were married.  There is always a period of adjustment, learning about that person and really getting to know each other.  At times, Florence seems immature and so does Will, but who has not had to grow up when they are married at a very young age and spent more time apart than they did together before getting married.  Also, how she has really started growing in her faith by prayer and reading God's Word.  She used the difficult time to memorize scripture, pray and trust God.

How well do you know your spouse?   You think that everything is fine and then they start distancing themselves from you and then you wake up one morning and they tell you they are leaving.  How are you suppose to feel?   They don't tell you the reason that they are leaving and you have to trust them.  Also, the only way to communicate is through written letters.  You have to trust the person and believe that they love you and will return to you and the home that you have begun to build together.  How could your faith stand the test?  How would you handle the situation?  Could totally trust and depend on God to meet your needs and answer your prayers.

I enjoyed reading and seeing through words the love story between Will and Florence blossom and unfold.  Her also growing in her faith and trusting in God.

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Stitch and a Prayer, by Eva Gibson. A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

Celebrate May's release by entering to win a Kindle HDX and RSVP for the Quilts of Love "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with the Quilts of Love authors.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Quilting Bee" Facebook party with Emily Wierenga, Loree Lough, and Tara Randel. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

Friday, May 23, 2014



Meant to Be Mine
Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.
The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.
Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.
How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?


Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and one adoring (and adored) cavalier spaniel. Her CBA debut, “My Stubborn Heart,” was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards. “Undeniably Yours” kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, “Meant to Be Mine,” has just hit shelves!
Find out more about Becky at

My Give & Take On This Book:

I absolutely fell in love with Celia from the beginning.  Ty was a very tough character to really like in the beginning.  He was really a snob and a big fat jerk.  As the story progressed and I got more into the characters then Ty started changing and it was not an overnight change, but it eventually started to reflect more as the story developed.   It was not fall in love instantly, but one that would grow out of respect and admiration for one another.  The lessons I learned in this story are always God does not answer prayers the way we think they should be answered.   What we have once lost can be found and restored in God's timing.  I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

DAISIES ARE FOREVER | Enter to win a Kindle HDX from Liz Tolsma!


 Daisies Are Forever Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country. Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin. However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.” Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances. In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever. Purchase a copy and learn more here.


 “New York Times” best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of “Daisies are Forever,” “Snow on the Tulips,” and the contributing author of “A Log Cabin Christmas.” When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally. Find out more about Liz at


     Once again, I am being drawn into World War II stories.  This is a story like no other.  The setting is in the Netherlands and we see the war from the Germans (not Nazis) perspective and the things and horrors that they endured while the US and other allies were fighting to release the people from Hitler and the other Nazi rulers.  The horrors that they endured and sufferings were so great, but yet for her not to dwell on the suffering.  She weaves a story of love, hope, faith and a future that comes only from God in the midst of tragedy, suffering and war.

     I was constantly being reminded that no matter how bleak things look on the outside we must trust God and stand on his promises everyday.  So often the World War II stories take place in the US and very rarely do we get a glimpse from the other side of the War.

     Liz takes you to the other side and see the War from the Germans view.  I really enjoyed this book and the previous book Snow On Tulips.   I can't wait to read more from this author.

Friday, May 2, 2014

10% Happier By Dan Harris



10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. We all have a voice in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us would assume we’re stuck with this voice – that there’s nothing we can do to rein it in – but Harris stumbled upon an effective way to do just that. It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness. Learn more here.


 Dan Harris is the coanchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and the weekday editions of Good Morning America. Before joining ABC News fourteen years ago, he worked for local news outlets in Boston and Maine. He lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. This is his first book. Find out more about Dan at

My Review and Feelings About This Book:

LANGUAGE ALERT!  I was really looking forward to reading this book.  I thought it was going to be a great memoir and was really disappointed in this book.   It was a total turn off with the bad language immediately in the book.   I disagree with Mr. Harris on Buddhism and meditation.  I do agree with Mr. Harris that we do often get caught up in the busyness of life and that we need to take time to slow down and relax.   We as Christians do need to take time to read the Bible and set aside a daily Devotional or Quiet Time to pray and meditate on what we have just read in the Bible or our Devotional.   I was just really turned off by this book.  It would have been a great read minus the language and the search for other religions.