Friday, November 16, 2018

The Unannounced Christmas Visitor


What if angels really did come from the most unlikely of places? That’s exactly what happens in this heartwarming story, set in a homeless community in Anywhere USA. Sent to Planet Earth by his Maker, disguised as a homeless person, Enoch was on a mission: to rescue a man whose life was slowly but steadily spiraling out of control
Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed! 2016 IPA (INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHER AWARDS) GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER.

My review: I enjoyed this Christmas book! It really opens the eyes of the reader to look beyond the facades that many of us put forward. I loved getting to know Lydia and her family as they reach out to the visitor who is pushed to the side when visiting their church. The reminder of entertaining angels unaware and being Christlike are so relevant! I thought this story was an excellent one to pick up this holiday season.
I received this book through Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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About the Author:
Patrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, the award-winning “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.”

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Why I wrote the book: Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Teal Paisley Tights

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Happy Release Day to this debut author!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Teal Paisley Tights
 

Author: Barbara Brutt
 

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing

Release Date: November 15, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy



Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.



Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.



Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.



Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor's degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

 



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teal paisley tights blitz giveaway

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  • a pair of teal paisley tights (one size fits most)
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How Do You Say Goodnight?


Join Zoey the zebra as she searches across Africa for the best way to say good night! She witnesses the bedtime routine of other animals, all of which seem fun to Zoey! When she returns home to her family, Zoey realizes that the way they say good night feels just right.
Zoey walked up to a sounder of warthogs. "How do you say good night?"
"We find a puddle to lie down and cuddle. We wiggle our snouts. We squeal and we shout. And we thank God above for His sweet, gentle love. Then we grunt, 'Good night!'"
She liked how warthogs end the day but still continued on her way.
Teaching little ones to celebrate differences and appreciate the blessing of their own unique family, How Do You Say Good Night? will be a great way to introduce the concept of diversity in an embracing and respectful way and will show the importance of thanking God for everything He provides.
Watch your little ones reach for this book night after night!

My thoughts: I love books that have fun, rhyming text, so I fell in love with this one right away! I love that the text flows nicely as Zebra sets off to find out the best way to say good night. It's such a clever and charming good night story that is different from the other books we have for good night stories. My children love adding this book to our nighttime routine. This one is a hit!
I received this book from book look bloggers. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.


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The Risky Groom





The Risky Groom by Carly Morgan

A football player and the woman who got away! How much would you bet on true love this holiday season?

The generous and seriously hot, Dalton Ruff, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, has had a rough twenty-four hours. Spending time in jail with his teammates a week for Christmas wasn’t on his to do list. But after fellow player and good friend, Will Kent bets him that he can’t find, date, and kiss the woman who got away, he accepts the challenge.

The beautiful and talented, Lydia Landon is newly relocated to the quaint town of Port St. Austen. The fact that it happens to be her ex boyfriend, Dalton’s, hometown doesn’t bother her at all, until she runs smack into his naked chest on the beach and then finds herself at his brother’s house having dinner with his family. When Dalton asks her to go out with him again, she tells him no because there’s NO way they could ever work out. But when he shows up to help out with the Christmas program she’s in charge of…she remembers how determined he is.

After exploring a cave of sea creatures together, unexpectedly discovering the secret acts of service Dalton was doing for a family down on their luck, and finding herself being comforted in Dalton’s arms when she’s attacked by a dangerous stalker, Lydia can’t help but find herself falling for him all over again.

Now they have to make a choice, let the problems of the past keep them apart or give the ultimate sacrifice and get everything they ever wanted.

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This is a refreshing and thoughtful love story with characters that will just steal your heart and lift your spirits with their journey towards true love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Secrets Review and Giveaway


Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find–but the demons already have.
Four girls. Four sets of secrets. Four searching for answers.
Mackenzie is the shy, awkward new girl at school, depressed and desperate for a real friend. When she stumbles upon the deepest secret of a sarcastic, angry-at-the-world track star, Krystal, they become instant enemies-especially about the flirtatious baseball player, Bryce.
Tammi, a gloomy singer/musician who couldn’t care less about what others think of her, meets Sadie, a dancer and a people-pleaser with a cotton candy disposition. They have nothing in common until their lives begin to collide in more ways than one.
As the girls’ worlds begin to converge, their secrets rather than their similarities draw them together. Meanwhile, all that’s kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep the girls chained to their pasts while angels of light work to free them.
Can good ever come from evil? Can beauty ever arise from ashes?

My thoughts: This book was an incredibly deep story about the secrets we keep and how Satan can use those secrets against us. Each girl in the story carries a different secret, hiding behind different masks to keep those secrets from coming to light. This is an excellent book that deals with a lot of the issues young people are facing, from bulimia to anxiety, depression to divorce. I really appreciated the strong theme of faith and the importance to letting others into our lives, since we weren't meant to struggle alone. Beckie does a wonderful job of bringing spiritual battles to life. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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About the Author:
Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California.

Guest post from Beckie:
Why I write YA and the BFA series
By Beckie Lindsey

I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.

We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!

Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.

From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!

No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

These are the reasons I write YA.

My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.

At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.

In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.

The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.

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Giveaway!
To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link here to enter!

You Are


Speak the Word of God out loud over your children and claim this generation for the Lord!

You Are is designed to speak life over the youngest generation. Each page includes a loving term of endearment, an encouraging spiritual affirmation, and a verse from Scripture to help imprint the Lord's promises and truths on their hearts. You Are will teach your kids that they are cherished by you and by their heavenly Father.

My thoughts: This book is just darling! I love the adorable woodland creatures in the illustrations and soothing colors. This book is just perfect to give as a baby shower gift or for a new little one, though my toddlers love it too. I just think that the messages in this book are important to start teaching children from infancy. Who they are and the precious gift that they are to the world.
I received this book from Tyndale. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Return of the Song Review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



ABOUT THE BOOK

return of the song Title: Return of the Song

Series: The Rockwater Suite #1
 

Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
 

Publisher: Gilead Publishing

Release Date: September 18, 2018
 

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 



When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.



Caroline Carlyle's dreams were crushed when her fiancĂ© died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.



But Caroline's world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.

My thoughts: This was a beautiful story about love, loss, and learning to live again. Poor Caroline is still struggling to find purpose without the love of her life six years after he passes away in a freak accident. When new opportunities present themselves, causing her to go out of her comfort zone, she finds new meaning. I love the music theme in this story! My heart broke for Caroline at the beginning, and then cheered her on as she sought for purpose. This is a lovely story and I look forward to reading more about Caroline in the next book!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.



Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.



She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.



Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

 



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return of the song blog giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive (US only)


  • a print copy of Christmas at Grey Sage
  • a print copy of Return of the Song
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 12, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 19, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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