Monday, October 11, 2021

The Postman’s Lantern Kick-Off Package and #giveaway

 

About the Book

Book:  The Postman’s Lantern

Author: J.C. Comerford

Genre: Christian Children’s Fiction, Christmas

Release date: January 8, 2020


During a devastating Christmas Eve snowstorm, John the postman arrives at his last stop, at the steps of the Frost family. Here, he rediscovers a stowaway letter in his mailbag, not for his route. It’s a letter from a hospitalized grandfather, to a very special grandson. John feels obligated to make the delivery. His unselfish act of kindness leads him, and then the Frost family, on an unforgettable journey across a seemingly endless track of farmland. Little does John know what he’s actually carrying. The lantern he carries becomes a mystery that guides their way through astonishing events. They finally arrive at the Evans house, where they find themselves before an extremely sick boy, a mother’s pain, and the mystical workings of God.

 

Marilyn’s thoughts

 

 

For a children's book to use Lord and God in a vain way as adults were speaking was very offensive to me.

Here's a couple example. Page 8 “Good Lord, its bitter cold out there.”
Page 9 “My god!” he said in disbelief.
I realize some may not think this is taking God's name in vain but there are other words that could be used especially in a children’s book.

So parents and grandparents beware if you believe the same way.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I have shared my own opinion.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


John Charles Comerford grew up playing hard, on the streets and fields of Washington Township, New Jersey. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Grammar School through 8th grade. He then jumped across the street to attend Westwood High School, where he soon began playing guitar and composing songs at the age of sixteen. Writing short musical stories would soon turn into a more involved field of composition, as he later attended Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ. Here, he developed a desire to become a paperback writer. While attending college, he took a job with the US Postal Service as a mail carrier and is still delivering, thirty years later. He is still a performing musician and a recording artist on itunes. He now resides in Pawling, New York with his wife Bridget and his son Jack.

 

More from John Charles

I was just a little kid at the time. The temperature outside was 93 degrees.  I had awakened earlier that day, because it was a Saturday. I wanted to catch some early morning cartoons, instead of lying in bed, waiting for my dad to give out chores for the day. I knew it was going to be a hot one, and I dreaded going outside.

Before long, there I was slapping paint on the side of my house. Soon after, I was weeding and watering the front lawn before it reached into the 90’s. At about 12:00, I went inside to cool off. I ate some lunch and relaxed a bit, listening to the “Boston Pops” my dad had put on.

From a calm and collective state of mind, I was suddenly burdened by the noise of my barking dog, at the front window. I went to the front door and opened it wide. As I looked up, the mailman was looking down. His face was dripping sweat, and his uniform was soaked. He had a big smile and said, “Too hot to play today.” He laughed a bit and handed me the mail. I heard my mom and dad yell out “Thank you, do you need a cold drink at all?” He said “I’m all set but thank you.” He moved on, while adjusting that full bag of mail that he was carrying around his shoulders.

It was then that I decided I would never become a mailman. God, no, not this kid. That was no easy job.

14 years later, I was working for the post office, with a packed satchel around my neck, and a can of pepper spray, to boot. I was now walking that mile, in my old mailman’s boots. Many times I’ve prayed to God for help and to keep me from dozing off in trucks that reached 120 degrees inside. I prayed for help from dog attacks that would occur five times a day at least. I prayed for help from the pain you feel when it’s 30 degrees to 20 below and you’re soaked from rain. Your fingers are ready to fall off after being soaked from the rain or as they burn to the bone.

So I wrote my book, seeking the world’s attention to the mail carrier’s integrity, and a forever caring attitude to those who patiently await their arrival.

Blog Stops

Christian Bookaholic, October 7

Pause for Tales, October 8

For the Love of Literature, October 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 10

lakesidelivingsite, October 10

Lighthouse Academy Blog, October 11 (Guest Post from Marilyn Ridgway)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 12

Mary Hake, October 12

Girls in White Dresses, October 13

Texas Book-aholic, October 13

Inklings and notions, October 14

Vicky Sluiter, October 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 16

To Everything There Is A Season, October 16

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 17

deb’s Book Review, October 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 18

Cats in the Cradle Blog, October 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 19

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 20

For Him and My Family, October 20

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, John Charles is giving away the grand prize package for a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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/11fdd/the-postman-s-lantern-celebration-tour-giveaway



Sunday, October 10, 2021

Why Me??!! By Jenna V Hilton


 

I've written several times about my pitbull black labrador mix, Skye's, EXTREME dislike for water. Skye always acts like she's going to her death. Once Skye's in the tub bathroom, she's extremely submissive, letting me pick up all fifty plus pounds of her and placing her in the bathtub. But the whole time, she's making eye contact, and she just looks so pitiful. I don't know what caused her phobia of water, we certainly didn't do anything to her, but she can't stand water. But she trusts me not to drown her. After the whole ordeal, she's extra snuggly, pressing as close to me as possible, and communicating, "phew! Glad THAT'S over!"

Sometimes, the things that we go through don't make any sense. It's scary. We're forced to face our fears. We're bucking back, like, "Stop! I don't wanna do this!" And God's chasing after you, saying, "Come back! I'm trying to clean off the dirt that's making you feel so miserable! I'M TRYING TO HELP YOU!!" that can be a hard concept to grasp sometimes, but God loves us too much to leave us in our condition.
Dear heavenly father, thank you so much for loving us. Thank you for working in us, making us more like you. In Jesus name, amen.


Jenna V. Hilton is nineteen, and lives in Arkansas with her parents, two sisters, a brother, and dog.  She is a senior in high school and planning to attend college to become a veterinarian.




Thursday, October 7, 2021

If I Could Ask Jesus Kick-Off Package and #giveaway!!!


 

About the Book

Book: If I Could Ask Jesus

Author: Donna Wyland

Genre: Picture Book

uRelease date: October 2020



Written in rhyme, If I Could Ask Jesus invites children to imagine the lives of angels in heaven. How do they grow wings on their backs? Do they have scooters and skateboards and snacks? At the end, children will be delighted to discover that God’s angels are really mighty warriors who watch over them and protect them each day.

 Marilyn's thoughts

 

This beautiful illustrated book is written in an easy rhyme for young children who are wondering about things in heaven. If I Could Ask Jesus will delight children as they see the colorful illustrations related to questions children have about heaven. Children will gain understanding about heaven and angels as they listen or read through the questions they would ask. This book is perfect to gift to children who has experienced loss, asking untold questions about heaven and angels. The story include God’s protection and how to be thankful for it at bedtime. This would be a useful resource for parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and Christian school workers to use to help children see answers to their questions.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher without any obligation to write a positive review. I have expressed my own thoughts.

 


Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Donna Wyland is an award-winning author, editor, mother, grandmother


and wife. She is the author of the best-selling children’s book, Your Home in Heaven, and a gift book, Surrender. She lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio in a small room with a view of where the pear trees bloom.

 

More from Donna

Having experienced much loss early in life, God gave me a heart and a longing to know all I can about living forever with Him in heaven. I did not set out to write If I Could Ask Jesus, but God through the Holy Spirit chose to create it through me. Whether writing for children or adults, I feel that my purpose is to bring the hope of heaven and the joy of the Lord to people wherever they are.

Blog Stops

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 4

Mary Hake, October 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 5

Texas Book-aholic, October 6

Spoken from the Heart, October 7

Lighthouse Academy Blog, October 7

Vicky Sluiter, October 8

Inklings and notions, October 9

For Him and My Family, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 13

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 14

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover copy of the book and a $50 Magnolia Market gift card!!

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/11dd2/if-i-could-ask-jesus-celebration-tour-giveaway










Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Let Me Off Easy, Cowboy: a Montana Ranches Christian Romance (Cavanagh Cowboys Romance)


Let Me Off Easy, Cowboy: 

a Montana Ranches Christian Romance

 (Cavanagh Cowboys Romance)

September 7, 2021


My thoughts: Valerie Comer is another favorite author of mine and her cowboy series is tops. This one includes a ghosted cowboy and what happened when his disappeared girlfriend reappears with an unexpected surprise. There are a lot of emotions to deal with, a lot of stress, and a lot of drama with some surprise drama added to the mix. I'm anxious to read more of this family saga with the next book that releases in the cowboys series.. hopefully soon. There is a strong faith message included as there are in all Ms Comer's books. If you like romance and cowboys and faith you will love the series. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.





 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Rhoda by Heidi Dru Kortman DTM

Acts 12:1-17

 

That night, the time didn’t matter. John Mark and his mother hosted the disciples and as many other believers for Passover as the house would hold. Everyone stayed on after the meal and prayed. Herod had arrested Peter, and unless our Lord Jesus sent some miracle, we expected Peter’s execution in the morning.

Clusters of people murmured in every corner, but I prayed while I scrubbed down the table. After that, I tackled the piles of dirty dishes and pots. My tears mingled with the water, and I repeated “Please, God, save Peter.”

Now, I’m strong, and can do the work required of any good servant, but I used to be sick. John Mark’s mother accepted me from another household in payment of a debt, though my former mistress said my fevers made me nearly useless to her. My illness disappeared one day, as I struggled back from the well. Peter crossed the square, and his shadow fell on me.

The weakness that always followed a bout with the fever vanished, and I swung the full water jug to my head, and walked steadily, as all the other girls did. My mistress noticed the task took less time than usual, and ordered me to rest, fearing a relapse.

While she visited one of the other women, I rose from my pallet, swept the floors, and hemmed her new cloak. She returned as I slid a loaf of bread into the oven. ‘Rhoda,’ she said, ‘I ordered you to rest.’”

“Yes, mistress, you did,” I said as I kept my gaze on her feet. “But I’m well.”

She commanded me to look into her eyes. ‘When did this happen, Rhoda?’ she said. “On my way back from the well,” I said. “Peter crossed my path, and for a moment, I stood in his shadow.”

“‘So healing happened to you, too,’ she said, and smiled. ‘This is good. Did you thank him?’ My mouth went dry. “N-no, mistress. I had to carry the water home, and Peter was talking to Andrew.”

Her gaze grew sharp, and she said, ‘Have you thanked our Lord Jesus for His work through Peter?’ I nodded. “Yes, mistress.”

“‘See to the bread, Rhoda,’ she said. ‘You’ll have your chance to thank Peter tonight. He’s coming for dinner.’ Since then, I’ve seen him often. He’s kind, and wise, and his laughter can fill the house.

When I could see nothing else to do, I found a small space near the door, and joined the prayers. One missionary from Antioch prayed loudly, but under his voice, I thought I heard pounding. I slipped out to the courtyard. “Who is there, and what do you want?”

“‘Rhoda, let me in.’ I heard Peter say, and I dashed back indoors, calling, ‘Mistress, Peter is at the door!” The praying stopped, and they told me I had lost my mind. “Peter is there,” I said, “ I know his voice.”

Peter kept knocking, and Andrew let him in. The guests swarmed into the courtyard, all of them talking at once. ‘Hush!’ Peter said, as he waved both arms. We didn’t need to attract the attention of a Roman soldier on patrol.

When even the missionary fell silent, Peter described his escape. I seemed to feel the cold chains on my own wrists, and blinked as he had done in the sudden bright light. While his words led the others past oblivious guards, I slipped through the crowded courtyard, back into the house. I understood he couldn’t stay long, and knew he’d appreciate food. The lamb had been consumed, as the law demands, but I gathered a bundle of unleavened bread, dates, some goat cheese, and a small wineskin.

I ran behind the crowd to wait at the door in time to hear Peter’s last words to the group: ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating. Tell James and the brothers about this.’

Andrew made sure the street was empty, and I shoved the food bundle and wineskin into Peter’s hands. He slipped away into the dark, to another place. Will the others ever let me forget that I didn’t open the door?

  

Heidi Dru Kortman DTM

God's gifts and call are irrevocable.

heididrukortman.com.

 

Heidi Dru Kortman, a CWG Apprentice graduate, ACFW member since 2004, and Word Weaver member has


published devotionals in various newsletters, and a collected volume of devotionals. Her poetry, flash fiction, and short stories have appeared in small magazines, and a website. She is applying herself to the task of writing smoothly polished fiction. 
















 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Hangin' by a Moment (Deep Haven Collection)


Hangin' by a Moment 

(Deep Haven Collection) 

September 14, 2021







He just wants to erase his past. She can’t seem to escape hers. But facing it might put their future in jeopardy.

The day Jack Stewart walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. The whole thing was just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—the guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can he refuse?

Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough—after all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong?

When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows. They’re headed for a happy ending…

But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home.

Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.


My thoughts: Susan May Warren is a long time favorite author of mine and this imprint is a continuation of her popular deep Haven Minnesota series that includes some well-known characters and introduces us to new ones that we will love just as much. In this story we have an unlikely hero who had a bad rap and a nurse who made bad decisions and suffered from panic attacks. When the two are thrust together Sparks fly and anything that possibly can go wrong does. Will they be able to find common ground, a place to belong, and happiness? You'll have to read this book to find out. In fact you will want to read this entire series by Susie May Warren and three other very talented authors. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.
My thoughts: Susan May Warren is a long time favorite author of mine and this imprint is a continuation of her popular deep Haven Minnesota series that includes some well-known characters and introduces us to new ones that we will love just as much. In this story we have an unlikely hero who had a bad rap and a nurse who made bad decisions and suffered from panic attacks. When the two are thrust together Sparks fly and anything that possibly can go wrong does. Will they be able to find common ground, a place to belong, and happiness? You'll have to read this book to find out. In fact you will want to read this entire series by Susie May Warren and three other very talented authors. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.


About the Authors:

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of more than 85 books. With more than 1.5 million books sold, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

Andrea Christenson lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on, bake bread, eat cheese, and watch Netflix. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love. Visit Andrea at www.andreachristenson.com.

Want more of Deep Haven?

Deep Haven Collection
Book 1: Still the One
Book 2: Can’t Buy Me Love
Book 3: Crazy for You
Book 4: Then Came You
Book 5: Hangin' by a Moment
Book 6: Right Here Waiting (November 2021)

Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren
Book 1: Happily Ever After
Book 2: Tying the Knot
Book 3: The Perfect Match
Book 4: My Foolish Heart
Book 5: Hook, Line, & Sinker (ebook novella)
Book 6: You Don’t Know Me
Book 7: The Shadow of Your Smile

The Christiansen Family Collection by Susan May Warren
Prequel: Evergreen
Book 1: Take a Chance on Me
Book 2: It Had to Be You
Book 3: When I Fall in Love
Book 4: Always on My Mind
Book 5: The Wonder of You

Book 6: You’re the One That I Want









 

The Postman’s Lantern Kick-Off Package and #giveaway

  About the Book Book:   The Postman’s Lantern Author:  J.C. Comerford Genre:  Christian Children’s Fiction, Christmas Release date:  Januar...