Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls 

Rock Harbor Series

Paperback, ebook, hardcover

July 11, 2017

by Colleen Coble


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690328

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.



My thoughts:  Like many other readers, I loved Ms. Coble's Rock Harbor series, set in an area of Michigan that I know and love. And although I have never written Ms. Coble asking for more books in the series, I was glad when  BENEATH COPPER FALLS came out. 

I enjoyed getting to know Dana and Boone. I knew a bit about Dana's job thanks to my son's time working for the sheriff department and it was fun learning about Boone and what made him tick. 

The suspense - as my daughter said "sounds scary." I asked if she wanted to read it and she said no, she doesn't do scary. She punctuated it with a shudder.  It wasn't really all that scary, but as the reader I was kept awake one night trying to figure out who-dun-it and by the time I got up in the morning I had it figured out and then I had to finish the book to see if I was right.  

Ms. Coble does an excellent job with the red herrings and I think one has to be more than somewhat familiar with the genre to figure out her who-dun-it before the end, which is good because it will keep readers guessing! 

It was also great to revisit Bree, Kade, Adu, Laurie, Mason, and other familiar Rock Harbor characters--not to mention the Search and Rescue dogs. 

Great story.  There is a weak faith message and a couple uses of soft swear words for those who are bothered by mild swearing. I was given a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Anything But Simple: My Life as a Mennonite

Anything but Simple: My Life as a Mennonite 

Paperback 

July 25, 2017

by Lucinda J. Miller 

  • Series: Plainspoken
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1513801605

Like her grandmother, Lucinda J. Miller wears long dresses and a prayer covering. But she uses a cellphone and posts status updates on Facebook, too. Anything but Simple is the riveting memoir of a young woman’s rich church tradition, lively family life, and longings for a meaningful future within her Mennonite faith. With a roving curiosity and a sometimes saucy tongue, Miller ushers us into her busy life as a young schoolteacher.
Book 5 in the Plainspoken series. Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.

My thoughts: Memoirs are not preferred reading material for me, but this book sounded interesting.  I like Lucinda Miller's voice, she writes open, honest, and real, and this book is definitely organized in a realistic readable way, not jumping back and forth to little kid and adult. If it does it is only because the childhood incident relates to something as an adult.  It was fascinating realizing how similar Ms. Miller and I were brought up, although my Amish grandparents made a slightly larger jump of the fence from Amish to United Brethren. I grew up canning and dressed simply (in dresses) and other very plain things, though I never did wear a Kapp. 

If you are fascinated by all things plain and want a real, honest-to-goodness look at what it is like to grow up Mennonite, then Ms. Miller's ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE: MY LIFE AS A MENNONITE would be a great book to pick up.  It also includes a day in the life of the author and a list of questions she answered. 

A good read.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Spotlight and Giveaway of Unraveled by Jo Huddleston


UNRAVELED by Jo Huddleston

Jo is offering an eBook copy for a giveaway. Be sure to leave contact information. 


JO HUDDLESTON - BIO

Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her endearing Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern romance novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). Visit Jo at her website (www.johuddleston.com) where you can sign up for her mailing list and read the first chapters of her novels and novellas.

Unraveled Back Cover Blurb:

Alice loses herself in grief and can’t find her way back.

In 1954, twenty-six-year-old Alice Patterson undergoes a pregnancy loss that affects everything and everyone she touches. Emotionally and physically drained, she must come to terms with her traumatic loss or risk losing her husband, her best friend, and her sanity.

Her best friend JayNell and her husband Paul offer Alice support and comfort. She persists in her grieving, which hinders her healing. The doctor advises there is no normal recovery period for what Alice has undergone. Time is her best ally.
In her small southern Mississippi town, her church Sewing Circle’s new project triggers an unsettling setback to Alice’s recovery. Afterward, she succumbs to suspicions of Paul’s infidelity that causes her collapse, from which she may not recover.

Paul’s unspoken goal is that they will recapture the love they held for one another on their wedding day. He’s hopeful that the approaching spring season will bring a reawakening of the Alice he married, as it brings a newness to all living things.



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Excerpt:
Chapter 1
Tuesday, March 2, 1954—Talasia, Mississippi
Alice Patterson bolted upright in the bed and listened for what had awakened her. She heard nothing out of the ordinary. Only the hushed, even snores from her husband Paul’s side of the bed. The black hole in her recurring nightmares must have invaded her subliminal mind—again. She had awakened before she sank into its depths. Paul still slept. Obviously, she hadn’t screamed out this time.
She eased from beneath the covers, pushed her feet into house slippers, and grabbed her pink terry cloth robe lying across the foot of the bed. After stepping into the hall and pulling the door shut, she stuffed her arms into her robe and tied the sash around her waist. She knew her house, even in the night, and walked to the darkened bedroom next to hers and Paul’s.
 Pale light from the street lamp outside huddled beyond the curtains covering the lone window. Standing in the middle of the room, she peered toward the baby bed, then her gaze focused on the rocking chair with the golden cushions padding its back and seat. She went to the small chest placed against the wall across the room and opened the music box sitting atop it. The tiny box played its shrill rendition of “Brahms’ Lullaby.”
Alice sat in the rocking chair and idly moved it with one foot grazing the hardwood floor, her arms empty. She remained there even after the music box played its last note. Blinding light burst from the hall and pierced the darkness of the room to reveal the baby bed. Empty.
Paul’s voice reached her through the night. “You all right?”
Would she ever be all right again? She turned toward the open door where her husband’s silhouette stood in dark contrast to the brightness behind him. “I couldn’t sleep.”
“It’ll be daylight soon. Come on back to bed. If you can’t sleep, at least you can rest your body. You need to conserve your energy to help regain your strength.”
Paul repeated what Dr. Stallings had told her before he released her from the hospital ten days ago. But what did she need her strength for? She no longer carried the baby they’d both dreamed of. Her body was now empty like her arms and the baby bed.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wow!: The Good News in Four Words


Wow!: The Good News in Four Words 

Hardcover 

July 18, 2017

by Dandi Daley Mackall (Author), Annabel Tempest (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496418142

For anyone looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a perfect resource. This whimsical and fun book outlines the gospel in a simple and memorable way (for both adults and kids!), using fun words to highlight the story. The book will present Creation/Genesis (Wow!), The Fall (Uh-oh . . .), Redemption/Jesus’ Life and Sacrifice (Yes!), Restoration/The New Heaven (Aaahhhh), ending with one last Wow because we get to go out and tell the Good News!

My thoughts: Wow!: The Good News in Four Words is a cute and creative way to share parts of the gospel with children (and adults) using four words to tell the story. This is not a book to use with children raised in church who know the gospel forwards and backwards, but if your church has a bus ministry, or a good news club or other ministry that reaches out to unchurched neighborhood children then this book would be awesome for them.  It is worded in such a way that the person reading the story can expand on it if the listener asks questions, so they might get the whole truth instead of a watered down version of it. 

Definitely unique and and timely ministry resource with more people unchurched than ever before.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Interview with Toni Shiloh and #giveaway!!

 Today we welcome Toni Shiloh to my blog. Toni is very graciously giving away an ebook of her new story Finding Love. To enter, answer the question in blue below. Please leave contact information. 

Toni, good to have you stop by. Tell us about Finding Love – a brief blurb

Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow.

Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution?


Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?

That no matter what you’re going through, you can trust God to see you through it. Trust is so hard to surrender to, especially when we’ve been hurt in the past. But unlike people, God is faithful and worthy of our trust.

What one question would you like us to ask your readers? 

When you stepped out on faith and trusted God, how did your life improve?

Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering. 

I’m offering an eBook copy of Finding Love.

How did Finding Love get started? 

It’s book two in my Maple Run series. When I finished book one, I knew I wanted Delaney’s story to be one of the books. Since some of the other characters refused to talk to me, I decided to tell her story. I’m so glad I did! I enjoyed writing her tale.

Tell us about your research process. 

Usually I have to do research on jobs and setting. Almost all of my books are in a different place. Fortunately, since this is book two in the series, I didn’t have to do more research for the setting. But I did have to look up information for my hero’s job as a paratrooper.

What impact did your research have on you personally? 

I enjoyed the research and learning something new. It solidified my desire never to jump out of an airplane, lol.

How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all? 

I’m just the person doing the typing, lol. I think the only similarity Delaney and I have is we both have boys. In fact, I used them for inspiration while writing about her twins.


While you were writing Finding Love, do you think it mattered where the book was set? 

Yes! Since it’s set in the fictional town of Maple Run, I had a perfect vision in my mind. I don’t have every store or place perfectly placed in my mind, but it has a feeling and a mood I hope welcomes the reader.

Share your bio: 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.weebly.com


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Julie Arduini Interview: ENGAGED / Christmas in July 99 cent ebook sale

Julie Arduini Interview
ENGAGED

1.       What is your author journey?

I was the little girl always scribbling on blank papers before I knew how to write. I loved reading, even got in trouble in school for reading ahead. However, my grammar skills weren’t excellent and I had teachers who told me writing for a career probably wasn’t the best path for me.

I took the safe path through college and after, working with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, matching senior citizens to volunteer positions. I worked with publicity, and slowly started bringing fiction back into my life. After I had kids, I loved creating publicity for my local Mothers Of Preschoolers, MOPS, chapter. The stirring to write more overwhelmed me.

Finally, in 2007, I decided to surrender my fears of rejection and not being good enough and promised God I would write when He told me, what He told me. I honed my skills through the Christian Writers Guild and FaithWriters, then as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW. In 2010, I participated in the National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, where I wrote 50k in a month. That became ENTRUSTED.


2.    
   How did you come up with the idea for ENGAGED?

Initially, the series was about the Adirondacks and through a publisher. I pitched it as a three book series, and needed an idea for a third book. I always knew what ENTRUSTED was about, and ENTANGLED kind of fell in my lap as I finished ENTRUSTED as a rough draft. ENGAGED took prayer, and I realized that Trish Maxwell had a story to tell.

3.       What was your favorite part of ENGAGED?

I loved writing scenes that included Trish and members of the senior center. Shirley is especially fun because she has no filter. She is very protective of the senior center and Jenna and she doesn’t give Trish any grace.

4.       This is the last book in this series. Was one book easier than another?

I think ENGAGED was the easiest, but I also believe it’s because I have more experience than when I wrote ENTRUSTED. I knew the characters better. ENTANGLED was the hardest. I think I emotionally paralyzed myself worrying about the second book, and I couldn’t relate to Carla like I did Jenna and Trish. Yet, readers tell me they loved it. I’m grateful, because it was tough.

5.       Why did you choose the Adirondacks for a setting?

Although I live in Ohio now, I spent over 30 years in Upstate New York. There are books I’ve read that include New York City, but not a lot about Upstate. I want my books to include Upstate settings, and the Adirondacks is my favorite place. Speculator Falls is based on the real Speculator in Hamilton County. It’s so rural there are no stop lights in the entire county. The mountains are a character as much as Jenna, Ben, Carla, or Trish.

6.       What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I love to read, and miss that I don’t get to read as much as I used to. I’m passionate about encouraging women of all ages, so I do a lot of mentoring. Our family also enjoys board games and binge watching.

7.       What would surprise readers about you?

Although I write contemporary romance, when I go to the movies, I often choose action movies. I also am a NASCAR fan.

8.       Explain your tagline.

I wanted to create something that not only summarizes something I do, but who I am, all while crafting something we all can relate to. Encouraging you to surrender the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate is just yet. There are good things we’ve had to surrender. I had to let go of my home state and everything I knew to move to Ohio, and it was absolutely what God was asking us to do. We also have bad habits or sin that needs to be at His feet. Yet, there are things I’m honest enough to say to God that I’m not ready. Chocolate is that relatable thing that if He asked, I know I wouldn’t be completely ready to give it up entirely.

9.       What’s next for you?

This summer I hope to co write a tween book with our daughter about surrendering lies kids believe. We’re tentatively calling it “Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin” as far as the series goes. It will involve a group of girls from a church and the women who volunteer in ministry with them.

This fall I start a new contemporary romance series about surrendering opinions. The first book, tentatively titled ANCHORED, chronicles sextuplets who are thrust in the national spotlight through their unique birth, and kept in the limelight by tragic circumstances. As young adults, they are trying to find their own identities amidst a community that feels responsible for raising them. They’re also each trying to find love as special as what their parents had. A prologue for the series is included in ENGAGED, I hope readers check it out. I’m excited!

10.   Tell us a little about your family.

I’ve been married to Tom for nearly 21 years. We’re both from Upstate NY but have lived in Ohio for almost 13 years. Our son is a sophomore at Kent State and our daughter is in eighth grade. When I married Tom, we had a family prayer to welcome me into his life with his children, and make sure they knew they were a part of us. Those kids are adults now, and Mandy is married with a newborn son, and Matt is also married and their son is due later this summer. We are blessed!


ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future
Book 3, Surrendering Time Series
Trish’s Story
One Sentence Hook:
Trish Maxwell returns to Speculator Falls with crushed dreams, egg on her face, and the chance to make a new start with the very people and places she used to make fun of.

Summary:
Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

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Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming in June. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and also is a blogger for Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Four in One Gospel of JESUS



Genre: Christian Non Fiction

About the Author

In 1992 Nikola Dimitrov experienced a miraculous conversion, receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Since 1995 he has been a full time minister of the Gospel, serving as pastor, Bible teacher, preacher, and Christian educator. He started his first church in 1994, which is still standing today, and in 1998 he began his traveling ministry. Nikola is currently pastoring several church groups in Bourgas, Bulgaria and is frequently sought out as a speaker around the country. He also serves as a Bible teacher at the Apostolic Kingdom Institute in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

As editor-in-chief of Vetil Media Ministry, Nikola has translated and published more than thirty books into Bulgarian, as well as writing some himself. He is passionate for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle or any such thing. Nikola’s dynamic preaching pointedly encourages believers to be everything the Lord created them to be. He then encourages his congregations to take responsibility in word and deed toward that end.
As a translator, Nikola has also produced and distributed around the nation nearly 1000 Bulgarian versions of audio and video teachings by famous foreign preachers and teachers.

As part of a charity in Bulgaria, along with other volunteers, Nikola takes care of needy people from the minorities, distributing clothes, food, medicine, and school materials to children.
Nikola is married to Helen, and they have two lovely young-adult daughters, Annie (which means grace) and Mikaela (which means who is like God?). Both are part of Nikola and Helen’s ministry, serving in the area of music.

About The Book 

The Four in One Gospel of JESUS is the Four Gospels compiled chronologically and contextually, this giving the fullness of each Bible story in the Gospels. This unique material is describing the life of Jesus in its fulness, without the repetitions. It stores all facts about Jesus and comprises a full biography of Jesus Christ. It's a chronological Bible project, but also a contextual one, featuring subjects such as: Jesus in the Old Testament, the story of the birth of Jesus, Jesus life, Jesus saves, Jesus Cross, Jesus crucifixion, Jesus death, Jesus blood, Jesus tomb, Jesus resurrection, Jesus in Heaven, Jesus works, Jesus miracles, Jesus baptism, Jesus crown, Jesus call, The Jesus teaching, the Passion of Jesus, etc. It shows us how we can be walking with Jesus - the Anointed One, and how we can be servants of Jesus. The book will show You that King Jesus loves You, and will trigger our falling in love with Jesus as well. It's a one of a kind material indeed, the result of thousands of hours of work in compiling, referencing, structuring and fitting all details in this easy to read, yet, fully referenced edition of the Four Gospels of the Bible.



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