Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Cowboy's Convenient Marriage: A Montana Ranches Christian Romance (Saddle Springs Romance Series)

The Cowboy's Convenient Marriage: A Montana Ranches Christian Romance 

(Saddle Springs Romance Series #4) 

Paperback – ebook

July 24, 2019

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Shelter from the Storm (North Country Amish)

Shelter from the Storm 

(North Country Amish) 

Mass Market Paperback – ebook

August 20, 2019

Monday, January 20, 2020

Love You, Love You / Big Dreams and Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible: 30 Inspiring Stories from the Old and New Testament

Love You, Love You


With an adorable cover case adorned with glitter, this book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, new parents or grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, or anyone who wants to express love to the precious child in their life.

Love you, Love you,
Mama squeaked.
Into her nest she quickly peeked.
Sleeping babies
softly snore.I couldn’t love you any more.

My thoughts (LVH):  LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU is a bedtime story book for babies and small children.  The pictures are sweet and could bring conversations, the words simplistic but would be fun to read how the animals say it.  Not faith-based so appropriate for anyone.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.


Big Dreams and Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible: 30 Inspiring Stories from the Old and New Testament 

Hardcover – ebook

January 7, 2020

Big Dreams and Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible, written by Mark Batterson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, presents 30 inspiring stories from the Old and New Testament that will help children understand and embrace the power of prayer in their everyday lives. With Scripture references from the NIrV and stunning illustrations from Omar Aranda, this powerful book will touch the hearts of young readers and help connect them to God. Short Prayer Points after each story encourage children to talk to God and allow him to work in their lives.
Prayer changes things. It brings us closer to God and allows us to communicate with the One who loves us most.

My thoughts/; (LVH):  One of the most important elements of following God and Jesus is prayer. And sometimes, teaching children about the many facets of this powerful communication may be complicated. Mark Batterson's book is filled with 30 Bible stories, examples and explanations, simple prayers and verses that help explain the wonder of talking to God. 

Children will likely enjoy the colorful well drawn illustrations. Big Dreams and Powerful Prayers would be a great tool to use in Sunday School, Bible  School or Bible Club or for family devotions. 

I received a free copy of this book. Opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Camping by Heidi Dru Kortman

Text: 2 Cor. 5:1-10.

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (v. 1).
  Although the Apostle Paul made tents to earn his money, I do not believe he liked them very much. He is not alone. Neither do I. As a survivor of several camping trips made with borrowed flawed tents, I was always more than eager to return home.
  Because I do not have outdoor skills, other members of the group always had to erect my tent for me. They did it cheerfully and efficiently, and although other awkward things happened, those borrowed tents never collapsed on me in the middle of the night. However, I do now regret that my attitude while living in the tents was definitely not as Christ-like as it could have been. We were on mission trips!
   In truth, the accounts of my camping experiences would read like comedy in comparison with Pauls list of travel dangers in 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. Each time I remember my trips, I also realize that I am “camping” in my body and in this world.

          When I become impatient with the circumstances of my life, the text of 2 Corinthians 5 reminds me to shift my focus. The purpose of my life, like Pauls, is to be Gods ambassador—away from home in this foreignplace (2 Cor. 5:18-20). 

When my “mission” is complete, I get to fold up my imperfect tentand go home to the house he built for me with his own hands. In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be with me where I am” (John 14:2-3).


          Its a powerful job to be Your ambassadors, Lord, and were sometimes intimidated by it. Forgive us when we fall short. Equip us daily so that our words, attitudes, and deeds leave an attractive impression of our home country,Your kingdom. Amen.

Heidi Dru Kortman DTM
God's gifts and call are irrevocable.

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, January 18, 2020

Bartholomew and #giveaway!!!

About the Book

Book: Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway
Author: Carol L. Lester
Genre: Children’s
Release Date: December 2019

Bartholomew, an intelligent iguana with brown-and-green mottled, scaly skin, loves riding the New York City subway. The underground railroad, which clatters and whooshes before it takes off, teems with people, but Bartholomew doesn’t mind. He enjoys his escape from his life in a museum exhibit and spends the morning observing other passengers.
On his ride, Bartholomew watches several Regulars and learns about their similarities, their differences, and how they interact or don’t interact with others. Bubbly Becky radiates joy, and she even sits next to Bartholomew. Fred always wears a bright scarf and sometimes hums, but he keeps to himself. Mrs. Hatmer keeps her four children organized, but some passengers are annoyed by the kids. By the end of Bartholomew’s ride, he learns about the value and uniqueness of each person.
Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway includes questions in the back to encourage young readers to explore the lessons Bartholomew learns. Carol Lester’s children’s books spark discussions with adult and school-aged readers alike. With each book, Lester seeks to influence and shape lives, young and old.

Marilyn's thoughts:  Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway is a cute story for young children, especially those who want a pet iguana. Bartholomew comes to life character of escaping his museum exhibit and riding on the subway made several observations of the regular riders. His experience taught him there’s a wide variety of individuals and one must not judge from outward appearances. This would make a great book for teachers who have an iguana in their classroom, as the author penned characteristics of iguanas. The author included questions for children and adults to answer at the end of the story. So it’s a teachable book about not judging others and other issues.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher for the book tour. I was under no obligation to post a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Carol L. Lester is a published author and has taught secondary English / language arts for over thirty years. She holds teaching certificates in three states with degrees in education and sport psychology. Carol lives in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys her role writing children’s stories that educate and delight. She previously published Roo, the Kangaroo Cat.

More from Carol 

I am so very thankful for all opportunities I have experienced thus far in my life, and they have been varied! As an Air Force brat, I traveled the globe and experienced languages and cultures about which other people only dream. I have embraced those times of travel in my adult life as well. For instance, I chaperoned 54 high school students to Europe one summer, and I have served as a missionary in both Ukraine and Kenya. In years past I have taught aerobic dance classes and sign language classes, but I owned my own jewelry business for ten years, too. That involved training other jewelers and marketing and selling my line of accessories. With all those experiences, I have served people from all walks of life.
I am definitely a sports enthusiast, but college basketball is my passion, especially when it comes to the University of North Carolina Tarheels! (I am a Carolina alumnus and was actually named after the university.) I was blessed to serve as sole caregiver for my aging parents and now look forward to serving others in a new capacity as author and “coach.”
I enjoy serving as a member of the Oak Hills Church Singers, but I have been a pianist and percussionist for over 50 years. (I served as the drummer and back-up vocalist for Keith Henderson Presents Elvis in the late 1970s!) My “claim to fame,” as it were, is that I was the first female drumline captain in the Atlantic Coast Conference (1976-78).

Blog Stops

Book of Ruth Ann, January 7
Mamma Loves Books, January 7
A Reader’s Brain, January 13
Texas Book-aholic, January 14
Mary Hake, January 16
janicesbookreviews, January 17
Lighthouse Academy Blog, January 18 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of both of her books, ROO and Bartholomew, plus a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps)

Collateral Damage 

(Danger Never Sleeps #1) 

Paperback – ebook, audio, hardcover

January 7, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Cowboy's Christmas Reunion: A Christian Romance

The Cowboy's Christmas Reunion: A Christian Romance 

(Saddle Springs Romance #1) 

Paperback – ebook

October 9, 2018

The Cowboy's Convenient Marriage: A Montana Ranches Christian Romance (Saddle Springs Romance Series)

The Cowboy's Convenient Marriage: A Montana Ranches Christian Romance  (Saddle Springs Romance Series #4)   Paperback   – ebook ...