Tuesday, March 28, 2017

REDEMPTION’S WHISPER – BEHIND THE STORY by Kathleen Friesen and #Recipe


I have to confess, when Hayley Blankenship entered the story of Nila’s Hope, I didn’t like her. A self-centered party girl, she seemed to care only about her own pleasure without concern for those she may hurt in the process. Not someone I’d want for a friend.

But as I got to know her better, her insecurities began to show. That’s when she touched my sympathies and made me want to dig deeper into what made her who she was.

By the time Redemption’s Whisper opens, Hayley has undergone a transformation, from the girl who needed to be the life of the party to someone unsure of the value of her life. She hasn’t given up completely—at least not recently—but she’s barely clinging to hope. Hope that someone will love her and hope that God can forgive her, even though she can’t forgive herself.

So she heads to the only place she’s ever felt truly cared for, Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris’s home. Dave and Lydia are two of my favorite characters, and I’d love to be more like them in their open-arm policy of evangelization. They welcome anyone who needs help, hope, and the love of God. Yeah, they’re what I want to be when I grow up.

Trevor Hiebert’s story is one I had to discover as I wrote it. His deep-rooted anger yet gentle, respectful manner drew me in, and his journey to redemption will stay in my heart forever. In some ways, he is me as I relived my own descent into hatred and my need to forgive and be forgiven.

My prayer is that the power of redemption in Christ Jesus grips readers’ souls through this story. We all need redemption; we all need to forgive and be forgiven. In this, Redemption’s Whisper is everyone’s story.

Redemption’s Whisper - Blurb 

Desperate to escape her past, Hayley Blankenship flies from Toronto to the Saskatoon home of Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris, the only people who may be able to help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all. If only someone could love her, in spite of what she’s done.

Trevor Hiebert aces the interview for his dream job in Toronto, but he’s torn. His beloved parents need him, and while he doesn’t want to let them down, he craves the affirmation he hopes to find in the big city. But on the flight home to Saskatoon, he meets an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own. Can these two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love?


Twitter: @KFriesenAuthor
Redemption’s Whisper: http://amzn.to/2gD5GBx
Nila’s Hope: http://amzn.to/1Rj4dcf
Melody’s Song: http://amzn.to/2crPi2U


1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs unbeaten
1 teaspoon hot water
1 pkg. chocolate chips
½ cup chopped nuts
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour and baking soda. Cream fat until fluffy. Add sugars; cream well. Beat in eggs, add hot water, add sifted ingredients. Add nuts, chocolate chips, and oatmeal. Mix well. Add vanilla. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack.

Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero.
Kathleen spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and, after marrying the man of her dreams, survived the first thirty years of married life on the Canadian prairies, where they raised three fantastic children. Now she and her patient husband, Ron, live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

Monday, March 27, 2017

21 Days of Grace with giveaway~~~

About the Book

Click to purchase

Book: 21 Days of Grace
Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide
Genre: Devotional
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, 21 DAYS OF GRACE is a fiction-lover's devotional. Filled with fictional stories written by best-selling novelists, Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, Deb Raney, Cecil Murphy,  Kathy Ide, etal, as well as lesser-known but just as talented writers such as Robin Bayne, Roxanne Anderson, and many others. The stories range from Amish to missionary, biblical to contemporary, romance to heart-wrenching neediness.  Each includes an application for us to remember and think on and a short bio about the author. 

I would like it if it included a verse or a portion of scripture, and maybe a prayer for us to read, but as it is, it is a wonderful gift book for fiction lovers anywhere. Shut-ins, libraries, mother's day gifts, something for your college daughter to read that isn't a text book, a gift for a sweet friend, or just about any occassion. Beautifully hard cover in bright and appealing colors, this book also includes a ribbon bookmark so you can easily save your place. A great coffee table book, too. 

Know a fiction lover? This devotional includes 21 stories that are sure to touch their hearts, souls and minds. 

About the Author

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor ConnectionThe Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors NetworkPENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

Blog Stops

March 23: A Reader’s Brain
March 24: ASC Book Reviews
March 24: autism mom
March 26: The Power of Words
March 27: Lighthouse Academy
March 28: A Greater Yes
March 29: Southern Chelle
March 30: Pause for Tales
March 30: The Scribbler
March 31: Carpe Diem
April 1: Splashesofjoy
April 2: Karen Sue Hadley
April 3: Lane Hill House
April 5: God is Love


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:
1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd

Tour Information

Link to purchase book: http://amzn.to/2lhxz2U
Link for giveaway: https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd
Giveaway code: b2cd

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Once Upon a Time Holy Bible NIrV / Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional

Once Upon a Time Holy Bible 

Hardcover, ebook

March 7, 2017

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310757900

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened once upon a time. The NIrV Once Upon a Time Bible contains a presentation page and also highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Also contains the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible.

Stories include:

  • God Makes Man and Woman

  • Isaac and Rebekah

  • Ruth Finds Happiness

  • Queen Esther

  • Mary and Joseph and an Angel

  • He Lives!

We all have our own tale to live and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest story of all.

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE is a colorful Bible sure to appeal to girls who love princesses. Full color, with six stories highlighted, it otherwise is a basic Bible, no frills, no maps, no red letter edition, no concordance, no ribbon place marker. It does include a presentation page and a dictionary. If you are looking for a new Bible for your favorite girl, then ONCE UPON A TIME HOLY BIBLE is one to consider. 


Faithgirlz Promises for You Coloring Devotional: 60 Days Discovering God’s Hope and Love 


March 7, 2017

by Zondervan

  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Series: Faithgirlz
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Clr Csm edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310761198
Take time to enjoy God’s Word and color images from his beautiful world. In this 60-day coloring devotional filled with unique illustrations and patterns, you will read about God’s unchanging promises through NIV Bible verses, paired with detailed line art. Each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, metallic pens, or colored pencils, you will have a chance to reflect and journal about each promise from Scripture, and find inspiration for every day. Perfect for girls 8-12.

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, FAITHGIRLZ PROMISES FOR YOU COLORING DEVOTIONAL includes NIV verses, questions for you to answer (and lines on which to answer) regarding the verse you read and your thoughts about it. It also includes artwork that girls will love to color as they spend time thinking about the verses and questions and how to answer. 

The pages are thick paper stock that doesn't bleed through. A great book for tweens and early teen girls to start them spending time in the word. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Spotlight: A Walk in the Valley

A Walk in the Valley Blurb:

Struggling with infertility? As a Christian, how do you work through the hurt, anger, frustration, pain, and sorrow? Where is God's hope and joy?
This devotional workbook features the stores of real women, and helps you reflect on your experiences via journaling prompts, prayer exercises, and Scripture. Explore topics such as: *infertility testing *diagnosis *decision making *infertility treatment *miscarriage and pregnancy *pregnancy and childbirth after infertility *remaining childless *adoption *foster care, child sponsorship, and orphan hosting *and healing emotionally.
Written by six women who have completed their journey through infertility. Some eventually conceived and gave birth, others adopted, and others remain childless. But all of them have found peace in the loving arms of God. And you can too.

Authors: Julie Arduini, Heidi Glick, Elizabeth Maddrey, Kym McNabney, Paula Mowery, Donna Winters

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 soon. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. 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.

Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dCFG

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reign of Error

Reign of Error 

The Worst Detective Ever #2 

Paperback – ebook

February 19, 2017

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-13: 978-1543218572

Sometimes in life, you just want to yell “Take two!” When a Polar Plunge goes terribly wrong and someone dies in the icy water, former TV detective Joey Darling wants nothing to do with subsequent investigation. But when her picture is found in the dead man’s wallet and witnesses place her as the last person seen with the man, she realizes she’s been cast in a role she never wanted: suspect. Joey makes the dramatic mistake of challenging the killer on camera, and now it’s a race to find the bad guy before he finds her. Danger abounds and suspects are harder to find than the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. But when Joey finds a connection with this case and the disappearance of her father, she knows there’s no backing out. As hard as Joey tries to be like her super detective alter ego, the more things go wrong. Will Joey figure this one out? Or will her reign of error continue?

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, REIGN OF ERROR is the second book in Ms. Barritt's newest series, The Worst Detective Ever Mystery Series. I have to admit, she is a really clueless investigator, but I can't say I'd do much better! I have to  love following Joey around and trying to unravel the clues as she learned them... I'm anxious to follow her into the  next book in the series Safety in Blunders to see what happens next!

I love both Jackson - the police detective - and Zane - the fun loving guy who was always up for anything, dangerous or not. 

Ms. Barritt has a very active mind, she comes up with such unique plots and stories that come alive due to them. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, then you'll want to read Ready to Fumble (first) followed by this book REIGN OF ERROR. Although I think you could read them out of order... I haven't... and the books are tied together (as in continuing). Must read.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Plain Target

Plain Target 

Amish Country Justice

Mass Market Paperback, ebook

April 4, 2017

by Dana R. Lynn

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373457021

Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together?

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, PLAIN TARGET is the first book of Ms. Lynn's I've read. The characters are not Amish, but the story is set in Amish country and there are some secondary Amish characters. 

PLAIN TARGET is your typical Love Inspired Suspense in that the characters were kept on the run as the killer found them, over and over. I thought I had figured out who the killer was early on, but not why, but there was a twist at the end that I never saw coming and my guesses were wrong. 

I liked that one part of the book was kind of like the game Clue set up - where someone was trying to kill Jess, but the house was full of people who hated her and her brother and any one of them could be the killer. The fact that they were stranded there due to a flash flood made it creepier. 

If you like romantic suspense and books set in Amish country, you will love PLAIN TARGET. Available at your favorite retail store on April 1 - or you can preorder now and have it shipped to you or downloaded right away. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book / Ready. Set, Find Easter

The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book 


March 7, 2017

by Zondervan 

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Clr Csm edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310759553

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold.    
Loads of coloring fun and faith for little ones! Children can now color to life more than sixty favorite Bible stories and characters from The Beginner’s Bible. After coloring, the pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories.

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE COLORING BOOK is just that. A coloring book. Drawn in the popular Beginner's Bible style, it is designed for preschoolers and early elementary students and includes pictures about Joseph in the well, Joseph in Egypt, the story of Moses in the Nile River, the story of Daniel, Jesus' ressurection, and so much more. The perfect gift to include in your favorite child's Easter basket.  


Ready, Set, Find Easter 

Board book 

February 7, 2017

by Zondervan 

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Ready, Set, Find
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310757696

Get ready to follow Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, east the Last Supper with His friends, and walks in the garden of Gethsemane. This holiday board book is perfect for young children who will love finding the 48 objects hidden on the pages while reading the classic story of Easter, accurately retold and with scripture references. On your mark, Ready-Set-Find!

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, READY, SET, FIND EASTER is a board book for babies, preschoolers,  and early elementary children. This is similar to the popular "I Spy" game, where you try to find pictures hidden in a larger picture, but there is a little story to go with it. This one is related to Easter and the preceding days. A great book to use for little kids to help them use visual fun to learn the resurrection story.