Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Amish Wedding Promise #PreOrder



The Amish Wedding Promise

 (Hidden Springs #1) 

Mass Market Paperback – ebook

December 17, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Kill Shot

Kill Shot: A Novel 

(White Knights #2) 

Paperback – ebook - audio 

February 6, 2018

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bitter Pill


BITTER PILL
Dr. Richard Mabry
ISBN: B07QZXILV2
Medical Suspense
Richard L. Mabry
121 pages
$6.99  U.S. paperback/ hardback

THINGS WERE GOING ALONG JUST FINE

UNTIL THE MIRACLE FOULED THEM UP


“Brother” Bob Bannister is content with his life and his itinerant healing ministry, until one night he finds that the woman who walks off the stage under her own power isn’t one of his shills. At that point, doubts begin to intrude on his previously untroubled existence.

Dr. Abby Davis is tired of her family practice and at odds with God. Dealing with critically ill and dying patients has crushed her spirit to the point she’s ready to quit. But she soon realizes that there’s more to healing than ministering to the physical body.

Scott Anderson was the oldest graduate of his seminary class. Then again, most of them hadn’t turned away from a medical practice, hoping to atone for past mistakes (including his wife’s death) by ministering to men’s souls. Now he hopes he hasn’t made a colossal mistake in switching careers. 

Each of these individuals becomes linked to the other, and each finds that God has a purpose for them—but, as it often does, the lesson comes with discomfort.


My thoughts:  (reviewed by Steve)

THE MOODS, THE METHODS, THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HUMAN HEART IS THE STUFF OF WHICH LEGENDS ARE MADE . . . AND NIGHTMARES.

IT WAS SOCRATES WHO DECLARED, “TO KNOW THYSELF IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM.”  TO TRULY UNDERTAKE SUCH AN EXERCISE REQUIRES MORE DISCIPLINE, MORE TENACITY, AND MORE RAW COURAGE THAN MOST OF US CAN MUSTER.  AND YET DR. RICHARD MABRY HAS MANAGED TO DO SO NOT ONCE . .  .NOT TWICE . . . BUT THREE TIMES IN 121 PAGES.

IN BITTER PILL  ONE COMES FACE TO FACE WITH A RELIGIOUS SHYSTER, AN EMPTY PASTOR, AND A STRUGGLING PHYSICIAN.  EACH OF THEM CONTAIN THE SEEDS OF GREATNESS.  EACH OF THEM IS DRINKING THE DREGS OF DOUBT AND DESPAIR.  AND AS THEY CROSS PATHS, AND WANDER INTO EACH OTHER’S LIVES, THE READER DISCOVERS THAT HE IS EXPERIENCING THE GREATEST THRILL KNOWN TO MAN.

IT’S CALLED LIVING.

DR. MABRY CONFESSES IN HIS PREFACE THAT THIS PARTICULAR STORY HAS BEEN SITTING ON THE BACK BURNER INDEFINITELY, BECAUSE A FRIEND WHO KNEW HIM WELL SAID REPEATEDLY, “THIS ISN’T THE TYPICAL RICHARD MABRY NOVEL.”

IT’S MORE.  IT’S DEEPER.  IT’S BOTH SOBERING AND EXHILARATING.

IT’S SOMETHING I WISH I’D READ EARLIER, AND SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LOVE TO READ AGAIN.

5 STARS FOR YOUR  “NOT SO TYPICAL” RICHARD MABRY NOVEL

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my open and honest review.





Sunday, June 23, 2019

Stretched to His Outstretched Hand by Heidi Dru Kortman


Text: Psalm 77:2
“When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.”

Text: Isaiah 14:26-27
“This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”

Asaph’s verses fit everyone at some time in life. Although we seek God daily for the things we need, times of distress make our prayers even more urgent. In the daylight we often ask for help from other people, but at night, when we are less distracted by active events, we find we need more comfort.

Then we reach out to our God. We persist, because hope and help can come from no one else. The depth of our emotion and misery cannot be soothed simply or easily. Asaph doesn’t resume a positive tone in this psalm until the beginning of verse ten, when he makes a positive choice to recount the acts and character of God.

We should also keep constant track of all the blessings God has provided in our lives. Each recuperation from surgery, each providential job, the friends, caregivers, and family who surround us provide stepping stones of proof that God is always actively involved in our lives. Recounting our private “psalms of support” also strengthens our resolve to speak about God’s constant care.

Isaiah reminds us that our source of help is the same God who controls the whole world, whose plans include all nations. Would we truly want comfort from another, lesser source, if one existed? What is stunning, if we truly stop to think deeply about it, is that the God who controls the behavior of nations is also willing and eager to be involved in the tiniest, most intimate details of our lives. He knows when we wake in the morning, when we sit and stand; he knows the thoughts in our minds before we speak them. This constant attention protects us and steers us toward decisions that bring the lasting satisfaction of relationship with him.

Even though the rhythms of our lives don’t always completely match the general pattern in the world, if we have accepted the gift of salvation from this generous God, we will take part in completing the fulfilling work he planned for us before we existed. No matter what we appear to accomplish here in life, we cannot possibly fail, for we do his work and he cannot be thwarted.


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, June 22, 2019

Interview with Alice Arenz and #Giveaway!!!




Today we welcome Alice Arenz to  my blog. Alice is very  graciously giving away one e book copy of Dark of Night.  To enter answer the question in red and leave contact  information.

 Good to have you stop by, Alice. Tell us about Dark of Night – a brief blurb: 

One-liner:  Where Nightmares Become Reality

Back Cover Blurb:

Determined to get justice for the brutal murders of her parents twenty years ago, Kelsey Carol returns to the scene of the crime—Seaton, Missouri. But what she quickly learns is that every clue brings more questions than answers. And, nightmares really do come true.


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

I think the message would be that things done in the dark—for evil—can/will be brought to light. One hopes and prays that will happen, anyway. Mostly, I just want readers to enjoy the book! :)


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

What one character in my books have you liked most & why?

Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering. 

I’m giving away an ebook version of Dark of Night—from Amazon.

How did Dark of Night get started?

My publisher was encouraging her writers to contribute to different boxed sets throughout 2019. I signed up for the romantic suspense “women in danger” set—which is now called IN DANGER’S PATH & available on Amazon (five authors-five novellas). I’m thrilled Dark of Night is also available on its own.

Tell us about your research process.

Process. . . it’s more a “Do I really have to do this?!” sort of thing. Since I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, I’m never certain what I’ll need to know until God hits me with an idea or subject I know nothing about. I’ve learned to wait on His inspiration rather than on what I “think” might be the direction. Well, kinda learned. Um. . . this time I sort of jumped the gun and started researching architectural features that weren’t needed or used.

What impact did your research have on you personally?

There was some law enforcement info for Missouri that I just couldn’t find on the Internet. After seeking help from fellow ACFW members, the answers were so diverse, I realized it would be necessary to go to a local police station. I’m really introverted—so much so, that I get tongue-tied to the point of not being able to speak intelligibly. When I couldn’t put it off any longer, my husband drove me to the nearest station, only to discover it had moved! That’s when we spotted a police car parked nearby. The officer inside not only answered my questions, but supplied me with some excellent ideas—AND his card so I could use him as a resource in the future. Best research experience I’ve had in more than ten years!!

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

Um. . . on the sidelines. You know, someone who knows about the murder from twenty years before and prays that the family will someday know the truth behind what happened. But not actually in the story.

While you were writing Dark of Night do you think it mattered where the book was set?

Probably not, but I always set my books in fictional Missouri towns.

Share your bio:


Alice K. Arenz has been writing since she was a child. Her earliest publications were in the small, family-owned newspaper where her articles, essays, and poems were frequently included. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Arenz is a Carol Award winner and two-time finalist. She writes “clean” fiction as well as Christian fiction in a variety of genres and lengths. Visit her at her web site: www.akawriter.com



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Friday, June 21, 2019

Don't Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean



Don't Blame the Mud: Only Jesus Makes Us Clean 

Hardcover – 

May 27, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Love's Truest Hope


Be sure to follow this tour and enter the giveaway!!!



About the Book

Book: Love’s Truest Hope
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Mary Alford
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish
Release date: May 28, 2019

Mission of Love blurb
A nontraditional Amish man called to minister to the inner-city youth. An overwhelmed Amish woman terrified of the idea. When lies and manipulators threaten to destroy her life, she’s forced outside her comfort zone. Will she learn that God’s love spreads to more than just her people?
Plain Redemption
Spring is a long way in coming to the Big Sky country of Montana, and Lyddie Hershberger is still living in the winter of her life. First her husband died a little more than a year earlier, then Lyddie lost their unborn child. Now, an accident sends her father-in-law to the hospital clinging to his life. Will the gloom of winter ever leave their West Kootenai community?
When word of his daed’s accident reaches Thomas Hershberger in Colorado, he rushes home to find all his old sins waiting for him there, along with the woman who destroyed his heart. His brother’s widow, Lyddie Hershberger.
After someone breaks into the family home while Thomas and Lyddie are at the hospital, it soon becomes apparent that his father’s accident is anything but.
As Lyddie and Thomas struggle to understand why someone wishes their family harm, old feelings of love resurface. Is it possible for Thomas to overcome the guilt he feels for his part in his brother’s death and convince Lyddie that their love can melt any heartache standing in their way?
Bid for Love
The top bidder in the Amish silent auction wins a day of yardwork from Marty and two of his friends. But why did this wealthy Englischer pay so much money when she has a professional lawn service? Marty is shocked to when she offers him money to turn her granddaughter Amish. He refuses, but when Olivia and her grandmother both end up missing, Marty is fingered for the crime. How can he ever prove his innocence when all the clues the police find point to his guilt?

Grab your copy here.

About the Authors

Laura V. Hilton’s Bio
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with thirty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs. Her most recent series is set in Mackinac County, Michigan, and includes Firestorm, The Amish Candymaker, and Married to a Stranger (July 2019).
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Rachel J. Good
Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The bestselling author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farms and attending family events. Rachel has more than 40 books in print or forthcoming for both children and adults under several pen names.
Mary Alford’s Bio
Mary Alford is a bestselling author of over fifteen novels who loves giving her readers the unexpected. Combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that test their faith and result in novels the reader doesn’t want to put down.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, June 12
The Avid Reader, June 13
Bigreadersite, June 14
Emily Yager, June 14
Mary Hake, June 16
Splashes of Joy, June 17
Quiet Workings, June 20

Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit is giving away a grand prize of an eBook copy of Love’s Truest Hope and a $50 Amazon 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/e574/love-s-truest-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Living Lies

Living Lies

 (Harbored Secrets #1) 

Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook

May 21, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Amish Wedding Promise #PreOrder

The Amish Wedding Promise  (Hidden Springs #1)   Mass Market Paperback   – ebook December 17, 2019 by  Laura V. Hilton   (A...