Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack

Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack

In honor of the launch of Fetching Sweetness I’m participating in bringing you a great giveaway!  The sweetness unleashed prize pack is a great win for some lucky guy or gal!  Especially if you love pets.  And the book is wonderful.  Make sure to check out my review of the book as well as enter to win in the giveaway. 

A recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest can only be found in Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink. It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Retrieve a reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But when the author’s canine companion, Sweetness, makes a break for it and Stephanie has to track Sweetness down, she meets Rhett Hastings. They’re in for a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana’s blog.

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Undercover Artist Starter Set Giveaway

Undercover Artist Starter Set Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to be an artist?  Have an interest in forensics?  You’re going to want to read on to find out about our undercover artist starter set giveaway!!

Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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Make sure to check out my review as well.  This is a great book and I’m excited to be included in the launch.  It’s definitely a thriller and going to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.  Make sure to get yourself a copy or request that your local library gets a copy so you can experience the thrill of When Death Draws Near.  Plus maybe then you’ll want to be a forensic artist after all. . . . or not.  Depends on how scared you are by the excitement in the book!!

Medical Judgment {Litfuse Review}

Medical Judgment {Litfuse Review}
 
About the book Medical Judgment:

Medical Judgment (Abingdon Press, May 2016)

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

Purchase a copy of Medical Judgment: http://bit.ly/1PjHaAz

 
About the author:
 
 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love this book!  I love this author.  Seriously.  Richard Mabry’s new book Medical Judgment is a fast paced action packed edge of your seat kind of a read.  You won’t be able to put it down.  I couldn’t!  I had to know what was going to happen.  And really.  Umm I don’t want to tell you who the bad guy is, but that one was a toughie!  I didn’t figure it out for the longest time.  Loved it.  So so much loved it.  I’ve already passed the book on and it’s being enjoyed by others as well.  Make sure to request a copy from your library or purchase your own.  While you’re at it make sure to check out his other books as well. 
 
 
 
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Irish Meadows {Litfuse Review}

Irish Meadows {Litfuse Review}
 
About the book:
Irish Meadows
(Bethany House, July 2015)

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, IrishMeadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men
quickly complicate everyone’s plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?


Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1Mi7dDS

About the author:

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Find Susan online: website, Facebook, Twitter

 
 
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I loved this book.  This was a wonderful debut from this new author and I am so happy to have read it already!  I could envision myself as young Brianna.  Wanting to further my education and not content to marry a man unless I loved him.  And then there is Colleen going about finding what she wants all the wrong way.  Both women love men their father would not choose.  Daddy wants them to marry rich men to help save the farm.  Will they choose love over family?  Will Colleen settle down or end up ruined?  What about her punishment?  Will she survive?
 
This book was so addicting!  I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good historical fiction read.  You’re going to love it!
 
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The Inn at Ocean’s Edge #bookreview

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The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.

But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

 

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

 

My thoughts on The Inn at Ocean’s Edge:

I have long enjoyed the works of Colleen Coble and this book is no exception.  I love the mystery surrounding Claire Dellamare and her disappearance as a child.  There are some wonderful twists and turns within this book and the ending is definitely unexpected!

Who is Claire Dellamare?  Is she really who she thinks she is?  And why does this strange Inn she swears she’s never seen bring back so many memories?

Oh this is such a good book with many twists and turns.  I don’t want to give too much away, but Claire is going to learn so much and grow too.  She’s going to find family she never knew and question the one she has.  Plus we’ll meet many characters along the way.  Like Luke.  Oh the romance that is going to bloom between those two!  I can just feel it!  Oh and did I mention Claire finds out she has a sister?

If you love murder and mystery then this is the book for you!  It is wonderfully written and will keep you spellbound!

 

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A Sparrow in Terezin #bookreview

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A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015. Cambron is an art/design manager at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

My thoughts:

 I love stories that take place during WWII.  This story told me more of a side that I am not that familiar with, but want to learn more of.  My grandmother lived through WWII.  She was an English citizen residing in a smaller town near London.  She lived through the Blitz, met my grandfather(an American soldier) whom she married during the war, gave birth to my uncle, and then finally came across the ocean to be with my grandfather.  My uncle was three years old before he ever got to meet his father.  That’s how long it took to get over her.

While my grandmother shared some stories from the war, she didn’t share the hard parts.  She didn’t share the death and destruction, just the things that I already knew.  Such as rationing and how she met grandpa.  I love those stories, but I also love learning how it really went.

In this story you find out not just about what was happening in London, but what was happening in the concentration camps.  The concentration camps were vile, we all know this.  But this goes further and tells more specifics.  I have to say the modern day part of the story was not read with as much excitement and interest as the parts that took place during the war.  

Excellent read that I highly recommend.  Go get yourself a copy!

 

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Mist of Midnight #bookreview #CFBA


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Mist of Midnight
Howard Books (March 10, 2015)
by
Sandra Byrd
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. The Tudor series’ end cap, Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, debuts in March, 2015.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens, and is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Mist of Midnight

 

 

 

In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her…and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca’s name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father’s investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Mist of Midnight, go HERE.

 

My thoughts: 

Mist of Midnight is a great read.  It read quickly and really drew me in.  I loved getting to know Rebecca Ravenshaw and learning with her who the person who was pretending to be her(and died) was.  Very sad story going along in there.  And then there is the charming Captain Luke who is the one who was supposed to inherit all her family’s land and house if she did die.  Now she must prove to everyone that she is indeed herself!  Her parents and brother are dead and now she must defend who she is.

In this book you will find a French maid who takes more liberties than she should, a foreign speaking servant who just wants to protect herself from being thought a murderer, a girl who everyone thought to be dead(but is very much alive), an imposter, and a man who is looking for a home.  He finally finds a home but now it is taken from him by a rightful heir(or is she really?)  Oh my!  

I really enjoyed learning about Rebecca and the time period she lives in.  I love the missionary work and the talk of uprisings and the research that was done.  The author also knows how to spin a tale so you are on the edge of your seat. And then we need some romance of course.  Luke and Rebecca are drawn to each other and if she can just convince him she is herself and convince herself he’s not just after her inherit love just may bloom!

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family #bookreview @Litfuse

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family
 
 
About the book: 

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles (David C. Cook, January 2015)

We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. InBecoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.

Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BSJpxN 
 

 

About the author: 

Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook and the author of SpiritualParentingDreaming of More for the Next GenerationA Theology of Family Ministry, and The Big God Story. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, theology, and leadership and over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. She lives in Colorado Springs and loves a good book and a cup of coffee.

 

Find Michelle online: websiteFacebookTwitter
 
My thoughts on Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family:
 
Can I just say this is a convicting book?  I mean we all think we’re failing at parenting at times and doing well at others right?  Or is that just me?  Okay maybe I’m special.  This books covers some of the ways that we at parents can become the parent we don’t want to be.  And normally we don’t realize we are that parent until we’ve been them for a bit.  And then we’re convicted.  Using this book as a bit of a guide you can easily realize when you’re falling down the wrong path and rectify the situation to bring the focus back to where you want your family to be and modelling Jesus and his love to your family.  Love the questions and Scripture guide.  
 
Great book that will be one that you want to keep on your shelf for the duration of parenthood. 
 
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The Promise of Palm Grove #bookreview @Litfuse

The Promise of Palm Grove
 
About the book: 

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1aQJuw2 
 

 

About the author: 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

 

Find Shelley online: website
 
 
My thoughts on The Promise of Palm Grove:
 
I love Amish fiction.  It has a special spot in my heart.  I also went into this book knowing that I love the writings of Shelley Shepard Gray.  I’ve read many of her novels and really enjoy her style.  You feel drawn in and a part of the book.  You feel that your best friend is now the main character.
 
Our main character Leona is quite the likeable girl.  But she’s engaged to quite the unlikely fellow.  He’s brass and rude and overbearing.  She loves to travel and have fun in life while he does not.  They’re very ill matched.  When she goes off on a pre wedding trip to Palm Grove with two girlfriends and meets a man who immediately captures her interest she must make a choice to either break things off with her fiance or stay away from the handsome stranger.  My vote immediately went to the handsome stranger!
 
But Leona isn’t the only character of interest.  Our handsome stranger, Zachary, has a younger sister with quite the disease. Her bones break very easily but she is the sweetest thing ever.  And she has the typical struggles you would expect.  Including having siblings that think they must watch over her all the time.  She longs for some independence and looks without pity.  She and Leona get along splendidly!
 
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to you to read as well!  It’s a great little romance with some other fun thrown in as well.
 
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Betting on Hope #bookreview @Litfuse

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About the book: 

Betting on Hope (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent onsaving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, theon-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do-for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Lv6bBc  
 

 

About the author: 

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

 

Find Debra online: websiteFacebookTwitter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My thoughts for Betting on Hope:
 
Loved this book.  Maggie is a good strong character though she does have issues(don’t we all).  Same with Tru.  But I do have to say that Jenna won my heart.  What an amazing young woman wanting to give her little Hope the brightest future possible.  Such selfless love.
 
This book read quickly(think an afternoon and it was all over).  Really drew me in to the characters.  No major murder or mystery here unless you count the little bit of mystery over Maggie’s past.  But you learn all about that before it’s all said and done.  Tru has a secret he keeps from Maggie that also keeps him from letting her know he loves her.  Oh and turkey fryers do catch on fire, twins can be named Doobie and Doonie and still dress alike as adults, and cowboy firefighters are hot and inspire writing.
 
You’ll learn so much more here in this book.  I don’t want to tell you too much because it’ll ruin the read for you.  But I do want to commend the author for tackling so many tricky subjects in one book.  You read about Alzheimers, cancer, infertility, teenage pregnancy, runaways, and so much more.  Great read!
 
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