Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two Talented Authors Produce a Great Christmas Read! Be sure to enter the giveaway!

            


            "Love's Christmas Blessings"
           By Laura Hilton and Rachel  Good



About the Book:
                                                                        
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas
Release Date: November, 2018
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing
Winter’s Treasure
Paris Kauffman believes she is about to embark on her family-tradition birthday treasure hunt, but for the first time ever, her daed is sending her to various businesses and homes in the community. Little does Paris expect that when she enters the bakery to collect her gift, the bus will drop off none other than her old crush, Aquila Stutzman, the man she’d done everything except cartwheels and handstands to get his attention. And failed. Of course, Quil doesn’t remember her.
Quil was offered employment working on his grandparents’ new tree farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since he’s recovering from a broken heart when his longtime girlfriend Priscilla up and married his cousin, a move Quil never saw coming, he decides to take the job. This will give him time to separate himself from the hurt and maybe, eventually, move on.
Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?
Mistletoe and Miracles
Daniel Graber has spent years caring for his aging parents. Now Daed’s in rehab with a broken hip and a bad case of irritability. He snaps at the workers and complains about doing physical therapy, so Daniel is grateful for the new aide, Fern Chupp, who uses her sweetness and charm to convince Daed to cooperate. Turns out, Daed isn’t the only one she charms.
As a widow, Fern is grateful for her new job at Fairview Rehab Center, even though it meant relocating to Ephrata, Pennsylvania, with her nine-year-old daughter, Lyddie. But Lyddie is grieving the recent death of her grandfather and dislikes leaving her Ohio home. Lyddie’s shyness also makes it difficult to make friends or recite school lessons.
When her class goes to the rehab center to interview patients, Lyddie’s too scared to do her assignment, so she runs away. During the hunt for her missing daughter, independent Fern learns to accept and appreciate Daniel’s help and support. By the time they discover Lyddie, she’s made a very unusual friend, and Fern and Daniel have developed a . Can four lonely heart create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?

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My Thoughts:
Two authors combined their talents to create a most  enjoyable book!  Both talented ladies have centred their stories around the Amish community in Lancaster County , an area well known for the Plain People, a quiet rural setting. This caught my attention immediately, as my husband and I make an annual trip to our favorite Bed and Breakfast in Paradise, in the midst of the Amish farmlands. It is a community where you easily find peace and relaxation. Although, I must say that there are exceptions, as the characters in these two novellas show us! 
Both authors describe their characters in a detailed, realistic way, making it very easy to identify with them. I must admit, I loved Paris and Quil, however Sarah put a nasty taste in my mouth!! She was the master manipulator attempting to upset the lives of others! That feeling in itself shows the strength of the character development. Even nasty people do help portray real, everyday life and problems. Paris was a sweet young lady who exhibited great self control . She was an extremely strong person. Rachel's characters were equally well described. Combine an elderly , rather nasty old man and a young, shy , rather unhappy child and you get a fantastic combination. The healing that takes place in both their lives and their families was oh so sweet!! Taking place at a Rehab Centre was unique and touching, as the residents were described in such a real way. A romance developing was just icing on the cake!! 

Both stories had plots that had just enough twists and turns to keep the reader totally engrossed in the lives of these characters who quickly became my best friends. 

This book is one that shouldn't be missed. Sweet stories of love, healing and redemption truly portray what Christmas is all about. 

This book was provided by Celebrate Lit. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest  and my own. I was not required to give a positive review.

About the Authors:


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.
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.
Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The 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 farm and attending family events.
Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.
To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.

A Special Recipe:

Coconut Potato Fudge Recipe:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup plain, mashed potatoes, either instant or one medium potato, cooked
1/8 cup finely chopped (or crushed) almonds (optional)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
give3 tablespoons butter
Instructions:
Beat powdered sugar and coconut into warm potatoes; then add the vanilla extract and almonds.
Press into a lightly-greased 8-inch square pan; set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over top of the potato mixture.
Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, November 11
The Avid Reader, November 11
BigreadersiteNovember 11
Among the Reads, November 12
Wishful Endings, November 12
Britt Reads Fiction, November 13
Maureen’s Musings, November 14
Quiet Quilter, November 15
Blossoms and BlessingsNovember 15
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 16
Bibliophile Reviews, November 18
Splashes of JoyNovember 18
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 19
Mary Hake, November 19
Just the Write Escape, November 20
Moments, November 21
Bukwurmzzz, November 21
Blogging With Carol, November 22
Texas Book-aholic, November 22
Janices book reviewsNovember 23
Carpe Diem, November 24

Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away
Grand prize of $25 Amazon gift card
1st place: Paperback copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings
2-4th place: eBook copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings!!

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/d8a0/love-s-christmas-blessing-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Beautiful Story of Love and Forgiveness ! Make sure you enter the author's giveaway!!

   
           "Christmas Love Year Round"
                    By Elaine Stock

About the Book:


Genre: Christian romance, sweet romance
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Cami Richardson is good at chasing away the men in her life: first Gavin Kinkaid, a former classmate she’d helped to bully, and later, her husband who left her widowed and a single mom. Now all she wants is to bring a smile back to her eight-year-old son. What she doesn’t expect is for Gavin to become her new neighbor.
Gavin wants to settle down after serving in the Air Force and mend the separation between him and his dad. What he didn’t count on is his changing feelings when he sees Cami as a kind woman instead of his former adversary.
When Cami’s son blindsides them both during the Christmas season, is their reunion at risk or will it grow stronger?

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My Thoughts:


What a fantastic read for the Christmas season!!  This novel is one that truly made me think of the importance and real meaning of this special time of year.  The  message comes through this endearing story loud and clear! Forgiveness of oneself and others is so important to a happy future. 

The author deals with the sensitive subject of bullying, something that is rampant in society now, as it was in the past. She does so with kindness, sensitivity and understanding of the deep hurts that it can cause, both on the one bullied as well as the bully!  Cami and Gavin both had to  overcome this unhappiness in their pasts to embrace the kind of future all of us desire- one filled with hope and healing. Only God can help us achieve this, as these characters discover.

It takes a unique talent to present this subject in a work of fiction in a way that touches our hearts. Elaine Stock has accomplished this !! She successfully portrayed the main characters'  feelings of guilt, repentance, love , as well as forgiveness of others as well as oneself.

 A fantastic read!! I am eagerly awaiting another book by this great author!! Five stars!!

This book was a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.
About the Author:

Elaine Stock is the author of the novels Her Good Girl, winner of the 2018 American Fiction Awards in the Christian Inspirational category, and Always With You, which won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all

Guest Post from Elaine

To love someone with all of your heart is the only thing that matters in this world.
Readers often ask the origin of a story idea. When I wrote my first published novel, Always With You, I was asked if my husband was a white supremacist. No! When Her Good Girl released, the questions of whether my mother practiced Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy popped up as well. Although my mother unfortunately did suffer another mental illness, it wasn’t MSP. And now Christmas Love Year Round, Book 1 of the Kindred Lake romance series, is on sale. What does fuel my writing? What is a connecting theme between the stories I write?
Love.
Love is the most essential relationship we must share between all…between family members, friends, neighbors…between strangers, enemies, those who live differently than us, and foreign countries.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Yet, isn’t honest love the hardest thing to do? Perhaps it is also the most difficult virtue to teach and the most vexing passion to express.
Imagine this scenario: You’re a widowed mom with an impressionable eight-year-old son. Your conscience is riddled with the worry that you might have pushed your husband toward his death, and that’s on top of the weight bearing down on you from your childhood days of participating with others to bully a particular family in town.
Then, the one boy who was part of that picked-upon family, now a grown man and stirringly handsome purchases the house across the street from you. You’ll likely see him every day.
And, with a gulp, you realize…that you want to see him. That actually, despite all that transpired between the two of you back in high school, you’re Attracted to him with a Capital A.
Might that magnetism between the two of you be mutual?
This is the set-up between Cami and Gavin in Christmas Love Year Round. Will these two former adversaries forgive not only each other but themselves as well and take loving one’s neighbor to the next step of falling in love and making amends into amens?
May each of you be blessed with love and joy year round! readers through the power of story and hope.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

Blog Stops

Back Porch ReadsNovember 3
Inklings and notionsNovember 4
Cultivating Us, November 6
Quiet Quilter, November 6
Moments, November 8
Robin is Bookish, November 9
Remembrancy, November 10
Vicky Sluiter, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 11
Texas Book-aholic, November 13
Carpe Diem, November 14
Janices book reviewsNovember 15
godly Book Reviews, November 16
BigreadersiteNovember 16

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away
Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between print (US only) or Kindle of Christmas Love Year Round, Kindle of And You Came Along (companion novel to Christmas Love Year Round), and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card
1st and 2nd Prizes: a Kindle edition of Christmas Love Year Round!!
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/d5c6/christmas-love-year-around-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Wonderful Story of Hope!


            "Miles From Where We Started"
                     By Cynthia Ruchti

About the Book:


Genre: Christian Romance/Family life
Release date: October 16, 2018
These no-longer-newlyweds want out of this road trip—and their marriage. Too bad they can’t find the off ramp.
Weeks away from their one-year wedding anniversary, Mallory and Connor Duncan can’t even agree on how to end their marriage. But when a last-minute crisis lands them on a three-thousand-mile road trip together, Mallory wonders if their story may not be over after all.
The trip begins to unravel before the key is even in the ignition, and an at-risk, trouble-seeking missile of an eleven-year-old is unexpectedly launched into their travel plans. Close quarters get even tighter, and the couple believes this whole experience will spell disaster.
Their first year of marriage hasn’t been the arm-in-arm togetherness they expected. How can they find a new beginning when the road ends?
 My Thoughts:

Cynthia is a talented author who always grabs the reader's attention on the first page of her book and keeps one totally engrossed throughout the story. She deals with subjects that are realistic and yes, sometimes, heartbreaking. 
The characters were so vividly described that I immediately saw into their hurting hearts and their struggles to keep afloat. A short marriage that is in danger of being ended is never an easy decision. I loved both of the main characters and easily identified with them, as they each examined their hearts to deal with a life changing decision. Each of them had sincere reasons for believing as they did. To complicate matters, a foster child is thrown into the mix as well as a road trip in a very small camper. Wow! What more could happen?? LOTS! The plot is full of twists and turns that keep one glued to the page, wondering what on earth could next be thrown in their difficult journey !

The question is, "Can  they weather this stormy season together to come to a decision that is right for both of them?" This is clearly a time to let God take over completely and trust him to plan their future. Faith is the underlying theme throughout the book. If one doesn't have that, what hope is there??

This is a book that makes one examine one's own life. What is really important? The need to communicate and keep one's eyes above is the key. God and He alone, can heal the breaking hearts and deal with difficult situations. 

This is definitely a five star book!  Don't miss this fantastic read!

This book was a gift from the author and CelebrateLit. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

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About the Author:

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope through novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and speaking events. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences across the country. She married her grade school sweetheart, and the two live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Guest Post from Cynthia:

I have a confession to make. I heart millennials.
My other novels have had a few millennial characters. Some even played starring roles. But I knew there was more to the heart of millennials than I could gain from listening to the often unfair sighing or comedy routines about that generation. As a person, I wanted to know them better—what are they really like? What challenges do they face with which previous generations saddled them? What strengths to they offer our culture?
Until now, I hadn’t written a story about a millennial couple whose marriage was in crisis. Like, serious crisis. I-don’t-want-to-be-married-to-you-anymore. That kind of crisis.
As any good novelist knows, part of what we do to our characters is make the situation worse. So, millennial couple, approaching their one-year anniversary, ready to call it quits because “This marriage thing is really hard. Is it supposed to be so much work?” But what if…? What if they were forced to be together for three weeks…in a micro-camper…on America’s backroads…with an 11-year-old foster boy troublemaker…and both the husband’s AND the wife’s jobs depended on the trip’s success?
Plot idea in hand, I set off to write Miles from Where We Started, not entirely sure when I began the journey where they would end up or how they’d get there. It was an education for me in so many ways. The impact of the turning point of the story? In the words of my millennial friends, “That’s lit!”
Side note: I’m a big fan of a young teen musician at our church. The boy has mad skills as a keyboard artist. He approaches life as if it’s an endless game of Ninja Warrior. Why walk when you can vault into the room? Why walk up a flight of stairs when you can hop four at a time? He also sports a perpetual smile and is famous for his kindness, but his eyes give away that a little mischief may be hiding behind that smile. I asked Judah’s permission to use his name (and a little bit of his personality) as the foster child character in Miles from Where We Started. I can’t wait for him to read the part he inspired.
Can’t wait for you to read it, too.
Hemmed in Hope,

Cynthia

Blog Stops

The Power of WordsOctober 25
All-of-a-kind MomOctober 26
Lighthouse AcademyOctober 26
Quiet QuilterOctober 27
Christian BookaholicOctober 27
cherylbbookblogOctober 28
Simple Harvest ReadsOctober 28 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
RemembrancyOctober 28
Godly Book ReviewsOctober 29
Captive Dreams WindowOctober 29
By The BookOctober 29
Maureen’s MusingsOctober 30
Spoken from the Heart , October 30
SusanLovesBooksOctober 30
D’S QUILTS & BOOKSOctober 31
Mary HakeNovember 1
Book by BookNovember 1
amandainpa , November 1
Pause for TalesNovember 2
Just CommonlyNovember 2
Baker KellaNovember 3
Inklings and NotionsNovember 4
Bibliophile ReviewsNovember 4
Texas Book-aholicNovember 5
Carpe DiemNovember 6
A Diva’s HeartNovember 7
BigreadersiteNovember 7

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away a grand prize of the Adventure begins” large tote bag, “This way to adventure” travel notebook, “Home is Where We Park It” metal wall hanging, a teardrop camper birdhouse, PLUS a $50 gift Visa gift card…to start your adventure fund!!
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/d4ea/miles-from-where-we-started-celebration-tour-giveaway

Two Talented Authors Produce a Great Christmas Read! Be sure to enter the giveaway!

                         "Love's Christmas Blessings"            By Laura Hilton and Rachel  Good About the Book:   ...