Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Great Author to Keep Your Eyes On! Make sure that you enter the giveaway!


                     "Fatal Homecoming"
                       By Stacey Weeks

About the Book:
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Write Integrity Press

It was murder. She was sure. And that assurance could cost her life.
Undercover RCMP officer Rick Chandler poses as a detective in the small town of Chenaniah River. He is investigating the possibility of a corrupt police force when Jessie returns to bury her brother, and she refuses to believe evidence that point to her deceased brother’s involvement in drug trafficking. Soon, the same person that murdered her brother targets her. Can Rick help Jessie dodge bullets, escape fires, and exonerate her brother before the attacks escalate?

Jessie Berns has returned to her hometown to find answers about her brother’s suspicious death. With the help of an old friend, Detective Rick Chandler, they pursue a truth that someone is willing to do anything to keep hidden—even kill again. They uncover decades-old secrets that expose hidden sins and threaten the lifestyles of high-powered people in their small town.
As they close in on the devious mastermind manipulating the community, it becomes frighteningly clear to Rick that Jessie is not the one calling the shots in her amateur investigation. She is the killer’s new target.
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My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a great read, encompassing Christian values, that will keep you spell bound from beginning to end, this is the book for you! It has a riveting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat , with your heart pounding!! My attention was grabbed on the first page and I just could not put this book down. This book is packed full of suspense.

Although Stacey Weeks is a new author to me, she is now on my list of favorite authors and I will be eagerly watching for her next creation!! Her characters are engaging, so vividly described that the reader easily identifies with them, feeling every fear, worry and challenge.

The plot was well developed with so many unexpected twists and turns that the reader is kept in constant turmoil. Just when you feel that you have figured things out, another situation arises. Family relationships are a major part of this tale. Estrangements from loved ones cause so much confusion and hurt. Throughout the many dangers a strong Christian message prevails. Forgiveness of the past and present, of both others and self, is only possible through a relationship with God. Healing is available but only with faith and trust.

A great novel packed full of romance and suspense! Don't miss it!

.This book was provided by the author and CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

About the Author

Stacey Weeks: My primary ministry in life crowds around my dining room table like a ravenous herd every night. My husband and children are both my greatest blessing and greatest ministry opportunity. Caring for them is a privilege bestowed upon me as wife and mother.
I believe God simultaneously called Kevin and me into ministry. Kevin’s calling was clear – he is a pastor. I, on the other hand, took years to recognize the specific areas in which I was equipped and called serve. I believe that God has called me to meet Kevin’s needs, to meet the needs of our children, and to serve Him personally.

Guest Post from Stacey Weeks

A Pile of Stones
Often, the things I am studying in the bible make their way into my novels. At the time of writing Fatal Homecoming, I was reading the book of Joshua.
In Joshua chapter four, Joshua describes the pile of stones the Israelites built as a memorial to God. Those stones were evidence of the Lord’s provision for them. The monument was a reminder to future generations that God had delivered his people.
In Fatal Homecoming, Jessie needs to remember God’s provision. She wears a unique pendant passed down through the women of her family. Her necklace is comprised of river stones that represent the rocks from Joshua. They are to remind that God always meets His children in their moment of need.
Shortly after writing this necklace into Fatal Homecoming crisis struck a good friend of mine. As our church gathered around a suffering family to love and support them in their time of need, I decided to make a real pendant of stones to give to my friend to remind her and to remind me that God meets every need in His time and in His way.
The pendant of stones can be strung on a necklace or keychain. It is more than words on paper and more than a pile of rocks strung on a string. It was a reference point. They mark where God gave me a story to share so that others may know and believe.
If you are the lucky winner of this pendant of stones, I pray that every time you look at it, touch it, and feel the weight of it around your neck that you will remember to believe that your God is good. Always.

Stacey has also gifted all the blog readers with a short story to download. Enjoy!
Click here to download



Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, February 14
Blogging With Carol, February 15
Multifarious, February 16
Mary Hake, February 16
Bibliophile Reviews, February 17
Bukwurmzzz, February 17
Maureen’s Musings, February 18
Bibliophile Reviews, February 18
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 19
Texas Book-aholic, February 19
Ashley’s Bookshelf, February 20
Quiet Quilter, February 21
Inklings and Notions, February 21
Daysong Reflections, February 22
As He Leads is Joy, February 23
Simple Harvest Reads, February 23 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Spoken from the Heart, February 24
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 24
EmpowerMoms, February 25
Bigreadersite , February 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Stacey is giving away a grand prize of a beautiful handmade necklace (May vary from picture)!!
Be sure to enter the giveaway for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/da8a/fatal-homecoming-celebration-tour-giveaway


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What's More Delicious Than Brunch?? Why,... a fantastic book entitled, "Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe"! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

                                                 
               

About the Book

Title: Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe
Author: Carla Laureano
Genre: Christian Romance
Release date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Tyndale
Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.
Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country—an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.
Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-café in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.        

   Click here to purchase your copy.

   My Thoughts:

This is truly a most scrumptious book, no other words to describe it!!! The title gives a big clue to the deliciousness found between the front and back cover . After reading "The Saturday Night Supper Club"  by this author, I was prepared for a tasty read and indeed, it was!! As the main character is a chef, what else would you expect?? There were lots of detailed descriptions of every dessert that Melody made, causing me to have a strong desire to jump in the car and find the nearest bakery!

The underlying themes in this novel, family problems, healing broken relationships, attempting to find forgiveness and learning to forgive self and others are situations with which we can all identify. Learning to trust again is so very difficult. Melody is so vividly and realistically described that the reader finds themselves feeling her every emotion. Justin is the man of whom every woman dreams. Will a relationship develop when there are so many complications and challenges ??? 

The plot moves at a steady pace and keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end. There are just enough twists and turns to keep one reading beyond bedtime!  This is a truly captivating tale that you should not miss. Entertaining, makes one think of deeper thoughts of forgiveness , as well as putting the greatest desire within , for tasty treats!! 
This author has an exceptional talent of describing so well that the reader can not only see a delectable baked book, but almost taste it, as well. 

I am eagerly awaiting the next book from the talented Carla Laureano!


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


About the Author

Carla LaureanoCarla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Guest Post from Carla

“Confessions of An Erstwhile Baker”

Like most females, baking is encoded somewhere deep down in my DNA. Call it nature or call it nurture, but at the earliest age, I figured out that the cute boy in my English class would talk to me if it involved chocolate chip cookies. Got my heart broken or had a friend betray me? I grabbed the mixing bowl and went for the brownies (even better if they’re served à la mode.) My friend was having a birthday? I made a cake drowned in pounds of buttercream.
I quickly graduated from the boxed mixes to the real thing when I got married and had a kitchen large enough to roll out dough. I would comb magazines for the best recipes and spend my weekends trying them out. I quickly became known for bringing beautifully iced Christmas cookies and delicious homemade cakes to work.
Then my husband and I moved our young family from Los Angeles to Denver, a relocation that was about 1000 miles northeast and 5000 feet up. Suddenly, every recipe I’d perfected in the previous eight years failed. Cookies burned to crisps, cakes fell, and don’t get me started on candy making. Gradually, I adapted my recipes (my beloved never-fail Toll House recipe took eight tries to get right) and even became an avid artisan bread-baker.
Then disaster. Or at least, what a baker would consider a disaster. After developing chronic health problems, I discovered that among other things, I was sensitive to gluten. The horror! In order to heal, I turned to the paleo diet, which eliminates all grains (there goes most gluten free recipes) and all processed sugars (there goes everything else). I’ve tried baking paleo-style, and while I can now make cakes that even my gluten-fiend family enjoy, it’s just not the same.
So what’s a once-obsessive baker do when she can’t eat her creations? She bakes for other people and goes on faith that they actually taste good… considering she can’t taste them herself.
It struck me that there was a spiritual lesson in that, and an obvious tie to Brunch at Bittersweet Café, which deals in large part with Melody’s faith journey. There are times when we have no idea if things are working out the way they’re supposed to, in which case we just have to trust the “recipe” and the input of friends and family who love us. Sometimes our instincts tell us when we’re off track, and sometimes we need that outside nudge from our “taste-testers” to put us back on course.
In any case, what Melody and I have in common is that we both bake to show our love for the people around us. And the process of baking my favorites, even knowing that I can’t enjoy them myself, can still be a selfless way to show people they’re important to me.
Fortunately, macarons, which happen to be made with almond flour, are still on the menu.

Blog Stops

Quiet QuilterFebruary 12
Among the Reads, February 12
Lighthouse Academy, February 12
By The Book, February 12
The Power of Words, February 13
As He Leads is Joy, February 13
Cultivating Us, February 13
Blossoms and BlessingsFebruary 13
Fiction Aficionado, February 14
The Lit Addict, February 14
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 15
100 Pages per Hour, February 15
Splashes of JoyFebruary 15
Bibliophile Reviews, February 16
Texas Book-aholic, February 16
C Jane Read, February 17
Moments, February 17
Back Porch Reads, February 17
Cordially Barbara, February 18
Genesis 5020, February 18
Simple Harvest Reads, February 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Livin’ Lit, February 19
Kat’s Corner Books, February 19
Life with the Tribe, February 19
Remembrancy, February 20
Vicky Sluiter, February 20
2014 and Beyond!, February 21
Daysong Reflections, February 21
Inklings and Notions, February 21
Pause for Tales, February 21
Cafinated Reads, February 22
Ashley’s Bookshelf, February 22
Two Girls and a Book, February 23
For the love of booksFebruary 23
God is Love, February 24
Book by Book, February 24
Janices book reviews, February 24
Lukewarm Tea, February 25
Carpe Diem, February 25
Bigreadersite, February 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize package of a macron baking mat, a macron book, and a paperback copy of Brunch at Bittersweet Café!!
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/db0f/brunch-at-bittersweet-cafe-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Great New Book by Laura V. Hilton, Perfect for the Valentine Season!!! Make sure you enter the giveaway!


"The Amish Candy Maker"
    By Laura V. Hilton   

About the Book:       

Genre: Amish Christian Fiction
Release date: February 5, 2019
Publisher: Whitaker House
Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she’s not courted by young men in the area.
Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend.
Agnes may be the answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith…and each other?
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My Thoughts:

I must admit that I am a lover of the Amish Fiction genre, so when a new book comes out, it goes on my "to read" list. Laura Hilton is one author that I have grown to love. After reading a few of her books, I was hooked!! She is a talented storyteller who puts deep meaning within her works of fiction. The story may be about the Amish but in no way is their life as simple and peaceful as many think. Laura addresses the fact that these Plain People experience every bit as much conflict in life as you and I do. 

The main character, Agnes , did not have pleasant memories of her childhood. I felt deeply for her as it became clear that words spoken by her father that she would never be "worthy of any man's life" have a lasting effect on her adult life. How could God love such an insecure, unforgiving person??? Agnes felt totally unlovable!! What a horrible way to live life! As her character developed, my empathy increased for this poor young woman. I felt her every hurt and challenge. She definitely needed to forgive, both the past hurts and herself. Only God could do that for her. Poor choices had been made, however nothing is unforgivable. Isaac also faced many challenges! He is torn between the Englisch and Amish worlds! Although at times, he frustrated me, I learned to love him as someone who also needed forgiveness. Would he and Agnes be able to bond and help each other heal?? Would he be able to stand a woman who very definitely had an opinion and easily expressed each one? Isaac faces his own demons, past events that separating himself from his family that filled him with grief and guilt. This book is NOT just a simple romance! This author deals with mystery as well as the need to be forgiving to others and self. 

The plot moves at a steady pace and keeps the reader totally engaged from beginning to end. Twists and turns appear when you least expect them. It is the kind of novel that makes one think and reflect on one's own life. Yes, this is about the Amish community, but how different are we?? Really, not at all.

I highly recommend this book to all readers!! 
A five star book that leaves one pondering how we need to change our lives to overcome past events. Looking forward to Laura's next creation!!


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

Laura Hilton is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the web. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork DreamsA Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash), and Promised to Another; and her second was The Amish of Webster County, comprising Healing LoveAwakened Love, and Surrendered Love. Her next series was The Amish of Jamesport, featuring The Post CardSnow Globe, and The Birdhouse. Her latest books include The Amish FirefighterThe Amish Wanderer, and Love By the Numbers. Laura and her husband, Steve, live in Arkansas with their five children, whom Laura homeschools.



Guest Post from Laura

RECIPE FOR FUDGE À LA AGNES ZOOK

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
Courtesy of Laura V. Hilton

1 bag (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
2 cans sweetened condensed milk, divided
6 tablespoons butter, divided
20 to 30 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or six regular-size ones broken into four or five pieces each
For the chocolate layer: Line a greased 8-by-11.5-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine milk chocolate chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 4 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.
Pour into prepared baking dish and allow to cool to room temperature, then move to the refrigerator while preparing next layer.
For the peanut butter layer: In a double boiler or metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, combine peanut butter chips, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir until melted and smooth.
Pour on to the milk chocolate fudge layer and press pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into the surface. If desired, group candy pieces in a grid-like fashion for easier cutting later.
Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight or until set.
Remove from refrigerator, lift out of the pan by the edges of the parchment paper, and cut into squares, with roughly one miniature peanut butter cup or piece of a cup per square.
Store in the refrigerator.


Blog Stops

Carla Loves To Read, February 5
Among the Reads, February 6
Britt Reads Fiction, February 6
The Avid Reader, February 7
Emily Yager, February 8
Quiet quilter, February 8
Maureen’s Musings, February 9
Bibliophile Reviews, February 10
Vicky Sluiter, February 10
Daysong Reflections, February 11
Texas Book-aholic, February 12
Janices book reviews, February 12
Carpe Diem, February 13
SusanLovesBooks, February 14
Inklings and Notions, February 16
Pause for Tales, February 16
Have A Wonderful DayFebruary 17
For the Love of Books, February 17
Bigreadersite, February 18

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away a grand prize of a large and small spatula set and a $10 Starbucks 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/d9a6/the-amish-candy-maker-celebration-tour-giveaway

Great Author to Keep Your Eyes On! Make sure that you enter the giveaway!

                     "Fatal Homecoming"                         By Stacey Weeks About the Book: Genre:  Romantic Suspen...