About the book:
A Sister’s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get . . . but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.
Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.
He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.
But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.
About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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.
Review: A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray is book three in The Charmed Amish Life series. This story is terrific. Shelley had me in tears starting in the prologue. You know it is going to be a powerful story when the author can bring you to tears right from the start! A story that is full of love, hope, faith, pain, devotion, longing and determination. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride reading this story. I had a hard time putting down the book it was so good. If you love Amish fiction than this is the book for you. Be sure to order your copy of A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
About the book:
40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016)
Nourishment for a mother’s soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:
-Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!
About the author:
Often considered a dreamer and silly heart, Sarah Humphrey uses inspiration from her most beloved career, motherhood, to fuel her passion for writing, creative movement and teaching. She has and is authoring several books and children’s books. Sarah currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three beautiful, bouncy kids.
Review: 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood Devotions and Coloring book to nourish mom by Sarah Humphrey. This is a wonderful devotion & coloring book combo to either start your day or end you day with. This book is full of wonderful scripture, devotions, and prayers along with a picture for you to color with each one. This would make a wonderful gift for any mom. Be sure to order your copy today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
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About the Book
Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money—but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.
Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished—especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back—and Patrick Kelly is in his way.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred—and the promise of hopes fulfilled.
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Devoted and an iPad Mini 2 16GB! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a60b
Review: The Devoted is book three in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Back to Stoney Ridge we go! I love getting to go back to visit and catch up with characters that I know and love and get to know new ones. Suzanne knows how to capture your heart when she writes a story. The Devoted is a book that is full of faith, love, hope, heartache and pain. There is so much happening in this story you will have a hard time putting down this book. Be sure to order your copy of The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher today. 4.5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.
About the book:
Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books, April 2015)
Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected.
Finally, the cries and needs of the loved ones have been addressed in this comprehensive, practical book, now newly updated in its second edition!
Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives.
Now newly revised and updated with additional material, the second edition of Love Our Vets continues to be enthusiastically welcomed by VA and other counselors. This is not just another book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.
About the author:
Welby O’Brien holds a Masters Degree in counseling (Portland State University) and a teaching degree (Biola University). Author of Formerly A Wife, and Good-bye for Now (Wingspread); contributing author, Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press), and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divorce and Recovery. Founder of Love Our Vets support network; wife of veteran with PTSD.
Review: Love Our Vets by Welby O’Brien is a wonderful resource for those that have PTSD or have a loved one with it. This books provides so much valuable information that can be of use to you. I highly recommend this book for anyone that has a loved one with PTSD. Be sure to order your copy today. 4 stars! I received a complimentary copy from the author. The review is my honest opinion.
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win a beautiful necklace created by Baubles, Beads, and Stuff and your choice of any one of Rachelle’s three books (the series begins in Book One, of course, but in case you have one or two of her books already, Rachelle will gladly send you the next one to read!).
International friends, the paperback & necklace giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive an e-book.
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Hello and welcome to The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!
Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!
ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES
In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.
ABOUT The Sound of Silver
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…
After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.
Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?
And if you want to learn more ABOUT BOOK ONE, The Sound of Diamonds
Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.
With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.
Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her, but what is he to do when those goals clash?
The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.
1. When and where did you first get the idea for the Steadfast Love Series?
A song I was listening to on the radio inspired the title of the first book. So I wrote Diamonds, but when I finished it, I realized to my great frustration that the characters weren’t done with their story, even though I had been quite adamant that I would write a stand-alone novel. But the story wasn’t finished, so I kept writing.
2. Readers often pick out favorite quotes from a novel. Do you have a favorite of your own from The Sound of Silver?
Yes! In fact, my friend Mindy, a calligrapher, even created a beautiful piece of art from one of my favorite quotes: “Within the pages of books one’s heart can be revealed.”
3. Can you tell us what first drew you to writing Inspirational Historical Romance?
My first exposure to the genre came when I read Heartsong Presents novels when I was twelve. Those small books introduced me to how much I believe in the power of story, especially love stories set in times gone by.
4. I saw on your website that you also write reviews, articles and offer editing services. What’s one of your favorite things beyond writing novels that you enjoy?
Editing is such fun! I daresay I enjoy editing a page full of my own (or others’!) words just as much as I enjoy splashing words onto a blank page.
Rachelle Rea Cobb’s The Sound of Silver Birthday Blog Tour Schedule
Saturday, October 15th
Amada Chavez – ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com
Amanda Leite – www.apinchoffaith.com
JC Morrows – http://jcsbookshelf.wordpress.com
June Foster – junefoster.com
Sunday, October 16th
Amanda Holmes – http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/
Crystal Scott – http://agreateryes.wordpress.com
Monday, October 17th
Deanna Stevens – www.dkstevens.wordpress.com
Janice Boekhoff – janiceboekhoff.com
Joy Palmer – www.vjoypalmer.blogspot.com
Kelly Rothermal – www.leafynotbeefy.com
Tuesday, October 18th
Amber Stokes – http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/
Sydney Anderson – http://singinglibrarianbooks.com
Wednesday, October 19th
Faith Blum – http://www.bookishorchestrations.blogspot.com
Lisa – http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com
Michaeala Weidinger – http://www.bakerkella.wordpress.com
Sarah Holman – thedestinyofone.com
Tessa Emily Hall – www.christiswrite.blogspot.com
Vicky – http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
Thursday, October 20th
Adriana Gabrielle – www.adrianagabriellewrites.wordpress.com
Anna Schaeffer – www.annaschaeffer.wordpress.com
Loraine Nunley – www.lorainenunley.com
Lucy Grace – https://thatbookgal.wordpress.com/
Friday, October 21st
Amanda Tero – http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/
Hallie Szott – http://pagebypagebookbybook.blogspot.com
Rachel Dixon – bookwormmama14.blogspot.com
Savanna Kaiser – theengraftedword.net
Saturday, October 22nd
Alexa – verbosityreviews.com
Carrie Schmidt – http://readingismysuperpower.org
Sunday, October 23rd
Carol Gehringer – worthy2read.wordpress.com
Monday, October 24th
Emily Kopf – http://zerinablossom.blogspot.com/
Quid Pro Quills
Tuesday, October 25th
Anne Payne – http://annepayne.blogspot.com
Becky Van Daniker – https://reviewsbyvandaniker.wordpress.com/
Kari Trumbo – www.karitrumbo.com
Tressa – http://www.wishfulendings.com/
Wednesday, October 26th
Brittany McEuen – www.brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com
Denise Hershberger – Gallopinto2.blogspot.com
Jasmine Augustine – http://montanamade.weebly.com/tell-tale-book-reviews
Miranda Uyeh – http://mautobeaperson.com
Renee Chaw – Http://steelergirl83.blogspot.com
Sarah Baker – http://godbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/?m=1
Tarissa Graves – http://InTheBookcase.blogspot.com
Friday, October 28th
Becky Boerner – http://ohiohomeschool.blogspot.com/
Meagan Davenport – meagandavenport.com/blog
Seema Kahn – seemarashidblog.wordpress.com
Leslie McKee – http://lmckeeediting.blogspot.com/
Becky Ritta – http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com
Saturday, October 29th
Beth Erin – http://www.faithfullybookish.com
Deana Dick – deana0326.blogspot.com
Sunday, October 30th
Abigail Wilson – www.acwilsonbooks.com
Allie Taylor – thedepthofmyfaith.wordpress.com
Amy Fields – http://eatreadteachblog.blogspot.com/
Bethany DeSelms – http://theperfectbeginnings.blogspot.com/
Karen Hadley – www.karenhadley.blogspot.com
Halita Wilson – http://
Naomi Downing – www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com
Shantelle – shantellemaryh.blogspot.com
At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.
Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie’s new book.
One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.
Enter today for your chance to win!
BLUB: “Glencoe” is based upon a true story of family, love, faith and betrayal in 17th century Scotland.
Throughout the turbulent 17th century, Scotland survived civil war, five kings and embraced the Reformers. What were such troubles to a young bard returning home after eight years of studying music on the Continent? Nothing changed in Glencoe, or so Gavin thought.
He would soon discover a harsh reality when age-old prejudices and clan misgivings question his newfound ideals and his budding relationship with childhood friend Jenny Middleton. Courting the daughter of an English Protestant missionary meant something else to predominately Catholic Clan MacDonald.
Yet an even bigger threat loomed when the English government ordered all Highland clans to “Swear allegiance to King William or suffer the consequences.” Can love survive political ambition and betrayal?
Bio: Shawn Lamb is award-winning author with over 20 books for ages 8…
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Title: Harvest Blessings
Sub title: A Small Town Romance
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances
Blurb: Professional musician Tacy Clark hasn’t been back home to Hill Top Orchards since the death of her beloved Uncle Jerry. When she gets an email from her aunt, the guilt she’s been feeling since her uncle’s death forces her to make the trip back home.. When her car breaks down, a ride from her aunt’s neighbor, Brody Porter, is the beginning of a roller coaster of emotions, as Tacy is forced to deal with guilt and the pain of never having known her mother. Intending to stay only as long as it takes to harvest the apples for the annual festival and be free from guilt, Tacy is determined not to get involved with Brody Porter and his little girl Cami.
Brody Porter was burned by his estranged wife, Carrie…
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Keep Holding on by Melissa Tagg is book three in the Walker Family series. Melissa has written a story that is so captivating that you won’t want to put it down. I have fallen in love with the Walker family and their small town Maple Valley. This story is so wonderfully written that you feel as though you are part of everything that is happening and you can taste the juicy apples in the orchard. This wonderful story is full of faith, love, devotion, anger, heartache, pain, frustration and letting go of the past. Be sure to order your copy of Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg today. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit. For students in hurricane-affected states who are facing school closures but still want to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day, the alternate date is Thursday, October 20.
This brings about a good point: Any day can be a day you organize your friends to bring your Bibles to school together!
By signing up during the month of October for Bring Your Bible to School Day (even if you missed the official celebration), you can download a free how-to guide for teens, parents, pastors, and elementary students. It’s full of helpful information that will help you organize a day to take a stand for religious freedom and bring your Bible to school with your fellow classmates.
(Sign-ups must be received by midnight (MT), Oct. 7, in order to be automatically entered into the Newsboys giveaway.)
Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey
Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.
Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.