(Giveaway) Witch’s Mark by Sarah Norkus

Excerpt:

Dread squeezed Emily Grace’s heart in a vise as the word “witch” reverberated around the meeting house. Her worst nightmare had just materialized in the form of a teenage girl screeching and pulling at her puritan clothing as she accused Em of witchcraft. Em shook her head, her denial drowned out as more voices chanted “witch.” Her terrified gaze locked on Samantha, frozen in place next to the dais, one purple lock of hair accentuating her too pale face.

The sound of the mallet striking the table on the dais and the magistrate shouting for order, added to the chaos of the three teenage girl’s screams and the loud shouts of “witch” by the frenzied villagers. Em’s heart started to pound like a trip hammer and she nearly jumped out of her skin as a commanding voice shouted.

“Silence!”

The room became as quiet as a tomb. A chill crawled up Em’s spine as the magistrate’s cold gaze fell on first her and then Sam. “It is our degree that these girls shall be removed to Ingersoll’s Ordinary and examined for the mark of the witch.”

In Witch’s Mark, Em, Megan, and Sam journey back in time to the Salem Witch trials, where one girl is accused of theft, two are accused as witches and heart break ensues as two girls return to their time and one is left behind.

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Christian Historical/Fantasy Fiction

 

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Blog Hop & Giveaway!Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by: Naomi Miller

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About the Book

 

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In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

About the Author

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

Guest Post from Naomi Miller

Hello! I’m Naomi Miller — and I’m honored to be featured on Celebrate Lit!

 I want to share with you how the title and cover for my debut book, Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, was chosen. This is a story I haven’t shared with anyone else — yet. The story behind the blueberry cupcake…

I was actually writing an Amish suspense novel last winter, when God placed it on my heart to write a shorter story — a cozy mystery, with no suspense, no danger, but plenty of faith, family, compassion and community.

While thinking of the best way to begin the story, my daughter made a batch of blueberry cupcakes, which happen to be one of my favorite treats. Of course, the idea to use a favorite treat was too good to resist. Then, during the early days of writing, I began experimenting with the idea of baking cupcakes — but adding blueberries before baking. Two favorite treats in one!

And there you have it . . . once we had a picture of a blueberry cupcake, the designer quickly sent back a cover I fell in love with (although there were a few more tweaks before the final cover was approved).

I actually began writing many years ago — 1990 to be exact. But I had just become a single mom and I didn’t have time to pursue it. I wrote notes, letters, articles, short stories, and I occasionally thought about a career as a novelist, but not once did I consider that dream to ever become a reality.

Several years ago, after my children were grown, my daughter challenged me to write a novel. I began a sweet, Amish fiction story about a young girl—but about halfway into the story, someone was almost murdered! Needless to say, I was surprised, but kept going. Once done, I went back to the beginning to do a major re-write on what was now an Amish suspense novel.

And that’s . . . the rest of the story.

I’m also excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes

 

Blueberry Cupcakes:

Ingredients
 

1 white or yellow cake mix 
2 cups fresh blueberries 
3 eggs 
1/3 cup oil 
1 1/3 cup water

Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.

 

Icing:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar 
2 tbsp. milk 
additional milk as needed

 

Directions
Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

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To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a20c

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by Naomi Miller is part of the Amish Sweet Shop Mysteries. This is such a wonderful book. It is filled with faith, love, devotion to giving help to others. I was drawn into this juicy mystery. I could almost taste to wonderful goodies that were described in this tantalizing story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Be sure to order your copy today of the Blueberry Cupcake Mystery. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 5 stars!

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Intense! The Things We Knew by Catherine West

The Things We Knew by Catherine West is a most wonderful read. It was such an intense read for me that kept me riveted to my seat til the very end. A touching story that is full of love, heartache, pain, anger and the longing for the truth. Will the Carlisle family be able to overcome their anger toward their dad and become a whole family again? I know! Be sure to get your copy of The Things We Knew by Catherine West today. 5 stars. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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About the book:

The Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson, July 2016)

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.

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About the author:

 
 

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

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Giveaway & spotlight! Davida by Karen Ingalls

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The book, Davida is based on the true story of America’s premier sculptor from 1880-1920 and his model. The love affair lasted over 20 years and one child was born from this union.
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I will do a random drawing of names who leave a comment for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. Be sure to leave your name and email address. 

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Loved it! No Way Up by Mary Connealy


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No Way Up is book one in The Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy. This book is absolutely wonderful. I was captivated right from the start.This book will take you on a roller coaster ride with all the happens in the story. It is so full of laughter, tears, heartache, pain, and determination.  I fell in love with Sadie and Heath. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Be sure to get your copy today. 4.5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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Amy Clipston Interview & GIVEAWAY!

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How did you choose the genre that you write in?

I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County when I was younger, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the culture. I was inspired by other Amish authors to try to write my own Amish stories.

Do you do an outline or do you just write?

I’m very organized. I start out with a synopsis, and after my editor approves it, I write a very detailed outline, going chapter by chapter, scene by scene. I use this as my road map when I’m writing. The story grows and changes, but I know where I’m headed. This helps prevent…

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(GIVEAWAY) Blueberry Cupcake Mystery by Naomi Miller

Jacket blurb of Blueberry Cupcake Mystery:
In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

Book 1 of the Sweet Shop Mysteries series

And watch for book 2 – Christmas Cookie Mystery – COMING SOON!

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Author Bio:
Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, and English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!
Naomi works full time as an author, blogger and inspirational speaker. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next novel in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. Whenever time permits, Naomi can be found in one of two favorite places – the beach and the mountains.
Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences. Naomi loves traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.

 

Where I can be found online:
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FICTION FINDER: http://bit.ly/1UOlI5P

Where readers can purchase (or pre-order) books:

MY WEBSITE: Autographed Copies
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Giveaway:
One copy of Blueberry Cupcake Mystery (or Christmas Cookie Mystery when released) in digital or paperback – winner’s choice. Be sure to leave a comment with you favorite kind of cupcake. Make sure you leave your name and email address so that I can contact you if you win.

 

 

 

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(Giveaway & Blog Tour) Twice Redeemed by Mimi Milan

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About the Book

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Who will save her from herself?

After helping another girl escape, Mercedes Nobles suffers unspeakable abuse at Jericho. So when an American cowboy rides into town, she jumps at the opportunity to start a new life… even though she carries a secret that could destroy any chance of happiness for either of them.

John Durbin may have turned in his badge, but he still believes in living by a code of honor. That includes returning to a seedy Mexican saloon and rescuing a woman who helped his friends escape. However, the tables turn and he finds himself married in name only.

Struggling with cultural differences, they questions if their marriage will survive. Will John sacrifice his faith to make his new bride happy? How will Mercedes redeem herself when John learns of the secret she’s hiding?

About the Author

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Mimi Milan spent two decades scribbling away in notebooks before realizing that her life’s calling was to write. So she returned from Mexico and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film. She currently resides in the suburbs of Charlotte, making time for God, family and imaginary friends.

 

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Review: If you want a book that is full of love, faith, heartache, pain and taking chances than this is the book for you. Mimi Milam will draw you right into her book. Her passion comes through in these characters making the story come to life. Be sure to order your copy of Twice Redeemed by Mimi Milam today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

 

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Celebrate Lit October Celebration Box

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Celebrate Lit October Celebration Box

Celebrate Lit is excited to announce their new Celebration Box! The celebration box is a unique, one of a kind box with goodies hand picked by the author just for you! These boxes are special because they are not sold anywhere else. There is a limited supply so be sure to get yours right away!

October’s box features Molly Jebber’s Change of Heart. Sales for the October box will close on September 16 or while supplies last.

The basic box includes:

  • A minimum of 6 items handpicked by the author themed around the book.

  • A themed charm specifically chosen for this book.

  • One lucky box will contain a special item that no one else will receive.

Along with the basic box, you can purchase the ebook or paperback book for a discounted price.

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Blog post & giveaway of An Untimely Frost by Penny Richards

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BIO 

Penny Richards 

 

Penny Richards has been publishing since 1983 with just over 40 books to her credit. Mostly contemporary romance, her books have won several industry awards, including a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award and a RITA nomination, and have made many best seller lists. She currently writes the “Wolf Creek” series for Love Inspired Historical for Harlequin. Book five, WOLF CREEK WIFE will be released in  August, and AN UNTIMELY FROST,  the first book of the”Lilly Long Mystery” series for Kensington Publishing will also debut in August.  

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AN UNTIMELY FROST:In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency’s doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role.  

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