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Celebrating over 2000 followers on my blog!

$10 Amazon gift card giveaway! Thank you to each and everyone of you for following my blog and my love of books.

 

 

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Mesmerizing! Beyond the Silence by: Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse have written a book will bring you to tears. A book that captures your heart and takes you on a very emotional roller coaster ride  all the way through and doesn’t let it go until the very end of the book. I shouted, cried right along with these characters.  There is so much love, anger, hate, love, understanding, determination and faith in this story. You never knew what to expect next. If you love suspense, romance and faith then you will surly love this mesmerizing story. Be sure to get your copy of Beyond the Silence today! 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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About the book:

Beyond the Silence (Bethany House, January 2016)

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love—or will it endanger her even more?

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.

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Absolutely amazing! A Son’s Vow, by: Shelley Shepard Gray

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A Son’s Vow is book one in The Charmed Amish Life by Shelley Shepard Gray.  This is not your typical Amish romance book. Shelley has skillfully written a heart touching story. A story that is filled with so many strong emotions that will surly draw you into the story right from the start and not let you go until the very end! There is so much love, pain, heartache, hope, denial, devotion, and faith in this story. Characters that will grab hold of you and take you for the emotional roller coaster of a ride thought this story. This book surely has to be Shelley best Amish fiction that she has ever written! I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Be sure to order your copy of A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray today! 5 stars!
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“Heart Warming” Grace’s Forgiveness by: Molly Jebber

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Grace’s Forgiveness is book two in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. This is such a wonderful story filled with love, faith, heartache, pain, determination and shyness.
Grace’s Forgiveness is such a touching story that will warm your heart. I love how Molly draws you into the story and doesn’t let go until the very end. I love how one of the main characters has the disfiguring birthmark. I wanted to shout and smack those that were mean towards Grace for the birthmark that she had. It makes you open your eyes and stop and think how you treat others that are different from you. What a powerfully moving story. Be sure to order your copy of Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber today. 5 stars!

I received a copy of this for free for my honest review.

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Absolutely amazing! A Son’s Vow, by: Shelley Shepard Gray

A Son’s Vow is book one in The Charmed Amish Life by Shelley Shepard Gray.  This is not your typical Amish romance book. Shelley has skillfully written a heart touching story. A story that is filled with so many strong emotions that will surly draw you into the story right from the start and not let you go until the very end! There is so much love, pain, heartache, hope, denial, devotion, and faith in this story. Characters that will grab hold of you and take you for the emotional roller coaster of a ride thought this story. This book surely has to be Shelley best Amish fiction that she has ever written! I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Be sure to order your copy of A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray today! 5 stars!
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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‘Bronner’ by Sherri Burgess and a Kindle Fire HD 6 Giveaway

Can God use pain and suffering in our lives to teach and refine us? Journey with Sherri Burgess in her new book, Bronner, to discover the purpose behind pain through the powerful story of her son Bronner’s earthly death. An empowering resource for book-club discussion or small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.

Join Sherri in celebrating the release of her new book, Bronner, with a blog tour and a Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Bronner
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 12th. The winner will be announced February 15th on the Litfuse blog.

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Order your copy of Return to Shirley Plantation by: Carrie Fancett Pagels

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“Heart Warming” Grace’s Forgiveness by: Molly Jebber

Grace’s Forgiveness is book two in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. This is such a wonderful story filled with love, faith, heartache, pain, determination and shyness.
Grace’s Forgiveness is such a touching story that will warm your heart. I love how Molly draws you into the story and doesn’t let go until the very end. I love how one of the main characters has the disfiguring birthmark. I wanted to shout and smack those that were mean towards Grace for the birthmark that she had. It makes you open your eyes and stop and think how you treat others that are different from you. What a powerfully moving story. Be sure to order your copy of Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber today. 5 stars!


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Guest Post from Molly Jebber

Grace in “Grace’s Forgiveness”, my second book in my keepsake pocket quilt series, was fun to write. Strangers gasp when she turns her face, and they discover her birthmark on her cheek. You’ll find out how she copes with it. I hope you’ll laugh, cry, and rejoice with her like I did.

Grace and Mark’s story unfolds with twists and turns to keep you guessing. Their Amish laws are not always easy to follow!

I had more ideas than usual for this story. In the grocery, and of course I couldn’t find paper and pen! In the middle of the night, and I was too sleepy to get up and write them down, and while doing laundry. What a mess! Let’s just say, I ran the rinse cycle twice on those clothes. Note to self. Don’t put in detergent while rolling a story idea in my head!
Love. Doesn’t just saying the word make you smile! That giddy, wonderful, and exciting feeling. The grass is greener, the sky is brighter, and you want to hang onto to it for life. I found it with my soulmate and husband, Ed. He’s my rock and inspiration.

God, my Heavenly Father is available 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. When I get discouraged and need to talk at two in the morning, He’s there! I love Isaiah 41:10, King James Version, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I love this. He’s saying, “You can do it! Just trust me! We’ve got this!”
You also life me up. I couldn’t keep writing without encouragement from you! Thank you so much for your kind words and support! Please visit my website to find out where I’ll be speaking. I’d love to meet you!

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A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles  . . .

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mollypicture.jpgMolly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

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The Restoration by: Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Restoration is book three in The Prairie State Friends series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This is a story that is filled with love, faith, devotion, heartache and hope. There is always something happening in the story. The things that people will do in the name of love are surprising. I have enjoyed this series.

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4 stars. Be sure to order your copy of The Restoration by Wanda E. Brunstetter today.

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The Isaac Project by: Sarah Monzon

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Interview with Sarah Monzon via SLB

1-How long does it typically take you to write a book?

Well, my first manuscript (which will never see the light of day) took me 5 years to write. I started it when I was 21 and a student missionary in China. I kept writing while finishing my degree in elementary education, through graduation, getting married, my first teaching position, and, finally, my first child. You could say life happened during those pages! The Isaac Project didn’t take quite so long–about 2 years–although morning sickness and taking care of a toddler kept me busy. I’ve been working on my current work-in-progress for about a year and hope to finish in a few months. My family comes first, but I do try to spend about an hour a day writing. My goal is to be able to write and publish a book a year.

2-When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started it when I was 21 and finished when I was 26. And that was only the first–and only–draft.

3-What suggestions would you give potential author to help them become a better writer?

Read! Read! Read! It’s my favorite way to learn the craft of writing. I just love to soak up a good book. Another thing that really helped my was joining ACFW and participating in their critique program. Getting feedback from other authors really helped to point out my weaknesses and things I could do to polish and tighten my manuscript.

4-How frequently do you hear from your fans?

I love to hear from readers! It’s so fun to talk books and characters. I’ve been able to connect with some readers of Facebook and hope to hear from even more.

5-As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming a writer ever cross your mind?

I’m a pretty practical person, more logical than dreamer, so I never thought of becoming a writer because, well, you know, starving artist and all. I did always love to read and write and spent a great deal of time doing both. As far as a career goes, though, I always wanted to be a teacher. I’m a stay-at-home mom now and have the tow cutest “students” ever.

6-What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?

Reading of course! In the summer time I really like going camping and hiking with the family. I’d love to be able to travel more as well. There’s a great big world out there, and I want to see it all.

 

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​Becky Sawyer’s life unravels in a single day. Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying. His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

If love couldn’t keep his parents together, Luke Masterson wonders what will make a marriage last. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.

With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century?

 

The Isaac Project Book Snippet

“How could do that to me?”

“Now don’t scold a dying man, Rebekah Anne.”

“You’re no more dying than I am.” Oh, how I wished that were true, but the evidence lay before me in that hospital bed. At least he was looking better and no longer required the use of an oxygen mask.

“Come here, sugar.” Poppy patted an empty spot on the bed next to him. “Tell me about your fella.”

I propped my hip on the mattress and took Poppy’s hand in mine.

“What would you like to know?” I asked, trying to keep the trepidation out of my voice. I had no intention of telling Poppy a bold-faced lie, but I also didn’t plan on telling him the complete truth. I was walking a fine line, which was why I’d hoped this conversation wouldn’t take place.

“Where did you two meet?”

“Lisa introduced us a while back.” As in, two weeks ago. Over the phone. Being vague was not lying.

“When did you know you were in love with him?”

I swallowed hard. Love? This would be a tricky one to answer. “Does anyone ever know the exact moment they fall in love?” Answering a question with a question seemed the safest bet.

“How did he propose?”

Finally, a question I could answer for real. I smiled. Even though Luke had just proposed yesterday, with all the events that took place since then, it felt like forever ago. When I’d first asked Lisa to find me an “Isaac,” I thought having someone propose to me was something else I was giving up. But I was wrong.

“Well, he took me to a restaurant”—no reason to tell him it was the diner—“and in front of everyone”—about five people— “got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”

I caught Poppy staring at me, and the pressure on my hand increased.

“Are you happy, sweetheart? You sure this is what you want to do? You and James just broke up not that long ago.”

I tried not to blink. Or twitch. Tried not to gulp down the saliva that was gathering in my mouth, or wipe away the sweat beginning to form on my palms. Nothing that would give me away. How could I tell him I wasn’t sure? That I had only met Luke the day before, and even though I felt God’s guidance, there was still a sinking sensation in the pit of my stomach? That my chest felt like it was in an ever-tightening vise, and I couldn’t take a full breath? That I was scared spit-less, but I was doing it all because of him? For him.

I could never say any of that, so I plastered on what I hoped was a believable smile and a lovesick expression.

“I’m sure.”

 

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Sarah Monzon is a pastor’s wife and a stay at home mom of two small children. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Adventist University. Sarah is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). The Isaac Project is her debut novel.

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My review:

What a refreshing take on a romance book. The Isaac Project is such a wonderful change to the romance books that are on the market today.
I loved the characters in this story. This book is filled with love, faith, determination, heartache and pain. Becky and Luke are sure to
delight you in their story. A most unlikely modern day romance. A story that lives up to its name The Isaac Project.
A must read. 4 stars!

 

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