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Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

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Book Blurb: Marianne Neumann became a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society with one goal: to find her lost sister. Her fellow agent, Andrew Brady, is a former schoolteacher with a way with children and a hidden past. As they team up placing orphans in homes in Illinois, they grow ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy changes one of their lives forever.

Review:  Together Forever is book two in the Orphan Train series by Jody Hedlund. Together Forever is a wonderful story that will tug at your heartstrings. It captured me right from the start and didn’t let me go until the very end. It felt as though I was in the middle of the story it is that well written. I felt for Marianne and how attached she was to the children. You gotta love Andrew (Drew). I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!

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Foundation Fighting Blindness

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We are ending blindness. Listen to these Radio PSA’s below about AMD from a Doctor’s perspective. This year’s campaign is, ‘We are Ending Blindness!’ Foundation Fighting Blindness is offering a free educational packet on AMD and it can be downloaded from this link. Join us as a journalist, blogger, or interested family member, spread the news about the efforts that are being made to fight AMD and in some cases, reverse the disease. Please use #ffbamd when blogging about AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). Thank you!

Every year nearly 10 million Americans go blind due to AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration. The exciting news is that a cure is in sight! The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has provided funding for research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971. In fact, with the research FFB has already made possible, treatments to stop and in some cases even reverse retinal disease is a reality. This is great news for people over 55 and their families. With AMD it is nearly impossible for grandparents to enjoy the little things in life such as playing games, watching movies and reading to their grandchildren. However, due to innovative research, those things are once again possible for many people…but, we need to continue this outreach, support additional research and find cures. This is why our campaign focus is on ‘We are Ending Blindness!’.

With your help and your reach into the digital world we can continue with our important work of helping the blind to see. For this year’s campaign we have radio spots, scripts, a video and an ad that you can use to get the message out to your listeners or readers about AMD, as well as providing them with instructions on how to receive a FREE information packet on the topic. We hope you will help us to reach out about this extremely important cause. My own family member has AMD and has inspired me, and our company, to reach out to you for help on getting the word out. By helping us, you are saving the sight of potentially millions of afflicted people every year!

To make it a little easier, we have put together this landing page that can give you more information about the campaign with links to the media. Engaging in this incredible outreach to help people and their families is so important. We hope that you will have the same urgency as we do about making this campaign a success.

Thank you very much! Please get in contact with us if you have any questions or need any more information.

DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE RADIO PSA SPOTS

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A Thousand Sleepless Nights (Blog tour & Giveaway!)

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Is love stronger than grief?

After the death of her Aunt Jetty, the woman who raised her, Matilda White packs a single suitcase, leaving behind her home, her small town in Kansas, and the man she’s supposed to marry.

Henry Craig is a writer—if only he could find the right words. While sitting at a worn table in a Detroit library he sees a new librarian, Matidla, and suddenly the world erupts with words.

Six years later, Matilda and Henry load their young daughter Lucy, two antique typewriters, and a box of Henry’s love letters into the car and head off to a new life. But one snowstorm and a slippery road take it all away. In that black moment of tragedy Matilda turns to Henry and says, “I wish I’d never met you.”

The world goes dark.

Matilda wakes up in Jetty’s dilapidated house with no memory of the last six years. Beside her on the bed, a book and an antique typewriter.

Henry wakes up in his familiar spot in the library, a book and old typewriter squatting on the table beside him. He can’t remember the last six years.

Can words on a typed page, sent from one typewriter to another, push aside tar-thick pain and resurrect love?

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About the Author

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Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance. She’s the author of three previous books: Blood Moon, Black Moon, and Storm Moon. She also writes about books for ksl.com, and contributed regular book segments to “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker,” Utah’s number one lifestyle show. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. Visit her at teriharman.com.

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Tour Schedule

May 28-Christian Bookaholic | cherylbbookblog
May 29-Blooming with Books | Heidi Reads…
May 30-Reading Is My SuperPower | Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic
May 31-Singing Librarian Books | Edits and Reviews by Leslie | Fiction Aficionado
June 1-Paulette’s Papers | Pause for Tales
June 2-Radiant Light Why Not Because I Said So

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Bounty Beyond Reason by Kari Trumbo (Blog tour & Giveaway!)

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Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for Bounty Beyond Reason by Kari Trumbo, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kari_Trumbo_07_Bounty_Beyond_Reason_EBOOK_FINAL Title: Bounty Beyond Reason Author: Kari Trumbo Series: Brides of Blessings #7 Release Date: May 9, 2018 Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance For the last four years, she’s wanted to watch him hang. Hannah Gale has to avenge her husband’s death and the loss of her future and watching Emitt Hayes swing will do just that. When she’s able to catch him, she can bring him back and claim the bounty, redeeming some of the wealth Emitt stole. Emitt stole a horse to redeem a debt. It started a landslide of events that changed many lives, and a has eaten at him ever since. He’s taken on the name Cort Nelson to hide. When his past catches up with him, Hannah is more fire than he’s expecting. His quiet, hidden life will never be the same. A hidden danger appears that could cost them both their lives, can Cort admit to what he’s done and be the man Hannah needs and can Hannah release her grudge to grab hold of a future worth having?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kari Trumbo is a best-selling author of Christian and sweet romance. She writes swooney heroes and places that become characters, with historical detail and heart. She’s a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing, or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of almost twenty-one years. They have two daughters, two sons, two cats, and one hungry wood stove. CONNECT WITH KARI: website | Facebook | Twitter


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GIVEAWAY

Kari Trumbo is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as signed copies of Blessed Beyond Measure and Bounty Beyond Reason! One winner. US only. (International winners may be eligible but for gift card only.)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 28, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm June 4, 2018. Winner will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Review: Bounty Beyond Reason is a wonderful historical fiction book by Kari Trumbo. Bounty Beyond Reason is book seven in the Brides of Blessings series by Kari Trumbo. If you love historical fiction, romance that this is the book for you. I will definitely be reading more of Kari’s books. This is a story that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars.

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Loving Grace by April Smith (BLITZ and Giveaway!)

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Welcome to the Loving Grace blog blitz and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

loving  graceTitle: Loving Grace Author: April Smith Publisher: Ambassador International Release Date: March 20, 2018 Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door. As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly. Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident. Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.PURCHASE A COPY: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | CBD


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April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching. CONNECT WITH APRIL: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


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Ambassador International is giving away: Grand Prize: (1) print copy of Loving Grace (US Only) PLUS 4 more winners will receive an ebook copy of Loving Grace (open internationally, except where prohibited by law) Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm June 2, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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How One Author Inspired Me

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I have been inspired by many authors, both as mentors at writing conferences and in my critique group, and from reading a good book—be it penned 100 years ago or last week. Reading fine literature inspires me to improve my craft and to take new risks.

Book signing in a replica of a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County.

I’d better start by saying I have written five Amish novels (two are CBA bestsellers) but still feel inadequate when writing about the Amish. Each church district of about 200 people follows the teachings of the Bible but has slightly different rules called the Ordnung, so what is true of one church district may not be true of another. And Amish are admonished to not become entangled with what they call the English world. I was so nervous about my first Amish novel, that I asked an…

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Wonderful! John David’s Calling by Caryl MaAdoo (Blog tour & Giveaway!)

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About the Book

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Title: John David’s Calling

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May, 2018

When much is given, much is required.

Everything comes easy to David Nightingale. The favored son of Cypress Springs comes of age in the Texas Hill Country with one foot in PawPaw’s Church of Christ and the other in Gramp’s Holiness Church. He loves tilling the soil, traipsing the back woods varmint hunting, and most of all Hannah Claire. But the Lord calls him to leave everything. Will he choose to follow or succumb to his love for Hannah? If he stays, can he have it all?

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About the Author

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Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

At just one-year-old, David John Prescott sat on the hip of his mother, Sandra Louise Harris Prescott in the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten (and last) of my Texas Romance Family Saga series. His biological father, Buddy Nightingale walked away from them both, choosing obedience to God over the love of his life and his son.

Staunch Church of Christ believers, his mother’s parents took in the baby while her guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of her mentally deranged husband Harry Prescott. So David grew up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for, with his mother visiting as often as she can.

David’s paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale (from Texas Romance’s book eight and nine COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE)—once a famous tent preacher with a healing ministry—has been close, quitting the road to pastor a nearby Holiness Church. As David grows, he sees him occasionally when his father Buddy visits from Alabama and Gramps always came to watch him play sports.

From a long line of people who love the Lord, I thought to write a trilogy titled THE REVIVALIST. JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is book one.

At fourteen years of age, David stepped in to rescue a little third grader being bullied and instantly became her hero. As Hannah Claire grew, doting on him, making him gifts and cards, swooning, she won him over, and PawPaw allowed him to visit her church one Sunday a month.

The second book in the Trilogy will be HANNAH’S WILDERNESS, and then I’ll wrap up their stories with book three, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE.

I’ve so enjoyed these characters—the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—I find it hard put them on the shelf. They’re like family. I’ve even got one story started that’s a contemporary called THE KING OF TEXAS, with Patrick Henry the III as hero.

As all are written to stand alone, it’s never necessary for readers to know all the ancestors to enjoy JOHN DAVID’S CALLING or any of the series really—though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order would be the best! So if you love David’s book, you might want to go back to VOW UNBROKEN, book one and read all ten. I think you’re sure to love them all!

One thing I love about this JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is that it takes place in my days. I graduated high school in 1968, same as David, so he lives through the same times as me! That’s really been fun. But I must say I do resent it being called a historical a little J LOL

As always, I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough! Thank you for reading my stories!

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, May 24

cherylbbookblog, May 24

Quiet Quilter, May 25

Bibliophile Reviews, May 26

Texas Book-aholic, May 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 28

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Spotlight)

Janices book reviews, May 29

Margaret Kazmierczak, May 30

Maureen’s Musings, May 30

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 31

Bigreadersite, May 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 1

Connie’s History Classroom, June 2

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, June 3

Splashes of Joy, June 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 4

ansel book blog, June 5

Artistic Nobody, June 5 (Spotlight)

proud to be an autism mom, June 6

Carpe Diem, June 6

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN
8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee1/john-david-s-calling-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review: John David’s Calling is book on in The Revivalist series by Caryl. It is amazing Caryl McAdoo has outdone herself yet again with her latest book John David’s Calling. This story is packed with love, faith, devotion and much, much more. I love how the characters and the story tie themselves together. I loved this story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.    4.5 stars!

 

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BLOG TOUR for Cowboys of Summer collection Review & Giveaway!

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Title: Cowboys of Summer

Authors: Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad, Cheryl St. John,

Missy Tippens, Tina Radcliffe & Sherri Shackelford

Publisher: Self

Release Date: May 1,2018

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance / Western

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As the summer weather sizzles, relax by the

pool with stirring tales of handsome cowboys

and the spirited ladies who wrangle them

into romance. Six of Christian fiction’s most

beloved authors join forces to bring you a

collection of humorous, romantic and

heartfelt novellas set against the sultry heat

of summer.

In Mary Connealy’s, “Dr. Tess and the Cowboy”,

sparks fly when Dr. Tessa Rhoades

discovers dinosaur bones on Joe Holt’s ranch

and decides to excavate—even if that means

kicking Joe off his own land. In “Hometown Girl”

by Cheryl St.John, injured rodeo champion Justin Cooper returns

to the sleepy Oklahoma town he escaped for fame and fortune–

and takes his biggest tumble yet–straight into the arms of

Stevie Marshall, his first love who soon has him questioning his life choices.

In Tina Radcliffe’s, “Lake Effect”, cynical cowboy Tucker Jackson

knows he’s in trouble when he starts counting the days until

the end of summer and praying ‘summer girl’

Jessica Richards will find a home for her heart in Paradise.

In “His Lone Star Heart” by Missy Tippens, rancher Zeb West tries hard not to fall for

Beecher Brown, the feisty but off-limits sister of his best friend. As she tries to prove

she’s capable of running her family’s ranch–the one he’s trying to buy–he might just

find he’s met his match…for life. Will Lorna Seilstad’s characters make “Great Strides”

when Dana Etherton, the owner of a horse therapy ranch, must choose between the kids

she serves and Adam Malone, the embezzler who’s been assigned to do community

service there?

When Paige Monroe agrees to draw the press away from a country star’s wedding by

pretending to be the look-alike bride, she wasn’t counting on having very real feeling

for her decoy fiancé, Sterling Tanner. In Sherri Shackelford’s, “The Decoy Bride”,two

people feigning love forget they’re acting.

Cheryl St. John is the award-winning author of more than
fifty Harlequin and Silhouette books, as well as several independently published books. Her book Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer’s Digest is a popular seller. Cheryl has always loved the exciting and diverse worlds available between the covers of books. As a child Cheryl wrote stories and drew covers, then stapled them into little books. She cut all the tiny book images from the book club advertisements in the Sunday paper and glued them to bits of cardboard so Barbie® had a full library.

Cheryl believes in paying it forward, and her some of her most rewarding experiences have been sharing in the successes of writers she has coached over the years. Cheryl loves hearing from readers. You can email her at StJohn[at]aol[dot]com. TO CONNECT WITH CHERYL: website, facebook, pinterest


205_missytippens_3Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy
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has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor’s wife and mom of three. A former microbiologist and teacher, she now focuses on her writing. After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

TO CONNECT WITH MISSY: website, facebook
You can also find Missy at these sites: Seekerville and Yankee Belle Cafe

Tina  March  2018  2Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty-five short stories to Woman͛s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Find her at http://www.tinaradcliffe.com where you can sign up for her newsletter so you don͛t miss her fun giveaways and bad jokes. TO CONNECT WITH TINA: website, facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram


Sherri  Shackelford  BioSherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance novels for Harlequin/HarperCollins Publishers. A wife and mother of three, Sherri͛s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, ͞Why did I just come in here?͟A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Look for her new adventure in Love Inspired Suspense, No Safe Place, in stores January of 2019. TO CONNECT WITH SHERRI: website, facebook, twitter


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  • (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • (1) ‘I Trust in God’s Unfailing’ Mug
  • (1) Reading at the Cafe Candle from Frostbeard Studios

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight May 21, 2018 and last through 11:59 PM on May 28, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

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I Can Only Imagine Bible Study (Review & Giveaway!)

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Review: I Can Only Imagine Bible Study is absolutely wonderful. What an eyeopener this bible study was for me. This bible study deals with so my topics that touch so many of our lives on a regular basis. If you are looking for a good bible study than this one is for you. This is a great bible study for small groups. I highly recommend this bible study. I received a complementary copy of this bible study. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!

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CSB Study Bible for Women (Review & Giveaway!)

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Review:  Are you looking for a new bible, one that is also a great study bible and easy to use?  Than this bible is the one for you. This CSB Women’s Study Bible is absolutely wonderful. What a great way to study God’s word. I love the concordance that is in it. This bible is packed with so many features. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!

Features include:

  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Two-column text
  • 8-point type
  • Extensive commentary notes
  • Word studies
  • Answers to hard questions
  • Doctrinal notes
  • Biblical womanhood articles
  • Character profiles
  • “Written on My Heart” applications
  • Extensive book introductions
  • Presentation page
  • In-text maps
  • Charts & timelines
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps, and more.

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