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Hi :)

This will most likely be a short post because…well, I don’t feel I have much to write about. I’m kinda boring. XP Life has been busy, and I just haven’t had a lot of time/motivation to write up blog posts, so I do apologise. I keep hoping for some blog-post-inspiration to hit, but…I guess I’m still waiting. :D

How are you? I hope everything is well in your world. And if not, I hope you are finding vast amounts of comfort in our Lord and Savior. I’ve been running to Him plenty, and so thankful to be under the shadow of His wings!

Are you reading anything? I am currently advance-reading “The Flaming Sword” by Heather FitzGerald. It’s the second book in her Tethered World Series. And yep, this will actually be a review book.

I have mostly been reading review-free books, and it has been very nice. Though an occasional review-book isn’t so overwhelming anymore, because they’re not numerous. And I’m still not on the blogging-review programs.

Eventually, I will have a review up for “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall that I advance-read recently – looking forward to that! It was a book I very much enjoyed. :)

I also read “Courageous” by Dina Sleiman recently, and also enjoyed that one. It was a great addition to her Valiant Hearts series. I have one or two concerns about it, faith-wise, but other than that it was a great read.

I can’t go without saying that I’ve also read a How To Train Your Dragon book, because of obvious reasons. I love HTTYD. :D

 

I’ve been writing a bit lately, which is nice. A newish story that I’m really enjoying. I need to be editing…but I know God will bring that about in the perfect time too.

Soo….what else is there to say? I’m enjoying following along on Shantelle’s blog series, “Hidden Gems” right now where every Monday she posts about a new lesser-known author, and there’s a fun giveaway in each, and then Sarah Holman is having a  Summer Extravaganza, with a giveaway every day of this month. So, lots of fun, and you might want to check both of those out. :)

 

I guess that’s about it for now…maybe you’ll see me posting again sometime soon…I can hope! :)

Go in the peace and grace of God! :)

 

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Blog Tour: Letter of Love by Amanda Tero

Have you ever read a story and wondered, “What happened to so-and-so?” Well that is exactly what happened after several readers finished Amanda Tero’s Journey to Love. The journey is now continuing but this time in New York, with Marie’s brother Edward. Read the first Orphan Journeys Short Story to find out what happened to a character from one of the Orphan Journeys Novellas.
A short story sequel to the novella, Journey to Love. Can be read as a stand-alone.
About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it
has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then,
she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Purchase Link
Enter the Giveaway
In honor of “Letter of Love’s” release, Amanda is having a dual giveaway!!
If you live in the US, enter here.
If you live out of the US, enter here.
The fun doesn’t end there though! Mark your calendars, because both Journey to Love and “Letter of Love” will be FREE on Amazon, August 1-2!! You’ll only have two days for you and your friends to snatch them both, so share about this free deal!
Also visit these other lovely blogs, featuring “Letter of Love”
July 20, 2016
July 21, 2016
July 23, 2016
Honey Rock Hills – http://www.honeyrockhills.com/
July 25, 2016
July 27, 2016
Christian Author A.M. Heath – http://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
August 1, 2016
With a Joyful Noise (wrap-up) – http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/

 

 

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Just as I Am Blog Tour by Faith Blum

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Faith Blum’s newest novella is available! This one is double trouble! Not only is it about twins, but these twins have reckless and adventurous spirits. When they go against their family, they run into more trouble than they bargained for.

About the Book

Just  As  I  AmJust as I am, without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bidst me come to Thee O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Evangeline don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again? Continue reading “Just as I Am Blog Tour by Faith Blum”

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Book Release & Character Spotlight for Alicia Ruggieri’s new book “A Love to Come Home To”!

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Today I am ever so pleased to be taking part of Alicia Ruggieri’s blog tour for her newest book in her A Time of Grace series, “A Love to Come Home To”! I am so excited for this book. I have absolutely adored the first two books in this amazing series, and know I’ll love this one too. :) As I hope you will! If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely encourage you to check them out! So worth your time. :)

Not only do I get to spotlight the book, I get to share about the super giveaway Alicia is hosting, and introduce you to one of the characters here! How exciting is that? I think we should begin. :)

 

 

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(Love the cover!!)

A Love to Come Home To
Book 3 in the A Time of Grace Trilogy
By Alicia G. Ruggieri
This book released: July 22, 2016 in softcover and on Kindle
You can purchase it here

BACK COVER BLURB:

Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.
There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.
Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.
Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.

Character Introduction:

Grace - the thoughts of home / the thoughts of now...:

(Photo taken from Pinterest; I do not own or claim to own this picture)

Grace Picoletti – and the memory of a geranium-filled upstairs room – came first. Everyone else in the A Time of Grace Trilogy arrived later, but Grace had tiptoed through my imagination for a little over a decade. She’s a quieter sort of person, and I didn’t mind her company for so many years!

Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Grace is the responsible one in her large Italian-American family – the middle child, always watching out for her younger siblings and even for her ill-treated mama. Sometimes, she’s manipulated by her older and thoughtless twin sisters and passed over in favor of her younger sister. Her heart yearns for her papa’s sincere love, but her father can’t give what he doesn’t have. Though quiet, she’s spirited and persevering and sometimes surprised me with her responses to what life gives her.

Grace worships the ground her big brother Ben walks on. He calls her “Canary”, alluding to her beautiful singing voice – a voice which she originally longs to use to gain admiration for herself. (For more on how that turns out, see books one and two.) Ben leaves home, however, and Grace finds herself the only one left to keep the Picoletti household in one piece. Her sole source of joy comes from the scarlet geraniums she sees on a neighbor’s porch each day as she walks home from high school – a neighbor whom God uses in a very special way.

She never expected to have anything to do with Paulie Giorgi. Oh, she’d always known that he was a fellow classmate: the kind who badgered the teacher to raise his grade from a 99.5 to a 100. But she never knew how his kindness and love would touch her life – or that of her family.

As the author, I am so thankful for the way God fused my childhood memory of winterized geraniums in an elderly woman’s upstairs library with the idea of a poverty-stricken but determined teenager. Grace’s character became intrinsically connected to the theme symbolized by the geraniums: that God will bring sweetness out of every bitter thing for His children.

 

Author photo - Alicia G. Ruggieri

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alicia G. Ruggieri writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction, including the A Time of Grace Trilogy. She’s a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she studied Communications and History, and her adventures include children’s theatre direction, restaurant management, and small business ownership. Alicia and her husband live in coastal New England, where she may be found drinking far too much coffee and penning stories with her emotionally-disturbed second-hand pug by her side.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon

And last, but not least, The Giveaway!

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For some reason, my blog always has problems showing giveaway things, so I’m just going to point you to Alicia’s blog HERE so do go enter! :)
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“Almost There” Blog Tour -spotlight and excerpt

Hello readers! I’m taking part in Faith Blum’s orchestrated blog tour for a book I am discovering right alongside you. So, enjoy – sounds like an interesting book, and it looks like a great giveaway!

Almost  There  BannerImagine with me a city. You’re almost there. It’s a city you’ve always wanted to go to. The [enter your favorite mode of transportation] is creeping ever closer. Then it stops. Almost there, but not quite. Laurel Garver is with us today to talk about her book, Almost There. Let’s see how many times we can use the title in different contexts.

About the Book

AT_coverParis, the City of Lights. To seventeen-year-old Dani Deane, it’s the Promised Land. There, her widowed mother’s depression will vanish and she will no longer fear losing her only parent, her arty New York life, or her devoted boyfriend. But shortly before their Paris getaway, Dani’s tyrannical grandfather falls ill, pulling them to rural Pennsylvania to deal with his hoarder horror of a house. Among the piles, Dani finds disturbing truths that could make Mum completely unravel. Desperate to protect her from pain and escape to Paris, Dani hatches a plan with the flirtatious neighbor boy that only threatens the relationships she most wants to save. Why would God block all paths to Paris? Could real hope for healing be as close as a box tucked in the rafters?

About the Author

laurel garver photo Laurel Garver is a writer, editor, professor’s wife, and mom to an arty teenager. An indie film enthusiast and incurable Anglophile, she enjoys geeking out about Harry Potter and Dr. Who, playing word games, singing in church choir, and hiking in Philly’s Fairmount Park. My contact links: Blog: http://laurelgarver.blogspot.com Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4109111.Laurel_Garver Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLaurelGarver/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurelGarver

Excerpt

 

David turns onto my grandfather’s driveway. We pass through towering brick gateposts and a grove of imposing oaks, then come into a clearing. Poppa’s ranch house sits on a small knoll like a beached warship with its gunmetal-gray siding and front porch sticking
out like a prow. A cluster of cannons sits in the shorn grass and oversized toy soldiers guard the front door. Tall shrubs hunker around the house like evergreen sentinels.
“Welcome to the fortress, girls,”David says.
“You impressed? You’re supposed to be.”
Heather gives me a sideways look.
“I didn’t know about the cannons. Holidays are always on our turf. Dad’s rules.”
As we park beside the equally imposing garage at the far curve of the driveway, Rhys runs alongside the truck, barking. “How the heck did he get loose?”
my uncle says.“I had him tied up out back. He must’ve jiggered the
latch, little devil.”
We pile out of the truck into the muggy evening air, thick
with the scent of grass clippings and musky,
sticky-sweet flowers. A billion crickets chirp a threat
ening cacophony, reminding me that this is their
crawly, leggy, wingy territory. I shudder.
David unloads our bags and we follow him up to the house and into
the air -conditioned foyer. The
cool air smells stale and attic-like. At first glimpse,
I can’t tell why Mum was worried about social
workers freaking about “the conditions he’s living in.”
If anything, Poppa’s living room looks like a
museum. Banks of shelves hold all kinds of trophies, medals,
and ribbons. The walls are lined with framed newspaper clippings and photographs. Rhys sniffs around the white leather sectional sofa that faces a pale brick fireplace and a huge painted portrait hung over the mantel — Poppa in the dress uniform of a Navy officer.
“Wow,” Heather whispers in awe. “Your grandfather must have been quite the heroic guy back in the day.”
“Nope,” my uncle says. “He never served, just pretended with a re-enactment group. Bought that uniform at an estate sale and had Mama paint him in it.”
My stomach twists. What else in this room is a lie?
The shelves, I notice, hold awards not only for breaststroke — Mum’s best swim team event — but also baseball, field hockey, track, wrestling.
“Where’d all these come from?”
“Some are your mom’s for swimming and art. A few are mine from debate. You might
say they started his passion for collecting.”
“You mean he bought them?”
David shrugs. “He likes flea markets. He likes success.”
“Could be worse,” Heather assures me. “My great uncle Vance collects taxidermy birds. Feels like you’re in that Hitchcock movie at his house.”

 

Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

July 25

Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

Robyn Campbell-Review and Author Interview

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Excerpt

July 26

Charity’s Writing Journey-Excerpt

Erica and Christy-Excerpt

July 27

Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt

Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt

Christ is Write-Review

July 28

Frances Hoelsema-Excerpt

The Overactive Imagination-Excerpt

July 29

Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt

Peggy’s Hope 4U-Author Interview

July 30

Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

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Book Sale Updated

Hello again!

 

I just wanted to whip up a quick post to let you all know that my book sale page has finally been completed – all the books I have currently to re-home are listed. If I ever choose to add a couple more, I will do a post about it, but for right now, that’s it. There’s quite a lot there though, so take a peak!

I’ve got Biblical fiction, Suspense, Amish, Romance, Mystery, Historical, Fantasy, and Non-Fiction, etc.

Authors like Becky Wade, Katie Ganshert, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Ted Dekker, Jonathan Friesen, Angela Hunt, Jill Eileen Smith, Melody Carlson, and many, many more.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :)

So yes, books! By the list you may think I’ve got none left on my shelf, but that is not the case, worry not. My bookshelves are still somehow full to bursting. :D This collection of books has been over a couple of years, so had to make room for new ones. :)

Anyway, go take a look and see if you can find a new read! :) And if you want to share about it on your blog, social media, or whatever, I certainly won’t mind. ;) I would love to get these out of totes and into happy hands. :)

 

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By The Book Tag

Good day, fellow online friends. :)

Faith at Stories by Firefly! tagged me for the By the Book tag, and it looks quite fun!

 

What book is on your nightstand now?

Well, I don’t literally keep books on my nightstand, besides my Bible and maybe a nonfiction, but the book I am currently reading is “Courageous” by Dina Sleiman – such a beautiful book!

 

What was the last truly great book you read? 

Oh let’s see…I’ve read several that have not been so good, but the last truly great book would probably be “Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar, followed by “If He Lives” by Sarah Holman and “The Fences Between Us” by Kirby Larson.

 

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know? 

Ah, hard! I like Faith’s answer of John from the Bible – it would be amazing to meet him and hear his accounts firsthand.

As for alive…I want to meet several authors! Tessa Afshar – I’d just like to listen to her talk, hear how God inspired each of her stories, etc. I’d also love to meet Chuck Black and hear first hand about his allegorical fiction. I could go on… :D

 

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves? 

Hmmm, maybe The Bonnets and Bugles series by Gilbert Morris…I loved that series when I was younger. Would love to re-read them. :) Or perhaps some of the Amelia’s Notebooks books…I absolutely loved those in my young tween/teenage years and upon finding copies at a book sale for cheap/free, I knew I had to get them. :)

 

How do you organize your personal library? 

Haha, um…well, it’s a little jumbled to the outside eye perhaps. I organize by most favourites on middle shelf, great books on top and bottom (and actually some favourites are on the bottom because my middle shelf is too full!), and a different bookcase for “To-Read” :D

 

 

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? 

I have many of those. Like, a lot. ^.^ But maybe…”Wives and Daughters” by Elizabeth Gaskell. I adore the movie, and so badly want to read the book, but haven’t gotten to it yet…someday! :D

 

 

Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read? 

Any number of the classics. I admit I’ve always had a hard time getting through one….I did read “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell though, and thoroughly enjoyed that. But anyway, yeah, classics, like Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, etc.

 

 

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t? 

Alright. I’m gonna say it. “A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes. I had very high expectations. And on some accounts it was good. But…it disappointed me, and made me angry. I can’t say much without giving it away.

Another would probably be…”The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith and “Bathsheba” by Angela Hunt.

 

 

Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing? 

“The Fiercest Fight” by Brent King. Not my kind of book.

 

 

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of? 

Up-lifting, encouraging Christian books. Biblical Fiction, magic-less fantasy, etc. If they have a strong Christian theme, I’m there. :) As for what I avoid, that would be books containing magic/sorcery of any kind.

 

 

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? 

The Bible, definitely.

 

 

What do you plan to read next?

Not entirely sure…perhaps “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall….or whatever I feel like. :)

 

 

And I tag….

Soleil

Shantelle

and whoever wants to do it. :) Let me know if you do, so I can read your answers! :)

 

And also, just a quick note: I updated my “Book Sale!” page here, so there’s new books! :)