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“The Secret Slipper” by Amanda Tero – Blog Tour/Review

Today I’m taking part in Amanda Tero’s blog tour for her new novella, “The Secret Slipper”! I am sharing my review, too, so if you’re interested take a peak at that. :) And definitely stay tuned for the giveaway below!

 

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About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

 

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R5859Y

 

Get “Befriending the Beast”:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L2IDEUQ

 

8a82e-amanda2bbio2bpicAbout 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)

 

My Review:

This was a well written story, based on Cinderella – yet with a different twist, just as Miss Tero’s “Befriending the Beast” had.
I found this to be a enjoyable read, and liked it quite a lot. The faith-message sprinkled through out was very good, and the Bible verses gave great structure and depth.
I am normally a fan of sweet romances, yet even without a romantic interest, this story captured my interest and was a very sweet tale, showing the love of family.
Fairy-tale retellings have a soft spot for me, and “The Secret Slipper” was indeed a good retelling! I appreciate it being clean and ‘simple’ in all the good ways, yet with faith involved. I would definitely allow my younger sister to read a book like this, without concern.
(I’ve also read and reviewed the first novella, “Befriending the Beast” HERE.)

Connect with author Amanda:

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Website: http://amandatero.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/

Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

 

 

Giveaway

U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/483ac2ab21/?

 

International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/483ac2ab22/?

 

Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”:

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview

 

May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

 

May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

 

May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

 

May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview

 

May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

 

June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview

 

June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

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“All the Way My Savior Leads” by Faith Blum

It’s a blog tour post! Please join me in celebrating Faith Blum’s newest book, “All the Way My Savior Leads”, Book two in her Orphans of the West series. Besides the spotlight of this book, you’ll find a giveaway, and a guest post! So be sure to keep reading. :)

All The Way My Savior Leads

About the Book

Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.
“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.
“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”
Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”
“I know.”
Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”
I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”

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Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Salisbury. The harsh years at the orphanage have forged a strong bond between the pair.

But Henry’s about to age out.

He must choose whether to leave his only family behind in relative safety, or take her with him as he pursues dreams of owning a farm. Henry trusts that God has a plan for him, but little does he know that others have plans for him and his younger sister as well. He will need all his faith to find the right path.

Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DL3Z9T

http://books2read.com/alltheway

About the Author

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.

Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Double Sale

Double Sale

For May 26-31 only, get both books in the Orphans of the West series for just $0.99 each! They are both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and more.

http://books2read.com/saviorlikeashepherd

http://books2read.com/alltheway

GUEST POST:

Why Henry?

 

My Orphans of the West series is mostly books about orphans I introduced in previous books in the Hymns of the West or Hymns of the West Novellas series’. But Henry Sullivan isn’t in any of those, so why did I write a book about him? A few reasons, actually.

 

First, the first version of Lily of the Valley had an epilogue that introduced Henry. That made me want to write more, even though I ended up cutting the epilogue. Another reason was because I wanted to write more about Micah, Ruth, and Jeremiah Carson. They were great characters and I didn’t want to leave them where I did.

 

The main reason, though, is because I could really identify with him. Even though I haven’t gone through anything he has, I have struggled many times with anger at how bad people could do so many awful things and get away with it. Learning to let God lead in all circumstances is a difficult, but rewarding experience.

Giveaway

Giveaway

Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t mine to giveaway. In second and third prize, the winners will receive a free eBook of All the Way My Savior Leads.

Note: The grand prize is open only to those in the continental US, but the other two are open to all.

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Tour Schedule

 

May 26

Bookish Orchestrations-Intro Post

Annie Louise Twitchell-Review

 

May 27

Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight

Zerina Blossom’s Books-Review

 

May 28

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Guest Post: Why Henry?

The Book Corner-Review

 

May 29

Sarah Allerding-Review

Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Q&A with Henry

 

May 30

Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight

Purposeful Learning– Review

 

May 31

Rachel Rossano’s Words-Guest Post: How I Pick Hymns

 

Written Rest-Review

 

June 1

Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

 

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“Christ Arose” By Faith Blum – Blog Tour

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Faith Blum has a new book! She wrote, edited, and published a short story in just three short days and you can now get it for free! Read on to learn more about it.

About the Book

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And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

No longer could I say I was lonely. But oh, how I wish I could! Who could have done such a thing to the Creator of the world? Who had so much hatred for Him?

Available for free on all eBook vendor: http://books2read.com/christ-arose

About the Author

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Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.

Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Giveaway

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Faith is offering a really neat giveaway for this tour. The ParLaGrace etsy seller has an April special right now for a really beautifully made block that says He Lives. Isn’t it pretty? You can enter the giveaway here:
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Tour Schedule

April 22
Bookish Orchestrations-Intro Post
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight
Written Rest-Book Spotlight and Review

April 24
Leila Tualla-Book Spotlight
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight

April 25
With a Joyful Noise-Book Spotlight and Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Book Spotlight

April 26
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight
Perpetual Indie Perspective-Book Spotlight and Review

April 27
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

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Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour

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Welcome to the launch of Shadows of the Hersweald, the third novella in the Legends of Light series! If you enjoy Christian fantasy and fairy tale retellings, you’ll want to check out this Hansel and Gretel novella.

 

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They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Hersweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

 

Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

Buy now on Kindle, iTunes, and Smashwords

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About the Author

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Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Blog Party: “Promise’s Prayer” by Erika Mathews

Promise’s Prayer by Erika Mathews is now available in paperback and eBook! Promise’s Prayer is the first book of the family-friendly Christian novel series Truth from Taerna. It sounds like a very good book – I know I’d like to read it at some point. :) Today I also have a character spotlight and snippet to share, so be sure to scroll down and check that out. Also, check out the other blog party stops below, connect with Erika at her website, and don’t forget to join the giveaway!

About the Book

Kaelan is restless for adventure and relentless in his efforts to bring the land of Taerna back to the blessings of Adon Olam and the prosperity of the days of his ancestors. Fueled by a solemn promise and his mother’s secret, he finds himself in the forefront of a desperate scheme that is crucial to Taerna’s future. Can he keep his promise? Can he save the people of Taerna from the corruption and rampant lawlessness that threaten them with extinction?

Shy and quiet Carita knows she possesses what Taerna’s people so desperately need. But how can she help them when her own soul is simultaneously tormented by witnessing unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When Kaelan and Carita come face to face with the true nature of Adon Olam’s call, will they each choose to embrace Adon Olam’s plan for Taerna—and for their own lives?

 

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About the Author

Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and daughter. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com, on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

 

Character Spotlight:

 

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Description: age 20, 5’5”, sparkling golden brown eyes, medium-brown long hair, slender, looks young, Her expression usually looks sober, almost frightened, as if she were lost, but when she smiles it’s beautiful. She usually wears long, well-fitted dresses in earthy colors—greens, browns, grays, rust-red, muted blue. Most are plain in a medieval peasant style, either one-piece, overdress, or skirt with jacket. She wears a hooded blue cloak when it’s cold.

Carita lives in Frydael, a small village a few days’ journey from the capital. She lived in a middle-class house until her parents died in an accident when she was fourteen, then she and her little sister Ellisia moved to a tiny house outside the village where she raises sheep and tends a garden. Carita has a habit of not looking directly at anyone who is speaking to her. She often has a faraway look in her eyes, and often looks at the ground as though she is sad or lost in deep thought. She speaks slowly, often hesitatingly. She loves caring for people, serving, meeting needs, and walking outdoors. She has a special sense of compassion. Quiet and thoughtful, she hates to see others hurting and is very fearful. She’s very shy, quiet, home-loving, and devoted to Adon Olam. Passionate for Him, she longs to share her knowing of Him with her neighbors but is terrified of speaking to them and being rejected as a “nobody.”

Author’s Note:

Even though I knew developed Carita’s character in depth before beginning Promise’s Prayer and even though she was a character I was most looking forward to writing, I was surprised to discover that her scenes were some of my favorite to write. Although I felt like I didn’t know her very well during the early chapters, as soon as chapter seven came along (her first point of view chapter), I loved her. Spiritually, she’s everything I wish to be—fervent in prayer, devoted to Adon Olam, listening to Him continually, treasuring His word, and with a heart of compassionate service. She always know the right words to say to people, even though she’d much rather speak one-on-one in a friendly setting. I relate to her struggles and fears, and walking her through her challenges encouraged me and strengthened my walk with God. Carita’s name means “love, charity, beloved” and it fits her completely.

Snippet:

She finished the dishes with energy and then helped the children pick up the toys they had scattered around the room, laughing and telling scraps of nonsense as a story while she did so. “Once upon a time,” she giggled confidentially to Liliora. She drew the little girl closer with a secretive, important manner. “There was a little girl who was a princess.”

“Really?” Liliora’s face lit up. “Was it me?”

“I couldn’t tell you,” said Carita, shaking her head dramatically. “She had an aunt who was the Best Aunt Ever. And that’s what they called her: the Best Aunt Ever. Every once in a while, the Best Aunt Ever would visit, and the girl and her brothers and sisters would have the best time they had ever had. She knew just what stories to tell, and what food to fix—and she always brought something new and exciting for the children. She was a wonderful lady.”

“But,” Carita went on, “she had one particular peculiarity. She liked to keep things spic and span.”

“What’s spic and span?” asked Liliora, her big blue eyes opening wider for a moment.

“Oh, it means clean, and tidy, and neat,” Carita told her importantly. “And so,” she said, “the children always tried to not make quite as many messes as usual when they knew she was coming.”

 

 

Giveaway

Celebrate the exciting release by entering to win Promise’s Prayer! One winner will receive a paperback and a second winner will receive an ebook.

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Blog Party Special Stops!

Check out each of these stops today for special highlights, snippets, features on Promise’s Prayer characters, interviews, and more! Also, keep an eye on social media for Promise’s Prayer posts by special guests!

Ellrick Character Spotlight at Reality Reflected (Brie Donning)

Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings (Alea Harper)

Carita Character Spotlight at God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Raechel)

Author Interview at Seek Him First (Katherine Sophia)

Kaelan Character Interview and Spotlight at Random Reflections (Gabriella)

Release Party Central at Resting Life (Erika Mathews)

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“Savior, Like a Shepherd” by Faith Blum: Blog Tour

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Have you ever wondered what it was like for orphans born in the Wild West? Faith Blum has a new book that explores the life of three orphans born during that time. She’s with us today to tell us a little about her book, and share a Character Spotlight! Make sure you read to the end to see the super fun giveaway she has going on, too. :)

 

About the Book

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The ground shook and a rumble sounded through the air as the train squealed to a stop. Maybe, just maybe, I could carry someone’s bags without the porter taking notice. And then there was the even bigger maybe: Maybe I could get enough money to at least buy a crust of bread for Trevor and Tabitha to share.

I hid behind the boxes in the freight yard and kept one eye on the porter, and the other on the second class passenger car. The porter had his attention on the first class car, so I slipped into the gathering crowd.

 

Titus Hine has always taken care of others. First in protecting his brother and sister from the men his mother entertained. Even more so after her death, when the townspeople refused to help the orphans of a town prostitute. He’s been protector and provider, despite the hardships. He’s learned that no one will help, no one cares and if he wants to survive he’ll have to rely on his own strength not just for himself but his family as well.

 

Then a stranger shows him the kindness and help no one else seems willing to. Between her kindness and the lecture she gives the Christian Leaders, Titus’s life takes an unexpected turn for the better. With help and provision from the local believers things should be easier, his burdens are lifted. So why does it feel like life is spinning out of control?

 

Can Titus learn that while man may fail him there is One who will never fail? Can he learn to allow God to be the Shepherd of his life and lead him? Or will life continue to push him every which way?

 

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.

 

Buy now on your favorite eBook platform: http://www.books2read.com/saviorlikeashepherd

 

 

 

Character Spotlight

Name: Trevor Hine

Age: 8 (at beginning of the book)

 

Background:

Trevor was born to Clarice Hine on July 9, 1872. He had an older half-brother who became the only father-figure he knew for a while. He was a quiet child from birth, always thinking things through and trying to help out whenever he could.

When his sister was born, he helped Titus take care of her while their mother entertained her “guests.” His primary job was to keep her quiet.

 

Personality: Timid, shy, creative, probably INTP, loves to read

 

Personal Goal: To help his brother as much as possible

About the Author 

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Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family.  She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.

 

Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you want to know when her latest book comes out, go to her website to sign up for her New Releases Newsletter so you can get an email when her next book in the series comes out. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

 

Giveaway

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Faith is generously giving away EIGHT prizes! She has two paperbacks and two eBooks of Savior, Like a Shepherd up for grabs as well as one paperback and three eBooks of her Hymns of the West Novellas: Volume Two. The novella collection contains the novella that inspired her latest series as well as her new novel. Fill out the rafflecopter for the chance to win one of the prizes:

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9912248017/

 

Free Book:

Do you want to read the story that inspired Savior, Like a Shepherd? Faith has made it available for free February 23-27. You can get your copy here: http://amazon.com/gp/product/B01IIU5XPK.

 

Tour Schedule

Bonus Post from February 10

Petticoats and Pistols – The History of Paint (Note: the giveaway on that post is closed)

 

February 16

Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

Peggy’s Hope 4U– Character Spotlight of Titus

 

February 17

Leah’s Bookshelf– Book Spotlight

Rebekah Lyn Books– Character Spotlight of Tabitha

 

February 18

Zerina Blossom’s Books– Guest Post – About the Town

 

February 20

Sarah Allerding– Author Interview

 

February 21

Tara Ellis Author– Book Spotlight

Melanie D. Snitker, Author – Character Spotlight of Trevor

 

February 22

Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections– Character Interview

 

February 23

Reveries Reviews– Character Spotlight of Titus Hine

Kelsey’s Notebook– Guest Post – My Kind of Romance

 

February 24

With a Joyful Noise– Book Review

 

February 25

Writing Dreams– Guest Post – Why Orphans?

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Book Review

 

February 27

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae– Character Spotlight of Trevor Hine

 

February 28

Homeschooled Authors– Author Interview

Rachel Rossano’s Words– Guest Post – What’s the Inspiration and song connection?

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Blog Tour: The Reward of Anavrea by Rachel Rossano

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We all like a reward, don’t we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That’s the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano’s Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway!

About the Book

web2-rossano-reward-finalShe couldn’t hide forever.

A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.

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About the Author

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Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

Giveaway

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Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway.

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Book Excerpt

 

The rest of the day flew by in an unending series of crises. Rowana and Urith had a huge fight over who was to blame for the spilled soot all over the main hall floor. As far as Jayne could piece together, Urith tripped Rowana after she pushed his book on the floor. She happened to be carrying the metal ash pail at the time. The result was a loud clatter and a cloud of black that settled over the entire room. The ensuing shouting match brought Patti and Jayne running.

Once Jayne managed to start the two of them cleaning up the mess before the evening meal, Trina fell down the stairs with a blood curdling howl and a sickening crack. It took an hour to calm her. When Jayne settled her in the kitchen with a cold compress for her bump and a sugar stick for her sorrow, Urith appeared at the door, covered in black from sole to crown except for his hands, to tell her that the king wished to speak to her. Leaving Trina with her hiccup gasps under Patti’s watchful eye, Jayne hurried off toward the study, praying she would survive until bedtime.

She paused outside the heavy door to straighten her dress and brush the soot off the front as best she could. Please let it only be the king, Kurios, she prayed. I can handle him, but I don’t think I could face Liam right now. Her heart did a strange flip at the thought of Liam’s recent behavior in the garden. She had to struggle to push the image aside. Taking a deep breath, she tapped on the door.

“Come,” a deep male voice called.

The door opened easily to her touch and she stepped inside. The fire on the hearth held off the nip of rainy autumn air, and the dark, heavy furniture crowded for space on the carpets.

“Please close the door behind you,” the king requested without looking up from his scrutiny of the documents on his desk.

Jayne closed the door and crossed to stand before the desk. Instead of the memories of the distant past, she found her thoughts preoccupied with the first time she had met Liam here. His kindness and gentleness as she recounted her sordid family history warmed her heart.

Something stirred in the shadows to the right of the king. Jayne’s eyes met the steady gaze of the armed man standing in the shadow of a bookcase. He inclined his head to her politely. By now she had grown used to this acknowledgement. The royal guard treated her like a noblewoman. She wasn’t sure if they were taking their cues from Braxton and Liam’s men or the king’s direct orders. Either way, she was thankful for the distance and respect they granted her.

“Please be seated.” Ireic rose and turned toward the man in the shadows. Handing him a small stack of papers, he said, “See that Braxton gets these. He needs them immediately.”

“But, sire,” the man protested.

“She is hardly a threat to me, Yoric. Now go. The sooner you leave, the sooner you return.”

With a brisk bow and tapping of boot heels, Yoric left to obey.

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