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November 2017 Wrap-Up

This is really late, and I have no pretty graphic to adorn this post. For which I apologize.

November was a full month. I honestly am not sure I can remember much about the first half, other than that I believe it was good…

Towards the middle of the month, though, things got hard when we found out that the son of my Mum’s best friend had passed away, shortly before Thanksgiving. My Dad had been up north helping my grandparents, but he came home as we all were shocked from the news, and grieving.  I won’t talk much further on it, but it really has affected us all, as we grieve through this on various levels. The funeral was exceedingly hard for everyone, and prayers for their family would be so appreciated.

 

Life has also been busy, and I’m feeling a little drained, so this post probably won’t be much, or long, but I guess I’m happy it’s not a month late. :)

 

 

I read a fair amount of books towards the beginning of the month, but it slowed down at the end, and I’m trying to get caught up now. These are the books I read:

 

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter  Dying for Love by Cara Putman  October by J. Grace Pennington  Where We Belong by Lynn Austin  The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright  Growing Up with Aloha by Kirby Larson  One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg  One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg

 

Most you can click on to go read my review of it, though I haven’t yet posted my reviews for “Where We Belong” and “One Enchanted Noel”, but those will be coming soon, God-willing.

Books I recieved:

 

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Most of these are Review Books, but a couple were gifts, or giveaway wins, and two were swapped books. So I don’t think I actually spent any money on books last month, besides during the Indie Christian Books Sale, but those books haven’t come yet, so I’ll count that in December’s wrap up. :)

 

I hope you all had a good month, a good Thanksgiving, and will have a good December!

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“A Question of Courage” Blog Tour by Jesseca Wheaton

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“A Question of Courage” by Jesseca Wheaton

Book Two of the Questions of War series

 

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A man. A decision. A destiny.
Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America’s focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can’t ignore the problem anymore.
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly.
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty?
Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she’s made the decision to get on with her life, she can’t seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble.
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?
Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage?
Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

 

About the Author:

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Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

 

 

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Indie Christian Book Blog Tour! Sale & Giveaway!

Indie Christian Books Blog Tour with Sale!

 

It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you (which, come one, I hope they do!), Indie Christian Books has a perfect event for you.

 

Like most other bookdragons, great books easily make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites (in other words: rather impossible), but  I painstakingly  picked five books I read in 2017 that I am thankful for. But know that I will have a bigger list of favourite reads coming towards the end of 2017/beginning of 2018, as usual! Because I can’t keep it to just five favourites. :D For now, though, here are five that I am thankful for:

 

  • “Everything’s Coming Up, Josey!” by Susan May Warren: I’m thankful for this book because it was the first book that introduced me to SMW’s writing and got me hooked. And it was adorable, funny, annnd set in MN/Russia. :)
  • “Destiny Defended” by J.A. Marx: Thankful for this one because it was the last book in the series, and I was so excited to see how it ended! I love J.A. Marx’s books! They’re deep, enjoyable, and God-centered.
  • “Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar: I’m always thankful for a new Tessa Afshar book! Her Biblical Fiction is some of the VERY best there is, and I’m always deeply touched by her novels. This was no exception!
  • “Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal: I’m thankful for this book because it was the long-awaited sequel to “Not Abandoned”, and the author happens to be my kindred spirit. :) This is an amazing, beautiful book!
  • “Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano: Thankful for this book because it was a spectacular debut novel, one that keeps you enraptured, and it was so… bookish! Absolutely delightful.

 

 

And because I may be a rule breaker when it comes to books, one of my favourite NON-Fiction reads was:

“Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors, and I’m thankful for it because it is so encouraging and inspiring. Very touching. 

So, there’s my list! I had to leave out a couple, but as I mentioned, I will be creating a more extensive list come December/January!

 

And I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors has banded together to offer a huge selection of discounted books between Nov 24th and 30th. There’s literally something for everyone.

 

On November 24th, the Indie Christian Books website (http://www.indiechristianbooks.com) will go live. Every single book listed will be on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks,package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. When you purchase a paperback book through indiechristianbooks.com you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

And speaking of giveaways, there’s another fun giveaway connected to this blog tour, so please be sure to enter that!!

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There are quite a few bloggers participating in this blog tour, so be sure to visit them (links in the giveaway widget) too! This event promises to be lots of fun. :)

(Here’s a link to the list of supporters for ICB – it should be live on the 24th: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/supporters/)

 

 

You can meet our authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? We’d love to have you join our week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

 

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

 

A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

 

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Blog Tour: “Music of Her Heart” by Sophie Dawson

Today I’m helping in the blogtour for Sophie Dawson’s new book, “Music of Her Heart”, just published on November 16th. It’s all about music and a marriage forced on them by circumstances. Can Red and Gema make things work?

 

About the Book

Red Dickerson is shocked to see a young woman running through the woods in the freezing rain. He’d gone to the far end of Hawk’s Wing Ranch to think after his engagement was broken by the woman he planned to marry. Recognizing her as Gema Volkovichna, one of the women from Sanctuary House, he spurs his horse to go after her. Finding she’s escaped after being kidnapped by the infamous King Gang, he vows to keep her safe.

Gema Volkovichna is one of the newest women to come to Sanctuary House in Stones Creek, Colorado. She came to find work and possibly a husband. When a spring blizzard forces them to spend three days alone in a line shack, there’s only one conclusion. She and Red must marry to salvage her reputation.

Can Gema and Red learn to be husband and wife? Will love grow from this forced marriage? Will the King Gang return to reclaim what they lost? Can Red and Gema learn to dance together to the MUSIC of HER HEART?

Buy on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.comdp/B076MBLXMJ

About the Author

Sophie Dawson has made up stories in her head all her life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she began writing typing them out.

Her first books were all historical fiction romance. They’ve won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews. Now, Sophie has branched out into contemporary romance though she plans to continue writing historical and hopes to add more books in her popular Cottonwood and Stones Creek series.

Sophie lives with her husband and very old cat on a farm in western Illinois. She’s an avid seamstress and was a professional quilter for a number of years before the writing bug bit. She’s just thankful it’s not fatal.

 

 

Giveaway

In honor of the Music of Her Heart Blog Tour, Sophie is giving away one print copy of Music of Her Heart along with an autographed tote bag. Also, two Kindle copies will be awarded. Winners will be notified by email – keep your eyes open for an email from Sophie Dawson. You can enter here: http://sophiesgiveaways.com/giveaways/music-of-her-heart-giveaway/

Tour Schedule

November 16
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 17
Reveries Reviews – Review
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Spotlight

November 18
Peggy’s Hope 4 U – Author Interview
Little Bits Blog – Excerpt

November 19
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Excerpt

November 20
Shout out – Book Spotlight
Bookish Orchestrations – Winner Announcement

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Book Review: “Deadly Proof” by Rachel Dylan

 

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“Deadly Proof” by Rachel Dylan

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My rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I’m not really sure how it escaped my notice upon requesting this book that it was a legal-thriller, but somehow it did, so that was a bit of a surprise upon beginning the story. ^.^
While I generally don’t read a lot of legal suspense novels, I didn’t hate this one. There were times when I felt a little lost because of the legal-setting/speech etc. but it wasn’t terrible for me.
Somebody who enjoys this genre won’t be lost at all.
There are two female characters that I literally couldn’t tell apart for the first 3rd of the book, and had to reread a couple of parts because I realized I read it thinking it was one character when it was actually another…they didn’t have distinct different personalities. But that could just be me.
The story revolves around fighting for a case against a big pharmaceutical company, and the court case surrounding that. It was interesting. I wanted to see how it would end, and what transpired with the characters. But for me, it was kind of just watching a Leverage episode, and I pretty much knew the outcome.
The romance wasn’t my favourite, but it was there.
For me, “Deadly Proof” was just an okay book – not my favourite, but I really don’t have any major complaints about it, and I know it could be a favourite among many! For me it just wasn’t my favourite genre and therefore not really a “me” type of book. :) Totally a matter of preference.

 

 

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“Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal Wrap-up, character spotlight, and giveaway winner announced!

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of this fun blog tour celebrating the release of MacKenzie Morganthal’s second book, “Out of the Dark”! It’s been a lovely time, and we’re grateful to each blogger who participated!

And now I welcome back the author to take the mic, blogaphorically speaking!

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The time is here to wrap-up the “Out of the Dark” blog tour. It went by too fast, didn’t it?! I hope you all have it enjoyed it as much as I have. “Out of the Dark” is such a special story to me and I hope you are now so excited to read it, and also to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.

What was your favorite stop on the tour? Leave me a comment and let me know! I want to thank each and every one of you that have joined us for any part of the tour. Now I’m sure you’re all waiting to find out who the giveaway winner could be. ;) You don’t have to wait any longer! The winner of the giveaway for a PDF copy of “Out of the Dark” is….

 

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FAITH POTTS!!!

Congratulations, Faith!! I will be sending you an email with your prize and hope you will enjoy my story.

For everyone else, you can still order a copy through my website at: http://www.morganthalbooks.weebly.com.

Thank you again for joining us on the tour! I look forward to reading about your favorite parts. <3

 

And now for the last special character spotlight…

 

 

Character Spotlight:

Elaine Reynolds

 

Fifteen year old Elaine is a brand new character that shows up in “Out of the Dark”. She is still grieving the loss of her mother, and she’s looking for love and affirmation from her older boyfriend. But he proves to be more dangerous than she ever could have imagined, and by the time she realizes he’s more of a nightmare than a dream, it’s too late. She was tricked and now he has her trapped. We see many emotional glimpses inside her heart. The shame and guilt she feels…the brokenness of her heart. She puts on a tough exterior to the world around her, especially to Haley when they first meet. But inside she’s full of pain and grief and regret. She’s ready to just give up all together. But Haley and DesiRae aren’t willing to let that happen. Can they save her before it’s too late? I hope you’ll read “Out of the Dark” and follow along with Elaine’s journey to find out what happens!

 

 

 

 

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It’s not over yet…

    It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them. A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

    Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

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The Author:

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MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

 

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And in case you missed some of the tour, just click on the graphics below to be led to those stops! Thank you for following along!!

 

 

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“Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal Blog Tour!

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Raechel here for a moment – I will be passing off the “mic” here to MacKenzie in just a second, but first I  wanted to say how excited I am for this book!! “Out of the Dark” has been an eagerly anticipated novel, and it’s finally here! So thrilling. And inspiring – I’ve watched as this author has poured out her heart in this novel, sometimes struggling when the words didn’t come. But God has brought it to completion, as He promises, and how utterly glorious that is! If you haven’t read the first book in this series, I definitely encourage you to do so. You can find “Not Abandoned” here. Anyway, now I will let our lovely author take the stage, and share more about “Out of the Dark”!! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway, and character spotlight too!!

 

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Welcome to the “Out of the Dark” blog tour! I’m so thankful Rae is letting me share her blog to share with all of you about my new book release. “Out of the Dark” is book two in my Mission for Freedom series and is a continuation of my debut novel “Not Abandoned”. This new story took two long years to complete and a lot of prayer. If I didn’t have God, you wouldn’t be reading about this new release right now. I faced mountains of opposition during the writing of this book, and have even felt attacks from the enemy right up to release day. But I believe God is going to do great things through this story, and my prayer is that He will use it to touch each of your lives. But enough of my rambling! On to the fun stuff! ;) Read on to see the full description of “Out of the Dark”, view the cover photo (*squeals* Isn’t it lovely?!?!) and find out how YOU can win a FREE copy of my new release! And make sure you check out my purchase links a little further down the post so that “Out of the Dark” can be yours, as well as my social media links so that we can stay in touch and you can keep up to date on the latest happenings with my writing. And of course you’ll wanna check out the blog tour schedule so you don’t miss even one post! There will be all sorts of fun, from author interviews to book reviews, and even a couple guest posts by me! I’d like to say another BIG thank you to Rae for sharing her blog with me this week, and thank YOU for stopping by! Don’t forget to enter the PDF book giveaway, and enjoy the rest of the “Out of the Dark” blog tour! ☺

 

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The Book:

 

 

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It’s not over yet…

    It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them. A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

    Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

 

 

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Character Spotlight:

 

Avery Hampton

Avery is back in “Out of the Dark” as a twenty year old survivor of human trafficking. But she’s been through terrible pain and her heart is covered with emotional scars. In “Out of the Dark” we see Avery as a strong young woman who doesn’t feel very strong inside. She’s allowed God to use her to begin a ministry for other human trafficking victims, and she’s very proud of the safehouse she built, Redemption House. Her heart desires to save other victims, but she thinks she’s not as brave or confident as her older sister, Haley, is. (Psst, between you and me, I think Avery is one of the bravest characters I’ve met!) She tries to appear confident and whole, but inside she’s still struggling and has broken pieces. Part of her thinks she’s beyond repair, but the other part of her is still reaching out in hope that God can fulfill His promises to her and heal her and pull her out of the darkness she finds herself in. Avery is a fighter. But she’s getting tired and worried she’ll never make it out of the shadow of her past. But God will never give up on our Avery. And I believe in her. What about you?

 

*There will also be a spotlight of Haley Hampton in the wrap-up post so be sure to return and read that then!

The Author:

 

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MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

 

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*The book will be up on Goodreads very soon!

 

 

!!Giveaway!!:

 

 Are you excited to read “Out of the Dark”, book two in MacKenzie Morganthal’s Mission for Freedom series?! Well here’s your chance to win a copy for FREE! This giveaway will begin on October 27th, and end at midnight on November 2nd. The winner will be announced on November 3rd, in the wrap-up post on http://www.godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com. One winner will receive a PDF book version of “Out of the Dark” right to their email! How do you enter? Follow the link below and complete the options!

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Out of the Dark blog tour schedule:

 

October 27th:

October 28th:

  • Chloe Hale/ The Chloe Blog // Author interview  **This post is currently not up yet, but hopefully will be soon. Check back later to see the interview. Thanks!

October 29th:

  • Riley Aline/ Blog // Guest post

October 30th:

October 31st:

November 1st:

November 2nd:

November 3rd: