Friday, December 7, 2018

#giveaway Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney

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We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney’s new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 – Reason to Breathe – hosted by JustRead Tours.

reason to breatheABOUT THE BOOK
itle: Reason to Breathe
Series: Chandler Sisters #1
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance
Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along…
At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck—until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.
To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue this beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily-ever-after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long-held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.
PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository
My Thoughts:
Reason to Breathe was an awesome book to start this series by Deborah Raney. I love her books and how she writes, so this book was no exception! She writes characters that go through difficult and deep situations that her readers are able to relate to. In Reason to Breathe, grief is a main theme throughout siblings in this story with complicated emotions.  The story also weaves hope throughout the story in and out. I felt myself cheering for characters throughout this story and even cried a few times. 

This book is just powerful all around. The message conveys thought provoking emotion that will bring joy, but also deep sorrow. This is a book that has touched me deeply, especially as we are dealing with some difficult situations in our family and this book speaks to me. This is a book that I HIGHLY recommend.

I received this book through Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is no way influenced by reviewing a complimentary copy. 

DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30-plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serves on the executive board of the 2600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.
reason to breathe giveaway
(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Reason to Breathe
  • $15 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 3, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 10, 2018. US only. 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.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

#Giveaway MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse, a novella included in The MissAdventure Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

the missadventure brides collectionTitle: MissTaken Identity
Collection: The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse
Publisher: Barbour
Release Date: December 1, 2018 (print)
Genre: Historical Romance
Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse
1883 Texas
Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.
PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

My Thoughts:
The MissAdventure Brides Collection is a beautiful group of novellas featuring seven women who go above social norm during their time period. Miss Taken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse is a great read, that you will enjoy. It is story of good character depth, suspense, romance, humor and faith. I love the humor and the banter of the back of forth between the two main characters of Jim and Abigail. I love the conclusion of this story.
I love these novella collections because you get great stories from different authors all in one book. These collections allow me to read some new authors that I have never read, which I love discovering. The collection was a fun read.  I really enjoyed Miss Taken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse. This was such an enjoyable story and it made me laugh. 
I highly recommend this collection of novellas! 
Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story.
CONNECT WITH KIM: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

misstaken identity giveaway
Kimberley Woodhouse is giving away:
  • (1) grand prize of a Kindle Fire (US only)
  • (3) 1st prizes – a print copy of The MissAdventures Brides Collection (US only)
That’s a total of FOUR winners!
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 4, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 11, 2018. US only. 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.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater

35396244The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter

From the BBC1 presenter and bestselling author of EatThe Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with Comté and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat’s curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.

Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel’s warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only book you’ll ever need for winter.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved The Christmas Chronicles and it is the best book to savor through my favorite Holiday months. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the beginning of the New Year, this book will make you learn to love the littlest details and traditions in life. It will help you pause in your life and count the small things as huge blessings. His words are refreshing to your mind and soul! 
If you love good and delectable eating, his recipes are exquisite with a homey taste and feel. They are not hard to make at all and are perfect for people who consider themselves are everyday cooks, which is what I consider myself. I loved the pictures and the stories that encompassed the recipes. 
Overall, this book is great! Filled with stories, recipes, traditions, pictures and beautiful writing, this book will take you on a journey as you read through the captivating pages. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read it again as part of my holiday traditions.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Nigel SlaterNigel Slater is a British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for seventeen years and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.

Friday, November 30, 2018

When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HRTitle: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…
The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.
The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.
My Thoughts:
Liz Tolsma is an amazing writer! I am in awe of When the Heart Sings. This historical piece of Fiction is unlike any other book that I have ever read. I have fallen completely in love with this story line. Between the friendship of Natia and Elfriede and the story line of Erich, this book is emotional gripping. It's hard to put down. Themes of forgiveness, friendship, love and hope are main points interwoven throughout this book. It is encouraging and heartbreak. It's overall just an amazing book! 
I highly recommend reading this book. I loved reading this book and you will too! Pick up a copy today. 
liz tolsma
Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.
when the heart sings blog giveaway
(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • A print copy of When the Heart Sings
  • Just One More Chapter’ throw pillow seen HERE
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 3, 2018. US only. 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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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Jacob's Bell: A Christmas Story by John Snyder

38508988Jacob's Bell: A Christmas Story

"Jacob's Bell" is one of the best Christmas books I have read this holiday season. It is well written and will bring meaning to your life. I was brought to tears as I finished this book because of the lessons I learned from this book. Themes of forgiveness and second chances abound in this book. While Jacob has made plenty of mistakes and has had plenty of opportunities to make them right, this book will teach you that every second is a precious gift, you shouldn't take people for granted, but God works things together for good. This reminded me to not let bitterness and resentment settle in my heart, but rather forgive quickly and respond with love. Sometimes we don't get another opportunity, so we must take the one in front of us. This book reminded me of how precious life is and that each person is an incredible gift. 
I highly recommend purchasing this book. It will not take you more then two hours to read and you'll read it in one sitting. I had a very hard time putting this book down. This book will be one that I read every year as a Christmas tradition. 
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
John SnyderJohn Snyder is the author of the bestseller The Golden Ring - A Christmas Story and a new Christmas Book, Jacob's Bell, due to be released by FaithWords/Hachette Book Group on October 2, 2018.

He is a member of the Authors Guild. Before retiring, he owned and operated an award-winning public relations/advertising/sports marketing firm in the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC area for nearly twenty-five years. His firm worked with and represented some of the world’s top professional athletes, sports franchises (including the Washington Capitals of the NHL, the Washington Bullets of the NBA, and top INDYCAR teams, NASCAR teams, and teams in other prominent racing series), as well as
nationally televised sporting events.