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.