Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jonas and Olivia Spotlight

Jonas and Olivia

Fourteen year old Olivia Wilkerson is left desolate and grieving when her patriot father passes away. Willed by him to be placed in the care of an old friend, Olivia is forced to venture away from all she’s ever known to make her new life among people who are strangers to her.

Unaware of the new responsibility about to be thrust on him, Jonas Carmichael lives the life of a reclusive in an attempt to ignore the painful memories of the past. His heart has grown hard and bitter over the past thirty years of solitude, and his hatred towards people has only multiplied.

Suddenly burdened with Olivia, Jonas’s only burning desire is to shove the girl off on somebody else. But Olivia, still suffering from her loss, is only looking for someone to love her as her father did-- and soon realizes that there is more to Jonas than meets the eye.

With the Revolutionary War pressing closer around Jonas’s secluded bubble of safety and threatening to burst it at any moment, Jonas discovers that there are choices to be made--choices that will not only affect himself but those around him as well

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Blog Tour and Book Spotlight Of At Her Fingertips by Kellyn Roth!







 Blurb for: At Her Fingertips (Book Three, featured novel)



Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.
Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.
With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?
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Excerpt


    Kirk’s feelings lingered somewhere between excited and nervous as the carriage left the train station behind and began the drive back to Pearlbelle Park. He didn’t doubt he could do his job—he doubted he could maintain a calm face when he met her again, after all these years.
    How had she changed? She was almost eighteen now. That was quite different from twelve, especially in a woman. Did she remember him—and furthermore, did she remember him fondly? Of course she did. He’d bet his life on it.
    He wasn’t willing to think about the class difference between them. After all, if it hadn’t mattered to her then, why should it matter to her now? Still, it nipped at the back of his mind like a badly-behaved puppy, demanding attention he had no wish to give.
    Mr. Knight cleared his throat, and Kirk jerked his gaze from the window to his employer’s face. “When we arrive, I want to introduce you to the staff before you leave for the day. I won’t need you again until tomorrow, when I’d like to ride around the estate. I know you’re familiar with the land, but it won’t hurt for you to become better-accustomed to it. We’ll have plenty of business to discuss.”
    Kirk nodded. He kept his hands on his thighs, gripping the legs of his trousers, and stared straight ahead of him, barely hearing Mr. Knight’s words. If he was  honest with himself, he’d admit that not listening to his employer’s agenda for the next few days was a bad idea, but could Mr. Knight, knowing Alice as he did, really blame him for thinking only of—
    The carriage jerked over a rut, snapping Kirk out of his reverie and Mr. Knight out of his train of thought.
    “That’s another thing—I need to have this road graded. Could you write that down for me, Manning?”
    “Of course.” Kirk pulled out a small notebook and scribbled it down next to ‘Johnson’s farm,’ ‘Peregrine’s colt,’ and ‘fence reparation between Wall’s and Kennedy’s.’
He’d learned while getting reacquainted with Mr. Knight and his methods in London over the last fortnight that it was good to have something to write on with him at all times. Mr. Knight had a brain that worked just like a semicolon; he was forever remembering something new that needed doing and asking Kirk to write it down.
    Honestly, he was enjoying himself. After years of boarding school and then college, he felt ready to be out in the world, doing something useful that could provide for his mother and sister. Especially now that they were alone.
    For a moment, grief overpowered him. Jim Manning had been a good father. But, though Kirk missed him, he was also glad the man no longer had to suffer.
    The gates opened to the long drive of Pearlbelle Park, allowing the carriage to roll through. Mr. Knight glanced out the window and shouted for the carriage to halt. The horses jerked up, and Mr. Knight stepped out. Kirk sat with paper and pencil stub still in his hand. Why had they stopped?

Blurb for the first book in the series The Dressmaker’s Secret (Book One)
After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.
However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.
Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?
Blurb for the second book in the series Ivy Introspective (Book Two)
Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.
After much thought, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.
Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remained lost in her own mind forever?
About the author



Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Guess How Much I Love You Spotlight

Guess How Much I Love You
"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then, Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare's love for him.

This is a favorite book in my family.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Baggage Claim Spotlight

Baggage Claim (Great Lakes Collection)

There had to be at least one healthy branch on his family tree...

Who can he trust?
Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.
His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.
A nanny with a past...
Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow.
As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Blog Tour and Book review of A Flute in the Willows

A Flute in the Willows copy

About the Book

Book Title: A Flute in the Willows  
Author: Carole Brown  
Genre: Historical, Romantic Suspense
Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay. She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart? Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie. These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their ownselves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

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My Review

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction.
My Rating: 5 Stars.
Recommendation: Anyone who likes history, but better for 13 and up.

My favorite character is: Josie Patterson is a little different than most heroines in books I’ve read. I didn’t relate to her as much as other heroines, but I liked her a lot.
My Verse for Josie is 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. English Standard Version. 
Jerry Patterson is a broken man, wounded in body and spirit. Carole Brown did a wonderful job with how she wrote Jerry’s suffering and then healing with God’s Grace.
My Verse for Jerry is Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. English Standard Version.
My thoughts: I almost didn’t sign up for this review because I didn’t particularly like the book cover however I am glad I changed my mind about A Flute in the Willows.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Carole Brown
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?


Guest post from Carole Brown

How Great is Our God! By Carole Brown And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 It seems everywhere you turn today, the world is a mess. I try to keep up with current events, but sometimes I find myself pulling back away from it all. The enemy of us all would drown us in disbelief, doubt and worry if we would allow it. I find my spirit beginning to flounder in that sea of distress and must need revive it with the good things of God. In my newest WWII Spies series, in book two, soon to be released, both Jerry and Josie Patterson are rebellious, self-centered people. Neither have given much thought to God, and both have gone gung-ho after their own pleasures and desires.
  • Jerry not only suffers a serious physical injury, but his spirit is troubled over actions taken as a spy in Germany. Guilt over the death of a sweet woman, guilt over all the deceit he needed to use, guilt over the temptations that knocked, and though he didn’t give in to them, nevertheless, troubles his mind and soul. Who do you turn to when you have no God in your life?
  • Josie, filled with elaborate plans on becoming an Olympic participant once the horror of war is over, ignores all the people in her life—except when it’s convenient for her to use them. All that matters is attaining her goal and Jerry. Running roughshod over all others, forgiving and forbearing as they are, is her usual ploy in getting what she wants. So who do you turn to when all your dreams turn to ashes?
It’s only after each one of them receive a severe injury that prevent them from doing what they want, only when they think they’ve lost the other, that they begin to listen to what God is teaching them. Isn’t that so in our own lives? Many times we go headstrong toward our goals, without prayer or definite assurance from God that it’s what he wants for us. It seems a good thing, beneficial, and desirable so it must be good for us, right? God is so great, so faithful, so loving in pulling us back, in teaching us that He is our all in all. Our strength in times of deep distress and trial, our anchor when the storms of life are blowing us off course, our shield when others would hurt or wound our spirits…our peace through it all. May we, like Josie and Jerry, learn that our God IS a great God. We need have no fear; he does not fail.

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To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away a grand prize of a canvas flowered/musical tote, a pink “All Things are Possible journal, and a copy of A Flute in the Willows (winners choice of print or ebook)!!
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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 100

Psalm 100:4 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,     and his courts with praise!     Give thanks to him; bless his name! (ESV Bible.) ...

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