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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and Kindle HDX Giveaway!

Impeccable History Brought to Life

I have been wanting to read Tracy L. Higley's books for awhile now. So when her newest book, The Queen's Handmaid, came up for review I didn't hesitate to request it. I wasn't disappointed.

The year is 39 BC when we meet Lydia. Cleopatra is the current Queen ruling over Egypt while Lydia is nurse to her son, Caesarion. Lydia is a beautiful, and unpretentious, young woman who knows nothing of her family or life outside the palace walls. Her heart belongs to Caesarion and her friend, Samuel.
Samuel, a Jewish man, has done his best to teach Lydia about his God and his heritage. He didn't have any children of his own, so he taught everything that he could to Lydia. When Herod arrives to visit the queen, things become complicated. Deciding that Lydia would be better suited to serve his future wife, Herod chose to take Lydia to Jerusalem with him.

Wanting to say goodbye to Samuel, Lydia discovers that he had been attacked and is close to death. Using the last of his strength, Samuel tells Lydia about the scrolls that he has been hiding; and instructs her to carefully hide and guard them until she could get them to the Chakkiym. They’ve cost Samuel his life and now Lydia is charged with smuggling them out of Egypt in order to get them into the proper hands in Jerusalem.

Lydia made the decision to accept Herod's offer because it was the perfect opportunity for her to get the scrolls out of Egypt. Arriving in Jerusalem wasn't an easy task, especially with the scrolls, which she wasn't even sure what was written in them. Uncertain of what exactly these scrolls held, Lydia knows her life is in danger. Not only that but she’ll be living in Herod's home where she'll have to deal with jealous servants, political tensions, fickle diplomats, as well as her own emotions. All she’s ever wanted was a place to belong... a family.

Tracy's storytelling is fantastic! She pulled me into Lydia's world, where I met people I fell in love with. People like Queen Mariamme, Simon, and, of course, Lydia. I also enjoyed her descriptions of the different scenes, from Egypt to Jerusalem to the palace interior, she made me feel like I was there standing beside Lydia with each turn of the page. Last but not least I liked how impeccably Tracy brought history to life, and that she included "The Story Behind the Story...and Beyond", where she separated fact from fiction; it was well worth reading.

 

About the Book:

From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.

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Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra’s palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to a family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.

Meet Tracy:

 

 

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at age eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored many novels, including “Garden of Madness” and “So Shines the Night.” Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures.

Tracy invites you to stop by her website where you’ll be able to see her travel journals and more.

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Tracy L. Higley is celebrating the release of The Queen's Handmaid with a fun giveaway.

Retailers + Resources gave it this glowing review: "Rich in historic detail, Higley’s vivid writing brings to life the plots and intrigues that swirled through the ancient world as alliances were built and broken on the calculated schemes of power-mad monarchs." 

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  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced April 21st on Tracy's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Tracy's blog on April 21st to see if you won.

 

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Blessings,

**The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and Kindle HDX Giveaway

Learning to Dance Again

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter in the second book in the A Chapel Hill Springs Romance series. The first was Barefoot in Summer.

Denise Hunter is one of my favorite Contemporary Christian authors. She has a way of drawing the reader in and keeping her through the last page.

Jade McKinley left her home in Chapel Springs, Indiana wanting a fresh start and needing to escape the painful memories of her past. She hadn't planned to return. However, nearly a year later she finds herself pregnant, and penniless, with nowhere to go but home. Nevertheless, she has decided to do whatever it takes to stand on her own two feet and take care of her baby. 

Jade knows going home isn’t going to be easy. In fact, going home pregnant could hurt someone very dear to her. Which is one of the reasons she tries to hide her pregnancy, if only temporarily, from her family and friends.

Daniel Dawson has loved Jade for years. But, he is an honorary member of the McKinley family which puts him in the “brother zone.” When Jade left, Daniel's feelings were crushed, but now that she has returned, his heart is once again in danger. What's worse, she asks him to find and set her up with men that he would approve of for dates. Against his better judgment, he agrees. Although, he was planning to keep an eye on his competition. Behind Jade’s strange request, Daniel discovers Jade's secret, and he is determined to walk by her side, despite the cost to himself and his heart. As Daniel renews his friendship with Jade, old emotions awaken while faith and trust are pushed to the limit as his own insecurities and fears bubble to the surface.

Daniel is the Knight-in-Shining-Armor every little girl dreams of. He is loving, protective, and loyal. Jade, despite experiencing the unthinkable manages to find the strength to overcome and shines. I was transfixed to the pages of this book from beginning to end, as I read Jade and Daniel's story.

Dancing with Fireflies is truly a story that brings beauty for ashes to both Jade and Daniel! I loved returning to Chapel Springs and spending time getting re-acquainted with the McKinley family, as well as getting to know the characters that I fell in love with in the first book of the series, Barefoot Summer better. I highly recommend this series, to fans of Denise Hunter, as well as anyone who enjoys true Christian Fiction.

About the Book:

A Chapel Springs Romance

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

Would you like to purchase the book?

Meet Denise;

 

 

 

Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn't writing, she's busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.

Denise invites you to visit her website to learn more. 

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 Don't miss Denise Hunter's latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies "swoon-worthy" and "the perfect love story."

Join Denise in celebrating the release of her new book by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway and RSVPing for her April 10th Facebook party.

 
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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Dancing with Fireflies and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 10th. Winner will be announced at the Dancing with Fireflies Facebook Party on April 10th. Connect with Denise for an evening of prizes, book chat, and an exclusive look at the next book in the series.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

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Blessings,

**Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 24, 2014

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and $100 Visa Cash Card Giveaway!

It Had to Be You will touch your heart!

I have positively fallen in love with the Christiansen Family series! It Had to Be You is a fabulous addition and I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it! Susan May Warren did a wonderful job creating realistic characters that are flawed, yet likeable. And although I am not a hockey fan, I found this setting to be dangerous, and exciting at the same time.

Eden and Jace are like night and day, and seem like an unlikely match right from the start. One of the best things about this book (as well as the series, so far) is that the main characters must step back and take a good long look at themselves to learn who they really are. Eden Christiansen was very biased about Jace which was mostly based upon the media's persona of him, not who he was through Christ. I loved seeing him through her eyes, while also knowing his point of view, as well. Jace also has biased opinions about Eden, as well, mostly based on how she interacts with and protects her younger brother, Owen. I loved watching as Eden and Jace slowly discovered that their original opinions about each other were incorrect. As their relationship developed they had to weather many storms that threatened to end it before it began.

Jace, tagged as hockey's bad boy, is carrying a lot baggage from his past. Although he is a major hockey star, he sees himself as a failure and really would like to lose his bad boy image. Although I am not a sports fan, I appreciated that Susan explained the game of hockey so that people like me can understand what was going on out on the ice.

Eden's brother, Owen, has a lot of growing-up to do and is facing a lot of "hard-knocks" as he does. I am looking forward to see how Susan grows him up as the Christiansen Family series continues. I also enjoyed getting to know Sam and his daughter, Maddie. It Had to Be You is chock full of interesting characters whose stories beg to be told.

The book includes the prequel to this series titled I Really Do Miss Your Smile. It is John and Ingrid Christiansen's (parents of Derek, Eden, Grace, Owen, Amelia, and Casper Christiansen) story of how they met and made a life together. Even though it is only a novella, it is a powerful love story. I have enjoyed each book of this series so far, and I am really looking forward to the third book in the series, When I Fall in Love, which will center on Grace Christiansen.

About the Book:

A Christiansen Family Novel

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

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Meet Susan:

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors.

Your invited to visit My Book Therapy  to learn more.

Susan invites you to visit her website for exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more,

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Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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  One winner will receive:
  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan's blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan's free book club kit.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan's blog on April 1st to see if you won.

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Blessings,


**It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.





Saturday, March 8, 2014

Distortion by Terri Blackstock~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway

 
 

Distortion is the first book that I have read by Terri Blackstock and my first thought after I finished it was "WOW!".

From the first to the last page, Distortion takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride full of suspense. As the plot unfolds, there are more questions than answers, which kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

While the novel is highly suspenseful, what I liked most was the focus on family. Distortion is the second book in Terri Blackstock's Moonlighters series and centers on siblings Jay, Juliet, Cathy, and Holly. They are a close knit family whose love and commitment to each other shines throughout the book.

Even though this book did well as a stand-alone, I did find myself wishing that I had read the first book in the series, Truth Stained Lies, so that I would have had a better understanding of what had happened within it's pages.

I also enjoyed the way the character's faith is portrayed in this novel. The author did a superb job of showing how doubt and anger can and does impact a Christian's spiritual walk as Juliet and her siblings deal with the aftermath of her husband's death.

Would I read another of Terri Blackstock's books? Most definitely! I am looking forward to the next book book in the Moonlighters series, but in the meantime I just might read Truth Stained Lies and then re-read Distortion.

About the Book:

Juliet Cole’s life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn’t know who—or what—to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie.

A husband’s lies can have deadly consequences.

When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?

Pre-order a copy for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or the eBook version on CBD until March 10th.

Meet Terri:

 
 

 

Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of "Intervention," "Vicious Cycle," and "Downfall," as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters

 
 
 
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Don't miss Terri Blackstock's latest release in the Moonlighters series, Distortion.

The book releases March 11th, and Terri will be kicking off the release with a fun Facebook Distortion party and giving away a Kindle Fire HDX. PLUS readers can pre-order the ebook for just $4.99 between now and 3/11 everywhere ebooks are sold.

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One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Distortion and Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 11th. Winner will be announced at the Distortion Facebook Party on March 11th. Connect with Terri for a "suspenseful" book launch party with prizes, a book chat, and more.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

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Blessings,

**Distortion by Terri Blackstock was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and A $200 Visa Cash Card Giveaway

A Delightful Modern Day Fairy Tale

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck is the second book in A Royal Wedding Book series. Even though I haven't read the first book in the series, Once Upon a Prince, I found that this book truly can be read as a stand alone.
Did you enjoy fairy tales when you were young? I did, in fact, I still do enjoy them at times. Princess Ever After is a delightful modern day fairy tale for grown-ups.

Regina Beswick lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and restores old cars. This is what she feels she was born to do and loves her job! Then one day, Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture, from a tiny North Sea island called Hessenberg, shows up at her shop. He informs her she is the heir to the tiny kingdom and must come with him to Hessenberg in the next day or two. What is she to think? How can she just leave everybody and everything she knows to go off into an unknown future?

Watching Regina come to the realization that the information that Tanner brings is legitimate and that she is desperately needed in Hessenburg was enjoyable. I especially liked watching the relationship grow between them once Regina arrives in Hessenburg and begins learning about her heritage.

There are some interesting twists and turns and flash backs to journal entries written by Regina's grandmother, when she was a young lady, throughout the book, that enhances the story even more. Princess Ever After is a sweet and romantic fairy tale that was enjoyable to read.

Rachel Hauck created characters that are real and vibrant. She did this so well that, only a few pages into the book, I felt that I knew them intimately. I also enjoyed that Rachel's characters displayed their faith in God and relied on Him to make both small and big decisions.

About the Book:

A Royal Wedding Book # 2

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess.

But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales.

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own.

Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

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Meet Rachel:

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated “The Wedding Dress” and RITA nominated “Love Starts with Elle,” part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel “Softly and Tenderly,’ was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Rachel invites you to visit her website to learn more.

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Rachel Hauck is celebrating the release of her latest "swoon"-worthy romance,  Princess Ever After, with a fun $200 "Princess" prize package giveaway and a Facebook "Princess" party on March 6th. Grab your tiaras and RSVP today!

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  One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card (buy your very own "princess ever after" gown or tanks of gas for your "royal" ride)
  • Princess Ever After, Once Upon a Prince, and The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 6th. Winner will be announced at Rachel's "Princess" Facebook Party on March 6th. Connect with Rachel for an evening of "royal" book chat, princess-themed trivia, laughter, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next book in the Royal Wedding series!

So grab your copy of Princess Ever After and join Rachel and friends on the evening of March 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

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Blessings,

**Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and iPad Mini Giveaway

Reading a Book by Janette Oke  is Like Going Home

I have been a fan of Janette Oke's books for a number of years. I enjoy the life stories that she creates which allow the reader to truly get to know the characters. I also enjoy that I am able to learn some of Canada's history while reading the books.

Beth Thatcher is a teacher headed from her life of luxury in early 1900's Toronto to the Western Canadian mining town, Coal Valley, to teach its children. Many of whom have recently lost their father or brother in a mining accident. It wasn't easy for Beth to adjust to her new life in this unfamiliar town, but she quickly came to love the people of the town and several became like family during her year of teaching there.

Janette and her daughter Laurel continued the standard of quality that was set with the Love Comes Softly series with their newest book, When Courage Calls. This book is longer than Janette's other books, the length lent to the opportunity for the authors to spend on character development and character relationships. This is not a fast paced book, if it was I think it would take away from the heart of the story. Life on the Canadian Prairie (as well as the American Prairie) was not fast paced, like today's world. It was hard. The story really did give the reader that impression. I'm looking forward to the sequel, when it becomes available, because I'm certain that  Elizabeth's story has not yet been completed.

About the Book:

Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected…

Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.

But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she’d feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals don’t even speak English. There isn’t even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth’s heart is torn between two young men–both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once.

Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she’s had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?

Would you like to read an excerpt?

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Meet Janette and Laurel:

 

 

 

 

Bestselling author Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") is celebrated across the world for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. She is credited with launching the modern era of inspirational fiction with the publication of her first novel, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. Today, her novels have sold more than 30 million copies, and she is the recipient of the ECPA President's Award, the CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

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Laurel Oke Logan, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novel Dana's Valley, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

 
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Janette Oke's newest book, Where Courage Calls (co-written with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan), is receiving rave reviews. It is the companion story to Hallmark Channel's TV series When Calls the Heart, set in the Canadian west.

Janette and Laurel are celebrating with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.

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One winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the Where Courage Calls Facebook Party on March 4th. Connect with Janette and Laurel for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more!

So grab your copy of Where Courage Calls and join Janette and Laurel on the evening of March 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

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Blessings,

**Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron~~A Litfuse Publicity Group Book Review, Blog Tour and A $200 Visa Cash Card Giveaway

 

An Enjoyable Story From the First Page to the Last

A Road Unknown is the first book that I have read by Barbara Cameron, and one that I enjoyed very much. The author held my attention from the first page to the last. I thought she brought the characters to life beginning with the first paragraph; and I immediately felt connected to the main character, Elizabeth Bontrager.

Elizabeth, the oldest of eight children, is tired of working during the day and spending the rest of her time helping her mamm when she is home. She is concerned that she will never have the chance to date or marry, because she is never allowed to attend any of the youth gatherings.

When Elizabeth's Englisch pen pal, Paula, who lives in Pennsylvania offers to let her be her roommate, Elizabeth jumps at the chance to experience life outside of her community. Even though her parents don’t want her to leave, she boards the bus for the trip to Paradise, Pennsylvania to start her new life. Will she find what she is looking for, or will she bow to the pressure from her family to return home?

Saul Miller was attracted to Elizabeth from the moment he met her on the bus to Paradise. When he learns that she is looking for a job, he hires her for a temporary position at his family's store; thinking that it would be the perfect opportunity to get to know her better. But she is so reluctant to talk about herself that he doesn’t know if she will ever open up to him. When he finds out that she is spending time with an Englisch guy he is concerned for her. He wonders if he will be able to win her heart, or if it has already been captured by another.

A Road Unknown is the first book in author Barbara Cameron's new Amish Roads series. I am looking forward to reading the next book -- Crossroads -- when it is available

About the Book:

Book 1 in the new Amish Roads series

Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?

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Meet Barbara:

 

 

Barbara Cameron is a best-selling author who has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara is a former newspaper reporter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the "Everything Weddings on a Budget Book" and "Her Restless Heart: A Woman’s Longing for Love and Acceptance." Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida.

Barbara invites you to visit her website to learn more..

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Barbara Cameron is celebrating the release of A Road Unknown with a $200 Visa cash card giveaway and a fun "Amish Roads" Facebook party.

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One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 27th. Winner will be announced at Barbara's "Amish Roads" Facebook Party on February 27th. Connect with Barbara for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

So grab your copy of A Road Unknown and join Barbara and friends on the evening of February 27th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

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Blessings,

**A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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