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Monday, May 13, 2024

My Thoughts Gimme Some Sugar: 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way Author: Linda Kozar


About the Book

Book: Gimme Some Sugar: 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way

Author: Linda Kozar

Genre: Devotional Book, Nonfiction

Release date: April 2, 2024

A perfect start to a joyful heart.

Good things from God can calm the soul and fill you with confidence. In Gimme Some Sugar, award-winning author Linda Kozar brings her southern wit and wisdom to sweeten your life with spiritual nourishment to ponder, perspective to pray about, and a touch of joy to put a smile on your face. This 90-day devotional will encourage you to set your heart and mind on God’s Word while having fun along the way. Each devotion includes

  • an engaging saying,
  • inspiring insights from Scripture,
  • practical advice for daily life, and
  • a sprinkle of homespun humor.

Brighten your day with a spoonful of biblical encouragement and reminders of God’s enduring love, hope, and peace.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Linda Kozar is an award-winning multi-published author of traditional and indie-published fiction and nonfiction books with a Southern flair. Linda and her husband Michael live in The Woodlands, Texas and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters, their wonderful son-in-law, two grands Eden and Wesley, and Gypsy their rascally Jack Russell Terrier.





More from Linda

The Southern life is simple, savory food, sweet tea, and family. Whether you have a twang or a drawl, or nothing at all, if you’re Southern at heart these devotions will perk you up, give you a scriptural truth to ponder, and a spoonful of inspiration to sweeten your day.

—Linda Kozar, Author of Gimme Some Sugar

Good Gracious! Company’s Coming Cheese Straws


1 pound (4 cups) freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese (gotta be sharp!)

1 cup salted butter (yes to salted)

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

4 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or white if preferred)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheets with parchment or silicone sheets. Break out your box grater and go to town grating that sharp cheddar cheese on the fine side of the grater. When finished, (usually when your arm starts to hurt), cover and let it come to room temperature.

Add the butter and cheese to a stand mixer bowl and paddle beat for about ten minutes until creamed together.

Add salt, flour, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper l and mix on medium speed until fully combined.

Transfer dough to a cookie press fitted with a star tip (if you want your straws to look fancy). Or you can hand-roll long thin strips and cut into uniform lengths (about 3 inches) with a knife.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly-browned. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

My Thoughts

Gimme Some Sugar: 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way

Is written by Linda Kozar.  I really enjoyed this devotion. I love to bake and I was excited to get the “spoonfuls” of devotions daily. 

The devotions all include: an engaging saying,inspiring insights from Scripture, practical advice for daily life, and a  sprinkle of homespun humor.  I thought each theme tied together nicely. I loved that each devotion should take about 5 minutes. This is perfect for a bedtime table or at work when you’re feeling stressed. 

The author organized her thoughts wonderfully. She also backed everything up biblically. The theme flowed nicely. I hope she releases more devotions. 

Thank you the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Its Mama Safe, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 4 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Artistic Nobody, May 5 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 7

By The Book, May 8 (Author Interview)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 9

Texas Book-aholic, May 10

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, May 11 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, May 12

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 13 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 13 

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 15


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and a hardcover copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

My Thoughts - Courting an Amish Bishop Author: Mindy Steele


About the Book

Book: Courting an Amish Bishop

Author: Mindy Steele

Genre: Amish/Christian Fiction

Release Date: April, 2024

No One Is Ever Too Old to Love Again

Full of faith, hope, and romance, this new series takes you into the Heart of Amish country.

Simon Graber became a widower and a bishop early in life. His focus is solely on his very close-knit Old Order Amish community—not entertaining the idea of marriage, despite what many of the elders think. When sickness comes to Cherry Grove, Kentucky, Simon reaches out into the next community for help. But help is beginning to look a lot like a second chance when Stella Schmucker agrees to offer her vast herbal knowledge to the sick. Can it be that these two, who have been too busy serving others to entertain the idea of love, have met at just the perfect time for an unlikely courtship?


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Mindy Steele is the award-winning author and bestselling author of over a dozen novels and novellas in Christian fiction. Raised in Kentucky timber country, Steele has been writing since she could hold a crayon on the wall and lives in northeastern Kentucky—where many of her stories are set.






More from Mindy

The Story Behind the Story with Mindy Steele

Courting an Amish Bishop

Sometimes the smallest detail can spark the greatest story.  It can be a laugh, a flower petal, or even a cup of tea. I have always been drawn to little details and there are times when I felt God tapping on my shoulder, saying pay attention to this. So from a brief chat or set of bones found on a wooded path, stories have taken root.

For this story, it was a cup of elderberry tea late one evening that sent my thoughts to wander. I grew up on the edge of Appalachia and had learned a few herbal remedies to quickly ward off the flu or stop poison ivy before the first itch. As an Amish fiction writer, I wondered if the Amish resorted to the same such natural ways. I knew my neighbors used charcoal internally at times, as well as stockpiling burdock leaves to dry in their attic for burns and wounds, but I wanted to know more.

There is a strong belief among many that the Amish refuse modern medicine. This is simply not true. Most prefer modern medicine as a last resort. Though I once had an Amish neighbor who’d run to the doctor quite often for the least little thing.

Coincidentally, I had gone on to a summer book tour in southern Kentucky, and crossed paths with an Amish healer. She was a remarkable woman, full of wisdom and information. I have also been blessed to have Doc Sam, an Amish man, living just down the road, as well as a few Amish women willing to share their thoughts with me.

Healers have a vast knowledge that is not limited to just one thing. An Amish midwife is often sought after for more than when a child is ready to be welcomed into the world. A chiropractor, or muscle stretcher as they are called since no degree has been obtained, can tell you the best remedy for burns, womanly issues, or how to detox your liver.

Stella Schmucker was my most interesting character to write.  As a woman who needed healing in her own life, it was by God’s grace she became one. As I got to know her, I knew a Bishop had to play a major part in her journey. We often think of men in such positions as stern, authoritarian, and well…old. But a man may draw the lot at as young as 30 if he has already held a position of a deacon or minister. I have seldom read a story where the bishop isn’t stern and always reminding us to follow the rules, but what we don’t see is the man under the hat! Simon reveals an outer and inner man, one struggling with loss, yet faithful in helping others. I have been waiting to write a Bishop’s story for some time, and once Stella’s life was laid out in front in me, the match was made.

I hope you enjoy this story and getting to know Ellie, my silver lab Stella borrows to entertain you. Who knows, you might even learn a few herbal remedies too.

Many blessings and good health,


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 27

lakesidelivingsite, April 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 29

She Lives To Read, April 30

Texas Book-aholic, May 1

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 2 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

For Him and My Family, May 4

Cover Lover Book Review, May 5

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, May 6 (Author Interview)

Mornings at Character Cafe, May 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 7

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 8

Holly’s Book Corner, May 9

Mary Hake, May 9

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 10


To celebrate her tour, Mindy is giving away the grand prize package a $25 Amazon gift card and a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Thoughts - SECONDARY TARGET by Angela Carlisle


Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle


by Angela Carlisle

May 6-17, 2024 Virtual Book Tour


A ruthless murderer. A deadly secret. An unbreakable love.

After the brutal murder of her mother and brother twelve years ago, Corina Roberts built a new life in Kentucky. But when strange things begin to happen, she is thrust into a perilous game of life and death. With nowhere else to turn, her best hope of survival depends on her ex-boyfriend, army veteran Bryce Jessup.

Recently returned from service, Bryce has every intention of staying away from Corina, but when threats close in around her, he isn't willing to leave her safety to chance. As their search for answers uncovers lethal secrets her detective father kept hidden, Bryce and Corina must untangle the mystery of the merciless killer intent on terrorizing and eliminating Corina's family before it's too late.

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: May 7, 2024
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780764242502 (ISBN10: 0764242504)
Series: The Secrets of Kincaid, Book 1 
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Goodreads | Baker Book House


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Facebook    @AngelaCarlisle.Writer
Instagram    @angelacarlislewriter    
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Author Bio:

Angela Carlisle

Angela Carlisle ( resides in the hills of northern Kentucky and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian PEN. Angela is an editor by day and prefers to spend her free time reading, baking, and drinking ridiculous quantities of hot tea. Her unpublished works have won awards in ACFW's Genesis and First Impressions contests and placed in the Daphne du Maurier contest. Her shorter fiction works, including the prize-winning flash-fiction piece "Mansion Murderer," have appeared in Splickety and Spark magazines.

Catch Up With Angela Carlisle:
Instagram - @angelacarlislewriter
Facebook - @AngelaCarlisle.Writer


SECONDARY TARGET by Angela Carlisle is the first book in The Secrets of Kincaid series. In this series we meet Corina. She has not had a smooth life. She lost her mother and 7 year old brother to a brutal murder. She also was involved in a car accident that left her injured and her  ex boyfriends younger brother dead. She has built a new life for herself in Kentucky. Life is peaceful. 

Until she starts to receive threats. Suddenly she finds her ex boyfriend, Bryce back in her life. He has just returned home from the military. The last thing he wants to do is see Corina. They both carry hurt and baggage from their past around with them. 

Together they start to find out that Corona's father has some deep dark secrets. She starts to wonder about her mother and brother's cold case. Her dad becomes more and more secretive and it becomes clear that Corina is now a target. Can they figure out who is behind this before it's too late? 

The author has crafted  a well written suspense filled story. The plot moves at a comfortable pace, and you will find yourself turning pages quickly to find out what happens next. The characters are realistic. This book will draw you in within the first few pages. This is a MUST READ debut novel. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Partners in Crime Book Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 




This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Tours for Angela Carlisle and Bethany House Publishers. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

The giveaway is for:   One winner will receive a paperback book of Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle plus a $15 Amazon gift card (US addresses only)

Thursday, May 2, 2024

My Thoughts - BLINDSPOT by Maggie Smith



by Maggie Smith

April 29 - May 24, 2024 Virtual Book Tour

Blindspot by Maggie Smith

From the author of the award-winning Truth and Other Liescomes a gripping suspense novel about an ambitious prosecutor on the hunt for her sadistic stalker . . . only to be framed for murder when he turns up dead. 

Rachel Matthews is used to stress—from the cutthroat world of the district attorney’s office to her escalating clashes with her teenage daughter. So when a stranger sends a lavish bouquet with a macabre message and leaves a disturbing video on her doorstep, she’s quick to act. Teaming up with an old classmate turned private investigator, she wades through old case files, searching for someone harboring a grudge. But before she has time to pinpoint a suspect, her stalker issues a demand—he wants money, lots of it, or he’ll hurt her daughter. 

Desperate to protect her child, Rachel agrees but soon finds herself fleeing a bloody crime scene, fearful for her life. As evidence mounts against her, Rachel realizes it’s up to her to unmask the enemy behind this vendetta before it’s too late. 

Fans of Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, Julie Clark’s The Lies I Tell and Heather Chavez’ Before She Finds Me will embrace this taut tale of long-simmering revenge right up to its surprising and twisty climax.

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Suspense 
Published by: Puzzle Box Press 
Publication Date: May 21, 2024 
Number of Pages: 318 
ISBN: 9798989677917
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | Goodreads

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BookBub - @MaggieSmithWriter
Instagram - @maggiesmithwrites
Twitter - @magpie0218
Facebook -
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Author Bio:

Maggie Smith

In a career that’s included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith added novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies, a women’s fiction novel set in Chicago and released in March 2022 by Ten16 Press. It won NIEA’s Juror Grand Prize, the Star Award for Debut Fiction from Women’s Fiction Writers Association, ForewordINDIES Gold Metal for General Fiction, and was selected for the Women’s Book Association Great Group Reads.

In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar (215+ episodes), blogs monthly for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is Managing Editor for Chicago Writer’s Association Write City E-Zine. She resides in Milwaukee WI with her husband and her aging but still adorable sheltie. Her second novel, a psychological suspense called BLINDSPOT will be released in May 2024.

Catch Up With Maggie Smith:
BookBub - @MaggieSmithWriter
Instagram - @maggiesmithwrites
Threads - @maggiesmithwrites



Blindspot is the first book that I have read by Maggie Smith. I can guarantee you it WILL NOT be my last. This book drew me in within the first few pages and I lost all sense of time while reading. 

Rachel is a career driven mom. She works in the district attorney's office and if that is not stressful enough, she has a teenage daughter, Charley.  She is used to working hard as a single mom, so when someone appears to be stalking and targeting her and her daughter, she will not stop until they do. She is used to receiving threats with her job, but these threats are personal. Phone calls and videos from the unknown person who says: $50K or I will hurt your daughter. 

Rachel teams up with an old classmate, turned private investigator, Max. When the stalker wants her to meet on a secluded beach alone, she arrives and finds a crime scene. Can Rachel and Max find out who is responsible for all of the threats before Rachel loses her freedom? Will Charley be caught in the crossfire and become collateral damage. 

This book is full of twists and turns and heart pounding action. The characters are well developed and the story is well written. Thank you to the author, publisher and Partners in Crime Book tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Tour Participants:

These are the stops on the tour as of April 11th and are subject to change. Please, let me know if you have any questions.

04/29 Review @ Country Mamas With Kids
04/30 Showcase @ Books, Ramblings, and Tea
04/30 Showcase @ Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense
05/01 Showcase @ Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
05/02 Review @ Because I said so
05/03 Guest post @ The Mystery of Writing
05/05 Showcase @ Cassidys Bookshelves
05/06 Review @ Confessions of the Perfect Mom
05/06 Review @ Novels Alive
05/07 Review @ ashmanda. k
05/08 Review @ Catreader18
05/10 Showcase @ Silvers Reviews
05/11 Showcase @ suspenseisthrillingme
05/12 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
05/14 Interview @ Hott Books
05/15 Interview @ darciahelle
05/16 Review @ mokwip8991
05/17 Review @ Nursevicreads
05/18 Review @ The AR Critique
05/19 Review @ Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
05/20 Review @ reviewsbyrudra
05/21 Review @ Paws. Read. Repeat
05/22 Review @ fuonlyknew
05/22 Review @ Pat Fayo reviews
05/23 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews
05/23 Showcase @ Teatime and Books
05/24 Review @ bookwormbecky1969


This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Blindspot. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

The giveaway is for:    An audiobook voucher for Blindspot by Maggie Smith on Audible and a $15 Amazon gift card