Genre: Contemporary Religious Fiction, Women’s Religious Fiction, Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: November 28, 2021
For two years Gabriel has followed every lead, no matter how small, in the hope of finding his wife who has been kidnapped. He and the police always seem to be one step behind, until investigators give him information that helps him launch the plan to find her.
When Lena looks up into the eyes of her husband, who she hasn’t seen in two years, she is humiliated and wants nothing more than to run before he recognizes her. And so she does. It’s only when she faces a desperate situation that she is forced to return and ask for his help.
As fate twists its way through both of their lives, they realize it doesn’t matter how much they have prepared to face the realities of losing someone, or finding them again, redemption is in letting go of the past and finding a future just off the beaten path.
Michelle Jester is the bestselling author of fiction novels, as well as contributing author to the nonfiction #1 bestseller, My Labor Pains Were Worse than Yours. She also writes nonfiction and children’s books. Michelle lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. She wears a bracelet with a single yellow, rubber duckie charm on it to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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When I first started writing this novel, it was because of a dream I had. I woke in the middle of the night crying, sweating, and praising God. I immediately got up, went to my computer and started writing about the dream. I was weeping the entire time and barely able to see through my tears.
In the dream, I was homeless, alone, and had drifted from God. I was hungry and went into a food kitchen to eat. I was dirty, smelled terrible, and missed Larry so much, only I knew I could never go home. I had done too much and had too much done to me to ever make it back to him.
After the person in the food kitchen put the food on my plate, I looked up and it was my husband, Larry. I was humiliated and desperately didn’t want him to recognize me. I was about to leave when in the dream Larry’s face turned to Jesus and He said, “I have been looking for you.”
That dream became the cornerstone of this novel.
It Never Occurred to Her is written by Michelle Jester. When I sat down to read this book, I sat and stared at the cover for a good 10 minutes. The cover drew me in and I knew that this book was about to take me on an adventure. I had not read this author before, so I was excited to get started. The author does give a warning to those who may be sensitive to topics such as rape, neglect and violence. Well, these topics may be hard to read about, the author did a great job presenting them along with God's healing and Grace.
I have read a lot of books lately that deal with human trafficking. It's an unfortunate reality. Lena has experienced some horrible things since she has been missing. Her husband, Gabriel has not stopped looking at ever lead that has come in. I cannot imagine the pain that both have been through. Both never lose faith in God. Lena even forgives those who have hurt and violated her.
This is a book of home, forgiveness and redemption. It's book about God's Healing and Grace. The book is well written, there is great character development. This is one that I had to stop several times, close my eyes and let the scene sink in. I will be on the look out for more from this author. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book, all thoughts are my own.
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Having grown up on their own show in Hollywood, Christian sister-and-brother actors Staci and Mike Whitaker have now married and raised their own families out of the limelight. Life away from Hollywood’s glamour has given them new perspectives on family and culture.
Fate reboots their old show and summons Staci, and Mike’s wife Celeste, to a fresh chance at entertaining modern families. After much discussion, they carefully accept. But when the show goes horribly awry, Staci, Celeste, and even Mike find themselves sorely tempted and even tricked into violating their most cherished ideals.
How will they find their way back, when all around them seems aimed towards darkness?
John R. Price is a Christian, loving husband, college teacher, and writer in Central Arkansas. For over 40 years, he has loved watching classic television and following the entertainment industry as a hobby. He also enjoys studying Christian apologetics. He is married to Anna, his wife, who helped edit his first Christian novel, “Bobby Girls: A Novel.”
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I wrote the book as a Christian response to a well-known actor starring in a popular television show reboot. I thought the topic would be an interesting fictional exploration what actors and fans should consider when a TV show seems to compromise an actor’s values.
I chose the Dallas metroplex as the main setting because I have visited the area several times. As a child in the early 1980s, I remember watching two Dallas TV stations on cable TV.
Bobby’s Girls is a Christian Fiction story that is written by John R. Price. There’s been a lot of focus lately in the news of actors and actresses who have shared their faith. I liked how this story was based on that. There is a lot of fame and temptation as a celebrity. There’s pressure to make a lot of money with each movie or show. The Bible tells us not to put our hopes in money. That our hope needs to be in Jesus.
After being out of the limelight for awhile child actors brother and sister duo- Staci and Mike Whitaker have lived a quiet non Hollywood life. They’ve gotten married and raised a family. However their old show is about to be rebooted. (This gave me all the Full house feels) Staci, Mike, and Mike’s wife, Celeste agree to the reboot but don’t want to compromise their Christian values. However when production starts how do you explain to your children the words that are being shown on tv was just an act? What the show is requiring of the characters has some questioning Staci, Celeste and Mike’s faith.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an accurate portrayal of how Christianity changes how we view what we watch and hear. I thought this was a great story. It’s well written with great character development.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own.
Life keeps piling problems on Meredith Jaynes. She loses her second foster child—one she was scheduled to adopt. Then Parker Snow refuses to marry her. With only her goats and artisan soap to support her, life will get no better.
If she is honest, though, she still has Crystal. Her funny, happy, loveable toddler makes the sun shine and reminds her of the never-failing love of God.
Pearl Solomon loves her life with her grandfather Guy, but every one of her triumphs is overshadowed by her sisters’ lives. With Mama Meredith, they live a life she envies. Because of her jealousy, she refuses to contact them.
Years later, life for both families twist down paths they do not wish to travel. Pearl knows she’s lost what was most precious in life but has no means of fixing things. Left to her own devices, she spirals out of control.
Meredith finds it harder to mask the despair infertility has brought to her life.
Both families believe they must reconcile themselves to their fates as reality shatters their dreams unless they dig deep for the promise of love.
Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.
Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, a budding potter and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and growing farm. Inspired by Meredith Jaynes, she owns two goats. One will kid soon.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain
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Have you ever thought you’ve seen yourself in a novel?
If you know an author, you probably have.
For years I worked with recovering addicts and those helping them in organizations like Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-styled support group like AA. If I read the events of these people’s lives in a novel, I would say, “Too fake to believe.”
Their lives are tragic, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming.
Many of their stories made it into my latest novel Prodigal Lives (modified, disguised, and novelized).
I not only incorporate others into my work, but I live through my characters’ lives (Please don’t suggest a sky diving protagonist).
In Prodigal Lives one of my main characters owns goats. For years, I begged my husband too let me have a goat or two. He promised. Then, he wimped out, so I created Meredith Jaynes a successful artisan specializing in goat soap and raising Nubians.
Prodigal Lives is a sequel but can stand alone (reading both books amplifies your enjoyment, of course). This book follows the loss Pearl and Meredith feel as Pearl is adopted by her grandfather. Pearl becomes jealous of her sisters who stay with Mama Meredith, and they lose touch. Although they hear nothing from each other, neither is forgotten.
I believe in redemption. All my work illustrates that no matter how far you fall, a loving Father is going to make a way to redeem you. He’s done it for me, and I was an impossibly problematic child of the King.
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Prodigal Lives is book two in the Treasured Lives series that is written by Carol McClain. I would recommend reading the books in order as I have so you can grasp the whole story.
In the first story we met Meredith. She helped a young girl that was stealing from her. She ended up taking in the girl and her siblings. I’m this story we revisit Meredith and she’s going through some things.
She was hoping to adopt one of the foster children she’s been caring for and then that doesn’t happen. However one is left behind. I love how being a foster parent is in both of the books that I’ve read. There’s so much going on. These poor children feel so unloved and unwanted. It’s heartbreaking. This book tugged at my heartstrings. I will admit there are a few places that had me tearing up.
We also got to see Pearl again. She is now staying with her grandfather. However things go downhill for her when some negative influences come into her life.
This book focuses on some sensitive topics. It touches on drugs and how addictions can change lives. I felt the author did an amazing job bringing Gods forgiveness and Glory through it.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own.
Brynne Lockwood has come home to Brattleboro, Vermont after a humiliating job loss. She’s weary and broken, and still hasn’t truly forgiven herself for a former unhealthy relationship with long-lasting consequences. She doesn’t believe that she deserves anything good and can’t imagine that God could ever use her.
After recovering from a shattering loss, Pastor Adam Johnston is on his way to a new assignment. A mix-up takes him and his baby daughter to beautiful southern Vermont. If he stays, he’ll face opposition, but God has prepared his heart for ministry, and he’s committed to serving there.
Adam and Brynne connect quickly and unexpectedly, but circumstances demand that they be cautious.
Now, you are invited to join Adam and Brynne on the porch at her grandparents’ home—a special place where you’ll experience their joy as Adam and Brynne build a friendship rooted in Biblical principles, find healing for their wounds, and discover God’s plan for their lives.
Erin has been writing fiction since 2014 and is published independently and with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications. She is a 2021 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award Finalist.
Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in communications for a global corporation.
When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.
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This book is part of Pelican Book Group’s Destination Romance collection, one set in each of the 50 US states. There were three random objects required to be worked into the plot: lace, shampoo, and a shovel. The twist was that they had to be presented in an interesting way—not, for instance, “Brynne was disappointed to discover that her favorite shampoo was out of stock.”
Here’s an excerpt of how I incorporated shampoo into this story:
Adam led her to the swing. After she sat, he set the mug on the table, then picked up a bulky case and placed it on top.
Adam smiled. “This is my sample case. Allow me to show you my display of shampoos.”
“Yes. I have orange blossom, lemon verbena, strawberry vanilla.” He lifted out each bottle and lined them up. At least six more followed, each a different scent. “And this one is—um, oh, sorry, that’s for lice.” He grimaced.
Brynne nearly spewed her drink. “Adam Johnston, what are you doing?”
“I’m a shampoo salesman.” He lifted a shoulder. “Last night you said you would date me if I was a pilot or a shampoo salesman.” He sighed. “I’m terrified of flying.”
She had to hold her laughter as she put her hand over her heart. “You are beyond cute. Where did you get all this stuff?” A giggle escaped.
He let out a sigh. “It wasn’t easy, believe me,” he muttered.
Meet Me on the Porch is written by Erin Stevenson. This is a Christian Fiction book. I have read a few other books by this author and have always enjoyed her style of writing.
Brynne Lockwood lost her job and comes back to Brattleboro, Vermont. She comes home with a lot of brokenness, hurt, pain and regret. She goes back to Vermont and her grandparents bed and breakfast (which the description was so detailed and precise it made me wish it was real so that I could visit it). When she arrives she meets guest, Pastor Adam Johnston. He is also healing and grieving. His wife died while giving birth to his baby daughter.
I loved the small town atmosphere that the author has created. The porch conversations that Adam and Brynne have to get to know each other remind me of how it is down in the Deep South where I live. I love how real feeling and broken these characters are. Brynne is looking for direction and healing and Adam is making sure that he is in the right place. He finds out it was a clerical mix up and he was sent to the wrong church.
The characters are well written. The storyline is humorous and I laughed a lot throughout the story.Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own.
Separated from each other at rival camps by a shared lake, the bond of the Rubber Band is challenged. Lead guitar player, Eddie attends a rustic camp for diabetics while across the lake, the rest of the band is at a posh resort for elite rich people’s children, sponsored by lead singer, Becca. During the annual Olympics between camps, the sabotage of a high-stakes kayak race threatens to sink friendships. From the moment they step off the bus to the last day of goodbyes, it’s a non-stop, hilarious and fun-filled first time-at-camp experience for the guys all while Becca is bullied by a long-time rival. Although both summer camps bring new possibilities, will it strengthen the bond of the band and change hearts or stretch them apart?
Christy caught the writing bug in second grade after winning a prize for a five-page story about her dog, Noodles. Mrs. Olson told her she was destined to be a writer and that dream never left her thoughts. After teaching elementary school for fifteen years, Christy fulfilled her childhood dream with her debut novel, The Rubber Band. She substitute teaches to support her writing career, deriving writing inspiration from the students and situations she encounters.
At age twenty-five, she was diagnosed with type-one diabetes but refuses to let it limit her. Her diabetic alert dog, Aiden, has saved her life uncountable times and will appear The Rubber Band Snaps, the fourth book in the series. Christy lives by this equation: Living + diabetes = LIVE-abetes.
Christy is a freelance editor and writes children’s Bible stories for Focus on the Family ClubHouse magazine and has written articles for Guideposts. She is a featured speaker for conferences, retreats and special events. Christy lives in eastern Tennessee with husband Kevin, the love of her life. They have three grown children.
The Rubber Band Slingshot Summer is the third book in The Rubber Band middle grade novel series by Christy Hoss.
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If you have ever been to summer camp, I guarantee you will enjoy the Rubber Band’s newest adventure. It takes place at two camps across the lake from each other. Although this is a fictional story, some of it is based on reality. Bearskin Meadow Diabetes Camp does exist and some of the names I used are real people who have given me permission to honor them and what they do. Becca’s exaggerated outdoor adventure camp is, however, purely non-existent and based only on my imagination.
I couldn’t resist writing this light-hearted, fun-filled, nonstop adventure for the band but not without its serious message that I am hoping will encourage strength in my readers.
One week at Bible camp was always the highlight of my summer, giving me something to look forward to. The week always ended too soon for me. Fresh out of high school, I flew to Southern California and worked as a counselor for inner-city kids at a Salvation Army camp in Malibu. It was so much fun, I worked three more summers at various camps on the East Coast and then two more back in Malibu. It was inevitable I would write about the experiences one day.
If you want to experience the camp Eddie attends, check it out here: https://dyf.org/why-camp/
In order to get to Bearskin Meadow, you must travel through Sequoia National Park. Take a sneak peek at its thousand-year-old trees here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sequoia/home
Our favorite middle grade band is back with The Rubber Band: Book Three- Slingshot Summer (Summer Camp). This series is written by Christy Hoss. While this book is part of a series, the author fills in important details of the main characters so you don’t feel left behind. I have read the whole series so it was good to see them again. I read this story with my 11 year old son.
The members of Rubber Band are off to Summer Camp. Eddie aka Needles is headed off to Diabetes camp while the others are off with Becca to Sandy Hill Lake. Which really isn’t much of a camp. It’s more of a resort. Becca and her family sponsors Rocky, Oliver and Manny to go.
Eddie meets some new friends when he is on the bus on his way. He is fascinated with his new friends diabetic dog, Chevy. He also makes friends with the camp trickster, Trevor. However he learns as in previous stories there’s more to then meets the eye.
I enjoyed seeing my favorite middle grade band have fun in the summer. There’s summer enemies and rivals thrown in along with a rival camp competition. I felt the author did a great job showcasing what a diabetic camp would look like.
The book is written well for the intended audience. The characters are well developed. I as an adult also enjoyed the story. My son and I hope the series continues.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own