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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Set a Seal Upon My Heart Author: Sarah Neisen On tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Set a Seal Upon My Heart

Author: Sarah Neisen

Genre: Christian NonFiction/Bible Study

God has a plan for all believers to solidify our faith and draw us deeper into a relationship with Him, and it’s all found within The Song of Solomon.

Here you’ll discover a treasure of intimacy with our bridegroom Jesus. Have you ever asked yourself ‘Is there more?’ Maybe you’ve wondered how the Bible really applies to your life. This Devotional Study will answer those questions and more.

In this book you will:

Discover the truth of God’s great love and promises for your life.

Connect with Jesus daily and experience peace and joy.

Identify yourself as a disciple of Jesus and learn how to share your testimony with others.

Learn how to follow God’s will and purpose for your life.

Fully embrace your role in the kingdom to bring glory to God.


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About the Author

Sarah Neisen is a graduate of the New Day School of Ministry and Co-Founder of Discipleship Training Ministries, SSM. Along with her husband Lee, they seek to teach and encourage believers in their identity in Christ so that the Good News may be preached throughout the world with signs, wonders, and miracles.

She is a regular speaker at churches in the river valley region of Minnesota and a guest speaker at local women’s groups and retreats. Sarah and her husband have one son whom she homeschools. They live on a farm in south-central Minnesota with a plethora of chickens, ducks, cows, and other animals.


More from Sarah

In the spring of 2007, 3-year-old in tow, I entered a small independent Christian bookstore which would impact the direction of my life more than I thought possible. The owner introduced herself, and in the following 2 years, introduced me to an extravagance of books written by individuals who spoke directly to my heart.

I had felt for some time I was at a crossroads in my life. I was content in my Christianity, content in my church, content in my marriage, but reading the word I knew there was more to life than contentment. The waves of circumstance continued to rock me and I felt as though I had been living on ever-shifting sand.

After a time of slowly reading the books the owner Ms. Mary handed to me, I began to understand just what was missing. My Redeemer had more for me, and I needed to follow His lead. One Sunday morning, my husband approached me and informed me we were going to attend ministry school together. I was not amused. We lived on a farm with many animals, and I home schooled our son. There was no time to attend classes every week. I couldn’t find time to read more books, do more bible study, or seek God more than I already had time for.

Grudgingly, I attended the first week, but I heard the Father say I was to continue and understand the plan He had for me. In the end, it wasn’t the Father I was learning about, it was the Father I learned from. I now approached Him with a greater excitement and joy. He was no longer distant, he was closer than anyone, and He knew me and still liked me.

Looking back is always easier than looking forward because we see God’s moves in hindsight rather than by faith. Now in ministry, I witness so many people floundering where I once was on shifting sand. In my heart, I know the answer is discipleship.

Jesus tells all believers to become fishers of men, but it’s His intention we make disciples. Believers who are not only saved but who are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word to follow the plan and purpose for their lives.

This is why my husband and I formed Discipleship Training Ministries. We pray all who follow this study would come to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ and all would be further equipped to do those works appointed them.

2 Timothy 1:9 [For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness; not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” AMP

My Thoughts

I have never read through Song of Solomon. This is an in depth study of Song of Solomon. This study is not something that you can breeze over. It goes in depth and deep throughout this book. I took a ton of notes and God spoke to me so much while reading through this. It is broken down into four parts and eight chapters. Each devotion opens with a verse, then a breakdown of the verse, then some thought provoking questions. These were my favorite. The devotion took you to other parts of the Bible to relate everything on the devotion. There is also a prayer and an activation - on how to apply it. This has been one of my favorite devotions that I have gone through. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program --- all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 21

deb’s Book Review, January 22

Spoken from the Heart, January 23 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 23

For Him and My Family, January 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 26

Texas Book-aholic, January 27

Inklings and notions, January 28

Artistic Nobody, January 29 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 31

Godly Book Reviews, February 1

Through the Fire Blogs, February 2 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, February 2


To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a basket of items including, a copy of the book signed by the author, a Bible Journal notebook, a Colored Pen Set, a Mug, Coffee, and a bookmark!!

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

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp touring with IRead book tours


Book Details:

Book Title:  Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category:  Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  216 pages
Genre:  Children's Non-Fiction
Publisher:  Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date:   Nov 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.

“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).

Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on and hardcover on

Author Holly Sharp

Meet the Author:

Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

More From the Author:

Holly A. Sharp, three-time award winning author of Dream It & Do It shares her perspective on “reading recess.”

As parents juggle distance learning whether it is full time, part time or simply sometimes, it leaves us all asking how to keep kids motivated and maybe even…. exceeding.

This idea of “reading recess” helps kids take a break from staring at their screen all day. According to a 2016 study out of Carnegie Melon, small, but frequent breaks actually make it easier for elementary school kids to focus on the task at hand.  

In talking to parents in this situation, I have found that short stories are an excellent way to allow kids to take a break from screen time or to have something to do if they are a “fast finisher”. Dream It & Do it is a collection of 100 short stories about modern day role models. Each story features a different career path. These stories make for a great “reading recess” as each story is only 2 pages. 

There are a lot of ways that parents can use this book.

What about as a discussion tool over dinner? If kids are using the short stories during the day as a way to take quick breaks or when they finish before other students, use the book as a discussion starter over dinner. Who did they learn about today? What did they like about the job they learned about? Could they ever see themselves doing this job?

What about as a supplement to what kids are currently learning in school. Discuss what topics they are learning and read stories together at bedtime that relates back to the subjects that kids are studying. Help them to see how the subjects they are learning about today, lead to the real-world careers that people are doing today.

What about a as a way to generate activities for kids to do after (or during) school. Each story ends with a suggested activity that kids can do to learn more about that specific career. 

Each book covers careers in the arts, sciences, technology, service, business and product development. There is certain to be one job that might start inspiring your child to not just have a dream, but to go out and do it.

My Thoughts
What an inspirational book. The author writes in the introduction "Any dream can be creative if you use problem solving and imagination". This book is geared toward all. Especially for kids of all ages, genders, ethnicity and backgrounds that have big dreams and are unsure where to start. There are so many different stories about different career options. My 9 and 7 year old spent so much time going through this and discussing what dreams they had. I love how I even learned about different dreamers and how they turned them into a reality. My wish is to put this book in all K-12 libraries. 
I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours -- all thoughts are my own. 

Tour Schedule:
Jan 6 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 6 - Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 7 –My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – book review / guest post
Jan 7 - Chit Chat With Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 8 –Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 13 - Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight
Jan 15 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 15 –We've Got Pockets – book review
Jan 18 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review
Jan 19 - The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Jan 20 –Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight - giveaway
Jan 21 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 - Reading Authors Network - book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – One Frugal Girl – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Christmas Promise By Janice Carter on tour with Prism Book Tours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Christmas Promise
By Janice Carter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216 Pages
January 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas season…

Is perfect for new beginnings

After a tragedy seventeen years ago, author Ella Jacobs never wanted to come back to Lighthouse Cove. Not to the whispered rumors, the judgment or even to Ben Winters, the boy she loved. Now she’s returned in time for Christmas—and some much-needed closure. But old flames burn bright. Can Ella find her way back to Ben…or will the secrets of their past extinguish their love for good?

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About the Author

Writing has been a passion for Janice Carter since elementary school but her second career after teaching began with the publication of a Harlequin Intrigue, many years ago. Since then, she's been very lucky to be able to do what she enjoys most - writing about the connections between people, their families and the places where they live. And of course, love is always at the heart of those connections.

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My Thoughts

A Christmas Promise by Janice Carter is part of the Heartwarming Harlequin line. This means that while it has romance, it is not overly implicated. It is a sweet romance. This book is the second in the series - however I was not lost at all. I was able to follow along. The author did a good job of making sure that all the history was recapped. In this book - we see main character Ella Jacobs return to the coastal town of Lighthouse Cove. She returns after 17 years after a tragedy chased her and her family out of town. Ella and her best friend were accused of having something to with a classmates drowning. Now she has returned and runs into Ben. He still harbors hurt and anger.

This book is a second chance. It's a book of redeeming friendships. The author has written some realistic characters. The description of the town is so real that you want to go visit it. I enjoyed this book.

I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours -- all thoughts are my own.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

Three winners will each receive print copies of His Saving Grace and Her Kind of Hero along with a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open to US/CAN)

Ends January 27, 2021


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Book Review and Giveaway - Cold Case Pursuit Author: Dana Mentink on Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Cold Case Pursuit

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A cold case solved by the K-9 unit…

but the past is not so easily escaped.

Decades after her parents’ murders, Penelope McGregor’s grateful the killer’s finally been identified—until he comes after her. Now Detective Tyler Walker and his K-9 partner, Dusty, must protect Penelope and catch the culprit…while making sure his little girl stays out of the crosshairs. But can the single father outplay a killer whose endgame will leave no one safe?


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About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Poisoned Pen Press, and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself puttering around her Northern California backyard. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

I love book covers with adorable children on them, don’t you? There’s something so angelic about those wee folks on the covers. I have two bear cubs myself, young adults now, and I love them devotedly. Tell you what though. Sometimes, just occasionally mind you, they were a wee bit naughty. Don’t tell anyone, but one reason I enjoyed writing Cold Case Pursuit so much is that hero Tyler is the single dad of a little girl named Rain who is….er…a handful. Sure, she’s adorable, but she’s prone to disobedience and the occasional tendency to flush things down the toilet. So in addition to the edge of your seat pursuit of a murderous clown killer, there are the shenanigans of a precocious preschooler, a highly trained yet distractible police K-9, and a romance that doesn’t exactly run smoothly. Fun to write? You betcha! I hope you enjoy coming along with me on this True Blue adventure!

My Thoughts

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Love Inspired Suspense books. I subscribe to the the Reader's service through their website. I love that they contain lots of action, leave you on the edge of your seat adreneline - and will keep you going until the very end. I am also a huge fan of Dana Mentink. I have read several of her books and they are always amazing. She is very animated and always posts fun stuff through her facebook page. 
Cold Case Pursuit is part of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn Series. I have not read the other books in the series (yet - there are a few that are in my TBR pile). They are written by different authors and while each story is unique - they are all tied together by the K9 family. You will see characters reappearing. In this book Penelope and her brother, Bradley were left orphans at young ages. The killer clown that was responsible for their parents death is still on the loose. The killer let Penelope live - because he felt he was freeing her from "bad parents that were neglectful". However as the 20 year anniversary approaches - Penelope tells the press "The killer is a monster." So, he resurfaces to finish her and her brother off. 
Enter swoon worthy single dad K9 Detective Tyler. He is Bradley's best friend - and is falling for his kid sister. Can he keep her safe? Tyler comes with his own baggage resulting his his divorce and his full single dad duty. He is drawn to Penelope and wants to get closer to her. 
The killer will not stop until Bradley and Penelope is dead. If that means that he puts others around them in danger - then so be it. This book starts out with the first few pages of action - and does not let up. The author is crafty with her descriptions. She writes so you can visualize yourself there. The author throws in lots of twists and turns - and while the killer is known early on - that does not mean that the suspense is over. I also want to pet Scrappy. The K9 drop out that becomes Penelope's guard. I am a sucker for dogs. 
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 19

KarenSueHadley, January 19

Bigreadersite, January 19

Through the Fire Blogs, January 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 20

Remembrancy, January 21

Genesis 5020, January 21

By The Book, January 21

For the Love of Literature, January 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 22

CarpeDiem, January 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 23

Blogging With Carol, January 23

Inklings and notions, January 24

Fiction Book Lover, January 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Batya’s Bits, January 24

Betti Mace, January 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 25

Labor Not in Vain, January 25

Hebrews 12 Endurance, January 26

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 26

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 27

Lighthouse-Academy, January 27

Older & Smarter?, January 27

Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, January 28

Mary Hake, January 28

For Him and My Family, January 29

Simple Harvest Reads, January 29 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Pause for Tales, January 29

deb’s Book Review, January 30

Hallie Reads, January 30

To Everything There Is A Season, January 30

She Lives To Read, January 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 1

Daysong Reflections, February 1

Bizwings Blog, February 1


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including a $50 Amazon gift card and a tote bag!!

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