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Friday, December 3, 2021

Blog Blitz for Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

Their Yuletide Healing JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Their Yuletide Healing

Title: Their Yuletide Healing

Series: Bliss, Texas

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

As her plans unravel, can she give her children what they truly need?

Foster mom Rae Girard’s determined to make her children’s first Christmas with her the best they’ve ever had—and she’s shocked when the town scrooge, attorney Cole Heinsohn, offers to pitch in. Rae’s young charges have melted Cole’s heart, and he wants them to experience the special day he never had. But when disaster strikes, an imperfect holiday might bring them something better: a family…

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Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups and countless cattle. She’s passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen, spending time with her grandchildren or roaming the ranch in search of inspiration. She’d love to connect with you via her website,, or on Facebook.

CONNECT WITH MINDY: Website | Facebook | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a copy of all four Bliss, Texas series books and a $20 Amazon gift card.

Their Yuletide Healing JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 2, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 9, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. (Winners outside the US will receive trilogy ebooks and $20 Amazon gift card) Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Amish Christmas Escape Series: Amish Country Justice #12 Author: Dana R. Lynn Hosted by JustRead Book Tours

 Welcome to the Blog Tour for Amish Christmas Escape by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Amish Christmas Escape

Title: Amish Christmas Escape

Series: Amish Country Justice #12

Author: Dana R. Lynn

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Release Date: November 23, 2021

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Hiding in Amish country may not be enough to save her…

In a killer’s sights after she witnesses her sister’s murder, Christy O’Malley’s only option is to flee to Amish country—and the estranged husband she left behind. But there’s something Sam Burkholder doesn’t know—they have a daughter. With enemies closing in, Sam will do anything to protect Christy and their little girl…but can he forgive the past for a chance to be a family for Christmas?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

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Dana R. Lynn

Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today Bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night.

Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. In addition, her books have been on the Publisher’s Weekly Best Selling list multiple times. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website

CONNECT WITH DANA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

My Thoughts

Amish Christmas Escape is book 12 in the Amish Country Justice series that is written by Dana R. Lynn. This book is also part of the Love Inspired Suspense line. I have not read all the books in the series, and had no problem following along. All of the books in the series can be read as stand alone books. I love all the suspense that the author puts into her books.

In this story we see Christy O'Malley scared for herself and daughter after her sister is murdered. She knows she needs to protect her, so she runs to her estranged husband, Sam Burkholder. Christy has had a sad and broken past. She is also English, Sam is Amish. Sam did not know he had a daughter - I love the element of secret child woven in. Sam and Christy have had a past, and he is shocked to see that he has a daughter. He wants to make sure that he can keep them both safe. He will have his work cut out for him, since there is non stop action and suspense.

The author has done a wonderful job with describing the scenes and setting that you can close your eyes and see it unfold around you. She has created likeable, realistic characters. The story is filled with action and suspense. I love the English vs Amish love story. The author did a great job handling that.

I received a copy of this book through the JustRead book tours and the author. All thoughts are my own.


(1) winner will receive a copy of Amish Christmas Escape and a $10 Amazon gift card (US print, outside of US e-book)!

Amish Christmas Escape JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 30, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US print, outside of US e-book. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Book: Recorder Author: Cathy McCrumb On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Recorder

Author: Cathy McCrumb

Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction

Release date: November 8, 2021

Recorder-Hi-rez FINALThe Consortium is All. But Recorder Can No Longer Obey. 

Recorder has no family, no friends, and no name. Donated to the Consortium before birth, her sole purpose is to maintain and verify the records. A neural implant and drone ensure compliance, punishing for displays of bias.

Suddenly cut off from controlling technology, Recorder tastes what it means to be human. But if the Consortium discovers her feelings, everyone she knows will be in danger.

With no name, no resources, and only an infinitesimal possibility of escape, Recorder’s time is running out.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Cathy HinkleCathy McCrumb graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family.


More from Cathy

When I was about three, my first imaginary friend, Sally from Clap-Hands-Land, threw a man’s hat in the air. At the time, I found her action uproariously funny, though I no longer remember why. As I grew older, speculative fiction—almost any variety of fantasy or science fiction—became my favorite stories to tell and read.

Once I had children, however, all I managed were practical lists on scraps of paper. I shoved down that desire to create until after my youngest was born, when a friend challenged me to write again. That first short story began a landslide of words and ideas about grace, worth, and the sometimes-bittersweet reality of daily life. Soon afterward, a story was born from a vivid dream set on a stark moonscape. As I wrote it down, the Recorder herself sprang into being, and Recorder became inextricably bound to her point of view.

For me, stories are fundamentally about possibilities. The tension between catastrophe and eucatastrophe plays out with relative safety on the page. I believe that when ideas and themes intersect, however, stories can reach deep within authors and readers. Indeed, if they do not touch the author, they are unlikely to impact anyone else. When failure, grief, and evil are contrasted with faith, hope, and love, the narratives inspire deeper connections with our own emotions, others, and God. Tales of light and dark challenge us with the opportunity to think through truths and lies without leaving home.

And yet, transformation itself isn’t safe, and therefore fiction can’t be, either. The risks inherent in change open the possibilities of growth and failure. Stories provide an exploration of becoming. They can open a divide through which we can glimpse something greater or worse than our own worlds. Fiction allows us a place where we can practice and triumph.

And maybe, perhaps, even throw our hats into the air.

My Thoughts 

Recorder is written by Cathy McCrumb. This is a Dystopian Science Fiction book. This is book one in the Children of the Consortium series. I don’t think I have read anything by this author before. This is not my typical genre read, however I did enjoy the book. 

Recorder doesn’t know her name, family, or anything about herself. She was donated to the Consortium before birth. She sustains damage when she returns to the medical bay. Even she is surprised at what a hit she took. Then she gets a chance to taste what it is like to be human. Suddenly everything that she has been working toward for her mission she is questioning. She starts to see the world with her own eyes, and not just to record data. 

This book is well written, engaging and drew me in immediately. I found myself turning the pages in anticipation to what happens next. While this isn’t my go to genre I enjoyed the story. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 20

Texas Book-aholic, November 21

Mary Hake, November 21

Inklings and notions, November 22

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 23

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 23

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 24

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 24

Blogging With Carol, November 25

Labor Not in Vain, November 26

For Him and My Family, November 26

deb’s Book Review, November 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 30

Through the fire blogs, November 30

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, December 1

Wishful Endings, December 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 3


To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize of a personalized, signed hardcover copy!!

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

Book Review and Giveaway- Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi hosted by IRead

 Join Us for This Tour from November 22 to December 10

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 56 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   November 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
Book Description:

Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn’t just wear a star at Christmas, he IS the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, it sends Bruce on a holiday adventure through New York City.
From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a revelatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees!

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~  Barnes and Noble
Author A.A. Cristi
Meet the Author:

A.A. Cristi was born and raised in the world capital of Christmas trees and musicals - New York City. By no small miracle, she has managed to make a living writing about both topics. When she is not dreaming up fantastic adventures for inanimate objects, she is covering the Broadway industry as a journalist and editor at Though writing is her calling, her true passion is playing mother to a neurotic wiener dog named Jack and Aunt Rah Rah to two truly remarkable kids.

Connect with the Author:  Author's Website ~ TwitterFacebook ~ Instagram
Author Interview 

Growing with the Christmas Tree: The Origin of Bruce the Spruce

By: A.A. Cristi


Like most people, I started decorating Christmas trees as a child. Each year, a seven-foot synthetic spruce tree along with a series of plastic Rubbermaid bins would be drug up from the basement, and myself, my sister, Kara, brother, Emilio, and our first cousin, Kristina were summoned to the living room by my mother and aunt to begin the yearly trimming. 


In our house, the decorating of the Christmas tree was an art that resulted in a department store-worthy masterpiece. With aesthetically gifted forewomen at the helm, tree trimming was not so much a holiday activity as it was an opportunity for us to inherit their appreciation for beauty and for them to pass down their hard-won holiday wisdom. 


As a group, we spent many happy hours assembling our tree and, though I didn’t know it at the time, creating the inspiration for my debut children’s book, Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees


As the years wore on, things changed. We lost some of our tree trimmers to adolescence and my aunt sadly left us far too soon. From there, the decorating duties fell to my mother and me


As I grew older, clocking these many changes, my relationship to the tree evolved. A child decorating a Christmas tree sees nothing but potential and a near-future full of fun and festivities. As an adult, however, the decorating ritual becomes an exercise in reflection. Each and everyornament holds new meaning and illuminates old memories as the years wear on. The medallion we picked up on a family trip to Disney World. Lenox crystal baby angels commemorating each of our births. A Yankees jersey for Dad. The Beatles for Mom. 


With each passing holiday season, these items, as well as the tree itself, came to represent a monument of our life as a family.


That’s the thing about artificial Christmas trees, the times may change and with them so do we, but for families who celebrate around fake firs, pines, and spruces, they remain an annual source of comfort and joy. Over time, they begin to feel like a member of the family. More than any other kind of Christmas tree and in more ways than one, they give literal meaning to the term “evergreen.” Ever lush, ever verdant, ever steeped in ever-present memories of our ever-evolving lives, forevermore. 


When it came time to replace our old tree, which had fallen into disrepair after so many years of exemplary service, each of us lamented the loss. It became clear to me that despite all that had changed, each of us held fast to memories of happy holidays and the traditions that went with them. Bruce’s story now stands as a monument to the tree that, for so many years, stood as a monument to us. We grew alongside it, celebrated with it, and basked in its glow year after year, all the while learning to find beauty in change and joy in evergreen memories. 


My Thoughts 

Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees is written  by A. A. Cristi. I was super excited to read this Children’s picture book with my sons who are 8 and 10. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio we had a holiday tradition downtown. In Tower City they had the grandest holiday display. This includes, Mr. Jingaling and Bruce the talking spruce. This book took me back to my childhood. This book is aimed at readers who are 3-7. However, I feel this will be a great holiday edition to our library. 

Bruce the Spruce has been the star tree for his family for twenty years. Suddenly the family gets a new tree and has to leave. Bruce is overcome with a variety of emotions. He’s sad, scared, and nervous. Bruce then goes on an adventure of a lifetime. He goes to a home for one day, then back out to the curb for the garbage collector. He then meets a famous Christmas tree, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Bruce then learns the true meaning of Christmas. 

This is a beautiful written and illustrated children’s book. It’s a rhyming book which is perfect for early readers. My boys and I enjoyed it. My son wants to take it to school to share with his friends. 

I received a copy of this book through the author and IRead Book tours all thoughts are my own. 


Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 -Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 1 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 –
 Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 - @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 6 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 8 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
Dec 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
​Dec 10 –
 Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

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