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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW!!!! Holly, Ivy and Intrigue! On Tour With Celebrate Lit



About the Book

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Title: Holly, Ivy & Intrigue
Author: Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, Denise Weimer
Genre: Mystery/suspense, Christmas
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Christmas Murder Mix-Up
“I have to get rid of her now.”
After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?
Holiday Pursuit
When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…
A HOLIDAY INTRUDER:
Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a robbery and an unknown benefactor shove her in the middle of a decades-old mystery, and a real estate developer and a former baseball star compete for her attention, Kelsey isn’t sure who to trust.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Authors

ESP_9231 (2)As an avid reader, Joanie Bruce welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words. She has three published Christian suspense novels, and enjoys writing from her home in the country. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write, draw and paint, Joanie strives to use them to encourage others and to honor Him in all her accomplishments.
New Author PortraitAlexa Verde penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has a bachelor degree in Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.
2016headshotDENISE WEIMER holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. An associate editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Denise is the author of The Restoration Trilogy, The Georgia Gold Series, romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, and ACROSS THREE AUTUMNS: A Novella of The Backcountry Brides Collection through Barbour Publishing (May 2018). This wife and swim mom of two daughters always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

MY THOUGHTS
This is a book with 3 different stories, by 3 different author. The main theme is Christmas. They are quick, easy reads. I was drawn into each story within the first few pages. Included in this book are: Christmas Murder Mix Up, Holiday Pursuit, and Holiday Intruder. I liked them all. These books did keep me on edge of my seat. The only author I had read prior to this was Joanie Bruce. All the authors have a well developed storyline and characters. If you are looking for a quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat --- this is your book. 

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


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 3
Mommynificent, December 6
Allofakindmom, December 7
Blogging With Carol, December 7
Janices book reviewsDecember 9
Carpe Diem, December 10
Mary Hake, December 10
Daysong ReflectionsDecember 12
Remembrancy, December 13
Multifarious, December 14
Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15
Pursuing StacieDecember 15
Vicky Sluiter, December 16
Bigreadersite, December 16

Giveaway

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c515

Thursday, November 30, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEGINNER’S GOSPEL STORY BIBLE Author: Jared Kennedy

THE BEGINNER’S GOSPEL STORY BIBLE BY JARED KENNEDY

How can you explain clearly to your children the good news of God’s love for them in ways that will speak to their young hearts? Jared Kennedy’s The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible is a must-add to your kids’ bookshelves. Trace God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
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{MORE ABOUT THE BEGINNER’S GOSPEL STORY BIBLE}

The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (New Growth Press, November 2017)
How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?
Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy’s focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible highlights God’s perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child’s attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children—or letting them read it to you!—even the youngest kids will come to know that God’s promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
Jared Kennedy

{MORE ABOUT JARED KENNEDY}

Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls—Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church—Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children’s ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at gospelcenteredfamily.com and is also the coauthor of “Leadership Mosaic” and two VBS programs, “Proof Pirates” and “Clap Your Hands,” “Stomp Your Feet.”
Find out more about Jared at http://www.gospelcenteredfamily.com.



MY THOUGHTS: 
This is a great, beautifully illustrated book that was perfect for my 6 and 4 year old. It held their attention, gave great bible lessons and opened up conversations between us. They were excited and intrigued as the stories came to life. This is a great gift for kids, grand kids, nephews, neices, etc. My boys loved this and look forward to reading it. It has been a great edition to our daily bible time. 
I received a copy of this book through Litfuse Blogging Program. All opinions are my own. 



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kids Book Review! The Stable Cat's Christmas Hardcover by Christina S. Vrba

Kids Book Review! The Stable Cat's Christmas Hardcover  by Christina S. Vrba




About the Book

One night in Bethlehem, a small, dust-colored cat returns to her stable to find that a Baby has been born in the night. As all the animals tell the cat about the gifts they gave the Christ Child, the cat sadly concludes that she is too little and powerless to give a gift to the King. But when the Baby shivers and the cat leaps into the manger to comfort him, she discovers that she can give the best gift of all—herself. This timeless Christmas book celebrates the fact that everyone has a gift they can give the King, no matter their size or stature. Enchanting illustrations and a heartfelt message make this book a Christmas keepsake that can be enjoyed year after year.




My Thoughts. 
This was a super cute kids story. My children (ages 6 and 4) really enjoyed reading it. I loved the cat and the powerful story that sometimes our smallest gift can be the greatest! It was a great conversation starter that God just desires us to give all of our selves - and to have a relationship with him. My boys were huge fans of the animals in the story. Beautifully illustrated. 

I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing, all opinions are my own. 





Book Specs
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Christina S. Vrba/Gail Yerrill
Price: $16.99
Format: Jacketed hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–7

Author Biography
Christina S. Vrba lives and works in northwestern Connecticut. When not spinning tales, Christina loves poking about in comic book shops and the children’s sections of bookstores, spending time with her husband and son, and caring for her personal menagerie of creatures, including dogs, cats, gerbils, and two much-loved goldfish.

Illustrator Biography
Gail Yerrill lives in a village in Bedfordshire, England with her husband, two children, and two very naughty-but-cute cats. After earning her degree in 1998, she became a freelance illustrator and designer of greeting cards and gift wrap for Marks & Spencers, and has also illustrated items for Harrods and the BBC among others. She has illustrated many books for well-known publishers, several of which are translated into many languages. Gail is known for her soft, whimsical style which is loved by children and adults alike.

Worthy Publishing Group is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, TN. Worthy includes five distinct imprints: Worthy Books publishes inspirational works addressing spiritual growth, biblical study, faith and culture, biography, fiction, and specialty Bibles; Museum of the Bible Books is a partnership between Worthy and the Museum, publishing books that reveal the history, narrative, and impact of the Bible; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts, and paper expressions; Worthy Inspired publishes felt-need, spiritual growth, inspirational, and devotional books; and WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8.
WorthyKids/Ideals (an imprint of Worthy Publishing)
Facebook: @WorthyKidsIdeals

Instagram: @WorthyPub

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book Review: Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima on tour with Great Escapes



Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
by Margaret Mizushima

Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
Mystery/Police Procedurals/Woman Sleuths
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (August 8, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683312772
E-Book ASIN: B06XWFGDY5
Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing—and this time it’s one of Cole’s daughters.
Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl’s scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case.
Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.
About the Author
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane Books, 2015) nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best first mystery, Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane Books, 2016) a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards mystery category, and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane Books, 2017). She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.
Facebook: @authormargaretmizushima
Twitter: @margmizu
Purchase Links:

MY THOUGHTS
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and the first book in the series. I had no problem following along. I really like the relationship between Mattie and her K-9 Robo. I loved this book. I loved the twists and turns this book took you on. The characters are well developed and the story is well written. I will be going back and reading the other books in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Great Escapes blogging program, all opinions are my own.
Tour Participants
November 24 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Because I said so – Adventures in Parenting – REVIEW
November 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
November 26 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
November 27 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
November 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 29 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 1 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
December 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – INTERVIEW
December 3 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 4 – FUONLYKNEW – REVIEW
December 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review: Cowboy Christmas Guardian by: Dana Mentink

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About the Book:


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Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense
Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.
Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author:

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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 thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!
MY THOUGHTS:
I am a huge fan of Ms. Mentink. She has such a way of pulling you into the story that you do not want to stop reading. The settings in her stories are well researched. I learn so much! This is the beginning for a new series and it was so full of action! The action, the romance, the mystery --- AHHHH so much going on. I am looking forward to next in the series. 
You will adore the characters in the book. They are well written and seem so real. Take a trip to Gold Country - you will NOT be dissapointed. 
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all opinions are my own. 

Blog Stops

Cordially Barbara, November 16
Genesis 5020, November 16
Have A Wonderful Day, November 17
A Greater Yes, November 17
ASC Book Reviews, November 18
Splashes of Joy, November 18
Red Headed Book Lady, November 19
Remembrancy, November 19
Autism mom, November 20
Janices book reviews, November 21
Moments Dipped in Ink, November 22
New Horizon Reviews, November 23
Pause for Tales, November 24
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 24
Cafinated Reads, November 25
Blogging With Carol, November 26
Daysong Reflections, November 26
Carpe Diem, November 27
Karen Sue Hadley, November 27
Babs Book Bistro, November 28
Bibliophile Reviews, November 28
The Power of Words, November 29

Giveaway

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In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c0d3