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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway -- Our Town Atheist Author: Victoria Buck On tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book:  Our Town Atheist

Author: Victoria Buck

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release Date: October 30, 2020


Small-town banker Adam Bender tackles a robber and loses. But that’s not what shakes the foundations of his well-managed life. He awakens in the hospital to the vision of an angel. But that’s not what casts doubt on his reasonable judgment. Turns out the angel is only a beautiful doctor—someone Adam wants to get to know better.

The bank robber is on the loose and out to get Adam. News spreads in the gossipy little town of Adam’s misfortune, his love interest, and his…atheism? He’d thought he could keep that a secret. But Adam Bender can handle it. Or, can he?

What happens one night on a mountain road leaves him questioning his worldview. And his sanity. And soon the whole town is waiting to find out if what Adam saw will alter his unbelief.

 

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About the Author

Victoria Buck is a native Floridian running a small business with her husband, who teaches her everything she needs to know about both melodrama and comic relief. Wake the Dead is her debut novel. Killswitch is the follow-up to book one. Transfusion is the last book in the trilogy about the world’s first transhuman.

Now, on to other stories! Victoria is currently working on two present-day novels. No transhumans or insurrections. Of course, there has to be a bit of a weird twist!

 

More from Victoria

Have you ever heard of a porkpie hat? Maurice is wearing one that terrible night when Adam sees him. The Chief of Police hasn’t seen a porkpie in Crossroads for decades, but old Mrs. Jones can tell you all about it. I wasn’t familiar with the hat until I wrote this story. Now I have one of my own!

I admit unusual characters pop into my head. Not your typical protagonist for someone who writes from a Christian worldview, Adam Bender showed up in my imagination after I wrote some blog posts about atheism. Those posts drew more response than I expected from the atheist community. Some were not so kind, but others wanted only to exchange ideas and explain their views in a non-confrontational manner. That’s when this easy-going, fictitious atheist began speaking to the writer in me. I let him talk for a while, and then I had to tell his story.

My Thoughts

Our Town Atheist by: Victoria Buck is a Christian Women’s Fiction book. This is the first book that I have read by this author. Her writing style is different then what I am used to. This book read like a narrative and her writing flowed nicely. The author writes very descriptive scenes - so that you can visually see what is going on. I love that it is set deep in the Bible Belt. I moved from Cleveland Ohio to SE Alabama and am in the heart of the Bible Belt - I can understand. 

The main character Adam evolves a lot in this book. I was not sure about him in the beginning - but as his character moves along he grows on you. He does not believe in God - and since he lives in the Bible belt he is hesitant to let that out in the open. When the book opens - it opens right into action. You are right smack dab in the middle of the robbery. The author leaves you little bread crumbs as you go along with the robbery vs the suspense. The bank robbery is a very important life changing moment for Adam - he then starts to question everything he believed. .

This book is well written. It has great character development. I hope to read more from this author. 

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 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 13

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 15

Susan K. Beatty, Author, January 16 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, January 16

Artistic Nobody, January 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 18

deb’s Book Review, January 19

Inklings and notions, January 20

For Him and My Family, January 21

Texas Book-aholic, January 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 23

Stories By Gina, January 24 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, January 24

CarpeDiem, January 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Victoria is giving away the grand prize package of an eBook copy of the book and a porkpie hat!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/10539/our-town-atheist-celebration-giveaway

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Veiled Sun Author: Brett Armstrong On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book:  Veiled Sun

Author: Brett Armstrong

Genre: Christian Dystopian, Sci-Fi


AD 2040: Every day the world slips further into lies. Seventeen-year-old Elliott knows that better than most. Project Alexandria is rewriting history, shaping the world according to sinister goals. To stop it, Elliott must assemble the “Veiled Sun”, a secret program written by his grandfather. The only people he can count on are siegers—outlaws who use their coding skills for purposes almost as nefarious as Project Alexandria. Overcoming the schemes and betrayals all around him, he’s the world’s best hope to save reality, if he doesn’t lose hold of it himself.

 

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About the Author


Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers hauntingly sorrowful historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Day Moon and Veiled Sun), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Where he heads next is as much a discovery for him as readers. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope.

 

More from Brett

In the near-future world of Veiled Sun, reality is an endangered species. The erosion of confidence in traditional sources of undisputed truth–media, government, academia and science, religion, family, and friends—forces continual skepticism and self-reliance. At the same time, technology is making it more and more possible to “escape” reality. Virtual reality allows us to trick our minds into thinking we’ve literally stepped into another world and augmented reality brings elements of other worlds into our own. Deep Fake is even offering the ability to change past realities by manipulating audio and video recordings in ways our minds can’t distinguish from the real thing.

1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture and verse twelve is probably one of the clearest places to see a sentiment key to the series:

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.”

Veiled Sun follows a teen who knows that reality is being tampered with for nefarious purposes. More important he also sees beyond the physical reality to the spiritual while handling an attack on both. Believers need to be firmly grounded in their faith in a world that increasingly muddles the lines between real and not real, truth and falsehood. There’s research that suggests our brains interpret what we read in the same way as lived experiences. So, in a sense GK Chesterton and others were right when they told us long ago that what we read becomes a part of us. My hope is readers will be better prepared to weather the storms that will come against their faith and hold onto the Truth even as truth is increasingly difficult to discern from fiction.

My Thoughts

 Veiled Sun by Brett Armstrong is a Christian Dystopian book. It is book 2 in the Tomorrow's Edge series. I would strongly recommend reading book 1 so that you have a full idea of what is going on. I did not get a chance to read book 1. While this is not my favorite genre to read, I have read other books that the author has wrote. The author has a gift of the pen. The author has written a clean book that is perfectly acceptable to read with your upper grade and above. My 9 year old reads at a middle school level and I think that he would be able to follow the story. There is action and suspense and the book will keep your attention. Elliott  who is 17 is saddened and realize that the world is slipping away. The truth is becoming less on the forefront and it is crowded by lies. Elliott knows that there is a way for everything to go back to normal. He will have to  assemble the "Veiled Sun", a secret program written by his grandfather. This was intriguing because he had to depend on the help from the outlaws. It was fun to follow the action and steps that Elliott goes to to try and get everything back to normal. 

If you are not used to dystopian genre - you will see a story that features oppressive governments, evil, hate and a world in shambles. The wonderful thing about this book is how the author has woven the Gospel into the book. The author has written the Gospel so wonderfully. The author has done a great job with his descriptions of the story. When I am reading a book and they are so descriptive, I like to close my eyes for a moment and let the scenery playout around me. The author has written some amazing characters.


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

Blog Stops

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 14

Texas Book-aholic, January 15

Wishful Endings, January 16 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 17

For Him and My Family, January 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 19

deb’s Book Review, January 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 21

Inklings and notions, January 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 23

Blogging With Carol, January 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 24

Artistic Nobody, January 25 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Book of Ruth Ann, January 26

Simple Harvest Reads, January 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Brett is giving away the grand prize package of a gift basket consisting of a signed copy of each book, book swag (including specially made bookmarks, story excerpt crafts, and character cards), and a $10 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/105a3/veiled-sun-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Bre’s Heavenly Adventures with Jesus by Breanna Brown. On tour with Write Now Book Tours

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Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and Amazon gift card giveaway for Bre’s Heavenly Adventures with Jesus by Breanna Brown. The book tour will run Jan 11-22, 2021.


ASIN : B08R6M41Q1

Genre: Christian Children's Book




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Bre Brown currently serves as the Youth Minister of Watchman Ministries, alongside her Husband Eric Smith, located in Fredericksburg, VA. She’s been regarded, as the "prophetic voice for the next generation." She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Louisville and currently possesses her qualified mental health professional registration in the state of Virginia. She is currently pursuing her graduate certificate in non-profit studies. She is the CEO and founder of Child Enrichment Solutions LLC. Which is a full-service coaching and consulting firm that helps youth to identify negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that inhibit them from achieving personal achievement utilize constructive coping strategies to lead happy, empowered, and successful lives.


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Bre gets angry when her father breaks his promise and refuses to play with her. But Bre's mom tells her that she another father named Jesus-and he is the best father ever. He is always there, always ready to listen, and he will never stop loving her-even when she has made a mistake! So Bre goes to heaven to meet him...and this book will tell you what happened there!





"As the tears began streaming down her face. Her mama stopped to ask, "will you be ok?" Why doesn't he love me? Bre asked. He always does this! Do you think he's mad?"



5 Things You Didn’t Know About 

Bre Brown


  1. Fun fact about me is when I was a teenager, I wanted to be an aspiring rapper. I had a rap name picked out called Lil’ Bre Bre. I remember I would often sit in my room and write for hours and hours. I would often record using a headset computer mic, that I would often hook up to my mom’s old dell computer. However, my rap career ended once my parents made me go to college, where I ended up getting my Bachelor’s in Psychology. Although, my passion has changed since then, what I can say is that often integrate a lot of my old poetic schemes into my children’s books when I’m writing. Overall, writing has definitely been something that is both therapeutic and healing for me.


  1. Growing up, I suffered from depression, anger issues, low self-esteem, lack of identity, being bullied, due to me being mentally, physically and emotionally abused by my father. A lot of times growing up I didn’t feel loved by my family, which resulted in me seeking love and acceptance through a lot of my friendships and past relationships as well as subjecting myself to a lot of reckless behavior as a teen and young adult all to feel accepted. Thus, why I am so passionate about helping youth come to a place where they are getting healed, set free, and learning who they are, so they don’t have to tread down the same path that I did in order to not feel rejected and be loved.


  1. At heart I’m still a big kid, even at 30 years old. I still like to go to amusement parks, go bowling, play putt putt, ride bikes, play video games and watch cartoons lol.


  1. Secretly, I am a beach bum. I love to be any place that has sand and water. Preferably, anywhere that is tropical. Lol. I love to vacation at the beach; it’s the one place out in nature that brings me peace and helps me to rejuvenate.


  1.  Lastly, few of my favorite things are:

-My favorite color is purple because purple is the symbol of royalty

-My favorite number is 8 because it is the number of New Beginnings

-My favorite food is Steak

-My favorite pro basketball team are the Golden State Warriors

-My favorite pro football team are the Seahawks






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MY THOUGHTS


Bre’s Heavenly Adventures with Jesus by Breanna Brown is a super cute story. Bre is looking forward to spending some time with her dad. She was so excited about playing with him. She seems to be used to her dad letting her down. She is hopeful and races down the stairs. However, plans have changed and Bre is left hurt and disappointed. Bre's mother sits down and has a heartwarming talk with Bre. Bre learns all about her heavenly father. She learns that He is there for her no matter what. Bre loves this! She runs to her room and prays real hard - and she falls asleep and when she wakes up she is hanging out with Jesus. They have such a grand time and Bre learns a valuable lesson. Jesus is always there for us when we need him to be. She wakes up and feels refreshed. I read this book with my 9 and 7 year old boys. They enjoyed the story and it led to a lot of thought provoking discussions about how we need to turn to Jesus when we are hurt. I loved the story line, the illustrations and the Biblical lessons.


I received a copy of this book thorough Write Now blogging program, all thoughts are my own. .




Giveaway

$10 Amazon Gift Card


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway -Love, Again Author: Tamara G. Cooper On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book:  Love, Again

Author: Tamara G. Cooper

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 11, 2020


Jake Barrett is devastated when he loses his wife and toddler son in a terrible, fiery accident. What made it even more painful is that an unidentified man was found in the car with them. The police suggest that his wife was having an affair. Since that horrible day two years ago, Jake has questioned everything about himself and his marriage and found no answers. He returns home to his family’s Texas ranch to try to find healing there and maybe learn to trust again.

Twice, Honor McKee was engaged to be married, and twice, she was stood up just days before the wedding. Adding to her embarrassment is the fact that she is a marriage counselor, someone who gives advice to others about love and relationships. Ashamed and deeply hurt, she loses faith in herself and her ability to choose a man willing to commit.

Although they are both wounded and disappointed in love, Jake and Honor meet and manage to stumble their way toward friendship and, quite possibly, more. But their lives are turned upside down when trust in each other is needed the most, and neither has it to give.

Will they learn that there is more to life than living in past failures, that it really is possible to find love again?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Tamara G. Cooper lives in Texas with her husband, three boys, and five dogs. She enjoys writing mysteries with a touch of romance. Love, Again is her first romance.

 

More from Tamara

When I thought of writing “Love, Again”, I wanted to find out what would happen between two very-hurt people who stumbled into the beginnings of a friendship but didn’t have the trust it took for the relationship to go any further. What would help them see their flaws? What did they need to learn to become more than the past had let them be?

I loved getting to know Jake and Honor. Without giving anything away, I walked with them through their discoveries about themselves and each other. I hope you enjoy their journey!


My Thoughts

Love, Again by  Tamara G. Cooper is the first book that I have read by this author. I enjoyed reading this Contemporary Romance book. The book is an easy read that can be completed in a few hours.  I hope to read more from this author. I enjoyed getting to know Jake and Honor. I love that they were realistic characters, with real feeling situations and not a fairytale ending.  Oh how my heart broke for Jake. I can't imagine losing my spouse and child and finding out that the spouse was having an affair. That is a tough pill to swallow. I loved how he worked through it. I also love how he knew he could return to his hometown to help heal. 
Honor McKee is a likeable character. She has had a string of bad luck with being a marriage counselor. Twice she has been left days before the wedding. Honor and Jake meet and they both are so broken. They both need each other - but there is so much hurt and pain from the past. I love the characters faith and how that tied into it also. The characters are well written, the story line is engaging and unique. I smiled, I laughed, and my heart broke in some parts. This is a great read. 

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

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 9

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 11

Blogging With Carol, January 11

Texas Book-aholic, January 12

Labor Not in Vain, January 12

Inklings and notions, January 13

For Him and My Family, January 14

Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 14

deb’s Book Review, January 15

NovelsCorner, January 15

Artistic Nobody, January 16 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, January 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 17

Spoken from the Heart, January 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 19

Batya’s Bits, January 20

Pause for Tales, January 20

Blossoms and Blessings, January 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 22

Maureen’s Musings, January 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tamara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10535/love-again-celebration-tour-giveaway