Thursday, January 31, 2013

Goodbye to Yesterday By Wanda Brunstetter


Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A confirmed pregnancy. A last-minute trip to South Bend, Indiana. A drug addict on the run. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds? 
 
Book 1 of the 6-part serial novel--The Discovery-A Lancaster County Saga.
 
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New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have several Amish friends.

 Well this is something new a small 8 chapter book. Book one left me hanging begging for more.
Wanda is the first  New York Time Bestselling author to sell one full book in six small books. I hate that I have to wait a month to find out what is going to happen next.
I loved this story but it was a very fast read. I need more!
Wanda is one of the queens of Amish fiction and she knows how to write a terrific story.
5 stars times two.
I was given a copy of this book by the author.
I highly recommend this book, but I must warn you. you are left hanging.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Threads of Grace By Kelly Long



Grace's autistic son needs a life that is safe and consistent. Seth wants to leave his flirting days behind him and settle down.
Deep in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, the beautiful and weary Amish widow, Grace Beiler, is not looking for a husband—especially one so much younger than her. But handsome and smitten Seth Wyse stumbles upon a way to help her and they marry to keep Grace’s autistic son safe from his ill-intentioned uncle.
Grace soon discovers that she is far from immune to her young husband’s experienced charm and realizes that her first marriage has not destroyed her capacity for love.
Seth Wyse seeks counsel from his older brother, Jacob, when playing the game of pursuing his wife becomes more dangerous to both his heart and life than he ever imagined.
Yet God can give Grace and Seth a passion for family and each other that teaches them the ways of the Master Quilter through the tangled and tender threads of their lives.
 
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Kelly Long is the author of the Patch of Heaven series and the historical Amish Arms of Love. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She’s been married for twenty-six years and enjoys life with her husband, children, and Bichon.

Are you ready to read about a portrait of Grace?
This book is threads of Grace that bind us all together,
 I have to say that Sarah's Garden was my favorite book by Kelly. A Patch of Heaven series was good but I really like the first one a lot. Until I read Threads of Grace it is my new favorite.
Kelly pulled me in and I could not put the book down until I finished it.
Kelly has a way of placing the reader right there in the middle of the story.
The characters are so real to you, as you are reading the story.
I loved Abel, so much and I just wanted to hug him. I really think this will be your favorite book by Kelly after you start reading it.
I highly recommend this book!
I give this book 5 stars. You do not want to pass this book up.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Mother's Promise By Anna Schmidt


After her husband’s sudden death, Mennonite Rachel Kaufman has promised her son, Justin, a fresh start. Will Florida be the balm to heal their gaping wounds? Dr. Ben Booker stopped trusting God when his niece became ill. Is Rachel just what the Great Physician ordered to restore Ben’s faith? As thirteen-year-old Justin struggles in his new environs, to what lengths will he go to reestablish a sense of control over his life? When a jealous coworker begins spreading malicious gossip, Rachel’s career is jeopardized. Is her faith enough to see her through?
 
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Anna has three times been a finalist for the coveted RITA award for romance fiction and has twice before been recognized by Romantic Times magazine with their Reviewer's Choice Award.

CHECK OUT:
* Anna's website and contest at www.booksbyanna.com
* Anna's Blog at www.booksbyanna.wordpress.com


MORE ABOUT ANNA...
In addition she was named a Rising Star finalist and award winner in 2000, and in 2005 she tried her hand at screenwriting. That first screenplay made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the coveted Don & Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Yep, those are the folks who hand out those little gold statues called Oscar every year!) "My father ran a movie theater when I was growing up and my masters degree is in theater arts. When I write, I do tend to think in terms of my characters being 'onstage' - for me it's as much a visual process as a cerebral one."

Critics have called Anna 'a natural writer, spinning tales reminiscent of old favorites like Miracle on 34th Street.' Her characters have been called 'realistic' and 'endearing' and one reviewer raved, "I love Anna Schmidt's style of writing!"

Having survived her own battle with uterine cancer and discovered wellsprings of compassion and caring she never knew she possessed when family members and friends faced their own health challenges, Anna often draws on the questions she has faced in her own life in creating her characters. Readers regularly write to Anna to let her know that a character's story touched them on such a personal level that it was as if Anna understood what they were going through in their own lives.

"But you can't come up with believable stories if you have no life beyond writing," Anna admits. She likes to dabble in crafts - weaving, creating handmade books and notecards, and a little knitting. "We are talking straight knitting - row after row of beautiful yarn is very very soothing for me!" The rows of straight therapeutic knitting do eventually have a purpose -- Anna makes them into prayer shawls for hospice patients.

In addition she loves gardening and she's hauled enough seashells home from the Florida beaches that somewhere in the future, archeologists may believe there must have once been an ocean in Wisconsin! (Click here to learn how you can receive one of Anna's handmade bookmarks.)

One of Anna's favorite pastimes is the chance to hear from and stay in touch with her readers.


I have to say I LOVED this book. Anna is one of the top authors that writes about the Mennonites. She really writes with truth and heart. She makes the plain people part of your life.
I can tell you when open up this book you will not be able to put it down!
I loved all three of the Women of Pinecraft series books. I can not wait to read Anna's next book.
I Highly recommend this book. I give this book 4 stars.
 
I was given this book as a gift.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To By Anthony Destefano



There have been thousands of books written about prayer and millions of sermons preached about it, yet people continue to wonder: Why doesn’t God answer me when I cry out to him? In light of all the problems we face in life, we want to know why God is often so “silent” when we pray to him. Anthony DeStefano, author of the bestselling A Travel Guide to Heaven, knew there had to be an answer to this mystery, so he set out on a quest to find prayers that God says yes to all the time. The result is an extraordinary new book that has the ability to dramatically change the lives of readers of all faiths.
Each short, powerful prayer in Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To addresses a particular problem people commonly face in life—from accepting the existence of God to trying to make ends meet; from getting through terrible suffering to coping with everyday stress; from overcoming fear to finding your God-given destiny. Presented with a certainty and vigor that are sure to pique the interest of even those who are not spiritually inclined, these prayers will help readers find solutions to life’s most difficult situations and provide meaningful and inspiring answers to the vexing questions we have about the purpose of our time on earth.
In a world awash with superficial self-help books and deceptive gimmicks, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To is the real thing. Using hundreds of scriptural references to support his claims, DeStefano writes in a simple, straightforward, and uplifting manner that makes the most profound theological matters understandable to all. In the words of the author, “This is a spiritual treasure chest that is available to everyone….This book is about prayers that work—really, truly work.”
 
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Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of "A Travel Guide to Heaven," "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To," "Angels All Around Us," and the children's books, "This Little Prayer of Mine," "Little Star," "The Donkey that No One Could Ride," and gift book, "I Just Can't Take it Anymore." He has received many prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture. In 2013, two new children's books by DeStefano will be published: "A Travel Guide to Heaven- For Kids!" and "The Sheep that No One Could Find."

 
Well I don't know what to say. Anthony is my favorite Non-Fiction author, how is that?
I could not put this book down, when I had to get up and answer the phone or door, I could not wait to pick back up where i left off and read more.
I just want to shout to world you have to read this book. The world would be a much better place if every read this book that is for sure.
I highly recommend this read. You will love Anthony and the way he tells stories in this book. This was a life changing read for me.
I know God hears my prayers and I know that he is saying yes to them.
I gave this book 5 stars two times, It is a wonderful read.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author. Thank you Anthony!



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Liberty Belle By Patricia Carroll GIVEAWAY!



Set in 1859 Denver, Liberty Belle is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a wayward sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide plenty of action, romance, and hope. Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway Denver. She just doesn't count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of murder. Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her life. Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.
 
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Patricia PacJac Carroll I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area in Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog Jacs, my 91 yr old Father in law, and my awesome grown son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn't be able to write if it weren't for him.

I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.

Watch for my new book, Golden Dreams coming Soon.


 I found this book to have good characters. This author has an imagination and that sure does help with the story overall.
I did have some trouble with reading this book because it was not edited and I had to push my way through it.
With that being said I think that the next book will be good with some editing and a little bit of polishing.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tender Touch By Tanya Stowe GIVEAWAY!



Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save
strangers—even those undeserving—yet fails to save her mother.
Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she
when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart?

With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most—Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

 
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Are you ready for a tender love story?
 This was my first book that I read by Tanya, and I really liked it.
You all know by now that I love a good love story, This was a great love story.
You will meet the best characters in this book. I still think about them from time to time.
I recommend this read. I want to thank Tanya for sharing it with me.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author

Friday, January 25, 2013

Unholy Hunger By Heather James Giveaway!




Evelyn Barrett wants to die. As long as her daughter's murderer dies with her, she is ready to go. Why did this man--this stranger--destroy her family? Why has he not been brought to justice? Why is she forced to live a life of anger and grief? Amid a million questions she cannot answer, Evelyn knows one thing for sure: this murderer must be punished for his crime. Perhaps the harder lesson is this: the ultimate truth--of crime and verdict, of life and death--cannot be swayed by a mother's revenge. In this first book of a new, page-turning series, a woman will be brought to her limits before she finally recognizes and reconnects with the source of true peace.

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Heather James is an author, attorney, and columnist. Unholy Hunger is the first novel in her Lure of the Serpent Series.

 This was the first book I read by Heather. I wanted to read and review it based on the cover alone.
I had a very hard time with some of the themes in this book, child abuse, abduction, molestation, murder, but let me tell you one thing it is a can't put down book. Heather writes with such raw emotion.
The fact that there is bad stuff going on, you still hear a story of forgiveness in this must read.
 I recommend this book and I can not wait for book number two in this series.
I was given a copy of this book by the author 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Life is a Balance By Philip Nork GIVEAWAY!


The journey of self-discovery is a lifetime trip; and just like the fingerprints you possess, yours will be uniquely different than anyone else’s. There are things that are common in each—such as good and bad times, emotional highs and lows, and choices that will need to be made. These choices that are presented to you can greatly define how you live your life. They may be influenced by the people you meet, symbols that are strategically placed along your journey, and especially by however you choose to worship your idea of God. Being that no choice ever comes without consequence, there really is no right or wrong answer; either road taken will eventually get you to where you’re supposed to be. Although some roads take longer than others in order to reach your final destination.
 
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Philip Nork was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of three children. His early years were devastating as he endured the divorce of his parents, the death of his beloved great-grandmother, and the resulting feelings of isolation and loneliness. While these events took their toll, they also shaped the man he grew up to be. Phil had a different perspective than his friends and his experiences were totally unique. As his young male friends were busy playing baseball, defending their turf, and hitting on girls, his time was spent reading, listening to music, writing his feelings down in his journal and trying to understand the differences in people and to figure out how “we can all get along.” After graduating early from high school, he entered the work force as a way to help support his mother and his siblings. To get away from the reality of his life, Phil spent much of his off time with his friend Joyce, a lesbian. She was able to help him experience women at his own pace and taught him many of the lessons he was to put in place. As more and more straight ladies entered his life, these experiences allowed him to learn more about human nature and he was able to turn these special times into the stories in his book. Phil lives in Nevada with his wife and their son. He mixes work with his love of writing. He spent the first 25 years of his working life in the restaurant industry. He took all the knowledge from his early days at McDonalds and parlayed that into a successful stint with Panera Bread. He rose from the day to day operations of a general manager to become an Area Manager and then a Training Manager for that organization. Teaching and speaking in front of hundreds of trainees day in and day out helped him perfect his easy going style. He is now an Area Manager for CDS, a marketing and sales firm which specializes in working with the vendors of Costco Wholesale Warehouses. In addition to writing, Phil is a baseball card collector, an avid reader, and enjoys listening to the music of his youth, especially Rod Stewart and Air Supply.   

Here is another book by Phil and it was just as good as the first one. If you have not read one of Philip's books this would be one to start with. I am sure that you will enjoy this one.
Thanks to Phil for sharing his books with us.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sage Creek and Larkspur Road By Jill Gregory GIVEAWAY!


After her marriage falls apart, Sophie McPhee returns to her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, planning to steer clear of men and focus on her new bakery, A Bun in the Oven. Who she doesn't expect to see is Rafe Tanner, her first crush who now runs his family's ranch-and who spent most of their childhood ignoring her. But is Rafe a changed man?

While Rafe is stunned to discover that Sophie's grown into an irresistibly beautiful woman, he's been hurt too. They both have their guards up, but melt in each other's company. Can they admit that home is truly where the heart is?
 
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In this touching new novel by New York Times bestselling author Jill Gregory, a woman comes face to face with a love from her past and finds the chance to heal…
 Fifth grade teacher Mia Quinn expected a tranquil summer in her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, sewing for her quilting group’s exhibition fundraiser and caring for her rescued dog, Samson. But all her plans for a relaxing break are thrown out the window when Travis Tanner—the boy who broke her heart in high school—returns to town with his ten year old adopted step-son.
 
A former FBI agent, the boy Mia once knew is now well over six feet of male muscle—and he still has the power to make Mia lose her train of thought with just a glance. When Travis asks her to tutor his troubled son, Mia quickly discovers that the sparks between them are hotter than ever. As danger comes to Lonesome Way and family secrets come to light, will Travis and Mia realize that love can be even better the second time around?
 
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Jill Gregory is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling author who is also an avid reader and book lover. Jill has written over thirty five contemporary and historical romances since her first book was published. She grew up in Chicago and has a degree in English Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Jill now lives in Michigan and has also written thrillers with her best friend, Karen Tintori. Jill's books have been translated and published in more than 24 languages. She treasures her family, friends, books, dogs, kindness to animals, and the occasional hot fudge sundae. Jill's most recent books are SAGE CREEK and LARKSPUR ROAD, the first two novels in her Lonesome Way series of contemporary romances. 
Jill invites readers to drop by and visit her website at www.jillgregory.net
Follow Jill on Facebook and on Twitter @Jill_Gregory 

These were the first two books I have ever read by Jill, Well they sure won't be the last. Both books were very good, I just love a great romance. That is what you get with Jill. A can't put down,  fun, fast, easy read.
I love the covers of both books I wish that I was sitting on that swing reading about my new friend Sophie. I just fell in love with her.
I love a good suspense book also and you get that with Jill's books. She has it all in these two books. You will not want to miss either book.
Can love be better the second time around? You must get a copy of Larkspur Road to find out.
I was given a copy of both books by the author.
I recommend both of these fun reads.




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Unbreakable By Nancy Mehl GIVEAWAY!



Mennonite Romantic Suspense Sure to Thrill Readers

Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller
.

Despite Hope's and other Kingdom residents' attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom's own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope's fiance, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.

When strange incidents around town result in outright attacks on several townspeople, Hope can't help but question what she's always been taught. As the town that's always stood so strong together is torn apart at the seams, Hope is caught between opposing sides, both represented by those she has come to care for. With tensions high and lives endangered by an unknown threat, Hope fears Kingdom can never survive in one piece.
 
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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirteen books and is currently at work on a new romantic suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." She and her husband attend Believer's Tabernacle in Wichita.

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com or her blog at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com. You can also find her on FaceBook!

Well Nancy has done it again, she hit the ball out of the park with Unbreakable.
I love books about the Mennonites and Nancy brings them to life. I love to read a  story and when you finish the book the characters feel like they are your friends, It takes a fantastic author to write like that. You will get that with Nancy's books.
You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it.
I had no clue who Hope was going to end it with until the very end of the book, both Ebbie and Jonathan were great. She would have been lucky to have either one of them, in the end Hope choose the right one for her.
The romance in this book was super as was the suspense.
I give this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author. Thank you Nancy.
  

Monday, January 21, 2013

With all her Heart By Rita Kellogg Giveaway!




Greta is the average Amish woman, yet loves to embrace those differences that many from her culture do not. She thrives on learning new things, doing new things, cooking new foods. Her family many times is her guinea pig trying a new dish from India or Greece, but they usually come out the better.
Would the one she has longed for since grade school learn of her "crush?" Samuel was of course her brothers best friend. Could he really notice the non-traditional, traditional Amish woman that she grew up to be?
Greta loves God and loves the beauty of the teachings that she was raised with. She believes that you don't have to be Amish to love or serve God. You just have to be forgiven
.
Renee was not taught to live for herself, to run after the first man to catch her eye. After devastation, she ended up doing things that she never dreamed of doing. She was alone and had to make a living, even if it was illegal. Finally tiring of the fear, and degrading life, Renee made her break to leave and start over. Through an accident, she crossed paths with Greta, needing her help. After learning that her last relative had died, she was alone and dependant on Greta's family. To make things worse, Renee had just received a blow worse than anything that she could ever imagine. Could this blow actually be the biggest blessing of her life?
How would she, being so worldly fit into this God honoring family? Would they accept her? Miracles never cease, despite the heart ache, joys and tragedies.
 
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Let me start off by telling you all this is an Amish book, do not let the cover fool you.  All of you Amish fans may enjoy this read. It has a little romance and a lot of love of the Lord on each page.
You can tell that Rita really shares the love of the Amish in this read .
If you are an Amish fan then take a look at this new Amish authors book.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gideon's Call By Peter Leavell




Tad, a very clever slave boy, comes of age as the American Civil War intrudes on the tropical sea islands of South Carolina. But his desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, but the newly freed slaves have no money, no education, no leadership, and little hope for the future. This is the story of how a boy grows into a man facing the horrors of war and unimaginable prejudice - fighting the urge to run from the shame of his family and his past - to become the leader and deliverer of thousands of freed slaves. Award- winning author Peter Leavell explores new territory in the familiar literary backdrop of the Civil War, forging an unprecedented tale of tragedy and triumph based on true events.
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Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter's books, research, and family adventures at www.peterleavell.com and on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PeterLeavell.

This is Peter's debut novel and you can not tell this is a first for him.
If you love historical's then you are going to love this book.
It is one of the best civil war books that you will read this year, maybe the best one.
I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Pick up your copy today and go back in time with a fantastic touching story.
I was given a copy of this book by the author

Friday, January 18, 2013

Angels All Around Us! By Anthony Destefano GIVEAWAY!



In Angels All Around Us (previously titled The Invisible World in hardcover), the international bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven and Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To explains the awesome and mysterious reality of the spiritual dimension that surrounds and permeates our very existence. All aspects of the spiritual realm are discussed, including the existence of angels and demons, the whereabouts of loved ones who have passed, the gift of grace, heaven, hell, and even the presence and activity of God in our lives.

Completely consistent with traditional Christian teaching, Angels All Around Us will help readers embrace a certitude that makes it easier to act according to their moral beliefs, give them a greater sense of the richness of life, and show them that no amount of suffering-physical, mental, or emotional-will ever be able to destroy the profound sense of inner peace that they can experience on a daily basis.
 
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Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of "A Travel Guide to Heaven," "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To," "Angels All Around Us," and the children's books, "This Little Prayer of Mine," "Little Star," "The Donkey that No One Could Ride," and gift book, "I Just Can't Take it Anymore." He has received many prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture. In 2013, two new children's books by DeStefano will be published: "A Travel Guide to Heaven- For Kids!" and "The Sheep that No One Could Find".

This was the first book I read by Anthony, but NOT my last. In fact I am starting another one right now after I post this. I had to read Angels All Around Us two times there was so much to grab a hold of. I love the way he tells us about Angels being around us all the time everyday. I love that he quotes scripture all the way through the book to back up what he is saying.
I can't tell you how much I loved this book, I closed the last page feeling so safe and happy knowing all I read is true and taking place in my life everyday.
This has been the best non-fiction book I have read in a very long time.
I give this book five stars two times, I highly recommend this book to everyone. I say run over to amazon and pick up a copy right now. You will not be able to put it down!
In my opinion this should be on the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST and I hope it finds it's way there soon!
I was given a copy of this book by the author. Thank you so much Anthony!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Secretly Smitten GIVEAWAY!


Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!
There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?
Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.
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RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include A Billion Reasons Why and What a Girl Wants.

Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including A Cowboy's Touch and Sweetwater Gap. She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana.
Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate

This book has four novella's in it. I must be very honest with you they were good but  Love Blooms was great it was the best of the four and I was so excited to read it. I LOVE Denise Hunter and she has never wrote a bad book. You will not be able to put down Love Blooms .  You will be so wrapped up in Denise's novella you be very happy you bought this book for her story alone.
I am sure that you will be smitten with this book so hop on over to amazon and pick up a copy and jump right in to this 4 star book!
I was given a copy by the publisher

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kaleidoscope Summer By Rita Garcia Giveaway!



Samantha Forrester has it all together. Deafness at age fifteen has not hampered her success. Life, although predictable, has hit a comfortable stride. Her world crumbles when secrets of the past are brought to light. She travels to Serenity Cove to settle her birth mother’s estate and search for her true identity. Samantha soon becomes enamored with the town. And then there's police chief Logan Delatorre who startles her pulse, and grandparents who refuse to acknowledge her. More mystery unfolds when an attack is levied against her—someone wants her out of Serenity Cove. Samantha’s faith is called into question when she stumbles over the need to forgive. Can Dr. Ellie Clarimonde help her connect the pieces of her past and learn the power of forgiveness?
 
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Dr. Rita Garcia is an inspirational novelist--her imagination was creating stories when she was still too young to put pen to paper. Romance is a big part of her novels. Hope is an even larger element of the stories. Rita and her husband reside in Southern California. They have four adorable daughters and seven fantastic grandchildren who fill their lives with love and never a dull moment.
She is a Clinical Christian Counselor, licensed by the National Christian Counselors Association, and certified as a Biblical Christian Counselor by the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has a passion for helping others achieve their most important life goals.
Romance, mystery and family drama intertwine in the small town of Serenity Cove.
Slip Into Paradise with Rita Garcia's Latest Romance.
To learn more about Rita or for more information about her books, visit her website: http://www.ritagarcia.com. Her blog: http://www.reflectionswithdrrita.com. You can also contact Rita at drritagarcia@yahoo.com. She loves hearing from her readers.


I really enjoyed Rita's book and I think all of you blog readers will to. Rita was a new author to me and I was so happy when she sent me a couple of her books to enjoy. This book has it all, drama, romance and mystery, so if you like all of those in one can't put down book then this is your book.
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Saving Gideon By Amy Lillard



Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life -- to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere lifestyle. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through (yet another) bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. And there’s something more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. Yet as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles, or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

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I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

This was such a different Amish story line then most of the Amish books that I read. It was fantastic, I hung on every word of this book. I feel in love with Annie and Gideon and I pulled from them all the way to the end of the story.
I can not wait to see what author Amy has in store for me in book two of A Clover Ridge novel.
She is an Amish author for all the Amish book reading fans to watch out for.
I read this book straight though, I could not put it down.
I give this book 5 stars  twice over. I was GREAT!
 
I was given a copy of this book by the author. THANK YOU so much Amy

Monday, January 14, 2013

Misguided Sensitivity By Philip Nork Giveaway



The journey we are on is a difficult one, even more so for those from a broken family. Follow one boy as he searches for the two desires we all have in common: to be accepted by others, and to be truly happy. Life continues through the good and the bad, and each and every person you meet along the way leaves pieces behind, like a jigsaw puzzle, for you to piece together as you grow and learn. And as you put those pieces together, you hopefully become a better person for it. We are indeed all connected, and everything you do really does matter and will always affect someone else in one way or another.
 
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Philip Nork was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of three children. His early years were devastating as he endured the divorce of his parents, the death of his beloved great-grandmother, and the resulting feelings of isolation and loneliness. While these events took their toll, they also shaped the man he grew up to be. Phil had a different perspective than his friends and his experiences were totally unique. As his young male friends were busy playing baseball, defending their turf, and hitting on girls, his time was spent reading, listening to music, writing his feelings down in his journal and trying to understand the differences in people and to figure out how “we can all get along.” Philip Nork resides in Henderson, Nevada with his family, where he mixes writing with life. Visit his website, www.PhilipNork.com and become a fan at www.facebook.com/authorPhilipNork


This was the first book I have read by Philip. So I was not real sure what to expect.  He has a gift of story telling.
If you are looking for a book to help you understand relationships this is your book.
It touches on understanding self worth and you are sure to enjoy this diffrent authors work for sure.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

An Angel by Her Side By Ruth Reid



Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead.
A Heaven on Earth Novel, #3
When Katie Bender’s fiancĂ© died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn’t know how she will provide for herself.
Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can’t afford to have feelings for Katie.
Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent—and ultimate—battle for their hearts rages unseen.
Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined for.
 
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Ruth Reid is a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.


Oh My what can I say about this book that will even come close to letting you know that I LOVED it. I highly recommend this book.
Ruth has wrote a book about an angel that walks here on earth and if ever we needed a book with this positive story line it is now.
I would give anything to see my angel that is by my side everyday.
I fell in love with Elias the angel, and I could not wait to turn the page to see what was going to happen next.
Katie and Seth were the best, I loved them both. This was the best Amish book I have read in a very long time. I loved the whole series. This was a fantastic finish to a wonderful series.
I am telling all of you Amish fans out there this is a MUST READ.  A 5 star book for sure!

I was given a copy of this book by the author Ruth Reid.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Flight of the Earls By Michael Reynolds Giveaway!






It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America.Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.
 
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Michael K. Reynolds is the author of a series of Irish historical novels being published by B&H Publishing Group. His debut Irish historical novel, Flight of the Earls, releases January, 2013.

Heirs of Ireland Historical Saga
An epic and sweeping Irish 19th century historical series written with a cinematographic eye. It features gripping suspense, memorable characters and breathtaking settings.

Book Release Dates:
Book One: Flight of the Earls, January 2013
Book Two: In Golden Splendor, July 2013
Book Three: Songs of the Shenandoah, January 2014

Michael is a writer with more than two decades of experience in crafting fiction, non-fiction, journalism, copywriting and documentary production. He is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency.

Producer of Emmy Award Winning Documentaries
Michael is also the writer and producer of an Emmy and Telly award-winning series of documentaries titled, Crystal Darkness. These thirty minute anti-meth films have been heavily promoted and broadcast in cities and states throughout the United States and Mexico. They have been viewed collectedly by more than 10 million people and the message has reached more than 30 million to date.

His most recent documentary is titled, Bullying, and tackles a rising epidemic which is causing our children to drop out of school and is the cause of depression, suicide and campus violence.

The films were produced by Global Studio, a social marketing agency Michael founded in 1998. Since that time he has served hundreds of clients throughout the nation in developing powerful and innovative marketing campaigns using a variety of mediums including: print, film, television, radio and Internet. He has extensive experience in all levels of branding, web development, social media, public relations and advertising.

He also has wide experience as a speaker and on-air personality and has been interviewed on a variety of newspapers, radio stations and televisions networks throughout the nation.
Michael earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego and lives in Reno with his wife and three children.

He is active in marketplace, marriage, small group and men's ministries as a leader and speaker. He has served as elder at his church and is an area leader for the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, a member of Sparks Rotary and served as chairperson for the local advisory board of the Salvation Army.

Do you enjoy a good, deep, historical? Then you will not want to miss this one!
This is an author to watch out for, Micheal writes with heart.
His book grips you from page one. I could not put it down.  I loved reading about the Irish immigration, this was a first for me.
When you open this book up you will not put it down until you have read the very last page.
I was honored to read and review this book.
Pick up this 5 star book.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Callie By Sharon Srock




Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all. Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who's befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her. Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities. Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family. For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.
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Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon's previous writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.


This is the first book I have read by Sharon. So I am guessing many of you have not heard of Sharon as well. You will want to pick up a copy of her book to enjoy, I can a sure you.
Callie is the first book in  the Women of Valley View series.  I can't wait for book two. Sharon loves the Lord and it shows in her writing. You  can see her light shine on each page of her book Callie.
I say grab a copy and get to know Callie and Steve.  Let me know what you think of Callie after you read it. I bet that you will really enjoy it.
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