Thursday, June 22, 2017

Naomi's Hope By Jan Drexler



Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

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Jan's husband of thirty years often says she's never happier than when she's in the kitchen cooking for someone, and he's right. With her Amish and Mennonite ancestry, mid-American roots and unending quest to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, Jan has always enjoyed cooking from scratch and sharing the subsequent goodies with friends and family.

Jan and her family have lived all through the mid-west, from Indiana to Texas to Kentucky to South Dakota, with a few others in between. Born in Michigan, Jan still proudly carries her pocket map of Michigan on the end of her arm, like all true Michiganders, and will gladly give you a tour of her home state. But her current love is the Black Hills of South Dakota, where she can be found hiking the Hills in all kinds of weather and regularly visiting the "boys" at Mt. Rushmore.

Having recently graduated from Homeschool Mom-hood (Summa cum Laude!), Jan devotes her time to the voices in her head who have been clamoring for attention during the last few decades. Instead of declining Latin nouns and reviewing rhetorical devices, her days are now spent at the computer where she gives her characters free rein.

Visit Jan at www.JanDrexler.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JanDrexlerAuthor

My Thoughts...

This is the third book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie but it can be read as a stand alone.
You are going to love Naomi and Davey. If you are a fan of Amish Romances then you are going to enjoy this one.
Real characters that feel like you know them. The novel its self was slow, But it ends really fast. Needed a little bit better editing of the story line.
I gave this book 4 stars and hope to read some more of Drexlers books in the future.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Interview with Elle Kay




Abandoned by her dearest friend, Stella is running-scared. Life and death decisions force her to re-examine her faith, as well as her priorities. The handsome, Jason, only exacerbates her anxiety. Should she trust him? Something is amiss in the quiet town of Edinsville. How will Stella fare as her world gets turned upside down?

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https://www.amazon.com/Stella-Endless-Mountain-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01BZGKC28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497973610&sr=8-1&keywords=stella+by+elle+e+kay


What prompted you to start writing?
In my thirties I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I couldn't find a patient oriented support resource for someone newly diagnosed, so I decided to write one for others. I'd always been interested in writing, but hadn't taken it seriously until I wrote and published that non-fiction book, "Zebras of Hope." I was surprised at it's success. And it helped me to build the confidence I needed to move forward.

About a year later, my husband badgered me to write a children's book called "There's a Goat on My Porch. I did. Having accomplished those two writing tasks, I tried my hand at my first full length fiction novel, Stella. I expect to release the second in the series later this year. 


Why did you choose this genre?
I chose to write romantic suspense because it's the genre I read the most, so it came naturally as I began to write. I'm also working on a women's fiction novella. 


How did you choose your characters names?
In the Endless Mountain Series, they just came to me. I didn't put much thought into them. I did have to change some minor character names due to confusion before finalizing the book. In the novella I am writing, I researched the meanings of names to choose ones appropriate for the characters.


How much of yourself do you write into your characters?
Quite a bit. The beginning of Stella is based loosely on my own experiences as a young adult. Claudia's wild side is also based on me. As a teen and young woman, I was combination of Stella's introverted shyness and Claudia's desperate desire to fit in. I incorporate a good deal of my own life into all aspects of my writing. 


What is the most important thing you hope readers will take away from reading Stella?
I hope they will grow closer to God as they accompany Stella along her journey. She must face things she'd never dreamed possible and only the strength she derives from her relationship with Jesus get her through. I pray that my reader will feel the power of God through Stella's struggle. The theme of Stella is forgiveness. Forgiveness is what unlocks the door to a closer relationship with the Lord and it's that nearness we all so desperately crave, even if we don't know what's missing in our lives, we feel that emptiness until we ask Him to fill it.


If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
I hate seeing people suffer, so I would love to have the power to heal. Yet, I wonder if it's a good choice. Our suffering is often what brings us the closest to the Lord. When we reach the end of our own strength and are at our weakest, we lean on Him the most and come to recognize His strength and comfort.


I am a dog lover tell us about your pets if any.
Don't get me started! We have a hobby farm in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountain region. We lost our younger dog, a boxer-pit mix, Brandy, a few years ago during bladder surgery. Our older dog, Sammy, a lab-pit mix is seventeen and frail, so we haven't introduced any new puppies for fear it would be too much for him. We would like to get German Shepherd puppies and will someday. We have nine goats, three sheep, ten rabbits, thirty chickens, two turkeys, and two ducks. I absolutely adore our animals. 

Our goat, Vicky Van Goat, is the star of her own children's book series "The Adventures of Vicky Van Goat." There are only two books out so far, but I expect it will be a long running series. The kids really seem to enjoy them. My nieces and nephews get a kick out of Vicky being a real goat that they know personally.  

We're looking for a property with more acreage, so we can also get horses and a mini-donkey. 


Who is your favorite author?
That is a difficult question. There are so many that I love. I enjoy Teri Blackstock and Patricia Bradley, who both write suspense, but there are so many great authors out there. I read in many different genres. 

Tell the blog readers where they can keep up with you.
My website is updated with the latest information about my upcoming books. http://www.elleekay.com/. I also have a blog, where I write mostly devotional posts based on traditional hymns http://www.elleekay.com/blog/. I'm on most social media platforms. Here are my links:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Beginner's Bible for Little Ones




The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million copies sold. With over five million copies sold, The Beginner's Bible® is the bestselling Bible storybook of our time. Now there's a condensed version for active little ones to take with them wherever they go. With a padded cover, this board book is soft, durable, and can withstand any child's energetic lifestyle. Playfully illustrated, the storybook introduces toddlers to the Bible in an imaginative way. The accompanying text is simple so that children are engaged by and can learn eight cherished Bible stories, including Creation, Noah's Ark, and the birth of baby Jesus.

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Eight Bible stories written for children ages 2-4. Illustrations cute and eye catching for young children.
It's a board book so it can take a lick, not be easily torn up.
Its the right size for a small one to carry around. The stories are written so young ones can easily understand.
I think this is perfect for small children.  The stories are short so to keep the kids attention.
I gave this book 4 stars.  Would make a great gift.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Check out another Great Blog!




It's nice as a Christian blogger to Surround yourself with like minded people and blogs. I love to visit christianbookaholic.com as often as I can. Julia has a wonderful Review blog site. Her page has everything broken down for you. Each Christian genre has its own tab. These include Christian fiction, Christian non fiction, Mass Market fiction, Mass Market non fiction Last but not least DVDs and CDs. 
   Julia is a sweet lady and has a wonderful page dedicated mostly to Christian books. She is a cat lover so expect a cat book every now and again. HaHa.
Drop by and check out her blog, Tell her I said "Hello" while you are over there. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Freedom's Price By Christine Johnson







When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father's ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family's plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith--even if it costs them everything?

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https://www.amazon.com/Freedoms-Price-Novel-Keys-Promise/dp/080072352X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497573268&sr=8-1&keywords=freedom%27s+price+christine+johnson




A small-town Michigan girl, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love--story. She holds degrees in English and library studies and works part-time as a librarian. She feels blessed to write for Love Inspired and Revell.

When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike, kayak, and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Christine enjoys hearing from readers through her web site at http://christineelizabethjohnson.com.

My Thoughts...
Freedom's Price is book three in the Keys of Promise Series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I would read all three only because they are good reads.
The Characters are strong and well rounded. It's a light historical romance. An easy light read for a weekend read.
I gave this book 4 stars. Give it a try.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Under A Summer Sky By Melody Carlson




High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.

With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites readers to spend the summer surrounded by beauty and tantalizing possibilities for the future.


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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.


My Thoughts..
This is book three in the A Savannah Romance series. This one was a little to unrealistic for my liking.
I have read them all three and this one was just not like the other two for some reason. It ended really fast for me left me hanging with to many lose ends.
I did like the gorgeous city that it all took place in. Carlson's descriptions were very vivid.  I liked the romance and the clean story.
I just can't say it was as good as the first two books in the series.
I gave this book 3.5 stars and I hope the next book Carlson writes is as good as her Christmas Novellas.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Interview with Janalyn Voigt Author of Hills of Nevermore






Can a young widow hide her secret shame from the Irish preacher bent on helping her survive? In an Idaho Territory boom town, America Liberty Reed overhears circuit preacher Shane Hayes try to persuade a hotel owner to close his saloon on Sunday. Shane lands face-down in the mud for his trouble, and there’s talk of shooting him. America intervenes and finds herself in an unexpectedly personal conversation with the blue-eyed preacher. Certain she has angered God in the past, she shies away from Shane. Addie Martin, another widow, invites America to help in her cook tent in Virginia City, the new mining town. Even with Addie’s teenage son helping with America’s baby, life is hard. Shane urges America to depart for a more civilized location. Neither Shane’s persuasions nor road agents, murder, sickness, or vigilante violence can sway America. Loyalty and ambition hold her fast until dire circumstances force her to confront everything she believes about herself, Shane, and God. Based on actual historical events during a time of unrest in America.

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https://www.amazon.com/Hills-Nevermore-Inspirational-Historical-Romance/dp/1943959269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497403873&sr=8-1&keywords=hills+of+nevermore+janalyn+voigt


Hi, Mary. Thanks for the interview and the chance to meet your readers.
 
Welcome Janalyn,
 
What is the most important thing you hope readers will take away from reading your book?
 
I hope readers of Hills of Nevermore will come away with a sense of God’s unconditional love for them. Our finite minds can’t fully comprehend that kind of love, but we yearn for it intuitively. We want to be loved despite ourselves.
 
Why did you choose to write about the wild west in Virginia City? Do you have any ties to it?
 
While on a road trip, my husband and I decided to drive through Virginia City, Montana. With our shared love of history, we didn’t need much incentive to detour to a ghost town. I learned from a brochure that the local history involved gold dust, road agents, questionable lawmen, and vigilante hangings. We didn’t have time to stop and explore, but much of Virginia City is visible from the main road. With many intact buildings, the town really is impressive. I made a mental note to return some day with more time to explore.
 
We passed Robber’s Roost, a road house several miles outside town. The brochure explained that road agents once lurked on the balcony, ready to ride out and rob stagecoaches carrying gold between the goldrush towns of Bannack and Virginia City. As we continued through the Ruby Valley, a flat land with winding waterways between distant mountains, stories crowded my mind, and I knew I would write about this place.
 
 
How does your faith play in your writing?
 
My faith is central to everything I do, including writing. The themes and story tone I choose come from my values and morals. I don’t have to force myself to write from a Christian worldview. That comes naturally.
 
What sparked your decision to journey down the path of writing?
 
Writing is indeed a journey, and for me one worth taking. I started in early childhood by making up my own bedtime stories and progressed from there. Every journey has its costs, and that’s certainly true of writing. In the beginning of my career, the token I paid was in discouragement. It’s hard to believe in yourself when instead of encouragement you receive rejection. Once you conquer that problem and start to land contracts, the price becomes time stress. This is an observation, not a complaint. I love the writing journey.
 
What are you writing now?
 
I’m in the last throes of finishing Cheyenne Sunrise, second novel in the Montana Gold series. This story is close to my heart because I modeled the half-Cheyenne hero after my father, who was half Native American. The heroine is an Irish-American woman who, after her job ends in disaster, goes West looking for a new start. Here’s a brief description:
 
Cheyenne Sunrise (Montana Gold, book 2)
 
An Irish-American woman must decide whether to love again after her abusive marriage ends with her husband’s death. The son of a Cheyenne woman and a French trapper lives between two worlds without fitting into either. Neither wants to fall in love, and certainly not with one another.
What are your hobbies other than writing?
 
I like to garden, hike, travel, read, and research historical events. My hobbies are perfect for a writer, including the gardening, which rests my mind between writing sessions.
What is your favorite comfort food?
 
I can’t really name one favorite food, but I drink teas of all sorts. That’s technically a beverage, but it’s what I use to counter weariness, sickness, stress, or a scattered feeling.
 
Tell readers how to keep up with you?
 
The best way is to visit the Janalyn Voigt website at http://janalynvoigt.com. When you arrive on the front page, it may pleasantly surprise you. For the best experience click on the images of the worlds that align to the genres I write. Visit my ‘About’ page to learn more about me as an author and for my social links.