31 May 2016

Love is Patient Collection from Barbour -- Giveaway

Looking for some summer reading? We're giving away a copy of the Love is Patient Romance Collection from Barbour books (February, 2016).  With two stories from Erica Vetsch (Lady-in-Waiting, Shining Armor, 2012), and novellas from Vickie McDonough (The Spinster and the Tycoon, 2007), Jill Stengl (The Spinster's Beau, 2006), Darlene Franklin (A Birthday Wish, 2013), Lena Nelson Dooley (The Spinster and the Cowboy, 2007), Janet Lee Barton (Harvest of Love, 2000), Frances Devine (The Spinster and the Doctor, 2007), and Connie Stevens (Hope's Dwelling Place, 2013).

Blurb: Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances. 

GIVEAWAY: A paperback of Love Is Patient Romance Collection. Answer this question -- what are you most wanting from reading a novella besides a quicker read?

30 May 2016

MEMORIAL DAY by Teresa S. Mathews

Memorial Day

Your memory will be forever honored in my heart
You understood the risk right from the start.

Giving your pledge to protect and serve,
You never once from this honor swerved.

Protecting others was your heart-felt call;
Mothers, Fathers children, you protected them all.

When that moment came, your life you freely gave,
Because of your sacrifice Old Glory still proudly waves.

May the memory of your valor live on in our hearts and lives today,
May we be forever thankful for your love of the USA.

© Teresa S. Mathews 2016 

26 May 2016

Noela reviews MAIL-ORDER REVENGE by Angela K Couch

Mail-Order Revenge

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****

Who doesn’t love a beguiling mail-order bride story? But where many brides answer ads in their quest to find happiness and a new life, this bitter bride-to-be seeks only to exact revenge! From bustling New York to the sparse wilderness of Arizona, the prospective bride journeys afar, carrying her cloak of secrecy and resentment—with plans for duplicity and betrayal.

Elizabeth Landvik, once a part of genteel society, has been reduced to sharing a room in a boarding house and toiling for pittance at a sewing factory. Her family’s impoverishment and the subsequent deaths of her parents can be attributed to one man, Lars Forsberg. How it chafes her that he now lives on a sprawling ranch with his son Axel. When she spies a newspaper ad for a mail-order bride for Axel, Elizabeth figures this will be the perfect way to search for her family’s money and give them their comeuppance. Axel Forsberg is initially infuriated his father has arranged a bride for him but warms to the idea especially upon seeing the lovely lady. While his new wife seems to need time to adjust to their union, Axel swiftly loses his heart. But before long, increasingly alarming incidents leave him baffled and troubled.

Mail-Order Revenge is an intriguing and unique take on the mail-order bride theme which makes for a particularly captivating read. This novella is the first I’ve read from Angela K Couch and definitely won’t be the last! Although a novella, it has the fullness of a novel leaving the reader emotionally touched, deeply satisfied, and stirred by the themes of repentance, bitterness and its consequences, and the offering of unmerited grace. A wonderful story!!

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You can purchase Mail-Order Revenge here: AMAZON

GIVEAWAY: Angela is generously giving away either a paperback or e-book copy of Mail-Order Revenge to one blessed commenter! (US only) *Please leave your email so that we may contact you should you win! Using (at) and (dot) will protect you against spammers.

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24 May 2016

Celebrate Lit Book Launch Tour for Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter

Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter Celebration Tour

Purchase your copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and Book Depository.

Blog Stops

May 26: Just Commonly (Spotlight)
May 27: A Greater Yes
May 27: Cassandra M’s Place (spotlight)
May 29: Bigreadersite
May 29: Mary Hake
June 4: Southern Chelle

Ebook copies of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter are given away, one per blog stop.  Also, a 7 inch Kindle Fire, paperback copy, set of Fleur de Lis earrings, bookmarks and postcards for the Grand Prize winner. Enter the Grand Prize here.

22 May 2016

Tracy Cooke Wainwright - Testimony of Overcoming

Tracy Cooke Wainwright

We all have challenges. There are certainly times in life when those challenges seem overwhelming. Looking back on the many I've faced, it's interesting how clearly God's hand is revealed.

When considering what to write about, the whole gamut ran through my mind. The eighteen month time period my parents got divorced, moved out of state separately, I graduated high school, started college, and then ran out of money, lost my place to live, got dumped by my fiancé, and couldn't find a job. Then there are the many times I've dealt with depression. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 31. Then there's my current situation: my family of six is living in the upstairs of my in-laws house.

As you can see, there are many trials I've experienced and been brought through by the grace of the Lord. However, the issue that surfaced and I feel led to share about is my chronic back pain.

I remember lower back pain as early as 16. I remember people always telling me I was too young for back pain. I generally replied that I wished they'd tell my back that. My father and I nailed down the initiating incident to when I hyperextended my knee about age 13. As the years continued, a handful of minor traffic accidents seemed to contribute to my discomfort. Then, when my children were little I pulled my back out for the first time. A couple years later, I did it again. And in December 2012 I pulled it out a third time. This is the one that really knocked me down.

I had some speaking commitments the week after. Plus, it happened three weeks before Christmas. That I had a busy schedule would be an understatement. (You know how that time of year can get!) It was the week before Christmas my mom and sister showed up and took over. This meant I was able to do what I should have been doing since day one - staying off my feet. The bigger problem was sitting didn't work. I had to lay down. All the time.

I struggled with both the pain and being basically incapacitated. I watched about as much Netflix as I could stand and still had lots of recovering to do. One day I randomly did a search for Galatians on YouTube. I came across some well-known believers reading the whole book at a conference. It was a blessing! Especially since it led me to listening to two new preachers I didn't know about before. 

I didn't want to be flat on my back the weeks before and week after Christmas. I'm not good at doing nothing. However, God used (and I'm thinking maybe even brought me to that place on purpose) that time to speak some powerful things into my life. It started a journey of digging even deeper into scripture. It proceeded some of the deepest growth in my relationship with the Lord that I've ever experienced.

I've never completely recovered. I still deal with back pain almost every day. While I never would have wished it, and would be very grateful for complete healing, God has used it to teach me more about Him. And He's used it to help my ability to have compassion on others. 

Hmm. So He's used my injuries and discomfort to teach me to love Him and others better.

In His grace and mercy, He not only upheld His promises and has been with me every step of my pain, but He's also used it to bless me. I'm so grateful I've learned not to dwell on what I don't want to deal with, but instead focus on what He's doing through my circumstances! God has truly used this and other situations to transform my thinking to be more intentional about focusing on Him regardless of what's going on in life.

About Tracy: Tracy Wainwright is a wife, mother of four, women’s ministry team leader, women’s conference director, speaker, and multi-published author. She loves sharing the lessons God teaches her with other women through Bible study, over coffee, at women’s events, and in her books. She’s written fiction, nonfiction, adult, young adult, and children’s books. Her latest book, A Transformed Mind: Changing Your Thoughts to Change Your Life, is the first of a twelve part series.

Giveaway: One of our commenters will receive an ebook copy of the first part of Tracy's new series.

19 May 2016

Early Reviews & Giveaway of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Thank you to early readers and reviewers for these great reviews of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter:

Endorsement from Author Laura Frantz:

With a unique European-American setting and characters inspired by a true historical couple, Saving the Marquise’s Daughter has romance and suspense in spades, all the while showcasing the author’s passion for the period. The lovely cover is just the beginning!  
Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre

Reviewer Betti Mace: Oh my goodness! Carrie Fancett Pagels has done it again. This story, set in the 1700's, had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. From her position as 'noblesse ancienne', the ancient aristocracy of France, Suzanne had much to look forward to. Her hand in marriage to one of the same aristocracy was expected. Roman Catholicism was considered the only religion in France. Why then, did her parents have to believe differently? The Huguenots were to be killed - would there be any reprieve for her? After all, she had gone to mass with her Grand-mere and even had her rosary.... Would she ever learn that God had a plan for her, not for her family, but for herself? How much would it take and would the young German, Johann, have a part in her finally learning to believe?

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is available for pre-order in both ebook (June) and paperback (July) from Amazon, from Pelican Books, and Barnes and Noble.

Giveaway: An ebook copy of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter. Leave a comment.

17 May 2016

Noela reviews THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender
Thomas Nelson (May 17, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

A Medieval Fairy-tale Retelling - The Princess and the Pea meets Beauty and the Beast

Imposing stone castles, wolf-infested forests, and immensely gripping characters—together with treachery, sacrifice, and love, ensures this medieval tale emerging from 1363 in the Holy Roman Empire—is one that seizes the reader instantly from the breathtaking beginning!

Avelina, the beautiful maid-servant to Lady Dorothea of Plimmwald Castle, is forced to go in Dorothea’s stead to the Margrave of Thornbeck’s two-week party—from whence the Margrave will choose a bride from the invited noblewomen. Dorothea’s father, the Earl of Plimmwald, insists Avelina impersonate his daughter to attend the gathering after Dorothea ran away with one of his knights. The Earl fears an attack on his castle from a threatening neighbor and must find favor and an ally with the powerful Margrave. Upon fear of banishment for herself and her family, along with the burden that many lives may be lost upon Plimmwald being defeated, Avelina goes along with the masquerade with no small lack of trepidation.

Avelina is a simple and pure-of-heart maiden, but possesses spunk and is opinionated when it comes to injustice and the downtrodden. I couldn’t help but champion for her. Though she’s meant to merely stay in the background and above all avoid the Margrave choosing her as his wife; the scheme falters as the Margrave becomes captivated with her. Avelina attempts to direct his attentions elsewhere but this becomes increasingly heart-rending when her feelings deepen for this austere but kind-hearted man. She knows a union between a maid and Lord would never be permitted, but even so there is too much at stake for Avelina to even contemplate the possibility. Before the fortnight is spent, a much direr situation than her deception begins to emerge. Can this beautiful pretender help truth and justice to triumph or will all be lost?

Truly, I devoured this medieval feast of treachery and love so gluttonously I’m sure I must have burped at the conclusion! Masterful storyteller Melanie Dickerson, once again delivers upon a feasting platter, an intriguing, original tale with phenomenal characters, exhilarating suspense, and a sigh-worthy romance. Enriching ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ is a meaningful reminder of God’s enduring love and faithfulness. Highly recommended! 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Thomas Nelson for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given. 
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This book may be purchased from these and other places: Amazon; CBD; B&N; BAM

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