Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kelly Irvin Amish Novel


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THE SADDLE MAKER’S SON
by Kelly Irvin


Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series
Kelly Irvin
including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of the Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty-two years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-eight years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin
Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author


From the book’s back cover:

Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?


Rebekah isn’t like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close-knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.


From Jo:
Rebekah Lantz feels she’s being judged by the actions of her sister who left the Amish faith. Tobias Byler tries to leave his mistakes behind by moving to Bee County, Texas. Two sibling runaway children search for a better life. Kelly Irvin weaves the misfortunes of these four characters into a seamless and enjoyable story of forgetting the past. Beautiful characterizations and setting descriptions that bring the residents of Bee County alive for the reader.

Title: The Saddle Maker’s Son
Author: Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Zondervan
Release date: June 2016
Purchase link: Amazon


One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive a print copy of The Saddle Maker’s Son.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin is Diana. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sarah Sundin novel


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ANCHOR IN THE STORM
by Sarah Sundin


Sarah Sundin is the author of seven historical novels,
Sarah Sundin
including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015). Her novella "I'll Be Home for Christmas" in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award, and her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. Learn more at her website



From the book’s back cover:

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?

Nothing slows Lillian Avery down—not her personal challenges and certainly not America’s entry into
World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy—even if he is her brother’s best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling?

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?


From Jo:

Book 2 of the Waves of Freedom series didn’t disappoint. This story of Lillian and Arch was a delight to read. Sarah Sundin develops all her characters, not only the hero and heroine, so well that they remain memorable after the last page is turned. Historical detail in this book is excellent.


Title: Anchor in the Storm
Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
Release date: May 2016
Purchase at: Amazon


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The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Providence: Hannah’s Journey by Barbara H. Britton is Caryl. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Barbara M. Britton, Biblical Novel


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PROVIDENCE: HANNAH'S JOURNEY
by Barbara M. Britton



Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San
Barbara M. Britton
Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicks off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of Providence: Hannah’s Journey. Barb is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.



Welcome Barbara. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I would like to dine with the woman at the well in John 4:1-22. I would want to know what Jesus was like, and what he did the days following her conversion when he met the people of her town. I would also like to find out how she felt about herself before and after she met Jesus.  

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I am a terrible typist so all my books are written on notepads. I did try to take a typing class in high school, but I was placed in biology instead. I never went back and taught myself the skill.

This October is special for me as I am a breast cancer survivor! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and last year I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. God is faithful and now I am feeling great.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
This is easy. Any beach in Hawaii is my favorite spot. One of my novels is set on the island of Oahu and I hope to go back and visit someday. Sequel anyone?

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I enjoy walking. Sometimes I figure out a scene or a plot point while I am on a walk.  Summers in Wisconsin are short, so I enjoy the flower-filled landscape when I can, and it’s always fun to spot deer—but not when they’re by the road.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Providence: Hannah’s Journey.
As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to
heal her.

Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.

Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.
Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal an enemy commander.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Here’s a Book Trailer too!

Where can readers purchase Providence: Hannah’s Journey?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Pelican Book Group

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me on your blog today, Jo. I appreciate the opportunity to share my story with your readers.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
I am a big fan of chocolate. What is your favorite chocolate shop, bar, or treat?


Barbara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive a print copy of Providence: Hannah’s Journey.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment through October 18, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Well-Founded Fear of Death by Sherri Stewart is Majorie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

You can keep up-to-date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sherri Stewart mystery novel


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A WELL-FOUNDED FEAR OF DEATH
by Sherri Stewart


Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel. When
Sherri Stewart
life threw a curve at her family, she started writing and hasn’t stopped. Her careers as a teacher, principal, lawyer, and flight attendant have allowed her to draw on personal experiences. Her membership in Word Weavers, Forget Me Not Romance, Books and Banter, Florida Abolitionist, and American Christian Fiction Writers have helped hone her skills. She lives near Orlando with her husband Bobby, her son Joshua, and her dog Lily. When not writing or teaching, she likes to walk through the Disney parks for exercise. A Well-founded Fear of Death is the second in the Stepping Out series. The third book is in the works, as well as some novellas.



Please enjoy the following article by Sherri.



A Life Verse from a Lady-in-Waiting
By Sherri Stewart

Do you have a life verse? If so, who gave it to you? I have a life verse, but I’ve owned it for so long, I can’t remember where I acquired it—maybe it was given to me at my baptism or perhaps at a ladies’ conference. What I do know is I have a great verse: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5,6).

A question that comes to my mind is—if someone gave me that verse, how did they choose it? I would like to believe that a gifted pastor was prompted by the Holy Spirit to give me that verse. Or maybe there are certain Bible verses that are so full of wisdom that they lend themselves to becoming life verses, and everyone gets great ones.

Whatever the case, I love my verse. There is nothing I want to do more than trust the Lord with all my heart. Sometimes, God puts us in situations where all we can do is trust Him. For me, I had just passed the bar exam and was looking forward to spending the summer finding the perfect job with an immigration law firm. I had dreams of fighting for the rights of the immigrant and the oppressed. Instead, in a matter of a few months, my husband lost his job, I had knee surgery, we lost our home and our savings, my husband lost part of his foot, and our dog died. Call me Job. Not the best summer. I had to put my law career on hold and find a job to support the family. We moved in with my son in his one-bedroom apartment. The only bathroom was in his bedroom. Can you imagine? 

Yet I wouldn’t change a thing. God has made the Bible come alive since our lives turned upside down. I find myself memorizing Scriptures without any effort at all, and singing verses back to Him as I walk around the lake near our apartment. I have memorized so many verses, my melodious repertoire continues until I arrive at my door. I do my best to keep it down when neighbors walk past. 

Most of the verses have to do with waiting. I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong, and take heart, and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:13). In days of old, no one has heard, no one has listened, no eyes have seen, any God except You, my Lord, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him (Isa. 64:4).

I am a lady-in-waiting. 

The problem with my life verse is my tendency to overlook the second part of the verse—Lean not on your own understanding. In fact, I have a feeling if I could just stop leaning on myself and lean the other way, I’d learn the lessons God has for me. Instead, I try to solve my problems, as did Sarah, as did Rachael.

Maybe that’s why I was given that particular verse. God knew that my type-A personality would get in the way of my progress on that straight path He promised me. God has given us so many fine examples of people who have leaned well. Mary, at fourteen years old, didn’t question the message the angel brought her. Gideon, buoyed up by the fleece, didn’t fall apart when his troops were whittled from thousands to hundreds. And who could imagine going through labor at Sarah’s age? 

My advice to the unversed: Ask God for a life verse. And when you have one, wonder why that particular verse was chosen for you.


About Sherri’s novel, A Well-Founded Fear of Death:
Julie Richards is slightly agoraphobic, but she
manages to hide it from her friends. She’s taking baby steps to overcome it, but the trip to Colombia tests her limits, and she can’t wait to return to her normal, safe life in Celebration, her boyfriend, and her law practice.

But nothing is safe and normal in Celebration. Men threaten to blow up her house if she doesn’t give them the child they think she’s hiding. Her boyfriend tells her he’s marrying her best friend. And one of her clients is in a coma because the asylum case she thought was a slam dunk is not going well.

She’s ready to give up and go back to hiding from everyone. Will Julie hold fast to her “Life’s not fair” mantra, or will she cling to God’s promise that all things work together for good?

Where A Well-Founded Fear of Death may be purchased:
Amazon  

Where you can find Sherri Stewart online:
Facebook
Twitter
Personal Blog


Sherri, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of A Well-Founded Fear of Death.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment through October 11, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Engaged by Julie Arduini is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. When you do, you'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and each month the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.