Thursday, January 18, 2018

"A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M.White Book Tour and GiveAway


About the Book



Title: A Song Unheard  
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction  
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe. But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

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My Review: 
"A Song Unheard" by Roseanna M.White  is the second book in "Shadow Over England" series and just as good as the first book (A Name Unknown). It has the same characters but this story is Willa's story not Rosie's and is about music and not books.

The action in this book kept me reading to the end. 

This story is based on historical facts.  

This story is  a mystery as well. I couldn't wait to see where the key was and was surprised at what the key really was. I won't give it away but it isn't want you think.

In one scene at the end of the book I was literally shaking and thinking "No Way that is not how this ends".  I can't tell you how it ended but I think you should read this book and see if you have the same thoughts and opinions as I do !

Oh, I forgot to say that this book is a great read even if you don't read "A Name Unknown".

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.



About  the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest post from Roseanna White

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music. We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep. That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew? That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words. This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.” But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord. I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.” Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer

Blog Stops

Fiction Aficionado, January 11
Genesis 5020, January 11
Bookworm Mama, January 11
Blogging With Carol, January 12
Multifarious, January 12
Faithfully BookishJanuary 13
Karen Sue Hadley, January 13
Mary Hake, January 13
A Greater YesJanuary 13
Remembrancy, January 14
Texas Book-aholic, January 14
A Reader’s Brain, January 15
Cordially Barbara, January 15
Pursuing StacieJanuary 15
Bigreadersite, January 16
Mommynificent, January 17
Baker Kella, January 17
allofakindmom, January 18
Pause for Tales, January 19
Just Commonly, January 19
Janices book reviewsJanuary 19
Radiant LightJanuary 20
Book by Book, January 20
CAC Devourer, January 20
Splashes of JoyJanuary 21
Neverending Stories, January 21
The PhD Mamma, January 22
Cafinated Reads, January 22
Daysong Reflections, January 22
Purposeful Learning, January 23
Carpe Diem, January 23
Henry Happens, January 24
Joy of Reading, January 24
                                               Raining Butterfly Kisses, January 24

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c72a

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"The Valentine Verse" by JoAnn Durgin Book Tour and GiveAway


About the Book



Author: JoAnn Durgin  
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Release Date: May 5, 2017

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for February 14th anymore! Love should be celebrated every day of the year. That’s Thornton Fielding’s philosophy. In spite of a few false starts in the arena of love, he holds out hope he’ll eventually find the woman of his dreams. The problem? He loves his job, and there’s no end in sight to his travels. But when Thornton returns to his tiny hometown of Cherish, Minnesota, he meets a beautiful and intriguing woman he believes might be God’s answer to ending his bachelor status—permanently. Vara Alexandris is soured on love and scoffs at the notion of soul mates. But soon after meeting the handsome and unconventional Thornton, the speech and language pathologist suspects he might be the perfect ally to help jump-start her stroke patient’s recovery—if only Vara can keep Thornton grounded in Cherish long enough. This man who spouts romanticized and idealistic ideas about love seems all too eager to resume his world travels. Could it be Thornton actually prefers globetrotting in order to avoid a romantic relationship? Is it time for Vara to call the dreamer’s bluff? And can Thornton convince Vara to put past heartache behind her and trust in God’s plan for her heart? Join Thornton and Vara in USA Today bestselling author JoAnn Durgin’s latest release full of her trademark humor, romance, and lively, small-town characters in a story of God’s fierce passion and loving guidance for His children—if only they pay attention! The Valentine Verse is sure to warm your soul during any season of the year.
 
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About the Author



JoAnn Durgin is the USA Today bestselling author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling Catching Serenity, Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Echoes of Edinburgh, Perchance to Dream, Whisper to My Heart, Thee Will I Cherish, The Christmas Challenge, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series. A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana. Writing Christian fiction is her passion, and she loves nothing more than sharing the hope to be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.



My Review: 

"The Valentine Verse" by JoAnn Durgin is a cute clean love story based on Valentine's Day. I feel that this book is more than just a love story it is also a story about letting go of the past and forgiveness.

I agreed with Thornton that love should be celebrated every day.

This book was a little preachy, I say this only to let others know, I don't mind the preachy scenes in books if it goes along with the story and in certainly does in the Valentine Verse. I mean just look at the title, which is based on John 3: 16.

The characters are people that are believable and could be our neighbors. There are tense moments in the story and a few scenes that might make a reader chuckle.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wanted to read a light but serious love story.

I know this is a little weird but I think my favorite character is Charlotte even though she isn't the main character. I think this is because she changes the most in the story and has the biggest secret that is holding her back from surrendering to Jesus.

I am giving "The Valentine Verse" by JoAnn Durgin Four stars.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own


Guest Post from JoAnn Durgin
A Little More about The Valentine Verse from Author JoAnn Durgin I adore writing and reading contemporary Christian romance, but I’ve noticed very few novels in the genre have an actual Valentine’s Day theme and/or title. Perhaps authors believe it would limit the “shelf life” of their book. The way I see it, if Christmas novels (and Hallmark Christmas movies) can be popular year-round, why not Valentine’s Day books? I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel in my writing career. Don’t tell me I can’t do something or I might just try it (within reason)! After a Christmas release last year followed closely by the eighth installment (500 pages!) of my longest-running series, I knew I couldn’t possibly release a Valentine’s Day book. That’s when one of the primary themes of The Valentine Verse “hit” me—Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be reserved only for February 14th. Expressing our love to one another should be celebrated throughout the year! This concept became the philosophy of the hero, Thornton Fielding, and the book released in early May. Let me tell you a little more about the idea for Thornton… I dedicated The Valentine Verse to my uncle, Mr. Thornton, and named my hero after him. My uncle was instrumental in my being able to quit my full-time paralegal job in mid-August 2014. Without going into specific details, there were three things that took place (“signs,” if you will) beginning earlier that same year, which seemed to clearly indicate I should try to make writing my full-time career. My debut novel released in late 2010, and the story of my road to publication can be found on my website at www.joanndurgin.com. By early 2014, my books were beginning to find faithful readers, and I was blessed with decent sales. The third and final “sign” and blessing came from Mr. Thornton. Truly, it was as if God were saying, “JoAnn, what more will it take for you to step out in faith?” I promised the Lord and myself that I’d take a year and see how it went…and I haven’t looked back since! I took the leap of faith, but I’m also doing what I feel the Lord has called me to do. Almost three years to the day of quitting my day job, I released my 24th novel. God is so good, and it is my great honor and privilege to write for His glory. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for the gracious opportunity for this blog tour. The Valentine Verse features fun characters (how can you miss with a small Minnesota town named Cherish?), heartwarming lessons, *sightings* of two of my most popular heroes from another series, and even a surprising twist at the end! I hope you’ll enjoy The Valentine Verse. Blessings, friends. JoAnn Matthew 5:16

Blog Stops

Mommynificent, January 10
Power of Words, January 10 (Spotlight)
Karen Sue HadleyJanuary 11
Reading is my Super Power, January 11 (Interview)
Quiet Quilter, January 12
RemembrancyJanuary 13
Bibliophile Reviews, January 15
Texas Book-aholic, January 16
Janices book reviewsJanuary 18
Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 19
Carpe Diem, January 20
Simple Harvest Reads, January 21 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
God is Love, January 22
A Greater YesJanuary 23
margaret kazmierczak, January 23 (Interview)
Pursuing StacieJanuary 24
BigreadersiteJanuary 24

Giveaway:

To celebrate her tour, JoAnn is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c5dd

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spotlighting Donna Walo Clancy with a GiveAway of a Signed Print Book

Bio
I was born in 1959 and that officially makes me old according to my kids. South Yarmouth on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA is my home. Happily divorced, yes, happily, I have three grown children who are my world and one ten pound, black and white Papillon dog, Zumiez, who makes me smile every day.
I enjoy walking the beaches, photography and day trips exploring new places. An avid concert goer, I have been known to hop in a car with my kids and follow a band up and down the east coast.
Summer Prescott Books Publishing recently signed me on as one of their new authors.
I knew that I wanted to be a writer way back in 1968 when I wrote my first book, A Day in the Life of Mr. Quarter, for a school project. But, being a single mom, my writing was put on the backburner behind working two to three jobs to keep my family supported.
Writing is my number one passion. I love to write cozy mysteries, paranormal stories, thrillers and an inspirational Christmas book once a year near the holiday. Reading runs a close second.
My published books can be found on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.

“I love to walk the beaches metal detecting, plotting my next book. I walk and talk. People that pass by look at me like I am crazy and who knows… maybe I am, but my kids love me anyway.” 

Interview

1 What is the first book that made you cry?

I can’t remember back that far. Recently, Wagging Tails in Heaven by Gary Kurz.


2 What book title best describes your life?

One of my first books, Keep the Faith, Ellen McGuire, was written about a single mom with young children and how she struggles to keep her family housed and fed. Many of the events in the book, happened in my real life as I raised my three children. This book is near and dear to my heart. Many times, in the last twenty years, I had to keep the faith and keep moving on.

3 If you could tell your younger writer self any advice, what would it be?

Edit, edit, edit! When I self-published my first book, The Baby Factory, I was so excited that I never had it properly edited or formatted. The story was awesome, but everything else, not so much. I have learned so much over the last six years since my first book was published. (I am going to rewrite The Baby Factory in the coming year and release a better written book.)

4 What made you want to become a writer?

It was just something that I always loved to do. I was an avid reader when I was younger, reading every book in the kid’s section that my local library had to offer. One thing led into another: reading to writing!

5 What book most influenced your life?

Books! Nancy Drew Mysteries were my favorite books. I spent endless hours reading them followed by endless hours making up my own mysteries based on those stories. Those books gave me the writing bug that never went away.

6 Does your family support your career as a writer?

Yes, they do. My children support me wholeheartedly because they know it has always been my dream to be a full-time writer.

7 Are your characters based on real people or do they come entirely from your imagination?

It’s a mix. Some of my characters are based on people I know; using a name change, of course! Others, like Gladys Twittle in my Jellies cozies, popped into my head while I was writing the first book of the series when I decided that the town needed a quirky gossiper.

8 Do your books teach a moral or a lesson?

My Christmas books have some kind of inspirational lesson behind them, but my other
books tend not to.

9 What have your experiences been like as an author?

There are ups and downs like in any thing you do in life. Every time I release a new book, a rush comes over me in anticipation of whether it will be received well or not. One of the highlights of my writing career so far is the wonderful people that I have met that read my books. The writing community, mixed with the reading community, is huge.

So many authors are willing to stretch out their hands to help fellow authors. I must have driven author Kathi Daley crazy with all the questions I fired at her, but with a wonderful show of patience, she answered all my questions and gave me the advice that I searched for to learn and grow.

Readers love their authors, and become loyal fans and friends along the journey.

I think one of the biggest lessons that I have learned is that you can’t please everybody with your stories. The first time I received a one star review I was devastated. The best advice that I received from a fellow author was to grow a thick skin because it would happen again. Read it and move on; maybe learn something from it and then put it behind you.

10 What are you most looking forward to in the next ten years?

I want to be able to constantly improve my writing techniques and learn new things.

I would love to be able to attend my first Bouchercon and other writing conferences around the country.

My biggest dream is to be able to add USA Best Selling Author next to my name.

I will continue to put out books in the genres that I write in now, but I would like to write in different genres as I go.

I have a private bucket list of things that I would like to see happen during my writing career and I will continue to aim for and accomplish those items.


Social Media


                  Books and links




https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Good-Marmalade-Jellies-Murder-ebook/dp/B076VVDC88/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1515869983&sr=8-5&keywords=donna+walo+clancy


https://www.amazon.com/JAMMED-MURDER-Jams-Jellies-Murder-ebook/dp/B078JDD5P1/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1515869983&sr=8-4&keywords=donna+walo+clancy

https://www.amazon.com/Wishing-Cradle-Donna-Walo-Clancy-ebook/dp/B0781Z6GDR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515869983&sr=8-1&keywords=donna+walo+clancy

And others on Amazon!





 GiveAway: 


**I will do a giveaway of the first book in my Jellies, Jams and Murder cozy series. Bodies and Blueberries.
   * Signed paperback

To be entered leave a comment  but be sure to leave contact info


"Food For Thought "by Janet Lynn Mitchell Book Tour and GiveAway


About the Book



Title: Food for Thought  
Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell  
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help  
Release Date: December 1, 2017  

Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.

My Review: 

"Food For Thought "by Janet Lynn Mitchell is not a normal book. It is a little spiral book that is filled with nothing but Scripture verses from dieters. These verses  cover a variety of subjects, 72 in all. The subjects include anger, doubt , guilt and forgiveness and others. 

This is a great little tool to carry with you so when you need a quick reference to put you back on track with your diet or just your walk with God these verses are there.  Because, God wants the best for us in every area of life.

Yes, I recommend this book to all whether they are dieting or just want a closer walk with God.

I am sharing one verse from the Self- respect  page , "The thief ( temptation, compromise, fear, doubt, and/ or lack of self-respect) comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus came that I may have and life ( that I might love me)..... John 10:10 Amp. " The words in parenthesis are other dieters thoughts. 

Each topic has a full page of thoughts and verses.  No, this book isn't to take the place of your Bible, it is just to be used as a tool along with it.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 

About the Author



Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. Janet addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!
Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. Janet is a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.
As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over thirty-five years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.
Janet has been featured on radio programs across the nation, including popular programs such as Focus on the Family and Billy Graham’s Decision Today. Janet has appeared on television programs such as, Fox, CBS and ABC News, Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.
Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, has been highlighted by Rick Warren in his “Ministry Toolbox.” Her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available along with Janet’s five new Praying Scripture Flip Books. Janet’s Taking a Stand was released in November of 2006. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. This past year Janet’s latest book, Words Matter became available. One thing Janet has learned is:
It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, January 5
Splashes of JoyJanuary 6
Mary Hake, January 7
Reading is my Super Power, January 8 (Interview)
A Greater YesJanuary 8
Texas Book-aholic, January 10
Carpe Diem, January 11
Pursuing Stacie , January 13
Remembrancy, January 15
Janices book reviewsJanuary 17
margaret kazmierczak, January 17 (Interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
                                  BigreadersiteJanuary 18

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c513