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Sweet Clean Romance Promotion July 11-25th

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Enjoy free clean romance books from July 11-July 25. Individual authors are responsible for meeting the submission guidelines for clean romance.

Paul Apostle of Christ Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on July 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Paul (Faulkner), who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke(Caviezel), his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius (Martinez), the prison's prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But before Paul's death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of "The Way" and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.



PRODUCED BY:T.J. Berden and David Zelon


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:Eric Groth, Rick Jackson, Harrison Powell and Jim Caviezel


STARRING:Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley and John Lynch

Enter the Giveaway


My Review

The movie covers a time when Nero has Paul imprisioned awaiting death.  He is struggling with day to day conditions and knowing he persecuted Christians before his conversion.  Luke through his connections as a physician is allowed to see Paul and bring news back to the group of Christians hiding out within the city of Rome.

The movie portrays well the dire times of persecution of the Christians by Nero and Paul's dedication to Christ.  I felt that the actor that played Paul and Luke did a really good job on getting the message across.  The movie was an emotional one for me and I felt myself saddened by the plight of the Christians. 

I rejoiced when Luke was allowed by Mauriteus to treat his daughter who was on her death bed.  The struggle that Mauriteus had with whether to turn away from his God's and turn to Luke was a powerful scene.  Luke's choice to help the person in charge of keeping Paul imprisioned to me took a lot of courage and strength.  It was against his human character but in line with Christ's.  His character had grown so much compared to before he was converted.  It reminded me that God does use the broken and molds their character into a new person.

The picture quality of the film was good, acting was excellent, and the settings depicting the city at that time was convincing. 



The Heart of the Story    http://youtu.be/-EbrjbUUWCI

Movie Trailer  http://youtu.be/7DFGmw5oe0E

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham Blog Tour

Posted by [email protected] on July 9, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Blog Tour July 9th to 13th


The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.  

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Barker Publishing

  Praise for The Hope of Azure Springs

“With unusual charm and warmth, Rachel Fordham opens the door to Azure Springs, a place as memorable as the people who inhabit it—namely the unique Em, a hero of a sheriff, and an assortment of heart-tugging, endearing townsfolk. A memorable story of faith, family, and happy endings!” ~Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“The Hope of Azure Springs is full of love and laughter, hope and happy endings. This delightful book about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love will keep you turning pages until the very end. After you read Rachel Fordham’s satisfying story, you’ll want to give the world a hug.” ~Jennifer Beckstrand, author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill.

“A tender story about loss, life, and the beauty that lies within each of us.” ~Stacy Henrie, USA Today bestselling author and RITA award finalist.

“Authentic. Strong. Memorable. The Hope of Azure Springs and its refreshingly realistic heroine will remain in readers’ hearts long after they’ve reached the stirring conclusion. With eloquently drawn scenes that will tug at a reader’s heart and a beautifully redemptive love story, Rachel Fordham’s debut offers a tender look at the meaning of beauty and self-worth.” ~Joanna Politano, author of Lady Jayne Disappears.

“As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love story about an uncommon heroine. Fans of Melissa Jagears and Jane Kirkpatrick will enjoy Rachel Fordham’s books now and for years to come.” ~Dawn Crandall, author of the award-winning series, The Everstone Chronicles..

My Review

The Hope of Azure Springs is a well-written tale. I found myself immersed in the story from the beginning and frankly, couldn't put it down.  The main character, Em, lived most of her life in turmoil and want. An orphan, who lost her younger sister while waiting to be placed in a home after their ride on an orphan train, finds herself injured and left to die.

Caleb, the sheriff of Azure Springs finds her and nothing will ever be the same again.  I laughed at the playful banter between Em & Caleb and cried during the tender moments.  The story is one of healing, trust, learning a new self-worth, and a hopeful future.  The story also has a wonderful relationship that I loved to watch unfold and grow into somehting wonderful.  

A lesson to be learned-beautiful isn't the label society sets for us, it's so much more! I received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it. 


Author Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.   


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 Blog Tour Schedule

July 9th

I Am A Reader - Spotlight

My Life. One Story at a Time. - Review

Cover Lover Book Review - Review

BookHounds - Spotlight

Susan Heim on Writing - Spotlight

Diana's Book Reviews - Spotlight

July 10th

Locks, Hooks and Books - Review

Literary Reflections Book Blog - Review

Literary Time Out - Review

Julie Coulter Bellon - Review

T's Stuff - Spotlight

Tianna Holley, Author - Spotlight

July 11th

Pause for Tales - Review

The Becca Files - Review

Why Not? Because I Said So! - Review

A Writer's Life - Spotlight

Hearts & Scribbles - Spotlight

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Spotlight

Min Reads and Reviews - Spotlight 

July 12th

Simple Wyrdings - Review

Reviews by Room With Books - Review

Paulette's Papers - Spotlight

Here We Go Again Ready - Spotlight

FLY HIGH! - Spotlight

July 13th

Mythical Books - Spotlight

Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight

Stacking My Book Shelves! - Spotlight

Casandra M's Place - Spotlight

Bookish Reviews by Denise Blogs - Spotlight

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in Paypal Cash

Ends 7/24/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  

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Review of A Cowboy to Save Esmeralda by Chloe Carley

Posted by [email protected] on May 27, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the first book by Chloe Carley that I have read and it didn't disappoint. It was definitely a page-turner with lots of action and suspense. The author's writing style and vivid descriptions made the story come alive for me. The characters were well-developed and my favorite was Esmeralda.

She was a young, nieve girl who was at the mercy of an aunt who had a horrid past. I found myself sympathizing with her and also the young man, Will, who decided he had feelings for her even though they had a language barrier.


Within the storyline, there was a presence of God which made the story have more meaning for me. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened in the end.

I'm looking forward to reading more of her work and highly recommend this book.


Review of What She Saw in Room 223 by Sherri Stewart

Posted by [email protected] on May 25, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

What She Saw in Room 223 reminded me of reading an Agatha Christie book. Lorelei is sent by her work at a hotel to gain information on running a Murder Mystery Weekend at theirs. Little does she know that she will be placed in danger and have to come to grips with her past. 

Wonderful plot. A real murder with an imaginary Murder Mystery weekend at the Lodge at Confluence. The characters came to life for me as the plot unfolded. I loved Lorelei's curiosity for sleuthing and her trust in God. Her acquaintance, Max, was also a strong character whom I grew to admire for his bravery and strength.

There were some surprises in the end and everything wrapped up nicely. A mystery with a twist and a sweet romance.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.



Love Found in Sherwood Forest: A Second Chance at Love by Linda Shelton-Matchett

Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)


My Review

Leighanne & Jamison were once engaged but it ended badly. Jamison lives in England and Leighanne in the U.S. in New York and is an actress on Broadway. Leighanne visits her sister in England and finds herself confronted with having to see Jamison again when she finds herself part of the play that Jamison is directing.

Love Found in Sherwood Forest is a fascinating romp into a Shakespearian play put on by Leighanne's sister & directed by Jamison. The author's descriptions of the cast and countryside brought the story to life for me. The characters were sometimes humorous and at other times was deserving of my sympathy. I could relate to Leighanne's confusion wondering what path God wanted her to take. I've pondered some of those same questions myself.

It was a very enjoyable read with strong Christian elements woven into the story. I look forward to reading more from this author. I was provided with a copy of the book by Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.


The Mystery Healer of Smoky Mountain by Crystal Mary Lindsey

Posted by [email protected] on May 10, 2018 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Mystery Healer of Smoky Mountain is a tale set in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennesee. The main character, Marni, is a young woman plagued by insecurity due to an accident that burned one side of her face. She feels she will never find true love.


Daniel, a doctor ahead of his time, struggles to help others with needed reconstructive surgery while having to keep his work a secret from the world. Daniel's character is loving, strong, and with a will to help others.

It's a romantic story, but not without its own troubles. Can Daniel & Marni find love together? A very inspirational and uplifting romance set in 1885. I enjoyed learning about some of the histories of the town. The descriptions of the area made me feel like I was there with the characters.


The Path of Chosen Warriors by Marshalee Patterson

Posted by [email protected] on May 4, 2018 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The story started a little slow but was worth the wait. A well written fictional story but with very real aspects-Spiritual Warfare. We all fight spiritual battles every day and need to be informed and know how to win them. Joshua and Ruth had the protection of God and with his strength, they were up to the task. 

I loved the storyline and plot. The characters were well-developed and brought the story to life for me. The love story part of the story was a sweet one. Joshua and Ruth were blessed by God and his love was evident within the story. The novel reminded me of The Well Spring series by James Rubart. Can't wait to read the next one.

I was provided with a copy of the book and voluntarily chose to review it.


This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller

Posted by [email protected] on March 31, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This Wilderness Journey is Joseph's story. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the mountainside and Indian life. The characters were well-developed and the addition of Monti and Priest Antione made for an interesting story. Monti's relocation from Montreal to the wilderness and her willingness to adapt was inspiring.

I loved the spiritual references and the story was laced with hope, trust in God, and the fact that God's plan is always better than anything we can dream of. I thoroughly enjoyed the romantic story set in the Colorado Mountains in the 1800's. Can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommended.

Review of The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

Posted by [email protected] on March 28, 2018 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Another great read in the Rubart fashion. HIs books always leave me thinking and reassessing my own life. I loved the characters, all but Letto. Letto was dark, evil and a side that exists in most of us. Through Christ the Letto's of our lives can be banished forever and only then can we become the awesome person that God intended us to be.

We all continue to fight the darkness daily, but through Christ, we can truly be victorious. The Man He Never Was was an enlightening and magical story seeped with insight, awakening, and the journey to our true Christian self. Loved it!