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One Night Beautifully Illustrated Advent Calendar-Back the Kickstarter!

Posted by [email protected] on September 5, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My Review 

The calendar was inspired from the book of Luke and is very well illustrated with wonderful calligraphy, hand-drawn images and a story.

It is very well made with sturdy construction for years of use. It would look lovely on top of a table or fireplace mantle and is sure to be the center of attraction during the holdiays.  Any family can enjoy reading each 24 days leading up to Christmas to start a new tradition.

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Enter to Win a Copy of "Reload Love!"

Posted by [email protected] on September 5, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Will we try to forget all the things we’ve seen?

Or will we see, really see, and then let our emotions

lead us into a new way of living?

This is the story of one woman who refused to look away from atrocities on her television screen. Lenya Heitzig allowed her heart to break at the plight of refugees and the deaths of innocent children, and then she begged God for a job to do.

In this gritty, passionate story, Lenya details the epic way God answered her prayers—how a spark came to life turning weapons of war into something beautiful. Experience the hope found in a children’s playground as you journey with her through the jungles of Burma and the war-torn streets of the Middle East.

Though the shape of your heart and passion may look very different, you will find hope and inspiration in ordinary people who go to incredible lengths to share God’s life-giving love.


Author Lenya Heitzig’s heart is to reach out to hurting people through tangible acts of love. She is the founder of Reload Love, a ministry which touches the lives of children affected by terrorism. Lenya also serves as the executive director of she Ministries at Calvary Church, pastored by her husband, Skip. www.lenyaheitzig.com

​​​ My Review

Reload Love is a very heart-wrenching read, but one filled with the undeniable power of God.  Lenya, leaves her home and travels with her crew from Reload Love as they put their dreams into action.

I was inspired by Lenya's strength and her willingness to boldly go where ever God wanted to use her.  I also admired her for her ability to face the atrocities of the aftermath of ISIS and press on to meet with the many victims of war.

Lanya's organization, Reload Love, is an amazing example of what can be accomplished when you are led by God and are willing to make the hard choices.  A very inspiring read.

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Falling in Love-100 Kick Off Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2018 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

#FallingInLove – $100 Kick Off Giveaway

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Falling In Love

A Clean Romance Event

Hosted by I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance

September is going to be an AWESOME month for clean romance lovers! I’m excited to kick-off this month-long celebration with this $100 Giveaway. Before we get to the giveaway…


Just look at this amazing list of authors who are participating!

Elizabeth Johns

Julie Wright

Jo Noelle

Laurie Lewis

Bria Quinlan

Beth Labonte

Sariah Wilson

D.E. Malone

Delaney Cameron

Donna Hatch

Kimberley Montpetit

Rachael Anderson

Mylissa Demeyere

Daniel Banner

Danielle Thorne

Aubrey Wynne

Kimberly Krey

Jennifer Griffith

Jen Geigle Johnson

Cindy Roland Anderson


Are you excited? I hope so because it’s going to be a great month!

Each Monday through Friday for the rest of the month one of these authors will be spotlighted. There will be a $25 giveaway along with each spotlight which means there will be $500 given away in addition to this $100 giveaway! That’s a total of $600 being given away plus you will have the chance to learn more about 20 AMAZING authors!


So let’s start this off with the $100 Kick-Off Giveaway!

Giveaway Details

One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 10/1/18


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. 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, Amazon, PayPal, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

Posted by [email protected] on August 25, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society.

After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.

When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

My Review

Being a lover of anything to do with vintage airplanes and airshows, this story peaked my interest from the beginning. The historical aspect and the characters which appeared true to the time period made the story come to life for me.


Bella, the daughter of a newspaper tycoon in Edwardian England, was very much her own woman. She wanted to be a journalist for one of her father's newspapers at a time when that sort of behavior was unheard of. The world of aviation fascinated her and after meeting James, a pilot, it became even more intriguing. James, plagued with the need to find the answers to his past, hoped to gain recognition in the aviation world.


I found the author's writing style easy to read, the pages filled with vivid descriptions, and the storyline uplifting and inspirational. I liked how God's message was woven into both characters lives.


There were a lot of surprises and twists which brought even more excitement and suspense to the story. I loved the setting of Edwardian England and the amazing race to cross the English Channel. Well researched and a very enjoyable read. HIghly recommended.


I received this book as a gift and so glad I did.

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His Perfect Love by Sharon K. Connell

Posted by [email protected] on August 17, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

About the Book

No one crosses Jerry Windham and gets away with it. Not even a woman as shrewd as Patricia Campbell. After uncovering this man’s dreadful secrets about women reported missing, she ran. Even two years later, she can't get rid of the thought that he'll never stop looking for her. He’d do anything to see her dead, or worse. Unaware of the FBI’s search for her to learn what information she might hold, she continues to hide. A new look, a new city and job, fearful thoughts suppressed, Patricia moves on. Three new men enter this beautiful woman’s life. A persistent computer technician, a charming philanthropist, and a handsome, wealthy businessman who wants to marry her. But her fears resurface, and she wonders if she can trust any of them. Having rejected God in her college days, Patricia believes He would not listen to her now. All she wants is to change and have a normal life. Will she put her trust in God? Can she survive long enough to find peace…and perfect love?

My Review

His Perfect Love is a story with lots of suspense, adventure, and romance. I must say that in the beginning, I didn't like Patricia very much due to her loose lifestyle and lack of Christian ethics. However, there is hope for everyone and towards the end, her character changed.


There were a few surprises and twists which made the book not only interesting but suspenseful. I found myself trying to figure out what would happen next and it definitely kept me turning the pages. The Christian aspect was weaved into the storyline nicely and I enjoyed following Patricia's growth in coming to the Lord.

The ending wrapped everything up nicely.


The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

Posted by [email protected] on August 14, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My Review

The Hope Jar is a story about a young woman, Michelle, who grew up in an abusive home, had an abusive boyfriend, and couldn't seem to have a chance at a decent life. When she is mistaken for the Lapp's granddaughter they never knew, the need to be loved and have a family that she felt she always deserved, leads her down a path of lies, deceit, and betrayal.

The story is well-written and Michelle's character was believable, even though what she lowers herself to do, seems heartless. The descriptions of Amish farm life paints a loving picture of grandparents who do anything to get back the years they have lost with their granddaughter. Englisher and Amish worlds mix, creating doubt and confusion for those around Michelle.

There are plenty of surprises and twists, and I felt sympathy for all her characters. They were each hurting in their own way. I was a little disappointed in the ending but figured there is more to come.


Review of Alana Candler:Marked for Murder by Joanie Bruce

Posted by [email protected] on August 10, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I really liked this book from the very beginning. It started with suspense that had me hooked from the first few pages. The main character, Alana, was literally running for her life but didn't know who wanted her dead.

The storyline was very well executed and left me trying to figure out who was after her and why, until almost the very end. I enjoyed the ongoing physical attraction between Alana & Jaydn. Their relationship was strained due to attempts on her life. I loved Jaydn's sense of romance and the ways that he showed Alana that he cared about her. The Christian element in the storyline was handed in a non-preachy way that enhanced the story well.


Marked for Murder is a tension driven, suspenseful, roller-coaster ride. I couldn't put it down. The characters were well-developed and I enjoyed their journey and felt that I was there with them. Can't wait to read the next one.

Christian Author's August Giveaway!

Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)


You could win!

August 1 - 8

Visit the Christian Author’s August Giveaway to find out about inspirational reads and ENTER TO WIN a variety of prizes, including a $40 Amazon Gift Card and 9 inspirational books from sponsoring authors.




This Giveaway is Sponsored by:

Christian Writers Promo - Misty M. Beller - Patricia PacJac Carroll - J.E. Grace - Crystal Mary Lindsey - Debra E. Marvin - Susan Nelson - Kay Terwilliger - Marilyn Turk -

Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero Blog Tour & Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2018 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (1)

It's Christmas in July! Or, for some of us, it is. If you live in the south like author Amanda Tero, you're more than ready to think of cold weather. And what better way to do it than to grab some sugar cookies and hot chocolate (trust me, after you read the story, you'll be craving them!) and settle down for a winter read?

About the Book

Melonie Brown just wants to get away from all of the pain and heartache that this year has brought upon her, and Starlight Lodge seems like the perfect place to do so. With no plans beyond a Christmas escape, she drives out to the lodge. Can she bottle up the peace and joy that she finds in this special place to help her face the challenges she may have in the upcoming year?

Available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle) 

My Review

Finding Christmas Joy is a short novella about finding the one thing in life that fills the void and helps bring joy and peace to your heart.  A very well-written story filled with hope, peace, love and friendships.  Melonie Brown was trying to run away from heartbreak but little did she know that God already had a plan to heal her heart.  

I loved the characters in the story and found them to be easy to become close to.  I found myself engrossed in the story wondering what would happen next.  Can't wait to read the author's next book.  5 Stars and highly recommended.

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Author’s Note

July heat causes many of us to yearn for the chill of Christmas—at least, if you’re like me and prefer coolness over heat (and if you live in the South, where humidity and heat combat for the highest number). Sure, Christmas may be far from our minds, but it will be here before we know it!

And when Christmas season comes around, there is just that “feeling in the air.” Christmas music plays in all of the stores, Christmas movies take center stage, and everything is decked in red and green. So often though, what does not take center stage is Jesus Christ—the One for Whom we even celebrate Christmas.

It was Christmas 2017 and I had watched a few Christmas movies. They all just missed the mark. It was the “joy of the season” and the “magic of the holiday” that provided the solution to their problems. As I was thinking about it, the idea for “Finding Christmas Joy” popped into my head. I wrote the entire rough draft in one sitting, not 100% sure where all God was going to lead this idea. Melonie’s struggle was influenced by some events from people in my life. It is definitely something different than I’ve ever written before, involving a girl who is in a relationship (or was).

Though not everyone is going through a break-up during the Christmas season, and though the solution to your struggle may not be salvation (if you’re already saved), I pray that the reminder that the true foundation of joy in Jesus is as much a blessing to you as it was to me.


Amanda Tero is giving away a copy of “Finding Christmas Joy” with one of her piano CD’s! You’ll be able to enjoy the music of the season as well as a story that brings you the happiness of the season. (Note: there are two giveaways: one for physical copies for residents of USA, and another for international residents)

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New Cover Reveal & Giveaway by Rachael Anderson

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Coming in November!

A New Book by A Favorite Author!!

My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby's life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband's brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.


Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.  

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$25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in Paypal Cash

Ends 8/31/18 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway