26 May 2015

CFBA Tour When Hopes Rises by Dora Heirs

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
When Hope Rises
Pelican Book Group (May 2015)
Dora Heirs


After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son no longer wanted her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers.

Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina. When she takes a break from cranking out stories, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!


Art teacher Shelby Coltman transforms junk into treasure and longs for a place to showcase her creations. She’s thrilled when her friend volunteers to room with her. Shelby can finally buy a storefront. Unfortunately, Kennedi’s brother can't seem to let go.

Abandoned as a teenager, guidance counselor Tate Malone has become surrogate and over-protective father to his sister. Life is great until Shelby Coltman wheedles his impressionable sister into sharing an apartment. Raised in wealth, the beautiful Shelby could never understand poverty or rejection, and Tate doesn't appreciate her uprooting his sister. When Shelby hands over her savings to a homeless student, will God obliterate Tate's fears and deliver all of Shelby’s dreams...when hope rises?

If you would like to read the first chapter of When Hope Rises, go HERE.

18 May 2015

CFBA Blog Tour The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Art of Losing Yourself
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Katie Ganshert


Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.


Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Art of Losing Yourself, go HERE.

17 May 2015

Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tour of Ollie the Orca by Laura Maw

Children's Book
Date Published: October 2014

Come along and join Bubba the Bottlenose dolphin as he makes a new buddy while sharing a day they won’t soon forget. Grade 1-2 Reading Level
Bubba is out on one of his undersea adventures when he finds a frightened Orca trapped by a fishing net! In this attention gripping yet comical tale, Bubba works with his buddy Sammy the Seagull to free Ollie. Come along and join Bubba the Bottlenose dolphin as he makes a new buddy while sharing a day they won’t soon forget.

When Laura Maw was a child, her favorite activities were going to the ocean and picking out another stack of books from the library. She loved reading from a very young age and could never seem to satisfy her craving for another new adventure, another new imagination landscape. Writing is a passion that seemed to come naturally with her love of reading. She too wanted to be able to help someone through a bad day, or to have a unique and thrilling experience on a good day, through the written communication of a story. She has a very vivid imagination that often takes her on wondrous adventures in her dreams. In fact, the idea for Bubba’s Balloon came to her in the form of a very funny dream. She woke up laughing and felt that it was a story that must be shared with others. The character of Ollie was even developed through daydreaming about Bubba’s adventures.

Purchase Links

My Review
This is a lovely story. Beautiful illustrations that a child will love to look at while listening to this lovely story. I love the story of how a dolphin, seagull work to help free Ollie and the Orca and then become friends to go and adventure together. The only bad thing about this book is that I want to read more adventures of Ollie and Bubba. I think young children will love this story. 

15 May 2015

Latest update on my health

I figure it's time for another update on me. I have recently been to the city for a few appointments. I saw a pain specialist in January and it was decided to try a nerve block in the occipital nerve. The Dr said there were three things that could happen. It could help reduce the pain from a week or so to several months. It could fail and do nothing and the last option was it could make the pain worse by inflaming the nerve. I was told to allow up to ten days to see if it worked. I was also told the injection would be like a couple of bee stings. I thought after they were mighty aggressive bees. But the pain after wasn't bad it even dulled the frontal pain which shows the pain is coming from the Occipital nerve. It also helped with the pain in the shoulder and my elbow. In case I haven't mentioned it I also now have tennis elbow.

Did the nerve pain work? I would love to be sitting here in very low pain and saying yes for the first time in 21 months I have very little pain but the reality is I am in category three. The pain is higher. before it was four to five out of ten now its more seven to eight out of ten. Its frustrating but I am hoping it will still settle down back to what it was.

I also saw the specialist about my wrist which I hurt two and a half years ago and he is going to operate and do an arthroscopy on the wrist and may need to trim the bone. So now I am on the list to have this done and hopefully sometime in the next 12 months. Now to get the tennis elbow fixed. Its quite painful and it starts to settle down until I use it and then it will be set off again. My wrist is also quite painful right now.

I have recently completed a pain course through the Macquarie University Ecentre Clinic. The course is over 8 weeks and helps to teach tools to cope with chronic pain. While it doesn't take the pain away it has helped deal with some of the pain. At present I am struggling cos of the higher pain and the tools are helping to a degree but I can also thanks to the course see signs of stress cos of the constant high pain.

I know there are other options to try and that will be discussed next visit.

12 May 2015

CFBA Tour The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Wood's Edge
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Lori Benton


Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori's first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.


At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood's Edge, go HERE.

9 May 2015

ACRBA Tour To Pretty by Andrea Grigg

4 - 8 May 2015
is introducing

Too Pretty
((Rhiza Press), August 2014)


Andrea Grigg

About the Book:

Being beautiful isn’t easy – just ask Ellie Paxton.

Frustrated by a long string of empty relationships, Ellie makes a promise to God not to date for six months, a promise she’s determined to keep.

Tired of being continually misjudged because of her looks Ellie moves to Sydney for a fresh start. But when her path keeps crossing with the darkly handsome Nathaniel, that promise becomes much harder to fulfil.

As they battle with their attraction for each other, Ellie is not the only one to discover it takes more than simply looking in a mirror to find out who you truly are …

Could it be that God has a bigger plan? Could this really be one of those matches made in heaven …?

About the Author

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia.

Andrea lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son.

Recently retired from teaching ten-year-olds, if she isn’t being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

5 May 2015

Blog tour JOSEPH: Beloved Son, Rejected Slave, Exalted Ruler

JOSEPH: Beloved Son, Rejected Slave, Exalted Ruler

Based on the powerful Old Testament story, the 90-minute animated feature film from the makers of Torchlighters and Jesus: He Lived Among Us recounts the story of Joseph, the favored son sold into slavery by his jealous brothers only to become second in command of Egypt.
Joseph is a young dreamer, spoiled by his father and so resented by his brothers that they secretly sell him to a slave trader. Eventually landing in the dungeons of Egypt, the young man who lacked nothing suddenly finds himself alone, forgotten, and overwhelmed with despair. Yet it is in this deep prison that Joseph begins to change, and in his humility he cries out to God. 

As the years pass, his growing faith and gift for interpreting dreams bring him to the attention of the Pharoah, who exalts the young man to a prominent position. Having learned humble obedience to God, Joseph becomes instrumental not only in saving Egypt but the brothers who initially betrayed him. Joseph is a moving story that powerfully demonstrates God's hand in all things, big and small. 

For ages 5 and up.


Gordon Severance always wanted to make an animated Joseph movie for kids. He began the project, serving as Executive Producer of the film before his death in 2013. Determined to see his dream through to completion, his widow, Diana Severance, finished the movie. 

"I was reading in Matthew Henry's commentary and at one point he commented that widows can serve their husbands by completing work they had left behind," says Diana Severance.

Diana Severance is available for interviews. If you are interested, please let me know and I'll be glad to set it up.
My Review:
I really enjoyed this story. I think children from 5 up will enjoy it as it tells the story of Joseph. We see how he goes from a favourite son to a slave to an important official to Pharaoh. We see how God works through Joseph. I like the way the film has been made and the animation is well done. A would recommend this for families who want to share Joseph's story.

30 April 2015

Getting to Know you with Jennifer Slattery

Getting to know you with Jennifer Slattery

1.   Can you tell us a little about yourself?

 I’d love to. I have a fierce addiction to flavored almond-milk lattes (wow, just reading that makes me feel high maintenance. Sigh.), and this is equaled only by my ferocious addiction to books of all genres. I’m married to my best friend, and we’ll be celebrating our twentieth this fall, celebrating with a  week-long trip to the beautiful Northwest America. Hoorah! We’ve got a hilariously fun seventeen year-old daughter who’s about to launch from the nest, and I love how writing makes it socially acceptable—even profitable!—to slip into imaginary worlds of my making as often and for as long as I desire.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?

One book I remember quite fondly is called The Bun. It’s a Russian version of The Gingerbread Man. My father used to read, or rather, sing this story to my siblings and I, which is probably why I have such fond memories of it. I can still hear his deep voice, lilting and dropping, as he read. Isn’t it lovely how books can draw individuals together and really cement memories in their minds? I’ve often credited my father for my love of words, not just because of his sing-songy story telling but also because of rhyming games he and I often played together when I was young.

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
I write what my publisher has termed “missional fiction”, which is a genre that often touches on social issues and mankind’s need to make a positive difference in their world. I love reading and writing stories with grit; those that initiate and challenge thinking while motivating positive action. Though I can appreciate a good escapist story, they’re not my favorite. Those that make me cry, grit my teeth and fist my hands, then laugh before crying again—now that’s my kind of novel!

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?

I had an obsession and fascination with Shakespeare in my teenage years, and I also loved Charles Dickens. I went through a poetry phase, preferring older works than contemporary ones.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

 Writing as a career took me by surprise. Though I’ve always enjoyed writing and have played around with words my whole life, I never considered pursuing publication until around 2009. Prior to that, my heart was set on finding a career that actually made money! Haha. But I’m driven by a strong faith and felt a clear call to write. The only rational decision, it seemed, was to obey, and I’m glad I did. I’ve found such fulfillment in doing what I believe I was created to do.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
It’s been quite a journey! The best thing I did, career-wise, was join writers groups where I connected with and learned from other writers. I also started attending conferences, reading craft books, writing articles, blogging, participating in contests. Doing those things allowed me to hone my skills, grow my connections, build my platform, and discover and settle into my preferred genre.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

I’ve always wanted to either be a teacher or be involved in church ministry.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Oh, my, this could be a long list! I love spending time with my family, whether we’re going for a casual walk or on an exciting trip across the country. I also love trying new things, be it foods or activities, and visiting new places. If I can try new things with my family, even better!

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Absolutely, though this could be a long list as well! I love Boulder, CO with all its art galleries and bookstores. I absolutely adore Sedona, AZ with its beautiful red rock, trendy stores, and outdoor activities. I’m completing this interview from La Jolla, CA, a tourist town nearby San Diego, watching the waves roll in and children run along the beach. I also love Seattle, WA, with its unique culture, fabulous art galleries, and wonderful food. I really should write a novel set in each of those locations!

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
This is going to sound so boring, but for sure I’d say my hubby and daughter. They’re my favorite people and truly make life fun. As for a third person… that’s tough. That’s really tough, actually. I have so many wonderful family members and friends. I’d maybe say Kathleen Freeman, one of my critique partners, only because I adore her and we’ve never had a chance, as of yet, to chat in person. Plus, she’s crazy talented, so it’d be fun to be in the presence of literary genius.

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will
be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.

Absolutely. My latest release, When Dawn Breaks, is about a realtor who, after plunking her life savings into her beachfront dream home, is displaced by a hurricane. As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with his own issues, including a conspiracy at work that could cost him everything, and she’s not sure he’ll be the one she can lean on in the difficult days ahead. Then there are the three orphans to consider. Must Jacqueline relinquish her chance at having love again in order to find purpose and be restored? And can God use a woman who failed her own daughter to bring hope to someone else’s children?


I have another release coming out in October titled Intertwined. This one is about an organ procurement coordinator torn between the job she considers her life’s mission and the challenges of raising her children as a single parent.

Abandoned by her husband, an organ procurement coordinator fighting to keep her job and her sanity encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.

 For Tammy Kuhn, being an organ procurement coordinator is more than a job. It’s a ministry. But when her husband of sixteen years leaves her for another woman, struggles with childcare, her absentee ex-husband, and an altercation with a doctor threaten her job. Embittered and overwhelmed, she fights to maintain her sanity when a late night encounter with an old flame stirs emotions long since buried but the ICU is no place for romance.

Readers can visit me online at, on my group blog at, on Twitter @Jenslattery or at Facebook at

 Thank you so much for having me and letting me chat with your readers! J

29 April 2015

CFBA Tour Gathered Waters by Cara Luecht

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Gathered Waters
WhiteFire Publishing (April 15, 2015)
Cara Luecht


A Word from the Author:

I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer.

By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, Marketing Manager for Degnan Design Builders, Inc., mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband.

In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction.

I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

They want to worship as their hearts demand...but is it something they can give up everything for?

Brianna has only ever been what her life demanded. A wife, a hostess, a mother. But when a stand her husband takes ostracizes them from the Lutheran church that controls so much of life in Sweden, Brianna finds herself needing to find a strength beyond her station...a strength that will see her through prejudice and persecution and to a home she never dreamed she would find.

Based on the true story of the author s family s journey from Sweden to America, this sweeping saga paints the brilliance of new faith, the bravery of a new land...and the beauty of plunging beneath the waters and emerging a new person, capable of what one never thought one could do.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Gathered Waters, go HERE.

24 April 2015

Getting to know Rebecca Hayman

Getting to know Rebecca Hayman

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?I am nearly 45, which seems quite old. I appear to have spent those years either writing, travelling or studying. I have no career to look back on as such, just a series of ‘nothing’ jobs to finance my expensive habits. I have two lovely daughters and one lovely husband, two dogs, several chooks and (guilty pleasure) a number of horses.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?

I loved reading as a child (still do). It’s hard to pick a favourite but I remember being so lost in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ one day that I came back to the real world with quite a start.

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?

I actually love to both read and write Young Adult fiction. I was so impressionable at that age, I remember how good books could inspire me and ‘bad’ ones could really drag me down. I would love to inspire young people with my writing.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?I expect every author has influenced me. I know when I was a young writer, my writing would change to mirror the style of whatever author I was reading. It was very dismaying and thankfully doesn’t happen anymore! To pick a favourite, I think I would choose Jessica Anderson.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I don’t think I’ve ever known that. But from the age of 10 I knew I wanted to write. My teacher praised one of my pieces of writing and something about her turn of phrase (which of course I can remember to this day) made me think that this was something I would pursue.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?

I wrote and I read. There’s no other way.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

I would be a gardener, growing food because it makes so much sense.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?

I like to ride horses with my family in the Strezlekis.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?

The Strezlekis. And also I would like to sit on a pebbled beach in Ireland because I fancy that is where all the best writers have sat to craft their work.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why? I would choose Julia Gillard because I respect her greatly and because I figure that anyone who can get herself elected to government must be a good conversationalist; Pope Francis because it takes courage and integrity to cast off the trappings of his position and champion for the poor and my husband because he’ll always be my best friend.

Pastor Lydia Waters has a career is straight-forward, logical and more than likely to succeed. That is until she is stymied by her boss, the slightly sinister, can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it-but-I-wish-he’d-stop-smiling-at-me-like-that- Reverend Gordon Bates.

Lydia flounders and she doesn’t have a plan for floundering. Loss of a job she can handle, but loss of belief in the job she is qualified to do? What does it mean to pastor a church anyway?

In the lull answers come unexpectantly. Sid and Viv Vincent, with their awkward kindness, reinstate church as that place where you get a cuppa and bikky afterwards (sometimes even cake). Her mother Phyllis Waters leads Lydia into the wide expanse of Australia’s interior, where Luke’s Gospel demands of her an exploration of self. And then there is Malcolm Preston who can’t be dimissed quite as easily as she first though.

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