10 February 2016

CFBA Tour Soul's Prisoner by Cara Luecht

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Soul's Prisoner
(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))
by
Cara Luecht


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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, 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. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.





ABOUT THE BOOK

She'll fight for her future...but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.

8 February 2016

ACRBA Tour Next of Kin by Carol Preston


7 - 11 February
is introducing

Next of Kin
(Rhiza Press, May 2015)

Carol Preston



About the Book:
Fanny Franks was raised to believe in honesty, equality and acceptance, regardless of background or circumstances. When she meets brothers Jack and Jim, she is drawm to them by the alienation and injustice which seems to pervade their lives. She is determined to intervene and help them find happiness, until a trauma in her own life brings discrimination and shame for which she is ill prepared. While she deals with her own struggle she comes to understand what Jim and Jack are going through - and they find where they truly belong.


About the Author

Carol lives in Wollongong with her husband, Neil. She is a psychologist and has a part time private counselling practice, as well as being an author and speaker. Carol enjoys spending time with her children and four grandchildren, as well as bushwalking, gardening and holidaying overseas with her husband. One of her hobbies over many years has been family history research. 

It was this research which started Carol on the journey of writing novels. Her first trilogy is about the Oakes Family; Suzannah’s Gold, Rebecca’s Dream and The Price of Peace, which takes the reader from 1838 when her great great grandmother, Suzannah Casey was transported from Ireland, through to the end of the First World War. Carol’s fourth novel, The Face of Forgiveness, is about two young women who are transported to Australia in 1839. 

Carol has also written the Turning the Tide Series, based on her mother’s family, which begins with the First Fleet of convicts to Australia in 1788. These include Mary’s Guardian, Charlotte’s Angel, Tangled Secrets, and Truly Free. Next of Kin is her ninth novel. For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: www.carolpreston.com.au, on her Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/writingtoreach 
or her Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/carolpreston




26 January 2016

The Bridemaid's Hero by Narelle Atkins with Review

Book Description
Pastry chef Serena Blaxland isn’t staying in the small Australian town of Snowgum Creek. She’s there for her sister’s wedding, and to help out at the family B&B until her mother’s arm heals. Sparks fly when the handsome driver of their bridal car saves Serena from disrupting her sister’s perfect wedding day. 

Harry Westmore’s dream of becoming an equine vet was put on hold when his father passed away. He’s working several jobs in his home town to pay his bills and prepare for his future career. He can’t stay away from the beautiful chef when he visits the B&B each day to look after her mother’s horses. 

Serena’s home is in Canberra, where she has built a successful career. When Harry’s offered an opportunity too good to refuse, they must decide if their love and faith can overcome all obstacles. 

The Bridesmaid’s Hero is a standalone novella and Book 1.5 in the Snowgum Creek series. 


My Review
Firstly thanks to the author Narelle Atkins for my review copy.

I have enjoyed this series and this book is also a stand alone story. We start with Harry driving Serena and her sister, Gina, to there older sisters wedding where they are bridesmaids. This is where they meet and you can tell there is an interest although they are from different places. I like how we are in a smaller town again and we see things that are typical of a country area. I also like how Narelle has introduced some native wildlife. I like both Serena and Harry both are down to earth characters who know have both had to deal with different issues. I also like how the book plays out.  A good read. 

You can buy a copy at amazon for .99 cents. 

14 January 2016

Introducing Anita Mae Draper with a giveaway

Please welcome Anita Mae Draper to my blog today. Anita Mae has a new novel out 15 Jan. Thanks Anita Mae for joining us today.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in a logging camp in the Canadian province of Ontario, served 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, and now live in Saskatchewan on the Canadian prairies.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
My first favourite book was the Little Golden Book, The Pokey Little Puppy. Something in the story about a naughty puppy touched my heart and stayed my favourite for years. (Jenny here we had them here too and I use to love buying them with my pocket money)

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
When I was a teenager, I read a story about crossing the American West in a Conestoga wagon. That story inspired me to write about the Old West – a genre that’s still my favourite reading fodder.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lucy Maud Montgomery were my role models. They showed me that it was possible for a female writer to become a well-known author, regardless of age or location.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I was fourteen years old and wrote my first story.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I had put my writing career on hold until after the kids were older, and then when I started writing again, I realized I had much to learn about today’s market. I joined the eHarlequin community website where new writers can intermingle with established authors and learn technique. My next step was to join the American Christian Fiction Writers and attend a professional writing conference. Those two steps exposed me to the publishing industry and allowed me to gain an agent, and eventually my first sale.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
A librarian or professional researcher.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I enjoy photography, genealogy and travel, and love it when I can combine all three in one trip.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
When I need to unwind and refresh my soul, my favourite place to visit is an old gravel pit where I go to dig in the dirt and look for agates, fossils, and petrified wood. I get to clear my mind in a quiet place while satisfying my need to hunt for treasure.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?

First, I would enjoy sharing a meal with Debbie Macomber, whom I met at ACFW 2009 Denver where she inspired me to make impossible goals, write them down, and watch them come true. Second, I would enjoy sharing a meal with Margaret Atwood so I could discuss her LongPen invention. Third, I would choose my cousin, Glo, who moved to England as a kid and I haven’t seen her since. Facebook is nice, but nothing beats face-to-face contact.

You can find Anita Mae on line at:


Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love--Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.
Romantic Refinements in The Austen in Austin Collection - Release day - Jan 15! Available for Pre-Order Now

Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility 
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice. 

Romantic Refinements - Individual novella - Release Day - Jan 15! Available for Pre-Order Now






Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and their youngest of 4 kids. She writes historical romance set in Canada and the United States.

Anita Mae has had 2 stories published in Guideposts Books A Cup of Christmas Cheer series. Volume 1 Tales of Faith and Family, Oct 2013, contains the Edwardian tale, Riding on a Christmas Wish, whereas Here We Come A-Wassailing, found in Volume 4 Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Present,  Oct 2014, contains a contemporary tale set in Divide County, North Dakota. 


Giveaway

Anita Mae has offered on person who comments on this post the chance to win a kindle copy of this book.  You need to make a comment more than just enter me or sounds good enter me. The giveaway is open to all who comment including members of this blog. The winner will be announced on this blog next Thursday Jan 21st. 

13 January 2016

First update for 2016

Its been awhile since I updated you on what is happening with me health wise. Its been an interesting 6 months or so. I started to get really sick and had to have an endoscopy which found a hiatus hernia. Possibly made worse by some of the meds I had been taking. It also turns out after keeping a food journal that I can't eat bread. I had been eating toast thinking it was one think I could eat when I was so sick but it was in turn making me sicker. Cutting out the bread and a couple of other foods has made a huge difference. I still find foods I can't eat. I was out this weekend and had pasta bolognese   and it had a lot of onion and probably other spices although it didn't taste spicy but it affected me so unless I make my own without the onion etc its off the menu.

I have added a new med for the migraine pain that I have along with the Occipital Neuralgia and it has knocked me for a six (an Aussie expression meaning knocked me for a loop), The first week I had trouble sleeping but was exhausted all the time and napping up to 3 times a day and sometimes over 2 hours at a time. It still makes me tired but at least now I am back to my disturbed sleep pattern and nap for around 2 hours a day or I just can't  keep going. It also gives me nasty headaches which are worse than the migraine pain but thankfully panadol will help take that pain away. The nausea has also eased. It has brought down the migraine pain from 7 - 8 our of 10 to below 5 most of the time. I will probably need to raise it but want to give it another month to get use to it.

Just after new year I pulled muscles in my lower back. I am not sure how exactly but think it was a combo of things including this new med as it was making me so exhausted and the smallest task was almost to much some days. It is slowly improving but it's still giving me pain if I try to do anything much. I am hoping by next week I can get back to light duties.

On a positive front I have a date for surgery for my wrist at last. March 7th they will be operating and hopefully once its healed the pain will be gone and I will have full use again. I am told I may never have full strength but as long as I don't have the pain it will be a huge bonus.

11 December 2015

ACRBA tour Star! Stable! Saviour! by Cameron Semmens


6 - 10 December
is introducing

Star! Stable! Saviour!
(Wombat Books 1 December 2015)

By

Cameron Semmens



About the Book:
“Forget the kids! It was me who loved this in our house. OK the kids did too!” – Sally Smith
The traditional Christmas story has been told and re-told for nearly two thousand years – but never quite like this. Poet Cameron Semmens’s quirky and alliterated re-telling of it in Star! Stable! Savior! brings a totally fresh perspective on the ancient Christmas story.

Originally published in 2007 under the title The Story of The Star, The Stable and The Saviour, the book sold out after only a few years. Now it’s back with a fresh, punchy new title.



About the Author

Cameron Semmens is a poet, entertainer and poetry educator with 15 books to his name. He makes his living through words: performing, running workshops and book design. He lives in the Dandenong Rangers with his wife and two children.

My Review
This is a sweet book with lots of s's. The author's use of words starting with S is quite clever and I am sure children will enjoy this different telling of the Christmas story. The illustrations are well done. This would make a great Christmas present for children.

1 December 2015

Civil War Meets Romance in Andrea Boeshaar’s New Book (Plus a Kindle Giveaway)

The search for her runaway sister goes awry when Carrie finds herself arrested during the Civil War for impersonating an officer in Andrea Boeshaar's A Thousand Shall Fall. Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel who arrested her. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Andrea is celebrating the release of A Thousand Shall Fall with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

400 - a thousand shall fall 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Thousand Shall Fall
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 10th. The winner will be announced December 11th on Andrea's blog.

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28 November 2015

Julie Klassen’s ‘The Painter’s Daughter’ Coloring Contest

14385-PAINTERS DAUGHTER contest meme 

Grab your colored pencils because Julie Klassen is hosting a coloring contest! Stop by the contest page to download and print The Painter's Daughter coloring page and channel your inner artist. One master colorist will receive a signed copy of The Painter’s Daughter, two grown-up coloring books (Enchanting English Garden and Live Loved), and a set of 24 Prismacolor colored pencils.

Scan and email your entry to Amy Green with the subject line “The Painter’s Daughter Coloring Contest” to enter the first round of judging by December 8. Then stop by Julie's Facebook page beginning December 10 to vote for your favorite (and tell your friends to vote, too)! The winner will be announced at Julie's Facebook event on December 15 at 7 p.m. CST. Ready? Set. Color!

27 November 2015

Matt Bergles - Larry Saves the Prairie - Virtual Book Tour


Children's Book 
Date Published: September 1, 2015


Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbors join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct. 

In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you'll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.


Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from CSU-Pueblo, his master's degree in U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in public affairs at CU Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution. 

Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids' curiosity and love of animals and nature, observing that every time they are asked what community service project or charitable cause they'd like to be involved with, most K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.

Contact InformationWebsite: http://www.mattbergles.com/

Purchase LinksAmazon: http://amzn.to/1LYtkfg
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1FytiOw

My Review
This book has wonderful illustrations and tells an important story. I didn't know much about the prairie dogs before and there importance to the ecology but after reading this book I do. It is written so a child will understand the importance and why we need to save them and how a man who takes a stand to save them can be a hero. We learn how so many other prairie animals need them and even the grass. This book is a book that would be great to have in school libraries as a resource book for students to understand how removing one animal can affect so many others. A good book I would recommend but probably to children over 6. 






18 November 2015

CFBA Tour Hand Me Down Princess by Carol Moncado

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hand Me Down Princess
CANDID Publications (August 31, 2015)
by
Carol Moncado


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Prince Malachi Van Renssalaer of Mevendia is getting married. The problem? He’s never even met his bride. His father arranged everything, right down to the marriage contract. Malachi swears to himself that he will be nothing like his father in the ways that count - including his fidelity to his wife.

Jessabelle Keller would happily spend her entire life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, her father is committed to seeing that king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her so she would be taken care of for life.

No sooner than Prince Malachi and Jessabelle return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with both private trauma and the very public drama of groundless accusations from the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they’ve ever held dear.

Secrets have a funny way of coming out and this one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle no matter what it takes, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hand Me Down Princess, go HERE.

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