Friday, January 19, 2018

SONS OF PROMISE BY CARYL MCADOO

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Title: Son of Promise
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Woman’s Fiction
Be it known, your sins will find you out, but God’s mercy endureth forever!
Can a wife find the grace to forgive when her husband’s withheld the truth?
Travis Buckmeyer has a secret son, and the morning’s come to tell his sweet wife. He hates breaking Emma Lee’s heart. She promised him one ten years ago, but hasn’t been blessed to carry a baby to term. Every miscarriage made the telling harder, but now his clock’s run out. He’s going for his son, praying he won’t lose her.
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LORI'S REVIEW

Another wonderful read by Caryl McAdoo.
I've enjoyed Caryl's style of writing for awhile now. I enjoy getting into her books and traveling back in time to meet "new"people. 
Since I've met Winnie, Codys mom I've wanted to choke her many times over. I do believe she had done one thing right but I won't say.
I'm eager for other readers to find out on their own!!! I'm going to keep you guessing! 
Cody and Travis "look" alike in their features and Travis could not deny Cody if wanted too. 
I've often said that about Kevin and Michael my son. They look sooo much alike it isn't funny!! Kevin couldn't deny him even if he wanted too. 
Cody is a very lucky boy. He has something that I've always wanted but could never have. 
Travis and Emma Lee are two of the kindest ppl I've ever known. I wish that I had a dad like Travis. 
This is another series that I'd love to re-read from beginning to end as there are a few generations that got skipped somehow. 
I strongly recommend this book. 
I received this book for free. All opinions are my own


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Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

SON OF PROMISE—a companion story to my Texas Romance Family Saga’s book ten CHIEF OF SINNERS—features Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, who readers first meet in CHIEF. She’s the sister of its heroine Sandy Harris, and he is a friend of its hero Buddy Nightingale; he’s also the son of Crockett Buckmeyer (from book eight COVERING LOVE) and grandson of Patrick Henry Buckmeyer (hero of book one VOW UNBROKEN).
A standalone, it isn’t necessary for readers to know all these ancestors to enjoy SON OF PROMISE, but those who do will surely love it all the more. What I know is that this couple won a chunk of my heart. Their faith is outstanding and their love inspiring. In the ’40s, Emma Lee didn’t have the fertility options young women do today, and miscarriage after miscarriage left her hurting. That’s why he hadn’t told her.
He didn’t want to hurt her, but circumstances had changed, and time was up. She had to be told that morning he already had a son born from a one night liaison thirteen years before because he was leaving to claim his Cody from a reform school and bring him home.
The boy had never known real love, but I loved him from the first. Forced to grow up way too fast—lying, stealing, and participating in most any other rebellious act—he’s missed so much. He’s overwhelmed with Travis and Emma Lee—their home, their partnership and love for each other, and their generosity toward him.
He planned to light out from the start, but days piled on top each other, and he never pulled the trigger.
In VOW UNBROKEN, there was an awesome canine named Blue Dog, and I went into his POV (Point Of View—got into his head) a couple of times. My Simon & Schuster editor ‘requested’ that I lose those segments, and so I did. But in this novel, I get into a canine’s head again . . . I’m hoping readers will find that fun.
In years past, I owned, managed, and milked a herd of eighty-plus dwarf goats and loved their Great Pyrenees guardians, so it was fun to include them in the story. I love how Emma Lee was able to sell her paintings for exorbitant prices, but remained so humble and unassuming. And that she and Travis opened their home (they’re so much like my husband and me) to total strangers. We’ve had so many people live with us over the years, to help them, be blessings—the hands and feet of God in the earth.
I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I can’t thank or praise Him enough!


Blog Stops

Splashes of JoyJanuary 19
Karen Sue Hadley , January 20
Maureen’s Musings, January 20
Bibliophile Reviews, January 21
Reading is My SuperPower, January 22 (Interview)
A Greater YesJanuary 22
Texas Book-aholic, January 23
Baker kella, January 24
Janices book reviewsJanuary 24
Jeanette’s ThoughtsJanuary 25
Quiet Quilter, January 26
Carpe Diem, January 26
C Jane Read, January 27
Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing StacieJanuary 28
cherylbbookblog, January 30
BigreadersiteJanuary 30

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of SON OF PROMISE!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c511

The Melody of the Soul by Liza Tolmsin

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ABOUT THE BOOK

By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she's determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won't be easy--not with a Nazi officer billeted below them.


Anna must keep a low profile. There's one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly ugly world.



When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever



 LORI'S REVIEW

All i can say is you'd better have some tissue paper close by!!! It's a tear jerker!!

I like how the author can make the emotions of the people so real that you feel like you want to reach out and grab them away from everything bad that is happening but I guess that would be changing history. 
I want to choke each and every Nazi and to them what they've done to the Jews!! It's so not fair!!
But God will take care of the former Nazi's as they say karma comes around if it hasn't already? 
The only good thing I see so far is music. Music sooths the soul in any time or place. I know I'm a musician myself!! Only I play Viola. I'm 2nd generation in my family to play this instrument. my son plays violin. 
Music has a special place in my heart. Even singing hymns praising God soothes my soul. 
I'm like Anna in this way. This we have in common ( playing our instruments) 
I like Horst ( even tho he's A Nazi) A good man caught up in a terrible delimma. through no fault of his own!!
I loved Anna's grandmother's faith, trust and advice. Even when facing her tribulations.
The only thing I had a hard time with was the big long German names.
The author did a fine job with a very hard subject and as I said at the beginning you'd better be sitting down and have a box of tissues beside you!!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. Daisies Are Forever released in May 2014. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog.




Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don't miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna's flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.Join Liz Tolsma and other bookworms for a Facebook Live event on February 6, plus enter to win Liz's prize pack giveaway!


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there's one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn't seem to have a thought for the family she's left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl's new routine, whether that's running to Aunt Carrie's farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth--until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn't the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can't figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner's portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won't be disappointed! 


LORI'S TRAVELS

I took my time in savoring this wonderful novel by Susie Finkbiner. 
I didn't want to say goodbye to Pearlie as her daddy's nickname stuck in my mind. Just like Half Pint as Pa called Laura.
I've mentioned that my grandparents lived through the Dust Bowls years but they've never really talked about the Depression other than it was hard. 
I've always wondered what life might've been like for them so began to imagine it through Pearl's eyes. 
My grandpa was the storyteller in our family. I loved hearing them!!! ( Even though they never stayed the same!) lol!! I think it's what made them special. 
Susie Finkbiner is a wonderful story teller who can blend everything in very nicely and make you think that you are in the same room with Pearl and her family. 
I've learned some things the hard way like Pearl has. It's one of the reasons I fell in love with Pearl. 
Pearl to me is a very special person and I hate saying goodbye to her but I can always go visit her when I reread her story. If you liked Pearls story I'd recommend rereading all three books again!! I know I will because that's how much I enjoyed Susie's stories!!! I hope there is more coming!! She's fast becoming my favorite!! 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the bestselling author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl (Kregel, 2015) and A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (Kregel, 2017) and A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era as well as My Mother's Chamomile (WhiteFire, 2014) and Paint Chips (WhiteFire, 2013). 

Susie is a wife, mother of three, and avid reader. She enjoys time with her family, coffee dates with her good friends, and quiet moments to read and write.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Strains of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek

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About the Book
Author: Bethany Kaczmarek
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Release Date: August 1, 2017
Music was her driving passion and the truest expression of her faith, but three months before her wedding, twenty-year-old Kasia Bernolak can’t even pick up her guitar. Feeling like a fraud who will ruin her dad’s pastoral reputation, she can barely meet his eyes. When Kasia finds the strength to break off her engagement, she still doesn’t realize the dangerous truth: Blake Hamilton isn’t ready to say goodbye. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.
Alexander “Zan” Maddox has seen what a domineering man can do to an unsuspecting woman, and Zan is sick of injustice. He gave up a college baseball scholarship so he could protect his sister from her abusive husband. When he rescues Kasia from her ex-fiancĂ©, he instinctively appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Now, all he has to do is keep from falling for her himself.
Kasia and Zan become fast friends, but true healing and justice might cost more than either of them is willing to pay.
Click here to purchase your copy.

LORI'S REVIEW


This is my first book by Bethany and she has done a marvelous job of bringing out the emotions in these characters! It's like a roller coaster ride of emotions!

Music is the Love love of my Heart and Soul just as it does kasia.
I play viola in our orchestra and it was passed down from my mom, to me, now to my son.
My son is third generation string player.
I couldn't imagine my life without music.
I also enjoyed reading about God's grace and loving us no matter what you do.
This book wasn't my cup of tea even tho I kept reading until the end. However; it might be yours. I do recommend this book.
I received this book for free. 
No compensation was received and all opinions are my own!!! 

About the Author

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Bethany loves a home filled with family and friends. Word gets around that—at the Kaczmarek house—food is abundant, conversations are real, and anything is up fordiscussion. She and her clan are fans of laughter, indie music, sonic screwdrivers, and superheroes. Home is wherever in the world they’re all together.




Guest Post from Bethany Kaczmarek

Strains of Silence: A Novel for Anyone Who Can Say #MeToo
We’re everywhere. After years of silence, many survivors of sexual assault are raising our voices. You’ve seen the hashtag. You know someone who suffered like this—a friend, a sister, a daughter.
Maybe you know personally what it’s like to be used.
I’m thankful for the conversations the #MeToo campaign has started, proud of the brave women who are speaking out. But I know some are still quiet, nursing wounds.
I could list loads of valid reasons a victim chooses to suffer in silence.
  • People won’t believe her.
  • If she doesn’t say it out loud, it’s easier to pretend it was a nightmare.
  • He’s got authority over her—at work, at church, in the family—and it’ll cost her too much. He’s done enough damage already.
  • He’s threatened to destroy her reputation, and she believes him. One, because he’ll do it without flinching. Two, because she’s already convinced that she’s living a lie.
  • Because at church, she’s supposed to be fine, smiling, rejoicing in her suffering and pressing on. Besides, people don’t want to sit with her in her pain and listen. They’d rather offer bumper-sticker theology and trite spiritual bandages.
  • The few times she’s tried to speak up, her used-to-be friend basically made her feel like it was her fault.
The list could go on, but it’s fair to say that being honest about what happened to us makes us vulnerable all over again. The idea is understandably stressful.
But you know what? Pretending we’re fine is exhausting too. We bear a great strain when we hide our hurts, for whatever reason.
Kasia Bernolak, the heroine of my novel Strains of Silence, gets it. She’s got reasons for keeping it quiet too. But when God brings some new people into her life, she realizes she doesn’t have to be alone.
And speaking up offers a freedom, a lightness, she wants.
It’s a freedom I want for my readers.
I know. Strains of Silence sounds like a heavy book right now. The themes are heavy, no doubt. There’s no glossing over and prettying up sexual assault or domestic violence. But—just like in real life—it’s how well we surround and support the suffering that can set the tone. Kasia’s friends are real, they’re funny, they’re quirky, and they believe in her.
Besides, it’s not all dark and brooding. There’s travel—an entire summer in the mountains of Peru. There’s a lot of music—Kasia’s a singer/song-writer who loves indie artists (I’ve got a playlist on my website). There’s heritage and culture—meet her immigrant family and you’ll get a delicious taste of Poland. There’s humor—enough to keep the story light when you need it to be.
And there’s hope. Kasia’s life is absolutely full of possibility.
So are the lives of everyone who can say #MeToo.
Sometimes, it just helps to see someone else fight the battle on our own horizon. And if you can do it with a fantastic new playlist and some laughs, why not?
My hope is that Strains of Silence will lead to real discussions with reader-friends, book-club gatherings that become turning points, and the true pursuit of freedom. It’s time to throw off the burdens we wear and stand up. Raise your voice, link arms with others, and fight for hope.
Healing is within our reach.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, January 6
Fiction Aficionado, January 8
Genesis 5020, January 8
Bigreadersite, January 9
Mommynificent, January 10
Texas Book-aholic, January 11
allofakindmom, January 11
Blogging With Carol, January 12 (Interview)
The Power of Words, January 12
Pursuing Stacie, January 12
A Greater YesJanuary 13
Faithfully Bookish, January 16
Carpe Diem, January 18
Remebrancy, January 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Bethany is giving away a grand grand prize a signed book, a Polish pottery mug with two of the main character’s favorite kinds of teas, 4 of her favorite albums (Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, The Gray Havens, and Andrew Greer), a box of chocolate butter cookies, and 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/c5d






Thursday, January 4, 2018

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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ABOUT THE BOOK

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friendship.

White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever. 


LORI'S REVIEW

I'm totally blown away by Missing Issac. I love stories like this since I'm from a small town myself. Of course it's grown since I left in 1982. People knew your business before you did!!
I'm enjoying meeting new people and reading about the era where people kept an eye on their kids and learned what they were up to instead of letting them run wild like they do today. Plus people showed respect and common sense God only knows where that went to now a days. It's a crazy world we live in today.


This new author has a way of drawing you into the book from the beginning!!! I definitely love her style of writing and hopefully I will see more of her books. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana's Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse earned her bachelor's degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master's degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham. 









Mohave Rescue





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Mojave Rescue


Series: Love Inspired Suspense
​Genre:  Christian, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: January 1, 2018
Brilliant, electronic warfare engineer, Drina Gallagher is riddled by guilt and determined to create a weapon to protect American soldiers. Caleb Norwood is a CIA agent working undercover. For two years he’s been trying to infiltrate a highly organized group selling secret plans on the black market. He’s scheduled to connect with operatives at a wind farm in the middle of the desert where he’ll be taken by helicopter to meet with the leader. He arrives at the meeting place only to discover the men have kidnapped Drina and plan to kill her. Cal must make an instant choice, keep his cover and stop the organization or save Drina. Cal chooses Drina. They race across the Mojave Desert to escape the killers and Drina discovers that Cal is a man of action grounded in unbreakable faith. His personal walk gives Drina the confidence she needs to confront the guilt of her past. Can He possibly forgive her and allow her and Cal to escape their pursuers? Or will all her hopes and dreams die in the desert?
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Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary
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1. What was the hardest character to write in Mojave Rescue?
Believe it or not the hero, Cal Norton was the hardest to write. I knew him very well and he spilled onto the page originally but even though I thought his motivation…stopping the bad guys…was good enough, my editor wanted more. I had to dig even deeper.
The easiest was Drina Gallagher.  I think guilt is something we all carry at some time in our lives.
2. What inspired the idea for Mojave Rescue?
The rocket site where my husband worked twenty years ago. The platforms were set on a hill and designed to hold rocket engines for testing. At the time the platforms were abandoned and they were desolate and scary…the perfect setting for a mystery.
3. What do you want readers to take away from reading Mojave Rescue?
A sense of God’s grace. Even when we deny Him, He’s watching over us and He has a plan.
4. What is your current WIP? 
My next project is tentatively called Fatal Memories. It’s set in the Sonoroan Desert of Southern Arizona. The heroine is a border patrol agent trying to stop drug traffic.
5. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Well, I’m a mom and grandma with 21 grandchildren so I stay very busy. I love to travel. I just returned from a trip to China. And I love to play pickleball!
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Every once in a while I love a good read from my usual reading. I love because this was a sit on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen to the people in this book. 
The mystery and suspense was very good and some of it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck! It made shivers run up and down my spine so good was this author. . 
This book was so good that I finished it one day! I guess I can't express how much I enjoyed this book 
I'm going to say that Drina was my favorite person. I love that she had a brilliant mind. She sort of reminds me of Sheldon on the Big Bang theory .
Oh and did I mention I've been to the desert? I got to see the Joshua trees! At first I didn't know what they were until someone told me at a gas station. We were on our way out to Sea World when we came across these. And the signs don't lie either!!  You'd better do your business before you cross the desert!!! 
I received this book for free. 
I was not required to review this book

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There will be a guaranteed e-book giveaway at each blog stop.  Readers enter the giveaway by commenting on your blog.  If there are 10+ comments on your blog, Tanya will do a print book giveaway.  Please keep track of those commenting on your blog post.  At the end of the tour, please select your winner(s) and email them to me.  I will then forward them on to Tanya.  Thank you!  Please include the following on your blog

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​Reviewer: Mindy Houng
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