Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Stitch in Crime, review and giveaway link

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott

ASIC Elliott 
Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!
Thea James has accepted an assignment as co‑chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary‑Alice Wentworth, a much‑loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick‑off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary‑Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love Books website.
 

About the Author

Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night‑owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.

Find out more about Cathy at https://cathyelliottbooks.wordpress.com/.


MY THOUGHTS
Well, I hate to say it again, but I must....another great book in the Quilts of Love series!

This book has a quilt, a mystery, family squabbles, you name it.....enough that when all thrown together, or should I say, when all brilliantly written into a plot turn into a fun, cozy read.

I loved the characters, little old ladies, grown-up children who can't help but argue and fight, stressed out overworked people such as Thea...they all just work so wonderfully well together, or not!

Poor Thea, all she wants is for the Antique quilt show to go with out a hitch, but that certainly is not meant to be, thank goodness for a few helpful friends and relatives or she may just have to do it all herself, even solve a mystery.

This book kept me guessing and turning pages very entertaining.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity
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One winner will receive:
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  • A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott
  • Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn
  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Choosing Him All Over Again, book tour and review



This post is part of the Choosing Him Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with nearly one hundred other inspiring Christian bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE! (http://www.juanamikels.com/p/for-bloggers.html)

Book Details

A handsome husband, a dream job, and plenty of money- so why wasn't Juana Mikels happy? In a desperate attempt to find the peace and happiness she craved Mikels left it all behind. In Choosing Him All Over Again: A Story of Romance & Redemption, (Ambassador International; January 2014; $14.99, paperback) Mikels offers an intimate account of her search for Mr. Right, a journey that ended up leading her into the arms of Jesus, and ultimately back home to her husband. 

Mikels not only includes a candid recount of her own marriage struggles in Choosing Him All Over Again, but she interviewed more than 40 people, all of whom had been separated or divorced at one time. "It is my prayer that you will be encouraged and able to love your husband and to choose him again," writes Mikels. "It is my delight to share my history with you because my story is a story of God's grace." 

Choosing Him All Over Again includes strikingly honest accounts of Mikels' personal experience of separation from her husband and their ultimate reconciliation. Mikels offers wives 11 checkpoints for refreshing any marriage including saying 'I love you' daily, not bringing up past failures and praying for your husband every day. The book provides free resources like prayers Mikels prays for her husband, a note to Christian women married to unbelievers or married to Christian men who are not acting as believers should and access to a FREE downloadable companion Bible study guide

Juana Mikels wrote her own story of how God saved her marriage along with practical teaching on faith and marriage written out of her own failure, pointing us all to Jesus Christ who has the power to change lives and marriages. You can get a copy here HERE. (http://ambassador-international.com/books/choosing-story-romance-redemption/) or on Kindle HERE.
 
My Thoughts
This is a true story about love, hope, redemption.  Juana Mikels lays it all out there for us to 'see' what she went through while she was questioning her marriage.  She felt as though she made a mistake, a huge one. 
 
Marriage isn't easy, not for anyone, neither is ending it, although too many people are going through nasty divorces, finding bumpy roads in their marriage as not something they want to deal with.
 
Whether you have a rough marriage, or one that you feel is perfect this is a good read, it's not just a book full of lessons on marriage, it's a story, a real one and it's truly amazing what Juana has gone through in finding and losing love, to finding it again, as well as her journey with God.
 
A truly enjoyable read, one that will leave you thinking.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Ambassador International

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Masterpiece Marriage

New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series | Masterpiece Marriage

Masterpiece MarriageHe wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.

Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

My Thoughts
Another wonderful book in the Quilts of Love series.

This book is full of fun quirky characters...a manipulative aunt and a town full of gossiping women...sounds a lot like this book could be written in this time period, doesn't it?  Only it's not.  In this story you'll step back in time to the late 1800's.  Zenus has taken quite the hit when his fabric mill becomes flooded and has to ask his aunt for a favor, a favor that has quite a few conditions.

Mary, she has her own agenda and finds herself at odds when she finds that 'aunt' Mary is not only going to help her, but Zenus as well.

A fun read made quite entertaining by the characters you can't help but love!


*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Giveaway #3 Navy Seal Noel, by Liz Johnson



A Lethal Reunion:  Abducted by a drug cartel, scientist Jessalynn McCoy's orders are simple-produce a deadly toxin, or be killed.  Trapped with no options, she's desperate for help...she just never expected it from Will Gumble.  The boy who let her down years ago is now a navy SEAL.  She trusts his skills, his experience.  Yet trusting him is a struggle.  Will's Christmas wish is to heal their damaged relationship and get them to safety.  But time is running out and the stakes keep rising.  Any mistake could mean the difference between facing the holidays together or apart forever.




This Love Inspired Suspense by Liz Johnson is the perfect quick read if you need a little break after or during the holiday rush!  Fast paced and most definitely filled with suspense you'll want to keep turning the pages faster and faster....as always, Liz Johnson delivers.

You can feel the fear and the severity of the situation that Jessalynn is in, you can also feel her pain and her reluctance to forgive and trust Will, but yet, you just can't help but root for Will, even tough guys need our help, right?

A very fun read, a great stocking stuffer for a book lover!  How would you like to win a copy?!

*Liz Johnson provided me with a review copy as well as a giveaway copy.....and signed it as well!

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WIN A SIGNED COPY OF NAVY SEAL NOEL

Mandatory:  Leave a comment with your email telling me how you take time to relax during the holiday rush

Extras:  Tweet about the giveaway and leave a link, can do this daily

That's it!  Giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday, Dec. 20th, winner will be emailed and will have 24hrs to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Giveaways....I have failed....Book Review and giveaway #2

I know, I know...I promised a week of giveaways, and I have failed miserably.....but...all is not lost, we're just going to stretch that week a bit!

So....I'm not going to waste any more time.....next on my list is An Amish Second Christmas by Tricia Goyer, and this one is going to be a super speedy giveaway...so waste no time entering!

First of all...let's do the review, because that's important!

An Amish Second Christmas ....4 books in one!

I am in love with this book, the 4 stories in this collection will bring the Christmas spirit to you in some very sweet and real stories, and if you enjoy Christmas, what's better than that?  A Second Christmas of course! 

In the first story, When Christmas Comes Again, by Beth Wiseman Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children.  But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessing Christmas could have in store.

Next, we have Her Christmas Pen Pal, by Ruth Reid.  Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman.  But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.

In A Gift For Anne Marie, by Kathleen Fuller Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been friends since they were kids.  Now things are evolving....in ways everyone else predicted long ago.  But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie's new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

And last but not least, The Christmas Aprons, by Tricia Goyer Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther's mem's calling card for decades.  But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert...it's bachelor bait.

...and now for the giveaway.....

Mandatory entry
-leave a comment with your favorite Christmas food/treat along with your email.

Extras:
-leave a comment if you entered the 1st giveaway
-tweet and leave link can do daily

That's it....HURRY....giveaway ends on Tuesday 12/16 at midnight!



*I received a copy of this book for review and a giveaway copy as a part of Tricia Goyers Christmas team
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Monday, December 8, 2014

A week of goodies and review/giveaway #1 A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer

I have decided to do a week of giveaways.  Feel free to enter them all, or just one, check back each day to see what's new!

I am a part of Tricia Goyers 'Christmas Team', and today for my first giveaway is her beautiful book,
A Christmas Gift for Rose


About the book
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II - only to discover she's an Englischer herself.

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming story of sacrifice, deep love, and discovering one's true identity.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.  But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind - Englischers?  When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good.  Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

tricia goyer is a cba best selling author and the winner of two ...About Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is the best-selling author of 37 books, including the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Amish series.  She is currently writing three more Amish stories and One Year of Amish Peace.  Tricia's Amish novels have made the ECPA and USA Today bestsellers list.  Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas.


My thoughts
I loved this book.  This is a quick read, but a very good one.  Perfect for a little R and R during the busy holiday season, and this sweet little hard cover will look beautiful on your coffee table, your guests may just pick up this book and get lost in an Amish winter wonderland.

Rose goes through some difficult times as she deals with the truth of her past, as well as a bit of confusion over her boyfriend whom everyone has told her to forget.  This story is full of lessons in faith, love and hope.
 

 *Review copy and giveaway have been provided by Trica Goyer

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And now for the giveaway

**Winners will be notified by email and will have 24hrs to respond or a new winner will be chosen

Please leave a separate comment for each entry as well as your email address
Mandatory
-head on over to Tricia's webpage and tell me something you've learned about her

Extras
-leave a comment on this post for each giveaway you enter this week!
-what is your favorite Christmas tradition?
-tweet and leave your tweet link
-pin the giveaway and leave link

I'm making this short and simple!  This giveaway will end at midnight on Monday 12/15

Good luck!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: Swept Away

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)
by
Laura V. Hilton
and
Cindy Loven


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned. Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS
It seems as though every family has someone in it that just loves to stick his/her nose into everyone's business!  ...and this time it's grandma.  Grandma has good intentions, but as hurt as Sara Jane is, you wonder how those intentions can go anywhere but bad.

The characters in this book are very well thought out, their emotions will become yours, and you will become quite attached to Sara Jane, Drew, and yes, even grandma.

As you read through the pages you'll be amazed at how characters with so much hurt can make you laugh..but they may also make you cry.  You can almost feel the hurt as you read, this is an amazing book and it will take you straight to the heart of Appalachia as the characters and the quilt are pieced together.




*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA
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