Friday, November 30, 2018

Review and Giveaway: When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book:


Title: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…
The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.
The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.
My Thoughts:
When the Heart Sings was a very emotional read for me and at times I had to just set it down and do something else while I pondered what I read. Taking place in Poland during World War 2, this story highlighted the suffering and persecution of the Poles under the Nazi occupation. The hatred of their race ranked right up there with the hatred of the Jewish people. This story focuses on a married couple who have seen enough sadness already and yet their lives take a much darker turn. Reading about their trials had my emotions all over and though this story is a sad one, especially in the way people treat others, there was an underlying theme of hope throughout.

Many tough questions were asked by the characters like why does God let evil things happen and why do the innocent have to suffer? However, I think it all boils down to trust and faith and believing that God loves us more than we can even imagine. This was a good read about a dark time and place in history, one that we should not forget and one with many deep thoughts to ponder.


I received a complimentary copy of this novel I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She's married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

CONNECT WITH LIZ: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Giveaway:


TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a print copy of When the Heart Sings
  • Just One More Chapter’ throw pillow seen HERE
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 26, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 3, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Review and Giveaway: Yes, Carol...It's Christmas! by Cindy Vincent



About the Book

As the top salesperson for Pfunn Party Supplies, Carol Frost doesn’t exactly know how to have fun herself these days. Though she wasn’t always such a humbug. Once upon a time, she was famous for hosting Christmas parties that were filled with everything from laughing guests and luscious hors d’oeuvres, to artfully iced sugar cookies and creatively decorated Christmas trees. To top it off, she even wrote a bestselling book that became the authoritative tome on Christmas party entertaining at the time—The Complete, Total, Ultimate, Everything-You-Might-Possibly-Want-to-Know Guide to Hosting the Best Christmas Parties Ever.



Yet that was long ago, before her life changed and she stashed her tinsel and twinkle lights away once and for all. And while Carol soon learned to settle for her boring but comfortable existence, an old friend knows that Carol isn’t really living up to her potential. An old friend who . . . well . . . now enjoys her eggnog in the afterlife, you might say. To goad Carol into going back to her former party-hosting ways, said friend sends three of her specter pals to pester Carol. Then, much to Carol’s annoyance, she is visited by the Ghost Hosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on a plane filled with plenty of holiday revelers. And though Carol only wants to be left alone, the Ghost Hosts have other plans. Instead, they take her on an adventure that wasn’t exactly on her itinerary . . . or printed on her ticket stub. From that moment on, Carol’s life will never be the same. Provided, of course, she survives the jingle-bell rollercoaster of a ride and makes it home in time for Christmas . . .




My Thoughts:


Yes, Carol... It's Christmas! by Cindy Vincent was a charming Christmas Carol retelling with lots of Christmas decorations, cooking, and Southern hospitality. Carol is no Scrooge, but she was once the queen of Christmas parties until a horrible almost-made-me-cry event tore her emotionally apart. Now it's up to a ghost and three spirits to get her back on track in time for Christmas! A very short, breezy read to help you get into- or sustain- the Christmas spirit. And it is a nice twist to Dicken's work.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 


Reviewed by Jes

About the Author


CINDY VINCENT, M.A. Ed., was born in Calgary, Alberta, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper novels and the Daisy Diamond Detective series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.


Giveaway!

Put together your own best-ever Christmas party with this fun “party in a box” giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a package with the following prizes: a signed copy of Yes, Carol…It’s Christmas! by Cindy Vincent, two Betty Crocker sugar cookie mixes, two cookie cutters, a four-pack of sprinkles, a strand of Christmas lights, and two glass ornaments. Due to shipping costs and varying international laws, this giveaway is open to US residents (age 18 or older) only. Void where prohibited. Good luck!



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink


About the Book


 
Book: Lost Christmas Memories  
Author: Dana Mentink  
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Christmas  
Release Date: November 1, 2018  

A witness with amnesia Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life? Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

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My Thoughts:

I have really been enjoying author Mentink’s stories about the Thorn brothers and at last we get Keegan Thorn’s story. His story starts out rather quickly in the midst of helping out his family with wedding and baby preparations for the holiday season; he decides to help a damsel in distress. That damsel, Tracy Wilson, is not quite a damsel but she is need of help especially help with keeping safe as a murderer has put his/her target on her.

This was a fast, action paced story with not a lot of breathing room for the characters as they were trying to watch their backs and just get on with the process of living their lives and doing their jobs. I liked Keegan, always have from the previous books, and I think Tracy was a great match for him. I found the struggles that Keegan had with his adoptive family and his blood family believable and relevant in the choices Keegan made and the way he lived his life. This was a good suspense and a nice ending fro the Thorn family whom I will miss.


I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author


 
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com.

Guest Post from Dana


Writing this book was bittersweet for me. It was lovely to finally be able to tell youngest Thorn brother Keegan’s story, but I sure am sorry to say goodbye to this series! It was such fun to write about these four kinsmen and the family bonds that held them together through all manner of murder and mayhem! Here at Mentink Manor, we have recently sent a bear cub away to college for the first time. It feels like I have lost a limb now that my Boo Boo is gone! Fortunately, we will enjoy having her home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though it won’t be a cozy country Christmas like it is for Keegan (we live in a city of 80,000 here in Northern, CA) we will be thrilled to have all our family home to celebrate together (Mama Bear, Papa Bear, two cubs, a naughty terrier, and a senior citizen box turtle!) I hope you enjoy this last installment in the Gold Country Cowboy series. I am sending along our best wishes for a blessed holiday season, from our Mentink household to yours!

Blog Stops


Christian Bookaholic, November 22
Among the Reads, November 22
Inklings and Notions, November 23
Blogging With Carol, November 23
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 24
Moments, November 25
Simple Harvest Reads, November 25
Genesis 5020, November 26
SusanLovesBooks, November 26
Remembrancy, November 26
Kat’s Corner Books, November 27
Pause for Tales, November 27
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 27
Quiet quilter, November 28
Book by Book, November 29
A Rup Life, November 29
Older & Smarter?, November 30
Have A Wonderful Day, November 30
Cafinated Reads, November 30
KarenSueHadley, December 1
Lighthouse Academy, December 1
Daysong Reflections, December 1
Bibliophile Reviews, December 2
Bigreadersite, December 3
Texas Book-aholic, December 4
Carpe Diem, December 4
Godly Book Reviews, December 5

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Lost Christmas Memories, a $50 Amazon gift card and this cute reading charms necklace!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d626/lost-christmas-memories-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, November 26, 2018

Review: Wait For Me by Susan May Warren

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About:

When two women go missing in the Montana wilderness, Pete Brooks must trust his skills, teammates—and the woman who broke his heart—if he hopes to bring them all home alive.

My Thoughts:

Wow! What a ride this series has been. Finally a certain story thread has been completed and all characters seem to be settled a little better in life. I have been rooting for Pete and Jess this whole series. And while I have enjoyed all the couples’s stories, this set seemed to really resonate with me. I don’t know if it is because theirs was saved for last or because Pete is such a romantic, bad boy, idiot and there were times I would have liked to clunk his and Jess’s heads together.

Their story did not disappoint and if you are looking for an emotionally driven, angsty charged series with danger from nature and man, this series does not disappoint.  This story certainly kept me enthralled with all the twists and turns and some unexpected revelations. I am sad to see these characters go and hope that we might see them again in another story. I highly recommend this series as a whole.

I received a copy of this novel from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Stratagem by Robin Caroll


About the Book


Book: Stratagem
Author: Robin Caroll
Genre: Christian Suspense
Release Date: November, 2018

A High-Stakes Simulation Adventure Leaves Grayson Thibodeaux the Prime Suspect. . .for Murder

Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.

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My Thoughts:

I decided to read a book that is a little bit different than what I normally read which almost always has to include romance. However, Stratagem is a suspense book about the murder of an ex-wife. While not my usual read, I have read author Robin Caroll’s books before and the book premise sounded intriguing. 

First off, Grayson Thibodeaux has such a unique job. It is one in which he creates a life game for businesses. Unfortunately his latest game design ends with the death of his ex-wife Anna Belle. Grayson of course was considered the prime suspect and the homicide detectives investigating both knew him personally. Brandon is his friend and he is on less friendlier terms with Danielle who certainly held a grudge against him. 

I really enjoyed getting the details of how the game worked. We also get to sit in on the police interviews of all the suspects and others involved. It really made a complete picture and I enjoyed that aspect immensely. And the author gave us a little bit of Anna Belle’s point of view before she died which really made the picture so much clearer.

Besides being suspense and a murder mystery, this book definitely takes a look at the failing of a marriage and divorce and the effects it has on the partners. It also took a hard look at forgiveness and what that may look like when all is said and done and the secrets have been all uncovered. I felt for Grayson and this book was sad in some ways as we begin to get the picture of the dissolution of his marriage. At times the book could be heavy, but it was a good read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.


About the Author

 
“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com.

Guest post from Robin


Behind the Scenes: Robin Caroll Shares Her Inspiration for Writing Stratagem Dear Reader, Thank you for journeying to New Orleans in a web of deceit and confusion with me. Sharing a place that has such connection for me was a pure joy. South Louisiana offers such a laid-back attitude that I often miss “home.” I hope you’ll enjoy sampling a taste of the flavor of Louisiana. Years ago I watched the movie The Game with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn and was enthralled. There’s just something grabbing about messing with a person’s mind and life by using their own feelings and instincts against them. When this story of Stratagem first began forming, I wanted to use all that intrigue to mess up the game master’s life. The end result is quite the ride! As the characters came alive to me, I found the theme of forgiveness and acceptance coming out in the story. Some of the emotions within this story are very personal to me, and I’m honored I was able to share them with you. It is my wish that you may be touched by Grayson’s faith journey as well. Until next time. . . -Robin

Blog Stops


Midnight Bookaholic, November 17
Back Porch Reads, November 18
Rebekah’s Quill, November 18
By The Book, November 19
Genesis 5020, November 19
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 19
Lighthouse Academy, November 20
Inklings and notions, November 20
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 21
Splashes of Joy, November 21
Moments, November 21
Just the Write Escape, November 22
Mary Hake, November 22
Simple Harvest Reads, November 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Bigreadersite, November 22
Aryn The Libraryan , November 23
Multifarious, November 23
Bibliophile Reviews, November 24
Remembrancy, November 24
amandainpa, November 24
Margaret Kazmierczak, November 25
Pause for Tales, November 25
Book by Book, November 25
Livin Lit, November 26
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 26
Baker kella, November 26
Daysong Reflections, November 27
Texas Book-aholic, November 27
Painting with Words, November 28
Maureen’s Musings, November 28
Janices book reviews, November 29
Carpe Diem, November 29
Godly Book Reviews, November 30

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Stratagem!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d629/stratagem-celebration-tour-giveaway

My Thoughts and More on Mabel and the Little Green Men by Susan Kimmel Wright

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