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Searching for You - Orphan Train Book 3 - Jody Hedlund

Saturday, December 8, 2018


My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won’t abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he’s in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?

My Thoughts

You can check out my review for this incredible story on Hope by the Book's website. 

I received a complimentary copy of Searching for You from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Free Prequel


Don't miss An Awakened Heart! Free e-novella and a very important prequel to the Orphan Train Series. Free to read. Download and start reading now. If you have never read a Jody Hedlund book before, this is an excellent way to sample her style and try out her new series. It is amazing! Absolutely love Jody's books! 


 

About the Author

Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and Christy Award, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.


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The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations

Monday, November 26, 2018


My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book

Four Festive and Heartwarming Romance Novellas That Celebrate the Magic of Christmas

Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family? 

In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson. While he may be far above her station, she can't help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.

In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Fulbright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from a wealthy resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love as the holidays draw near.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her mother's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.

In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My Thoughts

Christmas stories are.my.favorite! I absolutely love this time of year and what better way to immerse myself in the Holiday fervor than to read stories about Christmas? This collection of novellas is a beautiful compilation of a family's history and weaves through the generations.

Beginning in Regency England and ending in modern-day Washington State. Each of these are fun, short, Christmas romances filled with plenty of humor. Your heart will be thrilled as you dive into this book.

If you haven't read any of these author's books before, you will get a healthy taste of their style and voice. Make sure to check out the other stories in the series that these novellas are a part of. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Heirloom from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.




About the Authors


  1. Karen Witemeyer
    Photo courtesy of Amanda Carpenter

    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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  2. Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter

    Kristi Ann Hunter (www.kristiannhunter.com) graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is a RITA Award winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for...
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  3. Sarah Loudin Thomas
    © Kristen Delliveniri

    Sarah Loudin Thomas

    Sarah Loudin Thomas (www.sarahloudinthomas.com) is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has time to write because she doesn't have children of her own. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Coastal Carolina University and is the author of the...
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  4. Becky Wade
    © Emilie Hendryx of E.A. Creative Photography

    Becky Wade

    Becky Wade is the 2018 Christy Award Book of the Year winner for True to You. She is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market,...
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NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition & GIVEAWAY

Saturday, November 24, 2018


My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)


About the Book

With over 9 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches, and families alike. Now, the #1 Bible for kids, including all of the trusted essentials loved by parents, is available in an exciting polar exploration theme!

Ready for a frosty Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting trek through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible, now in an all-new polar exploration theme! While on this arctic adventure, readers meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of facts about the Bible. And most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Features of the NIV Adventure Bible, Polar Exploration Edition include:

• The same trusted Adventure Bible content in a frosty new theme

• Full-color images of polar animals, arctic outposts, and icy landscapes throughout make learning about the Bible even more engaging

• Life in Bible Times—Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days

• Words to Treasure—Highlights great verses to memorize


• Did You Know?—Interesting facts help you understand God’s Word and the life of faith


• People in Bible Times—Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible

• Live It!—Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life

• Twenty polar-themed pages focus on topics such as how to know you are a Christian, famous people of the Bible, highlights of the life of Jesus, and how to pray.

• Book introductions feature arctic art and important information about each book of the Bible

• Dictionary/concordance for looking up tricky words

• Color map section to help locate places in the Bible

• Complete text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible

• Thrilling new glacial cover on metallic paper

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My Thoughts


You better believe I jumped on the opportunity to review this Kids Bible. My 1st Grader was SO excited, as was I. Filled with so many colorful pages, fun facts about different places and people of the Bible, special "polar" details throughout, this is a Bible that kids will LOVE! I love that it is a "real" Bible. It's not abridged. It reads and feels just like my "grown-up" Bible. Complete with a map index, concordance, subject index, abbreviation list, and weight and measurements graph, this is the perfect first full Bible for your kiddos. Make sure you enter to win your own copy via the Rafflecopter form below.

I received a complimentary copy of NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Artistic Journals - Review


My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)


Illuminate Your Story Journal

Learn to create your own beautiful illuminated letters with this how-to journal.

Use the almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.





Faith & Lettering Journal

New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

Krystal Whitten
Drawing from more than ten years of graphic design experience, Krystal Whitten has cultivated a large following of creatives on Instagram who have embraced her unique combination of lettering and faith. Through her social media, speaking engagements, and in-person workshops she unites her love for God’s Word with her passion for hand lettering, inspiring believers to go deeper in their faith by getting more interactive with their Bibles. Krystal is the creator of The Lettering Prayer Journal and launched her stationery and gift line in summer 2017. She lives in Land O’Lakes, Florida with her husband, Andy, and two children, Pierce and Haven.


The Illustrated Word
AN ILLUMINATED BIBLE COLORING JOURNAL
Museum of the Bible Books



Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

Museum of the Bible Books

The MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE opened it’s 40- foot bronze entry doors in Washington, D.C. in November 2017 and marked an unprecedented historical first in Bible history. The one-of-a-kind collection is housed in a 430,000-square-foot building just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the nation’s Capitol. The largest single museum in Washington D.C., and the first in the world to focus on honoring the Bible, the Museum provides guests with an immersive and personalized experience as they explore the history, narrative, and global impact of the Bible. Worthy Publishing Group and Museum of the Bible have teamed up to form a new book-publishing imprint, Museum of the Bible Books.


My Thoughts

These journals are GORGEOUS! Such a creative take on journaling. 

Illuminate Your Story is filled with information on the process and history of lettering. Like how the priests used to illustrate the Bible when they would hand copy the script. With step-by-step instructions, this journal will help you create your very own Illuminated Journal. With verses and pages for journaling, this is the perfect gift for the creative doodler. There are more pages for practicing lettering than there are for writing journal entries. A pen holder is included, as well as a bookmark and elastic band to keep the book closed. 

Faith & Lettering takes journaling to a whole new level. With pages for writing standard journal entries, bullet journaling, pages with grid lines for practicing lettering, and lots of fun images to learn how to draw. I think this one is my personal favorite of the three. Fun, colorful, and a larger variety of styles. A pen holder is included. This book is filled with scripture and inspirational quotes that are beautifully crafted by the author. 

The Illustrated Word has a very unique take. Filled with pictures of ancient illustrations on one page and a coloring book page inspired by the said picture on the next page. It is incredible to see the detail and intricacies of the ancient illustrations. The time and thought that had to have gone into each one is astounding. This journal is perfect for those who love coloring books. This journal also has the most lined pages for standard journaling.


My thanks to Worthy Publishing Group for providing complimentary copies of each of these journals. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 





Fawkes - Nadine Brandes

Tuesday, November 20, 2018



My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back. (From the author's website)

My Thoughts
A stunning masterpiece. Melding history and fantasy into an unforgettable story.

I can not get over just how much I have come to love this story! There is so much history in this story that I was shocked by how well the author was able to mingle such a rich fantasy aspect to the story as well. 

This story has so much to captivate the imagination, magic, romance, battles, plots, alliances, and true history! Brandes has created such a world of Colors that makes me believe color speak is possible. I am so impressed I am in a sort of color-daze.

The bottom line, if you enjoy YA Fantasy you will fall in LOVE with this story. If you enjoy historical books but haven't been brave enough to give the fantasy genre a try yet...I have a feeling you will enjoy this one. So be brave, give it a try...You may just fall in love with a new author! 

I received a complimentary copy of Fawkes from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Nadine Brandes once spent four days as a sea cook in the name of book research. She is the author of the award-winning Out of Time Series and her inner fangirl perks up at the mention of soul-talk, Quidditch, bookstagram, and Oreos. When she's not busy writing novels about bold living, she's adventuring through Middle Earth or taste-testing a new chai. She and her Auror husband live in a Tiny House on wheels. Current mission: paint the world in shalom.






Teal Paisley Tights - Spotlight & Giveaway - Barbara Brutt

Thursday, November 15, 2018

TealPaisleyTights_Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Happy Release Day to this debut author!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: Teal Paisley Tights  

Author: Barbara Brutt  
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

You can find my review for Teal Paisley Tights at HopebytheBook.com


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

barbara brutt

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor's degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two. Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.  

CONNECT WITH BARBARA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

teal paisley tights blitz giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY
(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a pair of teal paisley tights (one size fits most)
  • $15 Starbucks gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 22, 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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