Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CrossReads Book Blast: Serenity to Accept by Elizabeth Maddrey


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Serenity to Accept By Elizabeth Maddrey

About the Book

Karin Reid has never had much use for God. There's been too much pain in her life for her to accept that God is anything other than, at best, disinterested or, at worst, sadistic. Until she meets Jason Garcia. After his own mistakes of the past, Jason is committed to dating only Christians. He decides to bend his rule for Karin, as long as she comes to church with him. As their friendship grows, both will have to decide if they'll accept the path God has for them, even if it means losing each other.
ElizabethMaddrey  Elizabeth Maddrey Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CrossReads Book Blast with Becca Fisher's Amish Christmas Boxed Set

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Amish Christmas Boxed Set By Becca Fisher

About the Book

Four different Amish Christmas stories, plus one bonus novella:
The Christmas Surprise
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie's heart.
The Christmas Miracle
William Bieler just wants a simple Amish Christmas. But with a newborn child at home, nothing is simple. When William's wife falls ill however, it will take a miracle to save Christmas at the Bieler house.
The Christmas Performance
Emma Bieler is chosen to do a solo at the school holiday pageant. But a case of crippling stage fright strikes her just before she's about to go onstage. What happens next will change Emma's life forever.
The Christmas Gift
When Amish widow Hannah King remarries, her daughters do not take well to their new step father. But as the holidays approach, it's make or break time to bring peace back into Hannah's house. Bonus novella: Clara Bieler's Amish Christmas
becca fisherBecca Fisher I'm Becca Fisher and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I'm devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless. If you would like to be the first to know about my new books, join my mailing list here http://eepurl.com/s3WIT Everyone that signs up for my mailing list will receive a Free copy of my "Complete Amish Romance Boxed Set."
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Spiralling Out of Control by Michelle Dennis Evans

Book Blurb:
 Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal ... Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression. 

When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows. 
Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path.
Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most?

 This novel contains adult themes, and is recommended reading audiences 17+ 

  
Excerpt:

Chapter 3 part a

“You must be Stephanie. I’m Mrs Bardon.” The teacher’s chins
flapped as she turned her well-rounded body to face the class. “Students, meet, Stephanie.”
Voices mumbled, heads turned and hands smothered snickers. Stephanie looked for some support, hoping to see a friendly face, but she couldn’t find anyone to connect with.
A loud wolf whistle floored her. “Check it out. Check out the new piece!” cheered a shaggy-haired boy.
Mrs Bardon cleared her throat. The vibration echoed around the room.
Stephanie swallowed as fire moved up her neck and exploded in her cheeks. She’d never been whistled at before. Co-ed sucks. She repositioned her feet for escape, a quick dash and she’d be gone. But her soles felt glued to the floor. She looked to the teacher, hoping for some help or at the very least, a rebuttal. What came didn’t satisfy the crime.
Mrs Bardon cleared her throat for the second time, dropping a heavy textbook on her desk. “Find a seat, Stephanie. Anywhere is fine.”
Stephanie held her head down, glancing from desk to desk to find a seat. 
“Come here, sweetheart, I saved this one just for you.” Wolf-whistle-boy smacked the desk beside him as the class erupted in laughter.
She waited for Mrs Bardon to reprimand the boy. But she didn’t. Does this teacher have a clue? Hoping to shrink away from any more attention, Stephanie slinked into the seat of an empty desk between two girls. She smiled towards their blank faces. Both girls focused on her with icy eyes, then turned to each other and grinned. What is that supposed to mean?
“Class!” Mrs Bardon slammed not one, but a pile of textbooks down on the wooden desk. The thud silenced the class.
“Let’s get back to the roll … Melinda Black …”
“Uh huh.”
“John Class …”
“Yow!” It was wolf-whistle-boy. Yeah, all class.
Mrs Bardon looked up from the roll. “John, this is your last warning. Your behaviour this morning is unacceptable and I will be reporting the whistling.”
The class giggled, bringing more heat to Stephanie’s cheeks.
Mrs Bardon continued. “Monica Hannack …”
“Yep,” said the blonde girl sitting next to Stephanie.
Stephanie zoned out for the rest of the lesson. Her heart still thumped in her chest when the bell rang. She let the flow of students carry her to the hallway. Like a fish in a duck pond, she searched the sea of students and approached a group of girls to ask for directions. Without speaking, they pointed to a map on the wall and walked away. She wished she hadn’t asked them in the first place, and pulled out the map she was given on arrival.
Stephanie shook her head. Surely this was a nightmare. When the final bell sounded, she left the school grounds ahead of the other students to meet her mother in the car park.


From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and Spiralling Out of Control is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.



BIO:
Michelle Dennis Evans writes to inspire, take people on a journey and escape their world. She believes you can find healing or hope when you read about someone else’s story – fiction or truth. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release.   
Michelle lives on the Gold Coast of Australia with her husband and four super active, super fun and super time consuming children.

 {Here's who is before if you'd like to catch up.}
    1st is a scene that got cut from the beginning on Barbara Derksen's blog
    2nd is an interview with Stephanie a month before the book starts on Martin Roth's blog
   3rd  is the first half of the poem on Kevin Smith's blog
   4th is the 2nd half of the opening poem on Paulette Harper Johnson's blog
   5th is chapter 1 part a on Carole Brown's blog 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World by Jill Richardson

Blurb:
Hobbits, elves, and dragons have become common fantasy characters but do they have more relevance to your life than you think? Are they as real as, or the same as, people you meet every day? Maybe not literally, but J.R.R. Tolkien's famous characters bring to life real character qualities we all can learn from, whether good or bad. What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faith of a elf, or the greed of a dragon teach teens about themselves? How can their stories lead us to the real Kingdom where God is working out way more than a fantasy for his people? Dig in to these familiar characters and relevant Bible passages to find out. Come out understanding how to live your own epic story!
Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-earth—http://amzn.to/16y2p6b

Excerpt:
Chapter One-Struck by Lightning

Paul encourages Timothy: youve been chosen to do this by the God who raises the dead! Thats all you need. It doesnt matter that youre young. It doesnt matter that you dont know all I know. God chose you are you willing?
Thats the secret of Bilbos victory, too: hes been chosen. He doesnt know why. He probably thinks all of Gandalfs fireworks have shaken the wizards brain too much. But, just knowing that someone so great picked him makes him gather his small courage and believe he has a shot.
Then, he takes the next step. He decides hes willing to do whatever he has to do for the job. Steal from a dragon? Carry out a wild river raft escape? Negotiate peace between forces at war? Take on giant spiders? (Thats where youd lose me!) He just does it, because someone has to, and hes been chosen.
What abOut yOu?
What responsibilities has God given you? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to do them well?

From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World
is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.  And be sure and pick up your Kindle version of Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World at http://amzn.to/1eG7u1Y

Bio: 
Jill's love for hobbits and elves comes from her time as a literature  teacher and as a lifelong reader of great stories. She also loves an epic challenge and a chance for grace wherever they exist. Jill has a BA in English and Education and an MDiv in theology and is an ordained minister who has served as a worship, preaching, and discipleship pastor. She has published four books previously, as well as articles in national magazines such as FamilyFun, Discipleship Journal, and Today's Christian Woman.

Jill enjoys speaking on a variety of topics and has been very active on the MOPS circuit, as well as in junior high and high school classes. She enjoys speaking for retreats for all ages.

With three daughters, three cats, and (thankfully!) only one husband, she keeps busy otherwise with community theater, gardening, reading, scrapbooking, and traveling. Jill loves oceans, cats, chocolate, teenagers, her family, the Cubs, and God, not necessarily in that order.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown


About the book:
How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest and is receiving raving reviews! Release date was October 21, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. The link for the book which is on SALE NOW is:


The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman

Excerpt:
Chapter One

Twenty years earlier
The shadow creatures on the wall shook their wings and legs. Heads with horns nodded. Scary, dark faces watched.
The little girl clasped her floppy-eared rabbit against her chest and stared into the dark.
“Mmm …” Mommy’s murmur reached to her through the walls, and the giggles from her mother tiptoed in, shooing the fear away.
Whoosh. She blew out a breath and squeezed her rabbit tighter. “Mommy has a friend with her, Ramsey. She loves me just like I love you and will give me hugs in the morning after the man leaves.”
Ramsey said nothing. She ran her fingers over his face and could feel his black button eyes staring at her, trusting her to protect him.
“And she’ll read to us and I’ll sit on her lap and we’ll snuggle—all of us together.” She nodded and tugged on Ramsey’s left ear then rolled over.
Real live whispers and laughter floated into the room.
Opening her mouth in a wide yawn, she patted Ramsey’s tummy and whispered again, “Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.”
“Please. That hurts.”
“Mommy?” The little girl frowned but her eyes wouldn’t open. Just like they did when she and mommy put cucumbers slices on their eyes. 
“Stop it—”
Rubbing at her eyes the little girl sat up. Mommy had never sounded like this before, and neither had any of the men—the men who brought flowers and candy and money.

From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.
  
Bio:
Carole Brown not only has her debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.

On November 18, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies.

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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As well as these other blogs:

Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CrossReads Book Blast, You're Strong Enough

You’re Strong Enough By Kassi L. Pontious
About the Book
You’re Strong Enough takes readers on a quest to discover who they are, why they are here, where they came from, and what their ultimate goal is. Christian writer, Kassi Pontious, shares personal experiences aimed at teaching young people that each of us is strong enough for our own trials and challenges. In "You’re Strong Enough," you will discover who your real enemy is and how to defeat this dragon. As you participate in individual quests at the end of each chapter, you will learn how to cut the strings of dysfunction that may be trying to control your life. Ultimately, you will discover where your true strength lies and how to conquer the obstacles in life’s path. You’re Strong Enough is a book about hope and empowerment. It brings truths to light that will empower your soul and inspire you, and those around you. On KINDLE  | In PAPERBACK  
Kassie
Kassi L. Pontious Kassi Pontious is the author of the Christian teenage and young adult books, You’re Enough Series. Kassi wrote the You're Enough Series, beginning with You're Strong Enough to help struggling teenagers and young adults who come from dysfunctional families and who feel lost and confused. Her goal is to help her readers to find a way to cope, to forgive, to believe, and to trust again. Kassi is a graduate of the LDS Christian church missionary program and a leader of Christian youth groups. Kassi has studied religion extensively, including four years at seminary and three years at Orem Institute of Religion. She served an eighteen-month mission in North Carolina, leading a group of fifty sister missionaries. Kassi understands what it is like to be from a divorced and dysfunctional family. Her parents divorced when she was four and she lived with six different families during her childhood. She works with kids that come from divorced and dysfunctional families, teaching them how to cope, and maximize their potential despite their challenging home lives. Kassi is married and has four beautiful children. She runs a successful real estate brokerage firm in Alpine Utah. She loves hiking, playing sports, geo caching, and swimming.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Green Leaf, The Potawatomi Boy

Author: Lisa J Lickel
Illustrator: Brenda Hendricks



About the Book:

Green Leaf’s cousins are all older than he and don’t like to play fair. He longs for a friend his own age he can play with, explore and fish with. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends, but Henri’s words are strange to Green Leaf. How can they play and explore together?

Green Leaf’s mother says, “Friends learn to speak one another’s words.” But will Green Leaf learn to say his friend’s words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger?
Kindle - on special sale during December 1- 16, $.99
Also available in print from online retailers or from your favorite bookseller. $5.95

Ten years in the making, The First Children of Farmington series of early reader books has finally reached book sellers. I spent two years researching and writing this series. Several years after I worked with other community historians to collect and record our early pioneer history, I realized that we had quite a diverse ethnicity to Farmington, Wisconsin. Although these stories are based on real people and real events, they are representative of issues and struggles and joys families face every day everywhere.  

The Potawatomi Boy is a character with a running thread through all the books. When I first started out with the project I was taking classes from the Christian Writers Guild. I set out to put together a series of picture books and connected with a couple of different artists. I wrote the text, but learned over several years that it’s harder to get the attention of a publisher for children’s books than it is for adult books. I’d never considered self-publishing, but through connections with my current illustrator and publishing partner, Brenda Hendricks, and others at the John 316 Marketing Network, learned a lot about not only self-publishing options, but how to publish well. The second book in the series, The German Girl, is now available, as well, about a curious young girl who becomes lost while searching for the family cow, and the third book, The Saxon Boy, about a young boy who must learn to accept a stepfather, may be out by Christmas. I was quite surprised and pleased to have won a prestigious Jade Ring award for the Saxon Boy from the Wisconsin Writers Association. The other three stories, The Yankee Boy, The Irish Girl and The French Girl, are planned for release in 2014.

The books include references, glossaries, and special illustrations and a picture search. They are suitable for early to middle grades, ages 7-9 or so.

You may also find the book at Barnesand Noble  and  Booksamillion

From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Potawatomi Boy is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.

About the Author:

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her published novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned dozens of feature newspaper stories, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthorCulture.blogspot.com. She loves to encourage new authors. Find more at LisaLickel.com.