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Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

16 Apr

Welcome to my stop on the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop! Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Read Now Sleep Later for hosting. Lots of bloggers are giving away books and bookish stuff. To learn more, click HERE.

 

 

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To celebrate, I am giving away a copy of Stephanie Landsem’s The Thief. To enter, just leave me a comment. The hop runs through April 24. Good luck!

 

689105A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

And The Winners Are . . .

5 Apr

Congratulations to 

Mippy/Sabrina — Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Ruth — Toddler Easter Package from Zonderkidz

Brenda — Preschool Easter Package from Zonderkidz

Thanks to all who entered. 

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop!

31 Mar

A big thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop. Lots of bloggers are giving away books and bookish stuff, so be sure to check out all the participants HERE. The hop runs through April 7.

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I have A LOT of books piling up, so I am giving away a Surprise Package of Books – fiction and nonfiction. Just leave a comment to enter. Good luck!

Easter Package Giveaway!

21 Mar

Zonderkidz has very generously offered to give 2 of my readers Easter book packages for children. There is a package designed for Toddlers and one for Preschool through age 7.  To enter, just leave me a comment with which package you would like the chance to win. The giveaway will run through April 2. 

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An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman

Goodnight, Angels by Melody Carlson

The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers by L J Sattgast

7d111f488dc32ea585d81f2b_120x107Preschool through Age 7 Package

The Legend of The Easter Egg by Lori Walburg

The Berenstain Bears Keep The Faith by Mike Berenstain

101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Books Complete Me are hosting the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop March 17 – 24. Lots of bloggers are giving away books and bookish stuff to their readers. For a complete list of all participants, click HERE.

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I am giving away 2 books to 1 lucky reader — The Spirit of Sweetgrass by Nicole Seitz and The Vicar’s Wife by Katherine Swartz. To enter, just leave me a comments. For extra entries like me on FB and/or follow me on Twitter. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by November 26. Good luck!

455065_w185The Spirit of Sweetgrass – Essie Mae Laveau Jenkins is a 78-year-old sweetgrass basket weaver who sits on the side of Hwy. 17 in the company of her dead husband, Daddy Jim. Inspired by her Auntie Leona, Essie Mae finally discovers her calling in life and weaves powerful “love baskets,” praying fervently over them to affect the lives of those who visit her roadside stand. When she’s faced with losing her home and her stand and being put in a nursing home, Daddy Jim talks her into coming on up to Heaven to meet sweet Jesus – something she’s always wanted to do. Once there, she reunites with Gullahs and African ancestors; but soon, her heavenly peace is disrupted, for she still has work to do. Now Essie Mae, who once felt powerless and invisible, must find the strength within her to keep her South Carolina family from falling apart.

640700The Vicar’s Wife — A New Yorker all her life, Jane Hatton loved her job as the head of a charity championing women’s rights, but her fourteenyear- old daughter, Natalie, had fallen in with the wrong crowd at her Manhattan school. So Jane and her British husband, Andrew, have decided to move their family to the English countryside.

The Hattons have bought the large old vicarage in a small village on the Cumbrian coast, near Andrew’s new job. The silence and solitude of a remote village is quite a change. Natalie hates her new school, and eleven-year-old Ben struggles academically. Only seven-year-old Merrie enjoys country life. Has Jane made a horrible mistake? What of her career? Her own identity?

And The Winner Is . . .

12 Mar

Congratulations to 

Merry

winner of

The Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop!

Make sure to check back on March 17 for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop.

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop

27 Feb

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky Is Reading for hosting the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop that runs February 28 through March 7. There are lots of bloggers giving away books and bookish stuff, so be sure to check them all out HERE.

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I have two books to give away to one winner — Catch A Falling Star by Beth Vogt and Fired Up by Mary Connealy. Just leave me a comment to enter. For additional entries, like me on FB and/or follow me on Twitter.

fallingstar-e1361983877202Catch A Falling Star by Beth Vogt. At 36, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But the feeling of being “the kid never picked” looms large when romance continues to evade her and yet another one of her closest friends gets engaged. Are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than childish wishing upon a star? Should she hold out for her elusive Plan A? Dust off Plan B? Or is it time to settle? God says he knows the plans he has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?

Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can God get his life back on track … or has there been a divine plan all along?

Catch a Falling Star reminds readers that romance isn’t just for twenty-somethings and that sometimes letting go of your “wish I may, wish I might” dreams is the only way to embrace everything God has waiting for you.

209154_w185Fired Up by Mary Connealy. Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can’t let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he’s trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she’s determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she’s terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner–never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can’t help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There’s the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna’s diner into Dare’s back. Are Flint’s cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna’s son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

And The Winner Is . . .

18 Feb

Congratulations to

kimmyl

for winning 

The Romance Is In The Air Blog Hop

 

Check back February 28 when I will be participating in the Leap Into Books Blog Hop.

 

Romance Is in The Air Giveaway Hop!

7 Feb

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rachel Anderson for hosting the Romance Is in The Air Giveaway Hop. Lots of bloggers are giving away books and bookish things, so to share the LOVE, click HERE to find out more. The Hop runs February 8 – 14.

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I am giving away a surprise package of romance novels — contemporary, historical, and suspense. To enter just leave me a comment. For an extra entry like me on Twitter or FB. Good luck!

Book Review: The Calling

31 Jan

18096354Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

SFisher-96Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

My Impressions:

From the first book I read of Suzanne Woods Fisher, she became one of my favorite authors. I have loved meeting her characters and living (at least in my mind) in the Amish communities she has created. The Calling, book 2 in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, is another great addition to my library. Filled with both charming Amish and English characters, it also traces a mystery that keeps the pages turning. A must read for those who love Amish fiction.

Bethany Schrock seems to be surrounded by secrets and uncertainty. She has lots of questions about the long ago disappearance of her mother and the more recent disappearance of her brother. Her heart is torn as well — between the double-dealing Jake and the much sought after Jimmy Fisher. And then there are the really old and baffling sisters she works for with secrets of their own. But the biggest mystery of all is whether she can really hear God speak. The Calling answers a lot for Bethany, but there is more to come for fans of the Inn at Eagle Hill series.

Secrets are revealed, love blossoms and characters discover God’s purpose for their lives. I really like the way Suzanne weaves the Amish and English communities together. There is never an us versus them message, but instead mutual respect and acceptance. The English and Amish teach each other about peace, patience, prayer and waiting for God. And when they work together great things occur. While the Amish attempt to live simply and separately, it is also clear that sin and heartache still exist. But so does God’s grace.

So do you like Amish fiction or just a really well-told story? Then pick up The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Recommended.

More reviews HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse for my review copy. All opinions are mine alone.)

To purchase a copy of this book, click on the image below.

1551584_639560352757037_814494985_nI caught up with Suzanne when she was on a promotional tour for The Calling. What a great treat to see her again. A great writer and encourager!

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Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Calling by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks! 

Two grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Four second place winners will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner’s choice!
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne’s blog.

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY AND BE SURE TO VISIT SUZANNE’S BLOG ON THE 10TH TO SEE IF YOU WON ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES! (OR BETTER YET, SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOGAND HAVE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX!)

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