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Guest Post and Giveaway! — Kimberley Woodhouse

25 Nov

I am so thrilled to have my friend, Kimberley Woodhouse on the blog today. She and I are both celebrating a ten year milestone — my blog and her 10 years of published novels! I have so enjoyed Kimberely’s books. In The Shadow of Denali provided great research 😉 for my trip this past summer to Alaska! And her books in the Daughters of The Mayflower series are fabulous for history and adventure.

Giveaway!

Kimberley is generously giving away 2 of her novels — The Express Bride and Under The Midnight Sun. I will randomly select 2 winners from the comments on this post. (Please, US addresses only.)

 

Thanks so much, Kimberley, for making my celebration extra special!

Guest Post by Kimberley Woodhouse

First off I have to say a HUGE congrats to Beckie for ten amazing years of blogging!

Beckie’s blog has been a go-to for me for many years. I’ve often found my next read because of her blog. And I can’t even begin to express to her my gratitude for all she does for authors and readers. Her love of the written word shines through, and it is such a privilege to know her in our writing/reading community.

My publishing journey started about twenty-five years ago when I started writing seriously. Granted, it was just for myself at the time — a way to use up all the creative juices I had going. But it was a fun and oft times difficult road from the penning of that first novel. Children, homeschooling, two kids who had some pretty serious health issues, and a lot of craziness made up a journey that is remarkable for me to look back on today. 

So as Beckie is celebrating ten years of blogging, I’m celebrating ten years of being published. That blows my mind. And I find myself wondering how I got here. It’s truly a marvel. A blessing. With lots of thanks to bloggers including Beckie.

Up to this point, I have twenty published books. God is so good. And this tenth year has brought three novel releases, Under the Midnight Sun (January 2019), The Golden Bride (April 2019), and The Express Bride (July 2019), and a novella collection that will release on December 1 – The Sew in Love Collection. To make this year even more celebratory, Out of the Ashes finaled in the Spur Awards this spring, The Patriot Bride won The Reader’s Choice Award this summer, and my novella MissTaken Identity in the MissAdventure Brides Collection won The Carol Award in September. 

A lot of people ask me how I got started… well, to be honest, I got started writing because I loved to read. Have always been an avid reader. Then a college professor told this little music major that I was a storyteller. Then a few years after I had been writing and no one knew because I hadn’t told anyone, a friend found some of my stories when we were packing to move to the mission field. She confronted me and told me that I was “hiding my light under a bushel” and that I “better do something with it…” 

The rest is now history. 

Ten years.

What a joy to share that with Beckie and all of you. 

Here’s to ten more years. 

And ten more after that. And maybe even ten more after that…

I’m game. How about you?

For the JOY of story,

Kimberley 

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Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student.  She has passed down her love of music and the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 2,000 venues. Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

The Woodhouse family’s story has been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most famously featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Showand Discovery Health Channel’s Mystery ER along with hundreds of other TV appearances and radio interviews.

Kim has been writing seriously for more than twenty years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it” that she pursued publication. Now, she is a best-selling author of more than fifteen books, with more on the way.

She is passionate about Bible study, reading, music, cooking, and pretty-much-all-things-crafty. Kimberley has been married to her incredible husband for a quarter-of-a-century-and-counting and they have two adult children.

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2019 Christy Awards + A Giveaway!

12 Nov

Last week I had the best time road tripping with my buddy, Martha, as we headed to Nashville for the Christy Awards. (A big shout-out to Martha’s parents for having the foresight to purchase a house that was right in the middle of our adventures! 😉 ) We started our big day with a wonderful breakfast with readers, bloggers, and authors at Fido’s, hosted by Becky Wade. I got to finally meet in person a bunch of my favorites.

 

 

That evening we attended the Christy Awards! We sat with a great group of book enthusiasts talking books, book, and more books! We heard James Rubart, Patti Callahan, and Becky Wade speak. And celebrated with all our favorites who took home a Christy.

All the winners can be found HERE.

 

 

The highlight of the evening was a tribute to Janette Oke given by her editor, Carol Johnson. Bethany House has re-released a 40th anniversary copy of Love Comes Softly, and each attendee got one! My gain is yours too! Because I already have one on my shelf, I am including a copy in my 10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Big Box of Books!

Click HERE to go to the giveaway post

Love Comes Softly introduced the characters of Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances brought them to a “marriage of convenience” on the frontier prairies during the mid 1800s. The story of how Clark’s patient, caring love mirrored that of the heavenly Father, drawing Marty to faith and to love, has captured the hearts and imaginations of over one million readers on Book One alone!

 

Book Review + A Giveaway!: A Silver Willow by The Shore

7 Nov


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Silver Willow by The Shore
By Kelli Stuart
Adult Historical, Contemporary, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
October 15th 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press

How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past?

When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies—a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences.

A Silver Willow by The Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia, to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow, to present day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.

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About The Author

Kelli is a wife, mother, novelist, and the driver of a smoking’ hot minivan. When she isn’t wrangling her five children, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard. Kelli is the award winning author of Like a River From Its Course, her debut novel which won the ACFW Carol Award for Best Historical and was nominated for two Christy Awards. Kelli is also the co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom with Wendy Speake. You can find more information on her life and writings at http://www.kellistuart.com.

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My Impressions:

I loved Kelli Stuart’s novel, Like A River from Its Course, and knew I had to read A Silver Willow by The Shore. Good choice on my part! Wow! What an incredible story from a gifted author. An emotional read, the story takes you into the lives of three women who should have a strong connection through family ties, but find themselves isolated from each other, struggling to find an identity amidst the secrets kept by each generation. A thoughtful and poignant book, I had to force myself to slow down in its reading. It is a book to be savored, but I just could not put it down! From the Soviet gulags, to 1980s Moscow, to modern-day Tennessee you will find yourself immersed in Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie’s lives. Very highly recommended.

The three main characters, Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie, are grandmother, mother, and daughter, yet they are virtual strangers to each other. They have learned not to share the important aspects of their lives because of danger, fear, and hurt. The book is told through the first person viewpoint of Elizaveta and the third person perspectives of Nina and Annie — all in the present tense — allowing for the reader to get a glimpse into what is really true and to feel like part of their stories. The relationships are strained or non-existent, although they share a home. But though they live together day in and day out, they never truly know one another. At first I REALLY didn’t like Elizaveta, and I found Nina to be a weak in her dealings with her mother. Annie was my favorite. But I grew to appreciate each of these women and the trials they endured. Two secondary, yet pivotal, male characters bring hope and comfort into the women’s lives. I also found the historical context of the Soviet Union to be fascinating. Google was my friend while I read. 😉  A Silver Willow by The Shore begs the question — can we really know who we are if we don’t know where we come from? You may come to a different conclusion depending on your own experiences and faith journey, but the novel sure does make you think.

I believe A Silver Willow by The Shore would make an excellent book club choice. I know I would love to discuss this book more.

Very Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

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Book Review + Giveaway!: Called To Inspire

6 Nov

Do you sense God prompting you to do something special with your life? Do you feel totally unprepared to answer his call?

Get ready for your heart to be emboldened and your faith strengthened! In CALLED to Inspire, Marsha DuCille, founder and publisher of CALLED magazine, leads you through a 52-question devotional experience to help you discover a rich, victorious life guided by God. With each weekly devotion, you’ll find compelling answers to life’s most significant questions. Each reading is accompanied by a powerful prayer, a meaningful verse to hide in your heart, a declaration to defend and fortify your faith, and journaling space to record your thoughts.

Let CALLED to Inspire encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give you the strength and confidence to hear God’s calling in your life. Cling to this companion week after week ― and dare to render your answer.

Marsha DuCille is the founder and editorial director of CALLED Magazine, the largest North America-based publication for Christian women. Her “hobby turned global venture” reaches millions of women through a variety of multi-media platforms. She is also the creative director of CALLED Design, a print and digital solutions enterprise, and the chairman of The CALLED Project, a philanthropic arm that supports outreach efforts around the world. Marsha earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a master’s degree in educational foundations, research, and policy from the University of Michigan.

 

My Impressions:

Called to Inspire is a unique tool for going deeper into God’s Word. Author Marcia Ducille shares 52 weeks worth of questions to get you thinking about what is important to you and what is important to God. Each devotional entry begins with a short essay related to the question at hand, such as How Big Is Your Army? and Who Has The Power? Referencing scripture, Ducille challenges the reader to think a little differently about priorities, attitudes, and motivations. The next two pages offer short prayers and thoughts and a prompt for journaling. In my opinion, the best way to utilize this book is to read the short passage shared by the author on day one, and then use the scripture reference to read the Bible passage(s) throughout the week, journaling as God reveals more and more. In this way, Called to Inspire will lead you on a one year journey to a closer walk with God.

Recommended.

Audience: women

(Thanks to Tyndale Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Giveaway!

Called to Inspire will be included in the Big Box of Books I am giving away for my 10 Year Blogiversary. Click HERE for the giveaway post.

 

10 Year Blogiversary Celebration!

1 Nov

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since I started blogging! 10 years of books, authors, bloggers, and all the bookish goodness I could find. November is going to be one long party! I have lined up some friends to help me celebrate with guest posts about their publishing journeys, books they love, the blogging life, and much, much more. See the schedule below.

 

Of course you can’t have a party without gifts, so I am gifting one of my readers a big box of books and bookish swag. The box includes nonfiction, a variety of fiction genres, and even a cookbook! Some of the books are brand new, others are ARCs, and some are gently read. To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment. (Please US residents only.)

 

I have to give a big thank you to all those who have read my blog over the years. Your encouragement to me is very appreciated. I have loved every minute of the blogging journey, and I count you all as great fellow travelers. 

 

Guest Post Schedule

11/4  Sarah Sundin, author of Sunrise at Normandy series

11/5  Carrie Booth Schmidt, blogger, Reading Is My SuperPower

11/6  Rachel Dylan, author of the Atlanta Justice series

11/7  Amy Green, fiction publicist Bethany House Publishers

11/8  Heather Day Gilbert, author of Belinda Blake And The Snake in The Grass

11/11  Lindsey Bracket, author of The Bridge Between

11/13 Courtney Clark, blogger, The Green Mockingbird

11/15  Rachel McMillan, author of the Herringford And Watts Mysteries

11/18  Janet Ferguson, author of the Coastal Hearts series

11/20  Iola Goulton, blogger

11/22  Susie Finkbeiner, author of All Manner of Things

11/25  Kimberly Woodhouse, author Daughters of The Mayflower series

11/26  Carole Jarvis, blogger, The Power of Words

11/27  Rebecca Maney, reviewer, Inkwell Inspirations

11/28  Olivia Newport, author of the Tree of Life series

 

 

Book Review and Giveaway! — The Art of Rivers

29 Oct


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Art of Rivers
(Coastal Hearts #3)
By Janet W. Ferguson
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 299 Pages
June 30th 2019 by Southern Sun Press LLC

​Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars — those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

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About The Author

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

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My Impressions:

The Art of Rivers is the first book I have read by Janet Ferguson, although I have 3 of her other titles waiting impatiently on my TBR shelf. The setting, the story line, and the engaging characters checked all the right boxes — I cannot wait to open another one of her novels! This book is definitely a recommended read.

Characterization is strong in The Art of Rivers. Both the main characters, Rivers and Cooper, are struggling with the tragedy of addiction — but from opposite sides. Choices affect both the guilty and the innocent, and trust and forgiveness are hard to extend and receive. I especially loved Cooper, a man who has given his life to God’s healing power, yet still wrestles with guilt and shame. The love story that unfolds for the two is unconventional, yet grace-filled. I cheered the two on as they face doubts and family opposition. Secondary characters touched this reader’s heart as well. Ferguson’s extensive research into addiction really shows. The backdrop of St. Simons Island was perfect — I could almost feel the breezes and hear the crash of the waves. Parts of the story were hard, but its themes of forgiveness and new life in Christ filled the pages with hope and healing.

The Art of Rivers is part of the Coastal Hearts series, but can easily be read as a standalone novel. But if you are like me, after you turn the last page, you will want more!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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Edge of Truth Blog Blitz!

9 Oct

Edge of Truth JustRead Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz and Giveaway for Edge of Truth by Kimberly Rose Johnson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Edge of Truth by Kimberly Rose JohnsonTitle: Edge of Truth
Series: Law Enforcement Heroes
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Publisher: Sweet Rose Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 6, 2019

Two DEA agents. One undercover mission. Lives changed forever.

The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected.

A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them?
Or will they die trying?

Edge of Truth is the first book in the Law Enforcement Heroes series. A romantic suspense series with nail biting suspense and a splash of romance. If you like engaging characters, small-town antics, and page turning suspense, then you’ll love Kimberly Rose Johnson’s Law Enforcement Heroes series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberly Rose Johnson

Award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child, Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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