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Stuck in A Good Book Giveaway Hop

19 Sep


Thanks to Stuck in Books and I Am A Reader for hosting the Stuck in A Good Book Giveaway Hop. For links to all the bloggers giving away books, click HERE.

I am giving away a copy of Mike Dellosso‘s novel Centralia. This speculative thriller was hard to put down. To enter, please leave a comment. The winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator and will be notified by Monday, September 28. Good luck!


519xgtw6z6l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything.

Book Review: Through Waters Deep

21 Aug

UnknownIt is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.



SSundin-312Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.
Find out more about Sarah at


My Impressions:

Sarah Sundin’s WWII-era romances have become a favorite of mine. The first book of her newest series, Through Waters Deep, takes the reader into the turbulent days before the United States’ entrance into WWII. Mystery and history meet in this sweet romance featuring characters you’ll love. A recommended read for those who like historical romance.

Mary Stirling always tries to blend into the background. A traumatic experience in her childhood left her dodging the spotlight and embracing humility. Those traits allow her to do some sleuthing when sabotage is suspected at the Navy yard where she works. Mary’s sometimes goofy and gawky high school friend, Jim Avery, is now an Ensign in the Navy. His easy going style is attractive and Mary dreams of more than a friendship. Both are swept into the days before Pearl Harbor, a time of an unofficial and undeclared war in the Atlantic.

Mary loved Nancy Drew in her childhood and so did I! The mystery aspect of Through Waters Deep provides a great framework for the story of America’s reluctant entrance to WWII. Isolationist and interventionist proponents rally and protest as the government supports it allies in Europe. This is a part of history I didn’t learn in school — I am glad Sundin chose to include it. The main characters of Mary and Jim, as well as supporting characters, are likable and quickly make a place in the reader’s heart. They struggle with real issues — pride, humility, direction and purpose — that all can relate to. I did think the romance moved a bit slowly. I was ready to shake them if one of them did not make a move! But all in all, I really enjoyed Through Waters Deep and am looking forward to more in Sundin’s Waves of Freedom series.


Audience: older teens to adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Join Sarah Sundin in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Through Waters Deep
A nautical tote bag
A set of compass rose notecards
A “Hope Anchors the Soul” journal
A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
A Through Waters Deep apron
A set of nautical tea towels

Enter today by clicking the HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah’s blog.

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!

1 Jul

Thanks to Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop. Click here for all the participating bloggers.



I am giving away a copy of Jody Hedlund’s novel, Captured by Love, set during the War of 1812 when the United States was still fighting for its freedom from England. To enter to win, just leave me a comment. Good luck!

UnknownThe British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders. Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who’s grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley. As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they’ll risk for love.

Two Roads Home Giveaway!

20 Jun

770411Jump back into life at Chicory Inn as Corinne and Jesse find out if their marriage has what it takes to weather life’s rough patches in Deborah Raney’s Two Roads Home. Too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk. With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?




Enter to win a copy of Two Roads Home—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced July 6 on the Litfuse blog! Click HERE to enter.

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge Giveaway!

25 Apr


Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

Colleen Coble’s new book, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, is a must-read for mystery and suspense readers. As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!

One grand prize winner will receive:
A Kindle Fire
A copy of A Heart’s Disguise
A copy of A Heart’s Obsession
A copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen’s website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge! RSVP here!


A Sparrow in Terezin Giveaway!

11 Apr

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron’s new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!


One grand prize winner will receive:

*A set of poppy notecards
*A poppy pin
*A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
*A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
*Literary tea bags
*A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin


Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy’s blog.


Sparrow-in-Terezin-PK-252x384A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.
Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Kristy’s website.
KCambron-295Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal Reviews’ “Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction)” for February 2015.

Cambron is an art/design manager at storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in art history from Indiana University and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and communications for a Fortune-100 company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

Find out more about Kristy at

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop!

31 Mar

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Bookhounds for hosting the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop. Between April 1st and 7th, bloggers will be giving away books and bookish stuff. To find out more click HERE.


I am giving away a copy of Elisabeth Gifford‘s novel, The Sea House. To enter, just leave me a comment. Good luck! (You can read my review of this novel HERE.)

seahouse_final_scrReverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.


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