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Julie Blitz Tour!

17 Apr

Welcome to the Julie by Catherine Marshall Blitz Tour! Be sure to stop by each stop for spotlights and excerpts plus you’ll get extra entry points for a wonderful Grand Prize! 

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Title: Julie
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Re-Issued Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance FictionLinks*:  Goodreads l Amazon l ChristianBook l Book Depository l Itunes

*A New York Times bestseller*

Will the dam hold?

Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could endanger the entire community.

Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.

When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?



Catherine MarshallCatherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.



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Throwback Thursday: Once Upon A Prince

5 Apr

This Throwback Thursday is in honor of Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck which premieres as a movie on the Hallmark Channel on April 7 at 9pm EDT! Yippee! I loved the book, as did many of my friends. We are having a watch party Saturday night to celebrate. Make sure to mark you calendar. You won’t want to miss it!


Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess — just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as RITA nominated The Wedding Dress and RITA nominated Love Starts with Elle, part of the Lowcountry series, the Nashvegas series and the Songbird Novels penned with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Their novel Softly and Tenderly, was one of Booklists 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full time in 2004. Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

My Review from 5/15/2013.

Are you in the mood for a good fairy tale? Then pick up Rachel Hauck’s novel, Once Upon A Prince. This sweet love story, with a touch of Southern sass is perfect for the beach or anywhere you want to relax with a good book and a glass of sweet tea.

Susanna has been hanging onto a 12 year relationship with her high school sweetheart — until she is told he has the right ring, but the wrong girl! Faced with the whole of Saint Simons Island knowing her business and a flat tire, a literal Prince Charming comes to her aid. But love is not so smooth when faced with the demands of running a kingdom, a scheming wannabe Queen, and the fear of losing control. Susanna gives everything to God in her search of His plan for her life.

Being from Georgia, I loved the setting of this book. The ebb and flow of island life shines through — I kept wanting to walk on the beach and get some barbecue! And Hauck does a great job in creating the fictional country of Brighton Kingdom. Susanna is a heroine to love, and Nate Kenneth aka Prince Nathaniel is truly a Prince Charming. The fairy godmother in this story is a wacky homeless woman who may have an inside track into God’s timing and plans for the couple.

If you love a happily ever after tale, some humor along with your romance, or a sweet story that includes God’s love in the mix, then pick up Once Upon A Prince.


(Thanks to LitFuse for my copy of this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Perfect for The Preacher Book Blitz! (+Giveaway!)

27 Mar

Megan Besing Book Blitz

Welcome to Perfect for the Preacher blog blitz and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


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Title: Perfect for the Preacher, The Mail-Order Brides Collection
Author: Megan Besing
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction
What kind of woman would answer an advertisement and marry a stranger?
Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?
Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
1897, Indiana
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, or worse, pregnant.

Also includes novellas from Noelle Marchand, Donna Schlachter, Sherri Shackelford, Michelle Shocklee, Ann Shorey, Liz Tolsma, Jennifer Uhlarik and Kathleen Y’Barbo.


The lemonade woman’s eyes widened. “No.” How she made such a small word draw out into three syllables, Sophie hadn’t the slightest. And apparently, the woman lost the ability to shut her mouth. “Surely, as a preacher’s wife, you can indeed play the piano?”

“Ladies.” Margaret arrived behind her, placing her hands on the back of Sophie’s chair as if to offer support. Good thing, because she needed it. Oh, how Sophie wished the chair beside her was open so Margaret could weather this storm near her. “We have at least four pianists in our congregation, not counting the learning children. And I don’t think you are eager to find a replacement for your bench on Sunday morning quite yet? Am I right, Judith?”

“Well, no, but I…” Judith bustled, the lemonade slashing inside the crystal pitcher. Her nose rose so high it seemed she was trying to guess what someone planned to cook for supper. “Through the years, all of Hillside’s preacher wives have…”

Sophie’s cheeks heated. She eyed the lemonade pitcher. Perhaps she could take it and press it to her face? This would have been an excellent moment to have had one of Momma’s fans. How was she going to convince these women she had to be voted in as their pastor’s wife? She had to marry Amos. Her future depended on it.

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Megan Besing adores reading, writing, and reviewing stories with happily-ever-afters. She’s received many awards, including being a multi-category finalist in ACFW’s Genesis and a winner of MCRW’s Melody of Love contest. Her debut Perfect for the Preacher released February 2018 in Barbour’s Mail-Order Brides Novella Collection.

She lives in Indiana with her husband and their children, where she dreams of the beach and drinks way too many Vanilla Cokes.

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Megan Besing is giving away a print copy of The Mail- Order Brides Collection and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one winner! Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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tour schedule

Launch @ JustRead
By The Book
Singing Librarian Books
Fiction Aficionado
Book by Book
Faithfully Bookish
Ponderings of a Poet & Procrastinator
The Christian Fiction Girl
Heidi Reads…
Meagan Davenport
A Baker’s Perspective
Bookworm Mama
She Lives to Read


Happy Book Birthday! Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

6 Mar

A very Happy Book Birthday, Lynn H. Blackburn! Beneath The Surface releases today! This romantic suspense is on tap for By The Book later this year. I can’t wait to introduce my book club to a new romantic suspense author. Please make plans to join us. In the meantime, check out the blurb and author info.

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

To order, click HERE.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, Covert Justice, won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery/Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, Hidden Legacy, released June 2017. She begins a new series, Dive Team Investigations with Beneath The Surface in March of 2018.

Happy Book Birthday! A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

6 Feb

It’s release day for A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith, the fourth book in her Daughters of The Promised Land series. Yay! This Biblical novel retells the story of Hannah from the book of 1 Samuel. Check it out!

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

To purchase, click HERE.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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2018 Inspy Award Long Lists

23 Jan

Congrats to all the wonderful authors who have made the 2018 Inspy Award Long Lists. The Inspy Award is unique in that it is the only inspirational fiction award organized, nominated, and judged by bloggers! Take a look at these great books. But be prepared to add them to your TBR lists! (I know I have! 😉 )


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

True to You by Becky Wade

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Begin Again by Crystal Walton

Just Maybe by Crystal Walton

Debut Novel

A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


General Fiction

In The Light of The Garden by Heather Burch

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

A Song of Home: A Novel of The Swing Era by Susie Finkbeiner

A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of The Great Depression by Susie Finkbeiner

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Space between Words by Michele Phoenix

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Memory of You by Catherine West

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup


Historical Romance

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Wings of The Wind by Connilyn Cosette

Havencross by Julie Daines

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Once An Heiress by Renee Ryan

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White


Literature for Young Adults

The Messengers: Concealed by Lisa M. Clark

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Unraveling by Sara Ella

Spark by J.M. Hackman

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber



The Enoch Effect by Rick Acker

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

A Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Speculative Fiction

Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Schultz

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

King’s Blood by Jill Williamson


Congrats authors!

First Line Friday — Missing Isaac

12 Jan

This week, First Line Friday is featuring Diversity. Books featuring characters of color, civil rights, or Martin Luther King, Jr. are being shared by other bloggers. Over the years my book club has read books that involve the fragile state of race relations in the United States. Sometimes difficult to read, many times challenging to our mindsets, these books have created thought-provoking discussions. Be sure to check out The Color of Justice by Ace Collins, A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow, and Snapshot by Lis Wiehl.

This week I am featuring By The Book’s February selection, Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse. Set in the American South in the 1960s, I anticipate that this one will be another great read. Please leave a comment with your first line and then head over to Hoarding Books to check out what other bloggers are sharing.



There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse’s stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it’s all over, Pete — and the people he loves most — will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana’s Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master’s degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham.