Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Tess and Steve are fantastic characters. Tess needs to learn that you don’t have to be like your father. She made a promise to him before he died that she tried to live up to which can be very hard to do. This has a bit of romance with a lot of suspense. This is the type of book I love. I had a hard time putting this down. I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this a five out of five stars.

Tess O’Rourke is police commander of the East Division in Long Beach, California. She accidentally shoots an unarmed teenager while on a call to assist a fellow officer. Even though she was cleared of any wrong doing by a grand jury, she is hounded by the public and relocates 900 miles away. She takes a job as police chief in Oregon.  There has never been a murder in the small town until the pastor’s wife goes missing and her cousin is found dead. Sheriff Deputy Steve Logan helps her in the search for the killer, but will she break her own rules by getting to close to someone she works with?

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Beauty From Ashes by Alana Terry with a giveaway

This is an amazing book. It really digs deep into how a couple might feel if they have a child born with so many problems that you are not sure if they can survive for very long. I loved how this was written. I received this wonderful book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this a five out of five stars.

About the Book

Name of book: Beauty from Ashes

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Women’s Lit

Release Date: July, 2017

A baby was never part of Tiff’s plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator.

As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he’s working in the midst of her daughter’s bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more?

The Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won’t meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you’ll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.

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About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Click here to see the special video message from Alana.

“You better come in,” I told my husband. “The doctors don’t think he’s going to make it.”

Not the kind of conversation you want to have with anyone at one o’clock in the morning. I was spending the night at the hospital with our nine-month-old baby Silas and hadn’t left the hospital complex in days. Scott was home with our toddler trying to get some sleep.

And our son Silas was dying.

Raising a medically-fragile baby changed me like nothing else ever has. Thankfully, Silas pulled through that horrific evening, but that didn’t mean life was sugar and cream from then on.

As anyone with experience knows, it’s hard work being a special-needs mom.

And it can devastate a marriage.

Thankfully, God brought my husband and me through those nearly impossible first few years while Silas was in and out of the hospital with no guarantee of his survival.

And he continued to sustain us through even more years of therapy, hospital visits, and medical tests.

And now we have a happy marriage, a healthy boy, and hearts full of gratitude for all God’s done for us.

But I never want to forget where we were.

The depths God delivered us out of.

The despair that would have overwhelmed us if God hadn’t been our strength and our support.

Writing Beauty from Ashes was one way to remind myself of those difficulties God brought us through. It’s not strictly autobiographical, but the baby in this novel went through a very similar traumatic birth experience as Silas did, and all the health issues — including that night in the hospital when I truly thought we were going to lose our baby — are based on the trials we went through when Silas was young.

I wrote Beauty from Ashes because we all need to be reminded every now and then that even though life can be impossibly hard, even though there’s no guarantee our children will grow up and love Christ and make good choices with their lives or even survive until adulthood at all, God is good, and he will sustain us through all the trials we have to endure.

I think that’s why Beauty from Ashes resonates so much with Christian readers hungry for more than a simple story with a happily-ever-after ending, like these readers:

“…by far some of the best Christian fiction I’ve read.” Amy L, author

” … a story that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.” ~ Jaime Hampton, award-winning author of Malnourished

“I didn’t think it was possible that the author could write any better than she already does … This is a book I will never forget … She writes with realism and doesn’t pull any punches … Every time I read a book from this author, my faith grows.” Deana at Texas Bookaholic

I hope you’ll take a chance to grab your own copy of Beauty from Ashes today, and don’t forget to watch the video and enter to win the $100 gift card to christianbooks.com.

Because Christian fiction should encourage, edify, and inspire.

And because God is big enough to carry all our burdens.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, November 19

A Greater Yes, November 19

Reading is My Superpower, November 20

Mary Hake, November 20

allofakindmom, November 21

Mommynificent, November 22

Seasons of opportunities, November 22

The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 23

Karen Sue Hadley, November 23

Christian Bookaholic, November 24

Carpe Diem, November 25

Blogging With Carol, November 26

Lots of Helpers, November 26

Reader’s cozy corner, November 27

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 27

Janices book reviews, November 28

Bigreadersite, November 28

Red Headed Book Lady, November 29

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 30

Pause for Tales, December 1

The Power of Words, December 2

Zerina Blossom’s Books, December 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of a $100 CBD gift card!!

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Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I loved this western mail order bride Book. Abigail was such a good character. She has to learn to not be so proper if she wants to get married. Mack has to learn some lessons also if he wants to get Himself a Bride also. This has a few twists and turns and a tiny bit of suspense that just makes the story so much fun. I did not want to put this book down. I also hope to read more books featuring Mrs. Bingham. She is my favorite character. I received a copy of this book from Bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Raised in high society, Abigail Grant knows exactly how to behave. But because of her father’s illegal dealings, she was banned from that world. Now she teaches manners to rough Kansas ranchers so they can “marry up” with mail-order brides. Mack sympathizes with Abigail’s hopeless task—but how can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

I give this a five out of five stars

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

This was a fantastic book for the first in a new series. I did not want to put this book down. It was very interesting and had many twists and turns. Trisha and Colin were great characters. They learn many things about each other during this investigation. I loved this story. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

The first in the new Code of Honor series, which features three childhood friends who vowed to make the world a better place when they grew up. In Dangerous Illusion, police detective Colin Flynn finds the  facts in an investigation don’t make sense and he uncovers disturbing information that cause him to suspect evil forces will turn into a deadly situation.

I give this a five out of five stars.

An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Amy Clipston and Kelly Irvin

This is a very enjoyable set of four Christmas novellas. These are all sweet and make you cry.

The first book is Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman. This is a story of romance between neighbors. Will the three generations of women fall in love with the three men who rent the David Haus from them.

The second book is The Christmas Cat byAmy Clipston. Emma learns to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas again.

The third book is Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. Ellie is a wonderful character. She has to decide what she will do with her life.

The fourth book is Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin. I liked Molly. I don’t know if I would have been quite so patient.

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Product Description

A novella collection of four holiday stories, written by four favorite authors.

Winter Kisses – Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stolzfus women find love, faith and inspiration.

The Christmas Cat – Amy Clipston

A special cat visits a grieving woman in her time of need.

Snow Angels – Kelly Irvin

David must choose the love of an English or an Amish girl.

Home for Christmas – Ruth Reid

Ellies’ GPS sends her to the right place after all.

I give these a five out of five stars.

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

This is the fourth book in the Hawthorne House series and it is fabulous. You do not need to have read the other three to enjoy this one but I recommend all of them. Both Isabella and Griffith are wonderful characters. They go through a lot to get together. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Product Description

Griffith is the Duke of Riverton in search of a bride. Miss Frederica St. Claire seems like the perfect match for him, but he continues to run into her beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge. Due to her father’s illness, she was unable to make a proper début and must find a way to take care of her four younger siblings. Her uncle offers to help, if she will use her beauty for his own political gain. The more she gets to know Griffith, the more she wishes she did not make a promise her uncle.

Product Information

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 384

Vendor: Bethany House

Publication Date: 2017

Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)

ISBN: 0764218271

ISBN-13: 9780764218279

Series:Hawthorne House

I give this a five out of five stars.

The Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton with a giveaway

This was a fantastic Amish romance. I loved Susannah and really liked Benaiah. I didn’t care much for how selfish that Susanah’s father seemed to be. Both Susannah and Benaiah learned many lessons and how to listen to God . I did not want to put the book down. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

About the Book

Name of book: The Christmas Admirer

Author: Laura V Hilton

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Amish romance fans will love this heartwarming holiday story, perfect for gift-giving.

Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?

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About the Author

Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Amish of Jamesport includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard and The Birdhouse. In spring 2016 she released The Amish Firefighter with the setting in Jamesport, MO, the same as for The Amish Wanderer.

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Glass Blowing and The Christmas Admirer

Right before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.

But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

It was fascinating.

And I got to thinking what if…

So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:

Amish Books set in Jamesport, Missouri:

The Snow Globe

The Postcard

The Birdhouse

The Amish Firefighter

The Amish Wanderer

The Kissing Bridge (part of Springs of Love collection)

The Christmas Admirer

Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection–November 2018)

Love by the Numbers (February 2018)

I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.

All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.

SUSANNA’S CRANBERRY SALAD

Ingredients

• 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped

• 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained

• 2 cups miniature marshmallows

• 1 medium apple, chopped

• 2/3 cup sugar

• 1/8 teaspoon salt

• 2 cups heavy whipping cream

• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

1 In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

2 In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, fold cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture.Makes 16 servings.

SUSANNA’S CRANBERRY SAUCE

For on top of turkey sandwiches as Becca requested

Ingredients

• 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 cup water or orange juice

Directions

In colander, rinse cranberries. In sauce pan, add water or orange juice and sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries had burst. Let cool.

SUSANNA’S “LOVE PORTION” GINGERBREAD

Ingredients

• 6 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 T baking powder

• 1 T ground ginger

• 1 t ground nutmeg

• 1 t ground cloves

• 1 t ground cinnamon

• 1 cup shortening, melted slightly

• 1 cup molasses

• 1 cup brown sugar

• ½ c water

• 1 egg

• 1 t vanilla

Directions

Shift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down until about 1 ½ inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut in desired shapes. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks. When cool, decorate as desired.

Blog Stops

ASC Book Reviews, November 9

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A Greater Yes, November 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 11

God’s Little Bookworm, November 11

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 11

Eat, Read, Teach, Blog, November 12

A Holland Reads, November 12

Simple Harvest Reads, November 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 13

Beck To Basics, November 13

Carpe Diem, November 13

Christian Bookaholic, November 14

Blossoms and Blessings, November 14

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, November 15

Reader’s cozy corner, November 15

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, November 15

Baker Kella, November 16

Quiet Quilter, November 16

Karen Sue Hadley, November 16

Pause for Tales, November 17

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 17

Pursuing Stacie, November 17

For The Love of Books, November 18

Blogging With Carol, November 18

Pink Granny’s Journey, November 18

Bigreadersite, November 19

Vicky Sluiter, November 19

SusanLovesBooks, November 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 20

New Horizon Reviews, November 20

The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 21

A Simply Enchanted Life, November 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 21

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 22

Daysong Reflections, November 22

Splashes of Joy, November 22

Giveaway

In honor of her tour, Laura is giving away

Grand Prize Package: The Christmas Admirer, “Unto Us a Child is Born” painting on decorative serving plate by Donna White, The Hearthside Collection, Inc., and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and The Very First Christmas by Juliet David with interactive illustrations by Pauline Siewert (children’s book).

2nd Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and “The Woman Who Honors The Lord Shall Be Praised” myrrh-scented candle from abba Jerusalem!

Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c16f