His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray | Blog Tour and 5-Book Giveaway

July 12th, 2017

Will a man wrongly accused of assault be convinced to return and stay in the Amish community he left? Find out in His Guilt, the next book in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Amish of Hart County series. Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. Will Mark be able to find the attacker before Neeta becomes his next victim?

Enter to win a copy of His Guilt. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced July 25th on the Litfuse blog!

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His Guilt

July 11th, 2017

His Guilt

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By Shelley Shepard Gray

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay. . . .

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

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Mark Fisher left Horse Cave under a cloud of suspicion, but returned a couple years later to help out his friend. Now he was a new employee at his friend’s nursery.

Waneta Cain was also employed at Blooms and Berries,and was uneasy with Mark’s presence. In fact, most of the town was uneasy with his presence. Just the fact that Mark was brought in for questioning before leaving town caused a lot of assumptions of quilt as the perpetrator of a violent crime was never found.

As Waneta and Mark become friends and maybe a little more, the violent acts of another once again cast suspicion on Mark. Will Waneta remain steadfast in her friendship with Mark, or will she, too, become suspicious?

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Dragon Seed

July 11th, 2017

Dragon Seed

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By Marty Machowski

An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!

This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.

Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.

Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.
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Dragon Seed? That sounds like something to plant in the back garden. In a way it is. It’s what can be planted in the garden of the human heart.

This is a good allegory that teens can relate to. Hopefully, it will touch them enough that they will take the antidote for dragon seeds seriously.

I’ll be passing on this book to my grandson. One doesn’t have to be a young person to enjoy and appreciate this book. Even grannies do.

Thank you, Mr. Machowski, for this book. I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your work.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Author Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the gospel-centered children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also the Executive Editor for Children’s Resources at New Growth Press.

Marty Machowski, who studied industrial design in college, learned to combine the creativity of art with the discipline of mechanical engineering. He reflects on how his background specifically prepared him for his current ministry as an author. “Thinking up the hundreds of object lessons for the Gospel Story for Kids curriculum used problem solving creativity I learned as an industrial designer. It was exciting and challenging to create fun games and object lessons for kids that communicated the biblical concepts of the weekly lessons.”

The Captain’s Daughter

July 4th, 2017

The Captain’s Daughter

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By Jennifer Delamere

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

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Sometimes when a captain goes to sea, he doesn’t return. Sometimes the family he leaves behind ar3 by various circumstances separated from each other.

It came time for Rosalyn to leave her sisters, and make her way in the world as a lady’s maid. Then circumstances once again intervene and Rosalyn ends up in London alone and with nothing.

Only by chance did become employed as a costumer for one of the London theaters. Nate also by chance ended up working at the same theatre and befriended Rosalyn. Their friendship slowly becomes more.

Boy meets girl. Boy wants to go back to India. Girl loves her job and never wants to leave the theater. Is there any way these two can compromise?

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

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Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, “An Heiress at Heart,” was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, “A Lady Most Lovely,” received a starred review from “Publishers Weekly” and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere | Blog Tour and 5-Book Giveaway

July 3rd, 2017

Be transported to 1880s London and meet a talented musician and singer in the new Victorian romance novel from Jennifer Delamere, The Captain’s Daughter. When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. Meanwhile London holds bitter memories for Nate Moran that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

Enter to win a copy of The Captain’s Daughter. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced July 10th on the Litfuse blog!

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The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

June 14th, 2017

The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race

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By Mike H. Mizrahi

Chattanooga society is turned upside down as a young woman has the audacity to ride a bicycle-in bloomers!

It’s 1895. Anna Gaines, 19, struggles to conquer her insecurities after a horrible fall years ago from her beloved horse, Longstreet. On a visit with her aunt in Brooklyn, she’s drawn to the new pastime of bicycling. But back at home, cycling is a scandalous sport for a proper lady. Southern women did not engage in activities meant for men.

Anna has her eye on Peter Sawyer, president of the Cycling Club. As community outrage grows, an unexpected turn of events pits Anna against Peter in a race between the sexes.

Will Anna prove that women deserve the same right as men to ride “the wheel?” Will she choose to live a quiet, traditional life of a housewife and mother? Or will she pursue college and become one of the “new women” emerging into the twentieth century on the seat of a bicycle? What will become of the spark between Anna and Peter?

Faith, patience, and courage help Anna to become the person she was meant to be.

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I am woman; hear me roar. I an woman; see me ride.

That describes Anna’s Aunt Harriet. Will it soon describe Anna, too? While spending time with her aunt in Brooklyn Anna is introduced to the bicycle, pantaloons and the lifestyle of the “new woman.”

Surely, what happens when Anna returns home to the farm and receives a gift of a “wheel” of her own won’t surprise you. But the various reactions of some of the members of the men’s bicycle club may.

Anna remains determined to continue riding even though it becomes dangerous at times. She’s also determined to enter the Chattanooga bicycle race. It seems a lost cause.

Many thanks, Mr. Miarahi, for a peek into some of our country’s history. I look forward to your next book.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***

Mike Mizrahi

Mike Mizrahi has a master’s degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.

Mizrahi and his wife, Karen, led a mission trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago and were so moved by the experience, Mizrahi wrote his first novel, which he hopes will one day be published. The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race is his debut published work.

Mizrahi loves reading and writing stories about “sozo,” which means to be rescued in Greek. He and Karen are very active in their church and community and love to hike, travel and go the movies together. The Mizrahis live in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their children who are now adults.

Learn more about The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race and Mike H. Mizrahi at www.mikehmizrahi.com.

Walk in the Light

May 20th, 2017

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“Therefore be imitators of God, as dearly loved children;

and walk in love, just as Messiah also loved us, and gave Himself up for us as an offering ande sacrifice to God for a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 5:1-2

California Dreaming

May 15th, 2017

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California has had a large percentage of the U.S. dreaming for several years now.

First it was the fact that so many celebs were going to move if Trump won. They’re still here, so those were just pipe dreams.

Then the Calexit movement began. Lots of people are asking, “How can we help you?”

Now California wants to become a “sanctuary” state. Maybe all the illegal criminals will move there. If this happens along with the state’s succession from the republic, we could just extend the border wall up the side of California, and protect the U.S.

Well, I hate to shatter your dreams, folks, but that’s all they are. California is just like Hollywood. All smoke and mirrors. A lot of hot air. A lot of people pretending to be different people. Dreams can be very pleasant, so keep on dreaming. Maybe someday your dreams really will come true.

Love Versus Hate

May 13th, 2017

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If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For the one who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not see.

And this commandment we have from Him; that the one who loves God should also love his brother.

1 John 4:20-21

Newborns

May 6th, 2017

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So get rid of all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all lashon ha-ra.

As newborn babes, long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow toward salvation –

now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:1-3

lashon ha-ra – Hebrew for gossip or slander