I Know Why They Cry

April 22nd, 2016

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They are crying for Prince Rogers Nelson. I remember well the first time I heard him. This was an entertainer so different from any other. His looks. His music. His movie Purple Rain. He was a very talented, intelligent person and will be missed by many. And always, this song will be my favorite as it was the first I heard him sing.

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Learn a Lesson in Love—Tippy Style— in Dana Mentink’s New Book (Plus a Prize Pack Giveaway)

April 20th, 2016

What do you get when you add one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog? A lesson in love—Tippy style—in Dana Mentink’s new book, Sit, Stay, Love. As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too. . . .

Join Dana in celebrating the release of Sit, Stay, Love with a blog tour and a Travels with Tippy prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Sit, Stay, Love
  • A $75 Visa cash card
  • A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies
    • Travel-themed decorator box
    • Reading dog statue
    • Dog journal
    • Poems for Dog Lovers
    • Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site
    • Pawprint scarf
    • Doxie desk pen
    • Pupmobile auto magnet
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana’s blog.

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Sit, Stay, Love

April 19th, 2016

Sit, Stay, Love

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By Dana Mentink

Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . .

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

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He didn’t want to inherit an old dog! All Cal ever wanted to do is play baseball. He certainly couldn’t do that with a dog underfoot.

Gina didn’t want to be a dog sitter. She wanted to be in the classroom teaching. They met and didn’t particularly like each other. Cal really didn’t like the dog. He decided to just take Tippy to the animal shelter even though Gina told him elderly dogs didn’t get adopted. They got put down.

Cal couldn’t go through wit it, so Gina was hired to take care of the dog. Tippy was a dog who just sort of grew on you and before they knew it, Cal was beginning to love Tippy as much as Gina did.

It appears that Tippy might just bring Cal and Gina together before she has to leave the two humans. Cal needs a lot of love as he deals with his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment. Tippy has a lot of love to give.

Thank you, Ms Mentink, for giving us a book that helps us see more of the plight that elderly pets face.Thank you also for choosing to donate part of the proceeds from this book to senior dog rescue.

**A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Shades of Chocolate

April 18th, 2016

Shades of Chocolate
By Cecelia Dowdy

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The Bakery Romance Series Book Two

Toni enjoys making sweet treats in her bakery. Haunted by her abusive childhood, she struggles with her faith in God. Her world changes when a handsome stranger comes into her bakery, reminiscing about his childhood. Jason Matthews misses his days of working in his family’s bakery. Estranged from his father, he longs to find the joy and comfort of baking again. Can Toni and Jason overcome their pasts and their problems and learn to trust one another?

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Oh, my. We are talking shades of deliciousness. Can you imagine walking into a bakery, taking a deep breath and smelling all that chocolate? That unique bakery is one of the main characters in this book.
Toni and Jason come from very different backgrounds, but do have the love of baking in common. Jason needs to escape his father’s heavy handedness while Toni needs to escape her childhood and ex-fiance’.
They join forces when Toni needs help in the bakery and Jason needs baking therapy. Will this be only an interval of a couple months or will they give into their hearts and figure out how to have a long distance bakery romance?
Thank you so much, Cecelia, for your Bakery Romance series. I’ve enjoyed both Raspberry Kisses and Shades of Chocolate. I’m definitely looking forward to Sweet Dreams, the third in your series.

***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy.***

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Cecelia Dowdy has been an avid reader since she learned to string letters together to form words. While pursuing a business degree in college one of her professors tried to convince her to get an English degree since he felt she was a great writer. Years later, after receiving her BS in Finance, she took her former teacher’s advice, and started pursuing her literary career.

She loves to read, write, and bake delicious desserts during her spare time. Traveling is another favorite hobby, and she’s been to various countries around the world, including Germany, France, England, Tahiti, New Zealand, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Santo Domingo. She enjoys listening to old tunes with her husband on Saturday nights. Currently she resides with her spouse and young son in Maryland.

You can read more about Cecelia and her books here.

The Changing Season

April 5th, 2016

The Changing Season

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By Steven Manchester

A remarkable coming-of-age story with special appeal to dog lovers.

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began.

He’d fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they’d do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn’t truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor.

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They’re always changing – seasons, that is. Spring into summer, summer into fall. Life is always changing seasons, also. Childhood into teen yeats and then into the adult years. As shown in this book, the changes between high school graduation and beginning college can be particularly trying as the teen morphs into the adult.

Some young people have pretty much figured out the direction they are heading. Some just think they have. Then there are those who just flat out don’t have a clue. All three are represented in this book, but the main focus is on Billy who is clueless. The only thing he’s sure of is his love for his dog Jimmy.

Hopes and expectations. Surprises and disappointment. Love and heartbreak. Confusion and disillusionment. They’re all here in this touching novel. Steven Manchester didn’t disappoint me. He never has, so you know I’m already looking forward to his next book. Thank you, Steven.

***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy.***

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Steven Manchester is the author of four #1 bestsellers: Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island. His long-anticipated, critically-acclaimed novel, The Changing Season, has just been released. Steve is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian. He has written A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novelette), Just in Time (novelette) and The Thursday Night Club (novella), while his work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series and he is the produced playwright of Three Shoeboxes. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit Steven here.

Pieces on Earth

March 1st, 2016

Pieces on Earth

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By Cathy Bryant

As a young mother and wife of a naval aviator in sunny Pensacola, Florida, Liv Tulley eagerly anticipates the first Christmas in several years with her husband, daughter, and extended family. Then her husband is unexpectedly deployed for an undetermined amount of time, smashing her white Christmas dreams. She’s also shouldering a secret and battling anxiety. Can she find God’s peace in the midst of life’s pieces?

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Pieces on Earth seems an odd title. Now Peace on Earth I could understand. That was the first thought that passed through my mind, but by the end it was so very clear what this title meant.

Being the wife of a deployed naval aviator is not an easy life. Liv and her friends struggle through so much while living alone and not knowing what’s happening. The not knowing can be harder than the knowing which is sometimes devastating.

This was an enlightening and heart tugging novella. Just know that you should have that box of tissues handy when you read this. Thank you, Ms Bryant, for sharing your talent with us. We eagerly await your next book.

***A special thank you to the author for providing a review copy.***

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Best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons. Her debut novel, Texas Roads, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist and has been on the Amazon Best-Seller list. Since then five other stand-alone novels have been added to the series, one of which was a reader-nominated 2013 Grace Award nominee (Pilgrimage of Promise). Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks.

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride

February 22nd, 2016

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride

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By Miralee Ferrell

Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.

But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride.

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This book is billed as juvenile fiction. I’m far from being a juvenile, but I really enjoyed getting to know Kate and her friends. These young people have all the normal ups and downs of young teens. They also keep ending up with mysteries on their hands.

They have come up with a scavenger hunt for horse riders so that they can make money to send Kate’s autistic brother and other autistic children to a summer camp. Ticket sales were going great, and then the money was stolen.

Now the friends have to figure out how to carry on with the ride without the money. It looks as if there won’t be money for camp now.The gang doesn’t give up even when other mysteries abound. They even have a shot gun waved at them while trying to solve one of those mysteries.

This is a good stand alone read, but it’s better if you read the three previous books in this Horses and Friends series. Each book shows us how these young teens meet and eventually become close friends.

Thank you, Ms Ferrell, for introducing us to Kate and her friends. Please continue with this series. You have us invested in this friendship.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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Miralee Ferrell is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels. She and her husband live along the Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where she enjoys riding the wooded trails and spending time with her grown children. In addition to horses and dogs, Miralee once owned two cougars.

You can check out her website here.

Kissed by a Cowboy

February 22nd, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy

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By Debra Clopton

Having lived through her parents’ divorces, Cassidy Starr knows when the stakes are not in her favor. Divorced herself and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground Cassidy is done with love. Finished. So over it.

Instead, she’s returned to Wishing Springs Texas and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the organic strawberry farm and a Bed & Breakfast — follow in her aunt’s footsteps and remain forever-independent, happy . . . and single.
Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, helping to look after his ailing grandfather and track rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed all longings for a family of his own right off of his list of priorities. Besides he was in love once and ran scared and lost his shot. But suddenly the regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s not happening on his watch.
Suddenly sparks are flying as Jarod has one thing taking priority and that’s breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. He’s going to prove that being kissed by this cowboy comes with a lifetime commitment and the matrimonial bliss she’s given up on.
And the good folks of Wishing Springs have decided that falling in love has never been so fun to watch.

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Two people made poor decisions that will affect their entire lives. Jarrod ran off to another state to work. Cassidy ran off to another state and marriage.

Jarrod came to his senses and returned home too late to marry Cassidy. Years later he’s still on the ranch next door to her great aunt’s farm when Cassidy shows up.

Her Aunt Roxie had left the farm to Cassidy. Now Cassidy is divorced and wants to make a success of turning the farm into an organic strawberry farm and a bed and breakfast.

Even though Jarrod has his hands full running the ranch and fighting off cattle rustlers, he still wants to marry Cassidy. She, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with marriage to anyone. Remaining single like Aunt Roxie did makes much more sense to her. Who’s going to win this battle of the wills?

Thank you, Ms Clopton, for another Four of Hearts Ranch Romance. Too bad there’s not another brother hidden away somewhere. I surely do like your cowboys. I’m looking forward to your next book.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

A Son’s Vow

February 2nd, 2016

A Son’s Vow

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By Shelley Shepard Gray

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

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Violence and abuse are not usually something we connect with Amish communities, but Amish have human frailties just as the rest of us do.

A factory fire three months prior has many in the small town of Charm upset and not necessarily acting as the previously did. The town has turned against Darla and her family.Her brother, Aaron is allowing his anger to overflow into physical abuse.

Lukas, Darla’s friend since childhood, seems to have abandoned her. When he does finally reach out to her, the tension present between them makes it seem as if the friendship can’t be repaired. Because Lukas and Darla both have angry family members it won’t be easy to mend the wounds, but the two of them are determined to try.

Thank you, Ms Shepherd Gray for another good read. This book digs farther into interactions within the Amish community, and shows us that the simple life isn’t always so simple. I’m looking forward to your next book in The Charmed Amish Life series.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***

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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.

Connect with Shelley here at her website.

Happy Groundhog’s Day

February 2nd, 2016

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