Oh, Gracious!

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About the Book

Book:  Oh, Gracious!

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre:  Christian fiction, contemporary Romance, woman’s fiction

Release Date: March 31, 2020

Life is too short to settle for just anyone.
Grace gave her whole heart to Jesus, but now he wants a part of it.

All she ever wanted was to be a homemaker.

Sure, she has a degree in physics.  Yes, she could have a lucrative job in Rockland, but Grace Buscher enjoys her life as a single homemaker. As they say, it’s her choice.

As a successful business owner, a handsome guy, and heir to a small fortune, it’s no wonder Nolan Burke is one of Rockland’s most eligible bachelors. The problem is, he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t looking for a “trophy husband.”

Don’t family-centered women exist anymore?

Grace isn’t exactly eye candy. Nolan is a bit blind. So when an “accidental meeting” forges an unlikely friendship, it becomes obvious to everyone that it’s likely to become more.

But is Grace ready to give up the life she loves for the man she loves?

Find out in this completely updated, revised, and improved version of Chautona Havig’s first novel, Noble Pursuits.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

Chautona’s books are well known for little/light romance. As a big kiss lover, I’m sometimes at odds with this approach, but Oh, Gracious! struck the right note for me. While it’s not filled with toe curling kisses, it is filled with a real relationship and two people trying to honor God as they walk along their path. Chautona balances the sexual tension with faith building in a sweet romance for readers from teens on up.

It takes all types to run the world, but I was alternately in love and frustrated by all the characters. While I related to aspects, I had a hard time relating to one specific character all the way.

Grace is a canner. Woot! I’m all for that. I wish I could do more in our tiny apartment. Applesauce is one I do every year along with jams. She is very resourceful and has learned to budget to the nth degree. While I admire her frugality, it is also her downfall. I related to her exhaustion, struggle to be healthy, and frustration of not being able to do as much as she wants. Like Grace, I have a chronic disease and tend to want to do everything and push myself too far. It’s been a hard lesson to learn that my body can’t sometimes. I wanted Grace to learn that relationships are give and take, but she insisted on doing everything herself and that grew defeating after awhile.

I liked that Chautona goes more into depth during the engagement season. So often romance books skip over this period to the “happily ever after,” but any of us that have planned a wedding know it’s not that easy of a jump. I like the authenticity of the stress and struggling how to do this couple thing that Chautona creates, but their big argument (without giving it away) seemed like huge overreactions. However, I can’t talk because hubs and I got into the BIGGEST argument during our wedding planning about whether carrot cake should be our top tier and whether or not it should have raisins. I was so mad. I sobbed. We didn’t talk for THREE DAYS. #relationshipgoals #sarcasm

One overarching theme to me is the importance of communication for a successful relationship. There are many things that should be talked about prior to marriage and I think Chautona shows how it can be an issue when you don’t have those conversations. For example: finances! I know it’s a big struggle for most couples, and I myself have been in plenty of arguments over ours. But, I wish I saw more movement from both Nolan and Grace on this issue. In the end, they start to find their way forward and I know this is just the beginning of learning how to compromise.

Nolan – at first, I was a little ruffled about his approach to finding a wife, but then it started to make so much sense. Nolan is an older character for typical romance and has clearly not sparked with anyone yet in his life. So, instead of looking online, he moves! It sounds odd to us today in the world of online dating, but I like how his friend Mel supported him and brought perspective on intentionally seeking a wife. But, I also got frustrated with his search for perfection. While I didn’t have a problem with his list, it seemed like when someone didn’t live up to his expectations, he really struggled.

I liked that he wanted a down-home girl who like being female. Some may struggle with this aspect of the book; that Nolan knows what he wants. Some may see this as Nolan wanting a woman who’ll cook and clean and therefore have less worth. But, I encourage you to stick with the book. Nolan does not believe it’s subservient to be a homemaker and Chautona does a great job of getting this across.

To me, this is feminism – the balance of the fact that I love being a woman. I can dress up and look pretty and be smart and intelligent. But, I love that hubs takes out the garbage and cleans the toilet. Can I do all of that? Absolutely! I adore that it’s a way I can let hubs live out his manhood – because those are gross and he doesn’t mind gross stuff. When Nolan takes out the mouse for her – some variation of this has happened in our house many times. Feminism is knowing I can chase that mouse and kill it and clean up the body, but that I don’t have to and I’m comfortable with that.

I also think while Nolan kept saying “I have money, don’t worry,” he didn’t really open up about it. I kept thinking if they sat down and had a real conversation of just what that meant, that it would’ve been much smoother. I still think there would have been struggles on both sides to learn how/when to spend money versus save, but I just wanted to lock them in a room until they talked about it.

In summary if you’ve kept reading my long thoughts, I think Chautona brings a real relationship to life. While there is some manufactured drama, I know some of the stupid arguments I’ve gotten in (the latest over a bag of tater tots), so it’s still realistic as well. She brings her humor and squeaky clean romance together to illustrate how a bond for a long lasting marriage is formed.

I received a complementary copy of this story for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona

Wow, My Beloved First Book Was a Hot Mess

On my blog, I sometimes answer readers’ questions, and one of the earliest ones was, “Since you zip out your books so fast, do you ever later wish you had done something differently with them?”

My answer today is the same as back then—usually.  No.  Yes, I sometimes regret not being able to tell a supporting character’s story because the book has given away that person’s past and/or future.  Still, most of the time, I tell the story as I want it.

But in that post about “regrets,” I said that as I learn, I definitely wish to improve sentences here, and others there.  I did this already with Argosy Junction, the second book that I published. The first two or three books were experiments where I made many serious mistakes.  Took bad advice. Didn’t know the right things to research. All the mistake-ness.

Total transparency here. I chose Argosy Junction to revise first because I made fewer mistakes on it.  Still lots, but not as many as my first book, Noble Pursuits.

Bad editing advice, horrible cover design (twice), and just basic writing craft stuff that I didn’t know when I started this whole journey all culminated in a book I both loved (the story) and hated (the final result). Many reviewers said the same thing, too.  That poor book has the worst reviews of all of my books combined.

And for good reason.

But it’s a good story—one I love, as I said—and it has some strong fans.  Some readers were able to look past the problems and see the heart of what I tried to do with it.  And that was a beautiful thing.  Those readers, actually, are the ones I’ve rewritten this book for.

Yes, I rewrote Noble Pursuits. While every sentence isn’t completely rewritten, enough are that I considered it a new book, not just a revised one.

A few readers have panicked to see the title changed, the story rewritten. They’ve asked if I took out this or even that.  I took out and added nothing that 99.9% of readers would ever notice. And it’s a better book for it.

am updating the original Noble Pursuits file with the new text.  I’m doing this in hopes that those who already own that book can go into their digital content on Amazon and get the updated version.  I don’t know if it will work, but I pray it does.

Meanwhile, for those who’ve asked why they can’t buy the first book on my Suggested Reading Order list,  well… now you can!

Oh, Gracious! has been a long time coming, but she’s here with a new title, rewritten content, and even a lovely new cover by the brilliantly talented Perry Elizabeth. It took what seems like forever to settle on a title, but we finally did. Why we chose Oh, Gracious! however, is a story for another day.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 24

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Truth and Grace Homeschool, April 25

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 26

deb’s Book Review, April 26

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Texas Book-aholic, April 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 28

Kat’s Corner Books, April 28

Aryn The Libraryan 📚, April 29

Cultivating us, April 29

Through the Fire Blogs, April 30

For Him and My Family, April 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 1

The Collaborative Press, May 1

Connect in Fiction, May 2

Spoken from the Heart, May 2

Read Review Rejoice, May 2

She Lives To Read, May 3

Books I’ve Read, May 3

Emily Yager, May 4

Captive Dreams Window, May 4

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 5

Back Porch Reads, May 5

Lots of Helpers, May 6

As He Leads is Joy, May 6

Artistic Nobody, May 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pause for Tales, May 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of one paperback copy of each of the 3 fully revised novels: Oh, Gracious, Argosy Junction, and Thirty Days Hath…!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f8f7/oh-gracious-celebration-tour-giveaway

Flight Risk – Celebrate Lit – Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  Flight Risk

Author: Cara Putman

Genre:  Romantic Legal Suspense

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.

Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.

Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.

When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.

Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?

Click here to get your copy!

Our Thoughts

Hubs and I have been diligently reading this series out loud to each other since the first book. While initially we were both skeptical about the legal thriller aspect, Cara quickly made us jump all over the wagon. Now, we count the days for the next release.

Hubs thoughts: (He is clearly more poetic than I am.) “Flight Risk takes off in Putman’s final story of the Hidden Justice Series, presenting a unique perspective of truth. It’s a ride of turbulence, so keep those seat belts on and the pages turning, as you land in the tension of faith, love, redemption, and revenge.”

My Thoughts: Now that we’ve read many of Cara’s books, we knot the seemingly unrelated story lines will somehow weave together, but taking the journey of just how it happens is page turning. It was fun discussing just what way the story might turn and how pieces were connected with hubs. I think this would be a great book club book. People could come up with some pretty fun scenarios.

I loved how Savannah is founded in faith, but not so much that it comes off as preachy or unrealistic. She’s open about her anger and struggles and talks to God like a friend. She strove for a balance of patience and grace while also looking for areas she needed to intervene with her sister and niece. Her perspective on a tough situation and how she dealt with it is admirable.

I like that we’re seeing her as an older than typical character. She brings a maturity balanced with being too stuck in her ways that age and wisdom would bring. It’s a nice perspective not as common in Christian Fiction.

As with all of our read out loud books, there is enough romance to keep me happy and enough seat of your pants for hubs. Cara strikes a great balance even if I always long for more kisses. I’ve been waiting and waiting for Savannah to find her love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Hubs didn’t have to read it at all, so his thoughts are totes his (though I may translate grunts into English 😉

About the Author

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently writing book 33 and dreaming up future books, not hard when she sees what-ifs everywhere.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW and gives back to the writing community through her service on Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, full-time lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School, and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at http://www.caraputman.com <http://www.caraputman.com/>.

Learn more about Flight Risk and Cara Putman here!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 6

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 6

A Baker’s Perspective, April 6

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 7

Read Review Rejoice, April 7

deb’s Book Review, April 7

Betti Mace, April 8

Maureen’s Musings, April 8

Texas Book-aholic, April 8

Genesis 5020, April 9

Inklings and notions, April 9

Becka Jiménez’s FB, April 9

For Him and My Family, April 10

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, April 10

CarpeDiem, April 10

Through the Fire Blogs, April 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 11

LIfe, Love, Writing, April 11

Emily Yager, April 12

Splashes of Joy, April 12

Lights in a Dark World, April 12

Mary Hake, April 12

Older & Smarter?, April 13

Daysong Reflections, April 13

Book of Ruth Ann, April 13

Kat’s Corner Books, April 14

Blessed & Bookish, April 14

Remembrancy, April 14

Blossoms and Blessings, April 15

Spoken from the Heart, April 15

Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Writer Without a Space, April 16

By The Book, April 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 16

Bigreadersite, April 17

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 17

As He Leads is Joy, April 18

Pause for Tales, April 18

For The Love of Books, April 18

Hallie Reads, April 19

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 19

EmpowerMoms, April 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away the grand prize package of a Vera Bradley travel cosmetics set, a journal for capturing vacation memories, a copy of Flight Risk, and a bracelet!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f963/flight-risk-celebration-tour-giveaway

Killer Harvest – Celebrate Lit – Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Killer Harvest

Author: Tanya Stowe

Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March, 2020

Can she stop a deadly crop virus from ending up in the wrong hands? Biologist and single mom Sassa Nilsson just witnessed her mentor’s brutal murder by environmental extremists. Now she’s the last link to a deadly pathogen they plan unleashing—and their number one target! But can handsome border patrol agent Jared De Luca shield Sassa and her baby long enough to find a cure…before the entire world faces the unthinkable consequences?

Click here for your copy.

My Thoughts

I can always count on Tanya Stowe for a good suspense read. In Killer Harvest Tanya brings a twist we don’t often see in Christian Suspense – biological terrorism on our agricultural system. What makes it especially scary is the possibility of this being a reality. Thankfully, the good guys win!

I thought it was interesting having two main characters who have been through a divorce. While I can’t speak to the accuracy of dealing with divorce fallout (I’m blessedly married to my first love), I appreciate both characters working through it knowing it is such a common situation in our society. How do you move to a new relationship in a godly way? How do you do this relationship differently then you did before? How do you deal with the past baggage, the fear of failing, the hope for new things? I think Tanya handles these questions well.

My heart melted every time Jared played with Kari. He doubts his abilities to be a good husband and father, but his actions prove that he will be given the chance. He sticks by Sassa without question showing loyalty. But, he’s not perfect. I do wish we would’ve seen more growth as a believer before the very end of the story.

Sassa doubts her abilities after some bad past decisions, but with her team’s and Jared’s belief in her, she gradually builds confidence to overcome such a tough situation and feelings of failure. She is stubborn to a fault, though when it come to lab experiments you have to be to not give up.

One character I wasn’t sure if I liked or didn’t was the lead FBI agent, though I want the opportunity to get t know him better.

I received a copy of this story for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to submit a positive review, all comments are my own.

About the Author

Tanya Stowe

Tanya Stowe is a Christian Fiction author with an unexpected edge. She is married to the love of her life, her high school sweetheart. They have four children and twenty-one grandchildren, a true adventure. She fills her books with the unusual…mysteries and exotic travel, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey packed with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

More from Tanya

As a teenager, I spent my summers water-skiing on the King’s River in Central California. Even though we lived on the coast and the ocean, we traveled inland to the smooth river waters every other weekend for our sport. We camped on a sandy beach, skimmed over the water all day long and at night sat under a sky full of brilliant stars and listened to the sound of the water rippling past. Since we lived on the coast with a heavy marine layer, the amazing sky always fascinated me. Surrounded by massive cottonwood trees, with the smell of ripe fruit drifting toward us, my river experiences were different from home and more than memorable. On some nights we’d hear the splash and laughter as teenagers, somewhere across the river, came down to swim. I always wondered what it would be like to live in the nearby small, neat-as-a-pin town, to know the same people all of my life and to be able to drive down to the river with my friends on any given night. I envied those teenagers and always knew I’d someday write a story about central California. I didn’t know it would involve biological warfare and crazed killers…but that transition is another story all its own! I’ll stop here and hope you enjoy Killer Harvest!

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, March 7

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deb’s Book Review, March 7

Texas Book-aholic, March 8

Simple Harvest Reads, March 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 9

Among the Reads, March 9

Genesis 5020, March 9

For Him and My Family, March 10

Kat’s Corner Books, March 10

April Hayman, Author, March 10

Inklings and notions, March 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 11

Betti Mace, March 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, March 12

Bigreadersite, March 12

Through the Fire Blogs, March 13

Maureen’s Musings, March 13

Older & Smarter?, March 14

She Lives To Read, March 14

Remembrancy, March 15

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 15

Blogging With Carol, March 15

Emily Yager, March 16

Blossoms and Blessings, March 16

janicesbookreviews, March 17

Daysong Reflections, March 17

Mary Hake, March 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 18

Pause for Tales, March 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 19

SPLASHES of Joy, March 19

Hallie Reads, March 19

Artistic Nobody, March 20 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, March 20

To Everything There Is A Season, March 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tanya is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f640/killer-harvest-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Promise to Keep

Today I’m interviewing Melony Teague! I first meet this awesome lady a few years ago at CFRR and heard about her dream to write a book, and now, here it is!

Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.

Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.

Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?

Interview with Melony

1. Here at Kat’s Corner books, we’re fans of cats, but love all pets. Do you have a pet? 
 Yes, I have two cats. One is a boy, and the other is a girl and they are siblings. They pretty much rule the house. The gray girl cat is like the watchdog of the house and hisses at intruders (visitors, including my mother-in-law, it’s quite embarrassing) and the boy cat, on the other hand, just wants to cuddle everyone.

Pretty Kitties!

Kat: Sasha says “Hi!”

2. Open your text message app. What are the first 10 words that come up automatically?
I am here for you to pick up the kids.

Can you tell I do a lot of mommy-taxi duty?

Kat: LOL! Yes!

3. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?

Aside from being a mom and a wife, I also read and review books. I consider eating chocolate a hobby. So there’s that. Sometimes I can do all of these things at once.

Kat: That is a hobby I can get behind. Except white chocolate because there’s not any actual chocolate in it.

4. What inspired the idea for A Promise to Keep?

I was inspired by a few internationally newsworthy events a couple years ago which really zeroed in on the role technical rescuers play and their level-headed approach to crisis. I was fascinated by their professionalism and their mindset. I also wanted to tell a story from an immigrant’s perspective, and that’s why Savannah is an immigrant, from South Africa. South Africa also happens to be my own country of birth, even though I am now a Canadian citizen. I also have a soft spot for second chance stories.

5. What is your current WIP?

At the moment I’m deep into research and plotting for a book that follows directly on from A Promise to Keep, which will tell Johnnie’s story. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my research trips to talk to real-life technical rescuers so far. I even got to sit in the truck.

Kat: I can’t wait!

6. What was the hardest character to write in A Promise to Keep?

I didn’t really have a character that was hard to write, but I did have an unexpected one. Donovan Radcliffe snuck in and demanded he be a part of the story even though he was never in the original synopsis. So I guess he was ornery that way, but I love him for it.

Kat: I’m hoping we’ll see more of him. Please?

My Thoughts

I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the image in my mind. BUT IT DID!

I really enjoyed Melony’s debut novel. It has an interesting story line with some unique circumstances. While there are a couple story aspects you see in similar troupes, Melony brings a unique twist that is all her own.


“‘What I was going to say…was that I was afraid that almost a week with me would ruin our friendship.’ He wanted to ruin their friendship so much it moved into new territory. But he wasn’t about to reveal that quite yet, so he put on his best poker face and tried to slow his pulse.”


I fell in love with him right then. Michael is a steadfast gentle hero. I’m not sure if I wanted him to be more assertive or appreciated his patience to let Savannah work through her grieving. What I do know is that I liked him from the start.

Savannah went through a tragedy that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I understand her reluctance and fear to open her heart again. She shows how people grieve in different ways, but I admire her courage to try, even if she has to take a few steps back to be able to run forward.

Overall this is a solid debut from Melony and I look forward to reading her stories for years to come and watching her develop as an author. If you’re looking for a contemporary romance with heart, give it a try!

I received a copy from the author but was not require to post a positive review. All opinions are mine alone.

About the Author

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in the melting pot that is Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.

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God Hears Her

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with the God who loves us unconditionally? No matter your relationship status here on Earth, there’s a Groom always waiting for His bride, the church, for you, for me, for all of Us. He loves unconditionally. I also like to think Jesus would share my affinity for candy hearts.

About the Book

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Book:  God Hears Her

Author: Our Daily Bread

Genre: Non-fiction / Christian / Devotional

Release Date: September, 2017

Tour Dates: February 1 – 14

God Hears Her

When you’re having one of those days, you just want to know that someone is on your side. You have more than just someone  . . . you have your Heavenly Father! He is with you. He is for you. He hears your heart’s cry. And He will reassure you of this through the beautifully designed, hardcover devotional collection, God Hears Her. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes pulled from Our Daily Bread devotionals will lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

I have always love the small devotionals from My Daily Bread so this collection is right up my alley. Not only is it so pretty and come with a handy ribbon book mark, but each page is filled with a gem.

I love that I can read it in about a minute if I don’t have much time. Or, I can take that minute and just as easily ponder/pray on a element of the lesson or look about the verse. but, I don’t have to – the verse clip is right there and I can read it super quick. It removes my excuse or “I just don’t have time.”

While I haven’t gotten through every day as there’s enough for a full year, each with a nugget that speak’s to my female heart. There are topics on so many I struggle with: relationships, confidence, worthiness, selfishness, believing I am His daughter, that He loves me no matter what.

I’d recommend this devotional for any female old enough to read. The short lessons will work for a girl just beginning to bloom or one who has many years behind her. We all can use the encouragement found in these pages.

I recieved a copy for the purpose of this tour but was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are honestly my own.

About the Author

Our Daily Bread Publishing – Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Founded in 1938, the ministry has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people around the world who use our Bible-based resources, including the beloved Our Daily Bread devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

More from Our Daily Bread

‘Feels Like Home’ Winter Recipes

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the time to pull out those tried and true winter-time recipes. You know, the ones that make us (or even keep us) warm on the inside. This is the time for the food that just feels like home.

Kirsten Holmberg and Elisa Morgan from the God Hears Her blog have shared some of their families personal recipes. These are the ones that are good for everyone. Feel free to try them yourself, bookmark them for later, or share them with a friend.

Kirsten Holmberg

In the winter, I’m partial to any slow-cooker soup or stew because I love coming home to it in the evening. My favorite is a Vegetarian Chili with some Italian influences:

2 bell peppers, diced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

2 lb zucchini halved and sliced

1 lb fresh mushrooms, halved

1 large onion, diced

3 cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted or herbed for the most flavor)

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can black olives, sliced (or fresh in any amount desired)

1 can cannellini beans

2.5 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

½ cup water

Toss it all in a slow cooker for a few hours on high, or all day on low. Or, put it on the stove instead and simmer until the veggies are cooked through and the flavors blended (about 45 minutes). Parmesan cheese on top for an extra zing.

Elisa Morgan

A Cranberry Nut Bread recipe handed down by my mom, Paige Lee

2 cup flour

½ tsp salt

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

½ scant tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

Sift above ingredients together twice. To the juice and grated rind of 1 large orange, add 2 tbs of melted shortening and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Mix with dry ingredients and add…

1 beaten egg

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup halved fresh cranberries

Bake in greased loaf pan for 75 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe, bake a little less time and use 3 loaf pans. It also makes good muffins and can be frozen.

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Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of  a God Hears Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!

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A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

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About the Book

A Girl's Guide to the Outback


Book:  A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

Author: Jessica Kate

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 28, 2020

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

 As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

Click here to get your copy.

My Thoughts

I had no control reading this book. There were so many things I was SUPPOSED to get done…I kept telling myself, “Put the book down, it’ll still be there later.” but, I failed. Every time.

The thought of an American girl having to survive in the Outback in pulled me in. At first, I wasn’t sure how Jessica was going to get her there, but she pulls off a way that Kimbo and Sam realize they both need each other’s strengths thanks to some meddling from beloved Julie.

Both Kim and Sam have problems accepting they’re worthy of love, but for different issues. Both struggle with head knowledge of how God’s love and forgiveness works but not accepting it into their innermost being. Both are sometimes madding for how tenaciously they hold on to their view points, but it makes for some fiery face offs and moments of surprising depth when they put their gloves down.

I admire Kim’s work ethic; she’s a crazy hard worker. I admire Sam’s gifting with teens. Through this story, Jessica shows us how we can all have different strengths but still serve God.

Plus, it’s a 2 for 1 romance! What the description doesn’t tell you is the secondary story between Mick and Julie that also makes you swoon. They were both great supporting characters and you have some point of views from Julie so you get to know her well. I definitely got frustrated with her stubbornness, though. Two HEAs for one story made me a very happy reader indeed.

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

jessica kate

Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Visit her online at jessicakatewriting.com; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

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On Wings of Devotion

“‘You’ll either be a hero or a villain, Phil.
Try to pick the right one, will you?'”

Series: The Codebreakers (Book 2)
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 7, 2020)

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart.”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

My Thoughts

Roseanna hits another story out of the park with this tale of forgiveness, mercy, and joy during the darkest of days.

“Angry was angry. There was comfort in it. In clinging to the only thing one could trust-one’s own raging bitterness. The one thing in the world guaranteed not to leave without warning, whose promises to hold one close could be counted on.”

“Oh, Phillip. You have the weight of the world on your shoulders and I just want to wrap you in a hug.” This is what I thought when I first met Phillip Camden in The Number of Love. I haven’t stopped loving him since. On the surface, Phillip appears to be your typical cocky broody pretty boy, but it hides a heart that feels deeply. Through the course of the story Roseanna takes him on a journey of learning the importance of not only asking for God’s forgiveness but forgiving himself.

“‘My sparkling personality has convinced you that I’m just the sort of person you need for a friend.'”

Then Phillip meets Arabelle Denler. Arabelle is sunshine itself. I admire the way she is practical and realistic but also is so full of grace and joy. And I mean JOY; the kind that only comes from resting in the confidence of your Heavenly Father. I was humbled by her reactions to situations again and again; they challenged me to ask “would I react so compassionately in that situation?”

I was on pins and needles until the very end wondering if the story would turn out with the happy ending my heart craved. Until the last second I was wondering how it was going to work out. But, Roseanna wrote a beautiful ending at just the right speed to satisfy your “awww” factor while bringing true healing to her characters, even if not in the way you expect.

I encourage you to pick up a copy now! While you can read this story as a stand alone, I’d encourage you to read The Number of Love first as it’ll give you a deeper connection to some of the characters. We also get to revisit character from her last two series: Shadows Over England and Ladies of the Manor.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are honestly my own.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
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