FirstWild Card Blog Tour: My Baby’s Feet by Sheila M. Luck

Are you, or someone you know, facing an unwanted pregnancy?
Are you wondering if “choice” is the answer, the easiest solution?

Sheila M. Luck

*** Special THANK YOU to Life Sentence Publishing, LLC for providing me with a review copy.***


Sheila and her husband Wayne have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Ministry International and Wisconsin Right to Life. In 2010, Sheila received a certificate in equipping from The Masters Institute.

Sheila began her career following college working as an engineer for IBM. After three years, she resigned to attend law school at Marquette University Law School, graduating in 1985. In 2003, after nearly twenty years of being employed full-time as an attorney, Sheila retired and accepted God’s call to begin writing Christian books and speaking for a variety of Christian organizations and schools. Sheila’s current books include three Bible studies:

The Challenge of Change: Careers, Callings and Work-Life Crossroads
My Secret Loss: Finding Life after Abortion
Grapple with Guilt, Shed the Shame



Fearfully and desperately wanting to hide my mistakes and deny the unwanted, but not totally unexpected ramifications of my earlier choices, I chose what seemed to be the easiest answer. I chose death, and then I moved into the aftermath of my choice. I, for a lifetime and beyond, will live in the aftermath of my choice. Although there is recovery, through forgiveness, there are lasting ramifications. No one told me that the ramifications of my choice would last forever. No one told me what my choice would do to my heart. No one told me that my choice was, in fact, a death sentence for my baby.

Through my story, I pray that you will know that a living choice is the only real choice.

Join me in my story of running from my mistakes, hiding my choice, and slugging through the aftermath. Come with me as I discover a new truth about an old choice. Join me as I struggle with guilt and heartfelt shame, knowing the new truth. Observe the aftermath.


This is a powerful, unforgettable story of the authors journey through abortion.
I love how open, honest and real Sheila is concerning the decisions that led up to making the choice and everything that followed.
Sadly, many women are deceived into thinking that abortion is an easy out.
But, they cannot possibly realize the long-term effects for everyone involved, not to mention the loss of life.
I pray that this book reaches people dealing with the choice and those who have already suffered through it.
If you know someone struggling in this area, please give them this book!



Today I am super excited to be hosting a stop on the REMNANTS LAUNCH TOUR!!!
Y’all are going to absolutely love love love this new dystopian YA from the amazing
Lisa T. Bergren.
Today, Lisa is sharing about why she decided to write YA!
***Also, don’t miss your chance to WIN A KINDLE FIRE HDX OR AN IPOD TOUCH***

Season of Wonder


Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of over 2.5 million copies sold. She has written best-selling children’s books, award-winning YA (River of Time Series: Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books. She is a writer and editor residing in Colorado Springs, CO, with her husband and three children. You can find out more about Lisa at


Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.

After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

Why YA For LTB?

I’ve written a lot of fiction—contemporary romance, historical women’s fiction, general fiction, medieval spiritual suspense…but I didn’t really consider writing YA novels until my own daughters reached teendom. When Olivia hit her freshman year, and she was only reading when she had to for school, I was desperate to find books that would draw her in and not let go. I ached for her to know what it was to think, “Just one more chapter.” To discover characters she’d contemplate all day long at school, until she could again get back to them come evening when she cracked open the spine.

I started trolling for compulsive-reads among teens and came up with Twilight. And say whatever you want…it was the magic that awakened Olivia to reading again. (Thank you, Stephanie Meyer. Thank you, thank you!) Together, we read the whole series, discussed the characters, what was happening and STORY was alive in our home again.

It made me want to write for her, and her younger sister, and others who had been lost to TV and the Internet, missing out on this whole world of fiction that could not only entertain, but make a person think about where she was, where she was going, and what she wanted to do. Because that’s the magic of story…we get to try on a character’s circumstances and experiences for size, and consider if we’d make the same choices, or do something radically different. We get to experience and learn in another “person’s” shoes.

I immersed myself in YA reads, wanting to find other novels that would draw my girls in. Together we’ve read Suzanne Collins, Leigh Bardugo, John Green, Marie Lu, Sarah Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Rae Carson, Lauren Oliver…and we can’t wait to discover others. And in the midst of that, I wrote the River of Time Series, and now Remnants: Season of Wonder, because my heart is there, with them.

But the thing I’ve discovered about good YA is that it’s not just for teens. Sure, the characters are young. But what they’re discovering about themselves, about life, about purpose, about passion…those are themes that are just as relevant for the middle-aged, like me, as it is for them. And when fiction brings generations together? Well, I just think that’s cool.

What’s YOUR favorite YA novel? Comment below!

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The Good Girl by Christy Barritt

What’s a good girl to do when life goes bad?


*** Special THANK YOU to the author for providing me with a review copy.***


Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She is married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she is hilarious but only when shes not trying to be.

Christy is a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who is known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She has only won one contest in her life and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay… actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.

When shes not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.



Tara Lancaster can sing Amazing Grace in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at seventeen because she had pneumonia and her mom made her stay home.

But when her life shatters around her and her reputation is left in ruins, Tara decides escape is the only option. She flees halfway across the country to dog-sit, but the quiet anonymity she needs isn’t waiting in her sister’s house. Instead she finds a knife with a threatening message, a fame-hungry friend, a too-hunky neighbor, and evidence of…a ghost?

Following all the rules has gotten her nowhere. And nothing she learned in Sunday School can tell her where to go from there.

“The Good Girl is at turns scary, funny, passionate and quirky…the perfect book to carry in your beach bag.” ~ USA Today


This book has everything I love….romance, suspense, thrills, and unforgettable characters!
The spiritual journey the main character Tara takes definitely hit home for me and I think it will for other readers as well!
The author definitely kept me on the edge of my seat with lots of suspense.
If you enjoy romantic suspense, get this book!!!!


What Follows After by Dan Walsh

In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.
And when they weren’t, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.


*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.***


Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013). Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit for more.


For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they’ve actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they’ve even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie–to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.

Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt’s house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.

In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life–love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we’ll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.


I was so so so surprised at how much I absolutely loved this novel!
I have never read anything by Dan Walsh, but I desperately want to find more of his books…like now!
Never have I been so completely immersed in a story like this.
Immediately the author does a wonderful job of drawing you into the many mysteries of this story.
I felt what the characters felt….the dread, the fear and panic, the sadness.
I had only known Scott and Gina for a few chapters and wanted this family to come back together and find restoration.
That is talent…..when an author can draw you so deeply into a story that you feel what they feel.
I read this book in one day, I could not stop reading- I had to know what had happened to Timmy.
On top of this story of a missing child, the nation is on the brink of crisis.
I can recall my mom talking about this time in history and I think those who remember this time period will find that the author has brilliantly revisited this time in history!
To the author, bravo!!!! Absolutely one of my favorite reads this year!!! Cannot recommend this one more!!!


Heart Wide Open by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Trading Mundane Faith for an Exuberant Life with Jesus
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & Blogging For Books for providing me with a review copy.***


Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is the author of the award-winning nonfiction humor titles Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On and Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy! She is a popular blogger and speaker, and the host of the radio program All Things Southern LIVE. Shellie loves sharing humor and hope with audiences across the country. She and her husband have two grown children. They live and farm in Louisiana.


As a Bible-believing churchgoer, author Shellie Tomlinson harbored a secret in her good-girl heart. She longed for something more than routine faith; she wanted to love God with a genuine, all-consuming passion. So she got honest with Him: “I admit it. I don’t love you like I should, but I want to love you. Help me!”

In Heart Wide Open, Shellie invites you to answer the call of your restless heart and refuse to settle for anything less than the intimate friendship of God. Through her heartfelt and honest words, you’ll find practical inspiration to help you…

· exchange your “just enough Jesus” mindset for an all-out pursuit of Him
· put sizzle in your Bible study by asking God to show you the wonder of His Word
· trade formulaic devotions for a devoted life

Are you ready to stop struggling to make time for God and instead live every moment with God?
Discover how to live with your heart wide open.


I love how honest Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is in this book.
Finally!!! A book addressing all of the things that keep us bound up in “performing” the Christ-life but never experiencing Christ!
With witty Southern humor and charm, Shellie addresses topics like:
Admitting we don’t love Jesus like we should.
Being afraid of what being totally committed to Christ looks like.
Struggling in our personal devotional times and Bible study.
And so much more!!!
I had the opportunity to hear Shellie speak and I must say that I was most struck by her love for people and her genuine passion for Jesus. This book is a culmination of the overflow of that which she has experienced and sweet encouragement that we can experience it too!
If you feel a little lost in your walk with Christ, if you feel a little dry, a little empty…if you’re wondering why others can experience Jesus in such a real way, but to you He just seems far away- DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!!!!


FIRST WILD CARD BLOG TOUR: Becoming The Chateran with SJ Aisling

“Of all the things I’ve been trained to encounter
they should have included Princesses”- Paladin (Becoming The Chateran)


*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & FirstWild Card for providing me with a review copy.***


Stacia Joy has always loved to tell stories and invent fictional lands and characters. But she never considered becoming a writer herself until age thirteen, when, inspired by a pretend play she invented with a friend, she wrote the first draft of Becoming the Chateran. The story has since expanded into what will become The Chateran Series. Stacia Joy also writes in several other genres, including steampunk and paranormal/science fiction, and occasionally writes poems about buffalo.

Wanting to be able to show others what her imagined universe looks like, Stacia Joy taught herself to draw by studying the work of illustrators like Alphonse Mucha, Arthur Rackham, Kate Seredy, and Jan Brett. She also received training in illustration and graphic design at Madison Area Technical College, and plans to become a full-fledged freelance illustrator before long.

When not immersed in writing or art, Stacia Joy spends her time playing the piano and folk harp, composing music, Irish dancing, singing at the top of her lungs, and learning new things. She also enjoys helping with children’s ministry at her church, and currently resides in the Madison, Wisconsin area with a kitten named Lord Peter Whimsey.

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When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:

Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.

Travelling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.


Author SJ Aisling has stolen my heart, my attention and a lot of nights with her debut novel Becoming The Chateran!!!
This is a wonderful tale full of adventure, fantastical creatures and unforgettable characters.
Her writing style is so deliciously descriptive and kept my imagination soaring…rivaling classic authors like Lewis, Tolkien & Rowling.
Her characters are full of humor, bravery and wit….I just love them!!!
I think fans of fantasy fiction should absolute pick up a copy of Becoming The Chateran!!!



Murder Simply Brewed with Vannetta Chapman


Murder Simply Brewed
Vannetta Chapman

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.***


Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Visit Vannetta’s website:
Twitter: @VennettaChapman
Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks


When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced. Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.

‘Chapman’s latest is a mix of mystery and romance with vivid characters, a realistic setting and themes of loss, trust and love.’ — Romantic Times, four-star review


I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book….but I’ll try!
This story combines all of my favorite things…a cozy, Amish, romantic, murder-mystery featuring amateur sleuths that takes place in a coffee shop- what more could a book-lovin gal like me ask for?!? It’s almost too much excitement!!!!
Vannetta Chapman weaves a wonderful tale full of colorful, come-to-life characters.
I loved that the main characters are women from two totally different walks of life.
This made it so interesting- seeing the story unfold from their perspectives.
I sooo cannot wait for the next book in this series.
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries- this is a MUST READ!!!!


Pulling Back The Shades- Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

This book is not ultimately about the Fifty Shades series
or even about erotica.
This book is about the spiritual battle
for the hearts and souls of women…
Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.***


When Dannah Gresh was eight years old, she prayed a prayer devoting her life to serving God with all her heart, all her mind and all her soul. But she forgot to love him well during her teen years. The plan to devote herself to the Lord was derailed by sexual pain. Healing seemed elusive, but when it did come it overflowed from her heart and into the lives around her. First one teen girl. Then a cabin-full. And it was only the beginning of what God would do with a broken heart. Today Dannah is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker.


Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist and coauthor of “Passion Pursuit”, written with Linda Dillow, her cofounder of Authentic Intimacy.



You don’t have to choose between being sexual or spiritual

Spiritual women have legitimate desires that are seldom addressed-and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are designed to exploit! Yet, spirituality and sexuality were never meant to be mutually exclusive. Now, with solid biblical teaching and transparent stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery offer an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. Whether you are single or married, reading erotica or Jane Austen, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire to be both sexual and spiritual.


I read this book in one sitting and WOW! How timely! How relevant! How eye-opening!
I like many other women had heard of the best-selling series by author EL James and being a book blogger, many of my friends and family wanted to know what I thought of the series.
I did not read it, for many reasons. But the popularity of this series and others like it did cause me concern.
The fact that people I love and care about were reading the series and giving rave reviews, caused even more concern.
Honestly, I could not walk I to my big box book store or even my local Wal-mart without being bombarded with this ever popular genre of books. And I admit I wondered myself….what’s the deal?!?!
When I heard that Dannah and Juli were writing this book, I jumped on the chance to get a copy, hoping that I could share some of the things I’d learn with the women I care about.
I found it refreshing that Dannah chose not to read the Fifty Series……(you mean you can actually oppose and bring good arguments against something without partaking in it???? ***GASP***) Yes! Yes you can!
On the flip side, there are Fifty Shades fans who will refuse to even discuss the good the bad and the ugly unless and until you have read the series. I graciously thank Dr. Juli for reading the series and bringing her thoughts to the table.
Pulling Back The Shades is a reality check in a world of fantasy. The authors have brilliantly tackled the issue of erotica, intimacy and why women find series like Fifty so appealing. This book shines a bright light on the darkness, addiction, and despair breeding in the hearts of normal mommies and grandmas today.
Some people may hate this book. Some may find it more offensive than the series itself.
My prayer is that women will read Pulling Back The Shades with open minds and open hearts allowing God’s Holy Spirit to do His work and free them from the idea that satisfaction is found in anything other than our Lord JESUS.
If you are struggling with sexual addiction, if you know someone who is, or if you’re just a normal mommie who feels a little dissatisfied with your marriage, your sex life and you’re wishing for something more….read this book!!!



Don’t miss the latest Quilts of Love book, Maybelle in Stitches, by Joyce Magnin.
Maybelle can’t sew. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house,
she gets the crazy idea to complete it.

Quilts of Love:

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & LitFuse for providing me with a review copy.***


Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright’s Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Maybelle Kazinzki can’t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother’s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it—somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother’s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother’s childhood, her grandmother’s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden’s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.


This Quilts of Love Series is so good and so much fun!
There really is something for everyone!!!
And it’s totally okay if you’re not a quilter…you’ll especially love Maybelle.
In this wonderful tale from Joyce Magnin, we journey back to the 1940′s during WW2.
Joyce has done an amazing job of capturing the feel and emotion of this time period.
This story definitely pulls at your heartstrings! There are also many funny moments as well.
Another great addition to this wonderful series!!!




Kregel Book Tours Presents- HANDS OF DARKNESS by Heather James

Second in the new series from Heather James…


*** Special THANK YOU the publisher & Kregel for providing me with a review copy.***


Heather James is a practicing attorney and contributing columnist for the Bakersfield Californian newspaper, where she writes on marriage, family, and parenting matters. This is her second novel.


Evelyn Barrett has a new job, a new baby, and a new life—of sorts. Nearly crushed by the horrific abduction and murder of her daughter (book 1, Unholy Hunger), Evelyn is moving on as best she can.

No longer allowed to practice law, she is recruited by one of the detectives from her daughter’s case to become a police consultant. Her inaugural case becomes a baptism by fire as she joins the hunt for a chillingly methodical and sadistic serial rapist and murderer.

Her revulsion and anger fuels a passion for justice . . . and then it becomes personal. Her friend and law school roommate, Jen, becomes a victim. The rapist has made a catastrophic mistake with Jen: he has left her alive and able to talk.

Filled with the chilling tension of Unholy Hunger, Hands of Darkness explores the emotional and spiritual consequences for all involved when justice and compassion collide head-on with the darkest examples of human depravity.



An awesome, edge-of-your-seat ride!
Hands of Darkness will keep you riveted!
I love that this story is told from two different POVs, this really keeps things interesting.
The author really runs her character through the gamut!
You will be hanging on to every word until the very end!!!

*****5/5 STARS- LOVE IT; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****


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