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His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray


About the book: 
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?

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.

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MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Shelley’s books! She NEVER disappoints. His Secret had me riveted from the beginning. I loved trying to figure it all out- Gray really spreads on the suspense. And of course, there is always a sweet romance element that makes Gray’s books a double treat. Mark and Neeta are characters that readers will not soon forget. The author does a fabulous job of immersing readers into this fictitious world. If you are a fan of great Amish romantic suspense- you MUST get your hands on a copy today!

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Medical Judgment Giveaway!

Medical Judgment

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am really falling in love with these medical thrillers by Dr. Mabry. They keep you guessing and keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the wildly suspenseful ride. Dr. Mabry has done his homework and allows readers to be completely immersed in the characters and their lives and professions. Not only that, but through the entire story I was anticipating the killers next move. This story was totally believable and that is part of what made it all the more thrilling and mysterious. Also, the story let me with a stronger knowledge that God is in control, no matter what is happening around us- and I really appreciated that take-away. If you love edge of your seat, heart-pounding reads…this one is not to be missed!

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MEET THE AUTHOR:

 

Richard Mabry

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Medical Judgment
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 21st.

The winner will be announced June 22nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.

Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.

Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.

When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I have absolutely LOVED this series from the beginning. Getting to know Sister Eve has been a crazy, wild, fun adventure. Who could have guessed that a nun could get into so many “predicaments”? I LOVE it!

The opening scene pulled me in and did not let go until the very end. I think the story began from a very interesting and suspenseful perspective. It made me want to know more! Who was doing this and why?

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, but Sister Eve makes it interesting and fun. She is definitely one of my fave characters in fiction. This story had themes of “change” as well that really spoke to my heart. It made me question: Am I willing to change if God asks me to?

If you enjoy suspense and mystery and characters who will remain with you long after you turn the final page…do not miss this one!

Five Stars Five Star 5 | Sell, Lead, Succeed!

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR:

 

Lynne Hinton

Lynne Hinton is the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Friendship Cake” and “Pie Town.” A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from the U.N.C. at Greensboro and her Masters of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also studied at Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. She has served as a chaplain with hospice and as the pastor of Mount Hope United Church of Christ and First Congregational United Church of Christ, both in North Carolina. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer. She lives with her husband, Bob Branard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety,and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

“Overall, it’s an original twist on the wrongly accused victim trying to exonerate herself, and will keep readers interested throughout.” —RT Book Reviews

THE AUTHOR:

Laura McNeill

Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

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MY THOUGHTS:

Can you imagine being accused of something you did not do? Can you imagine losing years of your life when you were innocent all along? I LOVE stories like this one! This book had me fully engrossed from the beginning and did not let go until the very end. I had to know that Allie would get justice. That she would finally be able to clear her name, but boy oh boy! Family…we all know how difficult family can be at times and in that way I was able to relate and empathize with the characters. This is a story you wont quickly forget. It will stay with you long after the end. If you love suspense, don’t miss “Sister Dear”.

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Book Tour Review & Giveaway | Storm Siren by Mary Weber

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Welcome to the Storm Siren Book Tour hosted by my friend Laura over at Crafty Booksheeps!!!

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Storm Siren
by Mary Weber

Young Adult
Hardcover, 320 Pages
August 2014
Thomas Nelson

Summary from Goodreads:
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

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What Others Are Saying:

“There are few things more exciting to discover than a debut novel packed with powerful storytelling and beautiful language. “Storm Siren” is one of those rarities. I’ll read anything Mary Weber writes. More, please!”JAY ASHER, “New York Times” bestselling author of “Thirteen Reasons Why”

“Storm Siren” is a riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jaw-dropping finale, readers will clamor for the next book–and I’ll be at the front of the line!”MARISSA MEYER, “New York Times “bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles””

Readers who enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series will enjoy this fast-paced fantasy which combines an intriguing story line with as many twists and turns as a chapter of “Game of Thrones”!” —Dodie Owens, Editor, “School Library Journal Teen”

Weber builds a fascinating and believable fantasy world. Inventive and entertaining.” –“Kirkus Reviews

Fantasy readers will feel at home in Weber’s first novel . . . a detailed backdrop and large cast bring vividness to the story.” –“Publishers Weekly”

Readers will easily find themselves captivated. The breathtaking surprise ending is nothing short of horrific, promising even more dark and bizarre adventures to come in the Storm Siren trilogy.” –“RT Book Reviews,” 4 stars

Buy Links:
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo Books * The Book Depository * Barnes & Noble * Books A Million

My Review:

Ya’ll, I have been waiting for this book from the minute I heard it was coming out….and it’s finally here!!!
First, I have to say that I absolutely love the cover- isn’t it to die for?
Now, let me tell you why you need to read Storm Siren…
#1 The World Building- the author does a fascinating job of creating a setting that is dark, dangerous and just overall awesome! This world was creative and unique to others I have read in the fantasy genre.
#2 The Characters- I was easily able to empathize with Nym from the first few pages of the story. There is something mysteriously beautiful in this character and I don’t want to give too much away here, but she surprised me in so many ways. I love that she is an elemental, this isn’t something I have seen in Christian fantasy very often…if ever. Secondary characters (Eogan, Colin, and Breck) add so much to the story and I was thrilled to get to know each one little by little.
#3 The Overall Message- to me, this story is a wonderful reminder that “to whom much is given, much is required”. As Nym had to learn to hone her powers, she also had to choose to use them for good. While we may not be able to manipulate the weather, God has gifted us with certain traits that we can strengthen and choose to use for the good of others and the glory of God.
Basically, I absolutely loved this debut and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series! If you are a fan of adventure, fantasy, strong characters and wonderful worlds…don’t miss Storm Siren!!!

*****5/5 STARS- 2014 FAVE NEW SERIES!!!*****

About the Author:

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Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives.

In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Author Links:

WEBSITE
GOODREADS
TWITTER
FACEBOOK

Giveaway:

Want to enter Nym’s world in Storm Siren and read more of her story? Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win not only a hard copy of Storm Siren, but also a $5 Starbucks gift card where you can enjoy reading it with a cup of your favorite coffee/latte! One winner will also receive a Storm Siren inspired necklace made by Mary’s daughter! Giveaway is open to US residents only.
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FirstWild Blog Tour | Second Chance Cafe by Brandy Bruce

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, nonfiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

Brandy Bruce
and the book:
Second Chance Cafe

*** Special THANK YOU to FirstWild & the author for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion.***

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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ISABELLA ROMANO HAS GIVEN UP ON LOVE

Between her demanding work as a nurse and her father’s poor health, Isabella has no time for distractions. So when a handsome firefighter practically falls at her feet, she keeps him at arm’s length. But Ethan Carter is determined to win her over.

Orphaned at a young age, Ethan longs for a family of his own—and he’s sure Isabella is his match. But when he opens a café near his firehouse, Isabella is less than thrilled. She knows firsthand the strain of being a restaurant owner, and she wants no part of that life. Can Ethan convince the busy nurse they can overcome any obstacle and have their happily ever after together?

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

“Okay, people. We’ve got a firefighter with possible fractures and trauma to the spine. ETA is five minutes.”

Nurse Isabella Romano’s ears perked up and her pulse quickened. The mood in the emergency room shifted to one of controlled urgency. Isabella slipped on gloves and followed the attending physician, Dr. Nichols, to the Denver Health Medical Center’s E.R. entrance.

Sirens rang out in the distance, and within minutes the familiar sight of flashing lights sped toward them.

The back doors of the ambulance flew open and the paramedics jumped out. “Male, late twenties, fell from second-story landing to first floor and landed on his back. Multiple burns on his arms and a laceration on his right thigh. Hypotensive. Tachycardic. We administered 1 liter of saline through an 18-gauge IV in his left AC. Patient has maintained a pulse ox of 96 percent on 10 liters of oxygen via face mask.”

Isabella grabbed the left side of the stretcher, helping push the gurney to trauma room 1. At the sound of a low moan, she looked down at the firefighter strapped to the backboard. A neck collar kept him immobile and an oxygen mask covered his mouth and nose.

“What’s his name?” Isabella called out to the EMT across from her.

“Ethan Carter. Company 51. Those guys will be filling up the waiting room as soon as they clear the scene.”

She bent over him. “Ethan, I’m Isabella. Can you hear me?”

His gaze met hers and Isabella could see his intense pain.

“Ethan, you’re going to be okay. We’re going to take good care of you.”

“Okay, everyone, on three,” Dr. Nichols ordered.

Everyone stopped what they were doing at the doctor’s instruction and lifted the backboard with Ethan on it, transferring him and the backboard to the hospital bed. He moaned. “We’re going to need 50 mcg of fentanyl,” Dr. Nichols called out. Maggie, one of Isabella’s colleagues, began cutting off Ethan’s burned clothing.

“Let’s get some X-rays, Isa,” Dr. Nichols stated. “I want a CT scan. His thigh obviously needs stitches.”

“I’m on it,” Maggie said as she inspected the burns on Ethan’s arms. Isabella moved to order the X-rays but Ethan reached out for her. She stepped back toward him, preparing to explain to him that she’d be back and he was going to be all right. But the look in his blue eyes stopped her. He tried to reach for his oxygen mask, but Isabella shook her head.

“No, don’t move,” she said, then pulled away his mask for a moment.

“Don’t leave me,” he said, his voice dry and raspy. Isabella was pretty sure that even covered in dust and blood, with a brace around his neck, he was the most attractive man she’d ever seen. Her heart tugged. In that moment, he just seemed so alone.

She replaced his oxygen. “I have to go for a minute, Ethan, but I’ll be coming right back. And we’ll get through this together. I know you’re scared and I know you’re hurting. But it’s going to be okay.”

He just stared at her, his eyes pleading for her to stay. Isabella couldn’t help it; she reached down and brushed his brown hair from his forehead.

“I promise I’ll be back,” she told him.

Ethan Carter’s eyes fluttered open and then shut again quickly.

Who in the world turned on that blinding light? He could hear a voice, someone saying his name. He turned his head to the side.

What happened?

He heard that voice again, saying his name. Then it came back to him, playing through his mind like a movie reel. The house fire. The roaring sound of the blaze. The sensation that he was falling. The impact of the ground floor. The rush into the E.R.

“Ethan?”

He opened his eyes and blinked, trying to focus on the woman’s face in front of him.

“Hi there,” she said. “It’s nice to see you again.” He blinked again. “Nurse…”

“Isabella. We met under rather tragic circumstances, I know.”

She was teasing. He could hear it in her voice. Now that he could focus on her clearly, he remembered seeing her in the E.R.

“Isabella,” he repeated. Dressed in blue scrubs, she stood next to the bed, her brown hair tied back in a knot. She smiled down at him and Ethan felt better at the sight of her smile. She checked the monitors, her eyes darting toward the door of the hospital room.

“Did they get the family out of the house?” Ethan asked. Isabella nodded.

“Yes. One of the other firefighters—I think his name was Blake—told me to let you know that everyone made it out safely.”

“Except me, I guess,” Ethan said grimly. But Isabella’s smile didn’t fade.

“C’mon, tough guy. You’ve got this.”

Ethan studied her warm smile and playful tone. “You’re right,” he conceded. “God was watching over me in that burning house. He won’t abandon me now.”

She blinked in surprise at his statement. “I suppose He was,” she agreed.

“When can I go home?” Ethan asked.

“I’m not sure,” Isabella answered. “Dr. Nichols will be here any minute to talk to you,” she said.

“Can you stay?” Ethan asked. Her face softened.

“Sure, if you want me to. Is there anyone you want me to call for you? The guys from the firehouse were here all night, off and on, in the waiting room. There are a few guys out there now. They can come in as soon as Dr. Nichols speaks to you.”

Ethan nodded. “Thanks. But there’s no one else for you to call.”

Isabella frowned. “Your family?”

Ethan just shook his head, turning his attention to the gauze covering his forearms. “There’s no one. Just the guys.” He hoped she’d drop the topic. He hated the pitiful looks he got whenever he explained to people that other than a few distant relatives out in California, he had no one. It was part of why he’d joined Company 51. A whole firehouse with the brothers he’d never had. He wondered if the chief was in the waiting room.

The door slid open and a doctor wearing black-rimmed glasses and holding a clipboard walked in. He looked to be in his mid-forties.

“Good morning, Ethan. How are we feeling today?”

We? I have a feeling you’re doing a lot better than I am, Doc.

“I’m hurting, but I’m guessing that medication is dulling the real pain.”

Dr. Nichols nodded. “You had a bad fall, Ethan. You know that. There were second-degree burns on your arms and a gash on your thigh that took about twenty stitches. You lost some blood, but we’ve given you IV fluids and your vitals have stabilized. You’re pretty banged up and bruised all over, but unfortunately, your back took the impact of the fall.”

Ethan’s chest constricted with fear.

“How bad is it?”

Isabella stepped closer to his bedside.

“It could have been worse. You have a lumbar—lower back—spinal fracture. The X-ray showed an L4 compression fracture. The positive aspect of this is that you still have good movement and feeling. Also, there doesn’t seem to be any neurological damage.”

“Do I need surgery?” Ethan asked.

“I don’t think so. The X-rays indicate a clean fracture. I’m going to recommend we move forward with outpatient treatment. But you’ve got a long, arduous healing journey ahead of you.”

“How long until I can be back on active duty?”

Dr. Nichol’s eyebrows furrowed. “The spine is a tricky thing, Ethan. And everyone heals at a different pace. You’re going to need rest, pain medication, lots of therapy, a back brace—”

“How long?” Ethan insisted.

“We’re talking months. And that’s assuming that everything heals as it should. While in a few weeks you’ll be able to continue with most day-to-day activities, I don’t see you going back to active duty for probably six months. It could be less. It could be more. Perhaps they can transfer you to a desk job until you’re ready. After a few weeks of therapy we could reevaluate and consider light duty. But as of right now, your life is going to look different. You need to understand and accept that. Your priority needs to be healing properly.”

Months? Desk job? Light duty? Ethan tried to swallow the boulder in his throat.

“But eventually, I’ll be back to normal. I’ll be able to be on active duty, right?” Ethan pressed. Dr. Nichols folded his arms across his clipboard.

“If all goes as it should, I think you’ll make a full recovery. But as I said, this is going to be a one-day-at-a-time healing process. We’ll start with rest. I want you on complete bed rest for the next few days. No strenuous activity. We’ll fit you for a back brace, which I want you to wear for six to eight weeks. We’ll do an X-ray after six weeks and see if the bone has healed. Then, once the bone has healed, you’ll need to begin physical therapy.”

Ethan took a deep breath. He felt a soft hand squeeze his arm and he looked up at Isabella.

“Hey, it’s going to be okay,” she said, her voice encouraging. “You’re here, you’re alive, you’re going to be able to walk—those are all good things.” He stared at her, trying to hold on to the sense of calm emanating from her.

She’s right, Father, he prayed. But what am I going to do for months if I’m not fighting fires? And what if “the healing process” doesn’t go as it should and I can’t go back? Company 51 is all I have.

That last thought was too much. Ethan felt tears welling up in his eyes. He blinked fast to keep them at bay, mortified that he might…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Brandy Bruce was scribbling stories in spiral notebooks by the age of 12. Her love for books never left her. She graduated from Liberty University, married the one person she could never get enough of, then started working as a book editor for a publishing house. Brandy and her husband, Jeff, live in Colorado with their two children. She can be reached through her blog at http://www.brandybruce.blogspot.com.

MY REVIEW

I absolutely love love loved Second Chance Cafe! I’m so thrilled to have found Brandy Bruce and her books. I look forward to future reads from her! I loved the characters so much! Their story definitely pulls at your heartstrings.
The book had a fantastic faith message and I found myself being reminded of the love and grace of God in my own life.
I will caution readers, be careful reading when hungry…oh, the food!!! This book was yummy from start to finish!!!I

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

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Come Home to Heather Creek & WIN a KINDLE PAPERWHITE w/ Katheleen Bauer

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THE HOME TO HEATHER CREEK SERIES SHOWS THAT GOD GIVES GRACE FREELY, EVEN IN TRYING TIMES

Guideposts is celebrating the launch of Home to Heather Creek with a Paperwhite Kindle Giveaway!

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One winner will receive…
A Paperwhite Kindle
Before the Dawn and Sweet September by Kathleen Bauer
Enter today by clicking *********HERE********
But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 5th.
All winners will be announced October 7th HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kathleen Bauer is the pen name for a team of writers who have come together to create the Home to Heather Creek series.

Before the Dawn was written by Carolyne Aarsen. Originally a city girl, Aarsen moved to the countryside near Neerlandia, Alberta, when she married her husband, Richard. While raising four children, foster children and various animals, she learned how to drive tractors, front-end loaders and ATVs. She grew a garden and learned to can and preserve its produce. Somewhere in all this Aarsen learned to write. Since 1997 she has written more than 40 books. Learn more at www.carolyneaarsen.com.

Tricia Goyer is the author of Sweet September. A best-selling author of more than 35 books (both fiction and non-fiction) as well as 500+ magazine articles, she is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Christy award and ECPA Award Finalist. Tricia is on the blogging team at www.MomLifeToday.com and www.TheBetterMom.com. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently heads up a Teen Mops Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tricia is the creator of www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com and hosts a weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Find out more about Goyer at www.TriciaGoyer.com.

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CSFF BLOG TOUR: THE HERO’S LOT- Patrick W. Carr

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Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy’s Most Talented New Voice

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol’s home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

MY THOUGHTS:
“A drunkard? You want me to give the most most important messages in half a century to a drunkard? Look at him; he’s barely a man.”- A Cast of Stones
The above description isn’t typically the type of person we imagine as a hero, but Patrick Carr’s ERROL has come a long way from when we first met him in Book #1, A Cast of Stones. Errol is the kind of hero that I love and in THE HERO’S LOT he is falsely accused (another one of those story lines I love….GO UNDERDOGS!!!)
Errol is sentenced and forced on a dangerous journey to find and kill Sarin.
The HERO’S LOT is full of action, adventure and mystery.
Some of my nagging questions from Book 1 were answered and more questions are formed, leaving me hungry for the third book.
I personally enjoyed the romance between Errol and Adora!
I love that the characters from Book #1- A Cast of Stones played important roles in this sequel.
The revelations in book #2…WOW!
Be sure to read Book 1- A CAST OF STONES before you read THE HEROS LOT!!!
*****5/5 STARS***** A MUST READ!!!!

Series: The Staff and the Sword (Book #2)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 2013)
For Fans Of: Fantasy Fiction, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, RJ Larson, D Barkley Briggs, Jeffery Overstreet
First Line of the Book: Sweat, hot and salty, flowed into Errol’s eyes in the sticky heat of the early fall afternoon.

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE!!!

***CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE E-COPY OF BOOK #1 IN THE SERIES “A CAST OF STONES”***
(OFFER ONLY GOOD AUGUST 2013)

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Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
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BOOK #3 “A DRAW OF KINGS” is available here for PRE-order!

Don’t miss any of the stops on the tour!!!

Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Rachel Wyant

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CSFF BLOG TOUR: A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

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An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

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(OFFER ONLY GOOD AUGUST 2013)

Series: The Staff and the Sword (Book 1)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 2013)
For Fans Of: Fantasy Fiction, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, RJ Larson, D Barkley Briggs, Jeffery Overstreet
First Line of the Book: Smells of earth and dung drifted slowly past the fog in Errol’s brain.

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Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT PATRICK’S WEBSITE

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK…
With an engaging, imaginative world that bristles with danger, characters that keep you guessing, and a story that sticks with you, A Cast of Stones will keep you devouring pages until the very end. I highly recommend it!” –John W. Otte, author of Failstate

Carr’s debut, the first in a series, is assured and up-tempo, with much to enjoy in characterization and description–not least the homely, life-as-lived details.” -Publishers Weekly

This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing, and Errol’s transformation from drunkard to hero is well plotted. Carr is a promising CF author to watch. Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice.

Like the preceding series title, Inescapable, this tale of suspense offers a colorful cast of characters, small-town drama, and a hint of romance. A sure bet for fans of Hannah Alexander.” –Library Journal

“[Good fantasy books] have to be excellent. Good storytelling and exceptional characters with circumstances that are easy enough to follow and wrap your brain around but keep you entertained and guessing… Cast of Stones has found itself firmly in that list of books. I absolutely, one hundred percent loved this book.” –Radiant Lit

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a closer look at Book 2: THE HERO’S LOT

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and Book 3 Reveal in THE STAFF & THE SWORD TRILOGY!!!
Don’t miss any of the stops on the tour!!!

Julie Bihn
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Laure Covert
Pauline Creeden
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Nikole Hahn
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Rachel Wyant

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Anomaly by Krista McGee & iPad Mini Giveaway!!!

How much would you risk to find the truth???

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Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.
As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…

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MY REVIEW OF ANOMALY…

AUTHOR KRISTA MCGEE…

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When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of “Anomaly,” “First Date,” “Starring Me,” and “Right Where I Belong.”
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