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Friday, May 19, 2017

Author Interview with Cissy Hunt!!!!!

I am happy to introduce you to Cissy Hunt today!
Cissy is author of 3 books 
A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, Spirit Dancer, Going Home. 

What is your Favorite Bible verse?

My favorite Bible verse is:

Hebrews 13:5  "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

This is my favorite verse because, no matter what I am going through I am reminded that I am never alone.

What is your favorite song right now?

If I have to choose I believe that my favorite song would have to be:

One Day at a Time by Cristy Lane.


This song reminds me to take each day as it comes. I'm not to look forward to tomorrow because it has not arrived, or look back to yesterday because it has already passed. I can do nothing to change either.

What is your favorite book right now or What you're reading right now?

For a long time my favorite book has been Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte but I just read a book by a new author, Debra Shiveley Welch titled Circle of Time. This book is a time travel book that is just amazing.

Right now reading research material for my 4th book, Freedom's Voyage. It is about my 9th great-grandmother, Elanor Billington and her voyage on the Mayflower.

What or who encouraged you to write?

This is an easy question. It was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Fife. She was a wonderful teacher and she encouraged, complimented, and pushed one to improve with each assignment.

What was your Inspiration for "A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns"?

A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, though it is written as a fiction is based on my own life. The abuse I endured – My struggles to get out of the abuse – My battle to accept my healing – and the fight to forgive my abuser.

What's next for you?

Right now I am completing my 3rd book, Going Home, I hope to have it sent off to my editor by the first week of June. It is the story of a woman broken and traveling back to her childhood home, looking for what she left behind. I have been doing research to start writing on my 4th book, Freedom's Voyage. It is based on my 9th great grandmother, Elanor Billington, and her life on the Mayflower.

Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?

I would like the readers to know that the stories I write are for two reasons: (1) To bring Glory to God (2) With the expectation of touching women's lives with hope, encourage a growth in faith, and always point them to the Lord Jesus.

Amen! Thank you so much Cissy for allowing me to interview you today! I hope your goals meet with success! Many Blessings ~ASC

And thank you readers! If you are interested in finding Cissy online here are some links to follow ;)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cissys-Book-Page-101777343191000/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3409639.Cissy_Hunt?from_search=true

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Behind the Scenes Review!!!!!!!

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Book Description:
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Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind "The Quill" gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she's determined to warn him. Away from society's spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there's more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.


My Opinion:
LOVE IT!!!!!!!  
Jen Turano has done it again!!!   
I absolutely LOVE this book!  
It's funny, it's got a mystery, it's got tea! :D  And those characters?!  First off all were does Jen come up with these names!?  They are SO unique and fabulous!  Permilia is one of my favorite characters, and I know I continue to say this about Jen's heroine's, but each one is as good, if not better, than the last!  Strong, brave, and independent, Permilia is highly entertaining since you really don't know what she's gonna do next! ;) (I also personally felt there were touches of Anne in her personality) Then there's Asher.  A true gentleman, and when it truly counts he comes through!  And those sub characters?! :D  I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WAIT for the next book!!!!  And I most likely will be LONGING for it all the way to November of this year!!!!! ;)  I love all of these quirky characters from the top to the bottom!  I love the details, the dialogue, and the dangerous suspense!  I love the Faith scenes!!!  I just love this book (and really any book from Jen)! :)  This is a great start to a fantastic new series and I HIGHLY recommend it!!!  
Songs: "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin, 
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

James 1:17

~ASC

*I received this book from the author for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Behind the Scenes. ~ASC

Monday, May 8, 2017

Too Deep for Words Review!

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

Book Description:
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Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.
As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.
Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?
As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My Opinion:
I'm torn with this one. :/  The beginning was good, the middle was intriguing, but closer to the end Carrie really frustrated me.  For one I wished she had prayed through her ordeal.  I wish she had remained more faithful and prayed!  I don't want to give anything away, but what she did really bothered me.  I also wish things had been different with her sister's story and many of the other characters.  I'm not sure I want to continue in this series, but I do hope there is another book coming since this one leaves you completely hanging.  I also have a couple of issues with the book description, because I felt like the last sentence wasn't expressed much (or at least as much as I think it should've/could've been).  I did really love the faith changes Margaret underwent though.  The pace is fantastic also.  There have been books that a too sluggish and I'm frustrated with characters so I can't even finish the book.  This is not the case with Too Deep for Words however.  Andrea writes in a very captivating way unraveling the story at just the right speed to keep you interested, but feeling you can put the book down if you need to.

Songs to come: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Amazin Grace
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 91:7

~ASC

*I requested and received this book from Kregel for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings abou Too Deep for Words. ~ASC

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jaguar Review!!!

Jaguar by Pamela Poole

Book Description:
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Caroline and Chad Gregory are happy on their island home at Painter Place. But suddenly, an old vendetta against them puts Caroline in terrible danger. Her enemies are closing in, and the future of Painter Place is at stake. Her only hope of escape is a man known as the Jaguar, a legendary international operative and Caroline’s old flame. Even if he and a miracle can save her, Caroline will never be the same sheltered woman who has been groomed from childhood to inherit the island.



My Opinion:
WHOA!  This is the first book I've read from Pamela and the first I've read in the Painter Place Saga.  Whew, there were things in this book that just left me speechless they were SO good!!!  I had a bit of confusion in the beginning as I was learning all of the characters, but that can be difficult for me at times.  As soon as I got everyone straight I was off and reading! ;)  Really from the very first sentence Pamela grabs your attention your, and anyone that knows me knows how I LOVE when books do that!!!!!  The Spiritual and Faith scenes are AMAZING I could read them over and over again!  Caroline is a fabulous character!  I love her strength both in faith and physically.  Chad irked me at times, but since her irked Caroline also it was ok, in the end he's pretty likable! ;)  The way Pamela expresses the thoughts, feelings, and struggles artists face is really cool!  There were times when I read a statement and thought, "WOW!  That's exactly how I've felt, but was never been able to put it into words!".  She is a great weaver of words all the way around.  I did feel that this book was a little too long for my liking, although I don't know how it could have been any shorter.  It is filled with that much content!  And emotionally heavy content at that!  Overall I recommend this great adventure filled with nearly non-stop action and wonderful characters! 

Songs: "Pass it On" by Kurt Kaiser, "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe, "Fearless" by Jasmine Murray
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 5:45

~ASC

*I requested and received this book from Pamela for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Jaguar. ~ASC

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Thousand Shall Fall Review Part 2!

A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

Book Description:
A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel (Kregel, November 2015)

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off---only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally---and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar's extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1jbj37T


About the author:

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs "The Writer's ER," a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

Connect with Andrea: website, Twitter, Facebook

My Opinion:
What a read!  There where a few things that I think could've/should've been different especially towards the end.  And there where a few things I had some problems with, but Carrie's spunkiness made up for some of it!  I just love her as a character, really I love the majority of these characters!  I'm interested in seeing what else happens in their lives.  Overall I think this is an interesting and entertaining read, but still wish things towards the end had been different.  

Songs to come: Yankee Doodle, Amazing Grace
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 91:7

~ASC

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Thousand Shall Fall. ~ASC


Monday, April 17, 2017

Emerald's Birthday and GIVEAWAY! :)




Enter using the Rafflecopter form above for signed copies of 
ALL THREE of Rachelle’s novelsThe whole series, signed!

International friends, this giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive all three e-books.


Hello all, and welcome to The Sound of Emeralds birthday blog tour! I’m hosting Rachelle Rea Cobb and her third installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds and The Sound of Silver (the first two books in the series). She has also written Write Well, a guide for writers! Last summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the Steadfast Love series!  

Read on for more info about the series and The Sound of Emeralds, and don't forget to enter the giveaway with the form above for a chance to win the whole series!

ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago--her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She's a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South. She is also the author of Write Well, a guide for writers, which released on March 4th!

AUTHOR LINKS

Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb


ABOUT The Sound of Emeralds

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?
With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…
As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Find The Sound of Emeralds on…
Amazon Paperback: http://is.gd/F53u5R
Barnes & Noble: http://is.gd/RguS9l
Books a Million: http://is.gd/NdMWGr

Q&A:


1. When and where did you first get the idea for the Steadfast Love Series?

A song I was listening to on the radio inspired the title of the first book. So I wrote Diamonds, but when I finished it, I realized to my great frustration that the characters weren’t done with their story, even though I had been quite adamant that I would write a stand-alone novel. But the story wasn’t finished, so I kept writing.

2. Readers often pick out favorite quotes from a novel. Do you have a favorite of your own from The Sound of Silver?

Yes! In fact, my friend Mindy, a calligrapher, even created a beautiful piece of art from one of my favorite quotes: “Within the pages of books one’s heart can be revealed.”

3. Can you tell us what first drew you to writing Inspirational Historical Romance?

My first exposure to the genre came when I read Heartsong Presents novels when I was twelve. Those small books introduced me to how much I believe in the power of story, especially love stories set in times gone by.

4. I saw on your website that you also write reviews, articles and offer editing services. What's one of your favorite things beyond writing novels that you enjoy?

Editing is such fun! I daresay I enjoy editing a page full of my own (or others’!) words just as much as I enjoy splashing words onto a blank page. I recently released my first nonfiction book, Write Well, which is a short ebook designed as a guide writers!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!!!

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. 
Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28:6

HALLELUJAH!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Love Comes Calling Review!

Love Comes Calling  by Siri Mitchell

Book Description:
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A girl with the best of intentions. 
A heart set on Hollywood. 
An empty pocketbook.
That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. 


It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale
of love and discovering one's true desires!


My Opinion:
A truly fun read! I just love Siri's books and, like this one, usually devour them! LOL!  Ellis is such a funny character!  I LOVED her!  She is totally spastic and yet completely lovable!!!  Highly misunderstood her family drove me a little nuts with their opinions of her.  But then there's Griff [deep swooning sigh ;) ]; he has got to be one of the best guys I've read about in a while!  Or if not, he has made me forget the recent ones! LOL!  He is so good!!!!  There's no way Ellis' heart or mine stands a chance when he starts to speak! :D   This is a completely entertaining and highly funny read, with a dash of conspiracy!  I really wanted more faith scenes though, the moments God is mentioned I gobbled up I just wanted more!  I also wish the story had gone a little father than it did; there were somethings I felt where left hanging when the book ended.  I absolutely loved all the interesting historical details and opinions.  Especially Siri's Author's notes and piece on Prohibition in the back.  This book had a touch of almost everything for me, sad moments, mystery, interesting historical details, explanations of switch boards in clear detail, roll on the floor funny scenes, fabulous characters, and much more!  I recommend this read! :)

Song: "Just as I am" (my favorite is from Alan Jackson)
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Matthew 7:1-5

~ASC

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pursued Review!

Pursued by Lisa Harris

Book Description:
30259134Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

My Opinion:
There are things I LOVE about the Nikki Boyd books and then there are things that I don't so much.  And Pursued is no exception. :)  Let me start with the LOVE!  Lisa added so much prayer from Nikki in Pursued and I LOVED IT!!!!   With suspenseful scene after scene I LOVED how Nikki would send up quick prayers along the way!  I actually really love Nikki as a character also, she's unique and interesting!  There were somethings that I thought didn't add up as far as facts and the timeline however and there were sometimes I found myself thinking, "wait that's doesn't make sense" or "come on guys [talking to the characters, you know you do it to ;) ] you know what's going on.  Stop asking silly questions.".  There were also some sense that were a tad too long for me; I found my mind wandering.  BUT Nikki's personal mystery, you know the one that got her into law enforcement, about her sister's case are the parts that keep me going, even through the too long scenes!  I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK where, I'm hoping, we finally find out all about Sarah!!!  Overall I think followers of this series will enjoy this one, but I don't think this is a stand alone.
Songs: "Oh My Soul" by Casting Crowns
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

~ASC

*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Pursued. ~ASC

Friday, March 24, 2017

21 Days of Grace Review!!!!

21 Days of Grace:
 Stories that Celebrate God's Unconditional Love 
by 
AND MORE!

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Book Description:

23522365Genre: Devotional  
Release Date: March 24, 2015

Christians have long loved devotionals, but today’s Christians are also developing a strong love for fiction. They want to read stories about characters they can relate to, who experience situations similar to their own, and learn from those examples how to live out their faith. For them, life lessons are more easily absorbed this way. 

21 Days of Grace fits all of these needs. It is a collection of engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Angela Hunt, Deborah Raney, Cindy Woodsmall, Cecil Murphey, Robin Bayne, and more. 

Like Jesus’ parables, these stories deal with important life issues in a subtle, unpressured manner. And, as Jesus did, the authors follow up with life applications based on the stories, suggesting how the inherent lessons can be applied to the reader’s daily life.


About the Author:

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Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com

Guest Post from Kathy Ide:
I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

My Opinion:
Nice Collection! :)  I really liked most of these stories, there were one or two that I didn't like very much, but for the most part they all had very thought provoking and interesting plots.  I loved that at the end each story there was a "Life Application" section, a "moral of the story" if you will! :)  I would have liked if they had started with the scripture like other devotionals do, but having them included throughout the stories was nice to! :)  Overall I enjoyed the thought provoking, Faith message filled, short stories, by well known and new authors a like! :)   

There are SO MANY Songs that go with this book....here are a few of them: "Even If" by MercyMe, "Eye of the Storm (feat. Gabe Real)" by Ryan Stevenson, "Come Alive (Dry Bones)" by Lauren Daigle, "Chain Breaker" by Zach Williams, "Chain Breaker" by Zach Williams, "Never Been a Moment" by Micah Tyler, and "What A Beautiful Name" by Hillsong Worship
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Ephesians 2:8-9Acts 15:11Romans 3:24Romans 5:20

~ASC


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:
1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd
*I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about 21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God's Unconditional Love. ~ASC


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