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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Author Interview with Sarah Jane Jacobs & Giveaway!!! :)


Hello Everyone! :) Today I'd like to introduce you to Author Sarah Jane Jacobs.

What is your Favorite Bible verse?

There are so many favorites, but if I narrowed it down to one it would be

Psalm 46:10 – 
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 

The whole verse is like The Bottom Line. Know what I mean? But I love the first line, too. I actually have a reminder in my phone that goes off four times during the day telling me to “Be Still” so I can just stop, refocus and keep my mind on God and HIS plan.

What is your favorite song right now?

I love this question! Normally, I probably wouldn’t have an answer but I came across some Susan Ashton CDs in my daughter’s garage at the beginning of March that I had given her years ago. Since I don’t even think she has a CD player anymore, I reclaimed them! I was going to listen to all of them, but I haven’t moved past the first one I picked entitled, “A Distant Call.” There’s a song called “Lonely River” (written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith) that I have probably listened to a hundred times. I don’t think I have played a song over and over this much, ever! There is a music video that starts playing in my mind whenever I listen to it. That song is my inspiration right now for a TV script that I wrote many years ago that I want to turn into a book series.

What is your favorite book right now or What are you reading right now?

I’m reading The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter for a book club. It has been a little challenging (it is not what I would consider a light read, lol) but I am really enjoying it. I’m seeing some things in the Bible in a different way. There are a lot of deep things in this book, but here’s a quick quote from the book that I have in my notes: “Pharoah’s program of extermination was so effective that one mother decided that her three-month-old son had a better chance of survival floating down a crocodile-laden river in a homemade basket than in her arms.” Whaaat? Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t realize this, lol. That made me want to google, and according to travel2Egypt.org they did swim the entire river unchallenged “back in the day.” But construction of a dam in 1960 has pushed their nests towards a man-mad lake. Still, the website stated, “To wade in the Nile without peering over ones’ shoulder every moment is a luxury not even ancient Egyptian royalty could enjoy.” Yikes! Ha-ha, for some reason the possibility of a crocodile lurking near that basket never entered my mind.

What or who encouraged you to write?

The very first person who inspired me was someone I worked with over thirty years ago. He worked in the mailroom at an insurance company where I was working, and we would chat whenever he brought mail to my office. He was a scriptwriter and his name was Carey. (If you’re reading this Carey, thank you!) So, I started experimenting with script writing and wrote a pilot for a Christian TV series. Back in the ‘80s the only Christian TV series I knew of was a show on CBN called, “Another Life.” I didn’t really know what to do with my script, although I did boldly send it off to a few places that produced their own Christian shows. Anyway, eventually a friend encouraged me to turn my stories into books.

What was your Inspiration for "Season of Hope"?
The inspiration came from a combination of things. I heard about a short story contest on a radio station and one scene from the book was birthed. I was about to describe the scene when I realized it’s in book two now. Book two was the original story before an editor suggested that I add some scenes. I kept writing until it turned into two books! So, yeah, I wrote that scene which happens near the end of book two and somehow a story that covers around fifteen years happened. Little snippets in the book are memories from my childhood when I would visit my grandparents in Franklin, North Carolina. And the fictional place of Nathan’s Mountain, outside of Bryson City where Amanda and Tyler grow up, was inspired by a vacation with my family in Nantahala.

What's next for you?

The second book in the series will be releasing soon, which finishes the story of Tyler and Amanda. I am currently writing book three which will tell the story of a main character in book two.

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


I have a private group on Facebook for anyone that has read Season of Hope if they would like to join. I created it so that I could start sharing excerpts and videos about book two. I’ll also be posting the cover reveal and release dates there before I post them anywhere else. Members will also have the opportunity to get an advanced copy of book two. The link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/seasonofhope/


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. 

I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack and Tuesday.

When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn't upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda's not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda's family over the next ten years.

As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he's crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he's hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.

When Amanda's summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler's impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she's falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she's hiding a secret, too.

Phoebe Garrison, Amanda's controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda's manager is just what she's been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe's obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.

BOOK LINKS:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords


GIVEAWAY:
Enter to win the SEASON OF HOPE giveaway! One person will win the following items…

A copy of the DVD, Sabrina (featured in the book)
Costa Rican Tarrazu Dark Roast Coffee (a character’s favorite French Roast)
An eBook of Season of Hope

Enter below! 






BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:
June 26 – Truth to Shine
June 27 – ASC Book Reviews
June 28 – Meagan Davenport
June 30 – Barbara Brutt
July 4 – Faithfully Bookish
July 7 – Bookworm Mama
July 10 – Tell the World
July 11 – 2014 and Beyond
July 12 – Tammy Karasek
July 13 – Rebecca DeMarino
July 14 – Julie Arduini
July 17 – Laura Bennet
July 18 – All Betts Are Off
July 20 – Rebecca Van Daniker
July 21 – Leslie L. Mckee





This blog tour was coordinated by A Latte of Literature Blog Tour Services. 

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Disclaimer: 
I have not read this book.  Therefore I can not give my opinion or recommend it. ~ASC

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Freedom's Price Review!

Freedom's Price by Catherine Johnson

Book Description:
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When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother's family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father's ship and caused his untimely death.

When Catherine finally arrives at her family's plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. 


Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith--even if it costs them everything?

My Opinion:
I'm torn with this one. :/  The first part of the book is AMAZING!!!  It captures the imagination as we return to Key West and some of my favorite characters!  And Catherine starts out as a strong and really cool character to!  The mystery was intriguing and the whole situation was very interesting.  Plus the Faith messages, when there were some, were lovely!  But then towards the end of the book it just kinda fell off in my opinion.  Catherine seemed to get weaker instead of stronger and there were scenes that I think didn't make a whole lot of sense.  I also felt like it was a tad too long, and that if it had ended sooner it would have been better.  I'm happy I read the first part of this book, and I really enjoyed it.  But, personally, I wish the end had been different and not taken so long.

Songs: "Fearless" by Jasmine Murray and "Press On" by Mandisa
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 28:7

~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 Freedom's Price. ~ASC

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author Interview with Jenna Brandt!!!!!!!

Hello all! :)
 I'm please to introduce you to author +Jenna Brandt.

Jenna's new series the Window to the Heart Saga is releasing in the next few months from May 29th - July 10th 
(stay tuned to the end to read book descriptions of the first 2)!

What is your Favorite Bible verse? 

Since I can remember, my favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 where perfect love is described. 

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."

It has come to mean so much to me over the years, I reference the list of attributes throughout my books. I find it affirming that the verses describes actions and not feelings. You act out love even when you don’t feel it.


What is your favorite song right now? 

"Fierce" by Jesus Culture. I love the description of God’s love being like a storm and how His love never relents. Such beautiful imagery. Love it!


What are you reading right now? 

I am prepping for my next two books, so I have been reading up on Oregon and Oxford University since my new books will be taking place in those areas. If you read the first three books, this could hint at to who the next two books will be written about after 1-3 publish.


What or who encouraged you to write? 

My mother. She is a strong Christian and always maintained her faith even while working for a secular newspaper. Anyone who works in the industry, knows how hard that can be. She also was extremely dedicated and spent countless hours perfecting her work. She was (and is) a true wordsmith.


What was your Inspiration for this series? 

I didn’t like cookie-cutter books and I wanted to write a different type of historical romance than the books I had read. What happens if things don’t end up perfect? How do you survive and find happiness through trials and tribulations? I wanted to create a strong female lead who was also both parts lovable and flawed. Margaret isn’t perfect but she is a perfect heroine because she is relatable in the way she feels and thinks and how she overcomes tragedies, even ones of her own making.


What's next for you? 

I will be writing Book 4 over the summer and Book 5 in the fall for the Window to the Heart Saga. The plots are already roughly put together and I know who they will be centering around from the previous 3 books.


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

I am a Christian first and a writer second. I really believe God gave me the gift of writing and I want to entertain people while sharing the love of God and power in faith.

Thank you so much Jenna for allowing me to interview you today.  These book descriptions sound highly intriguing! :)  I hope they reach those that need them most!  ~ASC

Want to find out more about Jenna and her books?  
Here's some more info and links! :D

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The English Proposal (Book 1). Sheltered on her family’s country estate, Lady Margaret, the daughter of an English Earl, is betrothed due to a family promise. Although Henry, the Viscount Rolantry, has been her best friend since childhood and she is expected to marry him, she never felt butterflies until she meets the Duke of Witherton. Against her father’s wishes, Margaret finds herself captivated by the forbidden duke. Caught between family loyalty and her own wishes, Margaret searches for a way to satisfy both her responsibilities and her longings. When tragedy strikes, Margaret finds herself seeking answers at church. But when she finally makes her choice, through her newfound faith, will she be able to live with the repercussions of her decision? 

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The French Encounter (Book 2). Ruined by a night she will never forget, Lady Margaret, Countess of Renwick, must flee from England with her infant son to hide from the man who destroyed her life and from the sister-in-law who hates her. Relentlessly, the duke and viscountess hunt for them, planning to take the child to whom they both feel entitled. Margaret turns to God, believing he will protect her family and help her find her long-lost twin brother, Randall. While searching for Randall in France, Margaret is pursued by two enticing men: Pierre, the alluring Vidame of Demoulin, and Michel, the powerful Marquis de Badour. One man promises passion while the other offers security. Will Margaret surrender the chance for love to secure her safety? 

About the Author:
My name is Jenna Brandt and I am a historical fiction author and my books span from the Victorian to Western eras with elements of romance, suspense and faith. I have been an avid reader since I could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. I have been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as edited for multiple papers. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany College and was the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper.  I'm an on-going contributor for The Mighty Website and my first Blog was published on Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News and Good Morning America websites. Writing is my passion but I also enjoy cooking, watching lots of movies while I write, engaging in social media and spending time with my three young daughters and husband where we live in the Central Valley of California. I am also active in my local church where I lead a grief support group and write features for the church’s creative team.

Find Jenna here:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weaver's Needle Review

Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll

Book Description:

32926732Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

 
Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
           
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?


My Opinion:
Hmm.....Well....This was the first book I've read from Robin.  And it just wasn't my cup of tea.  Don't get me wrong there were some scenes that I enjoyed, but the book as a whole was just ok.  I pushed myself to finish, and there were sections that I skipped through.  The mystery was kinda interesting, but part of my problem was I really couldn't connect to Landry.  Nikolai's story towards the end is what pushed me through some stuff.  I really enjoyed his road to salvation and forgiveness.  And that name?! :D  Nikolai Baptiste, LOVE IT!  But there are some descriptive words used that really don't fit Arizona.  And I got frustrated quite a few times as the plot seemed to be going in one direction, but got lost along the way.  Then towards the end it went somewhere complete opposite to where I wanted it to. :/ In the end I had thought it was going to be completely different and this wasn't a book for me. 
Songs: "I Have This Hope" by Tenth Avenue North, "Forgiven" by Crowder, "Clean" by Natalie Grant
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 86:10


~ASC

*I received this book from Barbour for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Weaver's Needle. ~ASC

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

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