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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Moses Quilt Review!!!

*The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

http://www.amazon.com/The-Moses-Quilt-Kathi-Macias/dp/1596693584/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359497174&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Moses+Quilt

The Moses Quilt
Book Description:
The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family's past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother's Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Moses-Quilt-Kathi-Macias/dp/1596693584/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359497174&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Moses+Quilt

My Opinion:
I loved learning more about Harriet Tubman. For a long time I have admired her and I loved learning more about her in this way. I am not a lover of history. Actually it was my least favorite subject in school, but Kathi writes in a way that make history come alive. The rest of the story was good also though the Harriet Tubman parts where, in my opinion, sometimes too far apart. I think I would have liked Mazie's story more if I could have related to her more, but sadly I could not. This is a wonderful book, at times frustrating at sometimes beautiful. In the end Kathi wrapped up with the message that I so desired to come out in the story. The past does not define you unless you let it, your ancestors are not you. Lean on God for He sent His Son so that the past no longer matters. Let Him set you free.
I compliment Kathi on her writing and making history as exciting, inspiring, and interesting as it should be written. I must also compliment (I think) New Hope publishing. The format of the book is something I've never seen before and I LOVE it! The page numbers location is fabulous, the chapter your on is written at the top of every page instead of the name of the author, and the page decoration is lovely.

My songs for The Moses Quilt are: "I Know Where I've Been" by Queen Latifah, "So Small" by Carrie Underwood, "How Great Is The Love" by Meredith Andrews, and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" by Susan Star

P.S.(For Mimi) "Where I Belong" by Building 429

Galatians 3:28

~ASC


More info about the Moses Quilt:

The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family's past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother's Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.

Prologue

Edward’s eyes captivated her, as they always did. She felt as if she were gazing into warm, chocolate pools, bidding her to abandon herself to their delicious charms. And oh, how she wanted to do so! But something—always, there was that awkward, inconvenient something—holding her back, restraining her from yielding to the joy she so longed to experience.

“I can’t,” she whispered. “I just can’t. Not yet. Soon, I promise, but…”

The light in his gaze flickered, and she knew she’d hurt him…again. She hadn’t wanted to, had even told herself that this time, today, she would give him her answer. But she just wasn’t ready.

Her heart squeezed. Would she ever be? The unreasonable fear that haunted her life loomed heavy, threatening to squeeze the air from her lungs. Was it more than their obvious differences that frightened her to the point where she couldn’t move forward, couldn’t give a good man a simple answer—particularly when that man made her head swim with longing?

“Soon,” he repeated, his husky voice devoid of bitterness or sarcasm. “How many times have you promised, Mazie? How many?”

Tears bit her eyes, and she shook her head. “Too many. Far too many. And I’m truly sorry, but I…”

She felt the resignation roll through his body as he loosened his embrace and took a small step back, his eyes never leaving hers. “I wish I could say I understand, but I don’t.” His smile was wistful as he used a finger to brush back a stray wisp of dark hair from her face. “But I will honor your feelings. I know I need to stop pushing, and I will, though it won’t be easy. I love you, Mazie. You know that. But sooner or later, we’re going to have to address this—once and for all.”

Her breath caught, and she nodded. If she knew anything in this world, it was that Edward Clayton loved her, and that he was an honorable and patient man. He wouldn’t push her, but she was a fool for putting him off. Still, how could she give him an answer when she was so unsure about how the unknowns of her past might impact their future?

“Thank you,” she whispered. “For loving me and for giving me more time.”

The pain skittered through his eyes again, outlined by the setting sun that filtered through the trees behind him. He leaned down and planted a soft kiss on her forehead. “Let me know when you’re ready.” He turned and walked toward his car, leaving Mazie standing alone on the porch, with the first of many hot tears spilling over onto her cheeks.

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband. You can find Kathi at www.kathimacias.com.




*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it and being apart of the blog tour.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book and the above is my honest opinion.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

When the Heart Heals Review!!!

*When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

http://www.amazon.com/When-Heart-Heals-Novel-Sisters/dp/0800720733/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360440047&sr=1-1&keywords=When+the+Heart+Heals

When the Heart Heals: A Novel (Sisters at Heart)Book Description:
Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?

With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites readers back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love's tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. Readers will find in Rosemary a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand.

http://www.amazon.com/When-Heart-Heals-Novel-Sisters/dp/0800720733/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360440047&sr=1-1&keywords=When+the+Heart+Heals

My Opinion:
This is a wonderful story! I wanted to read this because I love to read books set around the civil war. Books along this time line, and this one to, are usually filled with healing and forgiveness. I love Rosemary because I can relate to her (with her dog and all LOL!). As she goes through the story she experiences rejection, persecution, pain, fear, love, deception, faith, hope, and kindness. Ann Shorey paints a wonderful picture. I loved learning a little bit more about certain herbs and what they help with. I wish it didn't end and kept going on. I want to read more about these characters and see how their lives progress! I was afraid when I reached the final pages that it would leave me hanging or end abruptly and leave me dissatisfied. But when you read an author like Ann Shorey you will not be disappointed. Up to the very last sentence she had me laughing and enjoying her work. A wonderful story written beautifully! I can't wait to read what happens next.

I chose these songs for When the Hear Heals: "Forgiveness" by Matthew West, "In the Garden" by Elvis Presley, "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe, "Safe in the Arms of Love" by Martina McBride, and "My Faith Looks Up To Thee" by Amy Marie

Matthew 6:34, Mark 11:26

~ASC

Book Info & Sample Chapter: Can be found at http://www.annshorey.com/novels.html


Enter the TEA WITH ROSEMARY Giveaway! 


“Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

*I received this book for the purpose of a posting a review for the Blog Tour.  This in no was affected my opinion of the book and the above is what I really think of When the Heart Heals.  Thank you Revell for the review copy.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Interview and Giveaway!!!


Interview with Kathi Macias

Please tell us a little about yourself (your Bio):
I’m a Southern California girl, born and raised, though I’ve also lived in Amarillo, Houston, Colorado Springs, and LaCenter/Longview, WA. My husband and I currently live in a retirement community in a little unincorporated area called Homeland, about midway between LA and San Diego. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home but became a believer at the age of 26. I’ve been in love with words since I first discovered them and have always been an avid reader. I published my first book in 1988 and have now published about 40 books. I always wanted to be a writer but NEVER wanted to be a speaker. Now I travel/speak/teach almost as much as I write—and I love it! Just goes to show that God’s plans for us are so much better than our own.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Tough to pick just one, but I suppose it would be Deut. 8:1: “Every commandment which I command you TODAY you must be careful to observe that you might live and prosper and go in and possess the land” (emphasis mine). I love this reminder that my only requirement is to be faithful (to love God and others, which encompasses all the other commandments) TODAY, and then He will bless me in whatever way He has purposed for my life.


What fun thing can you tell us about yourself that we don't know?
Most people don’t know that I once worked with former football star Rosey Grier, aka the “gentle giant.” He was indeed a mountain of a man, but a kind and gentle one with a generous heart. When we were together working on a project at some restaurant or something, if people came up to us he’d often introduce me as his bodyguard. We got some very amusing reactions to that!


What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?
Sleeping. Seriously! I’m either writing, thinking about writing, editing, marketing, preparing to speak about something I’ve written…you get the idea. But I’m cutting back on the insane schedule when my husband retires the end of March and I turn in my last tightly-contracted project. I’m not retiring, but I’m definitely scaling back to the point where I can take some time to smell the roses, as they say. (That will no doubt include reading other people’s writing, as reading is my favorite pastime.)


How did you become involved in writing?
As I’ve already mentioned I’ve always loved reading. When I was a child and ran out of things to read, I started writing my own story. A story I wrote in the third grade was so well received by my teacher and principal that they turned it into a play for the entire student body and PTA. I was hooked! From then on out I took every writing/English/journalism-related class offered in junior or senior high. I also took some journalism classes from USC and ended up writing a weekly column and doing some string reporting for a local newspaper. From there—after becoming a Christian at 26—I branched out into writing articles for magazines and newsletters. Soon after that I got a job at Gospel Light Publishing/Regal Books, where I published my first book, a woman’s devotional, which had outstanding sales. I’ve had my foot in the writing/publishing world to one extent or another ever since.


Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or nook in a room?
Yes, I have a little office area inside my house, but also a full office attached to the house as well. I got into the habit of writing in the little nook inside the house when my mom was alive and living with us. Her health wasn’t good so I needed to be close by. Now that she’s “graduated to heaven,” I’m in the very slow, long, drawn-out process of transitioning into the outside office, which may not happen until after my husband retires and I have someone at home to help me make the move.


Can you use 3 words that describe you?
I’ll choose the ones I hear from others about me most often: encouraging, cheerful, faithful. Because I live in my own skin and know me better than anyone except God, I cringe at those descriptions because I know how short I fall much of the time. But I also know that God has gifted me with those very traits, and it is His Spirit living in me that others see.


Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?
Usually. Once in a while I tweak them when I’m done (or my publisher might, for one reason or another), but most have remained the same from initial idea to published book.


Please tell us about The Moses Quilt:

Here is the sell quote about the book:

The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma (interracial romance), multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family’s past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way—her great-grandmother’s Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices.


What do you hope readers take away after reading this book?
My hope is that Mazie’s journey from fear to faith and from misgivings to courage will help readers deal with their own fears and prejudices, whatever they might be. I also pray the background story of the amazingly courageous and faith-filled Harriet Tubman will inspire readers to “put feet to their faith” and walk out what they say they believe, regardless of challenges or difficulties.


Where did you get the idea for The Moses Quilt?
Harriet Tubman has always been one of my personal heroes, so it’s not unusual that I would at some point want to build a story around her. When my publisher and I decided to launch a series about women in American history who made a difference because of their faith and courage, Harriet Tubman was the perfect place to start. I then came up with a contemporary story that could be told against the background of Harriet Tubman’s life. That concept laid the groundwork not only for The Moses Quilt but for the entire three-book series.

Did you have to do research?
Absolutely! I thought I knew about Harriet Tubman, but I discovered I knew only the bare essentials of her life. I was blown away with the additional information I learned about her! I also had to research Gee’s Bend, AL, and the famous quilters who live there. I REALLY want to go there one day!


How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but for publication since I was in my early twenties (eons ago!). My first book, a woman’s devotional, published in 1988, followed by my first novel in 1989.


What are you working on now?
I am writing the third and final book in The Quilt Series. It will release in Spring 2014. It’s called The Singing Quilt because it is based on the life of the “Queen of Gospel,” Fanny Crosby. Book two in the series, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, is based on the life of the first woman doctor in America, Elizabeth Blackwell. It releases in October 2014.


What message do you hope readers take away from The Moses Quilt?
That there is no fear or challenge too great to overcome if God has called you to it. It’s all about taking God at His Word and living accordingly.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
The Moses Quilt is available at many bookstores nationwide (if it’s not in the store they can order it) or at most online venues (New Hope Publishers, ChristianBook.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). They can also order it directly from my website (www.kathimacias.com) where they can watch video trailers about each of my books before deciding which ones they want to purchase. While there, they can contact me (I always answer emails from my website) and/or sign up to receive my weekly devotional (in English or Spanish).


Where can our readers find you?
I’m on Facebook and Twitter, Google and Pinterest, but primarily at www.kathimacias.com

Thank you Kathi for being my guest today.  I enjoyed learning more about Harriet Tubman :)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Beautiful Bandit Review!!!

*Beautiful Bandit by Loree Lough

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Bandit-Lone-Star-Legends/dp/1603742255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360891464&sr=8-1&keywords=Beautiful+Bandit
Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends V1)

Book Description:
Joshua Neville is a quiet, even-keeled rancher who was just minding his own business when he witnessed a brazen bank robbery in San Antonio, Texas, that leaves three men dead. Even more shocking than the heist itself is that the ringleader looked like a woman!Weeks later, when Josh is on the trail, a lost and confused woman stumbles upon his campsite. He agrees to take "Dinah" to Mexico, but soon their journey is hampered by harsh weather and wild animals. When Dinah breaks her ankle, Josh takes her to his ranch to heal.As the two grow closer, Josh realizes he's fallen in love, even as he learns the truth about Dinah. But does he know the whole story? And, after the truth comes out, will he put his life at risk to keep her with him?

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Bandit-Lone-Star-Legends/dp/1603742255/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360891464&sr=8-1&keywords=Beautiful+Bandit

My Opinion:
Really great book!!! There are (I think) three main reasons why I loved this book...1.) It is written the way I would have written it if I was telling the story. 2.) Loree writes in a way that feels like your just having a conversation with an old dear friend. 3.) Her style is smooth, even paced, and lovely; filled with her quick wit. Her writing is very clever. The Beautiful Bandit is a unique tale that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer right up til the end. There was a handful of typos, but this is easily over looked. I love the characters and the stories behind them. Sometimes I got a little twisted around when a lot of different new things came out about the character's past at once, but Lorre explains you through them in time. I would love to see where Lough takes the characters, especially the other cousins. Over all I love the fact that Lorre doesn't tip toe around real life happenings. Tragedy and trauma are woven through this book just as she said it would in her letter at the beginning; which you must make sure you read also! :)

These songs where taken or inspired by songs right out of the book: "Yellow Rose Of Texas" by Johnny Lee, "Amazing Grace" by LeAnn Rimes, "Scottish Bothy Ballad: Hatton Woods" by John Ellis & His Highland Country Band, and "I Need Thee Every Hour" by Done Again.

Romans 8:35-39

~ASC

Thank you to Cathy Hickling for sending me a review copy of Beautiful Bandit.

*I was sent this book for the purpose of a review.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book and the above is how I truly feel about Beautiful Bandit.  ~ASC

P.S. Thank you to all my followers.  Hello to all me new followers! :)  And if you aren't a follower yet I would love if you would become on!  Look to the left of this screen and you should find all you need! :)  ~ASC

P.P.S There is a fascinating and wonderful article/post/interview on InkWellInpirations.com.  I highly recommend you read it also.  Here's the link http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/2009/11/pearl-hart-you-say.html

Thank you Cathy for all you do to help me and all of the wonderful things you pass along! :)  From my dealings with other publicists you are by far the best!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Info about Penny

I was sent a folder full of info on Penny and her books.  I thought I would share some of it with my readers who are interested.

"About the author of the Montana Skies Series:
Penny Zeller

Penny Zeller is the author of the Montana Skies Series from Whitaker House, known for her down-to-earth prose and creativity in the conveying spiritual truths with clarity and humor.  On her blog, "A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author" she addresses the challenges and joys of day-to-day family like from her perspective as a stay-at-home Wyoming wife and mother.

Penny had loved to write since childhood, but it was in 2000 she dedicated her writing skills to God, making a commitment to use her talents to inspire others with the stories centered on God's love.  Her Montana Skies Series: McKenzie (2009), Kaydie (2010), and Haille (2011, her first in the historic romance genre, have been well-received by readers and critics alike.

Her previous books include: Hollyhocks (Booklocker 2003), written for children with food allergies; Wyoming Treasures (Medallion Books 2005), a living history of the region with interviews of residents who had lived through the depression, World War II and other significant events.  Her 2008 book from Beacon Hill, 77 Ways your Family Can Make a Difference, put her in the national spotlight with speaking engagements, radio, and television interviews, including syndicated programs on the ABC Family Channe;, CBN, and LESEA Networks.

Penny's articles have appeared in Woman's World, Brio, MomSense (official MOSP magazine), Victory in Grace, ePregnancy, Grit, Woman's Touch, Vibrant Life, Village Family Magazine, Teenage Christian Magazine, Hopscotch, Idaho Magazine, On the Line, and many more.

Penny is active in her community and church, leading a Bible study and women's prayer group, and regularly volunteering at her daughters' school.  She co-organized a local group designed to provide fellowship among 
local women, "Sisters in Christ Community Girls Night Out," and enjoys canoeing, gardening, and playing volleyball with her family and friends.





"Penny Zeller's Montana Skies Series is receiving great reviews
Auto accident leads to dreams coming true for Sheridan (WY) writer
Writing a three book historical romance series was farthest thing from Penny Zeller's mind a few years ago when the car she and her family were traveling in collided with another vehicle in West Yellowstone going about 50 mph.

The Sheridan, Wyoming wife and mother of two says as she recovers from injuries sustained in that crash - thankful that she and her family were alive -- she prayed for direction regarding a longtime dream: writing novels that would draw readers closer to God.

As she healed, Zeller says her thoughts were filled "with ideas for plots and characters," that she jotted down and set aside.  It would take a few years and the completion of another successful nonfiction boo, 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference (Beacon Hill 2008), but Zeller returned to her dream of publishing inspirational fiction.  She completed the manuscript for the Book One of her Montana Skies series, McKenzie, and sent it to Whitaker House, a Christian publisher based in Pittsburgh, PA, coincidentally shortly after the company decided to seek more historical fiction manuscripts." As I know and you may also there are no such things as coincidentes.  Everything is in God's plan. :) ~ASC

"McKenzie was the right book, at just the right time," said Whitaker House Vice President Bob Whitaker Jr. "Our Fiction department had been growing steadily over the past few years, but we couldn't keep up with the public's steadily growing appetite for Christian fiction, especially historical series."

McKenzie  revolves around the escapades of socialite McKenzie Worthington who escapes the confines of her proper Boston home by answering an ad for a mail order bride from a rancher in the Montana Territory.  Her real mission is to rescue her sister Kaydie (Book Two ) from an abusive outlaw husband, but the plot grows deep and thick as McKenzie develops feelings for the tender-hearted rancher she's using as a pawn.   Zeller deftly incorporates coming-of-age themes into the action-packed story as the spoiled McKenzie begins to grasp the unfathomable love and power of God.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with Bonnie Calhoun, publisher of Christian Fiction Online writing: McKenzie is a sweet love story that transcends the pages of time and brings a fresh, new voice to the historical genre," and Rosenna M. White, senior editor for The Christian Review of Books calling it "a novel that will lead you on an adventure along with the title character and touch you heart as Zach touches hers."

Zeller is grateful her dream is becoming reality, but a little leery of being in the spotlight and the pull on her time for interviews, book signings, and speaking engagements.  But she says life goes on as normal in the Zeller household with her husband and two daughters: she continues sharing what day to day life is like in Sheridan, Wyoming with her growing base of Internet fans on her blog "A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author" (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com).

She's also thank for answered prayer -- and humbled by the spotlight.  "When I'm not writing, I'm taking care of my family or doing volunteer work - not doing interviews or book signing," she said, "But I am so thankful!  God used the devastation of a car wreck for something good and I owe Him all the glory!" "


Thank you to Cathy Hickling for sending me the awesome folder :)

If you haven't entered for a chance to win Mckenzie got here!  And if you already have entered you can Tweet for another entry!
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Montana Skies Series Reviews!!!

*Mckenzie by Penny Zeller


http://www.amazon.com/McKenzie-Montana-Skies-Penny-Zeller/dp/1603742166/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355332729&sr=8-1&keywords=Mckenzie+Penny+Zeller

Book Description:
McKenzie (Montana Skies #1)Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that prompts McKenzie Worthington, a young lady of Boston's high society, to respond to an ad for a mail-order bride for a man in the Montana Territory. McKenzie is desperate, after all, to save her beloved younger sister, Kaydie, from her evil, abusive husband, who robs banks for a living. And so, it is with reckless determination that McKenzie runs away from the comforts of home and hearth to head West and meet her new husband-whom she'll divorce, of course, after she rescues her sister.

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that also prompts Zachary Sawyer, a rugged rancher after God's own heart, to post an ad for a mail-order bride in various newspapers across the country. Managing a ranch and caring for his adoptive son, Davey, has become more than one man can handle alone, and Zach prays for God to send him a wife with whom to build a life and share his dreams. 

When McKenzie arrives at Zach's ranch, she immediately puts her plan in motion, searching for her sister and doing all she can to keep her new husband from forming an attachment. But his persistent kindness and significant self-sacrifices begin to change her heart-and ruin her plans. God has a way of working things out to the good of those who love Him, though, as McKenzie and Kaydie will soon see.


http://www.amazon.com/McKenzie-Montana-Skies-Penny-Zeller/dp/1603742166/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355332729&sr=8-1&keywords=Mckenzie+Penny+Zeller



My Opinion:
This book is as good if not better than I had hoped it would be. The story is unique and I must admit that I loved it so much that I immediately plunged into the sequel "Kaydie". Though there are times I can't relate to McKenzie I still really grew to love her character (and I also found there where times when I saw myself in her personality). But I still think she's completely insane to want to leave a man like Zach! LOL! Personally I think that every mother out there needs to buy this book for themselves and then have there sons read it! If every bachelor read this book and behaved just a little more like Zach this dark world would be a far better place and maybe I wouldn't be single! HA! But I digress. Back to the book. McKenzie is amazing! I love the way Penny writes the character's prayers and the way she weaves God's Holy word in with her own. They are both real, conversational, and flawless. Filled with twists and surprises I was shocked at times, and laughed wholeheartedly at others! My recommendation is to get the whole series, curl up on a comfy piece of furniture, and tuck in for some REALLY great reads!

Oh and you may need some music to go with that! : "Sweet Hour Of Prayer" by The Cluster Pluckers and "Mine All Mine" by Shedaisy compliment this book well I think!

Isaiah 9;6

~ASC

*I requested McKenzie for the purpose of a review.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book and the above is what I really think about the book. ~ASC

Kaydie by Penny Zeller

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603742174/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title


Book Description:
Kaydie (Montana Skies V2)For the first time in years, Kaydie Worthington Kraemer can breathe easily. Although she is still haunted by memories of her abusive husband, Darius, she takes comfort in knowing the man is dead. Staying with her sister McKenzie and brother–in–law, Zach Sawyer, at their ranch, Kaydie is still wary of men, especially now that she has another life inside of her to protect. As she looks forward to her baby's birth, she builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down.

Ranch hand Jonah Dickenson views his boss, Zach, like a brother. He does not, however, envy Zach's new role as a husband. Deserted by his mother at a young age and forever despised and rejected by his own father, Jonah has few close relationships. But there's something about Kaydie that draws him to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.

When Cedric Van Aulst, an old friend of Kaydie's, comes to town, an unforeseen prospect of marriage arises. Cedric is someone Kaydie trusts. Will she settle for a safe union with him, or can she trust God to guard her heart and her life in the arms of Jonah?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603742174/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title

My Opinion:
Penny has done it again! Kaydie is a great book! While there are some gut wrenching moments, as well as moments I was just shaking my head at Kaydie's way of thinking, Penny has captured my imagination and attention beautifully. Jonah is wonderful, a gentleman that loves deeply, and makes you wish that you new a man just like him. The children will steal your heart, and the rest of the characters will keep you chuckling to the end. Penny's way of adding prayer and scripture is just right. Woven into the story in such a real way she gives just enough of each! I love the way the story line progresses and the action is paced flawlessly. This book will take you to the edge of temptation, love, and possible sadness!

I can't wait to read Hailee and see where Penny will take us next! A great book from a great series that must be read!

My songs for Kaydie are: "Rock of Ages" by Johnny Cash and "Haunted" by Taylor Swift

Merry Christmas!

~ASC

Psalm 19:14



*Hailee by Penny Zeller

http://www.amazon.com/Hailee-Montana-Skies-Penny-Zeller/dp/1603742182/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357752066&sr=1-1&keywords=Hailee


Book Description:
Hailee (Montana Skies V3)For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she's still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Maxwell Nathaniel Adams Jr. would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate's parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling. 

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?

http://www.amazon.com/Hailee-Montana-Skies-Penny-Zeller/dp/1603742182/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357752066&sr=1-1&keywords=Hailee 

My Opinion:
As the third book in the Montana Skies series I enjoyed the fact that it wrapped up as well as caught me up with all of my favorite characters. Hailee is a sweet book with a wonderful message, but I didn't really get into the book until towards the end. Penny throws in twists and action as the story goes on though that captured me completely! As well as keeping the characters I grew to love; she adds more characters that stole my heart right away (including two red headed twins)! As always she entwines scripture and prayer in her story flawlessly, and the message that the book holds can not be missed! While Hailee is no my favorite in the series I still enjoyed it and would recommend this whole series. Hailee is a wonderful addition to Pine Haven. A great book in a Must READ series! :)

My songs for Hailee are: "Standing on the Promises of God" by Alan Jackson, "How Great Thou Art" by Alan Jackson, and "Love is Like a Butterfly" by Dolly Parton

John 8:32

~ASC

*I requested McKenzie for the purpose of a review.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book and the above is what I really think about the book. ~ASC



Enter here for your chance to win a copy of McKenzie:
http://ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-and-giveaway.html

McKenzie (Montana Skies #1)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Interview and GIVEAWAY!!!

Penny Zeller Interview!!!


Image of Penny Zeller


Please tell us a little about yourself (your Bio): Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Amada. I’m thrilled to be here!
I am the author of several books, including McKenzie, Kaydie, and Hailee in the Montana Skies Historical Romance Series and my most recent nonfiction book, 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference. I have also written numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications on a variety of topics ranging from inspirational, health, current events, people profiles, parenting, and how-to articles. I also author the blog A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author.
I am an active volunteer in my community, devoting my time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ.

What is your favorite Bible verse? I have two favorite Bible verses, a short one and a long one. My favorite short verse is Psalm 19:14 while my favorite long verse is the entire verse of Psalm 91.

What fun thing can you tell us about yourself that we don't know? Many people don’t know that I met my husband through a prank phone call while we were in high school. Funny, but true!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing? When I’m not writing, I enjoy playing volleyball, camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, gardening, and spending time with my family.

How did you become involved in writing? Great question! I have wanted to be a writer since I was seven years old. I rewrote Bible stories – my own little grade school commentary of sorts. Later in elementary school, I wrote more stories and “published” them in homemade cardboard wallpaper “books.” I also placed in the Young Authors contest and published my first poem. Fast forward to the year 2000, when I started writing magazine articles, followed by books.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room? I have an office in our home with a large window and a fireplace. I love my office, but right now (just between us) it needs a bit of organization!

Can you use 3 words that describe you? Wow! Fun question! Let’s see, I would say loyal, silly, and sensitive.

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them? Most of the time I know the titles before I write my books, although the titles are usually only “working titles” and can change as the story progresses.

Please tell us about McKenzie. Sure, Amada. Below is the blurb:

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that prompts McKenzie Worthington, a young lady of Boston's high society, to respond to an ad for a mail-order bride for a man in the Montana Territory. McKenzie is desperate, after all, to save her beloved younger sister, Kaydie, from her evil, abusive husband, who robs banks for a living. And so, it is with reckless determination that McKenzie runs away from the comforts of home and hearth to head West and meet her new husband-whom she'll divorce, of course, after she rescues her sister.

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that also prompts Zachary Sawyer, a rugged rancher after God's own heart, to post an ad for a mail-order bride in various newspapers across the country. Managing a ranch and caring for his adoptive son, Davey, has become more than one man can handle alone, and Zach prays for God to send him a wife with whom to build a life and share his dreams.

When McKenzie arrives at Zach's ranch, she immediately puts her plan in motion, searching for her sister and doing all she can to keep her new husband from forming an attachment. But his persistent kindness and significant self-sacrifices begin to change her heart-and ruin her plans. God has a way of working things out to the good of those who love Him, though, as McKenzie and Kaydie will soon see.


What do you hope readers takeaway after reading this book? The biggest theme of this book is that God can and does change hearts, even the most selfish of hearts.

Where did you get the idea for McKenzie? I’ve always been intrigued by mail-order bride stories from the 1800s. After a car accident, followed by back-to-back bacterial infections for seven months, my normally extremely active lifestyle came to an abrupt halt. It was during that time that I sat down and did something I’ve always wanted to do – write historical romance. The Lord took something bad and used it for good.

Did you have to do research? Yes. I spend a lot of time doing research for my historical romance novels. It’s much like a half hour of writing, 15 minutes of research, a half hour of writing, 15 minutes of research… I have also had the privilege of visiting historical places and viewing numerous historical photos, which I absolutely love.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book? I have loved to write since I was in second grade. My first book, a children’s picture book, was published in 2003.

What are you working on now? I’m working on two different three-book series, one set in Nebraska just after the Civil War, and the other set in the late 1800s in the Wyoming Territory.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out? God calls us all to do different things for His Kingdom. If He has called you to write, seek His guidance. Never give up, even when you feel like it or when someone has unkindly criticized you. Seek to please and honor Him in whatever you write, whether it be for the secular or nonsecular market; whether it be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, song lyrics, or a screenplay. Find a mentor and be open to ideas and suggestions from one who’s “been there, done that.” One final note, join forces with other Christian writers.  After all, we are all working for the same Boss.

What encouragement could you give to writers who are playing the 
waiting game to get published? That can be such a difficult time. You’ve worked hard on a manuscript and then you must wait, wait, wait for that day when you receive a response. I would encourage writers to continue writing during that time, whether on the same project or a different project.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book. McKenzie (as well as all of the books in my Montana Skies Series) is available wherever books are sold, whether online or in your favorite local bookstore. McKenzie is available at

Christian Book Distributors: http://www.christianbook.com/mckenzie-montana-skies-penny-zeller/9781603742160/pd/742160 (both ebook and paperback are available)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/McKenzie-Montana-Skies-Penny-Zeller/dp/1603742166 (both Kindle and paperback are available)

Where can our readers find you? I love to connect with my readers via my website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thank you again, Amada, for allowing me to be your guest. I appreciate all you do to help spread the word about Christian fiction. Have a wonderful week!

Thank you Penny for being my guest! :)  I enjoyed getting to know you better and reading this whole series!  May God inspire and bless you beyond belief each and every day! :) ~ASC


McKenzie by Penny Zeller Giveaway!!!
McKenzie (Montana Skies #1)
Penny is graciously giving away a copy of McKenzie the first book in her Montana Sky series.

The winner will be emailed and must provide their phone number for shipping purposes and their physical address (if print copy is won).  The winner will have two weeks to respond; if they don't a new winner will be chosen.
If the winner is in the U.S. you have a choice of paperback or an ebook copy.  If the winner is international you would receive an ebook copy.

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Read my reviews of Penny's Series here: http://ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/montana-skies-series-reviews.html

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goodbye to Yesterday Review!!!

*Goodbye to Yesterday 
by Wanda E. Brunstetter



Book Description:
Goodbye to Yesterday: Part 1 (The Discovery - A Lancaster County Saga)Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds?  Book 1 of the 6-part serial novel--The Discovery-A Lancaster County Saga.

http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Yesterday-Discovery-Lancaster-County/dp/1616260858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359487846&sr=1-1&keywords=goodbye+to+yesterday

My Opinion:

Wanda has my attention! I will admit when I got this book and I saw how small it is I was confused. I thought I had only received part of the first book, and how am I going to review that! After doing my research I learned that, no, the first book is only 8 chapters long. I love this though because it's just the right amount to leave you hanging! LOL! (plus the book is so cute) Anyway you might think that's a bad thing, but when it's from an author that is as imaginative and as good a writer as Wanda E. Brunstetter then you see how brilliant it is. I MUST read what happened next!!! Slipping in twists that you didn't see coming and leaving you longing for more. I love this little book, I can't wait to read what's next, and I think that this is a MUST READ!!! :) Filled with a unique and exciting story line this is going to get good!

My songs for this are: "Always On MY Mind" by Willie Nelson and "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" by Alan Jackson

Isaiah 26:3

~ASC

* I received this book for the purpose of posting a review.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book, and the above is my truthfully opinion of Goodbye to Yesterday.  Thank you Handlebar for this book! :)

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