Friday, November 17, 2017

Into A Silent World by Carmina Edwards

About the Book

Title: Into a Silent World  
Author: Carmina Edwards  
Genre: Biography, Memoir  
Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

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My Review

have to say this was an eye opener for me. My only exposure to the life of the nun is the Hollywood version presented in Sound of Music (which don't get me wrong is an epic classic- but still, probably not too realistic lol). Since I am also not Catholic, I did learn a lot about all the different procedures and terms used within that realm. I have to say this book helped me see a personal side of nuns, and a great determination in our heroine to serve the Lord in the way she thought best. I learned that advice comes from those that want to see us fulfill the Lord's plan for us, and not what we think may be the best course, no matter how determined we may be to do it. I know in my own life, the Lord's plan is unexpected and so much more fulfilling than my mere plans as a human. I have to say that it was a little hard for me to follow because I am not Catholic so it was hard for me to fully comprehend or engage with. However, the characters were personal and endearing, like a good friend. It gave a personal humanity to the face of a nun in a very realistic authentic way that I can imagine any young girl would struggle and strive in to be the best for the Lord they can be were they seeking the life of a nun. Amy is so spunky, full of life, and determined, yet timid too. I believe that Into a Silent World really does open a door to a new setting and new background that can be personal and a very enjoyable, well plotted read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.

About the Author

I am a mother of two wonderful grown up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends. I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years, has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionately about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.” With a new beginning ahead of her, a long standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years. Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long, if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

Blog Stops

Just Jo’Anne, November 7
Mary Hake, November 8
Janices book review, November 10
Reading Is My SuperPower, November 13 (Interview)
The Power of Words, November 14 (Interview)
margaret kazmierczak, November 15
Splashes of Joy, November 16
A Reader’s BrainNovember 17
Multifarious, November 18
Artistic Nobody, November 19 (Karin Perry guest post)
Texas Book-aholic, November 20


To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away
Grand Prize:
Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World
1st – 3rd place:
Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Your Dream. God's Plan by Tiffany Smiling wiht Margot Starbuck

                                                    Purchase your copy HERE


I have to say as soon as I finished this book, I was ready to spring into action in my own little corner of the world sharing Jesus more with others. Written in a memoir fashion intertwined with practical and Biblical principles, I found a lot of inspiration based on our author’s testimony and humility. I was reminded that so many things may be “good” things, but not the right things God has for His will for our individual lives. Not comparing your testimony or call to someone else’s is so important because it liberates you to be full of the Holy Spirit and Him alone. No matter what He calls us to do He will accomplish it and we have the blessing of being a part of the advancing of the Lord’s kingdom. What a freedom it is to follow the Lord’s plan for our life and find our fulfillment in Him! A wonderful reminder that comforts and financial security is not God’s goals for us, but to be full of Him and be used of Him to show others His love. Full of inspiration, truth, and the fact that with God nothing and no one is impossible!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from a Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


 Though she was given just three months to live as a child, today Tiffany Smiling—writer, speaker, and entrepreneur—is changing the kingdom of God around the globe. She’s a cancer survivor, an injustice fighter and, above all else, she is a devoted follower of Christ.

With a heart to rescue the unreached children around the world, twenty-eight year old Tiffany has opened orphan homes in Uganda, Guatemala, Brazil and Haiti. She founded the With All My Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to building the global church and caring for vulnerable children around the world. In 2016, she also founded With All Her Heart, an organization equipping woman to fulfill the calling that God has ahead of them.

Tiffany has a passion to see every woman discover and fully live the greater purpose that God designed for her life. She is calling her generation to offer God the longings of their hearts in exchange for his greater blessing.

 Margot is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary. She's the author of a bunch of books and enjoys working as a collaborator helping other folks tell their amazing stories.

Margot's first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail, was awarded Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, 2011, from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. And Not Who I Imagined was a finalist in the 2015 Selah Awards.

Margot and her 3 fabulous teens, by birth and adoption, live in Durham, NC, in the North Street Neighborhood, a community built around their friends with disabilities. Learn more at

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew

About the Book:

Name of book: The Bachelor Missions  
Author: Jes Drew
Genre: Christian speculative spy fiction 
Release Date: February 18, 2017

The good-guys, the bad-guys, and the wild card- it’s the ultimate game of cloak and dagger…
Kristian Clark, private eye, thought his days as a special agent were behind him, but when he’s drafted into action, he finds himself reunited with his old team- and painful memories of why they broke up in the first place. But as he plunges into mission after mission- from a ‘holy heist’ to babysitting a young hacker to going undercover in a cult- Kristian find that everything he tried to leave behind is coming back to haunt him with a vengeance, and then some. First there’s the mysterious woman who knows more about Kristian- and his past- than makes sense while using science fiction weapons that don’t make sense period. Then there are the shady powers-that-be who are responsible for drafting him back into this world to satisfy their own nefarious agendas. It’s all Kristian can do to keep from being pulled into their games as he tries to figure out who to trust and what to fight for, even as the trap put in place to destroy him is set with a ticking clock.
When did espionage get so complicated?

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My Review:

In a genre new to me, The Bachelor Missions held many surprises with endless twists and turns. I have read spy/suspense books before, but there's a personal aspect to this one that makes it unique. Not to mention the numerous gadgets used by our characters- those blew my mind! I think what really drew me in on this one was that I have come out of this age bracket not long ago, and the personal and spiritual struggles our agent faces brought a lot of connection to my mind and my heart. I am always impressed when such an intriguing and multifaceted work can have a beautiful Gospel presentation intertwined. The plot was mind-bending and endless in action. The author does a great job of drawing us into the thought world and confusing us as much as our agent who to trust and who not to trust. I was excited and scared at the same time to turn the page and that's what makes a great spy fiction! But at the same time, our spy had normal every day struggles and feelings trying to find his place in the world. Totally suspenseful and totally personal all at the same time- you don't want to miss The Bachelor Missions!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.

About the Author:

Jes Drew lives with her mom, dad, younger sister (the illustrious Nicki Chapelway), four younger brothers (yes, four), and two dogs. She is the author of both the Ninja and Hunter trilogy and the Howling Twenty trilogy. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, daydreaming, and her day job. There is also a possibility that she may or may not be a secret agent, but that’s classified. Still, you can contact her at

Guest Post from Jes Drew

I began writing at a very young age. I don’t think I even started school yet when I came out with my first children’s titles. The Swan Princess and Flamingo Queen was followed by a sequel The Duck Prince and Unicorn King (because I thought it was unfair that only the mom and sister had to go through transformations), and Julian and Juliette had many reprints- all carefully printed and illustrated by myself before moving to their final destination: safekeeping in my mom’s possession.
Years later, I resumed my writing craft near the end of elementary school with two series of chapter books I wrote and then read aloud to my family. However, it was not until I watched Marvel’s Avengers that I found my true muse (Captain America, obviously). The story was so enthralling, I could do nothing but pick up the pen and compose my first published trilogy: The Ninja and Hunter Series published when I was sixteen. This was followed by the tree books of The Howling Twenties two years later.
But, no longer a ‘young adult’ I’ve moved on beyond that genre to the next age group: New Adult. That genre infamously known for its many vices and sins. However, we as Christians are called to “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b), and a genre targeted toward twenty-somethings should be no exception.
So this is my first release in the New Adult genre. Kristian Clark might be a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent again, but he still deals with the same problems all twenty-somethings face: adapting to a career, longing for a soul mate, and searching for deeper meaning in all the noise. With a little intrigue and cool gadgets on the side because, well, he is a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent after all.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile ReviewsNovember 2
BigreadersiteNovember 3
Fiction Aficionado, November 4
Aryn the Libraryan, November 6
Blogging With Carol, November 8
Multifarious, November 9
Carpe Diem, November 10
A Reader’s Brain, November 11
Karen Sue HadleyNovember 11
Neverending Stories, November 12
margaretkazmierczak, November 13
Mary Hake, November 13
Daysong ReflectionsNovember 14
Ashley’s BookshelfNovember 15


To celebrate her tour, Jes is giving away a
Grand Prize of the Howling Twenties trilogy, signed, and a fifteen dollar Amazon gift card
and a 1st Place Prize of The Time I Saved the Day, also signed, and a ten dollar Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

About the Book:

Name of book: Pockets of Joy  
Author: Roxane Battle  
Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational  
Release Date: September 5, 2017  

”No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.” Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. She also includes secrets to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today’s woman, with chapters on authenticity, service, generosity, gratitude, self-care, yielding, forgiveness, and more.


My Review:

Wow- was this a timely and much needed book! Pockets of Joy is so full of real, raw emotion. Of the constant battle to do right and not let others and their opinions or gossip get you down. Of the feeling that life is just a constant uphill trek. While all of this is reality for all of us in some way in our lives, the theme is to intentionally choose joy. What really got me was when our author stated that Joy is there to find, just most of the time we miss it! From a little girl's smile, to a sweet comment from her child, Roxane teaches us how she found the pockets of joy that gave her true joy and happiness in her day to day life in spite of challenges. I don't know how many times I get bogged down in my circumstances or others' expectations, only to see that I've been missing the joy that the Lord has already infused into my life. While we are not promised an easy life without sacrifice and pain, the Lord does offer us joy and therefore authentic happiness in our day to day life if we will just open our eyes and look at it. Using her personal story, Roxane ties in practical ways to encourage this joy in our life. Being authentic, forgiving yourself and others, and so much more. This book was so personal and applicable to me on such a level that I have found a level of joy just reading it. I praise the Lord that He put it on our author's heart to share her story in such a beautiful and practical way so that we can all learn and grow from it! Don't miss this unique, compelling, full of heart read! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 

About the Author:

Author Roxane Battle is veteran TV news journalist well known in the Minneapolis region for her work as an anchor, reporter, and former co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. She currently produces award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients through her company, Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC. Named an “Architect of Change,” Roxane is a contributor to and has been featured in Working Mother, Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, she is regularly called upon to address civic, business, and philanthropic groups. She’s recently been a keynote speaker at events hosted by the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. For more on Roxane Battle: Twitter @roxanebattle

Guest post from Roxane Battle

What this book is about is the season in my life when I was on my own and overwhelmed with trying to put my life back together while I learned how to raise a child and navigate a demanding television career. A working, divorced single mom. That was me. For years. There were many days when I smiled in front of the camera and cried alone at night. During those years, my time in the wilderness, I learned a lot about myself. I am now at a point when I am able, willing, and desire to share the very personal and intimate stories of how I found peace in the midst of my struggles. I discovered what I call pockets. Pockets of joy. The kind of joy that causes your eyes to mist and wash over the hurt. The kind of joy that catches you by surprise and for a moment makes you forget, if ever so briefly, that you ever felt pain. The kind of joy that, in some ways, cannot even be described. It is my hope and prayer my story will enable others to grasp a piece of the kind of joy I’m talking about and allow it to stir the kind of hope within that can renew and transform.

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In honor of her tour, Roxanne is giving away
Grand Prize Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, in Pockets of Joy tote bag with Abba Jerusalem Frankincense pillar candle, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.
1st Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, “You Are An Amazing Woman” (Abbey Press) mug, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book. 2nd Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book!
Click the link to enter!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

About the Book

Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport  
Genre: Contemporary Christmas  
Release Date: October 1, 2017  

Christmas in Blue Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself? Christmas in Gold When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.

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My Review

This was my first Christmas book of the year, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Taking it from another perspective, we find hope amidst ashes in our character's lives. The outlook our character's have are ones of grief, fear, and loss, and yet others enter their life to give them that spark of Christmas hope and cheer. I felt as though this book really visited many who are lonely, missing a loved one, or are in difficult circumstances that we all too easily forget about at Christmas while we're enjoying time with our families. The settings and characters at first glance were not anything extraordinary, actually very ordinary. But in this ordinary scene with our everyday characters, real emotions, challenges, and hope are found. These two stories truly warmed my heart and reminded me that the Lord is faithful and that we can find comfort and hope from the least expected source. The providence, comfort, and strength of the Lord truly shined through. It reminded me that everyone has a story to tell, and their personal testimony can be a treasure if you will just listen. If you're ready to get into the Christmas spirit, don't miss Colors of Christmas!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 

About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

We All Have a Story I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people. A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy. Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself. Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know. Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh. Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17
Bukwurmzzz, October 17
Bigreadersite, October 19
Blogging With Carol, October 21
A Greater Yes, October 22
Mary Hake, October 22
Daysong Reflections, October 22
Baker Kella, October 23
Remembrancy, October 24
Carpe Diem, October 25
autism mom, October 25
Bibliophile Reviews, October 25
A Reader’s Brain, October 26
By The Book, October 26
The Power of Words, October 26
Pause for Tales, October 27
Splashes of Joy, October 27
Jeanette’s ThoughtsOctober 28
Karen Sue Hadley, October 28
Vicky Sluiter, October 29
Pursuing Stacie, October 29
Just Jo’Anne, October 30
                                        Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 30


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!