Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin


About the Book


Book: The Story Raider
Author: Lindsay A. Franklin
Genre: Christian YA Epic Fantasy
Release Date: July 23, 2019

Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game.

Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse.

As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.

The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.


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My Review

The Story Raider truly was an epic fantasy complete with relatable characters with fantastical names, abilities, and a norm that boggles this Southern girl's mind. What I loved is that the book wasn't so fantastical that it was impossible to follow (which I can say I have experienced in other fantasy books, and consequently become a little frustrated with them). The book is complete with a map to introduce us to this perilous world, and I loved the way the strands that came from the characters based on their abilities came together which created such an awe-inspiring vision in my mind. Our author presented us with a coherent world with non-stop action and a lot of emotion making me feel part of this world and our characters' lives. This book was truly fantasy at its' best. I definitely recommend this book for the YA reader, but as a middle-aged adult, I feel any age adult looking for a fantasy read that is not so out there you feel lost reading it could enjoy this one.

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



About the Author


Lindsay A. Franklin is a best-selling author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following. You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.  


More from Lindsay

I often get asked how I came up with the idea for The Story Peddler, book 1 in The Weaver Trilogy. It’s a dangerous thing to dig too deep into a fantasy novelist’s imagination (it’s pretty weird in here, you guys), but the short answer is I was sitting in a workshop at a writers’ conference, and an acquisitions editor made a comment—something like: “I have to peddle your stories to executives. At the end of the day, I’m just a story peddler.” When I heard that phrase, my imagination exploded. I thought of what a “story peddler” might look like if we added a little wonder and a sprinkling of fairy dust to the equation. Then Tanwen emerged as a character who might be a fun vehicle for this story-peddling process, and I imagined a story that would suit her. The Story Peddler was born.
But someone recently asked me why I visualized the supernatural art of storytelling in the way I did—as strands of color, light, fabric, or glitter coming out of the hands of the person telling the story, then crystallizing into a solid object for her to sell. And I have no real answer for that, except, again, “It’s pretty weird in here, you guys.” The Weaver Trilogy is a celebration of creativity and art, and that gave me reason to think about what other types of strand-weavers in this story world might look like.
If you’re new to the series, here’s a primer on the weavers you’ll find in these books.
Storytellers: Strands pour from their hands as they tell stories. When they reach the moral or ending of the story, the strands come together to form a crystallized sculpture. A story peddler then sells the sculptures to make her living.
Songspinners: Strands are lighter, airier, and come from their mouths instead of their hands as they sing. Songspinner strands are emotive and speak to the hearts of the hearers. Once the song is over, the strands disappear.
Colormasters: Strands are like streams of paint, ribbons of fire, or jets of water. When they hit a solid object, they create an image on the object. Colormasters seek to reflect the beauty of their surroundings, capturing the physical world exactly as it is or simply as it feels.
Stoneshapers: Their hands light up as they manipulate rock and stone with their fingertips. They create beauty by molding something that already exists and releasing the art trapped inside.
If that sounds like fun, welcome to my weirdness! Tanwen can’t wait to weave a sparkling adventure for you.








Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, The Corsyth custom Story Peddler candle from Novelly Yours, The Cethorelle custom Story Raider candle from Novelly Yours, choice of two tea tins from the Adagio Story Peddler Tea Shoppe, “Hedgenibblers, fluffhoppers, mountainbeasts, oh my!” mug Story Peddler book sleeve, Story Raider enamel pin, and assorted bookmarks, stickers, and art prints.
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof


About the Book

Book: Daughters of Northern Shores
Author: Joanne Bischof
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2019

Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon—whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the Norgaard orchard after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade, where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he’s pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon’s cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor’s—which is already imperiled due to a grave illness brought to him at the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she’s been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he’s fighting for.


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My Review

I found Daughters of Northern Shores to be everything a historical Christian romance should be. A well-painted backdrop so you feel part of the setting, a thread of faith that inspires and speaks truth, and intriguing complex characters with unexpected struggles converge in the masterpiece. This book is one you need to take time to digest with the complex characters and multiple plot twists that keep you wondering what will come next. The names and everything also caused me to pause and think through who was who and what was what, sort of like when you read/watch Lord of the Rings, and because names of people and places are different than the American norm, you have to take a minute to sort it out. The fact that Thor is deaf I think adds a whole other layer of intrigue to the book, because I can't imagine how hard that would have been without the resources we have nowadays. I felt the plot was a winding trail, and I enjoyed all the elements including the not overbearing romance. The emotion was well portrayed, and the characters were relatable and always developing. Overall, I recommend this one for those looking for a complex, intriguing Christian fiction, or if you enjoy historical/romance fiction.


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



About the Author


Joanne Bischof is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com; Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof; Instagram: @JoanneBischof.  


More from Joanne

One of the questions I receive most often is “How do you get it all done?” As a single, homeschooling mom, I’ve long-since learned that there would be easier ways to have a day job than being an author, but God has been gracious in providing abundantly in so many areas. Here are four that I am most thankful for as I look back over the last few years, including this season of writing Sons of Blackbird Mountain and Daughters of Northern Shores.  

  Togetherness

 Now, most authors would agree that “togetherness” isn’t exactly conducive to quality writing time – especially when kids are involved! And while I do need quiet focus to be able to work through a scene or chapter, what I’ve been thankful for is the chance to share story and research discoveries with my children. It’s created more unity around the stories. Instead of needing to usher the kids away, isolating them from the novels I’m writing, I’m able to invite them into them. For the Blackbird Mountain series, I walked them through the Pinterest boards, showing them the different characters. Then we did a history unit on Vikings since that’s the Norgaard Family’s background. We had a blast and it helped make “the story that Mom was working on”, something that they were more aware of and interested in. For my current work-in-progress, we just recently finished an all new history unit including visits to a few local museums and stories that the kids wrote on their own!

  Patience

 I used to want to write, write, write all the time. And often, that’s what I did! Well, I still would love to write as often as I can, but God has been teaching me something oh-so-important: patience. As part of this, I set aside certain parts of the week for writing office hours. These slots of writing time typically occur on Tuesday evenings, and include a few additional 1 ½ hours slots during the week, once homeschooling is done. In this manner, I am able to carve out some quiet writing time while still making sure the kids are having a great and productive day. But for any writer or working mom, we can agree . . . that’s not a lot of time when added up! In God’s wonderful provision, though, He seems to extend much richness to those little snatches of time. They might not be many, but they are mighty! It’s been a prayer of mine for several years now, that by keeping my writing below these other priorities, that God would help me fill in the cracks of time and energy—and He has been so faithful to supply. I still have my moments when I feel frazzled,  especially when deadlines are near, and that’s why I am thankful for this next lesson that God has been teaching me . . .

  Communication

 The thing about living with a writer, is that you often find them staring at a computer screen. That doesn’t look all that productive, does it? But what we’re doing on the other side of that screen is weaving a story-world of plot, characters, purpose, and heart. Typing words onto the page that we hope will touch lives, digging through old articles for research, or jotting down messy plotting notes that we pray will somehow amount to a story one day. By communicating with my kids (like sharing with them about the story and characters) I’m able to help them see what I’m doing and why. And since kids can be rambunctious and full of life (and questions, and needs for snacking, and ideas, and messes . . . *wink*) and since this writer works well with quiet, I have a little chalkboard that I hang on my doorknob when it’s one of my “office hour” slots. I jot down my start time and end time for that 1 ½ hour block, add a heart or smiley face, and often make note of what our next task will be like preparing a meal or doing an activity together. Then I shut my door and the little sign dangling from the knob outside helps the kids remember what I’m up to. It reminds them that I won’t be tucked away for long, but that I do need to focus for a little while. They’re always allowed to come knocking if a need arises, but for the most part, they’re happy on these afternoons with their own projects. When the hour or so is up, we reconvene and go back about our day, usually slipping into something fun that we do together. By having these slots of time in the week, and by communicating carefully with them in a way they can understand, it helps to bring us all what we need.  

  Grace

 There are days when I blow it, and days when I need a lot of grace. Maybe I’ve spilled iced tea on one of the research books (don’t worry, this is a hypothetical example 😉 ) or maybe I didn’t save a scene properly, or just feel stuck and exhausted with a plot thread. These days can certainly tamper with the harmony, which begins with my heart and the need to remember the reason for why I write these stories: for God’s glory. When I begin to lose my calm, or grow frustrated or weary with the challenges afoot, I know it’s time to circle back to what it’s all for. It’s for the readers, it’s for my children, it’s for my joy, and most of all, it’s for God’s glory. By me being harried or stressed, very little of this is being accomplished! God has used the writing process to speak to my heart in ways that have reminded me of what I can surrender, and more and more of the ways that I can look to HIM for guidance. The lessons aren’t always easy, but through each season , and through each book, I have come to see more and more all the ways to be thankful.



Blog Stops

KarenSueHadley , August 7
Batya’s Bits, August 7
By The Book, August 8
Betti Mace, August 10
Moments, August 12
Bigreadersite , August 15
A Reader’s Brain, August 17
Texas Book-aholic, August 17
janicesbookreviews, August 18
LifeofLiterature, August 19
As He Leads is Joy, August 19

Friday, August 16, 2019

Full Circle by Athena Dean Holtz


About the Book


Book: Full Circle
Author: Athena Dean Holtz
Genre: Memoir
Release Date: February 11, 2017

Athena’s driving desire for affirmation and attention pulled her away from her family, husband, and children into what she thought would bring happiness. Deceived by Scientology, forays into mysticism, and twelve years in a restrictive and legalistic cult, she lost everything—her marriage, relationships, home, business, money, and reputation.

This is the candid and inspirational story of how her eyes were opened, how God restored what had been lost, and gave her the desires of her heart, including a new love.




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My Review

Wow ... just wow. What a story of redemption and our sovereign Lord. Our author draws us in with her need for love, acceptance, approval- things we can all resonate with in one form or another I believe at some point in our lives. She gives us a honest, heartbreaking look at the many dead ends in an attempt to fill that need only the Lord could fill. Trying to get her father's attention, being an upper crust in the Scientology cult, and even coming under heavy spiritual abuse from a severely legalistic cult. She really helps us understand the draw of a cult and the community or leadership it provides especially when someone takes Scripture out of context. All through the story she shows us her journey to Christ, and how the Lord used every experience and literally brought it "full circle" to glorify Himself, and bring our author to His calling for her. The way the story is told is emotional, raw, real, and full of Scriptural truth. I was so blessed to hear the author's testimony, and her writing style made it an intriguing, inspirational read. I recommend this book for those searching for love, acceptance and more and have only hit dead ends, those who may have suffered spiritual abuse, or those looking for an awe-inspiring inspirational Christian living that points back time and again to the Savior.

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



About the Authors


Athena Dean Holtz has been at the forefront of Christian custom publishing for the last 30 years. The co-founder of WinePress Publishing, she now leads Redemption Press. Author of three previous books, and a highly-rated personal blog, she serves as president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association, is a president’s club member of the Christian Women in Media Association, and a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association. She recently retired as host and interviewer on “Always Faithful Radio,” KCIS, Seattle. Married to Ross Holtz, pastor of The Summit, Athena enjoys her grandchildren and time spent sailing. The couple makes their home in Enumclaw, Wash.


Inger J. Logelin is a freelance writer, author, and senior editor of Redemption Press. Ministry experience includes pioneer church planting among the Inuit, and a wilderness camp for First Nations youth of Canada, as well as short-term missions around the world. She and her husband make their home on Whidbey Island, Wash.
 


More from Athena

When people hear about my Job-like experience with the modern-day Cinderella story ending, I often hear remarks like “WOW, that should be a movie!” It has been six and a half years of full-on redemption and restoration and, honestly, I still pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming this! After 12 years of spiritual abuse that left me a shell of a person, devastated and distraught, I began a breathtaking journey of healing for all the loss I’d endured. The loss of my 18 year marriage, destroyed relationships with my adult children, the death of my well known publishing company and destruction of my career, along with the fatality of my credit score as I lost my home, my income, and all material things that meant anything to me. Those 12 years of deception cost me big time, but we serve a Romans 8:28 God who uses all things, even that, for good. I’m on the other side now, healed and restored, proclaiming the faithfulness of a God who used what the enemy meant for evil … for good! I love the creativity He uses in the redemption process … to think He would allow me to be a pastor’s wife now … hand-picked by my pastor-hubby’s late wife of 49 years … with restored relationships with my adult children and grandchildren … to be a radio show host interviewing authors whose stories ring of the faithfulness of God … to steward well another publishing endeavor called Redemption Press … so many full circles where God’s sovereignly connects the dots and brings insight that mends my soul. I’m excited to share my story with you, to be authentic and transparent, and to reflect the glory of God. I pray that you’re encouraged by all that God has done, and that you’re left with a healthy dose of hope in His faithfulness and His ability to bring good out of bad, every time. And now, I’ll leave you with an inviting peek into some trivia about my life… My Uncle Skeeter is a famous actor, James B. Sikking. Known for his part as Howard Hunter on Hill Street Blues and Doogie Howser’s Dad. When I was 14 years old, I owned 7 horses and showed most of them in horse shows across the country, with my last official show being Madison Square Gardens. I absolutely LOVE Vizslas…also known as Hungarian Pointers…I’ve had 2 of them over the last 14 years and am addicted. They are THE COOLEST dogs! I used to work for Helen Reddy, as an administrative assistant to her manager/husband, and before that, for the manager of Rufus & Chaka Khan when they recorded their first hit, Tell Me Somethin’ Good. My Grandma’s house overlooked the Santa Monica beach and originally belonged to the silent movie star, Mary Pickford. When I was five years old, my grandma, Dr. Sue Sikking, was the honored guest on the popular TV show “This is Your Life” with host Ralph Edwards. I was part of the cast when our family surprised her with our attendance, and fervently tugged on Mr. Edwards suit jacket to try to get his attention!




Blog Stops




Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Athena is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and  signed copy of her book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The David Years by Lillian Duncan


About the Book



Book: The David Years  
Author: Lillian Duncan  
Genre: Woman’s Lit  
Release Date: August 2, 2019

Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?” “Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible?” “I guess.” “There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. It’s a time for you to grow in your relationship with God.” “And then later I get to be king?” Nia giggled. “I meant that figuratively not literally but these are your learning years–your David Years.”’ “My David Years. I like that.” Nia Johnson has spent the past four years developing a closer relationship to God. She wants to believe she’s still anointed to become a healer at Puzzle House but as each year passes, she has more and more doubts. Now that she’s graduated from high school and is an adult she is sure it’s time to take the mantle of healing Rachel passed to her so many years before. But the harder she tries, the more it eludes her.


 
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My Review

I remember reading the first book in this series, The Puzzle House, and thinking how faith-filled, quirky, and emotional it was, and The David Years builds off its prequel beautifully. We are presented with an out of the box proposition- the gift of healing and how one uses it. Nia goes on a journey as a young adult searching the Scriptures, learning just like David of the Bible in between his anointing and becoming king. What I love about this book is its' constant pointing back to Jesus as Almighty, Sovereign, and the source of any spiritual gift and the power of it. I feel like our author was also able to present us with realistic struggles many face, and give us a beautiful Gospel presentation, reminding us that no matter if one is healed physically or not, spiritual healing is always available.It was refreshing to see the gift of healing portrayed as something that happens according to the Lord's will and  power comes from only the Lord, because believing everyone will be healed or a person has the ability to heal is dangerous, and Nia finds that out getting involved in a group that calls themselves "Christian," but picks and chooses the truths of the Bible they want.  If I had any critiques, it may be that the writing is a little underdeveloped, and the characters were almost complex enough. I just felt it needed a little more. Also, the plot was a little too problem/solution back to back which made it a little choppy. I really enjoyed how the book was full of Biblical truth without being overwhelming or too preachy. I think any fiction reader of any age could find enjoyment in this inspirational series.

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




About the Author



Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read. Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action. OK—that’s two things. She was a school speech pathologist for over 30 years but retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic disease. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillian-duncan.com.



More from Lillian

The David Years is the second novel in the Puzzle House series. In Puzzle House, Nia was anointed to become a healer. The David Years starts out where Puzzle House stopped. Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?” “Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible? There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. David was tested many times during those years. Those years were very important to David’s growth as a man so that he would be the king God wanted him to be when the time was right.”

 “So what are you saying, Auntie?” “I’m saying these are your David years.” And so the story begins. Most of the book takes place after Nia’s high school graduation during her first year in college. She’s impatient to begin her time as healer and tries to make that happen in her timing—not God’s. But God will not be rushed and whether Nia likes it or not, she’s still in her David Years—her learning years.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘we learn from our mistakes.’ Well, Nia learns a lot that year. In other words, she makes a lot of mistakes. My college years are long, long past so I thought it might be hard to get into the mindset of a college student, but it really wasn’t. I thought back to all the mistakes I made during my college years and the story took off from there!

 Even though Nia is a college student, her story will resonate for anybody who’s facing changes in their life, no matter the age. We all have learning years throughout our lifetime—our very own David Years. Life changes whether we want it to or not. A new marriage. A baby. A divorce. A new job. Retirement. No matter what age we are, we all struggle with finding our place in the world, especially when life changes.

 The good news is that as Christians, we may not have all the answers, but we know where to find them.






Blog Stops


CarpeDIem, August 3
Book Love, August 4 (guest post from Donna Cline)
Artistic Nobody, August 5 (Spotlight)
Power of Words, August 8 (Spotlight)
Simple Harvest Reads, August 10 (Spotlight)
Texas Book-aholic, August 12
Bigreadersite , August 13
janicesbookreviews, August 14
A Reader’s Brain, August 15




Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and the choice of one of her eBooks!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e57c/the-david-years-celebration-tour-giveaway

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Autumn New Releases I'm Most Excited About!



Links to pre-order/purchase:


Diamond in the Rough: https://amzn.to/2OWiFQ6 State of Lies: https://amzn.to/2Z4nVAX Once Upon A Dickens Christmas: https://amzn.to/2N4Bg9S Love's Allegiance: https://amzn.to/2KNG6pf Once Upon a Christmas: https://amzn.to/2KAkuOo The Painted Castle: https://amzn.to/2z0oS2w I received a complimentary copy of some of these books, and all opinions given are entirely my own.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Love & Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate


About the Book



Book: Love and Other Mistakes  
Author: Jessica Kate  
Genre: Romantic Comedy  
Release date: July 31, 2019  

There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.

Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away. Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?


 
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My Review

Love and Other Mistakes was certainly unexpected, and I can honestly say that was both its' strength and weakness. Inside we find a deep, complex plot with multiple storylines going on that keep us really committed to read til the end. We have characters dealing with a cancer diagnosis, extramarital affairs, and we read from different character viewpoints from Natalie, Jeremy, and Lilli a troubled teen. We find a lot of characters that are relatable in that they are imperfect, and the emotion conveyed is really clear and well done. The situations we find inside can be uncomfortable at times, but I certainly feel that the author wrote about these tense situations in a realistic way without mincing words, which I tend to like. I am not a huge fan of books that focus solely on a romance, so I enjoyed that the book had so much more depth and complex challenges we had to face that people deal with on the daily. I felt the language used and the way our storylines blended together seamlessly showed true writing mastery. 

So, here is my caveat- this book is not a romantic comedy in my opinion which even the cover suggests. I didn't find myself laughing or happy for most of the book, more serious and concerned. I just feel that the cover, genre, and description don't really give us the true vibe of the book, and was just too tough for a romantic comedy so if you're looking for a hallmark movie/You've Got Mail vibe (one of my favorite all time rom coms!), this is about the opposite of that (in my opinion anyway). Some of the book seemed a little left to be desired in the conclusion as well. Rom Coms are supposed to have happy endings, and while there was a mostly happy ending, some of it just took away. Again, I like the author was realistic with her plot and those tense situations, but the book just lacked the faith element as well that I had hoped to see. While I am totally ok with the ending not being totally perfect for all involved, I just felt let down by the premise we were given in relation to what we find in the book.

Overall, I recommend this read for those looking for a deep, emotional read, which may be enjoyable to any type of fiction reader.

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



About the Author



Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full wit, sass, and grit.


More from Jessica

A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it. Read an excerpt at https://jessicakatewriting.com/books/love-and-other-mistakes/





Blog Stops

Among the Reads, July 31
Wishful Endings, August 1
Emily Yager, August 2
CarpeDiem, August 3
Livin’ Lit, August 4
Genesis 5020, August 5
Pause for Tales, August 6
Back Porch Reads, August 7
Hallie Reads, August 8
Remembrancy, August 10
Texas Book-aholic, August 11
A Reader’s Brain, August 12
janicesbookreviews, August 13



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jessica is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of Love and Other Mistakes!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e563/love-and-other-mistakes-celebration-tour-giveaway