Walking with Jesus Author Interview and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Walking with Jesus

Author: Troy A. Waugh

Genre:  Non-Fiction

Release Date: Feb, 2020

Front cover Walking With JesusWhen God spoke to Troy Waugh saying, “I want you to walk the Natchez Trace,” he obeyed.

Never mind that he wasn’t young anymore—he would be seventy at the completion of the 444 mile walk. Never mind that the thirty-five-day walk would be far above his physical capabilities and experience. Never mind that this was Mississippi—in the summer.

Taking the challenge, Waugh uses the time to slow down and reflect on his life—his upbringing, his relationships, his struggles with workaholism—and to raise awareness for a homeless ministry. More than a travelogue, this is a journey into the soul of a man learning to walk with the Lord daily. His reflections will inspire others to reach for and accomplish their own difficult goals.

I believe my walk on the Natchez Trace was God’s method of shaking me loose from the regrets of my past and firming up my spiritual belief system so I could walk into the future closer to Jesus.

 

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About the Author

Troy Waugh PhotoTroy Waugh is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Southern California. A mentor with Mission Development International, he helps leaders of Christian nonprofits achieve God’s vision in their lives and their organizations. The retired founder, former president, and CEO of The Rainmaker Academy, a training program for CPAs, is also the author of several books, and he lives with his wife, Sheryl, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

 

More from Troy

Please join me on a spiritual journey along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. This book relates a journey of spiritual renewal and rediscovery. While it does describe what I encountered on this historic parkway, this is not a hiking or nature book. It is about my walk with Jesus and how He has loved me even during the times I may have strayed from Him.

In 2014 I experienced a deepening of my relationship with Jesus like no other. This book is about that cleansing and invigorating experience. My prayer is that you, too, will feel God’s love for you and you will recommit yourself to loving Jesus.

These thirty-one chapters are based upon notes from the daily journal I kept throughout the hike. Each of the days is unique, and each day God revealed Himself to me in a different way.

I trust your spirit will be renewed as I share some of my experiences of angels’ visits, hearing the audible voice of God, the move of the Holy Spirit, a shocking suicide, the miracle of a change in the climate, and the renewed life that comes from turning your life over to God.

Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Troy Waugh

What inspired this book?

In 2014, God instructed me to walk the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace within the month of July.  During the walk, I focused on a different aspect of my spiritual walk each day.  Subsequent to ending the walk, I was encouraged to write about my experiences.  From the notes of each day, I wrote material that later formed a book.

Which chapter was the most difficult to write?

Chapters 12, 13 and 14 were painful because they dealt with trials, hardships of life and healing.  Recalling those difficulties seemed to surface them, which brought up repressed feelings and emotions from the scars of those times.

What would you like your readers to get out of this book?

Encouragement that the common person can do amazing things when we tap into the power of God.

What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

James 1:2-12, Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds……..blessed is the one who perserveres….. that person will receive the crown of life.

2 Peter 1:2-11  His Divine power has given us everything we need……

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere that I can wake up and see the ocean.

What are you reading right now?

Just finished “The River of Doubt” by Candace Millard, “Andrew Jackson and the miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade, and “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva.

What is your most well-loved and well-used house appliance?

The coffee pot.

Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.

When I am writing, I block out the outside world as my mind dives into the subject.

If you could have one piece of art or music a deserted island, what would it be and why?

Any 3 or 4 part harmony album by Southern Gospel, Bluegrass or Country groups

Thank you for your time Troy and letting us get to know you better!

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 30

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Simple Harvest Reads, April 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 3

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, April 4

Artistic Nobody, April 5 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Troy is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of Walking with Jesus!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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In the Garden Spotlight and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  In The Garden

Author: Whitaker House Editorial

Genre:  Christian non-fiction, Biblical history, cultural, Biblical reference

Release Date: January 10, 2020

In The Garden CoverConsider not only the lilies of the field, but all the plants, trees, herbs, shrubs, and flowers that play a role in the biblical narrative through this illustrated guide. From the barley Ruth harvested to the hyssop David craved, from the frankincense the wise men brought to Jesus to the sycamore tree Zacchaeus climbed, the Bible is peppered with allusions to the plants that were a part of daily life in the ancient Near East and in New Testament Israel. With original illustrations, this beautiful gift book clarifies the biblical references to fifty plants and provides delightful new insights into the Word of God. Includes indexes to each plant and its corresponding Scripture references, a calendar of Jewish festivals and the growing seasons in Israel, and tips for growing your own biblically inspired garden.

 

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More from Whitaker House

Rather than being a dictionary of the plants mentioned in the Bible, In the Garden, with its original illustrations and plant descriptions, is meant to spark the reader’s spiritual imagination. It is our hope that these pages about the plants of the Bible will prompt your imagination and inform your study of the precious Word of the living God

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Whitaker House is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and finished copy of the book!!

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The Ministry of Healing Spotlight and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  The Ministry of Healing

Author: AJ Gordon

Genre:  Christian non-fiction, spiritual growth

Release Date: January 17, 2020

Ministry of Healing CoverClassic Christian author A. J. Gordon expresses curiosity about whether the healing miracles from the Middle Ages up to his day can be verified as a continuation of Christ’s Spirit in the church. Through deep study and inquiry of the established history, Gordon concludes that the power to heal followers remains with the church—there was no special era of miracle working. God and His powers remain the same in the modern era as they have right through human history. For Gordon, God’s intervention in the suffering and sickness of His followers is frequent; the will of the Lord however is variable—but He will not prolong the pain of someone whose illness is too great. Throughout this text, A. J. Gordon makes his argument from a biblical perspective, citing passages in both the Old and New Testament that support the continuation of spiritual gifts. Quoting testimonies of believers across the ages, he offers a convincing argument that the church ministry is, to this day, one of healing.

 

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About the Author

Adoniram_Judson_GordonAdoniram Judson (A. J.) Gordon (1836–1895) came to prominence in the United States as the evangelical pastor of Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston for more than twenty-five years. During his tenure there, he saw the church completely transformed into one of the most spiritual and aggressive churches in America, with an unsurpassed effort in missions. A missionary training school and publishing house were associated with the church, and Gordon preached at many of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Conferences, along with other notable preachers such as A. B. Simpson, A. T. Pierson, and R. A. Torrey. His training school eventually became Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He also founded Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts. He wrote his most famous book, The Ministry of Healing, in 1882, but he also wrote at least fifteen hymns, including “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” as well as other books of Christian instruction.

 

More from Whitaker House

This classic Christian work has previously only been self published. Gordon is renowned as founder of Gordon-Conwell Seminary and Gordon College. His writings became foundational work for what later became the spirit-filled movement.

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Lukewarm Tea, March 23 (Spotlight)

Texas Book-aholic, March 24

Andrea Christenson, March 25 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, March 26

For the Love of Literature, March 27 (Spotlight)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 28

Simple Harvest Reads, March 29 (Spotlight)

CarpeDiem, March 30

For Him and My Family, March 31

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Whitaker House is giving away the grand prize of a $20 Starbucks Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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The Builder’s Reluctant Bride Spotlight and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  The Builder’s Reluctant Bride

Author: Stacey Weeks

Genre:  Christian romance, women’s fiction

Release Date: July 8, 2016

The Builders reluctant bride coverHe wants a second chance. She says there’s no going back. Ten years ago, a public disgrace sent Jenna Jenkins running from her hometown. Now, the success of her professional future hinges on joining her hometown church restoration project. Her partner and team leader on the job is William Scott—expert renovator, volunteer fireman, and the ex-flame who ruined her life.  William is in crisis, facing the tightening screws of personal and professional failure. When the interior designer on the church renovation project turns out to be Jenna Jenkins, William sees it as a chance to make amends. But Jenna wants nothing to do with him.  How much will William sacrifice to redeem his mistakes and prove his love? Can Jenna protect her heart this time or will William break her for good?

 

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About the Author

stacey weeksStacey Weeks is the multi-award-winning author of Glorious Surrender (2016), and Chasing Holiness (2020), inspirational romances The Builder’s Reluctant Bride (2016), Mistletoe Melody (2018), Mistletoe Mission (2019), and inspirational romantic suspense novels In Too Deep (2017), and Fatal Homecoming (2019). Stacey lives in Ontario where she speaks at women’s conferences, teaches writing and bible study workshops, and writes about the things of the Lord. www.staceyweeks.com

More from Stacey

Afflicted but not Crushed

I created the character, Jenna, from The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, during a time of life filled with chaos. Changed ripped stability out from underneath me. I couldn’t tell if my challenges were from God deigned to build my faith or if they were a temptation from the enemy to doubt God. Life struck with a severity that stole the breath from my lungs, so I retreated into a fictional world to process. I needed to be reminded, like Jenna, that my current struggles didn’t negate the ways God was using me. I needed to remember that God would use everything in my life to shape me into His image and draw me closer to Him.

“I thought after his mom died, I had lost the both of them. Then, you came around.” The corners of his eyes crinkled.

“Me?” she squeaked.

“Yes. You changed everything for him. I know you left for college right after graduation, so you likely didn’t see the change. But God took that seed you planted in my son and grew this man.” He gestured to William, who stood with his fire jacket off and held a dog while it licked his soot-covered face. “This man of God.” Carmen looked squarely into her eyes. “I am indebted to you, Jenna.”

She squirmed at his unquestionable sincerity. She didn’t deserve his praise for directing his son to faith, the same faith that later let her down in every conceivable way.

When life’s chaos hit Jenna, it caused her to question her faith and question God’s goodness. It took her time to sift through the mess and find the truth. God is good.

Still.

Always.

Never changing.

Good.

It might not feel good. You might want to give up. You might think there is no way for God to redeem your story, but Jenna would tell you that you would be wrong.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 14

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 21

A Baker’s Perspective, March 22 (Author Interview)

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CarpeDiem, March 24

By The Book, March 25 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, March 26

For the Love of Literature, March 27 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Stacey is giving away the grand prize of a dainty bracelet with each word spelled out in Morse Code with beads!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Enduring Love Spotlight and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Enduring Love

Author: Danyelle Scroggins

Genre:  Christian fiction

Release Date: March 16, 2018

Enduring Love(FrontCover)completeNo one ever truly realizes the power of their love, until love is tested and they have to endure things unimaginable and sometimes hurtful. And if the truth is declared, no one wants to but…

Sometimes we find ourselves standing in the test of love and this is exactly where Priscilla Marshall finds herself. Married to Steven since she graduated college, together they were the perfect couple. Both making successful business moves, both loved their choices, but one had a secret that could change their lives.

Priscilla, now forced to make a plan to secure her future, finds out that a plan without God involved is not a plan at all because “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

What will God use to make this woman’s plan come full circle with His own, and after the test, will they find that they truly do have an Enduring Love?

 

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About the Author

Danyelle ScrogginsDanyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a dynamic author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty University. She owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC.

More from Danyelle

I am so elated that you are a part of this awesome Enduring Love blog tour. I’ve always been a love child per se…loving all things romance. When my second grade teacher introduced me to Amelia Bedelia books by Herman Parish, I knew I would write. Then my mom introduced me to romance by Danielle Steels and the bad girl of books—Jackie Collins. Finally, I decided I’d be the Danyelle with the “y” who will write books about love.

Life has been so rewarding as I finally realize that everything I’ve ever faced was simply for my good. The good, bad, and the ugly now find itself woven in the corridors of my books and I’m grateful to be able to share stories with the world of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love.

And you know what’s even greater? We don’t have to be perfect to be a part of His family, to receive His love, or to be a recipient of His grace.

He has shown me that I can write about love, problems, situations, and circumstances that we face as humans but also show how we overcome the situations and circumstances we face, by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony.

As you read this book or any of my books, understand that they are in fact a testimony to God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love towards His people.

Be Blessed, Danyelle Scroggins

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

Godly Book Reviews, March 13

Batya’s Bits, March 14

Artistic Nobody, March 15 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, March 16

Texas Book-aholic, March 17

A Diva’s Heart, March 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 19 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, March 20

Just the Write Escape, March 21

deb’s Book Review, March 22

SusanK. Beatty, Author, March 23 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

Simple Harvest Reads, March 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Danyelle is giving away the grand prize package of all five (5) of the books from the E Love Series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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One Little Lie Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  One Little Lie

Author: Colleen Coble

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense.

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.

 

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Guest Review from Mindy Houng

“The truth is easier to handle than most people think.  A lies is a betrayal that hits you where you really live.”

Colleen Coble knows how to write romantic suspense. I’ve read many of her books and can confidently say that she knows how to reel her readers in from the prologue and keep us hooked until the very last page. In her latest offering, One Little Lie, the author weaves the lives of a father-daughter duo who escape a cult compound into a small town in Alabama that suddenly sees a multitude of murders and violence. In her trademark style, the author brings in many secondary characters into the plot to add details that only become clear at the very end of the book and to throw the reader off from the true villain. The villain actually does have a voice in the story as well, which is interesting. The plot moves fast with plenty of adrenaline, action, and unforeseen twists; romance between Jane and Reid is subtle. From one little lie in each of the character’s past and/or present, their lives spiral out of control and the lies bring them colliding into each other in one brilliantly plotted story.
Jane, our heroine, is the newly appointed police chief in Pelican Harbor who still bears the scars from her childhood in a cult. She’s strong, independent, intelligent, and compassionate but tends to hold on to her anger tightly.  Reid is a documentary journalist who comes into town to create a documentary on small town police chiefs. He’s loyal, passionate, protective, and tender but has a secret and an ulterior motive in being at Pelican Harbor which provides a subplot in the story. Both of the main characters, along with Reid’s son Will, are incredibly easy to love.
When I first started the book, I didn’t realize that this series may turn out to be more like the author’s Rock Harbor series where the entire series focuses mostly on the main character(s).  I’m so used to her series following different sets of main characters who are loosely related to each other that I was slightly confused when critical key issues were not addressed by the time I got to the last chapter. Then I realized that the second book will likely pick up where the first book left off (on an emotional cliffhanger, of course). Can’t wait to read what happens next with Jane, Reid, and Will.

If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review.  All comments and opinions are solely my own.

About the Author

Colleen CobleBest-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. You can visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

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A Baker’s Perspective, March 20

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Simple Harvest Reads, March 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

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To Everything There is a Season, March 23

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Daysong Reflections, March 23

Lights in a Dark World, March 23

Killer Harvest Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Killer Harvest

Author: Tanya Stowe

Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March, 2020

Killer HarvestCan she stop a deadly crop virus from ending up in the wrong hands? Biologist and single mom Sassa Nilsson just witnessed her mentor’s brutal murder by environmental extremists. Now she’s the last link to a deadly pathogen they plan unleashing—and their number one target! But can handsome border patrol agent Jared De Luca shield Sassa and her baby long enough to find a cure…before the entire world faces the unthinkable consequences?

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Guest Review from Mindy Houng

Tanya Stowe really knows how to grab your attention from page one and take you for an adrenaline-drenched, high-intensity suspense that will have you turning the pages! As a militant environmental group threatens to steal the formula for a virulent plant pathogen, Sassa comes into the group’s crosshairs with her work at the university lab. As a single mom with low self-esteem, Sassa is thrown into one dangerous situation after another as she tries to reconstruct the formula and then to find the cure. Jared is a border patrol agent who’d been tasked with protecting Sassa’s boss when the situation turns bleak and Sassa’s well-being is threatened. Sassa and Jared both have emotional baggage from past broken relationships so are wary of each other at first but learn to work with each other and share trust. The romance is sweet but the suspense aspect of the plot is stronger (which I happen to appreciate).
If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will definitely enjoy this one. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

About the Author

Tanya StoweTanya Stowe is a Christian Fiction author with an unexpected edge. She is married to the love of her life, her high school sweetheart. They have four children and twenty-one grandchildren, a true adventure. She fills her books with the unusual…mysteries and exotic travel, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey packed with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

 

More from Tanya

As a teenager, I spent my summers water-skiing on the King’s River in Central California. Even though we lived on the coast and the ocean, we traveled inland to the smooth river waters every other weekend for our sport. We camped on a sandy beach, skimmed over the water all day long and at night sat under a sky full of brilliant stars and listened to the sound of the water rippling past. Since we lived on the coast with a heavy marine layer, the amazing sky always fascinated me. Surrounded by massive cottonwood trees, with the smell of ripe fruit drifting toward us, my river experiences were different from home and more than memorable. On some nights we’d hear the splash and laughter as teenagers, somewhere across the river, came down to swim. I always wondered what it would be like to live in the nearby small, neat-as-a-pin town, to know the same people all of my life and to be able to drive down to the river with my friends on any given night. I envied those teenagers and always knew I’d someday write a story about central California. I didn’t know it would involve biological warfare and crazed killers…but that transition is another story all its own! I’ll stop here and hope you enjoy Killer Harvest!

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deb’s Book Review, March 7

Texas Book-aholic, March 8

Simple Harvest Reads, March 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 9

Among the Reads, March 9

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April Hayman, Author, March 10

Inklings and notions, March 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 11

Betti Mace, March 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, March 12

Bigreadersite, March 12

Through the Fire Blogs, March 13

Maureen’s Musings, March 13

Older & Smarter?, March 14

She Lives To Read, March 14

Remembrancy, March 15

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 15

Blogging With Carol, March 15

Emily Yager, March 16

Blossoms and Blessings, March 16

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Daysong Reflections, March 17

Mary Hake, March 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 18

Pause for Tales, March 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 19

SPLASHES of Joy, March 19

Hallie Reads, March 19

Artistic Nobody, March 20 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, March 20

To Everything There Is A Season, March 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tanya is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Welcome to the Shivoo Author Interview and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Welcome to the Shivoo

Author: Laura Bartnick

Genre:  Inspiration/Christian Living/Education

Release Date: January 1, 2020

Front Shivoo w Award SealDO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A CREATIVE, A WRITER, A MEMBER OF THE MAKER COMMUNITY?

In the beginning, God created. Should this matter?
Do you find incredible value in your creativity, that is, a reason for being and doing that you could never imagine giving up? Okay then. This book will inspire you to join a spiritual party like no other.

Perhaps you’ve heard that the impulse to create is a reflection of the Creator’s image in you and His will for you. Your impulse to create is paramount! The chapters in this book will provide you pages of new perspectives for evaluating your craft. It will help you communicate what you experience with others. It will transform your creative future. Motivation. Spiritual Gifts. God’s own blessing.
Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Laura BartnickBartnick has been a youth counselor with Youth for Christ, and a worship musician for many years. She is the managing partner of Capture Books, a small but mighty boutique Christian publishing group. She loves creativity and words. She loves to explore the deeper meaning of the things we casually say to one another, the things we write down.  She earned a double degree in Bible and Composition from Montana Bible College and Colorado Christian University and is a truth-seeker and recipient of God’s love.

More from Laura

ARE YOU A WRITER OR PART OF THE MAKER CULTURE?

This beloved book explains why it matters that “In the beginning, God created.”

A reader coined this title, “The Creator’s Manifesto.”

When you need to find the place of belonging as a creative, look no further than the heart of God. He’s the One Who formed you to be creative in talent, and adventurous in the wild unknown.

Welcome to the Shivoo! This party belongs to Someone bigger than you. Because you are created in God’s image and given specific creative gifts and a life of purpose, you are very special to Him.

Many creatives feel that there is a monkey on their backs, and sometimes that nagging feeling includes the doubt that maybe the terrible distraction is God Himself not wanting them to succeed as a writer or artist. Nothing is further from the truth.

This book is a party and a prayer for the creatives in town.

In Welcome to the Shivoo! creativity begins with the priorities of the greatest Creator, and in that sense of wonder, it moves us into a place of gratitude and thanksgiving.  Creativity always begins with a sense of wonder and awe, even a sense of meekness, “Can I do this?  I have to try…”  In Welcome to the Shivoo!, I try to show that God is the center of a creative’s world, and because of His love and goodness, we have a home and a place to belong. Creativity erupts from that place.

From there, the book shows how there is a Biblical theology for being creative and a means to thrive in creativity. It challenges Christians to be authentic, to focus, to communicate, and to transform.  It explains how there is a kingdom language we are charged to learn, as believers, and to use not in a sloppy way, but responsibly. And, it sends us off with an exuberant blessing to go create something and enjoy the process!

Mindy’s Q&A with Laura Bartnick

What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

My life verses feel braided, interwoven, and circular, yet explosive at the same time to me.  Lamentations 3:21-23 became my life’s verse when my parents divorced and afterward because of the way it has lifted me out of confusion, failures, despair, or depression, “This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope… The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, they are new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness.” When I was younger and a songwriter/musician, my life verse was Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  During college, my favorite passage was, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10  But, now, as I have finished relaunching The Shivoo, I realize that the first verse of the Bible really ties all of these themes together… “In the beginning, God created…” I now see God’s own amazing creativity as the reason why His lovingkindnesses are new every morning and not stale, and why His love and kindness never cease because they are in a continuum of creativity, and why the word of Christ, when we let it dwell in our lives in a rich way, produces profound wisdom, treasures hidden in secret places, teachings, and admonishment of one another, and singing with grace in our hearts… all of these beautiful, life-giving things are things we cannot boast in because they are not our own good works or our own salvation, but actually the good works and salvation that God prepared for life beforehand through His creation and creativity that we should walk in them, for we are His workmanship.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with a view, my camera, a blank sheet of paper and pen, and a good book.

What are you reading right now?

Ruth Hally Barton’s Invitation to Solitude and Silence, and Debbie Johnson’s The Journey: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament.

What is your most well-loved and well-used house appliance?

It’s either my washing machine or my egg poacher.  I use them both so much, but I’ve had to live without a washing machine before, so it’s probably the washing machine.

If you could have one piece of art or music a deserted island, what would it be and why?

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons: October (“Autumn Song”) Here it is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq7TNv7Pbm8  It is such a wandering delightful piece, you know “all who wander are not lost” – The quote emerged from a poem that was written by J. R. R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. The poem is used to describe Aragorn. But, lately, I’ve also discovered “a channel” on Spotify called peaceful guitar, which is the answer to all of my longing for personal musical rest, and I think I’m in love with that channel.  You know? I think I could do nothing, not eat, not work, just be suspended in a sabbath space of deep awe, joy, and satisfaction for hours and hours…

Thank you Laura, for your time and allowing us to get to know you better!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 5

Texas Book-aholic, March 6

For the Love of Literature, March 7

Simple Harvest Reads, March 8 (Author Interview)

Stephanie’s life of Determination , March 8

For Him and My Family, March 9

Inklings and notions, March 10

deb’s Book Review, March 11

CarpeDiem, March 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 13

Emily Yager, March 14

Artistic Nobody, March 15 (Author Interview)

Create! Teach! Inspire!, March 16

Moments, March 17

Godly Book Reviews, March 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift certificate!!

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/f80f/welcome-to-the-shivoo-celebration-tour-giveaway

From Sky to Sky Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  From Sky to Sky

Author: Amanda G. Stevens

Genre:  Christian Suspense/ Fantasy

Release Date: February, 2020

Sky to SkyZac Wilson can’t die.

Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.

Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?

The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help. . .from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.

 

Click here to get your copy.

Guest Review from Mindy Houng

“Silence in company didn’t hold the weight and mass of silence alone.”
I highly recommend that you read No Less Days first before reading From Sky to Sky. The first book sets the premise and some of the characters in place so that you’re not confused by how things pick up at the beginning of this story. The journey of the “elderfolk” or “longevites” continues through third person limited perspective of Zac Wilson who was introduced during the first book. David Galloway who indoctrinated the readers into the plight of the “longevites” in No Less Days also plays a prominent role in this book. The plot has twists and turns that takes the reader to places unexpected, as the author beautifully melds lyrical prose, intense and raw emotions, redemption and God’s unrelenting love with a hefty dose of speculative/sci-fi and wonderfully complex, layered characters.
Zac is an unforgettable character. Impulsive, passionate, vivid, and full of life, he sees and acts with emotion and has an extra sense of empathy that allows him to bond with people but also becomes his Achilles’ heel. Zac meets other longevites that he longs to enfold into his family but tragic circumstances, misunderstandings, and century-old fears become obstacles in their relationships. I really enjoyed getting to know Zac, just like I did getting to know David. His struggle against the injustices of the world, his struggle against God Himself and his past pain, and his PTSD are real, tangible, and extremely relatable. Though this book answered questions that were left at the end of the first book, it ended without a definitive conclusion…..so I’m thinking there is a third book in the series?
If you enjoy a well-written book that is somewhat outside-the-box, you will totally love this book. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

About the Author

AmandaStevensAs a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.

 

More from Amanda

For years, the theme of immortality has intrigued me. I love the Elves of Middle-Earth, the “happiest and saddest” of the peoples Tolkien created as they watch the ages pass. I love the exploration of aged sorrow in Tuck Everlasting. I’ve stuck with TV shows which shall remain nameless (but, ahem, a few feature vampires) because I’m always wondering how did this writer tackle immortality? Anything new? Are the characters convincingly old and young at the same time?

The thing is, while some of these fiction works satisfy me more than others, I’m always left with a tug of incompletion. Eventually I figured out this tug was a story in my own head and heart wanting to come out, a contemporary story that included the gospel. What might God’s plan be for those whose earthly days seem unnumbered? How would their age affect their interactions with humanity and with faith? These questions were the springboard for the No Less Days series, and of course the answers vary with the individual. Ultimately this is why I write: to explore people, their inner selves, their relationships. My goal is always to create characters that breathe from the page.

In From Sky to Sky, we get a look into the head and heart of Zac Wilson, who has been on the run from God longer than any of us could imagine: a full century playing the prodigal. I always try to be honest about how much life can hurt, “even” for the Christian; if we had triple the number of years to accumulate hurt in this broken world, we’d have a lot of it. That’s true of all my ageless characters, including Zac. To scratch the surface, this man fought in two world wars and has outlived all his children.

But the sum of Zac is much more than his collected wounds. He is a deep-feeling, fun-loving, generous guy. He enjoys music and physical activity. He has an insatiable sweet tooth and a need for open spaces. He’s not afraid to laugh at his own expense, and he has a boundless love for people and the stories of their lives.

My hope is that readers will grow to love this young old guy as they journey with him through some dark times toward redemption and light.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 22

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

Inklings and notions, February 23

Inside the Wong Mind, February 23

Through the Fire Blogs, February 24

For the Love of Literature, February 25

deb’s Book Review, February 25

For Him and My Family, February 26

Mary Hake, February 26

Older & Smarter?, February 27

Blogging With Carol, February 28

Life love writing, February 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 29

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 29

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, March 2

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 3

Hallie Reads, March 3

Simple Harvest Reads, March 4 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Pause for Tales, March 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 5

Remembrancy, March 6

Bigreadersite, March 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Amanda is giving away the grand prize package of a a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of From Sky to Sky!!

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/f5cf/from-sky-to-sky-celebration-tour-giveaway

Cold Case Connection Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Cold Case Connection

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 1, 2020

Cold Case Connection CoverConvinced his sister’s death wasn’t an accident, private investigator Sergio Ross is determined to catch her killer. But with all the clues hinting at a connection to another unsolved murder, he has to join forces with Helen Pike—a woman linked to both deaths—to find the truth. Can they follow the cold evidence trail to get justice…before they become the next victims?

 

Click here to get your copy.

Guest Review from Mindy Houng

Another fantastic romantic suspense from Dana Mentink! This is book 3 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series but can be read as a stand-alone (I highly recommend the other books in the series as well). The suspense in the plot is strong and well played out as Sergio searches for the one responsible for his sister’s death. As the deceased sister’s best friend, Helen feels responsible and does what she can to help Sergio figure out the truth. Sergio starts out as a bitter and hardened man but softens up considerably to Helen as they get to know each other. Helen is a tender but strong-willed manager of the ranch who doggedly searches for the answer. The romantic thread between Sergio and Helen is well-done and Sergio’s twin nieces add a dimension of cuteness to the story. Sergio’s bumps and mistakes in parenthood as he goes from carefree bachelor to overnight caretaker and father of two are so real, funny, and totally relatable. There is also a good faith thread and a lesson on forgiveness and letting go of vengeance.
If you’re following along in the series, you’ll get some extra love by being able to catch up with Liam, Mitch, and the rest of the crowd from the previous books.
Dana Mentink has to be one of my favorite Love Inspired Suspense authors. I can’t wait for the next book where we’ll learn about Chad and his stoic ways.
I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

About the Author

Dana MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

More from Dana

Cold Case Connection was really fun to write because it’s Helen’s story. She’s an intelligent, sensitive woman who is the sister to the men living on the Roughwater Ranch. Liam is her biological brother, but she’s just as close to Chad and Mitch who might as well be blood relatives. In this novel, Helen has to relive the worst moment of her teenage life, the night when a mysterious murder occurred during a teen prank. Helen is going to have to face the past in order to preserve her future. Cowboys, a case gone cold, a coastal ranch and a whole lot of danger…I hope you will enjoy the ride!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 14

Among the Reads, February 14

Through the Fire Blogs, February 14

The Avid Reader, February 15

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 16

Inklings and notions, February 16

janicesbookreviews, February 16

Betti Mace, February 17

She Lives to Read, February 17

Genesis 5020, February 17

For the Love of Literature, February 18

For Him and My Family, February 18

My Devotional Thoughts, February 19

Reading Is My SuperPower, February 19

Just Your Average reviews, February 19

Remembrancy, February 20

Older & Smarter?, February 20

Blogging With Carol, February 20

deb’s Book Review, February 21

Bigreadersite, February 21

EmpowerMoms, February 21

Blossoms and Blessings, February 22

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 22

Christian Bookaholic, February 23

KarenSueHadley, February 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 23

Emily Yager, February 24

Christian Bookshelf Reviews, February 24

Pause for Tales, February 24

Simple Harvest Reads, February 25 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 25

Maureen’s Musings, February 26

Hallie Reads, February 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, February 26

Livin’ Lit, February 27

To Everything There Is A Season, February 27

Daysong Reflections, February 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including a bag, a copy of the book, and an Amazon gift card!!

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/f5c6/cold-case-connection-celebration-tour-giveaway