September Personal Giveaway

It’s time for my September Giveaway through September 27. Comment for your chance to win one of these two books: Hold Me Close by me or No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.

Perhaps you will share one thing you like about fall. I love the fresh, cool mornings on my front porch with hot tea.

What’s next on your agenda?

Since so many things have changed in my recent life, I’m wondering if it is the same for you. I would like to know that I’m not the only one experiencing new schedules, new hobbies, new foods, new plans. Please comment and perhaps I’ll add something new to my list of accomplishments.


Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/ff03/2020-back-to-school-multi-author-giveaway

As you know, I resigned from teaching in February before the pandemic with my last day being May 22. Therefore, this is the first September in forever that I have had “free.” Free is an interesting phenomenon. In July we bought a house to flip, meaning I’ve become a painter and a cabinet hanger as well as a debris collector. It’s hard work, but I love working with my husband even though he says I’m slow and “un”professional. Yet, I get the job done well. I won’t say I’m free labor, but close to it until the house sells.

Add to that I now run an Airbnb. What? Yes, I’m a host. I’ve been a guest many times in Europe while traveling with my daughter, so I sort of know what a guest wants. We’ll see!

I’m an accidental gardener, meaning I throw seed out and see what they will do. I want to learn to make candles and petit fours!

My days always include reading and writing. I’m excited about the release of Wait for Me. I’m being ever so patient as I wait to hold it. That ends the Revolutionary Faith series. What’s next? Somehow, I’ll release the first book in Gardens in Time. Details in the next six months or so.

Enough about my what’s next. Share about something new in your life.

Back to School Multi-Author Giveaway

Readers, kids are back in school and with all the changes due to Covid we thought it would be encouraging to do a fun giveaway just for you!

Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $350 Amazon gift card and 40 books in our Celebrate Lit Multi-Author Giveaway. 

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/ff03/2020-back-to-school-multi-author-giveaway

The event and giveaway is going on now through September 20! 

Wait for Me Cover Reveal

We’ve waited for this for a year. Now the wait is over. The cover for Wait for Me, Book Five of the Revolutionary Faith Series is here. I’m so pleased with the beautiful artwork by Roseanna White. Although the book will be released on February 9, 2021, we can feast on the cover and anticipate holding the novel in five months.

I am showing this to my faithful blog followers before anyone else. You are special to me and therefore, deserve the first peek. I hope you are as pleased as I am.

Heavy sigh…heart pounding…here it is.

I’ll post more information about pre-orders, bonus item, and excerpts later. For now, enjoy the inspiring cover. Be sure to leave your comments.

Review and Giveaway To Love a Prince

Tour Page on Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  To Love a Prince

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Royal Romance

Release Date: August 11, 2020

 

An enchanting new royal romance from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Why do we as a human race keep secrets, guarding them for years, sometimes centuries? Is it just human nature? What I do know is secrets make for interesting, mysterious plots. The reader becomes a detective, trying to guess or deduce the answer to the mystery before it is revealed. This novel is full of hints and innuendos that make it a page-turner.

Who else enjoys a contemporary love story where any girl has the potential to be a princess? I do. Rachel Hauck succeeds in captivating her readers with another prince and princess. Not to spoil anything, but characters from Hauck’s other books appear again to delight the readers. I am fascinated with the Royals in fiction and real life.

It is difficult to put this novel down. Unfortunately, life interrupts my reading time. Yet, each time I rejoin the characters, I experience the magical yet realistic world of the royals who have similar fiascos and problems with love and expectations as normal, or not so ordinary, people.

I just know there has to be another installment with another princess in Rachel’s imagination. Hope so.

About the Author

 

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

More from Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!

I’m thrilled to share To Love A Prince with you. So many of you who loved the Royal Wedding Series have asked for more royals so as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward princes and princesses. What’s more romantic than a royal wedding?

This royal story, the first book in a new series, True Blue Royal, is set in a new fictional country, Lauchtenland, in the North Sea. I’m really squeezing all those oil wells currently occupying that body of water.

The beauty of royal stories is they remind us of who we really are: princes and princesses. There is always a point in the story where the royal character, as well as the commoner, must come to grips with his and her true identity! Who God says we are!

Stories are a powerful reflection of life and it’s fun to insert ourselves into the tale. While fiction employs a lot of hyperbole we can find ourselves on the page somewhere, somehow.

Thanks for going on this little tour with me and To Love A Prince. You are so vital to my story as an author. Thank you!

Yours,

Rachel

Blog Stops

Connect in Fiction, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Remembrancy, September 12

Breny and books, September 12

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 12

For Him and My Family, September 13

Artistic Nobody, September 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

The Book Chic Blog, September 13

Among the Reads, September 14

Soulfully Romantic, September 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 15

lakesidelivingsite, September 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, September 15

Betti Mace, September 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, September 16

Blossoms and Blesssings, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

Wishful Endings, September 17

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, September 17

Life of Literature, September 17

Life, Love, Writing, September 17

Book Love, September 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Maureen Timerman, September 18

Batya’s Bits, September 18

Labor Not in Vain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 19

Hallie Reads, September 19

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 19

Christian Bookaholic, September 20

Musings of A Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Inside the Wong Mind, September 21

By The Book, September 21

Mary Hake, September 21

Godly Book Reviews, September 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 22

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, September 22

Livin’ Lit, September 22

Writing from the Heart Land, September 22

Simple Harvest Reads, September 23 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Mamma Loves Books, September 23

Daysong Reflections, September 23

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a royal gift box of Pampering Princess items that includes bath balms, tea, tiara and other surprises!!

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/10098/to-love-a-prince-celebration-tour-giveaway

What do you think?

Endless TO Do List

Confession time. It’s not too bad, so I don’t think I’ll lose any friends over it. OK. I am a PLANNER. That’s me. I ooze drops of joy when I have something to plan or organize such as a trip, a novel plot, a house project, a shopping list, a schedule. The down side of being a planner is a lack of spontaneity. More on that later.

Anyone out there who will admit to the quirks of begin a planner? We’re not an evil lot. Nope, not at all. We just like to know what’s ahead and how to accomplish the goal.

Here is what I do on a typical day to satisfy my urge to map out my schedule.

  1. The night before I write down the items I want to accomplish the next day.
  2. If I have time or I know for sure, I will prioritize the list.
  3. The next morning, I read the list by my computer and either agree or disagree and correct it.
  4. As I complete or progress on an item, I mark it out or place it on another list.
  5. I add to the list if needed.

Voila! Does it bother me if I don’t complete my list each day? Not at all! I think the act of writing the list and marking off one thing satisfies my planning gene.

What about when life interrupts and I have to ditch the list and react spontaneously? Glad you asked. It happened today while I was writing this blog. I had carved out a time to complete my writing, all part of the schedule. My darling husband called and invited me to lunch and a little shopping. What’s a girl to do? Accept the date, of course. I don’t turn down the calls of family and friends or the need to set aside my plans for someone else. The list is fluid; whereas, life’s interruptions demand immediate attention.

How do you plan your day? With a list? Or spontaneous all the way?

Review and Giveaway The Shopkeeper’s Widow

The Shopkeepers widow

Tour Page on Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  The Shopkeeper’s Widow

Author: Izzy James

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2020

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Delany Fleet, a widowed former indentured servant living in the colonial port of Norfolk, Virginia, dreams of having an estate of her own where she will never have to compromise her freedom.

When the only man she ever loved shows up with a load of smuggled firearms, Delany is forced to leave her home and her livelihood to protect her family and property from Lord Dunmore’s raids and the conniving plots of a man who claims to be her friend.

Now, with her destiny forever altered, Delany must find a new way to happiness. Can reconnecting with her husband’s family and a former love be the path that God has for her?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

First of all, I must comment on the era—the American Revolution. This is right up my alley in research, writing, and reading. I’m always looking for new authors and books about this time. 1774! What a time to be alive! A lot like right now, not knowing what will happen next. The unknown. The number of decisions that confront the characters daily keeps the reader engaged. Priorities shift in a time of crisis. Survival and protection move to the top.

These characters make commitments that determine their actions. We haven’t changed much in 200 years. The flight syndrome looms. Is there a way to escape? Will the problem follow me? A flight from society, hoarding secrets, resting in an inner cave with daily familiar surroundings. The last one is what I tend to do. Find that comfortable place and hibernate. Sometimes it is flight to a different place, a book, a room, a job, a country.

Izzy James is a new author for me. I look forward to reading more from her. If you enjoy the intrigue of the American Revolution with all of its problems with loyalties, slavery, freedom of all kinds, then this book is for you.

About the Author

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Izzy James grew up surrounded by history and story in coastal Virginia. She still lives there with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books.

More from Izzy

Hello! My name is Izzy James. My new book is The Shopkeeper’s Widow. It’s about freedom and second chances. I learned quite a bit of history while researching and writing this book. Did you know that the first showers began to appear in the early 1760’s? I gave Delany one of them in Shopkeeper’s just for fun. It is not likely she would have had a shower at that time, but it is fiction and as such I thought it would be a fun detail to add. We do know that some people did rig up for themselves a semblance of a daily shower by using a bucket full of water suspended above them.

Blog Stops

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 7

Batya’s Bits, September 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 9

The Book Chic Blog, September 9

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 10

HookMeInABook, September 11

Books I’ve Read, September 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Izzy is giving away the grand prize package of a a book, a can of tea and an Ingenuitea teapot!!

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/fff4/the-shopkeeper-s-widow-celebration-tour-giveaway

I hope you enjoyed the review. Please enter the giveaway above!

Review and Giveaway Christmas Carol Society

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Tour page on Celebrate Lit

My Review

The classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens comes to life as an eclectic group gathers to study and review the novel. But the assignments turn the study into a life application scenario. I enjoyed the parallel plot echoing through the pages. I’ve pulled down my copy of A Christmas Carol ready to brush up on the original Scrooge.

I found myself accepting the assignments—at least mentally. I won’t spoil the read by telling you what the assignments are. You’ll have to read for yourself.

I did come away with the renewed belief that I can’t change anyone, only God can. I have a great example of that fact. My mother told me I couldn’t change my husband to be, so be very sure about marriage. I heard her and married him anyway. She was so right–hehe. Presently, I’m realizing daily that I can’t change my children. I can influence, model, advise, etc. but only God can change the person.

This story reminds me that God is in control even when it takes time for things to right themselves or change. Perhaps even after the ones involved pass away. God fits all the pieces together. He is not caught off guard.

I’m off to buy another one of her books, 24 Days Before Christmas.

About the Book

Book: Christmas Carol Society

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction

Release Date: October 30, 2019

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Christmas Carol Society – How Do You Impersonate a Christmas Ghost?

The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first meeting odd enough, but when the assignments start, he has to wonder why he allowed himself to get roped into attending. Miss Dartmoor tells her members to impersonate the Ghost of Christmas Past for their own personal Scrooge.

Just how does a mere human accomplish such an absurd task? Charlie tries to figure it out, but begins to see the Lord might plan for the assignments to have a deeper impact on him than he expected.

An impact that Charlie isn’t sure he wants to face.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started

Rebekah Jones, Author

writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

More from Rebekah Jones

Christmas Carol Society is a book very near and dear to my heart. Partly because of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which is among my favorites, and partly due to my characters. Especially, Charlie Baker.

Charlie is very special to me. He wants to hide in his tiny corner of the world, and give up. He wants to give up on a world that has hurt him tremendously or taken people he loved. He wants to push away any possibility of repeating the past; he doesn’t want to be hurt again.

Charlie doesn’t want to join the Christmas Carol Society. He doesn’t want to find a “Scrooge.” He doesn’t want to make new friends. He doesn’t want to do any of it.

He joins because he loves his cousin. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.

His father encourages him to do it right, if he’s going to do it at all. His cousin calls him out, when his Christianity is at odds with his behavior. And Albert, his would-be friend, just doesn’t give up on him.

In a sense, Charlie is a Scrooge – and yet, he’s not. He has to find a Scrooge of his own. And through it, he finds himself doing all the things that he really doesn’t want to do at all – and it’s a good thing. Painful sometimes, but good. Scary at times, but good.

The characters that the LORD uses to teach me the most, end up being particularly special to me. Charlie is one of them. In some ways, I relate to Charlie rather a lot, and writing this story drove me to prayer often, so I would know what to do next. I frequently wasn’t sure where the story would go. But I learned along with Charlie.

I hope that my readers will love Charlie Baker as much as I do, and that his story, along with the others in this book, will in some way bless and encourage my readers for the LORD’s glory.

To the KING be all the glory!

Blog Stops

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 7

Emily Yager, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Christmas Carol Society, a copy of A Christmas Carol, and an ornament!!

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/ffb6/christmas-carol-society-celebration-tour-giveaway

Please leave a comment here and enter the giveaway!

Laura! Still a Beautiful Name

IMG_7611 (2)Being from Louisiana, I’ve lived with the fact that hurricanes are a given. I don’t live on the coast, but even with the Gulf five hours south, the aftermath of a weakening storm can wreck havoc. Laura did just that, though nothing like the damage to Lake Charles and the coastline. My small town stood in the direct northern path and received of rain and super strong winds. Round and round, knocking our power as she twirled and turned snapping everything in her tail.

Laura, Laura! I have friends named Laura. Don’t worry, it is still a beautiful name, as is Katrina.

What do you do when the water rises and the winds howl? When darkness covers your world?

stormPsalm 46:1-3 helps: God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

I think any time power is out, a panic surfaces. It’s the power of the unknown, of uncertainty, of lack of comfort. Doesn’t that sound like what we have all been experiencing since March 2020?  Here are a few things I did to relieve the tension and the discomfort:

1) Read—of yes…I relaxed in the drama of wonderful characters fighting their own struggles.

2) Wrote…there’s always a story or article waiting for life.

3) Cooked…being creative with gas burners.

4) Visited… with my parents and taking them hot water for teatime.

5) Talked…without TV or internet my husband and I had quality time together.

6) Picked up…loads of limbs and debris

All is well where I live. The strain only lasted 36 hours for me. I’m praying for those who are still experiencing hardships.

Marco, Laura, Katrina, Rita…whatever the storm, God has promised to be there in the midst.

What do you do when the electricity (no water or internet) is out?

Because Fiction August Edition

August Because Fiction Article

The Wee Thoughts

by Marguerite Martin Gray

The first thoughts of my first literary “baby” was much like planning for the addition of a baby to a family. The hours, days, months, and sometimes years……

Follow the link above to read the rest of the article. Also, there are many more authors in this magazine each month. Browse the tabs and see what is available.

Also, there is a giveaway.

Happy Reading.