Julane Hiebert and her Debut Novel, Robin

Are  you ready to read Robin by Julane Hiebert? Are you ready to have your socks knocked off by a debut author? I cut my teeth by reading “prairie romances” and this has got to be one of the best debut historical novels I have read in a long time. Julane Hiebert grew up on the prairie in Kansas, and now lives on a lake in the beautiful Flint Hills there, and knows and describes them both  in a way that you feel like you’re inside the story with the characters!

In the first book in the Brides of a Feather series, we meet Robin Wenghold waiting alone at a train station in Cedar Bluff, Kansas, and you immediately sympathize with her. And, you soon grow to love her as you read about how caring she is with those she meets on this journey to her new home. All is not easy for Robin, but she makes the best she can of each situation, and falls in love despite many roadblocks. She is a survivor, and a caregiver, and has enough love in her heart to make a difference wherever God places her.

And, if you love this book, there are two more in the series–Lark and Wren. So pick a cold winter weekend and read Robin, as you won’t want to leave the house until you are finished with this gripping read.

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Kimberly Rose Johnson’s latest release–A Love Song for Kayla

I was excited to hear that Kimberly Rose Johnson has had a book re-released retitled A Love Song for Kayla, and I bet you will want to read it after you read the blurb below.

Blurb: When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered.

Ever since she was sixteen Kayla Russell has dreamed of her perfect man. She even went so far as to make a list of desired qualities. The list has proven to be a bust since no man is that perfect, at least until she meets Derek. But will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful?

When music superstar Derek Parker comes to small town Oregon to escape the paparazzi he goes incognito as a deliveryman. He wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he realized when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived and no longer wants anything to do with him.

Formerly published under the title A Valentine for Kayla.

Bio: Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Links:
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Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh

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Alexis Goring’s New Book–A Second Chance

My friend Alexis Goring has a new book out with Forget Me Not Romances named A Second Chance. It is available on kindle for $2.99. The cover, as you can see, is gorgeous! And, I think after you read this blurb you will want to buy and read a copy. I love stories of second chances like God gives each of us, don’t you?

Book blurb: Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.

Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts. God gives them their Second Chance!

 

Author Bio: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer–A Book Review

Review of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s latest book–Grace and the Preacher

In Grace and the Preacher Kim Vogel Sawyer has come up with a unique way for her latest hero and heroine to meet and fall in love, although the path to love has many complications. A case of mistaken identity leads to several secrets I’ll let you discover for yourself. As the back cover asks, “Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?”

Grace is a lovely lady who lives up to her name. Theophil comes from Theophilus which means a “friend of God” which proves God is always our friend even before we know Him!

Kim’s caring, emotive writing has you pulling for this relationship to work out, and you find yourself falling in love with the hero and heroine as they fall for each other. When several truths are revealed, their plans are changed, and you know that only God can work good out of bad in this situation. As always, the author ends with happy-ever-after endings for this couple and several other characters in this well-crafted story.

Hope  you will pre-order it on amazon or from CBD.com You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Book Review of “The Wedding Shop” by Rachel Hauck

Happy New Year everyone! One of my goals this year is to get back to doing weekly book reviews. I read over 100 books each year, but with all the time I spend writing and reading, it seems I get behind on my blogging, so hopefully this will help me keep up with it better. What would be your favorite day to read a book review? Please leave a note in the comment section! I will draw one commenter to win a choice of one of my 5 published books. And if you can think of a catchy title for the book review page, I will even put your name in the hat twice!

My fave book so far this year is by Rachel Hauck, so I will start with The Wedding Shop. It is the third in a series of wedding books, but I read this one before I read the other two–The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Chapel, and this book whetted my appetite to read the others. So, although they are mentioned in the other books, I don’t feel I missed anything by reading them out of the order they were written.

All three of these books have a modern romance wrapped up in a romance (or three or four!) from bye-gone years, so whether you like historicals or contemporary books, you will find something to love in each one.

The Wedding Shop introduces Haley Morgan who returns to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, where part of the action for each book is set. After a stint in the Air Force, Haley wants to open up the old wedding shop she and her childhood friend used to play in and pinky-swore to someday open and run together. But, her friend died recently, so she wonders if she can do it by herself.

Against unsurmountable odds, she attains the money and the help she needs to do the remodel, causing her to believe in miracles again. And, she learns the answers to some family secrets and falls in love. As with all of Rachel Hauck’s books, you will experience drama and losses along the way, but can rest assured the book will finish with a happy ending!

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The Wonders of Nature, 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Beauty Giveaway

God’s Plan is the Best Plan by Shelia Stovall

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

If someone had told me last year that I’d sign three contracts to write devotionals in 2016, I’d have laughed. But that’s what happened, and I almost missed the opportunity because I had my head down, working on my novel, while planning a short-term mission trip to Africa, and working full time as the director of a small town library. There are many times in my life when I feel like a performer at the circus, juggling plates on a stick. 

The only reason I’m up at 5:00 am writing is because I want to share my faith. The road to publication is long, so I keep my head down, focused on the task as writing at least one hour each morning.

Last spring, I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers’ Conference and a highly respected editor announced that Worthy Inspired was seeking devotions with the theme, “God’s Presence in Nature.” I had no intention of making a submission, but wrote down the details and forwarded them to my agent in case she knew authors interested. When she asked me if I planned to participate, it surprised me. “But I don’t know how,” I said, in a tone that reminded me of my children when they didn’t want to do their homework.

“Why don’t you try,” Mary said.

It’s always a good idea to listen to your agent, so I took a walk in the woods and sought inspiration. It didn’t take long for God to open my eyes to His presence, and I wrote a piece and submitted it. To my surprise, I was offered a contract to write ten devotionals for The Wonders of Nature: 365 DEVOTIONS Celebrating God’s Beauty. 

 It released on November 30, 2016. This is a special edition published for Books a Million. See link below to order, and Shelia is giving away one copy of the book next Monday, December 26th so be sure to leave a comment below to be entered.

Have you ever felt as if God has given you a task too difficult to accomplish? If so, know that He will help you, and send others to your aid. If you are working for Him, He will bless you in ways that you never imagined.

One of the best blessings on the writing journey is the friendships I’ve made along the way. Meeting people like Rose, who is on the same difficult road, is a blessing. I’ve also been given opportunities to travel to places like Africa where I never would have visited, had I not been obedient and started writing for Him. But the best gift I’ve received since I started creating stories is that it has drawn me closer to Him. I can’t write one sentence worth reading without God’s guidance. I start the morning with coffee, scripture, and prayer. Then, I wait for Him to give me the words to type. My novels may never be published, but I love the messages He revealed. Maybe I’m the one who needed to be told that to love and forgive is always the right thing to do.

God has plans for me and for you, and they are good plans. He may have a difficult task for you, but if you lean on Him, He will do the heavy lifting.

Prayer: Father, thank you for walking each step with me and for sending me friends to help along the way. Thank you for carrying my heaviest burdens and filling my life with light and love.

About Shelia:

 Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian and knows what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW, secretary of the Middle Tennessee ACFW chapter, a member of the Kentucky Public Library Association, and the American Library Association.

Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Kentucky. Her work is included in The Wonders of Nature: 365 DEVOTIONAS Celebrating God’s Beauty, November 30, 2016, published by Worthy Inspired, ISBN:9781617958595.

Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women’s friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Characters in her stories share friendship, hope, and fried fruit pies. Readers will discover there’s a fruit for every season.

Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past five years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for the past five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

Her husband, Michael Stovall, has been her best friend for thirty-three years. Shelia’s two adult children live in neighboring communities, and her favorite pastime is spending time with her two adorable grandsons, Matthew and Jacob.

Connect with Shelia:

www.sheliastovall.com

https://twitter.com/sheliastovall1
Link to Books a Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wonders-Nature-Devotions-Celebrating-Gods/Worthy-Inspired/9781617958595?id=6807702723778

 

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