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Thursday, November 30

'Christy' Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school-as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!


TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who've been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

Classic Reads: Christy by Catherine Marshall


Evergreen Farm; 514 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour
There's a long list of classic novels that I've always wanted to read (I even own a few of these titles.), but for some reason or another, I've never gotten around to actually reading them. One of these titles is Christy by Catherine Marshall. I recall watching a few episodes for the short-lived television series based on the book during the mid-'1990s, and I've always wanted to read the book. I finally got the opportunity to read the novel when I signed up to review the new hardcover edition from Evergreen Farm (an imprint of Gilead Publication).

The novel centers on an nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston, who leaves her home in Asheville, North Carolina and travels to the Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap in the eastern Tennessee to teach children as part of the Appalachian mission program.

Upon arriving, she quickly realizes that the way of life there is completely different than from back home in North Carolina. She befriends a Quaker named Alice Henderson, David Grantland, a minister who's also trying to teach the Cutter Gap children, and a widowed physician Neill MacNeill, who was married to Alice's late daughter.

While working with the children of Cutter Gap, Christy's faith is put the ultimate test!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Kansas Troubles Quilters: Cozy Quilts & Comforts 


Kansas Trouble Quilters: Cozy Quilts & Comforts
by Lynn Hagmeier


Publisher
That Patchwork Place
(an imprint of Martingale)

Retail
$27.99

Pages
96

Where to Purchase

Description
Sew quilts in the instantly recognizable style of Kansas Troubles Quilters--two ways! Some designs are traditionally pieced, simplified for smooth and easy piecing. Others use Lynne's clever layered-patchwork technique, where pinked-edge precuts reduce cutting time, minimize bulky seams, and skip pressing steps. The raw edges of layered-patchwork blocks barely fray when washed, giving a fluffy, snuggly finish. You'll love the look of both kinds of quilts: cozy, country-style designs that call out "cuddle me!"

About the Author

Lynne Hagmeier and her husband, Robert, live outside of Bennington, Kansas, where she grew up. They work together at the KT Quilt Shop, hosting quilting retreats, traveling to quilt guilds and shops across the United States, and teaching on quilting cruises. Downtime is spent relaxing with their brood of six kids and nine grandkids scattered across the Midwest. A social worker in her first life, Lynne feels blessed to work in a business with creative women who live their dreams through fabric and quilts. Visit Lynne's website at: www.ktquilts.com


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Book Tour & Giveaway: Invisible


Invisible
The Curse of Avalon Book 1
by Sariah Skye
Genre: Paranormal RH Romance

My name is Ava Dawson. Ever since I was young, I have had this strange “gift” of invisibility. I can’t explain it, nor can I always control it. It affects my work, my personal life, dating—all but my mother and best friend seem to be affected. No matter what I do, I seem to always be forgotten.

Until I meet these gorgeous guys during a girls’ night out, and there’s something strangely alluring about them. An ancient curse brings us together, while a group of supernatural “Collectors” is threatening to tear us apart. They’re targeting people with special abilities like mine, and all four men have taken it upon themselves to protect me. But with their complicated pasts, I can’t help but feel protective of them, too. I’m trying not to get in over my head, with these men, and the magic. 

But I have to admit, It’s nice to be seen after years of being invisible.

*Author's Note: this book is 'reverse harem;' meaning, one woman, multiple love interests. This series is meant for readers 18+ only



Book Tour & Giveaway: The Fated Saga


Fated Souls
The Fated Saga Book 1
by Sariah Skye
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Leorah James is your average, single woman. Works in a coffee shop, drives a beat-up car, watches TV with her cat, and lives a very ordinary life in rural Minnesota among humans. On the outside, you’d never know that the entirely-typical woman hides a secret.

Leorah is a dragon-shifter. Not just any dragon shifter, but a pink dragon shifter. 

Pink?

Yes, pink. 

Unlike her dragon counterparts, she’s smaller, cannot fly, doesn’t breathe fire, and is not very intimidating at all. In her home kingdom of Anarach, she is bullied, tormented, and hated. So, she chooses to live simply, and blend in with humanity.

Until a cute, but mysterious stranger enters the shop where she works. And he knows exactly who, and what Leorah is hiding. Gabriel O’Donnell will help uncover who she is, and teach her what she’s capable of. All the while a dark, ominous force that hasn’t been seen in centuries threatens everything Leorah holds dear.

Together, will they succumb to the darkness? Or will they fight in the shadows, and discover just who Leorah is fated to be?




Fated Magic
The Fated Saga Book 2

No one can outrun their destiny, but just whose destiny is she running from?

Dragon-shifter Leorah James has everything she ever wanted. Friends. Magic. The ability to fly. And the promise of more romance than she can handle. But with her newfound power comes responsibility far greater than Leo ever imagined.

As darkness infects the very heart of Anarach, Leo and her companions must leave the sanctuary of Castle Danger and face their worst fears. Betrayal, loss, action and adventure- Leorah is in for one hell of a ride.

Nobody said being the hero would be easy but is Leo strong enough to play the part?




Fated Hope
The Fated Saga Book 3

Leorah James grew up in a kingdom of dragon-shifters; friendless, and considered useless, with no magic. All because of age-old ideas, and fear towards what they didn’t understand.

Now, she’s back in Anarach, in a position she never thought possible: a queen, bonded to the gorgeous Maxxus, with extraordinary magic; ruling over the kingdom that once shunned her very existence. Now, Leorah and Maxxus must bring the kingdoms together to try and strengthen everyone against the mysterious foe up against them.

The very thing that set her apart from her kingdom could be the very thing to save them all, if only they quell their fear and let her.

Some might consider Leorah a hero, given everything she’s been through and everything that stands before her. But, is she heroic enough to give everyone hope?




**Author's note**

The romance intensifies in this third edition of The Fated Saga and is recommended for readers 18+ only.




Wednesday, November 29

Holiday Gift Guide: Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series DVD


Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series DVD


Studio
Mill Creek Entertainment

Rating
NOT RATED

Running Time
55 hours 18 minutes

Number of Discs
13


Retail
$69.98

Where to Purchase

Description
When they struggled, we held our breath. When they lost, we felt their pain. And when they won, we cheered them on again and again.

Coach Eric Taylor is the newest hire at a small town high school in Dillon, Texas. After a series of events leading to his release, Taylor is forced to build a football team from the ground up at the rival high school. His wife Tami, high school principal, faces scrutiny of her own as she takes constant blame from angry parents. But even through the hardships at work, challenges at home with teen daughter Julie, and endless drama, only one thing matters: Friday night.

Through five extraordinary seasons, the residents of Dillon, Texas, kept viewers captivated with the small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks that resonated across America with breathtaking realness, and made Friday Night Lights, a Primetime Emmy® award-winning drama. Relive the spirit of this small town with a big heart: from the pride and pitfalls of high school football to the intimate relationships between lovers, parents and friends.

CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN’T LOSE. 



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DELICIOUS MURDER Group Book Tour & Giveaway!


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Book Tour & Giveaway: In For the Win


In For the Win
Against the Cage Book 5
by Melynda Price
Genre: Sports Romance, Romantic Suspense

To win his heart, she’ll have to give him the one thing that could drive him away—the truth…

Kyle Scott’s talent for fighting paved the way for a career he never wanted, but needed to survive. Five years later, he doesn’t recognize the man he’s become. All his focus and energy has been poured into raising his little sister, leaving no time or interest for anything beyond a casual hook-up—until he meets a woman who sends his life spiraling out of control.

Penelope Cantrel isn’t looking for love, but she’s always ready for a good time. If she keeps everyone at a distance, they can’t discover how broken she is, or the secrets she’s running from. When she crosses paths with the sexy MMA fighter, Kyle’s reputation as a cage-banging manwhore doesn’t concern her. She isn’t interested in a commitment. But after their white-hot attraction leads to a night of mind-blowing sex, neither of them will ever be the same again.

When Pen starts receiving threatening messages, her deepest fears are realized as she becomes the obsession of a man who will kill to possess her. Concerned for her safety, Kyle offers to pose as her boyfriend to deter her unwanted admirer, but his heated touches and those not-so-innocent kisses don’t feel like he’s acting. Could the infamous playboy be falling for her?

As the threat against Pen escalates, her stalker is closer than they thought. Kyle is the only thing standing between her and a madman, but she fears trusting him with her secrets could be a fatal mistake.



Tuesday, November 28

Cheerful Christmas Gift Ideas!


Hopefully, everyone survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

Today, my blog's Holiday Gift Guide is taking a slight-break, so I can feature my holiday-themed post, titled "Cheerful Christmas Gift Ideas."

"A Teddy Bear Will Do"


While giving a teddy bear as a gift might seem a bit of a cliche, a simple stuffed toy can put a smile on just about anyone. There are many different styles, colors, and brands of teddy bears, but for this post, I'm going with the Plush 9" Brown Christmas Bear, which retails for only $5.99 on Oriental Trading.

My Thoughts: This a cute and soft little teddy bear that's wearing a Santa stocking cap and a green and red scarf. It would make a great stocking stuffer for just about anyone.


"Everyone Needs A Calendar"


It's not easy finding the perfect gift for everyone, as there are someone individuals who are just hard to buy for. Let me give you some advice - get them a calendar!

Everyone needs a calendar! Right?

There are wall calendars, desk calendars, and day-to-day calendars, all in a variety of different themes (cartoon characters, TV series, Movies, sports, animals, hobbies etc.). 

For this post, I'm recommending the "365 Coloring Designs Spiral Perpetual Calendar," which retails for $9.99 on Oriental Trading. Measuring 4 1/2" x 3 3/4", the little calendar contains 365 verses and sayings along with fun illustrations that be colored with crayons, colored pencils, or makers.

My Thoughts: This calendar should appeal to any quilter, crafter, or art lover. The illustrations are cute, and since there are 365 days in a year, there are plenty of designs to color.


"Snowmen Decor Is Popular"


It seems like snowmen decor keeps getting popular every year. That's why I'm recommending the "Sing for Joy" Snowman with Rustic Tree from Oriental Trading. Retailing for $12.99, the resin snowman figurine measures 8 1/2"H. The figurine is clutching a rustic metal Christmas tree. Printed on the base is the Biblical scripture Psalm 96:12, "The trees of the forest will sing for Joy."

My Thoughts: The figurine is much bigger than what I thought it would be. It's also made really well with a detailed design. It would make a cute little present for anyone who likes snowmen.


"A Cheerful Hat"


Book Tour & Giveaway: Dragons and Galicia


Fire and Fate
Dragons of Galicia Series Book 1
by Simone Pond
Genre: Epic YA Fantasy

In Simone Pond’s captivating new fantasy series, a peasant girl embraces her dragon slayer destiny, calling on the legendary power of her family’s bloodline to conquer an evil kingdom and kill every last dragon in Galicia.

Unknowing descendant of a legendary dragon slayer, Evelyn is convinced that getting out of her quaint yhamlet is the answer to finding true love and happiness. But she seems destined to work on her mother’s farm, while the other girls present themselves before the gallant Prince Kieran in his quest to find a lady-in-waiting.

When the prince finally takes notice of Evelyn, he’s smitten and chooses her above all the others. Evelyn is elated about living in Verubri Castle and the possibility of marriage. But her happiness is quickly squelched when the prince invites Evelyn’s arch rival, Ciara, to join them.

Before traveling north, Evelyn discovers her dragon slayer ancestry, something she knows must be concealed from Prince Kieran who would consider it treason against his kingdom. But the only way to survive the treacherous journey is to expose herself and possibly ruin her future and even end her life.

The Dragons of Galicia series is set in a world inspired by Celtic legends. Fire and Fate leads directly into the next book in the series, Fire and Chains.



Fire and Chains
Dragons of Galicia Series Book 2

In the second book of the vibrantly depicted Dragons of Galicia Series, Evelyn of Gorias rises to her dragon slayer calling as she fights to conquer a kingdom of deceit, betrayal, and powerful dragons.

Though Evelyn survived the journey across the mountain ranges, the challenges are just beginning. Verubri Castle holds dark secrets, Prince Kieran is a tyrant, and Ciara is resolute on destroying Evelyn and seducing the prince.

When a dragon nearly burns down an entire village, Evelyn must go after the beast. But this won’t be easy, not when the prince has her heavily guarded. Evelyn’s hope wains, until she encounters a stranger who changes the course of everything.

With the looming threat of the entire clan of Galician Dragons being reawakened, Evelyn must hurry to save the kingdom, while Ciara aims to rule it. To accomplish their goals, they must defeat Prince Kieran. In their individual struggles to conquer and prevail, Evelyn and Ciara face external and internal demons they never imagined possible.



Fire and Blood
Dragons of Galicia Series Book 3

In the final book of the Dragons of Galicia Series, every turn is fraught with dangerous threats in the quest to save the kingdom.

Narrowly escaping the castle to be captured by a dragon is only the beginning of Evelyn’s problems. The list of opponents grows as she battles Ciara, Prince Kieran’s army, and more dragons.

With the neighboring villages being burned and pillaged, Evelyn must pull together her own army of dragon warriors to fight the prince and his knights. As her love for Doran deepens, she’ll do anything to ensure he stays alive, even at the cost of going to battle without him.

As the war reaches an explosive peak, both Evelyn and Ciara face deadly consequences. And the only way to save the north from total destruction is for Evelyn to trust her most deceitful adversary, Ciara. If the two don’t join forces, all will be lost.




Book Tour & Giveaway: Dream On


Dream On
by Stacey Keith
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Deep in the heart of Texas is a small town where secret wishes have a funny way of coming true . . .


With a nine-year-old daughter, an overdue light bill, and a job slinging burgers while zooming around on roller skates, Cassidy Roby is not living the glamorous life. But Cuervo, Texas, has its charms: quiet streets, loving family, and the down-home familiarity of knowing which of your neighbors are mean as snakes. With Cassidy’s reputation, she knows what will happen if she steps a foot out of line. But how can she help it now that Mason Hannigan’s back in town?

As Cuervo’s high school quarterback ten years ago, Mason was all rock-hard abs and yes-ma’am manners. Now that he’s living the glitz and glory of the NFL, he’s all that plus a couple million bucks. The desire blazing between them is too hot to hide. Cassidy has some experience getting her heart broken by the hometown hero—and having the whole world watch her try to pick up the pieces. Will adding fame, fortune, and paparazzi be a playbook for disaster—or lead to the biggest adventure of her life?




Monday, November 27

Holiday Gift Guide: That Patchwork Place 2018 Quilt Calendar


That Patchwork Place 2017 Quilt Calendar


Publisher
Martingale

Retail
$18.99

Where to Purchase

Description
It's time for a brand-new year filled with cheerful quilts and pretty sewing projects shown in all their fabulous, full-color glory. You'll find a wide variety of designs to tempt you, including scrappy patchwork, simple embroidery, primitive accents, and more. Complete instructions for each project are included so you can sew along all 12 months with That Patchwork Place.




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Release Day Blitz: Haunted by Shari Nichols



Haunted
by Shari Nichols

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Liquid Silver Press

Pub. Date: 11/27-2017

ISBN: 978-1-62210-452-9

Pages: 234

Word Count:  80.000

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Tagline: No matter how he tried, he couldn’t give her up.




What's the book about?

When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She’s can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood.

If only he can convince her that, despite his bad boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?



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Book Tour & Giveaway: Entangled Summer


Entangled Summer
by Michele Barrow-Belisle
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

She's done everything to forget. 

He'll do anything to help her remember.



They say our dreams mask secrets. 
Secret desires. 
Secret fears. 
Secret truths.


20 year old Nora Dultry’s dreams hide even more. They're a gateway to the man of her dreams, and an escape from her painful past. She’s fantasized about him for years, and when he mysteriously walks into her summer teaching gig, she never dreamed she'd question whether he was the one she truly wanted. 

But her former fling Troy Bellisaro doesn't just own Wanderlust Academy...he’s her boss, he still has her heart strings tied in knots—and he’s hiding secrets of his own. 

One of them will be her dream come true. One, her waking nightmare. 

Untangling the truth could make this dream, her last.

"Humans are the only creatures on earth, whose emotions are irrevocably entangled with thier memories."