Tuesday, June 22, 2021

 

faces of courage

About the Book

Book:  Faces of Courage

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Woman’s Fiction

Release date: May 11, 2021

Faces of CourageFear strangles even the faithful sometimes.

Despite every attempt to be brave, fear has defined Olivia Stanford’s life: with each new foster home, when her adopted parents died leaving her all alone again, trusting and marrying her husband, Frank, and coping with his football injuries and career loss.

Without faith, fear only grows in the face of adversity.

When Frank becomes abusive, Olivia enters a terror-filled life in her upscale Southern California home. Common sense demands she dig deep for the courage to confront him–to demand change. Fear and confusion push back.

And just as courage finally blooms within her comes the terrifying diagnosis: breast cancer.

Some say courage is found at the intersection of faith and grit. How will Olivia manage to summon either in the midst of this new battle?

 

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About the Author

81Xx4TgUViL._US230_“Courage: The intersection of faith and Grit”

Susan K. Beatty is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan retired from a full-time job in 2017 and is now pursuing a novel-writing career. Her first novel, “Faces of Courage,” is in revision. Susan is the author of “An Introduction to Home Education” (AKA “California Homeschool Manual”), was the assistant director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and is the president of her local ACFW-OC Chapter. She is a professional writer/journalist. Susan is proof you can begin a fiction writing career after age seventy.

 

More from Susan

The words “You have breast cancer” can drop you to your knees. What’s worse is when those words are spoken to your thirty-one-year-old daughter. And worse yet when they are spoken to her more than once. My daughter Melanie has had three bouts with breast cancer, the second time classified her with stage IV metastatic breast cancer of which there is no cure. Over an eleven-year period, Melanie has undergone twelve surgeries, one removing two-thirds of her sternum to be replaced by a donor bone with titanium clamps.

Melanie’s courage during these battles inspired me to write about courage at the intersection of faith and grit. True-to-life stories follow characters through cancer and other issues confronting women today.

In Faces of Courage, I wanted to tell a story like Melanie’s but not exactly Melanie’s, a story nevertheless filled with growing courage. Melanie’s journey doesn’t include an abusive husband (Praise God!), but our terrorized heroine Olivia suffers from her husband’s mistreatment, confused by her misunderstanding of how God views her, and challenged by her lack of strong faith. Just as her courage matures and strengthen through these problems, she’s thrown by those knee-buckling words, “You have breast cancer.”

It is necessarily a gritty look at domestic abuse and the realities of dealing with cancer and its various treatments. I wanted to show Olivia’s growth as a wife, how she experienced the cancer, and how, with the help of faith and grit, her courage flourished.

In many ways, this novel is a tribute to women who fight these battles with bravery, even if that valor takes time to develop. I pray the reader, by witnessing another’s journey, is strengthened in her own battles.

MY REVIEW 

I sit here in awe of a story that captures the emotional journey one woman takes as she faces many detours in her life. The author made this story one that will help many as they journey through domestic abuse and breast cancer. I couldn’t help but think of Job as I walked beside Olivia. Yes I felt I was there watching her life unfold and my heart hurt for her. 

The story is centered around Olivia and how she faces several trying moments in her marriage and health. I loved Olivia  instantly because even though she could have given up she continued to walk in faith. She turned to God in her weakest moments and found courage to take each step one day  at a time. Some may think her husband was weak, but I think there were other factors that were tormenting him. His behavior is inexcusable but I have to give him grace because God gives it to everyone of us. 

For reasons Olivia didn’t quite understand her husband abandons her at the most crucial moment in her life. How do you keep going when everything seems to be going wrong? I am reminded of the scripture that says, “If God is for you, then who can be against you?” He was right there with Olivia as she heard her devastating diagnosis and held her hand as she saw her husband walk away from her. Her strength is encouraging to read and I appreciate how honest the author illustrates how breast cancer affects someone. It was not easy to read about Olivia’s chemo or radiation but it did help me understand what women face. 

As the title implies, there are many faces of courage, Olivia faces her diagnosis with grace and allowed family and friends to be there for her. I have to mention her mother-in-law because she steps up to be a person who stood by Olivia and helped her through her trials. Katherine is such a caring and compassionate character that I wanted to hug her for showing unconditional love to Olivia. 

The story was hard to read at times only because it was emotional and realistic. If you read the author’s notes at the end of the book, you will understand how personal this story is to her. As I walked through Olivia’s journey I learned how courage helps us to overcome the fear that the enemy tries to put on us. Olivia continued to seek God’s wisdom in every aspect of her life. She faced depression, health issues, marriage problems and still through it all she taught us that “courage is at the intersection of faith and Grit.”

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 22

Texas Book-aholic, June 23

Inklings and notions, June 24

For Him and My Family, June 25

deb’s Book Review, June 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 28 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 29

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 30

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 1

cats in the cradle blog, July 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 2

Rebecca Tews, July 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 4

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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/10dbc/faces-of-courage-celebration-tour-giveaway


Monday, June 21, 2021

 

About the Book

Book:  Valley of Shadows

Author: Candace West

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 2020

A shattered heart. A wounded spirit. A community in crisis.

Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. She forgave her long-time estranged husband, but when circumstances bring her to the Ozark town of Valley Creek, she discovers forgiving is far from forgetting.

Haunted by his past acts of betrayal, Earl Steen struggles to grow his reclaimed faith and reinstate himself as an upstanding member of Valley Creek. He soon learns that while God’s grace is amazing, that of the small-town gossips is not.

When disaster strikes, the only logical solution is for Earl and Lorena to combine their musical talents in an effort to save the community. But even if they’re willing to work together, are they able to? Or will the shadows that descend upon Valley Creek reduce it to a ghost town.

 

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About the Author

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.

 

More from Candace

Why I Wrote Valley of Shadows

Can a villain become a hero? When I ended my debut novel Lane Steen, I knew someday I had to discover if a kidnapper and alcoholic was worth saving. Could that same person save a town after tragedy strikes while wrestling with his own demons?

Earl Steen had a dark valley to cross.

With a destroyed reputation, Earl must prove in Valley of Shadows that God has not wasted His efforts on him. Also, Lorena, his estranged wife, has her own score to settle. How can she when the villain no longer exists?

Nothing tugs at my heart more than lost, unrequited love. My second book focuses on their lost relationship. Earl and Lorena had haunted one another long enough. Could God mend what Earl had shattered?

Sitting down to write, I returned to Valley Creek and uncovered places within Earl’s heart that I never knew existed. Lorena’s struggles became mine as she grappled with understanding and forgiving. The dark places of their past somehow had to merge with the light of a hopeful future.

Getting Earl and Lorena to rediscover their love was a journey fraught with tension, grief, frustration, and hope. Was it worth every rewrite, every long hour staring at my computer screen waiting for my characters’ next move?

You bet!

MY REVIEW 

Get ready for a journey that is filled with emotions that reach deep into your soul.
 I know there are things in my past that I have asked for forgiveness.
 The hardest thing to do is forgive yourself. In this story Earl has done
 some unthinkable things.
 His pride gets in his way when his wife leaves him. I can’t blame Lorena for leaving Earl
 after he physically hurts her and one of the children. Anger gets the best of Earl 
when he kidnaps one of his daughter’s and runs as far away as he can.
The pain that Lorena feels is unbearable as she comes to terms with
 what her husband has done. On a trip to see her daughters she runs into
 Earl after sixteen years. This is where the meat of the story is. 
The author lets readers into Earl’s life and the struggles he has had over the years.
 Some people in the little town where he lives think of him as a drunk. 
I loved how Earl took each day with prayer and faith that God would
 redeem him and maybe people would see him in a different light.
I liked how the town came together after a tragedy destroys everything. 
Can they find a way to rebuild? It was exciting to read about the idea
 the town came up with to raise money. It puts Lorena and Earl in a difficult position
 but I know it was God's plan all along. I admire Lorena for always standing 
by her vows and never once thought of divorce. The author easily captures the deep 
hurt Lorena has felt over the years. I must say I liked Earl the most because he 
represents each of us who have traveled down the dark road where shadows follow. 
They remind us of what we have done and try to keep us from turning to God. 
It made me think of a rear view mirror. We look in it to see what is behind us .
 What if we applied that to our sins and stopped looking in that rear view 
mirror and started looking forward where forgiveness is waiting for us?
I loved the story and thought it was a great example of letting go of the past,
 forgiving and seeing people the way Jesus does. He forgives us with 
unconditional love. Earl and Lorena will both need to forgive themselves 
and each other before they can move forward . The faith element is rich 
throughout the story with glimmers of hope and restoration. Never give up hope, 
because God is a God of second chances. He can do the impossible if 
we allow ourselves to surrender to Him.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 22

Inklings and notions, June 23

Mary Hake, June 23

deb’s Book Review, June 24

Connie’s History Classroom, June 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 27

For Him and My Family, June 28

Artistic Nobody, June 29 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 29

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 1

Writing from the Heart Land, July 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of Lane Steen and Valley of Shadows!!

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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Sunday, June 20, 2021

 

About the Book

Book:  A Man of Purpose and Power

Author: Dr. Myles Munroe

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Devotional

Release date: June 6, 2021

Best-selling author Dr. Myles Munroe offers daily practical and biblical advice for men. Based on two of his most popular books, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men and Understanding the Purpose and Power of Women, this 90-day devotional will help you truly understand your God-given purpose and power as a man.

Each day’s reading includes teaching and encouragement, a Scripture reading from both the Old and New Testaments, and a thought for the day to draw you closer to God the Father and His purposes for you. Explore the nature and role of men as God intended, addressing such issues as: What does the Bible really teach about men and women? What does it mean to be male? What are the purpose and design of the man? How is a man uniquely different from a woman? What is a man’s role as a husband and father? What are a man’s sexual needs? How are men and women meant to relate to one another? How can a man build a better life for himself, his family, and the world?

Through this devotional, you can strengthen your relationship with your heavenly Father as you discover how to fulfill your destiny and potential as an integral part of His eternal purposes.

 

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About the Author

Dr. Myles Munroe (1954–2014) was an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, educator, leadership mentor, and consultant for government and business. Traveling extensively throughout the world, Dr. Munroe addressed critical issues affecting the full range of human, social, and spiritual development. He was a popular author of more than forty books, including The Power of Character in Leadership, The Purpose and Power of Authority, The Principles and Benefits of Change, Becoming a Leader, The Purpose and Power of the Holy Spirit (formerly titled The Most Important Person on Earth), The Spirit of Leadership, The Principles and Power of Vision, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Women, and Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men. Dr. Munroe was the founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), a multidimensional organization headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. He was the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association, president of the International Leadership Training Institute, and founder and executive producer of a number of radio and television programs aired worldwide.

 

More from Myles Munroe

Best-selling author Dr. Myles Munroe offers daily practical and biblical advice for men. Through this devotional, you can strengthen your relationship with your heavenly Father as you discover how to fulfill your destiny and potential as an integral part of His eternal purposes.

MY REVIEW 

This was an interesting book to read even though it is geared towards men. I found that the author has topics that cover a multitude of topics  for men . The first chapter talked about knowing where you are going. I liked the illustration and thought about how sometimes I don’t know what direction I am headed. 

The book would be a great tool for a men’s Bible study to encourage each other as they go through the book. It is a ninety day devotional with an illustrated story and scripture for each subject. The author covers many topics that are specific to men and I think would be helpful for them to read. I like how easy it is to read and comprehend what the author is talking about. 

It is a nice book to give as a gift or use in a group. I didn’t have the physical copy so I can’t say how sturdy the book is made. I would recommend this for men looking to further their walk with God. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, June 17

Artistic Nobody, June 18 (Spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 20

Texas Book-aholic, June 21

Simple Harvest Reads, June 22 (Spotlight)

For Him and My Family, June 23

Fiction Book Lover, June 24 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, June 25

For the Love of Literature, June 26 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 27

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 28 (Spotlight)

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 29

Blossoms and Blessings, June 30 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

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

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/10db0/a-man-of-purpose-and-power-celebration-tour-giveaway


Friday, June 18, 2021

 

About the Book

Book:  Island Charm

Author: Audrey Wick

Genre: Christian Contemporary Beach Read

Release date: May 14, 2021

An imposter in paradise.

When Anna Worthington’s twin sister gets jilted by her fiancĂ©, Anna steps in with a plan for a girls’ Key West getaway instead of a honeymoon trip. Yet when her twin has her own crisis of commitment and doesn’t board the plane, Anna finds herself on a romantic getaway that she’s forced to navigate alone.

A vacation romance with an expiration date.

Gunnar Lockhart, whose specialty is island tourism, is the perfect match for helping Anna complete her vacation bucket list, but time together forges a connection more personal than either anticipate. As they make island memories, Anna has to untangle her mixed emotions. Are her feelings toward Gunnar real? Or like her sister’s wedding day, has this connection been doomed from the start?

 

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About the Author

Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College and author of women’s fiction/romance. Her writing has also appeared in college textbooks, and she is a guest blog columnist with Writer’s Digest. Wick believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. See photos on her website audreywick.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.

 

More from Audrey

 “The Importance of Setting in Fiction Writing” 

My favorite element in writing a novel is setting. Making places come alive through storytelling brings special joy, and I’m fortunate to be able to do that in the pages of Island Charm.

Island Charm is my first beach-read, a standalone contemporary novel set in Key West. Key West is a small island in the Florida Keys, an archipelago that stretches west from the southern peninsula of Florida. The Keys dangle into the Gulf of Mexico like a string of island pearls. Key West is the last on the strand.

I first experienced Key West in the summer, but years later, I traveled back in winter. Whether its July or January, Key West is beautiful anytime of year. What I like best about the island is its walkability. It’s roughly four miles long and one mile across, making it easy to explore on foot. The boardwalk, docks, piers, and public beaches means there is plenty to experience. Fantastic views stretch in all directions.

Additionally, the island has an impressive literary history. Authors including Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Shel Silverstein, Philip Burton, Judy Blume, and Meg Cabot have all called the island their home at one time or another. It’s easy to see why my heroine, Anna, is so taken with the scenery, just like these writers. I hope readers will be as well!

Follow Anna as she explores Key West in Island Charm. Thanks for traveling with me through the pages, and I hope readers enjoy their time on the island.

MY REVIEW 

This has been a nice, easy, sentimental journey to finding yourself. Things don’t always turn out the way we want and Anna is on her way to an adventure of a lifetime. Her sister’s wedding doesn’t happen and  Anna finds herself on a flight to Key West. I liked how Anna’s sister gave her  a chance to refresh and perhaps find happiness as she travels in her place . 

I could feel the breeze against my face as Anna started exploring the  quaint island. It was funny that the luggage she was stuck with happens to be her sister’s honeymoon attires. I think she may need to do some shopping for more presentable ensembles. The story is rich in island history and I would love to visit it someday. It sounds so relaxing and a place to really let go of your problems. 

Gunnar is definitely a good character with his charm and knowledge of the island. As Anna and Gunnar start to get acquainted you can tell there is chemistry between them. I liked that they took things slow and spent lots of time talking and getting to know each other better. The part about Anna’s desire to make jewelry from shells was very interesting. The author takes us  on a walk along the beach as Anna and Gunnar discover what the ocean has washed up. I love collecting seashells when I go to the beach. It’s like a small gift from God as He shares the wonders of the world He made. 

There is one character in the story that was so sweet I have to mention him. Jack is an older man who has no family so Gunnar has been watching out for him. When an unexpected emergency happens with Jack it causes  Gunnar to miss a very important date.  Oh how I cried as Anna’s heart breaks. She feels rejected and gives up on ever finding happiness. The rest of the story I will leave for  readers to enjoy. This has been a nice book with a message of trust, never giving up and following your dreams. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 19

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 22

Reflections From My Bookshelves, June 22

The Write Escape, June 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 24

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, June 24

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 25

Inklings and notions, June 26

Blogging With Carol, June 26

For Him and My Family, June 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

deb’s Book Review, June 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 30

Kayem Reads , June 30

CarpeDiem, July 1

Genesis 5020, July 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Audrey is giving away the grand prize package of a CD that includes a digital copy of Island Charm as well as multiple full-length novels also published by Pelican Book Group!!

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/10db6/island-charm-celebration-tour-giveaway