Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blessed Assurance by Faith Blum





Who doesn't like a good mystery? I'm sure there are a few, but most people do like mysteries. What about a mystery within a mystery. Faith Blum's new novella is just that. First there's the mystery of who tried to dupe five mail order brides. Then Adelaide finds out someone is claiming she's a runaway bride. What happens to her? Find out in Blessed Assurance.

About the Book

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Adelaide lost her parents a year before and now a rich man in town is making unwanted advances toward her. Desperate, she writes to two men and quickly accepts the one from Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the final leg of her journey, in a stagecoach with four other mail order brides, her suspicions are confirmed. Will she ever find a man she can truly trust?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IIU5XPK

 About the Author  

Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she
could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
There are many ways to connect with Faith online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: http://FaithBlum.com. On her website you can find links to her various social media sites and both of her blogs as well as learn about any events she has coming up. 

Excerpt


Mr. Reese looked him over. “I’ll be right back.”
Mr. Harris and Mr. Connor looked at each other. He was gone for two minutes before he came back with a piece of paper in his hand.
After Mr. Reese settled into his chair, he spoke, “Do you mind answering a few questions, Bradley?”
Bradley shrugged. “I guess not.”
“Good. Are you a born-again Christian?”
Bradley blinked once. “Yes.”
“What do you mean by that phrase?” Mr. Reese asked.
Bradley shifted in his chair. Where was he going with this? “It means that I surrendered my life to God so that I could be born of His Holy Spirit through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Mr. Reese smiled slightly. “Thank you. How far are you willing to go to earn someone’s trust?”
“If I really care for that person, I’m willing to do whatever is necessary.”
“As a Christian, aren’t you supposed to care for everyone?”
Bradley took a deep breath and smiled. “Yes. So I should be willing to do that for everyone, too. Although, I don’t do it as much as I ought.”
Mr. Reese chuckled. “Who do you love more than anything else?”
“God.”
“If you were to marry, would that change?”
“I hope and pray not. If it does, I pray someone points it out to me.”
Mr. Reese stared at him for a few minutes. “How old are you?”
Bradley started. “What?”
Mr. Reese raised his eyebrows. “Do you have a problem with the question?”
Bradley cleared his throat. “I just wasn’t expecting it. I’m twenty-six.” Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Adelaide lean against the doorframe.
Mr. Reese leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. “When you enter a courtship, are you willing to court the young lady for at least six months before you ask her to marry you? Assuming of course that the courtship lasts longer than a month to begin with.”
“What are you doing?” Adelaide asked.
“Let him answer the question and then I’ll answer yours.”
Bradley pondered the question. With closed eyes, he said, “If—and that’s a big if—I were ever to court a woman, I would take my time. I haven’t ever thought of an exact period of time since I never planned to marry, let alone court a woman, but if she is most comfortable with at least six months, I will respect her wishes.”

Giveaway



Faith’s sister, Naomi, graciously hand painted two beautiful bookmarks for this giveaway. There will be one lucky winner. The bookmarks are made with Adelaide in mind. Aren’t they gorgeous?


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Tour Schedule  


August 26
BookishOrchestrations-Tour Introduction

August 27
Blue-Brown Books-Author Interview

August 29

August 30

August 31

September 1
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Interview (Adelaide)

September 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Winner

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Missing by Peggy McAloon




Have you ever had to sacrifice something to bring back something or someone you love? Peggy McAloon is here today to talk about the second book in her Lessons from Fiori series, Missing. Elle's brother has been kidnapped. Will she be able to save him?

About the Book


Kidnapping. Monsters. Magic.

Elle's desperate to find her kidnapped brother. She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but JJ isn't the only one in danger. What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?
 
You will love this Coming of Age, action-packed fantasy for middle-grade readers. Elle Burton's goal is to rescue her brother. What she discovers is pure evil. The author provides a female role model who strives to overcome her flaws and inspire kids everywhere.
 
"Missing" blends the magic of a fairytale with the contemporary realities of the world today's youth inhabit. You will discover a new world order through the journey of a young girl who exhibits both compassion and jaw-dropping courage in her quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Find yourself caught in the ultimate struggle between good and evil. "Missing" is the second book in the "Lessons from Fiori" series.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis





Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book



In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew. 

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

About the Author


L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway


First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here's a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes's favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon.  Always remember love.


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Excerpt

Agnes’s face softened into a palette of sorrow. “Angeline’s dead. My baby girl is dead.”

Tayte felt Tyler’s arm tighten around her shoulder. It was all too much to take in, and she surrendered to the hurt, releasing silent tears. “I know. I’m sad too.”

A gentle, wrinkled hand reached up to wipe Tayte’s tears. “There, there,” said Agnes, opening her arms wide, offering comfort to the crying girl.

Tayte left Tyler’s side and stepped into that waiting embrace. Gone were the smells of fresh bread and jam. The essence of familiar French cologne Agnes had undoubtedly dabbed on at the mention of company was marred by traces of some foul scent that lingered in her clothes. Tayte pulled back momentarily, but unable and unwilling to resist the offer to be loved, she laid her head on her grandmother’s shoulder and hugged her right back.

She hadn’t even realized how deeply she ached to experience the osmosis of love exchanged when maternal arms wrapped around her, but now that she was within that circle, she felt comfort and love soak into her, filling the void and renewing parts of her that had felt stone cold. Her aversion to dirt and to her grandmother’s tainted scent dissipated the longer they embraced, dispelled by the logic that with enough soap and water, all could be made right.

Tayte didn’t want the moment to end, but when Agnes pushed her back and framed her face in work-worn hands, those aged eyes gazed into Tayte’s with so much love that her young heart burned more fiercely.

“Oh, my sweet girl. Do not cry. I am very happy to meet you. I am Agnes Devereaux Keller. Now, who might you be, and tell me, what has made you so sad, ma chérie?


Tour Schedule


July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

August 1
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview

August 2

August 3

August 4
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement