Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Assault and Beadery by Mollie Cox Bryan

Assault and Beadery
By Mollie Cox Bryan
A Cora Crafts Mystery #4
Kensington, 2018


All of Cora Chevalier’s dreams are coming true. Since moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina, the busy crafting maven has been blessed with a great boyfriend, a lovely home, and a booming craft retreat business. But on the eve of her first Crafty Mom’s Escape Weekend, tragedy strikes again in Indigo Gap. This time, it’s curtains for Stan Herald, the disagreeable director of the local theater group, who’s murdered on the opening night of their new production. Worse, Cora’s friend Zee is accused of the crime.

Cora is determined to prove her friend’s innocence, but Zee’s mysterious past is making that difficult. And with a list of suspects longer than a double spool of satin cording, getting a bead on the real culprit won’t be easy. With her friends Jane and Ruby at her side, Cora must string together the clues and solve Stan’s murder before the killer gives an encore performance.

Includes crafting tips!

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My thoughts

What an odd town Indigo Gap, North Carolina, is,
she thought. She’d been here a little over a year,
and this was the third murder.

Assault and Beadery is packed with all that makes an excellent cozy mystery – character depth, well-plotted mystery, and an appealing small-town setting that you’d love to visit. Mollie Cox Bryan gives enough background so that this fourth book in the Cora Crafts series stands alone.

The fictional Indigo Gap, located in western North Carolina, is a delightful small town that’s proud of its heritage. From street names to quaint shops, the word “blue” is incorporated. Cora and her two business partners, Jane and Ruby, combine their skills – both in the making of crafts and the solving of murders. And Cora’s lovely Victorian home, Kildare House, provides the perfect setting for their craft and retreat center.

With so many cozies involving the food industry, the craft-making theme is refreshing, and I didn’t realize so much was involved in the making of bead crafts. The murder hits close to home when a personal friend is accused of the crime, a friend who just happens to have a mysterious past with hidden musical talents. All three leading ladies are easy to connect with – Cora, skilled at repurposing, the moody but adorable Ruby, and Jane, who is my favorite. Having fled an abusive past, she and her daughter, London, reside on the grounds of Kildare House.

Bryan’s writing flows easily and the story is well paced. The only negative is the occasional use of mild profanity, but Assault and Beadery is an enjoyable and satisfying read overall.


I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbooking mystery series and the Cora Crafts mystery series. She is also author of two cookbooks, the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley.

An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Visit her on the web at molliecoxbryan.com.



Monday, September 24, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

Welcome to CHRISTMAS WITH THE COWBOY Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours.


Title: Christmas with the Cowboy
Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3
Author: Tina Radcliffe
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 18, 2018

Home for the holidays

A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch

Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. 

Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?

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Christmas with the Cowboy is the total package – humor, romance, inspiration, and emotion. Tina Radcliffe brings a lot of depth to a story that would just be a light romance by any other author. The Maxwell family of Big Heart Ranch returns in this sequel that features the youngest sibling, Emma, widowed mom with the most precious twin girls.

First of all, Christmas with the Cowboy is truly a Christmas story. It doesn’t merely hint at the Christmas theme, but starts with the day after Thanksgiving and goes on from there. Emma and Zach are opposites in a way that is guaranteed to create tension – one filled with Christmas spirit and excitement, the other’s joy blocked by painful memories. Zach carries both physical and emotional scars, and the way he opens up under Emma’s influence is like watching a slow thaw.

The narrative is infused with delightful humor, snappy and witty conversation – and great chemistry between Zach and Emma. Then there’s the themes that hooked me emotionally, from parents grieving the loss of their son in combat, to children who need the love and security that Big Heart Ranch provides. I especially enjoyed Zach’s mentoring of two young boys.

Christmas with the Cowboy is a wonderful story for any time of year; but if you’re looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling Christmas read, look no further. If you haven’t tried any of Tina Radcliffe’s books yet, I highly recommend the Big Heart Ranch series.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from the author and JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Tina March 2018 2Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tinamanages Seekerville, 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman's Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller's Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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Tina has graciously offered (1) winner an awesome Christmas with the Cowboy prize pack that includes:
  • An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
  • LED Christmas Bulb Necklace
  • $50 Amazon gift card.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Unbound by Grace

About the book

Book Title: Unbound by Grace  
Author: Michelle Massaro  
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance  
Release date: July 21, 2018  

When the past holds the future captive, there is only ONE chain breaker…

Tori Bishop has carved out a safe circle of friends who know nothing of her privileged status. But when she’s roped into attending a glitzy fundraiser, she brings along strong and steadfast Derek for support. As long as her secret stays safe, she never has to question his motives. 

Derek Miller wants his life to count for something, to make a difference—especially in the life of Tori Bishop, the spunky smart-mouth who loves razzing him. But if his prison record comes to light, she’s sure to take off running. 

When Tori and Derek get involved in building a local women’s shelter, the extra time together stirs more than an ember of attraction. Haunted by the fear of exposure, each must wrestle with the chains of their pasts to experience freedom, love, and the full depths of God’s grace.


My Thoughts

“They were all just broken people, cracked in hidden 
laces only God could restore.”
- Derek

Unbound by Grace is a well-crafted, compelling story with a powerful message for our Christian walk, and I enjoyed it very much. There’s a realness about the characters and the life situations they deal with, and it was easy to instantly connect with Derek and Tori. A few characters from the previous book make appearances, but this story stands alone.

Derek and Tori couldn’t be more opposite socially, but their shared faith and desire to help people provide a sure foundation upon which to build. Both have past experiences that weigh heavily on them. Tori wanted nothing to do with her upper-class life, and she held people at arm’s length out of fear because she didn’t trust their motives. Derek had come to Christ through a prison ministry, and was able to find strength and courage in God’s mercy when his past threatened to beat him down, but still lived with a sense of inferiority. The connection between this unlikely pair is real and I loved watching it grow as they worked with the team building a much-needed women’s shelter for the community.

The book’s title – Unbound by Grace – encompasses the theme of freedom so well. Tori and Derek were both Christians, so their story was one of learning to fully “walk the walk.” As many of us can undoubtedly testify to, it’s easy to intellectually accept the concept of freedom in Christ, yet sometimes difficult to believe it in our heart. Derek and Tori find the going difficult when their backgrounds come into the open, but their story is one of inspiration and relevancy.

I enjoyed Unbound by Grace and look forward to more from Michelle Massaro.


I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

MICHELLE MASSARO writes contemporary fiction soaked in grace. 

She makes her home in Southern California with her husband of over two decades and their four children. She’s dabbled in homeschooling, teaching Creation Science, and leading worship. 

When she isn’t tinkering with words, Michelle enjoys old Rogers and Hammerstein movies, making kefir, and Sudoku. A new lipstick and a good French roast always make her happy.

Guest Post from Michelle

When I sit down to write a new story, I tend to gravitate toward some pretty deep emotions. The raw kind we all have known at one point or another. It’s what connects us all as human beings, no matter how different we are on the outside. If we can learn to see ourselves in others I believe that’s where compassion is born, as well as some self-revelation. Like King David hearing the story of the rich man stealing the poor man’s lamb and realizing he was that man! 

In Unbound by Grace, I was approaching the story of two super fun characters I had introduced in my first novel, Grace in the Flames. In that book, they were side characters. But I always adored writing their scenes. They were both so entertaining! And the chance to put these two together and give them their own book was just too delicious an idea to pass up. 

I got to put them into some interesting surroundings (anyone been to watch a horse race lately?) and take them to some very exposed, vulnerable places as well. Through them I was challenged to get inside someone else’s skin, and understand. Plus, they kept me smiling as well! This story was a blast to write, and I hope you enjoy these fictional friends of mine as much as I do. 

It’s such a pleasure to meet new readers. I hope to hear from you soon!


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize package that includes a notebook, a mug, a bookmark, a pen, a signed copy of Grace in the Flames, and an Amazon Gift Card ($40)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the image above or the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Real World Bible Study, September 20
Godly Book Reviews, September 20
Among the Reads, September 21
The Power of Words, September 21
Bibliophile Reviews, September 22
Fiction Aficionado, September 24
Faithfully Bookish, September 25
Carpe Diem, September 27
Lis Loves Reading, September 28
Simple Harvest Reads, September 29 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Janices book reviews, September 30
The Mimosa Blossom, October 1
Texas Book-aholic, October 2
Bigreadersite, October 3

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson

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Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


the ornament keeper Title: The Ornament Keeper  
Author: Eva Marie Everson  
Publisher: New Hope Publishers  
Release Date: September 24, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday

Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.

The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.”

Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.  

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The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson is among the best novellas I’ve ever read, with an impact far greater than its size. The writing is strong, characters well drawn, and I was connected emotionally from the first page. Often novellas feel under developed or needing more, but The Ornament Keeper is the complete package.

The story is set during the Christmas season as Felicia, separated from Jackson after twenty years of marriage, reluctantly promises their children that she will decorate the Christmas tree. As she slowly unpacks special keepsake ornaments celebrating yearly events in their lives together, a lifetime of memories come flooding back.

“I had lain my na├»ve body alongside Jackson’s and fallen
into a trap offered on a platter of guilt.”

The Ornament Keeper is the story of a marriage, revealed in layers with the opening of each ornament. It’s a poignant story, raw and emotional at times, but with the promise of God’s grace and hope throughout. There’s the message that I always need to be reminded of, that God never wastes a tragedy and always uses our mess-ups. And at it’s heart is the sharp reminder of the effects of unforgiveness in any relationship. In Felicia’s words … “I’d dropped a seed of unforgiveness into the fertile ground of our marriage and, over time, I’d watered it and nurtured it until … the tiny seedling burst from the ground, ready to bloom and produce its poisonous fruit.”

The Ornament Keeper concludes in a beautiful, touching way. “Best of the best” for me.

Very highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Just Read Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.



Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren.

CONTACT: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

the ornament keeper blog tour giveaway


(1) winner will receive:
  • a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
  • an ornament handpicked by the author
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 17, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 24, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Follow along at JustReadTours for a full schedule of stops!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: The Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About the Book

Book Title: The Christmas Prayer  
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter  
Genre: Historical Christmas Romance  
Release date: September, 2018  

Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail. 

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?


My Thoughts

Wanda Brunstetter never disappoints, and I found this sweet Christmas novella very enjoyable. Although I would have loved for it to have been fleshed out into a full novel, it is a very satisfying read and just perfect for the fall-to-Christmas season.

Brunstetter’s historical detail and descriptions are so vivid that readers will feel they, too, are on the 1850s westward journey from Independence, Missouri along the California Trail. The dangers, hardships, and relationship tensions felt real – and through it all is the reminder of God’s presence and ways of working through difficult times.

Cynthia is an appealing and sympathetic leading lady, caught up in an engagement that is seemingly necessary to provide financial security for her mom. Walter, “one of those who measured people by their wealth and social standing,” rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning, and even more so as we got to know him on the journey. I loved how the other two families, a brother/sister and a father with two young children, worked together to make the journey successful, and never quite knew how their relationship with Cynthia would work out. I also enjoyed how Cynthia’s journal entries not only provided detail, but moved the story along.

The delightful Christmas part of this story happens when the group is stranded in an abandoned cabin during winter snows. How they come up with gifts for the two children is touching, and there’s even a “surprise” Santa. There’s also a great life lesson as Cynthia realizes that their delays were from God, giving her a chance to rethink future plans.

The Christmas Prayer is an enjoyable read for any time of the year.


I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards. 

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. 

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Guest Post from Wanda

A cross-country journey in 1850 leads to high mountain danger—and romance. 

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail. 

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart? 

Find out in The Christmas Prayer from NY Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter. 

Try this Exclusive Bonus Recipe Found Inside the Book! 

Cynthia’s Fried Apples 


Without peeling, quarter as many tart apples as you would like. Lay apples close together, skin side down, in frying pan with salt pork fat or butter. Cover until well steamed then uncover and brown both sides, turning and watching closely to prevent burning.


To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of The Christmas Prayer with an autographed book plate inside!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, September 18
The Avid Reader, September 18
The Power of Words, September 18
Lighthouse Academy, September 18
Just Commonly, September 19
Carpe Diem, September 19
Blossoms and Blessings, September 20
Britt Reads Fiction, September 20
Luv’N Lambert Life, September 21
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 22
Lis Loves Reading, September 22
Babs Book Bistro, September 23
Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 23
Janices book reviews, September 23
Mary Hake, September 24
Two Points of Interest, September 24
Inklings and notions, September 25
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25
Girls in White Dresses, September 26
Book by Book, September 26
Splashes of Joy, September 27
The Morning Chapter, September 27
The Mimosa Blossom, September 28
Pause for Tales, September 28
Have A Wonderful Day, September 28
To Everything A Season, September 29
Cafinated Reads, September 29
Bibliophile Reviews, September 29
Quiet Quilter, September 30
Texas Book-aholic, October 1
Bigreadersite, October 1

Spotlight + Tour GIVEAWAY: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy by Bob & Cheryl Moeller

About the Book

Book Title: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy  
Author: Bob & Cheryl Moeller  
Genre: Christian Non-fiction  
Release date: September 11, 2018

Understand the way your spouse gives and receives love for greater passion in your marriage.

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love. Various books describe the distinct ways in which people express and accept love, but this idea has never before been specifically applied to intimacy in marriage.

Marriage experts Bob and Cheryl Moeller present six biblically based and proven ways to enhance your relationship with your spouse as they describe the Romantic Heart, the Giving Heart, the Guardian Heart, the Companion Heart, the Worshiping Heart, and the Ecstatic Heart. They also expose the “counterfeit hearts” that are present in many people’s marriages, leaving their sexual relationship self-focused and empty.

Many couples spend a lifetime attempting to express their love yet fail to achieve true intimacy. Sensitively written with practical advice and humor, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy shows husbands and wives how to successfully resolve conflicts in their relationship and how to care daily for their spouse’s unique heart of sexual love.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Bob and Cheryl Moeller are the cofounders of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps Ministries, which is dedicated to healing hearts and restoring marriages, especially in under-served communities. Each is the author or coauthor of a number of books. Bob is also the author of numerous articles. 

The president of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps, Bob is a conference speaker, seminar presenter, and international guest preacher and teacher. He also hosts the television program, Marriage: For Better, For Worse, which airs on the Total Living Network and was awarded Best Television Teaching Show by the National Religious Broadcasters. 

Cheryl serves as the ministry’s Director of Marketing, Social Media Coordinator, and Director of Prayer Ministry and is a speaker and literary agent. Bob and Cheryl have been married for almost 40 years and have six children and four grandchildren.

Guest Post from Bob and Cheyl

You have God’s permission to enjoy sex within your marriage. He invented sex; He thought it up to begin with. You can learn to enjoy it and, husbands, you can develop a thrilling, happy marriage with ‘the wife of your youth.’ If your marriage has been a civil-war battlefield or a dreary wasteland, instead of a lovers’ trysting place, all that can change. You see, God has a perfect plan for marriage, which we may choose to step into at any time, and the mistakes of the past can be dealt with and left behind.

Indeed, the Ecstatic Heart finds its fulfillment in the intoxicating experience of joyful physical intimacy with your spouse that God Himself ordained, created, and blessed. The Ecstatic Heart celebrates married physical intimacy as a gift from God.

Blog Stops

lighthouse Academy, September 15
A Reader’s Brain, September 16
Bigreadersite, September 16
Reading is my Super Power, September 17 (Interview)
Life Faith & Health, September 18
Power of Words, September 18 (Spotlight)
All-of-a-kind Mom, September 19
margaret kazmierczak, September 19 (Interview)
A Rup Life, September 20
Mary Hake, September 20
Artistic Nobody, September 22 (Spotlight)
Texas Book-aholic, September 23
Creating Romance, September 25
Janices book reviews, September 26
Carpe Diem, September 27
Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 28
Pause for Tales, September 28


To celebrate their tour, Bob and Cheryl are giving away a grand prize basket that includes a Pomegranate Body Wash from Abba Products and Bath Salts from Divinity Boutique!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the image above or the link below to enter.