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BLOGWORDS – Friday 30 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – A TALE OF TWO HEARTS by MICHELLE GRIEP

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

THE AUTHOR:    

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

THE FIRST LINE:   

In the tiny back courtyard of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, A Tale of Two Hearts, Michelle Griep

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 27 November 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SWIMMING IN THE DEEP END by CHRISTINA SUZANN NELSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SWIMMING IN THE DEEP END by CHRISTINA SUZANN NELSON

                         

 

THE BLURB:

Jillian Connors has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she’s an Olympic hopeful with a bright future. But when Gabby becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own secret past and hope the decisions she’s made don’t drown their whole family.

Gabby can’t believe God let this happen to her. She knew the risks, but who thinks about that when they’re in love? Now she has to face the consequences–and the disappointed stares from everyone who thought she was the perfect Christian girl. At least she has the baby’s father, Travis. Nothing can tear them apart, right?

Margaret Owens had determined dreams for her son. She’s furious that Gabby’s pregnancy jeopardizes his college baseball scholarship and terrified that Travis will be trapped in a life of struggle and poverty–the life she’s tried so hard to save him from. She’ll do anything to protect him–even if it means forcing him to leave Gabby.

Stacey Meyers is aching for a child of her own. But the son she was meant to adopt was taken before she could hold him in her arms. It feels like she’ll never stop mourning; even the move to this new town hasn’t distracted her from the pain. How can she and her husband find peace? Is there any hope of a family in their future?

And in the midst of all this . . . an unborn baby. Whose arms will hold him in the end?

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories featuring women who survive circumstances to live lives closer to God’s calling. She focuses on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope.

Her first novel, If We Make It Home, released from Kregel Publication September 2017, gleaned the honor of debut of the month from Library Journal. The book was recently named a BEST BOOK of 2017 by Library Journal.

The Oregon Christian Writers named Nelson the 2017 Writer of Promise.
In 2010, she was a finalist for the ACFW Genesis contest in both contemporary and women’s fiction. Her manuscript, Torn Edges, was named the 2014 overall winner in the ACFW Phoenix Rattler competition, a finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis, and won third place in the annual Idahope contest for unpublished novelists. Another of her manuscripts, The Azalea Sisters, made the semi-finals in the contemporary category of the ACFW Genesis for 2015.

For the past ten years, Christina has been a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. She attends conferences and workshops throughout the year including the national ACFW conference. Within ACFW, Christina has served as the northwest zone director.

Christina lives in Oregon’s gorgeous Willamette Valley with her husband of twenty-five years and their four children. The family owns a small farm where the kids raise animals as 4H projects.

She is honored to be a member of the steering committee for Every Child, Benton and Linn County, where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system.

 

MY REVIEW:

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

Ms. Nelson’s story grips the reader from the first page and doesn’t let up. She takes a delicate and often taboo issue by the horns, and pulls it apart from the perspective of four different women; four characters, each with their own secrets and agony, and each entwining with the others. A heart wrenching and poignant story, elegant prose, and characters so real I felt their pain.

As each character spoke, she revealed more of her struggle and pain. The burden she bore. And as each character interacted with the others, truth seeped out and answers were born, a fitting and fulfilling solution that touches the hearts and lives of the characters, and of the reader.

Masterfully handled and beautifully told, Ms. Nelson brings to light a subject so many choose to overlook. She gives a face to the pain and a heart to answers that lie waiting to be found.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Swimming in the Deep End,  Christina Suzann Nelson

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 23 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TWELVE DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR by MICHELLE GRIEP

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – TWELVE DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR by MICHELLE GRIEP

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

THE AUTHOR:    

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

THE FIRST LINE:   

Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the alleys of Holywell.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor, Michelle Griep

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BLOGWORDS –Tuesday 20 November 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNCHARTED JOURNEY by KEELY BROOKE KEITH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNCHARTED JOURNEY by KEELY BROOKE KEITH

                                                                             

THE BLURB:

Young widow Eva Vestal assumes loneliness is God’s permanent plan for her life. She keeps busy by raising her son and co-managing the Inn at Falls Creek with her elderly father, but her heart yearns for more.

Solomon “Solo” Cotter has spent his life working with horses, but he secretly wants to write a book of the children’s stories his grandfather told him as a boy. He barters with Eva’s father for a 40-night stay at the inn, a needed respite from work to get his stories on paper.

Once Eva discovers the barter, she believes Solo is taking advantage of her father’s failing memory. But when tragedy strikes and Solo works hard to save the inn, Eva sees his true nature. As her heart stirs with feelings for Solo, she wrestles with the guilt of loving someone new.

Meanwhile, outside the Land…

Bailey Colburn arrives at the coordinates of the Land on the autumn equinox and finds nothing but ocean. The sun sets, ending Bailey’s dream of a safe and simple life with the family she’s never known. Just when she decides Justin Mercer lied about visiting a hidden land in the South Atlantic Ocean and meeting Bailey’s distant relatives, the atmosphere around the boat changes and ushers her into an uncharted world, but her entrance into the Land comes at a devastating price.

Uncharted Journey weaves past and future in this inspirational story of life in a hidden land. There is always room for you at the Colburns’ house in the quaint village of Good Springs. Join the Colburn family as they discover their purpose, find love, and protect the Land. Read Uncharted Journey today.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Keely Brooke Keith writes inspirational frontier-style fiction with a slight Sci-Fi twist, including The Land Uncharted (Shelf Unbound Notable Romance 2015) and Aboard Providence (2017 INSPY Awards Longlist). Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely was a tree-climbing, baseball-loving 80s kid. She grew up in a family who moved often, which fueled her dreams of faraway lands. When she isn’t writing, Keely enjoys teaching home school lessons and playing bass guitar. Keely, her husband, and their daughter live on a hilltop south of Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

This is the most exciting book yet in the series! A double treat, Uncharted Journey traces the story of two members of the Land, Eva Vestal and Bailey Colburn, with a tie between the two.

Grief holds each of us differently, and Ms. Keith portrays Eva’s grieving heart so poignantly. From the outside looking in, it’s so easy to say, “Do this.” or “Don’t do that.” Kudos to Ms. Keith for portraying Eva’s suffering in such a real way.

Bailey struggled with a different kind of grief. As conflicting as it sounds, sometimes embracing a dream isn’t so easy. What Bailey had envisioned as smooth sailing dissipates in the reality of what is lost. Accepting her new circumstance challenges her in ways she hadn’t considered.

Well written, and skillfully woven between the two, this story tugs at the heart and begs the reader to keep turning pages.

Ms. Keith ends this book with a surprise and mystery that has this reviewer anxiously waiting for the next one!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Uncharted Journey, Keely Brooke Keith

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 19 November 2018 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DIANN MILLS

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – DIANN MILLS

 

rem note: November is brought to you by the number FORTY—because my firstborn turns forty this month.

40 Writing Tips for the Extraordinary Writer

Writers today search for tips to help them move forward in the craft. The following are 40 ways to sharpen your writing tools.

 

  1. Pray for your writing ministry
  2. Read in the genre you are writing
  3. Read a craft how-to book each month
  4. Read a marketing book each month
  5. Study the bestsellers like a text book
  6. Study daily a blog about the craft
  7. Study daily a blog about branding, social media, marketing and promotion
  8. Establish a daily writing schedule and stick to it
  9. Establish goals for every area of your writing career and analyze quarterly
  10. Analyze your career quarterly and make changes if necessary
  11. Participate in a writer’s group, either online or face to face
  12. Invest in a professional writer’s conference
  13. Invest in time and knowledge to raise your visibility in the publishing world
  14. Invest in text to voice software
  15. Invest in techniques to learn effective speaking
  16. Learn your genre and be an expert
  17. Learn Facebook and post regularly
  18. Learn Twitter and post regularly
  19. Learn how to blog effectively and do it
  20. Learn how to Instagram and post regularly
  21. Use your knowledge and expertise on social media to help and encourage others.
  22. Use the 80/20 rule in posting on social media.
  23. Use a scheduling tool for social media posts
  24. Use an app to check grammar on all writing projects
  25. Mentor a serious writer who needs assistance
  26. Edit everything you write before pushing Send.
  27. Follow social media experts online
  28. Follow writers online and post to them
  29. Follow editors and publishing houses online
  30. Develop a data base for libraries
  31. Develop your brand
  32. Schedule events not book signings
  33. Visit bookstores and introduce yourself to manager or PR person.
  34. Request permission to take photos with store owners and librarians. Post and tag on social media
  35. Create a spreadsheet for blog posts
  36. Create a social media library for all platforms
  37. Create a street team.
  38. Give back more to your street team than you expect from them
  39. Remember your agent and editor(s) on special occasions
  40. Remember your marketing and promotion team on special occasions

 

There you are! 40 tips to help you move forward in your writing career. What tip can you give that’s not mentioned above?

 

 

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

 

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on: Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at diannmills.com

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Fact, #NWNF, Guest Post, DiAnn Mills, 40 Writing Tips for the Extraordinary Writer

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 18 November 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

 

 

There’s a wealth of things I could say about thankfulness. Benefits, the endless goodness of God, or an inane list of things I’m thankful for.

 

But today, I just want to offer thanks to our heavenly Father for being Who He is. For loving me and holding me in the palm of His hand.

 

As we enter the holiday season, and as we celebrate in whatever way this week, may be thankful to Father for His love and devotion and faithfulness to us.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Thankfulness

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 16 November 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE UNFINISHED GIFT by DAN WALSH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THE UNFINISHED GIFT by DAN WALSH

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Patrick Collins is seven years old, and on his Christmas list are only three items. He wants the army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather’s house. And, for reasons even he doesn’t understand, he wants the soldier that’s tucked away in his grandfather’s attic.

Set at Christmastime in 1943, The Unfinished Gift tells in an engaging, simple style the story of a family, and reminds us of the surprising things that affect powerful change in our hearts–like a young boy’s prayers, a shoebox full of love letters, and even an old wooden soldier, long forgotten. This nostalgic story of forgiveness will engage readers everywhere.

THE AUTHOR:    

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 20 novels, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and When Night Comes. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 4 Selah Awards, and 4 times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven’t read Dan’s books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul

THE FIRST LINE:   

December 20, 1943

When the black sedan stopped at the traffic light, Patrick rose quietly to his knees in the back seat and peeked out the side window.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, The Unfinished Gift, Dan Walsh

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