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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ORNAMENT KEEPER by EVA MARIE EVERSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE ORNAMENT KEEPER by EVA MARIE EVERSON

 

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

                                                                             

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

THE BLURB:

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.

 

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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

 

 

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.

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MY REVIEW:

Another new-to-me author! #ishouldhavedoneablitz

Honestly, I wanted to shake some sense into Felicia! But then, I suppose someone would have to shake some sense into me, as well. Don’t we all hold onto past grudges and hurts? Letting them color—discolor—our days from the inside out?

Beautifully written, and tenderly poignant, each of Felicia’s reminders—her collection of Christmas ornaments—weigh against the gnawing bitterness that plagues her. Mementos that serve as glimpses of a life made with her husband, Jackson. Treasured moments, tender moments. Moments of happy times together.

Moments that have been tarnished with sin she won’t let go.

Ms. Everson blends the different elements of her story together flawlessly, creating a masterful and colorful painting. The human emotion and reaction. The illogic of the heart, and the true and deep longing. Guilt that taunts—and the wounds that won’t heal. And the master stroke—well, I don’t want to give the story away! I will say, Ms. Everson frames her story in God’s love and His healing.

 

 

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.

Follow along at JustReadTours for a full schedule of stops!

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Ornament Keeper, Eva Marie Everson

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 17 September 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – THE CHRISTY AWARDS BLITZ TOUR (#JustReadTours)

SPECIAL EDITION – THE CHRISTY AWARDS BLITZ TOUR (#JustRead Tours)

 

the Christy Awards blitz

If there were a Christian fiction version of the Oscars, The Christy Awards would be it. And we are teaming up with The Christy Awards to help you read good fiction! Some of the best of the best, in fact.

Last year’s 2017 Christy Award winners included The Lady & The Lionheart (Joanne Bischof), A Note Yet Unsung (Tamera Alexander), Her One and Only (Becky Wade), The Mark of the King (Jocelyn Green), The Silent Songbird (Melanie Dickerson), The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (James Rubart), and more!

2017 Christy Awards

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The 2018 Christy Award Celebration Gala is coming up on November 7, 2018 but first the finalists will be announced on September 19th!! And you don’t want to miss it!

Make sure you’re following along with their social media accounts so you don’t miss the big announcement!

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Christys invite

The Christy Award team invites you to two events that celebrate fiction, both held on November 7, 2018 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN!

First, from 1-5:30pm, is the Art of Writing Conference – a focused conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators. This is a half day of intensive seminars that celebrate the creative life, provide practical tips for overcoming challenges in a rapidly-changing industry, and answer questions authors are asking. Head here for a full list of speakers, including Carla Laureano, Joanne Bischof, Donald Miller, and Charles Martin.

Then, starting at 7:00pm, The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2018 winners of The Christy Award, and honor the power of Story, the legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, and the year’s best in Christian fiction.

Wanna know which authors will be at The Christy Awards gala? How about Charles Martin, Carla Laureano, Francine Rivers, Sarah Arthur, and Cynthia Ruchti, for starters?

Many of the finalists will be there too so make sure you follow The Christy Award on social media for the big announcement on the 19th!


christy awards gift card giveaway

On behalf of the ECPA, JustRead is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card (US only) to help you read good fiction!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 21, 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.

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 September 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

 

It’s everywhere. Both TV and the internet are all a-bluster over Hurricane Florence. Or course, she is not “just” a tropical storm. Or depression or whatever.

 

Still, she’s wreaking havoc and leaving the mess behind her.

 

But more than Florence, or any hurricane, aren’t there storms in our lives that sometimes leave us devastated? Don’t we feel battered and wind-blown, tossed about like a leaf in a strong gust.

 

And where do we go, where can we go to escape the turmoil?

 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.  – John 16:33

 

Is He not our peace? No matter the circumstances? Does He not walk with us through trial and tempest?

 

Somehow, the Christian life is expected to be trouble free and blissful. And while we do have joy that the world does not and cannot know, we are far from exempt from troubles of this life, whether great or small.

 

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  – Isaiah 26:3

 

So yes, the wind is whirling around me as I write this. Rain has spattered off and on for most of the day, and the forecast says there’s more coming.

 

But I will sleep in peace tonight because the One who made the wind and waves is with me. He neither slumbers nor sleeps, but He watches over me as I do.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLenL4HQaRQ

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, In the Eye of the Storm

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 14 September 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THIS PRESENT DARKNESS by FRANK PERETTI

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – THIS PRESENT DARKNESS by FRANK PERETTI

 

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:    

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Frank E. Peretti is one of American Christianity’s best-known authors. His novels have sold over 10 million copies, and he is widely credited with reinventing Christian fiction. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the Pacific Northwest. http://www.frankperetti.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Late on a full-mooned Sunday night, the two figures in work clothes appeared on Highway 27, just outside the small college town of Ashton.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

The power of fiction to shed light on spiritual Truth, and the ultimate battle between good and evil. And if I’m not mistaken, awakened me to the reality of spiritual battle.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, This Present Darkness, Frank Peretti

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 12 September 2018 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– MAGNOLIA SUMMER by MELANIE DICKERSON

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – MAGNOLIA SUMMER by MELANIE DICKERSON

                                                                             

THE BLURB:

From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of romance, heroism, and secret identity. Will this Deep South Zorro succeed in saving his sleepy Southern town?

Truett Beverly returned to Bethel Springs, Alabama, after finishing medical school. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but when Sheriff Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman, placing him squarely in the sheriff’s crosshairs.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville in order to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop.

Celia catches Truett’s eye from the moment she steps off the train. He finds himself wanting to impress her, but she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. Truth is, Celia’s attraction to Dr. Truett Beverly terrifies her. What will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia’s greatest fears come true? Or will she be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for all things Medieval with her love of romance and fairy tales. She also loves Regency Romance and has drawn on her Southern heritage to write a romance set in the late 1800s called Magnolia Summer.
Her books have won the Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in America, Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.

 

 

GIVEAWAY

From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson (@melaniedickerson123) comes a story of love and romance, heroism, and secret identity. Will this dangerous Zorro of the Deep South succeed in changing his sleepy Southern town forever? #MagnoliaSummer is NOW AVAILABLE in digital ebook and print!  Purchase here: https://amzn.to/2MPnMzq.

 

@JustReadTours is celebrating the release with a tour-wide #giveaway! Melanie is gifting one reader a print copy of Magnolia Summer and their choice of one of Melanie’s previously issued titles! All you need to do to enter is follow @melaniedickerson123 and head over to my Instragram page https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/ and leave a comment there! (blog comments are not eligible) For more chances to win, head to other stops on the tour. Full schedule at http://bit.ly/MagnoliaBlitz.

 

Giveaway open to US only. Instagram is not affiliated with this giveaway or its prize.

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Instagram Tour, Instagram Giveaway, Magnolia Summer, Melanie Dickerson

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 September 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

THE BLURB:

She’s level-headed and ordered. He talks to imaginary characters. She keeps to the plan. He never has one. Will true love find a way to color outside the lines but inside God’s love to create a story they can write together? Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn and large Simeon family help Jane find a place to heal but also cultivate her natural strengths for order and planning. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s peaceful monotony and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam. With the help of a mysterious journal, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

THE AUTHOR:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

 

MY REVIEW:

What fun for an author to read an author writing about an author!!!

Double the fun when that fictional author collides with a most staid and regimented—and unimaginative—love interest. Add in some Christmas spice of two hearts broken several times over, and romance has a wintry chance of kindling.

 

Jane Warwick is in Bath, England for one purpose only, and she intends to get the job done and make her hasty retreat back to North Carolina.

Titus Stewart is in Bath to get a job done, too—to find inspiration for his newest novel. And that job takes on new life when he tangles with Jane.

I played cheerleader to Jane’s reticence, urging her to step out of the carefully drawn boundaries she had created. I giggled as Titus kept to his pursuit—and sighed as his fictional world collided with his real life.

As he thawed Jane’s reserves, and they began to work together to solve the mystery in the pages of her journal, I felt the heat kindle between them. But just when it seemed the flame would leap to life, it came to an icy halt, and my heart melted.

As per her magical ability to turn a story, Ms. Basham brought together two distinct and polar opposite characters, shoved them into close quarters and an “oil and water” situation, threw in some freckles and Pink Lady apples, and put it all together in a Basham Classic happy ending.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Jane by the Book, Pepper Basham, Second Impressions, #Brittallachia

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BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – SOLD OUT

BLOGWORDS – SPECIAL EDITION – 25% OFF SALE

 

“When you pretend to be something you’re not, it always finds you out.”

* new cover coming soon

 

“Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are. Don’t ever, for anyone, hide your true self. Know your true self, and shine like God made you to be.”

 

My debut novel, Tessa, has a double birthday; at the prompting and with the help of a friend, I first released her in early March 2014, but for Kindle only. I quickly learned the value of having print copies, and with the help of that same friend (who did all the formatting for me) I released and had all the celebration in October.

 

Tessa’s official book birthday is 31 October, which is fitting for the story—she assumed an identity not her own, thus “wearing a mask.”

 

And now, after more than one cover version, she’s getting a brand new look! And the remaining books I have on hand need to go—for the low, low price of only $15!! *regular $20 each

 

I only have ONE COPY of each book in the series left—comment below or message on me Facebook to get your signed copy today!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Tessa Book Birthday, unsavory heritage series, Clara Bess, Cissy, #booksale, 25% off

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