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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 October 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

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:    

Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow.

Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

THE FIRST LINE:

Luke Robinson rolled into The Maple Pit’s parking lot.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Two hearts broken by the same tragedy—sometimes the answers are the very place we don’t want to see them.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Finding Love, Toni Shiloh

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 16 Octoerb 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WARRIOR by LINDA K. RODANTE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WARRIOR by LINDA K. RODANTE

  

 

THE BLURB:

Christian Romantic Suspense: For three years, Kati Walsh has hunkered down at a new place of worship to dab at church-inflicted wounds. Her one outreach is to her kickboxing friends at the gym, but she’s been praying for God to stir her heart again. But she’s not sure that the new assistant pastor and his friend Reece Jernigan are what she asked for—because Assistant Pastor Josh Corbin plans to win the hearts of the north-side neighborhood, mostly described as “the hood.”

When Josh plans a prayer walk in the neighborhood, both the congregation and the police are wary, but Josh insists that prayer works. He believes in spiritual warfare—prayer, praise, and the Word of God. Reece, on the other hand, has been on the streets before, and his weapon of choice is a 9mm Glock. Two close friends with differing perspectives and both with an eye on Kati. But they’re not the only ones—the gang leader from the north side has taken an unexpected interest in Kati, too.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Besides being an author, I am married with two grown sons and three grandchildren whom I love!

In between raising a family, I worked in the banking industry, then became a center director for a pregnancy center. I spent eight years with an anti-trafficking group in the Tampa Bay area, and eight years at Trinity College of Florida. These last three influenced my thinking greatly and influence my writing as well.

I love sweet tea, and the beaches, the swamps, and the forests of my native Florida. I now reside in Tennessee near my grandchildren, and love the coolness, the mountains and seasonal changes of Tennessee, especially the fall leaf change!

I started writing when I was twelve then put it all away when I married. At 27, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Years later, I started writing again, but now I had God’s help and purpose!

I write Christian romantic suspense. My books wrap sweet, warm romance in real-life issues women face today, always adding an edge of mystery and suspense. My desire is not only to entertain but to encourage others in their walk with God.

 

MY REVIEW:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:10–12 KJV

 

Perhaps the greatest tactic of the enemy is to blind us to the reality of spiritual warfare. His weapons, indeed his only weapon, are the lies he constantly spreads.

 

He is neither omnipotent, omniscient nor omnipresent, but spreads his lies easily, rapidly and virulently; the war for our spirits is very real.

 

Ms. Rodante’s story is an inside look at this battle. Ordinary people, called to extraordinary—and supernatural—warfare. The pull of the flesh, human fears and doubts and desires, against the power and call of the Spirit of God. The miraculous against and in the midst of the ordinary, the daily, the mundane. Seeing tragedy with God’s perspective, and finding joy in sadness, trading sorrow for dancing.

 

Ms. Rodante gives us Truth in her story, the Truth that is written from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The Truth that this life is spiritual and not flesh only. That angels dwell among us, and serve—and battle—alongside us.

 

 

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, Warrior, Linda K. Rodante

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BLOGWORDS – 15 October 2018 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – SARAH MONZON

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – SARAH MONZON

 

THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

The holiday season is nearly upon us. Anyone else freaking out? This year I feel a lot of pressure to make the holidays, and Christmas especially, the best ever because…well…because there won’t be Christmas next year for us. No Christmas trees. No Christmas decorations. No Christmas baking. Next December, for us, will be filled with the excitement and stress of moving to a new state and a new duty station for my military husband. So, the clock is ticking, and the list is growing to make this year one to remember. I’ve already snuck in and hid some presents in the garage (shhh….don’t tell my kids) and bought tickets to a real-life Polar Express experience on a steam train. Hot chocolate, pajamas, and a book come to life? Yes, please!

But even with the added pressure and knowing our holidays will look different next year, I’m thankful because our family will still be together. And that just may not be the case in future years as I know it’s not this year for many military families. So, even if you find your turkey dry, an ugly sweater waiting for you under the tree, or a bit of drama with the in-laws, give your loved ones an extra hug.

If you’d like to support the troops who will not be able to be with their families over the holidays and brighten their day even a little by sending them a card, check out the Operation Christmas Cards for Troops Overseas Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/OperationChristmasCards4TroopsOverseas/

 

 

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Fact, #NWNF, Guest Post, Sarah Monzon

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 14 October 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I AM A FRIEND OF GOD (repost)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I AM A FRIEND OF GOD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcxKRsn-hGc

As I was considering what to write about today, this song came to mind. The name of this feature comes from this concept. I launched Front Porch Fellowship in August of 2016.

 

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/blogwords-sunday-7-august-2016-front-porch-fellowship-why-this-title/

 

“No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.”

 

All of these have their place and time. But none of these are requirements to “have church.”

 

This springs from a few different sources. One of those took place twenty-something years ago when my best friend was living with us. I can’t recall now why, but there were times we couldn’t make it to the Wednesday evening service at church, and we’d go for a walk instead. We realized, in our conversations, that we were, in fact, having church. The fellowship of two friends, spending time with our heavenly Father.

 

“Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.”

 

“We walk and talk, as good friends should and do.” I heard that years ago, and I have come to a place in my life where that defines my relationship with Father, friendship.

 

Being a Christian is not about following a religion. A set of rules. A list of do’s and don’ts.

 

Being a Christian is about a relationship with our heavenly Father. And there’s only one rule, “Love Him with all your heart, and love others as we love ourselves.” As I’ve learned how He loves me, I’ve been able to love myself in the same way.

 

Interacting with our Father doesn’t have to—nor should it—be a formality. While we are not little “mini gods” running around, we are created in His image, and as we seek Him and grow in the knowledge of Him, we are transformed to be like Him.

 

He is our friend. Someone to laugh with. Someone to talk to, to turn to when we’re lost or lonely, or broken hearted. A shoulder to cry on.

 

Like all friendships, it’s not all one sided—it’s not all just me talking. I have to have ears to hear His voice. I have to dedicate my time and my self to grow the relationship. I have to put in if I expect to get anything out of the relationship.

 

Have you walked with Him lately? Talked with him? Have you spent time just being with Him? No words, no expectations. Just being the friend He says you are?

 

There’s nothing so precious.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, I am a Friend of God

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 13 Octob 201er8 – WREADING WEDNESDAY on SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK– TRUE NOBILITY by LORI BATES WRIGHT

WREADING WEDNESDAY on SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK – TRUE NOBILITY by LORI BATES WRIGHT

 

THE BLURB:

In an unfamiliar country, she’s left all alone, the noble privilege of her name rendered useless. Everything she believes in is not as it seems. Driven by desperation, she risks it all to find her way to the one man whose love has proven true.<br>

Lady Victoria Haverwood, beloved daughter of a prominent earl, lives a sheltered life. But when she becomes the target of a murderous plot, her idyllic world is turned upside down as her father has them whisked across the ocean to the shores of Savannah, Georgia.<br>

Nicholas Saberton, an accomplished American Naval captain, is commissioned by the earl to escort them safely to America. Drawn to the charm and elegance of the earl’s daughter, he us determined to remain focused on expanding his shipping company. Nevertheless, he pledges to protect her with his life.<br>

When danger threatens to consume her, Victoria must find courage to overcome the repercussions of her father’s past to chart a new course for herself and those she loves.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Lori Bates Wright is an author of Christian Fiction who has a fascination with history and a soft spot for love stories.
Raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Texas with her husband of 34 years. Her two grown kids have blessed her with four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!)
When she’s not writing you’ll most likely find her sipping coffee and daydreaming on the porch swing. Or cooking for her family when she can get them all together.
Her passion is helping women of all ages discover their God-given strengths. With a touch of humor, her stories help illustrate truths, hard-won lessons, and unwavering perseverance by women from times gone by. In honoring the past, she hopes to encourage today’s women to courageously love, devote their talents, and never give up on their dreams.
You can learn more about Lori and her stories at http://www.LoriBatesWright.com.

 

 

GIVEAWAY

🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉  Celebration for @loribateswright’s debut novel, #TrueNobility is under way, starting with this Bookstagram Blitz! True Nobility is NOW AVAILABLE in digital ebook and print!  Purchase here: https://amzn.to/2RuSRHR.

 

@JustReadTours is celebrating the release with a tour-wide #giveaway! Lori is gifting one reader a Cozy Weekend Read Package that includes tea & mug, some Scottish Shortbread Cookies, winner choice of ebook or print copy of True Nobility and a cozy throw! All you need to do to enter is follow @loribateswright and head over to my Instragram page https://www.instagram.com/robinemason212/  and leave a comment there! For more chances to win, head to other stops on the tour. Full schedule at http://bit.ly/TrueNobility.

 

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

 

#justreadtours #southernromance #historicalfiction #loribateswright 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Instagram Tour, Instagram Giveaway, True Nobility, Lori Bates Wright

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 October 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BUYING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BUYING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

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!

 

In honor of the two year birthday of this book, I give you Buying Love.

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Will money ruin everything?

Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.

Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her?

Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find her at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Nina Warrenton checked her watch for the umpteenth time.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Great twist on romance!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Buying Love, Toni Shiloh

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