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BLOGWORDS – Monday 18 January 2021 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – EYE OF THE STORM by JANICE L. DICK

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – BOOK REVIEW – EYE OF THE STORM by JANICE L. DICK

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Eye of the Storm front

THE BLURB

As their lives are torn apart by world war, the Russian Revolution, and church and family conflicts, Katarina Hildebrandt and Johann Sudermann strive to maintain their faith in the God they have come to know.
Meanwhile, Paul Gregorovich Tekanin’s hope for Utopia has become a way of darkness and death. Will he remember the warnings of his childhood friend, Johann, or will the violence of revolution destroy him?
History unfolds as these young people look desperately for a source of balance and safety within the eye of the storm and ask: where is God when life betrays?

THE AUTHOR

52407166_2342046802480770_6207941975836983296_nJanice L. Dick has been writing since 1989. Her first two historical novels, Calm Before the Storm and Eye of the Storm, won first place in the historical fiction category of The Word Guild’s Canadian Writing Awards. The third novel in the series, Out of the Storm, was short-listed for the same award.
Besides historical fiction, Janice also writes long and short contemporary fiction, book reviews, blogs and non-fiction articles. Her first contemporary cozy is title The Road to Happenstance, which released February 2020.
Janice is the first winner of the Janette Oke Award, presented by InScribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship in 2016.
Janice writes from her farm home on the Saskatchewan prairies of Canada. She and her husband love farm life and enjoy their family of three married children and their spouses, and eleven grandchildren.
See more about Janice and her writing on her website at http://www.janicedick.com

MY REVIEW

“Oh, Lord God. How am I to forgive this man?”

“How are you not?”

I’ve long been fascinated with Russia and her history, but haven’t ventured to study about it. Ms. Dick has fed my fascination, prompting me to continue to learn more.

The assault of war, not only on military troops fighting at the front, but on friends and neighbors, and family, is brutal, and Ms. Dick portrays this in agonizing clarity. I felt the ache of the breach between friends, [SPOILER], and waited, page after page, to see if their reconciliation would ever happen.

I have to confess that I got lost at times, keeping some of the names straight, and the roles played by the Bolsheviks, the Cossacks, the Soviet, the White Army. I hadn’t realized, though, the role of the German army in the Russian Revolution.

I did connect with some of the characters, however—and love the names—Agnetha’s circumstances and her connection with Wilhelm, Katarina and Johann’s love story. And a particular fondness, the extended family and neighbors coming together.

As with the best of historical fiction, Ms. Dick has inserted vibrant fictional characters into the chronicles of the past, giving a better picture of history.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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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.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 11 August 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TETHERED by ELEANOR BERTIN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – TETHERED by ELEANOR BERTIN

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Tethered

THE BLURB

Perfectionistic librarian Jacqui Penn is ripped up by the roots when she’s dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Rootless and on the run, she is drawn two thousand miles west across Canada to the last place she ever thought could offer stability—the old homestead where her father grew up.
Renovating the derelict house soon becomes a personal battle as it stubbornly resists her efforts. While Jacqui struggles to renew the home, she spends time with the family Pops bitterly resented. Her hunger for roots grows stronger as she fights to discover the long-buried reasons her father fled the house as a beleaguered teen. But will she ever find the belonging she craves?

THE AUTHOR

11846783_931868230193191_3177289173999141651_nIn a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled.
Eleanor holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include seven children, all girls except six. Writing was crowded out by homeschooling a houseful for 25 years until Lifelines, her first completed novel, was shortlisted in the 2015 Word Alive Free Publishing Contest.
Eleanor and her husband live with their youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta. She blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

 

MY REVIEW

Haven’t we all thought about it, wished it, idly planned it at one time or another in our lives? Running away? Daily life becomes mundane, heartbreak unbearable, betrayal unforgiveable?

For most of us, reality ties us in place and the notion of running away gets tucked on the shelf for another day.

For Jacqui Penn, though, reality was turned inside out, and while she could have stayed put and maintained the status quo, her heart wouldn’t let her.

Ms. Bertin digs deep into Jacqui’s heart, the human tug to belong—and to believe. As Father God does per Romans 8:28, Ms. Bertin wove strands of her story to bring good into Jacqui’s life. Even the hurtful and damaging factors. Jacqui faces each challenge head-on, relying first on her own strength and ability, then little by little, day by day, grows to accept and trust those around her. As she discovers her roots, she also discovers herself. And her future.

A deep and profound story of truth and self-discovery, a journey that could belong to any one of us. A story that drew me in, as though I were part of Jacqui’s journey, and kept me turning pages so I, too, could rejoice in her discovery of Truth.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

Slide5ALL | 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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 25 January 2020 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-ON-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MORE THAN ENOUGH by LORNA SEILSTAD

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – MORE THAN ENOUGH by LORNA SEILSTAD

 

THE BLURB

Quirky Fiona McGrath loves her job as a Child Life Specialist at a Dunedin, Florida hospital. As a former foster child, she understands trauma and wants to ensure no child ever faces the same kind of fears she once did. But are fears truly in the past?
Gabe Cavenaugh’s life is right on schedule. As the youngest assistant Chief Financial Officer in the hospital’s history, he has much to prove, but he’s confident he can do anything he’s asked. After all, he’s secure in his faith and has the constant support of his family.
When Gabe is directed to make cuts in order to balance the hospital’s budget, his search leads him to the Child Life Program and to Fiona. How can this crazy, hat-wearing woman, who rides around on a sparkly scooter possibly be a vital member of the medical team?
As Fiona works to persuade Gabe about her job’s necessity, he begins to see there’s more to her and her work with young patients than wacky clothes.
But will she be enough to save her program? And could she possibly be enough for a man like Gabe?

 

THE AUTHOR

For as long as I can remember, I loved writing. I even dreamed in plots. I also grew up attendign antique auctions near4ly every weekend, so history was as much a part of my life as chores on the farm, reading books, and playing with Barbies.

So, writing historical romances fit perfectly. Times may change, the style of clothes may take on a different look, but the common threads that unit us remain the same. Couples fall in love. Injustices happen. We fight for what we believe in. We struggle. We endure. We grow.

After graduating from York College in York, Nebraska, with a A.A. degree, I transferred to Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas and graduated with a B.S. Ed.

When I returned to Iowa, I met and married the Love of my life, David. God had written our love story, and I know from the moment we met that he was the one.It wasn’t love at first sight by any means, but I was sure he was the man I would marry–and it scared me to death.

I didn’t tell a soul, but I did write about it in my journal. Two and half years later, we pledged our hearts and lives to one another.

I taught high school English until my oldest child was born. After that, I began my career as a professional wiper. I wiped noses, counter tops, tiny tushes, tears, and  the scraped knees of my own kids and the ones others allowed me to care for.

Once my children were older and less in need of my constant supervision, I started pursuing my first love again–writing.

David and I have three adult children, but no grandchildren yet. He’s an elder in our church, and we both teach Bible classes and are involved in 4-H.

 

MY REVIEW

OH MY HOLY HECK!!! Fiona is practically me! I can’t tell you how many years I lived feeling like less than enough. I know, in a very real way, the struggle Fiona faced—and Ms. Seilstad’s writing touched this reader on a very deep level.

I was intrigued with Fiona’s career, and admired how she drew from her own pain into something so positive.

Gabe Cavenaugh blew into Fiona’s life like a hurricane, but as they spent more time together, he became the calm in the storm. As he transformed and the attraction between them grew, he was gentle and patient with her.

I appreciated Ms. Seilstad’s handling of Fiona’s heart wounds, and her sensitive portrayal of foster families. The interaction was realistic and genuine, and Fiona’s healing journey bore some of the same benchmarks in my own journey.

 

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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 October 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RED JOURNAL by DEB ELKINK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RED JOURNAL by DEB ELKINK

 

THE BLURB

Flirty globetrotter Sybil badgers her friend Libby to travel along in seeking out the world’s “sacred places”—a monastery in Japan, a mountaintop in Africa, a mosque in Istanbul. Her footloose wandering far from family values costs her more than money.
But Libby can’t afford to travel, and she’s plagued by a different kind of restlessness. Grieving the recent death of the grandmother who raised her in their inner-city Minneapolis tenement now slated for demolition, Libby faces homelessness in both heart and habitation.
When Libby discovers a cryptic message from beyond the grave and an antique ring pointing to a mystery in an inner room of a mansion museum in North Dakota, she sets out on a quest of her own for the meaning of heritage and home.

 

THE AUTHOR

I’m connected to several writers’ associations and was recently recruited to The Mosaic Collection (an international publishing group of women authors). I’m also involved in the local church and in community life. I take to the road several times a year to speak at women’s functions, always ready to return home again to my babbling brook — to sit and sip chai as I write and research, read and edit. But I also love to travel internationally and confuse the locals with my smattering of foreign phrases; I’ve visited thirty countries on five continents so far and have offended the ears of Japanese, French, and Spanish alike with corresponding gusto. (I’ve been told, however, that my English is quite good.)

My little stories are only as original as my research and imagination. That is, there’s nothing truly new under the sun. As I say in my very first Motifs posting, I love listening to the proclamation of the King in His Word. I don’t fancy my writings to be inspired, but just an attempt at retelling timeless truths written first by God Himself, the Author with authority to direct our steps. My heart echoes Job’s longing (19:23-25): “Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll . . . I know that my Redeemer lives!”

You can email me any time to chat, complain, or relate: deb@debelkink.com. Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive a free e-copy of Wet Thaw, two award-winning short stories by me. Or connect with me on Facebook.

 

MY REVIEW

What a profound story—I’m so glad I stuck with it!

Sybil seems more an annoyance in Libby’s life than any sort of friend. I sure didn’t like her! So brash and pushy. I felt like there was far too much description of her past ventures to “enlightenment;” it bogged down the reading for me.

Same with Paige’s research. Fascinating as it was, for me it distracted from the story.

The threads of the story were there, though, however thin for the first two-thirds of the book.

Then, BAM! It picked up in intensity and held my interest, urging me on to the final page.

Oh, how well Ms. Elkink wove this together, so tightly knit. As brash as she was, Sybil served her purpose in Libby’s life. And as unrelated as it seemed, Paige’s research also had significant impact.

Ms. Elkink layers elements, the ugly, the miserable, with the tender and loving, and portrays a true image of life. Like ingredients in soup, each element contributes to the whole of the flavor, and to take one away, even the bitter, would distort the final result.

Overall a wonderful story with a profound Truth embedded within.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

THREE 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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 25 May 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNBOUND by ELEANOR BERTIN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNBOUND by ELEANOR BERTIN

THE BLURB

Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.
Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.
Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?
With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled.
Eleanor holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include seven children, all girls except six. Writing was crowded out by homeschooling a houseful for 25 years until Lifelines, her first completed novel, was shortlisted in the 2015 Word Alive Free Publishing Contest.
Eleanor and her husband live with their youngest son, who has Down syndrome, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta. She blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Tragedy can unsettle the most stable of families; triple tragedy can crush them.

Like their Biblical counterparts, Ruthie and Naomi have each other to cling to. And as obstacles assault them from all directions it seems they’re all each other has. Until even their bond is wounded. Both clinging to the need to keep a past secret hidden, the fear of discovery is crippling.

Ms. Bertin teases the brink of cultism with Jake’s overbearing and aggressive attitude and controlling behavior, and playing on Naomi’s grief. She draws out each character’s strengths—and their weaknesses—their fears and their deepest heart desires. Ms. Bertin walks them through the valley of the shadow of death, and painstaking step by painstaking step to healing and joy. Each event, each encounter, each interaction urging me on to the last page, the story was engrossing and captivating.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR 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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 18 September 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHEN MOUNTAINS SING by STACY MONSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – BOOK REVIEW – WHEN MOUNTAINS SING by STACY MONSON

         

THE BLURB

When the truth cost her everything, she thought there was nothing left to lose.

Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity.

In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all.

Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including “Shattered Image,” “Dance of Grace,” and “The Color of Truth.” Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. As a speaker, she engages her audience with humor, hope, and encouragement to be who they designed to be.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Minnesota Christian Writers Guild (MCWG), she is the area coordinator for ACFW in Minnesota, past president of ACFW MN-NICE, and the Events Director for MCWG.
Residing in the Twin Cities, Stacy is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma of 3 (and counting) grands.
Through her speaking ministry, WINGS, Stacy speaks to groups of any size in person, via Skype, or online, about the many facets of writing, personal growth, authenticity, and discovering our unique, God-designed place in the world. Presentations can be tailored to a group’s particular needs and interests.

 

MY REVIEW

This story made ME sing!! The Rockies and Colorado (my heart), hiking and being outdoors (also my heart), ministering to hurting kids—my heart! BONUS: Twins! I’ve always been fascinated with twins and multiples!

Ms. Monson’s story struck so many nerves on so many levels—I sank into this story and didn’t want to come back out.

We all search for something at some point in our lives. Sometimes that search is to seek answers to secrets. Sometimes it’s to find a missing person. Or an absent one. Almost always, our search involves discovering some element of our identity.

Oh, how I admired and applauded Mikayla’s quest when she could have just walked away and not looked back. Or pretended like nothing had happened and done nothing. Or imploded and sunk into depression.

As happens with soul quests, Mikayla found far more than what she set out looking for.

The people she encountered on her journey each played a part, each one providing a piece of the puzzle that is her life. Some chance encounters, some new and lifelong friends. I appreciated that the author didn’t make Mikayla’s quest an easy one, while not being so difficult as to crush her spirit. I read eagerly, as anxious as Mikayla herself to find the answers, and peace.

 

Like me, the mountains sing to Mikayla, are a balm to her bruised heart. Ms. Monson has gifted the reader with a raw story that touches the heart, ravages then sooths jagged nerves, and tumbles the emotions of the reader before the final note trills on the wind.

 

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.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 19 July 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK– MOSAIC COLLECTION – REGINA RUDD MERRIC

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK – MOSAIC COLLECTION – REGINA RUDD MERRICK

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

 

 

THE AUTHOR

Regina Rudd Merrick is a writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Having lived most of her life in Western Kentucky, she dreams of the sound of crashing waves and sandy beaches. Married to her husband of 35+ years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. She is the author of three books: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze Series.

 

 

CONNECT WITH REGINA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

 

 

 

Cornerstone message from the collection: 

Trust God and do the next right thing.

I want my readers to know that they are not alone, and that what they’re going through is not unique to them. Life isn’t a series of obstacles to overcome, but a series of events that point us to Jesus, who loves us more than we can imagine.

 

FUN FACTS

Favorite place to read: In my bed – okay to be honest, on a balcony overlooking the beach, but reality . . .

Favorite book character from childhood: Laura Ingalls Wilder – I know, she was a real person, but she made me want to be a pioneer so badly!!

Favorite movie: Tough one. I have several: You’ve Got Mail, Sahara, How the West was Won, Notorious, Star Wars. How’s that for variety?

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Favorite splurge/treat: Anything with hot fudge on it. 🙂

Favorite character you’ve created: Lucy Dixon. She was so much fun to write!

Last 3 great books you read“A Bound Heart” by Laura Frantz, “Justice Delivered” by Patricia Bradley, “Where Treasure Hides” by Johnnie Alexander

Dream vacation: A month on an island off the coast of SC, GA, or FL, doing nothing but soaking up the sun, eating, walking, and reading.

Plotter or pantser: Plantser

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : The ocean, chocolate chip cookies, a new computer, shopping for shoes, planning a vacation, decorating a house, my instant pot, hugs from my girls, my new wedding band, walking on the beach

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b09c62e500/?

 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 17 July 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– MOSAIC COLLECTION – JANICE L. DICK

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – MOSAIC COLLECTION – JANICE L. DICK

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

 

 

THE AUTHOR

Janice L. Dick was born and raised in southern Alberta, Canada, into an ethnic Mennonite farm family. She has always loved stories of family heritage and the emigration of her people from Russia. Her aim is not only to share the faith journeys of her forebears, but also to showcase God’s sovereignty in the midst of that milieu. Besides historical fiction, Janice writes contemporary novels and short stories, blogs, articles and book reviews. Janice is the winner of the 2016 Janette Oke Award.

 

 

CONNECT WITH JANICE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

 

 

 

Cornerstone message from the collection: 

I believe that God is faithful through all things, even when it doesn’t look that way. He does what he does, and is not accountable to anyone, but his love and mercy hold us up.

 

FUN FACTS

Favorite place to read: On the couch, with the fireplace going, if it’s chilly.

Favorite book characters from childhood: Nancy Drew, Jo from Little Women

Favorite movies: Ever After, Indiana Jones…, National Treasure, Pride & Prejudice

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Psalm16:5-6 “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

Favorite splurge/treat: Anything dark chocolate.

Favorite character you’ve created:  Debbie Doram McCormick (The Christmas Sweater)

Last 3 great books you read: Wings of the Wind – Connilyn Cossette, A Trick of the Light – Louise Penny, anything by Chris Fabry, also love Sara Rosett.

Dream vacation: Driving with my hubby wherever the road leads, for weeks!

Hidden talent/little-known fact: Used to ride a Goldwing (as a passenger).

Plotter or pantser: Plotter; I love lists and charts.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : My hubby, my kids, my grandkids, books, did I mention dark chocolate, low-maintenance friends, lol humor, freedom in Christ, green grass and trees, my home.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b09c62e500/?

 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 11 July 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK– MOSAIC COLLECTION – ELEANOR BERTIN

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK – MOSAIC COLLECTION – ELEANOR BERTIN

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

 

THE AUTHOR

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled with words. Lifelines, her first completed novel, was published in 2016, followed by Pall of Silence in 2017, a memoir about her late son Paul.

She holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include one daughter and six sons (the youngest with Down syndrome) whom she home-educated for 25 years.

Eleanor lives with her husband and youngest son, Timothy, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

 

CONNECT WITH ELEANOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

Cornerstone message from the collection: 

Launch out into the far reaches of the universe. Delve deep into the intricate wonders of creation’s minutest particles. The farther humanity goes, the more awe I feel at the God whose power and genius spoke it all into existence. As a very young girl, I relished the delicious thrill of feeling tiny in the face of vast power, whether under a giant prairie sky, or failing in my count of the sparkling night stars. Like holding hands with a grizzly bear, God’s thundering bigness against my feeble smallness terrifies and quiets me.

That shivery awe fills the pages of the Bible, where God’s mighty power and fearsome holiness are vividly on display. There I read of a majestic King, both perfectly holy and utterly sovereign. That’s the terror part! He governs every detail of history, and every detail of my life.

But layered within that message is the constant harmony line of God’s pure goodness and the astonishing message of His never-ending love in the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus in my place.

“And from my smitten heart with tears

Two wonders I confess —

The wonders of His glorious love

And my unworthiness.”

(Elizabeth C. Clephane, Beneath the Cross of Jesus)

I’m flooded with joy knowing I belong to a trustworthy, loving God who forgives me and never leaves me!

 

FUN FACTS

Favorite place to read: On my bed, or stretched out on the couch. With fuzzy blanket. And chocolate.

Favorite book character from childhood: Anne of Green Gables

Favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice (6 hr. BBC version)

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” Dt. 32: 3,4 coupled with “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph. 3:17

Favorite splurge/treat: Chocolate-covered dried cherries!

Favorite character you’ve created: Can I pick three? None of these are my main characters, but they appeal to me anyway.

Anna Fawcett, a wise senior whose insightful questions and warm caring transform those she touches. (She’s modelled after my own mother.)

Jesse Fawcett, her 24yo son who has Down syndrome. I love his quirky ways, many of which are derived from my own son, Timo, or accounts of real people with DS as told to me by their families.

Jake Adrian, cultish, controlling legalist, manipulative self-styled prophet, tyrant of his family, money lover and secret gambler, northern Alberta farmer. (It was alarming to me how easily his wonky theology flowed onto the page!)

Plotter or pantser:  I plot by the seat of my pants. By that, I mean I have an overarching theme that governs why I’m writing the book, I make a rough outline of key plot points, and then I live with my characters day in and day out, letting the details of their characters unfold. Unbound (my Mosaic book) is my most plotted book thus far. Three-quarters of the way through its sequel, Tethered, I still wish I’d taken the time to plot this one in more detail.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b09c62e500/?

 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

 

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