Saturday, December 7, 2013

Litfuse Blog tour Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

About the Book
Stones for Bread A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.
Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread.  From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.
But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour – a single father with strange culinary habits – seems determined to win Liesl’s affection.
When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.
Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Christa’s website.

My Thoughts:

while i didn't have a chance to finish the whole novel. i was quiet impressed with it. i had to pick this one up a second time cause my mood was just not on reading at the time i started it. but i've gotta pick it back up again. i did like what i read. i'm no where near the good parts i'm sure but for what i've read its a pretty good book.

Christa Parrish is celebrating her fourth novel, Stones for Breadwith a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.
#StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish

Easy steps to enter:

1. Follow Christa Parrish and TNZ Fiction on Pinterest.

2. Then Pin the Stones for Bread book cover (below), the contest graphic (above), or both, and link to this post (using this URL: #StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish

3. Then fill out THIS SHORT FORM to let us know. (There are also some additional ways to earn extra entries, as well as an option for non-Pinterest users. It's true—people like that do exist!)

Questions? Email info @ litfusegroup dot com.

Winner will be announced on 12/9 on Christa's Facebook Page.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blame it on the Mistletoe preview

Blame It On the Mistletoe

A Novel of Bright’s Pond

By Joyce Magnin

Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright 's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing

Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes,

climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked

new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the

fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.

While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends

deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an

upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

an excerpt here:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas... a Review!

its no surprise that i love veggietales. and also no surprise that i love duck dynasty. soo it was a natural pairing for me and i was SO excited to see this new christmas movie. its for sure a classic in the making. Silas the narrator is none other than Uncle Si from duck dynasty. i knew it had to be good and it was better than good. it was epic honestly. the story was great. the way that larry wanted to help someone who was having hard times. its the gift of the season. and this dvd is sure to bless you just by watching it. it totally made me shed a tear or two also. check this out for your christmas day!

i was provided a copy of this dvd for review purposes only. i wasn't compensated in any way

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

litfuse blog tour and giveaway Tempest's course by Lynette Sowell

Book Description:

About the book: Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt, with one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House where the quilt is stored. Tom Silva, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky coastline, is the caretaker employed by the mysterious absent owner of Gray House.

Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is drawn out of her self-imposed shell and embraces the family God has given her after her own family failed her. As Kelly reads stories in a journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns there is no transgression beyond God's forgiveness, but the real obstacle is forgiving herself. During her and Tom's journey to grace and love, an unknown force works to keep both of them from discovering a long-buried truth that will change their lives forever.

Purchase a copy:

About the author: Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas for Barbour Publishing with sales topping 250,000. In 2009, Lynette was voted one of the favorite new authors by Heartsong Presents book club readers. Her historical romance, All That Glitters, was a finalist in ACFW's 2010 Carol Awards. When Lynette's not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and chasing down news stories for the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. Lynette was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained.

Learn more at:

My Thoughts:

When i first picked this book up ( along with a few others) i just couldn't get into it. for whatever reason it seemed boring to me. i picked it up again a few days later. and i am totally into it now i'm not quite finished but the book flows nicely and has a hint of mystery in it. which is keeping me interested. though i want it to go faster. i don't really know anything about  the author so its a good introduction. and i am loving the quilts of love series too. check it out!

Thanks to abingdon and litfuse for providing the copy of the novel for review. i wasn't compensated in any way.

Lynette Sowell's Tempest's Course is the newest book in the Quilts of Love line, and Lynette is celebrating with a fun giveaway and joining Vannetta Chapman and Lisa Carter for the Quilts of Love "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th!
 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell
  • The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman
  • Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love Facebook page on December 17th. But wait! There's more. RSVP for the "Christmas Bee" Facebook Party on December 10th and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Vannetta Chapman, Lisa Carter, and Lynette Sowell, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, and Christmas traditions and gifts, PLUS get an exclusive look at January's Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of The Christmas QuiltAloha Rose, and Tempest's Course and join Vannetta, Lisa, and Lynette on the evening of December 10th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on December 10th!

CFBA Blog tour Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra d. Bricker

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Merry Humbug Christmas
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."

Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."


A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

My Thoughts:

i LOVED this book i knew i would because its from sandra. i have never read a bad book from her at all. the writing is humorous and keeps you coming back for more and more and more. i wish there was a bit more to come back to in this book. i was so sad it was over. this has two seperate stories in it but they do overlap with two main girl characters and they have a seperate christmas holiday. so it follows both of them and they come together at the end. its a really amazing novel. i can't say much more about it because it was just so good that it left me speechless.

thanks to cfba and B&H for the copy of the book for review. i wasn't compensated in any way.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

The Christmas Star

By Ace Collins

Can the broken heart of a child be healed by an unexpected Christmas letter?Robert Reed gave

his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his

widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. At Christmas, the final

decoration Marge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of

honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a message delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible

put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star

hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least

expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

Excerpt here:

also a book trailer here: