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The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings December 12, 2019

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Book:  The Camera Never Lies

Author: David Rawlings

Genre: General fiction/allegory/magical realism

Release Date: December 3, 2019

cover-Camera-Never-Lies-210x300.jpgDavid Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler, returns with another probing story: what would you do if your secrets were revealed to those around you?

Daniel Whiteley is a successful couples counselor who regularly puts families back together, helping them face up to the things in life they hide. But his own marriage is falling apart.

His wife, Kelly, knows Daniel is hiding something from her, but she doesn’t dare probe for fear her own secrets will be revealed.

When his grandfather dies, Daniel inherits an old SLR camera from a time when cameras pointed away from the person taking the photograph. On the camera is an inscription: “Use this camera wisely and remember, regardless of the picture you think you took, the camera never lies.”
When Daniel first uses his new camera he finds someone has already filled the roll of film. Annoyed, he processes the film and finds photos of a secret that he’s been hiding from his wife and daughter.
He has no idea who took them.

Now every time he uses the camera, the photographs reveal another secret about himself the he is desperate to keep-as well as those of his wife, which he is desperate to uncover.

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

headshot-david-rawlings-287x300.jpgDavid Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

 

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt of The Camera Never Lies here.

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My Devotional Thoughts, December 17

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*No Giveaway for this Celebration Tour

My thoughts:

What a good book and it’s a quick read too.

This book was so engaging, I wanted to keep reading to see what the camera would capture next and what did it all mean. And then it captures something that opens up the eyes of the reader and things make a bit more sense.

The temptation that Danial was facing made me want to shake him and say get out of that situation, stop trying to fix it yourself. Fire Monique before something bad happens, that is the only way to deal with something like that.

But you’ll just have to read the book yourself to see how it all plays out, because there is his wife and daughter that have their own stuff going on as well. Very good!

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls December 11, 2019

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Zonderkidz_BeautifulWordColoring_page3.pngCreated especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible provides ample space for young artists to express themselves through coloring and journaling.

Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
  • Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments
  • 8-point type size

Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes theZonderkidz_BeautifulWordColoring_page5.png Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

 

Free sample: download coloring pages here.

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My thoughts:

This Bible is absolutely beautiful. I want to color and take notes in it.

Although the Word of God should be enough to draw us to the Bible sometimes, with children, they need a little encouragement and this book gives it to them.

If you are looking for a gift for that special young lady in your life this would be a great one. Not only will they be in God’s Word by they can color it and color pictures that go along with it, or if this is up your alley then go for it!

I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review. This post is sponsored by Zondervan.

 

Review and Giveaway: All is Bright

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About the Book

Book:  All Is Bright (Christmas Lights Collection 2019)

Author: Kari Trumbo, Toni Shiloh, Cathe Swanson, & Chautona Havig

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October  17, 2019

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Four of your favorite contemporary romance authors join festive forces to bring you the fourth-annual Christmas Lights Collection.

Kari Trumbo-  Merry and Dashing: Merry hates Christmas corporate greed. Jacob loves finding the perfect gift for everyone. When Scrooge and Santa volunteer at a local thrift store together, will the mix be Holly Jolly?

Toni Shiloh-  I’ll Be Home: What could be worse than being laid off right before the holidays? For Starr Lewis that would include returning home jobless, single, and, oh yeah, just in time to attend her sister’s wedding on Christmas Eve… to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. In the midst of it all, her brother’s best friend soon has her wondering if she can take another chance on love.

Cathe Swanson- Season of Change:  Charlea’s ready to sell Serenity Hill, but Drew is back in town, 15 years after their dream date ended in disaster, helping her mother and daughter turn the old commune into a commercial Christmas wonderland. Between poinsettias and sleigh rides, angst and romance collide in this Christmas second-chance romance!

Chautona Havig- The 12 Dates of Christmas : When Reagan runs into Alex, her high school nemesis, he is stunned to discover that’s how she saw him. It’ll take twelve dates and a lot of forgiveness on both sides to even hope for a Christmassy-ever-after.

Brighten your day with these four heart-warming novellas today!

 

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About the Author

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Kari Trumbo:  Kari Trumbo writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart. Kari loves reading, listening to music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up with a fuzzy blanket, a book, and a hot cup of tea by the wood stove. She loves her make-believe people almost as much as the real thing. You can find out more about her and her worlds at karitrumbo.com

 

 

 

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Toni Shiloh:  Toni Shiloh writes ethnically diverse characters that could be your best friend. She writes to understand the Lord more and shares her lessons with her readers. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com.

 

 

 

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Cathe Swanson:  Cathe Swanson, the author of the Great Lakes and Glory Quilts series, enjoys gardening, sewing, papercrafting, and kayaking on the beautiful Wisconsin rivers. As a child of the 60’s, she’s having fun writing about hippies and the Jesus People movement in her new Serenity Hill series.

 

 

 

 

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Chautona Havig: Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com

 

 

 

 

 

More From Chautona

Christmas in “The Christmas City”

 

I wrote most of 12 Dates of Christmas in Noel, Missouri, otherwise known as “The Christmas City.”  That’s kind of funny, because Noel isn’t pronounced No-ell.  It’s “Nole”—rhymes with pole.  As in North. 😉

By the time I’d finished, it was almost time to leave the little town and head home after nearly six weeks with old and new friends.  I had to say goodbye to memories I might never visit in person again, and it was difficult to imagine.

So, I did the only thing I knew to do.  I wrote a super-short story.  It’s just over seven thousand words (including a bit of history behind different people, places, and things in the story), but it captured things near and dear to my heart—my mother’s house, the church I’ve loved for so many years, town traditions, and now characters I’m not sure I can let go of.

In fact, I am considering writing a full-length novella next year for the fifth-annual Christmas Lights Collection next year!  I think Rob and Lissa deserve to have their full story told.

As my thanks to readers who purchase or read the collection on Kindle Unlimited, I’m offering this short story, “A Noel Christmas,” FREE.  Just send me your receipt or a screenshot showing you’ve completed the collection and it’s yours.  Visit https://chautona.com/bonus for more information or just zip an email to any of the authors in the collection. We’re all happy to send it on.

We all hope you have a very meaningful Christmas this year—one that offers bright spots in your days. May God richly bless you now and in the new year.

Kari Trumbo, Toni Shiloh, Cathe Swanson, and Chautona Havig

 

P.S.  If you read the short story, do let me know if you think I should turn it into a full-length novella/novel. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Simple Harvest Reads, December 19

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, The Christmas Lights Authors are giving away the grand prize of a six-month Kindle Unlimited Subscription!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

What a fun collection. Each story is unique and you get a taste of each author’s writing style.

I really enjoyed the first story, it definitely had a “hallmark” feel to it.

I liked the second story as well and Starr’s struggle with fitting in with her family. I have felt that at times myself.

The last story also had a great message about forgiveness. What better time of year then now to move past the things in our past and embrace the future.

Grab your copy at Amazon or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Deadly Commitment by Kathy Harris December 9, 2019

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Danni Kemp fears she’s being stalked—but the truth is much more deadly. Her new fiancé, Robert Evans, has a dangerous secret. The homeless man who is stalking her, Caleb Samuels, may prove to be her only escape from a hidden danger. Will she discover in time that neither Rob nor Caleb are what they appear to be and the one person she fears most may be the one person she needs to trust?

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. There was really never a dull moment, the author kept the story line flowing and interesting.

Danni frustrated me at times with her too trusting spirit when it came to Rob and her wishy-washy choices when it came to being with him. However, with that being said I could see me doing the same thing, so can’t be too hard on her.

Caleb is an interesting character who I couldn’t help rooting for.

Jaycee was a fun character. I appreciated her faith and her loyalty to Danni.

Overall a very good read.

Visit Kathy here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the JustRead Tours. All opinions are my own. 

 

Operating in the Power of God’s Grace by Robert Henderson December 6, 2019

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Walk Out of Uncertainty and into Grace

When God looks at me, does He disapprove? Many believers wonder in times of difficulty if God really and truly cares. If this is a question you ponder, be assured that His gaze toward you is one of kindness and love. God is ready to pour out His unmerited favor on His children–but it is up to us to receive it.

Keying on Scripture, global apostolic leader Robert Henderson shows how accessible the grace of God really is. When you learn to look up with hope, you will find the help you need to
· overcome hardship
· receive from His bounty
· live in strength
· obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit
· extend grace to others
· and more!

God’s grace is abundantly available. Discover how you can walk in new confidence by trusting your heavenly Father. You need dwell no longer in doubt, but in goodness and holiness.

My thoughts:

This book sounded so good, so much of what I need to get. And it is full of good content I just couldn’t stay focused long enough to really absorb it. This is a problem I often have with non-fiction books. I know it isn’t really speaking to me if I am thinking about ten others things as I am reading and realize I read a whole page but have no idea what I just read.

There really is good content in the book but the style didn’t allow me to get absorbed in it therefore I really didn’t get a lot of it and I really wanted to.

Visit Robert here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport December 5, 2019

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About the Book

Book:  In the Cradle Lies

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: November, 2019

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On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s.

On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancée he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late.

In the Cradle Lies is the second book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

 

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About the Author

Olivia-Newport-201x300.jpgOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

 

More from Olivia

True confession. I live in Colorado and don’t ski.

In the Cradle Lies includes several references to “How can you live in the Colorado mountains and not ski?” Jillian, a main character in the Tree of Life series, has lived in the mountain town of Canyon Mines since she was two, and by the time she was eight she knew she didn’t want to ski.

I grew up in Illinois, and while my high school had a ski club and somehow found places to ski (I’m not sure where; um, not exactly mountain territory), I was sure I would break something. Arriving in Colorado in my forties did not persuade me to take up skiing at that age. I live at the base of Pikes Peak, not in the mountains like Jillian. I do love the views!

But one of the fun things about being a writer is learning a lot about things you know little about. Enter Google and YouTube. And more YouTube. And … you get the drift.

Some quick facts about Colorado skiing to help get you in the mood for In the Cradle Lies:

  • Colorado typically leads the country in “skier days”—days of skiing purchased in ski areas.
  • Actually, most people in the state don’t ski. By a large margin. Like 90 percent. (So I feel better and so does Jillian.)
  • People visiting the state to ski or snowboard are important to our economy. (So thank you!)
  • Colorado has hosted about 175 ski areas since it became a state in 1876. Today, we have only about 30 operating resorts—so there are lots of dormant, lost, and hidden runs like the one in my story.

I hope you’ll check out In the Cradle Lies—and find out why Tucker came from St. Louis to Canyon Mines to ski an abandoned run that put his life at risk.

Blog Stops

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Pause for Tales, December 7

For Him and My Family, December 7

For the Love of Literature, December 8

Mary Hake, December 8

Betti Mace, December 9

Bigreadersite, December 9

A Baker’s Perspective, December 10

Hallie Reads, December 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 11

Spoken from the Heart, December 11

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Texas Book-aholic , December 13

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 15

A Reader’s Brain, December 16

With a Joyful Noise, December 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of In the Cradle Lies!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

I loved the setting of this book, the chilly mountains. Even though I don’t ski I find it interesting that other people do. I could identify with Jillian wanting to play it safe and not wanting to ski.

I also enjoyed the chapters that went into the past, I wanted to get back to that part of the story. I found that mystery behind what was going on between Nolan and Patrick interesting as well.

With that being said I really didn’t like the book overall. There were a lot of things that didn’t add up. Jillian and Kris’s interest in Tucker happens really fast and how Jillian’s dad gets really friendly with him from the get go and their concern with him and Hidden run and Tucker just starts inviting people to ski with him, all of it seemed contrived to me, not realistic.

Jillian researching the genealogy took a long time to get to as well, even though that is kind of the backbone of this series, at least that is what I thought.

One other thing that made me scratch my head was how Nolan (Jillian’s dad) said “I shall…” often. I don’t know anyone who talks like that. I thought maybe I was missing context and he was being silly, which maybe that was the author intent but wasn’t said with a wink and a bow, which is how I would play that off if I was being silly by saying, “I shall go make dinner,” or something like that. It just felt weird to me.

This was the first book I have read by Olivia so this might be her style. Other people seem to really enjoy the book, I am the odd one, so obviously, it this sounds like something you might enjoy give it try, I am only expressing my opinion.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller December 3, 2019

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Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, she’s sent off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Once again Carolyn has crafted a beautifully intricate story. It’s so interesting because the two main characters don’t even met until around page ninety. But I didn’t feel like it was dragging, it was just part of the story. The pages leading up that that moment are filled with other important things taking place.

One thing I love about this time period is how people just travel and stay at other people’s house for lengthy periods of time. I find that so interesting.

It was nice to finally get to know Verity, she was somewhat of a mystery in the other books with all her scraps and bruises. Now we get to learn more about her.

Visit Carolyn here.

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Leave a comment by December 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.