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Review and Giveaway: Danger on the Ranch July 4, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Danger on the Ranch

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense

Release date: June 1, 2019

Danger-on-the-Ranch-Cover-190x300.jpegAfter putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

Dana-MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harvest House and Woman’s World Magazine. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

More from Dana

We’re kicking off a new cowboy series, but this one is going to take you for a wild ride! Set on a ranch that’s sandwiched between the sea and the hills required me to do some on site research of course! I spent quite a while in this gorgeous area of California, looking for cattle. (You can see the zany results in my video.) I found the cattle, and also the perfect setting for this first book. It’s a creepy one, I’ll warn you, as hero Mitch Whitehorse comes face to face with the serial killer brother he sent to prison….and his desperate ex sister in law. Saddle up and enjoy the story! God bless!

 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 25

Chas Ray’ Book Nerd Corner, June 25

Maureen’s Musings, June 26

Among the Reads, June 26

Quiet Quilter, June 26

Blossoms and Blessings, June 27

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 27

Vicky Sluiter, June 27

Wishful Endings, June 28

Blogging With Carol, June 28

For Him and My Family, June 28

For the Love of Books, June 29

Retrospective Spines, June 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 29

Hallie Reads, June 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 30

Pause for Tales, June 30

The Becca Files, July 1

Real World Bible Study, July 1

Through the Fire Blogs, July 1

Remembrancy, July 2

Reading Is My SuperPower, July 2

janicesbookreviews, July 2

Just Your Average reviews, July 3

Moments, July 3

Genesis 5020, July 4

Lighthouse Academy, July 4

Emily Yager, July 5

Carpe Diem, July 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, July 5

Bigreadersite, July 6

To Everything a Season, July 6

Daysong Reflections, July 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 7

Texas Book-aholic, July 7

Inklings and notions, July 7

Simple Harvest Reads, July 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 8

EmpowerMoms, July 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package that includes a gorgeous insulated lunch bag, a copy of Danger on the Ranch (winner’s choice of format), and a $15 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e31a/danger-on-the-ranch-celebration-tour-giveaway
My thoughts:
I haven’t met a Dana Mentink book I don’t love. I know when I pick up one her books I will have a story of suspense, romance and faith.
I loved the plot of this one. A mom protecting her son from her serial killer ex-husband, at the same time falling for her ex-husband’s brother.
Jane doesn’t trust her heart. She has been duped before so she fights her attraction to Mitch, which breaks my heart at times.
Unfortunately, this book also shows how a woman can be tricked into believing she is loved by a man who only has selfish motives. I have seen this too often in my own life.
If you love romantic suspense I recommend this one.
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. 
 

Their Secret Baby Bond by Stephanie Dees December 17, 2018

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He wanted roots. She chose career. Can a baby bring them back together?

Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?

My thoughts:

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Each one has touched my emotions. But you can read each one as a stand-alone book as well.

This story was a beautiful picture of forgiveness and letting the past go. It was also a great Genesis 5020 story, God using things that could harm people for his glory.

I definitely had a few tears toward the end of this book.

I loved the romance between Latham and Wynn. One scene in particular swept me away in their raw feelings.

If you are looking for a great romance pick this up!

Visit Stephanie here.

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

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

 

A Baby for the Doctor by Stephanie Dees November 20, 2018

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After becoming a foster parent to a young boy, equine therapist Jordan Conley’s life gets turned upside down. Little Levi is in need of an exceptional pediatrician, which means seeking help from Dr. Ash Sheehan—a man that, despite her heart-pounding crush, isn’t her type. Her life is horses and hay, and she can’t imagine the suit-clad doctor in a pair of cowboy boots. As a confirmed bachelor, Ash has never been nervous around women, but there’s something about Jordan that flusters him, and working closely together doesn’t help. The last thing he’s looking for is long-term romance. But the more involved he gets, the more he wishes they could stay together…always.

My thoughts:

I can’t remember ever reading a book that made me want to cry in the first two chapters.

Little Levi captured my heart from the beginning. The saddest part it that this stuff happens. Children are hurt everyday by people that are supposed to care for them.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jordan and Ash’s romance and how things heated up between them and how they tried to fight their attraction

This book has a great message of redeeming the past and seeing beyond what the eye can see and into the heart.

Visit Stephanie here.

Grab your copy at 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: Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliff September 27, 2018

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Welcome to the JustRead Publicity Tour’s BLOG TOUR for Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe.

ABOUT THE BOOK

9781335509796Title: Christmas with the Cowboy
Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3
Author: Tina Radcliffe
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 18, 2018

Home for the holidays
A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch

Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | iTunes | Book Depository | BAM! | Book Bub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina March 2018 2Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tinamanages Seekerville, 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

TO CONNECT WITH TINA: website, facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, Book Bub

Tina also have a great newsletter filled with fun facts and great giveaways for her newsletter subscribers. Sign up for her newsletter HERE.


GIVEAWAY

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  • An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
  • LED Christmas Bulb Necklace
  • $50 Amazon gift card.

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My thoughts:

Another fabulous Love Inspired book, right here.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love and lose and surrounded by the Christmas theme (even though it’s a bit early for me).

Zach is this mysterious cowboy that has a secret. Little bits are revealed slowly about what drove him away. The reader has an idea but it isn’t spelled out immediately.

Even Emma’s feelings for Zach aren’t handed to us. How did she feel about him before he left? Was he her first choice?

And then there is the real-life of dealing with twins. I can’t even imagine how hard that would be, but the author did a great job of showing the reader what that might be like.

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

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink July 16, 2018

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About the Book

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Title: Cowboy Bodyguard

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Western, Mystery

Release Date: July 3, 2018

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

I’ve spent a bit of time in emergency rooms lately. Not to complain, mind you. The asthma related treatments worked like a charm and we were blessed by good care, so I am not grateful. There’s a bonus, too. The emergency room is a great place for people watching! Hour upon hour I spent surveying patients, relatives, nurses and doctors. I came away pondering what it must be like to work in the strange bustle that is an emergency room. That’s where character Shannon Livingston was born.

 

The E.R doc and nurses must be brilliant problem solvers with nerves of steel because they never know what will roll through their doors. Since they are not responsible for follow up care, they have only a short term relationship with their patients. But what would happen, my fictional mind wanted to know, if one emergency room treatment ensnared Shannon in a “run for your life” scenario? And what if her incredible life saving skills weren’t nearly enough to save her own life, or the baby she’s suddenly become responsible for? Ah me! The perfect scenario for a suspense novel, no? I hope you enjoy Cowboy Bodyguard. I can promise it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

 

About the Author

Dana MentinkDana’s Bio: Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, July 12

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 12

Lighthouse Academy, July 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 13

Just the Write Escape, July 14

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, July 14

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, July 15

Power of Words, July 15

Genesis 5020, July 16

Jen Around the World, July 16

Daysong Reflections, July 17

Remebrancy, July 17

proud to be an autism mom, July 18

Janices book reviews, July 18

Carpe Diem, July 19

Ashley’s Bookshelf, July 19

Pause for Tales, July 20

Have A Wonderful Day, July 20

Bibliophile Reviews, July 21

Book by Book, July 21

History, Mystery & Faith, July 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 22

A Baker’s Perspective, July 23

margaret kazmierczak, July 23

Bigreadersite, July 24

Texas Book-aholic, July 24

Godly Book Reviews, July 25

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, July 25

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a Mentink Bundle that includes a horse tote book bag, a three book collection, and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ced1/cowboy-bodyguard-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I have read every book in this series and truly enjoyed them all. I am hoping we get to hear Keegan’s story next 🙂 He is such a live-wire.

Anyway, this crazy  marriage of Jack and Shannon is sure heated.

Jack is so strong and stable, and his faith is genuine. He truly loves Shannon and my heart broke for him on several occasions when she pushed him away.

Shannon is a hurt young woman who thinks she can earn her father’s love by being good enough. She is striving to prove her worth when she is already made worthy by the work Jesus did on the cross.

The suspense in this book is good too, danger around every corner.

Another winner by Dana!

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 Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink April 16, 2018

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About the Book

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Title: Treacherous Trails

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense

Release Date: March, 2018

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

author-pix-222x300Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, April 12

Lighthouse Academy, April 12

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 12

Daysong Reflections, April 13

Karen Sue Hadley, April 13

Janices book reviews, April 13

Book by Book, April 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 14

History, Mystery & Faith, April 15

C Jane Read, April 15

The Power of Words, April 15

To Everything a Season, April 16

Among the Reads, April 16

Genesis 5020, April 16

A Baker’s Perspective, April 17

Two Points of Interest, April 17

Carpe Diem, April 18

Cafinated Reads, April 18

Maureen’s Musings, April 19

Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Pause for Tales, April 20

Have A Wonderful Day, April 20

Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting, April 21

proud to be an autism mom, April 21

Bibliophile Reviews, April 22

A Greater Yes, April 22

Texas Book-aholic, April 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 23

Pursuing Stacie, April 23

Kat’s Corner Books, April 24

Red Headed Book Lady, April 24

Bigreadersite, April 24

margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)

Raining Butterfly Kisses, April 25

Remembrancy, April 25

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca46

My thoughts:

What a great read. Action packed from the very beginning.

Ella is a character I easily came to care about. I liked the fact that she had a past she knew she had be forgiven for but still struggled with the shame of it, as so many of us do.

Owen, too, has his own struggles but is such a strong and wonderful hero.

From the beginning it is pretty clear what is going on, but things keep going wrong and turning around to make Ella look like the murderer.

A very good read. I highly recommend this one.

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. 

 

Christmas Captive by Liz Johnson December 1, 2017

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Trapped at sea for a Christmas cruise wedding when criminals board and take over the ship, the navy SEAL best man, Jordan Somerton, and DEA agent maid of honor, Amy Delgado, must work together to stop the would-be kidnappers from leaving with Amy’s young niece.

My thoughts:

This one is a nail-biter. From the beginning until the end you never knew what was going to happen.

Amy is a strong woman, who will do what needs to be done to protect those she loves and Jordan is a strong man that will do what needs to be done to protect those HE loves, even those he doesn’t realize he might love.

If you are looking for a suspenseful Christmas read, this one is for you.

Visit Liz here.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink November 16, 2017

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About the Book:

Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author:

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Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!

Blog Stops

Cordially Barbara, November 16

Genesis 5020, November 16

Have A Wonderful Day, November 17

A Greater Yes, November 17

To Everything A Season, November 17

ASC Book Reviews, November 18

Splashes of Joy, November 18

History, Mystery & Faith, November 19

Red Headed Book Lady, November 19

Remembrancy, November 19

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, November 20

Autism mom, November 20

Singing Librarian Books, November 21

Janices book reviews, November 21

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 22

New Horizon Reviews, November 23

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, November 23

Pause for Tales, November 24

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 25

Cafinated Reads, November 25

Blogging With Carol, November 26

Daysong Reflections, November 26

Carpe Diem, November 27

Karen Sue Hadley, November 27

Babs Book Bistro, November 28

Bibliophile Reviews, November 28

Raining Butterfly Kisses, November 29

The Power of Words, November 29

Giveaway

In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c0d3

 

My thoughts:

What a great book. I really enjoyed this story with the suspense and romance, each were done very well and didn’t take away from the other.

The tension between Shelby and Barrett made for an interesting read and they were constantly being thrown together in life and death situations.

My mind kept trying to figure out who was after Shelby, could it be the obvious choice or someone who is more sneaky? You will just have to read the book to find out.

This is a great Christmas read with suspense thrown in, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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 Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Heart to Heal by Allie Pleiter August 4, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heart to Heal
Love Inspired (July 15, 2014)
by
Allie Pleiter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom’s Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella.
ABOUT THE BOOK

The Courage To Hope.

Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he’s felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max’s bad-boy bravado as intriguing as it is infuriating. But as Heather and Max work together to build Simon’s self-confidence, they begin to trust each other. Max has never been slow and careful with anything. Can he be gentle with Heather’s heart?

Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of A Heart to Heal, go HERE.

My thoughts:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am consistently impressed with Love Inspired authors. They seem to pack the same punch as full length novels but in only about a 50,000 word count.

It did take me a couple of chapters to really get cozy with this book but once I did I was reading it very fast.

This is a unique story as both the hero and heroine have been physically injured. You don’t usually see too many books with physically imperfect characters. I love that Allie took the brave step to write this book and addressed some tough issues that a person in a wheelchair has to face.

I’ve never given a lot of though to what it might be like for someone in a wheelchair to date some who’s not, there are so many obstacles to overcome. Not to mention the trust issues regarding if the other person really cares about them or if they just pity them.

Max was probably my favorite character as he struggles with his anger toward God. Gradually he begins to soften but it takes a lot of time, he is quite stubborn. He reminded me of myself and many others I know 🙂

If you are looking for a short jolt of romance with some unique characters I recommend this book.

A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Patty Smith Hall April 2, 2014

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patty hallToday we get write to the point with Patty Smith Hall. She is giving away two copies of her book. So read to the end and leave a comment for her 🙂

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Well, that information alone could fill up a book! I’m Patty Smith Hall and I’ve been married for 30+ years to a man who still knows how to make me laugh even on my worst days. We have two very beautiful daughters and will soon have a son when our oldest marries the love of her life Oct, 2015. After living in Georgia for forty years, I followed my husband to Grand Rapids, Michigan but homesickness and aging parents drove us back to Georgia almost five years ago. As for writing, I started penning short stories almost fifteen years ago–Wow, didn’t realize it had been that long!

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I accepted Christ as my Savior the summer before I turned 10–I’d struggled with it after hearing the Salvation message in VBS and finally asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart on July 4th, 1971, my own personal Independence Day!

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My latest book, Hearts Rekindled was the third book in my WWII series. It revolved around Merrilee Daniels Davenport, landlord of the local boarding house forced to spy on her tenets in return for medical treatment for her daughter who has suffered a bout of polio. Things get complicated when her former husband, John shows up with a letter from the daughter he never knew about, determined not to be the absent father he himself had.

When I started this book, I’d intended for this book to be about how marriage is something you have to constantly work on, but the patty hall booklonger I wrote, the more it became apparent that this book dealt with the issue of abandonment. My hope is that the reader will take away the knowledge that people may leave you but God is always there, always waiting for us wherever we’re at in this life.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog monthly on the 30th at Christian Fiction Historical Society as well as every 6 weeks on the ACFW South Carolina website. Of course, for CFHS, I talk about events that shape history or the time period I’m researching for my next book. This Sunday, I’m writing on the gentleman who developed the first motion picture projector(and it’s not Thomas Edison!) On the ACFW website, I give short lessons on the craft of writing.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I absolutely adored the Cheney Duvall series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris. The premise was fresh at the time–a woman doctor at the end of the Civil War who employed a male nurse with a secret past. Waiting for those books are what got me into writing fan fiction!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Right after I graduated from nursing school, I was injured in an attack by a patient which left me with severe nerve damage in my right leg. Needless to say, the nursing career I’d hope for was over before it had ever begun. I held on to that anger for years–I mean, I thought being a nurse was what He wanted for my life so why cripple me? The bitterness I felt got so bad, I was ready to throw away my marriage, my friends–I couldn’t see my worth. Then one day as I was once again whining, asking why God would do this, someone asked me why not? That question changed my whole outlook–life may not go as we planned but God is still there, still loving us. Our worth is found in Him. Now, all these years later, I see God’s fingerprints all over my life and I stand in awe!

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

My life verse is Romans 8:28–For we know that all things work together for those who love the Lord according to His purpose. In everything–the good and the bad–God is working in our lives according to His hopes and dreams for us.

Where can we find you on the web?

http://christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me today–I love visiting with folks who love to read as much as I do!

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. We appreciate your time.

Readers, Patty is giving away two copies of her book (U.S. and Canadian residents only). Leave a comment for her by April 8th at 5:00 pm to be entered.