Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Rebecca’s Legacy" by Betty Thomason Owens


About the Book

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Book Title: Rebecca’s Legacy  
Author: Betty Thomason Owens  
Genre: Gentle Romance, 1950s Romance  
Release date: August, 2018  

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love? Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps. Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection. Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her? Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?

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My Review:
"Rebecca’s Legacy" by Betty Thomason Owens only gets one negative thought from me, it is the end of the series. I want to read more about these characters.

"Rebecca’s Legacy" by Betty Thomason Owens is the third book in the series and in my opinion is the best one. Maybe, because the main character Amy is introduced in the first book. Yes, Amy is born in the first book but each book could be really a standalone because each story is about a different character but each character is in each book. I think any reader that likes stories of family loyalty and love and faith and forgiveness would really enjoy all three.

I have already mentioned the fact that I think "Rebecca’s Legacy" by Betty Thomason Owens could be enjoyed as a standalone but I must also say I think I enjoyed the story as much as I did because I read the other two, first.

"Rebecca’s Legacy" by Betty Thomason Owens is a story of trust and loyalty and betrayal. It is also a story of faith in God and Jesus, even when things are happening the way you want them to, and even in the midst of danger.
Here's a quote from the book "There's really only one way to deal with this. We turn our eyes on Jesus. What's meant for evil, He'll turn to good." You'll see. Let Him In."

I really enjoyed this series.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own
 

About the Author


Betty Thomason Owens has been writing for almost thirty years. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Her writing credits include Amelia’s Legacy and Carlotta’s Legacy, in the Legacy Series, Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, in the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series. When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Guest Post from Betty

Amy Juliana Emerson’s birth occurred about halfway through book one of the Legacy series, Amelia’s Legacy. I knew even then—this girl was going to be special. She had inherited her father’s smile with a dimple in her cheek. Amy Julianna was destined to be a daddy’s girl. In Book 3, Rebecca’s Legacy, Amy comes of age. It’s 1947, and she’s graduating high school—barely—her grades took a nosedive during her senior year. In typical teenage fashion, she chafes against her parents’ authority and decides that Amy knows best how Amy should live. Those of you who read Amelia’s Legacy may think that sounds familiar. Yes, she’s a lot like her mother. Amy submits to Dad’s orders while she devises a plan for a complete break from the famous Emerson clan. One that will end with her freedom, once for all. Her plan might have succeeded, if it hadn’t been rudely interrupted by a—oh, wait, I can’t tell you that—it would spoil the story! I love this book. I was captivated by its young heroine from the moment she began her self-motivational chanting that ends with, “be a queen.” She uses it to reset after a troubling circumstance. She also uses it when she needs to make the best possible first impression. Matthew Wordsworth caught on right away. This girl is a princess who needs a “set-down”. And Matt has no doubt it will happen at some point. Amy is an American princess, very much in the limelight. All of Springfield has witnessed her humiliation and near failure. Now, they watch as she submits to her dad’s authority. What will happen to this willful girl with the sullied reputation? Amy is waiting for her chance to break free. She may be down, but don’t count her out. She may be on the wrong person’s radar in imminent trouble, but the Emersons have a backup plan. I loved writing Amy’s story. She’s unpredictable and a bit of a firecracker, but she’s vulnerable, too. Her character surprised me at times. She had a goodness that worked its way to the top and finally won. That’s one of my favorite things about writing by the seat of your pants—the unpredictability—it ignites my interest as I write, and keeps me moving ahead, even when I don’t know where the story will take me. Gert’s Diner’s English Chess Pie* 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ butter, melted 1 cup chopped English walnuts 1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell Whipped cream (optional) Combine sugars and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and butter, beating well. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into unbaked pastry shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until set. Cool slightly (best when served warm). Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. *Gert’s Diner is the fictional cafĂ© where Matt and Amy stop for lunch en route to Perry’s Landing.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Argosy Junction" by Chautona Havig Book Tour and GiveAway


About the Book



Book Title: Argosy Junction  
Author: Chautona Havig  
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance  
Release date: 1st edition: March 11, 2010 ; 2nd edition: August, 2018  

I want nothing to do with Jesus or God.” After over twenty years of abuses from the cult-like church she grew up in, Lane Argosy has had it with God and His people. Though the Brethren try to make Lane and her family’s lives unbearable, freedom from their warped brand of Christianity is sweet. She’ll never go back… never. He just wanted to visit the country he’d explored through books. So, when Matt Rushby arrives in Argosy Junction, Montana, he expects idyllic meadows and craggy rocks towering above, old-fashioned friendliness and at least one or two cowboys. Instead, he finds familiar hatred and factions very much like the ones back home in Rockland’s inner-city gangs. The Argosy family is disillusioned, broken, and floundering. Matt knows the answer is Jesus—just Him and not the trappings of a faith He never designed. But how can Matt help them turn their hearts back to the Lord when he suspects Lane has stolen his?

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My Review:
"Argosy Junction" by Chautona Havig is a wonderful story about faith and getting back to Jesus after a church lets you down. Even though the book is fiction, this story does happen too often. It is also a love story.

I love the humor in this story. I admit I skipped over the Shakespeare Sonnet's in this story as I don't understand them.

This is a story that shows people from different walks of life can fall in love. It also shows that forgiveness isn't always easy for some people.

This book has an interesting quote about hate and bitterness and jealously being emotional cancer because it eats away at you until you rot and die, I agree.

I recommend this book to whoever likes clean love stories with a strong message that Jesus is the only way to live life. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.





About the Author


The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

Guest Post from Chautona

What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?

You know how TV shows and movies like to make fun of bridezillas? Yeah. I know. It can be funny. But bridezillas aren’t just those gals on reality shows. They’re all over the church, too. People who allow their focus to get off the Bridegroom and onto “their day.” Instead of focusing on the One who loves them so dearly, Who has rescued them from the gutter and holds them close and tenderly, they focus on getting all the trappings right. The right wording, the right clothes, the right rules of… UGH. So many friendships have been ruined by a bride gone wild—so focused on details that she forgets the people she hopes will celebrate it with her. She forgets her groom. Unreasonable expectations of the day and of people lead to broken relationships and an ugly taint to what should be a beautiful occasion. What I find interesting is that people will forgive a lot from a bridezilla. You hear things like, “Well, it’s such a stressful time,” or “She’ll come around after she settles in.”

And it’s true.

So, why don’t we have the same grace for the “bridezillas” of the church? When that deacon decides to become judge and jury of people’s spiritual state based upon what he thinks or knows someone has contributed to the church, why do we write off him and the rest of the congregation (or all congregations out there)? When the church gossip shares private information… or even false information, why do we lash out with thinly-veiled, passive-aggressive rants on Facebook about brutes in the church before flouncing off in a spiritually-superior rejection of that “religious nightmare, otherwise known as the church?” (Yes, I’ve heard it called that). When we’re blackballed by people who used to call us family, why do we reject all parts of the bride? Why do we cut off an arm, a leg, a hand, and whack away from the body known as Jesus’ bride until only a piece of an eyelash is left—us? I get it. The bride of Christ gets ugly—like many bridezillas do. But do we love our Groom? Do we trust that He will stay faithful to us even when parts of our body fails us? When we get old, frail, and forgetful, will He remember us? Will He stay faithful and true when we wander to other loves? Can we trust that? If Jesus can die for that person in the pew across the way, if He can forgive their sins, if He can forgive your sins, can’t you forgive His beloved?

Look, I get it. Sometimes part of the body of Christ becomes ill—gangrenous. Toxic.

When that happens, you need to remove yourself before you become ill, too. I get that. But that local body is just a tiny finger or toe of the whole body. We need to do what we can to help the rest of the body stay healthy while we pray and do what we can to help the sick part. And I’m not condoning sin. Please understand that. This isn’t about me saying, “It doesn’t matter if the church sins against us. It does. It’s why Jesus gave us a way to deal with that. But regardless of how someone else behaves, we still have to do what’s right. And I Peter 4:8 reminds us that “Love covers a multitude of sins.” If you thought I’d wax eloquent about how evil the church is, how we should just abolish the “institution,” and why it’s just so bad… You’ll be disappointed. I won’t do it.

So, What Do You Do When the Church Becomes Toxic?

I can answer the question in a word. Love. And really, that’s all Matt does in this book. Loves. Okay, and maybe a little prayerful ranting as well. It’s what Jesus did when His creation—you and me—when we became toxic. He loved. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

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Monday, August 13, 2018

"Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye "by Patrick Higgins Tour And GiveAway


About the Book



Book Title: Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye
Author: Patrick Higgins  
Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense  
Release date: September, 2015

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. More than 100,000 fans were jammed inside Michigan Stadium, on their feet, to witness a heated football rivalry that had spanned more than 100 years. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky, they were about to get the shock of their lives, as long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass before their very eyes, causing many to vanish into thin air without a trace. But what they soon realized was that it reached far beyond Michigan Stadium. Chaos of unimaginable proportions ensued worldwide. Shock, fear and panic filled each heart and mind. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

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My Review:
"Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye" by Patrick Higgins is the prequel to the rest of the series, and after reading it I want to read the rest of the series. I think there are supposed to be ten books in this series.

I have read The "Left Behind " series and I think these are going to be better, because they are shorter reads and I feel like the characters were more "true to life" then the charters in the above series. Of, course I have only read the prequel to this series, but I already have the next book download on my iPad.

Brian and the rest of the characters in this book are looking forward to a weekend that will never be forgotten and what they get is one that changes the whole world.

I was drawn into this story from the first word because it is written so well and the scenes and the details are very well described. It really felt like I was watching them happening as well as reading about them.

I like the fact that the sporting event chosen for this story was a real event. It is the famed Michigan-Ohio State college football rivalry.

I cannot wait to start reading the rest of the books, the sixth one is to be released soon.

I think every reader should read " For your consideration" at the beginning of the book, I think it makes the anticipation of getting into the story more enchanted.

All I can really say about this series is it is about the end times and is Bible prophecy.

I am going to include two quotes from  the " For your consideration" section and that will help explain why I say read it first,  "I repeat NO ONE , knows exactly when God's final prothetic clock will start ticking. Not even Jesus knew when He walked among us. Anyone foolishly setting such dates must think they are more privileged than Jesus was, and should be avoided at all costs."  The second quote is " Regardless of how you may interpret the end-times, as long as you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of many and has the power to take away your sins, if you place your complete trust in Him for your eternal salvation, you will be saved."

In conclusion, I say if you read "Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye" by Patrick Higgins you too will be swept up into a series that you will want to read until the conclusion and look at the end times a little more closely and want to be prepared to meet Our Saviour at the end of the world.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 



About the Author


Patrick Higgins is the author of The Pelican Trees, Coffee In Manila, the award-winning The Unannounced Christmas Visitor, and the award-winning prophetic end-times series, Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye. While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books. Higgins is currently writing many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a sequel to Coffee In Manila, which will shine a bright, sobering light on the diabolical human trafficking industry.

Guest Post from Patrick Higgins

What started the Chaos in the Blink of an Eye series for me stems from my deep love of sports, which, I admit has diminished considerably over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching and attending sporting events whenever I have the time. But these days I view them from an entirely different perspective than when I wore a younger man’s face and displayed a weaker man’s faith in God.

 This slow but gradual shrinking away started soon after the Lord impressed upon my heart that the fastest growing religion in America, and the world for that matter, wasn’t Christianity or Islam, but “sports”. Every day of the week—including Sundays—millions of fans fill stadiums and arenas (or shall I say cathedrals?) worldwide to worship their heroes.

 Whatever the sport, fans show up in droves to cheer on mere mortals as if they were gods. When their teams win life is good. When they lose life is miserable.

 As a once-guilty participant for many years, I should know. The passion most fans have for their favorite players and sports teams is the same passion they should have in pursuing the One who saw their unformed bodies from the foundations of the world, the very One who knit them together inside their mothers’ wombs.

 Tragically, this is not the case. Hence, the reason for the CHAOS series. The sporting event chosen for this story was the famed Michigan-Ohio State college football rivalry.

 Prior to writing the prequel, I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the game. I admit I was just as caught up in the mass hysteria as everyone else. It was impossible not to be swept up into the vortex that had completely engulfed the vibrant college town.

 The energy was quite palpable. So much so that I had to remind myself more than once that I was there to research and observe everything connected to the game, then put it all into words for my readers. The sporting event itself was secondary.

 Though the prequel initially centers on the football game, in no way is this a sports series. This will become quite clear to you when Bible prophecy comes to pass inside Michigan Stadium, and many vanish into thin air, leaving everyone still inside the stadium utterly panic-stricken.

 It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

 Enjoy reading…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Kingdom of Ruins" by D.C. Marino Book Tour And GiveAway


About the Book



Title: Kingdom of Ruins  
Author: D.C. Marino  
Genre: Fantasy  
Release Date: July 27, 2018

In the Lands Within, history does not rest. Each archaeological layer communicates with the living generation, choosing its friends and enemies—and its kings. But an alliance has been struck no one could have anticipated, and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased and re-written at a terrible price. And a kingdom that shouldn’t have been forgotten is fading from memory. In the Lands Without, archaeologist Lori Brickland has found a pottery shard with a heartbeat. The pulse might be a trick of the mind, or it might be the first sign of life in a world of ruin. An exiled traveler will say she shouldn’t search for the truth, a calculating ruler will say she’s the one he’s looking for. And the kingdom? The kingdom will need her before the end. It’s time to accept what she’s always known…

This isn’t archaeology.

This is war.

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My Review: 

"Kingdom of Ruins" by D.C. Marino is a fantasy that is a long read but I found it interesting.

This is a story of evil verses good.

This is a story of bringing the past into the future.

The main character Lori Brickland is an archaeologist who is afraid of ruins—of dead things.

When a pottery shard with a heartbeat is found, Lori knows she has to overcome her fear and find the why and how of it and is swept into a past that is being forgotten by it's people. 

This book is filled with twists that really surprised me. 

I think this book would make a really enjoyable movie. I think the action in this book would have fans setting on the edge of their seats and cheering for Lori and the other characters.

I am eagerly awaiting the other books and novellas in this series.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These are my opinions.



About the Author


D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.

Guest Post from D.C. Marino

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share Kingdom of Ruins with you! This story has been on my heart and mind for over ten years now, so this feels a bit surreal. I’d love to tell you a bit about why I wrote this book. But in order to do that, I need to tell you why I almost didn’t. Fantasy. It isn’t real. Why should I spend time writing a story that doesn’t grapple with the actual issues of the day? Why not speak plainly, instead of inventing another world to explore the real one? These were the questions I asked myself every night before I fell asleep. I adored fiction that transported me to factual events, or introduced me to historical figures, but every time I picked up a pen, the fantastical wiggled out of it. I was afraid I was writing the wrong story. This story oddly (or not so oddly) enough began with Lori, an atephobic archaeologist. Meaning she had a passion for archaeology, but a phobic fear of ruins. Why would she shrink back from the work she loved? Because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t make whole the broken. Life ends in dust, and that’s all there is to it. I felt the same way. Not only was I writing something I wasn’t sure would be relevant, but could it mend anything? Make a difference? Or was it futile, like trying to resurrect the past? What I found was exactly what Lori begins to find in Kingdom of Ruins. That even though things seem unfixable, it isn’t the end. The world Lori enters is full of darkness and peril, but it also holds a chance for her to heal from more than just her fear. While I wrote, and especially as I neared the last chapter, I realized she and I had both overcome a great challenge. I won’t tell you her conclusion, but I will tell you mine:
I wrote the right story.
I hope you enjoy every bit of the journey as I did, dear reader. D.C. Marino

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"The Banished Lands", book one in The Banished Lands Series by Benjamin Mester Booktour and GiveAway


About the Book



Book Title: The Banished Lands, book one in The Banished Lands Series  
Author: Benjamin Mester  
Genre: Fantasy  
Release date: May, 2015  

A kingdom in danger. A prophecy that will change everything. But will they understand it in time? The old world is gone, and barely even histories remain. But something from that time is returning. The closing lines of a farewell poem, written centuries ago by the last great king of the age to his slain wife, might be more than just a poem: The world and all its light shall fade, I’ll stay with her beneath the shade And wait until the world’s remade… Join us in this epic fantasy adventure as three friends plunge into the great mystery of their age, twelve centuries in the making. A mysterious fog blankets the forest just outside the sleepy town of Suriya. A dark plot unfolds as Durian and his friends discover ties between a strange wanderer and the warlike barbarian kingdom far to the north. Are the mysterious things happening in the forest a prelude to invasion? What happens next will propel Durian and his curious friends into the middle of the oldest riddle in the history of their kingdom, a dozen centuries old.

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My Review: 
"The Banished Lands", book one in"The Banished Lands Series" by Benjamin Meester is a genre that I wouldn't have picked up from the library but since I am a member of a group that reads books, I read it and it held my attention and I wanted to see what was causing three friends living their normal life to be entered into a life that was filled with danger and suspense.

I admit at times I wanted to skip ahead and read the ending, because the book was almost 400 pages long. I was thinking I don't have to read all the battles described in the book, but I am glad I didn't give into my thoughts because if I would have I would have missed the best parts of the story.

I loved the ending but it left me wanting to read the remaining books in the series.

I would recommend this books to anyone that likes fantasy and likes long reads. If you want a love story, then this isn't the book for you even though there was one in the generations before this book was written, which is talked about in a poem which might be not just a poem but something else.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These are my  own opinions.


About The Author


Benjamin Mester is a novelist and poet. He fell in love with the written word and beauty of language at a young age, marvelling at the way a story can transport a person, enveloping their whole mind and heart as they dive into new places and grand adventures. A lover of nature, Mester has spent the whole of his adult life immersed in the study of poetry, often wandering the woodlands of northern Minnesota or the beaches of California. If asked about his writing, he would say his overarching goal is to inspire people to live with greater passion, often quoting one of his favorite Proverbs, 14:8: The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways. How often do we stop to give thought to our ways, asking ourselves why we live the way we do? What does it mean to live to the full? How can I love more deeply? Mester hopes his writing will build a longing in his readers, that his stories inspire them to want more for their lives than the mediocrity of good enough we so often settle for.

Guest Post from Ben

I’ve always loved that enthralling feeling of adventure and mystery that comes when you dive into a brand new world. My greatest motivation for The Banished Lands was to create a world of rich lore and history, but not overburden the reader with backstory. In The Banished Lands series, we enter a fractured world with a forgotten history. But hints of it remain through a set of poems that speak of the old world and cryptic events which brought an end to that age. I love the idea of characters living normal, mundane lives, suddenly thrust into an ancient struggle they didn’t even know was raging. I love the fantasy genre because it isn’t ashamed of the classic archetypes – the epic struggle of good and evil, heroics, and everything that often gets the label clichĂ©. Using these archetypes in ways that haven’t been done before was my real motivation for writing The Banished Lands series. The way this series combines poetry, lore and mystery is something unique in the fantasy genre. When writing this first book, I often sat back and wondered to myself, What would it be like to live in a world with a shrouded past? We often take modern life for granted – the whole wealth of human knowledge at our fingertips. But what would it be like to live in a world where the only history was cryptic poetry telling of a time when the world was a wildly different place? And what if, somehow, those ancient poems that no one really understands seem to be the only thing that really explains the dark things creeping forward from the fringes of the world? Welcome to The Banished Lands!

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"A Promise Forge" by Cara Putman Book Tour and Giveaway




About the Book



Book Title: A Promise Forged  
Author: Cara Putman  
Genre: World War 2 Romance  
Release date: Originally released in 2010, Re-released in 2017

Kat transformed in front of him. Her chin came up, her fingers stopped twitching with the fabric of her gown, and a real sparkle bubbled in her eyes. It was like watching Snow White come to life when the prince kissed her. A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman: Kat Miller has dreamed of playing baseball her entire life. When she earns a spot on a team in the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she finds that things aren’t as glamorous as she imagined. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and older teammates who are jealous of her success. And to top it all off, an irritating reporter is constantly getting under Kat’s skin. Events in Jack Raymond’s career have left him cynical and distanced from God. He never wanted to write at a small paper, and he certainly didn’t want to be assigned to something as inconsequential as a women’s softball team. Then Kat walks into his life. The fiery, young softball player somehow climbs the walls around his heart and makes him want to hope again. When lies fly and the league appears to fail, will Kat and Jack’s new love survive?

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My Review
"A Promise Forge"by Cara Putman is a wonderful feel good book about softball. It is a fictional story about the real All-American Girls Professional Softball League that began in 1943 and continued until 1954.

It is about Kat's love for the game,  but it is also a love story.

I would recommend this book to my granddaughters who are 15 and 17and love playing softball and are on traveling softball teams.

This books also points out the fact that"If God cared enough about each of us to send His son to die for us, then He cares about what happens in our day-to day lives."

Definitely a five star novel.

I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.


About the Author


Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31. Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana. Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com <http://www.caraputman.com/>.

Guest Post from Cara

Each of my books starts with a hook that engages my interest, and then as I play with it, I think it will engage readers. A Promise Forged was no different. For this book I was writing a series of three World War II novels for Barbour. I already had two historical hooks that fascinated me: children evacuated from London to Ohio, a top secret project to break Engima in Dayton, but I needed one more. I knew the lead characters were going to be siblings, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the kid sister. Then I remembered the All-American Girls Professional Softball/Baseball League. And I started thinking. What would it have been like to desperately want a chance to play a sport you loved professionally? And to be part of the nascent league when no one was sure whether it was a good or bad idea? I decided that was the perfect place for Kat. She was the kid sister with fire and passion. She wanted a chance to prove herself, and this would be the perfect place. Then she needed a hero worthy of her. One who could go toe-to-toe with her and still see who she could be. He came in the form of Jack, a cynical reporter who is disappointed to be assigned to cover girls’ baseball. But then he gets to know Kat and some of the others. And he sees something in her that she doesn’t see in herself. It’s the beginning of fireworks that he doesn’t think can go anywhere because she has to go home to her senior year of high school. As I began researching the history of the league, I learned that the AAGPS/BL archives were kept at a small museum in South Bend, a couple hours from where I live. I spent a day there talking with the curator and exploring all the records. Because the league wasn’t expected to last there weren’t many records from the first year. That meant I had to guess about some things like schedules based on what happened in the years after. A Promise Forged became a book I loved writing. Kat was feisty, Jack was cynical, and baseball provided a great setting. I can’t believe this football loving woman can admit that!

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, August 4
C Jane Read, August 5
Genesis 5020, August 6
Carpe Diem, August 7
Mary Hake, August 8
By The Book, August 9
Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Lighthouse Academy, August 10
Remembrancy, August 10
100 Pages per Hour, August 11
Bigreadersite, August 11
Godly Book Reviews, August 12
Cafinated Reads, August 12
A Reader’s Brain, August 13
Book by Book, August 13
All-of-a-kind Mom, August 14
amandainpa, August 15
Pause for Tales, August 17
                                                     For the Love of Books, August 17

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize that includes the movie League of Their Own, a box of cracker jacks, M&Ms and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d2ac/a-promise-forged-celebration-tour-giveaway