Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spotlighting Lucie Ulrich with an GiveAway

About the Author:  
Lucie Ulrich is an award-winning author of inspirational fiction. Her books are filled with faith, family, forgiveness, and a little humor to round things out.  
A former drama teacher and performing arts director, Lucie now enjoys going on photo shoots with her husband and taking long (or short) road trips. She continues to find inspiration as she and her husband explore the four corners of the United States.


1. When did you realize you wanted to be an author?  
          Not until I was in my 40’s. I started small by writing skits for my church’s drama team. Skits became plays, and plays grew into a desire to take my writing to another level.

2. Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?  
          I’d have to say that 95% comes from my imagination. I might use a mannerism or expression from a family member (or myself), but I do my best not to model my characters after real people. It’s safer that way. Lol!

3. Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
          Wow, tough question. So many things have improved since my early attempts—not that I’ve mastered any. I don’t know any author would admit to being a master. There’s always something new to learn. Since I have to choose, I’d say attention to detail. I’m not a huge fan of over-description in books, so I tended to shy away when writing my own. I’d like to think I’ve found a good balance. 

4. What is your writing Kryptonite? 
          Focus! I’m too easily distracted. Case in point: I have at least six or seven novels on my desktop—all in various stages of completion. Unless a story idea is so strong I can’t pull myself away, I’ll go back and forth between two, three, or even four. It’s not that I get bored with them, but while working on one, I get a brilliant (at least to my mind) idea and have to get something down on paper. I’m currently working on two stories and progressing relatively well with each. But who knows what tomorrow will bring? 

5. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
          It’s safe to say good reviews are easy to deal with. As for bad reviews… well, there really isn’t anything I can do about them. That’s not to say they might not sting a bit, but I learned through years of being part of an online critique group, that not everyone is going to like my stories or my writing style, so I do my best to let them slide—but not before I look to see if there’s something valuable I can glean from the reviewer’s comments.

6. What is your favorite childhood book?
          I wasn’t much of a reader as a child, but one year I received two books: Heidi by Johanna Spyri and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. I remember reading them over and over again. Wish I still had them, but they literally fell apart. 

7. What did you edit out of this book? 
          Since the book is a novella, and less than 50k words, I was always looking to add and not subtract. I can’t think of any major plot lines or characters I edited out. 

8. What are you working on now?
          A third book in the Tillie Spencer Series, as well as a full-length novel. Both happen to take place at the beach, though in different states. The novella includes a single father and his five-year-old daughter—my first time writing a character that young, while the novel will involve characters in their fifties—my first time writing lead characters that old. Guess it’s a time for firsts. 

Book Spotlight 

Mountain View Lodge (A Tillie Spencer Novella Book 2) by Lucie ULrich  
Genre: Romance, Inspirational Romance, family
After his mother’s death, Coll MacPherson returns to the mountains of North Carolina to work for his aunt and uncle. His part-time position at Mountain View Lodge will allow him to hone his photography skills, and hopefully forget the woman who broke his heart. When Uncle Richard asks for Coll’s help to turn an unused storage building into a shop that would feature local art and artists, Coll figures things can’t get any better—until he meets Autumn Nichols. 
Always the bridesmaid and never the bride has been Autumn’s mantra for the last few years. After three failed relationships, she’s convinced God is trying to tell her something. If she can just get through her best friend’s wedding, Autumn can focus on building her graphic design business while leaving all thoughts of love and marriage in the past—until she meets Coll MacPherson.
Both having loved and lost, Coll and Autumn are happy to settle for friendship. The enigmatic Tillie Spencer, on the other hand, has other ideas. She knows the two are perfect for each other, and, in typical Tillie-style, is determined to prove it.
Excerpt 1: 
“I like that young man.” Tillie leaned close to Autumn. “Don’t you?” 
“I barely know him, and you don’t know him at all.” Autumn checked to make sure Coll had rounded the corner. “That aside, how did you know he was going to ask me to the reception?” 
Tillie’s tinkling laughter rang out as tables were brought in to turn the wedding space into a reception area. “I overheard the bride and groom insisting he come to the reception. I also spied the two of you talking on my way to the dining room this morning. You seemed to get along well. Coll’s only been here for a day, so who else would he ask?” 
The old lady’s answer was thin at best, yet plausible enough for Autumn to let it go at that.  
Coll returned wearing a bright smile. “You’re all set up, ladies. You have a table in the Trail’s End room reserved for six o’clock. As for me, I’m going to change into something with legs. Autumn, I’ll meet you in the library in twenty minutes. The room should be set up for the reception about then.” 
“Okay, but are you sure you want to change? You’re kind of rockin’ that kilt.” 
He laughed while a bit of color came to his cheeks. “Thank you, but since I don’t plan to play the pipes anymore this evening, I’m going for the pants.” And with that, he was gone. 
Dawn pulled off her heels. “My feet are killing me. Think I’ll follow Coll’s lead and change into something more comfortable. See you at dinner, Tillie.” She waggled her fingers and dashed away. 
“Would you mind if an old lady keeps you company while you wait?” 
Autumn narrowed her eyes. Though likable, Tillie was just a touch on the intrusive side. “Why, so you can impart a dose of sage wisdom, or see what you can find out about me?” 
Melodic laughter filled the hall. “I like you, Autumn Nichols. You say it like it is, and I appreciate that.” She looped her arm through Autumn’s and took off walking. “Let’s see what we can find out about each other in the next few minutes.” 
They scooted through the living area where the bridal party posed for pictures, and guests snacked on tidbits while sipping their cocktails. 
Autumn slid one of the pocket doors open and allowed Tillie to step in first. They sat at the farthest table from the entrance. “I can’t believe Dawn will be that bride in three weeks—minus the plaid sash, of course.” A moment of melancholy came and went. “It’s going to be strange not having her as my roommate anymore.” 
“Do you have anyone else lined up to take her place?”
 Warmth washed through Autumn's veins. Her friendship with Dawn went back to their first day of kindergarten. Dawn, brash and pushy at times, remained Autumn’s best friend and strongest advocate. She already missed her. “Nobody could take Dawn’s place. Since my business is doing well, I decided to stick out the rest of the lease on my own. I have a few months to decide whether I want to keep the second bedroom as my office or move to a one bedroom.” 
“You won’t consider another roommate?”
 “Not even a husband?” The glint in Tillie’s eyes let Autumn know they’d reached the moment of truth—at least what Tillie likely considered said moment. Autumn chose to take the lead. “Have you ever been married, Tillie?” 
“Goodness, no. I have to be free to go where the Spirit leads me.” 
“To offer advice, gently coax, and sometimes give a good push to those in need.” 
Tingles of dread pricked Autumn’s nerves. This quirky lady had an agenda that apparently involved Autumn, and she wasn’t sure she liked being someone’s project. “And you think I’m in need of your services?” 
“Oh, no, dear, not you. Coll.”

Excerpt 2: 
Coll remained silent. He stared after the lady until she disappeared into the crowd of partygoers. The sound of Autumn’s chuckling drew him back to the reason he was here. He focused on his companion. “How long have you known that lady?” 
“I met her yesterday.” 
“She’s . . . interesting.” 
“Interesting is one of Tillie’s many characteristics.” Autumn eyed his attire. “You look very nice, though I still prefer the kilt.” She sighed deeply. “There’s just something about a guy in a plaid skirt and knee socks.” 
“In that case, allow me to escort you to a room filled with guys in skirts and socks. You can ogle to your heart’s content.” She laughed, and he liked the way it sounded—like a spring breeze, light and airy. 
“I’m not going to lie, after that amazing wedding, I just knew I had to get a glimpse of what the reception would be like. Thanks for keeping me from looking like a curiosity seeker.” 
“Thank you for not making me go alone.” 
Minutes later, Coll found himself seated between Autumn and Chloe, the young girl who’d played the flute. Along with everyone in the room, he applauded when the bridal party was introduced and waited out the hoots and cheers when the newlyweds entered. A portion of his heart fractured when the newly-married couple stepped onto the dance floor for their first dance. Why had he agreed to attend the reception? This wasn’t where he wanted to be. It was one thing to be paid to play during the ceremony, quite another to sit through all the toasts and accolades. Sweat beaded on his forehead, and his palms went clammy. 
Autumn touched his arm. “You okay? You look a little pale.” 
He focused on Autumn, making sure he seemed at ease. He’d asked her to join him and would make the best of it. “I’m fine. Guess the last couple of days have caught up with me.” She looked doubtful but didn’t say anything more about it. 
When couples were invited to join the bride and groom on the dance floor, Autumn stood and held out her hand. “Come on.” 
Having no desire to dance, Coll hesitated, but could hardly refuse her offer. He rubbed his palms on his slacks. “I’m not much of a dancer.” 
“Neither am I.” 
Her smile brightened his mood. He pushed his chair back and stood. Taking her small hand in his, Coll walked in the direction of the dance floor. 
“Not that way.” Autumn led him toward the exit. 
“Where are we going?” “Anywhere but here.”

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Spotlighting Rachel J Good and THE AMISH TEACHER’S GIFT with giveaway

Reaching Out to Others

By Rachel J. Good

So often we struggle to communicate with others. Or we misunderstand the meaning behind their messages. This can result in hurt feelings, anger and resentment, or even broken relationships. Have you ever said to someone: “That’s not what I meant”? Have you ever misjudged someone and later found out the reason why they acted as they did?

In the AMISH TEACHER’S GIFT, widowed dad, Josiah Yoder, has a hearing-impaired son, Nathan. Josiah’s knowledge of sign language is limited. When he tries to talk to Nathan, the messages he sends upset his son, but Josiah has no idea why. Luckily, Nathan’s teacher, Ada Rupp, shows them how to communicate.

Both Ada and Josiah also have misunderstandings about each other. Some of it is because they make assumptions that aren’t true. Or they misinterpret things that are said. They, too, need to learn to communicate honestly.

Ada has struggles of her own with teaching and caring for her younger siblings. She’s carrying some heavy burdens but isn’t willing to let others help her. When she learns to trust others, she discovers the joy of sharing responsibilities with others. And she has more time for the important things.

Trust is an important part of communication. Because of the tragedies in his life, Josiah has lost his trust in God. By watching his young son’s faith, Josiah learns to trust in the Lord again and to pray, which is the most important communication of all.

About the Love & Promises series:

Following Rumschpringe (the teenage “running around time”), the Amish face many life decisions--embracing their faith, choosing their careers, entering lifelong relationships. A group of friends shares this heartwarming time as they grow, live, and learn to love.

The Love & Promises titles:
The Amish Teacher's Gift  (April 24, 2018)
The Amish Midwife's Secret (November 27, 2018)
The Amish Widow's Rescue (May 26, 2019)


"The Amish Teacher's Gift might have been the first book I've read by Rachel J. Good, but it won't be my last." -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author 

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it's not easy with a deaf young son who doesn't understand why his mamm isn't coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn't sure she wanted to take on teaching, too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she'll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. And, together, they could have the loving family she'd always hoped for.


Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities. In searching for the best Amish soft pretzels, she's visited many Amish markets, auctions, and mud sales. Because of her love of Amish food, she tries to include recipes in her books as often as possible. When she's not traveling, she spends time with family and writing.

In addition to her Amish novels, she's written more than 40 books, including children's educational books, adult nonfiction, and fiction for children and teens under several pen names. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q


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"The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives" by Kristen Hogrefe and GiveAway

About the Book

Title: The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives  
Author: Kristen Hogrefe
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Adventure  
Release Date: March, 2018  
Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood. Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of an underground smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag only she can pay, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy back in the dizzying politics of Crystal. There, she learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions. No one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She desperately wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps? Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.

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My Review:                                                              "The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives" by Kristen Hogrefe is the second book in the "The Rogues" series. I guess some readers would enjoy it as a standalone but I am glad I read the first book in the series first because "The Revolutionary" starts where the first book ends.                                    

If you like books about corrupt government and spies and revenge then this a series for you.

I think there should be a third book because this book left me with questions like, where is..... and what really happened to Portia's dad?

This novel had me questioning all throughout the book who were the good guys and who was really the enemy.

This book has violence, killing with guns and some drinking but it is a clean love story and yes I wouldn't have a problem with my teenage granddaughters read this book.

The Bible is mentioned and the story tells how a character is changed after witnessing how a character won't deny that Jesus is real. This was my favorite part of the book.

I liked reading about the different disguises and characters that Portia had to pretend to be to complete her mission.

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

About the Author

Kristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly. Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues. Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers. A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.

Guest Post from Kristen Hogrefe

Identity, Coffee, and a Sprinkle of History in The Revolutionary The primary purpose of fiction is to entertain, but I think good fiction goes deeper by teaching us something about human nature, something about ourselves. The Revolutionary begins three months after Portia arrived at a satellite prison camp. She feels forgotten by her brother and friends who promised to rescue her. Deeper than the physical pain of starvation, she battles the emotional rawness from the dehumanization of her identity. A number replaces her name, and the Wasps who mistreat prisoners mockingly call them “rabbits.” When a two-faced smuggler helps her escape, her identity struggles continue. She dons multiple aliases to survive and help the Brotherhood launch a daring plan to destroy the satellite camps and oust the ruling Friend and Dome. The theme of identity is one I hope will resonate with teens and adult readers alike. At some point, we all ask ourselves, “What defines me?” Is it our friends, an academic program, a relationship, or a job? While those things describe our day-to-day lives, they themselves shouldn’t define us. The source of our true identity must come from somewhere deeper. That’s the question Portia has to wrestle with, and one I hope readers will consider. A Cup of Joe Confession: One aspect of characterization I enjoy is giving my characters a small piece of myself. One of my early readers for book one, The Revisionary, remarked, “Let me guess. You like coffee.” I laughed and replied, “How could you tell?” Maybe lines like this one gave the fact away: “I start a pot of coffee. At least the aroma makes life smell better” (Portia, The Revisionary). In book two, I incorporate the memory-association of coffee for Portia as she thinks back to simpler times (like dorm life with Lydia). Coffee also serves as a catalyst for an important scene where Portia, in disguise, serves her enemies and in turn learns of their disturbing plans for the satellites. What about you? Are you a coffee drinker? If you are, I hope you’ll enjoy a giveaway opportunity for a Starbucks gift card. After all, coffee does make life smell better. A Sprinkle of History Two summers ago, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. It’s the historical site for the “shot heard round the world” that ignited the American Revolution. In book two, Portia and the Brotherhood launch their own threadbare revolution. Though the odds are against them, they’re determined to stop the abuses by those in power. My own visit to this famous site helped inspire Portia’s journey of discovery and the Brotherhood’s fictional parallels to the American Revolutionary War. Writing the scene where she rediscovers this birthplace of liberty was one of my favorites, because I walked the North Bridge and poured over books researching what happened that fateful day. I hope the scene comes alive for my readers and quickens their interest in history and its relevance for us today.

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A Greater Yes, April 14
Carpe Diem, April 18
Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 25
Reading is my Super Power, April 25 (Interview)


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Monday, April 23, 2018

"Treacherous Trails" by Dana Mentink

About the Book

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?

My Review:
"Treacherous Trails" by Dana Mentink is the second novel in the "Gold Country Cowboys" series and is filled with lots of twists and danger. It could be enjoyed as a stand alone because it is Owen and Ella's story.

I liked this story better than the first one, but they are both wonderful books.

This story really had me surprised at the ending, well both books in the series did but this really did have me surprised and shocked at who the guilty person was.

This is a story of danger and violence but is more a story of loyalty and love between family members and childhood friends. It is also a story of how some vices such as love of money and gambling and fear of others can make you do evil things.

Ok, this part is a little personal to me and my family and might be a little bit of a spoiler alert but there was one scene that really made me want to stop reading this book because of the fire and talk of the characters maybe dying of smoke inhalation. I won't say anymore on this except to say I can't say if these characters died or not and that I'm glad I finished the book.

In this story both Ella and Owen learn that God's plans for their lives were better than their own hopes and plans.

If you like real danger in a clean love story then I recommend "Treacherous Trails" by Dana Mentink.

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

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About the Author

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.)

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!

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Cafinated Reads, April 18
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
A Greater Yes, April 22
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 24
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Remembrancy, April 25


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Celebrate Lit Scavengar Hunt with Caryl McAdoo

My Book For The Scavenger Hunt

Series: The Generations series brings to life the famous men of God’s Word beginning with the first Adam an ending before the birth of the second.


Obedience assures the preservation of life. In Volume Two by the time of Adam’s death, evil overtakes the sons of Cain filling the earth with lasciviousness and violence. God declares He will not contend forever with man. But, Noah, the only one of the tenth generation to walk perfect before the Lord, hears His word.
With the help of his father Lamech and Grandfather Methuselah—whose name foretells when the deluge will come—Noah and his three sons embark on the massive task of building the giant boat with no idea why except that God said. 
Evil, too, heard the Word of the Lord. Lucifer and his angels war in the second heaven to steal, kill, and utterly destroy the earth’s inhabitants. With each child passed through the fire, their battle songs grow stronger, but the Lord works in mysterious ways.

My Review
"Then The Deluge Comes" by Caryl McAdoo is volume 2 of the "The Generations"series and is Noah's story before the flood.  This story was interesting but I felt it lacked something,  it didn't tell of how Noah tried to warn others that the flood was coming. I thought the story was more a love story between all the characters, yes God is love.  I really liked  the book of the book when she explained her beliefs and gave scriptures to prove her point. She also did this at the book of book 1 " A Little Lower Than The Angels".  

I think these stories would be better understood if read in order and I think a reader would have to have some idea of the Biblical account before understanding these books. 

Like I said the book was interesting and made me rethink some things, but  I liked book one better and I have the other  two books and will be reading them. I think book 3 is about Noah and his family on the ark.  

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

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Quiet Quilter, April 26
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Historical family sagas, Caryl's Most popular series,

undoubtedly’ll offer readers copious gaggling and tearies!