Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Going Up South" by Janet Ferguson Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

No one told him he had a son. Actor Dylan Conner is furious. Not only has he been left out of his child’s life, the baby boy has been given another man’s last name. Determined to be a better father than the sorry guy who’d left him and his mother, Dylan fights to ensure a significant place in his son’s life. Unfortunately, his bad-boy reputation overshadows his good intentions. Only one woman in this small town sees beyond his Hollywood image. And he’s falling for her. Too bad she’s the custody mediator. After her scandalous divorce in the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, attorney Cassie Brooks has no intentions of practicing law again. The humiliating experience left a bitter taste for love, marriage, and her profession. Now friends need Cassie’s help in a custody negotiation, and her role demands she remain objective. She never expected to be drawn to Dylan Conner—the actor who everyone warns is bad news. Not only is the mediation at stake, but so is her heart.

My Review" I really enjoyed "Going Up South" by Janet Ferguson. I think a reader would enjoy this novel without reading the first book in this series( Southern Hearts Series), "Leavening Oxford," but I recommend reading it first to get the background info.

I was pulled into the story from the first chapter. The story line is easy to follow and this reader found herself experiencing the character's emotions. Emotions like regret and happiness and love and jealousy and rejection and sadness. Yes, this book has the reader experiencing them all.

"Going Up South" by Janet Ferguson shows that God can use a person even when their lives are filled with mistakes and bad choices. I especially like the fact that Janet Ferguson's characters are characters with faults and God still uses them.

This story has events happening that I wasn't excepting but that is what keeps a reader turning the pages right?

I won't lie and say that everything in these stories is happy but both books in the series are feel good stories and you finish reading them with a good feeling in your soul because you know God is alive and loves you. 

Both books are clean love stories, there is a one night stand in "Leaving Oxford" and cheating is mentioned in "Going Up South" but there is no inappropriate scenes or words.

I would recommend these books to any reader that likes clean loves stories whether Christian or not. Yes, these books are Christian and yes God is "alive" in them but the story isn't "preachy" which even some Christians don't want to read! 

I was a little disappointed in the ending, but there is going to a third book maybe the question will be answered. The ending felt like a cliff hanger to me.

I was given a copy of "Going Up South" by Janet Ferguson by the author and Celebrate Lit for my honest review in this book tour.

I have given "Going Up South" five stars.

About the Author

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

Guests Post from Janet W. Ferguson

Hi, I’m Janet W. Ferguson, and I’m so excited to meet the readers of Celebrate Lit! I’ve always been an avid reader, but I’ve had an odd career path prior to writing. With a Banking and Finance degree, I took my first job working at a brokerage firm handling their mutual fund trades. After the market crashed in the late 80s, I took a job managing a large, upscale apartment community. During this time, I married and became a stay-at-home mom and church volunteer. My volunteering eventually led to a staff position as children’s minister. After five years, I felt my calling had changed, and I left the job, not really sure what God had in store. Haphazardly, my husband suggested I apply at our local schools. Not long afterward, I certified in teaching and became the library media specialist at the large public high school near our home. I met so many wonderful young people as children’s minister and high school librarian. During my times as a librarian, I had a story idea for about seven years, but never made time to try my hand at writing. Finally, after my elderly parents passed away, and I felt it was time. I wrote every evening for three months, and finished my first story which was Leaving Oxford. I spent the next three years learning about the craft of writing and editing that story. Yes, there was much to learn! In the meantime, one secondary character from Leaving Oxford demanded his own story… From that, came Going Up South. I tend to write what I know, and I’m from the peculiar and wonderful state of Mississippi. My first story was set mostly in Oxford, Mississippi. The charming town made the perfect backdrop for book 1. So book 2 is also mostly set in Oxford, although the characters go on a mission trip to Honduras. The hero of Going Up South, Dylan Conner, is a funny and charming actor that made a number of appearances in Leaving Oxford. From outrageous costumes to intense flirting, he just had a personality as large as the characters he portrayed on the screen. In Going Up South, he realizes that he fathered a child, but he had been left out of the baby boy’s life. Though he’d never planned to have a family, due to his disappointment in his own father, seeing the child, his child, changes his mind. Dylan’s not sure how he’ll raise a child or what to do, but he finds help in his new friend and custody mediator, Cassie Brooks. The scripture theme for this series comes from Isaiah 61. This particular book draws on “He binds up the brokenhearted.” The heroine, Cassie Brooks, is still hurting from her scandalous divorce in a small town. Unlike my last heroine in Leaving Oxford, Cassie had done things the way she’d been taught, avoiding alcohol, drugs, and sex outside of marriage. And her heart was still broken by an unfaithful husband. I wanted to show that life just hands out some tough blows, no matter how hard we try to do the right thing, but God is there in the midst of it all. He does bind up our broken hearts. I pray that you are uplifted by this story, and whatever hurts life has dealt you, that you find comfort in the arms of our faithful Father. Blessings!

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  1. Hi, Debbie! Thanks for the review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the stories! And glad you didn't find them preachy :)

  2. Great interview! Very interested to read this book! I especially love that "God can use a person even when their lives are filled with mistakes and bad choices."

    1. Thank you, Becky! I'm living proof of God using people despite many mistakes. I hope you enjoy the story. Blessings

  3. I want to read this book. I just put it on my list. Thanks!