Sunday, November 18, 2018

"The Unannounced Christmas Visitor" by Patrick Higgins Book Tour And GiveAway


About the Book

  

Book: The Unannounced Christmas Visitor  
Author: Patrick Higgins  
Genre: Christian fiction/Christmas  
Release Date: November 18, 2014

What if angels really did come from the most unlikely of places? That’s exactly what happens in this heartwarming story, set in a homeless community in Anywhere USA. Sent to Planet Earth by his Maker, disguised as a homeless person, Enoch was on a mission: to rescue a man whose life was slowly but steadily spiraling out of control Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed! 2016 IPA (INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHER AWARDS) GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER.

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My Review:
"The Unannounced Christmas Visitor" by Patrick Higgins is without a doubt my favorite best fictional book about Christmas and the power of God's love that I have read this year.

The author uses the Biblical references throughout the story in a way that you get the Gospel but it doesn't feel like you are being preached at. When Enoch, an angel disguised as a homeless person, asks characters questions such as "What are you sowing that you don't want to reap" it makes this reader stop and ask herself the same questions. There are other such questions in this story.

This story is about a married man who finds himself dissatisfied with life and his job and his marriage is suffering as well as his children. It is also about helping homeless people and finding out what real Christianity is. This story was inspired in part by the Christian feeding ministry of Jesus Loves You, Love Him Back.

This story isn't true but I believe it is happening everywhere, well all but Enoch being disguised as an homeless man. But, then again maybe that is true because this story was written using Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” as the plot line.

This story will give you a new awareness of what living the Christian life really is and make you more aware of what homeless people go through.

At the start of the story, a homeless man is ushered out of his seat in the front pew of the church just because of his appearance, thus bringing to the story the Scripture , John 2: 2-4 "Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you lavish attention on the man in fine clothes and say, “Here is a seat of honor,”but say to the poor man “You must stand,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?…

I recommend  "The Unannounced Christmas Visitor" by Patrick Higgins to any reader who enjoys stories of Christmas or just feel good stories and stories of forgiveness and personal growth. I also recommend this book to any Christian who wants to reexamine themselves. Yes, I know the Bible is the best book to reexamine yourself but this book clearly points the way to verses to lead you in that search.   

And I say this book is a good one to read anytime of the year, not just at  Christmas.

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.”

Guest Post from Patrick

Why I wrote the book: Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed!

Blog Stops

Lighthouse Academy, November 10
The Power of Words, November 11
Genesis 5020, November 12
Bogging With Carol, November 12
Moments, November 14
Mary Hake, November 15
Inklings and notionsNovember 16
Bibliophile Reviews, November 17
Vicky Sluiter, November 18
Godly Book Reviews, November 19
Luv’N Lambert Life, November 20
Texas Book-aholic, November 21
Janices book reviews, November 21
Carpe Diem, November 22
Bigreadersite, November 22
amandainpaNovember 23

Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, Patrick is giving away a $50 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/d5c7/the-unannounced-christmas-visitor-tour-giveaway

Friday, November 16, 2018

"Chosen People" by Robert Whitlow BookTour and GiveAway




About the Book



Book: Chosen People  
Author: Robert Whitlow  
Genre: Legal Drama  
Release Date: November 6, 2018  
Publisher: HarperCollins

Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds. When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap. But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team. As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?

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My Review
"Chosen People" by Robert Whitlow is a story about a young mother who sacrificed her life to save her  daughter. It is also a story about terrorists and a lawyer that tries to find out if the attack was a lone act or part of a group. It is also a love story.

The scenes are written so very well that the reader knows the author knows his material. I really liked the descriptions of the area because I want to go to Jerusalem some day but I don't see that happening so I pretend I'm there when I'm reading books that are written as well as " Chosen People" is.

I have to say that I really loved that the little girl that was saved by her mother was named Sadie.  

I like that the story wasn't just a story but it also lets the reader see into the character's hearts and feel the character's feelings. 

I really thought I knew how it was going to play out between Sadie's father and Hana, the Arab lawyer,  but I am happy to say I was wrong and the ending is much better  then I have it going.

This story is really about the hatred of Jews and that God is keeping His promise to them and bringing them back to Israel.

In the story, Hana is reminded of the Scripture Isaiah 12:2 " Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, The Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation."  She also was reminded that Daniel spent a night in the lion's den, Paul was whipped and beaten. She was reminded that sometimes God delivered people from danger and other times he was with them as they passed through it.

I recommend this book if you like a realistic novel about terrorist attacks and lawyers.  I didn't want to put this book down untill the last page and then I wanted to keep reading more. 

This was the first book that I have read by Robert Whitlow, but I can honesty say it will not be my last. 

There was one scene while reading it that I thought ok I don't like this book but I am glad it wasn't the way it seemed at all.  This scene just proved to me, that sometimes things aren't the way they appeared and you have to hold on and have faith that all things work for the good, yes even in fiction that is so real life.

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






About the Author


Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks

Guest Post from Robert

Inside the Story

Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child. Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta. “This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, November 8
Multifarious, November 9
The Power of Words, November 9
The Becca Files, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 10
C Jane Read, November 11
Book by Book, November 11
Margaret KazmierczakNovember 12
By The Book, November 12
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 13
Painting with Words, November 13
Simple Harvest Reads, November 14 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Robin is Bookish, November 14
Texas Book-aholic, November 15
Moments, November 15
Mary Hake, November 16
Janices book reviews, November 17
Christian Bookaholic, November 18
Carpe Diem, November 19
Inklings and notionsNovember 20
Bigreadersite, November 21
For The Love of Books, November 21

Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, HarperCollins is giving away a grand prize of three finished Robert Whitlow books (to be chosen by the publisher)!!
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/d73a/chosen-people-celebration-tour-giveaway

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Christmas Love Year Round" by Elaine Stock Book Tour And GiveAway


About the Book


 
Book: Christmas Love Year Round
Author: Elaine Stock
Genre: Christian romance, sweet romance
Release Date: September 25, 2018

Cami Richardson is good at chasing away the men in her life: first Gavin Kinkaid, a former classmate she’d helped to bully, and later, her husband who left her widowed and a single mom. Now all she wants is to bring a smile back to her eight-year-old son. What she doesn’t expect is for Gavin to become her new neighbor.
Gavin wants to settle down after serving in the Air Force and mend the separation between him and his dad. What he didn’t count on is his changing feelings when he sees Cami as a kind woman instead of his former adversary.
When Cami’s son blindsides them both during the Christmas season, is their reunion at risk or will it grow stronger?

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My Review: 
"Christmas Love Year Round" by Elaine Stock a wonderful book that has romance, family drama, and faith in a clean inspiring read. This book shows that forgiveness is possible and really is for the best.  It also shows that people can over come their past. It also has life provoking statements written into the plot such as this statement " Look below the veneer most people use as a shield and see flaws or bad times or both. None of us are innocent or are lucky enough to escape rough times." Here's another " Funny how we easily find solace in God when things go right, but not when life tilts in the wrong direction," and one more, "Know that God loves you, and wants to forgive you of any wrongdoings. The Lord is great, is almighty, and doesn't want to cast you away as an unloved, forgotten child. He is your Father. He wants you in His heart, always."

This book is a great read at Christmas time and even though it is written as a Christmas story it is one that a reader could enjoy anytime they needed to be reminded that love is available year round as long as we are willing to accept it.

This story has many issues within it's pages, childhood bullying, father and son not seeing eye-to eye about past bullies, guilt left family members after death dealing with mental illness and a vow not to forgive others.

This is a feel good novel. I see that this is book one in the series and I'm not sure if the other books will be stand alones or continue with Gavin and Cami or if will be new couples but I want to read more about Gavin's dad.

I recommend this book to all readers who likes clean reads and Christmas stories and stories involving children and coming back to God.

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





 About the Author

 
Elaine Stock is the author of the novels Her Good Girl, winner of the 2018 American Fiction Awards in the Christian Inspirational category, and Always With You, which won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

Guest Post from Elaine

To love someone with all of your heart is the only thing that matters in this world. Readers often ask the origin of a story idea. When I wrote my first published novel, Always With You, I was asked if my husband was a white supremacist. No! When Her Good Girl released, the questions of whether my mother practiced Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy popped up as well. Although my mother unfortunately did suffer another mental illness, it wasn’t MSP. And now Christmas Love Year Round, Book 1 of the Kindred Lake romance series, is on sale. What does fuel my writing? What is a connecting theme between the stories I write? Love. Love is the most essential relationship we must share between all…between family members, friends, neighbors…between strangers, enemies, those who live differently than us, and foreign countries. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV) Yet, isn’t honest love the hardest thing to do? Perhaps it is also the most difficult virtue to teach and the most vexing passion to express. Imagine this scenario: You’re a widowed mom with an impressionable eight-year-old son. Your conscience is riddled with the worry that you might have pushed your husband toward his death, and that’s on top of the weight bearing down on you from your childhood days of participating with others to bully a particular family in town. Then, the one boy who was part of that picked-upon family, now a grown man and stirringly handsome purchases the house across the street from you. You’ll likely see him every day. And, with a gulp, you realize…that you want to see him. That actually, despite all that transpired between the two of you back in high school, you’re Attracted to him with a Capital A. Might that magnetism between the two of you be mutual? This is the set-up between Cami and Gavin in Christmas Love Year Round. Will these two former adversaries forgive not only each other but themselves as well and take loving one’s neighbor to the next step of falling in love and making amends into amens? May each of you be blessed with love and joy year round!

Blog Stops

Back Porch ReadsNovember 3
Inklings and notionsNovember 4
Cultivating Us, November 6
Quiet Quilter, November 6
Moments, November 8
Robin is Bookish, November 9
Remembrancy, November 10
Vicky Sluiter, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 11
Texas Book-aholic, November 13
Carpe Diem, November 14
Janices book reviewsNovember 15
godly Book Reviews, November 16
                                                            BigreadersiteNovember 16

Giveaway


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To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away
Grand Prize: Winner’s choice between print (US only) or Kindle of Christmas Love Year Round, Kindle of And You Came Along (companion novel to Christmas Love Year Round), and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card
1st and 2nd Prizes: a Kindle edition of Christmas Love Year Round!!
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/d5c6/christmas-love-year-around-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, November 12, 2018

"An Hour Unspent " by Roseanna M. White Book Tour and GiveAway


About the Book



Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancĂ© to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

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My Review
"An Hour Unspent" by Roseanna M. White is the third book in the "Shadows Over England" Series. It is a perfect ending to the trilogy, but I so want to read more of these characters.

I like that the author takes real history and adds fiction to make these stories come alive in the reader's mind. Not only do I appreciate the history facts in the story, but I also appreciate how she puts wisdom of truth in her stories. In this book, she shows how God, who I think she refers to as the ultimate time maker knows all and he keeps the gears all working as they should.

Her titles really fit the storyline. In"An Hour Unspent" Barclay Pearce is reunited with family from his past and has to rescues a clockmaker from a kidnapper and has to figured out how to steal an hour from Big Ben.

I recommend reading all three stories in the order they were written but I believe a reader would enjoy them as stand alone but they would be missing out on the best part that really shows the love and loyalty that these family members have for each other. These books show that family isn't always blood related but what's in your heart is what makes someone family.

"An Hour Unspent" ends with a reminder that none of us deserved the grace that Our Heavenly Father has offered us. It always reminds us that time is best spent with "Family."  Here is a quote;
"Mr.Manning....a man has only so much time upon this earth. It seems to me that if you spend it all regretting what you haven't accomplished, you've only managed to waste what hours you have, which you ought to be spending with the people who make them count."

I am going to end this review with this read "An Hour Unspent" and learn truth about family and learn history and be encouraged that you are in the ultimate Time Maker's hands.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinion are my own.













About the Author

 
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is. That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine. The founder. The caregiver. The leader. I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice. It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials. There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those. It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

Blog Stops

                                                        The Avid ReaderOctober 30

The Power of WordsOctober 30
Back Porch ReadsOctober 30
Kat’s Corner BooksOctober 30
Faithfully BookishOctober 31
Genesis 5020October 31
Fiction AficionadoNovember 1
Among the ReadsNovember 1
The Lit AddictNovember 1
Just the Write EscapeNovember 1
MultifariousNovember 2
Godly Book ReviewsNovember 2
Madeline ClarkNovember 2
Christian BookaholicNovember 3
Bookworm MamaNovember 3
BigreadersiteNovember 3
Blogging With Carol , November 4
D’S QUILTS & BOOKSNovember 4
Life with the Tribe, November 4
The Becca FilesNovember 4
Kathleen DenlyNovember 5
Cordially BarbaraNovember 5
Simple Harvest ReadsNovember 5 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
All-of-a-kind MomNovember 6
Faery Tales Are RealNovember 6
Carpe DiemNovember 6
Margaret KazmierczakNovember 7
Blossoms and Blessings , November 7
Maureen’s Musings , November 8
Book by BookNovember 8
Just CommonlyNovember 8
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Have A Wonderful Day , November 9
With a Joyful NoiseNovember 9
KarenSueHadley , November 10
Tell Tale Book ReviewsNovember 10
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Bibliophile ReviewsNovember 10
Inklings and Notions , November 11
Two Points of InterestNovember 11
Henry HappensNovember 12
Texas Book-aholicNovember 12
                                            Debbie’s Dusty DeliberationsNovember 12 

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!
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/d570/an-hour-unspent-celebration-tour-giveaway