Tuesday, December 31, 2019

"Live Without You " by Sarah Grace Grzy

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and
opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame
herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself
off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there
for her but wasn’t.
For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by
God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s
greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend
their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren't for this crazy
thing called 'Life,' she'd be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove,
book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than
she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and
when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can
be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. Sarah
Grace inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else--
unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she'd gladly move to the South Pole.

Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest: @sarahgracegrzy
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2pqqLEh

"Live Without You" by Sarah Grace Grzy is another book that pulls at the heart strings but I recommend reading it if you like clean love stories. This book really lets you feel the pain and sorrow  that Ezra and Piper has.  Both of these characters are looking for love and trying to get over the past.   

This story deals with the after math of a gang war in Chicago. But the story isn't about the war, just the efforts of someone in the crossfires.

I really like  that the two meet again after so long time. It was not the best of circumstances but good did come from it.

I received a  complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author. These opinions are my own.

"Unwilling Promise" by Emily Yager

Klarysa Tutko, a young single mother, moves to Caribou, Minnesota, 
where her family is now living, to put her life back in order. All she 
wants is to leave the past in the past; though a family friend has 
other ideas and persuades her to make a promise that she is unwilling 
to keep.

Emily Yager writes Inspirational Romance novels set among the lakes,
rivers, and north woods of Minnesota. Is the author of the Pursuing
Voyageurs series.

When Emily is not writing, she is doodling over her notes, listening
to music, searching for a new history book to explore, or dealing with
the dramas of a bi-polar prima donna canine and writing puppy
sidekick, Xian. She lives on the family farm in northwestern Minnesota.
Social Media Links:

Facebook @emilyyagerauthor (
Twitter @TheEmilyYager (

Purchase link:

"Unwilling  Promise" by Emily Yager  is a not an easy book to read. The book is a great story but oh so sad.   There is two very painful deaths and I liked the story after I read it.  While I was reading this, I wanted to be done with it because it was really ,making me depressed because of the events. But since I have finished the book, I can say I am glad I read the book. It is a story of second chances and healing that only God can bring! 

I don't usually say much about grammar or errors in a book, but this one does need to be edited.

This book is about death, and a deathbed promise and spousal abuse. But I recommend this book to all readers that like beauty to ashes stories.  

I think this book should really be a little longer to develop the character more into someone the reader could really like.

I will be looking to see if they are any other books by this author. I would read another book by her.

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

Sunday, December 29, 2019

"Mistletoe Melody and Mistletoe Mission" Stacey Weeks Book Tour and Give Away

About the Books

Book:  Mistletoe Melody and Mistletoe Mission
Author: Stacey Weeks
Genre: Contemporary inspirational romance
Release Date: Book 1 (December 1, 2018) Book 2 (December 1, 2019)
MistletoeMelody_w12697_750Mistletoe Melody:
Former musician, Melody Staff, spends Christmas at a bed and breakfast in the village of Mistletoe Meadows. While everyone sings familiar carols of Christ drawing near, Melody stumbles over misplaced notes. Her recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has scared off her fiancĂ© and thrust her life into a grand pause. She’s not sure her heart will ever sing again.
Quentin Oxford has endured a devastating year. His preteen daughter suffered a stroke, and they’ve grieved his wife’s sudden death, but the Lord coaxes a surprising refrain from Quentin’s heart as God rewrites his and Melody’s score into a holiday love song that will last for Christmases to come.
Mistletoe Mission: MistletoeMission_w12873_750
While her own relationships always end up doomed, Emily Colt is still determined to create happily-ever-afters through her wedding and event planning business. In hopes of expanding her business, she enters her latest project–staging the Christmas wedding of the year–into a town-wide contest. But between crossing paths with the first man to break her heart and dodging a saboteur, she doubts even career success is within her grasp.
Jilted pastor, Luca Wilson, fled to the mission field to escape a broken heart. All the hurt rushes back when he returns home to officiate his cousin’s wedding, and he finds Emily, the girl to whom he once promised forever, organizing the celebration. Despite his lost faith in love, their unforeseen reunion rekindles a spark, and Luca vows to help her save her struggling business. But to succeed, they will have to learn what it means to trust each other and believe in the God of Christmas miracles.

Click here to purchase Mistletoe Melody and here to purchase Mistletoe Mission.

These two stories are stand alone novels but share the same town and the some of the same characters. I loved both stories and went to the amazon page where they are available to purchase and seen there was another book "Under the Summer Mistletoe " which is only 15 pages, I haven't read it but I did download it to read. If it is as good as the other two, I will be glad I got it.

In "Mistletoe Melody" Melody Staff  has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her finance calls off the wedding and Quentin Oxford has stuffed the loss of his wife and his daughter's stroke.  This is a short read that makes this reader smile and is a reminder that God does care about our struggles and can bring beauty from ashes. I know I have said that statement a lot but isn't that like God to turn suffering into joy, when we turn to Him. I was surprised to learn facts about mistletoe, one such fact was some varieties can be made into teas. I was surprised that Melody wanted to keep her illness a surprise, but I know fear can hold us back.

 "Mistletoe Mission"  is about a wedding planner and a preacher and there second chance at love.  I know we aren't to dislike people but I have to say there is a character in this book that I wanted to dislike, she was full of superstitions and she complained about everything about the wedding.

I really liked the ending, I really didn't see some of happening. I would love to see these two books made into a Hallmark movie. I would love to see the wedding scene in color and not just on paper.

 "Mistletoe Mission" is my favorite of the two because I feel the characters had more to overcome and they had more to lose if they didn't follow their dreams.

I recommend these books and I think they would be good to read anytime of the year not just at Christmas time. 

I like the fact that these stories are based on some real events and actual people in the author's life but are still fiction. 

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

About the Author
Stacey Weeks is the multi-award-winning author of Glorious Surrender (2016) and Chasing Holiness(2020), inspirational romances The Builder’s Reluctant Bride (2016), Mistletoe Melody (2018), Mistletoe Mission (Dec 2019) and inspirational romantic suspense novels In Too Deep (2017), and Fatal Homecoming (2019). Stacey lives in Ontario where she speaks at women’s conferences, teaches writing and bible study workshops, and writes about the things of the Lord. www.staceyweeks.com

More from Stacey

It is strange, sometimes, what inspires a story. At the time of writing Mistletoe Melody, the ten-year-old daughter of a good friend was on the recovery side of a massive stroke. This young girl inspired Janie, and she gave the character her contagious smile, a mischievous pre-teen sense of humor, and a fierce love for family. You don’t read all of Janie’s story in Mistletoe Melody, but perhaps you will in a later novella.
Melody was the result of my lovely twenty-something niece receiving a shocking diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. She endured painful tests, had hopes raised and dashed, and was blessed when the Lord saw fit to work through a drug trial to ease her suffering. Watching her life, her plans, and the things she assumed were a given for her future get shaken to their core sent me to the Scriptures.
Not too long before drafting Mistletoe Mission (book two set in Mistletoe Meadows), my husband and I travelled to Haiti. As our driver transported us from the airport to the compound on which we stayed for the duration of our trip, he pointed in the general direction of the beach that receives cruise ships and tourists. He said that portion of Haiti is separated from the rest and is considered by some to be the most beautiful section of Haiti. I disagree.
To be fair, I didn’t visit the cleaned-up beach just around the other side of the mountain, but I saw something most tourists do not get to see. I met the people and visited several in their homes. I witnessed the determination and hard work that life requires from them. I observed a light in their eyes, fueled by a love for Jesus. There is nothing more beautiful than a person on fire for the Lord, a person who is ready to be a light in a dark land.
Luca’s character is loosely based on the Director of Missions and Compassion at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario. He arranged our trip – my first overseas mission trip – and it changed my life. I have huge respect for the work he is doing, and I am thrilled to see how God is blessing the work.
Another real-life connection that made its way into Mistletoe Mission is a business that inspired the fictional start-up I called One Village. Little by Little is a business for mission committed to empowering Haitian parents. Little by Little sells the Morse Code bracelet featured in Mistletoe Mission. I fell in love with the concept of this business, and it was my delight to write a fictional version into the story. You can visit Little by Little’s website and order a bracelet like the one featured in the book (or maybe you’ll win the one I am giving away on this tour!). http://www.littlebylittle.ca/store/p326/morse-code-bracelet.html
Be blessed this holiday as you seek the Lord who has done and is doing great things.

Gift From Stacey

Here are a few fun coloring items from Stacey!

Get your copy of Under the Summer Mistletoe for free here. (For Canada, click here)

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, December 20
Blogging With Carol , December 22
A Reader’s Brain, December 23
Emily Yager, December 24
Genesis 5020, December 26
Remembrancy, December 28
Inklings and notions, December 28
Quiet Quilter, December 29
Texas Book-aholic, December 31
janicesbookreviews, January 1
Batya’s Bits, January 2


To celebrate her tour, Stacey is giving away the grand prize of the winner’s choice of a Morse Code Bracelet!! (found here: http://www.littlebylittle.ca/store/p326/morse-code-bracelet.html)
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

"The Wedding Dress Christmas" by Rachel Hauck Book Tour and Give Away

The Wedding Dress FB Banner About the Book

Book:  The Wedding Dress Christmas
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Romance, Christmas
Release Date: October 22, 2019
The Wedding Dress Christmas CoverDecember covers quaint Heart’s Bend, Tennessee with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.
For JoJo Castle there’s no place like home. It’s her safe place. Her one-time love of adventure ended when life in the big city shattered her hopes and dreams. Now that she’s returned to Hearts Bend, she never wants to leave again.
Buck Mathews, the biggest country singing sensation in decades, has the world on a string – his guitar strings, to be exact. However, when news of his mother’s illness sends him back to Hearts Bend for the holiday season, he remembers how good it can be to live among family and friends.
Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. Leaving home, surrendering her heart again, is just too risky.
When she runs into her friend and high school crush Buck Mathews, she discovers Love might have other plans for her[BV1] .
Buck’s career is on the verge of an momentous leap. But seeing JoJo awakens feelings he’d buried long ago. Falling in love is easy, but winning her heart will take more than one of his melodic tunes and clever lyrics.
JoJo and Buck want opposite things for their lives, leaving no room for compromise. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmastime, overcome her fears andhis quest for greatness?
When a very special gown – the wedding dress – begins to make its presence known, JoJo and Buck’s hearts bend in a way neither ever thought possible.

Click here to get your copy.
"The Wedding Dress Christmas"  by Rachel Hauck is a a novella featuring the wedding dress and the wedding shop from her series, "The Wedding Collection". If you have read the previous three books, you will enjoy revisiting Hearts Bend, Tennessee. If you haven't read the other books I strongly recommend that you do. If you don't read the other books ,I think you would still enjoy this story as a standalone.  I am glad I read the other books first so I knew the background information. 

This story is about love and a second chance. The best part is a Christmas wedding, what's better than a wedding and then add Christmas to the scene and you have a magical story that puts a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

This story has a country music star and a little scene on writing a new Christmas song. This tale shows that love causes others to make sacrifices for the ones they love.

The other part I didn't like about this book was the mention of cancer but it was such a small mention that I'm sure most readers won't even mind that is mention, but I always gets emotional when I read or heard the C word.

I think this book would be a great book to read anytime of the year, even if it is centered around Christmas. 

This book is a great read and a fast read as well.  This is a great story for readers who likes the characters to have struggles to overcome before true love emerges.

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

About the Author
rachel-hauck-HR-5Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.
Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More From Rachel

Hello Royal Rockstar Readers!
I’m thrilled to share The Wedding Dress Christmas with you. I’ve heard from so many how much The Wedding Dress has touched them, and as I noodled over new story ideas, my thoughts drifted toward the wedding dress and Christmas. What’s more romantic than a Christmas wedding?
This novella is set in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, the fictional town ofThe Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop. Even if you’ve never read one of books inThe Wedding Collection, you’ll enjoy this story, the mystery of the dress, and the women whose lives it changed.
I love weddings. They remind us of the purity and the hope of love, the power of commitment. Something powerful is released when two people pledge to spend their lives together, loving and serving one another in both good and bad times. Every wedding I attend reminds me of the vows I made to my husband and I sign up all over again.
Stories are a powerful reflection of life. Yes, fictional stories are often told with wild hyperbole, but that’s what makes them fun to read.
I also love wedding stories because they remind us of God’s love for us, and that one day there will be the grandest wedding of them all. Isn’t it wonderful that God planned a wedding before He created the earth?
In The Wedding Dress Christmas, JoJo and Buck have their issues, but love proves strong enough to conquer them all.
Thanks for going on this little tour with me and The Wedding Dress Christmas.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, December 18
Livin’ Lit, December 18
Robin’s Nest, December 18
By The Book, December 19
Wishful Endings, December 19
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 19
Among the Reads, December 20
Genesis 5020, December 20
Life as Lanhams, December 20
Daysong Reflections, December 21
Bigreadersite, December 21
Simple Harvest Reads, December 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Remembrancy, December 22
Britt Reads Fiction, December 22
She Lives to Read, December 23
Empowermoms, December 23
Inside the Wong Mind, December 23
Mia Reads Blog, December 23
Splashes of Joy, December 24
Christian Bookaholic, December 24
Hallie Reads, December 24
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 25
Blogging With Carol, December 25
For Him and My Family, December 26
Hebrews 12 Endurance, December 26
Mamma Loves Books, December 27
Betti Mace, December 28
Batya’s Bits, December 28
Quiet Quilter, December 29
janicesbookreviews, December 29
A Reader’s Brain, December 30
Inklings and notions, December 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 30
Carla Loves to Read, December 30
Back Porch Reads, December 31
CarpeDiem, December 31


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a print copy of the book and a Visa gift card for $25. Swag!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.