Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"Forks in the Road" by Tamera Lynn Kraft Book Tour and GiveAway

About the Book

Book:  Forks in the Road
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Genre:  Christian Western
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Forks in the Road CoverOrphans, Outlaws, and Redemption in the Old West!
(Looking for a prairie romance? Don’t look here!)
A classic Western tale of Joshua and Jonathan Jackson, brothers orphaned during the Civil War. They needed someone to give them a chance, but the war-torn countryside and people had little to spare.
After the war, the teen brothers headed West to find their fortunes and escape their past. Instead, they found a hard land and nobody willing to lend a hand. At every fork in the road, fear, grief, or pain prompted them to choose the wrong path.
By the time they were grown men, they had traveled so far into trouble, there was no way out except prison or death. They had one chance for redemption. Would they take it?
If you’ve read LOST IN THE STORM, you met Jed Jackson – this is the story of what happened to Jed and his brothers.

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"Forks in the Road" by Tamera Lynn Kraft is a novel about forgiveness and lots of wrong choices. This novel made me really realize how often Christians aren't really Christ like. My heart ached for the two boys who turned to gun carrying and gambling and thieving after they lost their family and became orphans.

I just read this and thought how true is that, " Forgive me for saying this, but you don't seem much like a man of the cloth. The ones I've known look like they've swallowed a lemon whenever I'm around.".....I never have understand how someone who looks miserable can preach the good news."
I was struck immediately with this thought, How true is this statement, not only for preachers but Christians, if we look miserable and try to tell someone how happy we are in Christ, why would they want to believe us. We have to be what and who we say we are. This is a definitely proof that actions speak much louder than our words. I know this is going to make some laughs at me but you know what I had to repent right after reading this and ask Jesus to forgive me. I think when a fiction book does this, the author has been used by God.
This book really kept me glued to my chair till the last word. I believed even if you haven't read the other books in this series, you would still enjoy this novel. 
I was given a contemporary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
Tamera KraftAward winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Alice’s NotionsRed Sky Over AmericaLost in the StormResurrection of Hope, and Soldier’s Heart are among her published works.
 Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

More from Tamera

I have always loved westerns. As a child, I remember watching shows on television like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Maverick, Big Valley, Alias Smith and Jones, and many others. I also loved the great western movies such as High Noon, The Quaker and the Bad Man, Three Godfathers, and Stagecoach. My favorite were the stories with an element of redemption in them. There is no better redemptive story than a man’s man out on the trail realizing he needs God.

Three Godfathers with John Wayne is my favorite movie. I first watched it when I came home from the hospital after giving birth to my first child. John Wayne plays an outlaw who, with his two friends, robs a bank and escapes into the desert. The outlaws happen on a wagon where a woman is giving birth. She dies shortly after. They have a choice. Either they risk their lives and freedom saving the child, or they leave the child to die and get away with the loot. I highly recommend it.

When I decided to write Forks in the Road, I wanted to capture that redemptive spirit in many western novels. Joshua and Jonathan are brothers who were orphaned at the ages of 10 and 12 when Quantrill’s raiders ravaged Lawrence, Kansas. They headed west to make it on their own, but at every fork in the road, they made wrong choices. They grew up and became outlaws, but they never became hardened or callous toward others. Even so, God had a plan of redemption for them. Would they take it?

Blog Stops

Wishful Endings, March 12 (Author Interview)
Betti Mace, March 18
Bigreadersite, March 19
My Devotional Thoughts, March 20 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & copy of Forks in the Road!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


James Robert said...

Thank you for sharing this book, it sounds great and I'm glad I got to hear about it.

Caryl Kane said...

Great review, Debbie! Sounds like one not to miss.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the review.

Melissa W said...

It is so sad that people get the wrong impression of Christians because of "un-Christ-like" actions.

James Robert said...

I appreciate getting to hear about  a book new to me. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a fantastic read.