The Writer Behind the Words – Darlene L. Turner

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For The Record – My Review

If you think reading historical fiction is boring, you’ve not a read a Regina Jennings book! This story was so much fun to read and even surprised me with its mystery and intrigue. The two main characters have so much spunk and sass. They’re unique and never quite do what you expect them to, which creates the perfect page-turner from start to finish.

I loved our lone Texan trying to create a new life for himself and enjoyed his sparks with our independent gal, Betsy. Her aspirations as a writer and defender of her small town endeared me to her even more. They both have their obstacles to work through, but it’s not an easy road for either of them. The plot twists and turns like the Ozark mountain trails they traverse. Read more ›

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Interview with Deborah Raney & GIVEAWAY

DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Home to Chicory Lane, first in Deb’s new Chicory Inn Novels series from Abingdon Press just released. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in Kansas. They have four children and five small grandchildren, who all live much too far away.

 

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Interview with Melony Teague & GIVEAWAY

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. Melony has contributed columns and community articles for the local media over the years. Melony’s guest columns address issues pertaining to the life and health of her community. She loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She is also ghostwriter who has worked with diverse subject matter. In addition to writing the biographies for the Portraits of Giving 2014 – 2016 she also handles Communications and PR for two non-profit missions organizations in Canada. She find much fulfillment in teaching her class “Writing Your Personal Story” to local senior citizens. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and their two children. For more, visit http://www.melonyteague.com/

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A Moonbow Night – My Review & GIVEAWAY

514EAOJ7MaL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_This story – much like every other one penned by Laura Frantz – captured my heart and imagination. I find myself still dwelling on the characters long after finishing the last page. I miss them. I miss the Kentucky woods. I miss the adventure and the journey I followed along as the reader. It happens to me every time I read Laura’s work. It’s hard to move on from such a touching story.

I can’t imagine having lived during such a tumultuous time, but to see it through Tempe’s and Sion’s eyes was breathtaking. I felt like I was watching a movie, the scenes just moved so smoothly into the next. I loved these two. I loved their hearts, their strength, even the walls they put up to protect themselves from hurt. They’re vulnerable and they’re real.

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The Wedding Shop – My Review

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I loved the concept of this entire series – the split timeline, the subtle romance, the intriguing plot twists. It’s unlike anything else I’ve read and I love discovering books like that! As I read along, I kept wishing I could step into the quaint wedding shop myself and talk with Cora or give a helping hand to Haley. These women inspired me with their grit, determination, and their vision.

There’s a strong connection of legacy in each of these books. I enjoyed how the author wove the historical piece into the present and found myself surprised up to the very end. It was a beautiful journey from start to finish.

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The Writer Behind the Words – Teresa Tysinger

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Interview with Michael Phillips & GIVEAWAY

mp-photo-for-judy-243x300In 1970, while students at Humboldt State University, Mike and Judy Phillips began what would become the One Way BookShop as a small, informal source of Christian books and materials for their fellow students. Over the next two decades God prospered those small beginnings, and now the bookstore is a thriving part of the Humboldt County Christian community.

Mike’s first published book was about his wife’s pregnancy and the birth of their twin sons. After several more nonfiction titles, Mike undertook a lifelong dream to renew the popularity of Scottish writer George MacDonald, whose teachings had been central to Mike and Judy’s spiritual growth. Mike began editing some of MacDonald’s lengthy novels, heavy with Scottish brogue, into shorter and more readable editions, with some of the work being done right at the bookstore counter between customers.

Through the years, God has continued to guide Mike in the production of books emphasizing strong spiritual values and unforgettable characters. In addition to being best sellers in Christian bookstores all across the country, Mike’s books have been offered through several book clubs, have been translated into a number of foreign languages, and have been published in over 120 editions in all, with sales of over 3 million. Mike is today recognized as one of the Christian bookselling industry’s most prolific and versatile authors.

Family is very important to Mike. He and his wife, Judy, have taught their three sons, Patrick, Robin, and Gregory, at home throughout their education. Home schooling enables the family to frequently accompany Mike in his work-related travels.

It has always been Mike’s desire in his writing that all who read his books will find a closer and more real walk with God through the characters and stories. Both he and Judy enjoy responses from readers and find great encouragement from the letters they receive. Visit him at www.FatherOfTheInklings.com.

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Just a Kiss – My Review

27840675With a title and cover like that, how can a reader not be drawn in, right? 😉 This story held everything I enjoyed about the last one in the series – unique story line, strong relationships, humor, and even heartbreaking depth at times.

Just a Kiss proved to be so much more than just what meets the eye, giving the reader a beautiful glimpse into lives that are hurting and longing to start over, but don’t know how. By the end of it, you’ll find yourself rooting for Riley and Paige as if they were your best friends.

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Interview with Jocelyn Green & GIVEAWAY

Jocelyn Green Jocelyn Green is the award-winning author of ten books, including fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed books and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she co-authored with best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. As a speaker, Jocelyn inspires faith and courage in her audiences. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

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