Interview with Liz Tolsma & GIVEAWAY

Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels and prairie romance novellas. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son is a U.S. Marine. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her blog, The Story behind the Story, at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), and LinkedIn. She is also a regular contributor to the Pencildancer blog and the Midwest Almanac blog.

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Under This Same Sky – My Review

The first Christian fiction books I remember reading growing up was Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series. This debut novel, Under This Same Sky, took me back to the prairie and the sweetness of first love in a similar fashion.

Becky’s bravery and kindness made me like her from the start. Her coming-of-age story really has it all – family, friendship, love. My heart broke to see her doubt God during her pain and loss, but she matures in her faith and grows in character very nicely through the story. Matthew is just as likable and sweet. His heart for the Lord makes him a perfect fit for our heroine. 🙂 Read more ›

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Interview with Sarah Monzon & GIVEAWAY

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award.

Sarah loves connecting with readers on Facebook and Instagram. Her website is www.sarahmonzonwrites.com/.

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Freedom’s Ring – My Review

It only took one sentence for me to be completely captivated by this book. It was one of those stories I just couldn’t put down and stayed up way too late to finish. 🙂 Freedom’s Ring offers a rich tale of courage in the face of danger and hope after great hurt. It’s a beautiful journey for the characters and readers to share together.

The split timeline really added unique layers to the story and I was pleasantly surprised to find both heroines accounts told in first person. Each character was so well-developed and was transformed through their experiences.

I was instantly drawn into Liberty’s life in Boston in 1777. My heart was in my throat as I followed alongside her through her heartache and healing. There were some very interesting twists in her story that I did not expect. Her patriotism and faith change her and her lessons may just change readers too. Read more ›

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Interview with Bethany Kaczmarek & GIVEAWAY

Bethany Kaczmarek loves to share her own journey of healing and redemption with anyone who needs it. Back from the Polish mission field where she and her husband worked with college students for six years, their home is often filled with twenty-somethings who come over for a listening ear (though she’s willing to admit it could also be for the board games and food). Other job titles: Wielder of Red Pens, Grammar Ninja, Wiper of Tears and Milk, Indie Music Connoisseur, and Friend. Bethany writes about places where grit meets Grace. Find out more about her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com 
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In His Eyes – My Review

Everything about this story drew me in – the Civil War setting, the story idea, and the characters. I always enjoy reading this time period and “In His Eyes” delivered a nicely-written, romantic tale of what life looked like in the South after the war.

It took me a few chapters to really get into the story, but once I did, the pace and plot continued to grow and captivate me. I loved the premise of the story and I was intrigued throughout the book to see how things would be resolved. Read more ›

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The Writer Behind the Words – Laurie Lucking

Writer Behind the Words

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An avid reader since birth (her parents claim she often kept them up late begging to hear just one more story), Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. She writes young adult fantasy with a strong thread of romance, and her debut novel, Common, will release in 2018 from Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing. Laurie is the Secretary of her local ACFW chapter and a co-founder of www.landsuncharted.com, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. Find out more about Laurie and her writing by visiting www.laurielucking.com.

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Interview with Anne Carol

Anne Carol grew up reading, writing, and listening to English rock bands, obsessing over one in particular. Continuing her fascination with rock stars, she married a bass player and they now have two sons, also budding musicians. Besides reading, writing, and music, she loves traveling, going to dance class, watching teen dramas, and exploring social media websites. Anne lives in Northern California, where she enjoys wine and chocolate every night as she works on her next novel.
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High as the Heavens – My Review

If you enjoy historical fiction, then this is the book for you. I was immediately transported to Eve’s world and had to hold my breath as she carried out her dangerous work as a spy during WWI. There were even a few moments I was biting my nails to see what would happen next. I can’t imagine living during such a tumultuous time. Eve is a heroine in every sense of the word.

I think what I’ll remember most about this story is how the history was woven so well throughout the tale and the numerous surprises that made hours of reading seem like minutes. How I love a good plot twist! Read more ›

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Wings of the Wind – My Review

This is probably my favorite of the entire Out From Egypt series. While each heroine was unique and inspiring, Alanah’s strength and bravery kept me glued to the page. She’s a survivor and she’s a fighter. Her journey throughout the story builds like a piece of music that sweeps you away. By the end, I was out of breath as she faced incredible danger and lived out her newly-found faith.

Tobiah was equally as gripping and real to me. His story complimented Alanah’s and his strengths matched hers. I loved watching the two of them work through their unique circumstances and how their relationship depicted the beauty of God’s grace. Read more ›

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