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TERRI BLACKSTOCK'S CHRISTMAS STORY CATCHING CHRISTMAS - Celebration of Life, Love and Christmas



Catching Christmas
By Terri Blackstock
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN# 978-0310351726
304 Pages
Release Date: October 9, 2018

Tags: Holidays, Christian Fiction, Short Story, Taxis, Funerals, Family, Celebration, Christmas

BACK COVER: As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

REVIEW: What fun to see another side of Terri Blackstock’s writing talent as this story and her characters are endearing, quirky and the topics and situations are laugh out-loud. Funny and sad. I liked her balance.

Sydney Batson is a first-year law associate with a ridiculous case she’s sure not to win. She’s been doing her best to be there for her grandmother in between her other obligations. She calls for a cab to pick up her grandmother and take her to the Dr. enters in cab driver Finn Parrish to the scene. He knocks on the door no answer. Then he sees an older woman in a wheel chair all dressed ready to go. He goes the extra mile for Miss Callie who reminds him of his mother he lost a few years back.

Sydney and Finn meet because of Callie. They both are caught up in the tornado of her intentions. Finn says to Sydney, “I’m glad she entangled me in her schemes. I’m honored to have been there with Sydney…”. And I’m glad I had the chance to meet the God she trusted in. I hope someday I can trust him like that, too.”

Callie is all excited to celebrate Christmas this year. Finn could care less, and Sydney was overworked, and sleep deprived to care about celebrating. But Callie had big plans for Christmas. Finn and Sydney couldn’t help but make her dream come true.

I enjoyed Callie, Finn and Sydney as they check off the items on Callie’s list. I couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear. It’s a heart-felt, fun story filled with love, healing, redemption and a reality check on what’s most important in life. This is a fun read that makes you think, celebrate life and its creator.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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JOY the COURAGEOUS WOMAN IN C.S. LEWIS'S LIFE = NEW NOVEL by PATTI CALLAHAN



Becoming Mrs. Lewis
By Patti Callahan
Story of Joy Davidman & C.S. Lewis
Published by:
ISBN# 978-0785224501
412 Pages
Release Date October 2, 2018

Tags: Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Literature C.S. Lewis, Joy Davidman, True Love

Book Back Cover: In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. 

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had. 

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

REVIEW: This story has a slow beginning and I wasn’t sure where it was headed. I had no knowledge of Joy Davidman and knew very little of C.S. Lewis’s personal life. The author took her time in having you get to know Joy, her situation, her heart, her troubled marriage, children and her mind as she seeks God and His ways with all her might.

After Joy has an encounter with God and shares it with her husband I couldn’t put the book down. This story gets into your heart and camps out there for a while as I felt for these flawed people and watched them answer God’s call. It made me reflect and changed my perspective on a few things as this author respectively shares about affairs, drinking, relationships and walking out what God says we are.

Part One- takes place in America 1927 covers Joy’s childhood and marriage to Bill Gresham a writer, atheist, alcoholic and womanizer. Each chapter begins with a sentence from Joy and/or Jack’s writings. The first is, “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you.” Aslan, The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis.

Joy and Bill start their research, reading philosophy books, religious texts and pamphlets. They both didn’t know how to make since of it all. That’s when a friend suggested they contact C.S. Lewis. They should ask him their questions about God since Mr. Lewis was an atheist and then found God. Joy wrote a letter and C.S. Lewis replied. They became pen pals.

Part two Joy heads to England 1953 to stay with friends. After a month or so in England she meets C.S. Lewis and friends.

…The three of us (the Lewis brothers and Joy) talked about our favorite books, what had influenced our childhoods and our minds, and most importantly what had ignited our imaginations. Our imaginations. Our voices grew quiet as we drew closer and closer to each other.”

Part three takes place in America during Jan 1953 – Nov. 1953
I enjoyed how the author filled the reader in on historical world events taking place in England and America, so they could get a sense of what was happening in that time periods.

Part four was back to England 1953 -1960.
Joy accepts a copy of Mere Christianity from C.S. Lewis. “My eyes flashed with tears and I hoped he didn’t notice. “This book changed my life, “ I told Jack.

“No. God changed your life. My book just jolly well appeared at the right time.”

This was a heart-felt compelling story I couldn’t stop thinking about. I enjoyed that the author was transparent about Joy’s life and loves. Her battle to stay married with an alcoholic unfaithful man, who she started on this faith journey with and he fell away.

I enjoyed what the author shared in her note to readers. “As with any life, there are discrepancies within the many stories that have been written about both Jack and Joy; there are myths and assumptions that have been told and retold. I did my best to gather all the information, compare it, and unravel it to tell a story that relates an emotional truth. This novel was written with the back bone of research and the work of those who have come before me, yet in fiction, imagination and inspiration must fill the gaps. I have attempted to capture Joy’s courage and fierce determination, as well as tap into the landscape of her heart.”

The author brilliantly interlaced her research, the writings of both Joy and Jack Lewis and their faith journey experiences into this novel. She showed God's love is limitless and powerful and unrelenting. He will never abandon us even when it may seem that way with certain trials Jack and Joy endured.

As I read the last few chapters tears filled my eyes as I felt Joy and Jack’s pain and rejoiced with them in the precious gift of unconditional love and time. What words do I use to describe this beautiful novel and the powerful message inside? I don’t think I can do an acquit job. It’s something you have to experience.

Joy says, “I hadn’t known that love would arrive in the most unlikely of places…I hadn’t known that love could not be earned or bought or manipulated; it was just this – complete peace in the other’s presence. All the years wasted believing that love meant owning or possessing, and now the greatest love had arrived in my greatest weakness. In my supreme defeat came my grandest victory. God’s paradoxes had no end.”

I enjoyed reading how Joy knew C.S. Lewis as mentor, best friend, and then as husband and lover. This story is rich with so much to talk about. I highly recommend it for your reading pleasure and/or for your next book club pick. I’m on a mission now to check out these authors books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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ONE OF BEST READS OF 2018 - REVIEWED



A Rumored Fortune
By Joanna Davidson Politano
Published by: Revell
ISBN# 978-0800728731
416 Pages
Release Date: July 31, 2018

Tags Tressa, treasure, hidden, vineyard, romance, castle, riches, villains, greed, vine dressers, high society, historical Christian Fiction, Allegory, Victorian England

Book Blurb: Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.

REVIEW: Wow, what a heart-felt mystery with a sweet profound natural faith message. The story is set in the mid-1800’s and they’ve just found out that Tressa’s father has gone missing leaving Tressa and her mother shocked and penniless. Debt collectors start banging on their doors demanding payment or they will take the Trevelyn Castle and its vineyard in leu of payment. Hence begins the mad search for the rumored hidden treasure. Tressa can’t trust anyone. Were they fortune seekers or well-wishers. Seeking an opportunity to find the treasure.

I liked Tressa. She is a devoted, strong-minded, confident young lady who is not afraid of doing things on her own. She is true to herself and her beliefs at the same time she’s very aware of her own vulnerability and is bound (to an extent) to society’s expectations.

I adored Donegan Vance who is the heroic character in the story. He is the vineyard manager, determined to do his job well. He’s honorable, long-suffering and intensely loyal. He’s a man of faith who is inspiring. He hasn’t memorized scripture and doesn’t spout it fluently chapter and verse, “No…he simply lives it out.” He’s been asked to do an impossible job by Tressa’s father. He’s to keep her safe and keep secrets from her. As he gets to know her he struggles to keep these secrets hidden.


I was hooked from the start. The first paragraph begins with dialogue taking place on the streets Tressa seeks refuge, “I say Tressa Harlowe’s dead. It’s the only explanation.”

“I didn’t set out to eavesdrop, but some conversations are simply too interesting to avoid overhearing. Especially when the topic discussed by these strangers is me. In such cases, I had no choice but to absorb every word, for wasn’t it my business even more than theirs?”

This is an intriguing mystery seen through the eyes of Tressa whose been left alone to figure out a way when there seemed to be no way of fixing anything. That’s when she gets to the end of herself and beseeches God to show her His way. She realizes He’s the only one she can trust.

I loved the main and supporting cast; the castle and the vineyard felt like characters in this story as well. The story is beautifully written, has rich characters that are complex and has many twists and turns I didn’t see coming. This author has a gift of keeping the reader guessing as to if there really was a treasure or was it just a big hoax. Would she be left penniless and without a home? Often times It looked that way. This was a fun treasure hunt for secret-rumored jack-pot in a Victorian era castle with all its underground passages that became suspenseful and spooky at times. Loved it!

The metaphor and the imagery of the vineyard is natural and masterfully woven into the story (taken from John 15:5) was powerful and moving. It’s applicable to us today. This novel is a beautiful blend of lovely writing, endearing characters I adored, an intriguing mysterious plot and a word picture of what true love is. Tressa’s search for true love and the beautiful romance (with its ups and downs), the writing style and message makes this novel one of my favorites this year. It’s a book that lingers with you long after you read the last page. This novel would be great for a book club pick. There is so much to discuss.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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BLOG BLITZ & GIVEAWAY - CHRISTY AWARDS

the Christy Awards blitz


If there were a Christian fiction version of the Oscars, The Christy Awards would be it. And we are teaming up with The Christy Awards to help you read good fiction!

Some of the best of the best, in fact.

Last year's 2017 Christy Award winners included The Lady & The Lionheart (Joanne Bischof), A Note Yet Unsung (Tamera Alexander), Her One and Only (Becky Wade), The Mark of the King (Jocelyn Green), The Silent Songbird (Melanie Dickerson), The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (James Rubart), and more!

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The 2018 Christy Award Celebration Gala is coming up on November 7, 2018 but first the finalists will be announced on September 19th!! And you don't want to miss it!

Make sure you're following along with their social media accounts so you don't miss the big announcement!



Christys invite


The Christy Award team invites you to two events that celebrate fiction, both held on November 7, 2018 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN!

First, from 1-5:30pm, is the Art of Writing Conference - a focused conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators. This is a half day of intensive seminars that celebrate the creative life, provide practical tips for overcoming challenges in a rapidly-changing industry, and answer questions authors are asking. Head here for a full list of speakers, including Carla Laureano, Joanne Bischof, Donald Miller, and Charles Martin.

Then, starting at 7:00pm, The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2018 winners of The Christy Award, and honor the power of Story, the legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, and the year's best in Christian fiction.

Wanna know which authors will be at The Christy Awards gala? How about Charles Martin, Carla Laureano, Francine Rivers, Sarah Arthur, and Cynthia Ruchti, for starters?

Many of the finalists will be there too so make sure you follow The Christy Award on social media for the big announcement on the 19th!




christy awards gift card giveaway


On behalf of the ECPA, JustRead is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card (US only) to help you read good fiction!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 15, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 21, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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THE COST OF BETRAYAL REVIEWED


The Cost of Betrayall
By Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
ISBN# 978-0764231735
384 Pages

Release Date: Sept 4th, 2018
Tages: Mystery, murder, suspense, romance, Christian Fiction

Book Blurb: In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims?

In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him.
 

REVIEW: Three romantic suspense authors all in one book; it doesn’t get any better than that. Three novella size stories that have a natural spiritual thread and focus on people who have been betrayed. No one wants to believe that a person who they have loved and trusted is capable of doing this to them.

The book starts out with author Dee Henderson and familiar characters readers met in Dee’s novel Full Disclosure. The story starts out with Ann and Paul Falcon shopping at an auction. Ann buys a box that has a pink pocket knife and a ring. She searches for the owner of the box so that she can return the merchandise. Her search uncovers the items are from a crime scene. With husband Pauls’ help they uncover some unnerving facts that have both of them feeling professionally and ethically responsible to follow up hunches they had. This story was slow paced and well done as the author explores the psychological issues a person goes through being in prison for many years and then being set free. I found the aspect of the story fascinating.

Next is the story by Dani Pettrey about a woman who finds herself trapped on Delaware Island after a storm. She’s on the run from someone who killed her cousin and now has turned to track her down. Suspenseful from the first page. I found out some intriguing things about Delaware Island. Fun romantic suspense story.

Then Lynette Eason finishes the betrayal stories with a suspenseful, mystery in a hospital setting. It’s a drama that involves a surgeon that saves the life of a detective only to find himself attacked again and in trouble he may not escape.  Fun!

I enjoyed the variety in the writing styles, plot twists and story settings which all bring out different aspects of being betrayed. I liked the natural spiritual threads in the stories as well. I cringed and learned from these characters as their faith is tested when their world is turned inside out and upside down. Three suspenseful stories, three talented authors all in one book. It’s a win win.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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HOW WRITING FROM THE TRENCHES WAS BORN By MARYLU TYNDALL



Who in their right mind would attempt to create a writing instruction book with nine other authors? It’s hard enough to co-write anything with two different personalities. But nine? Especially because most authors—well, how do I put this gently?—we are an eccentric bunch. It goes with the creative territory, I suppose. We all tend to hear voices in our heads, and most of the time we aren’t even present in this world, but drifting in another time and place, constantly creating worlds and characters in our minds. Try to corral ten people like that and get them to focus on a single task!  Honestly, I don’t know what came over me.


The truth is, I’ve read many writing instruction books over the years from many different authors, and I’ve learned a great deal. But I noticed that everyone’s advice, style, and instruction was different. Sometimes they even contradicted each other. So, I thought, why not get a bunch of fabulous authors together to give their own advice on a variety of writing topics and put it in one book? A one-stop shop for the best advice out there on writing! 

Hence, Writing From the Trenches was born. Then, to gather the authors, which ended up being much like gathering and leading cats, I might add. I wanted to get a variety of authors—some successfully published in the traditional market, some who’d made a success as Independent authors, some who did both, some with name-recognition, some without a whole lot, but ALL great writers who had won awards or been on best-selling lists. Those were my criteria, so I went about sending out recruitment emails!  Surprisingly nearly everyone I contacted was excited to be a part of this book.

Working with nine other people is never easy, but I was fairly surprised at how great this group got along, how quickly we came up with the topics we wanted to cover and who wanted to write which ones. We divided up the tasks we needed to accomplish—writing, editing, formatting, printing, cover design, marketing, etc—and then set a timeline. I have to say, everyone has been wonderful to work with, everyone got their chapters done on time, and everyone is contributing to the final product. Truly a miracle has occurred!

Since I was the one pulling all the chapters together and creating the book, I had the privilege of seeing how it was all coming together through the entire process, and the more I saw, the more excited I became. This book is like no other writing book out there. Nowhere can you get ten different authors’ advice on how to write a best-selling novel. No other book provides you with ten different perspectives on the best way to plot or what marketing techniques work the best. We start the book with plotting your novel and end up with marketing, including a section on whether to traditionally publish or go Indie. Each chapter is written by an author who is an expert in that particular area. This is a rare jewel in the writing instruction treasure chest, and not one to be missed by any writer serious about taking their writing to the next level!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
TEN-HUT! Gear up for your writing with tried-and-true tips from the trenches. Ten award-winning authors share invaluable tips and secrets they’ve gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle subjects such as the following:

Plotting Techniques
Research
Characterization
Villains We Love to Hate
Dynamic Dialogue
Sigh-Worthy Heroes
The Right Heroine for the Job
Hooking Your Reader in the First Chapter
Scene Endings to Lead Your Readers On
Creating a Movie Set
Making your Readers Cry
Deep POV
Copyediting your Manuscript
Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
Marketing for Those Who Hate Marketing

At last … a writer’s tool that provides the experience and expertise of ten authors who’ve been on the front lines of publishing and lived to teach about it: Connie Almony, Lynnette Bonner, Hallee Bridgeman, Louise Gouge, Michelle Griep, Julie Lessman, Elizabeth Ludwig, Ane Mulligan, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch.

TAKE A PEEK AT THE NEW PUMPKIN SPICE COLORING BOOK



Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
Coloring Book
By Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-1400210015
96 Pages
Release Date: August 14, 2018

Tags: Fall pictures, season, pencils, leaves, bible verses, quotes, Christian, Creative, Non-fiction

BOOK BLURB: If you rush to Starbucks at the first hint of cool weather . . . If Pumpkin Spice Latte is your fall drink of choice . . . If you need a way to recover from a busy summer and take a breath before a busy holiday season, this book is for you. Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book includes gorgeous illustrations featuring your favorite images of autumn. This one-of-a-kind adult coloring book has classic fall quotes, fun sayings, and Bible verses featured alongside detailed coloring pages.





REVIEW: Coloring these beautiful fall pictures is a wonderful way to get ready for the season change. There are pictures of pumpkins, and fall settings with acorns, leaves, apples, birds, pictures of seasonal treats, dried corn and all. I enjoyed the pages that had scripture and people’s quotes. Usually on the other side of that was a beautiful picture to color like a harvest wreath. Below are pictures I enjoyed coloring.

Color by yourself or with a friend. It's fun. I enjoyed this book very much.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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WHITE AS SILENCE RED AS SONG IS A BOOK EXPERIENCE YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS


White as Silence Red as Song
By Alessandro D’Avenia
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN#978-0785217060
272 Pages
Release Date: September 4, 2018

Tags: YA, High School, Death, Cancer, Love, Peace, Dreams

BACK COVER: “I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”

Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so, Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

REVIEW: Please don’t be turned off and/or judge this book by its cover, the title and the first several chapters where the author uses the word and phrase,” What the Hell!” Or the fact that they talk about reincarnation and what animal they’d like to come back as with friends at school. This book is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Trust me when I say you’ll miss something unique and beautiful as you watch Leo discover what true love is about and agonize with him as he wrestles with who God is, where He fits in the scheme of things and if Leo will let Him into in his life. You’ll see how the challenge of a new teacher to dream changes everything.

This author has a gift in showing sixteen-year-old Leo’s perspective of the world around him and gives a peek into what’s inside his heart. He masterfully weaves words into pictures and that’s saying something since this novel was translated into English. The author is highly educated, holds a PhD in Classic Literature, and teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Literature in High School.

Thoughts from Leo, “Silence is white – and I can’t stand white. It has no boundaries: a white elephant, a white flag, a white lie…In fact, white isn’t even a color. It is nothing, like silence. A kind of nothing without words or music. Silent, alone.” His teacher says, "…Thanks to our freedom, we can become something different from what we are. Freedom allows us to dream, and dreams are the blood of life, even if that occasionally means taking a long journey and getting a bit beaten up along the way. Never give up your dreams.” Leo’s teacher tells him.

This is story touched me deeply and surprised me near the end. After reading the last page of the book I was blown away to learn this book was made into a movie. This story hits on a wide range of emotions; makes you think and rejoice that we were meant to love one another we love ourselves. This is a memorable read and one that would work well for your book club.  

ABOUT AUTHOR: Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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WHITE AS SILENCE RED AS SONG TAKEOVER TOUR &GIVEAWAY

White as Silence, Red as Song
Athor: Alessandro D'Avenia
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
BOOK BLURB: Hailed as Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars, this Italian bestseller is now available for the first time in English.
“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .”
Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.
And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.
Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alessandro D’Avenia holds a PhD in Classical Literature, and teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Literature at a high school in Milan. White as Silence, Red as Song was his first novel, published in Italy in 2010. It sold a million copies in Italy, has been translated into over twenty languages and was released as a film in 2012. Alessandro has since published four more books, the latest of which, Every Story is a Love Story, was published in October 2017.

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(1) Winner will win a finished copy of White as Silence, Red as Song (Open Internationally)
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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 6, 2018 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 14, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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THE ORNAMENT KEEPER WILL GET YOUR HEART READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS - REVIEW


The Ornament Keeper
By Eva Marie Everson
Published by New Hope Publishers
ISBN#978-1536090899
144 Pages
Release Date: September 24, 2018

Tags: Holidays, Romance, Contemporary, Inspirational, Christian Fiction, Ornaments, Christmas tree, Family, Decorations

BOOK BLURB: Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, I do. Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.

REVIEW: This story begins with Felicia and her children discussing the up-coming holiday season. Felicia didn’t want to put up a Christmas tree this year because her husband Jackson had moved out of their home 6 months ago. She wasn’t feeling very festive, but her children Sara, Travis and Hank step up for the occasion. The kids would go to Steadman’s Christmas Tree Farm to get the tree (like they’d always done) and help get the house ready for Christmas.

Felicia tells her children she’d take care of the ornaments.  As she puts an ornament on the tree she day dreams about the time each ornament was purchased and what it signified. Readers experience events the ornaments celebrated.

The Ornament Keeper is a book that will not only prepare your heart for the Christmas season but will give you encouragement as the author’s characters take a closer look at Mary and Joseph’s story and all that happened to them as they awaited Jesus’s arrival. Just like this young couple who didn’t have an easy time in the beginning, main characters Felicia and Jackson had a hard beginning too; for other reasons. This is a sweet love story that celebrates family, Christmas memories, gives hope and talks about forgiveness, as there is a powerful realization and growth experienced by both main characters that will choke you up and have you cheering for them. This small book packs a powerful punch as it celebrates family, fun and Christmas.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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THE COST OF BETRAYAL GIVEAWAY


Welcome to THE COST OF BETRAYAL Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours.



ABOUT THE BOOK





Title: The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Novella Collection / Romantic Suspense

FAITH WILL BE TESTED. TRUST SHATTERED.

THREE BESTSELLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE WRITERS REUNITE FOR NOVELLAS OF DEADLY BETRAYAL.

Dee Henderson - "Betrayed"

After serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she didn't commit, Janelle Roberts is finally freed. But the truth is still waiting to be discovered, and a murderer is still at large. Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another act of treachery.

Dani Pettrey - "Deadly Isle"

Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer before they become the next victims?

Lynette Eason - "Code of Ethics"

When Detective Isaac Martinez lands in the ER with a gunshot wound, he pulls through thanks to trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John. But as the witness to a crime and possible corruption, Martinez is at risk from someone intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. When he barely survives another attack while recovering, both he and Ruthie must flee, trying to outrun deadly killers while locating the evidence they need to end the danger.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR DANI PETTREY 


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Dani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the author of the Chesapeake Valor series, and the Alaskan Courageromantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.


She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves—the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.


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TOUR GIVEAWAY



(1) Winner will win The Perfect Hideout JustRead Book Box!!! It includes a copy of The Cost of Betrayal and many more goodies!

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 4, 2018 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 12, 2018. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.



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