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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway: Matters of the Heart Author: Heidi Gray McGill On Tour With Celebrate Lit

 

Matters of the Heart Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: Matters of the Heart

Author: Heidi Gray McGill

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: July 15, 2022

When those experiencing the same fate she endured show up at her doorstep…

Katie determines to be their champion, no matter the fallout.

Will the man who fought for the other side also fight for her?

Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War, searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. She’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter who she has to outwit to get the job done.

He vowed to be his own man and stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him.

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Heidi is an optimist who chooses to find the silver lining in life’s clouds of doubt. This plays out in her writing. Her ability to weave scripture seamlessly into the lives of her characters will uplift and encourage you, while her masterful storytelling will keep you turning page after page and wishing for more.

Heidi lives with her husband of thirty years near Charlotte, NC. When she isn’t writing, you will find her outside playing with her two grandsons, walking, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, traveling, or finding an excuse to have an outing with a girlfriend.

Fusing Faith and Fiction™

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

 

More from Heidi

Where did the idea for Matters of the Heartoriginate?

 

Before I was an author, I was the founder and director of an English as a Second Language ministry. The program touched the lives of students from 35 different countries. Regardless of culture, religion, language, or age, I found a substantial similarity in these students—they all wanted to improve their lot in life and that of their children.

 

Stories abounded of walks across deserts, financial hardships, desperate attempts to explain emergencies to medical professionals or law enforcement, failed verbal connections with schoolteachers, and an inability to obtain work because of their lack of language skills. Prejudice and distrust blocked them, culture shock took them outside their comfort zones, and the urgent need to survive made them scramble to dig deep inside and find creative ways to secure shelter and put food on their tables.

 

It wasn’t that these immigrants weren’t capable of achieving success. In their home countries, vocations varied from chemist and biologist with PhDs, to teachers, lawyers, and medical professionals. Others came from poverty and had little education but were not afraid of hard work, long hours, and low pay. They were tenacious, and they worked with relentless determination and a bullheaded resolve to achieve their goals. They relied on each other and soaked in everything around them in their desire to assimilate into the American culture and find a new place to belong.

 

Immigrants in the late 1800s were not much different. Individuals came to improve their lot in life and be a part of the greatest country in the world. In Matters of the Heart,Hans Korhonen left Finland with his brothers to take advantage of the land grants. Together, they worked to establish a farm large enough to sustain four families and support troops during the Civil War. Yet, in their desire to belong and give back to our great nation, Hans’s idyllic life changed through his service as a Union soldier.

 

Kathleen Murphy, or Katie, came to the United States to escape a life of extreme poverty and abuse in Ireland. Working in her aunt and uncle’s boarding offered more than a job. It provided the love and support of a family. Katie rose from her previous station and started fresh with hope on the horizon. She found a source of ministry that gave her life a purpose she’d not had before.

 

My association with my former ESL students helped me develop the characters in this book into individuals with which readers can identify.

 

Join Katie and Hans as they establish themselves in their new home of Shumard Oak Bend.



My Thoughts 

Matters is the Heart is written by Heidi Gray McGill. This is part of the Shumard Oak Bend series. I had not read the other books in the series but did it feel lost at all. This book is set right after the Civil War and opens in 1866. The author chose to see the story in Missouri and included great historical details. 


Katie has come over from Ireland to live with her aunt in her boarding house. Katie has some big dreams and feels it is her calling to open a orphanage in order to care and help the widows and orphans from the war. Katie however isn’t the most lady-like woman. But her spitfire personality made me like her even more. 


Hans feels like a broken failed man. He didn’t see action during the Civil War but was affected a different way. He handled a lot of the deceased individuals. He worked at a field hospital and saw broken and deceased men all day long. He returned to his families farm afterwards but his brothers wife would rather see him off then assisting. Hans isn’t sure what God has in store for him and is afraid to talk to him. Until he meets Reverend on his way to Shumard Oak. 


This book has a whole cast of secondary characters that make the book feel complete. The whole town has its own dynamics including the magistrate who will do anything to make sure Katie’s dreams are squashed. The author did a phenomenal job with bringing the town to life. I felt like I was a part of the story. I could see the scenes unfolding In front of my eyes. 


I enjoyed seeing the characters all evolve throughout the book. The author places some great scripture in to back up the lesson she is trying to teach. Katie and Hans have an interesting meeting and it kept me laughing throughout the book. 


Historically, I felt the author did a good job creating her story as accurate as possible. There were still prejudices that those of different descent faced at this time period. The nation was still healing from a horrible war. There were some that were still stuck in their ways. 



Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 5

Texas Book-aholic, August 6

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, August 6

Inklings and notions, August 7

lakesidelivingsite, August 8

For Him and My Family, August 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 11

Blossoms and Blessings, August 12

deb’s Book Review, August 12

Connie’s History Classroom, August 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 14

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 15

Pause for Tales, August 16

Truth and Grace HomeschoolAcademy, August 17

To Everything There Is A Season, August 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Heidi is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the first three books in the series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2070c/matters-of-the-heart-celebration-tour-giveaway


Friday, August 12, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway- JOIN, or DIE. - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson Hosted by IRead book tours

 Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!


Book Details:

​Book Title:  JOIN, or DIE. - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  214 pages
Genre: American History, Constitution, Democracy
Publisher:  West View Press 
Release date:  April 12, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA only), ebook (EPUB and PDF)
Tour dates: Aug 8 to Aug 26, 2022
Content Rating:  G for this book of quotes
Book Description:

An AMERICAN PATRIOT'S history lesson.

A book every American should own and read.

"The PEOPLE are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our LIBERTY." Thomas Jefferson

"A HOUSE DIVIDED against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincoln

​"FREEDOM of SPEECH is a principal pillar of a free government; When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and TYRANNY is erected on its ruins." Benjamin Franklin
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Author R. Blake Wilson
Meet the Author:

R. Blake Wilson is a Father, Corporate Employee, Small Business Owner, American Farmer and American Patriot.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois in the shadow of United States President Abraham Lincoln and having achieved success and failure chasing the American Dream, Blake has grown to appreciate and admire the American story. He believes in the American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness and has lived his life chasing both. His story is emblematic of an America where the individual is free to fail. succeed, fail and succeed again and again. His vision of American Unity is based on American Values and the United States Constitution...

In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum, and Ordered Liberty.
(2022)
DON'T TREAD ON ME - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes (2011)
JOIN, or DIE. - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes(2022)
LINCOLN - An American President's Book of Quotes(coming soon)
REAGAN - An American President's Book of Quotes(coming soon)
TRUMP - An American President's Book of Quotes(coming soon)

connect with the author: website ~  instagram~  facebook ~ twitter


My Thoughts 

I’m a huge fan of quotes. I tend to live my life with them. I tend to save them from Pinterest or from the internet. I was excited to see this book come up for review. This book contains quotes from some of my favorite historical figures, current politicians, celebrities, etc. 
The author also gives great examples of what some of our founding documents are. I enjoyed seeing some of the quotes that would relate to the topic pulled from various documents (ie: The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, Etc). 
As a historian and a Patriot I appreciated this book. It contained really good quotes and the layout was easy to navigate. I hope to read more from this author. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and IRead book tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 


Tour Schedule:

​Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Aug 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 – Bless Their Hearts Mom – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – Connie's History Classroom – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16 
Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight
Aug 17 – The Adventure of a Traveler's Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
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8/10/2022 11:29:41 am

Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway -Grace in the Mountain Trail Author: Misty M. Beller --- ON Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book: Grace in the Mountain Trail

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: July 12, 2022


This epic journey is her last hope to find her lost brother—the only family she has left.

When Lola Carson’s father died, his last words spoke of a half-brother she’d never known about. And now, to claim her own inheritance and come to terms with her father’s secret life, she must find this mysterious man—whose last known whereabouts are somewhere west of the wild Rocky Mountains. After hiring family friends to accompany her on the trek, she sets out for a wilderness few white women have ever seen. She doesn’t expect the majestic peaks to captivate her so, nor the half-dead brave they find on one of the slopes.

White Owl left his village and his broken heart behind when he set out for a fresh start. His newfound faith is the one anchor in his life. He’s desperate to learn more about the God he’s committed to follow and become an interpreter for the missionaries who led him to faith. But he barely starts his journey when a hunting accident nearly kills him. The woman who discovers him in the midst of his fevered delirium seems to be a gift from above.

But the more White Owl learns about Lola’s companions and her dangerous quest, the more he realizes his own calling is clear—to take her safely to her brother. The question is, will he have to sacrifice more than his heart to accomplish that goal?

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

 

More from Misty

Is this the book for you?

With so many books out there, it’s sometimes hard to know if a new book will be the right fit for you or not. I thought it might be fun to share some highlights that may help you know if you’d like to read Grace on the Mountain Trail. 

 

If you…

  • Love adventure and don’t mind being snowed in (at least in your imagination as you sit snuggled in your comfortable house).
  • Fall for Native American heroes who are, yes, strong and capable, but also searching for a fresh start and eager to grow in their fledgling faith.
  • Find unusual and remote settings fascinating, especially the Rocky Mountains!
  • Enjoy historical detail and are eager to live vicariously in the early 1800s Montana frontier.

 

What to expect from Grace on the Mountain Trail?

  • Emotion-rich sweet romance.
  • Native American heroes who know how to be both tough and gentle.
  • The grandeur of the Montana Rockies.
  • Tough heroines who do what needs to be done.
  • Adventure that will keep you turning pages.
  • A peek at one of our favorite characters from earlier in the series!

 

If Grace on the Mountain Trail sounds like the right fit for you, I pray you love Lola and White Owl’s story!

Blessings!

Misty


My Thoughts

Grace in the Mountain Trail is a Christian Historical Romance that is written by one of my favorite authors, Misty M. Beller. This is book 8 in the Call of the Rockies series. I have not read all the books, but have read the majority of them. They can be read as stand alone books. 

One of the things that I love about this author, is her ability to transport us back in time. I have learned so much through her books about what life was like for those living in the early 1800's. This time we find ourselves in 1831. We see Lola who is on a mission to find a brother she knew nothing about. Her father told her about him on his death bed - and it became a stipulation for her to claim her inheritance to locate him. She enlists help from her father's friend, Mr. VanBuren and his son to guide her across the Rocky Mountains. 

White Owl has a new sense of faith. He is found by Lola and her party on the mountain, suffering from a very infected leg. Now this was a time where there was a lot of tension between Native Americans and those pushing west. Will, Mr. Van Buren's son does not trust White Owl and White Owl does not trust Will. Lola, with her heart to help people helps nurse him back to health and asks that he accompany them on the journey. White Owl thinks he knows where her brother is - and is willing to take her. 

These two characters are so different that it made sense for them to have chemistry. Lola does not have much faith in God anymore, while White Owl is very strong in his newfound faith. I loved all the descriptions of hte mountain scenery. I always appreciate books that I can learn from - and you forget how those in this time period had a lot of struggles that we do not today. 

The book is well written, it may be my favorite one in the series yet. The characters are well developed and you feel like you get to know them during the book. I cannot wait until the next book comes out. 

Thank you to the Author, Publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 1

Mary Hake, August 1

Inklings and notions, August 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 3

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 4

The Book Club Network, August 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 5

Cover Lover Book Review, August 5

Betti Mace, August 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 7

Writing From the Heart Land, August 8

deb’s Book Review, August 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 9

For Him and My Family, August 9

Connie’s History Classroom, August 10

Lilys’ Book Reviews, August 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 11

Holly’s Book Corner, August 11

Blossoms and Blessings, August 12

Life, Love, Writing, August 12

Pause for Tales, August 13

Splashes of Joy, August 14

Sylvan Musings, August 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21360/grace-on-the-mountain-trail-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway- The Heart of the Mountains written by Pepper Basham- On tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: The Heart of the Mountains

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance

Release date: July 1, 2022

Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website http://www.pepperdbasham.com or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter.

 

More from Pepper

It’s so interesting how one idea can influence an entire series, or…how one person’s story can.

The idea for The Heart of the Mountainsstarted in Laurel’s Dream with a hint of a family history story about a girl named Kizzie. (Someday, I hope to bring Kizzie’s story to the pages of a book). From there, the idea began to grow out of a love for my Appalachian culture into a series of books which highlighted (and fictionalized) stories from my family history.

 

The main story in The Heart of the Mountainsis about Jeb and Cora, two different people with similar servant hearts, but the secondary story that touched me so much was the one based on my great grandfather’s life. I write about it in the Author’s Note at the end of the novel, so I won’t go into detail about it. However, what I loved getting to do is bring the truth of God’s redemption in my great grandfather’s life…to life again.

 

I never knew “Papa Rat”. I only knew the stories handed down to me by my granny and my mama, but in writing this story, I feel as though I had a tiny opportunity to “meet” him in these pages. He was a gruff mountain man with a broken past which led him to make a whole lot of broken choices, but his story is incredibly encouraging, because it points to the God of broken people. My great grandpa wasn’t left in his brokenness, but, after years of running away from God, he would later recount that God pursued him. The beauty of Sam McAdams’ journey in The Heart of the Mountains is only a little glimpse into what I imagine my great grandpa’s redemption story looked like.

 

Because my great grandpa was forever changed when Jesus saved him (as any of us should be).

I think that’s what my granny and her siblings (and even “Papa Rat” himself) would want most -that his story would point to Jesus. I hope that’s what you see when you read about Sam McAdams in The Heart of the Mountains.

 

Have you ever read a book based on family history? One of my favorites is Catherine Marshall’s Christy.


My Thoughts 

The Heart of the Mountains is written by Pepper Basham. This is a Christian Historical Romance Fiction. I absolutely loved this book. It’s set right after the First World War. Her characters are well written and descriptive you feel like you really get to know them. 


Cora Taylor has fled England after her father arranges a marriage to a man who is a scoundrel. She fells that since she has served in the War she should not have to settle down. She wants to help people and the arranged marriage would not allow that. She goes to Blue Ridge Mountains where her brother moved a few years back. Her uncle is also the preacher in the small mountain town. However she isn’t sure what to make of the town or it’s inhabited. Especially Jeb McAdams. 


Jeb McAdams has a lot of demons in his mind since the war. Sometimes those demons are only stopped with alcohol. When he hears Cora’s screams he quickly springs into action. What he doesn’t count on is his reaction to Cora. There’s no way he could fall for a “flat-lander”


These two characters have broken pasts. They have hurts. They have flaws. But they both have big faith in God. I enjoyed seeing them interact through the story. There are several secondary characters that made me laugh. Granny Burcham is definitely one of them. She does not like Cora when she first meets her. She’s the midwife and natural healer of the town. She is not a fan of modern medicine. However as she gets to know Cora she softens. 


This book does touch on pre martial relations and drunkenness. However it’s done in a way that shouldn’t scare anyone off. The author has a way of writing in God’s forgiveness and love of these dark issues. 


I adore this author and this story. It’s my favorite Basham book yet. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Bizwings Blog, July 28

Rachael’s Inkwell, July 28

Bigreadersite, July 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 29

Texas Book-aholic, July 29

Inklings and notions, July 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 30

Boondock Ramblings, July 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 31

Reading With Emily, July 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 31 (Author Interview)

lakesidelivingsite, August 1

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, August 1

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 1

Daysong Reflections, August 2

deb’s Book Review, August 2

Live. Love. Read., August 2

Betti Mace, August 3

Book Looks by Lisa, August 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 3

Remembrancy, August 4

For Him and My Family, August 4

Blossoms and Blessings, August 4

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 5

By the Book, August 5

Wishful Endings, August 5

For the Love of Literature, August 6

Books, Books and More Books, August 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 6

Connie’s History Classroom, August 7

SodbusterLiving, August 7

Splashes of Joy, August 7

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 8

Back Porch Reads, August 9

Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Pause for Tales, August 9

Labor Not in Vain, August 10

Miriam Jacob, August 10

To Everything There Is A Season, August 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e- gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20389/the-heart-of-the-mountains-celebration-tour-giveaway