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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Preacher on the Run (A Novel of the Regulator Uprising) By: Jayna Baas

 General Book Info




Title: Preacher on the Run (A Novel of the Regulator Uprising)

Series: For Liberty & Conscience #1

Genre: Christian historical fiction

Length (physical copy): 326 pages

Publication date: April 12, 2020


Book Description

STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM.

It’s 1771, and Robert Boothe has spent the last four years leading the tyrant-hating Regulators against North Carolina’s corrupt British government. All he wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead.  


FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.

Being an unlicensed dissenter preacher has already made Robert a target. Then Colonel Charles Drake comes to town with one ambition: winning the governor’s favor, no matter what it takes. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.


YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE.



Short Description

STANDING FOR TRUTH COULD COST HIM HIS FREEDOM. FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM COULD COST HIM HIS LIFE.

It’s 1771, and all Robert Boothe wants is a safe place for his little Baptist church to live and worship God. But the established church wants him to shut up. The governor wants him dead. Colonel Charles Drake has one ambition: winning the governor’s favor. And Robert Boothe just might be his last chance.


About the Series

Preacher on the Run is the first book of the For Liberty & Conscience trilogy, which combines North Carolina Revolution-era history with Christ-centered fiction.


Author Bio



Jayna Baas (pronounced as in “baa, baa, black sheep”) lives in northern Michigan with a great family of real people and the family of pretend people who live in her head. (Yes, she does know her characters are not real. No, she does not want you to tell them she said so.) Notorious for working on several projects at once and writing her series in the wrong order, she believes German writer Thomas Mann was correct in saying, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people.” She enjoys writing and reading in a wide range of genres, but her favorite story is this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).


Giveaway Info

Time: 12:00 AM September 13 – 12:00 AM September 25

Prize: One signed paperback copy of Preacher on the Run, one bookmark with a Bible verse and cover artwork, and eight assorted photography notecards. All entrants will receive a promo code for Jayna Baas’s online bookstore.

Notes: Open to US residents 18 and up or with parental consent. No purchase necessary.

Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/25c877fd4/?



Buy Links

Paperback (direct from author): https://www.booksbyjayna.com/bookstore

Kindle eBook (on sale during tour): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872FQL8G


Other Links

Website: https://www.booksbyjayna.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14TaaJzTh23lKyhcZ-f01w

Book trailer: https://www.youtu.be/mGbr9x2sCyU

Goodreads book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54654303-preacher-on-the-run

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20530182.Jayna_Baas

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0872HCZ2V

Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/booksbyjayna

My Thoughts

Preacher on the Run (A Novel of the Regulator Uprising) is written by Jayna Baas. This is the first book that I have read by this author. This is a historical Fiction book book that is set in 1771. This is not a time period that I get to read about a lot - so it was exciting to do so. The author has done some great research to make this book feel as real as possible. I did not know about the Great Awakening before the American Revolution. I did not know how the Baptist Churches sprung up during this time.

In this book we meet Robert Boothe. He has been leading the Regulators against the corrupt British government. Robert just wants to worship God in his Baptist Church. However, this could cost him everything. Robert is very brave to fight back so hard against the British government. I can't even imagine what they would have went through. Robert and his wife Magdelen were my favorite characters. The dangers that they faced to worship could cost everything. Robert is not liked by the governor. The governor wants them silenced.

One of the best things about these characters is that they are real feeling character. They are not picture perfect Christians, they have their own flaws. They know they need to share their faith, but do not want violence. My heart was pounding as the governors was clearly abusing his power.

I really liked this book. I like the way that the way that the author writes. Her writing flows. Her research helps bring the story alive. The characters are well written. I hope to read the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book through the author, all thoughts are my own.

Blog Tour Schedule

September 13–24, 2021


Sept 13: Blog tour kickoff @ Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)

Book spotlight, behind-the-scenes post

Sept 14: Kristina Hall (https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com)

Book review, author interview

Sept 15: Jenny Knipfer—Author (https://jennyknipfer.com/blog/)

Book spotlight, excerpt

Sept 16: Vanessa Hall—Author of Christian Fiction (https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/)

Book review, character interview

Sept 17: Captive Dreams Window (https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/)

Book review

Sept 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read (http://southerngallovestoread.blogspot.com)

Book review

Sept 21: Amanda Tero—Blog (http://amandatero.com/blog)

Book spotlight, guest post

Sept 22: Connie’s History Classroom (https://connieshistoryclassroom.blogspot.com)

Book review

Of Blades and Thorns (https://www.graceajohnson.com/blog)

Author interview

Sept 23: Britt Reads Fiction (https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)

Book review

Sept 24: Reading Excursions (https://readingexcursions.blogspot.com)

Book review, spotlight, excerpt

Tour Wrap-Up

Sept 25: Giveaway winner announced in Rafflecopter widget and on Books by Jayna (https://www.booksbyjayna.com/blog)


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Lucinda’s Defender Author: Blossom Turner On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book

Book:  Lucinda’s Defender

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: September 7, 2021


Life hasn’t turned out at all like Lucinda expected, but neither is the depth of love one man has for her.

The young and impetuous Lucinda Williams, through a series of bad decisions, is now in a situation she never dreamed conceivable—an unplanned baby and marriage to a man who proves to be far darker than she ever imagined. Pain is a cruel teacher but brings instant maturity.

Joseph Manning, a childhood friend who watched the love of his life leave, is heartbroken to find the bruised waif of a girl he rescues less than a year later. What atrocities did she experience to change the vivacious, bubbly soul into this shell of hopelessness? Broken. Bruised. Beaten. Does love really have the power to heal all wounds?

Lucinda marvels at how Joseph effortlessly whittles his way back into her heart and that of her child with kindness and respect. But she has a secret far too dark to allow the kind Joseph into her life. He deserves so much better than the likes of her. Is love strong enough to break down the barriers of bad choices? Can a second chance at happiness really be possible?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and published novelist. Her authentic understanding of the power of love in the darkest of circumstances is woven masterfully through her first novel Anna’s Secret (a contemporary romance), in book one of the Shenandoah Brides series, Katherine’s Arrangement and again in this second book, Amelia’s Heartsong. Being a hopeless romantic, Blossom, endeavors to give you, the reader, entertainment value with an inspirational twist. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.

 

More from Blossom

Do You Enjoy Romance That Keeps You Thinking Days Later?

Long before I even knew I could write, I loved to read. Being a hopeless romantic I gravitated to all romance stories either contemporary or historical. I soon realized that finding clean fiction but still written with the passion God created us to experience, was hard to find. (Song of Solomon is a good example of the expression of passion and love between a man and woman without being explicit.)

Given the gift of a writing career later in life one thing was for sure…I wanted to write what I like to read. Clean romance does not need to be boring. As each story pours out, I realize that writing historical fiction is my new passion. I finally know what I was born to do. My favorite theme was an arranged marriage…so birthed the first book of the Shenandoah Brides that has now morphed into a series of 5 sisters and their 5 love stories. September 6th 2021 is launch day for book three called Lucinda’s Defender.

Where-as book one was set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, post-civil war, the second book Amelia’s Heartsong took place in the big city of Richmond Virginia where balls, debutants, pomp and circumstance matter. This third book, Lucinda’s Defender is back in the valley once again.

Have you ever made decisions that you wish you could unwind? If that is a yes, then you will relate to young, beautiful, sassy Lucinda who at the age of sixteen is forced to live with her adult choices. By seventeen her world crashes in doling out a future no woman deserves. But God is a God of second chances, and handsome Joseph a worthy life-long friend and hero. Passion, love, and undying devotion make this read a romantic page turner sure to keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning.

Although this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, enjoying the whole series as the family saga unfolds will deepen the experience.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write. I love to hear from my readers. Contact me at http://blossomturner.com

My Thoughts

 Lucinda’s Defender is written by Blossom Turner. This is book three in the Shenandoah Bride series. I have been reading the series from the beginning, but they can be read as stand alone books. One of the thing that I have been loving about this series is how historically accurate the author has made it. She clearly did research so that her story feels real. This is set in 1874. 

Lucinda is a interesting character. She is a headstrong teenager. This story does deal with topics of rape and domestic abuse. However, the author has handled these subjects well. Lucinda is falling for Nat, who is a newcomer. There are a lot of rumors that have followed him to the Valley. Lucinda, chooses not to listen to those around her, and knows that she is supposed to be with him. Nat seems to like his way with a lot of girls, but Lucinda is convinced that he only wants to marry her.  

Joseph, her long time friend, tries to help her by showing her the proof that he has. However, Joseph is also in love with Lucinda.  However, she does not listen and finds  herself in a horrible situation.  She chooses to marry Nat. I love the biblical lesson that the author has placed in here - forgiveness and that God never leaves us. That is important to know during Lucinda's situation. Lucinda's marriage to Nat is not what she has envisioned and she is beaten severely. Joseph and her sister, Jeanette know they need to get her out. 

Out of the series, I think this one is my favorite. The way that the author wrote the tough topics in, placed the biblical reminders throughout the story. Well written characters, intriguing storyline, well researched. I can't wait until the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 7

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 9

Inklings and notions, September 10

Bizwings Blog, September 10

For Him and My Family, September 11

deb’s Book Review, September 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 14

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connie’s History Classroom, September 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 18

Reviewingbooksplusmore, September 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19

Splashes of Joy, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Blossom 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/116c6/lucinda-s-defender-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

SPOTLIGHT BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY : REBEL CORRESPONDENT BY STEVE PROCKO HOSTED THROUGH IREAD BOOK TOURS


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Cryptographer’s Dilemma Author: Johnnie Alexander On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book

Book:  The Cryptographer’s Dilemma

Author: Johnnie Alexander

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021


A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget in a variety of genres. An award-winning, best-selling novelist, she serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts Writers Chat, and interviews other inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.

 

More from Johnnie

American Traitor in WWII

 

Not all secret messages involve substitution codes where random letters and numbers replace the original letters and numbers. Velvalee Dickinson, a doll collector who owned a doll shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, used jargon code to pass along information to the Japanese about the U.S. ships that had been damaged at Pearl Harbor.

 

Here’s an excerpt from one of the letters (as originally written):

 

The only new dolls I have are THREE LOVELY IRISH dolls. One of these three dolls is an old Fisherman with a Net over his back—another is an old woman with wood on her back and the third is a little boy….I can only think of our sick boy these days. You wrote me that you had sent a letter to Mr. Shaw, well I want to see MR. SHAW he distroyed Your letter, you know he has been Ill. His car was damaged but is being repaired now. I saw a few of his family about. They all say Mr. Shaw will be back to work soon.

 

Velvalee, who the FBI nicknamed The Doll Woman, wrote this letter on her Underwood typewriter. She used the return address and forged the signature of one of her regular customers, Mary Wallace of Springfield, Ohio. Then Velvalee mailed the letter to an address in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Unknown to Velvalee, the Japanese had abandoned the Buenos Aires address as a drop point. The letter was marked “return to sender.” When Mrs. Wallace received it, she turned it in to the Post Office Director in Springfield who passed it along to the FBI.

 

Cryptographers determined that the letter was written in jargon code. To the casual reader, the letter is about dolls. But the intended recipient would have understood it’s about much more than that.

 

In this example, only one of five letters given to the FBI between February and August of 1942,

cryptographers decoded the message as follows:

 

  • Old Fisherman with a Net over his back ~ refers to an aircraft carrier which has anti-torpedo nettings on its sides.
  • Old woman with wood on her back ~ refers to an older battleship, one made of wood.
  • A little boy plus our sick boy ~ a damaged ship.

 

Cryptographers believed that the words Mr. Shaw and Your were purposely capitalized and that the word distroyed was purposely misspelled to draw attention to them. Mr. Shaw referred to the USS Shaw, a destroyer (distroy + your = destroyer).

 

The remainder of the letter says Mr. Shaw is ill but “will be back to work soon.”

 

The ship was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. As the heroine in The Cryptographer’s Dilemma explains, “About two weeks before this letter was written, it [the USS Shaw] was undergoing repairs in San Francisco.”

 

In the novel, Eloise Marshall is a naval cryptographer who teams up with FBI agent Phillip Clayton, to find the person responsible for forging the signatures on the letters. Their search takes them from Washington, DC to the Springfield, Ohio, to the west coast and back again. On their journey, Eloise will confront an unexpected specter from her past and Phillip will risk his life to save hers.

My Thoughts

The Cryptographer’s Dilemma is a Christian Historical Fiction Story that is written by Johnnie Alexander. This is the first book in the Heroines of WWII series. The series is written by different authors, but tied together by the Heroine theme. I was super excited to read this book since I have done major research with my masters on spies. Spies spoke and wrote in codes. So I was excited to read about code cracking and such during World War II. 

Travel back to 1942. We see  Eloise Marshall who is a FBI cryptographer. She has recently lost her brother in Pearl Harbor. She is smart, talented and beautiful. However, she can't tell anyone what she is doing. Agent Phillip Clayton wants to enlist and join the fight, however is asked to work one more FBI case. Phillip's uncle has recruited Eloise to decode some letters between doll makers. What is uncovered is a Japanese Spy Ring. Could there be a traitor within the Americans?

I love the amount of research that the author did on this book. As a historian myself, it is refreshing to see so much history placed into a book to make it as real as possible. The characters are well developed, the storyline is intriguing and the writing flows nicely. I am excited to read the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, August 25

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 25

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 26

Reflections From my Bookshelves, August 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 27

Bizwings Blog, August 27

Daysong Reflections, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

A Baker’s Perspective, August 28

Inklings and notions, August 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 29

For Him and My Family, August 30

Simple Harvest Reads, August 30 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Older & Smarter?, August 31

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 31

Aryn the Libraryan 📚, September 1

Rebecca Tews, September 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 2

deb’s Book Review, September 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 3

Blossoms and Blessings, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

Connie’s History Classroom, September 4

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, September 4

Sodbusterliving, September 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 5

Labor Not in Vain, September 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 6

Moments, September 6

Splashes of Joy, September 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 7

Pause for Tales, September 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Johnnie is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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/1161a/the-cryptographer-s-dilemma-celebration-tour-giveaway