My VERY FIRST Dan Walsh novel! WOW! What a place to start…

Believe it or not, this is the first book by Dan Walsh that I have read.

I know it’s pretty hard to believe… that there is a reader of Inspirational fiction that has yet to read one of these AMAZING books but that’s me…

Or it was anyway…

I’m not in that category anymore. LOL!

And what a place to start… WOW!

The opening sentence…

“Michelle didn’t know why she’d come here, why she tortured herself this way.”

I mean… does it get any more intriguing than that! Right there, you have a perfect formula for hooking your reader.

You have raw emotion, you have mystery, you have intrigue…

And is there a person on the planet who could put the book down before they find out who Michelle is and why she torments herself by doing… whatever it is she’s doing at the opening of this story (NO! I’m not telling. Trust me – you WANT to read this book).

Don’t worry about not having read any of the other books in this series, if you’re starting here with book 3 – although I’m sure you will want to read them all AFTER you read this one! I know I do!

I will warn you. I’m a Mercy (spiritual gift) so I tend to bawl over just about anything so it’s probably not a really good idea to judge your probability of needing an entire box of tissues just to get through this book… usually.

With this book, I think more people than think they would, are going to need just that.

“The Desire” by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley explores some pretty tough emotions and it doesn’t really matter if you’ve been there or not, they make the emotions so real, you feel like you have.

READ IT!

 

5star

 

Here is what Baker Publishing has to say about “The Desire”:

Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts–and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time–and their money–on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something’s got to give. But they both hope it’s not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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from the Revell Reads review program.

 

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Our third trip back to Sugarcreek! | “Joyful” by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Shelley Shepard Gray is most certainly one of my favorite writers! The very first book of hers I read was Hidden. That was it. I was hooked.

Since that time, I have read more and more of her books and with every one, I become a bit more of a fan.

I picked up Joyful and I simply could NOT put it down. It is that fantastic a story!

Joyful shows the growth of an author who has honed her craft over the years but it also holds the same talent that has always been there.

Shelley excells at taking a normal, average story that we could read anywhere and draw us in to it. This is a story that we could just as easily read about from a contemporary viewpoint but Shelley’s love of Amish culture brings an extra special touch to it.

We first met the Beilers (in this new series anyway) in Hopeful and we have had three books now to see their special circumstances, and isn’t it amazing how many parallels there are between Hopeful (the first book in the series) and Joyful (the third) – A Beiler man who is ferhuddled by a young woman from the Sugarcreek community…

And yet there are so many differences as well. Miriam and Elizabeth are two very different women, with two very different temperaments and very different life experiences.

In Joyful, we get a close look at the Beiler family again. This wonderful family has such heart and the members of it will capture yours.

If Shelley decides to continue with Sugarcreek (and I truly hope she does…), she has plenty more characters we would all LOVE to know more about in the years to come.

At least I know I would.

And if they’re even half as terrific as Joyful, she’ll have even more fans flocking to snatch up her books!

 

5star

 

Here is a bit more about “Joyful”:

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.

When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.

Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.

Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   HARPER COLLINS/AVON INSPIRE   SHELLEY’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   ITUNES

 

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A chance to WIN all three wonderful novels in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Return to Sugarcreek series!

Don’t miss Shelley Shepard Gray‘s newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: “A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming.

Click the banner for a chance to win books 1-3 in Shelley’s  Return to Sugarcreek series!

Winner announced on Shelley’s blog on 9/30.

 

 

 

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Joyful || Return to Sugarcreek series

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.

Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.

When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.

Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.

Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Shelley’s website.

Shelley Shepard Gray

{MORE ABOUT SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY}

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley athttp://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

“A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes

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A Time to Die” is one of the first books to be published by the newly branded Enclave Publishing House. It’s a very exciting time for Christian publishing.

Admittedly I am not a fan of every new genre that Christian publishing houses have made room for, but I do have a certain fondness for the speculative and dystopian divisions and so I jumped at the chance to review and help promote “A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes.

I was blessed to have the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this book. It is so refreshing to find a Christian author who writes dystopian… and it’s book 1 of a series so there’s more to come.

The concept behind this book is fascinating. What would you do if you had one year left to live? What would you do with your life if you knew the number of days you had? The Bible tells us that no one can know how many days they have… but what if you did?

What would you do? Would you want to see the world, fall in love, read every single book you could get your hands on?

What if belief in God was frowned upon by society at large? What if all you had to look forward to was your number of days and then… nothing? Would you be inspired to do something fantastic?

Or would you only be inspired to live a fantastic life if you had an AWESOME GOD to believe in?

It is a question this book asks and don’t you want to know what the answer is…

 

Here is a bit more about the book:

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside.

In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence.

What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people.

But her Clock is running out.

 

You can find more info about this title by clicking below

GOODREADS   ENCLAVE PUBLISHING (Previously known as Marcher Lord Press)

Click below to learn more about the book AND the blog tour.

NADINE’S WEBSITE

And the book is available for pre-order

HERE

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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TRIED & TRUE BY MARY CONNEALY | KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, LIVE WEBCAST, AND BLOG TOUR

Don’t miss the first book in Mary Connealy‘s Wild at Heart series. In Tried & True, Mary is back with her signature humor and heartfelt story-telling.

Trust me when I tell you that it is a book worth reading!

 

 

Mary’s celebrating by connecting with readers during a live webcast event and giving away a Kindle HDX.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Tried & True by Mary Connealy

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 23rd. Winner will be announced at the Tried & True LIVE webcast event on September 23rd. Connect with Mary for an evening of swoon-worthy book chat, fun trivia, laughter, a sneak peek at the next book in the Wild at Heart series, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Tried & True and join Mary and friends on the evening of September 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

 

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; RSVP TODAY BY SIGNING UP FOR A REMINDER. TELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 23RD!

 

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Tried and True, Book One in the Wilde at Heart series.

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Mary’s website.

Mary Connealy

{MORE ABOUT MARY CONNEALY}

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Find out more about Mary athttp://maryconnealy.com/

OK… OK… I’m hooked good and proper courtesy of – Tried & True by Mary Connealy

Oh my goodness it’s not fair!

Mary Connealy is a genius!Trie & True

I can not remember when I have ever laughed so hard… Well, yes I can but it had been a while.

This is not a book that you should miss!

Looking for strong female characters – they don’t get any stronger than the Wilde sisters!

Looking for adventure – it’s on the very first page… and then some! The whole book is filled with adventure after adventure, just like the wild west was!

Looking for God – you will find him in this story! He’s there and He’s not just slapped in as an afterthought! Even with such unconventional characters, they live their lives by a very clear Biblical world-view.

Mary Connealy is a masterful writer who had me on the edge of my seat from the first sentence. I was either fearing for someone’s life, cringing at the temper I knew was coming or laughing hysterically.

You won’t be able to put it down. You family will go from being annoyed at you for growling like a grizzly bear fresh out of hibernation to annoyed with your constant outbursts of laughter. Yes, I speak from experience.

Amazing! Absolutely amazing! Historical fiction about the wild west is another genre I never thought I would enjoy but Mary Connealy has made a fan out of me!

Now I just have to find some more of her books! And wait patiently… OK, not so patiently then, for the rest of this series.

WOW!

 

5star

 

I know you don’t need anymore convincing but here’s some anyway…

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief.

RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep

Connealy’s style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans.

Publishers Weekly

With her trademark humor, Connealy weaves a delightful tale that is sure to please her fans and win new readers.

Library Journal on Over the Edge

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   BETHANY HOUSE/BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP   MARY’S WEBSITE

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Giveaway! | A Light in The Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick | Based on a True Story!

A LIght in the Wilderness

 

Have you started reading A Light in the Wilderness yet!

No…?

Would you like to win a copy?

I am excited to announce that Revell Books has provided a book for me to GIVE AWAY to one blessed winner!

It could be you…

 

 

What do you have to do to win this book?

It’s simple. You have to comment below with one important event you remember from history.

It doesn’t have to be something you learned in school – it can be something you read in a book like this one…but it has to be REAL.

 

Also, if you share this post on a social media site and come back to add an additional comment with the link, you will get an extra entry! You can share once per day to earn an extra entry. Well, you can share as many times as you want but you’ll only get one extra entry per day.

So go share this post with your friends and let’s give away a book!

  • Giveaway will run from 9/9 – 9/23
  • Contest is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Only one bonus entry per person per day (Only one entry by comment alone per person allowed for the duration of the contest)
  • One winner will be chosen by random selection on 9/23
  • Winner will be announced by 9/24 and notified by e-mail
  • By entering, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

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AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE    CHRISTIANBOOKS   ITUNES   BOOKSAMILLION

 

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Happy Reading!

 

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