SUNBURST By Susan May Warren

“Their lives are at stake, so are their hearts.” .Another suspenseful story by Susan May Warren, filled with action and romance, from Alaska to Nigeria. Navy Seal Ranger Kingston and Noemi Sutton’s relationship met and spent two weeks in Florida getting to know each other. As the story goes back and forth, between Ranger trying to save his brother in Nigeria and his relationship with Noemi.

I enjoy how the author weaves spiritually throughout the story and loved the description and culture in Nigeria as if I were there experiencing it myself.

The Songs That Could Have Been

About The Book
Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.
After a tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Her battle with bulimia is under control, her career is taking off, and she’s surrounded by a loving family. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, leads to old feelings returning with new strength. And suddenly her well-balanced world is thrown off kilter.
Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But the reasons they broke up aren’t lost–and those old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. He isn’t sure he’s courageous enough to make a different choice this time around.
When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before–a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives–and Rosie’s–forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.
The Songs That Could Have Been is full of the same deftly handled, resonant writing that readers and critics alike enjoyed in Amanda Wen’s first book in the series. Fans of Lisa Wingate and Rachel Hauck will add Amanda Wen to their must-read shelves.

About Amanda Wen
Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest, among others. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, will release from Kregel Publications on January 26, 2021.
In addition to her writing, Amanda is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist, frequently performing with symphony orchestras, string quartets, and her church’s worship team, and accompanying high school and middle school choirs. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Amanda currently lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

After reading Amanda Wen’s debut novel Roots of Wood and Stone, I knew I was in for a wonderful story. The Songs That Could Have Been did not disappoint, as a matter of fact it was a page turn, stay up late at night to read the entire book. A powerful story of forgiveness and redemption. The story of Carter and Lauren each with flaws and embarking on a journey of second chances and finding God. Amanda touched on sensitive subjects with such grace. Add in Grandma Rosie and her mysterious past. Amanda, you knocked this one out of the park! I recommend both books and give this story 10 plus stars.

I received a copy of the book from Read With Audra and Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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The Sweet Life

Welcome to summer on Cape Cod, a place where the sweet life just might be possible. A mother, daughter story where they discovered how similar, but how different they are. Sometimes God puts us in situations where we don’t necessarily agree with, to take that leap of faith and make life changes that can be hard.

Dawn’s wedding is cancelled and finds out that her mother has been hiding a secret that can change their course of life. Kevin, Dawn is left with no groom on her honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod and her mother decides to but a run down, old Ice Cream Shop. A story of second chances and getting outside of your comfort zone. Grab an ice cream cone and dive into “The Sweet Life.”

I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

Midnight’s Budding Morrow

About The Book

A journey of poignancy and hope . . . difficult to put down. I loved it!”–Jennie Goutet, author of the Clavering Chronicles series

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend a holiday at her best friend’s crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Alas, rather than easy companionship with her dear friend, she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, war is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s shocking decree: marry before returning to war…or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he barely knows.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. Only when her husband returns from war does she begins to hope they may find real happiness.
When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and cling to the belief that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, Carolyn loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her bestselling, award-winning Regency and contemporary novels are stories that offer hope, heart, and a twist of Aussie humour. Connect with her at www.carolynmillerauthor.com where you can find our more about her books, and sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know her book news.

MY REVIEW

A beautiful story of how to love unconditionally through redemption and forgiveness. Sarah has the gift of compassion and would do anything to help others. James returns to his family’s estate who is faced with obeying his dad’s decree. Marry before returning to war or else. Sarah was not too happy with the arrangement. My heart went out to Sarah as she wants to find a husband who would share her joy, but James turned his back. The story shows us that God is truly in the middle of everything, that we just need to go to Him daily even when we are struggling. I loved the spiritual messages throughout the book.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher and Read With Audra in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

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The Master Craftsman

The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart is the first book that I have read by the author. Karl Faberge was commissioned to make Imperial Easter eggs each year and gift them to the Empress. We follow the life of Karl and modern-day treasure hunters who are on the search for the missing egg.
I enjoyed the story from page one, the suspense and intrigue had me up late into the night reading. I know about Faberge eggs, beauty and all the details that went into making the eggs. I googled the eggs mentioned in the story to see the uniqueness them.
I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Shadows In The Mind’s Eye

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

About The Author


Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas.

She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.

You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her website,www.JanyreTromp.com (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).

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My Review

A wonderful debut novel. A story of trust between wounded hearts, rediscovering who each other is, love, pain of PTSD and forgiveness with a hint of danger. Sam, a solider from WWII who is looking forward to getting home to his wife, Annie and their daughter, Rose. When Sam returns home, home he is not sure that he can trust his mind, and his wife is not sure she can trust what he is telling her. Come to find out, no one in Hot Springs is telling the truth about anything. Sam and Annie rely on their faith when faced with challenges. I was pulled in from page one. Highly recommend the book.

I received a copy of the book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

The Spark of Love

A wonderful conclusion to the Mesquite Spring series that will leave you not wanting the story to end. I enjoy reading the author’s books. Alexandra is trying to figure out who to trust. A family story of hurts, forgiveness, and new beginnings. I wish that Mesquite Springs was a real town in Texas, as I was reading the story, I could smell the cinnamon rolls that Alexandra bought from the restaurant. I love the subtle messages of faith. I highly recommend the entire series. Amanda Cabot’s stories do not disappoint.

I received a copy from Revell in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

About Amanda

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I agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said, “I cannot live without books.” Some of my earliest memories are of my parents reading books to me or — in the case of my father — telling stories he made up. And even when they weren’t reading to me, my parents could often be found, book in hand. Is it any wonder I decided to teach myself to read? Once I did learn, it was hard to find me without a book. My husband will tell you that that’s still the case.

At least in my mind, it’s only a small step from being an avid reader to wanting to be an author. From the time I was seven, I was convinced I should be a writer. The type of writing varied with the seasons. For a few months I fancied myself a playwright. Fortunately the teachers in my elementary school indulged me, and my class produced my two plays: “All About Thermometers” and “Hawaii.” Neither, I am happy to report, made its way to Broadway.

There was a brief time when I aspired to be a newspaper reporter, but that was soon eclipsed by my determination to be a novelist. All the while, though, I knew that writing was not the easiest way to earn a living, and so it was always going to be a second career. That’s why I went to college and majored in French, fully intending to teach at the university level. When I graduated, I married my high school sweetheart and took a “temporary” job as a computer programmer. Although it hadn’t been part of my plan, that turned into a permanent career in Information Technology.

Along the way, I’ve had a chance to do a lot of writing, including four technical books and what I describe as “enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.” (My budgets were also considered to be works of fiction.) Now, though, I’m able to write full time, and for the first time, all I’m writing is fiction.

No doubt about it, I’ve been blessed. I had parents who nurtured my love of reading and have a husband who’s not just my best friend but who’s driven tens of thousands of miles to help me research books and who, after all these years, still hasn’t lost his sense of humor, even when dinner is late because I have “just one more scene” to write.

When people ask why I write, the answer is simple: it’s part of who I am and who I was meant to be. I truly believe this is God’s plan for me, and that’s why it is my fervent prayer that my books will touch my readers’ hearts and strengthen their faith in Him.

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My Review

WOW! A wonderful start to a new series by a debut author. The cover is what captured my eye. I loved the inspirational messages that the author wove into the story. Theresa lovers her grandfather dearly, the only family member she has left and is faced with having to pay off his debts before marrying Edward. Edward leaves much to be desired, Theresa is an independent woman who is full of strength and courage.

I did not trust Edward from the get-go. He appears untrustworthy and feels that Theresa is better off without her grandpa. A beautifully written story filled with romance and suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

A definite page turner. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Kregel Publications and Audra Jennings for the opportunity to read this wonderful book. All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiance is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

To read an excerpt of Counterfeit Love click here

About the Author

Crystal Caudill is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW.

She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

Learn more at crystalcaudill.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Shackled

About the Book

Book: Shackled

Genre: Religion/Inspirational

Author: Mariam Ibraheem

Sentenced to Death for Her Beliefs

Release date: March 8, 2022

Mariam Ibraheem was finally rising above her difficult childhood and building a new life for herself. Born to a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, she grew up in poverty in a refugee camp in Sudan. Her father left the family when she was only six, and her mother raised her in the Christian faith. Left without family after the deaths of her beloved mother and sister, she was beginning to move past her grief—earning a medical degree, marrying the man she loved, and having a baby boy.

But one day in late 2013, her world was shattered when an unknown relative on her father’s side reported her to the police. The authorities insisted she was Muslim because of her father’s background. She had broken the law by marrying a Christian man, and she must renounce her Christian beliefs and abandon her marriage and her son. Under intense pressure, Mariam repeatedly refused to deny her faith. She was charged with apostasy and adultery, and she was imprisoned with her nine-month-old, Martin, on Christmas Eve. There, awaiting sentence, she learned she was pregnant with her second child. A few months later, Mariam was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging by a Sharia court.

Shackled is the stunning true story of a courageous young mother who was willing to face death rather than deny her Christian faith. Mariam Ibraheem took a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and all women who are maltreated because of their gender and beliefs.

Follow Mariam’s story from refugee camp to life under Islamic law, through imprisonment and childbirth while shackled, to her remarkable escape from death following an international outcry and advocacy involving diplomats, journalists, religious freedom activists, human rights groups, and even Pope Francis.

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My Review

Shackled is a powerful true story of a young mother who was willing to face death rather than deny her faith. Mariam Ibraheem took a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and treated poorly because they are women.

Mariam’s story is a true testament to those who want to know more about what it is like to live a life with Christ in a culture who is opposed to the faith. Would we deny Christ in order to save ourselves? What would we do in a moment of terror? I would have the courage to say that I am a Christian and that I believe in God, what about you? Shackled will open the eyes of the reader to the persecution that Christians face daily in Sudan. The story shows that we can not waver in our faith, even during those hard times. Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down. A true testament to God’s faithfulness even during the dark time. Grab a box of tissues.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

About The Author

In 2014, Mariam Ibraheem of Sudan was sentenced by a Sharia court to 100 lashes for adultery because she had married a Christian man, and death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and follow Islam. Mariam was imprisoned with her young son while she was pregnant with her second child, a daughter, to whom she gave birth while still shackled in the prison. After an international outcry, Mariam was eventually freed through the help of Pope Francis, the United States, Italy, and the embassies of various other governments. Today, Mariam advocates on behalf of others who are victims of religious persecution and also for women who suffer from the personal prison of abuse. She is the cofounder and director of global mobilization for the Tahrir Alnisa (“Setting Women Free”) Foundation, which serves women and children impacted by domestic abuse and religious-motivated violence. She also serves on the board of directors for Anti-Trafficking International.

Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church who, for security reasons, does not wish to be identified. He has been working with the underground church in China for twenty years, helping them to establish forward missions bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria. Eugene leads the Chinese missions movement Back to Jerusalem, which provides essential support for Chinese missionaries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he has written books about the underground church in China, North Korea, and Iran. His books with Whitaker House include China and End-Time ProphecyI Stand with ChristISIS: The Heart of TerrorKidnapped by a CultLeaving BuddhaSmuggling Light; and The Underground Church.

More From Mariam

Shackled is the stunning true story of a courageous young mother whose plight led to international outcry on her behalf. Mariam Ibraheem was willing to face death rather than deny her Christian faith, taking a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and all women who are maltreated because of their gender and beliefs.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 12

Rebecca Tews, March 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 14

Lots of Helpers, March 15

Texas Book-aholic, March 16

Vicarious Living, March 16

Inklings and notions, March 17

HappyWhenReading, March 18

For Him and My Family, March 19

Sodbuster Living, March 19

deb’s Book Review, March 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 22

Mary Hake, March 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 24

Spoken from the Heart, March 24

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, March 25

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Prince and The Prodigal

A beautiful story of faith in God, hope, forgiveness, love and tragedy.  I always look forward to reading books by Jill Eileen Smith. The Prince and the Prodigal is based on the second half of Genesis, specifically the life of Jacob’s camp in Hebron, his slavery in Egypt and the move of Judah’s to Canaan. Smith tells the story of Jacob and the love he had for his son, Joseph. I can not imagine the fear of Joseph’s and the grief of Jacob for what his brother did to him I love how Jill recreates the characters and brings them to life, how you can feel as if you know each character intimately. Ms. Smith has become a favorite of mine and always look forward to reading her books

Sunrise

WOW! The author is back with an outstanding start to a new series. We were introduced to the triplets in an earlier series. This story is about Dodge mixed in with romance and lots of suspense. Several years ago Echo and Dodge broke off their relationship when he left for the military. Now he is back in Alaska, trying to mend broken hearts and rescuing Echo from dangerous men. I loved the setting and at times felt like I was right along side Echo. Lessons on forgiveness and trusting God right where we are. I highly recommend Sunrise and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

I received a copy from Revell Reads in an exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

Beneath A Star-Lit Sky

About the Book

Book: Beneath A Star-Lit Sky

Author: JL Crosswhite

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

Release date: February 21, 2022

Small town girl looking to mend her broken heart…

…Small town boy needing to repair his reputation.

Who knew those simple goals could unearth life-threatening danger?

Holcomb Springs has a wild past, and the wilderness outside its borders hides a treacherous present.

Teacher Ella Sommer is ready to forget about her broken engagement and escape from running into her ex. An overnight hiking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail offers what she needs to clear her head and breathe out under the stars.

Ex-military Reese Vega left Holcomb Springs with a bad boy rep, but has returned wiser, longing for a fresh start in his hometown. His hiking tour business offers that opportunity, especially when he can get into the great outdoors and let his past evaporate into the mountain air.

When Reese and Ella are thrown together on the overnighter, what starts as a simple trek ends up being filled with danger when they stumble across something they weren’t supposed to see.

Can they put aside their history and use their wits to get out of this situation?

Or will it be too late?

You’ll love Beneath a Star-Lit Sky because while the wilderness can’t be tamed, the human heart can.

BOOK EXCERPT

Beneath A Star-Lit Sky Excerpt 1

Leading inexperienced people in the wilderness, even by someone with the skills Reese Vega had, was a recipe for disaster. The only person he would do this gig for was his brother. Even then, he was starting to regret it.

Reese stood to the side of the trail, the vanilla scent of ponderosa pines wafting around him, and wished he was hiking alone. The trip had originally been booked by Holcomb Springs Outfitters as a snowshoe tour, but the snow had melted to slushy piles on the trail and only remained in the shadows of the trees. Still, it was a beautiful day, if only he could enjoy it. Alone.

As the group of several girlfriends who had come up for a weekend away passed him, one of the women screamed and jumped, grabbing her friend’s arm. “What was that? I heard something in the bushes. Is it a bear? Or a mountain lion?” She shot Reese a wide-eyed look.

He resisted the urge to roll his eyes. “Probably just a squirrel.”

With all the noise they’d made, most wildlife was long gone. Even the chattering blue jays had left the area.

BOOK EXCERPT #2
The squirrel was probably hoping for a handout. Reese craved the quiet of the outdoors. It soothed him in a way nothing else could, especially after his injury. But this… this was not the kind of outdoors he liked.

But it was a peace offering for his brother who ran Holcomb Springs Outfitters. Maybe it would help mend the fences Reese’s enlisting in the military had broken in his pacifist family. He could only hope. They had wanted him to be someone different than who he was. They hadn’t exactly been in his corner.

He pointed for the group to continue on the trail while he remained behind to check on the stragglers. There were always stragglers. It gave him a chance to grab a minute of quiet. His headache had worsened from the chatter of the women. That and their endless flirting. He’d almost take another tour of duty compared to more tourists.

But due to his traumatic brain injury, that was no longer an option. And he’d told his brother, Raul, that he’d help run his outfitters shop until Raul got back on his feet. Literally. He’d had knee surgery and couldn’t lead the hikes and camping trips.

And being as the outfitter shop was the family’s main source of income, Reese couldn’t say no.

It was only temporary. He’d do his family duty and make an attempt to improve relations. And then he could figure out what he was going to do next. And it wouldn’t be escorting tourists through the wilderness.

Reese stepped toward the guest who had fallen behind. The man wasn’t wearing proper hiking boots. His tennis shoes were soaked from the slush, and he was breathing hard, his face red. Many people had no idea how the seven-thousand-foot altitude could affect them.

“Not too much farther. The lookout point is just ahead. Great view of the lake. It’ll be worth it.” Reese tried to infuse his voice with an enthusiasm he didn’t feel but Raul would expect. Raul was so much better with people than he was.

The man glanced up, nodded, and then went back to staring at the trail. Not enjoying the beauty around him, missing the whole point of a hike in the woods.

Reese shrugged as the man plodded past him. Not his problem. He rubbed his temples, hoping to ease the pain

Beneath A Star-Lit Sky Excerpt 4

Reaching into his pack, he grabbed a bottle of Aleve and popped a couple into his mouth, washing them down with water from his bottle.

A yelp went up from the area of the lookout, and Reese sprinted up the trail. One of the women on the girlfriends’ trip was sitting on her bottom a little way down the slope of the lookout, just before the sharp drop-off.

Her friend rushed over to him. “We were trying to take a selfie with the lake in the background. I think she stepped off, and then she just fell.”

He nodded and knelt beside the woman. Another two steps, and she would have been over the drop-off. People didn’t have common sense. He should have been up here to keep an eye on them. But then what about the straggler? He didn’t know how Raul did it.

“Are you hurt anywhere?” He scanned the woman, looking for any obvious sign of injury.

“My ankle. I think I twisted it when I stepped back and tried to catch my balance.” She glanced up at him and gave him a small smile.

He tugged her jeans up above her ankle.

eneath A Star-Lit Sky Excerpt 

At least she had boots on. He palpated the area. “Does that hurt?” 

She winced. “A little.” 

It wasn’t swollen, but that could change quickly. “What’s your name?” 

“Andrea.” She looked up at him and bit her lip. 

He should have remembered. Raul would have remembered. He never did live up to his family’s expectations. He reached in his pack for an Ace elastic wrap from the first aid kit. He eased off her boot, wrapped her ankle, then slipped the boot back on with the laces loosened. “That should stabilize it to get you down the hill. Do you think you can put any weight on it?” 

“Maybe. If you help me.” 

A glance shot among her friends, smiles they didn’t try to hide. 

Great. Was this a set up? “Okay, everyone get your final pictures, and we’ll head back.” He slipped his arm under the woman’s shoulders. “On three, we’re going to stand together. Just put your weight on your good foot and lean on me.” 

Her “okay” came out breathy. 

“One, two, three.” He pushed to his feet and pulled the woman up with him.  

She gingerly put weight on her foot then immediately retracted it. 

Beneath A Star-Lit Sky Excerpt 7

They pulled into Holcomb Springs Outfitters parking lot. Raul came out in his knee brace to help the guests with their gear and thank them for coming.

Reese closed the van door as the last guest left.

Raul laid a hand on his shoulder. “You should thank the guests and ask them to come back. Let them know we enjoy serving them.”

“Even if we don’t?” Reese brushed past him and carried the gear into the back of the shop. He’d have to repack the first-aid kit. “I don’t lie.” He opened the kit and rummaged through the supplies.

“It’s not lying. It’s good business.”

Reese grunted. He never was going to see eye to eye with his family on things. Important things.

“How’d it go?”

“Fine.” He told Raul about Andrea’s injury. “I’m not convinced it wasn’t an elaborate setup by her and her friends to flirt with me.”

Raul grinned. “It’s all part of the game. I should keep you around, put your face on the brochures and ads. It’d be good for business.”

“I’m only here until you are well enough to lead the tours again.”

The grin disappeared from Raul’s face, and his whole body deflated as if more than his knee was injured.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JL’s favorite thing is discovering how much there is to love about America the Beautiful and the great outdoors. She’s a mom to two, navigating the young adult years while battling her daughter’s juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, exploring the delights of her son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native who’s spent significant time in the Midwest, she’s thrilled to be back in the Golden State. Follow her on social media to see all her adventures and how she gets inspired for her books!

A Book Called You

A Book Called You JustRead Blog Tour

My Review

A Book Called YOU: Understanding the Enneagram from a Grace-Filled, Biblical Perspective

We all ask the question, God, who am I and how am I suppose to be real with other, but we must start with being real with ourselves. A Book Called You, helps us learn who we are with using the Enneagram personality assessment tool. I love that the book breaks down in Enneagram model in a biblical way. We are to step outside our box and the book gives us a starting point for truly understanding how God has made us. A great tool for Community Groups or bible study.

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Title: A Book Called You

A Book Called You

Author: Matthew Stephen Brown

Publisher: W Publishing / Thomas Nelson

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Genre: Christian Growth / Enneagram

A biblically grounded Enneagram book that looks at the Enneagram numbers of people in the Bible so readers can discover more about themselves and gain specific wisdom about how and why they are uniquely made.

Who am I? Everyone asks that question, no matter their age or status in life. If we truly are supposed to be real with others, shouldn’t that start with learning how to be real with ourselves? We think so. But we have to be willing to look inside and ask, “Okay, God, who am I? What is it that I don’t see about myself that you see?” A Book Called YOU will help us learn about who we are as individuals and how a biblical view of self-discovery can improve every part of our lives.

Based on his widely successful teaching series “A Series Called You” and his personal experience using the Enneagram personality assessment tool in his marriage and other personal relationships, pastor Matt Brown offers a groundbreaking, entertaining, and heartfelt guide that highlights biblical truths alongside the Enneagram to help us better understand ourselves and how we relate to the people around us.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Stephen Brown is the founding and lead pastor of Sandals Church in Riverside, California. Sandals Church began in 1997 when Pastor Matt and his wife, Tammy, set out to create a church where people could be real with themselves, God, and others. From its first meeting with eight people in the Browns’ living room, Sandals Church has since grown to reach more than 12,000 people each weekend at eleven locations across Southern and Central California. Around the world, Sandals Church’s digital content is viewed by close to 30,000 people every week.

Today, he continues to lead Sandals Church as the primary teaching pastor. In 2016, he launched The Debrief podcast, an opportunity for people to get real answers to tough questions about the Bible and Christianity. And last year, Pastor Matt and Sandals Church launched the ROGO Foundation, which exists to help save and replant dying churches and invest in up-and-coming leaders through hands-on leadership training programs at Sandals Church.

Matt is passionate about the vision of authenticity and raising up the next generation of leaders for the local church. He and Tammy have three children and reside in Riverside, California.

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A Promise for Faith

A Promise for Faith Epic Book Launch
About the Book
Book: A Promise for Faith
Author: Stacy T. Simmons
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release date: January 18, 2022

Secrets have the power to ruin lives. Faith and love have the power
to disarm those secrets.
Failure isn’t an option for Faith Fuller, She wants to prove to herself and her
very successful parents she can stand on her own, even if it means
accepting a job offer from someone she wanted to forget. To add to the
problem, that job means facing her biggest fear.
Caleb Gaines is looking for a manager for his coffee shop. He’s in over his
head running his successful river outfitters business, and being a single dad
to a preschooler. But the perfect candidate wants nothing to do with him.
Risk-taker Caleb is up for a challenge and wants to convince Faith to help
him.
If neither one relies on faith and learns to trust, any chance at love will be
washed downstream.
An out-of-work chef and successful river outfitter are both hiding secret
tragedies. How much faith will it take to learn to trust in each other,
overcome obstacles, and find love?
BOOK EXCERPT

A Promise for Faith Excerpt 3

Her past had become her present as the keys plummeted to the ground.

            “I’ll get ‘em.” Caleb bent down to scoop them up and placed them in her hand. “How are you? It’s been, what, eight years?”

            Six years, five days, too many hours since we broke up. Faith batted the wispy end of a curl brushing her cheek. “I’m good. Busy.” Faith’s tympani-drum heart punched against her chest.  

            “What brings you here?”

            “Visiting my best friend Taylor and her hubby.” Awakened embers of hurt fired through her body. “You live around here?”

             “Briar Creek, not too far from Taylor and Jarod. I was coming back from the grocery store supercenter when I noticed the geyser.” He headed to the car, “Let’s have a look.”

            “Okay.”

            She followed at a distance. Caleb’s spicy cologne teased her nose and tightened her stomach. Arriving at the still-noisy car, steaming water ran from underneath in a river. She noticed a frown pulling on his lips.

            “Looks like a water pump or broken hose.”

            “Is there a gas station ahead?”

             “In town, twenty miles away.”

            Caleb pulled out his cell phone. Traitor, he has two bars.   

            “Hello. We need a tow,” Caleb closed the hood.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s
romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor.
She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a
menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on
her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee
nearby. She loves to connect with her readers via her website at
http://www.stacytsimmonsauthor.com

Her past had become her present as the keys plummeted to the ground.

          

            Six years, five days, too many hours since we broke up. Faith batted the wispy end of a curl brushing her cheek. “I’m good. Busy.” Faith’s tympani-drum heart punched against her chest.  

            “What brings you here?”

            “Visiting my best friend Taylor and her hubby.” Awakened embers of hurt fired through her body. “You live around here?”

             “Briar Creek, not too far from Taylor and Jarod. I was coming back from the grocery store supercenter when I noticed the geyser.” He headed to the car, “Let’s have a look.”

            “Okay.”

            She followed at a distance. Caleb’s spicy cologne teased her nose and tightened her stomach. Arriving at the still-noisy car, steaming water ran from underneath in a river. She noticed a frown pulling on his lips.

            “Looks like a water pump or broken hose.”

            “Is there a gas station ahead?”

             “In town, twenty miles away.”