Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jana Kelley's Side by Side Blog Tour

Side by Side (New Hope Publishers, April 2015)

In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia’s life collides with that of another young woman.

A young Christian American mother, Mia finds more than one dark secret on the streets of Khartoum. She finds Halimah, a young, upper-class Arab student with a bright future in her family’s business whose risky and secretive decision has put her life in danger. What happens when the path of a young mother intersects with that of a spunky Sudanese student? God transforms them both . . . forever.

Part of New Hope® Publishers’ contemporary missional fiction line, Side by Side opens the reader’s eyes to the life of Muslims in Sudan as well as some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as pray for the salvation of those who persecute.

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

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's review- The book impacted my emotions on so many levels because the stories are true to life and the meaning is so powerful.  The characters are painted in my mind and it was very easy to connect with the different women who were not all that different. 

Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Find out more about Jana at  http://www.janakelley.com.

A Heart’s Obsession By Colleen Coble, Blog Tour, and Author Chat Party with Colleen Coble, Kindle Giveaway

A Heart’s Obsession (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)

Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust?

When her father succumbs to a long illness, Sarah Montgomery is freed from duty to family. At last she can be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, who has gone out west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sarah and her younger brother Joel make the arduous journey filled with hope.

But at Fort Laramie, the reception Sarah meets isn’t what she had hoped for. Her friend Amelia is thrilled to have her, but Rand seems to be in the clutches of Jessica DuBois, the scheming daughter of the post commander.

Sarah resolves to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . especially when her ex-fiancé Ben Croftner arrives in Wyoming, obsessed with having her back in his arms.

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Thomas Nelson website.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  The book can be read as a stand alone, but if you want the full impact of the story you will have to read the series in order.  The characters are created to bring you closer and feel the heart tears and strengths.  I would recommend this book more so for older adults as they would connect more. 

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.

Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust? Find out in book two, A Heart's Obsession, of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series. When Sarah Montgomery’s father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother’s will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

Celebrate book two in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge (blog tour coming in mid-April)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

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This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on May 13th, 2015.  Good Luck!!

Tamera Alexander’s To Win Her Favor Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway

To Win Her Favor
To Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Tamera’s site.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- Two uniquely written characters make this book a love story to remember.  Add a horse and lots of drama and this is a must read that is sure to excite the heart. 

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.
Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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Naturepedic Pillow Giveaway

*DISCLOSURE: I received a product for this review. My views are simply that of my own.*I received the Organic Cotton/PLA Toddler Pillow from Naturepedic to try. This pillow is made with a 300 thread count Organic cotton. The filling is made of 100% potato starch plant-based PLA batting. And is soooo ever comfortable (makes me want one myself) This pillow can be used for children at least 1 year of age (my grandson is almost 2 years old).   naturepedic As you can tell Dante sleeps comfortably on his new pillow. And we all know babies can be messy ESPECIALLY boys so whats great about this little pillow is that is machine washable! So whenever Dante has made his pillow look like a mess grandma can just pop it into the washing machine and once washed we are back into baby sleeping action. naturepedic toddler pillow I have had this pillow for a while now and it is still going strong! Still cushy and comfortable (just is now in a big boy Race car bed and not a crib) it has not gotten flat like so many pillows do! I am seriously thinking about getting a couple for my bed! Do you want to try one for your self...well your babies self..but you get my point :) well then here you go. I get to give one away to one lucky reader!!! So just enter below and GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! Ends May 31st!  

The Joy Of Mom Celebrating a Mother’s Love by: Vicki Reece Review and Giveaway

The Joy of Mom is a celebration of motherhood. 

In this poignant, touching book, author Vicki Reece shares heartwarming, original photos and her favorite words of inspiration about the joy, honor, and privilege of being a mom.

Vicki has been collecting, curating, and crafting quotes for as long as she can remember and also helps moms share their experiences through Joy of Mom, a website community dedicated to connecting and empowering women.

This book is the culmination of Vicki’s lifelong dream and journey. As she says, “All their firsts not only take our breath away, they leave our hearts right there with them.”
Whether given on Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any day, The Joy of Mom is a gift that the most important woman in your life will treasure forever.

Vicki Reece is the founder of joyofmom.com, a website designed to connect women all over the world with inspirational, genuine stories and advice. Vicki has been featured on The View, CNN, Fox & Friends, spotlighted in network interviews on ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN, CLTV, and showcased in articles in more than a hundred newspapers and seventy-five magazines including Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal.
The mom of three children and three furry babies, Vicki is a former ad executive who left it all behind to make positive multimedia products for children and families. When her children were small, Vicki became upset by the violent and negative toys and messages marketed to children.
Not one to sit on the sidelines, she began producing children’s music, videos, and games that were positive and sent love-filled messages. Her first children’s computer software game, Jack’s House, was warmly received and was followed by Jack’s Attic.
Today, Vicki’s inspirational words reach and touch millions of moms and women around the world daily on Joy of Mom—the culmination of Vicki’s lifelong dream and journey.
For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/joyofmom or www.joyofmom.com.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review- A great book for inspiring and feel good quotes, photos and strengths.  The book will make an excellent gift as it is filled with truths that will bless and fill your heart.