Sunday, September 26, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Silent Altitudes by Michael James Emberger

About the Book

Book: Silent Altitudes

Author: Michael James Emberger

Genre: Cli-Fi Thriller (Climate Fiction/Thriller)

Release date: March 30, 2021
The world looks up to the sky in hopeful anticipation as the Pennychuck Atmospheric Carbon Reduction System comes online. Finally the chance to eliminate global warming will be obtainable.

Within moments, something goes terribly wrong. Dr. Milford Pennychuck races to find the underlying problem that caused so much destruction. Yet when an assassination attempt and system sabotage blindsides him, he has to rely on a surprising ally.

Together they delve into a conspiracy deeper than they can fathom. As the system operates at progressively higher altitudes, the two scientists must find a way to shut it down…or die trying.

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About the Author

 

Michael James Emberger is an author of thrillers and suspense, and he resides in Wilton, New Hampshire. He enjoys weaving narratives of conspiracy and misguided intentions around divisive topics. Where there is debate, there is always room for a villain with goals far out of alignment from either side. Michael is a graduate of Messiah College, where he studied Engineering and met his wife racing solar cars cross-country. When he’s not working on home renovations or writing, he enjoys visiting the ocean and exploring the majesty of God’s creation on the summits of New Hampshire’s mountains.

More from Michael

Silent Altitudes is a Cli-fi (Climate Fiction) thriller set in the near future. I wanted to avoid the current political debates over global warming, so I went with the assumption that the world eventually comes to consensus about what to do. The United Nations rolls out an elaborate technological solution, but sabotage and conspiracy lead to disaster on startup day. That’s the type of angle I enjoy writing. Climate change is the backdrop, but this book is about family and survival and fighting against the greed and corruption that have laid good intentions to ruin. It’s about loss and hope and trusting that God is still in control even when everything seems hopeless.

A significant inspiration for this book was a phrase my daughter would say when she was little: “Hold you Mommy.” It meant she wanted a hug. I contacted Laura, a pottery artist on Etsy, and ordered a custom mug with that phrase as a Christmas present for my wife. Laura was a joy to work with, and our conversation led to me developing characters and themes that provided the heart of my story. I find it’s those little inspirations that make the biggest difference in my writing.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 20

Rebecca Tews, September 21

Texas Book-aholic, September 22

Inklings and notions, September 23

For Him and My Family, September 24

Blogging With Carol, September 24

deb’s Book Review, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 29

A Reader’s Brain, September 30

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 1

Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Michael is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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/119f6/silent-altitudes-celebration-tour-giveaway

My Review

Silent Altitudes is my first introduction to books written by Michael James Emberger. I am not a huge fan of fantasy or science fiction genre, but I thought this was a good read. I thought the writing style was different and unique. There were times I had a hard time following but was able to catch on quickly and continued to keep reading. I am happy that I went outside my comfort zone and gave this one a chance. It was definitely worth a read. 

I am giving Silent Altitudes three and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading inspirational science fiction and fantasy. I would like to read more by Michael James Emberger in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of Silent Altitudes from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Review: The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: 

Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.



My Review: 

I thought The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery was a fabulous read. I instantly felt an instant connection to both Glory Ann and Sarah. I was able to relate to them easily and understand what they were going through. Their story is one that had me captivated right the first chapter and my attention was held all the way to the end. I loved every single page.

I am giving The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery a very well deserved five plus stars. Lovers of Historical fiction with dual timelines will definitely want to read this one. It is among one of my favorites I have read for the year. I would love to see where else Amanda Cox’s imagination will take her readers to next.

I received a paperback copy of The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Searching For Seven by Tyler D Smith

About the Book


Book: 
Searching for Seven

Author: Tyler D. Smith

Genre: Christian Devotional

Release date: June 2, 2020
The Christian life is meant to be an adventure. Searching for Seven takes readers on a journey of searching for God and searching for your own faith seven days a week. It is a quick read, with lots of stories, Scripture, and encouragement.

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About the Author

Tyler D. Smith is a pastor, NBA sportswriter, and basketball coach. He has also worked in the Christian music industry.  He resides in Indiana with his wife Katelyn, and their two daughters Addi and Ellie.

More from Tyler

The Christian life is meant to be a journey, and we were made to seek Truth every day of the week! Searching for Seven is a quick read, filled with fun stories and Scripture to encourage readers, no matter where they are currently at Spiritually. Tyler D. Smith is an NBA sportswriter, coach, author, and speaker. Join him on the journey of a lifetime!



Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 21

Through the Fire Blogs, September 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 23

Inklings and notions, September 24

Simple Harvest Reads, September 25 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 25

deb’s Book Review, September 26

Blossoms and Blessings, September 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 28

For Him and My Family, September 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 2

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 3

Artistic Nobody, October 4 (Author Interview)

Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Tyler is giving away the grand prize package of $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/119f8/searching-for-seven-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Searching For Seven is the first book I have read by Tyler D Smith. I thought it was a pretty good read. It has nineteen short chapters that is full of inspiration and faith. I like there at the end of the book, it has four discussion questions that accompany each chapter. They were thought provoking and helped to pick my brain a bit. Personally, I would have liked it better if they appeared after the chapters and have space for note taking. Overall, it was a great book. 

Searching For Seven will be getting four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading Christian life books. I would love to read more like this by Tyler D Smith in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of Searching For Seven from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dinah's Dilemma by Linda Shenton Matchett

About the Book


Book: Dinah’s Dilemma

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 15, 2020

Will she have to run from the past for the rest of her life?

Dinah Simpkins has no chance of making a good marriage. Her outlaw brothers and her father’s gambling addiction have ruined the family’s reputation. Then the Westward Home and Hearts Matrimonial Agency provides an opportunity for a fresh start. After Dinah arrives in Nebraska, she discovers her brothers played a part in the death of her prospective groom’s first wife.

As a former Pinkerton detective Nathan Childs knows when someone is lying. The bride sent by the matrimonial agency may be beautiful, but she’s definitely hiding something, and he has no intention of marrying her until he uncovers the truth. But an easier solution may be to send her packing. Then his young daughter goes missing. He and Dinah must put aside their mutual hurt and mistrust to find her.

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About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Reader,

As a novelist, I write about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. And to me, nothing is more extraordinary than leaving all that you know to travel a great distance (often thousands of miles) to marry a man you’ve never met. Don’t you agree?

During the initial settlement of the American West, the population was primarily composed of men. Men who went in search of gold, to seek new opportunities in farming and ranching, or to make a fresh start where land and resources seemed unlimited. Eventually, loneliness set in for those who were single, yet there was a dearth of suitable women to marry.

The conundrum for the men was how to meet and court a woman without leaving for fear of someone taking their land or claims. Some of the bachelors wrote home asking friends and family for referrals to single women who would make a good wife. Courtship would take place via correspondence until the couple decided they were suited to marry. The more common scenario was that of mail-order brides.

Ads were placed by the men in eastern newspapers. They would tell a bit about themselves and what traits they were seeking in a wife. Interested women would reply, and the advertiser would respond to the applicant he thought was a good fit. As with those men who wrote home to find a mate, the process was much the same with courtship occurring through letters.

Most of the time, the marriages went smoothly, with the couple falling in love, resulting in a long and happy relationship. However, there are stories of marriages that did not survive because of abandonment, abuse, death, or the discovery of a still-living spouse. A few incidents are recorded about mail-order brides whose groom paid her railway passage, only for her to marry someone else because he seemed a better prospect. Fortunately, those instances seem to make up a small percentage.

I hope you enjoy Dinah’s Dilemma: A Mail-Order Bride Romance.

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, September 14

Mary Hake, September 14

Labor Not in Vain, September 15

Texas Book-aholic, September 16

Inklings and notions, September 17

For Him and My Family, September 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 21

Connect in Fiction, September 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 22

deb’s Book Review, September 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 24

Vicky Sluiter, September 25

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 25

Connie’s History Classroom, September 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 27

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a Book Journal, Floral Book Plates, Bookjigs Bookmark, a $25 Visa Gift Card, and an autographed paperback edition of Dinah’s Dilemma!!

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/11826/dinah-s-dilemma-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Dinah's Dilemma is Linda Shenton Matchett’s contribution to the Westward Home and Hearts Mail Order Brides series. It is exactly what I would expect from her stories. Even though it is not a very long read, it is full of heartbreak, perseverance, and love. I loved Dinah right from the start. I admired her determination and strength. I liked the mild suspense included in the story and was hoping for her and Nathan’s happiness in the end. I loved it!

Dinah's Dilemma is getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading heartwarming historical romance novellas. I would love to read more from the Westward Home and Hearts Mail Order Brides series. 

I received a digital copy of Sarah's Surrender from the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Movie Review: Courageous Legacy


THE MOVIE YOU LOVE, AT A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
  

Ten years ago this fall, COURAGEOUS opened in theaters across the world. Filled with heart-pounding action, laugh-out-loud humor, and powerful inspiration,  COURAGEOUS has entertained and impacted families across the globe for the past  decade.  

Now, from the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR  ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes COURAGEOUS LEGACY, the remastered, special-edition  release for a new generation. This updated version of the film includes an enhanced  look and sound along with impact stories, new scenes, and a new bonus ending you  don’t want to miss! Mark your calendars, gather your friends, and spread the word. It’s time to head back to the theaters!  
Watch the Trailer HERE 

View the Heart Of Courageous Legacy video HERE 

Download the Resolution HERE for free!
This is a great way for fathers to take the next step and make a commitment to their wives and children.  

Watch another fun video from the Kendrick Brothers HERE

Go see COURAGEOUS LEGACY in theaters
THIS WEEKEND, starting Friday,  September 24th!  

Buy Links:

Buy Tickets Here: https://tickets.courageousthemovie.com/  Official Website: https://www.courageousthemovie.com/ 


Giveaway:

2 free Fandango codes to see Courageous Legacy in theaters. Leave a comment below and tell me why you want to see this movie. Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

Note: This giveaway is limited to the US only. Winner will be chosen on Monday, September 27th.  



My Review:

I was excited to have the opportunity to have a chance at watching Courageous Legacy. This is the first time I have had the pleasure of watching any of the movies from the Courageous series. After watching this one, I have no idea why that is. It was full of faith and inspiration. There is a diverse group of characters and actors that any movie watcher will be able to connect with and relate to. There were some scenes that made me laugh and some that made me cry.  

I am giving Courageous Legacy a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for all families to watch it on a movie night. I loved it and hope to watch it again in the future. I definitely believe it is a must see and not to be missed.

I received a prescreening of Courageous Legacy from Momentum Influencers, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


Disclosure:  

Many thanks to Sony Pictures for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post. 

Review: The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick


The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: 

Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Guilt-ridden and songless, Natalie can't seem to recapture the joy music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered--the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits American's indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages as the powers that be insist on assimilation. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law. Will she succeed and step into a new song . . . and a new future?

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves yet another lyrical tale based on a true story that will keep readers captivated to the very end. 



My Review: 

I found Jane Kirkpatrick’s newest release, The Healing of Natalie Curtis, to be a fascinating read. I adored Natalie with her determination and courage throughout the book. I was intrigued that she was actually part of history. She is one that I was able to connect with and relate to. I enjoyed the historical details that made me feel as though I was right there and transported back in time. I thought this was a pretty good story to read. The author obviously did her research to bring Natalie back to life.

I am giving The Healing of Natalie Curtis four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean Historical Fiction based on true events.

I received a paperback copy of The Healing of Natalie Curtis from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect With French Through Simple, Healthy Cooking

Elisabeth de Châtillon

on Tour September 20-October 1st with 
  The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect With French Through Simple, Healthy Cooking

(nonfiction: Healthy Bilingual French Cook Book and Language Book – French and English) Release date: 6/2/2021 144 pages Hands on French Goodreads 📚📚📚

Buy It Here: Our Bookshop

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SYNOPSIS

If you think French food is complicated, decadent, and heavy, think again! If you think learning and exploring another language is difficult or boring, think again! And if you think cooking French food and learning French at the same time is impossible, teacher and home cook Elisabeth de Châtillon is here to prove you wrong. It might sound too good to be true, but THE HANDS ON FRENCH COOKBOOK is full of healthy, simple French recipes that you can make for friends and family while you learn not only the French language but also a little bit about French culture in a relaxed, fun, tasty way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Hands On French Cookbook_Elisabeth de Châtillon Elisabeth de Châtillon was born in France, has an MA in Education and Marketing, and has taught extensively in both the USA and Europe. She is also an accomplished home cook who enjoys sharing her love for French cooking by feeding her family and friends simple, good food. Her book, THE HANDS ON FRENCH COOKBOOK, was born from her combined love of teaching and cooking —and a desire to share that love and knowledge. When Elisabeth isn’t working or cooking, she likes stepping on her yoga mat, meditating, swimming in the ocean and lakes, walking in the beautiful outdoors, and traveling. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband, Ron, and Minou, her bilingual cat. To find our more, please visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, or on LinkedIn  
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My Review

The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking is probably the easiest reading French cookbook I have come across. I was able to follow the directions and ingredients with no problem. Each recipe is in French, as well as, translated into English. My family’s favorite dishes were the Gratin De Pommes De Terre or Potato Gratin and Galette Des Rois A` La Crème D’Amandes or Kings’ Galette with Almond Cream. They were so delicious and look forward to making them in the future. 

I am giving The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for those who want to find an easy and authentic French cookbook. 

I received a soft cover copy of The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.