Glimmer Girls By: Natalie Grant

  

Glimmer Girls:
London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish

The Glimmer Girls series is an adorable series written by the singer Natalie Grant for young girls. The Glimmer Girls are three sisters that travel the world with their famous singer mother, Gloria Glimmer and their slightly off-kilter nanny Julia. Each book follows the girls on a new adventure. Through each adventure the girls learn valuable lessons about prayer, telling the truth, being a good friend and so much more.

This series is a great to add to any young girls reading collection, they are fun stories with valuable lessons, I highly recommend this series and they would make a great addition to any Easter basket.

From the author:
Glimmer Girls is a fiction series that I have created with my daughters.  The storyline is about three girls who go on tour with their singing mom.  I have no idea where I came up with that plot!  It’s fun for my little girls to help with the content because they actually live that life.  Glimmer is the last name of the family, but it also has a special meaning.  It is a light that is never extinguished.  Sometimes it may glimmer a little bit brighter, sometimes it may glimmer a little bit dimmer, but it never goes out.  I felt like that was such a perfect description for all of us.  We all have a light on the inside and depending on the day, sometimes it’s bright and sometimes it’s dim.  That is the message I wanted girls to get from this book.  You don’t always have to be shining bright, some days are going to be more difficult than others, but Jesus has put a light in you that will never go out.”

-Elle

I received these books complimentary through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Enter the Cold Shot by: @DaniPettrey sweepstakes!

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

See my review here!

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes

GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second Prize
Finley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.

TASTE OF MARYLAND KIT

THIRD PRIZE:
COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

How to Enter:

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

The Golden Braid By: Melanie Dickerson

There are some stories that transport you, to a new time, to a new place, all of Melanie Dickerson’s books have the ability to do just that and her latest, the Golden Braid is no different. The Golden Braid is a new twist on the classic story of Rapunzel.

I’ve always loved fairy tales, but you’ve never seen or read this version of Rapunzel before, I love how Dickerson is able to take a story we all know and turn it on its side to be come a new story that is still true to the heart of the original. Dickerson has also found a way to weave Christ into her stories. I highly recommend all of her books.

I received this book complimentary through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe By: Max Lucado | IPAD Giveaway and Blog Tour

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

By: Max Lucado

Review: 

Max Lucado’s latest release is the fiction book Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is not like any other fiction book you have read, it is a creative uplifting story. Most of Lucado’s books are non-fiction and even with the switch of genre Lucado has continued to teach through his writing.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds will show you the power of prayer and how so many things can be at work even when you don’t see them happening around you. In this book you will find that although everyone has questions all of your answers can be found in Christ.

I love this book, you may be thrown off as it starts, but it will pull you in completely.

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

In Max Lucado’s new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, he asks, If you could ask God anything, what would you ask—and how would he answer? When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Join Max in celebrating the release of his new fiction book by entering his iPad giveaway and RSVPing to his Coffee with Max webcast!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on the Litfuse blog. Then tune in to a special webcast with Max on the evening of March 24th! RSVP here.

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Remnants: Season of Fire

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Remnants: Season of Fire By: Lisa T. Bergren

It’s officially the release day! So head over to your favorite book dealer and check out Remnants: Season of Fire!

As the second book in the Remnants Series, Season of Fire has a bit of a slow start but from there picks up tremendously. This book is full of adventures and twists with every turn of the page. Season of Fire starts where Season of Wonder left on as we return to the journey of our favorite characters. What I love about this book, is that although we thought we knew these characters already, we have learned more about them and another level of the depth within these characters. Bergren has done amazing in crafting these characters and sharing their hopes, fears and struggles.

I love that this is also a Christian book and that theme echoes through ever page of the story. It isn’t watered down so that people will like it more, the artists shares who she is and her beliefs through this story. I cannot wait for book three! In a time where so many poorly written books with no morals stock the shelves it is great to see such a fun dystopian book.

I received this book complimentary from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is getting closer! Don’t jump ahead of yourself though and remember to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and a few good books to prepare you for the holiday season! If you are looking for the perfect holiday read, or a short holiday novella to breeze through as you wait for the turkey to cook I have the perfect books for you!

For those of you planning to be cooking and entertaining guests here are two quick reads from Colleen Coble you can enjoy and finish quickly in the free moments that you find!

Holy Night By: Colleen Coble

Leia has everything planned. The caterers are booked, the food ordered, the dresses bought. She is finally ready to be married, but in one moment her innocent little sister Eva has disappeared, and in a moment all of her wedding plans have changed. With a single phone call Leia is scared for her sister Eva and unsure of where to turn, with her wedding cancelled her relationships are tested as she searches to find Leia.

Colleen Coble has pulled together a short and sweet story that at the same time is filled with mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing at each turn. With a Hawaiian wedding Coble has added a new scene to the stereo-typical Christmas stories, you will love trying to discover what has happened to Eva, the only negative being that as a novella the story comes to an end much too soon!

In Silent Night Colleen Coble brings us back to our friends in Rock Harbor. Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas, ready and waiting for family to arrive, her sister-in-law Lauri shows up early, even though classes don’t end for another two weeks and on top of that Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog, Samson are back on the trail after a parachuter has gone missing, while searching Bree finds Lauri out in the woods, and things with her are not adding up. Bree and Kade know that Lauri is hiding something, and that she may no more than what appears about the missing parachuter and his neighbor who went missing a few weeks earlier.

Another beautiful Rock Harbor story from Colleen Coble, we see the inner struggles of these characters, we see as Lauri begins to understand what it means to not be selfish and to be others-focused. Coble has a beautiful skill with words and an ability to drag you into a story where you can curl up and feel like you belong in the town of Rock Harbor.

Set in Ohio just after WWII A Christmas Gift for Rose follows the story of Rose, a young Amish woman, who believed she knew what her future held, a typical Amish life, married to Jonathan and staying at home creating the family she dreams of. With Jonathan returning from the war, she doesn’t know if she could go back to him, with the disapproval of the Amish community. Rose’s family has a secret about her life, and in the midst of everything with Jonathan they give her some information that sends her world into a spiral of questions and has her wondering where her life will lead.

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful story about love and finding yourself and finding where your home truly is. Tricia Goyer has shared with us an amazing story of love, faith and family just in time for the Christmas season. This book will pull at your heartstrings. A short and quick read, this is the book you will want to share with all your friends and family.

Anna loves her grandparents who raised her, her grandfather, the bishop, however, is very strict and does not want to see change come into their Amish community. Anna doesn’t understand why no one seems to be interested in her, but those who have considered courting her are afraid to because of her grandfather. There’s a new boy in town and he finds that Anna may be the person he wants to court.

Anna is starting to see that her grandfather’s strict rules are dividing the community. Everyone is hiding secrets and Anna finds her faith slipping as she tries to follow her dream to start a family. Can Anna figure out how to balance the two important people in her life? The grandparents who raised her and her love for Jacob?

This was my first Beth Wiseman book, and I am not always a fan of Amish fiction but Beth Wiseman knows how to weave a story and create characters on all levels. Through this book you can see the struggle and process as Anna tries to figure out what to do and how to do what is best for her family. This is a beautiful story of faith and following your dreams for the future.

I received all of these books complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program for the 12 Days of Christmas in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The Red Letter Revolution By: Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne

The Red Letter Revolution: What if Jesus Really meant what He said? Through this book Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne strike up a conversation about what Christianity would look like if we followed the words of Jesus rather than rooting ourselves in the ‘traditions’ of the church. This book is not a regular book it is a dialogue between the two authors, a transcript of the conversations that they have had on a range of topics from money, politics, missions, immigration, to giving.

This book brings up a lot of discussion and gives you something to consider and to think about, although you may not agree with the views of either author the discussion is informative and helps us to realize that sometimes we base things on what we do by tradition and forget to look into what the Bible says. The Red Letter Revolution also introduces us into a new way of living in community with one another and taking steps to really read what Jesus said.

This book has  received a range of reviews from extremely positive to extremely negative, it is understandable that this book may make you angry and you may disagree with some points made throughout the book, I encourage you to approach this book with an open mind and to listen to what is being said and you may just find some points to take to heart.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Enjoy Christian Fiction? Check out @NovelCrossing

Today is the official start date for Novel Crossing! I am so excited for this, as an avid reader of Christian Fiction many times I lose track of all the books in my to be read pile as well as forgetting titles or authors of books I loved! Novel Crossing has solved that problem as well as created a community to learn more about the authors, the latest books and tons of stuff happening in the Christian Fiction world! Be sure to check it out!

http://www.novelcrossing.com/

Check out the youtube page to learn more about your favorite authors!

Don’t forget to follow Novel Crossing on Twitter @NovelCrossing

Hope to see you there!

-Elle

You Don’t Know Me By Susan May Warren

Just in time for fall, Susan May Warren releases her latest novella You Don’t Know Me. So take the time to warm up a cup of cocoa, pull out your favorite blanket and settle in for an extended weekend on the couch to read Warrens’ latest.

Annalise Decker has a picture perfect life, a husband running for mayor, three kids, one a volleyball champ and one the lead in the school play. Her life appears perfect, but Annalise has a secret that could mean life or death, a secret she has never shared with her family. Everyone has secrets, big and small things that we don’t want others to find out, but Annalise’s secret may be too big of a secret, one that tears the perfect life she has built and her family apart. Is it possible that these secrets build up to be too much for one family to handle?

For Annalise she has found her place in the town of Deep Haven, a wife, mother, PTO member, you name it and Annalise is involved in some way. Than one day she runs into someone from her past, someone who should not be in Deep Haven, the very person that can destroy the life that she has built.

Susan May Warren brings us another story from our favorite town of Deep Haven, and once again does not disappoint us. Deep Haven is full of rich characters, a community you feel you are a part of as you read about the Decker’s.  This book will have you thinking and realizing how much keeping secrets can hurt the people you love.

You Don’t Know Me is a great story and a great addition to the Deep Haven books. A great weekend read!

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Conquer Your Fears and “Live to Give” Webcast with @AustinGutwein


Thomas Nelson Author and Hoops of Hope founder, Austin Gutwein, to host September 6 online event to focusing on themes his latest release, Live to Give.

On September 6 at 8 PM EDT, Austin Gutwein will be hosting a live Facebook web event to encourage participants to conquer their fears and use their talents to help others. The webcast will center on the themes Gutwein writes about in his latest release “Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles(Thomas Nelson/August, 2012). At the conclusion of the webcast, the winners of a month-long social media fueled “Get and Give” contest will be announced, including the winner of a Kindle Fire and $250 donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Join Austin on the evening of Thursday, September 6th as he shares about his own experiences and encourages others to conquers their fears and “live to give”. Austin will also be taking audience questions and interacting with participants. PLUS – there will be several “Live to Give” giveaways – books, gift certificates and much more! RSVP today and tell your friends.

Based on the John 6 story of Jesus feeding the 5000, in “Live to Give” Gutwein challenges his readers that regardless of age and talent, God can use them to make a difference. Even though God could take care of everything Himself and doesn’t really need our help, He desperately WANTS us to help Him care for others. Gutwein walks young people through discovering and embracing their unique God-given strengths and abilities, then figuring out how to use those talents to help others. Sometimes doing that takes a leap of faith on our part, and often becoming fearless in the process.

More about Austin: At eighteen years old, Gutwein speaks with wisdom and has the experience to reinforce his message. When Austin was just nine years old, he watched a video that showed children in Africa who had lost their parents to AIDS. Gutwein realized these kids weren’t any different from him—except they were suffering. Feeling called to help, he took his love of basketball and decided to shoot free throws to raise money for orphans in Zambia. On World AIDS Day in 2004, he shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. Through sponsorship from parents and friends, Gutwein raised over $3,000 that day to give hope to eight orphans in Zambia.

Over the past eight years, Gutwein’s efforts have created Hoops of Hope, the largest free throw marathon in the world. With an estimated 40,000 people in more than 25 countries participating, Hoops of Hope has raised more than $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, dormitories for orphanages, and the only computer lab in Zambia.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire and have $250 donated to your favorite charity.

Click for the banner for details and entry or visit http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13528976/livetogive.

Learn more about Austin and Hoops of Hope at www.AustinGutwein.com and www.HoopsOfHope.org.