Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Colors of Christmas Blog tour

About the Book

Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport  
Genre: Contemporary Christmas  
Release Date: October 1, 2017  

Christmas in Blue Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself? Christmas in Gold When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.

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About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

We All Have a Story I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people. A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy. Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself. Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know. Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh. Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

My Review
Two different Christmas stories: 

Christmas in Gold is the first one, Astrid moves to a assisted living home after breaking her foot. I really loved her attitude and loved the history of her life growing up. It is close to Christmas when she moves there, one thing is missing, the Gold Christmas bulbs she had since a child. Will they be found? 

Christmas in Blue is the second one, Angela’s best friend had past away and she was the one that did a lot with the town’s celebration of Christmas event they had each year so the committee appointed Angela to do it. Loved Angela’s Character, even though she was hit by a surprise she does her best with a positive attitude. 

Both of the stories were very good, enjoyed the history from Germany in the first one and the second had a sweet dog in it. Definitely a five star. 
I received the book from the publisher thru NetGalley for a honest review. 

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17
Bukwurmzzz, October 17
Janices book reviewsOctober 18
BigreadersiteOctober 19
Have A Wonderful DayOctober 20
Blogging With CarolOctober 21
Just the Write EscapeOctober 21
A Greater YesOctober 22
Mary HakeOctober 22
Daysong ReflectionsOctober 22
Ashley’s BookshelfOctober 23
Baker KellaOctober 23
Smiling Book ReviewsOctober 23
Remembrancy, October 24
Carpe DiemOctober 25
autism momOctober 25
Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 25
A Reader’s BrainOctober 26
By The BookOctober 26
The Power of WordsOctober 26
Pause for Tales, October 27
Splashes of JoyOctober 27
Jeanette’s ThoughtsOctober 28
Karen Sue HadleyOctober 28
Vicky SluiterOctober 29
Pursuing StacieOctober 29
Just Jo’AnneOctober 30


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Almond Street Mission Blog Tour

Name of book: Almond Street Mission  
Author: June Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Release Date: September 6, 2016

When Glorilyn Neilson’s nineteen-year-old brother, Tannon, goes missing without a trace, she’s frantic. Prayer and volunteering at the local homeless shelter in El Camino must fill the time until her sibling returns. But her sapphire eyes and auburn hair inadvertently cause a stir among the male population at the center. Her life changes one evening when she’s attacked by a burly vagrant intent on rape in the alley behind the building. Jeremiah Goodman loves the Lord, but he’s homeless. When he witnesses a foul-mouthed vagrant overpowering one of the volunteers at the homeless shelter, he defends her, saving her from unwanted advances. When Glorilyn offers him a way of escape from his impoverished lifestyle, he can’t tell her why he must live the life of a vagrant. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?

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My Review 

This book was a real blessing to read. Love the story of Caleb and Glorilyn. Caleb is working for the Lord and ends up at Almond street Mission, an homeless shelter. He meets Glorilyn that volunteers there. Love how the story shows us how God can works things out in our lives in ways we would never think of. This is the first book I have read by June Foster and it will not be my last. I definitely look forward to reading more of her books. The descriptions of everything was very good and I could feel like I was there with the characters. I cannot think of anything that did not like about the book. One of the best Christian fiction I have read. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit for an honest review. 

About the Author

An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Books One, Two, and Three in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are all available from Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Almond Street Mission, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go, all published by Forget Me Not Press, a division of Winged Publications. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. Find June on line at

Guest Post from June Foster

Stories Behind the Story Almond Street Mission tells the story of Glorilyn Neilson whose younger brother, Tannon, has gone missing, hurling her entire family into turmoil. Prayer and volunteering at the local homeless shelter fills the empty, lonely hours. One evening, she’s attacked by a brawny vagrant intent on rape. Another vagrant, Jeremiah Goodman, defends her, saving her from unwanted attention. Jeremiah loves the Lord but is homeless. The mission director, Mr. Harris, offers him and nineteen-year-old, Tank, a place at the shelter. But when Jeremiah later tries to protects a drug addict in hope of sharing the gospel with him, Mr. Harris finds heroin on Jeremiah, and he’s booted out. Tank chooses to leave with him. On the street, Jeremiah and Tank try to scrape up a meal, but even trash cans around the city park don’t provide food for their hungry stomachs. Taking a chance on getting arrested, they beg for food in front of an elegant downtown Italian restaurant. Two older women walk out. One ignores them but the other looks at them with kind eyes and offers an entire pizza. All this to explain a real life happening which gave me an idea for this scene. My daughter and I were in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at an Italian restaurant. We each ordered a small pizza, but the waiter brought me a Hawaiian pizza though I’d order pepperoni. When I pointed out the mistake, the server brought out a second pizza for me, this time pepperoni, and told me to keep the first one. No way I could eat a another pizza, and we didn’t have anywhere to keep it at the hotel, so I asked him if he knew any homeless people. The waiter said yes, that they congregate nearby, and he’d deliver it to a hungry vagrant. In the story, the other woman who gives the extra pizza to Jeremiah and Tank is above average height. I wrote myself into a brief portion of the scene, and my 5’10” height qualifies as tall! When Tank says “God bless you,” the lady says “He does, everyday.” The sentiments of my heart. Real life always provides rich fodder. Another story behind the story is when a friend at my church mentioned a Christian homeless ministry in the nearby city of Birmingham, Alabama, The Jimmie Hale Mission. I called and asked if I could take a tour. A chaplain welcomed my husband and me and scheduled a time for us to visit. He promised to personally conduct our visit. When we arrived, the chaplain took us through the dining facility, exercise room, chapel, clothing bank, computer rooms, classrooms, and dorms. While in the dining area, we met the efficient kitchen manager, a paid employee who provided three delicious meals a day for the residents. Tingles ran down my arms when he shared his experience. He was once a drunk and resident of the mission. Today, he loves the Lord, is reunited with his wife, and holds down the manager’s job. As a side note, I based two characters’ situations on this real life man. While at the mission, the men learn job skills and have opportunity to take classes. When they leave, they’re fully grounded in the Lord and on their way to a new life. A few are employed at the facility. Before we left, the chaplain generously gave me his cell phone number and offered to answer any further questions, and I had several. Research for this story provided a rich insight into how God’s power can change and equip those that society may have chosen to discard.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, October 5
autism mom, October 7
Blogging With CarolOctober 9
A Greater Yes, October 11
Remembrancy, October 11
Multifarious, October 12
Pause for Tales, October 13
Texas Book-aholic, October 15
Carpe Diem, October 17


In honor of her tour, June is giving away a grand prize collection of 1 signed paperback copy of Almond Street Mission, a $25 Amazon card, and 12 handmade cards! Click the link below to enter!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home Blog Tour

About the book:

Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can't understand her mother's overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother's inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother's lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel's painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that's been lost?

My Review 

A book about three generations, grandmother, daughter and granddaughter and the relationship between each one and how something that happened when Hazel (the grandmother) was young could affect the each generation.  A book I enjoyed very much from start to finish. Very inspirational. Maggie is the long lost sister of Hazel and 70 years later they are trying to find her. Love the characters, the dogs are a special addition to the story. I don’t believe there was anything I did not like about the book. I received the book from the publisher thru NetGalley.  

About the author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
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Blog Tour Schedule:

Angela | A Holland Reads
Debra | 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
Jalynn | A Simple Life, really?!
chantal | This Chattanooga Mommy Saves
Stacey | Books,Dreams,Life
Margaret | The World As I See It
Chastity | Chas Ray's Book Nerd Corner
Joan | Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
Billy | Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
Dianna | Savings in Seconds
Joy | Splashes of Joy
Karen | Karens Korner
Jennifer | Jen Around the World
Connie | Gccbookworm
Corinne | Corinne Rodrigues
Carla | Working Mommy Journal
Amy | A Nest in the Rocks
Becky | Christian Chick's Thoughts
Amanda | Inklings and notions
Rachel | Rachel L
Lady |
Andrea | The Young Girl Who Loved Books
Jenna | Hello babybums
Ashley | Bringing Up Books
Kathleen | Reviews From The Heart
Joy | Deco My Heart
Paphapin | Feeling in Red
Lori | Red Headed Book Lady
Linda | Mocha with Linda
Jessica | A Baker's Perspective
Julia | Christian Bookaholic
Hallie | Book by Book
Carole | The Power of Words
Annie | Just Commonly
Jill | I am believing God
Kristie | Moments
Michelle | Let's Talk About Books
Sherry | My Journey Back
Leah | As We Walk Along the Road
Megan | Pursuing Intentional Living
Becky | Living Outside the Lines
Sarah | Running Through The Storms
Leslie | Did YOU Hear About the Morgans?
Denise | Rejoice in the Little Things
Veronica | Veronica's 'Views
Lena Nelson | A Christian Writer's World
Britney | Buzzing About Books
Connie | Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting
Sarah | Fiction, Faith, and Fun
Marissa | The Review Stew
Sydney | Singing Librarian Books
Rachel | EmpowerMoms
Wendy | Life at Rossmont
Stephanie | Have A Wonderful Day
Alison | NOVA Frugal Family
Amy | Pause for Tales
Cindy | All Things Are Possible
Deana | Texas Book-aholic
Denise | The Help Meet Wife
Vera | Chat With Vera
Janice | Janices book reviews
Andrea | Two Points of Interest
Barbara | i'm Hooked on Books
Wendy | Wall-to-wall books
Beth | For The Love of Books
Maureen | Maureen's Musings
Mackenzie | Spreading His Grace
Lisa | Seeking with All Yur Heart
Amanda | The Talbert Report
Mindy | A Room Wihtout Books is Empty
Lydia | Noveltea
Bethany | The perfect beginning
Sue | Thoughts from Mill Street
Leslie | Edits and Reviews by Leslie
Katiria | Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews
Suzanne | Clicking Her Heels
Vicky | Walking in Grace

Colors of Christmas Blog tour

About the Book Name of book: Colors of Christmas Author: Olivia Newport   Genre: Contemporary Christmas   Release Date: Octob...