Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Beauty from Ashes blog tour

About the Book

Name of book: Beauty from Ashes
Author: Alana Terry  
Genre: Christian Women’s Lit 
Release Date: July, 2017

A baby was never part of Tiff’s plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator. As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he’s working in the midst of her daughter’s bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more? The Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won’t meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you’ll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.

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About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Click here to see the special video message from Alana. “You better come in,” I told my husband. “The doctors don’t think he’s going to make it.” Not the kind of conversation you want to have with anyone at one o’clock in the morning. I was spending the night at the hospital with our nine-month-old baby Silas and hadn’t left the hospital complex in days. Scott was home with our toddler trying to get some sleep. And our son Silas was dying. Raising a medically-fragile baby changed me like nothing else ever has. Thankfully, Silas pulled through that horrific evening, but that didn’t mean life was sugar and cream from then on. As anyone with experience knows, it’s hard work being a special-needs mom. And it can devastate a marriage. Thankfully, God brought my husband and me through those nearly impossible first few years while Silas was in and out of the hospital with no guarantee of his survival. And he continued to sustain us through even more years of therapy, hospital visits, and medical tests. And now we have a happy marriage, a healthy boy, and hearts full of gratitude for all God’s done for us. But I never want to forget where we were. The depths God delivered us out of. The despair that would have overwhelmed us if God hadn’t been our strength and our support. Writing Beauty from Ashes was one way to remind myself of those difficulties God brought us through. It’s not strictly autobiographical, but the baby in this novel went through a very similar traumatic birth experience as Silas did, and all the health issues — including that night in the hospital when I truly thought we were going to lose our baby — are based on the trials we went through when Silas was young. I wrote Beauty from Ashes because we all need to be reminded every now and then that even though life can be impossibly hard, even though there’s no guarantee our children will grow up and love Christ and make good choices with their lives or even survive until adulthood at all, God is good, and he will sustain us through all the trials we have to endure. I think that’s why Beauty from Ashes resonates so much with Christian readers hungry for more than a simple story with a happily-ever-after ending, like these readers: “…by far some of the best Christian fiction I’ve read.” Amy L, author ” … a story that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.” ~ Jaime Hampton, award-winning author of Malnourished “I didn’t think it was possible that the author could write any better than she already does … This is a book I will never forget … She writes with realism and doesn’t pull any punches … Every time I read a book from this author, my faith grows.” Deana at Texas Bookaholic I hope you’ll take a chance to grab your own copy of Beauty from Ashes today, and don’t forget to watch the video and enter to win the $100 gift card to christianbooks.com. Because Christian fiction should encourage, edify, and inspire. And because God is big enough to carry all our burdens.

My Review

When I first started reading I kept trying to figure it out, I guess because of being in first person and they were at a church service and the character is thinking and telling about her life. After several chapters the church service was over, the book started making sense to me because of more dialogue. Tiffany is newly married and just had Natalie a few months earlier that has a lot of health problems. Tiffany is dealing with her past with growing up a foster child. Also dealing with a mother in law that is staying with them helping with Natalie but trying to take over. I really admire Tiffany and the patience she had and how she was encouraged by Grandma Lucy that did the long Prayer at the church service. I was was really encouraged by Grandma Lucy also. Once I got past the first few chapters the book was hard to put down. It was really interesting. This is my first book by Alana Terry even I have lot of hers on my TBR list and I do look forward to reading more of her books. I received an advanced copy of the book and this is my opinion. 

                         Blog Stops

A Greater Yes, November 19
Mary Hake, November 20
allofakindmom, November 21
Mommynificent, November 22
Karen Sue Hadley, November 23
Christian Bookaholic, November 24
Carpe Diem, November 25
Blogging With Carol, November 26
Lots of Helpers, November 26
Moments Dipped in Ink, November 27
Janices book reviewsNovember 28
BigreadersiteNovember 28
Red Headed Book LadyNovember 29
Pause for TalesDecember 1
The Power of WordsDecember 2


To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of a $100 CBD gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
Link for giveaway: https://promosimple.com/ps/c3c1


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