Fanny’s Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt! Today, I’m taking part of this fun event and giveaway to celebrate the release of Sarah Holman’s new book Fanny’s Hope Chest. I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this short book, and it was amazing. Well worth reading by anyone, married or single, old or young.

Here’s how to play:

1.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and get the full list of items to search for and blogs taking part

2.     Find the hidden item on each blog

3.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and enter the giveaway with your completed list.

4.     Tell your friends about the scavenger hunt

5.     Watch to see if your name is drawn on February 16th for 1 of five giveaway winners!

Time to see if you can find the item I’ve hidden here at Resting Life:

Did you find it? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. There will be five winners!

Interested in Fanny’s Hope Chest? Grab it for $0.99 through the 14th (Price will go up to $2.99 after)

How old is too old for a hope chest?

When Ellie starts a new job as a home health aid, she doesn’t expect to meet a woman in her eighties looking for her hope chest, nor a house as messy as Ellie’s own emotional state. But as she cleans up Fanny’s house, she begins to wonder if Fanny’s hope chest might hold the answers to her questions about disappointed dreams and holding on to hope.

That is, if she can face both the mess and her own heart.

Find it on Amazon.

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No Chance Meeting Blog Tour: Interview+Review

Looking for a clean romantic read? Check Jaye Elliot’s newly released book, No Chance Meeting. You can read all about it below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

About the Book
Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.
Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.
Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and more!
20% of all February sales will go to the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.

My Review

Disclaimer: I had the privilege of beta reading an early version of this book a year and a half ago, and, while I quickly read the updated copy prior in preparation for this blog tour, I have not yet thoroughly read the final version. Because of that, I’m focusing this review mainly on what I enjoyed about the book.

What I Loved

Pace and flow: I loved the overall pacing of the story! It’s a long story, but it’s interesting. I loved how it didn’t necessarily follow a typical romance novel structure. I loved how there wasn’t major conflict between Alex and Riley –  there seems to be too much of that in most romance novels I’ve read. Instead, this book was a slower upward journey for both characters. There was conflict, change, growth, turmoil, and happiness, but I could feel the upward slow climb all the way until the biggest crisis (apart from the opening scene). The slow journey style carried me right with the characters, and I enjoyed seeing their small daily victories and successes. 
Characters: The characters were quite vivid. I LOVED Joe. I liked Zach, too, though he didn’t end up having a huge unique part – mostly just Mindy’s sidekick or the guy Riley talked to while Mindy and Alex talked. The families were well-described as well. The author did a great job giving everyone unique interests and styles.
Spiritual focus: The characters’ spiritual journeys were excellent. They weren’t forced or rushed; they seemed entirely natural. I loved how God is shown as the most essential One underlying all else.
Happy daily life: I loved the little glimpses of everyday fun. 🙂 And the coffee shop, even though I’m not a coffee drinker. 😉
Respectful romance: The romance was well-written. I loved how the main focus was who Riley and Alex were as people – their maturity and personality – and not so much the physical aspects. We need more romance novels with the focus on the person/spirituality/character/manliness or ladylikeness! So many books rush too fast into romance or proposals, but this wasn’t one of them. I loved how the author allowed the characters to develop individually as well – the characters had lives besides just the romance. That made the characters much more realistic and relatable. People are more than their love life, which so many romance novels forget.
Family closeness: I loved the growth of the family relationships! So many books lack family bonds. At first, I wasn’t sure what direction the parent-subplot was going – the relationships looked so bad to start with. Too many books portray the parents as the bad guys and don’t give readers a chance to get to know them as people too. And if you love holiday scenes, you might love this book.
What I Didn’t Love

I wasn’t a fan of the bar that figured so prominently. It’s a personal conviction that will be widely different for everyone: for me personally as a Christian, to supply people with the means for drunkenness would not sit right with my conscience. I will say, however, that since it was in the story, the author did a good job handling it. And this book does not come across to me as being okay with drunkenness.

Content Advisory: intentions of suicide, PTSD-type issues, mild kissing, creepy drunk speaks inappropriately to a woman before being interrupted, a person gets beat up

Romance novels are popular today for good reason. There’s something about a “feel-good” happy story and happily ever after endings. While the market is saturated with novels that don’t uplift the Christian reader to the best thoughts and meditations, I’m glad for one like this with Christian values and depth of character growth.

Interview with the Author!

What’s the story behind your series title No Chance Love? (I know it wasn’t your original title.)

At first, I had no series title because, well, No Chance Meeting wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a standalone novella that came upon me by surprise. But, being the writer that I am, my ideas tend to grow a bit out of control. I was barely into writing NCM when I started to have ideas for two more loosely connect stories. These two followed the “No Chance” title theme, so I wanted the series title to as well. Book three (which has since shifted to book two) took on the title “No Chance Romance.” I thought that fit well for the series as well and would work fine since that was the last book. Or so I thought. Many more ideas later, a fourth book idea jumped into the mix and book three became book two. After that, the series title didn’t seem to work as well anymore, so I changed it to No Chance Love. The entire theme of the series is that nothing in our lives happens by chance. God is always working behind the scenes. That includes bringing people into our lives who we come to love.

What’s the hardest part for you of writing romance?

I love writing romance. As long as I know my characters well and they are well developed, it comes pretty easily and naturally to me. I think the hardest part doesn’t come in the writing, but in wondering how readers will respond. Everyone has their own set of standards and views. For writers, you put a huge part of yourself out into the world to essentially be judged. Romance is definitely a topic that people can have strong opinions about.

How does romance rank on the genre scale for what you prefer to write?

I’m not sure I can rank it. Everything I write has romance in it. I may predominately write fantasy adventure stories, but there is always at least one romantic subplot. However, I would say that I like writing a mix of romance and adventure more than straight up romance most of the time.

About the Author

Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight.

Giveaway #1
To celebrate the release of No Chance Meeting, Jaye is giving away a reader bundle that includes a signed copy of NCM, a hand-painted watercolor bookmark, a coffee mug, and a bag of Dove chocolates! Enter using the form below. U.S. entries only. Not open internationally.

 

 

Giveaway #2

 

For her second giveaway, Jaye is offering 3 ebook copies of No Chance Meeting. Open internationally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour Stops
 
Friday, February 14
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Tour Intro at Jaye Elliot
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Review &
Author Post at
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Review at Losing the Busyness
Saturday, February 15
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Author Interview at Angela R. Watts
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Review & Author Interview at Resting Life
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Author Post & Excerpt at Lady Grace: A Quiet and Gentle
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Sunday, February 16
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Spotlight at The Music of a Story
Monday, February 17
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Author Post at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
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Author Post & Excerpt
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Tuesday, February 18
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Review at Tricia Mingerink
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Review and Excerpt at Read Review Rejoice
Wednesday, February
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Review & Author Post at Leah’s Bookshelf
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Book Spotlight at The Page Dreamer
Thursday, February 20
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Review at Stories by Firefly
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Review &
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Author Interview & Post
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Read Review Rejoice
Friday, February 21
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Author Post at Backing Books
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Review at Poetree
Saturday, February 22
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Tour Wrap Up at Jaye Elliot

 

Ilyon & Acktar Blog Tour

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Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Bitter Winter, and companion novella Lacy have been released! Bitter Winter is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.

Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel Decree is also releasing! Decree is the fifth book in the Christian fantasy/kingdom adventure series The Blades of Acktar.

Read about these books below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’ve read all three of these books, and they are seriously amazing. Today I’m reviewing all three, and to avoid creating a monster post, I’ll be posting the reviews separately.

For information on the books and to enter the massive giveaway, keep reading. If you’re here just for my reviews, click the following links:

The Ilyon Chronicles

Bitter Winter

About Bitter Winter

Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn’t get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to Valcré. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home. When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice—betray his conscience or let those he loves die.

Available now on Amazon!

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Lacy

About Lacy

The last thing Aaron ever envisioned was falling for a prostitute. Everything about it spells trouble. However, he can’t help noticing the way her smile lights up when she sees him and how much brokenness she hides behind it. Neither can he ignore how desperately she needs rescue and protection.

When Lacy shares a life or death secret with him, Aaron is willing to risk everything to help her and to show her Elôm’s love. Yet, such a choice could destroy his reputation and maybe even cost him his freedom.

An Ilyon Chronicles Novella

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!

About the Author

JayeLKnight Author PhotoJaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

The Blades of Acktar

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About Decree

The Adventure Continues.

Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been

A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept the man who attempted to kill him as family?

The First Mission

When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

To the Far Great Mountains

A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves?

From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the The Blades of Acktar yet? Find out more at on the official Blades of Acktar page.

DSC09450-2About the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with Tricia on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Giveaway!

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.) Click on this link to enter.

Be sure to stop by each of the character chats (links in the blog tour schedule) for additional giveaways throughout the tour!

A Royal Masquerade Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Author Allison Tebo is releasing a second book in her humorous fairy tale series! I’m not a fairy tale person, but I LOVED her first book, The Reluctant Godfather. I’m looking forward to enjoying A Royal Masquerade as well! Allison has such a quirky and witty way of communicating deep spiritual messages in a fun story!

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats.

While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable.  With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee bound by an inconvenient spell, can the two of them work together long enough to unsnarl the mysterious goings-on around them?

A madcap and magical retelling of The Goose Girl from a unique perspective.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

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First prize is a paperback copy of A Royal Masquerade, a glass goose, a candle, and chocolate!

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Second prize is a paperback copy of A Royal Masquerade and an Amazon gift card!

Go enter this awesome GIVEAWAY here!

AUTHOR BIO

author photo2Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties. A sales associate for a major transportation company, she writes books in her spare time. A graduate of London Art College, Allison also pursues children’s illustration and cartooning. When she is not creating art with words or paint, she enjoys narration, singing, quilting, and, naturally, baking.  Allison blogs at www.allisonswell.com about the love of Christ, the joys of living, occasionally, all about  the wonder of gifs.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website:   http://allisonteboauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonteboauthor/

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/AllisonTebo

Goodreads:    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16192992.Allison_Tebo

TOUR SCHEDULE

Click here for the full tour schedule, click here to go to today’s other book spotlight post, or click here to go back to yesterday’s post.

Five Fall Favorites: Top Five for 2018

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Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.

Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.

Today I’m hosting the Blankets party room, and today I’ll be sharing my top five reads from 2018: my favorite books I’ve read so far this year.blankers

Pick your favorite blanket from one of these baskets here and join me on the swings.

The creaking of the chains blends with chirping of birds and the gentle whispering of the breeze, bringing a definite autumn chill. I wrap my blue and white crocheted blanket more firmly around me as readers select their blankets and find a seat. Continue reading

Five Fall Favorites: Military

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Welcome to day five of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog has a different theme for the day and each blog will be sharing five favorite books in a specific genre. There are also giveaways and free books, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the rooms for today’s freebie (link at the end of this post). The US giveaway includes a fall reading basket with several paperbacks and a mug. Enter here. The good news is if we get enough entries, we’re adding a special second prize and perhaps even a third, so go enter!

Today I’m hosting the Backpacks party room, and today I’ll be sharing five of my top military books: stories that involve military personnel from any era.

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Today we’re hiking the rocky trails out back to view the fall colors and perhaps find a shady nook in which to sit and read. Join me here as we are outfitted with backpacks for the day: we’ve pre-packed them with water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a special hat. We’ve left space for your favorite books.

Readers select backpacks, don sunglasses, smother sunscreen, lace hiking boots, and set out. Grasping my walking stick, I step ahead of the group, leading the way up the rocky trail. Sunlight dances off birch leaves and moss patches. Chattering readers follow.

Silence falls as I begin sharing some of my favorite military books.

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