Friday, July 31, 2020

Grand Finale for Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler on Tour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope this book reminds readers that our pasts don’t have to define us. No matter how badly we’ve been hurt, no matter how long we’ve clung to false beliefs, we can choose to move forward and embrace love and light from this moment forward.

Among the Reads - Review

"While it would have been easy for the author to fall into the trap of giving easy answers and wiping away all the problems perfectly as they rode off into the sunset at the end, she didn’t. The resolution required compromise and while the conclusion was satisfactory, it did not end with everything perfect – making it more realistic and in my opinion, more enjoyable.

This sweet romance was just the right length and moved at just the right pace. . . . If you enjoy sweet romance, be sure to read Falling for the Innkeeper."


"I love this story. It has situations good and bad that we all have to deal with in this life. I love the Inn and their little town on the cape. . . . I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good love story."


"This is a heartwarming read, Jonathan and Laura are characters to cheer for throughout. I enjoyed the beautiful setting, and how well they worked together as their friendship grew. There's a lot to love about this book, with strong themes of faith and family, great character growth and interaction, as well as an absolutely adorable little girl. You won't want to miss it!"


"Falling for the Innkeeper is an adorable story about finding love when you least expect it. It’s also about learning to compromise and give up what you thought you wanted for something even better. . . . I definitely think readers who enjoy inspirational love stories will be fans of Falling for the Innkeeper!"


Jonathan adjusted his tie and cuff links, the expensive ones he wore when he wanted to impress. Not that he expected a single mother to even notice his wardrobe. But it was like his battle armor. Look the part, play the part. Get. It. Done.

There were lights on inside the inn, which was a good sign. He left his suitcase in the car, took a deep breath, walked up the brick-lined path to the front door and knocked.



"This book my first book by the Author. It will not be my last. The Author has such great descriptions, and I could visualize the scenes well. I love reading Love Inspired books. I recommend reading this book."

JoJo’s Corner - Review

"This is such a sweet story! I am a big fan of inspy romance and this book has all the ingredients for a perfectly heartwarming story that will be at the top of your own favorite list."


"Falling for the Innkeeper was such a good story! Laura and Jonathan felt like real people making their way through life, carrying burdens from their childhood that colored the way they viewed themselves and others. . . their journey was a joy to read about.

Hearts & Scribbles - Excerpt

Jonathan had always had this idea that if he could just reach that brass ring, if he could just grab it and hold on, that would be the thing that would make everything in his life work the way it was supposed to, the thing that would make everything okay.

But would it? Would it really?

Making partner at the law firm wouldn’t magically fix his father’s illness. Making partner wouldn’t change the fact that he’d been a scared, bullied kid. Making partner wouldn’t mean that his father, who’d gone missing when Jonathan was just seventeen, would ever come home.



"I really enjoyed this book! It honestly was like reading a Hallmark movie! đŸ„° I enjoyed the sweetness of it all. I loved the charming town and characters. And the inspiring message throughout."

Hallie Reads - Review

"As the pair does so, it is easy to fall in love with their story—and them as characters. I enjoyed getting to know Laura and Jonathan, their personalities and backstories, through Falling for the Innkeeper and seeing how they could move from enemies to something else. It is a delightful, fun story, and I now look forward to reading more from Meghann Whistler in the future."


"Falling For The Innkeeper is a sweet Love Inspired romance. It has a charming setting, great characters, especially the adorable Yankee Doodle singing Emma, and a storyline that manages to be both convicting and entertaining. Meghann Whistler skillfully gets her readers thinking introspectively while delivering a sweetly romantic escape. . ."


Jonathan tried to go back to his own work, but he couldn’t focus. “Your ex. He’s not very involved?”

“More like he’s not involved at all. He hasn’t even met Emma in person, you know.”

“What?” He felt something hot and fierce tear through him, outraged on her behalf. “How is that even possible?”


Splashes of Joy - Review

"As the story unfolds, so do these characters, and Ms. Whistler weaves together a beautiful story with a wonderful ending. I enjoy this.book for what it is, very sweet romance! And if you like a good clean Romance, this is one you need on your to read list! You won’t put it down until you finish the last page!"

Reading Excursions - Excerpt

She was fleet-footed, practically skipping from rock to rock. Jonathan followed, a little less certain of the path but determined not to fall behind. The boulders were damp and sandy, dried barnacles peppering the sides. She stopped and looked at him over her shoulder. “And Carberry Hotels is one of your clients?”

She was beautiful. She was so beautiful. And underneath the teasing, sometimes tough-girl demeanor, she was sweet, too. Everyone they’d run into during their excursion into town last night had loved her. He couldn’t understand why men weren’t lining up around the block to sweep her off her feet. If he had time for a girlfriend, he’d absolutely be the first person in line.

“Connor Carberry is my friend,” he said. “This deal is like a test case. If it goes through, the whole hotel chain could become a client.”



"This book took my heart on so many twists and turns - but it was a wonderful ending. I am super excited to see more from this author. She has written amazing characters, a beautiful setting, and has crafted a flowing storyline."

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Falling for the Innkeeper
By Meghann Whistler
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
July 21, 2020 by Love Inspired

She’s the home he never expected to find.

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…
But what happens when romance checks in?


Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And working together as he helps with repairs only brings them closer. With his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

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About the Author


Meghann Whistler writes sweet, clean contemporary Christian romance novels that WON'T make your grandmother blush. A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace. Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, she earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at www.meghannwhistler.com. 

Photo by Sophie Jacobson



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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Welcome, Joanna Campbell Slan Q & A




National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan welcomes your emails! You can contact her at JCSlan@JoannaSlan.com with your comments and questions.

Joanna writes books that feature spunky female characters. Her work has been praised by Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls her cozies, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."

National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan welcomes your emails! You can contact her at JCSlan@JoannaSlan.com with your comments and questions.


Joanna writes books that feature spunky female characters. Her work has been praised by Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls her cozies, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."


RT Book Review describes one of Joanna's typical heroines as "our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous."

In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida.





                                                            Q & A

Tell me about yourself. What got you started writing?


I grew up in an abusive environment and books offered the perfect escape, as well as a vision of a better life. From reading, it was a short hop to writing. Even as a little kid, I would staple papers together and tell people, “This is my book.”

How did you come up with your book idea? What inspired you?

Actually, I didn’t come up with this book idea! It was the brainchild of CJ Lutton, a talented man who died three years ago. He left behind several Sherlock Holmes books that (I felt) deserved publication. One book had a bifurcated plot, so I divided it into two books.

CJ had chosen the title, which is a reference to a comment Sherlock Holmes made about a story the world is not yet prepared to hear. That was a clue. The problem posed in the book had to be big enough and important enough that Holmes thought it could damage the British public’s trust in its institutions. I wondered, “What would be so dire?”

 Of course, the Sherlock Holmes books are set in a certain era, the late 1800s up until the first decade of the 1900s. That meant, the problem had to be true to that period. At first, I was well and truly stumped. So I did what I often do when I’m stuck, I took the book apart, piece by piece. And I studied each individual portion. I researched all the places, ships, politicians, issues, social problems, and so on of the times. Slowly an idea formed: What if three shipwrecked boys agreed to be turned into wolves once a month as a way to save their lives and the lives of people they care about? What if the British government found out—and decided to capture the boys to replicate their “illness” and breed exceptional warriors?
And away I went!

What was the most difficult part of writing this book? How did you overcome this difficulty?  CJ had left behind a compelling scene set inside the Bethlehem Hospital (Bedlam). I wanted to use it, but I had to fit it in so that it made sense. I overcame that problem by having Holmes plan a daring escape from this notorious insane asylum.

Who is your favorite character from the novel? What about them makes them your favorite?  I like Dr. John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick. He’s so human! He’s a gentleman, a smart fellow, and a loyal friend.


Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or agenda?  On occasion, my characters surprise me. That’s important because it keeps me coming back to the keyboard to see what happens next.

How has writing this book impacted you personally?

I’ve written non-fiction, historical fiction, and cozy mysteries. This book gave me the impetus to tackle a thriller. My editor was pleased with the end result. She called it “one heck of a read.” I hope readers will enjoy this book, too. I’m proud of it!

How many books do you currently have published? What genres?

I have a spreadsheet that shows I have 80+ projects. I don’t know if you count box sets separately, so it’s pretty confusing. I’m not sure that the number matters anymore. 

The genres are: non-fiction (self-help, how to, coloring book, cookbook, personal essays, how to be a better public speaker) and fiction (historical fiction, historical fantasy thriller, and contemporary traditional mystery).

What is your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite?

I love taking an idea and seeing where it will take me. My motto is “dwell in possibilities,” which is a quotation from Emily Dickinson. I can’t wait to get writing every day. It’s like reading a book, but I get to decide how the story goes. What could be better than that? 

My least favorite is finding errors. That’s not the same as proofreading. Errors can be complex problems like too many days in a week, or timing mistakes. Silly stuff that’s a pain in the backside. But…it’s an important aspect of my readers’ enjoyment.

What authors in your genre inspire you most?  Charlotte Bronte, Daphne du Maurier, and Agatha Christie—gosh, there are tons of authors I admire.

What would you tell a beginning author who wants to publish but doesn’t believe he/she has enough talent?  I would urge the beginning author to read every day, to run toward criticism instead of away from it, to study craft, and to keep writing. Most people give up too easily. In fact, I’d say that if you give up, this probably isn’t the right profession for you. In my humble opinion, the best authors are driven to write. It’s not a choice. 

 I’m sure there are people out there who don’t think I have enough talent. So what? I’m not going to let them define my life. That’s putting waaa-aay too much power in the hands of other people. I plan to keep on writing and to get better at what I do every day with every project.


The fourth book in a new series featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, written by a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author.

The world was not prepared for this story, a conspiracy hatched in the highest levels of the British government. A rogue Minister of Defense plans to turn soldiers into blood-thirsty animals—and Holmes and Watson may be among their first victims.

The adventure starts when Holmes is warned away from investigating Jack the Ripper’s heinous crimes. Despite Holmes’ well-known skills, he is sidelined. He must content himself with a straightforward case, finding a bolting beau, the result of a simple lovers’ quarrel.

But that “romance gone wrong” is really the key to a nasty secret with tendrils reaching all the way to a Sumatran island. That’s where four castaways made a difficult decision. They turned their backs on a society that sent them packing and allowed themselves to be infected with a deadly virus. After all, they never expected to ever come home again… And they certainly never expected to be considered lethal weapons! Can Holmes and Watson stop them from being used for evil purposes?

This fast-paced adventure will take Holmes and Watson from the dregs of London to its noble heights. The two friends will travel from Bedlam, the hospital for the insane, to stately Windsor Park. Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Sumatran Rat is a fast-paced thrill ride that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. If you like historical thrillers with a hint of the supernatural, you’ll love this series. Each book stays true to Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend, John Watson, whilst featuring a cast of real people and issues pertinent to the times.

This series is perfect for fans of Laurie R. King, Preston Child, and Joanna Penn.






Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Welcome, Sherri Stewart



Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own.

 Her passion is traveling to the settings in her books, which has taken her to Israel, the Netherlands, and Wales in August. 

A recent widow, Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her lazy dog, Lily, and her son, Josh, who can fix anything. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas.

Contact her at www.stewartwriting.com.



  
    








Miriam cannot make herself go back to the teaching job she loves so much. The high school holds too many memories of her husband, and the staff and students offer too many platitudes. So she does something totally out of character for a homebody like her—she closes her eyes and points at a map, and her finger lands on Newport, Rhode Island. 

Before she can talk herself out of it, Miriam applies for a governess position. Just a temporary job, mind you until she can pull herself together. The Browne family is as needy as she is. The father, Mr. David, is distracted by his own grief, his children are running wild, and there’s that red-headed ball of energy—Maude, the cook, who tries to fix things with the most outlandish results.








Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Welcome Christian Author, Marshalee Patterson Q & A




Marshalee Patterson has loved reading since she could walk. Growing up without a television sparked in her a love for reading and the world of imagination. She wrote her first novella-Predestined Love after traveling to Italy and wanted to write a romance novel about it, but then left it on her computer, saying when it's time to publish it, the Lord would open that door for her.

It was five years later, that the Lord led her to another author- Claudette Brady Beckford, who guided her to the world of self-publishing. Since then the Lord has been teaching her a lot about spiritual warfare and understanding dreams and their importance. This led to her second book, a Christian Romance Thriller- 'The Path of the Chosen Warrior,' filled with lots of action about the demonic and the supernatural realm.

Her main focus of writing is Contemporary Christian Romance/family books which will uplift, encourage, and teach readers how to walk right and also how to pray, through the lives of everyday characters. Marshalee loves dancing salsa and the tranquillity of nature.

She is a proud Jamaican.

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                                                                 Q & A


Tell me about yourself.

I am a Christian author who writes to uplifts readers and helps them see God in their situations and offers solutions through my characters to help them overcome the very thing they see the characters go through.

 What got you started writing? 

In 2003, I went to Italy for vacation and came back with an idea for a romantic story and wanted to write about it.

 How did you come up with your book idea? 

The idea for this book came from an image the Lord gave me of seeing a woman sitting at a train station alone with a sad countenance.  

What inspired you? 

The Holy Spirit is the one who comes up with the ideas for each story and for this particular book, He used my deceased husband as the inspiration and also dealing with grief.

What was the most difficult part of writing this book?

That would be reliving the pain of losing my husband to write the emotional first ten chapters. 

How did you overcome this difficulty? 

I focused on all the readers that are going through what my character did and knew how she dealt with the situation would help them and that got me through.

Who is your favorite character from the novel? 

That would be Olivier—he was the one MEG, the main character had as support through the trauma and was like a father figure to her.

 What about them makes them your favorite?
He reminds me of that special person we all need in our lives to help steer us right.

Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or agenda? 

YES, they do, I don’t usually write knowing how my stories will end. I can’t write with everything already planned out for my characters or the story and because of that, I’m like the reader discovering as I write.

How has writing this book impacted you personally? 

Since I began writing, each book often has a way of teaching me valuable lessons that impact my lives which often have me in awe looking back and thinking I wrote them and then I feel blessed knowing that I was only an instrument by the holy spirit to write the stories.

How many books do you currently have published? 

At present, I have three published books with another in the editing process at the moment.

What genres? 

I write Christian Fiction— some with romance, and others with both romance and spiritual warfare.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

Well for me that would be creating stories that I know will bless and impact readers in a positive way. 

Your least favorite?

I think for me this would be the struggle to have readers find my books at times—marketing for authors as always been a challenge but like most, I think I am overcoming it.


What would you tell a beginning author who wants to publish but doesn’t believe he/she has enough talent? 

Listen to your inner voice/holy spirit and trust him. Not fear or others. When others criticize you, use it to improve your skills—not to give up.



"Sitting at the Saint-Roch Train Station with tears in her eyes, Meg contemplated where her life had gone wrong. She was at a point in her life where she felt abandoned by God after the last remaining person who truly loved her, died.

Now with a baby on the way, she had begun to lose hope that the future, she knew the Lord had promised her was never meant for her.

With a gentle tap on her shoulder, her gaze turned to meet that of Derek’s, the kind stranger whose smile brought warmness into her heart. “Was he sent to fulfill God’s promise in my life?” she thought.

With assured faith, she followed him as he led her away, trusting that God had not forsaken her. Now she felt content to allow God to have his way in her life and totally surrender all to him."




Other Books by Marshalee

Predestined Love is a story of surrendering to God's perfect will for your life." ********
“This short Inspirational Christian Novella is an endearing story about love and faith; the assurance that God answers prayers, that despite trials and tribulations and suffering, one’s faith in the love and power of God will ultimately bear fruit and bring triumph over adversity.”
Traveling to Italy was Maria's way of escaping her past and beginning a new life. After being used and treated as cheap by men because of poor judgment, Maria prayed and left her fate in God's Hands to find her the perfect match.
When God answered Maria’s prayer and sent her His choice, someone from her past came to claim what he thought was his.

Will he succeed in ruining the future Maria had trusted God to secure for her

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“A story of Spiritual warfare: the perpetual fight of good over evil in a paranormal setting with demonic forces attempting to overcome the Christians in the community.
This story draws you in and holds your attention as you want to know what the final outcome will be. Who will triumph? Will the evil forces of Abaddon defeat the Christians? Will Ruth and Joshua escape from Sodom Shadows and return to their home in Shiloh City?

Suspense, action, intrigue, and romance, in this story, which takes the reader to the realm where the struggle for supremacy takes place.”
Staring into the eyes of the man she loved, Ruth knew coming home was where she would make her fondest memories with her beloved Joshua. She was looking forward to their journey together as man and wife.

All their plans were interrupted when they were caught up in a terrible storm, and their boat crashed in an unknown area.

Although they were lost, it seemed as if destiny had brought them to this unfamiliar territory, and until they discovered what it was and fulfilled it, their future together would be put on hold.

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Review of Chasing After Destiny by Emma Easter





Like the characters in her stories, Emma Easter juggles a range of identities.

In the low-income community where she works, Easter is known as a family medicine physician who treats patients of all ages and backgrounds, including those who've been historically under-served by the healthcare system. But it's less known that she's also experienced life on the opposite end of the stethoscope as a cancer patient, now in remission.

College friends see her as an accomplished musician, having studied and mastered five classical instruments--but behind closed doors, she's just as comfortable rocking an air guitar to Creed. And when she isn't giving her heart, soul, and sanity to her three young children she's indulging in her most secret identity of all: meeting new characters, crafting fresh plots, and exploring every corner of her imagination.

Across all these different roles, one cohesive thread has tied everything together: her faith and love of Jesus Christ.

You can reach her at EmmaEaster.com



A STORY OF FORGIVING THOSE WHO HAVE DONE WRONG AND BRINGING LIGHT TO THE DARKNESS – THE DESTINY SERIES IS CHRISTIAN ROMANCE, SUSPENSE AND INTRIGUE AT ITS BEST.


Sofia Ross thinks her boyfriend, George Davidson — a married man — is about to finally ask her to marry him and leave his wife. But instead, he tells her he must break up with her. She not only loses the man she has loved for the past five years, but also her job, her Tucson penthouse, and her car, all which he provided.

Not knowing what else to do, Sofia tries to end her life with a handful of pills, luckily her friend Edith is there, and Sofia survives. But the depression resurfaces, and Sofia attempts again right as her friend Lily is calling. Sofia explains how she feels empty and has nothing to live for. Lily tells her Jesus will give her the love she is looking for.

Eventually, a supernatural peace settles over Sofia, and she knows that whatever has happened, God will help her through it.




My Review

An immigrant whose fiancĂ© dumped him a week before their wedding, an American in love with a married man who dumps her.  A start of a complicated relationship. Both have moved away from God.

The story is about confusion, longing for true love, and forgiveness. The characters were well-developed and relatable.  I enjoyed getting to know Jude and was glad to see Sofia in book 4 and how she grew.

There were a few twists and turns I didn’t see coming and the book ending was quite different than I expected. Overall, another good read from the author.

I was provided with an ARC from the author and voluntarily choose to review it.  All opinions are my own.

New Series on Preorder- The Librarians of Willow Hollow







Book 1
Strands of Hope

Journey with a horseback librarian into the hidden crevices of Kentucky mountains. Feel her pain as she struggles not only to barely make ends meet but as she also attempts to connect the pieces of her own life while her mom continues to make selfish decisions.

Lena Davis is the daughter her mom never wanted.

But she survived. Through stories. Because books didn’t judge. Books weren’t angry she was alive. Books never expected her to be anything but who she was.

As she grows up, her beloved library becomes her true home. So when the library is designated part of President Roosevelt’s Packhorse Library Project, Lena is determined to get the job of bringing books to highlanders, believing she’ll finally be free of her mom forever.

But earning the trust of highlanders is harder than she imagined, and her passion for books might not be enough to free her from her chains.

The Packhorse Library Project was part of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration to encourage education in the remote parts of the mountains. “A Strand of Hope” is a historical fiction novella based on real events but set in the fictional town of Willow Hollow in the Appalachian mountains.




Book 2
I Love to Tell the Story

Her heart is in the right place…
Bored with her life in Castle Town, Montana, Lillian Sullivan follows her friend’s suggestion and joins the horseback librarian program in rural Kentucky. Not only does she anticipate sharing her love of books, but she also wants to spread the gospel among the mountain people.

However, Willow Hollow presents her with one trouble after another and she struggles to step outside her shyness to share the gospel.

What will it take for Lillian to share her love of the Best Story? Can the power of the gospel overcome the shyness of her own heart?



Book 3
Hearts on Lonely Mountain

Can two lonely people find more than a fleeting friendship or will a prejudiced town keep them apart?

When Ivory Bledsoe left the city to minister to the people of the rural mountain town of Willow Hollow, she never expected to be shunned rather than welcomed. Seeing the town as a lost cause, she’s eager to return home, but when the bridge leading out of town is washed away during a flood, she finds herself stranded in the last place she wants to be.

Ben Thrasher was content with his quiet life until he met the new librarian. He can’t help but be drawn to the friendly and lively Ivory Bledsoe, despite her being at the center of the town’s latest superstition. It’s only a matter of time until she captures his heart, turning his world upside down in the process.

Has Ivory gotten God’s plan for her all wrong or is there still a way she can serve these people? And can Ben ask her to stay in a place where so few are willing to embrace her?


Book 4
The Secret Place of Thunder

The mountains have imprisoned her long enough...
Edna Sue O’Connell came back to the Kentucky hills out of duty and can’t wait for the chance to escape again. Her work as a horseback librarian in rural Appalachia provides enough income for her invalid father to survive in the midst of the Great Depression, but it affords her with little else.

When an opportunity arises for Edna to take on an additional book delivery area, she spies a glimmer of hope that she might find a way out of Willow Hollow after all… and that she might actually make something of her life apart from the tragedy that has filled it thus far.

But the new routes give Edna more than she ever bargained for. Slowly, she finds that the mountains contain many valuable secrets – if she has the grit to meet them.



Sunday, July 26, 2020

Welcome, Margaret Daly to the Bizwings Blog





Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over 110 books (five million plus sold worldwide), has been married for over forty-nine years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling or being with her two granddaughters, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense/mystery thread and corralling her cats that think they rule her household. 

To find out more about Margaret visit her website at 


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Kidnapping. 
Evil. 
Redemption.


When two young girls go missing, Dr. Emma Reichs, a child psychologist who worked with the two teens, turns to Brody Taylor, an ex-Green Beret, who founded the Pals Center, a safe haven for kids, to help her find the girls. Brody along with his retired military canine, Charlie, is determined to find the people behind the kidnapping of young people in his community.


In the midst of the search for Piper and Maria, more children are taken. Brody and Emma realize they’re fighting against a ticking bomb to find the teens before they disappear for good. Their partnership brings them closer and awakens feelings for each other, but can they stay alive long enough to end the nightmare for the kids and still have a future together?








Inspired Artistry Blog Tour & Giveaway by Pamela Poole


About the Book



Book:  Inspired Artistry

Author: Pamela Poole

Genre:  Non-fiction, Devotional

Release Date: March 30, 2020


Spirit-filled creative expression is an outreach for Christians to be ambassadors of the Kingdom.

This insightful devotional explores how the imprint of our Creator on all mankind makes it natural for Christians to embrace their unique gifts. Through Scripture, true stories, prayer, and study questions, readers will explore how every person born has a meaningful gift to contribute joy and beauty in the world. Led by the Holy Spirit, believers can live higher than the corrupting influences that distort Christ’s intent for our personal Inspired Artistry.

The pages of Inspired Artistry contain delightful illustrations and pages for readers who journal to write their own “Inspired Musings.”


Click here to get your copy!


MY REVIEW

As an artist, this devotional hit home for me and deeply touched me. I've always felt that my artistic ability was a gift from God. The author encourages the reader to dig down deep and find the creative talents God has given us and use it to bring beauty into the world to honor HIM. She reminds us that creativity has many forms and each form is unique to the person. To connect with God in a personal way brings that out in us.

The devotional is unique and wonderfully written. It speaks from years of the author's experiences and her insightful words are backed up with scripture. Some of my most loved scriptures were included. A very encouraging and uplifting devotional with lessons in ethics.

I loved her addition of drawings which can be used for coloring. I highly recommend the book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I received an updated version of the book from Celebrate Lit. and voluntarily choose to review it. My opinions are my own

About the Author


Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She and her husband Mark currently live in Raleigh, NC, but she’s hoping to get back home to the Lowcountry of SC someday.

If making her fictional stories public was a step of faith, writing her first devotional was a leap! Believing all Christians have a sphere of influence, she wanted to be certain that sharing her views was a process grounded in Scripture. Pamela believes nothing is wasted for a child of God. Using examples learned through challenging experiences, she reveals accounts of true events that only her family knew about before. Years of teaching art, teaching Bible Studies, leadership roles, membership in guilds and associations, mentoring, painting, exhibiting, and writing books has provided her with a wealth of hard-won lessons to share.

Pamela lives life loving Jesus and her family as a wife, mother, and Gigi, and she is blessed with true friends. She is a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and PaintNC. Readers and art enthusiasts alike can enjoy her Youtube channel for painting demos, art history lessons, and projects, and peeks into an author’s life. Her blog can be found on her art and publishing websites. Her illustrations for FREE coloring pages are her contribution to a cause she cares about, the healing that happens through art, and they can be downloaded on her websites. To enjoy the latest content, sign up for her newsletters and follow Pamela Poole, Artist and Author, and Southern Sky Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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“I don’t have a talented bone in my body.”

“I can’t even make stick people.”

“I’ve never taken art classes.”

As an artist, teacher, author, and craft lover, I’ve heard statements like these all my life. My favorite is when my art students came to the first class saying, “I can’t even draw a straight line!” Flashing them my most engaging smile, I would respond brightly, “Me, either! I always use a ruler.”

Every person on the planet has a special gift of creativity. It is the stamp of our Maker, in whose image we are made. From the opening verses of the Bible, creativity is the first attribute that God reveals about Himself to mankind.

Christians have talents, but they do not think of them as creativity or as having any value in their faith or outreach to the world. Inspired Creativity—Embracing the Creative Calling is my first devotional, written to encourage my sisters and brothers in Christ to discover and develop their unique gifts. I base the book on the authority of Scripture, and I use personal stories to apply the biblical principles to real situations.

Many people shy away from their talents because of the rejection and ridicule they could face from those whose tastes run differently. I understand this well and have the scars to prove it after decades of participating in professional organizations, art exhibitions, classes, art galleries, and the online book market. Readers can look at any author’s reviews and see they will range from mean and scathing to helpful and glowing. By publishing this devotional, I have set myself up for criticism by sharing what I’ve learned and how it all fits into a biblical Christian worldview. Knowing how vulnerable creative Christians feel, I point out in this book that if we are abiding in Christ and following His lead, our work is inspired as both a healing, spiritual growth activity for our souls and something He may call us to share. We must get past our dread and remember we work to please Jesus, not mankind. Since when did Christ’s enemy not attack those who talk about Him or reach out in His name?

When writing Inspired Artistry, I faced a few scary moments when relating experiences in my creative life that only my husband and son knew had happened. But nothing is wasted when believers walk with Christ, and I obeyed the tug on my heart and the spiritual certainty that I traveled those roads for such a time as this. It is my prayer that readers will discover and embrace their creative gifts for their role as ambassadors of the Kingdom to come!

Note to readers who color and journal: the print version of this devotional has coloring and journaling pages.





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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pamela is giving away the grand prize package of Inspired Proverbs Coloring Journal, Tin of Colored Pencils, and a print copy of Inspired Artistry – Embracing the Creative Calling!!

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