Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Audio Blog Blitz-Laurel's Dream by Pepper Basham


Laurel's Dream JustListen Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the audiobook Blog Blitz for Laurel's Dream by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Laurel's Dream 
Series: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge #1 
Author: Pepper Basham 
Narrator: Catherine Gaffney 
Publisher: Woven Words 
Release Date: January 13, 2022 
Genre: Christian, Historical Romance 

Dreams are precious commodities in the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918, and Laurel McAdams is attempting to make hers come true. But sometimes, life in the mountains has a way of squandering dreams. As she attempts to avoid matrimony, she is secretly saving for her future with the sole purpose of becoming a teacher and bringing consistent education back to her people. 

Having failed his British father again by being unable to fight in the Great War, Jonathan Taylor joins his uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse in Appalachia, but nothing prepares him for the rugged wilderness, narrow-minded natives, and...Laurel McAdams. Her joy and friendship prove a guiding light in the middle of his new responsibilities and tempt his timid heart toward a future he never expected. 

But when Jonathan's teaching methods lead to dangerous outcomes and Laurel's dream is threatened by an unexpected choice, will these two learn how to find hope and maybe even love beyond the heartache? Can Jonathan and Laurel create a new dream from the shattered pieces of the old ones or will bitterness and brokenness keep them apart? 

Laurel's Dream was originally published by Barbour Publishing as My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream in January 2019

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Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her newest novel is The Mistletoe Countess, a historical romantic romp with a dash of mystery and a bunch of humor too. You can learn more about Pepper and her books on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com.

CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a Laurel's Dream audiobook download code and print copy plus a Mountain Air candle!

Laurel's Dream JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 29, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 5, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Break Every Chain by Steph Carse- View and Share!


Break Every Chain is a powerful and emotional video.  It reminded me that almost everyone either knows someone who has an addiction or possibly even experienced it with a family member. 

It is heartbreaking to think of how many people are plagued with addictions of many kinds. What comes to mind first is alcohol and drugs.  Many people die every year from drug overdoses. 

What this video instilled in me as the dominant message was, "We are not alone."  There is help out there and a way to overcome addiction once and for all.  Through the love of Jesus Christ. 

My hope is that each one of you that visit my blog will watch the video and share it with those you know.  By spreading the message, we can be helping someone.

The music video leads at the end to a website where people can get access to resources and find the kind of help they may need to have victory over any addiction.

Thanks for viewing. God bless.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Moon in the Sky Book Tour & Giveaway by Bruce Shutts


Children have the power to turn simple everyday tasks into moments of intrigue and laughter.

When getting dressed, they might just think:

"My pants are really easy

Since both my feet will fit.

And after I put both legs in,

I pull them up. That's it!

But shirts are very tricky;

They have three holes, not two!

And if you pick the wrong one,

Your head just won't go through!"

Delight in thirteen whimsical poems that capture the simple honesty of everyday childhood activities written from the perspective of three-to-six-year-olds. From getting dressed, eating snacks, or having stinky feet, you and your child will recognize yourself in these poems. Crafted to make you laugh, smile, and build memories with your kids.


The Moon In The Sky is written in easy-to-read poems and in subjects, a young child can relate to- it's as if they had been written by a child.

The poems had me laughing as I thought back to similar circumstances with my own children and grandchildren. It is a book I'm sure they will enjoy and plan to share with them.

The illustrations are large, very realistic, and well done. The watercolor look gives them a soft, easy on the eyes appearance, but grasp your attention. I was happy to see in the illustrations the dad was also involved in the care of the children in the story. It shows a full family involvement and brought a smile to my face.

The Moon In the Sky is a quick read that would be perfect to read at any time and fits in with some parents' busy schedules. One to be added to your library.

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Bruce Shutts has spent countless hours reading children’s picture books to his three children and five grandchildren over the past forty years. He also loves to create humorous poems for nearly every occasion he can imagine. Coupled with the fact that he often thinks and acts like a three-to-six-year-old, it makes his entrance into the world of children’s books a natural fit. He currently is retired with his wife of forty-five years and loves to travel, play golf, and (you guessed it) read books at night to his grandkids! 

Interview with Bruce Shutts

Author of “The Moon in the Sky”

Question: What made you decide to write a children’s picture book?

Answer: I have always enjoyed reading books to my children when they were young, and now to my grandchildren. I knew which books made me smile and thought that I could create something along those lines. The recent pandemic actually gave me the free time, not only to do the writing but all of the work necessary to see it through into print.

Question: Your book describes everyday activities in the life of a child. What makes those so interesting?

Answer: Children turn simple tasks or activities into moments of intrigue and laughter. Much like the challenge of getting dressed by themselves by not putting their head incorrectly into a shirt sleeve or getting the shoes on the right feet. It also doesn’t hurt to include stories about picking your nose or having stinky feet! Kids love it!

Question: Where did the title “The Moon in the Sky” come from?

Answer: I mention in the book that my wife, along with her mom, wrote a poem about the moon when she was in second grade. It was passed down through our kids and grandkids. Though my book has nothing to do with the moon, I was always going to title it in honor of that poem that started it all.

Question: Has the writing experience been more or less what you expected?

Answer: As a first-time author, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess the writing and then working with the illustrator and editors was the most straightforward. All of the details involved in getting a book published proved to be the biggest challenge and created the most anxiety on my part. One needs to do a lot of research or get some type of professional help to get through that phase of your project.

Question: Are children’s picture books the only genre you are interested in?

Answer: As far as writing, for sure. I often think and act like a three-to-six-year-old, so that is a perfect fit for me. Kids are great audiences and, while I can’t perform for them, at least I feel that by creating a book that entertains them, I am doing the next best thing.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Blog Blitz Whatever Happens Next by Jaycee Weaver


Whatever Happens Next JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Whatever Happens Next by Jaycee Weaver, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Whatever Happens Next Title: Whatever Happens Next 
Series: Everyday Love #4 
Author: Jaycee Weaver 
Publisher: Sandia Sky Press 
Release Date: May 12, 2020 
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance 

Growing up in nowhere Oklahoma gave US Air Force vehicle maintainer TSgt Dyson what his momma calls itchy feet. His wanderlust has kept him from romantic entanglements for years, until the day an over-dramatic, strawberry-scented chatterbox slams into him and turns his world upside down. 

Jenna Davis was a quintessential good girl, deeply rooted in her family and faith until one mistake three years ago changed everything. Unable to admit her failure, she goes through the motions watching everyone else live their dreams. But it’s hard to find her purpose when opening up to anyone—even God—feels impossible. Then she meets Dyson, who personifies the strong, silent type. 

Dyson gets her to open up and begin dreaming again, rebuilding the trust she’s lost in men and especially in herself. But Dyson has something important to tell Jenna, and he knows it’ll be the end of everything they’ve built. After all, how can he ask her to leave everything and everyone behind when he can never stay? 

The Everyday Love Series is a contemporary romance series set in Albuquerque, featuring ordinary people in lifelike stories that inspire, uplift, and share hope. Stories in which a very real God shows Himself in everyday ways to carry His people through any circumstance.

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Jaycee Weaver

Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance stories featuring realistic characters in everyday situations where God is at work in big ways. She appreciates books where the characters face shortcomings, temptations, and adversity but always get their happy ending, so that’s what she writes.

CONNECT WITH JAYCEE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of Whatever Happens Next and a handmade mini wreath plus a $15 Amazon gift card!

Whatever Happens Next JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 22, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 29, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Blog & Review Tour of Where Wild Roses Bloom by Angela K. Couch


Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Where Wild Roses Bloom by Angela K. Couch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Where Wild Roses Bloom

Series: Heart of a Mountie #1

Author: Angela K. Couch

Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance

Release Date: March 15, 2022

Genre: Historical Romance, Christian

When Lenora Perry’s dream of becoming an acclaimed singer dies a painful death, she attempts to escape her mistakes by fleeing north—directly into the path of an all-too-dashing Mountie. Though the man in scarlet appears eager to be rid of her, his home provides security, and his sister offers friendship—two things Lenora is desperate for after discovering her pregnancy. With the past dogging her footsteps and her future uncertain, dare she consider new dreams?

Upholding the law makes up the fabric of Constable Edmond Bryce’s existence. As his five years of service draw to an end, he must decide whether or not to continue in his father’s footsteps—an increasingly difficult decision now that Miss Perry has infiltrated his life. Though she’s the daughter of a parson and a close friend to his sister, Edmond can’t push aside the feeling that Lenora hides more than she tells. But duty calls, leaving little time for matters of the heart.

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Lenora Perry, running from a bad situation in Montana in 1910, finds herself on a wagon train headed to Canada. With no place to go and no money, she is rescued by Constable Edmond Bryce of the Mounties.

Lenora hides a dark secret from her past. She tries to become a new person and decided to learn to trust God for her future. She comes to enjoy her time at Edmond's home and strikes up a friendship with his sister.

The romance between Lenora and Edmond is strained and their future uncertain. The storyline is one of forgiveness, second chances, and love. There are lots of surprises and intense moments. It had me turning pages and kept my attention from the beginning. An uplifting and inspirational read.

I received a complimentary copy of the book and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

                                                                       Five Stars


To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K. Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after five munchkins.

CONNECT WITH ANGELA: Website | Facebook | Twitter


(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 14, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on March 21, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Neighborliness by David Docusen

Do you want to love your neighbor as yourself but don’t know where to start? This practical, accessible guide to bridging the dividing lines of politics, race, and economics, both individually and as the church, will help you amplify Jesus in your community and build God’s kingdom.  

When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus gave a two-part answer: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and also “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   

Love God. Love others.   

Jesus’ simple command to love your neighbor can feel overwhelming when your neighbor looks, lives, and votes differently than you do. Racial and economic tensions across the country have resulted in deep dividing lines that seem really intimidating to cross.   

Docusen breaks down these lines in approachable chapters, including topics like these: 

  • how to actively seek out people you can benefit and encourage,
  • what it means to find a diverse and supportive community that fulfills needs, 
  • examples of real-life experiences, including highlights and missteps of Docusen’s ongoing journey, and
  • how churches can teach on difficult topics with grace and truth.

Neighborliness is a practical guide to bridging those dividing lines and learning to recognize and amplify the beauty of God in our communities. Backed by David’s speaking and training through the Neighborliness Center, this book will help individuals and churches reach out to their neighbors, love them through Christ, and build God’s kingdom. 

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In David Docusen's book, "Neighborliness," he teaches how to walk in the fullness of Jesus' commandment to love our neighbors. Our neighbors aren't just the ones in our neighborhood. We need to step outside our comfort zone and fulfill the commandment by reaching out to those who come from different backgrounds. We start with new relationships-get to really know them-their needs and culture.

We need to also learn to have honest conversations about tough topics-learn to love like Jesus. We are each given the commandment as children of God and with each of us showing love towards others, we can change our world.

David also reminds us we can't love God and be lovers of money. God has to come first in our lives. If we submit to HIS will for our life, we can walk in fullness and have peace and unity.

I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.


David Docusen has spent twenty   years investing in communities as a pastor, speaker, teacher, advocate, and author. After pastoring in the local church for twenty years, David and his wife, Dara, launched Docusen Ministries. Through this organization, David invests into churches, nonprofits, and businesses across the world through speaking, teaching, and writing.

After completing his doctoral degree studying the cyclical patterns of generational poverty, he worked with a group of businesspeople as a founding board member of Freedom Communities—an organization that focuses on equitable access to education, employment, healthcare, and housing.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Revolution In World Missions by K. P. Yohannan


"Lord, I'll give myself to speak for You."

Young Yohannan had no idea what those words of surrender would mean for his life and for millions of others in his generation. Once an insecure 16-year-old, he became a missionary statesman who has impacted the world of missions and whose unbending message has touched hungry hearts on every continent.

Step into his story and experience the world through his eyes. You'll walk right into the book of Acts. And through his telling, you'll hear the very heart of God beating for His creation. K.P. Yohannan's passion is contagious and spurs you on to be all for Jesus.

He chose to take the road less traveled many years ago, and today Gospel for Asia, 
www.gfa.org  the mission he founded, is one of the most respected organizations in our time with thousands of national workers and vibrant congregations throughout the heart of the 10/40 Window.

Get ready, your life is about to change!

Do you long to let go of self-centeredness and be more eternally minded?

Do you desire to make a difference in the lost world but aren't sure how to go about it?

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                         MY REVIEW

I was moved by K.P. Yohannan's story of how he came to start the Gospel for Asia mission. By relating his story and letting the reader know all the details, he created a book that will forever leave an imprint on the lives of those who read it.

His practical and God-inspired solutions to helping those in Asia by raising up disciples for Christ among the communities of those who already live there, so they can be an example and win others to Christ, made perfect sense.

The one point that hit home for me was even though a lot of us aren't called by Christ personally to be a missionary, we all have a responsibility to the Great Commission. We are all called to help win others to Christ.

My favorite quote from the book is on page 104- " If we intend to answer man's greatest problem-his separation from the eternal God-with rice handouts, then we are throwing a drowning man a board instead of helping him out of the water."

I received a complimentary copy and willingly choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. KP Yohannan Metropolitan has been crisscrossing the globe for the past 40 years, challenging the Body of Christ to discipleship. His call to a radical lifestyle—with an all-out commitment to Jesus—has left its impact on nearly every continent. To the Church caught up by the tidal waves of compromise and self-preservation, Yohannan’s life message is a fresh word to this generation and yet as timeless as the scriptural mandate itself.

Yohannan is the founder and director of Gospel for Asia (GFA), a Christian mission organization deeply committed to seeing communities transformed through the love of Christ demonstrated in word and deed. He is also the metropolitan bishop of Believers Church , an indigenous church in South Asia.

Born in South India in 1950, Yohannan is the youngest of six sons. His mother dedicated each of her children to the Lord and longed to see one of them commit their lives to ministry. She secretly fasted each Friday for three-and-a-half years, praying, “Oh God, let just one of my boys preach!” Even as she prayed, her children were growing up, seeming destined for secular work. Finally, only the youngest, little “Yohannachan,” was left. Seeing how shy and insecure he was, his mother thought there was little chance that he would preach.


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Arms of Freedom Blog Tour & Giveaway by Kathleen Neely


About the Book


Book: Arms of Freedom

Author: Kathleen Neely

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: October 6, 2021

With each page of the age-old journals, Annie discovers all that unites her with a woman who once lived in her farmhouse. One lived with wealth and one with poverty, but both knew captivity. Both longed to be free.

Miriam yearns to escape her life as a super model. She drops the pseudonym and uses the name she gave up years ago—Annie Gentry. Then she alters her appearance and moves to rural South Carolina to care for her grandmother. Can she live a simple life without recognition? Can she hide a net worth valued in the millions? Love is nowhere in her plans until she meets a man who wants nothing more than Annie Gentry and the simple life he lives.

Charlotte lived in the same farmhouse in the tumultuous 1860’s. The Civil War was over, but for a bi-racial girl, freedom remained elusive. She coveted a life where she wouldn’t bring shame to her family. A life where she could make a difference. As she experiences hope, will it be wrested from her?

The journals stop abruptly with a climactic event, leaving Annie to search for information. What happened to Charlotte? Did her life make a difference?  Did she ever find freedom?


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My Review

The storyline slipped between Miriam Gentry in New York and Hickory Falls, and young Charlotte who resided in the same Hickory Falls house in the 1800s. I enjoyed learning about both women. There is a lot of mystery surrounding both time periods.

The author did a wonderful job with the historical details and I felt as though I was there. The controversy around the civil rights of that time period found my emotions running the gamut; tears, compassion and heartbreak. It was an emotional read, but at times a very inspirational and uplifting one.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and voluntarily choose to review it.


About the Author

Kathleen Neely is a retired elementary principal, and enjoys time with family, visiting her two grandsons, traveling, and reading.

She is the author of The Street Singer, Beauty for Ashes, The Least of These, Arms of Freedom, and In Search of True North. Kathleen won second place in a short story contest through ACFW-VA for her short story “The Missing Piece” and an honorable mention for her story “The Dance”. Both were published in a Christmas anthology. Her novel, The Least of These, was awarded first place in the 2015 Fresh Voices contest through Almost an Author. She has numerous devotions published through Christian Devotions.

Kathleen continues to speak to students about writing and publication processes. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


More from Kathleen

I’d like to introduce myself and then share a little bit about my book, Arms of Freedom. I am a retired educator having taught preschool, fourth grade, and then moving into administration as an elementary principal. When I retired, I pursued my desire to write. My first novel, The Least of These, won first place in a contest titled Fresh Voices. That honor renewed my confidence, and since then, I’ve written five novels. Arms of Freedom is my first timeslip (dual timeline) novel.

Arms of Freedom was birthed during a time of racial tension in our nation; a time when social injustice and protests were forefronts in the news. Many publishers safely avoided manuscripts with any mention of racial issues—perhaps a wise decision from a business perspective.

However, failure to look at our past denies us the opportunity to learn from history. Our fear of offending can push major historical offenses into a dark closet. I chose to illuminate those offenses by launching this book. Following the Civil War, the period of twelve years known as Reconstruction was perhaps the most brutal period of racial terrorism. The contents may be hard to read. I confess that I often wrote through tears.

In the end, I hope your takeaway is this: Regardless of race and ethnicity, all people are created in the image of God, a one-of-a-kind miracle, loved by Him, and created for a purpose. We are called to unity, to be perfectly one (John 17:23). May we join together in raising our arms of freedom to the Savior who released us from the captivity of sin.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. — John 8:36 NIV

I hope you enjoy Annie’s story as the life of this contemporary character intersects with Charlotte’s story from 150 years earlier. Both experience a coming-of-age change as they seek to escape from what holds them captive.

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To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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