Don’t Miss This: The Mercie Collection Spotlight by Sharon Srock

Yesterday I alerted you to Sharon Srock and her Women of Valley View series. Today I wanted to showcase another series: The Mercie Collection Spotlight.

Now Available!

The Mercie Collection is three novellas in one: 

For Mercie’s Sake 

A victim of rape, sixteen year old Scottlyn Rich is disowned by her family when she refuses to abort the child she carries. Determined to raise her baby, she has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead. Widowed school teacher Diana Kensington lost everything she held dear the day her husband’s plane fell out of the sky. Can trust be built between these two lost women? Can they work together to fill the void in each other’s lives, for Mercie’ s sake? 

Begging for Mercie 

College student Scottlyn Rich has overcome tragedy—and moved on. She’s about to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday when she receives news that the young man who raped her has died in prison. Grieving mother Penny Nelson believes there is only one way to assuage her grief—take the baby and raise her. Scottlyn didn’t draw the battle lines, but she’s determined to defend what’s hers. Can God find a way to bring peace to both women, or will someone end up begging for Mercie? 

All About Mercie 

Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber, but she feels more orphaned and adrift than ever. Until her mother walks through the door. Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn’s trust and can’t believe how easily she’s willing to accept her mom’s excuses. There’s something off about Jocelyn Rich and he’s determined to find answers even if it costs him everything. Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie?

  • The Mercie Collection: inspirational women’s fiction 

    by Sharon Srock

  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: A Blonde and a Prayer Books
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2016
  • ASIN: B01E9RVZU8

Don’t Miss This: Karla by Sharon Srock

Each month I want to alert you to an author and a release that I think you would enjoy. This month is Sharon Srock, and her newest release, Karla. I need to catch up on all of the books, but those that I have read are captivating. Check it out!

Don't Miss This: Karla by Sharon Srock

Don’t Miss This: Karla by Sharon Srock

Karla Black had everything she ever wanted until the night tragedy tore her world apart, stealing her husband and her identity in one vicious twist. Twelve months later Karla is a shadow of the woman she used to be, struggling through her grief, living with bankrupt emotions, and resisting any suggestion that God might give her a second chance at love.

Ian McAlister was a helpless bystander as breast cancer took his beloved wife from him one breath at a time. As days of grief turn into months, Ian begins to dwell on the vow she elicited from him before her death. Promise me that you won’t grieve for too long. But how will he know when it’s time?

Two broken hearts, two futures destroyed by death, until a chance meeting in an unexpected place kindles a friendship between Karla and Ian that rockets into a romance neither one anticipated. Can they overcome their grief and the objection of family members to grab onto the surprising future that God has for them?

  • Series: The Women of Valley View
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: A Blonde and a Prayer Books
  • April 4, 2016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692675199

 

 

COTT: All that Glitters by Lisa Flickinger

“A wonderfully unpredictable plotline!”
“All that Glitters was a beautifully written story that speaks of
redemption and forgiveness.”
“The author draws you in and keeps you engaged to the last page.”
About the book:
The world has gone plum crazy over gold. Men and women alike
would do almost anything to make their fortune. Leaving behind her family
and a
dying father, Ginny Connor follows the cunning Logan Harris up North to
strike
it rich. Twenty-year old Vivian Connor embarks on a cross-country chase to
rescue her sister Ginny and they are both led into the chaos of the Klondike
Gold Rush.
Meanwhile, Ben McCormack leaves his farm to retrieve his
intended bride from a rowdy, tent town on the Alaskan coastline. Ben’s path
inadvertently entwines with Vivian’s and he finds his heart tugging him in a
different direction.
Danger and disappointment plague all their journeys to the
far North. Will Vivian find her sister in time to return home to see their
father? Can Ginny forgive herself for the decisions she’s made? Will
Ben
find the lifelong love he searches for? When the world listens only to the
call
of gold, redemption and love become scarce treasures.
PURCHASE

Chat with the author:

How do you connect with God best?
I love
listening to the Lord speak into my heart during worship.
Which Christian author has influenced you the
most?
I have
been a fan of Allison Pittman’s work for years. Even more amazing, The
Christian Communicator assigned my novel All
That Glitters
to her for editorial. Her encouragement and insight
helped me
develop as a writer and take the leap toward publication.
Are your books only for Christians or would other
people also enjoy them?
My books
definitely embrace a Christian worldview; however, the settings and
characters
are memorable enough for anyone who enjoys a good read.

About the author:

Lisa Flickinger lives in the shadow of the Rockies with her husband Matthew
and their dog Zeke. When not writing or reading, you will find her combing
antique shops, walking in the woods, or sipping a latte with friends. All
That Glitters fulfills the lifelong dream of sharing the characters in her
head with you, dear reader. Enjoy!

Book Review: In Times Like These by Gail Kittleson

In Times Like This by Gail Kittleson.

In Times Like This by Gail Kittleson.

Pearl Harbor attacked! The United States is at war. But Addie fights her own battles on the Iowa home front. Her controlling husband Harold vents his rage on her when his father’s stroke prevents him from joining the military. He degrades Addie, ridicules her productive victory garden, and even labels her childlessness as God’s punishment. When he manipulates his way into a military unit bound for Normandy, Addie learns that her best friend Kate’s pilot husband has died on a mission, leaving her stranded in London in desperate straits. Will Addie be able to help Kate, and find courage to trust God with her future? This extraordinary literary writing classically captures the mindset of the 1940’s. Addie and her friend Kate reflect the voices women hear as they face confusing dilemmas even seventy-five years later—my first read kept me up into the wee hours. I will refer my readers to In Times Like These! Patricia Evans, Author of The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Controlling People and other books listed at www.VerbalAbuse.com

Gail Kittleson transports the readers back to WWII with Americans Addie and Harold. The war affects everyone in the country, and in Iowa, Harold wants to join the cause and fight the Nazis. However, he’s not able to, and the rejection makes him bitter. He takes his anger out on Addie with verbal wounds.

Addie’s best friend, Kate, is in London. The two write and share their hurts through letters. The letters give Addie strength in a time where abuse was not defined.

I really enjoyed In Times Like These. I really felt like I was in this part of history, WWII. It’s not easy to write a historical, much less a character who does hurtful things even though we understand his pain. Also not easy is to craft a friendship and evolve characters through letters. Gail Kittleson makes all these things seem effortless, and for that, it’s a page turner.

I highly recommend you set aside some time and go back to WWII with Gail Kittleson and In Times Like These. You won’t regret it.

I received In Times Like These in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase In Times Like These, click here.

Book Review: Bearing Witness by Charles E. Moore and Timothy Keiderling

Book Review: Bearing Witness

Book Review: Bearing Witness

About Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship

From the stoning of Stephen in the first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram in 2015, these stirring accounts will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding believers what costly discipleship looks like in any age.  Bearing Witness brings together dozens of accounts from around the world of Christians who gave witness to their faith in the face of intense persecution, even if it costs them their lives.

 

In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.

Bearing Witness is a powerful reminder, especially in light of how fast things are changing around us, the high price many before us have paid to follow Jesus. Although many stories were familiar to me, I learned quite a bit. The stories are full of history, but not too academic. The stories span the globe and are filled with names you’ll recognize, and those you won’t. I finished the book resolved not to take my faith for granted.

I believe readers will appreciate Bearing Witness for the same reasons.

I received Bearing Witness from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Bearing Witness, click here.

 

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The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

The Surrender of Life

By Ginger Solomon

 

Our society sees surrender as a dirty word.

But is it?

Imagine for one moment: What if Mary, the mother of Jesus, had been unwilling to surrender her body to the Holy Spirit and give birth to Jesus?

Not only would she have deprived the world of a Savior (well, to be honest, I think God would have chosen another maiden, but we’ll never know on this side of heaven), but she would have missed out on raising the Son of God. What about all those times she treasured a certain memory in her heart? She knew her baby was special. But what if she’d not surrendered?

What if Peter, James, John, and the others had refused to surrender their livelihood when Jesus called to them to come follow him? A great deal of our New Testament would have been written by someone else.

What if Jesus decided surrendering his life for ours was too much for the Father to ask? Can you say up-the-creek-without-a-paddle? Except it wouldn’t be a creek. It’d be a raging river, and we’d be in a baby float.

Let’s add one more what if to our surrender list. Let’s make it a little more recent.

What if Thomas Edison’s mother hadn’t surrendered her quiet time to teach him at home when he had trouble at school? The man had over 1,000 patents for his inventions. The light bulb, motion picture camera, and alkaline storage battery are among them. In addition, he started the first electric company, which later became the General Electric Corporation. (source: www.biography.com)

When we surrender our lives to God and believe in His Son, Jesus, we are giving up something, but we are gaining so much more.

So it was for Princess Anaya, my heroine, in my most recent release, Second Choice. The man she had chosen to be her husband disappeared, leaving a note with no clues as to the reason for his departure. Her wedding was scheduled to take place in three weeks. She’d dreamed of the life she’d spend with him for the last six months. And then nothing. Her plans collapsed around her. Her dreams slipped through her fingers. Her hopes for a bright future faded.

She had to surrender her expectations. It wasn’t easy, but what she gained was so much better than what she gave up. It just took her time to see it.

The end of the tunnel is not always visible while we’re going through it. We know there’s a light at the end, but we can’t see it. Surrender is that way as well. If we’re surrendering to something GOD wants for us or wants us to do, then we can be sure that what we’re gaining will be better than what we’re releasing—even if we can’t see it.

Ginger 7 - brightened_editedGinger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

Author Links:

Website

Inspy Romance Blog

Facebook Author Page

Twitter @GingerS219

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

 

Second Choice Blurb:

The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

The Surrender of Life by Ginger Solomon

Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

 

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

 

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

 

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