12.14.2018

Ellie Claire 365-Day Journals ~ 3 Journal Review ~ Makes a Beautiful Gift!


365 days of devotions are contained in each of these beautiful and high quality journals from 
Ellie Claire Gifts.

As we are quickly approaching gift giving season and the beginning of a new year, what could be better than getting closer to God and encouraging others to do likewise?
Each of these three journals beautifully presented, with eye-catching graphics and a simple and effective format, with a scripture or quote, narrative, and concise prayer, with half a page of lined paper to write thoughts and nuggets of wisdom.


They make an excellent gift for a loved one, or even for yourself! 
The journals are of excellent quality, with smooth, medium weight paper that doesn't bleed through or indent easily from the previous day's entry. 


The Peace Begins with Me journal is themed with devotions and readings focused on finding peace, contentment, joy, and shelter in Jesus. Casting our worries and care on Him, trusting in His sovereign grace to comfort and protect us through everyday trials and challenges in life, as God through Christ Jesus is the only true source of lasting peace. 


The Earth is the LORD's, and Everything In It journal praises God as the sovereign Creator, Father, Protector, and Lover of My Soul. The devotions talk of God's love for us as His creation, and how we can take comfort in knowing that He is in control.


The Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus journal is my favorite of the three, with its cheery floral design and title that borrows its name from one of my favorite hymns. This journals encourages to continue to look to Jesus in the midst of heartaches and troubles, for strength, endurance, and and shelter, praising His name no matter what the day brings. Everyday has a quote from a hymn, a devotion extolling God's attributes, a scripture reading, prayer, and half a page of lined paper to journal.


So whether for a loved one, friend, or for yourself these lovely journals invite you to grow, meditate, and praise through study of scripture. 
A wonderful gift to give or receive as we come upon the new year!

The journals can be purchased on Amazon, CBD, Books a Million or Barnes & Noble.

Peace Begins with Me
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The Earth is the LORD's and Everything In It
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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.13.2018

At Home in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Nurse Practitioner Thea Anastas loves her job, she truly cares about her patients, often going out of her way to help them especially if children are involved. Through her work she meets Shannie, a young girl suffering with appendicitis. Shannie only has a forgetful great-gran to care for her, so Thea goes with them to the hospital to make sure that she gets care because she is afraid that she might get lost in the system.

Dr. Ethan Brandenburg works at the Wishing Bridge Clinic with Thea, he has plans to return to the city to join a research team at a top hospital. He took a year off to care for his niece and nephew after the death of their parents, they are still adjusting to living with him, and Mara especially is having a hard time.

Thea and Ethan find themselves spending more time together after the clinic gets flooded ruining all of their equipment. Shannie is a friendly girl with a joyful spirit, she is very outgoing she keeps trying to be Mara's friend despite Mara's rebuffs.

Thea is strong and compassionate, she has a strong faith and she enjoys getting to know Ethan more, but doesn't believe that it will last. She's lived through pain in the past and doesn't believe that she'll ever marry.

Ethan is an excellent doctor and a good man, he is a man of science and doesn't give faith much credence. However, Thea has him thinking more and more about his late sister's faith, and how much he enjoys having Thea and Shannie in their lives.

I love the way that Thea and Ethan grow to known one another better, there is great dialog, with plenty of give and take, but also caution because they both know that the other is leaving soon.

I also really liked how this book followed Jazz as well, she is Thea's roommate and former model. She runs frequently and knows that if she goes back to modelling that it would be too easy to slip back into her eating disorder. Wishing Bridge has been good for her and her faith is strong.

I loved returning to Wishing Bridge and catching up with all of my favorite people. Ruth Logan Herne always does an excellent job of weaving together warm and welcoming communities with her books, bringing characters to life in memorable ways. A highly enjoyable read!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.12.2018

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy ~ Review

My Review:

I've been a lifelong fan of Anne of Green Gables, I was six years old the first time I saw the 1985 film adaption on PBS, when I was eight my whole family listened to the audio while on a road trip, and when I was about ten I read the entire original series. So when I saw this book on my library's list of new books, I knew I had to read it. Marilla has always been my one of my favorite characters of the series, and though L.M. Montgomery told many a story about the many other residents of Avonlea in her collected short stories, she never wrote more about Marilla's past and younger life than what is hinted at in the original series.

Marilla is the responsible and level-headed, dutiful daughter, with a gift in the kitchen and a generous heart. She becomes fast friends with Rachel White, and catches the eye of farmer's son, John Blythe. When tragedy befalls the Cuthbert family, Marilla must grow up fast taking on the household responsibilities, sacrificing some of her dreams, while finding purpose in serving others.

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would, it's hard to know with prequels to such beloved favorites if the author will do justice to the people that you know and love, and all of what they became, but I feel that Ms. McCoy rises to the occasion with this memorable prequel exploring the earlier life of Marilla Cuthbert. I felt very much that this book honored the original series, staying true, yet showing a glimpse more of what Marilla, Matthew, John and Rachel were in their youths. I especially liked how Rachel was portrayed in her youth, matter-of-fact as ever, yet lighter and more carefree, a faithful friend to Marilla.

Marilla and John's romance was handled well, and though we know how it ends, it was no less true, and shines with hope despite their obstacles, setting the stage for the future. John is a good hearted man, he is kind and selfless, smart and forthright, though mule-headed at times, just like Marilla.

Overall, if you are a fan of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables this is worth a read, I think that you will be pleasantly surprised as I was, enchanted once again by the beauty of Prince Edward Island. Marilla of Green Gables stays true to the spirit of the original, taking a deeper look at Marilla before Anne Shirley came into her and Matthew's life. A savory delight that I enjoyed to the last, it fits well with the original series, and is a treat that you won't want to miss!

12.11.2018

Holiday Amnesia by Lynette Eason ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Dr. Robin Hardy is a part-time professor and research scientist, she was working late one night at the lab, when she overhears an argument that turns deadly. Robin manages to escape the explosion, but she can't remember anything.

Toby Potter is there outside the explosion, and whisks Robin away to safety. He is a former CIA agent, and he and Robin had been close before she found out what he was up to, now all he wants to do is keep her safe. He takes her to Wrangler's Corner, and gets some help from local law enforcement to keep her safe.

Robin can't remember the reason why someone is threatening her life, will they be able to unravel the mystery before it's too late?

Robin slowly begins to regain her memory, and she holds tight to her faith throughout. She's clever and determined, facing her failing memory bravely.

Toby is a man of integrity, and I like how he doesn't act on his feelings for Robin while she still doesn't remember everything.

Overall, a fast paced read, with great relationship growth, and dialog. I loved returning to Wrangler's Corner, and I loved how Toby and Robin both are quick thinkers, and use their heads to get them out of tough situations. Action-packed ending, highly enjoyable and suspenseful read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.10.2018

Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Hannah Thomas married her husband John out of convenience to get away from her family and the arranged marriage they had planned for her with a wicked man. She moves with her husband to the Massachusetts Puritan settlement, where he is the lighthouse keeper. But the safe haven that she thought that she had found is disrupted when her husband killed and she is left to run the lighthouse by herself.

One day a handsome captain washes ashore in a shipwreck, Hannah believes him to be a Tory, but in fact he is a Patriot spy. Hannah offers sanctuary to Birch while his wounds heal, she challenges his quest for revenge and encourages him to rediscover his faith.

This book covers a large span of time, and multiple characters, with a lot of plots twists, for me it felt like too much was going on and was squeezed into this one book, making it hard to keep track of and a slower read for me.

Hannah is an admirable character, with a big heart and strong faith. She is resilient in the face of adversity.

This book follows a lot of characters, and there is quite a lot going on. I didn't care to read so much about the villain, Galen. And I didn't like how most of the Puritans were portrayed so villainously.

I really wanted to like this book, everything just felt so rushed to me. So it was hard for me to get to know the main characters as much as I would have liked to, and Lydia's story just made me sad. A tough book to get through.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.09.2018

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream by Pepper D. Basham ~ Review



Lucie's Review:

Jonathan Taylor dreams of being a doctor, but when a childhood injury keeps him from his dream, thoughts of failure threaten to overwhelm him. So he joins his preacher uncle in the Blue Ridge Mountains as the new teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Jonathan teaches the older children, while Laurel teaches the other class.

Laurel McAdams grew up in the mountains, she dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher, in the meantime she helps the younger children learn to read while she saves money for her education. Laurel teaches Jonathan their mountain ways, so that he can better relate to his students, and in exchange he helps her with her writing.

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918, it evokes the spirit of Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy, with the roles reversed. Laurel and Jonathan work well with each other, Laurel teaches him about life on the mountain while he encourages her to follow her dreams. I loved the relationship between Laurel and Jonathan, how they open up each other's worlds, supporting each other through good times and bad.

A well written read, that brings to life the beauty and the struggles of mountain life. Laurel and Jonathan are both passionate and driven people, they want to make a difference, and their loyalties are strong, I loved how their love of books brings them together. I loved the lilting dialog between the characters. Great characters and sense of community, and strong faith. Highly recommend and easily one of the best books that I have ever read from the My Heart Belongs Series. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

12.08.2018

Days of Fantasy for Christmas Day #8 The Song of the Seare Series by C.E. Laureano ~ Excerpt

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

C.E. Laureano for
Days of Fantasy for Christmas

Oath of the Brotherhood
(Song of Seare #1)
By C.E. Laureano
Christian Young Adult Celtic Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 435 Pages
May 1st 2014 by NavPress

In a kingdom where the Old Ways hold fast and a man’s worth lies entirely in his skill with the sword, Conor Mac Nir is a scholar, a musician, and a follower of the forbidden Balian faith: problematic for any man, but disastrous for the son of the king.

When Conor is sent as a hostage to a neighboring kingdom, he never expects to fall in love with the rival king’s sister, Aine. Nor does he suspect his gift with the harp (and Aine’s ability to heal) touches on the realm of magic. Then his clan begins a campaign to eliminate all Balians from the isle of Seare, putting his newfound home in peril and entangling him in a plot for control of the island that has been unfolding since long before his birth.

Only by committing himself to an ancient warrior brotherhood can Conor discover the part he’s meant to play in Seare’s future. But is he willing to sacrifice everything―even the woman he loves―to follow the path his God has laid before him?


Excerpt

King Galbraith had always loomed large in Conor’s memory, but he had chalked it up to a child’s outsized perceptions. Now, he realized his memories were accurate. Clad in a wolf’s-fur cloak with the steel crown of kingship upon his brow, the king nearly filled the throne. His waist-length hair, brown-blond like Conor’s, fell in warrior’s braids over his shoulder, and several plaits decorated his long beard. Beside him stood Lord Riocárd, Galbraith’s champion and captain of the guard, bearing the sword of kingship. The captain was a formidable man in his own right, fierce-eyed and broad-shouldered, but even he was dwarfed in his lord’s presence.

Conor looked away before his eyes could betray his anxiety—into the face of the only man he feared as much as his father. Lord Fergus, the king’s tanist, was an older, paunchier version of Galbraith, and he made the king seem downright warm by comparison. He took Conor in, a slow, predatory smile spreading across his face.

Beside him, a second man scrutinized him as one would observe an insect through glass, emotionless. The druid himself. Conor suppressed another shudder at the symbols of dark power tattooed on his neck and hands.

“Come here, boy,” Galbraith said. “Let me see you.”

Conor tore his eyes away from the observers and moved forward to kneel on the lowest step, his eyes downcast. He pressed his trembling hands together in front of him.

“Look at me!”

He jerked his head up and stared forward while the king’s gaze roamed over him.

One corner of Galbraith’s mouth twisted in displeasure. “Tell me, have you started your training yet?”

Conor swallowed hard. “What training would that be, sir?”

“Don’t be clever with me. You know to what I refer. Sword, bow, spear.”

“No, my lord.” Conor’s voice came out strangled, forced from his constricted throat.

“Then what exactly have you been doing for the last nine years?”

“Studying, my lord.”

“Studying?” Galbraith’s tone changed, a note of curiosity in it.

Conor’s heart lifted slightly. “Aye, my lord. History, mathematics, literature, astronomy, law, languages—”

“What languages?”

“I can read and write the common tongue, as well as Ciraean, Levantine, and Norin. My Melandran is passable, and I know a bit of the Odlum runes.”

Galbraith stared at him for a long moment. The hall fell silent but for the crackle of torches and the occasional rustle of a lady’s gown, every eye riveted on the spectacle before them. Then, in one swift movement, Galbraith reached over and ripped the sword from the scabbard in Riocárd’s hands. The ring of metal echoed in the hall as the blade stopped a fraction of an inch before Conor’s eyes.

“The only language our enemies understand is the language of the sword.”

Other Books in the Series


About the Author


C.E. Laureano’s love of fantasy began with a trip through a magical wardrobe, and she has never looked back. She’s happiest when her day involves martial arts, swords, and a well-choreographed fight scene, though when pressed, she’ll admit to a love of theater and travel as well. Appropriately, she’s wife to a martial arts master and mom to two black belt/musician sons. They live in Denver, Colorado, where they are owned by a cat.


Tour Schedule
(Links won't work until the posts go live.)

December 1st: Launch
December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams - The Songkeeper Chronicles
December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse - Mark of the Raven
December 4thEvangeline Denmark - Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison - A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman - Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig - Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano - Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory - The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane - Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross - The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood - Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright - Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie - The Age of Alandria Series
December 15th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):
- CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
- A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner's choice) by Melissa McShane
- THE REMEMBERED QUEEN by J. Ellen Ross
- SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
- THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright

Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):
- ORPHAN'S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
- MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
- SPARK by J.M. Hackman
- ABIASSA'S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
- The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
- SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie

Ends December 19, 2018

12.07.2018

Days of Fantasy for Christmas: Day #7 Embers by Ronie Kendig & Character Interview

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Ronie Kendig for
Days of Fantasy for Christmas

Embers
(Abiassa's Fire #1)
By Ronie Kendig
Epic Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 432 Pages
October 16th 2015 by Enclave Publishing

HE'S COMING FOR THEM. AND THE KINGDOM.

Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does it comes with a terrible price: Haegan's disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king's wrath.

Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.


Interview with the Haegan Celahar

1. Prince Haegan, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

The most interesting thing? I suppose that I have endured these last ten years on a feather mattress without the use of my body and that my ears burned by the ramblings of an aged accelerant. All thanks to an enemy determined to crumble House Celahar and the Nine Kingdoms.

2. What do you do for fun?

Flames. This query feels like a jest. The most fun a person in my situation can have is having an intellectual duel with my aged tutor and guardian. Make not the mistake that because he is old, he is slow. Sir Gwogh has one of the keenest minds in all the Nine Kingdoms.

3. What are you afraid of most in life?

My greatest fear is yet again failing those I love most. I failed my father when I lost the use of my body and the Flames. I fear my father will not have the warrior he needs to defend the Nine against our fierce enemy, Poired Dyrth.

4. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

Books have been my life. The Histories. The Parchments. The Legacies. And all stories put to quill and parchment, for without the use of my legs, I have travelled across all Primar through books and stories. But dare I confess the Histories were my favorite? Reading about my ancestors and their feats, wielding the Flames at the behest of Abiassa Herself!

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would walk. And run. And join my father’s elite fighters, the Valor Guard. But ‘tis a fool’s fancy to think of things. It only serves to depress and distract. I will focus on what I can accomplish—learning from the Histories and Legacies, to someday be wise counsel for my sister’s rule.

6. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

A pet? What need would I have for a pet? I would not wish the cold and cloudy windows of my prison on my enemies, so I would not task an innocent to endure such than as soon relegate my enemy to the cold chambers and cloudy windows I endure such misery.

7. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

To the moment I was poisoned. I would toss aside my plate. Shatter my glass. I’d stay strong. Be the son my father wanted and the prince kingdom needed.

Other Books in the Series


About the Author


Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of nearly thirty titles. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children, an English Cream Golden Retriever, and a retired military working dog. As life is diverse and full, Ronie would have that fun and diversity in what she writes, taking up the quill for both paramilitary thrillers and speculative fiction. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Want to join Ronie on her writing adventures? Start with her newsletter, then track her down on social media:


Tour Schedule
(Links won't work until the posts go live.)

December 1st: Launch
December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams - The Songkeeper Chronicles
December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse - Mark of the Raven
December 4thEvangeline Denmark - Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison - A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman - Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig - Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano - Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory - The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane - Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross - The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood - Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright - Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie - The Age of Alandria Series
December 15th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):
- CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
- A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner's choice) by Melissa McShane
- THE REMEMBERED QUEEN by J. Ellen Ross
- SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
- THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright

Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):
- ORPHAN'S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
- MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
- SPARK by J.M. Hackman
- ABIASSA'S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
- The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
- SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie

Ends December 19, 2018

12.03.2018

Days of Fantasy for Christmas: Day #3 Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Character Interview

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Morgan L. Busse for
Days of Fantasy for Christmas

Mark of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #1)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
November 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?


Character Interview

1. Who are you?

I am Lady Selene of House Ravenwood, first daughter and heir.

2. What is your family’s gift?

That’s a secret. But since you seem to already know, we are known as the House of Dreamers. We can walk inside people’s dreams. How do we do that? By touch. When I touch a person while they are sleeping, I slip into their mind, into their subconscious, into their deepest memories. Seems like a pretty awesome gift, right? Until you find out that your job is to search out secrets within a person’s mind or…or find their worst nightmares and make them relive it over and over again until their heart gives out. *shudders

3. What is your greatest wish?

Greatest…wish? Well, um, I wish that I might rule together with my sisters, and maybe find a better way to use our gift of dreaming. The problem is Amara and I don’t get along very well. Mother is always praising me and hardly ever speaks to Amara. Amara resents me for that. The thing is, I never wanted Mother’s praise or attention. I wish Amara could see that.

4. What is your greatest fear?

Aren’t these questions a little personal? All right, fine. My fear is becoming just like my mother. When I dreamwalk, I create an emotion connection to the sleeper. But in order to make them relive their nightmares, I must bury my emotions or else they will overtake me. I think at some point, my mother’s heart died. How else can she be so callous about hurting others?

5. What do you hope for your future?

I want to have the freedom to pursue why we were really given the gift of dreamwalking. I can’t believe it’s only to hurt others. There has to be a better, nobler reason. But I can’t do that under my mother’s control. So I will need to escape someday. But I don’t know when I’ll have the chance.

Coming Soon in the Series

Flight of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill. 

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady's offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.


About the Author


Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, the Carol Award-winning steampunk series, Soul Chronicles, and the Ravenwood Saga, a new fantasy series from Bethany House coming November 2018. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.


Tour Schedule
(Links won't work until the posts go live.)

December 1st: Launch
December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams - The Songkeeper Chronicles
December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse - Mark of the Raven
December 4thEvangeline Denmark - Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison - A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman - Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig - Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano - Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory - The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane - Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross - The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood - Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright - Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie - The Age of Alandria Series
December 15th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):
- CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
- A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner's choice) by Melissa McShane
- THE REMEMBERED QUEEN by J. Ellen Ross
- SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
- THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright

Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):
- ORPHAN'S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
- MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
- SPARK by J.M. Hackman
- ABIASSA'S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
- The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
- SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie

Ends December 19, 2018

12.02.2018

Old West Christmas Brides by Margaret Brownley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough, and Debra Ullrick ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

A Pony Express Christmas
Ellie May is on her way to Chimney Rock to find her brother who was a rider with the Pony Express, but her guide abandons her. She rescues a man from hanging and asks him to be her guide.

Michael agrees to guide Ellie, he is inspired by her faith, even though he left his behind in prison. But as she shares her faith, he begins to hope again. Humorous and romantic, with a heart warming Christmas theme.

A Wife in Name Only
Katherine and her brother leave home to find work and help support their family. Work is hard to find, but finally Katherine dies find a job as a cook on a ranch. Brett only hires married women, so Katherine lies to get the job.

Brett is a godly man, he believes Katie and gives her the job. He likes to read his Bible in the kitchen at night and she asks him to read aloud. But as the get to know each other and work to solve the mystery on the ranch, their attraction becomes harder to ignore. Great interaction drives this novella, it was one of my favorites.

Lucy Ames Sharpshooter
Lucy gets a job with Major Paulson's Wild West Show. Gordon also travels with the show, he is the Major's son, and a preacher. Gordon wants to get to know Lucy, he is attracted to her strong faith, but as he start rises with the show he doesn't want to stand in her way.

A Badlands Christmas
Sisters Noela and Beatrice believe they are only going for a visit to the Dakota Territory, but when they arrive they find that they are indeed staying and will be living in a soddy with the winter coming. Beatrice sees it as a grand adventure, while Noela is overwhelmed by the conditions and the amount of work involved.

Their neighbor Hirim and his father are a great help to the sisters, and often comes to their rescue. A sweet romance.

Unexpected Blessings
This story takes place in a town founded by Texas Ranger now referred to as the "Meddlin' Men because they have become matchmakers. Anna comes to town looking for Erik Olsen the uncle of the children that she has been caring for. Erik has a hard time believing that the children are his niece and nephew, as he was convinced that his brother died quite some time ago. Anna gets a job so that she can stay in town and try to convince Erik to take the children.

I liked the interaction between Anna and Erik as they try to find a solution to their situation. There was plenty of humor as the children get to know their uncle, this was my favorite of the collection.

A Grand County Christmas
Awnya is so hungry that she decides to go hunting, but a stranger stops her from shooting a deer because it is a pet. Amadeus is a widower, who lives with his mother and 3 children. He takes her home for supper and they get snowed in. Amadeus and his sons enjoy having Awyna, but his daughter resents her. Awnya works hard to help at Amadeus's house, and to help them have a Merry Christmas.

Overall a heartwarming collection of novellas, some of them re-reads for me, and others brand new. A sweet collection to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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