6.18.2024

Coal Black Lies by Cindy K. Sproles // JustRead + Giveaway

Coal Black Lies JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Coal Black Lies by Cindy K. Sproles, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Coal Black Lies

Title: Coal Black Lies
Author:
Cindy K. Sproles
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
June 18, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Believing the bitter lies you tell yourself leaves little room for the sweetness of truth 

Coal miner Joshua Morgan managed to do the impossible--he broke away from the stranglehold of the iron-fisted Barton family and the Company Store, to whom all the miners in the Appalachian Mountains are indebted. But it cost him the life of his young daughter, who was run down by a posse led by Thomas Barton while coming to collect Joshua's payment to the store. 

Five years later, a sweet but slow-witted young girl lands on his doorstep, and Joshua's desire to protect her from the clutches of the Bartons increases his thirst for vengeance. Joshua sets out to discover where the girl came from in order to take down the Barton family once and for all. 

His journey leads him to the truth about the day his daughter died, a reality he finds hard to accept. But when confronted by Thomas Barton himself, Joshua is forced to rethink the dark lies brewing in his heart. If he broke away, could Thomas have also? Despite his misgivings, can Joshua join forces with a man he once despised to free the miners from the tyrannical Barton family and forge a future of peace for both the young girl and himself?

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My Review:

Joshua Morgan broke free of the coal and the stranglehold of the company store, but finding a sweet child wandering his property, stirs up his quest for vengeance and unearths a motherload of secrets. 

A gripping and gritty read set in the mountains of Appalachia, Joshua and his wife Raney have fought for everything they have to make their own way and stay clear of the murdering Bartons who took everything precious from them. An engaging mountain tale, with so many winding twists, and strong themes of faith, justice, and forgiveness. 

Joshua is fortunate to have faithful friends, in Clive, Manny, and Cleda May. I admired Raney for her steadfastness, and her heart for Aughtie. Aughtie is the sweetest child. Prepare to have your heart stolen!

Overall, this book will have your head spinning with all of the plot twists and big reveals, I loved how this book had its suspenseful moments, balanced with more tender moments, and strong faith themes. Definitely worth the read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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About the Author

Cindy Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is the author of devotions published in newspapers across the country and a teacher at Christian writers conferences. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountains to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Connect with Cindy at cindysproles.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a print copy of Coal Black Lies plus book-related swag!

Coal Black Lies JustRead Tours blog giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight June 17, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 24, 2024. 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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6.14.2024

Jesus : A Deaf Missions Film // Movie Review and Giveaway!


Be among the first to experience the first full-length feature  

film about Jesus entirely in ASL!


God’s story is unstoppable when it is in the heart language of a people group. JESUS: a Deaf Missions film, uses Deaf actors to bring the story of Jesus to life from a Deaf perspective for a Deaf audience.


68 out of 70 million deaf people are waiting to encounter Jesus. We are ready to make Him seen ... would you join us? 





Buy tickets today to see JESUS: a Deaf Missions film in theaters starting June 20th!

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My Review: 

A large-scale undertaking with resoundingly powerful results. For the first time ever see a Jesus film made by the deaf for the deaf, entirely in ASL with a whole cast of deaf actors to bring this magnificent story to the big screen in a way never before seen!

I loved how everything about this film was oriented towards the deaf, with no audible dialogue, though hearing audiences will hear drama enhancing music, nature sounds, as well as the signing. I grew up in a church that had a very large deaf ministry that my family was a part of, and it was so amazing to see this film, and how much care was put into making it. I also am excited to share this film with my friend who works as an ASL interpreter, as I know she will want to share this with some of her clients and the people she works with!

A powerful film about the greatest story ever told--because it's true! A talented cast give life to this film, that runs 2hrs and 20 mins in length. It does a good job of showing the afflictions faced by those who Jesus healed, their pain and their rejoicing. The film doesn't shy away from the more graphic scenes, so take that into consideration when deciding if this is something your children should see. 

A well-done film that will surely be a powerful tool in spreading the gospel for years to come!

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Many thanks to Deaf Missions for providing a sample of the product for this review.  Opinions are 100% my own.


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6.13.2024

Texas Ranch Cold Case by Virginia Vaughan // Review

Lucie's Review: 

While searching for answers to her mother's death, Ally Fulton finds herself in a killer's crosshairs. Tucker Harmon offers his protection, as he seeks to help her find answers and clear his family's name. 

A fast paced read, with a lot going on, great character development and interaction. Definitely a hard to put down, twisting plot, with plenty of action, and big reveals along the way. I liked the themes of redemption.

A quick read with likable characters, and a mystery riddled plot, with plenty to unravel. Action-packed with lots of suspense. A great standalone, but also a great conclusion to the series that brings all the siblings together. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.12.2024

Dolphins in Danger by Bill Myers // Review

My Review: 

The 5th in this fun filled family series, finds the Mulligans once again coming to the aid of animals in need, as Lisa rescues dolphins, Nick learns how to fly a plane, Julie learns about following rules, and Jenelle stands up for what is right. 

A laugh-out-loud hilarious read, with a full cast of characters and a mischievous monkey, name Winona. A truly engaging read that can be enjoyed by all ages, great for young readers gaining confidence with chapter books, or as a read aloud for the whole family

A highly enjoyable book that I read in one sitting, I appreciated the solid themes of faith, and lessons of following rules and trusting God. Winona is a hoot! I look forward to following this family on more adventures in the future!

 
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.11.2024

What We Hide by Colleen Coble and Rick Acker // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Separated for years, Hez and Savannah are pulled back together when Savannah falls under suspicion for murder. Together they untangle a web of secrets, and lies, in this second chance romantic suspense. 

An thrilling suspense that brings a separated couple back together as they fight for their lives and answers. There is a lot going on, but it also has a heavy ominousness to it, with parts told from the bad guy's POV.

I liked that Hez's cousin shares his faith with him, and encourages him to make positive choices. I liked how Savannah and Hez started to rekindle their relationship, and worked together to sort everything else. 

Overall, a suspenseful read with a lot going on. I appreciated the complex relationship aspects that Hez and Savannah had going into things, and how it ramped up some of the tension. Great for fans of heavier suspense reads. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.10.2024

To Spark a Match by Jen Turano // Review

Lucie's Review: 

Adelaide Duveen is swept into a world  of intrigue and suspense after stumbling upon a mysterious meeting during a society party. After five failed seasons, Adelaide believes that she is well on her way to being a spinster, but could a chance encounter change everything?

A fun read with a fantastic heroine, in a fast paced, banter-filled adventure. Adelaide has a quick mind, and is willing to do what it takes to help Gideon's mission succeed. Gideon is attracted to Adelaide, and I liked that he was trying to protect her from the things in his life that could be a danger. Adelaide has a wonderful set of friends, and I loved seeing familiar faces along the way.

Overall, an engaging read with an excellent plot, many laugh out loud moments, and over the top characters. Highly entertaining in the best way!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.08.2024

JustRead Rendezvous 2024

RDV '24 JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for JustRead Rendezvous 2024, hosted, sponsored, and organized by JustRead Publicity Tours!

You are Invited

JustRead Rendezvous
November 15, 2024

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove

Join fellow readers and authors at the JustRead Rendezvous to celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads. This event, modeled after the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Activities will include corporate worship, speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, games, giveaways, a pop-up book shop, and author signings. 

Baker Publishing Group fiction imprints (Bethany House and Revell), Enclave Publishing, and Kregel Publications have joined JustRead Publicity Tours as event sponsors.

Learn more about the 2024 JustRead Rendezvous


Participating Authors

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 first 27 participating authors

first row: Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Amanda Dykes, Angela Ruth Strong, Becky Wade, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer. second row: Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lisa Phillips, Lynn Austin. third row: Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Ronie Kendig, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson

Keynote speakers include Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig. Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips will lead worship. More authors will be added to the event as reader registration increases!  

Check out recent releases by participating authors in the JustRead Amazon Storefront.


Register

The registration fee (including a book tote, lunch, afternoon snack, and more) is $124 for readers. We’re nearing the reader registration mark to add more best-selling, debut, and indie authors to the 2024 event. Tell your friends and register today to pave the way by August 1! 

Subscribe to email updates and learn more about each author on the JustRead Rendezvous website. Connect with other attendees and hopefuls in the Rendezvous Roomies & Logistics ’24 private Facebook group to arrange shared experiences or cost-sharing opportunities

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P.S. Join us on Thursday at the same location for the Art of Writing conference and The Christy Award Winners Gala. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Visit christyawards.com for more information and registration.

Giveaway

(1) winner will receive one paid registration to JustRead Rendezvous 2024 courtesy of '23 Rendezvous author Tamara Leigh
(1) winner will receive a canvas tote bag, an A6 journal notebook with a ballpoint pen, a 12 oz enamel mug, a scented candle, and a reading blanket
(5) winners will receive a $10 egift card (Baker Book House, Christianbook, or Amazon)

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 Blog Tour Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight June 4, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 11, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only for physical prizes. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.

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6.07.2024

Starstruck by Amy Clipston // Review

My Review:

Heather Gordon's small-town life is turned upside down when she falls for a rockstar. 

A sweet contemporary romance, that makes for a quick read. Great for someone looking for a light-reading pick-me-up. I liked that Heather is close to her family, and that they are supportive of her goals and everything else. Alex Kirwan is a world-famous heartthrob, who longs for a simpler life, possibly settling down from the hubbub of being famous. 

A sweet read about finding love when you aren't looking, with nice characters, and a rather straightforward plot that does tend to go where expected. A little too predictable and fluffy for my taste, but if you like Hallmark movies chances are you would like this sweet romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.06.2024

The Art of Love and Lies by Rebecca Anderson // Review

My Review: 

Roseanna Hawkins is a gifted artist, spending her time recreating famous pieces to grace the parlors of the upper classes, but when she finds that her works are tied to an art heist she partners with a police man to brings the real thief to justice. 

An engaging and thrilling clean romance, with likable characters and plot. I loved how Martin encouraged her in her art, and gave Roseanna a chance to prove herself, and he never gave up on her. The interaction between them is well done, and I liked how Roseanna sees past Martin's past to the man that he has become despite all of it. Great dialogue, engaging, with a fantastic conclusion!
 
A highly enjoyable read, with a sweet, clean romance, with a touch of suspense!


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

6.05.2024

Hidden in the Night by Elizabeth Goddard // Review

Lucie's Review: 

A search for a long long manuscript brings Ivy Elliot back to Alaska, and face to face with old love interest Nolan Long. Together they must brave the elements, and go toe-to-toe with human traffickers, in this riveting adventure. 

A great addition to the series, I was so pleased to see Nolan getting his own story after seeing him in the previous book about his sister. They had good interaction, though the beginning felt a little backstory heavy. There was a lot going on in the story, and I liked that Nolan and Ivy had to work together despite their failed connection in the past. 

It was a fun read, with great characters that I could cheer for throughout, with a high stakes chase, blended with a dangerous treasure hunt. 

An edge of your seat read, against a glorious backdrop, with heartpounding suspense, and strong themes of faith. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.