#sale · Black Friday · Books · Christian Books · ebooks · featured · Gifts · Love, Texas -- Population 2

WEEK OF BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

All electronic formats of Love, Texas — Population 2 are now on sale during the week of Black Friday.

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The cost of one e-book was $3.99, but now it’s …

ONLY $0.99!

Less than a buck?  Doesn’t that make you feel like …

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Available in multiple e-book formats, like Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo.  To snag you a SUPER CHEAP copy, click on the link below.  You will then be taken to a website where you can get to the online store from where you’d like to purchase your e-book by choosing that store’s icon.

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Remember, if you choose the Kindle format, you don’t need a Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire tablet to read a Kindle e-book.

All you need to do is download the free Kindle app.

You can then read a Kindle ebook on any of these devices: iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac.

Also with the Kindle format, it’s so easy to purchase and send a gift copy – all you have to do is use Amazon’s option of Kindle book gifting delivery via email.

Simply search for my Kindle book on Amazon ; then scroll down and / or to the left (depending on your device), and click on the gray box that has in it, “Give as a Gift.”

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Then, Amazon will bring up a page with the heading, “Complete your Kindle book gift purchase.”

Fill in the To, From, Message, and Delivery Date boxes, and BAM!  Your recipient will receive an email with a link to download the ebook.

Note: You can set the delivery date for up to a year later.  AND, if your recipient already read my book (that means he or she is awesome), or if the recipient doesn’t want my book (wha??), then he or she can exchange the gift e-book for an Amazon Gift Card of an equivalent value.

When my debut Christian contemporary romance novel is priced as low as this,

ONLY $0.99,

you could buy a book not only for yourself, but for you best friend, mom, neighbor, grandma, hubby, coworker — you name it!

So go crazy! After all, it IS the week of Black Friday!

 

 

Biblical Fiction · Book Reviews · Books · Christian Books · featured · Historical Romance

MONTHLY BOOK REVIEW

At least once a month, I will try to post a book review.  Sometimes it will be a book I read years ago, other times I will have just turned the last page and feel like writing a review.  

My reviews will always be about a book I rated with either 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads and/or Amazon.  There are soooo many books available for readers to choose from—and to choose to buy—that I want to save you readers both selection time and hard-earned money.  I want to give you “the best bang for your buck.”  So, even though there are some 3-star books that are still “good,” I’ll only post reviews about the “better” and “best” books I’ve read. 

Goodreads’ rating system:                  Amazon’s rating system:

3 stars = I liked it                                   3 stars = It’s okay

4 stars = I really liked it                        4 stars = I like it

5 stars = It was amazing                       5 stars = I love it 

I selected Thief of Corinth for this month’s book review because I recently interviewed Tessa Afshar for an upcoming “Featured Author Interview” post on the American Christian Fiction Writers’ (ACFW) website.  I had read Afshar’s 2010 debut novel Pearl in the Sand this summer, and “really liked” it (gave it 4 stars).  It was the Book of the Month pick by my Goodreads’ Book Club, Christian Fiction Devourers.

 

5  STARS ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

for Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar

 

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First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption―the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future―and very lives―hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

Be transported back in time by this gripping tale of adventure, bravery, and redemption, and discover why Thief of Corinth has earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

My November 2018 Review

You know an author is pretty spectacular when she’s able to make you really for the main character after having read only 16 pages into a book!  That’s exactly what Afshar did in Thief of Corinth, the author’s most recent Biblical fiction release set in the time of the New Testament.

The heroine, Ariadne, is a teen at the beginning of this novel, and Draco is a man her grandfather has arranged for her to marry.  Ariadne walks in on Draco right after he had brutally had his way with a slave girl who was even younger than Ariadne.  The grandfather is nonchalant about the incident and still says Ariadne must marry Draco; Ariadne is outraged over this command and says so; Ariadne’s mother is furious at her daughter! for being rude to her grandfather and she strikes Ariadne’s face so hard that later it leaves a bruise.

Oh, how I experienced Ariadne’s own disbelief, anger, and emotional hurt over that—especially since she was a young teen, at an age when one feels everything 100 times more acutely than an adult.  The author continued to make me sympathize with Ariadne, and care more and more about her, as well as several other characters, with each turn of the page.  This was most impressive because of the author’s brevity.

Afshar has the craft of writing down so well that she only has to use a few paragraphs of narrative and limited lines of dialogue for each new scene in order to make readers feel like they are right there in Corinth, experiencing the same heartbreak, happiness, loneliness, anger, love, fear, uncertainty, excitement, or remorse that each and every one of the characters feel.

The author’s beautiful and descriptive writing also helps to create scenes that evoke emotion all throughout this novel.  Afshar’s poetic voice in Thief of Corinth places her in the same league as lyrical master Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club.

Some of my favorite lines of that type of prose were:

-“My brother … enfolded Father in his arms.  They had much to say to each other, those two men.  Months of silence and hurt to bridge.  But for those first few moments, embraces did the speaking.”

-“I looked up at the sailor who had saved us, a man the size of a city gate with a complexion the warm hue of cinnamon bark.”

-“Sometimes silence booms like thunder, carrying too many revelations for the mind to absorb.  Shock had rendered us immobile.”

Depicting emotional scenes isn’t Afshar’s only talent with descriptions—she also shows skill describing setting.  Readers will clearly see the villas and buildings of Corinth, and feel as if they are right there in the first century, walking alongside the characters in this famous Biblical city.

One item to take note of, but something that did not detract at all from this fantastic story, is that the heroine Ariadne isn’t a real Biblical figure.  Several other people in this novel are though, like Dionysus, the Apostle Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila.  There also are some minor characters in the book based on true historical figures, such as a man named Hermesianx who entered his daughters into the Isthmian Games, and Luis the Butcher, who really did have a shop in Corinth.

I think Thief of Corinth is a novel that both believers and those who are not Christians will enjoy, because believer or not, almost everyone can relate to many of the characters in the book, and to several situations such as wanting to please a parent, longing to be accepted and loved, and desiring to do what you think is best.

I was first introduced to Afshar’s writing this past summer when my book club read her 2010 debut novel Pearl in the Sand, that is set in the times of the Old Testament.  This is a fictionalized story about the real Biblical woman Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute who later married one of the leaders of Israel.  Thief of Corinth is set in the times of the New Testament.  Afshar impressed with me Pearl in the Sand, which is why I rated that novel 4 stars, but the author really wowed me with Thief of Corinth, which is why I give this book 5 stars.  I will recommend this novel to my family and friends, and I look forward to reading other books by this author.

#sale · Books · Christian Books · ebooks · featured · Giveaways & Contests · Love, Texas -- Population 2

FREE BOOKS FOR FIVE DAYS!

“Yippee!  Books for free!”  That’s what my kids are clearly shouting in the photo above — and they’re excited because it’s their own mama’s novel that is FREE for the rest of the week.

I’m running a promotion on Amazon today through this Sunday at midnight, offering the Kindle ebook version of my Christian contemporary romance novel Love, Texas — Population 2 for FREE!  Yippee!  (I really like that ol’ yippee word, can you tell?)

CLICK HERE to get your free copy!

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Remember!  You don’t need a Kindle e-reader or a Kindle Fire tablet to read a Kindle ebook.  All you need to do is Download the free Kindle app by clicking here. 

You can then read a Kindle ebook on any of these devices:  iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac.

Not only can you grab a free copy of my novel in ebook format for the rest of the week, but during this same time frame you also have the opportunity to win a free copy of the print paperback version of Love.

This Monday, I had a fun time answering interview questions by Carrie Schmidt ( @MeezCarrie ) on her blog Reading is My SuperPower .  On that interview post, there is a Rafflecopter giveaway that you can earn up to 32 entries to try to win an autographed copy of my book.

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Good luck on winning a print copy!  No luck is needed to get a FREE ebook copy, so get yours now!

Charity · Christian Books · featured · Fundraiser · Love, Texas -- Population 2 · Uncategorized

FUNDRAISER FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so I thought it would be a prime time to tell you about a fundraiser I’m doing for a charity that serves abused and neglected children.

The charity is called My Stuff Bags Foundation.  They provide duffle bags filled with new, necessity personal care items and comfort “stuff” like blankets and stuffed animals, to young ones who arrive at crisis centers with little or zero of their own personal belongings – nothing they could call “my stuff.”

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These children often have to leave their homes quickly, so they usually don’t have time to grab even their own beloved toy or clothes.  My Stuff Bags Foundation serves kids who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and are entering crisis centers, foster care, or battered women’s shelters.

In order to raise funds to support this charity, I am no longer selling autographed print book copies of my Christian contemporary romance novel Love, Texas – Population 2.  Instead, I’m offering these books as a way to raise money for My Stuff Bags Foundation.

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So, you can still get a signed copy of my novel if you make a minimum donation of $15 per book. ( Click this link to donate via PayPal or with any major credit. )  I will then autograph the book and address the novel to whomever you want before shipping it out.  The book should arrive to your home within one week, and they’ll be no charge to you for shipping and handling.  (United States mailing addresses only, please.)

All profits, yes 100% of the profits, will go toward supporting My Stuff Bags Foundation.

Please show your love for abused, neglected, homeless, and traumatized kids by donating to my fundraiser to support the fantastic charity of My Stuff Bags Foundation.

To find out more:

Watch this informative video by My Stuff https://youtu.be/R_w4paHqduo

Go to http://www.mystuffbags.org/

Go to https://www.facebook.com/MyStuffBags/

Click this link to donate via PayPal or with any major credit.

Books · Christian Books · featured · Love, Texas -- Population 2

SUPER SALE!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Kindle edition of my Christian contemporary romance novel is now on sale for over 40% off the original price.

It was $6.99, but now it’s

ONLY $3.99!!!

Say what???  That’s right!

Remember!  You don’t need a Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire tablet to read a Kindle ebook.

All you need to do is download the free Kindle app.

You can then read a Kindle ebook on any of these devices: iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac.

When the book is priced as low as this, you could buy a book not only for yourself, but for you best friend, mom, grandma, hubby, coworker — you name it!  It’s so easy to purchase and send a gift copy – all you have to do is use Amazon’s Kindle book gifting delivery via email option.

Simply search for my Kindle book on Amazon ; then scroll down and / or to the left (depending on your device), and click on the gray box that has in it, “Give as a Gift.”

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Then, Amazon will bring up a page with the heading, “Complete your Kindle book gift purchase.”

Fill in the To, From, Message, and Delivery Date boxes, and BAM!  Your recipient will receive an email with a link to download the ebook.

Note: You can set the delivery date for up to a year later.  AND, if your recipient already read my book (that means they’re a very cool person), or if the recipient doesn’t want my book (BOO!), then he or she can exchange the gift ebook for an Amazon Gift Card of an equivalent value.

What are you waiting for?  Get to clickin’ and giftin’ — for yourself or a loved one!

 

 

Books · Christian Books · featured · Fourth Friday Book Review

FOURTH FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW

Every fourth or final Friday of a month I will post a book review.  Sometimes it will be a book I read years ago, other times I will have just turned the last page of the novel and feel like writing a review about it. 

I chose My Heart Remembers for this month’s book review because it was the pick of my Goodreads Christian Fiction Devourers Book Club’s Buddy Read for March.  I’m so glad I’m part of this book club, as being a member is a great way to discover new authors and new books.

My March 2018 Review 

Who knew a phrase as simple as “Take care o’ the wee ones” would cause a lump in my throat and the need to fight back tears every time I read it?  Each of the 16 times I read it!  According to my Kindle search, that’s how often “wee ones” is used in reference to this directive given by a father to his 8-year-old daughter in Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Christian historical novel, My Heart Remembers.   If a phrase repeated that often seems like overkill, just wait until you read this book – “wee ones” will make you get all verklempt too!

It’s not only that phrase that will do you in, as there are multiple scenes throughout this novel that are sad or touching.  Kim Vogel Sawyer is a master at both dialogue and description that will grip your heart.

“Just as she had Molly, Maelle kissed her brother’s cheeks and forehead.  She whispered, ‘I’ll always be loving ya’, Mattie Gallagher.'”

Oh boy!  That second sentence is one that got to me the most.  Once you read the scenario regarding it – you might need a tissue.

My Heart Remembers is a story about three Irish immigrant children living in New York City in 1886 who, after their parents die in a tenement fire, are then sent on an orphan train to Missouri.  Maelle at age 8 is the oldest sibling; her brother Matthew “Mattie” is a few years younger; and then Molly is a baby.  Each child winds up being taken-in by a different caregiver at the beginning of the book, and Maelle promises her brother Mattie that when she gets older she will find him and their sister Molly and they’ll all be together once again.  The rest of the novel covers about 20 years of Maelle trying to search for her siblings.

The story is told by the point of view of all three siblings, with chapters going forward in time, and switching from one POV to the other within chapter changes.  I usually like the use of only one POV, but in this novel it worked really well to show the lives of all three children growing up.

Each sibling walked very different paths on how they were raised.  Maelle was a traveling photographer’s assistant and lived in box wagon, and once the photographer died, Maelle took pictures mostly of homeless children who were being over-worked and under-paid.  Later in the book she meets up with a man who will try basically to make laws against child labor.  Maelle’s photography skills come into play helping this man with that goal, and she once again feels the pull to take care of those “wee ones.”

Mattie does live with a nice family for a couple of years, but the majority of his young life is spent working as an unpaid ranch hand for an abusive cattle rancher named Jenks.  Mattie is later able to escape this mean man and find a job on a ranch tending sheep, but Jenks comes back into the picture at the end of the novel.

Molly lives a comfortable life growing up under the care of a wealthy family, but when she’s 17, those parents die, leaving behind Molly and her older brother.  Turns out though the older brother was always jealous of Molly, and he finds out about her biological parents, and he disowns Molly and pretty much throws her out on the street.  Molly then has to figure out how to survive on her own.

Maelle, Mattie, and Molly all came to know God in different ways because of their dissimilar home environments, but all three of them did eventually love Him and come to rely on God and trust Him in their darkest moments of need.

I loved learning new things from this historical book, such as I had never even heard of orphan trains.  I also didn’t know about child labor being abused too much in the late 1880s / early 1900s.  It was also pretty cool to read about the old-time cameras and photography equipment.

I had not read any of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books before, but I enjoyed My Heart Remembers, and I look forward to reading the sequel, In Every Heartbeat.