THE SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB WITH A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

The Sunday SupperTitle: The Saturday Night Supper Club

Author: Carla Laureano

Genre: Christian fiction/romance fiction

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t…

 

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About the Author

pic_LGb_Laureano_CarlaCarla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

 

Guest Post From Carla Laureano

I’ve got a confession to make: I have a cooking problem.

It started early and innocently enough, flipping through my mom’s cookbooks and marking things I wanted to try. Making cakes and muffins from a mix. Flipping frozen steak patties. Doctoring canned spaghetti sauce.

It wasn’t long before I got into the hard stuff: muffins from scratch, slow-cooked marinara, cast-iron seared and oven-finished rib eyes. Over the years, I tried to kick the habit numerous times, but every time things got tough, I found myself falling off the wagon and heading back into the kitchen. Even hosting dinner parties. Yes, dear reader, I pulled my hapless friends into my madness. To my shame, I even got some of them hooked with their own addiction.

Before I knew it, my obsessions started creeping into my day job. No longer was it enough to write contemporary romance about normal people who order take-out. No, I had to write chefs and passionate home cooks and describe the food in the books just as lovingly as I did a first kiss. And then the final straw—a book series centered entirely on food and the culinary profession, beginning with The Saturday Night Supper Club.

All joking aside, cooking really is an addiction that I haven’t been able to kick. As a writer, I spend hours locked in my own imagination, creating things out of words and ideas. And while it’s immensely fulfilling, it’s a long, painstaking process that takes months, even years, before I can release the final product into the world. While there’s a large amount of planning and analysis involved in creating a book, the work is still mostly in my head.

Which is why I find cooking to be such a relaxing creative pursuit. Dicing a pile of vegetables into perfectly uniform cubes may take the same concentration and precision, but it’s concrete and measurable. It becomes a personal challenge to do something better than last time, improving by tiny, nearly imperceptible increments. It’s the closest to meditation that my always-on brain ever experiences, clear of all thought except for my activity at the present moment.

And yet, simultaneously, food is ephemeral. Mistakes last only as long as it takes to eat them or toss them directly into the trash can, depending on the nature of the mistake. If a sauce breaks, I toss it and start over. If I burn something, I either cut off the burned part or I order takeout and try again the next day. There’s an element of experimentation and instinct and whimsy that isn’t hampered by the pursuit of perfection. Let’s face it, a mediocre chocolate chip cookie beats a perfect celery stick any day of the week.

It was natural, then, to write a chef heroine who had dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of culinary perfection and explore all the ways that food makes our lives and relationships richer. How it anchors our memories. How we nurture others by feeding them. How a simple meal becomes meaningful not because of the food, but because of the connections we form with others over the dinner table.

In the end, I guess my cooking problem isn’t that much of a problem after all. If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen.

Blog Stops

Rachel Scott McDaniel, February 20

A Baker’s Perspective, February 20

Just Commonly, February 20

Mommynificent, February 21

Among The Reads, February 21

A Greater Yes, February 21

proud to be an autism mom, February 21

Fiction Aficionado, February 22

Quiet Quilter, February 22

The Power of Words, February 23

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, February 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 23

Janices book reviews, February 24

C Jane Read, February 24

Faery Tales Are Real, February 24

All of a Kind Mom, February 25

Inklings and notions, February 25

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 25

Carpe Diem, February 26

Smiling Book Reviews, February 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 26

Splashes of Joy, February 27

Its Storytime with Van Daniker, February 27

Simple Harvest Reads, February 27 (Guest post from Mindy)

Radiant Light, February 28

Moments Dipped in Ink, February 28

Baker kella, February 28

Pause for Tales, March 1

Book by Book, March 1

Bigreadersite, March 1

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 2

Have A Wonderful Day, March 2

Reader’s Cozy Corner, March 2

Bibliophile Reviews, March 3

Two Points of Interest, March 3

Reading is my Super Power, March 3

Texas Book-aholic, March 4

amandainpa, March 4

Singing Librarian Books, March 4

By The Book, March 5

Neverending Stories, March 5

Pursuing Stacie, March 5

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize of a $200 Visa Card for the winner and a friend to attend a cooking class!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9b4

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MY NETGALLEY HAUL THIS WEEK

Not too bad this week………😀

 

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Don’t you just love these covers??

 

Have an awesome weekend and HAPPY READING!!

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FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Today, my first line comes from a book I am reading soon!!

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For a long time now, my conversations with Jamie have been imaginary.

That doesn’t stop me from having them.

 

 

 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

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REVIEW:RETURNING HOME BY TONI SHILOH

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Returning Home

Toni Shiloh

Received from CelebrateLit for review

RETURNING HOME is the first book I’ve read by Toni Shiloh but it won’t be my last. It is the first book in the Freedom Lake series. Once I started reading, I was emotionally invested in all of the characters and what they were going through. They are all facing struggles, both past and present, and are all pretty stubborn. Jo Ellen can’t believe that the boy who teased her in high school is back in Freedom Lake. When his mother reaches out to Jo to help Evan with housing Jo finds herself struggling with her feelings for Evan and wonders how she got herself in this situation.

 

RETURNING HOME is filled with friendship, faith, forgiveness, family, humor, second chances, and romance. Many of the characters are struggling with their faith and one by one they learn to let go of the hurt from years ago. Evan is not only struggling with his faith but also the fact that he has lost his leg in a car accident that wasn’t his fault. He is trying to show Jo that he has changed and he isn’t the same cruel boy from high school, but she is afraid to forgive him. He broke her heart many years ago and she is afraid he will do it again. Can Jo forgive Evan and trust in God once again?

 

I enjoyed every minute I spent reading RETURNING HOME and am looking forward to spending more time in Freedom Lake. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with flawed characters who are relatable, RETURNING HOME is the book for you. Once I started reading I had a hard time putting this heart warming story down. The story of Jo and Evan and all of their struggles really touched my heart. I can’t wait to see what Toni Shiloh does with some of the secondary characters in this series.

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Author bio –

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

Returning Home Back cover Blurb –

Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

Buy links –

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hk5qoJ B&N: https://tinyurl.com/y9kwhhp7 Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ybrf3xrc iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y9hr6gvl Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/yb5bupgd

Social media links –

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authortonishiloh Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tonishilohwrite Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tonishiloh Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tonishiloh Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/tonishiloh BookBub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/toni-shiloh Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cmNFKD

IF HE ONLY KNEW PLUS A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Title: If He Only Knew

Author: Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: August 19, 2017

It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.

Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threaten to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

 

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About the Author

Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works, and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!
Brandi Gabriel is co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour.

 

Guest Post from Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel

Take a step back in time…

If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, February 17

Reading is my Super Power, February 17

A Greater Yes, February 18

proud to be an autism mom, February 18

Texas Book-aholic, February 19

Inklings and notions, February 19

Radiant Light, February 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 20

Christian Author, J.E.Grace Blog, February 21

Janices book reviews, February 21

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 22

A Baker’s Perspective, February 23

Karen Sue Hadley, February 23

Avid Reader Book Reviews, February 24

margaret kazmierczak, February 24 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, February 25

Among the Reads, February 25

Simple Harvest Reads, February 26 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pursuing Stacie, February 27

Red Headed Book Lady, February 27

Maureen’s Musings, February 28

Carpe Diem, February 28

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 1

Josephines Thoughts, March 2

Have A Wonderful Day, March 2

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Michelynn and Brandi are giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c601

WWW WEDNESDAY

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve been reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m finally getting into doing weekly memes now. I have always loved this amazing meme and decided to finally do it. Won’t you join me if you don’t do this one already?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

 

 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

 

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS DOWN BELOW.

 

KK~coffee ~_Susan

REVIEW:THE SMALLEST PART BY AMY HARMON

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The Smallest Part

Amy Harmon

Once again, Amy Harmon owes me a box of tissues! THE SMALLEST PART wrecked me and it took me two days to be able to finally sit down and write this review. Noah, Mercedes, and Cora were best friends growing up. At the beginning of each chapter, it starts when they are kids and then the rest of the chapter is when they are grown. Mercedes turns out to be the most loyalist of friends and there is nothing she won’t do to protect her friends. Mercedes always tells Cora that she loves Noah as a brother and that is the biggest lie she has ever told. Cora and Noah get married and have a daughter, Gia who will steal the readers heart like she did mine.

When tragedy occurs Mercedes does what needs to be done to help and protect her friends and god daughter. THE SMALLEST PART is filled with twists and turns and once I started reading, I had a very hard time putting this mind blowing story down. It is filled with friendship, family, faith, loss, loyalty, mental illness, PTSD, homelessness, suicide, and hope. Trust me, plan to spend the day reading and not doing anything else once you start Amy Harmon’s latest!! One minute my heart was breaking and the next, I felt that maybe there was hope! I love when an author can do that to me.

Amy Harmon is an auto buy author for me and THE SMALLEST PART is exactly why. Amy knows how to hook her readers from the very first page, squeeze their hearts, and never lets them go! Once I started reading, I knew right off the bat, this was going to be a very special story and was going to go on my Best of 2018 list! All of the characters are flawed but beautiful and will stay with the reader long after they finish this unforgettable story! Please be careful when reading reviews. Many people are giving away too much and I would hate for them to ruin the book for you. I wish I could leave ten stars on Goodreads for this heart breaking book that had me unable to sleep the first night after I finished.

 

Have a great day and thank you for reading!!

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REVIEW: A MOTHER’S LOVE BY CHARLOTTE HUBBARD

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A Mother’s Love

Charlotte Hubbard

Received from Netgalley

Rose Raber lost her father and husband in a barn fire less than a year ago. Now she is sitting at her mom’s bedside, as the cancer has returned due to the stress from the tragedy of losing her husband and son in law. A MOTHER’S LOVE now has her mom telling her the biggest secret of Rose’s life. Everything that she thought about her life has not been true. Hold on, because you won’t believe what happens next. A MOTHER’S LOVE isn’t your usual Amish story and is filled with twists and turns. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down.

Her mom tells Rose about a box that she needs to find that will explain everything. A MOTHER’S LOVE broke my heart for Rose and all she had to deal with. Thankfully her five year old daughter, Gracie, keeps her grounded and gives her the will to get up everyday. How much can a heart take before it breaks for good? Rose’s definitely takes hit after hit but still she manages to try and move ahead. She doesn’t want the church to take care of her so she gets a job as a cook at a senior center and this is where her life completely changes.

Matthias Wagler grabbed my heart from the very beginning. Rose tries to resist him but we all know how that goes. Gracie has Mathias wrapped around her finger almost instantly and he really tries to do all he can to help her and Rose. One night while telling Matthias what Rose has found out, Gracie over hears them and things turn very stressful. Rose tries to explain to Gracie that it is Rose’s story tell and she must not tell anyone yet, but come on, she’s five years old. Something is going to spill out of her adorable mouth! A MOTHER’S LOVE is filled with redemption, love, forgiveness, and second chances. There are no slow spots in this heart warming story and before I knew it, I had finished. Charlotte Hubbard pulls her readers right in, grabs their hearts and never lets them go! I can not wait to read more by Charlotte Hubbard. 

 

Susan

REVIEW:SISTER OF THE BRIDE BY SUSAN MALLERY

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Sister of the Bride

Susan Mallery

SISTER OF THE BRIDE is book 2.5 in the Fool’s Gold series. A quick novella, only 77 pages long but one that had me giggling out loud with almost every page. Katie needs a date for her sister’s wedding. Her sister, Courtney is marrying Katie’s ex fiancé, Alex and Katie knows this is going to be the longest four days of her life. Her mother won’t stop nagging her until Katie has a date for the wedding. Katie finally agrees to let her set her up with her moms best friends son, Howie. Ugghh, his name is Howie and all Katie can remember when she met him nice was that he was a nerd and mean to her.

Well, when Katie is finally reintroduced to Howie she learns he goes by his middle name, Jackson and he has really changed. His is a hot gorgeous guy now and Katie is instantly attracted to him. Sparks are going to fly if she can keep him away from her aunt who has a habit of going after unavailable men! SISTER OF THE BRIDE is a great addition to this funny series and I’m excited to continue with it. All of the characters are so funny, well except for Katie’s sister who was pretty much Bridezilla! Katie’s family is hysterical and I hope to read about them again in future books. Susan Mallery knows how to hook her readers from the very first page and never lets them go.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANKS FOR READING!

Susan