FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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

Today’s first lines come from a book I am reading now!

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“I want to spend Christmas at the cabin.” Nana’s voice came from the dark stairway, startling Holly McAdams and making her jump as she walked in the front door, the warmth of the little house a stark contrast to the icy cold outside.

“You want to what?” Holly asked gently, seeing Nana standing on the top step of the staircase, and understanding fully the weight of her grandmother’s statement.

 

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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COVER REVEAL / PRE-SALE ALERT: Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mystery #2)

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I’m very excited to share the cover for the second book in the Braxton Campus Mystery series with everyone. The book is called Broken Heart Attack and will be available for purchase on November 25th, 2018. Check out this beautiful cover…

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Description of Book

After an extra ticket becomes available to attend the dress rehearsal of Braxton’s King Lear production, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies, sisters-in-law Eustacia and Gwendolyn Paddington, to show support for the rest of the Paddington family. When one of them appears to have a heart attack in the middle of the second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate who killed her friend. Amidst family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks. But did one of them commit murder for an…

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REVIEW:THE HAPPY COOKBOOK BY STEVE AND KATHY DOOCY

 

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MY REVIEW:

Steve Doocy is a funny guy and this book was exactly what I was expecting! It isn’t very often that I find myself giggling when reading a cookbook but that is exactly what happened while perusing THE HAPPY COOKBOOK! I learned of Steve years ago while watching Fox and Friends and always loved when he cooked! My favorite segments are when he goes to stranger’s houses and cooks a full meal for them!😊
I borrowed THE HAPPY COOKBOOK from my library but I’m now going to buy my own copy. Their recipes seem pretty easy and look delicious and I love the stories they tell that go along with the recipes. I mean, they had dinner at their house with Kid Rock for Pete’s sake!  The photos are beautiful and they really pop! There are so many delicious recipes and they all seem very easy and not too complicated at all. I’m excited to try quite a few of them.

 

FROM GOODREADS:

A beautiful, full-color collection of recipes and stories that celebrate comfort and inspire happiness all year round from Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy and his wife, Kathy. Steve Doocy calls Kathy, his wife of more than thirty years, “the best cook I’ve ever met.” Together, they take joy in cooking and entertaining with their family and friends. In The Happy Cookbook, the Doocys share favorite recipes, stories, and photos from their family life. In addition to beloved family dishes, this full-color cookbook includes recipes from friends like musician Kid Rock, professional golfer Greg Norman, and many more! The Happy Cookbook will not only appeal to Steve’s legions of Fox & Friends fans, but to anyone looking for accessible, fun, and delicious food that will inspire great meals for every day and for special occasions.

Have a great night everyone!😊💕

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.   If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

This week I’m picking a book I read three years and loved!

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MY REVIEW:

EVERGREEN SPRINGS, book three in the Haven Point series, introduces you to the local doctor Devin Shaw. Devin is not only the town doctor but she is also the fixer of all things broken. Which is how she gets involved with the town bad boy, Cole Barrett. Cole is a single father of two kids, Ty and Jazmyn who have just lost their mother. All three are struggling to move on with their lives when they meet Devin. When Cole’s pregnant sister winds up in the hospital after a fall, they are all grateful to Devin for helping her. They are also leery of how much Devin wants to help the rest of the family. Why is she going out of her way for them? Cole believes he doesn’t deserve her help. She is totally out of his league and he thinks he is no good for her.

Devin was someone I connected with from the very beginning of EVERGREEN SPRINGS. She has her hands full and never stops trying to help everyone she knows and meets. Ten years ago she was very ill, but has recovered and never forgets all she has been through. Devin decides to strike a deal with Cole. If he lets her yoga class use the springs to help with their aches and pains, she will help Cole with his kids and give them an awesome Christmas which she believes they deserve.

Cole is very hard on himself. He made some big mistakes in his life and does not feel deserving of any love or happiness. EVERGREEN SPRINGS is his story and how Devin tries to make him see that everyone deserve a second chance. At one point, Cole becomes verbally abusive towards Devin and I wanted to reach into the book and smack him right in his mouth. Devin didn’t deserve what he said to her, but she was smart enough to realize that it was his way of coping and protecting his heart. She knows he is trying to push her away, but doesn’t believe a word he is saying to her.

EVERGREEN SPRINGS was a quick read for me. I was instantly captivated in their lives and was flipping the pages like crazy to see how RaeAnne Thayne was going to wrap up all the storylines. I never skipped a single word, I was that engrossed in all their lives. The secondary characters in this story will have you cheering. Cole and Devin have some major hurdles to get over and problems to overcome, but if anyone deserves to be happy, it is these two. Even though this is book three of the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. I didn’t realize I was holding my breath near the last page until I let it out to let the tears flow. EVERGREEN SPRINGS is filled with heart-tugging moments and will have you laughing and crying all at once.

FROM GOODREADS:

Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Haven Point with New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne, where hope, home and happily-ever-after are as close as your holiday stocking… 

Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett’s mind this year. He’s barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.

Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven’s mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch’s attractively gruff owner: she’ll give Cole’s children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family’s battered hearts—and her own?

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TEAL PAISLEY TIGHTS BLOG BLITZ

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Teal Paisley Tights by Barbara Brutt, hosted
by JustRead Publicity Tours! Happy Release Day to this
debut author!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title:
Teal Paisley Tights
Author: Barbara Brutt
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an
art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-
paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed,
Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.
Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community
classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to
people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.
Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in
with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her
love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.
Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?
PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository


EXCERPT

Okay, I needed a pick me up.
Paisley! Where had I put those tights? I ran to the bags by the door and pulled the teal paisley hose from
the outside pocket of my purse. Had they been hanging out of my purse the entire way from
downtown? Oops.
I plopped onto the carpet and began working the tights up my legs, and as I did I remembered Victoria’s
censure earlier that morning. Would Ethan agree with her assessment?
What Would Mel Do?
My beautiful, stubborn sister. She did what she wanted and had a wonderful fashion sense, but she also
hated my obsession with paisley. I think she thought it was too childish or something.
Maybe it was.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years
with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a
smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-
cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores
ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.
CONNECT WITH BARBARA: website | Facebook
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COVER REVEAL:MRS. EVERYTHING BY JENNIFER WEINER

Her first novel in four years!!!

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Publication Date: June 25, 2019

FROM GOODREADS:

From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and her story—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

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COMING SOON – TWO WEEKS BY KAREN KINGSBURY

One of my very favorite authors……she surely knows how to touch her readers hearts.💕💕

This book is available on Netgalley right now!😊

 

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About the Book:

Cole Blake, son of Landon and Ashley Baxter Blake, is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps towards his dream—a career in medicine. But as he starts his final semester of high school he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his attention—and heart—from day one.

Elise has her heart set on mending her wild ways and rediscovering the good girl she used to be. But not long after the semester starts, she discovers she’s pregnant. Eighteen and alone, she shares her secret with Cole. Undaunted by the news, and in love for the first time in his life, Cole is determined to support Elise—even if it means skipping college, marrying her, and raising another man’s baby.

When Elise decides to place her baby up for adoption, she is matched with Aaron and Lucy Williams, who moved to Bloomington, Indiana to escape seven painful years of infertility.

But as Elise’s due date draws near, she becomes focused on one truth: she has two weeks to change her mind about the adoption. With Cole keeping vigil and Lucy and Aaron waiting to welcome their new baby, Elise makes an unexpected decision—one that changes everyone’s plans.

Tender and deeply moving, Two Weeks is a story about love, faith, and what it really means to be a family.

About the Author:

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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

Learn more about Karen’s books and upcoming projects and speaking events at www.KarenKingsbury.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @KarenKingsbury.

 

TWO WEEKS

By Karen Kingsbury

Publication date: April 2, 2019

Howard Books Hardcover / ISBN: 9781476707433/ $25.00

eBook ISBN: 9781476707501/ $12.99

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon& Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website atatria-books.com.

 

Karen Kingsbury’s own Adoption Story

For years, shelved somewhere in the storage space of my mind was a dry statistic, a fact that had little bearing on my daily reality. The statistic was this: Millions of children around the globe are without a family. My husband and I were vaguely aware of this truth. At times we had even discussed adoption. But the statistic about homeless children was not something that kept us awake at night.

We were busy, after all, my husband, Don, teaching and coaching, and me, writing Life-Changing Fiction ™. Besides, we already had three beautiful children, a number we planned to stop at after our youngest, a boy, was born with a heart defect that required surgery when he was just three weeks old. And so the statistic about homeless children remained, and we did nothing about it.

Then late one night alone in my office I met Emmanuel Jean.

In the quiet incandescent glow of my computer screen, I stumbled upon an Internet site that had a photo listing of children available for adoption in Haiti. One of those was a darling five-year-old boy with huge brown eyes and dimpled smile. “Emmanuel Jean,” the heading stated. Then it gave his nickname: EJ.

The connection between us was instant.

“EJ is a charmer,” the accompanying description said. “He is the first to hug the workers at the orphanage each day and is easily one of the fastest learners in our classroom.”

His photograph made an impact that was overwhelming and indelible. In a moment’s time, Haiti was no longer another country with starving homeless children. Rather it was the homeland of this precious child.

I could almost hear him calling out to us: “Mommy, Daddy, I love you. I’m here waiting for you. Please come take me home. I need a family.”

Until then, family discussions on adoption had been brief and esoteric. All that changed the moment I found EJ. I called my husband into my office and for the next hour we talked about this sweet child. There were no disagreements. EJ belonged in our family. Now we needed to present the idea to our children.

I printed his photo, and the next morning Don and I introduced him to Kelsey, Tyler, and Austin. Setting his picture up in front of an empty chair, I asked our kids, “How would you like EJ to be your brother? He’s five years old and he lives in Haiti.”

“Well,” our only daughter, Kelsey, 12, said thoughtfully, “he looks friendly.”

“He’s five?” seven-year-old Tyler chimed in. “That’s right between me and Austin.”

Two-year-old Austin just grinned and pointed. “That my brother? Huh Mommy and Daddy? That my brother?”

We studied EJ’s picture for days until he actually felt like part of our family. At night we prayed about him, connecting, building a bond that grew stronger with each glance at his face. He was living at the Heart of God Ministries orphanage in Port-au- Prince, so we contacted workers there and learned more about him. Finally, with full hearts, we made our decision. EJ would be our son, a part of our family forever.

Over the next several months, we completed a daunting amount of paperwork for the INS and Haitian dossier. But because we took it one document at a time, we were never overwhelmed. Through every step we were driven by EJ’s face. In fact, it wasn’t long before we were driven by another little face as well – that of a six-year- old boy named Joshua. The photo listing said Joshua was a happy child who excelled in academics and sports. He had great leadership qualities.

“Kids, what would you think about having two brothers?” My husband asked our three children one evening. “Mommy and I think maybe EJ would like a brother who was more like him – another little boy from Haiti.”

Again our kids were excited about the idea. But for reasons we didn’t understand at the time, we were given wrong information about Joshua. The website description was incorrect, one of the workers told us.

“Frankly,” she said, “Joshua would not blend well with other children.”

With unsure hearts, we decided on a different boy, a six-year-old named Sean Angelo. Six months later, we got the call every adoptive parent waits for.

“Okay,” the orphanage director told me, “your children are ready to come home.”

Haiti is widely known as one of the poorest countries in the world. It is a place rife with dangers, and there were months when I considered having our new little boys escorted home. But in the end God made it clear I was to go there. Take pictures, absorb myself in their culture if only for a short while, and bring home a piece of their heritage. Something I could share with them later.

My first impressions were exactly what I expected for a country with 80 percent unemployment and no sanitation system. Trash piled high along city sidewalks, inviting the random cow or pig that mingled amid wandering pedestrians. Wide- eyed children begged on the corners and a vacant stare masked the faces of most. Buildings and roadways were in disarray, reminding me of scenes from earthquake and hurricane disaster sites.

I was taken to the orphanage and introduced to my two new sons – EJ and Sean. The boys were dressed in their best, donated clothing, and both offered me shy smiles as they sat on my lap. They didn’t speak a word of English.

This – all of it – was what I’d expected.

But I didn’t expect what happened next. As I sat there searching for a common bond with EJ and Sean, a little boy walked up and brushed a lock of hair off my forehead. “Hello, Mommy.” His voice was clear, his English perfect. “I love you.”
Then – while the noise from forty-two orphans faded away – he sang to me, “Lord, I give you my heart. I give you my soul. I live for you alone””

My heart was hooked and snagged in a matter of seconds. “What’s your name?” I asked the child.

“Joshua,” he told me. “My name’s Joshua.”

This was the six-year-old Joshua we had considered adopting before finding out about Sean Angelo. This was the child we were told might not fit into our family. An hour later I knew the whole story. Joshua was still up for adoption. The orphanage worker who had given us misinformation about him no longer worked there. Joshua was a wonderful child, outgoing and confident, brilliant in his studies and good with the little ones at the orphanage.

He and EJ and Sean were buddies – inseparable.

I called my husband that night and wept. “Joshua belongs with us. I can’t imagine leaving him here.”

My husband’s answer was something I’ll never forget. “Two … three … what’s the difference, Karen? If you feel that strongly about him, bring him home.”

Of course in the world of international adoption the process is never that simple.  Six months after EJ and Sean came home, Joshua followed. Only then did we truly feel our family was complete.

Those early days together hold dozens of moments we’ll never forget. The time when EJ and Sean first entered the bathroom to wash their hands. Slowly the water grew warm and as it did, they began speaking loudly in Creole, pointing to the water and jumping up and down. It wasn’t difficult to figure out why they were excited. They’d never felt warm running water.

Then there was the day our family visited the zoo. EJ and Sean were mesmerized by the animals, but the experience was nothing to what came next: A trip to the grocery store. It was a starving little boy’s paradise.

As their English improved, we learned more about their past. Our boys had lost parents to starvation or illness and had gone without food for days at a time. They customarily ate something called “dirt cakes,” which looked like cheap pottery made from clay, dirt, and water. Village women mixed this recipe, baked it, and gave it to the children to ease the pain in their empty tummies.

Meals came only after great effort. Our boys were adept at using rocks to knock mangos from trees, or to kill wild birds. In the early months, Sean, especially, would see a bird and nearly go ballistic, pointing and motioning toward the nearest rock. His message was simple – “Please, Daddy, this is something I can do! Let dinner be on me tonight.” Politely, and with a full heart, my husband dissuaded him from killing birds.

In those first months, we dealt with the basic cultural adjustments. Sleeping in beds instead of on the floor, using bathrooms, table manners. Often people commented on the blessing we were to these little boys. But we corrected them every time. The blessings were all ours.

One was watching our three biological children embrace their new brothers. This was especially obvious when the kids played together, or did homework. Because of the efforts of Kelsey, Tyler, and Austin, our new sons quickly learned basic reading and were welcomed by their classmates. Their school even took on the Heart of God Ministries orphanage as a service project and collected two suitcases of school supplies for the Haitian children.

Adopting has also made me more compassionate in my novel writing. That much is evidenced by my mention of adoption in several titles including my upcoming novel TWO WEEKS.

Another blessing was realizing the depth of faith these children had when they came home. They had nothing in Haiti, not even a chance to live. But they had a deep love for Jesus, and prayed and sang throughout the day. In a culture ridden with voodoo, it was especially comforting to know that a Christian orphanage in Haiti had given these children so strong a foundation. In the early years, the boys loved singing for God, and sometimes cried during worship time at church.

“Are you sad, honey?” my husband would sometimes ask.
“No, Daddy. I’m just so happy when I think of everything Jesus has done for me.”

The boys were very loving in those early years, hugging us often and telling us – first in Creole, then in English – exactly how much they loved us. I can remember Sean saying, “Mommy, when I get big I’m going to get a job and make lots of money. I’ll send some to the people in Haiti and give the rest to you.”

I was puzzled by this. “That’s very nice, but why do you want to give me money?” “Because …” his eyes glistened. “You and Daddy have given so much to me.”

People often asked us about the transition. How did you bring children into your home who have nothing in common with you, they wondered. You have different skin colors, different cultural understandings, different languages – even different food preferences.

We tell them this: With much prayer.
Often in those early years we had conversations about skin color.

“Why do I have black skin and you and Daddy and Jesus have white skin?” Sean asked once in the first few months after he came home.

“Well,” I said, “First, Jesus didn’t have white skin. He had brown skin. And God gave everyone a special color, a color he loved for that person. All the colors of skin are the same to Jesus, and they’re all beautiful.”

Sean thought about that for a minute. “What color skin will I have in Heaven?”

“I’m not sure.” I pulled him into a quick hug. “But I hope it’ll be just like it is now. Because you’re skin is beautiful, Sean … and you’re such a handsome boy. I wouldn’t want you to look any different than you do right now.”

Sean’s smile stretched across his face. “Thanks, Mom.” Then he ran out of the house to join his brothers in the backyard once again. I’ll never know if that was the perfect answer, but I know this: God alone provided the answers as questions like that come up. For our part, we always welcomed the discussion.

Other than curious moments like this, adding three Haitian first-graders to our family during the growing up years was nothing but wonderful. None of the problems we feared materialized. As for skin color and race, all people are unique, God-designed individuals. The color of our current tent is not important to God.

Still, we believed that their Haitian background would one day be important to our sons. As such, I learned to cook Haitian beans and rice. In the early years, we ate that way at least once a week and we marveled at the platefuls of food our new boys could put away. To help the boys maintain their Creole, that first year or two we sometimes spent the dinner hour asking the boys to teach us various phrases. In addition, we networked with a small Haitian-American contingency not far from our home.

We have also started a family foundation called the “One Chance Foundation.”  This foundation is supported by readers like you, and it gives grants to parents at the end stage of the adoption process. Parents ready to bring their adopted child home to their forever family.

The boys are grown now. Two are out in the world figuring out life and EJ is in his senior year at Liberty University.  We wouldn’t change anything about our story. But we do believe and stress this fact: Our primary heritage is found not in our ancestors or family genealogies or birthplaces.

But at the cross, in Christ alone.

There is a story often told of a particularly rough storm that came up one night and left a sandy beach strewn with starfish. The next morning, a child walked along the shore, stopping every few feet to pick up a starfish and fling it out to sea. An old man watched the child and finally shouted at him. “Why bother, son. There’s too many starfish to make a difference.”

With that, the boy picked up another starfish and looked at it intently before heaving it out to sea, then turning to the old man he said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

The statistics on homeless children in our world remain daunting. But our family has seen this truth at work: Adoption makes a difference – even if only for one child.

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SECRETS WITH A GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

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Book: Secrets

Author: Beckie Lindsey

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: February, 2018

Every girl has a secret she hopes the light will never find–but the demons already have.

Four girls. Four sets of secrets. Four searching for answers.

Mackenzie is the shy, awkward new girl at school, depressed and desperate for a real friend. When she stumbles upon the deepest secret of a sarcastic, angry-at-the-world track star, Krystal, they become instant enemies-especially about the flirtatious baseball player, Bryce.

Tammi, a gloomy singer/musician who couldn’t care less about what others think of her, meets Sadie, a dancer and a people-pleaser with a cotton candy disposition. They have nothing in common until their lives begin to collide in more ways than one.

As the girls’ worlds begin to converge, their secrets rather than their similarities draw them together. Meanwhile, all that’s kept hidden has left them vulnerable to a battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep the girls chained to their pasts while angels of light work to free them.

Can good ever come from evil? Can beauty ever arise from ashes?

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

About the Author

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Beckie Lindsey is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and the editor of Southern California Christian Voice, a division of One Christian Voice, a national news syndicating agency. She is a major coffeeholic and enjoys a good book with a cat on her lap. She also loves to hike and hang out with family and friends. Beckie and her husband, Scott have three adult children, two adorable cats and live in California.

Guest Post from Beckie

Why I write YA and the BFA series

By Beckie Lindsey

 

I believe a teenager still exists inside each of us.

 

We hear a familiar tune from our “glory days” and are instantly tapping our toes. Mentally, we’re back in high school —poofy bangs, scrunchie, neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirt — and all. Oh, wait. That’s me back in the ‘80s!

 

Ah, yes. There is something wonderfully awful about those coming-of-age years.

 

From the first kiss to the first breakup, there are memories we cherish and some we don’t care to ever revisit. Being a teen can be exciting, confusing, painful, joyous, or even all of those things at once!

 

No matter how different your teenage experience was from mine, one thing is true for us all: these years have an enormous impact on who we become as adults. We can all sympathize with the plight of puberty and the longing for independence and acceptance. Yeah, there’s still a teenager in all of us!

 

These are the reasons I write YA.

 

My hope is to use the power of storytelling to move past barriers and open hearts to accept how much God loves and desires a personal relationship with us.

 

At every age, we all need the grace and love of Jesus.

 

In the Beauties from Ashes (BFA) series, I write about relatable characters with difficult issues and traumatic pasts to enlighten readers about the unseen spiritual battle referred to in Scripture. Each character has a secret that has left them vulnerable to the battle in an invisible realm where demonic creatures fight to keep them chained to their pasts and angels of light work to free them.

 

The characters and their issues are complex, just like real life. In fact, some of the topics are often considered too taboo to talk about openly. But what is left in the dark, festers and grows. It is only in the light that we can be free. In the BFA series, readers experience the character’s quest for truth, love, grace, and freedom while hopefully finding the same for themselves.

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Genesis 5020, November 15

Multifarious, November 16

Blogging With Carol, November 16

Carpe Diem, November 17

A Baker’s Perspective, November 18

Godly Book Reviews, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 19

Robin Is Bookish, November 20

Remembrancy, November 20

The Becca Files, November 21

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 22

Stephanie’s Life of Perseverance, November 22

One Emergent Life, November 23

amandainpa, November 23

Bibliophile Reviews, November 24

Janices book reviews, November 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 26

Bigreadersite, November 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Beckie is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

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