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Bo Stern is celebrating the release of her Beautiful Battlefields with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Webcast event on March 12th!

iPad Giveaway

One “beautiful” winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 12th. Winner will be announced at the “Beautiful Battlefields” Live Webcast Event on March 12th. Connect with Bo Stern for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for life’s battles. Bo will also be taking questions form the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Beautiful Battlefields and join Bo on evening of March 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

Truly a life changing, must-read book!

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I would like to introduce you to Author, Linnette R Mullin. Linnette is married and a mother of 4 busy boys who still found time to write a Christian novel, “Finding Beth”, which is now in the publication process. I am really excited to get to interview her and hope you all will check out her blogs, follow her on Facebook and be ready to enjoy her book when it arrives on bookshelves.
Here is a blurb about “Finding Beth”:
Fearful she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life, Beth Gallagher runs to the Smoky Mountains to seek God’s will regarding her impending marriage. Through the aid of a new friend, Adam Blythe, she finds the answers. Will she have the strength and resolve to follow through? And, if she does, what might it cost her?

Adam Blythe gave up hope of ever finding a woman who would love him for himself rather than his heritage. Healing from a broken relationship and committed to caring for his ailing mother, he finds his heart irrevocably entangled with Beth – a woman already spoken for… a woman needing protection… a woman living hundreds of miles away.

Kyle Heinrich is used to getting his way. When his docile fiancé, Beth, leaves town without a word only to return a changed woman and with another man at her heels, he refuses to give her up. She will be his! One way or another…
And here is my interview sith Linnette, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did chatting with her.
Mary:
Linnette, as a busy mom, could you tell us what inspires your daily path?

Linnette:
That’s a loaded question, Mary. I tend to float (sometimes race) from one day to the next and do my best not to lose my sanity. LOL I love my boys with a fierce love. They are a huge part of my joy. My love for my husband is quieter, deeper – as it should be. My family is the most important part of my life, but the backbone of it all is Jesus. My need for him grows stronger with each passing year. About the only time I miss attending my wonderful Church on Sundays and Wednesdays is when I’m too sick to get out of bed or I’m visiting my family and friends in Missouri. Worship – the singing and the preaching of God’s Word, is vital. I could not survive life without this beautiful, life-giving means of grace.

Now, if you meant what inspires me to write, that’s another whole question!

Mary:
You have several blogs, one about your battle with Lyme disease, http://linnetteslymelife.blogspot.com/ Was this your first foray into writing for the public?

Linnette:
No. Back when Yahoo had free websites, I started my first. It started out as a sort of family blog, actually. I knew nothing about blogs at the time. This website became my segue into writing my first novel (which is in the drawer for now) – Coming Home. Since then, I’ve had articles and devotionals published in various venues. Lymelife came much later.

Since you mentioned that I have several blogs, let me say that if you go to http://www.LinnetteMullin.com you will find all my links across the top of the home page. It’s my one stop shop.
Mary:
I know with a family it must be hard to find time for yourself, do you have any ‘tips’ for us?

Linnette:
Take things a day at a time and sometimes a moment at a time. Don’t beat yourself up for not always writing when you plan to write. Some writers may think I’m too lenient with myself, but when you have a large family and most of you deal with chronic illness, you have to be easy on yourself or you’ll live in a frustrated state on mind which brings it’s own set of troubles.
Mary:
Would you like to give us a hint about any new projects you are working on?

Linnette:
I would absolutely LOVE to! “Loving Tiffany” is book two in my “Flying with Broken Wings” series. Tiffany is Beth’s best friend. (Each book I write will stand on its own.) This is a story that my readers, and Tiffany herself, demanded I write:

Loving Tiffany:
Tiffany Nash: After suffering a lifetime of abuse from every man who should have loved her, Tiffany finds herself longing to be truly love and cherished, but will she ever be able to trust even a good man?

Michael Olivier: Afraid to love again after the betrayal and heart shattering death of his high-school sweetheart, Michael finds himself drawn to the feisty woman (Tiffany) but he can’t seem to break down the barriers around her heart.

Wealthy Reece Carrington: Tiffany’s new boss and admirer, is out to make an alliance that will convenience them both. If he’s lucky, he’ll catch her heart along the way to providing the security she seeks.

Then, there’s God. Can Tiffany trust a God who demands her all? Can she afford not to?
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Mary, I have to tell you that when I’m writing Tiffany’s story, my heart burn as if it’s Tiffany’s beating inside my chest. It’s been an incredible experience so far and I can’t wait to see what God’s going to do with this book!
Mary:
I got to read “Finding Beth” in the early stages and was very impressed with the story and Linnette’s ability to make her characters come to life. I will be posting updates on publication and I hope you will be waiting along with me to read this new book! Thank you for joining me for this interview, Linnette. I certainly wish you success with “Finding Beth” and “Loving Tiffany”.

Linnette:
Thank you for the fun interview, Mary!

Mary:
Linnette can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Linnette-R-Mullin-Writer/23510882491?fref=ts or at her website: http://www.LinnetteMullin.com. Take a minute to check them out, please. You will not regret it.


I struggled through the beginning of this book. Some of the ideas and possibilities seemed just a bit much to begin with, not at all what I have come to expect in the “Amish Romance” genre. Had we not had an ice storm going on, I might not have finished the book. That would have been my loss.

Soon however, I was totally enthralled with Barbara Cameron’s plot and how visiting Engischer Chris Matlock’s past was changing people’s futures.

There is a budding romance between ex- soldier, Chris and Amish Hannah, but the story really hinges on the vendetta of another soldier who believes Chris by testifying against him for a crime has ruined his life.

Things begin to happen to the Amish in the community, a barn is burned, a driving horsse poisoned… and things are set up to point to Chris.

Can Chris and Hannah grow their relationship? Will others be hurt?

I’m very glad I did not put this down after the first few chapters, I would have missed a fine story.

The book is available in e-reader formats and as a traditional book from many sources.


BeautBattlefields
Everyone has a battle, a massive Goliath to fight in life, it can be as simple as providing food for the family, complex as a broken relationship, or as big as fighting a terminal illness.
Bo Stern and her family are fighting one. Her husband has been diagnosed with ALS. In the opening chapters, Stern treats her own feelings, fear, despair, fright as she comes to grips with this Goliath in her family’s life.
As Bo Stern takes us through God’s leading in her life in this Bible study, I see many parallels along my own journey.

I personally have always believed that God will always provide, and Beautiful Battlefields published by NavPress http://www.navpress.com/product/9781612913193/Beautiful-Battlefields-Bo-Stern certainly reinforces that concept!
While we may never understand the ‘why’ of our battles, following this Bible study will give the reader a deeper insight into ‘where’ we are being led in adversity and just ‘how’ God expects us to get there.
His provision and guidance are the key, our acceptance is the lock that must be opened to find His fulfilling love.
As I read this, thinking about some of the things going on in my life and in the lives of others I care about, I was convinced that I needed to recommend this book and study to our pastor.
I know that I will be returning to Beautiful Battlefields again and again as I finish my journey through life. There will always be a Goliath to be conquered, a battle to be fought as God tries us in the fires to bring us closer to Him.
I received this book for review purposes, the opinion given here is my own. 5 stars


Celebrate the release of Unbreakable with Nancy Mehl by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 5th Author Chat Party on Facebook!

Unbreakable Kindle Fire Giveaway

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books one & two in Nancy’s Road to Kingdom series (Inescapable and Unbreakable)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the “Unbreakable” Author Chat Party on March 5th. Connect with Nancy, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books, and fun Mennonite-themed giveaways.

Grab your copy of Unbreakable and join Nancy on the evening of the March 5th for a chance to connect with Nancy and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!


Diana Lesire Brandmeyer has taken an old plot and given it a new personality. Published by Tyndale, Brandmeyer’s new book, “Mind of her Own”, almost makes amnesia sound like it could be fun.

Louisa Copeland is a ‘perfect’ wife for lawyer Collin, despite three young children, their home is spotless, the car pool is run, dinner is ready when/if he arrives home. Something is missing, maybe her life is too perfect and too bland, she certainly feels lost. What is the secret she is hiding?

When an accident sends her to the hospital, unconcious, it is not Louisa who wakes up, but the vivacious Jazz Sweet, best selling romance author. Nothing like Louisa, nothing at all!

Jazz enters the Copeland home as a guest, convinced that at least she can do research for a new book, but as days pass and she looks for herself, she must accept the fact that “Jazz Sweet’ doesn’t really exist and Louisa Copeland is hiding somewhere inside.

Collin finds a stash of Louisa’s journals hidden in a closet and as he begins to read, hoping to help Louisa regain her memory, discovers some hurtful truths about his marriage and family life and who Jazz Sweet really is.

Now both of them are on a quest to bring Louisa back, but keep some of Jazz in the picture.

All this leads up to an ending that brings the memories back, leading to surprising results for Collin, Louisa/Jazz and their entire family.

I give this book 5 stars


unbreakable
The citizens of the small Mennonite community of Kingdom, Kansas are being plagued. Fear is growing.
After receiving a warning to be ‘careful’, quilt shop owner, Hope Kauffman is run off the road. Shaken and scared, she is relieved when neighbor Jonathon Wiese arrives on the scene in his truck to help her home.
Her attraction to Jonathon grows and she begins to question her engagement to pacifist Ebbie Miller.
Jonathon is trying to promote the church elders into taking a stand.
When a member ofthe community is murdered and buildings set on fire, people begin to wonder why the local sheriff keeps finding excuses that all these happenings are accidental.
Is it someone outside the community, or one of their own?
How do the Mennonites choose to protect themselves, will they depend on God’s promises, or take matters into their own hands?
This is a good read, with a touch of romance, plenty of mysterious happeings and a surprising ending.
Nancy Mehl’s characters ring true, the story keeps you on edge all the way.
Bethany House Publishing http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes. The opinion provided is strictly my own.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars and will be looking for more of Nancy Mehl’s books in the future.


One ARC copy of Goodbye to Yesterday by Wanda Brunstetter.
Meredith and her husband are facing big changes. He is going to another state to learn a new trade, in hopes of coming home to Bird-in-hand and starting his own business.
It is an Amish story.
To Enter:
Post a comment about a decision that made a difference in your life.
A winner will be chosen January 23.


Natalie Marino, best selling Christain marriage advise author, is met by husband Tony, asking for a divorce.
Her sister, Lindsay, is a single mother to be. Her boyfriend Ben, wants her, but not a baby.
The sisters are on a road trip, home to Illinois see their mother before she slips farther into the deep valleys of Alzheimers.
I lived for a while quite near the ‘Mother Road’ and it’s appeal to me was once again piqued by this book.
I enjoyed the awakenings of the characters, the trials and triumphs as they traveled together and grew as adults.
5 stars!


Book 2 in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series, by Sharlene MacLaren, is sure to bring pleasure to the reader of historical fiction.
Centered in the teeming streets of early 1900’s New York City, MacLaren takes us on a journey rampant with action as Maggie Rose Kane and reporter Luke Madison struggle against their growing attratcion for each other and their overwhelming desires to bring hope and homes to the waifs at Sheltering Arms Refuge.

This book was a fine read, and well researched. It made me want to follow the path of Maggie and Luke farther than the end, always a plus for the author.

An easy four stars!