Author Interview & Giveaway – Shannon McNear

I am super excited to have Shannon McNear visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book The Cumberland Bride!  Be sure to stick around until the end and enter the giveaway!

ShannonMcNear  Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

Her first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection (Barbour, 2013 & 2015), was a 2014 RITA nominee. She writes regularly for Colonial Quills, is a member of ACFW and RWA, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, she loves losing herself in local history. When this homeschooling mom isn’t sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies.

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TheCumberlandBrideThomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.

In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

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  The Cumberland Bride

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Shannon McNear! Let’s start out with a few fun getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about The Cumberland Bride.

mushroom-3014641_1920Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Shannon:  That’s a hard one! Once upon a time, I’d have said fall or spring … one for the cooler temps and changing colors (and we lived in the Deep South for 25 years so didn’t have the dramatic changes of season), the other for the way the earth reawakens after winter … but summers in North Dakota are so exquisitely beautiful! (Especially after all those years in the South …) I really just enjoy the changes of season, overall.

Trisha:  I do enjoy watching the seasons change.


the-drink-3058230_1920Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Shannon:  I love getting that first cup of fresh coffee … but otherwise, it would have to be when the busy work of the day is finished and I can sit down to focus on my story. Or run a hot bath and spend an uninterrupted half hour (or longer, LOL) reading. I do also love when my kids and I get into deep conversations about life and things of the Lord!

Trisha:  I enjoy my morning cup of coffee also!


books-315677_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Shannon:  The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Almost anything by Stephen Bly. The Firebird series by Kathy Tyers. Legends of the Guardian King by Karen Hancock. (I actually started out writing fantasy, years ago!)

Trisha:  Some of my early CF books were Bodie Thoene and Francine Rivers also! I had no idea you started out writing fantasy. I haven’t read much fantasy, but it seems like its growing in popularity.


mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Shannon:  Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, NeedtoBreathe, Andrew Peterson, Disciple, Petra, WhiteHeart, Demon Hunter, Seventh Day Slumber, Spoken, Lauren Daigle, Avalon, Red, Flyleaf,  Chris Renzema, Pat Barrett, The Afters, Dougie MacLean, Ryan Lee Jones, The Gray Havens, Shane & Shane, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship, Bethel, Passion, Beckah Shae, TobyMac, Sixpence None The Richer, Katy Dahl, Michael Card, Britt Nicole, NF, Manic Drive, Crowder, for King & Country, Lindsay Stirling, Darius Rucker … um, yes, I have really diverse tastes in music …

Trisha:  Yes, you sure do have a diverse selection of music here! Fun!


monument-54851_1920Q:  What do you love about this story?

Shannon:  I loved writing the romance. Kate’s purity of faith, and her inner conflict when her craving for a story gets in the way of what she (and others) see as more important things. Thomas’s spiritual journey. And I loved delving into the history, which was previously unfamiliar to me, and especially the bits of Shawnee (and other) native culture. Oh, and I loved getting to revisit Truth and Micah, whose story is told in my first published novella, Defending Truth (in A Pioneer Christmas Collection).

Trisha:  The first story I ever wrote was a native american story! I enjoy learning about their history and culture!


guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Shannon:  Honestly? Thomas. He didn’t like sharing his thoughts with me, but as bits of his backstory and emotions surfaced, it was so cool seeing how it all fit together and where his overall character arc took him.


desk-2158142_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Shannon:  That my research was good. That the faith element is strong but not “in your face.” That I gave them a truly immersive experience, between setting and emotions. That … I “did history right.” I hope it’s okay to admit I’m seeing some of this in reviews already, and am kind of overwhelmed by it all! People have been so kind in their feedback.


correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Shannon:  I can’t think of anything at the moment. There were bits and pieces I wanted to write into the story, overall, but I ran out of time and room. And I realized later that I forgot to address a couple of things in my historical note at the end (I could probably make the historical notes as long as the story itself … LOL).


alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Shannon:  Well! I can’t really say too much yet, but I’m hard at work on another Daughters of the Mayflower story, this one set at the midpoint of the Civil War, to possibly release late next year. Follow my Facebook page or subscribe to my newsletter for details, as I’m able to share!

Trisha:  I’m looking forward to reading more of your wonderful stories! Thank you for taking time to visit today!

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More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)

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This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller – Celebrate Lit Tour & Giveaway

About the Book

This Courageous Journey

Book Title: This Courageous Journey
Author: Misty Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: October 9, 2018

As the fifth daughter in a family of nine children, Noelle Grant has spent her life working to be unique. Her love of stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational stories than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit the brother she hasn’t seen in years? The trip comes together perfectly as she plans to journey with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as planned comes in the form of the mountain man they hire as their guide for the final leg of the journey.

When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual journey northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making the wrong decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The man in charge refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.

As the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle is faced with the choice to delay her journey northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never imagines her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.

My Thoughts:

High steaks, high emotions, and high adventure! This story pulled me in, the descriptions and the setting painted a beautiful picture in my imagination. The dynamic characters held my attention, and had me cheering for their successes and holding my breath when they found themselves in tight spots.

These characters took a hold of my heart and had me completely invested in their lives, they gave of themselves to see to the care of others and served as a reminder of how we should treat each other. On one hand I couldn’t seem to turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. On the other hand I didn’t want to reach the end and have to say goodbye.

Even though this story is #4 in the series, you can read it as a stand-alone and not feel lost. I haven’t yet read the first two books, and I’m eager to fit them into my reading schedule. I give this story 5-stars and highly recommend that you make time to read this story!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  This Courageous Journey (Heart of the Mountains #4)

Guest Post from Misty

Ever Been Struck by Lightning?

One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen!

Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him.

People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative!

As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”

About the Author

MistyMisty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit, not Joy of Reading
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Don’t miss the other books in this series:

  This Treacherous Journey (Heart of the Mountains #1)

  This Wilderness Journey (Heart of the Mountains #2)

  This Freedom Journey (Heart of the Mountains #3)






Guest Post & Giveaway with Stephenia H. McGee

I’m super excited to welcome to Stephenia H. McGee on the blog today as she shares with us about her new book “Eternity Between Us”

Stephenia McGee is such a fabulous writer, I’ve enjoyed every book of her’s I have had the pleasure to read!

Steph Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

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Guest Post:

“Between us and those former friends exists a gulf as deep and wide as eternity.” Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate spy

When I first started researching for Eternity Between Us, I began with first-hand accounts. I find it fascinating to see not only what the history books tell us, but also the personal thoughts of people who lived through those days. One of the most intriguing people I found was Mrs. Rose Greenhow.

RoseGreenhowRose is credited with delivering information that is said to have caused the Confederate victory at the battle of Bull Run (or Manassas, depending on what side of the Mason-Dixon you were on). Rose rolled a note into the carefully coifed hair of a young woman and sent word to General Beauregard about McDowell’s impending attack, allowing the Confederates enough forewarning to gain a victory.

However, Rose was soon discovered by the intrepid detective Allen Pinkerton and subsequently spent time imprisoned in her home as well as the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. She records all of her experiences in her book, My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington.

Rose was incredibly clever with the way she continued to run a spy ring even from her imprisonment. My character Margret Greenman is heavily based on Rose, and there are several scenes in the story that come from her accounts of what happened with Pinkerton and his agents. Margret also states several of Rose’s quotes pertaining to the government, the city of Washington, and the state of affairs in the country. Understanding the first-hand thoughts of people of that time gave me the chance to more accurately portray the complicated feelings of Southerners at that time.

Rose’s story added depth and adventure to Eternity Between Us, and when Evelyn Mapleton gets caught in one of Margret Greenman’s webs of spying, she finds she may have borrowed more trouble than she can ever repay.

  Eternity Between Us

About the Book:

EternityBetweenUsAn unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying with it not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

Excerpt from Eternity Between Us

Front Royal, Virginia
July 29, 1861

Evelyn’s needle came to a sudden stop, pricking her finger and drawing a drop of crimson in the process. She discreetly drew a handkerchief from her pocket and dabbed the tip of her thumb while the woman across the parlor hurried on.

“Yes, that’s exactly what I heard. Can you believe it?”

Aunt Mary set her embroidery in her lap and gave the woman dressed in olive silk a gentle shake of her head. “Honestly, Mrs. Camden, I really cannot.”

Evelyn kept her chin down and looked at the other women around the room through her lashes. Six of them had gathered for a sewing circle, with two Front Royal women having come for gossiping under the guise of fellowship.

Mrs. Camden, a vibrant-looking woman of middling years, bobbed her head enthusiastically, her tightly pinned lace cap stifling a mass of gray and brown curls. “Oh, but it is true.”

Mrs. Swanson, the other lady of around the same age nodded in much the same fashion, the pair of them reminding Evelyn of two carriage horses tossing their heads for a lump of sugar.

Mrs. Camden waved long fingers at Mrs. Swanson. “Tell them, Mrs. Swanson. It is quite fascinating.”

Aunt Mary spoke before the other woman could get a word past her thin lips. “Come now, I have known Margret Greenman for years. My daughter spent much of her season in Washington under the lady’s care. I cannot imagine such a thing to be true. It is merely prattle, I’m sure.”

Evelyn glanced at Isabella, who regarded Mrs. Camden with open curiosity. “I don’t know, Mother. Mrs. Greenman does know everyone who is anyone in Washington.”

“Oh, pish posh,” Hattie Lawrence said, sitting aside her work as well. “So do I. I don’t see what that has to do with the matter.”

Isabella cast a quick look at Evelyn before swinging her regard to her aunt. “I can see how such connections might lead one to wander down that path, especially if one had information they knew could save our men’s lives.”

Hattie’s forehead creased, and Evelyn wondered what thoughts plowed such furrows.

“I’m telling you,” Mrs. Camden insisted, reinserting herself into the conversation. “It is quite true. Isn’t it, Mrs. Swanson?”

The reedy woman glanced at Aunt Mary before she spoke, as though wondering if the younger woman would forestall her words again. When Aunt Mary pointedly settled her gaze on the linen shirt in her lap, Mrs. Swanson spoke up, her nasally voice filling the parlor with more excitement than the day of sewing had thus far provided. “Yes, it is indeed true. My husband says that Margret Greenman is responsible for sending word to Beauregard’s headquarters and giving him the warning he needed to prepare. She is pivotally involved with our victory at Manassas, or what the Yanks are calling Bull Run.”

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  Eternity Between Us


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September 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

What books have you read during the month of September? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in September. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

FinallyAccepted  Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

AWorthyRebel  A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

MagnoliaSummer  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

HiddenAmongTheStars Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

LadyOfAThousandTreasures Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

HourUnspent_comp  An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

TheChristmasHerloom The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas


Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1536761495  Lynn Austin



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I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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Winner: Amanda G.


Release Day & Giveaway: An Hour Unspent

When Big Ben Joined the Skyline

When the design for A Name Unknown, book 1 in the Shadows Over England Series, was shown to me and I saw the spine for the first time, I was so excited to see the series logo they’d come up with. Big Ben’s clock tower.

shaouraav-shreshtha-428492-unsplashBig Ben says London. Which is what the designers were no doubt trying to invoke, as my family of thieves are firmly Londoners. But for me, it was more than that. Because in the third book of the series, An Hour Unspent, that iconic clock actually plays a role in the story.

For starters, a bit of naming. Most of us think of “Big Ben” as the clock, but it’s technically not. Big Ben is actually the bell. The clock is the Great Westminster Clock, though over the years the name Big Ben has come to be associated with the entire structure. So now that we’ve got that straight… 😉

The clock tower was designed by Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859. Pugin was an architect, one who is most remembered for redesigning the interior of Westminster Palace and the tower in question, which has become one of the most iconic symbols of England. Though he also designed the face of the clock, the mechanics of the thing he wisely handed over to someone else.

palace-of-westminster-1659289_1920But interestingly, the movement–the gears and weights that make a clockwork, and in this case, work with amazing reliability–was actually designed by two amateurs to the field. Edmund Denison, a lawyer, and mathematician George Airy. The construction was the only part undertaken by an actual clockmaker, Edward Dent.

The Great Clock’s inner workings are so precise that a penny sitting on the pendulum is all it takes to make slight alterations to the time. That one little coin will make an adjustment of nearly half a second a day. That doesn’t sound like much, but it allows for small incremental adjustments to keep the clock accurate year after year. The pendulum still has a stack of old coins on it, and the clock is still hand-wound three times a week.


In my story, I gave the job of upkeep of the Great Clock to my heroine’s father, a clockmaker. This part is purely fictional, of course, but it would have been considered a great honor to be tasked with such a responsibility, and in my story that’s the proof of Cecil Manning’s proficiency in his trade, even though he’s by no means made himself rich.

That honor goes to another historical figure that my fictional Manning claims as a friend, who revolutionized the timekeeping world. But you’ll have to check out An Hour Unspent: Companion Guide to learn more about that…

An Hour UnspentAbout the Book

With Danger Creeping Ever Closer,
Do Their Dreams Still Matter?

Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

Series: Shadows Over England (Book 3)
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 4, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0764219283

About the Author

Roseanna 2018

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano

I have a special treat for you today! Author Jen Turano is visiting with us to share an excerpt and to chat about her book “Caught by Surprise”. Be sure to stick around until the end to enter the giveaway!

Jen  Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.  Connect with Jen at:

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CaughtBySurpriseMiss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

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 Caught by Surprise (Apart from the Crowd #3)


Join me in giving a warm welcome to Jen Turano!

It is great to have you visiting with us today, Jen! Let’s start with a few getting to know you questions and then chat about your latest book.

road-1072823_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Jen:  My very favorite season is Fall – there’s just something about the crisp air, changing leaves, and, well, fall fashions. After being in shorts and t-shirts all summer, I love being able to layer clothes, bring out the super cute jeans, and don’t even get me started on sweaters – my favorite article of clothing – and then…boots. Ah, I do so love a great pair of boots!


tree-1409101_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jen:  I’m a morning person. Love getting up around 5:00 – take a bit of a hike, then settle into my office. I can work late if I’m on deadline, but I’m normally beat after 7:00 p.m.


mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Jen:  So this was the coolest thing ever. I was at an obscure record store last weekend – what did I find? An album from…wait for it…The Psychedelic Furs. I loved that band when I was in college. ‘Pretty in Pink’ – favorite song on the album. Al (husband person) thinks I’ve lost my mind, but really, it’s a great band.


desk-2158142_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Jen:  When I decide to write a new series, I always submit a proposal for all the books I’m intending to write in that series, complete with plotlines and character descriptions. With that said, I thought I knew the plotline of “Caught by Surprise” but, nope. It changed starting from Chapter One. The characters were pretty well set since this is the last book in the series.


book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Jen:  Miss Temperance Flowerdew completely changed from who I thought she was going to be as the series progressed. She had a mind of her own, and after trying to force her to be the character I’d wanted her to be, I finally just let her have her way in the end.


lantern-2369904_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Jen:  2:00 a.m. is the latest – but I only pull those late hours when Al is out of town. It’s amazing how much writing I get done when he’s not around.


correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Jen:  This will probably seem weird, but since it’s been so long since I’ve worked on this book, I can’t think of a single thing I might have taken out.


FlightsOfFancyQ:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Jen:  I’m currently working on a new series “The American Heiresses.” “Flights of Fancy,” book one, will release January 2019, and I’ve just turned in the second book, currently untitled. It’ll release later in 2019. Then I’ll have a novella releasing in a new collection. It’s about the Harvey Girls. I still need to write that, which is what I’ll be doing next week.

Trisha:  Thank you, so very much for visiting with us today Jen! It has been fun getting to know you and the characters in this story better.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Trisha! And thank you to all the readers for checking out this interview! All the best,  ~ Jen ~


* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

Jen Turano is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “Caught by Surprise”. Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

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“One of the fun things about Jen Turano’s stories is the characters. I enjoy the unique names that she comes up with for her characters. I’d love to hear from you; Do you have a unique name, or do you know someone with a unique name?”

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Winner: Crystal C.




Author Interview & Giveaway with Jaime Jo Wright

What is the last book you read that kept you on the edge of your seat? For me, the answer is The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. I am super excited to have author Jaime Jo Wright visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. Pull up a chair, a drink and settle in for a fun interview! Be sure to stick around till the end, as you won’t want to miss the giveaway!

JamieJoWright  Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at:!

For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading this engaging story be sure to check out my review (click here)!

TheReckoningAtGossamerPondFor over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and Midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond


Welcome Jaime! I’m super excited to have you visiting with us today! Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then chat about the book.

cornucopia-1789664_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Jaime:  I love Autumn! Everything about it. The cold, the dewy leaves, the crisp air, sweaters, fluffy blankets, coffee, oh man … now I’m getting excited all over again!

Trisha:  Autumn is a wonderful season. I especially love all the beautiful colors!


lantern-2369904_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jaime:  It sounds weird, but that part of the evening when kids are in bed and it’s just me and my husband and we can catch up. This is not to say that I don’t thoroughly anticipate being with my kids! ❤ lol

Trisha:  I totally understand! It is nice when you can just relax and not have to worry about children for a moment.


love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Jaime: Oh I love this question!!! I’m a huge fan of Tracie Peterson’s “Heir of Montana” series. Both because I love Montana, but I also fell in love with the stories. So good!!

Trisha:  That is a great series! I’ve enjoyed many of Tracie Peterson’s books!


mobile-616012_640QIf we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Jaime:  Hmmmm…a lot of Rend Collective, Ed Sheeran, and We Are Messengers.

Trisha:  Sounds like a nice selection!


book-863418_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Jaime:  Usually the characters. Sometimes a plot concept will come first. In my current work-in-progress it was definitely the characters.


blur-1869579_640QWhich character took you by surprise?

Jaime: In The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, the character named Jacobus took me by complete surprise. He was 100% unplanned and came out of left field. But that also sort of fits his personality too. 😉

Trisha:  Yes, Jacobus took me by surprise also!


baby-1266117_640QWhat was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Jaime:  On this one? LOL Don’t judge. I think it was 9:30 pm. LOLOL I can’t sacrifice for anything. I’m miserable without at least 8-9 hours due to my health, so if I don’t get that then writing becomes virtually impossible.

Trisha:  Getting enough sleep sure makes the next day better! I try to go to bed before 11 p.m., but I’m not always successful.


correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Jaime:  Oddly? Everything made it in. I mean, sentences here and there, but there were no deleted scenes in this novel.  I’m still sort of shocked by that. That’s rare.


Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Jaime:  “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” is due out in January 2019! I’m super excited about it. It was probably one of my favorites to write but also the most difficult. It delves into some areas that are personally sensitive to me and so it was an emotional write too.

Trisha:  Thank you, Jaime for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today! It is always a pleasure to chat with you!

Don’t miss out on any of Jaime Jo Wright’s books!

  The House on Foster Hill

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

  The Curse of Misty Wayfair


* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

Jaime Jo Wright is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond”. Winner may choose one print copy or one e-copy. Please review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner: Cherie G.

Author Interview & Giveaway with Tara Johnson

We have a special treat today! Author Tara Johnson has stopped by to chat with us about her new book Engraved on the Heart.  I absolutely loved reading this story! There is such depth of feeling in this story, that I’m sure you will love it too! You’ll want to make sure you get a copy of this book to enjoy for yourself! CLICK HERE for my review.


Tara Johnson is a passionate lover of stories, Tara uses fiction, nonfiction, song, and laughter to share her testimony of how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people pleaser. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter

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EngravedOnTheHeartReluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines―until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.

Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.

Grab your copy today!

   Engraved on the Heart


Join me in giving a warm welcome to Tara Johnson!


cornucopia-1789664_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Tara:  Autumn. I love the cooler weather, the brilliant colors of the trees, the excitement of the approaching holidays, the loamy scent in the air, pumpkins, hay rides, hot cocoa…it’s an exquisite time of year in my home state of Arkansas.

Trisha:  Autumn is beautiful, for all the reasons you listed above. Where I live we have lots of grape vineyards, and you can smell the grapes! It’s delicious!


book-1209805_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Tara:  Waking up early and reading my Bible on the front porch while the rest of the house is asleep. It’s blessedly quiet and a beautiful way to start the day.

Trisha:  That sounds like the perfect start to a day!


books-315677_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Tara:  I grew up reading anything by Lori Wick. The Hawk and the Jewel, Pretense, Sophie’s Heart and Wings of the Morning were my favorite. I also loved Lori Copeland’s Brides of the West series and Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series.

Trisha:  Did you take a peek at my bookshelf?! We could be reading twins! Those are some of my favorites also!


mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Tara:  I have the most strange, eclectic collection of music ever. Being a music major will do that to you. Ha! Scrolling through my playlist looks like this: Matt Maher’s “Lord, I Need You”, Ed Sheeran, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, David Garrett, the soundtrack from Wicked, Carrie Underwood, Queen and Bethel Music. I love it all.

Trisha:  That sounds like a wonderful collection to music!! I too have a wide collection that I listen to.


desk-2158142_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Tara:  For me, it always begins with the characters. Once I know the characters’ fears, childhood memories, passions and goals, the plot falls into place. The reason people are so taken with story in any form, whether it’s a novel, movie, story song, or anything else, is because we’re rooting for the character. What would Star Wars be without Luke Skywalker, or The Wizard of Oz without Dorothy, or Gone with the Wind without Scarlett O’Hara?

Trisha:  I agree! Characters always take center stage for me.


book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Tara:  Micah. I’ll try not to reveal anything here for those who haven’t yet read the story, but Micah’s secret took me by surprise. I was typing along and out it came. The creative process is fascinating that way.

Trisha:  Yes, me too! I didn’t see that coming!


baby-1266117_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Tara:  Probably midnight at the latest. I’m typically an early bird and do my best work in the morning and early afternoon. Most nights I’m asleep by 10:30 or 11:00.

Trisha:  Sounds like me! I can push myself to stay up until midnight, but more often than not I’m in bed by 11:00 if not before.


pencil-918449_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Tara:  I originally wrote a scene that reunited Hiriam with his long-lost daughter. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything but while chatting with my editor, we decided the ending would be more poignant if we left it out. Tough decision!

Trisha:  Hmmm…. that does sound interesting. I have to admit, I like the ending that you settled with.


love-2614754_640Q:  What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Tara:  My second novel Where Dandelions Bloom will release in the summer of 2019, and I’m hard at work on story number three, tentatively titled A Song for Cadence, set to release in the summer of 2020.

Trisha:  I just know they will both be fantastic! I am eager to read more of your wonderful stories! Thank you so very much for taking time to visit with us today and share about your wonderful stories!

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Tara Johnson is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “Engraved on the Heart”. Winner may choose one print copy or one e-copy. Please review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What are your favorite things about summer?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner: Raechel L.


Author Interview & Giveaway with Karen Witemeyer

Friends, I am super excited to have Karen Witemeyer visiting with us today!  I have been reading her books since 2011 when her very first book “A Taylor-Made Bride” hit the shelves. I’ve not missed one of her stories, I’ve gobbled them all up like a hungry book dragon. Today, you get a front row seat to our conversation about Karen’s news book More Than Meets the Eye! Grab yourself a drink, a cozy chair and don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you go.


Christy Award finalist and winner of the ACFW Carol Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

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MoreThanMeetsTheEyeMany consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?


Grab your copy today!

  More Than Meets the Eye

Welcome, Karen!  I’m thrilled to have you visiting with us today and chatting about your latest book release. Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then chat about the book.

Heather'sGardenQ:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Karen:  Spring – I love seeing new life emerge. Wildflowers (especially Texas bluebonnets), budding trees, grass changing from brown to green, baby animals coming into the world – it’s a season of hope.

Trisha:  Yes! Spring is my absolute favorite season as well!



Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Karen:  The evening. Work is done for the day, dinner dishes are finished, relaxation can begin. Usually this entails sitting in my chair next to my hubby and watching a TV show or two. I usually cross-stitch while he plays on the computer. However, now that it’s summer and the kids don’t have homework to rush off to complete, one or two evenings a week we play board games. Love having the whole family together for a little fun-spirited competition.

Trisha:  Evenings are the ideal time to relax and unwind from a busy day.


coffee-2151200_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Karen:  Christy by Catherine Marshall is my favorite of all time. I also really enjoyed Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Trisha:  Oh, yes! Two wonderful selections!


mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Karen:  My favorite genres include 80’s love songs, oldies, Christian, and Big Band. So names you might see would include Celtic Woman, Josh Groban, Lauren Daigle, Toby Mac, and Bing Crosby. How’s that for variety?

Trisha:  I love the variety!


guy-2609361_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Karen:  In More Than Meets the Eye, I would say that the characters came first. Years ago, I read a book by Julie Garwood called For the Roses where a group of street-toughened New York City urchins find a baby girl that someone had tried to dispose of and they decide to take her in and make a new life for themselves out west. This idea of family bonds being formed through shared hardship really spoke to my heart and came back to me as inspiration when I was brainstorming a new idea for a series. I wanted to bring together a group of orphans and have them create a family for themselves. Then came the idea of the orphan trains, but I needed my orphans not to be chosen by families so I had to give them reasons to be discarded and overlooked. Zach, the oldest, became a loner with a huge chip on his shoulder. Seth came into play as a sickly kid with weak lungs and a poor constitution. But how would I make the cheerful, tenderhearted heroine I envisioned for this story undesirable to adoptive families? That’s when I hit on the idea of heterochromia – or two different colored eyes, something people would see as unnatural and cause their superstitious minds to leap to unsavory conclusions. Once I had these characters in mind, the plot began to grow.


alphabets-2365812_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise

Karen:  Well, I don’t want to tell too much, because I want this character to take readers by surprise too, but  I will say that I had no idea this little fellow was going to show up until one of my secondary characters spoke him into existence near the end of Chapter 22. I usually keep a tight rein on my story as I write, so when something surprises me, it’s a rare treat and a keen reminder that, ultimately, I’m not the one in control.


coffee-2593577_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Karen:  I don’t write at night. That’s my down time. My brain pretty much turns to mush around 8:00 pm and is only good for watching television and handling the occasion family board game. I’m best in the morning or early afternoon. Which means I write a lot over the weekends.


correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Karen:  I don’t write multiple drafts. I write one, very slow, very careful draft so there’s not much chopping that goes on in my manuscripts. (I know. I’m strange.) I have had a time or two when my editor comes back and says a particular scene isn’t working, leaving me to cut or completely rework a section, but that doesn’t happen too often. I have two such scenes posted in the Bonus Material on my website. One is a deleted epilogue cut from my debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride. The other is a scene removed from A Worthy Pursuit. You can find those here. I didn’t have any large cuts with More Than Meets the Eye. Thank goodness. Those are hard on a writer’s heart.


TheChristmasHerloomQ:  What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Karen:  I have two upcoming projects. The first is a fun Christmas anthology where I got to team up with authors like Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade. The concept is a family heirloom that is handed down from mother to daughter across the generations – an heirloom that brings true love to its owner, often when least expected. This was my first stand-alone novella, and I had so much fun writing it. In fact, my Facebook group, The Posse, helped me plot the story and brought in a four-legged critter that ended up playing a key matchmaking role in the story. The Christmas Heirloom releases on October 2.

The second project is a sequel to More Than Meets the Eye. Older brother Zach Hamilton meets his match in an independent baker who ignores his death grip on bachelorhood and bargains him into a marriage of convenience. Secrets with the power to destroy their happiness loom and a vengeful villain with the power to destroy their lives sabotage them at every turn. The working title is More Than Words Can Say, and it is slated for release next June.

Thanks so much for having me!

Trisha:  Thank you, for visiting. It has been a pleasure to chat with you! Friends, Karen is generously giving away an autographed print copy of More Than Meets the Eye. Read below for the details!


***** GIVEAWAY *****

Karen is giving away 1 (one) autographed print copy of “More Than Meets the Eye”. Please note: Due to shipping cost this giveaway is only open to those with U.S mailing addresses.

Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Have you read one of Karen’s books before? If yes, do you have a favorite?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

**** Giveaway Ended ****

Congratulations Billie B.

Takeover & Giveaway with Stacy Monson: 7 Psalms for Busy Women

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Author Stacy Monson.  Stacy is visiting with us today and sharing “7 Psalms for Busy Women” as well as sharing with us her new book coming out soon “Open Circle“.  Be sure to stay with us till the end and enter the giveaway!

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Life can be crazy busy no matter what stage you’re at. Rather than put your head down and power through each day, find those touchpoint moments when you can speak with God and seek His calm and strength for what lies ahead. They need only be long enough to remember who He is, and who you are in Him.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.  Psalm 139:14

He created us as complex, multi-faceted, strong and capable women with a purpose on this earth. He knows our thoughts, dreams, gifts and talents. Every nuance is God-ordained.

  • As you take on new challenges, or simply try to make it through today, do so knowing you are God’s workmanship!


Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2

He is at work in our lives in ways we will miss unless we watch for Him. He provides the courage we need to face a frightening diagnosis, the words to share with someone who grieves, the stamina to go one more day as a single mom. Our best response is a thankful heart filled with praise for His goodness.

  • Take a moment to remember all that He’s done for you lately.


Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

This isn’t a request—it’s a two-fold command. But who’s got time to be still? The God who created us knows us better than we know ourselves, and loves us with a perfect, all-consuming love. And when we take the time to be still, we can know who He is as well.

  • He wants you to know Him. How amazing is that?


The LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea, the LORD will answer my prayer.  Psalm 6:8-9

Does God know how hard we work? How tired we are? How we long for a break? Scripture tells us He hears our pleas, our cries, our pain, and that He never goes back on His word. Our job today is to lay out our fears, hurts, and anger and then be still and wait.  The answers may not be spoken aloud, but they’re there because He promised He will answer us.

  • He’ll never leave you in the lurch. You can trust Him.


May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

When we get frustrated or angry, our voices rise in pitch. Before we release what’s building inside, it’s good to pause and remember this verse. Are the words we’re going to say pleasing to Him? Are our thoughts centered on finding a solution to the problem? Are our hearts trying to be like Jesus, or are we filled with anger, pity, even revenge? We can expect to hear God’s answers when our words and actions are in line with Him.

  • When frustration threatens, take a breath and ask how you can please Him in that moment.

My breath may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.  Psalm 73:26

Scripture provides many promises that God will give us what we need. While He never promised we won’t face more than we can handle, He does promise to never leave us, to walk beside us day and night, to light our path, be our strength, protector, and provider. In Him we find the energy, fortitude, words, and forgiveness to get through each day.

  • When you think you can’t take one more step, ask Him for renewed energy, strength, and focus (and a bit of joy too!).


Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.   Psalm 143:10

One of our greatest strengths can also be our weakness. When something needs doing, we jump in with both feet. The flip side of this is burnout, resentment and exhaustion. When is the last time we asked God what we should do before we gave an answer? He has a plan for us based on the way He gifted us and the work He’s set out for us to do. Our best response is to let Him teach us to say yes or no, and to live on the firm footing of His purpose for us.

  • When another request for help comes at you, say you’ll get back to them. Then make your decision after chatting with God.


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Author Bio:

StacyMonsonStacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma of 3 (and counting) grands.

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Her newest book, Open Circle, releases June 21 (available for pre-order HERE!). Here’s a bit about the story:

OpenCircleMindy Lee “Minnie” Carlson’s dream job has dropped into her hands, but there’s a catch. She has four months to revive Open Circle, the town’s only Senior Adult Day Center, or the doors will close, leaving her jobless, and the seniors she cares for stranded.

After decades traveling the globe and documenting the forgotten people of the world, Jackson Young discovers his beloved Grandma Em is still alive in Minnie’s small town. Overjoyed, he races back to his hometown to reconnect with her, only to discover she’s been Minnie’s surrogate grandmother for the past twenty years.

When Grandma Em has a stroke, his ideas about her care pit him against Minnie’s determination and expertise. For Grandma Em’s sake, and the future of Open Circle, they’ll need to do the impossible – find a way to work together.


**** GIVEAWAY ****


To celebrate, Stacy is giving away a fun canvas tote bag with a paperback copy of Open Circle and other goodies (for a winner in the U.S. International winner will receive an Amazon gift card).

The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.


 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What is your favorite verse (or passage) in Psalm”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Congratulations to Yevhenii P.