Let Your Light Shine blog tour & Giveaway with Angie Dicken

A couple of weeks ago Angie Dicken approached our street team with a fun idea, a “Let Your Light Shine Event: A Bookish Celebration of Light during this time of year when the days begin to get shorter and darkness gets longer.” Of course I jumped at the chance to join the fun!

Starting today and leading up to the Facebook party on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 several of us will be sharing on our blogs, so do follow along and plan to join us for some fun bookish fun at the Facebook party!  You will find the blog schedule along with the links at the end of this post, as well as your reminder invitation to the Facebook party!

HowToFindLight

How To Find Light in Dark Seasons

When I wrote about graverobbers in The Yellow Lantern, I’m thankful to say that the subject did NOT grow from a place of personal experience. But, I discovered that the areas where Josie Clay found light amidst all her dark circumstances were not uncommon to the places I’ve found while walking through seasons of darkness.

During this festive time of traipsing around at night, hiding behind masks, and begging and tricking, the brightness of candles and lights and glow sticks steal the shadowy show. Light is brightest against darkness…actually, if we pay close attention, God has placed beacons of light for us to grow in before darkness even creeps in. The Yellow Lantern offers three beacons I have found to be light-bearing in my own dark seasons:

#1: Friendship

 Josie Clay finds friendship in a way that gives her fuel to seek a way out of the darkness. She becomes connected with a community during her dark dealings. In my own dark seasons, God provided His light to shine through the friendships that had grown before the darkness, but perhaps, for my own protection in the nearing darker seasons. Just as Proverbs 17:17 says,

 “A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

The Yellow Lantern is dedicated to my Proverbs 17:17 sisters. God grew us for community. I don’t know that I would have found much light in my dark seasons without those friends He had provided for me.

#2 Gifting

Whether you are an artist or a servant at heart, another place to discover light in the darkness is in the very gifting God has uniquely placed upon you. Josie is an herbalist. She finds her greatest passion and joy in creating remedies for those in need. I am an author—I find my greatest passion and joy spill out as I write. And it’s not just for my own pleasure. It’s a much-needed gifting that points me to light no matter how much darkness brews around me.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

If He’s given us these gifts, then we have what it takes to find light in a dark situation. Good and perfect and ever chasing away those shadows.

#3 Faith

 There have been seasons in my life where I feel like faith is this thin, fragile thread. At any moment, it might snap. But it doesn’t. Scripture gives us a hint as to why it might be stronger than I imagine:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) 

Faith, in itself, is a light. It might not chase the darkness away, we might not see any light at all, but Faith provides the assurance that something IS there beyond the dark. Josie Clay makes some choices without knowing that she will ever leave the darkness, but faith gives her the confidence to do so. Of all the beacons God gives us in our dark seasons, Faith might be the most abstract and at times, hidden, but it is the most assured place of everlasting light.

Have you recently leaned into one of these three beacons to shine light in a dark season?

Join us for bookish fun, giveaways, and games at the Let Your Light Shine Event on October 29th. Click here to RSVP!

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/383264579286570/

About the Author:

AngieDicken   Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in England. Now living in the U.S. heartland, she’s a member of ACFW, sharing about author life with her fellow Alley Cats on The Writer’s Alley blog and Facebook page. Besides writing, she is a busy mom of four and works in Adult Ministry. Angie enjoys eclectic new restaurants, authentic conversation with friends, and date nights with her Texas Aggie husband.

How to connect with her online-

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest //

Angie’s Books:

The Yellow Lantern

  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

 The Outlaw’s Second Chance

 

Blog Tour Schedule
(click on the blog name to visit that page)

Oct. 22:  Joy of Reading

Oct. 23: Fueled by faith and caffeine

Oct. 24: A Baker’s Perspective

Oct. 25: Singing Librarian Books

Oct. 26: Reflection from my Bookshelves

Oct. 27: Older and Smarter?

Oct 28: Radiant Light

Oct. 28: Deanne Patterson

 

CLICK HERE to join the Facebook party on Tue. Oct. 29th!

img_3144

 

 

My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah (Leanna’s Choice) by Angie Dicken

Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where…
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

My Thoughts:

With characters that take a hold of your heart and don’t let go, and a rich story with multifaceted points of interest, like a beautiful crystal sparkling rainbows across the window of your imagination. There is so much to love about this book!

Leanna McKee wanted more from life than to be a living doll in a fancy parlor, smiling, pouring tea, and sharing gossip with the other ladies of fashionable Boston. She left all that behind to follow her heart. But after losing her husband in a mining accident and finding herself alone in a rugged mining town full of prejudice, she is more than ready to leave it behind for culture & civilization.

Alex Pappas has a huge heart, he may feel defeated by the prejudice of those around him, but he doesn’t allow that to stop him from showing kindness to others. He helped bring his parents & his brother and family to America. Together they are trying to survive in a country that doesn’t seem to want them.

I enjoyed my time in Castle Rock with Leanna & Alex and his exuberant Greek family. I learned more about the Greek culture, and about early mining towns of the west. I fell in love with these characters and didn’t want this story to end. I give this book 5 stars and would encourage you to be sure to pick-up a copy of this book to enjoy!

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

CastleGate3

About the Author:

AngieDickenAngie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest //

  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

CastleGate2

First Line Friday’s – My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

I’m excited to share with you today a book I’m just starting, and I can say that I’m already pulled in and captivated. My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken is schedule to hit the shelves on November 1st. You won’t want to miss this delightful story!

Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where…
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

MyHeartBelongsIn CastleGate,UT

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

Castle Gate, Utah 1910

Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could. She would not let him see her.

 

Who is Leanna trying to avoid?
I have to admit, after that line I had to read the first chapter, which lead to the next chapter, and… well you get the idea. Watch for my review to come soon!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books