Saturday, April 14, 2018

Seventh Born Winner


Thank you for participating in the blog tour. I hope you had as much fun as I did with it. And now for the moment we have all been waiting for.


We have a winner!

Congratulations to...

Erika W.!!!


Rachel will email you with your eBook soon. Enjoy reading!!



Monday, April 9, 2018

Seventh born... and the only girl


 

Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why she is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.

About the Book

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

            Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Z2PPJL
            Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/seventh-born-2

About the Author

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

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Giveaway


Rachel is giving away an eBook of her book. You can enter here. Your odds of winning increase with every person you refer so spread the word!  Good luck, and I hope you win!

Excerpt/Guest Post/Review/Character Spotlight




For the first three hours of our trip, Master Silas slept. He climbed in, settled on the floor at his wife’s feet, put a square of fabric over his face and fell asleep. I was astonished that he could repose so deeply with the bouncing and jostling of the wagon, but he snored away.
His wife apparently thought nothing of this strange behavior and proceeded to tell me about her daughters. Galatea, Eloine, and Candra were interesting girls if I were to judge them only on their mother’s opinion.
Galatea, the eldest, was about my age, fair and sweet, though taken to posturing and striking poses. Despite this I was repeatedly assured that we would be the best of friends. Eloine, it seemed, took after her father’s tendencies toward studying. She spent most of her time with a nose in a book. Candra was the most interesting to me of the three.
Her mother introduced her by saying, “She is a garden child. I have never known a little one to spend so much time among bushes and plants. I can hardly get her to come in for meals. And the grass stains…” She lifted her hands in mock horror. “I have given up on keeping that child clean. I don’t know what Errol was thinking asking Ilias for his willow farm to stay at.”
“I was thinking of you, my dear,” Errol commented from beneath his square of cloth.
“However do you mean?”
Master Silas removed the fabric square and looked up at his wife. “Don’t you remember the trouble that we had with training Ilias? You kept complaining that the house was too small.”
“You kept insisting that everything be completely silent while he practiced concentrating, a bit difficult with small ones crawling, toddling, and capering about.”
“Exactly, my love.” Easing himself up into a sitting position with the help of the bench, Master Silas smiled at his wife. “Now we shall have enough room. The house has five bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, parlor, workroom, and acres of land. Plenty of room for you to run the household, Gatatea to posture, Eloine to read, Candra to disappear into nature, and Zezilia and I to work. We would not be able to do all that on our small estate in the north. Besides, I want Zezilia as far south as I can get her. I don’t want to take the chance of her father changing his mind.”


Tour Schedule


April 9
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
Just A Glimpse – Guest Post

April 10
Rachel John Writes – Book Review
Annie Louise Twitchell – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight       

April 11
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight     

April 12
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Hunting for Truth – Book Review and Guest Post

April 13
Reading On The Edge – Book Spotlight          
Ember's Reviews – Book Review
With a Joyful Noise – Character Spotlight

April 14
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner



Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ta'Mara's winner!



Thank you all for being part of the Caselli Family blog tour! If you missed any of the posts, here is a summary of them all organized by category.

Author Interview

Book Spotlight

Monday, February 26, 2018

We have winners!



Good morning, Bookish people!

This morning, I am excited to announce the winners of the giveaway for He Hideth My Soul! Thank you all for being part of my tour and for reading the posts, buying the book, or whatever you did.

Grand Prize - paperback

Jan H.!


First Prize - eBook

J.E. G.!


Second Prize - eBook

Brandi D.!

Blog Tour - Caselli Family Series



Ta'Mara has published her Caselli Family series before, but she is now relaunching the series starting with The Pretender and Pit of Ambition!  Join this super fun blog tour and find out more about the first two books (of five). Also, make sure you check out the great giveaway!

About the Books

The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise is the first volume of 5 in the family epic series The Caselli Family Series. It begins in South Dakota in 1975 where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beers in a bar and loaded guns were kept under the counter. Frankie Valli sang My Eyes Adored You, and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It’s within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined – and had been for many years – yet they had no idea.
From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart – and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride’s deception.
These compelling stories are interwoven with Biblical truths and light-hearted, real life events from the author’s own past. Easy to understand and relate to, as well as encouraging.

Pit of Ambition is the second volume of 5 in the family epic series The Caselli Family Series.
Five years have passed since Noah and Tillie’s “chance” meeting. They’ve married other people by now, and are both beginning their families.
In the pursuit of professional and political success, Alex runs headlong into a pit of pride and ambition...and Giuseppe begins to hate the husband he chose for his daughter.
Alex and Noah are doing business on many fronts, which will bring Noah to town for an unintended meeting with Giuseppe. Tension abounds as he attempts to conceal his daughter’s identity from Noah.
Alex strays when Tillie needs him the most, and it’s Noah who will bring him home. But, instead of learning Tillie’s identity, he connects with her brothers, especially Marquette.
Unbeknownst to Noah, his new foreman is a member of the crime family Marquette has sought since 1968.

About the Author

I was born and raised in South Dakota, and I love her people and rich history. For many years I’ve also had a deep love for Italy and her colorful chronology. I was fortunate enough to visit Italy on my 25th wedding anniversary, and I added some of the details of my travels to my fictional series The Caselli Family Series.
My favorite sport is baseball – Detroit Tigers – and I can’t wait until the next time I get to see them play in Comerica Park.
I live for the next family barbeque.
My husband and I own a national pizza franchise in Iowa, where we currently reside. We have three grown children and one grandson. We’ve rescued two cats and one Pomeranian.
I teach AWANA Cubbies and speak at women’s events.

Giveaway


Ta’Mara is generously offering a $50 Amazon gift card! There are many different ways in the Rafflecopter to enter. The more you choose, the better chance you have of winning.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt/Interview/Review


Tour Schedule

February 26
Bookish Orchestration – Introductory post
Rachel Rossano's Words – Author Interview
Adventures in Publishing – Author Interview
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Review and Character Spotlight

February 27
Simply Kelina – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight

February 28
Little Homeschool on the Prairie – Book Review
Seasons of Opportunities – Book Review
Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – Book Review

March 1
Moments – Book Spotlight 
Reader's Cozy Corner – Book Review
Fiction to Ignite Your Faith – Post from the author
 
March 2
New Horizon Reviews – Book Review
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Review and Author Interview
Adventures Of A King Daughter – Book Review #1 and #2

March 3
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

He’s never had the courage to love anyone



Have you ever had a hard time loving someone? I think everyone probably has at one time in their life. But what would your life be like if you've never had the courage to love anyone? Faith Blum explores that idea in her new book, He Hideth My Soul. 

About the Book

He’s never had the courage to love anyone…

The only thing Otis Miller has ever wanted to be is a doctor and he wants to be the best. A surprise talk with his Aunt Eleanor days before his twenty-first birthday leads to a visit from his grandfather’s lawyer and the discovery that he is the heir to a large fortune. With all the papers signed, Otis heads to Chicago to follow his dream.

After graduating from Jenner Medical School, Otis goes to the mine he owns in Colorado to see how things are and to provide medical care for everyone in town. He finds horrible working conditions and learns to make difficult decisions that will be best for all

Will Otis learn to let God cover him in the depths of His love? Can Otis hide in God’s presence whenever he doesn’t know where to go next?

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.

About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and spend time with her husband.  She lives in Wisconsin in a small town with her husband and cat where she can write to her heart’s content during the day. Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ.

Giveaway


Faith is giving away three prizes! The grand prize is a paperback of her new book. First and second prizes are both an eBook of He Hideth My Soul. Enter here for the chance to win!
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt/Review



Otis woke up earlier than usual the next morning. He didn’t know why, but he didn’t question it. He grabbed his Bible and the candle on the nightstand and headed out to the back porch.
He sat down on the top step, lit the candle, and held his Bible up to its light. Otis flipped open to the bookmarked passage, or tried to, but it opened up to Galatians five instead. He read the whole chapter, but verses 19˗24 really jumped out at him:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

“Envyings, wrath, strife, and seditions,” he whispered. “Father, you know how much I envy Joshua and Priscilla and their beautiful family. I’m sorry. I never fully realized how wrong it was. Help me to trust in Your timing for a family of my own.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Joshua and Priscilla, but You do. Help them resolve this issue. If there’s any way I can help, please let me be open and willing.”
He read, studied, and prayed until the candle became useless, then he set the candle and Bible aside and went to the barn to do the chores. If he got really lucky, he could even start the coffee before Priscilla got up.


Tour Schedule

February 20
Bookish Orchestrations – Introduction Post
Creating Romance – Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano's Words – Book Spotlight

February 21
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight

February 22
Ruth's Real Life – Book Spotlight

February 23
With a Joyful Noise – Review
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Spotlight

February 24
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Post from the author

February 26
Bookish Orchestration – Giveaway winner post
 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Winners!


We have three winners! Thank you all for joining my blog tour! It was super fun. And I think this was a record for number of entries for the giveaway.


Grand Prize Winner

 Yevhenii P.!!!

First Prize Winner

 Eileen B.!

Second Prize Winner

Bobbie S.!

I will email you soon with your prize. Thanks again!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Trusting God is hard






Trusting God is hard when nothing seems to go right. In Faith's new book, Eleanor Miller learns that. But will she finally trust God in the end?

About the Book


Trusting God is hard

Eleanor Miller has never lacked for anything, but she wanted to become a schoolteacher anyway to instill the love of learning into other children. Unlike what happened with her brother, Grover.

Grover hated school and authority. He rebelled any change he could. When he almost killed a man, their family was torn apart and he was disowned.

Eleanor understands her father’s decision, but she worries she will never see Grover again. Will she find out how sweet it is to trust Jesus in everything no matter what happens or will she stop trusting Him completely?

Buy on your favorite eBook platform: http://books2read.com/TisSoSweet

About the Author


Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and spend time with her husband.  She lives in Wisconsin in a small town with her husband and cat where she can write to her heart’s content during the day. Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ.

Giveaway

Faith is offering three prizes:
·         Grand prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card
·         1st Prize: eBook of ’Tis So Sweet
·         2nd Prize: Prize: eBook of ’Tis So Sweet

There are multiple options on the Rafflecopter widget. Enter at this link.
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Excerpt



“Bye, Eleanor. See you tonight.”
Eleanor’s head jerked up. “Where do you think you are going, Grover?”
The ten-year-old stopped at the door and scowled. “Nowhere.”
Eleanor took three quick strides to stand next to her brother, her clean, lacey dress a stark contrast to his ratty denims and shirt. “Are you trying to get another whipping? You know Father wants you to go to school. Fishing doesn’t count.”
“It should.”
“Why?”
“I can learn all about the river, water, fish—”
Eleanor snorted. “Put the fishing pole and worms back and come with me to school.”
Grover’s scowl deepened. “You need the schooling so you can become a schoolteacher. You’re so ugly no one will ever marry you, so you’ll need the job. I don’t need the schoolin’. I can do just fine on my own.”
Eleanor swallowed. The insult meant nothing to her. She knew it was true, even though he said it more harshly than she would have liked. “It’s your funeral, I guess. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Grover turned and hurried out the door of their mansion. Eleanor sighed and tried to let the words of the hymn Mrs. Martha, the housekeeper, was humming sink in. “’Tis So Sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word, Just to rest upon His promise, just to know ‘Thus saith the Lord.’”
“That boy is going to be trouble someday,” Mrs. Martha said. “What he needs is a ma.”
Eleanor bit her lip and forced the tears away. “Ma only died a year ago, and even then, he didn’t mind anyone.”
Mrs. Martha huffed. “Have you finished your breakfast?”
“Yes, ma’am.”
“Good. Your lunch pail is on the table. I’ll walk to town with you. We need a few things.”
Eleanor smiled. “If you make a list, I could go after school.”
Mrs. Martha shook her head. “No, we need them before you are finished at school. Besides it will do my old bones some good to walk to town.”
Eleanor laughed softly. “Yes, after all, we live so far away from town. It only takes us two minutes.”
Mrs. Martha’s eyes twinkled. “I am very well aware of that, young lady. Now go get yourself ready for school. It wouldn’t do for you to be late.”
Eleanor headed upstairs to her spacious room to get her shawl and schoolbooks. It was too bad all the money her father made couldn’t buy obedience for her little brother. “God, if faith can move mountains, can it change Grover’s heart?”

Preorder

’Tis So Sweet is a companion novella to Faith’s next novel, He Hideth My Soul. Faith is excited to announce that He Hideth My Soul will be published on February 26th! And it’s now available for preorder for just $0.99. Reserve your copy today: http://books2read.com/HeHidethMySoul.

Tour Schedule

January 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Inksword – Author Interview
Wildflower Acres – Book Spotlight

January 27
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Spotlight
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Special post from the author

January 29
Rachel Rossano's Words – Book Spotlight
Purposeful Learning – Book Review

January 30
Janice’s Book Reviews – Book Review

January 31
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner