10 June 2024

Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review

Ex-con Seth Zimmerman has spent the last three years making amends by helping the vulnerable in his former Amish community. Lately, this mission includes calling on Tabitha Yoder, whose divorce from her abusive husband has isolated her from the community. Even though she never comes out of her house to talk to him, Seth knows she watches him from the window while he chops wood, clears her driveway, and drops off food.   An uneasy friendship is just starting to take hold between them when small gifts begin to appear at Tabitha's home--gifts that can only be from her ex-husband. Seth might be Tabitha's only hope at maintaining her hard-won freedom from the man whose violent outbursts had almost cost her life. But coming to her rescue might mean he ends up behind bars once again.   Get swept up in this emotional story of two outcasts who may be each other's only hope for happiness and redemption from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray.

My Thoughts:

Another heartfelt book by Shelley Shepard Gray. I had a hard time setting the book down. The story captivated me throughout the book.  As usual with this author, she does a good job dealing with the sensitive topic of domestic abuse, divorce, and a past felon who spent time behind bars. Unforgiven is the first book in a new series, Rumors in Ross County.

I couldn’t help but have heartfelt feelings for the two main characters. Tabitha Yoder and Seth Zimmerman are formerly Amish and live close to their former Amish community but are somewhat outcasts among their family and friends.

Tabitha Yoder escaped an abusive marriage. Her ex-husband was a monster and was both physically and mentally abusive. After a miscarriage, she was able to get away from him and divorce him.  It cost her a lot to leave her abusive husband, including being shunned. She is a fragile spirit and has chosen to live in seclusion.

Seth Zimmerman accidentally killed a man while protecting a woman and he spent time in prison. He wasn’t baptized at the time of the incident. He’s a good man and knows that God has forgiven him. Seth has a good heart. For the last three years, Seth has been helping people in his former Amish community who are vulnerable. He enjoys helping others as needed. Tabitha watches from the window and is grateful for him doing chores without asking her what needs to be done. After two years of not talking to Seth, she wants to thank him for all his help. After her courage to thank him, an uneasy friendship begins.

Gifts start showing up at Tabitha’s door. She learns that the gifts aren’t from Seth. The only other person who would send her gifts would be her ex-husband. The fear begins to grab her. Seth isn’t going to let that monster hurt her anymore. Seth will go back to prison again to protect.

Many good secondary characters and a stray puppy that shows up at Tabitha's place.

Another well-written book that touches on many hard topics. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

I received this complimentary product through Revell in exchange for my honest thoughts.


27 May 2024

Abounding Hope by Cindy Kay Stewart Book Review & Giveaway


About the Book

Book: Abounding Hope

Author: Cindy Kay Stewart

Genre: Historical Christian Romance (WWII)

Release date: October, 2023

Poland’s looming defeat forces an American teacher to escape with children wanted by the Nazis.

It’s late August, 1939, and the world is on the brink of war. The Nazis are threatening Poland, but American teacher Irena Simmons refuses to flee to safety. She’s dedicated her life to serving in her church and school, and she’s watching over the little German boys she whisked to safety the year before. When her former classmate, Jonathan, surprises her in Lvov and insists she leave with him before the war starts, Irena balks. Nothing will interfere with her work—especially a man making demands.

American shipping magnate Jonathan Huntwell had a crush on Irena in school. When their former classmates select him to travel to Poland and escort her out before it’s too late, he doesn’t expect the inner turmoil she ignites in him. Although honor-bound to aid any friend in trouble, Jonathan acknowledges that Irena is more than an obligation to him. However, he must keep his feelings hidden, or he’ll jeopardize their friendship.

Irena soon discovers that the Gestapo agent she successfully evaded in Germany has found her in Poland, and he’s after her young charges. When the Germans invade, Jonathan is in Denmark on business, too far away to help. As the rising danger threatens everything Irena holds dear, she must find a way to protect those she loves.

Based on true events and backed by extensive research, Abounding Hope is sure to delight fans of WWII adventure cloaked in sweet romance. Come to the place where the war began and discover hope in the darkest places.


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My Review:

If you enjoy reading historical fiction then Abounding Hope is a good read. The historical places and events are fictional but the people have been added to this historical fiction story. The author Cindy Kay Stewart has done a good job researching the historical events to make this story come alive.

The book is set in the early part of WWII in Poland. In the story, you will meet Irene who is an American teacher who is caring for two young boys who she rescued in the last year from falling into the hands of the Germans. She has felt God has told her to stay in Poland with her family.

Jonathan has been a longtime friend since childhood. He warns them that war is looming and that the Germans are planning on taking over Poland. He checks on Irene and her family to ensure they have what they need and are okay.

Irena and Jonathan eventually get separated. Jonathan is trying everything to get back to her.  Both characters are complex and you can’t help not to be captivated by them. Irene is very stubborn and has to learn to let go of control over her life and let God’s will lead her where she needs to be and do.

The drama is realistic and has a lot of twists and turns. I had a hard time putting this book down.

 Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

About the Author

Cindy Kay Stewart, a retired high school social studies teacher and current church pianist, writes stories of hope, steeped in love, and anchored in faith. Her manuscripts have won the Touched by Love Award, the First Impressions contest, and the Sandra Robbins Inspirational Writing Award. They’ve also finaled in the Maggie Award of Excellence and the Cascade Awards, and semi-finaled in the Genesis contest. Cindy is passionate about revealing God’s handiwork in history. She resides in North Georgia with her college sweetheart and husband of forty-two years. Her daughter, son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren live nearby. Cindy’s currently writing the Circle of Hope series set in WWII Europe.

More from Cindy

WWII is a fascinating time period—so many miracles took place in the midst of great tragedy. There has never been an era of history when so many people sacrificed so much to save the world from evil.

During my research for Abounding Hope, I uncovered many interesting and nearly unbelievable stories from the beginning of the war. Within the context of historical fiction, I had the opportunity to recast these true events through the lives of my fictional characters. I endeavored to remain true to history throughout the book, even with dates and places. None of the historical events and places in Abounding Hope are fictional.

Abounding Hope is set in Poland and Hungary at the beginning of WWII. The main characters, Jonathan and Irena, are Americans who have lived in Europe most of their lives. They’re also civilians who learn to surrender their expectations and trust the Lord through their harrowing experiences. In the end, they also find love. Their romance adds soft and intriguing elements to a story set during such a difficult time in history.

Blog Stops

Pause for Tales, May 14

Alena Mentink, May 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 15

DevotedToHope, May 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 18

Lights in a Dark World, May 18

Texas Book-aholic, May 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 20

lakesidelivingsite, May 21

For Him and My Family, May 22

Stories By Gina, May 23 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 23

Betti Mace, May 24

The Lofty Pages, May 25

Cover Lover Book Review, May 26

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 27


To celebrate her tour, Cindy is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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


23 May 2024

Tennessee Wildcat: On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Mr. Edwards by Robynne Elizabeth Miller Review and Giveaway


About the Book


Book: Tennessee Wildcat: On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilders’ Mr. Edwards

Authors: Robynne Elizabeth Miller and J.D. Rushmore

Genre: Nonfiction/Historical Biography/Literary History

Release date: August 24, 2023

Mr. Edwards … that colorful Tennessee Wildcat Laura Ingalls Wilder so deeply loved. He helped Pa build the family’s cabin, saved Christmas by carrying presents across a raging creek, and spit further than Laura thought possible. Though he was a little rough around the edges, Laura simply adored Mr. Edwards. Through her vivid, heartwarming stories, we came to love him, too.

But who was he? Virtually all Laura’s Little House characters were real people … even those whose names were changed to protect their reputations.

Mr. Edwards, however, wasn’t so easy to track down. In fact, he’s the sole Little House enigma … the only mentioned character that hasn’t clearly surfaced via historical records.

Was he fiction, for the sake of illustrating pioneer stereotypes? Was he a composite character, built from several men Laura knew during their time in Kansas? Was he a loose collection of memories and family lore, cobbled together for the sake of the narrative? Or was he a real man, whose full identity had previously evaded discovery?

We wanted to know the answer …

So, we dusted off our boots and headed out … hot on the trail of the wildcat from Tennessee!

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My Review:

The Laura Ingall’s Wilder books have always been a favorite of mine since I was able to read the books from Mrs. Wilder. I have fond memories of watching the TV series with my mother.

I have always thought Mr. Edwards was an intriguing character. I know that some say he was not a real person and others say he was. Regardless, whether he was or not doesn’t matter. The book details several individuals and men who could have been Mr. Edwards.

The book reads like a historical book with an in-depth examination of the Land Survey System and information on how the Bureau of Land Management works. I enjoyed reading and learning more about Laura Ingalls and her family's background. It was enjoyable to uncover the known facts about Mr. Edwards.

The back of the book is an appendix of 9 pages of the public land survey system. I would recommend reading the appendix. The book also has several photographs and diagrams.

The book was easy to read overall. A bit dry at times but still interesting. If you are looking for a novel then this is not it.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

About the Authors

Robynne Elizabeth Miller holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction and a B.A. in English Literature. She’s the author of ten books and countless articles, including Tennessee Wildcat, From the Mouth of Ma, and The Three Faces of Nellie.

Along with speaking nationally, Robynne is a writing and publishing coach and mentor, a writing teacher at writers conferences, workshops, and retreats, the Writing Track developer and director for Unbound, and the director of the Vision Christian Writers Conference at Mount Hermon.

She’s passionate about helping writers bring their stories and messages into the world and delving into the real people and places which populated the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


J.D. Rushmore is a history and genealogy buff, with a particular interest in American history before 1900. He’s enamored with the opening of the west, pioneers, the gold rush, the Oregon trail, etc. He’s particularly passionate about researching historical mysteries, especially when they relate to the Little House series of books.

He is a musician in his spare time, as well as an “at everything” father, husband, and friend. He prefers the smell of historic archives to fresh air (unless it involves poking around a remote historic cemetery!) and has a knack for reading handwriting on historical documents that is illegible to others. Nothing thrills him more than finding the one tiny detail that, after being overlooked for decades, or even centuries, changes EVERYTHING.

More from Robynne

If you’re a Little House fan like us, you know how risky it was to delve into Mr. Edwards. Rumors have flown for decades as to his real identity, and some folks have double-downed on who they believe he was … declaring a particular name with certainty.

But it just didn’t add up. Through all our team’s collective Little House research and general love of 1800’s history, the name that had been put forward just didn’t make sense.

So, we had a choice.

We could avert our eyes, go about our other writing projects, and leave this mystery untouched. Or, we could, with as much neutrality and meticulous research as possible, see if Mr. Edwards’ true identity could be established.

We risked two things: upsetting some people if our findings didn’t support their theories, and crushing our own hearts if Mr. Edwards turned out to be the one character who Laura Ingalls Wilder constructed purely from her imagination.

We hope our respect for previous researchers, and the strength of our newly discovered information, helped avoid the first worry. And, the second? We were thrilled to discover Mr. Edwards almost certainly wasn’t a work of fiction!

Blog Stops

Alena Mentink, May 10

Lots of Helpers, May 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

Holly’s Book Corner, May 12

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 14

Texas Book-aholic, May 15

Mary Hake, May 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 16

Blogging With Carol, May 17

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 18

For Him and My Family, May 19

The Lofty Pages, May 20

Life on Chickadee Lane, May 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 21

Connie’s History Classroom , May 22

Cover Lover Book Review, May 23

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 23


To celebrate her tour, Robynne is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Card, copy of Tennessee Wildcat and The Three Faces of Nellie, and a goodie bag of Laura Ingalls Wilder related gifts, including a piece of the actual Loftus Store, mentioned prominently in The Long Winter!!

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


20 May 2024

Marcus and the Emperor’s Coin by Dennis Conrad Book Review & Giveaway


About the Book

Book: Marcus and the Emperor’s Coin

Author: Dennis Conrad

Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book

Release date: October 30, 2023

Marcus and the Emperor’s Coin is an exciting adventure in the Ancient Roman Empire at the time of Christ. Eight-year-old Marcus and his father are on a mission for the Emperor and visit a mine and a mint where coins are made. Marcus himself makes a denarius, a coin with the emperor’s image.

Marcus goes to Jerusalem where he sees Jesus hold a denarius saying, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” What will seeing Jesus mean for Marcus, and will he ever be the same again?


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My Review:

I was excited to see the second book Marcius and the Emperor’s Coin “In the God We Trust Series”.  Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing The Two-Cent Piece. This was the first book in the series.

Marcus is about to embark on his first journey with his father. This is an important mission for the Emperor of Rome. His father needs to check on the quality of silver at the mine. Afterward, they will travel to the place where the coins are made. Then they will transport the coins. The mission could be dangerous as they could get robbed. Many soldiers will travel with them to protect the coins. Marcus’s father reminds him that he must be careful and not to make any mess ups. Marcus knew that his father was talking about how clumsy he could be. 

It didn’t take Marcus long to show how clumsy he can be. He fell off a horse, and cut up his hands and legs in the mines. On top of that, he hit his thumb at the place where the coins were being made. Then on a ship to Jerusalem Marcus almost ended up as fish bait leaning over the rails. Marcus was making a mess of the mission. At the camp near Jerusalem Marcus woke up before sunrise. What he saw was men clothed in dark clothes sneaking into camp. He didn’t know where the guards were. Marcus yelled out “THIEVES”, and saved the mission.

What happened next was the most important event of the journey to Jerusalem. He hears Jesus talking to the crowd. His words put him on a new mission.

This is a 7-part “In God We Trust” series for children. I was delighted to see a book with a historical flare and a message of our Savior.  

The book is appropriate for young elementary ages. Illustrator Courtney Smith creates the illustrations in this book. The illustrations are lovely and eye-catching, Dennis Conrad also includes links at the back of the book on coin collecting.

My daughter has been collecting coins for a while and gets excited about anything with coins. I had some ancient Israeli coins which she had to look at again. Not the Roman coins mentioned in the book but, they could be around the same era. 

At the end of the book, you will find information about how to collect coins. 

A wonderful book for kids that are interested in collecting coins and learning about history.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

About the Author

A former coin collector for over fifty years, Dennis combines his love for the Bible, children’s literature, and sharing stories about the history behind coins.

Dennis retired as a professor of speech communications from Barstow Community College. He and his wife served as English and public speaking teachers ten summers overseas.

Dennis became a sustaining member of the Numismatic Association of Southern California in 1979. He is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association.

Dennis is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Fellow of the National Writing Project.

More from Dennis

How to Turn a Penny into a Teachable Moment

Dennis Conrad

Connect with your child or grandchild by starting a coin collection.

Start with the penny, also known as the Lincoln Head Cent. The coins were first minted in 1909 because it was the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

Use the coin to help your child make the connections with who Lincoln was, what he did, and when he lived. Reasons why Abraham Lincoln is featured on a coin include the following:

  1. Lincoln is often at the top of the list of America’s greatest presidents.
  2. He helped to preserve the Union during the American Civil War.
  3. His Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves.
  4. The Gettysburg Address ranks as one of the best speeches of all time.

Now, Look On the Back (the Reverse)

Go through change to find the different images on the backs of pennies.

There are wheat ears (1909-1958) and the Lincoln Memorial (1959-2008).

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, the U.S. Mint issued coins with four different images on the back. The Lincoln Bicentennial (2009) coins include a log cabin, Lincoln sitting on a log, Lincoln standing in front of the state capitol of Illinois, and an unfinished U.S. Capitol Building (the way it was when he was president.) For the past several years, there has is a shield on the back representing the preserved union (2010-Present).

Add one of each reverse to the child’s collection.

Don’t forget to mention the words, the date, and the mintmark.

The words include “One Cent,” “In God We Trust,” “Liberty,” “The United States of America,” and “E Pluribus Unum” which means “Out of many, one.”

Also, look for and find the year minted and the mintmark.

Find and add a coin from the child’s birth year to the child’s collection.

Look at the mintmark. It is a letter on the front of the coin under the date. The “D” is for Denver, the “S” for San Francisco, and the absence of a mintmark means the coin was minted in Philadelphia.

Add coins with the different mintmarks to the child’s collection.

Keep the collection safe in a small box or a Ziploc bag. Have fun. Add to the collection as time goes by.

Free Resources

Want to encourage the child in your life to learn more about coins? Sign up at https://dennisconradauthor.com so your child can become a Junior Coin Collector. Receive free, monthly activity sheets like a crossword puzzle. There is a Coin Hunt section where children can search for and find coins in change for their collection, and a Vocabulary Builder section with coin collecting terms.

Blog Stops

Lots of Helpers, May 8

Artistic Nobody, May 9 (Author Interview)

BookZone Reviews đź“š, May 9

Vicky Sluiter, May 10

Texas Book-aholic, May 11

Beauty in the Binding, May 12 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 13

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 14

Hannahbandanarama, May 15

Guild Master, May 16 (Author Interview)

Lights in a Dark World, May 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 19 (Author Interview)

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 20

Labor Not in Vain, May 21


To celebrate his tour, Dennis is giving away the grand prize package of a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed hardback copy of the book!!

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


01 May 2024

NKJV Encountering God Study Bible, Comfort Print--soft leather-look, black Review

I have had the privilege to look over many Bibles throughout the years. I was very impressed with the NKJV Encountering God Study Bible.

This is a beautiful black Leathersoft Bible. The edges of the Bible have the gold gilding. The paper is your standard Bible page thickness. The font is the Comfort Print® and a 9-point font. The Bible lays out nicely when it is opened. The Bible has two different colored ribbon bookmarkers attached inside the Bible. The Bible is available in Genuine Leather, Hardback, and an eBook version. The colors are black or Brown and you can also get the Bible with thumb indexes.  This Bible as far as I can tell is only in the NKJV translation.

There is an introduction page for the books of the Bible. The words of Jesus are in red. The pages are laid out in two columns with scripture references in the middle of the page. The study notes are on the bottom section of the pages.

The notes at the bottom of the pages are very practical and not heavy on theology. Scattered throughout the Bible you have different boxes and other features in the Bible. Some features include- Encountering Notes, Explanatory Notes, Historical Encounters, Character Studies, Word Studies, Word Studies, Encountering a Creative God, Explaining the Faith, How to Study the Bible, In-text Bible maps, Timelines, Harmony of the Gospel, Read through the Bible in a Year Plan, Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled and an extensive Concordance with Bible words and places.

This is a nice Bible for any believer. I think this is an amazing Bible for new believers, teens, and young adults. It’s not overwhelming with notes. It doesn’t go deep into theology. However, there is enough information for you to dig deeper into the word. 

Many thanks for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


Here's more details on the Bible: 

The deepest need of every human heart is to encounter God. To meet with God, to be changed by Him, and to become more like Him as a result. For decades, the Blackaby family has dedicated their ministry to helping believers address this deepest need. Now you can learn from their insights to experience deeper encounters with God as you develop a regular routine of Bible reading and study in the Encountering God Study Bible.

The Encountering God Study Bible is the crowning work of the Blackabys. Featuring their trusted approach to Bible study, explanatory notes, word studies, biblical character sketches, historical encounters with lives of exemplary faith, articles highlighting the creative nature of God, and other articles defending the faith, you will be encouraged to see that you can encounter God in His Word—and that He wants to encounter you through it.

Features include:

Presentation page allows you to personalize this special gift by recording a memory or note

Encounter Notes highlighting how God might choose to encounter you in His Word

Rich explanatory notes explaining ideas, events, people, and places in the text to make the meaning clear

Word studies, character studies, and biographical sketches of church history figures all written by members of the Blackaby family

Word studies shed light on key terms and important meanings from the original Greek and Hebrew

Character profiles give overviews of key men and women in the Bible

Biographical sketches give examples of people who faithfully encountered and followed God in their life

Book introductions setting the scene for each biblical book and its importance for encountering God

Timeline of the biblical narrative for a better understanding of how historical and biblical events fit throughout history

Clear and readable NKJV Comfort Print® in a 9-point print size

03 April 2024

Trapped in Yosemite by Dana Mentink Book Review and Giveaway


About the Book

Book: Trapped in Yosemite

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: February 27, 2024

When a massive earthquake levels the region, secrets and unknown dangers are exposed…

The ground in still-icy Yosemite National Park isn’t stable, and K-9 handler Von Sharpe fears the worst. But his worries are pushed aside when he sees an SUV viciously forced off the road…with his ex-fiancĂ©e at the wheel. It’s only when Stella Rivers steps out of the vehicle that the very ground under their feet cracks and breaks with the onslaught of a terrifying earthquake.

When her meeting with a mysterious client is ambushed, Stella witnesses the man being gunned down by a sniper and becomes a target herself. With the threat of aftershocks triggering landslides and floods, the new mom has no choice but to run to save her baby girl—even if it means teaming up with the man who has no idea he fathered her child.

Trapped in a dangerously unstable wilderness with a killer closing in, Von and Stella are running out of time to get to safety. And every fissure reveals a new secret that will shake them to their foundation…


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My Review:

Another excellent book by Dana Mentink. I have enjoyed the K-9 handler and the dogs in the last several books of hers.

Dana Mentink always has a faith element in her books that is realistic with the individuals and their situations going on in the story. Her characters are well-developed and even Bear the dog will capture your heart.

Stella Rivers is meeting a potential client at Yosemite when he is shot and she becomes a target. Taking off running her van ends up in the river. Luckily, she is saved by a man who just happens to be her former fiancĂ©. It’s been 18 months since she has seen Von Sharpe. He is the last person she wants to see as she has been keeping a big secret from him.

Von Sharpe is out hiking with his dog, Bear. Von comes across a van in the river. He is shocked to see Stella after all this time.  To add a twist a big earthquake hits. As they make their way back to camp, they find some of the guests have gone missing. Now they are in survival mode with the natural disaster and being hunted by the sniper.

The book is heartfelt and intriguing. There are several twists in the plot. I was surprised by who was the snipper.

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through Celebrate Lit Bloggers in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press.

 More from Dana

I won’t ever forget October 17th, 1989. I was finished with my student teaching duties, chatting with my mother while we watched the World Series. It was an epic matchup of two Bay Area teams. As we watched, the floor lurched and the entire house began to rattle and pitch. We ran outside and watched the street undulate like ocean waves. We’d later come to learn it was a 6.9 earthquake on the Loma Prieta fault. The shaking only lasted 20 seconds but 63 people were killed, 3,757 were reported injured and 12,053 displaced. The damage estimates reached as high as $10 billion, with 18,306 houses leveled. Approximately 2,575 businesses were impacted and 147 were destroyed. The part I will remember most was the collapse of a section of the freeway in Oakland which trapped people in the pancaked structure. I remember watching the close space rescue teams work night and day to find survivors.

Little did I know that memorable event would someday lead to a book! This novel combines the iconic California setting of Yosemite and the big fear buried deep in every California’s mind…the big one, the massive earthquake we know will be coming someday. Of course you know there will be a happy ending in the novel, but I hope you will feel the edge of your seat suspense that keeps you turning pages. God bless you, dear readers!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 21

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 21

Bigreadersite, March 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 22

Texas Book-aholic, March 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 23

Lakesidelivingsite, March 24

Pause for Tales, March 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

Betti Mace, March 25

The Sacred Line, March 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 26

Daysong Reflections, March 26

EmpowerMoms, March 27

Life, Love, Writing, March 27

Cover Lover Book Review, March 28

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, March 28

Blogging With Carol, March 28

Tell Tale Book reviews, March 29

Simple Harvest Reads, March 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, March 30

Splashes of Joy, March 30

Blossoms and Blessings, March 31

To Everything There Is A Season , March 31

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 31

Holly’s Book Corner, April 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 1

Life on Chickadee Lane, April 2

Labor Not in Vain , April 2

Lily’s Corner, April 3

Lights in a Dark World, April 3

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 3


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $100 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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


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