Review: All Things Are Working For Your Good

December 17, 2018

All Things Are Working For Your Good is an inspirational book by Joel Osteen. This book is well written and I appreciate that the author uses true stories to show that God works all things together for good. God can turn your questions into exclamations. 

This book inspired me to keep going even through the tough times. The author helped me understand that what I call burdens are actually blessings. God uses those burdens to help me mature in faith. 

My favorite part of the book was seeing that Jesus understands how we feel. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus had been in such distress His sweat became great drops of blood. On the cross Jesus felt alone, forgotten and abandoned. He even cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” But, three days later He was sitting at the King’s table. The enemy never has the final say. God does! (p. 154)

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Q&A with Angela K Couch

December 16, 2018

Please welcome author Angela K Couch to The Mimosa Blossom.

Angela, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

BIO

To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.

(1) Tell us a bit about your book `The Tory’s Daughter`.

The Tory’s Daughter is the third book in my Hearts at War series, after The Scarlet Coat and The Patriot and the Loyalist. Sensing a theme? While characters appear throughout the series, each book holds an independent story. The Tory’s Daughter returns us to the Mohawk Valley where Joseph Garnet, introduced in book one, is ready for an adventure and love of his own.

Burying his wife is the hardest thing Joseph Garnet has ever done—until he’s called to leave his young son and baby daughter to fight Iroquois raiders. When one of the marauders tries to steal his horse, the last thing he expects is to end up tussling with a female. The girl is wounded, leaving Joseph little choice but to haul her home to heal—an act that seems all too familiar.

Though Joseph doesn’t appear to remember her, Hannah Cunningham could never forget him. He rode with the mob that forced her two brothers into the Continental Army and drove her family from their home—all because of her father’s loyalties to The Crown. After five years with her mother’s tribe, the rebels and starvation have left her nothing but the driving need to find her brothers.

Compelled by a secret he’s held for far too long, Joseph agrees to help Hannah find what remains of her family. Though she begins to steal into his aching heart, he knows the truth will forever stand between them. Some things cannot be forgiven.

(2) Do you have a particular place you like to write or time of day?

I like afternoons in my comfy reading chair…but usually I grab whatever minutes I can wherever I can. With four kids, the youngest barely four months, I can’t be choosy!

(3) How do your readers encourage you?

Honestly, every time someone tells me they read my book, that they loved it, etc., it is a shot of motivation to keep going, to keep laying the words on the page, and creating even better stories for them to enjoy.  

(4) What do you consider the essential qualities of a heroine/hero?

Room for growth. Not sure that is a quality, but I think it is important to have that need for development and change. That and likeability. Even if you don’t like what they do, you need to be able to understand the why and see from their perspective so you don’t want to slap them upside the head…too much.

(5) What role does faith play in this story?

Two-fold. In the beginning, Hannah hasn’t given faith much thought, having a better knowledge of her mother’s belief in a “great creator” than a Christ. Joseph, on the other hand, believes in God and has tried to live well, has even seen miracles in other’s lives, but fails to see the same in his own. They both have a lot to learn and experience.

(6) How has writing changed you personally?

I think it has taught me to trust more. When you start a book, it really is an act of faith. Often, I know where the beginning is, and where the end is, but what lays between is pretty blurry – kind of like life! I can’t count the times the story or characters have taken turns, or said things that I knew wasn’t from me. There is nothing quite like reading back over an inspired scene and thinking “I’m not that good”.  

(7) What type of research was required in writing this book?

Quite a bit about the era, and what was going on at the time. Also, the location. I’ve never been there and depended a lot of people who have, photos, and maps. This book wasn’t too hard though as it’s my second one set in the Mohawk Valley.

(8) What are you working on next?

Lots of fun stories coming up. The fourth and last in this series, The Return of the King’s Ranger, is mostly done its edits and will release summer 2019. Soon after that, a stand-alone novel, Heart of a Warrior, will finally hit shelves! Set in the Rockies during the mid-1800s, it is one big adventure seasoned with lots of romantic tension. In short:

All Christina Astle wants is to reach Oregon before her baby is born, but the wagon train is attacked and her husband killed, stranding her in a mountain labyrinth. Raised in the East within civilization’s embrace, survival is not a skill she’s learned. Neither is evading the lone warrior dogging her trail. 

Disgusted with the greed and cruelty of white men like his father, William Towan O’Connell has turned to the simpler existence of his mother’s people. He is not prepared for the fiery woman who threatens to upturn his entire life … and his heart.

–Angela K Couch”Making history and fiction fall in love.”www.angelakcouch.comFacebookTwitter


Q&A with Cynthia Hickey

December 15, 2018

Please welcome author Cynthia Hickey to The Mimosa Blossom.

Cynthia, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

BIO

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has nine grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Website at www.cynthiahickey.com

(1) Where do you get the idea for your characters? Christmas with Stormi Nelson came about because someone asked on the spur of the moment if I would write a short Christmas story for a collection they were putting together. I rarely write anything that can’t tie in with something else I’ve written, and I love my Stormi character, so decided to drop a little mystery into her lap to go with the others in the Nosy Neighbor series. Being Christmas, I wanted something a little sweet that showed some of God’s love to the reader.


(2) Can you briefly share something the Lord has been teaching you recently? Oh, mercy, He’s working on patience. Right now we have a four-year-old, VERY active grandson living with us. Let me tell you…I love that kid, but I’m getting too old to have one full time.


(3) Just for fun, what book are you reading? Mind Games, by Nancy Mehl. I LOVE mystery/suspense 🙂


(4) Just for fun, Do you prefer cats or dogs? Why? I love animals, period, but as I get older, I’m finding I prefer cats a little bit more. Being as busy as I am, and having cats more independent, causes me to lean more in their favor.


(5) If you were offered a fully-paid writing research trip where would you go? Why? Scotland. It’s on my bucket list and where my ancestors are from.

(6) Briefly, what is your book `Christmas with Stormi Nelson` about? Celebrate two Christmas’s with kooky best-selling author and Private Investigator, Stormi Nelson as she discovers the true meaning of the season despite her family’s mishaps and misadventures!


(7) Do you have any interesting writing rituals? Not really. I read through what I wrote the day before then start the next chaper.


(8) Which of your books have you most enjoyed researching? Fudge-Laced Felonies, my very first. I wrote this book on a dare, and not knowing what a cozy mystery was, had to research it. A cozy mystery is different than a regular mystery, something I knew nothing about.


(9) What do you enjoy most about writing? The ability to create something out of nothing and to see the characters I dreamed up come to life on the page.


(10) Would you rather have your favorite book become a film or t.v. show? This is a hard one. I think Stormi would make a great television series character.

Thanks, Cynthia! I agree Stormi would make a great television series character. One I would love to watch.   Merry Christmas!

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Review: Shadows of Deception

December 14, 2018

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About the Book

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‘Shadows of Deception’ is a romantic suspense novel by author Ashley Dawn. This is book four of The Shadows series. Which could be read and understood as a standalone.

The male protagonist in this story is Colorado Wiley, a good-looking cowboy with sandy blonde hair, smokey gray eyes, a charming smile and stands over six-feet tall. He hired PI Tiffany Reiley to find out who was sabotaging his ranch. I liked that Colorado was a praying Christian and Jesus was the center of his life. As it turns out PI Tiffany Reiley takes on a case much bigger than she thought.

I appreciate how the author touches on some tough situations with a tender heart. This novel has it all, murder, romance, FBI, PI. I recommend this series to fans of romantic suspense.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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Book: Shadows of Deception

Author: Ashley Dawn

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: May 1, 2018

“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.”

A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts.

“…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.”

Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job.

Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into.

As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?

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About the Author

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Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.

Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has four published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She an­­d her family make their home in Texas.

Guest Post from Ashley

Shadows of Deception was a fun book to write.

I love writing my Shadows books because the characters have become so ‘real’ for me. The Reiley family is a large, close family. Each of the siblings is their own person with their own life, but they will always be there for each other.

Deception focuses on Tiffany Reiley. Tiffany loves her family completely, but in such a big family, feels like she has to prove herself. She isn’t looking for a man, and certainly not a man like Colorado. Her story honestly didn’t unfold as I had planned, I wrote it one way but it felt forced and like I was making my characters do things that didn’t fit their personalities. Letting the story just ‘flow’ and the characters be themselves was scary and thrilling at the same time.

There is a touch of difficult subject matter, but for me the story is more about how God is in our lives no matter what. God is always there and His love for us, even when we don’t feel loveable or deserving is ours for the taking. When we don’t understand why things are happening, He does. My hope is no matter what someone gets from the book, they see God’s love through it.

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To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d8a3/shadows-of-deception-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

Review: Christmas with Stormi Nelson

December 13, 2018

Christmas with Stormi Nelson is two short Christmas stories wrapped up in one novella by author Cynthia Hickey. Wherever Stormi goes a mystery is sure to happen. In A Thief for a Reason, baby Jesus is missing from the nativity. There is a lesson for everyone in this touching story. In A Nosy Neighbor, a murder takes place. Will they find the suspect? This one ended too quickly. I wish it was longer.

I wanted to read these stories because of the Christmas theme. Did they live up to my expectations? I was not sure what to expect, both were a surprise and not what I envisioned by the title. However, I am giving this book 5 stars because the author was able to say much in few words. I hope to read more by this author. 

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Review: The Tory’s Daughter

December 12, 2018

The Tory’s Daughter is a historical romance by author Angela K. Couch. Although this is book three of the Hearts At War series it can be read as a standalone. The setting is the late 1700’s.

The female protagonist, Hannah Cunningham, disguised herself as a raider in order to follow the opposing team. Joseph Garnet and Hannah were enemies, though he saw beauty in her. She had wanted to kill him, though she saw he was handsome. Before the war they had been friendly neighbors. Now if they did not marry their very lives were at stake. 

The author creates a world the reader can believe in. I wanted to read this book because it was historical fiction and I haven’t read many books set in the 1700’s, also I like the way this author writes. I hope to read more by this author.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Review: Next Level Thinking

December 11, 2018

Next Level Thinking is a Christian living book by author Joel Osteen. I wanted to read this book as a follow up to another book I read and as a way to grow in my faith.

Did this book meet my expectations? Yes! I feel as if I have grown and matured in my faith by reading this book. What I learned is when the odds seem to be stacked against you God can still make a way. You no longer have to live discouraged, dwelling on disappointments, or reliving past hurts. Jesus said, “It is finished!”

I appreciate that the relevance of this book teaches the reader they are amazing, a masterpiece, and they are wonderfully made. I think the author wrote this book so the reader can stop looking to people and things to make them feel worthy. Instead look to God for their worth. 

I like the quote on page 107, “Stop thinking like a slave and start thinking like a son.” My take-away: Accept that I am redeemed, restored, accepted, and approved. Live loved!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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