New Indie Book Release: Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger. #Indie Weekend #ChristianPoetry #Poetry #Photography #flowers

Indie Weekend starts a little early with a reminder that Your Words Your Heart, a book of Christian poetry and photographs by Louise Bélanger, is out now. My review of this wonderful book is here.

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Indie Weekend: #Bookreview of Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger #Poetry #Poetrybooks #Christianpoetry

Indie Weekend is my effort to help Indie authors with marketing. Indie authors have to do it all sometimes, including marketing, and if I can help even a little bit I’m happy to do so. Below is my review of a wonderful Christian poetry book, Your Words Your Heart by Louise Bélanger.

BOOK DESCRIPTION AND EXCERPT

Beautiful imageries painted with words and brimming with gorgeous photographs.

Prayers
To You


We equip them with wings
And send them on their way

Oceans and oceans of prayers
Riding the wind of our beliefs
With wings of faith
With wings of hope

Reaching Your shore
Reaching Your heart


An excerpt from the poem Wings, part of this wonderful new collection.

Uplifting faith-based poetry about God, Jesus, hope, life, trust, and salvation. Sometimes comforting. Sometimes thought-provoking.

Your Words Your Heart also overflows with spring and summer photographs of magnificent flowers and gardens taken by the author in her hometown of Montréal.

Your Words Your Heart will be released October 19th.

BOOK REVIEW

This is the third book in Louise Bélanger’s wonderful Christian poetry collection. As I write this, it is the number one new release in both the “Christian Poetry” and “Religious and Inspirational Poetry” categories on Amazon. The poems are accompanied by stunningly beautiful photographs. The author’s strong and simple faith shines through on every page. Louise’s words show us that faith in God does not have to be complicated and will bring you great peace.

The poem Prayers in the excerpt above is one of my favorites, as it conjures up images of millions of prayers flying around the world, on their way up to God. I also love Who Wins, which starts out:

There is a glass
inside of us
Where trust and doubt compete.

It is about what we allow into our soul and who and what we trust.

My favorite poem in the book may be Petals like Hearts. It starts out:

Petals, like hearts
are subject to frost.

That may be my favorite line in the book because it’s so true.

The poem most evident of Louise’s strong faith is With You. The poem makes me feel peaceful whenever I read it.

The photographs of this book were taken by the author in her home city of Montreal and they are absolutely spectacular. The cover photo blows me away. It is just so mesmerizing.

I must disclose that I helped with editing this wonderful book and Louise has become a dear friend who has inspired me with her limitless faith and kindness. That has not affected my honest review.

Although I saw an advance copy, I also pre-ordered the Kindle edition. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read this book for free.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

(In her own words) I am a Canadian poet and the author of Your Words, Your Words Your World, and my new release: Your Words Your Heart.

All three books are beautiful and inspiring poems complemented by photographs of nature.

I started writing poetry in the spring of 2020. Pouring my emotions on paper. Describing beautiful scenery and stories that came to life in my head was quite new to me. With encouragement and help from many friends, my dream became a reality.

Louise invites you to visit her website at https://www.louisebelangerauthor.com/

LOUISE’S SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram | Facebook |Twitter

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Self-Published Saturday: The Key House

Self-published Saturday is my effort to help self-published and indie authors with marketing. Self-published/indie authors have to do it all, from cover design to editing to spreading the word about their book. If I can help even a little with marketing, I’m happy to do it.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

After moving into a newly inherited house, the Noland kids discover clues to a supposed treasure hidden by their great-great-grandfather. But when town rumors and some spiteful neighbors suggest foul play was involved, Caleb and David set out on a quest to prove otherwise.

With unexpected dangers looming large and threatening their mission, can the Noland kids discover the mysterious treasure or whatever lies at the end of their treacherous venture, before time runs out and all is lost?

BOOK REVIEW

This is a Christian middle-grade adventure that kids will enjoy. Set in the mid-1990s, we follow the Noland kids as they move into a new house and discover its secrets. Hidden rooms, tunnels, and clues hint at pirates and maybe treasure. The Noland kids’ parents are very involved in the story and their children’s activities, which is a refreshing change from many middle-grade books, where the parents are completely out of the picture. The kids’ experiences and lessons learned are often tied into scripture, which Christian parents will appreciate. The pirate mystery is intriguing.

I have one minor scriptural disagreement: The continued insistence by Mr. Noland that there are no ghosts and that spirits are either in Heaven or Hell conflicts with 1 Samuel 28: 7-20, where a medium who disobeyed the law brought back the spirit of Samuel, and it obviously wasn’t the first spirit she’d ever summoned. Also, while not ghosts, there is definitely a vast spiritual world described in the Bible where angels and demons are at war. I realize this is a kid’s book, however.

Overall, The Key House is a compelling adventure puzzle that kids will enjoy solving.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pastor and author Mike Curtis brings adventure to life in his new Noland Kids Adventure book series. Growing up in a sports-focused family that loved camping, exploring, and all things adventure, Mike dove into teen ministry in his early twenties to bring the Good News to a distracted and struggling generation.

He is married to the popular homeschooling author and speaker Meredith Curtis. They live in Lake Mary, Florida, and have five children and five grandchildren. As a spiritual dad and pastor of Powerline Church, his passion is sharing life-giving principles from God’s Word that impact and transform others.

In his spare time he loves to watch adventure movies like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies with his family and friends, and on occasion has been found sacrificing for those he loves by watching a Hallmark romance. He can also be found indulging in books on apologetics, theology, and leadership, in addition to some aggressive ping pong matches during discipleship time with young men. And next to a good steak, Mike’s favorite dish is beef tongue!

His desire is to use his books to mentor the next generation, sharing Christ and biblical principles of character in relevant and enjoyable adventure stories and practical studies.

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Book Review: Surviving The Wilderness by Maggie K. Black #Inspirational #Thriller #Romance

Jeff Connor is a former Master Corporal who has retreated from life, living with his daughter in a remote cabin in the wilds of Canada. Quinn Dukes is a wilderness guide who is taking a group of people on a survival trip. Former coworkers who did not get along, neither of them realize that danger and an evil person will cause their worlds to collide once again.

This is a captivating inspirational romantic thriller that will keep you guessing. The plot is full of twists and turns and includes kidnapping, hostage-taking, murder, and intrigue. The storyline is very clever and well put together. I thought I had it all figured out, but I didn’t. This really impresses me, because I can usually figure out who the “bad guy” is way before the end of the book.. There is a Christian message of faith and relying on God in both good times and bad. The topic of PTSD is also part of the story. Fans of romantic thrillers and wilderness adventures will enjoy this novel.

I received a free copy of this book from Harlequin via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maggie K. Black is an award-winning journalist, self-defense instructor and romantic suspense author. Her writing career has taken her around the globe, and into the lives of countless grass-roots heroes and heroines, who are changing lives  in their own communities. 

She’s  lived in the United States, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, before making her home in Canada.

She is thankful to her readers for allowing her to turn the adventures and people that have inspired her, into fresh stories that make her pulse race and her heart soar.

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Book Review: Prayers for Prodigals by James Banks #Prayers #Prodigalson

This is an amazing devotional for those with children who are in trouble, whatever that trouble might be. It is a resting place for parents, who for a few minutes a day can feel the love coming from someone who has been there and knows what you are going through. James Banks has been there with both of his children, and he provides scripture and well thought out daily devotions that encourage, strengthen, and support. For parents who feel all alone and don’t know which way to turn, this is a guide that provides scripture and understanding to help you take on each day.

Having a kid who has lost their way can be very depressing and this is an uplifting guide that is focused when you may feel scattered, helpful when you may feel helpless, and supportive when you are searching for support and understanding. The scriptures you are searching for are all there. Mr. Banks has found them during his journey and shared them with us.

If you are a parent praying for a child or anyone praying for someone in trouble, this is a great resource for daily strength and encouragement.

I received a free copy of this book from Our Daily Bread Publishing via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

PRAISE FOR PRAYERS FOR PRODIGALS

“My mother, Ruth Bell Graham, would have loved this book…. Why? Because she loved prodigals. I know–I was one. James Banks certainly captures the hearts of many mothers and fathers who agonize over wayward children. James has shared from the depth of experience the secret of parental prayers for children and reveals the truth for effective prayer: God s Word. I believe if every parent would peruse these pages they would find guidance and comfort in trusting the Lord with their dearest possessions.” –Franklin Graham

As a father and grandfather, I have sometimes searched hard for words to express both gratitude and longing for our young ones. I find James Banks’s words of prayer honest and helpful, and have already shared them with my grown children for their own use!–Leighton Ford, president of Leighton Ford Ministries

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. James Banks is the author of Prayers for Prodigals, Prayers for Your Children, Praying the Prayers of the Bible, Praying Together, and Praying with Jesus. Through books, blog posts, and magazine articles, he regularly encourages people to pray. Dr. Banks has been a pastor and church planter for more than twenty-five years and lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Cari.

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Self-Published Spotlight: The Eye of the Storm #Christian #Fantasy #YoungAdult

Two brothers, one prophesied for greatness, one unworthy of a gift. Both must face a cataclysmic event that could wipe out not just their herd but all life as they know it.

As the days grow darker and the impending danger is upon them, the Stargazers have reason for hope in young Bravehorn — the one deemed the Chosen One.

But they are not the only herd who knows about the prophecy. Dark forces have their own plans for him, and Bravehorn soon learns that life as the Chosen One is not all fun and games.

While his older brother struggles with living in his shadow, he struggles with the responsibility of his new acclaim. One he’s not sure he wants anymore.

Both brothers will have their loyalty and faith tested in a battle as old as time— light versus dark, good versus evil—as each discovers the true meaning of sacrifice.

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Self-Published Spotlight: Distant Stars

Will Rutledge needs a fresh start. After aging out of the foster care system, he and his brother, Kane, have nothing but each other. Maybe that is why he agreed to his brother’s insane plan. With his brains and his brother’s muscle, what could go wrong?
Enter Hannah Cole. After a devastating loss, her faith in God is shaken. No amount of money could fill the hole in her life… not even if her dad has plenty of it. Suddenly, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the brothers’ reckless scheme.

Plans start to unravel when Will and Hannah develop feelings for one another despite their seemingly insurmountable differences. With Kane determined to finish the plan, the star-crossed lovers question God’s purpose and ask:

Are some stars just too far apart to collide?

Genre:  NA/Adult Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  July 9th, 2022. Preorder for 99 cents!

BUY LINKS: Amazon|Amazon UK|B&N|Bookbub

Self-Published Saturday: Books on Sale!

Here are some great books from two indie authors that are on sale today!

First up are two books from award-winning historical novelist Gail Meath: Songbird, which is the first book in the Jax Diamond mystery series, Framed, which is the second book in the series, and Fire Blossom, a historical western. Click on the photos to buy these books on Amazon.

See all of Gail’s books on her Amazon page.

Next up is a wonderful book of Christian poetry with accompanying photographs from amazing Christian poet Louise Belanger.

See Louise’s books on her Amazon page.

Book Review: Drawn By The Current #SSEastland #Chicago

In Chicago in 1915, Olive is an insurance agent for MetLife, an unusual occupation for a woman at that time, and she is facing prejudice as she tries to get promoted and gain more responsibility.  She also soon discovers that her friend Claire needs her help.  She invites Claire to travel on the SS Eastland from Chicago to a picnic in Michigan City, Indiana, as a temporary respite and a chance to talk.  When tragedy strikes, Claire makes an impossible request which places Olive in a position in which any choice she makes will compromise her values. Olive then volunteers for an opportunity to be an insurance investigator in the aftermath of the tragedy.  Facing discrimination from her boss and threats from others, she tries to help families who have lost loved ones while still keeping secrets herself. Although part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone.

This is a well-put-together story revolving around the 1915 capsizing of the SS Eastland, in which over 800 people were killed.  The description of the disaster as it occurs is well done.  There is another storyline involving abuse, and the fact that women in that time had little recourse for protection or escape.  The bias against women in business in the early 20th century is also addressed, and all these storylines are woven together skillfully.  The characters are all well developed, and the plot ranges from captivating to suspenseful to heartbreaking.  Drawn by the Current takes us back to one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history and also reminds us of the plight of women in those days.  Multi-layered and well-researched, this third book in the Windy City Saga series is not to be missed.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House via The Historical Novel Society. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jocelyn Green is a former journalist who puts her investigative skills to work in writing both nonfiction and historical fiction to inspire faith and courage.

The honors her books have received include the Christy Award in historical fiction, and gold medals from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.

Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, strawberry-rhubarb pie, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville. Visit her at her website, jocelyngreen.com.

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Self-Published Saturday: A Breath of Fresh God #UnderstandingGod #ConnectingwithGod

Self-Published Saturday is my effort to help Self-Published/Indie authors with marketing. These authors have to do it all, from cover design to editing to marketing and more. If I can help even a little bit with marketing, I’m happy to do it. Below is my review of A Breath of Fresh God by Charissa Fryberger, a devotional and much more!

BOOK DESCRIPTION

If I can pass through whole days without

noticing God, how can I know that He is here at all?  Perhaps I am

just a sugar ant, busying myself with tasks that have little significance

beyond the meaning I give them during my own short life.” ­­

It is easy for us to “underlook” God, yet even when we forget to notice Him, He hasn’t turned His attention from us. Charissa Fryberger finds wonder in the many ways God taps us on the shoulder, making us catch our breath in sudden remembrance that He is right here with us. She leads us on a journey of rediscovering God:

      in slowly plodding steps up the steep Pikes Peak trail;

 in the prayer-soaked walls of an old country church; 

            in a mirthful sky studded with laughing stars;

            in the fearful unknown of a cancer diagnosis;

            in the soaked discomfort of a sudden downpour;

            in the joy of defying gravity at the moment of take-off;

            in the labored trail of a tiny sugar ant.

Her vivid word pictures reveal an overwhelmingly grand and yet comfortably intimate God who is with us daily, hourly, minutely.  All we have to do is glance over our shoulders to be astonished again as we catch….a breath of Fresh God.

BOOK REVIEW

A Breath of Fresh God is exactly as it sounds–a way of looking at God with a fresh perspective. Have you fallen into a rut? Do you feel like God is so remote you can’t feel His presence? This book gives you many different perspectives in a way to reconnect. It is filled with devotionals that will speak to different people in different ways. Each devotional is followed by exercises that will help you connect to God and see Him more clearly. My favorite aspect of this book is that it is written with such care. The author shows a genuine heart for people and a desire to help others expand their relationship with God. While reading this book, be sure and try the exercises that follow each chapter. They will definitely give you a greater perspective. This book has the potential to change your way of relating to God and also expand your insight into Him. Highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charissa Fryberger and her husband, David, live in wonder at the plot twists and surprises God weaves into the story of their lives. Wherever they go, they discover new breaths of fresh God in unexpected places. Charissa wrote her first “book” in a blue-lined notebook in the fourth grade. Later she freelanced for newspapers, magazines and literary journals. With the birth of four babies in rapid succession, writing took a twenty-five-year pause while Charissa and David raised, educated, and loved four dynamic young characters through the prologues and openings of their own stories.

After working herself out of a job as a homeschool mom, Charissa returned to school herself, earning a master’s in English at Clemson University. Their adventure in following Christ continues as they explore near and far from their family home in Beulah Colorado. Everywhere they go, Charissa finds new chapters to write about the transcendent, yet intimate God in Whose footsteps they follow.

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