Emotions trap a captured heart, can love free it?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Captured Bride by Michelle GriepCaptured – My father in law loved to tell a story, especially about his heroic escape attempts during WW2. As he led me through the details, I vividly remember holding my breath as he described hiding under an upturned tree root inches away from the pursuing dogs. A drum crescendoed in his chest deafening his ears. Amazingly the dogs scampered off without finding Jan. Peering out cautiously with beads of sweat pouring down his back in a heightened state of flight, Jan ran for his life. Being captured the first time only made Jan want to escape again, his loyalty to his country provided the ammunition for two more attempts. Even a firing squad didn’t prevent this brave man; nothing would stop him from returning to his unit and fighting again.

Such bravery echoes throughout The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep. This book is a captive read in my opinion. For my penny’s worth scroll down to continue to peruse my book review.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

My Penny’s worth

Captured

Mercy Lytton and Elias Dubois are both quality characters whose lives intrigued me from the start. One has a captured heart tight in its denial, keeping love at a distance, and the other captured and in jail. Both weary that their emotions will get them caught by the enemy. What a brilliant combination by Michelle Griep.  I love these two as they travel together on a journey of knowledge and danger. Consequently, I sensed that fear in the writing as if it were I only inches away from being caught. I held my breath.

A complex character

My favourite person out of the two, however, is the complex, Elias Dubois. This passage sums him up for me,  “Yes despite his rugged exterior and the fact that he rode toward God knew how many years of imprisonment, he guided the horses as if he were on a Sunday drive. A strange contentedness flowed from him as if he’d lived and walked around in hunger and need, then strolled out the other side a more peaceful soul for the journey.”

A Gem

One of my favourite lines is “Outside; water dripped everywhere. Heaven’s tears, weeping life into the earth.” I love this image.

Other characters that found their way into my heart or not

Matthew the ranger, the dependable father-like figure who looks out for Mercy. He completes the triangle of love. And of course, you must have a fly in the ointment to keep you on your toes, Rufus. Yes, he annoyed me, but he plays an important role, and that is all I am saying!

Tension and distraction

There is plenty of tension and distraction to keep you captivated with Mercy blowing hot and cold, Matthew trying to keep them all on track and Elias trying to rule the roost by being in charge. The captured man knowing more than his jailors and Rufus disappearing when the jobs need to be done!

All in all, I enjoyed this book and would like to give it ***** stars as it kept me up long after my bedtime.

Thank you, Michelle Griep, for writing this gripping novel.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

The captured bride

Title: The Captured Bride

Author: Michelle Griep

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

 

A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady—but Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause . . . to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.

Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he’s offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he’s the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.

Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

About the Author

unnamedMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore, but also leapt the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of

a signed copy of The Captured Bride and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!

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How to listen to God when He speaks.

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdoo
Listen

So many people have told me that God doesn’t listen, let alone speak to us. Well, I beg to differ. God is alive and trying to make His voice heard above the chatter. I missed His message not so long ago to my detriment.

Recently I needed a new car, and with instinct and common sense, I looked over one that seemed to fit the bill, at least from the advert. On the way to the person selling the car, I heard DON’T BUY IT. I stayed quiet and dismissed the warning. After viewing the vehicle and going for a spin in it, all seemed fine. We did a deal, and a few days later I picked the car up.

The car drove well all the way up to my son’s, and there I handed over the keys to him. A week later the car broke down, one of many such incidents to come. Each time it was the turbo and caused my son hours of cold waits on the hard shoulder of the motorway. He became more dissatisfied with my buy, and I embarrassed that I had bought a lemon. I ought to have listened to the voice, but I didn’t. Instead, I tested it thinking I knew better. What a fool I was not to listen.

Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

John David’s Calling by Caryl McAdoo is full of wisdom as the main character turns to listen to the Lord for His answers.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdoo

My Penny’s Worth

How to listen to God when He speaks

John David’s Calling is a satisfying story of how to listen to God when He speaks. This young man of twenty, Caryl McAdoo’s strong central character, portrays the dilemma’s of a young man desperately trying to live a Godly life while courting his sweetheart. His love for his girl, however, is nothing compared to his love of God. He too heard God speak, but he listened unlike me!

What I liked

The story portrays the obedience God requires of his people in a relatable way. It deals with a personal faith that involves the Holy Spirit, miracles and revival. John David strives to listen to God’s promptings but has to convince his young lady that it is the right journey for the both of them. The action is like a pendulum, swinging from John David to Sandy. From the wise to the spoilt child. There were times when I wanted to take Sandy to one side and tell her she was unreasonable. It took me time to warm to this young lady; a credit to the writing which aroused such feelings.

The admirable portrayal of what Hannah wants and God’s will for John David is woven throughout the storyline.  A struggle that is known to us all. We are called to do God’s bidding but do we have the courage to do so? It requires faith, trust and dependence. Does John David have these qualities? You will have to read the book to find out!

The sentence I loved

I loved Caryl McAdoo’s description of the rising sun. “The rising sun splashed the sky with so many colours and shades that if an artist painted it exactly as it was, viewers would claim it didn’t look real.” I want to see that painting!

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And there is more?

Thankfully this is the beginning of a new series, and I am looking forward to travelling with John David and Hannah to their next destination. I feel the apparent slowness (which is just a personal opinion) of this first book at times, will be superceded by a great tale as the couple take up their first challenge. I am really looking forward to book two.

Would I recommend John David’s calling?

I believe this is a great book for showing how God can work in our lives when we listen to His word and utterings. Miracles do happen in the way they are described in the book. They are not just stories. I am glad that Caryl McAdoo has written this story and hope that others will find it an eye-opener in what God can do in our life when we put Him first.

So what should I award this book, well I would like to give it ***** stars

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Don’t forget Caryl’s GIVEAWAY at the end of this article and to read her guest post that tells more about this new series. It’s well worth reading. 🙂

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About the Book

 

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdooTitle: John David’s Calling

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May, 2018

 

When much is given, much is required.

Everything comes easy to David Nightingale. The favored son of Cypress Springs comes of age in the Texas Hill Country with one foot in PawPaw’s Church of Christ and the other in Gramp’s Holiness Church. He loves tilling the soil, traipsing the back woods varmint hunting, and most of all Hannah Claire. But the Lord calls him to leave everything. Will he choose to follow or succumb to his love for Hannah? If he stays, can he have it all?

About the Author

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Caryl McAdoo's book John David's CallingCaryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

At just one-year-old, David John Prescott sat on the hip of his mother, Sandra Louise Harris Prescott in the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten (and last) of my Texas Romance Family Saga series. His biological father, Buddy Nightingale walked away from them both, choosing obedience to God over the love of his life and his son.

Staunch Church of Christ believers, his mother’s parents took in the baby while her guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of her mentally deranged husband Harry Prescott. So David grew up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for, with his mother visiting as often as she can.

Nathaniel Nightingale

David’s paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale (from Texas Romance’s book eight and nine COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE)—once a famous tent preacher with a healing ministry—has been close, quitting the road to pastor a nearby Holiness Church. As David grows, he sees him occasionally when his father Buddy visits from Alabama and Gramps always came to watch him play sports.

Book One

From a long line of people who love the Lord, I thought to write a trilogy titled THE REVIVALIST. JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is book one.

At fourteen years of age, David stepped in to rescue a little third grader being bullied and instantly became her hero. As Hannah Claire grew, doting on him, making him gifts and cards, swooning, she won him over, and PawPaw allowed him to visit her church one Sunday a month.

Second Book & Third Book

The second book in the Trilogy will be HANNAH’S WILDERNESS, and then I’ll wrap up their stories with book three, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE.

I’ve so enjoyed these characters—the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—I find it hard put them on the shelf. They’re like family. I’ve even got one story started that’s a contemporary called THE KING OF TEXAS, with Patrick Henry the III as hero.

As all are written to stand alone, it’s never necessary for readers to know all the ancestors to enjoy JOHN DAVID’S CALLING or any of the series really—though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order would be the best! So if you love David’s book, you might want to go back to VOW UNBROKEN, book one and read all ten. I think you’re sure to love them all!

We have something in common

One thing I love about this JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is that it takes place in my days. I graduated high school in 1968, same as David, so he lives through the same times as me! That’s really been fun. But I must say I do resent it being called a historical a little J LOL

As always, I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough! Thank you for reading my stories!

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN
8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!

How many victims can a book have?

Have we become de-sensitive to victims?

There’s no end to the victims in this world; you just have to turn the news on to be accosted by scenes of violence to back up that fact. All too often it is the vulnerable that suffer. Images of bulging bellies from malnutrition to cities destroyed by bombs due to war. Our senses bombarded with desperation can lead to paralysed and hard hearts, that is a crying shame. We’re in danger of becoming desensitised to the victims who stare out at us from behind the lens.

What has this to do with Storms in Serenity written by Fay Lamb? Read my review below to find out.

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My Penny’s worth

How can one man create a domino effect from his actions causing a wave of victims to rise out of his mistake? Just how many victims can a book have?

When a disaster happens, the world often knows about it instantly due to 24 hours of news shown through the media. Secrets, however, don’t get this type of coverage. It is usually many years later that the effects of the sin emerge. The victims that stare out at us today from our screens are the result of man’s campaign to rule the earth. To be god’s of their world, with no compassion for the victims that are left in their wake.

Secrets

David New knows he needs to speak up about his past because he is sensitive to the hurt that his secret has caused. He is a victim just as much as his family if he allows the past to rule his present and future.

I found that it was hard to put this book down as so many lives were affected because of David New. Each character became important to me as they fought with their victim status. Could they rise above the sin, would they? The book made me think, what would I do in the circumstances, how would I react, could I forgive? There is just so much to ponder on with the different relationships.

Were there too many victims?

Personally, I think this book dealt with the issues compassionately and showed how many people get hurt when a person deviates from God’s path and commands. The storms were thick and left a devastating trail behind with the characters having to pick up their lives and reassess how they could survive. In this case, there were not too many victims as the story moved from one relationship to another. It showed how much we need God in our lives as we are all vulnerable.

I can say without a doubt this book is one of hope. It might not make headline material, but it does provide the reader with an opportunity to assess their degree of compassion and mercy. Something that this world needs to combat the desensitisation we may have towards others.

Thank you, Fay Lamb, for writing this book.

I would like to give this book 4 stars.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Fay Lamb has a great free giveaway, see the end of this post for details.

Let me know in the comments if this book review was useful. Many thanks – Margaret 🙂

About the Book

0 Front Draft 2Book Title: Storms in Serenity

Author: Fay Lamb

Release Date: February 2018

Genre: Romance, Mystery

 

 

How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.

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About the Author

FLamb 16Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.

Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking WillowBetter than RevengeEverybody’s Brokenand Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah is coming soon.

Fay’s is also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Guest Post from Fay Lamb

ONCE UPON A STORM

I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.

However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!

If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.

That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he choose to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.

Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.

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Giveaway

 

502668e9-98f3-4c44-8865-f56ad827f304To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of an Echo Spot!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca75

The Revisionary a story of brainwashing and bravery

My Penny’s Worth

The bravery of Portia Abernathy, the main character, had me glued to my seat. Could a nineteen-year-old with her curious mind and longing to change the world succeed? At first, I thought the book was similar to The Hunger Games with the haves and have-nots. But that’s where the similarity ended.

Teenage bravery

Portia has idealistic views, wanting to believe that she can make a difference. The truth becomes deadly evident when she speaks her mind and ends up receiving correctives. Consequently, there is no room for free thinking with ignorance and brainwashing used to keep order. Only bravery and the need to know the truth will suffice for Portia.

A Gripping read

Ms. Hogrefe pens a gripping story with twists and turns keeping the reader hooked page after page. Indeed, the chapters remind me of the old earlier series of Dr. Who, where at the end of each episode you were left with a cliffhanger. Often I needed to read on even when tiredness called me to my bed.  In addition, the characters are strong both the good and the bad equally.

I wanted Portia to win through; I applauded her bravery in the midst of adversary. Her intelligence shone through along with her curiosity. This YA novel is a thoughtful read for young and older adults as it raises issues of how we as a society can survive without the input of the past.

Can we disregard the past to make a better future? And if so what will happen to the freedom of thought. For these answers, you will need to read this book.

Would I recommend this book?

In summary, if you enjoy YA Dystopia and have read books like The Hunger Games, you may well find this book irresistible to put down. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

I would like to give this book 5 stars.

Thank you, Kristen Hogrefe, for writing TheRevisionary.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the book

The Revisionary (The Rogues Book 1) by [Hogrefe, Kristen]Title: The Revisionary

Author: Kristen Hogrefe

Genre: YA Dystopia

Publisher: Write Integrity Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

A Revisionary rewrites the rules.
A Rogue breaks them.
Which one is she?

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Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy plans to earn a Dome seat and rewrite the Codex rules to rescue her exiled brother. Her journey demands answers from the past civilization, but uncovering the truth means breaking the rules she set out to rewrite.
Where will the world be in 2149? If citizens forget their past, they will be lost in an identity crisis. That’s exactly the state of the American Socialists United (ASU). This dystopian story opens in Cube 1519, a ghetto where the only use for obsolete cell phones is to throw them like rocks at mongrels. Portia and her father survive like many other citizens, with no electricity or technology and no expectation for a better life.

The truth revealed

Yet Portia remembers her brother Darius—before he was taken from her. Now that’s she’s graduated, she determines to get him back. She thinks earning a Dome seat as a Revisionary candidate will be her ticket to rewriting the Codex and reversing his sentence. However, when she receives her draft and arrives at the Crystal Globe University for training, she discovers the world is very different outside her cube and that prisoners like Darius aren’t the only ones trapped by the system.

Written for young adults, THE REVISIONARY offers a suspenseful plot, flashbacks to America’s Revolutionary era, and rediscovery of the founding values needed to rebuild Portia’s unraveling world. “In school, teens hear that if they don’t learn from history’s lessons, they’re destined to repeat them,” author Kristen Hogrefe says. “Portia lives in a world where leaders wield ignorance to control citizens. Only when Portia sets out to rescue her brother does she realize the lie she’s been living and determines to break free.”

Looking backwards to find wisdom

Blockbuster novels like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver popularized the dystopian YA genre. THE REVISIONARY builds a dystopia of a different kind—one that looks backward to find wisdom to move forward to offer an underlying message of heritage and hope.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Revisionary by Kristen HogrefeKristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings and professional conferences. You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.

Where to find out more about Kristen Hogrefe

Website:  https://kristenhogrefe.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristenhogrefe.author

 

 

I love Authors Interview 2 this is Janet Mitchell

I love authors Interview 2

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Janet Lynn Mitchell

This is Janet Lynn Mitchell

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 2” in this interview we meet Janet Lynn Mitchell, author of Food for Thought – Let’s all give Janet a warm greeting.

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I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

So hello Janet, please come and take a seat on my oranges and lemons couch next to me.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Now I am going to mix up things a bit Janet, and while you are sitting comfortably I want you to imagine that you are stranded on a desert island!

Janet – Sounds fun.

Ok, so my first question. Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Janet – If I were marooned on an island, I would want to be there with my assistant Keri Spring. I laugh more with Keri than anyone. Together we can find humor in almost anything. And I think being stranded on an island would require laughter just to survive!

Margaret – I’m with you on that – laughter is so important.

So you are looking out to sea hoping to see a ship to rescue you, sadly there are none on the horizon, therefore, what luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Janet – I would love to have a bathtub and a large bucket of popcorn from the movie theatre.

Margaret – Oh, that’s funny, you have all that sea, and you want a bathtub. Okay, those are on their way.

Let’s talk a little about your book. What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Janet – James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Note that this Scripture does not say if but when. Trials will come our way. The great joy we are to experience comes from knowing that God is in control. Waves will come to rock our boats, but God has asked parents of children with special needs to step out into the deep waters of trust. Waves will continue to toss and turn us, but way down deep, the ocean is still.

Margaret – That is beautiful Janet. Gosh, I needed to hear that. Thank you.

Now, this is going to be interesting – You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Janet –  I’d love for my husband to come stay with Keri and I. I’m sure we’d be giggling while he tried to explain how serious the situation was. We’d listen to him and try to explain “sometimes you can do nothing but laugh!”

Margaret – So now there are three of you on the island, it is getting a bit crowded! I did say character but hey, sounds like you are all characters. I suspect any rescuer will find you from the cacophony of laughter!

On the island, you have time to think, although with all that laughter I have my doubts – but can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Janet – I couldn’t help it. I fell in love with Jesus and wanted to tell the world—everyone and anyone who would listen. The Flipbooks were specifically compiled as I knew that Scripture is God’s way of speaking to us. It was also important to me that other’s realize that God cares about every part of us and loves us extravagantly.

Margaret – That’s a great reason, Janet, and I am sure these books will help a lot of readers.

Being from England, we talk a lot about the weather. My final question then is  – The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

I take advantage of the weather like it’s a friend. In the winter I sit under an electric throw by the fireplace and write. In the summer I sit out by our pool soaking up the sun with a pencil in hand. I guess that I love writing so much that I adapt to whatever situation I find myself in. Yet, if it’s too hot, I might melt! I’ve written parts of a chapter of a book waiting in the lines at Disneyland, sitting in a hospital bed, in hotels, vacationing in the Holy Lands, while on a cruise and even in a bathroom!

Margaret – It seems in all things you are inspired, Janet. That is a beautiful way to be. I love the way your positivity comes across.

Times up

Margaret – Sadly our time on the couch is over, and you have been rescued from the desert island to continue your everyday life. It has been an immense pleasure to meet you, Janet.

Thank you, for being such a good sport.  I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, for having me!

Margaret – It has been great fun. Janet Lynn Mitchell everyone. Yes, give her a round of applause.

Read about Janet Lynn Mitchell’s Food for Thought

And before I round up this interview Janet has kindly donated a FREE GIVEAWAY – scroll down to the end of the blog where you can see the details, but first please read all about Janet and her book Food for Thought below.

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About the Book

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Title: Food for Thought

Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.

About the Author

Janet Profile

Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. The author addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Past and present
Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. She is also a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.
An incredible lady
As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over thirty-five years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.
Media
Janet has been featured on radio programs across the nation, including popular programs such as Focus on the Family and Billy Graham’s Decision Today. Janet has appeared on television programs such as, Fox, CBS and ABC News, Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.
Other books by Janet
Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, has been highlighted by Rick Warren in his “Ministry Toolbox.” Her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available along with Janet’s five new Praying Scripture Flip Books. Janet’s Taking a Stand was released in November of 2006. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. This past year Janet’s latest book, Words Matter became available. One thing Janet has learned is:
It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, January 5

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 5

Splashes of JoyJanuary 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 6

Mary Hake, January 7

proud to be an autism mom, January 7

Reading is my Super Power, January 8 (Interview)

A Greater YesJanuary 8

Bibliophile Reviews, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

Carpe Diem, January 11

A Baker’s Perspective, January 12

Pursuing Stacie , January 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 14

Remembrancy, January 15

Pink Granny’s Journey, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 16

Janices book reviewsJanuary 17

margaret kazmierczak, January 17 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

BigreadersiteJanuary 18

GiveawayGiveaway for Food for thought

To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon!!

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Secrets and shame. Strains of Silence has it all

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My Penny’s worth

Secrets and shame

We all bear secrets and shame in some form or other. I have a littered life of disasters that have followed me on my journey. Each requiring revelation and forgiveness. Nothing good can grow in the darkness of fear!

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Strains of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek

Opening up

I welcome Strains of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek as it opens up a can of worms that needs to see the light of day. Indeed in England, there is a campaign to educate young men and woman about what ‘no’ means in a casual or seasoned relationship. I am glad that the secrets and shame of my generation are being met head-on in the younger age groups.

A controlling nature

This book is heavy at times, but then the topic is not light-hearted. The two characters involved in this sordid mess are Kasia Bernolak and Blake Hamilton. The needs of Blake are overwhelming and controlling, so much so that Kasia seems unaware of his true nature. I have met a few of these young men in my time – not a pleasant experience. But Blake takes Kasia’s snub to a higher level.

At times I empathised with Kasia as she struggled with others taking control of her situation, all with good intentions, but sometimes stifling. The men in her life want to protect her as if she were a delicate plant. I think I would have wanted to run away to Peru too even with her secrets and shame following her.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Strains of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek

Biblical words

Bringing in Bible verses to show Kasia that she is worthy in God’s eyes helped reveal an essential element in this story. So often we feel we are not worthy of God’s Grace and Mercy because we have messed up. Those who have lived through the same experience as Kasia need to know how much God loves them no matter what, especially when they are Christians – we are all fallen.

The other characters

There are a lot of different people to help make the story flow, each bringing a distinct flavour to the mix. Some, in my opinion, are just extras and feel forced to make the storyline neat. Nonetheless, I think Kasia is very fortunate to have so many men running around wanting to protect her. I doubt this is the norm.

What I felt was lacking

Strains of Silence is a book of glimpses. A brief insight of Peru, a slither of Polish life, a hint of culture, the promise of music all lead me to want more. Yes I know the book is of secrets and shame. However, I felt denied as though this extra material, were an eye in the keyhole. In the blurb, it stated there would be lots of music, but I couldn’t hear it. I wanted more, to taste, smell and inhale the food and culture.

This book is not for everyone as it deals with sexual assault – I think it important to state this to give the reader a heads up.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book

Author: Bethany Kaczmarek

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 1, 2017

StrainsOfSilence_h12295_750 (2)Music was her driving passion and the truest expression of her faith, but three months before her wedding, twenty-year-old Kasia Bernolak can’t even pick up her guitar. Feeling like a fraud who will ruin her dad’s pastoral reputation, she can barely meet his eyes. When Kasia finds the strength to break off her engagement, she still doesn’t realize the dangerous truth: Blake Hamilton isn’t ready to say goodbye. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

Alexander “Zan” Maddox has seen what a domineering man can do to an unsuspecting woman, and Zan is sick of injustice. He gave up a college baseball scholarship so he could protect his sister from her abusive husband. When he rescues Kasia from her ex-fiancé, he instinctively appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Now, all he has to do is keep from falling for her himself.

Kasia and Zan become fast friends, but true healing and justice might cost more than either of them is willing to pay.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

bethany-kaczmarek-HR-2Bethany loves a home filled with family and friends. Word gets around that—at the Kaczmarek house—food is abundant, conversations are real, and anything is up for discussion. She and her clan are fans of laughter, indie music, sonic screwdrivers, and superheroes. Home is wherever in the world they’re all together.

 

 

Guest Post from Bethany Kaczmarek

Strains of Silence: A Novel for Anyone Who Can Say #MeToo

We’re everywhere. After years of silence, many survivors of sexual assault are raising our voices. You’ve seen the hashtag. You know someone who suffered like this—a friend, a sister, a daughter.

Maybe you know personally what it’s like to be used.

I’m thankful for the conversations the #MeToo campaign has started, proud of the brave women who are speaking out. But I know some are still quiet, nursing wounds.

I could list loads of valid reasons a victim chooses to suffer in silence.
  • People won’t believe her.
  • If she doesn’t say it out loud, it’s easier to pretend it was a nightmare.
  • Blake has got authority over her—at work, church, in the family—and it’ll cost her too much. He’s done enough damage already.
  • He’s threatened to destroy her reputation, and she believes him. One, because he’ll do it without flinching. Two, because she’s already convinced that she’s living a lie.
  • Because at church, she’s supposed to be fine, smiling, rejoicing in her suffering and pressing on. Besides, people don’t want to sit with her in her pain and listen. They’d rather offer bumper-sticker theology and trite spiritual bandages.
  • The few times she’s tried to speak up, her used-to-be friend basically made her feel like it was her fault.

The list could go on, but it’s fair to say that being honest about what happened to us makes us vulnerable all over again. The idea is understandably stressful.

But you know what? Pretending we’re fine is exhausting too. We bear a great strain when we hide our hurts, for whatever reason.

Kasia Bernolak, the heroine of my novel Strains of Silence, gets it. She’s got reasons for keeping it quiet too. But when God brings some new people into her life, she realizes she doesn’t have to be alone.

And speaking up offers a freedom, a lightness, she wants.

It’s a freedom I want for my readers.

It’s not just a heavy book – there is more

I know. Strains of Silence sounds like a heavy book right now. The themes are heavy, no doubt. There’s no glossing over and prettying up sexual assault or domestic violence. But—just like in real life—it’s how well we surround and support the suffering that can set the tone. Kasia’s friends are real, they’re funny, they’re quirky, and they believe in her.

Besides, it’s not all dark and brooding. There’s travel—an entire summer in the mountains of Peru. A lot of music—Kasia’s a singer/song-writer who loves indie artists (I’ve got a playlist on my website). Heritage and culture—meet her immigrant family and you’ll get a delicious taste of Poland. And humor—enough to keep the story light when you need it to be.

And there’s hope. Kasia’s life is absolutely full of possibility.

So are the lives of everyone who can say #MeToo.

Sometimes, it just helps to see someone else fight the battle on our own horizon. And if you can do it with a fantastic new playlist and some laughs, why not?

My hope is that Strains of Silence will lead to real discussions with reader-friends, book-club gatherings that become turning points, and the true pursuit of freedom. It’s time to throw off the burdens we wear and stand up. Raise your voice, link arms with others, and fight for hope.

Healing is within our reach.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, January 6

proud to be an autism mom, January 6

Inklings and Notions, January 7

Bibliophile Reviews, January 7

Fiction Aficionado, January 8

Genesis 5020, January 8

The Fizzy Pop Collection, January 9

Bigreadersite, January 9

Red Headed Book Lady, January 10

Mommynificent, January 10

Texas Book-aholic, January 11

allofakindmom, January 11

Blogging With Carol, January 12 (Interview)

The Power of Words, January 12

Pursuing Stacie, January 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, January 13

A Greater YesJanuary 13

Christian Author, J.E.Grace Blog, January 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 14

Mindy Houg Guest Review on Artistic Nobody, January 15

Janices book reviews, January 15

Faithfully Bookish, January 16

Kat’s Corner Books, January 16

Margaret Kazmierczak, January 17

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 17

The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate, January 18

Carpe Diem, January 18

Remebrancy, January 19

A Baker’s Perspective, January 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Bethany is giving away a grand grand prize a signed book, a Polish pottery mug with two of the main character’s favorite kinds of teas, 4 of her favorite albums (Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, The Gray Havens, and Andrew Greer), a box of chocolate butter cookies, and a $50 Amazon gift card.!!

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