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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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    (Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to help facilitate my review and to share this exciting offer.)

    The Heart of Aleppo Grand Finale Blitz

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    On Tour with Prism Book Tours

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    Launch - Why Ammar wrote The Heart of Aleppo

    In an over-politicized world, my wish is for this work to humanize those we call “refugees”. The Heart of Aleppo is not about the politics of the Syrian Civil War or any other conflict. Its aim is not to convince readers to support any faction or political party. Instead, this story is about the unbreakable spirit of humanity. It is about how humanity often shows its true strength during the darkest times. . .


    Two days before Nabeel leaves for the last time, I find him standing at the kitchen counter with his friend, Zakariah. I don’t know his rank, but Zakariah serves directly under Nabeel in the army and only lives two miles down the road. The two of them always seem to be on leave at the same time.

    Their voices are low, almost secretive, but I catch the look in Nabeel’s eye. Except back then, I didn’t recognize it.

    “What are you guys talking about?”


    "This "stand alone" novel is a bittersweet tale of family, friendship, war, and sacrifices. It is a highly recommended reading material for Young Adults and Adults alike. It raises several good discussion points. It is ideal reading for Book Clubs."


    He looks back at me with a smile, but it fades when he sees my expression.

    “What’s wrong, Zaid?”

    I glance at the ground before replying, “I don’t think I want to be a doctor anymore.”

    “Why not?”

    “…I don’t think I can.”

    He takes a few steps towards me before crouching down to come to my eye level, urging me to continue. “Ms. Farooq said I’m not smart enough.”


    "The Heart of Aleppo starts with an explosion of action that drags you into the story immediately. That momentum slows at points, but picks up near the end, making it easy to breeze through in one sitting."


    He takes a deep breath and glances down at my feet. His eyes look like he’s weighing something, wondering if he should say it or not. When he does speak, his voice is different. It’s no longer speaking to me as his younger brother but as his friend. “You know, Zaid, Zakariah was joking about what we were talking about.”

    “Really?”

    He nods before his gaze focuses back on me. “Not even a few weeks ago, my soldiers and I were in a bit of a… well, situation.”


    "As with most war stories, the story told in The Heart of Aleppo is heartbreaking. Ammar Habib does a great job with the voice of a 13-year-old enduring the destruction of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War. One of the things that impressed me was Habib’s ability to tell the story without including the politics of the war. It is truly a story of the spirit of humanity in difficult circumstances."

    Wishful Endings - Excerpt

    The foul stench is everywhere. It floods the buildings and road. It’s in every crevice. It’s soaked into the very brick and mortar of these streets I used to know.

    We walk in a single file: Salman up front and me in the back. The sack quickly grows heavy on my shoulder, soon seeming as if it’s filled with bricks. But I trudge on. The weight of the sack is nothing compared to what my heart is feeling right now as I see the city I call home—a city that has stood for over 7,000 years—suddenly turned into wreckage.


    Not even a day and a half ago, we walked from school to the bus stop. The roads were crowded with cars, trucks, and buses blaring their horns. The sidewalks were packed with pedestrians and merchants. Now, it’s a ghost town. It’s as if there was never any life here.

    The city is… hollow.

    A wall of smoke and smog surrounds me on all sides, preventing me from truly seeing anything clearly. Is it a blessing or a curse? I don’t see any of the destruction until I’m right on top of it. If Salman was even five more steps ahead of me, he would be lost behind the wall. We’re out on an open street; yet, it feels as if I am trapped in a prison. The dark walls of this prison follow me, not allowing me to escape their grasp.

    Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

    Every step is harder than the last. My feet become weighted stones. I almost can’t feel the uneven and cracked concrete underneath me. It’s as if I’m moving in a trance. I don’t know where I am or where I’m going. I’m simply walking through the abyss and listening to the only sound: my soft footsteps.

    The longer we travel and the heavier my sack becomes, the more a fear grips me. The fear that we don’t know if we’re fleeing danger or walking into a den of hungry wolves. The fear that by the time we do reach home, what happened to Jari may have already happened to everyone.


    Every time I look up above, hoping to catch some sight of the heavens, all I see is smoke. It’s blocking out any light from the stars. There will be no relief tonight.

    I notice a silhouette up ahead. It… it appears to be the minaret of a masjid. Hope is suddenly injected into my heart. With every step, the minaret breaks out of the smoke, and I can better perceive the masjid itself. I see its domed roof. It’s standing tall above all the destruction. If it’s still standing, it’ll be safe inside, right? Nobody will come into a masjid and harm us.


    Salman hops down to join Fatima. I follow him. My feet hit the ground hard, shooting a shot of pain up my legs. The sack violently smashes against my sore upper knee, and I almost fall over before Salman catches me. That hurt more than I thought it would. As I rise back up, the foul odor immediately hits me.

    The fear-striking silence surrounds me once more. It’s my only companion. The hollow sound of silence is worse than gunfire and explosions. Worse than screams. Worse than terror. Because mixed into this silence is abandonment and suffering.


    "The Heart of Aleppo is a very powerful read. . . . I am giving The Heart of Aleppo a well deserved five stars. I highly recommend it for all readers. It is definitely not one to be missed."

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    The Heart of Aleppo:
    A Story of the Syrian Civil War
    By Ammar Habib
    YA Contemporary
    Paperback & ebook, 252 Pages
    July 26th 2018

    Winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award
    #1 Bestseller in "Coming-Of-Age" Fiction
    #1 Bestseller in "Asian-American" Literature

    From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage...

    After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo's ruin came overnight. Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity's spirit of hope burns brightest.

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    About the Author


    Ammar Habib is a bestselling and award-winning author who was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1993. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining but will also stay with the reader for a long time. Ammar presently resides in his hometown with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans. He draws his inspiration from his family, imagination, and the world around him.


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    One winner will receive a signed copy of Habib's national award-winning novel, Memories of My Future (US only). Memories of My Future is an historical/inspirational novel that was published in 2016. It received several accolades after its release, including the Independent Press Award in May 2017.

    Ends November 13, 2019

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    Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise Grand Finale Blitz

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    On Tour with Prism Book Tours

    We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
    you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

    Launch - Note from the Author

    . . . I hope you’ll join Pepper, Simon and Daisy this Christmas as they make peace with the past, embrace the miracles of the present and are filled with hope for the future.

    Happy reading,

    — Jennifer


    "Love the abandoned puppy in the story. The author has a distinctive flair to her writing that makes it a pleasure to read. . . . If you love a good romance this book is for you. . . . This is strictly a light-hearted romance that you will enjoy reading curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea on a snowy day."


    Was this really happening?

    An invitation to one of the most exclusive parties in New York City. It didn’t get much better than this.

    Okay, it wasn’t quite an invitation. Still, she was here among the crème de la crème of New York society—actresses, models, politicians, and the list went on. How she got here shouldn’t matter, right?

    And, okay, she just happened to be one of the waitstaff. Not an actual guest. But still, this wasn’t just any party. This was Simon Ross’s party at the top of the tower. She stifled a squeal of delight as she considered pinching herself just to make sure this was real.



    "I am giving Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy a light romance. It is definitely worth a read."

    Becky on Books - Spotlight

    FaithLaneAuthor - Excerpt

    With Simon standing so close to her, she had to tilt her chin upward for their gazes to meet. As she stared into his dark eyes, she felt as though she could get lost in them. She couldn’t think of anything she’d rather do than spend the evening with him.

    “I’d like to go to dinner with you.”

    His voice lowered even more. “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to ask you out.”

    “Really?”

    He nodded. “You intrigue me.”


    "This was a, mostly, predictable tale, but was so effectively written, I could not put it down. It captured my complete interest."


    “Can I ask you a question?”

    He shrugged. “Sure.”

    “If you like animals enough to start up a chain of pet stores, why don’t you own one?”

    Simon didn’t want to think about the past and how he’d wanted a puppy so badly. Yet the door to the past had been cracked open and now the memories slithered through, filling his mind.


    "I'm a sucker for holiday stories. . . . It took me a while to fall for them as a couple, because there was such a slow burn and that awkwardness between the two of them. But I did still root for them along the way. And as in all good romances, things start falling into place in the best of ways. I read through it in one evening."


    "Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye is another laugh-out-loud book. I loved this book; it feels like, with every story, her books get better. Simon and Pepper are the definitive definitions of opposite’s do attract. There are a lot of things to love about this book, but you should read it for yourself. This book deserves the five stars I’m giving it and recommending it to everyone that loves a romance."

    Melissa McClone - Excerpt

    The new bakery was pulling out all the stops with big ads, radio spots and every other promotion they could think of. The bakery was part of a national chain that could afford to undercut their prices to drive the competition out of business. Then once the competitors were out of business, they’d jack up their prices. The nerve of some people.

    But Pepper refused to let them drive her out of business—not without a big fight. She’d sunk everything she had into making this bakery a success. It was a dream of hers—a dream that she refused to let die, even if it meant doing things that she wouldn’t otherwise have done, like working round the clock if she had to. The chain couldn’t keep up their deep discounts forever. At least, she hoped not.


    "Overall, I found this heartwarming story a fast and end entertaining read. I normally find novels about billionaires a little unbelievable but that wasn't the case in this book."


    "I loved the dog in the story named Daisy. Pepper falls in love with Daisy. . . . I love the author’s books. I think this one of my favorites. It was such an enjoyable story with the dog."


    "Faye tucks you into the plausible way in which two contemporary career-driven individuals can find each other quite randomly (or was it?) in their ordinary lives and find a strength of connection . . . . Faye charms you with the quirky way in which she allowed Daisy, Simon and Pepper [to] develop into a family - giving you pause for thought about the intricate ways in which our lives can be affected by each other whilst renewing your joy of a romance set during the Christmas season where anything is truly possible when it comes to love, romance and the hopefulness of second chances!"

    Wishful Endings - Excerpt

    He nodded. “Elaine Haskins is my assistant and the party is at my country home.”

    Pepper’s face creased with lines of frustration. She didn’t say a word as she digested the information.

    “I’m sorry,” he said. “This is my fault. Everyone was so impressed with you at the office party that Elaine added you to our catering list. After what happened between us, I forgot to say anything to her. I totally understand you wanting to cancel—”

    “Cancel?” Her shoulders straightened and she lifted her chin slightly. “I’m not canceling.”

    Splashes of Joy - Review

    "This is quite the Christmas story, with a little surprise thrown in to make it a bit of a surprise. I enjoyed Pepper’s character. . . . This is a nice sweet read, it only took a few hours to read."

    Hallie Reads - Review

    "Get in the Christmas spirit with Jennifer Faye’s Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise! It’s a fun story full of delicious treats, complicated romance, and an adorable rescued puppy."

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    Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise
    By Jennifer Faye
    Contemporary Romance
    Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
    November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

    A festive reunion…

    …with an unexpected gift!

    When Pepper Kane’s home and bakery are burned down in the weeks before Christmas, billionaire CEO Simon Ross—the man she spent one unforgettable night with—comes to the rescue! Pepper knows this playboy doesn’t do relationships, but staying with him in his penthouse and caring for an abandoned puppy, their spark is rekindled… And then comes a festive surprise that shocks them both: she’s carrying his baby!

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    About the Author


    Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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    One winner will receive (US only):
    • The Pioneer Woman – Utensil Crock and spoon holder
    • $25 Amazon Gift Card
    • Wilton cookie cutters & more…
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    Maggie's Place Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019




    Years ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan changed her name, boxed up her previous life, moved into the Eagle Gate Apartments, and hid her painful memories in her chicken-wire storage unit in the basement. But secrets have an inconvenient way of surfacing when least expected.

    Three weeks before Christmas, an elegant man in a penthouse, a young woman named Carly—homeless and ill with pneumonia—and two calculating thieves invade Maggie's carefully reconstructed life, and in different ways, each is connected to Maggie's difficult past. As Maggie and friends nurse Carly back to health, hearts begin to heal with a hope for the future. But all is not as it seems. When faced with the shocking truth, Maggie must rely on her wits, her friends, and her own strength as never before.

    Review: Maggie's Place takes places during the holidays. It's not the traditional holiday read, but I liked the message that it had for the holidays. The story reminded me of a modern day Oliver Twist and had several themes that it explored: homelessness, forgiveness, love, fraud, death and friendship. It's interesting to see the lives of three strangers intersect and to see how they are connected. The secrets of their lives are connected make the story interesting and compelling to read. The only downside of the story is that Annette Haws gives a very vague description of some of the places in Salt Lake City and if a reader isn't familiar with the area it might be hard for them to picture the setting. She also gives a light description of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the book and it seemed like if she was going to put it in she should have added more depth or left it out altogether. This is an interesting read and would be great for a discussion in a book club. To learn more, click here. To learn more about the author, click here.


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    Sword of Soter Book Tour Grand Finale

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    On Tour with Prism Book Tours

    Book Tour Grand Finale for
    Sword of Soter
    By Ralene Burke

    We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
    you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

    Launch - Author Interview

    For those new to the series, what should they know?

    Yes, the series is written from a Christian worldview. In fact, the trilogy was inspired by the premise question, “What if the Armor of God were real?” But, no, I did not endeavor to preach or convert or anything like that in the story. It is just a fun epic fantasy adventure!


    Karina thrust the sword toward Tristan’s gut, but he sidestepped her advance. She stumbled forward a couple of steps, then growled, spun around, and lunged again.

    “No.” Tristan batted her blade away with his and swatted her behind. “You’re too impatient. You have to wait for the right opening.”

    Karina sucked in a breath. The more she trained with Tristan, the more she wanted to take the dull blade in her hand and run him through. Releasing a long breath, she squared her shoulders, turned around slowly, and smiled as sweetly as she could manage. “I am sorry. I have no idea what has come over me.”

    JeanBookNerd - Guest Post

    A SWORD OF SOTER CHATTERER PANEL — RALENE BURKE

    Interviewer: Welcome one and all to the Sword of Soter panel. We have got the noble questers for the sacred armor with us today: Karina, Queen of Aletheia and Prophetess of the Creator; Tristan, Prince of Tzedek; Rashka, Guardian of Shadowed Wood; and Sam, Knight of Aletheia.

    Sam (growls): I am not a knight.

    Karina: Of course, you are! You have shown more courage and strength of character in the last weeks than most of the knights of Aletheia have shown in lifetimes. It’s an honor that would have been bestowed upon you more officially if we’d been in Aletheia.

    Sam: Thank you, Your Highness.


    4.) What drives you as a writer?

    I am an encourager and a “fix-it” type person. As a writer, I seek to combine both of those traits in a way that can inspire and encourage readers. That can be pretty difficult in fiction, but I don’t mind the challenge. I live for the days when I hear from a reader and they say that my stories helped them in some way.

    Remembrancy - Excerpt

    Tristan stared off in the direction of the sound. “That definitely lends to the mystery of what lupens are doing this far south."

    Another howl echoed through the chasm and across the plains. Karina took a step toward Tristan. An answering bay came from the east, from the distant woods. More than one? Her heartbeat skittered.

    A chorus of howls brought frightened whinnies from the horses. Dom stomped his feet. “We need to go, Prophetess.

    Wishful Endings - Guest Post

    Top 10 Things to Bring on a Quest

    We’re going on a trip…a journey…a QUEST.

    First, we have to pack. Now, this ain’t a trip to the Bahamas—we can’t bring 3 suitcases on a plane to unload onto a cart and then into a car. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a horse to strap a couple extra small bags to. . .

    Hallie Reads - Review

    "I enjoyed getting to know Karina and the characters that surround her on her quest, as well as the challenges they face and overcome. An uplifting spiritual thread, too, can be found throughout the two stories. All in all, these books left me ready for the next one."


    “And what has you two stooping to eat humans again?” The woman paused before the two ogres and raised her head to meet their glares with one of her own.

    Bogey jerked his thumb in the other ogre’s direction. “Madge’s stomach.”

    “What have I told you two about engaging with innocent folk?” The mysterious woman crossed her arms.

    From here, Sam could tell her eyes were a beautiful emerald green, the same color as her dress. No wonder she hid so well on her approach. Whoever she was, at least she seemed to be on his side. Or at least on the side of not letting the ogres eat him.

    Faithfully Bookish - Interview

    What did you learn or discover about yourself (or your characters) while writing Sword of Soter?

    R: Well, I discovered I could write 10k words in a single day on multiple Saturdays. Ha! Life was kind of hectic, and I kept having to catch up on my word count goals.

    On a more serious note, writing Rashka’s story in this book, helped me work through some of my own issues of “trying to do it all on my own.”


    "Armor of Aletheia and Sword of Soter present an action-filled allegory of faith set against the backdrop of good vs. evil . . . the author has clearly drawn some intricate world-building and left some intriguing possibilities for the third and final book in the trilogy. A great choice for young adults, to entertain as well as strengthen their faith."


    She opened her eyes to a shimmering green flame, reminiscent of the bonfire from their night in Greenhorn. She shrunk against Tristan’s side. He nudged her farther behind him and stood, pulling his sword.

    Masculine laughter rose from amid the unusual flames. Rashka, her face a stoic mask, rounded the fire with her bow poised as she made her way toward Karina.

    “What is happening?” Karina asked.

    “I do not know, Prophetess.” Rashka fixed her gaze at the fire. “Stay back.”

    Library Lady's Kid Lit - Review & Interview

    "After reading Armor of Aletheia earlier this fall, I was eagerly anticipating Sword of Soter. Ralene Burke did not disappoint. Burke continues the epic adventure begin in book one. Some of the characters continue in Sword of Soter and new ones are introduced. . . . If you enjoy epic fantasy like Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, I highly recommend Sword of Soter."

    Who did you have in mind as you wrote the book?

    The Sacred Armor trilogy was written for those who are still searching for their calling. Or those who have found their calling but are unsure they are worthy of it or how to embrace it. Each character is the story is called to something they are uncomfortable with for different reasons, much like we are.


    Holding his monocle, the man offered a deep bow, to which Karina nodded. There was something familiar about him. “Greetings, Queen Karina. How nice to see you again. You are welcome indeed. I am sure you have forgotten by now, but I am Bormain, steward of the roy—by the Creator, Tristan Lemur, is that you?”

    Karina fought to maintain her composure as she turned to Tristan, who stiffened before holding out his hand in greeting. “Bormain, my good man, it is good to see you again.”

    Bormain looked a bit flustered. “I did not realize we had two royal guests.” He quirked a brow. “Much less that you were traveling together.”

    Colorimetry - Guest Post

    Building a Storybook World

    One of the best aspects of being a fantasy writer is the freedom to build our own story worlds. Granted, to an extent, we are still bound by the laws of science. But there is still massive freedom in creating a new world, including geography, creatures, and cultures. . .

    Inspirational Reading Adventures - Interview & Review

    Q: Which genre is your favorite? If you could only write or recommend readers read one, what would your ‘go-to’ genre be?

    A: FANTASY! I love that fantasy allows us to expand our imagination, to create new worlds, new peoples, new creatures. We can explore all the stuff we face in real life, but in a way that is removed and still provides a sense of escape.

    "If I enjoyed the first, I loved reading Sword of Soter! From the start, I was quickly pulled back into to this series, and having already met some of the main characters, this one holds more character growth and I loved all the awkward tension as Tristan and Karina learned to work together both with each other, and with others. I also felt this one is a smoother read, and the pacing was much better."

    Red Headed Book Lady - Guest Post

    #SHINEBeyond in Soter

    Readers often ask me where I came up with the #SHINEBeyond tagline and what exactly it means. And I’m all too happy to take the time to answer as this philosophy is something dear to my heart. Essentially, #SHINEBeyond was a culmination of all my work in writing, editing, and ministry—a cohesive theme seen in everything I tried to do. . .


    As the steward opened the door, Karina cleared her throat. “Please remind the king that my business is urgent. I need to take my leave as soon as possible.”

    “I will, Your Majesty. Enjoy your stay at the palace.” And then he was gone.

    Karina turned back to the room. Tristan stood in the corner not bothering to hide his smirk. Rashka paced by the windows, looking out over the courtyard below and the sea beyond. Lady Moriah and the two handmaidens stood off to the side, watching them expectantly. What now?



    Sabreen clasped her hands together and held them near her heart. “And you found her.” The words sounded sarcastic, yet there was a hint of some other emotion—something Sam could not determine.
    He chuckled. “Yeah, I found her with a bounty hunter.”

    She gasped. “How did you all get away?”

    “We didn’t. Turns out the bounty hunter was helping her. At least he was by then. After he kidnapped her. After he took her to Faramos.”


    ". . . Burke’s passion for Christ shines through the pages of Sword of Soter through her characters, especially the main character Karina. Sword of Soter is a pleasant story and great for reading on rainy days."

    J. L. Mbewe - Review

    "Ralene Burke knows how to weave a story! . . . Sword of Soter was an enjoyable read that kept me turning the page to see what will happen next."

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    Sword of Soter
    (Sacred Armor Trilogy #2)
    By Ralene Burke
    YA Fantasy, Christian
    Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
    September 25th 2019 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc

    NEW KINGDOM. NEW FRIENDS.

    NEW DANGERS.

    NOT EVERYONE CAN BE TRUSTED …


    Karina, Tristian, Rashka, and Sam venture forth into the wilderness of Soter on the next leg of their quest to retrieve the Armor of the Creator. With the ancient evil already affecting the kingdom, nothing in Soter is what it seems—from what skulks beneath the canopies of the woods to what lies within the sleek white and gold of the capitol city to the people Karina and Tristan have known since they were children.

    Danger lurks around every corner. Discerning who to trust is paramount to staying alive and discovering the location of the Temple of Soter. Yet, to Karina’s horror, Faramos’s reach finds them time and again. The longer they are forced to dawdle, the more people are affected by the growing panic in Soter, and the closer Faramos is to taking over the Three Kingdoms. Can Karina retrieve the information they need while Tristan keeps his brother at bay? Or will the entire quest disintegrate before they even arrive at the temple?

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    Armor of Aletheia
    (Sacred Armor Trilogy #1)
    By Ralene Burke
    YA Fantasy, Christian
    Paperback & ebook, 268 Pages
    August 29th 2018 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc.

    The death of her king changes Karina’s life forever. Fleeing the royal house, she must leave her life behind to seek out the Armor of the Creator—to save the very people who now hunt her.

    Faramos, the evil warlock waiting to unleash hell, knows the Creator has already chosen his warrior, so he sends his bounty hunter to retrieve her. After Tristan abducts her, he witnesses Karina’s gentle nature and strong independence, and he finds he can’t complete his assignment.

    Together, they set out to retrieve the armor and defeat the hordes of creatures sent to destroy them. But is Tristan’s heart secure as he faces certain death for defending the queen? And will Karina have the courage to become all the Creator intends her to be? Failure will condemn the world to eternal darkness.

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    About the Author


    Whether she’s wielding a fantasy author’s pen, a social media wand, or a freelance editor’s sword, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone #SHINEBeyond their circumstances! Her fantasy novels are available on Amazon.

    When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all-around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . . You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or at her website.


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    The Art of Rivers Book Tour Grand Finale

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    On Tour with Prism Book Tours

    Book Tour Grand Finale for
    The Art of Rivers
    By Janet W. Ferguson

    We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
    you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

    Launch - Author Interview

    What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

    God grew me in so many ways writing this story—sometimes hard but beautiful ways. I had the opportunity to attend our state’s opioid summit, and my church began a jail ministry where I participated for a year. I also assisted during our state’s legislative session and learned some of the possible ways leaders are trying to deal with this epidemic. I read story after heartbreaking story of what drugs are doing to precious souls and the people who loved them. But I also heard stories of healing with God’s help. Addiction is a cunning and dangerous enemy. But God is able to heal and restore. We were all addicts in a way, slaves to sin, but Christ refused to leave us in that place. He made a way to rescue and redeem us.


    Rivers leaned into Cooper’s chest. The move felt like betrayal to Jordan, but she could no more pull herself away than she could erase her past.

    His arms wrapped around her, the hold feeling so different from Jordan’s. Cooper was lankier, leaner, but she fit nicely in the crook of his shoulder.

    “I’m sorry,” Cooper whispered next to her ear. “I would trade places with Jordan if I could.”

    She glanced up at his face between the cracks of her soaked eyelashes.

    “I didn’t mean…” His head dropped, and his dark hair shadowed his brows. “I mean, he should be here with you, and I should be the one in a grave. I deserve it, but he didn’t.”

    Simply Kelina - Review

    "I loved that this focuses on series topics, but also had romance and family within the themes as well. If you love hard hitting contemporary, I think you will really enjoy this one. I was not expecting the story at all and I fell in love with the authors writing.

    Overall, I loved this one."


    Jordan and craned his neck. "I don't see —"

    An explosion like fireworks popped and rung her ears. Another blast, this with impact, hard and swift as a kick in the chest. A red-hot burning sensation pierced her shoulder and back. Time slowed, and a scream ripped from her throat.

    Jordan dropped to his knees clutching his chest. Red spread around his fingers, contrasting sharply against his pale blue shirt.


    "This is a very good book to share with a Book Club. There are several societal issues addressed, which should provoke an intense discussion.

    This earns a Five Stars rating."


    "This is a wonderful story. Love how Cooper is determined to help others. Also how Rivers wants to help but her and Cooper still has so much to deal with.

    I definitely recommend reading this book."


    This might be a mistake, but something deep within Rivers spoke otherwise. Though she’d argued with God in a quickly-spoken prayer, the nudging toward Cooper was something fierce. He was Jordan’s cousin—the hated and abandoned black sheep of the family she’d been about to marry into. Why would God lead her to him?

    Maybe he simply needed to know he was forgiven. Not only by God, but also by Jordan. Relieving the guilt laid on Cooper might allow him to move forward without feeling he had to pay penance for the rest of his life. He’d been alone and guilt-ridden long enough. That must be why she was here. She needed to help him move on.

    And maybe she needed to do a deeper search of her own heart for places where bitterness had taken up residence.

    By The Book - Review

    "The setting, the story line, and the engaging characters checked all the right boxes — I cannot wait to open another one of her novels! This book is definitely a recommended read."


    "It’s obvious that this book comes from the authors heart. The way she tackles addiction and recovery it’s real, it’s painful, it’s hard but with God it’s definitely possible. It wasn’t a glossed over story on the topic of addiction but a painful reality of the effects of addiction on the individual, families and friends involved. . . . A story of second chances, of forgiveness, of love and of redemption. We cannot stand on our own when struggles come. We need God and friends around to help us"

    Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

    “Now you’ve stopped moving.” Cooper tipped her chin. “Is all this too much? I’m worried about you.”

    Her gaze pulled to study him. His beautifully sculptured face lingered near, those dark eyes and that black hair framed by the night sky lighted only by the twinkling stars of the Milky Way. Then her gaze fell to his contoured lips and held there as if some giant magnet drew her.

    “Rivers, throw me a bone or scrap or something. I need to know what’s going on in here.” His fingers grazed her forehead, only increasing the magnetic force pulling her toward him.


    "hey all seemed so real to me and I wanted nothing but the best for each and everyone of them because I can't imagine the difficulties they faced. I loved the message of faith and hope woven throughout, the slow buildup of relationships and I loved the setting of St. Simons Island. The Art of Rivers is one of those books that will stay on my mind for quite awhile and I imagine the other books in the series will be the same which is why I'll be reading them as soon as possible."


    “What happened?” Cooper caught Rivers and rested his hands on her shoulders. He’d started to take off in the Jeep, but something in his spirit whispered for him to come back.

    “I can’t…” Her breath came in ragged puffs, and she burrowed her head against his chest. “I couldn’t do it. I fell apart and blew up at them.”

    “What happened?”

    “I was nervous. The ladies looked bored. Star made some snarky comments. I spouted off something about my mom, her wreck, and Jordan and me…getting shot.”


    "The novel was an inspirational read about people who are trying to conquer their struggles. It gives a realistic view of people who struggle when their faith is broken. I found the mystery a bit predictable but, overall the novel was a good read."


    "I love reading Christian fiction that conveys the power of grace and forgiveness. Rarely do I read such a book that deals with as heavy topics as drug abuse and recovery. This issue is prevalent in today’s society and is dealt with realistically and empathetically in this book. . . . With themes of loss, grief, faith, trust, and redemption, this story covers a gambit of important issues and takes the reader through as many emotions. Overall, I feel the heavy topics were balanced with love, humor, and a lovely spiritual thread throughout."

    Pause for Tales - Excerpt

    A hearty laugh tumbled out of Cooper. He’d been a tad hard on Davis. The guy was just doing what he’d been taught to do. Be honest. Ask difficult questions. “Sorry. You’re on track. It’s just that Rivers isn’t what you think.” He raked his fingers through his hair. “Between you and me—and Kev and Gabby, of course—Rivers was Jordan’s fiancée. She inherited the gallery and came to sell it.”

    “Whoa. I did not see that one coming.” His head bobbed. “Harsh news about the gallery, and you have a thing for her too. Your cousin’s—”

    “Shut up, dude.” Cooper massaged his temples as if it would do any good. “I never said I had a thing for her.”


    "I enjoyed The Art of Rivers. I thought it was a fabulous story of love, overcoming, moving on and second chances. I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. "

    Splashes of Joy - Review

    "A few months ago I read Janet Ferguson’s book, Magnolia Storms, and it was such an awesome story, I loved it. So when Art of Rivers came up for review, I knew it would be a great read, and it was. I enjoyed this book so much. I quickly fell in love with the characters, they all were so realistic and developed so well throughout this story."

    Remembrancy - Excerpt

    The color, the shapes, the composition—the sheer power of the piece woke places deep inside him—barred off places that had been chained shut. Because he and the ocean had an immense love-hate relationship. The beach held sweet memories of his childhood, a place where he could escape the inevitable bullying he’d endured because of his speech impediment. But the Atlantic had stolen and buried Savannah and then shredded his family.

    On this canvas, Rivers had taken in the beauty of the Atlantic, and her artistic and spiritual voice in the scene swept his breath away. As if a veil had torn away from a blind man’s eyes, he could see the ocean anew, Christ’s hand above all, his scars forgiving Cooper’s failure. There came an almost physical nudge in his soul that this particular message—this painting—was meant specifically for him, and it was not just a message from the earthly fingers that had held the brush.


    "I've read quite a few books that have moved me but this one is just wow! . . . I could tell that this book came straight from the authors heart because it moved me emotionally, mentally and left me thinking about the characters long after I finished the book. . . . I strongly recommend this book for everyone. This is an excellent read!"


    Once she’d rested and then cleaned out a closet, Rivers eyed the old brown envelope on the table. She’d been avoiding the emotional landmines that possibly waited in their yellowed pages, but something told her she should wade on in. As if the past held a key to a locked door.

    With hesitant fingers, she opened the letters addressed to Brooklyn and Pearl’s mother.

    Dear Stella,
    You and your wealthy daddy don’t understand the way I came up. It was hard times, most nights nothing but cornbread for supper and a beating with a belt. Sleeping with the cold wind blowing through the cracks in our shotgun house.


    "The Art of Rivers by Janet W. Ferguson, is yet another beautiful, inspiring, and realistic story that readers will absolutely love. . . . Readers will easily relate to the characters, pondering their own personal pains and troubles. This is a story that will leave a lasting impression upon readers long after they turn the last page."

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    The Art of Rivers
    (Coastal Hearts #3)
    By Janet W. Ferguson
    Christian Contemporary Romance
    Paperback & ebook, 299 Pages
    June 30th 2019 by Southern Sun Press LLC

    ​Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

    After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

    Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

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    About the Author


    Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.


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    The Heart of the Rebellion Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

    Monday, November 4, 2019


    September 1400
     King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty's service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.

    Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.

    Review - The Heart of a Rebellion was an interesting, exciting, captivating read. The Welsh culture seemed to come alive in this book and it was interesting to see the strategy that the Tudors took to fight for their country. The romance was played out well. It wasn't rushed and it didn't drag on long. The timing in the book was well executed. The characters were interesting and engaging. I wanted to cheer in their victories and successes. If you read this book, I would highly suggest reading the notes in the back. It was interesting to hear Bessey's commentary on the historical facts behind this book and I would love to learn more about this history in time. If you would like to read more books about this time period or the Welsh culture I think Shakespeare's play Richard the II and Julie Danes' Eleanor and the Iron King would really compliment The Heart of a Rebellion. This is a must read for those who enjoy romance, adventure and heroic escapades. To learn more about The Heart of a Rebellion, click here.


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