Friday, August 5, 2022

Meet Me on the Porch ~Celebrate Lit Tour


About the Book

Book: Meet Me on the Porch
Erin Stevenson
Christian fiction
Release date:
May 13, 2022

Brynne Lockwood has come home to Brattleboro, Vermont after a humiliating job loss. She’s weary and broken, and still hasn’t truly forgiven herself for a former unhealthy relationship with long-lasting consequences. She doesn’t believe that she deserves anything good and can’t imagine that God could ever use her.

After recovering from a shattering loss, Pastor Adam Johnston is on his way to a new assignment. A mix-up takes him and his baby daughter to beautiful southern Vermont. If he stays, he’ll face opposition, but God has prepared his heart for ministry, and he’s committed to serving there.

Adam and Brynne connect quickly and unexpectedly, but circumstances demand that they be cautious.

Now, you are invited to join Adam and Brynne on the porch at her grandparents’ home—a special place where you’ll experience their joy as Adam and Brynne build a friendship rooted in Biblical principles, find healing for their wounds, and discover God’s plan for their lives.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Erin has been writing fiction since 2014 and is published independently and with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications. She is a 2021 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award Finalist.

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.

More from Erin

This book is part of Pelican Book Group’s Destination Romance collection, one set in each of the 50 US states. There were three random objects required to be worked into the plot: lace, shampoo, and a shovel. The twist was that they had to be presented in an interesting way—not, for instance, “Brynne was disappointed to discover that her favorite shampoo was out of stock.”

Here’s an excerpt of how I incorporated shampoo into this story:

Adam led her to the swing. After she sat, he set the mug on the table, then picked up a bulky case and placed it on top.

“What’s that?”

Adam smiled. “This is my sample case. Allow me to show you my display of shampoos.”


“Yes. I have orange blossom, lemon verbena, strawberry vanilla.” He lifted out each bottle and lined them up. At least six more followed, each a different scent. “And this one is—um, oh, sorry, that’s for lice.” He grimaced.

Brynne nearly spewed her drink. “Adam Johnston, what are you doing?”

“I’m a shampoo salesman.” He lifted a shoulder. “Last night you said you would date me if I was a pilot or a shampoo salesman.” He sighed. “I’m terrified of flying.”

She had to hold her laughter as she put her hand over her heart. “You are beyond cute. Where did you get all this stuff?” A giggle escaped.

He let out a sigh. “It wasn’t easy, believe me,” he muttered.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 2
Texas Book-aholic
, August 3
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
, August 4
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger
, August 5 (Author Interview)
Lily’s Book Reviews
, August 5
Inklings and notions
, August 6
deb’s Book Review
, August 7
Guild Master
, August 8 (Author Interview)
Locks, Hooks and Books
, August 9
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews
, August 10
For Him and My Family
, August 11
Artistic Nobody
, August 12 (Author Interview)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
, August 13
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting
, August 14
Simple Harvest Reads
, August 15 (Author Interview)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys
, August 15

My Thoughts

My first review.

A wonderful book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading over my cup of coffee in the evenings. If you love a country setting and how God makes such an impact in daily life when we remember to put Him first then I think you'll enjoy this book. A story of a young woman coming home to her sweet grandparents not knowing what to do in the future. It was a delight to read how Bryanne and Adam met and the progress that they made as they realized their love for each other. Not a lot of romance, which I liked.

I was pleasantly surprised by the humour in it and I had some LOL moments. I was able to relate to many things mentioned and one being the smell of homemade fresh bread. And I have to say I would love to get the recipe for the apple butter spread.

In conclusion, how wonderful to put God in the equation of relationships with honesty, respect and standards. The author reminded me of really waiting when praying for God's answer and what that looks like. Thank you. Well done. I love happy endings.

I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit Tour and the opinions I express are honest and my own.


To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card & copy of the book!!

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

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Nazerene's Price


As a part of the launch team for The Nazarene’s Price, I’ve got wonderful cool news that The Nazarene’s Price is ready for reading via paperback, hardcover, and e-book. I’m reading it right now. Have a wonderful day everyone. 📚

More From Donna

“As I share thoughts, scriptures, and desires with you my prayer is for you to be encouraged, to count me as a friend, and more importantly to know God’s love that is beyond measure. My desire is to faithfully post encouragement and challenges to aid in your walk with God. I may fail you, for I am human, and life happens. Know this God is always waiting to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He knows and loves you. He is faithful. “Have faith in God.” -Donna Stearns 

(See Meeting Jesus with Donna Sterns website. A wonderfully penned blog) 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Nazarene's Price

To be released soon!

As a part of the launch team for The Nazarene’s Price, I am excited be among the first to reveal the cover for author, Donna K. Stearns’ biblical fiction novel. Keep on the look out for preorder and release dates! 


More From Donna

Wonderfully penned blog: Meeting Jesus With Donna Stearns

"As I share thoughts, scriptures, and desires with  you my prayer is for you to be encouraged, to count me as a friend, and more importantly to know God’s love that is beyond measure. My desire is to faithfully post encouragement and challenges to aid in your walk with God. I may fail you, for I am human, and life happens. Know this God is always waiting to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He knows and loves you. He is faithful. “Have faith in God." -Donna Stearns
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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Matters of the Heart ~Spotlight

Book: Matters of the Heart
Author: Heidi Gray McGill
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: July 15, 2022
When those experiencing the same fate she endured show up at her doorstep…
Katie determines to be their champion, no matter the fallout. 

Will the man who fought for the other side also fight for her? Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War, searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. She’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter who she has to outwit to get the job done.

He vowed to be his own man and stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him. 

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek. 

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Heidi is an optimist who chooses to find the silver lining in life’s clouds of doubt. This plays out in her writing. Her ability to weave scripture seamlessly into the lives of her characters will uplift and encourage you, while her masterful storytelling will keep you turning page after page and wishing for more.

Heidi lives with her husband of thirty years near Charlotte, NC. When she isn’t writing, you will find her outside playing with her two grandsons, walking, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, traveling, or finding an excuse to have an outing with a girlfriend.

Fusing Faith and Fiction™ 

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories

More from Heidi 

Where did the idea for Matters of the Heart originate? 

Before I was an author, I was the founder and director of an English as a Second Language ministry. The program touched the lives of students from 35 different countries. Regardless of culture, religion, language, or age, I found a substantial similarity in these students—they all wanted to improve their lot in life and that of their children. 

Stories abounded of walks across deserts, financial hardships, desperate attempts to explain emergencies to medical professionals or law enforcement, failed verbal connections with schoolteachers, and an inability to obtain work because of their lack of language skills. Prejudice and distrust blocked them, culture shock took them outside their comfort zones, and the urgent need to survive made them scramble to dig deep inside and find creative ways to secure shelter and put food on their tables. 

It wasn’t that these immigrants weren’t capable of achieving success. In their home countries, vocations varied from chemist and biologist with PhDs, to teachers, lawyers, and medical professionals. Others came from poverty and had little education but were not afraid of hard work, long hours, and low pay. They were tenacious, and they worked with relentless determination and a bullheaded resolve to achieve their goals. They relied on each other and soaked in everything around them in their desire to assimilate into the American culture and find a new place to belong. 

Immigrants in the late 1800s were not much different. Individuals came to improve their lot in life and be a part of the greatest country in the world. In Matters of the Heart, Hans Korhonen left Finland with his brothers to take advantage of the land grants. Together, they worked to establish a farm large enough to sustain four families and support troops during the Civil War. Yet, in their desire to belong and give back to our great nation, Hans’s idyllic life changed through his service as a Union soldier. 

Kathleen Murphy, or Katie, came to the United States to escape a life of extreme poverty and abuse in Ireland. Working in her aunt and uncle’s boarding offered more than a job. It provided the love and support of a family. Katie rose from her previous station and started fresh with hope on the horizon. She found a source of ministry that gave her life a purpose she’d not had before. 

My association with my former ESL students helped me develop the characters in this book into individuals with which readers can identify. 

Join Katie and Hans as they establish themselves in their new home of Shumard Oak Bend. 

Blog Stops 

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 5
Texas Book-aholic, August 6
Book Butterfly in Dreamland, August 6
Inklings and notions, August 7
lakesidelivingsite, August 8
For Him and My Family, August 9
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 11
Blossoms and Blessings, August 12
deb’s Book Review, August 12
Connie’s History Classroom, August 13
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 14
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 15
Pause for Tales, August 16
Truth and Grace HomeschoolAcademy, August 17
To Everything There Is A Season, August 17
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 18 


To celebrate her tour, Heidi is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the first three books in the series!! 

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

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

YAH is Salvation! - He Is coming Soon!


Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.🙏🏻 ~A study I recommend doing. Stay in CHRIST. In Him there is peace.

And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.-Rev 19:13