Spotlight Title:  Smokey Mountain Prayer

Spotlight Title: Smokey Mountain Prayer

About the Book

This 1940s epic story takes place in the Smokey Mountains during World War II. Most of the towns in the south were predominately Southern Baptist and cut off from other Christian denominations. A Catholic convert, single female, with a career in veterinary medicine, would have posed a challenge to the belief system at that time.
This is the story of Margaret Kelly MacDougal’s struggle to honor her father’s legacy as a veterinarian and practice her Catholic faith. Although our stories may be different, our desire is the same – to be loved, to be accepted; that is the story of the human race.

Review

Smokey Mountain Prayer is the latest romance from award-winning author Angela Pisaturo.

The story begins in Chicago with a farewell dinner for Dr. Margaret Kelly MacDougal who is returning home to Horseshoe Cove, Tennessee. Having recently graduated from veterinary school, Maggie yearns to continue the successful veterinary practice of her deceased father, Dr. James MacDougal. However, she is received with strong resentment from the local farmers and Josh, her high-school sweetheart. The farmers of this secluded, Baptist-dominated country town are very traditional regarding family roles and are outraged about Maggie’s career choice. She finds herself in a bigger predicament once her conversion to Catholicism comes to light.

Maggie struggles to keep her animal clinic afloat amid financial hardship and the turmoil of World War II. During these difficult times she relies on the comfort and advice of her small circle of old-lady friends. Her faith keeps her strong as she attempts to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of veterinarians. As the story unfolds, a series of unfortunate events shows the residents of Horseshoe Cove that fanaticism, prejudice, and narrow-minded views disguised as traditions and values could affect a society and prevent its progress.

When contacted by the author to write a summary and review of the book, I was honored. For me, the summary was harder because I was restricted to 100—200 words. In writing it, I limited myself to highlighting only the important scenes in order to encourage the reader to buy this page-turner of a novel. I hope I achieved that goal. I accepted the double challenge because I like Ms. Pisaturo’s writing style. I knew what to expect, having enjoyed and reviewed her book, Treasures in Clay Vessels.

Her romance novels are clean, well-researched, uplifting and entertaining while keeping the reader engaged throughout. In both novels, she tastefully relates the differences in religious views of her characters without bashing any. I recommend Smokey Mountain Prayers to readers who are fond of romance novels with a twist.

Reviewed by Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés, publisher of Time with Tannia
(timewithtannia.tripod.com) Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés, author of The Window To My Soul; My Walk With Jesus (2004 Tate Publishing;). El Espejo de mi Alma (2011 WinePress) ., www.shoutlife.com/tanniaortizlopes,and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tannia-E-Ortiz-Lopés-authorSongwriterPhotographer/
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Copyrighted, December, 2014 – Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés – All Rights Reserved

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SPOTLIGHT TITLE:  Eternity, Staci Stallings

SPOTLIGHT TITLE: Eternity, Staci Stallings

FREE 9/18 – 9/23, 2014

About the Book

Aaron Foster thought he had the perfect life until his fiancee walked out of their apartment and then back in again with his new roommate. In desperation Aaron and his best friend, Harmony Jordan, devise The Plan to save Drew’s heart from getting shattered, but when The Plan succeeds beyond their wildest expectation, it could spell heartache for them all.

Harmony Jordan has loved Aaron Foster since the first minute he rescued her from a literal computer crash. The only problem is, Aaron only sees her as a friend. Trying to be content to be the person Aaron goes to when life crashes around him, Harmony puts her heart on the line for him to help him rescue his in-for-real-trouble new roommate. However, she didn’t expect for the roommate to fall for her, or for her to fall for him. Now what?

Free 9/18 – 9/23, 2014

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SPOTLIGHT TITLE: DeJa Vu Bride

SPOTLIGHT TITLE: DeJa Vu Bride

About the Book

Furious with God, Olivia Roseman vows to never trust Him again. Why should she? Once again her prayers have gone unanswered, and once again another loved one has been ripped from her. With no job and only a few dollars, Olivia makes a choice to start over again. Without God and without love. However, her handsome new boss isn’t going to make forgetting God or keeping her vow to never love again very easy. Erik Cole questions the sanity of his moving from Swamper City, Alabama to Charity, West Virginia. That is, until he hires airbrush designer Olivia Roseman to paint his monster truck. When he senses that she’s a gal who is down on her luck, he vows to do whatever he can to help her. Only problem is, the little beauty creates more challenges than one. As his feelings toward her deepen, all Erik can do is hope and pray that one day Olivia will open up her heart to Christ—and to him.

From the Book

The truth was Erik could get used to having her around. While he wasn’t in love with Olivia, he was very attracted to her—and not just physically. There was something about her that drew him. Maybe it was because she seemed lost and alone. Or maybe it was the playful side of her when she knew no one was paying attention. Whatever it was, as he treaded water and watched her swimming, he knew he wanted to pursue it and find out. He also sensed that he needed to go slow and just be her friend first. Plus, he wasn’t sure how his being her boss would affect a relationship with her. He needed to be careful to not cross over that line. As she swam froggie-style toward him, one look at her beautiful turquoise eyes and he realized that wasn’t going to be easy.

Erik’s imagination took over. He pictured Olivia swimming up to him and putting her soft hands on his shoulders. He pulled her into his arms, their eyes locked and held there until his attention drifted to her mouth. Water beads covered her lips. Lips he longed to feel against his own. In slow motion, he leaned his head toward her until their parted mouths met in a warm, wet kiss. Her soft lips played with his, consuming him until…

“What’re you doing?” Olivia’s unknowing, innocent question yanked Erik back to reality.

Good grief, man. What’s wrong with you lately? And what is it about her that has you fantasizing about kissing her? He chanced a quick glance into Olivia’s eyes just an arm length away in front of him, wondering how he was going to answer her question.

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Prince of Malorn, third book in the Annals of Alasia

Prince of Malorn, third book in the Annals of Alasia

Prince of Malorn

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Book Description:

 One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus.  Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.

Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control.  But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military?  Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?

Q: This is the third book in the Annals of Alasia.  What makes this trilogy unique?

A: The books don’t take place one after the other; instead, their time frames overlap.  They each describe the same major political event: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.  In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.  Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.  In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap.

Q: Do you recommend that readers start with your first two books before reading Prince of Malorn?

A: Not necessarily.  The books can be read in any order, and each one can stand on its own.  But each of the three fills in gaps in the others’ stories, and their different perspectives on the same events and characters will make for a richer reading experience overall.

Q: Will there be more books in the Annals of Alasia?

A: Definitely! I’m nearly done with the fourth book, tentatively titled King of Malorn. It takes place five years later and brings together the main characters from all three books in the original trilogy. There may eventually be other books in the series too; I have lots of ideas!

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For more information about Prince of Malorn (a map of the fantasy world, “interviews” with some of the characters, and an exciting scene from the story!) visit my blog at http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.tw/p/prince-of-malorn.html.

Annie Douglass LimaAnnie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published six books (three YA action adventure/fantasy and three anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel. View all her books at http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon.

Friday Quick Picks

Friday, April 11, 2014

Looking for something great to read over the weekend?

Here are five Quick Picks from awesome Christian authors…

Quick Pick One

From the Book:

The task was finally finished.

Gregory Evans smiled at the thought of what he had accomplished as his assistants piled the remaining jewels, works of art, and other signs of wealth into the large, unmarked freight trucks.  His deal with the Germans that he was supposed to give them a run-down of the wealth that was taken from the Jews, and then all the liquidated wealth would be turned over to the German government.

Gregory had different ideas…

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Quick Pick Two

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From the Book

“Giovanni.  Giovanni, not like that.”  Vincenzo Cavatelli yanked a brown tweed beret from his head and tossed it to the ground. “You will burn the ropes!”

Giovanni released the burner instantly. “I’m sorry, Uncle. I thought you said…”

“I never said, ‘Burn the ropes.'” Shoving Giovanni aside, Vinnie angled the burner himself. A flash of blue flame shot into the balloon envelope stretched out on the ground.

“Go hold the fan,” he said. “Maybe you can do that without destroying everything.”

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Quick Pick Three

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From the Book

“As I write this Bible Study, it is becoming more and more apparent that faith is a choice. A lot of times we don’t walk in faith with God because we don’t really want to give up control of our life, or we simply do not believe God will come through for us, or He really isn’t sovereign…”

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Quick Pick Four

“You’re never going to believe who’s coming to Denver!” Lynn Isley squealed as she streaked into the empty restaurant from the kitchen doors.

Standing at the cash register counting change, Beth McCasland barely even looked up. “Who?

Lynn dropped her voice conspiratorially although there wasn’t a single soul in the place to overhear her anyway.  “Ashton Raines!”

“65.82.”  Beth dumped the pennies back into the register and frowned. “Ashton Raines? Isn’t he that country singer?”

That country singer?” Lynn asked in disbelief. “Are you kidding me?  Ashton Raines is the country singer…”

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Quick Pick Five

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FROM THE BOOK:

Her name was Tamar.

Something about her was so tragic, so poetic, so beyond my ability to fix, but I was transfixed, enthralled, and gripped as if I knew she’d change my life in every way…

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