Kate Lloyd’s ‘A Letter from Lancaster County’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Will their sibling rivalry get in the way of these two sisters’ chances at life and love? Find out in Kate Lloyd’s new book, A Letter from Lancaster County. When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit their mother’s Mennonite sister in the heart of Amish country. Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

Celebrate the release of Kate’s new book by entering to win her Two Sisters, Two Winners Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A Kindle Fire

Another grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A queen-size Amish quilt

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 27. The winner will be announced July 28 on the Litfuse blog.

Becky Wade’s ‘True to You’ Prize Pack and $100 Giveaway

Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade’s new series! Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade’s new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of True to You
  • A $100 Visa cash card
  • A prize pack hand-picked by Becky

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.

Armed with Truth: Scripture Tattoos Review & Giveaway

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I have never been good at memorizing stuff.  Passing those math fact quizzes in second grade was stressful.  Having to learn and recite entire ballads in middle school was awful.  Science vocabulary quizzes in high school were horrible. 

Over the years, both as a student and as an adult, I’ve practiced nearly every educational trick I know.  I’ve written stuff on flashcards and taped them all over the house.  I’ve written things in different colors.  I’ve used pneumonic devices.  I’ve set facts to music, drawn pictures in place of words, and been quizzed by my mom, even as a high school student.

My memory isn’t any better when it comes to memorizing scripture.  I have scripture flashcards taped around the house.  I write things in out different colors and types of writing, I write them over and over, and my daughter has even helped me practice at times.  Memorizing stuff is really hard for me.


That’s why I was so excited to find out about the Armed with Truth scripture tattoos.  It’s like those little cartoon-like pictures that kiddos often paste onto their arms, but way, way better.  These are scripture verses in a blackish ink and simple font that you can stick anywhere on your body – but, of course, the arm is a great place, because then you can easily see it throughout the day and work to memorize it.


The Armed with Truth tattoos come in thematic packages of ten.  There are all sorts, but I chose the ‘comforted’ package because we’ve had a lot going on this year, and I wanted the opportunity to really dig into these scriptures.

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There are also single words or phrases in neat, artistically-designed fonts, too.  I chose the ‘It is well’ design for that one.


My Big Helper and I each chose the scripture we wanted to apply first.  We studied the directions closely, because we’ve never done anything like this before – not even those little kiddie tattoo-stickers.  It did take us a few minutes to figure out, but it turned out to be really easy – put on skin, wet, wait, and peel off. 


My Big Helper was immediately excited about her scripture tattoo. 


I found that the first benefit of wearing it was an unexpected one:  I found myself thinking about different phrases of the verse on my arm.  The second line especially caught my attention:   “Who created all these?”  Too often, I think, we take for granted the beauty around us.  I forget that these rivers and mountains and trees and clouds weren’t always there – that Someone purposely created them, and they’re intricate and interdependent and beautiful.  I can’t wait to journal this verse.

I haven’t done that yet because we’ve been having the craziest, busiest week ever.  I thought the tattoo would help me memorize scripture, but I’ve most enjoyed the ability to take it with my physically wherever I go.


On the second day, we took a field trip to see the Durham Bulls play ball.  Several people asked about the words on my arm, and I was able to explain about this cool product and how I was using it.  It looked great, and while it’s not looking super crisp or clear in this picture, this was the best I could do with the chaos around me.  I could easily read it in a glance.


Day Three was a work day at home, and we were moving all day. I remembered to take the photo just before bedtime, and despite several showers and hot, humid days, my tattoo still looks great.  Armed with TruthWe had major, huge homeschool events on Days Four and Five.  I barely remembered to breathe and took both photos in the same place, shortly before heading off to bed.  Looking back at the pictures, I can’t tell which was which – my scripture tattoo was holding up beautifully.

My Big Helper had a revelation on this day.   We thought that her verse would have worn off her arm by now, but instead, it was still there, crisp and clear, as she headed off to the NC State History Day competition.  She was nervous and scared as she prepared for judging, and she decided that she was happy to have Isaiah 41:10 on her arm. 

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Day Seven.  My scripture tattoo has begun to lose a bit of its crispness, and with tiny bits of some letters missing, I need to focus on it just a bit more to read it, but as you can see, it’s still there and still looking good.

Day Eight – My Big Helper rubbed her arm after her shower while it was still wet, and she found that her tattoo came right off.  Since the company claimed that it would last for 3-5 days, I think 8 is pretty amazing.  With much of her tattoo now washed off, My Big Helper was able to easily wash off the rest, and she can’t wait to choose her next one.

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I’m super excited about this new product.  I love the versatility, the ease with which I can keep scripture in front of me all day long, and the help it provides mem in both memorizing and praying through scripture.  If you’d like to try Armed with Truth products for yourself, you can use code anest to get a 20% discount off your purchase.  You can also use the widget below to enter the giveaway happening now.

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Hop over to Armed with Truth.  Which one is first on your wishlist?

I received a free package of these tattoos in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


Suggested Title: Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘A Fragile Hope’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

When your life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Celebrate the release of A Fragile Hope by entering to win Cynthia’s Sign of Hope Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 3. The winner will be announced May 4 on the Litfuse blog.

Marlo Schalesky’s ‘Waiting for Wonder’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Because God’s timing is so rarely our own and we lose the wonder in the waiting of life, desperation strikes, plans backfire, and we begin to wonder why God does not fill the emptiness. Be encouraged to find strength and hope in Marlo Schalesky’s new book, Waiting for Wonder. Journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.

Learn the true purpose of waiting on God and living on His timeline and enter to win Marlo’s giveaway.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Two copies of Waiting for Wonder (one for you and one to give to a friend)
  • A KEEP Collective watch set (with a band and watch)



Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 23. The winner will be announced December 27 on Marlo’s blog.


Michèle Phoenix’s ‘Of Stillness and Storm’ Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack

A tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry—don’t miss Michèle Phoenix’s new intimate and bold release, Of Stillness and Storm. It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. When a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again, the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past might be too much. Will it be the family’s undoing?

Take Michèle’s new book with you on your winter vacation and enter to win her Bookworm On-the-Go Prize Pack (because you can’t take a stack of books with you when you travel).


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 31. The winner will be announced January 3 on Michèle’s blog.


Cold-Case Christianity for Kids by J. Warner and Susie Wallace Giveaway

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie’s new book.


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.


“When Death Draws Near” Undercover Artist Giveaway

Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new book, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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‘A Beauty Refined’ Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

New Mitford Giveaway: “”Come Rain or Come Shine”

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You might be saying, “Amy, you’ve already given a copy of this book away!” and you would be right; at least, partly.  I tried to give a copy away, but the giveaway software malfunctioned, and a family emergency took me away.

We’re ready to try again, though, because this is a book well worth winning!  Read on to find out why – and to find out how to enter to win your own copy.

Jan Karon has released a new Mitford novel, and it’s a wonderful story of love and new beginnings.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon returns–with the Mitford wedding readers have been waiting for.

Over the course of twelve Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun. An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis. And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends. Piece of cake, right?

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited–because you’re family.

By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?

Come Rain or Come Shine is like a visit with old friends on the porch at sunset.  It’s a serene story, even while the events of the book are chaotic.  I think it’s because nothing goes horribly wrong and the plot is full of normal life events that many of us face.  Weddings, graduations, adoptions – these are things that we all deal with at one time or another – just not all in the same week. 

That’s not to say that it’s not rollercoaster-ish at times.  Karon tricked me often by making the perfect set-up for a major catastrophe and then dissipating the tension like an early morning fog.  Despite that, Karon writes a somehow calm and soothing story.  The old-fashioned values and country setting are refreshing in this age of speed and consumerism.

I really enjoyed Come Rain or Come Shine.  The characters drew me in and made me want to jump into the wedding preparation craziness with them.  They’re kind and fun and people I’d like to know.   The story is really so much about the characters that they made the book for me.  I’m happy to have found Karon and the Mitford books – I can’t wait to read more.

Jan Karon

Want to win your own copy of Come Rain or Come Shine?  Comment on this post by June 22nd and tell me why you’d like to win this book.

Good luck!