Month: January 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Saturday Series: Love is in the Air! Paper Hearts Giveaway

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, don’t miss out on all the fun! Whether you’re married, happily single, or dating, author Courtney Walsh reminds us all that God has big plans for us.

“Why was it important for me to tell Abigail’s story? Why did it matter that I conveyed this point that God can take our broken dreams and turn them into something beautiful? Because God knew there was a bigger dream inside me. If things were different…

I. Never. Would. Have. Dared. To. Pursue. Our. Dream.”

This week on her blog, she has collaborated with many artist friends to offer beautiful free printables, filled with inspiration and love!

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Visit her website to hear more from Courtney and enter to win a fun giveaway!

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Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

Paper Hearts is available in store and online.

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What’s Happening Wednesday: Romance #Shelfie!

With February only a few days away, we wanted to share a #shelfie with the great novels we will feature in the next few weeks.

Visit the blog for some fun giveaways to come in February!

Feb Shelfie

 

Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren

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What are people saying?

“Warren draws readers back into the fold of the Christiansen family. Readers will delight in the romance that unfolds in spite of Casper’s and Raina’s intentions.”
~ Booklist

Fun Facts:

It Had to Be You and When I Fall in Love, book 2 and 3 of the Christiansen family series, are nominated for Family Fiction book of 2014! Click here to learn more.

 

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

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What are people saying?

“Paper Hearts is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Be prepared to be swept away by this delightful romance about healing the heart, forgiveness, following your dreams and Faith’s role in them.”
~ Fresh Fiction

Fun Facts:

Courtney Walsh is celebrating the release of Paper Hearts on her blog this week with beautiful free printables. Click here to learn more.

 

The Song novelization by Chris Fabry

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 “Heart-wrenching and emotional scenes abound in this tale of fame, fortune, loss, and redemption.”
Romantic Times

Fun Facts:

This novelization is based off of a movie by the same name. The Song movie is a music-driven romantic drama about things we all pursue—love and meaning, coming to DvD February 10th.

 

Old Fashioned novelization by Rene Gutteridge

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What are people saying?

 “Adapted from a screenplay by Rik Swartzwelder, this is a novel romance fans will not want to miss. This book will rank highly among my Favorite Romances of 2014!”
USA Today, Happily Ever After blog

Fun Facts:

The movie Old Fashioned will debut in theaters February 14th, 2015, going head to head with Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Old Fashioned Way by Ginger Kolbaba

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What does this non-fiction companion guide include?

 As you work your way through this 40-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way and be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

Fun Facts:

This non-fiction companion guide is the perfect read for couples!

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Share your #shelfie with us on Twitter or Facebook to be featured on the blog next month!

Happy reading!

Saturday Series: When Even the Wisest of Men are Fools for Love, Can True Love Persevere?

Hey there, readers! Starting this Saturday, we will be doing a weekly series about love and romance leading up to Valentine’s Day—Saturday, February 14.

In literature as in life, there are all types of love stories. There is the love between husbands and wives, between mothers and children, between friends. This Saturday we wanted to talk about what happens when things don’t go right. When you hit a bump in the road.

The novel The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. 

When even the wisest of men are fools for love, can true love persevere?

We have the author, Chris Fabry, to give us a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of the characters and heart of The Song.

 

Tell me about your main character, Jed King. What are his issues?

Jed is such a talented young man. Handsome. He runs deep. And he really loves God and wants to please him. But he struggles with finding himself in the midst of both failure and success. He wants wisdom, he wants to play his music to large crowds, but things just aren’t happening like he thought they would.

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What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?

My hope is that they’ll see themselves in Jed’s story, in Rose’s story, in Shelby, and in Rose’s father, Shep. Each of them are flawed in some way, but each of them have strengths. What does it mean to be faithful to the gift God has given you? Is life just a series of meaningless, purposeless events? Is there a God who really cares? And what does abundant life look like? These are some of the questions I explore through the story.

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How do we come back from a fall from grace in our relationships?

I’ve never met a person who, after falling and receiving forgiveness like Jed, didn’t come to the end of himself. A fall like that will bring you face-to-face with the real you. It will either force you into a state of humility, or you’ll move forward with pride. Those are really the only choices. And the person on the other side has a difficult road too. He has to intentionally and authentically walk through all the pain of betrayal and abandonment and not just brush it aside. It’s not easy, but in the end, God will provide a real opportunity to experience his grace.

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The Song is a novelization of the motion picture screenplay by Richard L. Ramsey. Visit the website for more information on where to buy the dvd.

Thank you for stopping by the blog! Are you a #RomanceReader? What is it about the characters in your favorite romances that makes their love stories believable? Do you prefer “happily ever afters” or more reserved—but perhaps more realistic—alternatives? Share your thoughts with us below! Would love to chat.

January #Crazy4Fiction #BookGiveaway

Hey, readers. Every month you will have the opportunity to win the wonderful new fiction releases we’re so excited about.

This month we have lots to offer. From a New York Times bestselling geopolitical thriller to a novelization of the upcoming romance that is picking a fight with Fifty Shades of Grey, these novels will make the perfect gifts (or winter reads with a cup of cocoa!). Enter giveaway through Rafflecopter widget below.

January Book Giveaway

The Third Target

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Terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments—can New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins uncover the truth behind their next target before it’s too late?

Old Fashioned

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Chivalry makes a comeback.

The Song 

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In a culture where love is cast in #50Shades of ambiguity, #TheSong opens the door to a new tune.

Price of Privilege

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Where will she turn when the truth becomes more dangerous than the lie?

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What genre can you not get enough of right now? Any standout novels in particular? Would love to chat in the comments!

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