An abducted child and the search for her 21 years later... Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard (Review & #Giveaway)

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Never Let Go
(Uncommon Justice #1)
By Elizabeth Goddard
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company


The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up.

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow's life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget--and put Willow's tender heart at risk.


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My Review

NEVER LET GO is the start of a new romantic suspense series that offers plenty of romance and suspenseful action. There is a strong inspirational element woven through the story as well as plenty of mysteries and friendships. An entertaining read.

What I liked about the story:
- I really liked these characters! Willow and Austin are definitely leading characters readers can cheer on and connect with. They both have weaknesses and strengths, but I like how they were single-minded in finding the truth and trying to protect those who were in danger.
- The inspirational element was woven through the entire story and felt genuine to these characters.
- There were plenty of twists and suspense.
- The romance was super sweet.
- I liked that this story focused on a forensic genealogist, which is something I haven't seen before in literature and seems prevalent for today with all the DNA texts and genealogy lines that people search for.

What I didn't like about the story:
- I would have liked the romance to not be so immediate. The two main characters had all this backstory, but as a reader, I was never involved in that story. It's alluded too, but it didn't quite feel genuine and I just didn't feel the chemistry between these two. There were also lots of moments where the characters were thinking about each other and about their emotions when it felt weird that it would be the first thing on their minds as they were in the middle of these crazy situations. The romance aspect just felt heavy to me and overdone.
- Quite a few of the suspenseful elements didn't work for me. I felt like the bad guys had it much too easy and the good guys who were properly trained allowed things to happen that shouldn't have - at least not in the way they did. It just rubbed me wrong.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall enjoyable story. I would have liked more development in some areas, but other aspects of the story I did enjoy.

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustReadTours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Photo Credit: Emilie Hendryx

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Carol Award–winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generation Texan and can be found online at

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Enter to win an exclusive watercolor... The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (#Giveaway)

I'm sharing about this YA Fantasy. You can read my review from last month here.

The Cold is in Her Bones
By Peternelle van Arsdale
YA Fantasy, Mythology
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 288 Pages
January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books


One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.


"A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike." ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga  

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About the Author

Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub,, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones, will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.


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A sweet story with a culture lovingly woven through... A Monumental Love by Susan Aylworth (Review & #Giveaway)

I love these novellas! Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

A Monumental Love
(Timeless Romance Single)
By Susan Aylworth 
Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
Paperback & ebook, 95 Pages
February 7th 2019 by Mirror Press


An unexpected romance might have the power to heal the past.

Roxelle McCann is eager to meet the family of her best friend, so she takes a mini-vacation to the Navajo Nation. Roxelle expects to find out more about Navajo language and customs and to be awed by the beauty of Monument Valley. She does not expect to find love among the monuments. The man she meets offers both a surprising possible future and a tender reminder of the past.

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A Highlander's Hidden Heart by Julie Coulter Bellon

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My Review

A MONUMENTAL LOVE is a sweet story about finding love in unexpected places, small things that make heroes, and the beauty of a people and culture. Set in part on the Navajo Nation in Arizona on a part at a state university, these characters find challenged by the clash of culture and their modern lives, and that of their needs and desires. Sweet romance fans, especially those who enjoy novellas will enjoy this one.

This story was set not far from me and at some places that I have been, which made for a unique reading experience. I enjoyed the cultural aspect of this story immensely. I also liked these characters and enjoyed seeing how the heroine's hero worship of someone who she knew in the past, shaped her future. I would have loved more development in some areas, but being a novella it worked.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a short and sweet story with some wonderful imagery and cultural aspects. I enjoyed the friendships, but especially enjoyed the romance that faced some interesting challenges. An overall enjoyable read.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author's publicist, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Susan Aylworth loves books, poems, plays, words in almost all polite forms, and good raspberry jam. Her first book, started when she was nine, "was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal.

A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. "It's one way to live many lives all at once." Servant to two spoiled cats, she lives in northern California with her writer husband, Roger. She wishes the kids would visit more often.

Susan loves "travel, great music, and hearing from readers." Reach her at, post on her wall at: or follow her @SusanAylworth. "If you enjoy my books, please tell everyone you know: friends, relatives, neighbors, the person who delivers your mail, people you meet in line in the grocery store, everyone!" She welcomes ideas for new books and characters.

Tour Schedule

Feb 25: Katie’s Clean Book Collection / Peggy Urry Writer
Feb 26: Mel’s Shelves / Getting Your Read On
Feb 27: Wishful Endings / Bookworm Lisa
Feb 28: Heidi Reads / The Bibliophile Files
March 1: Literary Time Out / My Book a Day / Books are Sanity / Singing Librarian Books

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I Can't Wait for... The Memory House by Rachel Hauck (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I'm a huge Rachel Hauck fan! Her books have slowly evolved to deeper topics, but they always pull on my emotions and include characters I can't help but fall in love with. Her upcoming release is my pick this week...

The Memory House
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
April 2nd 2019 by Thomas Nelson


Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

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A story of loss, desperation, and love... A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden (Review & #Giveaway)

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I've enjoyed this author's work before and have been looking forward to
reading more from her. Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

A Desperate Hope
(Empire State #3)
By Elizabeth Camden
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers


Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.

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My Review

A DESPERATE HOPE is a story of loss, desperation, love and what it means to be family. Readers won't be able to resist falling in love with this small town with all its quirks and charm. The people who live, fight, and love there make it the wonderful place it is and surround these two main characters as they try to navigate being on opposite sides of each other and then work to save this town. There are plenty of twists, a little danger, and a delightful romance to keep things interesting. If you're an historical romance, sweet romance, or inspirational romance fan, this story is highly recommended!

From the first page I knew I was going to easily get into this story and that it was going to be good. It did not disappoint. I adored these characters, this town, and the struggle to save what they had. The story of a town being wiped away for a reservoir was quite intriguing, as were the other parts of this story that involved sabotage and danger as well as a light inspirational element. But, the part of the story that captured me the most were these characters. I loved the townspeople with all their individual personalities and how they interacted with each other. Even more, I loved Alex and Eloise who are both so different, but so perfect for each other. The romance was sweet, fun, with fabulous banter and chemistry.

There were so many lines that I loved—little nuggets of wisdom that resonated with me or made me smile. Here is one that I especially adored because it really puts things into perspective and felt just right for this story where a detour of water was created in place of a town:
"The detour that had been thrown into their lives ended up guiding him and Eloise exactly where they were meant to be."

I did have one misgiving with the story. It was how easily Alex dismisses Eloise and what she desperately needs at one point, even being unwilling to help her in any way. I could see things from Alex's perspective, but it was fairly unforgivable and yet Eloise forgives him easily. I felt like that could have been worked through a little more, maybe Alex addressing that better. Although, I loved this story regardless.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story! If you enjoy small-town charm, a slue of unforgettable characters, a desperate fight for survival, some suspense, and an exciting romance, then definitely pick this up! You will love every minute.

Content: Some innuendo and references to love scenes as well as some violence, but no descriptive details. Clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of twelve historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida.

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A story of pain, loss and hope... How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim (Interview & Review)

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How the Light Gets In
By Joina Petersheim
Christian Contemporary Romance, Mennonite/Amish
Paperback & ebook, 400 Pages
March 5th 2019 by Tyndale House Publishers


“Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim’s capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice—what is best when every path will hurt someone?”Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.

When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.

Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.

But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write How the Light Gets In?

When my firstborn daughter, now six, was a year old, we took a walk in Wisconsin on a cold fall day. Afterward, I envisioned a young mother coming there with almost nothing and how she would survive. Two years later, my husband’s uncle shared a newspaper article with me about a Wisconsin cranberry farmer who used old-fashioned equipment; that was when I knew the twist for the modern retelling of Ruth.

2. How do you expect the novel to resonate with your audience? What are you most excited for your readers to experience through reading this story?

How the Light Gets In will resonate with readers who find themselves struggling to maintain a healthy marital relationship in the wake of transition. And what life is exempt from transition? Ruth and Chandler’s journey, of choosing love even when the person they have chosen to marry has changed, will encourage readers to choose love as well.

My utmost dream for this story is to strengthen marriages by offering an intimate look at both sides of that union. Also, being in the throes of young motherhood with three girls under six, I am passionate about encouraging women to pursue their creative gifts, so they can continue pouring back into their spirits, and from this refilling, they can continue to pour out.

3. What role does faith play in this story?

At the story’s opening, Ruth and Chandler have spent the past five years so focused on making a temporal difference in the world, their eternal perspectives have become opaque. After Ruth receives news of Chandler’s death, her world is turned upside down, and she understands how desperately she needs faith—the faith she’s neglected—to help her and her daughters survive such loss. Ruth’s heart finds healing while working the cranberry harvest with Elam, her husband’s cousin, who has a simple, steadfast faith that encourages her own.

4. What lessons or truths do you hope people take away from How the Light Gets In?

I want readers to see that Jesus is the only one who can offer lasting fulfillment and peace. Marital frustration often stems from the fact that husbands and wives expect their spouses to fulfill that longing. But when you both begin to pursue Jesus and understand your identity in him, it releases your spouse from that unattainable expectation, and you can both pull together toward wholeness and joy.

5. You say this story is both cautionary and redemptive. Can you explain that a bit, without giving too much away?

How the Light Gets In is a cautionary tale because it tells the story of two people who have lost sight of each other in the day-to-day demands of parenthood and obligation. I want readers to see how they might be falling into a similar pattern—for instance, reaching for their smart phones at the end of the day rather than reconnecting with their husband or wife—and inspire them to incorporate simple ways to reconnect hearts. This story is a redemptive one as well because Ruth and Chandler are given a second chance to love each other better. As long as we have breath, I believe we can learn to love each other better. This story challenged me even as I wrote it. At this point in the publishing process, How the Light Gets In challenges me still.

6. As an author, what did you particularly enjoy about writing this story?

I wrote How the Light Gets In during a particularly challenging season in our marriage— we had just moved home to Tennessee from Wisconsin, leaving our farm and my husband’s homesteading dreams—and the process of understanding Ruth’s and Chandler’s martial journey helped me have a deeper appreciation for ours. Life isn’t always as linear as we would like, and we have to learn to love each other in the midst of transition, extending grace and empathy when one partner might be feeling that transition at a deeper level, because our time will come, and we will want them to extend grace to us as well.

7. How do you hope Ruth’s story will encourage readers?

I hope Ruth’s story will encourage readers to make their marriages a priority, even during the challenging young parenting years when it’s so hard to have the time and energy to reconnect. Ironically, it’s 6:30 in the morning, and I’m writing this on a plane bound for Colorado for our tenth anniversary trip. It’s been a challenging season while we’re building our house, raising our daughters, and working to eliminate some health issues, and therefore it’s even more necessary for us to get away and find each other again as husband and wife, not just mom and dad.

8. What is it about Ruth’s story that women will relate to?

I am passionate about women taking time to pursue creative outlets that pour back into their souls. Our society places a lot of demands on women that can often leave us physically, emotionally, and spiritually parched. I would love if women would read Ruth’s story, of taking time to pursue her artistry even while juggling young motherhood, and find the courage to pursue their artistry as well. Since we are all created in the Artist’s image, is it any wonder that our hearts come most alive while we’re creating? Discover what you love—painting, singing, knitting, writing, baking—and pursue it. You have a gift.

9. How do you hope this book brings healing and refreshment to marriages?

I hope How the Light Gets In brings healing and refreshment to marriages by helping them see they are worthy of love, just as they are. Insecurity can erect defenses in marriage, but once we’re aware that Jesus loves us where we are, it pushes us toward that love; and that understanding of love helps us love each other perfectly, the way it was meant to be since the beginning of time.

10. What is one thing you learned about yourself through writing this book?

Ruth, at the beginning of the story, has these defenses in place to protect her heart. Only once she steps into her identity as a beloved daughter of God can she find healing and wholeness. I didn’t know I had erected defenses around my own heart as well until this novel brought them to light. I am so grateful for the ability to understand my own heart by processing life and love through my characters.

My Review

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is a story of pain, loss, and hope as a mother with two young children loses her father, father-in-law, and husband within a few months. It's a story of family, forgiveness, and healing, with strands of faith and romance woven throughout.

This was such a bittersweet, heartbreaking, but beautiful story! I absolutely adored these characters, from Ruth and her brokenness, to her mother-in-law Mabel, to Ruth's sweet girls, to Elam and his tenderness, and to Chandler who was doing the best he knew. I couldn't help falling in love with them all. This story was so well written, with twists and turns (one that was very surprising that I would have liked to have been extended quite a bit at the end). It is a retelling of the biblical story of Ruth, but the author did a wonderful job in really making this story her own, and in making a Mennonite story work for me. It pulled on all my emotions, broke my heart, and then healed it. It also had so many little pieces of wisdom that prompted some self-reflection.

"For wasn't it easier to be someone's knight in shining armor, halfway around the world, than to participate in the unsung day-to-day efforts required of child-rearing and marriage?"

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a story that was well worth the read. The bittersweet moments were well balanced with sweet and heartfelt ones, with characters readers will love, and a story all can relate to in one way or another. Definitely recommended for inspirational romance readers!

Content: Some suggested content between a married couple, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Alliance, The Midwife, and The Outcast, which Library Journal called “outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational” in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. That book also became an ECPA, CBA, and Amazon bestseller and was featured in Huffington Post’s Fall Picks, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Tennessean. CBA Retailers + Resources called her second book, The Midwife, “an excellent read [that] will be hard to put down,” and Romantic Times declared, “Petersheim is an amazing new author.” Her third book, The Alliance, was selected as one of Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction titles of 2016. Jolina’s nonfiction writing has been featured in Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest, and Today’s Christian Woman. She and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their two young daughters. Jolina blogs regularly at

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Pajama Party: The Story by E. C. Jackson (Tour Launch & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
Pajama Party: The Story
By E. C. Jackson

Note from the Author

Food, Fun and Pillow Fights! Welcome to the book tour for my first YA book.

Pajama Party: The Story is the companion book to A Living Hope. The main character of A Living Hope, Sadie Cummings, wrote this book for the girls of Shiatown. After the book was published, she quickly adapted the story into a play. In Sadie’s story, she fought for a chance to restore broken dreams and dealt with the reality of missed chances and bad decisions. Interaction with the nine girls in the drama provided insight into her own teen and college years.

Each girl held solid convictions about herself. Strong personalities prevailed within the group at large. During rehearsals, Sadie observed them through times of happiness and when they were hurting. However, her opinions about their character fluctuated on any given day. One fact never changed: Individuals who appeared to be followers were selective in who they followed. It seemed they never followed anyone to places they had no wish to go or engaged in events they had no wish to join.

But why? Their motivations highlight the story.

Pajama Party is adapted from a play I wrote many years ago. I hope you enjoy the peek inside the lives of nine girls who stole my heart. My prayer is that they steal your heart as well.

— E. C.

Pajama Party: The Story
By E. C. Jackson
YA Christian Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
August 26th 2017 by E. C. Jackson

Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.

Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.

Tour Schedule

February 25th:
My Devotional Thoughts
February 26th:
Brooke Blogs
February 27th:
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Splashes of Joy
February 28th:
Hearts & Scribbles
Locks, Hooks and Books
March 1st:
Teatime and Books
Tell Tale Book Reviews
March 2nd:
Grand Finale

About the Author

E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

A note from E. C. Jackson: “The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.

Tour Giveaway

One 1st Prize winner will receive:
- A Living Hope Paperback (the companion book to Pajama Party: The Story)
- 1 Key chain for Pajama Party: The Story
- 1 Key chain for A Living Hope

One 2nd Prize winner will receive:
- A $25 Amazon eGift Card

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Weekly Update #306, lots of reviews coming...

Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

We survived a very cold week and are looking forward to warmer temps this week. I'll probably regret saying that, but right now I'd love some warmth.

This week is full of reviews. I don't know quite what I was thinking. It's a lot to read in a week, so I tried last week to read ahead as much as possible. Usually I'm already ahead, but I'd been dragging after the craziness of life and the family being sick. Either way, I'm looking forward to these books! 

This Week

Books I still need to review that hopefully you'll see this week or next:


Here are the giveaways running right now (all will end this week, so enter if you haven't already):

Last Week

In case you missed any of these over the past week...