Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An Amish Garden, Novella, by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, Vannetta Chapman

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller

Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own?

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer

When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of herDat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root?

Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman

Rosemary is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly. Saul begins helping with her family’s garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts—and keeping a secret that could change their lives.

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Where to purchase

About Authors

Beth Wiseman
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, inlcuding Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website: www.kathleenfuller.com Twitter: @TheKatJam Facebook: Author Kathleen Fuller

Tricia Goyer
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children. Twitter: @triciagoyer
Facebook: authortriciagoyer

Vannetta Chapman
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Website: www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @VannettaChapman Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

My Thoughts

Amish genre is one of my top reads and in my opinion anything these four authors write is a must read.

In this book these authors gave me several hours of enjoyable reading. Four stories in one book, is a major plus. In all four stories gardens have a special place in the characters spiritual growth. I too have experienced this type spiritual growth while gardening. Authors like these always leave me in a better place in my walk with God after reading their books.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free ebook from Netgalley/Thomas Nelson for an honest review.

Friday, September 12, 2014

 Annie's Stories, an Ellis Island novel

Clash of the Titles is having a 

During the week of
September 15-23
COTT will be conducting FOUR giveaways, one for each year 
we've been promoting Christian fiction.

During these giveaways, TWENTY of our former champions will bedonating 
62 copies
of their books!

You read right--62 novels!
(Distributed among four differentwinners.)

Mark your calendars to return to COTT on September 15.
You don't want miss this amazing event!

And now, our featured novel....


Clash of the Titles' next featured author comes in with a storm ofhigh-five comments from some very dedicated fans! Cindy'snovel, Annie's Stories, was the runner-up in our August Clash,and for good reason. Doesn't that cover just make you want to dropeverything and float away on a good book? 
Why not grab, this book...?

About the book:
The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Ozis taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next greatbook will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more thanentertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After hisdeath, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at HawkinsHouse.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconductand authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears shemay lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means offunding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, thefriendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in herfather’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold agrand secret.

Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share herfather’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie mustforge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s alwaysenvisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.


What our voters had to say!
--Annie's Stories was a sweet novel. Cindy Thomson was a new author to me.I will definitely be reading more of her books!
--Love your stories, Cindy Thomson!
--Sounds wonderful Cindy Thomson. Reminds me of be read to by my lovelyparents.
--Looking forward to reading Annie's Stories, Cindy Thomson!
--Cindy Thomson is such a talent!
--I loved this novel by author Cindy Thomson.
--Vote for Annie's Stories!
--Cindy Thomson I am really looking forward to reading Annie's Stories! Iknow I can carve out some quality reading time really soon! -Ronda R
--Go Cindy Thomson! Her books are great! You won't regret picking up herbook!
--I just love the way Cindy weaves a story :-)
What Cindy's readers have to say:
"Now and again there comes along a book that holds a personal message forme. I believe these messages come from God. In that alone I’m so very gladI read this book. The influence a book can have on a reader is a specialmessage gleaned from this book. Annie looks to the characters in TheWonderful Wizard of Oz while dealing with her life challenges. Any readercan relate to having been influenced by a book."  ~ChristianManifesto, 2014 Lime Award Nominee

Amazon reviewer: "A good historical novel will take you back through theyears and let you remember a time you never experienced. Cindy Thomson'sEllis Island series is doing just that. A great historical novel won'tstop there, though, it will also give you characters to befriend whileyou're in its pages. Cindy Thomson's books do that as well."~TheophilusFarrell4

About the author:
Ciny Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love ofhistory and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing,including her new Ellis Island series. Cindy is also the
author of Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland. Shecombined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography ThreeFinger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society forAmerican Baseball Research's Larry Ritter Book Award. In addition to books,Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and printpublications and is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian WritersGuild. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in centralOhio.

Connect with Cindy:

Find more great reads at Clash of the Titles.com!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season, Appalachian Blessings Series by Sarah Loudin Thomas

In a Drought, it's the Darkest Cloud That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle. 

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

Where to Purchase

Read Excerpt here

About Author

Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. 

My Thoughts

Perla Long and her young daughter moves into her sister's family home in hopes of a peaceful new begining for her and her child.  But people began to notice Perla was not normal, plus she had a past that most of the community was not willing to overlook. Some claimed she was a witch then there was a few that saw her as gifted by God.  There was one person, Caswell Phillips, that was exceptionally kind to her and her daughter. Caswell tried to explain to her and others  how special she and her gift really were. That is until he found out about her past which she tried so hard to keep secret.

The time this story is set was during a drought which created hard times for most everyone. The main character is  one a very special single woman with a child nd they are going through very hard times.  The author writes about how in times like these God uses the lowest of society to bless a whole community even though they be blind to the gifts right in front of them.  

This brings to mind the verse when Jesus draws a line in the sand and asks for those without sin to throw a stone at the adultress woman.  All had walked away because none were without sin?

God prevails in this story with a  miracle in a dry season.

 I highly recommend this book. 

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley/Bethany House for an honest review.

Monday, September 8, 2014

August Winner and Upcoming GRAND Event!

A hearty thanks to all the voters who turned out for this month'sclash!
The scores have been tallied and a winner chosen.
But before the grand reveal, an announcement...


Clash of the Titles is having a 
During the week of
September 15-23
COTT will be conducting FOUR giveaways, one for each year 
we've been promoting Christian fiction.
During these giveaways, TWENTY of our former champions will bedonating 
62 copies
of their books!

You read right--62 novels!
(Distributed among four different winners.)

Mark your calendars to return to COTT on September 15.
You don't want miss this amazing event!


And now, the winner of our August Clash...

The Rose Ring

by Lucie Ulrich

Congratulations, Lucie! 

As you'll note from the comments (below) left during the voting, Lucie's fans simply adore her.

Lucie, welcome to the family.


With a will that reads like a piece of fiction, the return of his long-lost brother, and the possibility of losing the family ranch, Micah Cooper calls on high school friend, Sky Baxter, to bailhimout of a bad situation.

Though her brain tells her no, Sky’s heart says yes. Sheaccepts Micah’s in-name-only proposal, knowing it’s unlikely anything permanent will come of it. She’s been in love with him since the ninth grade, and if he hasn’t figured it out by now, there’s little chance he ever will.

When an unexpected kiss ignites a spark, giving Micah hope for a possible future with Sky, a tragic accident threatens to take it all away. Torn between following his heart, doing the right thing, and forgiving the past, Micah is lost in a whirlwind of pain and emotions. Will he make it through the next two years, or will a long-kept family secret be the undoing of them all?


Lucie Ulrich took her time becoming a writer. Not much of a reader as a child, writing was of no interest to
her--until she joined a church drama team. The desire to write a skit, and not simply act out someone else's was so strong, that once she started, she couldn't seem to stop. That first skit led to her becoming the drama team director, then eventually, the performing arts director at a small Christian school.

Lucie's first novel was penned under a tree in a field in Holland.Though her first, second, and third attempts never saw the light of day, parts of each of them became the foundation for "Broken Vessels," her first published work.
No longer involved with the performing arts, Lucie enjoys going on photo shoots with her husband, and taking long (or short) road trips. She hopes tofind inspiration as she and her husband explore the four corners of the UnitedStates. 

What COTT voters had to say:

-Great job Lucie!
-Lucie Ulrich, wonderful story-I really enjoyed it
-Always enjoy reading books written by Lucie Ulrich...hard to put down!
-Lucie Ulrich I can't wait for your next book!
-I love, love, love Lucie Ulrich's work. Ms. Ulrich expertly weaves true-to-life stories that trap the reader in a web of heartache, absolution, forgiveness and acceptance.
-Excellent story, Ms. Ulrich! I couldn't put it down and look forward toseeing a return of these characters in future stories!
-Keep writing, Lucie!
-Loved the book Lucie Ulrich! YG
-Cindy Thompson is one of my favorite authors. She and I share the same passion--genealogy. I look forward to reading her Ellis Island series.
-Way to go Lucie Ulrich. Your books are wonderful!
-Lucie Ulrich is a wonderful author. I have read both of her books and absolutely loved them.
-Lucie Ulrich's book THE ROSE RING is a must read. I didn't want to quit reading. I love it, Lucie!!!

What Lucie's Readers Have to Say:

"The Rose Ring is a story of wounded souls who find healing as they learn to lean on God and come to trust one another. Ulrich has a knack for creating complicated, compelling characters that readers can't help but fall in love with.  What I liked best about this story was that it is woven around realistic family fractures,and that it has a real world ending."

"Lucie Ulrich doesn't just tell us a story,she brings us into the story! I felt their pain and joy, their confusion and relief....It is a story about love and loss, tragedy and forgiveness, inspiration and faith. You’ll be teary-eyed many times throughout the story, so keep a boxof tissues close by. And you'll become so attached to these characters that you'll be better for it! It is emotional, inspiring and unforgettable. Thiswill be a book I will pick up again and again and will recommend it toeveryone I can."