Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dear All, from Annie + Two Giveaways!

Dear readers, authors and fans of Just Commonly,

I was recently hospitalized and officially diagnosed with migraines. It's been only a couple of days at home resting, and recuperating from the associated ailments of migraines. Unfortunately, my recent struggles with migraines and being hospitalized because of it have made a significant change in my lifestyle, especially to my reading schedule. It's my first encounter and realization of how migraines can be so debilitating. After much prayer and discussion with my doctor, I've decided to take a month off in adjusting and accommodating this new lifestyle change. With that said, Just Commonly will not have any new posts for the month of December.

I apologize for not spending and sharing one of my favorite months with you, talking about best books to give and the many wonderful books to review. Don't worry, previously scheduled reviews will just be delayed to early 2017.  My year end "Best" lists will need to be postpone as well, as well as the many giveaways I've planned.  However, I've decided to still post TWO of the intended giveaways which is a THANK YOU to readers and fans of Just Commonly. Just scroll on down for more info.

I will dearly miss this time with you. As you had surmised, my presence on social media will also be affected for December until I have a better grasp on managing my time with the diagnosis, along with time to meet with my doctors. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I'll see you next year, where things will start up again on Just Commonly, with a new feature of many guest posts by your favorite authors! So don't leave me too long!

GIVEAWAY #1 - Prize: 1 box of SIGNED Books

For all those that left a comment on Just Commonly between July 1st through December 31st, each of your comments will be an entry to win a box of signed books (of variety of genres).  No need to do anything, your previous comments will already be counted. To increase your chance, feel free to go back and comment on previous review posts. 

Winner will be selected through Due to shipping costs, only US mailing addresses will be allowed to win. 

GIVEAWAY #2 - Prize: 1 box of Heartwarming books

For all followers of Just Commonly via email or any of the social media platforms, each of your follow will be an entry to win a box of Heartwarming books. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. Due to shipping costs, only US mailing addresses will be allowed to win. 

If these giveaways don't interest you, stay tune for more in January, the rest of my December giveaways!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Silent Night, Star-Lit Night by Ruth Logan Herne, A Second Chance at Star Inn Story

"Lack of chocolate noted.  Remedy situation ASAP.

Title:  Star Night, Star-Lit Night 
Collection: Second Chance at Star Inn
Author:  Ruth Logan Herne
Publisher:  Swerve
Release Date:  October 25, 2016
Genre:  Inspirational Contemporary Novella

Welcome to Heywood, Oregon where three lost women find healing, hope and love under the bright light of the town's old Star Inn this Christmas season.

Jed Taylor knows how to cowboy up on the range, and on the sales’ floor of his family’s rapidly growing western and ranch store in Central Washington, which is exactly where he would normally be a week before Christmas… but when he heard Mia O’Loughlin was planning a trip north, pregnant and alone, Jed’s promise to her late husband kicked in. More Grinch than grace, he boarded a plane and headed to the coast, determined that his best friend’s widow wouldn’t make the long trek alone.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this, widowed, pregnant and all alone on the West Coast.

E.R. nurse and Red Cross emergency responder Mia O’Loughlin had always taken life in full stride, but losing her deployed husband the week before she realized they were expecting their first child knocked her off-kilter. With Christmas and her due date approaching, all she can see is getting back home to Kittitas County for the birth of her child… their child… and seeing her failing Grandpa Joe one last time. Determined to do it on her own, she reluctantly allows Jed to accompany her, mostly because the gruff cowboy showed up and won’t take no for an answer.

But when a blizzard grinds their progress to a stop in Northern Oregon, the light from an old inn beckons them into a town hunkered down to ride out the unexpected storm. With the help of the inn’s wise and wonderful “angel,” Mia realizes the old white church has been turned into a shelter. She insists on leaving the inn to help those forced out of their homes and off the highway. As she and Jed improvise to provide comfort to others, they begin to see that facing this once-dreaded Christmas together could be the very best way of all. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Family Arrangement by Gabrielle Meyer

"Life is all about risks. Love is simply one of them." (111)

Title:  A Family Arrangement
Collection: Little Falls Legacy, Book 1
Author: Gabrielle Meyer
Publisher:  Love Inspired Historical
Release Date:  December 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Makeshift Family 

Abram Cooper has ten months to turn rough Minnesota country into a vibrant town, or his sister-in-law will take his three sons back to Iowa with his blessing. Until then, Charlotte Lee has agreed to keep house and help raise his children as part of their bargain. But can the single father fulfill Charlotte's requirements in time to make sure that she and his boys don't leave—and take his heart with them?

Charlotte is convinced that the wilderness is no place to raise her nephews. But as she watches the community slowly develop, she sees that Abram just might be able to make it blossom. With three little matchmakers bringing her and Abram together, Little Falls could become not just a flourishing town, but the perfect home for their patchwork family.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Storm, Stone Braide Chronicles, #3 by Bonnie Calhoun

Title:  Storm
Series:  Stone Braide Chronicles, Book 3
Author:  Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  November 1, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Sci-Fi Fiction

Selah's mind and life are beginning to fracture. Can she complete the Third Protocol before it's too late?

As Selah and her companions mourn the loss of those who died in the Mountain, they are faced with a new threat. Selah must complete the Third Protocol before she fractures and loses herself completely. All clues lead to the West, but what will they find when they get there? The other side of the mountains holds unknown perils--volcanic ash, dangerous storms, and strange new settlements that could hold the keys to Selah's quest . . . or lead to her destruction.

The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing--along with the list of those out for her blood. Selah must find the strength within herself to keep going and complete the mission for which so many have sacrificed so much.

But have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a legend?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fatal Frost, Defenders of Justice #1, by Nancy Mehl

Title:  Fatal Frost
Series:  Defenders of Justice, Book 1
Author:  Nancy Mehl
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  November 1, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Suspense

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent--Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman

"Why is it that I keep trying to live a good life, and God 
keeps challenging me at every turn?" (20)

Title:  Love Bears All Things
Series: An Amish Secrets Novel, Book 2
Author:  Beth Wiseman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  October 11, 2016
Genre: Amish Fiction

Charlo­tte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a web of deception—and this time, she isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancĂ©e’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlo­tte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.

Charlo­tte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she’ll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte’s friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn’t even sure herself? 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Finding Margo by Jen Turano + Giveaway

Title:  Finding Margo
Series: Finding Home, Book 1
Author:  Jen Turano
Publisher:  Gilead Publishing
Release Date:  November 14, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction (with a hint of Amish Fiction)

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It's time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small Dutch town in Ohio?

Sheriff's deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn't who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions... the kind that make her a target for a killer.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone.

Is finding Margo the solution to Brock's problems or just the beginning...?

Is it a tad bit ironic that I chose the above quote from Jen Turano's newest release, Finding Margo on her birthday of all days?!  (Sorry Jen, I already picked that one out to start my review prior to finding out it was your birthday.) It is truly coincidental (and cool) that my review lands on the author's birthday, don't you think? So of course, I need to give a big shout out to wish Jen Turano a wonderful birthday. And honestly, I think you ALL should head over to her social media sites and send her a nice emoticon. You'll find links in her bio further down.  Now, back to the review.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Love Everlasting, Book 2 of Isle of Hope Series by Julie Lessman

"...a love worth having is a love worth praying for..."

Title:  Love Everlasting
Series: Isle of Hope, Book 2
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Julie Lessman, LLC
Release Date: September 30, 2016

He sets hearts on fire.
She’s been burned by love.
Can hope survive the flames of the past?

School teacher by day, ghostwriter by night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, but to live it? No, thank you, not since the man she loved turned out to be a player who broke both her heart and her spirit. Now focused more on her faith and her fiction, she vows the next time she falls in love, it will be safely—through the pages of a book.

Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic player who breaks hearts as regularly as he washes his pearl-white Corvette. Abandoned as a young child, Sam was an orphan shuffled through the foster-care system, bitterly driven to prove he is worthy of love—the kind that lasts forever. Once he learns Shannon is a romance writer, he enlists her help in winning back his ex-girlfriend. She teaches him about faith and the true definition of love, and he soon discovers he’s been seeking it in the wrong place all along—and with the wrong girl. But can he convince a woman who's been burned by love to open her eyes—and her heart—to a love everlasting?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yuletide Redemption by Jill Kemerer

" best think about that worm chewing a hole in your heart." (184)

Title:  Yuletide Redemption
Series:  Lake Endwell, Book 4
Author:  Jill Kemerer
Publisher:  Love Inspired
Release Date:  November 22, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

A Mother’s Christmas Wish

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Adventures of Rooney Cruz - Abigail: Belle of Bravery + Giveaway

Title:  The Adventures of Rooney Cruz, Abigail: Belle of Bravery
Series: Bible Belles, Book 3 
Author: Erin Weidermann
Publisher: Bible Belles
Release Date:  November 10, 2016
Genre: Children

The children's book "The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Abigail The Belle of Bravery" is the third of an original children's Christian book series presenting real heroes like never before! Give your little belle the chance to learn about and look up to real role models: the Bible Belles! This fun Christian story book is great for pre and early readers age 4-8, and independent readers age 9 and 10.

With the help of her angel Mari, Rooney has learned that she has two real superpowers: Prayer and Patience. The adventure continues in Book Three of the Bible Belles series, as Rooney faces her toughest challenge yet. After a tough afternoon with her brother and some neighborhood kids, Rooney is faced with a difficult choice: can she be brave enough to do the right thing? 

Through the story of Abigail, Rooney learns that she can call upon the courage of God to boldly face any problem with the confidence that He will see her through it!

In this fun kid's book, travel with Rooney on many exciting and meaningful adventures that will teach her about the amazing God who loves her and transform her into the best kind of superhero-a Bible Belle!. Help your little belle learn the true definition of beauty and unlock the secret of her own life: God made her a hero, too! In today's world, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who get noticed. Together, the Bible Belles show us how to make a different kind of noise.

Our mission is to empower the next generation of girls to make a different kind of noise. We serve the moms and dads out there who struggle with what the world tells their daughters to be. Imagine if you could give your daughter superpowers, a chance to discover the hero inside her heart. Don't let what the world tells her be her truth. Instead, guide your daughter toward her destiny, and help her discover God's love and her purpose.

Remember & Return: Rekindling Your Love for the Savior by John MacArthur

Title:  Remember & Return: Rekindling Your Love for the Savior
Author: John MacArthur
Publisher:  Baker Books
Release Date:  June 7, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction 

Rediscover the One who first loved you.

In the busyness and trials of life, it's easy to drift away from the Savior. We may continue to go to church and even read the Scriptures and pray, but we can still lose our first love. Christ commended the church in Ephesus for their works and for their intolerance of false doctrine, yet admonished them to remember and return to their first love--Him. In the same way, our outward religiosity can mask an inner lack of love for our Savior.

In this thirty-one-day devotional, John MacArthur takes you down a biblically prescribed path as you rediscover who Christ is, what He has done, and how you must respond. Each entry will move you from understanding to application to reflection and prayer, with a goal of rekindling your first love for Christ.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie

Title: Love Literary Style
Author:  Karin Gillespie
Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date:  November 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary writer falling for a self-published romance writer?

Novelist Aaron Mite meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her.

Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He often quotes the essayist, Arthur Krystal who says literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that he’s emotionally frozen. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.

In the tradition of The Rosie Project, Love Literary Style is a sparkling romantic comedy which pokes fun at the divide between low and high brow fiction. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Balancing Strong Female Characters with Strong Male Characters By Heather Day Gilbert

Welcome, Heather Gilbert to Just Commonly! 

My novels are quite varied, running the gamut from contemporary mysteries set in West Virginia to Viking historicals. But one thing I believe my readers would agree on: I write strong female leads.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett + Goodreads Giveaway

Title:  Triple Love Score
Author:  Brandi Megan Granett
Publisher: Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing
Release Date:  September 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

A poetry professor stumbles into fame and fortune as an anonymous online Scrabble(r) poet. Miranda lives a quiet life among books and letters as a poetry professor in a small upstate town. When two snap decisions turn up the volume on her life, she must decide whether or not her best laid plans actually lead to where her heart wants to go.