Monday, July 4, 2022

Carol Awards Finalists 2022 -- Contemporary Fiction

GIVEAWAY


First off -- what exactly are the Carol Awards?

They are awards given out by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in recognition of outstanding Christian fiction in the previous calendar year. So these 2022 finalists are books published in 2021. You might have read them already, you might not. I'll include links to reviews of the books I've read, but I have a lot of catching up to do so there will be gaps.

How does this giveaway work?

You select which of the Carol Award finalists 2022 -- Contemporary Category you would like to receive if your name is drawn. Mention the title in your comment (or an email if you're entering that way) and if you win, that's the book that will be sent to you. Easy Peasy. Here are the three finalists: 

Where Grace Appears
by Heidi Chiavaroli

Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those close to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father's death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.

When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve her lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie's great-aunt's Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie's unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feeling blossoming between them are threatened.

As summer gives way to fall, Jose struggles with decisions regarding her family's future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth?

A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will  fall in love with the Martin family -- Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Branson, Amie and their mother Hannah -- each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.

A Piece of the Moon
by Chris Fabry

When eccentric millionaire Gideon Quidley receives a divine revelation to hide his earthly treasure somewhere in the hills, he sets out to find the perfect hiding spot, choosing only a few bible verses as clues leading to untold riches of gold, silver, cash...and one very unexpected -- and very costly -- item. 

Treasure hunters descends upon the hills of West Virginia, including this surrounding the small town of Emmaus, where TD Lovett and Wait Evers provide the latest updates and the beating heart of the community on radio Country 16. Neither man is much-interested in a wild goose chase for Quidley's treasure, though Waite is busy keeping the station afloat and caring for the bruised souls who have landed there. Meanwhile, TD's more intent on winning over local junkyard owner, Pidge Bedsoe, who has taken in a shy, wounded boy to raise. 

But after an estranged friend goes missing searching for the treasure, TD is unexpected drawn to the hunt. As TD joins the race to find Quidley's wealth, he discovers where his own real treasure lies, and he begins to suspect there's a hidden piece of Gideon Quidley's treasure that no one could've expected.

Roots of Wood and Stone
by Amanda Wen

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know their's.  When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn't expect much from the common artifact...until she finds real treasure inside; a nineteenth century diary. Now she's on the hunt to find out more.

Garret Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother's historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer's, he can't afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles" Sloane who's fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kanasa. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love -- and a God who faithful carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories the beauty of God's plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.



GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for a paperback or ebook copy -- winner's choice

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the  Carol Awards Finalists 2022 -- Contemporary Fiction, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 9 2022 . Offer open to International Readers. Good luck

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Lulu's Cafe

GIVEAWAY
RANDOM RETRO RE-READ DAY!

LOWE, T.I.
LULU'S CAFE

When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.

On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small cafe, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu's tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she's accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.

Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu's, Crowley is wary of Leah's sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can't be denied. But after all she's been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?

Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu's Cafe gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep them seem.

My Review:

published in 2014

"Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed.; save me, Lord, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." Jeremiah 17:14

What a mesmerizing read! Deeply profound. Moving. Devastating. And hopeful. And the way the reader gets to connect the dots and see the way God is pursuing Leah when she can't see it herself is so inspiring. This stories show how we can be God's hands and feet in this broken world.

Lulu's Cafe is a hard read at first. Domestic abuse is vicious and Lowe shoves us into that darkness right away. She doesn't mince words or shy away from a brutal portrayal of the evil and its aftermath. But, reader take heart because Leah's story is laced with hope and when she hits Lulu's Cafe...well, the story takes a whole other turn.

A word about Crowley Mason. He can stand proudly on my Book Hero pedestal. His heart. His faith. His honor. That Southern charm. All while being a devastatingly handsome flirt. Definitely worthy of an ugly cry ending. Sniffle. My heart is so full.

I listened to the audible edition of Lulu's Cafe, narrated by Natasha Soudek and I really enjoyed the Southern atmosphere she conjured up.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

This giveaway is for a paperback or ebook copy -- winner's choice

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Lulu's Cafe, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday July 9 2022 . Offer open to International Readers. Good luck

Saturday, July 2, 2022

July Giveaway -- Week One

HAPPY CANADA DAY /
4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!!!

You all make these Reader's Choice weeks so much fun! Love the bookish chats and oodles of new books filling up my handy dandy wishlist book (yes, I have a book!) Makes me want to abandon everything on my TBR list and grab all new! lol Which I won't, of course, but it's still tempting. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to books! So many choices and I want them all! But enough of my nattering, I'm sure you didn't stop by for that. Nope, you've tuned in for the winner announcements, but I'm going to torture you a bit more with quarterly nerdy statistics first: the most popular picks per genre day:

MOST REQUESTED HISTORICAL FICTION
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MOST REQUESTED CONTEMPORARY FICTION
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MOST REQUESTED MYSTERY / SUSPENSE FICTION
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MOST REQUESTED AMISH FICTION
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And now onto the good stuff...drum roll, please...rapapapapum...I give you the ...

READER'S CHOICE 
SUMMER BOOKFEST
WINNERS!

HISTORICAL WINNERS

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WON BY KAY GARRETT

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WON BY TAMMIE EDINGTON SHAW

CONTEMPORARY WINNERS

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WON BY LORI SMANSKI

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WON BY ELIZABETH LITTON

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE WINNERS

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WON BY NORA

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WON BY LUCY REYNOLDS

AMISH WINNERS

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WON BY CC

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WON BY KIM HANSEN

CHRISTIAN FICTION WINNERS
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WON BY CARYL KANE

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WON BY LADY SNOW ANGEL

GOAL REVIEW WINNERS

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WON BY ALISON BOSS

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WON BY TRIXI

But wait, it's not over yet! This 'Vanity' category has become a blog tradition. It's where I choose my favourite cover in each genre and then draw from the names of the readers who entered them...a kind of draw within a draw. Here are the cover-love winners:

HISTORICAL 
COVER-LOVE WINNER
(really, a picture speaks
a thousand words. Stunning!)

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WON BY TRACEY HAGWOOD

CONTEMPORARY 
COVER-LOVE WINNER
a tie! I couldn't make up my mind
but one represents day and the 
other night so it's kinda appropriate :-)

(Love the blue/teal tones -- screams
summer and since I know it's
PEI it lures me in that much more.)

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WON BY JACKIE SMITH

(Love the contrast between the 
silhouetted images and the sunset
background and the twinkle lights
scream festive summery romance!)

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WON BY DIANA FLOWERS


MYSTERY / SUSPENSE 
COVER-LOVE WINNER
(Atmospheric! Kinda spooky with
the images fading in and out of
each other.)

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WON BY SARAH POOL


WAIT! DON'T GO AWAY!!

We're still not through 'cause we have another Reader's Choice tradition of picking a random # of entries per day and that becomes  the "just because bonus giveaway." If I'm not making sense, all you need to know is that it means more book giveaways! Woohoo! This time to the 33rd entry of each genre day.

HISTORICAL 33RD

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WON BY PAM K

CONTEMPORARY 33RD

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WON BY LEA


MYSTERY / SUSPENSE 33RD

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WON BY PATTY

Phew! That's another Rc wrap up. I'll send winners an email stating their book win, publication date and request for mailing address (or email, if ebook is chosen) so that I have everything read for release dat, Then I'll email you once again when the book has been ordered.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

SUNDAY
I'm starting something new for the summer,
 inspired by one of Kathleen's goals -- re-reading favourites which will be featured every Sunday and this week it's...
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MONDAY
Tis the season of the
Carol Awards Finalists Countdown!
This week we will look at the 
Contemporary Finalists

TUESDAY
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WEDNESDAY
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THURSDAY
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FRIDAY
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Friday, July 1, 2022

Reader's Choice -- Quarterly Goal Review

 
GIVEAWAY
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

I've added a list of books not yet mentioned that I found in my online sleuthing...just scroll past all my rambling and you'll see a list of some pretty awesome sauce books that are worth adding to your TBR lists.


QUARTERLY GOALS REVIEW
GIVEAWAY!

It's super easy -- you just need to share at least one reading goal you have made for 2022. Can be as simple as the # of books you'd like to read or an author you'd like to try or a genre you want to focus on. Anything goes, they're your goals, after all. And, if you're comfortable sharing, let us know how you are progressing. Then, in the same comment, list a book that will help you reach your goal. So it looks like this:

"I want to catch up on some suspense series. Night Prey by Susan Sleeman."

****NOTE: BOOKS MUST BE CHRISTIAN FICTION****

You can enter up to three times in three separate comments -- and you can use the same goal or different ones each time.

Books can be published any time up through SEPTEMBER 2022. Currently published books will be ordered the first week in April for the winners, otherwise it will be an IOU for a July, Aug or Sept 2022 title.

See? Easy Peasy. But if you're still not clear, don't be shy about asking questions.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: TODAY'S GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO EMAIL ENTRIES. JUST TYPE 'READING GOALS' IN THE SUBJECT LINE AND THEN LIST YOUR ENTRY SELECTIONS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL.*

KAV'S 2022 
READING GOALS
   QUARTERLY REVIEW:

226 books read (that seems like a lot, but keep in mind, I live alone and have a chronic pain condition that limits what I can do. Plus I have a tedious amount of stretches and exercises to do daily, plus walks and listening to books is my dangling carrot! :-) And yes, audible books have really increased the number of books I am able to read.

15 books DNF (Did Not Finish) mostly because of content issues, only 4 Christian Fiction books 

#1 READ MORE INDIE AUTHORS

25 books -- I read 20 in the last three months -- yay me -- 'cause I'd only read 5 in the first quarter so I really wanted to up the numbers by mid year and I did. 

#2 CATCH UP ON SERIES I'M BEHIND IN

9 series completely caught up
many more series in progress!!! (oy, I keep starting new ones)

#3 READ MORE DEBUT AUTHORS

8 authors -- not bad -- debut authors are hard to find!

#4 READ MORE NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS

20 authors -- more than doubled from last quarterly review!

#5 DIVERSIFY MY READING 

67 books! -- nearly doubled the number from last quarter -- Yay me!!

This is largely thanks to my penchant for Regency Romances though, 'cause I had a lot of UK settings. By the end of the year the US might be considered a diverse setting for me. Bwahahaha! Here's the breakdown:

Diverse settings:

25 books set in the UK
6 books set in Canada
4 books set in Ireland
3 books set in France
2 book set in Australia
1 book set in Africa 
1 book set in Russia

Diverse author nationality:

5 Canadian
5 British
Australian

9 Ethnically diverse authors
14 books with ethnically diverse characters
15 books with disabled or chronically ill characters

#6 STAY CURRENT WITH SERIES

32 series current to date!!! 

#7 START NEW-TO-ME SERIES

29 new series started! (ack, I'm already worried about keeping up!)

#8 PLAY AUTHOR CATCH-UP

Sigh, making some headway but haven't completely caught up with any of my targeted authors yet!

#9 READ OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE (OCCASIONALLY!)

8 books -- I'm discovering that I like to stay inside my comfort zone!!!!

#10 GIVE UNLOVED TROPES A SECOND CHANCE

2 books read!!!!! What can I say, I'm a reader of habit! Clearly I know what I like and gravitate towards that. I'm not going to worry about it though. Life is too short and there are too many books waiting to be read to force myself to read something that doesn't appeal to me. Might scrap this goal, but I'll leave it up until the fall and see if I make any headway with it.

Tada! That's it (so far!) So, now it's your turn:

HOW ARE YOUR READING GOALS COMING ALONG? Share below or in an email (remember to include book titles that will help you achieve your goal) and you have a chance to win one of those titles.

DRAW WILL BE HELD AND WINNER ANNOUNCED ON
SATURDAY JULY 2 2022

ADDITIONAL NEW RELEASES
YOU MIGHT WANT TO ADD TO YOUR LISTS!

JULY

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip 
by Sara Brunsvold
Women's Fiction
(this is amazing! I just read it!)

The Wonderland Trials 
by Sara Ella    
Ya, retellings

Walking in Tall Weed
by Robin W. Pearson
Women's Fiction

His Quiet Serenade
by Jan Thompson
Contemporary Romance

Muskoka Blue
by Carolyn Miller
Contemporary Romance

Into the Flood
by Milla Holt
Contemporary Romance

The One Who Got Away
by Tara Grace Ericson
Contemporary Romance

Love at Second Sight
by Liwen Y. Ho
Contemporary Romance

Seaside Proposal
by Nacelle Atkins

AUGUST

A Refuge by the Sea
by Lindsey Harrel
Contemporary Romance

Dangerous Beauty
by Melissa Koslin
Romantic Suspense

Choose Me for Always, Cowboy
by Valerie Comer
Contemporary Romance

SEPTEMBER

Wishtress
by Nadine Brandes
YA, Speculative

Through the Blaze
by Milla Holt
Contemporary Romance

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Reader's Choice -- General Christian Fiction

GIVEAWAY

IMPORTANT EDIT:
 Due to an ongoing problem with issues posting comments on blogger using iPhones or Macs, I'm opening up all the Reader's Choice Week giveaways to email entries as well. BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you can post in the comments do, it's much less work for me and so much more fun for everyone to see what other readers are looking forward to in new releases. Plus we all need the info so that we can add titles to our TBR lists!!!  Oh -- and please put in your subject line: the genre, so today would be Historical Fiction, and then in the body of the email put in all three of your choices.


Eeeepppp! The snow might not be melting but the calendar says it's Spring and that means it's time for... 

Reader's Choice Giveaway
Summer Bookfest Edition

So, here's how this thing works: You recommend CHRISTIAN FICTION titles with release dates in July, August or September 2022 (up to three suggestions per genre day) and you have a chance to win one of your recommendations! BUT it's a little more complicated than that so be sure to read ALL the details before entering.

IT'S GENERAL CHRISTIAN FICTION
GIVEAWAY DAY!

To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title(s) of the book(s) in the Christian Fiction genre you would like to win.

Christian Fiction -- a full length story or novella or collection of novellas. Any genre including previous selections you've made on other days and also for specific genres not covered this week like Women's Fiction, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction etc. 

How does it work?

Easy peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section and if you win, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!

Publication dates must be
JULY, AUG OR SEPT 2022
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer up to three suggestions
per genre day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier to tally)
Email entries permissable
if you can't post a comment
entrants must submit their own selections
(no piggyback on someone else's log in)
Open to International Readers
(I'm all about spreading the good news
about Christian Fiction far and wide)

It's helpful to include your email (using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers) but you only need to add it to one of your comments per day. If you choose not to include your email, then it's up to you to contact me if you are a winner.

Draw will be held and winner announced on 
Saturday July 2 2022

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Reader's Choice -- Amish Fiction

GIVEAWAY

IMPORTANT EDIT:
 Due to an ongoing problem with issues posting comments on blogger using iPhones or Macs, I'm opening up all the Reader's Choice Week giveaways to email entries as well. BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you can post in the comments do, it's much less work for me and so much more fun for everyone to see what other readers are looking forward to in new releases. Plus we all need the info so that we can add titles to our TBR lists!!!  Oh -- and please put in your subject line: the genre, so today would be Historical Fiction, and then in the body of the email put in all three of your choices.

 

Eeeepppp! Let's get started on compiling those beach read lists!

Reader's Choice Giveaway
Spring into Books Edition

So, here's how this thing works: You recommend CHRISTIAN FICTION titles with release dates in July, August or September 2022 (up to three suggestions per genre day) and you have a chance to win one of your recommendations! BUT it's a little more complicated than that so be sure to read ALL the details before entering.

IT'S AMISH FICTION
GIVEAWAY DAY!

To be entered in the draw just leave a comment (or 3) below, including the title(s) of the book(s) in the Amish Fiction genre you would like to win.

Amish Fiction -- a full length story or novella or collection of novellas where the hero or heroine (or both) are Amish OR the story has significant Amish involvement through Amish secondary characters and an Amish community. Can be historical or contemporary and cross genres such as YA, Suspense, etc and may include dual timelines.

How does it work?

Easy peasy! Make recommendations in the comment section and if you win, you win the book you suggested.

BUT YOU GOTTA FOLLOW THE RULES!

Publication dates must be
July, Aug or Sept 2022
Each day is genre specific so
only submit books from that genre
Christian Fiction books only please!
You can offer up to three suggestions
per genre day
BUT
they need to be made in
three separate comments
(makes it easier to tally)
Email entries permissible
if you can't post a comment
entrants must submit their own selections
(no piggyback on someone else's log in)
Open to International Readers
(I'm all about spreading the good news
about Christian Fiction far and wide)

It's helpful to include your email (using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers) but you only need to add it to one of your comments per day. If you choose not to include your email, then it's up to you to contact me if you are a winner.

Draw will be held and winner announced on 
Saturday July 2 2022