Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #40

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up (October 17) & 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards "Free Kindle Books" and "Book Deals" to see the good deals/freebies I share about. :)

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interview & Giveaway! Brandy Vallance ~ Author of The Covered Deep!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Brandy!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
It’s a pleasure to be here. A little bit about myself… I originally wanted to be an archaeologist or a historian. One of my favorite things to do is go to museums. My son once teased me while we were in a museum and said, “Mom, let me tell you how to visit a museum. You go up to the case. You look at the artifact. You move on to the next display.” He said this because I normally stand in front of each artifact for a very long time. I examine every detail. The world disappears and I start spinning stories. Something else about me . . . In 2011, I went to England, Scotland, and Wales. I spent 19 days there and one of the highlights was being able to go to the British Museum and stand in the place where my characters meet for the first time. 

What is your novel, The Covered Deep, about?
Bianca Marshal is an incurably romantic bookworm from Appalachia who’s holding out for the perfect husband. She doesn’t want much, just that he be (1) a true believer in Jesus Christ (2) devastatingly handsome with a slightly wild look in his eyes (3) brilliant and humorous like Mark Twain (4) a foreigner, possibly a disgruntled duke (5) able to quote Bible verses AND Shakespeare (6) a more than capable kisser, and (7) adore her completely.

Finding a man that meets the requirements of “the list” in the foothills of the Appalachians has proven impossible. Bianca’s mama insists that there’s no such thing as a perfect true love, and that Bianca’s ideal man is pure fiction. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Bianca discovers a devastating statistic. Her chance of marrying is now only eighteen percent. But the “S” word—spinsterhood—is not something she’s willing to accept. She’s going to prove the statistics and her mama wrong. Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect romantic hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of the Holy Land, Bianca’s true love will be revealed, but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay. 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
When I was in the seventh grade, I used to write stories while listening to Shakespeare’s Sonnets on cassette tape. In college, my highest grades were in creative writing. When my son was six months old I watched the movie Little Women and I was so inspired that I sat down and began writing a story. That story was the first draft of The Covered Deep. That was almost fifteen years ago. I enjoyed writing so much that I stayed up every night until 2AM. I started wondering if writing could become my profession. I did some research and found the Christian Writers Guild. I saw that they had an apprenticeship course and a conference in Asheville, NC. I signed up for the course and went to the conference. As soon as I arrived at the conference, I knew that I had found my tribe. would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes Info

In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling's new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.

In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson. He's devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam's attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.

To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story's romance, in your own home.
Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts October 14, 2014 and ends November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday November 4, 2014, and announced at

How to Enter:
Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between October 14 and November 3.
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