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We’re almost done with our We Love Our Readers week at my publisher, Write Integrity Press, but if you haven’t entered our Sweepstakes for a $50 Amazon card, a new Kindle Fire, and a bunch of books, read on to find the link!

An amazing group of authors sponsored this giveaway, and I’m giving them the spotlight on my blog this week. They so inspire me.

One of the most inspirational is Joan Deneve. Her book, LOVING BROCK made it to my top ten list a few years ago when it first released, even though it isn’t a mystery, and is still there! Here’s what Joan says:

“I am one blessed woman. I’ve had the privilege to share my life with Rene’, my best friend and husband of more than forty years. We live in a small town in Alabama and together, we have a son and a daughter, seven phenomenal grandchildren, and two very spoiled dogs. I teach in a Christian school, and my passion is to help young people fall in love with Jesus and then equip them to become all God wants them to be. My other passion is writing. I love to show how God changes and restores broken people and relationships through His amazing, transforming grace.”

Learn more about Joan at her website: JoanDeneve.com

Her award-winning book Saving Eric started her “Redeemed Side of Broken” series. Here are the details:

Templetons don’t break down. Even when their worlds are falling apart.

Eric Templeton’s well-ordered life as a top CIA agent is shattered when a traitor within the agency plots to have him eliminated. Sent on a bogus mission to Africa, Eric is ambushed and critically wounded. A helicopter pilot flies him to a remote mission hospital where Dr. Brock Whitfield and his daughter, Ellie, work to save his life.

If Eric survives, his life may never be the same, and he still has to deal with the traitor who wants him dead. Eric wants justice, but Brock and Ellie know that Eric’s survival is the least of his worries. What he needs most is mercy and truth.

The completed, three-book series is on sale right now for only 99¢ per book because WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Cynthia T. Toney is another inspiring author, and she makes me laugh! She writes fiction with hope and humor that addresses issues important to tweens or teens and contains elements of mystery and romance. She says, “I love writing for tweens and teens, particularly those who speak without thinking, make poor decisions, and have love to give but don’t always know where to direct it. Young people I’ve encountered over the years inspired me to write novels that show them how wonderful, powerful, and valuable they are. Today’s tweens and teens can identify with the emotions, needs, desires, and challenges of characters in my historical as well as contemporary novels.”

You can contact Cynthia through her website: CynthiaTToney.com.

Her completed “Bird Face” series contains books that won multiple awards. Book one is called 8 Notes to a Nobody. Here is a description:

Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send fourteen-year-old Wendy down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.

“Funny how you can live your days as a clueless little kid, believing you look just fine … until someone knocks you in the heart with it.”

Wendy Robichaud doesn’t care one bit about being popular like good-looking classmates Tookie and the Sticks—until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even her best friend, Jennifer, is hiding something and pulling away. But the spring program, abandoned puppies, and high school track team tryouts don’t leave much time to play detective. And the more Wendy discovers about the people around her, the more there is to learn.

When secrets and failed dreams kick off the summer after eighth grade, who will be around to support her as high school starts in the fall?

You can reach the purchase link by clicking the cover or HERE! All of the Bird Face series as well as Cynthia’s historical THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM are only 99¢ each because WE LOVE OUR READERS!

And don’t forget to enter the WE LOVE OUR READERS sweepstakes by clicking HERE!


Guest Reviewer: 6 DATES TO DISASTER

disaster-front-5x8Guest Reviewer Lill Kohler shares her thoughts on the new YA release 6 DATES TO DISASTER by Cynthia T. Toney.

This was my first time to read a book by Cynthia T. Toney. The storyline of 6 DATES TO DISASTER shows teens that all is not lost even when things look bad. That the support and stress brought in by parents and other adults is all a part of life and can be influenced by our actions. Cynthia also stressed the importance of good friends. I liked how Cynthia showed that a change in a person’s actions may not mean the end of a friendship or relationship, and sometimes we find support from those we didn’t expect.

The main character, Wendy, makes decisions that take her down a path that pulls her away from the things she loves. All the while, she keeps her final goal in mind in order to make it through the trials resulting from her decision. Along the way, she discovers true friendships and renewed relationships. Wendy is a strong personality who faces the challenges of life without falling to pieces, yet she experiences all the emotions that go along with the stressful events. I must admit I found myself wishing she wouldn’t make the decisions she made, or think the way she did, but the story was a good way to show that anyone can make the wrong assumptions.

Before she gets to her sixth date, Wendy finds herself in a pickle. She’s a good girl with good in mind, and it was never her intention to get in such a quandary but still she found herself there. It’s a great example for anyone, including teens, that it can happen even with our best intentions. Communication was the key to solving the issues Wendy faced.

My only complaint might be that after the second date I lost track of how many dates Wendy had taken. I had to remind myself that the date count was somehow playing into the storyline. But as any author should, Cynthia tied up that loose end when the sixth date rolled around.
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I enjoyed the upbeat ending which gave the promise that there was more to come in Wendy’s life. I recommend this book for any teen and parent.

About the Reviewer:

Lill Kohler wears many hats…mother, grandmother, nurse, writer, blogger, housekeeper, and aspiring gardener. Each holds importance in her heart, but none as great as following the leading of God. She is published in Guidepost’s book Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware and OakTara’s Falling In Love With You. You can follow her posts on her blog sites: http://www.rocking-myworld.blogspot.com, http://www.AbueSpeaks.wordpress.com, lillkohler.wordpress.com.


Teens Be Not Afraid by Cynthia Toney

You fetchThe Dog Daze of Summer continue. Yea! This week, I’m hosting author, Cynthia Toney here. Cynthia writes for young adults. Her book, 8 Notes to a Nobody, is one of the greats on sale during the Dog Daze Sale at Write Integrity Press. I’m so glad she could share her thoughts here!

Teens: Be Not Afraid

For all their apparent recklessness and disregard for consequences, teenagers Continue reading