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Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen–Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY

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About the Book

(Taken from the back cover copy)

He’s fighting for his country. She’s praying for his safety. When tragedy strikes, can their marriage and faith survive?

Charlie and Meg Winters are no strangers to the military life and the challenges it brings. But when an IED rips through his convoy killing his friends, the loss proves almost too much to bear.

Meg finds her trust in Christ wavering, and secrets she’s been keeping for years drive a wedge between her and her husband.

What if everything Meg believes is a lie?

What if Charlie finds out what she’s done?

Can Meg and Charlie save their marriage or will the horrors of war and the ghosts of their past tear them apart and forever shipwreck her faith?

Soldier On is a gripping contemporary women’s fiction novel. If you like inspirational stories of faith tested under pressure, then you’ll love Vanessa Rasanen’s true-to-life novel.

You can grab your copy at the links below!

AMAZON – https://amzn.to/2qxTsw8
NOOK – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soldier-on-vanessa-rasanen/1129617353
ITUNES – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/soldier-on/id1437109314?mt=11
KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/soldier-on-3

My Review

Update: I just want to update, and let you all know, all the cursing was taken out of the final copy, so I edited my review to reflect that. 

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. It kept me enthralled as I went from chapter to chapter wanting to know what happens next. I loved seeing the story unfold from both sides. Seeing the struggles of not only a military wife at home alone, but also of the military man away from his wife trying to juggle focusing on the mission and being a good husband to his wife. It also shows Meg’s struggle in her faith in God. Is He real? Does He still care? Why does she feel abandoned by God? And it shows her journey back to her faith. Overall I liked the book. The characters were also very easy to relate to, they were well developed and each had their own flaws. I was very thankful to be able to be a part of this book launch blog tour, and I highly recommend this book!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Stops

October 30 – Mary J Moerbe

October 31 – Grit & Grace

November 1 – Cammo Style Love

November 2 – Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife
November 2 – Faithfully Bookish (First Line Friday)

November 3 – The Naptime Author (Interview)

November 5 – Christian Shelf Esteem (Guest POst)

November 6 – Pure Joy Creative

November 7 – Lights in a Dark World



 Rafflecopter giveaway

There will be 2 prize packs given away at the end of the tour (ends November 9, 2018) Each include:

1 “rest” mug from MudLove
2 wood coasters from Rush Creek Rustics
2oz Rainy Day soy candles from Mitten Candle Co.
Rise and Chai tea from The Tea Spot
Campfire Roast coffee from Snowy Elk Coffee Company

Through Raging Waters Blog Tour


My review


While the waters of Timber Creek begin to rage, Melissa Hampton and the Fitzgerald siblings are all trying to save the town. Follow them through a series of events as they try to keep the small creek that has turned into a raging river from destroying everything they have ever cared about, which means they must overcome their past and learn who to trust.

This was an amazing read. The characters were very well developed and very relatable. There were several times I found myself feeling like I was in the story with the characters. I loved every minute of it. The plot kept me guessing all the way until the end, and then there were still twists I didn’t see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed the way that the characters showed their dependence on God in tough circumstances. For example, when faced with a challenging circumstance that comes up in the book, the Fitzgerald brothers stop to pray before they make any move. If you’re looking for a great Christian romance with some suspense, this is a book you need to check out!!

Get your own copy here.

**I received this book free from the author through the Celebratelit blogger program, in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

(Be sure to check out the giveaway below!)

About the Book

If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same…

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin.

Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread…once again.

She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she’s ever loved.

Can two people find each other through raging waters?

About the Author

Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.
Blog: Renee’s Inspirational Moments
Group Blog: The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction
Website: Renee Blare|Christian Author Website

Guest Post from Renee Blare

I Wrote a Book

Five years ago, I wrote a book…and then I wrote another and another and another. Many said that the words flowed like a river onto the page. Or I painted a picture with letters. As for me? I simply write what I see so you can see it too. What about you? Do you want to write a book?

If so, there’s one thing I’d like you to know. A book’s like a child. It starts out small or simple with garbled language…often repetitive and indistinguishable. Kind of like when a baby babbles “dada” over and over. And then that moment comes when you rejoice because you hear him say “mama.” That’s the growth every book…writer…reader…yearns for.

Different stories float around inside an author’s mind, flowing in a way much like labor. Some authors plot, others don’t. And still others combine the process in a convoluted method. But like birth, no matter how the words eventually find their way to the page, the development of a book doesn’t stop with its first dawn. It takes time, energy, and growth.
Take my first release, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. Five years ago, I wrote it, my very first book, in three months. And it was awesome! I couldn’t believe it. God brought the plot together in a phenomenal way. But publication wasn’t the next step. I had a lot to learn before that could happen.

My latest release, Through Raging Waters is the example of a writer’s growth, but also her soul. I learned that I had to leave more than my knowledge and my heart on the page. I needed to leave a piece of my soul. When you read Paul’s struggles, you read mine. Melissa’s fear and confusion? Yes, they’re mine. The anger, the pain . . . the trials, the lessons learned are scriptural but also first-hand, taught by my Father.
Writing is more than a job. It’s more than a hobby. It’s sharing your knowledge, your hope with the world. So if you want to write a book. Do it. Then take that next step, and the next. You’ll get there. Oh, and I can’t wait to read it!

Blog Stops

July 19: Pause for Tales
July 20: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
July 21: Captive Dreams Window
July 21: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
July 22: Singing Librarian Books
July 23: A Reader’s Brain
July 24: A Greater Yes
July 24: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog
July 25: bigreadersite
July 25: Cassandra M’s Place
July 26: Splashes of Joy
July 27: Blossoms and Blessings
July 27: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner
July 28: Daysong Reflections
July 29: Quiet Quilter
July 30: Texas Book-aholic
July 30: Lights in a Dark World
July 31: Bukwurmzzz
July 31: Through the Open Window
August 1: Carpe Diem


Through Raging Waters Grand Prize
To celebrate her tour, Renee is giving away a wonderful package that includes a $20 Cabelas gift card, a set of her series paperbacks (books 1 and 2), and fleece blanket. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9f08


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Buckhead Dead by Deborah Malone–Book Review


After Skye Sutherland and her assistant Honey Truelove finish redecorating Sylvia Landmark’s home, a celebration is held. After the celebration, Sylvia is found murdered and Skye and Honey are the top suspects. Trying to clear their names, the women decide to do some investigating of their own to find the real killer. They wind up in over their heads, but have plenty of fun seeing the sights of Georgia while doing their own sleuthing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. It kept me guessing until the very end. The characters were very down to earth and relatable. They were kind of quirky and spunky women who were not expert sleuths by any means, but did their best solving who killed their client and why. It was fun to see them having an unexpected adventure. I definitely recommend this book to anybody who loves a good mystery, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

**I was sent a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Grab your own copy of Buckhead Dead here.

About the Author


Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for 2011 and 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads” since 2001. She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson, as well as the “Christian Communicator.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.


To celebrate the book tour, Deborah is graciously giving away a $50 Darden gift card. Click to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/94c8