Sunday, September 27, 2015

Faithful Reviews: Mamarazzi by Brooke Williams

Faithful Reviews by Renee

Mamarazzi Captures the Imagination
and the Heart




About the Book, Mamarazzi:

Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact she's good at it.

As one of the the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star. When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one in the photographs. Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.


And Renee's Review of Mamarazzi,

Villain or hero? Can someone be both? Brooke Williams shows it's possible in Mamarazzi as she pens a story which captures the imagination...and steals your heart.

Danica Bennett's a brilliant photographer, and nobody knows it except her...and her agent. She'd happily toss her disguises in the trash for a "real" job except for the pile of bills on her counter and her grumbling belly. When her search for the next great "shot" lands her as an extra in the next great sitcom, her life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself on the receiving end of the lens. Faced with pressure from her agent, the Mamarazzi must make a choice...trust or leave love behind.

Ms. Williams layers this story with lessons in life which are important for all. From the fragmented heartbreak of Alzheimer's to the blunder of an assumption, she touches the heart to keep the reader turning the pages. 

I give Mamarazzi five stars.


About the Author of Mamarazzi, Brooke Williams:

Brooke Williams is a former radio announcer/producer and script writer turned freelance writer and author. When Brooke's first daughter was born in 2009, she left her full time radio career to stay home. Eventually, she realized she could fulfill her lifelong desire to write while her daughter napped, and she then entered into he freelance writing world. As her business grew, she took on clients from all over the world and began to dabble in fiction writing once again.
Brooke has several books on the market including her first novel, "Someone Always Loved You" and the thriller "Beyond the Bars." She also released "Wrong Place, Right Time" from the Writer's Coffee Shop, and "Accept this Dandelion" from Prism Book Group. She even has a children's book under contract for February of 2016.
Brooke loves all things writing and currently specializes in clean romantic comedy, though she's written a bit of everything.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Renee Blare Signs 4th Publishing Contract with Prism Book Group!




Renee Signs Book Contract with Prism

2nd Book of Snowy Range Series to be Published in 2016...




Renee Blare signed another book contract with Prism Book Group this last week, marking it as her fourth book to be published by the small independent publisher. It will also be the second of her series, the Snowy Range Chronicles. The first book, To Soar on Eagle's Wings released in July of this year.

Prism Book Group, based out of Pennsylvania, publishes romance, Christian and young adult fiction and is known for its clean and captivating reads. Find out more about their Diamond, Shine, Illuminate, and Inspired Fiction lines at www.prismbookgroup.com.

Prism released Renee's novella Beast of Stratton in March of this year. This intense mystery and romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest and has accrued a 4.5 overall rating on Amazon, also reaching the best-selling list.

To Soar on Eagle's Wings launched her series which is set in the Wyoming mountains. A novella, Racing Hearts, also set in Wyoming, is due to be released by Prism in the Fall of 2016.

Join Renee on her writing journey. Celebrate with her on Facebook or visit her website at www.reneeblare.com.


About Renee:

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 against the Black Hills, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives...keeping things interesting, of course.
She loves to interact with readers and invites you to check out her website, blog, and social media.

About Renee's Books:

Beast of Stratton



He appears the beast, but she sees the man...

Architect Aimee Hart, determined to locate her father, infiltrates Miles Stratton's engineering firm as a secretary. Her presence wrenches the shaggy, wounded man from his penthouse, and the quest begins.

Betrayed by his best friend, Miles would rather hide than help, especially the man's daughter. But somethings not right. Someone's trying to destroy Stratton Industrial. A decorated war veteran, he's defended his own before and the Beast of Stratton can do it again.

Even with the enemy at his side.


To Soar on Eagle's Wings


The Snowy Range Chronicles, Book 1

Spring's in the air.

While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble's brewing in the meadows.

The area's new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season, but the trouble follows him...straight to town.

Rachel Fitzgerald's on Spring Break. Or at least she's trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well as have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A 'chance' meeting with her brother's old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn't easy.

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but reject the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before...







Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Coffee Corner Goes to The Philippines with Jan Elder (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Coffee Corner! 



We're talking to Jan Elder about the Philippines and her book, Manila Marriage App. A few other topics are in the mix including

a GIVEAWAY!

Hang onto your hat 'cause here we go!


Hi, Jan, I can't wait to get started. I see you're all comfy on the couch, and everyone's anxious so...let's see. Well, you have a book out and I know it's pretty special. Can you tell us what special about it?

Manila Marriage App is set in the Philippines—thus the name. J Why did I choose to write a book about a country that is literally half way around the world from where I live in Maryland (8500 miles to be exact)? That's an interesting question!


Well, then I guess I better ask it, huh folks? LOL Why would you choose to write a book about a country that is literally half way around the world from where you live?

It all started in a little café in Silver Spring, MD. I was meeting with a few other ACFW members (American Christian Fiction Writers) and a fellow writer, mentioned that Pelican Book Group was searching for authors to write for their Passport to Romance series. What did I do after I hurried home? You got it. I checked it out. Pelican/White Rose publishing has a lovely website with terrific handy-dandy info all about their requirements.

In case there are any interested writers out there, here’s an excerpt from their website at www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ that shows the requirements for their newest series.

PASSPORT TO ROMANCE
Take a trip and fall in love! Passport to Romance™ titles are contemporary romances set in exotic locations around the world. These stories offer the contemporary Christian reader adventure, vivacity, romance, and faith. Passport to Romance™ features chic heroines who are sparkling, confident, open for adventure—and who are a perfect match for a contemporary alpha male who has a zest for life, a thirst for God, and who likes an intelligent woman who can hold her own.

One of the countries an author could choose from was the Philippines, specifically the city of Manila. My brother, Rev. Dr. Floyd T. Cunningham, has lived in a suburb of Manila for over thirty years in an area called Tay Tay. He’s a missionary, seminary professor, and church planter.


What an amazing resource! (It's amazing how the Lord provides!) But how did you decide what to actually write about and do your research?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

GUEST: Jennifer Slattery's Surrendering Through the Hard to Reach the Better

Surrendering 

Through the Hard to Reach the Better

by Jennifer Slattery


A Note to Readers:

Join the conversation after you read Jennifer's post. In addition to any questions or encouragement you may have, offer or receive, you'll be entered in the drawing to win her latest release, Intertwined. (See details after the post.)





You know that saying “be careful what you wish for?” It applies to prayers as well. There’ve been times when the reassurance that God works all things out for my good hasn’t been so reassuring. The summer of 2005 was one of the times.

Our daughter was young, we homeschooled, and my husband was our family’s sole bread winner. He was also incredibly busy. He works for the railroad in the locomotive maintenance department, and at the time, his territory included the entire Los Angeles basin—a total of four repair shops that employed 800, including four senior managers and a dozen regular managers.

The railroad runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which meant my husband did as well. If he wasn’t at work, he was either stuck in Los Angeles traffic or on his phone. Or traveling. Or lying on our couch, completely exhausted.

And I was lonely. So incredibly lonely. And utterly heartbroken. In many ways, I felt like a single mother, a single mother who longed more than anything to see her daughter and husband form a tight, close-knit bond. It wasn’t that my husband wasn’t a great father. He absolutely was—when he was home. But I wanted him around more!

One quiet, lonely day while waiting for our daughter to awaken from an incredibly long nap, I sat on the edge of our bed, and with slumped shoulders, bowed my head. “Lord, help us,” I prayed. I don’t remember what else I said. That might have been it, but God knew. And He responded, His gentle words sweeping through my heart:

Sometimes things must get worse before they get better.

And they did.  But somehow knowing God was in the “tough” made it more bearable.

About six months after that prayer, my husband said to me, “I’m quitting my job.”

I blinked. Swallowed. “Okay.” My mind raced. “Where will you work?”

“I don’t know. Home Depot?”

That would result in a drastic pay cut, one we absolutely couldn’t afford. Not unless I went to work, and maybe not even then. Would I still be able to homeschool? What about our home? It wasn’t cheap to live in Southern California. His next response answered that question, but not in the way I’d hoped.

“We’re moving.”

By now, my stomach was churning with such force, it’s a wonder I didn’t vomit on his shoes. “Okay,” I said again. I had a sense that God was doing something, though this awareness did little to calm my uncertainties. “Where to?”

“I don’t know. Pick a place.”

I didn’t respond to this, probably because I didn’t have a response. But also because I remembered my prayer and God’s words that quiet afternoon months before.

A few days later, once again as our daughter napped, I went outside to work in the yard. Plucking up weeds among the fragrant flowers, I poured my heart out to God. I wanted answers, to learn the game plan, reassurance that everything would be okay. What I received instead were my marching orders: Surrender.

God repeated this command numerous times in the months to follow, “Surrender.

It was a turning point for me, and for our marriage. And it was a huge lesson on trust.

With clenched hands, and at times, gritted teeth, I obeyed. I surrendered, even when it meant selling our home and moving, quite literally, across the country. I surrendered yet again when, a year and a half later, we sold our house yet again and moved halfway across the country, then again a month after that, when we moved to the Midwest, all the while holding on to God’s words, spoken on that eerily quiet afternoon: Sometimes things must get worse before they can get better.

Today, I’m sitting on the “better” side, looking back on all God did through the “worse”. He strengthened our marriage, he deepened my husband’s bond with our daughter, and through it all, He provided, in ways I could never have anticipated. But more than that, He showed me that trust and surrender are always the best options. And for that, I’m grateful for the hard, for the uncertainty, because that’s when my faith was tested the most, and also the most strengthened.  


What about you? Do you have a similar story to share? A time when God called you to surrender through the hard but later brought you to the better?

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below, because we can all encourage and learn from one another!



***Giveaway***

Intertwined

Ask a question, leave a comment, or share a story about a time the Lord has brought you through the "hard to reach the better" and you'll have a chance to win a copy. Don't forget to leave your email address!

(One winner will be selected by random drawing on 9/20/2015  from comments.)


About the Book, Intertwined:

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, shis fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn't take long to discover that their lives are intertwinted but the ICU is no place for romance...or is it? Could this be where life begins again?
Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher's contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that makes Jennifer's novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

Buy it:




About the Author, Jennifer Slattery:

Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God's healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for www.Crosswalk.com, Internet Cafe Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte.

Photo credit: Peter Albrektsen DollarPhotoClub.com

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mamarazzi (by Brooke Williams) Hits the Shelves!

Mamarazzi

By Brooke Williams
Release Date: September 11, 2015 from Prism Book Group
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Order HERE
Join the Sept. 15th Release Day Party on Facebook HERE
Enjoy giveaways with a dozen different authors!

Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it.  As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star.  When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one being photographed.  Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.
Add “Mamarazzi” to your Goodreads list HERE


About the Author

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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of "Accept this Dandelion," “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,”  “Beyond the Bars.” She looks forward to her first children's book release “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (6) and Sadie (2).

Connect with Brooke:
Facebook
Website
Blog

Note from the Author on the book's inspiration:

I've always been fascinated by the Hollywood life and the idea that "they" are different from "us." The idea for Mamarazzi has been with me for a long time. I'm not even exactly sure when I came up with it, but in college, I had a screenwriting class and I had to write a portion of a screenplay. I wrote "Paparazzi," which was the same general idea only with a male lead character. When I began writing romantic comedy, the idea came back to me and I decided to chance the main character to a female and call it "Mamarazzi." I even had a naming contest so that facebook fans and blog readers could name the characters in the book. Every character in the novel is reader named and approved! Overall, I wanted to examine what happens when you take someone from one side of the fence and plop them on the other side. In the end, famous or not, we're all just people. And in this book, they all have secrets...
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And next from Brooke Williams....

"Dandelions on the Road"
releases November 5, 2015...
pre-order today by clicking below
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