Sandie Bricker . . . Live Out Loud Fiction. . .

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I was introduced to Sandie in 2010, her book Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida was the first book I read and reviewed of hers. I remember giggling my way through that book, and every book I read and reviewed of hers since then has been filled with her Live Out Loud Fiction. I never had the opportunity to meet her in person and I am saddened by that. She loved her readers and always took the time to answer an email or stop by and leave a comment on a blog review.
Like most of the Christian fiction community I am saddened and shocked to learn of her sudden death. While writers will continue to write, and readers will continue to read, the Christian fiction community lost a gem, and will not be the same.
I know she is in Heaven spreading her wit and joy around, she's probably laughing and joking with Christ around the throne. I will miss her and her writing, I thank Jesus for bringing her into my life six years ago and introducing me to her. If you have not read a Sandie Bricker novel I highly recommend you pick up a copy, I guarantee that you will not be sorry.

Love you, Sandie!

Carol J. Post’s ‘Trust My Heart’ $75 Cozy Cash Giveaway

About the book:

Trust My Heart (Waterfall Press, October 2016)

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.

The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore---much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant's fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home...

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 About the author:
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post's résumé reads as if she hasn't yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children's publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn't writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping---almost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

Will an unplanned detour finally guide Grant home and find love with an honest, funny, and undeniably appealing reporter named Jami? Find out in a heartwarming romance by Carol J. Post, Trust My Heart. Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—but as the two draw closer as they share their dreams, misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust.

Join Carol in celebrating the release of Trust My Heart by entering to win her $75 Cozy Cash Giveaway.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Trust My Heart

  • A $75 Visa cash card

  • A basket full of goodies made in North Carolina to keep you cozy in the cooler fall weather


Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 23. The winner will be announced November 28 on Carol's blog.

My Thoughts:
I love small town settings, and this book has that in spades. It was also full of quirky, fun characters that pull you right into the story, there is also a bit of mystery surrounding the house that Grant inherits, which adds the the fun of the book. Both Grant and Jami have trust issues and they find themselves in several situations where they are having to trust each other.
This was an absolutely fun book!


The Remnant by Monte Wolverton

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn't show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth's population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible---a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant's grandparents. 

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn't return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnant is a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

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Monte Wolverton is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.

My Thoughts:

This is a book with a mixture of dystopian and spiritual warfare, it was quite an interesting read. I really liked how the author included all religious beliefs into this book and how it tested faith and belief. If you enjoy either genre or just one this is a definite must read!

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