Happy birthday to Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rae Cobb

Welcome to The Sound of Emeralds birthday blog tour. Rachelle Rae Cobb’s third installment in the Steadfast Love series set during the 16th century turns one this month. And when authors celebrate their books, it often means a giveaway for you (so be sure and enter to win at the end of this post).

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds and The Sound of Silver, the first two books in the series. She has also written Write Well, a guide for writers! Last summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the Steadfast Love series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Emeralds and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win signed copies of all three books!

 

 

ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South. She is also the author of Write Well, a guide for writers, which released on March 4th!

 

Connect

 Websitehttp://RachelleReaCobb.com/

Facebookhttp://facebook.com/RachelleReaCobb

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachelleReaCobb

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/RachelleReaCobb/

Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea_Cobb

 

 

ABOUT The Sound of Emeralds

 

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 

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Giveaway

 

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below to signed copies of ALL THREE of Rachelle’s novels. The whole series, signed!

 

International friends, this giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive all three e-books.

 
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Blog Tour (& Giveaway): Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo

 

 

 

 

Series: Seven Brides of South Dakota

Genre: Christian, Historical, Romance

Publisher: Indie

Publication date: February 28, 2017

Number of pages: 298

Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, SD, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leaves her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When, they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she’ll ever see him again.

Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home, nothing more. He can’t afford to get tangled with a woman. He’s doing just that until he meets the feisty Jenny. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what’s more important, his past or his new future?

Will Aiden be able to redeem both his past and his future and find a greater treasure than he ever imagined?

Dreams in Deadwood is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.

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Happy Book Birthday to The Sound of Silver!! Giveaway included.

 

Welcome to The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour!  Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century! Keep reading to find out how to enter to win this fabulous prize from the author.

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Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!

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ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES

 

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.

AUTHOR LINKS

Websitehttp://RachelleReaCobb.com/

Facebookhttp://facebook.com/RachelleReaCobb

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachelleReaCobb

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/RachelleReaCobb/

Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea_Cobb

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ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Find The Sound of Silver here:

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>> And if you want to learn more ABOUT BOOK ONE, The Sound of Diamonds

Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her, but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

Find The Sound of Diamonds here:

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Kindle: http://is.gd/EZ7DJ1

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Fun for the Whole Family (and a Giveaway)

Have you ever felt like you just weren’t doing enough for God? A friend of mine from college is in Togo, Africa right now where he and his family are helping to run a clinic. An amazing ministry. One that reaches the lives of the community. And here I am—working at a corporate job, living in a suburb of Nashville. So, yeah, sometimes I’d like to make a bigger impact on God’s kingdom.

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Buck Denver wants to do something big for God. Wait. I said that wrong. Buck Denver wants to do something BIG for God. Tired of answering phones and sending out tote bags, Buck dreams of an adventure. His poster even confirms it: God wants you to do big things.

When a transponder goes down on an uninhabited planet (or is it?) in Sector 9, Buck seizes the opportunity to not only make a tremendous difference, but also to experience the adventure he’s always longed for.

While there, Buck and his ragtag crew learn an important lesson. Not that God wants you to do big things but that God wants you. Period. End of discussion.

While I chuckled in a few places during this 40 minute show, I didn’t find it as funny as Veggie Tales. Granted, there were many references to Star Wars and Star Trek which fans of Sci-Fi might enjoy. I’ve never even (gasp) watched Star Wars from beginning to end in one sitting. A lot of the background props in the scenes were humorous (be sure and read the post it notes on Buck’s computer and the motivational posters on the walls of his office). The humor will probably be most appreciated by children who are older. My 16-year-old nephew would love this.

Galaxy Buck teaches kids an important lesson. Even those of us who seemingly are doing small things, are right where God can use us. Perhaps that’s an important reminder for all of us, not just the kids.

****Fly By Promotions provided me with a free digital copy of this short film in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

More about the film:

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Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a must-see for all ages, from VeggieTales creator PHIL VISCHER! Kids will enjoy Buck Denver’s latest adventure with his friends from What’s In the Bible? and parents will appreciate the humorous nods to Star Wars and Star Trek. More importantly, Phil Vischer’s gifted teaching delivers a clear message to kids and adults about God’s love and purpose for our lives. Galaxy Buck communicates important Biblical truths that will add to everyone’s faith foundation, whether a life-long Christian or a new creation in Christ.

About the movie:
Buck Denver has a simple dream – to save the galaxy. Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way! Except he doesn’t have a starship. Or a crew. Or even a captain’s license. He just needs a chance. But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don’t go at ALL like he imagined! If he’s doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong? From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything – even our dreams!
Run time: Approximately 40 minutes

If you don’t want to wait until the movie comes out on October 20, 2015, Galaxy Buck is available now on JellyTelly, an online streaming site featuring shows and movies to teach your kids about God, The Bible, and Faith.

Before you enter the giveaway, we’ve got to discuss the legal stuff:

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Veggie Tales: Noah’s Ark

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Family Christian provided me with a free screener copy of this DVD. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

I have a confession to make: I do not have kids. My nieces and nephew are not teenagers and live 3,000 miles away. But when I was offered an opportunity to review a screener copy of the upcoming Noah’s Ark DVD from Veggie Tales, I jumped on the opportunity. It’s been over twenty years since I was introduced to Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato, and the imagination of Big Ideas Entertainment (and I was a college student at that time). Over the past two decades, there have been almost fifty DVDs released in the Veggie Tales series, each with a positive or uplifting message for little ones. Whether it be virtues, handling fear, or dealing with bullies, the creators of these short (one hour or less) DVDs are committed to entertain children while passing along Biblical messages.

As with the other Veggie Tales DVDs, Noah’s Ark is filled with catchy songs, a positive message, and plenty of laughs (“Grab a tool. It’s Hammer Time” and “I’ve never been so amused and so terrified at the same time”). The humor aspect in the Veggie Tales movies reminds me a lot of Pixar. While the creators are making movies to enrich kids lives, they are also putting things in there that will keep parents amused (well, maybe until they’ve had to watch it for the fiftieth time). Noah’s Ark also has a new look for the characters–after twenty years, it was time for an update. The movie deals with the area of trusting God. Shem comes home from his honeymoon to find a giant boat (it’s an ark) being built where his house is supposed to go. While his father, Noah, believes this is what God told him to do, Shem struggles with the fact he didn’t hear from God. He continues to struggle as he tries to find a way off the boat when the rain stops.

When the Noah movie starring Russell Crowe came out last year, it was disheartening to find so little of the storyline came from the Bible (I mean they didn’t even use any form of God’s name in the entire movie–he was referred to as the creator). There are a few instances in Noah’s Ark that seemed to poke fun at that. When a giant squid comes, Noah tells him to “Go home. You can come back for Job.” Through humor, vegetables, and a upbeat songs, the story of Noah is retold in a new and entertaining way. I am, however, left with one question. How does a pea and blueberry have sons who are an asparagus, a tomato, and a cucumber?

Noah’s Ark will be available from Family Christian on February 28 (which just happens to be an excellent day as it’s also my birthday).

Let’s celebrate with a $10.00 customer appreciation certificate from Family Christian. Enter to win.