Enter to win these kitty cat goodies in the Scaredy Cat Giveaway Hop! (Ends 10/15/22)

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Hi there everyone!

It’s October and you know that means it’s time for another giveaway hop! I’m joining with host MamatheFox and lots of other neat bloggers to celebrate October–and there are some amazing giveaways you’ll want to enter!

Here’s how to visit the Scaredy Cat Giveaway Hop page

You’ll want to check out–and enter–the giveaways these amazing bloggers are offering in the Scaredy Cat Giveaway Hop! To hop over to the main giveaway linkup page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the giveaway hop page, where you’ll see all the participating blogs. You’ll be able to visit each blog and its giveaway by click on their highlighted links.

Now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away:

  • Cooking With Cats: A Coloring Book by Jess Erskine. This is a hilarious coloring book with 25 illustrations by the author of, as it says on the back cover, “Cats in sushi? Cats on Cupcakes? Cats taking a bath in your soup?”
  • Crayola Glitter Crayon pack with 8 crayons
  • Crayola Pearl Crayon pack with 8 crayons
  • a bag of Reward Erasers, filled with 60 tiny dog and cat erasers (not for children under 3 years old)
  • a pettable fleecy zippered cat coin purse

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 10/15/22. One winner will be selected to win the 5 items described above. US only, open to entrants 18 and older. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Jerusha Agen’s fab new thriller: “Covert Danger” ~ a JustRead Blog & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 10/3/22)

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Covert Danger JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Covert Danger by Jerusha Agen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Covert Danger

Title: Covert Danger Series: Guardians Unleashed #2 Author: Jerusha Agen Publisher: SDG Words, LLC Release Date: September 22, 2022 Genre: Christian, Romantic Suspense

A K-9 protection team. An assassin. Only one can survive.

An assassin is on the loose in the Twin Cities, aiming to kill FBI witnesses the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency is hired to protect. Rogue CIA agent Amalia Pérez and her protection K-9 must get the edge on this deadly opponent before he kills her childhood best friend—the only man who knows her true identity. Investigative journalist Michael Barrett can’t believe his eyes when the woman he’s spent years searching for walks back into his life. But he soon fears the woman he loved is lost forever beneath the secrets Amalia wears like armor. As the assassin closes in, Amalia will risk anything to keep Michael safe—anything except believing in the God he trusts. When the layers of deception become as dangerous as bullets, can Amalia and Michael uncover the truth in time to stop the assassin from completing his lethal mission?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies.

Connect with Jerusha by visiting JerushaAgen.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a signed Covert Danger paperback, plus a Covert Danger mug and swag.

Covert Danger JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 3, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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My thoughts

First things first. Author Jerusha Agen. I NEVER miss an opportunity to read her books!

I have LOVED her Guardians Unleashed series. It’s filled with strong women, each one with a different skill set that is integral to the success of the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency. They’re all very different people, many of them women of faith. One is a demolitions expert. Another, a woman who runs the cybersecurity setup for the agency. Each woman has a K-9 (or trained service dog) with a different talent and training. And the protagonist of Covert Danger? She’s a CIA agent in hiding, who’s changed her name and identity to keep herself from being framed for a murder.

Amalia Pérez is a fascinating character. One who has loved, yet been burned and betrayed by that love. Who cared for the weak and small–until she learned at a horrible cost that she just can’t. And one who served her country with pride and honor, until someone else made that service impossible. So Amalia has coped. She’s built walls. Shut down her tender heart. And become even more of an exceptional and effective warrior than even the CIA trained her to be. Until her walls are threatened by the reappearance–and assignment to protect–her best and most beloved friend from her childhood.

Michael is an effective and idealistic journalist, one who’s written exposés which brought down traffickers, criminals, and those living nefarious double lives. When he’s reunited with Amalia, he can’t believe how she has changed. And his efforts to investigate what happened to her in the years that they’ve been separated might just put them in unimaginable danger. (Not to mention the feelings they’re developing for each other, at a seriously inconvenient moment!)

I absolutely loved Amalia’s character arc. I was also inspired, again, by the female friendships of the agency. They support one another, have each other’s backs, and work alongside their teammates (including their K-9s) with trust, humor, and extraordinary strength and faithfulness. I really liked Michael (even though there were moments when I wanted to shake him) and his faith and idealism. And Rocky, too!

Don’t miss Covert Danger. You will LOVE Amalia and Michael–and of course, the dogs! Incredible suspense that is uplifting and fascinating.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Pure Flix Original Film starring Lucas Black: “Legacy Peak” plus giveaway! (ends 10/4/22)

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Pure Flix has produced another fantastic Original Film: Legacy Peak! You will love this if you want a family adventure film that is beautifully honest about the struggles we face in life and family–and in what we bring to the table in relationships. Keep reading for more about this wonderful film, plus enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix streaming service!

About Legacy Peak

Jason wants nothing more than to have Noelle’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they’ll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family.

Legacy Peak is a thrilling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

My impressions of Legacy Peak

I KNEW that I knew Lucas Black from somewhere when I saw the exciting trailer for Legacy Peak and I heard his accent. He had co-starred in a police procedural show that I’d seen a few episodes of. I never forgot his fantastic character OR his authentic Southern accent! He brought a refreshing quality to a show that contained difficult material (crime). And he interacted beautifully with his costars.

Not surprisingly, Lucas is just fantastic in this film. His character is ready to pop the question to his darling girlfriend, single mom of two kids Noelle. He doesn’t really understand much about kids, but he is totally a planner, and he thinks he’s got the perfect plan to win them over before he proposes to their mom. He will fly them (and all the snacks he can carry) to Noelle’s dad’s cabin in the mountains, where they’re all planning to spend Christmas. The only thing is–he can’t plan everything. When the unexpected happens, his plan suddenly doesn’t apply. So THEN what will Jason do?

The actors who play the kids are also wonderful. Sam, the older sister, is NOT INTERESTED in going on this trip–or getting to know Jason. Her character arc is fascinating. She’s very solicitous of her younger brother Ben, who really likes his mom’s boyfriend but is a bit tired of being seen as the kid who can’t do anything. The grandfather is also wonderful. All the actors are more than competent and a pleasure to watch. (Noelle is also great; she just doesn’t get a lot of screen time.) And the mountain landscape; well, it’s almost a character in itself. It’s breathtaking visually–and also, perhaps, figuratively.

I don’t want to give you a lot of spoilers. I will simply say that the movie’s core message is an exceptional one, and its story is beautifully told. Legacy Peak has something to say to everyone; and what it said to me touched my heart, embraced me, and reminded me of something I’ll never forget–something that each and every one of us needs to hear. Don’t miss Legacy Peak, premiering September 22, 2022 on Pure Flix!

My recommendations:

If you:

  • love films that your entire family can enjoy together
  • want to see a family beat the odds against a wild and unfamiliar setting
  • desire to be a parent who reaches out to God for help in your own challenges
  • enjoy watching adventure or survival-type tv shows
  • want to be encouraged at the ways God can use everything to work together for good for His beloved children

…then you will LOVE Legacy Peak, just as I did! (And if you watched the Pure Flix series Vindication, you might see another familiar face in this movie!)

Watch the trailer here:

More about Pure Flix–and you can even enjoy a free 7-day trial!

Pure Flix is a one-stop shop for faith and family-friendly movies and shows that you can confidently stream in your home with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, Pure Flix streaming service has the largest variety of high-quality, curated, positive, encouraging, wholesome movies, series and kids’ content in one service. Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, alongside AFFIRM Films.

On Pure Flix, you’ll be able to watch incredible shows that I’ve told you about earlier this year, like Going Home, Live+Local, Vindication, the God’s Not Dead movies, Miracles of Heaven (with Jennifer Garner), and so much more.

You can enjoy a free 7-day trial of Pure Flix as well! Just click on Pure Flix for more information and to start your free trial. Paid plans start at $7.99 per month, or as little as $5.84 per month if you choose the yearly plan ($69.99 per year).

And…you can enter to win a Pure Flix subscription!

You can enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix today!

To enter, simply click on the pink link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on October 4, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. US entrants only, and winner selection is limited to those who have NOT won a Pure Flix subscription in the last 6 months. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Find these inspirational articles on Pure Flix as well!

I love not only all the wonderful faith & family films/shows on Pure Flix. But did you know that they also have some wonderful articles to uplift your faith? Check these out!

Battle Fear and Worry with these 10 Bible Verses for Anxiety

10 Bible Verses to Build Perseverance of Faith

How to Embrace Our Identity as a Child of God

More about Legacy Peak

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Add Creativity to Your Prayers! Giveaway (ends 10/7/22)

Hello dearies!

I have a lovely giveaway that’s just for you if:

  • You feel as though your prayer life needs a jump-start
  • You want to be creative in praying–but don’t know how
  • You’d like to try something different with your prayers

Keep reading for more on the prize plus how you can enter to win!

More about the Add Creativity to Your Prayers! Giveaway

I have definitely felt, at different times, that I needed to learn how to pray in a different way. And what I *didn’t* feel that I needed was a list or regulation for how to do it. (After all, Jesus already covered that when He shared the Lord’s Prayer with His disciples! Check out Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:1-4 for that.)

What I was looking for was, perhaps, ways that I could add prayer to moments throughout my days. Or ways I could remember times when I’d really noticed God answering prayer or reminding me of friends and loved ones I could pray for. Mostly, I just wanted to be able to draw nearer to God.

I love author Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s books on prayer and her fun and creative tools (that are gorgeous!). They are so wonderful for helping me to just slow down my life to look at God and to think about connecting with Him throughout the day. So, I’ve put together some of my favorites of her creations (plus a delicious-smelling candle) for one of you to win!

The prize package includes:

  • Weekly Recap Notepad: a wonderful way to write down your prayer list, your goals/memory verses for the week, things you learned, and more. Plus a pen and two washi tape rolls!
  • A 6-card Creativity Card set, with beautifully-illustrated quotes on creativity. Each card is just over 5″ x 5″.
  • Keychain Prayers: 18 cards held together by a ring. Beautiful illustrations and ideas for prayers and printed on both sides, so you have 36 ideas to add to your prayers! The cards and ring are small and compact (business-card size) so you can pop them into your backpack or purse and take them anywhere.
  • And last but not least, a Bath & Body Works mini candle (with a lid even!) in Pumpkin Pecan Waffles scent–to remind you that your prayers can rise as a sweet aroma to God!

How to enter the giveaway

Enter to win this giveaway by clicking on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 10/7/22. One winner will be selected to win all the items listed above in the prize package. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Jennifer Moore’s wonderful “Healing Hazel” ~ & you can enter to win in the JustRead Blog & Review Tour! (Giveaway closes 9/27/22)

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Healing Hazel JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Healing Hazel by Jennifer Moore, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Healing Hazel

Title: Healing Hazel Series: The Blue Orchid Society #3 Author: Jennifer Moore Publisher: Covenant Communications Release Date: September 8, 2022 Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romance / Historical / Victorian

Hazel Thornton has one great ambition: to help the sick and wounded as a nurse. But that dream can never become a reality. After a devastating childhood trauma, she has spent her life battling fits of panic that make it impossible to finish her studies. Everything changes, however, when a trip to Spain takes a perilous turn that derails her plans to visit her father for Christmas and immediately plunges her into the dangers of a brutal war.

With single-minded focus, she springs into action to help her fellow travelers. To ensure their continued care, she begins work at a Spanish hospital alongside Dr. Jim Jackson, a man whose only emotion seems to be wariness of his new assistant. Armed with gifts of support from each of her dearest friends, a group that dubs themselves the Blue Orchid Society, Hazel embarks on a journey of hope and healing to battle the demons of her past with the help of the doctor who has captured her heart.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookBub


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore lives with one husband and four sons who produce heaps of laundry and laughter. She earned a BA from the University of Utah in Linguistics, which she uses mostly for Jeopardy. A reader of history and romance, she loves traveling, tall ships, scented candles, and watching cake decorating videos. When she’s not driving carpool, writing, or helping with homework, she’ll usually be found playing tennis.

Connect with Jennifer by visiting authorjmoore.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Healing Hazel, bookmark, blue orchid pin, themed stickers, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Healing Hazel JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 20, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Gift card open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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About Healing Hazel

Ah, the Victorian era.

The royal love story of Victoria and Albert. The fashion beginning of the white wedding dress, worn as legend has it first by Queen Victoria. But also–an era where restrictive corsets were the order of the day for women. When those with mental disorders were housed in the hospital nicknamed “Bedlam.” When the London Season was the way for well-brought-up young women to meet and marry, as they were displayed not as individuals to know but as prizes to be won.

But author Jennifer Moore’s members of The Blue Orchid Society (Dahlia, Vivian, Elizabeth, Sophronia, and, or course, Hazel) meet each other at a ball (in the library) and discover not only kindred spirits in each other, but gifts and skills that aren’t readily recognized as “appropriate” in their society. With devoted friendship and support, they encourage each other to pursue their unusual dreams.

Hazel’s dream was to become a nurse. Unfortunately, a condition related to a terrifying experience she endured as a tiny child interfered with her abilities to attend lectures, and what we’d describe now as panic attacks ended her schooling. Hazel’s friends say goodbye to her as she and a companion head instead to the Canary Islands, where she’ll meet her father, Major General Thornton, for a holiday over Christmas. But his unexpected military engagement interferes with their meeting; and it’s on the return to England that Hazel’s adventure truly begins.

My thoughts

Jennifer Moore’s wonderful heroine and her quite unusual adventure engaged me thoroughly! Hazel is plagued by panic attacks (which I can’t imagine would have gone over well in the Victorian era, with treatment at Bedlam something many feared, and rightfully so). All our current understanding of PTSD, which I readily admit is growing all the time, is so vastly different than the Victorians’ was. Yet here is Hazel, a faithful, loving, and strong young woman, who is barred from pursuing her dream simply because of her inability to be in crowded, small rooms or lecture halls.

But Hazel is thrown into nursing adjacent to the battlegrounds of the Carlist (or Spanish Civil) Wars in Spain, literally. When she and those she’s traveling with (along with others) are injured, she readily jumps in to help with what knowledge she possesses. And later, she is able to assist (at the grumblings of Dr. Jim) at the hospital where injured soldiers are brought. She has a good foundation of nursing care, and, as you can imagine, learns immensely more as she serves at the hospital.

She is wonderful–as is the clean romance that develops! I love Moore’s characters and their development, and the story that they find themselves in. I have read few books about the Spanish Civil War, and appreciated what I learned here. Most of all, I was moved and encouraged by Hazel and her friends of The Blue Orchid Society. Like Moore, the female friends of my life have been so dear and my source of support, love, and encouragement through the years (and NOT that I don’t adore my husband and son!). I loved seeing that happen with Hazel and her friends. Because of that, more of Jennifer Moore’s books are now most definitely on my reading list. Don’t miss Healing Hazel, for a loving look at a bright young woman who learns she CAN fulfill her dreams, despite society’s and her own health’s strictures. Just marvelous.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Enter to win a gorgeous journal, note cards & more in the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop! (ends 9/30/22)

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to connect you with another fantastic giveaway hop, hosted by the amazing MamatheFox and 17+ awesome bloggers. Keep reading for how you can visit the giveaway hop page and enter all the giveaways!

Here’s how to visit the Falling into Leaves main giveaway hop page

Click below on the blue InLinkz button (the one with the smiling frog on it). That will take you to the Falling into Leaves Giveaway Hop’s main page. You’ll be able to see all the participating blogs and visit them, through the links on that page. By clicking on each blog’s link, you’ll head to their own giveaway page where you can enter that giveaway. I know that their prizes are wonderful!

And, here’s the FINCHNWREN blog’s giveaway!

Even though “leaves” is the category for this fun hop, I have flowery things to give away! The FINCHNWREN prize package for this giveaway contains:

  • a Pep Rally Stationery Kit, which includes a floral spiral-bound journal with 4 gel pens, which are enclosed in a clear pouch on the cover with 2 smiling padded flowers and a pink flower zipper pull
  • a Teacher Created Resources Fun Flowers accent pack (contains 30 flower accents in 5 colorful designs)
  • an Expressions from Hallmark 6-note card set in (you guessed it) a floral design

Enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway here:

To enter to win the FINCHNWREN prize package of the flowery stationery goodies, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on September 30, 2022. One winner will be selected to win the prize package of the 3 items listed above. US only, and entrants must be 18 or older.

Enter here!

Best wishes! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Clinique “Just Because” Giveaway! (ends 9/30/22)

Hi there everyone!

I am doing a “just because” giveaway today. It’s September heading quickly for October. Lots of fall fun coming up–but today is a “just because” day. Just because: even though I’m not teaching anymore, I still LOVE September (start of a new year, school supplies, a slight weather alteration). Just because: I love giveaways. Still and always. And just because: A good lipstick makes me really happy!

So–in light of all that, welcome to the FINCHNWREN Clinique “Just Because” Giveaway!

One winner will receive:

  • A bright white & floral Clinique zippered makeup bag
  • A deluxe mini of Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
  • A Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense mini in Intense Black
  • A Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in Plum Pop
  • And, just for fun, a washi tape in “Balloon Party Animal” design

How to enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Ends 9/30/22. One entrant will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Brand-new film from the Kendrick Brothers & a $10 Amazon GC giveaway: “LIFEMARK” (giveaway ends 9/18/22)

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Hello everyone! Executive producers the Kendrick Brothers have a brand-new film opening in theaters Friday, September 9, 2022! I received an advanced screening link for their new movie LIFEMARK, co-executive produced by Kirk Cameron as well. Keep reading for more info plus where you can get tickets in your own area!

About LIFEMARK

David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

Watch the trailer for LIFEMARK here!

Joy. Adventure. Fear. Family. Adoption. Told in a beautiful and moving film.

My thoughts about this film

I am a little embarrassed to admit this to you.

I overlooked the tiny print below the film’s title with a VERY KEY PIECE of information. Do you see it? “Inspired by a true story.”

So you might imagine how I felt at the end of the movie when there is a fantastic series of photos showing the cast members with the real humans they portrayed! “Shocked” as well as “delighted” express my reaction pretty well. (If you watch the interview Jean Thomason does below with two of the film’s cast members you’ll get to hear more of that amazing story.)

I’ve noticed that the films that I love the most draw me to love the characters and to care about their journey. You fall in love with them as characters and you want a happy or fulfilling ending for them. And LIFEMARK did that for me. Honestly, by the time that David met his birth mom, I was totally engaged in his story. He had fantastic parents–his adoptive mom and dad–but there was still a piece of his journey that he didn’t know. And of course, some trepidation about meeting his birth parents. (Fortunately, David’s best friend Nate, and his antics, help to relieve some of that tension.)

I also adored both sets of parents; the adoptive ones (Rebecca Rogers Nelson and Kirk Cameron) and the birth parents (Dawn Long and her new “husband,” Alex Kendrick). I felt moved quite a few times at just the huge amount of love expressed in the film. But the real crying set in when the birth mom, Melissa, meets David. (In fact I am tearing up even thinking about that again!) Melissa’s utter vulnerability as she meets the son she’d given up so long ago; and her willingness to tell *all* the parts of her story, are just remarkable.

LIFEMARK is a story that touches on so many parts of the human condition. Love. Loss. Teen pregnancy. Human will and human choice. What can a young woman do when she discovers a pregnancy; and she’s not even out of high school yet? This is an incredibly timely movie, given the true events that are happening in the public arena even now. But as you can imagine from the synopsis of this film, the story of adoption is the one that is told here–and the one that Melissa has chosen. But it also tells about her journey to get to that choice. And it’s a remarkable one.

LIFEMARK invites us into the life of a son given up for adoption; the husband and wife who adopted him; and the young mom who held him briefly, then released him to the ones who would raise him. This is a wonderful film, and one that is going to make you feel a lot of emotions as you go along for the ride. It is a *good* ride, though; and one you’ll be very glad you’ve taken.

Purchase movie tickets here–plus more

You can purchase tickets to see LIFEMARK in theaters in your own area! Just click below on the Purchase link. That will take you to the film’s website. You can also find more info there on the cast, the film, and additional resources like a Bible study, a book, and the original documentary!

Purchase tickets here

Jean Thomason’s interview with LIFEMARK costars Dawn Long and Rebecca Rogers Nelson

Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network is a marvelous interviewer–and here, she speaks with the women who play David’s adoptive and biological moms in LIFEMARK.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

In celebrating the premiere of LIFEMARK, I’ve been given the opportunity to give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one FINCHNWREN reader! To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 9/18/22. One winner will be selected. Best wishes!

Enter here!

And last but not least…

If you’d like to hear more about the true story LIFEMARK is based on, head back to the movie’s website and watch the documentary video called “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” (It’s under Resources, fyi.)

With hugs! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to WTA Media for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

“Cold Dead Night” ~ a JustRead Blog & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 9/12/22)

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Cold Dead Night JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Cold Dead Night by Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Cold Dead Night

Title: Cold Dead Night Series: Brand of Justice #1 Author: Lisa Phillips Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing Release Date: August 25, 2022 Genre: Christian Suspense

The FBI betrayed her. Now they need her.

Private Investigator Kenna Banbury lost everything two years ago at the hands of a serial killer. From the ashes of that encounter, she’s built a life she believes in, searching for the lost and forgotten all over the western US. Bringing her own brand of justice. When a series of murders drags her into an FBI investigation, Kenna finds herself back in the place where it all went wrong. Struggling to make sense of the case, Kenna’s past and present collide in a deadly plot that risks another betrayal and threatens to shatter everything she’s built. Kenna faces the ultimate test in this first book of a brand-new series from Lisa Phillips. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Phillips

USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Lisa Phillips is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Connect with Lisa by visiting authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Cold Dead Night and merch including a custom pen and chapstick. (3) additional winners will receive an ebook copy of Cold Dead Night.

Cold Dead Night JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 5, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 12, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only except books available internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts

I can’t tell you the last time I read a book and was afraid to go to sleep!

Well, actually, I can; it was the other night when I was about 1/3 of the way through Lisa Phillips’ Cold Dead Night. Phillips is an exceptional world-builder; she also tells her story with exquisite pacing. In this book, we meet Kenna; a woman who’s got some serious fears yet fights through them to rescue and to bring justice and closure to victims and families. She has incredible instincts and a law enforcement background and training to back them up, though she uses her skills as a private investigator these days.

But oh, the loss.

Kenna has packaged her loss into a tiny corner of her heart. That loss pushes itself to the forefront with dreams and nightmares, occasionally; yet most of the time she’s able to compartmentalize in an almost superhuman manner. (But no, this isn’t the story of a comic book superhero. Kenna is all too human.) Alongside that loss, Kenna has constructed a solitary life as a PI. She goes where she is needed, assists the police when she can, then moves on to the next location. Alone, still.

When something concrete seems to connect her to a crime in Salt Lake City, the town she avoids until she has to pick up her mail, she’s surrounded by former FBI and police contacts. And the secrets she’s hidden are written on the faces of the agents who despise her, for what they think she has done. Her only sources of support are a police lieutenant and a new special agent Jaxton. But despite that, the body count is rising. The perpetrators are hidden from sight. Kenna may not make it out of this one alive.

Here’s what I can recommend to you: if you love police procedurals, justice, or FBI novels, you will love this book. (Or suspense books or thrillers!) Phillips’ storytelling and character creation are marvelous. Kenna has untold depths to her backstory and inner life, even as she is an exceptional investigator and truly a strong woman. You will root for her, sympathize with her pain, and hope against hope that she’ll come out of this book alive.

Just don’t read it before bedtime!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Enter to win a Bath & Body Works candle and more goodies in the Happy Labor Day Giveaway! (ends 9/23/22)

Happy Labor Day, my friends!

I do love a holiday weekend. And I thought I would celebrate Labor Day, and all of you, by having a giveaway today! (Because y’all know I DO love giveaways.) Keep reading for more about the prize package and how you can enter to win.

The Happy Labor Day Giveaway

Here’s what I’ll be giving away to one winner in this giveaway!

  • a fragrant Bath & Body Works Scented Candle in Pistachio Ice Cream flavor, made with natural essential oils. Candle is 7 oz, in a glass jar with a lid and a single wick.
  • a Colorful Prayers prayer card package. In the box there are 20 cards to color, each with a Bible verse and line drawing to color. (Some are quite intricate!)
  • a Think Pink! pack with two ribboned mulberry photo bookmarks, one in pale pink and the other in fuchsia.

Here’s how you can enter to win

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on September 23, 2022. One winner will be selected to win the prize package listed above. US entrants only. Must be 18 or older to win.

Enter here!

Best wishes! And enjoy! –Wren