Beautiful, redemptive novel: “A Path to Acceptance”

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I was privileged, some time ago, to read A Path to Forgiveness by Lisa James (what a deeply moving, incredible story). This is her second book in The Prodigal Woman Series, this time featuring Penelope, a young woman who’d been sold to a tavern owner (read: brothel). We meet Penelope about ten years after her introduction into this life.

A Path To Acceptance JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Path To Acceptance by Lisa M. James, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

A Path to Acceptance

Title: A Path to Acceptance Series: The Prodigal Woman Series Author: Lisa M. James Publisher: Independently Published Release Date: May 19, 2023 Genre: Christian Romance / Fantasy

Wanton. Tainted. Immoral. These were all words that could describe Penelope. After being forced into a world of harlotry to cover her parents’ debts, Penny learned how to survive without feeling. When a mysterious man approaches Penny with an offer to free her from her situation, Penny soon discovers that leaving her tavern could not rid her of the reputation she gained as a harlot. Would anyone be able to see beyond her tainted past?

Abandoned by his father as a child, Ryland refuses to depend on anyone but himself. Surviving as a mercenary for wealthy landowners, he accepts an assignment to free a harlot from a life of slavery. Frustrated when he is forced to take her under his care, Ryland discovers there is more to this harlot than her beauty. Can her unshakeable faith bring him back to a Redeemer he has long since rejected? Discover the story of a tainted woman in A Path to Acceptance.

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A Path to Forgiveness

About the Author

Lisa James

Lisa M. James is a Romantic Fantasy and Christian Fantasy author. Her novels have made the Amazon Best Sellers list for numerous categories, including: Fairy Tale Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Christian Fantasy, and Religious Romance. She is committed to creating fantastical worlds with clean romances and diverse female leads. When not writing, Lisa can most often be found watching Disney movies or enjoying homemade chai. Connect with Lisa by visiting to follow her on social media and sign up for newsletter updates.

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of A Path to Acceptance & a Vera Bradley Crossbody bag (plum pansies print)!

A Path to Acceptance JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 22, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 2023. 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.

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My thoughts

Penelope has lived in forced slavery as a sex worker for ten years. She was told how to survive it by the head harlot at her tavern. And later, interestingly enough, Penelope met the Redeemer; and she has lived in hope of his redemption even as her life stole so much from her. She lived the life of a prostitute on the outside, while inside she had the faith of a believer.

But not truly, any hope of rescue.

Until rescue comes indeed. After a handsome and mysterious man watches Penelope, and the comings and goings of the tavern for over a week, he leaves; only to return to take her away, at the request of Audora, a blind vintner who had been served by Penelope while having to stop at the tavern as her cart was repaired. Penelope finally agrees to leave with Ryland. But can she leave behind the inner damage that 10 years of forced sex work had done to her, as she gains freedom and the opportunity to work for Audora? Unfortunately, troubles follow her; but they’re those she’s never had to face in the context of freedom. Plus, war is coming for her new homeland; and it’s war with the Redeemers’ enemies, the sorcerers. Penelope has the Redeemer and she has the gift of faith. But will those be enough?

I absolutely fell in love with Penelope, and was captivated by her story, and by Ryland’s, the metalworker/weapons maker who sidelines as a mercenary. (Just the right person to rescue Penelope!) Lisa James is exceptionally good at creating characters she helps us to understand both inside and out (and we really come to comprehend the damage that Penny’s former life has left on her mind, soul, and even spirit). There’s not only our co-protagonists, Penelope and Ryland. There’s also Audora, the vintner; Tedley, her head steward; Benesh, Audora’s nephew; Luke and Noah, young brothers; and the warriors, priests, and other residents of her new village. She has to adjust to this new life (which still feels uncertain), and to be healed of the desperate pain of her past. It’s going to take a lot of events and interactions to take her down the new path that’s set before her. There’s even love waiting; but can she convince herself that, even with the Redeemer, she’s worthy of it?

This is absolutely a book you don’t want to miss. God’s redeeming and healing love–rescue of a woman from the sex trade (which Lisa James does describe obliquely, not flagrantly)–and the opportunity to see His hand at work in not only her life but in the events of her new land. It’s heartbreaking, marvelous, and so encouraging.

Be blessed–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 these Mom Goodies in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! (Ends 5/31/23)

Hey there darlings!

I’m joining MamatheFox and lots of other neat bloggers for another celebration of moms this month! We’re all giving away prizes in the Moms Rock Giveaway hop–and you could win!

How to visit the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop page

You’ll want to visit the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop page for sure! That’s where all the participating bloggers have linked up their giveaways. At this page, you’ll be able to see all the giveaway blog names. By clicking on their highlighted links, you’ll be able to visit and see their giveaways, and enter to win!

Just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main giveaway hop page. Check out all the giveaways and enter them–you just might end up winning one!

Enter to win the FINCHNWREN Mom Goodies giveaway

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these Mom Goodies in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! One entrant will win these goodies:

  • A darling white beaded bracelet from Francesca’s that says “MAMA” in periwinkle beads, with mint green bead accents
  • Prayers & Promises for Women book of encouraging words and Scriptures
  • Expressions from Hallmark blank note cards, with huge fucshia peonies pictured in a farmhouse pitcher
  • A 3-CD set of meaningful words from women, in O’s Little Guide to Starting Over, from the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine

To enter to win this prize pack, just click on the “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. US entrants only. Must be 18 and older to win. Giveaway closes on 5/31/23. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren


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Enter to win this fabulous “Love Your Mama” prize giveaway! (ends 5/31/23)

Hello darlings!

I love May! It’s even more beautiful than April and March. End of school’s spring semester, flowers finally beginning to bloom, and summer’s around the corner. Plus Mother’s Day–so we *have* to celebrate! I have a very special book, plus other wonderful goodies, to give away to one reader this month! I Love You, Mom! is cowritten by Blythe Daniel and her own mom, Helen McIntosh, and it is truly one of my personal “mom” book favorites. So someone is going to win a copy of this book, generously provided by The BlogAbout Blogger Network. The winner will also receive a lot of my other personal faves in the FINCHNWREN “Love Your Mama” Giveaway!

About the prize package for the “Love Your Mama” Giveaway

This prize package is centered around the precious book, I Love You, Mom! You can read more in my linked review of the book, here. Written as if from a beloved child, this book’s chapters express all the things our children might wish to say–in chapters moms can pick up to read either on a devotional basis or when they need it for encouragement. It is wonderful!

Here’s what one entrant will win in the “Love You, Mom” Giveaway:

  • I Love You, Mom: Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours, by Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh, hardcover book copy
  • Bath & Body Works Peach Prosecco Macaron Gentle Gel Hand Soap
  • Tarte’s Sugar Rush “But First, Hydrate” Skincare Set containing Don’t Hate, Hydrate Oil-Free Moisturizer and Cake Butter Body Butter minis
  • a Louisa May Alcott quote bookmark from Carrot Top Paper Shop with this lovely quote: “Keep good company, read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body and faithfully as you can.”
  • a hardback, mint green journal with “You Shine” outlined in silvery ink
  • a darling dish towel duo: one, in white, with “MOM” outlined in berries, flowers, and foliage; and one mint green one with white flowers, and white tassels

Here’s how to enter to win!

Just click on the highlighted 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 5/31/23. US entrants only. One entrant will be selected to win all the items in the bullet-point list above. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received I Love You, Mom from The BlogAbout Blogger Network. All opinions shared here are my own.

Natasha D. Frazier’s “The Wrong Seat” ~ a review and more

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Y’all–I have a fabulous romantic suspense (clean!) novel to share with you! It’s by a favorite author of mine, Natasha D. Frazier. It’s the second in her Langston Sisters Series (the first was The Reunion), and this time, it’s the story of Ava Langston. Keep reading for more and don’t miss entering the giveaway either–which has some sweet prizes!

The Wrong Seat JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Wrong Seat by Natasha D. Frazier, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: The Wrong Seat Series: Langston Sisters series #2 Author: Natasha D. Frazier Publisher: Encouraging Works Release Date: April 6, 2023 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Life doesn’t return to normal for the Langston Sisters…

Compelled to get her family’s business back on solid ground after Crystal’s arrest tanks their company’s sales and reputation, Ava shoulders the responsibility to secure the biggest deal Langston Brands has had since inception. However, someone doesn’t like the idea and poisons her to thwart her mission. Ava’s father hires The Four Kings private security firm to protect Ava from the ongoing threats. When Zack Kingsland takes the job, he does so reluctantly. He’s been out of the field for five years since his last job cost him his ex-wife. Now that he’s back in the thick of things, he finds that he not only needs to protect Ava, but also his heart. A man of his word, Zack won’t compromise his assignment or Ava’s safety, not even for the growing feelings he has for her. How can Ava and Zack navigate their feelings without losing sight of the mission—to keep her safe? The Wrong Seat (Ava’s story) is book 2 in The Langston Sisters series.

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The Reunion

About the Author

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Connect with Natasha by visiting to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a The Wrong Seat swag box and $10 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 4, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 11, 2023. 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.

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My thoughts about The Wrong Seat

This novel has so much going for it.

A fantastic, edge-of-your-seat (no pun intended) title.

A strong, fabulous female protagonist…and a swoony leading man.


Yes. Langston Brands’ product line is luxury handbags. Author Natasha D. Frazier never *expressly* describes them…but my imagination went to town! (I do love a darling purse.)

But back to the story. Ava Langston has proven her worth to the family company. Having worked in all divisions to learn her way around after college graduation, Ava is now a company vice president, and quite good at her job. She’s working hard to help Langston Brands recover the market share it lost during her sister Crystal’s negative publicity. But as she’s meeting to secure shelf space with a department store company owner, she hears some horrific rumors about her own company, ones that Ava is certain can’t be true. But she’ll have to discover the truth before that potential deal can continue.

But discovering the truth? Ava’s going to have to be alive in order to do so. And it seems that someone is trying their best to make sure that Ava doesn’t see another sunrise.

Enter Zack, one of four brothers who runs an elite protection service; Ava’s dad has hired him to protect his beloved middle daughter. Because not only has Ava’s life been seriously threatened, her father has been receiving threatening emails about the company and Ava.

Both Ava and Zack are aware of the stirrings of interest in their own hearts toward the other, despite the fact that the time to fall for each other is not while one is trying to keep the other one alive.

I realized that I needed to stop telling y’all this fabulous story and let you read it on your own! (Seriously. I just totally got caught up again in the book and its protagonists.) Let me just say this: Frazier can weave a compelling suspense story with an appealing romance too! The Wrong Seat has both of those, relatable side characters, and even an exotic overseas adventure.

Definitely pick up a copy of The Wrong Seat so that you can enjoy Ava’s and Zack’s adventure. I’m certain you’ll want to read The Reunion as well!

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 darling “Daisy Cakes Bakes” Cookbook & a tiny daisy ring, in the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop! (ends 4/15/23)

Hi darlings!

I’m totally excited to be joining MamatheFox and lots of other top-notch bloggers for the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop! You’ll be able to see and enter lots of giveaways via the link I’ll be sharing–plus enter to win my own giveaway for some darling goodies!

How to enter all the bloggers’ giveaways

Here’s what you’ll need to do to visit the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop’s main linkup page. (That’s where you’ll be able to see and visit all the participating blogs’ giveaways.) Just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you right over to the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop page. And you can see all the blogs linked up. All you have to do then, is to click on each blog’s links to visit their own giveaway pages. And then, enter!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a darling daisy-themed prize pack! One entrant will receive:

  • an elastic beaded daisy ring from Rock & Rose (pinky-sized)
  • a hardback copy of the Daisy Bakes Cakes Cookbook: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and more, full of gorgeous pictures and fabulous recipes

You can see below (with the daisy ring) the Daisy Bakes Cakes Cookbook recipe for their scrumptious-looking lemon squares. Yum!

Enter to win the FINCHNWREN blog’s prize pack!

To enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway for the Daisy Bakes Cakes Cookbook and daisy ring prize pack, simply click on the 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 April 15, 2023. One entrant will be selected to win. US entrants only, must be 18 or older to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy, dearies! –Wren


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A book that will change your mind about spiritual leadership: “Authentic Influencer” by Jonathan Murphy (plus GA, ends 4/6/23)

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Have you ever considered that perhaps the business model for success that we’re so used to from our own culture might not be the way to influence others for Christ? In Authentic Influencer, Jonathan Murphy turns the yardstick we’re used to using to measure success upside down, by examining early church influencer Barnabas. FrontGate Media provided this book for me to read, and it has been both an astounding and encouraging read, filled with solid Biblical teaching. I’m truly delighted to share about this book with you, plus my own experiences with it. And, you can enter to win your own copy!

About Authentic Influencer, from the publisher

You may feel like an ordinary believer, but God has a knack of using ordinary people to accomplish His extraordinary purposes. Authentic Influencer encourages you to walk with Barnabas, learn from God, and shape the world for Jesus Christ— one life at a time.

God’s approach to influencing the world is through His people. People shape people. And yet, many of God’s people spectate from the sidelines unsure of what to do. Authentic Influencer is rooted in principles emerging from the life of God’s choice example in the Scriptures—a man called Barnabas—rather than recycled quotes from corporate leadership works.

Every follower of Jesus can be inspired, instructed, and mobilized to influence the world from right where they are. In fact, it is everyday believers—not just “professional” Christians such as pastors, church leaders, authors, and others—who are specifically tasked by Jesus Himself to bring godly influence to the world. We are all His agents of change, be it shaping one person or a thousand.

Authentic Influencer is a Christian leadership book that:

  • Highlights 15 key principles that emerge from Barnabas that are relevant, practical, and customizable to every believer;
  • Inspires you to shape those around you for Christ;
  • Urges you to practice investing in others through discipleship; and
  • Challenges you with inspiring stories and practical wisdom emerging from biblical truths

By studying the life of Barnabas, we see how he influenced the world for Jesus Christ in practical and doable ways. Become encouraged to shape our world for Jesus— beginning with whoever happens to be close by.”

My thoughts about Authentic Influencer

Conviction. Inspiration. Encouragement. And lastly, appreciation for the perspective and solid Bible teaching author Jonathan Murphy provides in this book.

I honestly had not realized how much popular culture had influenced my own definitions of what a “successful” Christ-follower or church should look like. The term “successful” is certainly a clue! That is such a Western or American idea. Mark 10:45 says about Jesus, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Here, author Jonathan Murphy digs deep into the life of Barnabas, and the remarkable example of servanthood, encouragement, and vision he lived out for us. Really, it is an example not only for us individually, in our own service or ministries, but just as importantly for those in church leadership.

In Authentic Influencer, Murphy uses his own personal experiences, the example set by his father, and stories of men and women of history and of Christendom, and sets those alongside Scripture to show us the kind of lives we can lead that are God-directed, rather than culture-directed. (Although don’t be mistaken, these leadership principles are just as usable in the professional world as they are in our own personal lives or in the church.) I was particularly touched and impacted by his reminders of these crucial principles:

  • To remember that of all those who influence us, our families influence us the most (40% by statistics, a greater number than coaches, bosses, church leaders, or others)
  • That “an inflated sense of one’s self-importance is a dangerous problem for every Christian. It leads to all sorts of sins, including selfish ambition.” (p. 18, Authentic Influencer)
  • That prayer is so much more important that we sometimes think, and Murphy’s amazing examples include not only notable missionaries but his own father

What I loved the most about this book was its truthful and honest, yet deeply encouraging, model. I never felt like Murphy was telling me to do something impossible. Instead, I could seek to follow God’s Word, live out the gifting and opportunities He’s placed before me, and simply BE. Be encouraging and loving. Be tender and kind. Allow others’ gifts to shine.

This is a book I so recommend to all of you (even as I’m continuing to make notes from it and learn myself). What a privilege to read and encounter–and what an example!

Some of my favorite parts

I had so many! (You can probably discern that by seeing my highlighter’s markings and all my Post-It flags on my copy.)

  • Murphy’s remarkable exposition on what salt and light (Jesus’s direction to us in the Sermon on the Mount; Matthew 5:13-16) really are and do
  • Barnabas knew God doesn’t waste wounds. God recycles our failures…Barnabas knew past mistakes could be a tool (like Michaelangelo’s chisel) to chip away at that which blocked future potential.” (p. 147)
  • “Godly influencers who finish well leave a trail of blessed people behind them. They fixate their lives on pouring themselves into others, not on getting more and more stuff. The results speak for themselves.” (p. 160)
  • “When kingdom living occurs by authentic followers of Jesus, the beauty of life under the rule of God is put on display.” (p. 9)

There are so many beautiful moments in this book that really can shape us differently than our culture will, and can help us to become what God wants to make us and use us for. That’s a remarkable and magnificent calling!

The ancient model for the formation of a person–what we call discipleship–was imitatio. It is essentially this: copy the right role model. That’s it! Aspire to be like him or her. Be around the right people. Imitate them. In due time, they rub off on you.

Jonathan Murphy, Authentic Influencer

Where you can purchase Authentic Influencer

Authentic Influencer is available at many booksellers. Just click on the purchase link below. That will take you to the Thomas Nelson Publishers book page; you can link to the bookseller of your choice but also receive some free downloads and a 5-day devotional.

Purchase Authentic Influencer here

We were created to reflect glory, not absorb it. But we have a history of addiction to ourselves.

Jonathan Murphy, Authentic Influencer

And–you can enter to win your own copy!

Blessed Freebies is giving away a copy of Authentic Influencer to one entrant! To enter to win, just click on the highlighted Blessed Freebies giveaway link below. That will take you to their website, where you’ll be able to enter the book giveaway. One winner will be selected on April 7, 2023, so be sure to enter before then!

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Enjoy! –Wren

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Enter to win bunnies & goodies in the “Sweet Spring Giveaway!”

Hi darlings!

So, I love, love, love spring! I love Easter. Pastel colors. Crocuses and daffodils. Beautiful mornings. And so much more!

And what better way to celebrate it than with a giveaway featuring some of my favorite spring things. Keep reading for more, and of course, enter to win my “Sweet Spring Giveaway!”

FINCHNWREN’s “Sweet Spring Giveaway”

Here’s what the “Sweet Spring Giveaway” prize pack includes:

  • “Cottontail & Co. Egg Farm” decorative sign
  • Felt bunny pair–one white and one tan–with blushies on their cheeks! (also decorative, not for children younger than 3)
  • DW Home Highly Scented Hand Poured candle in Donut Shop scent

How to enter the “Sweet Spring Giveaway”

To enter, just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Must be 18 and older to enter. US only. Giveaway closes April 10, 2023. Best wishes, and lots of love!

Enter here!

Enjoy! And a blessed spring to you! –Wren

This should be the next book on your TBR list! “The Whisperer’s Wish” ~ (review & GA)

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I’ve just finished a book that enthralled me and captivated me, within the earliest of its pages! Its author is Janilise Lloyd, and the book is The Whisperer’s Wish. Imagine a book which reminds a reader of the Hunger Games books, combined with elements of The Magician’s Nephew, and even Tolkien’s world; along with a quest, a controlled (or is it?) battle for the crown, and the fight at all costs to save a loved one. Captivated much yet? Keep reading for more on The Whisperer’s Wish—and keep an eye out for your chance to win!

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Whisperer’s Wish by Janilise Lloyd, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: The Whisperer’s Wish Author: Janilise Lloyd Publisher: Expanse Books (Imprint of Scrivenings Press) Release Date: March 21, 2023 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

For sixteen years, Laurelin Moore has been keeping a secret. She is a whisperer, and she knows that to reveal her gift now is a dangerous risk. Past whisperers have been exploited for their power. But Ausland’s queen is dead and acknowledging her magic is her only chance at becoming a Rook in the Pentax—a competition that will decide the kingdom’s next ruler.

Laurelin isn’t in it for the crown, though. She’s after the wish that will be granted to the victor. A wish that would save her dying brother, Pippin. But there are dangerous undercurrents to the competition, and Laurelin finds herself at the center of it. She begins to search for answers and discovers a secret with the potential to shatter the entire kingdom.

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About the Author

Janilise Lloyd is a former junior high school teacher who lives in Northern Utah with her husband and toddler. She balances a love for running with a love for all things dessert. Her family likes to be on the go, so you will often catch them at the zoo, the park, or skipping rocks by the river. Janilise is the coordinator for the ScrivKids writing community for student writers and is a member of the Storymakers Guild. You can find her on Instagram or Facebook @janiliselloyd or on her website,

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

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of the paperback (ebook if outside US), and character art print.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 14, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 21, 2023. 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 for print copy & art print. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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The Whisperer’s Wish: what a ride!

Laurelin’s dearest wish is for her beloved little brother to be healed. Because of her gifting, she’s able to acquire the elixir that’s keeping Pippin alive–but he’s needing more and more, and even that doesn’t seem to be helping.

But now there’s a chance to compete in the Pentax (actually designed to reveal the kingdom’s new king or queen); and the winner is granted a wish by the Matrons of Ausland. Laurelin is counting on winning, all to save Pippin with that wish.

But as one can imagine, there are many hurdles Laurelin will have to cross in order to win the Pentax. And she’ll need the help of the pygsmies, the tiny, hummingbird-like creatures whose bodies produce elixir, to do so. As a whisperer whose gift has been hidden to all but her own family, and Aaron, the black marketer with whom Laurelin needs from time to time, Laurelin can call the pygsmies to herself, and even ask them to carry her (yes, fly her) in the air. (Laurelin’s whispering abilities can also command objects to move; handy when she needs to get through a gate or window.) But to be selected from her province, Laurelin will need to gain the duke’s approval, a friend, all her skills and gifts; and to win the Pentax she’ll need even more.

Wow! What a book–and story–and heroine! Laurelin is both strong and incredibly loving, spending her life and gifts to gain more life for her ill little brother. She and her family have concealed her gifting, as other whisperers have been taken captive so that those more powerful could use their powers. Plus, she is busy doing all she can to help Pippin.

Janilise Lloyd has created a fascinating world, with fascinating creatures who roam it (in addition to the humans we’d expect). The pygsmies themselves are intriguing; tiny, hummingbird-like creatures with healing abilities but also with their own free wills. Whisperers can communicate with them, and even compel them; but Laurelin must learn their ways even as she tries her best to win. Lacking the skills and cultural training of her competitors (she is, after all, a commoner), she still brings so much to the table. But will that be enough for her to win?

Definitely, and especially, if you’ve loved the adventurous, magical worlds created by Lewis, Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins, pick up a copy of The Whisperer’s Wish. I did not want to put it down–and neither will you!

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.”

See “The Confession” Musical Movie in theaters, one night only: 2/20/23 (review & GA)

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Hi friends!

If you’re a fan of Beverly Lewis’s wonderful books (centered around the Amish), or you love a musical–you’ll definitely want to hear more about the brand-new film, “The Confession” Musical Movie! It’s another wonderful film event offered by Fathom Events, and it’s in theaters one night only: February 20, 2023. I’ll tell you more about the movie, and how to get tickets, plus offer you a giveaway to enter for a $10 Amazon gift card.

From the producers, about “The Confession” Musical Movie

“The Confession Musical” is based on the New York Times best-selling book series “The Heritage of Lancaster County,” written by Beverly Lewis and written for the stage by Emmy-Nominated screenwriter Martha Bolton. Katie Lapp, a young Amish girl, discovers her parents have been keeping a secret from her… she is adopted. Katie decides to seek her birth mother, defying the rules of her Amish village and risking a shunning. Meanwhile, her wealthy birth mother, Laura Mayfield, battling an illness that might take her life, begins searching for her long-lost daughter to bequeath her inheritance before it is too late. Secretly plotting against her is the gold-digging husband Dylan (played by John Schneider), who is scheming to make sure he inherits her fortune. With the help and prayers of her Christian maidservant (played by Chonda Pierce), they try to foil Dylan’s plan and reunite Katie and Laura.

My thoughts

I’ve noticed over the years that there are a number of Christian fiction writers who grab your heart with their characters’ lives; and sometimes, break it in the process. Beverly Lewis is one of those writers to me. Her stories are richly researched and written; and even though I’ve never even met an Amish person, I feel that I know, a little, about their world because of Beverly. And even though our worlds are so different, I fall in love, a little, with so many of her characters. And wish for a happy ending to their stories!

“The Confession” Musical Movie’s characters and story are drawn from several of Beverly’s books. When Katie Lapp, who’s just suffered an enormous loss, discovers a tiny baby dress in her family’s attic, she is, of course, curious. But her parents’ reaction stuns her. With very little understanding of how the outside world works, she sets off to find her birth mother, and is thrown into a family group that includes a loving woman of faith, a villain-to-be, a best friend/servant, and a butler.

The cast brings the story to life with lively music that’s beautifully sung, whether it’s ensembles singing or individuals. (The songs are fantastic!) While the story is set in the U.S. and not in Austria, “The Sound of Music” really did come to mind as I watched this film. It follows the standard musical format; part one, an intermission, and part two. Since this musical was filmed in front of a theater audience, you also get the fun of being there; of watching and sensing the impressions the musical made on its audience.

I did enjoy the film; and I really loved the musical numbers (there’s even some ballet!), and the actors’ singing and performances. In a musical, the songs need to move the story along; to reveal more about the characters, their motivations, and the situations being experienced. This cast does so, beautifully, and you can really tell that you’re watching trained and talented singers and actors. In addition, characters’ lives and songs demonstrate their active faith in God, in often moving ways.

I think that families with elementary-aged kids or above would enjoy this fun film; as would fans of Lewis’s writing, musicals, or family dramas. And anyone who loves singing, or listening to beautiful voices, will as well. I recommend it to you!

If you love Beverly Lewis’s writing, you’ll want to read her heartwarming blog post about “The Confession” Musical. I had no idea that her family had a link to the Amish world; or, that her grandmother had risked everything to choose a different life for herself, and had, as a result, been shunned and cut off from the only world she’d ever known. (Click here to read Beverly’s blog post.) That really adds some pathos and intensity to remembering Beverly’s books.

Purchase tickets for “The Confession” Musical Movie here

You can purchase tickets for this one-night-only musical movie even in theaters at this purchase link!

And, you can find out more, and even watch the trailer of the film, at “The Confession” Musical Movie website.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card here!

You can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card too! Just click on the 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 February 23, 2023. US entrants only, must be 18 and older to win. One entrant will be selected to win the giveaway. Best wishes!

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Enjoy! –Wren


Many thanks to Blue Gate Musicals for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

The NET TEXT Bible: just the thing for a new year’s Bible reading–or a new believer (closed)

**Congratulations to Leela, the winner of The NET TEXT Bible!**

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I’ve got an amazing Bible to tell you all about today! Momentum Influencer Network provided a hardcover copy of The TEXT Bible (NET) to me. It’s the most inviting, engaging Bible–perfect for starting out a new year and connecting to God in a new and beautiful way. Here’s the beautiful subtitle, which will engage you even more: “Uncover the Message Between God, Humanity, and You.” Let me tell you more–plus, there’s a giveaway for you to enter!

About The TEXT Bible

The TEXT Bible was designed for readers to really learn to SEE God. And to HEAR Him, and to KNOW Him and love Him more. Michael and Hayley DiMarco designed the additions to the Bible (it’s the New English Translation–NET) to help readers really engage with God. They’ve written these moments of engagement with new believers, students, and young adults in mind. (But really, any person who’d like to engage with God in a new and cherished way will find this Bible amazing.) The idea is as if you could send God a text–and He would answer!

The DiMarcos have developed a new, easy-to-understand study method, described by the word TEXT:

  • Talk to God
  • Encounter God and humanity in Scripture
  • eXamine your heart
  • Talk to others—to help readers of every experience level interact with God’s message

Then, Michael and Hayley have included tons of extras in this Bible. They are amazing! These include: The Big Q of the TEXT (God’s answers to life’s big questions); “Who Is God?” (almost 100 devotions on God’s person or character); learning to pray God’s Word; meeting the people and events of the Bible; following the threads (the big topics of Scripture) across the Bible; and definitions of words and literary categories. These are all designed to work alongside the TEXT study process.

My impressions of The TEXT Bible

I love this Bible! It is full of so many outstanding helps and engaging activities. And they’re all just what we need, as humans who are desiring to approach God and dwell in His love and His presence. The TEXT process itself (Talk to God, Encounter God and humanity in Scripture, eXamine your heart, Talk to others) is a tool which can help anyone who might find the Bible intimidating, or who wouldn’t know how to start with God’s Word. (Or where to start!) It is a fantastic set of habits that we can use to create regular and rich times with God, and an understanding of the Bible, and build on the knowledge of God’s interactions over time with humans–and how He might wish to interact with us.

Yes, this Bible is a tool that will bless and engage new believers and young ones. But, it will also enable seasoned or older believers as well, by providing a beautiful and fresh process they can use to encounter God. As my dear friend loves to say,

The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40:8, The Bible (NIV)

And so this wonderful Bible enables us to engage not only with the everlasting, never-ending Word of God–but with God Himself. What an outcome!

Some of my favorite moments from this Bible

Here are some wonderful moments that have meant so much to me.

  • I LOVE the Praying the Scriptures sidebars! They combine elements of Scriptures (in this one, Psalms 46, 18, 125, 50, and more) to help the reader begin a conversation with God. We pray God’s words in conversation back to Him. And His Word is solidified in our hearts and minds as we connect with Him.
  • Did you know that Jesus is pointed to, or referenced, in every book in the Bible? Yes, even Genesis, and the rest of the Old Testament, all the way into the New. In The TEXT Bible, every book begins with how you can see and find Jesus in that particular book. It is so cool! It almost creates a treasure hunt for God.

  • The end of the Bible has a great concordance, a hashtags list (it’s very neat), and maps. But it also has a great spiritual gifts chart, several Bible reading plans (whether you’re looking for one about Jesus, the major books of the Bible, or reading the whole Bible). Plus fascinating charts explaining the New Covenant, spiritual wisdom vs. worldly wisdom, and prophecies fulfilled about Jesus. And last but not least, the topic list and location of the Praying the Scriptures prayers!

  • I love that The TEXT Bible‘s resources use Scripture to interpret Scripture. So many of the TEXT moments in this Bible include references to numerous Bible verses that reference the ideas or doctrines that are being discussed–letting the Bible speak on its own topics. So important, and incredibly so for newbies who are just learning the ways of faith.
  • What I love the most about The TEXT Bible is that it’s really designed to help its readers know God better, to understand His Word, and to draw close to Him. It’s a wonderful goal–and one I believe this Bible accomplishes, over and over and page by page.

About the authors

Michael and Hayley DiMarco are the bestselling and award-winning authors of more than 40 books including Own It, God Guy, God Girl, and A Woman Overwhelmed. Michael and Hayley have now served as general editors on three Bible projects. Together, they work side-by-side at Hungry Planet, a company they founded that creates winsome and spiritually based content for teens and
adults. They live in Eugene, Oregon, where Michael serves as a pastor.

Where you can purchase The TEXT Bible–plus a discount!

Learn more about The TEXT Bible (NET) at this website.

You can get 50% off your copy of The NET TEXT Bible if you order before Valentine’s Day! Just click on the purchase link here for the discount (before February 14, 2023, remember!).

And, you can enter to win!

The FINCHNWREN blog is privileged to be able to give away a hardcover copy of The TEXT Bible (NET) to one reader of this blog! To enter, just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win in a variety of ways. US entries only, entrants must be 18 and older. Giveaway closes on January 21, 2023. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren


Many thanks to Harper Collins Christian Publishing for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.