Cover Reveal: Hope For Christmas by Stacy Finz

Hope For Christmas
The Garner Brothers #2
by Stacy Finz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 10th, 2017

This Christmas in snow-capped Nugget, California, the gift of a second chance is all anyone can wish for . . .
Sparkling lights, sugar cookies, a fragrant tree—Emily McCreedy is checking off her list for a perfect holiday with a new baby on her hip, two adorable stepsons hunting for presents, and her husband’s love shoring up the life she rebuilt after the unbelievable tragedy of losing her young daughter to abduction seven years ago.
But the merriment dims when Emily receives a strange note alluding to her daughter’s disappearance. Emily’s sure Christmas miracles are only for TV movies, but with each new communication, she finds herself face to face with the one thing that matters most—hope.

Stacy Finz is an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

Book Giveaway: A Spring of Weddings by Toni Shiloh and Melissa Wardwell




Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing
Publication date: May 3, 2017
Number of pages: 156

A Proxy Wedding

Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all, so when her best friend calls asking her to be a proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom.
Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he must take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved.
Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?

Hope Beyond Savannah
Lily Allman and Nikotemo (Nik) Lagatuo were the poster children for the term “opposites attract.” He was an evangelist and CEO for a non-profit from Samoa who grew up in a large loving family.  She was a blond bombshell with a funky style and no family to call her own. Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely of places, but God had a plan when He brought them together. They never let their differences deter them from the love they had for each other, but when Nik’s mother comes to the States for the wedding, the idea of wedded bliss is shaken.  Can prejudices be over looked, insecurities overcome, and hope for a better future be restored so that these two can have all that was promised?



Toni Shiloh


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the Virginia Chapter.
You can find her on her website at


Melissa Wardwell


Melissa is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom who homeschools their 3 children. When she isn’t teaching or writing, you will find her on the back of a motorcycle or curled up on the couch, reading. Writing had never been in the plans for her life but now she can not imagine doing anything else. Her prayer is that each story blesses the reader in some way- whether it ministers to them or just gives them a break for the  chaotic moments in life . 




“You want me to do what?”
Carly James couldn’t believe her ears. She stared at her cellphone to ensure it wasn’t a prank call. One glance around her apartment told her Ashton Kutcher wouldn’t be jumping out to inform her she’d been pranked. Plus, the military phone number on the caller ID assured her it was her best friend, Brenda, calling.
“I want you to stand in for me at my wedding. You’ll be my proxy bride.”
“I’ve never even heard of such a thing.”
“It’s real simple. You say the vows as me and voilà, I’m married.”
Carly plopped down onto her oversized living room chair. Her head felt like she just jumped off a swing. “Why can’t you wait and plan a wedding like normal brides, Bren?”
“Because we both have orders that will only widen our separation. I’m headed to Alaska once this deployment’s done and Adam has orders to Japan.”
She bit her lip. That was a pretty far gap. Brenda had met Adam on a work trip to Las Vegas six months ago. Despite the fact they were only around each other for one month, it was enough for the two to bond and start a relationship. Now, they wanted to marry. She shook her head at the fastness of it all.
“So if I stand in for you,” she started cautiously. “The marriage will be legal and you can get your orders changed?”
Seems harmless enough. “Then only the bride has to have a proxy?”
Silence spanned the airwaves.
“Bren, are you still there?”
“Yes, I am. I, uh…the answer is no.”
“No?” Incredulity filled her voice. “What does that mean?”
“It means Adam should be having this same conversation with his best friend. We want both of you to stand in for us.”
Carly groaned. This had trouble written all over it.
“And I might as well tell you, it needs to happen in Montana.”
“What? Are you insane?”
“Carls,” Brenda whined, using her nickname. “Montana is the only state that does a double proxy wedding. We could have hired a service to take care of all the necessary paperwork, but that just seems so impersonal. We want it to be special even if we won’t be together when it happens.”
She squeezed her eyes shut. This was not happening. Had she rolled out of bed only to land in some alternate universe?


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My Weekly Bible Journaling #17


The countdown is on and we are heading towards to the finish line…

My doctor has such a sweet way of encouragement about her. She always makes me so happy to see. her. She let me know that she is so proud of the way I am doing and we both cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has been. Please keep us in your prayers as we make this final stretch. Just 12 more days to go…

Last week we had a great time celebrating the birth of my 11 year old. This week we have a day of orthodontist and doctors appointments, my two older kids are take some of their last high school tests and I am getting my blood work and pre-admitting stuff done for the hospital. I think I already need a nap!

I just want to thank everyone who reached out to us. We are ok. Just lost our electricity for a bit and our internet came back on this morning. It looks like the tornadoes stayed to the east of us.

It was a scary night and we are very thankful that God blessed us and kept us safe! Please pray for those in Canton and everyone else who was in the path of these storms.

Here is what I studied and worked on this week as I am making my way through my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:


Starting the book of Joshua this week. I am excited to see what new lessons the Lord wants to teach me…


One of my favorite verses from Joshua: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses. Joshua 4:14(NIV)

It was here that they finally acknowledged that Joshua was truly a leader like Moses had been. I thought that this was an interesting point to make. Apparently up to now they just followed him. Now they feared him and respected him like they had Moses.


I think most kids who have heard the story of the Battle of Jericho love it! I know I acted it out several time in Sunday School growing up and so have my kids. There is just something wonderful about how the Lord created this unique miracle for His people…


My plant of the week is this unknown squash plant! It has popped up by the bottom back porch step. No one planted him there and we all are guessing what he is going to be. I have a good idea I know but we will see…

This week I reviewed the Fantasia Premium Watercolor Pencil Set and tried them out in my Bible. Check out how well they work!


If you have any questions or suggestions about my Bible Journaling please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know! I will try to answer them this week but if I don’t I promise to get back to you as soon as I can!

I hope you enjoy this journey with me this year. If you want to join in leave me a link to  where you have your Bible Journaling pages and I will be happy to check them out and leave them some love!

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Review: Fantasia Premium Watercolor Pencil Set


Fantasia Premium Watercolor Pencil Set

Purchased from Amazon


  • Manufactured with carefully selected pigments
  • High color concentration
  • Extra thick blendable leads
  • Suitable for use on a variety of different materials
  • Assortment of colors



These past several months I have fallen in love with water coloring in my Bible. Water color pencils are a wonderful way to get that lovely look and yet you also get the ease of using a pencil. I came across the set of Fantasia Premium Watercolor Pencils and thought I should give them a try.


The first thing I noticed when it arrive was how well packaged it was! I am not kidding, the pencils were plastic wrapped so that they did not move at all during transportation. Every single pencil still had it’s very sharp point.


While these pencils don’t have names on them they do have numbers. This does help quite a bit! I also like the variety of the colors in this set. You get the basic colors as well as variations of shades in most of the color families.


The storage tin is well made and will be a wonderful place to store these pencils when they are not in use.


So the first thing I did was apply one layer of clear gesso on my page.


Then I colored with these water color pencils. You don’t need to lay down a whole lot of color.


Then I used my water brush and blended the colors until I was happy with the outcome. I used my craft drier to make sure it is set and dried before I pulled out my gel pens and added some details and sparkle to it.

I am very pleased with how easy these Fantasia Premium Watercolor Pencils are to use and how well they look when you wet them. I will be using them often!

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