Northshire Heritage Blog Tour

Northshire Heritage JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Northshire Heritage series by JP Robinson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

In the Shadow of Your Wings

Title: In the Shadow of Your Wings Series: Northshire Heritage #1 Author: JP Robinson Publisher: Logos Publications, LLC Release Date: November 6, 2018 Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

The shadow of the Great War looms over Europe, affecting everyone in its path. Leila Durand, an elite German spy charged with infiltrating the home of British icon Thomas Steele, sees the war as a chance to move beyond the pain of her shattered past. But everything changes when she falls in love with Thomas’s son, Malcolm. Is there a way to reconcile her love for Germany and her love for the enemy? Thomas Steele sees the war as an opportunity for his profligate son, Malcolm, to find a purpose greater than himself. But when Malcolm rebels, it falls to Thomas to make tough decisions. The war’s reach extends to the heart. Eleanor Thompson finds her faith is pushed to the breaking point when her husband disappears on the battlefront and her daughter is killed in a German air raid. Where is God in the midst of her pain? In the Shadow of Your Wings presents inescapable truth that resonates across the past century. Then as now, the struggle for faith is real. Then as now, there is a refuge for all who will come beneath the shadow of God’s wings.

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In the Midst of the Flames

Title: In the Midst of the Flames Series: Northshire Heritage #2 Author: JP Robinson Publisher: Logos Publications, LLC Release Date: November 8, 2019 Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

Divided by a lie. Haunted by the past. Bonded by their love. As the fires of the Great War rage across the European continent, the Steele family is caught in the midst of the inferno. Estranged from his wife Malcolm wonders if he can ever find forgiveness for his betrayal as he begins the long journey home. Leila desperately searches for a way to escape her past life as a spy—and the German agent who has been sent to kill her—as she struggles to prove her innocence. Determined to save his family, Thomas risks everything in a high-stakes political gamble, bringing Britain to the brink of obliteration, as spymaster Robert Hughes plots his downfall. Will everything be reduced to ashes?Or does God still walk with those who, through faith, step out into the midst of the flames?

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In the Dead of Night

Title: In the Dead of Night Series: Northshire Heritage #3 Author: JP Robinson Publisher: Logos Publications, LLC Release Date: March 9, 2021 Genre: Christian Historical Suspense

The smallest flame can conquer the darkest night Darkness gathers in the final days of the Great War as the Germans plot to unleash a weapon that will plunge the Allied world into obscurity. For the Steele family, the stakes have never been higher. Leila is forced back into the shadows when the leader of a German spy ring kidnaps her child, jeopardizing Europe’s fragile bid for peace. Meanwhile, Malcolm fights to keep Northshire Estate as his father stands trial for treason against the British empire. Confronted with overwhelming circumstances from their past, the Steeles must rely on their grit and faith to conquer the night. But will it be enough?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JP Robinson
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JP Robinson is an award-winning author of historical/political suspense, a full-time minister, and the president of Lancaster Christian Writers Association. With a tagline of “Unforgettable drama, Undeniable Truth, ” JP’s high-adrenaline novels often mesh real-world marriage and parenting scenarios with vivid fiction. His books have been praised by industry leaders such as Publishers Weekly.

JP often speaks to writers and church groups within the United States and internationally. He has been happily married for over fifteen years to his high school sweetheart. CONNECT WITH JP: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Grand Prize of a signed complete set of the Northshire Heritage series (all three books)

PLUS (5) additional winners of digital copies of the complete Northshire Heritage set (PDFs)!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 26, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 2, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Guest Post

How has your background in teaching changed the way you write?

First off, let me say that I believe every author is, in one way or another, a teacher. Wielding words in a classroom is much like weaving words in a manuscript—you need to effectively use them to keep your audience engaged and entertained.

Now I realize that not all writers create stories to teach. In fact, many readers don’t like it when a story has an underlining goal or point. But, the truth is, every experience that, if our characters are relatable, then the situations they go through, and their response, conveys an idea to readers that they may choose to implement in their own life.

For me, a large part of my classroom revolved around story. I wove grammar lessons into a series of teen-drama stories that I’d make up on the spur of the moment that lasted throughout the school year. At the end of each year, I’d leave the kids on a cliffhanger and tell them, “You have to take the next level of French to find out what happens!”

At one point, I had the highest elective retention rate in the school!

But being a teacher, not only let me exercise the power of storytelling—it fueled a relentless curiosity, especially in the domains of history. Researching facts, storing information, and conveying that information in a meaningful way is at the heart of what I do.

Earlier this year, I made the decision to end over a decade of work as an educator. I’ve moved on to the vacation rental industry but writing historical suspense still allows me to tell stories that inspire as well as entertain.

For example, In the Shadow of Your Wings, zeroes in on finding strength to beat overwhelming odds, while In the Midst of the Flames integrates the theme of forgiveness as a choice with a high-adrenaline plot. In the Dead of the Night meshes different perspectives of the Great War with the idea that each of us has the power to be the light in a dark world.

So, I’m still a teacher and always will be. And, in so doing, I’m still a lifelong learner.

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Reflections of an Anxious African American Dad Book Tour

I voluntarily reviewed this book and all opinions are my own.

What every parent – no matter what race – should read to their own kids…


By Eric L. Heard

Title: REFLECTIONS OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DAD
Author: Eric L. Heard
Publisher: IUniverse
Pages: 93
Genre: Memoir

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The purpose of this book is an awkward discussion of Eric Heard’s life to his son. He talks about his life in a candid way that tries to explain his anxiety as an African American dad. It is an open and honest account of his life through the life of a child that has been through a lot in his life. It is a reflection on his life that has been shaped by his childhood experiences.

PRAISE

“The book shines in its portrayal of systemic issues through the eyes of a child caught up in centuries of racism while living in an era of unprecedented change. It shows how, for instance, marginalized people don’t suddenly stand as equals to the rest of society after changes in legislation. Segregation was still the norm in the community Heard grew up in and many doors remained closed to African Americans” – Tomah, OnlineBookClub.org

“Eric L. Heard’s REFLECTIONS OF AN ANXIOUS AFRICAN AMERICAN DAD has a touching premise and strong central idea,…….”~PF Matthews for IndieReader   

“Reflections of an Anxious African American Dad by Eric Heard is a heartfelt, vulnerable, and uplifting memoir.” – Sheena Monin, Luminosity Media Group




This episode jolted me into making another connection between my childhood and how I was acting as a parent with my son. I would take actions to ensure that what had haunted our family tree for generations would not happen to him. I knew it would require some radical steps. One of those actions was writing a book that he can share with his family after I leave this earth. When he thinks about the times I would not go with him to the baseball game or to his school assembly, this book will provide the answers when he reads between the lines.

 I hope this book will help others who don’t have their stories told anywhere in media. There are other African American men dealing with their childhood experiences and wanting to insulate their sons and daughters from the echoes and continued grasp of systematic racism. I grew up during an era of seismic changes that saw whole communities decimated. The mental anguish quietly pushed African American dads to find a way to deal with an unforgiving world. These dads are looking to raise kids while at the same time reconciling crushing pain. I would like this book to be an acknowledgment of that pain and let them know they are not alone.

 
















Eric L. Heard currently lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his wife, Sonya, of 17 years and his son, McKinley. Eric is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Engineering. He also has a Master’s Business Administration from Indiana University and Master’s of Manufacturing Operations from Kettering University. He is an Army Brat who has lived in the Southeast United States, Germany, and Japan.

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My Review – When you read this it’s so easy to see how the author is so greatly affected by his childhood. Our childhood experiences make us who we are. This author grew up in the South during the 70’s and 80’s and lived in a very segregated community. As he later moved around because his father was in the military, he saw another type of community. As a white reader I can remember observing this type of community in my childhood childhood in Mississippi during the 70’s. This father is anxious because he became that way as a child and because he wants his own children to understand his background and his desire to prevent generational pain. The writing is personal and the stories are touching. We can all learn from this dad! There are a few curse words in this book.

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Safe In His Arms Book Tour



Personal Growth, Christian Living, Poetry

Date Published: June 22, 2021

Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing



“It’s broken,” our Healer says. “This world is broken.

It is not how I wanted it to be.

But I am bigger than all the brokenness.

I am bigger than all the evil.

And I am bigger even than death.

 

Come, take my hand and I will show you.

I will show you a beauty

you have never seen,

a peace you have never felt,

and a safe

You can’t even imagine.”

 

 

About the Author

Mercy Tobin is someone her Healer is touching deeply in her journey of healing. Still in the middle of her journey, writing poems has become her journal. She is surrounded and encouraged on her journey by her children and their families, and special friends who are walking alongside her.


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D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales

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D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tale – Hector by D.M. Mullan & Kirsteen Harris-Jones 

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If something is missing, and you’re feeling blue, you could learn from Hector, who feels this way too.

This little genius lives in an upside down boat, and he grunts from his hill like a grumpy old goat:

“Hector van Groat needs no one but Hector, because he is a genius, a crazy inventor!”

Book #1 in the D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales series.

D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales

D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales is a series of peculiar modern fables from author D.M. Mullan and illustrator Kirsteen Harris-Jones.

With a classic rhyming style and wonderfully quirky illustrations, each book centres around a unique little individual and tells their story all whilst

 About the Author

D.M. Mullan is a world-travelled author from County Derry, Northern Ireland. Now living in Belfast with her family, the author will launch the ‘D.M. Mullan’s Curious Tales’ series in 2021; her first work for children.

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About the illustrator

Kirsteen Harris-Jones is an illustrator with a colourful past. She’s worked at a variety of creative, graphic and animation studios since 1990. Her work has been published by Random House, Egmont, Bloomsbury, Little Tiger, and more.

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My Review

This children’s book has many similarities to The Grinch that Stole Christmas.” Hector lives on top of a hill where he looks down over the town. He doesn’t feel that he needs anyone because he is a genius. His inventions aren’t wanted by anyone because they do the opposite of what people want. Then one day he has a great idea to make a snowball fighting machine. He rushes to his home and creates one. But, who will want it? Children will have to find out what happens next with Hector. Will he finally reach out to others?

Playing the Duke’s Fiancee Blog Tour

Playing the Duke’s Fiancee

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A pretend proposal

For the unconventional heiress

When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…

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Author Bio –

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

 She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

 When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook. 

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.


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     As William studied the house in the distance, his attention was caught by a bright flash of movement in the gray-green meadows.  He shielded his eyes from the glare of the light, and saw it was a lady making her way slowly toward the castle.  She wore a blue and white striped gown, the ruffled hem trailing behind her.  Her red hair blew in the breeze like a banner, uncovered by any hat, and she dragged a strange contraption with her, a tripod and a medium-sized box-type thing.  He remembered men with just such a thing at the pyramids, taking photographs, but he hadn’t seen a lady doing such a thing yet.

     Aidan’s wife?  She did seem eccentric enough to be an American.  Yet strangely, William hoped she was not.  Something about her, that waving, brilliant hair, like something in a Millais painting, that strong, free independence of her stride and her fearless posture, caught at something inside of him.  He longed to ride down to her, to see her face clearly, to hear her laughter from her wide, red lips that the wind seemed to snatch away.

     Who was she?  What was she doing, so close yet so far away?  He watched, enraptured, as she waved one arm as it to test the wind, threw back her head to look up into the sky.  The lace-edged sleeve fell back, revealing a slender arm, a gold bracelet.  As she looked up into the meager light, William could see her more clearly, her face illuminated like a cameo in the gray day.  Her chin was lightly pointed, her cheekbones high and elegant, her full lips curved in a whisper of a smile.  He could even glimpse a spray of freckles over her straight nose.  Her pose was of intelligence, defiance, concentration.

     She shook her head, took up her equipment, and hurried away.  William wanted to call her after, follow her, but he stayed frozen where he was.  No lady on a country ramble wanted a gentleman to chase her down, surely even as one as bold as that redhead obviously was.  He was never in the business of frightening ladies, even one who intrigued him so.  And he was so rarely intrigued.

     Besides, she might indeed be Aidan’s new wife.  Something sank in him at such a thought.  Not that he himself could marry an American.  He had already told himself that.

     He spun Zeus around and galloped back toward Bourne.  It was nearly dinnertime, and perhaps Honoria would know something about the redheaded lady.  He feared he wouldn’t be able to get her out of his mind for quite a while.

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    Violet had to stop on her path back to the house, caught by the shimmer of the late daylight like rose-gold on the fields.  It seemed to ripple like some rare beaded fabric.  There was no time to set up her camera, so she took a sketchbook from her satchel and sat down to try and catch it in quick pencil strokes to remember later.

    As she drew in the impression of light, caught up in images of rare beauty, she suddenly realized she wasn’t quite alone in the silent afternoon.  A figure on horseback appeared on the pathway below her perch, outlined in sunlight that turned him golden, like a pagan idol.  Violet shielded her eyes to study him.

    And what she saw made her gasp.  That glimmering light made him seem truly godlike, with tousled dark hair over a noble brow, riding so smoothly and carelessly, as if one with the horse, tall and lean and powerful.  She wondered if he was truly real at all.

    For an instant, her fingers froze on the pencil, as if time had stalled.  Then she drew even faster, trying to capture his image before he rode away.  She’d seldom seen anything quite so beautiful. 

    As she sketched in an impression of his features, chiseled as if sculpted just so beneath the brim of his hat, he suddenly raised his hand and waved at her.  Violet was tempted to duck, but then she told herself sternly there was no way he could see her blush from there, no way he could see that she drew his face so she could always remember it.  Instead she waved back, and he laughed before he galloped onward.  That laughter made him even more handsome, made him glow from within.

    Who on earth was he?

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Aslan Running Joy

Aslan Running Joy

Author: Kristin Kaldahl

YA Contemporary

What do you do when your life turns upside down?

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

You get a dog – and run.


First choices out. Second choices in.


It’s been that way since dialysis left fourteen-year-old Krissy disabled. Her limitations went from none to a ton, and now they stand in the way of her dream—to compete in dog agility with her new sheltie pup, Aslan.
She’s seen videos of agility handlers sprinting, spinning, and twisting as they race with their dogs through the intricate obstacle courses. It’s a beautiful sport. Like dance. Like art.
And surely impossible for someone like her.
Her suspicions are confirmed when an agility instructor says Krissy’s inability to run will keep her and Aslan from successfully competing against other lightning-fast agility teams and suggests Krissy choose a less physically demanding, second-choice dog sport.
Second choices—once again.
And on top of all that, Krissy is pretty sure she doesn’t even like her own dog.

About the Author
Kristin Kaldahl is an agility instructor, national-level agility competitor, and dog agility blogger with twenty years in the sport. Her dogs have earned eight agility championships and have qualified for the AKC Agility National Championship fourteen times. In addition, Kaldahl is an award-winning author, former journalist, dog training blogger, and a long-term



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My Review

A fourteen year old girl has lived with a lot of fear and heartache. Kristen has kidney disease and spent time in dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant. Her family has been great with their support, but she feels like they are having problems because of her health. She just wants to be normal and not be afraid of everything. She didn’t ask for her disease and feels guilty about her special needs. She had to re-home her beloved horse because she was secretly afraid of his large size, and after a dangerous accident she had to let him go.
Her next fantasy was to get a pup to train for agility trials. Her parents bought her a sheltie puppy who appeared to be a runt. Krissy took him to puppy and school before she ever named him. She finally settled on the name Aslan. There were a few people who were discouraging to her and some were even cruel. The book has points in which Krissy has to deal with her friends getting into the wrong crowd, but she has sense to avoid trouble. Her family is a Christian family who have a church support system. Eventually she finds a training group that teaches her that agility can be done even with a disability, but will she and Aslan have what it takes to win? Or is winning what really maters? This book is recommended for ages 10-13, but I think young dog lovers will enjoy it and may want to try this sport with their dog.