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Sunday, March 18, 2018


About the Book



Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter  
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction  
Release Date: March 1, 2018  
A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm. All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother. Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

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About the Author



Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit www.michellegriep.com.

Guest Post from Michelle Griep

Celebrating Oak Apple Day Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . .and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth. In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may never heard of. Oak Apple Day. This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today. Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched. The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches. Interested in hearing more about this gallant fellow and the forgetful miss? Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter… Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home. Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue . . . until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm. All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother. Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead. It’s a race against time for them both.

Blog Stops


                                                       Just the Write Escape, March 15

Mommynificent, March 16
Among the Reads, March 17
Mary Hake, March 17
Karen Sue Hadley, March 18
MY THOUGHTS:  
There is so much going on in this book. It's great!!     The personalities of the characters tie in together to make the story blend and flow, well done! It took several pages to get into the book but was worth it. Once you get into the story of Johanna, Alexander, Thomas and even good ole' mom pops into the story unexpectedly. I enjoyed this story. I loved the characters, each with their own struggles and moments of humor. Please read the book.                 Blessings, Karen                                            Rating: 5*                                                              I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
Kathleen Denly, March 19
Remembrancy, March 20
Book by Book, March 20
Bookworm Mama, March 22
Vicky Sluiter, March 22
Carpe Diem, March 22
Pause for Tales, March 23
margaret kazmierczak, March 23 (Interview)
A Greater Yes, March 24
Simple Harvest Reads, March 26 (Mindy Houng Guest Post)
Pursuing Stacie, March 27
Bigreadersite, March 27
The PhD Mamma, March 28


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter and a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cb72


Friday, March 16, 2018

"I Can Only Imagine" movie



                 

                    Songs speak to us - most of us have heard a song that speaks to us whether in a encouraging way or comforting way. I have, God has encouraged me, comforted me, strengthened me and helped me through some tough times all through the words from a song. My husband and I just saw the movie "I Can Only Imagine", the faith-based film based on the growing up years of Bart Millard. He is the lead singer for the band "Mercy Me".  While I was watching, there was something different in the atmosphere of the theater. I couldn't figure out what it was until later, while my husband and I went for a motorcycle ride. As I enjoyed the scenery, the reason for the difference in the atmosphere of the theater came to me clearly and it was because the presence of The Holy Spirit was there. I've seen other faith-based movies but never have I felt The Holy Spirit's presence as strongly as I felt it today. And then I wondered why? Why this movie and not the other faith-based films I've seen that encouraged, comforted and strengthened me? Bart's story (no spoilers) and his struggles are not ones that I can relate too except for two words- REDEMPTION! FORGIVENESS! I need to be constantly reminded of when I was 10 years old and God reached down and redeemed me. He forgave me of my sins, saved me and I belong to Him.

                    I've listened to K-Love and heard them talk about all the stories from people everywhere are sharing how God has used this movie to help, guide and encourage them. I can add my story to theirs. While watching this amazing movie, God brought to my attention unforgiveness that I've thought I'd dealt with and forgiven those who have hurt me in the past. I sought His forgiveness and gave it completely to Him. Another thing God reminded me of is that He hears my prayers for certain people (He knows who they are) and He will answer in His perfect timing and in His perfect way that it always best. With God there is always hope!

                     What I loved about this movie!
                                       * God doesn't leave us alone to deal with our past, He's right there with us.
                                       * God understands how hard it is for us to forgive others. (It's so hard) Only through Him can we forgive.
                                       * When this song was released it became the #1 most requested song not only on Christian radio but secular radio as well. How awesome is that!!
                                       * Bart saw the incredible work of God in his life and in the life of his father. A great reminder that there isn't anyone beyond the Grace of God-it has no boundaries. Those we think will never change, circumstances we think are impossible or we think our prayers for those we love will never be answered. THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD! 
                                       *   I believe the many people praying about this movie before it even  went into developing stage is the reason I could feel the presence of The Holy Spirit. (This still just leaves me speechless)
                                       * Through this movie God has something for you to hear. I'd love to hear how He speaks to you through this story. Please leave a comment if you would like to share that or if you have a prayer request that I can pray for you.

So, please join me in prayer as many goes to see this incredible movie, that God will touch those who are saved and are struggling with something or someone in their life. Pray for those that watch this movie who are lost that they realize God forgives and they would experience HIS REDEMPTION! 


BLESSINGS,
KAREN

I Can Only Imagine
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
I can only imagine when that day comes
When I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine hey ya ah
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine hey ya ah
I can only imagine yeah yeah
I can only imagine
I can only imagine ey ey ey
I can only imagine
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagine
Songwriters: Bart Marshall Millard
I Can Only Imagine lyrics © Music Services, Inc