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Hollywood is not home

About the Book

Book: Hollywood is Not Home

Author: Annmarie M. Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction – Romance

Release date: July 13, 2021

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Would you trade fame for privacy?

Movie star Maggie Malone has a glamorous lifestyle with everything money can buy—except privacy. Hounded by the paparazzi and ridiculed for her faith, Maggie secretly struggles with severe anxiety and loneliness. All she desires is to be herself—southern girl by birth, ranch lover by heart.

When an anonymous benefactor invites Maggie to participate in a secret project, will her hopelessness find a new direction? Or will she become another celebrity travesty? What if she discovers Hollywood is not Home? Her faith, family, love, and future hang in the balance.

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About the Author

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Annmarie M. Roberts is an author, copywriter, and scriptwriter. She is a wife and mother of two. Her soul grew to love writing at a young age. In grade school, she could hardly wait to receive her first writing assignment, “What I did over summer break.” She just loved to impress her teacher with a detailed descriptive read of a summer filled with wonder and fascinating adventures, some of which were true. Writing has been her passion in one form or another ever since. “There is nothing like the power of expression through words to create a moment in time or an imaginative place to magically transport your reader,” Annmarie mused when asked about why she loves to write. When she is not working on commercial script writing, she spends time with her family and volunteers with her church in the community.

More from Annmarie

Fall in love with a faithfully blessed story and characters that grew from my heart and surely bound to find a place in yours!

This has been a long-time coming friend. It all started about fifteen years ago from a very old desktop computer and a rickety put-together desk that you buy in a box. In the beginning, it had highlights of Hollywood but no traces of the southern influence yet. We hadn’t moved to the south when I started my novel, so the blessings that were about to bestow upon me were still in store. Maybe it came from the handwritten letter from my new pastor in my mailbox the first day I arrived, or the first time I heard a shopping cart called “a buggy”, either way, I knew I was home when I landed in South Carolina. So much of my story is influenced by good Christian women I met in church, delicious southern food that will knock your socks off, and the abundance of faith that runs here like the rivers.

If you are reading this, know I appreciate you. If you read my book, I know you will feel the love, friendship, family, laughs, and tears that I belted out as I wrote it.

Find a special place like I have on the covered deck near my kitchen whereas I write now I hear the inviting sound of wind chimes tickling in the soft Southern hot-humid breeze accompanied by a greyed over cloud pending the usual afternoon downpour. Southern afternoon rains are fast and furious, but they kiss the grass and the trees and delight our eyes with forever green tapestry.

Sit in this place soon with a cool glass of fresh-made lemonade and some homemade lemon butter cookies, just like Maggie Malone would.

Alternate cookie and lemonade in one hand and my new novel, Hollywood is Not Home, in the other.

Fall in love with my characters and get to know me as a writer through them.  Share your thoughts with me about my book but never share those homemade lemon butter cookies…those are for you. You deserve them! Enjoy!

Author Interview

Thank you for joining me as I chat with Annmarie, and we get to know her better!

Annmarie, thank you for being with us. Let’s start out with a common question. Why did you decide to write fiction?

I really have enjoyed writing my first novel in the Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance genre. Fiction writing gives an author the most amazing opportunity to create special places and characters, taken from an author’s heart to their fingertips, typing up adventures for their readers. I feel connected to writing fiction as it gives the perfect balance of creating something realistic yet with special embellishments and personality to it. Christian Romance provided a way for me to share my story in a good clean structure so that readers of a younger age group, say teenagers, could enjoy my novel as well. Contemporary, well, it’s inviting for my readers to connect with a story that could happen and dialect that is shared in the South.

Do you ever name your characters after people you know?

The name of my lead male character, Jake Ryan, is the first names of both my nephews; Jake and Ryan. My lead female character Maggie, well I have always liked the name Maggie. All the Maggie’s I have ever known are very smart and sassy with a kindness people are drawn to, just like the Maggie in my novel.

How do you research for your stories?

 For Hollywood is Not Home, I watched interviews with actors. I did quite a bit of reading of articles they were spotlighted in based on their own accounts. Also, I caught some items off the news, where actors were fighting for special legislation against paparazzi for protection of privacy for themselves and their families. As for the Southern living, well, that all came when I moved across country from Las Vegas, Nevada to Greenville, SC, all I had to do then was open my heart and let the South bless it.

Okay, now for a really serious, important question. What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

There is nothing like a good old fashioned homemade Butter Pecan. You can’t just get it anywhere to get the best. The ice cream shops in the South that specialize in homemade ice cream, make it just right.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?

Well, if you ask my husband who shares an office with me if I have a quirk, he will say absolutely.

So many times, he would look over to me laughing out loud and typing away on my novel, assuming I wrote something funny. Other times, he would look, and tears would be pouring out of my eyes. He was first concerned then realized, it must be a sad part of my story. So, my quirk, if you call it one, was the ride I took with my story’s emotions. It was very important to me to experience them firsthand as I was writing in laying a path for my readers to follow suit when they are reading my novel.

Thank you for hanging out with my readers, Annmarie!

Now make sure you visit these blog stops and enter the drawing!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7

Susan K. Beatty, Author, January 8 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 8

Texas Book-aholic, January 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 10

deb’s Book Review, January 11

Inklings and notions, January 12

An Author’s Take, January 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 13

Vicky Sluiter, January 14 (Author Interview)

By the Book, January 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 16 (Spotlight)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Artistic Nobody, January 20 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Annmarie is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket with various items that have inspirational sayings on them like a mug, bookmark, an autographed copy of the book, and a copy of The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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About the Book – The Debutante’s Code

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series
 

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love.But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.
 
Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spies. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention the nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner, who suspects her of a daring theft.
 
Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission?
 
Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.
 
Click here to read an excerpt.

About the Author

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a

transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.
 
Vetsch is the author of many novellas and novels, including the popular Serendipity & Secrets Regency series and the new Thorndike & Swann Regency Mystery series
 
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Giveaway

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A Promise of Forgivness JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Promise of Forgiveness by Jo Ann Brown, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Promise of Forgiveness

Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #2

Author: Jo Ann Brown

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Genre: Christian, Amish, Contemporary Romance

“Jo Ann Brown’s writing is both powerful and charming. She provides a respite from the cares of the day and gives the invitation to join her for a journey of peace that lingers in the heart.”

—Kelly Long, national bestselling author

Every little secret is a chain to the past…

For Amish widow Naomi Ropp, moving back to her parents’ Bliss Valley home—with her boisterous twin toddler boys—is a chance to start over and bury the painful secrets of her marriage forever. But her life is turned upside down once again when she learns she’s not the only one hiding things. The parents she believed were always open and honest have been keeping a secret her whole life. And now her only confidant is her father’s new employee—a handsome Amish man who was once her childhood tormentor.

Samuel King knows more than anyone should about mistakes—and the way he treated Naomi is at the top of his list. But the shock of seeing her pretty face again is quickly overshadowed when they find a slumbering boppli abandoned on his porch. Caring for the sweet newborn together is finally bringing some peace to their troubled pasts. But when a spark leads to growing feelings as they start to look toward the future, Samuel must find a way to convince Naomi to trust the man he’s become…and the promise of new love.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Walmart Exclusive | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

The trade paperback version of A Promise of Forgiveness is available now exclusively at your local Walmart or Walmart.com. Preorder available everywhere.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Ann Brown has published over 100 titles under a variety of pen names. A former military officer, she enjoys taking pictures and traveling. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years and is always excited when one of her students sells a project. She has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and two rambunctious cats. She lives in Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys hearing from her readers. Visit her at www.joannbrownbooks.com.

CONNECT WITH JO ANN: Website | Facebook

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

A Promise of Forgiveness JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 6, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 13, 2021. 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 Review!

Author JoAnn Brown returns to Bliss Valley in this second book of her Secrets of Bliss Valley series. Don’t be concerned if you haven’t read book one, A Wish for Home. I haven’t and could follow this book just fine. But I will go back and read book one simply because I thoroughly enjoyed A Promise of Forgiveness.

A Promise of Forgiveness is just that; forgiveness. There is so much for Samuel and Naomi to be forgiven for, and to forgive. Even though it’s the Amish way, will they be able to? Grudges have power over us. Brown wrote this “theme” in such a way that the reader sees the need to forgive even in their own life. Very powerful.

Throw in a pair of rascally twins, a beautiful baby, and a stubborn father and you have the recipe for a lot of laughter. I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

The Cowboy's Amish Haven JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Cowboy’s Amish Haven by Pamela Desmond Wright, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Title: The Cowboy’s Amish Haven

Author: Pamela Desmond Wright

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 24, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Her home and her heart are on the line…

On the same day Gail Schroder’s faced with losing her Amish family ranch, her old crush Levi Wyse shows up on her doorstep. He doesn’t know that when he left ten years ago he’d taken Gail’s heart with him. Now Levi’s her only hope of keeping a roof over her head. But can this cowboy teach Gail the ropes in time to save her home?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Pamela Desmond Wright grew up in a small, dusty Texas town. Like the Amish, Pamela is a fan of the simple life. Her childhood includes memories of the olden days; old-fashioned oil lamps, cooking over an authentic wood-burning stove and making popcorn over a crackling fire at her grandparent’s cabin. She also loves needlepoint and has dozens of projects to work on! Someday, she hopes to move into van life, living on the road as a traveling writer.

CONNECT WITH PAMELA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

The Cowboy's Amish Haven JustRead Giveaway

Grand Prize: (1) winner will receive a Kindle eReader

1st runner up: (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card

2nd runner up: (1) winner will receive a signed print copy of The Cowboy’s Amish Haven and King James Version of the Bible

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 7, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 14, 2021. 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.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

My Review!

My first book by author Pamela Desmond Wright, it won’t be my last. Wright did a really good job of placing her readers in the Texas Amish Community of Burr Oak, and showing us how this community is different from others. I find it interesting to learn about the various states that unexpectedly have Amish Communities, some being much more modern than others.

Well developed characters Gail and Levi will have you cheering them on to succeed, both on the ranch and in love. Wright’s descriptions of a cattle ranch help you to really see what is happening; very well done.

Strong faith brings about healing in this story. I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

yuletideTitle: Their Yuletide Healing

Series: Bliss, Texas

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

As her plans unravel, can she give her children what they truly need?

Foster mom Rae Girard’s determined to make her children’s first Christmas with her the best they’ve ever had—and she’s shocked when the town scrooge, attorney Cole Heinsohn, offers to pitch in. Rae’s young charges have melted Cole’s heart, and he wants them to experience the special day he never had. But when disaster strikes, an imperfect holiday might bring them something better: a family…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pupsMindy Obenhaus and countless cattle. She’s passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen, spending time with her grandchildren or roaming the ranch in search of inspiration. She’d love to connect with you via her website, mindyobenhaus.com, or on Facebook.

CONNECT WITH MINDY: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a copy of all four Bliss, Texas series books and a $20 Amazon gift card.

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Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 2, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 9, 2021. 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. (Winners outside the US will receive trilogy ebooks and $20 Amazon gift card) Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

My review!

It’s always wonderful to return to Bliss, Texas. Will this be the last visit there? I hope not. I find the characters to be so real to life that I’m sure if I walked down the street I would run into them and we’d stop to chat. When an author makes me feel that way I know the book is good. Author Mindy Openhaus also includes glimpses of those we met in other books in her Bliss, Texas series. It’s fun to catch up with them again.

Openhaus isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects such as abuse and foster care, but she does it carefully without going deeply into difficult details. I love the focus on Rae giving her foster children what they need and what she wants for them; a wonderful Christmas. Add in Cole, who Rae clashes with, and you have a surprising story of hope, forgiveness, and love.

If you’re looking for a heartwarming Contemporary Christmas story that has all the feelings, then I highly recommend Their Yuletide Healing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review. I also purchased a copy for myself.

23 Responses to Book Tours

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review, Vicky! I’m happy you enjoyed Molly and Derek’s story. Thanks for sharing! xo

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  2. slehan says:

    Good book for summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  3. I can’t wait to read this! Sounds like a very sweet story.

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  4. carylkane says:

    Vicky, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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  5. vickysluiter says:

    You’re welcome. Such an enjoyable book!

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  6. megan allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m adding to my tbr!

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  7. Debbie P says:

    This sounds like a great book.

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  8. Hannah Bartel says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to read!

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  9. slehan says:

    Want to read Sunny first.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  10. jodi683 says:

    Sounds like a super awesome read.

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  11. Linda Geertsma says:

    This sounds like a very great story.. can’t wait to get it and read it

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  12. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your review of this story, this sounds like a wonderful read

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  13. Thank you for sharing! – JustRead Tours

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  14. JustRead Tours says:

    Than you for sharing!

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  15. Shelly Peterson says:

    The Cowboy’s Amish Haven sounds like a good read.

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  16. Shelly Peterson says:

    A Promise of Forgiveness sounds good. I like the cover.

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