Category Archives: New Releases

Prize Winner | JC Morrows, Macy Morrows










I will be contacting you via e-mail
to let you know what you need to do to collect your prize.

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!


God bless you!

Winner © 2019 DJ Mynatt



GRIT & grace | Suzanne Hadley Gosselin, Gretta Kennedy



Today I am reviewing GRIT & grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Hang in There, Mama!

For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom.

As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.




Grit and Grace is such an encouraging book of devotions!

By the time I finished the book, I felt as if I knew Suzanne and Gretta personally — and their families. I laughed — and cried along with them as they told their stories of love, tears, frustrations, temptations, fellowship, and grace.

. . . and I really LOVED the prayers!

Please check out GRIT & grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms… and read the words of encouragement that have helped Suzanne and Gretta through many of the difficult times we all experience.

Happy Reading!


Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin
is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.

Learn more about Gosselin at She can also be found on Facebook (suzannegosselinauthor), Twitter (@gosselinsh) and Instagram (@suzannegosselin).

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.

Grit & Grace is her first book.

Keep up with the Kennedy family’s adventures at and on Facebook (travelingislanders), Twitter (@traveislanders) and Instagram (@travelingislanders).

Fellow Grit & Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms), Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).





Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Hybrid Challenge | JC Morrows, Macy Morrows



Today I am reviewing The Hybrid Challenge, the 2nd chapter book in the Tales of a Teenage Alien Human Hybrid series, by JC Morrows and Macy Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As if I don’t have enough to deal with. . .

It’s crazy enough to find out, the hard way, that you are not who you thought you were.

But to have that kind of bombshell dropped on you, and then — to have your Dad ditch you — leaving you to figure stuff out all by yourself, with a Mom you can’t tell anything about what’s going on. . . and school enemies lurking around unexpected corners.

I mean. . . come on. It’s summer!

Between trying to keep a tight grip on my sanity, not to mention my new crazy alien powers, dealing with Ashley and her band of terrible teens, not knowing if I still have a best friend or not is just the straw I do not need to be saddled with this summer.

Is it any wonder I feel like I just might lose it any second! And if I do. . . well, keeping the secret from Mom will be the least of my problems!

Book two of the Tales of a Teenage Alien Human Hybrid series.




Zoe is a really cool teenager… the only thing is, she has blue hair… and just after her dad takes her on a vacation and reveals a big secret, he disappears and she’s left to figure things out on her own!

          And she can’t tell her mom!

So what happens when Zoe returns home to deal with her new life-altering secret? Especially when her best friend shows up, wanting to know what happened before Zoe left — you know, when the bedroom door kept opening and closing on its’ own.

This is such an adorable story… about a teenage-girl who gets the most surprising news — something extraordinary, and more than a bit alarming!

In this second book, Zoe’s dad has ended their vacation early and taken off for parts unknown, leaving Zoe to deal with family and friends, and new neighbors. I loved how the authors tap into what it would be like to learn that you’re half alien, plus dealing with new powers that could cause all sorts of problems. Can Zoe handle things on her own? Will her alien dad ever return?

If you are as curious as I am — pre-order your copy today so you can read the story as soon as it releases. Once you do, you’ll want to know even more (like I do) and you’ll be anticipating the return of Zoe (and her two dads) in The Human Complication, the next sequel in this fun, exciting series.

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Alien’s Daughter
  2. The Hybrid Challenge
  3. The Human Complication

February 2019 | JC Morrows, Macy Morrows


I am honored to feature  JC MORROWS and MACY MORROWS
on my bookshelf blog this month



JC and MACY have graciously offered to sponsor a surprise giveaway…




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Marathon © 2019 DJ Mynatt



With Winter’s First Frost | Kelly Irvin



Today I am reviewing With Winter’s First Frost, the fourth and final book in the Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Will the long, cold winter prove to be Laura and Zechariah’s season of renewed purpose and love sweetened with age?

Laura Kauffman has been a widow for eight years–since her husband of forty-five years passed away in his sleep on Christmas Eve. She tries to keep herself busy with her nine children, fifty-two grandchildren, and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.

But she can’t stop wondering: What does God expect her to do with her days now? Has her usefulness been expended? Why leave her to carry on alone? Those are questions she can’t answer until a friend suffers complications during childbirth and needs someone to help care for her newborn twins and three older children.

The twins’ great-grandfather, Zechariah Stutzman, a widower himself, seems to need some upkeep as well. Suddenly, Laura has her hands full, and the long winter days don’t seem so long.

Zechariah suffers from Parkinson’s disease. When his wife died of breast cancer two years earlier, his children insisted he live with one of his grandsons and their growing family because of his disease’s progression. He’s not allowed to drive, chop wood, or build fires. He feels he has outlived his usefulness. Then Laura comes along and seems determined to change that.

Both Laura and Zechariah must seek God’s will to find the purpose for this season in their lives. They have to be willing to trust and to accept that second chances for romantic love are possible–even probable–when they give control of their lives to God.



I enjoyed reading the story of Laura and Zechariah… and how they both worked hard to be needed — and wanted — by their families. Honestly, I got a bit aggravated when Zechariah’s sons treated him like he wasn’t capable… even to moving him from one house to another without his approval or acceptance. But they were just trying to be helpful. However, it would have been MORE helpful if they had shared with him how they felt about him moving in. I know I would want to know, if it were me.

Thankfully, Laura was able to be a blessing to those around her — even to Zechariah — and although I won’t spoil the ending for you, I thought Kelly did an admirable job tying up the lose ends in the story. And I was even a bit sad to say goodbye to these wonderful characters!

Happy Reading!!!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. Upon a Spring Breeze
  2. Beneath the Summer Sun
  3. Through the Autumn Air
  4. With Winter’s First Frost


The Warrior Maiden | Melanie Dickerson



Today I am reviewing The Warrior Maiden, the ninth book in the Hagenheim Fairy Tale Romance series by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster . . . or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen—and usually does.

When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?



After the death of her father, Mulan chooses to take his place so she can assume his duties… and pretends to be a man! As Mikolai, the son of her father, she was expected to fight against the Teutonic Knights. Her mother would be all right and their home wouldn’t be taken from them.

At least she didn’t have to marry the smelly butcher who seems to only want her to care for himself and his mother. Wolfgang bravely joins the other soldiers to help Poland, but he doesn’t think much of the young soldier Mikolai. Of course, once Wolfgang finds out that Mikolai is really a young woman, he feels compelled to protect her at all cost!

I enjoyed reading about Mulan and Wolfgang… and you will, too.

Melanie Dickerson creates wonderful, realistic fairy tale re-tellings… Once you begin reading one of her stories, you’ll forget it’s a fairytale re-telling until the end, when you’re delightfully surprised!

Happy Reading!!!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt


The Teacher’s Bride | Kathleen Fuller



Today I am reviewing The Teacher’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.

“A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page.”–Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

“Kathleen Fuller has written a sweet, oftentimes humorous, romance that reminds readers that the perfect match might be right in front of their noses.”–Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of the Every Amish Season series

“Kathleen Fuller is a master storyteller and fans will absolutely fall in love with Ruby and Christian in The Teacher’s Bride.” –Ruth Reid, bestselling author of the Amish Mercies series

“Kathy Fuller’s characters leap off the page with subtle power as she uses both wit and wisdom to entertain!”–Kelly Long, national bestselling author

“The story will captivate you from the first page to the last with Ruby, Christian, and engaging characters. You’ll laugh, gasp, and wonder what will happen next.” –Molly Jebber, Speaker and Award Winning Author of Grace’s Forgiveness and the Amish Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series




Christian Ropp is hoping to court Martha Detweiler.  Ruby Glick is hoping to court Seth Yoder. Neither of them seem to have any luck when it comes to attracting Martha and Seth. On the contrary, both Christian and Ruby experience one disaster after another.

I was entertained from beginning to end, as Christian and Ruby work harder and harder to win the hearts of Martha and Seth. Of course, everything will work out the way it should… but does it work out the way they plan? You’ll have to read The Teacher’s Bride to find out!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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