Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Julianna Deering writes wonderful mysteries that put me in the mood for a good British period drama, like Poirot.

This book comes out in November.


About

Investigating a suspicious accident leads Drew on a path that points to international intrigue and ever-growing danger
Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield, hoping for a relaxing holiday with his wife, Madeline, and friend Nick. But death meets him once again when Lord Rainsby, their host at Thorburn Hall, is killed in a suspicious riding accident--only days after confiding in Drew his fears that his business partner was embezzling funds.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each appears to have dark motives for wanting Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

LitFuse Tour: Know the Word Study Bible (KJV)

Okay guys, surprise post! I've had every post in October scheduled for months, except this one. I was so blessed to get on this tour. Here are some of my thoughts on this study Bible. (I'm not even going to think of this as a review, much less call it one. That seems a bit.... not good.) Anywho... I love this Bible. It has three different methods of study in it. Book by Book, Verse by Verse, and Topic by Topic. The only one I haven't done yet is the book by book and that's cause I'm in the middle of a book and don't want to switch swap and hop in the middle. I love the verse by verse method because then I can get a better understanding of some of the terms in the Bible, and also go to other references that have the same theme happening that might shed some light on the meaning of the passage. The topic by topic is also really good. There is a paragraph at different Scriptures to read that match up with certain verses and it just makes really good application. I love all the notes in this Bible. I use it to make the devotionals for my kiddos at work, and I use it in Hermeneutics class, which is a blessing, and I use it for... okay, for everything except church. I use my other Bible for class. I love the studies, I love the layout, I love the pages, I love the color scheme, and I love the smell. I just love this Bible. I would recommend this for sure.


I received this product for free from LitFuse.
Features include:
-King James Version Bible text
-Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
-Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
-Words of Jesus in red
-Beautiful two-color interior page design
-Comprehensive list of theological notes
-Concordance
-Full-color maps
-8-point type size
About the publisher:


In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.
Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.

 Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Kindle Fire Giveaway


That was an odd post to write, it was a little difficult to put it into words, but I hope you enjoy. What's your favorite Bible? I'd love to hear from you. Sound off in the comments. Thanks for reading. You guys are treasures!

Mini Review: Something Blue by Mona Hodgson

In this fourth and final novella in the Heirloom Brides collection, Darla comes back to her hometown to face her past, and destroy a diary she wrote years ago. She also wants to find the blue pin that her grandmother left her. During her nursing duties she meets single dad of three, Nicholas. The characters in this book were completely perfect, all of them. The backstory was well mixed. Again, I saw we were getting close to the end and I was a little scared that we'd be rushed. It was a little ittsy bit, but not enough to bug me. With only a few pages over 100, I'm once again shocked at how complete this story was. As with all of the novellas in this collection, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'm giving this story, and by extension, the whole set, 5 stars for it's wonderful casts and settings and sweet romances and inspirational plots.

P.S. If you were wondering, I've always dreamed of an October/autumn wedding. That's why I decided to do this this month.




Friday, October 13, 2017

Mini Review: Something Borrowed by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The third novella in the Heirloom Bride collection surprised me by its Mennonite hero. (Who of course fell for Clara... a non-Mennonite heroine) I wasn't expecting the "borrowed neighbor" to be Mennonite. I liked it. It was a bit of a shake-up. At 100 pages flat, this is the shortest of the set. I saw that there were only 25 pages left, and I had to admit, I was bracing myself for a rushed ending. Unnecessary! I'm not sure how she did it... but do it she did! How these authors are getting such lovable, well-rounded, well-written characters into such a short story is beyond me. Rowdy was another sweet touch for this one. I enjoyed seeing Titus conquer Clara's walled-in heart, with God's help of course. Another 5 star story. I'm liking how this is going. Only one more story to go! Come back day after tomorrow for Something Blue.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mini Review: Something New by Joanne Bischof

The second book in the Heirloom Brides collection is set in the Blue Ridge mountains.... so you know it already had a big something in it's favor! Wren has waited four long years for her best friend Tate to come back from... well, wherever it is he went. Now he's back, and Wren finds that she can't keep her heart from beating faster around him. Something New was barely more than 100 pages, but once again the story wasn't rushed, and there was a surprising amount of backstory worked in and throughout the story. I don't think an extra 230 pages would have made this story any better! The characters were endearing, the setting perfect, and the romance sweet. Plus, I got to see a few familiar Norwegian words like Takk, which was so exciting! (It's a side effect of bingeing the Blessing books by Lauraine Snelling) I'm giving this novella 5 stars as well, keeping the average for the entire set at a 5 also! Stay tuned for Something Borrowed and Something Blue.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Mini Review: Something Old by Tracey Bateman

This novella is the first in the Heirloom Bride Collection. The stories are (adorably) called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Over the next few days I want to put mini reviews up for each of these.

In Something Old, Betsey is forced to find a job to pay off her Pops's bills and support herself. Stuart is the storekeeper's son, and the two have been frenemies since childhood. Now Stuart has come into possession of the watch that Betsey has been promised as a wedding legacy. Clocking in (that was a weird term to use. Whatever...) at a little more than 100 pages, I was shocked at how complete this story was. I didn't feel rushed or that anything was missing. The characters were incredibly well developed and just plain awesome, especially considering the very limited space. I loved Something Old, and can't wait to finish the rhyme! So far this collection is getting 5 stars.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M White

I just finished A Name Unknown, the first in the Shadows Over England series, and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series. Book 2 comes out in January, but I can't see how it can be any better than book 1. You really need to add Roseanna to your favorite authors list.


About

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I--to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won--until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't--that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: October Song by Beverly Lewis

From newlyweds Katie and Dan living in the shadow of the shunning, to Rachel and Philip embracing parenthood even as he acclimates to Amish life as an outsider... From the courtship of Lydia Cottrell and Levi King, her betrothed, to Sarah Cain, now a wife and mother struggling to bridge her own life with that of the People... October Song is overflowing with the simpler things of life that make a Lewis novel an in forgettable journey into the depths of the human heart.



I'm giving this book 5 stars.

1: First of all... this doesn't actually further any stories. Not really. It does give a lot of background information, and other things that have been missed. But... you don't leave October... so don't expect a lot of movement.

2: But seriously, if all authors wrote extended epilogues to their different trilogies, my life would be so exciting. I had read the Katie Lapp books, and the Postcard duo, so I was soooooo excited to read more of them. I hadn't read The Redemption of Sarah Cain, but now I want to so bad. She has earned her place in my heart. I love how all three series seem to tie in together so nicely, without being dependent on each other.

3: Honestly, I am so ready for fall, and this book was just the thing to tide me over. With fall goodies, fall scents, fall colors, fall everything.... this book was just what I needed. And it isn't that long! So yay!

4: This book has so many different people views. English living with Amish, Amish-turned-English-turned Mennonite, Old Order Amish, English seeker-turned-New Order Amish. It really shows all the different.... well, everything!

Honestly.... I wasn't sure what to put as a 5th point.... it's difficult tonight, so I'm going to break the rules and only do 4 points. I did make them fairly long points. (Well, some of them at least.) Happy October!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Series Review: Trixie Belden Mysteries by Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny

I recently picked up one of these "to refresh myself as to why I liked them". Turns out... once a good book... always a good book. Before I could blink almost, I found myself finishing four of them. And I'd be reading more right now if I didn't have a large stack of library books needing my attention. Trixie Belden is a 13 year old, freckled mess. A tom-boy who is, in the words of most who know her, "Fresh as paint". She and her brothers and neighbors form a club, and sometimes new members are introduced. The lingo is definitely only something that a nerd like me would still use in daily conversation, but the stories can't fail to touch the hearts of both boys and girls. It's a series that will bring a smile to your face. And the characters actually have math homework that they aren't good at. Can we get any more relatable than this? Not for a teenager anyway. I'm giving this series 4.5 stars.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden is another of my favorite authors. In This Moment is probably my favorite, but I can't wait to read A Dangerous Legacy, which releases in October of this year.



About

"Camden is the master of historical inspirational romance..."--Booklist Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming--and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.


Waiting-On-Wednesday is hosted at Breaking The Spine.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Answer a Question: What is the first book you read by yourself?

I remember the day I read a whole book by myself for the first time. It took me alllllll day! It was an orange book, a collection of Dick and Jane short stories. I was so proud of myself. I still have that book in my room! What about you? What was your first book?


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

If you remember from this past January, I loved book 1 in the Heart of Alaska series. I was over the top in love. (And it introduced me to Kimberley Woodhouse, who is definitely a favorite author now.) I'm so excited about Out of the Ashes. It releases January 2018, and I know it's going to be a tough wait.



About

After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs.

Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she's agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip, but never expects to see a man from her past.

Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?



Waiting-on-Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Miriam's attraction for Trygve is growing. Ingegborg is dealing with her loss. The awful bank manager is causing more troubles than he is helping, and Thorliff is fed up with him to the point of almost beating the fellow up. I'm not doing a good job on this summary.... I'm sorry. Next time I'll use the actual one, but for now this will have to do.


I'm giving this book 4.5 stars.

1: This one was better than the last one, but I still say the last one is the best. We'll see after Streams of Mercy.

2: This might or might not be a SPOILER but I don't care if it is. I was laughing so hard I was crying when Miriam up and punched that awful man. I couldn't help myself. It was the best thing ever!

3: My favorite part of the book has to be the way Trygve obviously adores his Tante Ingeborg. It was too sweet for words! And she just loves him right back and fills him up with as may sweets as he can eat.

4: Baby Roald...and then what Miriam did... and poor Elizabeth being stuck in the house for months... and oh I loved it. These characters stick with you, as does the place. Blessing is a wonderful place.

5: I love how the Lord sent people into Ingeborg's life to keep her from the pit. Emmy, and Manny, sweet inquisitive Inga, Kaaren, Trygve, and Miriam. (Inserts innumerable emojis here because words fail)

Not my longest review, probably not my best... but I do recommend reading the Blessing books.






Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Bringing Home Maggie by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?


5 stars!

1: Yes.... I have been reading a ton of Kim's books.... Yes, you will keep hearing about them. Here's the deal. I haven't disliked a single one of her books, and more often than not, she has me crying. Her books always provide the perfect conditions to get emotionally involved, something I adore about them.

2: I enjoyed the (extremely random, as far as time and place we went to) flashbacks. It made this book the perfect blend of historical and contemporary. And just seeing everything through the eyes of the 3 DeFord women.... and then Sean. The POVs were exceptional.

3: Okay, well since this smarty-pants decided to start filling in random points and not do it in order, I'm going to put right here in the middle that this book had an incredible ending! I mean, all of her books do... another reason I love them. (Oh, but if I post this before the In Every Heartbeat review... that one scares even me. I haven't gone back to read over it again yet. Too scared. I wrote it while I was in a huff... the entire thing is a spoiler. Oomph.)

4: Honestly, if Diane hadn't had her "come-to-Jesus-meeting" when she had, I'd've had to slap her upside the head with her own book! And Meghan had hers. And I was just so happy! It was perfect! I was so glad they came to Jesus, so glad that I forgot the fictitious nature of the story.

5: Whew... if the bad guy (I'm not saying who, because it was a surprise for me and I don't want to spoil anything. Course, if I'd been actually trying to solve the mystery instead of all the relationships then I might have seen it....) hadn't already been taken care of, I'd be having some major problems. And if these characters weren't (unfortunately) fictional, then my problems have a high chance of landing me behind bars...... What scum would do that to sweet little Maggie!

This is gonna sound weird, and not-me, but if you had someone who actually knew how to make an accurate movie off of a book, I'd probably have that DVD worn down so fast..... I'm serious.

Well, we can definitely see that I don't have strong feelings about this book! (Sarcasm flowing strongly there)

This book is available for purchase TODAY!!! Happy Book Birthday Kim!



I received this book through the Blogging for Books program.

Monday, September 4, 2017

CelebrateLit Tour: Review: Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard



Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.


I'm not even sure where to start.... (I'm pretty sure I'm going to regret writing this the instant I finished, but I want everything fresh and firmly fixed in my mind........And doing it all without spoilers is going to kill me!) I can't even use my outline on this book. This book has taken everything I thought I knew about WWII books and crumpled it up, then tossed in the nearest wastebasket. Start with the good.... The characters were awesome. Lily and Frank were the cutest thing. Joe was funny. Susan was a hard egg to crack, but I knew from the first that she was going to become a favorite. And she did. I honestly thought from the beginning that Susan and Joe were going to be an item, but this book's first surprise was the fact that it wasn't a romance. I enjoyed getting to see 4 different views of the war: Homefront, WAC, Navy, and Air Force. It gave such a well rounded and interesting.... moving.... action packed story. The dynamics between characters. Even the great secondary characters like Gibson, Pearl of great price, and Charlotte, were very loved. And of course, there were a ton of characters to dump all your hatred and frustration on. There was character growth, especially for Lily and Susan. Things I didn't like.... well, that's difficult to say while keeping this spoiler free. A typhoon and a plane crash are among the things that I didn't like. In fact, I didn't even cry over this book because my mind didn't register things. I guess I thought it wasn't true and everything would undo itself in the last chapter. Speaking of the last chapter.... I was totally fine with where I saw this going, but when I turned the last page I literally went "What?" out loud. I felt like it was missing a chapter, or at least a few pages. I have a thing about endings, and this one wasn't what I was expecting at all. In fact this crazy book didn't do anything I thought it would. ANYTHING!

Now the hard part is stars. After I got into this whopper (it took me 7 hours!) I didn't want to put it down. In fact, I'd have no problems giving this book 5 stars if it wasn't for that ending... or that one plane crash.... I think I'll give this book 4.5 stars, and hope you'll forgive the craziness of this review. I promise I enjoyed, even loved, this book. (Trust me, I'm rolling my eyes at me too...)


Anyhow, I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and all opinions are my own. (As if ya couldn't tell ;) )

About the Author

TerriTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.



Guest Post from Terri Wangard

After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.


Giveaway


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:
Grand Prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card
1st Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook
and
2nd Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


Click here to purchase your copy.

Check out the other reviews on this tour. I know I will be!

Blog Stops

September 1: Bibliophile Reviews
September 1: Red Headed Book Lady
September 3: Janices book reviews
September 4: Live. Love. Read.
September 4: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 5: Carpe Diem
September 6: Neverending Stories
September 7: Christian Bookaholic
September 7: Splashes of Joy
September 8: Bigreadersite
September 9: Have A Wonderful Day
September 9: Novels Corner
September 10: Radiant Light
September 11: Daysong Reflections
September 11: Pursuing Stacie
September 13: Blossoms and Blessings
September 13: Marry Hake


I can't wait to hear from you. I'll be checking for comments!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

CelebrateLit Tour: Review: The Duke's Dilemma by Elaine Manders

Should he wed the perfect match—or the one he loves?
Edward Dalton, the new Duke of Langsdale, must soon take a wife to ensure the hereditary line. A young war widow seems the perfect choice. She is charming, well respected with impeccable character, and her connections to the Ton’s most important people is an asset he can’t ignore. But Edward is intrigued by another widow. The mysterious, hauntingly beautiful Lady Wayte.
Cassandra Wayte could not be a more unsuitable match. She isn’t received by polite society, and her notorious dealings with London’s underclass is the talk of nobility from White’s patrons to the most fashionable hostesses. It’s even whispered she murdered her elderly husband. But Edward sees a different side of the tragic lady, and he determines to discover the secrets tormenting her. As he peels away the layers of her resistance, he discovers a malevolent adversary stalking Lady Wayte and exposes a level of depravity that shocks even his war-hardened sensibilities. Can he win her trust and her heart? And at what cost to the dukedom?
As Cassandra’s relentless search for her husband’s murderer exposes both her and Edward to unseen dangers, all they can rely on is their love for each other and their faith in God.


I'm giving this book 4 stars.

1: First time for this author. I enjoyed it. Also.... possibly first time for regency. I thought I had read some before, and maybe I have, or maybe I just got confused and thought regency was something else. Either way, I was afraid at the start that I might not like it as much, but turns out, Elaine Manders did a great job making me fall in love with the gossipy ol' Ton.

2: I loved the characters. Even before I was really and truly "into" the story, little Sarah was a favorite character. Other characters became favorites quickly, like Cassandra and Edward (Obviously...) and Gama. Others took some time, but grew on me till I loved them too, like Lady Pugh. Of course, there were some who remained enemies to the end, and even a surprise enemy that added quite the twist to the story... (Maybe two surprise enemies... depending on how you view it) And are these enemies EVER fun to hate! Despise even!

3: This story demonstrates God working "all things to good", considering what poor Cassandra had to go through, but what she was rescued from, first because He sent Lord Wayte, and then Cassandra helping those poor girls, and then God sending Edward to rescue Cassandra (This girl is all the time needing rescuing.)

4: It was a little more....well, you know, dealing with the poor, trapped, girls so much.....but a little more...(can't think of the proper word here) than is usual for me. (It was still a great story. Believe me, it was)

5: I loved the vivid word pictures. The descriptions of the paintings, of the gowns, of Snowfire. Everything coming together until I could all but touch the Sarah's curls.

I received this book through the CelebrateLit blogging program. All opinions are (of course) mine.

About the Author

photo 3Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. She prefers stories that twist and turn and surprise, told by characters of faith. She lives in Central Georgia with a happy bichon-poodle mix. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends, daughter, and grandchildren.



Guest post from Elaine Manders

Historical romance became my favorite genre back in the seventies and eighties, and one of my favorite settings was Regency England. A Regency can be a romance in the Jane Austin mode or historical romance set during the Regency period. There is a difference, and The Duke’s Dilemma falls into this latter category. Yes, there is some of usual drawing room intrigue in an Austen novel, but The Duke’s Dilemma contains a serious spiritual theme. The plot fitted perfectly into my new series, The Wolf Deceivers.
I wrote the original manuscript nearly twenty years ago as a light, secular romance, but when I revised it to Christian romance, I was delighted to find the inspirational thread deepened the characters. Instead of merely fighting for her reputation while trying to wrest the duke from another woman, Cassandra, the heroine, must fight for her survival. Instead of being another handsome, sardonic nobleman, Edward, the hero, uses his intelligence and grace to protect Cassandra and win her love.
Even the secondary characters captivated me. Little Sarah’s match-making antics suited the Regency theme and provided some levity during the darker moments of the plot. Lady Ashford, Cassandra’s foil, developed a tenacity I had to admire in spite of all her shortcomings. And Sir Harcrumb became a villain I loved to hate.
Though the characters changed a great deal in the retelling, the plot remained basically the same. The only thing I added was a surprise twist at the end—something that has inadvertently become a part of my brand.
Every story is a learning experience for me, and I’m always grateful for how much I learn from my research and from the Holy Spirit. I’ve become more aware of those who deceive, and how vulnerable people, especially young people, are to Satan’s tactics. Also, I’ve unexpectedly come away with a better understanding of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Although this is a new label, we all know it has affected people throughout history.
Yes, The Duke’s Dilemma has taught me much, and I hated to say good-bye to these characters. I love stories that move me during the writing and only ask two things of my books. That they bring enjoyment to my readers and glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus. I hope this one does both.


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away:
Grand prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st place: paperback copies of Books 1 and 2 of the Wolf Deceivers series, The Chieftain’s Choice and The Duke’s Dilemma!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bbab



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Check out all these blog stops for this tour.

Blog Stops

August 24: Genesis 5020
August 26: Jami’s Words
August 27: Karen Sue Hadley
August 28: Remembrancy
September 1: Pause for Tales
September 1: Caffeinated Reads
(You are here) September 2: Live. Love. Read.
September 3: Just the Write Escape
September 4: Henry Happens



I can't wait to hear from you! Let me know in the comments your thoughts. Are you a regency fan? What is your favorite book in this genre?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

I've read books one and two, and enjoyed them so much. You can find those reviews on my blog. Cherished Mercy is book 3 in the Heart of the Frontier series, and I can't wait to read Mercy's story.
Honestly, I really just wanted to jump through the book (Beloved Hope) and tell her the truth about Faith, although I'm not sure why.


Cherished Mercy comes out in September of this year.

About

As Oregon Territory teeters on the brink of armed conflict, one woman strives for peace.
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another.

At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away?

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.


This may also be the prettiest cover of the three.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Answer A Question: Outdoor or Indoor Reading?

Honestly, if there is a comfortable place outside.... I will pick outside every time. If there isn't a good place outside, I'll just find myself nice quiet corner inside somewhere. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!


P.S. I just started college so things are a little hectic. Posting as able!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chit-Chat!

I'm headed to BJU this Saturday! Packing like crazy, unpacking something that I need now, packing it back up.... Trying to fit in as many books as humanly possible. Cleaning my room. Buying textbooks. Filling in my schedule. Buying more school supplies. Cooking pumpkin bundt cakes (I'll probably put the recipe up in October for y'all. It's one I found on another blog and modified slightly). I had my last piano lesson from Mrs. G (Until next summer) who has taught me since January 2013. (No I didn't lose my composure. I don't like to cry out in public ;) ) Only a few more days left in my own little room. I'm a little sad, I'm a lot sad that I can't bring all my favorite books with me.... Oh Well. I'm getting ready for my new adventure! I'll keep you updated throughout the year. (You should probably keep an eye out on my Twitter account. Just saying) That's all for now. More reviews and whatnot coming soon! Stay tuned!

Friday, August 18, 2017

My First Cover Reveal: Journey From Skioria by Kandi J Wyatt

Well... this was supposed to be posted yesterday but stupid gmail sent the information to spam so I didn't realize it till today. I'm really excited about this post. I enjoy Kandi's fantasy soooo much! If you haven't read her Dragon's Courage Series you really ought to.

About the Author:


Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” You can find and contact Kandi J Wyatt here:
Website
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And here is your official blurb!

Blurb:
Tania is lost, shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore. With no friends or family, the nine-year-old girl must make her way through the realm of the woodland people to a town she’s never heard of. With unexpected allies from the forest, Tania departs on a wild adventure where storms rage and the forces of nature do their very best to end her journey before it has truly begun.
In a land full of magic and evil forces, can one young girl make it home alive?
Lord of the Rings meets Narnia in this standalone middle grade fantasy by author Kandi J Wyatt.




You can find Journey from Skioria on Goodreads
You can pre-order Journey From Skioria here:
Amazon
B&N
iTunes



I can't wait to finish reading this book (as soon as I can make the time!) so that I can post my review.


Now, you're probably getting a little ansy... thinking "Well, cover reveal.... doesn't that usually include, ya know, a cover?" Yes, yes it does. Here you go.

But the goodness doesn't stop here. Nope! There is a great giveaway included! Check it out!



I'd like to say thank you to Lola for allowing me the awesome opportunity to share this! I hope you all enjoy this post, and good luck with the giveaway.



P.S. Since this is two posts in one day... don't expect anything for a few days! Can't be using all my saved up posts, now can I?



Review: If You Have a Hat by Gerald Hawksley

(Remember, I try and keep the review shorter than the book) This is your typical rhyming picture book. It's funny. The pictures are great. It's short, just the right length to keep the attention of your rambunctious toddler. I'm sure this sweet story will have your kiddos giggling up a storm. Basically, this is the most pleased I've been with a picture book in, I don't know... three or more reviews. 5 stars from me, and I just bet 5 from the little ones too. (When I'm writing this, it's a free ebook on Amazon. When I post, it might not be, but it's worth looking up.)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling


When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

I'm giving this book 4.5 stars

1: I really was hoping that this would be another Blessing book. Instead it's a spin-off series starring Ingeborg's cousins. And it really was so awesome. I enjoyed it a lot. (After I got over my initial sadness ;) )

2: I love how this wasn't a romance. I mean, there was some romance between Signe and Rune but they are already married so it's not typical "boy meets girl" and I enjoyed the different plot. It was really refreshing.

3: Have you ever seen such a great turn around as Gerd had? She started out as my least favorite and ended as one of my favorites. Honestly, I just loved the characters.... or at least all but one. But he was great to aim your hate at....

4: It had a great ending and definitely made me want to read more. I can't wait for more in this series. I love Lauraine Snelling's books. They are so perfect. (Usually.... I mean obviously no one is perfect but... you knew what I meant.)

5: This book had suchhhh a great cover. I kept closing it so I could touch the cover. It's soooo beautiful.



I received this book through the Bethany House blogging program

Thursday, August 10, 2017

TBR Top 5 for August

1: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
2: Julia by Catherine Marshall
3: Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle
4: Thick As Thieves by Susan K Marlow
5: Shadowed by Dani Pettrey

Got any other suggestions? Comment below!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CelebrateLit Tour: Review: The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher


In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.
Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?
Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.



I'm giving this book 4 stars.

1: It took me a little while to get into the book, but I really did enjoy it. The story was interesting, horrifying (at parts), funny, sad, and lovable by turns. I feel like this book hit a broad range of emotions.

2: I feel like all the characters were really good. There weren't really many characters that I didn't have a strong opinion on. Even characters who weren't in it that much still felt like a real part of the story.

3: The part about the Conestoga wagon and its creation was crazy cool, but the best part was the bit about the horse, how the Conestoga breed came about. (P.S. Don't assume based on the picture of the Conestoga wagon on the front that this is a "western expansion" book. It's not. Try 1763. I somehow made that mistake.)

4: If I had to pick a favorite character, I'd pick Felix or Anna, but my favorite POV was definitely Betsy.

5: I honestly, and I know this is going to sound really ignorant, but it's not like I look this stuff up or anything, but I honestly never thought about there being Amish people in America in 1763. It never occurred to me, and while I'd read stories about that time period before, it was really unique to see things from the Plain POV.


I received this book through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my very own!



About the Author

Fisher_SuzanneWoods (1)Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.



Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Three Sisters’ Garden: Corn, Squash & Beans!
Corn was a new food to the immigrants to the New World, introduced to them by Native Americans. Soon, it became an essential part of their daily diet, in one form or another. Growing it brought yet another new discovery: companion planting in the form of the Three Sisters’ Garden.
ThreeSistersGarden2According to Iroquois legend, corn, squash and beans were three inseparable sisters who only grew and thrived together. 18th century Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the science behind why companion planting worked, but they knew it did. Beans, like all legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits from the legumes and provides a pole support for the beans to climb. Low growing squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth. Their sharp and prickly leaves deter pests. This tradition, of planting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, became a sustainable system to provide long-term soil fertility among Native American tribes that farmed.
The wisdom of planting Three Sisters’ Garden was adopted by the immigrants, including our own Betsy Zook from The Return. Betsy learned of the technique while a captive among a tribe of Indians and later, after she had been returned to the Amish, shared her knowledge with Anna and Bairn.
ThreeSistersGardenHave you ever considered growing a Three Sisters’ garden? All you need is the right kind of seeds, a mound of dirt in a sunny spot, and to not forget to water. Mother Nature will do the rest.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award-winning author of novels about the Old Order Amish. Her interest in the Plain People began with her grandfather, who was raised as a Dunkard (German Baptist) on a farm in Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves to connect with readers! You can find her on-line at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

Click here to purchase your copy.

This is an incredible giveaway!

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway from August 1 through 14! Check it out:
Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:
An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
The Amish Beginning 3 book set series
One grand prize winner will receive:
An iPad Mini
You can enter at Suzanne’s website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/contests/) or on her Facebook page (http://gvwy.io/q1kb9u4)



Find more great reviews of this book at these blogs!

Blog Stops

August 1: Quiet Quilter
August 1: Remembrancy
August 2: Bigreadersite
August 3: Genesis 5020
August 3: Book by Book
August 4: Carpe Diem
August 7: Pause for Tales
August 7: Splashes of Joy
(You are here) August 8: Live.Love.Read.
August 9: Mary Hake
August 9: Simple Harvest Reads (Spotlight)
August 11: The Power of Words
August 11: Karen Sue Hadley
August 12: Cafinated Reads
August 12: TinaTruelove
August 14: Vicky Sluiter
August 14: By The Book

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