Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Long Journey Home


A Long Way Home: A Memoir by [Brierley, Saroo]
I didn't go see Lion, the film adaptation of this book, because I was afraid it would be too emotional for me.

I chose to read the book instead.

It's an amazing true story of Saroo and his journey away from home in India, gaining a new one in Australia, and searching out his original family in India.

This work of non-fiction reads like fiction. So crazy, it must be true!

It is a wonderful tale of love, of things coming together at the right place and time, and has a beautiful straightforward spirit about it.

An excellent read. I hope there is a sequel in thirty more years.

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This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home 
is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Prodigal Son


The Prodigal Son by [Palmer, Alison]

This is my first read by Alison Palmer.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this modern retelling of the biblical tale.

What I found was an emotionally deep story of a mother's dark journey. Sarah's baby is kidnapped while her other son is receiving medical attention at the playground after sustaining an injury. Talk about baggage!

Then when her son is returned fifteen years later, he's nothing like what she imagined and not likely how he would've turned out if she'd been the one to raise him.

The story is told from all the family member's viewpoints, including the kidnapping mom. Motives, fears, guilt, and regrets are all at the heart of this story. So, are love and how to find forgiveness of self and others.

This could be a good pick for book clubs.

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When Sarah opens the door, the last thing she expects to find is a lost piece of her life. Fifteen years ago her hopes and dreams were shattered and she thought nothing could be worse. Now, her missing child has been found and her life is about to change again. How can she learn to love a son her heart has longed for when he seems to be completely unlovable?

The Prodigal Son introduces a modern version of the Biblical parable. This engaging story represents an emotional exploration into the strength of love, the power of forgiveness, and the universal nature of the atonement.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Darcys Give a Ball


The Darcys Give a Ball: A gentle joke, Jane Austen style by [Newark, Elizabeth]

I love all things Jane Austen and am always intersted to pick up an author's work who has tried her or his hand at bringing to life new stories from her great works.

This is a charming read and my first one by Elizabeth Newark. I would read more by her.

A fun glimpse into the Darcys' world after P&P ends and many years later when their kids are grown and looking for their own life companions.

There's lots of characters to keep track of from every Austen tale. If I have one criticism, it would be that the author went a little overboard, and I'd have preferred a string of tales about each family instead of all at once. It kept me, as a reader, from getting to really know and love each character. A narrower focus would've served the story better. Also, there was head hopping. Still we get the drift of Austen and all her adorableness.

Enjoy all the world of Austen and Darcy. A fast fulfilling read.

Amazon

While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels, where all the young people come together for a surprising and altogether satisfying ending. Sons and daughters share the physical and personality traits of their parents, but of course have minds of their own, and as Lizzie says to Jane: "The romantic attachments of one's children are a constant distraction." 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Silver Screen Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology

Silver Screen Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology (Echo Ridge Romance Book 3) by [McConnell, Lucy, Checketts, Cami, Tullis, Heather, Rallison, Janette, Christensen, Rachelle J.]
I'm a big fan of Echo Ridge. Clean, sweet, wholesome romances. What's not to love?

Sometime, I'd like to read them all back-to-back and see how all the characters fit together. I lose the thread with the spacing between the books.

This may be my favorite one as the authors took classic romantic comedy films and gave them their own Echo Ridge twist. They picked some of my fave films from this genre, so I loved reading these stories. There are great quotes from the original movies thrown in, many of which my family quotes.

There's great storytelling, depth of character, swoony romance, and solid writing.

If you're not a fan yet, you will be. Page turning romance that will keep you up at night.

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Silver Screen Kisses is a collection of stories inspired by movies from everyone’s favorite list. Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, these contemporary romances take the reader back to Echo Ridge in the spring, when the promise of new love is budding just like the tulips around the Emerald Inn Bed & Breakfast.

My Fair Lacey by Janette Rallison
Lacey Johnson has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years. All she needs is one little loan to make it happen. But with the way Lacey talks and dresses, she looks more like someone who would hold up a bank than someone who’d ever get a loan from one. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate’s Harvard-educated brother, volunteers to change her image and teach her to speak correctly, she jumps at the chance. But she quickly finds she’s in over her head. Pretending to fit in with the town’s elite is harder than she thought, and despite her best efforts, she’s falling for Garrett. Could someone who is handsome, rich, and educated ever consider her as more than just a project? A contemporary twist on My Fair Lady, this is a story that is sure to please Echo Ridge fans.

You’ve Got Email by Heather Tullis
Maria never expected to fall in love with a man she’d never met, but she can’t wait to get to her laptop every night to chat with Bobwhite67. She would be happy to focus on getting to know him better, but her two jobs and two sons keep her ridiculously busy. Then there’s her ex-husband’s bookie, who’s impatiently waiting for the last couple payments on his debt.

Bret can’t help but notice how hard the beautiful Maria works and the similarities she has with the Zoomama he’s been talking with online. Though he really wants to make things easier for her, Bret accidentally gets her in hot water with both of her bosses. Can he get Maria to give him a chance in the real world and not just online?

The Princess Bride of Riodan by Rachelle J. Christensen
When a mysterious man offers to help Elise redecorate the old Bed & Breakfast, she gladly hands him a wallpaper steamer. After she discovers his true identity, she doesn’t know whether to curtsy or run and hide. Unfortunately, hiding isn’t an option because her heart is already tangled up with the handsome prince. At the same time, Elise’s old crush from high school wants a relationship and she’s forced to decide whether to chase after a fairy tale ending or stay grounded in reality.

My Best Man’s Wedding by Cami Checketts
Jessica Porter made a vow to marry her best guy friend, Josh, when they turned thirty. When Josh calls with the news that he's coming home to Echo Ridge for his wedding, Jessica is determined to break up the happy couple and take her rightful place as his bride. Gentry Trine, a coworker, agrees to pretend to be her fiancé to stir up feelings of jealousy. However, Jessica didn't realize fake fiancés could kiss like champions, and make a girl smile nonstop. Can she figure out which is the right man for her before she loses them both?

While You Were Skiing by Lucy McConnell
Mia Davis’s new job in guest relations at Ruby Mountain Ski Resort gets complicated when the gorgeous Ryder Montgomery falls off the ski lift, tells everyone they are engaged, and then loses consciousness. Worried about a head injury, Mia plays along, making him lunch, kissing in the front entryway and planning a future together; a future Mia wants with all of her heart. Things become all the more complicated when Ryder’s estranged family gets involved. Caught up in the fantasy and romance, Mia has to tell the truth or risk losing a part of herself and the man she loves forever.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How I Met Your Brother


How I Met Your Brother (Power of the Matchmaker) by [Rallison, Janette]

I'm a long time fan of Ms. Rallison's work. This may be my favorite book by her so far, and that's saying something!

The premise is hilarious, with a twin impersonating his brother and accidentally intercepting an old friend who wants to be more than friends with Marco.

Flynn digs himself deep holes trying to save his family. His best intentions do a lot of damage to himself, his family, and to Belle. He nearly loses it all.

There are heart, life, and family lessons wrapped up in this romantic comedy. It had me reading late into the night far too many evenings. A definite page turner.

Ms. Rallison works her writing magic again. Happy sigh.

Amazon

The best day of his life, the worst day of hers.

Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. 

Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames.

But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way.

Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reluctantly Married



This is my first read by Victorine Lieske (though I've been admiring her covers for a while), and it won't be my last!

What a fun fast paced story with heart! Great emotional development of the characters. The storyline was solid. The twists unexpected. I enjoyed every moment of reading as I watched Megan and Adam's story unfold.

It was clean, witty, and refreshing. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.

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Megan Holloway can't stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he's a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.
When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him - on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.
As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.
What she doesn't know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

All by My Selfie

All By My Selfie by [Noelle, Jo]

Apparently I didn't do a good job at reading the book blurb. I picked up this book based on previous wonderful reading experiences with Jo Noelle and added it to my e-reader.

I was surprised to find it was a paranormal romance with a ghost, but that wasn't a bad thing as he was a handsome warrior in a kilt!

It was a very intriguing and fun twist.

The story had me guessing on every page. Could they have a relationship? Why was she experiencing all this craziness? Was she delusional? Why did her family keep her from Scotland all these years?

I could tell you all the answers, but then it'd spoil the book for the other readers, and that would be criminal.

Loved the side characters. Well written, developed, and emotional.

Jo Noelle has one again proven they can write a romance in any genre and time period and make a heart happy.

Amazon

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. She clicks a few selfies with him in the background. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never see, taste, or feel any of it—except Gwen.

This is a 100 page ghost story romance novella in the clean & wholesome category.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Carve Me a Melody Cover Reveal!

Rachelle Christensen reveals her next book cover!!!

Last year, The Soldier's Bride won the Kindle Scout Publishing Award and that set her on the path to continue the Music Box Romance Series with characters that she fell in love with years ago.

Now The Soldier's Bride is a Whitney Award Finalist and on a special sale for $1--so all this celebration means that the next book didn't want to be left out.

Carve Me a Melody is now available for preorder and here is the absolutely gorgeous cover designed by the ultra-talented, Kelli Ann Morgan.








I can't wait to get the hardcopy, how about you?!

Here's a little about this story:

World War II has ended but the scars
of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with
two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson,
a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a
relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the
beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts
him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his
wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a
decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye.
Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for
answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.


When Sophie discovers a message
inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together.
The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she
can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can
find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood
surrounding his heart.


Carve Me a Melody will be released on May 23, 2017 and you can preorder your copy today, right here.

To celebrate, she is hosting a giveaway for a $25 Amazon or Paypal Gift card. All you have to do for entries is join the party! Please join her in sharing the good news. Thank you for your support!

Be sure to add this book to your Goodreads Want to Read list.



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Valentine Pets & Kisses 2

I was excited to try new authors and enjoy some sweet romances for Valentine's Day. It was a great deal and I hoped to add new authors to my "must read" list.

I was totally disappointed.

I read the first story by Victoria Pinder and went no further, so I cannot speak to the stories or authors that came after her.

There were typos on every page, including one ex. [insert Mother's name], grammar mistakes, plot holes, loose ends, underdeveloped characters, blocking issues, etc. It read like an unedited first draft.

I expected more from USA today and international best selling authors.

It makes me sad to leave a review like this when authors work hard to create characters and stories they hope readers will love and enjoy. I hope it was a case of an unupdated version, but that seems a big oversight on the author's part regarding a book release.

If I ever get the courage to read anymore in this anthology, and find improvement in the other stories, I'll gladly update my review.

 Amazon


Thursday, March 2, 2017

12 Days to Love Cover Reveal!!!


Do you love it? 

This has been in the works for a while now, and I finally get to share it with you!

I'm super excited to announce that 12 Days to Love will debut June 6, 2017 as part of the A Destined for Love Romance Europe Series.

You can mark it as 

More details to come!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day Sale!!!




You can't beat that. Click on the underlined words above to find them all, including On the Corner of Heartache & Love

I haven't personally read all the books in this sale, but the ones I have were totally heartmelting. Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chasing Someday

Chasing Someday by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

I love Ms. Armstrong's writing. I'm a longtime fan. I adore her romances.

This book is different, but as beautiful, if not more so, for the subject matter it covers - Infertility.

While I haven't personally dealt with this challenge, my heart ached and broke for the characters in this story, who represented women who deal with this everyday, who long for a child to hold in their arms and call theirs, whether it comes to them through modern day miracle medicine or adoption.

The story follows Megan, Christina, and Kyra, who all suffer from IF for various reasons and to different degrees. They eventually become friends and strengths to one another as they cry, laugh, and rage at the unfairness of it all. A story of love and friendship, of heartache and joy, of faith and doubt.

You'll need a box of tissues handy. It's an emotional roller coaster of a ride, and worth every word.

An excellent selection for book clubs as it comes with discussion questions. I've already recommended it for my book club to review.

Baby dust for all the women out there who deal with this challenge. You are truly remakable in the face of adversity.

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Three women. One secret.


Megan doesn’t want to be bitter. But it’s hard not to be when her star teenage piano student accidentally gets pregnant. Megan’s done everything right—married the man she loves and read the parenting books. Yet after six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. 

Christina has been off birth control for more than a year—she just hasn’t told her husband. Now infertility threatens to rip their already strained marriage apart. He’s uncertain about fatherhood, but Christina will do anything to be a mother.

Kyra, the poverty-stricken mother of a precocious three-year-old, is shocked to struggle with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but try telling that to those demanding payment for the chance at motherhood.

When a school book drive brings the three women together, their uncomfortable secrets soon come to light. Can they overcome their heartache together, or will they allow their struggles to tear them apart?

Explore this emotionally charged tale of friendship and hope today!

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Golden Princess



Just in time for Valentines and for your favorite lady, a new clean, young adult, medieval fantasy romance hit the market today. "A Golden Princess," book three in A Royal Romance Series of Anna del C. Dye is a stand-alone story. You will find an array of characters, fears, love, endurance and heroes, between its pages. Enjoy!

Anna Del C.'s previous book "Kingdom by the Sea" will be on sale at $0.99 from Feb. 10 to the 16

About the book:

Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. All changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart.

As soon the other kingdoms in the land determine the predicament of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom. She will have to confront new foes or lose it all.







About the Author:

Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile amongst some of the world's most famous beaches. She grew up the middle, after her twin, Elena. Her mother died when she was six, but Anna was lucky enough to find a new mother in her husband's mother whom she loves dearly. Anna accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.

After meeting Rodney, a native of Idaho, in her hometown, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. An article about their love story, Why Me? was published in spring 2010 by Covenant in the book Angels Round About. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life, Anna showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and a movie, which she enjoyed immensely. She is in charge of the costumes for the Elf Court in Utah's own Fantasy Con. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. She received the Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. Second place for the first page of A Kingdom by the Sea. Bronze medal for Elfs in a Conquered Realm. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh Writers contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. Her article, A New American Mother, was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Other articles about family and relationships have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West.

She is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy and four other books in her Elf Series. Anna has also published an electronic book for sixth-graders name Emerine's Nightmare. From her new A Royal Romance Series, A Golden Princess is the stand alone book three of this series.

Anna holds a yearly Book Drive in her community and has given more that 250 books to 6 different Elementary Schools and another 1000 to 3 different Senior Centers in Utah.



The links:

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Candlelight Kisses


Candlelight Kisses (Almost an Angel Book 1) by [Youngblood, Jennifer, Poole, Sandra]

This was my first read by Youngblood and Poole. It won't be my last.

I liked the premise of angels having to earn their "wings" so to speak. There are no wings actually involved. Maybe later? Instead there is hand waving without a magic wand. The afterlife rules are well thought out.

Gracie is a likable character and nicley contrasted by her stern mentor. Gracie makes mistakes in the afterlife which shows that she takes with her what she had in mortality.

I really liked the introduction of the "other" angels. A nice plot twist and good comparison of dark and light.

The relationship between Alex and Dawson is well developed. As always, I love a happy ending. I definitely want to read more about Gracie's assignments.

Clean, wholesome, and delightful.

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Gracie Louise Andrews led an ordinary, humdrum life—right up until the day she died and became an angel ... err ... almost an angel. In order to become a real angel, she must prove herself. She's given the assignment to help couples find lasting love--an overwhelming task, considering her own love life was a complete disaster. Begrudgingly, Gracie accepts her new role and is assigned her first couple: Alex Swanson and Dawson Allen. 

Alex, a self-made business owner who has her nose constantly to the grind, regrets losing Dawson, the love of her life. Formerly the Marketing Director of Alex’s company, Dawson has moved out of state and is no longer a part of her life. 

Gracie uses her newfound angel powers to orchestrate a wacky plan to bring the couple back together. Things go awry when a handsome, mysterious stranger sweeps Gracie off her feet and threatens to distract her from her mission. Will her zany antics save the day, proving that love never fails, or will she bumble the whole thing up and forgo any chance of ever becoming an angel? 

Includes bonus chapters from bestselling authors Taylor Hart and Lucy McConnell

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Persian Pickle Club


The Persian Pickle Club by [Dallas, Sandra]

My book club picked this read otherwise I might not have ever picked it up because I probably wouldn't have even known it was out there, despite the fact that it was publised ten years ago.

Good thing I had a chance to read it. It's outside my usual preferred genre, but that didn't matter. The book is a heartfelt tale of the friendship between women in small town Kansas in the 1930's. There is something special and different between the bonds of women than men and this novel beautifully illustrates it.

The tone is right. The individual personalities of the women distinct. The way they feel about each other, complicated. What they'll do to protect one of their own, priceless.

While it doesn't make me wish to take up quilting, it does impress me to develop my own Persian Pickle Club with the remarkable women who surround me.

Be aware there are some raw themes in this book: barreness, unwed mothers, attempted rape, and murder, to name a few. But they aren't graphic and are brought in as plot points of interest to move the story along.

I only wish I'd read it when I lived in KS so I could go visit Harveyville in person.

Worth the read.

Amazon

It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

First Love, Second Choice

First Love Second Choice by [Armstrong, Lindzee]

You know I'm a fan of Lindzee Armstrong. I read all her stuff.

This book languished on my e-reader shelf for far too long, and when I finally opened it I didn't want to put it down. The premise is crazy hilarious which makes for an instant hook and a fast read.

I love the touches with the red ballons. What you see on the beautifully designed cover is what you get.

Don't let the novella format lure you into thinking there won't be time for charcter or plot development, or that there is a lack of emotional depth. There's plenty of all of the above.

Break out your Batman pj's and favorite carton of ice cream and dive into a heart beating romance of elegant proportions. Spoon not included. 😉

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What happens when you impersonate your identical twin sister to score a date with your long-lost high school crush?


When wedding planner Keslee gets asked on a date by her long-lost high school crush, Bryce, everything should be perfect. But Bryce mistakes Keslee for her deceased twin sister, Jadyn. And Keslee doesn’t correct him. Talk about awkward. To make matters worse, she learns they’ll be seeing a lot more of each other because Bryce is the marketing director at the venue where Keslee’s new client has chosen to get married. Keslee knows the charade can’t last much longer, and fears she’ll lose Bryce forever when she tells him the truth.

A sweet and clean contemporary romance novella from the Amazon bestselling Sweet and Sassy Anthology: Hidden Identities collection, now with a never-before-seen bonus epilogue!




Friday, January 6, 2017

Orphans of the West Cover Reveal



About the Series by Faith Blum


Genre: Christian Western Coming of Age
Logline: Through God’s leading, four orphans grow up to be important members of their communities.

The Orphans of the West series is a continuation of the stories of 4 orphans that were introduced in either a Hymns of the West novel or novella and goes through each orphans life.

Savior, Like a Shepherd is about Titus Hine who was introduced in Blessed Assurance (Hymns of the West Novellas #6) and how he must take care of his sister and brother as winter approaches, all while not being allowed to work anywhere.

All the Way is about Henry Salisbury, the only orphan in the series not directly introduced in a previous book, but it has other characters you will recognize from the books about the Brookings family.

He Hideth My Soul is also attached to the Brookings family and Otis Miller as Otis finds out that his grandfather left him a large inheritance and he can finally follow his dream.


He Leadeth Me takes up Gage Wilhelm’s story. Gage was introduced in I Love Thee (Hymns of the West Novellas #1) and tells how he is given the deed to his farm and told to go back to his farm. Gage gladly accepts only to have someone show up claiming his long-dead father owed another man a large sum of money and now there’s 10 years of interest added on.

I have the privilege of sharing with you the cover for All the Way


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snowed Inn


Snowed Inn: Western Hearts Series Novella by [Palmer, Kate]

This is my first read by Kate Palmer and I'll be back for more.

The characters are well developed as is the writing. It's emotional, heartfelt, and delightful. There's a bit of suspense built in too.

A good winter/holiday read that satisfies. Now all I want is a sleigh ride at the Inn with hot chocolate.

I'd love to read more about other characters introduced in the book or in the town. Thankfully, this is the first in a series.

Clean and wholesome romance with good chemistry. Add her to your "follow this author" list.

Amazon

A woman rancher hitches the community’s dreams to her sleigh ride business and ropes in a heap of trouble for them and her heart.

Jayne Gardner turned her family’s ranch into the successful Snowed Inn Lodge and Restaurant. After she learns the community has one month to earn funds needed for a grant, she donates her company’s sleigh rides for a community fundraiser.

When Jayne’s new volunteer sleigh driver turns out to be Forrest Hunsaker, the man who left her three years ago, Jayne sets up three rules to maintain a professional distance and protect her heart.

When vandals strike Snowed Inn, Jayne must team up with Forrest to prevent a fundraiser fail. Now Jayne must decide if breaking all her rules will break her heart. Again.

Snowed Inn is the first book in the Western Hearts Series. All books in the series can be read as stand alone, clean and wholesome, romance novels.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Reward of Anavrea Blog Tour




We all like a reward, don't we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That's the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano's Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway!

About the Book


She couldn’t hide forever.

A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of
all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with
the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.


About the Author


Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.


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Excerpt #3


Liam fell into step beside Jayne as she strode toward the vargar. He faltered for something to say to draw her into conversation.
“I heard that some of the men that returned today served your father as soldiers and have minimal training. Considering the current need, I asked them report to Braxton. He can decide which of them will be an asset to our force.”
She nodded.
“Do you think this idea wise?”
She stopped and turned to face him. “Why do you ask me? I’m the village midwife and the keeper of the household.” She pressed her lips together in frustration as she turned away. “I am not worthy of an opinion by birth or title, so stop treating me as an equal.”
Apparently unaware she had forgotten to refer to him as ‘my lord,’ her chin lifted in a manner he was beginning to realize meant she intended to take a stand. She avoided meeting his eyes. Instead, she fixed them on a point a few inches to the left of his head. With her shoulders squared, standing straight and as tall as her small frame allowed, she looked every inch the noble she was trying to convince him she wasn’t.
“I disagree, but…”
Liam raised his hand as she opened her mouth to interrupt. Her eyes flashed, but she closed her mouth.
“I refuse to debate that. Right now, all I require is your opinion, which I can request of any man or woman I choose. Do you think it is wise to include your father’s men among my own?”
Liam held her gaze and waited. Her eyes, clear blue with specks of green, remained steady, but she remained ill at ease.
Finally, she spoke. “They would add to your strength and show the people you trust them. Now, I need to return to the vargar.”
Turning on her heel, she strode up the path.
Liam frowned. Jayne wasn’t telling him everything. It shouldn’t have been so hard for her to answer his question.