Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard-Blurb Blutz plus GIVEAWAY

 

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The world of ragtime is the backdrop for a remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness. Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the poor but talented Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. From vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early African American musical theater, an unforgettable cast of real-life characters populates this richly fictionalized historical saga.

 

PLEASE READ THIS EXCITING EXERPT FROM THE BOOK

Giving himself no further opportunity for remorse, he forced his fingers to the keys and broke into the hit song “After the Ball,” easily navigating the simple melody, augmenting it with rich chords and lush arpeggios. Following several rounds of verse and chorus, he seamlessly transitioned to a second popular tune, calling upon every musical device of the masters to transform the rather pedestrian refrain into something closer to grand opera.

He picked up the pace. The music became a locomotive barreling down a straight track, the left hand pounding a steady bass, the right weaving intricate variations on a theme. In a moment of daring, he lifted his backside off the bench, half standing as his fingers scurried up and down the keys, faster than rats in a dark alley. He heard a cry of delight from someone in the crowd, and his excitement spiked. On and on he went, switching songs like he was switching hats, for each one inventing a new sound effect, a new gimmick. While he might dress up a melody any way he wanted, in the end it had to sound familiar enough to touch that special place in the listener’s heart where music works its most powerful magic. And that was precisely what he set about doing. He captured his audience like he was reeling in a giant fish. Slowly, painfully, with every ounce of strength he had. Afraid to stop. Afraid to let go of this brash new persona that it seemed must have always been lurking beneath the surface, beneath the façade of everything he thought he was or wanted to be.

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Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is an award-winning author of historical fiction.  Her debut novel The Beauty Doctor is an historical thriller that takes place in the early days of cosmetic surgery, when the world of medicine was a bit like the Wild West and “beauty doctors” were the newest breed of outlaw. The Beauty Doctor was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, National Indie Excellence Awards, AZ Literary Awards, and is a Medallion Honoree of the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Bernard’s second book, Temptation Rag: A Novel, immerses readers in the bawdy atmosphere of vaudeville and early 20th century African American musical theater. Publishers Weekly wrote “Bernard’s resonant novel . . . about the birth and demise of ragtime . . . is a lively tale in which romance and creative passions abound.” Temptation Rag is a Readers’ Favorite 5-star pick and a Medallion Honoree of the Book Readers Appreciation Group. For more about the author and her books, and to follow her fascinating historical fiction blog “Style and Substance,” visit http://www.EHBernard.com and https://www.facebook.com/EHBernardAuthor.

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Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus plus GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Series: Rocky Mountain Heroes, Book 4

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 1, 2019

A fresh start…and an old love reignited?

A Rocky Mountain Heroes romance

For widow Kayla Bradshaw, restoring a historic Colorado hotel means a better life for her and her soon-to-arrive baby. But she needs construction help from Jude Stephens, the love she lost through a misunderstanding. Working with Kayla, the police officer finds himself forgiving her—and longing to rebuild her shattered confidence. But can they trust each other enough to forge a future together?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Kayla Bradshaw is not sure how she will find life as she comes back home after being gone so long. And then with everything that has happened to her. But she is determined to restore the old historic Colorado hotel her friend has hired her to do, in order to make a better life for she and her baby to be. But construction help from Jude Stephens will not be easy. But she has no option.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet Romance between Jude and Kayla, though sometimes they were a bit humorous in their dealing with each other. Do they both need to be so stubborn? Author Mindy Obenhaus writes another fun and exciting book for her readers. Her characters were well crafted and developed so well throughout this story. I enjoyed the working on the old hotel, the details were interesting enough and the couple’s interaction made it even more fun and interesting. Jude realizes Kayla is not the person she was when she left, but he wants to find out more about her. Even though Kayla is a pregnant widow, she does not miss her abusive husband. There is a lot information she’s not ready to tell. But can she really trust a man again? This you will have to find out when you read this sweet read from this amazing author.  A read you will not want to miss!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up, but once God called her to write, she never looked back. A three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

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ABOUT HILLS OF NEVERMORE

Can a young widow hide her secret shame from the Irish preacher bent on helping her survive?

In an Idaho Territory boom town, America Liberty Reed overhears circuit preacher Shane Hayes try to persuade a hotel owner to close his saloon on Sunday. Shane lands face-down in the mud for his trouble, and there’s talk of shooting him. America intervenes and finds herself in an unexpectedly personal conversation with the blue-eyed preacher. Certain she has angered God in the past, she shies away from Shane.

Addie Martin, another widow, invites America to help in her cook tent in Virginia City, the new mining town. Even with Addie’s teenage son helping with America’s baby, life is hard. Shane urges America to depart for a more civilized location. Neither Shane’s persuasions nor road agents, murder, sickness, or vigilante violence can sway America. Loyalty and ambition hold her fast until dire circumstances force her to confront everything she believes about herself, Shane, and God.

Based on actual historical events during a time of unrest in America, Hills of Nevermore explores faith, love, and courage in the wild west.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This story involves two recent widows, America and Addie crossing the country with a wagon train, wanting to open their own business so their can make their own way. But traveling by wagin train is a dangerous journey with Indians on the trail, and stops in towns and villages where men are evil and women are scarce. Author Janalyn Voigt details this journey, weaving in all of the good and the bad, with even a preacher in the mix! The likeable and realistic characters were sure on board as this story unfolds. Lots of things happening in this book, which I love because it makes the book interesting and exciting! And I enjoyed the stop in the Idaho Territory during the gold rush, the detailed scenes were well crafted, it makes me want to be there in that time in history!

This is a well written Christian historical fiction, and if you enjoy a good wagon train story, I highly recommend this one. It is sure to give you plenty hours of entertainment!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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My father instilled a love of literature in me at an early age by reading chapters from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Robinson Crusoe” and other classics. When I grew older, and he stopped reading bedtime stories, I put myself to sleep with tales I “wrote” in my head. My sixth-grade teacher noticed my penchant for writing and encouraged me to become a novelist. 

I’m considered a multi-genre author, but I like to think of myself as a storyteller. The same elements appear in all my novels in proportions dictated by their genre: romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy. 

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Epic Fantasy: “DawnSinger” and “Wayfarer” are the first two novels in the epic fantasy series, “Tales of Faeraven.” The final books in the series, “Sojourner” and “DawnKing,” are under contract with my publisher. 

Historical Fiction: “Hills of Nevermore,” first installment in the “Montana Gold,” set during Montana’s gold rush in the days of vigilante justice, will release in 2017. 

Romantic Suspense/Mystery: “Deceptive Tide (Islands of Intrigue-San Juans)” will release in October 2016. This title is romantic suspense, but I am also branching into writing mystery novels written in the classic style of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. 

Find out more about my books and about me as an author at any of the links below!

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  • Author Website: Creative Worlds of Janalyn Voigt features Janalyn’s news, research notes, travel journals, and promotional updates.
  • Travel Website: Literary Wayfarer grew out of Janalyn’s passion for both travel and books.
  • Website for Writers: Live Write Breathe is where Janalyn teaches herself and other writers to live with passion, write well, and remember to breathe.

Always & Evermore by Jody Hedlund

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Always by

Jody Hedlund

 

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(The Lost Princesses #0.5) By Jody Hedlund Christian YA Historical Romance Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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MY THOUGHTS ON “Always”

Always is a delightful change from what I am use to reading and this YA fairytale is a fun and interesting read. In this novella, author Jody Hedlund gives readers an insight into her new medival series, The Lost Princesses. The wonderful characters are just a taste of what’s to come in the series. As Mercia is in a difficult time, the Queen gives birth to twin daughters, and she begs Lady Felicia to hid them. After agreeing, the Lady and the twin daughters barely escapes in time to save them all, with the help of one if the Kings guards.

Ms. Hedlund out does herself as usually in the sweet young adult story. With the characters and story twists any young adult, or adult will enjoy this short novella. This is a great book and will be a wonderful series for your teenage daughters. I love authors who give their time to write such awesome books for this age group. Be sure and check this Novella, and this series out. Oh and I can’t forget the cover. It is beyond stunning. I always love blue covers and this is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

Evermore

By Jody Hedlund 

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(The Lost Princesses #1) Christian YA Historical Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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MY THOUGHTS ON “Evermore”

If you have read the novella, “Always”, then you will want to read “Evermore” because it is book one that follows. Lady Adelaide is the true heir to Mercia’s throne and holds to the ancient treasure. King Ethelwulf wants that treasure, but not if Christopher Langley can help it. This sets for a dangerous journey, one you are sure to want to follow!

I love a good fairytale, and author Jody Hedlund writes just that in her new medieval series. I love the characters, and how they develop so well into the story. I was pulled into the story from the beginning, and this was a hard one for me to put down, once I started reading. Theres a lot of good and evil going on here, and I wouldn’t begin to know how to tell it, but that’s why you need to read the book for yourself. Especially if you love a good clean fairytale fantasy. You can’t go wrong with “Evermore”.

I love that Ms. Hedlund writes amazing YA books, just as she does historical fiction. We need both genres to read! And I love this cover! It is so beautiful and eye catching! I would sure pick this book from the shelves to buy!

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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Thirteen Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews

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My Rating: 5 stars

Thirteen Steps to the Cellar. They were steep; they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head? 

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death. 

Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?

In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond her suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces Callie to her core.

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Three weeks after her father’s funeral, Callie stood in front of the Richmond, Maine house where her aunt had lived, worked, and died. She took one picture after

another, even crossing the street to capture the full view of the magnificent three story home. The stately, red-brick Colonial mansion still looked much like the

pictures from the old newspaper article she’d found in the drawer. Four chimneys rose above the roof, and modillion cornice adorned the overhanging eaves. A white

portico covered the front entrance. Zooming in, she could even see the shiny brass knocker on the red door.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

For a first novel, author Teresa Mathews writes an amazing haunting, suspenseful,  scary and such an entertaining read, but be advised, this one will keep you up at night! I had a hard time putting this book down! As Callie Harris tries to uncover the mystery of her aunts death many years before, her journey was a not so easy one.

I love a good clean suspense, and 13 Steps to the Cellar is just that. And the writing of this first time author is amazing. With the wonderful unique character and their development as the story unfolds kept me totally engrossed in this story. There are so many twists and turns in the awesome murder mystery that it will keep you guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something else comes up and you are back to square one! There are so many things to say about this story, but I’ll not ruin it for you. If you enjoy a good clean murder mystery, suspense, this would be a great one for you to read. I’m looking forward to more from this author.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

TERESA MATHEWS is a graduate of The University of South Alabama.  She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association. 
An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered a third passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.
Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama. This is her first novel.

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52 Uncommon Family Adventures: by Gary Chapman

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Simple and Creative Ideas for Making Lifelong Memories by Randy Southern | Introduction by Gary Chapman

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ABOUT THE BOOK 

Connect with your family without breaking the bank.

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When you dreamed of having a family you pictured outings, adventures, laughing around the kitchen table. But then the kids actually came and most of the time you’re too busy trying to keep up to figure out how to create a magical, screen-free environment where everyone feels loved, is having fun, and can connect. That’s why 52 Uncommon Family Adventures was written, it helps you do just that, without all the hassle and stress.

Whether it’s a family pillow fight, a lip-sync competition, or Toilet Paper Olympics, give your family the gift of lifelong memories while having fun, connecting spiritually, and speaking each other’s love languages. Enjoy all the benefits of the quality time you dreamed of without all the pressure of advanced planning.

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Put down the phones, turn off the TV, and start making some memories together today.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Authors Randy Southern and Gary Chapman has written a book that is awesome for all families to have. As I read the activites in this book I was wishing I’d had this book when my son was growing up. If you are on a tight budget of if you just want ideas on how to spend good quality time with your child, this is an amazing book to have. From Making Thank You Cards, to Fostering a Pet, to Finding Cities to Explore, and adding to this, 49 more great and exciting things to do, you will be instilling in you children fun and entertaining things that they can carry on to their own children.

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And that’s not all! All of the activities have all or most of the following: Get ready time, Adventure Time, Devotions and Language of the Day. This little book is fully planned out. Not only just spending time on activities, this book gives you the opportunity to talk to your children, to discuss things that are so important to them. As you can tell, I love this book, and I hope you will too. So as you think about activities for your family, I highly encourage you to check out this book. With 52 Adventures, you have an entire year of family fun.

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Wally’s Misadventure by Chrys Wimer

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Wally had been cooped up all winter and was ready for a great adventure! His chores came first, then after his father reminded him of the rules, Wally was off. The first rule was to never go exploring alone, but when none of Wally’s friends could go, he was determined to go anyway. Look inside to find out what Wally faces on his adventure!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Raccoons, and Wally is adorable! But Wally isn’t your normal raccoon, he’s young and he is a mischevious little fellow that had a hard time following directions. When Wally decide to go on his little journey, he never expected to run in to so many problems and trying to solve then wasn’t so much fun! But the story is fun, a lot entertainment for your child.

I think this is the cutest picture book, and it teaches young children the same valuable lessons Wally learned. And I love the way the author uses animals to teach the lessons. I’m not to fond of snakes, but most kids love them, and will love the other animals.

The pictures are adorable. And I love the bright flowers, butterflies and cute little dragon flies that pop out of the forest in beautiful colors. I really like the illustrations. They make the story so much more fun. I encourage you to check out this adorable book for your child. And I think older children would ibjoy this as well. You can read it to your smaller children and let the older ones read it for themselves.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I enjoyed writing “Wally’s Misadventure”!  Being a first time author has been a great learning experience.  The most important thing I have learned is how to communicate with the illustrators.  I would have an idea of what the illustration should look like, but they often visualized what I said differently.  It was a long process, but they did a wonderful job.

The characters and basic plot of the story came easily.  I don’t really have a reason I chose to write about a racoon, but I think they are funny to watch.  Ivy was the second character that I chose.  She was named after my maternal grandmother who lived to be 105 and loved music.  My grandmother’s favorite song was “One Day at a Time”.

The best part of the process was sharing the details with three classes of 1st and 2nd grade students.  I am a substitute teacher and I saw these students often, so I was able to keep them informed of the process.  They were my greatest cheerleaders!  I was able to read “Wally’s Misadventure” to them the last week of school.  It was a great hit!

 

A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan’s great-grandmother was a guest Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.

Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing  Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.

Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that’s turning up nothing will take all their dedication–and every secret they’ve tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world–love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

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By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. By night she makes up her own love stories. She is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short Christmas stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Nashville, she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and history of Middle Tennesee. She also takes every chance she can to visit Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

 

Amish Christmas Memories by Vannetta Chapman

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Amish Christmas Memories

All she wants for Christmas is her memories

An Indiana Amish Brides book

When a young Amish woman collapses in the snow shortly before Christmas, Caleb Wittmer rushes to her aid. Only, “Rachel” remembers nothing of who she is. Now his family has taken in the pretty stranger, disrupting Caleb’s ordered world. He’s determined to find out where she belongs…even if Rachel’s departure means saying goodbye to his old-fashioned heart forever.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE.  Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.

What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.

I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

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The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE.  Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.

What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.


I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

When Mountains Sing

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

When the truth cost her everything, she thought there was nothing left to lose.

Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity.

In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all.

Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

As I read this book, I couldn’t help but wonder how I would feel to find out devastating news that would rip our family to shreds. This is just what happened to Mikayka Gordon. And following her journey to find answers was hurtful yet interesting. The cast of characters were a delightful group and I enjoyed the close knit family. I did feel so bad for Mikayla, my heart was just breaking as she started finding answers to her past life. The author does a very nice job of creating the tension to keep readers interesting, and then weaving the many loose ends and the surprising twists to the story together to create a beautiful ending. This is a beautiful Heartwarming read that I recomend for your enjoyment.

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Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, and a proud mom, and doting grandma.

 


 

As the Light Fades by Catherine West + Awesome Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for As the Light Fades by Catherine West, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Catherine West

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I love Catherine West books, and this is another great read from this author. Liz Carlisle moves back to her family home in Nantucket after finding out what her boyfriend was really like. Matthew Stone has moved to Nantucket in his grandparents home that they willed to him. With Matthew is his teenage niece he has custody of because his sister is in jail. Liz soon moves out of the family home because of renovations to make it a Bed and Breakfast, and the only place she could afford was Matthew’s coach house. Liz’s first encounter with Matthew’s niece tells Liz she’s trouble and Liz wants nothing to do with her. But then Liz and Matthew start spending time together. They both need someone to talk to about their dysfunctional life.

I love the way author Catherine West tackles very difficult issues in her books. In “As the Light Fades,” throughout the book characters are dealing with abuse and addiction, in the worse kind of ways. The characters are so well created, I truly felt I was living the story with them. I had trouble with Liz’s character, sometimes her attitude was a little it much, but then I couldn’t relate to the issues she had dealt with either, and I can now see why she acted the way she did. There is a lot going on in this book, several families with lots of characters and many issues throughout all of them. But I love the way Ms. West weaves it all together smoothly, bringing it all to an interesting ending that works for everyone. I highly recommend this clean Contemporary fiction and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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Sweet Melody by Heidi McChan

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Christian Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages August 1st 2019

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When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Sweet Melody describes this book so well. Singer/songwriter Rhett Foster didn’t really want to make coffee for a living but since it was the only part time job he could fine, he had no choice. And Rhett was just the person Lindsay needed. And he was good eye candy to boot.

This was my first book by author Heidi McCahan, and I really enjoyed this story. The blend of characters throughout the story developed very well as they told their story. Of course there are always some unlikable characters, which this story has, but they sure made the story much more interesting. Rhett and Lindsay both had dreams and goals they were striving for, but life was certainly not being pleasant to them. Rhett wanted to make his dad proud at least once, and Lindsay wanted to keep her parents’ honor and dreams alive. I did enjoy the bakery talk and that dreaded food truck was a hoot. But fixing it up shows the love and caring of special friends in Lindsay’s life, though the good feelings didn’t last so long. Thanks to Rhett. Then secrets started coming to the surface, causing a lot of heartbreak. And this is where I’ll stop because it will ruin it for you. I do love the ending, and how the author pulls everything together so smoothly and gives readers the perfect ending to the story.

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Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.

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Chronic Love by Brooke Bartz

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Chronic Love by Brooke Bartz, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

Author: Brooke Bartz

Publisher: Ambassador International

Release Date: September 1, 2019

Genre: Christian Living, Health and Wellbeing

Suffering is inescapable in this world. 

Jesus told us we would face perilous trials and that even our bodies would feel the effects of the Fall. For women dealing with chronic illness, most books offer quick-fix counseling or devotional verses taken out of context, helpful only for momentary encouragement.

For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God’s Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written.

In Chronic Love, Brooke Bartz reveals a deeply raw and descriptive account of life with a chronic and debilitating illness, and she shares with readers how comfort and strength can be found through the Truth in God’s Word.

Specifically designed for women who daily battle chronic illness, Chronic Love‘s goal is to provide solid Scriptural encouragement for the fight.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Chronic Love is mainly written with those who live daily with chronic illness. I could relate with much of this book and to many of the personal stories here. I’ve been dealing with a severe chronic illness for over 20 years. I’ve read many books or devotionals that are really good, but only really touch the surface. I appreciate that Chronic Love goes much deeper into the life of author Brooke Bartz, teaching readers how to deal with the chronic illness each of us face daily.

It’s so easy with chronic illness, and even when the pain and suffering are but for a short while, to give into the suffering instead of going to the scriptures for help and comfort. I have failed in this many times over the years. I am glad, and I appreciate the time and research Ms. Bartz did to write this book. I have an ebook so I can carry this with me at all times through my Kindle app on my phone. It will be so helpful to me to have the personal stories and all of the many wonderful scripture to refer back to when I am feeling so down. I can keep going on and on about this amazing book, but you get the idea of the meaning behind this book, as well as how helpful it will be to everyone reading it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brooke Bartz is a stay-at-home wife and mom who lives daily with a chronic disease, knowing firsthand the daunting, gnawing physical and spiritual pain it causes. Yet disease was not always her close companion; in the years before her diagnosis, she grew up playing sports and earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Not yet a Christian, she transferred colleges and attended an event for an on-campus ministry; as the Lord had planned, she heard the Gospel and He saved her. Soon after and while still in college, she married her childhood crush and began a volleyball coaching career.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis and gastroparesis, Brooke desires for women to know the truth about the God who loves them and is with them each day as they face disease and disability; she shares the Truth of the Bible as their ultimate healing. Brooke’s passion is spurring on the women God leads to her sphere of influence, inspiring their hearts to keep their strength and hope at the foot of the cross, to trust in the Great Shepherd to one day heal them completely in glory, even though for now they are suffering on earth.

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BibleForce Devotional

BibleForce Devotional

The First Heros Devotional 

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BibleForce Devotional: The First Heroes Devotional will help you and your children discover the message of the Bible and the heroes within its pages, as well as engage with devotions from a modern-day perspective kids can relate to.

Book Description:

BibleForce Devotional includes 100 devotions based on the heroes of the Bible with the popular comic-style action art, facts about each hero, Scriptures, and action items that help kids connect God’s Word to their lives today. As kids read about the heroes of the Bible, they’ll see ways they can be heroes for God as well.

BibleForce Devotional offers a fresh, bright graphic-novel style that will interest boys and girls alike and will be the perfect way to engage young readers who want an active, exciting devotional. It’s a great book to read together and is simple enough for young readers to read on their own. Kids won’t be able to put down this book! Jump into the story of God’s Word, and become an amazing hero for God today with BibleForce Devotional!

Purchase Link:  Pick up your life-saving copy of fun at:  https://www.amazon.com/BibleForce-Devotional-First-Heroes/dp/1400212634

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS DEVOTIONAL 

I haven’t  see a copy of the BibleForce Heros Bible, but this Devotional is a lot like it. There are 100 or more devotions, each taking a two page spread. The interesting and very cool graphics go along with the devotions. There are “Fun Facts” “Be a Hero” and “Hero Training” with each devotion, along with the graphics. And I love that the graphics are comic book like. They appeal to the older elementary and middle school kids, which this Devotional seems to be the right fit for.

There are so many Devotionals for kids out there, and I encourage you to give this a try. This one would be a very good one to read to your child, no matter the age, so you can discuss the devotions together.  There are a lot if possibilities with this Devotional.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About the Author

Tama Fortner is a freelance writer whose credits include God Is Always Good and 100 Things God Loves About You. She has collaborated on such bestselling titles as IndescribableJesus Calling for Kids, and Grace for the Moment for Kids. She lives just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two kids, and an incredibly lazy dog who doubles as a footwarmer.

 

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New Beginnings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard 

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by Charlotte Hubbard 

My Rating: 5 Stars 

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Spring blossoms with new life and new beginnings for the flourishing Amish community of Promise Lodge. And as a just-opened bakery sweetens the air with fresh-baked goodness, residents will find that change can be a most joyous test . . .

Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage, Frances Lehman is only just tasting the freedom and opportunity that her Promise Lodge friends enjoy. So she’s not about to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support. Much more promising is her new friendship with Preacher Marlin Kurtz, though their respective families don’t see their relationship as proper . . .

When Frances suffers a serious injury, she’s determined to prove she can recover—and remain independent—without burdening Marlin. Now, with his steadfast belief in real love tested, Marlin’s hope is that Promise Lodge’s irrepressible residents can help him restore Frances’s joy—and that faith will show them a way to turn their fragile second chance into a blessed and abiding future together . . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Another sweet trip to the Ladies of Promise Lodge. It’s exciting to see many others who have joined this special group,all having their own unique thing to bring to the community. There is a lot going on in this beautiful story. I love the beautiful book cover, and yes there is a pie story, even a pie business run by two Promise Lodge ladies. This is one of the many businesses in the unique community. I think my favorite is the tiny houses, and you can read all about them in this book.

Much of this book centers around Frances Lehman, her pushy and determined brother in law, and Preacher Marlin Kurtz. Frances lost her Bishop husband just a few short months ago and she is enjoying her freedom. Not that she didnt love her husband, but he was set in his own ways with his strong opinions. Bit now two men seemed to be after her hand in marriage. But Frances doesn’t make it easy for them. There are other budding romances floating around the Lodge and community,  but I’ll save then for your reading enjoyment.  As well as the other exciting things happening in this Promise Lodge story.

Author Charlotte Hubbard gives her readers another fun and entertaining story from her Promise Lodge Series. It seems each book gets better and better, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I love and appreciate Ms. Hubbard’s unique writing and the characters in this story are wonderfully created and develop so well as the story unfolds. This is a beautifully written story that will give readers several hours of entertainment, enjoyment and lots of fun. If you love Amish stories, this book is a must for you. If you haven’t read anything from Charlotte Hubbard,  this would be a  great book to start with! You just can’t go wrong with this author.

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Sweet Banana Cornbread

This makes enough batter for an 8×8” pan or about 10 large muffins. Moist and tender! Yummy! Double the recipe to make a 9×13” pan.

2 ½ cups of Cornmeal Bulk Mix
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T vanilla
¾ cup mashed banana
½ cup milk
½ cup oil
2 eggs

Spray or butter an 8×8” pan or a 12-cup muffin tin. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal bulk mix, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon, making a well in the center. In a large glass measuring cup or deep bowl, whisk the vanilla, mashed banana, milk, oil, and eggs until well blended. Pour the liquid mixture into the well of dry ingredients, stirring only until the batter is blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake an 8×8” pan for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Bake muffins 12-15 minutes, or until tops are domed and firm. Don’t overbake! Serve warm, or cool on a wire rack. After about 5 minutes, lift the muffins out of the tin.

Kitchen Hint: For a 9×13” pan of cornbread, double the recipe. Freezes well (use wax paper between layers).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Naomi KingMany moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since.

The next big step was selling my first historical romance in 1990, a Zebra Heartfire called Colorado Captive. I quickly sold five more in that genre. They’re all out of print now, but available from used bookstores or at Amazon.com and BN.com. I’ve brought them back in digital format with beautiful new covers, which you can see on my Historical Romances page.

After a long dry spell that entailed major changes in the publishing industry, I resurfaced in a new genre, with a new publisher, editor, and agent who were so excited about my Angels of Mercy series! These four faith-and-family stories are also out of print now, but available at Amazon as Kindle e-books. With Law of Attraction (The Love Secret), I moved into new territory once again—and once again the setting is a place I love to spend time: the Oregon Coast.

Being an author is great fun when you’re selling, but it’s best to have a hide like a rhinoceros and a spouse who gets a regular paycheck! Patience, persistence and just flat-out luck have given me this opportunity to reinvent myself yet again. Those angels I write about keep pulling me through, and are often my friends and family—but I owe a lot to the heavenly beings who bear me up on their wings, as well!

My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

I often present workshops at conferences. I belong to Novelists, Inc. and American Christian Fiction Writers.

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with my Border collie, Vera—although it’s humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I’m an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing in my church choir, ringing in bell choir, and being a substitute organist. I’m celebrating more than forty-two years with my husband, who—bless him—has never once suggested I get a real job!

 

Cover Reveal Feather and Bone By Melissa Wright


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Cowboy Charm School A Clean Western Romance by Margaret Brownley

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When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding,
he’s determined to bring the estranged couple back together…
but he never dreamed he’d start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way.

What People Are Saying About Margaret Brownley:
“Delightful, humorous…packed with engaging characters, loads of action, several mysteries— all enough sizzle to satisfy her fans.” —RT Book Reviews for A Match Made in Texas
“A sweet, touching love story.” —Kirkus Reviews for Left at the Altar
“Lively and warm. A welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre.” —Booklist for Left at the Altar

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As much as he hates to do it, Texas Ranger Brett Tucker has no choice but to break up the wedding. Not only is it time for Frank Foster to get what’s coming to him, but the lady he is marrying is in terrible danger. So here goes. And what a commotion it is making. Frank Foster isn’t going down without a fight. And poor Kate Denver, she will be so embarrassed the rest of her life, and the laughing stock of their little town. Especially when the unthinkable happens. Join Texas Ranger Brett on this long journey of finding out the real truth.

From the time Texas Ranger Brett Tucker crashed the wedding in the first chapter, till the end of the book, this story will have you laughing. As with all of Margaret Brownley’s books, it’s hilarious. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the old Western town and its characters. There are so many scenes that had me laughing so much, like the ones where Brett was trying to redeem himself by teaching Frank how to be romantic, when Frank didnt have a romantic bone in his body! And some of the scenes with Frank and Kate, because Frank was allergic to animals. I had to re-read some of these scenes! Then there were somewhat serious times when Brett was spending too much time with Kate. And there is also a little mystery that came to town to pike your interest. This is a clean historical romance from Margaret Brownley, not Christian fiction like most of her books. Ms. Brownley writes both in her same unique way with lots of action and loads if humor and laughter.

Over all, this is a fun and exciting read. If you are looking for some clean, fun and funny entertainment, you should check this book out. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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N.Y. Times Bestselling author AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a two-timeRomance Writers of AmericanRITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap.  She is currently working on a new series.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth- grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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“Exquisitely intriguing”
–Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Gunpowder Tea.

“A Lady Like Sarah is Margaret Brownley at her peak. A perfect blend of romance, the old west, and characters that steal your heart, along with writing that sings. A fabulous read. I laughed and cried and wished I could pick up the sequel immediately. Write faster, Margaret”
– (Lauraine Snelling author of the Red River of the North series:, www.laurainesnelling.com)

“Margaret Brownley has created two wonderful, unforgettable characters in Sarah and Justin.  Their story held my interest from the start, and I couldn’t wait to find out if or how their love would overcome the obstacles set before them.  A Lady Like Sarah is one of my favorite reads of the year.  I think it will be one of yours as well.”- (Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied, www.robinleehatcher.com)

“Margaret Brownley brings the old west to life though her humor, drama and memorable characters. A Lady Like Sarah is completely enjoyable from beginning to end.”
– (Jill Marie Landis bestselling author of Heart of Stone , www.jillmarielandis.com )

The Cowboy Meets His Match – A Clean Western Romance by Margaret Brownley

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

His first mistake was marrying her.
His second was falling in love.

Chase McKnight will do anything to secure his family’s ranch—but marriage to a complete stranger? That’s a hard pill to swallow. Yet the will is clea

His first mistake was marrying her.
His second was falling in love.

Chase McKnight will do anything to secure his family’s ranch—but marriage to a complete stranger? That’s a hard pill to swallow. Yet the will is clear: Chase needs a wife by his side if he wants to keep his home, so he meets his veiled lady at the courthouse steps and reluctantly says “I do.”

Too bad he married the wrong bride.

When Boston runaway Emily Fields agreed to marry a Texas stranger to escape her family’s scandal, she wasn’t prepared to get hitched to the wrong cowboy! Stuck in a secret compromise, she has one year to learn the ways of the ranch and convince Chase’s family they’re happily married. But when the lie becomes true, the past catches up to them and they must save the love they never expected…

What People Are Saying About Margaret Brownley

Haywire Brides Series:
Cowboy Charm School (Book 1)
The Cowboy Meets His Match (Book 2)

“Delightful, humorous…packed with engaging characters, loads of action, several mysteries—all enough sizzle to satisfy her fans.” —RT Book Reviews for A Match Made in Texas
“A sweet, touching love story.” —Kirkus Reviews for Left at the Altar
“Lively and warm. A welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre.” —Booklist for Left at the Altar

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Cowboy Meets His Match is the second book in the Haywire Brides Series, and listen people, it’s just as hilarious as the first one. Chase McKnight has one year to marry and prove his marriage is ligit in order to secure his family ranch. Chase’s problem is, he marries the first lady who gets off the coach, and oops, she happens to be the wrong one. So, what’s he gonna do, he only has a year to prove his marriage, and his new wife knows nothing about a ranch. Chase might as well give it up.

I laughed at Chase and Emily all the way through this book. They were both as different as day and night. But as they spent time together and as Emily gets use to the ranch, the story gets even sweeter. But will it be enough. For the life of him, Chase has no idea why his dad left his half brother in the run to inherit the ranch, it should be Chase’s fair and square. But it is not, and believe me, this is a journey that will keep you on your toes. If you enjoy westerns, you will love this new read from author Margaret Brownley.  And I want to add, though Ms. Brownley writes awesome Christian fiction, this one is not in this category.  It is a clean historical fiction read with the same unique writing style and the same humor and laughter as all of her books are.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

margaretbrownley-photo

N.Y. Times Bestselling author AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a two-timeRomance Writers of AmericanRITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap.  She is currently working on a new series.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth- grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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“Exquisitely intriguing”
–Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Gunpowder Tea.

“A Lady Like Sarah is Margaret Brownley at her peak. A perfect blend of romance, the old west, and characters that steal your heart, along with writing that sings. A fabulous read. I laughed and cried and wished I could pick up the sequel immediately. Write faster, Margaret”
– (Lauraine Snelling author of the Red River of the North series:, www.laurainesnelling.com)

“Margaret Brownley has created two wonderful, unforgettable characters in Sarah and Justin.  Their story held my interest from the start, and I couldn’t wait to find out if or how their love would overcome the obstacles set before them.  A Lady Like Sarah is one of my favorite reads of the year.  I think it will be one of yours as well.”- (Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied, www.robinleehatcher.com)

“Margaret Brownley brings the old west to life though her humor, drama and memorable characters. A Lady Like Sarah is completely enjoyable from beginning to end.”
– (Jill Marie Landis bestselling author of Heart of StoneChase McKnight

Grand Finale- A Family for Jason by Virginia McCullough


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Family for Jason
By Virginia McCullough

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Note from the Author

Everyone loves a reunion, and A FAMILY FOR JASON provides one sure to touch the toughest of hearts! Welcome to the first book in my new series, Back to Bluestone River. . .

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“Sigh. Virginia McCullough knocks it out of the park again with this clean romance that is the first in her new series. Ruby and Mike had been high school sweethearts, until horrific tragedies separated them from each other and from the small town they had so dearly loved while growing up. Modern day difficult times, about 20 years later, have brought them both back home, neither one realizing that the other is there. It’s a great foundation for a second chance romance. . . . I truly greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for those who are looking for a real heartwarming clean romance.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

A Family For Jason is a great start to a new series! The author does a fabulous job of setting the scene & introducing pivotal characters to lay a foundation for future books. Jason will have your heart in no time & you’ll ache along with him and Mike – as well as for all the time Mike and Ruby lost. A sweet second chance romance!”

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

“You’ve made a friend, Jason.”

The boy glanced Ruby’s way, but still didn’t speak.

“He’s kind of quiet.” The woman patted the top of the boy’s head. “That’s okay. You’ll talk when you’re ready.” She flashed Ruby a pointed look.

She was trying to communicate something, but Ruby didn’t know what. Not exactly. But the thin pale lines and telltale puckering of burn scars on the boy’s forearms might have something to do with his silence.

The Power of Words – Review

A Family for Jason, book #1 in Virginia McCullough’s Back to Bluestone River series, is a sweet romance with an appealing setting and characters that are easy to connect with. I enjoyed this fulfilling, heartwarming story and look forward to all that is to come in the series.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I recommend it for readers who enjoy to read clean romance and heartwarming stories. Some readers may want to grab some tissues for this one. It is somewhat predictable but definitely worth a read. It is one that should not be missed. I look forward to the next installment from the Back to Bluestone River series.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“. . . you can tell McCullough has taken her time to develop this series, of giving us a well-rounded and well-thought out plotting to where the foundation of the series can build out of this first installment.”

EmpowerMoms – Review

“I loved this sweet romance story involving Mike, Ruby and Jason. I loved reading about their town and their high school memories and growing up. It was so tragic how a past mistake affected so many lives for so many years. . . . Great story line, great characters, clean romance… I can’t wait to read more about this town and hopefully the town’s progress over the series of stories. I really enjoyed it!”

My Devotional Thoughts – Review

“This book has everything the reader wants in a romance and more. A struggling small town. The reunification of high school sweethearts. A sweet boy who was traumatized by a real-life experience. A best friend relationship that has stood the test of time. New beginnings, new adventures. Oh, and a cute, smart dog to boot! I cannot think of any better way to begin a romance series. . . . Highly recommended reading for any time of the year!”

Hallie Reads – Review

“The start to Virginia McCullough’s Back to Bluestone River series, A Family for Jason delivers a sweet story of returning home and second chances. It’s a perfect read for any reader in the mood for heartwarming contemporary romance. . . . Their experience is full of drama, emotion, and small-town charm, and I enjoyed my time with A Family for Jason. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this series in the future.”

Kathryn Cooper Writes – Review

A Family for Jason is full of real life. Every one of us goes through trials throughout our lives. This book cuts deep and is real. . . . A Family for Jason by Virginia McCullough fulfilled my expectations of realistic life difficulties and fast heart beating romance.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“Ms. McCullough does a really nice job weaving together three different people with three entirely different situations, and writing a tender story that will warm your hearts, as it did mine. . . . If you haven’t read any books by this author, this book would be a very nice start to your Virginia McCullough collection. For me, it is a tender heartwarming story that will stay with me for a while. You dont want to miss A FAMILY FOR JASON.”

Harlie’s Books – Excerpt

He walked closer to the slide, waving to Jason, who sat at the top. Jason waved back, but then his focus seemed to shift and he hesitated for a couple of seconds at the top. When he let go of the handholds and slid to the bottom, he ran toward Mike, but then passed him. Mike spun around and saw a golden retriever straining on the end of a long leash. He smiled to himself. He got it. That dog was much more interesting than Dad.

His gaze followed Jason coming to an abrupt stop a few feet from the dog. He glanced at the woman holding the leash who was coming through the bridge and smiling at Jason. His stomach flipped as he froze in place.

Ruby. Ruby was on the other end of the leash. She leaned over to pat the dog’s side. Red-haired, brown-eyed, smiling Ruby.

Pause for Tales – Review

“This was a sweet and yet heartbreaking romance that shows how sometimes the awful circumstances and others people’s decisions can definitely take a toll on young love. But true love can and will survive.”

janicesbookreviews – Review

“I loved Emma dog. Peach helped Jason so much. Books with children and dogs are always enjoyable to read — nothing like the healing power of a dog.”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Review

“I like a single dad romance and this one had plenty of heart. This is also a great second chance romance. . . . This is a book you can easily fall into and just want to gobble up. Both Mike and Ruby are great characters with a lot of heart. You root for them to get their second chance at a future.”

Teatime and Books – Review

“You definitely will need 5 full teacups and some tissues for this amazingly sweet and romantic book by Virginia McCullough! A Family for Jason is just so amazing and I loved all of the characters. . .”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

“Quit twisting my words. You know what I mean. I can’t stay.” She hadn’t confided to Emma that she had this same argument with herself every night.

“You must think men like Mike come along every day.” Emma snapped her fingers. “Just like that.

Ruby groaned. “No, I don’t.” Like she needed that reminder.

“I’ll say it again, Rubes, every woman I’ve ever known wants a guy to look at her the way he looks at you.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

A Family for Jason is the first book in Virginia McCullough’s brand new Back to Bluestone River series and centers around reunited first loves, a lawyer and a crisis specialist as they each return to their hometown twenty years after the tragedy that tore them apart. . . . I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a sweet romance filled with the back drop of a small town. It was deep, emotional and satisfying!”

Remembrancy – Review

“A homecoming to a dying town, first loves reunited, and a precious little boy makeVirginia McCullough’s A Family for Jason a book you don’t want to miss. . . . I got swept away in the forests, river, and lake surrounding Bluestone River. . . . Seriously, the ending of this book is utter perfection!”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, if you haven’t already…

A Family for Jason
(Back to Bluestone River #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s not home for keeps

Unless he proves first love is forever

Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Ruby’s still his one and only. This time, can he convince her to stay?

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About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownleyp

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding,
he’s determined to bring the estranged couple back together…
but he never dreamed he’d start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way.

What People Are Saying About Margaret Brownley:
“Delightful, humorous…packed with engaging characters, loads of action, several mysteries— all enough sizzle to satisfy her fans.” —RT Book Reviews for A Match Made in Texas
“A sweet, touching love story.” —Kirkus Reviews for Left at the Altar
“Lively and warm. A welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre.” —Booklist for Left at the Altar

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As much as he hates to do it, Texas Ranger Brett Tucker has no choice but to break up the wedding. Not only is it time for Frank Foster to get what’s coming to him, but the lady he is marrying is in terrible danger. So here goes. And what a commotion it is making. Frank Foster isn’t going down without a fight. And poor Kate Denver, she will be so embarrassed the rest of her life, and the laughing stock of their little town. Especially when the unthinkable happens. Join Texas Ranger Brett on this long journey of finding out the real truth.

From the time Texas Ranger Brett Tucker crashed the wedding in the first chapter, till the end of the book, this story will have you laughing. As with all of Margaret Brownley’s books, it’s hilarious. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the old Western town and its characters. There are so many scenes that had me laughing so much, like the ones where Brett was trying to redeem himself by teaching Frank how to be romantic, when Frank didnt have a romantic bone in his body! And some of the scenes with Frank and Kate, because Frank was allergic to animals. I had to re-read some of these scenes! Then there were somewhat serious times when Brett was spending too much time with Kate. And there is also a little mystery that came to town to pike your interest.

One thing I do need to mention. Margaret Brownley writes some amazing Christian fiction, but this book is NOT one if them. It is a Clean Western Romance fiction, with the same high quality writing as Ms. Brownley always rights, but just not Christian fiction.

Over all, this is a fun and exciting read. If you are looking for some clean, fun and funny entertainment, you should check this book out. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

margaretbrownley-photo

N.Y. Times Bestselling author AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a two-timeRomance Writers of AmericanRITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap.  She is currently working on a new series.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth- grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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Aw-shucks, I think they like the book.

“Exquisitely intriguing”
–Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Gunpowder Tea.

“A Lady Like Sarah is Margaret Brownley at her peak. A perfect blend of romance, the old west, and characters that steal your heart, along with writing that sings. A fabulous read. I laughed and cried and wished I could pick up the sequel immediately. Write faster, Margaret”
– (Lauraine Snelling author of the Red River of the North series:, www.laurainesnelling.com)

“Margaret Brownley has created two wonderful, unforgettable characters in Sarah and Justin.  Their story held my interest from the start, and I couldn’t wait to find out if or how their love would overcome the obstacles set before them.  A Lady Like Sarah is one of my favorite reads of the year.  I think it will be one of yours as well.”- (Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied, www.robinleehatcher.com)

“Margaret Brownley brings the old west to life though her humor, drama and memorable characters. A Lady Like Sarah is completely enjoyable from beginning to end.”
– (Jill Marie Landis bestselling author of Heart of Stone , www.jillmarielandis.com )

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