Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

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 Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 3
 Author: Mary Connealy
 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
 Release Date: March 5, 2019
 Genre: Historical Romance / Western

They’re as Different as Could Be.
 
But They’ll Need to Trust Each Other to Survive
the Wilderness . . . and the Dangers Chasing Them.

City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons’ supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She’s not like any woman he’s ever met–comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they discover their kidnapper just won’t stop. This city man and country woman must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, all while fighting a very inconvenient attraction to each other. John wasn’t expecting anything from this wild land but the retrieve a lost grandson, which happens to be someone Penny will protect with everything she can.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Put a city slicker and a wild mountain woman together and you have Penny and John. And when they are kidnapped together, they find a way to escape, so now they are in the middle of the High Sierras running for thei life.

This is such an amazing read. Penny and John were  completely different people but they fit together so well. And the other characters were so well developed and they were such nice people, and so well written I feel like I have a new family as friends! I enjoyed the history throughout the book, it gives readers the feeling of being there and living the story with the characters. And I can’t leave out the beautiful cover of this book! It’s beautiful and fits the story well. One other thing is the way Mary Connealy weaves the Christian live into her characters. And she does it in such a subtle way, it just feels right, and it doesn’t stand out in the story.  I just love everything about this book! And you need to read it to find out everything going on! The Unexpected Champion is Book three in the series. I didn’t read books one and two but you need to read them together. I read this for a review, so I plan to read them all in order next week! It will be a treat! I highly recommend this book to anyone, but if you are a historical fiction buff, then you will love this one!

I received this book from JustReads Tours to read and review. I was not required to write al positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

CONNECT WITH MARY: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols


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(1) winner will win

  • a complete set of all three High Sierra Sweethearts books (print, US only)
  • $20 Barnes & Noble gift card

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The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

Click here to read an excerpt!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Everleigh Applegate and Beck Holiday, separated by fifty years, but joined together by devastating loss, secrets, and men who want to give them happiness again. Rachel Hauck has written another amazing story that will fill our minds and take us on a journey that will stay with us long after we close the pages of this book!

Another story that I love, love, love! The characters are so realistic I can feel the pain they have suffered while reading the words describing their feelings. Everleigh’s story is written around the era I was born and my early years, which I always love to read about. And Rachel Hauck is the very best when it comes to writing time slip stories. I love the way she goes from one era to the other so fluently and make the plot play out so smoothly. There are a number of issues dealt with in this book, starting with Beck being suspended from her job as a cop because of misconduct. Though I can understand her going off, it was just the wrong place and at the wrong time. My heart went out to Beck and Everleigh because of the lifechanging losses they had to deal with. And Ms. Hauck dealt with these losses and changes with class! And I can’t leave out the men that came into both of these ladies lives. Both Don and Bruno were humble characters, dealing with somewhat the same issues in their lives. And their decisions were made easier by their friendship with these ladies. And if you want to know all of the details and what happens with Everleigh and Beck, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of The Memory House.

I received this book from Read with Audra to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

For more information, visit www.rachelhauck.com, Facebook (@rachelhauck), Twitter (@RachelHauck) and Instagram (@rachelhauck).

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Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Almost Home

by

Valerie Fraser Luesse

About This Book

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The things that tear us apart can also bring us together

With America’s entrance into World War II, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

A struggling young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, and a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war are all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

“This is the kind of book you can’t wait to get home and read every night–to meet up with characters you genuinely like in a feels-so-real place you want to be.”–Sara Peterson, editor in chief, HGTV Magazine

“A story of kindness, friendship, and healing, Almost Home shines.”–Nancy Dorman-Hickson, coauthor of the award-winning Diplomacy and Diamonds

“Witty, wise, and moving. . . . Almost Home abundantly reveals how friendship and faith endure in spite of–and sometimes because of–trying times.”–Jim Baker, journalist and author of The Empty Glass.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The setting is BlackBerry, Springs Alabama in World War II and in a little boarding house called Dolly’s. Families from all over were coming to this little town to find jobs during the war because they just can’t make ends meet at their previous jobs. With a variety of people from different places and walk of life, Dolly’s became interesting at times. All hoping to find healing from the loss that they have suffered. What will happen to this group of people, all who have become best friends, for some, more than friendship.

 

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac and an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently the senior travel editor. She and her husband, Dave, live in Birmingham, Alabama.

Convergence by Ginny L Yttrup

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About the Book

Book: Convergence

Author: Ginny L Yttrup

Genre: Christian thriller/suspense

Release Date: March, 2019

ConvergenceA psychologist paralyzed by fear.

A mother propelled by love.

A stalker bent on destruction.

Psychology professor Dr. Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. The choice is ours, she tells her students. What she doesn’t tell them is that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake. Fear has immobilized her and is taking a costly toll.

Adelia Sanchez, however, has embraced Dr. Rossi’s teaching. She is ready to confront fear and render it powerless—using the trauma of her past to propel her to entrap the man who stalked and brutally attacked her.

As Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect?

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Denilyn Rossi is a professsor teaching Psychology but that doesn’t help her deal with her past of a stalker and an attack. Everywhere she goes her is horrified because she thinks someone is still stalking her, or maybe it’s just her. She keeps seeing her shrink to try to work through things, but this doesn’t seem to help.

It took me a really long time to get into this story, actually it was near the end of the book before I understood what it was all about. The plot was all over the place, Switching back and forth from the past to the present. And there were two similar characters, Denilyn and Adelia, which was very confusing, especially on into the book, which I won’t mention because it will ruin it, but I didn’t see the point. I never understood Adelia’s Character until the end. The suspense was there but it took a long time coming, and where I thought it was be a big deal, it wasn’t, the book just ended. And nothing was said so it was easy to understand, in fact the entire book was out there until the ending, when everything came together, and then it wasn’t that clear. I guess for me, I’m use to a different type of writing maybe? That’s all I will say about this book. I’ve read other books by this author that were very good. So I encourage you to check this book out and see what you think!

A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

 

About the Author

Ginny YttrupGinny Yttrup is the award-winning author of Words, Lost and Found, Invisible, andFlames. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry). She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit ginnyyttrup.com.

 

More About Convergence

A psychologist paralyzed by fear.

A mother propelled by love.

A stalker bent on destruction.

 

Dr. Denilyn Rossi’s past is a shadow that haunts her. Adelia Sanchez’s past is a force that propels her. When Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect? Find out in Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup.

 

Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Convergence:

 

She straightens, squares her shoulders, and takes a deep breath as she climbs aboard the plane. There are no seats, the other divers are piled close to one another on the floor. Mike points to an open space near him. She lowers herself, sits, pulls her knees to her chest, and then looks out the oval window next to her.

That’s when she sees him.

Her breath catches. She leans in, cups her hands on the glass to cut the glare, and peers out.

It can’t be. . . . Mouth dry, she tries to swallow. She looks away.

Her heart batters her chest and her pulse roars in her ears, nearly drowning out the clamor of the plane’s propeller. It isn’t him. You’re imagining things, she tells herself. She inhales then exhales. She takes another look then stares at the man near the hangar. He pulls some­thing from his shirt pocket, sticks it in his mouth. A cigarette? She watches as he lights it. It isn’t him. He doesn’t smoke. Anyway, it’s impossible. She knows where he is, and it isn’t here.

He’s seen her staring at him through the window of the plane. He takes a drag, flicks ash to the ground, and smiles. But his eyes behind the sunglasses are cold. Hard.

She steadies herself as the plane shoots down the runway then lifts. As memories flash, perspiration trickles down her back. She inhales again, deeper this time. It wasn’t him. Let it go, she admon­ishes, then shakes her head.

Fear will not win. Not this time. Not ever again.

Within what feels to her like mere moments, the group of profes­sional skydivers have all jumped, and she stands, back pressed against Mike, hooked to his harness. They brace themselves against the pum­meling force of wind as they wait near the gaping opening in the side of the plane. She pulls goggles from the top of her head down over her eyes.

There’s no room in her mind now for thoughts of the man on the ground, or of the man who haunts her memories. There’s no room for thoughts of any kind. Terror, as she well knows, is all-consuming. Her breaths are shallow, her pulse races.

“Step to the edge,” Mike yells. When she doesn’t move, he yells again, this time his breath hot against her ear. She hesitates then steps forward, him stepping in sync with her. There’s nothing to see but the vast expanse.

“Go!” Mike shouts.

Heart hammering her rib cage, she leans forward, eyes squeezed shut, and falls more than jumps into nothingness, arms stretched wide. She anticipates the sensation of falling—stomach lifting to throat—but it isn’t evident as she’d expected. Nor is the velocity at which she knows they’re falling. She dares to open her eyes, only aware of the force of air pushing her cheeks back to her ears, which makes her laugh.

The free fall is like nothing she’s experienced. She laughs again, the sound carried heavenward on the drafts, she imagines. Too soon she’s jerked, hard, the harness cutting into her thighs, and pulled upward with what seems like exceeding force. She hadn’t expected the force.

But then they’re floating. Soaring. “Oh,” she whispers. She wants to take it all in, remember every exhilarating moment. These currents she could ride forever. Tension is replaced by peace, pervasive peace.

Quietude. Silence. Wonder.

“That was a hard pull.” Mike’s shouted words behind her threaten to break the spell, but she’s enchanted and pays little attention. She assumes the pull—the parachute opening and catching air—was harder than usual but fine. They’re fine. She doesn’t understand. Doesn’t know what’s to come. How could she?

As they float, her eyes are trained on the ground below. The earth is a patchwork of tones. She sees the river, a thread, stitched across the quilt of colors. She searches for familiar landmarks as her sense of confidence soars. She’s done it. Faced fear, terror even, and—

Suddenly they’re plummeting.

Tumbling.

Head first. Arms and legs akimbo.

Land and sky spin as they interchange. Her lungs deflate. Pres­sure. The currents, tumultuous, pull her under and then spit her out. She can’t breathe. Why can’t she breathe? She gasps. She’s drowning. Help! Someone, help! But no. . . There’s no water. Instead, she’s above, where there’s nothing. Just. . .

Nothing.

Nothing to reach for. Nothing to grab. Nothing to save her.

A scream sounds in her mind. Rings in her ears. Scathes her throat.

Her scream?

Awareness hits. She’s going to die. It’s her only thought. There are no thoughts of those she loves. Those who love her. Memories don’t flash. No, just the one thought. The only thought she has time for.

She is going to die.

Then. . .

Everything goes black.

 

Blog Stops

By The Book, March 28

Simple Harvest Reads, March 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Multifarious, March 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 29

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, March 30

Remembrancy, March 30

Inspired by fiction, March 31

To Everything A Season, March 31

Blogging With Carol, April 1

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 1

For Him and My Family, April 2

Book by Book, April 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 3

janicesbookreviews, April 3

Spoken from the Heart, April 4

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

Seasons of Opportunities, April 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 5

Genesis 5020, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Splashes of Joy, April 7

A Reader’s Brain, April 7

Bigreadersite, April 8

The Lit Addict, April 8

Through the Fire Blogs, April 9

Inklings and notions, April 9

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 10

The Becca Files, April 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ginny is away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Convergence!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/dd7b/convergence-celebration-tour-giveaway

This Daring Journey by Misty Beller

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About the Book

This Daring Journey

Book: This Daring Journey

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 26, 2019

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Misty Beller was a new author for me whenI reviewed the first book in this series and I fell in love with her writing! And this 6th book in the Heart of the Mountain Series in my favorite on yet! Moriah Grant has been living in her cabin with her newborn baby for months after her husband passed away, but how much more can she take of these horrible mountain men trying to take her home. When Samuel Grant arrives with a message for her husband from his sister, Moriah decides she can trust him to help her and her newborn baby.

I love, love this story set in the Canadian Winter Wilderness. Misty Beller creates another cast of characters that quickly find their way into my heart very early in the story. Moriah is a determined woman ready to take on whatever she needs to do to survive. Samuel Grant wants nothing more than to help Moriah and her baby journey their way through the harsh wilderness to find her family. Even though the trip through the cold snowy wearther was harsh, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Samuel, Moriah and Cherry! I love the tender way Samuel was with Cherry, he had her spoiled after a few days. I also love the interaction between Samuel and Moriah. Even though they’ve couldn’t see it, or wouldn’t admit it, I could see early on that they were formig an attraction to each other.

There is so much going on in this book, but the plot always flows nicely and Ms. Beller kept on the edge of my seat most of the time and I could put the book down. In fact it took me less than a day to read “This Daring Journey!” Another thing I like an appreciate is how the author weaves the Christian life into her characters. By the end of the story, I feel like Moriah and Samuel are my friends, and it feels like I’m living the story with them! I highly recommend this book!

A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

About the Author

MistyMisty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

 

More from Misty

How did I get started writing?

I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!

I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4

Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

The Power of Words, April 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 5

Real World Bible Study, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, April 7

Splashes of Joy, April 7

Blossoms and Blessings, April 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 8

Mary Hake, April 8

Godly Book Reviews, April 9

Connie’s History Classroom , April 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, April 10

Carla Loves To Read, April 10

A Reader’s Brain, April 10

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, April 11

Wishful Endings, April 11

janicesbookreviews, April 11

Through the Fire Blogs, April 12

Vicky Sluiter, April 12

The Becca Files, April 12

Carpe Diem, April 13

For Him and My Family, April 13

Bigreadersite, April 14

Daysong Reflections, April 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14

Connect in Fiction, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 15

Inspired by fiction, April 16

For the Love of Books, April 16

Inspiration Clothesline, April 16

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 17

Inklings and notions, April 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de81/this-daring-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

Grand Finale for A Rancher to Remember by Karen Rock


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Rancher to Remember
By Karen Rock

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

Welcome back to the Cade-Loveland extended family! Their 100+ year-old feud is finally over, the water rights dispute settled, and now they can live peacefully, right? Oh… if only it were that simple… Lots of drama still ahead for these strong, faithful and hardworking ranchers in the sixth book of my Rocky Mountain Cowboys series, a raw, complicated second chance love story with a dramatic plot twist you won’t forget!

Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

A Rancher to Remember by Karen Rock is a great book to get sucked into. Cassidy and Daryl have a great love story, one that can bring a person to tears. I am giving this book a five-star rating and recommending it to everyone that reads clean romances. I adored this story.”

Faithfully Bookish – Review

A Rancher to Remember boasts bursts of white-knuckle action, two hurting kids, and a potential second-chance romance soaked in grief and regrets. . . . If you enjoy steamy kisses, good folks, and healthy doses of conflict (and reconciliation) in your stories, A Rancher to Remember fits the bill! There’s never a dull moment with the Cade and Loveland crew and this is yet another entertaining addition to this series.”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Why had she come back to Carbondale?

It was a mystery Cassidy desperately wished to solve, not just for herself but for a grieving Daryl. She wanted to help her sister’s family pick up the pieces—an altruistic wish, nothing more. So why did her eyes follow handsome Daryl, then? “I know what a big heart your mama had.” Cassidy rubbed Emma’s arm. “How could she help but love you?”

Cassidy had come to love them as her own these past few weeks.

Britt Reads Fiction – Review

“Oh, I just love this series! . . . Daryl and Cassidy seemed so perfect for each other in some ways, yet polar opposites in others. I truly wasn’t sure how the author was going to pull this happily-ever-after off, but she did! I enjoyed reading this story from the first page to the last!”

Pause for Tales – Review

A Rancher to Remember was a heartbreaking read of love lost and found and of letting go even when it is too soon. . . . This story brings out a lot of emotions and it really digs deep to bring out the hopefulness and longing of what good could come out of this tragic outcome for this family. You might just want to have a few tissues ready.”

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“I love how there are moments when each of the main characters react with extreme anger because that is how grief works. It doesn’t matter who you’re mad at; you’re just mad because the loss you experienced isn’t fair. Grief is hard work, and I think the author does a great job of showing us just how real these characters’ emotions are. The way that the story plays out is very believable as is the romance between the main characters. I really think you will love this book as well as the others in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series.”

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

Daryl grinned and extended a hand to Cassidy. “Shall we?”

“I guess we must,” she said breathlessly as he swept her into his arms and slowly danced her around the crowded floor.

She smelled so good. He closed his eyes and breathed in the sweet scent rising from her neck. The way her small hand wrapped around his, the other resting on his shoulder, stirred his blood. His heart lifted. His spirit soared.

Euphoria.

The Power of Words – Review

“With her Rocky Mountain Cowboys series, Karen Rock has become one of my favorite authors in the Harlequin Heartwarming line of clean romances. . . . The characters and back stories of these two families are intricately woven and their “happily ever afters” are not easily won. Aside from the obvious cowboy attraction, what I like most is their humanness – weakness, pride, and misunderstandings, tempered with caring, sacrifice, kindness and love. . . . I recommend A Rancher to Remember, as well as the whole series, to all who enjoy a clean romance with character depth.”

Slice of Life – Review

“The reader is immediately swept up into Karen Rock’s romance, A Rancher to Remember, as Cassidy Fulton risks her life to expose corruption in the Philippines, and the intrigue continues as she struggles to attain the missing sections of her memory after returning to her hometown of Carbondale, Colorado.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“Whenever I am re-visiting either the Cade’s or the Loveland’s, it doesn’t take long to notice how well-versed Ms Rock has become in writing these stories! Each new installment is an extension of the whole series. . . . This time round, I thought it was fitting we were swinging by the Loveland ranch. . . you might need to brace yourself to transition through a new set of adversities or incidents that might push your beloved characters to the edge of what they can personally handle. All with the joy of knowing that in the end, Rock will give her characters a fitting sense of resolution and will give us, the reader, a wicked good read!”

A Baker’s Perspective – Review

A Rancher to Remember has everything you want and expect from a second chance romance. There’s grief, pain, restoration, romance (of course), kissing (swoon), and so much more. Both Cassidy and Daryl certainly have their flaws, but to be honest that just makes the story even better.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“An emotional journey of forgiveness and redemption! With her signature way of wrapping a group of characters around our heart, Karen Rock brings us the next book in her Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. . . . Loved the raw emotions brought to the surface with this cast of characters!”

Getting Your Read On – Review

“I lovey lovey love this series! . . . It was a roller coaster of emotions and wow, did things end in a dramatic way! This book and it’s characters were completely different than any of the other books. It felt fresh and exciting. I loved it!”

Janice’s Book Reviews – Review

“I really enjoyed the book. . . . I have enjoyed all the books in the series. I look forward to reading the next book. . .”

Brooke Blogs – Excerpt

A couple of hours later, after finishing their witness statements, Daryl and Cassidy strode from the sheriff’s office.

“Thank you, Daryl,” she said once they hopped in his truck. “You saved my life.”

He cupped the side of her face, leaned close and brushed her lips with a heart-stopping kiss so brief she could have imagined it. Dreamed it. Maybe she had. If so, she didn’t want to wake from this adrenaline-fueled moment. Or lose it.

EmpowerMoms – Review

“This story had great characters (Cades and Loveland families), clean romance, funny, and some sad tragic life events that the characters had to work thru with faith and diligence.

I highly recommend this book and hope to read more from this series and author.”

onemused – Review

“This book was truly heartwarming as we follow the two main characters as they work through their own issues individually and together. Noah and Emma (Daryl and Leanne’s kids) were just precious and the icing on the cake- there were so many adorable and lovely scenes with the two of them. I love the personal and romantic journeys in this book and highly recommend as a story of beautiful second-chance romance.”

Remembrancy – Review

“Y’all, Rock blew me away with this book. . . . A Rancher to Remember surprised me in the best kind of way with Rock’s ability to deliver solid stories with tough issues, family ties that are almost unbreakable, and lots of heated kisses for the romantic in her readers.”

Hallie Reads – Review

A Rancher to Remember is a story full of heart. Family, betrayal, second chances… It’s got a few surprises and plenty of great moments, and I enjoyed it all. “

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“. . . this one does not disappoint. I loved Daryl and Cassidy’s story. I thought they were so sweet and fun together. I found their chemistry was undeniable. I had no problem to stay focused on the book and keep reading. I had it read from cover to cover in one day. . . . Great book!”

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A Rancher to Remember
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #6)
By Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

They can’t change the past…

but they can choose their future

Globe-trotting journalist Cassidy Fulton is back in Carbondale, Colorado. Only she can’t remember why—or the accident that killed her estranged sister. Helping her piece together this mystery is her brother-in-law and former fiancé, Daryl Loveland. Overcoming their grief seems impossible. Yet one thing is clear: Cassidy can’t imagine her life without Daryl or her adorable niece and nephew. But can the ranch ever really be her home?

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Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.

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THE Baggage Handler by David Rawlings

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: David Rawlings
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Magical Realism / Christian Allegory Fiction
Release Date: March 5, 2019

In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?

When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever.

A hothead businessman coming to the city for a showdown meeting to save his job.

A mother of three hoping to survive the days at her sister’s house before her niece’s wedding.

And a young artist pursuing his father’s dream so he can keep his own alive.

When David, Gillian, and Michael each take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, the airline directs them to retrieve their bags at a mysterious facility in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the enigmatic Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed, and carrying it with them is slowing them down in ways they can’t imagine. And they must deal with it before they can leave.

In this modern-day parable about the burdens that weigh us down, David Rawlings issues an inspiring invitation to lighten the load.

Guest Post from David

I want to thank A David Rawlings for answering a few questions to let us know a little bit about him and his writings. It’s always interesting to know what goes on in the daily life of a writer!  I hope you enjoy knowing more about Mr. Rawlings and that you will check out his exciting new book, The Baggage Handler.

1. A day in the life of David Rawlings 

6:30 a.m. I woke up to a thought that was both amazing and daunting. Writing Day is here. Today I won’t need to dovetail my writing with the work that (currently) pays the bills.

6:31a.m. checked my phone. I know this is not advised – a thousand sleep specialists, doctors and even relationship counselors are clear on that. But my marketplace, publisher and agent are in the USA, as are most of my publicity opportunities. I’m in Australia. Our primary method of communication seems to be overnight email; it’s as if email has suddenly gone old-school and requires a postage stamp and a little extra time to cover the distance. Anything super-urgent is dealt with straight away, other messages are flagged for later.

7:30 a.m. get into it. My kids are now senior school age, so they get themselves ready and my wife works at their College, so they hitch a ride with her. The house is quiet.

First up, I take advantage of the primary window for social media posting for a US market which is quite early for me. I respond to what I need to do, write and post what I need to and schedule the rest. Then shut off social media, the greatest time sponge in the history of mankind.

The morning is the time when my emotional energy is at its highest, and so is my creativity. So I change from my marketing hat to my creative hat. This helps me bang out 3,000-4,000 words in the next three hours on Book 3. I’m a pantser trapped in a plotter’s body, so I’ve already storyboarded how the story is going to go. Some days when it’s flowing it feels more like painting in the numbers. Today is one of those days. I change some of the numbers as the characters make it pretty clear to me that my idea for this chapter isn’t where they want to go, doesn’t challenge them enough or even keep my own attention.

10:30a.m-11:00a.m. Stop writing. There’s a part of me that wishing I wouldn’t, but that’s about as far as I can push it at that rate. There’s always a feeling when I feel like I’ve stopped moving forward and my words are now simply marking time. I reach for another hat – my editing chapeau – and start editing The Camera Never Lies. Book 2. This is a key transition, but it’s something I’ve done pretty much every day during my corporate copywriting career over 25 years. I put my Book 3 storyline on hold, and reacquaint myself with another story that is a lot further down the road. And editing rather than writing helps – it somehow doesn’t feel as “creative”. Edit for another two hours. In a way this is kind of weird. For three hours I’ve been frantically adding words to a page as the word count goes up. Now I’m searching and destroying them in a drive to get the word count down.

12:30p.m. Lunch. Talk to our greyhound, who hasn’t moved all morning and shows no signs of wanting to start now.

1:00p.m. Now that my creative side needs refreshing, I head back to the hatstand for another change of hat, this time: marketing. This is for The Baggage Handler, my debut novel and the only book of mine people can currently buy, so it’s important to keep up the momentum from the launch. Write articles for a range of blogs and online magazines. Look over some questions for an upcoming podcast. Brainstorm ideas on how I can do something a little different to stand out in the marketplace. Update my web site, plan another newsletter.

4:00p.m. Pick up the kids from school. Another hat. From a different hatstand.

4:30p.m. Make dinner and answer any homework questions which don’t require me to dredge up 30-year-old memories from high school. During this time, ideas for new stories always push through to the surface. They always appear at first to be the most brilliant synopsis anyone has ever conceived, so I write them down so I don’t lose them. (Knowing that when I review them later the sheen of enthusiasm will look very different).

Evening. Another check of social media. The primary time for an Australian marketplace is 7p.m.-9p.m. Answer questions, contribute to other people’s social media efforts, share some posts from author friends.

Then head to bed, wishing tomorrow was another Writing Day. It isn’t, so instead I’ll need to grab those blocks of time as they become available. And I probably won’t need all the hats.

2. Handling pressure when writing under deadlines. 

Deadlines don’t really bother me. That’s not false bravado, or someone living in denial.

I’m used to them based on my nearly 30 years as a copywriter. Every day of my working life I’ve had deadlines in front of me that need to be hit.

So I’ve taken that comfort into fiction, and I don’t really feel it like some authors do. If anything, the deadlines in publishing are spread further apart than what I’m used to, which is often getting deadlines that measure in the hours or days. Not months.

One key benefit of working in this field for as long as I have is that I’ve developed a way of pacing myself towards deadlines. That means when I’m facing a publishing deadline, I’ve got a fair idea of where I need to be in order to get there.

3. Did this book energize or exhaust you? 

The Baggage Handler energized me. Once I got on a roll with it, I found I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I wanted to see how the characters were going to deal with their baggage, or if they’ve go on carrying it.

I also find that the creative process actually gives me energy rather than takes it away, up to a point.

I’ve also found the marketing of the book quite energizing as well. I’ve had a number of messages and emails from readers telling me how the book has impacted the way their think about their own lives and the baggage they may be carrying. I find that inspiring to hear that the story has played a role – however small – in helping people address the things in their life that are slowing them down.

 

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David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

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Their Ranch Reunion & The Deputy’s Holiday Family by Mindy Obenhaus

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Their Ranch Reunion

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The Deputy’s Holiday Family

by Mindy Obenhaus

 

Their Ranch Reunion

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Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love—and first heartbreak—Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade—and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move in to their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This romance starts off not so sweet, with Carly inheriting the a House she intends to expand her bed and breakfast. But she soon runs into major problems when she realizes its a joint inheritance with her first love Andrew, who intends to fix the house up and sell it. Andrew left their little town many years ago to make a successful business of his own. How will these two headstrong people survive this issue they have to face.

I love this story and the characters had me laughing and irritated at the same time. Carly and Andrew were both stubborn, so the road to their second chance romance was pretty rocky, to say the least. The way they reacted with each other was fun and entertaining, and I loved it! It is interesting that Andrew’s grandmother left her house and property to both Andrew and Carly. It has them spending more time together, and especially with the fire that blew through, they had enough time together to really explore their feelings. Resulting in a second chance love that neither expected. The journey wasn’t an easy one to follow, but you need to read the book to discover what all happened. And I appreciate the way Mindy Obenhaus weaves the gospel and the Christian life into the lives of her characters. She does it in such a subtle way that it doesn’t stand out.

If you love a good, clean romance fiction, you don’t want to miss this one from Mindy Obenhaus! I received this book from JustReads Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

The Deputy’s Holiday Family

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A Family for Christmas

Lacie Collier is determined to give her niece, Kenzie, the best Christmas! But Lacie’s got her work cut out for her when they spend the holidays at her Christmas-averse mother’s home. With his focus on keeping his own mother’s holiday traditions alive, sheriff’s deputy Matt Stephens is surprised to see his old friend Lacie back in Ouray. He’s always regretted that their friendship became strained after he started dating her sister in high school. But it’s pure shock he experiences when he sees Kenzie, whose uncanny resemblance to Matt is undeniable. This Christmas will bring new memories for Lacie and Matt…if they can open themselves to the possibility of love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Another awesome sweet romance from author Mindy Obenhaus! I really love this Rocky Mountain Heroes series that is set in Ouray. Colorado. Ouray is a peaceful small town with loving people, just like a town I would love to live in! I’m glad this book is Lacy and Matt’s story, to learn more about their lives. Lacie decides to take her niece Kenzie to her mothers home in Ouray for the holidays. She is surprised to see Matt Stevens when he pulled her over forced to bad driving. Being in Ouray will not be easy because of her bad crush in Matt when she was younger. But as circumstances keep throwing them together, and as they spend more time with each other, a major secret surfaces, as well as attraction between the two grows, tensions seem to run ragged as the holidays keep them busy.

Love this sweet story by Mindy Obenhaus as well as the other two I have read! I grew to love some of these characters in the first two books I read in this series. After loosing her sister, Lacie is raising her sisters daughter Kenzie. Lacie is helping with the Christmas program, and discovers that Matt  as well, forcing them to spend even more time together. And with Matt being around Kenzie and getting a good look at her, it has him asking many questions. I love the interaction with the characters in this story. Lacie is trying her best to give her five year old niece the best Christmas, but with her anti-Christmas mom, it’s a challenge. But as it is with kids during Christmas, Kenzie seems to pull everyone together, and the result is amazing at how the love is so sweet. And with Lacie and Matt, a second chance at love and a chance to make a family for sweet Kenzie makes this story one of the sweetest romances I’ve read. My heart still warms when I see a picture of this book. As with the other book by Ms. Obenhaus, I love and appreciate the way she weaves the Christian life and the Gospel into the lives of her characters. And in such a suptle way.

I feel like I’ve been all over the place with this review but there is a lot of good stuff chunked into this amazing little book. I love every bit of it And this one is sure one I will have on my reading list again during the Christmas holidays this year! I sure hope you will check out “The Deputy’s Holiday Family” for a few hours of pure fun abscond enjoyment!

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Her Colorado Cowboy

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Lassoing the single mom’s heart

Socialite Lily Davis agrees to take her children riding…despite her fear of horses. But now widowed cowboy Noah Stephens is determined to help her get comfortable in the saddle. And, at her children’s insistence, Lily finds herself promoting his rodeo school. As Noah and Lily work together, will Noah continue to shield his heart…or can they discover a love that conquers both their fears?

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Of Lions and Fire by Mesu Andrews.

Of Fire and Lions

A Novel

by Mesu Andrews

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ABOUT THE BOOK

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

About Mesu Andrews

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MESU ANDREWS is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter and numerous other novels, including The Pharaoh’s Daughter, Miriam, Of Fire and Lions and Love Amid the Ashes. Her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband, Roy, and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

Grand Finale-THE CERTAIN HOPE by E. C. Jackson!


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The Certain Hope
By E. C. Jackson
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Launch – Author Interview

What is your motivation behind The Certain Hope? Why did you want to write it?

The Certain Hope is the third book in the standalone hope-themed series. Book three highlights thirty-something love, which can be as precarious as younger love. By that age, we’ve weathered numerous life storms. Living life can, and often does, alter our opinions, circumstances and outlook.

Faithfully Bookish – Excerpt

The doorbell chimed what she termed his signature ring: one long peal, followed by two shorter ones. Saying goodbye might ruin her. Hair patted into place, she opened the door with an unsteady hand.

Andy leaned on the rail, watching the door fling open. The six men who worked with him stood at his side. Silence reigned. They stood there, grinning at her.

Tara couldn’t resist returning the smiles. Their noisy camaraderie while they worked would be missed.

Brooke Blogs – Excerpt


The house needed only a minor overhaul. He was the man for the task if he was able to buy the place. Luke enjoyed restoring old houses. Especially one he hoped to make his own. As he’d climbed the steps, he was assessing the fair market value.

Then Tara had opened the door.

Luke had fallen in love on sight.

 
Uplifting Reads – Excerpt

“So you prefer dating a man who works at McDonald’s?” Marcie asked.

Mindy laughed until she coughed.

Giggles erupted around the table.

“Tara would if his name was Andy,” Mindy finally said.

Tara batted dream-filled eyes. “I love a man I’ll never see again.” She paused, eyeing Mindy. “Honest enough for you?”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Tara’s hopeful nonchalance intrigued Luke more than it ever had. He’d finally found his sassy, laidback lady that would love him. She was a snappy work of art he couldn’t resist. Her projected innocence snagged him the first time they met.

Things are moving in the right direction. How do I bring my lovely lady along for the journey?

Before long, Olivia took a much-needed breath. The lull in the conversation reminded him about the other people in the room. He leaned his mouth close to Tara’s ear while speaking in a stage voice.

Pause for Tales – Review

“The Certain Hope is a story of love at first sight and I really enjoyed it. . . . This was a unique story that showed the positives and negatives of falling in love so quickly and throws in a few surprise twists as well. This was my first book by author Jackson and I look forward to more of her stories.”

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

“Your sad eyes don’t sway me.” Her hip butted him out the way. “It’s too late to show remorse. You set me up.”

Luke raised three fingers. “Scout’s honor. I had no expectations either way. The choice was always yours.” His voice softened as his gaze caressed her face. “Beautiful as always.”

Tara steeled herself against the compliment. Real facts deserved more than a passing remark that missed the point.

Splashes of Joy – Review

“Overall, I did enjoy the story. For me, Luke’s personality caused me to want to keep reading, because I wanted to find out what happens with the two. . . . And I feel Ms. Jackson does an excellent job of weaving the issues together so the plot runs so smooth. This is the second book I’ve read from Ms. Jackson, and I enjoy her writing. So I encourage you to check out The Certain Hope as well as other books by this author.”

Remembrancy – Review

“…there are stories of love-at-first-sight marriages that are going strong, so even if it’s not your reality, it is entertaining. And may also serve as a cautionary tale to not jump into anything too quickly, especially if the people you trust are conflicted about your decision. And through it all, I was cheering for Tara’s happily-ever-after.”

Simply Kelina – Review

“Should you read it? YES! I still recommend it, especially if you love a good romance. I am actually really interested in reading some of the authors other works as I did enjoy it overall.”

The vase received a place of honor above the fireplace while the open chocolate box tempted them on the cocktail table. A faint disinfectant scent lingered in the air. Luke always found a faultless house when he visited. It was the perfect backdrop for his prim and proper miss. “Are you a true neat freak, or will stuff drop on my head if I open a closet door? I vote neat freak.”

“We’re simpatico. Guests can eat off your floors.” Tara nestled into the arm Luke draped around her shoulder. “Mmm. I like sitting close to you. How was your day?”

“It’s over. I’d rather discuss us.”

Colorimetry – Excerpt

This family has a fixation with that woman. “I’m a free man. I can date whomever I choose.”

“The grapevine says she’ll arrive in St. Louis on Friday. A month earlier than planned. Guess she didn’t accept your answer.”

Luke chuckled. “Now she knows that proposing to a disinterested man has consequences. Besides, holding false expectations is a character flaw I hate.”

“. . . an entertaining read if you enjoy romance. . . . better suited to those who like Insta-love, since that’s basically the premise of the relationship. It’s a Lifetime movie in print.”

Tara joined the line of cars headed from the park. Her haggard brain was ready for a nap. Approximately fifty buses stood between her car and the road home. She drummed her fingers on the steering wheel, instead of succumbing to what she really desired to do. Her mind hankered to blow the horn until reaching Kingshighway. Sort of a celebration cheer and “get out of the way” rant combined in one.

The relaxing evening she imagined with Luke fueled her determination to hurry home. Next on the agenda was a marvelous dinner. The legwork was prepared that morning. She only had to pop the casserole into the oven and prepare a salad.

“The Certain Hope is a story of hope, love and faith. . . . I am giving The Certain Hope five plus stars. I recommend it for readers who love a beautifully, well written and clean stories. I believe it is a must read and I highly recommend it. I would love to read more like this one by EC Jackson in the future.”

Heidi Reads… – Excerpt

While drying dishes, Tara jumped as soap suds hit her face. She spun around when Luke laughed, right before lobbing another soap ball at her. She ducked. Only trickles of water dusted her hair.

Her reflexes immediately kicked in. The water pitcher was in her hand before thinking better of her next move. The shock on Luke’s face stilled her hand. He was soaked. Water slid from his hair, and over his body, until it streamed across the floor.

“Oops! Blame yourself and not me,” she yelled, charging past him.

 

“For a quick, nice read, this is the ideal book for a Friday or Saturday night curled up in front of the fire or on the beach in the afternoon. The story is enjoyable and has a few fun twists and turns along the way. I believe the author knows her target audience well, and she has delivered exactly what is expected in story, character, and charm.”

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The Certain Hope
(Hope Series #3)
By E. C. Jackson
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 318 Pages
December 5th 2018

Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
A note from E. C. Jackson: “The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.
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When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

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When You Are Near

Book:When You Are Near

Release Date:March 5, 2018

After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, a trick rider in the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, wants nothing more than to quit her role as the star of the show and live a quiet life on her family’s ranch. But returning home would bring Wesley DeShazer, the ranch’s foreman and the man who broke her heart, back into her life. In addition, the Brookstones’ new manager fears that Lizzy’s departure could doom the already cash-strapped show.

Hope grows in Lizzy during a stopover at Fleming Farm. Ella Fleming not only has a natural talent for trick riding and could easily replace Lizzy, but she’s eager to join the show to flee a forced betrothal. However, while there, one of the show’s wranglers is killed in a manner Lizzy finds suspicious. And during her escape from the farm, Ella stumbles across a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

When You Are Near is a fabulous read! This the first book I’ve read about the early 20th century Wild West Shows and trick riders, I knew nothing at all about them. The book is so well researched and written, with the most wonderful characters. Well except for a few of them. And there is so much going on in the story you don’t want to put the book down. From cowboys to city folks, to mystery, murder suspense deception, so much humor and the sweet romance, to determination and pride of this family, there is no way to hit on everything in this review. So I’ll tell you just a few things.

Lizzy and her family were on the road with their Wild West Shows throughout the country much of the year. The rest of the time they spent in their ranch practing for the next year, and where Forman Wesley runs the day to day production. A lot happens in this particular year with the deaths of two very important people, an uncle that struggles with life issues and a romance that needs to happen but the two people are so hard headed!

I love Lizzy’s family, the love they have for each other and those working for them, and the ranch and ranch house sounds like a wonderful place to be. Lizzy’s mom is the sweet strong Christian that holds the family together. There are quite a few characters, and most seem like family, so I sure hope we have more from this family and the story setting!

Tracie Peterson is just amazing! I have read most of her books and they are all amazing! It’s hard to find a favorite! The way she describes each scene makes the story come alive before your eyes. When you find yourself wanting to pray for character, your just hooked! Ans I love and appreciate that Ms. Peterson weaves the gospel into her books, and she dies it with such class that it just fits.

I encourage you to check out this amazing read by and amazing author! You will love it as much as I do! A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author

Peterson, TracieTracie Peterson (www.traciepeterson.com) is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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Introducing…When You Are Near!

I’m excited about the new Brookstone Brides series and had so much fun researching for the various characters and locations. This is a story about a fictional Wild West show with all female performers. Prior to the rodeos we see today, the Wild West shows traveled throughout America and Europe to entertain people and give city dwellers a taste of what the American frontier was like. At least their version.

Buffalo Bill Cody was famous for his shows, which brought Native Americans and their culture into the world of people who might otherwise never have even seen an “Indian.” Pawnee Bill was another entertainer who sought to keep these shows alive.

For the fictional show in my novels, I wanted to focus on three female characters who became a part of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza for varying reasons. Lizzy Brookstone is the heroine in book one, When You Are Near, and as the daughter of one of the show’s owners, she has enjoyed a starring role as a trick rider.

For research I went to Pueblo, Colorado to the ranch of Karen Vold, a famous trick rider and rodeo star. Linda Scholtz, a famed trick rider, was teaching a clinic there along with Karen at the Red Top Ranch Trickriding School.

These are two remarkable Christian trick riders who have long worked to keep the sport alive. I spent three days getting to know them and what they do and learned so much. And just to prove that we weren’t all work and no play, I thought I’d share my attempt at trick riding. What I won’t do for research!

The series will have three books, as usual, and each book will focus on a different lady and her skills. Mary is a trick shooter like Annie Oakley, and Ella is a Roman rider who stands on the backs of two horses for her part in the act. It was so interesting learning about each of these types of performers, and I hope you’ll get a chance to read all three and enjoy the stories of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tracie is giving away a grand prize of When You Are Near, Tracie’s A $25 Barnes and Noble Gift card, and the three books in The Heart of Alaska series and three other winners will receive a copy of When You Are Near!!

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An Amish Reunion-Four Stories By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin

“An Amish Reunion”

Four Stories By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin
Published by Zondervan

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Book Description

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love.

Their True Home by Amy Clipston

When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman

Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller

Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin

At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

An Amish Reunion is four short stories by fir of my very favorite authors! And I love to read short stories sometimes because I can read one story in a sitting! And with Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin, each story has to be an awesome read!

Their True Home by Amy Clipson,

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin

 

 

 

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Glory Road by Lauren K Denton plus Giveaway

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton with JustRead Publicity Tours! We continue the Glory Road celebration on social media starting March 26.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Lauren K. Denton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Southern Fiction
Release Date: March 19, 2019

Written in Lauren Denton’s signature Southern style, Glory Road tells the story of three generations of women navigating the uncertain pathways of their hearts during a summer that promises to bring change–whether they’re ready for it or not.

At thirty-eight, garden shop owner Jessie McBride thinks her chances for romance are years behind her and, after her failed marriage, she’s fine with that. She lives contentedly with her fiery mother and her quiet, headstrong daughter. But the unexpected arrival of two men on Glory Road make her question if she’s really happy with the status quo. Handsome, wealthy Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s wedding, and Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. And Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school days who’s known her better than anyone and whom she hasn’t seen in years, moves back to the red dirt road. Jessie finds her heart being pulled in directions she never expected.

Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and trying to navigate a new world of identity and emotions–particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who’s moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie’s mother, Gus, increasingly finds herself forgetful and faces a potentially frightening future.

As all three women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change–whether they’re ready for it or not.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Glory Road is a quiet, small place where Jessica owns a thriving garden shop, and lives with her daughter and mom. She moved back to Glory Road years ago after devorcing the husband that decided he wanted someone else and not her. Jessica lives her quiet life and was content with her small family. That is until two handsome, very different men came into her life. One she had never met, one that lived on Glory Road when they were growing up. And life is just not the same as before these two men arrive.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I love the characters, they were all fantastic! Jessica and her quirky mom has such different personalities, and I can see a little off Evan in both of the ladies. Three strong women, two of which have suffered heartbreaking issues life has thrown them, all determined to stay strong and fight to strive in this world. I love Glory Road and the atmosphere surrounding the place! It all seems olive somewhere in a dream, yet so close and realistic. It’s a place I would sure want to live. Ms. Denton does a really good job weaving together the differences between Ben and Sumner, and with Jessica struggling to make a decision between the two. Of course I fell in love with Ben from the beginning, so I was cheering for him all along! But you have to read the book for the rest of that story!

Glory Road is a sweet calming read for me. It’s like settling down at home for a nice relaxing stay. It’s that book you want to read when you need a few days of relaxing. It’s a book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a nice clean time of enjoyment through books!

I received this book from JustReads Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, The Hideaway, is USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, released in April, 2018, and was listed on BookPage’s 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction.

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Tiny Truths Bible

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With whimsical illustrations and engaging storytelling, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible presents all your favorite stories and diversely represented characters from the Old and New Testaments. It starts at the very beginning with the magnificence of creation and includes Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a giant fish, and ultimately the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the rescuing King.

Uniquely presented in a way that connects each individual story to the next, this book introduces children to the most important ideas and characters of the Bible while also making clear how everything fits together to tell one big story––the story of God’s love for his children.

Kids will want to return to these joyful, memorable stories again and again, building their understanding of God’s Word. And the practical lessons, reminders, and truths found throughout the stories make this an invaluable resource for parents and teachers.

The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible will help your children discover:

Who God is––the one who made everything and everyone
Who we are––his children, whom he loves unconditionally
What we were made for––to love God and everyone else

Introduce your children to the incredible story of God’s enormous love for them with The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible! This book’s bright and engaging cover has a unique feel and pops off the page with debossing.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE 

This isn’t a really cute little Bible for kids. It mad up if a number of Stories in the Bible that give children a good overview of what the Bible is about! And they didn’t leave out the Gospel story, the Death Burriel and Resurrection of our Savior! Yayaya!  So many Bible story books leave this story out. I guess because of them talking about Jesus’ death.

Another thing I like is the beautiful pictures throughout the tiny Bible! Pictures that any child will love looking at over and over, and they are also good questions starters. I love when kids start asking questions from the pictures they see. The cover is even more beautiful with the embossing, that gives the pictures dimension and makes the cover pop out at you!

If you find yourself in need of a Bible for your tiny one, this would be an awesome choice! I highly recommend this adorable Bible!

A copy of this book was provided by Front Gate Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Her Colorado Cowboy by Mindy Obenhaus

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Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Her Colorado Cowboy by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

9781488042782(1)Title: Her Colorado Cowboy
Series: Rocky Mountain Heroes, Book 3
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2019

Lassoing the single mom’s heart…
A Rocky Mountain Heroes story

Socialite Lily Davis agrees to take her children riding…despite her fear of horses.

But now widowed cowboy Noah Stephens is determined to help her get comfortable in the saddle. And, at her children’s insistence, Lily finds herself promoting his rodeo school.

As Noah and Lily work together, will Noah continue to shield his heart…or can they discover a love that conquers both their fears?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lily Davis decides to take her two children on an all summer vacation in the small town of Ouray, near Abundant Blessings Ranch, where trail rides were offered. Lily is in hopes her kids will have fun without the electronic devices they have. As well as hoping it would change her son Colton’s attitude. But spending time at the Ranch was much more than Lily ever expected.

This is such a sweet story! And I like Lily’s reason for helping her kids have fun with outside of their electronics. More kids today need parents like Lily to give them more options in what they spend their time doing! I feel Ms. Obenhaus created characters that were realistic and believable, making the story seem more realistic. And you’ve gotta love Noah and his reaction with Lily’s kids. They both loved him immediately, and he was awesome with Colton. But it was not only the way Noah related to the kids, it was how he could relate with Lily herself that captured my attention. Again, the author does a fantastic job of weaving the lives of characters that were so different, and creating a story that moves so smoothly.

Overall, this is a wonderful story, giving hope to those who feel they have none. There’s so much more going on in this story, but I do my work abt to share it because you really need to read it for yourself! I highly recommend Her Colorado Cowboy for a few hours of enjoyment and entertainment for you! If you enjoy a good clean Christian Romance, this one is definitely for you!

I received this book from JustReads Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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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. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren at her Texas ranch.

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APOLLO 11 50th Anniversary-Don’t miss it!

 

APOLLO II-50 Years

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The Certain Hope by E. C. Jackson


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The Certain Hope
(Hope Series #3)
By E. C. Jackson
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 318 Pages
December 5th 2018

Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Tara Simpkins feels all alone now that she has lost both her parents. So when she has some work done on her house, she is attracted to one of the guys working. But is her attracted to her? Well she soon finds out, but it’s nothing like she thought it would be! 

I liked Tara and her shy personality and I felt sorry for her being so lonely. But Luke, I just couldn’t like him and his demanding, obnoxious attitude. With Tara, he tries to be this sweet talking guy, but with his family and during Leah’s appearance in the story, I found him hateful and rude. My heart went out to Tara because she is being pulled two ways, with Luke pushing her into a quick marriage, and her friends trying to talk her into taking it a little slower.

Now, I know those who have experienced love at first sight, and marriage is working fine for them may disagree, but at the same time it is smart to be cautious. And I think The Certain Hope is a really good book to make a person think twice about going into a marriage so fast because there was certainly enough warnings from Tara’s friends as well as Luke’s family. I would love to have know more about Luke and Tara’s marriage, if it worked out ok for them? The problems they faced, if any, about not getting to know each other better before they plunged into marriage.

Overall, I did enjoy the story. For me, Luke’s personality caused me to want to keep reading, because I wanted to find out what happens with the two. As obnoxious as he was, the book just wouldn’t have been a good read without it. And I feel Ms. Jackson does an excellent job of weaving the issues together so the plot runs so smooth. This is the second book I’ve read from Ms. Jackson, and I enjoy her writing. So I encourage you to check out The Certain Hope as well as other books by this author.

I received this book from Prism Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal  Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

A note from E. C. Jackson: “The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.

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Other Bodies by Joel Ohman

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

In a world where immersive VR suits distort what is real from what is not, and the AI Personhood Act blurs the lines between body and bot, the choices sixteen-year-old Hattie Martins faces are very personal.

Welcome to Hattie Martins’ dystopian Philadelphia, where everything is not as it seems…

Just as her life is looking up–a new job, new friends, a new date–Hattie discovers not all progress in her beloved, futuristic Philadelphia is for the best. Societal regrets can become personal regrets in an instant. Choices don’t always come with second chances, and when they do the cost can be unimaginable. How far will she go to undo her greatest regret? And worse yet, what will she become if it’s too late?

In a world where bots are equal to bodies, what does it mean to be alive?

What is real?

Which bodies matter?

What about the other bodies?…

In this blistering new young adult novel from the #1 bestselling author of the Meritropolisseries, readers will question everything they know about life and reality in a unique dystopian adventure that is equal parts moral dilemma and romance.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

First of all, this is not an easy book to read, nor is it going to be easy to review. The story starts with a very disturbed sixteen year old Hattie Martin. Life sure hasn’t been good to her so far, with the loss of her grandfather, she is forced to live on her own. She gets pregnant after giving herself to someone who she really thought cared for her but quickly found out he only wanted what made him happy and he ditched her immediately after his time with her. Finding a job at a Managed Motherhood, a facility like Planned Parenthood, she seeks advice from those she works with about what she should do with the baby. And I will admit, some of her co-workers were kind of weird to me, but probably not for the younger generation. There’s a lot going on in this book, many twists and turns that I won’t mention, because you really need to read the book!

Author Joel Ohman deals with probably the most controversial subject ever, which is abortion. I felt he handled the issues in a well thought out way, taking the feelings of the ladies that have an abortion into consideration. And I like that Mr. Ohman makes it clear that the woman doesn’t have the right to take the life of her baby. And that the woman’s body and the body within her is two separate bodies.  Which those today who are not pro-life do not believe. But I am truly pro-live. And though I’ve never had to even think about making that decision, I know people, as well as I’ve read about the struggles a woman goes through after having an abortion. This is why I feel the book is missing a very key issue here and that is the love and forgiveness Hattie could have found in Jesus. Instead it left readers hanging with all of her guilt and confusion. Maybe there is another book to follow that will give readers that view? We can hope so! Overall, if one person reading this book decides against giving her child up for abortion, the book will be worth it.

A copy of this book was provided by FLYBY PRODUCTIONS Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT The Author 

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Joel Ohman lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.

Joel is the author of the #1 bestselling Meritropolis series—“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist” and the new YA release, Other Bodies.

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NIV, Maxwell Leadership Bible, 3rd Edition, Premium Bonded Leather, Burgundy, Comfort Print

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Bible Description

Every believer is a person of influence. In the Maxwell Leadership Bible, leadership expert John C. Maxwell shows you the principles of leadership taught in God’s Word and how to use them. Whether you are an employee, a boss, a parent, or a neighbor, you are a person of influence in your part of the world. Throughout the pages of Scripture, John Maxwell has assembled the time-tested and irrefutable biblical principles of leadership to equip and encourage leaders with his signature approach, including the 21 Laws of Leadership, the 21 Qualities of a Leader, biographical profiles, and hundreds of notes.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

Every Christian is a leader, really. In everything we do, we need to be leaders of God’s Word, and I believe this Leadership Bible can help teach us how to be that leader.

John Maxwell has taken the NIV version of the Bible and added his teaching notes on leadership to make up this Leadership Bible. The first two things that caught my eye were the 21 Laws of Leadership and the 21 Qualities of a Leader. He goes into full detail of both of these issues. Also there are many  biographical profiles that will give examples of leadership, as well as tons of study notes and verses that deal with leadership.

And I can’t leave out the looks of the Bible. It is a soft leather, burgundy with quality pages. It’s not a heavy Bible, the font is a comfort print, which I think may mean it is a little easier on the eyes that some of the smaller print bibles. It just has a nice look and a nice feel to it. I definitely think this would be Ann excellent addition to your Bible study tools. I highly recommend this Bible to everyone!

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Hardcover, Read Letter Edition, Comfort Print

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Bible Description

Now you can experience Dr. Warren Wiersbe’s lifetime of powerful Bible teaching in one place. Whether through his bestselling “BE Series” commentaries or his popular “Back to the Bible” radio ministry, Dr. Wiersbe has guided millions into a life-transforming encounter with God’s Word. Now, in this single volume, you have access to Dr. Wiersbe’s trustworthy, accessible explanations of the Bible’s truths and promises, through his comprehensive system of study and application notes. Make the most of your time reading, studying, and reflecting on Scripture with The Wiersbe Study Bible.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I wanted to review the hardcover edition of this Bible to see if was different from the leather like covers. They are pretty much the same, both having the amazing insights from Dr. Warren Wiersbe.

The hardcover has a beautiful dust jacket that looks like the cover. It’s a little heavy, but this is a Bible you will be using for Bible study so you probably won’t be carrying it a lot. The one thing I love about the Wiersbe Bible is all of the  lifetime of powerful teachings of Dr. Wiersbe. From his Back to the Bible radio broadcast to all of the amazing “BE Series”  gives readers and those who study the Bible hundreds and hundreds, and many more hundreds of Bible truths and promises taught by this amazing Bible teacher.

We all know there are so many Bibles and study Bibles out there today, but this is truly one you don’t want to miss out on. And this one being a hard cover with the beautiful dust jacket, it is a more affordable price than the leather ones. I highly recommend this bible to everyone!

I received this Bible from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

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