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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5

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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

After reading the first book in A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series by Debra Clopton, I've been patiently waiting for Jarrod's story. He was immediately my favorite of the Monahan brothers because his serious nature and obvious concern for others was something I could relate to. I was so happy to see the author brought someone from his past back into his life. I would have had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a total stranger could end up in his life and win his heart. Cassidy has known Jarrod since she was a girl staying with her Aunt Roxie when things with her parents would get rocky. Determined not to repeat the mistakes of her parents she sticks around in a loveless marriage long past the time when she should have left. After her divorce she decides it is time to go back to the only home she's ever known and the farm her Aunt Roxie left her. Upon her arrival back in Wishing Springs, TX, she discovers the one flaw to her plan of being an independent and single strawberry farmer/B&B owner. His name is Jarrod Monahan and as her luck would have it he's single, right next door, and making her feel things she had sworn she was done feeling.

Will Cassidy's past keep her from finding true love? Can Jarrod find a way to prove to her that he can love her in the way she deserves? I truly hope you enjoy Jarrod and Cassidy's story as much as I did and I'd love to hear if you've read the previous two books in the series: Betting on Hope and Counting on a Cowboy.

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 Kissed by a Cowboy (Thomas Nelson, February 2016)

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents' endless string of "matrimonial bliss gone wrong," Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She's been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she's inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She'll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt's footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan's hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He's pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that's a challenge that Jarrod can't pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy's stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy's kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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About the author:

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Not by Sight

For someone who loves historical fiction Not by Sight by Kate Breslin is a must-read! Her character development, intricately woven story design, and knack for details make this one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. It's easy to feel the emotions of both Jack and Grace and you know from the very first chapter that there would be a mystery to solve before the book was through. Throw in the romantic connection between Jack and Grace and you have quite a story!

Jack and Grace come from different backgrounds and for a good portion of this story they both believe each other to be someone they are not. In a way this added to the mystery but also created a huge obstacle as both fought to ignore the budding friendship and growing attraction that stemmed from their car rides in the country. Through a series of events Grace finds herself working as a driver for a man (Jack) whose true identity remains a mystery. Their paths had crossed once before on a night that forever changed the course of both their lives but how each of them saw that interaction is what makes all the difference. The author does a magnificent job of tying in sight by exposing both characters' blindness when it comes to how they see people and situations within their lives. As you read Not by Sight I hope that as you witness Jack and Grace seeing things clearly, you'll be able to open your own eyes to people and situations in your own life that you've been blind to.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

By now it should come as no surprise that the latest Colleen Coble book is a hit with me. Mermaid Moon is an intricate mix of romance and suspense with neither element overshadowing the other. In my opinion, it takes a truly talented writer to weave together romance and suspense without one being a weaker part of the story than the other. While this is the second book in the Sunset Cove series it is a stand alone novel but if I were you I'd read the first one (Inn at Ocean's Edge) just because it contains its own jaw-dropping element of surprise that you don't want to miss.

In Mermaid Moon, Mallory and Kevin are the two main characters with a history that dates back to their youth. Although Mallory has stayed away from her hometown for over fifteen years she can't help but rush back after her father's mysterious death. As with Colleen Coble's other books, this is when things get exciting. The more that Mallory and Kevin learn, the more dangerous it becomes for both Mallory and her daughter Haylie. If you're like me, you'll think you've figured this one out but then Colleen Coble will surprise you. I hope you enjoy this book and are looking forward to the third book in the series (Twilight at Blueberry Barrens) that should be out later this year!

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Mermaid Moon (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Mallory's mother died fifteen years ago. But her father's last words on the phone were unmistakable: "Find . . . mother."

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O'Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart---and left---without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life---and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie---their search intensifies. There's a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father's killer---it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

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About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.

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To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

In Regina Jennings' most recent historical fiction novel she does an excellent job of writing the characters in a way that at times you love them, get mad at them, or your heart aches for them. I'm not sure why but I imagined so much of what takes place in Missouri to mimic Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie. That was one of my favorite shows as a girl so at several points in the book I felt like I already knew an area they were traveling to. As far as the story itself goes the romance plays a secondary role to the suspense in my mind. I was curious about so many things from the very first chapter and rather than reveal too much at once the story doles out bits and pieces here and there that bring answers over time.

When a painting is mistakenly auctioned off at the Wimplegate's Auction House in Boston Miranda's grandfather purchases the auction house in Missouri where the painting was supposedly sent after purchase. Unwilling to let him travel alone and wishing to escape her cousin Cornelius and his marriage proposals, Miranda accompanies her grandfather to Missouri to retrieve the painting. When they discover they've purchased a livestock auction barn I literally laughed. Having introduced more than one "city person" to cows myself I was expecting the reaction to the smells. Nonetheless I still had to laugh at how appalled they were initially. Wyatt, the auction barn manager, finds humor in the Wimplegate's lack of cattle experience but is remarkably patient helping them acclimate to how these auctions differ from what they are used to back in Boston. It's impossible not to root for Wyatt and Miranda but will their differences be too great to overcome? Can Miranda help her grandfather recover the painting and save their family business?

I I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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At Love's Bidding (Bethany House, December 2015)

She sells priceless antiques. He sells livestock by the pound. Is he really the man to make a bid for her heart?

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.

Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count---but no mysterious painting---Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

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About the author: 

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

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After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family's business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings' At Love's Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

Join Regina in celebrating the release of At Love's Bidding by entering to win her Cozy Winter Night giveaway and RSVPing to her January 5th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive everything you need for a cozy winter night:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 1/5. The winner will be announced at the At Love's Bidding Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Regina and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Legend by Eric Blehm

Every so often there's a book I read that I think about for months and even years afterward. One of those is Fearless by Eric Blehm and now I can add Legend to that list. Before I began reading this book I knew I had a very limited knowledge of the Vietnam War so I was anxious to read this and learn more. What I took away from the story of Roy Benavidez and the events that transpired on May 2, 1968, are so much more than dates and facts but rather experiences and stories that truly made this man a legend. While the author does cover Roy's entire life the main part of the book surrounds one day's events and what he did to save the lives of those surrounded by the enemy in the jungles of Cambodia, a country where we supposedly did not have American troops. Roy's actions were nothing less than heroic and practically unbelievable considering the wounds he himself had sustained. Unfortunately it took years for him to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor which he undoubtedly deserved much sooner. What I love about Legend is that the author takes the time to make you feel like you know all the other people involved that day. This makes the book painful at times but it's a truly gifted writer that can evoke such emotions from the reader. I found myself nervous for the crews flying overhead trying to protect their men on the ground, heartbroken over those who didn't make it out that day, and guilt for how these men were treated when they arrived home. Once I finished the book I had tears streaming down my face and I couldn't help but cry again later as I recounted to my husband and then my mother why I loved this book so much.

There were several quotes from the book that I wanted to share but I'll only share a couple that I found particularly moving:

"The one good thing about this place, you sure learn not to take anything for granted. Not anything." -Larry McKibben

"Today I go to the airport and see strangers shaking the hands of men and women in uniform, and it makes me smile. I don't think those people necessarily believe in the politics of our current wars, they just know this young man or woman is serving his country. That was all we did in Vietnam. I'll say it again: I'm proud of my service."
-Pete Gailis

I can promise you that after reading this book you won't look at this period of our nation's history the same way and I'd be willing to bet it may alter your view of the struggles our Vietnam veterans still have today. Get your tissues out and prepare to be moved by the story of Roy Benavidez, a true American legend.

If you'd like to read more about the book you can do so here and if you want to learn more about Eric Blehm you can do that here. After reading Fearless and Legend I can't wait to get my hands on his other books!

I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Reveal

Thank you to the lovely ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps for organizing this! Just to recap: you send 3 books and receive 3 books. They should be:

  • a book off their wishlist
  • a book you've read and loved
  • a book you haven't read but think they will enjoy
I was paired with  Ashli at Faithfully Moonstruck. Since everything arrived via Amazon I wasn't sure which tag went with which book but here's what I received:
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
  • cute magnetic bookmarks!

I love that all the books are centered around WWII because I enjoy historical fiction from that time period! I have learned that I need to do a better job of updating my wishlist (I snagged All the Light We Cannot See at the thrift store for $1 last week!) and I probably need to make a shelf of books I own since I do already have The Book Thief. However, I haven't read any of these three so I am excited to take a month and focus on WWII historical fiction. I have so many great books set during this time that I've been wanting to read for ages.

Thank you again to Chaotic Goddess Swaps and Ashli at Faithfully Moonstruck! This was a lot of fun!