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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Rise of Miss Notley By Rachael Anderson- Book Blast and $50 Giveaway

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{The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson}

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?


{Excerpt}
Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.
Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. “What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?”
Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, “Why have you hired me, sir?”
He blinked a few times before frowning. “I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?”
This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. “Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . .” How did one put this delicately?
“About . . .?” he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.
“About the reasons I have been offered the position,” she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.
Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. “What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?”
“You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do,” she said. “While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . .” Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.
“Beautiful?” he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.
“I was going to say not repulsive,” she fibbed.
“Very well,” he said. “Even though you are young and not repulsive . . .” He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.
Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. “I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer.” Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.
“I see.” He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. “Have I made any improper advances towards you?”
“No, sir.”
“Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?”
“No.”
“Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?”
“No.” Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?
“Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?”
“I, er, would rather not say, sir.” Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd’s names into the conversation. “I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear.”
“And you have.”
“Good.” Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. “I shall go and find Watts now.”
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. “Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation.”
Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. “I never scuttle, sir.”
“What would you call that rapid walk of yours?”
“A rapid walk.”



Rachael 
{Author Rachael Anderson}
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Soulstealer's Child By Brandon Gray-YA Fantasy Book Review




{Product Details}

  • Title: The Soulstealer's Child
  • Author: Brandon Gray
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Mockingbird Cottage Press (November 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0DYFQA
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Details}

 Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?

When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring
to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child.

Sixteen years later, an attractive but awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he
joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.

Can they overcome who they were born to be, or will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the other to survive?

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{Excerpt}
James walked across the balcony. He gestured and the the French doors flew open. Thick mist crept inside, silent tendrils slithering across the floor of the bedroom.
Lucinda lay still on her bed, almost glowing in a brilliant white nightgown. Her fire-gold hair spilled all over the bed, framing her small, pale face.
I have hunted you for a very long time, James thought. And now here you are, alone and asleep.
Lucinda’s eyes fluttered, and James froze. When he felt sure she was asleep, he wrapped his black cloak around him and glided towards the bed. At last, it was time to savor the sweetness of her soul.
Beneath him, Lucinda’s chest rose, then fell in a relaxed, unconscious rhythm. He almost laughed aloud as the triumph welled inside him. And yet, deep down, he felt a tiny pang of regret. She was so beautiful. So peaceful. Like a slumbering angel.
He pushed aside the lingering doubts that flowed from his remaining tatters of humanity. Your soul will be mine.
Shivering with excitement, James bent over her bed, moving fast enough that his black curls fell across his face. He bared his fangs, hovering close enough to smell the sweet scent of her hair, her spicy perfume. Close enough to feel the warm breath wafting between her full, red lips. Close enough to devour her soul.
Lucinda’s eyes flicked open and met his. Dark emeralds, they glowed all the brighter against the pale silk of her skin.
A silent cry parted her lips and her eyes flared wide open, pupils darting back and forth. As confusion resolved into recognition, her eyes met his. The air between them seemed to crackle. A warm current shot from her eyes to his, and James felt a jolt somewhere inside.
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{My Review}
Angels vs. Demons has been a big thing in literature the past few years. This everlasting battle between good and evil always makes for an interesting story. In The Soulstealer's Child, we have this battle going on first in another world that then switches to Earth. 

The book starts with huge action scenes that pull the reader in instantly. The book is divided into four parts, some with more action than others. After Part One that almost has non-stop action, Part Two goes into a slower section where the two main characters are introduced, who happen to be high school students. We get to know James and Lucinda whose attraction to each other seems ethereal, which indeed turns out to be exactly that. Without giving it away, one is the child of the royal Queen of the Seraphs, where the other is the child of a demon and a human. Soon their attraction turns volatile and they are on the run from the demons who have entered our world.

This book is full of supernatural things and also things that keep the reader guessing. There is a lot of teenage angst, so be forewarned if you don't like that sort of thing. This book has two teens that are plunged into an adventure where they "thought" they were normal, but soon find out they are anything "But" normal. I liked the way the author has James and Lucinda grow up and learn to love and take care of others beside themselves. They also get a huge dose of humility and sacrifice as the story continues. Kudos to the author for writing such great parents for both James and Lucinda. They are portrayed as normal, loving parents that would do, and will do everything in their power to help their children. So often in YA books we don't see parents like this and it was very refreshing to me. 

Overall, readers of fantasy, the supernatural and anything having to do with battles between Angels and Demons will like reading The Soulstealer's Child. The author has said on Goodreads that there will be another book in this series to help resolve the story because it was left with a little cliffhanger. I'll be anxiously waiting to read what happens to James and Lucy.

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{Meet Author: Brandon Gray}

Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.





Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cover Reveal and $25 Giveaway for The Splash of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson




Coming August 2017 from USA Today bestselling 
author Rachael Anderson....
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The Splash of Lady Harriett
When wills clash and hearts collide, who will come away victorious?
 


Rachael{Author Rachael Anderson}
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal for LOVE REMAINS by Sarah M. Eden

I love reading any new novel by Author Sarah M. Eden. It's exciting to be part of the cover reveal for her new novel. Here's the official announcement...

From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Cecily faces a dark, uncertain future. Tavish is haunted by his painful, anguished past. Fate has brought them together in a world determined to tear them apart.
 
So here it is...........
 

Release date September 5, 2017.

{About Sarah}

(c) Annalisa Photography
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski. 

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

Breach of Trust: A Novel of Suspense by Kathi Oram Peterson-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

{Product Details}

  • Title: Breach of Trust: A Novel of Suspense
  • Author: Kathi Oram Peterson
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (February 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Mystery-Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524400629
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review



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  {Book Description}
 Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors.

{Four years later} . . .
On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It's the woman he's been looking for and dreaming about for so long.
After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.

{My Review}
Breach of Trust was gripping from the first three pages. Once you start reading this book, good luck putting it down. Sleep goes out the window as you become enthralled in the world of political conspiracy, blackmail and the ravages of war and PTSD.

This novel is about decorated war hero, Cooper Lane, who goes from happiness serving her country and marrying her husband Tom and giving birth to a baby daughter, to her life exploding in a ball of fire where she is presumed dead in Afghanistan. After living there four years under cover, saved by locals, she is rescued by Navy Seal Axe Talbot. Once she comes home she hopes for peace, but there won't be any of that for Cooper. One thing after another happens that drops Cooper and Axe into a series of threats and mysteries, where they only have days to solve the mayhem they've landed in.

I've read most of the books Kathi Oram Peterson has written and this book is one of the best. This tale is written with intense rounds of action and intrigue. The story is also brilliantly told in flashbacks from scenes of war and is woven into present day happenings. As Cooper and Axe try to figure out the messy business that has become her life, their feelings for each other come to the surface.

This novel will not only entertain you, but also pull you into the story and you'll feel like your watching a movie. The main characters are real and endearing and win you over from the start. Readers will be captivated until the last chapter as they, along with Cooper and Axe, try to unravel the great web of deceit found within the pages of Breach of Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and happily give it 5 stars*****!

{Meet Author-Kathi Oram Peterson}

Kathi Oram Peterson was born in a small town in Idaho. Since childhood, she has loved reading and writing stories. After raising her family, she put her writing on hold to earn a BA in English and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, she worked for a curriculum publisher writing and editing concept and biography books for children. Her first published novel was a young adult time travel titled, The Forgotten Warrior, released in 2009. Her best-selling Christmas book, An Angel on Main Street, was published later that year. In 2010, The Stone Traveler, another YA time travel was published. Her first romantic suspense, River Whispers, was released in 2011. Cold Justice, a sequel to River Whispers, was published in 2012. Wanted was published in 2013. Deceived in 2014.  Star Struck was released in February of 2016. Her latest novel, Breach of Trust, was released February 2017.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Blitz and Giveaway for The Essence of Courage by Lynn U. Watson





 As women, we encounter multiple challenges, while simultaneously wearing
many hats. We need courage to face our challenges and commitments. In Song
of Solomon 4, Solomon ascribes the essences of his locked garden to the
courageous woman he has taken as his wife. This inspirational study will
provide an opportunity for you to discover:

• The secrets of the fruit, spices, and essential oils in Solomon’s locked garden.

• A deeper meaning of these fruits, spices and essential oil essences in Scripture by studying different women in the Bible.

• How others learn through their struggles and triumphs when you meet Cinnamah-Brosia and the women with whom she does life.

• Encouragement to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the essence of courage in your heart.

• Fun facts about the spices and essential oils, along with ways for you to
enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.



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Pulled reluctantly into women’s ministry nearly four decades ago, Lynn Watson now treasures the opportunities that were provided to lead, encourage and mentor women through relationships and Bible studies. She wrote a few of the studies, too. Drawing from those experiences, along with years serving others professionally in the complementary healthcare field and her love for essential oils, Lynn delights in bringing her readers freshly inspired insights drawn from and focused on the many fruits, plants, oils, and spices mentioned in God’s Word. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their
home is filled with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.




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Top Ten List:

        1.    Baking bread from freshly milled grain has become a bi-weekly ritual in our home. The aroma, the taste, and the nutritional value are impossible to beat.
2.    Weather permitting, a friend and I enjoy early morning bike rides. Gloria is my tangerine cruiser. She sports a 1970’s vintage leather purse for carrying little things like my phone.
3.    A queen at the age of 5, I also had two princesses to attend me. The local businessmen in our community held a parade. My dad and grandfather owned a construction company. My doll house sat on the float with us. A banner proudly announced, “We Build Homes Fit for a Queen.”
4.    My grandmother had a vintage stove in her basement just for making fresh donuts. I loved to help, but my grandfather and I were often accused of eating donuts faster than we helped make them.
5.    For my 60th birthday my husband gifted me a hot air balloon ride. It was a dream come true around my 61st birthday when we finally experienced the adventure!
6.    I love chocolate!
7.    Between kindergarten and high school graduation, I attended 16 different schools.
8.    For a costume party once as a child, I dressed as an organ grinder accompanied by my well loved sock monkey. 
9.    There's little sun in my yard for growing veggies, but I always have an herb garden.
10. K-LOVE is my favorite radio station.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Blast and $50 Giveaway for Sketchy Tacos By Meg D. Gonzalez

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Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez 
Teenage artist Mila Gulick travels to Mexico to get away from warring influences and find herself. But life in the land of tacos is a far cry from her sheltered life back home. Mila must find the courage to step out from behind her sketchbook and get to know the people and culture around her. While her host family and the two boys vying for her interest are nothing but smiles, all may not be as it seems. Soon Mila is questioning her choices and the beliefs she’s held dear. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in disaster or will she find the strength for which she’s been searching?  
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 Praise for the Book "This modern coming-of-age story has it all - humor, heart, genuine characters, and spiritual depth. I highly recommend it to teen readers.” - Krista McGee, Inspy Award winning author of First Date and Starring Me "Meg D. Gonzalez gives us a vivid look at life for an American teenager in Mexico and an even clearer picture of what happens when you decide to embrace who God made you to be. No matter what. Great first novel. Great read." - Nancy Rue, Christy Award winning author of the Real Life series add to goodreads
Excerpt: Leaning forward, I hide my hot cheeks behind a veil of wavy, brown hair Rosa somehow coaxed straight. As he pushes my bangs behind my ear, his fingertips brush my skin. I suppress a shiver. His hand lingers behind my neck. Lightning skitters across my skin. “QuĂ© bonita,” he murmurs, leaning forward. Pretty. He called me pretty. Is this for real? With a slight sway, I find myself closing the distance. My body reacts to instincts I didn’t know I possessed. Then I freeze. What if I’m a horrible kisser? Rosa’s friends are a chatty group. What if I’m terrible, and I turn into the laughing stock of her entire social circle? I’d be alone the rest of the summer. Or I’d have to flee the country and return to Mom. I swing away. “What’s wrong?” His breath tickles my nose, minty fresh. “Nothing.” Heat flames from my forehead to my fingertips. Think. Think! Come up with something coy, something cute. My chin raises. I quirk one corner of my lips. “I’m just not that easy.” with me.” She whispered, “It’s magical, isn’t it?”    
 
MegAuthor Meg D. Gonzalez Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome young women around the globe. She started her first novel at the age of fourteen (it will never see the light of day and that’s best for everyone), but her writing really came alive two years ago after she moved to Mexico. The crazy, wonderful people and culture she encountered inspired the story of Sketchy Tacos. When she’s not writing, she’s learning to play video games with her husband (she’s horrible), taking hikes in beautiful parks with her pug Pascal, crocheting, and watching way too much TV.
  amazon paypalBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/5/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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