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The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Codes of Courage {An Heirs of Falcon Point Historical Novel} By A.L. Sowards-Historical Fiction Book Review

 Book Summary

1940: Austrian refugee Karl Lang has lost everything—his country, his home, and his family. All that is left to him is a burning ambition to see the Nazis defeated. Desperate for work and a way to help the war effort, he finds the one place that will take a refugee like him: a supply steamer traversing a deadly path past enemy U-boats.

Since their first meeting, Millie Stevens has felt an undeniable connection to Karl. As the war rages, she shares his determination to oppose the Nazis and finds work at the British codebreaking center at Bletchley Park. There she uses all her intellect and determination to break German codes and read U-boat transmissions—or risk losing the man she loves.

Rolf Denhart will do anything to defend the Fatherland, including long patrols in a cramped U-boat. But rumors from Germany leave him uneasy, forcing a choice between loyalty to his homeland, the safety of his family, and his peace of conscience.

In the midst of war, three lives are woven together to create an epic tapestry of love and loss, joy and pain, sacrifice and courage.

Book Details

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 152442403X
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 10, 2023
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1524424039
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.**

My Review

Author A.L. Sowards has written some of my favorite historical fiction novels in the past few years. Codes of Courage is another heart-stopping novel that takes place during World War II. The same characters we met in 'Heirs of Falcon Point' are in this novel too. Please read that book first that establishes the characters and their personal motivations. Readers are given an in-depth look at some of those who were affected by this war. We get the POVs of Rolf a German soldier assigned to a German Uboat, Lars who fights for the Allies on a British ship, Lar's girlfriend Millie who is a codebreaker in England, and we also get insight into Rolf's wife who has just given birth to their first child. The emotional impact of war is clearly shown and it's hard not to be moved. 

As most reviewers will tell you, Sowards does impeccable research for her historical fiction books. I also learned so many new things about that time period and previously unknown facts, especially having to do with the codebreaking. 

During World War II, Germany believed that its secret codes for radio messages were indecipherable to the Allies. However, the meticulous work of code breakers based at Britain's Bletchley Park, where the character Millie worked, cracked the secrets of German wartime communication, and played a crucial role in the final defeat of Germany.

There is a lot of suspense as the fighting takes place in the ocean where Karl and Rolf are. It really rattled my nerves at how many close calls there were for both men. There were several shocking things that happened in this novel that caused me anxiety and also brought me to tears.

In the end, it showed how being courageous saved many lives and impacted so many others even years later. I love Codes of Courage and once again I have been thoroughly amazed at A. L. Soward's writing skills and her ability to write an engrossing novel.  

****Meet Author A.L. Sowards****

I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My stories include a Whitney Award winner, several Whitney finalists, and a Gold Medal winner in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.

I'm a wife and a mother of three, and I've called Washington State, Utah, and Alaska home. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Royals, Rogues, and Dragons Arise: Book 3 The Chronicles of Aarastad By Micah Swanson Harris-Fantasy Book Review

 Book Summary

"Cry 'Dragon' and let loose the leviathans of war!"

If you like character-driven fantasy, then this adventure in The Chronicles of Aarastad is for you.
Queen Freyja Ifguter takes the throne at last. But little bodes well for her new reign.
Ice dragons are stirring in the east...nations conspire against her...
And no one is safe as the vigilante Wurger Mendicant invades the palace itself!
The masked man is her exiled lover, secretly returned to settle old scores but dangerously positioning himself as the sworn enemy of the queen, the woman dearer to him than life itself.

Lust, love, and revenge drive the adventure as the Agents of the Rune Stone Ring trilogy reaches an action-filled finale that can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

On the Agents of the Rune Stone Ring Trilogy and author Micah Swanson
"...Witty banter...multi-layered characters..." -- Akita Shukla, Reedsy Discovery.

"True surprise in storytelling is rare...and always welcome." -- Mark Schultz, artist of The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian.

"An...experience that leaves you wanting more." -- Richard Dominguez, Goodreads .

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minor Profit Press (May 21, 2023)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 381 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8988345305
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

The title of this novel truly is an introduction to what to expect in this book. The thing that got me was the word "Dragons" in the title. The story takes place in an alternative 19th-century Europe. The story is told in first person by Ambrose Daius, "Kai" Aurelianus where he is telling his history as well as the history of the kingdom of AArastad.You get a rare insight into what is happening from this character. He's come a long way since book one when he was just a scholar and a poet to finding a much grander role in life.

There is so much happening in this 360+ page book. The novel is broken into three books.

-Book 1: Summer of the Winter Queen

-Book 2: The Flames of Intrigue: The Frost of Dragons

-Book 3:The Autumn of Nations: The Leviathans of War

Surprisingly this book is full of humor as can be seen from just looking at the chapter titles such as 

  • All My Sins Remembered
  • Ladies (Lying) In (Wait)ing
  • A Sticky Wicket Indeed
  •  A Woman's Vanity...Glass
  • Dragons on Parade
One scene that had me laughing was between the "hero"
and Sonya as they shared a kiss.

    When she had finished, she stepped back, her cheeks warm and her breath short as she straightened her blouse. "And I," she said "have wondered about that...ever since the moment that I first met you."

"Sonya," I said and pointed at her, "this could be the beginning of a lovely relationship."

"Hardly," she sniffed, lifting her chin."Even if you don't get yourself killed. my curiosity is now satisfied. I am done with you sir."

"Yes, well, that's what your mouth is saying right now. But a minute ago? Your lips were saying, 'This is kissing I've been missing'.

Her eyebrows lifted as the red in her face deepened to a shade beyond that of the rouge on her face. She stomped her foot. "Why you uncouth, presumptuous, sir, are a troll!"

"And you, madame, are a gruff...a nanny goat."

"Baaaah!" she said and stuck her tongue out at me.

There are many scenes that are funny and have such quirky humor. There is also just as much drama and action too.


If you like High Fantasy and Adventure, then Royals, Rogues, and Dragons Arise: Book 3 The Chronicles of Aarastad is what you're looking for. Even though this is the third book, you still can enjoy this novel as a standalone, but it's always better when reading a series to read the books in the order written. 

****Meet Author Micah Swanson Harris****

Micah S. Harris is an award-winning author whose work has been published in the United States, France, and Italy.

With comics artist Michael Gaydos (Marvel's Jessica Jones) he created the graphic novel Heaven’s War.

His prose fiction Ravenwood, the Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa won the Pulp Ark Award for best novel of 2016.

His latest novels, Portrait of a Snow Queen and Portrait of a Winter Court, focus on an icy princess, one fated to rule but possessed by the Snow Queen, and the royal tutor who loves her. "Witty banter," says Reedsy Discovery of this fantasy.

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

The Medusa Murders by Joy Ann Ribar-Mystery/Crime Book Review

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The Medusa Murders

by Joy Ann Ribar

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The Medusa Murders by Joy Ann Ribar


Professor Bay Browning has more snake problems than the Garden of Eden in this twisted mystery. The English Literature instructor is busy preparing for a new semester when a serial killer, known as Medusa, bites her quiet life in the behind.

A wild ride ensues when Bay and her grifter sister, Cass, assist a perturbed Detective Downing with the investigation. What else can the sisters do, once they become Medusa’s targets? Will the slithering trail of mythology, art history, and family secrets help them catch a killer before she turns them to stone?

Praise for The Medusa Murders:

"This first-in-series held me captive on the edge of my seat where I frantically turned the pages of this intricately crafted story, desperate to solve the mystery. And, oh, what a revelation it is!"
~ Laurie Buchanan, author of the Sean McPherson crime thriller novels

"A gritty and intense mystery that grabs you and won’t let go until the end. The personal relationships are complex, just like many in real life, and the familial drama pulls you in."
Kelly Young, author of A Travel Writer mystery series and Haunted and Harassed paranormal mystery series

"Ribar effectively wraps mythology, academia, archeology, and a touch of paranormal phenomena together to produce a more than satisfying read. Looking forward to spending more time with Bay."
~ Debra H. Goldstein, author of The Sarah Blair Mysteries

"A well-written, fast-paced and vibrant debut novel.
A highly recommended new series."
~ Christine DeSmet, writing coach and author of The Fudge Shop Mystery series and Mischief in Moonstone series

Book Details:

Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Mystery, Crime
Published by: Wine Glass Press
Publication Date: November 2023
Number of Pages: 316
ISBN: 9781959078203
Series: Bay Browning Mysteries,
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****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.**** 

My Review

I was first intrigued by the title of this book. Greek Mythology has always been so fascinating to me and mixed in with a mystery, this made the perfect pairing.

The Medusa Murders was a hard-to-put-down book for me. I loved so many of the characters and they are written so detailed and unique that you can easily picture them in your mind. At first main character Bay Browning is hard to get to know and she's very closed off. I loved how as she opened up her heart to her sister Cass and Detective Downing, she became a more vibrant and interesting character. At first, you think she lives a boring, colorless life as a college professor. Man, that changes pretty fast as a murder mystery pulls her in and she can't escape. I kind of laughed as Bay wrote down so many details of the mystery they were trying to figure out. I laughed because I was sitting there writing down details to keep everything straight that they were finding.

The best thing about this book is that the Medusa Murderer is not found until almost the very end. I had my suspicions about so many people. Of course, I was way off track so kudos to Author Joy Ann Ribar. There was a lot of action, spine-tingling suspense, and plain-out bizarre happenings. This was a delightful book and I was excited to see it's the first book in a new series. This book needs to be read by people who love a fast-paced, intense, and crime-filled mystery. I know I'll be waiting with anticipation for book two coming out next year.

Read an excerpt:

Back at the parking space, Bay opened the passenger door and looked at the white particles in brighter light. They were sprinkled like powdered sugar over the right side of the back seat, directly underneath the bag of clothes Bay had gone through last night. She felt certain the particles must have come from the lululemon coat pocket. She remembered seeing Detective Harris turn the pocket inside out over one of the evidence bags. Had there been feathers in either of the pockets?

The empty parking lot at Giorgio’s put a smile on Bay’s face when she parked the Subaru a few minutes later. She was impatient to get to the bottom of the dry-cleaning mix-up and anxious to shake some details out of Giorgio. She could see him standing behind the customer counter, grooming his dark slicked-back hair and straightening his blue and white polo shirt that matched the building.

“Good morning, L.L. I see you have nothing in your hands, so what can I do for you today?” Giorgio’s velvety voice was smoother than grease.

“Cut the crap, Giorgio. You know why I’m here. Obviously, you sent the police to see me about my lululemon. What’s the story?” Bay frowned and her dark eyes narrowed.

Giorgio backed away as if Bay might punch him, marring his handsome face. He was Stasia’s youngest brother, probably around Bay’s age. Bay had learned more Andino family facts than she cared to after attending the mandatory gatherings at Stasia’s home the past year.

He held up both hands, placatingly. “I’ll tell you what I know, which isn’t much. My niece, Aria, was working on the day of the mix-up. She’s in back. I’ll go get her.”

“Get my lululemon, too, while you’re back there.” Might as well kill two birds as they say.

Aria was short and pretty with wide dark eyes and thick black hair pulled into a neat bun on top of her head. She wore the same blue and white polo over hospital-style light blue pants. Bay guessed she was barely out of high school. What was that expression: fear or guilt on Aria’s face?

“Good morning, Professor Browning. My uncle is looking for your raincoat.” Aria didn’t look Bay in the eyes.

Dialing down from accusatory to neutral tone, Bay began her questions. “I understand you were working when my lululemon was switched with the one the police confiscated.” No point in lollygagging her way to the matter at hand.

Aria looked down at her fingers, which were drumming methodically on the counter as if playing a tune on a piano. One hand stopped while the other slowed to a quiet tapping. “Yes. There were three other coats almost identical to yours when he brought in the one the police were after.”

Bay registered the information. “Who is he that brought the coat in, please?” The girl seemed quite fragile, so kid gloves were in order for this interrogation. Bay was accustomed to communicating with students Aria’s age, and she knew the best methods for building trust and rapport.

The finger tapping continued at a leisurely pace. Bay could almost pick out a rhumba beat. Aria continued to focus on her fingers, not looking up.

“He said his name was Chance.” She closed her eyes, conjuring his image. “He was wearing a black hoodie but took the hood off to talk to me. He had short dreadlocks swept up to one side and had smart glasses on. You know, his glasses made him look smart.” She smiled, caught up in the memory.

It was clear to Bay the boy had charmed Aria, and just maybe she would do anything for him. “Did Chance ask you for a favor, Aria?”

She blushed, then turned a deep red. “He used me…” She choked back tears.

“Yeah, boys are scum,” Bay empathized, glaring at Giorgio who had emerged from the back room empty-handed.

The finger tapping quickened as the incident unfolded, from a waltz to a cha-cha, Aria’s eyes remained closed during the telling. “He asked me if people brought their expensive clothing here. Like could we be trusted with their stuff, you know. He said he had his mom’s lululemon, and he was kind of flirting with me.” She paused, thinking.

“I told him we had three of those same coats in the back right now, and they were already cleaned and ready to pick up. I offered to show him, so he would know he could leave his mom’s coat here.”

Aria stopped tapping and looked at Bay’s face where empathy greeted her like a warm embrace. “I didn’t know Chance wanted to swap coats until he asked if I could swap one of the clean coats for his mother’s dirty one.” I figured that he was responsible for getting it dirty, and he didn’t want her to know about it.

“So, you randomly chose my coat and made the switch.” Bay wanted to sound helpful by filling in details, so Aria’s head shake surprised her.

“No. That’s when things got weird. He asked me if we had L.L. Browning’s coat. He specifically wanted to trade his coat for yours.”

Giorgio interrupted his niece, casting a warning look with shifty eyes.

Bay couldn’t be fooled. “Why didn’t you call me Friday to let me know about the switch or the police? You knew they were coming to question me.” She darted daggers at Giorgio, who winced and backed away.

“I didn’t think you were in danger, or I would have called you. How could I know that the lululemon was murder evidence?


Excerpt from The Medusa Murders by Joy Ann Ribar. Copyright 2023 by Joy Ann Ribar. Reproduced with permission from Joy Ann Ribar. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:

Joy Ann Ribar

Joy Ann Ribar is an RV author, writing on the road wherever her husband and their Winnebago View wanders. Joy’s cocktail of careers includes news reporter, paralegal, English educator, and aquaponics greenhouse technician, all of which prove useful in penning mysteries. She loves to bake, read, do wine research, and explore nature. Joy’s writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons, natural beauty, and kind-hearted, but sometimes quirky, people.
Joy holds a BA in Journalism from UW-Madison and an MS in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Blackbird Writers, and Wisconsin Writers Association.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

From an Unknown Sender by Traci Hunter Abramson & Sian Ann Bessey-Suspense Book Review

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for From an Unknown Sender 

by Traci Hunter Abramson & Sian Ann Bessey, 

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About the Book

From an Unknown Sender

Title: From an Unknown Sender
Falcon Point Suspense #2
Traci Hunter Abramson & Sian Ann Bessey
Covenant Communications
Release Date:
November 21, 2023
Clean Suspense

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

After spending a busy holiday season putting drug smugglers behind bars, CIA operative Cole Bridger is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas in Vienna with his girlfriend and fellow operative, Isabelle Roberts. But when Isabelle is tasked with investigating a string of suspect financial transactions and redirects a suspicious package to a museum in Amsterdam, she inadvertently places Cole’s cousins in the crosshairs of a drug smuggling ring. 

Lars and Marit have no desire to be drawn into the deadly dealings of the criminal underworld, but when Lars’s sister, Tess’s, life is placed in danger, they willingly join Cole and Isabelle in their efforts to uncover the mastermind behind the drug smuggling ring. Unfortunately, the two couples’ involvement does not go unnoticed. And though each step brings them closer to the truth, they also reveal a startling picture of greed and corruption at the center of a dangerous organization that will stop at nothing to retrieve what it has lost.

My Review:

The series "Falcon Point Suspense" is one that I always jump at the chance to read. The first two books in the series were amazing and From an Unknown Sender can be described the same way. Traci Hunter Abramson and Sian Ann Bessey are so in tune, you never know who has written a particular chapter. Both of them are fantastic writers and each has written so many books. There is also a historical part of the series that A.L. Sowards has written called Codes of Courage. That review will be coming soon.

It's great to be back with characters that you feel you know. Cole and his girlfriend Isabelle and Lars with his girlfriend Marit. Surprisingly they all play a huge role in this novel. We also get better insight into their personalities and their relationships with their significant others. The romance is nice but it's not the main part of the story.

From an Unknow Sender is full of action and mystery from the beginning of the novel. It was great how the plot unfolded as the story went along. The suspense aspect is off the charts too. The mystery involves a drug trafficking ring, who is behind it, and who committed a vicious murder. Readers are kept on their toes in anticipation as they watch and try to solve the mysteries alongside the characters.  There are many chase scenes, shootouts, boat racing, and yummy food eaten. It was also fascinating to have the POV of one of the bad guys. I liked having this additional insight.

If you like a good mystery suspense novel, this book and series was written for you. The non-stop action was not only entertaining but kept you breathless until the very end. This could be read as a standalone but trust me, read the book in order of how they were written. You will have a more rich and connective experience if you do. 


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About the Authors

Traci Hunter Abramson  Sian Ann Bessy

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She loves to travel and recently retired after twenty-six years coaching her local high school swim team. She has written forty-five best-selling novels and is an eight-time Whitney Award winner, including 2017 and 2019 Best Novel of the Year.

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Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the US, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a minor in English. She began her writing career as a student, publishing several articles in magazines while still in college. Since then, she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today best-selling author, a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.

Sian and her husband, Kent, are the parents of five children and the grandparents of three beautiful girls and two handsome boys. They currently live in southeast Idaho, and although Sian doesn’t have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch still rolls off her tongue. Traveling, reading, cooking, and being with her grandchildren are some of Sian’s favorite activities. She also loves hearing from her readers. 

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Knowing You by Tracie Peterson-Christian Historical Romance Review

Knowing You JustRead Takeover Blitz

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by Tracie Peterson hosted 

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About the Book

Knowing You Title: Knowing You 
Series: Pictures of the Heart #3 
Author: Tracie Peterson 
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
Release Date: November 7, 2023 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.**** 

Could a captivating art exhibit hold the key to truth--and love? 

Budding artist May Parker is captivated by the Japanese exhibits at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and longs to know more about her mother's heritage--which her mother refuses to speak of because of the heartache she left behind in Japan. Wanting to experience more of the exhibits, May works as a Camera Girl--but her curiosity leads her into danger when a suit of samurai armor becomes the target of an elusive art forger. 

After ten years apart, May is reunited with her childhood friend Lee Munro, a police detective assigned to keep a watchful eye on the exposition. Their friendship immediately begins to blossom with hints of something more, but when they become entangled in a dangerous heist involving the samurai armor and their love is threatened, can they overcome the odds against them?

My Review
Knowing You is my first time reading a novel by Tracie Peterson. This Christian Historical Romance held so many great messages for readers as well as telling a wonderful story. The themes of lasting friendship, forgiveness, being nonjudgmental, hope, and of course, love were throughout the book. 

The main characters artist May Parker and her childhood friend Detective Lee Munro went ten years without seeing each other. The Munro family had left the neighborhood because of "too many Asians" around them according to Lee's parents. Being this book takes place in 1909 many prejudices were alive and very strong. May's father is white and her mother is Japanese. Racism is a major topic in this novel as it touches many lives.

 When May and Lee run into each other at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, their friendship is renewed as if they hadn't seen each other for ten years. I loved how not only was this novel about love and romance, but it also held a mystery, a well-planned heist, beautiful descriptions of Japanese culture, and a lot of danger for May and Lee. This story shows many spiritual qualities of a Christian as the couple tries to win over Lee's family with kindness, forgiveness, and prayer.

There were so many aspects to enjoy as I read Knowing You, from the suspense to the family drama, and keeping hope alive for many of the characters in the story. If you love reading Christian Historical Romance, then you will love Knowing You and Author Tracie Peterson.


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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling author of more than 100 novels, both historical and contemporary, with more than 6 million copies sold. She has won the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Witnesses of Christmas: A Musical Journey Through the Nativity of Jesus the Christ by Jason F. Wright-Christmas Book Review

 Book Summary

A new Nativity experience for families to read and perform as a sing-along of beloved Christmas carols with text by New York Times best-selling author, creator and speaker Jason F. Wright and music by Grammy-nominated, Billboard No. 1 performer and recording artist Jenny Oaks Baker, "America's Violinist"™.

Told in two parts, the book begins with an adaptation of the narration and music from the stage production of Joy to the A Sacred Celebration by Jason F. Wright and Jenny Oaks Baker. In it, a shepherd named David takes us on a sacred journey that celebrates the Nativity through beloved carols and scriptures. The text can be read alone or used as a script for performances with family, friends, book clubs, or church groups. Sheet music to beloved Christmas carols is accompanied by QR codes of instrumental audio tracks performed by Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four.

Part two of the book invites readers to become witnesses of Christ by adopting five of His attributes (benevolence, forgiveness, patience, prayerfulness, and faith), each accompanied by timeless wisdom and thought-provoking insights by New York Times best-selling author Jason F. Wright and supported by scriptural passages. Wright also includes five true stories of people who have embraced each of these attributes. For example, one woman used Jesus's attribute of forgiveness to reconnect with her absent mother, resulting in a heart-warming miracle for both mother and daughter.

This large-format, full-color, illustrated Christmas gift book is a must-have holiday keepsake for music lovers.

Book Details

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639931716
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.25 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches; 1.3 Pounds
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 19, 2023
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shadow Mountain
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639931712
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ September 19, 2023
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

I love finding new Christmas books each year. I especially love it when the story is accompanied by music. This book is especially wonderful for Christians from all walks of life who believe in Christ. Witnesses of Christmas: A Musical Journey Through the Nativity of Jesus the Christ is the perfect book to celebrate the birth of Christ. If you want your family to remember the real reason why we celebrate Christmas, this book and the music is a perfect way to start your Christmas season. Jason Wright has done another beautiful job and I especially loved when he shared the real-life stories of people who have embraced Christlike attributes. I highly recommend this book to all people, especially those with children young and old. 

****Meet The Author Jason F. Wright****

Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling novelist. His work including more than 500 columns have appeared in over 100 newspapers, magazines and web sites across the United States including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, Deseret News, Forbes, CNN, and Fox News.

A film adaptation of his bestselling novel Christmas Jars was released in 2019. Several other novels are in various stages of film development.

He is also a popular speaker and consultant who speaks and trains on kindness habits, faith, failure, the Christmas Jars movement, the lost art of letter writing, and more. He has been seen on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, and on dozens of local television stations around the country.

Jason has spoken to more than 250K students in school assemblies and writing workshops. Click here for a list of endorsements and booking information.

Today Jason and his family live in Woodstock, Virginia. But he’s also lived in Missouri, Germany, Illinois, Virginia, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. He is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys they love, and three grandchildren they love even more.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

The Lord and the Lady Astronomer ( The Grantham Girls #3) By Alissa Baxter-Regncy Romance Book Review

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About the Book

The Lord and the Lady Astronomer

Title: The Lord and the Lady Astronomer
The Grantham Girls #3
Alissa Baxter
Dragonblade Publishing
Release Date:
November 1, 2023
Regency/Historical Romance (Sweet, wholesome)

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

Can wishing upon a star ever come true? 

Abigail Grantham has always taken a keen interest in astronomy since her brother Sir John Grantham enlisted her aid as a young girl to keep records of his astronomical discoveries. Abigail is delighted when her uncle, Lord Longmore, invites her to stay at Longmore Hall in Buckinghamshire as he needs her assistance to compile a star chart. 

When Abigail arrives at the Hall, her Aunt Longmore introduces her to local society. However, Abigail also spends a great deal of time in her uncle’s observatory, viewing the night skies alongside her uncle’s neighbor, fellow astronomer William, Viscount Rochvale. 

Lord Rochvale is intrigued by Abigail, and when he discovers that they share an interest in ancient buildings and Roman history, he contrives to become better acquainted with her away from her uncle’s observatory, taking her to places of archaeological interest with a view to winning her heart. But the astronomical project they are working on makes courtship difficult, and William’s plans are further frustrated by his rakish cousin Gerald Burnby, who becomes a frequent visitor to Longmore Hall, seeking out Abigail too.  

After a valuable Roman urn disappears from Longmore Hall, a series of mysterious occurrences unravel, presenting a puzzle Abigail has no idea how to solve. However, when events escalate into peril, Abigail discovers that it is the night sky that holds the secret to the missing urn—as well as to her stolen heart.

My Review

This has been such a great series about three sisters during the Regency Period. What stands out is how they all chose a path that women at that time didn't pursue. Each of them had an interest in Science. Abigail in this book loves everything having to do with Astronomy. She is asked to come and help her Astronomer Uncle chart the stars. She meets the neighbor, Lord William Rochvale and they have a rocky start.

One thing I liked about this book is how Abigail and William became acquainted because they both love astronomy. William had been working with Abigail's Uncle to chart the stars. They form a sweet friendship that ultimately grows into something more, but it is a slow-burn romance. Be warned, there are many misunderstandings or I should say people that come between our couple. 

I really like how Author Alissa Baxter gave readers an insight into both Abigail and William's minds. She writes some beautiful, descriptive phrases. Here's one I really liked, 

"How devastating that she had harbored the barely-recognized hope that Lord Rochvale might have wished upon the very same star as hers. But falling in love and living happily with her beloved had eluded her in much the same way as a falling star vanishing into space. And nothing would ever be the same again."

If you like books that have sweet, wholesome Historical Romance & where passion beyond the bedroom door is left to the reader’s imagination, then The Lord and the Lady Astronomer will be the perfect book for you.

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About the Author

Alissa Baxter

Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance during her long university holidays. After travelling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency novel, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England. Alissa then published two chick lit novels before returning to her favourite era with her Linfield Ladies Series, a trio of Regency romances that feature women in trend-setting roles who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways... at least eventually. Her new Dragonblade trilogy, The Grantham Girls, continues this inspiring theme.

Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) By Rebecca Yarros-Fantasy Book Review


Book Summary

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away...because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Entangled: Red Tower Books (May 2, 2023)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: The Empyrean #1
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649374046
  • ***I bought my own copy back in May 2023 when I really had no idea what this book was about. Everyone was talking about it! ***

My Review

So I first read Fourth Wing during the Summer. I was going to write up my review but I had so many questions. After all, on my first reading of this book, I read half the book for six hours straight from 12:00 midnight until 6:00 a.m. I knew I needed another read-through of the book. This time I listened to the audio version. I couldn't believe how much more I picked up in that second "Read-Through". 

The world has been waiting for a book to be "The Book" that the world couldn't wait to buy and read. The first thing that I loved was this book was a fantasy and dragons were a huge part of the storyline. I love dragons! That was the thing that initially was the draw for me to Fourth Wing. I love the dragons in this book and their personalities. I almost like them more than some of the human characters! 

I loved the characters. Yarros does a great job of developing her characters, the good and the bad humans. I felt even more strongly about this as I listened to the audiobook. Of course, I learned to love Violet and her determination to succeed against all odds. Xaden, well, he is Xaden. I know we have only touched the surface in getting to know him. I'm so glad that I'll have Iron Flame in my hands in a few days.

For those who haven't read Fourth Wing yet, please do it! I know the majority of the people who have read this novel love it. I'm in the camp of trying not to be too obsessed with the book, its characters, and the whole world of Basgiath War College. There were many unanswered questions at the end of this first book. I hope some of them are answered in Iron Flame. I also hope I get some sleep this week as I know it will be torture putting the Iron Flame down. 

Picture created by Bing Ai

****Meet Author Rebecca Yarros****

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and coffee addict. She is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels, including Fourth Wing, The Last Letter and The Things We Leave Unfinished. She’s also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward. Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for over twenty years. A mother of six, she is currently surviving the teenage years with all four of her hockey-playing sons.

Want to know about Rebecca’s next release? Check her out online at

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!!!!!Coming In The Mail This Week!!!!!

Special Edition of Fourth Wing 
with 2 chapters of Xaden's POV!!

Book Two: Iron Flame!!!