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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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Friday, September 20, 2019

Deborah: Prophetess of God: A Novel By H.B. Moore and Giveaway





Product Details

  • Title: Deborah Prophetess of God: A Novel
  • Author: H.B. Moore
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Biblical Fiction
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524409995
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
From 4-time Whitney Award-winning author, H.B. Moore comes the new biblical novel about Deborah the Judge, a woman who rises from oppression and leads her entire nation to victory.

After years of mistreatment, the Israelites prepare to defend themselves against the oppressive Canaanites. Readying for war not only takes secret military training but also an Israelite leader who is willing to both stand against generations of oppressions and follow God.

Deborah, a young Israelite woman, lives a quiet and isolated life with her father and brothers. As a shepherdess in the hills near her home, she knows well the perils of her work. But when faced with incredible danger, she witnesses a series of remarkable events that preserve her life. The hand of the Lord is apparent, and it is clear that hers will be no ordinary life.

Years later, Deborah is a faithful wife and mother when she learns that the Third Judge of Israel has died and she has been called to take his place. It is a tumultuous time in history, and soon, Deborah prophetess, judge, and military leader faces a seemingly insurmountable task: alongside the commander of the Israelite army, Deborah must lead ten thousand soldiers in their final campaign against their Canaanite oppressors with only her faith in God to guide her.


My Review
Deborah: Prophetess of God is another well written and researched book by H.B. Moore. Once you start reading one of her books it's near impossible to put down. When I first picked it up in the evening (which was a big mistake) I kept telling myself..."Just one more chapter." Well, 9:00 p.m. turned into 1:30 a.m. very quickly. Moore's writing pulls you into the plot in a way that you forget you are reading a book and not watching a movie.

This particular book is about Deborah the Prophetess spoken of in the Holy Bible. There is not a lot written of her, so this makes this novel an even bigger achievement for Moore. Readers are swept away to the time when the Israelites are preparing to defend themselves against the oppressive Canaanites. With only little known facts of Deborah and her family, they are brought to life in rich, vivid detail. We learn a little about her upbringing and then go to years later when Deborah is made one of the judges of Israel. Deborah is portrayed as a woman of not only faith but great courage and wisdom. I enjoyed this book so much. I feel that this is one of her best novels yet and she has written A LOT of books. If you like historical/Biblical fiction with adventure and romance, you will truly love Deborah: Prophetess of God. 



 

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-Deseret Book: https://deseretbook.com/p/deborah-prophetess-of-god?variant_id=179289-paperback


Meet Author H.B. Moore 

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. She writes historical novels and thrillers under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.


More Biblical Novels by H.B. Moore:
Esther the Queen
Ruth
Eve: In the Beginning
Anna the Prophetess
The Moses Chronicles


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Lady and the Highwayman (Proper Romance Victorian) By Sarah M. Eden-Blog Tour Review




Product Details

  • Title: The Lady and the Highwayman  (Proper Romance Victorian) 
  • Author: Sarah M. Eden
  • Series: Proper Romance
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 3, 2019)
  • Genres: Historical FictionClean RomanceMysteryAction/Adventure 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629726052
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***



Book Summary
Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls school in 1865s Victorian London. She is also a well-respected author of silver-fork novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories--the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Charles King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats, intelligent detectives solving grisly murders, and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real-life lacks.

Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Charles King started taking all of his readers. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of  authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the social and political causes of their working-class readers. The group knows King could be an asset with his obvious monetary success, or he could be the group s undoing as King s readership continues to cut into their profits.

Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. What neither author anticipated was the instant attraction, even though their social positions dictate the impossibility of a relationship.

For the first time, Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. It's upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.



My Review
The Lady and the Highwayman is a clever twist on a Proper Romance. Sarah Eden has crafted a tale like none she's done before. Everything from the characters, setting, and plot are unique and exciting. This is not a Regency Romance but takes place during the Victorian era in England. 

Both of the main characters are authors of the "Penny Dreadfuls" that were the rage among the working-class men. Elizabeth writes under the pseudonym of a Mr. King. As the headmistress of an all girl's school, she needs to remain in good standing with the upper class of Victorian Society. She meets fellow author, Fletcher Walker, who also writes Penny Dreadfuls. The novel is told from both Elizabeth's and Fletcher's POV. I also really loved how we were also able to read the stories written by Mr. King and Fletcher. What an incredible undertaking for Eden to write so many "stories" within the pages of this novel.

I learned so much about the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the social and political causes of their working-class readers. This novel once again shows the incredible work and dedication that Sarah Eden does in researching before she writes a book. I found an article that gave great information about The Dread Penny Society and the Penny Dreadfuls that were written. It was all very interesting.{http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160502-the-shocking-tale-of-the-penny-dreadful}

This new novel is a brilliant combination of mystery, suspense, history, and of course romance. The witty dialogue makes the interaction between Elizabeth and Fletcher a delight to read. If you are a Sarah Eden fan, be prepared for something new and just as well written as her previous books. 





Purchase The Lady and the Highwayman HERE:
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-Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lady-and-the-highwayman-sarah-m-eden/1130650833?ean=9781629726052#/

Meet Author Sarah M. Eden


Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 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 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. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Collection By Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barker.-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway




Product Details

  • Title: All Hearts Come Home for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Collection 
  • Authors: Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, and Joanna Barke
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1524411094
  • "I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
Christmas at Falstone Castle · Sarah M. Eden


The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two-second chances for love.




The Heart of Christmas · Anita Stansfield
When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.

Tis the Season to Be Daring · Esther Hatch
Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

The Christmas Dress · Joanna Barker

Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.
 


My Review
It's always exciting to read and review the first Christmas book of the season. I have several coming up in the next few months. Today I'm happy to tell you about a collection of sweet Regency Christmas stories. The four authors are ones that I've read before and love their previous work. They were all stories of promise, hope, and love. I especially loved Christmas at Falstone Castle because I have come to love the Lancaster family that Sarah M. Eden has created. It truly felt like coming home to spend Christmas with family.

After you read, All Hearts Come Home for Christmas, I know it will get you ready and very excited for the holiday season. Each of these short stories was a pleasure to read. They have the perfect balance of humor, romance, hope, love, and forgiveness. All of the authors wrote emotional stories that truly touched me. I highly recommend this Christmas collection for you, your family, and your friends. 


Learn more about the authors HERE:




Esther Hatch: https://estherhatch.com/


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 All Hearts Come Home for Christmas 

Official Book Blitz for 6th Turn: Kat-YouTube Reading by Ren Garcia...Join the Treasure Hunt and Giveaway!


This Blitz is a bit of a change of pace for us We are doing something different and fun as Author Ren Garcia is making YouTube videos telling you the backstory of each chapter in his book and then narrating the chapter. The Treasure Hunt Questions will be based on the videos and you can answer the questions in the Rafflecopter.


Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. 

Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood. He also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology, taking pictures of clouds, and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.


~ Website ~ YouTube ~
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Raised in the dark under the lash of the Black Hat Sisterhood, when the woman who would become known as Kat, is sent on a suicide mission into the heart of the League, she was not expected to survive. Her mission: discover the identity of the fabled Shadow tech Goddess, a being who does not exist. All other considerations, including her possible death, are secondary.


But, Kat is guided by higher powers, by merciful hands that feed her, clothe her and whisper in her ear. As she watches the sun rise for the first time, she recalls their words: “Be strong,” they said. “You have much to live for.






YouTube Clip:

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The answer to Treasure Hunt Question #1 is in this video.
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The Autocon inside her body swam through her Shadow tech like a giant parasite. It cajoled her along the way with its icy Shadow tech voice:
“Do not die! The Black Abbess is invested in your success. Die, waste our training in you and we will reclaim our Shadow tech and cast your soul to Hell where it will be devoured for the remainder of eternity … Do not die!”   --Kat, along with a tormenting demon, confined within an atmosphere suit.


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Treasure Hunt Questions 1-4: (put your answers in the rafflecopter below)
( One of the Rafflecopter Prizes is specifically for the Treasure Hunt Winner )

 1-      Shade Church – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjc0OiikC0g
Question: How many crawlers, besides Kat, were selected by her “angels”?
A: 3
B: 2
C: 1
D: 4
2-      Send to Die – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB73rrVJ-fc
Question: What happened to Kat’s Autocon demon?
A: It died during the journey to Kana
B: She convinces it to return to Shade Church without her
C: She captured it within an arcane device.
D: It captures Kat and forces her to complete her mission

3-      The Ruins – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoHefUpoZ_w
Question: What did Kat encounter at the bottom of the stairs?
A: A dead body
B: A treasure chest
C: Nothing—an empty room
D: The Shadow tech Goddess

4-      Bird, Walk, Wheel and Kat – YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbdJwUB0eLM
Question: Which of Kat’s sisters decided to go below into the catacombs?
A: Bird
B: Walker
C: Wheel
D: Karma

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Grace Without Grace: Stumbling Into Romance By Susan Tietjen-Official Book Tour & Giveaway





Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident-prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.
Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.
Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.
At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.
How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?







Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.
Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:
stietjen.author@gmail.com.


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His arms neared her and paralyzed her like a mouse. Gently, they enveloped her and pulled her against him. Kind. Comforting. Strong.
The tears came again, painful and hot, and she wept into his chest, not with pain alone but also with relief. For those few moments, he held her up, letting her share his strength, giving her time to get her legs under her again.
When he finally let go, he stepped into the bathroom and grabbed a handful of tissues. She mobbed her face and blew her nose, certain she looked like a train wreck. Then she saw the mess she left on Rick’s shirt and winced. Even worse, she tried to dry it for him and succeeded in making the same mess she had of Mario’s napkins.
“It’s okay,” he said, chuckling, and pressing her hand against his chest to stop her. “I won’t melt.”
“I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be. You didn’t do anything wrong.”
He was so close, leaning over her. His gaze traveled over her face from her eyes to her nose to her mouth. They settled there long enough to send trails of heat up her face. When they sought her gaze again, they were filled with admiration.

He touched her cheek, removing a wisp of tissue as his excuse, but letting his fingertips linger. He lifted her chin, and for a long, breathless, terrifying moment, Grace thought he might kiss her.





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