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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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Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Cover Reveal for The Songs That Brought Me Back By Mylissa Demeyere & $25 Giveaway

I was so excited when I found out one of my new favorite authors had another book coming out at the end of the year! 

I loved her first book, The Songs of You and Me. You can read my review "HERE".
I'm sad that I have to wait until December to read this, but I'm so happy to share the cover for 
The Songs That Brought Me Back

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Coming December 4, 2018

The Songs That Brought Me Back by Mylissa Demeyere
  Have you ever made a mistake? One so monumental you lost everything? I did, and I hate myself for it! All I want to do is close my eyes, and let the darkness consume me. Make it all go away. The end. 

Ainsley is drowning in the depth of her despair. One wrong decision left her alone, with only regret as her constant companion. To escape it all, she makes another choice. One she hopes will end everything. Instead, she’s thrown into a whole new world filled with opportunities she doesn’t believe she deserves. Ethan gives the appearance of breezing through life. But underneath his bright facade, he’s scarred by loss. When fate leads him into Ainsley’s world at the exact moment she needs someone the most, he can’t ignore the chance to right the wrongs of his past. Ainsley and Ethan will struggle to help each other heal and start anew. They’ll learn that the secret to conquering their pain lies within their power, if only they can do it together. Always together. 

 Sometimes the ending is really the beginning.   

   
   What Readers are Saying:
 -A heartfelt romance with a powerful message about the sanctity of human life. If you've ever simply needed a friend, The Songs That Brought Me Back will resonate--and leave you thankful for the people in your life. -Taylor Dean, author of I’m With You and Chasing Fireflies.   

- Another remarkable read by Mylissa Demeyere. Ethan and Ainsley had me laughing and crying as they face their own demons and fall in love while doing it. This book adds even more depth as it confronts suicide head on. Suicide has become an epidemic that some are afraid to address; Demeyere brings it to light from both the victims and the survivors giving us insight on the struggles of so many. It does not disappoint and I, again, am excited to see what comes next from this talented writer. – Amazon Reviewer   

-A beautiful sequel to The Songs of You and Me that cleverly illustrates that there are always two sides to every story and that it is never too late for love to overcome any challenge. – Amazon Reviewer   

- “This poignant redemption story about second chances and forgiveness yanked my emotions all over the place. I cried, I yearned, I hoped. A beautiful story about what true love is and does.” - Charissa Stastny, author of Between Hope and the Highway and The Ruled Out Romance Series  
 


Author Mylissa Demeyere Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast. The Songs That Brought Me Back is her second novel in The Songs Series, with a third book releasing in the middle of 2019.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Promises and Primroses (Mayfield Family Series) by Josi S. Kilpack- Blog Tour Review

Promises and Primroses

                                                   (Mayfield Family Series)

Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Genres: Regency/Historical Romance
Format: PaperbackPages: 336
Published: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: Author/Publisher

Book Summary
Lord Elliott Mayfield aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his brothers and sisters by requiring his nieces and nephews to choose worthy companions.  If they choose wisely, they will receive their generous share of the family’s inheritance.

Peter, Elliott’s eldest nephew, thinks the entire idea is ridiculous. A widower with two young daughters, he simply needs a governess, not a wife. Julia Hollingsworth certainly has the credentials and the experience, but is altogether too young and pretty for such a job. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Julia loves working as a governess, despite the objections of her mother, Amelia. And as it turns out, Amelia has a lot to say about the Mayfield men—none of it good. But Julia dismisses the rumors of ruined reputations and instead concentrates on helping Peter with his children and his fledgling business in canine husbandry. His kindness and gentleness is endearing—and increasingly attractive.

But Amelia, whose heart was broken thirty years ago by none other than Elliott Mayfield, is determined to prevent any relationship from blooming either between Peter and Julia—or between herself and Elliott.

Hearts and history collide as both couples must face their pasts and decide if risking it all is worth the promise of new love and a new future.
  

My Review
Promises and Primroses is a delightful first book in the Mayfield Family Series.I picked up the book and before I knew it, I had already finished half of the book in one sitting. The novel showcases four different POV stories: Elliott Mayfield, Peter Mayfield, Amelia and Julia Hollingsworth.We are first introduced to Lord Elliott Mayfield who is trying to change the family name to good after many scandals through the years.Out of his many nephews and nieces, only one, Peter, has lived a low-key and non scandalous life.Elliott is starting a marriage campaign to see all of his nieces and nephews married to respectable people.Peter of course refuses to play this game.I'm hoping that other books in the series will highlight the rest of Elliott's nieces and nephews.

This story is really about two different couples. Elliott and Amelia who were almost engaged 30 years ago and now Amelia is very bitter about the break up. She is totally against her daughter working as a governess for Peter. My favorite couple though were Peter and Julia. These were two people not looking for love but it came sailing in very gently and it surprises both of them. I loved Peter's daughters and how quickly Julia came to love the girls. 

I also was really liking the part of the story about Peter's canine husbandry business. Julia's father had done the same thing while alive and she had helped her father with his dogs. Julia comes in and ends up being amazing with Peter's dogs as well as his daughters.

The only person that got on my nerves at all was Julia's mother Amelia. It was because of her prejudice and bitter feelings towards Elliott that made her so antagonistic towards Peter. Readers do realize that Amelia is not a totally horrible person because of how she treats others in her village. 

Overall, I really, really like this book and this new series. The characters were written so well just like this author always does. I've been reading Josi's books for many years now. She has such a talent for creating such wonderful stories that leave you wanting more. I know I want to read more about the Mayfield family.

Excerpt
"Uncle, but I have no desire to marry again, as I believe
you are aware. With an estate already under my care and your
holdings that will one day pass to me, I do not need the security
you have put forward for the others, nor do I need motivation
toward living a respectable life.”

“You are exactly right,” Elliott said with a deep nod. “You do
not need motivation or financial security, but, as I told you, each
gift is tailored to the person. Aren’t you the least bit curious as to
what I devised as a gift for your future?”

Peter put his hands in his lap. “I am not.”

Elliott sighed. “You are still a young man, Peter. You deserve
a companion to see you through the remaining years of your life,
and your daughters deserve a mother. I believe with my whole
heart that Sybil would want that for you.”

“Forgive me, uncle, but you did not know Sybil and have no
basis for such an assumption.”

Elliott inclined his head, acknowledging the truth of that observation.
“And the fact that you do not have an heir?”

Peter stood abruptly. With his broad shoulders and athletic
physique, he was quite the commanding presence when his ire
was fueled, as it was now.
He grabbed for his jacket. “Timothy’s son will be my heir just
as I was heir for you.”

“Timothy has no son.”

“But he will. Especially now that he will have additional
reason for doing so.” Peter’s certitude was admirable. “So, while
I thank you for this”—he waved toward the untouched folder,
barely concealing his bitterness—“I do not share the circumstances
of my siblings or my cousins. I married well, I am raising
my daughters in the privilege they deserve, and I am living an
upstanding life. I have no desire for anything else. Now, if you
would excuse me.”

Elliott stood and hurried around the table to take hold of
Peter’s arm before the boy could escape. “I did not mean to offend
you, Peter. I am sorry.”

Peter’s dark eyes were cold. “Apology accepted. I truly must
be on my way, uncle.”

Elliott dropped his nephew’s arm, and Peter left, the door
closing behind him with a snap. This was not how Elliott had
hoped the first campaign proposal would go. He’d imagined Peter
defensive at first, of course, but eventually seeing Elliott’s motivations
in their purest light and being gracious and touched, not
offended. Perhaps Elliott did not have the people-management
skills he so highly prized after all.

Elliott walked to the east window of his study and scrubbed a
hand over his face. Peter was right about Elliott having never met
Sybil. But he still believed Sybil would not want her husband and
daughters to be alone. Elliott had hoped the wedding campaign
would bring Peter out of mourning. It had been four years.
Then again, what could Elliott say against Peter’s decision to
remain a widower? Elliott had never loved anyone the way Peter
had loved Sybil—though there had been a woman he might have
loved that way.

Amelia Edwards had filled him with light, and he had expected
that they would marry. Then his father had died and
everything had changed. Elliott had stepped into the title, the
debts, and the role as head of the family, and the young woman
he’d wanted to be his wife had instead become a part of his past
and his sacrifice. The life that had followed had not brought love
again. Elliott’s ambition now was to see his nieces and nephews secure and his family name restored for the benefit of future generations.
The satisfaction of those things would make up for what
he’d wanted for himself but could not have. At least that was what
he had hoped. It might take a bit of time before he recovered
from the unexpected conclusion of his first presentation. With
a bit more attention, and perhaps tact, he vowed the next would
go better. 

 Meet Author Josi S. Kilpack:


Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has been called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her. It made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.

For more information about Josi or her books, find her at

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Falling In Love - A Clean Romance Event & $25 Giveaway: Spotlight on Author Danielle Thorne

Turtle Soup by Danielle Thorne Sea turtles may be endangered but after an encounter with marine biologist, Jack Brandon, nothing will stop Sara Hart from naming her deli, Turtle Soup. When Jack takes a job at the Georgia Aquarium, Sara finds the environmental poster boy at her door, hungry and carrying a chip on his shoulder. Neither thinks the other has what it takes, until a scuba class reveals what lies beneath the surface.
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    "You really think you're too good for anyone, don't you?" Sara's voice shook. "That you're some kind of celebrity because National Geographic made you their cover boy? Well let me tell you something, Jack. I don't need a world seal of approval to help me sleep at night. I don't need looks or money to buy me a circle of friends, and I don't need some beach bum telling me what I am." Looking embarrassed, Jack dropped her hands. In a low voice, he said, "If that's who you think I am than you can leave." "Thank you," Sara shouted, "I will!" She flung the door open on the way. The planner was still in the middle of the hallway, a few pages hanging out of it. She gave it a vicious kick, and it smacked into the wall. "That's what I think about you and your stupid foundation," she shouted over her shoulder. She kicked it again and again until pages scattered everywhere. He was still watching from his office door, looking like he wanted to shove a sock in her mouth. All around the office, people sidled into range to see more. Satisfied she'd humiliated him, she took the stairs to the ground floor. She wanted to be exhausted when she walked out of the place. She wanted to feel so tired, she would never have the energy to come back.   “Turtle Soup is a wonderful sweet romance full of humor and heartbreak, not to mention descriptions so vivid you can almost smell the soup…” E.A. West @Goodreads.com “Clean romance, great stories, real people who you can relate to. Real problems. Real and raw emotions. I would recommend this book.” @Amazon.com “…Sweet and sassy romance. The characters were richly developed…” @Amazon.com     Author Danielle Thorne Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventure in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, pirates, beaches, cookies, antiques, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of Ricks College and BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and... you get the idea. Besides writing, she's edited for both Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her growing blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on writing, life, and the pursuit of peace and happiness. Currently, Danielle freelances as a non-fiction author, copywriter, and editor, while waiting to hear from readers like you through her website. During free time, which means when Netflix is down, she combs through feedback and offers virtual hugs for reviews. Her next historical romance is coming soon.  
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Falling In Love - A Clean Romance Event & $25 Giveaway: Spotlight on Author Daniel Banner

The Honest Warrior by Daniel Banner Baron Luzader, former Navy SEAL, never liked to talk … until he was forced to do it as part of his post-service therapy. Now, he finds his free tongue gets him in trouble more often than not, especially when he’s assigned to work a surveillance mission with a brilliant, beautiful woman. Eight years in Special Ops didn’t prepare him for Nessa. Nessa Dimmick finally has a chance to prove herself in her field of Information Management. The biggest perk of the new job turns out to be her hunky partner, a former Navy SEAL with a great smile and no filter on what he says. Baron is different than anyone she’s ever worked with and his constant stream-of-consciousness compliments keep her blushing. She’s new to this whole partner thing, however, and they both have to figure out that trust goes both ways. When their surveillance takes them across the Mexico border, Nessa wants to prove herself in the unfamiliar environment and gets in over her head. If she can’t learn to trust Baron, her actions could put the two of them and their relationship in danger.
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  For the next while, Baron looked forward to being alone, and if he wasn't alone, then he'd be spending time with his former SEAL brothers. With them he'd be back where life was comfortable. Sutton pushed a button on the earpiece and said, “Early as well. Show her in.” Speaking to Baron, he said, “Looks as if you won’t have to wait long.” “What? Huh? You didn’t say anything about—” He cut himself off and took a breath. Maybe Her had to do with the briefing for the mission. Or maybe Her would be his contact point. Or maybe—best case scenario—Her had nothing to do with Baron whatsoever. Two sets of footsteps grew louder as Baron sweated over whatever was coming. He’d been in worse situations. Once he had a chance to gather all the applicable intell, he’d process it, and proceed from there. Adapt and overcome. Whatever, or whoever walked through that door couldn’t be as horrible as … A gorgeous brunette stepped into the room. Her intelligent eyes were wide behind cat-eye glasses as she ogled all of the computer equipment. That must have been how Baron had looked, just not so dang … pretty. Wow. No makeup, which she didn’t need. No fancy hairdo, just a simple ponytail. And plain clothes, farm professional just like Sutton had told Baron to wear. “Hold on a sec,” said Baron, looking down at his own Carhartt pants and nice plaid button-up shirt. “Why are we dressed the same? I was planning on working alone, not with a civvy. This is starting to feel like a bad cop show.” He hoped he was overreacting and that the sweat beading on his brow turned out to be a false alarm. If this woman was from the produce importer who Baron would be doing surveillance on, it made sense that he had been told to dress in a manner to mimic what people in the industry would wear. Maybe they didn’t have to work closely together and were just being brought together for a consult. Under other circumstances, Baron wouldn't mind spending time with her. He had a weakness for smart women, and somehow he could tell this one was brilliant. Brains and beauty in one package. If he wasn't still trying to fit into the real world after eight years as a SEAL, he might try to work up the courage to ask her out. “Please, have a seat.” Sutton motioned to both chairs. Baron looked around, realizing he’d stood when the woman had entered. Her eyes were no longer on the room, but on him, and she was definitely wary. Her smile was faint now, and the way her head was pulled ever so slightly away from him, let him know she might have taken his comment as an attack. Once they were both seated, Sutton said, “Nessa, meet Baron Luzader. Baron, Nessa Dimmick.” “Baron?” she asked. “No wonder you can’t be bothered to work with a commoner. Do I need to call you Highness or something like that?” “Dang,” he said. “You are feeling attacked.” That hadn’t been his intent at all. For his own mental health, he didn’t plan on changing his habit of talking too much anytime soon, but working with a beautiful woman, he might have to steer his comments in ways that wouldn’t be taken wrong. “Baron’s my name,” he said, adding a grin. “However, if you prefer formal, the proper address for a baron is ‘Lord’”. She relaxed and smiled back at him. “I suggest familiar, rather than formal,” said Sutton. “Since you lot will be spending every day together for the foreseeable future.” “What? No!” Baron shot from his chair again. “Being alone with a beautiful woman was not what I signed up for.” “What you signed up for?” asked Sutton, this time not hiding his amusement. Nessa’s mouth was hanging open until she spoke. “You don’t want a cheesy cop show job, yet you’re sticking to the ‘I work alone’ role? Talk about cliché.” “It’s not that,” said Baron, settling into his seat. “Let me guess,” she said. He noticed her nostrils were slightly flared and her face had a red tinge. It didn’t hurt her good looks in the slightest. “You didn’t sign up to work with a woman. Navy SEALs don’t have women in their ranks, so every woman must be below your superior standards.” She knew more about him than he did about her, and that made him tentative. With less intell than the enemy, he was at a disadvantage and had to proceed cautiously. “That’s … not what I meant either. For the past six months I’ve been the linchpin between a dozen different entities dividing and transferring a family business. Before that I was a soldier, always taking orders, always working with a team. Is it wrong to crave one solo mission at some point in my life?” “It’s not wrong,” said Nessa, “but you might want to try filtering your thoughts once in a while before vomiting them out into the world.” Sutton was enjoying himself far too much, leaning back in his chair and observing the verbal tennis match. It occurred to Baron that he’d been kept in the dark about Nessa on purpose. This was a test. Sutton wanted to know how well Baron would roll with a change in plans, to find out if he would adapt and overcome. It would take more than some pretty, exasperating partner to ruin this opportunity for him. Pulling the curtain down on his face over his emotions, Baron said, “What’s the mission, boss?” Sutton became all business as well. “Miss Dimmick is one of the brightest new stars in the field of information management.” “Oh, Miss Dimmick is it?” asked Baron, trying to get past the confrontation to a fun banter. "So we're back to formal." “Actually, Lord Luzader, since we’re being formal, it’s Doctor Dimmick.” She winked at him. “But unlike your title, I actually earned mine.” She had him there. Of all the frustrating situations Baron had imagined in Sutton Smith's Warrior Project, Doctor Nessa Dimmick had not been anywhere on his radar.     This book is great! The chemistry between the two main characters jumps off the page. You will love laughing with them and falling in love with them. There is also some suspense in this sweet romance. ~Sue Stinnett

This is a refreshing and heartwarming romance with charming and unique characters that draw you in from the very beginning. ~Goodreads Review    
Author Daniel Banner
Daniel Banner, a 15-year fireman and paramedic, collects experiences by day and makes up stories by nights, and sometimes vice versa. For Daniel, writing is an escape from the traumatic days, and a celebration of the triumphant days.
   
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