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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, November 17, 2018

My Hands Hold My Story By Bethany Swafford-Official Book Tour & Giveaway: Exclusive Author Interview!





For fans of A Knight of Silence and Read My Lips comes a YA historical western full of grit and heart...

In 1874, Ivy Steele's deafness is more than a handicap. It's a disease. Surrounded by a family that doesn't understand her, she's learned to cope and find solace where she can. Then, the unexpected happens. Her aunt dies, and her uncle sends her away to rejoin her father's family in Montana.

Left to fend for herself, after the companion hired to escort her abandons her, sixteen-year-old Ivy faces continual hardship and danger. Several men see an unaccompanied Ivy as a flower ripe for the picking, and things only get worse when masked men hold up their stagecoach.

Barely scraping through, Ivy makes it to Montana with her nerves shaken and what little money she has in her boot. Expecting a peaceful if not affectionate welcome, Ivy finds herself in greater hardship than she's ever known.

Surrounded by a stepfamily that hates her, and flung into a life where hearing is vital, Ivy finds solace in a handsome cowboy named Remy. But things with her new family are not what they seem. And Ivy is about to find out that the danger she faced on the journey west, has followed her to Montana...

Bethany Swafford dazzles with her stunning young adult debut, introducing a strong heroine, the hardships of frontier life, shocking twists, and a slow-burning romance that will leave you wanting more.

Third place winner of the 2018 Rosemary Award






For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.

When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.







Author Interview
Author: Bethany Swafford
Book: My Hands Hold My Story


Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?
Before My Hands Hold My Story, I’ve mostly written Regency romance. I have to say, A Chaotic Courtship has been my favorite. I just love the interactions Diana has with her siblings while she tries to give attention to the man she’s falling in love with. I have a trilogy I’m working on that is more mystery than romance.

What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?
Honestly, writing is what I do to relax from my day job. I do look forward to new episodes of Victoria and The Crown.

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?
I do write to music, and it is the main way I get creative.

"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?
It’s not absolutely necessary to have a cat, but my three definitely make life more interesting. A long haired, multi-color female by the name of Chewie, who hates me most of the time. (Not pictured) A long haired black ninja cat, named Muddy, who has anxiety issues and doesn’t like to be out of sight of us.. And my buddy, Skidz, who is a gray stripped, one eared gentleman. (And we are never letting my brother name our pets again.)
Skidz                                                                         Muddy

What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?
Listen to podcasts about writing. I recommend the SPF Podcast (Self Publishing Formula), The Bestseller Experiment Podcast, and The Creative Penn Podcast. I get great ideas and advice from these people.

What writers inspired you to become an author?
Jane Austen. Her grasp of the social norms of her time and the wit she used to poke fun at these norms is amazing to read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters, especially Sherlock Holmes, was an influence as well.

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
Not at the moment!

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
The Victorian Era. They made incredible strides in science, society, and industrial, and I would love to be able to watch it all happen.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?
I would have all of my heroines: Ivy, Diana, Juliet, and Emily. I think they would all get along, though Emily would probably pick a fight. I’d go for a simple meal: roasted chicken, with mashed potatoes, peas, and fresh baked bread with apple cake for dessert.

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?
I’ve never been outside of the US, so anywhere would be amazing. I think I would especially love to travel to the UK and tour all the old houses.

What color would you wear if you had only one choice?
Blue. It can be a happy color or a somber color. It goes with my eyes too, so it’s perfect for me!

Describe your dream writing spot.
On the deck of a cabin in the mountains




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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Truth about Miss Ashbourne(A Regency Romance) By Joanna Barker-Blog Tour Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway





Product Details

  • Title: The Truth about Miss Ashbourne
  • Author: Joanna Barker
    • Genre: Clean Regency Romance 
    • Paperback: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 1, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1524406643
    • **I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review***




Book Summary
Governess Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life. But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

My Review

"The Truth about Miss Ashbourne" is a great novel. It's hard nowadays for romance authors to make their Regency Romance novel stand out from the others. I think debut author Joanna Barker did a great job of making her novel and characters original and outstanding. Main character
Juliana is strong, feisty, intelligent and humorous. She did not grow up as a lady of The Ton. So it's quite humorous at times how Juliana interacts with them. When they are turning their nose up at her, she turns things right around in her own favor.Many of these things made me LOL!  I also truly loved Mr. William Rowley.Even though you knew he would be Juliana's love interest, it was a great joy to see how it all unfolded. He is a wonderful man & character. I loved how he treated others and especially how he shaved off the roughness to soften Juliana's heart to him and her extended family. Another favorite character was Juliana's estranged Grandmother who turned out to be a very bright spot in her life.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Regency Romance and those that like feisty female characters.
 
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Meet Author: Joanna Barker
Joanna was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.





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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time Twist By Jeanie R. Davis-Official Book Tour and Giveaway: Special Author Interview!





Arianna Miller tosses her luggage and her hopes into her Subaru and sets out to prove her talent—by decorating a Victorian mansion thirty miles from nowhere. She needs a fresh start and a break from painful memories. However, she is soon haunted by reminders of her past and endangered by foreboding mysteries.

Christopher Flemming is determined to stop his father's crime spree, which began in nineteenth century London and now threatens present day Colorado. He must find and destroy the time-traveling machine that brought them forward in time. More importantly, he needs to save Arianna.
Because of Christopher's blurred focus, Arianna finds her attraction to him untenable. She wants to help him, but he refuses to reveal his connection to the mansion.

Everything changes when Arianna stumbles onto the time machine before Christopher does. Will her future end up in the past?





   Jeanie Davis is an Arizona transplant—twenty-four years and counting. She loves peach ice cream, shopping, a clean house…oh, and chocolate, of course. She has traveled extensively—from Fiji to Africa and Europe to Costa Rica—but prefers being at home creating new adventures on her computer.

     Her four daughters have left her nest empty, but they return often with grandchildren who bring real fun and adventure to her life. And thankfully, Jeanie's awesome husband, Rick, loves to join in on all her escapades.

      A good romance will always capture Jeanie's attention; add suspense or historical ties and she's totally hooked. She's the author of a time-traveling adventure, Time Twist—the first of a romantic/suspense series with a twist of paranormal; an historical fiction novel, As Ever Yours, based on the lives of her grandparents, and a children's Christmas book, I Don't Know Why I Did It.

     Jeanie is passionate about writing, and she always has a new story to delve into or an older one to revise. She began by writing poetry and music, which she still enjoys, but now novels have moved to the forefront of her avocational pursuits.
     When she's not spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanie spends her free time curled up with a good book or typing away on her most recent mystery, adventure or romance.








Author Interview
Author: Jeanie R. Davis
Book: Time Twist

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?  
I have written poetry and music for as long as I can remember, but I began writing novels in 2014. Shock! I’ve always loved to read, but never imagined myself as an author. I’ve had MS for 34 years and am proof that God gives us all a purpose in life.

How many books do you have out, and do you have a favorite? 
 I currently have three published books: As Ever Yours (Historical Fiction), I Don’t Know Why I Did It (Children’s Christmas book) and Time Twist (Romantic Suspense w/time travel). I always say the one I’m working on is my favorite 😊

How do you come up with character names?  
That’s a tough one. I usually start with a few that I like, then ask my daughters—who are much more hip (and don’t use words such as “hip”) than I am—for their opinions.

Do you have a favorite author? 
 I love historical fiction and romance and have several favorite authors. Some are: Sarah Eden, Jennifer Moore, Carla Kelly, Donna Hatch and Jennifer Griffith.

What is some of your favorite or memorable books that you’ve read? 
 Longing for Home/Hope Springs series by Sarah Eden, Legally in Love series by Jennifer Griffith, and… the Harry Potter series. I guess I’m a sucker for a good series.

What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you?  
Just because you can read, doesn’t mean you can write. Learn the craft by taking classes and working in critique groups, then never give up.

Do you have any pets?  
Not anymore. Moki, my favorite dog, died last year. He was a Yorkshire Terrier and a very sweet pet.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing? 
 I spend time with my family. And my husband and I do a fair bit of traveling, as well.

What is the best vacation you ever went on?  
Family vacation to Fiji, or vacation with my husband to Ireland—both were my favorites but were so different from each other.

If you could live anywhere else besides your current location, where would it be?  
I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live. We lived in New York for eight months last year, and I couldn’t wait to move home. My heart is where my kids and grandkids are (and nearly all of them live in Arizona). I have one daughter and her family living in Utah. If I had to move, I’d choose to live near them.

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?  
Yes! I’m currently polishing the sequel to Time Twist, which doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but has more story to it. The name of the book is Time Trap. In this book the characters spend a lot of time in 19th century London, and in the end, Christopher and Arianna finally find their very happily ever after.

If you weren’t an author, what other profession would you be in? 
 I went to school to be an interior decorator. But with MS, that would be difficult. I’m happy I can write about Arianna, who is a decorator 😊

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gratitude Giveaway Hop: November 15th-30th 2018

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! 
There are so many things to be
thankful for this time of year. 


One thing I'm thankful for are the loyal followers of my blog, twitter,and Facebook Page!

I'm offering 2 of my followers
a chance to be a winner! They're
 just waiting for you to 
enter and win!
 Have a great Thanksgiving and Holiday season! 
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Official Cover Reveal for: Jaguar-Book 3 of the Uncanny Valley Trilogy BY: C.A. Gray & Giveaway






C.A. Gray is the author of the YA Fantasy PIERCING THE VEIL trilogy, as well as the YA Dystopian trilogy, THE LIBERTY BOX. By day, she is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ. Additionally, she writes medical books under her real name.

Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, and she also reads an exceptional amount of non-fiction. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!









Synopsis:

Sometimes the person you lie to the most is yourself.

The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits, killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy Jaguar before it’s too late.

Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy. He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason: she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is on his way to a similar fate.  But she’ll be damned if she lets him go without a fight.

This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?


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Let's take a look inside the book with a Snippet:

“He can’t help us!” I shouted to Rick, “He’s unconscious!” 
With one glance back at the hovercraft, Rick tossed the hammer back inside and barked at Francis, “Cover us!” 
“What do you think I’m doing?” Francis yelled back. 
I realized Rick must have sliced open his hand on the jagged glass when he scooped Liam up over one shoulder, leaving trails of blood on his hospital gown. Rick scrambled back to the window, just as the chair in the doorframe slid all the way loose. 
“Closer!” Francis shouted to the hovercraft pilot bot. The hovercraft scraped the ledge now, but it was enough for Rick to leap up to the ledge and haul Liam’s shoulders aboard. I grabbed his legs, held them up, and shoved. 
“Stop!” called the bots in the doorframe. Francis opened fire, and I could hear the bullets glancing off the bots’ metallic bodies. You have to shoot them in the eyes! I thought frantically. The humanoid bots behind us fired bullets out of their wrists. Searing pain shot through my shoulder, just as a strong arm locked around my waist. Francis gave a cry, and just before I collapsed on top of Liam’s limp form, I saw the blossom of blood spreading across the side of Francis’s t-shirt. His face went white, and he let out a gurgle. 
No, I thought, just as Rick shouted at the pilot bot, “Go go go!” Then we rocketed up, leaving my stomach on the ground below.





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