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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, May 28, 2021

Siege and Storm (Book 2 Grishaverse) By Leigh Bardugo-Book Review










 


Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took a long time for me to finish because I was just listening to it when I could.

I don't think I liked this 2nd book as much as I did the first. It seemed to drag in a few places. Also, Alina has so many men in her life she seems hard-pressed to know who to turn to. The final chapters of the book were very exciting and I really liked the new characters introduced in this second book. I can't believe how this book ended and it makes you want to read the third one right away. I haven't watched the Netflix series based on these books yet and I might wait until I finish all of the books.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Dancing to Freedom (Dream’s Edge, #.5) by Traci Hunter Abramson-Novella Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title:Dancing to Freedom (Dream’s Edge, #.5)
  • Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Series: Dream's Edge
  • ASIN : B08XWRNBH4
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications (April 30, 2021)
  • Publication date : April 30, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1094 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 83 pages
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a purchased copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
Canada, 1960

Ballet is Katerina Petrova’s world. But when the stage lights go dim and the curtain closes, she is simply a young woman who is trapped. On tour with the Soviet Kirov Ballet in Canada, Katerina is watched day and night by her chaperones and ballet security. But no one realizes that her hotel balcony adjoins that of handsome Canadian hockey player Robert Marcell.

Robert is enchanted by Katerina, though he knows little about who she really is. In an attempt to find out more about this mysterious young woman, Robert extends his stay in the hotel. One night, when a teammate’s wife persuades him to join them at the ballet, Robert reluctantly attends. He has no interest in cultural experiences—until Katerina dances onto the stage. Soon, the two are inseparable, but despite their growing love, Katerina knows they can have no future together. They come from different worlds, and to escape her gilded cage would be nearly impossible.


My Review
Dancing to Freedom is another novella I read this week. These short stories are perfect for this time of year when it's the end of my school year. I'm super excited about this novella and the series, Dream's Edge, that it is a part of. You must know by now that anything from author Traci Hunter Abramson is fantastic. This is different from her usual books but just as compelling. 

Dancing to Freedom takes place in 1960 and involves a Canadian hockey player and a Russian Ballerina. Basically, they meet, fall in love, and then the suspense heightens as you wonder if Robert Marcell will be able to help the beautiful and talented Katerina Petrova defect from her homeland of Russia. I'm always amazed how authors can make such an exciting story happen in under a 100 pages. Readers will be hanging on the edge waiting to see if Robert can make a miracle happen and save Katerina. I loved this novella and know other readers will love it too because it's a quick read and very fulfilling. 

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Meet Author Traci Hunter Abramson
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 for several years, 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. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.

She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality - best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary - Adult Novel of the Year.)

 Follow Traci on BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/profile/traci-hunter-abramson and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tracihabramson/ Learn more about her and her book HERE: https://www.traciabramson.com/

The next full-length book in the series is coming out on 
June 7th
After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.

After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink.
Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. But competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.


Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Immortals:The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue By Steven T. Collins: Review and Book Launch Details!Come Join This Special Event!

 

The Immortals 
by Steven T. Collis 

Publication Date: 5/11/21 

Hardcover 

ISBN: 9781629728483 

Retail Price: $24.99 

Page Count: 288 

Non-Fiction / WWII 

Cover Image: © Paul Fleet/iStockPhoto.com 

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain 

Art Direction: Richard Erickson 

Design: Barry Hansen 

Synopsis: 

During World War II, four chaplains were assigned to the SS Dorchester with more than 900 men on  board. Alexander Goode, a Jewish rabbi; John Washington, a Catholic priest; George Fox, a Methodist  minister; and Clark Poling, a Baptist minister, all offered comfort, reassurances, and prayers along with  a warning from the captain that a German submarine was hunting their convoy. 

Thoroughly researched and told in an engrossing nonfiction narrative, this true story alternates between  accounts told from the perspective of the Nazi U-boat captain and his crew (as found in their journals  and later interviews) and survivors from the Dorchester who credit the four chaplains with saving their  lives after their ship was torpedoed. 

The celebrated story of the men who became known as the Immortal Chaplains is now joined for the  first time in print by the largely untold story of another hero: Charles Walter David Jr. A young Black  petty officer aboard a coast guard cutter traveling with the Dorchester, Charles bravely dived into the  glacial water over and over again, even with hypothermia setting in, to try to rescue those the chaplains  had inspired to never give up. 

Page-turning and inspiring, The Immortals explores the power of both faith and sacrifice and  powerfully narrates the lives of five heroic men who believed in something greater than themselves,  giving their all for people of vastly different beliefs and backgrounds.

Official Trailer for The Immortals by Steven T. Collis



My Review

I have always loved reading about historical events and The Immortals is something quite amazing! This book tells the story of the four chaplains that were aboard the SS Dorchester who offered prayers and support to the 900 men aboard the vessel. They knew that a German submarine was hunting them. I can't imagine anything more terrifying than that knowing you are being hunted down by your enemies.

After the unthinkable happens, readers are then introduced to another unknown hero named, Charles Walter David Junior. This brave young, Coastguardsman traveled alongside the SS Dorchester. After the attack, that night, out of the 227 survivors of the Dorchester, David helped rescue 93 of them. He was described as a “tower of strength.” But hero David contracted pneumonia after helping rescue his stranded shipmates and died 54 days later — on March 29, 1943.


I was amazed at how this story is told both from the sides of the Americans and the German Nazi U-Boat Captain. I loved learning the stories behind the chaplains too. Such an interesting mix of people who went on to become heroes during the beginning of WWII. This book is truly a history lovers dream being so well researched and also all of the added endnotes for each chapter. You can go off on your own to find more information about anything mentioned in this book.

The Immortals:The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue is such an inspiring read that will make you grateful for all of the unsung heroes and the many sacrifices made to maintain freedoms for Americans and many others throughout the world. Well done and huge accolades to Author Steven T. Collins. 


Don't forget to buy tickets for the BIG event, Tuesday, May 25th. Details are down below!!!

***Book Launch Details***

Join Steven T. Collis, author of THE IMMORTALS, and Bill Kaemmer, Exec. Dir. of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, as well as descendants from The Dorchester, for a special event.

Everyone who signs up will receive a free bookplate signed by Steven T. Collis, and there will be giveaways during the launch party.

Follow this link to get tickets for the event: 

Eventbrite Link: 


Meet Author Steven T. Collis: 

STEVEN T. COLLIS is a storyteller at heart. He is also a law professor  

at the University of Texas School of Law and the faculty director of  

Texas’s Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Law and Religion  

Clinic. Previously, he was the Olin-Darling Research Fellow at the  

Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and chair of the  

Religious Institutions and First Amendment Practice Group at Holland  

& Hart LLP. He is an engaging and sought-after speaker nationwide on  

religion and law. Steven received his MFA in creative writing from  

Virginia Commonwealth University and his Juris Doctor from the  

University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of Deep  

Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the  

Freedom to Live Their Beliefs. He and his wife have five children and  

reside in Texas. 

Advanced Praise: 

“Collis recounts the story of four U.S. Army chaplains of different faiths who sacrificed everything for  the 900 soldiers in their charge when their ship sinks after a 1943 torpedo attack in the icy North  Atlantic. His meticulous research and deep understanding of the need for and purpose of military  chaplains shines through. The newly recognized fifth member of the Immortals is Charles David Jr., a  Black Coast Guard steward's mate who demonstrated immeasurable courage during the rescue of  survivors as he dove repeatedly into the freezing water to save as many sailors as he could. While the  four chaplains' stories are well-established, Collis is the first to tell David's extraordinary story, writing  with passion and insight about his 'awe-inspiring' valor and the impact of spiritual service. This truly  moving book infuses the tale of the Immortals with new and elevating importance.” -Booklist 

Purchase Links:


www.shadowmountain.com 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Eye For An Eye: An Award Winning Suspense Novella by Stephanie Black-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway






 

Product Details

  • Title: Eye For An Eye: An Award Winning Suspense Novella
  • Author: Stephanie Black
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery Suspense Novella
  • Paperback : 67 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1524418188
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
A Romantic Suspense Novella


After a family tragedy nearly destroyed Mallory Ingram, she's fighting to get her life on track. When her sister and brother-in-law open their home to her, Mallory is certain that moving across the country will allow her to focus on a hopeful future. That future looks even more promising when her enrollment at a local university connects her with the charming Darien Thomas.

However, when illegal drugs turn up in her sister's house, the first person accused is Mallory, and suddenly, she doesn't know who to trust. Mounting evidence of Mallory's guilt is straining the tenuous bond she has just begun to develop with her sister after years of living separately. Desperate to prove her innocence and keep the harmful patterns of the past from hijacking her future, Mallory reaches for Darien's help to discover the truth.

But the truth may be more dangerous than any of them imagine.




My Review

This little 67 page novella blew me away! The tension built up so quickly I felt like I was reading a full length novel. I tried to read it in one sitting but I had to go to bed. The next day I hurried and got ready for work, got there, and then preceded to read the last two chapters of the book before the bell rang. 😁😁

I felt for poor Mallory who seemed she couldn't get a break, even from her own sister. Thank goodness she found a friend in the wonderful and kind Darien. He provided the level head and strength she needed. When Mallory was accused of hiding drugs in her sister's house it was hard to know who to believe. Author Stephanie Black always knows how to make every character seem so suspicious. There was enough back story given to help you start to process details. Once again, such an amazing thing to do in only 67 pages.

I really loved this novella and recommend it to those wanting a quick read full of thrills and chills, and of course the beginnings of a sweet romance.  

Meet Author Stephanie Black


Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense Novel. Stephanie lives in northern California, plays the violin in a community symphony but never practices enough, and likes to wander around taking pictures of birds. She enjoys spending time with her family, is a fan of homemade pizza, chocolate-chip cookies, and naps, and ranks as the cat's third-favorite person, though that ranking is shaky. Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephanieblackauthor or Instagram at stephanieblackauthor.                                                   

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Monday, May 17, 2021

The Healing Summer By Heather B. Moore-Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: The Healing Summer
  • Author: Heather B. Moore
  • Publisher : Mirror Press (March 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction/Romance
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 231 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1952611164
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a copy I won in a contest. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Summer 1981 

At the age of ninety-four, Maggie Howard’s final wish is to return to San Francisco and find out what happened to the young man who saved her life in 1906 after the disastrous earthquake and fires that devastated the city. They’d been trapped beneath a collapsed roof for hours, injured and unable to call for help.The morning of their rescue, Orlando Gallo promised he would find her again. But Maggie hasn’t seen or heard from him in over seventy years, and now, widowed and childless, Maggie hopes to leave her estate to Orlando’s descendants. She invites her neighbor, forty-year-old Jo Sampson, to travel with her, and as the two women return to San Francisco to track down Orlando, they form a strong bond of friendship and healing that transcends time and place.


My Review
The Healing Summer follows the journey of Maggie Howard who is 94 years old. Back in 1906 her life was saved by a handsome, young Italian, named Orlando Gallo after a horrible earthquake struck San Francisco. They are stuck for hours under the rubble. During this time the two fall in love but sadly lose track of each other after they leave the hospital. You can so feel the connection between the two characters. The yearning that Maggie has to see Orlando again is so strong, even so many years later.

I felt so bad for Maggie even though she went on to marry a very wealthy man. She never was able to have any children of her own. In her old age she tries searching for Orlando's descendants to leave them her wealth. Maggie takes her sweet neighbor Josephine, a recently divorced lady on the trip with her.

Both women have many internal struggles as they deal with their current situations in life. My heart hurt for Jo as her divorce was still so fresh. It's hard for her to go on with her life after everything was taken away. This character brought out many feelings in me as I recalled the amount of hurt you feel when a divorce leaves you raw and hurting. Maggie and Jo's relationship grows into one of true friendship and support that both women needed at this time in their lives. I also loved what happened once the women got to California. I'm not saying anything else because I was thrilled by so much of it! How do you feel with me leaving you wanting to know more? I'll leave a little clue in Italian which I'm learning to speak. L'ho adorato e un certo uomo che mi ha rubato il cuore.

Just know that author Heather Moore writes beautiful stories with characters that stay with you long after reading the book. I loved The Healing Summer and the messages of renewal and hope you'll find within its pages.

****Purchase The Healing Summer HERE***

Meet Author Heather B. Moore
 There are more than 9,000 5-star reviews for Heather's books on Goodreads! Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. Under Jane Redd, she writes Young Adult.  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.

Please join Heather's email list at: HBMoore.com/contact/
Blog: MyWritersLair.blogspot.com
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Twitter: @heatherbmoore
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More books by Heather B. Moore

PROSPERITY RANCH:
One Summer Day
Steal My Heart
Not Over You

PINE VALLEY SERIES:
Worth the Risk
Where I Belong
Say You Love Me
Waiting for You
Finding Us
Until We Kissed

FALLING SERIES:
Falling for Sydney
Falling for Maria
Falling for June
Falling for Lucy

TANGERINE STREET ROMANCE SERIES:
The Fortune Café
The Boardwalk Antiques Shop
The Mariposa Hotel
Delilah's Desserts

THE NEWPORT LADIES BOOK CLUB SERIES:
Athena
Ruby’s Secret
Tying the Knot

HISTORICAL ROMANCE:
Love is Come
An Ocean Away
A Fortunate Exile
A Season in London
Mail Order Bride
Heart of the Ocean
Power of the Matchmaker
Twelve Months
The Duke's Brother

TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGIES:
Winter Collection
Spring Vacation Collection
Summer Wedding Collection
California Dreamin’ Collection
Valentine’s Day Collection
And more!

Literary awards: 2019 Maggie Award Winner, ALA Best New Books - September 2020, 6-time Best of State Recipient for Best in Literary Arts, 4-time Whitney Award Winner, and 2-time Golden Quill Award Winner

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Royal Spy (Fate of Eyrinthia Book 2) by Heather Frost: Blog Tour Review and Book Excerpt




 

Product Details

  • Title: Royal Spy (Fate of Eyrinthia Book 2)
  • Author: Heather Frost:
  • Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
  • ASIN : B08Y8C69P6
  • Publication date : May 20, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5211 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 467 pages
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary

A DECOY recruited to be a spy.
A PRINCE compelled to become an assassin.
A SERJAH pressured by an unwanted crown.
A WORLD covered in shadows.

Mere months ago, Clare was just a kitchen maid. Now, she is a decoy for Princess Serene and a novice spy, caught in the royal family's web of secrets. While journeying to Mortise to finalize the princess’s betrothal to Serjah Desfan, Clare lives for the stolen moments she has with Bennick, the bodyguard who is quickly claiming her heart. But when a notorious assassin is hired to kill her, Clare’s life and the alliance hang in the balance.

In Ryden, Grayson prepares to leave for Mortise with his brother, Liam. Their orders are to ignite a war between their enemies, and Grayson has been tasked with assassinating Princess Serene. It may cost his soul, but he is ready to comply, as long as he gets something in return: freedom for Mia, the girl he loves. But the more time he spends with his brother, the more he begins to wonder if Liam is what Grayson wishes he had the courage to be . . . a traitor.

Desfan feels trapped. By his disapproving council, his impending marriage to a stranger, and the imminent arrival of enemy princes who may not want the peace they profess. When a dangerous drug threatens his people, Desfan jumps at the chance to rely on his swords instead of politics. But his investigation uncovers more than he bargained for--a plot that may destroy Mortise from within.

Eyrinthia hovers on the edge of war. Spies. Rebels. Traitors. All must choose a side.


My Review

Royal Spy is such an excellent second book in the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Book one was so good I wasn't sure Royal Spy would be able to keep up, but it did and more. There are so many twists and turns and a lot of action packed into this YA Romantic Fantasy. I love the world that Heather has created. Clare is still one of my favorite characters and I love to see how she's grown and gained such confidence in herself. She has to show even more courage than before.

Even with all of the many characters in this novel you become attached to many of them. I still love Grayson and Bennick. Frost writes such great dialogue between her characters and I love the culture that's so brightly shown. We also get to meet a new character like Desfan, the Mortisian Prince who is Serene's betrothed. He is so loyal to his country but he manages to do his duty and find trouble at the same time. There are so many more I could talk about but you'll need to read Royal Spy to find out about them.

 Your heart will be wretched and shocked by things you didn't see coming. There is some violence with all of the political maneuvering going on.. This story has many up and downs and will leave you wanting more. I do feel like I've been left hanging. How long until book three comes out? Heather Frost knows how to write a great adventure, sweet romance, and heart stopping moments. If you haven't given this series a chance yet you must put this series on your To-Read list. 


Meet Author Heather Frost


Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinithia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She owns two typewriters, sings in the car, and dreams of living in a castle someday. She currently lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in Utah. 

To learn more about Heather and her books, 
visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com,



  • Excerpt from Royal Spy
    “Markam, what by all the blasted fates have you done with my cousin?”
    “It’s a long story,” Bennick said.
    Imara eyed Clare. “Clearly, you’re a decoy. A very remarkable one, I might
    add. The resemblance is uncanny. Have things truly become so dangerous?”
    “Yes, unfortunately.” Bennick’s arms folded over his chest. “Imara, what are
    you doing here?”
    Her delicate face smoothed, the picture of innocence. “My father sent me.
    He wished me to be with my dearest cousin and to express Zennor’s enthusiasm
    with the coming peace between Devendra and Mortise.”
    “Somehow, I don’t quite believe your presence here is official,” Bennick
    drawled.
    Clare gaped at him. Could he really challenge a foreign princess like that?
    But Imara merely chuckled. “Oh Markam, I’ve missed you. You’re such fun.”
    She angled toward Venn. “And how are you, Grannard?”
    He dipped into a smooth bow. “Quite well, Your Highness.”
    “Good. I—”
    “Imara,” Bennick cut in. “You can’t be here.” She glanced around the space. “Actually, I find that I can.” At Bennick’s pointed look, she rolled her eyes and moved for a small beaded bag sitting on the settee. She opened the flap and dug around inside. “I do have an official letter from my father, as well as an invitation signed and sealed by my uncle.” “You don’t need to bother fetching them,” Bennick said. “I’m aware you somehow managed to get your hands on Newlan’s seal years ago.” Imara glanced up from her bag and winked at Clare’s gaping expression. “We all need our diversions,” the princess said. Bennick snorted and glanced at Clare. “Princess Imara is perhaps the mostalented forger in all Eyrinthia.” The princess’s eyes twinkled. “Markam, you do know how to flatter a woman.” She tugged free two letters and fanned them out with a flick of her dark fingers. “Are you sure you don’t want to look? They took hours.”

  • Bennick ignored the proffered letters. “I assume Newlan has no idea you’re
    here. Does your father know?”
    “He knows it was my greatest desire,” Imara answered promptly.
    Venn coughed rather suspiciously, the crinkles around his eyes betraying his
    amusement.
    “That’s not the same as knowing you’re here,” Bennick said. “Let alone
    granting his permission.” "I have his signature right here," Imara said, waving the sealed letters. "It's not my fault you won't take a look."