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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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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Not Dead Yet: A Guardian Novel (#6) By Traci Hunter Abramson-Blog Tour Review and A Giveaway to Win a Copy of the Novel


 


Product Details

     Title: Not Dead Yet: A Guardian Novel (#6)
     Author: Traci Hunter Abramson-
     Series: The Guardians #6
     Genre: Action Adventure/Mystery Suspense
  •  Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (June 13, 2022)
  •  Language ‏ : ‎ English
  •  Paperback ‏ : ‎ 296 pages
  •  ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524419877
  •  ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary


Cassidy Edgemont has been dead for four years. At least, that is what the world has been led to believe. After becoming unwittingly entangled in a group called the Coalition, known for using fake news to generate political unrest in the United States, Cas was offered a devastating choice: stage her own death and join her rescuers, the guardians, or risk the wrath of the organization she betrayed. She chose death. 

 

As an invisible government operative, Cas has been living in Paris with no complications—until her family pays an unexpected visit to the European city, changing everything. They think Cas is dead, and she has to keep it that way. But when a bomb is detonated nearby and fake news incites riots in the city, Cas recognizes the mark of the Coalition. 

 

Donovan, a fellow guardian, is summoned to join her in Paris to attempt to untangle the intricate web linking Cas’s past with the recent bombings. But as the threat level escalates, Cas must again make an impossible decision: face possible exposure to her family in her race to uncover the truth or risk the loss of innocent lives.


My Review

What book kept me up until 3:00 a.m. one night? Oh yes, Not Dead Yet by Author Traci Hunter Abramson! This clean romantic, mystery suspense will grasp you in its action-driven clutches and you'll be lost until the last page. 

The Guardian Series is about an undercover, invisible government group. When you become a guardian you are dead to the rest of the world and now are known only as, "Ghost".Cas is a Guardian in Paris. One day her past comes back to hook her back into her former life. The Coalition, a group of bad guys uses fake news to cause political unrest wherever they strike. This Coalition was responsible for Cas's car accident and "death". Add in Cas's family winding up in Paris thinking she may be alive, people wanting her dead for real, and a fellow Guardian named Donovan steps in to help keep her alive. These two worked well together and the attraction was mutual from the start. The mix of budding romance, ongoing conflicts, and a whole lot of cooking and baking thrown in {Where are the recipes?} makes this novel one of the best Guardian Novels to date. 
                                                           Alfajores

                                               French Crepes

If you haven't read this series yet, I strongly recommend that you do. Every book Traci writes becomes one of my favorites. She knows how to write creative plots, intriguing and engaging characters, and conflict that keeps you up until 3:00 in the morning. 

***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 for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. 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.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming. 


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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Hannah: Mother of a Prophet H.B. Moore-Biblical Fiction Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: Hannah: Mother of a Prophet
  • Author: H.B. Moore
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (June 6, 2022)
  • Genre: Biblical Fiction
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524421987
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Journey back in time to the dusty roads of Shiloh and witness anew the story of Hannah and her son, Samuel.

Hannah is no longer a young woman. In the twilight of her life, she holds her memories close to her heart. Above all, she treasures the miracle of conceiving Samuel after years of barrenness and the promise she made to the Lord to release her child to the high priest Eli’s care to train and serve in the temple. But Samuel’s story does not end at the gates of the temple and neither does his family’s enduring legacy of faith, patience, and deliverance. In this richly detailed and sweeping fictional account of Samuel’s life as a prophet in the making, discover how his mother, Hannah, made impossible decisions guided by her deep and abiding love of God.


My Review
I remember the first time I read one of H.B. Moore's biblical fiction novels. I was swept away in the beauty of the story and it was the same with this story of Hannah. Christians are familiar with the stories found in the Bible. Seeing the stories brought to life and expanded makes for wonderful reading. It allows the reader to "get to know" the people behind the basic stories. This is what I love about H.B. Moore's fantastic storytelling and the emotions brought out while reading.

The novel starts with Hannah as she's experiencing so much heartbreak from not being able to bear her husband a child. I also went through this heartache and could feel deep in my heart how Hannah felt and her deep desire for a son. Through her faithfulness and giving her burdens over to the Father, her prayers were answered and she was blessed with a child. Soon after Samuel's birth, the story shifts to several years later. We see Samuel as a devoted priest in the Holy Temple. We also see Hannah now as a mother of six and grandmother to many. I loved how her husband Elkanah still showed such love to her through the years of infertility and past that time. 

I also loved how the story showed how devoted Samuel was to the Lord and how he took his responsibilities in the temple seriously. The war between the Israelites and Philistines is talked about but not shown in depth, so nothing graphic. This part did showcase how Samauel became a leader of his people and eventually the High Priest in the temple. The novel also told of a love story between Samuel and a village girl named Abigail. This was a sweet part of the story and I loved the author's interpretation of what could have happened. 

I hope readers will find the beauty and joy that can be found in this novel of sorrow, longing, family love, forgiveness, and devotion to God. I know that any Christian who loves Bible stories will enjoy reading the story of Hannah and her son, Samuel the Prophet. 


***Meet Author H.(Heather)B. Moore***

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under the 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.

Please join Heather's email list at: HBMoore.com/contact/

Blog: MyWritersLair.blogspot.com

Website: HBMoore.com

Twitter: @heatherbmoore

Instagram: @authorhbmoore

Facebook: Fans of Heather B. Moore

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



***Author's Notes About Writing 

Hannah: Mother of a Prophet***

I've long been interested in the story of Hannah and her son Samuel. I wondered how could a parent send a child away to live somewhere else, even if it was a temple. How would it be to hand over your beloved son to another person to raise? Sure, Hannah was able to visit Samuel, but she possessed courage and faith that seemed unparalleled. She certainly became an inspiration of faith as I researched all that I could about her story and situation.

This story follows the experiences of Hannah, found in the book of First Samuel, as she deals with the trial of barrenness. Eventually, her husband Elkanah decides to take a second wife so that he can raise posterity. Hannah continues her pleas to the Lord, until one day, while praying at the temple in Shiloh, she is approached by the high priest, Eli. When he inquires what she is so grieved over, Hannah tells him of her desire to have children, and he blesses her to conceive. Since Hannah has vowed to raise her son Samuel as a Nazarite and deliver him to the temple to serve there, her life is then shaped by this commitment and trial of faith.

Alternating viewpoints make up the story, including Hannah, Samuel, and a woman named Abigail. Hannah’s journey of learning to turn her will over to the Lord in all things, and put her complete trust in Him when faced with unsurmountable trials, became an important example to me as I navigate through my own trials in life.


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Biblical novels by H.B. Moore:
Esther the Queen


Ruth


Eve, in the Beginning


Deborah, Prophetess of God


Mary and Martha


Anna the Prophetess


The Moses Chronicles


Hannah, Mother of Prophet


Friday, June 24, 2022

Edward and Amelia: A Regency Romance By Karen Thornell-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


 

Product Details

    Title: Edward and Amelia
    Author: Karen Thornell
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (June 5, 2022)
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524421057
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***




Book Summary
The last thing Amelia Kennington wants is to participate in the London Season. But the daughter of a duke is not afforded such opinions. She must put forth a subdued facade, but beneath it is a well-hidden fire that surfaces only when provoked—such as when an overly familiar gentleman startles her and she falls into the Serpentine.

Edward Drayton, the Earl of Norwich, has gained a reputation as Society’s most decorated rake. And while there are benefits to such a reputation, it no longer gives him the satisfaction it once did. This Season, he plans to find a wife—except she seems to find him instead. And she is nothing like he expected.

Scandal is inevitable following Edward and Amelia’s ill-conceived meeting, forcing them to marry. Amelia’s disdain for this man she hardly knows is more than clear, and Edward’s pride is wounded before their marriage has even truly begun. Yet, against all odds, the two slowly let their guard down, discovering the truth of who they married. But when Society gossip, a sister’s jealousy, and long-held secrets threaten their budding relationship, the unlikely couple must determine if their unconventional love is strong enough to withstand the opposition they face.




My Review
Edward and Amelia is the newest book by author Karen Thornell. This Regency romance is one I liked a lot. The main characters are ones that I became attached to right from the start. They become a victim of unfortunate events leading to scandal and they soon find themselves engaged. 

Amelia is such a sympathetic character. She has sisters, especially one named Edith, that treat her horribly, and a father that basically ignores her. She bears terrible scars from an accident that happened when she was 12 years old. Amelia's self-confidence has been shattered and this forced marriage doesn't help with that at all. Edward is a so-called "rake" that has a bad reputation in society and bringing these two together would seem to be a recipe for disaster. 

One thing I liked in this novel is how well readers get to know the main characters. Thornell always does a fantastic job of creating characters that bring out a lot of emotions in readers. Believe me when I say that you greatly dislike the nasty sister Edith and her friend, Miss Brooks, that persecute poor Amelia. You also want to reach out and hug both Edward and Amelia as they go through the somewhat painful and awkward process of getting to know one another that eventually could lead to love. 

This love story of forced marriage leading to love is well-written, full of emotion, and is a clean romance. Edward and Amelia is the perfect summer read for readers looking for a romance with characters to cheer for and villains to hate. This novel is a great read that I recommend for older teens and adults. 


****Meet Author Karen Thornell****
Karen Thornell grew up reading when she should have been sleeping, but it wasn't until 2019 that she started writing. Tired of ending books and saying 'goodbye' to beloved characters, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters that lived in her head always. It was probably a mark of sleep deprivation that she wanted people living in her head, but the idea was planted regardless.

Karen lives in Utah with her husband and kids. When not writing contemporary or regency romance, she spends her free time doing endless loads of laundry, playing board games, and, yes, talking to those characters in her head.


You can connect with Karen on Instagram, Facebook, or on her site at www.karenthornell.com




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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

To Kiss a Wallflower-Timeless Regency Collection By Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, and Anneka R. Walker-Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: To Kiss a Wallflower-Timeless Regency Collection
  • Authors: Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, and Anneka R. Walker-
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mirror Press (June 21, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952611261
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Eventually, all wallflowers will have their chance at love . . . This is where it begins.

The Wallflower’s Dance 
by Jen Geigle Johnson
Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren't too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she's not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore
Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker
Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.



My Review
What a refreshing change in this new Timeless Regency Collection. The "stars" of each story are a female that would be considered a "Wallflower" and a bit more shy and reserved. I loved how each story was written so cute and each so different from the other.

The Wallflower's Dance by Jen Geigle Johnson was a friends-to-lovers trope. Lottie and Denny have a sweet relationship that they both have taken advantage of through the years & not realizing what they truly had. Once Lottie comes into an inheritance this wallflower becomes instantly popular. I loved how Lottie and Denny dance a new dance around each other when they both realize what is at stake.

Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore was a fun story. Ellen is not truly a wallflower but a diamond of the first water in society. In other words, she's the one most men want. Poor Ellen is so tired of the whole game and just wants to stay home and work in her rose garden. Her mother though is putting pressure on her to marry. For one night and with a wager with her cousin, Ellen becomes a wallflower to get away from the inner circle of society and the presses of men.

Lord Ravenshire has the same problem with a mother who wants him married sooner rather than later. He knows he needs to be there for the Season trying to find a wife but his concerns lie back home with the Merino Sheep the Prince Regent has left in his care. One night he decides to dance with the women at the back of the room; the wallflowers. This story felt like a long novel and I wish it had been. Ellen and Aaron strike a bargain to get away from societal demands by helping each other but they chewed off more than they bargained for. 

To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker was such a darling premise of two people having to marry without knowing each other. They both decide to find out about the other by undergoing small deceptions. In the long run, the joke is going to be on both of them when they find out something very surprising.  I really liked the characters of Charlotte and Lord Templeton and the letters written to introduce themselves. This was a very clever idea.

All three of these novellas are great and fun to read. This change of pace of women who would prefer to stay out of the spotlight makes for some interesting and delightfully told stories.


***Meet the Authors***

Jen Geigle Johnson

An award-winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy's top award for Romance, Jen Geigle Johnson has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. History is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well. Six children and an inspiring husband keep her going and make certain she doesn't stay glued to a keyboard or lost in obscure fascinating details of old castles. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She waterskis like a boss and hits the powder, falling down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love with the man who would become her everything.

Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.

https://www.jengeiglejohnson.com

Twitter--@authorjen

Instagram--@authorlyjen

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Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under the 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.

Please join Heather's email list at: HBMoore.com/contact/

Blog: MyWritersLair.blogspot.com

Website: HBMoore.com

Twitter: @heatherbmoore

Instagram: @authorhbmoore

Facebook: Fans of Heather B. Moore

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



Anneka R. Walker

Anneka Walker was raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor's degree in English and History. When she isn't dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she's busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.
Learn more about Anneka and her books


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Other Timeless Regency Collections:
AUTUMN MASQUERADE
A MIDWINTER BALL
SPRING IN HYDE PARK
SUMMER HOUSE PARTY
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
A HOLIDAY IN BATH
FALLING FOR A DUKE
A NIGHT IN GROSVENOR SQUARE
ROAD TO GRETNA GREEN
WEDDING WAGERS
AN EVENING AT ALMACK'S
A WEEK IN BRIGHTON
TO LOVE A GOVERNESS
WIDOWS OF SOMERSET
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE
A SEASIDE SUMMER
THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE
TO KISS A WALLFLOWER


Monday, June 20, 2022

Games In A Ballroom (A Proper Romance)by Jentry Flint-Regency Romance Book Review


 Book Details

Games in a Ballroom (A Proper Romance) by Jentry Flint 

Publication Date: 5/3/22 Trade Paperback 

ISBN: 9781629729930 

Retail Price: $15.99 

Page Count: 272 

Regency Proper Romance Cover illustration: Kevin Keele Book design: © Shadow Mountain 

Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith

***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary

She was forbidden to love him. He only wanted her heart. Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father's death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia's friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia's strict father.

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?

My Review

I wonder if going to balls several nights a week in 1815 London was grand or at times tedious? Were you meant to find a mate or were you supposed to have fun? All of these questions are a large part of the plot in this Proper Romance by new author Jentry Flint. A group of friends finds a way to make a formal ball a lot more fun by starting a game of "Tag Your It"! This novel has many funny moments as the friends try to outwit one another. 

In Games in a Ballroom, the romance between Emerson and Olivia is cute as they have been friends since childhood. Emerson wants Olivia, but Olivia's father wants a man with a title for his daughter. The "games" that Emerson proposes are for one purpose only, to spend more time with Olivia. This is a slow-burn romance, as it takes many divergent pathways to get the two of them together. The characters are all very likable in this book. I hope that more books will be written with the side characters in the spotlight. 

I was impressed with this fun Regency Romance as it's the author's first published novel. I will definitely want to read more books from Jentry Flint.


***Meet Author Jentry Flint***


JENTRY FLINT is a bookworm-turned-writer with the propensity to try just about anything. She has a true love of history and believes a good quote can fix most things. She lives in southern Utah with her husband and two daughters—who, naturally, are named after characters from books.

Her favorite things in life are flavored popcorn, her grandmother’s purple blanket, and curling up on the couch to watch a movie with her husband. Games in a Ballroom is her debut novel.

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Praise for Games In A Ballroom

“Debut novelist Flint puts her own clever spin on the classic Regency romance-think Jane Austen meets the movie Tag-in this delightfully fun read that not only delivers a sweetly satisfying love story but also illuminates the important role friends play in life. Teen fans of Austen-era romances will be all-in for Flint's playful debut.” —Booklist