Review: WINDWARD SHORE, / by Sharon Hinck

Windward Shore, / by Sharon Hinck (The Dancing Realms, 3)
Enclave     ISBN     9781621841678
Young Adult/Adult     Rating:     5

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Award-winning author Sharon Hinck concludes her science fiction/fantasy series inspired her experience in dance and creative gifts.

In Windward Shore, newly married Carya and Brantley are expectant parents, building a life together. The new Order faces a challenging future with dwindling resources, both in terms of dancers and financial support from Meriel’s villages. Carya, a former dancer, is asked to help discover the reason behind the withdrawal of support.

Her discovery unearths an old enemy behind the rebellion, one who is creating distrust of the reformed Order. Can Carya unite Meriel’s people or will they destroy each other? What about the foelanders who threaten Meriel, the island world?

Hinck’s epic fantasy is filled with believable, realistic characters and a fascinating world. Readers have seen Carya’s love for the Maker grow over the course of the series. In this final book, she learns it is her trust in Him, not her abilities, that is important when responding to His call. She is not responsible for every part of His plan and needs to ask for others’ help. Hope and redemption, love and forgiveness are the main threads throughout the book.

Readers are strongly encouraged to read the Christy Award–winning Hidden Current (Book 1) and Realm Award finalist Forsaken Island (Book 2), as Windward Shore builds on those earlier books.

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Highly recommended for high school libraries and adult collections in public libraries. Adults, older teens, and young adults readers, as well as fans of science fiction/fantasy series will embrace this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

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TO SAVE A KING, / by Rachel Hauck (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: To Save A King
Author: Rachel Hauck
Series: True Blue Royal
Genre: Christian Royal Romance
Release date: May 8, 2021

A modern-day fairytale of rescue and hope
from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Growing up in small town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone had big dreams. So she headed to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But dreams have a way of becoming nightmares. When she returns home twelve years later, she’s limping through life and harboring a dark secret.

Running a rescue ranch and raising her friends’ orphaned daughter is her sole mission now. All the while she’s well aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. He had the perfect life as heir to the revered House of Blue, the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland, and married the love of his life. Then tragedy changed everything. Is there any way to be saved from a life of grief?

When he finds himself in Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he catches up with a good friend–country music great Buck Mathews. He has no intention of joining the 4th of July fun until he’s cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone.

The disastrous race leads to a quick friendship. They are easy and comfortable around one another because love is absolutely not an option.

John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife while Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

When trouble in Lauchtenland calls the prince home, he realizes how much Gemma has rescued him. Saved him and restored his hope for his role as future king.

For Gemma, falling in love with the prince must be quenched. If it weren’t for her past, she’d give him her heart in a second. How could she risk bringing her shame to the House of Blue and the world stage?

However, she’s not the only one who can rescue and heal the wound. If she saved Prince John, why can’t he save her? And when he tries, will she have the courage to say yes to the best role of her life?

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!” Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

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About the Author

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Three more of her titles are under film contract.

Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

In the real world, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

One of the biggest challenges in a series is keeping the reader interested. Even more of a challenge is writing in a trope like royals.

I never set out to write a second royal series. With five stories in the Royal Wedding Series, I thought I’d explored the topic to my satisfactions.

Yet when readers asked for more, and when I found myself in a season to produce my own stories, another royal series seemed like the perfect fit.

But can I be honest? Really honest? Come close. I’ll tell you a secret. Closer…

Royals can be a bit boring. At least to write. You laugh but I’m serious.

What do we really know of their day to day lives? They attend national functions, patron charities, represent the nation on walkabouts around the world. They are ambassadors with no real political agenda. They champion causes.

But what exactly do they do with their days? What are the inner workings of palace life? What are the real expectations? Do they call the queen “her majesty” when talking among themselves? When talking to her? Are they as formal as it seems on television?

Yet royals are the most documented people in history. So there is a lot to glean from when I make up my worlds.

But at the end of it all, they key for me in writing royal characters is to make them real, everyday people. The prince is the kind of chap you want to chat with over tea. The heroine is the sort of girl you’d love to see become a princess. Maybe even see a bit of yourself in her.

In To Save A King, Crown Prince John is trying to emerge for a year of grief. Gemma Stone is desperate to escape her past.

Gemma’s story has some what of an edge to it. In her attempt to achieve her goals, she walked a path she never thought she’d walk when she was a girl growing up in Hearts Bend, Tennessee. And it proved her undoing.

While we may have never faced a past like Gemma’s, we can all relate to personal betrayal of our values from gossip to immorality. I hope Gemma’s story reminds us the nearness of love and forgiveness.

On a lighter side, I recently learned British society has moved away from chap and bloke, replacing it with the American term “guy.” Isn’t that funny. Louise Lee, my narrator, said it was funny to read those words in To Love A Prince since there were more her parents’ generation. Ah, the signs of a more global society.

Well, I didn’t care if they have gone out of style for young people. I used them anyway. I like them. Maybe we should adopt “chap” and “bloke” over here. What do you say, guys?

I hope you enjoy To Save A King, book two in the True Blue Royal series and find your heart cheering on broken, wounded characters to a happily ever after worthy of a prince and princess.


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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
*May be different than one pictured.

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My Review

As usual, Hauck creates an enchanting storyline, complete with faith elements that bear a touch of the supernatural, memorable characters, and a clean romance. Both Prince John and Gemma have made poor choices in the past and assume others relate (and will always relate) to them based on those bad decisions.

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In the small town of Hearts Bend, they become friends and find that like Gemma’s rescue animals, their hearts are being rescued too. Themes of friendship, love, second chances, grace, and forgiveness (both of oneself and of others) permeate the story. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Announcing WINDWARD SHORE, / by Sharon Hinck

Coming soon!

If you haven’t read the earlier books in this series, here are my reviews of

Hidden Current (Book 1) and The Forsaken Island (Book 2).

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Announcing TO SAVE A KING, / by Rachel Hauck

As usual, Hauck creates an enchanting storyline, complete with faith elements that bear a touch of the supernatural, memorable characters, and a clean romance.

Both Prince John and Gemma have made poor choices in the past and assume others relate (and will always relate) to them based on those bad decisions. In the small town of Hearts Bend, they become friends and find that like Gemma’s rescue animals, their hearts are being rescued too. Themes of friendship, love, second chances, grace, and forgiveness (both of oneself and of others) permeate the story. 

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COURT OF SWANS, / by Melanie Dickerson

Court of Swans / Melanie Dickerson (A Dericott Tale, 1)

Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780785234012

YA     Rating:     3

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Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson kicks off her new series set in medieval England and featuring the Raynsford family.

In Court of Swans, Lady Delia Raynsford, the Earl of Dericott’s only daughter, lives a quiet life after her widowed father marries a much younger woman. When the earl dies a few years later, Delia’s stepmother arranges for Delia’s seven brothers to be (falsely) accused of treason against the Crown and imprisoned in the Tower of London. 

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Dickerson, known for her medieval young adult retellings, takes the Wild Swans fairy tale as her inspiration for this novel. It is an entertaining read with a strong heroine, a sweet romance, and faith elements.

Recommended especially for young adult collections in school and public libraries, for teens, young adults, and those who are young at heart.

Carol R. Gehringer

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HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES / by Pepper Basham (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: Hope Between the Pages
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Christian Historical
Release date: April, 2021

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

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About the Author

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair.

Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

More from Pepper

Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King

Appalachia is known for having a high illiteracy rate. A place of beautiful scenery and rugged landscapes, the people of the mountains developed stories through oral storytelling much more than “book learning”. As a young girl growing up in this world, I loved hearing my granny share tales from up to five generations ago, filling in the narrative gaps between a birth date and a death date on a tombstone – giving flesh and breath to the stone-etched names.

It’s no surprise then, with a heart cultivated from rich oral stories, I fell in love with reading. Books became that “portable magic” that took me places my little Appalachian community couldn’t provide. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Wept through the end of Bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled to the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade, I read my very first “British” novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English manor houses and British classics. Before long, I’d consumed Jane Eyre, Austen’s classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein…and the list goes on! And then…I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the ‘real’ world swelled into OTHER worlds.

I’m grateful for true stories of book-loving pioneers traveling into the world of Appalachia to provide books and literacy training to “my people”, because I know some of those books made their way to my tiny elementary school library…and not only brought me the chance to discover stories, but to write them too!

Isn’t it amazing how books can do that?

In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continue to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories stretched their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful imaginations and positive perspectives. It’s still amazing to me that ink-and-paper words can make such a lasting impact on hearts and minds. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us to think outside the box, swell our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and encourage our hope.

Books are not a replacement for real adventures and relationships, but they certainly provide a beautiful “door” into other lives and worlds that we may never have a chance to experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, both have kept close to home but traveled greatly through books…and BOTH are given the opportunity to reach beyond the bindings to discover real-life adventures. I’d like to think that their love for stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and into their own tales even more prepared than they would have been without stories.

What are some of your favorite books you read as a child? Did any of them influence you to become a more avid reader?


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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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My Review

Award-winning author Pepper Basham pens a dual-time novel, taking place during modern day and World War I, connecting the two women, and a love of books.

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Basham is probably best known for her contemporary books set in the Blue Ridge mountains. This book bears the hallmark of her writing: touches of humor and faith intermingled with a good storyline and endearing characters. The reader gets two love stories, plot twists, as well as plenty of scenes set in both the library and the bookstore.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE INDEBTED EARL, / by Erica Vetsch (JustRead Tour)

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Indebted Earl, / by Erica Vetsch (Serendipity & Secrets, 3)
Kregel     ISBN: 9780825446191
Adult     Rating:     4

MY REVIEW
Erica Vetsch presents her final inspirational Regency romance in this series, featuring an injured naval officer and a duke’s daughter.

In The Indebted Earl, Captain Charles Wyvern fulfills the dying wish of his fellow naval officer – to convey the news of Major Richardson’s death personally to Lady Sophia Haverly. Then Charles is named the new Earl of Rothwell and inherits the guardianship of three young girls. Charles proposes a marriage of convenience, only to be accused of smuggling soon after. Can they weather these storms? What does the future hold for them?

Vetsch pens an engaging novel filled with historical detail, faith elements, realistic characters, and unexpected plot twists. The theme throughout is God’s sovereignty, and both Charles and Sophia struggle with this concept. Two naval officers are wounded, but only one dies from his injuries. Why? What happens when God’s plans appear to fall apart? Both learn that God’s plans for them do not include debts from the past.

While this book can be read as a standalone, readers are recommended to read the earlier books from this series (The Lost Lieutenant, and The Gentleman Spy), as some characters from the earlier books also make an appearance. In all three books, there is a sailor or soldier who is noble of character but not of birth. He becomes a nobleman (inherits a title or is bestowed a title), then marries a woman of nobility, usually through a marriage of convenience. While the romance is at the heart of the story, there is also a mystery to solve or obstacles to overcome such as Evan’s partial amnesia, Marcus’ spying activities, and Charles’ smuggling charges. Each relationship is a clean romance with the main characters learning to recognize God’s sovereignty in their lives through various circumstances. All of them are delightful excursions into Regency England.

Recommended for public libraries and high school readers. Fans of Kristi Ann Hunter, Julie Klassen, and  Carolyn Miller will enjoy this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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COOKING UP A MYSTERY / by Gail Pallotta (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: Cooking Up A Mystery
Author: Gail Pallotta
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release date: April 24, 2020

Laney Eskridge worked to put her husband through dental school. Then he left with another woman. She’s on edge from the emotional scars and her parents’ deaths. Then she hears unexplained noises in her new tea house, and her anxiety is tripled. Add a budding romance with Eric—a guy with a fear of commitment—and it’s all too much to handle. She cuts ties with Eric and plunges into making her business pay off.

When Eric discovers that Laney’s in danger, he vows to protect her. But can he make a lasting promise? Will she trust him? . . . and when they overhear a threat that could cause national turmoil, will anyone believe them? There’s more brewing than herbal tea in Cooking up a Mystery.

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About the Author

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Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

More from Gail

In Cooking Up a Mystery running a business with no background or formal training in accounting or management overwhelms Laney, the heroine. George, her assistant, tells her she has him and God, who knows her needs. Then he adds, “You … have your mom’s wonderful recipes and you whip them up like a pro.”

I chose the food industry for Laney, a woman entrepreneur succeeding against the odds, because I have lots of cooking experience. I learned the skill at age ten. The reason, according to my father—I’d know how when I got married. I didn’t marry until I was thirty. By then, I’d received lots of instruction, so I knew how to prepare some pretty good dinners. My husband said, “You could start a restaurant.” I wanted to do other things instead, such as write, but I started one in this book.

Mt first woman entrepreneur appears in Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, a romantic comedy about a hairstylist. It’s set in Eve’s Clips, a salon in Triville, a fictitious town in the North Carolina Mountains where Laney opens Laney’s Delectable Delights.

A section in the back of Cooking up a Mystery, Laney’s Chefs in the Making, features over two dozen recipes. Only Laney’s Pineapple Rice is mine. The rest are from a book, Heavenly Delights, authored by my friend, Pam Nichols Griffin, as a fundraiser for Mission Love Seeds, a charity that helps children throughout the world and responds locally after disasters to demonstrate God’s love.

Laney’s Pineapple Rice

Ingredients:
Rice (can be instant, but not boil-in-the-bag)
Cooking oil or spray
One small onion (chopped thin)
Five cloves garlic (or minced gloves equaling five cloves)
One tablespoon fresh grated ginger
One cup fresh pineapple
Small amount of pineapple juice
One teaspoon sugar
One lime

  1. Cook rice according to directions on the box, but substitute a couple of tablespoons to 1/4 cup pineapple juice (depending on taste) for part of the water.
  2. Chill rice.
  3. Coat a heavy bottom skillet with oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple and sugar and stir. Add cold rice, break up, squirt with the juice of one lime and stir until heated and blended.

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To celebrate her tour, Gail is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card!!   Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My Review

Gail Pallota pens a cozy mystery featuring a divorced woman entrepreneur struggling to establish her business (Laney), a bachelor college professor recovering from a broken leg (Eric), an ugly painting, and an overheard conversation threatening others.

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Pallotta provides realistic main characters, an imaginative plot, and deliciously described food, with interesting secondary characters. With the help of Laney’s assistant George, Laney and Eric unravel the mystery behind the sounds they heard and the ugly painting given to the restaurant. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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NO STONE UNTURNED, / by David James Warren (JustRead Tour)

No Stone Unturned JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for No Unturned Stone by
David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

No Unturned StoneTitle: No Unturned Stone
Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #2
Author: David James Warren
Publisher: TriStone Media
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

The One Rule Is, Don’t Mess With The Past

But he did, and now ex-detective Rembrandt Stone is reaping the devastation of ignoring those words when he traveled back in time to solve the one case that had haunted his dreams.

Yes, he solved the crime. Yes, he saved lives. But Rembrandt returns to find the unthinkable has happened and his life has shattered.

There’s only one answer: break the rule again. Go back in time once more, fix what went wrong, save what went right, and yeah, in his spare time solve another brutal crime.

But it’s not so easy to change time, especially when time turns you into a target. And of course there’s the strong possibility if he goes again, he’ll never get back.

Get ready for your mind to be blown in Book 2 of the time-travel suspense series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

CONNECT WITH REMBRANDT STONE: Website | Instagram


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Cast the First Stone & No Unturned Stone!

No Unturned Stone JustRead Giveaway

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MY REVIEW

Police detective Rembrandt Stone returns to the past to solve the cold case, reset what he altered, and return to a future he desires. Or will he find he has altered the current timeline yet again?

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Rembrandt is haunted by regrets and consequences of his actions, as well as the cold cases – if only he could go back in time and change things. His intentions are good, but there are ripple effects from making those changes.

Carol R. Gehringer

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IS IT ANY WONDER, / by Courtney Walsh

Is It Any Wonder, / by Courtney Walsh
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496434432
Adult     Rating:     4

Bestselling author Courtney Walsh returns with another Nantucket-based inspirational contemporary romance.

In Is It Any Wonder, event planner Louisa Chambers and Coast Guardsman Cody Boggs were childhood friends and first loves until tragedy tore them and their families apart twelve years ago. When Cody is assigned to the Nantucket base, he doesn’t expect to run into Louisa. When Louisa and Cody are forced to work together on a community event, they have to face the past. Will they find a second chance at love, despite the things that tore their families apart? 

Walsh is known for her inspirational romances that are more than just a lightweight beach read. She pens realistic characters with flaws, descriptive narratives, and intriguing back stories. Cody and Louisa are still attracted to one another. They learn the truth about the tragic accident that affected their families — and their future. Themes of bitterness, regret, grief, forgiveness, and grace permeate the story. The faith element is an intricate part of the storyline, but it is not heavy-handed. The story revolves around the impact of sacrificial, unconditional love, as well as the ripple effects of a tragic accident that drove two close families apart.

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries, especially for fans of inspirational contemporary romance like those by Courtney Walsh, Becky Wade, and Denise Hunter

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Recent Reviews Posted (MARCH 2021)

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DARK OF NIGHT, / by Carrie Cotten (Just Read Tour)

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dark of Night by Carrie Cotten, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Dark of NightTitle: Dark of Night
Series: Dreamwalker #2
Author: Carrie Cotten
Publisher: independently published
Release Date: March 25, 2021
Genre: Christian Speculative Fiction

A new life, a new love, and even a new name. For former secret agent Andromeda Stone – now Joanna Carter – a normal, boring life with her handsome husband was the happy ending. But an old enemy resurfaces, determined to leave nothing unfinished, and Andy must step back into the nightmares once again. Andy and Will each face their own worst fears in their search for answers. Will this new mission cost Andy more than she’s willing to pay?

When the journey takes her to deeper and darker places than she’s ever been before, Andy discovers it’s more than just answers she’s looking for.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Carrie Cotten

Carrie Cotten is a recent transplant to the Appalachian mountains where she and her family are trying their hand at homesteading in the tranquil community of Grassy Creek, North Carolina. By day she is a farming, homeschooling mom of four and by night, a writer of intense, emotional and intriguing Christian fiction novels.

While she has been writing her whole life, the Dreamwalker books are her first complete and published series. Her ultimate goal is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ through her words. Her characters, though dealing with unbelievable situations experience real, raw, and believable faith.

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(1) winner will receive a Dreamwalker prize pack including The Dreamwalker
paperback book, a Dreamwalker charm, Dreamwalker bookmark,
and (4) stickers!

Dark of Night JustRead Giveaway

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and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2021. Winner will be notified

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THE INDEBTED EARL, / by Erica Vetsch (I Read with Audra Blog Tour)

THE INDEBTED EARL, by Erica Vetsch

Kregel Publications


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Indebted Earl, / by Erica Vetsch (Serendipity & Secrets, 3)
Kregel     ISBN: 9780825446191
Adult     Rating:     4

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–
or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

 


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MY REVIEW

Erica Vetsch presents her final inspirational Regency romance in this series, this one featuring an injured naval officer and a duke’s daughter.

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Vetsch pens an engaging novel filled with historical detail, faith elements, realistic characters, and unexpected plot twists. The theme throughout is God’s sovereignty, and both Charles and Sophia struggle with this concept. Two naval officers are wounded, but only one dies from his injuries. Why? What happens when God’s plans appear to fall apart? Both learn that God’s plans for them do not include debts from the past.

Interested in the other books in this series? Read my reviews for The Lost Lieutenant, and The Gentleman Spy.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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CAN’T BUY ME LOVE, / by Susan May Warren and Andrea Christenson (JustRead Tour)

Can't Buy Me Love JustRead Blog + Review Tour
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Can't Buy Me LoveTitle: Can’t Buy Me Love
Series: Deep Haven Collection #2
Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He can’t buy his way out of trouble this time…

Housekeeper-slash-entrepreneur Ella Bradley prides herself on being ready for anything. After all, with a father who died—and lied to her—and a stepmom and stepsister who despise her, she has no one else to depend on. But on the biggest night of her life, she’s unprepared to be trapped in an elevator with the man of her dreams.

Wealthy prince-to-a-fortune Adrian Vassos wants nothing more than to shed his reputation as a party boy and prove that he is a savvy businessman. Even, a gentleman. But when he’s trapped with a woman who knows his reputation but not his face, he gives into the temptation to be someone else—and lies.

When serendipity brings them together again—this time to work off community service—can their combined sentences spark a new ending? Maybe…if Adrian’s lies don’t find him out. Again.

The magic of Deep Haven enchants in this modern-day Cinderella story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

CONNECT WITH ANDREA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

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EXCERPT

Anything had to be better than returning to Deep Haven. Enemy fire. Jumping into hostile territory. Twelve months of MREs. Even cleaning the pit toilets in a remote desert outpost.

Anything but having to face the one person who’d destroyed his life.

Cole Barrett turned up the defrost fan, his grip tight on the steering wheel.

The clouds hung low over Lake Superior, passing cars whipping up a cocktail of snow and ice against his windshield as he traveled north on Highway 61. And now, because the rental company had loaned out the Ford Explorer he’d reserved, he was stuck in a ridiculous Dodge Grand Caravan and thirty minutes behind schedule for his meeting with Deep Haven real estate agent Nathan Decker.

In forty-eight hours, the deal would be done. He’d have his grandfather’s house cleared out and listed for sale, and hopefully, he’d also hear from the U.S. Marshals Service for an interview. And, really, it couldn’t happen fast enough.

He eased his foot off the gas when hazard lights materialized through the snowy January haze. As he drew closer, he spotted a woman standing on the berm of plowed snow that bordered the highway, her Subaru pitched into the ditch.

She wore her blue knit cap pulled down low, and wisps of blonde hair snapped around her forehead as they escaped the scarf wound halfway up her face.

From the angle of her car, the quick math told him she’d hit a patch of ice and spun off the road, burying her front end in the snow.

Cole glanced at the clock and groaned. Yet another delay. Yeah, well, he couldn’t just leave her there. There was no way she’d get out without assistance, and considering how hard it was to get a text through to Nathan up the road in Deep Haven, he didn’t figure she had any help on the way. He slowed, pulling onto the shoulder ahead of her.

Slush splattered on his boots and he tugged his black leather jacket closed against the icy Minnesota gale that sliced through the fabric of his shirt. From the looks of the slope of the ditch, if she’d slid a foot farther, her front bumper would have embedded into the berm and he’d need more than his bare hands to dig her out.

As it were, the right leverage and his brute strength might get them both on their way in a jiffy.

“Hey!” She’d scrambled down the snowbank as he approached. “Thanks!”

She opened a passenger side door and dug through a box, chucking a bundle of blue flowers out of it.

“Are you okay?”

She looked over her shoulder at him. He couldn’t help but think that she resembled a miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in her thick, gray down coat and wrappings, only her hazel eyes visible. She pulled her scarf away from her mouth to speak.

“I’m fine, if you include the fact I’m super late and—oh, never mind.” She turned around, holding the empty box. “You know, my day started out pretty spectacular. Blue skies, happy bride. I’m not sure how it took this plunge into the abyss of terrible.”

“You too, huh?”

“You can’t even imagine.” She pulled apart the box. Clearly, this wasn’t her first off-road excursion.

“Let’s see what we can do.” He circled the car, dropping to his knees to scrape the ice and snow out from under the tire. The cold seeped through his denim and bit at his hands. “I don’t think it will take too much to get you back on the road. You’re not jammed in deep.” He looked at the swirl of tracks leading to her tires. “I don’t see any icy patches. Did you swerve to avoid a deer?”

She shook her head. “I wish. It was a lunch accident.”

He frowned but didn’t know how to follow up. He took the cardboard and wedged it under her tire. “Okay, put it in reverse and I’ll rock it, and let’s see if we can get some traction. Once you get up on the road, get it in drive and keep going. Okay?”

She nodded beneath her layers. “Got it. Thank you for stopping.” She looked up at him, let out a long breath. “It’s a little embarrassing when a minivan outmaneuvers the four-wheel drive.”

“You’re welcome. And, it’s not mine.” Heat rose in his face and he suddenly felt the need to defend himself. “The rental company messed up.”

“Oh?” For the first time he got a smile. She leaned to look past him at the van. “I don’t know, though. I think it makes a real statement.”

The kind of statement he might have liked, if his life hadn’t derailed. Yet another thing he could thank his ex-wife for.

She climbed back inside her car and started it up, waited for a break in traffic. He put his shoulder against the front bumper and pushed. It didn’t take much to regain traction. He nearly fell as her car rolled back onto the pavement. She put her window down. “Thanks!”

“No problem!” He found his feet, waved, and jogged back to the van, his jeans wet and chunks of ice clinging to his boots. Perfect. Now he’d be late, hungry, and cold.

COPYRIGHT: Sunrise Media Group, LLC


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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Can’t Buy Me Love ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

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MY REVIEW

Andrea Christianson’s debut novel shows great promise – Can’t Buy Me Love has interesting characters, faith elements, and an interesting twist on the Cinderella tale, set in a familiar setting – Deep Haven! This sweet clean romance strikes just the right chords for a contemporary Cinderella retelling. The plot moves along at the right pace and has a number of humorous elements.

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The themes in Can’t Buy Me Love are forgiveness, family history, and trust. Adrian and Ella have to decide whether to follow the footsteps of their respective fathers, or choose a new path.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: UNKNOWN THREAT, / by Lynn Blackburn (A Revell Reads Review)

Unknown Threat, / by Lynn H. Blackburn (Defend and Protect ,1)
Revell    ISBN     9780800737955
Adult     Rating:     4

Award-winning author Lynn Blackburn kicks off a new romantic suspense series with a bang — three Secret Service agents from the same office are killed and two more are nearly killed in a short period of time.

In Unknown Threat, Blackburn’s writing continues to improve since her debut novel. Unknown Threat is an action-packed thriller filled with faith elements, a clean romance, realistic characters, and a plot that will keep the reader up late trying to unravel the twists. The book combines several themes: family relationships, forgiveness, and hope. 

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I received this complimentary copy as part of the Revell Reads blogger program. I am not required to write positive reviews.

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Review: A GROOM FOR GRACIE, / by Heather Blanton

A Groom for Gracie, / by Heather Blanton (Blizzard Brides, 11)
Rivulet Publishing    
ASIN     B08N2FNH31
Adult     Rating:     4

Christian Western romance author Heather Blanton writes an addition to the Blizzard Brides series, where pioneer women find themselves in need of mail order husbands after two devastating blizzards make them widows.

In A Groom for Gracie, Gracie Erstwhile leaves behind a life as a con artist, wanting to settle down and reach for her dream of a community theater. Noble McCain, a farmer who experienced failure and loss, wants a place where he and his son can set down roots. 

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Blanton is a gifted storyteller, penning stories of strong pioneer women who face challenging situations, both in life and love. Her stories include strong faith elements, an adventure, a clean romance, and of course, plot twists. As always, Blanton includes good character development, descriptive narratives, and an original twist to the mail order storyline. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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TORCH, / by R. J. Anderson (Celebrate Lit Tour)


About the Book

Book: Torch
Author: R. J. Anderson
Genre: Christian YA Fantasy
Release date: February 9, 2021

How do you fight fire without fire?

When a freak storm uncovers the entrance to a mysterious underground chamber, Ivy and Martin expect to find treasure. But what they discover is even more valuable: a barrow full of sleeping spriggans, magically preserved for centuries. With the vengeful piskey queen Betony determined to capture Ivy and her followers, the secret hideaway could be key to both their peoples’ survival.

But the piskeys and spriggans are ancient enemies, and when Ivy tries to make peace her own followers threaten to turn against her. Plagued by treachery, betrayal and desertion on every side, Ivy must find a way to unite the magical folk of Cornwall–or doom herself, Martin and everyone she loves to death at Betony’s hand.

Yet without the legendary fire-wielding power that marks a true piskey queen, can Ivy convince her people to believe?

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About the Author

Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

More from R. J.

What does it take to be a good leader?
Looking at some of the religious, social and political leaders around us, it seems like a confident attitude, dramatic flair, and the ability to make stirring speeches are the keys to success. But is that the kind of leadership people really need, or is it only what we’ve grown used to?
Ivy, the heroine of my book Torch, never wanted to become a leader, or expected anyone to follow her. After being exiled from her underground home by her proud Aunt Betony, she’s been struggling to make sense of her own life, never mind anyone else’s. But when a ragtag band of old friends and former neighbours turn up on Ivy’s doorstep looking for a new home, she has no choice but to help her fellow Cornish piskeys as best she can.
What Ivy soon finds, however, is that her people’s hopes and expectations for her are much bigger than any she had for herself. They want a queen strong enough to defeat Betony and free their people — but how can Ivy stand up to her aunt’s ruthless tactics and magical fire-wielding powers, when she’s just a slight teenager with barely any magic at all?
As I wrote this book, the last in my Flight and Flame trilogy about Ivy of the Delve, I wanted to explore the difference between the popular idea of a great leader, and the humble servant leadership taught and exemplified by Christ. Unlike Betony, who has become so obsessed with her own power and reputation that she’s blind to her people’s suffering, Ivy only wants to help and encourage her fellow piskeys and keep them safe from harm. She’s willing to sacrifice her own comfort, put aside her own feelings, and do whatever it takes to make sure her followers survive. And though she makes some mistakes and faces some painful challenges along the way, she never forgets that her goal isn’t personal fame or glory, but the good of everyone around her.
Ivy’s personal journey also reflects some of my own recent experiences of caregiving, which can seem like an impossible task when the needs of our loved ones grow greater than our own strength and wisdom can bear. She has to learn, as I did, that the only solution is to ask for help and be willing to let others do it their own way, instead of trying to control everything ourselves.
Torch is the last book of the epic adventure that began with Swift and continued in Nomad, taking Ivy from the depths of obscurity to heights she never imagined, and from a life of loneliness to a love sweeter — and stranger — than she ever dreamed she’d find. It’s a story that’s close to my heart, and I hope it will find a place in yours and your family’s as well!

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed bookplate, bookmarks, notecards, and a copy of either SWIFT, NOMAD or TORCH!! (winner’s choice)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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MY REVIEW

Anderson excels in creating her fantasy world, filled with piskeys, spriggans, and faeries who live in their own societies, complete with rules and prejudices about the others in their world. Celtic lore is interwoven into the storyline. Themes of forgiveness, love, and redemption flow together in this magical story.

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Over the course of the series (Swift, Nomad, and Torch ), Ivy grows from a wingless piskey who felt alone within a community to a servant leader with the courage to step out of her comfort zone for the sake of her people. 

Watch for cameo appearances of characters from her series, No Ordinary Fairy Tale (Knife, Rebel, and Arrow). If you haven’t read this series, be sure to do so. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Recent Reviews Posted (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021)

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Recent Reviews Posted (November/December 2020)

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CHRISTY AWARD FINALISTS 2020

This is an abbreviated list of the 2020 finalists with links to my reviews.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

  • The Land Beneath Us, Sarah Sundin    Revell/ Baker Publishing Group
  • The Painted Castle, Kristy Cambron    Thomas Nelson
  • The Number of Love, Roseanna M. White    Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

  • Just One Kiss, Courtney Walsh    Courtney Walsh Writes  (read but not reviewed, rating: 4)
  • Now and Then and Always, Melissa Tagg    Larkspur Press
  • Sweet On You, Becky Wade    Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group

HISTORICAL

  • The Bright Unknown, Elizabeth Byler Younts    Tyndale House Publishers
  • The Medallion, Cathy Gohlke    Tyndale House Publishers (read but not reviewed, rating: 4)
  • Memories of Glass, Melanie Dobson    Tyndale House Publishers
  • My Dearest Dietrich, Amanda Barratt    Kregel Publications

VISIONARY

  • Cry of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse    Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group  (read but not reviewed, rating: 4)
  • Hidden Current, Sharon Hinck    Enclave Publishing
  • The Story Raider, Lindsay A. Franklin    Enclave Publishing

YOUNG ADULT

  • The Means That Make Us Strangers, Christine Kindberg    Bellflower Press
  • The Piper’s Pursuit, Melanie Dickerson    Thomas Nelson
  • The Winter King, Christine Cohen    Canonball Books

Winners will be announced on November 12, 2020.

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CAROL Award Winners 2020

Warmest congratulations to the winners of American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for books published in 2019! Way to go, everyone!
  • Historical Romance: The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin
  • Romance: Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon
  • Contemporary: The Death of Mungo Blackwell by Lauren H. Brandenburg
  • Historical: Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal
  • Novella: The Groom She’d Thought She Left Behind (from The Runaway Brides Collection) by Darlene Panzera
  • Short Novel: A Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount
  • Young Adult: Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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Hello, and welcome!

Welcome to my blog!  I love to read — and I love to recommend good books to my students — and others. I’ll be sharing excerpts of my reviews here as well as my thoughts on the world of reading.

Worthy2Read is based on Philippians 4:8 “Whatver is worthy . . . think about these things.” I will focus on works that are worthy of praise, worthy to spend that precious commodity: our time — to read.

Thanks for joining me.

Carol G

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THE HESITANT HEIRESS, / by Dawn Crandall (Celebrate Lit Tour)


About the Book

Book:The Hesitant Heiress

Author:Dawn Crandall

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother.

Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt’s Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men–Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother’s tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems…and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn’t who she thought at all.

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About the Author

Dawn Crandall’s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, The Hesitant Heiress, was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, The Bound Heart, received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles.

Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

More from Dawn

Some things just float your boat, you know? What are some of yours? I’m thinking, for many of you, having piles of awesome newly released novels to read is one of those things. Do you remember what it was that you loved to do more than anything else… when you were a kid?

Well, for me, at least, it hasn’t changed much. I remember being in third grade and KNOWING that I was meant to write books. But having ADD in the 80’s and feeling like I was a pretty lousy student through most of my school years sort of put my dreams of being a published author in the category of “pipe dream”. Then during my senior year of college, I had one glorious spring break week of creative thinking, and I came up with the name of the heroine I would (hopefully) write someday—Amaryllis Brigham. And I also came up with the last name of the hero, and the family I would write a series about—the Everstones.

Five years after I graduated from college, I got married. And because I had lots of extra time at that point, I decided to check out some books about character development from the library. Which was the first clue to my husband that I wanted to write a novel. Yes, I hadn’t even told him! Then another five years went by while I worked full time at a daycare. I had definitely thought more about writing it by then, but I didn’t really know how to start.

But then I did. At the age of 32, during January 2010, I finally started writing The Hesitant Heiress. I just dove in, half planned and half one-chapter-at-a-time. I love history so much, when I’m doing research the world as it was just comes to life in my imagination and the story possibilities are endless! And really, I wrote Nathan and Amaryllis’s story for myself—for the joy of writing! Creating story, I found, was my favorite hobby beyond reading them! I did have a dream once during the two year process of writing THH, and I very vaguely saw a cover face out on a shelf. But again, to me it seemed like an impossibility, and I just kept focused on the joy I attained from writing it.

If you would have told me back then that that first novel I loved writing would be traditionally published and on the market two and a half years after I finished writing it, I would have laughed in your face! And then, when I first saw Amaryllis on the cover of that first book in my series of five… I thought back to the dream I had that one time, and she was it. The way Amaryllis Brigham is situated on the cover of my published novel was very similar to the vague book cover of my dream. God had done it; He had taken the biggest desire of my life, given me a dream even when I was too cautious to hope, and He had made it a possibility.


Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 11

Worthy2Read, February 11

Inklings and notions, February 12

Mia Reads, February 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 13

Labor Not in Vain, February 13

A Baker’s Perspective, February 14

deb’s Book Review, February 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 15

Rachael’s Inkwell, February 15

Rebecca Tews, February 16

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, February 16

Texas Book-aholic, February 17

Connie’s History Classroom, February 18

Blogging With Carol, February 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 19

Bliss, Books and Jewels, February 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 20

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 20

For Him and My Family, February 21

Simple Harvest Reads, February 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 23

Beauty in the Binding, February 23

Hallie Reads, February 24

Guild Master, February 24


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dawn is giving away the grand prize package of the complete Everstone Chronicles series in paperback and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10744/the-hesitant-heiress-celebration-tour-giveaway


MY REVIEW

Crandall’s book is filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. The relationship between Nathan and Amaryllis is clean but captivating.

Told in the first person makes it harder to understand Nathan, as the events are shared from Amaryllis’ perspective. The Hesitant Heiress combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. The reader sympathizes with Amaryllis and her actions, especially once her past hurts and the truth are finally revealed.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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CAST THE FIRST STONE / by David James Warren (JustRead Tour)

Cast the First Stone JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Cast the First Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

From the creative pens of USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren, award-winning author James L. Rubart, and new voice, David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

Cast the First StoneTitle: Cast the First Stone
Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #1
Author: David James Warren
Publisher: TriStone Media
Release Date: February 8, 2021
Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

One case haunts him. One chance to fix the past. One mistake could cost him everything.

Ex-Minneapolis Police Detective Rembrandt Stone walked away from a career he loved—just the price of being sure he can come home to the wife and daughter he cherishes. But he can’t shake the deep regret over a case left behind.

When his mentor, the former Chief of Homicide dies and leaves Rembrandt with a box of cold cases and a mysterious watch, he finds himself thrust into a world he recognizes—a world from twenty years ago—the same world he’s woken from in a cold sweat a hundred times. But is it a dream, or some kind of twisted reality?

If he solves the case that plagues him, and justice is finally served, will it destroy the life he loves?

Strap in for a mind-bending, time travel thrill ride in Book One of this riveting new series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

CONNECT WITH REMBRANDT STONE: Website | Instagram


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

CONNECT WITH JAMES: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves travelling and telling stories about life, adventure and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

CONNECT WITH DAVID: Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Cast the First Stone!

Cast the First Stone JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 9, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 16, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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MY REVIEW

David James Warren kicks off this time travel/police detective/thriller with relatable characters, and a fast-paced plot (with a few twists thrown in). Readers will be engaged from the first chapter until its conclusion — which will have them begging for the next book.

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Consider this a series of 6 episodes, with each book centering on a specific case and hinting what the next book will reveal. Remember also, the cardinal rule of time travel: any change in the past will affect the future, the question is how?

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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A DANCE IN DONEGAL, / by Jennifer Deibels (I Read with Audra Blog Tour)


ABOUT THE BOOK

A Dance in Donegal, / by Jennifer Deibel
Revell     ISBN
Adult     Rating:     4

All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish–that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she’s heard so much about.

After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher whose work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and other publications. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and their three children.

You can find her online at www.jenniferdeibel.comFacebook (@JenniferDeibelAuthor), and Instagram (@jenniferdeibel_author).


GIVEAWAY

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MY REVIEW

Jennifer Deibel pens her debut historical fiction novel, setting it in rural Ireland during the 1920s.

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Deibel does an excellent job in creating the fictional Irish village, and the reader will enjoy the breath of fresh air with its pastoral setting. Although the book starts out slowly, it is refreshing to read the delightful characters, descriptive narratives, and a few plot twists Faith elements are sprinkled throughout without it being heavy handed as this story unfolds, and Moira discovers the truth behind the rumors. 

Historical fiction fans will be delighted with Looking forward to the next book by Ms. Deibel, coming in Spring 2022!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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OATH OF THE BROTHERHOOD, / by Carla Laureano (Celebrate Lit Tour)


About the Book


Book: Oath of the Brotherhood

Author: Carla Laureano

Genre: Christian fantasy and adventure

When evil threatens, who will find the faith to fight it?

In an island kingdom where the Old Ways hold fast and a man’s worth lies entirely in his skill with the sword, Conor Mac Nir is a musician and a follower of a forbidden faith–problematic for any man, but disastrous for the son of the king.

When Conor is sent away to a neighboring kingdom to secure a treaty, he learns that his ability with the harp is a talent that traces back to the magical foundations of a once-united Seare. But his newfound home is soon placed in peril, entangling Conor in a plot that has been unfolding since long before his birth.

Only by leaving both kingdoms behind and committing himself to an ancient warrior brotherhood can Conor discover the part he’s meant to play in Seare’s future. But is he willing to sacrifice everything–including the woman he loves–to follow the path his God has laid before him?

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About the Author

 Carla Laureano is the two-time RITA® award-winning author of over a dozen books, spanning the genres of contemporary romance and Celtic fantasy. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked in sales and marketing for more than a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write full-time. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two sons, and an opinionated tortoiseshell cat named Willow.

More from  Carla

How A Romance Author Came to Write Fantasy Fiction

It’s a question I get a lot from readers, assuming the reader even knows that I write in more than one genre: how did a romance author come to write fantasy?

The answer, of course, is simple: I didn’t. I was actually a fantasy writer long before I ever tried my hand at romance, so the question should really be reversed.

As a young writer, I dabbled in lots of different genres: middle grade, young adult, romantic suspense, historical romance—whatever genre had captured my imagination at the time. I loved historical romance the most, but I quickly found that I didn’t have the patience for the way that historical facts interfered with my intricately designed plot.

Then, in college, I rediscovered fantasy fiction, namely historical fantasy like that of Guy Gavriel Kay. I was enchanted, both as a reader who wanted to be swept away by tales of heroism and struggle, and as a writer who had finally found the solution to my frustrations: all the fun of a historical time period without the pesky need to adhere to reality!

My first attempt at a fantasy novel was sweeping and unwieldy. This was in the early 2000s, where to be taken seriously as a fantasy writer, you had to write long… like, seriously long. A kind and very well- known literary agent summed it up best in reply to my query: “Sounds interesting, but I just don’t have the energy for another 300,000-word work of epic fantasy at this time.” (I cringe to think about writing a book that long now.) Reading tastes were changing and shorter fiction was coming back into fashion, so I shelved that project for years. Instead, when it came time to write a new series, I pulled my favorite elements from that first attempt, set them in a world based on a historical time period (Dark Ages Ireland), and began writing the book that would become Oath of the Brotherhood

So, how does someone go from being a dyed-in-the-wool fantasy writer to being known for contemporary romance? In one of my more dramatic moments, when it felt like the revisions to this epic story would not come together (read: I had to cut 20,000 words from it to make it saleable and had no idea how to do that) I declared that I was no longer a fantasy writer and decided to pen something quick and fun… a contemporary romance. While the fantasy novel was out on submission, I pitched the romance at a conference… and within a couple of months, received offers for both. Suddenly I wasn’t just one or the other; I was both a fantasy and a romance author simultaneously.

The genres aren’t as far apart as they may seem, though, and not just because there’s a romantic thread woven into Oath of the Brotherhood. At its core, all Christian fiction is a love story: one between God and humanity. In all of my books, regardless of genre, the characters’ foremost journey is toward an understanding of who they are in Christ. Every story is a tale of the love that God has for his creation: that He cares for us so much that he won’t let us be swept away by a storm of darkness, whether that be physical or symbolic, but provides way toward hope and salvation.

When it comes to fantasy, that rescue and salvation might just be a touch more literal.


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 29

CarpeDiem, January 29

For Him and My Family, January 30

Inklings and notions, January 31

deb’s Book Review, February 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 2

Worthy2Read, February 3

Blogging With Carol, February 3

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 4

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 5

Through the Fire Blogs, February 6

Texas Book-aholic, February 7

Blossoms and Blessings, February 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 8

Artistic Nobody, February 9 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 11

Labor Not in Vain, February 11


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour,  Carla is giving away the grand prize package of a signed hardcover copy of Oath of the Brotherhood and a beautiful leather-bound Celtic knot journal!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1070b/oath-of-the-brotherhood-celebration-tour-giveaway


MY REVIEW

Carla Laureano, known for her inspirational contemporary romances, creates a fantasy world that will please fantasy and Christian fiction readers: a hero quest, a strong female lead, an inspirational message of hope, magic, as well as a good vs. evil battle. Her characters face despair, betrayal, sacrifice, honor, faithfulness, death, and love as they find their gifts and how they are to use them.

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 Laureano weaves in Celtic elements (ancient history, mythology, druids, etc.) in the Sword of Seare trilogy. Watch for the other books, Beneath the Forsaken City (June 2021), and The Sword and the Song (January 2022).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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DRESSMAKER’S SECRET / by Kellyn Roth (Celebrate Lit Tour)


About the Book

Book: The Dressmaker’s Secret

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre: Christian historical women’s fiction

IF THEY KNEW WHO SHE WAS, THEY’D NEVER ACCEPT WHAT SHE’S BECOME.

Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter. Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. You should definitely call her Kell.

Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.

When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries.

More from Kellyn

I’ve honestly never rewritten a book as many times as I rewrote The Dressmaker’s Secret, and I hope I never do.
A first draft flew out of me one November when I was fourteen, and before the next November had come around, I’d gone through twelve drafts, changed points of view multiple times, and eventually rewrote the whole thing from scratch.
The ending especially went through many, many versions … until at last I settled on the final. Or so I thought.
Not long after, some more issues were called to light, and I revised again. And again. Years passed. I went through over twenty-five drafts! And, at the time, I liked all of them. Would I ever like one for longer than a month, though?
Well, turns out, it was possible! I’m over a year and a half into loving my draft of The Dressmaker’s Secret – e.g. the published draft – and that’s not likely to change any time soon.
This book taught me a lot. It practically taught me how to write – and edit! – a good book, and it made me really focus in on quality, even when it took some humility to admit I was wrong and critics were right – or, sometimes, that my gut was right. It taught me to not give up on something I love. It taught me that the risks I always wanted to take are worth taking. It taught me that no mistake is too great to be corrected … well, in some ways, at least.
And it taught me that there’s a great God out there who has grace for all my delays and mistakes and learning experiences.
So, that’s the story of how The Dressmaker’s Secret came to be written!

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 27

Splashes of Joy, January 27

Remembrancy, January 28

Genesis 5020, January 28

Worthy2Read, January 29

Vicky Sluiter, January 29

Maureen’s Musings, January 29

The Write Escape, January 30

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 31

A Novel Pursuit, January 31

Texas Book-aholic, February 1

CarpeDiem, February 1

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 2

Inklings and notions, February 3

lakesidelivingsite, February 3

Betti Mace, February 4

Reflections From My Bookshelves, February 4

deb’s Book Review, February 4

For Him and My Family, February 5

Connect in Fiction, February 5

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 6

Connie’s History Classroom, February 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 7

Godly Book Reviews, February 7

Labor Not in Vain, February 7

Artistic Nobody, February 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Blogging With Carol, February 8

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 9

Sodbuster Living, February 9

Bizwings Blog, February 9


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of both The Dressmaker’s Secret
and Ivy Introspective, as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10689/the-dressmaker-s-secret-celebration-tour-giveaway


MY REVIEW

Claire works hard to provide for them, hiding her past, and keeping her secret even from her daughters about their absent father. 

Eight year old Alice wants to know why she and Ivy don’t have a father living with them. So she sets about trying to discover the truth, believing it will make her mother happy. But will revealing the truth change their lives for the better?

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Told from Alice’s point of view, Roth wears faith elements, well-developed characters, and a plot with some twists. Ivy’s Introspective is the next book in this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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STILL THE ONE / by Susan May Warren and Rachel D. Russell (JustRead Tour)

Still the One JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Still the One by Rachel D. Russell
presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Still the OneTitle: Still the One
Series: Deep Haven Collection #1
Author: Rachel D. Russell presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

It’s never too late to finish a love story…

Cole Barrett, former Army Ranger, has a new mission objective. Sell his grandfather’s house and put Deep Haven, a place that holds too many hurts, in his rearview mirror as fast as possible. Recently divorced, single, and unattached, Cole just wants a new life as a US Marshal. One where he can forget the past and start new.

Unfortunately, there’s a tenant in the garage apartment who’s refusing to move. Even worse? It’s his childhood crush, Megan Carter, and her son.

Wedding planner and single mom Megan Carter loves Deep Haven. To her, it’s the place where she makes dreams come true—at least, everyone else’s. Her big dream is to purchase the Black Spruce Bed & Breakfast to turn it into a premier event venue and, if she can stay booked for enough weddings over winter, she’ll have the needed funds to buy the inn, move out of Grandpa Barrett’s garage apartment, and finally give her nine-year-old son, Josh, the life he deserves. She just needs four thousand dollars in the next thirty days.

Still, she’s oh, so close…until Cole Barrett returns to Deep Haven. Even if he’s not back to fulfill a silly childhood promise to marry her, but she never expected him to evict her! The last thing she needs is more expenses. Or for another man to walk into her heart…and break it.

When a blizzard strikes Deep Haven, and Megan is overrun with wedding catastrophes, it takes a former Ranger to step in and help. Besides, the more he comes to her rescue, the sooner she’ll be able to move out…and he can move on. And that’s what they both want, right?

Return to Deep Haven with this magical tale about the one who got away…and came back.


PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan May Warren presents Rachel D. Russell

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Rachel D. Russell is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and My Book Therapy’s Novel Academy and is a regular contributor to the Learn How to Write a Novel blog. The mother of two teenagers, she often interrogates her husband on his own military and law enforcement experience to craft believable heroes in uniform. The rest of her time is spent cantering her horse down the Oregon trails. Visit Rachel at www.racheldrussell.com.

CONNECT WITH RACHEL: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

CONNECT WITH SUNRISE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | admin@sunrisepublishing.com


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Still the One ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Still the One JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 18, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 25, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only.
Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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EXCERPT

Anything had to be better than returning to Deep Haven. Enemy fire. Jumping into hostile territory. Twelve months of MREs. Even cleaning the pit toilets in a remote desert outpost.

Anything but having to face the one person who’d destroyed his life.

Cole Barrett turned up the defrost fan, his grip tight on the steering wheel.

The clouds hung low over Lake Superior, passing cars whipping up a cocktail of snow and ice against his windshield as he traveled north on Highway 61. And now, because the rental company had loaned out the Ford Explorer he’d reserved, he was stuck in a ridiculous Dodge Grand Caravan and thirty minutes behind schedule for his meeting with Deep Haven real estate agent Nathan Decker.

In forty-eight hours, the deal would be done. He’d have his grandfather’s house cleared out and listed for sale, and hopefully, he’d also hear from the U.S. Marshals Service for an interview. And, really, it couldn’t happen fast enough.

He eased his foot off the gas when hazard lights materialized through the snowy January haze. As he drew closer, he spotted a woman standing on the berm of plowed snow that bordered the highway, her Subaru pitched into the ditch.

She wore her blue knit cap pulled down low, and wisps of blonde hair snapped around her forehead as they escaped the scarf wound halfway up her face.

From the angle of her car, the quick math told him she’d hit a patch of ice and spun off the road, burying her front end in the snow.

Cole glanced at the clock and groaned. Yet another delay. Yeah, well, he couldn’t just leave her there. There was no way she’d get out without assistance, and considering how hard it was to get a text through to Nathan up the road in Deep Haven, he didn’t figure she had any help on the way. He slowed, pulling onto the shoulder ahead of her.

Slush splattered on his boots and he tugged his black leather jacket closed against the icy Minnesota gale that sliced through the fabric of his shirt. From the looks of the slope of the ditch, if she’d slid a foot farther, her front bumper would have embedded into the berm and he’d need more than his bare hands to dig her out.

As it were, the right leverage and his brute strength might get them both on their way in a jiffy.

“Hey!” She’d scrambled down the snowbank as he approached. “Thanks!”

She opened a passenger side door and dug through a box, chucking a bundle of blue flowers out of it.

“Are you okay?”

She looked over her shoulder at him. He couldn’t help but think that she resembled a miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in her thick, gray down coat and wrappings, only her hazel eyes visible. She pulled her scarf away from her mouth to speak.

“I’m fine, if you include the fact I’m super late and—oh, never mind.” She turned around, holding the empty box. “You know, my day started out pretty spectacular. Blue skies, happy bride. I’m not sure how it took this plunge into the abyss of terrible.”

“You too, huh?”

“You can’t even imagine.” She pulled apart the box. Clearly, this wasn’t her first off-road excursion.

“Let’s see what we can do.” He circled the car, dropping to his knees to scrape the ice and snow out from under the tire. The cold seeped through his denim and bit at his hands. “I don’t think it will take too much to get you back on the road. You’re not jammed in deep.” He looked at the swirl of tracks leading to her tires. “I don’t see any icy patches. Did you swerve to avoid a deer?”

She shook her head. “I wish. It was a lunch accident.”

He frowned but didn’t know how to follow up. He took the cardboard and wedged it under her tire. “Okay, put it in reverse and I’ll rock it, and let’s see if we can get some traction. Once you get up on the road, get it in drive and keep going. Okay?”

She nodded beneath her layers. “Got it. Thank you for stopping.” She looked up at him, let out a long breath. “It’s a little embarrassing when a minivan outmaneuvers the four-wheel drive.”

“You’re welcome. And, it’s not mine.” Heat rose in his face and he suddenly felt the need to defend himself. “The rental company messed up.”

“Oh?” For the first time he got a smile. She leaned to look past him at the van. “I don’t know, though. I think it makes a real statement.”

The kind of statement he might have liked, if his life hadn’t derailed. Yet another thing he could thank his ex-wife for.

She climbed back inside her car and started it up, waited for a break in traffic. He put his shoulder against the front bumper and pushed. It didn’t take much to regain traction. He nearly fell as her car rolled back onto the pavement. She put her window down. “Thanks!”

“No problem!” He found his feet, waved, and jogged back to the van, his jeans wet and chunks of ice clinging to his boots. Perfect. Now he’d be late, hungry, and cold.

COPYRIGHT: Sunrise Media Group, LLC


MY REVIEW

Best-selling author Susan May Warren and debut author Rachel D. Russell take readers back to the tightly-knit community of Deep Haven, Minnesota, with this new inspirational contemporary romance series.

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This is Rachel D. Russell’s debut novel, and she shows great promise, with her relatable characters, faith elements, and descriptive narratives. Susan May Warren provides the setting: Deep Haven, MN where “the winters are cold, the kids are smart, the women are strong, and the men are handsome” (or something like that). Fans of Warren’s Deep Haven series will welcome cameos of their favorite Deep Haven characters. The themes in Still the One are childhood abuse (Cole’s past), broken pasts, forgiveness, hope, healing, and second chances.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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Review: THE INDIAN AND THE RUNAWAY MISSIONARY, / by Heather Blanton

The Indian and the Runaway Missionary, / by Heather Blanton
Heather Blanton     ASIN: B08T1NXVJ6
Adult     Rating:     4

Author Heather Blanton pens another inspirational Western novel with unlikely characters – a female missionary and an Indian, both of them in their fifties.

In The Indian and the Runaway Missionary, widowed missionary Laurie Wilcox panics after a handsome Cheyenne — Henry Long Feather — stirs up feelings in her heart that disturb her. Laurie feels called to serve God as a missionary for the rest of her life, and she thinks it distracts her from her calling. 

So she runs away to another reservation, thinking she cannot serve God and follow her feelings about Henry. But Henry follows her to see if there is hope of a relationship. Will Laurie find that loving him and being a missionary are in God’s plan for her? Will they be able to overcome the challenges to a future together?

Readers who met Henry Long Feather in Blanton’s To Love and to Honor, will remember him as a patient, hard-working cowboy who faced mistreatment for being an Indian. Working on a white man’s ranch, he is torn between two cultures. Laurie (also introduced in the same book) is a white teacher whom Henry admires because she treats him and others with respect. She sees all people as God’s children, regardless of skin color.

Blanton excels as storyteller, allowing the reader to picture themselves in the midst of the story. Known for her inspirational Westerns filled with good character development,  descriptive narratives, and faith elements, Blanton tells an engaging story of Henry and Laurie, two middle-aged people from very different cultures, to encourage readers to look beyond one’s culture or skin color.

Recommended for adult collections in school and public libraries, as well as Western fans, and fans of second chance clean romances.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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