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Sandra Orchard – OVER MAYA DEAD BODY Review

Over Maya Dead Body / by Sandra Orchard (Serena Jones Mysteries, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800726706
Adult     Rating:     5

Sandra Orchard returns with a final installment in her Serena Jones mystery series, and this is the book her fans have been waiting for!

In Over Maya Dead Body, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the engagement of a family friend. Almost immediately she is embroiled in a murder investigation involving smuggling antiquities. In the meantime, her two beaus – Nate Butler and Tanner Calhoun – arrive to support her, keep an eye on her, and win her heart. Who will she end up with? Will she uncover more the truth before someone else is harmed?

This is a mystery romance with plenty of twists – a delightful twist was asking her readers (after the second book) to vote on which suitor would win Serena’s heart!

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed: A Fool and His Monet, and Another Day, Another Dali.

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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Susan May Warren – A MATTER OF TRUST

A Matter of Trust, /  by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 3)
Revell     ISBN     9780800727451
Adult     Rating:     5

Susan May Warren returns with another adrenalin-packed adventure/contemporary romance in her Montana Rescue series, featuring rescue professionals living in a close-knit community.

Warren excels at creating flawed characters the reader cares about, as well as building a suspenseful adventure. Characters from earlier stories make reappearances, and their stories continue to move along. Warren draws vivid word pictures in her stories, with a faith element that is present but not preachy. Readers will be engaged from the first page until the last.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier Series Titles ReviewedWild Montana Skies, and Rescue Me.

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Kara Isaac – THEN THERE WAS YOU

Then There Was You / by Kara Isaac
Bellbird Press   ISBN 9780473396534

Kara Isaac returns with another engaging contemporary romance . . .

In Then There Was You, Paige McAllister wants to make a big change in her life. She flies to Australia, leaving behind a dead-end job in Chicago, a deadbeat boyfriend, and a music career she gave up after she was severely injured and her brother died.

Josh Tyler is a member of the church’s world-renown worship band. Neither of them make a good first impression to each other. Josh, her boss’s son, is determined not to let this American get under his skin. She manages to disrupt his orderly life, and sparks fly!

Isaac pens another novel with endearing but flawed characters. Readers will empathize with Paige and Josh as they push each other’s buttons.

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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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WHAT I’M READING / REVIEWING NOW

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: Teaville Moral Society series / Melissa Jagears

Award-winning author Melissa Jagears pens another historical fiction series, this one set in Kansas during the early 1900s. Here are reviews for the first two books in the series:

A Heart Most Certain / by Melissa Jagears (Teaville Moral Society, 1)
A Love So True / by Melissa Jagears (Teaville Moral Society, 2)

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In A Heart Most Certain, Lydia King finds herself courted by Sebastian Little, an inspiring politician in Teaville. Lydia’s mother is getting sicker by the week, and her father’s debts are piling up. Marriage to Sebastian will secure her future, setting her dying mother’s mind at ease.

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In A Love So True, Evelyn Wisely works at the Teasville mansion that rescues children from the red-light district, but her heart is for the women who live there as well. She wants to help them escape poverty and prostitution.

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Like Jagears’ other novels, these books have solid character development, a clear faith element (without being preachy), and excellent historical detail. Jagears’ books are not just historical romance — these book deals with Christian charity, adoption, responsibility, compassion, and redemption in the community around them.

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears is the third book in this series. It is expected in March 2018.

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Blog Tour: ANDI SADDLES UP, ANDI UNDER THE BIG TOP / Susan K. Marlow

Andi Saddles Up, / by Susan K. Marlow (Circle C Stepping Stones, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825444302

Andi Under the Big Top, / by Susan K. Marlow (Circle C Stepping Stones, 2)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825444302
INT     Grades 3-5     Rating:     3

Prolific children’s author Susan Marlow kicks off a new historical fiction series set in the Wild West in the late 1800s.

In Andi Saddles Up, nine-year-old Andi Carter wants to learn to do a trick on her palomino Taffy, but her older brother Chad doesn’t want her to do it. She disobeys her brother and injures herself, preventing her from stop riding for a month. Andi meets a new friend, Sadie, and they are caught up in a boundary quarrel between Andi’s brother and Sadie’s father. Will their friendship endure despite the fight between their families?

In Andi Under the Big Top, the circus came to town and nine-year-old Andi can’t wait to see it, especially the bareback rider. She meets a young boy – Henry — selling concessions under the big top. When he tells her that he ran away from home to join the circus, she thinks he has the perfect life! But she learns his life with the circus is not as pleasant as she thinks. Problems develop when Andi wants to help him return home.

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The faith element is light but present, and the books focus more on character than plot development. Marlow does a good job of telling the story and keeping young readers engaged.

 

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Blog Tour: LADY IN DISGUISE / Sandra Byrd

 A Lady in Disguise: A Novel / by Sandra Byrd (Daughters of Hampshire, 3)
Howard Books      ISBN 9781476717937
Adult     Rating:      4

Award-winning author Sandra Byrd pens a third novel in her Victorian England historical suspense series.

In A Lady in Disguise, a young Englishwoman works as costume designer in London’s theater dristrict. When Gillian Young inherits Winton Park, a family estate, following her father’s death, she also inherits questions about the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Written in first-person narration, Byrd’s book is filled with mystery, romance, and plot twists – all the elements of a Gothic novel. A Lady in Disguise grabs the reader’s attention until its conclusion. The faith element is light, and the historical detail of human trafficking, the early days of the Salvation Army, and life in London’s theater district is exceptional.

Fans of Bronte and Victoria Holt will especially enjoy this series, as well fans of the Bride of Distant Isle and Mist of Midnight, the earlier books in this series. Well done!

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Blog Tour: THE ELUSIVE MISS ELLISON / by Carolyn Miller

The Elusive Miss Ellison, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825444500
Adult     Rating:      4

Australian author Carolyn Miller writes her first inspirational Regency novel in her new trilogy.

In The Elusive Miss Ellison, the entire village – except for Miss Lavinia Ellison — eagerly anticipates the arrival of the new Earl of Hawkesbury. She believes him to have the same reputation as brother: reckless and arrogant. Lavinia is the unmarried bluestocking daughter of the local minister. Nicholas is a former war hero and reluctant Duke, unprepared for the problems his brother left unsolved and the other obligations he faces. When Nicholas, the new Earl, is challenged by feisty Lavinia to move beyond his wounded pride, it may provide too many obstacles for them. A family secret adds to the complications they face.

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Miller does an excellent job in portraying Regency England with its historical details and solid characterization. While the storyline is somewhat predictable, it follows the pattern of a good Regency novel; the faith element is light, the romance is clean, and it is a cozy read!

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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New Titles from Best-Selling Authors! RESCUE ME / STILL LIFE / MOVING TARGET

Looking for romance, adventure, suspense, good writing? Look no farther then these new releases!

RESCUE ME / by Susan May Warren  Rating: 5

STILL LIFE / by Dani Pettrey  (Adult) Rating: 4

MOVING TARGET / by Lynette Eason (Adult) Rating: 4

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RESCUE ME / by Susan May Warren  Rating: 5

Susan May Warren  continues her new contemporary romance series, set in Montana and featuring park rescue professionals living in a close-knit community.

In Rescue Me, Deputy Sam Brooks is convinced Sierra Rose is perfect for him – she’s practical and organized, and totally opposite to her free-spirit sister, Willow, who has been secretly in love with Sam for years. Willow wants her sister to have a happily-ever-after ending with Sam, despite her own feelings for him. Sam thinks Willow, a volunteer youth leader, is naïve in her faith and her assessment of what the teens in the youth group need.

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STILL LIFE / by Dani Pettrey  (Adult) Rating: 4

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey writes the second installment in her romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about childhood friends with careers in law enforcement.

In Still Life, crime scene photographer Avery Tate reunites with crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell on a case involving the switching of a photograph at a gallery opening. The model in the photograph is Avery’s friend, who is posing as if she is dead – and what’s worse, she is missing! Avery and Parker dig into the case, following leads that are potentially deadly. Domestic terrorism, pyschotic killers, and bizarre artists play into this story.

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MOVING TARGET / by Lynette Eason (Adult) Rating: 4

Bestselling author Lynette Eason continues her romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Moving Target, Maddy McKay, a former FBI agent and now a bodyguard for Elite Guardian, and Detective Quinn Holcombe are ambushed and kidnapped by someone seeking revenge from their past. But from whose past and which case?

When they awaken in a concrete room, they are unable to remember exactly what happened. Now the kidnapper wants to exact his revenge through a deadly hunting game on a remote island. Can they escape with their lives? Can they find out who is hunting them? Is it tied to a current case Quinn is investigating?

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MY ANTICIPATED READS FOR 2017

I am excited for the following titles coming out in 2017. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I may read and review more than these titles, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here they are:

JANUARY 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

MARCH 2017

APRIL 2017

JUNE 2017

JULY 2017

AUGUST 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

OCTOBER 2017

DECEMBER 2017

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New Reviews Posted!

These reviews have been posted recently:

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CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (Everstone Chronicles, 4) / Dawn Crandall

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 4)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629117508
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 4)

Pre-publication copy reviewed

The Cautious Maiden

Dawn Crandall returns with another stellar historical novel, this one taking place in America’s Gilded Age, featuring a reformed rogue and an innocent maiden.

In The Cautious Maiden, Violet Hawthorne learns that her brother Ezra has turned their family’s country inn into a brothel and lost her hand in marriage to an unsavory character in a poker game. Faced with a dismal future, she is forced to accept a proposal from Vance Everstone, a man with a reputation as a rake, when they are found in a compromising but fabricated situation.

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Crandall’s books are filled with flawed but intriguing characters, light but evident faith elements, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combine the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue.

—– THE REST OF THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES SERIES —–

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

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In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest Finalist (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)
  • 2016 INSPY Awards Semi-Finalist  (THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER)

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 by them.

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In Honor of the Reformation — A YA Historical Fiction Series (Steadfast Love series / Rachelle Rea)

The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing     ISBN 9781939023636

The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023612

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

Young Adult     Rating: 4

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Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old Catholic woman, hides in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

In The Sound of Silver, Dirk and Gwyneth discover her parents’ murderer and the reason behind their murders. Mindful of his ruined reputation and its impact on Gwyn’s reputation, Dirk leaves her in the care of his mother and rides away. Meanwhile, Gwyn enlists the aid of an old friend to try to clear Dirk’s name, but what is her friend’s motive behind helping her? How will Gwyn and Dirk have a future together unless he is declared innocent and his honor is restored?

In The Sound of Emeralds, the story of Dirk and Gwyneth continues in 16th century Europe where the tension between Catholics and Protestants blazes. What started as hatred between them eventually evolves into lasting love, leading to their marriage. But weddings don’t guarantee happy endings. As Dirk struggles to clear his name before he face deadly consequences, Gwyn finds out that he has kept secrets from her. Will a friend from her past be an ally or an enemy to clearing Dirk’s name?

Rea has a knack for creating a storyline that is as unique as the main characters she pens. How many heroines need glasses, especially in historical fiction? Her book is carefully researched and grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The series is filled with plenty of plot twists.

Written in alternating first-person point-of-view, the reader feels right in the middle of the action. Gwyneth and Dirk develop a relationship as they depend on one another in trying circumstances. The Sound of Emeralds presents God’s peace, in the same way the earlier books had the themes of hope and truth.

Faith elements are interwoven and integral to the plot. Rea carefully balances the Catholic and Protestant faith without being overly critical of either. She creates flawed individuals in a troubled time in church history.

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

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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Internment of Japanese-Americans and Other World War II Titles

The interment of Japanese Americans during World War II is a time in America’s history that is often forgotten. In the past year, I’ve read and reviewed several books about this time:

  • DASH / by Kirby Larson (Upper Elementary/Middle School Read)
  • DUST OF EDEN / by Mariko Nagai (Upper Elementary/Middle School Read)
  • UNDER THE SILK HIBISCUS / by Alice Wisler (Young Adult/Adult Read)

Like reading about World War II? Here are some ADULT titles I’ve reviewed from this period:

 

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Some More 2016 Book Award Winners I’ve Reviewed!

2016 CAROL AWARD WINNERS (ACFW)

Historical:
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Revell

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Bethany House

2016 CHRISTY AWARD WINNERS

Contemporary
The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (winner)
Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck, Zondervan — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (nominee)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, Bethany House

Historical
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

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Review: COURAGEOUS / by Dina Sleiman

Courageous, / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, #3)
Bethany     ISBN9780764213144
Young Adult     Rating:     5

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Dina L. Sleiman  continues her young adult series with a story about a young woman who is inspired to join a crusade. Dauntless and Chivalrous, earlier books in this series, were reviewed in Christian Library Journal  and on this blog in May/June 2015 and November/December 2015.

In Courageous, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a crusade to free captives from a Tripoli prison. Haunted by a mistake in her past, Rosalind feels she is unworthy to even consider marriage and a family. She is joined by Sir Randel Penigree, who dreams of becoming a Templar knight, even though he flees humiliation at home. Together they train a group of older children, are faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy, on their journey to set prisoners free. Will they find redemption from their past? Will they be successful in their attempt to rescue the prisoners?

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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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New Reviews Posted! CLOSE TO YOU, KING’S FOLLY, and A FOOL & MONET

NEW REVIEWS POSTED!

 

 

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.

Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena

Newbery Honor 2016

  • The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor 2015

Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor 2016

Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat

Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca

Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner

 

CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

CHRISTY AWARD 2015

Contemporary / Romance – Finalists

Contemporary Series Finalist

Visionary Winner

Visionary Finalists

Young Adult Winner

Young Adult Finalist

CAROL AWARD 2015

Contemporary
Speculative
Young Adult
  • Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

CLIVE STAPLES AWARD 2013-2015

2015:  The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson

2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr

2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

 

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COVER REVEAL: Wild Montana Skies / Susan May Warren

Cover Reveal:

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Wild Montana Skies / by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN 978-0800727437

Publisher’s Summary:

Bestselling Author’s New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others–and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Can’t wait to read this new series!!!

If you want to read her earlier series, here are links to my reviews:

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Review Posted: ALWAYS WATCHING / by Lynette Eason

Always Watching / by Lynette Eason (Elite Guardians, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780807723262
Adult     Rating: 5

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Bestselling author Lynette Eason kicks off a new romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Always Watching, Olivia Edwards, part owner of the agency, learns one of her employee bodyguards is severely injured in the line of duty. Her employee was protecting Wade Savage, a radio psychiatrist, from a stalker, possibly a rabid fan. Olivia takes over bodyguard duty and tries to discover the stalker’s identity before the violence against Wade turns deadly.

As always, Eason is a superb storyteller, weaving plot twists with her character development. Her fast-paced action keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat, with a realistic plot, grabbing the reader’s attention until the very end.

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Other books by Lynette Eason:

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher or author. I am not obligated to review them or leave a positive review.

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COLD SHOT Blog Tour

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

Publisher’s Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

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Review: COLD SHOT / Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

In Cold Shot, Griffin McCray – former SWAT team sniper – lives a quiet existence as a park ranger at Gettysburg. When a present-day body is uncovered in the Civil War cemetery, forensic anthropologist Finley Gray is called in. But someone doesn’t want the body identified and will stop at nothing, putting them all in danger. Can they unravel this mystery before it turns deadly?

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The plot is intriguing, filled with twists that will keep the reader up late — until the final page is read. Suspense, romance, action, and danger – it all adds up to a thrilling read!

Want to participate in a giveaway and learn some facts about the Chesapeake Harbor area? Check out this blog post at Christian Bookshelf Reviews!

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of Irene Hannon, DiAnn Mills,  and Lynette Eason will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Want to read other books by Dani Pettrey? Check out my reviews for the Alaskan Courage series below:

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Review: A SPY’S DEVOTION / Melanie Dickerson

A Spy’s Devotion, / by Melanie Dickerson (The Regency Spies of London, 1)
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781503950511
Adult      (HS)     Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.

However, shortly after the ball where he meets Julia, the diary is stolen — and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

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KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT / Susan May Warren

You’re the One That I Want, / by Susan May Warren (A Christiansen Family Novel, 6)
Tyndale House     ISBN 9781414378466
Adult     Rating: 4

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Susan May Warren concludes her series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring the six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. Owen has been the prodigal since the second book in the series, but he is “more than the sum of his mistakes” (back cover).

In You’re the One That I Want, Owen Christiansen works on an Alaskan crabbing boat, and becomes attracted to the no-nonsense Elisa “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter and former police officer. A near-death accident at sea changes their relationship.

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More than just romances, these are stories of flawed individuals with very messy lives and life-changing mistakes. God teaches them about forgiveness of others and themselves. Warren uses these imperfect lives to teach the reader about God’s gift of grace and that strength it takes to live a life of faith.

Have you read the other books in this series? Here are my reviews:

Watch for Susan May Warren’s new series, coming in Fall 2016.

 

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Cover Reveal: THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN / Dawn Crandall

COVER REVEAL!

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall
Whitaker House (October 2016)The Cautious Maiden

Publisher’s Summary:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

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Have you read the other books by Dawn Crandall? If not, check out my reviews linked below:

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

Carol R. Gehringer

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