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

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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ON WINGS OF DEVOTION / Roseanna White (Just Reads) Blog Tour

On Wings of Devotion JustRead Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Keep reading for a summary of the book (provided by the publisher), an excerpt, AND my review of this worthy-to-read title!

ABOUT THE BOOK

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M WhiteTitle: On Wings of Devotion
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 7, 2020

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT

 

He straightened. “I’ll not see you throw your life and your fortune away on some money-grubbing scoundrel. I may not be good for much these days, but I can at least scare off the rabble.”Unbelievable. “The papers have something right, anyway—you are a madman. A raving lunatic.” She moved to step past him, back onto the street. He blocked her. “You’ll not dissuade me, Arabelle. I’ve made up my mind, so just resign yourself to an escort.”

“I don’t need a . . . a guard dog!” She moved to sidestep him the other direction and, as soon he shifted to compensate, darted around him on the first. He was at her side within a step. “Woof.” It was anger simmering. It had to be. She couldn’t let it be amusement, couldn’t let it be gratitude, and certainly couldn’t let it be hope. “Go home, Camden.”

“No.”

“I don’t want your company.”

“Too bad.”

“I’ll have my father—”

“I’ve already spoken to your father. He thinks it capital of me to want to champion you. And has issued a standing invitation for me to come by in the evenings and chat about aviation and the possible applications of the field to his own.” He would. She gritted her teeth, picked up her pace, and angled her face up at Camden, ready to lambast him with the only truth that might get him to call off this ridiculous plan.

You’ll do me more harm than good. The words died before she gave them breath. Because when she looked up, he was looking down, and those too-blue eyes of his weren’t just cold. They weren’t just patronizing. They weren’t just determined. They were the very thing he’d called her—desperate.

“I may not be good for much these days. . . . He’d been stripped of his squadron, his brothers-in-arms, his purpose. He’d been told he was a villain. He needed to help. Someone, somehow. He needed to prove, if only in some small way, that he was worthwhile. But couldn’t Cass be his proof, or Jeremy, or his mother, or some other person he actually knew? Why did it fall to her?

He needs to help. This time it wasn’t just a thought. It was an echo in that place in her heart where the Lord whispered. She faced forward again. Lord God . . . this is a bad idea. She wasn’t weak, not like Camden had said she was. But she wasn’t strong either. Not when it came to him.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a On Wings of Devotion inspired prize pack including a Recreation RFC Pilot Wings pin, a mini globe, Cadbury Chocolate, Caddie the Cocker Spaniel (handmade by Roseanna), and One Seat and Tea Package for an Online Tea Party Book Club with Roseanna (Winner’s choice of scheduled dates. Includes treats, loose-leaf tea, and book club goodies. A $25 value! For more information, visit http://www.roseannamwhite.com/tea-party-book-club/.)

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 7, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 14, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

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MY REVIEW

In On Wings of Devotion, nurse Arabelle Denler plays a key role in the healing of Philip Camden, nicknamed “Black Heart.” Philip believes (as does all of England) that he was instrumental in the deaths of his entire squadron, and struggles with survivor’s guilt, refusing to defend himself at his court-martial.

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White  excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists, historical detail, romance, and adventure, On Wings of Devotion is an excellent read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Readers will delight to see characters from her earlier series make an appearance, and will look forward to the final book in this series, A Portrait of Loyalty.

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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Prism Book Tour: THE END OF THE MAGI / Patrick W. Carr #EndMagiPrism

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The End of the Magi
By Patrick W. Carr
Christian Historical Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
November 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers


Centuries before the magi arrived in Bethlehem, a prophecy sets a young magus on his path . . .

Following his vision of the coming Messiah, the prophet Daniel calls forth a select group of men who will count down the calendar until the arrival of Israel’s promised king. Centuries later, as the day draws near, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, flees for his life when his adoptive father and others are slain by a ruthless Parthian queen.

Equipped with very little, in haste Myrad escapes the city and, searching for a way to hide from the soldiers scouring the trade routes, tries to join the caravan of the merchant Walagash. The merchant senses that Myrad is keeping secrets, but when the young man proves himself a valuable asset, an epic journey filled with peril, near captures, and dangerous battles begins.

With every day that passes, the calendar creeps closer to the coming Messiah. And over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget, and the promise that the world will never be the same.


MY REVIEW

Although different from Carr’s fantasy novels, The End of the Magi is well-written and interesting to read. Characters are well-developed and historical details appear to be authentic.

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Carr writes a biblical fiction story based on the magi, chosen risen to track the days on the calendar, to witness God’s fulfillment of the prophecy, and more. It’s more than a Christmas story, for it traces the journey of one young man, born with a club foot, not of the Hebrew nation, who is used by God in ways he never expected. Myrad’s journey illustrated how God can use anyone to further His plan, whether or not they are capable in the eyes of the world.

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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Review: ONE FINAL BREATH / Lynn Blackburn (A Revell Reads Review)

One Final Breath, / by Lynn Blackburn (Dive Team Investigations, 3)
Revell    ISBN    9780800729301
Adult    Rating:     5

Lynn Blackburn returns with the final book of her Dive Team Investigations romantic suspense series.

In One Final Breath, undercover investigator Gabriel Chaves returns to the dive team after his cover is blown, giving him the chance to work with former missionary kid Anissa Bell who  is now the team captain. Annisa often struggles with not being in the mission field like the rest of her family, yet she wants justice for the murder of her friend and the missing three-year-old her friend was watching when the murder occurred. When Gabe investigates a teenage boy’s homicid, Anissa discovers a link to her past and unexpectedly become the killer’s next target. How are the cases related? How far will the killer go to cover his tracks?

Of the three Dive Team novels, this one is by far the best one! It is about forgiveness, grace, friendship, and true love. Favorite characters from the earlier books return for a cameo visit, and one sees the close friendships among them. Faith elements are clearly evident, but not overpowering. Mr. Cook, first introduced in an earlier book, models what a close relationship with God looks like as he speaks truth to Gabe and prayers conversationally to God. The book shows  the importance of recognizing God’s call – sometimes staying behind and not going to the mission field is God’s call – and the importance of how what we see as ordinary can be extra-ordinary in God’s plans.

This books starts off with the dive team relaxing on the dock, when an explosion rocks the deck and cries for help are heard. That kicks off the roller-coaster ride that grips the reader’s attention until the final page. Descriptions of death and violence are mentioned with only the needed details. The only disappointment for readers will be the end of this series. Hopefully readers will see a new series from Blackburn in the near future.

Recommended for fans of Romantic suspense especially fans of Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, and Lynette Eason.

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 NUMBER OF LOVE Blog Tour (Just Read)

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours!

A few days ago, I presented an excerpt from the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard, which introduced us to Margot, the main character in The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White. In this post, I will focus more on the author’s newest book, The Number of Love.

Keep reading for a summary of the book (provided by the publisher), an excerpt, AND my review of this worthy-to-read title!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | ChristianBook


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Want to read an EXCERPT from The Number of Love? Here you go!

Duty done, Margot spun away.

And nearly collided with Lieutenant Elton, who was, inexplicably, right behind her rather than where he’d been a moment before, two steps to the left. She sucked in a breath and sidestepped him. “Excuse me.”

He slid in front of her again. “Belgian?”

She lifted her brows. Her accent was scarcely noticeable anymore, she’d thought. Not nearly so pronounced as Lukas’s or Maman’s. Her English was as fluent as her French had ever been. She even dreamed in it, most of the time.

And what business was it of his? “Antarctican.” She prepared herself to stalk away . . . but there was something about the grin he gave her. Something that said he appreciated her answer.

Margot sighed. She’d always been drawn to anyone who actually enjoyed her sense of humor. She supposed she could stand to be friendly. For a minute, before her exhaustion fully caught up with her.

He held out a hand. “I’m Drake Elton. Have you a name?”

She blinked. It was a question stupid enough that it should have made her itchy. But he’d smiled at her Antarctica quip, so she’d keep playing along. “No, my parents forgot to give me one. It’s a great tragedy. I’ve been answering to ‘you, girl’ all my life.”


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MY REVIEW

The Number of Love / by Roseanna M. White (The Codebreakers, 1)
Bethany     ISBN     9780764219276
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Roseanna White pens a new series, set in England during World War I, a story filled with romance, adventure, and a journey in faith and finding your dreams.

In The Number of Love, Margot de Wilde solves puzzles for a living – she is one of the few female codebreakers, deciphering German telegrams for hints of their battle plans. Her success in deciphering those complex messages is critical to England’s intelligence network. Then her mother’s death shakes up her world, leaving her alone except for some friends and her work. Can she find her footing again in this new world without her beloved Maman?

Meanwhile Drake Elton, wounded field agent, is recuperating in London, unaware that an enemy followed him home vowing revenge. Attracted to the intelligent but unconventional Margot, who vows not to get involved in a relationship, he knows a regular courtship won’t win her. Drake works on deciphering the Margot he is coming to love. Will they have a future together, once they deal with the enemy pursuing him?

White excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure, The Number of Love is a delight to read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed or distracting. The Asian strategy game of Go is a symbol of the plot in the story. Margot engages in the game with a man who plays a pivotal role. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Margot was introduced in White’s earlier book, A Song Unheard, another example of excellent historical fiction readers expect from the author.

Highly recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Watch for On Wings of Devotion, the next book in the series, coming in January 2020.

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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Blog Tour — A SONG UNHEARD and THE NUMBER OF LOVE

Number of Love Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2
Author:
Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | ChristianBook


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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A Song Unheard, / by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, 2)
Bethany     ISBN    9780764231810
Adult     Rating:     5

Multi-talented author Roseanna White kicks off a new series, set in pre-World War I (Edwardian) England, when loyalties to one’s roots were questioned as tensions between Germany and England increase.

EXCERPT from A Song Unheard (in which we meet Margot, main character in The Number of Love):

Margot had nearly turned the page that first day. But then . . . something had stopped her. A pattern had caught her eye.

Intuition—that was where it started. But intuition, as Papa had said, was only the first step. The second, always, was mathematics. It wasn’t enough to know that, not when it came to cryptography. One had to know how.

She had spent two full days working it out, to the exclusion of all else. Maman had begun to fret and fuss at her and to chide Papa for his game. Lukas had tried to tell her she was chasing a shadow, that nothing was even there.

But Papa had said nothing. So she had kept working.

Now she could see it so clearly. When she looked at the print covering the page, the encoded letters leapt off and flipped in her mind’s eye to their counterparts, their hidden meanings. She could read the real message trapped within the false one.

When you can read this, you are ready to help me.

 

White excels at both character and plot development. Her book is rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure. If you haven’t read her Shadows Over England series, don’t miss it! This new series is another winner, and definitely worthy to read!

Carol R. Gehringer

Reviewed previously posted by Roseanna M. White: A Name Unknown, and Ladies of the Manor series.

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

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UNBREAKABLE – Thrilling Conclusion to Unblemished Trilogy!

Unbreakable, / by Sara Ella (Unblemished Triology, 3)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780718081058
Young Adult     Rating:     5

Sara Ella returns with the conclusion to her Unblemished trilogy, a series that combines elements from fairy tales and fantasy to captivate the reader.

Ella masterfully creates a realistic fantasy world, a story with a nod to pop culture and literary references. Her Unblemished trilogy shows that there is a chance for lightness and darkness in all of us. Her allegorical story is filled with excellent narratives, engaging characters, and truths – and plenty of plot twists! The relationships are clean, the faith element is a light touch, and the violence is neither graphic nor inappropriate.

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Previously reviewed: UNBLEMISHED (and) UNRAVELING.

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BENEATH THE SURFACE Blog Tour

JustRead & Just Commonly Publicity Tour

What Lies Beneath the Surface Could Be Deadly . . .
Ada, Mich. — Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. This gripping tale from award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn will capture readers from the first page and won’t let them go until the final, heart-pounding scene.
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina, to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present.
Homicide investigator Ryan Parker finds fulfillment in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Title: Beneath the Surface
Series: Dive Team Investigations, Book 1

Author: Lynn H. Blackburn

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired, June 2017) and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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MULLING IT OVER

A few weeks ago I read BENEATH THE SURFACE  by Lynn H. Blackburn, a new voice in full-length romantic suspense fiction.  (You can read my thoughts about the book itself in my review here.)

Since then, I have been mulling over on quote:

“…true, meaningful, long-lasting relationships were built more on the way a couple handled conflict and adversity than on romantic dinners and moonlit strolls” (p. 111, Beneath the Surface)

Being a happily married woman of 20+ years, I can attest to the truth behind that statement. True romance isn’t the candlelight dinners and strolls on the beach – it’s the way your spouse helps you clean up when your child is throwing up in the middle of the night for the third time. It’s the washing up of supper dishes so you can bathe the little ones; it’s the way he is a servant leader in the home — and so much more.

My husband and I came into marriage, knowing we couldn’t change each other, and that we had to be able to accept one another the way we were. That didn’t mean we wouldn’t change during the course of our marriage, but we tried to have realistic expectations of who the other person was when we married.

We faced our challenges together. We faced infertility and treatment options, before God blessed our family with children through adoption. I remember praying that we’d be “on the same page” throughout the process. There were many ups and downs during that time.

Later, as the children grew, there were other challenges we faced.One was having our parents live miles away from us and losing some of them to cancer. The loss was hard, but experiencing it from a distance was harder, knowing our siblings were carrying a harder burden of caring for them in their final days. Certainly the teen years have had their challenges as well, especially raising adopted children. God has been there through it all, drawing us closer to Him and to one another through these times.

We will celebrate our 21st anniversary this summer. The warm, fuzzy feelings come and go, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He is a man of God who cares deeply for all the members of his family, and he works hard to be the husband and daddy God has called him to be.

To know someone beneath the surface is to know someone beyond the mask they wear to the world. That is true intimacy.

– 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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Scavenger Hunt Tour for RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW

Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt Tour for Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber, in collaboration with Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction and JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Blog Tour FINALE: GUARDIANS OF THE HEART/ Loree Lough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
We’re sharing the Grand Finale for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough
 
Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they’ll have to let go.
We hope you enjoyed finding out more about their story.
If you didn’t get a chance to get to each stop, you can go back and check them out now…
Launch – Author Interview
 
And how do you develop your deep POV?
I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.
Bookworm Lisa – Review
 “Loree Lough has written this story in an easy to read voice. The pacing is excellent. She kept my attention and I really came to like the characters.”
 Worthy2Read – Nonna’s Authentic Spaghetti Sauce
 As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
 Zerina Blossom’s Books – They Called Her Shoog Guest Post
 The summer I turned ten, a pretty little redheaded girl moved into the house on the corner. Her parents and older siblings called her Shoog…and it was Shoog who introduced the kids on our block to a whole new way to spend our summer days…
 “A sweet heartfelt romance that reminds us of the importance of forgiveness – of other people and especially of ourselves. With true, likable characters and a plot brimming with all the great elements of a story, Guardians of the Heart will gently refresh your soul.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners – A Promise to Jake, Part 1
 When a mysterious package arrives shortly before Christmas, a wealthy author is forced to remember what’s truly important about the holy day…and about life.
Writing Pearls – Review
 “This was a surprising out of bounds romance. It was clean, well-written, with strong characters that become a part of your reality.”
 underneath the covers – Excerpt
 Regrettably, no one was hiring. Few things scared her more than the prospect of being homeless and destitute. Nell sat on the steps of the bank, held her head in her hands and tried to pray. She’d said countless prayers for others—in church, others on her knees before bed—but couldn’t remember the last time she’d prayed for herself. Did she remember how?
 Mel’s Shelves – Review
 “I loved Asa and Nell! Asa puts on a rough front but does care about others while trying not to. He feels guilt for some things he did in the past and needs to learn to forgive himself. Nell was sweet from the beginning! What I loved about this book is that the author didn’t just tell me; she showed me.”
 Oh, what he wouldn’t give to go back in time to the little house on the outskirts of Denver that always smelled of fresh-baked bread, where he’d never gone hungry and never felt cold, thanks to his ma’s talent for turning scraps of cloth into warm quilts.
 Babs Book Bistro – Review
 “I could not put this book down it was wonderful. . . . A nice relaxing read that brings out the love and coziness.”
Mommabears Book Blog – A Promise to Jake, Part 2
 He stared at the blinking cursor. “I’ve let you down big time, Jake,” he said, eyes on the blank white screen. Maybe telling his friend’s story would ease his conscience. Squaring his shoulders, Homer pulled out the keyboard drawer and gave his knuckles one last crack, and began to type:
Wishful Endings – A Promise to Jake, Part 3
 FIVE YEARS LATER:
“Homer, schweetheart,” Bobby said, “so what’s up with your answering machine? I’ve been trying to get hold of you for days.”
 “Don’t have one up here.” Don’t want one, don’t need one.
 Reading Is My SuperPower – Special Author Interview
 Me: You are such a prolific writer! (5,000,000 copies in circulation – 108 books, 72 short stories, and over 2500 articles in print) Where do you get your inspiration for so many new plots and characters?
Loree: Inspiration is everywhere. Literally. I’ve come up with story ideas while reading a dog-eared old magazine in the doctor’s waiting room. At the grocery store. In the movie theater. Here at home, watching the TV news or reading the Sunday paper. Sitting on a bench at the soft ice cream parlor, listening to the conversation of patrons on the next bench. Talking to a neighbor over the back fence. While on hold to make corrections to a DirecTV statement. I could go on (and on!), but I think you get the idea!
Singing Librarian Books – Review (Author Interview here)
 “Throughout the novel Loree has brought her characters to life in a true and heartwarming way. I would recommend this novel to Christian, historical fiction, romance readers.”
 Colorimetry – Excerpt
 They carried their bowls to a nearby bench and sat down to enjoy the treat, and Asa realized immediately that they were facing the wrong direction. Fifty yards due north, he had a direct line of sight to where Gus and Nell sat, munching fried chicken, corn bread, and apple slices. Oughta be you sitting there, he thought.

Guardians of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

 

Currency of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?

 

Yes, it’s true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the “grandorables,” but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that’s FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree’s books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she’ll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL — which she has elected to donate to her local library –for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and “wolf stuff.”

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Blog Tour: GUARDIANS OF THE HEART/ Loree Lough

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Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

 

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

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The First Book in the Series

  Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015†by Whitaker House

 

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to   keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She is unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?

Or will secrets and the cost of exposing them drive them apart forever?

With 105 books (5,000,000+ copies in circulation!), best-selling author Loree Lough’s stories have been compared to those by Nicholas Sparks, and she has been dubbed by readers and reviewers as is a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives.

With a long list of industry awards, it isn’t likely this prolific author will ever retire . . . not even to her cozy li’l cabin in the Allegheny Mountains. She loves to hear from her readers and personally answers every letter sent to http://www.loreelough.com/.

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Guest Post – Loree Lough

As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

NONNA’S AUTHENTIC SPAGHETTI SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

2 – 6 oz. cans tomato paste
1 – 28 oz. can tomato puree
1 – 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, crushed½ cup chopped onion
2 ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. lightly-salted butter
2 ½ tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
½ tsp. thyme leaves
½ tsp. rosemary leaves
½ cup dry red wine (optional)½ lb. lean ground beef (optional)
¾ cup water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. First, you’ll need a large stockpot.
  2. Melt butter over low to medium heat, and add olive oil.
  3. Sauté onions until opaque (about 4 minutes).
  4. Add garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add water tomato paste and puree, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the spices and herbs, making sure to mix well.
  7. Simmer, loosely covered, for 2 ½ hours.
  8. IF YOU’RE ADDING GROUND BEEF, brown it in a medium-sized frying pan. When it’s well-crumbled, drain fat and add meat to sauce.
  9. IF YOU’RE ADDING WINE, do it now.
  10. IF YOU PREFER YOUR SAUCE ON THE THIN SIDE, ADD ¼ TO ½ CUP WATER.
  11. Simmer an additional 30-45 minutes.

Serve over your choice of cooked pasta, with or without sides, top with shredded Mozzarella or Parmesan, and enjoy!

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