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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.

Want to win a copy? Here’s a giveaway for the blog tour!

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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

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

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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8/22 – Grand Finale

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