Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Under Fire" by Linda Shenton Matchett

About the Book


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Book title: Under Fire
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Release date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Mystery
Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.
My Thoughts  "Under Fire" drew me in and I wanted to just keep reading. Ruth Brown was a spunky woman who I enjoyed getting to know. It was different with the book only following Ruth's point of view, especially since the last several books I've read included multiple character's point of view (more than just the traditional hero and heroine). Every time Ruth met someone, I tried to figure out if they were someone that would help or hinder Ruth's quest to find the truth about Jane's disappearance. There were twists and turns I did not expect. The faith element was well done and well placed. I loved all the well researched historical details in the book. I look forward to reading more about Ruth's exploits as a war corespondent and amateur sleuth.  

About the Author

linda-eLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character.
As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female.
In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

Blog Spots

Blogging With Carol, September 14
cherylbbookblog, September 17
Carpe Diem, September 17
A Reader’s Brain, September 18
Bigreadersite, September 18
Blossoms and Blessings, September 19
The Fizzy Pop CollectionSeptember 19
Janices book reviews, September 20
Back Porch Reads, September 20
A Baker’s Perspective, September 21
Just the Write Escape, September 21
Pause for Tales , September 22
Have A Wonderful Day, September 22
Karen Sue Hadley, September 24
Vicky Sluiter, September 25
Daysong Reflections , September 25
Mary Hake, September 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize consisting of:
copy of the book, Box of English Tea, Typewriter notepad, and Rosie the Riveter socks!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c221



"Under Fire" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: eLectio Publishing (July 24, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 163213408X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1632134080
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 2432 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: eLectio Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0743MS95H


I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 37

Sept 10: 67
Sept 11: 73
Sept 12: 78
Sept 13: 77
Sept 14: 79
Sept 15: 82
Sept 16: 84

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Wheresoever They May Be" by Terri Wangard

About the Book

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Book title: Wheresoever They May Be
Author: Terri Wangard
Release date: August 30, 2017
Genre: Historical – World War II
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.
My Thoughts When "Wheresoever They May Be" came available to do a review, I jumped at the chance because I had enjoyed reading Terri Wangard's other books. I am glad that I got the chance to read this book. I liked how we got to follow the different characters (Lily Swanson, Joe Gallagher, Frank Swanson, and Susan Talbot) and see their perspective of the war. I think my favorite characters were Joe and Susan. I was also glad to not have to wait long to see how the characters were intertwined with each other, although there were things I didn't expect, nor was happy about, too. I experienced a range of emotions throughout the book from anger, to sadness, to joy. There were historical aspects that I did not realize about the war period that I learned through this book. It was very interesting to me. I also liked the spiritual aspect to the book and how the characters leaned on God and grew in their relationships with Him. The book seems to lead to more to the story so I look forward to finding out what  happens next. 

About the Author

TerriTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.


Guest Post from Terri Wangard

After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.

Blog Stops

September 1: Bibliophile Reviews
September 1: Red Headed Book Lady
September 3: Janices book reviews
September 4: Live. Love. Read.
September 4: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 5: Carpe Diem
September 6: Neverending Stories
September 7: Christian Bookaholic
September 7: Splashes of Joy
September 8: Bigreadersite
September 9: Have A Wonderful Day
September 9: Novels Corner
September 10: Radiant Light
September 10: History, Mystery & Faith
September 11: Daysong Reflections
September 11: Pursuing Stacie
September 12: God’s Little Bookworm
September 13: Blossoms and Blessings
September 13: Marry Hake

Giveaway

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:
Grand Prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card
1st Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook
and
2nd Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd12

"Wheresoever They May Be" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing (August 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0999145118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999145111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 4337 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999145118
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074X2FZP9


I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Temperature blanket - Week 36

Sept 3: 76
Sept 4: 66
Sept 5: 60 Rain 4:30 - 6:30 am
Sept 6: 65
Sept 7: 64 Rain 1:30 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Sept 8: 66
Sept 9: 66

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Will Not See" by Chautona Havig

About the Book
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Book title: Will Not See
Author: Chautona Havig
Release date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)
When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.
But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?
Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.
 My Thoughts "Will Not See" is the 2nd book in the Sight Unseen series. The books are very tied together and should be read in order. Ella Weeks, who we followed in the first book, plays a fairly large role in this book as she attempts to help Vikki Jeffries deal with her own memory loss. Ella and Vikki approach the memory loss in different ways so it isn't like an exact repeat of the same story. So not a "second verse same as the first" type situation. The story kept me reading and wondering what was going to happen. I found the Biblical thread to be woven through the story well. The book follows a lot of different characters: Vikki Jeffries, Ella Weeks, Brandon Marana, "Zeus", Chuy Delgado, Tammy, Nick Fahrina, Sarah Penniman, "Yegg", and Simon Prescott. I was glad to see Ella and Vikki start to try and work out what was the reason behind their memory loss and can't wait for Simon's story to get the mystery solved.

About the Author

media-headshotAuthor of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.
My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”
My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes, if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.
They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.
But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,
“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
Or, in the words of Jeremiah,
“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NOT SEEING?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.
Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.
But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will. And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge, gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

VIKKI JEFFRIES, IS ALMOST THE ANTITHESIS OF ELLA IN THAT RESPECT.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.
But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.
Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”
Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8, “…WHATEVER IS TRUE.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

Blog Stops

August 29: Just Jo’Anne
August 29: Carpe Diem
August 30: Blogging With Carol
August 30: Lots of Helpers
August 31: Genesis 5020
September 1: Quiet Quilter
September 1: Back Porch Reads
September 2: Fiction Aficionado
September 3: A Reader’s Brain
September 4: Bigreadersite
September 4: The Scribbler
September 5: Mommynificent
September 6: Christian Bookaholic
September 6: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 6: Margaret Kazmierczak
September 8: Pause for Tales
September 9: Blossoms and Blessings
September 10: A Baker’s Perspective
September 10: Pursuing Stacie
September 11: His Grace is Sufficient
September 11: Reader’s cozy corner

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the None So Blind Paperback,
the Will Not See Paperback, a Journaling Bible (Choice of KJV or NLT), Prismacolor Pencils,
and a Christian Hymns Album!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd17

"Will Not See" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Sight Unseen
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1973928205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1973928201
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3225 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Wynneword House (August 29, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 29, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0747FQ9LT


I got a free book in order to participate in the blog tour. All thoughts and opinions and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.