Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Review: "Fatal Recall" by Carol J. Post

About the Book 
Amnesia stole her memory—

a killer wants her dead


When Paige Tatem loses her memory, she knows just two things: she has a target on her back, and police officer Tanner Brody is the only man she trusts to protect her. As they piece together her past, Tanner wonders what lies hidden in Paige’s mind. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes clear that a ruthless enemy wants certain secrets to stay buried.


My Thoughts
I always jump at the chance to read a book by Carol J. Post. "Fatal Recall" is the first book in a new series set in Murphy, North Carolina. Although I didn't have anything in common with either Paige or Tanner, I felt a connection to them and wanted them to reach their happily-ever-after. The suspense was well done and kept me guessing what was going to happen. The book flowed well and I finished it in a day. There was a nice spiritual thread and it was worked throughout the story. I look forward to reading more books in this series and getting to see my new friends again. 

About the Author
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads like someone who doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But her one constant has always been her love for writing. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and enjoys sailing, hiking and camping. Her daughters and grandson live too far away for her liking, so she pours all that nurturing into caring for three fat cats and one spoiled dog

"Fatal Recall" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1335459219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335459213
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches

Mass market paperback:
  • Series: Love Inspired Suspense
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (June 5, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1335490434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1335490438
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches

and in Kindle edition.
  • File Size: 1578 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense; Original edition (June 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0769YTQP2

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review: "Good Enough for a Princess" by Carol Moncado

The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes     
Book 1: Montevaro


Crown Princess Adeline of Montevaro has her life planned out for her: get her Master's in international relations, marry nobility, produce an heir, inherit the throne. There's no room for romance with the single father she meets when their cars collide on an icy winter night. Parliament - and her father - would never approve.

Charlie Brewer grew up without roots. The son of an archaeologist father and anthropologist mother, he either traveled along or lived with his aunt and uncle in the States. He's determined to give his daughter the stability he never had. He also wants to give her a mom, but the beautiful European he's falling for refuses to move to Serenity Landing, Missouri permanently.

He won't move. She can't stay. What will happen when they try to forget each other by dating someone "acceptable"? They find themselves drawn together by one of the girls in the after school program Addie supports - a girl who happens to be Charlie's daughter. How will Charlie, and his daughter, feel when they find out the woman they've both fallen for is a... princess?

A trip halfway around the world shows Charlie and Addie how much they long to be together - and how impossible it is. Is there any way he can prove he is Good Enough for a Princess?

(Series previously titled The Montevaro Monarchy)



My Thoughts "Good Enough for a Princess" is the first book in the Monarchies of Belles Montagnes series. I had previously read the fourth and fifth books in the series (when they were the first two books in a second series that was merged into the one larger series). I decided that I wanted to go back and start from the beginning to get to know the characters better as they make appearances in the other books. The book follows four different people: Addie, Jonathan, Charlie, and Samantha. It was interesting seeing how the stories intersected. I found the book to be well written and kept my interest throughout. I had a hard time doing anything else because I wanted to read. I am glad there are more books in the series for me to enjoy.

About the Author  Carol Moncado
When she's not writing about her imaginary friends, USA Today Bestselling Author Carol Moncado prefers binge watching pretty much anything to working out. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not hanging out with her hubby, four kids, and two dogs who weigh less than most hard cover books, she’s probably reading in her Southwest Missouri home.

Summers find her at the local aquatic center with her four fish, er, kids. Fall finds her doing the band mom thing. Winters find her snuggled into a blanket in front of a fire with the dogs. Spring finds her sneezing and recovering from the rest of the year.


"Good Enough for a Princess" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Montevaro Monarchy
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CANDID Publications (December 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990987213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990987215
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 2227 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CANDID Publications (November 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OM8A948

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "To Claim Her Heart" by Jodie Wolfe

About the Book

To claim her heartTitle: To Claim Her Heart
Author: Jodie Wolfe
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks.
Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way.
Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has not intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.
My Thoughts The Oklahoma Land Rush has always fascinated me, so I was excited about getting to read this book about the land rush on the Cherokee Strip. I hadn't given much thought to the possibility of two people claiming the same tract of land. "To Claim Her Heart" presented such a case and dealt with it in an interesting way. I liked Benjamin and Elsie and was encouraged by the growth they experienced in their lives along the way. There were twists I didn't expect and it kept things interesting. I stayed up too late reading on more than one occasion because I didn't want to put the book down and it kept pulling me along. 

About the Author

JodieJodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe

The Heart of a Book
I think there’s always a little bit of the author in each book they write, but sometimes something deeper and very close to the author is wrapped up in the pages of a story. That’s the case for To Claim Her Heart. This is the tale that my mother-in-law always wanted me to write. She was so proud of her family heritage and almost twenty years ago, she was anxious to share it with me. We visited Oklahoma where several of her relatives had staked claims in the last great race for land in our country – the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. This September will mark the 125th anniversary of the land race.
While it saddens me that my dear mother-in-law never lived long enough to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. In To Claim Her Heart I was able to mention a recipe passed down through her family for prune cake. I also made sure the heroine had a Rose of Sharon quilt that was given to her. My mother-in-law gave me this quilt dating back as early as 1834 when it was stitched by my husband’s great, great, great, great grandmother. It’s been passed down to the oldest daughter for generations. But, I think one of my favorite memories is the one that concerns outlaws and how my husband’s great, great, great grandmother dealt with them. To find out more about this actual encounter, you’ll have to read To Claim Her Heart. I hope your heart will be as touched by these stories as mine was when my mother-in-law shared them.
Enjoy!

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, June 19
Remembrancy, June 20
Novels corner, June 21
Among the Reads, June 23
Margaret Kazmierczak, June 23 (Interview)
Reading is my Super Power, June 24 (Interview)
Vicky Sluiter, June 25
Splashes of Joy, June 27
Pause for Tales, June 29
Bigreadersite, July 2

Giveaway

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"To Claim Her Heart" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance (May 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946016470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946016478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3395 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946016470
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance (May 14, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BBZKCB5


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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Review: "Dare You" by Carol Moncado

About the Book
Crowns & Courtships                 
Novella 1: Royals of San Majoria


Dare You takes place prior to any of the books in the Crowns & Courtships series and immediately prior to Heart of a Prince.

She needs a fake boyfriend. He’s just daring enough to try to turn it into something more.

Betsy Haines is running away from a broken heart, but when she - along with her best friend, brother, and his best friend - arrive in Serenity Landing for the July 4 celebration, she finds herself the target of the affections of a creep.

Dare Weaver has been half in love with his best friend’s little sister for as long as he can remember. When she needs a pretend boyfriend, he’s only too happy to oblige. He finds himself daring to live up to his name - to try to turn something pretend into something permanent.


My Thoughts Do you have an author who you love their books, so you put off reading them as you know you won't get anything done once you start reading? Whose books leave you with a contented sigh and an inability to deal with real life because you are in a book coma? Carol Moncado's books are like that for me. But, I have so many to catch up on, I knew I needed to sneak them in around my other duties. "Dare You" was a quick read, which was nice because it gave me my happy serenity even that much faster. It didn't feel rushed, though, as Dare and Betsy have known each other for most of their lives. I loved the inclusion of the royals from Carol Moncado's other books. I liked the flow of the book and the inclusion of a small crisis that needed to be dealt with. The only problem with the book is now I want to binge read more of her books. The kids don't need to eat, right? 

About the Author  Carol Moncado
When she's not writing about her imaginary friends, USA Today Bestselling Author Carol Moncado prefers binge watching pretty much anything to working out. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not hanging out with her hubby, four kids, and two dogs who weigh less than most hard cover books, she’s probably reading in her Southwest Missouri home.

Summers find her at the local aquatic center with her four fish, er, kids. Fall finds her doing the band mom thing. Winters find her snuggled into a blanket in front of a fire with the dogs. Spring finds her sneezing and recovering from the rest of the year.

She used to teach American Government at a community college, but her indie career, with nearly two dozen titles released in the first 2.5 years, has allowed her to write full time. She's a founding member and former President of MozArks ACFW, blogger at InspyRomance, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.


"Dare You" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Crowns & Courtships
  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Dare You (September 11, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1944408983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1944408985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1497 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CANDID Publications (June 15, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071ZQLF1K

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Quest for Leviathan" by Amanda Tero


Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Story
Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.


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My Thoughts
"Quest for Leviathan" is a short story, but it doesn't feel like one as it is well developed. I really enjoyed how Amanda Tero incorporated Biblical truths into the story and dialog. The story is set in the era of Job, so not much is known about that time of history, but the setting and characters felt believable as being from that time period. The hand drawn illustrations that appear periodically through the book help enhance the story. (Although the one of the up raised hands was a little deformed to me). There was a good character growth arc and I found them to be relatable.


Giveaway!
Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of "Quest for Leviathan" to one winner -- one for you, and one for your friend!


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About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/


Author Interview

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I do a little bit of both. When I get an idea, I usually have a general
idea of where the plot will go, but I also like to explore the options
as I write. Sometimes, a good surprise is awaiting me!

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Promotion, hands down. Since I’m independently published, all of
the promo is done by me. I’d just rather write and design covers than
sell the thing. ;)

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
That kind of changes, depending on the story. :) Usually, writing down
the first draft is pretty easy, but then I have to work at it to fill in gaps and
strengthen the story—which is definitely not always easy. ;)

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then
and there?
Usually, yes. Otherwise, I would forget so much!!

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can
just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
It works best if I can be somewhere quiet. Which is funny, because I was
raised in a family with twelve kids.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I think it was a gradual thing. I’ve loved writing since I was at least eight
years old. I never had huge dreams to become published—that just kind
of happened all in God’s timing.

Anything else you'd like to share?
No matter where you are in life, and what calling God has placed on
your life, keep your focus upward and your heart sensitive to His leading!
He’ll never lead you astray!

Blog Tour

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise
              Resting Life
             The World of the Writer
             Authoring Arrowheads
             Purely by Faith Review
             Bekah’s Books
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet
             Reveries Reviews
June 12 – Chosen Vessels
             My Purple Pen
             Read Another Page
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary
             Maidens for Modesty
             Yahweh Sisters
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills
             Life of Heritage Corner
             Kaylee’s Kind of Writes
             Blossoms and Blessings
             Lit Aflame
             Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
             Peculiar Miss Darcy
June 19 – Done in Love
             Creating Romance
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner
             Rock and Minerals 4 Him
             Christian Author: A.M. Heath
             Views from the Window Friend
             Hunting for Truth
June 23 – Reading on the Edge
             Summer Snowflakes

June 25 – With a Joyful Noise

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