Sunday, January 16, 2022

"Harmony on the Horizon" by Kathleen Denly -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Harmony on the Horizon

Author: Kathleen Denly

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: January 4, 2022

Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

 

My Thoughts

Having read the other books in this series, I was excited to read this book. I found it to be well written and enjoyable. I was a little confused over how old Margaret was as she was musing over how old her "hero" was and guessed him to be 26 and how if he were a few years younger she could be his mother, but then later she said she started teaching when she was 14 at the time she started her training in 1861 which was 4 years before their present day. I look forward to reading more books by Kathleen Denly.

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About the Author

Kathleen Denly lives in sunny California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

 

More from Kathleen

Who Invented Romance?

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but romance novels are sometimes viewed as the black sheep of the fiction industry. For various reasons, some people view romance stories with a disdainful eye. Knowing this, I still choose to write romance stories and some may wonder why.

First and foremost, I’ve had a passion for romance for as long as I can remember. I was absolutely one of those typical little girls who played dress-up in her mother’s clothes (or in my case, her lingerie. Eek! I had no idea. LOL) and planned my future wedding day. For reasons I can’t explain, the idea of a man and woman falling in love and pledging their life to one another has always enthralled me.

 Or perhaps I can explain.

 You see, I was raised in a Christian family and have always been exposed to the Bible. Have you ever looked at your Bible from a romantic perspective? When you stop to consider it, there is more than enough romance in God’s Word to justify placing it on the Romance Novel shelf in a bookstore. At least there would be if novels weren’t inherently fiction and the Bible wasn’t entirely true. (And aren’t we grateful that the Bible is completely true?)

 So, in a way, one could say that God is the first romance author. After all, what is more romantic than a groom sacrificing his life for his bride? It even has the requisite happy ending, because He rose from the dead and will return for His bride.

 The thing is, God isn’t just a romance author, He’s the inventor of romance. He was the first to demonstrate what love truly is. He is the one who defines it and describes its fruits so that we can recognize it when we see it. It’s His love that gives us life.

 And the thing about romantic love is that it has a unique power to change people, to break down their emotional walls in ways that might not happen otherwise. There is a reason God designed man and woman to be together. Many reasons, in fact. But I am convinced that one of them is His ability to use that beautiful relationship to draw His children closer to His own heart.

 So yes, some may look down on romance novels and those who read or write them, but I stand tall and proud, because I know that true romance–the kind God authors–is something to cherish and honor. I am blessed to be able to share God’s truths through the wondrous stories of two hearts joining together as one.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 6

Bizwings Blog, January 7

Austen’s Angle: Jane Austen’s Influence in Modern America, January 7

Texas Book-aholic, January 8

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 9

The Christian Fiction Girl, January 9

Inklings and notions, January 10

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 11

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 11

deb’s Book Review, January 12

For Him and My Family, January 13

Mary Hake, January 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 16

Blossoms and Blessings, January 16

Connie’s History Classroom, January 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, January 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle Fire HD8 Plus, a custom Harmony on the Horizon Kindle case, a Harmony on the Horizon altered notebook, a Chaparral Hearts pen, a pair of earrings, a pin, and a scripture keychain!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/17190/harmony-on-the-horizon-celebration-tour-giveaway


 
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.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

"Flame of the Rockies" by Angela Breidenbach -- Epic Book Launch



About the Book

Can she release her prejudice to love again?

August 1910, Idaho-Montana Border
The fiery pain at her new husband's murder might equal the disaster blazing across the Pacific Northwest. Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp, baking bread for survival, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a railroad ruffian like Lukas Filips, or anyone else. Can she release her prejudice to love again? Or will either one of them survive The Big Blowup to find out?
Based on true history when three million acres burned out of control on the border of Montana and Idaho darkening the skies all the way to the East Coast. It’s a wonder anyone survived!





BOOK EXCERPT

 Flame of the Rockies Excerpt 2

Did there exist another place so wildly inhospitable?

"Anot'er hot day, Mrs. Hayes." The baggage handler lifted his flat cloth cap and rubbed a gray cotton sleeve across his forehead. "Who knew America would be such a hot place?" He flopped the cap back on his head as he waited with her on Adair's small, sturdy platform for the train to sidle up. She'd join the shift change for the mines dotted through the wilderness settlements and narrow, serpentine valley to deliver her quota of baked goods.

"We've never had a summer as hot before, not that I can remember." His foreign accent hard to distinguish all the words.

Was he Austrian, Belgian, Croatian? She didn't ask. He obviously wasn't Chinese or Japanese with his blond hair. She tried not to wrinkle her nose. It was blond, wasn't it? Hard to tell when these men likely bathed only on their day off. He stood tall enough to stick out among the Japanese who mostly inhabited the tent city of Adair nowadays. 

She could speak to the weather safely. No more though without encouraging him. “After the avalanches in the spring, I don't think anyone expected this drought."




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, bestselling author, and screenwriter. She’s also the Christian Authors Network president. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Don’t miss her show and podcast, Genealogy Publishing Coach! Find her on social media: @AngBreidenbach


Friday, December 31, 2021

Book List 2021

January:
"Dreams of Savannah" by Roseanna M. White
"Love, Again" by Tamara G. Cooper
"Only You" by Susan May Warren
"An Unlikely Proposal" by Toni Shiloh
"Still the One" by Rachel D. Russell
"Lethal Intent" by Cara Putman
"A Cowboy for Keeps" by Jody Hedlund

February:
"The Thief of Blackfriars Lane" by Michelle Griep
"Wait for Me" by Margureite Gray
"Oath of the Brotherhood" by Carla Learauno
"The Moonlight School" by Suzanne Woods Fisher
"Beauty Among Ruins" by J'Nell Ciesielski
"Bookers on the Rocks" by Chautona Havig
"Cast the First Stone" by David James Warren
"Her Steadfast Heart" by Sharlene MacLaren
"Roots of Wood and Stone" by Amanda Wen
"The Secret of the 14th Room" by Rebecca
"Lady Wynwood's Spies 1: Archer" by Camille Elliot
"When Twilight Breaks" by Sarah Sundin
"A Dance in Donegal" by Jennifer Deibel


March:
"Sing in the Sunlight" by Kathleen Denly
"A Mug of Mayhem" by Angela Ruth Strong
"Texas Target Standoff" by Virginia Vaughan
"Dark Threat" by Kimberly Rose Johnson
"The Matchmaker's Best Friend" by Kari Trumbo
"Can't Buy Me Love" by Andrea Christenson
"Heart Pressed" by Melissa Wardwell
"Framed in Death Valley" by Dana Mentink

April:
"The Purple Nightgown" by A.D. Lawrence
"Love at First Flight" by Linda Shenton Matchett
"Courage in the Mountain Wilderness" by Misty M. Beller
"The Indebted Earl" by Erica Vetsch
"The Elnora Monet" by Rachel Skatvold
"No Unturned Stone" by David James Warren
"Another Ending" by Sara Witley
"Present Danger" by Elizabeth Goddard

May:
"Hope Between the Pages" by Pepper Basham
"Stealing the First Mate" by Tabitha Bouldin
"To Save a King" by Rachel Hauck
"A Mother for His Twins" by Jill Weatherholt
"At Lighthouse Point" by Suzanne Woods Fisher
"Regaining Mercy" by Carolyn Miller
"Shielding the Amish Witness" by Mary Alford
"Dusk's Darkest Shores" by Carolyn Miller

June:
"The Captain's Quest" by Lorri Dudley
"Crazy for You" by Michelle Sass Aleckson
"The Silver Shadow" by Liz Tolsma
"Sticks and Stone" by David James Warren
"Ruth" by Caryl McAdoo
"Flipping Hearts" by Chautona Havig
"Jake and the Giant" by E.G. Foley (MG)
"Faith in the Mountain Valley" by Misty M. Beller
"Her Faith Restored" by Cynthia Herron
"The Songstress" by Lori Bates Wright
"Along a Storied Trail" by Ann H. Gabhart
"Come Back to Me" by Jody Hedlund

July:
"Pint of No Return" by Dana Mentink
"Bridge of Gold" by Kimberley Woodhouse
"A Lady in Attendance" by Rachel Fordham
"Betrayal of Genius" by Robin Patchen
"Shadow" by Kara Swanson

August"
"Missing in the Desert" by Dana Mentink
"Then Came You" by Rachel D. Russell
"The Scarlet Pen" by Jennifer Uhlarik
"Set in Stone" by David James Warren
"Beyond These War-Torn Lands" by Cynthia Roemer
"Husband Auditions" by Angela Ruth Strong
"Seasoned Grace" by Melissa Wardwell
"A Mother's Strength" by Allie Pleiter

September:
"The Cryptographer's Dilemma" by Johnnie Anderson
"Engagement Cover" by AM Heath
"Long Shadows" by Cathe Swanson
"Dinah's Dilemma" by Linda Shenton Matchett
"Hangin by a Moment" by Andrea Christenson
"More Than a Heartthrob" by Kari Trumbo
"Dangerous Amish Showdown" by Mary Alford
"A Warrior's Heart" by Misty M. Beller

October:
"Blood from a Stone" by David James Warren
"A Midnight Dance" by Joanna Davidson Politano
"Since You've been Gone" by Tari Faris
"Personal Threat" by Kimberly Rose Johnson
"Penelope's Pursuit" by Chautona Havig

November:
"A Season on the Wind" by Suzanne Woods Fisher
"The Mobster's Daughter" by Rachel Scott McDaniel
"A View Most Glorious" by Regina Scott
"Right Here Waiting" by Michelle Sass Aleckson
"Yukon Justice" by Dana Mentink
"Hooper Safe Haven" by Rachel Skatvold
"Murder at the Empire" by Cathe Swanson
"Footprints on Her Heart" by 
"Honor in the Mountain Refuge" by Misty M. Beller
"My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island" by Carrie Fancett Pagels
"Behind Love's Wall" by Carrie Fancett Pagels
"Enamored" by Jody Hedlund
"Debutante's Code" by Erica Vetsch
"Deadly Target" by Elizabeth Goddard


December:
"Lost in Darkness" by Michelle Griep
"Heart of Stone" by David James Warren
"Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon" by Miralee Ferrell
"A Convenient Risk" by Sara R. Turnquist
"Home For Christmas" by Chautona Havig, Toni Shiloh, Cathe Swanson, & Jaycee Weaver
"Saving Mrs. Roosevelt" by Candice Sue Patterson
"The Way We Are" by Tanya Eaverson



Tuesday, December 21, 2021

"Saving Mrs. Roosevelt" by Candice Sue Patterson -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

 

9781636090894About the Book

Book: Saving Mrs. Roosevelt

Author: Candice Sue Patterson

Genre: Christian Fiction/Historical/Adventure

Release date: December, 2021

Shirley Davenport is as much a patriot as her four brothers. She, too, wants to aid her country in the war efforts, but opportunities for women are limited. When her best friend Joan informs her that the Coast Guard has opened a new branch for single women, they both enlist in the SPARs, ready to help protect the home front.

Training is rigorous, and Shirley is disappointed that she and Joan are sent to separate training camps. At the end of basic training, Captain Webber commends her efforts and commissions her home to Maine under the ruse of a dishonorable discharge to help uncover a plot against the First Lady.

Shirley soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust? Why do the people she loves want to harm the First Lady? With the help of Captain Webber, it’s a race against time to save Mrs. Roosevelt and remain alive.

My Thoughts 

Being unfamiliar with Candice Sue Patterson, I almost didn't read this book. But I had liked the other books in the Heroines of WWII series, so I decided to read it afterall. I am very glad that I did. I really enjoyed reading the book and I found it to be well written. I liked the characters and found them realistic. I don't think I've read any other books about the SPARs before so that was a new experience. I liked the mystery and Shirley's time as a spy. I did pretty much figure out exactly who was behind the threats, but there were still some things that were good twists. I look forward to reading more books by Candice Sue Patterson now that I've discovered her.


Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

CandicePattersonCandice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart was a 2012 ACFW First Impressions finalist and made INSPYs Longlist for 2016.

 

More from Candice

The idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt literally came overnight. I had just finished writing a contemporary romance set in Maine, centered around a harbor town where lobstering is prevalent. My agent called me and told me about the Heroines of WWII series and asked if I’d be interested in writing a WWII novel. If so, I needed to come up with a story and proposal fast because spots were limited and filling quickly. My mind was so consumed with research of the lobster industry that I felt I couldn’t clear my brain fast enough to come up with another story on such short notice. That’s when I started wondering how I could take the knowledge I already had and make it work for a WWII novel. I googled Maine during WWII, came across an article that mentioned the SPARs, and the idea for Saving Mrs. Roosevelt was born.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the Nancy Drew deep inside me figured out a unique way to merge lobstering with espionage.

Though the plot is purely fiction, there are some characters and events that are historically accurate that were fun to include as well. I love Maine, but I’m Hoosier born and raised, and in my SPAR research, I discovered that Dorothy C. Stratton–the woman the Coast Guard asked to direct the SPARs–was the Dean of Women at Purdue University in Indiana. She was a woman of true character, grace, and strength. I knew right away she needed a cameo in my story.

Within twenty-four hours of receiving my agent’s call, I had plotted the entire story and sent a proposal. Weeks went by, and as fall ushered in its beautiful colors, my husband surprised me with a trip to Monhegan Island, Maine. We walked the trails, ate amazing seafood, and took in the gorgeous view. While on the island, my agent called again, this time to let me know that Barbour had contracted Saving Mrs. Roosevelt. What a special moment it was to be standing on the very shoreline where the book is set when I received the good news.

Since the book is set in Maine where the heroine works on a lobster boat with her father, I wanted to share my favorite recipe for Maine blueberry pie.

 

Maine Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

2 Pie crusts

1 quart of fresh Maine blueberries

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

Freshly grated nutmeg

¼ c light brown sugar

¼ c white sugar

¼ c flour

2 tbsp tapioca for thickening (if the berries are juicy)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the berries into a large bowl, add lemon juice, and toss. Add the remaining ingredients and toss until the berries are well coated with the flour and sugars mixture. Line the pie plate with one crust. Put the berries into the pie plate and top with a solid or lattice-top crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the berries are bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

Blog Stops

Where Faith and Books Meet, December 15

Girls in White Dresses, December 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 15

Remembrancy, December 16

Bigreadersite, December 16

Genesis 5020, December 16

Lighthouse Academy, December 17 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

lakesidelivingsite, December 17

The Sacred Line, December 17

Betti Mace, December 18

Boondock Ramblings, December 18

Inklings and notions, December 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 19

Older & Smarter?, December 20

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 20 (Spotlight)

Texas Book-aholic, December 21

Blossoms and Blessings, December 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 22

Through the Fire Blogs, December 22

Mary Hake, December 22

For Him and My Family, December 23

Spoken from the Heart, December 23

Labor Not in Vain, December 23

She Lives To Read, December 24

Elly Gilbert, December 24

Splashes of Joy, December 25

Pause for Tales, December 25

deb’s Book Review, December 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 26

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 26

Connie’s History Classroom, December 27

To Everything There Is A Season, December 27

The Author Reads, December 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 28

Southern Gal Loves to Read, December 28

Lights in a Dark World, December 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/14f18/saving-mrs-roosevelt-celebration-tour-giveaway


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.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

"Touch of Innocence" by Robin Pachen --Epic Book Launch



About the Book


From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping story of mystery, romance, and pulse-pounding suspense.

How can she save the little girl next door from being exploited if nobody believes her?

Grace used to try to save people, but that was before she realized how powerless she is. Now, she avoids emotional ties, working from her secluded cabin, content with her aloneness. When eight-year-old Lily starts hanging around, Grace enjoys her company but carefully keeps her distance—until she discovers the girl is being exploited. Little though she wants to, she must get involved, even if it means risking her own safety to secure Lily’s.

Andrew can’t help but be drawn to his new neighbor and her beautiful foster child. When he learns about Lily’s disturbing history, he offers to help Grace prove her suspicions about the girl’s father. But the more they learn, the more puzzling Lily’s history seems. They work together to unravel the mystery, determined to ensure Lily ends up with a family who loves her.

But Lily’s father isn’t giving up his muse—or his obsession—that easily. He believes Lily is rightfully his, and he’ll do anything to get her back.

Don't miss this thrilling page-turner, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga.


BOOK EXCERPT

 Touch of Innocence Excerpt 2

Grace had found her slippers the night before, but not in her closet where she kept them. They’d been under the bed.

Strange. 

Now, after she set the kettle on the stove to boil, she searched for her favorite mug. It wasn’t in the cabinet where she kept it or anywhere else in the small kitchen of the cozy home she’d rented a year before.

A glance into the breakfast room revealed no mug. Beyond the windows, clouds were gathering. One learned to enjoy the sun when it shined in this part of Washington. As spring turned to summer, the sun would peek out more and more. It had been a dreary winter, though Lily’s presence the last few weeks had brightened Grace’s world.

On the back porch, the girl was coloring in one of the books Grace had bought her, little legs swinging beneath the cafe table. She was a gorgeous child with thick brown hair and the biggest, greenest eyes Grace had ever seen, so unlike Grace’s blond hair and bland gray eyes. 

Lily had to know what was keeping Grace so long. Why hide her mug? 

Why hide her slippers? 

She searched the small living area and the guest room. No mug.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Aside from her family and her Savior, USA Today bestselling author Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Texas, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.