Monday, March 27, 2017

Book review with a giveaway: Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce



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About the Book


Book: Murder for the Time Being
Author: Joanie Bruce
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016

“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.

Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

My Review

I loved this book!  I was hooked from the first electrifying sentence until the exciting conclusion, and all the surprises in between!  The book was full of action and fast-paced.  The author effectively created a scenario in which the characters, hence the reader, didn't know whom to trust, which heightened the suspense.  The main characters were well-drawn, and the minor characters were believable.  The worlds of banking, law enforcement, medicine, and science all came together to make this an interesting book.  I also think that it is authentic that in this book the romance had to be suspended while Lexi and Drew dealt with staying alive and solving the mystery.

Men and women who enjoy suspense will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lite, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author



Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.




Guest Post from Joanie Bruce

Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.

In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.

This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.

After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”

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March 14: Ashley’s Bookshelf
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March 17:  A Greater Yes
March 18: Radiant Light
March 19: A Baker’s Perspective
March 20: Moments Dipped in Ink
March 20: Karen Sue Hadley
March 21: History, Mystery & Faith
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March 24: Pause for Tales
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March 25: Lights in a Dark World
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March 26: Carpe Diem
March 26: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
March 27: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
March 27: His Grace is Sufficient

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Joanie is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b291

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book review: For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund


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About the Book

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?
My Review

Jody Hedlund has skillfully transported readers back in time once again, this time to experience the story of Sir Bennett and Lady Sabine.  The title rings true in Bennett's character.  He was honorable and responsible, and did what was needed to protect his family's interests and provide for them.  Sabine was fun to get to know.  Quick-thinking and witty, she definitely went through a period of growth throughout the course of the book.  Sabine and Bennett didn't know the true purposes of their meeting.  But as they spent time together, how precious it was for them to discover that they shared so many common interests.

This is the third book about the knights we met in An Uncertain Choice, but it is a great stand-alone novel.  Young adult readers (and adults) who enjoy their romances set in a medieval setting will certainly enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author


Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.






Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review with a Giveaway: Such A Tease by Chautona Havig





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About the Book

Book: Such a Tease  
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Fiction/Historical/Mystery

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Madeline, with a little assistance, discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! Can she expose him for the fraud she’s sure he is?
In book two of the Meddlin’ Madeline series, Madeline Brown has a new endeavor to occupy her time. But is it to keep her out of the way or a reward for her work in Sweet on You? With the help of her young friends, Madeline discovers her old adversary is gaining a following in Rockland! What’s a girl to do?
But her new position also gives her opportunities to observe, and what she sees sets more than one new investigation in motion. What does her old suitor, Delbert Jackson, know? Why is Mr. Merton giving important papers to that scoundrel, Vernon Smythe, and whatever happened to poor Abigail Cooper?
Add to these intriguing questions Henry Hardwick’s continued attentions, Edith’s new-found devotion to the temperance movement and Madeline’s determination to find her a more reliable suitor, and strange behavior from her Aunt Louisa and things heat up as summer fades from Rockland.

Her dear friend, Russell, busy with an important project at work, finds himself unable to help keep her out of trouble and away from danger. Is Madeline going too far? Will her meddling get her in serious trouble this time, will it destroy her reputation irreparably, or will she rid Rockland of a scoundrel once and for all?

My Review

What a pleasure it was to read Book Two of the Meddlin' Madeline series, Such a Tease!  Madeline is a delightfully bold young lady, yet so loyal to herself, her friends, and her family.  This book carried the same tone as the previous book, and was written in a style unique to this series.  This was a continuation of the first book, with the same characters in attendance.  I recommend reading Sweet On You First, then dive into this one!  There are so many surprises in store when Madeline is near.

This book was very entertaining, and I recommend it for those who like cozy mysteries or historical fiction with a humorous twist.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author
Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie, Past Forward, and HearthLand series, Chautona considers herself blessed to live in California’s Mojave Desert with her husband and five of her nine children. When not writing, which she admits isn’t often, Chautona enjoys blogging, paper crafts, sewing, smocking, photo editing, and old (read: before her parents’ time) music.





Guest Blog Post from Chautona
Leon Czolgosz is my new nemesis. He’s dead, but he ruined my book. No, really. The guy totally destroyed the opening pages of Such a Tease.

Now, these days, not a whole lot of people remember the name of Leon Cozolgosz. I didn’t. But I’ll never forget him now (although I may never remember how to spell his name).

Who is he? Only the guy who shot President McKinley. Why am I annoyed with him over a hundred years later? The idiot did this thing on September 6, 1901. You know, four days after this book opened? Yeah. Couldn’t he have done it on say… January 6, 1901? Even January 6, 1902 would have served my purposes.

Look, I’m not as callous as I appear. Truly. But if President McKinley had to die, did his murderer have to do it when it would completely mess up my book?

How did it mess up my book you ask?

I’ll tell you. I left it out—the whole assassination thing. There I was, fixing a wedding date for one of the characters, when a thought occurred to me. She could be married on Flag Day—if Flag Day was a thing then. I didn’t think it was. I really thought Wilson was responsible for that—you know, creating holidays in between his notes to Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany or something like that. But I hoped. Somehow—just maybe. I mean we had Labor Day from Cleveland, why not Flag Day from McKinley. But noooooo. He didn’t. What did he do?

He got shot. Four days after my book opened. And there wasn’t a single word about it in the story.

Like I could ever get away with that. This was news! Big news. And nothing about it in the life of a daughter of a politician? I think not.

Not only did this Leon Czolgosz (no, really. It’s spelled correctly) shoot the president on September 6th, but he didn’t do a good job of it! Look, I think I’ve established that I didn’t want President McKinley killed. But if the guy with the unpronounceable last name had to do it, couldn’t he have done a good job of it? Couldn’t he have shot the president in the head? McKinley suffered for eight days before he died. Eight days! They thought he was getting better and then gangrene killed him.

It would have been a mercy had Leon just shot McKinley in the head or the heart. Why the abdomen? Cruel, if you ask me, even for an anarchist.

And it made adding the whole affair to my book even more problematic. No, really! Think about it. I couldn’t have the newspapers announce the death of President McKinley on September 7th and then have a few mentions of the bank being affected or something. No… no… now I had to have a headline event, give false hope, and then add the death on top of it all.

Look, I do an obscene amount of research for my books. No, really. Keen was slang in 1901. Woohoo! Look up “peachy keen”? Yeah. Can’t use it. 1950s. The telephone? Can Madeline expect to use one in a burgeoning city in 1901? Considering there were over 850,000 telephones in use, yes. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that a photographer who works for a local paper might have a telephone in order to receive calls requesting him to come photograph some big event—like the Mayor’s speech on the death of President McKinley, perchance?

Yep. Somehow, I almost missed one of the biggest events in US history. Research saved the book—and ruined my timeline. All at the same time. Gotta love history. Or not.

And Leon Czolgosz? Yeah. Thanks for nothing.

Blog Stops

March 21: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
March 21: Jeanette’s Thoughts
March 22: Bibliophile Reviews
March 22: Captive Dreams Window
March 23: Blogging With Carol
March 23: A Greater Yes
March 24: Carpe Diem
March 24: A Baker’s Perspective
March 25: Reading Is My SuperPower
March 26: Back Porch Reads
March 27: Splashesofjoy
March 28: Christian Bookaholic
March 29: Lots of Helpers
March 29: The Scribbler
March 30: Neverending Stories
March 30: Bigreadersite
March 31: With a Joyful Noise
March 31: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
April 1: Pause for Tales
April 1: Avid Reader Book Reviews
April 2: Ashley’s Bookshelf
April 2: A Room without Books is Empty
April 3: The perfect beginning
April 3: His Grace is Sufficient

Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a Reader’s Teaser Package that includes:
A paperback copy of both Sweet on You and Such a Tease
A “Tea-for-One” teapot
A Tin of loose-leaf tea of your choice (six options available from our local tearoom)
A pound of assorted See’s chocolates
A set of six handmade antique-inspired note cards
A $25 Amazon Gift Card

And, for the teaser… the winner will also receive the exclusive short story (usually reserved for pre-orders) The Fate of Abigail Cooper!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2b8

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review with a Giveaway: Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering


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About the Book

Book: Murder on the MOOR, A Drew Farthering Mystery
Author: Julianna Deering
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release Date: February 2017

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what’s really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

My Review

This was a classic murder mystery at its best.  As the action mounted, I felt more and more uneasy, not knowing who would be the next victim or who the perpetrator was.  The cast of characters was well-drawn, to a T, and everyone was suspect!  The 1930s English setting drew me in immediately, and framed the whole story perfectly.  Fans of murder mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie t will certainly want to read this latest Drew Farthering mystery.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. For more information visit www.juliannadeering.com.

Blog Stops

March 2: Fiction Aficionado
March 2: Inklings and Notions
March 3: ASC Book Reviews
March 3: Just Commonly
March 4: Reading Is My SuperPower
March 4: A Baker’s Perspective
March 5: The Power of Words
March 5: knightress4theking
March 6: Bibliophile Reviews
March 6: Splashes of Joy
March 7: Blogging With Carol
March 7: Through the Open Window
March 8: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
March 8: Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot
March 9: Thoughts from Mill Street
March 9: Christian Bookaholic
March 10: History, Mystery and Faith
March 10: Daysong Reflections
March 11: Just the Write Escape
March 11: Book by Book
March 12: Radiant Light
March 12: Bigreadersite
March 13: A Simple Life, really?!
March 13: Carpe Diem
March 14: Pause for Tales
March 14: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
March 15: Back Porch Reads
March 15: Baker Kella

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Julianna is giving away a set of the A Drew Farthering Mystery (5 Book Series)!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4664b0499

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander


About the Book

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah's new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse--and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head--he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city's new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music--his father, who is dying. As Tate's ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you've robbed her of her dream?

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women's hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history--but the hearts of men.

My Review

Brava!  

This was a rich, full novel in which the main characters, Rebekah and Tate, taught us so many beautiful lessons:
  • Hard work and depth of character would give the strength to overcome obstacles and realize dreams.
  • Show gratitude and appreciation when it is due.
  • Love deeply.  It can bring heartbreak, but oh, so much joy!
  • Family takes care of family.
I loved reading this book!  It was so well-written.  It was about symphonic, classical music and I felt like I could hear the music as I read. This is the third of the Belmont Mansion series, and there were references to the previous two books, but this book was so grand and stood alone well.  I will definitely be reading more by this author!

Not only was this an amazing book, but THE COVER!  Sumptuous!  And, if you go to Tamera Alexander's website you can access the playlist of the music from the book to listen to as you read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, and the Carol Award. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children.

Tamera invites you visit her website, her blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.