Monday, December 14, 2015

DECEMBER 14, 2015

I finished Colleen Coble's two Christmas novellas over the weekend. "All is Calm" and "All is Bright". Great reads that hold your attention.  Within its pages are mystery, suspense, encouragement, hope, love and new beginnings. Colleen is a USA Today Bestselling Author.



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 10, 2016
thorn keeper
           Have I got a great book review for you! I finished reading Pepper Basham’s “Thorn Bearer!” Oh my, talk about not wanting to put a book down. Pepper draws the readers in at the get go and keeps them captive until the very last page is read. Then, you want more so I was glad to see she has a third book coming out in this series. As you turn each page, you will be find forgiveness, new beginnings, unlikely friendships and love through God and for others.  You will experience anger (There were times I wanted to get revenge on some characters), frustration , surprises ( totally unexpected), smiles, laughter, forgiveness, romance (Oh, the romantic scenes, have your smelling salts handy for swooning) and love.  A love from God and for others. 
Visit Pepper at
and on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
December 9, 2015
A Christmas Romance - Love Again - by T.K. Chapin           Isn’t the cover of this book beautiful? I read T.K. Chapin’s novella  “Love Again”  last night in one setting. Yes, its that good. He has written a heartwarming novella of new beginnings, the hurdles of life, celebrating the passing of a godly loved one. You’ll experience family closeness through Jill’s family. Included is a reminder of not judging someone on what you see and how to see with a new perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and you will too. A great time of year to read this novella and to be encouraged in whatever is happenings in your life!
You can follow T.K. Chapin on his blog

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015

           Today is release day for “In The Shadow of Your Wings” by A.M. Richardson.  The second book  in her Ancient Words Series.  This is a great book.  It is a emotional book, I laughed, I cried (and it takes a well written scene to accomplish this when I read).  I found myself at times trying to warn the characters of the dangers they faced.  A.M. Richardson weaves salvation all through this story as well as compassion.  Today through Friday, there is a Facebook Release Party celebrating the release of this wonderful book.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DECEMBER 2, 2015


In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NOVEMBER 19, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit"A Worthy Pursuit" by Karen Witemeyer  is a book you will not want to put down. It is full of surprises that will keep you guessing. The characters are easy to love, well except the bad ones of course. This is the first book I've read by her and I look forward to reading her other books.

       I also read T.K. Chapin's "Out of the Ashes".
This book will keep you guessing. It will reach your heart in dealing with forgiveness. Your eyes will be opened to reveal just how important you Christian walk affects others whether good or bad.

Karen Hadley

Monday, November 9, 2015


My review today is on "Dangerous Tidings" by Dana Mentink.
Dangerous Tidings by Dana MentinkThis is the first book by Dana and it most certainly will not be the last. It took only two days to read this book. Yes, it is that good! A suspense filled book that will keep you turning the pages! You will don your detective garb and hone your investigating skills to solve the crime. Be prepared to be so involved reading this book that the time will fly by. The main characters are lovable especially Radar and Harvey. That's all I'm going to say 'cause you just need to read this book!

For more information on Dana and her books, please visit her on Facebook, Goodreads
Dana's website:


Karen Hadley

Thursday, November 5, 2015


I hope today finds everyone well. There are always exciting times happening for Christian Fiction Authors. I thought I'd share and hope you enjoy.

Book #1 in Southold Chronicles: A Place in His Heart
A PLACE IN HIS HEART COVER She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?
Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.
With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas's secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary's world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?
And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband's broken heart?
"This debut novel will pull you into love and loss, then sweep you across the English sea to the rolling landscapes of Long Island. Be prepared to have your heartstrings plucked to the music of God's song of love in sickness and in health, and in times of richness and want. A Place in His Heart is a satisfying and compelling historical romance sure to win fans early for the entire series.

 Only .99 for a limited time just go to It is a great novel.

Karen Witemeyer reveals the covers for her 2016 books. Aren't they gorgeous!

2016 Cover TrioIn 2016, I have three projects hitting the shelves: 2 novella collections and a full-length novel. As you can tell in the graphic at the top, all three covers have very different looks to them.

Carrie Fancett Pagels Christmas Book is just in time to get you in that
Christmas Spirit.

A Christmas Carol meets It’s A Wonderful Life

A letter for Sonja’s deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis’s railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he’d hoped to never return—where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of “A Christmas Carol” as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so—will God bring healing and love to him this year?

Only $1.99 just click on this link:



Just for fun, yesterday was my sweet Jazzi's 10th birthday!


Friday, October 30, 2015


     It is raining here in Southern Oklahoma and I so enjoy the rain especially when I can curl up with a cup of coffee and a great book. This past month has been really busy and I haven't had the opportunity to post. It was my busiest time of the year at work and my husband and I became grandparents again with the birth of grandson. Oh my, he is so precious!

Picture     My review today is on Melanie Dickerson's "The Golden Braid". I enjoy reading Melanie's books as she recreates fairy tales in a way that leaves you spellbound and anxious to read the next book. I do like all of her books but "The Golden Braid" is my favorite. I didn't want to stop reading, it kept me captivated from the start. She weaves the characters from the previous books in this series into the pages of the next book. I love that, not only am I introduced to new characters but I catch up on previous characters. This is a must read series and a must read book.

Visit Melanie's website at

You can also find her on facebook, goodreads, twitter and any bookstore.


Karen Hadley

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


It has been a busy time at work getting ready for the annual meeting. I'm still reading, of course. I just have not been able to post anything because of the time.



26125157I enjoyed this book. I read it in two days. The heart of the story is family. This is seen through a male firefighter's perspective, Cole's. God draws Cole back to Him when everything Cole takes for granted in one day is gone. You see God's hand all through this novel in a healing and mighty way. I enjoyed seeing this story through the eyes of the main character, Cole. The problem that surfaces in his life is one that affects many marriages today. Cole is faced with a decision that will change his whole life. This novel gathers marital problems and reveals that godly men are not quiet but they take a stand on God's word and mentor those that cross their path. The mentor to Cole is a likeable guy that encourages Cole and often reminds him of the truth whether Cole wanted to hear it or not. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people and family problems arise. Some may be easy to get through yet others are much harder. I was reminded to not take anything for granted, it can be gone in the blink of an eye. Forgiveness is hard but necessary to grow in my walk with the Lord! Forgiving others and for others to forgive me, that power comes only from God.

23637023This is a good book. At times it was a challenge to read because it was a bit difficult to keep my attention and in other places it wasn't and I wanted to keep reading. It does help one know the perspective of a child that lived through WWII. It did end in the way I hoped.


Karen Hadley

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

New Christian Series by A.M. Heath

Where Can I Flee (Ancient Words Series Book 1)I have just finished the first book in this series "From Where Can I Flee". I enjoyed this book, It has a different perspective from one soldier that I don't remembering reading in any other Civil War Fiction Book.The author weaves God's graciousness all through the pages. I was holding my breath when I finished the last chapter, relieved and looking forward to the next book in this series to read more about these characters and what God does in their lives. Hard times are still ahead of them and I eagerly wait to see how they face those challenges.



I received this book in exchange for my honest review!

September 14, 2015

I hope everyone has had a great weekend! It has been a bit cooler here in Oklahoma, I love this kind of weather.

I finished reading "The Lost Heiress" by Roseanna M. White
This is the first book by her that I have read and I will be reading more. "The Lost Heiress" is a delightful book that keeps you on your toes not knowing who exactly can be trusted within the pages.
It was hard to put down. The story is beautifully written and the storyline very well thought out and put to paper. The good characters will find their way into your heart and you will find yourself wanting to warn them of the evil characters. I won't go into details because you need to read the book. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
The Lost Heiress
Visit Roseanna M. White's blog at

Also she can be found on Facebook and Goodreads.


Karen Hadley

I received this book from BethanyHouse Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 31, 2015

AUGUST 31, 2015

Psalm 18: 1-2
      "I Love You, Lord; You are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and stronghold."

This is such a awesome and humbling prayer. God reminds me how limited I am in facing all the stuff life throws at me. But He is not limited. He is limitless! There is absolutely nothing in my life or your life that God can't handle. Psalm 18 is written by David at a time when he was being attacked by enemies. David was confident in God's protection. We can be confident in God's protection. Even as I write this satan, the enemy is attacking in a very vulnerable area in my life. I cling to God! He is my lifeline! Yet I struggle with what I believe and the emotions that intercept that belief. It feels like tug of war in my heart.  These two verses are a continuous  prayer and a constant reminder of just how great is my God. Daily these verses remind me that God is truth and is and will forever be in control. I acknowledge God as my strength, He is mighty, powerful and able. God is my rock. He can not and will not be moved. He is steadfast! He is my fortress! He is my place of safety. I love that! He holds me in the palm of His mighty hand. He is my shield. He stands between me and the enemy. I shudder to think what it looks like from God's perspective as He sees both sides of the shield. Even during the times I think are real tough I wonder what God is holding back from attacking me, what I can't see or even comprehend. He is my Stronghold! He is my Salvation! He is my Savior! No, life is not easy, God never says it will be but take heart He is the one through whom we can rely on, trust, survive and grow deeper and closer to in our spiritual relationship with Him. My God has given me an awesome husband who God works through to encourage, guide and pray for me. I am blessed!
 He was, He is and He is coming! He Is!


Karen Hadley

-Please comment with how God protects you, guides you or someone He has placed in your life that blesses you.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
AUGUST 20, 2015

Here are some Bible
Verse memory cards
that you are welcome
to print out.

I love that God's word
is active and living!

I am planning on
adding different items
on this blog and hope
you will sign up to
receive my blog.


Karen Hadley

Monday, August 10, 2015


My latest book that I read is "Born Of Persuasion"
by Jessica Dotta. This is the first book that I have read
by her.  I am a forever fan after reading book one in
her series "The Price of Privelege".
First let me say "WOW"! From the first word you read you will
be drawn into Julia's life. Beautiful, trusting, innocent orphan who is willing to trust everyone but soon learns the hard way that not everyone is trustworthy. Jessica engages her readers into a magnificently written book and keeps you reading long past bedtime. It is packed full of secrets and the suspense will have you holding your breath. The characters are witty and fascinating. Hold on as you twist and turn throughout the book. Jessica definitely has her own style in her writing and it is refreshing.
Excellent Book!

Here is a sneak peek of Book One:

LATER, when I allowed myself to confront the memories, to dwell on the particulars, I realized my arrival at Am Meer marked the beginning.
Not the mysterious letters that drained the life from Mama.
Not her suicide.
And not the two men arriving at dusk, stomping mud from their boots in the foyer, bearing ill tidings.
Nay—not even the disconcerting news that I had a guardian, one who intended to keep me sequestered. For those happenings were not my story. I was sinless there.
They were the end result of events set in motion long before I arrived at the cottage. I could no more have stopped their unfolding than I could have prevented my own birth.

See, makes you want to read the book!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JULY 29, 2015
Tamera Alexander does it again, she writes an incredible Christian historical novel. I love horses. Although I haven't actually ridden one in reality, in Tamera's "To WIn Her Favor" I am riding like the wind (or soaring as the heroine's father called it). While reading this I wanted to switch places with Maggie just to be around horses, riding them, caring for them and forging friendship with these incredible creatures. Tamera weaves how God can change a person's outlook on others that are not of their class as He did with Maggie. She reminds us of the problem of racial prejudice and how it isn't gone but still rears its ugly head. I think my favorite character though is Mr. Harding (who you read about in both Belle Mead books by Tamera. He is successful and southern to the core but the difference is he is a fair, giving and powerful character. In reading this book and be for warned it is hard to put down, you will find struggles with changes in life, unexpected surprises both good and not so good, blessings and a roller coaster of emotions. You will find yourself at the edge of your seat cheering for a horse that quietly enters your life and gently fills you with love for her. I love to see horses run. No I don't like the gambling aspect of races as neither does the main characters of this book. Oh, to see these powerful, beautiful creatures run just takes my breath away. Start preparing now for the trip you will take in the wonderful historical novel and visit Tamera's website to read about the historical setting in this book and her many other books.
You can also find her on facebook, goodreads and other media sites.
What are you waiting for? Go read the book!
Karen Hadley

Monday, July 27, 2015



I've been having trouble with my blog so hopefully this time it will post right! Here are some quick reviews of books that I have read in the past two weeks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

"Lady Maybe" by Julie Klassen

I love Julie's books! I haven't read any that didn't capture
my attention fully! Late nights, early mornings and sleepy
days were the norm for me while reading books by Julie
Klassen. There is a life changing secret that you'll try to
discover as you turn each page. One of the things I like about
Julie's books is that she tackles some hard topics, her heroines
and hero's of her books don't always have the best of reputation
or past. But who does? We are all human, we all mess up, we
sin and Julie weaves the differences God makes in their lives to
change them to become a better person and to follow the Lord.
Yes, they suffer the consequences  of their sins but God forgives
and forgets. Great Job Julie!


"A Stranger's Secret" by Laurie Alice Eakes

This is book two in this series! You will definitely want to readA Stranger's Secret
the first book but this will also work as a stand alone book as
well. Laurie Alice Eakes is a talented writer and I enjoy each one
of her books. (And she has many). The story of Morwenna (don't
you just love that name) and her struggle to do everything for
herself with the help of two trusted servants backfires and she
realizes that she can forgive them and its okay to allow them
to help her. What a hero is David! I hope she writes another in
this series for I would like to see how Mihal (another great name)
grows up and meets his future bride. Mihal is Morwenna's baby.
Keep The Books Coming Alice!


Rebecca DeMarino
Author of "A Place In His Heart" and "To Capture Her Heart"
These are apart of The Southold Chronicles", Rebecca has written two historical romance
novels that are inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton.
In "A Place In His Heart", Mary yearns and does all she can to earn her husband Barnabas's love. He has lost his first wife and can't seem to get past that, neither does his two sons. There were times I wanted to just shake him! He is a godly man and God opens his eyes to what he has been blessed with, a loving wife. You'll want to read how they came to be married, all of Mary's struggles and how she lived God's way even in the midst of sad and dark days.

"To Capture Her Heart" is book two of this series. Benjamin, Barnabas's son from his first marriage but raised and loved by Mary. (He returns the affection to his Mother). Heather Flower is a young widow who is being pressured by a Dutch man and Benjamin to choose one of them. She isn't ready and doesn't know if she will be. Life goes on, will the Dutch and the colonists finally have peace?
Does Heather Flower marry Dirk, the Dutchman or Benjamin, her long time friend or is she content to stay a widow? Only one way to find out - READ THE BOOKS!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

JULY 15, 2015

Let’s Celebrate To Capture Her Heart with a Giveaway!

July 2015 seemed like such a long way away, awaiting the release of The Southold Chronicle’s second book: To Capture Her Heart.  Now that it’s here, it’s time to celebrate!  Will you join me?  There is a great giveaway happening thanks to my publisher Revell.  And once again, my writing friend and mentor, Jane Kirkpatrick will be kicking us off.
Below are the participating bloggers who are hosting me on their websites.  New links added daily.  Come back each day and log which blog you commented on for extra points for the giveaway!  Some of the various posts include:
Personal Interviews
Historical content
Fun Facts

To Capture Her Heart reviews. Hear from others who have read the story already.
Jane Kirkpatrick
Debbie’s Dusty DeliberationsD’s Quilts and Books
Puddletown ReviewsLena Nelson Dooley
Faith * Love * Books

Book Bites, Bee Stings & Butterfly Kisses
Griperangs Bookmarks
Suzanne Woods Fisher

Ready Set Read
Genesis 5020
Faith Hope and Cherry Tea
Looking for giveaway details? Skip to the bottom of the post
If you love to hear what others have to say about the book, below is a list of honest reviews from a blog reading program the publisher has. Links directly to the review may, or may not be available,  they are posting this week. (as part of the giveaway, commenting on the blogs below is included, not just Rebecca’s Guest posts above).
Image of Rebecca DeMarinoRebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.

As the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.
Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips. 
Rebecca grew up listening to her mother’s family lore of a great-grandfather from generations ago. Barnabas Horton sailed from England in the 1600’s, to Long Island, N.Y., on a ship called The Swallow. In 1999, after she found Horton Point, L.I., on a map, Rebecca and her mother made the journey to see the lighthouse named after their ancestor.
The legend goes that Barnabas brought a slab of blue slate with him from England, and had the epitaph he wrote himself engraved on it. The blue slate still exists in the Old Cemetery in Southold, L.I., with the Bible verse, “He being dead, still speaketh.” Much information was found about Barnabas, but none of his wife, save a mention in his will.
Her mother passed away in 2005, but Rebecca returned to Southold many times, drawn by her Puritan roots and English heritage. Each time she wondered about her ninth great-grandmother, a young woman who married a widower with two young boys and then followed them for the wilds of Long Island, leaving behind her home and family. What were her dreams? Her motivations? Her fears?

Here are the details: This should be rather simple, but if you run into any glitches, please comment below and your question should be answered ASAP. The giveaway will go from July 13-July 22nd (11:59 PT).  Some of the entries can be done more than once, so please be sure to come back and enter more than one time.  Visit new bloggers (Many of the blogs have all different information, so you are not reading the same thing over…and over… and over…). Winners will be emailed within 48 hrs of the giveaway ending.  Please be sure to check your spam folders once they are announced.  Names will also be posted on this giveaway form.  If the winner doesn’t claim their prize within one week of notification, new winners will be selected. 1st prize winner, will have winner’s choice on the gift cards listed.  You also have the opportunity to have your book scribed to anyone! When providing your email address, it will not be sold, or given to anyone else.  It is for my purposes only. Whenever possible, please tag my social media on the platform you are using (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest).  This helps me see all you are doing & want to express my gratitude. The most important rule… HAVE FUN!
To Capture Her Heart Book Launch

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lysa TerKeurst

JULY 20, 2015


It is a beautiful morning here in southern Oklahoma!

I want to share with you some encouraging words from books written by Lysa Terkeurst!  I keep a small notebook to write down excerpts from authors books.

Below are excerpts out of Lysa Terkeurst Books:

“It’s easy to do the right things when we see immediate results. But sometimes I think it pleases God for His girls to do the right thing even when the results are no so immediate.”

“Lasting, satisfying love will only be found when we stop chasing others or possessions, and thirst for the things of God.”

“If your in a season of doubt, backtrack and remember all the places where God has been so faithful before in your life. And know with assurance and boldness and confidence, He is the same Faithful God.”

“Real faith isn’t a hopeful wish. Real faith is making the decision that no matter the outcome, we’ll choose to see it as God’s perfect answer. Through the good. Through the not so good. And even through the down right awful—We will trust God! Now this doesn’t mean we won’t cry and express hurt. But it does mean we’ve decided it’s better to have lived trying to take leaps of faith with God, than to walk away from Him.”

Those are words to ponder and remember! I encourage you to read Lysa’s books. God will meet you right where you are and you’ll find Him at work in your heart. Lysa is president of proverbs31 and you can visit and to learn more about her and the ministry God has given her. She can also be found on facebook. Her books are “The Best Yes”, “Unglued”, “Made to Crave” and “What happens when women walk in faith” are just a few of books she has written.
another site you might be interested in to visit.