Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND!!
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 read
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!
VISIT HER AT LAURIEALICEEAKES.COM
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 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:
To Capture Her Heart reviews. Hear from others who have read the story already.
Debbie’s Dusty DeliberationsD’s Quilts and Books
Puddletown ReviewsLena Nelson Dooley
Faith * Love * Books
Book Bites, Bee Stings & Butterfly Kissesbuzzingaboutbooks.com
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Ready Set Read
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).
Rebecca 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.
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
another site you might be interested in to visit.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Christina Coryell is a small-town girl from southwest Missouri with a heart full of dreams and a head bursting with stories. She earned her degrees in English and History from Drury University, and maintains a steady "normal" job while she moonlights as an author. Christina is a very picky reader, because she wants to connect with the characters, and often finds that lacking. She thinks every great novel should be built on a great character, and in her first series, that character is Camdyn Taylor.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
JUNE 30, 2015
Jen Turano's "In Good Company"
Jen Turano has a gift of injecting humor and lovable characters in her books. I had a blast reading "In Good
Company". I adore Millie and her sweet personality. She
is smarter than what some of the other characters think of her.
I cheered for her in the tennis match between her and Caroline. I fell in love with the children, their antics and laughed when Millie would beat them at their own game to win their affections. Everett won my attention when he realized the social set were really snobs. When I met his parents on the pages I was nicely surprised at how their outlook on life changed. When they met Jesus as their Saviour! Awesome!
He works that way! Such great characters that you will think you are in the room with them having tea or a part of whatever
mayhem comes their way. I was relieved when the truth of the children's parents death was revealed and Caroline was put in her place.
Caution: Beware of the peacocks!
I do hope that this review peaks your curiosity and that you will take the time to read this book. You won't be disappointed!
You can visit her on her website: jenturano.com
You can also find her on facebook
Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House. Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.
Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA. Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees. High School, surprisingly enough, was fabulous. She roamed the halls with eight wonderful girls, all of whom she’s still friends with to this day. Student Council took up much of her time as she was Secretary of her class all four years, Vice-President of Student Council her junior year and President her senior year. After High School, she began her next great adventure – College. Pursuing a degree in Clothing & Textiles, Jen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She left college after the required four years and set out to take the fashion world by storm, finding out that fashion wasn’t nearly as glamorous as she’d been led to believe.
Meeting her husband, Al, when she was working at a department store in upstate New York, she married him mere months after they’d met, to everyone’s concern. Twenty-something years later, she and Al are still going strong, proving the concern was all for naught. Her son, Dominic, was born after she’d been married for quite some time, and it was then she decided to hang up her heels and settle into the best job of her life – Mom.
Her writing career began rather oddly, right when Dominic was in the third grade. Disgusted with a series they’d been reading together, Jen and her son set about writing a book of their own. It was a strange story, filled with smelly beasts who had a propensity for eating children, or at least wanting to eat them, but Dominic proclaimed it to be perfect and that was all it took for Jen to begin writing in earnest. Her earlier works were met with swift rejections, but when she settled on romance, she managed to snag an agent and she’s been writing romance ever since.
When Jen’s not writing, she spends her time hiking around Colorado, socializing with friends and family, and taking great pride in watching Dominic, who will soon be off to college, turn into a remarkable young man. (For readers of A Change of Fortune – Dominic was the inspiration behind little Ben – which is why you won’t be surprised to learn Jen’s been slightly taken aback over the fact Dominic’s turned out so well.)