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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 


                                       JUNE 23, 2015
 
 
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Karen Hadley's Review of "The Thorn Bearer" by Pepper D. Basham

“The Thorn Bearer” has been in my TBR list and I could hardly wait to read it.  This is written by Pepper D. Basham and she hits it out of the park. It is a historical romance and I enjoyed learning about the Lusitania Ocean Liner. She weaves the facts into an amazing story of letting go of the past,  being set free of the chains of guilt and redemption by an Awesome God!  The way she addresses an unfortunate yet hideous evil will help those who know first hand of this horrific crime. Pepper opens up truth I never gave much thought to in regards to the victims. The relationships that are affected and the guilt the victims carry are overwhelming. It is also about second chances, new beginnings and changes of the heart, beliefs and attitudes that only God can bring. Toward the end, the incident with the horse made me laugh out  loud. I won’t say anymore about that except read the book. I anxiously await book 2 in this series! Well done Pepper.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pepper Basham writes Blue Ridge romances sprinkled with grace and humor. She is a regular contributor of Christian Fiction Online Magazine and blogger at The Writer's Alley. A mom of five, speech-language pathologist, crazy-hat wearer, and lover of chocolate, you can find her chatting about life or giving book reviews on her personal blog, Words Seasoned with Salt. Pepper is represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti from the Seymour Agency.

You can visit her at pepperdbasham.com
You can also find her on facebook, pinterest, twitter and goodreads.

Enjoy Reading,

Karen Hadley
 

Saturday, June 20, 2015




JUNE 20, 2015 
Good Afternoon,
   I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! As I shared before we have been getting quite a bit of rain here in Oklahoma but today it is clear and beautiful. I wanted to take time to post my review after I finished reading Ronie Kendig's book "RAPTOR 6".

Karen Hadley's Review of "Raptor 6" by Ronie Kendig
  WOW! As I begin to write this my heart begins to pound. This is the first book I have read by Ronie and I was so impressed by her writing skills. As I think about the characters, their responsibilities, the scenes, the expert areas of each of the characters and all the other information in the book, she does an incredible job of creating her stories. Captain Watters and Zarrah are the hero and heroine of the story and you will find their courage in all they face as an inspiration in anything you may be facing in your own life. There were times I had to break from my reading to calm my heartbeat down,wipe my tears or to remind myself to breathe. It is an action packed, suspenseful, sit on the each of your seat and bite your nails novel. I felt like I was part of the Special Forces Team.  I'd find myself holding my breathe, laughing at Hawk, sympathy for Eagle, a desire to punch the Seals leader in the nose only to come to like him eventually and hopes for Dean to be Gibbs slapped up side his head to realize he is human and its okay to have feelings. I cheered for Zarrah and her love for her mother's people, her retired military father and his protectiveness of his daughter, I feel in love with little Ara and Rashid and I smiled with Dean realized the past was exactly that the past. I was struck with awe as Dean comes to realize God really does love him and God really is in control. Yes, it is that good and you will be swept away as your adrenaline builds and sits you down in unknown territories. A GREAT READ!!

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                           "Raptor 6" is the first book in "The Quiet Professionals" Series, 
"Hawk" follows with "Falcon" finishing the series.



As I finish this post, The second book "Hawk" is on my table, cover me, I'm going in!!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR RONIE KENDIG:
Visit Ronie at RonieKendig.com

Ronie Kendig ~ Rapid-Fire FictionAn Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990.  Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim, including:
    • 2012 Christy Award Winner –Wolfsbane (Contemporary Romance)
    • 2013 HOLT Medallion Winner Trinity: Military War Dog (Best Book by a Virginia Author)
    • 2013 Selah Award Winner  –Firethorn (Fiction – Suspense)
    • 2013 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Winner – Trinity: Military War Dog(Romantic Suspense)
    • 2012 Lime Award Winner – Firethorn (Suspense)
    • 2012 Carol Award Finalist – Wolfsbane (Romantic Suspense)
    • Christian Retailing’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Finalist – Nightshade
    • 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Finalist – Nightshade (Romantic Suspense)
    • Named one of the Top 25 Christian Fiction Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Writers by FamilyFiction (Sept 2011)
    • 2011 FamilyFiction Readers’ Choice Awards – 3rd place as New Favorite Author, 8th place with Nightshade for Novel of the Year.
    • INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)
    • The Christian Manifesto’s 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

JUNE 16, 2015

Good Morning! I live in the great state of Oklahoma and we have been having a deluge of rain. I'm thankful for the rain, it has replenished our lakes, ponds and rivers that desperately needed to be filled up after a serious drought a few years back. During my time with the Lord this morning, He gave me the prayer listed below. I hope this is an encouragement to some one today who needs to be reminded that God is in control of everything!

Holy Spirit rain upon me refreshment, godly focus, integrity and compassion. May I be soaked thoroughly with Jesus that I squish of His love, compassion and care. Holy Spirit wash away the disappointments of life, the mundaneness and dreariness of everyday living and flood me with enthusiasm for each day simply because of Jesus. Flood me with your joy for my parched soul, to emit encouragement and kind words for family, friends and the others my path crosses. Strike my thoughts with Jesus and embed Your Word into every space of my being. Leave Your mark in my life! When I sin, shake me like thunder until I am on my knees in confession and seeking your forgiveness. Thank You for the forgiveness Father! Let me absorb all that You are and all that You do in every aspect of my life.
      When I feel empty - Fill me with You!
      When I am dry and parched - Flood me with Your Word!
      When I am discouraged, down and uncertain - Remind me of your
        promises that You are my refuge, strength and life.
      When I feel sorry for myself - Remind me to be thankful for
        all that You have done, are doing and will do in my life.
      When I am broken - help me to trust You and use the brokenness
        to draw me closer to You.
Bring forth a rainbow in my life daily. May the colors of joy, love, forgiveness, encouragement, grace and mercy burst forth from me to remind myself and others that You are God and we are not. And You are faithful and keep Your promises!

To GOD BE THE GLORY IN ALL WE SAY AND IN ALL WE DO!
Amen


Have a Blessed Day,
Karen

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Monday, June 15, 2015


Gentleman of Her Dreams I am totally enjoying finding authors I didn't know about and
 Jen Turano is one of them! Gentleman of Her Dreams, A Change of Fortune and A Most Peculiar Circumstance are Great Reads! I started reading one and before I knew it I had devoured two more and am looking forward to reading Jen's other books.

Review for Gentleman of her Dreams by Jen Turano. This is a novella that centers around Charlotte, Hamilton and Henry. We can all relate to Charlotte as she believes God has told her specifically who she is to marry only to find out that who she thought was the right man was the wrong man (not a bad man just not her man) Sometimes we want something so bad we convince ourselves that it is God's will. Yet, when we use God in that way we are headed for disaster. We can't make His will line up with our wants. We have to pray asking God to line us up with His will, and only in that do we find peace. Charlotte eventually learns this and realize who she wanted was there right beneath her nose.
This is a prequel to A Change of Fortune.



Change-of-Fortune

Review for Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
 Oh my but your going to become fast friends with Eliza, Agatha
and the Beckett brothers. They are all enjoyable and you feel you
are a part of all the adventures they find themselves. The society is all confused by Eliza, the governess or is she Lady Eliza, a member of English aristocracy? But be prepared for Piper and Ben who you will fall in love with from the moment you meet them! They are Adorable! (give or take a few bites! LOL). Through the path Eliza takes to get back everything one couple has taken from her she falls for one of the Beckett brothers, who finally faces the fact that he is indeed in love with her. But does she return his love after all that has happened in her life? I hope this peaks your curiosity and you are headed to get this book! You won't regret it but be forewarned, you won't want to stop with just these first two but will want to continue to read Jen's books.



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Book # 3 in this series. A Most Peculiar Circumstance
You will remember Theodore from A Change if Fortune.
You will eventually find yourself liking him more and more as
you read this novel. He meets his match in Arabella Beckett, a
head-strong woman who wants to see women vote and works
diligently to promote women's suffrage. But, bless her heart
trouble finds her almost everywhere she goes and Theodore
finds himself being the one to get her out of the scrapes she
finds herself. But the latest encounter she finds herself in
over her head. Can Theodore find her and save her? Does
he rethink his views on women's roles in America?


Jen Turano is a talented writer with her own unique way of writing
that holds your attention and makes you feel like you are right there on the page as you read!


You can find this amazing author Jen Turano on facebook, goodreads or visit her website at jenturano.com.

BLESSINGS,

KAREN HADLEY

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

JUNE 10, 2015
 
Read the prequel to Jody’s An Uncertain Choice!
In this historical romance novella by Jody Hedlund, young Rosemarie finds herself drawn to Thomas, the son of the nearby baron. But just as her feelings begin to grow, a man carrying the Plague interrupts their hunting party. While in forced isolation, Rosemarie begins to contemplate her future—could it include Thomas? Could he be the perfect man to one day rule beside her and oversee her parents’ lands?
Then Rosemarie is summoned back to her castle in haste. The disease has spread, and her family is threatened. And the secret she discovers when she returns could change her future forever.

Karen Hadley's Review for "The VOW" by Jody Hedlund
            One of the best prequel story I have read. I finished it in one read and immediately went to the novel "An Uncertain Choice" to read more of RoseMarie's life. This is classified as Young Adult and I am not "young"  I thoroughly enjoyed these two books. As a young maiden, RoseMarie thinks she has met the man she may marry in hopes to carry on her family's legacy as the only heir. But suddenly and with out warning her life is turned upside now. What will happen to Thomas? To her parents? To her? She is mature for her young age but relies heavily on the adults in her life. But who can she really trust? You will want to make sure you have the next book "An Uncertain Choice" on hand because you will want to transition to it immediately. Great Read!




Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, shortly before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice—if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the knights’ arrival results in a series of attacks within her land, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights—the one who appears the most guilty—had not already captured her heart.






Karen's Review of the "Uncertain Choice" by Jody Hedlund
        If you haven't read the "The Vow" by Jody Hedlund you will want to before beginning this book. RoseMarie found a soft spot in my heart. I wanted to shelter her from all the advice the adults seemed relentless in giving her and the worry of the vow her parents had made before she was born. I cheered for her Godfather as he gave her strength and hope to try to break the vow. All three knights chosen to compete for her hand were so honorable. Yet, I was grinning when the knight I was cheering for became the hero. I had strong suspicions on the evil person, actually I had it down to two people and gradually figured out "Who it was!" and it was a relief to see them caught. You just never know who is trustworthy! I applaud the friendship between the three knights and their commitment to each other regardless of who RoseMarie may choose to marry or if she chooses to marry. She is very loyal, compassionate, unselfish and loves the people of her land. I do have one question her, "Please tell me there will be a sequel to "An Uncertain Choice"! Great Read!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

Good Morning!
I hope everyone is having a blessed weekend!

ELIZABETH CAMDEN'S "AGAINST THE TIDE"

SUMMARY:

Boston of 1891 is a city of hope and ambition, where mariners, merchants, and dreamers thrive in the cobblestone streets of America’s most historic city. Within the harbor of Boston’s naval shipyard, Lydia Pallas has become a trusted assistant to an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Fluent in seven languages, she spends her days translating documents from all over the world.
Lydia’s remarkable language skills bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man on a quest to rid the world of the scourge of opium. Only Lydia has the rare combination of language skills and courage he needs to advance his cause. A man as coolly analytical as he is relentless, Bane never bargained on falling in love with Lydia. As he battles the bittersweet love that grows between them, Bane’s mission will take Lydia away from everything—and everyone—she ever held dear.
With fast-paced intrigue and unforgettable characters, Against the Tide is Elizabeth Camden’s most romantic novel yet.

Karen's review for "AGAINST THE TIDE" BY ELIZABETH CAMDEN

Hang on to your seat because this book will keep you on the edge. The just one more chapter turns into two more, then three and you find yourself finishing this book. So be prepared that every spare minute you will find this book in your hands. My heart went out to the young girl Lydia when life as she knows it is suddenly changed by tragedy. I cheered for her as she fought to provide for herself as an adult. I was hesitant about Bane at first but came to love them both even though there were times I wanted to shake him. I strongly disliked the professor (you won't either) and was so glad to see justice was done for his selfish and evil ways. But I learned a lot about the opium problem in this era, the products that didn't list it as an ingredient and how that put so many children in its addictive claws. I wanted to jump into the last chapters as Lydia faced the opium addiction. An addiction she had no knowledge was happening that was from being dosed with Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup as a child. With the realization from Bane's knowledge of the drug she struggled to admit that she was indeed addicted to the powerful drug. I hung closely by as she went through the horrible withdrawal weeks. I was also encouraged how when she kept seeking God, reading the bible where others encouraged her to read and when she decides to just open God's word up, it fell into the right verse at the right time and she realized that God was speaking directly to her. Because He's really good at that, He knows exactly what we need, when we need and I take great comfort in that! I hope you do too!

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, June 4, 2015





June 4, 2015

It is because of who we know - Jesus, He alone is good, He alone is awesome, He alone died to save us from eternal death and rose to give us eternal life. It doesn't matter what the world says or thinks about us. God only matters! Worldly things will pass but God will not. He was, He is and He will always be! Are you leaving a legacy for your children? What kind of legacy? Is it money? Land? Stuff? They can't take it with them either when they go. But we can leave them a godly legacy. The example of putting Christ first, of relying on Christ through every up and down life throws our way. Being so in love with Jesus that it shines through our eyes, in our smiles and seeps out our pores. It's being positive and praising God in the down and out days remembering all we have to be thankful for. Anyone with a disease that is not curable like multiple sclerosis struggle with the "why me?" But maybe we need to look at it "why not me, I'm no different than anyone else. What is God wanting to accomplish through this in my life? How do I represent Jesus in dealing with the toughness of life? Being diagnosed over six years ago God is teaching me to look at what He blesses me with each and every day. To be thankful for the days that are pain free and to be thankful even in the off days. Why? Because this world is not my home, and one day I will fall before Him, disease free but you know what, I don't think that will be on my mind when I kneel before the One who knew me before I was born. When I kneel before the One who died for me, a sinner, unworthy, undeserving yet He loves me! I don't think I will ever wrap my head around that truth. Praise God I don't have to understand everything, I just have to trust Him. And that's a lesson I'm still learning. Knowing He loves me and will never leave me. He is the one that I rely on to help me through this thing called life.It's through Him that we are a child of the King, forgiven, set free, adored and loved!


Blessings,
 Karen

Monday, June 1, 2015

JUNE 1, 2015

GOOD MORNING,
 
It's a beautiful Monday morning here in Oklahoma where we have been hard by rains that were desperately needed after a drought. The lakes and rivers and ponds are full. Yards are mushy (something my dachshund Jazzi loathes, she doesn't like getting her precious paws wet). You can always find something in whatever is going on around you. We can easily fall into a spiritual drought of discouragement, restlessness, hurts in any and all areas of life. We feel alone but we are not, even if we don't sense God's presence just be assured he has not and will not leave us. I often find that when I am in a spiritual drought it is usually because I have let the stuff of life take over and I dwell to much on it instead of feeding off of God's word, seeking God in prayer and as Psalm 46:10 says "Be still and know that I am God." Spending time with God includes me not only talking to Him but listening to Him. Then the much needed Spiritual rain comes, drenching my parched soul and greening up my outlook on life.


I started reading Marylu Tyndall's books about two months ago and "I've become a fan".
Here are reviews on those I have read by MaryLu Tyndall.  

-VEIL OF PEARLS - Oh my, such a great story. In this book, she addresses the topic of prejudice. The heroine is light skinned, a runaway slave and has quite the knowledge of medicine and herbs. You'll love her from the first.  The roque she meets will push your frustrations to the end just to reel you back to like the fellow. IT IS A MUST READ!

THE SURRENDER TO DESTINY SERIES - 3 BOOKS HISTORICAL FICTION

-Surrender the Heart: You've heard the saying "Being in the wrong place at the wrong time"? That is exactly where Marianne ends up in her desperation to be married. Yet, she is a woman who finds out just how strong she is when learning to lean on God in all the situations she finds herself. Noah is determined to get his cargo to its destination before war breaks out. I about had a heart attack when she finds herself torn from her countrymen and faced with serving on a enemy ship. Aww, this is a book packed with adventure. So, grab the rail, climb aboard and be prepared to find how quick times flies when you reading! MUST READ!

-Surrender the Night: An American woman and a British soldier meet in an unsettling way. Rose is determined to do what is right even when it places her and her family in harm's way. Alex is fighting to find a purpose in life. Will the two remain civil to each other? Will they find love? We can not always see how God is working in our life or in the lives of others but we can learn to trust Him through whatever He brings our way! Great story of getting through the barriers in life. MUST READ!

-Surrender the Dawn: Have a fan ready to cool yourself as headstrong and independent Cassandra goes on a mission to help provide for her family. The handsome Luke will catch your attention from the first and you'll join in hoping that the two can put aside their differences and find trust and love. What a sweet reminder that it doesn't matter what has been done in the past we can find forgiveness through the cross. MUST READ!



MARYLU TYNDALL - The Reckoning Pre-release party!!!
Hi All!  For the next 4 Fridays, I'll be posting something about my upcoming release, The Reckoning Yay!

AND giving away a FREE paperback (US only) or Ebook (non US)  to one lucky winner each week!  The book is slated to release July 1st. In fact I'm still working on the edits, but hope to have it done soon and in the hands of my influencers.

So, let's get started!!

 

Let me introduce you to Miss Morgan Shaw.


Morgan is not your typical American twenty-four year old woman, though she certainly appears to be. Raised in a broken home by a mother hooked on pills and a distant father obsessed with power and wealth, Morgan grew up shy, insecure, and suffering from acute anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She considers herself to be average looking, even plain, and has gone through a string of loser boyfriends in the past six years, most of whom dumped her for no reason.  She believes she has a propensity for falling for the wrong man!  Regardless, she was able to get a masters in Information Science and land a good job at a high-tech company in San Diego where she leads project teams and is highly successful. Because of her OCD and Anxiety, she likes her life to be ordered and controlled. Everything that happens must be planned and thought out so she can keep her anxiety at a minimum. So, you can imagine what will happen when she gets transported 300 years in the past to a pirate ship!

Good Quailities:
Efficient, analytical, serious, detail-oriented, dependable, loyal, Smart, Kind-hearted, hard working, sense of humor

Bad Qualities
Rigid, Repressed, Unbending, Stubborn, Uptight, Insecure, Perfectionist, Fearful, Control Freak, Constantly seeks approval

Quirks: Morgan rubs her temples a lot when things aren't going as planned.  She obsessively cleans and sets to order everything around her, even things that don't belong to her. She can't seem to stop herself!

So what do you think of Morgan Shaw?  Leave your thoughts (along with your email) and I'll choose a winner next Friday, (WHEN I'll introduce the hero, Rowan Dutton!)