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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NEW RELEASE FROM A.M. HEATH

RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2018


During a snowstorm, Betty Tanner finds herself stuck with her estranged husband. Spending Christmas with Glenn wasn’t what she had in mind, and her mind reluctantly travels back three decades to their first Christmas together, when another snowstorm caused her to wreck her car outside the Tanner home … 

1954: Stranded with the Tanners over Christmas, Betty is forced into the company of Glenn, who had spurned her for years. But as the snow falls outside, the walls between Betty and Glenn begin to crumble, revealing a side of him she never knew existed. A side she longs to know better.

Pride and bitterness can make a beast out of anyone. And the hardships they face in their relationship are of their own making. But can following Christ’s ways lead Betty and Glenn to the reconciliation they long for?

A.M. Heath invites you to spend Christmas with the Tanners in a dual-timeline novel loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast. You’re sure to fall in love again and again.



 MY THOUGHTS:
    A beautiful story of forgiveness and restoration. I enjoyed the way the author went from present day to days in the past to tell this story. And it worked great in understanding the relationship between Betty and Glenn. Both have blinders on in regards to each of their failures in their marriage. With time and lots of thought, can they come to agreement whether they stay married or divorce. Can they learn to communicate their desires in the marriage and the stuff that bothers them. So dress warmly as Betty finds herself stranded at Glenn’s family home, grab a cup of hot cocoa, a blanket and curl up for a heartwarming story. . A.M. Heath does a wonderful job in the writing of this book and you will not be disappointed. You can preorder the book on Amazon and it releases November 5th.
Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.







About A.M. Heath

A.M. Heath breaks out as a Christian novelist with the 2014 release of Where Can I Flee, inspired by her love of Christ and 19th century American history.

Being raised in a small Tennessee town, A.M. Heath grew up with a love for southern history and nostalgia. Her husband and 4 children embrace the small town lifestyle and southern standard of back porch relaxing, tea sipping, homemade comfort food, strong Christian values, and tightly woven family bonds.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

You're never too old to fall in love . . .

Will over-the-hill neighbors embrace a holiday romance?

Rancher Jess Milne lost his wife years ago, but he’s finally ready to give love a second chance. It’s a shame the one woman in Romance who captures his interest is a prickly, wasp-tongued she-devil. She used to be one of his closest friends until he asked her out. Her vocal, vehement refusal made her thoughts on dating him crystal clear. Despite her animosity, Jess can’t help but be attracted to her fire and spirit.
Widowed more than ten years, Doris Grundy tries to convince herself she’s content with her life. Her recently married grandson and his wife bring her joy. The ranch she’s lived on since she was a young bride gives her purpose. She’s an active member of their close-knit community. But the old coot who lives down the road continually invades her thoughts, keeping her from having any peace. Doris will be the last to admit she longs for the love and affection of her handsome neighbor.
When the two of them are unexpectedly thrown together, will they find a little holiday spirit and allow the love of the season to ring in their hearts? Find out in this sweet novella from USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield.

MY THOUGHTS:
       I’ve said it again and again, I haven’t read a book by Shanna Hatfield that I haven’t loved. Her new release  “Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance” did not disappoint. This book releases on November 1, 2018 and can be pre-ordered here on Amazon
     I love romance, yet often in fiction books the characters are young. Shanna introduces “love at any age” is beautiful. This book is just that kind of story. You’ll met Jess, who is persistent in his pursuit and Doris, who refuses to even think about a romance at her age.
  We all know how hard it is to change when set in our ways.  As you read this story, you’ll see its okay to change and let love enter your heart when you thought you never could again after losing the love of your life.
  Heart-warming, fun, cozy and just a lovely novella.

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

Return to the friendly town of Romance, Oregon, in this series of sweet Christmas novellas.

  • Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance by Shanna Hatfield - A determined widow and a persistent rancher need a nudge toward love.
  • A Merry Miracle in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker - It’ll take a Christmas miracle to turn a grudging friendship into true love.
  • Holding Onto Love in Romance by Liwen Y. Ho - A small town inn owner and a big time pop star need a reason to keep holding onto love.
  • A Reel Christmas in Romance by J. J. DiBenedetto - Unwittingly engaged in the plot of a classic Hollywood romance, can two email pen-pals find their way to a happy ending?
  • A Christmas Carol in Romance by Franky A. Brown - A bitter-on-love radio DJ and his girlfriend of romance past need a second chance.
  • Santa’s Visit in Romance by Jessica L. Elliott - Santa's got his work cut out for him to help a reluctant couple find love during the holidays.
  • About Shanna Hatfield

    USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. 

    Her historical westerns have been described as "reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian" while her contemporary works have been called "laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way."

    Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn't writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

    To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her blog http://shannahatfield.com or follow her on Facebook.



Wednesday, October 17, 2018


 MY THOUGHTS:

        I truly enjoyed this book!! The author paints a vivid picture of the demands of traveling in the less traveled lands. This story grabs you from the first page as characters are introduced and you become fast friends. Noelle may look small and delicate but can hold her own with the best of the seasoned travelers. I loved how Daniel and Noelle quickly learned to be quick in making decisions, making do with what they had or didn't have. They not only learned how unpredictable the severe weather was but found if they were to survive they needed to work together. A horrible accident leaves Noelle figuring out what to do, how far to travel and even providing food for the mountain man. And maybe, just maybe a romance might be blossoming between the two.

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.


About the Book

Book Title: This Courageous Journey
Author: Misty Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: October 9, 2018
As the fifth daughter in a family of nine children, Noelle Grant has spent her life working to be unique. Her love of stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational stories than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit the brother she hasn’t seen in years? The trip comes together perfectly as she plans to journey with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as planned comes in the form of the mountain man they hire as their guide for the final leg of the journey.
When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual journey northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making the wrong decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The man in charge refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.
As the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle is faced with the choice to delay her journey northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never imagines her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.

Click here to purchase your copy!
 About the Author
Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Guest Post from Misty

Ever Been Struck by Lightning?

One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen!
Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him.
People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative!
As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, October 11
The Power of Words, October 12
Multifarious, October 12
Maureen’s Musings, October 12
Splashes of JoyOctober 14
Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Interview)
Joy of ReadingOctober 15
Mary Hake, October 15
Livin Lit, October 16
KarenSueHadleyOctober 17
Remembrancy, October 18
Carpe Diem, October 18
Pause for Tales, October 19
Bigreadersite, October 19
Bibliophile Reviews, October 20
Wishful Endings, October 22
Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest post Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholicOctober 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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/d4cf/this-courageous-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway


Monday, October 15, 2018

Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret--one worth killing for. But when she finds out one of her clients has been murdered, she quickly realizes that the computer security specialist wasn't simply suffering from paranoia.


Detective Nate Quinn has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed eighteen people, including his partner, and left him dealing with PTSD. His first case back on the job involves the murder of Stephen Shaw, and his only lead turns out to be an old friend, Grace Callahan--and her life is in grave danger. Someone believes Shaw gave his psychologist information before he died. Information they are willing to kill for.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.


MY THOUGHTS:
      Be aware! Be very aware! Always look behind you, in front of you and around you.         
You might find yourself doing these very things when you pick up this book! It is
full of whys? What ifs? Where’s? You’ll find yourself struggling to decide who you
can trust and who you can’t in this thrilling book of suspense and mystery.  You’ll
make friends fast with Grace and Nate! Put on a good pair of comfortable shoes
because you will be following them at a fast pace to solve the mystery. 
“A Secret to Die For “   by Lisa Harris  is the book to read if you love suspense,
heart-stopping, holding your breath and must keep turning the page story.

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.                                        


About Lisa Harris

Bestselling author LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (Proverbs 31:8)

When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com