Take a Texas Road Trip in On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Story:
A woman without a future. A man running from the past.
One enchanting place where broken dreams are mended.

If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. Unsure about the next phase in her life, she heads to Rainbow's End Resort for some R&R when a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash right in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He has spent the past year wandering the country on his motorcycle, trying not to think about the future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor.

As these broken people collide, they find that a bright future is still ahead--it just might not be the one they imagined for themselves.

Meet Your New Favorite Heroines in The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
by Rachel McMillan
Copyright 2016
Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736966405
The Story:
In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer. 

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor. 

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so. 

Read what others are saying about the book on the Litfuse website!

Say "HI!" to Rachel and learn more about her books on her website!

My Thoughts:
Herringford and Watts are taking 1900s Toronto by storm, and its men are falling at their feet - well,  two of them anyway! Ray DeLuca and Jasper Forth have no choice but to follow the lady detectives through the city's grittiest slum to the beautiful new garden theater as they try to nab the killer who's terrorizing working class women. Jem and Merinda prove adept at solving crimes for their many new (unpaid) clients, but the main suspect in their biggest case is proving to be elusive and dangerous. Will they catch him before any more of Toronto's citizens pays the ultimate price? 

Learn a Lesson in Love—Tippy Style— in Dana Mentink’s New Book (Plus a Prize Pack Giveaway)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Toby, Tippy, and Coco!

The Story:
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service. 

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy. 

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too… 

Meet the author! Part of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue! 

Read what others are saying about the book! 

My Thoughts:
Just in time for baseball season the story of canine Tippy and her human family will steal hearts everywhere. Sit, Stay, Love is a sweet romance where two people meet and fall in love all because of one precocious fur ball. Tippy, an elderly mutt who belonged to Cal Crawford's late mother, throws a curveball at Cal's plans for a life focused solely on his career as an ace pitcher. He hires Gina, a former teacher turned dogsitter, to take care of his four-legged "problem", in hopes that he can return to the mound with no baggage to hinder his progress after an injury. Little does he know that Tippy and God have other plans. 

Marvel's Doctor Strange ~ Teaser Trailer

Guys. It's FINALLY here! *insert heart eyes emoji* After all those photos in EW a few months ago and the set photos shared by Marvel last week, I've been dying to see some real footage of Benedict Cumberbatch aka Stephen Strange in action or at least some more details on the story itself. While there isn't much in the way of action, I loved the glimpses of Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams that I wasn't expecting to see!

I've posted the trailer below. Let me know what you think! 

Do you have a favorite Marvel hero, villain, or story? I'd love to hear it. Comments, please!!

FYI: Agent Peggy Carter is my favorite Marvel heroine. Loki is my favorite baddie and the Cap and Bucky are my favorite Marvel bromance. 

My Review ~ Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn
Copyright 2016
Avon Books
ISBN: 9780062388148

The Story:
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...

Litfuse Blog Tour: Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Back in the Saddle
by Ruth Logan Herne
Copyright 2016
Multnomah Books
ISBN: 9781601427762

The Story:
The prodigal is coming home.
It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.
He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.
Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?
Read what others on the tour are saying about the book on the Litfuse site!
My Thoughts:
Over the years, Ruth Logan Herne has become one of my favorite Love Inspired authors. If you ever want a story that's full of faith, hope, love, and laughter you should make Ruth's books your top picks. This time around with a brand new publisher (Multnomah) Ruth introduces us to a family who is akin to the Cartwright family from the classic western TV series, Bonanza. 

My Review ~ Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Undaunted Hope
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2016
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764212390
The Story: 
Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she's the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.

Learn more about Jody and her books on her website!

My Thoughts:
First off I'll start by saying Jody Hedlund's books have always been some of my favorites. I tend to add her books to my wishlists without even reading the cover blurbs. I just KNOW they will be that good. Her adult historical fiction books take up a large space on my rather small keeper shelf, so having to write this review is painful. Simply put, I did not care for this book.

My Review ~ The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Red Door Inn
by Liz Johnson
Copyright 2016
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800724023

The Story:
Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle's Victorian B and B--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn't expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. 

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they've got--and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.

Learn more about the book and Liz on her website!

My Thoughts:
I'm always a little nervous when I buy or review a book from an author who is new to me. Having never read a book by Liz Johnson, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Was I wasting my time or would I discover another great Christian fiction author? Hint: Immediately after reading The Red Door Inn I was searching for the next book in the series to add to my Goodreads list. So, yes, I really enjoyed this romance!

My Review~ Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bride of a Distant Isle
Daughters on Hampshire, Book 2
by Sandra Byrd
Copyright 2016
Howard Publishers
ISBN: 9781476717890

The Story:
An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother's honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.

Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.

Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.

She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?

And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and 
her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?

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My Review ~ The Jazz Files by Fiona Veitch Smith

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Story:
Introducing Poppy Denby, a young journalist in London during the Roaring Twenties, investigating crime in the highest social circles.

It is 1920. Twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady. 

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the papers hacks, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly and messily. Poppy and photographer Daniel Rokeby (with whom Poppy has an immediate and mutual attraction) begin to wonder if Bert was pushed. His story was going to be the morning lead, but he hasn't finished writing it. Poppy finds his notes and completes the story, which is a sensation. 

The Globe's editor, realizing her valuable suffragette contacts, invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man's files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France--and abruptly into danger. 

My Review ~ The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kate Noble
2nd in the Winner Takes All series
Pocket Books
December 29, 2015
ISBN: 9781476749396
The Story:
John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return. Publicly humiliated when she learned of the betrayal, the impoverished countess fled, and John thought Leticia was lost to him forever…until fate brings her practically to his doorstep. Can he regain her trust—and her heart—this time as himself?

Determined to make a new life for herself, Letty knows she must avoid Turner—and his maddening kisses—in order to survive. But some things are too intoxicating to be denied. If she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?

Visit the author at her website!

The Lie and the Lady is available now!

My Thoughts:
Yaaaas! This book has made me fall in love with author Kate Noble! Not only is Leticia Herzog aka Lady Churzy a fantastically refreshing heroine ( a likeable gold digger...yes really!) this romance has a plot that doesn't involve the heroine melting at the feet of the first man who looks twice at her. Okay. I may have lied there, as essentially she did snatch up the first guy with deep pockets, but she actually has brains in her head through the whole thing. Yay for intelligent females! So she is a gold digger, but she's never denied that she wants a good match, so you know what to expect from her from the start. She doesn't come across as vain or snotty, just careful that she doesn't get burned by another bad marriage. 

Book Giveaway + Review: A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Sweet Misfortune
(Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 2)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2016
ISBN: 9780800722654

The Story:
Rachel Matthews isn't one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch--even if she's forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel's brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her. 

Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn't sure she can take one more day in John's home--especially once she discovers that he's the one who holds ransom the key to her family's future.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan's delightful series set in the Old West.

Available now from your favorite bookseller!