Litfuse Blog Tour: To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To Win Her Favor
A Belle Meade Plantation Novel
by Tamera Alexander
Copyright 2015
Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310291077
The Story:
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever. 

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

To learn more about the author visit her website!


My Thoughts:
Let's take a second to think about romance novels and our favorite types of romances. Some of us like historical, some prefer contemporary and some enjoy sweet while others prefer sexy. I normally wouldn't use sexy to describe Christian fiction, but even though it isn't always overt, lately I've found a few books in the genre to be more passionate. I don't mean with graphic, open door love scenes, but rather a glance or a touch described just so on the page that sends a shiver down the spine. To me, the subtle details are sexy.

Fangirl Post: Arrow (The CW Network, 2012-) *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Disclaimer: I'm fresh off episode 3x20, so I'm having a little trouble with coherent thoughts right now. If this post is a little all over the place, my apologies! x


So yeah, if you've been a follower of my blog for any length of time you know I'm a serious fangirl for Doctor Who and Sherlock, both BBC series', both quality programs. It just seems that British TV is so much more interesting and more intricate than American TV, so I've never been one to really gush over our domestic programs-- until today. I am officially Arrow obsessed. Why did nobody warn me how addicting the show is... Or did I not pay attention? Shame on me if that's the case.

The Creole Princess by Beth White ~ My Review

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The Creole Princess
(Gulf Coast Chronicles, book 2)
By Beth White
Copyright 2015
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800721985

The Story:
Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter--though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.


My Thoughts:
I took a chance on this book simply because I love a unique setting and different perspectives on the

The Captive Imposter Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway Details!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015



The Story:
Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.


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Review Double Feature: The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



The Hesitant Heiress, Book 1:
After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, disappearing before her very eyes. Now, the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: Marry within the year to inherit the immense fortune of her estranged grandmother. Amaryllis reluctantly moves in to her aunt's Boston home and rubs shoulders with fashionable society. Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, the envy of every eligible female, whose father has haunted her dreams for the decade following her mother's tragic death. However, Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems...and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been managing her life isn't who she thought at all.

My Thoughts:
I have no time in my life anymore to sit down and read a book straight through like I did in high school or even just a few years ago. It takes me a while to get through one book these days, even if I read at night on the ol' iPad. Dawn Crandall's new historical romance wasn't a book that would let me get a good night's rest. I made the mistake of starting it later in the evening and it kept me up until well after one in the morning. It wasn't that it was particularly full of new or gripping themes, but for the fact that the hero, Nathan Everstone, was so darn compelling! An Adonis if there ever was one. Who wouldn't love a guy with a "reputation" who really has a heart of gold...and green eyes to go with? Sometimes you just need that smutty romance with the Fabio cover in your life and sometimes you just need a sweet love story and a sweet romance is exactly what you get with this book. At times it did get a little more heavy handed with the message than I care for in my inspy books, so I docked a star, but overall the story, setting, and detailing I really enjoyed.

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Promise of Palm Grove
Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 1
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Avon Inspire
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780062337702

The Story:
A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Read more about the book and meet Shelley on her website:
http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com/the-promise-of-palm-grove/


My Thoughts:
To be honest Amish fiction isn't my favorite genre, however Suzanne Woods Fisher's and Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish novels I make exceptions for. Fisher's books pull at the heartstrings while Gray's bring the romance. This time around, Shelley's new series is set in sunny Florida, but still brings life in the Amish community front and center.

Giveaway: Celebrate Spring With a New Book!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I know I'm jumping the gun a bit since it's not spring quite yet, but you know me, I'm all about dreaming of warmer weather and sunshine. To celebrate the time of budding trees and new life, why not give away a book just blooming with romance -- The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan? I ended up receiving an extra copy of her novel from the publisher, but it works out for you readers! If you'd like the chance to win this book, please fill out the Promo Simple form below. As always, leave a comment if you're so inclined. I love reading your thoughts. The Trouble with Patience is a Christian romance novel. Giveaway open to US residents, 18+.


To read more about the book, visit Revell's website!

Anna's Crossing ( An Amish Beginnings Novel) by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ My Review

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Anna's Crossing
(An Amish Beginnings Novel)
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800723194

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The Story:
Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing--and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


My Thoughts:
Since I read so many books, they tend to blend together and often they seem like the same story, especially those in the same genre. Admittedly, Amish fiction is one of those genres I nearly gave up on reading a few years ago, but thanks to new faces in the genre and a select few talented veterans like Suzanne Woods Fisher, I love the genre again!

The Trouble With Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West) by Maggie Brendan ~ My Review

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800722647


The Story:
Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this "hanging lawman," Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye--and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.


To learn more about the author, visit her website:
http://www.maggiebrendan.com

My Thoughts:
Maggie Brendan is a skilled writer of sweet, western romances. Her newest series continues with hangings and vigilantes, cattle rustlers and murder, so it's a little less "sweet" than her previous Blue Willow Brides series, but equally as entertaining. Patience and Jedediah certainly don't have an easy time at courting or taking things slowly. Jedediah's past as a vigilante for justice catches up with him just when he believes he may have Patience's heart. Patience must decide if she can overlook what Jed has done in the past.

Litfuse Blog Tour: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Betting on Hope
by Debra Clopton
Copyright 2015
Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781401690496
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The Story:
A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.
Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.
Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.
To read what others are saying about Betting on Hope visit the Litfuse page: http://litfusegroup.com/author/dclopton

This Month I'm Obsessed With...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I started watching this a few days ago in preparation for the new version starring Aidan Turner and I basically got no sleep. The terrible wigs, the awful picture quality, almost had me switching off my iPad but I stuck with it and I have never been more glad!!! The acting is terrific and the story is AWESOME. I've read that it is the British Gone With the Wind and I can totally see that. ❤️ I told my best friend that this show was going to be the death of me and it has been. I am officially dead.


...taking pictures of my dogs with my iPad. They're so cute. I can't help myself. Follow me on Instagram to see more!

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd - Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mist of Midnight
Daughters of Hampshire
By Sandra Byrd
Copyright 2015
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781476717869

The Story:
In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.


To read more about the story and the author visit Sandra's website: http://sandrabyrd.com



My Thoughts:
Not since Jane Eyre have I read a Gothic romance that has captured my heart so completely. From the exotic India to an English estate shrouded in mystery, Byrd’s eye for detail shines through on every page. Readers are sure to devour the tale of Rebecca Ravenshaw and her search for the truth behind the mysteries of Headbourne House and the handsome young captain who lives on the estate. As with any good Gothic story, there's a little mystery and of course there's a rambling estate covered with lands covered in mist and fog and, of course, a few characters you can't really pin down. Who is trustworthy? Who among them is full of lies and deception? Is someone going to meet their doom?