My First Book Giveaway!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hi everyone! To thank you for all your support and the encouraging comments that you leave I felt that it was time for me to do a book giveaway! As most of you may know I love historical fiction and for me there's nothing better than picking up a good book and escaping to a different time!

One of my new favorite authors in the Christian fiction genre is Maggie Brendan. Her book No Place For A Lady debuted earlier this year with Book 2, The Jewel of His Heart, releasing in October. To celebrate her latest release and to show my appreciation to you, my faithful followers, I am offering a brand new copy to one lucky winner...which I will be giving away HERE during Revell's blog tour on October 18! Here's a preview of the book! Be sure to read the rules below so you can be entered to win The Jewel of His Heart!


The Jewel of His Heart (Heart of the West, Book 2)
by Maggie Brendan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 2009
333 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3350-6
Fiction/Romance/Historical



From the back cover:


Their future is as wide open as the Montana sky Juliana Brady is alone in an 1890s Montana mining town, with few prospects for making a living. But she is determined not to be dependent on the charity of others.


Josh McBride is trying to scrape up a living from his sheep herd while he builds his ranch. But when he discovers some rare stones on his property, he's tempted by the prospect of fast money.


When their paths cross, Juliana and Josh must make a choice--the world's riches and promises, or the eternal value of love.



If this sounds like a book that you might like to read, this could be your chance to win!

Rules:

~ United States residents only please, I can't afford to ship elsewhere :-(

~ You must have a valid U.S. mailing address

~ You MUST leave a valid email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. Disguise it something like this: steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com to make it harder for spammers to grab it!

~ CONTEST IS OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 17, 2009, 11:59PM EST. Any comments made after that time will not count.

~ The winner will be announced on October 18th on this blog and I will contact the winner via email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email or another name will be drawn!

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are a few ways for you to earn some extra entries!!! Please let me know in your comment if you decide to do any of these extra entries...that makes it a whole lot easier on me!


+1 Become a new follower through Google Friend Connect on the left sidebar of this blog and let me know that you did.


+2 If you let me know you are an old follower.


+3 If you post my button (located on the left sidebar of this blog) on your blog with a link back to me! Or let me know if you already have my button!

JUST ADDED OCT 5, 2009: Visit Lori @ Some of My Favorite Books now through October 18th! She's offering her very own giveaway of The Jewel of His Heart...so check it out for another opportunity to win this great book!

For more information on this book and where to purchase it please visit Revell Books!
For more information on Maggie Brendan and her books visit her blog!



Good luck to all and happy reading!

XOXO~ Renee

Waiting on Wednesday: Spendor by Anna Godbersen

Waiting on Wednesday: Splendor by Anna Godbersen


Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! This week, Jill's selection is The Privileges by Jonathan Dee click here to check it out and links to what others are "waiting" on.

This week my pick is the Young Adult novel, Splendor by Anna Godbersen. Splendor is book 4 in The Luxe series set during the first years of the 20th century...I've been hooked ever since I first read Book 1, The Luxe last year! I can't wait to see what happens in this conclusion (*crying* it's the last book!!) to an awesome series!

The cover for this book is gorgeous, don't you agree?!

Here's a preview from Harper Teen:


New beginnings.
Shocking revelations.
Unexpected endings.

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

I will certainly be looking for this book when it releases on October 27, 2009!!!!

Book Review: In the Shadow of Lions (Book 1, Chronicles of the Scribe) by Ginger Garrett

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In the Shadow of Lions (Book 1, Chronicles of the Scribe)
by Ginger Garrett
David C. Cook Publishers
Copyright 2008
336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7814-4887-1
Fiction/General


Synopsis
: During the reign of King Henry VIII there lived two women, who would witness history in the making. One the devout Anne Boleyn catches the eye of the king and the power she holds that will change history. Rose, a peasant of the street is rescued by Sir Thomas More, under whose roof comes to a closer relationship with God, not realizing the trouble that will change to world. Both of their lives even though they are separate, become connected to tell the story of angels and kings and the beginnings of the Reformation of a Church and the people through one Book.

My Review
: In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett is a wonderful rendition of the story of Anne Boleyn. Instead of the power seeking seductress, she is the devoted servant of God and king. It's always refreshing to see a different take on what most of us have learned from other books, movies, etc. Even though this is very different from what I usually read it's very dramatic and interesting. At the beginning the Scribe really catches you and to be frank he scared the daylights out of me at first! This is a great historical fiction that really brings the characters to life. I look forward to reading Books 2 and 3 in this series!

To learn more about Ginger Garrett and her books please visit:

*Many thanks to Christy @ Southern Sassy Things for sending me this book via Bookmooch!

Teaser Tuesday!

MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday every week at her blog! This gives everyone the opportunity to share a few lines from a new book they're reading or one of their old favorites.
Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers.

The post office brought me a beautiful hardcover new release entitled, Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran today! So I'll open it up and share a few lines with you!

" 'You know I'm engaged to be married to him.'

'At eleven?'

'I was engaged when I was two,' she said crossly. 'So why not now, when I'm nearly twelve? And when we marry, everyone in Rome will see who my father's heir is intended to be.' "

Excerpt from page 121 of:

Cleopatra's Daughter
by Michelle Moran
Crown Publishers
Copyright 2009
431 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-40912-6
Fiction-Historical
Be sure to visit MizB!!!

Top 10 Books on My Wishlist!

Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things just started a cool meme for the Top 10 books that you have on your wishlist or books that you can't wait to be released! Here's mine...although I have about 350 books that I can't wait to read!! Be sure to stop by Lori's blog HERE to see what she can't wait to read!

My Top 10 List for Wished for Historical Christian Fiction~

10. The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz
9. Emmy's Equal by Marcia Gruver
8. Wildflower Bride by Mary Connealy
7. The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble
6. A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley
5. Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin
4. The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy
3. Where Grace Abides by B.J. Hoff
2. The Raven Saint by M. L. Tyndall
1. Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy

Mailbox Monday!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday. This is the chance for you to showcase all the great reads that you have received during the past week. Also it gives you an opportunity to check out what great books others received too! So be sure to stop by and see what Marcia and all her other Internet friends will be reading in the future! But first check out what I got below!

This week was a slow week for me in terms of getting new books from the post office...so I had to make up for it and actually buy another book last night at the store...but you guys know I hardly ever pay full price for any book...I went to Ollie's ;-) So here's what I got there as well as a few good looking books from great friends!
Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy, Book 3)
by Susan May Warren
Tyndale Publishers
Copyright 2008
357 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1019-0
Fiction/Romance/Contemporary




From Revell Book Review I received an extra copy of this book which I'll be featuring in my first giveaway in October!
The Jewel of His Heart (Heart of the West, Book 2)
by Maggie Brendan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 2009
333 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3350-6
Fiction/Romance/Historical

Redeeming Gabriel
by Elizabeth White
Steeple Hill Publishers
Copyright 2008
279 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-82800-5
Christian Historical Romance



The Bride Bargain (Prairie Promises, Book 1)
by Kelly Eileen Hake
Barbour Publishing
Copyright 2008
285 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-175-8
Fiction/Christian/Romance

Book Review: As High As the Heavens by Kathleen Morgan

Saturday, September 26, 2009

As High As the Heavens
by Kathleen Morgan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 1998, 2008
362 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-5816-5
Fiction/ Historical



Synopsis: Heather Gordon was born to a privileged life as Scottish nobility, Duncan Mackenzie was too but never knew life as anyone other than a rugged Highlander. In a plot to save Mary, Queen of Scots, Heather and Duncan are thrown together. Heather must teach Duncan the manners befitting nobility and despite everything are drawn to one another. Both must survive the daring plot and decide whether love alone is enough.

My Review: It has been a while since I've read an enjoyable romance based in the Highlands of Scotland, but As High As the Heavens by Kathleen Morgan was just that, an enjoyable read!Many thanks to Lori @ Some of My Favorite Things for sending this book to me!

I liked the story line immediately, a plot to rescue the queen was sure to be interesting. Heather Gordon was a likable heroine who wasn't a snob even though she was upper class. Duncan Mackenzie was the stereotypical Highlander, braw (fine looking), muscular, and stubborn...but I liked that! I thoroughly enjoyed the tension between the two. Most of the story was centered around Heather teaching Duncan the ways of nobility but it didn't bore me. The plot to rescue the queen played out a whole lot less exciting than I was expecting but it was a romance not a suspense so I guess I shouldn't have been expecting too much detail as far as that went. I'll definitely be looking for more books by Kathleen Morgan.

To learn more about Kathleen Morgan and her books please visit:
http://www.kathleenmorgan.com/

The Staffordshire Hoard

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I think this is so amazing! I LOVE history as you know and think it is incredible that one person with a metal detector found all these beautiful gold, silver, and garnet, Anglo-Saxon artifacts that are a part of most of our pasts! Check out the links below for the full article and awesome pictures!

Yahoo News
The Staffordshire Hoard


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Waiting on Wednesday: Thirsty by Tracey Bateman

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! This week, Jill's selection is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt By Beth Hoffman click here to check it out and links to what others are "waiting" on.

MY first pick will be Thirsty by Tracey Bateman!! I am SO excited for this book, it combines my two very favorite genres of Christian fiction and paranormal fiction. I have known about this book since the spring and have been awaiting it ever since! This book might just be the next book I break down and actually buy!!!

Here's a preview from ChristianBook.com

"Hello, I'm Nina Parker and I'm an alcoholic." For Nina, even in recovery, the truth of the declaration has demolished her hopes and condemned her to return to the town she ran away from nearly two decades earlier-Abbey Hills, Missouri. But the place she once called home is no safe haven. A ritualistic-style murder.

Animals disappearing from the Ozark reserve where Nina works, and turning up slaughtered. And someone-or some thing-watching Nina. Wanting her. Stalking her with a 250-year-old desire that burns like a raging wildfire.

Nina's ex-husband Hunt shows up, hoping to protect Nina and Megan, the angry teenage daughter who followed her to Missouri. But another man has entered the picture, testing Nina as she attempts to walk the tightrope of recovery-and the power of thirst. Much more than Nina Parker's love hangs in the balance. The battle between love and obsession is destined to unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.


Doesn't this sound like an awesome read???!!!
I can't wait until October 30th!!!!!!

Book Review: Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Seaside Letters
by Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Copyright 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59554-260-1
320 pages
Fiction/Christian/Romance


Synopsis:Sabrina Kincaid, a waitress at a small Nantucket cafe has fallen in love with one of the regulars, Tucker McCabe a man who she serves coffee to every morning. Unfortunately a secret past prevents Sabrina from acting on her feelings for fear of more hurt and rejection that she will not be able to put behind her. One day, Tucker asks for her help in finding a woman he has fallen for online. If she decides to take him up on his offer she will spend many evenings in close proximity to the man who has captured her heart but who she can never have or she will risk having the disastrous truth uncovered by someone else. Tucker just might find out that the person he's been searching for is Sabrina Kincaid.

My Review: As a reviewer for Thomas Nelson's Book Review Bloggers program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/) when this book became available I grabbed it. Having read Denise Hunter's Surrender Bay and The Convenient Groom I knew Seaside Letters would be terrific. I was not disappointed in this story in the least. I love books where strangers fall in love through letter writing, be it historical mail-order bride stories or modern day romances like this one. I also love stories that include "real" characters, those with sordid pasts who go on to find love when they thought they were unlovable. Even though Seaside Letters got a little slow for me towards the middle, the ending made up for it! It was so romantic and reminded me of the last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's. I will definitely be adding this book to my keeper shelf right beside The Convenient Groom.

To find out more about Denise Hunter and her books please visit:
http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/

To purchase Seaside Letters or read an excerpt visit:
Thomas Nelson
Amazon

Book Giveaway: The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik

Wendi over @ Wendi's Book Corner has an awesome contest going on for The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik! Please stop here to enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies!!! Also be sure to visit her sidebar to learn about other fantastic contests!


The Splash Award!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Many thanks to my friend Lori @ Some of My Favorite Books for this beautiful award!

The Splash Award is given to alluring, amusing,bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs.When you receive this award, you must:- Put the logo on your blog/post.- Nominate & link up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.- Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.- Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award.
These are two of my newest followers who have great blogs themselves! Please stop by and see them!

Mailbox Monday!

Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts the Mailbox Monday meme. If you've never heard of Mailbox Monday, it's your chance to share all of the books you've acquired from various websites, blog giveaways etc. as well as see what books others will be reading in the future. Please be sure to stop by Marcia's site to see what other lucky readers got!

This week my mailbox was pretty full and I had books coming at me from a ton of different places!


Loving Mr. Darcy: Journey's Beyond Pemberley
by Sharon Lathan
Sourcebooks Landmark
Copyright 2007, 2009
448 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4022-1741-8
Fiction


Take Two: Above the Line Series
by Karen Kingsbury
Zondervan Publishers
Copyright 2009
316 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61523-271-0
Christian Fiction



The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I
by L. J. Smith
HarperTeen
Copyright 1992
396 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-167085-5
YA fiction



The Secret Circle: The Captive and the Power Part II
by L. J. Smith
HarperTeen
Copyright 1992
390 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-167135-7
YA Fiction
The Familiar Stranger
by Christina Berry
Moody Publishers
Copyright 2009
334 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8024-4731-9
Fiction/General/Contemporary



From Revell Books and Maggie Brendan:

The Jewel of His Heart (Heart of the West, Book 2)
by Maggie Brendan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 2009
333 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3350-6
Fiction-Historical Romance



And finally these didn't arrive in my mailbox but they were birthday gifts:
Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, Book 1)
by Tracie Peterson
Bethany House Publishers
Copyright 2009
335 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0151-6
Historical Fiction/Christian
My review HERE



Courting Trouble
by Deeanne Gist
Bethany House Publishers
Copyright 2007
320 pages
ISBN: 978-0764202254
Historical Romance/Christian



The Englisher (Annie's People, Book 2)
by Beverly Lewis
Bethany House Publishers
Copyright 2006
352 pages
Contemporary Fiction/Christian


My New Blog Title!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

As some of you may have noticed, I have changed the title of my blog! I have decided to change it from Steeler Girl's Blog to Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot. Black 'n Gold Girl better suits me I think and allows me to incorporate my love of all the professional sports teams in Pittsburgh since black and gold are colors that represent my Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)!!! The address is still the same, http://steelergirl83.blogspot.com and you can still call me SteelerGirl...because that's what I am at heart! Thank you for your support! I love you! Please continue to stop by to read about great books and occasionally read my rants about southwestern Pennsylvania sports!

Book Review: His Secondhand Wife by Cheryl St. John

His Secondhand Wife
by Cheryl St. John
Harlequin
Copyright 2005
ISBN: 0-373-29360-7
296 pages
Harlequin Historical/Western



Synopsis: Months after her husband Levi Cutter left to find work, tired and pregnant Katherine is greeted at her door by Levi's brother, Noah who has come to claim her along with her husbands body to take them back to his ranch. Realizing that any life will be better than what she has, Katherine agrees to leave the city to live on the ranch with Noah. She quickly realizes that Noah is a man worthy of trust and respect unlike her late husband. Her life with Noah just might turn out to be better than she ever expected.

My review: A few months ago I reviewed Chery St. John's Steeple Hill inspirational, The Preacher's Wife. I liked it but not as much as her older Harlequin Historical, His Secondhand Wife. I'll admit I'm a sucker for beauty and the beast type stories. This book was no exception, I really liked Katherine and her willingness to accept Noah, her not so handsome brother-in-law turned husband. It wasn't a rushed story and I think everything went along nicely, there was no immediate love but it grew between them gradually. Noah was such a great hero and I couldn't help but feel bad for him and all he went through as a child, losing his mother and dealing with injuries suffered in a tragic accident. I will definitely be reading more of Ms. St. John's books in the future!

To read my review of The Preacher's Wife go here

To learn more about Cheryl St. John please visit:
http://www.cherylstjohn.net/
http://cherylstjohn.blogspot.com/

Book Review: Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, Book 1) by Tracie Peterson

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, Book 1)
by Tracie Peterson
Bethany House Publishers
Copyright 2009
335 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-01511-6
Christian Historical Fiction


Synopsis: Lydia Gray was married off at the tender age of 16 to a cruel, decades older widower. When an accident claims his life Lydia can't help but feel relieved. Determined to escape her older step children she heads off to Sitka, Alaska, to live with her Aunt Zerelda. While there she meets handsome and kindly, Kjell Lindquist who is unlike any man she's ever known. A discovery is made that will not allow her to leave her past behind her completely but Lydia is determined to move on. However her step children are not and will stop at nothing to gain what they consider to be rightfully theirs.

My Review: After reading about this book on cbd.com I immediately added it to my wishlist. Knowing that Tracie Peterson was such a popular author I knew it would be a long wait before I could get this book on any online trading sites so I went out and purchased it. It's been a very long time since I have had the desire to buy a book at full cover price...but I had to get this one.

Maybe it was because I had such high expectations about this book and was so excited to read it that I felt a bit of a let down after I finished it. I absolutely loved Tracie's first Alaskan based series, Yukon Quest and thought the first book in her new series would be just as good. I thought the romance between Kjell and Lydia was a bit rushed and the plot was a bit predictable. I did like Lydia and felt genuinely sorry for her and despised the villains. I wasn't bored with the story and finished it in a few sittings. The faith message was there but I just didn't feel as connected to this book as I have been with her past works. It was good but if you are going to buy a book by Ms. Peterson I suggest you start with Treasures of the North, Book 1 in the Yukon Quest series!


To learn more about Tracie Peterson and her books please visit:
http://www.traciepeterson.com/

Book Review: Reclaiming Nick (Noble Legacy, Book 1) by Susan May Warren

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reclaiming Nick (Noble Legacy, Book 1)
by Susan May Warren
Tyndale Publishers
Copyright 2006
370 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1017-6
Fiction/Christian/Romance


Synopsis: Nick Noble is the prodigal son, returning to the Silver Buckle after his father's death following a ten year absence. He is determined to keep the ranch in the Noble family. Piper Sullivan, a hardnosed investigative journalist who believes that her brother was framed for murder by former cop, Nick signs on at the Silver Buckle as cook to uncover the truth and find justice. However, Piper finds Nick's disarming smile and cowboy charm hard to resist. In the midst of family turmoil and working to find solutions to problems on the ranch dangerous secrets are uncovered and someone will stop at nothing to claim the Silver Buckle as their own.

My Review: My friend Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things, was kind enough to send me a copy of Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren, because she thought it was so awesome! I was not disappointed in this book! I can see why it's one of her favorites! First of all the cover is terrific! Whew that Nick is a hunk...and just a hint the guy on the cover of Book 2, Taming Rafe is no slouch in the looks department either! Now that I'm finished drooling over the cover let me get to the important part, the story. I loved it! I loved the characters of Nick and Piper but also loved the secondary characters, Maggy and Cole...their romance was so incredible! I love stories of romance rekindled! This is also a great read if you like modern day cowboys and rodeos too. It didn't drag on and on and I was pleased with the ending. I look forward to reading Nick's brother's story, Taming Rafe!

To read more about Susan May Warren and her books visit:
http://www.susanmaywarren.com/
http://susanmaywarren.typepad.com/scribbles/

Teaser Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday every week at her blog! This gives everyone the opportunity to share a few lines from a new book they're reading or one of their old favorites.
Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers.

Here's the excerpt I've chosen for this week (don't you just LOVE the cover of the book!) ;-)


" Nick launched himself at her, protecting her with his body. The cow bellowed as it thrashed, finding its footing. The truck nearly turned over as it jumped out. 'We're going to get killed...' "

Excerpt from page 207 of:

Reclaiming Nick (Book 1, Noble Legacy Series)



by Susan May Warren
Tyndale Publishers
Copyright 2006
370 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1017-6
Fiction/Christian/Romance

To see links to other bloggers that are participating, please visit MizB!!!

Mailbox Monday

Monday, September 14, 2009

Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts the Mailbox Monday meme. If you've never heard of Mailbox Monday, it's your chance to share all of the books you've acquired from various websites, blog giveaways etc. as well as see what books others will be reading in the future. Please be sure to stop by Marcia's site to see what other lucky readers got!

This week I only received 5 books...I know, soooo sad. :-(

I've already read and reviewed a few so please be sure to check out the books with the links to my reviews!


From Bookmooch:



The Accidental Lawman
by Jill Marie Landis
Steeple Hill Books
Copyright 2009
360 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-78652-7




The Blue Enchantress (Charles Towne Belles, Book 2)
by M. L. Tyndall
Barbour Publishing
Copyright 2009
317 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-157-4
Read my review here


Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise, Book 2)
by Beth Wiseman
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Copyright 2009
346 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-719-4
Read my review here

From Lori:
No Place for A Lady (Heart of the West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 2009
303 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3335-3
Read my review here
From Blog Contest @ Favorite PASTimes:


Look to the East (The Great War Series, Book 1)
by Maureen Lang
Tyndale Publishers
Copyright 2009
355 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2435-7

Book Review: No Place for A Lady (Heart of the West, Book 1) by Maggie Brendan

Friday, September 11, 2009

No Place for A Lady (Heart of the West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Revell Publishers
Copyright 2009
303 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3335-3



Synopsis: Crystal Clark arrives in the beautiful Yampa Valley of Colorado with hopes of leaving the tragedies she faced in Georgia behind and to start a new life. The prim and proper miss is graciously accepted with open arms by her aunt Kate and the ranch hands of Aspengold. Luke, the dashing foreman is reluctant to acknowledge Crystal as an asset to the ranch while at the same time fighting his growing attraction, despite being engaged to April McBride.

A sudden tragedy forces Crystal and Luke to work together to keep all that they hold dear from slipping through their fingers into the hands of a neighboring rancher. Will Crystal be able to find the love she longs for and save beloved Aspengold or will she have to head back to Georgia with nothing?

My review:
Thanks to my friend Lori, I finally had the chance to read No Place for A Lady and I am certainly glad I did! This story has all the elements I love best, a beautiful setting, characters that I can relate to, and most of all...romance. And let me say this if you can get through this book without a tear in your eye you're one tough cookie! Ms. Brendan did such a wonderful job, you won't realize this is her first novel!

I loved Crystal immediately and Luke certainly fit the bill as a true cowboy. The secondary characters were terrific too, Kate, Rusty, and Josh were my favorites! All in all this was a great Christian romance and I look forward to reading Book 2, The Jewel of His Heart this Fall.

To learn more about Maggie Brendan and her books visit:
http://southernbellewriter.blogspot.com/
http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/
Revell Books

Book Review: Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise, Book 2)
by Beth Wiseman
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Copyright 2009
346 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-719-4



Carley Marek, a busy journalist from Texas, travels to Lancaster County deep in the heart of Amish country for a mandatory one month vacation. Little did she know that members of the Amish community and one who was shunned many years ago would affect her life deeply and permanently.

Carley's friend, Lillian who has settled into life in the Amish community and now has a family of her own, is devastated when her son Daniel's life is threatened by illness. Can Carley convince her Amish friends to trust Dr. Noah? Will Carley be able to leave Lancaster County behind when her vacation is up? How will she escape love's pursuit?

Plain Pursuit is the second book in the Daughters of the Promise series by Beth Wiseman. This book can be read as a stand alone if you haven't had the chance to read book 1, Plain Perfect. I really enjoyed the first half of the book. It was interesting to see the struggles that Carley faced and how she adjusted to life with her Amish friend, Lillian. The book started to get predictable after the first half but it was a good read and if you normally enjoy this type of book then you'll probably like Plain Pursuit. I think Book 1, Plain Perfect is the best book so far but we'll see. As of today I know that there are three more books being released in this series, Plain Promise (Book 3), Plain Paradise (Book 4) and Plain Proposal (Book 5).

For more information on Beth Wiseman and her books visit:
http://www.bethwiseman.net/

http://blog.bethwiseman.net/

Awesome Contest!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009



If you're a fan of Michelle Rowen or think you would be if you had the chance to read her books check out the awesome contest here : http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=10619 to enter for the chance to win some great prizes! Hurry the contest ends Wednesday, 9/9/09 at 11:59 PDT!!

Another Great Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009



To enter for your chance to win Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran visit Eliza @ Strange and Random Happenstance before September 10 at 11:59 pm! Good Luck!!!!

Book Review: The Blue Enchantress (Charles Towne Belles, Book 2) by M. L. Tyndall

The Blue Enchantress
by M. L. Tyndall
Copyright 2009
Barbour Publishing
317 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-157-4

Hope Wescott longs for love and understanding, on this quest she left home to follow a lover only to find her hopes at love dashed. Caught in a seemingly inescapable situation, she is put up for auction only to be bought by Nathaniel Mason, the man she once ignored. Nathaniel having risked his livelihood for Hope vows not to love her, especially since she doesn't know God. Will Nathaniel and Hope find love amidst storms, tragedy, and pirates?

I received this book today courtesy of Lori and Bookmooch and got started on it right away! I've been looking forward to reading about Hope's story finishing Faith's story, The Red Siren. I was not disappointed, this story had all the action, romance, and a strong faith message that I've grown to expect from a book written by M. L. Tyndall!

Hope is admittedly a little bit spoiled and bratty but we learn why she acts as she does and want to cheer her on! The hero, Nathaniel is great as well. He gets in a few duels with some nefarious characters who impugn Hope's honor. Really, how can you not like a guy who's good with a sword?! If you're looking for a good pirate romance and are a fan of Christian fiction The Blue Enchantress is for you! I'm really looking forward to The Raven Saint, the 3rd book in this series.

To read more about M. L. Tyndall and her books visit:
http://www.mltyndall.com/
http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/

To read my review of The Red Siren go here

Teaser Tuesday!

Many thanks to MizB @ Should Be Reading for hosting the Teaser Tuesday meme every week. If you've never heard of Teaser Tuesday it's a great way to see what people are reading along with a small teaser excerpt that might just catch your fancy!

Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!


1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers.


Since I'm too lazy to go upstairs and get the book I'm currently reading, I'll pick one from my bookshelf that I absolutely love! Here goes!!!


"'Am I mad? Anna now thought, as Rene, with a flourish, put down his comb. Am I completely mad to cut my hair?'"


Excerpt from A Countess Below Stairs

by Eva Ibbotson
Copyright 1981
Speak Publishing
383 pages
ISBN: 978-0-14-240865-0


Please stop by and see MizB to she what she, as well as others are reading! You might find a new and interesting book that you might want to add to your library!

Book Review: Tall, Dark and Fangsome (Immortality Bites Book 5) by Michelle Rowen

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tall, Dark and Fangsome (Immortality Bites, Book 5)
by Michelle Rowen
Copyright 2009
Forever/ Hachette Book Group
340 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-50585-7

Sarah Dearly's life as a vampire well...kinda sucks! Besides the fact that she's got a super sexy master vampire boyfriend and a few good friends, life has been hell. Stuck living with a curse from a now dead, psycho witch and the unwanted attentions of former vampire hunter leader, Gideon Chase makes life extremely difficult. Will she live her life with all the vampire clich├ęs or loose it as well as those she holds dear?

Well as you know I love this series and after reading this 5th and final book in the Immortality Bites series I was not disappointed. When I started the book I thought I had it all figured out including the "bad guy" in the story...well I was wrong and I think that's totally awesome as I'm usually pretty good at guessing the bad guy. Sarah is the same Sarah that we've grown to love except now she has a dark side that she has to overcome but she still has that terrific humor and is always getting into trouble. POTENTIAL SPOILER coming up!!!!!!!!! *Sigh* Thierry is still as HOT as ever especially since he's back as the Red Devil! The ending for Tall, Dark and Fangsome was great and just worked out how I thought it should. It was all wrapped up nicely and was a great ending for a fabulous series! I can't wait to read what Ms. Rowen comes out with next!

To read more about Michelle Rowen and her books please visit:
http://www.michellerowen.com/

My reviews of :

Book 1, Bitten and Smitten
Book 2, Fanged and Fabulous
Book 3, Lady and the Vamp
Book 4, Stakes and Stilettos

Mailbox Monday

Many thanks to Marcia @ The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday. If you've never heard of Mailbox Monday, it's a chance for you to tell everyone which books you've received in the past week on your blog post, and to give everyone a hint as to which books you will be featuring on your blog in the weeks to come! This week, my mailbox was full of great reads, some of which I have already reviewed! Check them out!

From Bookmooch:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith


The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Read my review here

From Lori :-)
Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

As High as the Heavens by Kathleen Morgan


Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren

Tall, Dark and Fangsome by Michelle Rowen
Read my review here


The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey
Read my review here