Book Giveaway!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thank you everyone for your great response to my first contest! This month I am so excited to give away a copy of Tracey Bateman's newest release, Thirsty! Thanks to the folks at WaterBrook Press I have an extra copy that one of my lucky readers will win! BE SURE TO READ BELOW FOR THE RULES!


Thirsty
by Tracey Bateman
Copyright 2009
WaterBrook Press
384 pages
ISBN: 9780307457158
Fiction/Suspense

Here's a preview from WaterBrook's website:

" 'Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."
For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end."


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

Rules:
~ Void where prohibited.
~U.S. Residents only please.
~ You MUST leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner! Disguise it something like this: steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com
~ Contest is open until November 15, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST. Any comments made after that time will not count.
~The winner will be announced on November 16, 2009, on this blog AND I will contact the winner via email. The winner has 48 hours from the time winner email is sent or another name will be drawn.

If you want more chances to win this book you can get a few extra entries by doing the following:

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

+2 Let me know you're an old follower

+3 Post my button (located on the left sidebar of this blog) on your blog with a link back to me or let me know that you already have my button!

Please be sure to stop by on November 16th to find out who the lucky winner is and to read my review of this book!

If you would like to purchase this book visit WaterBrook's website for details!!!


Good luck to all and happy reading!!!!



Book Review: The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
324 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3336-0
Fiction/Historical

Synopsis: Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American working in the American Office of Strategic Services in WWII Switzerland. Thanks to her knowledge in cracking safes, she's asked to participate in some dangerous assignments. Proving that she is trust worthy, she is sent out on a mission to save a man she doesn't even know, a German scientist working on developing the atomic bomb. She risks her life while the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

My Review: I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book. I've really had a hard time finding a good WWII novel, finding two in as many months is almost a miracle for me (my other WWII novel review HERE.) The Swiss Courier is a really fast paced book. I really enjoyed the different points of view that the authors used in the book, Bill Palmer, the American pilot, the Swiss workers for Strategic Services, and the German head of Heidelberg Gestapo, Bruno Kassler. It's very suspenseful and intriguing, I can't believe that this book wasn't labeled as a suspense! It really was a nail-biter. The reveals of some of the couriers at the end of the book were surprising. I usually don't care for books with a lot of action because they stress me out. I worry too much about what's going to happen. This one however, I loved and recommend it to everyone who likes a WWII drama...this is even a good book for the guys!


To learn more about The Swiss Courier and the authors visit:

http://www.triciagoyer.com/

http://www.mikeyorkey.com/

http://www.revellbooks.com/

*I received this book from a blog contest on Favorite Pastimes blog.*

Book Giveaway: The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hi readers! If you like to read Christian fantasy fiction stop by and visit Lee over @ Butterfly Blessings blog. You can enter for your chance to win The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul. If you want a chance, you have to stop by and enter before Monday, November 2!!!!!


Click the cover to read an excerpt!

Click HERE to enter!

Book Review: Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas by Sandra D. Bricker

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas
by Sandra D. Bricker
Copyright 2008
Summerside Press
297 pages
ISBN: 978-1-934770-45-0
Fiction/General/Romance

Synopsis: Lucy Binoche is almost thirty...and still single. Desperate to find love before life passes her by she agrees to go on church singles retreat to Snowball, Arkansas, with her best friend Matt "Mattie" Frazier. To get the attention of the hunky and outdoorsy, Justin, Lucy tries to be something she's not. Will Lucy realize that true love is right under her nose? Will she learn to look for someone who'll love her just as she is, no pretending?

My Review: I really enjoy this Love Finds You series from Summerside Press. Love Finds You in Snowball, Nebraska, is my favorite one to date. I received it today in the mail and I finished it today! The story of Lucy and her quest for romance on a wilderness trip in rural Arkansas is so cute. It's funny and reminded me more of a chick lit than strictly romance. Lucy learns to accept that she is a Louis Vuitton chick not a Mossy Oak girl. This very much reminds me of the movie 13 Going on 30 so if you enjoyed that you will definitely like this! I can't wait to read Sandra Bricker's next book, Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida, due out in November!

For more information on Sandra D. Bricker and her other books please visit:
http://www.sandradbricker.com/

For more Love Finds You books visit:
http://www.summersidepress.com/

*I received the book from Candace Calvert's book giveaway on her Facebook page! Thank you!*
*Please visit Candace and be sure to read her great book, Critical Care!*



Waiting on Wednesday: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

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 pick is The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Schine, click HERE to check it out and to see links to what others are waiting on!

This week my pick is Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz! I just saw the cover @ Relz Reviews...isn't it gorgeous? I just love all the pastels and pinks! There are some great looking books coming out in Spring/Summer 2010! I can't wait!

Here's a preview from Revell:

Courting Morrow Little
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
368 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3340-7
Historical Fiction

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love? This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop readers as it takes them from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness to the west in search of true love.

Sounds good, huh? It releases July 2010...just in case you want to go out and buy it! ;-)

Book Review: Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy, Book 3) by Susan May Warren

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy, Book 3)
by Susan May Warren
Copyright 2008
Tyndale Publishers
357 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1019-0
Fiction/Romance/Contemporary

Synopsis: Stefanie Noble put her life on hold to run the family ranch, the Silver Buckle. Her dreams seem like they will never come true. Lincoln Cash the hunky movie star who just happens to be Stefanie's new neighbor plans to turn his new rundown ranch into a Hollywood hot spot, much to Stefanie's dismay. A sudden fire at Lincoln's ranch is just the first of what may just be many disasters...Stefanie and Lincoln need to find out who is out for revenge before someone gets hurt...or worse!

My Review: Yep it's official this is one of my very favorite contemporary series's! Finding Stefanie, the final book in the Noble Legacy does not disappoint. Stefanie has always been one of my favorite characters ever since I got to know her in Book 1, Reclaiming Nick. I was so glad that she got her own book and found her own true love.

This book is a bit different from your typical romance, for one the hero isn't really a tough guy. He may look it, but deep inside is where his true strength lies. Often in romance the lead is strong in appearance as well as in the heart. The secret that Lincoln is hiding makes him so much more "real" and true to life.

Once again Ms. Warren has woven another love story in with the romance between Lincoln and Stefanie, the story of 2 young teens, Libby and bad boy Gideon. I really love everything about this book and the entire series. I almost wish that Susan would have fleshed out the romances of the other characters in their own books, but this is still an awesome series! Thank you Lori for the recommendation and sending me the series!

My review of Book 1, Reclaiming Nick
My review of Book 2, Taming Rafe

To learn more about Susan May Warren visit:
http://www.susanmaywarren.com/



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.

This week I'm reading Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren but since I will be posting a review for it later today I decided to post a teaser from The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, a new release from Revell Publishers.

The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
324 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3336-0
Fiction/Historical

Excerpt from page 220:

"Her shaky fingers tucked the handbag under her arm. You can do this. She struggled to control her nerves. You need to do this. They are depending on you..."

Be sure to visit MizB!!!

Book Review: Taming Rafe (Noble Legacy, Book 2) by Susan May Warren

Monday, October 26, 2009

Taming Rafe (Noble Legacy, Book 2)
by Susan May Warren
Copyright 2007
Tyndale Publishers
370 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1018-3
Fiction/Contemporary/Romance


Synopsis: Rafe Noble lost almost everything he held dear in 8 seconds. Katherine Breckenridge, A New York socialite who is struggling to keep her mother's charity, Breckenridge Foundation a float enlists Rafe's help for a fund raiser. After Rafe literally crashes the party she must find another way to get the $500,000 needed to keep the charity running and vows to get Rafe involved since he chased all of her sponsors away. Desperate to escape and rescue the crumbling foundation she heads to the Noble family ranch with an idea to get back all of the money the foundation has lost through bad investments. However she feels about Rafe and his reckless lifestyle, all of her opinions could change when she heads to a small town with big secrets.

My Review: The second book in the Noble Legacy series is a must read! The characters of Rafe and Kitty are terrific and they have awesome chemistry. I really love this series and have to thank Lori for introducing me to it. Susan May Warren did such a great job with Book 1, Reclaiming Nick (my review HERE) that I knew this would be a great read too. The best part about these books are the multiple love stories woven together in just one book! Taming Rafe has the story of Rafe and Katherine, Lolly and John, and also we get a glimpse of the romance story that one of the characters has written...all are very good. I can't wait to read book 3, Finding Stefanie...although from what I've read of book 2 I think I have a bit of an idea of what's going to happen to her!!!

To learn more about Susan May Warren and her other great books (check out her Everything's Coming Up Josey series) visit:

http://www.susanmaywarren.com/

* I received this book from Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things! Thank you!*

Top Ten Books on My Wishlist!


Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things recently started a cool new meme that asks bloggers to list their top 10 most wanted books each week!

Here are the rules:
*Look through all of your book wishlists
*Decide which 10 you really want
*Visit Lori's blog and post them in your comment or make a post on your blog with a link back to her Top 10 post!
*You can list books from any genre
*It doesn't matter if they are already available for purchase, newly released, coming soon, etc.
* If you see a book on someone's WL that you're willing to get rid of, let them know! They may be willing to swap for something on your WL!
* Take Lori's button and add it on your post or on your sidebar!

This week I decided to chose ten books from series' such as Harlequin, Heartsong, and Steeple Hill. I like to have these on hand when I don't have a lot of time but want to read a good story.

10. Francesca (HH 266) by Sylvia Andrew
9. Miranda and the Warrior (An Avon True Romance) by Elaine Barbieri
8. Kansas Courtship (Love Inspired Historical) by Victoria Bylin
7. The Duke's Redemption (Love Inspired Historical) by Carla Capshaw (love the cover!)
6. The Gladiator (Love Inspired Historical) by Carla Capshaw
5. The Law and Miss Mary (Love Inspired Historical) by Dorothy Clark
4. Cowboy Daddy, Jingle Bell Baby (Harlequin Romance) by Linda Goodnight
3. Tess and the Highlander (An Avon True Romance) by May Mcgoldrick
2. Sierra Bride (HH series) by Jenna Kernan
1. Her Colorado Man (HH series) by Cheryl St. John (another great cover!)

REMEMBER to stop by Lori's blog to see what books others can't wait to get their hands on!

Everything Austen Challenge, Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Copyright 2009
Quirk Books
319 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59474-334-4
Fiction



Synopsis: Millions of people have read Jane Austen's most beloved classic romance, Pride and Prejudice but none have read the love story of two of the most beloved characters in literature quite like this! As the story begins, a mysterious plague has torn through England and the countryside of Meryton. The dead and those who are infected have developed a taste for flesh and...well...brains! We all know that Elizabeth Bennet is a feisty, rather outspoken heroine but what we learn is that instead of practicing the delicate arts associated with being a lady she is well practiced in the fine arts of kung fu and other zombie killing methods. With the arrival of haughty Mr. Darcy...chaos ensues and so begins the dance between Darcy and Elizabeth and a few hundred unmentionables.

My Review: First let me start by saying if you are a Jane Austen purist...you do NOT want to read this book, but I shouldn't need to warn you, the title has probably already scared you away. Also this might not be the book for you if you have a sensitive stomach, there's a ton of "bonecrunching zombie mayhem." But if you love humor, action, romance, and above all the characters of the original Pride and Prejudice this is a book to read. I also recommend it to those men out there who may have not wanted to read a "girly" book like Pride and Prejudice, this has the same basic story as P&P but instead of playing the pianoforte in the parlor, the girls are kicking zombie butt in the garden.

I'm pretty open minded about retelling classics and you will definitely need that with this book. All I have to say is that there are no mincing of words in this book! For example, when Darcy meets Elizabeth at Rosings Park and confronts her with his feelings...well the parlor mantle piece takes a direct hit! At times it felt as if zombies were thrown in as an afterthought and it didn't really flow from chapter to chapter throughout but I still liked it. The dry humor was fun. I have Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters in my TBR pile so I should be reading that soon and including a review as a bonus for the Everything Austen Challenge, hopefully it's as entertaining as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

To learn more about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies please visit:
http://irreference.com/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/

Please stop by and see Stephanie (@ Stephanie's Written Word) the host of the Everything Austen Challenge and check out the awesome posts to see what others are doing for their part in the challenge!!!

*I received my copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies through Bookmooch, a book swapping site.*

Waiting on Wednesday: A Case For Love (Book 3, Brides of Bonneterre) by Kaye Dacus

Wednesday, October 21, 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 The Melting Season by Jami Attenberg click here to check it out and links to what others are "waiting" on!

This week my pick is Kaye Dacus's, A Case For Love the third book in the Brides of Bonnterre series. The first two books in this series are terrific so I know this will be too! I can't wait to read Forbes's story!

Here's a preview from Amazon.com!!!

TV society reporter Alaine Delacroix feels like David facing Goliath when she takes on the biggest corporation in town to keep them from putting her parents’ garden center out of business. Lawyer Forbes Guidry wants nothing more than to stand up for the endangered local-business owners—but it will mean risking his job and crossing his powerful parents. Can Alaine and Forbes make A Case for Love?

I love Forbes from the previous books and I love the teaser for this book!! February 1, 2010, can't get here soon enough! :-)

Book Review: Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cowboy Christmas
by Mary Connealy
Copyright 2009
Barbour Publishing
304 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-145-1
Fiction/Christian/Romance


The cold weather this week has had me thinking about Christmas, it really is just around the corner you know! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with a good Christmas book. This week I chose to read Mary Connealy's Cowboy Christmas. While not as humorous as her Lassoed in Texas series, this stand alone had its moments, there was some ear pulling, some crying and one henpecked cowboy.

Synopsis:
Annette Talbot, a singer with a missionary troupe abandons the group when its new managers, the Leveque's want her to do things that go against her faith. Having no money and no place to turn she decides to travel to Ranger Bluff, Wyoming, with a hope to reunite with her father. However, the Leveque's won't let her go that easily and literally drive her over the edge into the arms of Elijah Walker.

Walker who was once betrayed by his fiancee is reluctant to help or trust any woman, but his ma, Ruby has a different idea and immediately cottons to Annette. Just when Walker begins to trust, nasty rumors reach his ears from the scheming Leveques. Nobody is safe and Annette has to find a way to save herself and her new friends.

My Review:
Right from the beginning this book is full of drama. There's two murders and some beatings. Mary Connealy sure knows how to grab a reader! Annette is a wonderful heroine and you can't help but root for her in her escape from the Leveques. Elijah Walker is great too, a real stubborn hard headed man with a soft hear underneath. This story is never boring and the banter between the characters is very interesting. I really liked Ma and Gabe too...I think he needs his own story! I also would like to find out what happened to Annette's father as well. This book is a nice Christmas story that I recommend to anyone who likes romance and cowboys!

To learn more about Mary Connealy and her books visit her new website http://www.maryconnealy.com/
and her blog http://mconnealy.blogspot.com/

I received this book in a contest from the authors at the Seekerville site! Go visit them, they're awesome!


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.

If you've been following my blog, for the past few months you know I've been looking forward to reading Tracey Bateman's new release, Thirsty. Well it's next on this weeks reading list. Check out this teaser and you'll see why I can't wait to get started on this book!!!

' "Ruin what?" she asked. "I assumed you were wooing the mousy neighbor woman meerly to feed on her, but perhaps there is more. Are you in love with this human who can never love you back? Not for who you are, anyway" Her long fingers threaded through his hair."

Excerpt from page 233 of:



Thirsty
by Tracey Bateman
Copyright 2009
WaterBrook Press
376 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-45715-8
Fiction/Suspense

Be sure to visit MizB!!!

Mailbox Monday!

Monday, October 19, 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! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

I really received some nice books this week from various places...they all look terrific and I can't wait to start reading them (I finished 3 already, reviewed 1). Here they are:

From Lori @ Some of My Favorite Things sent via PBS:
The Frontiersman's Daughter
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
413 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3339-1
Fiction/Historical
Top Left, From Bookmooch:
Dakota Child
by Linda Ford
Copyright 2009
Steeple Hill
282 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-82820-3
Inspirational Historical Romance

Top Right,
The Maverick's Bride
by Catherine Palmer
Copyright 2009
Steeple Hill
282 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-82819-7
Inspirational Historical Romance

Bottom Left,
A Song For Summer
by Eva Ibbotson
Copyright 1997, 2006
Speak, Penguin Group
397 pages
ISBN: 978-0-14-240866-7

Bottom Center,
From Christy @ Southern Sassy Things:
If Only You Knew
by Mags Storey
Copyright 2009
Kregel Publications
269 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8254-3895-0
Youth/Youth Interest/Teen Fiction

Top Center,
From Seekerville contest:
Courting Miss Adelaide
by Janet Dean
Copyright 2008
Steeple Hill
279 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-82796-1
Inspirational Historical Romance

Bottom right,
Cowboy Christmas
by Mary Connealy
Copyright 2009
Barbour Books
304 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-145-1
Fiction/Christian/Romance


For review from various publishers:
The Bride Backfire (Prairie Promises, Book 2)
by Kelly Eileen Hake
Copyright 2009
Barbour Publishers
286 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-176-5
Fiction/Christian/Romance

Thirsty
by Tracey Bateman
Copyright 2009
WaterBrook Press
376 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-45715-8
Fiction/Suspense

Talking to the Dead
by Bonnie Grove
Copyright 2009
David C. Cook Publishers
pages
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6641-0
Fiction/Contemporary/Women

WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Congratulations Heather aka hmsgofita! My brother drew your name out of the Pittsburgh Steelers hat! You won The Jewel of His Heart by Maggie Brendan! I'll be sending you an email shortly for your snail mail address.

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered! Keep a look out for another contest in November...I'll be giving away another great book! Tell your friends!!!

Remember if you didn't win be sure to stop by your local bookstore or your favorite online book seller and purchase a copy of The Jewel of His Heart!

Book Review: The Jewel of His Heart (Heart of the West, Book 2) by Maggie Brendan

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



Synopsis:
Juliana Brady is left all alone after being abandoned by her father years ago and the recent death of her mother. There is little choice for her but she is determined not to rely on anyone other than herself. Josh McBride is a sheep herder trying to make it on his own away from his hard hearted father. When he discovers precious Yogo sapphires on his land he has to choose between wealth or the potential of a life long soul mate whose eyes rival the beauty of Yogos.

My Review:
As you may know I read Maggie's first novel, No Place for A Lady (read my review HERE) and have been looking forward to reading Josh's story for a while. The Jewel of His Heart did not disappoint, right from the start I was hooked. There was a lot that happened to both Juliana and Josh that made me wonder what more could go wrong! They, along with their faith however made it through...with a little help from Shebe ie. the dog on the cover (Coco told me she's her favorite character in the book). Another character who was introduced who I really learned to like was Wes...I wonder what will happen with him? I can't wait to see what happens to April too...I surely hope gets reformed...she's a brat! This was a good story with a nice happy ending! I'll be looking for Book 3 soon!!!

To learn more about Maggie Brendan and her other wonderful book visit:
http://southernbellewriter.blogspot.com/

Available October 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Be sure to stop by Revell's site where you can read an excerpt from the book!


*This book was provided for review by Revell Publishers*

Book Review: The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Frontiersman's Daughter
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2009
Revell Publishers
413 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3339-1
Fiction/Historical



Synopsis:
Lael Click, the beautiful daughter of famed frontiersman Ezekial Click comes of age in the 18th century when life is anything but easy. Facing illness, death, and Indian attacks Lael lives in one of the most dangerous times in the history of the United States. The Frontiersman's Daughter follows Lael from teen to adulthood where she learns about love, faith and forgiveness.

My Review:
I love to read all types of stories featuring different time periods in the history of our country. I can't remember the last time I read a Christian fiction book based around the frontier beyond the Cumberland Gap. Most of the new fiction I've been seeing has been based around the Civil War or later life farther West. The Frontiersman's Daughter is a refreshing change. It's late 18th century!

I really enjoyed this story especially all the fascinating aspects of herbal medicine and the treatment of illnesses in the wilderness. Lael, an independent young woman was taught the curative nature of native plants by her aunt Ma Horn and from there went on to help those at Fort Click until Doctor Ian Justus arrived. Eventually Lael and Ian join forces to help with the treatment of ailments at the fort and the area that surrounds.

There was a bit of a love story but mostly this book was about Lael growing up and finding herself and her faith. A very enjoyable read. The only thing that I had a problem with was Captain Jack! I want to know what happened to him...he was a friend to Lael and her father but after a few brief encounters with Lael he disappeared. I liked him! Oh well, maybe we'll meet him again in a future book!

To read more about Laura Frantz and her book visit:
http://www.laurafrantz.net/
http://laurafrantz.blogspot.com/

*I received this book from Lori @ Some of My Favorite Things via PBS!*

Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven Saint (Charles Towne Belles, Book 3) by MaryLu Tyndall

Wednesday, October 14, 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 Safe from the Neighbors by Steve Yarbrough click here to check it out and links to what others are "waiting" on!

This week my pick is MaryLu Tyndall's final book in the Charles Towne Belles series, The Raven Saint! I've read the first 2 books in the series and have really enjoyed them and have been looking forward to this one for a while!

Here's a preview from Amazon!



Join bestselling author M. L. Tyndall for another seafaring historical full of romance, intrigue, action, and adventure. Grace Westcott has piously served God her whole life. Captain Rafe Dubois cannot pass up the opportunity to earn more gold toward the hospital he’s building for the poor by kidnapping Admiral Westcott’s youngest daughter. But when the missionary and the mercenary meet, it’s full-sail-ahead into tumultuous waters! Find out what happens when a bitter mercenary who’s sworn off God falls in love with a pious woman determined to change him.


Sounds like fun doesn't it? The book is available for preorder now, it will be released January 2010!!!!!

Book Review: The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

The Sound of Sleigh Bells
by Cindy Woodsmall
WaterBrook Press
Copyright 2009
194 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-44653-4
Fiction/ Contemporary



Synopsis:
Amish woman, Beth Hertzler and her Aunt Lizzie run a successful dry goods store in the heart of Amish country. However busy it keeps her, the store cannot keep Beth from feeling the remorse and emptiness that haunts her after the death of her fiance.

While traveling to other Amish communities in search of hand crafted goods for her store, she comes across an intricately carved piece of wood with an Amish scene that captures her heart. Beth's aunt, Lizzie, who has met the handsome Amish carver, Jonah, believes that a relationship between him and her niece could help Beth finally heal. Lizzie has a plan to bring them together through letters but nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

My Review:
This is the the first Christmas book that I have read for this holiday season. I don't usually read novellas because, to me, they always feel rushed. Cindy Woodsmall's The Sound of Sleigh Bells left me feeling as if I had just finished one of her full length novels, everything flowed wonderfully to the end.

It was very interesting to read the letters that Beth and Jonah wrote to each other, as letter writing seems to be a lost art these days. I also liked this book because it gave different roles to the main female characters other than mothers, daughters, and housekeepers that a lot of the Amish novels are based around. Both Beth and Lizzie ran a dry goods store and traveled with only their driver, Gloria for company. The Sound of Sleigh Bells also dealt with some relationship problems that a lot of women in the modern world struggle with, so I guess it was nice for me to see something a bit different from the "normal" Amish story. Even if you don't read Amish fiction you might enjoy this Christmas story. I did.


To learn more about Cindy Woodsmall and her books, please visit:
http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

*I won this book on A Christian Writer's World blog, thank you Ms. Woodsmall for sending me this autographed copy.*


Teaser Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 13, 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.

Today I got a wonderful surprise in the mail that I wasn't expecting! I received Mary Connealy's Cowboy Christmas which has been on my wishlist for a few months now. Thanks to the wonderful people at Seekerville for holding great contests and more importantly posting some great articles!!!! So this week my Teaser will be taken from my surprise book, Cowboy Christmas...enjoy!

"Cross-tying the horse inside the barn, in a pen, Walker tried to remember how she'd acted, what she'd said. Had she been interested in him....or just well and truly trapped? It made him crazy to think of such a thing, which is exactly why he should never have kissed her."


Excerpt from page 160 of:

Cowboy Christmas



by Mary Connealy
Barbour Publishing
Copyright 2009
304 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-145-1
Fiction/Christian/Romance


Be sure to visit MizB!!!

Book Review: Critical Care by Candace Calvert

Monday, October 12, 2009

Critical Care (Mercy Hospital Series, Book 1)
by Candace Calvert
Tyndale Publishers
Copyright 2009
ISBN:978-1-41432-543-9 (paperback edition, my copy was hardcover from Crossings Book Club)
293 pages
Fiction


Synopsis: Claire Avery is an ER trauma nurse looking for a change of pace as a nurse educator at Sierra Mercy Hospital. Her plans to leave her own tragic past behind her are brought to the front as she is pulled in to the middle of caring for victims in a horrific daycare explosion. To top it all off she meets the director of the ER, Dr. Logan Caldwell aka Dr. McSnarly who thinks counselling hospital employees is a waste of time! Dr. Caldwell appears to live up to his nickname and is tough as nails but he can't help but admit that he is drawn to Claire. Together they have to discover what healing really is.

My Review: I love Grey's Anatomy so when I heard about Critical Care, a Christian Medical romance I knew I had to have it. I was not disappointed! I knew from the first chapter that I was going to love this book...Dr. McSnarly is a hunk, he puts Doctors McSteamy and McDreamy to shame!!!!! I loved the ER drama and after the first few pages...wow I had a tear in my eye! This book deals a lot with healing bodies but even more with healing souls. It has tragedy, crime, reconciliations, and some humor mixed in which gives it a feel of a Christian Grey's Anatomy. It isn't just the story of a hero and heroine but you also meet two other nurses, Sarah and Erin, who I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of! Even though I don't know a lot about medicine it seemed pretty well researched and just overall a great story. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes medical dramas, romance, and hunky doctors with a nice Christian theme. I can't wait to read about Erin in Disaster Status which is releasing early next year!!!!

To read more about Candace Calvert and her books visit:
Website
http://www.candacecalvert.com/
Blog
http://candacecalvert.blogspot.com/

Top Ten Books on My Wishlist!


Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things recently started a cool new meme that asks bloggers to list their top 10 most wanted books each week!

Here are the rules:
*Look through all of your book wishlists
Decide which 10 you really want
*Visit Lori's blog and post them in your comment or make a post on your blog with a link back to her Top 10 post!
*You can list books from any genre
*It doesn't matter if they are already available for purchase, newly released, coming soon, etc.
* If you see a book on someone's WL that you're willing to get rid of, let them know! They may be willing to swap for something on your WL!
* Take Lori's button and add it on your post or on your sidebar!

Last week my Top Ten List consisted of Contemporary Christian Romances, this week I'm going to go with some great looking Young Adult novels...*gasp* only one is a historical, very unusual for me!!! :-P

10. Intertwined by Gena Showalter
9. It's Not About Me (Second Glances, Book 1) by Michelle Sutton
8. It's Not About Him (Second Glances, Book 2) by Michelle Sutton
7. The Vampire Diaries, The Return: Shadow Souls by L. J. Smith
6. The Vampire Diaries, The Return: Nightfall by L. J. Smith
5. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
4. Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
3. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
2. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

REMEMBER to stop by Lori's blog to see what books others can't wait to get their hands on! If you have any of these books and would like to make a trade let me know! I have a lot of Christian fiction that I would love to trade!

Mailbox Monday!

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! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

Last week I really got a lot of books, most of them came from blog contests. Don't you just love getting free books?? Since I got so many books I just took pictures of the books themselves rather than search for all the cover images online like I usually do. Here they are!!

From Bookmooch:
Austenland
by Shannon Hale

From Ruth's blog giveaway @ This That and the Other Thing:
The Moon Looked Down
by Dorothy Garlock



All of these books (12 in all!!!!) came from the Box of Books monthly giveaway @ author Cecelia Dowdy's site! If you would like to enter the giveaway for October's books go here!

Coming Attractions
(Katie Weldon Series, book 3)
by Robin Jones Gunn

A Life God Rewards
by Bruce Wilkinson

(not pictured)
Embrace Grace
by Liz Curtis Higgs



Hearts on the Road
by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Stillwater Promise
by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke

A Wagonload of Trouble
by Vickie McDonough

The Master's Match
by Tamela Hancock Murray

Under the Tulip Poplar
by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver

Polly Dent Loses Grip
(A LaTisha Barnhart Mystery)
by S. Dionne Moore


Ms. Dowdy was kind enough to include her 3 Heartsong books as well...all signed!
John's Quest
Milk Money
Bittersweet Memories

Book Review: The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Moon Looked Down
by Dorothy Garlock
Grand Central Publishing
Copyright 2009
387 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-69535-0
Romance


Synopsis: Sophie Heller and her family fled Hitler's Germany before the outbreak of WWII. As the war escalates, involving the United States, even folks in small towns like Victory, Illinois, can't escape the suspicion and accusations of some of the towns troublemakers. After an attack on her home and her family, Sophie doesn't know if they will ever be safe again. Then she meets Cole Ambrose who earns her trust and maybe her love.

My review: First let me say, if some strong language and a love scene offend you, you may not want to read this.

The Moon Looked Down is the first novel I've read by Dorothy Garlock and I really liked it. This story is a worth while read. I've been wanting to read a WWII romance, even though this story didn't involve soldiers or the war effort it offered a different take on what was happening on the home front.

Sophie and her family were Germans so a few of the men felt it was their duty to remove the "Nazis" from the town. While dealing with these dangerous men Sophie finds love with Cole who is as sweet and sensitive a hero as any girl likes to read about! I always love it when the underdog gets the girl! Even though this story was over 350 pages it's a very quick read and a great romance about overcoming obstacles and finding true love!


To learn more about Dorothy Garlock and her other books please visit:
http://www.dorothygarlock.com/

*I received this book from Hachette Books...many thanks to Ruth @ This That and The Other Thing for hosting the contest!*


Book Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Austenland
by Shannon Hale
Bloomsbury USA
Copyright 2007
202 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59691-286-1
Fiction


Synopsis: Jane Hayes is thoroughly obsessed with Jane Austen and the Colin Firth version of Mr. Darcy, although she stores the P&P dvd in the foliage of one of her neglected houseplants! When a wealthy Aunt discovers Jane's love of all things Austen she arranges a trip to an English resort aptly called Austenland. For 3 weeks Jane, aka Miss Erstwhile, is immersed in regency life and even meets her own potential Darcy. Jane must decide to leave her fantasies behind in Austenland and return to the daily grind in NYC or continue dreaming of the world created by Jane Austen 200 years ago.

My review: Haven't read anything remotely Austen-ish other than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the past month, I elected to read this book which came the other day via Bookmooch. I haven't read any of Shannon Hale's work before but if this book is any indication I'm sure her other books are terrific!

I really enjoyed this book and the main character, Jane. I'm sure Ms. Hale based her on me...or well at least on the many rabid Austen fans out there! I believe what Jane thought was tedious while at Austenland would be some of the things I would have dreaded in the 19th century! For instance being bored to tears with nothing to do other than play whist or the pianoforte or not being allowed to venture outside without a chaperon would annoy me after a while.

This was a cute book with a good message about relationships and making discoveries about yourself and maybe finding your own "not so perfect after all" Mr. Darcy!

To learn more about Shannon Hale and her other books visit:

*I received this book from Bookmooch, a terrific book swapping website!*