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My Review: I Serve, A Novel of the Black Prince by Rosanne E. Lortz

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I Serve:A Novel of the Black Prince
by Rosanne E. Lortz
Copyright 2009
Anno Domini
372 pages
ISBN: 9780979214547
Historical Fiction

From Amazon:
A Tale of Arms, of Death, of Love, and of Honor.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Hundred Years' War, I Serve chronicles the story of Sir John Potenhale. A young Englishman of lowly birth, Potenhale wins his way to knighthood on the fields of France. He enters the service of Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, and immerses himself in a stormy world of war, politics, and romantic intrigue.

While campaigning in France, Potenhale develops an interest in Margery, a spirited lady-in-waiting with a close-kept secret. He soon learns that Sir Thomas Holland, a crass and calculating baron, holds the key to unlock Margery's mystery and possesses the power to overturn all of his hopes.

When the Black Death strikes Europe, however, Potenhale realizes that the fiercest enemy does not always appear in human form. Seeing the pestilence as a punishment …

Waiting on Wednesday: Digitalis (Discarded Heroes, Book 2) by Ronie Kendig

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Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.
This week my pick is Digitalis, Book 2 in the Discarded Heroes series by Ronie Kendig. I loved the first book Nightshade so much I read it in a day. If you like suspense, romance and hunky heroes this series is terrific! Watch for my review of Nightshade tomorrow and stop back next week for a guest post by the author!



From Christianbook.com:
Former Marine sniper Colton "Cowboy" Neeley is recovering from a life of bad choices. Piper Blum, daughter of dissident Yakov Rosenblum, is in hiding--from life and the assassins gunning for her family. When she begs Colton to help extract her father from Israel, Colton petitions the group Nightshade to consider the mission. The team agrees, and soon they're deep six--straight into the Holy Land for a snatch-n-grab of Y…

My Review: Sarah's Garden (A Patch of Heaven, Book 1) by Kelly Long

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Sarah's Garden (A Patch of Heaven, Book 1)
by Kelly Long
Copyright 2010
Thomas Nelson Publishers
310 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-870-2
Fiction/Christian/Romance

From the publisher:
Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.

Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community’s new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.

The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?

My Review:
I'm always excited to learn about new authors and while I'm not the world's biggest Amish fiction fan I do occasionally read it. When I saw that Amish fiction writer, Kelly Long had a full length novel…

First Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:

Marybeth Whalen

and the book:

The Mailbox
David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Marybeth Whalen is the general editor of For the Write Reason and The Reason We Speakas well as co-author of the book Learning to Live Financially Free. She serves as a speaker for the Proverbs 31 Ministry Team and directs a fiction book club, She Reads, …

My Review: The Gunsmith's Gallantry (Ladies Shooting Club, Book 2) by Susan Page Davis

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The Gunsmith's Gallantry (Ladies Shooting Club, Book 2)
by Susan Page Davis
Copyright 2010
Barbour Publishers
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-795-8
Christian/Fiction/Romance

From the publisher:
Can the shy gunsmith and the widowed storekeeper find love when everything around them is in an uproar? Hiram Dooley has problems—women problems! His sister’s about to leave him to get married (if Sheriff Ethan Chapman ever proposes); his sister-in-law, Rose, thinks Hiram should marry her, since they’re both widowed; and the woman he truly loves, Libby Adams, is blind to his regard. The schoolmarm has a different problem—a man claiming to be her uncle came to Fergus. . .and then disappeared. Did her father kill him? Can the Ladies’ Shooting Club once again ride to the rescue?

My Review:
If sweet romance is your thing I highly recommend author Susan Page Davis. The Gunsmith's Gallantry is a western romance that will be certain to please fans of the genre. The feisty women of the Ladie's Shooting …

Winner!!!

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Using random.org I entered all of the names of everyone who entered and the name that was randomly selected as the winner of Alison Strobel's latest release, The Weight of Shadows is...






List Randomizer
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2.wmmahaney
3.katy
4.linda kish
5.apple blossom
6.pixie
7.supermom
8.casey
9.michelle
10.megan
11.grannyvon
12.jenna wood
13.benita
14.anita
15.wendy
16.carol
Timestamp: 2010-06-26 00:23:47 UTC


Donna has 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be drawn. Thank you to everyone who entered! Stop back!


REMEMBER although my giveaway is closed you still have the chance to win. The author is collecting the names of all who commented on each of the tour dates for the book (including you guys who commented on my post) and will draw one winner from all of the entrants who will have their choice of a gift card or a set of her books!

Recipe for a Quick Summer Cool Down: Easy Peach Smoothies!

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I know this is mainly a book blog but I also like to share some of my favorite things and peach smoothies are definitely one of my favorite things! This is quick and easy and a really inexpensive treat that I'm sure everyone will love!



Ingredients:
One 6 or 8oz cup of peach flavored yogurt
2 cups of ice
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
1 small can of peaches in syrup

Directions:
Place half of the ice in a blender.

Add in the yogurt.

Pour in the peaches and half of the syrup. If you use all of the syrup the smoothie will be watery.
Add the sugar.

Add the remainder of the ice cubes.

Blend until smooth and pour in glasses and enjoy immediately!

***Makes about three 10 oz. servings.
I chose to garnish my smoothie with a peach slice :-)

First Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: Claim (the Homeward Trilogy, Book 3) by Lisa Bergren

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!





Today's Wild Card author is:





Lisa Bergren





and the book:





Claim: A Novel of Colorado (The Homeward Trilogy)




David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Lisa T. Bergren is a best-selling author who offers a wide array of reading opportunities ranging from children’s books (God Gave Us Love and God Found Us You) and women’s nonfiction (Life on Planet Mom) to suspense-f…

2010 "Must Read" List

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I know we're only halfway through 2010 but I thought it would be a great time to share some of my favorite books of the year so far and hopefully help you get some ideas for summer reading! Some books I've posted reviews for and some I will be reviewing in the future. The titles that are highlighted are linked to my review of that book.

1. Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz (Review: July 18)
2. Nightshade by Ronie Kendig (Review: July 1)
3. Seeds of Summer by Deborah Vogts
4. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell
5. A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
6. Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr
7. Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
8. A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
9. Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren
10. A Love of Her Own by Maggie BrendanHappy Reading!

First Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: Healer (The Brides of Alba, Book 1) by Linda Windsor

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!



You never know when I might play a wild card on you!






Today's Wild Card author is:




Linda Windsor




and the book:




Healer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series)


David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





With an estimated one million books in print, Linda Windsor is an award-winning author of fifteen mainstream historical novels and one contemporary romance. She has also written another thirteen books for CBA publishers, incl…

My Review: A Love of Her Own (Heart of the West, Book 3) by Maggie Brendan

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A Love of Her Own (Heart of the West, Book 3)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
327 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3351-3
Fiction/Historical Romance

From the publisher:
She has everything her heart desires . . . except the one thing money can't buy

Still cautious after a broken engagement, April McBride fully intends to guard her heart when she travels to Lewistown, Montana, to attend her brother's wedding. One look around the small mining town convinces April that doing so won't be difficult--just a bunch of dusty shops, bad service, and ill-bred cowboys. But a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustration, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love?

Can April and Wes see past their differences to envision a future together? Or are they destined to live the rest of their lives alone?

Book three in the Heart of the West series, A Love of Her Own is an adventurous, spark-filled ride through love in turn-of-the-century Montana.

My Review:
I'm …