Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Tour Announcement!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If you live in Pennsylvania, or Maryland you're in for a real treat, author Suzanne Woods Fisher will be participating in several book signings throughout the area. I have never been to an author event so this will be a first for me but I'm planning on going to the signing in Cumberland! I love Suzanne's books so I'm super excited! Unless plans change I'll be posting pics here next week so be on the lookout! In the meantime check out the schedule and see if you can make it to one (or more!) of the signings.


For more information check out the Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/152518584886070/

Happy Reading!


Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: The Trouble with Cowboys (Big Sky Romance, Book 3) by Denise Hunter

The Trouble with Cowboys
(Big Sky Romance, Bk. 3)
by Denise Hunter
Copyright 2012
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781595548030
About the Book:
Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in. 

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters. 

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now. The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

Meet Denise:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

~ Head on over and say howdy to Denise on HER WEBSITE. ~

My Thoughts:
The Trouble with Cowboys follows Annie Wilkerson, Moose Creek's go to girl for everything horse-related. When her column is suddenly discontinued, she gets the option to take over a new love lorn column or risk losing the much needed income the magazine provides. The problem is Annie knows nothing about love so in exchange for some help with her new column she helps resident Romeo, Dylan Taylor, with his blind horse, Braveheart. Annie has vowed to keep their relationship strictly professional since cowboys aren't to be trusted, but it becomes more and more difficult to ignore the sparks between them. Between caring for her younger sister and her little nephew the worries pile up. The only one she's sure she can trust is God.

Within a few lines I was hooked. I should have known that I wouldn't be able to put this book down. Dylan, with his flirtatious confidence had me cheering him on from the start. Annie, a true romantic became a kindred spirit, especially since she'd rather stay at home with Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy than spend the night out on the town. Every time Dylan and Annie collided the tension in the air sizzled more than a midsummer thunderstorm on a dry prairie. Yowzas! As far as romances go this was definitely a 5 star book. The only reason I had to knock it down to 4 was the secondary story-line featuring Annie's sister, Sierra, and Dylan's brother, Luke. Without spoiling too much I loved the little glimpses that we were given into their relationship past and present so much so that I think they should have had their own book but sadly that's not to be.

The Trouble with Cowboys is a great love story that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to modern day western romance fans. Denise Hunter's Big Sky Romance series has been one of my favorite contemporary romance series' and I'm sad to see it go but The Trouble with Cowboys is a fitting end. Each book can be read as a stand alone but the entire series is worth a try!

~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

To read what other clever people are saying about the book go HERE!


*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*



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Giveaway Details:
Denise Hunter’s “The Trouble with Cowboys” Facebook Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway

 
To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She'll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes - including a Kindle Fire! 
Save the Date for October 11th!

Grab your copy of Denise Hunter's latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)! Haven't read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That's okay, don't let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)

During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

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Happy Reading!


It's My Birthday Giveaway!

Friday, September 21, 2012


It's my birthday today so..SURPRISE...I'm giving away some books! These books are recent Christian fiction releases (August & September) and all you have to do to win is guess my age. Don't worry about insulting me, just take your best guess and if you are one of the first TWO people to correctly guess my age you get a book! Two guesses per person. US residents, ages 18yrs+ only please. This contest will be open until I get a correct guess from two different people. If more than two people guess my age correctly I'll look at the time comments were posted and the two who posted earliest win. When leaving your comment PLEASE leave an email address or have it somewhere in your profile so I can contact you if you win! If you have any questions just let me know. Thank you and good luck!

Hint:TV I loved growing up-- Home Improvement, Full House and Family Matters. ;-)

Suko and Bluerose are the two lucky winners! I'm 27 today! Thank you all for your comments and guesses!!! :-)


Terrific Amish Romance: His Love Endures Forever (Land of Canaan, Book 3) by Beth Wiseman

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

His Love Endures Forever
(Land of Canaan, Book 3)
by Beth Wiseman
Copyright 2012
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781595548887
About the Book:
Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.

Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby.

When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort—yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God.

And yet.

God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine . . . loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.


My Thoughts:
I'm in love with Amish fiction again. With authors like Suzanne Woods Fisher, Kelly Long and Beth Wiseman stepping outside the box and adding a bit of "edge" to the genre, Amish fiction has become fresh and exciting again. With her latest book in the Land of Canaan series entitled His Love Endures Forever, Wiseman has been added to my must-read author list again. I'll admit the Daughters of Promise series lost my interest halfway through but this series is one of my favorites.

In this story, worlds collide when Englischer Danielle Kent becomes pregnant with Amish man Matthew Lapp's baby. When Matthew refuses to take responsibility she's heartbroken. With nobody to turn to other than her best friend Levi Detweiler who also just so happens to be Amish she doesn't know if she'll ever be truly loved by a man or God. With patience and caring from Levi she learns that God does indeed care and that forgiveness is the key to moving on to a brighter future for her, her baby, and her new family.

I loved this book for many reasons two of them being Levi and also Martha, Danielle's "other" mother. Levi, is so sweet and patient with Danielle which is just what she needed being so young (just 18) and unused to a stable environment. Although his reasons for coming to Danielle's rescue are hard to imagine and are pretty unconventional it made the book all the more interesting. Martha whose house and wardrobe are stuck in the 70s is a real firecracker and you can't help but laugh when she comes on the scene. She is one tough cookie and she certainly stands up for Danielle as if she were her own flesh and blood. Although Danielle was a bit grating as a character I reminded myself she was still a teenager AND she was pregnant (who wouldn't be emotional and all over the place?!) so I cut her some slack and by the end of the story she really showed some maturity.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to ANYONE who enjoys Amish fiction or just a good, clean, contemporary romance in general.


*To learn more about Beth visit her WEBSITE or visit her on Facebook.

~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*


Litfuse Blog tour + My Review: Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Unending Devotion
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2012
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764208348
About the Book:
Michigan, 1883

In Her Darkest Hours, Is He the Man She Needs?

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan–and the sights of Connell McCormick.

Connell is determined to increase the fortune of his lumber-baron father and figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters. But when Lily arrives in town she upends his world, forcing him to confront the truth that dangerous men have gained too much power while good men turn a blind eye.

Vexing but persuasive, Lily soon secures Connell’s help, drawing them ever closer to each other. Will standing for what’s right cost them both everything?


My Thoughts:
It's always nice to read a book that has romance, drama and at the same time is based on historical fact or a real person in history. Author Jody Hedlund has a real talent for writing a story that does all these things and more! In her latest book Unending Devotion Hedlund explores what life may have been like for a young woman searching for her young sister in the logging towns of 19th century Michigan and how her search leads her to discover the horrors of white slavery and prostitution that runs rampant because of corrupt James Carr and the government who's in his pocket. Along the way Lily also discovers that true love is within reach even in the darkest places.


At first I didn't think I would like Lily since she was so impetuous and unthinking at times. It was a wonder to me how she survived at all in the rough logging camps as long as she did even with the help of her guardian Oren. As the story went on she definitely became more likable and it was great to see her stand up for her passion to see young girls freed from sexual slavery as well as preserving the forest lands surrounding the logging towns.

Connell McCormick, the numbers guy and manager of three logging camps was instantly a favorite of mine. The moment Lily ended up on his lap at the very beginning I knew this would be a very interesting romance. I loved that he had such a pure heart but he wasn't immune to Lily's charms. It was refreshing to see that back and forth tug-of-war inside his head where she was concerned. Did I mention he's great with a knife? He's definitely a romance hero in every sense - brave, true, and yummy! ;-)


This book definitely had a more serious undertones than The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride but it is written with the same heart-tugging style that Hedlund does so well. Anytime a book deals with human trafficking it's rough to handle, especially since it's still a relevant (terrifyingly so) issue in our country today. Ms. Hedlund definitely dealt with the issues in a manner that was tasteful but didn't gloss over the bad realities. Both Frankie's and Daisy's stories broke my heart. Thankfully the conclusion wasn't sappy where everyone lived Happily Ever After and got a pony but fitting to the tone of the rest of the story without being disappointing for those who love romance.

Unending Devotion is a terrific book that is worth reading and keeping. Jody Hedlund is a writer of the highest caliber. Thank goodness we don't have to wait very long for her next book, A Noble Groom.

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

To read what others are saying about the book click HERE.


*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 



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Giveaway Details:

Celebrate with Jody by entering to win a Nikon Camera Prize Pack! See what folks are saying about Unending Devotion!


One “devoted” winner will receive:
  • A Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera
  • $25 Shutterfly gift certficate
  • Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 17th. Winner will be announced at the “Unending Deovtion” Author Chat Facebook Party on 9/18. Connect with Jody, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!
So grab your copy of Unending Devotion and join Jody on the evening of the September 18th for a chance to connect with Jody and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter
Don't miss a moment of the RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!
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Unending Devotion

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Clash of the Titles July Clash Winner!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012



Congratulations to Naomi Dawn Musch, winner of the
July New Releases Clash, with her novel, The Black Rose,
third book of the Empire in Pine Series.

Thank you so much to our competitors. This competition was amazing!

LoRee Peery, Found in the Woods
Sadie and Sophie Cuff, The Seekers
Maureen Lang, Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Marcia Gruver, Hunter's Prize



About the Book:
Despite the panic of 1893, logging reaches its golden era in the growing state of Wisconsin, and twins Jesilyn and Corianne Beaumont enjoy a comfortable life with family in the bursting Great Lake city of Superior. But when jealousy incites Jesi to seduce Cori's fiance, a flight and fall from grace lands her in a boom town brothel, where a fresh start is denied her.

Camp preacher Paul Winter longs to offer hope in the logging and mining towns of northern Wisconsin, but not in the way he expects when he meets a redhead he calls Pie Girl. He's never had to battle his own longings quite this way before.

Meanwhile, stung by Jesilyn's betrayal, Corianne's bitterness might separate her from a second chance at happiness and peace. Only by Grace can both women begin new lives, and budding love can bloom in places neither of them expect.

Read an excerpt & find out more:
http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-319/Empire-in-Pines-Book/Detail.bok



About the Series:

Empire in Pine Series

Historic, romantic, women's fiction -- a multi-generational family saga of love and deception, hope and turmoil, and the rise of a wilderness empire.

Purchase Links:




Thank you as always to our loyal readers. Enjoy a tiny sample of the comments:

  • So tough to choose one book based on a paragraph-they all sound fabulous!
  • I love, love all the titles.
  • It was hard to choose!
  • Tough call! I'd read them all, I think.
  • My choice is based on both the blurb and the cover. But, again, it was a hard choice. Great work, authors!
  • I have read every book by this Author and I have to say I am more and more impressed by all of it!


About the author:
Naomi Dawn Musch was born and raised in central Wisconsin and now makes her home in Wisconsin's vast northwoods where the vistas are ripe to feed the imagination of anyone interested in history. She and husband Jeff have three grown children and two under wing on their150 acre farm where they dabble at raising a menagerie of animals.

Naomi has been publishing a regional newsletter for home educators for the past thirteen years entitled Apples of Gold. See the page "Apples of Gold for Home Educators" for more information. She is also a staff writer for Living Stones News, a regional Christian newpaper; and a regular contributor to Home School Enrichment magazine. www.livingstonesnews.com www.homeschoolenrichment.com www.applesofgoldnews.com

Besides writing, Naomi enjoys homeschooling her children, gardening, taking walks in the woods, a little basketball, and fellowshipping with friends.


Your hostess for this clash was Lisa Lickel. Visit her at http://www.lisalickel.com

Happy Reading!


Litfuse Blog Tour + My Review: With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale, Book 1) by Sarah Sundin

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

With Every Letter
(Wings of the Nightingale, Book 1)
by Sarah Sundin
Copyright 2012
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720810
About the Book:
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.


My Thoughts:
Sarah Sundin is a superbly talented author and when it comes to WWII fiction she's my absolute go-to author when I want a good story. Despite being over 400 pages in length I read this book in less than 24 hours and I wish that I hadn't because now it will be a loooong wait until the next book. If you've ever read any of her books you know that Ms. Sundin has a knack for diving right into the romance and adventure and pulling at your heartstrings with her WWII dramas, With Every Letter is no exception.

Mellie Blake is shy because she's different and fears she won't fit in with her fellow nurses. When the time comes to do her duty for her country she goes above and beyond, even going so far as participating in an anonymous letter writing campaign to encourage the boys fighting overseas. Feeling that letter writing is the only way for her to get a true friend she quickly becomes attached to the nameless soldier she's corresponding with. For Lt. Tom MacGilliver the war is a chance to prove that he's not his father but it's hard to run away from his name even in his own platoon. The letters he writes to an anonymous nurse are the only chances to move out from under the dark cloud of his father's reputation.

Mellie and Tom's story of correspondence, friendship, and eventually love is one of the best I've read in a long time. I ached for Mellie as she tried to make friends. Being shy myself I know how difficult it is to put oneself out there so I know she's a very honest and authentic heroine. Not only is Mellie a great character but the action and in-flight drama that came with being a nurse was intense! I can't imagine how crazy and chaotic it must have been for these ladies but this story definitely helped bring the experience to life for me. Wow! On top of all the in-flight trauma care the drama outside of the evacs was definitely interesting too. I liked that there were squabbles and cattiness among the nurses because that is definitely realistic when you throw a bunch of girls together. If they all got along swimmingly I think that would have taken away from the story in a lot of ways.

Tom was a great hero, it's impossible for me not to cheer for a Pittsburgh guy even if he is fictional. He did have other qualities that endeared him to me including his love of a cute little mutt he adopted  named Sesame. If you don't fall in love with Tom I can guarantee that you will love Sesame. But Tom's loyalty to his anonymous nurse is so sweet and honorable so i think you will fall in love with him too. ;-)

With Every Letter is a superb story of friendship, love, and strong faith. The trenches of WWII and the exotic landscapes come alive with each turn of the page. If you're a fan of WWII fiction or Sarah Sundin I can almost guarantee that you will be even more of a fan after reading this story. If you haven't read a book by this author I highly recommend that you start with this new series.

To read what others are saying about the book go HERE.

~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 

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Celebrate with Sarah by entering to win a eReader (winner's choice of Kindle Fire or Nook Color)!

See what folks are saying about With Every Letter!



One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire or Nook Color (winner’s choice)
  • Handmade With Every Letter First Aid Kit
  • With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 26th. Winner will be announced at the “With Every Letter” Author Chat Facebook Party on 9/27. Connect with Sarah, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of With Every Letter and join Sarah on the evening of the September 27th for a chance to connect with Sarah and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
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A Sweet Story from the Love Inspired Historical Line: Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henrie

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lady Outlaw
by Stacy Henrie

Copyright 2012
Love Inspired Historical/Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373829347
About the Book:
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.

Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.



Meet the Author:
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.

To learn more about Stacy visit her WEBSITE.



My Thoughts:
Rarely do I find the time to read all of the books that I want to read so unfortunately I don't get the chance to read the Love Inspired Historicals that Harlequin releases every month. Lady Outlaw, one of the 4 available this month is one of the few I was lucky enough to read. Those who enjoy these sweet romances are sure to find a new favorite author in Stacy Henrie and Lady Outlaw.

Lady Outlaw is the story of Jennie Jones an independent woman of the west who's struggling to keep the family ranch running. When the bank suddenly gives notice that her loan is being called in and full payment is due in just a few months she's afraid all will be lost. Traveling home on the stage the opportunity to relieve some badits of their ill-gotten gains proves too tempting for her to resist. Little does she know that along with the dough will come a boat load of trouble. On top of all the stress of finding the money for her ranch, her newest ranch hire, Caleb, is making her second guess her belief that keeping the ranch is the most important thing in her life

As far as first books go I was pretty impressed with this story. While I didn't understand how a Christian character could justify taking money from bandits who had taken it from the hard-working people who earned it I still liked Jennie. This was quite a bit different from what I'm used to reading in the sense that there was almost a reversal of roles between hero and heroine. Jennie definitely was the pants wearer in this relationship where Caleb was more of the sensible, cool-headed guy -- no alpha vibes coming from him. This actually really worked for this book and suited them well. I'm not sure if Jennie was a shrinking violet if I could picture her robbing stage bandits! As I said, this story took a bit getting used to but I liked it and will definitely read more from Ms. Henrie in the future.

~My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 

Happy Reading!




A Fun Western: Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides, Book 3) by Mary Connealy

Friday, September 7, 2012

Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides, Bk 3)
by Mary Connealy
Copyright 2012
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764209130
About the Book:
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he hasn't been the same since. Then he fought in the Civil War and returned to Colorado crazier than ever.

Somewhere along the line, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he has a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't too happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. When Seth disappeared, she searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come out west to wrangle her long-lost husband.

Seth is willing to make amends. Callie is more interested in shooting him. Can they rekindle their love before one of them goes over the edge?

My Thoughts:
If you're looking for fun and adventure look no farther than a Mary Connealy novel. Almost every single book she writes contains a few scenes that will leave you in stitches. Chances are the book also involves a hard-headed man, a spirited heroine, and stitches of the surgical variety. Over the Edge wasn't quite as light-hearted as most of Ms. Connealy's other westerns but somebody did end up with stitches.

Over the Edge is the last story of the Kincaid trilogy and I have to say it ended on a high note. Callie Kincaid, is as saucy a heroine as you'll find in a western romance and Seth Kincaid is more nuts than a bucket of bolts but he grows on you. The characters were all likable even the youngest of the Kincaid brothers and the villain wasn't quite as bad as all that. Sometimes when reading romance characters tend to be very good or very bad with no in between so it was kind if nice to meet a "bad guy" who I wasn't really sure was going to end up being a bad guy.

Other than loving the characters the plot was just okay. The story was a bit unbelievable. If I had found diamonds that were allegedly stolen and as such were a threat to my family's well-being I'd get those rocks to the law ASAP and I'd certainly make sure I kept my eyes on the map to where they were hidden in a safe place. All in all I still liked this book and it definitely improved my opinion of the series as a whole and if you're looking for a clean, quick, somewhat humorous read this is probably a great choice for you!

~ My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars ~

To learn more about the author visit:
Her WEBSITE
or
BLOG


Read an excerpt:
Over The Edge

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*


Happy Reading!


Clash of the Titles: Clash of the July Releases

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's August and the cusp of changing seasons, but here at Clash of the Titles we never vary our quest for perfect fiction. Here are five more titles hot off the press for your contemplation.
A governess, a spy for Abraham Lincoln, a spoiled rich girl, a hideaway, and a thief…what could be more enticing?
Remember…vote for the book you’d most like to add to your favorite reads pile, and share the news with your friends and family! Vote today through next Tuesday when the polls close at Midnight EST; then come back on THURSDAY to find out which book received the most votes. The winner will tour with our Clash of the Titles blog alliance, so have fun being a roadie without all the heavy lifting if you want to go along. And now…Peruse, Ponder, Press the button of your choice.
Hunter’s Prize, by Marcia Gruver
When Addie left her sheltered Mississippi life to become governess to Ceddy Whitfield, she never dreamed she’d be undertaking her most challenging role yet. But after a brutal attack on her peculiar charge and a break-in that threatens the serenity of Whitfield Manor, Addie’s coveted new life is set on a dangerous course.
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The Seekers, by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe
Union Cavalry Captain Lawrence Wainwright has one goal: to make sure his horse survives the war. But when he becomes President Lincoln’s spy, Lawrence assumes the identity of a slow-witted boy/man and suddenly he’s undercover protector to an aging slave and his two young grandchildren, and to Rachel, a stubborn Yankee woman on a mission of her own.
The Black Rose, by Naomi Musch
Desert Breeze Despite the panic of 1893, logging reaches its golden era in the growing state of Wisconsin, and twins Jesilyn and Corianne Beaumont enjoy a comfortable life with family in the bursting Great Lake city of Superior. But when jealousy incites Jesi to seduce Cori's fiance, a flight and fall from grace lands her in a boom town brothel, where a fresh start is denied her.
Found in the Woods, by LoRee Peery
Beth Phillips returns to Platteville, Nebraska in order to begin a new life and to hide from her abusive ex-husband, but finds a displaced wolf as well as field biologist, Aiden Holt, who is following up on reported wolf sightings. Two souls, each lost in their own way, are brought together by one of God's beautiful creations to hopefully find their destiny in the woods.
Bees in the Butterfly Garden, by Maureen Lang
Raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest, Meg Davenport learns her late father wasn’t the wealthy businessman she thought, but one of the Gilded Age’s most talented thieves. Throwing etiquette aside, Meg is determined to help his friend Ian pull off his biggest heist yet, but are they both in over their heads?


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Conquer Your Fears and “Live to Give” Webcast on September 6, 2012!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Thomas Nelson Author and Hoops of Hope founder, Austin Gutwein, to host September 6 online event to focusing on themes his latest release, Live to Give.

On September 6 at 8 PM EDT, Austin Gutwein will be hosting a live Facebook web event to encourage participants to conquer their fears and use their talents to help others. The webcast will center on the themes Gutwein writes about in his latest release “Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles(Thomas Nelson/August, 2012). At the conclusion of the webcast, the winners of a month-long social media fueled “Get and Give” contest will be announced, including the winner of a Kindle Fire and $250 donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Join Austin on the evening of Thursday, September 6th as he shares about his own experiences and encourages others to conquers their fears and “live to give”. Austin will also be taking audience questions and interacting with participants. PLUS – there will be several “Live to Give” giveaways – books, gift certificates and much more! RSVP today and tell your friends. 

Based on the John 6 story of Jesus feeding the 5000, in “Live to Give” Gutwein challenges his readers that regardless of age and talent, God can use them to make a difference. Even though God could take care of everything Himself and doesn’t really need our help, He desperately WANTS us to help Him care for others. Gutwein walks young people through discovering and embracing their unique God-given strengths and abilities, then figuring out how to use those talents to help others. Sometimes doing that takes a leap of faith on our part, and often becoming fearless in the process.

More about Austin: At eighteen years old, Gutwein speaks with wisdom and has the experience to reinforce his message. When Austin was just nine years old, he watched a video that showed children in Africa who had lost their parents to AIDS. Gutwein realized these kids weren’t any different from him—except they were suffering. Feeling called to help, he took his love of basketball and decided to shoot free throws to raise money for orphans in Zambia. On World AIDS Day in 2004, he shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. Through sponsorship from parents and friends, Gutwein raised over $3,000 that day to give hope to eight orphans in Zambia.

Over the past eight years, Gutwein’s efforts have created Hoops of Hope, the largest free throw marathon in the world. With an estimated 40,000 people in more than 25 countries participating, Hoops of Hope has raised more than $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, dormitories for orphanages, and the only computer lab in Zambia.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire and have $250 donated to your favorite charity. Click for the banner for details and entry or visit http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13528976/livetogive.



Learn more about Austin and Hoops of Hope at www.AustinGutwein.com and www.HoopsOfHope.org.


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New Historical Fiction Series: Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars, Book 1) by Colleen Coble

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars, Book 1)
by Colleen Coble
Copyright 2012
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781595549150
About the Book:
“Tell me, Miss Marsh, are you a Christian?”

“Why, yes sir, I am.”

“I thought as much. God has led me here for a purpose… I have a proposition for you.”

Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to provide for.

Nate Stanton always hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate realizes he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance and suspense…immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.


My Thoughts:
Blue Moon Promise is a re-write of an old favorite of mine, a Heartsong Presents novel, The Cattle Baron's Bride unfortunately I didn't think the new version was as good.

There were a few things I didn't like. I didn't care for Henry Stanton at all in this version. Nate's dad seemed so controlling and deceitful. Granted he was a little controlling when it came to his son's life in the original story but he wasn't completely unlikable. He went from being a sweet old grandpa at the beginning of this story to a greedy scoundrel by the end. If you like romance this version wasn't quite as romantic even though the story was expanded, maybe because the story was a bit more drawn out and focused on people and events other than Nate and Lucy.

At times the dialogue was a bit modern but it's worth reading if you like westerns even though this one doesn't have a whole lot of suspense like most of Ms. Coble's novels. I absolutely loved the original version of Red River Bride so I'm still planning on reading book two in this series, the re-write entitled Safe in His Arms. If you like Colleen's stories I say give this book a chance but if you're just being introduced to her work maybe try the Mercy Falls series first as they are a lot more interesting and well written.

To learn more about the author visit her website HERE.

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 


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Another Great Drama: Love's Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 1) by Laura Frantz

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Love's Reckoning
(Ballantyne Legacy, Book 1)
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2012
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720414
About the Book:
On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master's beautiful daughters.

Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas's heart--and will he agree to Liege's arrangement?

In this sweeping family saga, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.


My Thoughts:
After reading a Laura Frantz novel I love setting down to type up a review because I don't have to watch my words. Often times, especially this past summer, the books I have been reading haven't been the best and it's hard to say what I liked about the story (if anything at all!) while still trying to be respectful and mindful of the hard work that the author has put into the story. I believe I can safely say I don't think I'll ever have to worry about writing a negative review for this author. Actually, I might still have to watch my words and learn to tone things down a bit so I don't seem too "gushy." These days if I finish an almost 500 page book in 2 sittings you know it has to be good and Love's Reckoning was just that: good.

By now, if you're at all familiar with Ms. Frantz's work you know she has a flair for writing a story with a feel that's authentic to the century in which it's set. Love's Reckoning is set in late-18th century eastern Pennsylvania, specifically York County and later, Pittsburgh. I felt I could have sat down and spun wool with Eden or hammered out iron on the anvil at the smithy the setting was so detailed.Not only that, Silas Ballantyne is a blacksmith from Scotland and you figure that out rather quickly by the manner of his speaking. I'll admit to finding myself reading his words in my head using that Scottish brogue a time or two!  If you like detailed stories that move at a natural pace Love's Reckoning will probably be a story that will grab you like it did me. Now, if you're not one who's into setting and history and want more of a "fluffy" romance this probably won't be for you but I'm not discouraging you from giving this one a try.

Eden's story is at times difficult to read since she lives in a home where love isn't expressed but anger   is, both verbally and physically, and is usually aimed at her. Liege Lee, Louise Lee and Elspeth Lee Eden's family aren't in the least bit likable and I must say I won't be disappointed if we don't see more from them in the books to come in this series unless they go through some major changes in attitude. It's amazing how authors can make you love some characters and loath others just by a single word they utter or a dastardly deed and Laura Frantz did just that in this book with the Lees and a few others.

I was a bit disappointed in the ending because I would have loved to have seen more interaction between the characters in raw, gritty Pittsburgh instead of just a few rushed chapters but this is still a story worthy of my keeper shelf...and hopefully yours!


To learn more about the author and her books visit her newly redesigned website HERE

“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~


*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

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