Litfuse Blog Tour: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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


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

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

Litfuse Blog Tour: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (My Review)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beyond All Dreams
by Elizabeth Camden
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764211751

The Story:
Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

My Thoughts:
I've been going through something of a reading funk these past few months and the fact that I read through this book in under 24 hours is a bit of a miracle. If a book doesn't grab my attention right away, I find myself setting it aside. These days I'm short on reading time so I have to make the best of it!

On This Valentine's Day, Book & TV Boyfriends For 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers. I hope you all are enjoying time spent with that special someone, be it a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, or in my case a good book. Yeah. I'm a single lady, so my only boyfriend is in whatever novel I happen to be reading or TV show I'm bingeing on.

In honor of book and TV boyfriends everywhere, I thought I'd post a few prospects -- that is new stories that appear to be promising for those of us wanting to spend a little time in fictional worlds with favorite characters. I'm always on the lookout for a fun romance or a heart-wrenching drama to pass the time, so please post new books or movies that you're looking forward to in the comments section. Here's my top 5 in no particular order.

5. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz (September 2015, Revell Publishers)


From Amazon:
In the aftermath of the American Revolution a destitute young woman agrees to a marriage of convenience and becomes Mistress of Tall Acre. But when secrets from her husband's past are revealed, loyalties and ties are torn asunder.

Ever since I read her debut story, The Frontiersman's Daughter, I've been hooked on Frantz's heroes. All heart and oozing masculinity, one can't help but fall in love. Every summer I wait for her next story, and I'm never disappointed!

4. Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd (March 2015, Howard Books)


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

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

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

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

I love a good Gothic me, and Byrd ignites the page with her mysterious men and good girl heroines. This one is a must read if you like a touch of danger and spookiness.