TLC Book Tours: The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Whiskey Sea
Ann Howard Creel
Copyright 2016
Lake Union Publishing
Paperback ISBN: 9781503936898
The Story:
Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope grows up during Prohibition determined to make a better life for herself and her sister, Bea. The girls are taken in by a kindly fisherman named Silver, and Frieda begins to feel at home whenever she is on the water. When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husband for Frieda, she’s outraged. But Frieda manages to talk Sam into teaching her to repair boat engines instead, so she has a trade of her own and won’t have to marry.

Frieda quickly discovers that a mechanic’s wages won’t support Bea and Silver, so she joins a team of rumrunners, speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor. Frieda becomes swept up in the lucrative, risky work—and swept off her feet by a handsome Ivy Leaguer who’s in it just for fun.

As danger mounts and her own feelings threaten to drown her, can Frieda find her way back to solid ground—and to a love that will sustain her?

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TLC Book Tours: Fire Brand by Diana Palmer (Review + Giveaway!)

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Story:
He’ll risk his whole heart to save her from the past 

Gaby Cane was always a bit afraid of her attraction to Bowie McCayde. Even when she was fifteen and Bowie’s family took her in, she had sensed his simmering resentment. Now ten years later, she’s an aspiring journalist who can hold her own with any man professionally, the dark shadows of years gone by far behind her. Then Bowie strides back into her life—only this time, he needs her, and the pull of loyalty to his family is too strong to ignore.

When Bowie asked Gaby to help save his family’s Arizona ranch, he never expected the girl he once knew to return transformed into a stunning, successful woman. As they work together, Bowie is shocked to find that her innocence and beauty stir a hunger he can’t deny. But the rogue rancher can sense something holding her back, and he’s determined to uncover the terrible secret Gaby is fighting to keep hidden…

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Litfuse Blog Tour: The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Loyal Heart
Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2016
ISBN: 9780310345398
The Story: 
Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn't expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can. He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task---Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

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TLC Book Tours: Inkspirations: Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Book REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit
Inspirational Adult Coloring Book

I absolutely love to color. I have always loved to color. Before the adult coloring book craze a few years ago, I would buy coloring books from the children's book section. Coloring is such a fantastic way to unwind at the end of a stressful day. A Disney coloring book is fun for kids at heart, but I love being able to purchase books with more challenging illustrations and thicker weight paper so I can use markers, colored pencils, or whatever medium I feel.

My favorite coloring page in the book!
One of the newest adult coloring books not only provides me with relaxation, but encouraging and uplifting spiritual messages. Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit coloring book from Health Communications combines dozens of beautiful graphics and illustrations with Scriptures that a lot of us are familiar with. Peace, hope, and love are just a few of the encouraging themes throughout this book and are paired nicely with pretty illustrations -- some challenging and some less so. My favorite pages are the "Love is patient" floral motif and the under the sea "Through deep waters..." art. How did I do?

If you love to color and want a little reminder for your spirit every day, this Inkspirations coloring book is definitely worth a look!

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~ 

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. 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 + Giveaway: Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

Monday, August 15, 2016

Coco and Toby and Sweetness!

The Story:
Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble. 

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

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My Thoughts:
Oh, Sweetness, you are the cutest thing! If there's one author whose books I will read simply for the fact that she writes the cutest four-legged critters into her stories, it is Dana Mentink. I fell in love with Tippy in Sit Stay Love and am now head over paws for Sweetness of Fetching Sweetness!

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Twice Redeemed by Mimi Milan

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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About the Book

Who will save her from herself? After helping another girl escape, Mercedes Nobles suffers unspeakable abuse at Jericho. So when an American cowboy rides into town, she jumps at the opportunity to start a new life… even though she carries a secret that could destroy any chance of happiness for either of them. John Durbin may have turned in his badge, but he still believes in living by a code of honor. That includes returning to a seedy Mexican saloon and rescuing a woman who helped his friends escape. However, the tables turn and he finds himself married in name only. Struggling with cultural differences, they questions if their marriage will survive. Will John sacrifice his faith to make his new bride happy? How will Mercedes redeem herself when John learns of the secret she’s hiding?

My Thoughts
First off, Twice Redeemed is book two in The Jericho Resistance series, so if you can, start with that book first. Now that that's out of the way -- on to the book! Twice Redeemed is a quick read that blends historical fiction with Christian romance. It's certainly not the best story I've ever read, but I so appreciated the fact that the author didn't go the typical cowboy/western romance route. I can honestly say this is the first romance I've read set in Mexico during the early days of the first world war. That said, I would have loved to have had the history play a larger role in the book. Even though my iPad says this book is well over 300 pages, I read it in less than two hours. This book could have been a big, juicy saga. I love a well-researched historical and am saddened by the fact that such a unique time period and setting wasn't expanded upon. Mercedes and John are a likeable pair, but I felt just as I was getting to know them both, their story was over. Maybe book three goes into further detail. All told, still, Twice Redeemed is a sweet novella -type story that would make a good lunch break diversion or poolside treat.