Saturday, October 22, 2016

October Clash of the Titles. Vote Now!

Autumn leaves are falling from the trees, and we've raked in some great books for this month's Clash of the Titles!
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It's a tough choice, but it's up to you to determine our Clash Champion!

Love's Faithful Promise  by Susan Anne Mason
Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. When Deirdre O’Leary, a feisty New Yorker, arrives requesting he use his skills to help her stricken mother, he has no idea how his life is about to change.

Feta and Freeways by Susan M. Baganz

Nikolos Action is the lead singer of the band and doesn't realize love is right in front of him until their manager, Tia, is almost killed trying to save his life. After years of ignoring her is it too late to earn her trust...and her love?

Dangerous Alternative by Kelli Hughett

Hollywood grip, Levi Boulter unknowingly puts himself in the crosshairs of a murder plot. Now, he'll do anything to keep the woman he loves safe, even if it means losing her forever.

Inconceived by Sharyn Kopf

Realizing you’re a spinster is one thing; understanding what that means and how to handle it is another. And, it would seem, Jolene, Uli and Catie still have a ways to go before they truly comprehend what God is trying to show them not only in their desire to marry but in their longing to have children of their own.

Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler

After the sudden death of her parents, Vietnamese socialite Cao Kim Lye steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi when she goes to live with her Amerasian chauffeur and his adoptive family at a shop cum living quarters.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Guest post By Janet W. Ferguson

I think of myself as a romantic comedy writer, and I’m hopeful you will laugh out loud many times as you read Blown Together. But like my first novel, Leaving Oxford, I wrote through a serious issue in my life. In that first novel, I wrote about life with an anxiety disorder. Books 2 and 3 of this series followed suit by dealing with their own tough issues while still having a good dose of Southern humor.

As I began writing Elinor’s story, the Memory Oaks assisted living portion of the story materialized. Elinor volunteered at the home for the elderly. I realized that I was writing through part of my grief of losing my sweet parents. My mother, like Miss Zula in this novel, a resident of the fictional facility, was a brilliant, sweet woman who was ravaged by the nightmare that is Alzheimer’s. My father died only two months after his wife of 60 plus years at the age of 94. He had no short-term memory most of the time like Brother Hammill in the story. But every day after he asked how old he was, he said “the good Lord’s been good to me, letting me live this long.” He also loved singing “How Great Thou Art” and eating cookies any time. Almost all the time. How I miss those great people.

I’m so glad my parents found their place in my love story of Elinor & Sam. If you’ve dealt with Alzheimer’s in your family, I feel for you. My heart breaks for you. It’s brutal. But know that God is there even in those dark times, holding you, carrying you near to his heart.

That said—and wiping a tear now—I hope you enjoy the fun story of Elinor & Sam in Blown Together. I promise I did my best to make you smile.

About the Author:
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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About the Book:
When love storms in…

Wealth manager Sam Conrad is accustomed to his domineering father ordering him around, especially at the bank where they both work. But when his father demands that Sam manage the inheritance of his bossy ex-fiancĂ©e, Sam has finally had enough. He leaves in search of a new life, and attorney Big Roy Bosarge from Mobile, Alabama agrees to mentor Sam on his quest for direction. Sam didn’t expect to be thrown together with Big Roy’s eccentric and opinionated daughter.

Storm damage forces lonely romance writer Elinor Bosarge and her hairless cat, Mr. Darcy, out of her Fort Morgan Beach cottage. She plans to take refuge in the boathouse on her parents’ estate, but finds the place already occupied by one of her father’s “projects.” She’s shocked her father would allow another young man onto the property after his last mentee robbed her family and broke her heart. And from the moment she meets Sam Conrad, they disagree about everything from her cat to how to best renovate a local nursing home.

Between her mother’s health issues and the hurricane brewing in the Gulf, Elinor feels like her life is being ripped apart. It doesn’t help that she’s falling for the man she’s determined not to trust. Sam finds himself drawn to Elinor, wanting to help her and this new family he’s grown to love. But can he overcome the barrier she’s built to keep him out? When the storm rages and the two of them are blown together, can Elinor find the faith to open her heart again?

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The Cautious Maiden

The Cautious Maiden
The Everstone Chronicles #4
Dawn Crandall
When Violet's parents died her entire world crashed. Her brother turned the hotel into a brothel and almost ruined her reputation. The owner of a reputable hotel saved her when he gave her a job as his receptionist. But her brother succeeds in ruining that as well. Now Violet is forced into a marriage of convenience with Vance Everstone. Vance has a wild reputation, but now appears to have changed. Violet isn't sure she can trust him, but she really doesn't have a choice.

I love regency romance and this author has written a lovely story that fits well into that category. I've read the previous three books and this one is another winner. The author mixes faith, romance, suspense, drama, and great visuals to create a story that is fun to read, keeps you stuck in the book until finished, and then wanting more. Thankfully I had all four books and was able to read right through without stopping. So a word to the wise, get the first three books. While this can probably be read as a stand-alone, you'll enjoy it more if you've read the first books in the series. There are a lot of characters and it will be so much more enjoyable if you know their stories. This is one of those books that sucked me in and I didn't notice if there was anything negative, I was that engaged. Definitely a book (and series) that I'll be recommending.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, October 17, 2016

To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold
Betsy St. Amant, Becky Wade & Katie Ganshert
Three autumn love stories are all tied together by the fall theme, the essence of faith, love, and relationships. 

Charlotte is a single mom who hopes to find love. But the man who has caught her attention is always buying cookies from her bakery for another woman. Can Charlotte find love or will she stay single forever.
This story was sweet and romantic. The author did a great job of creating a conflict to the relationship, but tied it all up in a sweet boy at the end.

Amelia is stalking a former boyfriend when she accidentally rear ends another car. What begins as a horrible time for her morphs into love letters in the form of emails and a new love in the future.
This story wrapped humor, faith, trust, and family all together and created something that I wish could have gone on and on. It was truly a wonderful story. 

Josh and Holly broke up years ago. It was a break up that was fraught with misunderstanding and hurt. So when Josh returns to his hometown for a friend's wedding he doesn't expect to run into Holly as much as he does. But Holly is the wedding coordinator and Josh is thrust into working with her closely to help with last minute wedding details. 
This story was romantic, full of drama and angst, and focused on relationships. I loved how the author made the reader fall in love with both characters, but still feel the tension between them. She pulled it together to have a wonderfully romantic and perfect ending.

I loved this book. I enjoyed each story individually, but together they were amazing. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys clean romantic stories.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop
Rachel Hauck
Cora has inherited her great-aunt's wedding shop. She's being pursued by a farmer, Birch Good. But Cora is only interested in her boat captain and is anticipating the day her returns and makes her his bride. 
Eighty years later, the shop has gone into disrepair and is set to be bulldozed to make way for a parking lot. No one is interested in resurrecting the dilapidated building, except for retired Air Force captain Haley.  Haley is resurrecting the old shop that she and her late friend, Tammy used to play in during their childhood. She knows nothing about weddings, but the memories have a powerful hold on her heart. So despite discouragement from family, friends, and the local townspeople, she purchased the building. But the restrictions and stipulations put her under a considerable time crunch and Haley still might lose the shop that is becoming so dear to her.

This was a wonderful, whimsical, fairytale like story. Told in the style that the author is now becoming well know for, it has faith, family, and a touch of the magical. Strong friendships and flowing descriptions help bring the plot together. I loved the main characters in both stories and felt like the secondary characters helped round them out. This was another great story by this author that I really enjoyed. I can't wait for her next book.

I received this book from Smith Publicity. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Good Good Father

Good Good Father
Chris Thomlin and Pat Barrett
Tucker, a little bear, is a helper. But he can't help his friends with some of their problems. So he decides to ask the King for help. He hopes that a gift will make the King more likely to help him. But he doesn't know what would be the perfect gift to give a King who has everything. So he goes around asking his friends what the best gift would be. Each of the woodland animals sees the King as something different and give advice based on their view of Him. Each little animal views the King as a good, good King. Tucker learns that his King is not only all of the things the woodland animals view Him as, but He is also a good, good Father who loves Tucker very much.

This is a beautiful story that not only will children love, but parents as well. The illustrations are adorable and fit perfectly with the story. They help tell a tale that will show the children all about the love of their good, good, heavenly Father. The book was inspired by the song of one of the authors, Chris Thomlin. My children both loved the story and I know this will become a favorite that will be read over and over.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Witness Pursuit

Witness Pursuit
Echo Mountain #5
Hope White
 Cassie arrives at a cabin to clean and restock the towels and finds a dead woman. Upon trying to leave for help she is startled by a man who proceeds to chase her into the woods. She barely manages to get away - that time. Now there is a killer or killers after her and she can't even figure out why. When police cheif Nate takes over as her protection, Cassie feels safer. But her heart is in grave danger is she is going to spend any more time in his presence. 

The book started off with burst of suspense and drama and didn't let up the entire book. Just when you think you know the players, the author changes things up or throws in a twist. The characters fit well with the plot and with each other. I wasn't aware when I grabbed this book that it was in a series. While it would have been nice to have some of the other character's back stories, it didn't detract from the main plot and I definitely think this can be read as a stand-alone. Overall, this is an author that I intend to read, her plots are complex, her characters are fun and entertaining, and I enjoy the elements of faith that she weaves through the story.

I received this book from NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are my own.