First Line Friday: Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1) by Jody Hedlund. I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

Evermore (The Lost Princess 1)

Adelaide

          “I shall ride the final course.”  I grabbed the great helm. 

 

Oh, what to do with a jousting heroine?  Hold on to your seats, because Adelaide isn’t like your typical heroine. Raised with 3 foster brothers, she has learned to hold her own.
Pick up your copy of this fantastic story today to meet Adelaide!

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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His Encouragement #34

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

 

This week I dropped my son off at school for the very first time. His first 6 years of school have been homeschool. We are in uncharted waters (for us). The excitement is running high and yes a bit of anxiousness too.

We pulled up to the school, I parked the car and then we had a prayer together for his day and this new experience. I felt at peace and less anxious. We walked in together and found his desk. I took another picture (he said, “Mom” in that tone that said, no more photos please). So I gave him one last hug and walked away knowing that God is always with him!

Life is full of change. Of new experiences. Some change is exciting, some frightening. But whatever change you are facing I’d like to take this moment to remind you that if we invite God into our daily life, our changes, and emotions. He will walk right beside us and give us peace. May you always remember to invite God to walk with you daily!

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

The Yellow Lantern Summer Blog Tour & Giveaway – Grave Robbing

I’ve invited Angie Dicken to join us today to talk about Grave Robbing.

It’s release month and I am excited to share about grave-robbing…uh, well, excited is a strange word to use! HAHA!

When I started this project, grave-robbing was a very unknown topic to me—one that I considered with great caution as I am a pretty sensitive person when it comes to anything really graphic. I took care to consider how I might write this story for someone like me, but without glossing over the subject. My main goal was to root a redemption story into the true-crime of graverobbing.

During my research, I came across some interesting facts about this true crime in Massachusetts. as well as in history at large. Graverobbing was not just a practice of the 19th century, but a practice that has been employed throughout history.

I’d like to share some made-up headlines that popped into my head as I researched, along with links to websites that elaborated on the subject during my studies.

Join me as we “Dig in” to this topic of my newest release, and then let me know what you found most surprising about this true crime. (Be sure to click on the tag lines below to visit the various sites)

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HEADLINES (by Angie Dicken):

Spunker Club: Medical Society Desperate For Bodies!

 What elite medical school could have possibly been thick in the practice of graverobbing long ago?

Families of the Dead Demand Protection!
The Act of the Sepluchres of the Dead, 1815

Finally, the governor listens to angry family members who discover their deceased have been stolen away.

And, here are some possible headlines Josie Clay might have read after her own encounters with grave-robbers:

What in The World is Burking?

Burking was the term for killing someone to use their body for medical research. This was after William Burke was tried and convicted in 1829 for suffocating an individual for the purposes of medical research.

Finally, We Can Dissect in Peace. 1831 Massachusetts Anatomy Act

In 1831, anatomical dissection was legalized in Massachusetts after being lobbied for by Dr. John Collins Warren who donated his own body for dissection in efforts to expand medical knowledge.

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Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal–Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

AngieDicken  Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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AUGUST – Blog Tour

AUGUST 1ST-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE YELLOW LANTERN!

1ST WEEK: LET’S CELEBRATE!

2ND WEEK: A BAKER’S PERSPECTIVE

3RD WEEK: JOY OF READING 

4TH WEEK: FUELED BY FAITH AND CAFFEINE

 

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One (1) winner will receive a Barns & Noble gift card, Drawer sachet, mini-journal, and a bookmark. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER

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Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1) by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

My Thoughts:

I am loving this new series from Jody Hedlund! The story is captivating, the characters are dynamic and endearing. First of all, let me say that you will want to make sure to read Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) before picking up this story. As the stories build on each other.  Always is a pure delight. A stunning, fast-paced story that you don’t want to miss. But let’s return to talking about Evermore!

This story is written in the first-person narrative that shifts between the two main characters. It really invites the reader behind the curtain and offers an intimate, personable view of what is going on in the mind of the characters. The story fairly leaped off the page an into my imagination and I was along for the blissful ride!

Lady Adelaide is a force to be reckoned with. She is tough, yet tender. Fostered by Sir Langley and his wife Lady Susanna and raised with their three boys, she isn’t afraid to ride faster and swing a sword against a foe. Adelaide isn’t afraid to face difficult challenges and she takes time to pray and ask God for wisdom before making decisions. She has a big heart for others and wants to help those less fortunate. She isn’t perfect, but she learns from her mistakes and grows.

I loved all the characters in this book!! The plot twists, the narrow escapes, and so much more! Trust me you won’t want to miss out on a moment of this exciting story. I can’t wait to read more and see which sister is the focus on the next story!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

JodyHedlund Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princesses #1)

First Line Friday: Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5)

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Always (The Lost Princesses 0.5) by Jody Hedlund. This story is as breathtaking as the beautiful cover! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you holding your breath and rapidly turning pages for more! CLICK HERE to see my full review.

Always (The Lost Princess 0.5)

          “Another sip, Your Majesty,”
I pleaded, holding out the golden chalice of raspberry-leaf tea.

Newly released this week, with the next book coming out shortly, this novella is more than an introduction to the new series, it is a fantastic story all it’s own. One that you won’t want to put down once you start!

Always (The Lost Princesses #0.5)

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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His Encouragement #33

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain,
that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

John 15:16

 

This week my son and husband are at an International Pathfinder Camporee. There are over 57,000 children and adults in attendance from all over the world, representing over 100 countries.  Similar to boys or girl scouts, Pathfinders learn outdoor skills, Bible knowledge and how to be good citizens of their communities. It is the Youth program of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Their theme for this week of Camporee is Chosen. They will be studying the life of David this week through Bible lessons, skits, and songs. There are community outreach projects, and opportunities to meet others from around the world and make new friends.

Last evening the speaker talked about how God has chosen each and every one of us. Even when we may feel invisible and small, no one is invisible to God. He is El Roi. The God who sees me (Gen 16:13).

Dear friends, God sees you, He has chosen you! He has a wonderful plan for your life! In the verse, it says that God wants us to bear fruit. That means that He wants us to share His love with others, to bring other’s to know God. Ask God to help you share your faith, your love of Him with someone else, and be prepared for the amazing things that will happen next!

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

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Always (The Lost Princess #0.5) by Jody Hedlund

Synopsis:

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

My Thoughts:

Warning: Once you pick up this story you will not be able to put it down! From the very first page, until the last, I was blissfully along for the adventure of a lifetime. I couldn’t get enough of this story. I inhaled it like a hungry book dragon and absolutely loved every moment!

This story may be short, but it packs an impressive punch! Jody Hedlund has weaved a dynamic story with endearing characters that will have you holding your breath and rapidly turning pages for more!

While this story is marketed and written with the Young Adult Fiction Reader in mind, anyone can enjoy this action-packed adventure! I give this story 5-stars and encourage you to snag your copy of this book today!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Always (The Lost Princess #0.5)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

JodyHedlund Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  You can find Jody at the following locations:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

Always (The Lost Princess #0.5)

Evermore (The Lost Princess #1)

 

 

First Line Friday: Four Dreams of You

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Four Dreams of You (Love That Counts #4) by Sondra Kraak. Right from the beginning, this story captured my imagination and heart and I was blissfully along for this journey! Like a warm embrace, I felt welcomed into the telling of this captivating story. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Washington State
April 1893

          Yesterday, Grace Thomas has made the worst mistake of her life. This morning she had one hour to reverse it.

That just begs the questions, what did Grace do? and will she be able to fix it or will she be too late? Hmmm…

Sorry, no hints here!  You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book and find out!

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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His Encouragement: #32

Welcome to His Encouragement. I have joined with some blogging friends to bring you a new Bible verse every Thursday, and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,
just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

These things I have spoken to you,
that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.

John 15: 9-11

 

This has been a tough week for me. Lots of change, lots of stress. I have lost where I should be keeping my focus on more than one occasion. Then in my daily devotions, I found this verse that I’m sharing with you today.

Joy is not automatic. It is a discipline, a daily choice we must make. Our true joy is incomplete without Jesus. We all face a multitude of daily stressors, but we can choose joy. We can pray for God to help us find joy.

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is blessing you today?

To enjoy more Bible Encouragement, visit my fellow blogging friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts) by Sondra Kraak

Synopsis:

Unfulfilled dreams have left Grace Thomas vowing not to let her imagination roam wild again. Resigning herself to the goal of owning a dress shop, she accepts a position as a housekeeper at Monaghan Lumber Camp in order to earn funds. The plan is simple, easy, and safe. But Torin Monaghan is not. The reclusive brother who seems indifferent to her presence is ironically the one stirring up her imagination.

Torin Monaghan will not be deterred from his passion to preserve the beauty of nature. Even if it appears as if he’s going against his family. Even if the quirky and wistful seamstress invading his space is proving a distraction. To his frustration, Grace Thomas is not easily dismissed, and neither are the ways she’s opening his eyes to a different sort of beauty.

When past threats bring new trouble to Pine Creek, Torin and Grace must become vulnerable—to each other and their community—and through risk, discover that reality is more fulfilling than their dreams.

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

My Thoughts:

Right from the beginning, this story captured my imagination and heart and I was blissfully along for this journey! These quirky characters, heavenly burdened with past baggage somehow tugged on my heart-strings. Sitting down with this story was like welcoming old friends over for a hearty meal and delightful conversation. Sondra Kraak brings not only the characters but the landscape to vivid reality! Like a warm embrace, I felt welcomed into the telling of this captivating story.

I loved these characters, and I smile just thinking about them! A handsome, log-rolling, lumber owner with a shadowy past. A quirky heroine with big dreams, a big heart, and insecurities. Both have important lessons to learn, and growth to make. But will they let down the thick walls they have built around their hearts? Or will the walls and dreams keep them apart?

While the story focuses on two primary characters, secondary characters from previous books do have appearances. I would recommend reading the books of this collection in order, for both continuity, and because they are just sooo good!

I have loved every book from Sondra Kraak’s, and this one is no different. Fans of Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund and Melissa Jagears will find this collection of stories a happy addition to their favorite keeper shelf!

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

Don’t miss the other books in this series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Three Words and a Kiss (Love that Counts #3)