In His Eyes

“Mississippi, 1865. A time when war has stolen men’s souls and left their women and children aching for sanctuary.”


Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

Bonus Feature:  CLICK HERE to visit Stephenia’s web page and see a video of Belmont Plantation, or click on BELMONT PLANTATION to visit their web page.

My Review:

I was drawn into Ella & Westley’s story from the very first chapter.  From the very beginning to the very last page, the story never lost momentum. With dynamic, realistic characters and colorful descriptions, I was more than just reading a story on a page, I felt like I was participating in the story. I laughed, I cried, and loved every moment. I hated to see it come to an end.

Ella had a difficult, painful past and she struggled with feelings of inadequacy.  She had to learn how God see’s her, before she can learn to trust others. I think this is true for all of us. It is all to easy to let self-doubt cloud our vision and to forget who we are. We are His and we are loved.

Westley grew-up with loving, accepting parents. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood. He had always been the strong, independent type. The injury to his leg quickly reminds him that he’s not quite as invincible as he thought. He must first learn to accept that he needs help, not just from his fellow-man but also from God.

I loved how this story seamlessly included the gentle reminders of God’s love for us and the importance of our reliance upon Him, without coming across pushy or like you are reading a sermon.  It’s was ever so soft, just like a whisper.

In His Eyes – 5 stars!

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

About the Author:


Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

You can connect with Stephenia at:

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


 In His Eyes  available to pre-order (coming in May 2017).

Other books by Stephenia H. McGee:

Leveraging Lincoln (The Liberator Series #1)

 Losing Lincoln (The Liberator Series #2)

  Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator Series #3)

The Whistle Walk (Ironwood Plantation Family #1)

  Heir of Hope (Ironwood Plantation Family #2)

Then Came You (Bradford Sisters #0.5)

A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.


Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.

My Review:

I thought that I take a quick peek, read the first chapter and then… well I read the entire book! I enjoyed the unique style of this novella. Reading the letters, phone conversations, and messages really gives the reader a unique insight to the characters and a direct line to their inner-most thoughts. I’m looking forward to reading the future books about the Bradford Sisters.

I give “Then Came You” 5 Stars

(I downloaded the digital copy of this book from amazon.)

Favorite Quote:

“God’s grace is like a rushing river. It’s far more powerful than I am. My sins don’t stand a chance against it.”

About the Author:

BeckyWadeDuring her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

You can connect with Becky Wade at:
Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest


You can purchase Then Came You from Amazon or where books are sold.


You can pre-order True to You from Amazon or where books are sold.

Mark your calendars to join Becky Wade for a fun Author chat on Facebook
Thur. May 4, 2017 at 7 pm. CDT

With No Reservations

“With No Reservations”  by: Laurie Tomlinson

There can be more than comfort in food…

What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she’s kept firmly out of the public eye? That is, besides a love of food. Sloane still can’t believe Cooper’s the chef at the restaurant she’s been assigned to promote. But she’s boiling to prove to him that her “little blog” can put his place on the map. She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing. She can’t get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.

Bonus Feature:  Click Here for an inside scoop on the character inspiration, music playlist and a behind the story video from Laurie.

My Review:

With yummy food, and kitchen delights this book will encourage even the most reluctant foodie to dust off the old recipe book and try something new to excite the taste buds. But behind the kitchen are real people, with real problems.  Can their love of food bridge a gap and draw them closer together?

Sloane hides a world of hurt and regret behind her blog. A “safe” place she has constructed to keep out the world. Until the fame of her blog, forces her out and into the spotlight.

Graham Cooper Jr. carries a past that he’s not proud of and one he’s desperately trying to rewrite and cover-up with a new independent restaurant project that he hopes will regain his parent’s respect and love.

This is a clean contemporary book, with characters that are well-developed, realistic and multifaceted; dealing with real-life struggles and hardships.

I give “With No Reservations” 4 stars

(I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author/publisher for review. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.) 

Favorite Quote:

“Just like the pain you have lived, the imperfections make something new, something beautiful”

About the Author:


Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her stories are fueled by faith, steaming mugs of tea, and her belief that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking with her two little sous chefs and testing new recipes on her husband—especially if she doesn’t have to do the dishes.

Find Laurie at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon

With No Reservations can be purchased at Amazon or your favorite book store.

You can also find Laurie’s novella “That’s When I Knew” in the compilation Love at First Laugh (my review)

Love At First Laugh can be purchased at Amazon or your favorite book store.

Have you, or someone you know ever dealt with crippling loss and grief similar to the characters in this book?  If so, please let me know if I can pray for you (or your friend); you are not alone.

Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul
150 of the World’s Greatest Hymns Stories  by: Robert J. Morgan


Rob Morgan’s inimitable style will help people reacquaint themselves with the hymns of the faithful. His goal is to keep these traditional hymns vital and meaningful to all generations.

Don’t look for a dry recounting of boring stories. These devotional-style stories show the emotion and drama behind the hymns of faith that have changed many lives throughout history — the people whose faith led them to write these wonderful hymns and the people whose faith was affected by reading, hearing, and singing the songs. Designed to be personally reflective, these stories speak to your soul and add depth and meaning as you worship God through song.


Includes words and music to each hymn
Special softcover, french flap cover design
Ivory paper with brown ink
Jagged-edge paper, giving it a classic feel
Complete with hymn index
Use for devotionals, teaching illustrations, introductory remarks for song leaders and music ministers

My Review:

This wonderful devotional is perfect for anyone who loves Hymns and wishes to know more about the stories behind the songs. This is not just another dry musical history lesson. The stories within are rich in warmth and detail, joining with deeper thought and emotion behind the hymns.

I have many happy memories of singing the hymns. When I was younger the extended family would gather around the piano at my grandparent’s home. Grandma would play and sing as would we all. We each had our favorites, and we would sing for what seemed like hours.

This past fall my husband, son and I happened upon the church where The Old Rugged Cross was first sung in its entirety for the first time in 1840, Pokagon Township, Michigan.

I enjoyed learning more about these wonderful songs that bring such happy memories.
I purchased this book from a local book store.

I give this book 5 stars

About the Author:

SingsMySoulAuthorRobert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 35 years. He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with more than 35 books in print and more than 4 million copies in circulation in multiple languages. He is a writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals. He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.

He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren. He is also co-owner of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee ( In 2014, Rob was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Columbia International University.

You can find Robert J. Morgan on-line at:
Web Page // Goodreads //


You can purchase this book on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

A Stranger at Fellsworth (Book #3 in the Treasures of Surrey series)

by: Sarah E. Ladd

Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

My Review:

Come be whisked away to England.  Our journey begins in London, the year is 1819. From the hustle and bustle of London to the peaceful countryside. With vivid imagery and dynamic characters, this book is sure to find its way into your heart.

Annabelle Thorley has lost everything important to her, and in the face of a future that she doesn’t want, she escapes to the quiet village of Fellsworth, to an uncle she hasn’t seen since she was a small girl.

Owen Locke is a widower and focused on making a better life for his daughter by working hard and earning enough to purchase land that will not only help to secure his future but restore what was lost.

I appreciated the vivid word imagery and felt like I could hear the birds singing, and the leaves rustling in the emerald dappled breezes. The characters were well written and realistic.  I enjoyed the thread of mystery woven into the story and enjoyed the storyline. While God was mentioned in the story, I didn’t feel like he was a deep part of the lives of the characters, only more of an afterthought.

I give this book 4 stars

[I received a digital copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to leave a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

Favorite Quote:

“Some us will learn and grow, and some will struggle and fail. I know I certainly could not judge another. All we can do is be there for the ones who have been put onto our lives.”

About the Author:

S.LaddSarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

You can purchase this book at amazon or at your favorite book seller.

Other books in Treasures of Surrey series:

Curiosity Keeper

Dawn at Emberwilde

The Noble Servant

by: Melanie Dickerson

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.

My Review:

In true Melanie fashion this latest story “A Noble Servant” is a delightful fairy-tale woven with Christian values and a reminder that through every hardship God is with us, guiding our steps.

Lady Magdalen has thought often of the handsome Duke of Wolfberg since meeting him two years ago at Thornbeck Castle.  She is surprised to receive a letter from him asking her to be his wife and to travel to Wolfberg castle.  Along the journey there she is forced to trade places with her trusted maidservant and assigned to tend the geese and watch from the fringes as her maidservant marries the Duke.

Steffan, Duke of Wolfberg has been away at university and during his absence, he has been ousted by his scheming uncle and cousin. Steffan is able to escape from the mercenaries that set upon him and disguises himself as a shepherd to gain access to Wolfberg and discover what is going on.

Magdalen & Steffan are reunited while tending the animals and begin to devise a plan to get back their stolen identities.

Will our hero and heroine get caught sneaking thru the castle to uncover the proof they need?   Will they be able to get help from their friends at Thornbeck or from Magdalen’s family?  How are their secrets getting discovered?

With believable characters and a story line that will draw you in and keep the pages turning, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction. This is a delightful spin on the German fairy-tale of the Goose Girl and one you will not want to miss!

I give this book 5 stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from netgalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]

A Favorite Quote:

“Through every hardship, she could be still and know the One who was guiding her way.”


You can find A Noble Servant for purchase at Amazon or your favorite book seller.


About the Author:

MelanieDickersonMelanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at

Author Interview with Heather Day Gilbert & Giveaway

Today I’m thrilled to have visiting with us Heather Day Gilbert.  I enjoyed reading her Viking saga books “God’s Daughter” & “Forest Child”.  I’ve invited Heather here today to talk with us about both of these books. (read my review)

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” Find out more on

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest 

For those who may not be familiar with the Viking Saga, A quick review of the books “God’s Daughter” and “Forest Child”

GodsDaughterGod’s Daughter

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America. In the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a voyage to North America. Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God’s Daughter, Book One in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir—daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America. This novel is heavily based on the Icelandic Sagas and is written from a Christian worldview.


FCForest Child

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother. Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland. Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.


Thank you Heather for stopping by today.  It is a pleasure to have you here to visit and talk about the Viking’s Saga.   Before we talk Vikings, let’s ask a few getting-to-know-you questions.

coffee-1629158_640Q:   What is your favorite beverage?

Heather:   Hands down, it’s coffee!

Ahhh, yes!  Must start the day with a cup of coffee.



Q:   What would you say is your guilty pleasure?
Heather'sGardenHeather:   I love to stroll around in garden stores looking at plants/flowers, which bores my kids to death. I also love playing video games, which doesn’t bore my kids, but gives them lots to laugh about due to my inferior skills. LOL

LOL! I’m pretty sure that is why my son asks me to play video games with him also! 


Q:   How often do you people watch?

Heather:   You know, I don’t do this as much as I like. Since we live in a rural area, I don’t get out a lot, and when I do, sometimes it takes something really strange/unique to catch my attention since I’m usually distracted by watching my kids. On the other hand, I tend to brainstorm every chance I get.

We also live in somewhat of a rural area, but the occasional trip to the mall can be entertaining when people watching. 


Iceland.birdQ:   Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?
Heather:   Oh, YES! Newfoundland, Iceland, and Greenland—where my Viking characters really lived. Also Norway and Sweden, where my great grandpa/grandma lived before they came to the USA. Wales and England also look beautiful—my hubby is part Welsh. And given how much I loved that show Yukon Men, Alaska would also be fun.

Those all sound like fantastic place to visit. I too have wanted to visit Norway & Sweden. 


book-1209805_640Q:   What is your favorite Bible verse?
Heather:   Psalm 73:25-26: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

I love this verse because our lives are constantly shifting, people let us down, and we lose those we love. But in the end, God is the Great I AM and we will be with Him someday.

Oh, that’s a fantastic verse and a beautiful reminder that no matter what changes in our lives God never changes!


VikingFoodQ:  In your research for the Vikings Saga, was there anything that surprised you?
Heather:   Sometimes I was surprised by foods they didn’t have (like potatoes). I was also surprised a couple of times when I brainstormed what my characters would do, then I checked the sagas, and I realized they HAD done that. Maybe I’d remembered it from reading it, but it was always a nice little surprise. 🙂

That has got to be a great feeling, knowing that your initial idea was spot on!


GuildridFreydisQ:   What was most difficult to write about when writing about Gudrid?  Freydis?
Heather:   Great question. For Gudrid, she doesn’t really share my personality. She’s always looking back to the past, she’s pretty easily depressed, and given the choice to run or fight, she’ll run or retreat into herself. I’m so much more like Freydis—I just charge ahead, trusting I’ll make things work. Fight trumps flight. 😉 So Gudrid was a bit harder to write, but she resembles people I know, so it was easier to guess how she would react to certain situations. And the toughest thing about writing Freydis is that I was in her head (I write in first person, present tense, so it’s VERY alive in my mind), and that means I was “there” when she did a super violent thing. My readers prayed me through as I wrote that scene.


ForestChildMimeQ:   Which of these strong leading women (Gudrid & Freydis) is your favorite?
Heather:   I loved Gudrid best when I wrote God’s Daughter, but then I wrote Forest Child and I was pretty surprised by how Freydis grew on me. So I think Freydis is my fave, but I would be FRIENDS with Gudrid. LOL

That really is a tough question.  I couldn’t pick a favorite myself.  I liked each for different reasons.


GuildridQ:   When writing Gudrid & Freydis, who did you use as a character inspiration for their appearance?
Heather:   For Gudrid, I loved Amanda Seyfried. Naturally blonde hair, wider-set green eyes—just a knockout.

FreydisFor Freydis, I initially liked Tilda Swinton just because of her quirky, gangly redheadedness, but toward the end, I thought Queen Aslaug in the Vikings miniseries really resembled her. So the cover art for her was spot-on how I’d pictured her, since the woman looks like Aslaug to me.


I enjoyed looking thru the photo’s on your Pinterest board for both of these books.  It really gives a visual insight to what you had in mind when writing the stories. (click here to visit Heather’s Pinterest board)


Q:   Can we look forward to reading more Viking stories? VikingLongBoat

Heather:   I do hope so, but right now, I do feel my saga is finished (at least the one that was based on real people/events from the sagas).

LeifHowever, I do keep thinking about Leif Eiriksson. 😉

We’ll see!


Ohhh, a story about Leif Eiriksson would be a good one!  Thank you Heather for stopping in for a visit.  It sure was fun chatting and learning more about these fantastic characters in your books!

Heather:   Thanks so much for letting me visit!


You can purchase both God’s Daughter






and Forest Child at Amazon or where ever books are sold




Heather is giving away ONE digital copy of either “God’s Daughter” or “Forest Child” for two blessed individuals.

 (the winners may each choose which digital book they would like).

The giveaway will run for one week, the winner of the digital book will be announced on this page at the conclusion of the contest. For additional information please review the Disclosure & Policies page.

To enter the giveaway

FIRST: comment below which book you would like to win and please include any question you may have for Heather.

SECOND: CLICK HERE to enter the Raffelcopter and follow the directions within.


**** Giveaway has ended ****
Winners of the digital copies are:

Arletta B. – God’s Daughter
Connie S. – Forest Child

Write Me Home (Home In You #1)

By: Crystal Walton

He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until they lose control of both.


Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong—buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.

Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.

It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.

My Review:

Come along for mystery and fun adventure with Crystal Walton in this fast-paced book and rediscover the memories of deep lasting friendships that stand the test of both time and tragedy. Discover new friends along the way and enjoy the tender budding love story of Ethan & Cassidy.

Write Me Home is written as a clean contemporary fiction.  The characters are well written and dynamic.  The deep friendships between Cassidy and Ti will warm your heart and make you want to hug your best friend.  Ethan’s grandmother will bring a smile to your face with her sharp wit and spot-on one-liners.

The characters deal with some fairly heavy topics in this story, thus I would not recommend this book for a younger reader.

(I purchased my copy of this book from amazon. I was not required to write a review. The thoughts and options are my own.)

I give Write Me Home 4 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“You can travel the world, chasing after something that’s missing. But sometimes it takes coming home to remember who you are.”

About the Author:

profile-pic-backmatter-minCrystal Walton received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

Crystal writes relevant, inspirational romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband.

Crystal would love to connect with you at:

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Write me Home (Home In You #1)  is available at amazon or wherever books are sold.

Begin Again (Home In You #2)  is available at amazon or wherever books are sold.

Forest Child

By: Heather Day Gilbert

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

My Review:

Forest Child is more than just the story of Freydis Eiriksdaughter. Heather Gilbert expertly takes the reader back in time to walk in the shoes of Freydis and see history come to life thru her eyes.

Freydis had a difficult childhood, growing up on the fringes of her family and society. She felt like she had to prove herself daily for acceptance and often times the choices she makes are not always the best. She struggles to accept the love freely given to her and pushes away those that care the most. Through her struggle she comes to understand the all-encompassing love of our Heavenly Father and accepts His forgiveness of her bad choices.

I have read several books written by various authors about Vikings, but never so rich and detailed a story as Heather Gilbert writes. I enjoyed the historical details, as well as the well-rounded, dynamic characters that drew me into the story.

I give this fantastic Story, The Forest Child 5 Stars

[I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from the author. I am not required to write positive reviews. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.]

About the Author:


HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” You can find Heather’s Viking historicals and West Virginia mystery/suspense novels here.


You can connect with Heather online

Website // Facebook  // Twitter // Pinterest // Goodreads

You can purchase Forest Child from amazon or your favorite book seller.


 Don’t miss the first book in the Vikings of the New World Saga: God’s Daughter

Author Interview: Carrie Turansky

I’m beyond thrilled that Carrie Turansky has agreed to stop by for an fun interview, (and a surprise tea party).  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Carrie today!

cturansky-2lowCarrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.


You can connect Carrie at these locations:   Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest


Welcome Carrie, it is so very nice to have you join us today.  With the release of your 17th novel shine-like-the-dawn Shine Like the Dawn beginning to slow down and your schedule a little less hectic, I thought it would be a good time to have you stop in for a brief interview.  I’m so happy to have you here today!

A brief excerpt of my review:

“A gentle reminder that even through the messy bits of life, the heartbreak, the disappointments, and unmet dreams, that God is always with us. His plan is perfect, even when we can’t see it.”


Trisha: Let’s get started with our fun interview questions, shall we?

Q:   What 7e3ee79caa15de6e986e5b63ce69311ais your Favorite Beverage?
Carrie: On cold days I enjoy hot tea. Earl Grey and mint are my favorites. On warm days I enjoy iced Passion Tazo tea. I’m also trying to drink my water every day.

Trisha: Yummy! Iced Passion Tazo tea is also a favorite of mine.  


Q:   What would you say is your Guilty Pleasure?                                                Carrie:  I make some really delicious homemade chocolates with cocoa, carob, a dash of salt, melted coconut oil, and stevia. I add some roasted almonds too. Yum!

Trisha: Those sound delicious! I’m ready for a tea party now. 


Q:   Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?                                           Carrie: There are several places in England I’d like to visit, including Northumberland where Shine Like the Dawn is set, and Kent, where my next book, Across the Blue, is set. There are so many beautiful historic estates, gardens, and lovely sights to see!

Trisha:  You have some fun vacation spots in your future!


Q:   What is your Favorite Bible Verse?          Carrie: I have so many that give me strength and encouragement! One of my favorites is:    “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14.

Trisha: such a wonderful reminder that God desires that we do everything in Love.



Q:  What was your inspiration for Maggie’s character in Shine Like the Dawn?
Carrie: I’ve always wanted to write a story where the hero and heroine were childhood friends who grew up and fell in love. So that was the first idea I had in mind when I started developing Maggie’s personality. I had a much clearer image of Nate, the hero, when I first plotted out the book. But I knew Maggie was going to face a tragedy at the beginning of the story, so I thought about how that would impact her and what kind of character she would need to be to live through that and move forward in life. As I started writing those early scenes in the story, Maggie took shape and became a living breathing person for me.

Trisha: Maggie’s tragedy stuck a cord with many as well as her struggle with trust and forgiveness, it also helps make her more down to earth. 

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Q:   Did you find anything challenging when writing Shine Like the Dawn?

Carrie: Writing a novel that included a mystery was a real challenge for me. I don’t watch mystery or crime TV series, and I don’t often read mysteries . . . so I don’t know why I thought I could write a novel with strong mystery elements! Thank goodness I have good author friends who helped me brainstorm the story when I reached the midpoint and wasn’t feeling very confident about the direction I was going. They really helped save the day! My editor also enjoys reading mysteries and watching crime series, so she was a great help too.

Trisha:  I would have never guessed!  The mystery in the book was well done, I enjoyed trying to figure out what would happen next.  


Q:   Will there be a book in the future about Maggie’s little sister, Violet?
Carrie: That’s a fun idea! Right now my publisher has asked me to write stand-alone novels rather than series. I usually write one book a year, and readers don’t like to wait for a whole year to continue a series. Bookstores also don’t want to stock books 1 and 2 a year or two later. So for now, I have no plans to write Violet’s story. But I do have an idea for a WW1 novel featuring a heroine who loves horses and helped care for military horses during the war. The drama of that time period would make it a great book to write.

Trisha: Violet was such a fun character.  I do understand that it is more difficult to sell a series when too much time has elapsed between.


Q:   What book can we look forward to reading from you next? 
Carrie:  I’m working on my next English historical novel, Across the Blue, that will come out early in 2018. It’s set in 1909 in Kent England. The hero is a young pilot and airplane designer who wants to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper of London. The heroine is the daughter of the wealthy owner of the Daily Mail. She is an aspiring journalist who believes covering the hero’s story will help establish her career, but her parents want her to focus on marrying well and helping them move forward in society. Romance, adventure, inspiration, and secrets from the past make this a fun story to write and hopefully for you to read.

Trisha:  Across The Blue sounds like a fascinating story.  I’ll be adding it to my watch list!  Thank you Carrie for taking time from your writing to stop by and visit with us.  It was fun getting to know a little bit more about you and about Shine Like The Dawn.

You can find a short list of Carrie’s most recent released books below.  These can be found at many locations where books are sold.

Recent Books by Carrie Turansky:

The Governess of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Carol Award Finalist

The Daughter of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah

A Refuge at Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Maggie Award Finalist

Shine Like the Dawn, WaterBrook Multnomah, 2/27/17

Friends: What is your favorite book by Carrie Turanksy?  Please add any questions you may have for Carrie in the comments below.