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First Line Friday: The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2) by Sarah E. Ladd. This new Regency Romance releases early January. Available for per-order now.

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Cornwall, 1818

        Julia Twethewey never considered what it would feel like to look down the barrel of a flintlock pistol.

 

 

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)

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His Encouragement: #49

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!

 

In this the love of God was manifested toward us,
that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitation for our sins.

1 John 4: 9 & 10

 

The greatest gift is love. God poured out His love for us through Jesus Christ. As children of God we should in turn, pour out God’s love to others so that they may come to know Him! “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11)
“Let us not love in word, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)

 

 

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
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie

First Line Friday: The Major’s Daughter

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

Today I am excited to be featuring The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3) by Regina Jennings. I really enjoyed reading this story. The Oklahoma land run garnered much attention and has many stories of treachery and heroism. With vivacious characters, and a simmering friend-to-more love story, you are almost certain to enjoy your time spent in the pages of this story!

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April 16, 1889
Purcell, Chickasaw Nation

          We’re getting a town lot, and it’s purt near guaranteed.

 

  The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

 

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His Encouragement: #48

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!

 

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

 

This Christmas, instead of focusing on what you need to do, worship God for what He has done for you. Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on God’s love.

My prayer this Christmas is that we can all be reminded of who God is. That we can stop focusing on our to-do lists and start focusing on the amazing gift of Jesus!

 

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
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie

The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock

Synopsis:

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?

On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.

With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared?

At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?

My Thoughts:

This story is full of page-turning suspense. I fairly inhaled this story as I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want to look away! There were several twists and turns I wasn’t expecting and that really made for an exciting story.

Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the story and felt like I was right there walking through the events hand-in-hand with Edyth. I was part of the story, every high and low. I often found myself holding my breath and trying to not skip lines to see what would unfold next.

If you enjoy suspenseful stories that keep you glued to the book as you live it with the characters, then do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this book!

Note: Each of the books in the True Colors Collection is a stand-alone story.

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

About the Author:

GraceHitchcock  Grace Hitchcock is the author of The White City and The Gray Chamber from Barbour Publishing. She has written multiple novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son.

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  The Gray Chamber

Other books in the True Colors Collection:

  The White City (True Colors)

The Pink Bonnet

The Yellow Lantern

The Blue Cloak

  The Green Dress

The Black Midnight (Aug 2020)

The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3) by Regina Jennings

Synopsis:

Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory after tiring of confining society life. She wants adventure, and when she and her friend Amber come across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, they find his dreams for the new territory are very persuasive. With the much-anticipated land run pending, they may just join the rush.

Growing up parentless, all Frisco Smith wanted was a place to call his own. It’s no wonder that he fought to open the Unassigned Lands. After years of sneaking across the border, he’s even managed to put in a dugout house on a hidden piece of property he’s poised to claim.

When the gun sounds, everyone’s best plans are thrown out the window in the chaos of the run. Caroline and Frisco soon find themselves battling over a claim–and both dig in their heels. Settling the rightful ownership will bring these two closer than they ever expected and change their ideas of what a true home looks like.

   The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

My Thoughts:

The Oklahoma land run garnered much attention and has many stories of treachery and heroism. The true historical tidbits added an extra layer of realism to this story. It invites the reader to not just read about historical events, but to be a part of the unfolding drama and action!

With vivacious characters, and a simmering friend-to-more love story is one I especially enjoyed. Both Caroline and Frisco wanted to prove to themselves and to others that they were more than first meets the eye, that they could rise above their past and their family and society expectations to be their true selves. I appreciated the character growth and how they each learned important lessons along the way!

I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading stories about the post-civil war western expansion to pick up a copy and settle in for a delightful story. You are almost certain to enjoy your time spent within the pages of this story!

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

About the Author:

ReginaJennings  Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.

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  Holding the Fort (Fort Reno #1)

  Bound and Determined (Fort Reno #1.5)

  The Lieutenant’s Bargain (Fort Reno #2)

  The Major’s Daughter (Fort Reno #3)

 

First Line Friday: Misleading Miss Verity

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Misleading Miss Verity (Daughters of Aynsley #3) by Carolyn Miller. I absolutely loved this story, these characters, and the setting! From the first page till the last, I was swept into the regency era and enveloped within the lives of the characters.

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 Bath, England
January 1820

          It was the sobbing that decided her.

 

 

Misleading Miss Verity

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His Encouragement: #47

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!

O Lord, You are my God.
I will exalt You, I will praise Your name,

For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

 Isaiah 25:1

 

A statement of fact and a statement of faith. Boldly proclaiming our God and our deep personal relationship with Him.

I pray that you can say this verse in faith and love, boldly claiming your deep personal relationship with God. If not, I pray that you find time this season to get to know God better!

 

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
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie L. Mckee @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie

Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Can she nab the headline without losing her heart?

Synopsis:

Confined behind a secretarial desk at her father’s struggling newspaper, Elissa Tillman longs for her father and the world to take her seriously—not just as a suffragette, but also as a full-fledged journalist.

When a millionaire is murdered, Elissa sees the perfect chance to nab the headline and save the newspaper all at the same time. Her father agrees.

But there’s a catch.

To get her article above the fold, she must compete for it. Unfortunately, her rival isn’t one of the newspaper’s regular journalists. It’s none other than Cole Parker—the dashing man who abandoned Pittsburgh to chase a high-profile journalism gig in New York, leaving a broken-hearted Elissa in his wake. 

After a series of mistakes, Cole returns to the steel city for a job, but all he can think of is a second chance with Elissa.The competition his boss invents keeps Cole near her, but she regards him as an enemy, both to her dreams and her heart.

Above the Fold

My Thoughts:

This is such a phenomenal debut! I absolutely love everything about this page-turning, story! Vivid and full of page-turning drama, I felt like I was right there in the 1920’s with Elissa and Cole. With a strong plot and dynamic characters, this story is one for the keeper-shelf!

I loved the witty banter between these two characters, as well as their tenacity and vulnerability. The character growth and lessons learned reach far beyond the pages and right into the heart of the readers.

With an sweet reminder that in God you are enough. Our trials and triumphs do not define us God does, and it is in looking to God that we find our identity.

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

About the Author:

RachelScottMcDaniel  Rachel McDaniel is an award-winning Christian romance writer. She hopes to inspire the mind and refresh the soul with words infused with faith and heart. Because she could never resist a good mystery, suspense and intrigue routinely sneak into her stories. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency. She is currently enjoying life with her husband and two children. You can connect with Rachel McDaniel at any of these following locations.

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   Above the Fold

First Line Friday: Christmas at the Circus

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Christmas at the Circus by Joanne Bishof. Pour yourself a hot drink and snuggle up with this heartwarming Christmas story! Enjoy a heartwarming visit with Charlie, Ella and Holland Lionheart for their first Christmas.

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December, 1890

          Ella Lionheart hefted a jar of flour onto the work surface, placing it with a cloud of dust to rival that of the high-flying aerialist and their grand landings in the center ring.

 

Pick-up your copy for only .99c!

Christmas at the Circus

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