August 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of August? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in August.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Book Reviews:

TheBestOfIntentions  The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Reckless  The Reckless by MaryLu Tyndall

FreedomsKiss  Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon

ADangerousDeception  A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

ALoveRestored  A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn

ARumoredFortune  A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

CaughtBySurprise  Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

 

Book Spotlight:

BookSpotlight-MagnoliaSummer-crop  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

 

Author Interviews:

PhotoFunia-1532360617  Kelly Goshorn

PhotoFunia-1535382334  Jen Turano

 

Cover Reveals:

CoverReveal-Graphic Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

IMG_0869 Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

CoverImage  When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in September?

Today is the last chance to enter the giveaway for an autographed print copy of Caught By Surprise! Check out the Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano!

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A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

Synopsis:

Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1899
When Andromeda Barr left her colorful past behind in pursuit of a normal—albeit solo—life, she didn’t exactly settle for the mundane. Performing is in her blood, and right now she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons—justice for the excluded, the overlooked of society—a debt she owes to the two unusual people who raised her.

Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien is on the trail of a wanted murderer holed up in ‘the wickedest town in the west.’ Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising Miss Barrington, he begins to wonder how many secrets are too many.

Two close calls with disaster seem to suggest it’s time they both stop running from the guilt of the past and let mercy catch up, but will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death?

My Thoughts:

From the very beginning, I was blissfully swept away into the dusty, wild-west town. This story comes vividly to life with rugged buildings, dusty streets, and a variety of colorful characters. You won’t want to miss a moment of this rousing adventure!

I enjoyed the lively characters, exciting banter and plenty of action to keep you on your toes! Sparks are sure to fly with a Pinkerton agent hot on the trail of a wanted murderer and a circus performer turned singer, with a secret identity all her own. Will they let their secret identities hide their truth?

At the core, this story reminds us that we all sin and fall short. Forgiveness is bigger than our sin. God has given us grace that we don’t deserve, how can we give anything less.

This fun, action-packed novella is sure to sweep you off your feet and into the action in the wild west town of Jerome, Arizona. I give this story 4 stars. If you enjoy vivid stories with action and a touch a mystery, this is the story for you!

(I purchased a copy for my personal collection in e-book format from Amazon. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

DebraMarvin  Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She’d like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she’s currently stuck on.

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

 

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May 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in May. Be sure to enter the giveaway before you go!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

TheBackcountryBrides  The Backcountry Brides Collection

TogetherForever Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

SecondImpressions  Second Impressions by Pepper Basham

TheCapturedBride  The Captured Bride by Michelle Greip

Edenbrook  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

TimelessLoveCollection  Timeless Love: Romantic stories that span the ages

AllForLove All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas

HerPlaceInTime  Her Place in Time by Stephenia H. McGee

EngravedOnTheHeart Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

RambleAndRoar  Rable & Roar by Catie Cordero

BountyBeyondReason Bounty Beyond Reason by Kari Trumbo

 

 

Author Interview:

RachelFordham  Rachel Fordham

 

Excerpts:

IMG_0335  Give Me Thine Heart by Andrea Boeshar

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img_0370 Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall

 

Cover Reveal:

JaneByTheBook Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

 

 

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in June!

 

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I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson. Due to shipping cost this giveaway is only open to those with U.S mailing addresses.

Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?”

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Winner: Robin W.

 

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The Backcountry Brides Collection

Love on Colonial America’s Frontier

Synopsis:

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry. Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 – Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
1757 – (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas
1763 – Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin
1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch
1771 – Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer
1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear
1780 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer
1792 – Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong?

My Thoughts:

I was transported through the pages of these stories back to a time when our ancestors were building a nation and carving out a firm foundation for the generations to come. Survival wasn’t easy on the early frontier. Harsh winters, fierce natives, and an abundance of wild animals. Each story is unique, with fascinating characters.

I enjoyed reading the stories in this collection and the distinctive voice that each author brought to this collection. As with any collection, there were a few stories that I could pick out as my favorite, but I can honestly say that each story was enjoyable.

If you enjoy reading colonial era stories, filled with adventure, delightful characters, and a dash of mystery, then you won’t want to miss out on snagging a copy of these stories to enjoy! I give this collection 4-stars and I hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy these stories like I have.

(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 Authors:

Clicking on the Authors’ name above will take you to their Goodreads page.
Clicking on the Authors’ name below will take you to their website.

Angelia K. Couch

Debra E. Marvin

Shannon McNear

Gabrielle Meyer

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Pegg Thomas

Denise Weimer

 

Grab your copy today!

The Backcountry Brides Collection

 

 

 

Recap – October 2017

As we wave goodbye to October and welcome in November; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in October.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

31ProverbsToLightYourPath 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

LadyJayne Lady Jayne Disappears

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

TheSecretLifeOfSarahHollenbeck  The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

ReturningHome Returning Home

image1  Charming The Troublemaker

TheRegencyBridesCollection The Regency Brides Collection

ADangerousLegacy  A Dangerous Legacy

AudreyDoll & Book Girls of Faith – Dolls & Companion Stories

 

Author Interviews:

PamHillman  Pam Hillman

SONY DSC  Toni Shiloh

 

Cover Reveals:

Dietze - Mother for his Children A Mother for his Family

WaitingForHisReturn Waiting for his Return

 

Spotlights:

God's Daughter  God’s Daughter

collage-2017-10-03   A Season of Hope & A Season of Deception

 

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in November?

 

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The Case of the Clobbered Cad (A Nosy Parkers Mystery) by Debra E. Marvin – Giveaway with Singing Librarian Tour

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Synopsis:

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

My Thoughts:

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is such an exciting, page-turning mystery! You don’t have to read very far into the story for the Cad to be Clobbered. With many twists and turns, this story will keep you guessing right to the end! This is the first book I’ve read from Debra Marvin, and I foresee many more books of Debra’s in my future.

What first captured my attention is the setting of the story. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1956. For many years now I have read any book I could get my hands on that is set in Scotland. The history, the culture, fascinate me and spark my imagination. Debra has written the setting so well it’s like a secondary character in the story.

One of my favorite characters in this story was Mrs. Kintyre. She had all the spunk and frankness that you’d expect in an older lady of distinction. Reading the story I could almost hear her speaking her lines as I read. At times she almost reminded me of an every-day, common (in other words not so fancy) version of Lady Violet Grantham from Downton Abbey.

Fans of Nancy Drew and cozy mysteries will fall head-over-heals for this exciting story! I have given The Case of the Clobbered Cad 4.5 stars. I look forward to reading many more books from Debra in the future.

(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.)

Favorite Quote:

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Bonus:

For a fun B&W video book trailer of the Nosy Parkers Mystery – click here

About the Author:

DebraMarvinDebra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She’d like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she’s currently stuck on.

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

 The Case of the Clobbered Cad (A Nosy Parkers Mystery)

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Recap – September 2017

As September draws to a close, and we herald in October, let’s take a look back at the books reviewed, the author’s interviewed, book covers revealed, and a book to watch for in the coming month!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Book’s Reviewed:

TheOutlawsSecondChance The Outlaw’s Second Chance

InconvenientBeauty  An Inconvenient Beauty

MagnoliaStorms Magnolia Storm

LHC Love Held Captive

Miranda Warning Miranda Warning

TheReluctantGuardian  The Reluctant Guardian

HerCherokeeGroom Her Cherokee Groom

TheKeeperOfHerHeart  The Keeper of Her Heart

 

Author’s Interviewed:

pepperbarnsmile Pepper Basham

AngieDicken Angie Dicken

BrandyBruce Brandy Bruce

2754194 Michelle Griep

 

Cover Reveal:

image1  Charming the Troublemaker

 

Book Spotlight:

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCad The Case of the Clobbered Cad

 

Bonus Teaser:

IMG_1324Lady Jayne Disappears  Available: October 3, 2017

 

I’d love to connect with you:

What was your favorite book reviewed this month? Which book(s) are you looking forward to in October?

 

Book Spotlight & Excerpt: The Case of the Clobbered Cad

Today, I’m spotlighting a newly released book “The Case of the Clobbered Cad” by Debra E. Marvin. This cozy mystery set in 1956 Edinburgh, Scotland is sure to keep you on your toes. Get cozy and enjoy reading about the book, you won’t want to miss the exclusive  excerpt. Be sure to come back in October, when I will be on tour with Singing Librarian and sharing my full review with you.

TheCaseOfTheClobberedCadInspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

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 Excerpt:

Tuesday morning crept in on foggy feet.

Heather paused in Mrs. K’s front doorway, poking through the coins in her change purse, hoping she had the right amount for the bus. As she reached behind her for the doorknob, a movement caught her eye. At the end of the short walkway, past the gate, two men in dark overcoats stood next to a black limousine—the largest car she’d seen since arriving.

Being alone in the house or walking alone to the bus had never bothered her before because she was careful. And she stayed out of trouble, murder inquiries not withstanding. At that moment, every instinct screamed that those men were up to no good. Forcing herself to stay calm, she stepped back inside and shut the door, even though slamming it was her preference. With the locks fixed, she peered out the sidelight window, hoping they’d left. No such luck. They were watching her.
No, not just watching. One of them opened the gate on their way to the house. The flesh along Heather’s spine tingled. Mrs. Kintyre had gone for a cuppa with her friend on the next street. In the Hitchcock movies, the heroine would scream. But Heather was just a history major having a bad week, and there was no one around to hear her.

She’d had enough drama for the week, thank-you-very-much, and, full of empty bravado, swung the door wide. “Who are you?”

 

About the Author:

DebraMarvinDebra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She’d like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor.

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she’s currently stuck on.

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

 

 The Case of the Clobbered Cad (A Nosy Parkers Mystery)

 

First Line Friday’s (9/8/17) The Case of the Clobbered Cad

Welcome to Friday and a chance to share the first line of a book that you are either reading or a book that you are planning to read soon.

This week I am choosing to feature a book that I finished a little bit ago (watch for my full review coming soon).

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is the first book from Debra E. Marvin that I have had the pleasure to read, and I’ll be going back for more of Debra’s books soon!

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Edinburgh, Scotland 1956

Heather Munro gazed down Victoria street so long, she became another gray-suited statue along the Royal Mile.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

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Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
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With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
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