October 2018 – Month in Review

What books have you read during the month of October? 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 October.

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

Books Reviewed:

LegacyOfMercy  Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

TheCumberlandBride The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

EternityBetweenUs Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

ThisCourageousJourney  This Courageous Journey by Misty Beller

Reluctant Warrior Spine.indd The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

LiterarilyForKeeps Literarily For Keeps by Sarah Monzon

RomancingTheBride  Romancing the Bride (Frontier Vows #1)  by Melissa Jagears

WhenYouLookAtMe  When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2) by Pepper Basham

CantHelpFalling  Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac

LovesGuidingLight  Love’s Guiding Light by Andrea Boeshaar

 

Author Interview / Guest Post:

EBU BlogTour Stephenia H. McGee, guest post

AuthorInterviewShannon Shannon McNear, author interview

 

Cover Reveals:

Cover Reveal The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

IMG_1151  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

CoverReveal-AmandaBarratt My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda M. Barratt

 

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 November?

 

Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

Synopsis:

An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying withit not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

My Thoughts:

I was blissfully whisked away to a bygone era on a tidal wave of literary enjoyment! Resplendent in historical details, yet not too cumbersome as to be weighty, this engaging story is sure to appeal to those who enjoy stories set during the Civil War.

I especially enjoyed the true story roots and first-hand accounts from Civil War journals. Stephenia McGee pens a story that you won’t soon forget, by breathing new life into history and inviting us to come along for the journey.

Dynamic characters that when faced with life-altering decisions will have you either cheering in approval or cringing in dismay. With deep soul searching conversations that will have you thinking how you would answer the same questions if you were there yourself.

The first quarter of the book focuses on setting the scene and building up the characters, then the action really ramps up in the last quarter and I was fully engaged in the drama! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories set in the Civil War period.

(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.)

EternityBetweenUs  Eternity Between Us

About the Author:

Steph 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

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

 

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Prize package includes: 1 signed paperback of Eternity Between Us, “I love God, coffee & Christian Fiction” book cover coffee mug, 1 ebook (reader’s choice), Her Place in Time audible audiobook, $25 amazon gift card, and a few southern goodies in celebration of the release of Eternity Between Us! (US address only)

CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter

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Don’t miss out on the other stories:

Leveraging Lincoln: A civil war novel (The Liberator series #1)

Losing Lincoln (The Liberator series #2)

Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator series #3)

 The Liberator box set

Her Place in Time: A time travel romance

 In His Eyes

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Guest Post & Giveaway with Stephenia H. McGee

I’m super excited to welcome to Stephenia H. McGee on the blog today as she shares with us about her new book “Eternity Between Us”

Stephenia McGee is such a fabulous writer, I’ve enjoyed every book of her’s I have had the pleasure to read!

Steph 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

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

 

Guest Post:

“Between us and those former friends exists a gulf as deep and wide as eternity.” Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate spy

When I first started researching for Eternity Between Us, I began with first-hand accounts. I find it fascinating to see not only what the history books tell us, but also the personal thoughts of people who lived through those days. One of the most intriguing people I found was Mrs. Rose Greenhow.

RoseGreenhowRose is credited with delivering information that is said to have caused the Confederate victory at the battle of Bull Run (or Manassas, depending on what side of the Mason-Dixon you were on). Rose rolled a note into the carefully coifed hair of a young woman and sent word to General Beauregard about McDowell’s impending attack, allowing the Confederates enough forewarning to gain a victory.

However, Rose was soon discovered by the intrepid detective Allen Pinkerton and subsequently spent time imprisoned in her home as well as the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. She records all of her experiences in her book, My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington.

Rose was incredibly clever with the way she continued to run a spy ring even from her imprisonment. My character Margret Greenman is heavily based on Rose, and there are several scenes in the story that come from her accounts of what happened with Pinkerton and his agents. Margret also states several of Rose’s quotes pertaining to the government, the city of Washington, and the state of affairs in the country. Understanding the first-hand thoughts of people of that time gave me the chance to more accurately portray the complicated feelings of Southerners at that time.

Rose’s story added depth and adventure to Eternity Between Us, and when Evelyn Mapleton gets caught in one of Margret Greenman’s webs of spying, she finds she may have borrowed more trouble than she can ever repay.

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About the Book:

EternityBetweenUsAn unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying with it not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

Excerpt from Eternity Between Us

Front Royal, Virginia
July 29, 1861

Evelyn’s needle came to a sudden stop, pricking her finger and drawing a drop of crimson in the process. She discreetly drew a handkerchief from her pocket and dabbed the tip of her thumb while the woman across the parlor hurried on.

“Yes, that’s exactly what I heard. Can you believe it?”

Aunt Mary set her embroidery in her lap and gave the woman dressed in olive silk a gentle shake of her head. “Honestly, Mrs. Camden, I really cannot.”

Evelyn kept her chin down and looked at the other women around the room through her lashes. Six of them had gathered for a sewing circle, with two Front Royal women having come for gossiping under the guise of fellowship.

Mrs. Camden, a vibrant-looking woman of middling years, bobbed her head enthusiastically, her tightly pinned lace cap stifling a mass of gray and brown curls. “Oh, but it is true.”

Mrs. Swanson, the other lady of around the same age nodded in much the same fashion, the pair of them reminding Evelyn of two carriage horses tossing their heads for a lump of sugar.

Mrs. Camden waved long fingers at Mrs. Swanson. “Tell them, Mrs. Swanson. It is quite fascinating.”

Aunt Mary spoke before the other woman could get a word past her thin lips. “Come now, I have known Margret Greenman for years. My daughter spent much of her season in Washington under the lady’s care. I cannot imagine such a thing to be true. It is merely prattle, I’m sure.”

Evelyn glanced at Isabella, who regarded Mrs. Camden with open curiosity. “I don’t know, Mother. Mrs. Greenman does know everyone who is anyone in Washington.”

“Oh, pish posh,” Hattie Lawrence said, sitting aside her work as well. “So do I. I don’t see what that has to do with the matter.”

Isabella cast a quick look at Evelyn before swinging her regard to her aunt. “I can see how such connections might lead one to wander down that path, especially if one had information they knew could save our men’s lives.”

Hattie’s forehead creased, and Evelyn wondered what thoughts plowed such furrows.

“I’m telling you,” Mrs. Camden insisted, reinserting herself into the conversation. “It is quite true. Isn’t it, Mrs. Swanson?”

The reedy woman glanced at Aunt Mary before she spoke, as though wondering if the younger woman would forestall her words again. When Aunt Mary pointedly settled her gaze on the linen shirt in her lap, Mrs. Swanson spoke up, her nasally voice filling the parlor with more excitement than the day of sewing had thus far provided. “Yes, it is indeed true. My husband says that Margret Greenman is responsible for sending word to Beauregard’s headquarters and giving him the warning he needed to prepare. She is pivotally involved with our victory at Manassas, or what the Yanks are calling Bull Run.”

Pick-up your copy today!

  Eternity Between Us

 

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Prize package includes: 1 signed paperback of Eternity Between Us, “I love God, coffee & Christian Fiction” book cover coffee mug, 1 ebook (reader’s choice), Her Place in Time audible audiobook, $25 amazon gift card, and a few southern goodies in celebration of the release of Eternity Between Us! (US address only)

CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter

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Blog Stops

September 25 – http://www.abakersperspective.com Spotlight

September 26 – https://allofakindmom.wordpress.com/ Review

September 27 – http://fictionaficionadoblog.wordpress.com Review

September 28 – http://www.abakersperspective.com First Line Friday

September 29 – https://readingontheedge.tumblr.com Spotlight

September 30 – http://cafinatedreads.com Review

October 1 – https://janicesbookreviews.com Review

October 2 – https://www.bibliophile.reviews Review

October 3 – https://chasraybooknerdcorner.blogspot.com/ Review

October 4 – readingismysuperpower.org Review

October 4 – https://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/ Guest Post

October 5 – https://www.bibliophile.reviews Guest Post

October 8 – http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com Spotlight

October 8 – http://www.faithfullybookish.com Review

October 9 – http://www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Guest Post

October 10- http://www.joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com Review

October 10 – singinglibrarianbooks.comReview

October 11 – http://www.abakersperspective.com Character Interview

October 12 – http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com Review

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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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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

Hi Friends! I’m excited to share a new book cover with you today! If you enjoy historical fiction with a southern flair, then you won’t want to miss out on this new story from author Stephenia H. McGee!

Eternity Between Us is scheduled to release on October 9, 2018! Be sure to add this to your Goodreads list (CLICK HERE)!

 

Two hearts. Two sides…and a gulf between them as deep and wide as eternity

Blurb:

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause aiding Confederate soldiers — Even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians’ license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

 

Now for the cover reveal!

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Endorsements:

“In Eternity Between Us, Stephenia H. McGee displays not just her passion for history, but her respect for it. Thoroughly researched and convincingly told with the detail readers are sure to appreciate, this tale brings a turbulent time to life with nuance and sensitivity.” JOCELYN GREEN, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series

“McGee once again brings her authentic Southern historical style reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, weaving a tale filled with action, intrigue, and characters who warm your heart.” MISTY M. BELLER, bestselling author of the Heart of the Mountains series

“Stephenia McGee has written another page-turner! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eternity Between Us. The character development is fantastic and Ms. McGee’s research for this book was extensive—and it’s quite evident as the story unfolds. The plot keeps readers sitting at the end of their seats, wondering what’s going to happen next to Evelyn, Samuel, and other characters. If you love Civil War romance, this book is a must-read!” ANDREA BOESHAAR, Author of Shenandoah Valley Saga

Click on the book title below to Pre-Order your copy today!

EternityBetweenUs  Eternity Between Us

 

About the Author:

Steph 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

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

 

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Stephenia H. McGee is giving away a:

  • Autographed, Print copy of Eternity Between Us

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin on August 10th. Winners will be notified within a week of the close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to residents of the US only, due to shipping costs.

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Don’t miss out on the other stories:

Leveraging Lincoln: A civil war novel (The Liberator series #1)

Losing Lincoln (The Liberator series #2)

Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator series #3)

 The Liberator box set

Her Place in Time: A time travel romance

 In His Eyes