January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

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

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3) Heather Day Gilbert

Book 3 in the Award-Winning Murder in the Mountains series

Synopsis:

Tess Spencer hadn’t planned on returning to her hometown, but when her ex-prisoner mom puts in a special request, Tess overcomes her hesitance to help her turn over a new leaf.

Pearletta Vee’s drug-dealing past is resurrected when the body of an overdosed teen shows up—right next to her trailer. Tess decides to stick around and investigate, yet the evidence is stacked against Pearletta. Tess suspects a setup—but why?

Never one to back down from a challenge, Tess takes on a wayward teen, an abusive grandma, and more than one drug dealer in her quest for the truth. But it’s going to take a miracle to keep her from becoming a casualty in her own personal war on drugs.

Plunging into the shadowy reality of the drug epidemic in West Virginia, Guilt by Association is the third book in the award-winning Murder in the Mountains mystery series.

My Thoughts:

This story will keep you on your toes, and turning pages to find out what happens next! With lively characters, and a realistic plot-line that draws you in and keeps you guessing as to what might happen next. I love Heather’s writing style and appreciate how she keeps reader actively engaged in the story.

Tess’s mom, Pearletta Vee is out of prison and back in the thick of the drama surrounding a drug epidemic in the West Virginia mountains. Tess is trying her best to help exonerate her mom from a murder mystery, but it seems someone is out to stack the deck against her.

The drug epidemic is as real in this story as it is in many towns across this country. Too often people turn to pills and other forms of drugs as a form of escape. Heather tackles this tough topic head-on and doesn’t shy away from the truth of what life is like day in and day out for those who are trapped in this drug cycle.

Those who enjoy mystery & suspense will want to make sure to grab a copy of this book! I was kept guessing until the end, and I never even suspected the real culprit. I give this book 4-stars and recommend it to my suspense loving friends.

(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:

About the Author:

HDGHEATHER 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 heatherdaygilbert.com.

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  Guilt By Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)

Other Books In this Series:

  Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1)

  Trial by Twelve (A Murder in the Mountains #2)

First Line Fridays – Guilt By Association

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

This week I’m featuring Guilt By Association (Murder in the Mountains #3) by Heather Day Gilbert.  Watch for my full review coming soon!

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          “You sure you’re okay with this, Tess?” My Mother-in-law, Nikki Jo, pulls a red coffee cup from her cabinet. She knows how uncomfortable I am with the latest call from my mom.

 

Ok, you caught me! I gave you more than one line.  I just couldn’t help but toss in a extra two. I felt you needed to get the full effect. This story will keep you on your toes, and turning pages to find out what happens next!

 

Now it’s your turn!

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

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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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First Line Fridays – God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert

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

I’m happy to share with you this week one of my favorite Viking stories! Today, I am featuring God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert. This fantastic book is the first book in Heather’s Viking Saga, and it just so happens that it is FREE this month!
As always, remember that the best way to thank an author is to leave a book review.

CLICK HERE to visit my book spotlight post to learn more about this book

God's Daughter

 

Straumsfjord (upper North America)
Circa AD 1000

          Some bulls are just better off dead.

 

Hmmm…. What did that bull do?
Guess you’ll have to pick-up a copy of the book to find out!

 

Now it’s your turn!

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

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books
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FIND IT HERE:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vnYk7G
Nook: http://bit.ly/2v3ABKn
iBooks: http://apple.co/2dBYG2z
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2vodCZU

Book Spotlight – God’s Daughter by: Heather Day Gilbert

Celebrate #LeifEriksonDay the month of October with a #FREE, highly-acclaimed historical novel that has Leif in it! GOD’S DAUGHTER is free for a limited time!#Vikings

“The life of Vikings in North America is energetically described, and the entire cast of characters feel fresh and vivid, including Leif Ericson and Gudrid’s father-in-law Eric the Red… a remarkably assured tale, well-recommended.” ~ Historical Novel Society Reviews, May 2014

 

God's Daughter

One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to the New World.

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.

But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself–and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.

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 based heavily on the Icelandic Sagas.

About the Author:

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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 heatherdaygilbert.com.

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FIND IT HERE:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2vnYk7G
Nook: http://bit.ly/2v3ABKn
iBooks: http://apple.co/2dBYG2z
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2vodCZU

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God’s Daughter

 

Also in this series:

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Forest Child

 

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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?

 

Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1) by Heather Day Gilbert

FIERCELY LOYAL, COURAGEOUS AMATEUR SLEUTH TESS SPENCER
WILL WIN YOUR HEART.

Synopsis:

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

My Thoughts:

I loved Heather’s Viking Saga and have been eyeing this mystery novel of Heather’s for some time now. Written in first person POV, this book kept me in suspense from the first chapter. Heather writes with such detail that I really felt like I was right there in the story.

Tess is quite the formidable heroine, while she has fears, she quickly rises above them and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. She has a strong sense of loyalty and wishes to see that justice is upheld. I couldn’t help but appreciate her fortitude in the face of uncertain disaster, and her strong support of her aging friend Miranda.

My favorite stories are heart-warming, sweet, feel-good romance. If that is the kind of story you enjoy and are looking for; then this may not be the story for you. Please don’t get me wrong, the writing is first-rate, top notch. The characters are vivid and dynamic, rich with their own unique personality. The plot line is phenomenal.

If you are searching for a story where the subject matter is intense and full of drama and intrigue. If you enjoy spine-tingling mystery and are searching for a story that will keep you up late into the night, and keep you guessing until the end, then my friend look no further.

(I purchased the kindle version of this book. I was not required to write a review. my thoughts and options are my own.)

Bonus:

Click here for a sneak peek at the first chapter.

Favorite Quote:

“We all get in over our heads at some point or another.
God never lets you down, even if it feels like it.”

About the Author:

HeatherDayGilbertHEATHER 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 heatherdaygilbert.com.

Webpage // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest 

  Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1)

  Trial by Twelve (A Murder in the Mountains #2)

26001114 Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)Expected pub. Dec. 2017

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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)

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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 heatherdaygilbert.com.

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!

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You can purchase both God’s Daughter

 

 

 

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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

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:

HDG

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