September 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

What books have you read during the month of September? 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 September. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

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

Books Reviewed:

FinallyAccepted  Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

AWorthyRebel  A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

MagnoliaSummer  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

HiddenAmongTheStars Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

LadyOfAThousandTreasures Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

HourUnspent_comp  An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

TheChristmasHerloom The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1536761495  Lynn Austin

 

 

* * * * * GIVEAWAY * * * * *

I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. 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. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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?  Or, what book(s) are you looking forward to reading in October?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner: Amanda G.

 

First Line Friday: Magnolia Summer

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

Today I’m happy to be featuring Magnolia Summer (Southern seasons #1) by Melanie Dickerson. If you enjoy reading southern historical novels, with lots of heart, a splash of adventure, and characters that will linger long after you’ve closed the book, you won’t want to miss out on this delightful story. CLICK HERE to read my review.

MagnoliaSummer

June, 1880
Bethel Sprints, Alabama

          Truett Beverly aimed his rifle at the noose above James’s head. He would only get one shot to sever the rope, but that wasn’t what bothered him.

 

 

 

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.

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Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons #1) by Melanie Dickerson

From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever.

Synopsis:

Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family.

The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm.

Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

My Thoughts:

Melanie Dickerson has created a unique cast of characters and set them in a country trying to rebuild after it was torn apart by war. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement.  Once I started reading it, I felt like I had fallen into the world created by Ms. Dickerson. Fully immersed in this story and eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next.

An angry sheriff who can’t seem to let go of the past, taking the law into his own hands and unjustly judging the innocent, as guilty and swiftly enacting his own form of judgment.

A mysterious, masked hero fighting for fair treatment of those who the majority of society sees as unworthy. He is willing to risk his own safety to see that the innocent aren’t harmed.

Celia is an independent woman, ahead of her time. She longs to make a name for herself, to own her own business and stand on her own feet. She sees how being married has affected her mother, and doesn’t want to set aside her dreams, to have a family.

Lessons can be learned from any one of the dynamic characters in this story. There is something for everyone in the pages of this wonderful story. A reminder that we should stand up for others, that we aren’t to pass judgment and that by giving of ourselves, new dreams can be discovered.

If you enjoy reading southern historical novels, with lots of heart, a splash of adventure, and characters that will linger long after you’ve closed the book, then I encourage you to find a copy of this wonderful story to enjoy! I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more stories with southern flair from Melanie Dickerson!

(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:

MelanieDickerson  Melanie 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.

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Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons #1)

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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Book Spotlight – Magnolia Summer (Southern​ Seasons #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is releasing a brand new series! A Southern Historical that is sure to be filled with charm and sass! This Historical Christian Romance is a little different from her Medieval Fairy Tales, but I am positive that fans of Melanie’s writing style will not be disappointed with this exciting new story! Magnolia Summer is scheduled for release to both print and e-copy early September 2018 and I am looking forward to reading it!

A note from Melanie Dickerson:

This is a story that I originally wrote over 10 years ago before any of my books had been accepted by a publisher. This one is a tad bit controversial, perhaps, and Southern historicals aren’t as popular as Amish romance, but whatever the reason, no publisher jumped at it. So when the Healer’s Apprentice was published, I focused on my Medieval fairy tales and put this story aside. But I never stopped thinking about it and the sequel, which was always rolling around in my head. In fact, I always hoped to write at least three books in this series. I hoped and planned to get it published someday, and I finally managed to eek out the time to revise and edit it and get it ready, and not I’m bringing it to you! My very first self-published book!

And now you might be wanting to know what the story is about! I always thought of it as my “Zoro story.” A hero who disguises himself and fights against the tyranny of an evil sheriff.

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The Official Summary:

MagnoliaSummerFrom New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever.

Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family.

The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm.

Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

Pre-order your copy today!

Magnolia Summer (Southern Seasons #1)

 

About the Author:

MelanieDickerson  Melanie 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.

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