Monday, June 17, 2019

By Hook or by Rook Cover Reveal

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Series: The London League 
Genre: Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance 
Publisher: Phase Publishing 
Publication date: July 1, 2019 

The most dangerous journeys...

Jeremy Pratt is a spy for the Crown, and one of the best. He has been in more dangerous situations than he can admit, and has always come out unscathed. But escorting his colleague’s cousin home to her family, even in disguise, just might be beyond his skills, and the temptation beyond his ability to withstand may be ones of the heart.

Helen Dalton is convinced there is more to this man escorting her than meets the eye, and something familiar about him, as well. There is only one man in the world who looks at her so intensely, banters with her so easily, and makes her blush so furiously. And when he manages a daring and heroic rescue, she wonders if she ever knew him at all.


Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

By Hook or by Rook

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Friday, June 14, 2019

First Line Fridays

I thought today would be a good day for a mystery.  Although, I love to read and watch mysteries all the time!  :)  What are some of your favorite mystery novels?  I would love recommendations--please let me know in the comments below.  Happy reading friends! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Book Supremacy
by Kate Carlisle

And the first line is...

"It was our last day in Paris."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ladies of Intrigue - My Review

I love novella collections, so this was the perfect read for me.  This lovely book contains three novellas all by Michelle Griep.  Each piece is set during the 1800’s, and each story has a dash of intrigue and mystery to it.  It is difficult to review novellas without giving anything away, but just know, if you enjoy reading novellas, you will love this book!  I highly recommend it.  Happy reading friends! 

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?

The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)
Dakota Territory, 1862
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.

A House of Secrets
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.

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I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

First Line Fridays

Good morning friends--I hope everyone is having a great start to June!  Is is hot where you are?  I love getting outside in order to enjoy the sunshine and to take a long walk.  It just lifts your spirits!  What are some fun things you like to do this time of the year?  Do you have any travel plans?  As always, have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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Today I am going to post a line from: 

  More Than Words Can Say
by Karen Witemeyer

And the first line is...

May 1896--Honey Grove, TX 

"'The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp.'  Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail's knees."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Protecting the Poor Cover Reveal

Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshirehas become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?

Noel has always hidden behind the shadow of his older brother, Dumphey. When life forces him to stand on his own, will he still follow God in the corrupt world in which he lives? Would God really call him to do something that is beyond his power to do?

As Lord Feroci's sinister plot comes to light, each lad has a choice to make. A choice that could cost them their lives.

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Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short  stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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          Lord Feroci slammed the desk with his fists. “I didn’t send you on a fool’s errand, Barat.” He clenched his teeth as he glared at the missive opened before him.
          “Aye, sir. I cannot help that others are the fools.”
          Feroci released his anger in a growl. Barat stood patiently; his arms crossed.
        “We’re losing time, Barat.”
         Barat didn’t respond.
        “You’re not doing enough.” He raised his head to glare at his man. Barat stared him down. Nothing could phase this man. Which was exactly why Ferocihad him in his employ. But ’twas irksome at times. Feroci blew out his pent-up air and fell back into his chair. “What do you suggest?” Barat was the only man in Abtshire from whom he would even consider suggestions. The man had proven his loyalty on the battlefield, taking more than one scar for Feroci. Feroci had returned the favor as many times. They were in this together.
          Barat finally stepped forward, but he didn’t sit in the seat across Feroci. Instead, he took the missive from Feroci’s desk and held it at two corners. “I say, we do this...” He pulled at the paper and it ripped—something weak giving way to a greater force that commanded it. That sight alone gave Feroci strength and he nodded in satisfaction.
         “Aye. Something made from pulp cannot stand against an iron fist. They will give way.”
         “Call another meeting.” Barat layered the two pieces of paper and held them over one of the candles that shed light in the dim room. A small strand of smoke wove upward before the paper burst into flame. Extra light illuminated the room then dimmed as the paper turned into gray ash. “We know their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Use their weaknesses against them. Convince them that there is no other choice.”
          Feroci leaned forward and grabbed the quill he had dropped when Barat had entered. He ran his fingers across its smoothness before taking a clean paper. “Well put.” He dipped the quill in ink. “Matheny ... ’tis a vast city, but given the right promise, the townspeople will rebel and overthrow Lord Nedry.” He wrote a few lines, shaping the concept that Barat had supplied. “Haar is closer to the king, so that could pose problems.”
          “Then wait on Haar. We’ve three cities between our province and them.”
           Feroci didn’t look up from his writing. “Lord Alexandre is on my side. If he works with me, mayhap we can claim the help of Belmis, Metz, and Kiralyn.” He paused at the last name. The anger that had dissipated boiled under the surface once more.
          “You can’t obtain Kiralyn—”
          “Curse you, man!” Feroci threw his quill at Barat. The man didn’t flinch. “We’ll have to overthrow Lord Kiralyn and sever any ‘blood ties’ to the king. I will obtain the throne. “He stood and his chair crashed backward. Obtaining Lord Trent’s domain from the king had been an easy task. The unfortunate lord had conveniently died in battle with no other witness besides Barat. The king had promoted Feroci from sheriff to lordship, giving him reign over Abtshire, Fordyce, and Keller. Controlling the latter two was nothing—they were mere hamlets comparedto the likes of Matheny. Feroci had the talent and ability for so much more.
          He had to gain control before Yzebel gave birth to their child—his heir. It must be his heir. He had no use for a lass. But a son—a son he could shape and mold, without the meddling of others, to follow in his footsteps ... aye, that son would establish their family as royalty forever. The land was now under the leadership of a man who had gone mad since his daughter’s return. Why had he named Princess Belle as heiress of the kingdom? She had left her father and had been raised by Lord and Lady Kalanithi, Feroci would know—he was one of the only lords the king didn’t refuse to see after the death of his wife. In the king’s dark hours of grief, he had made substantial promises to Feroci for his help. Promises that had blown away much like the ash of the letter Barat had burned.
          Feroci had written. Barat had spoken. Nothing would sway the king’s mind. He was going against all tradition of the land and naming a woman as leadership, should he pass before she married.
          “I can’t marry the lass myself, and I haven’t a son to do so. I will make the king pay,” Feroci hissed. He walked to the window and pulled back the drapes that blocked the fading daylight. A lad stood below, staring up at him. Recognition slammed Feroci when his eyes locked onto the lad. He was more ofa threat to Feroci than he would ever know.
          The man joined him.
          “How much did he hear?”
          The lad’s gaze shifted to something in the distance. He turned and walked toward the barracks—the place he should have already been at this time of day.
          Barat’s dark eyes followed the lad’s movement. “You can finally make your move against him.”
          Finally. Feroci liked the sound of that word. He had waited too long, but he would wait no longer. “Take care of him.”
          The silence between them sealed the promise.
         “But don’t make it a matter of convenience.” Feroci let the drapes fall. “I don’t want to raise suspicion.”

Friday, May 31, 2019

First Line Fridays

I love novella collections, so when I spotted this one, I thought I would choose this book for today's FLF.  I have read several books by these authors, and they are all so good.  It's always nice to see a group of writers' stories together in one book.  Do you enjoy novellas?  Let me know some of your favorites in the comments below.  Happy reading friends! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

                                                                                                       Mail-Order Mishaps 
                                                   by Susan Page Davis, Linda Ford, 
                                                          Vickie McDonough, and Erica Vetsch

And the first line is...

The Bride's Dilemma 
by Susan Page Davis 

Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1883

"With his mail-order bride arriving tomorrow, Caleb didn't need any distractions, least of all a fight.  But as he passed the open stable door, a yelp jerked him out of his reverie."  

 Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

First Line Fridays

I just finished reading a book by Michelle Griep, so I wanted to highlight her new book that is being published in June.  Of course, June is just around the corner!  I am so excited that summer is almost here--it is my favorite time of the year.  I love the warm days that summer brings along with the bright colors and flip-flop weather.  What is your favorite season?  Let me know why you love that time of the year in the comments below.  Happy reading friends! 

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Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Noble Guardian
by Michelle Griep 

And the first line is...

Southampton, England, 1815

"Was it wicked to say goodbye with a smile?"  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

On a Summer Tide - Spotlight Book Tour

When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks hes lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living . . . and loving.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children's books ('The Adventures of Lily Lapp' series) to novels ("The Choice") to non-fiction books ("Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World"). 

When Suzanne isn't writing, she's probably playing with puppies. She's been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can't stop at one. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Printed Letter Bookshop - Spotlight Book Tour

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

Katherine Reay's first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Lizzy & Jane, The Bronte Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price and The Austen Escape - all contemporary stories with a bit of "classics" flair. 

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family presently live outside of Chicago. 

You can meet her at or on Facebook: KatherineReayBooks, Twitter: @katherine_reay or Instagram: @katherinereay. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

First Line Fridays

This week I decided to highlight another classic.  Mostly because I just finished watching this beloved story again.  This film is so incredible, and a fun fact to remember is that this movie was released at the same time as The Wizard of Oz.  What are some of your favorite old movies?  Let me know if the comments below!  Happy reading friends! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Gone With the Wind 
by Margaret Mitchell 

And the first line is...

"Scarlet O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.  In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father."

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

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Passengers - Spotlight Book Tour


by Elizabeth Collums

Publication Date: December 7, 2018
Amite River Press
eBook; 185 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

During the Great Irish Famine, the Ewing family made their way from their rural cottage to the village of Highland Way. Annie, the oldest daughter was left to care for her mother and younger sister after her father left to find work in Dublin. A mysterious letter arrives from America forcing Annie, Lily, and Katy into a harrowing journey. The hand written note not only will expose deep secrets, it will also challenge the strength and fortitude of the Ewing women, leading each member into their own soul searching voyage. Follow this extraordinary passage that begins in Ireland and leads each woman to uncover their own courage and truths in this new world.

Available on Amazon

Ann C. Purvis chose to publish her first novel under her birth name, Elizabeth Collums--this is her true roots and where she has drawn from many of the experiences she wrote about. She lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana and enjoys DIY projects. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter, son-in-law, two amazing granddaughters, and her dog Daisy.

What I wanted to be when I grew up was never addressed in my house.  My Dad was gone a lot as a truck driver trying to scratch out a living for us so my mom was my only companion. I called myself an unaccompanied minor long before that phrase was popular.  Because, you see, physically she was in the house, but mentally she was in her own world.  Maybe she still had an emotional hangover from The Great Depression that she often dwelled on or it could have been the dark cloud of the Vietnam War that overshadowed any thought of dreams or celebrations in our home.  My mom worried for years that my brother would be drafted and then she stayed in a deep depression when he was and then she didn’t want to let him go when he came home alive and well.  She was so consumed with bitterness of the past and worry of the future she didn’t make room for living her life much less mine.

So, I made every feeble attempt behind my closed bedroom door to reach for my own stars with my dog, Pete, and every stuffed or plastic creature I owned.  Public speaking? No problem.  I had spent countless hours practicing my very own interview with Johnny Carson in front of my dresser mirror. Sewing? No problem. I taught myself how to sew by making clothes for my dolls.  Writing? Again no problem.  Whatever the teachers assigned, I did double what they asked for.  My room was my sanctuary. However, nothing my parents did or didn’t do could keep me from putting my best foot forward to get out and on my way.

I think so often how sad for my mom that she spent most of her life looking down and missed out on the journey. That’s what life is. One event after another.  I’ve had more than my share of making stupid decisions, as well as experiencing personal triumphs.  I’ve been married, had children, grandchildren, widowed and emptied nested.  I’ve worked at jobs ranging from cleaning houses to postal work.  And it’s been the most colorful, aggravating, heartbreaking, joyous, challenging, earth shaking, blessed life I could’ve ever imagined. And I have never been alone. God always sent the right person at the right time, as long as I was looking up.

My bucket list is long. Publish my book, travel to Ireland, United Kingdom, see penguins and pandas up close and personal, learn how to ride a horse, master a pottery wheel.....and the list goes on and on.  I don’t ever want to forget to dream, learn, explore and yes, I still play make believe.  Every time I look in the mirror, I still see that little girl from the reflection of this sixty-one year old, young woman. 

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