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My Review:

I have had a very hectic year. Nothing really out of the ordinary or anything in particular has kept me busy, just life. I’ve been so hectic/busy, I’ve struggled with reading! (I know ya’ll have no idea what that is like. How you can’t find the time or energy to do what you love most – READ.) I saw the offer for this great new blog tour awhile back and I decided that this was definitely the book to get me reading again. I started this book about a week ago on my Kindle App on my phone. It read very different than other books. The characters seemed more real, had more struggles, and more triumphs than many that I’ve read. The era and the area were for the most part new to me, at least in this sense. I’ve heard of Versailles and the Palatinate, but this brought new light to the locations.

Normally, my favorite character in a story is the heroine – in this one, not so much. Johan was my favorite. It’s odd and out of character for me, I know. Check out Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter and you will see why. I hope to read more of Carrie Fancett Pagels’ work in the future. She is definitely going to be a name that we hear more often with the unique perspective and delivery of this novel.

The background on how she even came across the idea for the novel was near and dear to my heart. I LOVE GENEALOGY. I’ve just gotten away from it in recent years. Mrs. Pagels story makes me want to revisit it – soon! Check out her story below.

Be sure to check out the giveaway as well!

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book

SavingTheMarquisesGranddaughter_w11911_750-182x300In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne’s former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?

About the Author

Carrie-headshot-150x150Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Guest Post from Carrie Fancett Pagels

Hi, I’m Carrie Fancett Pagels, so excited to see this particular book “baby”, Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, finally being “born!” I started working on this over eight years ago!

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While I am interested in genealogy, as a former psychologist, I’m more interested in people’s stories. So when I discovered that the two cousins were the grandchildren of Johan Adam Rousch, who had been acknowledged because nine of his ten sons had fought in the American Revolution, I wanted to know more about him and his family and ancestors. Since there were books already written about him, I went up to the University of Virginia Rare Books Library and read what people had to say about the real life Johan. He sounded fascinating. He was an immigrant from the Palatinate of Germany and lived in the western part of Virginia, after immigrating via Pennsylvania.

colonial-Patriot-marchers-DSCN4653-150x150I had joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) group and had been working on a novel set in the Charleston, South Carolina area, where I’d previously lived. I got so interested in Johan and his story that I began to write. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around Susanna, his real life wife who likely also came from the Palatinate, possibly on the same ship. No matter how I tried to work on her, through various writing classes I took, I couldn’t make her “real” because she just wasn’t speaking to me. I tried and I have the old scenes to prove it!

rousch-monument-150x150When I write, I pray. I asked God to show me scriptures for each scene, which were included on my rough drafts (they are not there in the final novel.) I did some research, at the library, and a massive tome about the Hundred Years War was recommended to me and one on European History from that time frame. By learning of some of the reasons the Palatinate was persecuted, such as the French punishing them for taking in Protestants, I began to imagine a different sort of heroine for my story. Of course, although the story was inspired by Johan and Susanna, this book is fictional. That freed me up for God to inspire me to make this story about faith. A core tenet of the book is that we must find our own faith – we cannot “borrow” it from someone else!

Since I was still practicing as a psychologist, as I developed Suzanne’s character I included traits that would be common in someone is the situation she was in. She’s living in an aristocratic French family, with parents who are actually of the Huguenot faith. If they are discovered there can be drastic consequences, including death. So a young lady like that may become more obsessive and compulsive as a way of dealing with that anxiety.

I hope those who read this story will be inspired by the message of overcoming and of finding one’s own path to faith in the Lord!!!

Blog Stops

May 24: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

May 25: Blossoms and Blessings

May 26: The Power of Words

May 26: Just Commonly (Spotlight)

May 27: A Greater Yes

May 27: Cassandra M’s Place (spotlight)

May 28: Christian Bookaholic

May 29: Bigreadersite

May 29: Mary Hake

May 30: Reading Is My SuperPower

May 31: inklings and notions

June 1: Singing Librarian Books

June 2: Karen’s Krayons

June 3: Rhonda’s Doings

June 4: Southern Chelle

June 5: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

June 6: Simple Harvest Reads

Giveaway

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Hey Y’all! I can’t wait to share these novellas with you! I DEVOURED this book! It was such a quick read it was a little sad, but so very worth it! I’m thinking about reading the others in the Year of Weddings collection.

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About the Book

Click here to purchase your copy.

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.

Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

My take:

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I could very easily invasion myself at the Boise Bridal Extravaganza with Hope and Amity! I helped my dad at gun shows around the South sell his book. I’ve found that I enjoy and miss conventions, shows, and similar events. I like being able to easily cover a lot of vendors at once. I hate to shop so this is a great way to get exposure with a variety of things. The barn wedding craze is alive and well on my Pinterest feed, so this was the perfect back drop to a very enjoyable story!

Hope and John have a run in 10 years after they almost got married. They are a very dynamic couple. It’s odd that two people of their background turned to one another for love. Verna should perhaps go into a different business! This was one of those novellas that flys by and lacks development of the characters, but that’s the purpose of them – to be short and sweet and that is exactly what you get with Love at Mistletoe Inn!

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A Brush with Love

Rosebud, Alabama and snow at that! I was captivated from the first page! (It might help that I live in Mississippi and very rarely have snow – like Alabama.) Ginger feels like a person that you’ve known forever. She has a very unique story and I love stories that involve hairdressers and other small business owners (another reason I wanted to read this book!). I could see the shop and the rest of the town with very little effort. I find it easy to read books that I can easily relate to because visualizing the story happens without effort. I couldn’t quite decide on how Tom should look, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying his wit! Ruby – Jane sounds like the personal assistant that I desperately need! I would love to see how her story plays out Mrs. Hauck! (If you’ve read Once Upon A Prince – You’ll love this novella just as easily. She spins a great story for you!)

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Serving Up a Sweetheart

Meadow – such an unusual name. I’ve heard it before, but it definitely suits her (and the rest of her family is well named also!) Larson (I had a teacher with the same last name in high school! I was picturing a slender blonde with blue eyes. Is that right Mrs. Wyatt?) Poor thing! Her roof caving in?! How often does that happen while you are catering in your kitchen? LOL! I really enjoyed that scene. I know it was supposed to be very scary for her, but I can see Meadow’s reaction playing out like it did with no problem at all!

Colin McGrath – Sounds like a great hero just from his name! His past with Meadow is complicated to say the least! I was very surprised at the direction the story line followed in regards to them, but was very glad to read the rest of the story to see where their story went!

A catering kitchen added into the mix! Yes please! This was a fascinating read from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Wyatt!

 

I think all in all I was tied between A Brush with Love and Serving Up a Sweetheart as my favorite of this book of novellas! Thank you to Celebrate Lit for providing this book for free for my review! Be sure to check out the giveaway and the rest of the Tour!

About the Authors

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Rachel Hauck Bio:

Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck.

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Cindy Kirk Bio:

Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win which garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. She’s been writing—and selling—ever since. Cindy has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Publishers Weekly best seller. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2007. In November 2014, she began serving as President of the 10,000+ member organization. She’s a frequent speaker at not only the national RWA conferences, but large regional writing conferences. She has also presented at smaller retreats and conferences across the country. She lives on an acreage in Nebraska with her high school sweetheart husband of too-many-years-to-count and their three “boys” (a shih tzu, a blue heeler and a dorkie). Their daughter lives close by with her wonderful husband and their two little girls. Cindy invites you to check out her websitewww.cindykirk.com. Twitter: @CindyKirkAuthor

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Cheryl Wyatt Bio:

Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s a USA Today bestselling author and has earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at www.CherylWyatt.com. Facebook: CherylWyattAuthor Twitter: @cherylwyatt

Giveaway

To celebrate the A Season To Wed Celebration Tour, Rachel Hauck is giving away a Kindle Fire! Click to enter https://promosimple.com/ps/953c

Blog Stops

April 5: Singing Librarian Books

April 6: Giveaway Lady

April 7: CTF Devourer

April 8: Splashes of Joy

April 8: Southern Chelle

April 9: Tell Tale Book Reviews

April 9: Just Commonly

April 10: Daysong Reflections

April 11: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

April 12: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

April 12: Seasons of Opportunities

April 13: Bigreadersite

April 13: Simple Harvest Reads

April 14: Texas Book-aholic

April 15: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

April 16: A Greater Yes

April 16: Cassandra M’s Place

April 17: Quiet Quilter

April 17: Bukwurmzzzz

April 18: Reader’s Cozy Corner

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Encouragement!

March 24, 2016

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This is my new loved + blessed box – “the encouragement box”. It is delivered to you in the hopes of providing encouragement. The concept is based on Hebrews 3:13 – “Encourage one another daily”.

It works like this: Join, Check your mailbox, Be encouraged. :) (This is literally from the website. I’m not trying to be a smart aleck!)

What is inside the loved + blessed box?
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(This is an example box)

Inside my box was:

  • a MINI POSTER
  • a repositionable REMINDER STICKER
  •  a SCRIPTURE CARD
  • a removable KEEPSAKE THEME CARD
  • a silicone BRACELET
  • a prayer journal and a compact mirror that says YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL  (a special GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT)

The gift of encouragement changes each month. You can receive gifts of jewelry, prayer accessories, stationary, journals, and home decor items.

TO ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN YEAR OF ENCOURAGEMENT (Twelve free boxes) GO HERE!

To learn more about loved +blessed check out their website: www.lovedandblessed.com

They are also on social media:

Instagram @passhopeon
Pinterest @lovedblessedbox
Twitter @lovedblessedbox
Facebook lovedandblessed https://www.facebook.com/lovedblessedbox/?fref=ts

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(A close up of an example box.)

Here is my box. This is the beauty box. The “Beauty does not require perfection” mini poster, a “YOU ARE all together BEAUTIFUL my darling; there is no flaw in you” sticker (Song of Solomon 4:7), “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather is should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” scripture card (1 PETER 3:3-4), the beauty “theme sticker” which reads: BEAUTY “We know that inner beauty is what is most important in the eyes of our Creator, but YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL on the outside too! No matter what anyone tells you, the standards of this world mean nothing. God created you just as you are for a great purpose. From the hairs on your head to the bottom of your toes, He knew what He was doing and didn’t make any mistakes. Don’t let the fake and unattainable standards of beauty that the world promotes fool you into thinking you are not beautifully and wonderfully made. Celebrate you and the God who took care in creating every inch of you. Stay Encouraged, loved+blessed”, a beautiful prayer journal, and a silicone bracelet that says loved + blessed on it (that I wore to work today and forgot to include in the picture because it is on my wrist! (OOPS!))

IMG_0003Here is a close up of the inside of the mirror and the prayer journal. I have never used a prayer journal before, so this is definitely encouraging me to use it in my prayer life. The compact mirror is great for those days that you are down and need the reminder that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. The theme card is exactly right that we need to “Celebrate you and the God who took care in creating every inch of you”. Some days this is exactly what we need to remember and other days we feel awesome! This will help through both days.

I received this box in exchange for a review as a member of FLYBY PROMOTIONS.
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Hi Again!

I know you are surprised to see me again so soon! :) I just finished reading this great book as part of the Celebrate Lit Book Tour. I’ve read another book in this series (A Class of Their Own) After a Fashion! I didn’t realize until I was almost through with the book that I missed the middle book in the series. Oops! Don’t worry though you don’t have to read them in order, although the books read fine as a stand alone. You’ll probably want to go back and find out what the other characters were up too! I know I want to read the other book now. :) Playing the Part is Book Three in the A Class of Their Own series by Jen Turano.

 

My take:

Lucetta was not my favorite of the three heroines, but her story was too good! I really liked the plot that had Lucetta running away from the stage and into Bram’s arms. He is Abigail’s grandson and appears to be very much an eccentric gentleman. I really didn’t figure him out until the story unfolded! (My husband would have had it figured out as soon as his character was introduced. He’s that way about movies and tv shows and other plot lines. It’s a little aggravating…LOL.) The story surrounding Lucetta and Bram was very intriguing to me and is the type of story that I favor. It was very refreshing to “hear” the banter between Bram and Lucetta and the rest of the “cast”.

It was sad to see more of Abigail’s background, but the possible glimpse into her future I’m definitely game for! I’m sad to see this series end, but the characters Mrs.Turano creates are very unique, endearing, and bring you back to their story like you’ve never even left. I enjoy the flow of the stories, the glimpses into the characters lives, and the glimpses into history and other occupations. These are some of the reasons why I love to read. It’s nice to see them in good stories! It means that it doesn’t look like I would depart from reading with all of the great aspects to stories and interests of mine all combined into a single novel.

The eclectic members of Bram’s household and home are very cute. You definitely want to keep reading to see what they are going to get into next. Perhaps Mrs. Turano can create a spin off with some of the household? That would be amazing to see how they fared after all the changes that have unfolded over the course of this story.

Mrs.Turano is a great author and this is the second book that I’ve read of hers. Even though I’m not into this time period exactly or the fashion of the time, I’m very interested in her other works. She is a refreshing and funny author that I can’t wait to add to my “TBR” pile again in the future!

(KEEP READING FOR THE GIVEAWAY LINK!)

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This is book 2 in the series. I’ve managed to skip it, it looks like. :0 After-a-Fashion-final-cover-final

 

 

 

 

Book 1 in the series, not a normal read for me, but it was fabulous! I loved the characters so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Playing the Part by Jen Turano is a 352 page book in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Bethany House Publishers and was released on March 1, 2016. To purchase your own copy, click here,

About the Book

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

About the Author

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Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author ofThe Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work.

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Jen is graciously giving away an entire set of this series! Click on the link to enter! Be sure to check out this book tour’s giveaway! <- Click here to go to the giveaway! You don’t want to miss it!

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Blog Stops

Visit all the blogs on the tour!

March 16: cherylbbookblog

March 16: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 17: Singing Librarian Books

March 17: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

March 18: Bookworm Mama

March 19: Reading Is My SuperPower

March 19: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 20: Faith * Love * Books

March 21: A Greater Yes

March 21: Southern Chelle

March 22: Splashes of Joy

March 22: Daysong Reflections

March 23: Bigreadersite

March 23: Texas Book-aholic

March 24: 100 pages per hour

March 25: simpleharvestreads

March 25: Karen Krayons

March 26: Buwurmzzz

March 26: Cassandra M’s Place

March 27: Jeanette’s Thoughts

March 27: The Power of Words

March 28: Two Girls and a Book

 

 

 

 

 

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My take:

Did you take time to enter the sweepstakes that I posted about the other day? I LOVE the sweepstakes that coincide with the books/series Dani releases it really helps get a feel for the locations/scenarios involved in her writings…if NOT there is still time! Check it out!

Guys!!! This is the first book I’ve read in a couple months, but WOW! I loved Sabotaged, but this story and characters were SOOO good! I loved the chemistry and history between everyone in Cold Shot. The insight into the concept “Cold Shot” was very interesting and definitely not something I’ve given any thought to. Griffin and his friends sound VERY down to earth and the “crew” they pick up along the way sound like they are going to fit right in…I’m very much a history buff and at one point wanted to be a forensic (insert cool job description here) so this series will be right up my alley! LOL! I wanted to go to school at UT and learn at the Body Farm…this book brought it all back! If you like Bones, or NCIS (any of them) – pick up Dani’s new Chesapeake Valor series, starting with this-book one! Reading this book makes me want to read all of the Alaskan Courage Series, while I’m waiting for the next book in the Chesapeake Valor series to be released.

I’m not sure about you, but when I read-I’m completely engrossed in the story and can almost visualize the characters, much like if I was watching a movie. Dani has helped us out a little with some inspiration and background on both Griffin and Finley and inspiration for the setting…

I really liked Griffin and Finley’s story, but can’t wait to hear more about some of the other stories that are evolving in this series as well! Please let me know your favorite character so far and who you are waiting for to have their own story told!

I’ve been to the Chesapeake area once, when my aunt lived in the area, but my former boss spent a good deal of time up there – so I’ve heard a lot about the area (and the food!) If you are from the area or know a lot about it, I would love to hear your take on the area. I know it’s very different from the Mississippi Gulf Coast isn’t it?…except for the same Vibrio species…

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Griffin’s Personal Dossier

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Finley’s Personal Dossier

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(Click on this picture to see more inspiration for the book.)

or if videos are more your thing… Check them out on Dani’s page here.

Book Summary:

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper.

When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

Book Info & Sample Chapter:

Can be found at http://www.danipettrey.com/books/

Book Links:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
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About the Author
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the brand new romantic suspense Chesapeake Valor series, as well as the well-loved Alaskan Courage series which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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Cold Shot Sweepstakes!

February 28, 2016

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Get your copy of COLD SHOT by Author Dani Pettrey!

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The new series by Dani Pettrey is out and has another awesome giveaway to go along with it! Check out the giveaway and be sure to check back for my review of Cold Shot later this week!  The newest book in Dani Pettrey’s new Chesapeake Valor series!

Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Timeframe & Notifications:

This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes
GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

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ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

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FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second Prize
Finley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

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Huckleberry Hearts Book Review

November 22, 2015

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Hey Y’all! I know it has been awhile since I shared with y’all about a great book and I apologize for that. I want to make it up to you by telling you all about this wonderful book that I just finished last night. (I may or may not have stayed up waaay past my bedtime to finish it. :) ) The book is Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand. It is the SIXTH (isn’t that awesome! A lengthy series, I know if you really get into books like I do the longer you can stay with characters the better!) book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. This is the first book that I’ve read by Jennifer Beckstrand, but it read as a stand-alone book so don’t worry you can pick it up today and read to your hearts content without worry about missing events in the storyline.

This is the story of how matchmaking grandparents Anna and Felty Helmuth scheme to find their beloved granddaughter Cassie a perfect match. Cassie thinks she is safe from match-making staying at her grandparents house instead of with her mom who is quite obvious about her intent to match her with her old Amish boyfriend. Cassie is home for a few months to visit with her Mammi and Dawdi and study for the GRE. What she gets into while staying with them is definitely more than she expected to say the least!

Zach Reynolds is Mammi’s doctor. He becomes a vital part of Mammi’s life after a surgery and in turn Cassie’s life. Yes, he is English, but he isn’t like most. He and Cassie become friends and then a setback occurs that it seems Cassie might not recover from and Zach definitely feels like he won’t.

Will they be able to overcome this setback and find true love like Mammi and Dawdi feel they will? Will they be able to play matchmaker for a 6th time out on Huckleberry Hill?

This book was captivating to me and Cassie and Zach (not to mention Mammi and Dawdi felt like real people, not true fantasy that you read about sometimes). I look forward to reading the other match-making efforts of Mammi and Dawdi and the other works by Jennifer Beckstrand.

*I received an e-copy of Huckleberry Hearts from the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team in exchange for an honest review.

Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand is a 352 page novel in the Christian Amish fiction genre. It is published by Zebra Publishers and was released on November 24, 2015. To purchase your copy, click here.

“Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” –Publishers Weekly

About the Book

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

About the Author

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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JustifiedJustified by Varina Denman

Reviewed by Lori Twichell

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Genre : Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: David C. Cook

Release Date: June 1, 2015

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

 

This is the first book that I have read by Varina Denman, but after reading, “Justified”, it certainly won’t be the last work of her’s that I’ll read. This book seemed a little bit different – it had a unique “feel” to it, when I read the book description than a book I would normally pick up and read. I’m not usually quick to pick up a book that deals with children, because that is not something that I can identify with because I don’t have children and have limited patience with them. The small town aspect of it had me drawn in. I’m from a small town, and still live in another – small town. I enjoy the quirks and eccentrices of living in a town where everyone knows everybody else. It makes me feel safe, but at the same time I know how everyone knows every little detail of your life and unfortunately passes judgement on you.
 

Reading “Justified” was like a breath of fresh air, in the past year I spent quite a bit of time out in Texas for my husband’s work and could vividly picture the town of Trapp and the bustling energy that the small towns, especially in Texas have during football season. I instantly fell in love with Fawn and Ruthie and their unlikely friendship. The nosy local townspeople could have been people that I interact with on a daily basis. Coach Pickett – JohnScott sounds irresistible I must admit-while at the same time being that boy next door and local country guy you all know! I was glad to see the story unfold the way it did. I had my doubts reading the story early on that I had any idea where the story was headed.

 

The novel unfolds somewhat how you would expect it, but at the same time you grow with Fawn over the course of the story and fall deeper in love with her and her family, and are kept wondering how she will end up. Reading Justified makes me appreciate my small town and my local congregation and new pastor – although he is nothing like the pastor in Fawn’s story. The only similarities between them are that they are younger and this is their first pastorate.

 

This is actually Book Two in the Mended Hearts series: Jaded, Justified, and Jilted. I cannot wait to read the other two books to get a better understanding of Fawn and JohnScott and the rest of the town!

 

Varina Denman is a native Texan who spent her high school years in a small Texas town. Now she lives near Fort Worth with her husband and her five mostly-grown children.

 

Justified is available for purchase here from Amazon.com.

 

 

Note: I received this book as part of the Justified blog tour from Radiant Lit. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

 

Review copy provided by the publisher for Radiant Lit Blog Tours.

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for:
Katia’s Promise
By Catheine Lanigan
(Shores of Indian Lake #4)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Coming May 1st from Harlequin Heartwarming!

Katia Stanislaus is a top insurance agent in Chicago, but her company is about to fold if she can’t pull off a miracle. She convinces her boss to relocate to Indian Lake where she lived as a child and broke the heart of the one man whose account would be enough to save her job and her company. The only problem is that Austin McCreary has been a near recluse since the day Katia left him. Austin won’t take her calls and appears set on revenge for the pain Katia has caused him. Just seeing Austin, catapaults Katia back to the time when she was 16 and so very much in love. But it was just a teenage crush, wasn’t it?

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Love Shadow (The Shores of Indian Lakes)Love Shadows
(Shores of Indian Lake #1)
by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
April 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Catherine Lanigan is the famous author with over 40 books published including “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile”. This is the first in a series of at least five books about the romantic and electric world of Indian Lakes.

One of the first characters we meet in the Indian Lakes series is Luke Bosworth. There are five stages of grief, and Luke Bosworth is stuck on anger. Unable to move on after his wife’s death, he’s struggling to make ends meet and be a good father to his children—a fight he’s afraid he’s losing. But then Sarah Jensen crashes into his life.

Dealing with the loss of her mother, Sarah is a kindred spirit in grief. And even though he doesn’t always agree with her actions, she renews hope for Luke and his kids. Suddenly he’s making plans for the future again. But can he take the risk of falling in love a second time?

Heart’s Desire
(Shores of Indian Lake #2)
by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

His homecoming is bittersweet…for both of them

Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future’s all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.

At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she’d said no—she couldn’t let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.

A Fine Year for Love  (Shores of Indian Lake #3)A Fine Year for Love
(Shores of Indian Lake #3)
by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her grandfather told her never to trust a Barzonni

Nothing gives Liz Crenshaw more delight than walking the hills of her family’s winery and tending her precious vines. And nothing frustrates her more than Gabe Barzonni, the handsome, successful and utterly aggravating son of Indian Lake’s most prominent farmers. All her instincts scream “avoid,” especially when she finds out he’s going into the wine business himself. But Liz can’t seem to shake him. One minute, he’s nosing around her property, the next he’s arranging to escort her to her best friend’s wedding. Well, too bad. Whatever he has designs on—her or her land—Gabe is out of luck. Now, to get him out of her mind…

Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over a twenty-four languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and BN.com. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. Cedar Fort, Inc. published the third book of angelic interventions, Angel Tales. Angel Watch and Divine Nudges, the first two books in Lanigan’s Angel Watch series of books about divine intervention in human life, were published by HCI. Allworth Press released Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult Adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute was published by Cedar Fort. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts.

April, 2014 will see Lanigan’s new clean romance series HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING’S publication of LOVE SHADOWS, the first in Lanigan’s “Shores of Indian Lake Series”. HEART’S DESIRE will also be published in 2014. A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE January, 2015. KATIA’S PROMISE May, 2015. Lanigan is working on the next three novels in her Indian Lake series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING.

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, #2)The Best Laid Plans
(Chicago Sisters #2)
Amy Vastine
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 Pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!

Emma Everhart’s life is going according to plan. Finish nursing school with flying colours? Check. Get a great job in the ER? Check. Marry a handsome doctor and have two babies, three years apart? Not quite yet. But with a dreamy new doctor joining the hospital staff, she’s so close she can almost taste the wedding cake. Now is not the time to let the tall, dark and flirtatious paramedic Charlie Fletcher distract her! He may be the best date and best kiss she’s ever had, but he’s definitely not part of her plan. No matter how he makes her feel?

My take:

I have waited for this book since the Fall when I read “The Better Man”! I was so excited to read this book! Learning about Emma’s life (and the rest of the Everhart Family since “The Better Man”) was so nice. I love to read series’ like this, because you become attached to the family and want to know the rest of the story and how the rest of the characters fair. If you liked “The Better Man”, you will LOVE “The Best Laid Plans”. This book was a little funny for me, because I am a big organizer and while I can’t say that I’ve gone to the extremes Emma has – I do love a good plan (in general – not having my whole life mapped out). I’ve recently learned that what you think is the “ideal” does’t mean it’s perfect for you in the short or long run… :) I loved Charlie in “The Better Man” and was quite surprised to find him falling hard for The Nightingale. I love Amy Vastine’s writing, style, and characters so far. I can’t wait for Chicago Sisters #3 and learn more about Lucy and her life.

Check out this excerpt from “The Best Laid Plans”. I hope you love it and check out the rest of the story (and series)!

Excerpt #2:

The triage nurse on duty loved Charlie. She congratulated him on his successful delivery and offered him a chocolate kiss from the little jar that sat on her desk.

“I think you missed your calling. You should have gone to medical school,” she said.

“I’m not doctor material. Too many years in the classroom and then the rest of your life spent in the hospital. Not to mention, I look terrible in white. But blue, I’m to die for in blue,” he said with a wink. Charlie unwrapped the chocolate and popped it in his mouth. He attempted to nonchalantly scan the ER for any sign of Emma, but she was nowhere to be seen. He worried she wasn’t on duty today. “Any chance Emma Everhart is around?”

“Emma?” The woman’s forehead creased. “What do you need Emma for?”

“I’m the best man in her sister’s wedding. I just wanted to touch base with her.” His eyes continued to search for her.

“Her sister is getting married? You know her sister?”

“Her sister is marrying my neighbor. Small world, right?” Just then, Emma stepped out from behind one of the curtained-off care rooms. She changed the colored marker outside the room from orange to green. Her hair was pulled up in a messy bun and her blue scrubs were nothing fancy, but she wore blue better than Charlie did. His throat tightened at the thought of talking to her.

“Emma!” the triage nurse screeched. Emma turned at the sound of her name and Charlie’s heart began to pound. Her eyes fell squarely on him, as if he was the owner of the painfully shrill voice. The triage nurse waved her over. “Come here.”

The closer she got, the warmer he felt. He practiced greeting her in his head, trying to sound cool. Then she smiled and he lost the ability to speak.

“Hey, Charlie. What’s up, Diane?”

The sound of his name coming from her lips was magic. He wanted to sweep her up in his arms and hear her say it again, breathlessly this time.

“Why didn’t you tell me your sister is getting married?”

Emma glanced at Charlie, who could only grin like an idiot. She spoke to Diane. “I don’t think I’ve had a minute to talk about it with you. But I see it’s already ER gossip.”

“He wasn’t gossiping,” Diane said in his defense. “Charlie was just telling me how he’s the best man.”

Those eyes that were this mesmerizing mix of brown and green fell back on him. “Max asked you to be the best man?”

This was when Charlie wanted words to come out of his mouth, but all he could do was nod. She had this way of turning him into a mute.

 ***Ah! Don’t you just love it! You have to read the rest of Charlie and Emma’s story now! :) ***

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The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
(Chicago Sisters #1)
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery’s six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall’s husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance?until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won’t take off just when they need him most?

Author picAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn’t make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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