First Line Friday - The Thorn Healer by Pepper D. Basham

Friday, October 21, 2016

About the book:

Jessica Ross' scars run much deeper than the wounds of war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a 'prison' for displaced Germans. To Jessica's dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of the treacherous internees.

August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica's grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter's letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he finds Hot Springs and the intriguing Jessica Ross a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica's resistance but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.

Will August's tender pursuit bring Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a "true" enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?
Expected publication: November 2016 
 About Pepper:

Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn, and her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrives on May 7th 2015
First I have to say, isn't the cover just gorgeous??? I love it!
First line - 
Wounded soldiers returned from war as heroes. 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

In 6 days I will begin 10 weeks of giving away some of the most favored books I have read in my ten years of blogging. My 10th anniversary is January 1, 2017. The week of January 1st, I will giveaway a $10.00 gift certificate to Amazon.

Next Monday, October 24th I will feature Laura Feagan Frantz. One of my favorite historical romance authors. We'll giveaway a copy of The Frontiersman's Daughter.

Each week I will feature an author, one of their favored books that I have read over the last ten years, reviews and interviews. It will be a lot of fun looking back.

Here is a sneak peek.

About the book:

Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills. But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself--and the power of grace and redemption.

This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman. Laura Frantz's debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.

Program note:

Please remember that some books are going to be coming from the authors them self and that we will be entering the holiday season or in it. So, mail may take longer than usual.



Rachel Scott . . . Columbine H.S. Massacre

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Seventeen years ago a high school in Columbine, Colorado became the high school shooting known simply as Columbine. Whenever you hear that you know exactly where you were and remember the images that flashed across our t.v. screens for days.
A young girl named Rachel Joy Scott was the first student killed. Here's where the story gets foggy. Rachel was known by the killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, they knew that Rachel was a believer in Christ. So, did Rachel say Yes, or is it just assumed that she did. I don't think she said Yes, I believe that Dylan and Eric knew she was a believer and therefore killed her for that. She had faith and it was clearly evident in her life.
A movie about Rachel is set to release in five days, on October 21st.  See the trailer below.

I remember watching the news stories and how Rachel's parents reacted to Misty Bernall's statement that her daughter, Cassie said YES! They were annoyed and quite angry that Misty would have the nerve to say and believe that Cassie said yes! There for awhile it seemed as though the Bernall's and Scott's debates were a constant staple on 20/20 and Dateline. I remember the Bernall's as gracious and kind; the Scott's on the other hand were angry, more at the Bernall's than the killers.
I read the book She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall. Each of my daughters read it, we planted a Columbine flower in our yard in remembrance of her. I am not wanting to take away from Rachel's faith or add to her family's pain. However, I believe there needs to be some honesty. Rachel wasn't the girl who said Yes, Cassie was and I feel as if the Scott's are wanting to believe that Rachel did say yes, instead of just being extremely proud of the fact that she was known for her faith.

Michael W. Smith wrote a song about Cassie Bernall. I highly doubt that a major song writer and  musician would write a song about Cassie if he didn't believe in the pit of his soul that she said yes!
Also, Michael W. Smith added bagpipes in the song not knowing that Cassie loved bagpipes. Think that was an accident? Nope! That was a God thing!

Here is the song.

Again, I am not wanting to take away from Rachel's faith or add to her family's pain. I just can't sit by and watch a movie release that is not full of truth, especially when it is based on God.

First Line Friday - Accelerant by Ronie Kendig

Friday, October 14, 2016

About the book:

He'll destroy the world. But first he has to save it.

The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth's devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another?

The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine and fight for his people.

But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, who to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save his devastated world.

First Line: Somewhere over Zaethien.

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Beth Erin



Experiencing God Through His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht

Monday, October 10, 2016

{More about Experiencing God Through His Names}

Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision Books, June 2016)
What’s in a name?
Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects. Names are powerful. A person’s character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. God’s attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we comprehend the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately. In Experiencing God Through His Names, Sheryl Giesbrecht walks with you on an exciting journey to discover and absorb the truth about God’s character. In the next 31 days, God wants you to get to know Him. Are you ready?
Learn more and purchase a copy.

{More About Sheryl Giesbrecht}

Sheryl Giesbrecht has written three books, hundreds of articles, blogs, and columns. A nationally syndicated radio host, Sheryl is a sought after inspirational speaker who facilitates leadership training for thousands internationally.
Find out more about Sheryl at

My Thoughts~

This is a 31 day devotional with easy to read devotions. This is perfect for those times when you just don't have tons of time to spend in the Bible, but you want to study something. With 31 days you can do the complete study in a month.
I've studied the names of God before and I again walked away with something new. I highly recommend this.

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Friday, October 7, 2016

About the book:

It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.

An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise.

She's never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.

Visit her web site to find out more and click on the icons to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

My Thoughts~

First, isn't the cover just gorgeous?! Covers really draw me into the book, and this one drew me in immediately! I told Rachel when I received the book for review that I hoped it put me in the Christmas spirit and it did!

Rachel is the Queen of weddings, whether she is writing about a wedding chapel, wedding shop, or the wedding itself it is beautiful, romantic, and meaningful.

The Brighton Kingdom, the Royal family, a baby on the way, a talk show, and the ringing of a bell are the background for this book. When the Pembroke Chapel Bell is rung during the Harvest Celebration the kingdom is a buzz as to who rang it and if there will be a wedding on Christmas day.

Rachel creates characters that deal with inner personal struggles just like all of us. We have a front row seat to Colin's struggle. Does he do what his heart is telling him, allow his father to dictate his life choices, or listen to his Heavenly Father?

This is not just a romance about a fairy tale wedding, it is a book about faith, trust, and love. Faith in the Father who created us. Trusting His will for us, and love.

I highly recommend this book! There is a link in my sidebar for you to pre-order it.

First Line Friday

About the book:
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

First line:
Decision making's a bear. 

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Beth Erin




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