Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today on Broke and the Bookish the topic is ten books on your fall TBR. I probably have more than ten. We'll see.

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Solve by Christmas by Amber Schamel

Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Christmas Embers by Chautona Havig

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Not as many as I thought.

What's on your Fall TBR???

First Line Friday # 37

Friday, September 15, 2017

This week I am going to feature another favorite author and her new release. Ronie Kendig's new book, her second in the Tox Files released on September 5, 2017. I hope you've had a great week and like me are looking forward to the weekend, reading, and catching up on some sleep.

About the book:

Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he's out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating--he's using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

First Line:

Day 1

Virginia Beach, Virginia

It took one ten thousandth of a second -- exactly 0.000169 seconds ---for the bullet to rip through his shoulder. The sniper shot shoved him backward onto the sun warmed beach. 

Quite a start, huh?!? And sorry, but that's all you get.  😃😃  

What are you reading this week? Leave your first line in the comments and then go visit my blogging buddies to read their first lines.

Top Ten Tuesday . . . A Travel Back in Time

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I like this topic from Broke and the Bookish today for Top Ten Tuesday. Top ten reads favorite reads from when I started blogging at the beginning. I can guarantee that there will be more than ten! I can't believe that I have been blogging for ten years and most of the Inspirational authors that I have been reviewing for in the last ten years I reviewed their debut novel. Color me shocked and surprised!

1. A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman - My Favorite Book of 2007 - I love everything about this book. Setting, characters, story, theme.

2. Nightshade by Ronie Kendig - Review - As a Navy brat I totally connected with this book and with Ms. Kendig. I have read everything since and hate to have her book come to an end.

3. Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner - Review - Along with other authors, Susan Meissner introduced me to historical fiction and I have been a huge fan ever since!

4. Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner - Review - What's not to love? Gone With the Wind, and Hollywood during the thirties.

5. Always the Baker Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker - Review - Ms. Bricker's rom-com's are the best medicine for a bad day. Sadly Ms. Bricker passed away almost a year ago, November 18, 2016, I was privileged to be on one of her street teams and blessed to know her.

6. A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin - Review  - Another great author who introduced me to historical fiction. Ms. Sundin's books are well researched and engaging.

7. Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad - Review - An incredible fun rom-com author who has the ability to keep you in stitches!

8. Restless in Carolina by Tamara Leigh - Review -

9. Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin - Review -

10. A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh - Review -

I said I'd have more than Ten . . .  😜😜

11. Soul's Gate by Jim Rubart - Review -

12. Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz - Review -

13. Shattered by Dani Pettrey - Review -

14. Iscariot by Tosca Lee - Review -

15. Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano - Review -

16. A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano - Review -

17. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay - Review -

18. Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith - Review -

19. The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews - Review -

20. The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson - Review -

I'm not surprised that I have more than 20 . . . I am getting closer to the end of looking at my blog so I may be coming to the end.

21. The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide - Review -

21. The Progeny by Tosca Lee - Review -

22. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof - Review -

23. The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron - Review -

24. Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham - Review -

25. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate - Review -

26. The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron - Review -

27. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck - Review -

I could probably double this list even triple it, because in ten plus years of blogging and reviewing I have read some amazing books. I am having so many sweet memories of reading these books and getting to know the authors of the books, makes me want to read them all over again. Hopefully some day I will be able to.

Please scroll through my blog posts and you will find other books by these authors that I have loved as well. What a fun travel back in time.

Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard Reviewed and Giveaway

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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About the Book

Wheresoever They May Be
Book title: Wheresoever They May Be
Author: Terri Wangard
Release date: August 30, 2017
Genre: Historical – World War II
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.

TerriAbout the Author

 Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Guest Post from Terri Wangard

After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.

My Thoughts:

Terri Wangard is a new author to me and this is the first book of hers that I have read. Being a Navy brat/former wife I enjoyed the military aspect of the book. The characters were real and believable. Her historical aspect was spot on. One of the reasons I am such a fan of historical fiction is that I learn things I didn't know as I read, and once again I was reminded of the shortness of our life here on earth and the courage that not only our men and women in uniform have to protect our nation, but families at home as well.

This book has all the feels. You'll laugh, cry, maybe even do the ugly cry once or twice so keep Kleenex close. The theme of this book is that "no all things are not wonderful and happy all the time, but like it says in Romans 8:28, God works everything out to the good of those who love Him." For me seeing a perfect thread that points back to God the giver of everything.

I'm giving this book 5 stars, using this quote meme. You can read more about this here. Rating system

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for it nor was I required to give a positive review.

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September 11: Pursuing Stacie
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Grace Like Rain by Julie Lessman 3 Electronic Copy Giveaway

Friday, September 8, 2017

My sweet friend, Julie Lessman is going to giveaway  three, YES, THREE electronic copies of Grace Like Rain to three of my followers. All you have to do is follow the directions and you're in. I will pull the winners via Rafflecopter on Tuesday, September 12th!

 About the book:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love.

Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

First Line Friday #36

Hoping wherever you are today you are not socked in with smoke, attempting to avoid a hurricane or any other natural disasters. Here in Idaho we are socked in with smoke. We have fires all around us.

As most of you know Julie Lessman is not only a favored author of mine she is also a dear, sweet friend. Grace Like Rain is a novella from her Heart of San Francisco series.

About the book:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love.
Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own.

My dear friend, Julie Lessman is giving away THREE electronic copies of Grace Like Rain. YES! Three of my followers will receive a copy of this book. Just follow this link to the giveaway post.


First line:

San Francisco, February 1905 

Ka-boom! Patience Peabody literally jumped in the air with a squeal, as if goosed by the bolt of lightning that lit up the galley kitchen of McClare, Rupert, and Byington.

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Charming the Troublemaker Cover Reveal

Thursday, September 7, 2017

One of the fun things about being on a street team, besides reading the book before it comes out is seeing the cover for a new book first. Today I am featuring Pepper Basham's cover for her upcoming release Charming the Troublemaker which releases November 1, 2017.

Charming the Troublemaker is book two in her Mitchell's Crossroads series.

Book 1 . . .

About the book:

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.
For one, Adelina didn't plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she'd tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.
But when Reese discovers that he's a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina's deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?


About Pepper Basham:

As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her on her website, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

Are you ready? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                      Ready to see this beautiful cover for book 2? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                                                                  Are you sure? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                                                                            Here you go!!!!!

Is this not swoony???? Doesn't it make you want to read it?


Book 2 in Mitchell’s Crossroads Series by Pepper Basham
Releases November 1, 2017
About the Book:

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.
Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.
When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

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