Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, September 20, 2017




Life got in the way and I have missed a few weeks of Can't Wait Wednesday. Sorry about that. What book(s) can't you wait to release or get to on you growing TBR? Let me know in the comments.


Today the book I can't wait for is Pepper Basham's upcoming release Charming the Troublemaker that is set to release in November.


I love this cover!

Back cover copy:

Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey's insecurities and Alex's obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing.

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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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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.


  
                                                     
GIVEAWAY!!!!!

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.

GIVEAWAY


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?

Amazon



 
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, www.PepperDBasham.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.














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

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                                                                            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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Start the series today with A Twist of Faith!
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Twist-Faith-against-future-chance-ebook/dp/B01B29QVOQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504213724&sr=8-2&keywords=a+twist+of+faith
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Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29808226-a-twist-of-faith?from_search=true


If you haven't read this series you need to grab book one and read it before book two releases!







Deadly Proof; Atlanta Justice Series Book 1 by Rachel Dylan - Reviewed

Wednesday, September 6, 2017







About the book:

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.




About Rachel Dylan:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.













My thoughts:

This is the third book I've read by Rachel Dylan and I thoroughly enjoy the suspenseful, edge of your seat ride that she creates. This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series and it is not one to be missed. Her characters are real and engaging. The book is based on a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company which is relevant to our society today. 
Using her legal skills Ms. Dylan has you nearly figure out what is going on and then schools you on the truth of bait and switch. I didn't read this in one sitting but easily could have. You won't want to miss this legal thrill ride! Highly recommended!!







Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, September 5, 2017



This was really hard to do. Broke and the Bookish Meme this week is Ten books I struggled to get into but loved / Ten books that were a chore / Ten books I recently put down. I came up with six books that I struggled with at the beginning but ended up loving.




Hard to believe that a Frank Peretti book was a struggle to read.


















My review


















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What books did you have a hard time getting into but you ended up loving??



First Line Friday #35

Friday, September 1, 2017


 I can NOT, believe this is the first Friday in September! Where did summer go? I'm sure my grand-kids are thinking the same thing. I am looking forward to colorful leaves, and football!!! College football kicks off tomorrow! YES!!!! Go Gators!


Today I am featuring a book by my friend Angela Ruth Strong. I was able to meet her in person and actually brainstorm together a book I am writing.







About the book:

THREAT OF EXPOSURE
Framed for a sabotaged military operation, Preston Tyler has allowed everyone to believe he's deaduntil he witnesses someone planting a bomb in his childhood sweetheart's cabin. To save Holly Fontaine's life, he must blow his cover. Holly is shakenboth by the explosion and the sudden appearance of a man she thought she'd lost forever. But their reunion is short-lived when the bomb planter returns, forcing their escape into Lake Tahoe's wilderness. As they struggle to survive, memories of their shared past reignite old feelings. Holly refuses to lose Preston again, but with their pursuer closing in, will the ultimate betrayal tear them apart for good?







First Line:

Preston Tyler lowered his feet from the deck railing and leaned forward as his gaze followed the Jeep pulling up next to the Fontaines' cabin across the lake.


What's your first line? After you leave it in the comments visit my other blogging friends and see what their first line is.







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Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, August 30, 2017



Since most of my Can't Wait Wednesday posts have featured books that don't release until the first of the year so I thought I'd feature a book that has a sooner release date. How does October, 2017 sound? Better? I thought so too! I'm a huge fan of Dani Pettrey and can't wait to read this book. I'm re-reading the first two so I'm ready for this one.



About the book:

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.
Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.


I'd love to hear about what book you are waiting for . . . to release, or to move down in your TBR pile. Let me know in the comments.















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Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


The Broke and the Bookish topic this week is choosing ten hidden gem books from any genre that have gone under the radar. I couldn't find ten from one specific genre so I have ten from different genre's, mainly from the first books I read of these wonderful authors and I don't see much conversation about them.


Genre: Contemporary, Women's Fiction.

My Review 
 Genre: Fantasy, and Contemporary.

My Review
 Genre: Historical Romance

My Review
 Genre: Historical Romance

My Review

Biblical History

My Review
Genre: Contemporary, Women's Fiction

My Review 
 Genre: Women's Fiction, Contemporary

My Review
Genre: Romance, Contemporary

My Review
















 Genre: Amish Historical.
 My Review
Genre: Contemporary, Women's Fiction

My Review
















What hidden gems are not well known in your favorite genres? Are any in my list? Let me know in the comments.



 
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