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Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, and Denise Weimer–Book Review

About the Book

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

When Paige overhears her husband’s disturbing conversation, she begins to think her husband is plotting to kill her. To add to her growing doubts of her husband, a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a break-in make her wonder if her husband really loves her or if he’s behind it all.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna’s troubled brother has a hard time resisting the urge to steal cars, however his latest joyride may have dire consequences when he accidentally finds a murdered corpse in the trunk. After Liam runs for his life three days before Christmas, Brianna is desperate to find him before something happens to him and solve the case with the help of her foster brother Richard. Will they be able to crack the case before she or her brother get into grave danger?

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan is trying to make ends meet while running her antique store, and bringing old antiques back to life. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old family mystery, and two handsome men vying for her affections when her store is broken into and robbed. Will they be able to catch the robber? Will she fall for one of two possible suitors?

Book Review

I am honored to have been a part of the launch team for this collection of Christmas novellas. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down, and so I read it in one weekend! They are short novellas, but the suspense is gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed, and I fell in love with each one!  I love Christmas, and I love suspense so this collection was perfect for me. For all the suspense lovers on your list this season, this would be a great Christmas gift! You cannot go wrong with this book, I highly recommend it.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out the upcoming blog tour stops for this book starting December 3 through CelebrateLit!

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops!

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 3

Reflections From My Bookshelves, December 4

History, Mystery & Faith, December 4

Zerina Blossom’s Books, December 5

proud to be an autism mom, December 5

Mommynificent, December 6

Inklings and notions, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6

Allofakindmom, December 7

Blogging With Carol, December 7

Blossoms and Blessings, December 8

Have A Wonderful Day, December 8

Janices book reviews, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Carpe Diem, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

A Baker’s Perspective, December 11

Daysong Reflections, December 12

Avid Reader Book Reviews, December 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, December 13

Remembrancy, December 13

Multifarious, December 14

Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15

Pursuing Stacie, December 15

Vicky Sluiter, December 16

Bigreadersite, December 16

 

 

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Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

Declan Gray knows there’s a terrorist attack coming for U.S. soil, but he needs help figuring out the details. Tanner Shaw has just signed on to the FBI as a crisis counselor, and is assigned to work the case with Declan in his partner’s absence. As they work through the case and get closer and closer to getting the bad guys and stopping the attack, Tanner and Declan are pulled closer and closer to each other. But do they both feel the same way about each other? Will they be able to find all the pieces to the puzzle before anybody else dies or will all their work be in vain?

 

Another page-turning suspense from Dani Pettrey, Blind Spot will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you haven’t read any of the Chesapeake Valor Series books, now is the time to start! This is book three in the series, and you’re going to want to read these in order. I haven’t read the first one yet, but this one closely follows the second book, so you may feel like you’re missing a few details if you haven’t read the book before it. I had a hard time putting this one down! You will quickly fall in love with the characters, they are very relatable and each has his or her own flaws which makes them seem more real.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck–Book Review

After Tenley Roth writes a bestseller, she is challenged to write her next book. However, she is overcome with writer’s block. When her estranged mother asks her to come to Cocoa Beach to help her through her chemotherapy treatments, she thinks this may be what she needs to get her inspiration back. When Tenley arrives at her mother’s house she falls in love with an antique desk and gains inspiration from the desk. Little did Tenley know that years before Birdie Shehorn had sat at the same desk wanting two things, to be a published author and to marry for love. Will Tenley shake her writer’s block and find her inspiration? Will Birdie be able to go against her mother’s wishes and marry for love and finally get her name on a book?

 

This story was very intriguing. I fell in love with both Tenley and Birdie. It kept me wondering how each of their stories would end. I could not put the book down, and when I had to my !Ind kept wondering what was going to happen next. This is another amazing story by Rachel Hauck, and I highly recommend it. I love the way she writes two separate stories of women from two completely different ages and weaves them back together.

**I received this book for free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lydia by Diane Wallis Taylor–Blog Tour

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About the Book:

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Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.
 
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My Review:

While this is a fictional story, it is based on the real woman in the Bible, Lydia, seller of purple. I have heard about Lydia when she is mentioned in the Bible, but we don’t know much more about her. I never thought about the facet of her being a business woman, in that day that was rare, and probably looked down on. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it helped me have a greater appreciation for the early church. I felt like the story came to life, and I felt like I was there with Lydia seeing the world she lived in through her eyes. Things weren’t easy for Lydia, and the Lord really provided for and guided her. It is a story of a woman who learns to trust the Lord more fully, and for that the Lord richly blessed her and her household. I learned a lot from this inspiring book. I highly recommend it!

**I received this book free from the author through the Celebrate Lit Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

lydiaauthorDiana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

Blog Stops

A Bakers Perspective, October 3
Carpe Diem, October 3
Moments Dipped in Ink, October 4
Books, Books, and More Books., October 4
By The Book, October 5
A Simply Enchanted Life, October 5
Red Headed Book Lady, October 6
Blogging With Carol, October 6
A Reader’s Brain, October 7
A Greater Yes, October 7
Just the Write Escape, October 8
His Grace is Sufficient, October 8
Aryn the Libraryan, October 9
Cordially Barbara, October 9
Pursuing Stacie, October 9
The Fizzy Pop Collection, October 10
Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 10
Zerina Blossom’s Books, October 11
Mary Hake, October 11
Radiant Light, October 12
Singing Librarian Books, October 12
Lights in a Dark World, October 12
margaretkazmierczak, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 14
Cafinated Reads, October 14
To Everything A Season, October 14
Bigreadersite, October 15
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 15
Henry Happens, October 16
For The Love of Books, October 16
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 16

Giveaway:

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In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c173

Under Fire by Linda Shenton Matchett–Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book title: Under Fire

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Release date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.

My Review

Absolutely fabulous! This book sucked me right in. From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story. The characters were very well developed, and I quickly fell in love with Ruth and her passion to find out what happened to her sister. I couldn’t put the book down. I wondered, what’s going to happen next. Each new character she met, I wondered are they really her friend, or are they in on what happened to her sister, Jane? I found myself frequently telling myself, well just one more chapter, and then another and another. I have always been interested in World War II, which is the time period this book is set in. It gave me a different perspective of the war; it was as if you were with Ruth traveling through London and seeing the aftermath and destruction of the War through her reporter eyes.  In short, if you like a good mystery/suspense, READ this! I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and more books by Matchett!

 

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

linda-eLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

 

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character.

As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female.

In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

Blog Spots

It’s Storytime with Van Daniker, September 14

Blogging With Carol, September 14

Avid Reader Book Reviews September 15

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 16

cherylbbookblog, September 17

Carpe Diem, September 17

A Reader’s Brain, September 18

Bigreadersite, September 18

Blossoms and Blessings, September 19

The Fizzy Pop Collection, September 19

Janices book reviews, September 20

Back Porch Reads, September 20

A Baker’s Perspective, September 21

Just the Write Escape, September 21

Pause for Tales , September 22

Have A Wonderful Day, September 22

Lights in a Dark World , September 23

Connie’s History Classroom , September 23

Karen Sue Hadley, September 24

Vicky Sluiter, September 25

Daysong Reflections , September 25

Mary Hake, September 26

Ashley’s Bookshelf September 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 27

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize consisting of:
copy of the book, Box of English Tea, Typewriter notepad, and Rosie the Riveter socks!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c221

The Assault (Harbingers Cycle Two)–Book Review

 

In The Assault the Professor, Andi, Tank, Brenda and Daniel are all back, and they are continuing on their unexplained supernatural adventures. This time however, it seems that the evil they have been following and observing is now starting to attack. They encounter many more new supernatural adventures as they race to find the spear Hitler once stole, and in the process run into a strange cave. Then they encounter a strange fungus. When they finally think they’re going to get a little break and spend some time at the seaside, a person they thought they could trust turns on them, and they once again find themselves in peril. In the final “episode” of this book, we see our team trying to figure out how to save a party of people from an unexplained fog that has deadly monsters in it, how will they save everyone before the fog reaches their floor? How will they kill the creatures without getting hurt themselves?

 

These books are so far from what I normally read, but I have to admit I am thoroughly enjoying these books. I love the whole idea of these four authors (Bill Meyers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky) coming together to write these books with the idea of a television series, with each section being a different episode, and each also coming from a different character’s perspective. While it is very supernatural and sci-fi, both books I’ve read in this series has gripped my attention, and I can’t tear myself away. They are very well written, and I have to say I’m really starting to fall in love with the characters. I highly recommend these books! I would say you definitely want to read this series in order, because you’re going to be a bit lost if you just jump into the second book.

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter–Book Review

 

Noah Mitchell had moved to the mountains to a horse ranch after his divorce. His world was rocked when he received a letter from the IRS that said he and Josephine are still married. After further investigation, they realize that their divorce was never finalized. But when Josephine shows up with the papers trying to help hurry things along, and a terrible snowstorm snows them in together in the mountains, they are forced to talk about their past. Will they be able to work through the past and fall in love again? Or will their past totally destroy any feelings that were shoved down?

 

Another amazing book by Denise Hunter! I fell in love with Noah and Josephine, and the storyline sucked me in from the very beginning. The characters are so well-developed and have their own sets of flaws, and I found that I was just drawn into their story. I kept reading chapter after chapter and did not want to put the book down. I promise you, this book will not disappoint. If you love a good romance, you NEED to read this book! Get your copy here.

**I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild blogger program in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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