Review: A Rocky Mountain Romance by Misty M. Beller

Rocky Mountain RomanceA Rocky Mountain Romance is book two in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series, yet it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Zeche is a character that readers will recognize from book one, A Pony Express Romance, yet this tale is truly his own.

I loved this novel from start to finish. Both, Zeche and Greta were characters I immediately connected with. Their romance and attraction to each other was sweet, yet they had a lot to deal with right from their first meeting. Whether it was handling Greta’s father’s emotional troubles related to his war experience, or facing various physical injuries, I found myself anxiously turning the pages to see what was going to happen next!

I must admit that I did not want the story to end and I hope that there will be another book in the series that follows Zeche’s brother, Ezra.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Rocky Mountain RomanceA Christian Historical Romance Novel

Zeche Reid is on a journey to find himself, and the Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place. But when he stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin, his protective instincts won’t let him leave them alone. Especially when the father’s haunting memories from the War of Succession put his daughter’s safety at risk.

Greta Michelly is fighting her own demons from the war, but they’re not anything compared to the memories that haunt her father. The haven they’ve found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace. Until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can’t help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds him, but that strength seems to be that very thing that intensifies her father’s struggles.

As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he’s the one putting her in danger, he’s forced to make the decision he dreads. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control, he has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even the cost of his heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MistyBeller

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

Sandpiper CoveI was so impressed with this touching story! Lexie and Adam lived such different lifestyles, made very different choices, yet both faced horrible pain in their pasts. These were two people who, at first, would sound like opposites and unlikely to ever form a bond. However, I loved the way the author showed how God could take a person and truly make them a new creation.

This story was sweet and deeply moving. It delved into many complicated emotions for both Lexie and Adam regarding their past troubles. And I think the author did such a good job of creating a strong, yet complicated, character in Adam. It was hard to watch him second guess things and sometimes feel that he couldn’t possibly be worthy of anyone. It also was a beautiful love story that seemed to grow naturally throughout the novel.

Sandpiper Cove is the third book in the Hope Harbor series, yet can be enjoyed as a stand alone, too.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sandpiper CoveHope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities–including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either–but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam’s help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different–and better–future planned for them than either could imagine.

Lauded by Library Journal as “a master at character development,” Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal–and love blooms.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels. In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame.

You can connect with Irene on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Blogaversary Book Winners!

We have some book winners to announce!

But first, I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by, commented, shared, and helped celebrate the fun that discussing a great book can bring! I read every one of your comments and appreciate each one of you! 🙂

And now…the winners are:

 

Jan Hall won the copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

Connie Saunders won the copy of Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Deana Dick won the three ARC copies (The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert, plus Through the Deep Waters and Grace and the Preacher which are both by Kim Vogel Sawyer)

Happy Reading!!!

 

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Giveaway – The Sound of Emeralds Birthday Blog Tour!

Hello and welcome to The Sound of Emeralds birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s third installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

The Sound of Emeralds

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds and The Sound of Silver, the first two books in the series. She has also written Write Well, a guide for writers! Last summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the Steadfast Love series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Emeralds and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win signed copies of all three books!

ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES

In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?

ABOUT The Sound of Emeralds

The Sound of Emeralds

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 Find The Sound of Emeralds on…

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Click on the graphic or the Rafflecopter link to enter Rachelle’s Giveaway for signed copies of all three books in the Steadfast Love series!

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachelle Rae

Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South. She is also the author of Write Well, a guide for writers, which released on March 4th!

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Review: Pursued by Lisa Harris

PursuedPursued was a roller coaster of a suspense novel! It was absolutely packed with action. The main character, Nikki Boyd, was plunged into danger time and again as she desperately tried to solve her latest case.

Pursued is the third book in the Nikki Boyd Files series. The main storyline in this novel, which is one of a missing woman, could stand alone. Yet I believe that the underlying character and relationship growth between Nikki and Tyler would be better understood by reading all of the books in order.

This novel was truly packed with action and suspense! It was almost non-stop, yet believable. I’m really looking forward to book four in the series.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

PursuedNikki Boyd’s flight into Nashville was routine–up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LISAHARRIS

Award-winning author of nineteen novels and novellas, Lisa Harris lives with her husband and their three children in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

When she’s not busy writing or home schooling, she loves traveling, cooking different ethnic foods, and photographing animals and birds in the African bush.

You can connect with Lisa on:
her website, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

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Review: Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Upon a Spring BreezeThis was a very emotional story! I found my reactions flip-flopping all over the place as Bess had to deal with one worry after another. It was tough to watch her grieve her husband and sink into depression after the birth of her child. I found myself so frustrated with the way her familiy and most of the community expected her to bounce right back, accept everything, and be fine. It was very tough to read about that in the book. However, it did make for a very nice contrast to the way a select few helped Bess work through her troubles, of which she had a great many!

There was a sweet and gentle romance that began to brew in this novel. I appreciated the way the author handled the relationship between Aiden and Bess. Their struggles over Caden’s death seemed appropriate. Upon a Spring Breeze delved into the psycological responses that various characters in the story had to the death of a beloved husband, son, brother, and friend.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Upon a Spring BreezeAfter a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelly IrvinKelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

You can connect with Kelly on her website and Facebook.

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Review: The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible PLUS Giveaway

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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the scriptures and studying God’s word in this Bible. I have the imitation leather version and it is absolutely beautiful, with a font that I find very easy on my eyes. But by far, I am most impressed with all of the extra footnotes and study sections that are included in this text.

I have spent the past few weeks studying the books of 1 John and James. I am now working my way through Romans. The footnotes in this Bible are so very helpful. I find myself underlining not only Bible verses as I study, but also various footnotes that help me understand the verses better.

I have been struggling with worry for the past few weeks. I have been praying and studying using this Bible, and, of course, the Word of God never comes back void. Yesterday, the chapter in Romans that I was reading had one of the special study features with a section on “Worry”. The timing was perfect and as I read through the guide, I was able to flip through the Bible to read the verse references that were recommended. It was such a help!

This Bible is a beautiful and helpful way to study God’s word and I highly recommend it.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this Bible. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

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4 Year Blogaversary Giveaway Celebration!

I’m celebrating 4 years of blogging and reviewing fun

with giveaways of some great books!

There are three different giveaways you can enter.

So, kick back, scroll down, and enter to win…

Happy Reading!!!!

Contest Rules:

All three giveaways are open to US residents only due to shipping costs.

Giveaways begin on 4/15/17 and end on 4/20/17.

Winners will be announced on the blog and will also receive an email.

Click on the graphics to enter each separate giveaway.

Suspense Blogaversary Giveaway

Amish Blogaversary Giveaway

ARC Blogaversary Giveaway

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Review: Titanis by Ronie Kendig

TitanisFans of the Quiet Professionals series by Ronie Kendig have a new reason to celebrate! Titanis, a Quiet Professionals novella, has recently been released and answers the question, “What about Eamon (Titanis) Straider?”. I have longed to know more about Eamon’s story and learn about this intriguing character. Titanis does just that…plus it packs that answer with plenty of heart-thudding danger and romance!

The setting and characters were great! If you have read the previous three books, Titanis will catch you up with what has been going on with Eamon and introduce a new situation for him to navigate. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, this novella will stand alone…HOWEVER…it does reference a pretty big spoiler for the series, so be aware that the books will need to be read in order if you plan to read the entire series.

Eamon and Ellis were great characters! They were both strong and smart in their own ways. There was lots of chemistry between these two, as well as plenty of questions about trust. I loved the connection and budding attraction that built between them. Titanis was a wonderful tale that masterfully combined intrigue, danger, and romance!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

TitanisNever Again.
A vow written in the blood of the fallen is threatened in Australia’s rugged Top End.

Eamon “Titanis” Straider left the military and civilization behind after betrayal cost the life of a teammate. Living on this super yacht, the ViCross, Eamon reluctantly agrees to host an event for his parents, who are part of the Australian political machine. When an attractive woman arrives with his mother, Eamon is furious—and determined to find out what she is hiding.

Lady Ellis Rostov-Leclair has never felt so threatened as she does by the infamous “Beast of Cape York,” a man notorious for removing people—by force if necessary—from his yacht. His uncanny perception endangers not only her reason for being aboard the ship, but a secret she’s held for twenty years.

When the yacht is seized by a man with one goal: make those responsible for his brother’s death pay—the Beast of Cape York must live up to his name and protect those under his charge, or die trying.

Purchase your own copy here.

The Quiet Professionals Series:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.

Connect with Ronie on her website, FacebookTwitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest.

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Review: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

You'll Think of MeYou’ll Think of Me was packed with emotion! I loved the two main characters, Brooklyn and Derek, as well as Brooklyn’s daughter, Alycia. The author really captured the feelings of these individuals and wove a story that I could hardly set down. I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what would happen next!

I liked that Brooklyn and Derek had a past, although not a romantic one. They knew each other from their teenage years. I felt for both of them as they began to get to know each other as adults and neighbors.

Brooklyn really struggled with trusting men. Based on the events in her life, it was completely understandable. I thought that she was a strong and resilient woman and a great mom. I found her very likable. Derek was also a great character. I appreciated that he, at first, struggled with frustration over the situation that he found himself in. Then, I loved watching as his heart was changed about so many things. I also loved the small town setting!

This was a truly wonderful contemporary romance from the first page to the last.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

You'll Think of MeIn a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future … together?

Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Myers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.

Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Myers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres which would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.Connect with Robin: website, Twitter, Facebook

 

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