Monday, August 28, 2017

Some Cover Candy

Tyra {Ilyon Chronicles short story} by Jaye L. Knight

Published: 2017

Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard

Expected Publication: August 31st, 2017

Scars of War {Modern Tales of Na Fianna #3} by Hazel B. West

Expected Publication: August 31st, 2017

The Red Dragon Girl {Firethorn Chronicles #3} by Lea Doue

Expected Publication: October 15th, 2017

Awakened {The Soul Chronicles #2} by Morgan L. Busse

Expected Publication: November 14th, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey {My Heart Belongs} by Amanda Barratt 

Expected Publication: January 1st, 2018

Amber Eyes {Children of the Blood Moon #2} by S.D. Grimm

Expected Publication: January 9th, 2018

Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

Expected Publication: January 9th, 2018

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Expected Publication: February 2018

In Places Hidden {Golden Gate Secrets #1} by Tracie Peterson

Expected Publication: March 6th, 2018

The Wounded Shadow {The Darkwater Saga #3} by Patrick W. Carr

Expected Publication: April 3rd, 2018

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

Expected Publication: April 3rd, 2018

The Captured Bride {Daughters of the Mayflower #3} by Michelle Griep

Expected Publication: June 2018


This isn't a cover actually, but here's a quick look at the work happening with book five of the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight ... Bitter Winter is coming soon! *grins and cheers*

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hi! Quick Update...

Hey, friends! How's life? My life has been kinda crazy and stressful and overwhelming, but somehow very sweet ... if that makes sense. *winks*

~ I think I'm growing closer to my Lord. <3

"Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee." - St. Augustine

~ Some of my relatives came for a visit, and it was a very wonderful time! I'm so glad they were able to come down and spend time with my family and I! ^_^
Late night talks with the older cousins ... and snuggles with the little ones. <3

~ My family finally moved into our new house! It was a LOT of work remodeling it, but now it feels so satisfying and lovely to be living in it!
I have a bookshelf again now! I love my new room. *smiles*

~ Coloring, jotting down positive thoughts, and just spending quiet time with Jesus ...

~ I went in for a job interview yesterday. I didn't end up getting the job, but I had a good time talking to the lovely ladies who interviewed me for the library position.
And there were some other special things about that day. It started out as one of my "down days", but I was able to try out a cute, old-fashioned restaurant (ordered chicken/bacon salad with honey mustard dressing, and my favorite drink - lemonade mixed with unsweetened tea!) and spent the ride home in a peaceful time of prayer and praise!

~ My older brother is on his way here to visit!! <3333 I haven't seen him since January, and I'm so excited to give him a hug and catch up!

~ Family reunion is coming up ... can't wait to see all the fam!

~ Today I went to an Amish store and bought eggs. Then stopped by another store and bought chocolate, haha. And after getting home, one of my sisters and I set to painting shutters. Fun stuff!

~ I recently received a review copy of Many Sparrows by Lori Benton in the mail! Looking forward to reading it!

~ In case you missed it, I finally filmed another video for my Youtube channel! June/July Book Haul and Wrap Up.

~ I've been writing again! ^_^ Worked a little on Silver Rose, started another story, and wrote a couple poems of sorts.

Well, there's a quick update. What are you reading? How's summer going for you?

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review: To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

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Title: To Wager Her Heart

Author: Tamera Alexander

Series: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel #3

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first. 

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancee—and what has broken her heart. 

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family—and Nashville society—do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both. Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor? 

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it. 

Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

**5 stars**

'Twas such a lovely story! To Wager Her Heart is definitely one of my favorite novels by Tamera Alexander! I was surprised anew by her beautiful writing style and rich storytelling.

With harsh reality and heartbreak, yet tenderness and fresh chances, Tamera Alexander unfolds this incredible story during the aftermath of the Civil War. Amid train accidents, bitterness, and prejudices, Sylas Rutledge, owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, and Alexandra Jamison, schoolteacher shunned by her family and friends, learn to trust, love, and hope again.

Sy and Alexandra were both characters I loved and wanted to cheer on. I was swept away into this story. The school for ex-slaves. Sy's work with the railroads. Alexandra's family struggles. The Jubilee Singers. The very tender romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed it! To Wager Her Heart didn't leave me bored, but drew me into these unique people's lives that the author brought to life with such grace! She writes with such realness and beautiful historical detail. The story isn't perfect ... everything doesn't work out neat and tidy ... but the characters find joy and peace despite that. And that's real life!

Some moments left me smiling. Others, heartbroken. Still others, laughing! And then, next, I'd be appalled and outraged by the injustice of something that happened. But through it all, there was hope for newness.

So beautiful. The friendship. The faith. The romance. The healing. A very well-written historical novel. A compelling story of loss and faith. I highly recommend To Wager Her Heart!

I received a copy of To Wager Her Heart from Booklookbloggers review program in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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Title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Series: Shadows over England #1

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered. 

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?

**5 stars**

Oh my goodness, gracious! I'm crying...

Roseanna M. White is one of my new favorite authors, I think. She pens historical fiction with such grace and unique-ness. A Name Unknown, book one in the SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND series, is an interesting, humorous, and heart-touching tale - with a nice amount of suspense.

Set in the Edwardian era, this novel follows the adventure of Rosemary Gresham, who's been a thief nearly all her life. In order to care for her mismatched family, she must prove that Peter Holstein is guilty. She must uncover his secrets and steal his good name.
... But what happens when he proves a friend? When happens if he steals her heart?

A Name Unknown was a thick book, a little slow at points. But ultimately, so lovely! Rosemary is posing as a librarian. Peter is a novelist. It's simply grand. ^_^ I loved watching their friendship develop and grow. Laughing with them in their banter. Learning to trust. To love. To have faith.
Peter is a completely endearing character. His stutter and how he deals with it makes him both admirable and sweet. He has a tender strength that I adore. He isn't perfect by any means, but he is a godly man with a heart that is true. Watching a studious, gentlemanly, dear man such as himself fall for the broken thief that is Rosemary was utterly precious. *smiles*
And Rosemary! I quite liked her. And had such a grand time with her on this adventure. The lessons. The growing. The danger and drama. Rosemary is a feisty thing, but ultimately longs for what we all long for - love.
Her family. ^_^ I believe the second book in this series is to be about Rosemary's "sister", Willa, and I'm ever so excited for that!

It was just a well-done book! Had me guessing and wondering. Chills prickling over my skin because of the nefarious characters lurking around. Trying to figure out how this could work out alright. Loving journeying with these lovely people, even as World War I looms on the horizon. And THAT ENDING. It all came to a conclusion so dramatically, beautifully, and sweetly. And I just wanted to cry. *happy tears* It made my heart ache in a sweet way. Oh, such a tender tale of faith and love.
A Name Unknown was a wonderful book, all around, but the ending truly made it for me. I eagerly await the next book in the SHADOWS OVER ENGLANDA Song Unheard!

I received a copy of A Name Unknown from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

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