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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Clothed in Thunder--Vickie Watson

Clothed With Thunder by, Vicki Watson

Vicki Watson  | Sonrise Stable: Clothed With Thunder
ISBN: 978-0-9847242-2-2 | List Price: $9.99 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 136
This is book 3 in the Sonrise Stables series.
After sitting through a 4-H demonstration on the evolution of the horse, Rosie and Carrie are determined to present the arguments for creation at the club’s next meeting. The demonstration proves harder to put together than they imagined as everyone offers the girls their opinions. The lessons Rosie learns about creation extend into her life in surprising ways as she faces her old adversary, Billy King, who cheated her out of her first trophy with her pony, Scamper.

 My Review:

This is a wonderful series for tween girls.  I have read two books in this series so far.  If you have a tween girl in your life who loves horses and who needs to know more about the love of God, this is a wonderful series for them.  Vickie does a wonderful job writing this in a way that young girls will understand.  I enjoy the stories myself.  I am not a horse rider, but I think horses are beautiful.  This book tackles a tough subject, evolution.  But Vickie does a great job with this topic and explains it in a way that youngsters will understand.  Great job Vickie.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Author: Vicki Watson | Sonrise Stable Horse Books
About the Author: Vicki Watson
My love of horses began when a teenage neighbor offered me my first ride, on the back of her horse. From my 8-year-old perspective, it seemed like the biggest horse in the world. From that moment on, I was addicted. Horses were to become a very important part of my life, although I never could have imagined, at the time, how much God would teach me about Himself and my relationship to Him through these wonderful animals.
The Sonrise Stable series combines my love of God and horses in stories that I hope will help children learn more about both. I have a vision for ten initial books in the series, taking the main characters through one year. Beyond that I’ll see where God leads me.
I have been blessed with three daughters and homeschooled each of them through high school. I enjoy trail riding my Rocky Mountain mare, Nikki, hiking, photography, and playing guitar. I work from home as a web designer and computer programmer and enjoy the variety and flexibility that allows.
Visit Vicki Watson at her siteSonrise Stables
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Heartache Motel

 
 
 

 
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Heartache Motel: Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Genre:
Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Humorous Mystery, Short Stories
Number of Pages:
225
Published by:
Henery Press (December 10, 2013)
SYNOPSIS
Heartache Motel, Three Interconnected Mystery Novellas
Elvis has left the building, but he’s forever memorialized at the Heartache Motel. Filled with drag queens, Rock-a-Hula cocktails, and a vibrating velveteen bed, these three novellas tell the tales of three amateur sleuths who spend their holidays at the King’s beloved home.

DINERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS by Terri L. Austin
A Rose Strickland Mystery Novella (follows DINER IMPOSSIBLE)
When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into the death and her suspicious mind flips into overdrive, questioning her fellow guests, the staff, and even a cute impersonator who keeps popping up. Will Rose be able to find the murderer and get home by Christmas day? It’s now or never.

QUICK SKETCH by Larissa Reinhart
A Cherry Tucker Mystery Novella (prequel to PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY)
Sassy Southern artist Cherry Tucker and her poker-loving boyfriend, Todd, pop into Memphis to help Todd’s cousin who’s been hustled out of his savings, right before Christmas. Staying at the shady Heartache Motel, Cherry can’t tell a shill from a mark and fears everyone is playing them for chumps. Cherry and Todd quickly find themselves in a dangerous sting that could send them to the slammer or mark them as pigeons from cons looking for an even bigger score.

DATELINE MEMPHIS by LynDee Walker
A Headlines in High Heels Mystery Novella (follows BURIED LEADS)
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke thinks she’s going home for Christmas. But a quick stop at Graceland proves news breaks in the strangest places. When the King’s home gets locked down with Nichelle inside, she chases this headline into the national spotlight—and the thief’s crosshairs. Christmas dreams of blue suede Manolos fade, and all Nichelle wants from Santa is to land the story before the thief cuts off her news feed for good.
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My Review:

This is a book that will keep you hooked from the first novella to the last.  The authors did a very good job writing these interconnecting stories and they all made since, with the minor characters appearing in each story.  Who wouldn't enjoy spending Christmas at the Heartache Motel, which, by the way is more or less a dump.  It is filled with drag queens and Elvis impersonators.  I hadn't read any of the Rose Strickland book before, but I have read some Cherry Tucker and Nichelle Clark books.  I will definitely read more Rose Strickland novels, as that was my favorite from this collection.  I say great job to the three of you.  A great humorous, lite, holiday read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers!

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After seeing Paper Moon as a child, Larissa Reinhart fell in love with stories about confidence capers. QUICK SKETCH is the Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (#2) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (#1), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit.


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LynDee headshotLYNDEE WALKER
LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. LynDee adores her family, her readers, and enchiladas. She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is working on her next novel. Find her at www.lyndeewalker.com.
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Awakened Love--Laura V. Hilton Review and Guest Post

ABOUT AWAKENED LOVE

Awakened Love 7Title: Awakened Love
Genre: Amish Contemporary Romance
Author: Laura V. Hilton
Publisher:  Whitaker House
Pages: 288
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1603745086
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Katie Detweiler grew up Amish, never knowing she was adopted as an infant. Now an adult, her new job as cook at an Amish bed and breakfast doesn’t bring about the euphoria she hoped for. Just as she’s getting her menu perfected, the Englisch family and severely ill sister she never knew existed enter her life and strain her Amish relationships. Plus, Katie suddenly has two different men vying for her attention—one Amish, one Englisch—and she wonders if one of them could be the man of her dreams. But when her Englisch sister’s health worsens, Katie must find a way to balance her heart, her job, and her faith while risking her own life for the sister she never knew.
He’s hiding from a cold-blooded killer; her Amish identity has been stripped away. Both must find a way to balance their hearts, their jobs, and their faith

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My Review:
 
This was a great book.  It started kind of slow for me, but it soon picked up and I didn't want to put it down.  It had a lot of secrets and action in it.  Katie is a very shy girl, who has a hard time talking to buwe (boys).  But when she meets Abram, that all changes.  Abram is interested in Katie, but she thinks it is all a joke, especially when her "friend", Patsy, says that Abram is interested in her.  Throw in that Katie is being stalked, Abram has a lot of secrets at home, and so does Katie's family, and this is a great exciting read.  Great job, Laura, I really enjoyed this.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
 

ABOUT LAURA HILTON

Laura HIltonAward winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport, releasing in April 2014, September 2014, and April 2015. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.  You can find Laura at http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com or http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/.

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 Guest Post:


How I Started Writing Amish Fiction
By Laura V. Hilton
 
My interest in writing Amish fiction stems from several sources—family, friends, and first-hand experience. Every year my aunt and uncle would make a detour through Pennsylvania Amish country on their way to Florida. My aunt would come back with souvenirs from Amish country: collectible spoons with a horse and buggy at the top, Amish figurines, and picture books.
 
As I got older, I discovered one of my friend’s parents owned a German Bible. I told my mom about it, and she showed me my grandfather’s German Bible. She shared that my grandparents had left the Pennsylvania Amish and moved to Michigan— at first to the Amish community, then later to an area around Frankenmuth when they completely cut Amish ties, but still kept German ones. My grandfather always spoke German on the farm, but I was raised with little knowledge of the language, so when I came to visit, they spoke English. Mom taught me a few German words.
 
After I moved away from home, one of the small towns I drove through on the way to visit Mom had an Amish community. It was always a thrill to see the Amish buggies. Years later, when I started writing, another author suggested I look at my bookshelves and see what genre most of the books were. That is the one I should consider writing. My collection ranged from historical to contemporary, including Amish fiction. I thought it’d be fun to try and see if I could write Amish novel. Since my husband’s aunt lives in Missouri near a large Amish community, and it’s close to home, I have access to the area—and first-hand Amish news. I enjoy learning part of my heritage while telling the stories God gives me.




Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sharon Pape Sketcher in the Rye Review and Interview

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4th in Series
InterMix (December 17, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
E-Book Only
ASIN: B00AVA4NH0
Synopsis
In her new job as a private eye, former police sketch artist Rory McCain has a spirited partner: Old West marshal Zeke Drummond. He may be a ghost, but when these two combine their skills, they reap justice…
Trouble has sprouted at Harper Farms. Top secret info has been leaked to the competition, and now there’s serious sabotage cropping up. So the farm’s beleaguered owner, Gil Harper, has called on Rory to dig up some dirt. But what Rory discovers raises a new field of questions…
Someone shucked Harper’s accountant and left his body in the farm’s corn maze. While Gil is quick to hire Rory to solve now not one but two crimes, the sketching sleuth isn’t so sure why the farmer wants her to focus her attention on his own family.
Regardless, Rory and Zeke will need to put their hands to the plow and solve this case before someone else is planted six feet under…


My Review:

I really enjoyed the rapport between Rory and Zeke.  Rory has her hands full dealing with a ghost, Zeke, and her rambunctious dog, Hobo, then she stumbles upon a murder.  This is a cozy that kept me guessing till the end.  There is a alot of action and alot going on, not just the murder.  Gil Harper's Farm is being sabotages and he hires Rory to find out who is sabotaging it, in the meantime, his longtime employee, who is like family, Matthew is murdered, so he asks Rory to solve that also.  Filled with lots of suspects and an eccentric cast this is a great read.  Even Zeke is harboring a secret in this story. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

From Sharon’s Webpage:
I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry — some of it in French.
After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom, and when my two children started school, I went back to writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My first novel, Ghostfire, was published at that time. It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.) Then came The God Children and The Portal. Redbook also published my first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen — but that’s a story for another day), I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of “breast cancer.”
Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and information to breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I once again found myself free to pursue my first love — writing.
Find out more about Sharon and her books here: http://www.sharonpape.com/index.html


Guest Post


Zeke Drummond here. I want to thank Melina for invitin' me over to talk about my early days as a federal marshal for the Arizona Territory. Some of you already know me from my mystery series that folks have come to call "The Sketch Books." If Rory McCain were here, she'd be interruptin' about now to say that she's the actual private detective and I'm just a consultant. She'd be right in that the law doesn't recognize my rights now that I'm deceased these past hundred years or so, but the plain truth remains that I pull my share of the load around here. I've even saved Rory's reckless neck a number of times. She'd argue that fact as well, bein' the  independent, little force of nature that she is. I'm aware that she used to be a sketch artist for the police and got to carry a detective's shield and gun. Still and all that doesn't mean she's bulletproof. But I'm gettin' side-tracked here.

            Gettin' back to my work, I oughta start by sayin' that bein' a federal marshal wasn't exactly what I imagined it would be back when I was a kid lookin' for an excitin' life .  Most of the time it was a downright lonely job. If a man's not comfortable with only his horse and himself for company, he won't take to the long, solitary hours and days. At first I didn't see how I was goin' to stick with it, but seein' as how I was raised to finish what I start, quittin' right away didn't sit well. I struck a deal with myself. After six months, if I still wanted out I could leave. As it happened, I made my decision well before that arbitrary deadline.  

            I was trackin' a couple of bank robbers known as the Skaggs Brothers who'd already hit Tucson. From what I could tell  they were makin' their way to Yuma. I rode into that small town late in the day and found myself knee deep in the middle of their next heist. Frank Skaggs was standin' inside the bank's doorway on the lookout for trouble and he spotted me before I saw him. He tried to pick me off, but he wasn't much of a marksman. I jumped off my horse and took cover behind a buckboard while he called a warning to his older brother. Then Frank grabbed a store clerk who'd had the misfortune to be doin' his bankin'  at that hour. He put his gun to the man's head and walked him out the door so I could see what was at stake. The hostage was quakin' and beggin' for his life. Frank and I were at a standoff for a good minute or two, but then Walter Skaggs ran out behind them with some canvas bags of money and headed for the horses at the hitchin' post. He made a darn good target once he passed the clerk. I took my shot, and Walter went down. Tryin' to get to his brother, Frank lost his grip on the hostage, who had the good sense to run off. That gave me a clear shot at Frank. The hostage was safe, the bank got back its money, and after being treated by the local doc, the  brothers were locked up to wait for the circuit court judge. I felt pretty good about myself. I was hooked.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Related by Chance

About the book: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships. What does it take to create true family unity between moms and the women who marry their sons?

The caricatures are everywhere, the jokes are inexhaustible, and the stereotypes fill the screens. From Marie Barone (Everyone Loves Raymond) to Viola Fields (Monster-in-Law) to Internet sites and social media pages like ihatemyinlaws.com and a Facebook page for ihatemymotherinlaw there is no shortage of examples of the caustic relationships that can develop between the two women in a man's life.

Deb DeArmond and her three daughters-in-law have conducted their own exhaustive research into the status of the women-in-law relationship. Their research, which incorporated online surveys, interviews, and discussions, included asking about the faith factor in the relationships they studied. Of the respondents, nearly 90 percent claimed they were Christians, and 79 percent said their faith was foundational and guided their actions and decisions. As discouraging as it may be, the numbers of those they surveyed who reported that their women-in-law relationships were "bad" were nearly identical to those in a survey conducted by a popular secular website that recorded no statistics on faith.

Beyond the statistics and their analysis, Deb brings to this book more than thirty years working with adults to improve communications and deal constructively with conflict. Aside from her research and her professional expertise, perhaps the most important asset Deb brings to this work is her own relationship with her three daughters-in-law that is so obviously and unusually positive that she-and they-are often asked to explain the secret of the relationships they share.

This practical and unapologetically scriptural book covers issues of personal perceptions, strained communication, the roles of sons and fathers in the relationship's success, how to begin these relationships on the right foot, and the necessity of trust and love. Deb's one motivating objective is to help women-in-law move from women who are simply related to strong and confident members of a truly spiritual family.

My Review:

This is a must read for everyone with a mother-in-law.  Filled with insight and great advice.  I, now have a pretty good relationship with my mother-in-law.  But that wasn't always the case and I wish I would have had this book then.  It has questions and self assessments in each chapter to help you out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/qBcKW
 
About the author: Deb DeArmond has owned her own leadership training and executive coaching practice for fifteen years. She is an experienced speaker and writer with work appearing in "WHOA" Magazine and "Dallas Family" Magazine and a cofounder of mypurposenow.org-an online community for Christian women 50+. Deb and her husband, Ron, have three married sons and three grandchildren, and live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Find out more at debdearmond.com.

Find out more about Deb at http://debdearmond.com.




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Living Seperate Lives--Paulette Harper

 
 
Title:  Living Separate Lives
Author:  Paulette Harper
Published:  November 5th, 2013
Publisher:  Thy Word Publishing
Word Count:  22,000
Genre:  Christian Fiction

Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing
with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

 


 
My Review:
 
 
This story was too short.  I felt it needed to be a little longer, because it kind of left me wondering what happens.  Other than that, it was well written with a good plot.  Four friends who haven't seen each other in a long time get together, a shocking secret is revealed by one of the four friends, one that is unforgivable.  It had a great message of forgiveness, but like I said, we didn't get to see if that forgiveness ever bore fruit. 
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

About the Author:

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

 

 
 
Excerpt from Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper:
 
“Stop preaching to me. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’ve had enough of your self-righteousness.” The words continued to cut Jordan’s heart; words that she never heard before coming from the mouth of her husband, Eric. “You knew how I was before we got married.” His tone deepened with every word.
Standing in front of the sink, Jordan was frozen and motionless in the middle of the kitchen. She held the dish towel in one hand and a plate in the other. She turned and faced Eric, whose eyes were cold and hard. The verbal blows kept coming. Her mouth opened wide, but no words could be formed when he uttered the deadly words, “I want a divorce.”
 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Marriage in Middlebury--Anita Higman

About the book: One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder's marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam's new fiancée? A second chance at love doesn't happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?


My Review:

This was a charming story set in a charming town full of great characters.  There are actually three love stories in this book.  Charlotte was going to marry Sam when they were 18, but his father didn't want her to, so she refused him.  Almost twenty years later, Sam is back with his fiancée, Audrey.  There is a homeless man in town named Justin, who Sam and Audrey hire to work in the greenhouse on Sam's later father's estate.  As Audrey spends more time with Justin, she finds she has feeling for him.  When Meredith, a new friend of Charlotte's who is in a relationship with the new pastor, send Audrey an old wedding invitation that Charlotte had made, Audrey realizes that Sam and Charlotte love each other.  Will all three couples find their happy ending?  I enjoyed reading about the lives of these characters, this was a very nice place to visit. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/qPbkU

Meet the author: Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Connect with Anita at: http://anitahigman.com

Anita Higman is celebrating the release of her latest book, A Marriage in Middlebury, with a double Kindle Fire giveaway (one for you & one to give away!) and a "Tea for Two" Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th.







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  • A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman (one to keep and one to give away!)
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