Thursday, August 16, 2018

Back to School $250 Cash Giveaway! Don't Miss This One!

Back to School ~ Back to Books
$250 Cash Giveaway
August 17th to 26th
Enter for your chance to win $250 in PayPal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Code!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In the Non-Fiction Corner--Women of the Blue and Gray

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren

Okay, so since I graduated in history, I feel like I am a history book snob. I know exactly what interests me, and if it’s the normal ho hum history I need to read, no thank you. The Civil War usually falls under that category for most of us. Who hasn’t been forced to read at least one Abe Lincoln biography in their life? I felt like I knew plenty about the Civil War BUT BOY WAS I WRONG. This is the book that you need that you didn’t know you needed. Seriously, who doesn’t love a well-researched, interesting, thought provoking book? Marianne Monson has created the perfect combination of those three things. Not only does she have stories that most people have never heard, but you can tell that she really knows her stuff and her sources are all cited so beautifully and accurately. So if you love women or history or women in history or spy stories or water or anything else, you should read this book.

Women of the Blue and Gray is all about the women of the Civil War, and I was so impressed with the interesting stories that it contained. I had no idea that women played such a role! Not only does Monson tell tons of stories that I had never heard, but even when she is telling stories of well-known women like Harriet Tubman, she focuses on the lesser known facts of that person’s life. My favorite chapter was the one on women spies. These women were passionate about something and willing to fight for it, no matter the cost. I love that the author focused on that, that the women were involved in their cause, whether that was for the North or the South. Monson did a masterful job with this book, and it made me want to learn more about women’s involvement in history.

Here's the back copy:

Hidden amongst the photographs, uniforms, revolvers, and war medals of the Civil War are the remarkable stories of some of the most unlikely heroes—women.

North, South, black, white, Native American, immigrant—the women in these micro-drama biographies are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons during wartime to counseling President Lincoln on strategy, from tending to the wounded on the battlefield to spiriting away slaves through the Underground Railroad, from donning a uniform and fighting unrecognized alongside the men to working as spies for either side.

This book brings to light the incredible stories of women from the Civil War that remain relevant to our nation today. Each woman's experience helps us see a truer, fuller, richer version of what really happened in this country during this time period.

Download your copy here

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My New Boxed Set Is Here!

I have a new boxed set out! It includes the first two books in my award-winning Hostage Negotiation team series, All Fall Down and Ashes Ashes PLUS the two bonus novellas, Falling Slowly and From the Ashes! (And I really love the boxed set image for this one!) 

If you love action adventure romance, and are stocking up for when the kids go back to school, you can get your collection here (or read it free in Kindle Unlimited!)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway! Anna the Prophetess

I was so excited to be part of the blog tour for Anna the Prophetess. I love all of H.B. Moore's historical fictions because of the way she is able to truly bring these Biblical characters to life.

Since very little is known about Anna from the Bible I was curious to see how Ms. Moore would flesh out an entire book about her. The author stayed very close to what we do know, and then used a great-niece named Julia to flesh out what may have happened. She also helps us observe and really experience exactly what Anna had chosen to do with her life after being widowed and how it affected her. The flashbacks to her courtship and marriage were tender and coincided nicely with the decisions that Julia was trying to make in her own life regarding her own courtship and possible marriage.

I loved seeing the possibilities of why Anna chose to dedicate her life to the Lord and what she thought about the calling, promises, and special witnesses she received. I was also interested to see what Julia would choose to do with her own life when several choices are placed before her. Both Anna and Julia are strong characters that seem so real, which, of course, is a trademark of H.B. Moore books. And it wouldn't be an H.B. Moore book if the setting details weren't incredible. She truly has a talent for really bringing the time period to life. The food, clothing, and village are easy to imagine with all the fine points included and expounded upon until the reader feels like they are really there, immersed in the culture and life of those who lived long ago.

This was a book that held my attention and really made me think about the women who lived in the Savior's time and those who had anticipated his coming. Don't be surprised if this book holds your thoughts long after you've read the last page.

Be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway!


You can get your copy here

Here is the back copy:

Anna the Prophetess is the dramatic chronicle of the only woman to be called a prophetess in the Gospels. When Anna's great-niece Julia is exiled to Jerusalem as punishment for her refusal to marry a man old enough to be her father, Anna shares the story of her early days of courtship with her husband. Although Julia's parents admonished her to observe firsthand how lonely Anna's life is, Julia instead discovers that her great-aunt's life is far from lonely--it is full of love, peace, and incredible faith. As Anna shares her unwavering testimony of the coming Messiah with her great-niece, these two faithful women are changed forever as they seek the Lord's will in their lives and joyfully witness the long-awaited miracles of Christ's birth.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War---What Did I Just Watch?

Well, I know that Avengers: Infinity War has been out for a while now, but I haven't been able to see it until today. I managed not to have any spoilers and went into it excited to see some of my favorite people in action again and how they would deal with each other and the next baddie of the universe. You know, see a fun Avengers movie.

But that is not what happened. At all.

Yes, there was action, but there was so much . . . death and destruction. It was hard to watch and I came away feeling sad more than anything. It wasn't the fun and entertaining ride the other Avenger movies have been for me.

So, without giving any spoilers, did you watch that movie? How did you feel when it was over? I don't even know how to feel about the ending. It was all so . . . unfinished. (Yes, I know it was a two-parter, but that is a pretty big cliffhanger! And I hate cliffhangers. Sigh.)

I missed the fun this time. What about you? Did you love it or hate it?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy National Book Lover's Day! I'm Giving Away A Book!

I love books. I have so many shelves filled with books. I have three Kindles filled with books. I use my library card regularly and take my kids along with me. I run a book club with other people who love books as much as I do.

And today is our day!

It's National Book Lover's Day today! Woohoo! (I hope you get to celebrate with a good book.)

But I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway to add to the celebration. If you comment with a Kindle book that you've wanted, but haven't bought yet, I will put your name in a hat and draw one name out next Thursday. The winner will receive the book they wanted!

So what book would you buy if you could! Tell me in the comments and you might win it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Book Review & A Giveaway!

I was really intrigued when I read the back copy of this new regency romance novel, The Roses of Feldstone. This is a new author as well, so I was hoping the story lived up to my expectations.

We first meet Rose who used to be friends with William, the younger son of an earl, but who now pushes that friendship away in order to needle and provoke him. William isn't any better, he's quite curt with Rose and doesn't seem to want to have much to do with her. The first part of the book is spent with them trying to outdo or ignore the other and reminiscing about how it used to be. Then Rose goes back to London to find herself a husband, just as William is also searching for a wife. That's when the build between them really ramps up and the story takes an interesting turn. No spoilers here, though!

I thought the author did a wonderful job with characterization. All of her characters are well-drawn and three-dimensional and the misunderstandings and miscommunications were all realistic to the time period. The hero of the story frustrated me, however, especially with his behavior during several beats of the romance. Since the book is completely in Rose's point of view, we can only guess at his feelings, and some of his overtures are very subtle, too subtle perhaps, and a bit confusing in some parts. But this is not a negative. On the contrary, the author was able to engage me emotionally and I truly felt for Rose and William and wanted to see how it would play out and if we would indeed get a happily ever after. In the book, Rose and William's romance is compared to a dance where they draw close and then away and that definitely describes their journey to a T. (Oh and one other thing the author is very good at, is the kissing scenes. *sigh* Butterflies!)

So, if you like regency romance, with great settings, a story with some twists and turns, and relatable characters, you'll want to try Ms. Hatch and The Roses of Feldstone.

Don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!


You can buy your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.

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