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.


Blog Tour Schedule:

*August 6th: http://mybookaday.com/, https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/, http://thoroughlyhere.blogspot.com/

*August 7th: http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/adults

*August 8th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/

*August 9th: https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, https://www.wishfulendings.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

*August 10th: http://fireandicereads.com/, http://www.iamareader.com/

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Freebie Tuesday for Historical Romance Fans!


I saw that Heidi Ashworth's historical romance, O'er the River Liffey is being offered for free so I thought I'd pass along the deal. I really enjoyed this one!

Here's the back copy:

Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once she meets Niall Doherty, the impoverished, perceptive tutor to her host’s younger brothers. He shares her love of Irish fairy tales and seems to guard a troubled past…but neither quality will earn Caroline’s father’s approval.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Mail! See What Books Are Coming Up For Review!


I love getting review books in the mail and I'm really excited about these three!

Promises and Primroses by Josi Kilpack is introducing the Mayfield family. Here's the teaser for that one: A wise old uncle aims to correct the very messy marital mistakes and spousal scandals of his generation of brothers and sisters by requiring their offspring--his nieces and nephews--to endure a ''marriage campaign'' to help them make good and respectable matches...and win their share of the family's inheritance.

Doesn't it sound good?

Anna the Prophetess intrigues me because you don't generally read a lot about the women in the Bible who held these sorts of positions. And I am a huge H.B. Moore fan so I know this one will be good. Here's the teaser for it: 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.

And the third one that I'm REALLY looking forward to reviewing is Six Sisters' Stuff Copycat Cooking because they have the recipes for some of my very favorite dishes from my very favorite restaurants in there! (Hopefully this won't be like my Pinterest fails.) Here's some of the recipes included:

Appetizer/Side Dish:
PF Chang s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter
Olive Garden Spinach Artichoke Dip
Famous Dave s Cornbread Muffins


Main Dish:
Mimi s Cafe French Pot Roast
IKEAS Swedish Meatballs
Red Robin Bleu Ribbon Burger
Disneyland s Monte Cristo Sandwich
Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Panda Express Orange Chicken
Red Lobster Shrimp Linguini

Dessert:
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
Chili s Molten Hot Lava Cake
Cheesecake Factory White Chocolate Truffle Raspberry Cheesecake
Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes


Drinks:
Disneyland Dole Whip Float
Universal Studios Butterbeer
Jamba Juice Mango-a-go-go
Disneyland Mint Julep


I am really excited to try some of these and see how close the taste is to the restaurant dish!

So now you know the three books I'm excited to review in the next little bit. Do you have any books coming out in the next few weeks that you're looking forward to?