Thursday, October 30, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Leah Good | Author of Counted Worthy!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Leah!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
Hi! I’m thrilled to be here. As you know, my name is Leah E. Good. I’m 19 years old homeschool graduate and alumni of the CollegePlus program. I finished high school in 2011 and earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2013. Writing and orphan care are my two passions. When I’m not blogging, you can usually find me reading or chatting with friends.

What is your novel, Counted Worthy, about?
Counted Worthy is about a young woman who takes on a corrupt government almost single-handedly. Her goal is to make people aware of the persecution of Christians in order to save her father’s life. Here’s the official synopsis.

Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late? would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 
Nothing inspires me more than a seemingly impossible challenge. The outlines and rough drafts of three of the four novels I’ve written were completed in two months or less because I wanted to enter them in contests with a looming deadline. It does get stressful, but it keeps me productive.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
Read, blog, and hang out with friends.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?
That’s a hard question, because I’m not sure I have a favorite. Recently I’ve been reading mostly speculative (dytopian, fantasy, and mild sci-fi) and non-fiction. Historical fiction has been my favorite for most of my life, though.

What is your least favorite genre to read?
Romance. Hands down. Even strong romance threads in other genre’s turn me off. I don’t mind clean love stories, but very few romances fall into that category.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. I have other favorites too, but that one tops the list.

What is your favorite holiday? 
Christmas. I love giving gifts, and I enjoy a lot of our family traditions surrounding Christmas. Our church also participates in some service projects that I love around the Christmas season. To top it off, I was born a week before Christmas, so a lot of fond birthday memories seem intertwined with Christmas cheer.

What is your favorite season and why is it your fav?
I’ve tried to figure out the answer to this question many times, and I still don’t have an answer. I love them all! My New England home experiences all four seasons very distinctly. Spring is full of fresh smells and new life. Summer is a time for swimming, sunscreen, and activity. Fall brings lovely crisp air and vibrant foliage. And during winter we all bundle up for snow shoveling and sledding. I guess my favorite thing about the seasons is how unique they are!

Some this-or-that questions:

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Cats or Dogs? Hands-down, dogs.
Early-bird or Night-owl? Night owl all the way.
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert
Mystery or Romance? Mystery.
Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
I’m always working on new novels. Right now I’m trying to come up with a sequel for Counted Worthy. I’m also working on a novel about a young man who goes on a missions trip and ends up fighting to protect a sweet orphan girl from human traffickers.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
Thanks so much for having me here! I’m all over the web. I blog at and I’m also active on Goodreads (, Facebook (, Twitter (, and Pinterest (

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: A Lady At Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
About the book:
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Darbury, England, 1819

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
About the book:
Patience Creighton has devoted her life to running her father’s boarding school. But when the enigmatic master of the estate appears at her door, battered and unconscious, the young headmistress suddenly finds her livelihood—and her heart —in the hands of one dangerously handsome gentleman.

At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away . . . but that man never came. And since her father’s death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.

William Sterling dallied his way into financial trouble and mortal danger. When he is assaulted by his creditors’ henchmen on the road home from a tavern, he guides his horse to the doorstep of his tenant, the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After being tended to by Patience, the wounded William rides off into the dawn—but makes a point to learn more about the lovely headmistress.

As he spends more time at Rosemere, something delicate begins to develop between William and Patience. But that will not deter William’s creditors. With little money to repay his debts, and less for the upkeep of his estate, it becomes clear that sacrificing Rosemere may be the only way to preserve his legacy. But it may also cost him his happiness.
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