Saturday, April 22, 2017

Some Upcoming Releases I'm Anticipating...

I was trying to think of some type of post I could do and realized that there are several upcoming releases that I can't wait to read. Now, some of these books release really soon, while others aren't until the end of the year (boo!). Let me know in the comments if you are anticipating any of these books and please share some of your "can't wait to read" books. :D

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren



About the book:
Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Expedition: Still Life Tour ~ Guest Post by Dani Pettrey + Giveaway!


Port of Baltimore

Thanks so much for joining me on Melanie’s wonderful blog for the fifth stop on my Expedition: Still Life Tour. If you aren't familiar with this exciting blog tour, or the fabulous grand prize you can win by taking part in it, please visit Expedition: Still Life's main contest page for all the details.

Today’s stop is the Port of Baltimore. Baltimore has an amazingly rich maritime history and the Port of Baltimore plays a key role in Still Life.

Fun facts:

1. The port’s official name is The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. It was renamed for Helen Delich Bentley during the 2006 celebration of the port’s 300th birthday. Helen was an amazing lady, and I’m honored to say she was a fan of the Alaskan Courage and the beginning of the Chesapeake Valor series prior to passing late last year. If you’re ever interested in learning about this incomparable lady and the Port of Baltimore, be sure to check out Helen’s book Great Port of Baltimore Its First 300 Years 1706-2006.


2. The Port of Baltimore started in the 17th century as an access point for Maryland’s tobacco trade with England.

3. The Port of Baltimore became famous for its shipbuilders. They gained renown for their Baltimore clippers as well as the Continental Navy.

4. Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy.

5. Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American National anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.


6. Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.

I love driving home past the port, seeing the ships and knowing the rich history of my home state.

Thanks again to Melanie for hosting me today, and for all of you joining me on stop #5 of my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Be sure to collect your passport stamp to be entered to win the Grand Prize



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To also be entered to win a Amazon gift card, just answer the question below. After answering the question, visit http://danipettrey.com/stilllife-contest/ to see all the other stops and giveaways on this tour.

Merchant ships aren’t the only ships to travel in and out of Baltimore’s port these days. Over the last few years, Baltimore has become a key cruise port, leading cruises through New England, Canada, and down to the warm Caribbean. Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, where? If not, what would be your top cruise destination?


Author Bio:

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a sigh-worthy romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent” of romance (USA Today).

Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA bestseller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com.





--Melanie here. Dani is giving away an Amazon gift card here! To enter that giveaway, use the Rafflecopter form below so we have a way to contact you should you win. :) Mandatory entry is to comment on this post with your answer to Dani's question (above). Happy entering and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit http://danipettrey.com/stilllife-contest/ to check out the rest of the tour.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Sadie's Secret by Kathleen Y'Barbo



About the book:
From bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo comes Sadie’s Secret, the third book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. These historical novels capture the romance of the South mingled with adventure and laced with secret identities and hidden agendas.

Louisiana, 1890―Sarah Louise “Sadie” Callum is a master of disguise, mostly due to her training as a Pinkerton agent but also from evading overprotective brothers as she grew up. When she takes on a new assignment with international connections, she has no idea her new cover will lead her on the adventure of a lifetime.

Undercover agent William Jefferson Tucker is not looking for marriage―pretend or otherwise―but his past is a secret, his twin brother has stolen his present, and his future is in the hands of the lovely Sadie Callum. Without her connections to the world of upper-crust New Orleans, Jefferson might never find a way to clear his name and solve the art forgery case that has eluded him for years.

Only God can help these two secret agents find a way to solve their case and uncover the truth about what is going on in their hearts.
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