Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I Can't Wait for... Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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About the book:
The Final Countdown to Stop an Imminent Attack Has Begun.

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target's latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he's back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster.

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next mark?

Series: Chesapeake Valor #4
Pages: 320
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: (July 3, 2018)
ISBN-10:  0764212974
Find the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BBLpp0

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Been waiting for this book. Cannot wait to read Luke's story!


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Top Ten Books I Could Re-read Forever... (Top Ten Tuesday)


I don't participate in nearly enough of these Top Ten Tuesday topics, but I'm going to try and do at least one post a month. ;) Let me know if you like these memes or prefer other posts.

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This week is Top Ten Books I Could Re-read Forever. I'm not quite sure if I will be able to come up with 10, but I will try. I know of a couple right off the bat that belong on my list. ;)

1. Corridor by Robin Parrish
I've already read this book 4 (maybe 5?) times and could easily reread it again. I love this story and hope the author still plans on writing a sequel...


2. Patrick Bowers series by Steven James
My favorite series and I've read several of the books multiple times. They are such great thrillers and I love the characters.

3. Abomination by Colleen Coble

4. River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren

5. Christiansen Family series by Susan May Warren

6. True To You by Becky Wade

7. Shattered by Dani Pettrey

8. Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

9. The Ballantyne Legacy series by Laura Frantz

10. Chapel Springs series by Denise Hunter

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Monday, February 26, 2018

7-Year Blogoversary Party - Guest Post by Lindsay Harrel + Giveaway!

Here it is: the final day of the 7-Year Blogoversary Party! I hope you have had fun this month with the posts and giveaways. Thanks so much to the authors for being a part of it and you for stopping by. I'm hoping to have many more years of blogging. ;)

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Come Along on the Journey: Researching to Write The Heart Between Us By Lindsay Harrel

A lot of people ask about my inspiration for writing The Heart Between Us, the story of estranged twin sisters Megan and Crystal who set out on a journey around the world to fulfill the bucket list of Megan’s teenage heart donor.

The initial inspiration came from a radio story I heard. It featured a woman who went sky diving because her heart donor had always wanted to. I thought (1) what an amazing way to honor a donor, and (2) what if a recipient tackled a donor’s ENTIRE bucket list instead of just one item?

Most bucket lists have some element of travel—so my imagination started going bananas. I thought of all the places on my own personal bucket list and how awesome it would be to write about them!

So of course, I had so much fun doing the research for this story. No, I wasn’t able to convince my tax lawyer husband to let me take an actual research trip and write it off—plus, with a toddler at home, it just wasn’t feasible! But I spent my evenings and weekends online reading all about the Colosseum in Rome, the beaches of Greece, an Irish castle, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall of China, and many other places I’ve never seen with my own eyes.

Then there was the research that came from looking through old photographs from a trip I took in the summer of 2005. For six weeks, I traveled through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Paris with a group from my university. What wonderful memories those photos hold for me. For the first time, I was submerged in cultures different from my own. My eyes were opened to things I’d taken as fact simply because it was how I experienced them.

However, that trip was more than just a physical journey for me—it was also a spiritual one. I’d lost my mother to cancer 8 months before leaving, and I needed to get away and experience God, and my faith, in a new and different way.

So when I looked at the photos while researching for The Heart Between Us, my memories were so completely intertwined with my faith journey, and I knew that it would be the same for Megan and Crystal. Like I did, they had to come face to face with their fears, choosing between safety (the “known”) and adventure (the “unknown”), between chains and freedom.

While this book is very much about travel and fulfilling dreams, there’s another side to it: prolonged illness and how that affects not only the person who is sick, but his or her family as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t have to look too far to understand this aspect of the story (my own mother fought cancer for over four years before passing away). However, I did do some research into congenital heart issues and organ donation.

I think most writers would tell you that they leave a part of themselves on the page, and that’s completely true of The Heart Between Us. Yes, the journey belongs to the characters, but the heart of the story was inspired by my own experiences and adventures. I pray that readers are inspired and encouraged, not only to live their own lives to the fullest, but also to turn to God as the ultimate source of hope and freedom.

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About Lindsay
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com.

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Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel. Giveaway is only open to US residents. Ends 3/12


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Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekend Wrap-Up + Kindle Deals Spotlight


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and my reading plans for the coming week. 

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've read this past week. :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I Can't Wait for... The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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About the book:
New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

Series:
Pages: 512
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Release Date: (February 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1496407903
Find the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2C8AfsX


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This book just recently released. I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy yet, but I am definitely hoping to soon. The story sounds like a great one and I've enjoyed other Francine Rivers novels.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

7-Year Blogoversary Party - Guest Post by Roseanna M. White + Giveaway!

I can't believe it is already the third week of the 7-Year Blogoversary Party! Crazy how fast this has gone by. Today we have Roseanna M. White stopping by with a guest post and giveaway. She is one of my favorite historical romance writers and if you haven't read her books you definitely should check them out.

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Check out the series on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Hrk1dR

Guest Post by Roseanna M. White

The Linguist, the Violin Prodigy, and the Leader

Some of my friends thought it would be a hard sell, pitching a series about a family of thieves to a Christian publisher like Bethany House. I wasn’t particularly worried about the subject matter though. Because though the characters in the Shadows Over England Series are thieves by trade—at first—their stories are largely about their redemption, and the move of their family from the world of shadows and street gangs to the world of light. Still, it was fun to craft this family who had survived decades on the mean streets of Edwardian London by their wits and determination. And it was especially fun to get to know the three oldest members of this patchwork family who would be my heroines and hero in each of the three books.

Rosemary Gresham captured my attention first. The oldest of the girls, second oldest in the clan of orphans who decided to stick together, Rosemary has a way with a needle. She’s a real whiz as a seamstress, and though she doesn’t exactly enjoy the work, it has enabled their family to blend in with a society high above their own. Rosemary’s secret weapon though, which has gained her the attention of one mysterious Mr. V, who starts each character on their adventure, is that she apparently has a bit of a knack for languages. She set out to learn German a few years ago so she could identify the correct manuscript for “the British Museum Job” and picked it up far better and more quickly than anyone would have guessed. Which is why Mr. V sends her to Cornwall, into the home of Peter Holstein, suspected German sympathizer. And so begins the fun of book one, A Name Unknown, as Rosemary enters the world of the reclusive adventure novelist whose stammer often keeps people from seeing his heart of gold…and whose chaotic library might just be the death of Rosemary, who he hires to order it.

Willa Forsythe was already vying for her story to be told, however. Just a bit younger than Rosemary, Willa has the same grit that her “sister” has, with an extra streak of stubbornness for good measure. But what makes her the perfect agent for a new task assigned by Mr. V—traveling to Wales and stealing a cypher key from a famous violinist, Lukas De Wilde—is that Willa is a violin prodigy. Though too poor to ever have had a real lesson, she found an old violin when she was twelve, picked it up, and unlocked music in the depths of her soul. As she finds herself in the world of an orchestra for the first time, Willa’s greatest dreams are realized…along with her deepest fears. Because though she can play with the best of them, she knows what they don’t—that she’s just a thief, stealing her time among them, and sooner or later, when she doesn’t have a clue what all their terminology means, she’ll prove herself a fraud. Toss in a former playboy who has finally woken up to what he should be focusing on, and his genius little sister hiding out from the German army in Belgium, and you have A Song Unheard, which just released.

But then there’s Barclay. Through the sisters’ stories, we learn a lot about the big brother of their clan. It was Barclay who patched them together, not into a gang but into a family. Barclay who continually finds new orphans to add to their numbers. Barclay who taught them all how to pick a pocket, how to avoid a bobby…and Barclay who is just as at home with an academic book in his hand as a lock-pick. By the time his story opens in An Hour Unspent, he’d made the whole family swear off stealing, as long as they’re working for Mr. V…but it isn’t just because he doesn’t want to risk endangering their new jobs. It’s because faith is beginning to unfurl in his soul. He doesn’t quite understand it all yet, but he wants to. And when Barclay Pearce sets his mind to understanding a thing, it might as well consider itself understood. As the focus turns his way in the final installment of the series, Barclay isn’t just trying to figure out the clockmaker he’s been assigned to recruit into helping the Admiralty…he’s trying to puzzle out said clockmaker’s daughter. But Evelina Manning, suffragette and newly abandoned fiancĂ©e, has her own puzzling to do, and at the top of the list (after determining how to avoid her controlling mother and aunt) is figuring out this bizarre family who has just moved in a few street over. They are in some ways everything she has ever dreamed of being, of having…and in other ways, everything she has worked against.

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had writing this family. Because though their situation is completely fabricated, their love is very much based on my own extended family. As I was writing An Hour Unspent last year, my great-grandmother passed away at 103 years old, and listening to everyone remember her at her funeral made it clear why I had these ideas of family. It’s because I was raised with the sure knowledge that it wasn’t birth that made a family, it wasn’t a name. It was love. That we serve first the Lord, then each other. That there is never a good enough reason to give up on those you love. I hope the way this family of orphans live that out will touch my readers, as they touched me. And that we’ll all recognize the truth behind their family motto: With the greatest risks come the greatest rewards. Especially when those risks are to your heart.

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