Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Stop# 33

Hi Readers! I’m so excited to be apart of another Celebrate Lit Blog Tour, this time for one of my all time favorite authors, so without further ado, let me introduce you to Storing Up Trouble with Jen Turano.

About the Book


Book: Storing Up Trouble

Series: American Heiresses Book #3

Author: Jen Turano

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: May 6, 2020


From the Back Cover

When Miss Beatrix Waterbury’s Chicago-bound train ride is interrupted by a heist, Mr. Norman Nesbit, a man of science who believes his research was the target of the heist, comes to her aid. Despite the fact that they immediately butt heads, they join forces to make a quick escape.

Upon her arrival in Chicago, Beatrix is surprised to discover her supposedly querulous Aunt Gladys shares her own suffragette passions. Encouraged by Gladys to leave her sheltered world, Beatrix begins working as a salesclerk at the Marshall Field and Company department store. When she again encounters Norman on a shopping expedition, he is quickly swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract.

But when another attempt is made to part Norman from his research papers, and it becomes clear Beatrix’s safety is also at risk, they soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

Click here to get your copy!


What did I think…

So I LOVE all of Jen Turano’s books and this one was no exception! This book had me laughing out loud (which of course earned me some funny looks from my siblings) and was SO hard to put down! When I read about Beatrix defending herself from a train robber with a pistol purse, I knew this was going to be a great book. So although this book is part of a series, you can definitely read it as a standalone.

One thing that stood out to me was the characters. First you have Beatrix Waterbury, an independent young women who is very outspoken, but not 100% sure what God wants her to do. She has been involved with the suffrage movement, but because she was privileged and wealthy, she didn’t really understand why it was so important for woman to be able to vote. Then there’s Norman Nesbit, a genius scientist who is super smart in areas of science and math, but is clueless when it comes to any kind of relationship wither friends or family. So when Norman realizes that he might be fond of Beatrix (maybe a bit more then fond), he does what he does best, he researched how to make Beatrix less annoyed with him. Oh I wish I could go into more details and tell you all of the things I’ve bookmarked (there are only 32!), but I don’t want to ruin the story for you and I DEFINITELY don’t want to give any spoilers. So I will give you one of my favorite quotes from Beatrix, just so you can see how hilarious the story is.

“In all honesty, she was beginning to think, what with how often she was suffering demotions, that there might come a day when she was paying the store for the privilege of working there.”

Quote from Storing up Trouble by Jen Turano

So overall, I would say that this is a definite must read if you want a light-hearted story that is both heartwarming and hard to put down – Overall I rate it five out of five stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Jen Turano, (www.jenturano.com) a USA Today bestselling author, has written four historical romance series. She is a member of ACFW and RWA and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

More From Jen

Thank you so much for visiting me on my Celebrate Lit tour as we celebrate the release of my latest novel, “Storing Up Trouble.” I’m delighted to be here, and I reached out to my street team to help me with the questions you’ll find below. I’m hoping the answers to those questions will allow you to learn just a bit about my new book, as well as allow you to get to know me better. With that said, here we go!

Can you tell us a little about “Storing Up Trouble?”

I’d be delighted to tell you about my latest book. “Storing Up Trouble” is the third book in the “American Heiress” series, but you don’t need to read the first two books in that series (“Flights of Fancy” “Diamond in the Rough” to understand what’s going on. I’ve been writing my books more as stand alone stories, and “Storing Up Trouble” is no exception to that. With that said, this book centers around Miss Beatrix Waterbury and Mr. Norman Nesbit. Beatrix, unfortunately, has annoyed her mother to such an extent that she finds herself banished from New York and on her way to Chicago to spend time with her aunt, a lady Beatrix remembers as being a querulous sort. She, being Beatrix, a lady who lands herself in trouble at the most unexpected of times, soon finds herself a victim of a train heist. An unlikely hero in the form of Mr. Norman Nesbit, a gentleman with a brilliant mind but relatively few social graces, comes to her rescue, and from the moment they disembark from the train, they find themselves thrust into one escapade after another.

In “Storing Up Trouble,” is there a character you’d like to be friends with in real life, or better yet, a character you’d avoid at all costs?

I actually have an answer to both parts of that question. Miss Theodosia Robinson is a lady I would love to count as a friend because she’s loyal to a fault, and is a friend who’ll be there for you, no matter if you want to delve into an unusual scientific experiment, or take a jaunt to your local department store to do a bit of shopping. As for who I’d avoid at all cost – Mrs. George Blossom, who has a very small part in the story, but she’s a customer at Marshal Fields & Company who embraces an air of superiority over the sales girls, and I’ve never been one to enjoy people like that.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

That’s easy. Being Dominic’s mom. He was definitely a handful when he was little, which is why he’s an only child, but it’s been incredibly rewarding to watch him grow over the years. He recently graduated from college with a degree in engineering, and seeing him land a grown up job and begin to embrace the whole adulting thing makes me prouder than any book I’ve written or other job I’ve held.

What was the inspiration behind “Storing Up Trouble?”

There were quite a few things that inspired me to write this book. I’d set another one of my books, “Caught by Surprise” in Chicago, and because of the research I did for that book, research I wasn’t able to fit into that story, I knew I wanted to revisit that city at some point. Beatrix Waterbury gave me the perfect excuse to travel back there. I wanted to take her out of her usual setting of NYC, so off she went to Chicago, on a train ride that definitely turned concerning. I had also picked up a few research books about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and I’ve been itching to create a character after those brilliant gentlemen. Norman Nesbit turned into that gentleman, although I have to admit that some of the science Nikola and Thomas used was way over my head. My son, the engineer, tried to explain it to me, but I believe at one point I might have been drooling, and not in the good way, but the bored way. That’s when Norman really began to develop because I thought it would be amusing to have a character who was passionate about his field of study, but most of the people he tried to share that passion with had no idea what he was talking about and always got a bit of a dazed expression in their eyes as he waxed on and on about double-electrical currents.

What fun facts did you uncover while doing research for “Storing Up Trouble” but weren’t able to fit into the story?

There was so much fodder for additional storylines just with the research I did on Marshal Field and his department store. Did you know that the main store in Chicago burned down doing the Great Fire of 1871 and…it burned down several times after that? Who knew? There was also a lot of drama surrounding Marshal and his partner for years, Mr. Levi Zeigler Leiter. They had different ideas about how the store should evolve, which resulted in Marshal forcing Levi to sell his shares of the company to him, at which point the store turned from  Field, Leiter, & Company to Marshal Fields Company. It was also interesting to learn that Mr. Fields was notorious for paying his workers low wages, but those workers accepted those wages because of the prestige that came with working at his store. If you worked at any other store, you were considered common, but to work at Marshal Fields was a feather in your cap, even if you weren’t earning as much as you could have earned at another store.

What are quirky little things you keep on your desk?

At the moment, I have one little pig with googly eyes, one cow with googly eyes, and then another small pig that a reader sent me because she really liked Matilda in “A Match of Wits” and thought this little pig she found at a store was exactly what Matilda would look like.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Oddly enough, no, it never crossed my mind until Dominic was in third grade and we decided to write a book together after finishing this horrible series about this bird. That book was never meant for publication, but it did have me remembering that I had, at one point in time before I became a stay-at-home-mom, enjoyed using my brain. I started experimenting with different genres and learned everything I could about the publishing industry. It took me five years to find an agent, and then she sold “A Change of Fortune” to Bethany House, and I’ve been writing for them ever since.

Any words of advice for aspiring writers?

I get this question a lot, and I always answer by saying “Have an honest talk with yourself about what you really want to achieve with your writing.” It’s perfectly fine to want to write because you’re interested in turning it into a career. However, with that said, a writer needs to understand that writing and publishing are two different creatures. Publishing is a daunting business, and it’ll take a lot of perseverance to find success with it. With that said, if you have raw talent and are a story teller at heart, you should write all the time and do whatever you can to learn how to improve your craft.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a new series right now – “The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency.” The first book, “To Steal a Heart” releases in November, 2020. It’s about Miss Gabriella Goodhue, who spent her childhood living on the mean streets in Five Points. She’s currently living in a boarding house on Bleeker Street in New York City, and when a fellow resident gets unjustly accused of theft, Gabriella, along with the other ladies living in the boarding house, take it upon themselves to try and clear her name. That’s the beginning of the Bleeker Street Agency, and hopefully the ladies will enjoy much success as the series continues.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope all of you get an opportunity to read “Storing Up Trouble!”

Wishing you all the best,

Jen


As I mentioned before, I’m so excited to be a part of this Blog Tour and I definitely recommend you check out the other stops on the Tour!

The Avid Reader, May 23

Godly Book Reviews, May 23

Robin’s Nest, May 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 24

Rebecca Tews, May 24

Texas Book-aholic, May 24

Novelscorner, May 24

Among the Reads, May 25

Inklings and notions, May 25

deb’s Book Review, May 25

Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 26

Hebrews 12 Endurance, May 26

reviewingbooksplusmore, May 26

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 27

Losing the Busyness, May 27

For Him and My Family, May 27

Simple Harvest Reads, May 27 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 28

Inside the Wong Mind, May 28

Mia Reads, May 29

Read Review Rejoice, May 29

Betti Mace, May 30

Breny and Books, May 30

Blogging With Carol, May 30

Life of Literature, May 31

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 31

Emily Yager, May 31

Splashes of Joy, May 31

The Collaborative Press, June 1

Stories By Gina, June 1

Hookmeinabook, June 1

Blessed & Bookish, June 2

Older & Smarter?, June 2

The Artist Librarian, June 2

Blossoms and Blessings, June 2

Through the Fire Blogs, June 3

Beauty in the Binding, June 3

Mary Hake, June 3

amandainpa, June 3

Wishful Endings, June 4

EmpowerMoms, June 4

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 4

Pause for Tales, June 4

KarenSueHadley, June 5

Raining Butterfly Kisses, June 5

With a Joyful Noise, June 5

Hallie Reads, June 5

>>Giveaway!<<

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the the grand prize package of all three books in the American Heiresses series and a $25 Barnes & Noble eGift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fb8f/storing-up-trouble-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to know if you would read this book or if it’s not quite your “cup of tea” and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

>>Special thanks to Jen Turano, Netgalley, Bethany House Publishers and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading! 🙂

First Line Friday #40 – Airborne by DiAnn Mills

Hi Readers!

I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted a lot this month, but it has been the craziest month ever! Long story short, we had a leak in the basement and it flooded, my dad is having some major health issues AND of course, we are in the middle of a pandemic, but I am truly blessed to be able to write to you guys again and I’ve been praying for each of you! Well, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the next book on my TBR pile, Airborne by DiAnn Mills, so here we go!


Vacations offered a distraction for those who longed to relax and rejuvenate, but FBI Special Agent Heather Lawrence wrestled with the decision to take an overseas trip alone.

First line of Airborne by DiAnn Mills

So this book looks a bit intense since it is about a virus, but it was on sale on Amazon, so I went ahead and bought it for my Kindle. I haven’t read a book by this Author in a while, but I really liked the books that I’ve read so far! So would this be a book you would want to check out?

From the Back Cover

Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.


About the Author

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is Director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.


What are you reading this weekend? 

I would love for you to join in on the First Line Friday fun by commenting below! Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

Happy Reading! 🙂

Dark Water by Christy Barritt Blog Tour Stop# 17

Hi Readers, Happy Thursday!

I’m so excited to be apart of Celebrate Lit’s blog tour for one of Christy Barritt’s latest books, because she is one of my favorite authors! So without further ado, let me show you the first book in Lantern Beach Blackout series, Dark Water!


About The Book

Book: Dark Water

Author: Christy Barritt

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Series: Lantern Beach Blackout

A WIDOW WITH SECRETS

For the past year, Elise Oliver hasn’t been able to shake the feeling that there’s more to her husband’s death than she was told. When she finds a hidden box of his personal possessions, more questions—and suspicions—arise. The only person she trusts to help her is her husband’s best friend, Colton Locke.

THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

Someone wants Elise dead. Is it because she knows too much? Or is it to keep her from finding the truth? The Blackout team must uncover dark secrets hiding beneath seemingly still waters. But those very secrets might just tear the team apart.

Click here for your copy!


What did I think?

So as I mentioned above, I love all of Christy Barritt’s books and this was no exception. Something really cool that I want to point out is that although this book is the first in a series, it’s also part of a book universe! The Lantern Beach Universe so far has 20 books and if you read any of them, you will find some new characters, and some familiar characters (like Ty and Cassidy Chambers). All of the Lantern Beach novels can be read as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading as many as possible.

So now that I’ve told you about the series, let me tell you about Dark Water. 🙂

This book has an intriguing plot that starts on the very first page and it keeps you glued until the very last chapter. It also has a bit of romance and humor threaded in between each of the chapters. Another thing that I LOVED was all of the characters, especially Colton and Elise. Seriously, the dynamic chemistry between Colton and Elise is yet another thing that made this book so hard to put down. I highlighted a quote so you can see a little bit of the dynamic between the two. This quote was when she found out the truth about how her husband died.

She might be able to forgive Colton, but would she ever be able to forget?” – Quote from Dark Water by Christy Barritt

Now that she knew about Colton’s role in her husbands death, even if she forgives him, can she ever look at him the same without thinking about what happened? Hmmm, I guess you will have to read the book to find out! Overall, I loved this book and give it five out of five stars *****


About the Author

USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

A Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have sold more than two million copies, and two are currently being developed as movies.

Christy’s books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She loves spending time with her husband, her two sons, and her four dogs.

For more information, visit her website: www.christybarritt.com.

More from Christy

Dark Water is the fourth series in the Lantern Beach Universe. When I created the fictional island of Lantern Beach, NC, I had no idea how popular it would be. I’ve fallen in love with the people there, and they feel more like friends than fictional characters.

Dark Water is about a group of former Navy SEALs who band together to former an elite private security firm. But they all share secrets, as well as guilt over the death of their SEAL leader. In order to move on, they must find answers.

I introduced Colton Locke in the last book of the Lantern Beach PD series—Plan of Action. I knew he needed his own book and that I wanted to develop his character more. That turned into a four-book series featuring Colton and three of his friends. Blackout contains suspense, mystery, and romance—all of my favorite things!


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, May 1

For Him and My Family, May 1

Reading Is My SuperPower, May 2

Blogging With Carol, May 2

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 2

KarenSueHadley, May 3

Read Review Rejoice, May 3

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 4

Genesis 5020, May 4

Through the Fire Blogs, May 4

She Lives To Read, May 5

deb’s Book Review, May 5

Remembrancy, May 6

Britt Reads Fiction, May 6

Emily Yager, May 6

Betti Mace, May 7

Hookmeinabook, May 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 8

Splashes of Joy, May 8

Inklings and notions, May 8

Simple Harvest Reads, May 9 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Just Your Average reviews, May 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 10

Pause for Tales, May 10

Because I said so– adventures in parenting, May 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 11

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, May 11

Ashley’s Bookshelf, May 12

Spoken from the Heart, May 12

Lights in a Dark World, May 12

Blossoms and Blessings, May 13

CarpeDiem, May 13

With a Joyful Noise, May 14

Live. Love. Read., May 14

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christy is giving away the the grand prize package of a signed copy of Dark Water and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the picture or the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fa62/dark-water-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found a new book to read. If you think you would like this book, I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!

>>Special thanks to Christy Barritt and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading 🙂

Sunday Encouragement- God’s got this!

Hi Readers!

If you are like me, I didn’t realized that it would be May and we’d still be under quarantine. While staying at home has become the new normal, the uncertainty of not knowing if you’ve come in contact with someone who has the virus or how you’re going to pay your bills can way heavy on your heart, but I want to let you know that God knows what’s going on.

He’s not surprised by the Coronavirus, this is a part of His plan! He knows we can be restless, He knows the uncertainty surrounding the virus, but God wants us to be quiet and listen for His still small voice.. He was us to be still – He’s got this!

So I will leave you with a few verses today from Psalms.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalms 46:1‭-‬3


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalms 46:10‭-‬11

Thanks for stopping by, Have a great week – Happy Reading!! 😊

First Line Fridays # 39 – Dead End by Nancy Mehl

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I have an amazing book for you to check out and maybe add to your TBR pile, This week, I want to feature Nancy Mehl’s latest book for my First Line Friday. So here we go!


Norman Webber offered his wife a tight smile as he dealt with yet another one of her awful presents.

First line of Dead End by Nancy Mehl

It’s finally here, the thrilling (intense) conclusion to the Kaely Quinn Profiler series!! If you like edge of your seat suspense, then you have to check out this one! (I finished it in one day)

From the Back Cover

When a body is discovered in a field in Iowa, the police uncover fourteen additional corpses ranging from 20 years old to recent. The remains point to a serial killer with an MO the authorities have seen before–Ed Oliphant, a man who has been in prison for over 20 years . . . and is Special Agent Kaely Quinn’s father. After several failed interview attempts to discover if Ed has been training someone to be a copycat killer, the police turn to Kaely in St. Louis.

Kaely promised herself she would never step foot in her hometown or set eyes on her father again. She’s always refused to confront her past, but if she wants to prevent any more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she’s hated for years.
As more bodies are discovered, Kaely races against time and her own personal turmoil to uncover the killer. Will this most personal case yet cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

About the Author

Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com.


What are you reading this weekend?

Would this be a book you would check out or does it look to intense? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!

I would love for you to join in on the First Line Friday fun by commenting below! Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Reading!

🙂

Terror in the Skies by Alana Terry Blog Tour Stop# 20

Hi Readers, Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe that it is already the end of April?!? March seemed so long, but April seemed to pass by so quick, but maybe that was just me. 😉 Anyway, I’m thrilled to be a part of another blog tour by Celebrate Lit and I loved that they introduced me to a new author! So, let me introduce you to Terror in the Skies by Alana Terry.


About the Book

Book: Terror in the Skies

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Thriller Suspense

Release Date: November 12, 2019


From the back cover

A hijacked airplane. A fatal disaster. A desperate soul in need of salvation …

Willow’s spirited, carefree, and far too young to die. Trapped on a hijacked airplane with no promise of survival, Willow’s forced to confront her darkest fear as well as her soul’s deepest need.

Terror in the Skies is the first novella in the Turbulent Skies Christian Thriller series, an unforgettable collection of interconnected novellas about strangers traveling together aboard a doomed flight. Find out why Christian fiction readers can’t stop raving about this heart-stopping, fast-paced series you can devour in a single sitting.

If you like harrowing stories of faith and redemption, spine-tingling adrenaline surges, and heart-pounding Christian suspense, you’ll love these edge-of-your-seat novellas by USA Today bestselling author, Alana Terry.

Dive into the breathtaking Turbulent Skies series today. Just be careful … you may not be able to read just one!

Click here for your copy.


What did I think?

So this is another case of judging a book by it’s cover. I thought the plot looked good and I really loved the look of the cover, I just wish I liked the book as much as I did the cover. This book is the beginning of the Turbulent Skies Christian Thriller series and can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading Turbulence, book 5 in the Kennedy Stern series first because this book is about the events from that book – just from her roommate Willow’s perspective. The book is written like a journal. The horrible near-death event already happened and Willow is telling the events from her point of view. At first I was confused, because the story seemed a bit choppy, and I didn’t feel like there was a point, but when I read Turbulence, the book made so much more sense to me. There were several things that I liked about the story, such as the Christian lady who gave her life for Willow, and there are a lot of things that make you think.

Like I mentioned before, I think I didn’t care for this book because I don’t really enjoying reading books that are written like a journal, but it’s not a bad story. (it caused me to read 3 of her other books… LOL) Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars ***.


About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.


More from Alana

I’m excited to share my new Turbulent Skies Christian Thriller novella series with all of you! The inspiration behind this series came when I was taking a flight a few years ago … and indulging in one of my favorite past times – people watching! As I looked at the various passengers around me, I started to wonder about their lives … and it was from that line of thinking this novella series was born!

I first wrote a book about a terrifying experience on board an airplane years earlier, (Turbulence, Book #5 in the Kennedy Stern series) and because many members of my amazing Readers’ Club had been asking me to write a book featuring Willow, one of their favorite characters from the Kennedy Stern series, it seemed fitting that Willow gets to be the star in the first of these novellas.

Terror in the Skies is Willow’s story. She’s a chic Alaskan college student, a free spirit who finds herself sharing a dorm room with a conservative Christian missionary kid. Willow first makes her appearance in the Kennedy Stern Christian suspense series, meaning that over a hundred thousand readers have met her!

I can’t tell you too much about this life-of-the-party aspiring actress (mostly because I don’t want to spoil anything for you if you happen to still be making your way through the Kennedy Stern books). But I can tell you she is the first main character in this six-book novella series that helps answer the question: “Who are you really sitting next to hundreds of feet up in the air?”

Maybe, like me, after reading this series, you’ll never look at your fellow passengers the same way!


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 21

Read Review Rejoice, April 21

Texas Book-aholic, April 22

Just Your Average reviews, April 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 23

deb’s Book Review, April 23

Inklings and notions, April 24

Blogging With Carol, April 24

For the Love of Literature, April 25

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 25

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 26

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 26

Betti Mace, April 27

janicesbookreviews, April 27

Emily Yager, April 28

Genesis 5020, April 28

For Him and My Family, April 29

Hookmeinabook, April 29

She Lives to Read, April 30

Mary Hake, April 30

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 1

Maureen’s Musings, May 1

Splashes of Joy, May 2

Book of Ruth Ann, May 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

Bookishly Beverly, May 3


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f8f2/terror-in-the-skies-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out this new bookHappy Reading! 🙂

>>Special thanks to Alana Terry and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel Blog Tour – Stop# 18

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

This has been a busy month for me, but I’ve enjoyed reading new books and sharing all of them with you (and I have one more to show you next week – so stay tuned!) I’m part of another Blog Tour by Celebrate Lit and today’s book is The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel – so let’s get started!


About the Book

Title: The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Genre: Christian fiction, Contemporary fiction, Inspirational, Romance, Women’s fiction


From the Back Cover

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.

But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.

Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

Click here to get your copy and you can click here to read the first four chapters.


About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd with a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in English. She lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Lindsay has held a variety of jobs, including curriculum editor for two universities, medical and business writer, and copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Now she juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with working freelance jobs, teaching college English courses online, and–of course–writing novels. When she actually has time to do other things, she loves to sing, read, and sip passion iced teas from Starbucks. She loves to watch God work in ordinary lives to create something extraordinary, and she writes to bring hope to those who may have lost it along the way. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com and any other place she hangs out online, including Facebook and Twitter.



Here’s what I thought about the book

I feel like I just took a trip to New Zealand, ran a 150 mile race and came back – Whew, I’m exhausted!!

 I’ve never read any of Lindsay Harrel’s books, but I remembered meeting her at CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) in 2019, so I decided to give this book a chance… and I am SO glad that I did!  Her writing style is different than most of the authors I’ve read previously and the way she wrote the book gives you the story from the perspective of Angela and her sister-in-law, Eva. This was especially interesting because the two main characters couldn’t have been more different in, their attitudes, their personality and in the way they each handled their grief. Having been single my entire adult life (as of right now), I can’t imagine the thought of losing your husband/significant other, but it was amazing to see the character’s grow and each learn to handle their grief differently. I also totally understand why they would be afraid of falling in love again, given what happened to their husbands but, in the words of Angela and Eva’s Mother-in-law Sherry, “New love is difficult for a number or reasons, but there’s nothing but beauty in it”. I also loved the message of hope and faith in a creator God, who gives us color and who should be our inspiration. This was intertwined so perfectly within the story, that you can’t help but want to praise the Lord for his amazing creation.

 The author also describes New Zealand in such a way, that I could picture the beautiful snow-capped mountains and hear the lapsing of the water in Wanaka lake. The only thing that I found disappointing was the end of the race. I LOVED the perseverance that Angela, Marc and Eva showed to run/walk/jog in this Ultra Marathon, but having participated in a race before (which was only 4 miles, not 150), I was hoping for more details about the end of the race. Like did they go home and celebrate, did the three of them collapse on a coach, order pizza and not get up for a week?  But unfortunately, I’ll never know, because in the book, time fast fowards to when they are already home.

Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book and am going to have to go order “The Secrets of Paper and Ink” because I’ve heard so much about that one (and if this one was good as it was… I can’t wait to read her previous book!) Overall, because of the end of the story, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars ****.


Blog Tour Stops

The Power of Words, April 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 17

My Devotional Thoughts, April 17

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

Through the Fire Blogs, April 19

Remembrancy, April 19

Genesis 5020, April 20

Splashes of Joy, April 20

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, April 20

Read Review Rejoice, April 21

Hebrews 12 Endurance, April 21

Older & Smarter?, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Texas Book-aholic, April 23

janicesbookreviews, April 23

Inklings and notions, April 24

Hookmeinabook, April 24

For Him and My Family, April 25

Just a Your Average reviews, April 25

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 26

Hallie Reads, April 26

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 27

CarpeDiem, April 27

Stories By Gina, April 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

The Becca Files, April 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 30

Bookishly Beverly, April 30

Spoken from the Heart, April 30

Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out this new bookHappy Reading! 🙂

>>Special thanks to Lindsay Harrel, Netgalley and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep Blog Tour – Stop# 19


Hi Readers, Happy Thursday! I hope you all are doing well and staying busy.

To be honest, at first, I was getting tired and bored to be at home all day every day (I now work from home), but since we have been in a Stay At home order for about a month, I’ve grown to enjoy the peace and quiet of not going anywhere. What about you? Have you found that it is becoming normal to stay at home all day or is it driving you crazy? I’d love if you would let me know in the comments below!

So, to keep busy, I’m trying to read more and catch up on some of my reviews, so I’m thrilled to be a part of Michelle Griep’s Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit! So let me show you Michelle Griep’s latest book, The House at the End of the Moor.

About the Book

Book: House at the End of the Moor

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian Historical

Release Date: April 2020


From the back cover


An Opulent London Opera Star Escapes to the Rugged Landscape of the English Moors Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity. Click here for your copy!

Here’s what I thought about the book

First I want to issue a warning – Michelle Griep did it again! This book is almost impossible to put down, especially at the beginning when the two main character’s meet.This book is not part of a series, but oh I wish that it was! This was one of those books that I really didn’t want to finish, because I didn’t want the story to end. This story is the perfect blend of history, romance, humor and a touch of suspense.

One of my favorite things about the book was the characters.My heart broke when I read about how Maggie had to run away from everything that was familiar to her because someone was trying to manipulate her by threatnening her family. I also was amazed when I found out that the same event that ruined Maggie’s life also ruined Oliver’s. Seriously, it was no wonder that Oliver was upset and suspicious when he found out that she was connected to the very reason he was thrown in jail.

Finally, I just have to say that I LOVE the ending. I won’t say much because I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but I will tell you, that God works all things out for good to those who love Him {Romans 8:28). Overall, this is definitely a Must Read and I would rate this book five out of five stars! *****

About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at http://www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


More from Michelle

What comes to mind when you hear the word moor? For some, images of Jane Eyre spring to life. For others, The Hound of the Baskervilles starts barking. But for most, it’s a big fat goose egg. The fact is that most Americans don’t have a clue what a moor is, but never fear, my friend…after you read the next few paragraphs, you’ll never again go blank-minded when you hear the word moor.

Last summer I skipped across the pond and tromped around Dartmoor with my daughter and husband. What an awesome experience. I learned first-hand just how windy this vast stretch of land can be, for that’s really what a moor is at heart: a vast stretch of land. Webster’s defines it as an expanse of open rolling infertile land. Sounds rather desolate, eh? Yeah. Kind of. But it’s oh so much more. In spring and summer, green does abound. Gorse bushes. Scrubby grasses. Lambs and sheep and goats. All these animals roam free so there are trails worn into the dirt that you can hike along. But I hear you…where could you possibly go if there’s nothing besides some farm animals roaming around the place? You could hike to a tor, which is a “high, craggy hill.” Some of them can be a little treacherous to climb, but sweet mercy, what a view! The earth stretches out like a green and brown quilt. As I hiked that day last spring, whispers in the wind inspired me to wonder a lot of what-ifs, and those what-ifs came together in a story of intrigue and betrayal. What would you do if you found a half-dead man bleeding in the middle of nowhere? Find out what heroine Maggie Lee does in The House at the End of the Moor.


Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, April 18

The Avid Reader, April 18

Life of Literature, April 18

The Power of Words, April 18

For Him and My Family, April 19

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 19

Among the Reads, April 20

My Devotional Thoughts, April 20

As He Leads is Joy, April 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20

Just the Write Escape, April 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 21

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 21

Where Faith and Books Meet, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22

Inklings and notions, April 22

Remembrancy, April 23

Hookmeinabook, April 23

Christian Bookaholic, April 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Britt Reads Fiction, April 24

Emily Yager, April 24

Betti Mace, April 25

Stories By Gina, April 25

Adventures of a Traveling Wife, April 25

Blossoms and Blessings, April 25

Splashes of Joy, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Vicky Sluiter, April 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

Blessed & Bookish, April 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27

Pause for Tales, April 27

Through the Fire Blogs, April 28

Hallie Reads, April 28

Faery Tales Are Real, April 28

To Everything There Is A Season, April 28

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Bigreadersite, April 29

Older & Smarter?, April 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 29

Genesis 5020, April 30

Read Review Rejoice, April 30

By The Book, April 30

For the Love of Literature, April 30

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 1

Bookishly Beverly, May 1

Daysong Reflections, May 1

Artistic Nobody, May 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the Picture above, or the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f8e2/the-house-at-the-end-of-the-moor-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks for stopping by guys! Hope you’ve enjoyed checking out this new book and I’d love to know if it’s one that you’ll be adding to your TBR pile!

>>Special thanks to Michelle Griep, The CelebrateLit Publicity Team and NetGalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!

🙂

First Line Fridays# 38- Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

Hi Readers, Happy Friday – I’m so excited to be able to share another first line with you this week!

I’ve just finished Snow Angel by Jamie Carie, which was another book in my TBR pile (which is still HUGE) and although I haven’t read it in years, it was just as good a second time through.

So here’s the bookish details!


“Jane jerked upright at the pounding on the nursery door.”

First line of Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

From the back cover

When Noah Wesley heard the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan mountain cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to take a closer look, soon to discover his snow angel.

Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name, as Noah would later learn after boldly saving her life, was Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, and intent on discovering gold like so many others in that region during the late 1800s.

But why Elizabeth was so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a pounding storm that no man would dare face, was a secret to be shared with no one else, not even at the invitation of Noah’s deep blue trusting eyes.

First time novelist Jamie Carie pens a can’t-put-down debut in Snow Angel, a masterfully romantic story wherein cold and lonely hearts risk everything to be forever warmed.


About the Author

Jamie Carie is an inspirational fiction novelist who believes in the power of “story” to touch hearts and change lives. Her debut novel, Snow Angel, a USA News Book winner for Best Romance of 2007, a ForeWord Magazine award winner and a RITA finalist. Her third book, Wind Dancer, was a 2010 Indiana State Library Best Books of Indiana finalist.


What are you reading this weekend?

I would love for you to join in on the First Line Friday fun by commenting below! Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Reading! 🙂

Book Buddy Week

Hi Readers, Happy Tuesday!

I saw on Facebook yesterday this really cool idea called Book Buddy Week. The idea is that all of us are stuck inside with nothing (but reading) to do and we can easily cheer someone up or make there day by giving them a book. So as I was scrolling though Facebook, I came across a post from my blogger buddy, Becca from The Becca Files and she said the first person to comment, would win a book. I typed as quick as I could and I’m so blessed because she is giving me a One Little Lie by Colleen Coble and I’ve been wanting to read it for weeks!


So, I would love to participate in Book Buddy Week by giving away an Ebook copy of The Art of Eavesdropping by Christy Barritt, which just came out today! I’m SOOOOO excited about this book (I pre-ordered it the day I found out that Christy Barritt had a new book) Anyway, Here’s the Bookish Details!

From the Back Cover

Missionary kid Elliot Ransom is restless after moving from her beloved Amazon home to a wealthy DC suburb. Though Storm River, Virginia, is beautiful, it’s also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. She’s never felt so out of place.

Becoming an assistant to a hotshot private investigator changes everything . . .

Expecting to help with filing and background checks, Elliot is shocked when she’s catapulted into the frontlines of a murder investigation instead. While trying to prove their client innocent, she’s forced from the administrative role she usually plays. The change is surprisingly invigorating.

Learning the art of investigating shouldn’t be so dangerous . . . but this case just might be as dicey as the new town Elliot is living in. Could a little harmless eavesdropping lead to a big disaster?


Thank you so much for stopping by and for reading until the end, now here’s the giveaway!

The first person to leave a comment about why they love to read, will win a copy of Christy Barritt’s latest book sent to their Kindle (or Kindle App).

Happy Reading! 🙂