First Line Friday # 45 – Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

Hi Readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

I’m so sorry for not posting as much this month (I haven’t posted in about three weeks!?!), but I know that there’s been some amazing books that have come out. So this week, I wanted to show you a book that I pre-ordered as soon as it came out, because it’s by one of my favorite authors – so, without further ado, here’s the first line (actually, first few lines) from Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason!


The pain compelled her – No… propelled her. It had to end. Living this way wasn’t living.

First three lines of Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

From The Back Cover

Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when her convoy is attacked and she’s taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander–Sarah’s imposing father–to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she’s discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother’s suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah’s career–if she can survive long enough to write it.

Strap in for another breakneck nail-biter from bestselling romantic suspense author Lynette Eason that will have you up turning pages long into the night.


About the Author

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.


What are you reading this week? Would you read this book? I read the first book in the series and it was almost IMPOSSIBLE to put down.

I’d love to know what book you’re currently reading and I’d like 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!

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund – Review

Hi Readers, It’s finally the weekend!

Hopefully you can find time to sit down and read a great book and if you want to read a historical fiction, I have just the book for you to check out!

I absolutely loved Jody Hedlund’s latest book in the Bride Ships series, A Bride of Convenience and I can’t wait to show it to you! So without further ado, let me take you to British Columbia in the year 1863. Let’s go!


Book: A Bride of Convenience

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Series: The Bride Ships (book 3)

Release Date: June 30th 2020


From The Back Cover

Unemployed mill worker Zoe Hart jumps at the opportunity to emigrate to British Columbia in 1863 to find a better life and be reunited with her brother, who fled from home after being accused of a crime.

Pastor to miners in the mountains, Abe Merivale discovers an abandoned baby during a routine visit to Victoria and joins efforts with Zoe, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. While there, he’s devastated by the news from his fiancee in England that she’s marrying another man.

With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Zoe accepts a proposal from a miner of questionable character after he promises to help her locate her brother. Intent on protecting Zoe and frustrated by his failed engagement, Abe offers his own hand as groom. After a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.

Click here to get a copy!!


What did I think?

As I mentioned above, this is book 3 in the The Bride Ship Series, but it could be read as a standalone. So first, the cover is gorgeous and although I like the info on the back cover, I just don’t think it does the book justice (there is just no way to get the how awesome the story is just by reading the back cover). As soon as I read the part where Zoe stood up for her friend and then risked getting sick to take care of her, I knew that I was going to fall in love with the characters in the book. There were two things that I absolutely loved about the story. The first one was that although Zoe thought she couldn’t find love and was happy just being a bride of convenience, God had other plans for her and not only did he protect her from a horrible marriage, but he gave her a godly husband who would love and cherish her for who she was (it would take a little time, but he would get there).

The second thing was the end of the story, Oh the ending was so unbelievably perfect that I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want the story to end!! (seriously, I had a huge smile on my face while reading the last few chapters, and my sister thought I was losing it). I’ve read the first and second book in this series, but this one was by far by FAVORITE in the series, Correction, this is my favorite book that Jody Hedlund has written so far. I absolutely recommend this book and cannot wait for the next book!! I give the book 5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here’s one of the many quotes that I LOVED from this book, just so you could have an idea of how awesome the book was.

“Maybe all God required was a willing heart and the trust that He’d work out the rest of the details in His timing and His Way.”

Quote from A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 20 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats. Visit her at www.jodyhedlund.com.


Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about the book, the characters, the cover… anything! Just leave a comment below. 🙂

>>Special thanks to Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey – Review

Hi Readers!

Hope you’re enjoying your Summer! I have the perfect book for you to read if you like to read romantic suspense and it’s by one of my favorite Suspense Authors, Dani Pettrey! So without further ado, here is The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey!


Book: The Crushing Depths

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Series: Coastal Guardians

Release Date: June 30th 2020


From the Back Cover

They know the power and peril of the ocean. But as they get closer to the deadly truth… an even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.


What Did I Think?

As I mentioned earlier, this is book two in the Coastal Guardian series, but it can be read as a standalone too (Although I recommend reading the first book, The Killing Tide because it’s awesome and because it gives you some of the back story on the characters). So first of all, I want to say that the cover is amazing and the story itself is just as awesome! I absolutely loved everything about this book and have so many highlights and bookmarks that I thought my Kindle was going to give me an error message every time I opened the book! Normally my favorite characters would be the main ones; however, in this book I loved all of them. There was so much going on throughout the story and each set of characters had their own unique challenges. Mason and Rissi were investigating an accident on an oil rig to determine if it was really an accident,and Emmy, Logan and Caleb were investigating the corporation that may have been responsible. Meanwhile, Noah was investigating who was threatening Brooke.

Although there is suspense threaded throughout the entire story, there is also a undertone of romance between several of the characters and moments where you see the way the team had become a family (which was another thing I loved). Overall, I loved the book and cannot wait until the third one – I just hope that it’s about Emmy and Logan. This book is another must read if you like romantic suspense and I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“Living in the past only gives people who’ve hurt you more power over you. It’s best to forget them and move forward, never looking back.”

Quote from The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey

Click here for your copy and for more info!


About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than a half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. 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). For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com



Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about the book, the characters, the cover… anything! Just leave a comment below. 🙂

>>Special thanks to Dani Pettrey, Bethany House Publisher and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!

First Line Friday #44 – The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and an awesome forth of July! I won’t take long today because I need to go to work in just a few minutes, but I wanted to take a moment and share the first line of one of the books I’m reading this week. So this book is by one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Julie Klassen and it is Awesome! (I’ve reread it several times) So, without further ado here is the first line of The Girl in the Gatehouse.


“The end of the only life I’ve known, thought Mariah Aubrey, looking back through the carriage window at the shrinking figures of her mother and sister,”

First line of The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

From the Back Cover

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative’s estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how–by writing novels in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans.

The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?


About the Author





Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit http://www.julieklassen.com


What are you reading this week? Would you read this book?

I’d love to know what book you’re currently reading and I’d 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!

Following the Evidence – Love Inspired Suspense Blog Blitz!

Following the Evidence Blog Blitz

Hi Readers,

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Following the Evidence by Lynn Shannon, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Following the Evidence

Author: Lynn Shannon

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

About the Book

Bringing a tracking dog to town put her in a killer’s sights

Inheriting a ranch is a fresh start for Emma Pierce, her baby and her search-and-rescue dog—until someone tries to kill her. But Sheriff Reed Atkinson won’t let anyone hurt his first love…especially when they uncover a connection to his vanished sister. Can Reed solve both cases before he loses his sister and the woman he’s falling for all over again?

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The sound of a loud crash turned his blood cold. Emma! The front door was wooden, old, with a flimsy deadbolt. Thunder boomed, and Reed took advantage. He rammed the door with a well-placed kick. His heel screamed in protest, but the wood splintered.“Come on, come on…” He focused his energy on the weak spot he’d created. He slammed into the door again. It shuddered and gave way. He entered the house, his flashlight moving over everything. A banister leading upstairs. A dining room to his right. A living room to his left. His breathing was ragged, but the hand holding his weapon was steady. Which way? Upstairs or toward the back of the house? He paused, straining to listen. There. A noise coming from the kitchen. He raced down the hallway. Someone was coughing. His flashlight caught a dark figure bolting out the back door. Reed swung to his left. Emma sat on the tile floor, one hand holding her neck. Her face was red and her longhair stuck out in all directions. Relief replaced the terror in her expression when she caught sight of him.


About the Author

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, an extremely spoiled dog, and a turtle who hibernates half the year.  You can visit her website www.lynnshannon.com for more info!

You can also connect with Lynn through Social Media!

Facebook |Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a cop y of Following the Evidence and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Following the Evidence JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 8, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 15, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about the book, the characters, the cover… anything! Just leave a comment below. 

Happy Reading!

Texas Twin Abduction Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Stop #24

Hi Readers – Happy 4th of July!!

I’m so excited to be able to show you an awesome little book that is perfect for sticking in your purse or bag and having with you… just in case you need something to read while sitting by the lake or waiting for the fireworks to start… 🙂 So, since I’m sure you’re going to be busy today, maybe spending time with your families, I won’t talk long. So without further ado, here is Texas Twin abduction by Virginia Vaughan!


Book:  Texas Twin Abduction

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre:  Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Collection: Part of the Love Inspired Suspense collection


About the Book

This twin’s past is a blank… And she might not have a future.


Waking up in a bullet-ridden car with a bag of cash and a deputy insisting she’s his ex-fiancée, Ashlee Taylor has no memory of what happened—or of Lawson Avery. But with her twin missing and someone hunting her down, she must trust him with her life. Can Lawson save her and her sister—even as Ashlee’s forgotten secrets become an inescapable trap?
 
 >>Click here to get your copy!


What Did I Think?

So this book is part of the Love Inspired Suspense collection and I have to say it’s the best one I’ve ever read! It kept me engaged from the very first page and it was incredibly hard to put down. Occasionally, the Love Inspired Suspense books can be a bit predictable because of their small size (only about 224 pages), but this one wasn’t predictable at all – I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I’ll tell you that there’s so many twists in the story that at times you don’t know who is good and who isn’t.

The book starts out with Deputy Lawson (the main character) finding his ex-fiance Ashlee, (the other character) and realizing that she has amnesia. She has no recollection of who she is or why she’s in a car filled with bullet holes, all she knows that she feels safe when Lawson is around. Lawson has no idea why God has brought his ex-fiance back in his life, but he wonders if he’s been given a second chance. Throughout the story you see the two characters grow close to each other, but the shocking revelation at the end may ruin the relationship they thought they had.

Overall, I think this is a definite Must Read and I’m so excited that this is the beginning of a series!

I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

More from Virginia

Thanks for joining me for a brand new adventure. TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION is the first book in my new Cowboy Lawmen series and it’s a departure from what I normally write. I love writing about cops and serial killers so when my editor first suggested the cowboy/western theme, I was hesitant. I’m a city girl at heart so this was so far out of my comfort zone! But I couldn’t resist for long. After all, who doesn’t love a cowboy? Thankfully, I found a way to merge what I loved—law enforcement, FBI, US Marshals—with the cowboy/family themed books my editor wanted to see by making my group of hero brothers a family of law enforcement types with ties to the family ranch. The best of both words. Score!


Book one in this new series, TEXAS TWIN ABDUCTION, begins with my hero, little brother Lawson Avery, in a quandary. All he ever wanted out of life was to run his family’s Texas ranch, but his ex-fiancée Ashlee’s final words to him as she skipped out on their wedding was that his desire for the simple life made him unambitious and unworthy of her love. Her words broke him, sending him searching for something more meaningful to do with his life, eventually winding up as a deputy in the sheriff’s office. But, despite law enforcement being in his blood, Lawson finally realized that life wasn’t for him and made plans to return to the ranch. However, his plans are sidetracked when he finds Ashlee unconscious on the side of the road in a bullet-ridden car with no memory of him or their past together. When it becomes clear that someone wants her dead, Lawson steps in to act as her protector. But will digging into the mysteries of her past cost him the future he still longs to have with her?


I hope you enjoy this book and this brand new series! Look for the next book—older brother US Marshal Miles Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT this October.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 24

The Avid Reader, June 24

Bigreadersite, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 25

Older & Smarter?, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 26

For the Love of Literature, June 27

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 27

Texas Book-aholic, June 28

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Betti Mace, June 29

Genesis 5020, June 29

For Him and My Family, June 30

Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 30

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 30

KarenSueHadley, July 1

reviewingbooksplusmore, July 1

Blossoms and Blessings, July 2

deb’s Book Review, July 2

Through the Fire Blogs, July 3

Emily Yager, July 3

Pause for Tales, July 4

Hookmeinabook, July 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 5

EmpowerMoms, July 5

Mary Hake, July 5

Hallie Reads, July 6

Godly Book Reivews, July 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 7

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, July 7


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and a copy of Texas Twin Abduction!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below or the picture to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fcd5/texas-twin-abduction-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about the book, the characters, the cover… anything! Just leave a comment below. 🙂

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

Happy Reading!

First Line Friday #43 – Circle of Spies by Roseanna M. White

Hi Readers, Happy Summer!

I’m not sure what part of the world you are in, but here in VA it is HOT!! (like in the 90’s with lots of humidity). So the best activity for those hot summer days (besides swimming) is reading! Especially with a glass of ice cold lemonade and a fan. 🙂 So in case you are looking for a book to read, I want to share the first line from one of my FAVORITE Authors, Roseanna M. White! So without further ado, here’s the first line from Circle of Spies.


“Marietta Hughes was the worst widow in the history of mourning.”

First line of Circle of Spies, book 3 in the Culper Ring Series by Roseanna M. White

1865―Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but the family legacy of espionage is thrust upon her as the War Between the States rolls on. Unknown to her, the Knights of the Golden Circle―a Confederate secret society bent on destroying the Union her brother died for―has been meeting in a hidden lair beneath her home. Faced with the secrets of her late husband and his brother, whom she thought she could trust with anything, Marietta’s world tilts out of control. Can she right it by protecting a Union agent infiltrating the KGC?

Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to end the conflict between the North and the South. When he infiltrates this secret cell, it isn’t just their inner workings that baffle him―it’s the beautiful woman who seems to be a puppet for the new leader and yet…so much more.

Do they dare trust each other in this circle of intrigue? Will their shared faith sustain them? And can Mari and Slade stymie the enemy long enough to see their beloved country reunited?

Click here if you want more information and to get your copy!


About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.


What are you reading this week? Would you read this book?

I’d love to know what book you’re currently reading and I’d 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!

Dead Silence by Robin Caroll Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Stop# 20 and review!

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Hi Readers!

Hope you all are having a fantastic week so far. Well, I’m thrilled to be a part of another Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and this time it’s for an author that I’ve never read before – so without further ado, let me tell you about Dead Silence by Robin Caroll


About the Book

Book: Dead Silence

Author: Robin Caroll

Genre: Christian Suspense

Series: N/A

Release Date: June 2020

From the Back Cover

Political games can be deadly…

Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassins.

Click here to get your copy!


What did I think?

So my favorite thing about the book had to have been the simple, yet easily forgotten message that even when you feel like God is not listening or you don’t get the answer you prayed for, God is ALWAYS there. listening to your every word, and He has a plan for us – even when we can’t see it. I really liked reading about Elise’s (the main character) spiritual journey , because you can tell at the beginning of the book, that she felt like God had abandoned her and He didn’t care about her and her son anymore. I also loved the support that Elise received from her sister – in – law, Mary Ellen. Here’s a quote that sums up what I liked about the book;

“She’d had a few days to come to terms with everything that happened and how it all worked out. God did always have a plan. Sawyer’s deafness had saved his life.”

Quote from Dead Silence by Robin Caroll

There were also a couple of things that I didn’t like about the book, like that the FBI agents seemed incompetent and weren’t doing their job. Throughout the story, Elise and her family (and Wesson) were the ones who found any leads, the FBI just kind of stood around. The other thing I didn’t care for was that there is no romantic sub-plot. I guess I’m so used to always reading about a hero and a heroine who fall in love by the end of the book, that when it wasn’t there, I really missed it.

All that being said, I did enjoy the book (especially the end) and would recommend the book to anyone who likes to read suspense books, but doesn’t like the romantic aspects (like my brother and sister). I will also check out other books by this author (I just bought two on my Kindle)

Overall, I rated the book 3 out of 5 stars and I only gave it three stars because it “wasn’t my cup of tea”, but I would encourage you to read it and tell me what you think!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

About the Author

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.”

Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com.

More from Robin

Hi, there. . .Robin here. I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. I have to say, I love this book. The heroine is strong, yet flawed. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. The love of a mother for her child is so ingrained in me that I wanted to share that in a story.

I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. Many years ago, I became friends with someone who is deaf. She shared with me some of her frustrations, but also how her way of life is in comparison to mine. It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. I hope that I portrayed my characters in this positive light.

While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capitol city for Arkansas. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story.

I hope that you enjoy reading DEAD SILENCE as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 19

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Texas Book-aholic, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Emily Yager, June 20

For the Love of Literature, June 21

Rebecca Tews, June 21

By The Book, June 22

Spoken from the Heart, June 22

Genesis 5020, June 22

KarenSueHadley, June 23

Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 23

Betti Mace, June 24

Remembrancy, June 24

Older & Smarter?, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

Read Review Rejoice, June 25

Through the Fire Blogs, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

HookMeInABook, June 26

For Him and My Family, June 27

Mary Hake, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 28

amandainpa, June 28

Worthy2Read, June 29

Pause for Tales, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Hallie Reads, June 30

Daysong Reflections, July 1

Lights in a Dark World, July 1

Quiet Quilter, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 2

Maureen’s Musings, July 2


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fcd1/dead-silence-celebration-tour-giveaway


Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to know what you think about the book, the characters, the cover… anything! Just leave a comment below.

>>Special thanks to Net Galley, Robin Caroll, and Celebrate Lit for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading! 🙂

At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer – Review

Hi Readers!

I feel like it’s been forever since Karen Witemeyer (one of my FAVORITE authors) has made a book and I was thrilled when I found out that not only did she write a new book, but it’s the beginning of a new series! So without further ado, here’s At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer!


Book: At Love’s Command
Series: Hanger’s Horsemen (Book 1)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Published: June 2, 2020
Paperback: 384 pages

From The Back Cover

Haunted by the horrors of war, ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries known as Hanger’s Horsemen who have become legends in 1890s Texas. They defend the innocent and obtain justice for the oppressed. But when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they’re the ones in need of saving.

Dr. Josephine Burkett is used to men taking one look at her skirts and discounting her medical skills. What she’s not used to is having a man change his mind in a heartbeat and offer to assist her in surgery. Matthew Hanger’s dedication to his friend during recovery earns Josephine’s respect, and when she hears of her brother’s abduction, he becomes her only hope for rescue.

Matt has stared down ruthless outlaws, betrayal, and injury, but when a bossy lady doctor crawls under his skin, his heart is tempted to surrender. And when she is caught in the crossfire, he may have to sacrifice everything–even his team–to save her.

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What did I think…

As I mentioned before, I’ve been waiting for this book for months! And it definitely didn’t disappoint. The plot starts on the very first page and is intertwined with a bit of suspense, romance, betrayal and humor. I love how the main character Dr. Josephine Burkett, is very independent and is making a life for herself by doing something that typically (at that time) only men did and it was awesome to read how she overcame several obstacles in her life to get there. One of my FAVORITE parts of the story was at the very beginning when Matthew Hanger (the other main character) met Dr. Jo for the very first time and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their interactions throughout the book. Just so you can get an idea of the story, here’s a quote from right after Dr. Jo met Matthew.

“Josephine swallowed. The prospect of having a dictatorial military type under foot should annoy her. So why did the twisting in her belly fell less like annoyance and more like anticipation?

Quote from At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer

Another thing that I liked was that the characters are so relatable! Especially Dr. Jo and Matthew. Both of them thought that they could never find love because of their job and they were OK with it, but of course God had different plans for them. Overall, I loved the entire book and can’t think of a single thing that I didn’t like about it, except that it had an end (LOL). At least book 2 should be coming out soon! I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would give it more, but I ran out of stars! 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer (www.karenwitemeyer.com) offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.

ALSO!! You can join her Facebook Reader group, The Posse for more information her books, behind the scenes fun, giveaways and goodies AND fun interactive activities!! Seriously, this is my favorite Facebook group! 🙂


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my latest Must Read and I’d love to know if this is a book you would read or if you’ve ever read any of Karen Witemeyer’s other books.

>>Special thanks to Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Happy Reading! 🙂

First Line Friday# 42 – The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

Hi Readers – Happy Friday!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend so far and are finding time to sit down and read a good book. Sometimes, I like to read YA (young adult) books for fun, especially the YA books from Melanie Dickerson. So that being said, I would like to show you one of her latest creations, The Piper’s Pursuit!


“Did Katerina dare to stay out hunting past dark?”

First line of The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

From the Back Cover

A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.

A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people.

In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost.

When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.

Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.

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About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for all things Medieval with her love of romance and fairy tales. She also loves Regency Romance and has drawn on her Southern heritage to write a romance set in the late 1800s called Magnolia Summer. Check out more information on all of her books, including this one by going to her website, http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.


What are you reading this week? Would you (or do you) read any YA books? I’d love to know what book you’re currently reading and I’d 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! 🙂