The Vacant House, Blog Tour stop #22 and a Giveaway!

Hi Readers, happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to be a part of yet another blog tour by Celebrate Lit and this time I get to show you Tamara G.Cooper’s take on the classic “who done it” type of story.

The bookish details

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Book: The Vacant House

Author: Tamara G. Cooper

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 3, 2019


From the back cover

She knows she didn’t do it, but everybody thinks she did.

It all begins when best-selling author Sophie O’Brion is the last person to see a murder victim alive. She looks even more guilty when a woman from her church is beaten, and Sophie was seen with her just hours before. Suddenly, people she has known her entire life begin pointing accusing fingers at her.

Marine Master Sergeant Burke Maguire, an old flame who dumped Sophie years ago, has recently been hired as a police officer in Forman Falls, Texas, and is assigned her case. She doesn’t want his help.As she gets deeper and deeper into trouble, though, she must rely on him, but trusting him is another matter.

Will they be able to work together, maneuver dangerous twists and turns, and finally clear her name?

A clean romantic suspense novel that grips you from the very beginning and won’t let you go! The Vacant House is an unforgettable adventure. Read it today, if you have plans to stay up all night.

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My Synopsis

Sophie O’Brion is a best-selling author who writes mysteries, yet she never thought that she would be the main character in her own. For no apparent reason, her old principal and neighbor, Mr. Farnsberry accuses her of killing his cat Yoda. After some investigative work, she finds that Yoda is very much alive – which makes her wonder what Mr. Farnsberry have against her? He couldn’t possibly still be upset about the pranks she pulled on him when she was in school, right? Things start quickly spiraling out of control when Mr. Farnsberry disappears and her next door neighbor is murdered in the middle of the night. It’s starting to become very apparent that someone wants Sophie out of the way. Things are just adding up to nicely – her car appears to have been involved in a car accident with Mr. Farnsberry, her house is broken into (a couple of times) and she is attacked. With the help of Officer Burke Maguire, (her ex-boyfriend, which adds ANOTHER layer to the story) they try to peel back the layers of this mystery, but will they be able to solve it in time?

What did I think?

So this is the first book I’ve read by Tamara G Cooper and I really liked it. Like I mentioned above, it was a classic “who done it” story, but it had SO many twists and turns that I had no idea who the bad guy was and why they were after Sophie. Honestly, there were moments when I was a bit confused because someone I thought was a bad, wasn’t really, or something super unexpected happened; however, everything came together really well in the end. I LOVED the main character, Sophie. She was so funny and she did so many things that made me want to laugh out loud. The relationship between Sophie and Burke was also very entertaining. They had a unique relationship because of their past; however, they didn’t let it affect where they were now… much. Overall, with unique twists and turns and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars **** . I’m looking forward to reading about Sophie’s adventures in the next book in the Sophie O’Brion Mysteries.

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About the Author

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Tamara G. Cooper lives in Texas with her husband, three sons, five dogs, and loves writing mysteries with a touch of romance.

More from Tamara

Book 1 of Sophie O’Brion Mysteries introduces us to Sophie O’Brion, a quirky, funny, and reclusive mystery writer who lives in a small town in East Texas. Because Sophie looks at life through a lens of humor, funny moments appear often. There are frightening moments, too, in her quest to clear her name from pointing fingers accusing her of murder and attempted murder. Sophie is vulnerable, yet strong; reclusive, yet kind; funny, yet serious. And she is determined! It doesn’t help that added to all this is the return of her high school sweetheart who dumped her 12 years before to join the Marines. As a new police officer, Burke is assigned her case, but she doesn’t want his help. Sparks fly, trust doesn’t, and love stays comfortably in the past. Will Sophie and Burke be able to save her reputation and re-ignite their love for each other? I hope you enjoy this book! Happy reading!

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Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 3

Godly Book Reviews, October 3

Pause for Tales, October 4

Emily Yager, October 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 6

Mary Hake, October 6

Texas Book-aholic, October 7

CarpeDiem, October 7

janicesbookreviews, October 8

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 8

Quiet Quilter, October 9

Betti Mace, October 10

Blogging With Carol, October 10

Remembrancy, October 11

A Reader’s Brain, October 12

For Him and My Family, October 12

Moments, October 13

Inklings and notions , October 14

Maureen’s Musings, October 14

My Devotional Thoughts, October 15

HookMeInABook, October 15

Daysong Reflections, October 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tamara is giving away a copy of the book and a $50 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/eeaa/vacant-house-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Thanks so much for joining me on this blog tour, I hope you check this book out and if you do, let me know what you thought!

Happy Reading! 🙂

*I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Tamara G. Cooper.Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone

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First Line Fridays #22- No Way Up by Mary Connealy

Hi Readers. Happy Friday!

I wanted to take a quick second to share the first line from No Way Up by Mary Connealy. This is the first book in The Cimarron Legacy series, which is one series that I could (and have) reread several times.

“The steep sides of the pass into the canyon pressed down on Heath Kincaid until hecould hardly breathe.”

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

From the back cover

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books sold. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at http://www.maryconnealy.com.


What are you reading this weekend? 

Did you read anything good this week? I actually just finished a book by an Author I’ve never read before and it was AMAZING! (stay tuned for my review – hint, it’s from Misty Beller)

How about you? Grab the book you’re currently reading and comment below with the first line.

Happy Reading! 😊

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First Line Friday #21 – Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!!

I’m so excited to share the first line from my current “Must Read” Vow of Justice. So far it’s absolutely amazing and the plot is so good that I’m having a hard time putting it down. (which is why this post is so late😉)

“FBI Special Agent Allison Radcliffe fingered the key in her apron pocket, debating whether she could break into Vladislav Nevsky’s office without getting caught.”

Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

From the back cover

Playing dead might just get her killed

FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes himself to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her “murder.”As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Linc isn’t sure how he’s supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure: he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time–this time for good.


About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor, Called to Protect, and Code of Valor, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at http://www.lynetteeason.com.

What are you reading this weekend? 

Do you like suspense? I’m not sure why I do, but Lynette Eason is one of my favorites. If so, do you have a favorite author? (I know, I know that’s an impossible question, but just pick one of your favorites) Comment below with the first line from the book closest to you and the name of one of your favorite authors.

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Happy Reading 😊

One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn – Review

Synopsis

Dive team Captain Anissa Bell has been hiding a secret for years. She’s always felt guilty that she was the one who made a mistake and yet, she survived, but her friend Carly didn’t. She knows that she may never find the person who killed her friend and kidnapped Jillian (the girl her friend was baby sitting), but she’s never stopped looking. She knows that Carly’s case has to be put on the back burner, while she takes care of the active cases that she’s been assigned and most of the time, she doesn’t think about it; however, when she and Gabe hear two teens in trouble, the situation hits too close to home.

Gabe is given the case, but notices that it seemed to have affected Anissa. He’s always been a bit protective of Anissa, but he’s not sure why; however, it doesn’t matter because he is not the marrying type. When Anissa opens up to him about her past, he’s not sure how to react. These feelings that he is feeling towards Anissa are so strange and new and he’s torn between exploring these feelings and remaining at a comfortable distance. When he learns that someone has a vendetta against Anissa, he’s determined to stop at nothing to protect her – even if it cost him his life.

While investigating the case with her team, Annisa finds herself falling in love with Gabe, which doesn’t make any sense because he annoys the living daylights out of her. She doesn’t understand why she feels this way and to tell you the truth, it really scares her. When she finds out that someone’s out to get her, she’s determined that no one else will get hurt because of her – and that includes her team and more specifically Gabe

Here’s what I thought

This is the third book in the Dive Team Investigation series and I highly recommend every book in the series – that being said, this book is written in such a way that it could be read as a standalone; however, I personally recommend reading the first two books so that you can have a better understanding of all the team has gone through. I’ve been excited to read Anissa and Gabe’s story ever since I finished book two and this book was even better then I expected! Seriously, this has to be my favorite in the entire series. There is so much depth to each of the characters and I LOVED the dynamic relationship between Gabe and Anissa. What really set this book apart for me was how strong both Anissa and Gabe’s faith was. It was really amazing to see both character’s faith in action and to see them live it on a daily basis. (yes, I know that the character’s are fictional, but we can still learn a lot from them) Overall, with a dynamic storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat and a very explosive ending, One Final Breath is a definite “Must Read”. Rated 5 out of 5 stars *****

Here’s the bookish details,

From the Back Cover

When investigator Gabriel Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell–a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her–the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa’s fractured past collides with Gabe’s investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they’ll have to put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they’ll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.

Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn closes out her nail-biting Dive Team Investigations series with a story that will have you wondering how long you can hold your breath.

About the Author

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the Surface, In Too Deep, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense, and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

*I received a copy of this book through Lynn H’ Blackburn and Revell. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

Throwback Thursday Reviews – The Cradle Conspiracy by Christy Barritt

Hi Readers, Happy Thursday!

Throwback Thursday Reviews are for books that are on my “Must Read” list; however, they are not new releases. (well, this one is from August, so it’s not that old). This book is by an amazing suspense author, Christy Barritt! If you haven’t checked out her books and you like suspense, I would definitely recommend any of her books.

Here’s the Bookish Details

From the back cover

A child in jeopardy

A heart-racing The Baby Protectors story. When the mother of the toddler Sienna Thompson is babysitting never returns for him—and then the child’s nearly abducted—Sienna knows their lives are in danger. Sienna’s neighbor, FBI agent Devin Matthews, thwarts the kidnapping and promises to protect Sienna and the boy. But when they discover the child’s missing mother isn’t who she claimed to be, can they survive long enough to uncover the truth?


My Synopsis

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Sienna Thompson was just supposed to be doing a simple favor for someone. She promised her co-worker Anita, that she would watch her toddler for a few days; however, when the day came for Colby to be picked up, his mom never showed. That night, someone broke into Sienna’s house and tried to kidnap Colby; however, both Sienna and Colby are saved by Sienna’s mysterious, yet handsome neighbor, FBI agent Devin Matthews. Unsure of where to go, they rush off into the night to hide until they can find out who’s after them. Every time they think that they’re safe, danger finds them. Determined to take care of Colby until Anita can be found, Sienna and Devin set out discover why someone wants the baby so badly that they’re willing to kill anyone and everyone who stands in their way.

Here’s what I thought about it

This is book five of the Baby Protectors series and its part of the Love Inspired Suspense collection. Although this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. I’m truly amazed at how much depth the author put in such a small story. The characters were well written and the relationship between Sienna and Devin was perfect.

The overall plot was so exciting (in a suspenseful way) and there are so many twist and turns that I had a hard time putting the book down. One thing I love about this book (and any other Love Inspired Suspense novel) is the size. I love that it’s small enough to fit in my purse and also small enough that I can read in one afternoon. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****


About the Author

Christy Barritt loves stories and has been writing them for as long as she can remember. When she’s not working on books, Christy writes articles for various publications. She’s also a frequent speaker at various writers groups, women’s luncheons and church events. She’s married to Scott, a teacher. They have two sons, two dogs and a houseplant named Martha. For more information, visit her website at: http://www.christybarritt.com. 

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Reading! 🙂

Stitches In Time Blog Tour Stop #15 – plus a giveaway!

Hi Readers!

Have you ever felt like your life is spinning out of control? Like everything you had planned and hoped for, is suddenly slipping though your fingers? That’s how it felt for Luke and Izzy Schrock, Luke had always been a trouble maker; however, ever since he married Izzy, he’s started to turn his life around. He finally feels like he and Izzy are in a good place in their relationship/marriage, when he’s unexpectedly chosen to be a Deacon. Shocked by this turn of events, he tries his best to be the man God wants him to be; however, it’s really hard for him to believe he can do the job when not even his wife voted for him

Here’s the Bookish Details

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Book: Stitches in Time

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Contemporary Amish fiction

Release Date: October 1, 2019

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From the back cover

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

Here’s what I thought of the story

First, this is the second book in The Deacon’s Family series, but it definitely could be read as a stand alone. The book follows the lives of Mollie Graber, Sam Schrock and Luke and Izzy Schrock who each have their own unique set of struggles and I think it’s really cool that the author wrote each of the main characters in a way that we can relate to each of them. Mollie feels led to do something big for God (she wants to make an impact in two girls lives) and unfortunately, it’s not as easy as she throught it was going to be, Sam is struggling with trusting people, because every time he loves someone, they pass away, Luke is struggling with this job that he has been given and is worried that he will let those he love down and Izzy is worried that God will not ever bless her with a child and even though she has her sheep, they just don’t seem to fill the void in her heart. The story was really good, and I LOVE the ending (it will almost make you cry – don’t worry, it’s in a good way), definitely hoping that there will be another book in the series.

If you want to check out the first book in the series, click on the picture below

Mending Fences (The Deacon's Family Book #1) by [Fisher, Suzanne Woods]

If you want to get your own copy of Stitches in Time, click on one of the links below!

Amazon Kindle Nook for Barnes and Noble Google Play Books

Christian Book Distributors

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About the Author

Carol-award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes untold stories about inspiring people. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World to the historical novel Anna’s Crossing.

A Word from Suzanne

Question: Have you ever felt the tug to become a foster parent?

Suzanne: On any given day, there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the United States. Most states have a critical need for more foster parents, and the number of children placed in foster care increases yearly. There are plenty of assumptions about having foster children, but most are incorrect. The media has a tendency to focus on the negative, but from all the research I conducted to write this book, for every bad news story, there were two good ones. Good stories just don’t make the news. Below are some of the most common assumptions about foster care, with corrected information that is applicable across the United States (but keep in mind that each state has their own requirements).

Myth: Kids in foster care are bad or troubled.

Truth: Children in foster care are good kids taken out of a troubled situation. They need a caring foster parent who is patient and understanding. When given the opportunity, most of these children begin to thrive.

Myth: To be a foster parent, you need to be married and own a home and be a college graduate.

Truth: You don’t need to be married or to own a home or even be a college graduate. That means if you’re single or renting, you can be a foster parent.

Myth: I can’t afford to be a foster parent.

Truth: There are monthly reimbursement rates for children in foster care based on the level of care you provide. Medical and dental care is paid through state Medicaid programs.

Myth: Most kids in foster care are teenagers.

Truth: The average age of a child entering foster care is seven years old.

Myth: Most kids are in foster care because their parents have abused drugs.

Truth: Now, this one is not a myth. It’s true. There are fifteen categories that can be responsible for a child’s removal from a home. Drug abuse from a parent has had the largest percentage increase.

Myth: Fostering could require a commitment until the child turns eighteen.

Truth: Generally, children remain in state care for less than two years. Only six percent spend five or more years in foster care.

Myth: It’s too hard to give a child up to his biological family.

Truth: Most children are in foster care for a short time, returning to their biological families. Reuniting a child to his family is the ideal situation. Foster families provide a safe haven for a child. Healthy grieving is to be expected, but it’s for the right reasons. It’s healthy.

Myth: You can’t adopt foster children.

Truth: In 2016, more than 65,000 children—whose mothers and fathers parental rights were legally terminated—waiting to be adopted. Also in 2016, more than 20,000 children “aged out” of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to a “forever family” have a higher likelihood than the general youth population to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults. Is there room in your heart and family for a child in need? There are many ways to get involved, some that do not even require foster care. One recommendation: volunteer with The National CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children. You can find out more information here: www.casaforchildren.org.

Or consider small ways to connect to children in need—after school tutoring at your public library. Volunteering at a community center. Buy Christmas gifts for a family in need through an Adopt-a-Family program with a local church. Support a family who does provide foster care with respites—babysitting or meals. There’s many ways to get involved to care for children in need. And every little bit makes a difference.

Blog Tour Stops

The Power of Words, September 26

The Becca Files, September 26

SusanLovesBooks, September 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 27

Through the Fire Blogs, September 27

Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, September 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 28

Anne Rightler, September 28

Inspiration Clothesline, September 28

Texas Book-aholic, September 28

Book bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 29

Blogging With Carol , September 29

Hookmeinabook , September 29

The Avid Reader, September 30

Mia Reads, September 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 30

janicesbookreviews, October 1

My Devotional Thoughts, October 1

Maureen’s Musings, October 1

CarpeDiem, October 1

For Him and My Family, October 2

Stories By Gina, October 2

Activating Faith, October 2

A Reader’s Brain, October 3

EmpowerMoms, October 3

Wishful Endings, October 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

Carla Loves To Read, October 4

Pause for Tales, October 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 4

Inklings and notions , October 5

Quiet Quilter, October 5

Vicky Sluiter, October 5

Hallie Reads, October 5

Blossoms and Blessings, October 6

For The Love of Books , October 6

For the Love of Literature, October 6

Bigreadersite, October 7

By The Book, October 7

She Lives to Read, October 7

Moments, October 8

Southern Gal Loves to Read, October 8

Girls in White Dresses, October 8

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 9

Giveaway

https://promosimple.com/ps/ec6a/stitches-in-time-celebration-tour-giveaway

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

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/ec6a/stitches-in-time-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Reading! 🙂

*I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Suzanne Woods Fisher. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone

First Line Friday # 20 – The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I don’t have much time to talk, but I wanted to take a quick second and share the first line from one of the books I’m reading.

“Merrill Krause tucked an errant strand of hair under her knit cap and sighed”

The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson

From the back cover

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she’s bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses–despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn’t intimidated by them or by Merrill’s strength and lack of femininity. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God–and each other–and embrace the promise of love?

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About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

I would love to know what you’re currently reading, so join the fun and comment with the first line from the book closet to you!

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Hashtag Rogue Blog Tour stop #17, Review and a giveaway!

Hi Readers, Happy Wednesday!! I’m so excited to be a part of the Hashtag Rogue Blog tour, so I just want to welcome you to stop #17!

So first, the Bookish Details;

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Book: Hashtag Rogue

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense

Release Date: August 20, 2019

From the back cover

Something is terribly wrong in The Agency… Again.

Flynne Dortmann: computer specialist extraordinaire. The right arm of every agent in The Agency. And totally untrained for agent duty.

So when no one takes a threat seriously, Flynne does the only thing she can think of. With money she has no authorization to use, a gun she’s never fired in her hip pocket, and more zip-ties than any agent should be allowed to carry, Flynne takes on protective detail for an unwilling client. #Rogue.

Mark Cho hasn’t had a chance to get used to being Marco Mendina—head of the Eastern US Agency. Not only that, every sign points to someone knowing he isn’t who he appears to be. His agency is in trouble.  His agents may be in danger, and with an office girl gone rogue, deciding what problem to tackle first is a problem in itself.

Not to mention, he misses his office assistant with her emoji-speak, killer tech skills, and sharp instincts.

So what did I think?

First, I want to let you know that I’ve never read any of the previous books in the series, so I read this book as a standalone (I wanted to check out the book because I thought the title was intriguing and I liked the cover – I know, I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but…) I will say it was a little difficult at first to understand what was going on, but you quickly get grabbed into the story. It’s funny, but I never saw myself liking a character with purple, blue and green hair and who talks teen-speak (Coolio – cool, Amazeballs – amazing and there are so many others that I felt dropped my IQ😉) but Flynn really grew on me. She’s a smart computer techie, who saw a threat that no one else saw and decided to take matters into her own hands. She quickly grabbed what she thought she needed and didn’t realize what she was getting into until she was already too deep. Seriously, with Flynn’s attempts at being an agent, Erika’s never-ending commentary on how annoying Flynn’s language is, combined with everything else going on, this book is incredibly hard to put down! There are several characters that aren’t a christian and they do swear, but nothing is written out (for example, it would say that Mark said a few choice words, or Flynn used her strange language to say something that was completely gibberish). Another thing that I loved about the book was that Keith and Erika’s faith was contagious and it started making a difference in several of the agents lives, even when they didn’t want to accept it. Seriously, I would love to make that much of a difference in my job. Overall, I really liked the book and I LOVED the author’s attention to the little details. I’ve already decided that I want to learn more about the character’s, so I’m going to have to back track and read the all the other books in the series. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to order more books😊

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About the Author

Chautona

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

Read an Excerpt

Erika ordered her eyes to open. They declined the offer. Once more, and with as much of a mental drill sergeant tone as she could muster, she demanded the possibility of sight. Neither eyelid gave so much as a twitch.

Resigned, she then tried to ascertain the reason for said incorporation by the lids of her eyes. Her brain, too, had gone AWOL. White noise replaced rational thought, grit, replaced natural eye moisture, and if the sensation coming from her tongue could be trusted, she’d transformed into a cottonmouth.

Except that I can’t slither. I know I can’t.

That, Erika decided, was improvement. It just had to be rational thought. Oh, God please. A question arose. Do I pray? The moment she asked, Erika nodded—inwardly, anyway. I do. Not sure since when… maybe that’ll come next. Clarity formed when a voice broke through what might or might not have been consciousness.

“Oh, thank whatever you’re supposed to thank—don’t want to be, like, totes offensive if I’m not supposed to say, ‘God,’ but I was afraid you had flat-lined.”

“Flynne?”

“Yay! She lives!”

Why do I feel like that’s supposed to be “He lives?”

“So, can you sit up if I help you?”

Bile churned in Erika’s gut. Her eyes felt like they bugged, but she wasn’t even confident she could see anymore. Then Flynne’s purple, green, and blue hair came into view. She glared, wrestling her mouth into contortions and fighting back the urge to vomit. “Please!”

It came out more like, “Mmmweeeeeffff”

“Can’t understand you.” Flynne’s eyes narrowed.

Perspiration formed on Erika’s forehead, neck, and in every other uncomfortable place. Cold, clammy perspiration.

“Do you promise not to scream if I take this off?” She tapped the tape.

Erika just nodded with vehemence that nearly lost her what breakfast she’d eaten.

Again, Flynne’s eyes grew even narrower than the first time. “Okay…” Eyes wide, the girl ripped off her high-top converse and pulled a sock from her foot. “So help me, if you scream, I’m stuffing this in your mouth—supes gross.” She wriggled it for effect—just in case Erika didn’t catch the utter disgustingness of it.

Once more, Erika nodded and pleaded. You’re so going to regret threatening me with that.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, September 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 18

As He Leads is Joy, September 19

April Hayman, Author, September 19

Emily Yager, September 20

CarpeDiem, September 20

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 21

Moments With Mercy, September 21

EmpowerMoms, September 22

Connect in Fiction , September 22

Texas Book-aholic, September 23

Betti Mace, September 23

For Him and My Family, September 24

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 24

Aryn The Libraryan ? , September 25

Hookmeinabook , September 25

janicesbookreviews, September 26

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 26

A Reader’s Brain, September 27

Bettie Rushlow, September 27

Inklings and notions , September 28

Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, September 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 30

Blogging With Carol, September 30

Lots of Helpers, October 1

Mary Hake, October 1

One last thing!

Here is one of the funniest quotes from the book. (well, one of them)

“I just lost fifty IQ points. I know it. Let’s start with prayers for rejuvenated little gray cells and move onto repentance after that. Okay, Lord?”

Erika Powlowski, Hashtag Rogue by Chautona Havig

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package of a 6 month subscription to Kindle Unlimited!!

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/eb9c/hashtag-rogue-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Reading 🙂

*I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Chautona Havig. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

First Line Fridays #19 – The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I’m so excited that fall is almost here!! The leaves are starting to change here in VA and this morning it was only 48 degrees. 🙂 I love this time of year because it gives me an excuse to sit in front of my fireplace with a cup of tea, my dog, a warm blanket and of course, a great book. So this week, by first line is from Dani Pettrey’s latest novel, The Killing Tide. Seriously, if you have some free time and are looking for a book that is hard to put down, this is definitely one you want to check out!

“Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.”

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

Wow!! This is one of the most intense first lines I have ever read. This one sentence tells us nothing except that Finn is either injured or is working out incredibly hard. I won’t tell you much, but I will say that this book is definitely on my “Must Read” list.

From the back cover

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

About the Author

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at http://www.danipettrey.com.


What are you reading this weekend? 

What do you like to read on a chilly night, all curled up in a blanket? Do you like Suspense, Romance or maybe Historical Romance? I’d love to know what your reading today, so join the First Line Friday fun by grabbing the book nearest to you and leaving the first line in the comments below.

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First Line Fridays #18 – The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Can you believe that it’s already September? I was hoping that life would slow down a bit now that school has started and things should start to settle down, but it seems like my days are even busier now, then before. So my question for you is, how do you find time to read when everything else seems to demand your time? Thankfully I still have a little bit of time for reading and I am LOVING my current “must read” so I thought I would share the first line with you.

“The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.”

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

This first line is interesting to me, because all you get is that there’s numbers… but we have no idea what they’re for or what they mean 🙂

The Number of Love is the first book of Roseanna’s latest series, The Codebreakers and so far it is AMAZING!

Here is the information from the back cover

The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network–field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy’s plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) 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, designing book covers, editing, 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.


What are you reading this weekend? 

Are you reading something new to you, or are you sitting down with a favorite – I’d love to know the first line of the book that you’re currently reading.

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Happy Reading! 😊