First Line Fridays #66 – The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

I’m so happy to see that Fall is coming and with it, cold evenings, because there is nothing better then sitting near the fireplace on a cold night reading a great book, while wrapped in a blanket and drinking a cup of hot tea. So, if you need a new to check out, here is one you might like! I just started reading this book this afternoon and so far I am really enjoying it. So without further ado, my First Line Friday book is The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold.

“Light speckled the dark sky, each star blinking in confusion as the sea threw crests over the horizon line. ”

First line of The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold.

From the Back Cover

An accidental letter, a long-lost love, and a slew of secrets.

For as long as Bridget Northcott can remember, she has loved her brother’s closest friend, Colin Foster. She loved him long before he grew up, became Captain Foster, and long before he left her behind for a life at sea. Although she knows her feelings will never be returned, Bridget cannot help but turn away every suitor in the hopes that one day Colin will come back to Larkhall and see her for what she has grown up to be—refined, elegant, and the precise opposite of the silly girl he once knew.

When family circumstances bring Colin’s unexpected return, he too has changed. Once carefree, he is now cold, hard, and distant. Determined to unravel the mysteries of Captain Foster, Bridget writes her thoughts in a note, one she never meant to send. As a hesitant friendship grows between them through their letters, Bridget determines to keep her heart uninvolved. But when her facade begins to break, she realizes the childhood silliness she abandoned might just be precisely what is needed to pull him back to shore.

Faced with a choice between loyalty and selfishness, love and letting go, Bridget must find the strength to confide her own feelings in Captain Foster before the man she loved is lost forever. But there is only so much she can do when she discovers a match between them is what she has always feared—forbidden.

The Captain’s Confidant is a sweet and clean standalone regency romance novel, book two in the Larkhall Letters series.

About the Author

Ashtyn Newbold grew up with a love of stories. When she discovered chick flicks and Jane Austen books in high school, she learned she was a sucker for romantic ones. When not indulging in sweet romantic comedies and regency period novels (and cookies), she writes romantic stories of her own across several genres. Ashtyn also enjoys baking, singing, sewing, and anything that involves creativity and imagination.

What are you reading this week

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Happy Reading!

First Line Fridays #65 – First Wave by Lisa Phillips

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Have you ever read a book and when you finished it you were like “Why have I never heard of this author?!?!“, and then your second thought is “Has she written any other books?“, well, that was me with this book. I bought it a while ago and it just sat on my Kindle until the other day when I started it and found that I couldn’t put it down! So anyway, without further ado, my First Line Friday for today is… First Wave by Lisa Phillips!

“Tonight wasn’t the first night Dakota had spent alone in the woods. ”

First line of First Wave by Lisa Phillips

From the Back Cover

Just another Friday night. Or is it?

Homeland Security Agent Dakota Pierce is in the Washington backwoods to sniff out domestic terrorism.

DEA rookie Josh Weber and his dog show up to uncover a mystery of their own. When a young woman’s body is discovered, everything points to a local militia.

The Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

About the Author

USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author Lisa Phillips is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London. Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.
Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.
Find out more at

What are you reading this week?

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!

Wonders of the Galaxy: A Collection of Cosmic Tales Epic Book Launch–Plus a sneak peek!

Hi Readers,

I don’t have much time today to write, but I wanted to share with you an out of this world story collection called Wonders of the Galaxy which features story’s from several different authors! So without further ado… let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book:  Wonders of the Galaxy

Author: Various Elk Lake Authors

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Release date: September 15, 2021

From The Back Cover

We are a people of stories. We use them to entertain, to teach, and to instruct. Sometimes they warn us of the dangers of wandering too far into the woods, or they can be a detailed story to explain how magnificent landscapes came to be. Story has always been the way we pass time, the way we connect to each other, and most importantly, how we promote our values.

Parables, especially, have a dual purpose. Not only do they keep us entertained, but they also make a point. Consider Aesop’s Fables—tales of talking animals who learn valuable life lessons.

Jesus used parables, too. The people who followed him were hungry to understand life and what was beyond. So Jesus did what every great teacher does—he used the power of story. With common characters and conflicts, he wove tales that made complex spiritual issues easier to understand.

Collected for you here are several parables set in far-away galaxies, on fascinating planets, and in the coldest depths of space. Characters. Conflict. Enlightenment.

A series of space tales based on parables from the Holy Bible.

Here’s a Special Sneak Peek!

Wonders of the Galaxy: A Collection of Cosmic Tales Excerpt Six

The Prodigal Pilot by Aaron D. Gansky

(Part Two)

Four fat hands fastened themselves to my ankles and wrists, and with a sharp tug, Carl

yanked me from the bunk to the cold, metal grated floor.

I’d had enough of his name calling and abuse. Scrambling to my feet, I fired a quick uppercut

beneath his smug, pointy chin. He stumbled back on his fat feet; his toes curled, and grabbed the

grating of the floor for support and balance. I punched again, this time in his gut. His greasy fur

tickled my fist as it sank into the soft flesh of his abdomen. But, as hard

as I’d hit him, he didn’t move. Graciously, he let me hit him two or three more times before he hit me back.

Humans should not fight Atraxians.

Speculative Trades by Brett Heaston

(Part One)

I open my eyes. “You still want to trade?” I ask. Atilio sits

up straight and nods. “We need your help. The Carax system is being plundered.”

“By whom?” I ask. I might as well have some fun.

“We don’t know, but we believe it is the Hyaks.”

I cross my arms and lock my jaw, because he is correct.

“Their cruiser, the Satisfaction, has advanced Corian shields, and it has ion cannons.

Did you miss any of the other stops on the Book Launch Tour? Here’s the links to the other excerpts on the Tour!

Stay tuned – excerpts coming soon!

Purchase Link:

About The Authors

Jason William Karpf is a multitalented actor, musician, professor, and Jeopardy champion whose writing runs the gamut from true crime to speculative fiction.

Aaron Gansky is an award-winning novelist and Dungeons and Dragons whiz who lives for his children, coaching football, and watch Marvel movies.

Erica Marie Hogan’s books range from long ago historical dramas to frozen fantasies on faraway planets. Regardless of where the story originates, it comes from the heart—because Erica believes genres are transcendent.

Brett Heaston is the creator of the Message to Kings podcast and the author of The Resilience Awakening. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, a history nerd, and an adventure junkie.

Steve South is a traveler, a karaoke singer, and a profound believer in the power for stories to move people; his first novel, The Queen of Steel and Fire, won the 2019 Minnesota Author Project Award for YA fiction.

L.G. Westlake lives in the “Land of Enchantment,” but also lives a dream life in far-flung galaxies where she regularly charts the unknown; her previous novels have included award-winning fantasies and thrillers.

M B Dahl is a wife, mother, and award-winning author of dystopian adventures. She loves dressing up like a warrior and fighting dragons, imaginary or real.

T.E. Bradford is an international bestselling author, a Selah award finalist, and a self-proclaimed geek who believes her writing is “a little piece of magic” given to her by God.

Travis W. Inman has been a cowboy, a missionary, a soldier, and more in his multi-storied career, and his stories reflect his diverse background. In his spare time, he searches for hidden treasure, both financial and culinary.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week.

Happy Reading 🙂

Celebrate Lit’s Celebration Tour for Lethal Cover-Up by Darlene L. Turner Stop# 9 – Review

Hi Readers,

It’s been WAY TOO LONG since I last posted (not including my F.L.F that I posted yesterday), but it has been a long summer. I’ve been reading a ton of books, but not reviewing as many as I normally do; however, when I saw that Celebrate Lit was doing a celebration tour for this book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it because Darlene L. Turner is one of my favorite LIS (Love Inspired Suspense) authors. So without further ado, let me show you Lethal Cover-Up by Darlene L. Turner.

The Bookish Details

Book: Lethal Cover-Up

Author: Darlene L. Turner

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: July 27, 2021

From The Back Cover

Some secrets are dangerous…

But uncovering the truth could be deadly.

Border patrol officer Madison Steele knows her sister Leah’s fatal car crash was no accident. Someone’s willing to kill to cover up a pharmaceutical company’s deadly crime of distributing tainted drugs. Now they are after Madison to tie off loose ends. But with her high school sweetheart, Canadian police constable Tucker Reed, at her side, can Madison expose the company’s deadly plan before she becomes the next victim?

Click HERE to get a copy for yourself!

What Did I Think?

Wow, wow, WOW! I really didn’t think that Darlene L. Turner’s books could get any better, but this may be her best LIS (Love Inspired Suspense) yet! This book is packed full of edge-of-your-seat suspense and it’s almost impossible to put down. Seriously, I read it in just a couple of hours 😋. So the story starts with the horrible tragedy of Border Patrol Officer Madison Steele’s half-sister being murdered because she had evidence that her job was selling an unapproved pain pill that had fatal side effects. Determined to find her half-sister’s killer, Madi teams up with her high-school sweetheart, Constable Tucker Reed, and together they investigate the drug and her sister’s workplace. From the very beginning of their investigation, Madi has received multiple messages to back off, or face the consequences and it seems like Madi has been targeted because of the information her half-sister gave her. Fighting grief from losing her half-sister and wrestling with unwanted feelings for Tucker has Madi stretched to her breaking point – will she be able to find her half-sister’s killer before more people die because of the drug? Will they be able to save Tucker’s mom who has been taking the meds?

The author did a great job writing realistic and relatable characters and I loved reading about them (especially Madi). I also enjoyed the emotional rollercoaster you go on throughout this book, especially when it came to Madi and Tucker’s relationship. I also liked the faith elements that were intertwined throughout the plot and how they all worked together to help Madi see that God wouldn’t leave her… even if she refused to acknowledge his existence. My only negative about the book is that the end seemed a bit rushed, but that’s normal for a book this size. Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it for anyone who wants a suspenseful, kind-of intense, yet quick book to read and rate the book 5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at where there’s suspense beyond borders.

More from Darlene

The Hidden Staircase, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Sign of the Twisted Candles—these were just some of my favorite Nancy Drew books. I couldn’t get enough of them growing up! My family often saw me with my nose stuck in one of Nancy’s many tales. When I was finished with those, I’d sneak my brother’s Hardy Boy books and devour them too. This is where my love of writing and of a good mystery/suspense began.

Creating stories in the romantic suspense genre was a natural journey for me. I had always wanted to be a policewoman after watching Charlie’s Angels (they even kicked butt while wearing high heels…what could be better than that?!), Cagney and Lacey, Police woman, Murder She Wrote, etc. My love for all-things-mystery carried into my adult life. Who doesn’t love Sydney Bristow and Kate Beckett?

I enjoy creating strong female characters in a law enforcement role. Madison Steele fits the bill head on as she works to bring down a ruthless pharmaceutical company. While she has nerves of steel, I also wanted to make her vulnerable. In the beginning Madison loses her long-lost sister in a heart-wrenching crash. One she knows was not an accident. This thrusts her into a deadly pursuit of the perpetrators with her estranged high school sweetheart, Tucker Reed, by her side.

I wrote this book during the tough year our world faced living in the unknown. Madison and Tucker are stuck in their own fears but eventually find hope. Hope in the unknown and hope in knowing God is in control and with us—no matter the circumstances. We just need to know where to look.

I hope you enjoy reading Madison and Tucker’s story as much as I loved crafting it. I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me through my website and also sign up for Darlene’s Diary newsletter to receive exclusive subscriber giveaways.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 18

Lighthouse-Academy, August 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 19

Genesis 5020, August 19

Simply Susan, August 19

Texas Book-aholic, August 20

Bizwings Blog, August 20

She Lives To Read, August 21

HookMeInABook, August 21 << You Are Here 🙂

Inklings and notions, August 22

Reviewingbooksplusmore, August 22

Mary Hake, August 22

Betti Mace, August 23

Daysong Reflections, August 23

For the Love of Literature, August 24

deb’s Book Review, August 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 26

Pause for Tales, August 26

Blogging With Carol, August 26

For Him and My Family, August 27

Simple Harvest Reads, August 27 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 28

Batya’s Bits, August 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 29

Kayem Reads, August 29

Little Homeschool on the Prairie , August 30

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 30

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, August 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 31

Labor Not in Vain, August 31


To celebrate her tour, Darlene is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of Lethal Cover-Up!!

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

Enter the Giveaway here!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you check out this new Love Inspired Suspense. If you do, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Happy Reading! 

>>Special thanks to Darlene Turner, Celebrate Lit and Mills & Boon Love Inspired for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

First Line Fridays #64 – The Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

It has been SOOOO LONG since I have posted a First Line Friday, but I am very excited to start back again (hopefully posting one every week). I am thrilled to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, so without further ado, let’s go!

“There was no such thing as a typical day at the White House, but Caroline Delacroix’s morning took a particularly difficult turn the moment she walked into her crowded office ”

First line of The Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden.

From the Back Cover

Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she’s hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.

Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president’s Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline despite his overwhelming attraction to her quick wit and undeniable charm. Desperate to keep the president protected, Nathaniel must battle to keep his focus fully on his job as the threat to the president rises.

Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel will face adventure, danger, and heartbreak in a race against time that will span the continent and the depth of human emotion.

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden ( is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books

What are you reading this week?

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Happy Reading!

The Chase by Lisa Harris – Review

Hi Readers! Happy Monday 🙂

I am honored to be a part of Lisa Harris’s launch team for her latest masterpiece, The Chase. So without further ado, let me take you to the streets of Seattle as we join US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn on The Chase — Let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: The Chase

Series: US Marshals Book 2

Author: Lisa Harris

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Release date: July 6, 2021

From The Back Cover

US Marshal Madison James may not be sure who shot her three months ago, but she does know one thing–it’s time to get back out into the field. When her partner, Jonas Quinn, receives a message that a federal warrant just came in on a man connected to a string of bank robberies, Madison jumps at the chance to get back to work. What she and Jonas find is a bank robbery in progress that’s gone wrong–and things are about to get worse.

For these bank robbers, it’s never been just about the money. It’s about taking risks and adrenaline rushes, and getting caught is not part of the game. When the suspects escape, Madison and Jonas must hunt them down and bring them to justice before someone else–someone close to them–gets hurt . . . or worse.

From Seattle to the San Juan Islands, bestselling author Lisa Harris takes you on a nonstop chase where feelings are complicated and failure isn’t an option.

What Did I Think?

The Chase is book two of the US Marshals series and I would definitely recommend reading book one, The Escape, first because this book is a continuation of that story. The story starts about twelve weeks after the events of the first book and Madison James is excited to finally be able to return to work (she was recovering from a gunshot wound); however, she wasn’t expecting to be called to assist with a bank robbery which has also become a hostage situation. Madison and her partner, Deputy US Marshal Jonas Quinn are able to get into the bank undetected, but that’s where things start to go wrong. After a diversion allows the robbers to escape, Jonas and Madison must race against the clock to locate all four of the robbers… before they disappear for good.

I have been waiting for this book for almost a year and I was not disappointed! This book is filled with so much action and suspense that it was almost impossible to put down. Seriously, I had no idea that a chase could contain so many twists and turns! I love that Lisa Harris continued the story of Madison and Jonas and I was amazed at how much both of them grew by the end of the story. Another part that stuck out to me was how Jonas was living with the guilt of his past, when his former partner didn’t hold it against him. I love that he was able to reconcile things with his partner, but was also heartbroken by what happened to her. Overall this book did a great job reminding me of why I love reading Lisa Harris’s books and although it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster, I would recomend this book to anyone who likes Romantic Suspense. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author

USA Today and CBA bestselling author Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has sold over half a million books. She and her family have spent over sixteen year working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you check out this new book by Lisa Harris. If you do, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Happy Reading! 

>>Special thanks to Lisa Harris, Revell and NetGalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.

Catch Me If You Epic Book Launch and Except

Hi Readers! I’m so happy that you took a minute to check out this new book by Carole Brown.

So, here we go!

The Bookish Details

Book: Catch Me If You Can

Author: Carole Brown

Genre: Romantic Suspense with a touch of quirkiness

Release date: August 5, 2021

From The Back Cover

The big cat sat on the oversized rock, ears pointed toward the sky, every muscle taut, every sense at the ready.

“S-s-shut up and f-f-forget it. You’ve s-seen nothing and know nothing. I won’t warn you again. G-g-got it?”

The cat’s head swiveled, his ears twitching as if catching the hint of threat in the whisper. A soft hiss slid from his open mouth and reinforced the overtone of evil pressing in upon the scene. Within hours, lies and dark secrets are slithering all over the campground.

Coaxed into finding the animal killer at Jamieson’s Outfitters, Tara Layne, with her sidekick, Boet, is welcomed by a threatening whisper and the unfriendly eyes of a rugged and devastatingly handsome manager. Wesley Clarke, both interesting and frustrating, holds an attraction for Tara that is primitive and exasperating.

Intermingled with her search, Tara deals with her own heartbreaking buried secrets. When a strange old Native American probes into the recesses of her heart, he encourages her to face her bitter feelings.

As Tara closes in on her search, she finds herself—and Boet—the target of someone who’s determined to outrun and outsmart her. Someone determined not to get caught.

His theme: Run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me.

The question: Can Tara run fast enough to catch this real live Gingerbread boy

before he decides to get rid of her and Boet?

Book Excerpt

Catch Me if You Can Excerpt Three

“I don’t know. Who cares about him?” “Him?” Wesley jerked the two ends of the rope to tighten the knot. “Or her.” Tara struggled to keep the crazy thought to herself then gave in. “It didn’t look human to me.” “Nonsense. Someone was waiting, probably wanting to talk with me. When they saw us capsize, they hightailed it out of here, afraid we’d be angry.”

“Why would they think we’d be angry? That makes no sense.” Wesley wiped his damp palms on wet clothes. In slow motion, he straightened and strode toward her. Tara tensed and eased backward. In less than two seconds, Wesley stood over her. He bent at the knees and in a swift move, swept her up in his arms and tossed her over his shoulder as if she was a feed sack.

For a moment, she was stunned. What did he think he was doing? She hadn’t been treated so ignobly since the time her brothers talked her into playing Joan of Arc. Tied to a stake, with fire dancing around her, she shrieked for help. A furious Grandfather Poppy rescued her. The retribution mitigated upon the two culprits came swiftly. A frightened, but unharmed, Tara relished the punishment upon her brothers.

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If you would like more info, or would like to purchase a copy yourself, here’s the link!

About The Author

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of thirteen full-length, best selling and award winning books (with a novella in an anthology), she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. She has found that the traveling and ministering has served her well in writing her novels. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Reading!

First Line Fridays #63 – Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter

Hi Readers, Happy Friday!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far. I have a fantastic book for you to check out today. (it was so good that I read it in one day!!) So without further ado, today’s First Line Friday is… Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter!

“There were many things Hudson though he should feel, given that this was the moment he’d anticipated and prepared for his entire life, but instead of satisfaction, excitement, or even fear, all he felt was ready.”

First line of Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter.

From the Back Cover

For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he’s even more at a loss.

The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley’s refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued by the area’s newest eligible bachelor.

Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?

About the Author

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at

What are you reading this week?

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Happy Reading!

The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer – Review

Hi Readers!

I am so excited and blessed to be able to show you Karen Witemeyer’s latest masterpiece, The Heart’s Charge! I do want to point out that although this is the second book in the Hanger’s Horsemen series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone; however, you really don’t want to miss the adventure that is in the first book. So without further ado, let’s head to Texas and see if The Horsemen can round up a couple of “kiddy-snatchers” — Let’s go!

The Bookish Details

Book: The Heart’s Charge

Series: Hanger’s Horsemen

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: June 1, 2021

From The Back Cover

Members of Hanger’s Horsemen, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks arrive in Llano County, Texas, to deliver a steed, never expecting they’d deliver a baby as well. Left with an infant to care for, they head to a nearby foundling home, where Mark encounters the woman he’d nearly married a decade ago.

After failing at love, Katherine Palmer dedicated her life to caring for children, teaming up with Eliza Southerland to start Harmony House. From mixed ancestry, illegitimate, and female, Eliza understands the pain of not fitting society’s mold. Yet those are the very attributes that lead her to minister to outcast children. The taciturn Jonah intrigues her with his courage and kindness, but there are secrets behind his eyes–ghosts from wars past and others still being waged.

However, when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. Working together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

Click HERE for your copy!

What Did I Think?

This is a wonderful story of second chances, grace and God providence. The story starts with Mark and Jonah helping a widow who’s in labor. With the help of the local doctor, the widow gives birth to a beautiful, healthy girl; however, she doesn’t want the child because she is overcome with grief due to the loss of her husband. Since the mother couldn’t take care of the baby, they decide to take the baby to the local foundling home and Mark is shocked to discover that his old childhood friend (and almost fiancé) Kate, was helping run the Home. Since there was no one at the Foundling Home that could nurse the baby, Jonah and Kate’s friend/partner Eliza, take the child to a nearby mother to be nursed and while there, Jonah discovers a rumor about local boys disappearing because of the “kiddy-snatchers”. He decides that the Horsemen need to help find the missing boys; however, the biggest problem was that the boys who were missing were the local boxcar children and no one in town paid attention to them. Being reunited with Kate was a miracle that Mark wouldn’t have ever dreamed of, but now that he is with her, he doesn’t think that he can ever leave her again. He decides to help fix up some things around the Foundling Home while he and Jonah investigates the case; however, with hardly any leads and very few witnesses, the Horsemen are going to need a miracle if they’re ever going to find the kids.

I have loved all of Karen Witemeyer’s books and this one was no exception. The book slows down a bit after they help the widow, but it by no means messes with the story and really gives you time to get to know each of the main characters. I loved reading about Mark and Kate’s childhood and my heart broke when I read about the struggles Jonah and Eliza had throughout their childhood. I thought it was amazing that God had used the events (both good and bad) in each of the four characters past to bring them all together and it just reminded me that God does work all things for good to those who love him. Overall, I loved everything about this book and cannot WAIT for the third book in the series. I rate the book 5 out of 5 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 ( 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!!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my latest Must Read and I hope you stop by again soon!

Happy Reading! 

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

Celebration Tour for Dark Threat by Kimberly Rose Johnson Stop# 23 – Review

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Hi Readers, Happy Tuesday!

I’m excited to be a part of Celebrate Lit’s Celebration Tour for Dark Threat by Kimberly Rose Johnson! I don’t have much time to chat, but I want to share the bookish details and my thoughts on the book… so without further ado, let’s sneak into the world of stolen art. Let’s go!

The Bookish Details

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Book: Dark Threat

Series: Protection Inc. Book 4

Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 1, 2021

From The Back Cover

Reporter Trinity Lockhart pursues a story but then unwittingly becomes the story.

Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, Trinity investigates an art trafficking ring at a high-end Seattle gallery. She turns to handsome FBI agent Kyle Richards for help after being spotted by the crooks.

Kyle is drawn to the feisty reporter, but he can’t afford a beautiful distraction when lives are at stake. He must trust his friends at Protection Inc. to watch over Trinity while he investigates the gallery.

Will this couple overcome the impossible odds threatening to keep them apart?

Click here to get a copy for yourself!

What Did I Think?

First of all, I have not read any of the previous books in the series and that could have impacted how the story came across to me. Maybe this book needs to be read as part of a series and not as a standalone novel. That being said, one of the things I love most about Christian suspense is that “I can’t put the book down because I have to find out what happens” feeling and I didn’t get that with this one. I felt very disconnected from the characters and there were a few parts that felt unnatural to me, like they were forced into the story (some of their responses and reactions seemed strange to me); however, there were some parts I liked such as all the main characters and the growing relationship between Trinity and Kyle. I also liked the relationship and rapport that all of members of Protection Inc. had. It is a quick read and it does give you a glimpse into the world of stolen art and the life (and sometimes danger) of being a Crime beat reporter.

Overall the storyline/plot was good and there were moments of suspense, but I had a hard time finishing the book, because it didn’t hold my attention (it just wasn’t my cup of tea).

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

About the Author

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Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes romantic suspense and mystery with a heart.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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More from Kimberly

Dark Threat features FBI agent Kyle Richards. We first met Kyle in book one of the Protection Inc. series where he joined the team while working undercover for the FBI. He has since become an honorary member of the team and has been in every book since.

When I set out to write this series I planned to only feature the team members, but Kyle is practically part of the team, so he needed his own story too. I thoroughly enjoyed getting into Kyle’s head for this book.

As with most books, this one took research. Through the years I’ve done all kinds of research to understand the occupations of my characters. For the characters occupations in Dark Threat I did some different kind of research than I’ve done in the past.

I really wanted to understand how FBI agents think and operate so I listened to an audio book written by a former agent. The man was rough around the edges but it really helped me understand the atmosphere in which agents work. Then I read a book written by a female, former CIA as well as FBI agent. It was fascinating to see the differences between the agencies from a former agent’s point of view.

Trinity, the female lead in Dark Threat is a crime beat reporter. I pretty much knew nothing about the life of a television reporter, so I watched You Tube videos filmed by actual reporters about a day in their lives as reporters. One young woman did a series of videos, which I found extremely helpful. Another had the camera following her on the job. From her I learned about what it’s like to go out on location and how meal times during her day on the job were never guaranteed. She’d grab a bite when she could and sometimes she wouldn’t even be able to finish it because she had to rush to a breaking story.

Finally, I needed to better understand the art world. I have a college friend who is an amazing artist. She has a gallery in Boise, Idaho. I contacted her and picked her brain about art and art galleries.

As for anything related to law enforcement I asked my uncle who is a retired police officer.

The thing I loved most about talking to people about their professions is that one question often snowballed into a deeper conversation about the topic. My friend and my uncle would tell me things I didn’t even know I needed to know.

I think Dark Threat required the most research of all the books I’ve written. I’m not a huge fan of doing research, but I truly enjoyed every minutes of it for this book.

I hope you will enjoy reading Dark Threat even more than I enjoyed writing it!

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deb’s Book Review, June 16

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Betti Mace, June 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 19

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 20

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Daysong Reflections, June 21

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 22

HookMeInABook, June 22 <– You Are Here 🙂

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 23

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Worthy2Read, June 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 25 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, June 2


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To celebrate her tour, Kimberly 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 to enter.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I would love to know what you thought about the book (if you’ve read it) or if you would like to read this book — just let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

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Special thanks to Kimberly Rose Johnson, Celebrate Lit and Sweet Rose Press for allowing me to read and review this book – all opinions are my own.