Hearts Entwined: The Love Knot

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Ok, so this whole book isn’t officially by Karen Witemeyer, but this review is specific to The Love Knot. Just to specify, the other authors that contributed are absolutely recommended by me as well. ❤

51+6E5Az98LKaren is one of the ladies that really got me into reading. I’m a huge fan and have always enjoyed her writing. In this novella, we once again visit the all ladies colony of Harper’s Station, Texas. (You first read about this in No Other Will Do.) Claire is living in Harper’s Station when she receives a cryptic letter from her sister telling her to go to the train station to pick up something important. When she arrives, she realizes quickly that her whole life is about to change.

What’s not to love about this story? It’s well written and a beautiful story. Please be sure to pick up a copy! Also, read the others novellas included. I promise you will love these ladies if Turn of the Century West is your thing. If it’s not, it might soon be!

You can also learn a little more about Karen in our fun face-off. She’s amazing! 🙂

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A Stolen Heart

by Amanda Cabot

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Ten years after the Civil War, Lydia is a Yankee that’s unknowingly engaged to a married man, traveling South across the country to start completely over and reinventing/finding herself in this beautiful book. I mean, come on! Look at that gorgeous cover!! Tell me you don’t want to pick this one up!

Amanda Cabot has a way of intertwining spiritual matters, deep characters and beautifully vivid visuals in her writing. You can see it all so clearly. I absolutely loved reading this book. Through all the trials Lydia has to work through, there’s hope and a spirit of determination. Most importantly, there’s no whining and I LOVE that!

You will fall in love with the citizens of Cimarron Creek as they fight for their way of life and learn how to love a Yankee. Be sure to pick up a copy of this great read! (link in pic above) Thanks for this fabulous book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!

Here is an example of making this book visual for the reader:

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The Elegant Façade

by Kristi Ann Hunter

Let me start by saying that this is my favorite book I have read this year. There is so much that is GREAT about this story, I don’t even know where to begin!

After reading about Georgina in Miranda’s story,  A Noble Masquerade, the stage was set. Georgina is exactly the kind of girl you love to hate. While Miranda was soft and kind, her sister, Georgina, is cruel and heartless…or so it would seem.  In An Elegant Façade, we learn the reasons behind Georgina’s actions.

I love how the books run parallel to each other. I found myself reading them both side-by-side and enjoying the first all over again. How fun to go back and read the perspective of everyone else watching the hilarity of Miranda and Ryder’s story play out while seamlessly intertwining Georgina and Colin’s. Beautifully done!

Depth is another thing that is not lacking. There are layers to the characters. Yes, it’s light and fun reading, but there are real life things here and they are all beautifully written. You won’t be able to put this one down. Full of witty banter, a strong sense of Regency history and a whole lot of grace. Don’t miss out!

Thank you, so much, for this great read in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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The Reluctant Duchess

by Roseanna M. White

Another fabulous read from Roseanna M. White. In this book, she continues on with the characters from The Lost Heiress. The Duke of Nottingham is back and as brilliant as ever!! As he seeks God’s will at every turn, he is surprised by what God asks him to do next…

What a great book. It captures the good and the bad of the ton during the Edwardian era. It’s beautifully written and the characters have so much depth. God is so intertwined with this storyline that there wasn’t anywhere that had to stop to include Him. That’s so rare in a story and it’s VERY appreciated. No token prayer here and there in this one!

I love that Roseanna is not scared to talk about heavy issues either. Women were property that had the purpose of providing their spouse with money (by way of a dowry) and an heir. They were easily taken advantage of and ruined for life. Speaking out about rape and bullying is much needed even now.

If you have not read the first book, you will need to. The story will be confusing without. It’s definitely not a stand-alone novel. I do highly recommend! All of you coming off of 6 seasons of Downton, this is your chance to get an Edwardian fix!!! Just click on the links below to get your copy:

Thanks so much for this great book in exchange for my review. As always, this is my honest opinion! Here’s to many more!!

Be sure to check out my exciting face-off with Roseanna!

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!

Congratulations pinned on noticeboardWe have a winner!!!!

An email has been sent to the winner of Jen Turano’s signed book giveaway.

You have until Sunday night to respond!!! If not, I’ll draw again (:

Thank you all for trying!! Don’t forget the other giveaways we have going on right now:


THE BOUND HEART

by Dawn Crandall

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Dawn has offered an ebook of her latest in the Everstone series. This book is in my top five favorites!! Don’t miss out!

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If that link doesn’t work, just click here!

First Place wins: A beautiful heart and arrow silver necklace AND a $250 Gift Card to Amazon.com!

Second Place wins: Spirit Take Down Recurve Bow and six high-quality fiber Glass Arrows, plus this attractive Leather Trimmed Backpack, perfect for securing your treasure and storing your secrets!

You may enter once a day for 12 days: ENTER HERE!!


Giveaway of “The Crimson Cord” by Jill Eileen Smith

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Head on over here to Awesome Anna Weaver’s site to try for this giveaway will end March 17th.

This just in from Suzanne Woods Fisher: “Anna’s Crossing,” the story of two very unlikely people (a young Amish woman and a Scottish ship’s carpenter) who meet in a most unlikely place (on a sea crossing) and discover they have more in common than they could have ever imagined. Suzanne is celebrating the release of her new book with an iPad Mini and Kindle giveaway. Click for details!

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That’s what I’m talking ABOUT!

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Ok, I’m had some comments here and there, but I’m gonna need more than that! Fess up! What books did you read growing up that have the most horrifc covers??

Just for GIGGLES. I will show you a couple of my favorite books growing up. The covers are so horrendous that it’s a bit embarrassing. ha ha ha ha ha.

1. Now, I understand that you are probably laughing, but, believe me, this isn’t the worst!!! If you want a good mystery, this is THE BEST mystery book I have ever read. You definitely want to check it out. *scary* Still, it is not my fault that publishers don’t make good judgement calls when it comes to their covers. Besides, it probably looked great in 1991, when it was released!

2.Ok, so THANK GOODNESS they decided to update this sucker. If you have seen my face-offs, you may have seen the covers I was subjected to growing up. 6218681 9780891098362In fact, I’ll show you. See?? See what those of us that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s were subjected to?!

Well, the good news it, it’s a really great story and I’ll always be in love with Roman.

(and it’s only $2.99….no idea why….)

3.Alright, so this isn’t the original cover either. I actually think the original may be better!! This is a series that starts with the pilgrims and Gilbert Winslow. The next book is about his son. Each proceeding book carries on the line of Winslow so that you see them go from the start of the New World all the way to current days. It’s REALLY cool because as the family grows so large, you get to see so many aspects of it. By the time of the Civil War, you have grown to love the family because you have gotten to know them from each previous book, but you see them fighting against each other as Yankees and Confederates. Such an awesome idea and a GREAT series. This is an idea of what the books used to look like:

4.Lastly, I present you with The Hawk and the Jewel. Another book that I enjoyed. Not nearly as much as the first ones I shared with you, but a reading staple, nonetheless.Here would be our lovely cover that we got to enjoy immensely. Isn’t it so nice? Are you glad now that we have such beautiful book covers in this day and age? I feel like I am an ancient grandma. Nope, I assure you, not yet. I fee like it, but I am only almost 40. *sigh* We sure had strange tastes in book covers and such (not to mention clothes, furniture and other decor).

Hope you enjoyed and check them out! They really are great reads! ha ha ha. Of course, I haven’t gone back and read them since I became so “savvy” a reader (;

Do you have any from your past? Share them in the comments! Would love to see them. If you can’t post a pic, and I get some different comments, I’ll look them up and present them in a post as your favorite oldies (:

After a Fashion

by Jen Turano

Oh my goodness! It’s been a while since I wanted to cry when a book ended!!! What a great read! This is the first book that I have read by Jen Turano. I absolutely recommend this book.

Harriet (I am sorry, but that is the most dreadful name!) finds herself in quite the pickle when she, as a hat lady, delivers some to a spoiled family. After multiple series of unforeseen events, she finds herself engaged to the richest man in New York. Of course, it is just an arrangement and not a real engagement. You can probably guess the rest of the story from there (;

I found Jen’s insertion of funny characters (people and animals) to be amusing and a fun part of the story. It was definitely ridiculous, but in a great way!!!! You find yourself lost in the story and the characters are absolutely lovely. Often times when reading, I find that I am only attached to one or two, at most. Each character was interesting and had their own storyline that I cared to learn more about.

I want to add that there is not a strong Christian storyline. God is mentioned and prayed to, but that isn’t a huge part of the story. That would be my only recommendation for future books.

When I told Jen that I had not read any of her books before, she replied, “Before you check out any of my other books, if you have an e-reader, there is a free prequel novella out there – Gentleman of Her Dreams – it’s short, but a complete story and introduces you to characters from the first series – The Ladies of Distinction.”

Link is in the pic (AND IT’S FREE!!!!)

Ok, so, if you haven’t seen it yet, this morning I posted a Face-Off with Jen. It was so fun learning a little more about her (even if I did lose…)

Now, here’s the AWESOME news!! Jen Turano has offered to give a SIGNED COPY of After a Fashion to one lucky reader!!!! Just follow this link and you can enter multiple times!!! This is one hot item! So, MAKE HASTE!!

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Here are a look at her other books! I have a feeling they are just as good as this one. AND AREN’T THESE COVERS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!?????

 

Face-Off with Jen Turano

Oh My Goodness! IT’S FACE-OFF TIME!!!!!!

I am beyond excited to have the awesome Jen Turano facing off with me today. I want to win this! That has not been going exactly as I would like…


So, in light of Jen’s new book,  I am going to be doing a review later today. She has also offered to give away a SIGNED COPY to one lucky winner. You may click on the Rafflecopter link as of 7:00am. Once there, you may enter as much as your little heart desires! This is a FANTASTIC prize, you aren’t going to want to miss it.

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Now, down to business!!! FACE-OFF TIME!!!!!

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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Do you enjoy shopping, or do you just go into a store when you have to and go straight to the item you want?

Jen – Since I had a career in retail before I had my son, no, I would not claim to enjoy shopping. After a person spends so many hours in stores or at merchandise marts, well…I have a completely different perspective regarding stuff – Not that I don’t enjoy a good handbag or a pair of fabulous shoes – but I don’t linger around the racks when I decide I need to refresh my wardrobe.

Charity – Um, YES. I Absolutely believe in retail therapy. However, since I am sick a lot, that puts a bit of a damper on things, now doesn’t it? But, I could spend the whole day shopping (if I was ALONE…ie: no kids).

— I am giving myself that point!

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2. Who is your favorite fictional character (book, movie, whatever)?

Jen – I absolutely adore Sugar Beth Carey from Susan Elizabeth Phillips book – “Ain’t She Sweet.” She was crafted so perfectly that I still enjoy that book to this day, even after having read it numerous times. Think mean girl finally discovers a heart.

Charity – Sounds delightful!! I haven’t ever heard of it, but now I would like to read it. I think it is too hard to answer this! I can’t imagine where to start… Probably Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. He is so dreamy because he’s patient and kind no matter the circumstances.

— Obviously Jen is a bit more cultured than myself, so she gets this point.

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3. Have you ever been under a waterfall in those neat caves they have behind them in movies?

Jen – I have not, although when I was younger, my father used to love to fish at this creek – Sunfish Creek. It was out in the middle of nowhere, and…there were caves formed in the hillside and water from the creek disappeared into them. Well, that was far too fascinating for us to ignore, so my sister and I would swim into the opening, although we never traveled far since it was entirely too dark and creepy once you got into the caves.

Charity – Oh my goodness gracious. That is so cool. I haven’t even come close!! I would love to. It sounds so romantic and beautiful, but it’s probably just dark and full of bats 8-/

— Definite point for Jen

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4. Did you ever wake up your kid/kids in the middle of the night to do something fun like play “hide and seek” in the dark?

Jen – My one and only child, Dominic, was never a good sleeper as an infant or toddler, so when he finally did sleep through the night, there was no way I would even consider waking him up – not even to do something fun – because what would happen if he decided to abandon sleep once again?

Charity – Oh man. I can imagine. Luckily, my boys are good sleepers and I have, on occasion, gotten them up with glow sticks and said, count to 100 and then find me!

— I WIN!!

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5. When you were in college, did you play pranks on the dean or the staff?

Jen – I’m not really a prank-playing kind of girl, although I did enjoy my college years, but I was more on the lines of the typical sorority girl than a prankster. I could normally be found wearing a pink Alpha Phi sweatshirt paired with a lovely bow in my hair – inspired by early Madonna MTV videos – remember when MTV actually played music videos? Wow, that right there shows you that I’m….old.

Charity Well, I remember that too, so you certainly aren’t aging yourself in young company. I was trouble with a capitol T. I did not like the dean, thus I tried to drive him as crazy as possible. I would fill out those “free stop bed wetting magazines” and send them to his house…amongst other horrendous things.

— Classy always wins

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6. Do you love Ikea? If so, favorite thing you have bought from there?

Jen – Surprisingly enough, I loathe Ikea – I’ve only been there a few times and did not care for it in the least and have not bought a single item there. But, my loathing of the place might be because of my love of old-fashioned department stores – especially the ones that used to anchor downtown areas. They always had the coolest elevators, Christmas window displays, beautiful décor, and one mustn’t forget the tea rooms. The cafeteria at Ikea just can’t compete with a tea room.

Charity – I think a little piece of my heart just broke off. Ikea is my favorite store in all of the land. In fact, my entire house is one big Ikea showroom. ha ha. I do know what you mean about the old department stores. My mom lives in upstate NY and they still have a Boscovs there that is just like you described. I love going to visit.

— I am sorry, but I could never award a point to an Ikea hater.

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7.How do you feel you are bringing God the most glory through your writing?

Jen – By writing amusing tales that will, hopefully, allow readers a bit of an escape from their troubles, I believe that God has allowed me a means to bring Him into my storylines in a manner that readers will enjoy. Life isn’t all about hardships and despair, and occasionally we need to be reminded that God probably expects us to find enjoyment in our lives, no matter the problems we might be facing.

Charity – I would completely agree with that since all the verses with suffering seem to mention something about being joyful and not trying to get out of it prematurely. I supposed that’s what sets a Christian apart.

— God wins.

8. The covers of your books are ALWAYS so beautiful! To me, that is 90% of how much I will like the book (Ok, maybe not that high of a percentage…but it’s close!) How do you get the ideas for them and make them so perfect?!

Jen – I would love to be able to say I’m responsible for my covers, but that’s really not the case. I send my editor a character and scene sheet, describing my heroine and settings that are important to the story. She then takes it to the design team and they begin plotting out the cover. They send me a proof of the cover everyone likes the most, and we go from there. Interestingly enough, a lot depends on what models are available when shooting the cover is scheduled. Sometimes there simply aren’t any models around who resemble Grace Kelly, no matter that I might have had Grace in mind as I wrote one of my stories.

Charity – That is cool! I didn’t really know what that process was like. Well, you have an AMAZING design team!

— easy win for Jen

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9. Lastly, which Jane Austen character do you connect with the most? (as in, you are most like)

Jen – I’ve always been drawn to Elinor Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility.” She’s far more complicated than anyone knows, especially since she doesn’t wear her emotion on her sleeve.

Charity – ahh, and I have always found myself to be Marianne. I suppose we would make great sisters (:

–tie

FINAL:

CHARITY 3 / JEN 4

I cannot believe that I ALWAYS lose! Well, almost always!!! ugh.

Well, that being said, BOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks, so much, Jen! I had a great time doing this and getting to know you! Looking forward to your next book!!!!

Big Giveaways and Blog Tours!!

I have decided that your inbox must be inundated by so much mail from me! However, with so many great giveaways, what am I to do? So, I shall place them all in one simple post, thus you will receive one email per day about giveaways. Sound good? Let’s get started!

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Jody Hedlund

Noble Knights Blog Tour

3/3/15 to 4/2/15

I’m celebrating the release of my first YA medieval romance novel with the Noble Knights Blog Tour, commencing March 3rd, on my personal blog.

Every blog tour stop will have unique content, showcasing the setting, characters, and history of An Uncertain Choice, with the opportunity to win a signed copy of An Uncertain Choice at each blog. I really hope you join in the fun!

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Dawn Crandall

Today is the LAST DAY to put your name in for the drawing of The Hesitant Heiress.
Dawn has kindly offered to giveaway an e-book copy of the first book in this great series! So, you want to get your name in as many times as possible!! Just click on the link below and you have multiple opportunities to “put your name in the hat”.

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Maria Grace, Monica Fairview, Abigail Reynolds, and Susan Mason Milks

These ladies have collaborated together to write this delightful book about The Darcy Brothers.

What? You didn’t know that Dear Mr. Darcy had a younger brother? My goodness!! You would surely be cut by anyone in high society! Mr. Theo Darcy is quite ready to answer any questions you have for him. So, put him to the test. As a question of him (or just comment on the post) and you are in the drawing for a copy of this wonderful book.

To Enter: Comment on this blog, or ask Theo a Question!

If you do not win, have no fear! You will have another chance on March 19th when Maria Grace and I FACE-OFF!

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Jen Turano

My, oh my! Have we hit the jackpot here!!! Author, Jen Turano has GRACIOUSLY offered to give away a SIGNED copy of her newest book. Let me tell you, it is so good! I am finishing it up, just a little over halfway through it and I am loving it!!!

So, just enter here for your chance to win! You may enter multiple times for more chances (:

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It’s Release Day!! Young Adults Celebrate!!!!

Not only is Dauntless releasing today (link in the pic), but we have another awesome Young Adult book that released today. How exciting!! I know, as a mother of teenagers, how important it is that they have good, solid, moral books in their hands as they are growing and learning to love God. It is so exciting to see the amount of AMAZING books that are within our reach in this day and age. So, head on over to pick up a copy of Dauntless, but I have to remind you about ANOTHER YA book.
Jody Hedlund has released a new book today as well!! I have reviewed both books in the last couple of weeks, so you are able to check those out. If you want to read my review on Dauntless, just click here. If you want to see what I thought of An Uncertain Choice, you can click here.
If you love romance, intrigue, BEAUTIFUL COVERS and wonderful morals, than I can’t emphasize this enough. PICK UP A COPY OF EACH OF THESE FOR YOUR KIDDOS! (and you’ll want to read them too. I’m just saying…). Give them something good to fill their minds in this age when they are inundated with a constant flow of filth and lies.

Guess what else? Jody has become so burdened by this very problem, that she has decided to address it.

She told me, “Right now I’m in the midst of trying to bring him DiscussionGuideCoverPMglory through my new YA book, An Uncertain Choice. It’s my passion and desire that young women can use the book to talk about dating and relationships during a time when it’s VERY much needed (especially in light of the recent release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie). I’ve developed an extensive discussion guide that corresponds with the book and hope God will use the book and guide to facilitate lots of good discussion about what it means to have God-glorifying relationships.

Created by Jody for group discussion or individual study, the discussion guide is a great tool to share with your friends, daughters, and youth groups.

Download Jody’s An Uncertain Choice Discussion Guide

**Be aware there are spoilers, if you read the guide prior to reading An Uncertain Choice.”

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So, you see? This is exactly the kind of stuff we want going in the hearts and minds of those young, impressionable kiddos that we love.

Some other AWESOME NEWS is that Jody is having a giveaway! Here is what she has to say about it:

“Today is Release Day for my first YA Medieval Romance novel, An Uncertain Choice! I hope you are as excited as I am

To celebrate, I’m launching the NOBLE KNIGHTS BLOG TOUR on my personal blog, which includes the opportunity to win a signed copy of An Uncertain Choice. Be sure to stop by my EVENTS page on my website for the full list of tour dates and the unique content each blog tour stop will be offering.

http://jodyhedlund.com/events/

Today is Release Day for my first YA Medieval Romance novel,  An Uncertain Choice! I hope you are as excited as I am smile emoticon

To celebrate, I’m launching the NOBLE KNIGHTS BLOG TOUR on my personal blog, which includes the opportunity to win a signed copy of An Uncertain Choice. Be sure to stop by my EVENTS page on my website for the full list of tour dates and the unique content each blog tour stop will be offering.

http://jodyhedlund.com/events/

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Some other recommendations that are not new releases are: