Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Releasing on Jan.28!!! Another FANTASTIC Book By Shelley Shepard Gray !


     "Shall We Dance"
  By Shelley Shepard Gray

Synopsis:

At twenty-seven, Shannon Murphy has just discovered that she has two sisters she never knew. Now, through Shannon’s loving persistence, the three of them are moving in together above her dance studio in Bridgeport. Shannon is excited to make a home with her sisters and to grow her budding business. Then she meets her newest client—he has all the right muscles, a perfect smile, and a lot of attitude. Will Shannon be able to keep things professional with this charming stranger?
Dylan Lange has a lot on his mind. He’s just been assigned a new partner at his job with the Bridgeport Police, and while he’s busy striving to protect and serve his town, he’s also trying to keep his baby sister out of harm’s way while she heals from her own trauma. And on top of everything else, he’s gone and lost a bet with his buddies, forcing him to take dance lessons. But when he walks into the dance studio to meet his instructor, a young and beautiful brunette with a sweet southern drawl is the last person he expected to find.

Get ready to fall in love again as Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to Bridgeport, Ohio, where nobody gets left behind and a powerful community helps ordinary men and women to find extraordinary strength inside themselves.

My Thoughts:

First of all, I must admit... that when I see a new book being released by Shelley Shepard Gray, I am first in line to grab it! She has become a favorite author who uses her unique storytelling skills to produce books that keep a reader enthralled from beginning to end. This new book, the first in the Dance With Me series was no disappointment! It is an easy t read, easy to love contemporary romance that deals with two families that are brought together by dance! The author successfully intertwines their lives into a tale that will appeal to readers who love a good romance that also has an element of mystery. 

The characters are unique, described in such realistic detail that I was immediately drawn into their lives and walked alongside them in their rather rocky journey of life. Three sisters who have just discovered each other and attempt to form a family that they have missed in their earlier years, bumbled along, doing their best to support one another, while learning to truly understand each other. Then, there is a brother-sister team , a young police officer who is protecting his sister as she recovers from a deep seated trauma. The author brought these two unusual family groups together in a way that immediately appealed to me. The world of dance and music can heal the soul!!! 

The plot involves the sparks that fly as these individuals strive to come together as a unit . There were just enough twists and turns to keep one's attention . I have to admit that I read this book in one sitting.... causing me to lose some sleep as I read long into the night. 

The underlying theme of this book was one that touched me and made me really stop and think. The real meaning of family  comes through loud and clear. A unit that has patience, kindness, love can cure all past hurts and disappointments and make for a happy future. There are always second chances available.... we just have to take a courageous step forward and accept them!!

A five star book!! Well done, Shelley!! I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next in the series!!

This book was a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.








Saturday, January 11, 2020

A New Amish Novel by Marie E. Bast. Make sure that you enter the Giveaway


   "The Amish Marriage Bargain"  

            By Marie E. Bast

About the Book:


Genre: Amish
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Will a baby girl bring them together at last?
She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.
Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?

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My Thoughts: 

As Marie Bast is a new author to me I was a bit apprehensive when choosing to review this novel. Would it be the typical Amish romance or would it have some special twists and turns that would draw me into the Amish faith? Since I am an avid reader of this genre, I get somewhat tired of the sweet romance element , unless it involves complications and it varies from the norm. 

The book started out with a heartwarming tale, a marriage of convenience. The premise is good and many readers would love the simple narrative, however, my personal preference is for a book with a deeper meaning, more detailed challenges and complications. Don't get me wrong, there are many positive elements: the value of second chances, the struggle of forgiveness and redemption. I had difficulty getting involved with the characters and to me a great book has at least one with whom I can easily identify. There appeared to a lack of depth that attracts me and compels me to continue to read. 

The plot had great basic ideas that could have grabbed my attention had they been more clearly explained , with more unexpected twists and turns. This is clearly my own preference. Others may love this style of writing. 

This novel has great potential. I was just hoping for more depth and a clearer understanding of a marriage of convenience. I DO look forward to keeping up with this author and see how her writing develops.
This book was received from CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

About the Author

Marie E. Bast is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author. Her stories whisper words of hope and healing through complex characters and twisting plots. She enjoys writing Amish, contemporary and historical stories. Married for twenty-eight years, Marie and her husband have two grown sons and one daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening or spending time with her family. Visit her website at MarieBastAuthor.com or follower her on social media.

More from Marie

Did you know that until as late as the twentieth century, marriage was never based on love?
In fact, the institution of marriage predates recorded history. But in ancient biblical times, the reasons for marriage are numerous. The kings, nobility, wealthy, and aristocratic families used arranged marriages to ensure loyalty between kingdoms, which forced a united bound and ensured the integrity of their inheritance and the family wealth.
Arranged marriages, marriages of convenience, and marriage bargains were practical to keep property and kingdoms intact and in the family line. But these marriage contracts also spilled over into the commoners’ lives. In times of poverty, a daughter was only another mouth to feed and therefore a burden on the family. That fueled the arranged marriages where the groom gave the family money, animals, or some other commodity in exchange for the marriage.
Also, arranged marriages were instrumental for women over the age of 30 who were unwed. Even in the nineteenth century, many women would find that a marriage of convenience was the way to go. Often, a widower needed a mother and housekeeper for his family, and sometimes a woman without means to support herself would readily accept a marriage of convenience. Even today, some cultures still use arranged marriages.
But one of the most unique marriage of convenience is the marriage bargain, and that is the central theme to my newest book, The Amish Marriage Bargain, which releases in book form December 17, 2019, and eBook January 1, 2020. The marriage bargain is the specific negotiation of the terms of the agreement regarding a particular situation and often included land.
After her sister dies, May Bender will do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart. But like the days of old, the bargain goes deeper than that.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, January 2
The Avid Reader, January 3
Texas Book-aholic, January 4
Vicky Sluiter, January 4
Mary Hake, January 4
Among the Reads, January 6
Betti Mace, January 6
Older & Smarter?, January 7
Batya’s Bits, January 7
janicesbookreviews, January 8
Hallie Reads, January 8
Bigreadersite, January 10
She Lives to Read, January 11
Quiet Quilter, January 12
Pause for Tales, January 12
EmpowerMoms, January 14
Splashes of Joy , January 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Marie is giving away to four winners each a $25 Amazon card will also receive a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Memory Loss!! What Would you do if you had lost three months of your life? SCARY STUFF!!


                         "Forget Me Now"
                          By Alana Terry

About the Book:


Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense
Release Date: July 19, 2019
She’s forgotten everything … including who it is that wants her dead.
Mia’s trapped in a nightmare inside her own mind. After a brain injury leaves her unable to form new memories, all she knows is that entire months of her life are missing. Those closest to her are dead, and someone’s on their way back soon to finish the job.
Heart-gripping, page-turning Christian suspense from the author whose books are called “intense,” “life-changing,” and “impossible to put down,” Forget Me Now is a psychological thriller with enough twists to keep you reading … and guessing … late into the midnight hours.
Download your copy today for a fast-paced adrenaline rush you’ll never forget.

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My Thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed every book that I have read by this talented author, but I must  admit that I believe this novel is the best yet! Alana has a special talent of writing out of the ordinary plots that keep one glued to the page from beginning to end. What can I say about this book??? It is full of suspense and mystery that kept reading long past my bedtime. How would I feel if I woke up one morning with no memory of what had occurred in the past three months???? Scary, terrified, confused! Nothing made sense!

The main character, Mia, grabbed me and pulled me into her life from the moment she awoke. She was described in such realistic detail that I felt her every fear and terror. The flashbacks that the author used gave me a deep understanding of Mia and her life before and after. I walked alongside Mia as she tried to make some sense of her life and understand her past.

The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I have to admit that I tuned out of the real world for a while as I walked alongside Mia on her tough journey of life.  The ending of this novel was a complete surprise. Nothing I expected happened! 

ALthough it seems to be a somewhat depressing, sad tale, there is an underlying message of hope that all Christians have. That is the only thing that keeps us going in times of trial. What would we do without hope in our Lord?

I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy suspense and mysteries. 

Definitely a five star book!!

This book was received from CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

About the Author:

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



More from Alana

I love writing Christian fiction suspense. I have multiple series for sale and one of the things my readers have grown to appreciate is how many of their favorite characters show up in more than one series. Another aspect of my books that readers’ enjoy is the mystery, intrigue, and twists and turns involved as they reach the final page.
My new novel, Forget Me Now, has all the favorite elements mentioned above, but includes a new psychological thriller element that I hope readers will love as much as I loved bringing it to them. This novel asks the question, “What would you do if you woke up to find three months of your memory entirely gone? Who would you turn to for answers during that confusing time … and how would you react if you began to question the ones you turned to for the truth?
Read all about how Mia handles a predicament just like this (except even more dangerous) in Forget Me Now, complete with all the thrills and gripping suspense you’ve grown to love from Alana Terry novels as well as the reminder that God is always in control.
If you want, let me know your thoughts after you’ve had a chance to dive into this thriller that is truly unforgettable by emailing me at alana@alanaterry.com.

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, December 28
Rebecca Tews, December 28
Blogging With Carol, December 29
Mamma Loves Books, December 29
Betti Mace, December 30
Genesis 5020, December 30
Emily Yager, January 3
Quiet Quilter, January 5
Texas Book-aholic, January 6
Bigreadersite, January 7
janicesbookreviews, January 8
Mary Hake, January 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


















Jennifer Beckstrand, Master Storyteller Writes Another Winning Novel!!

      
                            Abraham
                  By Jennifer Beckstrand

About the Book:


Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Things at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded for eight-year-old Alfie and Benji. As if things weren’t bad enough with three older brothers hogging all the bacon at breakfast and using more than their fair share of toilet paper, Mammi and Dawdi Petersheim have to move in because of Dawdi’s stroke. If Alfie and Benji have any hope of getting their own bedrooms, they have to get rid of their annoying brothers, and the only way to convince their brothers to move out is to make each of them fall in love. What could be so hard about that?
twins 
Abraham Petersheim is known as a man of few words. He’s painfully shy and doesn’t see the need to prattle on like other boys in the community do. That’s why he can’t understand his unexpected attraction to Emma Wengerd. For sure and certain she’s pretty, but she also has five or six boys buzzing around her all the time, and she seems to be constantly annoyed with Abraham and his little brothers. Emma would never be interested in someone as boring as Abraham, and he could never set his sights on someone as wunderbarr as Emma.

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My Thoughts:

Jennifer Beckstrand is indeed a master storyteller who can grab your attention on the first page of the book and keep it until the very last page is read.
This author has a unique, special talent of incorporating humor into every situation that can possible occur in the life of an Amish family! Her writing style appeals to young and older readers, to those of us who just want to pick up a book and enjoy it , laughing at the many antics that these brothers get into. Abraham is the second in the Petersheim Brothers series. Although it can be read as a standalone, having read the first , I enjoyed the fact that I was revisiting one of my favorite families. 

The characters are so vividly described that you immediately are drawn into their lives, leaving the reader awaiting the next situation they get themselves into. I particularly loved these nine year old twins who just couldn't keep themselves out of trouble!

The plot was well developed with constant twists and turns created as the twins try to marry off their older brother. Never did I believe, I would enjoy a story about chickens!! 

This book is one not to be missed!! Full of fun, humor , it will make you smile and at times laugh out loud. I am eagerly awaiting book three in this series. Jennifer knows how to make one smile and enjoy life!!! 



This book was received from CelebrateLit. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.



About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish
romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.


More from Jennifer

Alfie and Benji Petersheim will do just about anything to get their brother Abraham to fall in love with Emma Wengerd, even adopt a stray dog. But to catch that dog, they’re going to need Aunt Bitsy’ help. Alfie and Benji are about to get in a lot of trouble.

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Abraham.

Benji pushed his coffee cake around his plate with his finger. “Maybe we could keep that stray dog.”
Maybe they could keep the dog. Alfie’s heart started pounding. A dog could find them if they ever got lost in the woods. A dog could fetch sticks and bring Dat his slippers. A dog would eat crumbs off the floor. Mamm would never have to mop again.
Bitsy shrugged. “That’s up to your mamm.”
Alfie’s heart sank to his toes. “Mamm would never let us have a dog. She won’t even let me have a goldfish.”
“I have a pet spider,” Benji said.
Alfie popped a small bite of coffee cake into his mouth. “He’s not your pet. He just lives in the corner of the cellar and kills other spiders.”
“You tried to spray him,” Benji said, “and I saved his life. He’s my pet now.”
Bitsy nodded. “Spiders are gute pets. They feed themselves and don’t poop on the carpet.”
Benji sat very still before wrinkling his forehead like he did when he was upset. “We need to help that dog.”
Alfie wanted a dog as much as anybody, but they had to be sensible. They’d been asking Mamm for a dog ever since they could talk. “Mamm won’t let us.”
Benji started crying. “But he’s going to get gassed.”
Bitsy reached over and patted Benji’s arm. “He might not get gassed. The pound might find a nice family that wants to adopt him. People like chocolate labs. I’m told they’re cute.”
Benji caught his breath and suddenly stopped crying, as if someone had turned off a faucet. “Do girls like chocolate lamps?”
“Chocolate labs?” Bitsy folded her arms. “Well, I’m a girl and I don’t think he’s cute, but most girls love dogs. Do you remember Vernon Schmucker? Poor fellow had a face like a potato, and the girls ignored him. One night he brought a puppy to the gathering, and he was surrounded by girls all night. That’s how he met his wife.”
Benji jumped from his chair and threw his arms around Alfie, making Alfie spill milk down his new shirt. “Hey. Watch it.”
“Alfie, girls like dogs!”
Benji was a good partner, but sometimes he made no sense. “So?”
“If Emma Wengerd saw us walking our chocolate lamp down the street, she’d run out of her house to pet him.”
Alfie’s heart started pounding. Benji was the best bruder in the world. “We could bring Abraham with us.”
Benji got more and more excited with each word. “And they could talk about dogs and chickens and maybe start kissing.”
Alfie set his milk on the table. “We’ve got to catch that dog.”

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 28
She Lives to Read, December 29
Older & Smarter?, December 30
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 31
SPLASHES of Joy, January 1
Book of Ruth Ann, January 2
Mary Hake, January 2
janicesbookreviews, January 3
Vicky Sluiter, January 3
Pause for Tales, January 4
Quiet Quilter, January 5
The Avid Reader, January 6
Batya’s Bits, January 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Releasing on Jan.28!!! Another FANTASTIC Book By Shelley Shepard Gray !

     "Shall We Dance"   By Shelley Shepard Gray Synopsis: At twenty-seven, Shannon Murphy has just discovered that sh...