Monthly Archives: April 2016

Outstanding! What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis

What Happened on Beale Street is book two in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series. Mary Ellis has done it again! She has written another book that is outstanding. A book that will surely grab you right from the start and not let you go until the very end. There are so many twist and turns that happen in this book that will keep you guessing all the way through it. You get to catch up with your favorite PI team and meet some new characters. There is so much love, faith, hope and determination in this story. I so love Nicki Price and her determination. Characters and story background so well written that I felt as though I could hear the blues music playing and taste the food right along with the characters. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Be sure to order your copy of What Happened on Beale Street today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.




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A Plain& Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston

A Plain & Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston is simply beautiful. This is a book that will capture you heart right from the start. A story that is filled with so much love, hope, faith and forgiveness. Amy has a way of making the reader feel as though they are part of the story experiencing everything as it happens. Amy will have you cheering on for what you think is right. Be sure to get your copy of A Plain & Simple Christmas today. Kick back and enjoy a glass of sweet tea as you travel back to the Kauffman Amish Bakery and catch up with some of your favorite characters. 5 stars!


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Hope Toler Dougherty’s ‘Mars . . . with Venus Rising’ Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway

Travel to the small town of Mars, where you’ll find a meddling horse, paper bag floors, and a flying saucer on the town square—in Hope Toler Dougherty’s book, Mars . . . with Venus Rising. Penn Davenport dreams of passing the CPA exam and moving away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

Celebrate Hope’s Mars . . . with Venus Rising blog tour with a Kindle Fire Prize Pack giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Mars . . . with Venus Rising
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • A Kindle Fire

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 18th. The winner will be announced May 19th on Hope’s blog.


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The Inheritance by Michael Phillips


About the book:

The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef into turmoil.

Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch’s heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David’s grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And while Hardy doesn’t enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate’s assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island-and its traditional way of life-hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips’s dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

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Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today’s reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald’s original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.


This is the first book that I have read by Michael Phillips. It seemed to have good historical content in this story and that was all for me. This story just wasn’t my cup of tea. It didn’t grab hold of me and draw me into the story. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 3 stars

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Ten Things About Karen Rose Smith & SILENCE OF THE LAMPS

Ten Things About Karen Rose Smith

1.     I was an only child who always longed for a sister.

2.     During my childhood I always had access to a relative’s farm.

3.     This summer my husband and I took in a stray pregnant cat and helped
deliver her kittens.

4.     When I was in my late twenties, I learned to swim and ride horses!

5.   I attended the Beatles concert at Dodger Stadium.

6.     With my cousin I wrote a script for The Monkees TV show.

7.     I wrote for six years and finished 13 manuscripts before I sold two
books in one week to two different publishers.

8.     I use a tape recorder to write and like to tape on the patio on
summer nights under the moon.

9.   I love 60’s fashion.

10.  I’m a crazy cat lady!



USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith’s 95th novel will be released in 2016! Her passion is caring for her four rescued cats. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking and photography. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. Even though she escaped into story worlds, she had many cousins around her on weekends. Families are a strong theme in her novels in both her mysteries and romances. Find out more about Karen at and at She’s recently working on her Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series as well as her Daisy Tea Garden mystery series and her Search For Love series. If you’d like to chat with her, you can find her on Facebook at KarenRoseSmithBooks and on Twitter @karenrosesmith. 





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Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5

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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade’s Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

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Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti


About the book:

Song of Silence (Abingdon, April 2016)

Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

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About the author:


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.


Cynthia Ruchti has written a wonderful piece of art with her new book Song of Silence. Capturing the heart of her characters in a very meaningful and touching way that makes the story come alive for you. A story that deals with unexpected happens. A story that will touch your heart. Be sure to get your copy of Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti today. 5 stars! 

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Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘Song of Silence’ Musical Medley Giveaway

As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy’s faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, Song of Silence. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Song of Silence
  • A $150 Visa cash card

One second place winner will receive:

  • A copy of Song of Silence
  • A musical medley prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th. The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia’s blog.


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Blog hop Giveaway! Touching! The Reluctant Duchess by: Roseanne M. White



The Reluctant Duchess is book two in the Ladies of the Manor series. This is a book that will surly tug at your heart strings. It makes you yearn to see good prevail in the end. A book that has so many things happening in it. What a wonderful cast of characters ones that you will love and others that you will hate. There is so much love, anger, hate, frustration, faith, and love. This books touches a topic that so many have and do deal with on a regular basis. Be sure to get your copy today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.



Book Info:

Purchase your copy here.

Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger?

Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.

Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

About the Author

RoseannaWhite2014Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. The Reluctant Duchess is Roseanna’s eleventh published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more


Guest Post from Roseanna White

Though I’ve written nearly thirty books, thirteen of which will be out by the end of 2016, there’s something very special about the Ladies of the Manor Series. The first book, The Lost Heiress, is a rewrite of the first novel I ever wrote—at the age of 12-13. Once I finished that first novel, I made it my goal to keep adding more manuscripts to my “finished” file. I started in immediately on the sequel . . . and soon ran into a problem. You see, I knew who I wanted these characters to be. Brice Myerston, a duke, whom readers would have met in the first book. And a young lady from Scotland who had suffered abuse.

That’s it. That’s all I knew. And it stymied 13-year-old me, who hadn’t a clue what it felt like to suffer such things, and whose imagination, while rich, just lacked a certain basis in the realities of human nature. Probably a good thing that I gave up on the story back then, and didn’t dust it off again until my mid-20s, when I was reworking the series. And better still that Rowena had many more drafts to go through before she finally took to the printed page in The Reluctant Duchess.

I narrowed my setting down, during those years, to the Highlands, and I chose Loch Morar because of how perfectly the region of Lochaber suited the story I wanted to tell. Isolated. Stark. Rugged. Beautiful. Sometimes cruel. This was a land utterly perfect for my heroine’s family, for her back story. Then came the challenge of picking a clan for her to belong to—because lemme just tell you, one could quite easily offend with such choices, if not portrayed properly, LOL. And because I wanted her father to be chief of her clan, I ran the risk of people mistaking him for the actual chief, if I chose an actual clan.

A writing friend came to rescue and offered her last name for my heroine: Kinnaird (pronounced “kin-AIRD”), which is a sept (branch) of another clan in reality, so had no chief of its own, but was still a well-established Scottish name. Perfect!

So Rowena Kinnaird was born after many years of her character floating in and around my head and computer screen. And I got to pair this backward, sometimes shy, sometimes stubborn Scottish lass with the charming, suave, polished English duke I’d had planned out since I was 13.

I went to great pains in The Lost Heiress to make Brice Myerston a favorite character, so that readers HAD to read his story. Mwa ha ha ha. 😉 So far, so good on that score! Brice is a hero who has his faults, but he also has character. He has faith. He has a good heart, he’s considerate, he’s understanding. And he’s also so accustomed to charming everything female that he doesn’t quite know what to do when Rowena doesn’t seem inclined to be charmed.

There are clashes. There is tension. There’s much healing on Rowena’s part. Many trials for them both. But I hope that through this story of The Reluctant Duchess readers see what it means to triumph over past hurts. And how brightly God shines against the darkness.

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April 12: Just Commonly

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April 13: Books for Christian Girls

April 13: Cassandra M’s Place

April 13: Melissa Wardwell

April 14: A Holland Reads

April 14: Reading Is My SuperPower

April 15: Splashes of Joy

April 15: Blossoms and Blessings

April 15: Story Matters

April 16: Bookworm Mama

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April 17: A Greater Yes

April 18: Singing Librarian Books

April 18: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

April 19: Simple Harvest Reads

April 19: Henry Happens

April 19: Karen Hadley

April 20: Daysong Reflections

April 20: Texas Book-aholic

April 20: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

April 21: Proverbial Reads

April 21: Heidi Reads…

April 22: Seasons of Opportunities

April 22: 100 pages per hour

April 23: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 23: The Power of Words

April 24: Giveaway Lady

April 24: Under His Wings

April 25: For The Love of Books

April 25: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses


To celebrate the release of her book, Roseanna is giving away a few of Roseanna’s favorite things. Click the link to enter:


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(Giveaway)A Heart on Hold by: Sara Barnard

Charlotte Adamsland is separated from her husband, Sanderson Redding, the day after their marriage. A captain in the Confederate Army, Sanderson must return to his unit, leaving Charlotte alone on their Arkansas homestead to fend for herself. Yankees camp around the town of Altrose, bringing their own kind of lawless danger. And then, one dark day, a Southern soldier arrives with terrible news…Sanderson has been killed trying to escape a Yankee prison.

Sanderson has found salvation and hell in a single turn of events he could never have imagined—his much-younger brother, Jackson, is his Yankee guard. When Jackson’s cruel commanding officer learns of the brothers’ family ties, he devises a wicked plan to see them both dead. Jackson is determined to get his brother to safety—but a last-minute betrayal by another prisoner could be the death of both brothers.

Charlotte can’t accept the news of Sanderson’s death—he promised to come back to her. She heads north armed with only her faith in God and her beloved horse to bring her love home—one way or the other. Will she be able to rescue him? Or will her love remained locked forever in A HEART ON HOLD…

Here is an Excerpt:

 I’ll come back Charlotte, I promise. The words of Sanderson’s first promise to return echoed with familiarity in the words he spoke now.

     Seemingly satisfied with his spiel, Sanderson took Charlotte’s face in his hands. He leaned down slowly until she could feel his warm, moist breath. A fiery sensation sparked to life within her as their lips met for the very first time.

     The swirling hullabaloo that churned about them melted away, leaving only them, so in love, with just a taste of what their future held.

     All of her senses were heightened as her body ached to soak up as much of Sanderson as it could.

     Their moment was cut short by the stagecoach driver’s intolerant voice slicing through their first kiss.

     “Last call, Lieutenant. Get on the stage now, or we’re leavin’ without ya.” 


I wrote A Heart on Hold when my husband was deployed to Afghanistan. It wasn’t finished until he got home, my third baby was born, and we were living in Colorado. Then, I began the edits! Baby number four came along with orders to Oklahoma — that’s when I finally began pursuing publication.

Sanderson’s brother Jackson is based on Jackson Rathbone — the blondie who plays Jasper in the Twilight series.

The battle scenes are real and based on my husband’s experiences. The ghost is, too.

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