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Intense! Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

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Book blurb: U.S. Marshal Casey Quinn is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there’s more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshals–one a man from her past–will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

Review:  Blind Betrayal is book three in the Defenders of Justice series by Nancy Mehl. If I chose one word to describe Blind Betrayal it would be Intense. Nancy has done an outstanding job with this story. These characters and story lines were so well written that you didn’t know who was going to do what and when. I hated to see the story come to an end. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!

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Heart Unbroken by Alexa Verde (Blog post & Giveaway!)

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Alexa: Thank you so much for having me you on your blog today, Cheryl! It’s an honor for me to be here and to introduce my new release, Heart Unbroken, and its heroine, Emma Hughes. Emma made mistakes in her past but strives to change for the better. 

Emma: Um, I’m not sure I like that kind of introduction. But I guess I deserve it (squirming in her seat). It’s not easy to be back in the town where everybody knows my past and some people look down at me. But it’s worth it to be close to my little boy again. I want so badly for him to love me and trust me again. 

Alexa: I understand not everybody looks down at you. You have great friends, too. 

Emma (smiling): And some of them are the people I’d least expect to befriend. Take Joy, for example. She has all I once had: a loving husband and a beautiful little boy. My ex-husband and my son! Yes, I abandoned them because, well, you know why. But now I have to see the reminder of my errors every day for long hours. Joy is my co-chef. Amazingly, she’s also becoming my best friend who supports me. Go figure. 

Alexa: Speaking about people who support you. I heard there’s a vacationer, somebody by the name of Rodrigo, who is rumored to spend a lot of time with you. You know there are no secrets in small towns. People say you’re becoming more than just friends. 

Emma (blushing): Oh, come on! Okay, I can’t deny I’m falling for Rodrigo. And he seems to feel the same way. He makes me believe I’m worthy of God’s love. Rodrigo is changing the way I look at things. I grow in my faith, and I’m thankful to God that He put Rodrigo in my path. But Rodrigo is a sheriff whose wife was killed by a junkie. And I am… You know who I am. He probably won’t be re-elected if he stays with me. I’d never stand in the way of his career. Besides, once his vacation is over, he’ll leave and forget all about me. 

Alexa: Maybe God has a different plan for you, a much better one than you have for yourself. 

Emma: Should I have hope that I can have a happily ever after, too? 

Alexa: Faith, love, and hope are wonderful gifts given to all of us.  

Emma: Even to people like me? 

Alexa: Especially to people like you. 

If you’d like to read Emma’s story in Heart Unbroken, here’s the link to purchase it (currently at $0.99 before the price goes up on May 2nd, 2018, or free on Kindle Unlimited).  

Giveaway: Alexa is happy to offer an ecopy of one of her books (winner’s choice) to a randomly chosen comment to this post. The giveaway will close 3 days after the post’s publication. 

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Nail biting! Dangerous Obsession (The Security Specialists)

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Book blurb:  A stalker on her tail…

The Security Specialists at her side

Security expert Wilder Flynn wastes no time putting behavioral expert Cosette LaCroix under his 24/7 protection when her stalker finds her in Atlanta. Wilder keeps Cosette close to guard her from the quickly escalating threats and attacks. But can he accomplish the mission without breaking his strict code against dating employees? Or putting his heart and life at risk?

Review: Jessica R. Patch has done it yet again. She has written a book that is better than her last book! A story that is so gripping and compelling that you can’t put it down until the very end. This story has so many twists and turns that you will be wondering what will happen next right up until the very end of the story. Characters and a story line that you will love. I so love the faith, love, devotion, heartache and pain in the story. Be sure to get your copy of this book today. Remember it makes a great gift. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!

 

 

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Lone Witness Chat Party

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Be sure to join Rachel Dylan for the Lone Witness chat party on Tuesday May 1st at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Lots of fun and prizes.

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A Hole in One By: JUDY PENZ SHELUK

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A HOLE IN ONE

Book blurb: 

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

 

JUDY PENZ SHELUK

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

 

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What was your hardest scene to write? 

I am probably the least romantic person on the planet (my husband, Mike, will agree with you) so writing any scene that has the potential for romance is a real struggle for me. Lest you think I’m kidding about not being a romantic, I’ll share this story with you: Mike and I were married on Friday 13th (as you can imagine, it was available on short notice) and so on our 13th anniversary, we made the effort to something special. We rented a chalet at a ski resort for a weekend and had a really lovely time. When I got home, I called my mom and she said, “Uh, Judy…not sure how to tell you this, but you’ve only been married 12 years.” We’re coming up to 30 years in 2019. Honestly, I’m going to try to think of something romantic!  

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?   

The first draft is telling yourself the story. It’s not about perfection. And write it down. No one can read a story inside your head. 

 

Who or what inspired you to become a writer? 

I’ve always written stories in my head, but I think L.M. Montgomery’s Emily Climbs was my first inspiration. Emily Starr of New Moon, PEI, is an aspiring journalist in the early 20th century. I got the book as a Christmas gift when I was about 7 and still have it. I named my protagonist in my first novel (The Hanged Man’s Noose), Emily, because of that.  

 

Do your family members read your books? 

Mike is my first beta reader, and he can find the smallest plot hole. My mother-in-law and both my sister-in-laws are avid readers and all read the finished product. My mom passed away in September 2016. She was my biggest fan. In fact the last book she read was Skeletons in the Attic (Aug. 2016). She would hand out my bookmarks to every doctor and nurse in the hospital, whether they wanted one or not! I miss her. 

 

About how long does it take for you to complete a book from start to finish? 

It varies, but I’m getting faster. It’s like anything you do: the more practice, the easier it gets. Noose took me about 2 years, including several much-needed revisions. Today, I can get a first draft done in 3 months, if I’m committed to it, and then it’s revise, revise, revise. 

 

What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of escaping the real world while you enter an imaginary one. I remember telling a friend about my work-in-progress, and she looked at me oddly, then said, “You make them sound like they are real people.” But you see, they are real, to me. That’s the gift. 

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In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

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On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie’s cousin’s chocolate factory.

Camri’s search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city–and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri’s privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb’s disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

Review: In Places Hidden is book one in the Golden Gates Secrets series by Tracie Peterson. Tracey Peterson has outdone herself again. She has written a book that captures you right from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. I felt as though I was part of this story. This story is packed with faith, love, determination, stubbornness, and so much more. I loved Camri and her role in the story and how she changed. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!

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Her Texas Cowboy by Jill Lynn

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Book Blurb: 

The sweetest reunion in Texas…When Rachel Maddox returns to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, avoiding her ex is much easier said than done. Still nursing the broken heart Rachel caused years earlier, rancher next door Hunter McDermott figures he can be cordial for the brief time she’s in town–maybe they can even be friends. But how do you forge just a friendship with someone you’ve always pictured as your bride.

Review:  Her Texas Cowboy by Jill Lynn is a Love Inspired book. Jill has written a story that is so finely crafted that it won’t let you go until the very end. This is a story full of love, faith, determination, frustration and second chances. Rachel and Hunter will capture your heart. Be sure to get your copy of Her Texas Cowboy today. I received a complementary of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4.5 stars!

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Chasing the Wind

 

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Welcome to the Chasing the Wind blog blitz and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

chasing the windTitle: Chasing the Wind

Author: Paula Scott

Publisher: West Butte Publishing

Release Date: March 20, 2018

Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

A beautiful, half-Indian girl raised by the Californios finds her fate intertwined with an American frontiersman haunted by his past in 1850 California.
As California comes to statehood amidst the madness of the gold rush, Isabella Vasquez must wed a buckskin-clad American who wins her in a card game. Though their union is passionate, Isabella soon finds herself abandoned in a brothel, where she rises to fame as a singer known as the Bluebird. Yet because of her Indian blood, the Bluebird will always be bought and sold in the white man’s world. When more is demanded of the Bluebird than just singing, Isabella flees to Fort Ross in search of her Russian father and her own race of people.

Peter Brondi has battled Indians all his life. The last thing he wants is a half-Indian wife. While taming the West with Kit Carson and John C. Fremont, Peter has fought the Mexican War and lost his beloved fiancée, Maggie, to his half-Indian brother, Paul. To satisfy his father’s dying wish, Peter vows to find his brother and put an end to the hate that’s between them. But when history repeats itself and Paul steals Isabella away, Peter must come to terms with his past and the animosity he holds against all Indians, including his half-brother and the wife he has forsaken.

*Chasing the Wind is the final story in the sweeping saga of California Rising, a tale of love, betrayal, and the ties that bind brothers together and California to the nation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Paula began her writing career as a civilian contracted to write for the United States Air Force’s newspaper and magazines. Later, she wrote feature stories for a daily California newspaper. A fifth generation Californian, Paula’s great great grandmother came to California in a covered wagon and married a California farmer. Paula’s family has been farming ever since. Paula works on her family’s farm, writes historical fiction, and blogs about life, love, and farming at psbicknell.com

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March 28, 2018

Launch @ JustRead

ReadingIsMySuperPower

Remembrancy

She Lives to Read

All-of-a-kind Mom

The Christian Fiction Girl

Robin’s Nest

The Mary Reader

March 29, 2018

Singing Librarian Books

Edits and Reviews by Leslie

A Baker’s Perspective

Faithfully Bookish

Blooming with Books

Reflections From My Bookshelves

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March 30, 2018

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Journey to Pleasant Prairie series by Jan Drexler BLOG BLITZ

 

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Welcome to the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series blitz tour, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Throughout the week, you will see excerpts and spotlights from each individual book, as well as information on the first book in Jan’s new Civil-War era series!

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hannah's choiceTitle: Hannah’s Choice Author: Jan Drexler Publisher: Revell Release Date: January 2016 Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.
When two young men seek her hand in marriage–one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God’s call west–Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community? Purchase Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

mattie's pledgeTitle: Mattie’s Pledge Author: Jan Drexler Publisher: Revell Release Date: September 2016 Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community–friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart. Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they’ve both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can’t help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure? Purchase Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

naomi's hopeTitle: Naomi’s Hope Author: Jan Drexler Publisher: Revell Release Date: June 2017 Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents’home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she’s not at the top of any man’s list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for. When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey’s true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy’s future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart? Purchase  Links: Goodreads|Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository

JAN DREXLER

Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With Pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700’s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850’s.

During the years when Jan was raising and homeschooling their children, she and her husband moved nine times in thirty years, finally landing in South Dakota where they enjoy incredibly Michigan-like weather. A northerner is always a northerner!

The ideas for Jan’s books come from the stories told by her parents and grandparents,seasoned with a lot of research and imagination.

 

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Remembrancy

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Meagan Davenport

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The Power of Words

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Fiction Aficionado

Reading Is My SuperPower

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Edits and Reviews by Leslie

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First Love FOREVER BLITZ

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First Love Forever

Romance Collection

9 Historical Romances Where First Loves

are Rekindled

Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie

Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie

Stevens, Jennifer Uhlarik, Erica Vetsch

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A first love is never easily forgotten…

and coming face to face with that person again can be

awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the “what ifs.”

In settings from 1865 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back

on the same path by life’s changes and challenges. A

neighbor returns from law school. An heiress seeks a quick marriage. A soldier’s

homecoming is painful. A family needs help. A prodigal son returns. A rogue aeronaut

drops from the sky. A runaway bridegroom comes home. A letter for aid

is sent. A doctor needs a nurse. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and

space?

First Things First

by Susanne Dietze

1877- South Texas: Texas rancher’s daughter Georgie Bridge mourned when her first

love, Ward Harper, left town to study the law, but now he’s back—as opposing counsel in

a case against her father.

A Most Reluctant Bride

by Cynthia Hickey

1880–Ozark foothill ranch: Maggie Spoonmore marries her father’s former foreman,

Zach Colton in order to salvage her reputation, yet struggles to believe he married her

for love and not her inheritance.

Weeping Willow

by Marcia Gruver

May of 1861

Port Royal, Virginia: In Civil War Virginia,

tables are turned for Willow Bates when Julian Finney, her

childhood crush and steadfast defender, returns from the war

a broken man in need of rescue.

His Anchor

by Carrie Fancett Pagels

1894–Mackinac Island, Michigan: Robert Swaine, a ship captain, returns to Mackinac

Island where his first love, Sadie Duvall struggles to support her siblings. Will she anchor

him to the island he has vowed to leave behind?

After the Ball

by Martha Rogers

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