Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Deadly Undertow

Deadly Undertow 

(Lantern Beach #6) 

Paperback, ebook

June 18, 2018

by Christy Barritt

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: River Heights
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999834558

The current’s fatal pull is powerful, but so is one detective’s will to live. When someone from Cassidy Livingston’s past shows up on Lantern Beach and warns her of impending peril, opposing currents collide, threatening to drag her under. Running would be easy. But leaving would break her heart. Cassidy must decipher between the truth and lies, between reality and deception. Even more importantly, she must decide whom to trust and whom to fear. Her life depends on it. As danger rises and answers surface, everything Cassidy thought she knew is tested. In order to survive, Cassidy must take drastic measures and end the battle against the ruthless gang DH-7 once and for all. But if her final mission fails, the consequences will be as deadly as the raging undertow.

My thoughts: DEADLY UNDERTOW  is the sixth and final book in Ms. Barritt's Lantern Beach series, but she has started a new spinoff series set around that magical beach on the Atlantic Ocean. 

Cassidy's time undercover is coming to an end--as she always knew it would--and there is only one possible outcome. With her advisor gone missing and her ex-boyfriend suddenly showing up with stories she found unbelievable--but yet, maybe, possibly believable, she isn't quite sure what to think. But attempts on her life is escalating from an "accidental drowning" when she's caught in an undertow to an abduction, and more. Ever so much more.

Some of it suspended the believability, but the action, the fast pace, the edge of your seat flow of the storytelling never diminished. Fans of Ms. Barritt know what to expect and DEADLY UNDERTOW as well as the other books in this series: Hidden Currents, Flood Watch, Storm Surge, Dangerous Waters, and Perilous Riptide deliver. (I suggest reading them in order)

A great story, a great mystery, and plenty of drama.  

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Christmas Prayer

About the Book

Book Title: The Christmas Prayer
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genre: Historical Christmas Romance
Release date: September, 2018
Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.
Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

My thoughts: THE CHRISTMAS PRAYER is a historical set on the wagon trail by Wanda Brunstetter. This was an awesome novella! I totally loved it. There are there "families" traveling west together since they missed the wagon train that was leaving, and they were a brother, a sister, a widower and his two children, and a mother and daughter with the daughter's finance. I figured out how the story would pan out before I got to the end, but that was okay I enjoyed getting there. 
I read this story quickly, at church in the hour and  a half between services and gave my copy away to a woman at church who is a huge Wanda Brunstetter fan as she was practically begging for it as soon as she saw the book.  
There are several different Point of Views in the book, but they are seamlessly done. This was a great wagon trail Christmas story with a satisfying ending. 
This is not Amish.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.    

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at

Guest Post from Wanda

A cross-country journey in 1850 leads to high mountain danger—and romance.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Find out in The Christmas Prayer from NY Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Try this Exclusive Bonus Recipe Found Inside the Book!

Cynthia’s Fried Apples

Without peeling, quarter as many tart apples as you would like. Lay apples close together, skin side down, in frying pan with salt pork fat or butter. Cover until well steamed then uncover and brown both sides, turning and watching closely to prevent burning.

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Among the Reads, September 18
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Inklings and notions, September 25
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25
Girls in White Dresses, September 26
Book by Book, September 26
Splashes of Joy, September 27
The Morning Chapter, September 27
The Mimosa Blossom, September 28
Pause for Tales, September 28
Have A Wonderful Day, September 28
To Everything A Season, September 29
Cafinated Reads, September 29
Bibliophile Reviews, September 29
Quiet Quilter, September 30
Texas Book-aholic, October 1
Bigreadersite, October 1


To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of The Christmas Prayer with an autographed book plate inside!!
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Monday, September 17, 2018

A Christmas by the Sea

A Christmas by the Sea 

Hardcover, ebook 

September 4, 2018

by Melody Carlson

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Revell
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722715

When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday.

My thoughts:  A CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA is the 2018 Melody Carlson Christmas story we've all been waiting for. i absolutely love the cover of this novella and I want to rent the cottage for a vacation getaway myself. What a lovely place. 

I don't like that Wendy wasn't honest with her son from the beginning. If he was old enough to register himself in school, he was old enough to understand the trip was to get the cottage cleared out and listed on the real estate market. It would've saved a lot of drama. 

Caleb was a sweetheart, and so there for both Wendy and Jackson. Wendy was hurting, worried, and running scared but she still found ways to be kind to her neighbors, make friends, and do artsy crafty stuff. 

I greatly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading it over again for Christmases to come. 

 I was given a copy off netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

An Interview with Karin Beery

Today we welcome Karin Beery to my blog. I was Ms. Beery's critique partner way back when she started writing this story and I'm so excited it will finally be published and I can read what happened after Chapter 3. 

Karin, glad to have you stop by. Tell us about the book – a brief blurb:

Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.

Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?

Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.

Do you create playlists for each book, write to the same music all the time, don’t listen to anything?

I listen to different things at different times. When I’m writing, I have to turn off my inner critic and get into a zone, so I’ll often watch an action/adventure movie while I type. I watch the same ones over and over again so I can tune them out when I need to, but they also give me something to look at when I need some visual stimulation. My favorite movies for this phase are any of the Marvel/DC movies and Pacific Rim.

When I’m editing, however, I really need to focus, so I either need quiet or instrumental music. If it’s warm enough that I can open my windows, the outside noise is perfect. Otherwise I prefer one of three Pandora radio stations: Chopin, The Vitamin String Quartet, or John Williams.

Where is your favorite place to write? Pictures?

Because I’m a book editor, I spend a lot of time at my desk/computer. When I actually have a chance to work on my own manuscript, I prefer to write anywhere else. I have a smaller, more portable laptop for that. It can be anywhere different, from my kitchen table or bed to a coffee shop or the library.

The wall in Karin's favorite coffee shop.

Will you complete this opening? “It was a dark and stormy night…”

I tried to curl up with my husband, but there were two dogs and a cat between us.

What book do you admire/do you wish you’d written?

I really admire speculative fiction writers. It’s hard enough to write good fiction, but they create whole new worlds and civilizations too! I’ve enjoyed Jill Williamson, Mary Weber, and Sara Ella, and I’m looking forward to reading my first books by S.D. Grimm, Brent Weeks, and more.

How do you find the balance of writing time and family time?

I’m still working on that! It helps that my husband and I are both pretty laid back when it comes to spending time together. One of our favorite ways to spend a night together is in bed with a movie playing while I write on my manuscript and he works on other things online. That lets me write while still getting to cuddle with him. We don’t currently have kids, which makes it easier. I don’t know how so many authors manage to raise families, work, and write – they’re my heroes!

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Born and raised in Michigan, Karin Beery wrote her first novel in high school (mostly during government and psychology classes – sorry Mr. Winkle). Today she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When not writing fiction, she’s editing or teaching others at conferences and through the PEN Institute. When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys time at home in Northern Michigan with her husband and fur babies.

You can find me online at:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy.

About the Book

Book Title: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy
Author: Bob & Cheryl Moeller
Genre: Christian Non-fiction
Release date: September 11, 2018
Understand the way your spouse gives and receives love for greater passion in your marriage.
The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love. Various books describe the distinct ways in which people express and accept love, but this idea has never before been specifically applied to intimacy in marriage.
Marriage experts Bob and Cheryl Moeller present six biblically based and proven ways to enhance your relationship with your spouse as they describe the Romantic Heart, the Giving Heart, the Guardian Heart, the Companion Heart, the Worshiping Heart, and the Ecstatic Heart. They also expose the “counterfeit hearts” that are present in many people’s marriages, leaving their sexual relationship self-focused and empty.
Many couples spend a lifetime attempting to express their love yet fail to achieve true intimacy. Sensitively written with practical advice and humor, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy shows husbands and wives how to successfully resolve conflicts in their relationship and how to care daily for their spouse’s unique heart of sexual love.
My thoughts:  Being old-school and raised by parents who were taught "You don't talk about sex", THE 6 HEARTS OF INTIMACY. I requested to review because I thought it might be helpful for my newlywed son and his bride, but now I wonder, "how awkward is that?"  

I've been married for over thirty years to the same man and I can't tell you what type of Heart we have -- maybe a combination of all six. I'd probably get freaked out if some guy started writing me love poems, that'd be kind of creepy to me, so maybe not the romantic heart so much. And the first thirty minutes of my honeymoon was not spent praying beside the bed. What did happen kind of creeped me out, too. Hubby watched professional wrestling. Ugh.  But he was just as nervous as I was. 

We've grown since then. We have gone on childless dates. We have stargazed. We have prayed together as a couple. He tells me I'm beautiful. He reaches out and serves me and shows love by taking care of me, so maybe some couples can develop into THE 6 HEARTS OF INTIMACY over time. But some couples may not want to take the time and when the relationship flatlines they're outta there.  

I'm not sure who to recommend this book to. Pastors? Counselors? Newlyweds? I asked my pastor husband and he said he was old-school, too. HA. Okay. Maybe marriage counselors or counseling pastors, or even you if you are floundering in a flatlined relationship with your spouse.  Definitely a book to check out, if you are interested in revitalizing your marriage.  Biblically-based with discussion questions it would be good for a husband and wife to study together or in a small group with others comfortable talking about it. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 
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About the Author

Bob and Cheryl Moeller are the cofounders of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps Ministries, which is dedicated to healing hearts and restoring marriages, especially in under-served communities. Each is the author or coauthor of a number of books. Bob is also the author of numerous articles. The president of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps, Bob is a conference speaker, seminar presenter, and international guest preacher and teacher. He also hosts the television program, Marriage: For Better, For Worse, which airs on the Total Living Network and was awarded Best Television Teaching Show by the National Religious Broadcasters. Cheryl serves as the ministry’s Director of Marketing, Social Media Coordinator, and Director of Prayer Ministry and is a speaker and literary agent. Bob and Cheryl have been married for almost 40 years and have six children and four grandchildren.

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Reading is my Super Power, September 17 (Interview)
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Power of Words, September 18 (Spotlight)
All-of-a-kind Mom, September 19
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A Rup Life, September 20
Mary Hake, September 20
Artistic Nobody, September 22 (Spotlight)
Texas Book-aholic, September 23
Creating Romance, September 25
Janices book reviews, September 26
Carpe Diem, September 27
Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 28

Pause for Tales, September 28

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Lumberjacks' Ball

The Lumberjacks' Ball 

(The Christy Lumber Camp Series #2)

Paperback, ebook

April 19, 2015

by Carrie Fancett Pagel

  • Series: The Christy Lumber Camp Series
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Hearts Overcoming Press; 1 edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692408513

Garrett has saved Rebecca before -- will he need to do so again? A mercantile owner’s daughter hopes to begin her life anew in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave his father's lumber camp in Mackinaw City and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the proprietress must learn to face her past and open her heart. When complications arise, will they overcome adversity and welcome healing, and love, into their lives? Is there another place of healing for them, in the Straits of Mackinac?

My thoughts: THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL is the second book in Ms. Pagel's Christy Lumber Camp series and it does stand-alone. It has been many years since I read the first book The Gingerbread Challenge. If you like reading series in order start there.

I love that this book is set in my beloved Michigan, but not only that but in the Upper Peninsula which is seriously God's country. So lovely there. We just got back from visiting my Coastie son up there and spent a day in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.  I could feel the breeze, smell the air, and see everything she wrote about.

The story itself is sweet, innocent, clean fiction with a good faith message. The story itself is simplistic without the heavier layering of threads as bigger houses are fond of, but it is good for a pleasant few hours read. I enjoyed getting to know Garrett, and once Rebecca loosened up, her, too. 

If you like historical romances, don't miss THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL.

I am a verified buyer of this book. No review was required and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Story Behind A Harvest of Blessing by June Foster and #giveaway!!!

Today we welcome June Foster to my blog. June is very graciously giving away an ebook copy of A Harvest of Blessing. Please include contact information and answer the question to enter.

Thanks for stopping by, June! 

The Story Behind the Story of A Harvest of Blessing

A Harvest of Blessing was inspired by a real life couple my husband and I met in Pensacola, Florida. Several years ago we were traveling and living in our RV full time. Since my husband is retired army, we generally stayed on military posts in their RV parks. This year we stayed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and attended the military chapel.

One Sunday we got to talking to a great couple and wound up going to lunch with them after church. Their story amazed me. They were both visiting the graves of their dead spouses when they met. They even pointed out the graveyard as we passed on the way to lunch.

Cupid went to work, and they eventually married. Their story has been on my mind for several years, and I finally got the chance to tell it in A Harvest of Blessing where my hero and heroine who're in their mid fifties meet in a graveyard. But that's where the similarity ends. I deviated from the real couple and made Nadia's husband a jerk and Jared's daughter an obstacle between the two of them.

In the story, Nadia's son David is serving a tour of duty in Germany. I put him in Germany because my husband and I were there before he retired from the army. Wood carvings abound in the European country,  and I thought it would be fun to have David bring one of the lovely pieces—like the one I own—back home for his mom. The real wood carving used to hang on my mom's wall. Today it sits on a cabinet in my dining room.

The carving is special to me as it is the artist's rendition of a loaf of bread and a chalice, an important element in Christianity—communion or the Lord's Supper.

I loved writing A Harvest of Blessing as this is the first book I've penned where the characters are middle aged. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Long Blurb

If there's one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn't sorry he died.

When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger's lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she's horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.

Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He's intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.

If Nadia can't find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she'll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?

June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her contemporary romances. June's characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at

Question to enter giveaway.  I find it intriguing that Mrs. June spent so much time writing and living full time in an RV. Some very good friends of mine live in their RV full time and travel around the USA. Would you like to do that? Why or why not?