Thursday, July 20, 2017

"A Name Unknown" by Roseanna M White Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

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Book title: A Name Unknown
Author: Roseanna M. White
Release date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance

She’s Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
As Europe moved closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
When danger and suspicion continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
My Review: 
"A Name Unknown " is a fantastic book.  It is the start of a new series by Roseanna M. White.  I am just gonna come right out and say it, I have read  four other books of Roseanna White and I have the rest in my stack of books from the library to read, I liked "A Name Unknown" the best of the five.

 "A Name Unknown" kept me turning the pages because I just had to know how the book ended and now that I have finished it I want the next book immediately.  I know I have to give her time to write it, but sometime don't we readers wish authors could write as fast as we can read what they pen.

This story has secrets and books and the title fits the story!

I can't decide who my favorite character is because I like so many of them but I will say three characters are my favorite. Rosemary because she doesn't do the things she does because of greed but because of love for her family because family isn't always made of blood relations. Peter because he honors The Lord and because people judge him and he just is who he is. The third character I like is Elowyn, who is just 5 and not in the story much but this reader likes children and she states that she is gonna marry Peter when she is old enough. There is another part in the book when she pouts  for about thirty seconds, lol ( but I won't say more on that because it might be giving something away).

I like this story because it has plots and books ( yes I know I mention that before but readers like books right?) and children and it is a Clean love story and does have history without the history being boring.

This story also has quotes that has life lessons about prayer and how if we let God change us we would be better for it. These examples are taught using rocks and dresses.

I also have to say the ending isn't at all what I expected it to be!  I encourage you to get a copy of  "A Name Unknown" by Roseanna  M. White and  see what spies and thieves and Kings and princes and orphans and books and authors all have in common within the pages of a well written novel.

Definitely a five star novel.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
RoseannaJuly2016Roseanna 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. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one.

I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent.

Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. 😉 (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.)

GINGER FAIRINGS RECIPE

100 grams butter, cold and diced
225 grams all-purpose flour
¼ heaping teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
1 heaping teaspoon ginger
2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice
100 grams superfine (caster) sugar
4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.

In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Blog Stops

July 20: Genesis 5020
July 21: Pause for Tales
July 22: Bigreadersite
July 23: Vicky Sluiter
July 26: Carpe Diem
July 27: cherylbbookblog
July 27: Splashes of Joy
July 29: Karen Sue Hadley
July 31: Cafinated Reads
July 31: Artistic Nobody

Giveaway

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To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bc0e

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Gladden the Heart" by Olivia Newport Booktour and GiveAway.

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About the Book

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Author: Olivia Newport
Release date: July 1, 2017
Genre: Historical Amish
“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”
When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna’s intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.. Now they must grapple with whether love is possible…even if they come to different conclusions.
When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?
 My Review: 
" Gladden the Heart" by Olivia Newport is the fifth book in the series ( Amish Turns of Time). I have read the first and second and third and this book and these books could all be standalones.

This book was really not one I was enjoying till the last scene. This scene made this book three stars for me.

I like the Biblical scriptures in the book.

My favorite characters were Susanna and Patsy because they showed that friends don't have to be alike or have the same religious beliefs to be best friends. My least  favorite characters would be several among the Amish and English that want to cause trouble for Noah and his supporters and those that try to help him. 

The forgiveness shown in this book is what all people of every Religious Belief should give and be shown.

I was given a complimentary copy of "Gladden The Heart" by Olivia Newport by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.


About the Author

Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her books include the Avenue of Dreams series set in 1890s Chicago; the Valley of Choice series, which intertwines contemporary and historical Amish stories; the historical Amish Turns of Time series; and Hidden Falls, a warm, contemporary, small-town novel.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

Sleepy Sundays
Now don’t laugh, but my guess is that if you looked around your church on any given Sunday morning, you’d see somebody sleeping. It might be an infant or toddler whose nap time collides with the worship time resting in a parent’s arms, or it might be a senior citizen who has perfected the art of dozing in an upright position.
What you don’t expect is that the person sleeping will be the preacher.
I’ve always been interested in church history. I even read a magazine called Christian History on a regular basis and consider it pleasure reading. In my ambling through church history, I came across a notation about “sleeping preachers” in the nineteenth century in various denominations, including the Amish. The accounts suggested that individuals who were not ministers would fall unconscious, wake up to preach for lengthy periods, sleep again, and have no recollection of their actions.
Could this possibly be true? Or a giant hoax? What’s a genuine spiritual experience, and what do we do when don’t agree on how to answer that question? Let’s face it, even now, 150 years later, we still don’t quite know what to do with our varying traditions when we don’t agree on how to answer that question.
I knew I had the makings of a story. Gladden the Heart travels back to 1847 and wrestles with these questions. When a divided community faces a life-or-death situation, they must respond to a crisis that challenges them to look past their differences. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?
Gladden the Heart is the fifth story in Olivia Newport’s Amish Turns of Time series of historical Amish novels. Olivia chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Blog Stops

July 4: Cafinated Reads
July 5: Book by Book
July 6: Genesis 5020
July 11: Artistic Nobody
July 12: Karen Sue Hadley
July 14: cherylbbookblog
July 15: Bigreadersite 
July 15: Carpe Diem
July 16: Splashes of Joy

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a Grand Prize that consists of:
All five books in the Amish Turns of Time series (http://www.olivianewport.com/amish-turns-of-time/)
PLUS
Bonus: All three books in the Valley of Choice series (http://www.olivianewport.com/valley-of-choice/)
PLUS
$25 Amazon Gift Card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bc59

Thursday, July 13, 2017

" Straight Flies The Arrow" by Sydney Betts

I am going to start this review with a complaint, not really, but I am sad this series has ended.


Book Info:

From the author of A River too Deep and Light Bird’s Song comes Straight Flies the Arrow
During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.
Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.

My Review: 
I know others have enjoyed this book as a standalone but I think I would not have enjoyed it if I hadn't read the other two first, so with saying that I am going to include the links to my reviews for them, so you can check them out  if you want.

"Straight Flies The Arrows" by Sydney Betts is the third book in this series. It kept my interest till the very last page and then I wanted more. Yes, the book ended without a cliff hanger and it ended at a good point, but I want to read more of these characters.

This book had me wanting to skip to the end because of something that was happening in the story but I am so glad that I didn't give into the temptation.  It was worth the wait and if I had let temptation win, I don't think the ending would have had such a great impact. 

The book did not end the way I was hoping it would but I have to say it did end with a perfect ending, by this I mean it is the way I think real life worked out especially with Indian tribal wars.  Let me end this train of thought with just saying the ending is bittersweet. I could say more but don't want to give anything away, but I will add I think the ending will surprise you!

I don't think I have a favorite character from this story, but I do have one that I didn't like at all, his name was Red Fox, he was just evil and mean. 

This book has many Biblical Scriptures and life lessons but is not preachy, I am going to include a quote from the book , but the book has many more such thought provoking quotes to take to heart " Most sins are not seen, even by the keenest eye. They lay deeply in the heart."    I have a lot of quotes underlined in this book.  It is a kindle copy so no, I didn't write in my book, but I think I would still have underlined some even if it I would have read the print book!

I recommend this and the other two books to anyone who loves Christian, Inspiration Fiction and Historical and Romance and Indians.

This book is definitely five stars to me. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author. These opinions are my own. 

Author Info: 


Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.
While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities.  Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.
Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.






    Monday, July 10, 2017

    "Finding Love" by Toni Shiloh Book Tour and Give Away

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    Book: Finding Love
    Author: Toni Shiloh
    Release date: June 28, 2017
    Genre: Contemporary
    Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as life enters a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. Just when she makes the decision to trust him, life deals her a heavy blow.
    Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. In hopes to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. Only, he never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf or will he finally find absolution?

    My Review: 
    "Finding Love" by Toni Shiloh is the second book in the "The Maple Run Series " and I am going to say at the start  "I hope there are more books coming in this series". 

    If you have read "Buying Love" or even if you haven't, you will enjoy "Finding Love" because you get to meet or visit with the same characters plus meet Luke and Micah. 


    "Finding Love"is definitely what this book is about!  


    This story is a story of forgiving yourself ( which Luke Robinson learns )and trust which I think is something that all the characters ( but especially Delaney Jones) learn.


    This book has something that most readers would like, good food and a motorcycle and children.  This story  deals with tragedies of war and widowhood and an interracial relationship. 


    I really liked that this story is an interracial story because I feel we are God's children and He loves us equally. 


    While reading this story I felt both Luke's pain and Delaney's fear.  I think the reason I liked this story so well was because like Luke, readers, including myself have a lot of forgiveness that need to be given to ourselves for things that have happened that we could have controlled and for things that we blame ourselves for that isn't in our control.  I think if we are honest, most of us also have some areas of fear and it is hard to put them in God's hands. 


    In closing. I say you need to get a copy of "Finding Love" and meet these folks from The Maple pit and while you are there you can learn different ways of cooking with maple syrup.  I think I would like to have the recipe for the meatloaf.'


    "Finding Love " is definitely 5 stars. 


    I was given a complimentary copy of "Finding Love" by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 



    About the Author
    Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
    She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

    Guest post from Toni Shiloh

    I’m so excited about this book tour for Finding Love. This book holds a special place in my heart. The pathway to writing Finding Love was not as easy as I thought it would be. For the most part, my brain has an idea or characters share their story, and bam, I’m off and writing at my laptop.
    I decided to write Finding Love when I got the contract for Buying Love, the first book in the series. I figured fans would want to read another story in the fictional Maple Run, Virginia. I also figured that Shorty and Nikki’s story would be the second book, but alas, they refuse to talk to me.
    The reason I love Finding Love so much is because it’s about what every person is searching for: love. We search for it in families, in friends, and in that romantic ideal of happily ever after. And even greater, it’s a testament of God’s love for us.
    Sometimes, love is scary. To let another person in our heart, bare our secrets, and hold our breath waiting for them to accept us…makes a person’s heart quake. With Delaney, she wasn’t even trying to find love, but it rode in on Harley seeking for forgiveness. I loved watching Luke and Delaney fall in love and I pray you do as well.
    Blessings, reader friends!

    Blog Stops

    June 29: Remembrancy
    June 30: autism mom
    July 5: Carpe Diem
    July 9: A Path of Joy

    Giveaway

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    To celebrate this tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away three $15 Amazon gift cards!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ba32