Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Crazy About Alaska" by Shannon L. Brown Book Tour and Give Away

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About the Book

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Book title: Crazy about Alaska
Author: Shannon L. Brown
Release date: June 30, 2017
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Can she trust love?
Holly has her eye on a handsome state trooper. Not on her boring, oh-so-serious, former professor, Adam.
Having her toes curl when she’s near Adam must be ignored.
Holly just wants a great dad for her twin girls. She’s going to find one, write a novel to fulfill her dreams, and create a happy life.
Falling in love isn’t part of her plan.


My Review: 
"Crazy About Alaska" by Shannon L. Brown  is the third book in the (An Alaska Dream Romance ) series. This story can be enjoyed as a standalone but I am glad and I recommend that you read the series in order that they were written, just to get the full family setting because this series is about three sisters and Alaska.

"Crazy About Alaska" is a clean romance.  Holly and Adam both have secrets. Ok. I have to say I can understand and forgive Adam's secret that he doesn't want to share with Holly, I mean he hides this secrets from everyone. But, I know other readers aren't gonna agreed with me on this fact but I really don't understand Holly wanting to keep her secret from her suitors.  I mean, her secrets are a little more known and involve others.  I hope wanting to know what these secrets encourages you to read this book. 

The ending to this books, no not a cliff hanging, makes me wonder if more books are coming. I would so read them. I like reading continuing family sagas.

I mentioned that Holly keeping her secret was hard for me to understand but even with that I  really liked her, a single mom trying to support her twin girls and her pie distressing sessions  made me hungry.  Oh, when I read that Holly has the same birthday as me, I think she became my favorite character, I know weird but we readers like to connect with the characters we meet in books, right? And I am happy to say I like all the characters in these stories, well not two of the men in Holly's life and that made it easy to see the reason for Holly to keep her secret hidden.  

I encourage you to pick up these book/books and get to know the Harris family and Alaska.
I think you will really enjoy them. Oh, did I mention a few lol scenes and the obvious matching plots in these books and the sparks that flies in each of these books, these couples ( in each of these books don't like each other at all at first. ) 

Ok, I have to say my favorite scene is in the "Marrying Alaska" novella. I am going to add this post from my Facebook page, just to show what I mean. " These books about Alaska just keep getting better and better, I have read the first two and the free one you can download by signing up for the newsletter and I am reading "Merrying in Alaska" and in the third chapter , the main character chooses a weapon, what weapon I know you are all wondering, it is the weapon of choice for generations of women " a cast iron skillet". Well if you are asking yourself why does she need a weapon for, get a copy and read "Merrying in Alaska" or even better read the entire series. "

Definitely five stars!

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. 

About the Author

ShannonLBrownWriting books that are fun and touch your heart
Even though Shannon L. Brown always loved to read, she didn’t plan to be a writer. She earned two degrees from the University of Alaska, one in journalism/public communications, but didn’t become a journalist.
Years passed. Shannon felt pulled into a writing life, testing her wings with a novel and moving on to articles. Shannon is now an award-winning journalist who has sold hundreds of articles to local, national, and regional publications.
Shannon was born and raised in Alaska so she enjoyed writing the books in the Alaska Dream Romance series. “The Feather Chase” was her first published book and began the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series. The eight-to-twelve-year-olds in your life will enjoy this contemporary twist on a Nancy Drew-type mystery.
Shannon lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her professor husband and adorable calico cat.

Guest Post from Shannon Brown

Open Doors
When a character opens the door and steps from her world into mine, writing about her is easier. Holly Harris in Crazy About Alaska is a real estate agent, and I was once one. I’ve driven clients around and shown them houses only to have them go a different direction. My husband and I bought a new house a few years ago, so I have tales to tell from that experience too. (Readers may think the purple shower is made up. Think again.) I chose to bring a college professor into her life as a love interest. I’m married to one.
Some of myself always finds its way into a story. Sometimes, it’s just something I might like to do. Holly’s sister Jemma rehabs furniture in Falling for Alaska, book one in the series. The idea for her business came while I was watching HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. Taking trash and making it beautiful sounds like something I’d like to try. Jemma also dislikes coffee and drinks tea. (Here I am again.) But she is not exactly me. She’s cooking challenged, and I’m a good cook.
Does the story become about the author when she inserts herself into it? Reality is only a fun fraction of the book. Holly has two men vying for her affections. That never happened. (It might have been fun if it had!) She also has five-year-old twins. I never experienced that.
By far the most challenging of the sisters in the series was Bree in book two, Loving Alaska. She’s a doctor, and my knowledge of the medical profession comes from sitting on the exam table, not from doing the exam. I spoke with doctors I knew and brought her to life. But Bree isn’t all made up either. She despises being in nature, especially camping. I’ve camped on a frozen river, beside a lake after canoeing or boating in, and many more places, but I’m with Bree and hotels are greatly preferred. There I am in the story again.
Reading the books I’ve written helps you know who I am. I’m a woman with a big imagination who enjoys bringing stories to life. Oh, and that slightly sarcastic sense of humor you may notice with Jemma and Holly? That might be from me as well.

Blog Stops

July 22: Artistic Nobody
July 22: Just Commonly
July 23: Live.Love.Read.
July 24: Carpe Diem
July 24: autism mom
July 25: Baker Kella
July 26: A Rup Life
July 27: Karen Sue Hadley
July 27: Quiet Quilter
July 28: Pause for Tales
July 29: Remembrancy

Giveaway

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To celebrate this tour, Shannon Brown is giving away a grand prize of a book lovers gift basket – a basket filled with book-related things!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bb35

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/)
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$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