Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Philip's War" by Rachel Muller


They thought the war had ended…but the real battle was just beginning.

When Marine Sergeant Phillip Johnson returns from the Pacific in the winter of 1946, no one could be happier than the gal that’s stuck with him through the duration—his Libby. Finally, it seems 1946 brings new promise to the citizens of Arbor Springs as the town learns to live life post war. But after the homecoming festivities have calmed, Libby senses something is wrong. The gentle and caring man she once knew is now an angry and bitter stranger.
Phillip can’t escape the haunting nightmares born on the bloody islands of battle. Blinded by grisly images, past promises, and buried secrets, new hostilities rise in his tortured mind. 
His irrational behavior soon dismantles his marriage. When Phillip’s despair turns volatile, Libby needs an escape. 
Will Libby and Phillip find the healing needed to restore their marriage? Or will their love sink in the midst of Phillip’s inward war?


Philip's War' by Rachel D Muller is the third book of the "Love and War" series.  The subject topic is PSTD.

Philip is scared by a memory of what happened in the war and he can't tell anyone about it. 

This story shows what happens when you think God has forgotten you or you think you have done something That God cannot forgive you for, it shows you that He doesn't and he will forgive you.

This series has you in tears and then your heart rejoices. Rachel D. Muller wrote these books like she was there and was watching the scene unfold. I am so glad I had the chance to read this series. 

I would recommend reading the other two books in this series first because the author does a fantastic job of bringing all three stories together at the end.  

This was my favorite of the three. 

I was given a  complimentary by the author. These opinions are my own. I give this book 5 stars.

Rachel is the author of best selling series, Love & War. Her first project, Letters from Grace, claimed a spot in Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write Contest in 2012 and semi-finaled in ACFW's Genesis Contest, 2014. Her latest release, and final installment in the Love & War trilogy, PHILLIP'S WAR, released in August, 2016. Readers can learn more about Rachel at www.racheldmuller.com or find her on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads.

"Maggie"s Mission" by Rachel D Muller

                                                                Book Info

Maggie's Mission (Love and War Book 2)

A buried vow and a broken past meet face to face on enemy territory…

Lieutenant Maggie Johnson has overcome many obstacles in her life, including her parents’ disapproval of her enlistment in the Army Nurse Corps and the sudden death of her GI boyfriend, Danny Russo. A sudden blow that forced her to leave behind a promise once made. But Germany introduces more hurdles that hinder her life. Like Army nurse lieutenant, Peggy Blizzard—a woman as cold as her name.

While trying to avoid a war breaking out within her own barracks, Maggie pushes through Germany’s harsh winter, and Peggy’s cold shoulder, and aims to do her job—saving lives. But when tragedy strikes the field hospital, it’s Maggie’s life that needs saving instead. 
Maggie’s harrowing rescue will haunt her for months to come when a ruggedly handsome soldier comes to her aid and resembles the face of a man she once loved . . . a man who is dead.

Is war playing mind games with Maggie, or is she facing the ghosts of her past?

To purchase the  books :                                                                               https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Muller/e/B00NJRG9LK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

My Review: 
"Maggie's Misson" is the second book in the "Love and War" Series by Rachel D Muller and it is just as good as the first " Letters From Grace".  

"Maggie's Mission" starts when "Letters From Grace" leaves off and you can enjoy the story without reading "Letters From Grace" but I think it would be more enjoyable reading the series in order. 

These stories are about war and the tragedies of war are included in the stories but these are written very well and they really make you appreciate what the soldiers and the nurses went through.  Maggie is a nurse and she goes to the war front because the soldier she loves is presumed dead.

Who is Joe and will he ever get his memory back?  Who is the one to save Maggie when a bombing occurs? No, I don't think mentioning a bombing is a spoiler alert, I mean after all we are talking War, and the saving is in a unique way and place. 

I really am glad that a friend recommended Rachel D. Muller's books to me.  There is one more book in this series but I hope she has other books out soon! These books are among my favorites that I have read in 2017. 

"Maggie's Mission" is a five star novel and the covers for these books are just wonderful as well.

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

                                                                     Author Info: 
Rachel is the author of best selling series, Love & War. Her first project, Letters from Grace, claimed a spot in Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write Contest in 2012 and semi-finaled in ACFW's Genesis Contest, 2014. Her latest release, and final installment in the Love & War trilogy, PHILLIP'S WAR, released in August, 2016. Readers can learn more about Rachel at www.racheldmuller.com or find her on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Buried Secrets" by Rachel J. Good Book Tour And Give Away

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About the Book

Book: Buried Secrets

Author: Rachel J. Good  

Genre: Amish Romance  

Release Date: March 7, 2017  

Overcome the past and any other obstacles that stand in the way of the future God has planned for you.

Three years after the accident that almost claimed her life, Emma Esh has recovered physically but has no memory of the year before the accident. When she moves to a new community to help her sister Lydia and brother-in-law, Caleb, prepare for the birth of twins, she falls for their neighbor Samuel.

But the twins’ premature birth, a visit from the Englischer Emma once dated, and the sudden return of her memory threaten Emma’s romance. After the secrets of her past are revealed, will love be able to overcome all obstacles?

My Review: Sorry the words are missed up I have edited them about 10 times and they look fine and then when I hit updated they look like this I don't know why some of my posts do this and some don't.
"Buried Secrets" by Rachel J Good is the second book in the (Sisters and Friends) series. The story was enjoyable as a standalone but personally I am glad I read the 1st book (Change Of Heart)  to get the background story.

This story was about forgiveness and Healing.   My favorite character in this story is Emma because she has a fear that is somewhat like a fear I have, ( mine is driving) and since this is an Amish story Emma's fear isn't of driving but of riding in a vehicle or being in the dark ( the why of this is explained in "Change Of Heart" ). 

This is a story that  shows that secrets eventually come to the light.  In this case Emma has the secrets because of amnesia but her family doesn't want her to remember but holding them is keeping her from the healing she needs. 

Rachel's stories are written so well that they tear at your  heart's strings and I like the fact that even though her stories are about the Amish, the English can learn life lessons from them. 

I Am giving "Buried Secrets" by Rachel J. Good five stars. I was given a complimentary copy by the author  and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.  

About the Author

Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Rachel also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. She loves reading (of course!), traveling, and spending time with her five children and three grandchildren. Visit her at her websiteFacebookauthor pageTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads. You also can sign up for her quarterly newsletter here.

Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

Readers who have read Change of Heart, the first book in the Sisters & Friends series, will remember Emma as the wild teen who defied her family. Her older sister, Lydia, tried to prevent Emma from making mistakes during Rumschpringe, the Amish running-around time. Throughout most of the story, Lydia and Emma were at odds with each other, but in the end, the family needed to forgive Emma and show her God’s love.

In Book 2, Buried Secrets, Emma has no memory of her rebellion, so she’s devastated when she finally does remember. Then she must confront her past, learn to forgive herself, and also ask for and accept God’s forgiveness. Sometimes when we’ve done things we’re ashamed of, we struggle to believe that God can forgive what we’ve done. But God’s mercy has no limits. Emma needs to open her heart to that truth. As she does, she discovers an important lesson: Some mistakes in the past can never be undone, but God can forgive anything.

Authors often write about themes that are close to their hearts, and I’m no exception. Many times, after I write a novel, I look back and see how God directed me to tell a story containing lessons I needed to learn. In Change of Heart, Lydia discovers that judging other people or suggesting ways they can improve their lives can be a form of self-righteousness. God used my young daughter to point that out to me, but it’s a lesson that bears repeating. And as I finished the novel, I clearly saw it as a reminder not only to Lydia, but also to me.

Emma’s story also blessed me by reminding me how deep and wide God’s love is for each of us. No matter how we’ve failed, He never stops loving us, and His forgiveness is only a prayer away.

I also hope to remind readers that “all things work together for good for those that love God.” So often we expect hardship when we do God’s will, but He has promised to give us the desires of our hearts. Lydia learned in Change of Heart that God’s will was so much better than anything she could have planned, and Emma, too, comes to realize that, by trusting God to direct her life, she is blessed many times over.

Has God ever given you a desire of your heart? To enter the giveaway, share one of God’s blessings in your life. And let’s rejoice together at the many wonderful things He has done for each of us.

Book Excerpt

Emma concentrated on the plants beside her. Gardening soothed her, made her feel whole again. The spring sunshine warmed the ground and sent comforting rays through her cloak as she bent over the soft, moist earth. She lifted a seedling from its pot and inhaled the savory tomato-y aroma. Then she pinched off the lower leaves, set it in the hole, and gently bent the stem before covering it with soil.

Whoosh. A heavy weight slammed her backwards, smashing her head against the ground. Gasping, desperate to suck some air into her crushed lungs, Emma opened her eyes to find a furry face inches from her own. A huge mouth opened, revealing pointy white teeth. Then a wet pink tongue scraped across her cheek.

“Bolt,” a deep male voice commanded. “Off.”

A handsome stranger, black bangs hanging in front of his eyes, bent over her, his hand outstretched. “Ach, I’m so sorry. She slipped out the door again.” He clamped his other hand on the Irish setter’s collar and pulled the dog off Emma, leaving muddy paw prints across her skirt.

Still dazed, Emma lay where she’d fallen, gazing up at him, unsure whether the rapid pattering of her pulse was from her recent fright or from looking into the greenest eyes she’d ever seen.

“Are you all right?” Worry crinkled his brow.

“I–I’ll be fine.” Ignoring the hand he’d extended, she tried to sit.

The stranger dropped to one knee beside her. “Don’t get up if you’re hurt. Is there someone I can fetch?”

“I don’t need help.” Heat flooded Emma’s cheeks when her words came out sharply. “I’m sorry,” she whispered. “Please forgive me.” Then pinching her lips together, she steeled herself to sit without assistance.

“There’s nothing to forgive. I’m the one who let my dog escape.” The words were barely out of his mouth when the Irish setter twisted free and bounded off, crushing the rows of seedlings Emma had just planted.

“Oh, no!” The stranger dashed off after the dog, swerving to avoid the tomato plants the setter had crushed. Gasping for air, he made a desperate tackle, landing a few feet beyond the garden, the dog wriggling under him. With a firm grip on the Irish setter’s collar, he stood, the front of his shirt, galluses, and black pants splattered with dog hair and dirt.

Emma suppressed the urge to giggle at his sheepish expression, the clod of mud clinging to his forehead, and the panting dog struggling to jerk free of his hold.

He pinched his lips together as he studied the mess. “I’m so sorry. Let me put Bolt in the house. Then I’ll help clean up.”

“Bolt?” Had he called the dog that earlier? Emma had been too distracted to pay attention. Now she couldn’t hold in her mirth.

Rather than taking offense, the stranger glanced down with a rueful expression, then joined in her laughter. “Jah,” he said between hearty chuckles. “Short for Lightning Bolt. She zigs and zags so fast I can’t catch her sometimes.” He waved a hand toward the disaster in the garden. “Like she did here. And now look at me.”

Emma did, and her laughter ended in a sharp intake of breath. And then his eyes met hers, and she stopped breathing altogether.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading Buried Secrets as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Blog Stops

March 9: autism mom
March 13: Bigreadersite
March 15: Carpe Diem
March 16: Splashes of Joy
March 20: A Greater Yes
March 22: Karen Sue Hadley



To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a full box of Whoopie Pies freshly baked for you from a bakery in Amish country, along with copies of Angels Unaware, the brand new Amish Words and Proverbs Coloring Book and Amish Quilts Coloring Book #1 (Large Print Edition), an autographed copy of Change of Heart, and an Amish cookbook!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b160

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Murder on the MOOR" byJulianna Deering Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book                                                       Book: Murder on the MOOR, A Drew  Farthering Mystery  

Author: Julianna Deering  

Genre: Historical Mystery  

Release Date: February 2017

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a BrontĂ« hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.

Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what’s really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

About the Author

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. For more information visit www.juliannadeering.com.

                               Blog Stops

March 3: ASC Book Reviews
March 6: Splashes of Joy
March 11: Book by Book
March 12: Radiant Light
March 12: Bigreadersite 
March 13: Carpe Diem
March 14: Pause for Tales
March 15: Back Porch Reads
March 15: Baker Kella


To celebrate her tour, Julianna is giving away a set of the A Drew Farthering Mystery (5 Book Series)!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4664b0499

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Life After E.L.E by JC Marrows and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Life After E.L.E.  

Author: JC Marrows  

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian  

Release Date: November 29, 2016
Extinction Level Event: An event where all species on the planet can become extinct.

If you manage to survive . . . What then?

When a rogue moon was discovered on a collision course with the Earth, we thought we had a solid plan.

To survive. . . to rebuild. . . to go on.

30 Years later… those who managed to survive, emerged from the caves to find a frozen world.

A world where rule number one in the compound is to be inside the gates before sunset. . . or die.

Eve watched the gates close – with her father on the outside – so that should be the easiest thing in the world for her to remember.

But life is not always simple.

Life does not always go as planned.

Now Eve is in a race against time, discovery, and danger around every corner – to find a truth that has been hidden. . . for years.

A truth Eve’s father died to protect her from.

My Review: 
"Life After E.L.E."by  JC Marrows is a book that I have to say isn't one that I really enjoyed. But that might be due to the fact that it is geared to young teens and I am over 50.

  This story might have been more interesting if there had been a little more info at the start but then this book is the first book in the ("Frozen World Series" ) so the info might be explained more in the second book.

I was actually starting to enjoy the book more and then the ending came with a cliff hanger, which I don't mind cliff hanger, but the waiting is hard, just like television series.

The thing I think I disliked the most was I thought the kissing was more intense than I thought was appropriate for young teens ...Biting on the lips and the ears and tongues involved.

I can only give this book 2 stars and yes I will probably read the next book in the series just to see if my unanswered questions are answered.

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

 About the Author

JC Morrows – author of the Bestselling Young Adult Dystopian series: Order of the MoonStone and the NEW Frozen Earth series (Post-Apocalyptic with a Dystopian edge) – spends her days writing, arguing with her evil computer, juggling two kids, and wishing someone would invent a coffee IV.

A storyteller in the truest sense of the word, JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she simply couldn’t stop.

And… as a true believer, she gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2

Guest Post from JC Marrows

Life After E.L.E. is one of those stories that I never saw coming. A lot of people might even say it was never meant to be. . .  

But GOD had other plans!  

It was one of those spur-of-the-moment ideas… the kind that usually doesn’t amount to much for me. Over the last twenty years I have started hundreds – yes, you read that right – of stories on the spur-of-the-moment. Until 2011, none of them amounted to anything more than a few chapters. In 2013, I was working on an entirely different series – the first I’d had any measure of true success with – when my mother challenged me to participate in NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month – where you write 50,000 words in 30 days].  

I sat down on November 1st with absolutely nothing on the page and only a vague idea of what I wanted to write about. And, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect much. I did not expect to reach the goal and I certainly never expected that the book would be published three years later (albeit after quite a bit of editing and rewriting)  

What’s more is that there is more to this story.  

Last November, one of the stops on Marissa Meyer’s Heartless tour was Nashville, and of course my daughter and I had to go see her… and buy her new book! While there, I gave Marissa an early copy of Life After E.L.E. after thanking her for being such an inspiration to me.  

Not only did she seem genuinely excited – she made a point to have me autograph it! (cue absolute and utter shock – followed by inner Happy Dancing)!  

Why so excited you ask? Well… there are some authors who think you’re not a ”real” author when you write your story during NaNoWriMo and knowing Marissa’s story was about the only thing that kept me going that year. You can’t get much more REAL than New York Times Bestseller – which Marissa hit with her very first book. She was a tremendous inspiration to me then – and continues to be now. I am truly blessed to have met her!  

And I count myself truly blessed that the right people enjoy the story enough that it has been published. I look forward to sharing part two with readers at the end of this year. And then I have another story to get out there!

Blog Stops

March 8: Reading Is My SuperPower (Author interview)
March 8: Mary Hake
March 9: Just Jo’Anne
March 11: Bigreadersite


To celebrate her tour, JC Morrows is giving away a themed basket including the book and swag and some specially chosen surprises!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b0fd

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Letters From Grace" by Rachel Muller

Book Info

Is loving a man in uniform worth the risk?

Scarred from the death of her fiancĂ© in World War II, Grace Campbell must learn to love again. Lieutenant Luke Brady could make falling in love easy…except he’s going to war. There’s one thing that can keep a thread tied between them—letters. But the suave Dr. William Keller enchants Grace with his charm and proposes marriage. She must choose between them. Will she settle for comfort and safety or risk losing everything on the Normandy beaches?

 To purchase     https://www.amazon.com/Letters-Grace-Love-War-Book-ebook/dp/B00NAGQ46U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Author Info:

Rachel is the author of best selling series, Love & War. Her first project, Letters from Grace, claimed a spot in Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write Contest in 2012 and semi-finaled in ACFW's Genesis Contest, 2014. Her latest release, and final installment in the Love & War trilogy, PHILLIP'S WAR, released in August, 2016. Readers can learn more about Rachel at www.racheldmuller.com or find her on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads.

My Review

" Letters From Grace" by Rachel Muller is the 1st book in the (Love and War) series.  This book had me experiencing the character's happiness and sadness while reading.

The covers for this series are just beautiful.

Oh my Oh my reading "Letters from Grace" by Rachel D. Muller , the book is about war and I want to cry! But it silly isn't these characters aren't real ? RIGHT.    This was a Facebook post that I posted while reading this book.   This book has sad parts and yes it is a fiction but it is written like this was actually taking place. 

I think  "Letters From Grace" would make a excellent Hallmark movie.

I encourage you to read "Letters From Grace" and you too will actually think you are watching Grace and Luke dance and you will be wanting to turn the pages to see if they received a letter that day and want was happening while Luke was on the warfront and Grace was delivering supplies to war victims in hospitals. 

"Letters From Grace" is a five star novel. I was given a copy by the author and these opinions are my own.