Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Surrendered" by Elaine Manders Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

 Book: Surrendered  
Author: Elaine Manders  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release Date: December 28, 2016  

The fight never ends until someone surrenders.

Having vanquished his political enemies, Rhyan Cason is anxious to get home to his beloved Carianne. Then he receives word an anthrax outbreak threatens his ranch. Even as he ponders how he can afford to take a wife, dark secrets from the distant past shake his beliefs to the core and convince him he’ll never be able to find forgiveness or make Carianne happy.

Carianne Barlow is stunned when Rhyan breaks their secret engagement. She leaves Sollano, the beautiful ranch house she loves almost as much as its owner, and returns home to Westerfield. While waiting for her shattered heart to heal, she shifts her attention to building the library she’s promised the town.

Even though Colt Holliman offers her a new courtship, circumstances keep drawing her back to Sollano and Rhyan. Torn between her affection for Colt and her love for Rhyan, Carianne realizes almost too late Rhyan’s troubles lie deeper than saving the ranch. He fights an evil that threatens more than his love for her—one only God can defeat.

My Review:
I loved reading "Surrendered" by Elaine Manders, but yes I have to say, it I am glad I read "Pursued" first. No, you don't have to read "Pursued" to enjoy "Surrendered  " but it does give a little more history on what is really going on and what happened before.

"Surrendered" starts where "Pursued" leaves off.   "Surrendered" is a novel filled with twists and turns and this reader was kept reading because I just had to see if Carianne  fulfilled her dream of building a culture center.  Oh and yes I had to see if she ended up with Rhyan Cason or Colt Holliman.

There is also mystery in between the pages of both "Pursued" and "Surrendered".

These books show that just because something is rumored and yes even posted in the society pages, doesn't mean it is true.

These books shows that to be completely happy you have to be completely Surrendered to God.

Of course, there is the obvious matchmaking in this book, and I say obvious because even the characters that are being set up know it.

I really love the ending and the "Miracles" that happen in these books.  I know there are some readers that are going to say "of course there are miracles in the book because Christian books are supposed to have miracles in them, but I believe miracles happen in "real life" also."

My heart was hurting for both  Carianne Barlow and Rhyan Cason in several scenes in "Surrendered".

I really hope there is a third book in the "Intrigue under Western Skies" series.

I recommend these books to readers that like Christian Historical Romance, and Westerns, though they are more romance stories.  I believe that even readers that don't normally like Christian romances would like these because of the mystery.

God is very much part of this story but the story isn't preachy but like Rhyan discovers how can you look into the heavens and not believe in the Creator.

I am giving "Surrendered" by Elaine Manders five stars.

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

About the Author

Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. She prefers stories that twist and turn and surprise, told by characters who aren’t afraid to show their love for God and each other. She lives in Central Georgia with a happy bichon-poodle mix. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends, daughter, and grandchildren.

Guest Post from Elaine Manders

I was born with the gift of story. The make-believe of childhood never left me, but it wasn’t until my daughter left for college, and I was left with the empty nest, that I decided maybe it was time to start writing the stories crowding my mind. I joined a local writers’ group, took a fiction writing course, developed the craft, went to conventions, and started pitching to editors.

Since I wrote romance, I found the publishing industry pushing me to a place I didn’t want to go. The secular publishers wanted steamier writing, and I complied as much as I could. Then when I was offered a chance for publication, I couldn’t allow my name to go on the book. The Christian publishers had a very narrow marketing concept. Again, I tried to comply until I felt the joy of story being squeezed out of me. I took a twelve year hiatus from writing.

Then in 2012, I was sitting in church listening to the familiar parable of the talents. When my pastor asked the question, “Are you hiding your talent?” I immediately visualized that closet filled with my unpublished manuscripts. I rededicated myself to putting my talent to use, and I asked God to send me a new story, if this was what he wanted me to do.

Later that week, I was on the golf course when I laid down on a little hill waiting for my husband to chase a ball in the woods and stared into the deepest, bluest sky I’ve ever seen. The sun was high in the sky, but the shade of blue was so dark I could actually see, not only the moon, but some of the stars. Looking into that sky, I experienced a strange sensation, as if I’d lost contact with the earth and was moving into infinity. I wondered, as I had many times before, how an atheist could look into the heavens and not believe in the Creator. This led me to an investigation of scientific atheism, Darwinism, and the entire series, Intrigue under Western Skies, was born. My protagonist is a Darwinist of the 1880s. Book 1, Pursued, is his spiritual journey to belief in Christianity, and Book 2, Surrendered, takes him to acceptance. The heroine, of course, helps him on this journey, while dodging all the dangers the old west has to offer. Incidentally, Pursued will be free on Amazon Apr 18-19.

Blog Stops

April 11: 100 pages per hour
April 11: Karen Sue Hadley
April 14: Bigreadersite 
April 17: cherylbbookblog
April 17: Baker Kella
April 18: I Hope You Dance
April 21: Pause for Tales


To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


stitchesthrutime said...

Thank you for your lovely review, Debbie. There are actually 4 books in the Intrigue under Western Skies series. Revealed is scheduled for December and Restored by Sept 2018. Yes, they are all interconnected but have their own mysteries. I've so enjoyed getting to know new readers through the CelebrateLit Blog Tour.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Debbie, your review is excellent and I know thay I must read these books! Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

Elaine Manders is a "new-to-me" author (and I didn't think there were too many of those left in the world...) Thank you for reviewing her book!

Dina said...

good to know that I should read Pursued before Surrendered :)

Jan H said...

I'm glad you listened and are not hiding your talent.

Caryl Kane said...

Excellent review, Debbie!