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My Valentine’s Gift to You

Valentines 2020

Happy Early Valentine’s Day.

I couldn’t think of a better gift to give my readers than a free ebook!
You’re probably scratching your head at the fact that I chose a Christmas novel for your Valentine’s gift, but behind the tree and ornaments is a timeless love story.
Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Yesterday’s Christmas is a dual-timeline novel that follows the love story of Glenn and Betty Tanner. They’ll have you falling in love again and again!

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Book Review: On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

pro_pbid_4412389All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But as nurse Arabelle Denler watches the so-dubbed “Black Heart” every day, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their paths twist together and he declares himself her new protector, she realizes she has her own role to play in his healing.

Phillip Camden would have preferred to die that day with his squadron rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved. What comes as a shock is the reborn desire to truly live that Arabelle inspires in him.

But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

What I Loved: Just when I think the series can’t get any better … White publishes another book! Seriously. The Codebreakers, and Shadows Over London (which ties into this series), is chockful of memorable characters and page-turner action. The war is happening in the background, but the story is taking place at home with a nurse and a codebreaker … or rather a humble woman with insecurities and a bitter man practically on death row.
Camden and Arabelle had great chemistry from the moment the two stepped onto the page together. I couldn’t get enough of these two. You could feel the underlying tension slowly coiling around the characters with every turn of the page.
Fans of the previous books will be treated to small cameos. It’s not anything that would ruin the other books if you haven’t read them, but it’s just enough to bring a smile to your face if you’d already met them.
I loved every minute I had spent in London with them and I can’t wait until the next book.

Rating and Recommendation: I recommend On Wings of Devotion to anyone who enjoys Christian historical, WWI fiction, and spy fiction. I’m giving it 5 stars.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Book Review: The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze

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Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school…and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter—the man who killed her father.

Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn’t want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he’ll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her…if she’ll let him within two feet of her. She’s still angry he didn’t fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her.

All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son—if they survive the storm?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1836 Texas (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1849 San Francisco (April 2019)
The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1860 Utah (July 2019)
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1863 Tennessee (December 2019)
The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze – set 1888 Nebraska (February 2020)
The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – (April 2020)

What I Loved: Everything! The Blizzard Bride was a highlight of the series for me. The romance was spot on with a steady cup of tension. Dietze has a smooth and enjoyable writing style. I love getting lost in one of her stories.
The setting and era came to life. And I especially appreciated the authentic details concerning the blizzard. There was a town’s worth of endearing characters here.
I love a good mystery, especially when the author can keep me guessing which isn’t easy to do. While I did have an idea as to who the guilty party was, I wasn’t also so sure of myself until closer to the end.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy Christian historical fiction.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Snuggle Up and Read-a-thon Sale

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There’s a mega sale in progress this week!

I hope you’re enjoying your 2020 so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m already itching for Springtime. It doesn’t hurt that our winter in TN so far has been rather mild. You can’t help but be fooled into believing that spring is just around the corner.
The reality is, we’ll find our winter before too much longer. It might show up late, but it’ll show up eventually. But I thought there isn’t a better way to spend the cold winter months than with a fuzzy blanket, a warm drink, and a good book. Correction. A STACK of good books. So to help you with your winter reading stack, I’ve marked down every last one of my titles. Both ebook and paperback are being marked down for the first time ever.
If you’re an ebook reader, you’ll find all 8 books discounted on Amazon. You’ll even find 2 of them for FREE! And don’t forget, they’re also available on KU.
But if you prefer to read paperback, I have a sale running for those too. You’ll have to email me with your order and be able to pay through PayPal. It’s a great way to grab signed copies. And I just happen to have limited copies of If Only It Were Yesterday and Dance With Me in my scratch and dent pile going for 1/2 off. If you’re interested in one of those, just ask for details!  *There is a shipping charge not listed for paperback copies.

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Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Homefront Heroines: 4 Young Women Dream of Victory and Love During WWII

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Relive life on the American homefront as four women of the WWII era join the workforce and discover romance in surprising ways.

Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach
1941 Washington D.C.
When Lucy St. Claire takes over a sailor’s job at the Naval Yard in Washington, DC, she is thrown into a romance she never expected.

Only Forever by Lauralee Bliss
1942
Marilyn and Arthur learn the hard way that it’s not the outside that matters, but the inward working of the heart that is precious to God and each other.

Blue Moon by Johnnie Alexander
August 1943, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
After humiliating each other, a WOOPs officer and an Army Intelligence agent team up to protect a top-secret atom bomb facility from sabotage.

Dream a Little Dream by Amanda M Barratt
January 1945, Palm Springs, California
When a widowed nurse and a former film star are reunited at a wartime hospital, can they move beyond their past and into a future together?

My Thoughts: The collection as a whole is a historical goldmine. I loved how each story took a drastically different look at life during the war. There are nurses, secret agents, soldiers, gardeners, and factory workers. The concept behind each story was a hit with me, but I thought that the majority of them needed to be fleshed out a bit more in one way or another.

Moonlight Serenade was very well researched. There were several little nuggets weaved into each scene. Sadly I struggled to feel fully connected to the characters.

Only Forever showed one of the ways people were taken advantage of during the war which was an interesting side to the war that I never considered before.

Blue Moon had the strongest start of the entire set, but the mystery would have benefitted from a little more room, so it could truly marinate and deepen.

Dream a Little Dream was my favorite of the set. It took me back to Old Hollywood and gave me a tender romance.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving the set 4 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.

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Christmas in Garland 2020 Reveal

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I’m so excited! I’m wrapping up the Project Scrooge tour here by announcing the winner of the giveaway. But even more exciting is that I’ll be officially revealing 2020’s Christmas in Garland novella!

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First things first, the Project Scrooge giveaway winner.
Congratulations to: Martha Schaum

Now let’s talk reveal! In case you haven’t heard, Christmas in Garland Collection is my standalone set of Christmas novellas. Lord willing, Project Scrooge is just the first drop in the bucket. I currently have 5 stories planned … but I may already be looking to add to this lineup.
The 2020 novella has already been selected. In fact, I’m about halfway finished with the first draft. But I’ve teased you long enough. Here’s the first official look at the cover:

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If pretending to be engaged wasn’t hard enough, needing a replacement
for her fake fiance just made things more complicated. 

I’m tapping into my Hispanic roots with this one! There will be loads of Christmas tamales and lively family to get to know and love. 

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You can read Project Scrooge today.
Stay tuned for more info on The Engagement Cover

 

 

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Release Day: Project Scrooge by A.M. Heath

It’s release day!! Nothing thrills me more than to celebrate the release of another book. It’s an exciting time when I can finally, officially put away my work on a single story. That means my time will be spent on another precious story. And it also means that others will get the chance to enjoy it just as I have. 
With any release, comes a myriad of celebrations. You’ll find the full rundown right here! Be sure to read all the way through. There’s a sale, giveaway, tour, and book reveal in progress. 

Blog Tour

I invite you to the week-long blog tour. Each stop will feature a review of Project Scrooge, a chance to enter the giveaway, AND a new clue for the book reveal. 

Tour Stops: 

Mon. 12/9:
Jana @ Reviews from the Stacks
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings

Tues. 12/10: 
Karen @ KarenSueHadley
Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Wed. 12/11: 
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny
Virginia @ Bigreadersite

Thur. 12/12: 
Deana @ Texas Book-aholic
Debbie @ Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations 

Fri. 12/13:
Loretta @ Just Writing 
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise

Wrap up: Mon. 12/16
A.M. Heath
Visit me on my blog for the full novella
reveal and the winner of the giveaway.

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There’s a giveaway in progress during the blog tour. You can enter here

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Sanford Stone cut ties with his best friend, Natalie, in favor of the love of his life … a woman who ended up walking out on him just before Christmas. Six years later, Sanford can’t bring himself to celebrate Christ’s birth with any joy. Little does he know, his grandmother and her companions have dubbed him the Scrooge and intend to help him overcome his bitterness and find happiness again.

The only thing that has hurt Natalie Dunivan more than Sanford cutting her out of his life has been watching his long-held grudges slowly destroy the man she has always loved. Together with Ms. Carol, Natalie devises a plan to reach out to Sanford.

Sanford accepts his grandmother’s challenge to celebrate Christmas for 31 straight days, but he didn’t count on her plan involving Natalie. Can his family and friends help their Scrooge see the error of his ways, or will Natalie’s presence only make things worse?

You can visit Project Scrooge on Goodreads and BookBub or order your copy today. 

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Garland Collection surprise

The Christmas in Garland Collection is a series of standalone novellas. My goal is to add a new book to the collection every year. I’m already hard at work writing the next novella. Be sure to stop each day of the tour to learn a little more about the 2020 release.

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What’s a celebration without a bonus gift. For this week only, both of my
A Season Passed novels are on sale. 

 

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Book Review: The Major’s Daughter by Regina Jennings

43887271._SY475_Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory craving adventure after tiring of society life. When she comes across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, his dreams to obtain a piece of property on the Unassigned Lands are very persuasive. When the gun sounds, they find themselves battling over a claim–and both dig in their heels.

What I Loved: Jennings has quickly become a trusted favorite author. I know whether I pick up a novella or a novel, I’m about to be treated to endearing characters, a lively western setting, and a sweet romance. The Major’s Daughter was just one more chance to enjoy the work of Regina Jennings.
I loved stepping back to Fort Reno with these characters. They certainly know how to paint themselves into some messy corners.
The historical angle was a real treat. This land rush was a new topic for me and one that I found rather fascinating.

Rating and Recommendation: I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it 5 stars. I recommend it to those who also enjoy Christian Historical fiction or Christian western.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. 

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Book Review: Wedding Score by Amanda Tero

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About the Release

Are you a single who has been in this singleness journey a little longer than you anticipated? This week is the release of Amanda Tero’s contemporary fiction novella, “Wedding Score.” Main character Stephanie is there with you as she’s suddenly thrown into a season of discontentment and impatience. Told in a whimsical, honest style, “Wedding Score” is a 1-2 hour short read that leaves readers feeling understood and hopeful.

My Thoughts: You’ll have to excuse me for being the gushing big writing sister here, but if I’ve said it once, I’ve said twenty times already: Amanda has not made me prouder than when she wrote this book. I’ve known her for a handful of years now and believe me when I say that her heart and soul was poured out onto these pages.
So many women struggle with being long-term single. And that’s what it is to most of them: A struggle. But Amanda brought a light, fun, yet honest approach to the subject and she laid bare the ups and downs of the life of a single. She also brought the focus back to Christ in a way that I know will touch the hearts of many.

You don’t have to go far to know what I’m talking about. Hear from her own words what her thoughts are on being single: 

 

Wedding Score - front smMost girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own. 

I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself? 

Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ

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About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Blog | Goodreads | Amazon 

amandaterobooks@gmail.com

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Giveaway AND Freebie

Amanda is giving away paperbacks, yes… 

But she really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, she’ll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!

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Visit Amanda’s blog for a complete list of bloggers and special tour information.

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Librarian of Willow Hollow: Plot Reveal Blog Hop

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Eeek! I’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you more about my novella. We had agreed as a team early on that we would leak information little by little as we drew near publication date. And it’s finally time to share a glimpse of the plot. … BUT we thought we’d have a little fun with it first. We’re all revealing something about our plots today, except that we scrambled them up. So I’ll be revealing Faith Blum’s this morning! 

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All Lillian wants is to share the gospel with people, but she is too shy.
When a storm and her horse causes an elderly man to be critically injured,
she must make a choice between her shyness and sharing the gospel.

Now how perfectly does that fit the title? Isn’t it lovely? I’ve enjoyed watching each of these stories take shape. 
I know you’re eager to hear about my plot, and I can’t wait to share it with you … but you have to find it first. Please visit the other three authors and read about the other books in the series while you hunt for info on Hearts on Lonely Mountain. Have fun!

Faith Blum 
Alicia G. Ruggieri  
 Amanda Tero 

For continual updates, follow each author online: 

Amanda Tero: Facebook and Website
Faith Blum: Facebook and Website
A.M. Heath: Facebook and Website
Alicia G. Ruggieri: Facebook and Website