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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Counting on a Cowboy is the second book in Debra Clopton's A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. After reading the first book in the series (Betting on Hope) earlier this year I was anxiously awaiting Bo's story and now I find myself looking forward to the next book and Jarrod's story!  Having already fallen in love with the small town of Wishing Springs, TX, and the unique personalities of each of its residents this book felt familiar and sometimes that's good to read something that takes you back to a place you know even if it's only a place you know within your imagination.  I honestly thought the aspect with Bo unexpectedly becoming a single dad would be my least favorite part of the story but it turns out I was wrong. Little Levi tugged at my heart strings right along with Bo and Abby. From the start I wanted Abby to find the "Mayberry" she was looking for and simply to live happily ever after. Now you'll just have to read the book to find out what actually happens with Bo, Abby, and little Levi!


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About the book:
Counting on a Cowboy
(Thomas Nelson, August 2015)

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she's brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn't interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become---or the women who might be looking at him like he's their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn't looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can't help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

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About the author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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A new tale of romance, family, and taking risks—don't miss Debra Clopton's Counting on a Cowboy! After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

Saddle up with Debra and her new book and enter to win her Love at the Reins prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 8th. The winner will be announced September 9th on Debra's blog.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Books 'n" Bloggers Swap


If you are a book lover like me and would like to participate in a book swap and perhaps make a new friend in the process then this is right up your alley!

Here are the details:
Sign-ups close on August 24 so don't wait!
You send 3 books and receive 3 books. They should be:
  • a book off their wishlist
  • a book you've read and loved
  • a book you haven't read but think they will enjoy
Once you've filled out the form and been accepted (you'll receive an email from the lovely ladies of Chaotic Goddess Swaps) you'll blog about the swap and link up. Easy as that! Once you've received your goodies you'll blog about it and link up again.

I can't wait for this and I hope you'll participate too!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy


After reading the first book in the Wild at Heart series by Mary Connealy I knew that I wanted to read the second one especially since I felt like Shannon would be my favorite Wilde sister. The book starts out so quickly that it was easy to get swept into the book. It felt like just a few moments had gone by and I was already through 100 pages. As with the first book in the series, the story is centered around one of the Wilde sisters and there's usually some sort of trouble that they get themselves into. I was a bit shocked when this book started with Shannon and Matthew Tucker getting married after their harrowing experience of surviving a bear, the river that's notorious for killing people, and an arduous hike through caves with Matthew on a broken leg before being rescued. For this to have the feel of a romance there's a lot of suspense and action as well. In many ways the romance almost takes a backseat when you're reading it because you find yourself so wrapped up in trying to figure out who is trying to drive homesteaders off their land.

Now I just have to wait patiently for the third book so I can read Bailey's story!


I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

A Heart's Home by Colleen Coble

The sixth and final book of The Journey of the Heart series is finally here! What a wonderful conclusion to the series with adventure, heartbreak, love, joy, and sorrow all rolled into one. From the moment I began reading this series six months ago I hoped that the ending wouldn't be abrupt and that we as readers would have a glimpse into the future of all the characters I feel I now know. Colleen Coble certainly didn't disappoint with this! Without giving away anything that happens with any of the characters I can say that we are given a glimpse into everyone's lives and I felt ready to say goodbye when I read the final words of the A Heart's Home. In a way each person follows their own heart and finds their home is more who they are with rather than where they are.

Book info

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About the book:
A Heart's Home (Thomas Nelson, August 2015)Emmie's hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn't hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie's solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart---and Isaac's? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Iyr7Im

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don't miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart's Home, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

Colleen is celebrating the final book release of her A Journey of the Heart series by giving away the entire series and the chance to host Colleen virtually at your book club, local library, or women's group to talk about the series.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series
  • A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout
  • A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen's favorite recipes and group discussion questions
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. Winner will be announced September 1st on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Picking a favorite Sarah Sundin book is near impossible but this one may be her best one yet! It was so easy to feel drawn to Mary and her kind, gentle spirit and her love for Nancy Drew made her even more likable to me since Nancy Drew fostered my love for reading. I can't wait to see what Sarah Sundin has in store for us in the next book in her Waves of Freedom series!

Through Waters Deep centers around Mary and Jim, who actually knew each from high school in Ohio. Now Mary is a Boston Navy Yard secretary and Jim is a naval officer on board the brand-new destroyer the USS Atwood. Their blossoming friendship and his willingness to aid in her "investigation" made the pages fly by. Not to mention that the further into the story I delved the more anxious I became to find out who was behind it all. In typical Sarah Sundin fashion she wrapped up a bit of mystery and a sweet romance into the perfect package!


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About the book:
Through Waters Deep
(Revell, August 2015)

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.

Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges---and dangers---await them.

Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.

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About the author:
Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

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Dive into Sarah Sundin's explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
  • A "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah's blog.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble

Book Five in Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series was the one I was looking forward to the most after finishing the previous one. Emmie is my favorite character in this wonderful group of characters I feel as though I've come to know and leaving her story hanging left me anxious to get my hands on this next novella.  In A Heart's Promise we see Emmie struggle with her feelings for Isaac and the consequences that those feelings will bring. It's no wonder after being raised by an alcoholic brother, having a manipulative brother like Ben, and then being deceived by Monroe that she's a bit leery when it comes to men. Aside from the husbands of her two closest friends she's had no examples of what authentic love looks like. Isaac is determined to win her over but how long will he be patient? Will a new arrival at the fort change everything for Emmie?

I sincerely hope if you've been reading this series you've enjoyed it as much as I have. I cannot wait to see how Colleen Coble wraps everything up in book six. I'm going to be a bit sad to say goodbye to these characters and their stories.


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About the book:
A Heart's Promise (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.

Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie's heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set
her bonnet for Isaac.

Then Emmie's dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Gc4QeO

About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter

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Will the promise Emmie makes to her friend mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac? Find out in book five, A Heart's Promise, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Can she live happily without Isaac?

Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Promise
  • A Lands' End beach tote
  • A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen's website.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the first of Beth K. Vogt's new destination wedding novel series and it has a different feel than her previous novels. As I started reading it I worried that I might not enjoy it as much as her other ones because the dynamic between Vanessa and Ted felt off from the start. I got the distinct impression that what went wrong in Vanessa's first marriage to Logan was that he chose storm chasing over her and seeing her engaged to Ted, an ER doctor that seems extremely career-minded, appeared to be a repeat of the same situation that led her to divorce Logan after two short years of marriage when they were still young college students trying to find their way in the world. Fortunately the story took a few twists and turns while Vanessa was in Destin planning their destination wedding and I enjoyed it much more from that point forward.

Having been to Destin and Niceville myself I had an easy time picturing all of the scenes there. I've lived through a tornado and a hurricane so I loved that Logan became a storm chaser after a tornado took the love of his life away from his own grandfather. His desire to find a way to predict tornadoes and save lives isn't so different from Vanessa's own desire to help save lives as a paramedic. When a hurricane hits the gulf coast and Vanessa and Logan finds themselves in the same storm shelter, Vanessa is left with nowhere to run and very few places to hide.

The collision of Vanessa and Logan's past with their present lives may have a strong impact on their future. The idea of "what if?" is something I believe everyone can relate to and when face to face with someone you once loved it's impossible not to wonder what might have been. Don't we all look back and contemplate how a decision or decisions altered the path of our life (be it good or bad) in ways we never thought it would at the time? Will Logan and Vanessa look back on their decision to divorce and wonder if they were wrong to give up on their marriage or will Vanessa put Logan behind her once and for all and start a new life with Ted?

I'm anxious to see what's in store for readers in the next book of Beth K. Vogt's Destination Wedding Novel series!

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About the book:
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
(Howard, June 2015)

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?


Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VkD0s8
About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.