Monday, June 26, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by Susanne Dietze

Beautiful cover!  This is the first book that I have read of this author.  I so enjoyed this book.  It was so fun to read about this mail order marriage and how things don't always go as we have planned! 

The book is a really enjoyable read.  I had a hard time putting it down.  I will definitely watch for books from this engaging author again.  Their is excitement, romance and I think a little humor in some ways as things start off on the wrong foot.

It's a great clean Christian read, the kind of book I like to recommend to my friends.  Can't wait to read more of her books!

I received an e-book copy from Barbour Publishing for my honest review, which I have given.  All thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Light of Dawn by Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman is such a great author.  I have read the previous two books of the Remnant series and really enjoyed them and this book was just an amazing book, as well.  The book is action-packed and there are no dull moments that as a reader, one might just skim past.  This is a book in which you will want to hang on to every single word and there are some very important things taking place in this book which could truly happen in our lifetime.  The destruction of life as it was known to them, brought about people that would do anything to survive including killing those that got in the way.

The book makes you THINK!  Am I prepared?  What would I do in this situation?  This book shows society at it's worst and at it's best.  And makes you wonder if things will ever return to life as you once knew it.

I really, really enjoyed this book!

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given.

You can grab a copy here!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Shell Collector's Daughter

This was a novella by Beth Wiseman, and a part of the Surf's Up Series.  This was a really different story.  Very Christian, showing that God has a hand in our live's and we should "talk" to him more, listen more and and trust more.  I enjoyed it and thought it was really a nice read.

I received an ebook version of this book from the author for my honest review.

You can grab a copy here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sword of the Matchmaker, Review and Giveaway! Hosted by Debbie Lynne Costello

     Today I have the great pleasure of hosting a special guest, author Debbie Lynne Costello, who writes Historical fiction.  She will be interviewing the protagonist, Penelope, from her latest book Sword of the Matchmaker.  I am so excited to be a part of her blog tour!  

Welcome Debbie and Penelope!

     Penelope, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? How did you get to Hawkwood?

I am no’ your typical Scottish lass. Yes, I am from Scotland. I have lived most of my life being the son my father always desired. He’d wanted a boy but only had me. At a fairly young age I decided tae be the son my father dinna have. I had to make decisions and sacrifices but I dinna regret it. Me father and I had a guid relationship. I came tae Hawkwood looking for Hamon Godfrey—I dinna find Hamon, but I did find Thomas, his son.
When you first met Thomas you mentioned loathing the man. Can you tell me why and what changed?

When I first met Thomas I had the impression everything was a jest tae him. I found it vera irritating because I dinna feel like he took my problem seriously. But I found out that Thomas has a vera big heart and really does care. I have seen some different sides tae him. He can be a tough Master-at-Arms that is a straightforward man, but he also has a fun side tae him that I find rather interesting.

If you could change anything about you what would that be?

If you would have asked me that question a few months ago, before I lost most of my clan, I would have said who I am. I would have changed from Penelope to perhaps Phillip. I would have been born the son my father always wanted. However, God’s plan for my life wasn’t being a son but being a daughter. After meeting Thomas I have tae say I like God’s plan much better than mine.

Why did you not want to marry?

Let me clarify that misunderstanding. It was no’ so much that I dinna want tae marry. But when I decided tae be the son my father never had, I dinna think any man would want me. And none was interested in me for many years. Look at me. I am 25 years old. There wasn’t any man who approached me. But I dinna hold that against any of them, what man wants his wife fighting by his side? No, I understood what I was doing when I made that choice.

I’ve heard some ask why you didn’t disguise yourself as a boy when you came to Hawkwood, why didn’t you?

Those seeking me ken what I looked like. ’Twould have no’ been of any use to pretend I was a lad. And that would be your next story, the sequel to Sword of Forgiveness. Dinna get me wrong, I think I’m going to like Audrey of Sword of Trust but that is no’ who I am. I came tae Hawkwood tae call in a favor owed my father. I dinna come tae deceive anyone. If I came with deceit how could I expect them tae trust me when they realized that I was a woman? And I am pretty sure it wouldno’ take long before they figured that one out as I am no’ built like a boy. After all I am 25 years of age. Nay, I do believe I made the right decision.

You’re a warrior, so do you wear armor? 

(Penelope chuckles) Armor? You are jesting with me? I am no’ a knight. I am a woman warrior. And though I am a pretty guid shot with a bow or a knife, I dinna think I could shoot, throw, or wield a sword as I carried all that weight around on meself. And do you ken how expensive Armor is? ’Tis vera costly. I dinna come from a wealthy family or clan. I would have had tae give up eating for a year or more tae buy armor.

What do you like to do for fun?

You mean besides annoying Thomas? I still love tae hone my skills with my bow and also with my knife.  ’Tis even more fun these days practicing. Did you ken that I can beat Thomas? ’Tis true. I can best him and all his men with my bow and my knife. He tells me he lets me win but you and I both ken the truth.

Thanks for visiting with us today, Penelope.

’Tis me that wishes tae thank you. I’m looking forward to meeting your friends. If they have any questions for me happy I’d be to answer them.   


On top of the rafflecopter giveaway I’ll give away a copy of Sword of the Matchmaker (if you have purchased the book you can choose one of my other books) if we have 10 different commenters. Leave a comment or answer one of the questions I’ve asked Penelope or ask me a question to be entered.


Don’t forget to enter in the rafflecopter, too! There will be lots of ways to earn points. I’ll be giving away a kindle fire with Sword of the Matchmaker, $15 Amazon gift card and much more!


Click here to enter!

Tomorrow's stop for the blog tour can be found here: 

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Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.

Sword of Forgiveness blurb:
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

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Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

Book 2 of Cindy Woodsmall's The Amish of Summer Grove Series was a good read, a story about two girls, one Amish and the other Englisch who were accidentally switched at birth and now found by their biological parents and finding themselves living in a culture that neither of them can relate to despite the fact they were born in that culture.

The challenges they both face are realistic and sometimes very difficult to cope with.

I liked this book a lot.  I may have enjoyed book 1 a bit more, but it was a good read and I will probably quickly grab the next book in the series.  The book was a definite cliff hanger.  Can't stop with book 2!

I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Elf and the Princess (The Silent Warrior Trilogy Book 1) Audible Version by Anna Del C. Dye

This is the debut  book of Anna del C. Dye.  I don't generally read too much from the Fantasy genre, but this was a fun, different and "real seeming" book.  The events included battles, romance, a little mystery and a little sadness at times when events caused difficult situations.

There was a lot of description in the book and it made for an interesting read.

The narrator, George Tintura had a pleasant to hear voice and each character was portrayed in a different way making it easy to know the speaker, even the female voices.

It was an enjoyable book with a few twists and turns along the way.  I am sure book 2 will be an interesting read as well!

I received an ebook version from the author for my honest review which I have given.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

I really enjoyed the next book in the Promise Lodge series. Charlotte Hubbard is definitely one of my favorite Amish authors.  Her books are uplifting and very enjoyable.  Her characters have real feelings that make you keep reading to get to know them all better.

Promise Lodge is a former camp site that was purchased by the Bender sisters and as new plain people come to reside in the community, each brings their talents, their trials and their personalities with them to their new home.

The community seems to be flourishing and love is blooming but not without being tested in a way that might stretch their trust and faith just a bit too far.  Are they up for the challenge?  You need to read this book.  I loved it and was sad to see the book come to an end!  I will be reading more from Charlotte Hubbard, no doubt about that!

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own.

You can pre-order this book at the following link.