Author Feature with Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb @newromantics4

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Today on Love Books Group Blog, I am delighted to have a special author feature with Lizzie Lamb. Welcome to the blog Lizzie and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful post and photographs with us today.
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my work desk (2)Hi, Kelly and many thanks for inviting me onto your fabulous blog. For those who don’t know me, I am an indie author and published my latest Scottish-themed contemporary romance, GIRL IN THE CASTLE in May 2017, So, how did I manage to publish four novels in under five years and work collaboratively on two others? Read on –

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Here’s an extract from the end papers of Girl in the Castle which tells you a little more about me. When I was about seven years old I, along with two friends—Freda Wallace and Rosemary Smiley—went to Woolworths each bought a notebook and pen. Rushing home, we sat on my back…

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Friday Friends – Jeanette O’Hagan’s ‘Arkad’s Children’

First book in another intriguing series by Jeanette O’Hagan 🙂

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From Arkad’s Children – which is released today!

Lutan Jakan nodded to the Tamrin guard and pushed open the makeshift door of the stables. A musty smell of old hay, manure and sweaty fear pervaded the dim interior. Patches of light filtered down through the rotted thatch roof and warped walls onto a hardened mud floor. A rag tag bunch of girls and boys ranging from ten to sixteen sat around the on sacks, piles and boxes or sprawled out on sleeping mats.

‘Listen up, youngsters. This is Dinnis, another lost waif. Hasuk lad, show him the facilities and a place to doss down for the night.’

Even in the filtered light, it was obvious all present had the bronzed colouring of the Tamrin. No blue-skinned Nolmec here. The palest was the colour of pig ivory, others like dark wood. His sister was not among them.

Dinnis caught the Lutan’s…

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The Oregon Pursuit: Christian Western Historical (Window to the Heart Saga Book 4) – BOOK REVIEW

About the Book

Jenna BrandtSurrender to destiny: a window to the heart opens, when one door closes.

The Oregon Pursuit (Book 4) After Amelie Leclaire’s parents pass away in a tragic accident, she must return home to West Linn, Oregon to take over the family bakery. Amelie was training to be a midwife but must give up her plans in an attempt to provide a stable life for her younger sister. Pierre Girald, the Vidame of Demoulin, is traveling to West Linn on business. A chance meeting at the bakery and Pierre is instantly intrigued by the alluring Miss Leclaire, she on the other hand, is less impressed until she gets to know him. Through many trials and setbacks, will the couple be able to form a lasting relationship or will his past and her financial problems put an end to their potential?

Window to the Heart Saga: a recountal of the trials, adventures and relationships of the family and friends of Lady Margaret. The first three books detail her journey and book four focuses on the cousin of her best friend. The series has compelling themes of love, loss, faith and hope with a supremely gratifying conclusion in book 3 and 4.

Exceptionally sincere and wondrously engaging, The Oregon Pursuit shows the journey between letting go of a troubled past and finding new hope.

This sweet, clean book can be read on its own as a stand-alone book or as part of the series. 

MY THOUGHTS

… and I thought the story had reached its conclusion.

What a gorgeous book, the best in this series so far!

I have enjoyed reading this entire series, but just as I’m thinking ‘Aha! I’ve found my favourite; Ms Brandt does her magic and creates something even more amazing. I thought that we would be hearing more about Margaret’s journey, and in a way, we did when she appeared towards the end carrying a sweet surprise; but the new characters that have been introduced within book 4 are just as interesting and credible. I absolutely adore the determination and resilience of Amelie and love the way Ms Brandt has intertwined new and old characters together. Even the minor characters are so well developed, I can visualise them clearly within the story. Jenna’s depiction of how vastly different attitudes were towards women, and the male expectations of the day, were expertly captured throughout the entire book.

I loved the transformation of certain people’s attitudes and consequently their life journeys. The biblical aspect was handled well, portraying and delivering the message without being too preachy. I could not wait to finish this fabulous story, but I didn’t want to reach the end either. I’m so glad that there will be more chapters in this intriguing saga. Although the plot runs sideways with previous books, there is a distant but distinct connection between the characters, the story flows delightfully. I find myself thirsting to read more.

Yes, you may read ‘The Oregon Pursuit’ as a stand-alone novel, but frankly, I’d read the whole darned lot if I were you.

The author kindly provided me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Window to the Heart Saga

The English ProposalBook 1: The English Proposal purchase here

The French Encounter by Jenna BrandtBook 2: The French Encounter purchase here

The American ConquestBook 3: The American Conquest purchase here

Jenna BrandtBook 4: The Oregon Pursuit
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Book 5: The Oxford Challenge (coming early 2018)

About the Author

Jenna BrandtJenna Brandt is an ongoing contributor for The Mighty website and had her blog published on YahooParenting as well as being featured on the ABC News, The Grief Toolbox and Good Morning America websites. Jenna started writing stories as a little girl and has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as edited for multiple papers. She graduated with her BA in English from Bethany College and was Editor-in-Chief of her college paper. Writing is her passion but she also enjoys reading, cooking, social media, being active in her local church including leading a grief support group and spending time with her three young daughters and husband. Discover more about Jenna and her lovely books right here

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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan (Blog Tour, REVIEW, and Giveaway

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About the Book

Deadly-Proof-194x300Book title: Deadly Proof

Author: Rachel Dylan

Release date: September 5, 2017

Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

MY THOUGHTS

 

What a fabulous book! Even though I’ve been time poor lately, once I began to read, it was almost impossible to put down. I couldn’t sleep last night, so around 2.30am I hopped up, put the kettle on to boil, then climbed into my comfy armchair, and finished off the second half of the book while sipping on my tea. However, I found it annoyingly necessary to keep getting up to make another cuppa.

“Deadly Proof is a legal thriller that will keep you turning pages late into the night because you will have to know what happens next!” – Lynette Eason, award-winning, bestselling author of the Elite Guardian series

DEADLY PROOF, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series is the first book of Rachel Dylan’s that I have read, and I must say I am more than adequately impressed. If all of Rachel’s books are written as brilliantly as this one, then I shall have to hunt them all down.

I have been reading different genres for a while now, but I haven’t read a good mystery/suspense/thriller for absolute ages. I’ve mostly been reading historical romance, contemporary romance, and a fair bit of creative non-fiction. I didn’t even realize that there were any mystery/suspense novels out there, written by Christian authors. I’m afraid I now have a serious addiction.

“It’s all part of me, and those experiences shaped who I am today.”

Ms Dylan’s personal experience within the legal environment is probably the best research a writer could get. Rachel is an excellent communicator of story … a superior storyteller.  She draws on her own expertise to shape the scenes throughout, explaining most of the legal jargon for greenies like me. Rachel also uses her own personal experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression to shed some light upon the difficulties which sufferers may battle within their everyday lives, and this really struck a chord with me.

“My faith is what has gotten me through difficult times in my own life.”

“Faith can only get you so far. It can get pretty dark when God turns His back on you.”

Her heart broke. “You don’t really believe that God abandoned you, do you?”

Both main and sub-characters are well developed and credible. I just adore Kate. She is such a softie and feels genuine empathy for the pain and suffering of others. I fell in love with Landon James … what a dreamy hunk, but what tinkles my bells the most about this gorgeous man is his open show of vulnerability in front of Kate. Once he showed his gentle, empathetic side, I melted. His humility, loyalty, and trustworthiness are endearing.

“Just when Landon thought he couldn’t be any more surprised by Kate, she’d taken in a three-legged cat. Talk about having a big heart. He wasn’t used to dealing with people like her. After all the heinous things he’d seen, she was a breath of fresh air.”

The ebb and flow of suspense throughout the book is clever. For me it was quite a rollercoaster ride … and then when I was certain I had everything figured out, Ms Dylan expertly threw in a red herring or two. I also appreciated the splattering of subtle humor throughout the story … and just enough romance to warm my toes. I cannot wait to be able to read book two in this series.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, via CelebrateLit. I did not receive any monetary compensation, and all thoughts are my own.

Giveaway

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About the Author

Dylan_Rachel1-200x300Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Q & A with Rachel Dylan

The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?  I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.

What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?  One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.

Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?  Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.

Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?  Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.

What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?  Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!

Blog Stops

September 26: A Baker’s Perspective

September 26: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

September 26: Faithfully Bookish

September 27: Reading Is My SuperPower

September 27: Fizzy Pop Collection

September 27: Blogging With Carol

September 28: Fiction Aficionado

September 28: Moments Dipped in Ink

September 28: Genesis 5020

September 29: Just Commonly

September 29: Bukwurmzzz

September 29: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

September 30: 100 Pages per Hour

September 30: Smiling Book Reviews

October 1: A Reader’s Brain

October 1: Bigreadersite

October 1: Carpe Diem

October 1: Christian Bookaholic

October 2: Karen Sue Hadley

October 2: History, Mystery & Faith

October 2: Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot

October 3: A Simply Enchanted Life

October 3: Avid Reader Book Reviews

October 3: Just the Write Escape

October 4: Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting

October 4: Mary Hake

October 4: Through the Open Window

October 5: The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate

October 5: Inklings and notions

October 5: Ashley’s Bookshelf

October 6: Pause for Tales

October 6: Have A Wonderful Day

October 6: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

October 7: Just Jo’Anne

October 7: Redeemed Hope Dweller

October 7: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

October 8: Neverending Stories

October 8: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

October 8: Cafinated Reads

October 9: Blossoms and Blessings

October 9: His Grace is Sufficient

October 9: Raining Butterfly Kisses

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PAST FORWARD 1 by Chautona Havig (Blog Tour, REVIEW, and Giveaway)

 Book Synopsis

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

Past Forward 1 Chautona HavigThe Finley women’s lives, while rich and full, aren’t easy. rejecting electricity and many other modern conveniences, they live purposefully and intentionally–alone and isolated from the world around them.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother dead.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

Volume 1: This collection of Past Forward opens with Willow’s life-changing discovery and gently guides the reader through aspects of her life–the past weaving through the present and into the future. Experience her first morning in church, her first movie, and the culture shock of her first trips to the city. A birthday party and a street faire add welcome diversion from butchering, canning, and the beating of area rugs. Disaster strikes. Will she be able to continue her life, or will an offer in the city change it all? Find out in this first volume.  Note:  Past Forward is a serial novel, not a book series. As such, each full-length volume does not completely wrap up the story.

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MY THOUGHTS

I love this book! I am dying to read all the episodes now (when I’m not reading something else). Chautona’s classic style of combining the serious bits with abundant and adequate humor shone through on every other page. The use of Willow reading back through Kari’s journals as a tool to provide the necessary backstory was brilliant. I also found Willow’s conversations with her mother’s spirit delightful. As I read this first episode, I found myself alternating between laughing uncontrollably with tears flowing down my cheeks, and sobbing with Willow as I felt her loss, grief, and deep sorrow.

“Tears fell as one more familiar thing twisted her gut. Sobs shook her shoulders. She gripped the counter as she realized that it was yet another thing she’d never do with her mother.”

Main and sub-characters have all been perfectly polished … I believe a lot of thought has gone into their development. Each time I picked up this beautiful book to have a read, I felt like I’d arrived home again, to spend time with well-acquainted friends.

There’s oodles of conflict throughout the book so far, both externally and within each main character’s own psyche. “The grass may be greener in the other paddock …” may be an appropriate saying here, as Willow, Chad, and Bill are all torn between what may be, what they think they want in life, and perhaps the frustration of not being able to “have it all”.  No matter what choices everyone makes, there will always be pros and cons for each. It’s interesting how different characters are motivated by different realities. Some suffer total naivety while others are just too stubborn to see the light of day.

“That’s not what I said. You know me better than that. I just know you. You’re not as hardened as you like to let yourself think. I don’t want to see your heart seared because of a misplaced dream.”

I’m looking forward to the second and third episodes … I truly am. Surely Chad won’t settle for policing in the City of Rockland … perhaps he’ll come to his senses and realise his feelings for Willow run deeper than a casual friendship. Maybe, just maybe he’ll press those warm, wanting lips of his against Willows soft, silky cheek, and they’ll both begin to live.

 

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media-headshot-240x300About the Author

Bio: Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. So, if her theology seems a little dry, or she gets a little long-winded, there’s an obvious reason for that. But she loves Jesus and the weather helps keep her on fire for Him! For more about why she writes, visit her website Bio page: https://chautona.com/bio/

 

You can also find Chautona at the following:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chautona

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/justhewriteescape

My blog: http://chautona.com/blog/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ChautonaHavig

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2946954.Chautona_Havig

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/chautona-havig

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Chautona-Havig/e/B0032191W2

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chautona/videos

My newsletter (sign up for news of FREE eBook offers): https://chautona.com/chautona/newsletter

Chautona’s Thoughts

The delicious scent of spices mingled with meat filled our tiny kitchen as I read a line from a new book. Curiosity prompted a question. “Mom?  Why do clouds move?”

Standing at the stove, stirring something, Mom didn’t even turn around.  “Well, why does a leaf tumble and skid along the ground?”

past forward image 1“The wind!  It blows—oh!  There’s wind way up there?  Wow…”

The blue Chevy S-10 pickup whizzed down CA-126 from Ventura toward Saticoy on a crisp fall morning. Unusual fog for that time of year created an ominous feeling.  “Dad?  How does everything—sun, moon, stars, planets—how do they keep in such perfect orbits?”  I’d intended the question to be a scientific one.  Dad flopped it on its head.

“The Lord. If the Lord released His control over the systems He put in place for one second, it would all be obliterated.”

My “explanation” of what I meant welled up in me, but understanding dawned.  “So, it stays put because God created the physics and the magnetism or whatever to ensure that it does?”

“Precisely.  But if you take God’s plan out of the equation, the answer is insufficient and incomplete.”

past forward image 2And such was my childhood.  I didn’t know it as I wrote Past Forward, but the way my parents taught me about life and more academic things, even, shaped the course of that book.  Willow learned to tell time and her 5x multiplication tables at a young age—simultaneously.  Why?  Well, that’s how my parents taught me to tell time. I memorized counting by fives first, then five times one… two… three…  And then, I could look at a clock and multiply any number on that clock and know approximately what time it is.  Big hand on the 4. Five times four is twenty.  Little hand not touching the 3 yet?  It’s two-twenty.

I see much of my parents in Kari—particularly my father’s rugged independence, need for solitude, determination to cut his own path. I see Mom in Willow. They’re both comfortable with who they are.  They don’t make excuses for people or themselves.  They speak frankly but usually with kindness.

Dozens of emails flood my inbox each week. Sometimes hundreds. And of them, at least half will mention Past Forward.  Of that half, most will say some version of one thing.  “I want Willow’s life.  I want chickens, goats, and a garden. But living in the middle of a city without a way to move means that’s impossible.”

past forward image 4Do you know what I think?  I think they don’t really want Willow’s exact life as much as they think they do.  They want the purposefulness, the beauty, the life lived intentionally and with a thought to glorifying the Lord in all they do.  And in Willow, they see a blueprint for how it could be done.

I just think that imitating the way someone lives out Scriptural admonitions to do all for the Glory of God instead of grasping the principle and seeing how to apply it in our own lives is a recipe for discontent and probably disaster. 

past forward image 3I tend not to like cliched sayings that become trite with overuse.  But there is something to that popular catch-phrase, “Bloom where you are planted.”

Welcome to Willows world.  She takes the best of the beautiful, simple things of the past and brings them forward to today.  And as she does, she lives a life of intentional purpose. I learned much from her as I wrote her story.

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September 28: Reader’s cozy corner

September 29: The Scribbler

September 30: Just Jo’Anne

October 1: Quiet Quilter

October 2: Inklings and notions

October 3: Fizzy Pop Collection

October 4: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

October 5: Carpe Diem

October 6: Have A Wonderful Day

October 7: A Baker’s Perspective

October 8: Christian Bookaholic

October 9: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

October 10: His Grace is Sufficient

October 11: Blossoms and Blessings

Featured Books on the Tour (all recommended reads)

Past Forward 1 Chautona HavigPast Forward— A life lived intentionally. That’s how Kari Finley would describe the world she created on her farm for herself and her daughter, Willow.  But when Willow awakes one morning to find her mother with Jesus, that life changes in ways she never would have imagined.  Past Forward is a serial novel released in six volumes.

 

 

HLvol1smHearthLand— Intrigued by Willow’s lifestyle, Ralph Myner sinks most of his retirement fund into creating an intentional community.  People from all walks of life join together to “live life more deliberately.”

 

smalronReady or Not—When Aggie Milliken’s sister and brother-in-law die from a freak medical accident, the twenty-two-year-old recent college graduate is thrust into the role of “Auntie Mommy.”  One child would have been a challenge, but eight?  Follow her journey from inept babysitter to Mommy in the Aggie’s Inheritance series.

 

speaknowsm-1Speak Now— When Jonathan Lyman met Cara at a wedding, he had no interest in forging a relationship.  Still grieving the loss of his wife, he didn’t know there’d be someone so perfectly suited to help soothe the pain that still gripped him and his children.  But Cara’s gentleness and adaptability proved to be exactly what the Doctor of doctors ordered.

 

hopecoversmDiscovering Hope— When Jay Brown overhears an epic brush-off, he and the brusher, Hope Senior, forge an unlikely friendship.  He’s an Indian immigrant.  She’s so All-American that her family dates back to the Mayflower. But through Christmas lights, epic laser tag, grief, saris, and a few hundred mistletoe sprigs, they may just form more than the friendship of a lifetime.

 

mfmsmManuscript for Murder—  When local celebrity, author Alexa Hartfield, finds her next novel played out as if a script for murder of local residents, she’s both grieved and incensed. With the help of a local officer, she’s on the hunt for who could have “dunnit” before the murderer kills another resident and her career.

 

prairiecoversmPrairie— When Jessa Davidson awakes in the place of her dreams, she finds herself thrust into a world that feels almost too good to be true. Only the new friendships she makes and the lessons the people of Prairie teach her help keep her rooted when her mind insists that none of it can be real.

 

confessionscoversmConfessions of a De-cluttering Junkie—  Kaye Harper has had it.  No one needs six can openers, four umbrellas per person, or a closetful of games all missing pieces.  So, with her family watching on in horror, and her feline nemesis determined to trip her up at every move, Kaye embarks on a de-cluttering mission that might just become a bit of an obsession.

 

cornerboothsm1Corner Booth—  Who knew you could lose your heart to someone you’ve never spoken to? When a strange girl stops at Dean Sager’s table and asks if she can join him to avoid a line out the restaurant door, he has no idea that this one shared meal will become a weekly ritual. But contrary to his talkative nature, Dean doesn’t say a word that day or any of the following days.  And an experiment in self-control becomes a lesson in really seeing and understanding people.

 

nonesoblindcoversm-1None So Blind— Waking up in a house you don’t recognize and with a family hurt that you don’t remember them is hard enough.  But when it feels like you’re forced into a life you didn’t choose, things become almost unbearable.  The only thing keeping Ella Weeks from running from it all is the one thing that survived her inexplicable memory loss—her faith.

 

jmsm-1Justified Means—  An organization designed to protect people where the law can’t, The Agency prides itself in a decade-long almost perfect record. But after an involuntary extraction, Keith Auger can barely stay ahead of those hunting down the woman under their protection.  It doesn’t make it easy when Erika Polowski is determined to escape from her “captors.”

 

notawordsmNot a Word— We all make mistakes, but Savannah Forrester had no idea that her biggest mistake has ruined the life of the only guy she’s ever really cared about. Todd “Mac” Mackenzie has allowed the town to think what he will of him to protect her reputation. But when she returns to Brant’s Corners, they both have some explaining to do.

 

shadowsfrontsm-1Shadows & Secrets—  In the heart of medieval England, adventure awaits.  Philip Warden has known of “the creature” his entire life, but a chance encounter helps him discover that there’s more to a person than what you see, or don’t see, on the outside. Who knew he and the village pariah would have such great adventures together or become such close friends.

 

LoV1smLegends of the Vengeance— Sebastian Soranzo wants nothing more than a normal life in a village somewhere far away from the pirate ship where he lives with his father.  He can’t understand his father’s thirst for revenge and the drive to help those wronged by their governments. But when an old enemy catches up with them, Sebastian finds himself out in the Atlantic in a ship too small to make it safely to the east.

 

 

 

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“All of You” by Sarah Monzon (Book Review and Giveaway)

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About the Book


aoy-cover-final1-188x300Author:
 Sarah Monzon

Book title: All of You

Release date: May 15, 2017

Genre:Dual-timeline/Contemporary Romance

Maryland, Present Day

Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1944

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

   

About the Author

bio-photo1-200x300Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.

 

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This is the first book of Sarah Monzon’s I have read, and I can assure you it won’t be the last!

When I first read the synopsis of “All of You” I thought ‘Hmm, maybe …’  The reason for this was that when I saw that the book would be drifting in and out of two different time lines, I wasn’t certain that my tired old brain could handle it.  However, I do love a good historical work of fiction, and lately  I have been reading lots of contemporary fiction. Combining two storylines within one book … Wow!  As I began reading, I thought ‘this should have been two different books (which it could easily have been), but the way Sarah weaves these two stories together is magical.

“Her heart skipped a beat as if it had decided to play hopscotch right then and there. She should say something, do something. Divert his attention. Because whatever had flashed through his eyes shook her foundation.”

all-of-you-2Sarah’s characters are interesting and creditable. Both female characters work within a male dominated profession, which isn’t too surprising in this modern age. I was surprised to find that Alice was in fact a pilot, back in the time of WW2 … but heck, why not? It was delightful to also see the feminine side of both these characters. The male characters were equally intriguing.  Henry who initially appeared to be a mindless flirt, turned out to be lovable, funny, and true to his word. Michael Carrington (aka Finch) … well what can I say … he is absolutely delicious!

All four main characters had their demons to wrangle with, but I really loved Michael’s strong, steady faith.  The fact that he did question his faith in times of grief and adversity doesn’t score against him; it just makes his character all the more believable. No matter how strong our faith is, there will be times when we question everything we hold to be true.

“Jacquelyn Rogers flashed in his mind. Although why, he wasn’t sure. Florence Nightingale she wasn’t. More like Joan of Arc. A woman with enough spitfire to roast a man.”

All of YouI learnt some interesting facts from reading this book. I had no idea prior to reading this that the Air Transport Auxiliary employed many women as pilots during a time in history when women were regarded as best kept in the kitchen, bare-foot and pregnant. I guess in lots of ways, WW2 may have been the beginning, or hint of a change for the status of women. Although it was very many years after the war was over until women were even given the right to vote.

My heart bled at stages throughout the book as each of the characters faced their individual issues, and of course I had a box of tissues on standby. I think however, that most of my tears were tears of joy … not sadness.  Now that I have read “All of You” which is the second book in this series, I think I really must get my hands on the first book  “Finders Keepers” to find out more about the Carringtons. I am certain that once you’ve read “All of You”, you too will feel the need to take a look at “Finders Keepers’ … however, if you can restrain yourself, why not read “Finders Keepers” first?

Sarah has achieved a gigantic task … putting together two stories into one, with decades between each story, structuring an amazing plot where all characters are bound together in romantic bliss. Thank you Sarah Monzon, you’ve lifted my heart.

I was given a free copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid or under any obligation to give a positive review.

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 Guest Post from Sarah Monzon

I’m so excited to be here today and getting this opportunity to hang out with y’all in this virtual world. If you are anything like me, you devour books faster than my son drinks orange juice (and he really loves orange juice!). Because of that, it is sometimes hard to come across a book with a unique premise or a message that you haven’t seen incorporated a thousand times before. As a writer, I always try to bring something fresh to the table.

In the first book of the Carrington Family Series, Finders Keepers, neither of my characters were Christians. What? No Christians in a Christian fiction novel? Most Christian fiction books usually have at least one or both main characters a Christians. Don’t worry, they both found their way to Jesus. With All of You, however, I wanted to take yet an even different approach.

I’ve ready lots of books where the main character is angry or upset with God for such-and-such thing that happened in his/her life (I’ve even written a character like that), but I hadn’t really read a story about a character that, no matter what life threw at him/her, he/she was going to trust in God no matter what. As a life-long Christian, this is a message I can identify with. The “If not, He is still good” resonation that is sometimes harder to hold on to in the midst of pain and struggles.

So, as with all my books, I hope the freshness of the story and the realness of my characters will inspire and uplift you as you travel along with them on their journey.

God Bless.

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“Will Not See” by Chautona Havig (Tour, Book Review & Giveaway)

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About the Book

Book title: Will Not See

Author: Chautona Havig

Release date: August 29, 2017

Will-Not-See-sm-200x300Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.

But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?

Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.

media-headshot-240x300About the Author

Author of the Amazon best-selling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

Good news! My husband Leon is much better now, and it is with much pleasure that I put forward my review.

Jo’Anne

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Having read “None So Blind” by Chautona Havig, I just had to raise hand to read and review the second book in the “Sight Unseen” series, “Will Not See”.

download (1)I assumed that this book would be a continuation of Ella (Dani) and David’s journey. That would have been lovely, however “Will Not See” is the best of both worlds, so to speak.

In this brilliant book, we are introduced to Vikki, Brandon, Tammy, and some other not quite so desirable characters. Ella and David also feature in this suspenseful story.

downloadBoth Vikki and Ella have inexplicable amnesia, so they have similar but different problems. Ella realized that she wasn’t happy with the person she was, and strived to reinvent herself, causing a plethora of ramifications for herself and those who loved her. Vikki, on the other hand, was terrified to learn too much about her past, being certain that she had good reason to be afraid of what she may find. Ironically, she was aided by a journal which surfaced, carrying with it sensitive details of her early past. Although painful to read, it was also therapeutic. Her dear friend Brandon also played an enormous part in bringing back the Tori he knew. In fact, he was a vital instrument.

download (2)I relate to Vikki (Victoria) on many levels and understand her completely, nevertheless, Ella is the woman I aspire to.

Chautona writes with a gentle and faithful style, her characters being well rounded and credible. I feel what her characters are feeling at every twist and turn. I love reading her ‘suspense novels’, which always contain adequate amounts of psychological confusion and lashings of clever wit.

download (6)I did find the dialogue difficult to follow in places, however in terms of keeping the reader glued to the page … “Chautona, you have nailed it once again!”

Both books in this series so far, have kept me consumed as a reader with their mindful suspense and captivating style. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series “Ties that Blind”. Not every loose end has been tied into a neat bow, the conclusion is quite a way off with all kinds of revelations, I am willing to bet. Wow, what a story! You’ll really want to read all three books, and any more if Chautona writes them.

I received an ARC from the author via CelebrateLit, which I happily read being under no obligation to provide a positive review. I have not been paid for this review.

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.

My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”

My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.

They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.

But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

Or, in the words of Jeremiah,

“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NOT SEEING?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.

Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.

But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will.

And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

VIKKI JEFFRIES, IS ALMOST THE ANTITHESIS OF ELLA IN THAT RESPECT.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.

But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.

Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”

Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to the truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8, “…WHATEVER IS TRUE.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

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