Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Under Fire Blog Tour



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About the Book

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Book title: Under Fire  
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett  
Release date: July 25, 2017  
Genre: Mystery  

Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.



My Review: 

A great suspense book from start to finish. I love the writing of Linda Shenton Matchett, it is really good. The story just flowed along so good, a book that is hard to put down. Kept me guessing of who the bad guys was, never figured out on some of them. Set during WWII but the reporting side of it, I did wander how she carried her typewriter around when during that time it had to be heavy. She was one of the few women reporters and a very good one, determined to get the real story, to find out what happened to her sister. No romance in the book which was kinda of refreshing. Ruth travels to England to report on the war and investigate her sister death. I really got involved with the characters. I found myself talking to them.  I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of the book from the author.  






About the Author


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Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character. As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female. In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

Blog Spots

Blogging With Carol, September 14
cherylbbookblog, September 17
Carpe Diem, September 17
A Reader’s Brain, September 18
Bigreadersite, September 18
Blossoms and Blessings, September 19
The Fizzy Pop CollectionSeptember 19
Janices book reviews, September 20
Back Porch Reads, September 20
A Baker’s Perspective, September 21
Just the Write Escape, September 21
Pause for Tales , September 22
Have A Wonderful Day, September 22
Karen Sue Hadley, September 24
Vicky Sluiter, September 25
Daysong Reflections , September 25
Mary Hake, September 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize consisting of: copy of the book, Box of English Tea, Typewriter notepad, and Rosie the Riveter socks!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c221

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gathering the Threads


My Review:


I just loved the character of Ariana, she had a lot to overcome with her two families. She was raised Amish but found out her biological family is English. Also really like Quill, Ariana's good friend. Loved what he does. A lot of other characters too. There is forgiveness to come. This is the 3rd in the series,I haven't read the first two yet but this book did give a summary but will definitely be reading the first two books. A very interesting book, enjoyed it very much. I received an advanced copy of the book thru net gallery.  





About the book:


Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana's new perspectives draw her family closer together-or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she's learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana's Daed doesn't understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana's arrival threatens to unravel Skylar's new identity-and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.


About the author:


Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline," the "Wall Street Journal," and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
Find out more about Cindy at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.
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Blog Tour Schedule:

9/13
Paphapin | Feeling in Red
chantal | This Chattanooga Mommy Saves
Barbara | i'm Hooked on Books
Stacey | Books,Dreams,Life
Janice | Janices book reviews
9/14
Megan | Pursuing Intentional Living
9/15
Sydney | Singing Librarian Books
Carla | Working Mommy Journal
9/18
Jennifer | Jen Around the World
Corinne | Corinne Rodrigues
Linda | Mocha with Linda
Jessica | A Baker's Perspective
9/19
Lena Nelson | A Christian Writer's Worls
Mackenzie | Spreading His Grace
Nancy | SUNNY ISLAND BREEZES
Annie | Just Commonly
Carrie | Reading Is My SuperPower
9/20
Amanda | Inklings and notions
Connie | Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting
Laura | Lighthouse Academy
Julia | Christian Bookaholic
9/21
Britney | Buzzing About Books
Rachel | Rachel L Miller.com
9/22
Alison | NOVA Frugal Family
9/23
Karen | Karens Korner
DEBI | 2014 AND BEYOND!
9/25
Becky | Living Outside the Lines
Sue | Thoughts from Mill Street
9/26
Sherry | My Journey Back
Rachel | EmpowerMoms
Angela | A Holland Reads
Alecia | Books n Baubles
9/27
Carole | The Power of Words
Amanda | The Talbert Report
9/28
Bree | Bibliophile Reviews
Wendy | Life at Rossmont
9/29
Stephanie | Have A Wonderful Day
9/30
Deana | Texas Book-aholic
10/1
Andrea | The Young Girl Who Loved Books
Denise | The Help Meet Wife
Sarah | Running Through The Storms
10/2
Jenna | Hello babybums
Andrea | Two Points of Interest
Mindy | A Room Wihtout Books is Empty
10/3
Bethany | The perfect beginning
Lisa | Seeking with All Yur Heart
Lisa | Chickensbunniesandhomeschool
Carrie | Farming On Faith
Vera | Chat With Vera
Mary | The Mary Book Reader


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chief of Sinners


About the Book

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Book title: Chief of Sinners  
 Author: Caryl McAdoo  
Release date: September 6, 2017  
Genre: Historical Fiction

Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail. Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond. The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller. Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

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My Review


This is the 10th of the series but the first I have read in the series. I definitely have a lot catching up to do. So you don't have to read all the books before this one because it is a stand alone. But I will be starting at book 1 very soon. 

The title of the book definitely applies. A lot of sin in the book. I kept wandering how it was going to end up, how the characters were going end up. A hard book to read at times but the characters were very real to me. Love how the author brings out that we are all sinners but can still have a relationship with Jesus. The book is very long but kept me interested to the end. Covers several years in time, from Buddy being a young boy helping his father with the tent church services to being grown with family and doing his own services. My favorite character was Buddy's father and how he overcome his problems with drinking. 

I received an advanced copy of the book from celebrate lit. Five stars due to how the book kept me interested. 


About the Author






Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo



Here’s the funnest part of this launch—book ten, the last story of my Texas Romance Family Saga that covers five generations of three families over more than a century—CHIEF OF SINNERS was the “first” one written over twenty-five years ago! When we wrote CHIEF—yes, “we”; my husband Ron (of 49 years!) and I write everything together, have since the beginning. Neither of us would ever have made it on our own, but together, we had ten books published by five houses, including Howard Books before we went Indie. Why isn’t his name on the covers?  



Our Benjamen Cash McAdoo (the fourteen-year-old grandson we reared who came home to our house from being born) asked the same thing and didn’t much like it. One night I was writing at the computer and turned and asked Ron a question about the story. Ben spoke up. “Don’t help her, O’Pa! Your name’s not on the book!” The answer though is that our New York agent AND the Simon and Schuster editor both said only one name was better and that it should preferably be female. So, we took their advice. It works great for us since he doesn’t like marketing, while that’s a favorite part for me—getting to make so many new friends, bonding with readers from all over the world.



So, back to the CHIEF; when Mary Sue Seymour (God rest her precious soul) told us to write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, Ron and I started talking about our heroine and where she’d come from and what her crisis would be. As the premise formed, the Lord gave us the wonderful idea to use the same last names as our characters in CHIEF OF SINNERS. We figured as we wrote one novel to the next, we would eventually get to 1926 when CHIEF opened with hero Buddy Nightingale and his father Nathaniel pitching their revival tent in the small Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls. Twelve in 1926, Buddy is the fourth generation from Rosaleen ‘Sassy’ Fogelsong Nightingale Baylor, heroine of book two in the series HEARTS STOLEN. Buddy’s father is the son of Charley Nightingale—Sassy’s four-year-old who readers fall in love with in her story. MIGHTY TO SAVE, book nine, 1921-1924, was the one where all the loose ends had to be tied to get us into the 1926 circumstances of CHIEF. Only a few dates and minor details had to be changed editing CHIEF, but things had to happen in MIGHTY to open CHIEF OF SINNERS. My characters are not perfect people. They sin as we all do. Some of them have disappointed readers—some also disappointed me. No doubt I did things to disappoint my mother. Every one of us face battles and bad choices we have to live with. What is important for all (us and my characters) is coming to repentance, turning back to God, then walking in obedience from that point forward. I hate to think CHIEF is the last. I still can’t imagine leaving these families behind. The next story, SON OF PROMISE coming in January, is a story of Travis and Emma Lee Harris Buckmeyer’s life together (readers meet them in CHIEF), so there will be guest appearances by many readers will recognize. And I—we—have started KING OF TEXAS, a new contemporary romance, with “Patrick” Henry Buckmeyer, named after his great-grandfather my readers know as Henry. So, maybe they will always be with me after all with a new story here and there. I pray God blesses you and that you enjoy CHIEF OF SINNERS!

Blog Stops

September 7: Janices book reviews
September 8: Locks, Hooks and Books
September 10: cherylbbookblog
September 11: Just the Write Escape
September 12: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
September 13: Carpe Diem
September 14: Bigreadersite
September 15: Mary Hake
September 16: Margaret Kazmierczak
September 17: Karen Sue Hadley
September 18: Jeanette’s Thoughts

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the following:
Grand Prize: ALL TEN books in the Texas Romance series!
1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series
2nd Prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners
3rd – 7th Prize: Print copy of A Vow Unbroken
8th prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bfd5

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wheresoever They May Be

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Book title: Wheresoever They May Be  
Author: Terri Wangard  
Release date: August 31, 2017
Genre: Historical – World War II

Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house. Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home. Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy. They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.


My Review:

Terri does know how to write a good book about the war time. The book involves the ones in the war and the ones left behind. Loved that some of the women worked on the aircraft. Lily's husband Frank and sister Susan are both overseas. Then there is Joe that I kept wandering how he was connected. I could tell a lot of research went into writing this book. Liked the Author note at the end of the book. I enjoyed the chapters with Lily and her friends the most and how the enjoyed their work with the aircrafts but the whole book was very good. The only thing did not like was how some chapters ended and had to wait sometimes a few chapters to find out what happened to the character. All the characters were memorable and I would give it five stars. 


About the Author



Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Guest Post from Terri Wangard


After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC. I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board. I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy. The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them. She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there. So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.

Blog Stops

September 1: Bibliophile Reviews
September 1: Red Headed Book Lady
September 3: Janices book reviews
September 4: Live. Love. Read.
September 4: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 5: Carpe Diem
September 6: Neverending Stories
September 7: Christian Bookaholic
September 7: Splashes of Joy
September 8: Bigreadersite
September 9: Have A Wonderful Day
September 9: Novels Corner
September 10: Radiant Light
September 10: History, Mystery & Faith
September 11: Daysong Reflections
September 11: Pursuing Stacie
September 12: God’s Little Bookworm
September 13: Blossoms and Blessings
September 13: Marry Hake

Giveaway


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:
Grand Prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card 1st Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook
and 2nd Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook!!
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Under Fire Blog Tour

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