Monday, October 30, 2017

Straight Flies the Arrow blog tour

About the Book

Name of book: Straight Flies the Arrow  
Author: Sydney Tooman Betts  
Genre: Historical, adventure, Romance  
Release Date: July 8, 2017

During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals. Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.

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My Review 

This is a 3rd in series and  I do recommend reading all three but it can be read as a stand alone. All the different Indian names were sometimes hard for me to keep up with, I believe it did help some since I read the other books first. Love all the verses at the end of chapter and within some of the story line also and interaction between characters. One example, “As she told Otter Woman, the Lord had promised, “I will never fail you or forsake you. " Also love the references to different verses in the Bible that are numbered for footnotes. The book is set in the 1840’s so I would think a lot of research went into the book and took a while to write. The book ended a lot different than I thought it would, happy and sad at the same time but I am not giving anything away, read it for yourself, very good book. This book really touched me.  

About the Author


Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book. While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations. Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.

Guest Post from Sydney Tooman Betts

You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles… You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles… Come walk alongside one woman whose singular choice changes life for generations

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To celebrate her tour, Sydney is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed, soft-back set of The People of the Book trilogy!!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rescued Hearts Blog Tour

Book info

About the book:

Children's clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball's soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months' investigation against the woman's safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
When Mary Wade's safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn't the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

My Review 


My first book by Hope Toler Dougherty and I enjoyed it very much. The characters were so real, great descriptions in the scenes. Love the story of Mary Wade and Brett, also Brett’s grandma Gigi really adds so much to the story . Bad guys, good guys, suspenseful through out the book. A book that is hard to put down once you start reading it. I don’t want to give away any spoilers to the book so no summary of the book. I definitely want to read more from Hope in the future.  

About the author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master's degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
Find out more about Hope Toler at

Rescued Hearts Hope Toler Dougherty

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Rescued Hearts
  • A Kindle Fire 7

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Mary | Maryandering Creatively
Stacey | Books,Dreams,Life
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Rachel | Empowermoms
Wendy | Life at Rossmont
Kelly | Leafy Not Beefy
Kav | Best Reads
Janice | Janices book reviews
Julia | Christian Bookaholic
Rachel | Reader's Cozy Corner
Carol | centraleast2
Lady | LittleLadyPlays
Nicole | The Christian Fiction Girl
Connie | Gccbookworm
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Amy | A Nest in the Rocks
Dianna | Savings in Seconds
Nancy | sunny island breezes
Pamela | Daysong Reflections
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Support your local sheriff

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

My Review

Almost like two stories in one, one about Nate finding out he has a son and one about Doris, one of ladies in the town wants to have a election for sheriff. She is wanting to replace Nate. Julie brings Duke to town to let Nate know about him. 

Duke has a cute personality. Been a little while since I have visited Harmony Valley, love the residents of the town, a good series. I have read several in the series and plan to read more. I received an advanced copy of the book for an honest review. Enjoyed the book very much.  

Support Your Local Sheriff
(Harmony Valley #10)
by Melinda Curtis
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
October 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will he pass the daddy test?

With his job in jeopardy, it couldn't be a worse time for Sheriff Nate Landry's recent past to come back to haunt him. But it would take an army to stop SWAT team leader Julie Smith. The fellow cop—and sister of his ex-fiancĂ©e—wants one thing from the beleaguered lawman: custody of the toddler son that Nate didn't know he had.

He may not be natural daddy material, but he quickly takes a shine to little Duke. And then there are the feelings Nate's been hiding for years. Only now Julie's running for sheriff of Harmony Valley—against him. Time to retreat? Not if he wants a future with the woman he loves.

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale - from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).

Melinda loves writing romances about women who don't realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while simultaneously capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love (because, really, who lets the man have the last word?).

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive autographed copies of Time for Love, A Memory Away, A Man of Influence, and Marrying the Single Dad
- US Only. International will receive ecopies.
- Ends November 1st

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Colors of Christmas Blog tour

About the Book

Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport  
Genre: Contemporary Christmas  
Release Date: October 1, 2017  

Christmas in Blue Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself? Christmas in Gold When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.

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About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

We All Have a Story I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people. A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy. Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself. Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know. Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh. Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

My Review
Two different Christmas stories: 

Christmas in Gold is the first one, Astrid moves to a assisted living home after breaking her foot. I really loved her attitude and loved the history of her life growing up. It is close to Christmas when she moves there, one thing is missing, the Gold Christmas bulbs she had since a child. Will they be found? 

Christmas in Blue is the second one, Angela’s best friend had past away and she was the one that did a lot with the town’s celebration of Christmas event they had each year so the committee appointed Angela to do it. Loved Angela’s Character, even though she was hit by a surprise she does her best with a positive attitude. 

Both of the stories were very good, enjoyed the history from Germany in the first one and the second had a sweet dog in it. Definitely a five star. 
I received the book from the publisher thru NetGalley for a honest review. 

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17
Bukwurmzzz, October 17
Janices book reviewsOctober 18
BigreadersiteOctober 19
Have A Wonderful DayOctober 20
Blogging With CarolOctober 21
Just the Write EscapeOctober 21
A Greater YesOctober 22
Mary HakeOctober 22
Daysong ReflectionsOctober 22
Ashley’s BookshelfOctober 23
Baker KellaOctober 23
Smiling Book ReviewsOctober 23
Remembrancy, October 24
Carpe DiemOctober 25
autism momOctober 25
Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 25
A Reader’s BrainOctober 26
By The BookOctober 26
The Power of WordsOctober 26
Pause for Tales, October 27
Splashes of JoyOctober 27
Jeanette’s ThoughtsOctober 28
Karen Sue HadleyOctober 28
Vicky SluiterOctober 29
Pursuing StacieOctober 29
Just Jo’AnneOctober 30


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Kingdom of Ruins

About the Book Title: Kingdom of Ruins   Author: D.C. Marino   Genre: Fantasy   Release Date: July 27, 2018 In the Lands...