Saturday, September 14, 2019

Becoming Princess Olivia by Lisa Prysock


Becoming Princess Olivia was a cute book, but would have been better if it had been set in an imaginary kingdom. It was distracting reading about the royal family of Great Britain and have it be other than the Windsor-Mountbatten family. The plot was good and I truly enjoyed the characters, but I could not get past the setting. So if you can suspend what you know,grab a pot of tea and settle back for an otherwise enjoyable read.

From Amazon:

Miss Olivia Jane Kennedy is something of a child prodigy when she becomes a published author earlier than anyone could have expected. She also finds herself with a broken heart by the time she’s nineteen. When an opportunity arises to study abroad in England at The London Writing Academy on scholarship, she takes the chance, hoping a change of scenery will do her some good. “Ollie,” as her kid sister, Kendra, has nicknamed her, takes up residence in a Victorian terrace flat on a scenic street in Chelsea.

Four years later, she's a successful writer, age twenty-three, and about to graduate, but maybe dreams only come true for the characters she writes about in her Christian historical romance novels, her “Beloved Britannia” series.

When the handsome twenty-eight-year-old, His Royal Highness Prince Stephen, asks to share her London cab to throw the paparazzi off, the country girl who grew up on a quiet farm in Minnesota is in for the ride of her life! The Prince is everything she could have hoped for and so much more, but falling in love means risking her once broken heart on high stakes far beyond her wildest dreams.

About the author:

Biography

Lisa M. Prysock is the author of "To Find a Duchess," "The Shoemaker," "Marry Me Katie," "Dreams of Sweetwater River," "Geneva," "Protecting Miss Jenna," and many other novels. When she was thirteen, she knew she wanted to be a mother and a writer. Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times, but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to come true. Today, she writes both Christian Historical Romance and Christian Contemporary Romance books--"Romance with a Dash of Food, Fashion, Faith, & Fun."

Each of her books have a theme such as suffering, the depths of God's love for us, mercy, overcoming, discovering purpose, and more. Many of her books have fun, interesting characters and they often shine a spotlight on influential evangelicals in history such as Booth, Chapman, Moody, Charles Wesley, Spurgeon, Fanny Crosby, and more. She is also the author of a devotional.

"I don't know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England or Kentucky, and of course, Wyoming."

Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of more than 20 years and homeschooled two of their five children, all grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Wisconsin and Minnesota on a farm. "Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy, horses, a huge vegetable garden, fishing, a tree house, and snowmobiles!"

Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher. "It was a book about 'Curious George.' I couldn't spell yet, but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page and stapled the pages together for me." She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short chapter story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with some of her first earnings.

Some of her interests include walking, swimming, working out, cross stitch, sewing, crochet, sketching and painting, dollhouses, gardening, shopping and fashion, cooking and baking, hanging out with her family, watching movies, and reading/writing great books. She likes chocolate, dancing, learning to play the piano and violin ("a painful process," she admits), coffee, tea, flip flops, hats, butterflies, hydrangeas, roses, petunias, dill pickle flavored chips, and driving around in her red Jeep with the sunroof open, blasting the volume and singing to the Lord. Some of her favorite music artists include Jordan Feliz, Tedashii, Hollyn, Lecrae, Toby Mac, Michael W. Smith, and For King & Country.

A few of her favorite books include the "Little House on the Prairie" series, the "Anne of Green Gables" collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, "Heidi," "Christy," "Jane Eyre," and "Little Women."

She enjoys writing family oriented, romantic, sweet, clean, wholesome literature and likes to make readers smile and laugh. Sharing her faith in Christ and uplifting and encouraging others through her writing in an interesting way is her number one aspiration. She believes people need and want to know how wonderful the Lord is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him. Her writing theme verse is Acts 16:31, Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved--you and your household. Her slogan is "The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl."

Lisa gives a generous portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel, striving to follow the model of Lydia in the New Testament, who supported and gave to Paul and Barnabas with her substance. For more information about this author and to find out when her next book will launch, enter book giveaways, and find more reader resources, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com

Friday, September 13, 2019

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell



Siri Mitchell's State of Lies kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. There is non stop action and it wasn't until the last few chapters that the culprits became known. I loved the plot and the cast of characters was quite well developed. This book was very realistic and could be pulled from today's headlines. So grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and prepare to miss a bit sleep as you enjoy the story!

I was given a copy of State Of Lies by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

The secrets of those closest to us can be the most dangerous of all.
Months after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew.
With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next secretary of defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a web of political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains.
Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too. And the more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.
Not her friends.
Not her parents.
Maybe not even herself.
Praise for State of Lies:
“Don’t miss this thrilling ride.” —Kelly Irvin, author of Over the Line
“Siri Mitchell has created a story that will suck you in and not let go. With twists and turns, international intrigue, and danger galore, this book reads like a psychological thriller mixed with healthy doses of suspense.” —Cara Putman, author of the Hidden Justice series

About the author:

Biography

When I'm listening to a speaker and I'm taking notes, chances are, I've just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If I'm nodding my head in response to a really profound statement, I'm probably thinking, 'Yes. Right. That's exactly what my character needs to hear.'

When I'm editing my manuscripts, I laugh at the funny parts. And I cry at the sad parts.

Sometimes I even talk to my characters. 'Okay, Joe. Talk to me. Tell me what you're thinking here.' And yes, the characters answer me. I actually hear them talking in my head.

Half the time, I think I'm an okay writer. The other half, I'm tempted to take a magnet to the hard drive.

The easy part is writing. The hardest part is editing. The worst part is wondering if the books are going to sell.

I have plenty of ideas for books; the thing I lack is the time to write them. I write by the word. Other writers write by the page. However you want to tally it, 90,000 words is a lot of pages.

In the world of writing I have done nothing right. I wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before I signed with a publisher. And then I had to write a fifth book so that they could publish it. In the process, I saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry's than I care to admit. I vowed never to write another word again. Ever. I went on writing strikes and I even stooped to threatening my manuscripts with the shredder.

However. Here I am, over a dozen books into the process. And if you haven't heard the news yet, I'm also writing under the pseudonym Iris Anthony!

Learn more about me on the web at http://sirimitchell.com Learn more about Iris Anthony at http://irisanthony.com

**author photo by Tim Coburn

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano



Finding Lady Enderly is the third book I have read by Joanna Politano and I can see definite growth in her writing abilities.I would class this book as Gothic in style. I am giving this book four stars rather than five because it took me a while to get into the story. For me it was a very slow start. Looking back on the book, I think I had trouble connecting to the characters because I really did not like them in the beginning. However, I am glad I stuck with the book as I did enjoy the plot and the use of literary references. By the end of the book I did honestly care what became of Raina and Sully. So grab a pot of tea and settle in for a good read.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within--and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.


About the author:

Biography

Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears, releases October 3 from Revell. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Evermore by Jody Hedlund



Wow! Lost princesses, knights, evil kings what's not to love about Jody Hedlund's Evermore? I loved the action packed story line! Lady Adelaide is a strong woman who can lead her people to freedom, she just needs to decide how to stay out of King Ethelwulf's hands.  With the help of her foster brother Christopher she may survive. I am really enjoying these stories and am anxiously looking forward to reading the next 2 books. So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a fabulous read!

I was given a copy of this book by the author with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.



From Amazon:

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

About the author:

Biography

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

YA books by Jody Hedlund:

The Lost Princesses
Prequel Novella: Always
Book 1: Evermore
Book 2: Coming soon
Book 3: Coming soon

The Noble Knights
Prequel Novella: The Vow 
Book 1: An Uncertain Choice
Book 2: A Daring Sacrifice
Book 3: For Love and Honor
Book 4: A Loyal Heart
Book 5: A Worthy Rebel 

Other books by Jody Hedlund:

The Orphan Train Series
Prequel Novella: An Awakened Heart
Book 1: With You Always
Book 2: Together Forever
Book 3: Searching for You

The Beacons of Hope Series
Prequel Novella: Out of the Storm 
Book 1: Love Unexpected
Book 2: Hearts Made Whole
Book 3: Undaunted Hope
Book 4: Forever Safe
Book 5: Never Forget

The Michigan Brides Collection
Unending Devotion 
A Noble Groom 
Captured by Love 

The Hearts of Faith Collection
The Preacher’s Bride 
The Doctor’s Lady
Rebellious Heart 

Historical
Luther and Katharina 
Newton and Polly




Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Song Of Joy by Lauraine Snelling



A Song Of Joy is a return to 1911 Blackduck MN. I have greatly enjoyed reading about the Carlson family as I live about a 100 miles north of Blackduck and I often drive through on my way to Bemidji. I love the characters that Ms. Snelling has created. it is fascinating to read of the struggles of the Scandinavians who settled this area.  Nilda Carlson is a strong Norwegian immigrant who is struggling to find her place in a new world. She is fortunate to have a sponsor in Mrs. Schoenleber, who has not only employed her, but has offered friendship as well. I highly recommend Ms. Snelling's Under Northern Skies series along with the Red River Valley series. So grab a cup of Coffee and a few ginger cookies then settle in for a great read!

I was  given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

In Minnesota in 1911, Nilda Carlson is torn between society life in the city of Blackduck and spending time with her family back home on the farm. Her employer, Mrs. Schoenleber, gives her more and more responsibility and experience, including recommending new opportunities for her philanthropy. Still new to America herself, Nilda focuses on the area's immigrant community, but she'll have to fight to get her ideas accepted by the locals and donors alike.

In the meantime, one of her greatest joys is her weekly piano lesson with the handsome schoolteacher, Fritz. But just as Nilda is beginning to realize she has feelings for him, a stylish, affluent young woman moves to Blackduck and monopolizes Fritz's attention. With her humble background, how can Nilda hope to compete with such a sophisticated beauty?

About the author:

Biography

Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published with more than 4 million copies in print.


Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Inspirational Fiction, the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter. 


As a sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply ... if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”

Friday, August 16, 2019

An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen


It has been a while since I have read anything by Naomi Ragen and I had forgotten how strong of a writer she is. I love  her descriptions of life in an Orthodox Jewish home. She shows both the good and the bad of society. She creates strong females who are truly the heart of the home. I loved her descriptions of the food , so much that I can almost smell the scents of the community. She also recreates the sounds and accents of the people. Her writing style reminds me of Chaim Potok but with a focus on the females rather than the men. I enjoyed the plot and the fact that it involved several generations dealing with each other and the changes that inevitably happen. This is a must read book. So grab a pot of tea and a plate of Rugalach and settle in for a great read.
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own

From Amazon:

An Unorthodox Match is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from author Naomi Ragen, the international bestselling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.
California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.
While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.

About the author:

Biography

Naomi Ragen is the author of many novels, including several international bestsellers, and her weekly email columns on life in the Middle East are read by thousands of subscribers worldwide. An American, she has lived in Jerusalem for the past forty years and was voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel..

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Always by Jody Hedlund



Always is a novella to introduce the back story of Jody Hedlund's Lost Princesses series. I enjoyed this very much. Although written for young adults, I, a 53 year old woman, found it to be quite enjoyable. The plot was well thought out and moved at a decent pace. I liked how the story was told by Lance and Felicia in alternating chapters. I really liked the theme that we all need to depend on God for strength, we cannot make it on our own. I am looking forward to reading Evermore, the first full length novel in the series. So grab a glass of Ice water and settle in for a great read.

I was given a copy of Always by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.



From Amazon:

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

YA books by Jody Hedlund:

The Lost Princesses
Prequel Novella: Always
Book 1: Evermore
Book 2: Coming soon
Book 3: Coming soon

The Noble Knights
Prequel Novella: The Vow 
Book 1: An Uncertain Choice
Book 2: A Daring Sacrifice
Book 3: For Love and Honor
Book 4: A Loyal Heart
Book 5: A Worthy Rebel 


About the author:

Biography

Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.


Other books by Jody Hedlund:

The Orphan Train Series
Prequel Novella: An Awakened Heart
Book 1: With You Always
Book 2: Together Forever
Book 3: Searching for You

The Beacons of Hope Series
Prequel Novella: Out of the Storm 
Book 1: Love Unexpected
Book 2: Hearts Made Whole
Book 3: Undaunted Hope
Book 4: Forever Safe
Book 5: Never Forget

The Michigan Brides Collection
Unending Devotion 
A Noble Groom 
Captured by Love 

The Hearts of Faith Collection
The Preacher’s Bride 
The Doctor’s Lady
Rebellious Heart 

Historical
Luther and Katharina 
Newton and Polly