Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Fortress of Snow ( The Dericott Tales #4 ) by Melanie Dickerson


Melanie Dickerson is one of my favorite authors. I know when she releases a new book I am in for a good read. Fortress of Snow did not disappoint. I loved the plot which was fast moving. The setting was wonderful. And the message of faith is woven throughout the story. I love the Dericott family and look forward to reading more about them in the future. 

I suggest you grab a cup of hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and settle in for trip to another time.

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

From Amazon:

Mazy dreams of independence. Sir Berenger longs to play the hero. But in each other, they may find the secret to happily ever after.

Mazelina of Wexcombe has always dreamed of traveling with her father to lands beyond the confining walls of their castle. But his sudden death deprives her of the future she imagined. Abandoned by her eldest brother, Mazy is soon forced to seek help from her beloved brother Sir John at the great estate of Strachleigh.

Her visit leads to a friendship with the dashing and noble Sir Berenger of Dericott. He has notions of rescuing a damsel in distress. But Mazy is brave enough to defend herself—and has proven that her skills in archery and knife throwing rival that of a knight’s. So when he is called away to Prussian lands, Sir Berenger looks to distinguish himself in battle.

When Sir Berenger returns, he and Mazy meet again on the streets of London, where she is making a living selling goods in the market. Meanwhile, he has been summoned by the king to receive a reward for his service. But the recognition comes with a price: He must marry a wealthy, titled widow to please the king. But when Mazy begins to suspect treachery, she embarks on a journey to the fortress of snow to warn the brave knight—and secure her own fairy-tale ending.

In this fourth novel set in the Dericott universe, Melanie Dickerson weaves an exciting reimagining of the Snow Queen tale.

“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen.”—Julie Lessman, award-winning author

  • Sweet historical medieval romance
  • Part of the Dericott series: Book 1: Court of Swans; Book 2: Castle of Refuge; Book 3: Veil of Winter; Book 4: Fortress of Snow
  • Book length: 85,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

About the author:

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award winner. Melanie spends her time daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing and editing her happily-ever-afters. Visit her online at; Facebook: @MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor; Instagram: @melaniedickerson123.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Once Upon A Royal Christmas by Terri Wilson Read by Brittany Pressley


I listened to the audio version of this book. Once Upon a Royal Christmas is a fun read. If it hasn't been optioned by Hallmark movies it certainly should be. It is the lighthearted story of a young woman who makes a living as a party princess. She wins a contest and goes to a foreign kingdom. The plot was good and the narrator did a fine job. I look forward to reading more books by Teri Wilson.

So grab your phone and have a great listen while decorating cookies, the house, or whatever!

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

From Amazon:

I’m Prince Nikolas of San Glacera. Oh, you’ve never heard of us? Well, you’re not the only one. Our country relies on winter tourism, but we’re attracting fewer and fewer visitors. I admit it’s a problem. I just don’t think the solution is an American who likes to play dress-up. 

You see, while I was away on a trip, my younger sister convinced the palace to hold a contest. The winner gets to star in our annual Ice Village festivities and accompany our royal family to holiday events. 

And who did they choose? Gracie Clark, who runs a children’s party business and performs as—I kid you not—Princess Snowflake. 

Of course, I do respect the fact that she volunteers at children’s hospitals. I suppose to some, she might have a certain charm, but the whole cheap spectacle is beneath our dignity. 

I’m not going to shirk my duty to my kingdom. I’ll go to every event with her. At least, once Christmas is over, she’ll be gone.

About the author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Teri Wilson writes heartwarming contemporary romance with a touch of whimsy. Three of Teri's books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction and a 2022 inductee into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.

Teri loves pretty dresses, Audrey Hepburn films and following the British royal family. Visit her at or on Instagram @TeriWilsonauthor where she posts way too many photos of her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

About the narrator:

BRITTANY PRESSLEY is an AudioFile magazine Earphones Award–winning narrator. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials, as well as in several animated series and video games.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

A Return To Hawthorne House by Kristi Ann Hunter


A Lady never passes up an adventure. It was so wonderful to visit with the Hawthorne family. I loved reading how Caroline, the Duchess of Riverton found a second chance at love. Always A Lady falls before A Lady Of Esteem and is a total delight to read. The second novella, A Lady's Maid, is the story of Lydia, Finch, and Lord Trent's adventure as a matchmaker.

I loved both books and am so grateful that Ms. Hunter has shared more stories of Hawthorne House's wonderful family. Lady Miranda is sure to recommend that you brew a pot of your favorite tea, while Lady Adelaide would recommend a cozy nook in which to curl up while you venture back to Hawthorne house.

All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

Always a Lady

Despite the fact that her daughter is not cooperating, Caroline, Duchess of Riverton is determined to ensure every one of her children marries someone they love as much as she loved their late father. William, the widowered Earl of Blackstone, is delighted to have his days of escorting daughters approaching an end. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to a woman who is just starting such a journey. Are they each too set in their ways to grasp this chance to have a second love?

The Lady’s Maid

When Lydia Smith began her career as a parlor maid, she knew love and marriage wasn’t likely in her future. Dreaming about the boy next door as she dusted seemed harmless until he started working as the new valet under the same roof. When Finch needs her help with a special project, will it give them a chance to defy expectations and find love or ruin their happiness forever?

BONUS - PRINT ONLY - A Lady of Esteem

About the author:

Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. In addition to several pre-published contests, Kristi is a Rita award winner and has also been a finalist in the INSPY, Christy, and GRW Maggie Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Sundown (Sky King Ranch #3) by Susan May Warren


Sundown is the exciting conclusion to Susan May Warren's Sky King Ranch trilogy. The book is edge-of-your-seat suspense and romance from the first page to the last. I loved how fast-paced and exciting the plot was. The main characters, Colt and Tae were intriguing and I found myself cheering them on. I loved how Ms. Warren brought in characters from the previous two books and many of her other series. Best of all she weaves God's forgiveness and redemptive powers through the story. Ms. Warren is in my opinion one of the best authors writing romantic suspense right now.

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

From Amazon:

Former Delta Operative Colt Kingston knows when someone is lying. He may not know the truth, but he sure doesn't trust Tae, the woman who is caring for his ailing father at Sky King Ranch. Behind those beautiful blue eyes, he can tell there is a troubled--and smart--woman.

A few of her stories prove true--he's found the crashed plane and the dead body inside. Still, her story of survival seems too incredible to believe . . . until the thugs she claims to be hunting her show up and threaten Sky King Ranch. Now Tae must disappear, along with her secrets.

But Colt's not about to let her go it alone. And when they discover that her secrets include the antidote to a plague that threatens the world, it'll take all three Kingston brothers to save the country they've vowed to protect.

Susan May Warren brings her Sky King Ranch series to a climactic close with this high-stakes race against the clock.

About the author

Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.

Here's my "Official" Bio.

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over seventy-five novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award.

Of her books, Publisher’s Weekly has written, “Warren lays bare her characters’ human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.”

And Library Journal adds, “Warren's characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance…”

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of Novel.Academy and, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Targeted by Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn , and Natalie Walters

 Way to go ladies! I loved all 3 stories in Targeted. If you love romance and suspense then I highly recommend this book. The only drawback is that all 3 novellas refer to people in earlier books. The storylines were strong, with fantastic characters. I really enjoyed the settings. So brew a pot of tea while you snuggle under a cozy blanket and read Targeted!

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

From Amazon:

Three women. Three men. Three unsuspecting targets.

Get ready for triple the thrills with three heart-stopping stories from your favorite romantic suspense authors!

On the Run, IT Specialist Daria Nevsky is a highly skilled FBI agent with the ability to hack any computer. She must go on the run to find out who wants her dead--and Dr. Ryker Donahue refuses to let her do it alone.

Deadly Objective, physical therapist Emily Dixon and Secret Service Agent Liam Harper are committed to keeping their relationship professional. But when the vice president's son enters the crosshairs of a killer, some lines will have to be crossed in order to keep him safe.

Caught in the Crosshairs, there is no love lost between former Army PSYOPS officer Ari Blackman and CIA officer Claudia Gallegos after Claudia is implicated in the murder of a Saudi prince. But to prevent a coup that would put America at risk, they'll have to learn to trust each other--before it's too late.

About the authors:

About Lynette Eason

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher's Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

About Lynn H. Blackburn

Lynn H. Blackburn loves writing romantic suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she's a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations while she's sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas!

Lynn’s titles have won the Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest series kicked off in March 2021 with Unknown Threat, Book 1 in the Defend and Protect series.

She is a frequent conference speaker and has taught writers all over the country. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children. You can follow her real life happily ever after by signing up for her newsletter at and @LynnHBlackburn on Bookbub, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

About Natalie Walters

My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable. Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. My passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share my belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin


Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin had an interesting premise. A young woman from a poor Mexican village is being trafficked. A young man recognizes what is going on and rescues her. Good so far. But as the story goes on it strained my belief. The fact that a young village woman could go from knowing very little English and become fluent within weeks stretches the realms of belief. Also, she quickly becomes a counselor to the man that rescued her.  Furthermore, she becomes adept at self-defense in this same time frame. Although this book had promise the story was too unbelievable for me. I must admit in all fairness that I did not like the male Main carrier either. Even though I did not care for this story a fellow reviewer loved it.

So settle back with a large pot of tea and an open mind. I hope you find this book more enjoyable than I did.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with o expectations. All thoughts are my own.

From Amazon:

Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She's not a victim, she's a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she's determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can't stay safely over the border in America--unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you, right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

About the author:

Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. She and Corey, her husband of twenty years, live in Florida, where they do their best not to melt in the sun

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Falling for The Cowgirl (Colorado Cowboys, #4) by Jody Hedlund


Jody Hedlund has done it again. I am constantly amazed that she can write fantastic stories in so many genres. Falling For The Cowgirl is a fantastic story with well-developed characters. I really enjoyed visiting with all the members of the McQuaid family. Ivy McQuaid as the youngest, and only girl, tried to keep up with her older brothers. Jericho Bliss has vowed to just be her friend. I loved watching them together. I highly recommend anything by Jody Hedlund. 

So grab your favorite beverage and settle into your most comfortable reading spot for a delightful story.

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

From Amazon:

Years ago, he shattered her heart. Now she must trust him with her life.

As the only girl in her family, and with four older brothers, Ivy McQuaid can rope and ride with the roughest of ranchers. She's ready to have what she's always longed for--a home of her own. She's set her heart on a parcel of land south of Fairplay and is saving for it with her winnings from the cowhand competitions she sneaks into--but her dream is put in jeopardy when the man she once loved reappears in her life.

After two years away, Jericho Bliss is back in South Park as an undercover Pinkerton agent searching for a war criminal. He has no intention of involving a woman in the dangerous life he leads, but one look at Ivy is all it takes for him to question the path he's set out for himself.

Even though Jericho tries to resist his longtime attraction to the beautiful and vivacious Ivy, he finds himself falling hard and fast for her. In the process, his worst fear comes true--he puts her smack-dab in the middle of danger. With Ivy's life in balance, will Jericho give her up once again, or will he find a way back to her, this time forever?

About the author:

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About Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty books and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes sweet historical romances with plenty of sizzle. Find out more at













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