Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Time To Weep by Tracy Higley

 


A Time To Weep is the continuing adventures of Sahara Aldridge as she joins forces with Jack Moretti. I love the details that Tracy Higley uses to paint pictures of times past. She creates drama and suspense leaving one to wonder if the characters will survive.  She weaves past and distant past together into one cohesive story that compels one to keep reading, longing for the characters to find their answers and live happily ever after. I look forward with great anticipation to the next chapter in Sahara and Jack's adventure, A Time To Love, releasing September 15th. So grab a snack and a pot of tea, settle down to a very enjoyable read.

I purchased my copy and all thoughts are my own.


From Amazon:

Sometimes the only way forward is back.

Sahara Aldridge, a young Egyptologist in 1922, is chasing down the trail of her parents through the unknown corridors of time.

But when all clues point to Ancient Rome as the next place to search, Sahara retreats into the safety of her archaeological work, cataloguing treasures from the newly-discovered tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

As the discovery of the intact tomb propels the world into a frenzy of “Tut-mania,” the ever-present Jack Moretti is there to help, but what is his agenda?

And it appears Tempus Vigilia isn’t going to leave her alone. The secret society has sent others, tracking her movements and asking too many questions.

Now it seems her family is in danger.

Sahara must once again put her career on hold, to find what she has lost.

But will Ancient Rome hold the answers, or only one more reason to grieve?





OTHER BOOKS BY TRACY HIGLEY: 

THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS OF SAHARA ALDRIDGE 
A Time to Seek (Book One)
A Time to Weep (Book Two)

THE SEVEN WONDERS NOVELS:
Isle of Shadows
Pyramid of Secrets
Guardian of the Flame
Garden of Madness
So Shines the Night

THE BOOKS OF BABYLON: 
Chasing Babylon
Fallen from Babel (coming soon)

THE COMING OF THE KING SAGA: 
The Queen's Handmaid
The Incense Road

THE LOST CITIES NOVELS: 
Pompeii: City on Fire
Petra: City in Stone


About the author:

Tracy L. Higley

Biography

I've been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first "real" novel--the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the "drama years" of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years.

When I'm not writing, life is full of other adventures--running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It's my greatest hope that you'll feel like you've gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories.

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you'll visit my website at TracyHigley.com or meet up with me on Facebook at facebook.com/tracyhigley.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

 


I thought Aftermath was very well written. I enjoyed the romance and suspense. Aftermath des show how confusing mental illness can be as one of the characters has a distorted view of reality due to OCD. I enjoy the depth that Terri Blackstock brings to her books.

 So grab a beverage and curl up for an intriguing read.

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


From Amazon:

This gripping new thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends attend a concert. Only one makes it out alive.

A trunk full of evidence.

When police stop Dustin Webb with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows there’s been a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when the officers find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for an old friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first person he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut-wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.” —Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

  • Stand-alone mystery and suspense thriller
  • Book length: 72,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
  • Other suspense novels by Terri Blackstock: If I Run, If I’m Found, If I Live, Smoke Screen, Cape Refuge, and Truth-Stained Lies


About the author:

Terri Blackstock

Biography

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual "new kid," her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham's readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she's written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as "The 700 Club" and "Home Life," and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Prime Directive by Davis Bunn


 I am not sure how I feel about this book. Davis Bunn is usually one of my favorite authors, but I found the plot difficult to follow. Halfway through I set this book aside and read a few other books. It did get more interesting in the second half. Prime Directive seems to be a mixture of Science fiction and politics with a focus on diplomacy. I did become invested in the main characters and came to care about what happened to them. I feel the book ended too abruptly and see the possibility for a sequel, which I will read. 

So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for an, interesting, read.


I borrowed a copy of Prime Directive from my public library. All thoughts are my own.


From Amazon:



"In the past ninety days, sixteen colonists have been murdered, and nobody thought to report it until now?"





When a number of scientists are mysteriously killed on an insignificant scientific outpost on the planet of Loria and no alarm is raised, Commander Rickets of the Galactic Space Arm (GSA) is angered that no one can explain why. Rickets orders Lieutenant Amanda Bostick along with two armed Guardians, Sergeant Hamoud and Corporal Nasim, to investigate.





All three have faced setbacks in their careers and time is against them: the GSA is demanding answers within ten days. But they have no idea what to expect as there are few reports on the planet.





Why are the scientists being killed? Is there more to the mission than first appears? Are the sentient Lorians who inhabit the planet more of a threat than the GSA realize?


About the author:

Davis Bunn

Biography

Davis Bunn's novels have sold in excess of eight million copies in twenty-six languages. He has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with every major US book club. In 2011 his novel Lion of Babylon was named Best Book of the Year by Library Journal. His recent title Trial Run has been named Best Book of The Year by Suspense Magazine. Lately, he has appeared on the cover of Southern Writers Magazine, Retailing, and Publishers Weekly, and his titles have earned Starred and Top Pick awards from Library Journal, RT Reviews, Booklist, and Kirkus. His most recent series, Miramar Bay, has been acquired for worldwide condensation books by Readers Digest. Currently, Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University. He speaks around the world on aspects of creative writing.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Heart Of The Crown by Hannah Currie

 



I have really enjoyed reading the Daughters Of Peverell trilogy. The plots have been well thought out and the characters have depth. I am sorry that this is the end of the series. Hannah Currie is going to go on my list of authors to watch as I will be interested to see what she writes next. I enjoyed her themes of forgiveness of others and also self. 

So mix up a pitcher of ice tea and be sure to wear pretty shoes as you find a nice reading spot to enjoy this book and the weather!


All Thoughts are my own.


From Amazon:


The last place Lady Wenderley Davis ever expected to find herself after swearing off princes forever was living in a palace with two of them. Even if it is only temporary. And she did agree to it. Kind of. Against her better judgment.

But then, she’s never been one to hide her heart, nor hold back help from anyone who needs it. And if ever there’s a family who needs help, it’s this one.

As two weeks stretch to more, Wenderley throws all she has into showing the princes and their family how to smile again, and she’s loving every moment of it. Which is a problem. Because she’s very quickly becoming attached, and – as the man she’d rather forget keeps reminding her – the one thing she can’t do is stay.


About the author:

Hannah Currie

Biography

Australian author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. A book nerd from birth, she knows firsthand the difference a good book can make in a person’s life. Even, and especially, fiction. Her dream as a writer is to make people laugh, cry and maybe even swoon a little but mostly to remind them that no matter how dark life may get at times, because of God, there is always hope.

She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun.

Her debut YA novel, Heart of a Royal, was published in October 2019. She has since published two more books in the series.

She loves to connect with readers. Come visit her at www.hannahcurrie.com :)

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Prince Of Spies (Hope and Glory #3) by Elizabeth Camden

 


Prince Of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is my favorite book of The Hope and Glory trilogy. I love Luke's carefree exterior. He appears to be a playboy but he is so much deeper. And Marianne is a delight. I loved the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation. This was the perfect conclusion to a fabulous series. So grab your sweet tea and settle into your favorite reading spot for an enjoyable, satisfying read.


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


From Amazon:

Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, DC. In reality, he is secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission is to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world.

But trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman's only daughter, whose job as a government photographer gives her unprecedented access to sites throughout the city. Luke is captivated by Marianne's quick wit and alluring charm, leading them both into a dangerous gamble to reconcile their feelings for each other with Luke's driving passion for vital reforms in Congress.

Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?


About the author:


Elizabeth Camden

Biography

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in gilded age America featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award, and she lives in Florida with her husband who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham releasing September 1, 2021

 


It started with a kiss, but it wasn't supposed to be her kiss. I loved every word of the Mistletoe Countess! Grace and Frederick are fantastic characters! Think Heart To Heart set in 1913. I loved the setting, beginning in the Blue Ridge Mountains, ending in an English country Manor house. This book has romance (think sizzling kisses!), mystery, humor, and dare I say murder... even a ghost! So grab your copy, a pot of tea, and find a cozy reading nook! You are not going to want to put this book down until it's finished! I hope you love this masterpiece by Pepper Basham as much as I do!


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


From Amazon:

Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future. 


About the author:

Pepper Basham

Biography

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with a southern Appalachian flair. Her books have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsys, and the ACFW Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer selected as a 2018 finalist in the RT awards. Both her contemporary and historical romance novels consistently receive high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WW2 espionage in her novella, Fa├žade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. Her books are seasoned with her Appalachian heritage and love for family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can get to know Pepper on her website, www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, Instagram, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley.



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Castle Of Refuge by Melanie Dickerson

 


 



I loved everything about Castle Of Refuge! From the gorgeous cover to the fast-moving plot to the engaging characters, Castle of Refuge is sure to delight. I must admit that I devoured it in one day! Melanie Dickerson continues to earn her title as Queen of Fairy tale retellings! I love all things medieval and this book is delightful. So brew a pot of tea and curl up in your favorite reading nook, you will soon be lost in a world long gone by.

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

From Amazon:

In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about the power of love.

Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry-until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

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

  • Second in a brand-new series set in England: The Dericott Tales
  • Full-length clean fairy-tale reimagining
  • Includes Discussion Questions for Book Clubs




About the author:

Melanie Dickerson

Biography

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for all things Medieval with her love of romance and fairy tales. She also loves Regency Romance and has drawn on her Southern heritage to write a romance set in the late 1800s called Magnolia Summer.
Her books have won the Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader's Choice Award, and the Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in America, Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.