Friday, May 18, 2018

Spotlighting "Dating the Prince" by Alina Snow (with a giveaway!)





Dating the Prince by Alina Snow Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

 As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

 Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

 What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

 A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.  

Author Alina Snow Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.




 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen (with a giveaway)


UnforgettableUnforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Suspense



Book Description:  Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley's life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.

The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business. 
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.


My thoughts: Secrets that carry through generations is a big part of this book. It begins as a young husband and father is murdered before WWII. A young boy is forced to take part. Then the book comes to the present day when the remains are uncovered.

Haley loves her great-grandmother, Isle. Her grandmother is on hospice when the word comes of her husband's death. In order to fulfill her dying grandmother's wish, she travels to Germany to take care of the remains of her great-grandfather. What should be a simple and straight forward task becomes dangerous when there are secrets buried with her great-grandfather.

This book has plots within plots. Unscrupulous men will do anything to hide their sins, even decades later. This book covered generations, the tragedy for the Krauss family from never knowing what happened to Ulrich, and the tragedy of bringing up children with a life of crime. Both actions impacted the lives of their descendants and influenced present day actions. It is a fascinating thought to me, the role that families play in each others lives.

This book alternates between Haley and the villain, Otto. Innocence vs. deception. I enjoyed reading the pieces falling together for Haley and the measures that Otto was willing to go to keep his families secrets hidden.

This book fascinated me. It does contain violence. Ulrich's death at the beginning was a little disturbing to me, mainly because it was told from his point of view.



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Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
About the Author: (Taken from Amazon)  Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Book Blog Tour~ "Scarlet" by Jen Geigle Johnson (with a giveaway)


Scarlet

"Scarlet" by Jen Geigle Johnson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Received to review

Book Description:  The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this fa├žade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there were a time to keep her head, it is now— because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel.

My thoughts:  I love history. It fascinates me.  I wish that I had been a better student and taken the time to learn more when I was in school.  Most of the history I read comes from historical fiction.  I do google names and places and try to learn more as I read the book.  This one had me visiting Google often.  I wanted to know more about the non-fiction characters and their role in history.

This book is a retelling of the "Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy.  I can't say that I read the original, but Google....  I was able to pick up immediately what sets this book apart from the original.  The Pimpernel is a woman in this story, the original was a man.  I am grateful for this twist, I love a strong female heroine.  Lady Scarlet Cavendish is a paradox.  To the ton, she appears a frivolous and selfish woman.  But to the French nobility, she saves them.  She is level headed when faced with danger and is selfless in so many ways.

I would love to know more about this time period. Maybe someday.... I may get the chance to learn more, I hope so.  Until then, I'll just keep reading Jen Geigle Johnson books and let her research some fascinating time and people and ignite my imagination once again.

This book contains kissing and violence.



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Jen Geigle JohnsonAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

https://www.jengeiglejohnson.com

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S Kilpack



Miss Wilton's Waltz
"Miss Wilton's Waltz" by Josi Kilpack
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: Received to Review from publisher

Book Description:  A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack's bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar's Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.



My thoughts:   Josi Kilpack has a way of writing that the words seem to jump out of the pages of the book and I am caught in her story.  I form pictures in my mind and become part of the story.

Lenora is the overlooked sister.  She is the introvert who would prefer to be behind the pianoforte, rather than conversing in front of it.  She prefers to be in the background and has been overshadowed by her sisters.

Feeling that marriage is out of her reach, she goes to Bath to live with her aunt and to teach music.  It is away from her family that she feels the freedom to be herself and to be daring.  It is a place where she relies on her own judgement and takes risks.

This book is a companion book to "The Vicar's Daughter".  It is helpful to have the background info from the first book, but not necessary to enjoy this book.  It can be read as a stand alone.

I hate to admit that I haven't finished the book in time for my blog tour stop.  My final rating will be at least 4 stars, if not more.  I am thoroughly enjoy it.  A full review will be up soon.



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Josi S. KilpackAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children

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It's the book release for "Dating the Prince" by Alina Snow (with a giveaway)



  Dating the Prince by Alina Snow


Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.
As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.
Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.
What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.
A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.



Blog Tour May 14th to 25th





  Author Alina Snow Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.

 


 

   $50 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in Paypal Cash Ends 5/28/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, May 7, 2018

Quiet as a Church Mouse by Stephen Bevan - Children's book blog tour.

Quiet as a Church Mouse by Stephen BevanQuiet as a Church Mouse by Stephen Bevan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Children's Picture Book



Book Description What does it mean to be quiet as a church mouse? This charming picture book shares the story of how one little boy learned to sit still while his imagination kept running free. With these fun and colorful illustrations, follow along as a boy and mouse discover how reverence shows our love and respect for our Savior.



My thoughts: A mother reminds her son to be "quiet as a church mouse", what does this mean? The thought stirs the imagination of the boy when he considers the possibilities of the church mouse.

This book has wonderful illustrations and engaging dialogue. I spent many wonderful hours with my small children reading books like this and discussing the meaning of the words and pictures. I think this would be a wonderful book for parents and children in figuring out expectations during church.

This book would be great to bring with you and used as a quiet book. The child could look through the illustrations and be reminded of their manners at a time when parents really want them to behave.




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BEVAN Stephen author photo.JPG
About the Author:  Stephen grew up in Montgomery County Maryland. He has lived in several other states and even in Western Australia! He has been many things during his life including a teacher, farmer, painter, scout master, missionary, author, and much more. He rides his bicycle all over enjoying this beautiful world God has made for us. 



Many Friday nights you can find him in the woods camping with his family or Boy Scouts, sitting around a camp fire sharing his experiences. Stephen loves to share his real life experiences in hopes they will help people smile and live their lives better after learning from his blunders and adventures.

You can learn more or follow him at:
http://www.bevanstories.com
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The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E Ladd

The Weaver's DaughterThe Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction



Book Description:  Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.



My thoughts: I was captured in this book about love, loyalty, deception, honor, and forgiveness. There are probably more words to be added to the list, but I can't think of them right now. :)

Kate and Henry could be described as star-crossed lovers. There families are basically feuding. Henry's family is looking at progression and bringing in new inventions to speed up the business of making wool into material. The competition is fierce, and progression means the possibility of people loosing their jobs and the traditions passed down in families. The book brings up a great point of adding to technology and using fewer people to fuel and industry. Also, the plight of children workers is looked at. I loved how she was sympathetic to the children and made an advocate for them in the story.

This book reminded me that things are not always as they appear to be and there are two sides to every situation. The theme of the book was about mending relationships and making life better in the community. It took the vision of a man recently returned from war to see that life needed to change in the village. It also took the compassion of a woman to help him see where to make the changes.

This is a great book. It contains a few kisses and non-graphic violence.



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