Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Cowboy's Texas Family

Lone Star Cowboy League: Boys Ranch
Big hearted ranchers in small-town Texas.


The Cowboy's Texas Family (Lone Star Cowboy League: Boys Ranch) 
From Cowboy to Father Figure

Rancher Nick McGarrett wants to help orphaned ten-year-old Corey Phillips, the brother of his late comrade. But he's not fit to be a father—not with his troubled past. Thankfully, the child finds a home at the Lone Star Cowboy League Boys Ranch, where Nick volunteers. When wealthy newcomer Darcy Hill discovers she's Corey's cousin, she hopes to eventually take him in. Nick and Darcy couldn't be more opposite—or more drawn to each other. But for Darcy, raising Corey in her hometown means leaving Texas…and Nick. It'll take a special little boy to show these two grown-ups that the key to forging a new future is being together.






Published January 1st 2017
 by Love Inspired 


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 Meet the Author:

Margaret Daley
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense
books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.
Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.
Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.


My Opinion:

Margaret Daley has written another heartwarming story that quickly pulled me in.  She takes her readers to the fictional town of Haven, Texas where we meet Nick McGarrett and newly arrived Darcy Hill.  
Darcy Hill is an attorney in Louisiana where she practices family law.  She was adopted as an infant by two loving parents and has not really thought of the people who gave her life until a recent health scare.  She is on a quest to find her biological parents to obtain family medical information and this has led her to Haven.  
Nick McGarrett is the owner of the Flying Eagle ranch and volunteers at the Culpepper ranch for boys.  He's an all around good guy, but he also has his demons like growing up in a less than desirable situation and time spent overseas in a war zone while serving in the army to coming home and finding out he's about to lose the ranch.  Any one of those situations could have changed a better man, but not Nick.  What haunts him most is something he has very little control over and that is a 10 year old boy. 
This is a wonderful story with elements of hope, faith, forgiveness and love.  This is a sweet plot that flows effortlessly.  It brings plenty of southern charm and romantic tension.  The story also broaches tough issues that are resolved realistically.  Nick and Darcy are strong, well developed characters that easily weave their way into your heart from the first few pages.  This is a clean, feel good romance.  I would recommend this story to anyone.  

***I received this book from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Moonbow Night

On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of 1777......



 
Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people's secrets.

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn't long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?




Published January 3rd 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  


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Laura Frantz 
Laura Frantz is a Christy
Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, 
how you followed me in the wilderness, 
in a land not sown. 
~Jeremiah 2:2 (ESV)


My Opinion:

Laura Frantz is a talented author known for her historical novels and loved by many readers.  For me she is so much more than that.  Yes, she is well known and loved by many, but to me she is a fellow Kentucky girl who loves God, her family and state.  I don't want to sound cliche`, but you really have to be from Kentucky to truly realize how deep her roots run.  
This story takes place starting in the spring of 1777 in a new area through the "Gap" which is now known as Kentucky.  As a child growing up in Kentucky I loved learning about Boone and his many adventures and I can't begin to count how many times I have visited
Fort Boonesborough.  Here is a map that shows a little about the setting of this story:



This story centers around Temperance Tucker and Sion Morgan.  Temperance is a unique, young woman.  She and her family fled from Virginia under a cloud of suspicion and settled along the Shawnee River.  Out of necessity she has developed wilderness skills that will rival any man.  The description of Temperance in the first few pages just pulled me in.  She an Sion are not so different, both portray characters with a softer side and tough exteriors.  
As Sion arrives along the Shawnee River he has a job to do, but knows that to accomplish it he needs to hire a guide to lead them through this vast wilderness.  Temp Tucker is the name he is given, but is hesitant at first.  As their journey begins a friendship is established between these complex characters, but suddenly there is an attraction that neither want o admit.  
For me this was a spectacular read!
Some books you read and love, then there are others that swallow you heart and soul. Well this one swallowed me heart and soul. 
The cover is beautiful and gives just a hint at the wonderful story it contains.  The author's ability to weave words together and bring both setting and characters to life is amazing.  The plot is engaging and flows effortlessly. The story accurately portrays the rugged frontier life.  The characters are well developed and found myself thinking of the characters even after closing the last page.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history, romance or just a great read.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ozark Mountain Romance #3

Cover ArtRather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that
job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes.

The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.

 Published December 6th 2016
 by Bethany House Publishers 


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Meet the Author:

Regina Jennings 


Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a
degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.





My Opinion:

Regina Jennings is a talented author, but to me she is fairly new as I have only read a few of her books.  Each book I have read I have loved and this book is no different.  This is the third installment in her Ozark Mountain Romance series.  For me, this was a stand alone.  
The author whisks the reader away to the small town of Pine Gap where we meet Joel Puckett arriving via the train ready to assume his role as deputy to the the area and help the sheriff solve the problem of masked bandits in the area.  Joel's arrival puts him in the path of the masked bandits and I must admit I was hooked on this story.  
Betsy Huckabee is a beautiful, young woman who lives with her uncle who runs a newspaper.  She moved in with him upon the death of his first wife to care for his children and run his house.  Betsy has a love of writing stories, but must send her articles to Kansas City for consideration and so far she's had little success.  Suddenly Joel appears and so does her inspiration for a knight in shining armor/hero for a fictional ladies page.  Just one problem, how can a character be all fictional when he's based on the exploits of a real life version?
I absolutely loved this story.  It has elements of mystery, suspense, humor, romance, love and forgiveness. Both Betsy and Joel captured my heart in this story.  The plot is engaging and flows effortlessly.  Needless to say once I started reading it I couldn't put it down until the last page was turned.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger review program.  All thoughts or opinions are expressly my own.  

 

 

Shellwater Key #2

Straight on Toward ParadiseAt fifteen, Emma Bertram’s perfect family splintered when her father left her mother for another woman. Anger and bitterness, along with the demands of being a professional chef, have kept Emma apart from her father and his new family for years. Then her father and stepmother are killed in a car accident. Returning to her childhood home of Shellwater Key, Emma learns she has become guardian of her two half-sisters.

What Emma knows about raising children could fit on a restaurant napkin. So when her mother offers to stay and help with the girls, Emma can’t say no. She also can’t say no to her childhood friend’s job offer to be the head chef at the old Paradise Dinner Theatre. Renovating the dilapidated kitchen may be even more challenging than dealing with her half-sisters. Then there’s her father’s law partner, Reece Casings, who has no trouble telling Emma what she’s doing wrong. The buttoned-up, so-wrong-for-her, but oh-so-handsome lawyer makes Emma’s blood boil. Or is it heart race?

Romance is the last thing on Emma’s mind, especially when her mother and one of her sisters are cast in the debut musical at The Paradise. When she’s dealing with a firestorm of teenaged angst from her other sister. And when her mother is starring in a romance of her own, with the much younger lead in the production. All that is nothing compared to the explosive secret that boils to the surface when Reece reveals a much deeper connection to her family than anyone ever knew.

In the end Emma will have to learn how to forgive her father…and herself…and trust in love and faith again if she ever hopes to serve up a happily ever after for everyone. 

Published January 16th 2017
 by Write Notions, Inc.  


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My Opinion:


Kristin Wallace is a new author for me.  I found her books at the end of last year and truly enjoy the stories she brings.  This is the second installment in her Shellwater Key series and I truly felt it was a stand alone.  The plot is engaging and kept me turning the pages. It is full of emotions like bitterness, resentment, love and forgiveness.   The characters are strong, complicated yet well developed.   I found myself cheering for Emma one minute and giving her a piece of my mind the next.  She exhibits strong emotions which considering all things she really is entitled too.  Suddenly she must face the past in order to have a future, but as we all know dealing with the past brings both joy and heartbreak.  Reece Casings, I found to be an intriguing character and fell in love with him a little.  He seems very controlling, but when his secret is revealed he becomes even more endearing.    The secondary characters are well integrated and bring a lot of southern charm to the story.  
This is a story I would recommend to anyone who loves a good, clean romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  



Wilderness, Inc. #2

Surviving the wilderness of Oregon takes training....
and trust. 

Undercover Protector (Wilderness, Inc.) 
 SHATTERED SANCTUARY

Undercover at a tiger sanctuary, Special Agent Grayson Wilde’s convinced the owner must be involved in a wildlife trafficking ring—until someone tries to kill her. Now with Gemma Rollins’s life on the line, it’s clear that more than the wildcats need his help. Gemma’s determined to rebuild the tiger oasis she lost when her family died. But someone wants her out of the way, and she’s starting to wonder if her parents' and uncle’s deaths were really accidental. Grayson says he’ll do anything to protect Gemma, but she can't shake the feeling that her alluring new volunteer might not be all that he seems. With a vicious criminal closing in, though, she has to trust Grayson…because she won’t survive without him.

Published January 1st 2017
 by Love Inspired Suspense  




Giveaway:

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There are 4 copies available.  
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My Opinion:

I have been reading books by Elizabeth Goddard for years.  I love her detailed ability to weave words together that bring both setting and characters to life for me.  
This book is the second installment in the new Wilderness, Inc. series which is set in southwest Oregon surrounding the Rogue River.  The place literally explodes to life on the pages with the wonderful use of imagery.  
She introduces us to USFW Special Agen5t Grayson Wilde and Gemma Rollins.  This plot is fast paced and flows effortlessly.  This story deals with the tough issue of wildlife trafficking. Grayson is going undercover at Tiger Mountain to investigate the latest rumors of wildlife trafficking and to find the person who murdered a fellow agent.  Gemma is the founder of the tiger refugee and has been dealing with problems of sabotage at her sanctuary.   
As the story opens Gray rescues Gemma just before her Jeep is swept down the mountain side.  After a less than desirable meeting Gemma hires Gray as a volunteer at the santuary, but the answers Gray is looking for appear to be just out of reach.  The deeper he digs the more involved he becomes in Gemma's life and starts to suspect that her life is possibly in danger.  Suddenly answers are not as important as protecting her life. 
This is a wonderful adventure and kept me turning the pages until the end.  The plot is very intriguing and kept me guessing until the end.  This is the second book in the series, but for me this is also a stand alone story and one I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.  
 I received this book from the author via the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

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Meet the Author:

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Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. She’s a double finalist in the 2016 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for her books BURIED and
BACKFIRE in the Mountain Cove series. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time. She currently makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and children.



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Coming in April, 2017

False Security (Wilderness, Inc #3)  

Arriving at her secluded cabin to find her brother missing, Olivia Kendricks follows his trail into the woodsuntil two shooters take aim at her. She only escapes when ex-detective Zachary Long, her brother's friendand Olivia's first lovecomes to her rescue. Now as they run for their lives in the snowbound wilderness, they must search for her brother while figuring out why someone wants them dead. And though Zach's police force training may be what will save them, it's also what once drove them apart when he gave Olivia up to chase his dream. In a freezing landscape as deadly as it is beautiful, they'll have to let go of the pastand face down powerful men willing to kill to keep secrets buried. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Men of Valor #5

Hazardous Holiday (Men of Valor #5)PROTECTING HIS FAMILY

Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment—and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi Tanner's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last?

Expected publication: December 6th 2016
 by Love Inspired  




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About Liz JohnsonBy day Liz Johnson is a
marketing manager. She makes time to write late at night—that’s when she thinks best anyway. Liz is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She makes her home in Nashville, where she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories of true love filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

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To everything there is a season, 
and a time to every purpose under the heaven. 
~Ecclesiastes 3:1 

My Thoughts:

Liz Johnson is releasing her 5th installment in the Men of Valor series which takes us from Montana to San Diego where he is stationed.  Zach is a great guy, but as you can guess he thrives on adrenaline.  He has come home to check on his cousin's family.  Aaron was killed and he knew his wife and child were a responsibility that he couldn't ignore.  He finds Kristi still struggling with her grief and a seriously sick little boy.  In his attempt to help he offers a marriage proposal in name only, but in his heart hopes it evolves into a real marriage.  Their arrival in San Diego was met with Zach being deployed yet again. 
Kristi and Cody settle into a routine and life with Zach being gone, but when he returns home suddenly it appears someone is targeting Kristi.  Zach vows to protect his family and his heart if possible.  
This story is mystery interlaced with lots of suspense, but it also includes love, faith and trust.  It has a fast paced plot that grabbed me from the beginning and the many twists and turns  kept me turning the pages.  The engaging characters are complex, but very lovable.  Kristi was a loving mother and an intelligent woman.  Zach is just wonderful.  His character has a softer side with a tough exterior.  The story broaches a tough topic of organ transplant, but resolves it realistically.  
This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good suspense.  
**I received this book via the author.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 
 
  

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Montana Mavericks The Baby Bonanza series

The Maverick's Holiday Surprise (Montana Mavericks: The Baby Bonanza #5)Rust Creek Ramblings

A WEDDING IN THE WORKS?

We here at the Gazette are amazed to report that trust-fund cowboy Hudson Jones may soon be off the market. The boyish billionaire has been spending more time than ever with Bella Stockton, who manages his day-care center. It seems impossible that quiet, reserved Bella would have captured the fancy of such an alluring specimen of manhood.

Bella finds it hard to believe herself, and she keeps pushing Hudson away. What are the odds the footloose cowboy will stick around once he finds out she can't have kids? Don't tell Bella, but our sources report Hudson has his heart set on a Christmas proposal. When he finds out the truth, will it still be a holiday to remember? 

Published October 18th 2016
 by Harlequin 


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 Meet the Author:


Karen Rose Smith
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.

She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing relationship novels. Now she writes romances as well as mysteries full time. Her first book was published in 1992; her 80th novel will be published in 2013. A winner of New Jersey's Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter's Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com's award for Best Special Edition and Washington Romance Writers Career Achievement Award. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Amazon Romance and Contemporary Romance Bestseller lists. 

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My Thoughts:


Karen Rose Smith is a favorite author of mine.  Ironically enough I started reading her cozy mysteries before I ever realized she also wrote romance.  I learned so much about Karen by following her on Facebook and the more I learned the more I liked her not only as an author, but also as a person.  
This story is set in Rust Creek Falls, Montana and centers around bachelor Hudson Jones who has arrived in town to help his brother, Walker, out.  Bella Stockton is a beautiful, young woman who has not had what any would say is an easy life considering her parents were killed when she was young.  She went through her period of rebellion, but after getting her life back on track she headed off to college only quit and return to help her brother with his triplets when his wife died.  She is the director at Just Us Kids Day Care Center and resents Hudson and what she sees as his interference in her job.  Hudson is a trust fund cowboy and loves to travel.  He's not been very close with his family, but would like to change that.  When he meets Bella there's an instant attraction, but she shoots him down readily so he has to figure out a way to get her to trust him.  
I really enjoyed this story.  I fell in love with the small town immediately The plot is sweet and interlaced with a lot of romantic tension.  It flows effortlessly and pulled me in immediately.  This is an endearing story of trust, faith, forgiveness and romance.  This entertaining story is one I would recommend to anyone who loves romance.