Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Daughter of Liberty

Talk about high drama! I loved this story!

Book Rating: Up All Night'er

If you are a fan of history--especially Revolutionary history--then you have GOT to read this.  DAUGHTER OF LIBERTY is jam-packed with awesome historical facts and events that make the story, and history itself, come alive. (Not to mention the hero is a FABULOUS man in uniform, totally fearless and willing to risk anything for the heroine...who can't like that?!?)

This is a very complex and intricate story, full of excitement and danger. Don't you just love when the characters are in danger?! *teehee* I do!

In this novel, the heroine, Elizabeth Howard, secretly risks her life for the cause of freedom, even though her family is well known for being on the side of the King. She is shocked at her sudden and powerful attraction to a dashing British officer and tries her hardest to fight the emotions, but her love only grows deeper--especially when he confesses that he too has feelings for her.....and that's only the beginning!!!

Ladies, there is SO much that happens in this story it's almost impossible to give an adequate synopsis. I can promise you there is great action and excellent romantic tension. *sigh*

I would not classify this as a "light" read. If you are looking for a story to take you through the weekend, this book won't do. You'll need a lot of good time to take this nice and slow or you might miss some of the great detail and historical facts. And like I said before, its LOADED with historical facts, so just be aware of that going into it and embrace it, because that's one of the things that makes this book so fabulous.

Keep your eye's open, because Joan is our feature author for August!!! YAY!!!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Wrangler in Petticoats

These McClellan woman are tough. Frankly, I'm intimidated.

But, I still love 'em. *wink*

Book Rating: Here a little, there a little

Mary Connealy knows how to get to you hooked, that's for sure. There is great action, and GREAT romance, no doubt about it. If you want excellent on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff, well, look no further.

Sally McClellan is a tomboy who couldn't care less about "girlie" things...until she meets a dashing young artist, Logan McKenzie. Logan comes to Sally's rescue when her traveling party is attacked in the Rocky Mountains, and the two of them try to fight their budding attraction while running for their lives from a pair of "ruthless" outlaws.

Now, how awesome does that sound?

I really enjoyed this story just as I enjoy all of Connealy's books. However, as exciting as it was, I felt a bit overwhelmed. And like I said in the beginning, I really like the McClellan girls--I did from the very beginning when I read Petticoat Ranch, but they are SO tough and what they go through is SO crazy, that sometimes I have a hard time finding a way to bond with them. I don't know, maybe its just me. Also, as far as heroes go, Logan was good, but not my favorite. Not every hero can be Levi Grant, I know that, but I didn't really know why Sally liked Logan.

This is TOTALLY just my opinion here, because I know a lot of people just love these stories. So please, if you love Connealy like I do, then you really need to read all of her stuff because its all good. Not every story is going to be your fave, and that's ok.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Safe in His Arms

Oh man, if you've had a baby and experienced any cravings--you're gonna relate. I had a craving SO strong the other day (and no, I'm not preggo right now...) I could feel it in my bones--couldn't rest, couldn't focus until I got what I needed!

No, I wasn't craving a juicy hamburger like I usually do.

I was craving a COWBOY ROMANCE!! And this book was just what I needed.

Book Rating: Up All Night'er

SAFE IN HIS ARMS was pure cowboy heaven. Man, there's nothin' like getting caught up in the dust of the cattle as they stampede, and feeling the baking sun on your back. Am I right?! This book had it all, and even though I felt much better after listening to my craving, it reminded me why I always go back to westerns.

Margaret O'Brien doesn't feel pretty, and doesn't even really feel loved--by God or by anyone else. Until she meets Daniel Cutler and all of that begins to change. (This is where you sigh dreamily, cuz seriously, I thought Daniel was pretty darn dreamy.) I truly enjoyed Margaret's journey, and her ultimate acceptance of Christ's love. What a beautiful message!

The action and romance is just delightful with enough kisses to keep even me satisfied! Always clean and always exciting, this story will keep you turning pages that's for sure--from a stampeded, to a tornado, to a bank robbery...things keep happening and there's no time for you to get bored.

Margaret is already suspicious of Daniel when her father hires him to help on the ranch, but when she overhears him talking about a bank robbery, she is even MORE worried. But how can Daniel be following a life of crime when he talks so openly about his faith in God? Their attraction starts from page one...ok maybe more like page three, I don't know...but anyway, its right from the start. No doubt, this is a fun book.

If you are having the same kind of craving, please let me help! Git yerself a copy 'o this 'ol--I mean new--book, and you'll be feeling better to. I promise.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July's Author of the Month: Tracie Peterson


Sometimes I like to say that word long and drawn out like the lady on Lonesome Dove. You know what I'm talkin' about, now don't pretend. *teehee*

Can you believe it? We're half way through the year, people!
Didn't you just love Jennifer Delamere?! What a delightful woman--so down to earth, fun...and not to mention ridiculously talented to boot! Her novel AN HEIRESS AT HEART is wonderful so please find it and read it if you haven't already.

As for "Juuuly!", (sorry, I couldn't help myself) have I got a treat for you! Before I tell you who I'm featuring let me give you a few fun clues. She has written over 100 books, loves God with all her heart and lives in Montana. Any guesses? Yep, you got it! Tracie Peterson!

I'm so happy to have Traice as my feature author this month. Yippee skippee!!!! The interview is below...you are so welcome. *wink*

Tell us about Tracie! Please include something fun and/or silly that we might not already know.

Fun or silly?  That pretty much defines me.  A while back while researching for a book I drove a stage coach. That was definitely fun and silly.  Silly because I had quite the time climbing the ten stories it took to get up to the driver’s seat.  I find myself in some pretty zany situations while researching.
What scripture or scripture story do you find most comforting/uplifting?

I just finished studying Genesis with the Bible Study Fellowship and found it to be a super blessing.  So many of the well known Bible stories come from Genesis and it was a great reminder.  Better still, I felt God really showed me how things fall apart when people try to rush God’s promises into existence.  That was powerful.
If you had three wishes what would they be? (These can be silly, or serious--whatever you want!)

On the serious side – I’d wish first and foremost for my granddaughter Rainy to be healed.  She has a chronic condition due to a cyst on the brain.  It causes all sorts of issues and she’s nearly died several times.  Second – I’d wish for wisdom for everybody.  The older I get, the more important wisdom is.  With wisdom for everyone we would know how to care for one another and live without strife.  Third, but most important, I wish Jesus would return and take us all home. J
On the silly side:  1. Have a slender, healthy body and the ability to eat whatever I wanted without it putting on an ounce.  2.  Not so silly – but definitely fun – to drive the AlCan Highway from Canada to Alaska.  3.  To have a money tree that bloomed constantly.

Of all the books you have written, which were the most challenging, the most rewarding and the most exciting?

I love how God works in each and every book I write.  He always teaches me something in the writing process and draws me closer to Him. Challenges come in many forms.  I’ve had a few times when sickness or death caused me to miss deadlines and have to ask for extensions.  Writing HOUSE OF SECRETS was a challenge in the research on schizophrenia and the RIBBONS OF STEEL and RIBBONS WEST series were challenging because of the research needed regarding the railroad industry.  Each book is a reward in and of itself.  I love writing and want each book to entertain, educate and encourage.

When you have down-time, and don't care to write, what do you like to do? 

There are a number of things.  I have very much loved my Bible studies – especially my Kay Arthur Precepts studies because they get me digging deep into word meanings and such.  I LOVE to learn.  I also love to embroider, crochet, play Plants vs. Zombies J on the computer and enjoy a good book.  I’m very much hoping heaven has a giant library.

BIO for Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the award winning, best-selling author of over 95 books. She makes her home in Montana with husband Jim and enjoys sharing the Gospel of Jesus through he
r fiction.  Tracie was awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Christian Fiction Writer’s, an organization she helped to found in hopes of helping new authors. She and husband Jim also teach at writer’s conferences with special focus on new and unpublished authors as a part of the ministry God has given her.

Isn't she fabulous! You can feel her genuine spirit coming through, and I just love that! Thank you so much Tracie for taking part in my little interview--I've loved getting to know you more, what a joy!

For those of you who are interested--and you would be a fool NOT to be interested--Tracie has graciously offered to do a GIVEAWAY! Yes, ladies, that's right, and this in not your run-of-the-mill give away. Tracie has offered to give away her Land of the Lonestar SERIES and The Quarryman's Bride! You can't handle it, its so awesome-- I know!

RULES: To be entered to win you MUST follow this blog or my FB page and leave a comment. Simple as that! And no rafflecopter this time....name in a hat is where I'm at. *wink* (Hey,
that rhymes!)

Also, you may have noticed the GORGEOUS new cover for her book THE MINER'S LADY that releases in August of this year! SWEET! This entire series is great, so make sure you get your fingers on a copy of that one as well.

God bless you all--and God bless America! Have a wonderful 4th, and a wonderful "Juuuly!" *BIG grin*

Happy Reading!