Sunday, November 19, 2017

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

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About the Book
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Title: Charming the Troublemaker
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Troublemaking never looked so good…
When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looks as good as it does on Rainey Mitchell.
Rainey Mitchell doesn’t need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptations wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.
When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again.

LORI'S REVIEW

Pepper once again has done an excellent job of brining your characters to life! 
I also can't say enough ab ou the book cover. (I'm such a sucker for beautiful book covers) 
Although I feel like I'm a little lost bcuz I didn't get to read a Twist of Faith.
Sarah is such a cutie!! Some of her antics remind me of my niece. I would love to have her energy!!
I think I'm going to be like Rainy I'm juding Alex at first. 
I mean even I didn't like him at first!! 
I do wish I had a big family like Rainy. I think I'd be in heaven 
Alex is really cute but think I  like his car much much better lol!! I have a car and we named her Gabby Lou. 
I about died when someone hit her today. She's our baby. 
So I understood Alex along those lines.
We all have hurts that we try to cover up so therefore it is easy to cover up and act like someone we're not.  That's why we have to have our faith that God can help is through. 
I admired that about Rainy's mom. My mom was similar to Rainy mom.  Most especially in her faith. Mom had a lot of health issues but she still kept getting up and getting things done. She never complained. I said to myself, when I grow up I want to be just like my mom!!
I didn't like a few things in the story.
My least favorite was the scene with Grant. Sometimes men can be such bullies!
But other men can be really sweet like Alex if you take time out to know them. 
Like her mom says through our the book "All men aren't the same." 
Will Alex and Rainy get together? Can they get along long enough to work together? 
You'll have to read this book in order to find out!!
I enjoyed this story!!  I strongly recommend this book for people who love contemporary Christian Pepper what's next in line? 

I received this book for free. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own!!

About the Author

PepperquiltPepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the Inspys, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, releases in April 2016. You can get to know Pepper on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.


Guest Post from Pepper Basham


I have a thing for underdogs.
Misfits.
Lots souls who desperately need to find where they belong.
I can’t help it! Call it a ‘fix-it’ mentality or an awareness that God rescued me and now I want to rescue other people…even fictional characters, but I’m definitely a softy for those characters that people are less likely to root for. Catherine from The Thorn Bearer/Keeper became my first rescue…and I just HAD to find another.
I guess that’s how Charming the Troublemaker came into existence.
Dr. Alex Murdock desperately needed to be rescued.
In a bad way.
If you’ve had a chance to read my first book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, A Twist of Faith, you’ll know that Alex doesn’t seem to be made up of much hero material. He’s a flirt, a little arrogant, and…well, kind of like a lost puppy.
As book 1 grew and came to a close, I knew Alex and Rainey’s story would be next…but I immediately ran into a real problem.
Who in the world was Alex Murdock? We really didn’t get to know him very much in book 1. He zoomed in a few times, ruffling feathers and then finally showing off some interesting kindness/compassion in the end, but…he was still a big-time flirt.
So the question emerged: Can a flirt be a hero?
What is Alex hiding behind that ready smile and sense of humor? Why does he seem so lost?
The answers were surprising!! Just wait.
The Mitchell family draw him right in, as they did with Dee, and his world is forever changed.
And then there’s Rainey. Strong-willed and independent, she is deeply wounded by her ex-husband’s betrayal. Though she gives off all these ‘confident’ vibes, she hides her insecurities behind a tough exterior in a desire to keep people at a distance – well, everyone except her family.
Alex rocks her world with his ready charm.
And she sees beyond the plastic grin to recognize another wounded soul.
Throwing them together into a book has been a hilarious and heart-stirring adventure, I wasn’t prepared to encounter. They’re so much fun!
AND…he’s ADORKABLE!! Seriously!! He is SUCH a dork, but makes me grin. And…he looks like Armie Hammer 😉
Let me just give you a hint to some of my favorite scenes:
Anything with Sarah!
Underoos
All of the scenes in Rainey’s house
And those in Mama Mitchell’s
Okay, I like the WHOLE STORY…and I can’t wait to see what you think too.

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away a grand prize of a paper copy of A Twist of Faith, a mug from the Blue Ridge Parkway, one driftwood scented candle, one mango scented candle, and a Troublemaker snickers 😉 highly appropriate. Chocolate with a nutty personality :)!!
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Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink

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About the Book:
Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense
Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.
Click here to purchase your copy.

Lori's Review

I so enjoyed this 1st book by Dana Mentink. She'll be added to my long list of favorite authors. I spent all day to finish up this book because I so enjoyed the story line. I felt like I was in the story with them. I held my breath to see what the next set of adventure was.
Some of the story made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I felt like something was looking over my shoulder. ( My house is haunted anyway)
The only thing that I didn't like was that Barrett's mom. In many ways she reminded me of my mother in law. Always wanting to stick her nose into everything and in some I ways I kinda understood her side. 
I also didn't understand the detective. I wanted to smack him a good one and shake some sense into him.
Shelby is the coolest person in the story. I admire her spirit and determined attitude and insticts. 
I like Shelby because even though she's scared she still goes and does it.
Barrett is something else. I've never met a character like him before. I think he's got a lot going on in his life and he has a lot of changes to overcome before he can get in with his life.
I like how the author says that we need to forgive anyone who does us wrong in order to be in Christ's image. 
I'm frankly gonna be honest. I loved the book because it had horses in it and I saw it on the cover of the book. The cover is what made me want to read it.
🏇 are my most favorite animals. I just adored Diamond, Pattycake and the rest of the horses. They are my true heoes. I know that this sounds silly but anyway.
I received this book for free. No compensation were received. All words are my own


About the Author:

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Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!

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In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c0d3




Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her Amish of Hart County series.

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse. 

LORI'S REVIEW

I really enjoyed this third book by Shelley. I loved the mystery, romance all wrapped into one!
The cover of the book is really cool!
I think that some ppl do have a hard time with changes. I'm one of those ppl.
I just can't say enough about this book except that it is a midnight oil burner book!
I also enjoyed making new friends with the ppl in the story.
I thought Shelley did such a good job in bringing the characters to life. I loved the ability she has to make you feel like you're in the story with the ppl.
I don't live but an hour away from Horse Cave, Ky. I love a good book set in Kentucky.
Susanna is the best character. I love her bc she has a brilliant mind and knows how to get things done. I love her determination to prove a point that the things that were happening were not her or her family's imagination!
I'm like Neil's mom. I love Christmas! It's my favorite time of year! I also count my many blessings even though it's hard sometimes!
I strongly recommend this book!
I received this book for free! I was not required to leave a review
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelley Shepard GrayI live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink way too much coffee.

Writing for Avon Inspire has truly been a dream come true. Being able to spend my days in my make-believe world of the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast is a true blessing. I have enjoyed getting to know more about the Amish culture and tapping into my faith as I show each character’s progression toward a personal relationship with our Lord.

Before becoming a full time writer, I taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. A job transfer to Ohio led my husband to encourage me to finally give writing a try. After all, I had notebooks full of made up stories.

I’ll never forget that first book I typed in our unfinished basement. It was exciting to make up a story, but also very scary. I was also so embarrassed, sure someone would come out of the woodwork and point out that I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer. But I persevered, and sold my third manuscript.

Things have changed a bit. Now I have a real office of my own. (think old guest bedroom!) My walls are painted pink, and more than a couple of book covers decorate my walls. But my days are still the same. I wake up, dream about other people, and do my best to type out stories.










Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies. 

Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind. 

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

LORI'S REVIEW

I had a hard time getting into this book.
I have no idea why I really tried to finish it but alas I could not.
I did find that for some reason Mary Wade got on my nerves. I just couldn't pin point why. 
Brett is an ok character. Except that for some reason I couldn't understand why he did what he did. 
I did like the suspense, action and adventure the author weaved into the story. 
For some that like these kinds of adventure, mystery this book will keep you turning the pages.



ABOUT HOPE TOLER DOUGHERTY



Before writing novels, Hope Toler Dougherty published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children and environmental awareness to writing apprehension. A native North Carolinian, she likes cheering with her husband, Kevin, for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. 
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Things that make her happy include her four children, writing and receiving real mail, cooking, reading, books, book stores, book clubs, used book sales, libraries, crocheting, and traveling. Things that make her sad include washing dishes, de-cluttering, dusting, sweeping, mopping...







The Baker's Daughter

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The Baker's Daughter


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Genre:  Christian, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
Publisher: LPC
Publication date: February 1, 2017
After her carelessness lands her boyfriend in the hands of a Nazi officer, seventeen-year-old Liddy questions her worthiness for God’s love. But, inspired by Bonhoeffer and Kolbe, she confronts evil, putting her own faith on the line in hopes of redeeming the officer and saving the family bakery.
LORI'S REVIEW
I enjoy reading some stories of WW2 because my grandfather fought in Germany. I'm not sure where he was but as I was reading this book or any other WW2 fiction I could imagine my grandfather in some of the places in Germany. 
Isn't it weird how friendship can sneak in at the weirdest of times? 
And with whom? 
Music is a special blessing in my life. I don't know what I'd do without it. I played piano for 9 years and now can't play worth a lick because I didn't keep up with it. Now, I play the viola in an orchestra because Ithink that's what God led me to do. 
I liked Liddys family. I felt as if they were my own. I'm so very glad that God was in their lives. 
I did drool throughout this book tho. and I'll admit I wanted to reach out and grab a sweet treat while I was reading this book.
God wants us to branch out and follow him in His ministry ministry if it means going out of your way to help someone in need.
God does answer prayers. Just not in the way we want Him to.
Our God is an awesome God! His timing not ours is what makes thing s happen if they're meant to be.
I'm going to keep saying this and hopefully my reviews will bless someone who reads them. I feel led by God to mention this in all of my reviews. 
I believe that God had a hand in writing this story. Otherwise I don't think the author would have mentioned a certain bible story in he re. I love when authors can slide those in. 
I received this book for free.. In no way required to review this. All words are my own opinion

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In his debut Christian novel, Doug Cornelius hopes to inspire young adults to reflect on God’s unconditional love while re-living history’s experiences confronting evil. A Twin Cities, Minnesota native, retired from careers at Target, Amex, and 3M, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, three amazing grandchildren, complacent old dog, and frolicsome new cat, Selah.

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  1. What inspired you to become an author? An older sister created the challenge by writing and publishing two books, and throughout my business career people complimented me on my writing. Ultimately, though, I believe God challenged me late in life to hone my skills to write Christian novels as my missional contribution.
  2. What does your writing process look like? I have a favorite chair in a sunroom with a view of nature not far from the Mississippi River. I usually write in the mornings. My first draft is long-hand in a spiral notebook, second on the computer. My plot outline is usually a couple of pages with just enough detail to get me started and keep me headed in the right direction. I then back-fill along the way.
  3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do they inspire your own writing? I’ve been to two Christian writers’ conferences (Colorado and Florida) and have learned to appreciate Dan Walsh and Tim Shoemaker for their voice and style. As male role models in the Christian fiction genre, their success has been an inspiration.
  4. What inspired the idea for The Baker’s Daughter? After watching Ken Burn’s WW II series and taking a Great Course about Christian martyrs, I became determined to weave the examples of sacrificial love exhibited by Maximillian Kolbe (gave his life in exchange for another in a concentration camp) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer into an historical fiction piece in which the protagonists would learn by their examples.
  5. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Baker’s Daughter? I want the reader to truly understand the full extent of God’s unconditional love for each one of us (even a Nazi officer whose evil heart could be redeemed), such that we have the courage to step out with sacrificial love towards others in many ways (doesn’t have to be a monumental Christ-like sacrifice like giving of one’s life).
  6. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy? I spend way too much time watching and following local sports teams, with the Minnesota Twins and Vikings being my two favorites.
  1. What inspired you to become an author? An older sister created the challenge by writing and publishing two books, and throughout my business career people complimented me on my writing. Ultimately, though, I believe God challenged me late in life to hone my skills to write Christian novels as my missional contribution.
  2. What does your writing process look like? I have a favorite chair in a sunroom with a view of nature not far from the Mississippi River. I usually write in the mornings. My first draft is long-hand in a spiral notebook, second on the computer. My plot outline is usually a couple of pages with just enough detail to get me started and keep me headed in the right direction. I then back-fill along the way.
  3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do they inspire your own writing? I’ve been to two Christian writers’ conferences (Colorado and Florida) and have learned to appreciate Dan Walsh and Tim Shoemaker for their voice and style. As male role models in the Christian fiction genre, their success has been an inspiration.
  4. What inspired the idea for The Baker’s Daughter? After watching Ken Burn’s WW II series and taking a Great Course about Christian martyrs, I became determined to weave the examples of sacrificial love exhibited by Maximillian Kolbe (gave his life in exchange for another in a concentration camp) and Dietrich Bonhoeffer into an historical fiction piece in which the protagonists would learn by their examples.
  5. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Baker’s Daughter? I want the reader to truly understand the full extent of God’s unconditional love for each one of us (even a Nazi officer whose evil heart could be redeemed), such that we have the courage to step out with sacrificial love towards others in many ways (doesn’t have to be a monumental Christ-like sacrifice like giving of one’s life).
  6. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy? I spend way too much time watching and following local sports teams, with the Minnesota Twins and Vikings being my two favorites

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