Archive | May, 2014

Color of Danger GIVEAWAY

13 May


Color of Danger by Alexa Verde


Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother’s – aka the Smiling Killer – signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?

Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator’s next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.


I love finding new authors and was excited for the opportunity to read and review Color of Danger by Alexa Verde.  After reading the synopsis, I was certainly intrigued and eager to read more! 

Color of Danger is Alexa Verde’s debut novel, which releases Friday, and the first book in her Secrets of Rios Azules series.  Set in a fictional south Texas town, this inspirational romantic suspense kept me guessing until the very end! 

I really enjoyed the complexity of the main characters, Mari and Luke, and their emotional and spiritual growth, as well as the undercurrents of romance.  The dramatic elements and mounting suspense made for some hair-raising moments and intensified my need to know how the story would end.  I loved the twists, turns, and surprises along the way, as Mari and Luke worked to stay out of danger and one step ahead of the killer!

Color of Danger is a great debut and a recommended read for fans of romantic suspense!  I look forward to reading more from Alexa Verde!       

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Alexa Verde fell in love with writing at age eight when she penned her first poem. After publishing 200 short stories, poems, and articles in the five languages she speaks, Alexa has turned her creative passion to writing novels. Her May 2014 debut inspirational romantic suspense, COLOR OF DANGER, is the first in her Secrets of Rios Azules series—set in a fictional small Texas town where rivers and emotions run deep and the richest family in town has a fine taste for food, jewelry, and murder. For news, recipes, giveaways, and more, please visit



Alexa has very generously offered to give away 2 e-copies of Color of Danger To enter, please leave a comment, along with your email address. 

This giveaway ends Sunday, May 18 at midnight CST.  The winners will be drawn and announced on Monday, May 19.  Good luck!!

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The winner is…

12 May

An Amish Garden

The name drawn in the An Amish Garden giveaway was:

Ruth Smith

Congratulations, Ruth!

Thank you all for visiting and participating in this giveaway!  I loved reading about your gardening experiences! 

Rugged Romance Sweepstakes

9 May

Topbanner- Rugged Romance

In SILENCED, Book 4 of author Dani Pettrey’s award-winning Alaskan Courage series, a relaxing day of rock climbing takes a dark turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Was the climber’s death a terrible accident or something more sinister?

When the case is handed to Yancey’s overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With the truth of Jake’s past now revealed, Jake agrees to use his investigation skills for this one case–but nothing could prepare him for where the case will take him.

As Kayden and Jake work together to uncover the truth, will they also find a refuge in each other?  Or will the deadly plans of a killer destroy their chance at love?

To celebrate the novel, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the RUGGED ROMANCE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.


Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between May 1 and May 21.

This giveaway starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST).  Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, May 23, 2014, and announced at




grandprize- rugged romanceIn SILENCED, Kayden’s adventurous nature and skills as a pilot come in handy as she and Jake race to uncover the truth. If you’ve always dreamed of hopping on a plane to chase your own adventures, but don’t have a well-trained pilot and a Cessna at your disposal, we’ve got the perfect prize for you. 

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: a $250 gift certificate to Alaskan Airlines, good toward travel to multiple destinations across the Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii



secondprize- rugged romanceDENALI DEVOTION WALL ART

As Jake and Kayden crisscross the Alaskan wilderness looking for answers, they also see some of the most glorious scenery on earth:  soaring mountains, crystal clear lakes, and incomparable wildlife.  Could there be any better setting for a glowing romance? Now you can share in the romantic scenery, even if you don’t live in Alaska. 

Our Second Prize winner will receive: The Kiss at Wonder Lake 31″ x 23″ Framed Art Print




thirdprize- rugged romanceKayden has always been practical, no-nonsense, and slow to trust. She’s definitely not a romantic-at-heart who longs for a handsome man to whisk her away for a picnic in the mountains.  Right? ; )

If you, like Kayden, have secretly dreamed of a romantic mountain-top picnic, this is the prize for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The ultimate picnic pack for a romantic afternoon. This insulated backpack includes silverware, plates, napkins, plastic long-stemmed glasses and a wide selection of gourmet picnic snacks

Be sure and enter today for your chance to win!

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

8 May

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

 A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert


Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?


A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a poignant story of hurt, hope, and healing. As I read this compelling story, the characters stepped from the pages and into my heart. I loved each of them and longed to offer comfort, as the emotional pain they endured was heartrending. Each broken in their own way, their journey of faith and healing was beautiful and uplifting. The spiritual messages in this book are rich and abundant and there were several quotes that I lingered over and savored.

Katie Ganshert’s writing is lovely and she has written another wonderful story! A Broken Kind of Beautiful is a tender tale of love and a beautiful story of redemption!

Enjoy a Sneak Peek!

Available online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million,, and Random House, as well as other retailers. 


Katie GanshertKatie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. Visit her website at


I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.


An Amish Garden GIVEAWAY

6 May

An Amish Garden

An Amish Garden

Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, & Vannetta Chapman

Rooted in Love  by Beth Wiseman
Rosemary is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly. Saul begins helping with her family’s garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts—and keeping a secret that could change their lives.

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller
Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own?

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer
When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root?

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?


An Amish Garden is a fantastic collection of Amish novellas! Each of the four novellas is refreshing, unique, and a delight to read!

I loved everything about this book! Even before I began reading, I was drawn to the beautiful cover of An Amish Garden. Endearing characters and engaging storylines drew me in even deeper and surrounded me with peace and comfort.

Hope, encouragement, and healing burst from the pages and romance blooms in An Amish Garden!

One of my favorite novellas in this collection is Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman.  This beautiful novella is like a breath of fresh air!

I quickly fell in love with Emma Hochstetter and her mother-in-law, Mary Ann. Emma’s loving heart and Mary Ann’s wonderful words of wisdom are simply delightful! Their story is as special as the garden they so lovingly tend.

As Mary Ann said, “Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.” These words are so true of the garden in this lovely story, where hope and healing spring forth and romance blossoms.

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Vannetta Chapman has graciously offered a copy of An Amish Garden to be given away to one lucky reader! 

Do you plant a garden?

To enter, please leave a comment and answer the question, “Do you plant a garden?”  Don’t forget to include your email address!

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:
◦ Let me know you follow my blog
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Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends Sunday, May 11 at midnight CST.  The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, May 12.  Good luck!!