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#BookReview: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey | Chesapeake Valor Prize Pack #Giveaway

16 Feb

Cold Shot

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

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In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

 

My thoughts:

Cold Shot is a great romantic suspense! This first book in an exciting new series by beloved author Dani Pettrey introduces readers to a cast of complex and intriguing characters. I really enjoyed getting to know this band of brothers and am eager to learn more about them as the series progresses.

I loved Griffin and Finley and their romantic chemistry! Struggling with issues from their pasts, it was great to experience their emotional and spiritual journeys as the story unfolded. Cold Shot enthralled me from beginning to end, as murders, investigations, and a tangle of twists and turns kept me guessing.

I am really excited about the adventures that await in this new series. As much as I loved the McKenna family from the Alaskan Courage series, I have a sneaking suspicion that I just might love the “brothers” of Chesapeake Valor even more. We’ll see!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

 

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Bethany House Publishers is celebrating the release of Cold Shot with a Chesapeake Valor Prize Pack Giveaway!  Enter here!!

 

Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey is the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage.  She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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#BookReview: A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

15 Feb

A Worthy Heart

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

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Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

 

My thoughts:

A Worthy Heart is a captivating story! Susan Anne Mason engaged my senses with her excellent characterization and vivid imagery. I enjoyed hearing the lilting Irish brogue as I read and reveled in the myriad of details and the richness they added to the novel.

I was delighted to revisit the O’Leary family, as well as meet the Montgomery siblings.  Boasting two romantic story lines, the intertwined plots, along with a wonderful inspirational thread, propel this story forward and make for a most compelling read. I loved this beautifully written family drama and can’t wait to continue the Courage to Dream series!

A Worthy Heart is the second book in this series, and I recommend reading Book 1, Irish Meadows, prior to reading this novel. I believe reading the books in order will offer a better understanding of the characters and a greater enjoyment of their stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

 

Susan Anne Mason

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Connect with Susan: website, Facebook,Twitter

Review: The Photograph

13 Oct

The Photograph

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

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Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva’s older brother plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Unless they marry within the year, the only apparent option is for two sisters to go to Indiana to live with an elderly great aunt. Eva hopes to be married, but she isn’t sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer’s wife. And she can’t see how her prospects would be any better in Indiana.

When younger sister Lily disappears in the night, leaving only a brief note, Eva fears she has been wooed away from the People by an outsider. And when Jed Stutzman, a young Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up at Eva’s market stand in Lancaster with a photo of a Plain young woman, Eva’s world begins to tilt.

 

My thoughts:

I was delighted by this engaging story and its endearing characters! The Photograph is another example of Beverly Lewis’s wonderful storytelling ability.

When their brother announces his plans to take over the family farmhouse, Eva Esch and her sisters face an uncertain future. The family endures further crisis when sister Lily runs away, seeking a life outside the Plain community. As these dramatic events unfold, they bring intrigue and emotion into the story, which I really enjoyed.

If you’re looking for an Amish tale with a fresh story line and a subtle romance, The Photograph is the perfect choice!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

 

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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher’s Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. She and her husband, David, live in Colorado.

To find out more about Beverly and her books, please visit her website.

A Taste of Nobility Giveaway

10 Sep

A Taste of Nobility Giveaway

Bethany House Publishers is proud to present the Taste of Nobility Giveaway!  Enter here!

The Lost Heiress: Breakfast Coffee Prize Package

Roseanna M. White’s The Lost Heiress is full of intrigue, mystery, danger, romance, and, when the servants co-operate, the delicious flavor of Espresso. Enjoy your own moment of luxury with the Delonghi Espresso machine. Enjoy gourmet espresso in your own home using convenient pods or ground coffee. You don’t have to be a duchess to feel like one!

You can also enjoy your breakfast in style as you savor your espresso in this stunning fine bone china coffee mug with a side of shortbread Petticoat Tail Cookies.

Brook Eden, the heroine of The Lost Heiress, prizes her pearls as both beautiful and precious; they are the only thing she has from her mother. Create your own keepsake jewelry with a gift card to The Vintage Pearl (a $50 value).

As winner of the Breakfast Coffee Prize Package, you will receive both books from the Taste of Nobility Giveaway.

A Noble Masquerade: Morning Tea Prize Package

Kristi Ann Hunter’s A Noble Masquerade is the perfect dance of propriety and intrigue. You will enjoy every minute as you enter the glittering world of the English gentility, even as you hold your breath at the danger that lies just below the polished surface. But no matter the danger, it is clear that no mystery can be solved or savored, without a good cup of tea. As the winner of the Morning Tea Prize Package, enjoy a Bonavita electric kettle that makes boiling, brewing, and enjoying a cup of tea as simple as flipping a switch.  Invite your friends for tea with this charming set of Porcelain tea cups in an assortment of beautiful patterns.

Lady Miranda Hawthorne has poured out her heart out in letters she never planned to send. Now, with danger lurking inside the halls of her very home, all of her secrets are at risk. Enjoy the feel of luxury stationery, the sweep of a quill pen as it dances across the page, and the beauty of a custom-engraved wax seal to keep your missives private. Whether pouring out your secrets or writing to a friend, you will feel the whispers of the Regency as you write.

As winner of the Morning Tea Prize Package, you will receive both books from the Taste of Nobility Giveaway!

Review: The Potter’s Lady

10 Aug

The Potter's Lady

The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller

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When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she’s determined to assist him in making the venture a success. Having just graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. In her efforts to help the pottery flourish, Rose reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family’s pottery works in a nearby town.

Rylan Campbell has never liked change, but the new owners of the pottery seem to be the decent sort. He just wishes Rose wouldn’t insist on cleaning and moving everything. But when McKay Pottery starts losing business to the Harkness company, Rylan realizes Joshua might be taking advantage of Rose.

Then Franklin Hotels announces a design contest. Winning the Franklin contract would be exactly the boost McKay Pottery needs, so Rose and Rylan work closely together to create something magnificent. With Joshua’s company as their main competition, can Rylan convince Rose her trust in Joshua may be misplaced?

 

My thoughts: 

With great attention to historical details, Judith Miller ushers readers back to 1872. I really enjoyed the vivid imagery of the pottery works and design process. I also enjoyed the wonderful characterization. There were heroes and heroines to delight in and villains to detest. While some aspects of the plot were easily anticipated, the charm of the main characters allowed me to remain engaged in the story. A historical tale with a subtle romance, The Potter’s Lady is a recommended read for historical fiction fans.

I enjoyed The Potter’s Lady without having read Book 1, The Brickmaker’s Bride. It was apparent that family and business history was shared in the first book. Although plenty of details were included in this narrative, I believe reading The Brickmaker’s Bride first would have enhanced the reading of The Potter’s Lady.

I received a complimentary copy of The Potter’s Lady from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and share my thoughts.

 

Judith Miller

Although born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka. She enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.

Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing.

Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. She is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, several of which have placed in the CBA and ECPA top ten lists. It is her deep desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus.

To learn more about Judy and her books, please visit her website.    

Not By Sight Giveaway

5 Aug

Not By Sight Giveaway

Bethany House Publishers is celebrating the release of Not By Sight by giving away two fantastic prize packages! Enter here!

Don’t miss this captivating story! Read my review here.

 

First Prize: Come for Tea

With war overseas and intrigue and espionage at home, everything around Grace Mabry is in turmoil except her father’s lovely teahouse. However, the invisible ink of misfortune is on the wall and everything is about to change.

Whether in turmoil or peace, nothing is as soothing and delightful as a cup of tea. Create your own oasis with this stunning antique tea set. Made and shipped from England, this fine bone china tea set will take your breath away!

Enjoy the taste of the finest English tea with this loose leaf tea chest including 6 delicious flavors of tea: (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Assam, Ceylon OP Black, Singell Darjeeling) Tea strainer included with prize.

You will love the world of Kate Breslin’s Not by Sight and this DVD, The Manners of Downton Abbey. will take you even deeper into the world of Edwardian manners. Discover the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants (and the servants interacted with each other), and above all why they behaved as they did.

 

Second Prize: Spies Like Us

Jack Benningham may not be what he seems, but as Grace Mabry slowly realizes, he is not the only one who is an imposter. Everyone is hiding something and Grace just wants to discover the truth.

Discover the truth for yourself as you spy out a mystery, or beauty, or even just have an adventure. This vintage genuine leather satchel will see you through wherever the journey takes you.

Enjoy This lovely emerald green leather journal and invisible ink pens. Write secret messages to yourself, or hide your innermost thoughts with invisible ink.

This telescoping brass spyglass will make you feel like you are a spy in the 1920’s, even if all you are spying on is the birds! Comes with a beautiful protective wooden box.

In Good Company Giveaway

8 Jul

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Bethany House Publishers is celebrating the release of In Good Company by giving away two fantastic prize packages!  Enter here!

Don’t miss this delightful story!  Read my review here.  

 

1st Prize – “From Millie’s Bookshelf”

Millie Longfellow is the consummate book lover. She carries a dictionary with her wherever she goes, practices new words on whomever she meets, and is permanently laden with a heavy bag full of her most precious books. As winner of first prize, you will receive all of the books that Millie holds dear, as well as the complete collection of Jen Turano’s books that are in print. And if that wasn’t enough, if anything is missing to complete your own bookshelf, you can add to it with a $150 Amazon gift card!

Books included in the “Millie’s Bookshelf Prize Package”:
Books from Jen Turano: In Good Company, After a Fashion, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, A Talent for Trouble, A Change of Fortune, A Match of Wits

Other treasures from Millie’s bookshelf:
The compete works of Jane Austin: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesauraus and Vocabulary Builder
 

2nd Prize – “Millie’s Bag of Treasures”

Millie’s prized tote goes with her everywhere, full of toys, books, trinkets, and anything else she might need for being the best nanny ever. Never find yourself unprepared with this beautiful gray houndstooth tote from Thirty-One.

This beautiful peacock comb and earrings will be a sweet reminder of the many laughing moments that you will encounter with a flock of peacocks, the antics of some sweet, yet mischievous children, and one calamity-prone nanny. You’ll enjoy every moment of Jen Turano’s hilarious new book In Good Company.

Begin Again Giveaway

9 Apr

Bethany House Publishers is celebrating the release of two amazing books, From the Start and Together with You!  Click the image below to enter to win one of two fantastic prize packages being given away! 

Begin Again Giveaway

Heart of Adventure Sweepstakes

5 Feb
Enter the HEART OF ADVENTURE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

In SABOTAGED, the fifth and final book of author Dani Pettrey’s award-winning Alaskan Courage series, Kirra Jacobs and Reef McKenna experience the high stakes of Iditarod search-and-rescue when Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, goes missing.

Kirra and Reef put aside their differences to search for him, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank’s daughter Meg has been kidnapped, and Frank must do the kidnapper’s bidding or Meg will die.

Soon Kirra, Reef, and the entire McKenna family are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

To celebrate their epic race, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the HEART OF ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

HOW TO ENTER:

Go to http://www.danipettrey.com/heart-of-adventure-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 2 – 22, 2015.

This giveaway starts February 2, 2015 and ends February 22, 2015 @ 11:59 pm (PST).  Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Monday, February 23, 2015, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

 

GRAND PRIZE:

LUXURIOUS LODGE GETAWAY

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During their cross-country hunt for answers, Kirra and Reef stop to rest at a gorgeous mountain lodge in Denali that holds special memories for Reef. This prize offers you a chance to build your own special memories, with a luxurious lodge getaway for two.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to Hotels.com, good for reservations at lodges and hotels across the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and numerous International locations.

 

SECOND PRIZE:

PALS WITH PAWS DONATION

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In the Alaskan Courage series, Kirra is the proud owner of Nanook Haven, a rescue shelter for sled dogs. In real life, animals need rescue as well, and this prize will allow you to give a special gift to support an organization like Kirra’s.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 donation in your name, to the animal rescue, shelter, or veterinarian of your choice.

 

THIRD PRIZE:

SWEETHEART SURVIVAL SLED

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In SABOTAGED, Kirra and Reef take shelter in a snow cave while hiding from a man determined to put them on ice– permanently! Luckily, Kirra has a survival kit, to help them make it through the sub-zero temperatures.
 If you prefer a little more romance and a little less suspense in your survival kit, this is the prize for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: A $100 value sweetheart survival pack. This gift basket includes double chocolate raspberry cake, smoked salmon, brie cheese and crackers, and a wide variety of gourmet snacks.

 

Enter the HEART OF ADVENTURE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey!

Playing By Heart

24 Sep

Playing By Heart

Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer

Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But when she receives a shocking telephone call from her sister, Jewel, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

After the sudden death of Jewel’s husband, Jewel needs Lula’s help. With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister. But the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Neither subject belongs anywhere near the halls of academia, according to Lula!

Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year, determined to do well and prove herself to the town. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys’ coach, Chet, to learn the game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She’s returning to college as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.

However, the more time she spends in Dunn, the more Lula realizes God is working on her heart–and her future is beginning to look a lot different than she’d expected.

Thoughts:

Playing by Heart is a charming tale, rich in history! Written from dual points of view, Anne Mateer expertly shares this story through both Lula’s and Chet’s perspective. I really enjoyed these endearing characters and this unique way of storytelling.

I always love finding interesting facts in fiction and adored the history of this story, especially the bits from Anne’s own family. With her beautiful writing voice, Anne Mateer plucked my heartstrings and struck a perfect chord with Playing by Heart!

 

Bethany House Publishers is sponsoring a fun giveaway to celebrate the release of Playing by Heart.  Click the graphic to be taken to the official entry page.  Good luck!

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* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts expressed are my own.