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“Swept Away” by Mary Connealy

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Mary Connealy has honed in and perfected her craft of writing laugh-out-loud Western comedies with a romantic flair. There are very few Authors who possess that same talent, so when a new Mary Connealy book is released, you can bet your spurs that I’m going to be reading it.

“Swept Away” is Book One in her newest series titled “Trouble in Texas”.  Luke Stone is a man on a mission.  His beloved family ranch has been stolen from him and Luke is determined to get it back by any means necessary.  During his quest, he stumbles upon a damsel in distress, Ruthy MacNeil.  Ruthy has literally been “swept away” by the river in hopes of escaping an arranged marriage that would eventually lead to her ruin.  Luke, being the gentleman that he is, rescues Ruthy.  He’d prefer to send her on her merry way, but he begins to see the benefit of having her around.  Maybe she’s the key to helping him get back his ranch?

Honestly, you can never go wrong reading a novel by Mary Connealy.  My personal favorite series of hers are Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages and Sophie’s Daughters (all three of those series end up intertwining!).  But I love that she continues to write fabulous Christian fiction with a twist.  I will continue to read anything that Mary Connealy publishes and would encourage you to do the same.

I reviewed this novel for Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Swept Away 

Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2013) 

by 

Mary ConnealyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie’s Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she’s one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won’t let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can’t just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she’s going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

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Win a Kindle Paperwhite and connect with Kristen at her 11/27 Facebook Party!

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As an avid Kristen Heitzmann fan, when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I had a little party inside my head.  Heitzmann was the first Christian fiction author that I read and her books are what got me hooked for life.  A couple of my favorites are “A Rush of Wings” and “The Still of Night”.

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So imagine my surprise when I open up the novel and realize that the hero of “The Still of Night” is now a widower with a two year old daughter!  I’ll admit that I was shocked and grieved for the loss of one of my favorite characters, as only a devoted reader could.  I paced back and forth in front of the book until I had the guts to continue, knowing that I would experience heartache alongside one of my favorite characters.

Morgan Spencer, the beloved character from “The Still of the Night”, finds himself a widowed father of a baby girl, Livie.  He’s become a recluse, holing up in one of his brother’s cabins in Colorado.  The last thing on his mind is falling in love again.  Petite and feisty Quinn Reilly, an online trader that’s found herself in Juniper Falls, Colorado, has made her life as “invisible” as possible.  She lives day to day, knowing that she might have to leave everything at a moment’s notice.  When that fear becomes reality, Morgan suggests an outlandish proposal that might just answer all of their problems.

If you take a step back and think about the plot that Kristen Heitzmann has set up, you’ll find that not many authors are brave enough to tackle the road she went down.  Sure, I read plenty of novels where the lead is a widow or widower, but I can’t remember the last novel I read where the previous book was centered that person falling in love with the spouse that will “widow” them.  Never.  Ever.

That author?  Kristen Heitzmann?  She has guts.

Thankfully, she also has the talent to weave real, heartfelt emotions into her characters.  Only an author with real chops would attempt that, and Heitzmann pulls it off with flair.

I’ve always recommend Heitzmann’s novels and will continue to do so.  I did have the pleasure of reviewing this novel for free for Litfuse Publicity.  A positive review was not required, but freely given.

 

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Visit Kristen’s website!

About the Author: Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night and Christy Award winner Secrets. She lives with her husband, Jim, and lots of extended family in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado, where she climbs trails into God’s great beauty. Learn more at http://www.kristenheitzmannbooks.com.

Kristen Heitzmann is celebrating The Breath of Dawn by giving away one of the new Paperwhite Kindles and hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. (11/27)

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 26th. Winner will be announced at the “The Breath of Dawn” Author Chat Facebook Party on 11/27. Connect with Kristen, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of The Breath of Dawn and join Kristen on the evening of the November 27th for a chance to connect with Kristen and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

“No Safe Harbor” by Elizabeth Ludwig

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If you enjoy suspense, history and a dash of romance, I’d suggest that you pick up Elizabeth Ludwig’s newest novel “No Safe Harbor”, Book One of the Edge of Freedom series.  This was the first novel of Ludwig’s that I have read and I promise that it won’t be the last.

Set in New York City in 1897, Irishwoman Cara Hamilton takes her first step on American soil with a determination to find her twin brother, whom she’d believed to be dead for the past two years.   Aside from the Ellis Island inspector, dashing and charming Rourke Walsh is the first person she meets.   He graciously volunteers to help Cara navigate her way through the city to find her boardinghouse, a fact that leaves an impression on Cara.

However, Rourke is not all that he seems.  As determined as Cara is to find her long lost twin, Rourke is just as equally determined to avenge the death of his father, who died at the hands of Eoghan Hamilton: Cara’s twin brother.  He knows that if he can gain the trust of Cara, she will eventually lead him to her brother.  But what he doesn’t expect is the feelings that start to harbor in his heart.  Can he look past the hatred for Eoghan to embrace Cara?

I’ll admit, I didn’t care for Rourke in the beginning.  I honestly thought he was just using to Cara to find her brother, which at first he was, but I was relieved that he was able to look past that.  A satisfying read, I look forward to Book Two and what I’m assuming will be more centered around Eoghan’s story.

I reviewed this novel for Bethany House Publishers and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.  The thoughts and opinions are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

No Safe Harbor

Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)

by

Elizabeth Ludwig

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year honors. This book was followed in 2009 by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing.

In 2010, her first full-length historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned Four Stars from the Romantic Times. Books two and three of Elizabeth’s mystery series, Died in the Wool (Barbour Publishing) and Inn Plain Sight (Spyglass Lane), respectively, released in 2011.

Coming in 2012 is Elizabeth’s newest historical series from Bethany House Publishers. No Safe Harbor, the first book in the Edge of Freedom Series, will release in October, with two more books following in 2013 and 2014.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoyed a wide readership in its first full year, with more than 17,000 visitors in 2011. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in the great state of Texas.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America

Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she’d thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother’s warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara’s desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke’s true intentions come to light.

If you would like to read the first chapter of No Safe Harbor, go HERE.

“Against the Tide” by Elizabeth Camden

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Elizabeth Camden’s novels since their inception.  You could only image how excited I was to get the opportunity to review “Against the Tide”.  This is Camden’s third novel and it does not disappoint.

As an orphaned immigrant child stranded in Boston, Lydia Pallas’s life never had the consistent continuity and balance that any other nine year old child would naturally have.  Now, as an adult,  she seeks out order and control in everyday things from the arrangement of her ink bottles to the type of soup she dines on every evening.  (It would get a tad monotonous, don’t you think?)

Along comes charming Alexander Banefield, who has similar qualities to that of a wrecking ball when it comes to Lydia’s life.   He is in need of a master of many languages, that of which Lydia is a hired professional.   Lydia agrees to help him translate an array of documents, as mindless as they may be.  However, Lydia is thrown off kilter when she comes to realize that she starting to have feelings for this man that she calls “Bane”.  And call her crazy, but she’s beginning to think he’s just as smitten.

I love it when I’m able to find a novel that I can fully indulge in and “Against the Tide” is just that.  An irresistible read, I completed the novel over a span of two days.  I also loved that there were direct and indirect mentions of her two previous novels.  “The Rose of Winslow Street” gets a mention during a discussion about soap and perhaps the craziest twist is that Alexander Banefield was actually one of the villains in “The Lady of Bolton Hill”!  I didn’t realize this correlation until I saw the author’s note in the back of the book and I was SHOCKED!  Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t realize the connection until the end.  It made me appreciate even more the redemptive value of the Christian Fiction genre.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Against the Tide

Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)

by

Elizabeth Camden

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Elizabeth:

I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.

I married relatively late in life, which turned out to be an odd kind of blessing. I had gotten very good at leading a solo life, and although I was not particularly content being alone, I had become reconciled to it. Most importantly, it taught me never to take my husband for granted. I give daily thanks for the blessing of being able to share a life with my favorite person on the planet.

As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden’s Latest Offering

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself–a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Against the Tide, go HERE.

“The Trouble With Cowboys” by Denise Hunter

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The third and final installment of The Big Sky Romance series, “The Trouble With Cowboys” by Denise Hunter, doesn’t disappoint.  While some authors are devoted to pumping out books like a bubble gum factory, Denise has a way of writing characters that leave an imprint on your heart that you won’t forget.    You don’t mind that you have to wait for months in between novels because you always know what you’re going to get in return: consistent story-lines with memorable characters and a lesson that will help grow your faith.

Forced to grow up too fast, Annie Wilkerson makes a promise to her dying grandfather and takes on the responsibility of caring for her unruly teenage sister.  Determined to put her sister through college, Annie is a horse trainer by day and moonlights as the writer for a column solely devoted to imparting her wisdom as a trainer.  However, as the world becomes more and more attached that wonderful invention called the ‘internet’ (thanks, Al Gore…) she learns from her editor that her column is being replaced by a topic that you can never have enough answers for: love, and they want Annie to write it.    Wholly unqualified to write a column for the local lovelorn, Annie seeks the advice of all-knowing and confident Dylan Taylor.  After all, he’s romanced just about every woman in Moose Creek… he has to know SOMETHING about love, right?

The budding friendship and firecracker chemistry that existed between Annie and Dylan will keep you turning the pages until the very last one.  Some of the one-liners that Dylan would throw at Annie even had me rolling my eyes at times, but Annie was just the girl to put him in his place.

Learn more about Denise!

Learn more about Denise!

While I LOVED this story, I am so disappointed that I won’t be returning to Moose Creek, Montana any time soon.  (But that’s why I keep the books I love – to revisit!)  Since we had the pleasure of a visit from Sawyer Smitten in this novel, perhaps we’ll get to read about Moose Creek’s best-loved residents in another story in the future. (Fingers crossed!)

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of “The Trouble With Cowboys” from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and review (thanks for signing it, Denise!).  A positive review was not required, only an honest one.  I am so honored that she chose to bless me with an advanced copy.  I can only hope that I have returned the favor of the blessing with my review.

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I wanted to let you know about a great giveaway happening over at the New Living Translation Facebook page, and also give you a chance to enter a Tyndale Blog Network exclusive giveaway.

Here are the NLT Facebook page giveaway details:

Starting on November 29th until December 24th at the New Living Translation Facebook page we’re giving away lots of great prizes and something free for you just for singing up.

By visiting the giveaway entry page (located on the NLT Facebook page, the link is under the profile picture) and entering your name and e-mail address you’ll be entered to win the following prizes:

One random person each day will win a Life Application Study Bible Family Pack (Guys Life Application Study Bible hc, Girls Life Application Study Bible hc, Student’s Life Application Study Bible hc, Life Application Study Bible hc, Life Application Study Bible Large Print hc).
One Random person each week will win an Apple iPad 2!

Everyone that signs up gets a free download copy of the Life Application Bible Study – Book of Luke!

GREAT Giveaway at the Tyndale Facebook page!

About me

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My name is Erin and I consider myself to be  blessed in the important things in life, where it matters most.

I am married to the most wonderful man imaginable, Cody, a youth minister in Kentucky.  God knew what he was doing when he placed Cody and I together.  He has a God-given patience that was designed for dealing with people especially like me, and he still loves me unconditionally.  He’s my best friend and I still wonder how I wound up with someone like him.  God must have needed some entertainment of some sort.  🙂

We live in Kentucky, although we grew up in the Midwest.  Cody is a Nebraska boy through and through, born with a cob of corn in one hand and a football in the other.  My heart lies in the Black Hills of South Dakota, my home.  Isn’t is peculiar that as a teenager, you ache to get out of the town in which you were raised, but once you’re away, you realize how good you really had it.

The Lord has called us to Lexington, Kentucky; a beautiful town that is leaps and bounds different from what we were raised in.  I’ve learned that I don’t particularly care for Southern food and I have had to suppress a random “y’all” from coming out of my mouth at inopportune moments.  Living in the Eastern Time Zone is awful, especially if you’re a news junkie like myself.  I should not have to stay up until 11:00 to find out whether I should wear a coat the next day.  You also learn to stay away from downtown Lexington during the basketball season, otherwise you will caught in the middle of insane UK basketball fans.   I am a thrift store fanatic, so the secondhand shopping here is ideal with 7 Goodwill’s, 2 ReStores and a handful of others.  The church here is fantastic, treating us better than we could have ever imagined.  As a pastor’s wife, pessimism is usually a quality that comes naturally, but thankfully I have not had a need to unleash my wrath here.

God is good to us.  We only hope to serve Him better in the years to come.