Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Freedom in the Mountain Wind by Misty M. Beller


About the Book


Book: Freedom in the Mountain Wind
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 14, 2020

The last epic journey before her life changes forever.

Susanna Wilkins will do anything to make her father’s final dream come true, including trek along the path Lewis and Clark explored into the untamed wilds of the Rocky Mountains. Every mile is more crucial now that lung cancer is stealing Pa’s last days faster than she can come to terms with losing him. The journey becomes harder than she ever expected, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies isn’t what terrifies her the most.

Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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My Thoughts:


I expect a wilderness adventure that is both daring and dangerous when I read an author Beller novel.  My attention was captured from the very first page when a sick father and his lovely daughter (Susanna) find themselves guideless in the Rocky Mountains while they are off on their grand adventure. 

First off, I would never do this sort of adventure, following the trail that Lewis and Clark blazed. Especially with no reliable help and a father who is waisting away for want of a cure to his ailment. But that is where we find our brave adventurers along with Native American Beaver Trail. 

Beaver Trail wants to stay away from women after his last disastrous encounter with his chief's daughter. But he has a hard time turning away from Susanna and her father knowing for sure and certain these Boston city folk will not survive where they are going. So against his better judgement, he and his three comrades decide to help.

There is adventure, danger, animal attacks of all kinds, and one of my favorite romance stories. A Native American love story, especially in the wilds of America. I was up very late reading this very hard to put down adventure. This is now my favorite author Beller book and I am so glad this is the start of a new series and we get to travel along with the whole team some more.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.


About the Author


Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy. God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.   

More from Misty

When God Directs a Google Search…

I’m a history lover, but you may have guessed that since I write historical romance stories. Most of my books are set in the Rocky Mountains during the mid-1800s, but as I began brainstorming ideas for this new series, my heart became drawn earlier to the earlier part of the century—a time period with which I wasn’t quite as familiar with the history. 

I love when God orchestrates even the most mundane part of our lives, including Google searches! During one particular search (I can’t even remember what I was originally looking for), I stumbled across part of a journal entry from the Lewis and Clark expedition, which trekked across Montana during the time period I was looking into. I’d forgotten that expedition had even entered the territory that would later become Montana, but now I was fascinated. 

After finding an audiobook of the abridged journals of Lewis and Clark, I happily listened to almost 19 hours of fascinating stories from the Corp of Exploration’s journey up the Missouri River and across the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, then back mostly the over the same path they’d come. The stories the men told were so amazing, and the detail of their trials so absorbing, I’ve actually re-listened to the audiobook twice! Many of the true tales wouldn’t be believable in fiction, but as I listened, my mind formed the premise for Freedom in the Mountain Wind: a father/daughter duo who sets out almost two decades after Lewis and Clark’s journey, determined to retrace the steps of that famous expedition. 

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it! And whether you’re a history lover or not, I pray that you too will be touched by this “epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.” 

Blog Stops

Simple Harvest Reads, January 15 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Daysong Reflections, January 15
Genesis 5020, January 16
Connect in Fiction, January 17
SPLASHES of Joy, January 17
Emily Yager, January 18
Mary Hake, January 20
Wishful Endings, January 21
All-of-a-kind Mom, January 21
Pause for Tales, January 22
Bigreadersite, January 22
Betti Mace, January 23
Older & Smarter?, January 24
Rebecca Tews, January 25
She Lives to Read, January 26
Blessed & Bookish, January 27
janicesbookreviews, January 27
deb’s Book Review, January 27
Texas Book-aholic, January 28
Hook Me In A Book, January 28

 

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Lone Star Ranger by Renae Brumbaugh Green


About the Book


Book: Lone Star Ranger
Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green
Genre: Christian Historical Fictio
Release Date: January 21, 2020

Elizabeth Covington will get her man.

And she has just a week to prove her brother isn’t the murderer Texas Ranger Rett Smith accuses him of being. She’ll show the good-looking lawman he’s wrong, even if it means setting out on a risky race across Texas to catch the real killer.

Rett doesn’t want to convict an innocent man. But he can’t let the Boston beauty sway his senses to set a guilty man free. When Elizabeth follows him on a dangerous trek, the Ranger vows to keep her safe. But who will protect him from the woman whose conviction and courage leave him doubting everything—even his heart?

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My Thoughts:


What happens when mistaken identity takes your loving brother away from you and you must fight against a vigilante crowd and a very stubborn Texas Ranger to prove his innocence. That is what Elizabeth must do if she is going to save her brother, Evan, from a town that hangs first and asks questions later.

What a desperate situation these two siblings find themselves in. They are grieving their late father and have decided to take a vacation. Coming from Boston they step into Texas which appears to be run by very different rules. Both Evan and Elizabeth know time is running out to prove his innocence and I felt the tension radiating off Elizabeth and the hopelessness off of Evan.

Rett, the arresting Texas Ranger, can't get rid of the niggling feeling that maybe this beautiful Elizabeth is who she says she and her 'brother' are. But it is going to take a miracle, like getting the real killer to save him.

The adventure and more danger pick up as that is exactly what Rett and Elizabeth aim to do. Whether they do it together is another question.

The author brought to life a very dangerous time and situation that had me reading quickly and feeling as aggravated as Elizabeth. This is the beginning of a series that I look forward to more of.

I recieved a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author


Renae Brumbaugh Green is a city-girl-turned-country-diva. She’s married to a handsome country boy named Rick, and she’s mom to four nearly-perfect, nearly-grown children, two rowdy dogs, and some ducks. They live in rural Texas where Renae wears overalls, western boots, and bubblegum pink nail polish. She’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, an award-winning humor columnist, and an online English teacher. In her free time, she can be found leaping tall buildings and rescuing kittens from trees. Or, she’d like to do those things, if she had free time.   

More from Renae

I’ve been a fan of historical romance from the moment I graduated from The Babysitter’s Club. A friend of mind introduced me to the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, and I was hooked. In college, between exams and extracurricular stuff, I read those books like they were M&Ms. That’s why, when I started writing grown-up fiction, I knew historical was my genre. 

But there’s another reason—perhaps a more compelling reason—why I had to write The Texas Rangers series. See, my granddaddy was a Texas Ranger. Not the baseball player kind. The gun-toting, cowboy-hat-and-badge-wearing kind. As far as I know, he was not a master of any kinds of martial arts, so if you’re a fan of Walker, Texas Ranger, I’m sorry to disappoint. 

And he was not alive during the late 1800s, as are the characters are in this series. Grandaddy died in 1980 when I was 12 years old. He was a good man, known for rescuing puppies and bringing small gifts and toys to children in stressful situations—i.e. when their parents were arrested. My favorite memory of him is sitting on his lap, falling asleep to the sound of his big, round pocket watch ticking. I have a picture of myself, age three, sitting on his knee while he typed up his reports. I love that typewriter picture, and find it significant since I’m now a writer. 

Grandaddy was Robert Everett Smith, and Grandmother (yes, I called her that—she was very formal, but also very sweet) was Ellie Marie (Edgar) Smith. The two lead characters in Lone Star Ranger are named Rett (Everett) and Elizabeth, in their honor. 

Like Grandmother, Elizabeth is refined and formal, yet strong headed, with her own lady-like brand of spunk. She hails from Boston, and is a little overwhelmed at the grit and gravel of Texas lawmen. But she’s not intimidated—not even by handsome Texas Ranger Rett Smith. 

Thanks so much for sharing in my cherished family memories. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

—Renae Brumbaugh Green 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, January 21
Pause for Tales, January 21
deb’s Book Review, January 24
Texas Book-aholic, January 25
Becka Jimenez, January 26
Betti Mace, January 30
Wishful Endings, January 30
Maureen’s Musings, January 31
Older & Smarter?, January 31
Hallie Reads, February 3

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Renae is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Duke's Refuge by Lorri Dudley

 

About the Book


Book:  The Duke’s Refuge
Author: Lorri Dudley
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020  

When love comes in a tempest, who knew it would wear pink?

Georgia Lennox has traded in her boyish ways for pink gowns and a coy smile to capture the eye of the Earl of Claremont. However, on the day she’s convinced the earl will propose, Georgia is shipped off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. But when she arrives on Nevis, the last thing she expects is to learn that her abrupt departure was not at her father’s bidding but that of the infuriating, yet captivating, island schoolmaster. And now her plans may well be shipwrecked.

Harrison Wells is haunted by the memories of his deceased wife and hunted by the subsequent women who aspire to be the next Duchess of Linton. Desiring anonymity, he finds sanctuary in the Leeward island of Nevis. He’s willing to sacrifice his ducal title for a schoolmaster’s life and the solace the island provides. That is until unrest finds its way to Nevis in a storm of pink chiffon—Miss Georgia Lennox.

As Georgia and Harrison’s aspirations break apart like a ship cast upon the rocks, a new love surfaces, but secrets and circumstances drag them into rough waters. Can they surrender their hearts to a love that defies their expectations?

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My Thoughts:


What a delightful story this was to read. First off, the setting was unique. Instead of taking place in the balls of London, we are shipped off to the Leeward Islands with Georgia and her Aunt to help care for her sick father whom she has not seen for six years.

Georgia is a character that I think a lot of us can relate too. She has been hurt deeply by her parents and sisters. Her father and mother are having marital problems and when her father leaves, Georgia feels abandoned and alone. Not ever feeling loved by her mother she sets out to transform herself into a regular lady of the ton and sets out to marry better then her sisters did. And forget about love.

However, due to certain circumstances she is sent to the islands and must face her beloved father. The author really made this reader feel all the feels that Georgia was feeling. The abandonment, fear, and especially the walls she has erected to protect herself. Enter Harrison, who is not quite who he lets the islanders think he is and these two mix like oil and water. But when their romance takes off, wow! You better hold on.

Author Dudley is a new to me author and I am looking forward to continuing this series. Not only does she have a beautiful story of romance and forgiveness but filled with scriptural truths as well. There is so much more to this story and I highly recommend it for a great reader vacation.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author


Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.  

More from Lorri

After being buried under the largest snowfall in Massachusetts history, I wrote The Duke’s Refuge as an escape to warmer tropical climates, and what better respite than a romantic Caribbean isle with a mysteriously missing Duke? In the process I fell in love with the beauty of Nevis, it’s rich culture, and history.

My heroine Georgia lured me in the moment I realized she only wore pink. My psychology background had me digging deeper. I needed to know why. Why the obsession? What was the root behind the hurt? Why pink? How did she go from being a Tomboy to a dignified, Regency socialite? And how did she wind up in the Leeward Islands? Enter her beloved, sick father who always saw Georgia’s potential even when it was hidden under boy’s clothing and often smelled of marsh. Although, he held the best of intentions, his relocating to Nevis left Georgia with deep abandonment issues.

Harrison was a completely different beast. After reading about Mudlarks who trolled the Thames River searching for treasure and even picking the pockets of dead people washed up on the shores, I knew Harrison’s would wind up caked in the Thames’s thick mud and devastated at the loss of his wife. The Leeward island became not only a reprieve from his grief but also from the women who snuck into his carriage or cornered him at parties clamoring to become the next Duchess.

Oddly enough, part of the story formed when a friend of mine spoke of their family trip to visit his mother. She happened to own a parrot, and after a week of the kids yelling each other’s names, the parrot imitated their shrieking. Even long after they returned to the U.S. the bird still screeched out their names. I couldn’t resist adding a mimicking parrot to add a comical element and harass my main characters.

The Duke’s Refuge is meant to be a fish-out-of-water, case-of-mistaken-identity, love triangle romance with a happily-ever-after. It demonstrates how God’s love fervently pursues us, no matter how far we run, and that sometimes, something we would never have chosen can bless us in a way we would never have expected.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com or click here to watch The Duke’s Refuge’s book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D65yeAhswnI&feature=emb_logo


Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, January 9
Genesis 5020, January 9
Texas Book-aholic, January 10
Betti Mace, January 11
KarenSueHadley, January 11
janicesbookreviews, January 12
Remembrancy, January 12
She Lives to Read, January 16
Blessed & Bookish, January 16
Daysong Reflections, January 17
Mary Hake, January 17
Britt Reads Fiction, January 19
Hallie Reads, January 20
Pause for Tales, January 20
deb’s Book Review, January 21
Life of Literature, January 21

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.