Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Invitation to a Launch Party


Everyone is invited to the Agents Adam and Eve launch party happening at the sister blog, https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspot.com/ right now! 

Stop by for a Giveaway, an Easter Egg Hunt, and a Dance Party or else miss a whole lot of fun...

Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

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Can Olivia survive the crime and Gold Rush fever of 1849...and the countless marriage proposals?

A series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues when Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope.

My Thoughts:

The Golden Bride continues with the The Daughters of the Mayflower series and this time we meet up with Olivia Brighton in 1949 San Francisco.

The author has certainly done her historical research and has shown a city that was desperate and evil, men only looking to get rich not caring who they hurt, stepped on, or run over. People stealing gold claims, fights, lawlessness, kidnapping, and slavery are just some of the evils that were going on when Olivia arrives on the scene in search of her brother Daniel.

Olivia is already dealing with her parents sudden deaths and on the way to San Francisco she loses her husband in a freakish accident. Olivia certainly was not having a good life and being on her own made her desperate for her older brother. She carries a lot of guilt, fear, pride, and sarcasm with her and as she reads through her ancestors journals and through her circumstances her character does grow and mature.

Joseph Sawyer is a mine owner and has struck gold and thanks to Daniel has learned to be quiet about his business dealings; especially since there is something sinister and evil going on in the city and is most likely adding the fuel to the already blatant corruptness. He is also a strong testimony as he works on getting his life straight and wants to help his city do the same.

This was a nice continuation of a fabulous series, looking forward to more Brides stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Review and Giveaway: The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

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When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.


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My Thoughts:


What a memorable read The Memory House is. This is another time slip novel between two women, Everleigh Applegate who had been a grandmotherly figure to Beck Holiday. When Everleigh dies, she leaves her home and monies to Beck. Beck does not know why nor does she remember Everleigh since Beck suffers from selective amnesia since her father died 18 years ago in 9/11.

There are times when people make mistakes that end up with monstrous reverberations that affect everyone involved and add responsibilities one may not have been prepared for. This is what has happened to Beck, a NYPD officer, who after one drunken mistake has changed her life and not for the better. After a rather eventful arrest, Beck is suspended and decides to check out the inheritance she was left by Everleigh in Florida and maybe find out why. There she rekindles a friendship and a possible relationship with her childhood friend, Brock, even though she has no memory of him. As long deep memories begin to resurface, I found it interesting that Beck thinks the house is haunted instead of her remembering and I enjoyed the cute and funny banter between Beck and Brock.

We are also given Everleigh’s story and shown her happiness at being newlywed and expecting her first baby. However, Everleigh’s life takes a terrible turn and she loses everything she holds dear. Letting herself go and just walking through life barely there, she meets up with an old school friend Don, who awakens the beginnings of new dreams and hopes in her.

Both women have things in common and both had a lot to live for, they just need a little push from two knights in shining armor to show them their worth. I also liked that we got the story from the guys’ perspectives as well.

Author Hauck did not disappoint with this story filled with second chances, love, and memorable characters.

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:


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.


She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

For more information, visit www.rachelhauck.com, Facebook (@rachelhauck), Twitter (@RachelHauck) and Instagram (@rachelhauck).





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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review and Giveaway: The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli

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Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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leTitle: The Edge of Mercy  
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers  
Genre: Split Time/Women's Fiction  
Release Date: April 9, 2019

Two women, three hundred years apar t, must face the devastation of all they hold dear...

Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request — find a long - lost daughter and relay a centuries - old family story.

Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor’s ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young c olonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society.

While Sarah’s family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a li fe more precious than her own.

Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth’s story, Sarah strives to forgive those who’ve wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor’s past and the full extent of her husband’s sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope?  

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My Thoughts:


This is the second book I have read by author Chiavaroli and what I have learned is that she can take really bad and desperate situations and infuse a lot of hope in them. This one is my favorite, though at times it is not an easy read. 

This is a novel about a woman, Sarah, who is navigating new waters as her husband of 17 years has asked for a break. This is a devastating blow as she thought their marriage, maybe a bit routine, was doing well. Not only that but he has asked that he take their 16 year old son with him for the summer so they can work together on the landscaping jobs. In the midst of all of this, Sarah’s neighbor’s dying wish is for Sarah to find her daughter and give her Elizabeth’s story.

Elizabeth is the neighbor’s ancestor and she lived and wrote a journal about her time around King Phillip’s War in 1675. This story shows a young woman who does not want to marry whom her sick father has chosen and instead finds herself caught between two men, Abram a Native American and Caleb her father’s chosen husband for her.

As we go through Sarah’s life and we read along with her about Elizabeth’s, both stories take unexpected turns and revelations that are brought into the light that end up rocking both women’s worlds.

This was a very emotional read and I was pulled into both women’s struggles, hoping for the best for them yet wondering as they did how can they ever go back to normal? The answer is that they can’t and this story takes the reader on the journey with them revealing some really important truths about unconditional love, what forgiveness looks like, and undeserved mercy. I like how the author ended the stories, especially the contemporary one.


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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Heidi Chiavaroli began writing twelve years ago, just after Jesus had grabbed hold of her heart. She used her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since! Heidi won the 2018 ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel and is a 2018 Christy Finalist. Both her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, and her sophomore novel, The Hidden Side, are 4½ - star Romantic Times Top Picks. Freedom's Ring was also a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high - school sweetheart and husband of f ifteen years. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.  

CONNECT WITH HEIDI: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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(1) winner will win this beautiful prize pack from Heidi Chiavaroli, including:
  • Rustic Metal Lantern
  • Bordeaux Journal
  • Country Potholder
  • Colonial - Inspired Hand Glazed Mug
  • Simple Life Notepad
  • Be Still and Know Magnet
  • Plymouth Rock Bookmark
  • Fresh & Clean Goat Milk Soa p
  • Handmade Rustic Book Decor
  • Signed Copy of The Edge of Mercy
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review and Giveaway: The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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 Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Boo k 3  
 Author: Mary Connealy  
 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers  
 Release Date: March 5, 2019  
 Genre: Historical Romance / Western  

 They’re as Different as Could Be.  
But They’ll Need to Trust Each Other to Survive the Wilderness   . . . and the Dangers Chasing Them.

 City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High   Sierras of 1868 on a wild - goose chase to find the Chiltons’   supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have   gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott.   She ’s not like any woman he’s ever met – comfortable in the       woods,  with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they discover their kidnapper just won’t stop. This city man and country woman must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, all while fighting a very inconvenient attraction to each other.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Christian Book |

My Thoughts:

Every book I read by author Connealy gets better and better. In The Unexpected Champion,  third in the High Sierra Sweethearts series, the action and adventure continues with Penny Scott and Pinkerton agent John McCall who have just met at the end of the last book. As they head back to town to report to the sheriff from the last encounter, they are both kidnapped and their adventure together is only beginning.

What I really liked about this story was just how suited these two were together even being forced into an uncomfortable life change, they don’t seem to lose their cool. Penny has the smarts in the woods and John has the smarts in the city and they both come to the conclusion that they are stronger, smarter, and work really well together. I think the cover captures their characters well.

I highly recommend this story with the author’s trademark humor, interesting situations, and a romance you can’t help but cheer on while the danger and action abounds.


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

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Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action - packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

CONNECT WITH MARY: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats and Pistols

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 (1) winner will win
  • a complete set of all three Hi gh Sierra Sweethearts books (print, US only)
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Weekend Briefing: Four Things

Welcome back, agents. Four things you need to know today.

First, The Bachelor Missions is free for one last day.



Second, In the Rogue will be free April 9- April 13.



Third, Ruptured Reality will be only $0.99 for a moment or two before going up a dollar.



And finally, Agents Adam and Eve is $0.99 for preorder until April 12



Well, that's all for now, agents. Mission Head has been busy being declassified on some secrets of the marketing world, but join us next week, at HQ- Agency of Books and Spies- and you might get de-classified too. Ciao!

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: This Daring Journey by Misty M. Beller


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Book: This Daring Journey  
Author: Misty M. Beller  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release Date: March 26, 2019

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him? 

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is. 

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

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My Thoughts:


I have been looking forward to reading Samuel Grant’s story after the adventure him and his twin, Seth and Rachel Gray had in the previous book. This time Samuel has gone to collect Henry Clark and bring him back for Rachel (Henry’s sister) and Seth’s wedding. When he gets to Henry’s cabin a few surprises await him.

Unfortunately Henry has died but he left behind his wife Moriah, who is half-Indian, and her newborn daughter Cherry. Samuel cannot leave them behind to defend themselves nor make the journey back to Moriah’s people on their own. So off they set to locate Moriah’s people together in which should be a three day journey. However traveling with a newborn in modern day takes time; it can be a really slow go in frontier days without any modern conveniences like stores or doctors.

In author Beller fashion, I was once again immersed in the atmosphere even down to a particular ailment that Moriah had as a nursing mother (from experience) and I am thankful I live in today’s day and age. This is an adventure story of finding home and along the way Samuel and Moriah just might find true love and form a new family.

I was provided a copy of this novel by the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author



Misty M. Beller writes 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


How did I get started writing? 

I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top! 

I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough! 

From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4
Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 6
Splashes of Joy, April 7
Mary Hake, April 8
Wishful Endings, April 11
Vicky Sluiter, April 12
The Becca Files, April 12
Carpe Diem, April 13
Bigreadersite, April 14

Giveaway


 
To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a 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. https://promosimple.com/ps/de81/this-daring-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway