Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Shadows of Deception by Ashley Dawn

About the Book

Book: Shadows of Deception  
Author: Ashley Dawn  
Genre: Romantic Suspense  
Release Date: May 1, 2018

“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.” 

A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts.

 “…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.” 

Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job. Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into. As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?
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My Thoughts:

Shadows of Deception is the first book by Ashley Dawn I have read and it is also part of a series. This is book four in the series, and some things are mentioned from earlier books, but it was still a good stand-alone book. In fact it was a really good book. 

Coming from a large family where most of her siblings are involved with various government agencies, PI Tiffany is trying to make her own mark in the world and prove she is more than just the little sister. First off, I really liked the family dynamics. Siblings and cousins are close and they have each other’s backs. They may bicker and get on one another’s nerves, but you can see that they really love each other. 

Hot on the trail of a big and dangerous case that Tiffany had previously worked on, walks into her office a cowboy, one Colorado, who has been noticing disturbing things around his ranch that seem to be more threatening than coincidental. Tiffany thinking this will be a break from big city life takes on the case hoping it will be easy. Unfortunately that is not the case. At first we are treated to the lighthearted flintiness between Tiffany and Colorado as they both grow increasingly aware of each other. The author adds a bit of humor in regards to certain relationships that had me smiling. 

Then, then, like a shock to Tiffany’s system, the author has just turned this story into a darker thriller with a more gruesome discovery. This book hooked me in with its sweetness at first and then kept me there as the good guys try to find and stop the evil men whose profit making could be pulled from today’s headlines. This story shines the light on some difficult subjects that all of us need to be more aware of.

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

Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant. Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has four published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She an­­d her family make their home in Texas.

Guest Post from Ashley

Shadows of Deception was a fun book to write. I love writing my Shadows books because the characters have become so ‘real’ for me. The Reiley family is a large, close family. Each of the siblings is their own person with their own life, but they will always be there for each other. Deception focuses on Tiffany Reiley. Tiffany loves her family completely, but in such a big family, feels like she has to prove herself. She isn’t looking for a man, and certainly not a man like Colorado. Her story honestly didn’t unfold as I had planned, I wrote it one way but it felt forced and like I was making my characters do things that didn’t fit their personalities. Letting the story just ‘flow’ and the characters be themselves was scary and thrilling at the same time. There is a touch of difficult subject matter, but for me the story is more about how God is in our lives no matter what. God is always there and His love for us, even when we don’t feel loveable or deserving is ours for the taking. When we don’t understand why things are happening, He does. My hope is no matter what someone gets from the book, they see God’s love through it.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Enclave by Thomas Locke

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Fifty years after America's collapse, Caleb has a plan that could help secure his enclave's future. But if his secret is uncovered, he won't live to see another dawn.

My Thoughts:

Thomas Locke practices his gifted ability in this complex novel. The distinct old western dialogue and the fun cowboy backdrop made this an enticing read for me. Each and every narrative is as gripping as the one before it, and the characters ground with expressive realistic reactions. Not everything is as it seems in this dystopian earth. Who are the specials? Why are they different? Why are they being rounded up? Who is gathering them? Locke keeps you turning the pages in this edge-of-the-seat wild ride. The thrill and suspense will keep you coming back for more!

An interesting concept of a future earth and I am wondering where this series will take us. 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.

Reviewed by JackBo

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Weekend Briefing- Christmas Party Part Two

Welcome back, agents. It's time for the party to continue!

-Just 24 days left until Mind of Darkness releases!

And remember, agents, if you preorder Mind of Darkness, just email with a confirmation that you did, and you'll get a free ebook copy of Codename: Christmas Carol in January!

-I just posted my most intense Fists of Injustice chapter yet, so be sure to catch up your reading!

-I also have begun releasing a short story from "Ruptured Reality" on Wattpad, Marina Ivanov, PI, so be sure to check that out too (warning, though, there are spoilers for the first two books in the Kristian Clark series). Look for the first name of the character named Cohren and email it to for an entry into a raffle to possibly win an autographed paperback copy of "Codename: Christmas Carol"!

-As said before, all profit from sales from "Ruptured Reality" (which contains six other short stories besides Marina's, as well as other exclusive content) and the first two books in the Kristian Clark saga will continue go to Human Coalition through the end of the year (with "Ruptured Reality" continuing beyond that).

-Mission Head has finally completed the second draft of the third book of the Kristian Clark saga and the first book of a new series: Kristian Clark and the American Agenda, Book One: Agents Adam and Eve! As it stands now, it is over 140 pages long and 110,000+ words thick. Expected publishing date is April, 2019. There will be a grand cover reveal at the next Christmas Party, Lord willing.

-Free ebook this week: Castaways December 9-December 13.

 -Books on sale this week: Fugitives December 10-December 17 and Targets December 10-December 17.

 -Back cover reveal for "Codemane: Christmas Carol"

-Trivia for today: What is last name of Christopher from Castaways? Remember to email the answer, along with confirmations for uploading Castaways and links to where you added Jes Drew books as "to-read" on Goodreads. Only emailed entries will be accepted, so Mission Head knows how to contact winning agents.

Join us next week, agents, for more fun and trivia- and the special cover reveal- and don't forget your mission for this month: enjoy the holidays (and please do not make us brain-wipe any more agents this season). Feel free to comment, as long as it's not confidential. Feliz Navidad!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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About the Book:

Amanda Pearson is on an epic journey in 1837 to become a Quaker missionary in the western wilderness, but the trip may kill her. Also included is the sequel set eighteen years later as Little Fawn also pursues a missionary quest to the Nez Perce Indians.

My Thoughts:

When I picked up Woman of Courage, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the adventurous story that waited between these pages. First off, by the synopsis I knew going in that this book would be about a Quaker woman wanting to be a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians. Quaker stories are hit or miss with me, I just recently finished up a really good Quaker series so I was interested in this story. And I must say what a story.

This is the third book this year that has vividly put my mind’s eye in the story- when they were cold I was cold, when they were scared I was scared for them, the synopsis does not even scratch the surface of what this adventure is all about. And bonus: the sequel novella, Woman of Hope which continues the story some years later is included.

I also wanted to point out that the book is presented in a really pretty way which would make for a great gift for a reader in your life or for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All views and opinions are my own.

Review and Giveaway: Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney

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We are excited to introduce Deborah Raney's new series with a blog tour and giveaway for book #1 - Reason to Breathe - hosted by JustRead Tours.


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Title: Reason to Breathe  
Series: Chandler Sisters #1  
Author: Deborah Raney
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: October 23, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction/Romance  

Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along. . .

At twenty - nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck — until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langho rne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.

To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue thi s beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily - ever - after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long - held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.

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My Thoughts:

Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney was a highly enjoyable and emotional book journey. This is the story of three sisters and their father navigating foreign waters after a devastating three years of cancer battle took their precious mother and wife away from them. There are some big surprises and truths uncovered for each, crisis’s of faith, but all in all the hope to continue living with a new and different life.

Many people have faced similar struggles as this family has, myself included, and while this story brought up some of those memories and feelings, I can look back now and see the goodness of God now through those years even when I didn’t then. And as this family moves on and time becomes a buffer from the painful to a different future then what they hoped for, they too will see the blessings that were there all along and remember their mother for who she was. I am really looking forward to more of this series and more of these sisters’ stories.

There is also a beautiful and well-told love story in the midst of these pages that certainly had some challenges and obstacles to overcome to true love. I hope we get more of that story as well.  This was a great read and a favorite for 2018.

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.


DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30 - plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and inspi red the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer's families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers' conferences and serves on the executive board o f the 2600 - member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small - town life in Kansas — the setting of many of Deb's novels — for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences acros s the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Reason to Breathe
  • $15 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 3, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 10, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Murder of Convenience by Linda Shenton Matchett

About the Book

Book: Murder of Convenience  
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett  
Genre: Historical Mystery  
Release Date: October 15, 2018

May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.

Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in Linda Shenton Matchett’s exciting new “Women of Courage” series.

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My Thoughts:

Murder of Convenience is a murder mystery that takes place in the USA during World War 2. This was an interesting story as times were changing with the roles of women as the men were off fighting in the war. Geneva Alexander is an unconventional heroine as she has serious eye problems where she is left with no peripheral vision and doctors have warned her that she may lose her eyesight completely. Nevertheless, Geneva breaks away from her well to do life when her parents expect her to marry a man she hardly knows nor loves. Unfortunately his morals are definitely not what Geneva would like to have in a husband or marriage. And then the unthinkable happens and Geneva becomes a murder suspect.

Trying to do what she can for the soldiers and make their lives a little better, she joins the USO and she is also forced to become an amateur sleuth to clear her name of murder. Secrets were plentiful in this novel and not all is as it seems, weave in a thread of romance and you have a cozy little mystery to curl up with.

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


About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

Guest Post from Linda

World War II is my favorite era about which to read and write. What I find most fascinating about the time period are the stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially women, who until this time, had been provided for and protected. A woman was typically insulated from difficulties or frightening things, and her husband or father took care of just about everything. When the war took millions of men away, the women had to learn how to take care of themselves in addition to filling the job vacancies. Yes, there were Rosie the Riveters: women who worked in the factories building weapons, ships, vehicles and all kinds of war materiel, but there were also Land Army girls, many of whom didn’t know how to drive, who learned to operate all kinds of farm equipment so they could bring in crops to feed our nation as well as our Allies. Others donned uniforms to serve in the WACS, WAVES, SPARS, WASPS, Marines, Army Nurse Corp, and Navy Nurse Corp. Millions boosted morale through the USO and Red Cross or served in myriad ways with Civil Defense. Some went overseas to cover the war as journalists. A few even signed on as spies. The driving force with most of these women was the realization that their country needed them. They put their own needs and desires aside to help win a war they didn’t ask to be part of. And many did it while single-handedly running the household because their husband was somewhere across the globe – ordinary women doing extraordinary things. My latest release, Murder of Convenience, explores themes of service and sacrifice intertwined with the question of how to respond when God says no. It is my hope that the novel honors the women who lived during WWII in some small way.

Blog Stops

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 1
Bigreadersite, December 1
Carpe Diem, December 3
Pause for Tales, December 5
Multifarious, December 7
Bibliophile Reviews, December 8
Blogging With Carol, December 9
Texas Book-aholic, December 10
The Lit Addict, December 12
Maureen’s Musings, December 13
Janices book reviews, December 14


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a World War II themed gift basket!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

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About the Book:

Join the adventure through history, romance, and family legacy as the Daughters of the Mayflower continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall. Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?

My Thoughts:

The Liberty Bride was about the secrets we keep and the life of spies during the War of 1812. I have been a long time reader of author Tyndall’s work so I was excited to be back on a seafaring ship and another adventure with her characters. Both Owen and Emmaline are Americans aboard a British ship trying to prove their loyalty and yet get any information they can that will turn the tide of war so that the Americans win. As an American I was really rooting for them even though they played a very dangerous game and I cringed as they did at the British destruction of D.C and how their countrymen were treated.

This is the 6th book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series and I am happy to see that there are at least two more coming soon. All of the books can be read as stand-alones as there can be a passage of several years between them, but I find the history of our great nation within these pages of these stories quite refreshing.

Besides danger and romance, author Tyndall shows that her characters struggle with the same questions about God as people do today and she presents the Gospel in a very straightforward way.

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