Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

I would like to thank Sharon McGregor for inviting me to join Sisterhood of The World Bloggers. It looks like a fun gig.

First, before I get started, here are the rules…

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

1. If you could go back in your life and change one decision you made, what would it be?

 Not finishing college.

2. What is the most intriguing book you have ever read?


3. If you could pick one word to describe yourself or your significant other what would it be?

My significant other – a man of principles.

4. If you could time travel, what period of history would you choose and why?

Victorian England. I love the time period, the castles, cottages and of course – tea!

5. Did you have a role model growing up and if so, what effect did he/she have on your life?

Not so much growing up, but growing up as a writer. My mentor teacher taught me so much and changed my life significantly.

6. If you could plan a dream vacation, one that may seem out of reach, where would you go?

Cayman Islands.

7. If you could choose any profession to follow, what would it be?


8. Pick a card, any card-greeting card that is. What is your favourite holiday?


9. What is your favourite pet? Dog or cat? Gerbil or snake? Horse or hamster? Or none at all?

If you’d asked me eighteen months ago, I would have said dog. Then we got a cat…..

10. What one thing would you like to see happen in 2015?

Less violence everywhere in the world.

In my turn I nominate Carrie Padgett, Gay Lewis, Kim McMahill, Sheryl Browne, Bess McBride, Julie B. Cosgrove, Lee Carver, Lindsey Paley, Danielle Rotharmel, and Lynn Lovegreen

Here are my ten questions for the nominees-

1. What’s your happiest holiday memory?

2. Who was your favorite grade school teacher?

3. If life had taken you down a different path, what would you be doing now?

4. What place in the world would you like to visit?

5. What’s your favorite dessert?

6. If you were told you only had one day to live, how would you spend it?

7. Which do you like to do best: a movie rental and a bowl of popcorn, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, or a day at the beach ending with watching the sunset?

8. What’s your favorite electronic gadget?

9. How will you (or how did you) spend New Year’s Eve?

10. Pets – cats, dogs, fish? What do you have?

Thanks for participating. Have a wonderful 2015!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Home for Christmas ~ A Magical Holiday Novel by Stephanie Wilson

STEPHANIE WILSON, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has produced nationally syndicated television programs for CBS affiliates. She has written and produced a television series that won a national Angel Award. In addition, she has written news copy for a local CBS affiliate and directed marketing programs for successful humanitarian organizations.

Home for Christmas is Stephanie's third book following, "Whispers of the Heart," and "Our Schell Family: A Genealogy Notebook, which won an award from the national Germans From Russia Historical Society.

Stephanie enjoys many hobbies. She loves to play tennis, ski, walk the beautiful streets and trails of her neighborhood and the northwest, garden, knit and spin fibers, quilt, research genealogy, cook and play the piano. She is actively involved in church, humanitarian, community and other volunteer work. She is kept quite busy with an active teenager. She also writes frequently for her own blog as well as for Good Living Magazine.

Stephanie lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington.

My Review:  Christmas magic wrapped in hope, faith and joy are deftly delivered by Ms. Wilson in Home for Christmas.

Savannah Wentworth and Austin Douglass couldn’t be any less alike. He’s a farm boy who has done well and on the verge of launching his IPO. She’s from money and wealth and through unfortunate circumstances, lost it all. She’s sold family home, wrapped up the estate, and ready to begin another life when her friend, Courtney, brings Austin and Savannah together.

He must have an established, well decorated, and carefully designed home to host numerous holiday parties. Courtney, Austin’s PR person, pushes Savannah into being the skilled person this austere bachelor needs to host his parties, decorate his house and whose house did he purchase but the Wentworth ancestral family home.

Savannah wraps herself in the trappings of the season knowing it is only temporary and only a façade it isn’t her house, but his, but something magical happens and she’s truly Home for Christmas.

Ms. Wilson paints a beautiful picture of Christmas in the Northwest. Her characters are charming and believable and the story is interwoven with other subplots that keep the reader hoping it will all turn out well for Austin and Savannah. Bring tissues – you’ll need them.

What other reviewers are saying: “I really enjoyed this novel and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.Sue Reviews

“There are elements of pain, faith and redemption with a very happy ending!Gagatorgirl

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Return to the Lake with Mary L. Ball's Redemption in Big Fork Lake

Can he be forgiven?

Only after Robert Turner hurts a woman does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life. 

 For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.

His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert? Or will 

heartache drive him to return to the life he once had?

My Review:  Robert Turner’s life has been on a downhill spiral due to poor choices he’s made. He has a problem with alcohol that started in college.  When he wakes up in a hospital room, he realizes his life must change.

As he grows in his faith through returning to church and with the help of AA meetings and his sponsor, he decides that living in Atlanta isn’t the best place for him. He moves to Montgomery, Alabama, and is faced with the one situation he can’t forgive himself for and in his determination to make it right, he may lose the one person, Belle, who he’s convinced the Lord has put into his life.

Mary L. Ball takes the reader through Robert Turner’s struggles with addiction and his redemption. It is a well written story with a deep and purposeful meaning. With redemption there is hope.

What the Reviewers are saying:  "Mary Ball has written another book that shows the power of God's grace and the power of change in the person." A. Farge

"Mary Ball takes on a sensitive subject and handles it with gentle grace." Nancy Bolton

About the author:  Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books encourage you to see the magic of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband.

Some of her Christian Articles are found on Examiner.com at: http://www.examiner.com/christian-living-in-greensboro/mary-ball. Learn more about Mary at  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another Inspiring YA from Lynn Lovegreen

I'm pleased to have Lynn Lovegreen for a return visit today with another one of her historical YA books. Once again set against the backdrop of her home state of Alaska, Lynn brings us Golden Days.

Lynn Lovegreen was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. Her family was stationed there when she was six, and they fell in love with the place. Alaska’s been home ever since. She’s always felt the power of words; she taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. When not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and shoot at targets with her cowboy action shooting club, the Alaska 49ers. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

My Review:  Ms. Lovegreen brings us another glimpse into Alaska during the early 1900s. This delightful story brings together Elizabeth and James during their formative years. Elizabeth is a budding artist and strives to have her family, especially her father see her work as more than a frivolous hobby.
As the family moves to Fairbanks where her father will manage a store, she and her sister, Victoria, are in a sledding accident. No one is harmed, but she meets James. He’s bringing a boiler to his uncle where they’ll work on a claim together. James wants to return to the states and become an engineer.
During the following year she sees James when he comes in for supplies. She is weighed down by the responsibilities given to her during flood, fire, and the tragic death of her mother. But her budding love for James is unfairly cut short by unfair ridicule. They both have dreams, but are they worth pursuing if they cannot be together?
Ms. Lovegreen keeps the reader involved in the story and historical knowledge that is brought in as well as the visits from characters in her other novels set in the Alaskan Frontier make for an enjoyable read.

What other reviewers are saying:  "This is a sweet story, and for those who like historical fiction there is plenty of facts about Fairbanks in the early 1900s to pique your interest." Amazon Customer

"An Alaskan tale to brighten your winter reading!" Nancy Bolton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Bride for the Sheriff by Jewell Tweedt

Join me today for a visit from Jewell Tweedt - she loves Faith, Hope, and Western Romance!

My Review:  The story set in the western frontier town of Omaha, Nebraska, gives the reader a charming glance of yesteryear. Ms. Tweedt writes of warm, giving characters and the reader has the feel of the new, raw west.

The novel is interwoven with interesting tidbits of history both of the settling of Nebraska and the battles of the Civil War. Through an unfortunate set of circumstances, school teacher, Claire Secord finds herself operating a mercantile in Omaha. She is a courageous woman for her times as is her friend, Connie Rose, who owns the café.

Rose warns Claire of the dangers of living in the west as does the Sheriff Tom Maxwell. Too many men don’t like women running a business and Claire finds this out all too soon. From the banker to those passing through town wanting to steal from her, she stands up to them winning Tom’s love, but when an old beau, one she thought had died during the war shows up, Claire’s life is shaken. The story has a remarkable ending that will leave the reader anxiously waiting for a sequel. 

About the Author:  Jewell Tweedt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting for A Bride for the Sheriff and the other Nebraska Brides books. She lives in western Iowa and divides her time between teaching middle school students and writing. In her spare time she reads, gardens and walks while plotting out new stories.  Readers can learn more about Jewell and her books at www.tweedtjewell.blogspot.com

And the reviewers said:  "The historical background woven into her story bring the reader in line with the happenings of the period and makes one better understand the hardships, the trials ;and tribulations and the tragedies of the times. The reader falls in love with aspects of each character and wants to pull them through to the very last page." Sue

"What a wonderful book! It captures your attention at the very beginning and holds it until the very last page." Lori

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Another Great YA from Anna Marie Kittrell

Bianca can’t walk away from her family—she’ll have to run. 
Following the death of her mother, Bianca and her dad are on their own. But when a redheaded stranger at the funeral claims to be her biological father, Bianca’s reality crumbles. She soon finds herself trapped between the alcoholism of one father, and the wicked schemes of another—with no way to escape.

Ms. Kittrell delivers another well written and emotionally charged young adult novel centered on trust and deception.
We revisit Redbank, Oklahoma during summer vacation. The plot unfolds at Bianca’s mother’s funeral. Her mother has been in a rest home for years after an attempted suicide and Bianca and her dad, Seth, have dealt with her condition each in their own way. Neither of them expected Bianca’s biological father, Chase, to show up at the funeral. His appearance and unknown existence to Bianca drive a wedge between her and the only father she’s ever known.
Chase spends lavishly on Bianca taking her to plays and events in the city leaving his daughter and Bianca’s half-sister, Isabelle, out of the picture. Jealously builds between the girls but it’s all part of Chase’s plan. He wants Bianca to file a suit against the rest home for the wrongful death of her mother and profit from it.
Well planned timing by Chase keeps Bianca from her youth group at Cornerstone Church, but Isabelle joins in changing her attitude. After moving into Chase’s home, Bianca discovers the real danger both girls are in.

I’m very impressed with Ms. Kittrell’s ability to take a dangerous situation, one which many teens may be facing, and deliver such an impressive story.

This Amazon Customer says it all:  Kittrell knows how to write y.a., and kept this adult flipping page after page. 

About the author: Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents. 

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia by Rachel A. James

A tale of grace, forgiveness, and love as a forgotten princess seeks to reclaim her true identity. 

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. 

Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior. 

Struggling with his past and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.

My Review:  A forgotten kingdom and its people, either captured or in hiding, weave the background for this medieval encounter between Teagen and Ryce. She’s a princess and he’s a warrior, but both have been enslaved, although quite differently, by the evil King Edwin. Teagen escapes and Ryce and his friend Sherwin are sent to seize her, but they rescue her instead and plan to help her find her brother, the king of their lost Elmetia.
            This novel keeps the reader hanging on every word and is hard to put down. Ms. James handles the development of story set in 616 AD very well. The characters are brought to life during an era of fortresses and battles which fosters interests in this page turner. The love story is idyllic and the meaning of Christianity rings true throughout the story. While not the genre I usually read, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others and I would easily pick up another novel written by Ms. James.

About the Author:  Rachel is a mum of three, a pastor's wife and a Christian writer. She lives in rural England, is passionate about writing, drinking tea and absolutely loves a good romance story! She writes to entertain, inspire and encourage others in their own Christian walk, hoping to reveal God's character through written form.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Welcome Back Sharon McGregor

Sharon McGregor is a Canadian author who has recently transplanted to the west coast. She has written humor, romance and mystery for magazines such as Sasee, Long and Short Romance, Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine and Horizon as well as stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not fighting with her cat Zoey for control of the computer keyboard, she is working at her ice cream shop or her bath and body shop.

Here's an excerpt from Sharon's latest book:  Autumn Dreams: 

Maggie Lawrence pushed a curling tendril of dark brown hair from her face. She looked around the empty train platform, considering her next move. The train was strangely on time, a possibility her greeter might not have considered. 

She picked up a suitcase in each hand and sat down on a bench facing the tracks. The day was warm and sunny with a slight breeze to keep things comfortable, a typical late August morning in a 1949 prairie town. 

She had nearly dozed off in the sunshine when she heard a deep voice beside her.

“Miss Lawrence?”

She jumped up quickly, knocking one suitcase on its side as she did. “Yes.” It was then she looked up into a set of piercing blue eyes surrounded by a well-tanned face that was set, maybe not in disapproval, but certainly not in welcome.

Maggie had just barely arrived and already she was on the wrong foot. I wonder what I’ve done now? It was a question she often asked her older sister, Dora, who was usually quick to set her straight on her transgressions.

“Sorry I’m late. I had a stop to make at the hardware store first.” At least she knew where she ranked in priority.

“Is this all?”She nodded and he picked up the biggest case. She followed quickly with the smaller one.

“Mr. Thornhill...” she began.

“Matthews, actually,” he said. “I’m just standing in.” 

She waited for an explanation that never came. Oh, well. She gave a shrug. At least once she got there she wouldn’t have to cope with him. She hoped the Thornhills were more communicative.  Copyright 2014 © Sharon McGregor 

My Review:

            Maggie Lawrence is the new school teacher, but when she is picked up by a Mr. Matthews at the station, Maggie meets with his disapproval.
            She arrives at her new home and meets a very pregnant Ellen and Ray, her husband, and their delightful daughter, Emma. Maggie also learns Mr. Matthews is Ellen’s brother who is helping out at the farm since Ray broke his leg. Once school starts, Emma is Maggie’s co-conspirator helping her learn who the children are and making sure the twins in class can’t fool Maggie.
            Maggie can’t figure out why Marshall Matthews dislikes her. She finally asks Ellen and discovers he had dated the former school teacher. A box decorated by Emma and her mother for a box social brings Marshall and Maggie together on their first date. Maggie thought the box belonged to Ellen.
            The couple fall in love, but Stella, the former teacher, arrives in town. Marshall doesn’t come to the farm as often and Maggie thinks the worse. When Ellen’s baby is born and the phones are out and the streets flooded, Maggie must overcome her fear of horses to get the midwife. When Emma disappears shortly after the baby’s birth, Maggie swallows her pride and calls for Marshall’s help.
            Will Emma be found? Will Maggie learn her fate and Marshall’s when she finds out where he’s been.

            Sharon McGregor gives us a delightful glimpse into a 1949 post-war prairie town where there are still horses and wagons and box social dinners. The warmly written and well woven story is a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sarah and A Dad For Mandy Receives Five Star Reviews

Another visit from Sarah Wingspan and 
Gay N. Lewis

My Review:  Matt and Galena had met previously during Sarah’s extended stay in Texas. The couple is right for each other and Galena’s little girl, Mandy, wants a father as much as she wants her mommy to be happy and wear a diamond ring.
             Matt is a pastor of a very exclusive church with ideas of how they want their congregation to remain as it is and not bring in those who may have a tainted past. Galena doesn’t know who Mandy’s father is. While she’s asked for forgiveness, Galena doesn’t feel she’s worthy to be a pastor’s wife.
            Matt isn’t so sure he can continue his employment with a church that remains rigid in their ideals of the perfect congregation. The board wanted Matt to marry a socialite and isn’t happy with his idea of pursuing a relationship with Galena.
            Sarah shines in this adventure. She can still bring up a clap of thunderous reprimand from the Heavenlies, but overall she’s doing much better here on earth and  still loving her burgers and five inch heels which endears her to our hearts.
            Ms. Lewis never fails to please. Once again we’ve been given a delightful Sarah story. Thank you, Gay, for the laughter and warmth.

Awesome Reviews  "It was a pleasure to read Gay N. Lewis' new book. As always in the author's books, there were unexpected twists and turns in the plot, with extremely funny incidents, but a refreshing reminder of God's love, direction, and protection in our lives." Joy

"This was my first time to read one of the "Sarah" books from author Gay N. Lewis.. What fun! Sarah is an angel with a good heart but often befuddled by humans and their world. "A Dad for Mandy" was an enjoyable read about a young minister and his struggle to let go of what he thought he wanted in order to follow God's plan for his life. You're sure to enjoy this lighthearted story of true love." Jo Ann Robisheaux

About the Author:  Gay N. Lewis has a background in video production and interior design. Her credits include Psalms from the Mountains, and The Canadian Rockies. As a pastor’s wife and Adult Bible Study Leader, she has written numerous church programs and newsletters. She is a mother of three daughters and four grandchildren and lives in Fulshear, TX., a small town west of Houston. 

Find Gay:   www.GayNLewis.com  http:gaynlewis.blogspot.com  
 and also on Twitter  @GayNLewis2.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Diamond Heiress is a Sparkling Jewel

When two bitter rivals….
One person stands between Brielle and her inheritance—Nicholas Trenton. If she fails to serve as CEO of her grandfather’s company, Santorini Jewels, for one full year, then everything goes to Nick—the company, her trust fund, and her home…the only home she’s ever known. Nick doesn’t care about the money, but he wants the company his father helped build. Now is his turn to run Santorini. Brielle isn’t qualified, nor does she deserve the position of CEO. One way or another, he will ensure she doesn’t run Santorini into the ground.

Are forced to run a multi-billion dollar company together…
Despite a clash of wills, they learn to work together for the benefit of the company. But when they can no longer ignore the attraction building between them, will they give in to it or will it ultimately be the downfall of Santorini?

My Review:  Ruth Roberts consistently delivers well-written romantic novels. Set against the back drop of the jewelry trade with gala balls and store openings Diamond Heiress in an outstanding example of Ms. Roberts carefully thought out character development and story plotting.

Brielle Santorini has inherited her grandfather’s jewelry empire along with a large trust fund. However there’s one small catch, she must remain as CEO for one year or forfeit it all. Nicholas Trenton, whom Brielle has had a crush on since she was fourteen, feels the position should be his. He’s been in command of Santorini Jewels for the last few years and why shouldn’t it continue? He’d force her to leave.

But Nicholas soon learns that there’s more to Brielle than the self-centered heiress he had thought she was. He falls for Brielle very quickly and he’s the answer to her long awaited dreams.

Their hopes and plans are on the brink of ruin when Brielle learns she can no longer trust Nicholas. How can he convince someone she is a prize, not just for her money or the company? It’s Brielle herself who he wants. Rejected by her mother and sought after in another relationship for her creative designs, she feels she can trust no one. Now, even Nicholas had other reasons for seemingly loving her. Can he do make one final attempt to change her mind?

I highly recommend this novel which will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes. I also enjoyed the cameo appearances of characters from Robert’s other novels.

A bit about the author:  Ruth Roberts has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at RuthRobertsRomance.com. You can also email her at info@ruthrobertsromance.com.  She loves hearing from fans. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nancy Shew Bolton Has a Wonderful Recipe for Romance

My Review:  Ann owns a bakery with her best friend, Susan. It was Susan’s dream, really, and Ann is certain her life of long work hours and empty evenings is all she will ever have. 

When Tom, a young widower, comes into the bakery to order a birthday cake for his son, Jesse, things change very quickly.

Ann isn’t a believer and Tom has turned his back on God and the church since his wife’s tragic death. Ann is the first woman he wants in his life and she feels she’s too plain and boring for such a handsome man.

The couple work through several heart gripping situations including Susan being assaulted in the parking outside the bakery. Ann can’t believe Susan’s desire to forgive her attacker but overtime Ann understands what forgiveness is all about.

The Right Ingredients is a book about trust. Trust in God, Ann and Tom’s trust that their right for each other, and each one’s individual trust to overcome their past.  Tom’s adorable son, Jesse, is the “right ingredient” for this novel bringing a smile to everyone’s face and warming this readers’ heart.

This delightful Christian romance delivers a smile, a few tears, and page after page of warmth and compassion.

Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden to carry. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.

Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurts.

Eleven five star reviews can't be wrong!

"The Right Ingredients is a charming Christian Romance" Sharon McGregor

"Ann's sheltered life expands when she begins to realize there's love all around." Carlene

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Historical Biblical Fiction Brought to Life in The Scarlet Cord

Rahab, a resourceful beauty, struggles to survive in the pagan culture of ancient Jericho. As years of harsh labor begin to lift her and her family from poverty, a foreign army threatens the well-fortified city. Rahab is forced to make an immediate decision. Will she put her faith in the fabled walls of Jericho or the powerful God of the Hebrews? Either choice may cost her life.

My Review:  Once again, Carlene Havel and Sharon Faucheux have brought the Bible into meaningful understanding in their brilliant and carefully penned account of Rahab.
            As with their previous novel, Daughter of the King, I was driven to the Word to find the historical implication of the story. The Silver Cord unfolds as a very young Rahab learns the painful ways her family survives: her sisters are being sold into slavery or sacrificed to a nonexistent god. The struggle to endure in Jericho causes her parents to make harsh, uncaring choices.
            Rahab runs from her family, making her own way and eventually saves them all. The life of Rahab is at the very core of truth as how an imperfect person, once a harlot can inherit the Kingdom.
            Havel and Faucheux detailed events of everyday life in Jericho brought this story to fruition for this reader. No detail was left unattended from the description of the clothing, foods, and living quarters making the historical correctness of the story significantly believable.

             I highly recommend The Silver Cord to readers of Historical Biblical Fiction. You will not be disappointed in this touching and monumental story.

What the reviewers are saying: 
 "This is a wonderfully written story, creating a vivid visual portrait of an ancient time." Nancy Bolton

"The Scarlet Cord is rich in history and detail. Ms. Chavel and Ms. Faucheux did a wonderful job of developing their characters and story line through the biblical story of the fall of Jericho." Sharon McGregor

"I couldn't put it down. What creative and imagination. Loved it." Harold Dunavant

About the Authors:  Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans. 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, TX. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Five Star Reviews Abound for A Secret Life by Lee Carver

The German Army of World War II rips Karl Von Steuben from his family and privileged life, forcing him to conceal his American sympathies and Jewish heritage. Stripped of every tie to his home country, he determines to escape. As he crawls to the Siegfried Line, only he knows the hiding place of gold ingots melted from the jewelry of death camp prisoners. Wounded after assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier, Karl briefly deceives even himself. Discharged and shipped to America, he discovers God's unmerited favor in a beautiful Atlanta nurse. But he must return to Germany or relinquish his family fortune and rear children under the name of another man. Will Grace forgive his duplicity and accept him as an American?

My Review:  This novel is a multi-faceted jewel. While I’m generally not a reader of war stories, this one is outstanding. The account of Karl Van Steuben’s situation kept me intrigued and turning pages. The layers of the synchronized story lines, separate but intertwining, are woven to a beautiful, well thought out climax.
Bombed out churches, lost treasurers, and broken dreams assemble the foundation of this uplifting chronicle. The inhumanities of World War II are exposed and the character of one young man who finds himself on the wrong side of what he believes is the crux of the tale. If he can make a difference, right one wrong, he can keep up his charade.
In this poignant love story commingled with the horrors of war, Lee Carver’s brilliantly exhibited talent shines through. A Secret Life is a must read for all, but plan to stay up late because you can’t put it down.

About Lee:  Lee has lived in six foreign countries and studied nine languages including German and French. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Spain. A five-week World War II history tour covering the areas where her father-in-law fought created the stimulus for this book.
Lee taught biology and chemistry, served as a volunteer church musician, and in retirement was a missionary in the Brazilian Amazon. She is a member of ACFW and president of its ACFW-DFW “Ready Writers” Chapter, and is active in Stephen Ministry and Kid’s Hope.

Learn more about Lee on her website at www.LeeCarverWriter.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quicksilver to Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

It is always a pleasure to have Lynn Lovegreen. She's writes about the state she loves, Alaska. Her historical novels laced with authenticating details are enjoyable for all ages.

A little bit about Lynn:  Lynn Lovegreen was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. Her family was stationed there when she was six, and they fell in love with the place. Alaska’s been home ever since. She’s always felt the power of words; she taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. When not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and shoot at targets with her cowboy action shooting club, the Alaska 49ers. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Gold mining is in Jeannie Kelly’s blood. But it’s a dangerous time to be an honest miner in Nome, Alaska—claim jumpers have invaded the territory. Jeannie has set her sights on Clint Tilghman, the strong, quiet man next door to her family’s claim. Clint fights his feelings for the impulsive lady miner, fearing he’ll lose his independence. Jeannie tries to change her tomboyish ways to attract Clint and gain respect from others, but there’s a lot to learn amidst gunplay and bar fights. Jeannie must woo Clint and beat the claim jumpers before summer’s end.

My Review:  The story of Jeannie Kelly and Clint Tilghman unfolds against the majestic background of Nome, Alaska. Jeannie has mining in her blood, but being a young woman on the verge of blooming into an adult, she’s disappointed no one will listen to her.
            In a claim next to her father’s, Clint and his partner, Frank, work to fulfill their hopes of a major find. Clint and Jeannie soon meet and while they’re both taken with each other, their romance falters. Clint doesn’t want to give up his freedom and right to do what he wants and Jeannie isn’t exactly sure he’s the one. With sage advice from two women friends, she becomes a lady hoping to win Clint over and to secure other’s respect.
            Unfortunately, claim jumpers move in and take their land and the judge has turned over the property to someone dishonest. For months they’d don’t know the outcome. A big storm hits Nome and Clint and Jeannie pitch in to help the others, but what will become of their future?
            Ms. Lovegreen gives the reader a real feel for what a miner of 1900 Alaska would have endured. The historic accuracy of the novel is precise. The details and the endearing story make this a great read for anyone from YA to adult.