Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Tour - All About Me

Every so often, like a chain letter, blog tour tags come along. When you’re tagged, you follow the instructions, play a while, then tag someone else and pass it along.
Last week I was tagged by award winning author, Carrie Padgett. You can read her blog here.    

Here’s my post: 

What am I working on?
Currently I’m waiting on edits from my publisher for my recently contracted time travel novella, Not Bound by Time. Also, I have received a couple of opportunities for contests and plan to enter at least one of those. I’ve always loved to contest.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m an Inspirational Romance Writer, but I tend to add a dash of adventure. My romances take place in exotic or unpredictable locations: a cave, Egypt, the white sands desert of Siwa to name a few. I also like to combine some of my other hobbies into my writing. My first novel, Alvarado Gold, was loosely based on an old family story I’d dug up doing genealogy and the last novel in the trilogy, The Tempering Agent, gives the reader a hint of my love of gemstones.

Why do I write what I do?
I wanted to read more clean adventure stories. I came to the romance writing arena dragging my heals, but the romances work easily into the stories and give them an additional purpose investigating the spiritual lives of the characters.

How does your writing process work?
I like to write when the rest of the family are off for the day. The first thing in the morning is great but I will write into the night, too. If I’m really charged up and full of ideas, then I may write all day long. If I have to think something through and listen to my characters “talk” to me, I go for a walk along the canal bank that runs behind my house and a couple of miles to the east and sort things out. The bigger the problem – the longer the walk.


And for next week I’m tagging:  Barbara Capell

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dizzy Blonde by Anna Marie Kittrell



What the reviewers are saying:  

  • "And it is a well-written, fast-moving story that will leave the reader looking forward to the next book in the series. 
  • 'I highly recommend this book to all high school girls, as well as all mothers of teenagers.
  • She tells herself that she was only being good to not disappoint her parents - the people who seemed to turn their backs on her.” Lisa J. Lickel

My Review:  We return to the teenagers from Witcha'be and the halls of Redbend High School. Molly Bianca and Lenni are still friends, but Lenni's life is crumbling around her. Her parents are divorcing and she wants to break out of her goody-two-shoes persona.

She starts by chopping off her hair in the fashion of her favorite rock star, Dizzy. Everyone, including Lenni, is amazed at the resemblance. Then new make-up and a drastic choice of clothing style and she's created a new person.

Turning from her Christian friends, Lenni befriends Rayna. Lenni tries to help Rayna whose father has lost his job and is soon manipulated into a very bad and potentially dangerous situation.

While this books connects with age old high school problems dealing with friends, prom dates and clothes, the real message for this reader, and I hope the young adults who buy this book, are the dangers of the internet, bullying, and exploitation.

Ms Kittrell did an excellent job with this fast paced novel. She handled a very current and troubling situation involving children and teenagers. The intrigue and danger keeps the reader turning pages and the meaning of true friends and a relationship with God clearly shines through.

More about Anna:  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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sarah and the Internet Dating Service by Gay N. Lewis

Gay N. Lewis has another best seller with Sarah and the Internet Dating Service. The adorable little angel is known as "Miss Goof Up" in the heavenlies - can she get this assignment right?

My Review:  Once again the adorable little angel, Sarah, has been sent to earth to help a couple connect. She is getting better at her attempts as her assignment to bring two co-workers, Karen and Jeremy together unfolds.
            The couple has tried to find a partner in life and with no luck have turned to internet dating. Sarah’s bumbling on the computer not only sends a humorous message to Jeremy but also delivers a very important call for help when Karen is injured on a job site.
            Much to this reader’s delight, Sarah bumbles along with her usual mistakes and reprimands from above, but manages to complete the task she’s been sent to do. With cravings for hamburgers and red stilettos before she leaves for her favorite cloud, Sarah’s given another task here on earth. Oh pooty-doopty.
            Thank you, Ms. Lewis, for a delightful evening read.

About Gay:  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 on the web at www.GayNLewis.com or by visiting her on Blogger at http:gaynlewis.blogspot.com or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GayNLewis and also on Twitter  @GayNLewis2.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bullet in the Night by Judith Rolfs

An intricate tale of love and renewal...
Psychologist Lenora Lawrence lingers in a coma after being shot by a sniper as a web of intrigue unravels around her. Her redemptive work with society's ex-convicts and her personal counseling with vulnerable women has created many enemies in the resort town of Lake Geneva, WI. Lenora's colleague and good friend, Jennifer Trevor, intends to see that Lenora's sniper is brought to justice, even if it means making deadly enemies herself.


My Review:
            In this well written novel, Dr. Jennifer Trevor, searches for the person who attempted to murder her friend and fellow psychologist, Lenora Lawrence.
            The plot is multi-layered with many possible suspects and delves into the lives of Dr. Lawrence’s clients, any of whom could have pulled the trigger. Additionally people who have recently surfaced from her past are blended into the mix.
            The heart pounding thriller, woven with a message of Christian redemption, keeps the reader enthralled waiting to find out exactly who wanted to take Dr. Lawrence’s life.
            Startled awake in the middle of the night, Dr. Trevor knows the answer, but will she be too late to save Lenora?

            Well done Ms. Rolfs.

About Judith:  She shares life with her husband and best friend, Wayne, and their chocolate lab, Alex. They enjoy biking, golfing, and spending time with four adult children and seven grandchildren from home bases in Wisconsin and Florida. 

Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/judith.rolfs and twitter @judithrolfs. Judith loves to hear from readers. Email her at: jwrolfs@gmail.com Her website is www.judithrolfs.com.  Read her blog Thoughts on Fun, Faith & Family at www.judithrolfs.blogspot.com.




Monday, June 16, 2014

Holden by Janya Morrow

Jayna brings us back to Sweet Home in her third 
romantic novel in this Texas Town.



Shy and self-conscious, Irelynn's natural instinct has always been to withdraw with her sketchbook. The last time she picked up a paintbrush, however, was the day her father killed himself.

Now put in the position as stand-in for her boss, Irelynn must overcome her wallflower ways and run Hearth Dairy Farm while he's away on vacation. A twist of fate leaves her short a manager, and ruggedly handsome Holden Hearth steps in to assist her.



My Review:  The return to Sweet Home of the Hearth’s second son, Holden, finds him using his business skills to right the family dairy. Not that things aren’t right and run efficiently by Irelynn, his brother Gabriel’s all around girl.
            Irelynn cannot see her self worth and has given up on being an artist, her true passion. Holden also has returned to deal with the scars of his past in Sweet Home where he was perceived as the geeky genius.
            While they butt heads over operational skills and Holden’s attempts to wear Irelynn down convincing her she deserves more than her “always too busy” boyfriend, they find the inner strength in each other and let go of the burdens from their past.
            A superhero with an umbrella and a sigh of a good romance leaves behind Sweet Home once again. I think there’s more in store for Ms Morrow’s followers waiting to return to the little Texas town.

About Jayna:  Texas romance author, Jayna Morrow, has been creating imaginary worlds since a young age. As an elementary school teacher, Jayna juggles the demands of molding young minds, raising two precious daughters, and spending time with her husband/best friend... while making time for passion of writing romance novels. Read more about her at www.jaynamorrow.com.