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.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hush in the Storm by Julie B. Cosgrove

Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue by a coworker named Tom...at the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel who he thinks caused her husband's "accident." Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who've discovered she's alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she's begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks...


My Review:  What if every thing you knew was a lie? Then the lie you were living turned into an unbelievable existence ripped from a spy novel or a made for TV movie?
Jen, a young widow, is kidnapped by Tom, a friend of her dead husband. According to Tom, her husband orchestrated her capture. Tom held Jen in a safe house with wild tales about keeping her safe from “them”, but who were they?
As the story unravels, Jen discovers everyone in her life isn’t who they say they are. She struggles with her situation and calls out to God, but she doesn’t think he’s listening. After an escape from human traffickers, Jen and Tom are hauled into a small police station in Canyon, Texas. She’s sent home, but he’s arrested. She realizes she’s fallen in love with him and may never see him again.
Out of her deception, her faith grows and she learns  storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
Ms Cosgrove writing style weaves into a descriptive story demanding not to be put down. The story arc and the character development are well-toned. This is a wonderfully written romantic suspense that keeps you guessing to the end.  

About the author:  Julie B. Cosgrove is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International. 

She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry.

Contact Julie:  www.juliebcosgrove.com or through her blog, or http://WhereDidYouFindGod Today.com

Hush in the Storm available on Amazon

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sarah Wingspan is here again! What did we do without her?

Once again, Gay N. Lewis has shared with us her darling little angel, Sarah. On merciful heavens!


Sarah is here to assist a couple who were introduced to us in one of Gay's previous books.

Sarah is given a new mission—to link Robert Johnson and Brittany Lee—two people she encountered while trying to bring a couple together on that irksome computer Internet dating service. Oh sure, she’d done it. Not without trial and a lot of error, but with this fresh assignment, trouble would come…she was positive.
If she hadn’t grumbled about the computer, perhaps the Lieutenant wouldn’t have ordered her to ride the Galveston Ferris wheel. She’d seen the huge rotation device built over the Gulf of Mexico, and the very thought of a ride on that monster made her nauseous.
What if she threw up on the humans?
Oh merciful heavens! Why did the Superiors give such tasks to bumbling angels anyway?


My Review:  The little angel is matchmaking again, this time with a couple introduced to us in Ms Lewis’ novella Sarah and the Internet Dating Service. Brittany and Robert are perfect for each other, but religion isn’t for her. Robert believes differently because he senses God has brought them together.
Through a series of circumstances, Brittany learns there is a power greater than herself. When Pastor Matt tells her, “evidence is all around us, but it takes faith to see”, she focuses her desires on the faith her friends and especially Robert share.
            After an encounter with Brittany, Robert calls Sarah a sweet messenger and she feels she’s finally done something right. Before the story’s end Sarah must ride the dreaded Ferris wheel at Pleasure Pier in Galveston. Hopefully she’ll survive to bring us another romantic tale.
            Ms Lewis has us rooting for the impossible little angel and laughing at her mistakes and adventures. Sarah said the angels looked down at her and rolled on the golden pavement with laughter – they’re not the only ones. I’m looking forward to another adventure from Sarah.

More 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 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.