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.

Blurb:
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.