The Sword and the Scabbard by Allen Woods

I enjoyed reading about this time period. It is seldom that you read a book from before the revolution actually started and from the view point of a common man and not one of the main real people or the rich people of the time. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run a tavern in Boston. They just try to make the lease payments each month. They have many patrons that are sons of Liberty and others that want to keep the English as their leaders. Nicholas and Maggie have many adventures in this book to try to keep the tavern and not get arrested. I look forward to reading many more adventures with Nichola and Maggie. I received this book from Smith publicity for a fair and honest opinion.  AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS​​​​
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The Sword & Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston

by Allen Woods


The Real Sons of Liberty:



​In every basic U.S. History class, children and teenagers learn about the American Revolution and how the colonists came together to fight unfair taxation by their British counterparts, creating a country founded on the values of freedom, liberty and justice. One of the most notorious events leading up to this revolution was the Boston Massacre, which helped light the spark that fueled a rebellion. But what do we know about the events the paved the way to this historic moment?

​The Sword & Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston by Allen Woods is the first in a series of novels that answers this question, weaving a story of crime, intrigue and politics to look at an unexplored section of history in a compelling new way.

​The streets and taverns of Boston prior to ‘The Bloody Massacre’ were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a tavern that is the center of both criminal and political scheming. Each is a fugitive from a dangerous past and their relationship grows fitfully in the midst of historic events. The pair remain suspicious of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, but are eventually caught in a world where politics and crime meet.

​”The road to the Revolution was not a smooth one,” Woods explains. “There were almost constant conflicts within the British and American sides, while many ‘ordinary’ people just wished they could live simple lives without all of the political speeches and protests. But inevitably, they were drawn into the conflict.”

​In this thrilling, yet in-depth look at life in the colonies and the onset of the American Revolution, The Sword & Scabbard reveals that:

• Samuel Adams and other leaders saw themselves at war long before bullets flew, and they were willing to use physical intimidation and threats by gangs of unemployed sailors and dockworkers to further their goals.

• The Sons of Liberty had no belief in freedom of the press if someone published information harmful to their cause

• Revolutionary Boston was a city in turmoil, not a mythical place of pure and uniform Revolutionary ideals, and was filled with both self-serving and heroic people, as well as many others who just wished they could be left alone.

• Resistance to the taxes of the Stamp Act (which led to the Massacre and eventually the Revolution) through an import boycott helped John Hancock and other large merchants run smaller competitors out of business.


Allen Woods has been a full-time freelance writer and editor for almost 30 years, recently specializing in social studies and reading textbooks for all ages. The inspiration for The Sword & Scabbard came while doing research for an American history text. He resides in Massachusetts and has been married to his wife, Irene, for over 30 years.


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Vendetta by Lisa Harris

This was very good. It was so fast paced. I could not put this down. I love Nikki and look forward to reading more of her stories. Will she find her true love. Nikki is rock climbing with her best friend Tyler when she gets a call to check out a possible missing person since that is her job. Tyler comes to help with the searching. There are many twists and turns. I received a copy of this book from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.  

Catbird Singing by Thomas Nye

This is the second book in the Amish Horses series. You will want to read the first book in the series to learn who many of the characters are in this story. In this book we get to learn more about Lenny Gingerich. It is two years since he left his grandparents Amish farm where he helped his grandfather with his horses for a summer. He has been in college and is on his way home to look for a summer job. While he is driving a bad storm hits and his car ends up in a ditch along with an Amish girl who was driving a horse and buggy. It turns out he is close to his fathers Amish family. Lenny stays in the Amish community to help his aunt and uncle plow their farm with horses rather than a tractor because the ground is too wet for the tractor. Since Lenny is not Amish he has to tread carefully around the others his age.This is a well written and good book. Lenny has to decide whether he wants to stay an Englisher or become Amish. What will he decide. He has many adventures around town during the summer. I received this book from for a fair and honest opinion. I look forward to reading more of this series. 


The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I did not want to put this book down. Each character was well done. You began to love them all. Could Katrina better her life? Would Andy be the man she could love? You will find this all out in this wonderful story. You also get to know David Stoltzfus and all of his family. I look forward to the next installment of The Bishop’s Family. I received this book from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.  

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Great ending to a great trilogy. I had a hard time putting this book down. Remember that these need to be read in order or you won’t know what is really happening and who the characters are. The moms and daughters are well written. You want everything to be a happy ending. Some people may not like the subject matter which is about unwed mothers and adoption. The whole trilogy is well written and hard to put down.. I received this book from blogging for books for a fair and honest opinion.  Riddled with doubt and lingering regrets, will Suzanne and Paul find strength in God to explore a second chance at love?  


It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family. 


Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter, Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago? 


Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends–and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

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Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart

This is a fun first mystery for Ann Gabhart. I really look forward to reading many more books in this series. The town of Hidden Springs is like many other small towns. Everybody knows everything about everyone. Then murdrer occurs. Know admits to knowing the dead guy. Michael must solve this murder before any one else gets hurt. Can he do it? This is a wonderful story. I received a copy of this book from Revell reads and the author for a fair and honest opinion.  After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried–after all the man was a stranger–until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street. As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs. Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.g author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs, but she is happy to report nobody was ever murdered on her hometown’s courthouse steps. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky. Learn more at

Defianc by G. G. Vandagriff

This is the third book in this series and as good as the others. I recommend that you read the other two before reading this book. It is an interesting take on what happens in London during WWll. There are people born in London and there are exiles from Vienna and Poland. I really loved all the characters and you keep learning more stuff in each book. I received an ebook copy of this book from ebooksforreview for a fair and honest opinion.  
As Hitler’s armies overrun France, Rudolf von Schoenenburg, a young Austrian baron, is living in exile in England. Though his true love, Hannah, is engaged to another man, Rudi and Hannah risk their lives together to help rescue thousands of British Troops from Dunkirk. Their powerful love story develops against the backdrop of the Battle of Britain and being blown to pieces.

Rudi’s family and friends suffer under the nightly barrage of bombs and rockets of the London Blitz while he pilots a British fighter plane in what looks like an impossible defense of the small island. Each night is a desperate fight for survival, each dawn a miracle. While Hannah spends her days and nights helping to provide early warning of German air attacks, she realizes that every hour of every day is precious. Each moment carries the threat of sudden death. As the world around her changes, should Hannah allow her passion for Rudi to overcome promises she made to her dying father in what seems like another lifetime?

 G. G. Vandagriff


I realize that I am one of those rare people in the world who gets to live a life full of passion, romance, suspense, angst, fulfillment, humor, and mystery. I am a writer. Every day when I sit down at my computer, I enter into a world of my own making. I am in the head of a panoply of characters ranging from a nineteen-year-old Austrian debutante (The Last Waltz) to a raging psychopath (The Arthurian Omen) and four women at once in The Only Way to Paradise. Then there are the feisty heroines of my Regency romances . . .

Bondage by H.B. Moore

This is a nice take on Moses and his sister Miriam. We get to see how Moses might have thought during his early years and what Miriam was doing at this time also. This story goes to the time when Moses has to go into exile and Miriam must avoid Ramses. I look forward to reading the next segment. This part expands on what we know from the bible. It is a good historical fiction. I received this ebook from ebooksforreview for a fair and honest opinion.  Moses has always felt like an outsider in his powerful Egyptian family, even though his close relationship with Ramses, the prince of Egypt, and their cousin Pentu keeps him entwined in the dealings of royalty. But when their youthful antics get them in trouble, the Pharaoh decides it’s time for all three of them to grow up and own their respective responsibilities. Now betrothed to a woman he cares nothing for, Moses wonders where his life is headed.Miriam, a Hebrew slave, lives with a secret she cannot share with anyone. And though it has been eighteen years since she saved her baby brother, she is constantly getting in trouble for spying on him. In a desperate attempt to control Miriam, her older brother, Aaron, and her father look to find her a husband, something Miriam has never been interested in—until Caleb, a young, handsome man, confesses his feelings for her and asks her father for her hand in marriage.Biography
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a degree at Brigham Young University.