I fell in love with Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill. They make great private investigators. Love the tension between them because of their divorce. It was fantastic when you add in Annabel Lee. Will they be able to help Annabel before she dies alone in an underground hideout. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion. Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret’s name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.” Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first? Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late. With its stunning writing and relentless pace, “Annabel Lee” will captivate readers from the first page.Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time. He is the author of “Annabel Lee.”
Monthly Archives: March 2016
A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard
It is so much fun to get to meet a new ongoing character. This is the first Serena Jones mystery and hopefully not the last. This was such a fun filled book. I did not want this story to end but I needed to know what was going on. S Rena is now with the FBI Art Crime Team and doing well undercover. She helps take down some thieves and then goes home to her quirky family. She hopes to solve her grandfathers murder and there are many twists and turns along the way. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion. Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen ar t–one that’s surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She’s joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother’s pleas to do something safer–like get married–Serena’s learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather’s murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger. With spunk, humor, and plenty of heart-stopping moments, Sandra Orchard gives readers an exciting string of cases to crack and a character they’ll love to watch solve them.Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including “Deadly Devotion” and “Blind Trust.” Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a “Romantic Times” Reviewers’ Choice Award. Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion, a Word Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more about Sandra’s books and check out the special bonus features, such as deleted scenes and location pics, at http: //sandraorchard.com.
Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner
I really loved this story. Carly Blosser and Adam Lapp were perfect for each other. Sometimes I wanted to yell at both of them to make up their minds but it all works well together. Things may not always go Carly’s way but she and Adam finally work together and make some elderly residents at an assisted living home very happy. They have a few adventures and some mishaps but it is good in the end. I received this book from Barbour publishing for a fair and honest opinion.
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly’s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam’s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.Dianne Christner lives in New River, Arizona, where life sizzles in the summer when temperatures soar above 100 degrees as she writes from her air-conditioned home office. She enjoys the desert life, where her home is nestled in the mountains and she can watch quail and the occasional deer, bobcat, or roadrunner.
Dianne was raised Mennonite and works hard to bring authenticity to Mennonite fiction. She now worships at a community church. She’s written over a dozen novels, most of which are historical fiction. She gets caught up in research having to set her alarm to remember to switch the laundry or start dinner. But her husband of forty-plus years is a good sport. They have two married children, Mike and Rachel, and five grandchildren, Makaila, Elijah, Vanson, Ethan, and Chloe.
She welcomes you to visit her website at http://www.diannechristner.net
Happy Easter to all
Playing the Part by Jen Turano + a promo simple giveaway
As always this book was Fantastic! Lucretia Plum is a well known actress and she attracts the wrong kind of attention. She and her friend/landlady(Abigail) leave their home and go to a strange castle. It is owned by Abigail’s grandson, Bram. From the beginning there are strange happenings that lead to very funny happenings. This is fun and witty. Bram and Lucetta are meant to be together or are there? This is book three of a trilogy but you do not have to read the other books to enjoy this one but they are all great so you don’t want to miss any of them. I received this book from the author and Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion. March 25: simpleharvestreads
March 25: Karen Krayons
March 26: Buwurmzzz
March 26: Cassandra M’s Place
March 27: Jeanette’s Thoughts
March 27: The Power of Words
March 28: Two Girls and a Book
March 28: Wrap up
Playing the Part
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Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.
Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.
Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.
Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist. It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013. Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at http://www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work.
Far from True by Linwood Barclay
I did enjoy reading this second book in this series. The book started with a bang and ends with a twist. This means I have to look forward to book number three. I love the characters. We are learning more and more about the main characters through each book. I received an ebook copy from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion.
“New York Times” and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of “Broken Promise.”.. After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills fourpeople, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaverto look into a recent break-in at her father s house. Cal discovers a hiddenbasement room where it s clear that salacious activities have taken place as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in…. Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders one of which is three years old he believes are connected, since each featureda similar distinctive wound. As the lies begin to unravel, Cal is headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as his search uncovers more startling truths about Promise Falls. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results.”Linwood Barclay is married with two children and lives near Toronto. He is the author of three acclaimed Zack Walker mysteries, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, and is the author of the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one besteller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE.
The Calling by Rachelle Dekker
This is the second book in the Seer series. The Choosing was more about Carrington Hale and this is more about her husband Remko Brant. Is Remko really the one to lead them in the revolution? He doesn’t think so but Aaron and Carrington do. Remko must learn to surrender and let his Father lead him. This has a lot of twists and turns. You like people you really shouldn’t in the end. I am so looking forward to the third book in this series coming this fall. I received a copy of this book fromTyndale for. Fair and honest opinion.
Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.
As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels—he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.
With dissension in his own camp—and the CityWatch soldiers closing in—Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. The Choosing was her critically acclaimed debut novel. Rachelle graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.
Vulnerable by Mary Burton
As always this is a wonderful suspense novel by Mary Burton. Georgia and Jake seem to make a great couple. It can be hard being the Only girl in the Morgan family. This is a great story. Is the only survivor of a horrible night five years before believable or is she responsible for what happened. I received an ebook copy of this book from Kensington media for a fair and honest opinion. I give this five of five stars.
Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.
Will Put You
What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.
Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…
Antonia Barclay and her Scottish Claymore with author question and answers
This is a fun romp in Scotland during 1586. Antonia Barclay is a young woman who doesn’t want to be conventional. She hates balls and doesn’t want to be married. None of her brothers friends are close to being the right man for her. Then she meets the man of her dreams, Breck Claymore. He is man enough for Antonia. It looks like she can be happy when her old nanny tells her a strange secret and then many adventures occur. This is a fun, romantic story. I received this from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion.
A wild and wily ride. “Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore” is an unconventional historical romance that hums with energy, wordplay, swordplay, and a touch of melodrama. In 1586, Antonia Barclay embarks on a quest to find her real mother, Mary Queen of Scots, as well as the long-lost Scottish Royal Sceptre. Along the way, Sir Basil Throckmorton, a well-known villain and alchemist, kidnaps the beautiful Antonia and schemes to use her to pave his way to the English throne. If Breck Claymore, Antonia’s partner in love, does not find her soon, she will be forced to wed Sir Basil, and both Scotland and England will fall under his control. Readers of historical romance will enjoy the feisty heroine, her outrageous adventures, and the humorous take on a well-loved genre.”Jane Carter Barrett is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Austin, Texas. Mary, Queen of Scots and Jane Austen have been lifelong subjects of fascination for her. “Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore” is her debut novel. Better now than never. Blog tour Q&A
1. My name is Jane Carter Barrett. I can be reached via Facebook at Jane Carter Barrett or the book’s website: herscottishclaymore.com
2. There’s a reason that Antonia Barclay plays the harp in the novel. I also play, and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s great therapy. If anyone is interested in learning to play, please let me know. I have an incredible instructor, and if you don’t happen to live in Buffalo, she Skypes lessons and will help you either rent or buy a harp.
3. I began writing in college and throughout law school, but mainly technical writing, which wasn’t much fun. Eventually I tried my hand at fiction and discovered it was much more enjoyable. Besides “Antonia”, I have written one other book (as yet unpublished), started the sequel to “Antonia”, and also started a legal thriller that’s set in Texas.
4. I really don’t have a favorite “writing” genre, but I do like to mix fact with fiction, and enjoy character development. As to my favorite genres to read, I go through phases and not necessarily dependent on genre. I’ll find a particular author or time period or historical figure and will then read everything I can find on the subject. Among my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Stella Gibbons, Edna Ferber, Rosamund Pilcher, William Goldman, David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Maeve Binchy, and of course, Margaret Mitchell.
5. As mentioned above, I’m working on two new books as well as self-editing my “completed” unpublished book called “Thru the Iroquois Sky”, which is more in the realm of the “Young Adult” genre. If you’re interested here’s the synopsis:
Thru the Iroquois Sky is the story of a talented young athlete with bright prospects and boundless opportunities in front of him. In the spring of 1977, an extra layer of happiness is added to his already abundant supply of achievements and blessings. A quiet, introspective musician walks down the hallway of his high school and into his heart. Ben Longhouse is instantly smitten and immediately goes to work to make Evie St. Clair his own. He introduces her to his friends, his family, and his world as an assimilated Iroquois Indian. In turn, it doesn’t take long for Evie to become thoroughly enchanted with Ben’s sweet charm, selfless generosity, and loving overtures. To those who know the beautiful young couple, their future seems destined for success. But fate often has its own agenda.
6. Writing “Antonia” seemed to be a four-step process: conceiving, scaffolding, vivifying, and finishing. Conceiving was the creation of the idea for the story, scaffolding was the mapping out of the story’s plot, vivifying was the description of the story’s world and the animation of its characters (making them come to life), and finishing was the Herculean task of pushing myself to finish the story. In general, once I conjured up the idea for the story, I would map out the plot in my mind in the morning and put it to paper in the afternoon or evening, attempting to get at least the bare bones written down to keep the plot pushing ahead in my mind. On days when I had more time to devote to the project, I would bop back and forth between vivifying what was already written and scaffolding the next series of events.
7. My biggest, and I mean colossal, weakness is moving my characters around in the story. Physically moving and relocating people from the car to the house, from the kitchen to the dining room, from the horse to the ground, from the castle to the pond, from the chair to the window, I think you get the picture!
Explaining, describing and then remembering where all my characters are or where I’ve relocated them is a lot of work and often torturous for me. In addition, I seem to get muddled in the minutiae of grammar very easily and have a bad habit of overworking phrases. I seem to revise and edit my work to death, instead of just letting it flow. Most times, the first way you put something is the best.
Another weakness is finishing a story. I have to push, goad, and virtually threaten myself with egregious bodily harm in order to complete a project.
I’m not sure if they’re my strengths, but what I most enjoy about writing is creating dialogue, hunting down the best vocabulary word, and developing the characters’ personalities—especially their flaws and foibles.
8. Since this is my first foray into publishing a novel and I’m wading through the murky bog of marketing right this minute, I’m certainly not in a position to share valuable marketing tips. However, I can tell you the steps I’ve taken so far in the way of marketing. I’ve hired great publicists, created a Facebook page, an Instagram account and a website for the book, and my publisher, Greenleaf Book Group/River Grove Books, has provided excellent marketing services as well.
9. The best advice I’ve read on writing comes from a confluence of two authors’ thoughts on the subject.
—the late James Dickey (paraphrasing): “Write with all the passion and power you have, and don’t worry about how many words and minutes it takes.”
In other words, stop checking the clock and looking at the word count. It takes what it takes.
—William Goldman: “It ain’t about inspiration. It’s about going into a room alone and doing it.”
Mr. Goldman’s advice doesn’t need other words.
Best advice on rejection letters and reviews: The only failure in falling down is staying down (Mary Pickford) and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never please everyone.
Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
This is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. I really enjoyed this story. I love the closeness between Beth and Jarrick even though most of their interaction in this book is by letters. Beth needs to come home for the summer and her mom wants the family to go on a long cruise. This way they can get closer to each other before everyone starts to leave the nest.there is romance and some fun and intrigue. Very well written. I received this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion. She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong? After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday–a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected. There’s one special thing to look forward to–letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again–and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined? Then comes a great test of Beth’s faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs? A companion story to Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” TV series!