Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson

I loved this story. This is the first book I have ever read by Todd M. Johnson. It will not be the last. This really held my interest. I did not want to put this down. This was a wonderful book about lawyers and trusts and how these work. There were many twists and turns. I never quite knew what was coming next. I loved Ian and his family and the people working for him. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Criminal defense attorney Ian Wells inherited a law practice from his father in Minneapolis. A new client offers him two hundred thousand dollars to find out whether three men qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To qualify, none of the men can have a criminal record for the past twenty years. He finds out the trust has links to an old criminal enterprise and an unsolved art theft. Now Ian is under criminal investigation as the money from the crime begins to surface.

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Straight Flies the Arrow by Sydney Tooman Betts with a giveaway

I really enjoyed this story.  I haven’t read many books about American Indians in a long time and this was a good story.  There was some good history and some good romance.  It was nice to have the added part with how the Bible was being brought to the people if both tribes.  This made me laugh and cry in parts.  I received an ebook copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Name of book: Straight Flies the Arrow

Author: Sydney Tooman Betts

Genre: Historical, Adventure, Romance

Release Date: July 8, 2017
During the winter of 1841, Pacing Wolf, the esteemed leader of the Many Lodges, follows the trail of a brutal murderer, leaving behind his beloved woman, Small Doe. When his tracking party returns without him, the Sparrow Hawks’ Real Chief pronounces him dead, insisting Small Doe grieve, but she cannot bring herself to give up hope her husband will return. The coming spring offers her few choices. She can accept the courageous new warrior chosen for her or risk falling prey to his war-society rivals.
Vengeance and loyalty, hatred and faithfulness, all vie within two enemy villages, one belonging to the Sparrow Hawks and the other the Allies, threatening to crush every hope of happiness for Small Doe and everyone she loves.
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About the Author

Sydney Tooman Betts and her protagonist-husband currently reside near the extensive cavern system that inspired the setting for several early chapters of this book.
While single, Ms. Betts (B.S. Bible/Missiology, M.Ed) was involved in a variety of cross-cultural adventures in North and Central America. After marrying, she and her husband lived in Europe and the Middle East where he served in various mission-support capacities. Her teaching experiences span preschool to guest lecturing at the graduate level and serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, Children’s Church Director, or Women’s Ministries facilitator in several evangelical denominations.
Before penning her first novel, A River too Deep, she ghost-wrote several stories for an adult literacy program.
Guest Post from Sydney Tooman Betts
You know you are created for a purpose, but honestly, how much of a difference can one person make in a life filled with one foot put in front of another, cooking for a family, washing clothes, combing out tangles… Come walk alongside one woman whose singular choice changes life for generations.
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Drawn By the Frost Moon:  Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner with a giveaway 

This was an enjoyable historical fiction story. This is the fourth book in the Creek Country Saga. This can be read as a stand alone but it would probably be better to read the other books in the series first to understand a bit more of the story. I really liked Captain Marcus Buck. Liana was interesting but sometimes I did not agree with some of her decisions. I haven’t read much about Spanish held Florida or the Seminole Wars before. This was interesting. I received a copy of this ebook from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Name of book: Bitter Eyes No More
Author: April W Gardner
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: Feb, 2017
A man of abiding honor, tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins, pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.
Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.
Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child’s father, a ruthless don. All the while, he’s to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name—simple labor compared to dodging the army’s noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.
Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two…
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About the Author
beach headshotAPRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copyeditor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks.
April loves to hear from her readers at: aprilgardnerwrites@gmail.com and at http://www.aprilgardner.com
 
Guest Post from April W. Gardner
I’ve never needed one of those spiritual gifts tests to know I score a big, fat zero in the mercy department. When God impressed on me the themes of Bitter Eyes No More—mercy and justice—I figured I was the least qualified person to broach the topic.
However, in His perfect way, He knew exactly where I needed to be stretched, and over the seven months He used me to craft the story, He poked and prodded at my flaws, making them large in my mind and reminding me that no one is deserving of any quantity of mercy, grace, or forgiveness, and that He alone is righteous enough to wield the gavel of justice.
Captain Marcus Buck, the hero in Bitter Eyes No More, learns the same lesson. Because of a horrifying stint of slavery on a British frigate, he drives through life seeking justice—all in accordance with the law, of course, but swift, fierce justice nonetheless. Lillian, the same story’s female lead, knows beyond a doubt she deserves the most righteous justice there is—an eternity apart from God. Mercy is only for the deserving, she says, but there can surely be none for her, an unwed mother with the label “traitor” hovering over her head.
Marcus, a surgeon and splendid swordsman, has engraved his sword with a passage from the prophet Zechariah. “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” (Zech. 7:9) It’s a beautiful piece of advice, but Marcus is blind to the second half.
What neither of these characters realizes at first is that God doles out mercy and justice as a packaged unit and in bountiful, equal measure. In our finite human minds, we tend to separate these two qualities, but God cannot give one without the other. More than that, He cannot be one without the other. He is all mercy and all justice in one perfect being.
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The Fairness of Beasts by Gar LaSalle

This was a well done historical fiction book with a lot of twists and turns. This is the third book in the Widow Walk series and the first one that I read. I wish I had read the first two but I was able to figure out what was going on anyway. I think I would have understood some parts slightly better if I had read the other two. This made me laugh and cry. This is definitely not a feel good book. This tells it like it was during the Civil War. I like that. The characters are all very interesting. Some you like throughout and others you grow to love. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity through Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


A compelling new narrative of Civil War-era politics in Washington, D.C. incorporates family machinations, historical drama and riveting romance set against a backdrop of the universal struggle for freedom and human rights. Emmy O’Malley Evers and her family have journeyed from the Pacific Northwest and survived murder, kidnapping and a train heist to build a life with Emmy’s father, a Massachusetts Congressman elected on the Democratic ticket. In The Fairness of Beasts [Solipsis Publishing, October 24, 2017], readers discover that the family’s – and the country’s – journey is far from over.

Devil in the Dust by Cara Luecht with a giveaway

I could not put this down. I will say that you better not be looking for a feel good story in this one. It is a sad story about what people felt like during the dust bowl of 1933. This has a bit of suspense also. This really shows what some people must have felt like during the dust bowl. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Name of book: Devil in the Dust
Author: Cara Luecht
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: April 3, 2017
June 1933
Their small Oklahoma town is dying. Lillian remembers how acres and acres of wheat once waved under jewel-blue skies. Now the dirt stretches across the flat land as far as she can see.
Emma’s husband is missing. She keeps house, keeps her five children fed as best as she can, and keeps smiling as her hope fades. But when the days stretch to weeks, she faces the possibility that he will never come home. Left with the likelihood of losing their farm, and the ever-present pangs of hunger, she is forced to consider opportunities that, under normal circumstances, she would never contemplated.
Jessie, Emma’s oldest daughter, completes her tasks as if numb. Forced to wear her mother’s shoes to avoid the humiliation of bare feet, she watches the dead, dirt road for signs of life.
And then he comes.
His new car and shiny shoes and generous way with gifts and money catch Jessie’s eye, much to the dismay of her mother … and much to the concern of the minister’s wife, Lillian. He’s too smooth, too willing to help, and much too eager to spend time with a girl less than half his age. But who is to say he is not the miracle they all prayed for?
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About the Author
140223_132100phAward winning author, Cara Luecht, lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband, David, and their children. In addition to freelance writing and marketing, Cara works as an English Instructor for a local college. Cara graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, Cara is studying for a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary.
 
Guest Post from Cara Luecht
Why I wrote Devil in the Dust.
One Sunday after church, we decided to go to lunch with another family. We hadn’t had the opportunity to get to know this couple well, but the conversation was amazing, we laughed until we almost cried, and I’m pretty sure the restaurant manager was glad to see us go.
On the way out, the topic grew more serious, and I mentioned something that worried me. It was maybe a sentence—I was not baring my soul—but the woman with whom we had spent the last couple of delightful hours stopped, blinked, and put up her wall-of-a-Christian-smile. In an instant, I knew I had been judged as negative. You see, for many Christians, the mantras of “the battle is already won,” “faith will get you through,” and the largely American “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” have drowned out the quieter mandate to care.
I went home chased by the feeling that, somehow, I didn’t measure up. And for a time, I dredged that place of overthinking, attempting to float a reason out of that murky pond where insecurity hides.
Of course, I came up with nothing, and decided to put my efforts into deciding what my next novel would be. Unfortunately (or fortunately), at this stage, every little life experience has potential for use.
While I had been undecided on theme, I knew I wanted the setting for the novel to be in the dustbowl in the 1930s. I began researching, and I realized the scope and human impact of this disaster was much larger than I had remembered from history class. More importantly, it lasted an entire decade. For a decade, people dealt with hunger and drought and death from breathing in the ultra-fine soot. Children were lost. Families abandoned their farms. People survived on rations of canned government meat…and that’s when they were lucky. Many felt cursed.
Life was hard. I imagine that smiles were rare, even in the church.
I started thinking about what it would take for a community to survive devastation on this scale. I considered the kind of people who make up a town: merchants, teachers, police, farmers, and ministers. And while merchants and teachers, along with everyone else, would feel the change brought on by the slow death of a drought, for a minister it would be different. A minister’s purpose is to bring people the good news of the gospel. Technically, their job would stay exactly the same, except every phrase they spoke would shift in meaning because the context—the lives of those sitting in the pews—had changed so dramatically.
Growing up as the child of a pastor, I have some knowledge about how a minister’s home works. And in all my research I was left with one question: How could a minister preach every Sunday to a congregation of people who had lost everything with no hope for improvement anytime soon?
I moved my research to the Bible, and when I did, I came across the story of Lazarus. I have heard and read this story countless times, but in the light of trying to puzzle out what a pastor might do in a situation where it looks like all has been lost, I realized something about the story that I had never considered. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he cried with Lazarus’ sisters. He shared in their grief even though he knew it would end. He stayed there with them in that moment of sorrow.
I came to the conclusion that during times of suffering, our responsibility to others should look nothing like that drought-of-a-Christian-smile that I met outside that restaurant. Rather, it should emulate Jesus’ example. When we make Christianity only about victory, and turn faith into a wish book, we strip it of its most powerful message: hope. Not eternal hope, but the hope of not being alone. More often than not, we lack the ability to change someone’s circumstances. What we can do is come up alongside someone and help carry their burden even if only for a few minutes. Christianity is not a way to avoid suffering, it’s about finding meaning through the suffering.
I wrote Devil in the Dust as an exploration of what it means to be a Christian while standing in the midst of a desert. Told through the voices of three women who endure the quiet shame of poverty, Devil in the Dust is a story about what happens to faith when everything goes wrong.
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Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series and great like the first. This book shows how Hope and her sisters survive after the massacre of the Whitman mission. Hope has many items to get passed. I recommend that you read the first in the series so you know what is going on. I love the characters if Hope and Lance and all the others. Can one survive the travails that Hope has gone through. The answer is yes with a lot of faith. This they all learn. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman. The man she loved died in her arms. She heads to Oregon City to heal and live with her sisters while she takes care of their sheep. When the prosecutors ask her to testify against the Cayuse Indians, who are responsible for the massacre, she is not sure she can relive the loss again, yet if she does not testify, the attackers may come after her. 

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport with a giveaway 

This is a book of two Christmas stories. Both stories are equally good. I laughed and cried through both stories. The first story is called Christmas in Gold. Astrid is in her eighties and is moving to an assisted living facility. She fell and broke some bones so her children feel it is time for a change. It is close to Christmas and she needs physical therapy. This is where she meets Carly. Both Carly and Astrid need to make adjustments here. This story is sad and happy. I really enjoyed it.The second book is called Christmas in Blue. Angela is a piano teacher. Her best friend has died earlier in the year and she is not looking forward to Christmas. Instead of being by herself like she wants to be she is firced to run the towns A Christmas to Remember celebration that her dead friend Carole ran every year. She is not ready for this. This made me laugh and cry . Each person in the town learns a few lessons of their own. I loved both stories. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


Name of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Christmas in Blue

Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?
Christmas in Gold

When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.
 
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About the Author
Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
 
Guest Post from Olivia Newport
We All Have a Story
 
I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.
 
A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.
 
Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.
 
Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.
 
Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.
 
Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
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