Friday, December 19, 2014

New Release - Embers of Courage - David and Diane Munson

Dear Readers,

I love to support local authors.  When they have a national audience as David and Diane Munson do, it makes it so much easier.  Embers of Courage is their 9th book and once again they take us to the side of government you don't hear reported about on the news.

Embers of CourageEva and Griff are once again plunged into danger when Eva's task force teammate is captured while on a mission in Egypt.  She puts her life at risk while trying to save persecuted Christians. Past and present collide when her faith is tested like never before.

Because of their past work, David and Diane can give us a very unique perspective on the workings of the government and what happens behind the scenes.  They themselves have had to face dangers similar to what they write about in their books, so to say they know what they are writing about is an understatement. 

If you are looking for a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and yet is something you can share with everyone you meet, the books by David and Diane fit the bill.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thomas Locke

Dear Readers,

I have had the privilege to read and then share Emissary by Thomas Locke before it released.   I wish I could have shared it with each one of you, but I only got a certain number of copies.  Rats.  But I want to let you know if you are looking for a good fantasy book I  encourage you to pick this book up.

Our main character, Hyam, is about to turn 21 when his mother passes.  Her last request is he go to the Long Hall and find his father.  What he finds there is much different than anything he expects to find.  He finds out that not only is his father gone, he is not wanted in the Hall either and he can’t figure out why.

EmissaryWhy, it turns out, is a quest that you get to go with Hyam on.  What makes this book so fun is the way Thomas weaves the human element into a story about creatures that don’t exist.  We meet with Elves and a race of telepaths that come and go whenever they feel like it.  The story will have echoes of The Hobbit.

Now I want to quickly assure you that Thomas does not fancy himself the next J.R.R. Tolkien, but he so enjoyed Tolkien’s books, he wanted to make sure there were other books out there for those reading that genre. 

Emissary is book one of a new series with book #2 coming out soon.  I for one am looking forward to reading it, and I have heard back from several other readers that have said the same thing.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Release - Petticoat Detective - Margaret Brownley

Dear Readers,

Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley is book number one in the Undercover ladies series.  It is right in Margaret's wheelhouse for writing.  It is a romantic historical comedy, with a bit of mystery to it.  Ones that Margaret's fans will fall in love with immediately.

As a Pinkerton Detective, Jennifer has been asked to do many things, but playing an lady companion at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her.  She is hot on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit when one of the lead witnesses meets an untimely death.  Only a hand full of people were present when the witness died and one of them is the killer.  Will Jennifer be able to solve the case before she becomes the target?

Of course there is a handsome ex-Texas Ranger involved in the story because where would a good western romance be if there were no handsome cowboys involved?  So not only do we have an delightful mystery we have  cowboys and that always makes for very good read. 

                                     Happy Reading,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Release - The Bracelet - Dorothy Love

Dear Readers,

Before the Civil War Savannah Georgia was a hub for all the high society in the area.  Plantation owners and their families strolled the streets.  It was about appearance and the Browning family was heavily involved. 

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love takes a peek into this time in Savannah's history.  A time of hoop skirts and slaves.  A time where reputation was everything and a bad one could ruin you and or your family.

Celia is looking forward to when her childhood sweetheart is returning and hopefully will soon propose.  But there is a small fly in the ointment in the form of a newspaper reporter who uncovers a few unsavory details from the Browning's past. 

Celia knows all can be lost if any of it proves true and as the journalist digs deeper it looks like it all maybe.  Will Celia be able to uncover the real truth before the half-truths destroys everything?

Based on actual events, The Bracelet is one of those books that will need to be on your reading list.  It might even be one you add to your Christmas wish list.

Happy Reading,

P.S. It also has one of those very eye catching covers. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Releases - December 8 -13

Dear Readers,

10 days till Christmas.  Oh boy, that seemed to go quickly.  Here are few last minute gift ideas.  They are all new releases for the reader who read everything.  Oh course they can also just be for yourself to read when you need a break from the hectic holiday pace. 

Happy Reading,

House of Living Stones - Katie Schuermann - Things don't change much in Bradbury IL.  So when Pastor Fletcher hires a new choir director everything gets turned on its head. 

Winter Brides - Denise Hunter/Deborah Raney/Betsy St. Amant - 3 Novellas - A December Bride - Layla and Seth's engagement is only to save her career.  Well at least for Layla... A January Bride - A friendship developes between an novelist and the host of a bed and breakfast.   A February Bride - Allie flees the church on her wedding day because she doesn't want to make the mistakes that the women of her family make. 

Petticoat Detective - Margaret Brownley - Undercover Ladies #1 - Jennifer Layne is a Pinkerton Detective and she is hot on the trail of the Gunnysack Bandit.  When her main lead meets an untimely death, she needs to rethink her strategy on how to catch him. 

The Bracelet - Dorothy Love - When Celia's intended returns they will become in engaged and then married, uniting two very prominent families.  Then a reporter starts digging into her family's past and it threatens to unravel everything.

The Wishing Season - Denise Hunter - A Chapel Springs Romance - A contest for a house turns into a funny little tie-break.  Share the house for a year and see which idea is best.  Cole and PJ are not only rivals, they now are both feeling drawn to each other.  Who will win?

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Release - Checkmate - Steven James

Dear Readers,

Ever since reading Pawn by Steven James I have eagerly awaited the next installment of the Bowers File.  Sadly I am saying that Checkmate, which just released, is rumored to be the last one.  I am sad because I have really enjoyed getting to know Patrick, his step-daughter Tessa and his new wife Lien-Hua.  Even the evil Basque was a character not easily forgotten.

I have found the different issues Patrick wrestled with fascinating.  The way he is willing to hunt down a killer, just to keep people safe usually left us on the edge of our seats wondering if Patrick would live to see another day.  All of it made for a page turner of a book and now Checkmate is on the shelves and begging to be read.

Patrick is racing stop a terrorist threat that could be bigger than the 911 attacks.  As Patrick starts to put the clues together an old "friend" seems to be involved.  Who is pulling the strings behind the plot?  Why is it so important that Patrick is involved?  Will Patrick be able to stop the threat before any more people are killed?

Full of murder and mayhem, Steven's books are face paced thrillers that keep you awake until the very end.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book of the year - 2014

Dear Readers,

It is hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us.  Our family added a couple of members this year with a wedding and the birth of a grandchild, which made it busier than ever.  Time flew with all the blessings and fun we had this year.  One of the things that remains a constant in my life is the number of good books that I have the privilege to read every year.  It does make it harder to pick a favorite from among them all as every time I think I had one, someone would remind me of a different one I liked. 

A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton LodgeSo this year I went back through my list of books I have reviewed this year and there was one that made me stop a bit longer than any of the others. That was ATable by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge.  I was so taken with this book when I first read it that I emailed the rep from Waterbrook wondering when the second half of the story was coming out.  I loved the characters, I love the setting and I loved that Hillary wove family and cooking together so beautifully.  It is something that my family seems to have also, most of our get-togethers seem to center around food in one way or another.

The story itself drew me, asked me to pull up a chair and enjoy a meal.  They made me part of their family, to partake in their arguments, laughter and tears.  To be welcomed so warmly into a family is a gift, to be given that gift by an author just adds to the pleasure.  I am looking forward to Reservations for Two which releases in April which is not soon enough, but I guess I will wait.

Happy Reading,