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BLOGWORDS – Friday 20 October 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY DOUBLE FEATURE – BUYING LOVE and FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

FIRST LINE FRIDAY DOUBLE FEATURE – BUYING LOVE and FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, now hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:  

Will money ruin everything?

Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money.

Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her?

Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Nina Warrenton checked her watch for the umpteenth time. He was late.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

Another one not seen in fiction much, at least to this reader’s knowledge – adult orphans. A poignant glimpse into the heart of one no one ever wanted.

 

GENRE:

Christian Fiction, Romance, African American

 

STARS:

Five

 

THE BLURB:  

Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow.

Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution?

 

THE FIRST LINE:

Luke Robinson rolled into The Maple Pit’s parking lot.

 

MY THOUGHTS:  

An army widow faced with loving another soldier. Can a heart be more conflicted? Ms. Shiloh has beautifully portrayed the heart’s fight against itself, love against reason, and I was absorbed in the story, and in Maple Run.

 

GENRE:

Christian Fiction, Romance, African American

 

STARS:

Five

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Double Feature, Buying Love, Finding Love, Toni Shiloh

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 19 October 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

Still double duty, but yesterday was another doctor appointment and it did me in! Got some revising time in though on The Tilting Leaves of Autumn.

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #RemOctWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 18 October 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIME

SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIME

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

Combination days for the next couple of weeks – #amwriting The Silent Song of Winter AND #amediting #amrevising The Tilting Leaves of Autumn for release in November!

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #RemOctWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 18 October 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK EXCERPT – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK EXCERPT – THE TILTING LEAVES OF AUTUMN

 

#WreadingWednedsay is now dedicated to ‘wreading’ bits and excerpts from my books! Today I give you a bit to introduce you to Scarlett.

* note: not the final cover.

 

 

“You’ve changed.” Simone leveled her accusation as a statement of fact.

Still I burred up, even though I had thought the exact same thing about Mercedes just days ago. She was right, though, I had changed.

“Simone, I’m only going along with Mercedes.” She and I walked along the boardwalk toward Versailles. I snugged my wool coat tighter, already the buttons not meeting over my middle. “I’ve not forgotten who I am—or my place.”

She nodded and I thought I detected a muted harrumph.

“Truly, Simone. This won’t last, it can’t.”

We walked in silence.

“What of you? Have you recovered more of your memory?”

“Some, yes.” Simone peered into the dense trees and I wondered what memories the Chicora village held.

“Did you ever go there?” I tried to contain my anxiety over the thought. I had always been frightened by the thought of Indians although I couldn’t say why.

“I had a friend there, Elizabeth.”

“Elizabeth?”

She explained that missionaries had come and many natives had taken Christian names.

Silence shrugged about us like the damp from the marsh.

“Shall we go there now?”

Simone looked at me as if my senses had taken their leave of me. “To the village?” She said the word almost reverently.

“Is there some reason we shouldn’t?” We were at the place where the boardwalk branched off toward the village. I wondered now that there would be such a clear path if the very existence was supposed to be secret.

And still Simone hesitated, but joined me after some moments.

“Are you afraid?”

“Afraid?” She let out a hoot of laughter. “Why should I be afraid?”

“If you don’t want to go…”

“Don’t be silly.” And she skipped on ahead just as she had done when we were girls.

We entered what seemed to me to be a large hut. But it was long and seemed to serve more than one purpose. Simone approached an elderly gentleman, dressed in native regalia and seated on a low cushioned bench, and I presumed him to be the chief. There were mats on the dirt floor in front of him and Simone lowered herself to one; I followed her lead.

She spoke with the man, surprising me with her knowledge of their language. I leaned to her to ask what she had said but thought better of it.

The man spoke and nodded at me, and Simone spoke my name. He nodded again and reached his hand to me. I looked to Simone, and she nodded as well.

“He is Chief Winyah.” The chief’s eyes smiled as she spoke to me. “It is an ancestral name. All chiefs of their clan have had this name.”

His hands were ruddy colored, leathery and wrinkled, and I wondered how old he was. He smiled at me, his dark eyes alight with joy and warmth.

He spoke again to Simone, and she answered, then asked me, “Why have you come?”

My furrowed brow must have entertained him because he laughed then. I cut my eyes to Simone.

“We came…” Then I realized Simone had not drawn me here but it had been my insistence that drew her here. “I wanted to see…” But I knew it was more than that. More even, than recovering Simone’s memories.

“I don’t know,” I finally said. “I’m not sure.”

Simone translated, and Chief Winyah took a long draw on his pipe, his eyes never leaving mine. He spoke again.

“He says you seek answers.”

I wanted to feel relief because of course I was seeking answers. Answers for Simone. But he didn’t mean for Simone. He meant for me and I knew it.

And he was right.

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book Except, The Long Shadows of Summer, Seasons, Chapter One, Seasons, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 17 October 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

Combination days for the next couple of weeks – #amwriting The Silent Song of Winter AND #amediting #amrevising The Tilting Leaves of Autumn for release in November!

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #RemOctWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 17 October 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FINDING LOVE by TONI SHILOH

                                                                             

 

Accepting the unacceptable, consenting to that which was a deal breaker, loving what was deemed off limits.

 

When a young Army widow finds herself falling for another man in uniform she fights it til she can fight it to more. But can Delaney Jones, truly give her heart to Luke Robinson?

 

Luke is on a mission, a mission of repentance and restitution. He never meant to fall for the widow of his former buddy in arms. Will he choose a life with her? Or will he return to his life in service? Or, is there middle ground for them, accepting the past and looking to the future? Can they trust the hand of God in the midst of their burdens?

 

 

Ms. Shiloh does not disappoint with this story. Intense emotions, real and raw, foil with a love that is just as intense and real and raw. As both Delaney and Luke wager their own personal battles, each must face their own personal demons, and Ms. Shiloh portrays this very well, and very true. No battle is easy, nor is it pretty, and this story exposes the ugly that we each must face before the beauty of victory can emerge.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

 

https://tonishiloh.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorToniShiloh/

https://www.pinterest.com/tonishiloh/

https://www.instagram.com/tonishiloh/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ToniShiloh

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13656663.Toni_Shiloh

https://www.amazon.com/Toni-Shiloh/e/B00UITVEDA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1507481333&sr=8-1

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Finding Love, Toni Shiloh, Buying Love

BLOGWORDS – Monday 16 October 2017 – SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

SPECIAL EDITION – REMOCTWRIMO

“I would return again someday, at least I prayed I might. I prayed both that my friends wouldn’t search for me, and that they would. I told them not to come after me; I hoped they would.”

Combination days for the next couple of weeks – #amwriting The Silent Song of Winter AND #amediting #amrevising The Tilting Leaves of Autumn to ready for release in November!

SO…

I love how these stories are overlapping and intertwining, each new one going back to the previous ones, and tying them all together! Can’t wait to get to Simone’s story—The Whispering Winds of Spring!  #May2018

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

 

“the battle for identity, one story at a time”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, #RemOctWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Woods of Spring

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