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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 15 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AN INFORMAL AFFAIR by HEATHER GRAY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AN INFORMAL AFFAIR by HEATHER GRAY

 

Who better to share your dating woes with than your best friend? Who better to compare online dating profiles with? And the dates as a result of online dating?

 

Lia Promise’s love life has been stagnant as yesterday’s IV. With no prospects in sight, Lia takes to online sites. And ropes her bestie in for the ride.

 

But Maverick Hoyt doesn’t feel the need-for-speed, and goes along to make Lia happy. That’s what best friends do, right?

 

As they compare notes, and with one bad date after another, will they realize true love has been right in front of them all along? Will they step aside from their own methods and take a look at the hand of God—and what He just might have been up to all along?

 

 

What a fun and adorable story! Watching the friendship between Lia and Maverick, I felt like I was at the next table at the diner, overhearing (not eavesdropping, never eavesdropping) their conversations. Each week as they commiserated, I could feel the frustration mounting. I wanted to punch more than one mouthy date in the nose, and I wanted to offer my shoulder to cry on. I sensed hearts turning and love blooming—and the resistance to it. I laughed as they laughed and watched, from my table in the corner, as love settled—over one of them.

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

Heather Gray loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. Her books almost always include someone who’s infatuated with coffee, too. Some things just can’t be helped. Heather delights in creating characters who, like her, have their share of faults and foibles, characters who are flawed…but loved anyway.

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – MOWED OVER by CHRISTINA CORYELL

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – MOWED OVER by CHRISTINA CORYELL

 

 

When artist Willow Sharpe throws herself in front of the riding lawnmower to save her fairy world from being mowed over, the landscaper thinks she’s more than a little loopy.

 

Clint-doesn’t-talk-much-Kirkland is fascinated by the pixie artist woman. And yet he is drawn to her.

 

But if opposites attract, can they find common ground and let their hearts do the talking?

 

 

This is my first read by Ms. Coryell and I’m sold. The story zings with fun and the snappy dialogue bounced. As an artist, I totally relate to Willow’s reaction to her endangered fairy scape—and her incessant chatter… And with her heart as love begins to stir. I enjoyed as Willow transferred the things of her life to her fairy character—and when she created a Clint character to go in her storyline.

Ms. Coryell has written a clever story within a story, life imitating life imitating life, love on the page… on the page. Sweet and silly and fair-ily delightful.

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

USA Today bestselling author Christina Coryell was born and raised in southwest Missouri, where she lives with her husband and children. She had plenty of people tell her that her degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing would be useless. They were probably right. Added to her dual major in History, she became the least likely candidate for nearly every career on the planet, save being a writer. That suits her just fine.

Christina has written from the back hatch of an SUV, in a lawn chair while at soccer practice, in the front seat of her car, with kids climbing on her, and often with extremely loud noise in the background. At least half of her books have been written during baseball games.

She believes great fiction mirrors life, and great life contains a little humor, so it’s difficult not to sprinkle a little funny business throughout her work. Oh…and character is everything.
She loves hearing from readers. You can find all the ways to connect with her at www.christinacoryell.com

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 1 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A (nearly) NORMAL NANNY by KRISTA PHILLIPS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A (nearly) NORMAL NANNY by KRISTA PHILLIPS

 

 

Making plans is normal. Right?

 

Mari Jenkins had a plan. It was a good plan. She could work the plan. And a stint as a nanny fit in her plan. Sorta.

 

What did not fit in her plan was Brandon Stone. And especially not his spur-of-the-moment style.

 

But Brandon’s impulsive and guileless fun draws Mari away from her carefully scripted life. And her plans—and her hope for normal—flitter away.

 

 

Ms. Phillips weaves such a delightful tale around some not-so-delightful life issues. Mari’s need for control in a life that has been out-of-control hits close to home for this reviewer. Her conflict over letting go of some of that control, and the stirring of love. But will she cling to her plan and her drive for normal? Or will she let go and make room for some not-so-normal in her plan?

 

 

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

Krista Phillips writes inspirational romantic comedy. She believes a sprinkle of laughter (and a wee bit of chocolate) makes everything a little better! She blogs regularly about life as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect at www.kristaphillips.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 July 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SECOND IMPRESSIONS by PEPPER BASHAM

 

Opposites attract. But do they stick?

 

Black and white, no gray area, Ethan Keller.is quite put off by taste-the-rainbow Nora Simeon. Travel weary and utterly out of her element, she does not make a great first impression. Then again, spouting ill-tempered words at the innocent desk clerk, neither does Ethan.

 

Thrust together in a compromising situation, Nora and Ethan both back-pedal their previous foul attitudes. And maybe, just maybe even see the pleasant attributes the other has to offer.

 

As Nora becomes less of an aggravation and problem to be solved, can Ethan taste taste some rainbow in his own life? Does Ethan offer the hand-in-glove solution to Nora’s dilemma?

 

 

 

Ms. Basham has created a colorful masterpiece with her latest Britillachian story. Caught in an unthinkable—and rather compromising—situation, Ethan and Nora run the gamut of reaction and emotion, and Ms. Basham paints their story with skill.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

 

 

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 27 June 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SUMMER OF DECEPTION BY ELVA COBB MARTIN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – SUMMER OF DECEPTION BY ELVA COBB MARTIN

Taking a position as nanny got her to Charleston. But it didn’t give her any answers to her brother’s reported death. Instead, Rachel York uncovered more mystery and intrigue. And she discovered love in the most wrong place with the most wrong man.

 

Luke Barrett had no clue of the offer his uncle had made to Ms. York. With no small degree of hesitation and misgiving—and a generous degree of investigation—he offers her the position.

Curious activities rouse suspicion; Rachel doesn’t know whether to suspect Luke, and Luke doesn’t know whether to suspect Rachel. And their love may not survive.

 

 

Ms. Martin has created a compelling story with intrigue on nearly every page. The characters juggle with emotions and wounds of the past, trying to maintain even ground. I felt some of the dialogue and descriptions were stilted, but the story line had me hooked, and the ending did not disappoint.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). Her first two inspirational novels, a romantic suspense, Summer of Deception, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, have both spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. Elva is represented by Jim Hart, of Hartline Literary.

She is the author of a mini-book, Power Over Satan:How to Discern and Defeat the Enemy’s Plans Against You, available on Amazon and has contributed articles to two books. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have published her articles. She is a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. A mother and grandmother, Elva Martin lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund in upstate South Carolina, USA. She would love for you to sign up for her newsletter on her blog or web site.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 30 May 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PROMISE OF PEPPERMINT BY VALERIE COMER

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PROMISE OF PEPPERMINT BY VALERIE COMER

                                                                             

 

Destroying the stranglehold of the past. For some it’s impossible. Will it be impossible for Rebekah Jackson or will she have the strength and courage to free herself? To allow love in her scarred heart? Will she accept Wade back into her life?

 

Rebekah’s rejection crushed Wade Roper four years ago. Now they’re in the same town and his love for her is rekindled. But what can he offer her if she won’t tell him what haunts her?

 

Ms. Comer has taken an horrific and traumatic incident and written a very real story—with her delightful and whimsical story-telling touch. The depth of Rebekah’s wound is in no way downplayed, nor the depth of Wade’s love—or the healing power of Father’s love.

Ms. Comer has a gift for weaving her charming stories with very real and sometimes devastating events of life. She offers a story that resonates with readers, and offers them the hope that is only found in Father’s Word and His Truth. Promise of Peppermint, and all of her stories, are modern day parables.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

Valerie Comer is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner who writes where food meets faith and fiction. She has been called “a stellar storyteller” as she injects experience laced with humor into her green clean romances.

Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for her stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Join Valerie at http://valeriecomer.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and follow her on social media. You can also find her blogging at http://inspyromance.com

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 March 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THAT’S WHEN I KNEW

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THAT’S WHEN I KNEW

 

 

 

Chelsea Scott’s past and her future collide—right as she slid into second base. And Nick Pearson. Her best friend had shattered her world twelve years ago when he said three little words.

 

And Chelsea ran.

 

And now, Nick is her knight in shining armor—or driver in a shiny rig, hauling her wares to the trade show in Chicago.

Will the hours on the road together have her running from his easy charm and fetching good looks again—or falling in to the pool of love that got skipped years before?

 

This reviewer knows the struggle to let herself be loved, and the guilt of wrong decisions, and I felt deeply as Chelsea sought to retreat to her safe space—anywhere Nick Pearson was not. But as the reader and the romantic, I chastised her for it. I laughed at the comedy of errors, the seeming “what else could go wrong’s” that conspired to continually put them in the same place at the same time. I cried a little as each of them faced past hurts and allowed them to drive a wedge in a relationship that is not yet solid. And I melted into Nick’s arms every time Chelsea let herself bask in his embrace.

 

 

Ms. Tomlinson tells an easy tale, drawing her reader into her story world from the first page. Her descriptions are colorful and vivid, the emotions of her characters genuine and real. She has put a full story into a compact novella, leaving the reader at once satisfied and longing for more. Ms. Tomlinson is skilled in her telling, and her ability shines on every page.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her stories are fueled by faith, steaming mugs of tea, and her belief that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking with her two little sous chefs and testing new recipes on her husband—especially if she doesn’t have to do the dishes.

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