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When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .




Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.







This reviewer quickly fell in love with Belinda. Her quirkiness, her dedication to be independent and pursue her own path quickly endeared her to me.

Stone Carrington V quickly dissolved the image his name conjures—wealthy and arrogant and self-absorbed—turning instead, to Belinda as a friend and cohort in his pursuit of a murderer.


A la Father Brown, Murder She Wrote, and Miss Marple, Belinda Blake stumbles into the middle of a murder mystery. And like Father Brown and Jessica Fletcher and Jane Marple, Belinda goes after the murderer like a dog with a bone.

Or a snake with a rat…


Ms. Gilbert has created an authentic character in Belinda, quirky and insecure, determined and resourceful. As the tension between Belinda and Stone builds, so too, does suspense around the murder. Especially when a second body is found.


The story is crisp and tight, never a dull moment, with nail biting scenes, even.







I received a complimentary 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.


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Gudrid grew up following pagan ways. But when pagan ways took her mother from her, she dismissed Thor and wants nothing to do with him. As a child of eleven, what choice did she have?

As a woman of two and twenty, Gudrid is twice widowed and living in Straumsfjord with her third husband and their child. As a former daughter –in-law of Eirik the Red, Gudrid is a leader in the camp in the new land, and she bears that role with care and responsibility.

But Gudrid has memories that haunt her dreams. Memories of a would-be love that was cut short. Can she lay those ghosts that haunt her dream to rest? Can she accept the love of her husband? Will she lay aside the past hopes and dreams and embrace the man she is now wed to?

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




She always felt entitled to just as much as her brothers. But she was a girl. And she was forest child—the illegitimate daughter of Eirik the Red’s mistress.

Freydis lived up to the label of forest child. She was more at home in the trees than she was in the village or around people. And she bested her brothers at seeming everything.

Only Gudrid could talk to her—only Gudrid would talk to her. And with her Christian ways, it seemed only Gudrid loved her.

As Freydis strives to make her place in a man’s world, in a world of pagan beliefs and rituals, can she accept the love she seeks, the love she longs for? Will she relinquish her resentment of her half-brother, Leif Eiriksson, and receive the love Gudrid offers? The love of Christ?

Ms. Gilbert has brought to life the stories of these two women with such vivid telling. Based heavily on the Icelandic Sagas and written in first person point of view draws the reader in to an intimate telling of the first European women in North America. Ms. Gilbert’s depth of research and her heart for these stories make them come alive with vivid descriptions, vibrant settings, and authentic dialogue. I felt Gudrid’s conflict as she struggled to let go of unwanted love and embrace the enduring love of her husband.  And the depth that Freydis believed she wasn’t good enough and had to prove her worth, verily leaps from the page—especially for this reviewer. I reveled with both as they earned their victories.

Ms. Gilbert has told these tales both succinctly and yet thoroughly, and given a new appreciation for the lives and history of the Viking people.

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.




HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University, and she and her husband are raising their children in the same home in which Heather grew up.

Heather’s Viking historical novels, God’s Daughter and Forest Child, are Amazon Norse bestsellers. Heather has also authored the bestselling Murder in the Mountains mystery series, the Hemlock Creek Suspense series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.









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Point of View—from an Author’s Point of View

by Heather Day Gilbert


I’ve listened as a fly on the wall in a couple of readers’ groups online, and it’s interesting how polarized people can feel about first person versus third person point of view in books.

For example, some refuse to pick up a first person book, thinking it’ll be strewn with “I” sentences. Others prefer first POV, enjoying the closeness it allows to the main character(s).

I believe authors have to be adaptable, but I imagine most of us have a point of view we feel most natural writing in.

For me, that’s first person present point of view. I used this for my Viking historical and thought I was breaking all the rules, until I realized Philippa Gregory also employs that POV (I’m not as weird as I thought!). I used first present POV for my contemporary mysteries, as well.

Yet lately, I’ve written in third person past POV for a couple of anthologies I am in, and I enjoyed that too. Yes, it was quite a leap, but I’d learned a bit about deep third POV from my critique partner (Becky Doughty), who absolutely rocks that POV in such a way I feel like I’m reading first, because I’m so deep in the characters’ heads.

How do you write deep third person POV? I’ve read several posts on this, but I think the key is to remove distancing words, like “he saw”, “she thought”, or “he felt”. We’re in that person’s head, so if they’re thinking Mrs. McGillicuddy has a weird hairdo, they would simply say “Weird hair,” instead of “‘Weird hair,’ I thought”.

For first POV, I would suggest changing up your sentence structure so you’re conscious of multiple sentences starting with “I.” For example:

I walked to the store. The pavement seemed to broil under my feet. I peered into the glass windows—no one there. I banged on the door anyway.

You could change it up like this (bonus points if you spot that passive verb I threw in the paragraph above):

The pavement broiled under my feet as I walked to the store. Peering through the glass windows, I could tell no one was there. I banged on the door anyway.

I will add that I’ve read numerous traditionally published books written in first POV that start sentence after sentence with “I”, so although it’s not advisable, apparently it can be done. Personally, I prefer to get in a flow as I write my sentences, trying to stay conscious of that niggly “I” word.

There are numerous other POVs—first person past, third person present, omniscient third (tricky and not often done these days), and of course any of these can integrate alternating or multiple POVs (I have done this in my books, as well).

As a reader, I’ve found I naturally migrate to first person POV books. Did you know Jane Eyre is written in first person? What about Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? Despite what I’ve heard some say, first person is hardly a 21st century phenomena, although I believe Twilight brought it to the forefront in YA literature in the 2000s.


***What about you? What point of view do you migrate to as a reader? And if you’re an author, what POV do you prefer to write in? And here’s a challenge—if you tend to read only one POV, why don’t you switch it up and try something else for a change? You never know what might happen!***




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HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. You can find Heather’s Viking historicals and West Virginia mystery/suspense novels here.







You can find Heather online here:

Website: http://heatherdaygilbert.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdaygilbert

Twitter: @heatherdgilbert

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/heatherdgilbert/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7232683.Heather_Day_Gilbert

E-Mail: heatherdaygilbert@gmail.com


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