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BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 May 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – ECHOES by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

                                                                             

Leaving her self-imposed limbo in the Bronx, Sofie Michelli heads to Sonoma to stay with Lance and Rese at their villa, where she meets Matt, who is instantly intrigued, but before their relationship can progress, a beloved child from the past calls and sends Sofie into a tailspin–and back to New York.

 

 

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A master with the words, Ms. Heitzmann tells a story both poignant and compelling and breathtaking. As in real life, evil is pervasive in this story, but the Truth and Father’s love more so.

I wept and chewed my nails and fought for Sofie to have her freedom and embrace true joy.

 

“I don’t harbor grudges. It only makes the wound grow deep.”

 

I read in awe as Lance allowed himself—gave himself—to be used by God—and was.

 

“ ‘If travail has a purpose, let me find it now. If honor needs a taker, O Lord, me endow. If wisdom is a garment, let me wear it well; if goodness needs a champion, help me dark dispel.’ ”

 

I begged Matt to give credence to their faith, urged him on as he struggled to reconcile two diametrically opposite experiences.

 

“…he groped for words to reach a being out there somewhere who might be listening after all. ‘God help me,’ he murmured, then realized they were the words he needed…”

 

If there is a single truth to be grasped from this story, Ms. Heitzmann says it well,

 

“God isn’t only in the glorious moments, but the dark and hopeless ones as well. Maybe most of all.”

 

Echoes neatly concludes the Michelli Family Series. And yet, I could read more of this family, I could visit with them in the villa, another misfit who found a place to belong.

 

ALL.THE.FEATHERS

 

 

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.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Echoes, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelle Family Series, Secrets, Unforgotten

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 3 April 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNFORGOTTEN by KRISTEN HEITZMANN

THE BLURB:

Lance Michelli had traveled to his grandmother Antonia’s old villa in Sonoma to find the truth behind the secrets of her past. There he met Rese Barrett, the woman who now owns the villa and hides secrets of her own. Now Lance has returned to his grandmother with both Rese and the answers he has found. But Antonia refuses to hear what he has to say. Has she really misunderstood the events of that dark night so long ago? Antonia sends Lance on another quest. But this time he discovers that the past has influenced the present far more than anyone realizes. Lance is caught between the two women he loves as he uncovers unforgotten truths that could change them all forever.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people’s choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at writers conferences. An artist and musician, she’ll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, extended family, and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Mere words cannot convey the power and the impact of this story. Layer after layer of truth and humanity. Loyalty and betrayal, conflict and fear. Secrets and sacrifice. Love and victory.

 

I identified in a way, with Rese, denying herself love and attachment. And I really identified with Lance, feeling it was his burden to fix… everything… for everyone…

And yet, I grew angry and impatient with both of them for doing exactly that! I cried with them and laughed with them and, well, swooned for them.

Ms. Heitzmann may have just outdone herself with this story. Such powerful impact, so many threads woven together—it seems so impossible for to tie them all together. But Ms. Heitzmann not only does so, but does it so beautifully. Not only is there meaning and purpose in the seeming fragmented bits, but, as in life, they all overlap to create the whole.

 

A rich and deep and textured story that keeps me turning pages.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

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.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Unforgotten, Kristen Heitzmann, Michelli Family Series, Secrets, Echoes

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 28 October 2016 – NOD to NANO

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NOD to NANO

 

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I’m throwing my hat in the NaNoWriMo ring.   Or, my story.  Hadn’t planned to but the timing is good.  I’ve got a ton of research already under my belt.

 

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Stacks of library books, my clipboard chock full of notes, and my  kitty girl for good measure (She like to be close to me.)

 

I’ve know my main characters for each of the four books in the series—Mercedes, Scarlett, Pearl, and Simone—and the conflict for each one: Mercedes is keeping a secret from the others; Scarlett, too, is keeping secrets, though not her own; Pearl elopes; and Simone, well, she’s not dead.

 

I know the timeline, 1912 – 1913, and the setting, the town of Saison, somewhere north of Charleston, SC.

 

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The southern town of Saison lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers.

 

In a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

 

Seasons is the telling of their stories and Mercedes Renaldi’s story is first in The Long Shadows of Summer.

 

 

The series is Seasons, and the books in the series are The Long Shadows of Summer, Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Whistling Winds of Winter, and Whispering Woods of Spring.

 

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So I figured with this much underway, and nearly 3000 words into Mercedes’ story, I’d  give a whirl to the 50K for NaNo.

 

Following are a few links I’ve seen in the past couple of days with helps and suggestions, and the NaNo website.

 

http://writerswrite.co.za/nanowrimo-calendar-organise-and-conquer

http://writerswrite.co.za/five-things-to-do-before-nanowrimo-starts

http://writerswrite.co.za/dont-get-stuck-use-our-nanowrimo-brainstormer-worksheet-instead

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/10/5-nanowrimo-hacks-keep-words-flowing/

http://nanowrimo.org

 

 

If you decide to dive in too, look me up—we can be buddies!

 

 

 

slide 6 “I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

Tessa and Clara Bess, books 1 and 2 in her unsavory heritage series, are both available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. The third book in the series, Cissy, will be available in September, 2016.  Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal anthology of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

 

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BLOGWORDS, First Friday Feature, NaNoWriMo, 50K, Research, Seasons, New Series, Long Shadows of Summer, Mercedes Renaldi, Secrets, Tragedy

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Welcome to the Cover Release Party for Robin E. Mason’s second women’s and family fiction story, Clara Bess, set to release 30 November 2015. Robin’s debut novel, Tessa, arrived in March 2014 and has been met with fantastic reviews.

 

A few notes of praise for Tessa:

 

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This is such an amazing read because there are so many twists to the plot. The characters are very well thought out and brought to life. I don’t want to give away too much information, but I would like to say, get ready. Robin E. Mason is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more from her. If you are looking for a book that is open and shut, this is not it. If you are, however, looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat asking how, when, why, and where, this book is for you! Grab a copy today! – Alisha Cagle, Author

 

Even the prologue is a twist! Be ready for a spell binding book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You simply can’t wait to turn the page (or click the next page). Plots within plots within plots. I simply don’t know how she could keep up with it all! – Dede Stockton, Author

 

You won’t be able to put it down. Indeed, a story that beautifully captures the brilliance of women and the mayhem of family. A must read. – Heather Burch

 

This story has twists and turns and heartaches and mystery and hope and love and anger and twists and turns and well… I loved how the story keeps you wondering: Who the heck? What in the world? And, Oh, dear! It is one of the least predictable books I have ever read. I enjoyed laughing and I enjoyed crying. I am not going to tell you anymore about the plot or the characters because you’ll simply have to read it yourself. – Leslie Hoyt

 

 

Back cover blurb for Clara Bess:

On the day of her 50th birthday, Clara Bess Caldwell was not basking in the joy of a blissful Christmas Day winding down. She was not at home with her family, enjoying eggnog or coffee by a fireplace, nor was she checking a goose roasting in the oven.

Clara Bess was at her mother’s house, going through her personal effects, something she had put off for several weeks. Her children, her husband, her siblings, had all urged her to wait another day. To not put herself through this ordeal on Christmas Day.

“But it was her birthday, too.” Clara Bess reminded them.

But Clara Bess wasn’t at all prepared for what she unearthed at the bottom of her mother’s keepsake box. Not in with legal papers, not in her own baby book, not in the safe even. Nor was she prepared for the discovery of her unsavory heritage.

Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should be. It did not read Lily Isabella Mayes.

 

Clara Bess rode waves of confusion for several weeks, unsure what to make of the erroneous information. Afraid it could be true, she couldn’t bring herself to go to the courthouse, or the hospital, to have it corrected. Little things pinged in her memory things that pointed to the unbelievable possibility.

Clara Bess was adopted.

Where, then, were the adoption papers?

 

This book has many of the same things enjoyed in book one – historical details, deep emotions, adventure, humor.

So without further ado, we introduce Clara Bess – available 30 November 2015 on Amazon for Kindle, and CreateSpace.

So without further ado, HERE IS THE COVER, may I have a drum roll please:

 

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Launch events will be on 30 November, both online at https://www.facebook.com/events/727075850756986/

and live at Stomping Grounds Coffee House and Wine Bar, 208 Trade Street, Greer, SC

https://www.facebook.com/events/902812829812752/

Hope to see you at one event or both!

 

Leave a comment for your chance to win a signed copy of Clara Bess, which will be sent to the winners the first week of December!

 

What’s one thing you like about this cover? Or, if you read Tessa, what was one thing you enjoyed about Robin’s debut?

 

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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

Clara Bess is the sequel to Tessa and the second book in the Unsavory Heritage Series, and will launch next month, with the third book in the series, Cissy, will be available in 2016. Ms. Mason also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers.

 

 

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

 

#clarabess, #coverreveal, #robinemasonauthor, #unsavoryheritageseries, #tessa, #cissy, #womensfiction, #secrets, #identity

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The month of October is a special time for me:

my debut novel, my baby,

Tessa,

will be released IN PRINT on Halloween!

WHEEEEE!!!!!

 

BOOK REVIEW – A LADY at WILLOWGROVE HALL by SARAH E. LADD

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Who doesn’t have secrets? How many secrets do we keep because they would destroy us? Who can we trust with our deepest, darkest secrets?

 

What if the year is 1814? Aristocracy and nobility, estate tenants and servants, gentry and titles, freeholders and shopkeepers, upper class and lower class – upstairs, downstairs. Secrets could mean the difference between a secure life and a life of hardship. Of rejection and censure – shame and embarrassment. Honor and reputation was highly esteemed.

 

Cecily Faire has such a secret. And her secret changes her life forever. She is ripped from the life she knows, however turbulent it might have been, and taken to start a new life.

Time passes, and she sets off once again, this time with blessing and of her own volition, to embrace a promising new future. Until her past slams right into her face. Suddenly every day is filled with dread that old secrets will come tumbling out and ruin her.

 

Nathaniel Stanton, steward of Willowgrove Hall, has a secret of his own. And he awaits the day he can leave Willowgrove and begin a new life with no more shadows looming over him.

 

For her years at Rosemere School for Young Ladies, Cecily told no one her secret. She divulged nothing, not even a hint, not even to those to whom she was closest. And in so doing, she distanced herself from those she longed to be close to.

Cecily knew she could never marry, she could never reveal her secret to another. For to marry, Cecily also knew, she could keep no secrets. As the daughter of a blacksmith, she had no dowry to bring, and therefore had only her reputation to speak for her. Cecily’s secret, then, was under highest lock and key along with her heart. She resigned herself to the life of a spinster.

 

Nathaniel also knew his secret would be made known upon Lady Trent’s death; he knew his new life would begin on that same day. Until that time, he could grant no romantic interest, could not give his heart away. Could not allow anyone in.

 

Cecily and Nathaniel dance around the romance they both long for, fighting it to the bitter end, each knowing the other would reject them for certes should they ever find out the truth.

 

Sarah E. Ladd has brought a true-to-era story of propriety and moral character. Class lines were clearly drawn and not easily crossed, rigid societal rules of the time, lower class did not speak to upper class unless spoken to.  Ms. Ladd has conveyed this in every page, every encounter, every conversation. Her descriptions vivid and strong and bright: “Anxiety wound its way around every one of Cecily’s nerves…” “With each word, the tension between them pulled harder, a battle masked behind civil, even tones.” Exquisite prose.

 

But more so than era-accurate, more than a neatly told romance, was Cecily’s struggle, to the very end, of seeking, desiring love, rang especially true for me. Longing for something she felt she could never have, something she had never known, echoes the struggle of every heart to know the Father’s love. Something that is there, always and in every moment, if only we can – will – reach for it. I felt Cecily’s pain, so skillfully conveyed by Ms. Ladd, and rejoiced with her in her triumph. Beautifully done, Sarah, beautifully done.

I look forward to reading The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere.

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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

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

 

#bookreview, #saraheladd, #aladyatwillowgrovehall, #theheiressofwinterwood, #theheadmistressofrosemere, #regencyerafiction, #secrets

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The month of October is a special time for me:

my debut novel, my baby,

Tessa,

tessa cover - front - 092314

will be released IN PRINT on Halloween!

WHEEEEE!!!!!

 

Tessa is wearing a mask because she is hiding something. My first contest begins today and goes through the Day of the Event: post an image of a mask on the Facebook Event Page. It can be a Google or Pinterest image, or one you take. It can be a pic of you wearing a mask or not. (If you take a pic of someone else, please be sure to get permission to post. We want to exercise courtesy.) On the Day of the Event, I will randomly select one entry as the winner.

 

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

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

 

#mask, #contest, #hiding, #secrets

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