Thursday, June 17, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE WHERE HE LEADS ~

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'WHERE HE LEADS'  --
AUTHOR LYNN LANNING
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight + Excerpt,
Author Bio & Multi-Print Book Giveaway~
 
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Where He Leads JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Where He Leads by Lynn Lanning, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Where He Leads
Title: Where He Leads
Series: Desires of the Heart #1
Author: Lynne Lanning
Release Date: January 24, 2021
Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance 

By the age of 11, Lilly had suffered more horrific circumstances, than any adult should have to bear. She lost both of her parents and the only home she ever knew, then was forced to move away from her brothers and sisters. 

Why had God allowed all of this tragedy? 

Pa had found the perfect home for her before his death. Through her new family’s loving care and instruction, Lilly grew into a beautiful young lady, filled with compassion, intelligence, and having a strong faith in God. 

When she met Tommy, her heart flipped! How could she make all of the life lessons she had learned, her faith in God, and Tommy fit into God’s plan for her life? Was Tommy truly part of God’s plan for her? 

Tommy and his mother’s past brought possible danger to anyone close to them. Could Lilly put her family through that? Should she abandon Tommy and the feelings she had for him? Could prayer be the answer? 

With more circumstances beyond their control fighting against them, it seemed their troubles would never end. Would God allow her the Desires of her Heart? 
 
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EXCERPT:

Here, Lilly is being taken by her papa and two brothers to her new home.

The ride lasted about an hour and a half.  During that time, Papa had told me and reminded me, how to act, be sure to behave myself, do as I’m told, keep going to school, and learn all the things that Sam and Daisy could teach me.

The closer we got, the more uncomfortable we got.  The bumps in the road seemed worse, the squeaking of the buckboard seemed louder, my head started to ache, my stomach felt sick, my heart was pounding. 

Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer and I burst out, “Papa please!  Please take me back home!  I can stay with you.  And then I can stay with Clara, she loves me!  I’ll be grown before long, I’m already 11, and I will work!  I will work really hard!  Please!  Please take me back home!  I’m so far away from everybody here!  Oh, Papa, I’m begging you!”

By this time I was in a full frenzy of tears.  I was crying so hard, I could barely catch my breath.

No one said a word.  Andrew and Matt just shook their heads and turned to look out at anything other than me. 

Papa just looked straight ahead and said nothing.

For a moment I wondered if I had said anything out loud.  Did I just think it?  Didn’t anyone hear me? Then I looked at Papa, and I knew he had heard me.  There was a tear running down his cheek.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynne Lanning

Lynne and her husband, Roger, live in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. Enjoying the life of an artist/crafter, she nurtures three generations of creativity, encouraging the natural talents of her children and grandchildren. Her stories are full of romance and action mixed with humor and sass, encouraging her readers to identify with the characters while evoking emotion. Lynne enjoys canning and preserving fresh veggies that Roger grows in his amazing garden. She also has a passion for cooking, singing, reading and volunteer work at her church.

CONNECT WITH LYNNE: Website | Facebook

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

~ KILLING IN A KOI POND ~

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Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond  
by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran
 
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About 'Murder, She Wrote: Killing

 in a Koi Pond'

 

Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series 
Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021)  
Hardcover: 288 pages ISBN-10: 0593333594  
ISBN-13: 978-0593333594 Digital ASIN: B08FH8NM6R 
 

 

When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.

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About the Authors

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.

Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Murder She Wrote:Killing in a Koi Pond, the latest in the long-running Jessica Fletcher series, to be followed in autumn 2021 by Murder She Wrote: Debonair in Death. She has also written the beachside 'Read 'Em and Eat' cozy mystery series and is co-author of Laura Childs’s New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards.

Terrie's Links--

Website:http://www.terriefarleymoran.com  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terriefarleymoran

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE DUSK'S DARKEST SHORES ~

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'DUSK'S DARKEST SHORES'  --
AUTHOR CAROLYN MILLER
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Excerpt, Review, Author Bio & Giveaway~
 


ABOUT THE SERIES:

 

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?

Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England's beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it's a peaceful life.

That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary's caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer--but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he's plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?

Adam wants no charity, but he's also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal--and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.

Best-selling author Carolyn Miller is back with a fresh series that will not only thrill readers eager for more of her work, but bring in new fans looking for beautiful writing, fascinating research, deftly woven love stories, and real faith lived out in the Regency period.

Click here to read an excerpt.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

 

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

 

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAROLYN AT:

www.carolynmillerauthor.com  

Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author) 

Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor) 

Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)


 

 
REVIEW:      

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A moving Regency era romance by a gifted storyteller . . .
 
'Dusk's Darkest Shores' is the first novel I have had the pleasure of reading by this talented author. I can assure you, it will not be the last!
 
This story begins with a well-written introduction to the characters and the village of Amberly in the Lake District of England in March, 1811. England is deeply entrenched in the Napoleonic Wars and a local man, Adam Edgerton, a decorated war hero, arrives home from war quite ill.
 
Mary Bloomfield is twenty-nine years old with no offers of marriage and seemingly no interest in romance. Her allegiance is to her physician father's medical practice as she assists him as a nurse and comforter of his patients. She is involved in mixing up the medicines and herbal treatments they use to aid their patients. Mary is dedicated to her work, and she is committed to her family and her community.
 
Adam Edgerton is a childhood friend of Mary's older brother, Robert, who is still away from home serving in the war. As a young girl, Mary followed Adam and Robert on their adventures across the countryside. Because of their past history, Dr. Bloomfield asks Mary to spend time with with Adam as he recovers from his illness. He wants her to help Adam to regain his strength and acclimate to his new life back home.
 
After some initial rough patches, Adam and Mary form a delightful friendship filled with engaging conversations and witty banter. The humor in this story delighted me, and I thought the author did an excellent job on conveying the light atmosphere of their banter and the effect it had on the mood of both parties. Friendship blooms between the two in this very realistic romance.
 
Another element of the story which I enjoyed were the author's descriptions of the scenery of this part of the world which I have never visited. I almost felt as if I were seeing the valley below the hilltop where both families lived, feeling the rough edges of the stone walls along the roadway, and smelling the fresh, clean air of the area.
 
There are tragedies in the village which cause Mary great anguish, and she relies on the Lord and Adam for strength and a respite from her grief. There are a couple of mysteries surrounding the village which keep the story moving forward at a nice pace. There is one episode of suspense which I appreciated as a fan of suspenseful fiction. 
 
I liked reading about the deep friendships which Mary has forged with those families whom she has served as a healer. There is a younger sister, Joanna, who caused me to cringe whenever she appeared on the page. (If you read the story, you'll find out why . . . )
 
Most of all, though, the faith thread in this story was beautiful, realistic, and inspirational. Readers are privy to the feelings of many characters who experience God's presence and strength just when they need it most.
 
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read a good, old-fashioned historical love story. Fans of Christian/clean historical romance, Christian/clean romance, and Christian/clean fiction will enjoy this book.
 
I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher, Kregel, through Audra Jennings's PR. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

~ GREAT ESCAPES FOUR CUTS TOO MANY ~

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--  'FOUR CUTS TOO MANY'  --
AUTHOR DEBRA H. GOLDSTEIN
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Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)  
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Four Cuts Too Many

                                                 

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Publisher: Kensington 
(May 25, 2021) Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496732219 ISBN-13: 978-1496732217  
Digital ASIN: B08GY52GS6 

Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama . . .

Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal.

Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival—and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

Excerpt

            “There’s something obviously still bothering you. You’ve laid out lots of theories, but you don’t sound convinced about any of them. From what you’ve said, besides Grace, you’ve got lots of possible suspects for Harlan and Chief Gerard to look at. Right?”

            “In a sense.” Sarah held up her fingers as she ticked them off. “They should consider anyone who was on the floor when Grace and I got there. That would be Wanda, Franklin, Chef Bernardi, Fern, Nancy, Dr. Williams, and the people who waited to be interviewed in their offices who I don’t even know. The same holds true on the tenure issue, because most of the faculty is working its way toward tenure.”

Sarah put her hands back on the table. “I don’t think I have enough fingers to count everyone. When I add in family, there’s Wanda, but also Wanda’s biological mom, Dr. Martin’s new wife, Lynn, and Kait. There might also be someone at the retirement home who has a connection to Dr. Martin that I haven’t discovered yet. Someone mentioned that because of Kait, they considered Dr. Martin to be part of the Sunshine Retirement Home family.” 

“That's a long list of potential suspects. Surely Harlan can find enough motivation for most of them to raise doubt if Grace is arrested or tried. What’s really bothering you? What’s going on in your head?” 

“I have to admit that if I were Chief Gerard and I was committed to following the money and the blood, Grace would be my primary suspect too . . .”

About Debra H. Goldstein

                                                                      
 
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats TooMany, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists. Debra serves on the national boards of Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA. She previously was on Sisters in Crime’s national board and president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.
 
Find out more about Debra and sign up for her newsletter at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com. Follow her on Twitter (@DebraHGoldstein), Bookbub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-h-goldstein), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DebraHGoldsteinAuthor/).
  
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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE WHERE HE LEADS ~

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