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A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade May 18, 2015

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a love like ours

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Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

My thoughts:

I have read the first two books in this series and loved them. I couldn’t wait to read this one.

The first book took me a while to get into while the second had my heart twisting and aching from the first few pages. I was hoping this book would be more like the second.

However, it took me a while to really get into this one. It was good, don’t get me wrong. I think I just had this expectation that it would grip me from the beginning. And although, I did care about the characters my heart wasn’t twisting in pain for them from the very beginning. It took awhile, but it did happen.

Lyndie is such a sweet spirit. I love her determination when it come to life. She has a disabled sister that honestly has prepared her to deal with Jake. Also, there is a horse that Lyndie is determined to win over. You’ll just have to read the book to see what happens.

Jake, or “tall, dark and brooding” as Lyndie likes to call him, totally fights his feelings for Lyndie, yet has this need to protect her and take care of her. The internal struggle within him is so real, you will feel his pain.

One thing I don’t remember in the other books is being inside the head of secondary characters. But this time we get to meet up with a character from the first book and see her point-of-view on things.

I also enjoyed seeing the other Porters and what they are up to.

If you haven’t read the other two books you won’t be lost. This can be read as a stand-alone.

Overall, another great book by Becky Wade. Contemporary romance lovers will enjoy this newest installment.

Visit Becky here.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Chance of Loving You May 14, 2015

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chance of love

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An anthology by three bestselling romance authors

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

My thoughts:

What a wonderful group of writers. You know you really can’t go wrong with this book because of the excellent authors gathered here.

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock: I loved how this story began. The down and out hero finding a listening ear in a waitress. The tension that arises when he realizes he can’t afford his meal and the half of a ticket left behind. All the ground work is laid for an interesting romance. I enjoyed this story very much and the two main characters grabbed my heart.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert The two main characters in this book don’t start off liking each other much due to a very funny incident (or not so funny, depending on how you look at it). Judgments are made, that is often the case. I enjoyed following Aimee’s adventure into vegan cooking and trying to win a contest so she can afford school. We also have a meddling grandmother who tries to push the two characters together. A fun read.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Again, we have some tension right away as Abigail doesn’t have anything good to say about our hero. He does seem to still care about her but it’s his fault why they aren’t together. I like that bit of information being dropped at the beginning, it made me want to know what he did to lose her to begin with.

Overall, a nice collection. As with a lot of novella’s sometimes things seemed rush but really you have three nice stories here that I enjoyed.

See Terri’s bio here.

See Candace’s bio here.

See Susan’s bio here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 2) May 13, 2015

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:12 am
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caryl2Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She visited us a few weeks ago. You can read her first interview here. Read on to learn about her newest release.

Tell us about your newest book.

I love writing this TEXAS ROMANCE series and am so very blessed that it seems readers are liking each story better than the last. Music to an author’s ears, right? I’m saying! And I love music!      SINS OF THE MOTHERS, book four of these historical Christian, western-adventure novels is set in 1851-1853 and continues the saga of Henry and Sue Buckmeyer. Their offspring are growing into young adults, and this story begins the next generation featuring their oldest daughter, Mary Rachel.    Blind love propels my seventeen-year-old heroine to defy her father and elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California and partner with his cousin in a dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead, wanting both his love and his new wife’s money.    Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she cannot stand the man who might be the only one to love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself.      Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Marketing probably takes up the most of my non-writing time. If only it were finished when I wrote ‘The End’ on my manuscript, but in reality, it’s only the beginning of the new phase—namely getting the news of your novel out to the masses of readers.    The industry changes so much—it seems every day, but a few months race by and there’s new technology and software, promotion groups, and places to build your platform.      Though a sixty-five-year-old Grami, I still am primary guardian to two of my fifteen grandsugars (ages fifteen and twelve), so I still have school and sports events and sixth-graders to pick up from band practice. Those boys are always hungry, bottomless pits! And they create mounds of laundry weekly, too.      We go to church three, sometimes four times a week. I have two or three Writers’ Workshops a month and a book club. I love gardening and plating flowers, working on making my little space on this world God loves so much a beautiful garden.      And, last but so close to the top of my most favorite things to do, I sing! Praise and worship songs—many that God’s given straight to me—scoop me up and carry me to His throne room where I love to bask in His presence. Certainly, I stay plenty busy!

 

Where do you get your ideas?

Life, personal experiences and those of my close friends, and the Bible. It’s full of wonderful stories!

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

A panster, though I prefer to say that I write ‘for discovery’. Much classier for an older lady who loves the Lord? Besides, I don’t wear ‘pants’ because God said He doesn’t want women wearing any garments that pertain to a man.      When I was little, in the 50s’, I wore dresses. It was the norm. I still do, by choice, trying to please my Father. Fashion needs no statement for me. Long full skirts are a thousand times more modest. I take “Be ye Holy as I Am Holy” quite seriously.      Since my thirties (in the ’80s), my heart desire has been to please Him, be satisfied with myself as He created me. This led to quitting make-up and coloring, cutting, or curling my hair.    Back to writing for discovery. One reader asked me if I knew how Hearts Stolen would end in the beginning, and I can truthfully say, as the mess got deeper for my hero and heroine, I had no clue how it could ever work out. Didn’t know until I got to the end, what would happen, how God was going to untangle the knots I’d created.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Well, yes. A historical romance that is set in the Texas hill country though it also takes readers to be beaches of Normandy, too. It opens in 1926 and ends in 1950. One of the first novels I wrote back in the ’80s, THE CHIEF OF SINNERS, proved too ‘religious’ for the secular publishers and too secular for the Christian houses. When I acquired a New York agent, and she asked for a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, I used the last names of the characters in the Texas Romance series – – – Buckmeyer, Nightingale, Baylor, and Abbott. I knew the backstory of those families already, so I included that, but in the present in the 1800s.      For example, in the early ’50s, Travis Buckmeyer starts renovations of the old family mansion. The west wing had burned due to a lightning strike. So in the 1800s’ story. His ancestor—Henry Buckmeyer—builds that house.

 

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

Oh, yes, of course. There’s a part of me in every heroine and the villains, too. And I have such strong wonderful heroes because they are all in-part, my husband Ron. Many of my friends appear, too, some only in attitude or dialogue patterns, and some by name as well. I can’t imagine writing any character totally different from someone I know.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am. Book five in this series, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, due to release in September, four months away, and we all know how fast the summer flys by!

 

Anything you would like to add?

Only that I pray my story gives God glory!

 

carylBio: Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

 

Links

Sins of the Mothers – http://tinyurl.com/SinsMothers

All Books       –           http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage

Website         –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com

(All First Chapters are offered here)

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Reviewer?    –           http://carylmcadoo.com/christian-evaluaters/

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Facebook      –           http://www.facebook.com/CarylMcAdoo.author

Blog                –           http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

GoodReads  –           http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl

Google+       –         http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus

Twitter          –           http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo

Pinterest       –           http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

Thanks so much for visiting us again Caryl 🙂 See you next month.

 

 

Review and Giveaway: No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason May 11, 2015

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no place to hide

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She’ll defend her friend until the bitter end–but is she in over her head?

It’s not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can’t believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she’s determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe.

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road–one that may lead straight to destruction.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Lynette Eason fans will not be disappointed with this latest release. From the first page until the last you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen, how will our characters get out of the mess they are in.

There are many different point of view characters which add a lot of interest and dimension to what is going on. Even though we may not understand what role this person is playing there is no doubt left in the reader’s mind that this person has a purpose in telling their part of the story.

It’s like being given a bunch of puzzle piece and having no idea what it will all look like but knowing that it all fits together and eventually you will see the finished product.

I enjoyed the two main characters and the different roles they played and the slow romance that sizzled between them and the questions that are left unanswered from their past.

This is the third book in a series but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves action and suspense with a dash of romance 🙂

Visit Lynette here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by May 20th for you chance to be entered to win  a copy. Winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for book lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Like a Child (or a puppy) May 8, 2015

Filed under: Melissa's devotions/articles — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:31 pm
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puppyBut I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131: 2 ESV

I’m not really a dog person. However, we do have a dog that I love because she is so totally amazing. But any other dog I am very leery of and don’t warm-up easily to them.

There is a couple in our Life Group who  has a puppy. She is like all puppies, excited and wants to jump on you. To be honest I have been pretty stand-offish with her.

Last week toward the end of group Molly (the puppy) jumped up on the couch next to me. She curled up beside me and put the entire weight of her being into me. I mean this girl pressed into me hard. I was surprised by the force of her little body.

Soon I found my hand stroking her and then her little head ended up on my lap and she closed her eyes. I was done for 🙂

Over the last week I came across the scripture above and was reminded of Molly and her insistent pressing in and then her peaceful nature after she pressed in.

And I got it!

This is what Jesus wants from us.

He wants us to press in HARD. Not half-hearted, pushing tentatively. No, He wants His children to press into Him and mean it. Press with all we have.

Then what will happen?

Peace.

If a non-dog lover like me can soften and start stroking the puppy how much more will Jesus hold us and give us His peace? His children who He loves?

Soon we will find ourselves resting in His lap, allowing His love to stroke us.

I love this picture, don’t you?

What do we do when we are anxious? Press in and mean it.

What do we do when we receive bad news? Press in and mean it.

What do we do when our day is full of joy? Press in and mean.

Do you get the point?

No matter what our day brings, good, bad, ugly, Jesus longs for us to jump up beside Him and press in…and mean it!!!

 

 

From the Start by Melissa Tagg May 7, 2015

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Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but it just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

My thoughts:

This book has Genesis 5020 all over it. What the enemy wanted to use to harm these two characters God will ultimately use for both of their good.

I have read all of Melissa’s books (this is her third). I’ve enjoy them all but I think with each one she gets better and better. This books just pulled me into the story world so fast. I loved both characters and the secondary characters as well.

Melissa even had me laughing out loud at points. Right in the beginning there is something that is totally unexpected and ends up being a pretty hilarious moment.

I loved that Kate is a writer, I could relate to her wanting to write something meaningful and making a difference with her words.

Colton is definitely lost after his career ends. He is searching for meaning as well. I loved the hope that together they would find meaning, of course the greatest source of meaning in our lives is found in Jesus Christ.

A wonderful contemporary romance that I highly recommend. I am sure will enjoy this newest book by Melissa Tagg.

Melissa wrote a novella as an introduction to the Walker family and it’s free!! You can download that here.

Visit Melissa here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Les Graham May 6, 2015

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lesToday we get write to the point with Les Graham. Read on to learn more about him and his books.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m 57 years old and have been married to Kathy for 36 years. We have 3 grown children and 7 grandkids. We live in rural New London, MN on a 40 acre hobby farm. Kathy and I own ‘Radiant Outfitters’ a radiant floor heating company. I started writing approx. 14 years ago. I write in the winters sitting by my antique cookstove.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

On January 18th, 1993. My college roommate Jim Klier had been praying for me for like 16 years. The Holy Spirit kept knocking on my door, telling me there was something better out there than the Les Graham way of life.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

judesI currently have a 2 part series. Jude’s Gentle Giants and the sequel Surrendering the Reins. The 1st book is about Jude Bonner a high school kid with a dream of owning a Percheron draft horse. Through hard work, faith, and determination God allows Jude to own 2 Percherons. It’s a coming of age story for both Jude and his horses Pete and Joe. Surrendering the Reins takes Jude out of high school into adult life withSurrenderingTheReins Pete and Joe and marriage, work, and adult responsibilities.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Where the Red Fern Grows

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

When the devil was in control I was into porn, and self-promotion, with plenty of imagination. God has taken my imagination and allowed me to write a story that GLORIFIES him. God has healed me of porn! God has blessed me with my stories touching the souls of all ages especially young teens.les with horses

Thanks so much for sharing that with us and we are praising God with you that you have been set free. Our God is so good.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

Where can we find you on the web?

http://www.lesgraham.com

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Pete and Joe the main (horses) characters in both books I personally own. They are 9 yrs old and I bought them when they were 6 months old. I trained them to ride and drive. They go to local book signings with me. My books have been on National TV – RFD-TV ran a ½ hour special 3 times about my books, that can be seen on my website.

Thanks for visiting with my readers. I pray God will use your writing journey to bless many others.