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Review and Giveaway: With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander January 17, 2019

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Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander, the first full novel of the Carnton series, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

9780718081836Title: With This Pledge
Series: Carnton, Book 1
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance

History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of USA TODAY bestselling Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.

What can a woman—a mere governess—do against the scourge of slavery?

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause—but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.

As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.

Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right—no matter the cost.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal’s top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will win a release copy of With This Pledge + $10 Amazon Gift Card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 14, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 28, 2019. US only for a print copy of the book. International winners will receive an ebook. Gift card prize will be issued as an e-gift card. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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My thoughts:

Tamera is a wonderful author. The research she puts into her books brings them to life and she achieved that in this book.

From the beginning we are tossed into a scene that you want to look away from but must keep reading to see what will happen next.

She does give a warning in the beginning that it can be a bit hard to read as she doesn’t hold back the things that these men went through and she is right. I could easy see the torn bodies laying every where.

Lizzie is a strong young woman who hates the war and all it stands for. The reader will easily come to like her.

Roland is a strong hero, even to his own detriment. But his determination and his faith will have cheering from him.

If you enjoy historical romance I highly recommend this book.

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

A copy of this book was given to me through the JustRead Tours. All opinions are my own. 

 

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander November 9, 2017

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Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas—and sacrificial love.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year-old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity—and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffered a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. When doctors deliver their diagnosis, Jake fears losing not only his greatest skill but his very identity. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Women’s Relief Society auction. He respectfully objects. Kowtowing to a bunch of “crinolines” isn’t his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladies—one, in particular—is far more than he bargained for.

Set against the backdrop and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored at Christmas.

My thoughts:

What a heart wrenching story. From the beginning we are thrown into the heartache of Aletta and her young son. Where is the hope for her? We catch glimpses of it throughout.

Jake has a story of his own that will grab your heart and when these two come together hope blossoms.

I don’t know why I don’t read more of Tamera’s books, she is an excellent author and I am always drawn in immediately to her stories and characters. This book is no exception.

Visit Tamera here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chrsitianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander March 17, 2017

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A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Believe it or not I have never read a book by Tamera. I just have never gotten around to it. But now I see what all the fuss is about. She is an extremely talented author.

Reading this book was like meeting an old friend. I easily fell into step with this story. It helped, of course, that the main character was a musician. I could very much relate to her love of music.

Rebekah is an easy character to like. She is struggling with her role as a female musician and something is also up with her step-father. Things that are hinted at early in the book had me very concerned for Rebekah’s safety and the support she would receive from her mother.

Tate is likable too (but not to Rebekah right away). But since we know his thoughts we can understand where he is coming from with the decisions he had to make.

I couldn’t wait to see how Tamera would unveil their relationship and how these two would fall in love. It didn’t disappoint.

If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you would enjoy this book.

 

Visit Tamera here. 

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by March 30th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Write to the Point with Joi Copeland July 4, 2012

Congratulations to Marianne who won D.M. Webb’s book Mississippi Nights.

Today we get write to the point with Joi Copeland.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from?

Well, I have four sisters. I am smack dab in the middle. I have been married for 13 years come the end of July. I have three wonderful boys, ages 10, 8, and 7.

I am originally from Southern California, but my family and I moved to Denver, Colorado four years ago.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My older sister, Steffanne, and I had always been close. She is only 11 months older than I am. We’ve been best friends since the day I was born. She came to Jesus in November, 1989. She kept hounding me about going to church and accepting Jesus. We often fought during that time. Finally, I told her I would go to church on a Sunday night. I had never felt more loved! By March of 1990, I accepted Christ as my Savior!

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

My latest book, which is due out December 4, is called Hope for the Journey. It is a sequel to Hope for Tomorrow. The main theme is forgiveness. I want my readers to come away with a sense of hope, and to learn how to forgive. Have you ever been hurt by someone you love? Jesus says we need to forgive. It isn’t easy, and it really isn’t for the other person. It is for ourselves that we must learn how to do this.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

 I do blog, but unfortunately, not very often. I wish I was able to do more. With homeschooling my three boys (even during the summer), my time is limited. I normally cover anything that comes to mind. 🙂

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

 I just read Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren. I really liked that book! Also, From a Distance by Tamera Alexander. Good, good books.

I just downloaded both of these books, I can’t wait to read them.

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

I do. Philippians 4:6-7

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at http://booksbyjoicopeland.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/#!/BooksByJoiCopeland

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

Thanks for having me. I really appreciate being here today. 🙂 And if anyone wants to contact me, please do so! I would love to get to know you more. 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to stop and chat with us today.

Readers, Joi is giving away a copy of her book Hope for Tomorrow. Just leave a comment by July 10 at 5:00 pm and you will be entered to win.